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Prurient in 2007.
Background information
Birth name Ian Dominick Fernow
Genres Noise, power electronics, experimental, industrial
Instruments Amplifier, microphone, drums, vocals, synthesizer
Years active 1998-Present
Labels American Tapes, Hanson Records, RRRecords, Load Records, Troubleman Unlimited, Chrondritic Sound, Hospital Productions, Kitty Play Records

Prurient is the performing name of noise musician Dominick Fernow.[1]


In his early work as Prurient, Fernow worked primarily with a microphone and amplifier, and sometimes drums. He eventually began utilizing more electronics, and currently works primarily with laptop and synthesizers. On some releases he has been joined by Ben Barnett, Richard Dunn (FFH), John Wiese, Jeff Plummer (Immaculate:Grotesque, Shallow Waters), Kris Lapke (Alberich, MCMS), Sickness, Wolf Eyes, Macronympha, Philip Best, Sutcliffe Jugend, The Hototogisu, Carlos Giffoni, Wilt, Grunt, Nicole 12, and Emily Salvatierra.[2] Fernow was born in Wisconsin, lived in New York, and then moved to Los Angeles,[3] where he now runs the labels Hospital Productions and Bed Of Nails.[4] Fernow has also performed in various bands, such as Football Rabbit, Vegas Martyrs, Taylor Bow, Ash Pool (in which he also sings), and formerly as part of Cold Cave.[5]

Prurient has released material on numerous independent record labels, such as Hanson Records, RRRecords, Load Records, Troubleman Unlimited, Chrondritic Sound, Kitty Play Records, American Tapes, and his own label Hospital Productions.

Fernow has also recorded music under a variety of aliases, including Vatican Shadow, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Exploring Jezebel, River Magic, Winter Soldier, Window Cleaning By Ian, December Magic, Vegas Martyrs, and Tortured Hooker.

Prurient has been covered in outlets such as The New Yorker, Pitchfork Media[6] and The Village Voice.[7]

Partial discography[edit]















  • Washed Against The Rocks, 7" (Handmade Birds)



  1. ^ LLC, SPIN Media (September 2011). SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. pp. 88–. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Dead Link
  3. ^ Nix, Peter. "A Guide to Dominick Fernow". Redbull Music Academy. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Prurient starts new label Bed Of Nails". The Wire. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Boyd Rice Returns to Noise Roots With Cold Cave and Z’ev". self-titled magazine. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Stosuy, Brandon. "Show No Mercy". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Doyle, Patrick. "The Top Ten Records that Recently Sold at Hospital Productions on East 3rd". The Village Voice. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 

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