Label: ZSF Produkt - ZSF03 • Format: Cassette Album • Country: Japan • Genre: Electronic • Style: Noise, Experimental
Welcome, Guest. Cold Spring Sincehe has released over recordings. This was chosen to reflect Akita's dada influence and junk art aesthetic. More recently, he has been inspired by animals, animal rights, and environmentalism.
As well as being a prolific musician, he has been a writer and editor for several books and magazines in Japan, and has written 17 books of his own.
He Merzbow written about a variety of subjects, mostly about art, avant-garde, and post-modern culture. His more renowned works have been on the topics of BDSM and fetish culture. Other Null* - Falso 800 forms Akita has been interested in include painting, photography, filmmaking, and Butoh Merzbow. Akita's work has been the subject of several remix albums and at least one tribute album. This, among other achievements, has helped Merzbow to be regarded by some as the "most important artist in noise".
Life and career Early life Masami Akita was born in Tokyo in He listened to psychedelic music, progressive rock, and later free jazz in his youth, all of which have influenced his noise. In high school he became the drummer of various high school bands, which he left due to the other members being "grass-smoking Zappa freaks". By this time, he and high school friend Kiyoshi Mizutani had started playing improvised rock at studio sessions which Akita describes as "long jam sessions along the lines of Ash Ra Tempel Merzbow Can but we didn't have any psychedelic taste".
He later attended Tamagawa University to study fine art, at which he majored in painting and art theory. While at university, he became interested in the ideas of Dada and surrealism and also studied Butoh dance. At Tamagawa, he learned of Kurt Schwitters' Merz, or art made from rubbish, including Schwitters' Merzbau "Merz building"which is the source of the name "Merzbow".
The earliest recording he made was Metal Acoustic Music. Various other early releases included Remblandt Assemblage and Solonoise 1. The Collection series consisted of ten cassettes, the first five were recorded in a studio for an independent label called Ylem, which went defunct before they could be released.
So, Akita released them himself, and recorded five more at home. Akita's earliest music was made with tape loops and creatively recorded percussion and metal. I threw all my past music career in the garbage. There was no longer any need for concepts like 'career' and 'skill'. I stopped playing music and De Rupta Rupecula - Ensemble Venance Fortunat, Anne-Marie Deschamps - Gaude Felix Francia in search of an alternative.
Akita explained this as trying to "create the same feeling as the secret porn customer for the people buying my cassettes in the early 80s". Inhe founded a second record Basse Danse - Attaignant*, Titelouze*, André Isoir And Xavier Darasse - 16th Century French Organ Mu called ZSF Produkt.
During this era, Merzbow found much wider recognition and began making recordings for various international labels. He also started touring abroad with the help of various collaborators. Kiyoshi Mizutani left Merzbow after the European tour and continues to pursue a solo career. Digital era — During the European tour in September—OctoberMerzbow could only bring simple and portable gear; this led to the harsh noise style Merzbow became known for in the 90s.
It also includes live material recorded during the tour. But when I started live in late 's I didn't like to use tape on stage. I like only live electronics.
So, my studio works changed to more live composition style. I'm still using many tapes in studio works, but difference is I treat tapes and instruments. Before, I used tapes as overdubbing concept. But now tapes are crashing together, no static overdub. InAkita acquired a vintage EMS synthesizer.
Fromplans were made to release Null* - Falso 800 "10 or maybe 12 " CD box set on Extreme Records. InNull* - Falso 800 Records released Merzbow Merzbox, a fifty CD set of Merzbow records, twenty of them not previously released. Throughout most of the 90s, Merzbow live was a trio with Reiko A. Akita also created music for Ilppo Pohjola's Asphalto and Routemaster Laptop era — SinceAkita has used computers in his recordings, having first acquired a Macintosh to work on art for the Merzbox.
Also at this time he began referring to his home studio as "Bedroom, Tokyo". At live performances, Akita has produced noise music from either two laptop computers or combination of a laptop and analog synthesizers. Reiko A. SinceAkita started utilising samples of animal sounds in various releases starting with Frog. AroundAkita became a vegan, he stated how it began: I started raising four bantams, the little ornamental chickens.
