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Old 07-16-2014, 10:13 PM   #1
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The Merzbow Thread

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.

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Merzboxes.
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:02 PM   #3
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Old 02-11-2015, 11:41 AM   #4
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Re: The Merzbow Thread

What is this I don't even
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Re: The Merzbow Thread

It's like my tinnitus but I'm supposed to like it.

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Old 02-11-2015, 01:30 PM   #6
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Re: The Merzbow Thread

Thom's react to Merzbow.
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Old 02-11-2015, 02:19 PM   #7
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Re: The Merzbow Thread

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Speaking of noise.

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?
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Re: The Merzbow Thread

Thom reacts to Merzbro

Dammit, it's already been done.

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Re: The Merzbow Thread

wow that is not even a music, wheres da beats and melody??? its all just noise wow i can believe ppl listen to this, i think im going deaf, like if u agree

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Old 02-11-2015, 09:04 PM   #11
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Re: The Merzbow Thread

What about you guys? What do you like about it?
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It's like my tinnitus but I'm supposed to like it.

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I hope mine won't reach this level cuz is quite boring
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Re: The Merzbow Thread

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.
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Re: The Merzbow Thread

Ok^^. Legitimate.

Anyone else capable of articulating why they like it? ...instead of making half-assed presumptions on why others might not like it?
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Re: The Merzbow Thread

I don't listen to Merzbow, I'm just aware that he's a thing.
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Re: The Merzbow Thread

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.

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Re: The Merzbow Thread

Hi, Jack. Did you enjoy my thread?
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Hijack. I'm punned out for this evening
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Re: The Merzbow Thread

Yeah stop hijackin' your own thread, foo'.

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