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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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  • Razielek

    "If music was sex, Merzbow would be pornography. I mean that pornography is the unconsciousness of sex. So, Noise is the unconsciousness of music. The sound of Merzbow is like Orgone energy: the color of shiny silver."

    26 Feb 10:08pm Reply
  • think-

    jego teksty są takie poruszające... :3 :):P

    23 Feb 9:38pm Reply
  • bobo9390

    This is cool stuff

    23 Feb 9:41am Reply
  • high_as_bells

    How can anyone be uncomfortable with some good old fashioned girl poops?

    23 Feb 2:45am Reply
  • Kogasa45

    "If "Noise" means uncomfortable sound, then pop music is noise to me." -Masami Akita

    19 Feb 2:50am Reply
  • Pflanzennamen

    pop music for a reason is not good because it gets into brain cells' stomach And if somebody is aware of pop music - it's the fault of seven

    17 Feb 4:31pm Reply
  • y7x

    shut the fuck up octaviobanake you're not funny

    15 Feb 10:45pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    if Merzbow was a pop artist in disguise, i'd think it be a higher probability that he's either john mayer or taylor swift

    11 Feb 1:07am Reply
  • Octaviobanake

    It should be on the , tough.

    3 Feb 7:19pm Reply
  • Octaviobanake

    ColonelTheSlav, sorry. :'-(

    3 Feb 7:14pm Reply
  • Sangre_De_Nariz

    I can do this same thing with Virtual DJ and my phone. I'm making an EP right now.

    3 Feb 5:04pm Reply
  • fatherofwitches

    If you like Merzbow, check that, - thats SO HARD.

    3 Feb 3:27pm Reply
  • ColonelTheSlav

    Trying a wee bit too hard there bud.

    3 Feb 1:52pm Reply
  • Octaviobanake

    I think we should merge this page with Justin Bieber.

    2 Feb 7:30pm Reply
  • Octaviobanake

    Isn't Merzbow another name for Justin Bieber?

    2 Feb 7:29pm Reply
  • ColonelTheSlav

    His drumming oriented albums from the 2000s are pretty neat though.

    2 Feb 12:20am Reply
  • 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.

    1 Feb 6:04pm Reply
  • 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
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