The Merzbow Archive series by Slowdown Records, which has released ten editions so far, enters its eleventh edition. This edition contains recording material from 2006 to 2007. This period saw the release of "Minazo" (Important Records, 2006), "F.I.D. (Fur Is Dead)" (Fourth Dimension Records, 2006), "Bloody Sea" (Vivo, 2007), "Merzbear" (Important Records, 2007), and "Peace For Animals" (Quasi Pop Records, 2007). Each of these works has a message of mourning for the southern elephant seals kept at the Enoshima Aquarium, opposing fur, and protesting whaling and dolphin fishing, the bear slaughter, the Yasukuni Shrine pigeon release ceremony. All of these indicate that during this period, Akita's interest in animal rights, which began after he became a vegan in 2003, was expressed in his works as opposition to more specific issues. In addition, there was a big change in his musical life during this period, as he stopped playing live only with a laptop computer, which he had been doing since 1999, and started using analog equipment again. First, he added his own instruments and some effects pedals to laptop, and as time went on, he gradually started to use more analog equipment. Furthermore, the use of on-stage guitar and bass amps, which had been stopped during the laptop- only gigs, was resumed.
As the title suggests, "15 August 2006" is a live performance recorded on August 15, 2006 at Kyoto Metro. Using EMS Synthi A, analog noise pedals, and computers, the performance inherits the groovy approach attempted in the laptop era, but with improvisation interspersed throughout that lets go of the repetitive elements of analog equipment, creating a contrast and strong appeal. This is a performance that is overwhelmingly fulfilling, as it combines multiple approaches that have each been established over a long period of time.
yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)
released February 28, 2022
Composed, Mixed, Performed by – Masami Akita
Recorded live at Metro, Kyoto, 15 August 2006.
Remixed at Munemihouse, Tokyo Aug 2020.
Mastered at Kentaro Hayashi, Osaka, Japan.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R
Culled from unreleased recordings from her recent "Light Sleep" and "Voice Hardcore" releases, Hiromi Moritani's latest showcases the softer, less harrowing side of Phew’s sound Bandcamp Album of the Day Sep 2, 2020
Easily one of my favourite Merzbow records and one of my favourite noise records in general. Expertly crafted and blisteringly hot sonically, it's definitely not one to miss. heckicus_doomicus_wizardus
Classic full spectrum assault! Layers and layers of screaming feedback and psychedelic atmosphere shifts. The cd packaging is excellent and contains an anecdote about Masami visiting a midget circus in Russia. killtime