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.
This work “Bloodour” contains 3 songs with different recording times. The first song is an outtake (recorded in February 2006) of the album “Bloody Sea” released in 2007 as the title suggests, and at the end of the song, it has unstable tones and effects like howling, and rich high-order overtones such as electronic sounds. You can hear experimental sounds such as the effect of being swallowed by the waves. The second and third songs were recorded in 2007, and the former is a rehearsal sound source for the Dour Festival held in Belgium.
– Shuta Hiraki
01. Bloody Sea Outtake
02. Dour Soundcheck 03
03. 754 Wave