Richard Lainhart RIP

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Synthesizer composer, author, and film maker Richard Lainhart died on 30 December from complications resulting from surgery to remove intestinal cancer.

Lainhart estimated that he had performed live approximately 2000 times, and composed over 150 pieces. He developed the One Sound concept, described as "a music in which a single complex sound, or many instances of a single sound, form both the content and the structure of the piece - a music in which one sound is all there is to listen to."

Lainhart was interested in natural processes like waves, clouds and flames, and began his career studying composition and electronic music techniques with Joel Chadabe. He went on to work with John Cage, David Tudor, Steve Reich, Phill Niblock, David Berhman, and Jordan Rudess, among others.

Lainhart was also an artist and illustrator – his short films were shown in Europe, the US, Canada and Korea, and he won awards at the International Festival Of Cinema And Technology in 2002. He is survived by his wife Caroline Meyers. Read an interview with Richard Lainhart here.

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