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Carter Tutti Void - Transverse (Mute 2011)

One of the most intriguing moments of Transverse arrives five minutes and twenty-two seconds into ‘V2’, when Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Nik Colk Void’s chugging wall of mechanised noise is joined for precisely a bar and three quarters by Ableton Live’s default metronome sound. An audio routing accident, or a deliberate wink to the beatmakers in the audience? Neither answer seems particularly plausible, but what makes Transverse so arresting is the extent to which the answer doesn’t matter. Where the mainstream live album employs a raft of studio tricks applied after the event to make the recording sound more 'live’ than live, Transverse makes a virtue out of those parts of the live music experience we typically try to ignore: the high-pitched whine of a feedback loop, the ambient chatter of punters between songs, sub-bass bottoming out the woofers. These elements are folded into the improvised songs/movements of Transverse not in order to demonstrate the recording’s 'realness’ (as a bum note might survive in a live album to 'prove’ its authenticity) but to render the question of intent irrelevant. The show’s genesis reveals an openness to happy accidents: skeletons of the individual pieces were composed in advance in the studio, giving the trio room to flesh the tracks out in live performance. The CD version of Transverse wisely includes just one track in its 'original’ studio form: enough to show us how the magic trick was pulled off without diminishing the listener’s sense of wonder that it happened at all.
Chad Parkhill

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Carter Tutti Void “V1″ Transverse (2012)