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 album "Necro 2000" contains "Necro 2000 Version 1" from the split 7" with Statik released on Klanggalerie in Austria in 2000, as well as other versions and unreleased material recorded at the same time. In Merzbow's works of this period, there is an impression that there is a mixture of methods in the process of creating sound, where the pre-recorded performance is taken into the PC and various sound processing and mixing is applied, and where the sound generation itself is done on the PC. The second track of this album shows the latter element more strongly than the other tracks, and it is an interesting track where you can hear the contrast in the texture of the sound. And the first track is a compressed collection of sounds created by these different techniques in a relatively short time of 7 minutes.
yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)
released November 24, 2021
Composed, Mixed, Performed By – Masami Akita
Recorded & mixed at Bedroom, Tokyo 1999.
Remix & 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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