Martin Rushent and how he shaped 70’s and 80’s pop

Martin Rushent, who died on June 4 aged 62, was a British record producer whose technological advances shaped the sound of popular music in the 1970s and 1980s.

Rushent worked with a wide range of musical acts, from Dame Shirley Bassey to Joy Division. He made his mark in the late Seventies with the guitar-led punk bands The Stranglers and The Buzzcocks, and rose to prominence as the person responsible for the crystalline computer-driven production showcased on The Human League's synth-pop 1981 album Dare.

Propelled by the hit single Don't You Want Me, the album sold millions of copies worldwide, influencing the way pop was recorded – and in particular how the drum sound was achieved – over the rest of the decade.

Dare was made at Rushent's studio, Genetic Sound, at his home in Streatley, Berkshire. This was equipped with the most up-to-date recording systems, at considerable cost; it was claimed that £35,000 was spent on air-conditioning alone, a luxury in Britain in the early 1980s.

Read Martin Rushent's full obituary here at The Telegraph


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