Boomkat Product Review:
The second album from Japanese sound sculptor Ken Ikeda, Merge originally surfaced in 2003 via the ever-reliable Touch imprint. The music on Merge stems from what Ikeda termed his "Sound Diary", a daily log of fragmented improvisational documents capturing the artist's everyday life in sound. There's probably a greater depth of texture on this album to its predecessor Tzuki, with the droning elements sounding far more intense and stubborn while a greater breadth of electroacoustic timbres flesh out the mixes. This is especially true of 'Usual Path', which appropriates the kind of old-school radiophonic textures you might associate with early electronic experimenters. As with all Ikeda's work there's an approachability and buoyancy to the music on Merge, making for an uncommonly accessible collection of microsound experiments. Recommended.