Even if Alien Brains had never existed, founder Nigel Jacklin would have claimed himself a place in Industrial music history. As a schoolboy at Oundle School, he convinced his music teacher to book Throbbing Gristle to play the school auditorium in March 1980. At that time Alien Brains were already a year into operations, a useful reminder that a good proportion of the early work of the Industrial and cassette culture pioneers was undertaken while barely out of short trousers. The Wire


The Alien Brains collective (it was never a ‘group’ in the accepted sense) distributed electronic noise – sometimes naïve, sometimes disturbing – utilising avant-garde structures, tape-editing and field-recordings. Alien Brains always played with a sense of place, and their music sounds as if it’s coming from somewhere way out there, whether that be from the end of a very long pipe, poking through Soviet-style radio jamming, or careering around the Waltzers at a fairground. They never made it easy. Record Collector


Alien Brains' work employed elements of Musique Concrete and the Industrial avant garde which was often subjected to Dadaist modifications. The tools of their trade included everyday objects, unconventionally applied acoustic instruments and urban field recordings. Through the use of tape collage, Alien Brains made references to surreal sensitivity, subconscious fears and the chaos of contemporary civilization. Encyclopaedia Of Industrial Music

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