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Gemini Ford (Rahul Kamath), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 16:33 (twenty-one years ago) link

Search: 'Spiral Honey' - gd all-round horrible noise-fest, one of thousands. Also: that remix alb on Blast First, which has a pretty gd discog included - Merzbow remixed by B. Gunter is a fine conceptual joke, but an ever better rec. The two Merzbow originals on that comp are real good'uns, too. 'Rectal Anarchy' (w/Gore Beyond Necropsy) - for the track titles alone. 'Horn of the Goat' (w/ Consumer Electronics) - slightly diff flavah/style to the usual skreeeeeeeee

Destroy: I'm not so keen on the proggy/fusiony (these terms are relative obv) stuff that he was churning out a few years back.

Anyone wanna burn me off a copy of the Merzbox?

Andrew L (Andrew L), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 17:11 (twenty-one years ago) link

So, there are definite progressions and styles that vary from album to album? I know that may be a dumb question, but somehow I imagined it all to sound like the same white noise album to album.

Gemini Ford (Rahul Kamath), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 17:25 (twenty-one years ago) link

Well within the basic Merz style there are loads of minor stylistic variations, and constant changes of detail/emphasis/focus. I know certain purists only really dig the 'early', pre-CD Merzbow, and in the last couple of years he's gone digital (I think - not really up on the tech stuff) which does make a diff to the sound. But in a blindfold test, yes, even the most dedicated fan wld probably struggle to identify any particular track/album/era - but then the same is true of lots of acts who arrive at a sound/method and then spend the rest of their careers refining/messing w/ it.

Andrew L (Andrew L), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 17:46 (twenty-one years ago) link

Depend what you're looking for... Merzbow covering sex, Satan, or food, right? I've been listening to his Music for Bondage performances, and while still incredibly noisy, there's a surprising sense of pulsation and rhythm to some of the tracks. Also, the epic 30 minute "Bondage for Satomi Fuji" is actually quite understated with an emphasis on dread and impending doom rather than the blitz of doom itself. His recent "cuisine" album A Taste of Merzbow is not essential or anything but it has more in the mix (drum samples and things) than his "purer" works like Pulse Demon.

Honda, Wednesday, 25 September 2002 17:49 (twenty-one years ago) link

talked to a guy who has loads of merzbow (he put money down for merzbox but they kept delaying it so when he started running out of money he backed out: last time he emailed me he got a bossa nova box set heh which is great to hear) and he told me the early stuff is pretty much industrial collage type stuff and then he went from that to all out noise groove assault and now he has indeed digital as he told the wire when he made the cover.

he also told me its his best gig evah with masonna so that's obv something to do before you go to yr grave.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 18:10 (twenty-one years ago) link

have heard just one track on a fat cat compilation and that was fkn marvellous!

''Anyone wanna burn me off a copy of the Merzbox?''

yeah can someone do this please...

''I've been listening to his Music for Bondage performances''

did anyone see the C4 'documentary' on jap bondage on monday night.

also hasn't akita written a book on bondage?

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 18:14 (twenty-one years ago) link

Go at it in chronological order.
I really liked akasha gulva and space metallizer and when I got
aqua necromancer it was quite an interesting cognitive drive; the drum samples add nothing to nothing but it is still a "trauma". This album got brillant peeks of Glory.

The Hegemon, Wednesday, 25 September 2002 18:20 (twenty-one years ago) link

search: sleeper awakes on the edge of the abyss (w/ c heemann). bastard noise i quite liked too.

destroy: his live set in rough trade (w/ russell haswell?) a few years ago was just dull.

toby (tsg20), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 18:58 (twenty-one years ago) link

"rainbow electronics." that's my stock answer and i'm sticking to it.

i've heard about 13 discs from the merzbox, mostly the early stuff which is generally REAL good. between 15-20 there's some amazingly well done, minimal junk/tape music that beats the more known releases from his early period ("antimonument," "age of 369/chant 2") cold.

also, i like-like-like "vibractance" because it's just ems and it has those dynamics things.

your null fame (yournullfame), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 20:56 (twenty-one years ago) link

"Hard Lovin' Man" has a pretty cover.
Did anyone ever buy the wrecked up car with the edidtion of 1 CD inside the player?

brg30 (brg30), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 21:28 (twenty-one years ago) link

the thing about "hard lovin' man" (and most of the laptoppy stuff i've heard) is that it just isn't that interesting. most of it is far too loopy and has crappy digital distortion.

