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Also, Influencing Machine and Spastik Kommunikations are currently taking preorders for the upcoming release of Michael Contreras' The Pain Factory 4xDVD set.

Influencing Machine Records & Spastik Visuals
Proudly Present: The Pain Factory
A Public Access Noise Show 1995-1997
Channel 53 San Francisco, California

12 Episodes - 4 DVD Set (Professionally Printed)
16 Page Full Color Booklet
13 Hours Of Archival Footage
Edition of 350

The Pain Factory (1995-1997)

For about three decades, Michael Contreras has been one of the most consistently intriguing artists in the Industrial Noise scene, beginning under the name Trucido, then as Death Squad, and most recently as MK9. Anyone who has followed his prolific output through the years has recognized Contreras’ versatile use of multi-media elements, including text, photography, performance, and video. Another major piece of his body of work was almost lost, however, nearly forgotten since the mid-1990s: The Pain Factory.

In 1995, Contreras, then an employee at Channel 53, San Francisco’s Public Access TV station, decided to curate and produce a monthly TV series showcasing Industrial/Noise/Experimental music and film. It is difficult to understate how subversive The Pain Factory was. In the pre-internet era, public access TV provided the only platform by which controversial imagery and art could be broadcast to the world at large, and Contreras maximized the use of this peculiar medium, pushing the boundaries in ways that were unfathomable at the time. Contreras, and the artists whose work he projected over the airwaves to often unsuspecting viewers, were unconstrained and confrontational—so much so that the show was threatened with lawsuits and featured in local papers due to the extremity of the imagery.

The Pain Factory is also notable because it offers a snapshot of the mid-1990s Noise scene. The years 1995-1997 arguably represented the scene’s peak output, in terms of quantity and quality, and yet, it was strikingly underdocumented. The Pain Factory offers a unique record of the musical and visual activity of some of the era’s most significant figures and captures the aesthetic breadth of the Noise scene at large in that era, before rote adherence to self-imposed rules and sub-categories became the new norm in the 2000s. The quality is also impressive. These aren’t basement camcorder videos; The Pain Factory was a legitimate television broadcast program, and many of the performances featured here were recorded live in the Channel 53 TV studio.

Unless you lived in the Bay Area during the mid-1990s, it was impossible to see The Pain Factory. Only a single set of U-matic and S-VHS tapes exists, which Contreras himself kept safe through the years. The show was never widely tape-traded and has never made its way onto the internet. Contreras has spent nearly two years restoring and digitizing the entire series in an effort to rescue them from analog oblivion. It is, therefore, a major revelation to finally see an official presentation of this material, jointly released by Contreras’ own Spastik Kommunikations label and Influencing Machine Records.

This 4-DVD set features 16 page full-color booklet with original flyers and artwork and liner notes by G.X. Jupitter-Larsen, Scott Arford, Jeff Gunn, J. Campbell, and Michael Contreras. It contains approximately 13 hours of footage, including nearly every performance and video submission broadcast as part of The Pain Factory series:

Killer Bug - Xome - Stimbox - Seethe - Flat Tire - Fin - Taint - Crawl Unit - Nihil - Spastic Colon - Macronympha - The Haters - Rotten Jesus - Big City Orchestra - Radiosonde - Death Squad - MSBR - Scott Arford - Frank Moore - Glass Crash - The Amputease - Dahmer Spectacle - Electronic Karma Sutra - Not Breathing - Dr. Crystal Mess - YAU - Scott Arford - Instagon - Anal Sadist - Stimbox - Genetic Death Cell - Hungry Ghost - GX Jupitter-Larsen - Sirvix - Loaded - Death Squad - Moe! Staiano - UBZUB - Air-o-gant - Death Keeps Me Awake - Instagon - Chris Cobb & Yael Bartana - Seedmouth

Limited Time Pre Order Price Until June 20th

USA / Rest of World $25.00 (USD) + shipping

CANADA / Rest of World $31.00 (CAD) + shipping

Shipping Pre Orders out late June 2018
wholesale pricing available please get in touch




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In honor of the centennial of the publication of Luigi Russolo's manifesto "The Art of Noises," Zorïn (of Entre Vifs/Le Syndicat) contacted a number of specifically chosen artists to contribute to this compilation for Influencing Machine Records. The legacy of Russolo's contribution to music is apparent in the diverse tracks presented here by the following six artists:

Le Syndicat (FRA)
Tommi Keränen (FIN)
Government Alpha (JAP)
Rodger Stella (USA)
Lasse Marhaug (NOR)
Entre Vifs (FRA)

$13 USA


$20 USA

LE SYNDICAT "30 Years of Excess) 6xCS boxset + BRUITISME
$55 USA

PAYPAL: influencing{dot}machine{at}yahoo{dot}com

Now accepting orders for Le Syndicat "30 Years of Excess" 6 x CS box set

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The first Le Syndicat performance took place in Paris in 1982 and was followed by a handful of tape releases. At that time, the trajectory that this project would take was unclear as Le Syndicat’s earliest work eschewed boundaries and constraints--a trait that permeates Le Syndicat's entire catalog. As is true with most great artists and musicians in their formative years, the minds behind that early incarnation of the project were unconcerned with leaving behind a legacy or radically altering the terrain of experimental, industrial, noise, and electronic music. The 30 years that have passed since that time have proven, however, that Le Syndicat has had a profound influence upon the aural, visual, and conceptual aesthetics of each of those genres. 

