BC Studio

BC Studio A multi-floor recording studio with cavernous rooms and an historic roster-- located in industrial Gowanus, Brooklyn

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This is the FULL podcast that BC Studio owner Martín Bisi posted in segments a couple weeks ago (with extra). And no mus...
08/25/2020
RETROPOPIC 498 - MUSICIAN MARTIN BISI'S JOURNEY IN MUSIC: FROM CBGB'S TO 2020

This is the FULL podcast that BC Studio owner Martín Bisi posted in segments a couple weeks ago (with extra). And no music edited in
from CBGB’s to 2020 - in a nutshell !
Interview by Neil Saint
https://www.mixcloud.com/FrenchSpurs1/retropopic-498-musician-martin-bisis-journey-in-music-from-cbgbs-to-2020/

With this final edit of his interview with musician, engineer and producer Martin Bisi, The Saint of RETROPOPIC RADIO cover the whole breadth of his life journey. What are Martin's origins? How well did he get along with his parents? Why did he have a fight with Legs McNeil at CBGB's? What was the n...

Another day in the continuum - wires, capacitors, voltage, racks and rails
08/19/2020

Another day in the continuum - wires, capacitors, voltage, racks and rails

MCI JH416 service call today in Brooklyn Park Slope area. Shorted out capacitor took the power supply down, but how do you get these power supplies out of the rack????

Edition #3 of podcast where BC owner Martín Bisi talks about having IGGY Pop, Ginger Baker,  Debbie Harry (Die Haut reco...
08/06/2020
RETROPOPIC 497 - MARTIN BISI: PISSING DEBBIE OFF, HELPING GINGER & IGGY

Edition #3 of podcast where BC owner Martín Bisi talks about having IGGY Pop, Ginger Baker, Debbie Harry (Die Haut record) in the studio, also it’s future in #Gowanus

Alongside tracks from Iggy Pop, Live Skull, Cop Shoot Cop, The Ramones, Ginger Baker, Blondie, Die Haut https://www.mixcloud.com/FrenchSpurs1/retropopic-497-martin-bisi-pissing-debbie-off-helping-ginger-iggy/

Alongside tracks from Iggy Pop, Live Skull, Cop Shoot Cop, The Ramones, Ginger Baker, Blondie, Die Haut and Black Sabbath, in this podcast musician, producer and engineer Martin Bisi talks to The Saint of RETROPOPIC RADIO about his life in music from the late 80's up to the present day. What are his...

On BC Studio owner Martín Bisi #Gowanus What are his memories of the atmosphere at NYC's The Roxy before The Hip Hop Exp...
08/03/2020
RETROPOPIC 496 - MARTIN BISI'S MUSICAL JOURNEY: MADONNA, 80's HIP HOP & PRODUCING SONIC YOUTH

On BC Studio owner Martín Bisi #Gowanus
What are his memories of the atmosphere at NYC's The Roxy before The Hip Hop Explosion? How did he get involved in engineering the Grammy award winning single 'Rock It'? Why was Martin concerned he may have been overbearing with Kim Gordon in producing Sonic Youth's 'Bad Moon Rising'? What atmosphere was he wanting to achieve with Lydia Lunch's vocal on track 'Death Valley '69'? Where does the inaccuracy that BC Studios was named by Thurston Moore come from? Which member of Sonic Youth stole from Andy Warhol? What is Martin's theory on why Madonna doesn't like 'Into The Groovey' the Ciccone Youth pastiche of 'Into The Groove' ?

Alongside some great music from Afrika Bambaataa, Herbie Hancock, Sonic Youth, Madonna & Ciccone Youth, Martin Bisi talks with The Saint at RETROPOPIC RADIO about that early to mid 80's period in his musical journey. What are his memories of the atmosphere at NYC's The Roxy before The Hip Hop Explos...

‪BC Studio is a signator of this letter demanding racial impact study before the #Gowanus re-zoning. Our own electeds su...
07/30/2020
Voice Of Gowanus: Let's Require a Racial Impact Study BEFORE the Proposed Gowanus Rezoning

‪BC Studio is a signator of this letter demanding racial impact study before the #Gowanus re-zoning. Our own electeds supported legislation mandating this for any land-use actions requiring an Environmental Impact study, but aren’t requiring it for this !?
https://pardonmeforasking.blogspot.com/2020/07/voice-of-gowanus-lets-require-racial.html?m=1‬

Despite a pandemic, despite the fact that the economic reality for New York City looks grim, and despite the fact that residential a...

