Merzbow is a Japanese noise project started in 1979 by Masami Akita. Merzbow is best known for a style of harsh, confrontational noise as exemplified on the 1996 release Pulse Demon. Since 1980, Akita has collaborated with various artists; the name Merzbow comes from the German dada artist Kurt Schwitters' artwork Merzbau, in which Schwitters transformed the interior of his house using found objects. The name was chosen to reflect junk art aesthetic. In addition to this, Akita has cited a wide range of musical influences from progressive rock, heavy metal, free jazz, early electronic music to non-musical influences like dadaism and fetish culture. Since the early 2000s, he has been inspired by animal rights and environmentalism, began to follow a vegan, straight edge lifestyle; as well as being a prolific musician, he has been a writer and editor for several books and magazines in Japan, has written several books of his own. He has written about a variety of subjects about music, modern art, underground culture.
His more renowned works were on the topics of Japanese bondage. Other art forms Akita has been interested in include painting, photography and Butoh dance. In 2000, Extreme Records released. Akita's work has been at least one tribute album. This, among other achievements, has helped Merzbow to be regarded by some as the "most important artist in noise". Masami Akita was born in Tokyo, Japan on December 19, 1956, he listened to psychedelic music, progressive rock, free jazz in his youth, all of which have influenced his noise. In high school he became the drummer of various high school bands, which he left due to the other members being "grass-smoking Zappa freaks". By this time, he and high school friend Kiyoshi Mizutani had started playing improvised rock at studio sessions which Akita describes as "long jam sessions along the lines of Ash Ra Tempel or Can but we didn't have any psychedelic taste", he attended Tamagawa University to study fine art, at which he majored in painting and art theory.
While at university, he became interested in the ideas of dada and surrealism and studied Butoh dance. At Tamagawa, he learned of Kurt Schwitters' Merz, or art made from rubbish, including Schwitters' Merzbau, the source of the name Merzbow. Merzbow began as the duo of Kiyoshi Mizutani, who met Akita in high school. Akita started releasing noise recordings on cassettes through his own record label, Lowest Music & Arts, founded in order to trade cassette tapes with other underground artists; the earliest recording he made was Metal Acoustic Music. Various other early releases included Remblandt Assemblage and Solonoise 1; the Collection series consisted of ten cassettes, the first five were recorded in a studio for an independent label called Ylem, which went defunct before they could be released. So, Akita released them himself, recorded five more at home. Akita's earliest music creatively recorded percussion and metal. I threw all my past music career in the garbage. There was no longer any need for concepts like'career' and'skill'.
I went in search of an alternative. Early methods included what he referred to as "material action", in which he would amplify small sounds so as to distort them through the microphone; this method was used on Material Action for 2 Microphones and Material Action 2 N. A. M.. Among early releases like the box set Pornoise/1kg, Merzbow created artwork using photocopies of collages made out of manga and porn magazines he found in trash cans in the Tokyo subway. Akita explained this as trying to "create the same feeling as the secret porn customer for the people buying my cassettes in the early 80s". ZSF Produkt was founded in 1984 to release music by similar artists within the industrial movement but became the successor to Lowest Music & Arts. Numerous Merzbow releases were recorded at Masami Akita's home studio. During this era, Merzbow found much wider recognition and began making recordings for various international labels. Batztoutai with Memorial Gadgets was his first LP released outside of Japan.
He started touring abroad with the help of various collaborators. First, Merzbow performed in the USSR in 1988 toured the USA in 1990, Korea in 1991, Europe in 1989 and 1992. Kiyoshi Mizutani continues to pursue a solo career. During the European tour in September–October 1989, Merzbow could only bring simple and portable gear. Cloud Cock OO Grand was the first example of this new style, Merzbow's first digital recording, the first recording made for the CD format, it includes live material recorded during the tour. But when I started live in late 1980s I didn't like to use tape on stage. I like only live electronics. So, my studio works changed to more live composition style. I'm still using many tapes in studio works. Before, I used tapes as overdubbing concept, but now tapes are crashing together, no static overdub. I found that style on Cloud Cock OO Grand. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Merzbow began to be influenced by death grindcore. Recordings from this time are recorded at extreme volume, some mastered at levels far beyond standard.
