The Orb's Andy Hughes Dies at 44

The Orb's Andy Hughes Dies at 44
Electronic music lost a treasured talent when Andy Hughes, a producer, DJ and collaborator with the Orb, passed away on June 12 due to illness caused by liver failure.

Hughes, who was 44 years old, was best known for his mixing and production on the Orb's Orbus Terrarum, Orblivion and Cydonia albums, and for his production work with Kovak and Basment Jaxx. He also did remixes for the Cranberries and Tangerine Dream. Hughes' most famous recording was the Orb single "Toxygene," which reached number four in the UK charts in 1997.

Hughes' management company WME Entertainment released a statement regarding Hughes's passing that reads, in part, "Andy was a genius who gave so much inspiration and passion to all with his incredible work. He was loved by many aficionados of the trance/ambient genre, but will be especially remembered for his work with Alex Paterson and the Orb... Andy created electronic and ambient/techno/house/dub masterpieces. These took him across the globe where he played to masses of fans in countries including the USA, Japan and Canada as well as a sellout concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1998."

Hughes worked with the Orb up until 1993's Live 93 album, and he also helped build the band's Back Passage studio in Clapham during the same year. Hughes had two children.

Donations can be made in his name to the Liver Intensive Therapy Unit, Kings College Hospital in London, where Hughes spent the last few days of his life.