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Crocidura Dsi Nezumi

by Merzbow

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The idea of "Environmental Percussion", which is the main focus of this series, has existed since 1982, when "Material Action for 2 microphones" was released. In concrete terms, it refers to acoustics obtained by tapping on the floor or walls of a room, or by picking up the sounds of various objects and small objects around us with contact microphones, amplifying them, and adding spatial effects such as reverb and delay.
The main materials used in this approach are Styrofoam chunks (used to hit the floor, etc.), plastic cassette cases and cards (played with a violin bow), rubber bands (pinched), toilet paper wicks (blown), gas stoves and table lamps (metal percussion), etc. Unplugged noises with subtleties and textures different from distorted effects processing noises are produced.
In "Material Action for 2 microphones", this technique was used to achieve a noisy sound, but in later works such as "Ecobondage" (1987) and "Storage" (1988), it was used in a more musical way, and most of the materials released in this series were recorded in 1987.
In addition, recordings from this period were made with a new home-made instrument, piano wire, guitar strings and springs inside a tin wardrobea, plucked by violin bow.
This instrument can be used to make metal junk sounds by placing various objects inside the tin box and shaking it, but in this period of recording, it was mainly used to produce string-like sounds. The final product is a timely mix of this sound, environmental percussion, electric kokyu, transverse flute, and vertical flute.
The original cassette of "Crocidura Dsi Nezumi" was released by ZSF Produkt and Banned Productions in 1988, and has already been released on CD as part of the 50-CD box set "Merzbox". But this is the first time it has been released on singly CD. In addition to the miscellaneous interplay of sounds using the aforementioned techniques, there are many scenes where rhythms are struck with conviction. The second track in particular is unique in this series in that it is danceable. This album is a newly remastered edition by Akita himself!

yorosz (aka Shuta Hiraki)


released July 28, 2021

Recorded & Mixed at ZSF Produkt Studio, Tokyo 1987
Remastered at Munemihouse, Tokyo 2018
Originally released cassette tape on ZSF Produkt & Banned Productions 1988
Later released CD part of 'Merzbox' on 2000
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R


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