In 1994, Akita acquired a vintage EMS synthesizer. From 199
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, branded as MassArt, is a public college of visual and applied art in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1873, it is one of the nation’s oldest art schools, the only publicly funded free-standing art school in the United States, was the first art college in the United States to grant an artistic degree; the college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. MassArt is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, the Colleges of the Fenway, a collegiate consortium located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area of Boston and the ProArts Consortium, an association of seven Boston-area colleges dedicated to the visual and performing arts. In the 1860s, civic and business leaders whose families had made fortunes in the China Trade, textile manufacture and retailing, sought to influence the long-term development of Massachusetts. To stimulate learning in technology and fine art, they persuaded the state legislature to charter several institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Museum of Fine Arts.
The third of these, founded in 1873 was the Massachusetts Normal Art School, intended to support the Massachusetts Drawing Act of 1870 by providing drawing teachers for the public schools as well as training professional artists and architects. During its first decade, the state rented space for the school in several locations including Boston's Pemberton Square, School Street, the Deacon House mansion on Washington Street. In 1886 the state built the school's first building at the corner of Exeter and Newbury Streets, in 1929 moved the school to its second built campus at Longwood and Brookline Avenues. In 1983 MassArt was relocated to the former campus of Boston State College at the corner of Longwood and Huntington Avenues, after the latter school's merger with the University of Massachusetts Boston. Boston has designated Huntington Avenue as the "Avenue of the Arts", in recognition of the location of MassArt, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Symphony Hall, other educational and cultural institutions along this thoroughfare.
MassArt offers a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, a Master of Teaching in Art Education, a Master of Fine Arts, a Master of Architecture, a Master of Design Innovation, is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. MassArt offers a number of pre-college programs for high school students, continuing education and certificate programs for professional and non-professional artists. In addition, MassArt still fulfills its original mission, with ongoing programs for primary and secondary school teachers of art. MassArt's undergraduate curriculum includes a Foundation Program for the first year, which provides compulsory exposure to the basics of 2D and 3D art and design. Graduation requirements include multiple Critical Studies courses. 30% of MassArt's student body are Asian, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or multiracial. The "Mass Art Iron Corps" hosts an "Iron Pour" event at MassArt four times a year; the event is centered around a spectacular pouring of white-hot molten iron into molds for sculpture.
In the past, this was celebrated by accompanying music and other performances. However, around 2010, the Boston Fire Department insisted on reducing the number of people present, because of safety concerns; the pours are still claimed to consume around 10,000 pounds of iron per year. The 2D Fine Arts department hosts an annual Master Print Series, where MassArt invites a visiting artist to work collaboratively with the students and faculty of the printmaking department to produce professional-level editions for the artist. Twice each year, before Christmas and at the end of the academic year in May, a large week-long public sale of "MassArt Made" artworks by alumni and current students takes place in the Tower Building. Works included in the sale are selected by a jury panel, artists receive 60% of the revenue derived, with the remainder going to support MassArt programs; the MassArt Auction, a separate, ticketed event, is held in April, features major artworks. The general public is invited to both events, as well as a number of receptions celebrating the opening of art exhibitions.
MassArt is headquartered at 621 Huntington Avenue in Boston and occupies a trapezoidal block of old and new buildings it has acquired over the last two decades. Most of its academic buildings were the former campus of Boston State College, acquired after BSC was merged with the University of Massachusetts-Boston. MassArt is located on Huntington Avenue, designated and signed as "The Avenue of the Arts" in Boston; the campus is adjacent to the Longwood Medical Area, its immediate neighbors on Longwood Avenue include Harvard Medical School and MCPHS University. Nearby neighbors along Huntington Avenue include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Further along "The Avenue of the Arts" are Northeastern University, the Boston University Theatre, Boston Symphony Hall, Horticultural Hall, the New England Conservatory of Music. MassArt had occupied a number of buildings scattered throughout Boston's Fenway-Kenmore and Longwood neighborhoods, with its main campus located on the corner of Brookline and Longwood Avenues.
In the mid-1990s, that building was acquired by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Scott Crary is an American film director and writer, best known for having directed, produced and edited the film Kill Your Idols, a documentary examining three decades of New York art punk bands. Crary's debut film, Kill Your Idols, features such noted no wave and art punk bands as Sonic Youth, Swans, DNA, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Black Dice, Gogol Bordello, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among others; the film received the award for Best Documentary at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival and was subsequently screened at over 50 international film festivals, before being released theatrically in 2006. It was acquired for distribution in North America by Palm Pictures, in Europe by Minerva Pictures/RARO Video, in Japan by Uplink. Kill Your Idols was acquired for television by Showtime and Sundance Channel. Crary served on the jury of the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival alongside Alan Cumming, Whoopi Goldberg, Darren Arronofsky, Tom Wolfe, Damon Dash, others. In 2005, Nokia commissioned Crary to direct the short film Perdu Dans La Ville, shot on Nokia 6682 Imaging Smartphones.
