Houjoue (album)

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Houjoue
Box set by Merzbow
Released December 2, 2005 (2005-12-02)
Recorded January–August 2005 at Bedroom, Tokyo; October 24, 2004 at Konserthus, Västerås, Sweden
Genre Noise
Length 311:30
Label Dirter
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
Live in Geneva
(2005)
Houjoue
(2005)
Turmeric/Black Bone, Part 5
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Musique Machine 5/5 stars[1]

Houjoue (放生会?) is a box set album by Japanese noise musician Merzbow.[2] It was recorded while Masami Akita was writing Cruelty Free Life, a book about vegetarianism and animal rights. The title itself come from the Hōjōe festival, where captive animal are released back into the wild.[3]

CDs 1–3 were recorded at the same time as Merzbuta and Senmaida. CDs 4–5 are studio recordings of Merzbow's live material of the period. CD 4 features variations of material from Frog and Animal Magnetism. CD 5 was originally made for "Acousmatic Live", February 2005 in Tokyo. CD 6 is a live recording from Sweden, a studio recreation appears as "Untitled for Vasteras" on Sphere.[3]

It comes packaged in a thick keep case, and is limited to 1,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Masami Akita.

CD 1
No. Title Length
1. "Action for Green 1"   14:26
2. "Action for Green 2"   5:20
3. "Action for Green 3"   26:27
Total length:
46:13
CD 2
No. Title Length
1. "Rice 1"   9:35
2. "Rice 2"   6:11
3. "Rice 3"   19:16
4. "Rice 4"   16:15
Total length:
51:17
CD 3
No. Title Length
1. "Houjoue 1"   13:13
2. "Vegetarians Festival"   15:07
3. "Houjoue 2"   16:46
Total length:
45:06
CD 4
No. Title Length
1. "Frog Variation 0505"   38:36
2. "Animal Magnetism Variation 0305"   19:08
Total length:
57:44
CD 5
No. Title Length
1. "Blizzard for Acousmonium 1"   36:55
2. "Blizzard for Acousmonium 2"   21:46
Total length:
58:41
CD 6
No. Title Length
1. "Rising Sun"   53:29

Personnel[edit]

  • Masami Akita – performer, artwork

References[edit]

  1. ^ Batty, Roger. "Review: Houjoue". Musique Machine. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Merzbow - Houjoue (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Roger Batty (April 4, 2006). "Animal instincts". Musique Machine. Retrieved May 26, 2012.