hymn_01-virtual is a free downloadable promotional EP for the 2005 album from The Mercy Cage entitled scree: transmissions. it contains 3 full-length album tracks, plus 3 exclusive remixes of songs from the album by breathingunderwater in high bitrate 256kbs mp3 files complete with hi-res TIFF format printable artwork.

to download audio: “right click/save target as” on the download link.

to download artwork: “right click/save target as” on the appropriate thumbnail.

note: all cover artwork is formatted to print at the correct size in your image editor, including MS paint

01: Prozac, God & The Atomic Bomb [7.3MB]
02: Hymn_01 [9.1MB]
03: (a)=arcsin [3.4MB]
04: Prozac, God & The Atomic Bomb [Closing Credits mix] [7.5MB]
05 : Reunion [Siege Mentality mix] [10.1MB]
06: Magnets Coil [Soul Of A New Machine mix] [5.5MB]

all songs, images & text copyright 2004 josh wood. all rights reserved.

Remix: OUJI – Neon Kids [Neo-Tokyo Mix by The Mercy Cage]

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Remix: OUJI – Neon Kids [Neo-Tokyo Mix by The Mercy Cage]

something a little different. a remix i just finished for left-field electro act OUJI. a little housey. many sidechained compressors. check out the original on OUJI’s debut E.P ‘Body Of Work’, out now for free on spotify, bandcamp & soundcloud.

Check out the original below. from the E.P ‘Body Of Work’. which is one of the more interesting records i’ve heard in a while. 5 tracks of smart left-of-center joyous Electropop. with at least a couple of clever programming tricks in each track that’ll give most producers a “how’d they do that” moment. OUJI is also one half of my favourite glitch-hop duo MGC.

New E.P: Five Zeroes: An Other Suicides Companion

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New E.P: Five Zeroes: An Other Suicides Companion

After the release of the single ‘Walking Ghost Phase’ in early 2017, New Zealand Industrial
act The Mercy Cage return with an E.P featuring acclaimed Wellington-based vocalist
Justine O’Gahdra-Sharp, plus guest appearances from U.S Synthwave duo Reapers,
Romanian Soprano Kirine, Auckland Guitarist Dean Young (Built). & Venezuelan session
Cellist Carolina Teuel.

“By turns droney, dirgey, experimental & pretty, ‘Five Zeroes’ is a collection of songs from
the forthcoming album abstracted from the narrative that share an aesthetic, rather than tell
a linear story. Though in a way, a there’s an emergent narrative all its own…”


The 8 track ‘Five Zeroes: An Other Suicides Companion’ E.P is available for streaming now
on Spotify, and for download on bandcamp now.

Featured Performers:

Justine O’Gahdra-Sharp has been active since the mid 1990’s in the Christchurch and Auckland Industrial/Goth scenes. She has performed in bands such as The Gael, Flinch, DIS with David Khan, Roshgar, and her own group Pulchritude. 

Reapers are an Electronic Synthwave duo from Pennsylvania USA. Reapers new album ‘Revelations’ is due out early 2018. New single ‘Watch The Machine’ is out now.

Built is the new recording project from singer/songwriter/guitarist ?Dean Young (breathingunderwater, This Theory Of Static, The Mercy Cage). Built will follow up This Theory Of Static’s critically acclaimed debut album with an E.P due out early 2018

Kirine is a German-based Romanian Soprano. 

Carolina Teruel is a classically trained  Venezuelan Session Cellist

Ami Shimada is a US based Japanese  actress.

The Mercy Cage is an Industrial/cyber-noir band from Auckland, New Zealand.

Snapshots of A Surveillance Manifesto

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Snapshots of A Surveillance Manifesto

Snapshots of a Surveillance Manifesto is an electro/industrial EP by Hungarian cyberpunk novelist & researcher Planetdamage. features a remix by TMC.

Out now on soundcloud, bandcamp and direct download below:




Remix: lichtbeuger – praise be

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Remix: lichtbeuger – praise be

Here’s a remix of the song Praise Be by Auckland band Lichtbeuger.

