GPC Productions

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GPC Productions
Founded1989; 33 years ago (1989)
FounderAlex Kananowicz
Defunct1993; 29 years ago (1993)
GenreIndustrial
Country of originUnited States
LocationAllentown, Pennsylvania

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GPC Productions was an independent record label based in Allentown, Pennsylvania started in 1989 by Alex Kananowicz (Alex Kane). The label primarily focused on issuing records by artists who were interested in experimenting with electronic-based industrial music. Kananowicz used the label to distribute his side projects to Sinister Attraction, namely: Sin Factor, ...less than 24 hours.../Journey Into the Fields of Pain and Original Sin/Machine Religion. It also served as an outlet for musical acts such as Blink Twice, Kevorkian Death Cycle and The MAS.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

The Allentown, Pennsylvania based GPC Productions was founded in 1989 by Alex Kananowicz. Kananowicz had founded Sinister Attraction with multi-instrumentalist Noel van der Goes and wanted a label to release his other projects such as musical acts such as Factor 42, Sin Drome, Anton Shedlock and Teknition.[4][3] Teknition later released "Man Is the Animal" to the 1992 compilation The Cyberflesh Conspiracy by If It Moves...[5][6]

The fourth release was .5 Honkey/Wreckage + Ruin + & + Regrets + (Redemption) by Non-Aggression Pact and Mentallo & The Fixer, which was released with the cassettes wrapped in aluminum sheet metal and each copy contained a booklet of contacts, artwork and graphics. In 1992 Mentallo & The Fixer released their first stand-alone album No Rest for the Wicked on Simbiose Records and was later signed and continued to release albums to Zoth Ommog Records.[7][8]

The label made contact with Xorcist, who had previously made his CD-debut with 1991's Damned Souls, and Non-Aggression Pact for its fifth release titled Repossessed/Non-Aggression Pact.[9] The cassette was packaged in a candy bar design wrap and featured a detailed sixty-page booklet containing art, advertisements, contacts, graphics and interviews as well as reviews of concerts, magazines, video, and other musical projects. The release set a precedence for the future GPC releases, which continued to contain expansive and illustrated booklets.[10] Non-Aggression Pact's then released their first stand-alone studio album titled Gesticulate and represents the label's only compact disc release.[11] The band was then signed to Re-Constriction Records and released 9mm Grudge in March 1994.[12][13]

Baby Had an Accident was the sixth release by GPC Productions comprising tracks by Blink Twice and The MAS. Robert Salchak of Blink Twice had purchased from GPC previously and sent a tape of his compositions to label owner Alex Kananowicz. The album was released in 1993 and packaged in a VHS sleeve with its cassette wrapped in a "soiled" diaper.[10] Salchak's music was released on side two of the album, titled Possible Images. Blink Twice released Clouded, Torn Soul and Other Locations, Subsistence, The Brighter the Moon, the Darker the Shadows, and Slow Escape From Sorrow. They later signed to German label Broken Seal Records, releasing the albums Broken Seal and Newer Unknown Breeds.[14][15] The seventh release was Bizarre Sex Chronicles and was packaged with the label's final booklet, which was expanded to one-hundred and thirty pages.[4][1]

Discography[edit]

Year Catalog Artist Album
1989 #001 Factor 42/Sin Drome Sin Factor
1990 #002 Anton Shedlock/Sin Drome ...less than 24 hours.../Journey Into the Fields of Pain
1991 #003 Factor 42/Teknition Original Sin/Machine Religion
1992 #004 Non-Aggression Pact/Mentallo & The Fixer .5 Honkey/Wreckage + Ruin + & + Regrets + (Redemption)
#005 Xorcist/Non-Aggression Pact Repossessed/Non-Aggression Pact
1993 #006 Blink Twice/The MAS Baby Had an Accident
#007 Kevorkian Death Cycle/Punch Drunk Bizarre Sex Chronicles

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Baumann, Tina; Baumann, Travis (May 5, 1996). "THD Interview". Virtual Night Angel. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  2. "Gereral Purpose Cassettes" (19). Krime Sonik. January 1992: 9. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Valania, Jonathan (June 18, 1993). "Looking Under Rocks Valley Fanzine Covers Techno-Industrial Music and Culture". The Morning Call. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kananowicz, Alex (October 2008). "Releases". GPC Productions. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  5. "Various Artists: The Cyberflesh Conspiracy > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  6. Christian, Chris (October 1995). "Various Artists: The Cyberflesh Conspiracy". Sonic Boom. 3 (8). Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  7. Litts, Daryl (March 13, 1999). "Mentallo & The Fixer". In_Faction. Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Yücel, Ilker (February 19, 2018). "Alfa Matrix Releases Reissues of Mentallo & The Fixer and Side Projects, Remastered by Gary Dassing". ReGen. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  9. Busby, Kevin (2006). "GPC Productions Cassettes". EST. Hyperreal. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Kananowicz, Alex (October 2008). "The History of GPC Productions". GPC Productions. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  11. Lengeman III, William I. "Non-Aggression Pact: Gesticulate > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  12. Worley, Jon (February 28, 1994). "Non-Aggression Pact: 9mm Grudge". Aiding & Abetting (49). Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  13. "Non-Aggression Pact: 9mm Grudge". Option. Sonic Options Network (54–58). August 1994. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  14. Christian, Chris (May 8, 1998). "Interview with Robert Salchak of Blink Twice". Sonic Boom. 6 (4). Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  15. Christian, Chris (June 1998). "Blink Twice: Other Locations". Sonic Boom. 6 (4). Retrieved September 10, 2020.

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