07/29/2020
Mixcloud

In case you missed the post by BC Studio owner Martin Bisi, about this podcast - here again:
He TALK THe EARLY DAYS
What was his childhood in NYC like ? In what way did he unexpectedly bond over music with his classical pianist mother ? As a graffiti artist what music did he enjoy ? How did he get involved with Giorgio Gomelsky, manager of The Yardbirds ? How did he first meet Bill Laswell ? What provoked Brian Eno to throw a chair at an early recording session ? What are his memories of sound engineering at CBGB's ? How did he get involved with Daevid Allen of Gong ? What brought on the fist fight with Legs McNeil at CBGB'S ?

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07/22/2020
MAGNET Magazine

Shot in BC Studio. I mention a lot of stuff, White Zombie for instance. Talk about the 70’s. In context of the ‘dumb’ questions like all-time favorite song, best live musical experience, most embarrassing musical moment. Pretty funny #Gowanus
Here: http://magnetmagazine.com/2020/07/22/magnet-television-qa-with-martin-bisi-sonic-youth-swans-john-zorn-bill-laswell-helmet-dresden-dolls-white-zombie-boredoms-herbie-hancock/

#MAGNETtelevision: Q&A with Martin Bisi. Over the past four decades, producer/engineer/musician Martin Bisi has worked with the likes of Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Bill Laswell's Material, Helmet, Africa Bambaataa, The Dresden Dolls, Rob Zombie, #FabFiveFreddy and Boredoms at his BC Studio in Brooklyn. Aside from some of NYC's most essential no-wave/art/punk/noise artists, Bisi recorded the first song Whitney Houston ever sang lead on as well as Herbie Hancock's Grammy-winning "Rockit." His latest solo album is “Solstice” (Bronson Recordings). Bisi has forgotten more about music than you'll ever know, but he'll enthusiastically tell you about what you're missing out on. Full video (#MartinBisi on the Bee Gees, Frank Zappa, Butthole Surfers and more): http://magnetmagazine.com/2020/07/22/magnet-television-qa-with-martin-bisi-sonic-youth-swans-john-zorn-bill-laswell-helmet-dresden-dolls-white-zombie-boredoms-herbie-hancock/

Video premier ! You gotta check this out.. band I recorded (Woodhead), vid is shot in BC Studio and around Gowanus, and ...
07/14/2020
Video Premiere: "Lection" by Woodhead

Video premier ! You gotta check this out.. band I recorded (Woodhead), vid is shot in BC Studio and around Gowanus, and highlights the dreaded rezoning that might be coming
If you care to sign (and email) a petition for a moratorium on this rezoning that is threatening to my studio and other small biz and art spaces, it’s here: https://www.change.org/p/demand-a-moratorium-on-rezoning-gowanus

NYC-based Woodhead, the eponymous band led by Vern Woodhead, are back with a video for a track from their upcoming album release.

‪You’d THINK they wouldn’t currently want to destabilize #Gowanus with rezoning and have spaces like BC Studio and other...
06/18/2020
Demand a Moratorium on the Gowanus Rezone

‪You’d THINK they wouldn’t currently want to destabilize #Gowanus with rezoning and have spaces like BC Studio and other small biz face influx of speculation, luxury retail etc + this will have net effect of making NYC less affordable.
Numbers of voices is all that will bend ears on this. The pro-developers, as well as my own Council Rep know the tide is turning on this and are putting in a last ditch effort !
This poses an existential threat to BC Studio
Pleaz help and email this petition! ‬

Send an Email to Your Representatives With One Click Please read the below message. Then click the button to automatically create an...

BC Studio supports a moratorium on the rezoning of #Gowanus !Please read and send an email/petition !
06/11/2020
Demand a Moratorium on the Gowanus Rezone

BC Studio supports a moratorium on the rezoning of #Gowanus !
Please read and send an email/petition !

Send an Email to Your Representatives With One Click Please read the below message. Then click the button to automatically create an...

You can get 20% OFF today/Saturday - off both 35 year BC Studio anniversary records. the 1st volume of BC35 is almost so...
06/06/2020
Bronson Recordings

You can get 20% OFF today/Saturday - off both 35 year BC Studio anniversary records. the 1st volume of BC35 is almost sold out. Volume 2 will be eventually. Owner, Martín Bisi’s Solstice is also on there - all in all on the BC35 recordings there’s around 50 NY people appearing
On Bronson Recordings
#Gowanus

Bronson Recordings is an independent label based in Ravenna, Italy. we just release the records we’d like to listen to. outsiders and forerunners are welcome. There’s a certain relation undercurrent between the things we release, but it’s not always musical. we love vinyl, and ltd editions, we...

