“… a new electronic masterpiece” – Electronic Sound
“An atmospheric masterclass” – Q Magazine
“…simultaneously looks back over its shoulder and glares straight into the eye of the future” – The Wire
“… one of the most astonishing electronic works…” – PROG
“…each [song is]propelled by percolating, Age Of Tomorrow synthesizers and awash in ghostly, extra-terrestrial voices to conjure late-night adventures in the lab.” – AV CLUB
“…an overarching etude on experimental electronic music.” – POPMATTERS
Chris Carter has released his eagerly awaited new album – and his first in 17 years – “Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Volume One.”
In addition, Carter has launched a series of chemistry lesson videos with Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lesson on Artwork. In the lesson, Carter explains the process and inspirations behind his self-designed artwork. This will be followed by “Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lesson on Effects Pedals”. Keep checking Chris’s newly launched website featuring an interactive periodic table – for additional lessons in the coming weeks (links below).
“Chemistry Lessons Volume One” is populated with insistent melodic patterns and a distinct sense of wonderment at the limitless possibilities of science. “If there’s an influence on the album, it’s definitely ‘60s radiophonic,” Carter says. “And 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 listen to Moon Two, off of the album, as you continue reading.
He is also credited with the invention and production of groundbreaking electronics – from the legendary Gristleizer home-soldered effects unit through to the Dirty Carter Experimental Sound Generating Instrument and the sold-out TG One Eurorack module (designed with Tiptop Audio, these modules can be heard during Carter’s set at a recent Rough Trade event) and the Future Sound Systems Gristleizer modules – Carter has created the means to make sounds as well as making the sounds themselves.
The 25-track album was recorded in Carter’s own Norfolk, England studio and the artwork and accompanying videos were self-created, taking cues in part from battered old experimental BBC broadcast LPs.
Despite having been worked on over an extended period between various artistic projects in a variety of different moods, situations and circumstances, “Chemistry Lessons Volume One”s experiments never feel like Carter noodling around aimlessly in his studio-laboratory. Instead there is an inner coherence and a distinctively Chris Carter approach to sound and execution that showcases the sonic scientist’s restless, questing creative spirit forever scouting for new ideas.