Industrial Strength

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For this outing, the New York avant-garde trio worked with a group of co-conspirators in debasing music as we know it, including trumpeter Toshinoro Kondo, bassist Peter Kowald, cellist Tristan Honsinger, and clarinet/piano player Milo Fine. What resulted in these sessions is a predictably noisy affair of chaotic splatter improvisation and electro-acoustic anarchy. In terms of '80s avant garde music, Borbetomagus seemed to be about ten years ahead of the pack in experimentation and fearless invention. While they remain scarcely heard, the group is arguably one of the most influential music institutions of the New York underground circa '80s/'90s. On this recording, they affirm their position as a courageously inventive troupe best self-described as snuff jazz.