6 songs for Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

6 songs for Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
December, Dame Area, Beau Wanzer, Not Waving, Deeat Palace, Alto Fuero

Curated by Guillaume Sorge

As part of Chrysalis: The Butterfly Dream, the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève presents on the 5th floor a musical program around Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, artist of the exhibition who passed away three years ago in March 2020.

The curator of the 5th floor Radio, Guillaume Sorge, proposes to rediscover he/r musical work with, among others, tracks by Throbbing Gristle, an experimental band from the 1970s composed of Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter and Peter Christopherson. Six exclusive musical contributions by December, Beau Wanzer, Not Waving, Deeat Palace, Dame Area and Alto Fuero complete this program.


December – I Fell In Love With The Light
Dame Area – TESTIMONI (vidéo)
Beau Wanzer – Genesis P-Orridge Saying Acid 317 Times
Not Waving w Cosmo & Hawaii8 – All The Time
Deeat Palace – Gutter
Alto Fuero – La Morsure


« I believe that Throbbing Gristle was the first industrial noise band that I discovered in my twenties and which made me understand that we could make radical music inhabited by great rage as much as an immense sweetness. The sensitivity of GPO immediately struck me. A dreamy poetry, an abyssal melancholy in the midst of noise and fury. »

— December

« Genesis continuously broke codes and burned boundaries, rearranged reality and even their own body, always with the intent of opening possibilities for a freer life. The human world is literally moved by words: Genesis was a master of language and in this sense they changed our world. The reach of their ideas is unimaginable, basic notions of their concepts pervade our pop culture in unsuspected ways and they are still present even at the most mainstream level. Their living life as a continuous magic act is a permanent source of inspiration for us.

23 Death won’t break us apart 23 »

— Dame Area

« I think I was 18? I would go to used CD stores where you could walk in and listen to whatever you wanted. I distinctly remember seeing a CD titled ‘Throbbing Gristle’. I thought the name was funny and put it on….not knowing what was in store for me. I was mesmerized by the chaotic heap of sounds that were thrown at me. Some beautiful, some disturbing, but all intriguing. One distinct sound was Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s voice. Something about the tone and delivery had a sense of dread, but in a soothing way. I was hooked. After that I sought out everything that Genesis collaborated on, as well as the other members of TG. One thing that I always admired about Genesis’s work was their sense of humor, both in their art and writings.” »

— Beau Wanzer

« Through fifty years of transformative art and music, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has broken down binary thinking, reinvented sound, performance art, reinvented he/r own body as a work of art and created new ways of cohabitation, while remaining deeply at war with conservative British tradition. « Peak Hour » by Psychic TV is one of my all time favourite albums, pure psychedelic acid house at its finest so I thought I would use this opportunity to make a track inspired by that work. Collaborating with my friends Cosmo and Hawaii8 we sampled a youtube interview in which Genesis talks about the important of being real, authentic, the definition of “exdream” in place of extreme and the idea of becoming one with he/r parter, “to become you” – “Why can’t be like that all the time?”. »

— Not Waving

« Genesis P.Orridge for me is that icy, morbid, nightmarish voice of the first TG albums. Maggot death, Hamburger Lady, Discipline or even Slug Bait are emblematic pieces from this period and which fed me for Deeat Palace. »

— Deeat Palace

« Genesis P-Orridge was asthmatic, it’s a common point
The asthma must have asked him to blow harder and the anger too
It would have been good to offer him a choir of improvisations with huge foam bells, we would have mixed the slime of words and the ventolin would have brought back endurance to never stop
Here in our track, there is a purple ballad where we could have crossed it »

— Alto Fuero