Merzbow Merzbow (メルツバウ) is a noise project created in 1979 by Masami Akita (秋田 昌美). In the earlier days Merzbow was acting as band, nowadays, Masami Akita is the only member. During all-time activity Merzbow has released over 350 recordings. That was his solo works, side-projects and a lot of works recorded in collaboration with many known musician, such as Boris, Sunn O))), Mike Patton, Melt-Banana, Masonna and many others.
The name Merzbow refers to the miscellaneous Dada architectural constructions, the Merzbau, from the German artist Kurt Schwitter.  In addition to this, Akita has cited a wide range of influences from progressive rock, free jazz, modern classical to BDSM and Japanese bondage. More recently he has been inspired by animals, animal rights and environmentalism.
Merzbow‘s music uses sounds with intense distortion made by all kinds of machines (samplers, synthesizers, effects pedals, guitars, drum kits, computers) or pre-recorded on audio tapes. Some people claim to thoroughly enjoy Akita’s orchestrated cacophonies. Rest assured, his Merzbow project is not for the weak-willed or faint-hearted; a listener must be able to savor hissing static, grinding feedback, and almost unending distortion. Noise can be difficult to digest even for those who are appreciative of musical extremes, but it all comes off with a sinister ambiance that attracts as it repels.
Masami Akita is the founder of two independent labels, Lowest Music & Arts (first label for Noise artists in the world), and ZSF Produkt, under which he releases his own creations. He is also the author of several books and articles about the Japanese underground culture, contemporary art, architecture and avant-garde music.
Merzbow commenced playing live in Japan in 1981, both solo and with many other Japanese and international artists. Merzbow toured Russia in 1988, USA in 1990, Korea in 1991 and Europe in 1989 and 1992. Since then, Merzbow have continued to play live and now tour regularly throughout Europe and USA.
Masami Akita also has cinematographic projects. In 1990 he directed a short film called “Shitsurakuen: joubafuku onna harakiri” (international title: “Lost Paradise”) for the set of “zankoku-bi: onna harakiri” from the studio Kinbiken, its goal being to offer a less “traditional” approach to the market of erotic-gore videos, rapidly growing at that time, by showing ritual suicides of women full of solemn eroticism. Akita of course made the original soundtrack, included one year later in the album “Music for Bondage Performance”.
After earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster on Fukushima power plant he recorded album “Dead Zone”. For making cover and booklet for this release Masami Akita with his friends went to Prypiat, dead town in Chernobyl area, in May 2011. This CD is dedicated to the ANTI-NUCLEAR movement.

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