Takahe Collage

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Takahe Collage
Takahe Collage.jpg
Studio album by Merzbow
Released March 2013 (2013-03)
Recorded December 2012 – January 2013
Studio Munemihouse, Tokyo
Genre Noise
Length 73:54
Label Handmade Birds
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
Takahe Collage
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Brainwashed favorable[1]
Musique Machine 3/5 stars[2]

Takahe Collage is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow.[3][4] The album is named after the Takahē bird.

"Tendenko" is a phrase from the Sanriku Coast region. It teaches that in the event of a tsunami, to immediately go to higher ground, instead of trying to save other people or things. This is credited with saving lives during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, since everyone was focusing on getting to higher ground.[5]

"Grand Owl Habitat" likely refers to an assemblage by the surrealist Joseph Cornell. It was later released on an LP of the same name.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Masami Akita.

No. Title Length
1. "Takahe Collage"   32:26
2. "Tendenko"   29:29
3. "Grand Owl Habitat"   11:59


  • Masami Akita – music, front cover (1983)
  • Joe Beres – design

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Quantity Catalog Sold Out
United States March 2013 Handmade Birds CD 500 HB-DIS060 No


  1. ^ Creaig Dunton (May 5, 2013). "Merzbow, "Takahe Collage"". Brainwashed. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Batty, Roger (July 9, 2013). "Merzbow - Takahe Collage [Handmade Birds - 2013]". Musique Machine. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Merzbow - Takahe Collage (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Merzbow". Handmade Birds. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Corkill, Edan (December 18, 2011). "Fumio Yamashita: May his epitaph be tendenko". The Japan Times. Retrieved August 6, 2013.