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Where do I start with Merzbow?
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LoFi Junglist

Thankyou so much dude. I've been looking for those covers for so long.

Found one of the tracks on Youtube to confirm... in some bullshit playlist called "hipster credentials"

you kids get off my lawn


ringstone

LoFi Junglist wrote:
Found one of the tracks on Youtube to confirm... in some bullshit playlist called "hipster credentials"


WTF? lol

I must confess to having an unfair advantage, I probably know more about Merzbow's back catalogue than I should. Back in the days before discogs most artist discographies were hosted on dedicated sites and I was slated to do a Merzbow page for Brainwashed. Fell through but I did get most of the discography done, 200+ titles I think at that stage?

Cheers
Blair


parasitk

jonah wrote:
Frequency LSD.


thumbs up SlayerBadger! SlayerBadger!


Chrome Dinette

Batztoutai With Material Gadgets is pretty good.


Chrome Dinette

ringstone wrote:


Better stay away from The Gerogerigegege then.





Hahaha.

My band recorded a couple of songs for a Gerogerigegege tribute that , as far as I know, never came out.


ringstone

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



Cheers
Blair


nrdvrgr

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.


amnesia

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.


Ancestor

I love his collaborations with Boris, especially the Walrus LP on Hydrahead Records.


shred

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!


MrTea

1930 is a great album.


bwandice

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.


bwandice

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.


thetwlo

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!


Suburban Bather

http://www.discogs.com/Merzbow-Gore-Beyond-Necropsy-Rectal-Anarchy/rel ease/102341


daren

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




Suburban Bather

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


Knobtwister

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.


KNYST

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


diophantine

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.


sempervirent

I once had an apartment in a dreary northern city. The other people living in the house were really annoying. I came home one evening and they were making a lot of noise, as usual. I set the stereo to top volume and loaded up "Ananga Ranga." 30 minutes later, the house was dead quiet. Even if they would have been brave enough to knock on the door and ask me to turn it down, I wouldn't have been able to hear them.


KNYST

diophantine wrote:
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.

Well, IMO you have the best in front of you - most between #36-50 are great albums smile

From the top of my head, these are highly enjoyable as well:
#13: Material Action 2 (N.A.M)
#31: Merzbow & Achim Wollscheid – KIR Transformation
#32: Scissors For Cutting Merzbow Vol. 1
#33: Scissors For Cutting Merzbow Vol. 2


Knobtwister



Great classic noisevideo with some legendary perfomances. Watch the locals in the Merzbow gig hihi


DIVINEAUDIO

i'm partial to merzzow myself, plenty of psychedelia to be had in that album. spiral honey is also high on the list.


AntManBee

I'm listening (is that the right word?) to Pulse Demon, kindly sent by Babaluma. Merzbow certainly wins the 'loudness wars' - this must be the loudest CD I've ever played - it could have been called 'the art of digital clipping' or 'music as a square wave' - fuck!

I'm going to need some time with this but right now it's making my fillings fall out and my ears bleed.

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