Pharmakon (noise project)

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Pharmakon live in Argentina, 2015
Background information
Birth nameMargaret Chardiet
Born (1990-06-19) June 19, 1990 (age 29)
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S.
GenresIndustrial, noise
InstrumentsSynths, vocals
LabelsBloodLust!, Sacred Bones Records

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 eponymous debut as Pharmakon was released in 2009 on the BloodLust! label.[4]

Signing to Sacred Bones Records, she released Abandon in 2013.[5]

For her third 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.[7]

The fourth Pharmakon album, Contact, was released by Sacred Bones on March 31, 2017.[8]

Chardiet will release her fifth Pharmakon album, Devour, on August 30, 2019.[9]


  • Pharmakon (2009, BloodLust!)
  • Abandon (2013, Sacred Bones Records)
  • Bestial Burden (2014, Sacred Bones Records)
  • Contact (2017, Sacred Bones Records)
  • Devour (2019, Sacred Bones Records)[9]


  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. ^ "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. ^ "Pitchfork Interview: Pharmakon". Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Pharmakon Announces New Album Contact, Shares New Track". Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  9. ^ a b Strauss, Matthew (July 9, 2019). "Pharmakon Announces New Album Devour, Shares "Self-Regulating System": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 10, 2019.