Scissors for Cutting Merzbow

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Scissors for Cutting Merzbow
Scissors for Cutting Merzbow.jpg
Studio album by SCUM
Released 1989 (1989)
Recorded May–December 1988
Genre Noise
Label ZSF Produkt
Producer Masami Akita
SCUM chronology
Scissors for Cutting Merzbow

Scissors for Cutting Merzbow is an album by the Merzbow side project SCUM.[1] It was the last LP record released by ZSF Produkt. The project's name is a play on the SCUM Manifesto, and the track titles were influenced by American post-war art. The artwork are collages including images from Human Sex Anatomy by Robert Latou Dickinson.[2] An expanded version was later included in the Merzbox. Some of the original studio sessions were included on Duo.


SCUM was a project where Masami Akita made new releases out of previous Merzbow sessions using cut-ups, effects, and mixing.

In an interview with Arthur Potter, Akita explained that the album "is an attempt to cut up and mix all of the Merzbow sounds I've done" and that SCUM "is an experiment in changing the context of our own music to create new forms. It's like the disposal of Merzbow into the air."

[By disposal] I mean the ongoing process of production. Nothing is really destroyed or disappears, as recycling is part of production. It's a natural and necessary part of post-capitalism. There should be no illusion of only production, as was the case with early industrialization. Present re-production systems point in the direction of a future hyper-dimension of physics. We no longer use a dialectical approach in our disposal/recycling system, only a forward movement to the reproduction of re-production.

— Masami Akita[3]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by SCUM.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Cockchora"  
2. "Great Nude Variation No. 1"  
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Kinetic Environment"  
2. "Yeah, but That Was Just Dyke Stuff"  
3. "Great Nude Variation No. 2"  
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "Music for Funk Arts No. 1"  
Side four
No. Title Length
1. "Music for Funk Arts No. 2"  


  • Recorded at studio and live, May–December 1988
  • Mixed at ZSF Produkt, Tokyo, December 1988
  • Remixed at Tad Pole Studio, Tokyo, December 1988


  • Masami Akita – sources, mixing, production
  • Kiyoshi Mizutani – sources
  • Lowest Arts, Mitsuru Kito, Pornoise – artwork

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Quantity Catalog Sold Out
Japan 1989 ZSF Produkt 2×LP 500 MZ-007/8 Yes


  1. ^ "SCUM (13) - Scissors For Cutting Merzbow (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Woodward, Brett (1999). Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise. Extreme. ISBN 0-646-38326-4. 
  3. ^ Potter, Arthur (1989). RRReport. RRRecords (1).  Missing or empty |title= (help)