In 2007, Crary directed the music video for the song "Story Goes First" by the Israeli band Katamine. The video starred Kurt Feldman of the indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. In May 2008, Crary's film, Kill Your Idols, was named on Black Book Magazine's list of'Iconic and Influential Music Documentaries', alongside such films as Dig!, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco, 1991: The Year Punk Broke, Meeting People Is Easy, The Devil and Daniel Johnston. In May 2011, the film was included on Nylon Magazine's list of'Top Music Documentaries'. Crary produced the 2010 documentary film William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, featuring Iggy Pop, John Waters, Patti Smith, Gus Van Sant, David Cronenberg, Jello Biafra, John Giorno, Genesis P-Orridge, Laurie Anderson, others. William S. Burroughs: A Man Within premiered at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival and was acquired for distribution in North America by Oscilloscope Laboratories, in Australia by Madman Entertainment, in Germany by Neue Visionen, in France by Arte.
In 2011, Crary produced. In 2013, Crary's film, Kill Your Idols, was included in the permanent archives of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Crary served as a producer on the 2017 film Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution, a feature documentary on Queercore directed by Yony Leyser; the film features interviews with Bruce LaBruce, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Rick Castro, John Waters, Dennis Cooper, others. Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest on June 12, 2017 and was acquired for television by Arte in France and by ZDF in Germany, it was announced on February 9, 2018, that all U. S. rights for the film had been acquired by distributor Altered Innocence. It was released theatrically on September 23, 2018, on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on January 8, 2019. In 2018, Crary produced Fire Music, a feature documentary on free jazz, directed by Tom Surgal and featuring Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Prince Lasha, Carla Bley, Bobby Bradford, Sonny Simmons, others. Fire Music premiered at the 56th New York Film Festival on September 29, 2018.
On January 3, 2019, Crary was announced as producer of an upcoming feature documentary on Jeffrey Lee Pierce and his band The Gun Club. The film, entitled Elvis From Hell, will feature original interviews with Nick Cave, Debbie Harry, Mick Harvey, Jim Jarmusch, Mark Lanegan, Kid Congo Powers, Jack White, others. In addition to his film work, Crary has been involved extensively in advertising as well, working with companies such as Nokia, Guitar Center, Ray-Ban, The Contrarian Media, Seagram's Gin and others. Crary has been exhibited at numerous museums and art institutions internationally, his work has been presented at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center in New Orleans, the Pera Museum in Istanbul, London's Institute of Contemporary Arts. In 2005, Sight & Sound's Stephen Dalton characterized Crary's experimental video pieces as "short meditative loops" that "often deliver a kōan-like punchline."
In 2013, Crary announced he had begun authoring "a book of illustrated short stories" called Children Remember. The title of the book is an allusion to the song of the same name by the band Circus Mort, fronted by Michael Gira who formed Swans, a band featured in Crary's film Kill Your Idols. On April 16, 2015, Crary previewed selections from a forthcoming conceptual photo book which depicts the former New York City residences of celebrated creative personalities, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, William S. Burroughs, Diane Arbus, Bob Dylan, J. D. Salinger, Mark Rothko and others. Although more known for his subsequent film work, Crary at first came to public attention in the mid to late 1990s as a hip-hop turntabilist, mixtape deejay and occasional producer, using the stage name DJ S. T. R. E. S. S. During this time, he performed as a supporting act on tours for such artists as De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, Smif-n-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, Chuck D of Public Enemy, he released a number of self-produced mixtapes, which are notable for featuring some of the earliest appearances of artists like El-P, Mos Def, Eminem, as well as original freestyles by The Roots, KRS-One, Jeru The Damaja.
