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 Dalai Lama, Miles Davis, Al Green, Bob Marley, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Carlos Santana, 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, Pharoah 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.
Beginning in 1986, Thomas Chapin and Musso led the downtown improvisational ensemble, Machine Gun. Three of their concerts have been preserved on CD.
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 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 GunMachine Gun (1988)
Open Fire (1989)
Pass the Ammo (1992)