Merzbow

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Merzbow (メルツバウ) is an extreme experimental music project created in Tokyo in 1979 under the direction of musician Masami Akita (秋田昌美) and is recognized as being one of the earliest projects in what has become known as "Japanese noise". Highly prolific, Merzbow has released hundreds of recordings since 1979.

The name is derived from Kurt Schwitters's "Merzbau", and is meant to be pronounced the same way.

Originally Merzbow was formed in 1979 as a duo of Masami Akita and Kiyoshi Mizutani.
In 1989 Kiyoshi Mizutani left and Merzbow became a solo project of Masami Akita.

Since 1991 Merzbow became a trio of Masami Akita with Reiko Azuma (electronics and voice) and Tetsuo Sakaibara (aka Bara) (voice and dance).

Since 1999 Merzbow became a solo project of Masami Akita again.
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none Merzbow - Collection:002 album art Merzbow Collection:002 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1981 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Collection 004 album art Merzbow Collection 004 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1981 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Collection 007 album art Merzbow Collection 007 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) none Japan 1981 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Collection:003 album art Merzbow Collection:003 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) none Japan 1981 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Collection:008 album art Merzbow Collection:008 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) none Japan 1981 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Collection:001 album art Merzbow Collection:001 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1981 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Collection:005 album art Merzbow Collection:005 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1981 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Collection:009 album art Merzbow Collection:009 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) none Japan 1981 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Expanded Music 2 album art Merzbow Expanded Music 2 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1982 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Material Action For Two Microphone (Second Version) album art Merzbow Material Action For Two Microphone (Second Version) (Album) Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1982 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Solonoise · 1 album art Merzbow Solonoise · 1 Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1982 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Collection:006 album art Merzbow Collection:006 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1982 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Paradoxa Paradoxa album art Merzbow Paradoxa Paradoxa Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1982 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Collection:010 album art Merzbow Collection:010 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) none Japan 1981 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Merz / Lowest Music album art Merzbow Merz / Lowest Music(Cass, Album, C46) Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1982 Sell This Version
none Merzbow Expanded Music 1(Cass, Album) Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1982 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Tridal Production album art Merzbow Tridal Production(Cass, C60) Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1982 Sell This Version
ZSFM 02 Merzbow - Mechanization Takes Command album art Merzbow Mechanization Takes Command (Album) ZSF Produkt ZSFM 02 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
CHAOS 00001 Merzbow - Material Action 2 N·A·M album art Merzbow Material Action 2 N·A·M Chaos (2) CHAOS 00001 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
ADN TAPES 01 Merzbow - Kibbutz album art Merzbow Kibbutz (Album) ADN ADN TAPES 01 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Musick From The Simulation World album art Merzbow Musick From The Simulation World (Album) Produktion none UK 1983 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Lowest Music.2 album art Merzbow Lowest Music.2 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1983 Sell This Version
ZSFM03 Merzbow - Worker Machine album art Merzbow Worker Machine(Cass, C60) ZSF Produkt ZSFM03 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Ae 006 Merzbow - Dying Mapa III album art Merzbow Dying Mapa III(Cass, C46) Aeon Ae 006 US 1983 Sell This Version
NUX-03 Merzbow - Darh Eroc Evil album art Merzbow, Null* Merzbow, Null* - Darh Eroc Evil(Cass, Album) Nux Organization NUX-03 Japan 1983 Sell This Version

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sleptsov

sleptsov

October 28, 2021
Watch the movie: Beyond Extreme Violence: The Hard Listening of Merzbow by Ian Kerkhof. Masami talks about his music, Japanese culture, pornography and other things that are not accepted to talk about. This video is a paradise for any fan of Japanese (japanoise) music.
technoanalytica_ru

technoanalytica_ru

October 28, 2021
Merzbow's music is primarily a concept idea and don't forget about this law when you listen to Venereology / Pulse Demon / Electric Salad and other Merzbow releases from 1988 to 1998. We don't need extra listeners, we've read all the Merzbow interviews and you're just not needed here if you don't recognize Merzbow's conceptual ideas. The world is full of other music, leave Merzbow to those who really like it. This music was, is and will be for the chosen ones, so don't get in the way under our feet.
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postthispostthat

May 15, 2021
edited about 1 year ago
scene and hard lovin man two great titles that i like a lot but dont get a lot of mention, the coastal erosion thing was beautiful too..
sleptsov

sleptsov

June 24, 2020
edited 7 months ago
Best albums: Venereology (best album of Masami) / Pulse Demon / Tauromachine / Door Open At 8 AM / Artificial Invagination / Great American Nude _ Crash For Hi-Fi / Hole / Noisembryo / A Perfect Pain / Rectal Anarchy / Balance / Electric Salad / Magnesia Nova / Hybrid Noisebloom. Enjoy your listening!
sleptsov

sleptsov

June 24, 2020
A musician who can safely be called a genius. Father of industrial noise. The man who first started selling CDs with noise. A person whose creativity is based on ideas, not just natural sounds. A man who was ahead of his time with his talent, starting with his first works in the late 70's-early 80's. First of all, listen to all his albums from 1990 to 1998, this is really noise music in all its glory. If you do not understand the noise, erase all the albums from your hard drive, do not waste time, Merzbow will not cease to be a genius.
rd1994

rd1994

May 25, 2020
I will say I feel like I have become desenitized (I have no idea how to spell that word) to Merzbows music. Whenever I feel stressed I put this on and instantly feel at ease.
junglungs

junglungs

July 1, 2017
Does anyone know or is there any definitive info online pointing to what year or starting with which release Merzbow dropped the analog noise sources and started using laptop? Just looking through the releases I would think 1999/2000, but it's just a guess...
Vephthode

Vephthode

May 17, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
How are you supposed to keep up with this man's release rate? I've nearly given up trying! I suppose the 'Merzbox' is enough to last me the rest of my life realistically.
etherealflux

etherealflux

September 18, 2011
I recommend Merzbow for stress management... 1º you listen some random track from him 2º when it finishes, the silence you hear will be the most relaxing thing ever. Trust me.
Nostradamus7

Nostradamus7

January 16, 2009
edited over 11 years ago
Some of the reviews of Merzbow albums on discogs is enough to make anyone with a tinge of intellect cringe. Merzbow has continued in the experimental fashion of Stockhausen and the industrial movement and ending up in a pure noise phase. Masami Akita's noise is revered for it's quality, some of which is more drone-y, even less is beat-based, with the majority being harsh, thickly-layered noise. His rapid output has led to record companies pressing a possible majority of his album in 1,000 copies or less. When choosing an Akita album, try to match your temperament, if you can't listen to harsh noise, be choosy when picking one of his albums to buy; however his harsh noise releases are often his best.
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