Prolific musician Masami Akita aka Merzbow is widely regarded as one of the most-respected noise artists operating today. Since 1979, his constant high-grade output of music, painting, photography, and filmmaking, as well as writing for many magazines and books, (covering such topics as S&M and Japanese bondage) has put him at the forefront of international experimental circles. His unique deconstruction and reassembly of prog rock, heavy metal, early electronic music and free jazz has inspired many musicians with a forward-looking mindset. With an oevre of hundreds of albums and multiple collaborations with renowned musicians such as Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, Sunn O))), The Melvins, Genesis P-Orridge, and The Boredoms among many others, his output is impossible to keep up with, however some notable records have been the CD set 13 Japanese Birds, several beat-oriented departures from his typical abstract style such as Merzbeat, and Aqua Necromancer, and the 50 CD collection Merzbox. As well as his prodigious musical output, Akita is a staunch supporter of animal rights and PETA, protesting Japanese whaling and leading a vegan, straight-edge lifestyle.
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