1.10.16 – Merzbow

1.10.16 documents prolific noise master Merzbow's double show here back in October. Rhythm driven and rammed with highly sculpted frequencies, Akita's sound is entirely remorseless. Furious squalls and delicate sine-warps post this one on the more psychedelic end of Akita's output. Truly relentless, it is still hard to believe he created Untitled Knife I on a casual Saturday lunchtime. Be careful with that volume. 


Masami Akita / electronics



Untitled Knife I - 50:06

Untitled Knife II - 54:52


Recorded live at Cafe OTO by Shaun Crook on Saturday 1st October, 2016. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. 

Available as 320k MP3 or 24bit FLAC


"For over thirty years, Merzbow (aka Masami Akita) has been the biggest and most recognisable figure on the international noise scene. Indeed, he has defined the contours and aesthetic of the genre, from his pioneering use of tape loops to create hulking industrial vistas in the late 70s, to his switch to laptop-generated static noise at the turn of the century... Rightly hailed by Paul Hegarty, in his seminal book Noise/Music, as an artist who reached the apex of noise's potential as an artistic genre, Merzbow has been a clear influence on a wealth of subsequent noise artists and groups.” – Joseph Burnett, The Quietus