It is with a heavy heart I bring you the news that Mark Bell, the man behind LFO, has sadly passed away.
One of the originators of the bleep sound that came from Yorkshire’s take on techno: LFO (at the time Mark Bell along with Gez Varley), were one of the first acts to sign to then fledgling label Warp Records. They were to create one of the great electronic anthems, “LFO”, and remained one of the core artists on the Warp label, to the point that Bell was expected to form a major part of their 25th Anniversary celebrations later in the year.
LFO became Bell alone in 1996, and he continued to go from strength to strength as a producer, working with acts of the calibre of Bjork and Depeche Mode along the way, while maintaining and enhancing his work under his LFO alias.
According to the Warp website, Mark Bell died following “complications after an operation”, and his family and friends have “requested privacy at this difficult time”.
A true legend, and a sad, sad loss to the world of electronic music – no words better suit the man and his music than some of his own:
“There are many imitators, but we are the true creators”. Mark Bell – RIP.