The Merzbow Archive Series by Slowdown Records, which has released 11 series so far, has entered its 12th edition.
In this series, the sound sources from 2008 to 2009 will be released.
Originally, Merzbow was a drummer who was greatly influenced by free music in the 70’s including psychedelic and progressive rock, but as Merzbow (duo era, with Kiyoshi Mizutani in the late 70’s and Merzbow Null in the early 80’s) This was the first time that a full-fledged drum was used in a work under the sole name of Merzbow.
The “13 Birds Series” (Important Records), in which 13 works were released over a year from 2008 to 2009, is famous for the works of this style of Merzbow, but it was launched in April 2008. It was a recording work for a new album scheduled to be released from Cold Spring in the UK at Tin Pan Alley Studios the day after the London performance. At that time, the technique of recording the live drums in the studio and synthesizing them with computer noise was taken, which was the beginning of full-scale drum use after that (this recording was recorded in “Anicca” (Cold Spring, 2008). After returning to Japan, the style of using this drum evolved into a combination of improvisational noise as well as computer sound sources, such as “Arijigoku” (Vivo, 2008), “Protean World” (Noiseville, 2008), and “Microkosmos” (Blossoming Noise, 2009).
Around the same time, Mr. Akita met Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi and began to perform frequently overseas in a duo with him. After meeting a drummer who was familiar with not only metal and grind core but also Sun Ra and free jazz, and who had many things in common with Mr. Akita in his musical background, this style became the drum performance that Merzbow has constantly sought out.
“Drumorph” contains a style that uses a sample of drums while mainly using a computer. Especially in the first and second songs, the finely chopped drum sounds run around the space, and in the meantime, you can hear the drum sounds in various ways, such as the ferocious performance that is the prototype suddenly looks into your face. Since it was recorded a month before “Anicca”, it can be seen as a sign of full-scale use of drums later.
– Shuta Hiraki
01. Drumorph 01
02. Drumorph 02
03. Drumorph 03
04. Drumorph Computer