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About Masami Akita
The man behind the legendary Japanoise project, Merzbow. He has released over 300 CDs, LPs and cassettes since the early 1980s. BIOGRAPHY
Masami Akita was born in Tokyo in 1956. He began his career in music at age 15 as a drummer in a high school band. At the time he listened to psychedelic music, progressive rock and later free jazz, and all have influenced his music. Later he went to Tamagawa University to study art. It was there that he learned of Kurt Schwitters' Merz, or art made from rubbish, including Schwitters' Merzbau, or "Merz building". This is the source of the name Merzbow.