Bill Laswell

bill laswell

Bill Laswell

This nOde last updated December 30th, 2006 and is permanently morphing…
(5 Caban (Earth) / 10 K’ank’in – 57/260 –


fusion telex

  • Axiom Records
  • composed music for internal link_TAZ – Temporary Autonomous Zones_ CDatomjacked inventory cache on Axiom
  • produced _Orgasmatron_ 12″ picture discatomjacked inventory cache by Motorhead (1986)
    • track _Orgasmatron_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • produced the track _Rock It_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Herbie Hancock off the _Future Shock_ 12″atomjacked inventory cache
  • release internal link_Cymatic internal linkScan_ CDs  by Bill Laswell and Tetsu Inoue on Subharmonic (1995)
    • 2. _Monochrome Existence_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache
TAZ by Hakim Bey & Bill Laswell Motorhead - Orgasmatron Bill Laswell - Cymatic Scan

fusion telex

In contrast to the kind of reductionist thinking that separates music into discrete categories with their own record store bins, Laswell heard the music whole, as a complex, dynamic system in whichthe components are distinct but always subtly related. In terms of internal linkchaoshail Eris! theory, the latest imaginal construct of the theoretical physicists, the music then bouncing off the walls of various Manhattan canyons was a chaotic system; Laswell, — to use the physicists’ parlance — acted as a “internal linkstrange attractor,” defining the system as a whole by holding it clear in his mind, containing its multitude of jostling interactions within…Laswell began to test various deconstructive/recombinant mix-and-match strategies, forging ever more unlikely but ultimately fruitful combinations fromshards of the chaos …Again and again, coming in at various oblique angles, he has kin- dled this pyro-magick in the heart of contemporary music.

— Robert Palmer, from notes to Bill Laswell -Deconstruction: the Celluloid Recordings

fusion telex

As a bassist Laswell collaborated with internal linkBrian Eno and David Byrne on the groundbreaking _My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts_ 12″atomjacked inventory cache recording, and did numerous sessions with a broad variety of artists, including Curlew, internal linkJohn Zorn, Golden Palominos, Kip Hanrahan, Tom Verlaine, Fred Frith, and Eno (the internal linkambient _On Land_ album), to name a few. He also created ensembles such as Massacre (with Frith and Maher) and Deadline (with Philip Wilson and others) which overlapped greatly or entirely with Material, and which in the early internal link1980s often shared bills in New York clubs, early testimony to an ability to generate work for his tribe of players.

  • ambient track _Lizard Point_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache by Brian Eno (Laswell on bass) off of internal link_Ambient 4: On Land_ 12″ on EG (1982)
Davidy Byrne and Brian Eno polaroid

fusion telex

While developing blueprints for the future of Hip-Hop and R&B in the early 1980s, Laswell was coming up with new ideas based in his fascination with the implications of randomness as a creative tool, as employed in the “cut-up” techniques and _The Third Mind_ book of Burroughs and Gysin (in which they explore the idea of a separate, third internal linkforce being created or evoked by the interaction/collision/collaboration of two creative beings, i.e., in which the sum of collaborative energies is profoundly greater than its parts). Also intriguing and influential was the work of such 20th-century progressive classical/new music/avant-garde music artists as internal linkKarlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakas, Luciano Berio, internal linkArnold Schoenberg, Harry Partch, andinternal linkJohn Cage, Germany’s Free Music Productions (FMP) collective — which included the improvisational and sonically jagged work of Peter Brotzmann and other European artists — as well as Derek Bailey’s Company in the UK and John Zorn’s Gamepieces, which began to take shape in New York in the late 1970s. The work of other European “progressive rock” innovators — including Magma in France, Can and Neu in Germany, and Hawkwind, King Crimson, Soft Machine and Henry Cow in the UK — had been similarly absorbed into Laswell’s active views of musical possibilities.

fusion telex

The radical fusion movement in the US, with its improvisational and sonic power, was similarly imprinted upon his psyche, most notably including Tony Williams’ Lifetime, John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, Miles Davis’ bands, and internal linkOrnette Coleman’s work, which spread into the influential territories of intuitive creation and the internal linktrance music of internal linkJajouka.

