Turmeric (album)

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Turmeric
Box set by Merzbow
Released March 23, 2006 (2006-03-23)
Recorded November–December 2005 at Bedroom, Tokyo
Genre Noise
Length 217:56
Label Blossoming Noise
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
Houjoue
(2005)
Turmeric/Black Bone, Part 5
(2006)
Minazo Vol. 1
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Musique Machine 4/5 stars[1]

Turmeric is a box set album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow.[2] It marks Merzbow's return to using metals and feedback since switching to computers.[3] The album art depicts Masami Akita's pet silkie chickens, which have black skin and bones. They're also referred to on Animal Magnetism and Higanbana.

Some of the sounds are made by a chicken pecking at objects. "Deaf Composition" was made by randomly operating Reaktor patches without monitoring.[3]

In addition to the standard release, there was a special edition in a metal lunch box. It includes: the standard edition, a mini-CD titled Black Bone, Part 5, a t-shirt, four postcards, and two vinyl stickers.[4] A limited number of the mini-CDs were available separately.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Masami Akita.

Orange
No. Title Length
1. "Black Flesh Pt. 1"   3:48
2. "Black Flesh Pt. 2"   9:46
3. "Black Flesh Pt. 3"   19:36
4. "Black Flesh Pt. 4"   17:14
Total length:
50:25
Green
No. Title Length
1. "Black Bone Pt. 1"   18:23
2. "Black Bone Pt. 2"   15:16
3. "Black Bone Pt. 3"   16:15
4. "Black Bone Pt. 4"   5:47
Total length:
55:41
Purple
No. Title Length
1. "Deaf Composition No. 002"   34:12
2. "Deaf Composition No. 0003"   23:20
Total length:
57:33
Yellow
No. Title Length
1. "Black Blood Pt. 1"   20:16
2. "Black Blood Pt. 2"   6:59
3. "Black Blood Pt. 3"   12:02
4. "Black Blood Pt. 4"   15:00
Total length:
54:17

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Quantity Catalog Sold Out
United States October 26, 2010 Blossoming Noise CD 900 BN010BOX no
CD (special edition) 100 BN010AEBOX Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Batty, Roger. "Review: Turmeric". Musique Machine. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "merzbow / turmeric / 4cd". Blossoming Noise. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Roger Batty (April 4, 2006). "Animal instincts". Musique Machine. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Merzbow - Turmeric (Artist Edition) (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "merzbow / black bone part 5 / cd". Blossoming Noise. Retrieved May 29, 2012.