"Ikebana: Merzbow's Amlux Rebuilt,
Reused, and Recycled"
Genres: electronica, noise, sound collage
PO Box 1281
Jun 8 - 14 2003
off, the copy of Ikebana that I'm reviewing is only a
promotional sampler, so its 13 songs pale in comparison to the actual
release's line-up, which includes two discs worth of contributions from the likes
of Kid 606, Experimental Audio Research, Chicks on
Speed, and DJ/rupture. But if this shortened
collection is anything to go by, the full release is sure to
satisfy most techno and noise fans.
Ikebana was assembled by the folks at Important Records, who
contacted a number of leading noise and electronica acts and asked
them to contribute tracks using Merzbow's Amlux album as
source material. The catch? Amlux was to be used
"as an instrument in an original composition," instead of as
material for a run-of-the-mill remix.
Aha. Well, it ain't hard to like this line-up. DJ
Spooky contributes his own brand of subliminal turntable chaos, Plug
(aka Luke Vibert) brings on the techno, and Alec Empire
(of Atari Teenage Riot, of course) offers a fitting
"Digital Hardcore Mix." And that's just tracks one
through three. Elsewhere we've got characteristic Mouse on
Mars mayhem, fun "political" cut-up collage courtesy of Negativland,
experimental gushing electronics by Nobukazu Takemura, and an
inventive glitchy noise piece from Jack Dangers of Meat Beat
Manifesto. Plus more. Come on, you know you want it.
[Vitals: distributed by
label, released 2003]