Ornette Coleman Master Musicians Of Jajouka

Laswell experimented and explored with countless lineups of the Material ensemble and other projects — such as the rare, original Praxis album — synthesizing radical textures and sonic palettes. Ideas of now- fashionable “industrial” music and art — both overt or implied — are a long-term element in his productions, from such basic ideas as sonic “distortion” as found in the early Stooges, Blue Cheer, and internal linkJimi Hendrix through the “noise is beautiful” aesthetic/theories and even noise generators of F.T. Marinetti and the Futurist movement, as found in Luigi Russolo’s E Larete Dei Rumori (Art Of Noises). The musical phenomena of internal linkharmonic-rich sonic distortion and internal linkfeedback, as well as higher harmonics flying like sparks off of internal linkclashing or harmonious tones below, are examples of real and metaphoric representation of “Third Mind” entities, consciousnesses, spaces and planes.

fusion telex

Future Shock

Alvin Toffler

A pivotal, culminating, conglomerative project was 1983’s very appropriately-titled _Future Shock_ album by Herbie Hancock, which brought many of the elements explored and tried out elsewhere together in one epic, mind-boggling and absolutely unprecedented album. The single _Rockit_ was a massive worldwide hit, taking MTV and the mainstream by storm with a radical new sound consisting of techno beats and synthesizer blips (which are still the staple for today’s “techno” dance music), turntable scratching, bata drums, funky synth and clavinet playing by Hancock, and, of course, Laswell’s seamless bass playing. The album’s title track was a remake of a classic Curtis Mayfield song, demonstrating for the first time the possibilities of fusing soul and R&B with high-tech sounds in meaningful ways, and one of the great achievements of the album as a whole was that it took often sterile synthesized elements and sampling and made them swing with tremendously funky results.

Herbie Hancock - Rock It

fusion telex

Praying internal linkMantra
As Laswell becomes increasingly involved in the areas of internal linkambient music, it is interesting to note that “The End Of Words” from Seven Souls was included on Virgin Records’ _A Brief History Of Ambient, Vol. I_, along with the work of internal linkEnointernal linkGong, William Orbit, and others. The new Caroline Records compilation entitled Excursions In Ambience — The Second Orbit features a collaboration withinternal linkThe Orb, on a piece entitled “Mantra,” that was primarily recorded in Madras, India, and which is featured on Material’s _Hallucination Engine_. An edit of this same piece, under the name of “Praying Mantra,” is also featured on Volume’sinternal linkTranceEurope Express compilation of ambient/trance music, along with pieces by The Orb, internal linkAphex Twin, Orbital, and others. The complete, 17-minute Orb mix of “Praying Mantra,” along with Laswell’s dub remixes of the piece, was released on a commercial CD-single and 12″ vinyl through Axiom/Island UK, appearing in import and promotion-only forms in the US.

Material - Hallucination Engine

fusion telex

Migrating to New York in the late 1970s, Laswell had opportunities to fully explore improvisational, avant-garde, and progressive forms of rock and jazz, internal linkinterfacing with a vast array of musicians. He pursued recording sessions and live gig work in as many challenging contexts as possible to gain experience, try out ideas, and make enough money to survive. Early gigs in New York included work with Daevid Allen and the progressive “avant- internal linkfusion” band internal linkGong, with members of Magma and Henry Cow, and an interest in the burgeoning “downtown” New York scene. Collaborative relationships with such free-thinking and -playing musicians as Fred Frith, Henry Threadgill, Philip Wilson, Billy Bang, Olu Dara, internal linkJohn Zorn and others resulted in a body of work that many from the scene are still trying to augment, a decade later.

fusion telex

internal link_Dreams Of Freedom: internal linkAmbient Translations Of internal linkBob Marley In internal linkDub_ produced by Bill Laswell  (1997)

