Industrial Music For The Urban Decay

Directed by Amelie Ravalec and Travis Collins
Picturehouse, Liverpool
3rd June 2015

Reviewed by Colin Serjent

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 players.

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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