Re: [thewire] Fwd: Merzbow Marathon
- d. daniell said:
> picked this up on a list for the radio station WREK in Atlanta, Georgia,didn't realize the PDF would be deleted - here's the press-release in
> USA, and thought it was worth passing along - two straight days of
> Merzbow to be broadcast on this radio station in December. see attached
WREK 91.1 FM - Georgia Tech Student Radio
165 Eighth Street N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30332-0630
voice: (404) 894-2468 fax: (404) 894-6872 web: www.wrek.org
WREK TO AIR TWO-DAY MERZBOW
MARATHON DECEMBER 18-20:
Unprecedented airing of massive collection of 20 years
of works by "extreme" Japanese artist
On December 18th starting at 7 PM and lasting through the
19th and 20th WREK will be making history by broadcasting
Merzbow's entire MerzBox collection without interruption.
Merzbow [Mertz-bow] is the premier noise artist from Japan.
Masami Akita [Ma-simi A-keet-a], the one-man driving force
behind Merzbow, studied literature and visual arts in
college and was heavily influenced by Salvador Dali. He
began his experimentation in noise music by playing with
broken tape recorders and broken instruments back in 1979.
Since then, Akita has been featured on hundreds of albums,
including the culmination of Merzbows artistic work, the
Merzbox. The MerzBox is a 50-CD set containing 30 reissues
from 1979 to 1997, and 20 discs of unreleased material. It
remains the largest musical statement in the history of
noise music, and WREK intends to make history by being the
first station to play all 50 CDs back to back without
Some critics do not consider Merzbows creations valid music.
However, Alex LaRoche, WREK's Program Director and the main
force behind the Merzbow Marathon, argues that, "On first
listen, the music of Merzbow may seem to be pure noise and
free of melody or structure, but there are musical systems
beyond the western 12-note tonal scale that most people are
familiar with. Merzbow has been at this for 20 years, and
I think that after 20 years of improv in any genre, new
structures can be found."
There is no dispute that he is one of the pioneers of the
genre. According to AMG (All Music Guide), "There is no need
to argue: Merzbow stands as the most important artist in
noise music" and he is sometimes referred to as the king of
noise. Merzbow has been producing cutting edge noise music
since 1979, although his first official American release
"Venereology" was not released until 1994.
Beginning in 2003, WREK, Georgia Tech's all student-run radio
station, will be celebrating its 35th year of broadcasting
at 91.1 FM. WREK pioneered Internet broadcasting in 1994
with the launch of streaming content on www.wrek.org and
continues to break new ground on the internet by offering
online listeners a weeklong archive in MP3 format. WREK
proudly brings quality diverse programming to our listeners
by offering everything from big band jazz to the upcoming
Merzbow marathon beginning December 18th. In addition to
WREKs cutting edge music programming, we broadcast news
and analysis of current events that people cannot hear
anywhere else in Atlanta.
For more information on Merzbow in general:
Or for imformation about the MerzBox (the 50 CD box set):
For more information on WREK:
To contact WREK: