Swiss-born Italian musician, DJ and record producer Robert Miles has died at age 47 in Ibiza, Spain, from an undisclosed illness.

If you happened to work in a record shop in the mid-1990s you’d remember being regularly asked for “that instrumental song where the piano goes, ‘Ding, ding-ding-ding, ding-ding-ding, ding-ding-ding’ before the drums go ‘doof doof doof doof’”.

It was, of course, Miles’ smash hit 1995 trance single Children. It spent 13 weeks atop the Euro Top 100 chart and had sold more than 5,000,000 copies by 1997. In Australia it reached number 32 in the ARIA end of year singles chart for 1996.

Miles, born Roberto Concina, was proficient with the piano at an early age. He spent several years DJing, saving money in order to open his own recording studio/pirate radio station, which he did in 1990. Children kicked off his recording career, followed by the single Fable and album Dreamland.

His second album, 1997’s 23am, was launched with the single Freedom, featuring Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge on vocals. More albums followed, with Organik in 2001, Miles_Gurtu in 2004 and Th1rt3een in 2011.

Miles’ songs have graced movie soundtracks as diverse as those for Ever After, The Bourne Identity and City of Ghosts.

The world has lost a highly-respected trance pioneer. Vale Robert Miles.