Harold Budd, American avant-garde minimalist composer, has died, aged 84.
News of the influential artist’s passing was confirmed on Facebook yesterday by close collaborator Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins, who wrote: “It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Harold Budd. Rest in peace, poet of the piano.”
The late minimalist collaborated with Brian Eno in the early ‘80s on his ‘Ambient’ series, ‘The Plateaux Of Mirror’ and 1984’s ‘The Pearl’. Eno also produced Budd’s solo album, ‘The Pavilion Of Dreams’, in 1978.
Over the course of his career, Budd has collaborated with artists including Andy Partridge, Daniel Lanois, and Akira Rabelais.
His latest release, ‘Another Flower’ in collaboration with Guthrie, was released last week on December 4.
Artists, fans, and labels have all taken to social media to share their tributes to Budd. Listen to Bismillahi ‘Rrahmani ‘Rrahim from ‘The Pavilion Of Dreams’ below.
“The word ‘ambient’ doesn’t ring a bell with me. It’s meant to mean something but is, in fact, meaningless. It’s not relevant for me. My style is the only thing I can do well. I don’t think about genres. I don’t think about labels, they don’t have meanings.” -Harold Budd. RIP
— opn (@0PN) December 8, 2020
HAROLD BUDD FOREVER
RIP TO A LEGEND
Photo by Barry J Holmes pic.twitter.com/radMQ9tcfv
— Light In The Attic (@lightintheattic) December 8, 2020
His music offered solace to many, opening ears to a deeper listening experience and appreciation of music
Thoughts to his family, friends and fans
Thank you for the music and the Mexican lunch
— Hannah Peel (@Hanpeel) December 8, 2020
more sad news in the musical universe today. RIP Harold Budd. Sending our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and fans around the world. https://t.co/gDPQARDGnW
— william basinski (@WilliamBasinski) December 8, 2020
Rest in peace Harold Budd. You’ll be truly missed and your music eternally treasured. Thank you.
— Dais Records (@daisrecords) December 8, 2020