Special Edition: Throbbing Gristle
TG ONE is a special edition of the Tiptop Audio ONE module designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Throbbing Gristle’s ground-breaking “Second Annual Report”. Few bands have staked out such an original space in music that proved not only immediately provocative and illuminating, but filtered into almost every corner of electronic and popular music in the succeeding decades.
Collaborating with the band and MUTE records, the Tiptop Audio team tailored the features of the popular ONE to the sound and aesthetic of Throbbing Gristle.
Decked out in the TG color scheme of red and white on black, the design incorporates the iconic TG ‘flash’. Even the packaging sports classic cover art from ’20 Jazz Funk Greats’.
Working with long-time beta tester Chris Carter, the Tiptop R&D team tweaked the ONE firmware, creating two new modes: the first a random file selection on each trigger input and the second a looping playback that randomly seeks within a sound file with each trigger. Both of these functions take TG ONE into new sonic territory.
TG ONE includes two exclusive cards of Throbbing Gristle samples curated by Chris Carter from his archive of the original Throbbing Gristle recording sessions. The files have been further reworked and revised, modified and mangled by Carter to give the user a unique Throbbing Gristle sonic palette to work wonders with while retaining the spirit of the original sources. Card one consists of 128 percussive sounds and audio snippets and the second card features 128 longer samples, pads, and loops. Tightly coupled with the firmware these cards are only available with the TG module.
Tiptop Audio would like to thank Paul Taylor, Daniel Miller and all at Mute for their support; and Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and the late Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson for their inspiration.
“When Tiptop suggested this idea, I was a little skeptical that it would be something people might want, but once I started compiling the sounds I got excited about the potential and the possibilities – now I’m eager to hear how people will use this ‘TG DNA’ in their own music. I can’t wait…”
Size: 4HP – Depth: 43mm – Power: +12V 80ma / -12V 8ma
Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle) modular live performance at the Rough Trade East using the forthcoming special edition TG-ONE Eurorack Module, created by Tiptop Audio and featuring sound libraries on cards newly created by Chris.
Chris Carter: Tiptop Audio TG ONE