秋田昌美 - Sondz

Overview

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...

Facts

Also performed asZeckenLotus ClubPornoiseHouse Hunt HussiesAbtechtonics
Also known asMasami Akita
Born19/12/1956 (Age: 64), in Tokyo
AreaJapan
Years active41
StatusActive
GenderMale
Married toJenny Akita東玲子
Role(s)PhotographyProducerMastering (re)MasteringLiner NotesIllustrationAdditionalPercussionElectric Guitar
Label(s)Editions MegoCuneiform RecordsElevator BathWarp[no label]DMA2TouretteMegoiNoise Asia
Label managementZSF Produkt (label founder)Lowest Music & Arts (label founder)

Collaborators

NameRole(s)
Russell Haswell
Russell HaswellElectronic instrumentsCreditEditor
坂井原哲生
坂井原哲生VocalMouth harpCredit
東玲子
東玲子ThereminCredit
Richard Pinhas
Richard PinhasGuitar synthesizerGuitarCredit
吉田達也
吉田達也Drums (drum set)Credit
石橋英子
石橋英子SynthesizerDrums (drum set)PianoCredit
Ramon Bauer
Ramon BauerRecording
沢口みき
沢口みきLead vocalsCredit
JOJO広重
JOJO広重Electric guitarCredit
Jim O'Rourke
Jim O'RourkeMixRecordingCredit