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Yantra Material Action

by Merzbow

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This album "Yantra Material Action" is famous among Merzbow enthusiasts as the source material that was supposed to be released as their first album "Merz". This valuable work has finally been reissued on its own CD.

Here is the full text of the "note" given by Masami Akita for this reissue. "Yantra Material Action" was originally planned to be released as Merzbow's first album, "Merz", as the first independent record by "Fool's Mate" magazine. And the liner note also planned to ask Fred Frith, who heard the demo and liked it. However, the album was never released, and Merzbow's first album, released in 1983 on Eastern Works, another Fool's Mate affiliated label, was deliberately replaced with new material and became a completely different album, "Material Action 2". (In other words, "Yantra Material Action" is "Material Action 1".) As a result, the material recorded for the first album was later renamed "Yantra Material Action" and released on cassette. I would have loved to have read the liner notes by Fred Frith. Anyway, Yantra Material Action was later released on cassette by Akita's own ZSF Produkt label in 1983, and on Lowest Music & Arts, also run by Akita. The CD version was included in the 50 CD box set "Merzbox" released by the Australian label "Extreme" in 1999. The CD version of "Merzbox" was divided into 8 tracks, while the cassette release had one track for each of the A and B sides. The same is true for this CD.

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released June 16, 2021

Remastered from Original cassette on 2016 at Munemihouse, Tokyo
Originally Released as Cassette on Lowest Music & Arts, Japan on 1983
Later released on ZSF PRODUKT, Japan on 1984 and Anomalous Records, USA on 1993
Also Released on CD as part of the 'Merzbox' (Extreme, Australia) on 1999
Masami Akita : Tapes, Junks, Noise, Percussion, Radio, Guitar, etc.
Kiyoshi Mizutani : Tapes, Synthesizer, Violin, Guitar, Keyboards, etc.
H. Kawagishi : Sound Engineer
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R


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