There is no way I could talk about the artist featured at Mute Short Circuit without talking about a couple of my favorite artists; Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti. It would be too odd, really! I just wont have it. Over the years I have grown increasingly fond of these artist and though I’ve never met them, their approach to sound and production has played a huge role in the direction I have taken with my music and my research. They are for me, one of the most important collectives (Throbbing Gristle) to have emerged over the past few decades. Sure, Kraftwerk are and were the inspiration for synth-pop artist everywhere. You can’t deny that. I don’t think many people would. However, I believe all the offshoots of TG are responsible for inspiring much of the darker side of electronic based music. They have always defied all norms. Even when they were doing their more synth pop based music (Chris & Cosey).
As I am writing this, I wonder what Sleazy would’ve done at this festival. Oh dear, I sense a Coil & The Threshold Houseboys Choir marathon coming on!… Form Grows Rampant playing…NOW!
CarterTutti [Chris & Cosey] Female Artists & Mute Records
CarterTutti on Chris & Cosey at The Mute Short Circuit Festival
Gareth Jones is another producer that has been involved with many of the albums I have admired over the years. In 1980 he joined John Foxx to make Metamatic. You know how much I love that album, right!? Later, he would join Daniel Miller and Depeche Mode at Hansa Studios, in Berlin, to work on some of their early albums like Construction Time Again and Some Great Reward. Whether it was as a remixer, engineer or producer he has been involved with some amazing artist over the years.
In this video Gareth Jones talks to Tara Busch and covers quite a bit of ground with lots of enthusiasm! Jones also talks about Schneiders Bureau and the vast selection to be had at the Berlin synthesizer boutique. He also talks about Anywhere Instruments, Tinysizer.
Check it out…
Mute Short Circuit – With Producer Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Wire and Erasure)
Here is another great video I found from Red Bull. Gareth comes across as one charming and amicable man. He talks about Emmy the Great of course. What I liked here is his commentary about listening and producing an album the way the artist wants. Check out this great musician & producer…
Gareth Jones – The Producers music documentary series – Episode 2 with Emmy the Great
You can also visit his site here.