Kamadhenu (album)

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Kamadhenu
Studio album by Merzbow
Released May 12, 2011 (2011-05-12)
Recorded January 2011 at Munemihouse, Tokyo
Genre Noise
Length 57:48
Label Hypnagogia
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
April 1992
(2011)
Kamadhenu
(2011)
Variations for Electric Fan
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Idwal Fisher unfavorable[1]
Musique Machine 5/5 stars[2]
The Silent Ballet 3/5 stars[3]
The Sound Projecot favorable[4]

Kamadhenu is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow.[5] It is the first volume of the Merzcow trilogy, inspired by cattle veneration in Hinduism. The theme was suggested by the owner of the label, who visited the Care for Cows charity in Vrindavan, India, which takes care of abandoned cattle. The music is intended to be "warm and organic", and was made using granular synthesis, oscillators, and tone generators.[6]

The album is named after Kamadhenu, a Hindu goddess who is the mother of all cows and a "cow of plenty". "Churning of the Cosmic Milk Ocean" refers to Samudra manthan.

Merzcow was originally announced as a double LP by Merzbow, but it then became a CD trilogy. Kamadhenu was followed by Surabhi. The final part, Goloka, wasn't released before the label ceased operations.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Masami Akita.

No. Title Length
1. "Kamadhenu (Part 1)"   21:55
2. "Kamadhenu (Part 2)"   18:42
3. "Churning of the Cosmic Milk Ocean"   17:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Masami Akita – performer
  • Paul Coates – cover design

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Quantity Catalog Sold Out
United Kingdom 2011 Hypnagogia CD 300 GO01 No

Mistakenly listed as limited to 350 copies on the cover due to a typo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wharton, Mark (June 1, 2011). "Merzbow - Kamadhenu". Idwal Fisher. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ Batty, Roger. "Review: Kamadhenu". Musique Machine. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ Chuter, Jack. "Review: Kamadhenu". The Silent Ballet. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ Pinsent, Ed (July 2, 2011). "Diablo Ex Machina". The Sound Projector. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Merzbow - Kamadhenu (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Batty, Roger (May 26, 2011). "Calm Before The Storm". Musique Machine. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hypnagogia". Discogs. Retrieved June 14, 2013.