Tim Berne Interview

Source: burning ambulance.

I first heard Tim Berne on a John Zorn album – Spy Vs. Spy, from 1989, where the two of them, plus Mark Dresser on bass and Joey Baron and Michael Vatcher on drums, play 17 Ornette Coleman tunes in 40 minutes. It’s one of the most intense records you’ll ever hear in your life. They play almost all the tunes at hardcore punk speed, and the two drummers are delivering blast beats like they’re auditioning for Napalm Death or something. Some people love it, and some people fucking hate it. I’m in the former group. Berne’s own music doesn’t always have that same punk rock aggression, but it’s definitely intense and can get very loud.