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. 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 cul...
|Also performed as||ZeckenLotus ClubPornoiseHouse Hunt HussiesAbtechtonics|
|Also known as||Masami Akita|
|Born||19/12/1956 (Age: 64), in Tokyo|
|Married to||Jenny Akita東玲子|
|Role(s)||PhotographyProducerMastering (re)MasteringLiner NotesIllustrationAdditionalPercussionElectric Guitar|
|Label(s)||Editions MegoCuneiform RecordsElevator BathWarp[no label]DMA2TouretteMegoiNoise Asia|
|Label management||ZSF Produkt (label founder)Lowest Music & Arts (label founder)|