Hungarian composer György Ligeti died in Vienna today. (See obituary, Jam obituary, Wikipedia entry with many links.)

I can think of few composers who have been as inspiring and imaginative in their sound world as Maestro Ligeti. While he largely shunned electronic music production, his music for choir and orchestra challenges electronic and acoustic composers alike with its stunning timbres. If you’re looking for a different way of thinking about sound and form in your electronic work, whatever your genre, Ligeti is a good place to start. His life was equally remarkable, a Holocaust survivor who went on to become one of the great musical voices of the 20th Century. He will be sorely missed.