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EMS affiliated composer Roberta Settels dies

American composer and shoe designer Roberta Settels has died. Settels, who lived in Stockholm, is best known for her 1985 record Isolation! Meinhof In Memoriam, an electronic work on Red Army Faction co-founder Ulrike Meinhof, composed shortly after she was found dead in her cell in 1976. The record was originally meant to be released on the Caprice label, who backtracked over concerns about the album's militant leftist politics, which meant that Settels released it herself on her Music In Crisis label.

An electro-acoustic composer and footwear designer (she ran a chain of leather sandal boutiques), she worked at EMS in Sweden and IRCAM in Paris, with composers including Iannis Xenakis and Pierre Boulez. she described her compositions as "music for spiritual survival" and also composed for TV, film, and radio.