Juan Antonio Arguelles Rius

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Background information
Birth name Juan Antonio Arguelles Rius
Also known as Arguru
Born (1978-11-02)November 2, 1978
Málaga, Spain
Died June 3, 2007 (aged 28)
Benalmádena, Spain
Genres Psychedelic trance,[1] pop[citation needed], techno, dance
Occupation(s) music producer, songwriter, and programmer
Instruments FL Studio
Years active 1996–2007
Labels Out Of Orion[1]
Associated acts Alienated Buddha[1]

Juan Antonio Arguelles Rius (November 2, 1978 – June 3, 2007), also known as Arguru (sometimes Argu), was a prolific music software programmer and electronic musician, producer and songwriter, responsible for such applications as NoiseTrekker and Directwave. He started the company discoDSP and was later hired by Image-Line and involved in the development of Deckadance and FL Studio 7. Arguru died in a car accident on June 3, 2007.[2][3]


Juan Antonio Arguelles was born on November, 1978 in Málaga, Spain. In 1997, Arguru started out as one of the most productive plugin developers of the Jeskola buzz-scene. In 2000, he and Frank Cobos (known as "Freaky") began mixing psytrance as a duo in Malaga under the name Alienated Buddha. They released the album Inpsyde on Out of Orion in February 2002.[1]

Arguru co-founded the software company discoDSP with George Reales in July 2002. In December 2002 they released NightShine.[4] discoDSP is known for developing audio plugins such as Discovery, Discovery Pro, Vertigo, Bliss, Phantom and Corona. Discovery is notable for being the first commercial VSTi plugin that was available on both Windows and Linux. He left the company in 2004 to begin working for Image-Line.[4] While at Image-Line, he contributed to the development of FL Studio and was the primary programmer for the DJ software Deckadance, released in 2007.

Other projects[edit]

  • Aodix is a digital audio workstation program which is advertised as "the ultimate bridge between tracking and sequencing".[5] Aodix brought several innovative technologies to trackers such as pattern zoom and subtick timing. Version 4 of Aodix was released as freeware, previous versions were available for $75.
  • NoiseTrekker was a Windows tracker with MIDI, internal synth, 2 TB303s and DSP support featuring a classic amiga-style interface.[6] NoiseTrekker code was used as a basis for the first version of Renoise,[7] one of the most modern and actively developed music trackers. Another project based on NoiseTrekker is Protrekkr, an advanced tracker that aims to create small music files for demoscene intros.
  • Psycle is a complete modular music creation environment with a tracker interface. Versions up to 1.0 were created by Arguru. After that it was released into the public domain, development was continued by other people. Current versions are released under GNU GPL and available for all major platforms.


On June 3, 2007, near the city of Benalmádena (Málaga, Spain), Arguru was driving when he lost control and crashed into an RV, dying in the accident.[2] His funeral was on June 4, 2007, in the park cemetery of Malaga.[4]


  • Inpsyde by Alienated Buddha (Out of Orion, 2002)[1]


  • In 2007, Canadian house musician, deadmau5 and British DJ Chris Lake wrote a song titled "Arguru" for the album Random Album Title in memory of Arguru.
  • On the anniversary of his death, the message "RIP, Argu..." appears in the FL Studio tooltip window.


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