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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. Since 1979, he has released over 350 recordings.

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 progressive rock, free jazz, modern classical and musique concrète to BDSM and Japanese bondage. More recently, he has been inspired by animals, animal rights, and environmentalism.

As well as being a prolific musician, he has been a writer and editor for several books and magazines in Japan, and has written 17 books of his own. He has written about a variety of subjects, mostly about art, avant-garde, and post-modern culture. His more renowned works have been on the topics of BDSM and fetish culture. 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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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985 Age of 369 Merzbow 2
1985 Chant 2 Merzbow 2
1986 Antimonument Merzbow 2
1987 Ecobondage Merzbow 3
1987 The Haters & Merzbow The Haters + Merzbow 2
1990 Cloud Cock 00 Grand Merzbow 1
1991 Grav PGR / Merzbow / Asmus Tietchens 1
1991 Music for Bondage Performance Merzbow 1
1991 Rainbow Electronics Merzbow 1
1992 Eleven Live Collaborations Merzbow & Achim Wollscheid 1
1992 Metal Mad Man Merzbow 1
1993 Batztoutai With Material Gadgets Merzbow 1
1993 Continuum Kapotte Muziek vs. Merzbow 1
1993 Metalvelodrome Merzbow 1
1993 Sleeper Awakes on the Edge of the Abyss Merzbow & Christoph Heemann 1
1994 Hole Merzbow 1
1994 Music for Bondage Performance 2 Merzbow 1
1994 Noisembryo: Psycho-Analytic Study of Coital Noise Posture Merzbow 1
1994 The Science of Dissecting Society Merzbow & Richard Ramirez 1
1994 Venereology Merzbow 1
1995 Green Wheels Merzbow 1
1995 Mort Aux Vaches: Locomotive Breath Merzbow 1
1995 Electric Salad Merzbow 2
1995 Pulse Demon Merzbow 1
1995 Brisbane-Tokyo Interlace Merzbow / John Watermann 1
1995 Horn of the Goat Consumer Electronics / Merzbow 1
1995 Magnesia Nova Merzbow 1
1996 Merzbow Loves Emil Beaulieau Merzbow 1
1996 Spiral Honey Merzbow 1
1996 Rainbow Electronics 2 Merzbow 1
1996 Arctic Twilight / Anthem of the Sun Merzbow / Slugbait 1
1996 Voice Pie Merzbow / Bastard Noise 1
1996 Mercurated Merzbow 1
1996 Oersted Merzbow 1
1996 Pinkream Merzbow 1
1996 Smegma Plays Merzbow Smegma Plays Merzbow 1
1997 Decomposition Merzbow 1
1997 Hybrid Noisebloom Merzbow 1
1997 Scumtron Merzbow 2
1997 Space Metalizer Merzbow 1
1997 Psychorazer Merzbow 1
1997 Rectal Anarchy Merzbow / Gore Beyond Necropsy 1
1998 Maschienstil Merzbow 1
1998 Tauromachine Merzbow 1
1998 A Perfect Pain Merzbow & Genesis P-Orridge 1
1998 Aqua Necromancer Merzbow 1
1998 1930 Merzbow 1
1998 Balance Merzbow & Ladybird 1
1998 New Takamagahara Merzbow 1
1998 Vibractance Merzbow 1

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