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Charles Cohen dies aged 71

The American synth player had only recently been released from prison

Buchla synthesizer improvisor and Philadelphia art underground collaborator Charles Cohen has died at the age of 71. Cohen released few recordings in his lifetime, and much of his music was confined to theatre or dance projects. But a series of 12"s and albums on Morphine Records in the 2010s raised his profile and led to a new burst of touring and collaboration across Europe and beyond.

Cohen had just been released from jail: he was arrested for unlawful contact with a minor in a 2015 sting operation in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and tried and convicted in early 2017.