(Double H Noise Industries)
to the music
the Merzbox? Me neither. How many Merzbow releases does
one really need anyways? Ya heard one, you've heard'em all,
right? Not necessarily. There's no doubt converts to Masami
Akita's work have picked this disc up already, but for those
who may be unfamiliar or unsure where to begin, this new
full-length on Hydra Head's noisey sub-label is, in fact,
a great place to start.
"Dharma" is a four-track cd containing a number
of short, evolving, discordant freakouts and a few nice
moments of droney, white noise meditations. For decades
now, Masami Akita has been mastering the art of melody-free,
power-electronic improvisation. In recent years, he has
discovered the powerbook, effectively digitizing his sonic
mayhem, but on this new cd, Akita's sounds are very organic
and pure sounding.
The first two tracks are very exciting and immediate. "I'm
Coming To The Garden" starts off with a brief moment
of shrill stillness, then takes a sharp turn into freakout-land.
Chunks of noise are filtered and panned left and right in
a nice surround-sound style. Magnetic tape played backward
collides with a shrill alarm and a hovering cloud of white
noise. Suddenly, a brief moment of silence, between the
first and second track, jolts the listener back to reality.
"Akashiman," another brief, but solid piece of
power electronics, more or less picks up where the first
track ended. Things get more interesting during the second
half of the cd. "Piano Space For Marimo Kitty"
begins with a maddening, looped piano that slowly sprouts
glitches and growling feedback. This track slowly evolves
in an erratic fashion, and the unrelenting panning seems
to ensure vertigo. Of course it's not too long before total
chaos ensues, but just as the listener settles into the
whitewash, it takes an evil turn reminiscent of the scene
in The Exorcist where the priest plays back the taped recordings
of Linda Blair's satanic curses. Scary stuff indeed.
The last track, "Frozen Guitars and Sunloop,"
is a half-hour of pure noise. Harsh, washed-out feedback
whines and howls like a contained tornado, effectively erasing
any musical or lyrical concept from your memory. It's effective
in an ambient kind of way with the sound down. With the
stereo volume knob set at 11, however, the listener will
have to be sort that enjoys the pleasure of pain. This particular
Merzbow experience is an interesting, moving one that will
satisfy both fans of pure noise and electronic music fans
who live for tweaked-out sound manipulation.
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