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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

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

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Aodron review (Automation Records)

Imagine: You are watching The Wizard Of Oz synched up with the Dark Side Of The Moon alternate soundtrack. When the EMS Synthesizer’s cyclonic sequencer of “On The Run” syncs … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Aqua Necromancer (Alien8, 1998)

Disruptive Rhythm Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous. – Yehudi … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow and Gareth Davis – Atsusaku review

Atsusaku, the collaboration of “king of noise” Merzbow and avant-bass clarinetist Gareth Davis, is 40 minutes of burning wind, crumbling static, squealing feedback, klaxons, and sirens. It’s like walking through … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Macro/Micro: Sun Ra & Merzbow – Strange City (Cold Spring)

Both Merzbow  and Sun Ra’s “music” deal with large scale forces, extending beyond the limits and confines of The Human, towards a more thorough understanding of: The World We Live In; … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Vinyl Of The Week: Problems That Fix Themselves – Which Is Worse (Already Dead Tapes And Records)

Chicago/Brooklyn electronic noise duo Problems That Fix Themselves make a strong argument for noise still being relevant, on this 2014 gem on the always essential Already Dead Tapes And Records. … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Heightened Sensitivity Towards Beauty – An Interview with Derek Piotr, with an exclusive mix.

A polish-born musician, who lives in New England, and makes lush, tropical soundscapes and inadvertently sings in Indonesian? Such are the confusing, and wondrous, times we live in. Derek Piotr … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mixtape Of The Week: People Eaters – Confetti Of Flesh

Reclaim The Threat Confetti Of Flesh is like being skinned alive by the string score for Psycho; it is like an endless Saharan sandstorm scrubbing the eyes from yr skull. … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Merzbow – Merzbeat

Yesterday, December 19, was World Merzbow Day, in honor of Masami Akita’s 57th birthday. Noise freaks from all over the world organized tributes, releasing EPs and remixes, gathering online to … Continue reading

December 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Merzbow – Lop Lop (Rustblade, 2011)

Merzbow could well be the reason that the 66.6 series exists. He has released vast continents of music, in a variety of noise styles, across 3 decades. It is indecipherable … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

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