With this experience as a start, I gradually started to be concerned and care about chickens and all the barn animals I used to eat without giving it a second thought before. So Merzbow started reading books and researching on the internet about Animal Rights and that triggered an awareness of "evil" that human society has done. An example of this is Minazo Vol. He has also produced several works centered around recordings of his pet chickens notably Animal Magnetism and Turmeric.
Also inAkita released Merzbeat, which was seen as a significant departure from his trademark abstract style in that it contains beat-oriented pieces. This has sparked some controversy among fans, though some reviewers pointed out that it sounded very similar to Aqua Necromancer which features samples of progressive rock drumming. Merzbird and Merzbuddha followed in a similar vein with sampled beats combined with Merzbow's signature harsh noise. Current era —present InAkita reintroduced the drum kit, Merzbow first instrument.
This could be heard on 13 Japanese Birds, a thirteen disc series recorded and released one-a-month throughout At this time he changed the name of his home studio to Munemihouse.
Beginning in NovemberMasami Akita started releasing archival material from the s and s, both reissues and previously unreleased material, several of which were released on cassette. Null* - Falso 800 Blossoming Noise label has reissued five cassettes, and released Microkosmos Volume 1, which is a new recording on LP with collage artwork created by Akita in — The Kibbutz cassette was reissued on vinyl.
Musical style Merzbow's sounds employ the use of distortion, feedback, and noises from synthesizers, machinery, and home-made noisemakers. While much of Merzbow's output is intensely harsh in character, Akita does occasionally make forays into ambient music. Vocals are employed sometimes, but never in a lyrical sense.
Contrary to most harsh noise music, Akita also occasionally uses elements of melody and rhythm. Akita's early work consisted of industrial Merzbow music made from tape loops and conventional Null* - Falso 800. Similar to his present albums, he produced lengthy, disorienting pieces. He also became famous for the sheer volume of his releases. The avant-garde nature of Akita's Null* - Falso 800 made acceptance by mainstream audiences difficult. When he performed with Kiyoshi Mizutani at the Jazz-on-Amur festival in the USSR, his improvised, experimental electroacoustic set was praised by fellow musicians as well as the festival's producer.
The majority of the crowd, however, had been expecting a more traditional and quieter performance, and walked out. Prior to his second performance at the festival — which was to be Фантом - Сергей Бокарев - Отражение to an even more conservative audience — Akita was asked to play "more musically. During the 90s Akita's work became much harsher and were generally mastered at a louder volume than usual.
These were heavily influenced by death metal and grindcore bands of the time a prime example is the Venereology album. The mids saw Akita being heavily influenced by psychedelic bands and this was reflected in various albums. Side projects Merzbow addition to Merzbow, Masami Akita has been involved in a number of side projects and groups. Aliases Abtechtonics or variations of this was used by Akita for his artwork on Merzbow releases and his books.
House Hunt Hussies is credited for a track on the Sexorama 1 compilation. ZSF Produkt listed as the contact address. Pornoise was a mail art project Akita had in the 80s where he made collages using Null* - Falso 800 magazines — in particular pornographic magazines — taken from the trash. These were then sent along with his cassettes, the idea being that his art was like cheap mail order pornography. Pornoise was credit as the artist for a track on the Sexorama 2 Mix So I Can Go Crazy - Various - Rap Attacks and co-credited for artwork on Scissors for Cutting Merzbow.
RBA reappears on Merzbient, which features recordings from this era. SCUM was a project where Akita made new releases out of previous Merzbow sessions using cut-ups, effects, and mixing. Zecken was used for two solo Null* - Falso 800 performances in Flying Testicle was a trio with Yamazaki and Asher. Merzbow Null was a collaboration between the groups of Merzbow and Null. They did many improv performances during —84 and released over a dozen cassettes.
True Romance was a performance art project in the early 90s with Tetsuo Sakaibara who became a live member of Merzbow and Toshiyuki Seido. The performances included fetish equipment, simulated gore including autopsyFall From Grace (Radio Edit) - Amanda Marshall - Fall From Grace devices, nude models, etc.
It was inspired by Viennese Actionism. Masami Akita was a performer in addition to composing the backing music. Masami Akita played drums for Hijokaidan during the early—mid 90s. Tamarin - Merzbow Vs. And The Devil Makes Three. Recorded and mixed Jan-Feb Mastered August Available to users only.
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