Tuesday, 8 July 2014

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"exoking"
Year:    2018
Label:    Old captain
Format:    CD
Tracks:    1
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Experimental            Rhythmic



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"eureka moment"
Year:    2017
Label:    Black smoker
Format:    CD
Tracks:    3
Time:    53 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise



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"aodron"
Year:    2017
Label:    Automation
Format:    CD
Tracks:    5
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise            Experimental



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MERZBOW + KEIJI HAINO + BALAZS PANDI
"untroublesome defencelessness"
Year:    2017
Label:    Rare noise
Formaat:    CD, 2 x LP
Tracks:    7
Time:    55 min.
Genre:    jazz
Style:            Free Improvisation            Noise




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"muen"
Year:    2017
Label:   Sores   
Format:    LP
Tracks:    2
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise



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BORIS + MERZBOW
"gensho"
Year:    2016
Label:    Relapse
Format:    2 x CD, 2 x LP
Tracks:    13
Time:    70 min.
Genre:    rock, electronic
Style:            Post Rock            Ambient            Noise
 








Awesome collaboration by these two artists, one of them (Boris), talented at time to make post rock and doom metal, and Merzbow, wellknown for his experiments in the field of digital noise. Probably one of the best and most interesting Merzbow album recorded ever. Highly recommended.
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"strange city"
Year:    2016
Country:    Japan
Label:    Cold Spring
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    2
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic , acoustic
Style:             Noise            Free Jazz









Officially licensed from Irwin Chusid of the SUN RA estate, Cold Spring’s Justin Mitchell negotiated rare and unreleased tracks from the SUN RA archive to be remixed and treated by Masami Akita. The tracks incorporate the jazz power of SUN RA, carried into brutal excess by the legendary Japanese artist, MERZBOW. This release is available in two distinct editions: 180gm black vinyl, with a limited 200 only for Cold Spring mailorder on yellow vinyl, both with download code – and a matt laminated digipak CD. Please note that both formats have completely different music.
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MERZBOW + GARETH DAVIS
"Atsusaku"
Year:    2016
Country:    Japan , US
Label:    Moving Furniture
Format:   LP
Edition:    300 copies
Tracks:    2
Time:    37 min.
Genre:    electronic , jazz
Style:           Noise           Free Jazz



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MAURIZIO BIANCHI + MERZBOW
Year:    2016
Country:    Italy,  Japan
Label:  OEC
Format:  CD
Tracks:    6
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise



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GOH LEE KWANG
"Tribute to Merzbow... on rare occasion"
Year:    2016
Label:    Herbal
Format:    CD
Tracks:    1
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Noise









Actually this is not a Merzbow recording, but a tribute made by the artist Goh Lee Kwang. He lives in Malaysia and use to record experimental, ambient, glitch and IDM music since 1999. This is perhaps his noisier, rawest and crude album recorded ever, and it's evident the Merzbow influence in this particulary tribute.
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"Wildwood"
Year:    2015
Country:    Japan
City:   Tokyo
Artist:   Masami Akita
Label:   Dirter Promotions
Format:   CD
Edition:   500 copies
Tracks:   3
Time:   74 min.
Genre:   electronic
Style:          Noise








Brand new studio album by the mighty Merzbow. 4 tracks of blistering music recorded and to be played at maximum volume. This leaves the also-rans at the gate and is full of psychedelic twists and turns, with one track being all guitar based. Incredible stuff from Masami. It's also a benefit release for the Wildwood trust in Kent. All proceeds from sales will go to them towards the upkeep of two rescued European brown bears. For more information about this wonderful organisation, go to http://www.wildwoodtrust.org . The album comes in beautiful reverse board digipack.
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"nezumimochi"
Year:    2014
Label:    Cold Spring
Format:    LP
Tracks:    5
Time:    70 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise



