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Band, 1979-1999 US, New York City

Experimental punk-jazz-funk-noise-electro band, founded in 1978 by bassist Bill Laswell and keyboard player Michael Beinhorn. Material was not only a band name, but an alias for the intensive production work of the duo (for Afrika Bambaataa, Herbie Hancock, Nona Hendryx ...). Michael Beinhorn left the 'band' in 1985. In the 90s, Material became more world/indian/afro/ambient/dub-oriented.

PortraitBill Laswell
b *1955 US
PortraitGary Mudbone Cooper
voc, dr *1953
PortraitRobbie Shakespeare
b *1953 JM
PortraitBernie Worrell
key, syn *1944 US
PortraitFoday Musa Suso
voc, hrp, kal *1950 US
PortraitJonas Hellborg
eb, b *1958 SE
PortraitJerome Brailey
dr, perc *1950 US
PortraitNile Rodgers
g, voc *1952 US
PortraitBill Bacon
dr, perc US
PortraitRobert Quine
g, bvoc 1942-2004 US
PortraitMichael Hampton
g *1956 US
PortraitNicky Skopelitis
g *1949 US
PortraitFred Maher
dr, perc *1964 US
PortraitFred Frith
g *1949 US
PortraitMichael Beinhorn
syn US
PortraitHenry Threadgill
fl, as *1944 US
PortraitSimon Shaheen
vn, oud *1955 US
PortraitGeorge Lewis
tb *1952 US
PortraitAiyb Dieng
perc, cng SN
PortraitJeff Bova
key, syn *1953 US
Thi-Linh Le
PortraitOlu Dara
tr, cor *1941 US
PortraitSonny Sharrock
g 1940-1994 US
PortraitBilly Bang
vn 1947-2011 US
PortraitDavid Moss
voc, perc *1949 US
PortraitGinger Baker
dr, voc *1939 GB
Mark E. Miller
bvoc, dr
PortraitJ.T. Lewis
dr US
PortraitCharles K. Noyes
dr, perc
PortraitCliff Cultreri
g US
PortraitVikku Vinayakram
voc, perc *1942 IN
PortraitMichael Baklouk
PortraitLowell Dunbar
PortraitBrian Carroll
h, b *1969 US
PortraitAli Jihad Racy
oud, fl *1943 US
Popular Tracks   
Memories on Memories by Material
Bustin' Out on Mutant Disco Volume #1 by Ron Rogers
Come Down on Beach Disco Sessions Volume 6 by Various Artists
Reduction on Soul Jazz Records Presents New York Noise: Dance Music From The New York Underground 1977-1982 by Various Artists
Memory Serves on Memory Serves by Material
Cosmic Slop on The Third Power by Material
Words Of Advice on Hallucination Engine by Material
The Seven Souls on The Road To The Western Lands by Material
Busting Out on Seize the Beat by Various Artists
Reduction on Temporary Music by Material

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Apocalypse LiveMaster Musicians Of Jajouka featuring Material2017Album
Mesgana EthiopiaGigi W Material2010Album
Wonderful / OverKid Creole And The Coconuts / Material2007Album
Mondj Egy Mesét - Dracula Hungarian Original / Secret LifePiramis / Material2006Album
Bill Laswell & MaterialBill Laswell & Material2005Compil.
Atmosphere Strut / Busting OutCloud One / Material2004Album
More G.D.M. Vol. 4Seven Grand Housing Authority / Material2002Album
Temporary MusicMaterial2000Compil.
Rap Is Still An ArtMaterial1999Single
The Best Of MaterialMaterial1998Compil.
The Road To The Western LandsMaterial With William S. Burroughs1998Album
Axiom Ambient - Lost In The TranslationMaterial1994Album
Live From SoundscapeMaterial1994Album
Hallucination EngineMaterial1994Album
Eternal DriftMaterial1994Album
Live In JapanMaterial1993Album
Playin' With FireMaterial1992Album
The Third PowerMaterial1991Album
Equation / IneffectMaterial1989Album
Seven SoulsMaterial1989Album
Secret LifeMaterial1986Compil.
For A Few Dollars MoreMaterial1984Album
Time OutMaterial1983Album
One DownMaterial1982Album
I'm The OneMaterial1982Album
American SongsMaterial1981Album
Temporary Music 2Material1981Album
Bustin' OutMaterial1981Album
Memory ServesMaterial1981Album
Ciquri / DetachedMaterial1981Album
Reduction / A.O.A.Material1981Album
It's A Holiday / Things Fall ApartMaterial With Nona Hendryx / Cristina1981Album
Temporary Music - CompilationMaterial1980Compil.
Temporary Music 1Material1979Album
Bustin' Out / 'Lectric LoveMaterial / DestroyersAlbum
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