Harold Budd dies at age 84

American ambient and minimalist composer Harold Budd has died at the age of 84.

His death was confirmed by his close collaborator Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins, who posted on Facebook this morning (December 9). The cause of death has not been revealed.

“A lot to digest. Shared a lot with Harold since we were young, since he was sick, shared a lot with harold for the last 35 years, period,” Guthrie wrote.

“Feeling empty, shattered lost and unprepared for this, as do my wife Florence and girls Violette and Lucy Belle. All my best to Elise, Terrance, Hugo and all the family. His last words to me were ‘adios amigo’… They always were.. He left a very large ‘harold budd’ shaped hole whichever way we turn…”

A lot to digest. Shared a lot with Harold since we were young, since he was sick, shared a lot with harold for the last…

Posted by Robin Guthrie on Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Budd was best known for his collaborations with Cocteau Twins, Brian Eno and Andy Partridge, as well as being associated with the “soft pedal” style of piano playing.

Budd was born in Los Angeles in 1936 and was raised in the Mojave Desert. He later joined the army and played drums in the regimental band alongside jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler.

After leaving, Budd earned a graduate degree in musical composition from the University of Southern California where he studied under Ingolf Dahl. Budd released his first recorded work, ‘The Oak of the Golden Dreams’, in 1970.

Eight years later, he released ‘The Pavilion of Dreams’, produced by Eno, and followed up with ‘Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror’, again with Eno, in 1980. Budd continued to share music throughout the decades, with his latest credited release being collaborative album ‘Another Flower’ with Guthrie. The album was released last week on December 4.

Tributes to Budd have begun to flow on social media, including posts from Oneohtrix Point Never, Drew Daniel from Matmos, Hannah Peel, William Basinski and more.

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