Throbbing Gristle's Gristleizer audio effects unit

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21 Responses to “Throbbing Gristle's Gristleizer audio effects unit”

  1. Rezpect says:

    Awesome post for us oldsters. Thanks!

  2. arkizzle says:

    Painting199: busted

  3. Bonnie says:

    Best cutting edge band EVAR. Thanks for reminding me to add them to iTunes.

  4. WeightedCompanionCube says:

    iWood – dirty pots and pans notwithstanding, the TG box is all op-amps and FETs. Very linear until they clip hard. There’s not much to drift, saturate, or overdrive creatively.

    That is such an elegant little box, either the TG or the pedal version, and you can’t do a perfect digital simulation of the literally infinite ways to set a couple of analog knobs. Then again, by that logic you can never get them exactly the same way twice when performing either.

  5. ill lich says:

    Hamburrrrger Laayyyydyyyy. . . .

  6. Anonymous says:

    A freeware VST effect called Throbber was inspired by the Gristleizer.

    Freeware download over at the Tiny God page.

    http://www.tinygod.com/

    http://www.tinygod.com/productthrobber.html

  7. superrobot says:

    Bring on the software emulations.

  8. IWood says:

    Nah…for this sort of thing I much prefer the grotty individuality of analog boxes stuffed with bits of hardware connected by wires and blobs of solder over the uniform abstraction of software emulation. A box where you have to clean out the switches and pots to get rid of static.

  9. jungletek says:

    Bit of an inconsistency in the spelling of the device between the headline and the article.

  10. Anonymous says:

    There’s been a Reaktor emulation of this for a couple of years or so, me likee! Thanks Chris.

  11. David Pescovitz says:

    Thanks, JUNGLETEK.

  12. Stephen says:

    Anyone know who designed it? The link to the original article is broken.

  13. highlyevolved says:

    almighty haxx0rz

  14. knowles says:

    schematics. for great justice, schematics.

  15. Stumpadoodle says:

    eff yeah TG.

  16. Reverend T says:

    Link to PDF is broen, the correct one is:

    http://rubidium.dyndns.org/cag/pdf/gep.pdf

  17. David Pescovitz says:

    Fixed the PDF link too. Thanks.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Okay…I was just in Shanghai telling my friend about Throbbing Gristle, I get back to Japan and this is the first thing I see. My life is weird.

  19. Oren Beck says:

    There’s something to be said-or sad? about Analog delays such as tape loops or spring reverb+delay being replaced by “most” chips or DSP And yeah- that was a subtly geekenbait pun about the SAD1024 device. I also often pun about psychoacoustic claims being often psycho acoustic more than “real” So? Say what one will about the differences between DSP and Analog. Some deride them as being irrational human artifacts – artifacts affected by “knowing” what’s in the black box. I suspect the proof lies in what we like. And the effect of a performer liking the sound in THEIR monitor. Ask for example- Neil Young.

  20. presto says:

    Old live TG is getting harder and harder to find. I just found out they did a reunion thing after I saw this article.

    I never heard of them until 1984, and I believe Gen was doing Psychic TV then if not already. Somebody I knew had a beta tape of a TG show. There were stacks and stacks of boxes everywhere, and wires covering everything. The entire stage was wires and boxes. I didn’t know anything about them. Cosey was very interesting to watch, but the others appeared to be on large amounts of heroin (I’m not saying they were, they just looked it).

    Within a few months after I saw that tape I had a couple dozen TG bootlegs. There was just nothing like the crazy sound they made when they were “on.” A lot of people in New Orleans began imitating Chris’s sound techniques. It would totally be safe to say that Carter was not only a pioneer of the hardware of electronic sound, he helped touch off the revolution that became postindustrial dance. And yet so few people know anything about TG.

    I met Gen in 1988 at the Grand Canyon. He was wearing a large leather overcoat which barely hid his nudity underneath it. There was a 16 penny nail stuck through the end of his penis. When I tried to speak to him he looked at me as if I were a leper or an alien. Orridge is a strange guy.

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