Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Race or Ethnicity: Asian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Merzbow, Destroyer of Worlds
Father of the noise genre. Has authored dozens of records and tapes, as sampled in the 50-cd Merzbox, as well as being active in the Japanese S&M scene. Though he has lapsed into twiddly laptop-based noise, one can long for the days when it was just Masami and his wife banging on curtains of sheet metal.
Derives his name from Kurt Schwitters' shocking installation, Merzbau (1923-36), originally titled Cathedral of Erotic Misery.
Wife: Reiko Azuma
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Author of books:
Scum Culture (1994, essays)
Bizarre Sex Moderne
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