The Merzbow Archive series by Slowdown Records, which has released seven editions so far, enters its eighth edition. This edition contains recordings made in 1999, when Merzbow stopped using analog equipment and started working with computers. Since Merzbow would continue to work primarily with computers for some time after this, the recordings from this period can be regarded as the very beginning of his laptop style.
This work, "Mighty Ace", is a large work with a variety of sounds in one track of 50 minutes. According to the information provided by Mr. Akita on the occasion of its release, it is similar to the work "Tenshinkaku" which is scheduled to be released later in this series. The mix of digitally generated electronic sounds and highly inorganic looping sounds reminiscent of machine operation, which have not been heard in Merzbow's previous works, and noise sounds that are transformed in various ways by intense modulation, makes for a work that leaves an impression so diverse that it is hard to believe that this is just the beginning of the use of computers. The treatment of loop sounds is particularly appealing, with loops lasting for a certain amount of time, being cut off by noise, and then being reinserted with a different groove. This keeps the music rhythmic despite its length, and creates a flow and listening experience that is similar to that of a DJ mix, keeping the listener enthralled for the entire 50 minutes.
yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)
released November 24, 2021
Composed, Mixed, Performed By – Masami Akita
Recorded & mixed at Bedroom, Tokyo 1999.
Remastered at Munemihouse, Tokyo 2019.
Artwork [Cover Art By] – MA
Mastered at Kentaro Hayashi, Osaka, Japan.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R
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