Collection 004

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Collection 004
Collection 004.jpg
Studio album by Merzbow
Released 1981
Recorded 1981 at Telecom Studio, home, and Ylem Sound Studio
Genre Noise, free improvisation
Length 32:56
Label Lowest Music & Arts
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
Collection 003
Collection 004
Collection 005
2010 reissue
2010 reissue

Collection 004 is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow. It is the fourth volume of the Collection series. The first five volumes were recorded for Ylem and consist of studio sessions with Kiyoshi Mizutani, then a member of Merzbow. However, Ylem went out of business before they could be released. Masami Akita then released them himself and recorded five more at home using previous Collection session recordings mixed with new material and effects.[1]

It was reissued along with Collection 005 by Blossoming Noise in May 2010.[2] The reissue track titles reference the album Remblandt Assemblage.

Track listing[edit]

Original release

This side
No. Title Length
1. "Tapes, Piano, Violin, Effects"  
Other side
No. Title Length
1. "Tapes, Drums, Syndrum, Guitar, Harmonica, Bass Guitar, Effects"  

2010 reissue

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Remblandt Assemblage Mix 004a" 16:05
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Remblandt Assemblage Mix 004b1" 7:04
2. "Remblandt Assemblage Mix 004b2" 9:48


Original release

  • Recorded at Telecom Studio, Home, Ylem Sound Studio.
  • Mixed at Ylem Sound Studio.

2010 reissue

  • Recorded & mixed at Gap Works, Tokyo on 16 June 1981
  • Remixed by Masami Akita at Lowest Music & Arts Studio, Tokyo
  • Remastered from original master tape in January 2010


  • Masami Akita – tapes, prepared guitar, ring modulator, noise, remix, artwork
  • Kiyoshi Mizutani – piano, violin, harmonica, guitar
  • Make Diaries – layout

(from 2010 reissue)

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Quantity Catalog
Japan 1981 Lowest Music & Arts C46 unknown n/a
United States 2010 Blossoming Noise 300 BN047CS


  1. ^ Woodward, Brett (1999). Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise. Extreme. ISBN 0-646-38326-4. 
  2. ^ "Merzbow - Collection 4 (Cassette, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved March 16, 2013.