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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Rainbow Electronics (Alchemy, 1990) album review

Culled from 21 hours of archival recordings, Merzbow’s Rainbow Electronics is a noise symphony in 4 movements. Noise albums can come in two varieties – major and minor releases to … Continue reading

July 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Remblandt Assemblage (Merzbox Disc 3, 1981) album review

One of Merzbow’s earliest recordings nods to the theoretical underpinnings of the project as well as his earliest improv techniques. Speaking on the influence of pioneering German Dada artist Kurt … Continue reading

June 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Door Open at 8 a.m. (Alien8, 1999)

Make a jazz noise here Although many claim for hip-hop or various kinds of electronic music to be the spiritual successors to jazz, especially the more far-flung variants like free … Continue reading

May 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Paradoxa Paradoxa album review

On Live at Kid Araik Hall I, Merzbow reveals noise – alongside hip-hop and electronic music – reveals itself to be the spiritual successor to jazz.  There’s not enough appreciation … Continue reading

April 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Material Action For 2 Microphones (1981) album review

Collected as part of the Merzbox, Material Action For 2 Microphones stands out in a nearly bottomless discography. Considering the project name’s debt to Kurt Schwitters, it’s easy to forget … Continue reading

March 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Green Wheels (Self Abuse, 1995) Album Review

Green Wheels is ’90s Merzbow at its purest – 70 minutes of dense, sprawling, relentless noise on unwieldy, cumbersome packaging. Knowing where to start with Masami Akita’s bottomless discography is … Continue reading

March 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Hybrid Noisebloom (1997) album review

1997’s Hybrid Noisebloom is a Long Dark Spin Cycle of the Soul, leaving you ecstatically exhausted, wrung out, and cleansed. Reviewing noise records is funny business. In a certain respect, … Continue reading

March 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow vs Nordvargr – Partikel III (Cold Spring) album review

Two masters of noise, experimental electronics, and dark ambiance come together for a third collaboration, a highlight of both of their monolithic discographies. Merzbow is often at his best when … Continue reading

February 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – E-Study album review

Like walking through a forest of rebar, getting caught in the crossfire of some BB battle, 1981’s E-Study is about as far from Harsh Noise as you can get in … Continue reading

January 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Finding Pleasure In Restraint: Merzbow – Music For Bondage Performance Vol. 2 review

Yes, we may chafe at restrictions, but Masami Akita, aka Merzbow‘s, Music For Bondage Performance Vol. 2 not only suggests we can find happiness in slavery, but even enlightenment. Noise … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

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