Apparently nobody made one of these yet, and this should be fun since he has like 400 albums (I know a few of you guys are into his tunes). I'm pretty sure I've only heard 10-20 of his so far but the automation / modulation on his stuff is always nuts. It's also fitting that he uses computers for composition.
The ugliest sound I ever heard: I recorded "silence" from the audio input of a sounblaster with nothing connected in it. Normalized. It's the sound of computer bacteria. Not pretty. Perhaps interesting if slowed down by multiple octaves... maybe some high freq bleepy squealy sounds would reveal things.
What I meant is that it sounds like Merzbow.
I don't expect any music to please me. I like it when it does. But when it doesn't, I still like to understand the intention behind it. In this case I don't... but I can go off on presumptuous bs about his troubled childhood or the fact that he might be deaf altogether... or that he's like this guy in "A beautiful mind" and hallucinates all kinds of things where there is nothing but sensory overload.
I dunno. I'm intrigued, only not by the music itself.
My very serious questions to Merzbow:
Do you re-listen to your recordings? If so, what pleasure do you get from it?
What do you expect listeners to hear/enjoy in your music? Anything you hear yourself as well?
What is the best way to listen to it (what environment, what kind of playback system, what listening level)?
What other non-noise music do you listen to, if any?
Do you sometimes deliberately try to hurt your listener's ear/make him uncomfortable? In other words, is some of your material best described as sonic endurance tests?
What is your definition of music, and how does your sounds fit into this definition, if you consider it does?
There should be no complaint about Merzbow. It's fun, it's provocative. I can't remember whether I let his stuff play all the way through when I found it... But that's not important. This stuff is like alcohol. When you've had enough, you've had enough. It messes you up in exciting ways. I don't even know how exactly I react to it. It's atmospheric, but the atmosphere it creates is IN YOUR FACE.
I haven't listened to a lot of his stuff, but to me, noise is just like ambient, only harsher. So for all your listening conditions questions and stuff, I'd say just like ambient. I listen to noise music and Merzbow in particular (mostly because I'm not so knowledgeable in noise) when I need something to unwind and to get lost in a sense of texture. Atonal music is exciting to me because it's pure texture. I suppose the fact that I enjoy bands working with dissonance and such stuff helps.
Originally Posted by Boretron42
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Originally Posted by Kvlt O)))
If you drop the beat it's just called noise, you trendy fuck.