Chris Carter On Recording & Mixing ‘Chemistry Lesson’

Mute Records has shared a series of videos, looking at Chris Carter and how he works.

In the first video, above, Carter looks at recording and mixing his latest release, Chemistry Lessons Volume One. Below, he discusses his use of effects pedals:

In the last of the videos, Carter looks at creating artwork for the album:

Here’s the music video for Moon Two:

Here’s what Mute and Carter have to say about the new release:

“If there’s an influence on the album, it’s definitely ‘60s radiophonic,” Carter says. “And over the last few years I’ve also been listening to old English folk music, almost like a guilty pleasure, and so some of the tracks on the album hark back to an almost ingrained DNA we have for those kinds of melodies.”

As a founding member of Throbbing Gristle alongside Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Chris 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.

He is also credited with the invention and production of groundbreaking electronics – from the Gristleizer home soldered effects unit through to the Dirty Carter Experimental Sound Generating Instrument and the sold-out TG One Eurorack module (designed with Tiptop Audio, these modules can be heard during Carter’s set at a recent Rough Trade event) and the Future Sound Systems Gristleizer modules – Carter has created the means to make sounds as well as making the sounds themselves.

The 25-track album was recorded in Carter’s own Norfolk studio and the artwork and accompanying videos were self-created, taking cues in part from battered old experimental BBC broadcast LPs. Despite having been worked on over an extended period between various artistic projects in a variety of different moods, situations and circumstances, CCCL Volume One’s experiments never feel like Carter noodling around aimlessly in his studio-laboratory. Instead, there is an inner coherence and a distinctively Chris Carter approach to sound and execution that showcases the sonic scientist’s restless, questing creative spirit forever scouting for new ideas.

2 thoughts on “Chris Carter On Recording & Mixing ‘Chemistry Lesson’

  1. Chris Carter left me a very nice PM on Twitter about my Daphne Oram remix piece a few years back. I was quite shocked at first. Thought it must be from a parody account. But nope. It was him.

    I think he’s a talented chap and I am looking forward to hearing this album.

  2. Though Chris and I share a number of mutual friends, we have never met. After seeing this, I realize what a gentle soul and humble individual he is. The man behind the music! I sorta feel like The Great Oz has spoken!

    I hope more people learn more about him and his many influential projects. This is a fellow who influenced the people who then influenced the people who shaped even the pop world.

    From Throbbing Gristle to work with Eurythmics he has continued to create great work. The term, INDUSTRIAL Music came from the label he started called Industrial Records…. that is my history lesson for the day for anyone curious.

    See ya!

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