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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. This album "Tauro-O1" contains outtakes from the 1998 album "Tauromachine" (Relapse / Release) and unused material from the same period (the 'O' in the title is the 'O' in Outtakes). The first track is a long version of "Cannibalism of Machine" from "Tauromachine". A lot of unreleased material from 1996~97 was previously included in the 10 CD box "Merzmorphosis" (Youth Inc., 2012). However, they did not include material related to "1930" (Tzadik) and "Tauromachine" (Relapse / Release), which were produced during this period. Therefore, this "Tauro-O1" material is the first release. In this work, Moog Rogue, Theremin, Novation Bass Station, TR606, etc. are used in addition to EMS Synthi 'A' which was acquired in late 1994. In a further anomaly, a BIAS ROCKAKU-KUN EXD Electronic Drum Unit is also used. One of the characteristics of the sounds produced using these units is that they emphasize bass sounds and make extensive use of filters due to the influence of techno and drum 'n' bass. In particular, the rapidly changing sound using filters, which is often heard in Merzbow's works after the introduction of synthesizers, has become even more extreme in "Tauromachine" and its outtakes, It is as if the sound is running from the woofer to the tweeter surface in all directions, creating a three-dimensional and tactile sound movement, and giving the impression that the entire work is a continuous burst of sound particles.
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 1997.
Remastered at Munemihouse, Tokyo 2019.
Mastered at Kentaro Hayashi, Osaka, Japan.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R


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