Big City Orchestra

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Big City Orchestra
Origin Los Angeles, USA
Genres Experimental noise
Years active 1979–present
Labels several hundred
Website www.ubuibi.org

Big City Orchestra is a long-running art/anti-art group based generally in California. They have an ever rotating cast of musician and nonmusician members. They were formed in 1979 as the house band for a network of artist residences in the South Bay area of Los Angeles.

Releases[edit]

Almost comedically prolific, BCO sailed through the cassette culture movement of the 1980s and 1990s with about 130 hour-long releases on over 100 labels.

Other work has included four video collections, five 7" singles, one 8" single,one 10" single, 10+ compact discs, well over 40 CD-Rs, and more than 300 compilation appearances.

A partial list of releases[edit]

  • Baobab (Cass) Biotope Art Organization
  • Bretagne (Cass, C60) Nihilistic Recordings
  • Fresh Prezzies - Exclusive Tracks for Radio and Friends (CDr) ubuibi
  • Gaiement (Cass) Le Réseau
  • Mind Bent and Fancy Free (Cass) - Industrial Therapy Unit
  • My Life in the Bush of Kate (Cass) - UBUIBI Ralph
  • Pandora Flutter Tongue (Cass) - Ecto Tapes
  • Planet of Giants (Cass) - Peuleschille Tapes
  • Progressive Composition (Cass) - ZNS Tapes
  • Rites of Wrong (Cass) - UBUIBI
  • Seeds of Doom (Cass) - BloedvlagProdukt
  • Sound Choice Cassette Culture Selection (Cass) Sound Choice
  • Telegraphe (Cass) - New Flesh Tapes
  • Untitled (Cass) - Kadef
  • Verstimmt (Cass) - Ecto Tapes
  • We Like Noize Too (Cass) - UBUIBI
  • Massacre of The Innocents (Cass, C90) - Sound Of Pig 1985
  • Bob Hope's Fruit Loop Special (Cass, C60) - Audiofile Tapes 1986
  • Edge of Destruction (Cass) - Swinging Axe Productions 1986
  • Gateway of Fruit Loops (Cass) - The Subelectrick Institute 1986
  • Massacre Again (Cass) - Tonspur Tapes 1986
  • Parade of Idiots (Cass) - Bog-Art 1986
  • Arc of Infinity (Cass) - Harsh Reality Music 1987
  • Fury from the Deep (Cass) - Markus Schwill 1987
  • Hand of Fear (Cass) - Calypso Now 1987
  • Mile After Mile (Cass, C60) - Sound Of Pig 1987
  • Mind of Evil (Cass) - The Subelectrick Institute 1987
  • Myth Makers (Cass) - Nihilistic Recordings 1987
  • Trail of Destruction (Cass, C60) - S.J. Organisation 1987
  • A Good Time to Start Something New (Cass) - Epitapes 1988
  • Absence Sharpens, Presents Strengthens (Cass) - GGE Records 1988
  • Animal Religion (Cass) - Ralph Records 1988
  • Everyman Is a Volume (Cass, C60) - Korm Plastics 1988
  • In the Near Future (Cass) - Freedom In A Vacuum 1988
  • Long Term Stimulation (Cass, Ltd) - SSS Productions 1988
  • Magnetic Personality (Cass) - IEP 1988
  • Web of Fear (Cass, C60) - S.J. Organisation 1988
  • Aime-Morot (Cass) - Harsh Reality Music 1989
  • Annual 1988 (Cass) - UBUIBI 1989
  • Childhood Remembrances (Cass) - Seiten Sprung Aufnahmen 1989
  • Headache Remedy (Cass) - Ecto Tapes 1989
  • Obivion Realized (Cass) - Minus Habens Records 1989
