Ryan Douglass and Sara Leavitt’s documentary Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio sheds light on the quirky Gowanus, Brooklyn basement recording space that’s run by engineer/musician Martin Bisi. For over 30 years, Bisi’s toiled in the cold, analog-equipped studio, working with some of the world’s most innovative musicians on some of the greatest records ever made. (A partial list includes Sonic Youth’s Bad Moon Rising, Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit,” Swans’ The Great Annihilator, Afrika Bambaataa’s “Zulu Groove,” and tunes by pre-fame Whitney Houston, who sang with Laswell’s band, Material.) Set up with funding help from Brian Eno, who recorded some of his On Land LP with Bisi, BC Studio was initially run by Martin and Bill Laswell, but the latter split when he began take on slicker major-label assignments. Bisi, however, has remained a magnet for underground artists seeking to exploit BC’s uniquely cavernous sound properties, in which even the metal staircase doubles as a percussion instrument. Sound and Chaos portrays Bisi and his studio as practically a joint entity, symbols of perhaps the last creatively adventurous outpost in an increasingly gentrified Gowanus. Bisi comes off looking a workaholic hero who generously provided a space in which musicians of all types can experiment freely. (Bisi will play a live set tonight, too.) recommended

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