Merzbow

Merzbow

Real Name:
Masami Akita (秋田昌美)
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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 Discography

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Merzbow Collection 007 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow Remblandt Assemblage (Album) Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow Collection:001 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow Collection:008 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow Collection:009 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
none Merzbow Collection 002(Cass, Album) Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1981 Sell This Version
none Merzbow Collection:003(Cass, Album, C46) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) none Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow Collection:006 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow Lowest Music.2 (Album) Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Merzbow Paradoxa Paradoxa Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Merzbow Collection:010 (Album) Not On Label (Merzbow Self-released) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Merzbow Solonoise · 1 Lowest Music & Arts Japan 1982 Sell This Version
none Merzbow Expanded Music 2(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(Cass, C60) Lowest Music & Arts none Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Merzbow Mechanization Takes Command (Album) ZSF Produkt Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Merzbow Kibbutz (Album) ADN Italy 1983 Sell This Version
Merzbow Material Action 2 N·A·M Chaos (2) Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Merzbow Musick From Simulation World (Album) Produktion UK 1983 Sell This Version
ZSFM03 Merzbow Worker Machine(Cass, C60) ZSF Produkt ZSFM03 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Ae 006 Merzbow Dying Mapa III(Cass, C46) Aeon Ae 006 US 1983 Sell This Version
ZSF 07 Merzbow, Null* Merzbow, Null* - Babilonia(Cass, Album, C60) ZSF Produkt ZSF 07 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
ZSF03 Merzbow, Null* Merzbow, Null* - Falso 800(Cass, Album) ZSF Produkt ZSF03 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Merzbow & Xerosx Merzbow & Xerosx - Aerovivanda #1 ZSF Produkt Japan 1984 Sell This Version
Merzbow, Null* / Nord (3) Merzbow, Null* / Nord (3) - Semi Live /24/5/84 (Album) ZSF Produkt Japan 1984 Sell This Version

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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 12 days 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 5 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 11 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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