Bob Marley - Dreams Of Freedom - Bill Laswell


  • _Rebel Music (3’O’Clock Road Block)_
  • _No Woman No Cry (Ambient Dub Mix)_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • _The Heathen_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache
  • _Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • _Waiting in Vain_ MP3 (vK)atomjacked inventory cache
  • _So Much Trouble in the World_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • _Exodus_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • _Burnin’ and Lootin’_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache
  • _Is This Love_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • _One Love (People Get Ready)_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • _Midnight Ravers_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache

fusion telex

release _Arc Of The Testimony_ by internal linkArcana

  • 1. _Gone Tomorrow_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • 3. _Into The Circle_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache
  • 6. _Circles of Hell_ MP3 (256k)atomjacked inventory cache
  • 7. _Wheeless On a Dark River_ MP3 (256k)atomjacked inventory cache
  • 8. _Wheeless On a Dark River_ MP3 (256k)atomjacked inventory cache


Arcana - Arc Of The Testimony

fusion telex

release internal link_Psychonavigation Vol. 3_ by Pete Namlook & Bill Laswell on Fax (1997)

  • _Telepathy I_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache
  • _Trautoniolo_
  • _Mind Transference Control_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache
  • _Mind Over Energy_
  • _Vocal internal linkPsi_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache
  • _Telepathy II_
  • internal link_Lights Out_

