"Crash For Hi-Fi" was the title used on the 1991 CD "Great American Nude / Crash For Hi-Fi", but the song on this album is from a different source. However, the original tape used for the first track on this album was labeled "Crash For Hi-Fi", so there is no doubt that this is from the same session.
The fifth series of the Merzbow Archive Series focuses on works from 1991. One of the characteristics of this period is the use of record scratching and sampling in a new way that is not as collage-like as it was in the 1980s with the "Batztoutai". It was a more rhythmic and cut-up usage, specifically brought about by the introduction of sampling delays effects made by Next and Digitech. At the time, the work was produced by cutting-up and mixing multiple 2-channel cassettes and live performances in addition to multiple 4-channel cassettes, but this time the tapes (mostly 4-channel cassettes) were used almost unedited without any cutting-up. They were also mixed using a TASCAM Porta Two at the time, but since that equipment is no longer available, a new mix was done using a TASCAM MFP-01.
The first track features a bold use of sampling delays, the second track is a riot of cracked noise, and the third track is more chaotic with more miscellaneous sources thrown in. Each of them has different elements that catch the ear, but they all share the loud-direction that seems to push forward furiously without a breath.
yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)
released August 20, 2021
All Music by Masami Akita
Recorded & Mixed at ZSF Produkt Studio, Tokyo 1991.
Remastered at Munemihouse, Tokyo 2019.
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