Published Jul 27, 2012Back in 2010, prolific Japanese noise artist Merzbow (aka Masami Akita) released the sprawling 12-CD collection Merzbient, which gathered a number of ambient recordings made throughout the '80s and '90s. The limited-edition set sold out quickly, and now the soundscapist has now prepped the set for analogue audiophiles as a tweaked-up vinyl box set.
Soleilmoon has announced it will deliver Merzbient as an 18-LP box set on September 10. A press release explains that the first 15 slabs of wax will preserve the tracks from the original CD box, though some of the material has been edited due to space limitations. The remaining three pieces of vinyl, meanwhile, will contain exclusive, previously unheard material. A proper tracklisting has yet to be revealed, however.
Like the CD version, the vinyl box will also be a limited-edition package, with the label pressing only 222 copies. Two "custom-made foil-blocked boxes" will house the records and three inserts; 44 copies will be pressed on translucent red vinyl, with the remainder pressed on black.
While Akita has been praised for his harsh soundscapes, the drones on Merzbient are said to present a "more gentle" Merzbow. The recordings were accumulated over the years before seeing release in 2010, with many of them recorded on the road, using the same equipment as from his live show. On top of his collection of electronics, Akita also used acoustic instruments, including a "big handmade junk instrument made from a metal box with piano wires," which he played with a violin bow.
You can find out more about the hefty release, which retails at $350 before shipping, over here.
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