Lichtbeuger’s debut Piezoelectric EP is available here:
or here:

note: remix contains a sample of Norfolk Jubilee Quartette’s Ride On King Jesus. Which sounds like the name of the greatest 70s bikersploitation movie ever…

[Brand] New Home – Home/Again

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[Brand] New Home – Home/Again

here’s a quick and dirty cover mixed this morning that evolved from a studio improv session a couple of weeks ago. A hot mess of analog synthesis: FEARvLOATHINC’s [Brand] New Home.

In 1997 Bombay girl was the most cyberpunk record I’d ever heard.
A collage of cutting-edge bodymusik, oblique pop culture sampling, numan-esque synthpop, and shouty new wave. An artifact from the future that still holds up today.

Anyway, if you’ve never heard it, check out the original below. It’s way better than this:

Attrition – Part Time Lovers – The 2004 Remixes

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Attrition – Part Time Lovers – The 2004 Remixes

A lost 2004 remix of the song Head Of Gabriel for legendary (and prolific) U.K Darkwave act ATTRITION has just surfaced on their new “Part Time Lovers – The 2004 Release. i haven’t heard this in 10 years….

“The lost remixes from 2004 Dante’s Kitchen album sessions…
Originally destined for a remix collection that never materialised at the time, finally rescued from the archives, lovingly mastered at The Cage by Martin and allowed out to play here..”


Gear: Bontempi musicpartner MS40

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Gear: Bontempi musicpartner MS40


Bontempi Musicpartner MS40

Bontempi Musicpartner MS40

picked this ancient home organ up at a junk store many years ago with the intent of circuit bending, but it has an anachronistic charm as is. a home organ squarewave generator.

here’s how it sounds run through a distortion pedal & three different hardware reverbs. an improvised live looping piece from 2011:


audio thing: monsters

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audio thing: monsters

tin a tin can, some rubber bands & a sampler.
a sonic experiment for Angelspit’s 40 hr rock challenge: MONSTERS





lost & found (again)

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lost & found (again)

‘Re:Cover – an underground New Zealand music exploration’ is a free downloadable compilation featuring some of New Zealand’s finest underground dark-alt/industrial/electro/experimental artists recording interpretations of their favourite kiwi songs. Inspired by the “She’s Lost” compilation from 2007 (and including many of the same artists), we hope to put a new spin on known and unknown tracks from our musical past. “

includes the mercy cage covering the car crash set classic fall from grace.

“Car Crash Set were a pioneering new zealand synthpop outfit. Fall From Grace is an amazing song from their 1983 E.P Two Songs. Overshadowed from that release by the more familiar Outsider, Fall From Grace is just beautiful, world-class synthpop. Somewhat hard to find these days, but take the time to find this song. It’s perfect.

Arranged & recorded in a day, our take on the song was to sound like an industrial garage-rock band jamming on a synthpop song. 30 year-old analogue synth live looping, manually triggered samples & improvised noise guitar. A little sketchy in places, but cybernetic rock & roll usually is.”

grab it here.

False Prophets [Mentallo & The Fixer cover] [2004]

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False Prophets [Mentallo & The Fixer cover] [2004]

a fairly faithful version of my favourite MATF song, recorded for a proposed tribute album that fell apart in paticularly spectacular fashion in april 2004.

rewired by The Mercy Cage @ v.e.t_labs, Tauranga, New Zealand. March 2004.

original blurb:

for me, mentallo & the fixer epitomised everything good about the early 90s electro-industrial scene. brutal upfront production, raw synthwork, abstract atmospheres  & a healthy dose of experimentalism. the brothers dassing always seemed to approach music with an almost missionary zeal, there’s an intensity in most of their work  that borders on religious fervor. The raw energy of albums like “revelations 23” & “where angels fear to tread ” makes the current crop of electro bands seem rather tame & safe by comparison.