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Robert Rental, 1952-2000

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Electronic industrual music pioneer, Robert Rental passed away last month in London from cancer. His musical accomplishments were few but well-regarded as important releases from the era. 'The Bridge' being the only full-length record with his name on it was recorded with Thomas Leer for Throbing Gristle's Industrial Records label in 1979. At the time, Leer and Rental were influenced by some of the sounds coming from Germany as well as Brian Eno's Ambient and Discreet music exploration. With 'The Bridge,' they wanted to use that momentum, but to strip away much of the prettiness, adding dissonance and noise. Following the album's release, Rental only recorded a couple more singles including 'Double Heart' for Mute as well as a one sided live album recorded with Daniel Miller.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 27 August 2005 03:09  


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