Photo: Bryony McIntyre

Masami Akita



23 Nov 2003  •  The Arches, Glasgow

What we said at the time:

For those of you not familiar with it, Merzbow is the noise project led by Japan's Masami Akita. If you recall your art history, Kurt Schwitters began a project in the 1930s of constructing the Merzbau -- a house which was shaped, dissolved, and built out of junk. Akita's project of a similar name takes the junk of sound and transforms it into blistering noise assaults with an incredible spectrum and impact.  He is the defining artist in the noise canon, one who opened up new ways off appreciating sound and whose influence can be traced across huge swathes contemporary music: from Scandinavian death metal to the harsh experimental electronica of the Mego set.  This extremely rare performance will be his first ever in Scotland.

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