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Mute are pleased to announce the release of CARTER TUTTI VOID’s Transverse, a unique collaboration from Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle) and Nik Void (Factory Floor), out on vinyl, CD and download on 26 March 2012.
Transverse is a unique collaboration, created especially for the legendary Short Circuit presents Mute festival at the Roundhouse, London in 2011.
The tracks were prepared in the studio and then performed and recorded live in front of an audience. Outside of the trio, these recordings were unheard prior to the festival and the popularity of the performance left many being turned away at the door.
Mute is proud to make this groundbreaking recording available and to be working again with two of electronic music’s true pioneers and one of its new trail blazers.
Said The Quietus of the performance: “…a warm embrace, creating a deep connection… Carter at the back manipulates the electronics while on either flank, Void scratches noise with bowed guitar and Tutti plays while singing vocals that she mangles and distorts… there is no nihilism in this noise, nothing but a deep and wonderful sense of love.”--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
However, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, artists with more integrity than the national debt of Greece, can be trusted not to choose their sparring partners for the wrong reasons. For a start, they’re currently enjoying something of a public reappraisal. Following the sad demise of Throbbing Gristle in 2010, a series of performances under the Carter Tutti moniker have been received with rave reviews, as were the reissues of TG’s back catalogue late last year.
If it’s only now that their legacy as pioneers of electronic music is being recognised, then it’s apt that it has coincided with the arrival of London trio Factory Floor, one of the few groups who have come close to picking up the gauntlet set down both by Throbbing Gristle and Carter and Tutti’s later work together.
Factory Floor’s Nik Colk Void was asked by Carter and Tutti to join them for a live performance deep in the bowels of the London Roundhouse as part of the Mute label’s Short Circuit festival in the spring of 2011. Transverse is a recording of that packed performance (queues of fans desperate to get in stretched around the building), yet it should not be approached as a standard live album. Those usually are doomed by their very nature: gigs are an attempt to capture something mastered in a studio against the technical odds, and live recordings generally fail to capture the intangible spirit of being there.
Carter Tutti Void have achieved the exception. These four tracks – perhaps movements would be a more appropriate term – feel entirely alive, a spontaneous weld of anxious beats, the odd squirl of guitar and distortion, corrupted vocals and deep, chasmic bass. The motif that recurs throughout is that of pace, propulsive forward movement, the creative interplay between the three artists almost tangible in the listener’s ears. Prosaically, Transverse would make for a fine album to walk or run to, such is the energy contained within. Aside from that, it captures a wonderful sonic conversation between like-minded souls.
Find more music at the BBC This link will take you off Amazon in a new window--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.