Founded and run by Nigel Ayers 'the small Sterile Records label is remarkable in that it carried many of the first releases of some of the most influential and famous industrial noise groups of the 1980s. The Sterile Records company operated from 1979 until it was effectively dissolved in 1986. Growing from the mail art networks, the concept was to create a new form of music. It was an alchemical combination of the experiments of musique concrete and Fluxus combined with the ... spontaneity and energy of punk rock. The dark humour of industrial music and the incomprehensible nonsense of various ultra-leftist political fractions were an essential part of the mix.'
Trevor Allsop, The Sterile Story.
Nigel Ayers continues to perform and record as The Nocturnal Emissions.