fusion telex


Bill Laswell - Sacred Systems Chapter 2 on Roir (1997) Bill Laswell - Points Of Order on Innerhythmic (2001)
  • internal link_Mantra (internal linkOrb remix)_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • _Mantra (Doors Of internal linkPerception Mix)_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Material off of _Mantra_ CDs on Axiom #001 (1993)
Material - The Third Power on Axiom (1991) Bill Laswell - Dub Chamber 3 on ROIR (2000)
  • internal linkdub track  _Beyond The Zero_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache  off of _Dub Chamber 3_ on ROIR (2000)
  • release _The Third Power_ on Axiom (1991)
    • 1. internal link_Reality_
    • 4. _E Pluribus Unum_ MP3 (256k)
Bill Laswell & Jah Wobble - Radioaxiom: A Dub Transmission on Palm (2001) Bill Laswell - Sacred System, Chapter 1: Book Of Entrance on Roir (1996)
  • dub track internal link_Orion_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache by Bill Laswell & Jah Wobble off of _Radioaxiom: A internal linkDub Transmission_ on Palm (2001)
  • dub track internal link_Babylon Ghost_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache off of _ Sacred System, Chapter One: Book of Entrance_ on Roir (1996)
Bill Laswell - Divination: Sacrifice on Meta (1998) Praxis - Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)) CD on Axiom (1992)
  • ambient track _Waterbass_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache off of _Divination: Sacrifice_ on Meta (1998)
  • ambient track internal link_Baraka_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache by Divination off of internal link_Alien Ambient Galaxy_ compilation CD on Hypnotic/Cleopatra (1996)
    • members: Bill Laswell, Jah Wobble, Mick Harris, Jeff Bova
  • space ambient noise track _Cathedrawl Space (Soft Hail Of Electrons)_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache by Praxis off of _Metatron_ CD on Subharmonic (1994)
  • funk fusion track _The Interworld & The New Innocence_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache by Praxis off of _Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)_ CD on Axiom (1992)
Material - Intonarumori on Palm (1999) Praxis - Warszawa on Innerhythmic (1999)
  • internal linkdrum & bass lounge track _Faktura_ MP3 (vK)atomjacked inventory cache off of _Underwood_ compilation CD on Sub Rosa #100 (1996)
  • funk metal turntablism track internal link_Flux & Reflux_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Praxis off of _Warszawa_ on Innerhythmic (1999)
Material - One Down 12inch on Mau Mau (1982) Crooklyn Dub Syndicate Vol. 3 Escape From New York compilation CD on WordSound (1999)
  • funk track internal link_Memories_ by Material off of _One Down_ 12″ on Mau Mau (1982)
    • vocals by Whitney Houston before she became famous
  • internal linkacid jazz dancehall dub track _internal linkReality_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Material feat. Shabba Ranks, Sly & Robbie off of _Reality_ 12″ on Axiom #002 (1993)
  • afro progressive rock track _Out Of The internal linkDreamtime (Live In internal linkJapan)_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Material off of _Live In Japan_ CD (1993)
  • dub track _The Mystery Of internal linkShape Changing_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Bill Laswell off of _Crooklyn Dub Syndicate, Vol. 3: Escape From N.Y._ compilation CD on WordSound #033 (1999)
Bill Laswell - Emerald Aether: Shape Shifting Reconstructions Of Irish Music compilation CD on Shanachie (2000) Pain Killer - Talisman: Live In Nagoya CD on Tzadik (2002)
  • internal linkceltic internal linkfusion release _Emerald internal linkAether: Shape Shifting Reconstructions Of Irish Music_ compilation CD by Bill Laswell on Shanachie (2000)
    • 4. _We Dreamed Our internal linkDreams_ (Cathie Ryan)
    • 7. _Dark Green_ (Bill Laswell)
    • 8. _Wind Chimes & Nursery Rhymes_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache (Jerry O’Sullivan)
    • 11. _The Hare In The internal linkHeather_ (Matt Malloy)
Bill Laswell - Imaginary Cuba CD (1999)
  • release _Intonarumori_ on Palm (1999) by Material
    • 2. internal link_Conspiracies_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache(ed2k160k)Hunab Ku p2p by Material feat. Kool Keith & Kut Masta Kurt
    • 8. _Temple Of The Mental_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache by Material feat. Killah Priest
    • ?. _Freestyle Journal_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache by Material feat. Ahlill The Transcending Soldier, DJ Disk, Jerome Bailey
  • release internal link_Imaginary Cuba_ CD (1999)
    • 6. _Habana Transmission #2: Cuban internal linkEvolution_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • release _Lo Def Pressure_  on Sub Rosa (2000)
    • internal link_Shivamythscience_ MP3 atomjacked inventory cache
    • _Black Ice_
  • noise jazz track internal link_Transport Of internal linkSorcerers_ MP3 (224k)atomjacked inventory cache by Pain Killer off of _Talisman: Live In Nagoya_ CD on Tzadik (2002)
    • internal linkJohn Zorn – sax
    • Mick Harris (Napalm Death) – internal linkdrums
    • Bill Laswell – bass
  • internal link_Anubis_ MP3 (vK)atomjacked inventory cache  off of _Sacred System: Chapter 2_ CD on Roir (1997)
  • internal link_Lightning internal linkTeleportation_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache off of _Points Of Order_ on Innerhythmic (internal link2001)
