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Phillo Jazz

by Merzbow

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The sixth of Merzbow Archive series features material from 1993-1995. This period saw the production and release of some of Merzbow's most well-known and highly regarded works, including "Metalvelodrome", "Noisembryo", "Hole", "Venereology" and "Pulse Demon". These masterpieces have been actively reissued in recent years. For this series, DAT masters were used for all the works, rather than the cassette masters that have been used for most of the previous series, and they have been newly remastered. The DAT masters are of higher quality than cassette masters because the cassette is used as a mother tape and has been edited as a finished product. As a result, the works in this series, including the small pieces, are tightly organized in terms of development, even if they are performed over a long time.
This album "Phillo Jazz" contains three tracks recorded in 1994. The second track, "Phillo Jazz June (Electronica)", is the same track that appeared on the "Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy" compilation released on Fool's Paradise in the UK in the same year under the title "Phillo-Jazz Electronica". The three tracks on the album are arranged in such a way that the sound becomes more and more extreme in sequence, and as an album piece, it reflects the dynamism of the performances during this period. The first track is the extreme repetition of the delay effects and their rapid transitions are very eye-catching, giving the impression of a live collage of electronic sounds that repeatedly expand and contract in minute detail, rather than a monochrome wall of noise.

yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)


released October 18, 2021

All Music by Masami Akita
Recorded & Mixed at ZSF Produkt Studio, Tokyo 1994
Remastered at Munemihouse, Tokyo 2019.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R


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