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An intensely cathartic, fiercely turbulent collaboration between Japanese noise purveyor Masami Akita (aka Merzbow), Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi and Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustasfsson.
 

Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Balazs Pandi
Cuts

Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Balazs Pandi: Cuts (Rarenoise Records)
Label: Rarenoise Records    
Released in: Great Britain    


"If jazz, as the eminent critic Whitney Balliet once wrote, is the "sound of surprise," Cuts, an intensely cathartic, fiercely turbulent collaboration between Japanese noise purveyor Masami Akita (aka Merzbow), Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi and Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustasfsson, is the "sound of shock and awe." A sonic assault of epic proportions, it blends the bombast of Merzbow's grinding white noise barrages with Pandi's thunderous pulse on the kit and Gustafsson's ferocious abandon on baritone sax and clarinet mixed with live electronics, bringing to mind a marriage of Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music and Coltrane's Interstellar Space, with touches of Sonic Youth's sonic mayhem thrown in for good measure."-RareNoise Records



"Masami Akita, born December 19, 1956, better known by his stage name Merzbow, is a Japanese noise musician. Since 1980, he has released over 400 recordings. The name Merzbow comes from the German dada artist Kurt Schwitters' artwork Merzbau (German pronunciation: [ˈmɛʁtsˌbaʊ̯]), in which Schwitters transformed the interior of his house using found objects. The name was chosen to reflect Akita's dada influence and junk art aesthetic. In addition to this, Akita has cited a wide range of musical influences from progressive rock, heavy metal, free jazz, and early electronic music to non-musical influences like dadaism, surrealism, and fetish culture. Since the early 2000s, he has been inspired by animal rights and environmentalism, and has become a vegan.

As well as being a prolific musician, he has been a writer and editor for several books and magazines in Japan, and has written several books of his own. He has written about a variety of subjects, mostly about music, modern art, and underground culture. His more renowned works were on the topics of BDSM and Japanese bondage. Other art forms Akita has been interested in include painting, photography, filmmaking, and Butoh dance. In 2000, Extreme Records released the 50 CD box set known as the Merzbox. Akita's work has been the subject of several remix albums and at least one tribute album. This, among other achievements, has helped Merzbow to be regarded by some as the "most important artist in noise"."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merzbow)
2/25/2017
"Born 1964 in Umeå, Northern Sweden.Saxplayer, improviser and composer. Solo artist and international tours and projects with a.o. Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshimi, Ken Vandermark and in working groups The Thing, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz and Fake (the facts). Large ensemble work with Barry Guy New Orchestra,FIRE! Orchestra and the NU - ensemble.over 1800 concerts and over 200 record productions in Europe, Australia, Africa, North & South America and Asia.Collaborations with contemporary dance, theater, art, poetry as well as projects with noise, electronica, contemporary rock and free jazz.Discaholic - running the discaholic corner website.Producer of international festivals and concert tours as well as work with own record labels Slottet, OlofBright Editions and Blue Tower Records."-Mats Gustafsson Website (http://matsgus.com/archives/category/bio)
2/25/2017





Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
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Sound, Noise, &c.
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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Product Information:

UPC: 5060197760281

Label: Rarenoise Records
Catalog ID: RNR030
Squidco Product Code: 17493

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded on April 14th, 2012 at Metropolis Studio, Budapest by Daniel Sandor and Gabor Borosi.

Personnel:

Masami Akita-noise electronics

Mats Gustafsson-baritone saxophone, G clarinet, live electronics

Balazs Pandi-drums, percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Evil Knives. Lines. 17:57

2. Deep Lines. Cuts. 19:10

3. The Fear Too. Invisible. 7:38

4. Like Razor Blades In The Dark. 6:20

5. Like Me. Like You. 20:54