A History of Noise According to Merzbow

Source: Carriageworks.

To the best of my knowledge I first heard a recording of Merzbow almost 25 years ago.

During this time, I was a compulsive cassette trader; demos, live recordings, limited editions, old 7”s, import only releases; you name it, there was someone out there who had it, you just had to find them. In the days before the web, music travelled by post and was copied – tape to tape – by an army of curious listeners, underground writers, musicians and fanzine editors, all eager to share the joys and pains that music brought them. During this time, I was publishing a ‘zine and running a small label which had started in high school and, through those activities I’d developed a network of like-minded music obsessives around the world.