i'd rather listen to deep purple's original, because it KICKS FUCKING ASS. and merzbow's deconstruction of it does not.

your null fame (yournullfame), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 22:03 (twenty-one years ago) link

recent release "collapse 4 floors" (or whatever it's called) on OHM label is best i've heard of his laptop style (didn't like"amlux" as much) big trip into space - more variety in texture, reverb, & tension / release dynamics. I think my othere favourite is also on OHM, too being the more analogue "new takamngbura" (or whatever it's called) - almost tuneful for merzy (although not in a "harmonically overdriven" / "nice" way like "amlux") new mego one io thot was ok but not mega super. "door open at 8am" on alien8 (his free jazz tribute album) is frickin marvellous - you can hear that he's just messing w/ tapes & machines in his room, but it takes you to outer space & back. DOES ANYONE ELSE ALWAYS IMAGINE THEY ARE IN A FLASH GORDON STYLE ROCKET SHIP EVERY TIME THEY LISTEN TO MERZBOW? I DO.

bob snoom, Tuesday, 1 October 2002 09:49 (twenty-one years ago) link

Yoo-hoo! Over here!

Out of all of the Merzbox I've heard so far, I'd say Cloud Cock OO Grand is the best because...there's just so much STUFF in it. The sample-based things like Agni Hotra and the Pornoise series are also real good because they're almost identifiably rock and hence easier to grasp. What I've heard of the last couple albums in the set will probably also turn out to favorites: they're so luxuriantly textural. Non-Merzbox-wise, I'd say the recent Dharma is my favorite. The last track is so DREAMY.

I prefer his drones over his scratchy white-noise oversaturation, his loops to his idiot-avant instrumentalisms, his synthwork over his guitar-work. I also prefer it when he composes via lap-top rather than by quasi-improvisation (he shirks from the word "improvisation," preferring "automatism" which I think roughly means making noise in a state of no-mind). It's less willful and random, and easier to get a handle on.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Tuesday, 1 October 2002 10:31 (twenty-one years ago) link

one year passes...
mike: did 'cloud...' turn out to be yr fave. got a top 3 from merzbox (if you can remember, that is)? anybody else?

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:07 (twenty years ago) link


This shit is amazing

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:10 (twenty years ago) link

I actually haven't heard Cloud since the Merzbox experiment. I suppose I could listen to it today to see if it stands up, as I think I have a CD-R of it somewhere at work. Other recent releases I've enjoyed: Frog (maelstrom), Tamago (soundtrack-y sludge), Amlux (clinical slow-builds).

I also heartily applaud his current fascination with animal welfare and consequently animal sounds (Tamago uses recordings of his pet chickens!) only because, well, to be corny, it humanizes him somewhat.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:59 (twenty years ago) link

Also the last Merzbox CD, the skree electronic shit-storm of Annihiloscilator impressed me very much. But Dharma is my all-time favorite: the last track is like an endless cycle of airplanes taking off and landing.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:05 (twenty years ago) link

ok, if you got anything else to say on 'cloud...' then I'd like to hear it. thanks for the update.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:20 (twenty years ago) link

S.C.U.M.; Rainbow Electronics; Storage; Cloud Cock OO Grand
Continuum(collaboration w/Kapotte Muziek)
S.B.O.T.H.I./M'bow split
collaboration with John Watermann(forget name)
Horn Of The Goat

He's been at it for a while...

Stephen Boyle (SBoyle), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:56 (twenty years ago) link

what's the SMEGMA stuff like?

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:56 (twenty years ago) link

Merzbow plays with Smegma's sounds, Smegma plays with M'bow's sounds.
Tracks are immediately recognizable as one or the other. I prefer Smegma's track--a little more organic, spontaneous, junky, etc. It was released as a picture disc and cd on Tim Kerr records, out of Portland, OR.--distributed by POLYGRAM! I think the label went under, don't know about availability...would also recommend Runzelstirn & Merzbow & Due Process & Gurgelstock--a RRRelease from the late '80's.

Stephen Boyle (SBoyle), Friday, 11 June 2004 16:50 (twenty years ago) link

yeah Tim Kerr is dead. Thor who ran it was a scumbag who ripped off the artists.

jack cole (jackcole), Friday, 11 June 2004 16:52 (twenty years ago) link

Jesus, Jack. When I first read your post I was like, Tim Kerr is dead?!

