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Brainclaw began as an ongoing experiment in composing aggressive electronic music, born at Ithaca College in 1989, as an effort to coalesce several random electronic music experiments into a focused project with solid goals. Pennsylvania, USA native David Giuffre decided to begin composing polished compositions with the end result of publishing a full album of this electro-industrial music, using the large body of mostly unfocused and unfinished work he had created upto that point, from 1985 to 1988. He continued to accumulate new music gear and build what would eventually become Studio Auroviral.

The result of this work was an album of work called Infrastrukture. Six more albums followed, (Painselectiv - 1991, Shrieking In Standby - 1992, Sect - 1994, Treason - 1996, Strange Protection - 1997 and the abortive half album, Bodyhorror - 1998) each building on the work of the previous one, slowly refining both recording technique and compositional structures. A few half-hearted attempts to put this music out occurred, until actually allowed Brainclaw a channel to get out to the world.

Things with Brainclaw went on hiatus for six years after David was recruited to write and play in the newborn Philadelphia Goth Rock outfit, Carfax Abbey. After the band began moving in a different direction, and some major life changes happened to him, David parted ways with Carfax in early 2002, to rejuvinate the Brainclaw project.

Things really got going in earnest when best friend and now wife Tara Giuffre came on board, and began co-writing songs with David. She provided a new level of accountability, quality control and new concepts, influences and ideas.

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