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1171991 Mix 17:22
91519-1 Mix 06:10
91519-2a 09:16
Travelling 11:16


The fifth series of the Merzbow Archive Series focuses on works from 1991. One of the characteristics of this period is the use of record scratching and sampling in a new way that is not as collage-like as it was in the 1980s with the "Batztoutai". It was a more rhythmic and cut-up usage, specifically brought about by the introduction of sampling delays effects made by Next and Digitech. At the time, the work was produced by cutting-up and mixing multiple 2-channel cassettes and live performances in addition to multiple 4-channel cassettes, but this time the tapes (mostly 4-channel cassettes) were used almost unedited without any cutting-up. They were also mixed using a TASCAM Porta Two at the time, but since that equipment is no longer available, a new mix was done using a TASCAM MFP-01.
"Travelling" is a work of explosive noise in all directions. The mechanical repetition of the aforementioned delay sound can be heard throughout, sometimes creating a low-band swelling groove, and sometimes sounding like an alarm, further fueling the forward burst of noise.

yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)


released August 20, 2021

All Music by Masami Akita
Recorded & Mixed at ZSF Produkt Studio, Tokyo 1991.
Remastered at Munemihouse, Tokyo 2019 & 2021.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R


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