Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay 2015
Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay traces the development of one of music’s most quietly influential genres from the post-industrial cities of Europe to America’s avant-garde scene, and features contributions from members of pioneering outfits : Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, NON, SPK, Test Dept, Clock DVA, Re/Search - V Vale, Z'EV, Click Click, Sordide Sentimental, Hula, The Klinik, Ant-Zen, Orphx, In The Nursery and Prima Linea.

The film-makers traces the fascinating origins of industrial music right back to the Dadaist art movement of the early 20th century, through the cut-up methods of William Burroughs and Bryon Gysin, to the avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and proto-noise bands like Can and The Velvet Underground, with digressions into French cultural theory and cult author JG Ballard’s dystopian sci-fi futurism. In the 1970s, in parallel with the embryonic punk rock scene, early industrial artists formed their own semi-anarchist network of independent record labels and DIY fanzines, exchanging audio cassettes and “mail art” via the postal system.

Industrial Soundtrack features most of the scene’s key originators, but there are some baffling absences too, notably second and third-wave bands like Einsturzende Neubauten, Swans, Front 242, Ministry, Laibach and The Young Gods. A more glaring omission is the current crop of superstar artists who have taken industrial rock to million-selling, arena-filling level, from Nine Inch Nails to Marilyn Manson to Rammstein. A handful of these bands are fleetingly referenced in the film, in a rushed montage of still photos. Most are simply overlooked.

DVD5 | PAL 16:9 | 00:52:00 | 4.17 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano
Genre: Documentary, History, Music

Bonus Interviews:
-- Throbbing Gristle - Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti
-- Throbbing Gristle - Genesis P-Orridge
-- Cabaret Voltaire - Stephen Mallinder (former member of)
-- NON - Boyd Rice
-- SPK - Graeme Revell
-- Ant-Zen - Stefan Alt
-- Hands - Udo Weissman

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