What are the Merzbow/Masami Akita-related releases you'd most like to own? These are the releases I don't have yet and that I'd like to own most:
- The 2 split/collab CDs with Struggle for Pride - Music for Bondage Performance 2 CD - Music for Man with No Name CD (collab with Cock ESP) - split 7" with Smell & Quim - Abe Sada 7" - Project Frequency LP - Dadarottenvator LP
There are some others too that I'll probably compile later. I'm curious to see the lists of others.
Post by andypandy380 on Apr 2, 2014 8:36:06 GMT -5
There are only a few that im really eager to get hold of. - metalvelodrome - merzbient, cd version - nil vagina for mice 7" and some of the other singles. - id quite like a merzbox... but i wont be too upset if I dont manage it. - the project frequency lp is an odd one, id quite like a copy but would be reluctant to pay a lot of money for it. - uzu me ku is one that i missed out on, would quite like a copy of that.
I went through Discogs and found quite a number of other Merzbow releases I'd like to have . Realistically speaking though, I'll try to get only a few (obviously it'd be good to have tapes from 80s, for example, but the money I'd need to spend on them would be way too much):
- Batztoutai with Memorial Gadgets 2LP (I've got the 2CD version but the original vinyl is apparently a different mix; I listened to the CD version recently and especially the first half of CD 1 is awesome, so I'm hoping the vinyl version is in that vein) - Hannover Interruption LP (don't know much about this one, I don't even know if it's a live or studio album; I think parts of it are in the Merzbox) - Great American Nude/Crash For Hi-Fi CD (I've heard this and I'd like to get it for the last track; before that it's live recordings that, from memory, are a bit boring) - Decomposition 2CD (that came with the extra version of the Merzbox) - collab CD with Pan Sonic (I still haven't bought it probably because it's easy to get hold of)
And then there are the hopeless ones which will probably always be too expensive to buy:
- Dadarottenvator LP - Wakantanka 7" - split 7" with Statik - several collab tapes from the 80s (e.g. with S·Core) - collab LP with Richard Ramirez (I've got a download and the album is nothing special, so I wouldn't pay too much for it, but the artwork is intriguing... I'm sure it's taken from some bizarre movie or book but I have no idea what it is)
I'm kind of on the fence with the collab with Consumer Electronics. I haven't read too favourable reviews about it. Has anyone heard it?
Last Edit: Apr 20, 2014 17:16:55 GMT -5 by acsenger
I'm sorry that my reply on this thread is so late, but I simply don't know which releases I would most like to own. The question from this thread has opened another question for me: Which criterias must fulfill a Merzbow release, that you would buy it? Or, which criterias are necessary, that a release will reach the "must have- attribute" ?
I must admit, that my searching method is quite absurd. I wouldn't even call it a method, but I work with it very well so far. I just choose my albums after these attributes: Medium, release year, price, artwork. In this order. In most cases, I don't listen to samples before I buy an album. Merzbow's work has a very linear quality. It is very rare to get something, what I really dislike.
Post by andypandy380 on Aug 14, 2014 14:37:38 GMT -5
That's quite a good point, I think I approach it in much a similar way. The most desirable thing for me, in all honesty, is keeping it simple with CDs and digipaks. I like things that stand neatly on shelves along with the versatility that comes with the CD as a medium (being able to rip it and listen on headphones while I go for a walk) That said, occasionally I do like some of the 'special' releases. I'm fond of the marble case for Metamorphism and huge plastic box green wheels comes in for example. It's sometimes kind of a collecting thing with Merzbow though as much as a listening experience, I'd quite like to collect and hear as much of it as possible, so a lot of the time it's just down to whatever I find at the best price at the time, no real matter what it is. I don't tend to listen to a lot of samples either, so that surprise of putting the CD on for the first time is pretty nice! and as you say, it's very rare that I'll really dislike it.
Collecting and listening are two sides of one medal of this hobby for me. Beside the music, I really enjoy the visuals and design of each album. There was a short period in my life, that I thought, that there will be no reason for buying physical albums anymore. Since streaming services like spotify seem to be the future, I can't imagine that this could replace my collection. It is not because of owning or not owning something, I think it has more with the fact to do, that I can get through a physical medium much deeper into the whole artwork, than just clicking on a file in spotify. The strange thing is, that I'm also interested in a few releases primarly from a collecting perspective. For example, I think that Minazo vol. 2 looks absolutly beautiful. But I don't own a record player so I wouldn't be able to listen to it. Nevertheless, I will buy it just because I like the whole object itself.
Last Edit: Aug 14, 2014 15:26:41 GMT -5 by neokorosu
Interesting points. I, however, approach it quite differently: my choice of what to buy is down to whether in all likelihood I'll like the music or not. This basically has to do mostly with the period when a particular release was recorded, my favourite period being roughly between 1990-1998, although this by no means means I don't buy anything before or afterwards. Medium and artwork don't influence my decision. Of course, price does! I could add medium condition also matters, but I've found that if one has the money, one can always find at least a near mint copy of everything.
Somewhat bizarrely (considering how 'unrare' and widespread it must be in terms of distribution) the one that's always eluded me has been 'Pulse Demon'. I missed it in the onslaught of releases back in the day, and now the CD is out of print I can never spot it going for a half-decent price (I'm not paying £30-40 for it!). I know it's just been re-issued on vinyl, but it seems to have been so altered that I still want to get my hands on the original version. I suppose I'll be lucky one day!
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