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

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Mixed at BC Studio #Gowanus with Martin Bisi
04/27/2022
This is your reality on DEAD WAVES! “Wake Up in the Night” Streaming Now

Mixed at BC Studio #Gowanus with Martin Bisi

Excuse me as I look at the clouds in the sky! Excuse me as I wonder about my dreams becoming a reality! Excuse me as I listen to the new DEAD WAVES song “Wake Up in the Night” which is a dream unto itself. This is the kind of tune that makes me want to […]

The next phase of the fight against the deeply flawed re-zoning of #Gowanus Brooklyn, which threatens the existence of t...
03/02/2022
Gowanus Rezoning Faces Court Challenge Months After Approval

The next phase of the fight against the deeply flawed re-zoning of #Gowanus Brooklyn, which threatens the existence of the studio, has begun.

Voice of Gowanus which studio-owner Martin Bisi is affiliated with, has sued the City on its continued and multiple violations of Federal and State environmental laws
You can read about it here: https://patch.com/new-york/parkslope/city-sued-illegal-gowanus-rezoning-months-after-approval

"This rezoning is rotten to its core," said Katia Kelly, one of several petitioners suing the city to stop the rezoning. "And it's illegal."

BC Studio owner Martin Bisi speaks in this video on the hyper-gentrification that comes with the #Gowanus rezoning
12/03/2021
Gowanus rezoning approved but critics remain

BC Studio owner Martin Bisi speaks in this video on the hyper-gentrification that comes with the #Gowanus rezoning

A coalition called Voice of Gowanus is critical of a rezoning plan recently approved by the City Council. The plan could create thousands of new housing units.

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11/09/2021
The Zone – S/T DLP (Studio 3 Recordings)

Check out this record !

If you paid close attention to our pages in the last couple of months, you probably noticed some reviews about Studio 3 Recordings releases. Each release differs in style, but they all have a lot i…

About today’s anti-rezoning, “Café Rezone” pop-up in Park Slope and also Gowanus
02/22/2021
Oysters à la Sewage, Moules Brownfield And Ram It Through Roast: Just A Sampling At Voice Of Gowanus' Café Rezone

About today’s anti-rezoning, “Café Rezone” pop-up in Park Slope and also Gowanus

The upper echalon patrons of this very exclusive eatery thanked Chef Hizzoner de Blaz and Sous-Chefs Member Lander and Member Levin for what they were cooking up at the Rezone, and were delighted that the menu did not include a Racial Impact Study and raised their glass to displacement.

Please support legal challenges to the Gowanus re-zoning. The time is now. The process where the City certifies the rezo...
01/04/2021
Be On The Side Of Gowanus: Donate To The Gowanus Legal Defense Fund

Please support legal challenges to the Gowanus re-zoning. The time is now.
The process where the City certifies the rezone proposal, and gets the final sign off by the mayor, was on pause but restarts this month

*** From Voice of Gowanus : Time for Gowanus to Lawyer Up - Help Us Fight De Blasio's Rezone Madness! Today we're proud to announce the laun...

Ah, let us count the ways ! ‘No’ to the Gowanus re-zoningBrooklyn Community Board 6 has a public Zoom meeting tonight 6p...
11/19/2020
Tonight, Tell Councilman Lander That Building Affordable Housing On The Toxic Public Place Site In Carroll Gardens Is Insane ...And Nefarious

Ah, let us count the ways ! ‘No’ to the Gowanus re-zoning
Brooklyn Community Board 6 has a public Zoom meeting tonight 6p, to get updates on planned housing on highly toxic land adjacent to the canal -the worst of the worst in terms of pollution
You can register below or on the Community Board page

Public Place site at Smith and 5th Street A 1930 view of the former Citizens Gas Work Site on what is now Public Place TONIGHT, TELL COUNCIL...

BC Studio says NO to the Gowanus Re-Zoning
11/18/2020

BC Studio says NO to the Gowanus Re-Zoning

At today’s press conference

I’m quoted in this article, from my statement at the @BrooklynCB6 meeting regarding the #gowanus rezoning. It needed to ...
10/24/2020
Locals Get a Refresher Course, With Few Answers, About the Proposed Gowanus Rezoning

I’m quoted in this article, from my statement at the @BrooklynCB6 meeting regarding the #gowanus rezoning. It needed to be said. I was the only person there to say the word ‘Black’- cool that the article shows what my Zoom profile pic was.. I had no idea
Always check out Pardon Me For Asking for updates
#NoGowanusRezone #NoGowanusRezoning

The Department of City Planning is restarting the clock on the highly contentious Gowanus rezoning, announcing a series of pre-certification meetings.

The show from the other day, with BC Studio owner Martín Bisi is streaming - convo about the NYC times from 80’s on + tr...
09/17/2020
Bad Conditions - Bisi Work (Special Guest Martin Bisi)

The show from the other day, with BC Studio owner Martín Bisi is streaming - convo about the NYC times from 80’s on + tracks that are BC Studio/#Gowanus but also just relevant to the times

Brett makes a movie starring Mr. Bisi for school. Sheri's new boyfriend tries to not take no for an answer after the homecoming dance. (Special Guest Star Martin Bisi).

