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Merzbox
Box set by Merzbow
Released 2000
Recorded 1979–1997
Genre Noise
Length 49:54:47
Label Extreme
Producer Masami Akita
Professional reviews
Merzbow chronology
Happenings 1000 Years Time Ago
(1999)
Merzbox
(2000)
Live at Radio 100
(2000)

Merzbox is a boxed set of CDs by Japanese noise musician Merzbow, released in 2000 by Extreme Records. The set consists of 50 CDs, spanning Merzbow's career from 1979 to 1997. Thirty of the discs are reissues from LP, CD, or cassette. The remaining twenty are previously unreleased albums. The Merzbox also contains a t-shirt, posters, book, medallion, stickers, postcards and two CD-ROMs. It is encased in a custom designed "leather fetish box" and limited to 1000 copies. The mastering was undertaken by Melbourne based audio mastering engineer, Francois Tetaz. The first hint about the album was given when Merzbow released on 1997, Merzbox Sampler, a compilation album from the Merzbox.

Limited editions of the Merzbox also feature two bonus CDs featuring Merzbow's collaborations with Eugene Thacker and Shane Fahey (of Social Interiors and The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast) and extra posters.

In 2002, Georgia Tech student radio station WREK 91.1 FM aired the Merzbox in its entirety from December 17 to December 19.[1] An article in Creative Loafing described the Merzbow Marathon as "what may be the most obscure and counterintuitive move in the history of radio".

Track listing

(Note: The track listings for discs 5 and 6 as given in the Merzbox set itself have been transposed in error. The correct track listings are given below.)

