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Mark Linkous
3 Aug 2012

From "In Memory of Mark Linkous":

Mark Linkous took his own life in March of 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Born into a coal mining family, Mr. Linkous lived in Andersonville, Virginia and later in Hayesville, North Carolina, where he established the Static King recording studio.

Mr. Linkous was known for his work under the moniker of Sparklehorse, whose debut record Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot was widely heralded upon its release in 1995. As with the four records which followed, the songs may have contained foundations of country and blues but they were propelled by a kind of aesthetic that was entirely of Mr. Linkous's creation: an aesthetic that used radio static and found music, children's toys and effects pedals, in such a way that it sounded gorgeous, emotionally coherent and surprisingly organic. Upon the achievement of that record and 2001's It's a Wonderful Life (his other masterpiece) Mr. Linkous was highly sought after as a producer. Whether he was behind the controls or not, many contemporary recordings bear the subtle yet indelible mark of his influence.

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