Woodpecker No. 1
Merzbow Lyrics


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Overall Meaning

Merzbow's song Woodpecker No. 1 has no lyrics in the traditional sense, as it consists entirely of electronic noise. Despite having no discernible melody or beat, the song is evocative in its own way, with its frenzied eEEEEeEEEeEeEeEeEEeeEe sounds conjuring images of a woodpecker rhythmically pecking at a tree. The repeated pattern of sound creates a feeling of tension and release, as if the woodpecker is gradually chipping away at the bark until it breaks through. The staticky quality of the noise suggests the presence of an unseen electrical force at play, adding an eerie element to the overall soundscape.


Overall, Woodpecker No. 1 is an experimental and abstract piece of music that can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. It's a testament to the fact that music need not fit into preconceived boxes of structure or genre in order to be evocative or interesting.




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@lynseyhanley1562

Lyrics:

[thousands of people screaming and drowning in lava]
[radio tuning]
[Krakatoa eruption]
[front row of a rock concert]
[girls when the lights go out in class]
[Dream's intro music]
[windstorm]
[large hadron collider gradually destroying the universe]
[robot factory exploding]

[keyboard solo]

[evil-infested laughter of Satan himself]
[fingernails on a blackboard]
[soccer players when they get tapped on the shoulder]
[Taylor Swift]
[Justin Bieber fans during concert]
[babies crying on planes]



All comments from YouTube:

@relapserecords

Relapse presents a remastered reissue from the undisputed king of Japanese noise-MERZBOW. "Pulse Demon" is one of the most celebrated releases of Masami Akita's storied 4 decade long career. Composed entirely by live noise concrete and the use of a fuzz box, "Pulse Demon" eschews all overdubs and studio trickery, laying MERZBOW bare. What follows in these recordings is the pure essence of unfettered noise. The rawness in "Pulse Demon" is palpable; praised as "genuinely extreme, downright torturous sounds that are strangely compelling in their shredding intensity." (A.V. Club) upon its original release in 1996.


Remastered by James Plotkin (ISIS, ELECTRIC WIZARD, FULL OF HELL, and more,) the "Pulse Demon" reissues features "Extract 1", a never-before released track that was recorded as part of the original "Pulse Demon" sessions.


"simply pure sound, viciously unadulterated static" - Pitchfork

@noisepollution6761

Mezzanine

@wardulens7607

bro this is ProlapseRecords at this point

@drinkinglass

yeah let's include what people from Pitchfork and AV Club said!!

@Demogorgo

Thank goodness they REMASTERED this, it was so unlistenable before 🙄

@plunderpunk2

As a noise artist inspired by Merz I approve of this comment

@noisepollution6761

So according to me God's new name is Pop 🙃 and this is his symbol

@Cyrothron

​@@noisepollution6761Pop 🙃

@whataniSoar

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@bluechalk6275

The midrange was so much warmer on the original. This remaster is a FAILURE

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