Merzbow Collection (100+ cds)

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Masami Akita, better known by his stage name Merzbow, is a Japanese noise musician. He is best known for his style of harsh, confrontational noise exemplified on his 1996 release, Pulse Demon. Since 1980, he has released over 400 recordings.

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 culture. Since the early 2000s, he has been inspired by animal rights and environmentalism, and has become a vegan.

As well as being a prolific musician, he has been a writer and editor for several books and magazines in Japan, and has written several books of his own. He has written about a variety of subjects, mostly about music, modern art, and underground culture. His more renowned works were on the topics of BDSM and Japanese bondage. Other art forms Akita has been interested in include painting, photography, filmmaking, and Butoh dance.

In 2000, Extreme Records released the 50 CD box set known as the Merzbox. 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".

"Fifty CDs is a lot of music for any one artist to release. To release them all at once, in a boxed set, is quite extraordinary. 

The MERZBOX is just such a release. The MERZBOX also includes a book, CD-ROM, medallion, T-shirt, poster, postcards and stickers and is encased in a custom designed box with metal name plate. 

If that isn't enough to make you gasp, the 50 CDs in question are Noise music by Japan's premier Noise musician MERZBOW. Not rock, not dance, not country and western but Noise. This event is unprecedented, even in the history of collector's series of classical music. 

MERZBOX is the definitive collection of recorded MERZBOW works, spanning the years from 1979 to 1997. Any less than 50 CDs would not have done justice to the scope and ingenuity of MERZBOW's musical manifesto. All of these CDs will only be available in the MERZBOX. 

Masami Akita, the mastermind and musician behind MERZBOW, is also a talented visual artist and writer. Akita has written numerous books, directed videos and produced artwork for nearly all of the MERZBOW releases. He has accomplished in under 20 years what would take a lesser artist many lifetimes to achieve. 

Thirty of the titles were painstakingly selected from the MERZBOW archives. A further 20 previously unreleased titles, also recorded throughout the extensive history of MERZBOW, have been included in this musical document. All of the titles show the diversity and development of MERZBOW's Noise music. 

"Sound work is an accumulation of pleasure, and the desire for pleasure is endless. Maybe the motivation of MERZBOW is to build a Pleasuredome of Noise - to increase power and difference," explains Masami Akita. 


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50 Cd box - 

1979 - Merzbow - Om Electrique
1980 - Merzbow - Metal Acoustic Music
1980 - Merzbow - Remblandt Assemblage
1981 - Merzbow - Collection Era Vol.1
1981 - Merzbow - Collection Era Vol.2
1981 - Merzbow - Material Action For 2 Microphones
1981 - Merzbow - Paradoxa Paradoxa
1981 - Merzbow - Yantra Material Action
1982 - Merzbow - Collection Era Vol.3
1982 - Merzbow - Dying Mapa Tapes 2-3
1982 - Merzbow - Expanded Music
1982 - Merzbow - Material Action 2 (N.A.M.)
1982 - Merzbow - Nil Vagina Tape Loops
1982 - Merzbow - Solonoise
1983 - Merzbow - Mechanization Takes Command
1984 - Merzbow - MortegageBatztoutai Extra
1984 - Merzbow - Pornoise - 1Kg Vol. 1
1984 - Merzbow - Pornoise - 1Kg Vol.2
1984 - Merzbow - Pornoise - 1Kg Vol.3
1984 - Merzbow - Pornoise Extra
1985 - Merzbow - Agni Hotra
1985 - Merzbow - Sadomasochismo - The Lampinak
1987 - Merzbow - Vratya Southwards
1988 - Merzbow - Collaborative - Merzbow & S.B.O.T.H.I
1988 - Merzbow - Crocidura Dsi Nezumi
1988 - Merzbow - Fission Dialogue
1988 - Merzbow - Live In Khabarovsk, Cccp - I'm Proud By Rank Of The Workers
1988 - Merzbow - Scum - Scissors For Cutting Merzbow Vol. 1
1988 - Merzbow - Scum - Scissors For Cutting Merzbow Vol. 2
1988 - Merzbow - Storage
1989 - Merzbow - Enclosure - Libido Economy
1989 - Merzbow - Kir Transformation
1989 - Merzbow - Scum - Severances
1989 - Merzbow - Scum - Steel Cum
1990 - Merzbow - Cloud Cock 00 Grand
1990 - Merzbow - Dying Mapa Tapes 1-2
1990 - Merzbow - Hannover Cloud
1990 - Merzbow - Newark Hellfire - Live Wfmu
1991 - Merzbow - Stacy Q, Hi-Fi Sweet Leaf
1993 - Merzbow - Brain Ticket Death
1993 - Merzbow - Music For True Romance Vol.1
1993 - Merzbow - Sons Of Slash Noise Metal
1994 - Merzbow - Exotic Apple
1995 - Merzbow - Liquid City
1995 - Merzbow - Marfan Syndrome
1996 - Merzbow - Red Magnesia Pink
1996 - Merzbow - Rhinogradentia
1997 - Merzbow - Annihiloscillator
1997 - Merzbow - Motorond
1997 - Merzbow - Space Mix Travelling Band