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"Takahe Collage"
Year:   2013
Country:   Japan
City:   Tokyo
Artist:   Masami Akita
Label:   Handmade Birds
Format:   CD
Edition:   500 copies
Tracks:   3
Time:   74 min.
Genre:   electronic
Style:                 Noise









It is very strange and hard to believe but this album "Takahe Collage" was the first Merzbow album I heard in my life. Listen from start to finish, read some reviews on the disc, see on wikipedia that had information about Merzbow, etc.. Although undoubtedly his almost unique "King of Noise" position since 1979, I personally met and heard other noise musicians Masami Akita before. And frankly I've never heard the whole disk at once, 70 minutes without rest or stop pure and harsh noise aka "Japanoise". But occasionally I like to listen to fragments of 20 or 25 minutes and perceive this feeling of fireworks and enthusiasm, optimism and positivity that follows Merzbow recordings of the past 10 years. Just look at the colorful covers or reasons related to the nature (animals or plants), I am prompted to "open" the disc and listen. It is a curious fact that both Akita likes birds ... such a fragile animal. Many covers and art-works of recent years are also works by Masami Akita himself. Both great job.
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SCOTT MILLER + LEE CAMFIELD + MERZBOW
"no closure"
Year:    2013
Label:    Cold spring
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    2
Time:    42 min.
Genre:    electronic, rock
Style:            Noise            Black Metal



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MERZBOW + LASSE MARHAUG
"mer mar"
Year:    2012
Label:    Editions Mego
Format:    LP
Tracks:    2
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Abstract            Experimental


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BORIS + MERZBOW
"klatter"
Year:    2011
Label:    Daymare
Format:    LP
Tracks:    5
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    electronic, acoustic
Style:            Post-Rock            Ambient



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"variations for electric fan"
Year:    2011
Label:    Rainbow Bridge
Format:    cassette
Tracks:    2
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Experimental



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"Microkosmos Volume 1"
Year:   2009
Label:   Blossoming Noise
Format:   CD
Tracks:   2
Time:   32 min.
Genre:   electronic , rock
Style:         Drums            Noise








"Microkosmos | Volume 1" is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow, the first in an announced series of five. The series features artwork from a collection of visual collages created by Masami Akita from 1982–83. As of March 2014, no further volumes have been released.
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BORIS + MERZBOW
"rock dream"
Year:    2007
Label:    Southern Lord
Format:    2 x CD, 3 x LP
Tracks:    13
Time:    111 min.
Genre:    electronic, rock
Style:            Post-Rock            Ambient            noise



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BORIS + MERZBOW
"sun baked snow cave"
Year:    2005
Label:    Hydra head
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    1
Time:    62 min.
Genre:    electronic, acoustic
Style:            Ambient            Guitar



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"camouflage"
Year:    2004
Label:    Essence
Format:    CD
Tracks:    3
Time:    70 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:             Noise



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"anicca"
Year:    2008
Country:    Japan
Label:    Cold Spring
Format:    CD
Tracks:    3
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic, acoustic
Style:            Free Improvisation



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"Dolphin sonar"
Year:    2008
Country:    Japan
City:    Tokyo
Artist:    Masami Akita
Label:    Important rec.
Format:    CD
Tracks:    3
Time:   70 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:                Noise











Masami Akita (秋田 昌美 born December 19, 1956), better known by his stage name MERZBOW (メルツバウ), is a Japanese noise musician. Since 1979, has released over 400 recordings. The name "Merzbow" comes from German artist Kurt Schwitters' artwork, "Merzbau". This was chosen to reflect Akita's dadaism influence and junk art aesthetic. In addition to this Akita has cited a wide range of influences from progressive rock, free jazz, modern classical and musique concrète to Japanese art. More recentl, he has been inspired by animals, animal rights, pacifism 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 has 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 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" ever.
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"Eucalypse"
Year:    2007
Country:    Japan
City:    Tokyo
Artist:    Masami Akita
Label:    Merzbow rec.
Format:    CD
Edition:    1.000 copies
Tracks:    5
Time:   60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:              Noise









