Peter Rehberg, electronic musician and founder of Editions Mego, dies at 53

The influential label founder and musician was reported to have suffered a heart attack.

Peter Rehberg, the electronic musician and founder of the influential experimental music label Editions Mego, has died at the age of 53.

News of his passing was made known by musician Kassel Jaeger, who on Saturday (24 July) wrote to Instagram: “Peter is gone, suddenly […] I owe him so much. So do many of us.” According to The Guardian, Rehberg died from a heart attack.

Editions Mego – originally founded as Mego in Austria, 1994 – has put out albums by Jim O’Rourke, Christian Fennesz, Tujiko Noriko, Merzbow, Bill Orcutt, Emeralds, Iannis Xenakis and many other sonic innovators. It was also the parent to several sub-labels including Spectrum Spools, Ideological Organ, Old News and Sensate Focus.

Rehberg was also an accomplished artist who released numerous noise and ambient albums over 25 years. Many were produced in collaborations with artists such as Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley, Marcus Schmickler, Z’EV and more.

Born in England before migrating to his father’s homeland of Austria, Rehberg began working a managerial position at the Austria-based Mego in 1995. He later relaunched the label as Editions Mego in 2006 to continue releasing new albums and re-release back-catalogue works.

Many of Rehberg’s peers have taken to social media to share their grief and honour his contributions to the experimental music community.

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