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Merzbow & John Wiese - Multiplication [Misanthropic Agenda - 2006]

Multiplication is a collaboration between, Japanese noise master Merzbow and  USA noise masters John Wiese. It stands on a more traditional noise footing then a lot of recent Merzbow releases, for the most part, striping out things such as beats, and more traditional melody.And makes one hell of chaotic and take your breath away, audio roller coaster ride.

Bonanza opens up the album nicely, and feels like a mix of crashing down through  twisting and buckling steel, added to the feeling of been hit again and again with massif waves of oceanic like raw. By the end of the track you feel both exhilarated and slightly dizzy.
Luxon Skyship again users audio overload. Pull and pushing your head into odd shapes, there’s a sound in the guts of the track that could well be some kind of modified chicken sound, later on in the track the sounds strip down to a certain extent, almost a slight lull, before you jaw is battered again by laser like sound slicing. Again the tone is paused and slaps you back again, really giving the feeling of been hit over and over by waves.
Later on Erotic Westernscape, finds its self in more sinister atmospheric, tones. Like the feeling of drifting down into cannon. The sunlight fades more and more and you realize you’re slipping, through water now instead of air, as the bubbles race past your ears. Bit by bit a chilled drone weeps, it’s way into the sound field, like watching slowly twisting and turning shapes off in the darkening sea cannons .And your not sure if there human fames or something more darkly exotic, making their way up from the deep. It stands as one of my favourite tracks here; each time you listen to it, new elements and tones seem to emerge from its sound seascape.

The final track on offer is the title track, taking in 27 minutes. It starts off with hissing ocean tones, that are oddly soothing, but slow the layers of sound are built up. A sound like a million babbling alien voices takes on, which I suspect are some kind of modified bird noise. These are battered by more sea rush pitches. A swinging like see-saw sound keeps appearing, again it sounds bird like. Near the half way point, it slows and calms, an almost rhythmic element enters, with the ripple and swaying of static. This is soon ripped apart as the sea rush bursts in again, but underneath sways a strange hypnotic melody that sounds almost tribal, but lined by sinister intent. This stays present until the end of the track, making a wonderfully hypnotic ending.

All in all another masterpiece. The two seem to complement each other really well. Let’s hope they do another collaboration.

 

 

 

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Roger Batty
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