Tuesday, 15 July 2014



"Freak out electrolyze"
Year:    1997
Country:    Japan
City:    Osaka
Artist:    Maso Yamazaki
Label:    Nanophonica
Format:    CD
Tracks:    14
Time:    32 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:                  Harsh Noise

Yamazaki "Maso" Takushi (山崎 "マゾ" 卓志) is the birthname of Japanese noise musician and performer known most widely for his solo project MASONNA. Born in Kyōto, 1966. He operates the Coquette Records label and is also a member of the group Christine 23 Onna (now titled Acid Eater, with Toda Fusao from Angel'in Heavy Syrup), Maso is also the manager of Jojo Hiroshige's Alchemy Records store. He has an analog synthesizer project called Space Machine, with other projects which include Triple Yama's, Kinkakuji, Gokurakuji, South Saturn Delta & Andromelos. He was a member of the noise group Flying Testicle with Merzbow, as well as the Japanoise supergroup Bustmonster which included Akita Masami from Merzbow on drums. Maso has said that he became interested in making noise music when he heard the sounds of destruction on television as a child, but that his first exposure to the Japanese noise genre was Hanatarash's debut LP, which at the time did not impress Maso. It was however later, upon happening on an LP entitled LSD by a Tokyo noise band named Nord, and mistakenly thinking it was an album by the band LSD, that these experiences had possibly kindled his future interest. A year thereafter MASONNA sought many different types of noise releases in the underground music stores in and around Osaka Japan. Two years would pass until Maso would start to develop his own style of noise and begin producing, at which time he quit listening to the noise albums of others and focused in on his own unique style. Previous to his interest in noise Maso played guitar in several bands, one of which he states in interviews was a Led Zeppelin cover band, playing the occasional Deep Purple song. All of Maso's projects draw heavily from the psychedelic music scene in outward style, but sonically most of them resemble very few of the traits of late 1960s and 1970s psychedelic music. MASONNA has an interest in avant-garde films, having stated in interviews that his two favorite movies are the Alexandro Jodorowsky films The Holy Mountain and El Topo. He also claims to admire and had the wish to have worked with American musician Captain Beefheart.
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"Spectrum ripper"
Year:    1997
Country:    Japan
City:    Osaka
Artist:    Maso Yamazaki
Label:    Cold Spring
Format:    LP
Edition:    1200 copies
Tracks:    25
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:                   Harsh Noise

Limited vinyl reissue of one of our all-time favourite noise albums! The extreme collage sounds and insane vocals of Maso Yamazaki, one of the world's leading noise musicians. Brutal frequencies and rabid screaming vocals mix to create the finest album Masonna has ever produced. Divided into 25 tracks, this is considered by some as the last word in noise recordings! This is the second edition, ltd x 100 copies on purple / lilac splatter vinyl (each one unique) in a full colour sleeve. Comes with CD version in a card sleeve. Mastered by Denis Blackham.
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"Masonna vs. Bananamara"
Year:    1989
Country:    Japan
Label:    Vanilla
Format:    LP
Tracks:    2
Time:   32 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Harsh Noise

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