Prurient performing live in 2007
|Birth name||Dominick Fernow|
|Also known as|
|Instruments||Amplifier, microphone, drums, vocals, synthesizer|
|Associated acts||Cold Cave|
Dominick Fernowis an American experimental musician, poet and multimedia artist. He is best known for extreme music released under the stage name Prurient, as well as numerous other aliases including Vatican Shadow and Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement. His first releases date back to 1998, the same year in which he founded the record label Hospital Productions.
Experimental music is a general label for any music that pushes existing boundaries and genre definitions. Experimental compositional practice is defined broadly by exploratory sensibilites radically opposed to, and questioning of, institutionalized compositional, performing, and aesthetic conventions in music. Elements of experimental music include indeterminate music, in which the composer introduces the elements of chance or unpredictability with regard to either the composition or its performance. Artists may also approach a hybrid of disparate styles or incorporate unorthodox and unique elements.
Hospital Productions is an American record label founded in 1998 by Dominick Fernow, commonly known as Prurient.
Fernow was born in Wisconsin into a Roman Catholic household.Fernow recounts his entrance into public school and his exposure to death metal and tape trading as early sources of musical interest. In particular, Fernow cites the death metal band Deicide's album Once Upon the Cross as, "frightening ... A huge record for me, still to this day."
Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state by total area and the 20th most populous. The state capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The state is divided into 72 counties.
Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. It typically employs heavily distorted and low-tuned guitars, played with techniques such as palm muting and tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, aggressive, powerful drumming featuring double kick and blast beat techniques, minor keys or atonality, abrupt tempo, key, and time signature changes, and chromatic chord progressions. The lyrical themes of death metal may invoke slasher film-stylized violence, religion, occultism, Lovecraftian horror, nature, mysticism, mythology, philosophy, science fiction, and politics, and they may describe extreme acts, including mutilation, dissection, torture, rape, cannibalism, and necrophilia.
Tape trading is an unofficial method of distribution of musical or video content through the postal system, which was prominent in the 1980s and 1990s. Although most commonly used to distribute and publicize limited-release musical demo tapes in underground musical genres such as punk, hardcore, and extreme metal, the system has also been used to distribute bootleg recordings of live concerts, recordings of radio broadcasts, original radio-style programming by amateur broadcasters, and videotapes of underground films.
Fernow has resided in both New York City and Los Angeles,and runs the labels Hospital Productions and Bed Of Nails.
The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of nearly four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America.
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. In the past, he collaborated with artists like John Wiese, Jeff Plummer (of Immaculate:Grotesque and Shallow Waters), Kris Lapke (of Alberich and MCMS), Wolf Eyes, Macronympha, and Philip Best (of Whitehouse and Consumer Electronics).
A microphone, colloquially nicknamed mic or mike, is a transducer that converts sound into an electrical signal. Microphones are used in many applications such as telephones, hearing aids, public address systems for concert halls and public events, motion picture production, live and recorded audio engineering, sound recording, two-way radios, megaphones, radio and television broadcasting, and in computers for recording voice, speech recognition, VoIP, and for non-acoustic purposes such as ultrasonic sensors or knock sensors.
An amplifier, electronic amplifier or (informally) amp is an electronic device that can increase the power of a signal. It is a two-port electronic circuit that uses electric power from a power supply to increase the amplitude of a signal applied to its input terminals, producing a proportionally greater amplitude signal at its output. The amount of amplification provided by an amplifier is measured by its gain: the ratio of output voltage, current, or power to input. An amplifier is a circuit that has a power gain greater than one.
Wolf Eyes is an American experimental music group from Detroit, Michigan, formed in 1996 by Nate Young. Currently a duo, Wolf Eyes are a prominent act within contemporary noise music. They have collaborated with a variety of artists from different countries and art forms.
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.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, and Tortured Hooker.
Vegas Martyrs is black metal noise music band featuring Dominick Fernow better known as Prurient on guitar, Richard Dunn (FFH) on vocals & electronics and Joe Potts on drums. They have released records and cassettes on Hospital Productions, Kitty Play Records, and Troubleman Unlimited.
Cold Cave is the moniker for the music of Wesley Eisold based in Los Angeles and New York City whose music is described as a "collage of darkwave, noise, and synthpop". A number of reviewers note the affinity with early 1980's post-punk and early synthpop, in particular Joy Division.
Hanson Records is an American independent record label founded in Brighton, Michigan and now based in Oberlin, Ohio. It is operated by the musician Aaron Dilloway, formerly of the band Wolf Eyes.
Prurient has been covered in outlets such as The New Yorker, Pitchfork Mediaand The Village Voice.
The New Yorker is an American magazine featuring journalism, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry. Started as a weekly in 1925, the magazine is now published 47 times annually, with five of these issues covering two-week spans. Although its reviews and events listings often focus on the cultural life of New York City, The New Yorker has a wide audience outside New York and is read internationally. It is well known for its illustrated and often topical covers, its commentaries on popular culture and eccentric Americana, its attention to modern fiction by the inclusion of short stories and literary reviews, its rigorous fact checking and copy editing, its journalism on politics and social issues, and its single-panel cartoons sprinkled throughout each issue.
The Village Voice was an American news and culture paper, known for being the country's first alternative newsweekly. Founded in 1955 by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, John Wilcock, and Norman Mailer, the Voice began as a platform for the creative community of New York City. It still is kept alive online.
|1998||A Simple Mark||Hospital Productions||Cassette|
|Blades Steam Red Sweat, Inside The Things I Dread||CD-R|
|Persistence||Beeshu Records||Cassette||split with Potassium Cyanide Dogbane Sentiment|
|1999||A Call For Help||Hospital Productions|
|Prurient / Jon Borges||split with Jon Borges|
|2000||Collaboration||Let It Rot||CD||with Richard Ramirez & Flatline Construct|
|Mundane||Ninth Circle Music||CD-R||split with Sickness|
|Noise Split Tape Vol. 1||Brainchaos||Cassette||split with Echo System|
|Ornamentation||Zaftig Research||CD-R||collaboration with Goose|
|Point And Void||Hospital Productions||2xCassette|
|2001||Arbitrary Witness||Deadline Recordings||2xCassette|
|Body Language||Peel Back the Sky||LP|
|Collaboration||Hospital Productions||CD||with Diagram A and Furisubi|
|Guide to Grooming||Monorail Trespassing||Cassette|
|Hunt in Couples||Hospital Productions, Anti-Everything||7"||split with ASD|
|Magnified Healing||Hospital Productions, T.E.F.||CD||split with T.E.F. & Richard Ramirez|
|Mater Dolorosa||Hospital Productions||CD|
|Mummification and Prayer||Cassette|
|White Plains Leather: Black River Falls||Cassette|
|Valve Testing||Electronic Musik||Compilation: 1 track:Pastune as Well|
|2002||Live Prayer||Electronic Musik||3", CD-R|
|Something Terrible Has Happened and I Need Your Help||Monorail Trespassing||Cassette|
|The History of Aids||Hospital Productions/Armageddon||CD|
|Troubled Sleep||Truculent Recordings||CD|
|We Set off in High Spirits||Gods of Tundra||Cassette|
|2004||60 Minutes of Silence||American Tapes||Cassette|
|Red Head||RRRecords||Cassette||with Pedestrial Deposit|
|Shipwreckers Diary||Ground Fault||CD|
|The Hidden Family/+White+||Load Records||12"/CD||with Kites|
|White Magic||Hospital Productions||Cassette|
|2005||African Division||Hospital Productions||Cassette|
|Akitsa / Prurient||Cassette||split with Akitsa|
|Black Vase||Load Records||CD/LP|
|Church of Ammunition||Troubleman Unlimited Records||7"|
|Devil In Broad Daylight||Chondritic Sound||2xCassette|
|Disappearance Of The Maya||Hospital Productions||4xCassette||split with Aaron Dilloway|
|In The Slaughterhouse||7"|
|Love and Romance||LP||split with Nicole 12|
|Macronympha + Prurient / Okha||Dada Drumming||12"||split with Macronympha and Okha|
|The Baron's Chamber||Nihilist Records||CD|
|The Warriors||Hospital Productions/Gods of Tundra||CD/LP||split with Wolf Eyes|
|Vegas Martyrs - Choking Doberman||Kitty Play Records||7"|
|2006||Cloven Spike||Hospital Productions||7"||with John Wiese|
|Grunt / Prurient||Freak Animal Records||Cassette||split with Grunt|
|Heavy Rain Returns||iDEAL Recordings||CD||with Carlos Giffoni|
|Memory Repeating||AA Records||7"|
|Pleasure Ground||Load Records||CD|
|Point and Void||Ninth Circle Music||CD|
|Snail on a Razor||Hospital Productions||CD|
|2007||All Are Guests in the House of the Lord||Hospital Productions||Cassette/CD||with Kevin Drumm|
|Caribbean Overdose||Cassette||edition of 200|
|Cave Depression||No Fun Productions||3x7"|
|Cocaine Death||Hospital Productions||Cassette||edition of 46|
|Colonialist Nature And Misanthropy||2xCassette|
|Split||Important Records||with Mindflayer|
|Taylor Bow - Hate Fuck||Hospital Productions||7"|
|Terminal Cases||aRCHIVE recordings||2x3" CD||split with Death Unit|
|The Golden Chamber||Hospital Productions||Cassette|
|2008||And Still, Wanting||No Fun Productions||CD + Shield 5"|
|End Of Autumn||Troubleman Unlimited||2xLP||split with Sutcliffe Jügend|
|Ghosts Of Niagara||Hospital Productions||10xCass||split with Burning Star Core|
|Tylenol Murders||Cassette||edition of 20|
|Time Began in a Garden||2xCassette, C10 + Box||edition of 100|
|The Black Post Society||Cold Spring Records||CD|
|2009||Blood of the Lamb||BloodLust!||LP||split with Wilt ( edition of 100)|
|Palm Tree Corpse||Hospital Productions||3xCassette/LP|
|Rose Pillar||Heartworm Press||11"||with book (edition of 500)|
|Stars Explode||Hospital Productions||Cassette/LP||with Cold Cave|
|The Complete Kingdom Recordings||The Institute For Organic Conversations||4xCassette||split with Wilt|
|2010||Jesus||Hospital Productions||2xCassette||split with Nico Vascellari|
|Many Jewels Surround the Crown||Hydra Head||7"|
|Stun Gun||Quasi Pop Records||7"|
|2012||Of The Memories Of Friends||Hospital Productions||2xCassette|
|Tiger Smells A Corpse||3xCassette|
|Wrapped in the Flame of Illusion, Masked in the Clay of Behavior||Dais Records||2x7"|
|Worship is the Cleansing of the Imagination||Hydra Head||12"||split with JK Flesh|
|2013||Through the Window||Blackest Ever Black||Cassette, Vinyl, CD|
|2014||Washed Against The Rocks||Handmade Birds||7"|
|2015||Frozen Niagara Falls||Profound Lore||2CD/3xLP|
|Cocaine Daughter||Hospital Productions||Cassette|
|2016||Unknown Rains||Hospital Productions||2xLP|
|2017||Rainbow Mirror||Profound Lore||4CD/7xLP|
|2019||Garden Of The Mutilated Paratroopers||Profound Lore||2CD/Cassette|
|2011||Kneel Before Religious Icons||Hospital Productions, Type Records||Cassette, Vinyl LP|
|Pakistan Military Academy||Hospital Productions||Cassette|
|2012||Atta's Apartment Slated for Demolition||Cassette, Digital|
|Ghosts of Chechnya||Cassette, Digital|
|Ornamented Walls||Modern Love Records||Vinyl LP|
|2013||Remember Your Black Day||Hospital Productions||CD, Vinyl LP|
|2014||Games Have Rules||CD, Vinyl LP||with Function|
|2016||Media in the Service of Terror||Digital, Cassette|
|2010||Byzantine Private CIA||Hospital Productions||Cassette||4-tracks EP|
|2011||Washington Buries Al Qaeda Leader at Sea - Deck 1||Cassette||2-tracks single|
|Washington Buries Al Qaeda Leader at Sea - Deck 2||Cassette||2-tracks single|
|Washington Buries Al Qaeda Leader at Sea - Deck 3||Cassette||2-tracks single|
|The Serpent Carries Him Back Into Paradise||Cassette||4-track split EP with Contrepoison (2 tracks each)|
|Mural of Saddam||Cassette||3-tracks EP|
|Yemeni Commandos||Cassette||2-tracks EP|
|2012||Kuwaiti Airforce||Cassette||2-tracks EP|
|Operation Neptune Spear||Cassette, Digital||3-tracks EP|
|Iraqi Praetorian Guard||Vinyl 12"||3-tracks EP|
|September Cell||Vinyl 12"||4-tracks EP|
|Jordanian Descent||Cassette||2-tracks single|
|2013||When You Are Crawling||Digital, CD, Vinyl 12"||4-tracks EP|
|2014||April Silencer||Digital||2-tracks EP|
|Easing of Our Task||Digital||4-tracks EP|
|Elohim City||Digital||3-tracks EP|
|Enduring Mysteries||Digital||3-tracks EP|
|Oklahoma Military Academy||Digital||4-tracks EP|
|2017||Luxor Necropolitics||Digital, Vinyl 2x10"||5-tracks EP|
|Vatican Shadow / Ancient Methods - Bunkerterror||Digital, Vinyl 2x10"||2-tracks split with Ancient Methods|
|Rubbish of the Floodwaters||Ostgut Ton||Digital, Vinyl 12"||3-tracks EP|
|2018||Volta Forte Remixes||Hospital Productions||Digital||2-tracks EP|
|2011||Washington Buries Al Qaeda Leader At Sea: Decks 1-3||Hospital Productions||Lossless Digital|
|2012||It Stands to Conceal||Vinyl 12", Digital||Compilation of Jordanian Descent, Ghosts of Chechnya and Atta's Apartment Slated for Demolition|
|2014||Death Is Unity With God||Hospital Productions, Modern Love Records||Cassette, Vinyl LP, CD||Compilation of Fireball, Enduring Mysteries, Easing of Our Task, Oklahoma Military Academy, Elohim City and April Silencer|
Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN, is an American industrial rock band formed in 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio. The band was founded by lead singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Trent Reznor, who was the band's only official member until adding English musician Atticus Ross in 2016. The band has signed with several major labels over the course of three decades, the current being Capitol Records, under the name The Null Corporation.
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Jaime Meline, better known by the stage name El-P, is an American musician, rapper, songwriter, record producer and record executive.
Macronympha is an American Noise music and power electronics group formed 1990 by Joseph Roemer and Rodger Stella in Pittsburgh, PA. Tim Oliveira (Stimbox) and Dominick Fernow (Prurient) have occasionally appeared on Macronympha recordings and live performances.
Wesley Eisold is an American musician, poet and author. He records music under the name Cold Cave, and runs the publishing house Heartworm Press.
Cherish the Light Years is the second studio album from the American band Cold Cave, released in April 2011 on Matador Records.
"Came Back Haunted" is a single by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, from their eighth studio album, Hesitation Marks. It was the band's first single after signing with Columbia Records.
Azar Swan is the musical project of singer-songwriter and musician Zohra Atash, co-produced by Atash and Joshua Strawn. After dissolving their previous band, Religious to Damn, Atash and Strawn chose to begin experimenting with electronic instrumentation. The duo work with mixer Mike Dextro, while Charlie Schmid contributes percussion on select tracks.
Frozen Niagara Falls is a double album by the American musical project Prurient, the performing name of Dominick Fernow. It was released on May 12, 2015 through Profound Lore Records. Leading up to its official release date, Frozen Niagara Falls was promoted with online streams of "Dragonflies to Sew You Up" and "Greenpoint".
Through the Window is an album by the American music project Prurient, the performing name of the artist Dominick Fernow. The three-song album was released on March 19, 2013 through the English label Blackest Ever Black. Though released in 2013, the tracks for Through the Window were recorded in October 2011 at the same time as Prurient's two Hydra Head Records releases — the studio album Bermuda Drain (2011) and the EP Time's Arrow (2011) — and were noted for musically showing more techno influences, akin to one of Fernow's other projects, Vatican Shadow.
Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination is a split album between experimental musicians Dominic Fernow under the pseudonym Prurient and Justin Broadrick under the pseudonym JK Flesh. Released on vinyl on December 11, 2012, Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination was the final release of new material by Hydra Head Records, the label founded by former Isis member Aaron Turner.
Bermuda Drain is a studio album by the American artist Prurient, the stage name of Dominick Fernow. The album was released on July 11, 2011 through Hydra Head Records, and was the first release from Prurient through the label. Prurient released a single for the opening track "Many Jewels Surround the Crown" for Record Store Day in 2011.
Time's Arrow is an EP by the American musical project Prurient, the performing name of the artist Dominick Fernow. It was released on October 25, 2011 through Hydra Head Records, and was described as "taking a bold step away from the sounds which drew attention his way in the formative years."
Successor is the debut studio album by American experimental artist Fred Warmsley, under the alias Dedekind Cut. It was released on November 11, 2016 by NON Worldwide and Hospital Productions. The album features guest vocals from Active Child, as well as co-production from producer Al Carlson, notable for his work on Oneohtrix Point Never's Replica and St. Vincent's Marry Me.
Rainbow Mirror is a triple album by the American musical project Prurient, the performing name of the artist Dominick Fernow. It was released on December 1, 2017 through Profound Lore Records. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Prurient project, Rainbow Mirror was released as a 4xCD and as a 7xLP, which was distributed by Hospital Productions. This Hospital Productions release bundled Rainbow Mirror with a limited cassette version of Godflesh's 2017 album, Post Self. The 8-panel digipak version of the album includes a short story by Fernow and Scott Bryan Wilson.
Death Is Unity With God is a studio album by American experimental musician Dominick Fernow under one of his aliases, Vatican Shadow, released on May 31, 2014 as a cassette box set on Hospital Productions and later reissued as an album in February 2015 and on June 11, 2015 on Modern Love.
Troubled Sleep is a studio album by American experimental musician Dominick Fernow under his alias Prurient, released in September 2003 as a limited edition CD on Truculent Recordings.