Robert Musso is a New York City-based guitarist, composer, engineer, and producer. He is the founder of the independent record label MuWorks as well as the recently launched MussoMusic.com. Over the course of a 25-year career, working on any side of the mic, Musso has produced, mixed, re-mixed, played on, written, or otherwise contributed to over 1000 records, CDs, movie soundtracks, etc. on every continent in the world except Antarctica,.
After graduating from Rutgers University with two degrees (Economics and Recording Engineering), Musso began obtaining studio work as a musician, engineer and assistant producer. During this period, he worked with a wide variety of artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, the Dali Llama, Miles Davis, Al Green, Bob Marley, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Carlos Santana, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, George Clinton, Dave Matthews, Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, Peter Gabriel, The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Blondie, Whitney Houston, Sly & Robbie, Fine Young Cannibals, Pharaoh Sanders, William Burroughs, Julian Schnabel, Bootsy Collins, The Last Poets, Ozzy Osbourne and Steve Vai. In 1981, he began a long and fruitful association with Bill Laswell, which continues to this day. These projects included Material’s Hallucination Engine, Sly and Robbie's Rhythm Killers (1987), One Down, and the multinational Method of Defiance project. He has also recorded with Tom Waits (Raindogs), Ginger Baker (Horses & Trees) and P.M. Dawn (The Bliss Album).
As a musician, Musso studied jazz guitar with Ted Dunbar and played in the Livingston Jazz Ensemble. He has played on recordings by Tom Waits, P.M. Dawn, Ginger Baker, Material, Machine Gun, Lunar Ensemble, etc.
In 1986, Musso founded MuWorks records in order to promote improvised music. Artists who have released CDs through MuWorks include Thomas Chapin, Last Exit, Lunar Bear Ensemble, Musso himself and Machine Gun.
He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and is a Certified Audio Engineer by the The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE).
Solo work (as Robert Musso)
- Absolute Music (1989)
- Active Resonance (1992)
- Innermedium (1999, DIW Records)
- Live at the Bowery Poetry Project
Solo work (as Transonic - these releases appeared on the Fax label and Fax sub-label Ambient World)
- Downstream Illusion (7/94)
- Virtual Current (12/94)
- Future Primitive (10/95)
with Machine Gun
- Machine Gun (1988)
- Open Fire (1989)
- Pass the Ammo (1992)
- "Asana OHM Shanti", liner notes
- Robert Musso career info
- "Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974", liner notes
- "Taoue" liner notes
- Robert Musso - IMDb
- Musso Music Discography By Date
- http://www.audioschool.com/about/who-we-are/faculty/ Archived March 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- The Music Forum - Reviews: Robert Musso
- Going Outside