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Immerzbox

A noise adventure exploring Merzbow's 50-disc Merzbox set, one disc at a time. Hosted by @metaltxt and @EZSnappin. Email us at immerzbox@gmail.com!

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Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Disc 34: SCUM - Severances (1989)

Disc 34: SCUM - Severances (1989) - Merzbow makes a covers record. Sorta. Kinda. Not really.

30mins

10 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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Disc 26: Live In Khabarovsk, CCCP (I'm Proud By Rank Of The Workers)

Disc 26: Live In Khabarovsk, CCCP (I'm Proud By Rank Of The Workers) (1988): Very possibly the weirdest disc on the Merzbox.... because of its relative lack of weirdness? We discuss Masami Akita and Kiyoshi Mizutani playing in a free jazz band with some Russians that probably shoved their way on stage.

27mins

23 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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Disc 10: Solonoise

Disc 10: Solonoise (1982) - 10 discs in to the noise adventure. We talk about how this might be the first real noise album on the Merzbox. Txt forgets what he's supposed to be working on and Erik describes Chewbacca in a way nobody ever needed to think about.

34mins

22 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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Disc 12: Nil Vagina Tape Loops

Disc 12: Nil Vagina Tape Loops (1982) - 12 discs in to the noise adventure. We talk about the Nil Vagina Tape Loop. We talk about the Nil Vagina Tape Loop. We talk about the Nil Vagina Tape Loop. We talk about the Nil Vagina Tape Loop. We talk about the Nil Vagina Tape Loop. Also Japanese version of Curly from the Three Stooges makes an appearance. We talk about the Nil Vagina Tape Loop.

24mins

12 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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Disc 37: Newark Hellfire, Live at WFMU, USA (1990)

Disc 37: Newark Hellfire, Live at WFMU, USA (1990): LIVE FROM WFMU IT'S THE ERIK AND TXT DRIVE TIME HOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: MERZBOW

20mins

24 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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Disc 24: Enclosure/Libido Economy

Disc 24: Enclosure/Libido Economy (1987/8/9): We get into the Ecobondage era - things get slooooooooowwwwwed down. Txt talks about waves a bunch.

28mins

2 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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Disc 25: Vratya Southward

Disc 25: Vratya Southward (1987/88): Ecobondaging continues. We talk about going on an Electroacoustic Voyage, noise walls vs noise oceans, and does Lightning need an extra n?

25mins

16 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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Disc 30: Crocidura Dsi Nezumi (1987/8)

Disc 30: Crocidura Dsi Nezumi (1987/8) - We quiet things down a lot with Disc 30.... until we don't. txt rants about his friendly neighborhood drum circle and Erik tries to make this into a Pink Floyd podcast.

27mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Disc 14: Mechanization Takes Command

Disc 14: Mechanization Takes Command (1984) - 14 discs in to the noise adventure. The gang gets mechanized. We slowly morph into pistons, steam turbines, and a train! Erik demands our listeners make him a Merzbanger from the Merziest Merzbop.

39mins

26 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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Disc 28: Fission Dialogue

Disc 28: Fission Dialogue (1988): An interesting release combining the best of Merzbow's quieter, ambient-er side of things with uhh.. well, some other stuff. Erik talks about a flatulent man walking up some stairs.

23mins

27 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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Disc 18: Pornoise 1KG Vol. 1

Disc 18: Pornoise 1KG Vol. 1 (1984) - The Merzbow stuff that we aren't technically supposed to talk about. Too bad! We're talking about it! Pornoise! Loops! Bass! Screaming! Aliens?

35mins

1 Jun 2019

Rank #11

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Disc 29: Collaborative (1988)

Disc 29: Collaborative (1988) - Merzbow's collaboration CD with S.B.O.T.H.I. - Does bringing this new artist into the mix spice things up a bit? Also Erik makes phaser sounds for 7 minutes straight.

20mins

18 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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Disc 17: Agni Hotra

Disc 17: Agni Hotra (1984-85) - Cool loops, good loops, bad loops, shrill loops. NOT THE BEES. 

43mins

24 May 2019

Rank #13

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Disc 27: Storage

Disc 27: Storage (1988): WAR. WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR. HUH - STORAGE.

29mins

13 Sep 2019

Rank #14

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Disc 23: Mortegage/Batztoutai Extra

Disc 23: Mortegage/Batztoutai Extra (1984): Well this is.... a weird one. Erik and txt talk about how they don't know how to talk about this... and then.... talk about it. Anyway, one of the tracks is called Anus Anvil Anxiety.

29mins

25 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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Disc 9: Yantra Material Action

Disc 9: Yantra Material Action (1982) - 9 discs in to the noise adventure. Txt talks about being stuck in a windstorm surrounded by clanging pots and pans. Erik actually wants a Merzbow track to be longer. And we both talk about spaceships and Godzilla.

42mins

15 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Disc 11: Expanded Music

Disc 11: Expanded Music (1982-83) - 11 discs in to the noise adventure. Txt talks about robots becoming really kind of okay with being tortured to death. Erik hears a runaway player piano and we both become overtaken by the harsh noise wall.

45mins

5 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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Disc 20: Pornoise 1KG Vol. 3

Disc 19: Pornoise 1KG Vol. 3 (1984) - The third of the Pornoise CDs! Oh... dear god... make it end.

17mins

14 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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Disc 16: Dying Mapa Tapes 2-3

Disc 16: Dying Mapa Tapes 2-3 (1983) - 16 discs in to the noise adventure. The second of two Mapas that are Dying episodes. Do we spend a significant chunk of this episode talking about 1980s hockey? Yes, yes we do.

31mins

10 May 2019

Rank #19

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Disc 15: Dying Mapa Tapes 1-2

Disc 15: Dying Mapa Tapes 1-2 (1983) - 15 discs in to the noise adventure. The first of two Mapas that are Dying episodes. Erik does a deep dive into the possibly made up word "Kamarage". txt flips out about violins. And txt and Erik argue about which of two tracks is more mediocre. Less mediocre? Unclear.

40mins

3 May 2019

Rank #20