  • Painfull Audio Enema (Cass) - Lowlife Audio 1989
  • The Man of Steal (Cass, C60) - Audiofile Tapes 1989
  • Bell, Book and Candle (Cass) - Tears Compilations 1990
  • Prattling Box (Cass) - Tragic Figures 1990
  • Resurrection Men (Cass) - Seiten Sprung Aufnahmen 1990
  • Sounders ; A Herd Of (Cass) - Industrial Therapy Unit 1990
  • Tallywags (Cass) - Exo Product 1990
  • Annual 1990 (Cass) - UBUIBI 1991
  • The Four Cassettes of the Apocalypse (CD) - Subelectrick Institute 1991
  • Beatlerape (CD) - Realization Recordings 1993
  • Greatest Hits and Test Tones (CD) - Pogus Productions 1993
  • Schall & Rauch (Cass) - Tonspur Tapes 1993
  • So Much Dancing Then Nothing (Cass) - Old Europa Cafe 1993
  • A Child's Garden of Noise (7", Ltd) - Drone Records 1994
  • So Much Nearer Than Ubiquitous (Cass) - UBUIBI 1994
  • Tryst 7 (Cass) - UBUIBI 1994 With the Legendary Pink Dots
  • Grass b/w Grass (7") - Sick Muse Records 1995
  • The Consumer (CD) - Commercial Failure 1995
  • Tryst 8 (2xCass, Ltd) - UBUIBI 1995
  • Anguilliform (Cass, Ltd, C60) - EE Tapes 1996
  • Instructions for Use (CD) - Pure (US) 1996
  • Aime-Morot (Cass) - HalTapes 1997
  • And When We Get Homme, We Find Someone Else's Male (Cass)- FDR Tapes 1997
  • And When We Wake Up, There Is Sheep in Our Eyes (Cass) - Doomsday Transmissions 1997
  • Arc of Infinity (Cass) - HalTapes 1997
  • Eek! (Cass, C60) - EE Tapes 1997
  • Split Single (7") - Aquese Recordings 1997
  • Untitled (Cass, Single, Ltd) - Doomsday Transmissions 1997
  • When We Wake Up... (CDr) - HalTapes 1997
  • Virus Radio Vol. I (Cass) - Mutant Cactus Recordings 1998
  • Don't Let Him Touch You (Cass, Album, C60) - BLACK ORCHID Productions 1999
  • Everyman Is a Volume (CDr) - Korm Plastics 1999
  • Arc of Infinity (CDr) - Harsh Reality Music 2000
  • Block Cedar Oakandstraw: Would (CDr) - Blade Records 2001
  • Eurotour 2001 (CDr) - UBUIBI 2001
  • New Beat for Baby (CD, Album) - Negative Foundation 2002
  • Scarab (CDr) - EE Tapes 2002
  • Can't We Just Have Sex Instead? (File, MP3) - Brokenwave 2003
  • In a Persian Market (CDr) - Verato Project 2003
  • Moisture (CDr) - Reduktive Musiken 2003
  • Trixxy Pixxy (File, MP3) - Comfort Stand Recordings 2004
  • Airre (CDr) - Entr'acte 2005
  • Big City Orchestra (File, MP3) - Beta:Sound 2005
  • Boom Crash Crash (File, MP3) - Comfort Stand Recordings 2005
  • Kismet (File, MP3) - Umbrella Noize Collective 2005
  • Progressive Composition (File, MP3) - ZNS Tapes 2005
  • Things Fall Down (File, MP3) - Lostfrog 2005
  • Azimuth (File, MP3) - Umbrella Noize Collective 2006
  • Dada Is Dead, Long Live Dada (CDr, Album) - UBUIBI 2006
  • Does Art For... (CDr) - Roil Noise Offensive 2006
  • DoUBle the TroUBle (File, MP3) - Umbrella Noize Collective 2006
  • Love Film Greats (CDr) - Roil Noise Offensive 2006
  • Red Dog 9 (CDr, Album, Ltd) - UBUIBI 2006
  • Signals and Code (File, MP3) - Umbrella Noize Collective 2006
  • Drone Gnomes (10", Ltd, Mar) - Substantia Innominata 2007