About BC Studio owner, Martin Bisi’s record Solstice Released by Bronson Recordings
05/19/2020

About BC Studio owner, Martin Bisi’s record Solstice
Released by Bronson Recordings

Legendary NYC producer Martin Bisi is in the spotlight wit his new 'Solstice' album via Noise Journal, where Mike Dimitriou says "the man is a chapter alone in the alternative music scene.... other music worlds that are usually not in the core where art and the real progressive and avant-garde stuff are born"~ https://tinyurl.com/y7eeeg6p

Founding BC Studio in Brooklyn in 1981 with the help of Brian Eno and Bill Laswell, Bisi recorded groundbreaking music here by these artists, as well as Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, Helmet, Africa Bambaataa, Dresden Dolls, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, Human Impact, JG Thirlwell, US Maple, White Hills, Fab Five Freddy, and countless others.

Tomorrow would be a good time to download the BC35 rec’s (35yr anniversary of BC Studio), Martin Bisi’s Solstice, or the...
04/30/2020

Tomorrow would be a good time to download the BC35 rec’s (35yr anniversary of BC Studio), Martin Bisi’s Solstice, or the Quarantine Tales with Bisi’s song Proud Boy Trigger (Live) -Bandcamp waves their cut- AND you can use the code RedDesert for 20% off -deets below

Thanks to Bandcamp for giving to labels and artists another great opportunity to raise funds with their no revenue share campaign on May 1! from midnight to midnight Pacific Time. enjoy an extra 20% OFF with the code "RedDesert". https://bronsonrecordings.bandcamp.com/music

It's time to support real independent music. Take a visit to our store, take a look at the new releases and to the whole back catalogue to complete your own Bronson Recordings collection. Follow our label profile!

Live Skull, Martin Bisi, ELM, Solaris, WHITE HILLS, Sunday Morning, Clever Square, BC35, Micah P. Hinson, Adriano Zanni, CONFRONTATIONAL, Bruno Dorella and more...

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Recorded at BC / #gowanus This year is the 35yh anniversary of the release of Sonic Youth’s early masterpiece - lots of ...
04/29/2020
The Independent

Recorded at BC / #gowanus This year is the 35yh anniversary of the release of Sonic Youth’s early masterpiece - lots of detail in this piece on the neighborhood, NY and the times

Recorded in a studio overlooking a polluted canal, the alternative band's second album sprang from humble beginnings. But, writes Ed Power, it was the record that helped them discover their place in the world.

Martin Bisi “gettin deep about art, music, and taking back the City” in this podcast - he Still finds new perspectives o...
04/24/2020
Ghost Cult Magazine

Martin Bisi “gettin deep about art, music, and taking back the City” in this podcast - he Still finds new perspectives on those past (but still vital) decades in #Gowanus

Time for another episode of the Dumb and Dumbest podcast! Matt Bacon and Keith Chachkes interviewed producer, musician, and New York legend Martin Bisi (John Zorn, Sonic Youth, White Zombie, UNSANE, Helmet, The Dresden Dolls)! https://www.ghostcultmag.com/dumb-and-dumbest-episode-380-legendary-producer-martin-bisi-on-nyc/

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A message from Martin Bisi of BC Studio - in between the notes#Gowanus
04/12/2020

A message from Martin Bisi of BC Studio - in between the notes
#Gowanus

03/16/2020
LAUDS

new record ! by BC Studio collaborator, partner Genevieve Fernworthy aka Thursday Fernworthy - her LAUDS project.
straight outa Gowanus All Will Be Well
tunes to soothe the plague

It's the #IdesOfMarch and we're approaching the end of the world as we know it...
so here it is, my debut album

special thanks to
my husband Billy Cancel for continued support + collaboration,
to Martin Bisi for recording + producing this body of work,
and to all my family + friends-- here, there, and everywhere--
who have endured my lamenting + bemoaning for the last 7 yrs,
and yet, still encouraged me to put this out into the universe
despite my better judgement

love to you all,
all WILL be well
-- Thursday Fernworthy

https://lauds.bandcamp.com/album/all-will-be-well

02/27/2020

Music Video shot on banks of #Gowanus Canal /Brooklyn -
in memoriam of Sludgie, the whale (died 2007 in Gowanus Canal) RIP Directed by Ego Sensation - from BC35 Volume Two on Bronson Recordings
starring Ryan Skeletonboy , Alyse Lamb , Bob Bert , Martin Bisi, Stuart Gray
BC Studio est. 1981
Find the LP: http://bit.ly/bc35v2BCAMP

Review in Italian -Martin Bisi’s SolsticeOn Bronson Recordings
02/25/2020
Digipur

Review in Italian -Martin Bisi’s Solstice
On Bronson Recordings

"Solstice" di Martin Bisi su The New Noise 🌗

"tra voci operistiche, insubordinazioni dal piglio free jazz, persino strizzate d’occhio allo Zappa più iconoclasta (“Waves On My Mind”), linguaggi qui posti al servizio di una sperimentazione priva di freni inibitori e difficile da incasellare all’interno di un percorso convenzionale" Michele Giorgi

Bronson Recordings

Slow #Gowanus weekend vibe
02/23/2020
Bronson Recordings

Slow #Gowanus weekend vibe

the perfect Sunday reading and listening.