1. 1979 – OM Electrique
# Title Length
1. "OM Electrique Part 1"   31:17
2. "OM Electrique Part 2"   7:55
3. "Untitled Taped Drum Solo"   8:59
4. "Untitled Guitar Solo"   10:25
2. 1980 – Metal Acoustic Music
# Title Length
1. "Balance of Neurosis"   46:59
3. 1980 – Remblandt Assemblage
# Title Length
1. "Remblandt Assemblage"   9:44
2. "Voice of Scwitters"   2:09
3. "Theme of Dadaist"   9:39
4. "Hans Arp"   1:47
5. "Tape Dada"   5:52
6. "Music Concret"   2:34
7. "Prepare Guitar Solo 1"   17:32
8. "Prepare Guitar Solo 2"   3:59
4. 1981 – Collection Era Vol. 1
# Title Length
1. "Electric Environment"   24:00
2. "Untitled Material Action"   23:57
3. "Telecom Manipulation"   18:18
5. 1981 – Collection Era Vol. 2
# Title Length
1. Untitled   5:17
2. Untitled   5:59
3. Untitled   10:35
4. Untitled   6:13
5. Untitled   4:53
6. Untitled   6:51
7. Untitled   3:14
8. Untitled   22:52
6. 1981 – Collection Era Vol. 3
# Title Length
1. "Merz Rock 1"   1:58
2. "Merz Rock 2"   8:23
3. "Merz Gamlan 1"   15:54
4. "Merz Gamlan 2"   5:55
5. "Merz Scat"   11:29
6. "Merztronics Jazz Mix"   11:45
7. "Merztronics Rhythm Mix"   11:17
7. 1981 – Paradoxa Paradoxa
# Title Length
1. "Paradoxa Paradoxa Pt.1"   46:14
2. "Paradoxa Paradoxa Pt.2"   26:08
8. 1981 – Material Action for 2 Microphones
# Title Length
1. "Hoochie Coochie Scratched Man"   25:31
2. "Yumin, Non Stop Disco"   21:14
3. "New Acoustic Music No.7"   23:58
9. 1982 – Yantra Material Action
# Title Length
1. Untitled   11:25
2. Untitled   2:52
3. Untitled   1:48
4. Untitled   4:37
5. Untitled   1:06
6. Untitled   8:40
7. Untitled   7:26
8. Untitled   4:35
10. 1982 – Solonoise
# Title Length
1. "Solonoise Pt.1"   23:55
2. "Solonoise Pt.2"   23:42
3. "Solonoise Pt.3"   22:21
11. 1982 – Expanded Music
# Title Length
1. "Manipulation 1"   17:37
2. "Manipulation 2"   5:28
3. "Manipulation 3"   6:36
4. "Manipulation 4"   3:53
5. "Manipulation 5"   2:51
6. "Manipulation 6"   2:15
7. "Manipulation 7"   1:57
8. "Manipulation 8"   5:45
9. "M.F.S. W 1"   18:58
12. 1982 – Nil Vagina Tape Loops
# Title Length
1. "Nil Vagina Tape Loop No.0"   14:08
2. "Nil Vagina Tape Loop No.1"   30:19
3. "Nil Vagina Tape Loop No.2"   28:28
13. 1983 – Material Action 2 (N.A.M.)
# Title Length
1. "Nil ad Mirari"   22:47
2. "Nimbus Alter Magneto Electricity"   18:12
14. 1983 – Mechanization Takes Command
# Title Length
1. "Electric Pygmy Decollage"   14:12
2. "Machanization Takes Command"   11:01
3. "Peaches Red Indian"   10:46
4. "Sahara"   5:44
5. "Iggy"   3:15
6. "Suicidal Machine"   14:17
7. "Ai-Da-Ho"   10:19
15. 1983 – Dying Mapa Tapes 1–2
# Title Length
1. "Denigration"   10:07
2. "Indifferent Pt.1"   6:20
3. "Indifferent Pt.2"   8:01
4. "Ooinon for Satva Karman (Sprashutavia) Decoup"   21:46
5. "Dharma Kamarage"   22:17
16. 1983 – Dying Mapa Tapes 2–3
# Title Length
1. "Sukha, Chanda, Tanno, Kless"   23:28
2. "Genetic Erotic (Sie Wiro Weib)"   22:57
3. "Rejet, Ictus, Connotation, Accompagnement, Penisersatz, Stigma Indelible Etc."   23:14
17. 1984 – Agni Hotra
# Title Length
1. "Agni Hotra"   18:26
2. "Asagaya in Rain"   3:51
3. "Swamp Metal"   6:29
4. "Loops in Flames"   12:30
5. "Arbertus Magnus"   7:14
6. "Kunyan"   7:52
7. "Untitled Waves"   6:45
18. 1984 – Pornoise/1kg Vol.1
# Title Length
1. "Industrial"   3:32
2. "Loop Fuck 1"   6:12
3. "Loop Fuck 2"   5:39
4. "Obituary 1"   5:15
5. "Obituary 2"   7:12
6. "Night Noise White"   31:24
19. 1984 – Pornoise/1kg Vol.2
# Title Length
1. "New Karhma"   31:24
2. "Dynamite Don Don Pt.1"   16:54
3. "Dynamite Don Don Pt.2"   13:16
20. 1984 – Pornoise/1kg Vol.3
# Title Length
1. "UFO vs British Army"   30:46
2. "Toy 69"   28:55
21. 1984 – Pornoise Extra
# Title Length
1. "Flesh Radio 1"   4:49
2. "Flesh Radio 2"   4:51
3. "Dance Of Dharma-Kala"   13:29
4. "Psychotic Orange"   0:42
5. "Helgas Death Disco"   5:34
6. "Eros Pandra"   8:28
7. "Kirie"   6:45
8. "Domine"   5:54
9. "Chopin Is Dead"   5:55
10. "Risa Supersex"   2:55
22. 1985 – Sadomasochismo/The Lampinak
# Title Length
1. "Antimony Pt.1"   10:30
2. "Antimony Pt.2"   13:05
3. "Eyes of Isonokami"   11:40
4. "The Lampinak - Sarpent Power"   10:29
5. "Carcass on the Floor"   4:35
6. "Village of 8 Graves"   4:30
23. 1986 – Mortegage/Batztoutai Extra
# Title Length
1. "Anus Anvil Anxiety (Long Version)"   14:40
2. "Radio 1511"   24:01
3. "Mortegage Inc. Batztoutai"   23:21
24. 1987 – Enclosure/Libido Economy
# Title Length
1. "Enclosure"   17:27
2. "Scarabe"   5:33
3. "Interline No.1-3"   18:10
4. "Itch"   5:39
5. "Libido Economy No.1"   5:39
6. "Libido Economy No.2"   5:32
25. 1987 – Vratya Southward
# Title Length
1. "Electroacoustic Voyage"   23:47
2. "Electric Red Desart"   18:19
3. "Lightning"   19:10
26. 1988 – Live in Khabarovsk, CCCP (I'm Proud by Rank of the Workers)
