Peter Rehberg

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Peter Rehberg
Rehberg in 2009
Rehberg in 2009
Background information
Born(1968-06-29)29 June 1968
Tottenham, United Kingdom
OriginSt Albans, United Kingdom
Died22 July 2021(2021-07-22) (aged 53)
GenresExperimental
electronic
computer music
glitch
Years active1982–2021
LabelsEditions Mego
Mosz
Touch
WebsiteEditions Mego

Peter Rehberg (29 June 1968 – 22 July 2021), also known as Pita, was a British-Austrian composer of electronic audio works. He was the head of Editions Mego, which he founded in 2006 as a successor to Mego.

Early life[edit]

Rehberg was born in Tottenham[1] on 29 June 1968.[2] He grew up in Hertfordshire, before relocating to Austria, his father's country of origin.[1]

Career[edit]

Rehberg became associated with Mego in the latter part of 1994.[2] He consequently released his first single early the following year, which was also the first release in the record label's catalogue.[2][3] He followed this up with his debut album titled Seven Tons for Free in 1996, released under the name Pita.[3] Three years later, Rehberg received Prix Ars Electronica Distinction Award for Digital Musics, alongside Christian Fennesz.[4]

Rehberg cooperated with various musicians such as Mika Vainio, Charlemagne Palestine and Oren Ambarchi. He produced music with Ramon Bauer starting in 1997 as Rehberg & Bauer.[2] After Mego folded in 2005, Rehberg revived the label the following year as Editions Mego. He also collaborated with Stephen O'Malley starting in 2006, releasing six drone doom albums as KTL.[1] With Fennesz and Jim O'Rourke, he founded the project Fenn O'Berg.[2]

Rehberg released A Bas la Culture Marchande in 2007, followed by the live collaboration Colchester (2008) and the cassette Mesmer (2010).[2] He started an archival project in 2012 called Recollection GRM. It reissued music by the Groupe de Recherches Musicales collective, including by Pierre Schaeffer, Bernard Parmegiani, Iannis Xenakis, and Beatriz Ferreyra.[1][3]

In an interview conducted in 2016, Rehberg stated that he did not want to peddle music "in its own little box",[1] which he felt was the norm at present. Describing his impression regarding timbre, he believed that "dissonance and resonance have to co-exist for the other to work".[1] François Bonnet, who collaborated with Rehberg on Recollection GRM,[3] felt that his music came to be more dense as his career progressed. He described how it retained its "radical and bold" character, while becoming "deeper, more ambivalent, more moving".[5]

Personal life[edit]

Rehberg was in a domestic partnership with Laura Siegmund until his death. He was previously in a relationship with Isabelle Piechaczyk, with whom he had one child.[1]

Rehberg died on 22 July 2021. He was 53, and had suffered a heart attack prior to his death.[1][3]

Selected discography[edit]

  • (1995) General Magic & Pita: Fridge Trax 12" (Mego)[2]
  • (1996) Pita: Seven Tons For Free CD (Mego)[6][7]
  • (1996) General Magic & Pita: Live & Final Fridge LP/CD (Source)[2]
  • (1997) Rehberg & Bauer: faßt CD (Touch)[2]
  • (1999) Rehberg & Bauer: ballt CD (Touch)[2]
  • (1999) Pita: Get Out CD (Mego)[6]
  • (1999) Fennesz/O'Rourke/Rehberg: The Magic Sound Of Fenn O'Berg CD (Mego)[8]
  • (2002) Fennesz/O'Rourke/Rehberg: The Return of Fenn O'Berg CD (Mego)[9]
  • (2004) Pita: Get Off (Häpna)[6]
  • (2007) Pita: A Bas la Culture Marchande (No Fun Productions)[2]
  • (2007) KTL (Stephen O'Malley & Peter Rehberg): KTL2 (Editions Mego)[10]
  • (2007) KTL (Stephen O'Malley & Peter Rehberg): KTL3 (Or)[10]
  • (2007) R/S (Rehberg/Schmickler): One (Erstwhile)[11]
  • (2007) KTL (Stephen O'Malley & Peter Rehberg): Live In Krems (Editions Mego)[12]
  • (2008) Pita: Get Out (Editions Mego Version) (Editions Mego)[6]
  • (2008) Z'EV vs PITA: Colchester (Editions Mego)[6]
  • (2008) Peter Rehberg: Work For GV 2004–2008 (Editions Mego)[8]
  • (2009) KTL (Stephen O'Malley & Peter Rehberg): IV (Editions Mego)[10]
  • (2011) R/S: USA (PAN)[10]
  • (2016) Pita: Get In CD (Editions Mego)[6]
  • (2020) KTL (Stephen O'Malley & Peter Rehberg): VII (Editions Mego)[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (23 July 2021). "Peter Rehberg, underground musician and Editions Mego head, dies aged 53". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Birchmeier, Jason. "Pita – Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e Monroe, Jazz (23 July 2021). "Peter Rehberg, Founder of Influential Label Editions Mego, Dies at 53". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  4. ^ "ARS Electronica ARCHIV". Archived from the original on 11 February 2006. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  5. ^ Aubrey, Elizabeth (24 July 2021). "Peter Rehberg, founder of record label Editions Mego, dies aged 53". New Musical Express. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Pita – Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  7. ^ Phillips, Nick (21 August 2002). "Sonic Boom". City Pages. Archived from the original on 17 August 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Peter Rehberg – Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  9. ^ Richardson, Mark (24 September 2002). "Fenn O'Berg: The Return of Fenn O'Berg". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ a b c d "Peter Rehberg – Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  11. ^ "R/S (Peter Rehberg/Marcus Schmickler) – One (Snow Mud Rain) (lossless)". Erstwhile. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Live In Krems – KTL". Editions Mego. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  13. ^ "VII – KTL". Editions Mego. Retrieved 24 July 2021.

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