Tutti is an audio self-portrait formed from manipulated sound recordings from Cosey’s life, music and art. She writes “It’s the only album I’ve made that is an all-encompassing statement expressing the totality of my being. A sense of the past in relation to the present and everything in between.”
These eight soundscapes were originally conceived as the soundtrack to the autobiographical film Harmonic Coumaction (2017), and performed live in February 2017 as part of a series of events that accompanied the COUM Transmissions retrospective which opened Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Later that year, Harmonic Coumaction was presented as an audio-visual installation for Cosey Fanni Tutti’s solo exhibition at Cabinet Gallery, London. “Working on the COUM Transmissions exhibition coincided with writing my autobiography, collating archive material and re-engaging with my past. My work is a continuum, the past feeding the present and vice-versa. The album is an interpretation of my past and present, of my understanding the shifting perceptions of how they inform one another. One form creating another through a metamorphic process.”
On Tutti, the music has been updated and enhanced with elements of the original tracks re-recorded and further processed specifically to create a unique stand-alone document, separate from the live performance and installation. Recorded at Cosey Fanni Tutti’s studio in Norfolk, the album, as on her debut release, Time To Tell (CTI TTTLP2017, 2017), merges Cosey’s art with her exploration of sound. “The album’s autobiographical theme is not locked into any specific time or place; the voices, instruments and sounds together span decades of my life. In this context my name Tutti shifts from its role as a noun to perfectly represent the concept of the album, also acting as sign for me the artist.”
Tutti is Cosey Fanni Tutti’s only solo release since Time To Tell (1983). Time To Tell was recently given its first release on vinyl; the interim years have seen a blisteringly prolific output as an artist and musician. Renowned for her art, her work in the sex industry, as co-founder of industrial music and Throbbing Gristle, and her pioneering electronic music solo and as Chris & Cosey, Carter Tutti, and Carter Tutti Void, she has created throughout with the motto “my life is my art, my art is my life”.
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