Telefon Tel Aviv

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Telefon Tel Aviv
Joshua Eustis (left) and Charles Cooper (right) at Decibel Festival (September 2006)
Joshua Eustis (left) and Charles Cooper (right) at Decibel Festival (September 2006)
Background information
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
GenresIDM, ambient techno, glitch
Years active1999–present
MembersJoshua Eustis
Past membersCharles Cooper (deceased)

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 was also a touring member of Puscifer and Nine Inch Nails for a time.[1]


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, Map of What Is Effortless, 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. Influenced by English electronic band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD),[2] Immolate Yourself peaked at #17 on the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart.[3] In 2016, their debut was re-released with eight bonus tracks.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] Eustis also confirmed this on the official Telefon Tel Aviv website.[8]

Death of Charles Cooper[edit]

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.[9][10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

Sons Of Magdalene and Future[edit]

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.[14] 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).

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.[15]

For the album Immolate Yourself the band drastically changed their production style, reverting to analog tape and analog synthesizers, claiming this method to "sound more real".[16]


Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • 2002: Immediate Action


Remixes and Collaborations[edit]

  • 2000: John Hughes - "Got Me Lost / Driving In LA" (Immediate Action#6)
  • 2000: Nine Inch Nails - "Where Is Everybody?" (Things Falling Apart)
  • 2001: Phil Ranelin - "Time Is Running Out" (Remixes)
  • 2003: Midwest Product - "A Genuine Display" (Idol Tryouts : Ghostly International Vol. 1)
  • 2004: Slicker - "Knock Me Down Girl" (Knock Me Down Girl)
  • 2005: Marc Hellner - "Asleep On The Wing" (Asleep On The Wing)
  • 2005: Apparat - "Komponent" (Silizium EP)
  • 2005: Oliver Nelson - "Stolen Moments" (Impulsive! Revolutionary Jazz Reworked)
  • 2005: Bebel Gilberto - "All Around" (Bebel Gilberto Remixed)
  • 2005: AmmonContact - "BBQ Plate" (Microsolutions To Megaproblems)
  • 2005: Nitrada - "Fading Away" (Four Remixes)
  • 2007: 刀郎 - "艾里甫與賽乃姆" (Dancing With Dao Lang (與刀郎共舞))
  • 2008: Apparat - "Arcadia" (Arcadia Rmxs)
  • 2008: Genghis Tron – "Relief" (Board Up The House Remixes Volume 4)
  • 2008: Barbara Morgenstern - "Come To Berlin" (Come To Berlin Mixes)
  • 2009: Art Of Trance - "Swarm" (Swarm)
  • 2011: SONOIO - "Can You Hear Me?" (NON SONOIO - Red Remixes)
  • 2012: Cubenx – "Grass" (Grass Remixes)[17]
  • 2013: Dillon and Telefon Tel Aviv - "Feel the Fall" (Where the Wind Blows)
  • 2015: Lusine - "Arterial" (Arterial Reworks)[18]
  • 2016: Vatican Shadow & Telefon Tel Aviv - "Rejoice" (Compilation by #savefabric)
  • 2017: These Hidden Hands - "Glasir" (Vicarious Memories Remixed)
  • 2021: Modeselektor - "Mean Friend" (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)[19]
  • 2022: Stimming - "Judith Maria" (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)

Appearances (Eustis)[edit]

Under "Sons of Magdalene" moniker

  • 2008: Ephemera[22][23]
  • 2014: Move to Pain
  • 2015: Ecumenicals[24]


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  2. ^ Hanley, Steven T. (April 13, 2016). "Mostly Translucent: An interview with Telefon Tel Aviv". Huck. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
  3. ^ "Telefon Tel Aviv - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  4. ^ "Telefon Tel Aviv announces 15th anniversary reissue of IDM classic Fahrenheit Fair Enough". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  5. ^ "Telefon Tel Aviv on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  6. ^ Phillips, Amy (February 25, 2013). "Trent Reznor Announces the Return of Nine Inch Nails: Extensive Touring for 2013". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  7. ^ "I'm Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Ask me anything". Trent Reznor. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Telefon Tel Aviv". Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  9. ^ "Police Continue Search For 'High Risk' Missing Man". CBS Broadcasting. 25 January 2009. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2009.
  10. ^ "Musician Missing Since Last Week Found Dead". CBS Broadcasting. 27 January 2009. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
  11. ^ "Myspace post "Thank you"". Joshua Eustis. 30 January 2009. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2009.
  12. ^ "Myspace post "Update, the future, etc."". Joshua Eustis. 22 March 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  13. ^ "Myspace post "Charlie, in finality."". Joshua Eustis. 22 July 2009. Archived from the original on 2 August 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  14. ^ "Hello, Everyone". Joshua Eustis. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Products : Sound Line : Synthetic Drums 2". Native Instruments. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  16. ^ "Remix talks to Telefon Tel Aviv about the gear and recording for their latest album, Immolate Yourself | Josh Eustis and Charlie Cooper sit down with Remix to discuss the gear and techniques used to create Immolate Yourself". Archived from the original on 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  17. ^ "Remix du jour : Cubenx - Grass (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix) (French)". Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  18. ^ "Lusine - Arterial Reworks". Ghostly International. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  19. ^ Mean Friend (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix), retrieved 2021-04-23
  20. ^ "Second Woman - Second Woman". 16 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  21. ^ "The Black Queen (band)", Wikipedia, 2019-06-28, retrieved 2019-07-11
  22. ^ Snow, Justin (June 24, 2008). "Sons of Magdalene - Ephemera". Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  23. ^ "Sons of Magdalene - Ephemera". 6 October 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  24. ^ "Sons of Magdalene - Ecumenicals". Joshua Eustis. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2016.

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