Monday, November 29, 2010

THE DREAMER HAS AWAKENED: Peter Christopherson (1955-2010)

I am saddened to report the untimely passing of Peter Christopherson (AKA Sleazy) in his sleep,  busily dreaming beyond the conscious world,  as the best artists are prone to do often and powerfully.  Peter was a man of many talents,  first gaining notice as graphic artist/designer in the Hipgnosis group,  and later as a founding member of the seminal "Industrial" group,  Throbbing Gristle.  He later graced the first two albums by TG splinter group,  Psychic TV.  While his contributions to electronic music are numerous and varied (as a solo performer under the name The Threshold Houseboys Choir,  and most recently as Soisong,  a duo with Ivan Pavlov of COH),  his most powerful and passionate work appeared under the Coil moniker,  a personal and musical partnership with the late John Balance.  Peter died on November 25th in his adopted homeland,  Thailand,  a place where the waking dreamer is accepted and more importantly,  cherished.

"I've moved away from that (the melancholy and bleakness of humanity and of life)... I do feel that life is to be enjoyed.  And whatever we can do to make ourselves feel better and if possible help other people feel better too,  that's got to be a good thing." (THE WIRE 306,  August 2009)

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