This 10Lp-Set in a black varnished and silkscreened wooden Box is a comprehensive Anthology of the “Godfather of Noise” early works, carefully selected and mastered by Merzbow himself. Is there anything left to say about Mastermind Masami Akita alias Merzbow that hasn’t been told or known? Does he still need any introduction or explanations? Merzbow has been actively recording ‘Noise-Music’ since late 1979. You can not talk about the Genre “Noise” without eventually leading to him as one of the roots and origins. Over the past three decades and in an almost hyperactive and very constant manner he has released more than 100 Solo-Recordings and Cooperations with other now famous noise-artists. In 1985 the Art-Magazine Lightworks already described his music quiet perfectly: “Imagine being surrounded in hot, molten electronic/industrial noise… harsh edges giving way to a deep bass deluge of sound. It pours out and into you… This music could be how you feel 3 seconds into a Space Shuttle lift-off. Surging intense, at the outer limits of control and lack thereof. Merzbow breaks barriers (Lightworks Mag #17 / 1985)
This 10-Lp-Box is committed to his very early works from 1980-1983 on his first Tape-Label ‘Lowest Music and Arts’ the predecessor to his famous ZSF-Label. Most of the audio-material covered in this Box-Set with large Image-Booklet has only been released in a very small edition of Tapes and are now released for the first time to a broader audience of listeners. Only some of the selected material has also been released in fragments and extracts as part of the famous 50-CD-Merzbox but none of the material has ever been released on Vinyl until today.
Lp1 contains -‘Hyper Music 2’, a previously unreleased recording from 1980 in style of Metal Acoustic Music.
Lp2 contains ‘Metal Acoustic Music’ originally released as C-90 cassette in very limited edition in 1981/82.
While Side A of this recording was featured and released on the 50CD-Merzbox this Lp features the B-Side of the original Tape-Recording previously unreleased in any form besides the original Tape from 1981
Lp3 & Lp4 features the highly sought after Tape ‘Merz Collection 007’ from the 10-Tape-Set Collection 1-10 recorded 1980 and released 1981 as well as the Tape ‘Tridal Production’ from 1981.
Some parts of these recordings appear on the ‘Merzbox’, but ist also the first time that these recordings are releasing in the whole part. These works contain some previous studio- and live sessions & raw-material.
Lp5 & 6 cover ‘Mechanization takes Command1 & 2’ originally released as C-90-Cassette in early 82. As with Lp2 some parts already appear on the ‘Merzbox’, but this is the first time to listen to the complete Set without owing the original Tape-Recording
Lp7 & 8 is committed to the 2 highly sought after Tapes ‘Solonoise 1&2’
While ‘Solonoise 1’ can also be found on the Merzbox ‘Solonoise 2’ is now finally released in its original and complete. The word ‘Solo’ means ‘Solar’ and originates from George Batailes book ‘Anal Sun’.
Lp9 & 10 contain ‘Yahatahachiman’ and ‘Escape Mask’, two recordings from 1983 that Masami Akita and VOD-Labelrunner Frank Maier are extremely proud of. Both recordings represent an almost hidden side of Merzbow and show his flexibility in the variation of Noise. They are a true hidden treasure of Merzbow-Music. ‘Hidden treasure’ because Merzbow never liked them for the past 30 years as it had too much Guitar-Rock-Appeal and is driven by Drum-Rhythm. But exactly this style and its sound-wall of psychedelic atonal guitar-noise in combination with the technoid-sounding drum-machine catches its listener now in the year 2012. It now catches Merzbow, it catches VOD and it will definately also catch you and your mind.