Thursday, December 09, 2004

Another musician death to report, but this time one that happened due to illness, and of a musician known only to a few. Hugh McIntyre, bassist for the Nihilist Spasm Band, died Monday of congestive heart failure at age 68. Founded in 1965 this Canadian group was one of the first to explore totally freeform playing and noise as music, making them contemporaries of the pioneering British free improvisation groups Joseph Holbrooke and AMM, and the multinational collective Musica Electronica Viva. Canadian musician Zev Asher made a film called What About Me: The Rise of the Nihilist Spasm Band in 2000 about the group, and it has appeared on Canadian tv before.

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