"Eucalypse" is an album by the japanese noise musician MERZBOW. The title is a combination of apocalypse and eucalyptus. Masami Akita was made aware of the problems caused by the big expansion of Eucalyptus globulus trees in India mountains by the label owner. Akita considers ecology and animal rights to be closely related. The CD comes in a hand-crafted round wooden box with swiveling lid. It includes four round cards and is a limited edition of 1.000 copies.
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"merzdub"
Year:    2006
Label:    Caminante
Format:    CD
Tracks:    8
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Reggae            Noise











Jamie Saft has always liked to put his hands into something ambitious and "merzdub" is no exception. Definitely not as reggae or dub as you might expect but it's fucking great nevertheless - expect dark & distorted bassy slo-mo beats and Butthole Surfers-esque pitchshifted rants coupled with Merzbow and his blazing noisy ecstatica. The middle three tracks (from Kentucky Fried Dub) are more Merzbow driven than the rest and are very good really, but the remaining five are pitch-black goodness, especially the cornerstone pieces - Conqueror and Slow Down Furry Dub. Noise plus typical slow jamaican reggae rhythms and tempo. Original over all.
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"bloody sea"
Year:    2006
Label:    Vivo
Format:    CD
Tracks:    3
Time:    50 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Noise



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"metamorphism"
Year:    2006
Label:    Very friendly
Format:    CD
Tracks:    4
Time:    50 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise            Guitar



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MERZBOW +  NORDVARGR
"partikel III"
Year:    2013
Label:    Cold Spring
Format:    CD
Tracks:    4
Time:    45 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Dark Ambient            Rhythmic




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MERZBOW + NORDVARGR
"partikel II"
Year:    2007
Label:    Cold Spring
Format:    CD
Tracks:    4
Time:    70 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Dark Ambient            Rhythmic




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NORVAGAR + MERZBOW
"partikal 1"
Year:    2004
Label:    Cold Spring
Format:    CD
Tracks:    3
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Dark Ambient            Rhythmic












the King of Japanese Noise meets the Lord of Scandinavian Power Noise! Housed in a beautiful matt foldout digipak, this album takes specially recorded source work by MERZBOW, given the mighty NORDVARGR treatment. Heavy loops, rhythms, pulses and noise, mixed with ambient moments - this is absolutely essential listening. The finest collaboration ever created.
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"offering"
Year:    2004
Label:    Tantric harmonies
Format:    CD
Tracks:   2
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Experimental            Noise



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"yoshinotsune"
Year:    2004
Label:    CCC
Format:    CD
Tracks:    3
Time:    50 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise



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"animal magnetism"
Year:    2003
Label:    Alien8
Format:    CD
Tracks:    5
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise



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MERZBOW + PAN SONIC
Year:   2003
Country:   Japan , Finland
City:   Tokyo
Artist:   Masami Akita
Label:   Disques Victo
Format:   CD
Tracks:   1
Time:   60 min.
Genre:   electronic
Style:           Noise           Ambient







This one my favorites Merzbow albums, Because is not harsh noise at all, but more experimental ambient oriented.
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BORIS + MERZBOW
"egatone"
Year:    2002
Label:    Inoxia
Format:    CD
Tracks:    3
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic, rock
Style:            Post-Rock            Ambient            Noise



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ALEC EMPIRE vs. MERZBOW
"Live at CBGB"
Year:    1998
Country:    US
City:    New York
Label:    Digital Hardcore Recordings
Format:    CD
Tracks:    19
Time:
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise           Breakcore








The legendary show. ALEC EMPIRE meets the godfather of noise MERZBOW at CBGB's in New York City. Empire shows off his DJ skills with obscure scratching techniques and hard breaks, while Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) is painting the apocalypse with shapes of white noise. In 1998 critics celebrated this concert as 'the defining end-point of the popular music era of the 20th century.
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"1930"
Year:    1998
Label:    Tzadik
Format:    CD
Tracks:    5
Time:    50 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise



