Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay

A film by Amélie Ravalec & Travis Collins

Release late 2014

industrial_soundtrack_for_the_urban_decay1-600x337Industrial Soundtrack for The Urban Decay is the first film to document the history of industrial music, featuring interviews from the genre’s most influential bands, artists, labels and fanzines.

What is Industrial music?

Industrial music is an experimental music genre inspired by a wide spectrum of ideologies and interests. It combines improvisation and performance with avant-garde, provocative, political and taboo themes alongside harsh noise and environmental sound recordings.

“We used scrap metal, steam engines, water tanks, petrol tanks, anything we could find. We wanted to use the debris of society to create something new.” Test Dept, UK

Coined in the mid-70s, this music originated in this postindustrial era as working class youth of industrial cities like Sheffield and Manchester started experimenting with sound. Unemployment, high-rise living and cultural oppression were all part of the decaying environment in which this music blossomed.

Whether factory workers, students or unemployed, these trailblazers were all educated, artistically minded and politically aware artists who started with little to no musical background. They found inspiration in the avant-garde movements from the early 20th century like the Futurists, Dadaists or Surrealists, as well as contemporary writers William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. They were also influenced by early science fiction movies, Krautrock artists Kraftwerk, Can and Faust, The Velvet Underground and the DIY ethos of punk music.

These artists rejected major labels, mass media and mainstream culture to invent a culture of their own.

Starring: Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, NON / Boyd Rice, SPK, Click Click, Test Dept, Clock DVA, Re/Search – V ValeZ’EVSordide Sentimental, HulaIn The NurseryHands Production / Winterkälte, The Klinik / Dive, Ant Zen, Orphx and  Prima Linea.

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This film tells their story.

Further information’s are available via Industrial Soundtrack for The Urban Decay webpage HERE.