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.
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Merzbow - Collection 007 album art Merzbow Collection 007 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Collection 004 album art Merzbow Collection 004 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Remblandt Assemblage album art Merzbow Remblandt Assemblage (Album) Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Collection:001 album art Merzbow Collection:001 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Collection 002 album art Merzbow Collection 002 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Collection:008 album art Merzbow Collection:008 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Collection:003 album art Merzbow Collection:003 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Collection:009 album art Merzbow Collection:009 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Collection:006 album art Merzbow Collection:006 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Paradoxa Paradoxa album art Merzbow Paradoxa Paradoxa Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Collection:010 album art Merzbow Collection:010 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Solonoise · 1 album art Merzbow Solonoise · 1 Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Lowest Music.2 album art Merzbow Lowest Music.2 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Expanded Music 2 album art Merzbow Expanded Music 2 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1982 Sell This Version
none Merzbow - Merz / Lowest Music album art Merzbow Merz / Lowest Music(Cass, Album) 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
Merzbow - Mechanization Takes Command album art Merzbow Mechanization Takes Command (Album) ZSF Produkt Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Kibbutz album art Merzbow Kibbutz (Album) ADN Italy 1983 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Material Action 2 N·A·M album art Merzbow Material Action 2 N·A·M Chaos (2) Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Merzbow - Musick From Simulation World album art Merzbow Musick From Simulation World (Album) Produktion UK 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
ZSF 07 Merzbow - Babilonia album art Merzbow, Null* Merzbow, Null* - Babilonia(Cass, Album, C60) ZSF Produkt ZSF 07 Japan 1983 Sell This Version

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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...
aquieupiano

aquieupiano

November 12, 2015
merzbow makes music that simulates the experience of having keys being waved in your face
Vephthode

Vephthode

May 17, 2012
edited over 2 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 7 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.

April 1, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
The godfather of noise deserves his title. Powerfully emotional, violently painful, and strangly ambient, Merzbow seems to be the master of the noise genre. Sure his stuff might sound pretty annoying at times, but if you imagine his music to be a form of vibrational, hypnotic, sonic energy then his music/noise seems to take a new meaning. When you are in the dominion of Merzbow he will rip out your skull and replace it with a porcupine, so take caution and open your minds.

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