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Studio album by Merzbow
Released 1987 (1987)
Recorded December 1986 – July 1987 at ZSF Produkt Studio, Asagaya, Tokyo
Genre Noise
Length 66:17 (reissue)
Label ZSF Produkt
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
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Ecobondage is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow,[1] it uses "handmade thin metal precussion, with an emphasis on scratched metal noises".[2]The title stands for "Bondage Economy". The album was inspired by Michel Foucault's book The Birth of the Clinic, and Masami Akita wrote Anagram of Perversion, his first book, during the recording of the album.

Two cassettes were made using raw material from the album, Enclosure and Vratya Southward.[3]

The track "Ecobondage [Ending]" was remixed by Autechre on the Merzbow remix album Scumtron.

Track listing[edit]

Vinyl version

All music composed by Masami Akita.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Ecobondage"    
2. "Prison of Takaou"    
3. "Blow Up"    
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Ha Ha Ho Bari (Mari)"    
2. "Balloon"    
3. "Contraction"    

CD reissue

All music composed by Masami Akita.

No. Title Length
1. "Ecobondage" (including: Prison of Taka-ou + Blow Up) 30:07
2. "Ha Ha Ho Bari [Mari]" (including: Balloon + Contraction) 31:05
3. "Ecobondage [Ending]"   5:05
Total length:


  • Masami Akita – performer
  • Kiyoshi Mizutani – keyboards on "Ecobondage", computer on "Contraction"
  • Paul Hurst – tape on "Balloon"
  • Mamoru Murayama/Ad Suprex – cover [original]
  • Abtechtonics – artwork [reissue]


  • Remastered from original cassette to DAT on Sep. '94 [reissue]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Quantity Catalog
Japan 1987 ZSF Produkt LP 300 SH62-01
United States 1995 Distemper CD n/a DISTEMPER 001
Italy October 15, 2015 Menstrual 2×LP + CD 250 LH66


  1. ^ "Merzbow - Ecobondage". Discogs. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Potter, Arthur (1989). RRReport. RRRecords (1).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Woodward, Brett (1999). Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise. Melbourne, Australia: Extreme Records. ISBN 0646383264.