Mark Bell, a British musician who paved the way for electronic music, died last week. His record label confirmed the news: “It’s with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO who died last week from complications after an operation,” Warp Records announced on its website.
Bell was a founding member of electronic music act LFO along with Gez Varley. They formed LFO in 1988 and went on to release three albums before Varley moved on to other projects and Bell started focusing more on the production side of music, striking up a partnership with Björk that lasted until his death.
Bell helped produced seven Björk albums, including the critically acclaimed and chart-climbing Homogenic. He also produced Depeche Mode’s 2001 album, Exciter — an album that peaked at No. 8 on the U.S. charts.