I would say live performance in electronic music culture values things like improvisation very much. Three years later, Hefty released a compilation of Telefon Tel Aviv remixes that included their take onNine Inch Nails, Ammoncontact, Slicker, and Apparat among others. I didn't want this record to be too full, or 70 tracks in a session like the old Telefon stuff. This return coincides with a reissue of the debut album on Ghostly International and Eustis’ first live shows under the name, which began in the spring of 2016 with a North American tour alongside Moderat. Telefon Tel Aviv ... Composers: Charles Cooper Wesley, III - Joshua Eustis. I took the Kadenze course online, which really blew the doors open for me. I can play the song exactly as it is off the record if I wanted, or I can take it somewhere and make a complete mess out of it, and that to me is kind of the fun part of it. What was it like when you began the actual production process, and how did it flow? Originally hailing from New Orleans, the duo of Josh Eustis and Charles Cooper quickly drew an avid following with their 2001 debut album, Fahrenheit Fair Enough. Telefon Tel Aviv Shed Light on Member Charlie Cooper's Death As previously reported, electronic duo Telefon Tel Aviv this year lost their Charlie Cooper. In 2016 he started trying to realise that idea by immersing himself in the world of Max MSP, all the while developing musical themes that would eventually manifest in the fourth Telefon Tel Aviv album, Dreams Are Not Enough. It's just about compartmentalising those things and making sure you don't just make busy work for yourself. Did you ever feel at risk of losing focus on the creative aspect and just obsessing on the technical side of the system? Formed in New Orleans by Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper, the project made its debut in 2001 with Fahrenheit Fair Enough, a collection of glitchy, melodic IDM instrumentals. While doing all that, I spent two and a half years building the tool kit I needed to make the record. 9048 fans Top tracks. Now that can also trigger other things. So to make the remaining six tracks, were you firing up the system and feeding pre-prepared ingredients into it? 9 Save. Introductory Nomenclature, by Telefon Tel Aviv. I listened to promptings from the label, and it was good for me. It took years. It breaks my heart to inform you all that Charlie Cooper, my better half in Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on January 22nd. In 2009, ten years after they first began working together, the duo returned with Immolate Yourself, via Ellen Alien’s BPitch Control label. Genres: IDM, Downtempo, Synthpop. Yeah, I could have probably just worked on this Max MSP stuff for the rest of my life without ever really writing a record. Downloads, Share this: Add to list See details. I just had to sit down and produce it. And that also deals with doing stuff like that to the vocals. I started to notice this about myself as I was working on this record. Add to a new list. The main system is called Guilt. I wanted to explore it more deeply in the context of melodic material, but also to try to make something that was just fun to listen to and didn't really sound like anything else. We used actual math to program a lot of that stuff manually, to get these curved rhythms. But while Eustis and Cooper emerged within a specific context that provided their continuing work with a solid foundation, they spent the next decade taking risks and grappling with the idea of what an electronic duo could be. Joshua from Telefon Tel Aviv posted the following on their myspace page Wednesday: Hello, Everyone. There are a lot of points on Fahrenheit Fair Enough where a rhythm is programmed according to the Fibonacci sequence, or things break apart according to the Mandelbrot Set. He notched up repeated stints in alternative rock megaliths such as Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer as well as production credits for Tropic Of Cancer and Vatican Shadow, and much more besides. It can store patterns, it can morph or interpolate between patterns, which is a really cool feature. Most of it deals with manipulating MIDI, and how MIDI timing is computed, and it's all really pretty simple. Telefon Tel Aviv has one of the most intense sound palettes in electronic music – atmospheric, emotive, swirling and intricate, all at the same time. I let myself program Max during the day, but if I was gonna work in the evening it had to be just tinkering with melodies or a beat, it had to be something creative and not technical. I needed to figure out a way to mess with the timing of things. Music like. When Cooper tragically passed away in 2009, Telefon Tel Aviv went on indefinite hiatus, leaving behind a small but prominent body of work for listeners to reflect upon. Helen of Troy . Formed in 1999 in New Orleans, Telefon Tel Aviv eventually got signed to Chicago's Hefty Records