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
1997 Merzbow Mixed Total Merzbow & Total 1
1997 Milanese Bestiality / Drunk on Decay Merzbow / The Haters 2
1998 1930 Merzbow 1
1998 Tauromachine Merzbow 2
1998 Maschinenstil Merzbow 1
1998 Aqua Necromancer Merzbow 1
1998 Balance Merzbow & Ladybird 1
1998 Decomposition Merzbow 1
1998 New Takamagahara Merzbow 1
1998 Psychorazer Merzbow 1
1998 Vibractance Merzbow 1
1999 Blues Maggots Merzbow 2
1999 Tentacle Merzbow 1
1999 Door Open at 8 AM Merzbow 1
1999 A Perfect Pain Merzbow & Genesis P-Orridge 5
1999 Merzbow / Aural Torture Mechanism Merzbow / Aural Torture Mechanism 1
1999 Paradise Pachinko Merzbow 1
2000 Collapse 12 Floors Merzbow 1
2001 Split Ver 0.5 Marzbow / Struggle for Pride 2
2001 Dharma Merzbow 1
2001 Crash of the Titans Napalmed / Merzbow 1
2001 Frog Merzbow 2
2001 Merzbow / Kouhei Merzbow / Kouhei 1
2001 Puroland Merzbow 1
2002 Ikebukuro Dada Merzbow 1
2002 Megatone Boris with Merzbow 1
2002 Merzbeat Merzbow 2
2002 A Taste Of… Merzbow 1
2002 24 Hours: A Day of Seals Merzbow 2
2002 Merzzow Merzbow 1
2002 Fantail Merzbow 1
2002 Amlux Merzbow 1
2002 Switching Rethorics Merzbow / Shora 2
2003 Timehunter Merzbow 2
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 Electro Magnetic Unit Merzbow 1
2004 Partikel Merzbow vs Nordvargr 5 1
2004 The Ten Foot Square Hut Merzbow + The New Blockaders 1
2004 Merzbird Merzbow 1
2004 Sha Mo 3000 Merzbow 2
2004 1633 Merzbow 1
2004 Rondo / 7Phases / Blowback Merzbow & Kim Cascone 1
2005 Bariken Merzbow 1
2005 Rattus Rattus Merzbow 1
2005 Merzbuddha Merzbow 1
2005 Dust of Dreams Merzbow 1
2005 Sphere Merzbow 1
2005 Tranz Elliott Sharp & Merzbow 2
2005 Scene Merzbow 2
2005 Senmaida Merzbow 1
2005 Sun Baked Snow Cave Boris with Merzbow 3 2
2005 Merzbuta Merzbow 1
2005 Multiplication Merzbow & John Wiese 1
2005 Houjoue Merzbow 1
2006 Merzbow vs. Tamarin Merzbow vs. Tamarin 1
2006 Turmeric Merzbow 2
2006 Minazo, Volume 1 Merzbow 1
2006 F.I.D. Merzbow 1
2006 Minazo, Volume 2 Merzbow 1
2006 Metamorphism Merzbow 1
2006 Merzdub Jamie Saft & Merzbow 2
2006 Bloody Sea Merzbow 1
2007 Partikel II Merzbow vs Nordvargr 1
2007 Merzbear Merzbow 1
2007 Coma Berenices Merzbow 1
2007 Zophorus Merzbow 1
2007 Peace for Animals Merzbow 1
2007 Higanbana Merzbow 1
2008 Here Merzbow 1
2008 Merzbow / Sutcliffe Jügend / Satori Merzbow / Sutcliffe Jügend / Satori 1
2008 Arijigoku Merzbow 1
2008 Eucalypse Merzbow 1
2008 Dolphin Sonar Merzbow 1
2008 Anicca Merzbow 1
2008 …And the Devil Makes Three Porn & Merzbow 2
2008 Keio Line Richard Pinhas and Merzbow 2
2008 Dead Leaves Merzbow 1
2008 Protean World Merzbow 1
2008 Tombo Merzbow 1
2008 Hodosan Merzbow 1
2009 Camouflage Merzbow 2
2009 Somei... Merzbow 1
2009 Suzume: 13 Japanese Birds, Pt. 1 Merzbow 1
2009 Fukurou: 13 Japanese Birds, Pt. 2 Merzbow 1
2009 Yurikamome: 13 Japanese Birds, Pt. 3 Merzbow 1
2009 Karasu: 13 Japanese Birds, Pt. 4 Merzbow 1
2009 Uzura: 13 Japanese Birds, Pt. 5 Merzbow 1
2009 Hiranya Merzbow 1
2009 Supernova 2 Bulbul / Merzbow / Peach Pit / Wolfgang Fuchs 1
2009 Kamo: 13 Japanese Birds, Pt. 6 Merzbow 1
2009 Kujakubato: 13 Japanese Birds, Pt. 7 Merzbow 1
2009 Kokuchou: 13 Japanese Birds, Pt. 8 Merzbow 1
2009 Hiyodori: 13 Japanese Birds, Pt. 9 Merzbow 1
2009 Niwatori: 13 Japanese Birds, Pt. 10 Merzbow 1

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