The Oral History Of Coum & Throbbing Gristle
BBC FOUR on Sunday 5th Dec at 22.35
The British industrial town Hull could hardly have a more appropriate name. It is a fitting place for a nihilistic avant-garde collective, which at the end of the 1970s aggressively confronted every conceivable taboo: sex, pornography, violence and self-mutilation. But COUM Transmissions was only the beginning. Led by the artists Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti., COUM became the visionary and utterly unruly industrial/noise band Throbbing Gristle, which was named 'the wreckers of civilisation' by a shocked conservative politician. The many rare archive clips speak for themselves.
Title: OTHER, LIKE ME - Director(s): Marcus Werner Hed, Dan Fox - Producer: Marcus Werner Hed - UK/USA - Run time, 59 min
Throbbing Gristle special editions with bonus tracks, gatefold compact discs with booklets, coloured vinyl reissues, double & triple albums.
Available from all good record stores,
or directly from MUTE BANK
CHRIS CARTER REMIX
Industrial electronic pioneer Chris Carter gives Mute US label mate Daniel Avery’s 'Lone Swordsman' a masterful new remix. The original track was created in tribute to the late producer and DJ Andrew Weatherall.
Available from 15th October via Daniel Avery's Bandcamp page, proceeds from the sale of the single will be donated to Amnesty International in Weatherall's memory.
ELECTRONIC AMBIENT REMIXES ONE & THREE
Chris Carter has announced the latest in a series of reissues on Mute, with Electronic Ambient Remixes One and Three set for release on coloured double-vinyl, CD and digitally.
Electronic Ambient Remixes One and Three are radical ambient reworkings of Carter’s early solo work and Throbbing Gristle’s rhythms, each album taking a microscope to elements of the original tracks, transforming them into entirely different pieces. Both albums will be available on vinyl for the first time, while the CD editions have been out of print for over 15 years.
Listen to ‘Solidit’ from Electronic Ambient Remixes One:
or to listen to ‘Heathen Mirth’ from Electronic Ambient Remixes Three: https://youtu.be/44cBG1PZAHw
Both Albums available NOW!
EAR ONE on Bandcamp
EAR THREE on Bandcamp
Available now on BBC iPlayer
From British actor and film-maker Caroline Catz (pictured), Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes presents a cinematic exploration of the life and creative output of the Coventry-born electronic musician and sound pioneer, whose creation of the iconic Doctor Who theme tune in 1963 contributed immensely to the awareness and appreciation of electronic music in Britain.
Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and The Legendary Tapes is presented as part of the BBC’s programming around the Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.
Written and directed by Caroline Catz, who also plays Delia, the film combines dramatisations, archival materials and interviews with Delia’s collaborators, while honouring the BBC Radiophonic Workshop arranger-composer's own questing spirit.
Delia Derbyshire’s story is told through two archives, the first, a collection of lost works, 267 reels of quarter inch magnetic
tape recordings of Delia’s work found in her attic after her death and another discovered in Delia’s childhood bedroom during recent renovations that revealed her school books, paintings and keepsakes. Delia’s own pieces of music are featured alongside an original soundtrack by musician and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti.
It was the winner of the Nathaniel Hornblower Award - SXSW Festival 2021 and had its world premiere at the BFI London film festival 2020.
The Guardian - ★★★★ Review
Experimental and inventive... an intimate and arty portrait of the influential electronic musician.
WATCH NOW ON BBC iPLAYER
Chris Carter's Favourite Albums
From a clandestine love of ABBA to a mind-expanding teenage encounter with Pink Floyd, via Joe Meek, Wendy Carlos and Tangerine Dream, … the music that changed his life. To begin reading Chris Carter’s Baker’s Dozen, as written by Carter himself, click the link below.
THE RETURN OF THE C&C GEAR SALE, 2021
This time it will include many modular modules, euro cases, MIDI keyboards and rare video devices… all at amazing prices.
For a taste of previous C&C gear sales take a peek here
Creative catharsis with Gazelle Twin, Lucrecia Dalt, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Keeley Forsyth.
Gazelle Twin, Lucrecia Dalt, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Keeley Forsyth, four artists making truly original music outside of the mainstream, discuss how they use electronics to build different themes in their music, working within and breaking out of their sonic comfort zones, and how making music leads to creative catharsis.
