The Merzbow Archive series by Slowdown Records, which has released thirteen editions so far, enters its fourteenth edition. This edition contains a collection of unreleased recordings from 2014 that were performed using a sequencer. Performances in this style are included in previously released works such as Nezumimochi (Cold Spring, 2014) and Wildwood (Dirter Promotions, 2015). The sequencer used is Dwarfcraft Devices' 8-step sequencer The Pitch Grinder. The six albums that make up the series are titled Double Beat Sequencer Vol. 1~6, where ''Double Beat'' is the name of Merzbow's favorite Roland AD-50 Wah Fuzz pedal.
This album, Double Beat Sequencer Vol. 3, contains three performances recorded in January and April of 2014. The first is a simple performance in which the sequenced phrases function as accompaniment, but in the second, their presence becomes more profound and the noisiness of the noise that seems to be blowing in front of us becomes more prominent. The change in the thickness of the noise creates a moment where the distinction between the sequence and the improvised noise dissolves. In the third track, the tone changes of the sequence itself are effective, and the overall textural shifts, including noise acoustics and electronic sounds, are skillfully performed.
yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)
released August 24, 2022
All Music by Masami Akita
Recorded at Munemihouse, Tokyo January & April 2014.
Mixed at Munemihouse, May 2021.
Mastered at Kentaro Hayashi, Osaka, Japan.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R
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