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CARTER, CHRIS - Chemistry Lessons (CCCL Volume One)

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: MUTE ISTUMM415
Release Year: 2018
Note: the first solo-album by CHRIS CARTER in 17 years, the 'genius behind the machines' at T.G. - "Each of the 25 tracks feels to offer a window onto worlds of encrypted kinetic energy, fulminating figments of the imagination which come to life in shapeshifting, plasmic forms made all the more 'real' and hyperstitious....cropping up as alien sirens, glossolalic darkroom murmurs, and fully-fledged 'singers' in their own strange right." [Boomkat] gatefold sleeve
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"Das erste Album von Chris Carter seit 17 Jahren ! Als Grndungsmitglied von Throbbing Gristle gemeinsam mit Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter Sleazy Christopherson und Genesis Breyer P-Orridge , spielte Chris Carter eine signifikante Rolle in der Entstehung elektronischer Musik, eine Reise, die Carter als Teil von Chris & Cosey und Carter Tutti respektive Carter Tutti Void und in seinen Soloarbeiten bis heute fortsetzt. Die Verknpfung von traditioneller Musik und Elektronik sind jene Momente, die die Musik von CCCL Volume 1 an das Schaffen von Throbbing Gristle rckbinden." [label info]



"Architect of the present future, Chris Carter goes retro hauntological on CCCL Volume One, his first solo album in 17 years.

Since his previous album, released in the last century, hes been busy taking his influential duo with partner Cosey Fanni Tutti to a natural close, and likewise seeing thru their trio with Nik Colk Void, while at the same time diversifying his bonds with remixes of the contemporary field, from Factory Floor to Nisennenmondai and Perc. Here, however, the enormously pivotal artist paints a sonic self portrait indulging an unswerving thing for the BBCs Radiophonic Workshop and the malleability of modular synths, all with a mixture of wide-eyed, youthful innocence and high end studio nous executed to nostalgic degrees.

In the classic framework of hauntology, Carters nostalgia is for a lost, assuaged or thwarted synthetic future he experienced explicitly and cosmotically growing up during the space age, when synthesisers were vehicles for interstellar and interdimensional travel and acted as the connective ligament of counter-cultural likeminds across the world, so its easy to understand why he cant shake that feeling here.

Like a grown up kid with all the kit he could ever dream of, Carter brings his ideas to life in uniquely tactile style, working like a sculptor with broad palette of amorphous materials that continue to react and mutate after hes fixed them in place, at his legendary studio in Norfolk. Each of the 25 tracks feels to offer a window onto worlds of encrypted kinetic energy, fulminating figments of the imagination which come to life in shapeshifting, plasmic forms made all the more real and hyperstitious thanks to his application of AI like vocaloids which populate the album, cropping up as alien sirens, glossolalic darkroom murmurs, and fully-fledged singers in their own strange right.

The result is a uniquely absorbing album tied together by Carters smart internal logic, a mazy manifestation of bio-electronic feedback systems that gives voice to the machine as much as the man operating it in a way that will really speak to followers of classic electronic music." [Boomkat]