Industrial Music For The Urban Decay
by Amelie Ravalec and Travis Collins
3rd June 2015
This was an enthralling documentary about Industrial Music. It examines,
with the use of wonderful archive film, the various forms it encompassed,
spanning Europe and the USA.
Industrial Music emerged in the mid-1970s - apparently Genesis P Orridge
of Throbbing Gristle invented the term - providing a very extreme alternative
to the myriad other forms of music of that time.
Major influences on the musicians involved, or in most cases, non-musicians
of the genre, were German bands Can, Faust and Kraftwerk.
Art forms including Futurism, DaDa and Surrealism, were also major influential
The early pioneers of Industrial Music used tapes loops, homemade synthesisers,
cut-up techniques, industrial machinery, parts of scrap metal and any
other types of disused machinery they could lay their hands on.
Among the interviewees included in the film were members of Throbbing
Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, soundtrack composer Graeme Ravell of SPK and
noise music inventor Boyd Rice Of NON.
Other bands featured were Orphx, Hula, Test Dept, Psychic TV, Click Click,
Clock DVA, Re/Search-V Vk, Z'ev, Sordide Sentimental, The Klinik, Art
Zen, Prima Linea and In The Nursery.
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