Merzbow & Carlos Giffoni - Synth Destruction [Important Records - 2007]Synth Destruction is just of an hour of premium noise craft from two of the most recognizable names in the genre. Recorded live in Tokyo last year is this much more consistent and rewarding than the Merzbow,Giffoni and O’Rourke collaboration that came out a few months back.
It just really mangers to keep your attention through out as it winds through all manner of textural and sound changes with-in it’s often dense and corroded harmonic sound storms. But there are also moments that include more striped downand almost rhythmic furrows of sound and pluses. Recognisable Synth, harmonic traces, and interesting smaller noises & strange metallic clunking appear fighting for breath for a little while before getting sucked back into the always turning structure, to soon be replaced by another element.There a few bits of sound making equipment on display with Giffoni handling Custom Soundlab analog Synths, Moog and Tecnosaurus Filters and Merzbow manning Ems Synti ‘A’, handmade instruments and various effects, with a nice raw but clear mastering job by James Plotkin. It also has a nice feeling of dramatic contrast as the track ploughs forward, having nice pecks and valleys with in the sound.
A very enjoyable collaboration that mixes together nuances of both parties sound into something a bit different, certainly of interests to those who’ve enjoyed Merzbow’s long form analog sound frying in the past.Roger Batty