Suddenly, MX-80 mutated into some kind of avant-pop entity on
I've Seen Enough (Atavistic, 1996).
Have Another Drink, Last Man On Earth and
Who Is The Man are equally melodic and noisy in the best new wave
The album was followed by the live anthology
Always Leave 'Em Wanting Less (Atavistic, 1997).
In the meantime, Anderson and Dale Sophiea worked on a number of side projects,
each characterized by its own style:
O-Type's Mommy (Electro Motive, 1994) is grindcore,
Siamese Stepbrothers (Cuneiform, 1995) is progressive-rock with
Henry Kaiser, Grateful Dead's keyboardist Tom Constanten and Kombinat M's drummer Lukas Ligeti,
and Strict (Quadruped, 1998 - Family Vineyard, 1999), the most ambitious, is a concept album
of avantgarde music with a religious underpinning (peaking with the
15-minute piece Father Damien).
The "Brutality" series continued with
Balkana (Family Vineyard, 1999), four extended tracks that feature
Bruce Anderson, Dale Sophiea, Dave Mahoney, Marc Weinstein, and Jim Hrabetin.
MX-80 drummer Marc Weinstein is the main genius behind Pluto,
an improvisational group that originally counted on
Ralph Carney (tenor
saxophone, clarinet, trumpet), Steve Clarke (trumpet, guitar),
Splatter Trio's Len Paterson (guitar, tapes), Ellen Schoenwetter (bass),
John Zorn-associate David Slusser
(soprano and baritone saxophone, piccolo, electronics),
and Myles Boisen (guitar).
Shoehorse Emerging (Rastacan, 1995) is a supreme achievement in a
genre that borders Henry Cow, Ornette Coleman and Captain Beefheart.
Anderson and Weinstein also appear on Pluto's
The Field Recordings (Ecstatic Yod, 1998)
Joined by drummer Russ Schoenwetter and bassist Ken Kearney,
the MX-80 duo improvises wildly dissonant tunes.
O-Type's Medication (Family Vineyard, 2000),
Lugubrious (2002) and
Western Classics (2004), a collection of pieces inspired by classic
films, repeat the formula with less and less intensity,
contenting themselves with self-indulgent improvisations that recycle ideas
from noise, ambient and psychedelia. The basic formula is to juxtapose
Bruce Anderson's guitar distortions and Dale Sophiea's samples, trying to
achieve soothing atmospheres accompanied by
Dave Mahoney and Marc Weinstein's discrete rhythms.
Bruce Anderson's The Inherent Beauty Of Hopelessness (self-released, 2011) documents a 2008 composition for multi-tracked acoustic guitar.
Bruce Anderson (treated guitar), Jim Kaiser (bicycle wheel)
and Andrew Way (turntable) formed the improvising project
French Radio, documented on the wildly adventurous
Elements (2006) and
the double-disc Abandoned Children (Petit Mal, 2011).
Another project by Bruce Anderson and Dale Sophiea
was Grale, that debuted with
Eternity (Alethiometer Records, 2013).
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