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Untitled 1991 Vol. 1

by Merzbow

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1914Mix 35:41
91519-2b 14:27


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.
As the inorganic title suggests, "Untitled 1991 Vol. 1" was recorded in 1991, and there is no further information about its relationship to other works. It's easy to hear the noise and delay sounds running side by side in different pan even among sources from the same period, and you can enjoy the rugged listening experience as if each of them were behaving independently and gouging out your eardrums rather than filling the space in unison. This is a work that effectively expresses the depth and three-dimensionality of this series, which is characterized by the juxtaposition of multiple sound sources that are not cut-up mixes.

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.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R


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