Friday, September 17, 2010
50 Days of Merzbow, Day 26: Live in Khabarovsk, CCCP (I'm Proud by Rank of the Workers)
Um. Kind of legendary performance. Note that the first track has the later date on it. Significant because it explains the presence of live drumming. After completely freaking out the festival officials with his first performance, Masami added a live drum kit to the mix the next night to make everything seem more "traditional". Ha! Good luck, Merzbow. In reality, working with a kit made things even weirder and more dangerous because of the unplanned nature of the aural assault. I entered this with the the attitude that I was going to be looking at a curiosity box. It turned out to be more than that. Totally unlocked. This is the sound of an artist who is afraid to fail, but not remotely worried about it.
1. Live at Trade Unions Place of Culture Hall 23 March 1988 // 29:21
2. Live at Soviet Army Officers House Hall 24 March 1988 // 28:13