The Merzbow Archive series by Slowdown Records, which has released six editions so far, enters its seventh edition. This edition consists of six albums of unearthed material from 1996 to 1998. "Spring Harp-O" contains outtakes from "Spring Harp", which was released in 2004 as part of a 3-CD box set called "Last Of Analogue Sessions" (Important Records). The 'O' in the title is the 'O' in Outtakes. The recording of "Spring Harp" was done in 1998, but it was unreleased due to the busy production of "Merzbox" at the same time, and was later released in 2004. This album, an outtake of it, was also recorded in 1998. The impressive title "Spring Harp" is a direct English translation of Junichiro Tanizaki's novel "Shunkinsho", which was originally titled "Excerpt from Spring Harp". Compared to the synth-heavy style of the period, this album is more of a collage with a lot of outlandish sound changes, such as instantaneous switching of effect types and parameters. This is a characteristic that can be heard on the original "Spring Harp" as well, but on this outtake, as the word "collage" is used in the titles of the first and second tracks, the rapid changes in the aspect of sound are more emphasized.
At the time, Akita was also obsessed with modern architecture (mainly the reconstruction of Tokyo after the Great Kanto Earthquake), and many of the artworks released during this period featured photographs of these buildings, which became an essential visual element of his work. For this reason, the artwork for this edition also uses photographs of buildings and other structures taken by Akita around 1998.
yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)
released October 25, 2021
All Music by Masami Akita
Recorded & mixed at ZSF Produkt 1998.
Remastered at Munemihouse, Tokyo 2019.
Mastered at Kentaro Hayashi, Osaka, Japan.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R
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