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Age Of 369

by Merzbow

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A1 18:00
A2 12:35
B1 24:14
B2 05:53


Isn't the reissue of Merzbow's 1984 work "Age Of 369" in this chaotic and confusing time almost a request of the "age/unconscious"? As I listened to this album with the enigmatic word "369" inscribed on it, I was reminded that "noise music is a phenomenon that touches the unconscious of people, or rather the world".

This album "Age Of 369" is also well known as "Age Of 369 / Chant 2", a 2 CD set released in 1996 by Australian noise/experimental music label "Extreme" (Extreme also released a 50 CD box set "Merzbox" in 1999). To be precise, this is a reissue of the original cassette of "Age Of 369" including in disc 1 of "Age Of 369 / Chant 2". This work "Age Of 369" can be said to be the first sounds that deserves to be presented when asked "What is the noise of Merzbow?" The strong and ferocious writhing of noise that is typical of Merzbow's work is beautifully established and recorded over a total of four tracks. According to the credits, Akita used "loops, metal, radio, microphones, chains, and electronics" to create the noise sounds in this work. It is indeed a tremendous sonic vortex.

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released June 16, 2021

Recorded and Mixed at ZSF Produkt, 1984
Remastered from Original Cassette Tape on Feb 2018 at Munemihouse, Tokyo
Originally Released as Cassette on ZSF Produkt, 1984
Also Released Double CD as 'Age Of 369/Chant 2 ' on Extreme, 1996
Masami Akita : Loops, Metals, Radio, Microphone, Chain, Electronics, etc.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R


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