7.00pm SOUND AND CHAOS: THE STORY OF BC STUDIO - music documentary screening
Dir: Sara Leavitt / Ryan Douglass | USA | 2014 | 72 mins
For over 30 years, Martin Bisi has been recording music from his studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. After a chance New York encounter, the studio was founded with money from Brian Eno, who subsequently worked on the album ON LAND there. Bisi has worked with many influential musicians, including Sonic Youth, Swans, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn and the Dresden Dolls. Now though, he finds himself squeezed in by the approaching gentrification of his neighborhood. The documentary includes interviews with musicians such as Lee Ranaldo, Michael Gira, Brian Viglione of the Dresden Dolls, Bob Bert, Bill Laswell and Michael Holman.
8:45pm MARTIN BISI + band (Brooklyn, USA)
9:30pm THE THINKING MEN (Norwich, UK)
10:30pm COLT (Sheffield UK)
BC Studio in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood has a rich history, starting with it's founding in the early ‘80s with Bill Laswell, and with money fromBrian Eno who worked on the album On Land there. Working with Bill Laswell and the band Material, Bisi recorded Herbie Hancock's hit "Rockit" in this underground space. This was the first mainstream song to feature a DJ 'scratching' with a turntable. Following that success, Bisi worked with many other influential musicians there, including Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Africa Bambaataa, Material/Bill Laswell, Boredoms, Dresden Dolls, Cop Shoot Cop, White Zombie, Foetus, Unsane, Serena Maneesh, US Maple, Jon Spencer's Boss Hog, among others.. He has recorded across many genres, from experimental music, to hip hop and indie rock in the old factory building by the contaminated Gowanus Canal.
On a serious note, the documentary also contemplates the future of the recording studio as it is squeezed in by the encroaching gentrification of the neighborhood and Bisi’s fears that increasing property values will push out long-time renters and artists like himself.
The documentary includes interviews with musicians such as Michael Gira of Swans, Brian Viglione of the Dresden Dolls, Bob Bert, who played on Sonic Youth's Bad Moon Rising, Bill Laswell of Material, JG Thirlwell aka Foetus, DXT who did the turntablism on "Rockit", Michael Holman of Gray (with Jean-Michel Basquiat) and creator of famed 1984 hip-hop TV pilot 'Graffiti Rock.
*Presented in cahoots with Sensoria Festival.