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ringstone
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

BTW "Antimonument" has to have the best picture disc art I have ever seen:



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nrdvrgr
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Sorry for some shameless self-promo again, but I think that maybe the forthcoming third collaboration between Akita-san and me might interest some of you. We decided many years ago to do a trilogy, and we recorded the last part during this winter. The first two were a mixture of his classic trademark noise and my ambient textures; like this:



For the last third installment (CD on Cold Spring Records later this year) "Partikel III" we decided to go all analog and droning, so it will be one of the more calmer and accessible Merzbow offerings ever released. As a big fan I must say that I have never heard something similar in style from him - I was quite surprised when I heard it the first time!

I also would like to add that I consider it a big honor to be able to have worked with one of my biggest influences. I am truly blessed.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

nrdvrgr wrote:

I also would like to add that I consider it a big honor to be able to have worked with one of my biggest influences. I am truly blessed.


This is great! I am happy to know he owns my old VCS3 :-)

I bought the Merzbient box but was really hoping it woulf be like this!

One thing I have always wondered is if he has tenitus or uses ear protection.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I love his collaborations with Boris, especially the Walrus LP on Hydrahead Records.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

not familiar with much of Merzbow's work but so far I'm really enjoying Pulse Demon and Merzbeat! I'll have to check out some more of these

Really like that track you posted Nrdvrgr!! SlayerBadger!
Looking forward to the final part of your collaboration, it's sounds like it'll be very interesting!

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MrTea
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

1930 is a great album.
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bwandice
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I started with animal magnetism, then checked out a little Pulse Demon.

I haven't really acquired the taste yet, but I do like the idea of auditory catharsis. I listen to it when I'm, you know, upset.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I started with animal magnetism, then checked out a little Pulse Demon.

I haven't really acquired the taste yet, but I do like the idea of auditory catharsis. I listen to it when I'm, you know, upset.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

jonah wrote:
I like some Merzbow, like 1930, but I think Massona is a lot more interesting and rewarding. Check out Ejaculation Generater or Frequency LSD.


indeed! but Masonna is even so much better live! AMAZING!!!! one of the best shows I've seen. That is how it's done!
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Suburban Bather
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

http://www.discogs.com/Merzbow-Gore-Beyond-Necropsy-Rectal-Anarchy/rel ease/102341
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daren
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I enjoy his collaboration with Russell Haswell that was released on Warp of all places. The cover is very appealing too!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

lol Now that's different for an album cover. I also really like his collab with Alec Empire- http://www.discogs.com/Alec-Empire-vs-Merzbow-Live-CBGBs-NYC-1998/rele ase/167775
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Start with the Merzbox thumbs up Probably my favourite release in my whole recordcollection love

The mid 90s stuff is in my opinion his most interesting work, and if you're not into the harscher stuff, maybe go for one of the Boriscollabs? Sun baked snow cave and Rock dream are both awesome albums.

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KNYST
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I've loved the Japanese noise scene for ages.
Have listened to every Merzbow CD release up to 2005 (and most tapes, vinyls, and many after 2005).
He lost me there... I find most of his later output to be just boring (with some great exceptions).

Anyway, like some others mentioned, the 90's was his best period (this goes for the whole noise scene IMHO), but made some great releases in the 80's too.

Recommended "easier" releases for beginners:
Scumtron (remixes & original recordings)
Merzbow / Genesis P-Orridge - A Perfect Pain
Amlux
Aqua Necromancer
Offering

Recommended for beginners looking for something highly representative:
Great American Nude / Crash For Hi-Fi
Tauromachine

my favourites:
Flesh Metal Orgasm
Dutch Tour 1989
Axx / Spooning
Cloud Cock 00 Grand
Rainbow Electronics
PGR / Merzbow / Asmus Tietchens - Grav
Great American Nude / Crash For Hi-Fi
Music For Bondage Performance
Music For The Dead Man 2: Return Of The Dead Man
Hole
Wakantanka / Aboriginie of Anniversary 50 Years After War
Spiral Honey
Rainbow Electronics 2
Merzbow / John Watermann - Brisbane-Tokyo Interlace
Mercurated
Magnesia Nova
Akasha Gulva
Scumtron
Aqua Necromancer
1930
Door Open At 8 AM
Tentacle
Dharma
Merzbient

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Not specific to this thread (as I've seen it elsewhere), but I don't understand all the love for the Merzbox and the discs on Release/Relapse.

I like weirdo/experimental/tape stuff, but quite a lot of what's on the Merzbox is totally inane and boring to my ears. I've owned the Merzbox for 3 years, and I've only managed to get through the first 36 discs so far. (I own ~100 other Merzbow releases.) Unless there's some brilliant stuff on the last discs, it definitely scrapes the bottom of the barrel.

The discs on Release/Relapse (Venereology, Pulse Demon, Tauromachine) ain't bad at all, and are pretty easy to find, but are not the best.

If you want noise: Oersted
If you want noisy & rhythmic: Aqua Necromancer
If you want a bit more rhythmic: Timehunter
If you want more ambient/experimental: Music For Bondage Performance
If you want easier/more mellow noise: Merzzow
If you want old tape/experimental stuff: Age Of 369 / Chant 2

Rock Dream with Boris is really good too, if you want to try it from a somewhat different perspective.
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