and released their acclaimed debut album in the fall of 2001. Tom Hall from Cycling ‘74 helped me a lot with a couple of things. Dreams Are Not Enough. Electronic music creation can lend itself to a non-linear, un-composed approach, but were you still coming at it from a song-writing perspective? How much more developed is the system now compared to your original idea? Subsequent albums Map Of What Is Effortless and Immolate Yourself each represented a departure from its predecessors, simultaneously confusing existing fans while acquiring new ones. He passed away on January 22nd of 2009. Yeah. You can use this to trigger other things. Born on April the 12th of 1977. It goes all the way back to the very beginning of Telefon Tel Aviv. If I've only got a set amount of time for this musical idea to happen, how far can I take it within that time? 15 Dislike. I was working 60, 70 hours a week, and I was justifying it to myself saying, ‘I'm not gonna be able to make the record until I have this tool kit done.’ At the worst part of it, it felt like I was allowing myself to do all this extremely tedious technical work so I wouldn't feel guilty about not writing the record, but then the tool kit really started coming together and Ghostly [International] were like, ‘Hey dude, are you gonna do this record?’ I already knew what all the song titles were gonna be, I had all the themes worked out, most of the melodic stuff was written. I knew I was gonna have to worry about words and themes and setting a picture – I knew what the songs were going to be about but I didn't know exactly how I was going to say it. What Guilt does is, you can set a time period of, let's say two bars, and then instead of dividing those two bars into two bars of 32nd notes, you have 32 steps that can be any length. It all has to do with changing the way time is divided. 13 Meh. Their initial combination of micro-sampling techniques, folky songwriting and expressive sound design remains a unique proposition that mutated over time. "We always got bored of whatever we were doing and took a hard turn each time we made a new record, so maybe this one is like the others in that it is a bit of a departure again.". Telefon Tel Aviv, until recently, was a fondly remembered electronic duo with a catalogue of critically acclaimed releases spanning from glitchy, ambient IDM to synth pop and industrial. When it comes to melodic stuff or basic song structures, I have a real good idea of where I'm going a lot of the time. At the convergence of hip-hop, electronic, and soul music, these artists sought to carve out their own lane. It's pretty simple, but also totally open-ended. Telefon Tel Aviv creates experimental electronic music which filters a wide variety of intense emotions through highly advanced sound design. Telefon Tel Aviv, the Chicago-based electronic duo of Charles Cooper and Joshua Eustis, debuted with the full-length album Fahrenheit Fair Enough (Hefty, 2001), one of the most original instrumental dance works of the time. I've always been obsessed with curved rhythms, but while we did a lot with sound design and complex programming, I didn't really dig in a lot on this curved rhythm idea. But the records are all so different from one another, a lot of people think of it like three different bands across three different records, so my thinking this time was to try to incorporate elements of all the records into one record. The t… read more View full artist profile Music like Telefon Tel Aviv Music. Josh Eustis breaks down his studio set-up. 10 years ago, Telefon Tel Aviv, the glitched-out Chicago-based electronic duo, ended in about the saddest way possible. Without sounding like I got too proud of myself, I was really stoked that I somehow managed to do it and it was way beyond what I thought it was gonna be. I also wasn't sure it wasn't going to be rooted in dance music anyway, because I love that. “A Younger Version of Myself” from the new Telefon Tel Aviv album “Dreams Are Not Enough”. Can you explain the system you built in Max? Way, way beyond anything I thought I would ever be able to do. Other side projects include the score for the 2001 film New Port South. The quick answer is that I think it totally picks up where the last record left off. Did you design the live set with a view to being able to improvise more on stage? After five years trying to figure if I was even gonna do the damn thing in the first place, I had to figure out what the sound was gonna be. While his decades of experience in music production had provided him with more than enough tools to solve most conventional production problems, Eustis struck upon a particular concept about time manipulation that couldn’t be solved by conventional means. In September 2001, New Orleans' Telefon Tel Aviv, high school friends Joshua Eustis and the late Charles Cooper, joined the conversation with their debut album, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, released