Broheems (diamond), Friday, 11 June 2004 17:07 (twenty years ago) link

five months pass...
AMG has "1930" as their Merzbow pick.
Should I get that or are they stupid?

Hi, I am a genius. a big one. (AaronHz), Saturday, 13 November 2004 01:02 (nineteen years ago) link

I've enjoyed that the times I've listened to it but I don't know his stuff enough to say how that ranks in his whole catalogue. One distinctive thing about it is you get that posh perfectly clear 'classical'-style Tzadik production.

What I want to know is what you guys think of this year's Kim Cascone. It took me a while to really get into it but then I started to appreciate its sprawling, meandering quality with moments of beauty.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Saturday, 13 November 2004 01:10 (nineteen years ago) link

i don't know why i didn't mention it previous but i think my all time fave merzbow is all in the juxtaposition being the split cd with ladybird (or is ladybird the label?) anyhow it's a left channel / right channel stereo split and labybird (?) being a japanese(?)/ german(?) candyfloss covers band it's quite a trip - and you could swear akita is doing real time processing or at least listening to ladybird(?) all the way through. and merzbeat is great.

bob snoom, Tuesday, 16 November 2004 12:11 (nineteen years ago) link

must second the split CD with ladybird -- it is a bit cheesy, but delightfully so. the noize also does a pretty good job of covering up the fact that the singing is pretty naff. the cover of shirley & co's "shame shame shame" had my bf congo dancing around the room until I informed him that he was listening to merzbow.

+, Tuesday, 16 November 2004 15:40 (nineteen years ago) link

Batztoutai With Memorial Gadgets
Merzbow Loves Emil Beaulieau Loves Merzbow Loves...

Ian John50n (orion), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 17:57 (nineteen years ago) link

RRR is currently having a sale. You can get any of the following releases for $5+shipping (shipping is like $2 first item and $0.20 each additional, I think)...

Batztoutai/Loop Panic dbl CD
Merzbow Loves Emil Beaulieau CD
Pornoise CD

So, ya know, for like eightteen bucks you can get some good merz. jams. I would recommend it. RRRon deserves your money as much as just about anyone.

Ian John50n (orion), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 18:07 (nineteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Which Merzbow is pretty?
>Which Merzbow is pretty?

Dharma. Also Animal Magnetism (love the chickens).

pdf (Phil Freeman), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 17:41 (nineteen years ago) link

sleeper wakes on the edge of the abyss by Merzbow & Christoph Heemann, though it's more a Heemann piece made from Merzbow sounds

I don't think I've made it all the way through any Merzbow album even once.

milton parker (Jon L), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 17:54 (nineteen years ago) link

The stuff I've heard from Music For Bondage Performance might be considered conventionally pretty. To be honest, it can all be pretty depending on volume/mood/situation.

Failin Huxley (noodle vague), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 18:05 (nineteen years ago) link

three years pass...

More opinions, please!

stephen, Saturday, 19 July 2008 23:14 (fifteen years ago) link

listening to a recent one right now, feddyyellow mix.1. pretty nice esp at the end where he got some "basic spectral sonic decantation" thing going on

Sébastien, Sunday, 20 July 2008 02:41 (fifteen years ago) link

I've mentioned this on a couple other threads, but the FIMAV album with Pan Sonic is fantastic.

Rock Hardy, Sunday, 20 July 2008 03:40 (fifteen years ago) link

that remix CD alluded to above (Scumtron) really is quite good. I also have soft spots for the Batz-Tou-Tai double on RRR (early clank/scrape), Pinkream (heavy analog noiz), the Music For Bondage Performance discs (quiet, very different), and the collaboration with Christoph Heeman.

sleeve, Sunday, 20 July 2008 03:53 (fifteen years ago) link

hahaha i just did the rolex sweep to paralysis (hypnopompic mix satori so whacki

Sébastien, Sunday, 20 July 2008 06:33 (fifteen years ago) link

ooh also search the Frog LP, most excellent.

sleeve, Monday, 21 July 2008 20:12 (fifteen years ago) link

I recommended Merzdub with Jamie Saft on another thread, it really is a pretty channelling of the Merzbow noise along more "musical" routes. All the electro-acoustic stuff I've heard from the Merzbox has been nice too.

