It’s a sad day for music lovers, as we’ve learned that Charlie Cooper, one half of the acclaimed IDM duo Telefon Tel Aviv, has died at the age of 31. Immolate Yourself, the group’s new release on Bpitch Control, dropped just one day after Cooper’s passing, marking it as a posthumous release for him. Joshua Eustis, Cooper’s bandmate, posted this letter on their MySpace page yesterday:
We have been so fortunate to tour the world together, while at the same time having a massive amount of laughs at one another’s expense.
Aside from Charlie’s singular genius and musical gifts, I can tell you that he was a total sweetheart of a guy, and a loving friend and confidant to people everywhere. His musicianship was surpassed only by his greater gift to the world – his warmth, his generosity, his unquenchable humor, and his undying loyalty to those whom he loved. In the spirit of honorable mention, however, I should mention that he had a shoe collection that was marvelous, knowledge of hip-hop that was profound, and knowledge of wine that was subtle.
He is survived by a sister, a niece, a nephew, his mother, his stepfather, me, and more adoring friends than the Universe has dark matter. As such, his family and I ask for your discretion and consideration of our privacy during these extremely turbulent waters.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family. You will be missed, Charlie.
Words: Carl Ritger