Paisley Babylon Band Bio


Contact: Joe Wallace (773) 275-8602

Paisley Babylon is Joe Wallace, who plays theremin, vintage keyboards, manipulates found sound and custom recorded ambiences/sound effects. Wallace is a longtime audio professional who has returned to the world of performance and studio recording in addition to his work in film, radio, television, and galleries.

Joe Wallace is available for studio sessions and touring. Get in touch for more information by calling (312) 504-1264 or by email:

Paisley Babylon got its real start in Misawa, Japan in 1992 when founder and sole member Joe Wallace was working for the Air Force. He purchased his first keyboard there to create strange, hour-long audio textures influenced by the completely alien landscape he found himself in. Rural northern Japan was a strange place to write music and book shows in, especially when hardly anyone there could speak or read English. And why should they?

Wallace spent his time DJing, writing music and immersing himself in the local club scene in and around Misawa; fast forward to 1995 when Wallace found himself in an equally surreal environment—San Antonio, Texas. The extreme heat, open-minded small clubs and mutated music scene had room for Paisley Babylon’s now more-accessible electronic soundscapes and actual songs–PiL-influenced new wave sounds delivered with a sneer and a laugh.

Somehow Paisley Babylon fit in right alongside the mariachis, the punk rockers, and Third Coast blues bands. A string of cassette-only releases (inspired by legendary label ROIR) around this time included the Paisley Babylon debut title, Synthetic Noises For Beginners, an over-ambitious lo-fi synthpunk-meets-ambient outing. Think Brian Eno meets Public Image Limited.

In 1996, Paisley Babylon appeared on the Uncle Buzz Records compilation album Acid Ranch 2000. A year later, the first Paisley Babylon CD, The Alpha Wave Variations was released to reviews which, while 99% favorable, always contained a drug reference or mentions of isolation tank-type experiences while listening to the album. The beat-driven songs had Morricone influences mashed up with John Carpenter sensibilities (the film maker, not the guitar player.) The ambient sounds were again the stuff of horror films and nightmares. Eno once said his music was full of “evil and doubt”. Comparatively, Paisley Babylon’s ambient tracks are filled with zombies and hallucinogens.

An extended stay in Texas was not to be. In 1999, Paisley Babylon found itself in residence in Iceland for two years, performing live shows via Internet radio stations and for audiences in frozen, out-of-the-way places. Much of Paisley Babylon’s 2007 follow-up album, Midnight Hallucinations, was recorded in Iceland, where Wallace found himself DJing and recording for two years.

The CD is full of strange mental journeys—an hour-long brain theater recording oscillating wildly between sinister ambient landscapes and more beat-driven, scary songs. Some call it an excellent soundtrack for your next fever dream or for a day spent with a tank of nitrous oxide.

Today Joe Wallace has taken up residence in Chicago and has resumed Paisley Babylon after living in South Korea for a year. He returned to the USA in 2005 and slowly began assembling tracks to put onto new albums. Today he has released a variety of tracks–samples can be heard at the Paisley Babylon Soundcloud page.

Paisley Babylon is available for shows, in-stores, spoken word performances and other appearances. To contact for booking, tour support and other concerns, visit or e-mail You can also phone 773-275-8602 for additional information.


Synthetic Noises for Beginners (cassette) 1996 Zombie Records

Uncle Buzz Records–Acid Ranch 2000 (track) 1997 Uncle Buzz Records

The Alpha Wave Variations 1997 Uncle Buzz/Zombie Records

Quaalude Soundtracks (Unreleased) 1999 Zombie Records

Mission Giant–Operation GO! 2001 (remixes) Fellowshipwreck

Working In Three Dimensions 2002 (music supervisor/soundtrack) Texas Society of Sculptors/Wallace Productions

The Camera Is Your Friend 2002 (music supervisor/soundtrack)

The Vegetable Man Project LP 2002 (track)

Midnight Hallucinations (2007) Turntabling Records

The Revenants 2009 (trailer soundtrack) Wildclaw Theatre Company/Turntabling Records

13 Unusual Tracks 2009 (track) Turntabling Records

Hyperbubble–Candy Apple Nightmares 2010 (remix) Socket Sounds Records

Adventures in Stereo