Nocturnal Emissions

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Nocturnal Emissions
Origin London, England
Genres Industrial, Dark ambient, post-industrial, Ambient, Experimental, Noise, Dub
Years active1980–present
Labels Sterile Records, Staalplaat, Soleilmoon, Earthly Delights, Klang Galerie, Dark Vinyl, Illuminated Records, Vinyl On Demand
Associated acts Caroline K, C.C.C.C.
Website Earthly Delights
Members Nigel Ayers
Past membersDanny Ayers
Caroline K
Reg Sailyne
Steve Tanza
Fiona Virtue

Nocturnal Emissions is a sound art project that has released numerous records and CDs in music styles ranging from electro-acoustic, musique concrète, hybridised beats, sound collage, post-industrial music, ambient and noise music. The sound art has been part of an ongoing multimedia campaign of guerrilla sign ontology utilising video art, film, hypertext and other documents.



The project was initiated in Derbyshire in the late 1970s by Nigel Ayers (b. 1957), a former art student who, in the period, lived in London. Together with collaborators Danny Ayers (b. 1964) and Caroline K (1957–2008).

Since 1984 Nocturnal Emissions has continued mainly as Nigel Ayers' solo project.

Nocturnal Emissions ran their own record label, Sterile Records.

In 1990–92 Nocturnal Emissions collaborated on Butoh dance performances in Europe & the USA, with the Japanese choreographer Poppo Shiraishi. Around this time Nocturnal Emissions' Situationist-influenced practice became increasingly informed by magick, stone circles, technoshamanism, neo-paganism, animism and Fortean research. There were many collaborations on animated films by Mancunian TV director Charlotte Bill. Bill was never an official member of Nocturnal Emissions, but admits to being one of the legion of members of The Fall [1] .

Nocturnal Emissions were later to be associated with the Kernow section of the Association of Autonomous Astronauts [2]

and to feature in a best-selling story by the novelist Stewart Home.

Partial discography


The Beauty of Pollution (with C.C.C.C.) (Endorphine Factory, 1996)

Side projects

Oedipus Brain Foil 3xCD (with Randy Greif and Robin Storey) (Soleilmoon, 1998)

Mesmeric Enabling Device CD (with John S. Everall and Mick Harris) (Soleilmoon, 1999)

The World Turned Gingham CD (with Robin Story, released under the name Hank & Slim) (Caciocavallo, 2000)

Transgenic CD (Solo album released under the name Transgenic) (Soleilmoon, 2000)

Selected Video works

Bleeding Images (1982)

The Foetal Grave of Progress (1983)


The Three Trials – Adventures in Psychotica (Randy Greif dir.)

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