International Metal Supply (Jean-Pierre Bedoyan & Paul B. Cutler) lies in-between different musical traditions and backgrounds, at the threshold that unites and separates musical improvisation and sculpture,the Los Angeles underground scene and European avant-garde. Inter-national because the group aims to be both global and specific, drawing its strength from the exploration of a music both imaginary and traditional, very old and not yet born.
Cutler and Bedoyan reclaim the current supply of metal offered by our post-industrial age: discards found in the junkyards of Los Angeles; and, through collage, welding and random imagination, create original instruments. Against the grain of mass-produced entertainment, they control every aspect of their production from improvisational composition to design and manufacturing. Their collaboration is playful, entertaining, generously ironical.
For IMS, the metal is the medium; an experimentation with new sounds, rhythms and structures. The metal is the music: IMS avoids any form of sound processing or technological hoopla and the use of contact microphones is the only concession to electronics.