  • internal link_Cosmic Trigger_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache off of _Axiom Ambient – Lost In The Translation_ compilation
  • release _Filmtracks 2000_ CD on Tzadik (2000)
    • 6. _Comoro 1_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache
    • 15. internal link_Odyssey_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • _No More Roles Or Anything_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Hypersonik off of _Le Laboratoire_
    • Bill Laswell, Luke Vibert & Tabla Beat Science
  • _The Beast (Autechre Mix)_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • _Holy Mountain_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • internal linkambient techno track internal link_Strange Attractor_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache by Haruomi Hosono with Goh Hotoda, Bill Laswell & Souichi Terada off of _N.D.E._ on Studio Garage, Inc./Antilles (1996)
  • ambient dub track _Night Air & Low internal linkFrequency_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache  off of _Invisible Design_ on Tzadik (1999)
  • internal link_Acid Test_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache off of internal link_Permutation_ CD on Ion (2000)
  • release _Russian Chants – Ambient Remixes Featuring Bill Laswell_ by Boris Feoktistov
    • 1) _Cold Chamber_
      • _Alleluia, tone internal link8 Troparion the 1st.the 2nd_
      • _ The beginning “Bless be, O Lord” Troparion – “Give repose, O Lord”_
    • 2) _Four Sided internal linkVortex_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache(16:27)(23.1megs)
      • _Repose, Our Saviour_
      • _The Only internal linkImmortal_
      • _The Small Litany_
    • 3) _Relative Motion_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache
      • _I Cry And Sob_
      • _With The Spirits Of The Just_
      • _The Insistent Litany_
  • track _Devabansha (Trantric Laswell Mix)_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Makyo
  • cinematic ambient drone track internal link_Light Speed_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache off of _Broken Vessels_ on Velvel (1999)
  • track _Death Star_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Praxis off of _Sacrifist_ CD on Subharmonic (1994)
  • track _A Greater Source Of Power_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Bill Laswell & Style Scott off of _Dub Meltdown_ CD on WordSound (1997)
  • dub meditation release _Life.Space.Death_ CD by internal linkBill Laswell, Toshinori Kondo, internal linkDalai Lama on Meta (2002)
    •  _Life_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache
    • _Space_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache
    • _Death_
  • internal link_Psychic & internal linkUFO Revelations In The Last Days_ MP3 (vK)atomjacked inventory cache(38:45)(44.2megs) by Bill Laswell & Pete Namlook on Subharmonic (1994)
  • internal link_Physical Transformation_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache by Pete Namlook & Bill Laswell & off of _Outland IV_ on FAX (2000)
  • internal linkambient track _Phantom Heart Brother Part III/3_ MP3 (224k)atomjacked inventory cache by Pete Namlook & Klaus Schulze feat. Bill Laswell off of _The internal linkEvolution Of The Dark Side Of The Moog_ CD on Ambient World #023 (2002)
  • internal link_Green Paste_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Bill Laswell, Atom Heart, Tetsu Inoue off of _Second Nature CD on Submeta (1995)
  • internal link_Conspiracy Of internal linkSilence_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache by Cypher 7 off of _Decoder_ CD on Strata (1995)
    • members: Bill Laswell, Jeff Bova, Alex Haas
  • grindcore jazz track _Purgatory Of Fiery Vulvas_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Painkiller off of _Guts Of A Virgi_ CD (1991)
    • members: Mick Harris from Napalm Death, internal linkJohn Zorn, Bill Laswell
  • future jazz track _Satan’s Church Of Hypnotized Logic (Bill Laswell Remix)_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache by Medeski, Martin & Wood off of _Combustication Remix ep_ 12″ on Blue Note (1999)
  • drum & bass release _Oscillations Remix_ CD on Sub Rosa #122 (1997)
    • future jazz drum & bass track internal link_Oscillations (Endemic Void Remix)_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
    • a3 ethnic drum & bass track _Oscillations (Low Membrane Remix by internal linkScanner)_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache
  • spoken word ambient dub release _The End Of internal linkLaw_ by Hashisheen on Sub Rosa (1999)
    • 2. _The Old Man Of The Mountain_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache read by Percy Howard
    • 3. _The Western Lands_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache read by Iggy Pop
    • 5. _Marco Polo’s Tale_ read by internal linkHakim Bey
    • 6. _Pilgrimage To Cairo_ read by Hakim Bey
    • 16. _Slogans_ read by Genesis P. Orridge
      • music by Helios Creed & Bill Laswell
    • 20. _Tale Of The Caliph Hakem_ (read by Genesis P. Orridge and Anne Clark)
      • music by Eyeless In Gaza
    • 21. _The Assassins_ (read by Hakim Bey)
  • _Black internal linkAether_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache  off of _Invisible Design_ on Koch (1999)
  • abstract hardcore techno track internal link_Flatland_ MP3 (96k)atomjacked inventory cache by internal linkChaos Face off of _Doom Ride_ CD on internal linkSubharmonic (1994)


Speak your inner voice...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s