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Cretin Merz

by Merzbow

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Part 1 23:00
Part 2 23:58


This is the fifth album of the first series of the Merzbow Archive, a six-CD collection of sound recordings from 1979 to 1981 from the Merzbow secret tapes owned by Masami Akita. In this series, valuable studio session recordings from the early days of Merzbow, which have rarely been presented in their entirety, are recorded in their original state. This work, the fifth in the series, is entitled "Cretin Merz" and captures the state in which their obsession with noise was beginning to surface.

I think it is very meaningful to listen to the Merz-sound of about 40 years ago in this day and age. Why? This archive is a project to decompress and open up the sound element of memory, "noise," which was once recorded on sound recordings, in the 21st century after the tectonic shift of sound/noise listening/environment in the 20th century. By being listened to with "today's ears," the "archive" leaves behind the noise of the past, and erodes into this era as a new noise sound. In other words, it will be re-generated as "new noise music". From the Origin of Noise to the Burst of Noise? This "Cretin Merz" is a historical source worthy of such an archive project. Of course, in 1980, the "practice" had just begun, and the sound was still undifferentiated. However, the "noise" of this album "Cretin Merz" seems to express their "primordial desire" beautifully, vividly, and purely (isn't the album name "Cretin Merz" also symbolic?). This is truly an important performance/recording in the "history of Merzbow".

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released May 29, 2021

Recorded Live at Lowest Music & Arts, Machida 4 May 1980
Re-Mastered from Original Cassette Tape on Nov 2017 at Munemihouse, Tokyo
Masami Akita : Guitar, Tapes, Drums, Recorder etc
Kiyoshi Mizutani : Keyboard
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R


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