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Untitled 1991 Vol. 2

by Merzbow

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91921Mix 45:08
19914Mix1 13:38


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. 2" was recorded in 1991, and there is no further information about its relationship to other works.
The first track is 45 minutes long, and it unfolds in a variety of ways, including high-pitched exchanges that sound like fast-forwarded bird chirps, industrial scenes that sound like metal slapping and distortion control, and white noise-like acoustics that fill the space to the point where you can't recognize the front and back.
Even though there is no time to slow down, the richness of the vocabulary of sounds and the compositional power of the piece, which allows the listener to listen for a long time without getting bored, show the diversity that "noise" can have and Merzbow's skill as a performer in manipulating it.

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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