Noodle Vague, Monday, 21 July 2008 20:20 (fifteen years ago) link

picked up tonight:


in the mail:

Synth Destruction (w/ Carlos Giffoni)
Electric Dress (w/ Carlos Giffoni & Jim O'Rourke)
Live Destruction at No Fun 2007

the only Merzbow stuff i'm familiar with is his work with Boris -- Megatone, Sun Baked Snow Cave, Rock Dream -- so i figured a good approach would be to check out a couple of his more 'acclaimed' albums, plus some of his work with Giffoni and O'Rourke, both of whom i'm already pretty familiar with.

... any thoughts?

stephen, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 04:01 (fifteen years ago) link

i have this v pretty merzbird shirt btw:

wilter, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 04:04 (fifteen years ago) link

wow that album-by-album Merzbox review of Michael's upthread is most impressive.

sleeve, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 04:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Anyone read the Merzbook?

I have it, but haven't checked it out.

wilter, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 04:45 (fifteen years ago) link

so... no thoughts, then.

stephen, Thursday, 31 July 2008 03:23 (fifteen years ago) link

i think you should read the thread, dude.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Thursday, 31 July 2008 03:44 (fifteen years ago) link

i think i've already read the entire thread, dude.

i was looking for some opinions that maybe weren't 4 years old. not that those are necessarily bad ones upthread, but maybe some of the newer posters here can offer some of their comments too. just a thought.

stephen, Thursday, 31 July 2008 05:07 (fifteen years ago) link

five months pass...

Welcome to 2009!
Important is starting off the new year with the beginning of our 13 Month/13 CD Merzbow series titled 13 Japanese Birds. Available to hold your 13 CD set is a deluxe screen printed, numbered, limited edition hand built bamboo box. More info about how to order it can be found here:

ilxor, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 05:04 (fifteen years ago) link

I need $300 for the version with a painting by Masami.

krakow, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 07:56 (fifteen years ago) link

pluramon remix best thing on the "bit sand riders" pluramon remix album

massaman gai (front tea for two), Thursday, 6 June 2024 17:06 (one month ago) link

oh totally, I have that!

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Thursday, 6 June 2024 17:07 (one month ago) link

Every now and again a Merzmood overtakes me

Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 6 June 2024 23:02 (one month ago) link

I am deep in it

reviews of Akasha Gulva claim that it is the "harshest", "most difficult", etc album, but I found it quite soothing when I was in the hot tub the other night, it's like ambient white noise. Also it has his ex-wife Reiko on it, who has been systematically excised from the Merzbow history via altered reissues #merzdrama (see the excised track "Modular" from Cloud Cock OO Grand, not included on reissues as it is Reiko solo). If only for the duo effect, a lot of the records with her on them stand out to me during that time period, more of a ritual/trance CCCC vibe going on

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Thursday, 6 June 2024 23:15 (one month ago) link

oh also, I guess this is the best/main thread for it, but I bought the Merzbox. it should arrive next week, and yes I will rip/listen to all 50 discs. apparently some discs have issues with the plastic used for the sleeves/storage, we will see. Whiney if u are around, did u ever get one?

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Thursday, 6 June 2024 23:19 (one month ago) link

If/when I start making $X in my new career, I'm going to celebrate by buying a Merzbox

― Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, July 14, 2022 4:27 PM (one year ago) bookmarkflaglink

My new career was software development and then, like journalism, it also imploded. Still boxless.

The SoyBoy West Coast (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 6 June 2024 23:23 (one month ago) link

<3 I promise to YSI when I get done ripping

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Thursday, 6 June 2024 23:25 (one month ago) link

How much did it cost?

Instead of create and send out, it pull back and consume (unperson), Friday, 7 June 2024 00:16 (one month ago) link

450, so less than $10 per disc, last US copy on Discogs that I could see

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Friday, 7 June 2024 00:24 (one month ago) link

where I tap out is that Vinyl On Demand 10-LP box, I don't need that much early-80s junk noise

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Friday, 7 June 2024 00:26 (one month ago) link

also worth noting that I sold a bunch of records at a show last Sunday and did really well, this was basically a trade and not $ I had lying around

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Friday, 7 June 2024 00:48 (one month ago) link

I think some merzbow is exactly what I need for my nightly run. Time to test it out

H.P, Friday, 7 June 2024 01:30 (one month ago) link

It's sad about the Reiko thing. She's been quite active in live performance but hasn't released much recorded work over the years. Her entire small back catalogue is amazingly great though - check the Venus in Virgo alb and the collab with Astro "Lilith's Illium" for evidence.

atonar, Friday, 7 June 2024 12:45 (one month ago) link

currently on Disc 7, the first live show from March 1981. All the discs ripped just fine, there was a teeny tiny bit of diginoise on the very 1st disc that I was able to wave-edit/interpolate back to normal, that's the only issue so far. The book has a very welcome guide to the individual discs!

