Other than acting as a producer with his project Mannequin Lung, Allen Avanessian also co-runs the well-respected and diverse record label Plug Research with Joe Babylon.
Avanessian has recorded since 1994, working under the names r.e.a.l.m and Wrench. With the atmospheric, dub-speckled house productions of Mannequin Lung, Avenessian made a name for himself outside of the Plug Research association. In 1996, he released the 12" "Rigoletto" and contributed to a Plug Research compilation, working with John Tejada. In 1998, he released the full-length album The Art of Travel, the first full-length from the artist on the Los Angeles-based label. Though most of the tracks were pure Avanessian productions, Babylon and Tejada (using the name Mr.Hazeltine) also contributed time to the album.