PublishedFri, 23 Jul 2021, 11:23
- The artist also known as Pita was 53.
Peter Rehberg has died.
A crucial artist and label-owner in experimental electronic music for decades, Rehberg died of a heart attack aged 53. His death was announced by INA-GRM director François Bonnet. The British-born Rehberg began working under the name Pita in the mid'-90s, pioneering laptop-based production and performance on records like Get Out, Get Down and Get Off. He found a home on Ramon Bauer, Peter Meininger and Andreas Pieper's label Mego, which he joined and later rebirthed after its closure, renaming it Editions Mego in 2006 and moving the headquaters to Vienna.
Rehberg was also a serial collaborator, working with the likes of Jim O'Rourke, Christian Fennesz, Stephen O’Malley and Nick Colk Void. His tenure running Editions Mego positioned the label at the centre of contemporary experimental electronic music, becoming a home for everyone from Mark Fell to Oneohtrix Point Never, Kevin Drumm, Oren Ambarchi, Robin Fox, Graham Lewis, Ewa Justka, Mika Vainio, Yasunao Tone, Florian Hecker and numerous others. Editions Mego also helped birth important sub-imprints such as the Recollection GRM series, O'Malley's Ideologic Organ, John Elliot's Spectrum Spools and Mark Fell's Sensate Focus.