Merzbow

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Legal name: 秋田昌美

Also performs as: Abtechtonics, SCUM (Merzbow side project)

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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 1980, he has released over 400 recordings.

The name Merzbow comes from the German dada artist Kurt Schwitters' artwork Merzbau, 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Collection 007 Merzbow 1
1981 Collection: 009 Merzbow 2
1982 Lowest Music.2 Merzbow 3
1983 Kibbutz Merzbow 2
1983 Dying Mapa I Merzbow 1
1983 Dying Mapa II Merzbow 1
1983 Dying Mapa III Merzbow 1
1983 Material Action 2 N·A·M Merzbow 2
1983 Musick From the Simulation World Merzbow 1
1983 Yantra Material Action Merzbow 1
1984 Aka Meme Merzbow 1
1984 Pornoise 1kg Merzbow 2
1985 Age of 369 Merzbow 2
1985 Chant 2 Merzbow 2
1985 Life Performance Merzbow 2
1986 Antimonument Merzbow 3
1986 抜刀隊 With Memorial Gadgets Merzbow 1
1987 Ecobondage Merzbow 3
1987 Merzbowkapottemuziek Merzbowkapottemuziek 1
1987 The Haters & Merzbow The Haters + Merzbow 2
1988 Collaborative Merzbow / S.B.O.T.H.I. 2
1988 Crocidura Dsi Nezumi Merzbow 1
1989 Metal Acoustic Music Merzbow 2
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
1991 干渉ハノーバー メルツバウ 1
1992 Axx / Spooning Merzbow / S.C.U.M. 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 Coruscanto - きらめく Reiko. A with Merzbow, Achim Wollscheid 1
1995 Green Wheels 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 Oersted Merzbow 1
1996 Voice Pie Merzbow / Bastard Noise 1
1996 Electric Salad Merzbow 1
1996 Mercurated Merzbow 1
1996 Smegma Plays Merzbow Smegma Plays Merzbow 1
1997 Decomposition Merzbow 1
1997 Hybrid Noisebloom Merzbow 1
1997 Space Metalizer Merzbow 1
1997 Milanese Bestiality / Drunk on Decay Merzbow/ The Haters 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
1998 Aqua Necromancer Merzbow 1
1998 1930 Merzbow 1
1998 Balance Merzbow & Ladybird 1
1998 New Takamagahara Merzbow 1
1998 Vibractance Merzbow 1
1999 Tentacle Merzbow 1
1999 Door Open at 8 am Merzbow 1
1999 A Perfect Pain Merzbow & Genesis P-Orridge 1
1999 Collapse 12 Floors Merzbow 1
1999 Paradise Pachinko Merzbow 1
2001 Crash of the Titans Napalmed / Merzbow 1
2001 Dharma Merzbow 1
2001 Frog Merzbow 2
2001 Merzbow / Kouhei Merzbow / Kouhei 1
2001 Puroland Merzbow 1
2002 Ikebukuro Dada Merzbow 1
2002 Merzbeat Merzbow 1
2002 24 Hours: A Day of Seals Merzbow 1
2002 A Taste of... Merzbow 1
2002 Merzzow Merzbow 1
2002 Fantail Merzbow 1
2002 Amlux Merzbow 1
2002 Megatone Boris with Merzbow 1
2002 Switching Rethorics Merzbow / Shora 1
2003 Timehunter Merzbow 1
2003 Cycle Merzbow 1
2003 Animal Magnetism Merzbow 1
2003 SCSI Duck Merzbow 1
2004 Last of Analog Sessions Merzbow 1
2004 Tamago Merzbow 1
2004 Offering Merzbow 1
2004 Yoshinotsune Merzbow 1
2004 Partikel Merzbow vs. Nordvargr 5 1
2004 The Ten Foot Square Hut Merzbow + The New Blockaders 1
2004 Merzbird Merzbow 1

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