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In honor of Le Syndicat’s contribution, Influencing Machine will be releasing a six-tape box set entitled “30 Years of Excess.” This release will commemorate the three decades of Le Syndicat by reissuing some of the earliest and most elusive of the group’s tapes—none of which have been previously reissued. Each of these recordings has been mastered from the original source tapes by Ruelgo himself and will each feature the artwork and graphic design of longtime collaborator Zorïn.

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The following recordings will be included in “30 Years of Excess”:
Phase Segments/Boucles - 1982
Tot Mortar - 1983
Audiostatik Repress - 1983
Vagynaestetatis - 1985
Staying Alive - 1985
L'Arme De Force – 1986

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Price: $50 in the United States
$65 rest of the world

PAYPAL to: influencing{dot}machine{at}yahoo{dot}com

Note: Due to space constraints, I am assembling the boxes to order. Therefore, I am waiting approximately 2-3 weeks to ship the first batch of orders. For orders placed during this time, I am including a free copy of Le Syndicat side project Entre Vifs’ “Heavy Duty” CD reissue. Also, with purchase of Le Syndicat box, add any of the following tapes for an additional $5:
Theta “Scire”
Sshe Retina Stimulants “Gorgeous Primitivism of Quartz Satellites”
Dajjal “Ur”
Hollow Bush “Phase IV”

Official Distributors:

Lust Vessel (exclusive distribution in Japan)
Self Abuse


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While Influencing Machine is not generally disposed to releasing tapes in “batches,” this particular set of tapes is sonically and conceptually well-suited for simultaneous release. Each of these artists uses similar means – a battery of dense, heavy electronics – but to sharply distinctive ends. Each release consists of entirely new material by the artists and all were pro-dubbed onto cobalt tape.

SSHE RETINA STIMULANTS “Gorgeous Primitivism from Quartz Satellites” [C-30] - Mature work from a master of his craft. Sshe Retina Stimulants delivers a 30 minute tape of meditative and morose electronics. The discordant majesty of solitude. Intense and brittle, contemplative and solemn. Sounds isolated from the world around them spiraling in and out of orbit. [Influencing Machine 03]

DAJJAL “Ur” [C-60 (single sided)] – The third cassette by this promising new voice in industrial music. As one temple is razed, another rises; the nervous system now complete. Birth pangs of the inorganic engineered conqueror. Gamma, Delta, Epsilon. [Influencing Machine 05]

HOLLOW BUSH “Phase IV” [C-72] - First release of new material in 4 years by Rodger Stella and Bryan Martin. Recorded in August 2012, this tape consists of over 70 minutes of ceaseless orchestrated electronic chaos depicting a damaged future careening off course. Sequential illumination of dystopian twilight. Terrestrial motion toward the celestial corridor. [Influencing Machine 06]

$9 each ppd in the US or $18 for all 3 tapes
Contact for international shipping rates


MACRONYMPHA LOGO T-shirt (Last few shirts, available only in M and L)
ENTRE VIFS “Heavy Duty” CD
THETA “Scire” Tape

3 new tapes + ENTRE VIFS CD = $26 ppd in US
3 new tapes + THETA tape = $23 ppd in US
3 new tapes + ENTRE VIFS + THETA = $30 ppd in US

LE SYNDICAT “30 Years of Excess” 6 x C-60 Box set is in production now. Should be available in 1 – 2 months. 

INFLUENCING MACHINE 04: RODGER STELLA “Foucault Zombie” Tour Edition cassette

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Influencing Machine produced a limited run of these C-52 tapes for the Rodger Stella performances in California that took place last month. I still have a handful of them left. Note that this is an entirely different recording of the “Foucault Zombie” material than is featured on the Gods of Tundra LP. Stella originally did the longer version featured on this tape; however, in order to reduce it to a suitable LP length, he completely re-recorded it rather than simply editing it. The various movements within the track are better served by the expansive subtlety of the transitions in this longer recording which was only previously released as a rare Mutter Wild CDr. For those unfamiliar with it, the “Foucault Zombie” material is among the most intriguing and fully realized in Stella’s catalog. Like much of his best work, it is cerebral without being academic and challenging, but never tedious. This is a highly complex and composed work that reflects and merges Stella’s ongoing preoccupation with archetypal electronic sounds, science fiction aesthetics, and heavy psychedelia. Sounds struggle to align themselves with the structure surrounding them, yet continually spiral in and out of orbit to disorienting and mesmerizing effect.