Merzbow

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Merzbow (メルツバウ, Merutsubau) is a Japanese noise project started in 1979 by Masami Akita (秋田 昌美, Akita Masami). Merzbow is best known for a style of harsh, confrontational noise as exemplified on the 1996 release Pulse Demon. Since 1980, Akita has released over 400 recordings and has collaborated with various artists.

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 began to follow a vegan, straight edge lifestyle.

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:001 Merzbow 1
1981 Collection:002 Merzbow 1
1981 Collection:003 Merzbow 1
1981 Collection:004 Merzbow 2
1981 Collection:005 Merzbow 2
1981 Collection:007 Merzbow 1
1981 Collection:008 Merzbow 2
1981 Collection:009 Merzbow 2
1981 Collection:010 Merzbow 2
1981 E-Study Merzbow 2
1981 Material Action for 2 Microphone Merzbow 1
1981 Metal Acoustic Music Merzbow 3
1981 Remblandt Assemblage Merzbow 2
1982 Collection:006 Merzbow 2
1982 Expanded Musik (2) Merzbow 2
1982 Lowest Music.2 Merzbow 3
1982 Normal Music Merzbow 2
1982 Solonoise 1 Merzbow 1
1982 Solonoise 2 Merzbow 1
1982 Tatoo Junk Merzbow & Masaki 1
1982 Tridal Production Merzbow 1
1983 Kibbutz Merzbow 2
1983 Dying Mapa I Merzbow 1
1983 Dying Mapa II Merzbow 1
1983 Dying Mapa III Merzbow 1
1983 Escape Mask Merzbow 3
1983 Le Cuisinier Merzbow 2
1983 Le sang et la rose Merzbow et Lotus Club 2
1983 Material Action 2 N·A·M Merzbow 2
1983 Mechanization Takes Command Merzbow 2
1983 Musick for Screen Merzbow 2
1983 Musick From the Simulation World Merzbow 2
1983 Yahatahachiman Merzbow 1
1983 Yantra Material Action Merzbow 3
1984 Aerovivanda #1 Merzbow & Xerosx 1
1984 Aerovivanda #2 Merzbow & Xerosx 1
1984 Age of 369 Merzbow 2
1984 Aka Meme Merzbow 1
1984 Pornoise 1kg Merzbow 3
1984 Régalade L’Éponge synthétique & Merzbow 1
1985 Chant Merzbow 1
1985 Chant 2 Merzbow 2
1985 Life Performance Merzbow 2
1985 Pornoise/Extra Merzbow 1
1985 Sadomasochismo Merzbow 1
1985 The Lampinak Merzbow 1
1985 Ushi-Tra Merzbow 1
1986 Antimonument Merzbow 3
1986 抜刀隊 With Memorial Gadgets Merzbow 1
1987 A Collaboration Tape Merzbow + S·Core 1
1987 Ecobondage Merzbow 3
1987 Enclosure Merzbow 1
1987 Merzbowkapottemuziek Merzbowkapottemuziek 1
1987 The Haters & Merzbow The Haters + Merzbow 3
1987 Vratya Southward Merzbow 1
1988 Collaborative Merzbow / S.B.O.T.H.I. 2
1988 Crocidura Dsi Nezumi Merzbow 2
1988 Storage Merzbow 2
1989 Flesh Metal Orgasm Merzbow 2
1989 The Time Stream Merzbow / Hudak 1
1990 Cloud Cock OO Grand Merzbow 1
1990 Rainbow Electronics Merzbow 1
1991 Ars Elektroica Merzbow / Das Konzentrat 1
1991 Grav PGR / Merzbow / Asmus Tietchens 5 1
1991 Music for Bondage Performance Merzbow 1
1991 干渉ハノーバー メルツバウ 2
1992 Axx / Spooning Merzbow / S.C.U.M. 1
1992 Metal Mad Man Merzbow 1
1992 Recycled Merzbow 1
1993 Metalvelodrome: Exposition of Electro-Vivisection Merzbow 1
1993 Batztoutai With Material Gadgets: De-Composed Works 1985~86 Merzbow 2
1993 Continuum Merzbow Kapotte Muziek 1
1993 Sleeper Awakes on the Edge of the Abyss Merzbow & Christoph Heemann 1
1993 Sniper Merzbow, The Haters, AMK 1
1994 Venereology Merzbow 3
1994 Hole Merzbow 1
1994 Noisembryo: Psycho-Analytic Study of Coital Noise Posture Merzbow 2
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 Horn of the Goat Consumer Electronics / Merzbow 1
1995 Pulse Demon Merzbow 5
1995 Brisbane–Tokyo Interlace Merzbow / John Watermann 2
1995 Dadarottenvator Merzbow 1
1995 Pinkream Merzbow 3 2
1996 Merzbow Loves Emil Beaulieau Merzbow 1
1996 Spiral Honey Merzbow 1
1996 Magnesia Nova Merzbow 1
1996 Rainbow Electronics 2 Merzbow 1
1996 Mercurated Merzbow 4 1
1996 Arctic Twilight / Anthem of the Sun Merzbow / Slugbait 1
1996 Oersted Merzbow 1
1996 Voice Pie Merzbow / Bastard Noise 2
1996 Electric Salad Merzbow 1
1996 Music for Bondage Performance 2 Merzbow 1
1996 Project Frequency Merzbow 1
1996 Smegma Plays Merzbow Smegma Plays Merzbow 2
1997 Rectal Anarchy Merzbow / Gore Beyond Necropsy 2
1997 Hybrid Noisebloom Merzbow 1
1997 Space Metalizer Merzbow 1

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