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Monday, 10 June 2024 20:49 (one month ago) link

notes from group chat:

Merzbox arrived early

oh this is glorious (disc 2, late 1979)

sorry this is January 1980! I mean, I like Whitehouse and all but this is just amazing, the level of intuitive control over saturated feedback processes

11 minutes in and it sounds like that Heldon guitar freakout track from Heldon III, "Zind" I think?

currently listening to a track called "Merztronics Jazz Mix"

spoiler: not jazz

the MERZBOOK informs me that disc 7, Paradoxa Paradoxa, is the very first live concert in March of 1981. all this early stuff is mostly duo action with Kiyoshi Mizutani, this is especially spacious and free.

some Gruppo D'improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza vibes at times

Disc 8, Material Action For 2 Microphones: "I found we can able to make big noise from small sound by overload recording"

Merzbox Disc 10 "Solonoise" - the noise is getting a lot denser already and it's only 1982

"The idea of "Environmental Percussion", which is the main focus of this series, has existed since 1982, when "Material Action for 2 microphones" was released. In concrete terms, it refers to acoustics obtained by tapping on the floor or walls of a room, or by picking up the sounds of various objects and small objects around us with contact microphones, amplifying them, and adding spatial effects such as reverb and delay.
The main materials used in this approach are Styrofoam chunks (used to hit the floor, etc.), plastic cassette cases and cards (played with a violin bow), rubber bands (pinched), toilet paper wicks (blown), gas stoves and table lamps (metal percussion), etc. Unplugged noises with subtleties and textures different from distorted effects processing noises are produced."

these "Dying Mapa" tapes (3 volumes) totally rule as does everything on the Aeon/DYS label family (Pascal Comelade, Mnemonists, Asmus Tietchens)

Merzbox update: Disc 21, "Pornoise Extra" is particularly cool, almost melodic loop work, very very different from the grueling half-hour tracks on the "regular" Pornoise release (5 tapes, 4 1/2 hours).

now on disc 23, a mutant version of Batz-Tou-Tai (a big fave of mine), and things are back to being subtle again! "Radio 1511" was not on the original 2LP.

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Thursday, 13 June 2024 20:20 (four weeks ago) link

I want to do a Pitchfork Sunday Review on the Merzbox

The SoyBoy West Coast (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 13 June 2024 21:36 (four weeks ago) link


Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 13 June 2024 21:47 (four weeks ago) link

I've never really listened to Merzbow. I have a track on a split 7". and I've heard a few collaborations - Gore Beyond Necropsy/Full of Hell/Boris. his discography is a little daunting. are there any recommended noob releases? "accessible" probably isn't a thing with Merzbow lol

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 13 June 2024 21:51 (four weeks ago) link

Pulse Demon is pretty well regarded, I think. I "liked" Tauromachine and Door Open at 8AM. All three of those are available on streaming services.

Instead of create and send out, it pull back and consume (unperson), Thursday, 13 June 2024 22:00 (four weeks ago) link

Pulse Demon is the "famous" one, yeah. I think Venerology (released two years earlier) is better just because it sounds more like a expressionist rendering of a rock record as opposed to just alien noise, so it might be an easier gateway

The SoyBoy West Coast (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 13 June 2024 22:04 (four weeks ago) link

I want to do a Pitchfork Sunday Review on the Merzbox

I still remember your Throbbing Gristle box review. I hope the cat eventually calmed down.

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 13 June 2024 22:18 (four weeks ago) link

maybe rainbow electronics if you're looking for something with more dynamics? (the first one, tho I like both)

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Thursday, 13 June 2024 22:22 (four weeks ago) link

Rainbow Electronics is the MZ I reach for - it’s fabulous. Also second the love for Pulse Demon.

Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 13 June 2024 23:08 (four weeks ago) link

yep Rainbow!

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Friday, 14 June 2024 00:36 (four weeks ago) link

a quick top ten I did for the group chat off the top of my head:

Pinkream 2x10"
Batz-Tou-Tai 2LP
Hybrid Noisebloom
Cloud Cock OO Grand
Rainbow Electronics
Doors Open At 8 AM
Animal Magnetism
the collab w/Christoph Heeman
the split with SBOTHI

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Friday, 14 June 2024 00:49 (four weeks ago) link

sorry Christoph Heemann!

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Friday, 14 June 2024 00:49 (four weeks ago) link

Cosign Hybrid Noisebloom, Cloud Cock OO Grand, Rainbow Electronics as top-tier Merz. Would also add Venerology, Pulse Demon and 1930

The SoyBoy West Coast (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 14 June 2024 02:43 (four weeks ago) link

thanks all, will give these a try

I was also given a big list of underground disco compilations by another ilxor recently so looks like it's going to be a disco and harsh noise summer! am hoping Merzbeat combines these

Colonel Poo, Friday, 14 June 2024 08:12 (four weeks ago) link

omg Merzbox Disc 26 "Live In Khabarovsk, CCCP (I'm Proud By Rank Of The Workers)" is free jazz! complete with piano and drum set. plus screechy noise tapes on the first side.

"Recorded live at AMUR Jazz & Experiment Music Festival"

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Friday, 14 June 2024 16:36 (four weeks ago) link

Not sure if they’ve been montioned yet, but the ones with boris are always good fun.

BringTheAuBonPain, Friday, 14 June 2024 16:52 (four weeks ago) link

speaking of collabs, I've consistently gone back to those two two partikel records with nordvargr. they're quite good. RIYL the harsher pansonic material or would be curious to hear "merz goes idm" or something like that.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Friday, 14 June 2024 16:58 (four weeks ago) link

most of these late 80's releases (specifically Enclosure, Vratya Southward, the live Russia album, and Storage currently) are very much not harsh noise walls, they are spacious and even delicate at times.

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Friday, 14 June 2024 17:44 (four weeks ago) link

If ever in the company of a colicky baby: I dub thee Merzbawl!

Philip Nunez, Friday, 14 June 2024 19:24 (four weeks ago) link

so it's fair to think of Cloud Cock OO Grand as the big leap forward given it was the first DAT recording and all, but I just got to Scissors For Cutting Merzbow (Discs 32 & 33) and dang. This record was stupid rare back in the day so I never heard it, but it seems to have all the ingredients of 90's Merzbow present (i.e. what is referred to in the book as "hell's garbage disposal"). it's also clear that his collaboration work w/Achim Wollscheid was super influential on his approach and technique, this record is a great example as he is recycling and deconstructing and editing/cutting up his whole back catalog here. the silences here are much shorter, and as a result you don't get much of the clang/scrape echo-in-a-cave sound of the previous period (discs 25-30).

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Sunday, 16 June 2024 16:04 (three weeks ago) link

(the record itself is originally from late 1989, to be clear)

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Sunday, 16 June 2024 16:05 (three weeks ago) link

and the next disc (Severances) is almost straight rock music! there's a sliced-and-diced super noisy instrumental cover of "Wild Thing"!

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Sunday, 16 June 2024 17:27 (three weeks ago) link

took me a while to give Cloud Cock OO Grand a good listen, the (now sadly excised, see above) howling maelstrom of "Modular" definitely points the way forward. The previous long tracks are a joy, very varied and crunchy sounds.

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Tuesday, 18 June 2024 18:18 (three weeks ago) link

more notes:

Merzbox disc 39, "Stacy Q, Hi Fi Sweet Leaf" continues the longform trend over teh last few, this one has lotsa loops and more of a slow grind at times,still not anything like a harsh noise wall
ooh Rolling Stones samples popping up out of the murk and churn!
only 6 minutes in to this 26:28 track and a ton of shit has happened already
yeah this is a fun one, a Merzbox exclusive!

disc 40 is totally different, military drums!
sounds way more like mid-80s stuff e.g. Batz-Tou-Tai, lots of loops of classical Japanese music
"Injured Emperial Soldiers Marching Song" is quite a title
ah consulting the MERZBOOK reveals that these are the first recordings with Bara (their butoh dancer in the 90s) and are video soundtracks, that explains why they are so different.

