Merzbow

Masami Akita (秋田 昌美, Akita Masami, born December 19, 1956), better known by his stage name Merzbow (メルツバウ, Merutsubau), is a Japanese noise musician. He is best known for his style of harsh, confrontational noise exemplified on his 1996 release, Pulse Demon. Since 1980, he has released over 400 recordings.

The name Merzbow comes from the German dada artist Kurt Schwitters' artwork Merzbau (German pronunciation: [ˈmɛʁtsˌbaʊ̯]), in which Schwitters transformed the interior of his house using found objects. The name was chosen to reflect Akita's dada influence and junk art aesthetic. In addition to this, Akita has cited a wide range of musical influences from progressive rock, heavy metal, free jazz, and early electronic music to non-musical influences like dadaism, surrealism, and fetish culture. Since the early 2000s, he has been inspired by animal rights and environmentalism, and has become a vegan.

As well as being a prolific musician, he has been a writer and editor for several books and magazines in Japan, and has written several books of his own. He has written about a variety of subjects, mostly about music, modern art, and underground culture. His more renowned works were on the topics of BDSM and Japanese bondage. Other art forms Akita has been interested in include painting, photography, filmmaking, and Butoh dance.

In 2000, Extreme Records released the 50 CD box set known as the Merzbox. Akita's work has been the subject of several remix albums and at least one tribute album. This, among other achievements, has helped Merzbow to be regarded by some as the "most important artist in noise".

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
メルツバウ* = Merzbow - 和漢短歌/戦後五十年の先住民 = Wakantanka / Aboriginie Of Anniversary 50 Years After War 1995 Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition, Numbered, Picture Disc, Special Edition
メルツバウ* = Merzbow - 干渉ハノーバー 1991 Vinyl, LP
メルツバウ* = Merzbow - 干渉ハノーバー 1991 Vinyl, LP
メルツバウ* = Merzbow - 和漢短歌/戦後五十年の先住民 = Wakantanka / Aboriginie Of Anniversary 50 Years After War 1995 Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition, Numbered, Picture Disc
メルツバウ* = Merzbow - 干渉ハノーバー 1991 Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Numbered
メルツバウ* = Merzbow - 干渉ハノーバー 1991 Vinyl, LP, Repress
メルツバウ* = Merzbow - 和漢短歌/戦後五十年の先住民 = Wakantanka / Aboriginie Of Anniversary 50 Years After War 1995 Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition, Numbered, Picture Disc, Special Edition
Merzbow - Turmeric 2006 CD, Album, Limited Edition
Merzbow - Tomarigi 2017 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Merzbow - Dead Leaves 2008 CD, Album
Merzbow - Merzbient 2012 Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Vinyl, LP, Album, Box Set, Limited Edition, Numbered
Merzbow - Mechanization Takes Command 1983 Cassette, Album
Merzbow - Jinrinkinmouzui 2019 CD, Album, Remastered
Merzbow - Antimonument Tapes 2019 CD, Album, Remastered
Merzbow - Agni Hotra (2nd Mix) 2019 CD, Album, Remastered
Merzbow - Door Open At 8 AM 2021 Cassette, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, Numbered, Special Edition, Stereo
Merzbow - Tauro-O1 2020 CD, Album, Remastered
Merzbow - Aka Meme 1986 Cassette, Reissue
Merzbow - Coma Test 2021 CD, Album
Merzbow - Mukomodulator 2021 File, MP3
Merzbow - Merzbow (2): 1998-2000 2002 CD, CD-ROM, Compilation, Unofficial Release
Merzbow - Merzbow (3): 2000-2001 2002 CD, CD-ROM, Compilation, Unofficial Release
Merzbow - (​(​VIBRA​)​) MMVII 2019 File, FLAC, Album
Merzbow - Kakapo 2016 File, MP3, Album
Merzbow - Arijigoku 2015 File, MP3, Album
Merzbow - Offering 2010 File, MP3, Album
Merzbow - Tentacle File, MP3, Album
Merzbow - Ikebana: Merzbow's Amlux Rebuilt, Reused And Recycled 2003 CD, Album
Merzbow - Higanbana 2007 CD, Album
Merzbow - Black Bone Part.5 2006 CD, Minimax, Limited Edition
Merzbow - Protean World 2008 Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition
Merzbow - Gman // HJYUGTF2 2012 Cassette, Limited Edition
Merzbow - Yantra Material Action 2018 CD, Album, Reissue
Merzbow - Hanakisasage 2021 CD, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue
Merzbow - 27 August 2006 2021 CD, Album
No Image Merzbow - Paradoxa Paradoxa Cassette
Merzbow - Door Open At 8 AM File, MP3, Album
Merzbow - Noisembryo File, MP3, Album
Merzbow - Pinkream 1997 CD, Album, Reissue, Limited Edition
Merzbow - Metalvelodrome (Exposition Of Electro-Vivisection) 1993 CD, Album, Box Set, Limited Edition
Merzbow - Crocidura Dsi Nezumi 1988 Cassette, Album
Merzbow - Screaming Dove 2020 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Merzbow - Live Performance Feb. 85 1985 Cassette
Merzbow - Merzbient 2012 Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Vinyl, LP, Album, Box Set, Limited Edition, Numbered
Merzbow - The Lampinak 1985 Cassette, Album
Merzbow - Age Of 369 1984 Cassette, Limited Edition
Merzbow - Dharma 2001 CD, Album, Promo
Merzbow - Noisembryo 1994 CD, Album, Box Set, Limited Edition, Numbered, Special Edition
Merzbow - Yahatahachiman 2019 File, MP3, Album, Remastered
Merzbow - Merz / Lowest Music 1982 Cassette, Album

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