January 10, 2018
Inspired by the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop.
Throbbing Gristle co-founder Chris Carter is releasing his first solo album in 17 years on limited coloured 2xLP, this March on Mute.
Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Volume One is heavily inspired by the music of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the studio famous for pioneering early electronic music with pieces such as Delia Derbyshire’s Doctor Who theme. Its artwork is also inspired by classic BBC experimental LPs.
“If there’s an influence on the album, it’s definitely ’60s radiophonic,” Carter explained. “Over the last few years I’ve also been listening to old English folk music, almost like a guilty pleasure, and so some of tracks on the album hark back to an almost ingrained DNA we have for those kinds of melodies.”
You can hear the first single and opening track ‘Blissters’, which offers a first taste of the album’s hyper-melodic electronic sound and distorted vocals, some of which were developed with late Throbbing Gristle and Coil founder Chris “Sleazy” Christopherson:
“Sleazy and I had worked together on ways of developing a sort of artificial singing using software and hardware. This was me trying to take it a step further,” he explains. “I’ve taken lyrics, my own voice or people’s voices from a collection that I’d put together with Sleazy, and I’ve chopped them up and done all sorts of weird things with them.”
The vinyl variant, which comes on limited “frost bite blue” and “ash grey” double LP, also includes a limited edition signed print.
Pre-order a copy here ahead of its 30th March release, and check out the track list below.
3 Nineteen 7
5 Pillars of Wah
7 Field Depth
8 Moon Two
11 Tones Map
12 Dust & Spiders
14 Lab Test
18 Noise Floor
19 Post Industrial
22 Time Curious Glows
23 Ars Vetus
24 Hobbs End