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Nigel Luby remembered

test 16 December 2008

The late recording engineer and studio tech worked with acts including Yes and The Alarm, writes David Davies. A mainstay of the studio world for more than three decades, Luby also developed an interest in installation sound design. He died of natural causes, aged 53, at his home on Eel Pie Island (pictured) in south-west London.

While Luby is arguably best-known for his long association with Yes and the group’s bassist, Chris Squire, he also engineered recordings for artists including Mike Oldfield, The Alarm and former It Bites frontman Francis Dunnery.

Notable album credits from Luby’s long career include Yes’s Tormato (1977), Mike Oldfield’s Crises (1983), The Alarm’s Strength (1985) and Francis Dunnery’s Fearless (1994).

Mike Howlett, who produced Strength, is among many former collaborators to offer fond memories of Luby, telling PSN-e: "He was a fine engineer with a calming temperament and great enthusiasm – a fine and able ally in the creative heat of capturing great performances. I shall miss him."

In recent years, Luby moved into installation sound design and consultancy, with one of his projects receiving an AV Award nomination in 2006. However, he retained his interests in studio and live recording, and helped to capture reunited prog-rock band The Syn’s first live concert for four decades in 2005.

In a posting on Allgoodpeople.net, The Syn’s vocalist, Steve Nardelli, recalled Luby as "a very talented, kind and charming man; a great loss to his family and the world of music."

Luby’s funeral will take place this Friday (December 19th) at Mortlake Crematorium in Surrey. Those wishing to send flowers and tributes should make sure they arrive by 12pm on that day at Wake and Paine, Funeral Directors and Memorial Consultants, 31 Church Street, Twickenham, TW1 3NR.

Picture credit: Iridescenti

 

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