Space Music
Details
2009 November CD US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT080b
In card gatefold sleeve
Track Listing
  1. Space Music (54:39)
Personnel
Sleeve Notes
Nurse With Wound
Space Music

Steven Stapleton
Andrew Liles
Colin Potter

Space Music was officially commissioned by the Melbourne Planetarium "Science In The Dark" series 2009. Special thanks to Emilie Zoey Baker.

Warning: subliminal effects are used on this recording
Notes
From the house program for the event:

The show has many exciting components:
Legendary UK experimental musicians Nurse With Wound have contributed a new piece commissioned especially for Elemental, based on the theory that the resonant frequency of the Big Bang was F#...
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After six years of being just a title on the Beta-lactam Ring Records website, I was losing hope of this album ever materialising. There was the danger that if it did ever arrive on earth that it would be an anticlimax but thankfully I can report that it is one of the best realised Nurse With Wound albums yet. Steven Stapleton and his crew, including first mate Andrew Liles and chief of engineering Colin Potter, voyage through the outer limits of The Outer Limits and Sun Ra's most cosmic offerings. Influenced by those haunting electronic soundtracks of vintage Sci-Fi, Stapleton guides the U.S.S. Nurse With Wound through the furthest regions of the universe, documenting spatial anomalies and creating some of the best sounds audible in the Milky Way.

The incidental sounds that permeate B-movies and those weird LPs of electronic music that attempt to evoke the sounds of the cosmos are the main points of reference for Space Music. Beginning with what sounds like asteroids hammering off each other, it promises to be an exciting and violent piece but after these few minutes of activity, the calm of an infinite void sets in and Space Music proves to be a predominantly low key piece that lends itself beautifully to deep (space) listening. The kind of sounds that I imagine the scientists at CERN long to hear coming from their machines emanate from the stereo like some interdimensional transmission in a format that we have no idea how to pick up with our primitive technology. Cold, metallic tones ring out into the vast infinitum of space like God's tinnitus from the big bang. This is quantum music for quantum people and I need an equation to fully describe it.

Leaving behind the cosmic analogies and metaphors, Space Music is more than just another genre work by Nurse With Wound. This album sits perfectly well alongside other "ambient" works in Stapleton's repertoire like Soliloquy for Lilith and Salt Marie Celeste but just as there is no tangible link between those two albums, Space Music also sits out there on its own. I find both those older albums to be difficult listens in that I find them incredibly unnerving (although that is part of their appeal for me) yet in the case of Space Music I feel like the Star-Child from 2001: A Space Odyssey; the embryonic brine of the womb replaced with a calming, god-like light. The liner notes mention that subliminal effects are used throughout the album and I wonder if these have anything to do with its strangely calming ambience.

Listening to this, it makes me wonder why people point radio receivers at the heavens when such unearthly sounds are being generated on earth. Space Music is, along with Jack Dangers' Music for Planetarium, almost unique in being cosmic music that truly sounds like it is from the gaps between the stars. All those years of tinkering have paid off and Space Music caps off both a productive year and decade in the ongoing adventures of Nurse With Wound. Perhaps the next ten years will bring us that hip hop album we always wanted.

John Kealy

20 December 2009
Space Music
Details
2009 November CD US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT080b
500 signed and numbered copies
In card gatefold sleeve in slip case
Track Listing
  1. Space Music (54:39)
Personnel
Sleeve Notes
Nurse With Wound
Space Music

Steven Stapleton
Andrew Liles
Colin Potter

Space Music was officially commissioned by the Melbourne Planetarium "Science In The Dark" series 2009. Special thanks to Emilie Zoey Baker.

Warning: subliminal effects are used on this recording
Notes
From the house program for the event:

The show has many exciting components:
Legendary UK experimental musicians Nurse With Wound have contributed a new piece commissioned especially for Elemental, based on the theory that the resonant frequency of the Big Bang was F#...
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Space Music
Details
2010 January 12" US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT080C/BAKED11
200 light blue vinyl copies
in book bound gatefold sleeve
12" x 12" black card insert signed by Steven Stapleton.
Track Listing
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  1. Space Music
B
  1. Space Music
Personnel
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Notes
Released as part of Beta-Lactam Ring Records "Records Are Not For Baking" series. A subscriber series under which six regular releases were bundled with six subscriber-only releases. This was the penultimate record in the series. It has a standard Beta-Lactam Ring catalog number and a "Records Are Not For Baking" catalog number.

It was paired with the picture disc of the same name.

Some blue vinyl copies were also sold separately.
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Space Music
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2010 January 12" US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT080C
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