Music for Urbanism

by Merzbow + Shinji Miyadai

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Music by Masami Akita.
Text by Shinji Miyadai.
Photograph by Masami Akita.
Designed by Emi Aida.
Produced by Kohei Noguchi.


released October 8, 2015


Merzbow is an extreme experimental music project created in Tokyo in 1979 under the direction of musician Masami Akita (秋田昌美) and is recognized as being one of the earliest projects in what has become known as "Japanese noise". Highly prolific, Merzbow has released hundreds of recordings since 1979.

秋田昌美によるヴィーガン・ストレイト・エッジ・ノイズ・プロジェクト。80年代初頭のノイズ・インダストリアル・シーンに参加し海外のレーベルを中心にリリースを始める。90年代にはグラインドコアの影響を受けデスメタルのレーベルRelapseからアルバムをリリース。2000年代にはmegoの「punkなcomputer music」に共鳴、ラップトップによるライブ手法を採用した。2003年頃から「動物の権利」(アニマルライツ)の観点からヴィーガン(完全菜食主義)を実践している。「捕鯨反対」「イルカ漁反対」「毛皮反対」等をテーマに作品を制作している。 近年はアナログ機材を主体にした音作りを行っている。


Miyadai Shinji- Sociologist whose works in the late 90s focused on Japanese subcultures and their behavioral patterns. Specifically considering the Otaku and kogul ("blue sailor suit girls:"), his works tackled behaviors that were often times sensationalized and depicted by the media. Proposes that Japan's youth have lost a sense of societal community, instead developing "island universes," enclosed youth groups such as the otaku or kogul, to satisfy this need. As such, they seem to exemplify the desire to construct a replacement for the lost grand narrative. However, this is not seamless replacement. Instead, these group are defined by "depthless communication based on the symbolic exchanges and a self-image that is barely maintained within the limited information space." The fictional is used as a replacement "to artificially make up for the presuppositions of communication that have become weaker than before." This notion calls to mind the previously stated argument that otaku social interactions are not defined by confusion between fiction and reality, but rather than fiction just better meets the social needs that the weakened state of traditional society can no longer fulfill.

社会学者。映画批評家。首都大学東京教授。1959年3月3日仙台市生まれ。京都市で育つ。東京大学大学院博士課程修了。社会学博士。権力論、国家論、宗教論、性愛論、犯罪論、教育論、外交論、文化論などの分野で単著20冊、共著を含めると100冊の著書がある。最近の著作には『14歳からの社会学』(筑摩書房)『私たちはどこから来て、どこへ行くのか』(幻冬舎)などがある。キーワードは、全体性、ソーシャルデザイン、アーキテクチャ、 根源的未規定性、など。



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