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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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  • AtmosphericPhil

    "Он рассматривает шум как бессознательное состояние музыки, которое не связано с символами и средствами общения, и проводит этим параллель с эротикой — также бессознательным, архетипичным чувством." Может он еще и сексом под свое творчество занимается? Хотя, судя по фото, он им не занимается вообще.

    23 Aug 6:13am Reply
  • Poebelgott

    what is life?

    10 Aug 1:10pm Reply
  • Pflanzennamen

    so that those things are foreign and not needed

    3 Aug 7:34pm Reply
  • whiskeyhammer95

    Merzbow Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls

    1 Aug 5:51pm Reply
  • Jaina999


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  • diver000


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  • Bonelesss

    these kibako card stock box is awesome.

    28 Jul 3:48pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    needs moar albums

    28 Jul 8:14am Reply
  • Pflanzennamen

    so you have that blender, what are you going to do next

    26 Jul 3:44pm Reply
  • vityapro

    да вы шутите ёбаный врот как это можно слушать по 10+ раз?

    26 Jul 6:25am Reply
  • leeisfreee

    phew i really needed some merzbow today

    24 Jul 1:56am Reply
  • willythefucker

    Левые радикальные элитисты слушают харшнойз (с)

    16 Jul 11:00am Reply
  • Dec0mposer

    13 Jul 12:56am Reply
  • Pflanzennamen

    could've been better

    12 Jul 11:29am Reply
  • Unyuushinobu


    10 Jul 1:39am Reply
  • 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
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