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Por#1&2 Vol. 1

by Merzbow

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Part 1 04:59
Part 2 06:53
Part 3 03:03
Part 4 02:47
Part 5 02:46
Part 6 05:30
Part 7 09:41
Part 8 09:24


This is an archival project to compile unreleased and unedited sounds treasured by Merzbow=Masami Akita. The first series is a selection of cassette tape recordings from 1979 to 1981. It will be released over six CDs. These are all studio live session recordings from the early Merzbow period by Masami Akita and Kiyoshi Mizutani, and although they have been edited and recycled as material for other works, this is the first time they have been released in their original form. "Por#1&2 Vol.1" is the third release of this series.

This album was recorded in 1980, the year after they started their activities as Merzbow, the year before their 1981 "Collection" series, and three years before their first album "Material Action 2 N・A・M" in 1983, and around the same time as "Fuckexercise", a cassette released in 1980 on Akita's label/mail art project "Lowest Music & Arts" (later ZSF Produkt). In other words, it is a sound source that seems to fill the missing link between Akita and Mizutani's early Merzbow. The "primordial sound" that eventually becomes Merzbow noise is captured vividly by the microphones and wriggles around. The sound had the texture of a performance that had turned into a something sounds, before it reached Harsh, and continued to roll around like a material, resonating like P16.D4 or the early recordings of Half Japanese. There is also a sense of silence, like Japanese Gagaku. The two states of being - a strong influence from rock music and a desire to completely deviate from that influence - are vividly encapsulated.

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released May 29, 2021

Recorded Live at Lowest Music & Arts, Machida 4 May 1980
Re-Mastered from Original Cassette Tape on Nov 2017 at Munemihouse, Tokyo
Masami Akita : Guitar, Tapes, Recorder
Kiyoshi Mizutani : Tabla, Drums, Percussion
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R


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