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Masami Akita

Masami AkitaBorn: 19-Dec-1956
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Asian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Musician

Nationality: Japan
Executive summary: Merzbow, Destroyer of Worlds

Father of the noise genre. Has authored dozens of records and tapes, as sampled in the 50-cd Merzbox, as well as being active in the Japanese S&M scene. Though he has lapsed into twiddly laptop-based noise, one can long for the days when it was just Masami and his wife banging on curtains of sheet metal.

Derives his name from Kurt Schwitters' shocking installation, Merzbau (1923-36), originally titled Cathedral of Erotic Misery.

Wife: Reiko Azuma

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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Author of books:
Scum Culture (1994, essays)
Bizarre Sex Moderne

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