Aqua Necromancer

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Aqua Necromancer
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Studio album by Merzbow
Released October 19, 1998 (1998-10-19)
Recorded April–May 1998 at ZSF Produkt Studio
Genre Noise
Length 50:38
Label Alien8
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
Aqua Necromancer
New Takamagahara
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Brainwashed favorable[2]

Aqua Necromancer is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow. It is one of his first releases to use sampled beats. Door Open at 8 am is from the same sessions, but samples jazz instead of progressive rock.

The title track samples "Aquarian" and "Necromancer", two songs from Van der Graaf Generator's The Aerosol Grey Machine. Other artists sampled include Soft Machine, Le Orme, Patto, Fusioon, and Formula 3. Masami Akita intended "... to create Southern European atmosphere by using Italian and Spanish progressive rock".[3][4]

The photos were taken at the Hyōkeikan building of the Tokyo National Museum and at the National Museum of Nature and Science, both located in Ueno Park.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Masami Akita.

No. Title Length
1. "Aqua Necromancer" 7:34
2. "Contrapuntti Indian" 12:42
3. "Soft Drums" 9:10
4. "Contrapuntti Patto" 17:19
5. "Farsa Del Buen Vivir" 3:53


  • Masami Akita – tapes, noise electronics, Moog, EMS, devices
  • Abtechtonics – "artwerks"
  • Sean O'Hara – layout
  • Stefan Figiel at Numerix – mastering


  1. ^ Couture, François. Aqua Necromancer at AllMusic
  2. ^ D'Amico, Anthony (April 18, 2010). "Merzbow, "Aqua Necromancer"". Brainwashed. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Aqua Necromancer". Alien8 Recordings. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Merzbow/Fennesz/Antenna Farm". Friend Of The Devil. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Merzbow - Aqua Necromancer (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved February 4, 2012.