"Antimony" is the first take of "Sadomasochismo", a cassette released by ZSF Produkt in 1985. Compared to the cassette release, it is almost a different sound source except for the first track. It is also part of the unused material for Merzbow's collage side masterpiece 'Batztoutai with Memorial Gadgets', so it can be said to be a buried tracks in more ways than one.
In the mid-80s, the period in which this album was produced, Merzbow established his own style of industrial noise through the use of a variety of tape based sources, the use of mechanical loops, and a thorough radicalization of distorted tones, all of which resonated with the industrial movement that had emerged around the world since the appearance of Throbbing Gristle. It can be said that this is the first achievement in his career.
Starting with the first track, in which cracked concrete sounds and bombastic noise loops intertwine as if they were hitting each other, this album contains a total of four tracks that share the common characteristic of rapid-fire noise drops that seem to fill the space. Even in the third and fourth tracks, where collage techniques using sutra readings, instrumental samples, and concrete sounds indicate the unused sound source position of "Batztoutai with Memorial Gadgets," the sound has a stubbornly loud orientation that pushes toward saturation.
The "tuned noise machine" is the Japanese translation of Intonarumori, a musical instrument invented by Luigi Russolo, but what we have here is truly a level of artistic noise that can only be reached through a kind of control, a kind of tuning, and its radical and relentless multilayered dissolution.
yorosz (aka Shuta Hiraki)
released July 13, 2021
All Music by Masami Akita
Recorded & mixed at ZSF Produkt Studio, Tokyo 1984-85
Remastered from Original Cassette Tape at Munemihouse, Tokyo, August 2018
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R
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
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