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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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  • Supercoolguy64

    "Merzbow can fuck my bitch" - Lil B

    28 Jun 9:17pm Reply
  • lawldude


    28 Jun 3:34pm Reply
  • neurotonico

    I need to have that Merzbox.

    26 Jun 6:43pm Reply
  • pigeont

    My ultimate fantasy is a collaboration between him and Autechre.

    12 Jun 5:06am Reply
  • CodeDVA

    Christ Hybrid Noisebloom is good..

    7 Jun 5:28pm Reply
  • DDevilized

    it's also pretty long.

    3 Jun 8:53pm Reply
  • DDevilized

    Merzbient is criminally underrated.

    3 Jun 8:52pm Reply
  • ShalamonArpad up vote!

    31 May 2:10pm Reply
  • usita4

    74000 people can't be wrong.

    24 May 2:36pm Reply
  • Pflanzennamen

    maybe try to get into vega before

    22 May 6:19pm Reply
  • GreyWarden93

    Акита-сэмпай, ты лучший!

    21 May 9:32pm Reply
  • Unyuushinobu

    welcome to experimental music.

    17 May 1:08pm Reply
  • KillYourselff


    14 May 5:06pm Reply
  • Kogasa45

    Just got myself a Merzbox, directly through the Extreme label itself; but it's missing the fob on the main case or something so I don't know which number out of 1000 it is??? .__.

    12 May 7:00pm Reply
  • elitist_jerk

    appreciate it texturally

    3 May 3:50am Reply
  • Awfulest

    I do not think noise is artistic or deep, I just wanted to check if I could like it so I would see what people actually really enjoy about this, but meh, whatever, I'll probably like it someday, I don't know. Thanks high_as_bells

    28 Apr 12:12am Reply
  • high_as_bells

    "how can I get into this FUCK " <--- It helps not to force yourself to like something you don't. It also helps if you're just naturally interested in sound. I used to think noise was pretentious crap until I got into making it myself purely for fun. You should not look at making noise as something "deep" or "artistic", but as a hands-on game of exploration that would make any kid excited the same way playing with a synthesizer or a gun or mother's underclothes for the first time would. Finding enjoyment in other people's sounds and techniques develops from this over time. I didn't decide one day I was going to force myself to like it, it just happened due to exposure.

    27 Apr 11:39am Reply
  • high_as_bells

    "Merzgrind" - News to me. pigeont, I doubt it'll be anything groundbreaking, but it will probably sound pretty nice regardless. I'd be interested to hear it. I just hope it has more of an oldschool flavor, instead of being something like Pig Destroyer with filter sweeps on top of it. I've wanted to do some mixture of HN and mincecore for a long time, but no one wants to start a crappy band with me... And I can't actually play any instruments... :[

    27 Apr 11:18am Reply
  • Awfulest

    how can I get into this FUCK

    27 Apr 8:05am Reply
  • pigeont

    I hope Merzgrind is as awesome as it could be.

    26 Apr 8:50am Reply
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