a rough history of BC Studio
Martin Bisi founded BC Studio in 1981 in the desolate and post-industrial (but now rapidly developing) Gowanus section of Brooklyn, along with Bill Laswell, and with financial and technical help from Brian Eno.
Eno’s record On Land (released 1982) was the first recorded session at BC Studio.
Bisi has since realized albums at BC by Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Africa Bambaataa, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, Herbie Hancock's Rockit, White Hills, Serena Maneesh, Violent Femmes, Foetus, The Dresden Dolls, Pop 1280 (Sacred Bones), Fred Frith, Wrekmeister Harmonies (Thrill Jockey), US Maple, Boredoms, Boss Hog (w/ Jon Spencer), and countless others.
As an article in Newsweek put it: "Considering how diverse BC Studio's output has been over the years, there's still something recognizable about the music that Bisi lays his hands on... A certain rawness."
the 35 year anniversary recordings
The BC35 and BC35 Volume Two records were organized by Bisi and Genevieve Fernworthy as a celebration of BC Studio's 35th anniversary. They were released on Bronson Recording - find Volume 2 here: http://bit.ly/bc35v2BCAMP
In 2016, dozens of musicians with ties to the studio descended upon it to stage a weekend's worth of performances in honor of the anniversary – in some cases, full bands performing new written work; in other cases, individuals grouping together randomly and improvising. The performances were recorded and mixed, mostly by Bisi himself, and the first installment was released in 2018. Of that album, Pitchfork stated:
"The credits read like a who’s who of New York’s experimental underground... It’s a sonic embodiment of risk-taking, rule-breaking, and antithesis that celebrates the endurance of a man and a space tied directly to New York’s noise, art-rock, punk, free jazz, hip-hop, and alternative movements... Bisi demonstrates—as a producer, engineer, and general facilitator of the avant-garde—what’s made his name familiar to liner-notes obsessives and New York noise nerds for three and a half decades."