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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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  • xVictimOfADownx

    "This is probably one of the most overwhelming discographies I've ever taken a glance at." Most albums from the 2000's aren't worth replaying, I stick with Antimonument - Doors Open at 8am and that's where most of his gems are in my opinion.

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  • Verjault

    Brazilian experimental/noise/industrial project

    30 Jan 5:25am Reply
  • impronen

    I loved Offering (especially Deep Sea) but sinne he's discography is rather daunting, could someone recommend something in a similar vein?

    29 Jan 11:11pm Reply
  • antoni000

    too chaotic for me

    26 Jan 11:33pm Reply
  • superjchamma

    This is probably one of the most overwhelming discographies I've ever taken a glance at.

    26 Jan 5:01pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin


    23 Jan 10:52pm Reply
  • The_SchizoidMan

    "It's really sad that merzbow has so many listeners." LOL

    22 Jan 6:40pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    I think i'll give amlux a try, maybe even merzbeat.

    21 Jan 6:27pm Reply
  • Pflanzennamen

    lastfm has managing problems because they don't have people that much

    21 Jan 6:07pm Reply
  • CornishGhost

    merzzow, door open at 8am, senmaida, and amlux (my fave)

    21 Jan 9:16am Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    it's been a while since i've gotten something from merzbow, besides merzbeat, does anybody have any other recommendations?

    20 Jan 7:06am Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    "lol, no emile1995, I don't want your mixtape"

    20 Jan 7:05am Reply
  • Emile1995

    noise from belgrade, serbia

    20 Jan 2:34am Reply
  • CornishGhost

    it's average compared to a lot of his other releases

    19 Jan 8:00am Reply
  • Pflanzennamen


    18 Jan 7:33pm Reply
  • XeRTeXVideos

    Merzbeat is fucking dope

    17 Jan 10:46am Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    [pflanzennamen] - can you elaborate on your statement?

    12 Jan 9:39pm Reply
  • Pflanzennamen

    I would love to know what he can say about doing architecture. Because I am sick of architects of sound.

    11 Jan 7:03pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    It's really good that merzbow has so many listeners. I like it when a bunch of winners triangle jerk over their precious indie cred. They do take noise seriously.

    9 Jan 11:05pm Reply
  • Dec0mposer

    It's really sad that merzbow has so many listeners. I hate it when a bunch of losers circle jerk over their precious indie cred. They don't take noise seriously. [3]

    9 Jan 8:26pm Reply
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