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.
“Feedback Purple Yellow” was recorded as a prototype for the album “Here” (L. White Records) released in 2008, but it was not used there and was never published until now. There are many scenes in which the deafening sound of a self-made instrument and the dull, boomy-distorted noise sound are not the main ones and run in parallel, and the synergistic effect makes the performance feel very fast. There are very few sounds that can be determined from a laptop, and it is a content that shows that the use of analog equipment has be fully realized.
– Shuta Hiraki
01. Feedback Purple Yellow
02. Here Etude 1
03. Here Etude 2
04. Here Etude 3