Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson Memorial Day 24th Nov
- In memory of our dearest Sleazy who departed this world a year ago, we will be remembering him with deepest love by playing his wonderful music and enjoying the many crazy, fond and funny memories we have of his extraordinary uniqueness. If you feel so moved to do the same then please join us in your own way.
Blessed be Sleazy
SLEAZY'S MEMORIAL DAY PLAYLIST
In Conversation With TG, at Rough Trade
To celebrate the release of the remastered TG back catalogue Cosey and myself are doing an ‘In-Store’ at Rough Trade East in London on 2nd November. There will be a Q&A chaired by Luke Turner (The Quietus) and we’ll be “discussing the rich and unique history of TG” and we’ll also be available to sign albums.
Get your free wristbands here... www.roughtrade.com
Trying to avoid burning out...
We decided very early on (even before dear Sleazy passed) that the albums would be remastered and rereleased specifically for each format - Vinyl, CD and DDL. So each of the five vinyl albums comes with an 8-page booklet, as do the five double-CD editions - which include different 8-page booklets to the vinyl. The five digital albums also include 6-page PDF booklets, which are different from the vinyl and CD booklets. So as you can see, this project meant the not inconsiderable task of remastering 20 different album masters, compiling, editing and laying out 100 pages of graphics and photos, and reconstructing (visually remastering) fifteen different 20-year old album covers.
In the past this amount of workload for this type of project would have been split between myself, Cosey, Sleazy and Mute (as with TGV, TG24 etc.). But having left Mute last year, and with Sleazy refusing to work from the afterlife, Cosey and myself decided to undertake the bulk of the work ourselves. Although I guess you may be asking yourself why didn’t we ‘farm out’ some, or all of the work to an outside design/production company? Well there are a number of issues to consider that would be familiar to anyone running an independent label. Obviously a major factor for not using an outside company (or even friends/acquaintances) would be the considerable additional costs for so much high quality production work. But also… historically TG (and Chris & Cosey) have functioned independently in as many areas as possible and between us we have acquired an extensive skill-set to cope with producing these kinds of projects. In fact you name it and one of us has probably done it, or would be willing to learn how to do it. But… this approach also has its drawbacks, as we’ve become ‘control freaks’ and any work we do assign to outsiders or non-TG-extended-family ends up going through endless revisions, tweaks, adjustments and rewrites… or is just rejected. Years ago we realised that for the majority of what we ‘do’ it’s often a lot faster and more cost effective in the long run to just “do it yourself”.
Which brings me back to the TG catalogue. Because, the remastered albums aside, there are still a few choice projects left to be released on Industrial Records from our reacquired Throbbing Gristle archive. The first of these will be TG’s Desertshore project in 2012, which me and Cosey (and a few friends) have been continuing to work on this year, between the TG remastering. Hopefully in 2013 we should be in a position to release the ‘TG in Berlin’ project (recorded 2005-06) and recordings and videos from our TG 2009 USA tour.
Well now I say ‘hopefully’ because Cosey and me also have to factor in our own non-TG projects, which are many. Even without all the TG work we’ve done, this year has been unbelievably busy for us - with Chris & Cosey and Carter Tutti performances, projects, collaborations and remixes and of course Cosey’s own successful Art career. Basically what I’m saying is be patient and bear with us, we’re doing the best we can but we’re only human and are trying to avoid burning out to soon.
btw: Genesis’ contribution to the ‘TG Remastered’ project was to offer some photos from his archive, which we agreed to… but he actually sent us nothing at all.
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Last Chris & Cosey and Carter Tutti performances of this year
Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter will be performing their new
CARTER TUTTI/HARMONIC COACTION set at the Teatro Palladium in Rome
on the 3rd December. Also performing is Ryoji Ikeda.
More details to follow asap - http://www.dissonanze.it
Carter Tutti at Sonic City Festival - Kortrijk, Belgium
Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter will be performing their new CARTER TUTTI/HARMONIC COACTION set at the Liars curated Sonic City Festival, Belgium on 29th October. Please visit the www.soniccity.be site for more details.
Chris & Cosey at Unsound Festival - Krakow, Poland
Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter will be playing their new CHRIS & COSEY set at the Unsound Festival in Poland on 15th October. Please visit the Unsound website for more details.
Chris & Cosey at Bodies of Babel Festival - Frankfurt, Germany
We’ll be playing our new CHRIS & COSEY set at the Bodies of Babel Festival in Frankfurt on 29th September.
Please visit the Mousonturm.de website for more details.
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Collaborating with Factory Floor
Of course it's no secret that I am a fan of FF and this weekend at the Mute Short Circuit Festival will see Factory Floor return the favour as they lend guitarist/vocalist Nik Void to Carter Tutti for another one-off collaborative performance. FESTIVAL LINK
Factory Floor play the ATP Stage on the Thursday night of Primavera, and open for Chris Cunnigham's Roundhouse AV performance on June 1st. For information and tickets go here.
Carter Tutti - Harmonic Coaction Three
- This is a short clip (actually it’s Part 6 of 8) from a live performance of Harmonic Coaction by myself and Cosey Fanni Tutti at the Avatarium Festival in St Etienne, France on 16th April 2011. The visuals and some of the sounds you hear are edited and manipulated from field recordings and photos made at the location of the performance prior to the concert.
The original intention of Harmonic Coaction was primarily as live performance concept - and as such there are no immediate plans to make the audio and video material we have recorded so far available for commercial release - but that’s no to say it won’t be released some time in the future - just not this year at least.
VBS.TV - Electric Independence: Chris & Cosey Documentary
text from VBS.TV:
"It’s not everyday you get to meet two of your favorite, honest to god heroes. But on a recent trip to Norfolk in the United Kindom, we got the chance to spend some time at the country house of the music making powerhouse – and long time couple – Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti.
Not only did Carter and Tutti change the entire electronic music game as founding members of the legendary avant-garde industrial group Throbbing Gristle: they continued their love affair with music, gear and each other over the next 30-odd years with their mind-blowing, ahead-of-the-curve approach to drum machines, sampling and all manner of electronic skullduggery.
Between the electro-pop of Chris & Cosey, the spooky ambience of Carter Tutti or their continuing aural experiments under their mysterious ‘CTI’ moniker, these two epitomize artistic overachievement and we salute and thank them for it.
They took us for a spin around the home studio they’ve been recording in for 25 years, demonstrated some of the bits and pieces they’re using in their current incarnation, performed a special improvised track for us, and taught us how to give an asthmatic cat his daily dosage of medicine."
Actually the reason this remote possibility even popped into my head was by way of a similar occurrence a few weeks earlier, when I found out my new Roland V-Synth XT (while in retro D-50 mode) could be controlled by the original 25 year old Roland PG-1000 controller - sorry to digress.
Anyway... as fascinating as this is to me I think most people find it all a bit too techy and nerdy so I’ll continue it over on my Chemistry Lessons blog.
Quietus Mix008 by Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti