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Lustmord playing at Norbergfestival, 2011.
Background information
Birth nameBrian Williams
Origin North Wales [1] [2]
Genres Dark ambient
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsSynthesizer, programming
Years active1980–present [2]
Labels Hydra Head, Soleilmoon
Associated acts Tool, Isis, Puscifer, SPK, Melvins
Website lustmord.com

Brian Williams is a Welsh industrial musician, sound designer and film score composer. He is often credited for creating the dark ambient genre with albums recorded under the name Lustmord. His experimental work has been described as "not traditionally 'musical'" with "more clearly visual aspects". [3]

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Sound design is the art and practice of creating sound tracks for a variety of needs. It involves specifying, acquiring or creating auditory elements using audio production techniques and tools. It is employed in a variety of disciplines including filmmaking, television production, video game development, theatre, sound recording and reproduction, live performance, sound art, post-production, radio and musical instrument development. Sound design commonly involves performing and editing of previously composed or recorded audio, such as sound effects and dialogue for the purposes of the medium. A sound designer is one who practices sound design.

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Biography

Williams was raised in rural Wales, before relocating to London in his late teens. In London, Williams befriended Throbbing Gristle members Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter, who urged him to make his own music. [1] He started recording as Lustmord in 1980 before joining SPK in 1982. [1] [4] Lustmord has extracted field recordings made in crypts, caves, and slaughterhouses, and combined it with occasional ritualistic incantations and Tibetan horns. His treatments of acoustic phenomena encased in digitally expanded bass rumbles have a dark ambient quality. Some of Lustmord's most notable collaborations include Robert Rich on the critically acclaimed [5] Stalker, Jarboe, John Balance of Coil, Monte Cazazza, Clock DVA, Chris & Cosey, Paul Haslinger, and experimental sludge group The Melvins on Pigs of the Roman Empire .

Throbbing Gristle English band

Throbbing Gristle were an English music and visual arts group, officially formed in September 1975 in Kingston upon Hull by members Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson and Chris Carter. They are widely regarded as pioneers of industrial music. Evolving from the experimental performance art group COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle made their public debut in October 1976 on COUM exhibition Prostitution, and, the following year, released their debut single, "United / Zyklon B Zombie", followed by an album, The Second Annual Report (1977).

Cosey Fanni Tutti British musician

Cosey Fanni Tutti is an English performance artist, musician, and writer, best known for her time in the avant-garde groups Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey.

Chris Carter is an English musician, best known for being a synthesist and member of Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey. His longtime partner Cosey Fanni Tutti is the mother of his son, Nick, as well as a member of Throbbing Gristle.

Williams released the album Heresy, considered a milestone of the genre of dark ambient, [6] in 1990.

Williams collaborated with Graeme Revell and Paul Haslinger to contribute as "musical sound designer" [3] and occasionally as additional composer to 44 Hollywood film soundtracks, most notably on The Crow and Underworld.

Graeme Revell is a New Zealand musician and composer. He came to prominence in the 1980s as the leader of the industrial/electronic group SPK. Since the 1990s he has worked primarily as a film score composer.

<i>The Crow</i> (1994 film) 1994 film by Alex Proyas

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Lustmord worked on Tool's DVD singles and remixed versions of "Schism" and "Parabola," which were released on 20 December 2005. Lustmord also contributed to Tool's 2006 album 10,000 Days with the atmospheric storm sounds on the title track, "10,000 Days". He later worked again with Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan, collaborating on Keenan's project Puscifer debut album "V" is for Vagina , as well as providing several remixes for "V" is for Viagra. The Remixes . Lustmord eventually generated a collection of dub remixes of several tracks from "V" is for Vagina known as "D" Is for Dubby - The Lustmord Dub Mixes. The nine track LP was released as a digital download on 17 October 2008, available directly from the Puscifer website. He also did some additional music including the track "The Western Approaches" feat. Wes Borland on guitar for the documentary Blood into Wine .

Tool (band) American alternative metal band

Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up includes drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Justin Chancellor has been the band's bassist since 1995, replacing their original bassist Paul D'Amour. Tool has won three Grammy Awards, performed worldwide tours, and produced albums topping the charts in several countries.

Schism (song) 2001 single by Tool

"Schism" is a song by American Metal band Tool. It was the first single and music video from their third full-length album, Lateralus. In 2002, Tool won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for the song. "Schism" was released as a DVD single on December 20, 2005. The DVD contains the music video, audio commentary by David Yow, and a remix by Lustmord.

Parabola (song) single by Tool

"Parabola" is a song by the American rock band Tool, the song was released as the second single from their third studio album Lateralus. It was released in 2002 as a promo only, however, on December 20, 2005, the single was re-released, which includes the song and a DVD containing the music video and an optional "dual" audio commentary on the video by Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys fame. The dual commentary consists of two separate recordings of Biafra's voice, one playing in each stereo channel. The DVD was released alongside a DVD single for "Schism" as well.

Lustmord released the album [ O T H E R ] on California-based label Hydra Head Records in July 2008. It features guest appearances by Adam Jones, King Buzzo, and Aaron Turner.

Hydra Head Records is an independent record label that specializes in extreme metal music, founded in New Mexico by Aaron Turner in 1993. It has another imprint, Hydra Head Noise Industries, which specializes in experimental and noise music.

Adam Jones (musician) musician

Adam Thomas Jones is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known for his position as the guitarist for Tool. Jones has been rated the 75th Greatest Guitarist of all time by the Rolling Stone and placed ninth in Guitar World's Top 100 Greatest metal Guitarists. Jones is also the director of the majority of Tool's music videos.

Aaron Turner American musician, artist and record label owner

Aaron Turner is an American musician, singer, graphic artist, and founder of label Hydra Head Records. He is most widely known for his role as guitarist and vocalist for the post-metal bands SUMAC and Isis, while also participating in several other bands and projects such as Old Man Gloom, Lotus Eaters and Split Cranium, a collaboration with Jussi Lehtisalo of Finnish band Circle who toured with Isis in 2009.

Live performances

Lustmord appeared live for the first time in 25 years as part of the high mass observance by the Church of Satan. The ceremony took place on 6 June 2006. [1] [7] A recording of the performance titled Rising was released. Lustmord himself noted that the offer was "one of those things that was just too funny to say 'no' to". [8]

Lustmord performed for the second time in 29 years at Unsound Festival Kraków on 22 October 2010. [9]

Lustmord performed at Art's Birthday celebration (initiated by Robert Filliou) at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden, on 15 January 2011. [10] He performed at the Unsound Festival in New York for the first time on 9 and 10 April 2011. [11] Lustmord's first performance in the Netherlands was in September 2011 at the Incubate Festival.

Lustmord played for the first time in Moscow, Russia, on 8 April 2012, at Cinema 35mm. Bad Sector played the first act of show.

Video games

Around 1999, Lustmord was also involved with the video game Planescape: Torment —his work eventually went unused when the project changed direction. [12] He provided music and sound design for a variety of other projects since, such as Far Cry Instincts , Underworld or NVIDIA demos, many of which include collaborations with Haslinger. [13] He was also involved with the 2003 game Master of Orion. In 2015 he composed the soundtrack for Evolve with Jason Graves. [14] [15]

Films

Lustmord composed the soundtrack for the 2018 film First Reformed . [16]

Personal life

In early 1990s, Williams relocated to California from London with his wife Tracey, who is a fabricator at Legacy Effects. He is an atheist [1] and has noted that while his ominous music gives an impression to some people that he's "somehow dark and [he] live[s] in a castle or in a dungeon", and that he's "very serious about certain aspects of [his] work", he's "not that serious about [himself]". [8]

Discography

YearTitleLabel
1981Lustmørd Sterile Records SR 3
1982LustmordekaySterile Records cassette SRC 6
1984CTI (with Chris & Cosey)
1985Vhutemas / Arechetypi (with Graeme Revell)
1986 Paradise Disowned Soleilmoon
1988Machine Gun (as T. G. T.) (single)
1989Revo (as T. G. T.) (single)
1990White Stains (as T. G. T.)
1990 Heresy Soleilmoon
1991A Document of Early Acoustic & Tactical Experimentation
1992The Monstrous SoulSoleilmoon
1992Psychological Warfare Technology Systems (as Terror Against Terror)
1993Crash Injury Trauma (as Isolrubin BK)
1994 The Place Where the Black Stars Hang Soleilmoon
1994Trans Plutonian Transmissions (as Arecibo)
1995 Stalker (with Robert Rich)Fathom/Hearts of Space
1996Strange Attractor/Black Star
1997Lustmord vs. Metal Beast (with Shad T. Scott)
2000Purifying Fire (collected Works 1996–1998)Soleilmoon
2001Metavoid Nextera
2002Law of the Battle of Conquest (with Hecate)
2002 Zoetrope Nextera
2003 Master of Orion 3 Infogrames / Quicksilver
2004Carbon/Core
2004 Pigs of the Roman Empire (with Melvins)
2006Rising (live album)
2007Juggernaut (with King Buzzo)
2008 [ O T H E R ]
2008"D" is for Dubby – The Lustmord Dub Mixes (by Puscifer)
2009[ THE DARK PLACES OF THE EARTH ] (remixes)
2009[ T R A N S M U T E D ] (remixes)
2009[ B E Y O N D ] (remixes)
2009[ O T H E R D U B ] (remixes)
2010 Heretic
2011Songs of Gods And Demons (Collected Works 1994–2007) (Compilation)
2013 Things That Were (Compilation)
2013 The Word as Power
2013Kraków (22 October 2010) (live album)
2014Stockholm (15 January 2011) (live album)
2015Vampillia Meets Lustmord (remixes)
2016"Dark Matter"
2019 First Reformed

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