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

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: PI***NG 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 television: Q&A With Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Helmet, Dresden Dolls, White Zombie, Boredoms, Herbie Hancock)

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/

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.

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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."

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Workin to save BC Studio !
"𝗪𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂, 𝟭 𝗻𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 ❤" Solo il 20 maggio alle 9pm (est/pst/cet/aedt), Transmissions Festival presenta il live di Parlor Walls per Supernova Sect! Post-rock e avant-garde direttamente dalla fucina artistica della NY underground che è il BC Studio di Martin Bisi! Sintonizzatevi su supernovasect.com e per maggiori info: ll: Parlor walls : ll Curated by Transmissions Festival ---- "𝗪𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂, 𝟭 𝗻𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 ❤" It's happening Thur May 20 at 9pm (4 shows / 4 hot zones :: est/pst/cet/aedt): Transmissions Festival is hosting Parlor Walls live on Supernova Sect! Post-rock and avant-garde directly from NYC underground hot spot that is Martin Bisi's BC Studio! Tune in to supernovasect.com and fore more info visit the official event: ll: Parlor walls : ll Curated by Transmissions Festival
In late 1988, Live Skull embarked on the first of two US tours before heading to Europe where we recorded the John Peel Session, premiering on Dangerous Visions. Film maker Adrienne Altenhaus came along for the ride with her Super 8 camera. She manually edited her footage to Caleb, the closing track from Positraction which we had just recorded at BC Studio. Showing here for the first time! Lineup: Thalia Zedek, Rich Hutchins, Sonda Andersson Pappan, Tom Paine, and Mark C
I love this scene from my Loud Dinner Wanted music video. I love that my wabisabi violin melody is accompanying the Orange Monster’s lonely journey and that the Orange (Monster) is sort of following the gravity...🍊Our video artist Dylan Pecora just freakin nailed it, in unique collaboration with the nature 🎻🍊💙 * I was anxious about recording this song because we couldn’t rehearse this as much and we were running out of time at BC Studio. But as I ease into this section, I remember that music was just taking over. The whole band was floating and got connected on a different level all the sudden and the music just kind of completed itself. It was a special thing and I feel lucky we experience stuff like that as a band🦄🖤 * I’m prepping new music for pre-recorded and live streams rn stay tuned!! Smashing Humans album out on March 19 from 577 RECS LINK IN COMMENTS 💞 Keisuke Matsuno Peter Apfelbaum Joe Hertenstein Ken Filiano Martin Bisi
Great stuff ! 2 contiguous sides of sonic highs, lows, and extra width - performed live by 2 different “BC collectives” that include me, and mixed back in BC Studio by mad mixer B~I~S~i And it’s on tape !
#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, Bu****le 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/
Recorded January 2016 - 35 year anniversary BC Studio. Still clockin those years by the sultry Gowanus Canal
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.
Dal Vallo di Diano BACAS a New York, si chiude la stagione 2019 con il Guest Composer Daniele Del Monaco e il suo nuovo progetto The Zone, registrato presso il prestigiosissimo BC Studio nel Gowanus-Brooklyn per la Labelship - lancio 2020...stay tuned per il Tour.
Ending the year with another wonderful GUEST: Daniele Del Monaco, Guest Composer, BACAS - New York: https://www.bacasitaly.org/ Tiziana Rinaldi Castro Acamantis Marco Cappelli Fay Victor Labelship BC Studio#thezone
Dear Lovelies and Frogbuddies, Thank You for listening, dancing, twisting and shouting. Thank you for your beautiful smiles, your laughs and your tears. Thank you for your support and sincerity, your cosy beds your inspiration and comfortable times! We LOVE you to the moon and back! See y'all very soon, Liz, Ben, Ray, Tommi Martin Bisi, Cinema Cinema, Webster's Bookstore & Cafe, Nancy Hamilton, Maggie Anderson, Aqualamb, Odeon Louisville, Margaret Miller, Stephen Finnegan, Mike Corak, Kimberly Shannon Corak, Jamey's House of Music, The Wet Whistle Bar & Grill, Anne Marie, The Ruta Beggars, Chris Rodahaffer, Brian Henry, Meg Samples, Little Silver, Joe Pisapia, Argyle Brewing Company, David Van Pelt, Max Carmichael, Juha Hansen, Janitha, Andy Hanley, Janet Nagy Hanley, Alex Papp, Emerald Rae, Kara Rogers Thomas, katie kim, Laura Leigh, Deborah Smith, Doug Cox, Kate Okun, Jonah Okun, The Stone Church, The Chubby Pickle, Don Piper, cafe nine, The Burren, BC Studio, En Delirium, Thank God For Science, Omoo Omoo, Lady Stardust, Jeff Thomas
SAT OCT 19th (aka tomorrow!!) - special event, live filming/recording at historic BC Studio alongside our brothers/sisters from ‘cross da pond, UK’s own beautifully unique collective: Frogbelly and Symphony - doors at 5pm. Frogbelly sometime after 6pm, CC sometime after 7pm. RSVP or DM to reserve a spot, limited seating still avail! (event link in da comments)