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Masami Akita raises hell in these recordings of his live shows for Room 40’s Open Frame festival in Melbourne and Sydney. Pummelling, harsh torrents of noise follow one after another, all anchored to a shifting pulse that descends into proper subharmonic distortion on Part 4, where it sounds like Oren Ambarchi jamming with Derek Bailey. If you’re hanging in there by the time of ‘Encore’, bravo.
“In June 2019, Masami Akita, better known as Merzbow travelled to Australia to take part in Room40’s Open Frame festival. Across a week he delivered a series of performances to sold out audiences in Sydney and Melbourne. The performances were viscerally explosive, a channeling of intensities of frequency and volume - the kind of trademarked bodily affective noise Merzbow has become renowned for.
Between the concerts, Akita spent his days visiting a variety of forests, spending time with legendary Australia fauna icons like the Australian White Ibis, Little Penguins and various other native species. As a vegan, his affinity for the natural world is unconditional. With this in mind he has announced all profits from this edition will be donated to assisting wildlife recovery in the wake of the Australia bushfire crisis of the past few months. Room40 will be matching all money raised.