Groundbreaking electronic musician Richard H Kirk, co-founder of Cabaret Voltaire, has died at age 65. From his earliest work in the early 1970s to the present, Kirk was a massive influence on countless artists and genres, from New Order, 808 State, and Scanner to acid house, EDM, and dub techno. From The Guardian:
Kirk, along with Chris Watson and Stephen Mallinder, formed [Cabaret Voltaire] in 1973, taking their name from the Zurich nightclub that birthed the Dadaist movement and forging their sound via experiments combining music and technology. "Technology was always a catalyst," Kirk told the PRS in 2016. "It allowed you to do things, especially if you weren't the world's best musician […]
Kirk once described his early motivation to make music as "boredom" stemming from the absence of distraction in early 1970s Sheffield. "You had to find your own entertainment, which turned out to be making weird electronic music."