Legendary producer Martin Bisi compiles the essential releases to have come out of his BC Studio over the last 35 years. Curious to know Martin's 10 favorite albums to come out of BC Studio ?!

thanx to Louder

BC35 Volume Two .. top 25 !The 35 year anniversary of BC Studio Gowanus
01/07/2020
Bronson Recordings

BC35 Volume Two .. top 25 !
The 35 year anniversary of BC Studio Gowanus

BC35 VOLUME TWO featured in SonicAbuse’s Top 25 Albums Of 2019!!! "One of those records that seems to throw up different highlights every time you listen, BC35 Vol. 2 is every bit the equal of its illustrious predecessor."

BANDCAMP:http://bit.ly/bc35v2BCAMP
SILVER: http://bit.ly/BC35volumetwo-Silver ltd.150
BLACK: http://bit.ly/BC35volumetwo-Black
CD: http://bit.ly/BC35volumetwo-CD
DIGITAL: https://www.feiyr.com/x/BC35Vol2

Martin Bisi and Thursday Fernworthy with members of Sonic Youth, Swans, WHITE HILLS, JG Thirlwell, Cop Shoot Cop, Live Skull reunion, Pop 1280, The Dresden Dolls, Alice Donut, Lubricated Goat, Sxip Shirey, Parlor Walls and many more!

in stores thru MVD Entertainment Group (USA) - Clear-Spot.nl (benelux/eu) - Audioglobe (italy) - Norman Records - Kaos Kontrol

Martín Bisi record release show for “Solstice” on Bronson Recordings will be on the solstice itself at Saint Vitus bar i...
12/11/2019

Martín Bisi record release show for “Solstice” on Bronson Recordings will be on the solstice itself at Saint Vitus bar in Greenpoint Brooklyn, in the afternoon-on December 21st (2pm). Wrekmeister Harmonies opens -read below

Extremely excited to announce the new album from Wrekmeister Harmonies, "We Love to Look at the Carnage", due out Feb. 21st next year.

Collaborating once again with longtime friend Thor Harris and for the first time with Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), the album compiles some of the group's most subtle yet powerful work to date, with dark meditations on loss and isolation.

Listen to the first single "Coyotes of Central Park" here >
https://wrekmeisterharmonies.bandcamp.com/track/coyotes-of-central-park

Wrekmeister Harmonies are playing New York this December with Martin Bisi and will be touring Europe next Spring, with more dates to be announced:

Dec. 21 - New York City (Brooklyn), NY - Saint Vitus Bar w/ Martin Bisi
Mar. 25 - Paris, FR - Espace B
Mar. 26 - Limoges, FR - Le Phare
Mar. 28 - Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES - Jimmy Jazz Diskoteka
Mar. 29 - Marseille, FR - Le Molotov
Mar. 30 - Langenthal, CH - Old Capital
Mar. 31 - Karlsruhe, DE - P8
Apr. 2 - Gdańsk, PL - Drizzly Grizzly
Apr. 3 - Warszawa, PL - Hydrozagadka
Apr. 4 - Kraków, PL - Alchemia
Apr. 5 - Budapest, HU - Dürer Kert
Apr. 6 - Bratislava, SK - Kulturák Klub
Apr. 7 - Prague, CZ - Punctum
Apr. 8 - Vienna, AT - Rhiz
Apr. 10 - Freiburg im Breisgau - Slow Club
Apr. 12 - Kortrijk, BE - The Pit's
Apr. 15 - Koln, DE - MTC

a mixtape by Martin Bisi -all BC Studio fare Check out the list - 1hr running time
11/27/2019
The Voice of Cassandre Mixtape

a mixtape by Martin Bisi -all BC Studio fare
Check out the list - 1hr running time

Mixtape curated by Martin Bisi on Mixcloud.

09/09/2019

Martin Bisi upcoming shows
Thursday in D.C. at The Dew Drop Inn
Friday at Static Age Records In Asheville NC
Saturday in Atlanta at The Drunken Unicorn
Sunday in Raleigh NC at Slim's

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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."

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Hey Martin, thank you for the invitation. Join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/concertonlinebooking and https://www.facebook.com/groups/improvisedmusicgroup/ and let more people know your activities.
I would love to come here to record some days
finally! well done Martin