Lowest Music & Arts 1980–1983

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Lowest Music & Arts 1980–1983
Box set by Merzbow
Released October 25, 2012 (2012-10-25)
Recorded 1980–1983
Genre Noise, improvised, industrial
Length 488:35 (with 7")
Label Vinyl On Demand
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
Uzu Me Ku
(2012)
Lowest Music & Arts 1980–1983
(2012)
Kibako
(2012)

Lowest Music & Arts 1980–1983 is a box set compilation by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow, it is composed of recordings from the earliest years of Merzbow. It is released on ten LPs. Some material was partially included in the Merzbox.[1][2]

Track listing[edit]

Hyper Music 2[edit]

Previously unreleased recording in the style of Metal Acoustic Music.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Hyper Music Part 1"   26:28
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Hyper Music Part 2"   27:16
Notes
  • Recorded in 1980

Metal Acoustic Music[edit]

This is side B of the original cassette, side A was included in the Merzbox.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Balance of Neurosis Pt. 2"   22:49
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Balance of Neurosis Pt. 2 Continued"   21:45
Notes
  • Recorded and mixed in 1980
  • Originally released as C90 cassette on Merzbow Lowest Music & Arts in 1981

Merz Collection 007[edit]

Part of the ten volume Collection series. Includes previous studio and live sessions plus raw material.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Merz Collection I"   11:18
2. "Merz Collection II"   1:57
3. "Merz Collection III"   8:27
Total length:
21:42
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Merz Collection IV"   15:47
2. "Merz Collection V"   5:55
Total length:
21:42
Notes
  • Recorded at various locations between 1980–1981, mixed in 1981 at Merzbau, Machida studio
  • Originally released as C46 cassette on Merzbow Lowest Music & Arts in 1981
  • Partially included in the Merzbox

Tridal Production[edit]

Includes previous studio and live sessions plus raw material.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Tridal Production I"   6:58
2. "Tridal Production II"   3:08
3. "Tridal Production III"   7:49
Total length:
17:55
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Tridal Production IV"   22:38
Notes
  • Recorded and mixed at various locations between 1981–1982, mixed on 13 January 1982
  • Originally released as cassette on Merzbow Lowest Music & Arts in 1982
  • Re-released in 1989 on ZSF Produkt
  • Partially included in the Merzbox

Mechanization Takes Command 1[edit]

Original cassette spread across two LPs.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Mechanization Takes Command Part I"   14:16
2. "Mechanization Takes Command Part II"   5:55
Total length:
20:11
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Mechanization Takes Command Part III"   11:03
2. "Mechanization Takes Command Part IV"   10:54
Total length:
21:57
Notes
  • Recorded at home between 1981–1982, mixed in 1983
  • Originally released as C90 cassette on ZSF Produkt
  • Re-released in 1989 on ZSF Produkt
  • Partially included in the Merzbox

Mechanization Takes Command 2[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Mechanization Takes Command Part V"   5:44
2. "Mechanization Takes Command Part VI"   3:16
3. "Mechanization Takes Command Part VII"   14:13
Total length:
23:13
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Mechanization Takes Command Part VIII"   10:14
2. "Mechanization Takes Command Part IX"   12:05
Total length:
22:19

Solonoise Vol. 1[edit]

The title is taken from Georges Bataille's book The Solar Anus.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Solonoise Part I"   23:55
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Solonoise Part II"   23:42
Notes
  • Recorded and mixed at various locations between 1981–1982, mixed on 13 January 1982
  • Originally released as cassette on Merzbow Lowest Music & Arts in 1982
  • Included in the Merzbox

Solonoise Vol. 2[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Solonoise Part I"   22:17
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Solonoise Part II"   22:37
Notes
  • Recorded and mixed at various locations between 1981–1982, mixed on 13 January 1982
  • Originally released as cassette on Merzbow Lowest Music & Arts in 1982
  • Partially included in the Merzbox

Yahatahachiman[edit]

Yahatahachiman and Escape Mask are two tapes featuring atonal guitar and drum machine rhythms. Masami Akita didn't like them for the past thirty years since they had too much "guitar rock appeal".[2]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Yahatahachiman Part I"   12:42
2. "Yahatahachiman Part II"   4:54
3. "Yahatahachiman Part III"   9:59
Total length:
27:35
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Yahatahachiman Part IV"   24:45
2. "Yahatahachiman Part V"   5:23
Total length:
30:08
Notes
  • Recorded and mixed at ZSF Produkt in December 1983
  • Originally released as C60 cassette on ZSF Produkt in 1983

Escape Mask[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Escape Mask Part I"   6:37
2. "Escape Mask Part II"   9:36
3. "Escape Mask Part III"   13:18
Total length:
29:31
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Escape Mask Part IV"   15:32
2. "Escape Mask Part V"   8:07
Total length:
23:39
Notes
  • Recorded and mixed at ZSF Produkt in 1983
  • Originally released as C60 cassette on ZSF Produkt

Fuckexercise[edit]

Note: 7" only available in the members and friends editions

From Merzbow's first release, only few copies were distributed in 1980. While some tracks later appeared on tapes like Tridal Production and the Collection series, these tracks have never been reissued.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Fuckexercise"   7:25
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Fuckexercise (Cont.)"   7:51
Notes
  • Recorded and mixed at home
  • Originally released as part of C60 cassette in 1980

Lowest Music Vol. 1[edit]

Note: cassette only available in the friends edition

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Lowest Music – Part 1–6"    
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Lowest Music – Part 7–14"    
Notes
  • Originally released as cassette on Merzbow Lowest Music & Arts, 1982
  • Recorded and mixed at home 1982

Personnel[edit]

  • Masami Akita – composer, performer, artwork
  • Kiyoshi Mizutani – plays various instruments on source live materials on Merz Collection 007 and Tridal Production; violin and electric piano on "Solonoise Part I" on Solonoise Vol. 1

Notes[edit]

  • Digitally re-mastered from original cassettes on July 2012 at Munemihouse, Tokyo

Release history[edit]

All editions include ten LPs, a booklet of artwork, and hand-numbered certificate. All packaged in a black varnished, silkscreened wooden box. The members edition is for those who subscribed to the label, it includes a bonus 7" record with tracks from the first Merzbow tape and a T-shirt. The friends edition includes the 7", a long sleeve T-shirt, and a bonus cassette. Plus all of the records are pressed on red vinyl.

Region Date Label Format Quantity Catalog Sold Out
Germany 2012 Vinyl On Demand LP (standard edition) 500 VOD108 No
LP (members edition) unknown VOD108 Yes
LP (friends edition) 99 VOD108 n/a

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