Merzbow
1930


4.5
superb

Review

by TheWayfarerElectric USER (7 Reviews)
February 25th, 2010 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 1930 is a spectacular way to continue a career as spectacular as Masami Akita's. Rejoice!

Masami Akita is no stranger to the noise music scene by any means. Akita began to bring about his own brand of noise music in 1979, and since then he's been constantly changing the very foundation his music is built on. For example, the malevolent noise captured on releases like Pulse Demon and Venereology would become less aggressive. Beats would be added, and more organization would be notable. However, he again departed the later style and returned back to his roots. Perhaps this experimentation is a byproduct of his prolific nature. In just over thirty years, Akita has composed over three hundred releases, several of which are lengthy noise epics. This unconventional approach to music has given Akita such a high regard in the noise music scene. 1930 only follows suit in terms of consistency and quirkiness.

On this release, mind-jarring changes in styles are evident. Case in point: drones shift sporadically into bursts of noise and augmented by stochasticity. As if 1930 wouldn't be boisterous enough by following this plan, Akita utilizes the “wall-of-sound” technique. This technique is tenacious, and therefore, to most, unaccessible. However, to others, 1930's cantankerous sound will be the finest source of fascination. To these people, every rumbling, chunky soundscape will pique their interest, as every track makes use of these components. “Intro” is fidgety and a perfect example of the impact of subtlety working in favor for 1930. The oscillations of pitch and buzz are spastic, frequent, and relatively short. This combination is present throughout all of 1930, but the self-titled track and “Degradation of Tapes” show said element of this album at its finest. The same rings true for tempo changes, which are just as frequent. The sheer insanity that comes in subsequent event breaks all musical boundaries. Convention is thrown out the window, leaving 1930 as a release that redefines the physical boundaries of music. It is technical, unpredictable, discordant, and intriguing. Not only that, it is a perfect way to continue a career as spectacular as Akita's.



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joshuatree
Emeritus
February 25th 2010


3742 Comments


album is fucking brutal

Lambda
February 25th 2010


2427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I rarely listen to this; though it's an interesting release, it's just way too abrasive for me most of the time. I still give it a 3 because it has some interesting sound effects on it and I enjoy listening to it every once in a blue moon.

Plutonio
February 25th 2010


474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Abrasive is good in this case.

couldwinarabbit
December 10th 2010


6996 Comments


fuck this is good.

SiliconSunshine
February 12th 2011


77 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I ended up enjoying this one more than I initially thought I would.

Rev
February 12th 2011


9428 Comments


Same. It's awesome

gabethepiratesquid
April 13th 2012


4521 Comments


This album goes in my sleep playlist.

Kman418
February 9th 2014


10598 Comments


im using audio from this for static sound effects hahahaha

Digging: Teebs - E S T A R A

Havey
February 9th 2014


9690 Comments


dang



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