MERZBOW ~ BARRACK BAROQUE

LP (180 Gram)
Original Artwork by Masami Akita
Numbered & signed edition of 25 ex.
d’or081
Date of Publication: 27 May 2024

Price: 300 euro
Presale accepted. Contact Astres d’Or

Merzbow is a Vegan /Straight Edge Noise project of Masami Akita.

Born in 1956 in Tokyo. Akita studied painting and art theory at the Art Section of the Tamagawa University in Tokyo. While at university, he became interested in the ideas of dada and surrealism. He played in several rock improvisation bands in the late 1970s but he gradually withdrew himself from the rock scene and began experimenting in his basement with broken tape recorders and feedback before founding his own noise music and starting a project Merzbow in 1981. He has recorded over 400 albums and performed concert/sound installations throughout the world. He also played at contemporary art events such as Westbunt Biennale in Shanghai (2013), Yokohama Triennale (2001), Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2004) among many others.

Merzbow – Barrack Baroque (A side excerpt)
Merzbow – Barrack Baroque (B side excerpt)

Artwork description:
Colour collage, consisting of hand cut images arranged in a live action on the scanning window of a printing machine. Printed on torn pages of Japanese 1920’s architecture book.
Backside holds a stamp with text ‘MERZBOW Lowest Music & Art’
Size 18,5-26 cm

The artwork was specially made by Masami Akita for Astres d’Or.
This is the first time, original artwork of Masami Akita can be acquired.

MAURIZIO BIANCHI ~ GENE-X

LP (180 Gram)
Original Artwork by Maurizio Bianchi
Numbered & signed edition of 25 ex.
d’or080
Date of Publication: 27 May 2024

Price: 200 euro
Presale accepted. Contact Astres d’Or

Maurizio Bianchi (1955, Italy) is one of the pioneers of industrial music. His first music releases were under the banner of Sacher-Pelz in 1979. Since 1980 he works under his own name, sometimes abbreviated to MB, gaining a large group of followers and enthusiasts. His first active music period was from 1979-1983, after which he became a Jehova Witness and declared “The end is very near, and we have a very short time to recognize our mistakes and to redeem ourselves… I stopped doing music, and now my life is going towards its full awareness”. After a long hiatus he started making music again in 1998.

Gene-X was originally self released by MB on cassette in 1982.
This is the first vinyl publication of Gene-X with original artwork by MB.

Instrumentation used: Turntable with loops derived from a vinyl record driven by a needle.

Maurizio Bianchi – Gene X (A side excerpt)
Maurizio Bianchi – Gene X (B side excerpt)

Artwork description:
Collage of handcut prints, pasted on paper, in transparent sleeve. Double sided. Some with black and red pencil drawings.
Size 12-12 cm

The artwork was specially made by Maurizio Bianchi for Astres d’Or.
It’s the first time the public has the chance to acquire his original art.