by Hefty Records. Watch Talks, Performances and Features from Ableton's Summit for Music Makers. It was an incredible, liberating, mind blowing experience. Not only does the hyperfunk of Fahrenheit Fair Enough blend Brian Eno's early piano-based ambient pieces, Squarepusher's drum'n'bass frenzy, and … Telefon Tel Aviv is an experimental electronic duo formed in 1999 by two New Orleans high-school friends, Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper. I get married to the way things should be and I have a hard time wrapping my brain around how to improvise, so what I'm constantly trying to do is find ways to improvise on it. I wanted to exercise a little bit of self-censorship and leave space. Following years of playing in various local bands and learning the ropes of electronic music production, Eustis and Cooper wrote the demos for what would become Telefon Tel Aviv in 1999. In September 2001, New Orleans’ Telefon Tel Aviv, high school friends Joshua Eustis and the late Charles Cooper, joined the conversation with their debut album, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, released by Hefty Records. Ableton on FacebookAbleton on Twitter. 04. In between the German and U.S. release of Immolate, Charles Cooper passed away unexpectedly. We caught up with Eustis to find out more about the process behind the long awaited return. Telefon Tel Aviv returns with first album in ten years, Dreams Are Not Enough It's the first LP by Josh Eustis under the moniker after the sudden passing of founding member Charlie Cooper in 2009. For guys who've worked closely with Nine Inch Nails, Telefon Tel Aviv's Charles Cooper and Josh Eustis sound remarkably calm and contemplative. A brooding, stormy record at once reminiscent of TTA and equally not like any previous album, Dreams Are Not Enough arrives on Ghostly International as the wholly appropriate follow up to one of the most singular projects in the history of US electronica. Then there's Pity, which is a gate that also keys off its own timing system, or it can key off the main Guilt timing system. In September 2001, New Orleans’ Telefon Tel Aviv, high school friends Joshua Eustis and the late Charles Cooper, joined the conversation with their debut album, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, released by Hefty Records. In the context of songs, improvisation for me doesn't work very well. Once I got my brain around that it was like, ‘Oh, I'm not gonna be able to do this with my current skill set.’ I realised I had to dig in on Max, so I started learning Max online around 2016 and then spent two years while tinkering with little melodies and lyrics and saving them. It was definitely on my mind. It was actually the most fun I've had making music since the very beginning of trying to make electronic music. Charlie was the one half of the Telefon Tel Aviv. At the convergence of hip-hop, electronic, and soul music, these artists sought to carve out their own lane. Formerly comprising Charles Cooper and Joshua Eustis, Telefon Tel Aviv continues with Eustis as the sole official member since Cooper's death in 2009. Following the untimely passing of Charles Cooper in 2009, bandmate Josh Eustis wound-up the project and spent the next several years embarking on a series of new collaborations and solo … The vocals even sound like a young Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode singing skittering beats. Telefon Tel Aviv is an experimental electronic duo formed in 1999 by two New Orleans high-school friends, Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper. It breaks my heart to inform you all that Charlie Cooper, my better half in Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on January 22nd. 04:58 09. still as stone in a watery fane. Keep up with Telefon Tel Aviv on Soundcloud, Posted on Oct. 8, 2019 in Artists, Every time it receives a bang from one of the other devices it will start an amplitude envelope on whatever's coming through it, so you can break something up pretty interestingly that way. Telefon Tel Aviv discography and songs: Music profile for Telefon Tel Aviv, formed 1999. Albums include Immolate Yourself , Fahrenheit Fair Enough, and Map of What Is Effortless. Telefon Tel Aviv creates experimental electronic music which filters a wide variety of intense emotions through highly advanced sound design. You’ve been playing live sets as Telefon Tel Aviv for a few years again, and there are dates scheduled around the release of the new album. Could you tell me more about the technical vision you had for the record? It's the same feeling I had the very first time Charlie and I started working on music together in the Pro Tools window, when we really didn't know anything at all. 199 Like. Telefon Tel Aviv creates experimental electronic music which filters a wide variety of intense emotions through highly advanced sound design. Complex, interlocking