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.
This album "Tenshinkaku" was originally recorded with the intention of releasing an album with the same title, but it was never released. Some of the tracks were excerpted and edited into one track, which was included as "Tenshinkaku 01" on the bonus CD "Early Computer Works" that came with the special edition of "Scene" (Waystyx) released in 2005. This is the first time it has been released in its original and complete form, although it has already been partially released. The rapid modulation effects of the digital environment can be heard in various forms, such as changes in the sound image that seem to distort and collapse the scenery, and sudden panning, and the bold rewriting of the sound texture as the track changes is breathtaking. The final track, "Coal Black V3", is based on "This Dying Toad Become Forth With Coal For Colour Black" from "Batztoutai". It is an interesting track that generates a number of loops from the original while retaining specific sounds from the original. Although the name of the track is different from the other tracks, it is also one of the tracks that was originally produced as part of the album.
yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)
released November 24, 2021
Composed, Mixed, Performed By – Masami Akita
Recorded & mixed at Bedroom, Tokyo 1999.
Remastered at Munemihouse, Tokyo 2019.
Artwork [Cover Art By] – MA
Mastered at Kentaro Hayashi, Osaka, Japan.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R
Easily one of my favourite Merzbow records and one of my favourite noise records in general. Expertly crafted and blisteringly hot sonically, it's definitely not one to miss. heckicus_doomicus_wizardus
Culled from unreleased recordings from her recent "Light Sleep" and "Voice Hardcore" releases, Hiromi Moritani's latest showcases the softer, less harrowing side of Phew’s sound Bandcamp Album of the Day Sep 2, 2020