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Untitled 1991 Vol​.​3

by Merzbow

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May 891Mix 22:26
917Mix01 19:06


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, this work, "Untitled 1991 Vol. 3," was recorded in 1991, and no further information about its relation to other works is given.
Among the works in this series, which have a strong impression of running at a fast pace without slowing down, this work boldly shows gaps and slowness.
In the first half of the second track, electronic sounds with a relatively low degree of distortion are used, and in the third track, samples like jazz and radio sounds are interwoven into the noise exchange in a way that is clearly audible, giving us a flashback to the style of the 1980s. The album is a hybrid of sorts, however, with the live feel of the real-time mix production method remaining intact, and while it still has the unique elements of the 1991 period, it also shows signs of change that are certainly present in this particular short period of time.

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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