Angry Eelectric Finger Raw Material - Zero Mix
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2004 December 12" US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT088
350 Black vinyl copies in regular sleeve
2004 December 12" US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT088
3? Art edition of Zero Mix release with hand painted cover given to the remix artists
Track Listing
Side A
  1. Part One
Side B
  1. Part Two
Sleeve Notes
Steven Stapleton and Colin Potter. Recorded at the Watertower 2001-2002. Cover paintings by Babs Santini. Beautifully photographed by Neville B. Tough.

This album is dedicated to Tim Belbe who passed away on August 18, 2004.
Notes
Original material recorded by Colin Potter and Steven Stapleton between 2001 and 2003, sampled and edited from recordings originally made by Xhol Caravan. Stapleton personally asked Jim O'Rourke, Irr.App.(Ext.) and Cyclobe to "finish" his recordings and Angry Eelectric Finger (Spitch'cock One) was released on CD through United Dairies. World Serpent Distribution went bust and the project wasinherited by Beta-Lactam Ring Records.

Only available when bought together with the three other 12"'s in this series
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It's frustrating that one of the best Nurse With Wound albums in recent years will probably slip through the cracks of formatting politics. Available to purchase only as a bonus vinyl LP with a pre-order of all three collaborative albums, Raw Material-Zero Mix may not be heard by many people. Although it was merely meant to provide source material to be reworked by Jim O'Rourke, Cyclobe and Irr.App.(Ext.), this album should have been released on its own. Rather than sounding like a library of sounds and skeletons of ideas to be fleshed out by other artists, this sounds like a finished, fully formed statement. "Part One" is a side-long exploration of the interplay between various creaking sounds and a steady blanket of drones. This piece recalls one aspect of their recent work, particularly the slowly developing atmospheric moods created with "Beware the African Mosquito (Ring Your Doorbell, Put You to Sleep)" from 2002's Man With the Woman Face and 2003's Salt Marie Celeste. "Part Two" is in sharp contrast to "Part One's" exercise in understatement and tension building, as it embeds the same creaking sounds in a panoramic landscape. This section's nightmarish blasts of sonic detritus are an aural representation of the Hell panel from Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights. Toward the end of the piece the sounds of saxophone, flute and hand drums played by members of Xhol Caravan are introduced. These acoustic sounds don't sound out of place among the electronics that have so far domimnated the album. Between these untreated acoustic sounds, the quiet tones and creaking ratchet sounds in "Part One" and the chaotic shards of noise in "Part Two," Nurse With Wound has provided an impressive range of source material. Although Cyclobe's take on this material is a widely divergent escape into their outer-space freakout zone, O'Rourke and Irr.App.(Ext.) have seemingly done little to further the ideas presented by Stapleton and Potter. It may have been more exciting if the project were taken in the direction of actual collaborations between Nurse With Wound and each of these three artists, who are all good choices for such a task. All of these Angry Eelectric Finger LPs feature excellent design work, which is a step in the right direction for Beta-lactam Ring, whose past releases have often looked amateurish with regard to layout. It's a shame that this album was not given proper release status. Hopefully a CD reissue is in the works, as it would give a proper perspective to the efforts of O'Rourke, Cyclobe and Irr.App.(Ext.).

Jim Siegel
Zero Mix
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2008 May CD US Beta-lactam Ring Records mt201
1100 with Book images / Zero Mix
2008 May CD US Beta-lactam Ring Records mt201
400 with Book images / Zero Mix
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signed and numbered insert in box
Track Listing
  1. Part I (17:36)
  2. Part II (9:48)
  3. Part III (13:36)
Personnel
Sleeve Notes
All music by Colin Potter and Steven Stapleton
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