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Legal name: 秋田昌美

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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 400 recordings.

The name Merzbow comes from German dada artist Kurt Schwitters' artwork, Merzbau, where Schwitters transformed the interior of his house using found objects. This 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 have been 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Collection 007 Merzbow 1
1981 Collection: 009 Merzbow 2
1983 Kibbutz Merzbow 2
1985 Age of 369 Merzbow 2
1985 Chant 2 Merzbow 2
1986 Antimonument Merzbow 2
1987 Ecobondage Merzbow 2
1987 The Haters & Merzbow The Haters + Merzbow 2
1988 Collaborative Merzbow / S.B.O.T.H.I. 2
1988 Crocidura Dsi Nezumi Merzbow 1
1990 Cloud Cock 00 Grand Merzbow 1
1990 Rainbow Electronics Merzbow 1
1991 Grav PGR / Merzbow / Asmus Tietchens 1
1991 Music for Bondage Performance Merzbow 1
1992 Eleven Live Collaborations Merzbow & Achim Wollscheid 1
1992 Metal Mad Man Merzbow 1
1993 Batztoutai With Material Gadgets Merzbow 2
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 Venereology Merzbow 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
1995 Green Wheels Merzbow 1
1995 Mort Aux Vaches: Locomotive Breath Merzbow 1
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
1995 Noizhead 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 Electric Salad Merzbow 1
1996 Mercurated Merzbow 1
1996 Oersted 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 Pinkream Merzbow 1
1997 Psychorazer Merzbow 1
1997 Rectal Anarchy Merzbow / Gore Beyond Necropsy 1
1998 Tauromachine Merzbow 2
1998 Maschienstil Merzbow 1

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