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Transverse [VINYL] [Import]

Carter Tutti Void Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (26 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B0079412UM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.

BBC Review

Cross-generational collaborations are generally dispiriting, vampiric affairs, with the haggard elders attempting to suck the lifeblood of credibility from young flesh, and the naive youth thinking a blessing from the old guard will somehow validate their contemporary flimflam. Madonna’s recent cavorting with M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj is a case in point, and the less said about The Doors vs Skrillex the better.

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.

--Luke Turner

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--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arresting Cardiac Soundscapes 29 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
This collaboration between Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Nik Colk Void
captures a live set recorded at London's Roundhouse last year. The management
of raw noise doesn't get much better than this. Against a cardiac rhythmic
pulse, the four numbers ('V1, V2, V3 & V4') weave startling industrial soundscapes
from the metronomic/hypnotic foundations of the basic thematic elements. A solid
percussive framework underpins the performances, decorated with layer upon layer
of grinding electric guitar, electronic turbulence and occasional distorted vocals.

If this all sounds a bit arcane don't despair! There's enough colour, texture and
dynamic variation on offer to keep us engaged and enthralled from top to tail.
Despite the unrelenting mechanical nature of the music it manages to appeal to
both the body and the mind. 'V4', in particular, with its almost cheeky syncopated
beats, is just about danceable in a happy-robot-in-a-silicon-scrapyard kind-of way!

I rather wish I'd been there to experience this dark rite for myself!
Listening to it recreated here is, nonetheless, a very close second best.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I seed 22 April 2013
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hypnotic pounding electro beats given the "special" treatment by two former throbbing gristlers - composing, evoking and conjuring the electronic sounds to work their alchemy to entice the machines to surrender their innards so the resonances get into the diodes, synapses and the CNS of their victims. Composed principally to jerk the electronic signals within the nervous system into a dialectical arrangement, a symbiosis operating between an apple mac via the vitalist spark of musical notes to provoke the arrival of the dancing machine.

Except, the two alchemists incorporate older primal worlds within a shamanistic experience.

It moves this beyond the bland futurist shuffle of an e dropped on the floor of the office party and a scuttle on the hands and knees to retrieve it. Instead it is a rush back into a Jungian Dionysian collective consciousness of lithe bodies locked in trances. Harkening back to the whoosh of those beltane fires, she witches crooning, hypnotism and lysergic communal bodies intertwining. All done in a Reichian ecstasy - this plays to the dropped out bliss, not the drug rolling around on the floor. Enter a world that refuses to be acknowledged.

So it backgdrops everything opposed to the sterile swapping of bank account notes and the insipid flap of body fluids occurring within the modern group speak of the pig pen party - where the herd remain shuffle around to the sounds of a good night out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trancendental 25 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this album, but usually such delights are accompanied by some po-faced treatise of worthiness by an earnest young man with a severe haircut and a petulant stare. I have my own thoughts and hopefully these may lead you to investigate. You really do not need a degree in artiness to like this stuff, just an open mind.

V1. Starts off like a metronomic burping rhino that is treading as carefully as he (or she ) can over milk bottles, (NB gender of aforementioned beast is ill-defined). Some of the bottles are damaged in the process. Meanwhile birds twitter overhead as a giant bee is trapped in one of the milk bottles. There appear to be a troop of monkeys generally chattering and playing with their light sabres (for the purposes of this review I will assume ownership is not in doubt.). Track gradually fades out to the sound of tennis balls .

V2. Bit if a thumper this one. Nice rhythm going on , low end piano by the sound of it plus a bit of heavy comb & paper action. Suddenly Cosey blows her nose and is seemingly desperate to sneeze - alas unsuccessful . Grief and panic follows. The piano-man is however pretty constant and is soon joined by gratuitous sandpaper-woman. Shakers appear frequently and hark back to those first days in the Primary School Orchestra (happy days!). Just when you think it couldn't get any better , someone decides to finish the last drops of cola through a straw (not sure who, as this is a niche instrument and no-one is listed. ) This is swiftly followed by group handkerchief use - pretty glad I wasn't in the front row for this one. Around the 8 minute marker all hell breaks loose and most of Dr Who's 1960's sound effects are used up at once. The cola bottle later reappears to finish the track off nicely.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 8/10 1 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
good cd but not as good as Throbbing Gristle but still worth getting if you are into industrial music - 8/10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Short of Total Perfection - Chris & Cosey still got it! 3 April 2012
By Grant Regnaert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Chris Carter and long time partner Cosey Fanni Tutti, are at the forefront of electronic music. They are truly pioneers of the electronic scene, experimenting with sounds and creating amazingly hypnotic electronic music for 36 years now. In 1975 they co-founded the infamous industrial band Throbbing Gristle. And in 1981 when the band split up, they formed CTI (Creative Technology Institute) and Chris & Cosey. Since then they've paved the way with their groundbreaking music, influencing electronic musicians the world over. Transverse is a live gig from 2011, with Nik Void of Factory Floor. As a 20 year collector of C&C, I was blown away. The sound is fantastic! Timeless, ether-worldly, trance-inducing music, set to mesmerizing, rhythmic beats. This album is a MUST OWN for anyone who loves electronic music! The full title for the bonus track is V4 Studio (Slap 1). It is 9:57 long. 30 years later and C&C are still breaking sonic boundaries. Transverse is thee perfect chill out album. You won't be disappointed!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Industrial Lives! 19 Oct 2012
By Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In my opinion, this album is as good or better than the best industrial albums of the 80's. If you are an industrial fan, check out this worthy new addition to the genre!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carter Tutti Void 2 Oct 2013
By Wilson W. Wong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An excellent effort, more amazing that it is a live recording, TG fans and C&C fans not to be missed.
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