"Brisbane-Tokyo interlace"
Year:  1995
Country:  Japan , Australia
Label:  Cold Spring
Format:  CD
Tracks:  3
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:     Noise        Musique Concrète

Merzbow is the world’s leading Japanese Noise artist, and one of the biggest names in the ‘industrial’ field. John Waterman is a German sonic artist who is a leading player in the avant garde/industrial world. This album comes in three parts: one piece solely constructed by each artist, and a mammoth collaborative blast, finding both artists’ styles blending together into a massive ball of experi-rage, with the raw material from Masami Akita mixed by John Watermann with his own material. In unique foldout packaging, all held in place with metal clip. Limited to 1000 copies. Deleted.
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"Calcutta gas chamber"
Year:  1993
Country:  Germany
City:  Berlin
Label:  Cold Spring
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  8
Time:  56 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:         Experimental

In memory of John Watermann. John Watermann started the redesign for this reissue, but tragically passed away in 2002 before its realisation. This is a completely remastered (at The Cage, England, September 2006) and repackaged version of the CD originally released by ND in 1993 (here). There is also a picture disc companion to this new CD version that also features the complete redesign and remastering. It was released a little later by the Die Stadt label in March 2007, and it is limited to 444 copies. John Watermann was a composer, performer and filmmaker, born February 19, 1935 in Berlin, died April 2002 in Brisbane, Australia. The idea for this project came about after a visit to Calcutta in 1990, and through the nightmarish experiences during that short visit. The concept of aurally conveying the horror of a gas chamber was realised through field recordings in an abandoned electrical power station in Brisbane in 1992. The sounds are grating and harsh, a mixture of field recordings and electronic manipulations. One can rarely pinpoint a location or action but the images the sounds conjure up are of all sorts of nefarious activities related to death by machinery. The sleeve notes take you into the horror that is the Calcutta Gas Chamber. John Watermann started the re-design for this re-issue (originally released in 1993 on US label ND), but tragically passed away in 2002 before its realisation. A beautifully composed and produced CD, completely remastered and re-packaged.
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