“It is with great sadness that we confirm our great and dear friend, Richard H. Kirk has passed away. Richard was a towering creative genius who led a singular and driven path throughout his life and musical career. We will miss him so much”.
Con questo comunicato della Mute Records si apprende della prematura scomparsa all’età di 65 anni di Richard Harold Kirk, musicista inglese che lega indissolubilmente il suo nome a quello dell’epopea Cabaret Voltaire (fondati nel 1973 con Stephen Mallinder e Chris Watson). Un autentico fuoriclasse della musica elettronica, un pioniere, che fuori dalla produzione con la band di Sheffield (splittata a metà anni ’90, riformata nel 2009), è autore di una discografia sterminata lungo la quale ha utilizzato una serie impressionante di pseudonimi artistici (da Sandoz a Electronic Eye, da Dr. Xavier a Pat Riot…). Nel 1990 assieme a Richard Barratt dà vita al progetto Sweet Exorcist. “As well as helping pioneer industrial music in the 1970s, Cabaret Voltaire have been considered influential on the industrial techno movement of the 1990s”.
Me and Richard h Kirk /rip -ultimate respect rich !! https://t.co/rQZkj7h0AF
— mark stewart (@_markstewart) September 21, 2021
Farewell to Richard H Kirk (1956-2021) of legendary Sheffield band Cabaret Voltaire. Connecting the experimental side of Roxy Music with William S Burrough's cut up techniques, their The Voice of America (1980) and Red Mecca (1981) remain utter gems of exploratory sound today. pic.twitter.com/TxWXE99wSy
— Robin Rimbaud – Scanner (@robinrimbaud) September 21, 2021
Sad news to here of the passing of Richard H Kirk .One one the UK Daddy's of electronica -The cabs DIY approach was an early inspiration of what to do with synths in the 70s , then the ease at which he entered into the 90s club culture with out having to change his game much. https://t.co/9iAjhd4JoI
— 808 State (@state808) September 21, 2021
RIP the master – enigma, genius and Sheffield’s Lord Mayor of experimental machine music RICHARD H KIRK. It’s a sad day in the north x pic.twitter.com/EtPEIPyigG
— Eccentronic Research Council (@The_E_R_C) September 21, 2021
RIP – The Master. Richard H Kirk pic.twitter.com/bLs9dQ8Wy8
— The Moonlandingz (@themoonlandingz) September 21, 2021
RIP legend Richard H. Kirk. Impossibly modern. A true sonic adventurer. pic.twitter.com/gj9Iwcahk3
— Ghostly (@ghostly) September 21, 2021