Merzbow, Haino, Pándi

certain magic floods the room when free improvisers of the highest order get together to make music. And when said improvisers are also kindred spirits who know and can anticipate each other’s moves, a kind of wonderful telepathy takes over.

The renowned Japanese electronic maestro Merzbow (aka Masami Akita) first joined forces with his fellow countryman Keiji Haino and Hungarian drummer Balázs Pándi on another example of extreme sonic experimentation in the form of An Untroublesome Defencelessness in 2016.

Merzbow and Pándi, who have been playing together since 2009, pushed the envelope once again with improv singer and noise guitarist Keiji Haino. The resulting sound is a relentlessly intense cauldron of caustic power chording, adrenalized blast beats and double bass drum thunder, and grinding white noise fusillades, courtesy of this fearsome threesome.

They convened again in 2018 for Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer. For their second encounter for RareNoise, the three intrepid improvisers initially explore a threshold of sound so blisteringly intense, that it passes into a zone of divine cacophony, but then drift into wholly novel near-ambient territory, while Merzbow and Haino pick up more traditional instrumentation, such as guitar and bass.