Listen or Download at the BBC
Art Sex Music now available
C’est l’histoire de Christine Newby, dite Carol, Cosmosis, Cosey, Cosey Fanni Tutti... C’est elle qui nous en fait le récit, et il est essentiel que ce soit d’elle que nous le tenions : Art Sexe Musique offre un éclairage unique en son genre, ancré dans l’intimité, sur l’underground, le monde de la pornographie et le milieu de l’art britanniques. Artiste multidisciplinaire, figure incontournable de l’histoire de la musique industrielle (avec Throbbing Gristle) et de la synth wave (avec Chris & Cosey), Cosey Fanny Tutti est aussi connue pour ses années au sein du collectif à géométrie variable COUM Transmissions, ainsi que pour son travail de performeuse et de plasticienne, qui met en évidence la porosité entre marché de l’art et industrie du sexe, la nécessité d’accomplir des rituels, et tant d’autres choses encore. S’appuyant sur des extraits de ses journaux intimes, elle nous parle de travail domestique et de strip-tease, de squat, de drogue et de formulaire, de sexe et d’amour, de subversion et d’attention aux autres. Si Cosey Fanni Tutti n’a cessé de multiplier les expériences, sa vie s’est très vite fondée sur un principe d’identité porté à l’extrême : ma vie = mon œuvre. Son récit est celui d’une femme en lutte constante pour son autonomie, dans ses multiples relations familiales, artistiques, sexuelles et sentimentales. Dans un foisonnement de collaborations, au fil de succès improbables, au rythme des joies et des déboires des retrouvailles, on voit naître des rapports de manipulation et de domination, mais aussi se nouer d’insondables amitiés. Dans Art Sexe Musique, tout est dans tout, mais à la première personne : le livre est un point de vue à la fois situé et transversal sur l’underground anglais des années 1960 à nos jours, et le témoignage électrisant de ce que l’art fait à une vie. Art Sexe Musique de Cosey Fanni Tutti (Art Sex Music - Faber & Faber - 2017)
20€ 488 pages
Traduction : Fanny Quément
Réalisation graphique : Charlie Janiaut
Illustration : Stephen Vuillemin
ISBN : 978-2-492469-02-2
Distribution : Makassar
Publié avec le concours de la Région Occitanie
The untitled book will be released in spring 2022 after head of Faber Social, Alexa von Hirschberg, acquired world all language rights from Matthew Hamilton at the Hamilton Agency.
It will see Fanni Tutti explore the personal and creative connections between herself, the iconic 1960s electronic musician Delia Derbyshire and the 15th-century mystic visionary Margery Kempe.
Fanni Tutti began her career in 1969, becoming known for her performance art, her work in the sex industry, as the co-founder of pioneering band Throbbing Gristle, and for her electronic music as half of Chris & Cosey and Carter Tutti.
Her previous book, Art Sex Magic, is currently being adapted into a film.
She said: “A few years ago I accepted the exciting offer to compose the soundtrack for a film on Delia Derbyshire and my subsequent research led me into territories I hadn’t anticipated, revealing unexpected connections between myself and Delia. Then while rummaging through the dusty shelves of a second-hand bookshop I came across an old paperback book based on what is recognised as being the first autobiography written in English, The Book of Margery Kempe, whose author was born and lived in King’s Lynn, my local town. As I got deeper into my research on Delia and Margery I was intrigued and surprised by how our worlds and our “recordings” of our lives revealed a shared dogged determination to retain a sense of self within the societies of our time despite the challenges of being constantly undermined and pressured to accept our “place”, to play our “part”. How we sought a sense of fulfilment and freedom.”
Von Hirschberg added: “This book will be a revelatory meditation on womanhood, creativity, self-expression, freedom and experimentation which will uncover the surprising links between three courageous artists. Cosey Fanni Tutti is an exceptional writer and this book will establish her as a pioneering literary as well as an artistic and musical voice.”
Books that have taken writing about music in new and exciting directions for the twenty-first century.
A SUNDAY TIMES, TELEGRAPH, ROUGH TRADE, PITCHFORK AND UNCUT MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE
Musician and artist Cosey Fanni Tutti has continually challenged boundaries and conventions for four decades. As a founding member of the hugely influential avant-garde band Throbbing Gristle, as one half of electronic pioneers Chris and Cosey, and as an artist channellingp her experience in pornographic modelling and striptease, her work on the margins has come to reshape the mainstream. Shocking, wise and life-affirming, Art Sex Music is the fascinating memoir of an inspirational woman.
Faber & Faber
MATERIAL DESCRIPTION: Magazine Action, Lithography on paper
CREDIT LINE: © the artist
ACCESSION NUMBER: ACC45/2018