Albums

1987 - Merzbow - Ecobondage
1994 - Merzbow - Music For 'the Dead Man 2 Return Of The Dead Man'
1994 - Merzbow - Noisembryo
1996 - Merzbow - Akasha Gulva (Live)
1996 - Merzbow - Mercurated
1996 - Merzbow - Music For Bondage Performance 2
1996 - Merzbow - Oersted
1996 - Merzbow - Rainbow Electronics 2
1997 - Merzbow - Space Metalizer
1997 - Merzbow - Tint
2001 - Merzbow - Live In Germany 1996
2002 - Merzbow & Pan Sonic - Live - Victoriaville May 20, 2002
2002 - MerzbowShora - Switching Rethorics
2003 - Alec Empire Vs Merzbow - Live Cbgb's Nyc 1998
2003 - Merzbow - Animal Magnetism
2003 - Merzbow - Puroland
2003 - Scsi Duck - Merzbow
2004 - Merzbow - Merzbird
2004 - Merzbow - Sha Mo 3000
2005 - Merzbow - Dust Of Dreams
2007 - Merzbow - Live Destruction At No Fall 2007
2008 - Merzbow - Arijigoku
2008 - Merzbow - Hodosan
2008 - Merzbow - Tombo
2009 - Merzbow - Camouflage
2009 - Merzbow - Don't Steal My Coat
2009 - Merzbow - Fukurou 13 Japanese Birds Part 2
2009 - Merzbow - Kamo 13 Japanese Birds Part 6
2009 - Merzbow - Karasu 13 Japanese Birds Part 4
2009 - Merzbow - Suzume 13 Japanese Birds Part 1
2009 - Merzbow - Tsubame 13 Japanese Birds Part 12
2009 - Merzbow - Uzura 13 Japanese Birds Part 5
2009 - Merzbow - Yurikamome 13 Japanese Birds Part 3
2010 - Merzbow - 9888A
2010 - Merzbow - Live At Henie Onstad Art Centre
2010 - Merzbow - Marmo
2010 - Merzbow & Balázs Pándi - Live At Fluc Wanne, Vienna, 20100518 (Dlr001)
2010 - Merzbow & Z'ev - Spiral Right  Spiral Left
2011 - Merzbow - April 1992
2011 - Merzbow - Dead Zone
2011 - Merzbow - Jigokuhen
2011 - Merzbow - Kamadhenu
2011 - Merzbow - Lop Lop
2011 - Merzbow - Variations For Electric Fan
2011 - Merzbow - Yaho-Niwa
2011 - Merzbow + Balázs Pándi - Ducks Live In Nyc
2012 - Merzbow - Kibbutz
2012 - Merzbow Marhaug - Mer Mar
2013 - Merzbow & Oren Ambarchi - Cat's Squirrel
2013 - Merzbow Vs Nordvargr - Partikel Iii
2013 - Merzbow, Pandi & Gustafsson - Cuts
2014 - Full Of Hell & Merzbow - Full Of Hell & Merzbow
2014 - Merzbow - Nezumimochi
2015 - Merzbow & Maurizio Bianchi - Amalgamelody
2016 - Merzbow - Gensho

Technical specifications

Weight 0.06kg

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