Merzbow: Sphere [#7256]

Another wild and wonderful celebration of noise from the singular Japanese pioneer who started it all.

Active in live noise electronics since 1978, Akita Masami is an international cult figure, and for his second Tzadik release we are once again treated to music unlike anything he has ever done before. Mixing a whole new world of acoustic percussion and drumming into his enormous arsenal of analog and digital noise makers, Sphere is one of Merzbow's most startling and unique creations. A powerful symphony of noise from one of Japan's most important musical thinkers.

(from Tzadik Press Release 2005)


Artist BIO

Masami Akita /MERZBOW?@

Born in Japan on 1956. Lives and works in Japan. Studied Painting and Art Theory. After graduated from University,worked as an a critic for Avantguard music and underground art for several books and magazines. Formed a noise project "Merzbow" in 1981. Also worked Mail-Art, Collage and Xerox Copy Art so on. Started tape music and Live-Electronic music then establishment his own Music/Noise style. Merzbow has released more than 200 Records&CDs.

Started using Lap Top Computer for music on 1999. Merzbow playing concert/sound installation in all over the world.Merzbow also work collaboration with different kind of artist such as Mike patton, Alec Empire, Boris,Zbigniew Karkowski,Russell Haswell etc. Merzbow just started new project 'Kikuri'with Keiji Haino.Merzbows most recent theme is 'Animal Rights'.Merzbow supporting animal rights movements.

(Selected live performance/installation)


'Sound Oasis' Mexico City sound installation project, Mexico 'Perspective 2004',Vasteras,Sweden 'Laussanne Underground Film&Music Festival', Laussanne 'Feed Festival' Birmingham '3rd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art', Berlin Contemporary Art Center, Villnius,Lithuania 'What is Music'Festival, Brisbane,Melbourne&Sydney


the Arches, Glasgow 'CTRL_ALT_CEL Festival,Istanbul Volksbuhne,Berlin United Nation University, Tokyo Auditorium of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art,Portugal 'Metamorphoses'Festival, Shizuoka,Japan


Swiss Institute, NY 'All Tomorrows Parties', UCLA,LA Los Apson,Tokyo,japan Wien Kunstalle,Austria 'Frequency Hz'Frankfurt Kunstalle 'Festival International de Musique actuelle',Victoriaville,canada


'Yokohama Triennale',Yohohama,Japan 'Molde Jazz Festival,Molde,Norway 'Futursonic'Festival,Manchester 'Toulouse Music Festival', Toulouse 'Holland Festival', Amsterdam


'Merzbow Exhibition' Shimane prefectural Museum, Shimane,Japan 'Sonar'Festival, Barcerona


'Migrateurs' ARC Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France ICC,Tokyo Heyward Gallery, London

(selected discography)


Merzbird(CD)Important Records,USA Scsi Duck(CD) Fourth Dimention,UK Yoshinotsune(CD)Clue Clux Clam,Canada Electric Magnetic Unit(CD)Los Apson,Japan


Animal Magnetism(CD)Alien 8 Recordings,Canada Live Magnetism(CD)USA Timehunter(3x3'CD)Ant Zen,Germany Cycle(CD)Very Friendly,UK


Ikebukuro Dada (CD)Mad Monkey,USA Amlux (CD) Important,USA Merzzow(CD)Opossite,USA Merzbeat(CD)Important,USA A Taste of... (CD)mego,austria 12 Hours:A Day Of Seals(4CDs)UK Puroland(CD)Ohm,norway


Hard Lovin'Man (CD)Finland Frog(LP)Misanthropic Agenda,USA Dharma (CD)Hydraheads,USA


Collapse 12 Floors (CD) Ohm,Norway Merzbox(50CDs+CD Rom+Book etc)Extreme,Australia

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