"'stormy monday' was a title taken from first track of lee michaels album (a&m 1969), cause this composition is looks cluster organ sound! this organ sound was made by 5 oscillators unit, ring modulator and of 20 pitch shifters and enhancer, limiter, drum sound which sampled on 1 second sampling delay was taken from terry bozzio drum solo on 'hands with hammer' which featured on frank zappa 'you can't do that on stage anymore vol.3 (zappa records). i was very liked that drum sound. so, recently i often used bozzios sampling on stage as previous European tour.
'shin kawasaki' was inspired from landscape of shin-kawasaki industrial city. i recognized this station first time when i back from yokosuka by fast train of yokosuka line. i used drum machine(tr606). also used exd electro drum kit for bass sound. these equipments are sound very techno pop in early 80s. my composition was inspired from equipments too." - Masami Akita.
01 Stormy Monday 34:03
02 Shin Kawasaki 17:40
"machinenstil continues masami akita's investigation into churning rhythm with a set that takes its inspiration from the hulking motion of early industrial power tools. interspersed are the inevitable samples of prog rock drumming, as if to draw a link between two of the most grossly inflated products of modern machine capitalism. still, it's a lot of fun, especially when the skull-pounding electronics give way to tiny flyswatting drum rolls. " - david keenan.
"Two tracks: "Stormy Monday" is 34 and "Shin Kawasaki" is 17 minutes worth of noise. Masami Akita adds a Roland TR606 to his arsenal- who would know it though? "TR606 as 5 oscillators" says the booklet. What else does he add? How about sampled drums? They can indeed be discerned if you use your overactive imagination as you squint through the haze of overloaded tape scuzz. I'm a huge fan of extreme stereo panning, and track one has a monstrous right-left bounce that spun me out of my chair. Eventually the track slips into white noise 4 minutes in, then its a mad scramble all the way through, with frequencies staying more in the high end fuzzy zone. A stuttering sped-up peak is reached around the 18 minute mark, hissing and aching long tones dominate thereafter, sprinkled with those "twiddle the recording meter" squeals, sounding too much like a freaked out cat to be too threatening. Track two begins with a 15 second roar, then the sampled percussion takes over for a few seconds, but its a false respite, since the whirlwind of harsh fuzz takes us away in less than 30 seconds. My favorite part is between the 8 and 12 minute mark- long echoed tones dancing through the insane shrieking electronics. This good-humored Aussie label, home to Phlegm and other down-under anti-socials proudly announces itself as "the new name in Akita". Judging by the nice cover and overall design on this disc, the big man is in good hands." - carlos