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« on: June 20, 2018, 10:10:18 AM »

The Pain Factory - A Public Access Live Noise Show 1995-1997
Channel 53 San Francisco, CA
12 Episodes - 4 DVD Set - 16 Page Color Booklet
13 Hours Of Archival Footage


12 Episodes - 4 DVD9 Set (Professionally Printed)
16 Page Full Color Booklet
13 Hours Of Archival Footage
Edition of 350

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




DVD Menu Disc 1


ORDER HERE FOR USA / Rest of World - $30.00 (USD) + shipping
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Promo 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waqrYyFZAq0&t=2s

Promo 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7a1OEavYjk

Official Site
http://thepainfactory.info/

This 4-DVD set features 16 page full-color booklet with original flyers, artwork and liner notes
by G.X. Jupitter-Larsen, Scott Arford, J. Campbell, Jeff Gunn 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:

Live Performances:
Killer Bug   Crawl Unit   Seethe   Flat Tire   Fin   Nihil   Spastic Colon   The Haters
Big City Orchestra   Radiosonde   Not Breathing   Dr. Crystal Mess   YAU   Anal Sadist
Stimbox   Hungry Ghost   Sirvix   Loaded   Chris Cobb & Yael Bartana
Moe! Staiano   UBZUB   Instagon   Air-o-gant   Death Squad   Frank Moore   Glass Crash

Taped Submissions and Performances by:
Xome   The Amputease   Taint   Scott Arford   Seedmouth   Genetic Death Cell
The Haters   Death Squad   Rotten Jesus   MSBR   Electronic Karma Sutra
Macronympha   Stimbox   Frank Moore   Instagon   Death Keeps Me Awake

Short Films and Video:
The Digger  Snuff Balloon   Holes On The Neck   Institutional Broadcast
Serrrations   TV Homicide   Dahmer Spectacle

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 show showcasing Industrial/Noise/Experimental music and film. It is difficult to understate how subversive The Pain Factory series 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 Visuals label and Influencing Machine Records.
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2018, 12:01:24 PM »

Incredible document! Will be stocking, should arrive next week.
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2018, 08:09:14 PM »

Any european distros getting copies?
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2018, 03:14:27 AM »

Tesco and Freak Animal for now.
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2018, 12:05:43 PM »

Perfect!
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2018, 07:45:46 PM »

Ordered, looks fantastic.
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2018, 05:03:03 PM »

I will begin shipping out all preorders from Influencing Machine today.
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2018, 09:31:55 PM »

Arrived yesterday, just watched episodes 1 and 3 of disc 1. Perfect ! Transfer is as good as it gets. Ofcource image quality depends on the original used material, but you can see through the performances in channel's studio that good job was done transfering it to DVD. Looks and -especially- sounds excellent !

I asked myself a question. Would any TV channel nowdays play this even regional channel, even after midnight ? Easy answer. No ! Let alone help produce it, giving studio, equipment etc. And support and play it for a long period of time. - I understand that program wasn't the rule back then, it was an exception, but it went on air, had its chance. Nowdays TV has Vice and similar which marketing themselves as "alternative" , "different" , "supporting / watching less known scenes" TV programs while the only thing they do is to feed crap the unlucky viewer / consumer and poisoning his mind. The so-called progress. That's it !?

4 DVD / 13 hours / so reasonable cheap price / you don't only get a piece of history, you actually get above all good music. From the little i watched only Xome got me somewhat bored. Don't be a fool. Buy it.
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2018, 11:57:22 PM »

This is absolutely mandatory. Don’t waste any more time, just buy...
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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2018, 04:53:05 AM »

Ordered!
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« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2018, 05:09:48 AM »

I've got copies at http://www.screamandwrithe.com. They look great.
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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2018, 02:47:36 AM »

Is this sold out yet?
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« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2018, 06:49:06 AM »

Still available. Top of thread for ordering, thanks.
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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2018, 05:40:53 AM »

Bump. This is essential!
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« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2018, 05:48:55 AM »

Had the wrong prices listed, has been corrected.
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