Matthias Bornemann and Michael Pabst played improvisational music together on stage as early as 1978. Matthias Bornemann played punk-rock for a few years then and soon got more interested in music for tape and the work in a recording studio along with studies of electroacoustic music in Hanover and electronic composition in Cologne.
"In the early 70's I started doing home recordings. My first tapedeck by Grundig allowed to make recordings like "duoplay" and "multiplay". Soon after that I built my first selfmade synthesizer and started to play live electronic improvised music. My first meetings with Michael Pabst … I remember a live concert and Michael Pabst was part of the band. He played the saxophone! As a matter of fact for a very short time we played improvised rock music in a band named "Frozen Ink". – MB
Meanwhile Michael Pabst as a bassplayer started to try out his own compositions of an ambitious sort of fusion-rock with fellow musicians along with playing in several reggae-, soul-pop- and cover band projects in the early- and mid-eighties. The ensemble "Pabst" recorded its first CD of original material in 1992, was soon renamed "The Research Institute" and became a studio project under the direction of Michael Pabst.
After a few major fiascos with commercial studios The Research Institute started to do all their productions on their own. The albums "Universum" (1998) and "Flies" (2003) have been released from this work and some reputation was acquired especially in the prog-world. Those three early CD albums have finally been remastered in 2010 for lossless download release.
Since others seem to have departed from active membership, The Research Institute (or short: TRI) is now Matthias Bornemann and Michael Pabst, currently working in the field of improvisation (again) and electroacoustic arts. TRI—O is a collaboration side-project with Frank Berzik from Cologne.
For several years many new recordings have been (and will continue to be) released for streaming, sharing and lossles quality download via Bandcamp.