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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 is also known for being a member of the most recent lineup of Puscifer and Nine Inch Nails' live performances.[1]

Telefon Tel Aviv
Telefon Tel Aviv (Seattle 2006).jpg
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
LabelsHefty, BPitch Control, Ghostly International
Associated actsPuscifer, Nine Inch Nails, Black Light Burns, Sons of Magdalene, The Black Queen
MembersJoshua Eustis
Past membersCharles Cooper


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, 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. Immolate Yourself peaked at #17 on the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart.[2] In 2016, their debut was re-released with eight bonus tracks.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Eustis also confirmed this on the official Telefon Tel Aviv website.[7]

Death of Charles CooperEdit

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.[8][9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

Sons Of Magdalene and FutureEdit

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.[13] 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.[14]

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".[15]


Studio albumsEdit

Remixes and CollaborationsEdit

Appearances (Eustis)Edit

Under "Sons of Magdalene" moniker

  • 2008: Ephemera[20][21]
  • 2014: Move to Pain
  • 2015: Ecumenicals[22]


  1. ^ Hopkin, Kenyon. "Telefon Tel Aviv | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  2. ^ "Telefon Tel Aviv - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  3. ^ "Telefon Tel Aviv announces 15th anniversary reissue of IDM classic Fahrenheit Fair Enough". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  4. ^ "Telefon Tel Aviv on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  5. ^ Phillips, Amy (February 25, 2013). "Trent Reznor Announces the Return of Nine Inch Nails: Extensive Touring for 2013". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  6. ^ "I'm Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Ask me anything". Trent Reznor. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Telefon Tel Aviv". Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Musician Missing Since Last Week Found Dead". CBS Broadcasting. 27 January 2009. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
  10. ^ "Myspace post "Thank you"". Joshua Eustis. 30 January 2009. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2009.
  11. ^ "Myspace post "Update, the future, etc."". Joshua Eustis. 22 March 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  12. ^ "Myspace post "Charlie, in finality."". Joshua Eustis. 22 July 2009. Archived from the original on 2 August 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  13. ^ "Hello, Everyone". Joshua Eustis. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Products : Sound Line : Synthetic Drums 2". Native Instruments. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ "Remix du jour : Cubenx - Grass (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix) (French)". Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  17. ^ "Lusine - Arterial Reworks". Ghostly International. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Second Woman - Second Woman". 16 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  19. ^ "The Black Queen (band)", Wikipedia, 2019-06-28, retrieved 2019-07-11
  20. ^ Snow, Justin (June 24, 2008). "Sons of Magdalene - Ephemera". Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  21. ^ "Sons of Magdalene - Ephemera". 6 October 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Sons of Magdalene - Ecumenicals". Joshua Eustis. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2016.

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