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Merzbow (メルツバウ) is an experimental music project created in Tokyo in 1979 under the direction of musician Masami Akita (秋田昌美). Since 1979, Akita has formed two record labels and has contributed releases to numerous independent record labels. As well as being a prolific artist, he has also written a number of books and has been the editor of several magazines in Japan. He has written about a variety of subjects, mostly about art, avant-garde music and post-modern culture. His more renowned works have been on the topics of BDSM and fetish culture. Other artforms Akita has been interested in include directing and Butoh dance.

The name “Merzbow” comes from German artist Kurt Schwitters’ artwork, Merzbau. This was chosen to reflect Akita’s dada influence and junk-art aesthetic. In addition to this, Akita has cited a wide range of influences from various progressive rock artists such as Frank Zappa and King Crimson to Japanese bondage.

In 2000, Extreme Records released the 50 CD box set known as the Merzbox. From 2004 onwards, he has been a supporter of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) which has influenced a number of animal-themed releases as well as Akita becoming vegan. Akita’s work has been the subject of several remix albums and at least one tribute album. Akita is a prolific musician and has produced over 200 releases since 1980. This, among other achievements, has helped Merzbow to be regarded as the “most important artist in noise music”.


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  • leeisfreee

    phew i really needed some merzbow today

    Yesterday 1:56am Reply
  • willythefucker

    Левые радикальные элитисты слушают харшнойз (с)

    16 Jul 11:00am Reply
  • Dec0mposer

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  • Pflanzennamen

    could've been better

    12 Jul 11:29am Reply
  • Unyuushinobu


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  • drochlen

    Ему бы лучше с другими группами выступать, а не выпускать по двадцать одинаковых альбомов в год, образно говоря.

    1 Jul 7:11am Reply
  • ketamineface

    V please do tell.

    29 Jun 11:01pm Reply
  • diver000

    mmm... just love it...

    19 Jun 12:55pm Reply
  • promagnon

    I love his dubbier stuff like on Merzdub and Merzbuddah.

    16 Jun 7:12pm Reply
  • geluwzever

    GreyGrooves: you wouldn't be interested in selling that blender, would you?

    16 Jun 9:24am Reply
  • Orbonen

    why do all negative feedback in this shoutbox come from sulfjan steven fans lmao

    15 Jun 6:20pm Reply
  • Pflanzennamen

    better shout if you do hemp bondage

    14 Jun 5:11pm Reply
  • Pflanzennamen

    so you come "here" to look around, what is going on in the atmosphere air

    13 Jun 9:49pm Reply
  • Pflanzennamen

    wait, how was it... "I could do that = Yes, but you didn't" (I did!). Offering is even nice up to the cover, even.

    1 Jun 2:44pm Reply
  • elitist_jerk

    no words for how much i respect this man. the more i listen, the more i admire his music.

    29 May 11:45pm Reply
  • GreyGrooves

    My blender sounds better than him

    29 May 11:15pm Reply
  • johnnyboy898

    @bloodmaw Offering / Sphere / Marmo / Here / Anicca

    29 May 7:25am Reply
  • Kogasa45

    I admire Masami Akita's work a lot; as pure auditory art, and a very deep experience if you see it that way. When you stick one of his albums on, you can just drift off into a trance, and your mind can imagine anything and everything it wants from it. That's the beauty of noise, that there is no specific message or meaning to it; you can connect it to anything you want; there's a very strong connection to nihilism too. This is of course my opinion, but other fans of Akita's work can see where I'm coming from.

    28 May 9:25pm Reply
  • Charlohh

    How can you enjoy this?

    28 May 4:47pm Reply
  • antiperiodic

    Who's excited for the collaboration with Full of Hell? It has potential.

    27 May 7:43pm Reply
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