His reputation as a creative/improvising percussionist was established by
Percussion Interchanges (april 1980), a collaboration with Andrea Centazzo (one side) and Centazzo and Alex Cline (the other side);
Meltable Snaps It (Cornpride, 1981) and
Meltable Snaps It - Points Blank (recorded in 1985 - No Man's Land, 1986),
two collaborations with clarinetist Michael Lytle and saxophonist/flutist George Cartwright;
Cargo Cult Revival (march 1982 - Rift, 1983), a collaboration with cellist Tom Cora including the four-movement
The Goat Explains the Can and the three-movement
The Wand Walks the Plank;
Full House (january 1984 - Moers, 1984), a series of very short duets with guitarist Fred Frith, saxophonist Tom Guralnick, bassist Bill Laswell, guitarist Arto Lindsay, drummer Fred Maher, turntablist Christian Marclay, vocalist Phil Minton, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, percussionist David van Tieghem, saxophonist John Zorn.
Dense Band (march 1985 - Moers, 1985) contains 13 brief vignettes composed with Frith and featuring (besides David Moss on percussion and vocals, and
Fred Frith on guitars) the likes of
Tom Cora on cello, Wayne Horvitz on keyboards, Arto Linday on
guitar, Christian Marclay on turntables,
John Zorn on alto saxophone, etc.
Dense Band: Live In Europe (may 1987 - Ear-Rational, 1988) displayed the stellar
line-up of Moss, Horvitz, Marclay, Jon Rose and bassist Jean Chaine.
The Relative Band (april 1985 - Hot Music, 1985) was a group formed with Gillian McGregor on vocals, Jim Denley on sax and flute, Steve Moore on soprano sax, Jon Rose on violin, Eugene Chadbourne on guitars.
Language Linkage (1986) was an "Operadio" (opera for the radio) based on texts from Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities".
Direct Sound is a multiracial a-cappella group (Greetje Bijma, Shelley Hirsch, Anna Homler, Carles Santos) that best represents Moss' ambitions in the field of creative vocal composition/improvisation. Unfortunately, Five Voices (april 1989 - Intakt, 1989) remained this group's only experience.
David Moss relocated to Berlin in the 1990s and his career became more prolific:
Berlin Tango (october 1987 - ITM, 1990), a collaboration with guitarist Joe Sachse and featuring George Lewis on trombone;
the brief watercolors of The Day We Forgot (august 1990 - No Man's Land, 1991), a collaboration with electronic musician Frank Schulte and Axel Otto (on "wildlockrufe, bird calls, trombone, vocals, toys, zither, plastics, metals, wood, tapes");
My Favorite Things (august 1990 - Intakt, 1991), that offers an eclectic program with covers of Bach, Prince, Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Rodgers & Hammerstein (besides eight originals) through solos and duets with bassist Jean Chaine;
All At Once At Any Time (may 1994 - Victo, 1994), a collaboration with John King and turntablist/guitarist Otomo Yoshihide;
Frank Schulte's Switchbox (december 1994 - ReR, 1995), a conceptual work that featured Moss on drums and vocals, (besides Anna Homler, Frank Gratowski, Axel Otto, Jon Rose, etc);
The Dense Band (Jean Chaine on bass, Anthony Coleman on keyboards and sampler, John King on guitar) returned with Texture Time (february 1993 - Intakt, 1994).
Moss Tales (april 1995 - Edel, 1996) is just that: narrated stories.
Time Stories (october 1997 - Intakt, 1998) features Frank Schulte on turntables and samplers, Christian Marclay on turntables, Hans Peter Kuhn on electronics, Heiner Goebbels on keyboards and sampler, and four vocalists: Moss, Catherine Jauniaux, Koichi Makigami, Phil Minton.
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