Thanks to the MerzbowNews Twitterservice, I could read this great interview. There are some very interesting answers by Akita, the interviewer has chosen good questions. The interview also confirms that Akita is not using earplugs on live concerts. He also mentioned, that his live performances are not pure improvisation. This was an important question for me.
I have no idea how he can cope without earplugs at his concerts -- when I saw him live, I didn't use any either and my hearing wasn't back to normal till the next morning. How he doesn't need earplugs when he's standing much closer to the speakers than the audience (that night he even stood right next to one of them for a short while), especially considering he has quite a few concerts every year, is beyond me. What he says about unconventional sexuality and noise music being different now than when he wrote his books is interesting. While I have no idea about the former, it's true that in the case of noise music nowadays you can find almost everything on the internet and buy almost everything, no matter how obscure, if you have the money. Back in, say, 1990, you had to actively look for information and releases through specific channels. You probably had to build a network too. Nowadays it's all a mouse click away. It must be interesting to have lived in both worlds, so to say, like Akita has (I myself got into this kind of music at the very end of the pre-internet era). I also find it unfortunate that no books by Akita are available in English. I definitely get the impression he's a kind of academic and it'd be interesting to read his thoughts on the various topics of his books in depth.
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2013 3:31:14 GMT -5 by acsenger
It is hard to say, but I think that Akita is almost deaf. It is impossible that his hearing is after so many years still in a good condition. This seems to be a occupational disease for professional musicans. But strangely, there have been always musicans which were hard of hearing and it doesn't affected them in making (good) music. I also think, that noise music from the time before of the internet was something different, than in our days. On the other side, I am very thankful for this medium. I become aware of Merzbow only through the internet. In the past, it was certainly harder to find information on such a topic. While in earlier days the network was more in a regional area, today the network has expanded to an international level and the exchange of information has become super effective. I wonder how many fans Merzbow had won through the internet. It's sad, that there are no english books by Akita. Even if I am not interested in bondage or animal rights, it would be interesting to read one of his books. I'm sure, that he must have a very sharp mind.
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2013 13:59:18 GMT -5 by neokorosu
Masami is not a deaf person it would be very interesting if he lost his hearing... curious what music will come out... I am not saying that I wish him became a deaf.. no way! I love him...even he said that he is the records collector...lol but you know...maybe? who knows...
one thing I can sure to saying that playing live as performer and being a audience is bit different because of control...audience has no control what so ever...only controls are enjoy the music or leave.. but performer has better idea so they knows what will happen when they taking actions...
for audience it might be much more intense then performer... it's like driving a car...if you are the driver in highway when you are speeding, you can enjoy the speed.. because you are controlling but when you are passenger then the fear became worse because you have no control..
but funny thing is even performer can be an audience when they listening music without preview the album... it's the same thing....it's about the sharing ideas to others back and forth give and take like peace and love
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