MAURIZIO BIANCHI / HITOSHI KOJO / KASAHARA NOBU

The Epidemic Symphony No. 9

(Octpia - 08) CD $17.50

This “thoroughly amazing blur of noise, drone, acoustic tumult and electronics” by the Italian master, the Japanese sound artist who also records as Spiracle, and another obscure Japanese sound artist who has collaborated with The New Blockaders. “Precisely placed sounds,” according to our friends at Aquarius, “growl, rumble, vibrate, and bristle…. [T]he first lengthy track steadily builds up to a crashing crescendo that abruptly cuts to silence, the second track … return[s] to the Sacher Pelz techniques of varispeed tape and crushed turntable clatter…. [T]he finale … blurs … source material into an industrial chorale marked by a surprisingly elegant two-note melody.”