Chris Carter : Electronic Ambient Remixes Three Review
By Bea Willis
Chris Carter is a London, England born electronic musician and founding member of Throbbing Gristle and one half of electronic duo Chris & Cosey (aka Carter Tutti). His long-time partner Cosey Fanni Tutti is the mother of his son, Nick, and is also a member of TG. As well as successfully touring worldwide, Chris & Cosey also recorded and collaborated on innumerable releases, most notably with Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, Robert Wyatt, Coil, Lustmord, Monte Cazazza, and many more. Chris & Cosey have also remixed tracks for Mortal Loom and Erasure. In 1994 Carter also moved into journalism and regularly published technical articles and reviews in the UK magazine Sound On Sound. In 2000, in collaboration with Cosey Fanni Tutti, Carter began producing and releasing a series of albums titled Electronic Ambient Remixes. The first of these, EAR ONE, consisted of remixes of his 1980 The Space Between album. In 2002 he released EAR THREE, a further solo ambient CD, composed of the remixes of his original Throbbing Gristle industrial rhythm tracks. In 2003 Carter and Fanni Tutti started releasing material and performing as Chris & Cosey and producing all their work under the title of CARTER TUTTI. Carter continues to work solo and on various projects with Cosey Fanni Tutti, Throbbing Gristle, and Carter Tutti Void. Carter is now bringing his invention and production of groundbreaking electronics to his album Electronic Ambient Remixes Three.
“The World As A War Film” brings us into the world of Carter’s remixes. A fully expanded percussive soundscape quickly dispels any notion of this being unstimulating with his formidable mastery of ambient sound textures. The pulse is like a cosmic dancer opening the album with complete exploratory and ambient elements that will stimulate you to your core. Carter provides plenty of space and takes his time with lengthy rhythmic turns in the music to establish a melodic plat.
“Heathen Mirth” adds a taste of a more progressive and active sound in the rhythmic pulse that comes shining through with the ambient vibrations and waves. Carter always features a delicious balance of space and activity that stimulates a response from the listener at the moment. Living between the tempo is a dramatically original and warm set of sounds that Carter develops in his digital world that is truly enchanting to the song.
The twelve remixes on Electronic Ambient Remixes Three brings new light to Carter’s electronic mindset in this session. In conclusion, the album is another impressive outing and a testament to Carter’s continued evolution as an ambient composer.
Release Date: September 3, 2021
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With an unwavering passion for music that began at the tender age of five, I embarked on a journey of self-expression through the piano, later expanding my repertoire to the guitar and the art of singing. As a seasoned performer in cozy coffee shops and harmonious choir ensembles, I've immersed myself in the diverse tapestry of musical genres, seeking to uncover the intricate qualities that strike a chord within our souls.
Beyond my personal experiences, my journalistic pursuits have led me to explore the stories and inspirations behind the melodies we hold dear. As a music journalist, I aim to delve into the heart of each composition, shedding light on the creative minds that have shaped the soundscape of our lives.
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