Friday 3 May 2024

Nocturnal Emissions: Minimal Works 8

Saturday 27 April 2024

Nocturnal Emissions: the first two records


Nocturnal Emissions, a pioneering English industrial music group formed in the late 1970s, carved a unique niche in the experimental music landscape with their provocative sonic explorations and socio-political commentary. Their early records, "Tissue of Lies" (1980) and "Fruiting Body" (1981), serve as seminal works in the realm of industrial music, showcasing the band's penchant for blending avant-garde soundscapes with radical ideologies. 

"Tissue of Lies," the debut album released in 1980, emerged during a tumultuous period marked by social upheaval and political unrest. The album encapsulates the zeitgeist of its era, channelling the anxieties and disillusionments of a generation grappling with the aftermath of punk's decline and the rise of Thatcherism in the UK. Thematically, "Tissue of Lies" confronts issues of power, control, and manipulation, mirroring the dystopian landscape of contemporary society. 

The album's sonic palette is diverse and eclectic, drawing from a myriad of influences ranging from musique concrète to post-punk and industrial noise. Thematically, "Tissue of Lies" delves into themes of surveillance, paranoia, and social control, offering a scathing critique of authoritarianism and mass media manipulation.

The first two records by Nocturnal Emissions, "Tissue of Lies" and "Fruiting Body," stand as landmarks in the evolution of industrial music, showcasing the band's innovative spirit and uncompromising vision. Through their daring sonic experiments and radical political critiques, Nocturnal Emissions challenged listeners to confront the dark undercurrents of society and embark on a quest for transcendence amidst the chaos of the modern world.

Sunday 4 February 2024

Charlotte Bill and the Nocturnal Emissions

Northern English artist Charlotte Bill can be credited for her contribution to the unique acoustic character of Nocturnal Emissions’ work in the early to mid 1990s. Her improvisations on flute, oboe and other instruments were “decomposed”, remixed and reprocessed by Nigel Ayers notably on the CD releases: Magnetized Light, Blasphemous Rumours, Friction & Dirt and Binary Tribe.

Charlotte created film projections for Nocturnal Emissions live performances in Canada and has made several animated and experimental films soundtracked by, and sometimes in collaboration with, Nocturnal Emissions founder, Nigel Ayers. In the past Charlotte has also played in The Fall , The Fates, The Blue Orchids, Morning Glory and the Shillelagh Sisters.  


Charlotte first performed with Nocturnal Emissions as a fire-blower in unforgettable shows in the Ambulance Station and the ICA, London in 1984/1985. She is nowadays better known for her art films, TV documentaries and as founder member of filmmaking collective Clapham Film Unit. ](



 Charlotte will be making a live guest appearance with Nocturnal Emissions in the Farmers Arms, Penzance, March 2nd 2024.

Friday 2 February 2024

Excavations in Substation