Nurse with Wound

A Missing Sense

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AllMusic Review by Rolf Semprebon

This record offers a piece each by experimental artists Nurse With Wound and Organum. The Nurse With Wound track, "A Missing Sense," is sort of a remake of Robert Ashley's "Automatic Writing," and nothing like anything else by the group. When played at low volume, as instructed by the record jacket, one can hardly hear anything except a sporadic click-click noise every few minutes, the other sounds so low in the mix that they get lost. Like the Ashley piece, there are these strange vocal stutters and distant background noises and also some inaudible chanting and movement of metallic objects, as well as organ drones and the blatting of a tuba, and even a pulsing bass rhythm at one point, with everything slowly building but still remaining quite quiet. Much of the sounds get lost in the vinyl, unlike a later reissue of the track on the CD A Missing Scene. The Organum track, "Rasa," which was reissued on CD on the Robot release Organum, Vol. 1, is a bit more dynamic and less ambient, though avoiding the harshness of other early Organum pieces. Drones, scraping noises, and whispery but urgent vocal noises create mesmerizing textures, and this is one of Organum's better works, at once both vital and gripping and spacy and trance-like.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Nurse with Wound Amazon
2 Nurse with Wound feat: Organum Amazon
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