The Merzbow Archive Series by Slowdown Records, which has released 10 series so far, has entered its 11th edition.
In this series, the sound sources from 2006 to 2007 will be released.
Works of this period include “Minazo” (Important Records, 2006), “FID (Fur Is Dead)” (Fourth Dimension Records, 2006), “Bloody Sea” (Vivo, 2007), and “Merzbear” (Important Records, 2007), “Peace For Animals” (Quasi Pop Records, 2007), etc. As you can see from the message of protesting the Yasukuni Shrine’s release ceremony, Mr. Akita’s eyes on animal rights since becoming a vegan in 2003 are on the work as a statement against more specific problems.
In addition, during this period, there was a big change in terms of music, in which the live performances using only laptop computers, which had been tried since 1999, were stopped and analog equipment was used again. At first, it consisted of a laptop with a self-made instrument and some effectors, but as time went on, the presence of analog sounds gradually increased. In addition, by this time, the use of on-stage guitar amps and his bass amps, which had been stopped for live laptops only, has resumed.
As the title suggests, this work “15 August 2006” contains a live sound source performed at Kyoto Metro on August 15, 2006. Playing with EMS Synthi A, analog noise pedals, and computers, improvisations that let go of the repetitive elements of analog equipment while inheriting the groovy approach attempted during the laptop period are sandwiched everywhere. The sharpness that is born in is a strong attraction. Performance that makes you feel overwhelming fulfillment, as there are only a combination of multiple approaches that have been established over a long period of time.
01. 15 August 2006