Merzzow

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Merzzow
Studio album by Merzbow
Released September 29, 2002 (2002-09-29)
Recorded 2000–2001 at Bedroom, Tokyo
Genre Noise
Length 70:26
Label Opposite
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
A Taste Of...
(2002)
Merzzow
(2002)
24 Hours – A Day of Seals
(2002)

Merzzow is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow.[1] The album "combines animal concepts and deconstructions of 20th century music, ambient drones and a deep grinding groove".[2] The title is a pun on Merzbow and the Japanese word (?, elephant).

The cover photos were taken at Tsukiji Hongan-ji. "Elephant Song" features a guitar loop that resembled the Japanese children song "Zō-san", hence the title of the album.[3] "Music Machine" samples the song of the same name by Jane. "Humming Bird" was previously released as a single, it samples "Three Little Orchestra Pieces" by Arnold Schoenberg (conducted by Robert Craft).

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Masami Akita.

No. Title Length
1. "Elephant Song"   7:49
2. "Horiwari"   3:38
3. "Inside Looking Out Pt. 1"   9:15
4. "Inside Looking Out Pt. 2"   8:37
5. "Koshinzuka"   2:09
6. "Music Machine"   9:58
7. "Horse"   4:47
8. "Penderecki"   4:50
9. "Green"   9:16
10. "Humming Bird"   6:52
11. "Aenokoto 223"   3:15

Notes[edit]

  • Final mix on January 2002

Personnel[edit]

  • Masami Akita – performer, photography
  • Jenny Akita – inside cover illustration

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Merzbow - Merzzow (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Opposite Records Releases". Opposite Records. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ Nonomura, Yoshihiko (2005). Improvised Music from Japan 2005. Improvised Music from Japan. p. 33. Retrieved July 25, 2012.