Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio

August 201575 minutes

At the age of just 17, Martin Bisi was working with the band Material and volunteering at CBGB, a famous music-club in downtown Manhattan. A chance encounter with famed producer Brian Eno gave him the chance to start BC Studio - a small recording studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. For over 35 years, Bisi and BC Studio have been staples of the underground music scene in New York. Bisi, Bill Laswell, and Material struck gold by recording Herbie Hancock's Grammy winning hit, Rockit. Following that success, Bisi worked with many other influential musicians at BC Studio, including Sonic Youth, Swans, Afrika Bambaataa, the Violent Femmes, and the Dresden Dolls, all of whom praised BC Studio for its grungy appearance and natural acoustics.. Now the future of the recording studio is in question as encroaching gentrification and rising prices in the Brooklyn neighborhood threaten Bisi and other long-time renters and artists. Featuring interviews and footage of musicians who recorded at BC Studio, including Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, 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, Grand Mixer DXT, Jim Coleman of Cop Shoot Cop, Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie of Violent Femmes and Michael Holman of Gray (with Jean-Michel Basquiat)
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English [CC]
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75 minutes
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