Martin Bisi

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Martin Bisi
Background information
Born1961 (age 62–63)
OriginBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock
Punk rock
Electro funk
Years active1981–present
LabelsNew Alliance / SST
Black Freighter [1]
Bronson Recordings[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

Martin Bisi (born 1961) is an American producer and songwriter.[3] He is known for recording records by Sonic Youth,[4] Swans, John Zorn, Material, Bill Laswell, Helmet, Unsane, The Dresden Dolls, Cop Shoot Cop, White Zombie, Boredoms, Angels of Light, J.G. Thirlwell, and Herbie Hancock's Grammy-winning song "Rockit".

Early life[edit]

Martin Bisi was born in 1961 to Argentinian parents and grew up in Manhattan. His mother was a concert pianist who specialized in Liszt and Chopin and toured extensively, and his father played tango-style piano as a hobby. As a child in the 1960s his parents sent him to a French school, gave him music lessons, and took him to performances by the New York Philharmonic and the opera, all of which he rebelled against.[5]


In 1981, he started B.C. Studio (initially named OAO, Operation All Out, Studio)[6][7] with Bill Laswell and Brian Eno in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn,[8][9] where he recorded much of the No Wave, avant garde, and hip-hop of the early 1980s including Lydia Lunch, Live Skull, Fred Frith and Afrika Bambaataa. In 1982, he recorded the instruments for the first song Whitney Houston recorded as a lead singer, "Memories" off of Material's One Down LP.
Soon after recording Herbie Hancock's "Rockit", Bisi split from Bill Laswell but continued working from BC Studio till present time, with a specialty in loud, dense sound, such as Foetus, Season to Risk, and Serena Maneesh.

In 2021, he worked with the Hypnagogia album of Travis Duo.[10]

Solo career[edit]

Bisi also recorded his own material

In 2009, Bisi made his first extensive touring in the US and Europe.

In 2014 he toured in support of a feature-length documentary about BC Studio, Sound & Chaos: "The Story Of BC Studio", directed by Sara Leavitt and Ryan Douglass.

In January 2016, Bisi celebrated the 35 year anniversary of his BC Studio with a weekend of performances by close to 50 musicians who'd worked there over the decades. These were recorded and then worked into an album called BC35, released on April 20, 2018 on Bronson Recordings.
Bisi continues to tour in support of BC35 with his band, called Martin Bisi band, which involves a revolving cast of musicians.


  1. ^ "Black Freighter". Discogs.
  2. ^ "Bronson Recordings". Bronson Recordings.
  3. ^ "MARTIN BISI – Bronson Recordings". Retrieved 2021-08-23.
  4. ^ Sacher, Andrew (August 9, 2021). "This week on our Ch 66 show: a Sonic Youth deep dive with Lee Ranaldo". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 2021-09-08.
  5. ^ "the Martin Bisi Biography".
  6. ^ Hubert, Craig (2020-10-23). "Locals Get a Refresher Course, With Few Answers, About the Proposed Gowanus Rezoning". Brownstoner. Retrieved 2021-08-23.
  7. ^ "BC Studio". Discogs.
  8. ^ Duggan, Kevin. "New song pays homage to Gowanus Canal's toxic 'Black Mayo' • Brooklyn Paper". Retrieved 2021-08-23.
  9. ^ "Martin Bisi". Discogs.
  10. ^ "Trevor Dunn and Jarvis Earnshaw Announce New Album Hypnagogia as Travis Duo for September 2021 Release -". mxdwn Music. 2021-08-16. Retrieved 2021-09-08.

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