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"vibractance"
Year:    1998
Label:    Erostrate
Format:    CD
Tracks:    4
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise



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MERZBOW + CHRISTOPH HEEMANN
"sleeper awakes on the edge of the abyss"
Year:    1998
Label:    Streamline
Tracks:    5
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Experimental



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"scumtron"
Year:    1997
Country:    Japan
Label:    Mute
Format:    CD
Tracks:    5
Time:    34 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise            Techno



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"noizhead"
Year:    1995
Label:    Blast first
Format:    CD
Tracks:    5
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Lo-Fi            Noise




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"venereology"
Year:    1994
Label:    Relapse
Format:    CD
Tracks:    3
Time:    46 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise



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"flesh metal orgasm"
Year:    1989
Label:    Nihilistic
Format:    cassette
Tracks:    2
Time:    45 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Experimental            Noise




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"live in Khabarovsk"
Year:    1988
Country:    USSR
Label:    ZSF Produk
Format:    LP
Tracks:    2
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Noise









NOTES: Recorded live from JAZZ-ON-AMUR '88IV Soviet Far East & Festival Of Jazz & Improvized, Electroacoustic, Experimental Music "We're XX Now", Khabarovsk, USSR on 23 & 24 Of March, 1988. Remixed at ZSF PRODUKT, April 88 Tokyo. Special Thanks To: Boris A. Podkosov, esq (JOA fests producer, Jazz Section Chairman of Khabarovsk Territory Branch of All-Soviet-Union Music Society), Vitaly Ponomarev (YOUTH LEISURE Co. Chief Director, JOA '88 Orgcommittee Member), Alexandr Filyev (JOA '88 Orgcommittee Chairman, Khabarovsk Territory Young Communists League Secretary), Leana Kharina (Our Guide, Trade Unions Inter-Club President) SOFEAST Quartet (Victor Bondarenko, Ilgiz Amirkhanov, Vitaly Lookyanov, Alexandr Nosul), Vyatcheslav/Slava/Zakharov, Victor Razumovski, Andy Safronov, Vitaly Naberezhnev & all Russian cats who helped us in Khabarovsk, Inner Sleeve Notes edition due to assistance from KESHA Recordings, Khabarovsk, USSR. Limited edition of 300 copies. Includes insert with credits. Later released on CD as part of the Merzbox.
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 "Kibbutz"
Year:    1983
Country:   Japan
City:    Tokyo
Artist:    Masami Akita
Label:    ADN Records , Urashima Records
Format:    cassette , LP
Edition:    199 copies
Tracks:    2
Time:    22 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:                Experimental                Noise









Merzbow I've sampled before, here and there, but this is the first album to ever really grab me, shake me, throw me down, forcefully penetrate me, impregnate me, abort the baby, eat the Remains, and force me to pay attention to the heavenly light That is "Merzbow". Imagine Mainliner's Mellow Out, Amon Düül, and skipping all Eye, hand in hand, through a beautiful park, raping and pillaging as seen fit. This album is the best no-wave krautrock orgasm I've heard. Ever. Get it and prepare to explode. This is a cassette rip, and I'm fairly sure it's never been re-released on anything else. I'm also going to upload one of his 2008 releases, Anicca, in the coming days. Enjoy!


















"The late 80s/early 90s saw an influential experimental noise movement emerges from Japan, With artists: such as Hanatarash, Masonna, Violent Onsen Geisha, and Especially, Merzbow, Causing quite a stir. Besides being the leader of the movement, Akita Also Quickly turned out to be one of The most prolific recording artists in music, as it is almost impossible to stay on top of all his releases. His Total number of recordings (both solo and With Others) easily passes 300, With Some guessing the number Totalling over 500. "- NME.com
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