CHRIS CARTER has shared a new track from his forthcoming reissues of Electronic Ambient Remixes One and Three, due for release July 30 on vinyl and streaming platforms for the first time, and on CD (previously unavailable for 15 years). Listen to “Heathen Mirth,” his minimalist take on Throbbing Gristle’s “Heathen Earth.”
These radical ambient reworkings of Throbbing Gristle and Carter’s early solo work are primed for discovery and re-evaluation as important pieces in the artist’s body of work. ‘Electronic Ambient Remixes One and Three‘ take a microscope to elements of the original tracks, transforming them into entirely different pieces, placing them into a different context and genre, sitting comfortably alongside the ambient masterpieces of Brian Eno, Aphex Twin and The KLF.
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‘Electronic Ambient Remixes One’ (EAR ONE) was the first in a series of four Electronic Ambient Remix solo albums by Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti. Originally released in 2000 (CTI), the starting point for the tracks was Carter’s ‘The Space Between‘ (1980, Industrial), an album collating Carter’s analog sound experiments recorded in the 1970s and 1980s at Throbbing Gristle & Industrial Records’ London studio. ‘Electronic Ambient Remixes One’ is a radical ambient reworking of those early recordings and features heavily manipulated and transmogrified drifting ambient textures whilst still retaining the core essence of the original tracks.
‘Electronic Ambient Remixes Three’ (EAR THREE) was Carter’s second Electronic Ambient Remix solo album, originally released in 2002 (CTI). At its nucleus are a dozen of his original Throbbing Gristle rhythms. These rhythms have been transmuted into three dimensional polyrhythmic loops, weird gothic textures and spooky ethereal ambiences. With track titles giving a sideways glance to the originals, the album features the pulsating beats of “Indiscipline,” the eccentric undulations of “Heathen Mirth” and the unnerving hypnotic motion of “Hamburger Man.”
MORE ABOUT CHRIS CARTER
As a founding member of Throbbing Gristle alongside Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Carter has had a significant role in the development of electronic music – a journey which has continued through his releases as one half of Chris & Cosey and Carter Tutti and a third of Carter Tutti Void – as well as with his own solo and collaborative releases. Carter released ‘Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Vol 1‘, his first solo album in over 17 years, in 2018.
He is also credited with the invention and production of groundbreaking electronics – from the legendary Gristleizer self-built effects unit through to the Dirty Carter Experimental Sound Generating Instrument, the sold-out TG One Eurorack module (designed with Tiptop Audio) and the updated Future Sound Systems Gristleizer modules. Carter’s use of these modules can be heard during his recent series of live solo shows, including this Rough Trade event last year. Through these, Carter has created the means to make sounds as well as making the sounds themselves.
The ‘Electronic Ambient Remixes’ releases are the continuation of a reissue campaign with Mute that started with his solo box set, Miscellany (2018).