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Ikebana: Merzbow's Amlux Rebuilt, Reused and Recycled [Digipak]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Takemitsu - DJ Spooky
    2. In and Out Institutions - DJ /rupture/Jenny Jones
    3. [Untitled Track] - Luke Vibert/Plug
    4. Digital Hardcore - Alec Empire
    5. Cow Cow (Sheep Sheep) - Kim Hiorthoy
    6. Testosterphone - Nau-Zee-AuN
    7. Klunk - Bola
    8. Spicy Water - Kurt Weisman
    9. Merzwaltz - Atom
    10. Luxus - Custom Drummer
    11. [Untitled Track] - Raub Roy
    12. Freq - Abstinence
    13. Cho Nama Yo! - Chicks on Speed
    14. Looping Jane - Masami Akita
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Actual Attack, An - Negativland
    2. Tour Pup - Hrvtski
    3. Superstar - Mouse on Mars
    4. [Untitled Track] - Cornelius
    5. Available Memory - Jack Dangers
    6. Merzmix - Freiband
    7. Takemitsu - Sonic Boom
    8. Decomposition - K.K. Null
    9. Golden Cow on the Bridge, A - Staalplaat Sound System
    10. Revolved Jane - Makoto Kawabata
    11. Assembler - Nobukazu Takemura (mix)
    12. Takemitsu Unholy - Lasse Marhaug
    13. Black Gun Red - Kim Cascone
    14. [Untitled Track] - John Wiese
    15. With CB - Zipperspy
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 16

  • Credits

    Personnel: Jenny Jones (cello).
    Remix albums come and go and, despite their different conceptual approach, Ikebana will suffer the same fate. Important Records' second release was Amlux by Merzbow, back in early 2002. Instead of shopping around for a bunch of remixes, the label approached 28 electronica artists and asked them to use the disc as an instrument for a new piece. So Amlux may be an inspiration for some, but it is mostly a tool -- one tool among each artist's favorite set-up at the time. The results are therefore closer to each person's style than to Merzbow's. And the palette is wide, from (understandably) noise to power-techno to experimental/ambient and even microsound. Chicks on Speed, Kid 606, DJ Spooky, Jazzkammer's Lasse Marhaug, Kim Hiorthoy, Mouse on Mars, Alec Empire and Acid Mothers Temple's own Kawabata Makoto are only some of the contributors to this two-CD set. As usual with such exercises, your openness to cross-stylistic exchanges will determine the scope of your enjoyment -- and even then, some artists went out of their way to come up with something unique while others just went through the motions. If you're partial to noise, the tracks by Negativland (a marvelously stupid take on the "homeland security" paranoia in the U.S. during the first months of 2003), Makoto, and Nobukazu Takemura have the greatest impact. Bola's "Klunk" also deserves mention: it is gentle, almost trippy; it moves far away from Merzbow's realm and yet manages to pay homage by keeping up with the ethos of his music. Jack Dangers' "Available Memory Edit" is a shorter version of his "Amlux" remix "hidden" at the end of Merzbow's Merzbeat. ~ Franois Couture

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