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Process 9611

by Merzbow

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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.
The tracks on this album "Process 9611" are the sequel to the second track on the bonus CD "Early Computer Works" that came with the special edition of "Scene" (Waystyx) released in 2005. This is also the reason why the tracks are titled 2~4 of "Process9611", and the track on the bonus CD is positioned as "Process9611-1" (not included in this album). The content, as the title suggests, is a live mix of material recorded in November 1996. It makes very effective use of extreme filtering sound production, such as fine grained noise drifting in the high frequency range and muffled oscillation sound. As a result, there are times when only a very limited bandwidth is emitted in the second track, and there are also times when silence appears due to momentary sound cuts, resulting in a performance with a large range of sound flow. The third track, on the other hand, is a powerful climax to the album, as it simultaneously throws in sounds with a strong presence, such as earth-shaking bass and murky noise, giving the whole performance a thick line reminiscent of a great river.

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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