# Title Length
1. "Live at Trade Unions Place of Culture Hall 23 March 1988"   29:21
2. "Live at Soviet Army Officers House Hall 24 March 1988"   28:13
27. 1988 – Storage
# Title Length
1. "War Storage Pt.1"   23:02
2. "War Storage Pt.2"   23:48
3. "War Storage Pt.3"   21:08
28. 1988 – Fission Dialogue
# Title Length
1. "White Gamlan"   16:27
2. "Fission Dialogue"   9:08
3. "Inside Tangues in Tera-Aspic"   32:11
29. 1988 – Collaborative
# Title Length
1. "Joint" (featuring S.B.O.T.H.I.) 20:51
2. "Code-Gerausch-Aggregate" (featuring S.B.O.T.H.I.) 20:12
3. "Jointed"   7:06
30. 1988 – Crocidura Dsi Nezumi
# Title Length
1. "Mustela Erminea Nippon"   23:00
2. "Mustela Sixasa Namiyei" (includes "The Revenge of the Son of Monster Magnet") 23:50
3. "Strange Strings"   16:16
31. 1989 – KIR Transformation
# Title Length
1. "KIR Transformation" (featuring Achim Wollscheid) 40:40
32. 1989 – SCUM – Scissors for Cutting Merzbow vol. 1
# Title Length
1. "Cockchola"   12:54
2. "Extract 1"   4:21
3. "Extract 2"   5:48
4. "Extract 3"   1:18
5. "Extract 4"   5:59
6. "Kinetic Environment"   11:46
7. "Yeah, But That Was Just Dyke Stuff Great Nude Variation No.2"   17:46
33. 1989 – SCUM – Scissors for Cutting Merzbow vol. 2
# Title Length
1. "Music for Funk Arts No.1"   22:51
2. "Music for Funk Arts No.2"   22:09
3. "Great Nude Variation No.1"   12:05
4. "Extract 5"   3:40
34. 1989 – SCUM – Severances
# Title Length
1. "UP Steel CUM"   16:24
2. "Catabolism Variation Stereo No.1"   14:02
3. "Deaf Forever / Wild Thing / Electric Shaver Forest / De-Soundtrack Variation No.1 / Rap the Khabarovsk"   31:01
35. 1989 – SCUM – Steel Cum
# Title Length
1. "Mona"   2:51
2. "Great Nude Variation No.3"   5:57
3. "Duck Exercise"   17:14
4. "Blues in C Minor"   24:23
5. "Body"   6:09
36. 1990 – Cloud Cock OO Grand
# Title Length
1. "Brain Forest for Metal Acoustic Concret"   23:37
2. "Spinnozaamen"   24:01
3. "Autopussy Go No Go"   7:40
4. "Modular"   15:12
5. "Postfix"   8:26
37. 1990 – Newark Hellfire – Live On WFMU, 1990
# Title Length
1. "Newark Hellfire"   58:45
38. 1990 – Hannover Cloud
# Title Length
1. "Magnetic Void"   20:35
2. "Rocket Bomber"   15:17
3. "Untitled Cock"   6:13
4. "Autopussy Go No Go 2"   13:22
39. 1991 – Stacy Q, Hi Fi Sweet Leaf
# Title Length
1. "Decomposed Cockoo"   26:29
2. "Stacy Q, Hi Fi Sweet Leaf"   26:28
40. 1992 – Music for True Romance Vol.1
# Title Length
1. "True Romance Theme"   3:52
2. "Music Cave"   2:27
3. "She Floating - Preparation"   15:43
4. "She Mutilation - Main Ritual"   15:17
5. "Injured Imperial Soldiers Marching Song"   22:29
41. 1993 – Brain Ticket Death
# Title Length
1. "Metal of Doom"   6:36
2. "Electric Peekaboo"   3:45
3. "Iron Caravan"   5:33
4. "Brain Ticket Death"   34:01
42. 1993 – Sons of Slash Noise Metal
# Title Length
1. "In-a-Gadda-Veddah"   16:53
2. "Cross Toad"   10:57
3. "Slash Embryo"   32:34
43. 1994 – Exotic Apple
# Title Length
1. "Sunohara Youri Is Suzanna Erica"   10:16
2. "Moon over the Bwana A"   5:30
3. "Apple Rock 1"   14:20
4. "Apple Rock 2"   16:17
5. "Apple Rock 3"   7:23
6. "Apple Rock 4"   7:55
44. 1995 – Liquid City
# Title Length
1. "Liquid City 17-1-95"   19:11
2. "Dalitech Filters"   21:09
3. "Tiabguls"   9:16
4. "Cheese Car Commando"   7:35
45. 1995 – Red Magnesia Pink
# Title Length
1. "Minus Zero"   5:57
2. "Etic"   4:08
3. "Delta X"   4:33
4. "Tremelo Man"   10:27
5. "Euclids Pickel"   13:48
6. "Chameleon Body"   9:18
7. "Little Bang!"   7:38
8. "You - Bahn"   5:27
46. 1995 – Marfan Syndrome
# Title Length
1. "Marfan Syndrome for Blue (Remix)"   7:07
2. "Oldenbergs Soft Gun"   18:39
3. "Spider Nest Castle Pt.1"   12:26
4. "Un Br Che"   11:25
5. "Yosef Voice"   2:12
47. 1996 – Rhinogradentia
# Title Length
1. "Rhinogradentia"   14:52
2. "Silver Scintillator"   16:41
3. "Narco"   24:02
48. 1997 – Space Mix Travelling Band
# Title Length
1. "Travelling 1997"   20:04
2. "Floating Manhattan"   14:06
3. "Hongkong Suite"   24:52
49. 1997 – Motorond
# Title Length
1. "Motorond Pt.2"   31:25
2. "Motorond Pt.1"   27:53
50. 1997 – Annihiloscillator
# Title Length
1. "Hair Gun"   13:16
2. "Kyoko Hamara Air Clyster"   12:14
3. "Black Brain of Piranese"   13:26
4. "Soft Parts 1&2"   17:29
5. "Wild Pair"   3:50
51. 1997 – Decomposition 001 (with Eugene Thacker) (available with initial Merzbox pressings only)
# Title Length
1. "Decomposition 001"   43:53
2. "Erotodatavirus 9.1.3"   15:20
52. 1997 – Decomposition 002 (with Shane Fahey) (available with initial Merzbox pressings only)
# Title Length
1. "Decomposition 002-1"   20:14
2. "Decomposition 002-2"   30:47
3. "Water-drip-code"   13:32

References

  1. ^ WREK - Merzbow Marathon

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