Merzbow ‎– Lowest Music & Arts 1980 - 1983

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Vinyl-on-demand ‎– VOD108
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9 × Vinyl, LP, Reissue
Vinyl, LP
Vinyl, 7"
Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition, Remastered, Numbered
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Credits

  • Instruments [Plays Various Instruments On Source Live Materials]Kiyoshi Mizutani (tracks: E1 to H)
  • Music By, Composed By, ArtworkMasami Akita

Notes

Limited edition of 500 copies, includes an extensive booklet of artwork and a hand-numbered official certificate. Housed in a black varnished and silkscreened wooden box.
This is the VOD members edition with an additional 7" and a T-Shirt.

Digitally re-mastered from original cassettes on July 2012 at Munemihouse, Tokyo.

Hyper Music 2:
Recorded in 1980.
Previously unreleased.

Metal Acoustic Music:
Recorded and mixed in 1980.
Originally released as C-90 cassette on Merzbow "Lowest Music & Arts" in 1981.

Merz Collection 007:
Recorded at various locations between 1980 - 1981.
Mixed in 1981 at Merzbau, Machida studio.
Originally released as C-46 cassette on Merzbow "Lowest Music & Arts" in 1981.

Tridal Production:
Recorded and mixed at various locations between 1981 - 1982.
Mixed on 13th January 1982.
Originally released as cassette on Merzbow "Lowest Music & Arts" in 1982
Re-released in 1989 on ZSF Produkt.
Some parts were also re-released on the Merzbox in 2000.

Mechanization Takes Command 1:
Recorded at home between 1981 - 1982.
Mixed in 1983.
Originally released as Mechanization Takes Command on ZSF Produkt
Re-released in 1989 on ZSF Produkt.
Some parts were also re-released on the Merzbox in 2000.

Mechanization Takes Command 2:
Recorded at home between 1981 - 1982.
Mixed in 1983.
Originally released as Mechanization Takes Command on ZSF Produkt
Re-released in 1989 on ZSF Produkt.
Some parts were also re-released on the Merzbox in 2000.

Solonoise Vol. 1:
Recorded and mixed at various locations between 1981 - 1982.
Mixed on 13th January 1982.
Originally released as cassette on Merzbow "Lowest Music & Arts" in 1982.
Some parts were also re-released on the Merzbox in 2000.

Solonoise Vol. 2:
Recorded and mixed at various locations between 1981 - 1982.
Mixed on 13th January 1982.
Originally released as cassette on Merzbow "Lowest Music & Arts" in 1982.
Some parts were also re-released on the Merzbox in 2000.

Yahatahachiman:
Recorded and mixed at ZSF Produkt in December 1983.
Originally released as C-60 cassette on ZSF PRODUCT in 1983.

Escape Mask:
Recorded and mixed at ZSF Produkt in 1983.
Originally released as C-60 cassette on ZSF PRODUCT.

Fuckexercise:
Recorded and mixed at home
Originally released as part of cassette Fuckexercise in 1980

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (LP 1 Catalog Number): VOD108.1
  • Other (LP 2 Catalog Number): VOD108.2
  • Other (LP 3 Catalog Number): VOD108.3
  • Other (LP 4 Catalog Number): VOD108.4
  • Other (LP 5 Catalog Number): VOD108.5
  • Other (LP 6 Catalog Number): VOD108.6
  • Other (LP 7 Catalog Number): VOD108.7
  • Other (LP 8 Catalog Number): VOD108.8
  • Other (LP 9 Catalog Number): VOD108.9
  • Other (LP 10 Catalog Number): VOD108.10
  • Other (7" Catalog Number): VOD108.11

Other Versions (2 of 2) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VOD108 Merzbow Lowest Music & Arts 1980 - 1983(9xLP, RE, Red + LP, Red + 7", Red + Cass, RE + Box) Vinyl-on-demand VOD108 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
VOD108 Merzbow Lowest Music & Arts 1980 - 1983(9xLP, RE + LP + Box, Comp, Ltd, Num, RM) Vinyl-on-demand VOD108 Germany 2012 Sell This Version

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miguelcervantes

miguelcervantes

October 28, 2012
This new box set of the earliest Merzbow recordings is a joy to own and should be in every Merzfan's collection. The whole product has a solid, heavy feel to it and is meticulously put together. The silksreened wooden box is very well made with a lovely front design, hinges and clasp. The 10 vinyl albums are on heavyweight vinyl and housed in sleeves with the artwork appropriate to the re-mastered tracks. The booklet contains reproductions of Masami Akita's artwork of the period and comes on quality paper. The t-shirt and 7" that are part of the subscribers edition are two lovely extra's. Vinyl-on-Demand have done us all a great service by issuing this beautiful box set and letting Merzbow fans own, on high grade vinyl, music that is now three decades old and almost impossible to find in it's original form. Note - the first album in this set comprises previously unreleased material!

Recently Soleilmoon released an 18 vinyl album edition of Merzbient. That issue is another necessary, if expensive, purchase for Merzfan's. Taken together, these two multi-album issues are a real tribute to Masami Akita's music making and his significance as an artist. Merzbow sounds great on vinyl! I hope that this is not the last time that Vinyl-on-Demand re-issue Merzbow material from those early days.

Lowest Music & Arts 1980 - 1983 will find it's audience. For anyone else who might be unsure about buying this set, be assured it is tremendous value for money considering what is on offer here. Immerse yourself in this incredible world of sound......