Pharmakon (music)

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Pharmakon live in Argentina, 2015
Background information
Birth nameMargaret Chardiet
Born (1990-06-19) June 19, 1990 (age 32)
OriginNew York City, U.S.

Pharmakon is the solo experimental music project of Margaret Chardiet (born June 19, 1990),[1] based out of New York City and formed in 2007. Pharmakon's live musical act has been described as confrontational and concise, attempting to "cross the boundary between performer and audience".[2] Her songs are completely prearranged both live and in recordings, more focused on perfecting a sound rather than generating randomness in noise.


Growing up in New York City, Chardiet has been a prominent figure in the underground, experimental music scene since the age of 17.[3] Her involvement in this scene helped inspire her to create her music.

Her self-titled debut EP was released on the BloodLust! label in 2009.[4]

Signing to Sacred Bones Records, she released her first full-length album, Abandon, in 2013.[5]

For her second full-length release, Bestial Burden,[6] Chardiet stated that the main inspiration for the album was her abrupt surgery, explaining that her experiences made her feel a disconnect with her physical body and her mind.[2]

The third Pharmakon album, Contact, was released by Sacred Bones on March 31, 2017.[7]

Chardiet released her fourth full-length Pharmakon album, Devour, on August 30, 2019.[8]


  • Pharmakon (2009, BloodLust!)
  • Abandon (2013, Sacred Bones Records)
  • Bestial Burden (2014, Sacred Bones Records)
  • Contact (2017, Sacred Bones Records)
  • Devour (2019, Sacred Bones Records)[8]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (22 May 2014), Margaret A Chardiet, Residence, Far Rockaway, New York, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  2. ^ a b "Pitchfork Interview: Pharmakon". Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Pharmakon Abandon". Sacred Bones. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Pharmakon Pharmakon". Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Pharmakon Abandon". Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Pharmakon Bestial Burden". Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  7. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (January 12, 2017). "Pharmakon Announces New Album Contact, Shares New Track: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  8. ^ a b Strauss, Matthew (July 9, 2019). "Pharmakon Announces New Album Devour, Shares "Self-Regulating System": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 10, 2019.