Telefon Tel Aviv

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Telefon Tel Aviv
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Joshua Eustis (left) and Charles Cooper (right) at Decibel Festival (September 2006)
Background information
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres IDM, ambient techno, glitch
Years active1999–present
Labels Hefty, BPitch Control, Ghostly International
Associated acts Puscifer, Nine Inch Nails, Black Light Burns, Sons of Magdalene, The Black Queen
Members Joshua Eustis
Past membersCharles Cooper

Telefon Tel Aviv is a New Orleans–derived, Chicago-based American electronic music act, formerly comprising Charles Cooper and Joshua Eustis. Since Cooper's accidental death in 2009, Telefon Tel Aviv has continued with Eustis as the sole official member. Eustis is also known for being a member of the most recent lineup of Puscifer and Nine Inch Nails' live performances. [1]

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Telefon Tel Aviv was formed in 1999 by Charles Cooper and Joshua Eustis, with their first album Fahrenheit Fair Enough, released in the fall of 2001 to positive reviews. In 2002, the group released an EP on the Hefty Records Immediate Action label. In 2004, the duo released their second full-length album, and a compilation album of remixes titled Remixes Compiled in 2007. The group released its third full-length album in January 2009 on the BPitch Control label. Immolate Yourself peaked at #17 on the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart. [2] In 2016, their debut was re-released with eight bonus tracks. [3]

Joshua Eustis American musician

Joshua Leeds Eustis is an American musician, singer-songwriter and record producer, best known as the current sole member of electronic music act, Telefon Tel Aviv, since the death of bandmate Charles Cooper in 2009. He served as a touring member for industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails in 2013 and has collaborated heavily over the years with Maynard James Keenan's solo project Puscifer, for which he also served as a touring member. Eustis' solo project is Sons of Magdalene, of which he began releasing music under in 2008. He is also a founding member of the band The Black Queen.

<i>Fahrenheit Fair Enough</i> 2001 studio album by Telefon Tel Aviv

Fahrenheit Fair Enough is the first full-length album by American IDM band Telefon Tel Aviv, released on Hefty! Records.

Hefty Records is an independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1995 by John Hughes III, the label releases records in a range of genres that include post-rock, IDM, down-tempo, nu jazz, experimental music, and hip-hop.

Since 2011, Eustis has been working on new music. In March 2012, Eustis mentioned on his Twitter account that he was "trying" to work on new Telefon Tel Aviv material. [4] In February 2013, Eustis was announced as a member of the touring lineup of Nine Inch Nails. He was originally slated to tour with band throughout 2013 and 2014. [5] However, on December 5, 2013, it was revealed by Trent Reznor that Eustis was no longer part of the Nine Inch Nails touring line-up, citing only Alessandro Cortini, Ilan Rubin, Robin Finck, and himself as band members during an IAmA on Reddit. [6] Eustis also confirmed this on the official Telefon Tel Aviv website. [7]

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Death of Charles Cooper

On January 22, 2009, Eustis announced on the group's MySpace blog that Charles Cooper had died. The information also appeared on the band's website: "Charles Wesley Cooper III / April 12, 1977 - January 22, 2009". Two CBS2 Chicago articles about Cooper's death specify that he went missing on January 21 before being found dead. [8] [9]

On January 30, 2009, Eustis posted on the group's MySpace blog that all tour plans have been cancelled and the future of the band is uncertain. [10]

On March 22, 2009, Eustis posted on the group's MySpace blog that he will perform on stage with a close friend of the group, Fredo Nogueira. [11]

On July 22, 2009, Eustis posted on the group's MySpace in order to clarify some rumours about Cooper's death, stating that three autopsy reports ruled it was not a suicide but possibly an accidental mix of sleeping pills and alcohol. [12]

Sons Of Magdalene and Future

On December 9, 2013, Josh Eustis posted on the official Telefon Tel Aviv website that he was going back into the studio full-time, as he was no longer a touring member of Nine Inch Nails and presumably Puscifer as well. In the same post, Eustis stated that he has been sitting on a 95% finished full-length album under the moniker of Sons Of Magdalene, a name previously used for an EP released in 2008. Additionally, the post confirmed that after the record was finished, he would be working on Telefon Tel Aviv full-time. [13] The debut album from the Sons of Magdelene moniker, Move to Pain, was released June 24 2014.


Joshua Eustis and Fredo Nogueira in Trento (June 2009). Telefon Tel Aviv (Trento 2009).jpg
Joshua Eustis and Fredo Nogueira in Trento (June 2009).

In interviews, Cooper and Eustis have stated that they use the following software: Digidesign Pro Tools, Native Instruments Reaktor/Electronic Instruments 2 XT, Ableton Live and Max/MSP

Additionally, the band has contributed samples to the Native Instruments Synthetic Drums 2 sample library. [14]

For their latest album the band drastically changed their production style, reverting to analog tape and analog synthesizers, claiming this method to "sound more real". [15]


Studio albums

Remixes and Collaborations

Appearances (Eustis)

Under "Sons of Magdalene" moniker

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