Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Music for Bondage Performance
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
It is what it is
alaska | New York, NY USA | 01/05/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Apparently this is music created for Japanese rope bondage shows (the correct title is Music for Bondage Performance), a cultural phenomenon that hasn't quite caught on in America. I think one reason why this works, despite being nihilistic atonal noise, is that the sounds are generally very clear and distinct, and don't degenerate into aural sludge. I wouldn't exactly call it catchy, but it is intriguing, often beautiful and driven by a deliberate aesthetic sensibility. Occasionally even a hint of a melody will appear from deep within the harsh, droning machinery."
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 11/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Far less harsh than most of Master Akita's material, Music for Bondage Performance is a perfect introduction to Merzbow, and the greater world of noise that lies behind him. Waves of sonics provide an almost soothing background to the subdued loops above them, creating a sensual atmosphere designed to allow the viewer to focus on the performance. To someone unfamiliar with noise, it's indescribable until you hear it; imagine the ambient soundtrack to a suspense film with slightly less in the way of melody and you'll get a general idea. Fantastic stuff."
A bondage study....but don't get frightened
Adam Csenger | Budapest, Hungary | 10/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know about the atmosphere of bondage performances, I've never experienced any, but many people in Japan (and in the rest of the world I guess) are interested in bondage, that's one thing you can learn from Masami Akita's liner notes to this CD (and an other thing is, that it is very different from the average S&M cultivated in the Western cultures). This album by Merzbow is indeed music for bondage performance, as the tracks were made for them. Thus they are very different from the other Merzbow albums, the music is more "musical", while it is still atonal music most of the time, and quite creepy. The artwork of the album is proffessional and so is Akita's text about bondage history in Japan. To bondage enthusiasts it is probably very interesting. Actually the music on this CD was recorded between 1989-1991, so it's an early Merzbow CD release. All in all this is excellent music, however I think I liked Music for Bondage Performance 2 better."