Monday, 4 July 2016
Maurizio Bianchi - Mectpyo/Blut (1980)
It was for this reason that I avoided picking up any CD reissues of MB's work for so long, wondering if cleaned-up sound might kill the mystique. When this release was flagged up on my discogs a month ago, however, thought I may as well take a punt - Mectpyo-Blut was the first MB tape that I listened to (and the first he released after some initial experiments under the name Sacher-Pelz), and it's remained a favourite.
Glad to report that Mectpyo-Blut sounds superb on CD; it's still 90 minutes of sheer nihilistic sonic muck, but actually benefits from being given clarity. Every sequence of tape looping, hand-spun LP samples and saturated electronics shows off Bianchi's skill in overlaying these sound clashes and also never staying in one place for too long, creating an ever-(d)evolving post-apocalyptic landscape to get lost in. And the final crescendo into outright noise assault has to be heard to be believed.