Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti formed CHRIS & COSEY out of the ashes of their seminal 70s' Industrial band Throbbing Gristle. Throbbing Gristle (and Carter/Tutti) founded the Industrial music genre and were one of the first bands to successfully fuse electronic and acoustic instrumentation. Their musical legacy is still very much in evidence today.
When Throbbing Gristle was terminated in 1981 Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti signed to Rough Trade Records and began recording and performing as CHRIS & COSEY. From the very start they indulgently utilised electronics, sampling, rhythms and Cosey's distinctive vocals, cornet and guitar style. In 1982 (and in collaboration with Rough Trade) they formed their own offshoot record label Conspiracy International (aka: CTI) for their more experimental recordings and collaborative projects. CTI continues to run alongside CARTER and TUTTIís more accessible work.
Regularly cited as one of the original forerunners of the Techno and Electronica genres CHRIS & COSEY's name is often cited by bands and DJs as hugely influential. During the 1980s' and 1990s' CHRIS & COSEY went on to record some of the most inventive Electronica albums, including the much sampled and remixed TRANCE album (1982), the Techno Pop classic OCTOBER-Love Song (1983) and the West Coast and Goa dance floor hit EXOTIKA (1987).
During this time they enjoyed great success with record labels such as ROUGH TRADE (UK), PLAY IT AGAIN SAM (Belgium), NETTWERK (Canada) and WAX TRAX (USA). In 1992 after many gruelling tours and for both health and artistic reasons CARTER and TUTTI decided to scale down their live performances and concentrate on studio recordings. In collaboration with WORLD SERPENT they continue to release numerous albums and solo projects through their own Conspiracy International label (see discography below).
Since their inception CARTER and TUTTI have collaborated with such artists and musical luminaries as Monte Cazazza, Coil, Current 93, John Duncan, Erasure, The Eurythmics, Boyd Rice, Robert Wyatt and many more. Their music has also been remixed by Carl Craig, Cosmic Connection, Fred Giannelli, Daniel Miller, U -Ziq, Vapourspace and Andrew Weatherall.
CARTER and TUTTI have always embraced working with cross media techniques and constantly confound categorisation. They regard themselves not solely as musicians but equally as artists, sound engineers, writers, performers and subcultural collaborators.
In recent years CARTER and TUTTI have released two ongoing CD series: The Library Of Sound (L.O.S.) and Electronic Ambient Remixes (E.A.R.). Tracks from both these series have been used in gallery installations, performed at numerous electronic music festivals and been used on TV and radio broadcasts and in Hollywood movie trailers. The most recent E.A.R. release (Four) was a 90 minute experimental sound piece originally broadcast on Resonance FM London in 2003. During the last few years CARTER and TUTTI have had many 'classic' Chris & Cosey tracks played and remixed by DJs and producers, with a particular resurgence in 2005/6 for their very early 1980s' material. 2004 saw the release of CABAL, their widely acclaimed debut album under their newly adopted CARTER TUTTI name.
It was in 2003 that Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti begin collaborating once again with Peter Christopherson and Genesis P-Orridge for a regrouping of Throbbing Gristle. This resulted in a new TG album ('Part Two') and a series of live performances and events, with more planned for 2007.
Cosey Fanni Tutti has recently exhibited at the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, at Tate Britain in London and at the Migros Museum in Zurich. She also has further exhibitions planned for 2007, including MOCA in Los Angeles (more details on her website and MySpace page).
In 2006 CARTER TUTTI performed in Pisa, Venice, Madrid, Barcelona and Athens. They also appeared on the recent Current 93 album íBlack Ships Ate The Skyí and are currently working with a number of other musicians on collaborations and projects, which they will announce soon.
During 2007 Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti again worked on numerous Throbbing Gristle projects, recordings, installations, exhibitions and performances. These included their groundbreaking audio/visual performance at Tate Modern turbine hall and their 3-day 'public recording session' at the I.C.A London.
The new Carter Tutti album Feral Vapours of the Silver Ether was recently released and is already being heaped with praise and rave reviews and is being acclaimed as "their finest yet". Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti are currently working on a number of collaborations, remixes and a new film to accompany Feral Vapours of the Silver Ether.