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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Orb’s Andy Hughes Passes at the Age of 44

I had the pleasure, and privilege, of working with The Orb in Chicago during the early 90′s, they are true living legends, and their contribution and influence on electronic music is immeasurable. Condolences go out to Andy’s family and friends in the light of this sudden tragedy. The following press release was forwarded to us by The Orb’s US agency, WME Entertainment.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC ENGINEER/PRODUCER GENIUS ANDY HUGHES OF THE ORB SADLY PASSES AWAY ON FRIDAY 12TH JUNE 2009

Andy Hughes, electronic music producer/DJ who was born 11th November 1965 and, and who lived and grew up in Harrow, Middlesex, tragically passed away on Friday 12th June 2009 after a short illness.

Andy was a genius who gave so much inspiration and passion to all with his incredible work. He was loved by many aficionados of the trance/ambient genre, but will be especially remembered for his work with Alex Paterson and The Orb, most notably the album Orblivion and single Toxygene, which reached number 4 in the UK charts in 1997. Together with his musical partners Alex Patterson and former members Kris Weston, Simon Phillips and Thomas Fehlmann together with Nick Burton of Westworld fame. Andy created electronic and ambient/techno/house/dub masterpieces. These took him across the globe where he played to masses of fans in countries including the USA, Japan and Canada as well as a sell out concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1998.

Prior to his Orb years he had helped to design and build the studios for Bunk Junk & Genius and worked with many famous artists. He was with the Orb until 1999 during which, along with his musical input including the Live 93 album, he assisted with the building of their Back Passage studio in Clapham.

In 2000 he started producing music on his own and more recently produced music for artists such as Kovak and Basement Jaxx at their neighbouring studios in Brixton, London. Andy was an incredibly doting and loving father who always made time for his children Gabriel and Circe and their father’s passing will leave a chasm in both their lives.

Andy’s funeral will take place at West Norwood Crematorium, Norwood Road SE 27on Monday 29th June ’09 at 11.45am. The service will be open to anyone wishing to attend. It is hoped to arrange a Tribute concert in the future to allow his many fans and friends to meet up. Any floral tributes to Funeral Directors W. Uden & Sons, 265 Southampton Way, Camberwell, London SE9 7EN or donations to the Liver Intensive Therapy Unit, Kings College Hospital via the web site justgiving.com/andyphughes


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  1. What a great loss to the world of music. Andy was a rare talent. Many condolences to his family.

    Comment by James Hamilton (Top Draw Music) — June 24, 2009 @ 3:18 am

  2. very sad news :( many thanks for sharing all the beautiful deep tunes that are timeless and touched us :) condolonces to andys family and loved ones and bless andys soul xoxo<3

    Comment by raffi djdarkchild — June 24, 2009 @ 3:42 am

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  4. How sad. Andy was such an amazing creator. I’m floored.

    Comment by ML — June 24, 2009 @ 6:48 am

  5. he finally made the meeting with me at babylon anteen.

    Comment by Marcus Garvey — June 24, 2009 @ 10:29 am

  6. We were all so bummed when the tour was canceled, .. my site had about 30-40 people going to the show.

    Now I know why it was canceled :( … this is such a sad day and my heart goes out to his family and friends, … the Orb played a huge part in my life and my love for electronic music.

    Rest in peace, you will be missed.

    –ApHtEr

    Comment by Anthony — June 24, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

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  10. he had nothing to do with live 93

    Comment by asasdf — June 25, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

  11. I’m so shocked, I’ve only just found out about this and more gutted it was two days too late to attend his funeral. I have spent many, many happy hours in a studio with Andy by my side. He engineered for me on a helluva lot of mixes and productions and was always a creative, happy soul with such a chilled outlook on life. Hearing this news is even more poignant as only a few weeks ago I blogged about the demo of a track that Andy helped me on which eventually morphed into the final version of Tinman’s ’18 Strings’. http://www.pauldakeyne.com/tinman-18-strings/218/ Rest in peace at the great SSL in the sky Andy. The loss of your talent and light will make this world a darker place.. xx

    Comment by paul dakeyne — July 1, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

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  14. R.I.P.! Thanx for Awesome Music Compositions!

    Comment by Oleg — September 5, 2009 @ 5:28 am

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