Pornoise/1kg

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Pornoise/1kg
Box set by Merzbow
Released 1984
Recorded 1982–1984 at Merzbau, Tokyo
Genre Noise
Length 302:19
Label ZSF Produkt
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
Le Cuisinier
(1983)
Pornoise/1kg
(1984)
Pornoise/Extra
(1984)
Cover of 1993 reissue

Pornoise/1kg is a box set album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow.[1] Additional material from the sessions was released as Pornoise/Extra.

It was partially included in the Merzbox in 2000.

Background[edit]

In the 80s Masami Akita had a mail art project called Pornoise, in which he made collages using discarded magazines – in particular pornographic magazines – taken from the trash. These were then sent along with his cassettes, the idea being that his art was like cheap mail order pornography. Pornoise/1kg was released as part of these activities, the 1kg refers to the total weight of the original package.[2][3]

At the same time that Pornoise/1kg was released, Akita started the Sexorama compilation series featuring artists involved in the international industrial/noise mail music scene. The series had the same concept as Pornoise/1kg, and likewise was reissued in 1993 by Statutory Tape.

Pornoise was credit as the artist for the track "New Cunts" on Sexorama 2 and co-credited for artwork on Scissors for Cutting Merzbow.

Track listing[edit]

Original release

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Dyprodox" (1984)  
2. "Tyranozaurs" (1984)  
3. "Stegozaurs" (1984)  
4. "Orienisorestes" (1984)  
5. "Iganodon" (1984)  
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Arosaurs" (1984)  
2. "Dyprodox 2" (1984)  
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "Trikeratopus" (1984)  
Side four
No. Title Length
1. "Zymedoradon & UFO" (1984)  
Side five
No. Title Length
1. "Anchirozaurus"    
2. "Teranodon" (1982)  
3. "Megarozaurus" (1982)  
4. "Ikchiozaurus" (1982)  
5. "Arkeron"    
Side six
No. Title Length
1. "Brachiozaurus" (1982)  
2. "Extra Track" (1982)  
Side seven
No. Title Length
1. "Pareiazaurus" (1984)  
2. "Shisocho" (1984)  
Side eight
No. Title Length
1. "Sasori" (1984)  
2. "Orsoseras" (1984)  
3. "Tombo" (1984)  
Side nine
No. Title Length
1. "Radon"    
Side ten
No. Title Length
1. "Barunga"    

1993 Statutory Tape release

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Penis Art Is Microphone"   25:49
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Loop Fuck/Obituary"   28:20
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "Night Noise White"   31:25
Side four
No. Title Length
1. "New Karhma"   31:31
Side five
No. Title Length
1. "Neon Sworm"   31:13
Side six
No. Title Length
1. "International Velvet"   31:37
Side seven
No. Title Length
1. "Dynamite Don Don"   30:21
Side eight
No. Title Length
1. "De-Filement of His Nubile Young Wife"   29:59
Side nine
No. Title Length
1. "Toy 69"   29:52
Side ten
No. Title Length
1. "UFO vs British Army"   31:59

Notes[edit]

Original release

  • Recorded & mixed at Merzbau, Tokyo
  • (c)1982+1985 Merzbow

1993 reissue

  • Recorded 1984 at Suzuka Heights, Asagaya

Personnel[edit]

Original release

  • Masami Akita – metals, rhythm, tape loops, machine noise, processed radio, TV, ring, symbal, voices, guitar, Synare 3, percussion, junk, construction environment, surrounding noises, signal devices, sex tape, UFO noise; organ on "Extra Track"
  • Kiyoshi Mizutani – synth, gadgets; drums on "Extra Track"
  • Unknown – bass on "Extra Track"

(note: some info was illegible due to being printed over dark areas)

1993 reissue

  • Masami Akita – all noise operation
  • Trevor Brown – cover
  • Mamoru Murayama/Gyuten-Suprex – art direction

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Packaging
Japan 1984 ZSF Produkt 5×C60 envelope with inserts
unknown VHS box with inserts
1987 envelope with inserts
United States 1993 Statutory Tape plastic box
  • The original release consists of five cassettes and numerous prints on magazine pages. Each cassette comes in a folded magazine page with overprinted images and liner notes in its own plastic sleeve. Everything is packaged in a large envelope with printed artwork.
  • It was reissued at an unknown date in a VHS box with numerous inserts.
  • 1987 reissue in an edition of 30 copies available exclusively through RRRecords mail order. It came packaged in a large envelope with printed artwork and with numerous inserts.
  • 1993 reissue by RRR sub-label Statutory Tape, packaged in a plastic tape box with new pornographic cover art by Trevor Brown. Includes a plain insert with the liner notes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Merzbow - Pornoise 1 KG". Discogs. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Woodward, Brett (1999). Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise. Extreme. ISBN 0-646-38326-4. 
  3. ^ Chad Hensley (1999). "The Beauty of Noise: An interview with Masami Akita of Merzbow". EsoTerra. Retrieved March 20, 2013.