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Yono's Journey

by Merzbow

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The Merzbow Archive series by Slowdown Records, which has released ten editions so far, enters its eleventh edition. This edition contains recording material from 2006 to 2007. This period saw the release of "Minazo" (Important Records, 2006), "F.I.D. (Fur Is Dead)" (Fourth Dimension Records, 2006), "Bloody Sea" (Vivo, 2007), "Merzbear" (Important Records, 2007), and "Peace For Animals" (Quasi Pop Records, 2007). Each of these works has a message of mourning for the southern elephant seals kept at the Enoshima Aquarium, opposing fur, and protesting whaling and dolphin fishing, the bear slaughter, the Yasukuni Shrine pigeon release ceremony. All of these indicate that during this period, Akita's interest in animal rights, which began after he became a vegan in 2003, was expressed in his works as opposition to more specific issues. In addition, there was a big change in his musical life during this period, as he stopped playing live only with a laptop computer, which he had been doing since 1999, and started using analog equipment again. First, he added his own instruments and some effects pedals to laptop, and as time went on, he gradually started to use more analog equipment. Furthermore, the use of on-stage guitar and bass amps, which had been stopped during the laptoponly gigs, was resumed.
This album "Yono's Journey" contains three tracks recorded in 2007. The first and second tracks are rehearsal recordings for the Dour Festival in Belgium. The third track is a protest song against dolphin fishing in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, which was contributed to the compilation album "Geluidpost" released in 2009. This is a slightly longer version than the one on the compilation. In the first track, the inorganic nature of disturbing drones, repetitive sounds and pulses in the relatively high frequency range and the flexible live performance of self-made instruments are in opposition to each other, and as time progresses, the beat appears in the low frequency range and develops in a technolike manner. In the third track, rumbling repetitive sounds are gradually filled in by electronic sounds and noises that change violently.
yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)


released March 31, 2022

Composed, Mixed, Performed by – Masami Akita
Recorded at Bedroom July 2007 (tr1); July 2007 (tr2) & Oct 2007 (tr3).
Remixed & Remastered at Munemihouse Aug 2020.
Mastered at Kentaro Hayashi, Osaka, Japan.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R


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