Bill Doss of Olivia Tremor Control and Elephant 6 dies at 43

Bill Doss of Olivia Tremor Control and Elephant 6 dies at 43
Bill Doss of the band Olivia Tremor Control, and founder of the Elephant 6 recording collective, has died at age 43.
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Bill Doss of indie rock band Olivia Tremor Control and co-founder of the Elephant 6 Recording Co. musicians’ collective has died at age 43, according to the group’s website. No other details have been announced.

“We are devastated by the loss of our brother Bill Doss,” the website says. “We are at a loss for words.”

Doss, Jeff Mangum and Will Cullen Hart started Olivia Tremor Control in Louisiana in 1988. Mangum split and started Neutral Milk Hotel. Olivia Tremor Control put out two albums in the 1990s -- “Music From the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle” in 1996 and “Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One” in 1999.

Elephant 6 was a collective of psych-pop revivalist acts including Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo, Of Montreal and others. Doss once said he envisioned that “the music of the future isn’t going to be made by a bunch of people in a room playing instruments, but by people collecting the sounds around them then bringing them all together.”


On Tuesday, Olivia Tremor Control’s website was overwhelmed for a time and crashed because user demand exceeded the site’s bandwidth limit.


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