Masami Akita Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
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Alessandro Cortini & Masami Akita
Masami Akita (King Merzbow himself) and Alessandro Cortini (of Nine Inch Nails) both own an EMS Synthi, and this Untitled release finds them each using the EMS exclusively to produce four sides of seething noisy electronics. The vintage analogue equipment is totally exploited, with vivid results that will interest synth fans and noise fans in equal measure. Double LP on Important Records, presented in a metallic shimmer-print sleeve.
- Vinyl Double LP (IMPREC431)
Merzbow follows up last year’s Wildwood CD with an LP of new and complementary material. Again, the proceeds go to the Wildwood trust in Kent, meaning that the king of Japanese harsh noise is directly involved in goings on in the heart of English conservatism. Nice. Fierce textures as ever from Mr. Masami, released by Dirter.
A somewhat different side to notorious noise-lord Merzbow on this here reissued release. Escape Mask, originally circulated as a cassette in 1983, still isn’t Top 40 material, but samples, drum patterns and vocals all add up to something approaching songs! Escape Mask is Merzbow in industrial mode. Remastered and reissued on CD via Other Voices Records.
Live At FAC251 is just what it claims to be: a document of the recent live performance there by mighty Merzbow himself, playing with regular recent partner in crime Balászs Pándi, whose fierce blast-beats give the massive noise-sheets a real sense of drive. Edition of 500 CDs in a straightforward sleeve (here’s what the venue looked like!), on Cold Spring.
Remblandt Assemblage, the ridiculously rare 1981 cassette from undisputed icon of harsh noise Merzbow, arrives on 140 gram black double vinyl for the first time ever. This incredible early recording combines found sounds, tape manipulation, bleak drones and, of course, dense pulsing waves of noise. It’s also beautifully packaged by Urashima.
Avant-garde music lovers from all over the spectrum will raise their eyebrows at this record: Merzbow and Sun Ra are two of the most prolific sound-weirdos out there, but this is the first time their paths have crossed. Of course, Sun Ra returned to Saturn decades ago, but Masami Akita got his hands on some unheard Ra recordings and fed them through his Merz-blender. The results make for a Strange City indeed.
New collaboration between drummer / pianist / synth-operator Eiko Ishibashi and noise / Noise / NOISE man Masami Akita, aka Merzbow. Kouen Kyoudai 公園兄弟 is an overwhelming blast, needless to say, but it’s always interesting to hear Masami next to ‘real’ acoustic instruments. Recorded and mastered by Jim O’Rourke, released by Editions Mego.
Keiji Haino/ Masami Akita