I don't think I have the stamina for the next one just now, it's called Brain Ticket Death and is from my fave overall period, 93-95

01 Metal Of Doom
02 Electric Peekaboo
03 Iron Caravan
04 Brain Ticket Death

OK lol "Brain Ticket Death", the track, is in fact a brutal noise remix of Brainticket, applause

Merzbox disc 43 Exotic Apple
"I used samples from Arthur Lyman lots on this album. Apple Rock was recorded after period of Dadarotenvator LP and which tend to make material for Flying Testicle. But finally didn't used."
much quieter, sounds like distorted Berlin school electronica or maybe TG sometimes, really cool stuff.
has more mass appeal than I think any of the other box discs so far

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Friday, 21 June 2024 20:18 (three weeks ago) link

Merzbox discs 44 & 45: #44, Liquid City, starts off full bore noise wall but settles into more varied stuff. #45 is unreleased stuff from 1995 or so including personal fave Pinkream, first use of EMS synth, lots of wild squiggly oscillations.

so far none of these later discs are as noisy as other contemporary releases of his.

well "noisy", I mean it is Merzbow

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 22:36 (two weeks ago) link

disc 47 "Rhinogradentia" - continues the same surprisingly varied noise textures that he explored in the 90s

previous disc 46 had a sweet Reiko A solo piece on it with some dense low end snarl

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 22:37 (two weeks ago) link

OK Disc 48, "Space Mix Traveling Band" is genuinely harsh, moving into the nu-Merzbow era of the 00's and beyond

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 22:37 (two weeks ago) link

ian weighs in:

"FINALLY the genuinely harsh years (laugh emoji)"

I was surprised too!

there are plenty of super harsh 90s releases for sure, but the box doesn't really focus on that

earliest full on HNW is Akasha Gulva from 1996, but basically any of the "live performance, single 1 hour track" releases from that decade are full on blast furnace action

even the last track here on Disc 48 is doing some weird cosmic record skipping shit right now

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 22:51 (two weeks ago) link

holy shit disc 49 "Motorond" is a total blast furnace HNW with added deep hoarse screaming thru some light effects, just brutal

two 30+ minute tracks

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 23:59 (two weeks ago) link

also some high volume indecipherable muttering

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 00:04 (two weeks ago) link

Merzbox 50 Annihiloscillator

do I even want to listen to this?


I painted my teeth (sleeve), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 03:41 (two weeks ago) link

so that was fun. here are my ten favorites:

Merzbox 02 Metal Acoustic Music
Merzbox 15 Dying Mapa Tapes 1-2
Merzbox 16 Dying Mapa Tapes 2-3
Merzbox 21 Pornoise Extra
Merzbox 23 Mortegage/Batztoutai Extra
Merzbox 33 Scissors For Cutting Merzbow Vol. 2
Merzbox 36 Cloud Cock OO Grand
Merzbox 40 Music For True Romance Vol. 1
Merzbox 43 Exotic Apple
Merzbox 45 Red Magnesia Pink

and the ones I liked the least:
Merzbox 12 Nil Vagina Tape Loops
Merzbox 20 Pornoise / 1kg Vol. 3
Merzbox 31 KIR Transformation (w/Achim Wollschied)
Merzbox 50 Annihiloscillator

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 16:33 (two weeks ago) link

Well done! btw he's released 13 albums this year already.

prog's nearly man (Matt #2), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 16:42 (two weeks ago) link

i sometimes wonder if there’s a collector maniac out there that has all of it. just seems impossible, even for merz himself.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Thursday, 27 June 2024 03:10 (two weeks ago) link

that said, i do want to believe that someone does and that they even have the mythical merzbow car

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Thursday, 27 June 2024 03:15 (two weeks ago) link

further research in the excised Reiko A discography

Flare Gun - 12", 1 side 45 and all MA himself, b side is 33 with Reiko and some amazing guttural vocals from (I assume) Bara, cool shit
Great American Nude CD - 1990 US tour excerpts, blinding HNW for the most part, the live stuff just lacks that oomph, bonus studio track is great though w/lots of skipping digital freakouts
Metalvelodrome 4CD - a bit overwhelming, haven't done it all, includes the Rod Drug 93 7" which is one of my fave concise singles.

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Saturday, 6 July 2024 23:47 (six days ago) link

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