How to sound like Throbbing Gristle (on a budget)

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Genesis P-Orridge and    gang of merry pranksters made many people love them with the sick and dark sounds of his bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV. But how can you sound like them? You may think it takes alot of expensive gear to sound like them, but in fact you can do it quite affordably with this guide.

Drum machine

On their seminal 1979 album, 20 Jazz Funk Greats the first song, which is also titled “20 Jazz FUnk Greats” features drum machine sounds along with other electronic and synthesizer sounds. They sound very cool and weird but likely were recorded with a very, very expensive drum machine such as a Roland TR-808 or something similar.

Luckily in the modern world of today you don’t need to pay that much for one. We reccomend this VTech Kids Drum.  For only $17.89 it sounds pretty much the same as whatever weird machine they were using, but its much cheaper.

It comes with sticks too, so you don’t need to buy them.


Many of Throbbing Gristle songs features vocal parts. Usually it’s not singing but some weird talking and mumbles. But in order to record that you will need a good microphone to record yourself talking.

This Singing Machine SMM-205 Unidirectional Dynamic Microphone is a great option. It only costs $7.00 and included is a 10 ft cord, so you can be far away from your recording unit when using it. It’s a great mic to sound like Throbbing Gristle and at a very discounted price you will be sounding like Genesis and the gang in no time.


Throbbing Gristle features many out-there noises in the background which you can achieve with some basic items you can find on Amazon such as Pots and Pans. Conveniently, the VTech Kids drums come with drumsticks that you can hit the pots and pans with to make some of the weird sounds that Throbbing Gristle was making back in the day.

For a great price, we recommend the Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set

It comes with many pots, pans and other things you can bang to make Throbbing Gristle noises.

In Conclusion

Sounding like Throbbing Gristle isn’t easy, but with this guide you’re getting a great start to sounding just like them on a budget.

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