patterns – a hallmark of Telefon Tel Aviv’s sound since their debut album “Fahrenheit Fair Enough”. Yeah. Read Full Biography. New Orleans–derived, Chicago-based American electronic music act, formerly comprising Charles Cooper and Joshua Eustis. It's a pitfall for anybody doing something on the technical side of music, but I just put limits on myself. It's laid out as scenes in session view, and there are instruments that are just tone generators that are open, and MIDI clips and vocal chains and stuff like that. Formed in New Orleans by Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper, the project made its debut in 2001 with Fahrenheit Fair Enough, a collection of glitchy, melodic IDM instrumentals. Following years of playing in various local bands and learning the ropes of electronic music production, Eustis and Cooper wrote the demos for what would become Telefon Tel Aviv in 1999. Getting into Max took me out of the kiddie pool and threw me in the deep end with no floaty. Immolate Yourself. Each step can be its own length, and you can draw in step lengths using a multi-slider or a graph, and it'll loop around those two bars perfectly, but the distance between steps is not measured in note length, it's measured in a pure time value. Understandably, returning to Telefon Tel Aviv was a conflicted decision for Eustis, but as his work with Dietrich brought him back into a similar sphere of music production, ideas for the project began to present themselves. 03:11 07. I sort of knew what they were all going to be ahead of time. Can you explain how your live set is laid out? Telefon Tel Aviv. 4.1 / 5. We have been friends since high school, and began making records together a decade ago. In 2014, Eustis released a solo album on Audraglint Recordings as Sons of Magdalene called Move To Pain. Ableton just feels like home right now. And this ties into the Second Woman stuff I've been working on with Turk, where we started trying to think about things being fluid and loose, not on the grid. I dream of it often: Telefon Tel Aviv. High school friends Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper formed Telefon Tel Aviv in 1999. Formed in New Orleans by Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper, the project made its debut in 2001 with Fahrenheit Fair Enough, a collection of glitchy, melodic IDM instrumentals.Earning critical acclaim as well as devoted fans, the duo … I had to put limits on myself. Did you strike upon an angle of approach you thought would be the right thing to do for Telefon Tel Aviv? I have this thing where I don't really sit down and tinker with song stuff. 01. This was just less than two weeks after the limited Midwest opening of New Port South, a film written by Hughes' … Having earned a reputation for the high production values of the TTA material, Eustis forged a productive career in music that found him working as a sound designer, producer and mastering engineer for a variety of projects. A band that steadfastly refused to adhere to genre conventions or kowtow to expectations, their cult status has only deepened over time. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but I had no clue how to do it, and so I just had to iterate on the idea until it worked. On their second disc, the Chicago lap-top duo Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper (a/k/a Telefon Tel Aviv) display the necessary skill to reclaim these tried and true ingredients from the java-house milieu and make them sound sexy, campy, comical, and alluring again. I've made so many records in the interim time for myself and for other artists, I got to a point where I had a cockiness about the process of making records and I thought I knew everything. So each step can have its own time value, and so you're constantly getting these different time divisions. I knew that [Live] was gonna be the canvas for this thing because of its implementation with Max. After a four-song demo made its way to John Hughes III's Hefty label, the duo issued a set of fractured yet melodic instrumentals, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, in September 2001. Telefon Tel Aviv. Some tips from 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Producers. There's a Tragedy system [originally built by Alessio from K-Devices] which is similar, but it's basically a polyphonic MIDI note repeater which has LFOs built into it for velocities, and that can fire together with Guilt if you want to do it a different way. Originally hailing from New Orleans, the duo of Josh Eustis and Charles Cooper quickly drew an avid following with their … They spent the rest of that year writing their debut album, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, released in September 2001, as well as the soundtrack for the movie New Port South, written by Hughes’ brother James and released the same year. I just started to like the way space sounded in music and it became a