Carter Tutti Void - Transverse
- David Pollock
- 26 March 2012
Throbbing Gristle's Chris & Cosey collaborate with Factory Floor
Fans of doom-laden industrial machine music might find their clockwork hearts oiled slightly by the release of this most definitive of collaborations, as Carter Tutti (Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, nee Chris & Cosey) and Factory Floor’s Nik Void combine their powers for a new live composition from last year’s Short Circuit festival. In four ten-minute movements impersonally labelled ‘V1’ to ‘V4’ they explore a sound whose repetitive simplicity masks a wealth of emotional resonance, a series of grinding, metronomic artificial beats hurtling like a train in the night, their mechanical clanks and groans cutting through the distorted moorland gale of Void’s guitar and Tutti’s pained, disembodied vocal. It’s beautiful, although listeners’ opinions of what constitutes such may vary.