R.I.P. Iain Burgess, Pioneering Punk Producer Behind Big Black, Ministry and the "Chicago Sound"

R.I.P. Iain Burgess, Pioneering Punk Producer Behind Big Black, Ministry and the "Chicago Sound"
Pioneering punk producer Iain Burgess has lost a battle with pancreatic cancer, and passed away on Thursday (February 11).

A post on the Electrical Audio message board broke the news, with the message reading, "Iain Burgess, Weymouth, UK native and proponent of the "huge bigness" live-centered recording approach found on important rock records throughout the '80s and '90s reportedly passed away today in France. He had been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Iain was a great and generous guy and had a hell of an ear. Raise a glass (or several) for him."

Often credited for defining the "Chicago sound," Burgess was responsible for seminal albums from bands like Big Black, the Effigies, Naked Raygun and Ministry, among others. More recently, he ran a recording studio in France, and kept many photographs of his life there. A gallery of those can be seen here.

While few more details about Burgess's death are available at this time, a list of several of his accomplishments can be seen here.

Thanks to The Daily Swarm for the tip.