As a member of the Universal Zulu Nation and an affiliate of the Native Tongues, Crary was associated with the consciousness movement in hip-hop. In 2006, the Belgian graphic design agency Kidnap Your Designer chose its name as a reference to Crary's film Kill Your Idols. Footage of Crary's film Kill Your Idols was i
Load Blown is the fourth studio album by American experimental noise band Black Dice. It was released on 23 October 2007 on Paw Tracks Records. "Kokomo" - 3:35 "Roll Up" - 7:10 "Gore" - 4:12 "Bottom Feeder" - 2:50 "Scavenger" - 5:16 "Drool" - 5:51 "Toka Toka" - 4:07 "Cowboy Soundcheck" - 1:49 "Bananas" - 4:36 "Manoman" - 6:49
New York City
The City of New York called either New York City or New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural and media capital of the world, exerts a significant impact upon commerce, research, education, tourism, art and sports; the city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of, a separate county of the State of New York. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898; the city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States, the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world. In 2017, the New York metropolitan area produced a gross metropolitan product of US$1.73 trillion. If greater New York City were a sovereign state, it would have the 12th highest GDP in the world. New York is home to the highest number of billionaires of any city in the world. New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan.
The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790, it has been the country's largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the U. S. by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is an international symbol of the U. S. and its ideals of liberty and peace. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, environmental sustainability, as a symbol of freedom and cultural diversity. Many districts and landmarks in New York City are well known, with the city having three of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions in 2013 and receiving a record 62.8 million tourists in 2017. Several sources have ranked New York the most photographed city in the world. Times Square, iconic as the world's "heart" and its "Crossroads", is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
The names of many of the city's landmarks and parks are known around the world. Manhattan's real estate market is among the most expensive in the world. New York is home to the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, with multiple signature Chinatowns developing across the city. Providing continuous 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is the largest single-operator rapid transit system worldwide, with 472 rail stations. Over 120 colleges and universities are located in New York City, including Columbia University, New York University, Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top universities in the world. Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial center of the world, the city is home to the world's two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. In 1664, the city was named in honor of the Duke of York.
James's older brother, King Charles II, had appointed the Duke proprietor of the former territory of New Netherland, including the city of New Amsterdam, which England had seized from the Dutch. During the Wisconsinan glaciation, 75,000 to 11,000 years ago, the New York City region was situated at the edge of a large ice sheet over 1,000 feet in depth; the erosive forward movement of the ice contributed to the separation of what is now Long Island and Staten Island. That action left bedrock at a shallow depth, providing a solid foundation for most of Manhattan's skyscrapers. In the precolonial era, the area of present-day New York City was inhabited by Algonquian Native Americans, including the Lenape, whose homeland, known as Lenapehoking, included Staten Island; the first documented visit into New York Harbor by a European was in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine explorer in the service of the French crown. He named it Nouvelle Angoulême. A Spanish expedition led by captain Estêvão Gomes, a Portuguese sailing for Emperor Charles V, arrived in New York Harbor in January 1525 and charted the mouth of the Hudson River, which he named Río de San Antonio.
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Beaches & Canyons
Beaches & Canyons is the first full-length album by experimental noise band Black Dice. It was named the 9th best album of 2000–2009 by Tiny Mix Tapes; this album presents a transition in sound for Black Dice from Hardcore to a more experimental, meditative sound. When asked about their change in direction, band member Eric Copeland said: "Our shows used to be'all songs.' It would be songs with these long transitions between things, instead of just flat or silent. When Aaron came along, we got better at that stuff, that became more what we wanted to play. Playing the songs became secondary". "Seabird" – 6:37 "Things Will Never Be the Same" – 9:56 "The Dream Is Going Down" – 11:06 "Endless Happiness" – 15:26 "Big Drop" – 16:39 Eric Copeland: VocalsShure SM57, 2x Digitech PDS1002s, Flip 2 Power VTX Tremolo, Crybaby Wah, Electro Harmonix Custom Made 40Db Low-Noise Pre-Amp, Behringer Eurorack MX 602A Mixer Bjorn Copeland: GuitarBoss Tremolo, Boss Harmonist, DOD Gonkulator, MXR Blue Box, ProCo Turbo Rat, Boss DD5 Digital Delay, Korg Kaoss Pad Aaron Warren: Bass Sounds, VocalsRagini Pro Electronic Tambura, Digitech PDS1002, Zvex Wooly Mammoth, Sony AM/FM Radio, DOD Mixer R855, Shure SM57, Sony Tapecorder TC260, Signalflex A/B Box Hisham Bharoocha: Drums, PercussionShure WH20, Electro Harmonix Poly Chorus, Digitech Whammy Wah, Digitech RDS400 Time Machine