Longtime collaborator cEvin Key (of Skinny Puppy) posted a tribute message on Facebook along with the above photo (image for this upload). According to the date on the image, Western passed away yesterday (February 9).
Western was a veteran experimental musician known for his work alongside cEvin Key in the electronic outfit Download. Other projects included PlatEAU, Off and Gone, Frozen Rabbit, Beehatch and more - philwestern.bandcamp.com. He also made solo music, collaborated with Skinny Puppy, and ran his own imprint called the Record Company.
His music help shape what our "Strange Waves" show is all about. Thanks for all the great music and projects, Phil Western ♡