very rewarding feeling. We always got bored of whatever we were doing and took a hard turn each time we made a new record, so maybe this one is like the others in that it is a bit of a departure again. With this graphical user interface I can send timing data to MIDI that's already playing, change it or manipulate it in ways that I think are interesting. Following Cooper’s death the Telefon Tel Aviv project went on hold. New material under the Telefon Tel Aviv moniker is currently being written. If you put a synth after the Guilt system and play chords or melodies, it will play the notes that you're holding down almost like an arpeggiator, but play them at the times that you determine on the multi-slider. After years of self-doubt, Eustis decided to revive the Telefon Tel Aviv alias in 2016. It was this incredible feeling of the world being your oyster and not knowing how to do anything and just tinkering until things sound cool or interesting or new. Telefon Tel Aviv: Shifting Time When the last Telefon Tel Aviv record came out, the band already had a tangled legacy behind them. It was an attempt to think about the space between notes. He also formed Second Woman with Turk Dietrich – an acclaimed project that mutates bruising club aesthetics through intense signal processing and sound design. MUTEKLIVE001 - Telefon Tel Aviv Live @ MUTEK Montréal 2003 In dedication to the late great Charles Cooper of Telefon Tel Aviv, the MUTEK podcast series opens with a look back to the early days of the dynamic duo, captured here in fine form at the Musée Juste Pour Rire in Montreal, on May 28, 2003. Get started with synthesis using a web-based synth and accompanying lessons. It’s basically a big standalone app I built in Max, which I then parted out into individual pieces for Max for Live, for working within Ableton Live. It was either learn Max and deal with the idea of Max For Live controlling timing in Ableton, or learn Javascript and try to do it in Logic, and that seemed much harder. The device requires Live 10 and Max for Live. Josh Esutis has kindly shared one of his own Max for Live creations, a simple tool for designing kick drums and generating low-end frequencies, used in the making of the latest album. Varied electronic music as emotive as it is experimental; originally a duo of Joshua Eustis and Charlie Cooper, later a Eustis solo outlet. How long did it take you to strike upon this process? When the last Telefon Tel Aviv record came out, the band already had a tangled legacy behind them. In 2004, they released their second LP, Map Of What Is Effortless, a bold attempt at solidifying the romantic elements of their debut into a modern r&b sound and featuring vocal contributions from Damon Aaron and Lindsay Anderson. I don't want to say it's a folk record, but it ended up being more like that than it ended up a dance record. Second Woman – Josh Eustis’ collaboration with Turk Dietrich of Belong takes more direct aim at the dance floor. Enter your email address to stay up to date with the latest offers, tutorials, downloads, surveys and more. A little bit of Map [Of What Is Effortless], a little bit of Fahrenheit [Fair Enough] a little bit of Immolate [Yourself] and then whatever else it's gonna be. Beyond the central production ideas about time shifting on Dreams Are Not Enough, it also seemed like there was an emphasis on spatial processing and breathing room in the mixes. Shaped by a diverse set of influences that included British electronic music (Autechre, Aphex Twin, Jega) and Black American music (house, techno, bounce rap), Telefon Tel Aviv were the latest in a growing lineup of American musicians that sought to carve their own lane and add something meaningful to a growing international conversation about what the meeting point between hip-hop, soul, and electronic music could be. Telefon Tel Aviv is a New Orleans, Louisiana-derived, Chicago, Illinois-based American electronic music act. There's a track for video, there's a track for triggering lights, there's a bunch of auxiliary stuff, but then basically what happens is using Max I've built a graphical overlay that goes on top of everything, so I'm not even looking at Ableton [Live] when I'm playing. Telefon Tel Aviv is a Los Angeles-based group formed in 1999 by Josh Eustis and the late Charlie Cooper, originally based in New Orleans, and then Chicago before Cooper's death. Darker and synth-driven, this third album took yet another dramatic left turn, this time towards a more unabashedly pop-minded sound. As previously reported, electronic duo Telefon Tel Aviv this year lost their Charlie Cooper. Learn the fundamentals of music making right in your browser. Having come up with the idea and technical approach, what did you set about trying to do going into Max? How do you feel that Dreams Are Not Enough relates sonically to the rest of the Telefon Tel Aviv legacy? 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