12" LP · (Urashima)


MERZBOW is widely recognized as the most important artist in noise music. Masami Akita adopted the MERZBOW moniker in Tokyo in 1979. Inspired by Dadaism and Surrealism, Akita took the name for his project from German artist Kurt Schwitters' pre-war architectural assemblage "The Cathedral of Erotic Misery" or "Merzbau". Just as Schwitters attacked the entrenched artistic traditions of his time with his revolutionary avant-garde collages, so too would Akita challenge the contemporary concept of what is called music. MERZBOW would draw further influence from the Futurist movement. Not only would he embrace the Futurists' love of technology and mechanized civilization, but he would push their fondness for noise to the very boundaries of the extreme. Working in his home, he quickly gained notoriety as a purveyor of a musical genre composed solely of pure, unadulterated noise. Consequently, in 1980 Masami founded the first noise label, Lowest Music and Arts. In this early period he produceded the Lowest Music.2 cassette using tape loops via a 4-track reel-to-reel tape recorder and recorded with a Monoural hand tape recorder. In 1990 legendary Australian label Extreme reissued a new version of the cassette, remixed by Masami Akita himself, included in the amazing 50 CD (!) Merzbox. Now for the first time the original 1982 version has been released on vinyl. No changes in pitch were made in the mastering process. The record has been pressed on 140g black vinyl with black center labels, protected by a plastic-lined black inner sleeve and housed with an insert (featuring the artwork from the original tape) in a deluxe black cardstock jacket with silver silkscreen. Limited to 199 copies.

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