Nerve Net

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Nerve Net
Studio album by Brian Eno
Released 1 September 1992
Genre Experimental, electronic
Length 1:04:25
Label All Saints Records
Producer Brian Eno
Brian Eno chronology
Wrong Way Up
(1990)
Nerve Net
(1992)
The Shutov Assembly
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]
Entertainment Weekly C−[3]
Pitchfork Media 7.7/10[4]
Q 3/5 stars[5]
PopMatters 9/10[6]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[7]

Nerve Net is a 1992 music album by the British musician Brian Eno. It marked a return to more rock-oriented material, mixed with heavily syncopated rhythms, experimental electronic compositions and an occasional touch of jazz. The ambient sensibility is still there on several tracks, though it is often darker and moodier than the pieces Eno is best known for.

The album generated 12-inch and CD singles for the pieces "Ali Click"[1], and "Fractal Zoom"[2], both of which featured various remixes of the songs by the likes of Moby, Markus Dravs and Isaac Osapanin.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Brian Eno.

  1. "Fractal Zoom" – 6:24
  2. "Wire Shock" – 5:27
  3. "What Actually Happened?" – 4:41
  4. "Pierre in Mist" – 3:47
  5. "My Squelchy Life" – 4:02
  6. "Juju Space Jazz" – 4:26
  7. "The Roil, the Choke" – 5:00
  8. "Ali Click" – 4:13
  9. "Distributed Being" – 6:10
  10. "Web" – 6:21
  11. "Web (Lascaux Mix)" – 9:44
  12. "Decentre" – 3:26

2004/2005 Remaster[edit]

All Saints/Hannibal/Ryko (HNCD 1477)
On 28 June 2005, a remastered version of Nerve Net was issued with the following bonus tracks:

  1. "Fractal Zoom" (Separate Time Edit)
  2. "Ali Click" (Doo Gap Mix)

All Saints/Hannibal (HNCD 1477) / (HNCD1477ADV)
Some versions, including a promotional disc released in 2004, contained the following bonus tracks:

  1. "Fractal Zoom" (Mary's Birthday Edit)
  2. "Ali Click" (Trance Mix Short)

All Saints (ASCDA41) / Beat Records (BRC-101)
Yet other versions, instead of bonus remixes, included an enhanced section with an "Ali Click" video by Jerome Lefdup and Lari Flash.

2014 Remaster[edit]

The December 2014 remaster includes no bonus material on the Nerve Net disc, but does include a bonus disc with the original My Squelchy Life album:

  1. "I Fall Up"
  2. "The Harness"
  3. "My Squelchy Life"
  4. "Tutti Forgetti"
  5. "Stiff"
  6. "Some Words"
  7. "Juju Space Jazz"
  8. "Under"
  9. "Everybody’s Mother"
  10. "Little Apricot"
  11. "Over"

My Squelchy Life supposedly was to be released in September 1991, but as the release was postponed to February 1992, Eno decided to re-edit the album into Nerve Net instead.[8]

Personnel[edit]

  • Robert Ahwai – Guitar
  • Peter Anderson – Guitar
  • Richard Bailey – drums
  • Duchess Nell Catchpole – vocals, Voices
  • Ian Denchdrum loop
  • Markus Dravs – Drums, Drum programming, Treatments
  • Wayne Duchamp – Alto Saxophone
  • Brian EnoOrgan, Synthesizer, Bass Guitar, Guitar, keyboards, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Voices, Multi Instruments, Treatments, African Organ, Animal Sounds, Arabesque
  • Roger Eno – Piano, Sampling
  • Robert Fripp – Guitar
  • John Paul Jones – Piano
  • John May – Voices, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
  • Roderick Melvin – Piano
  • Sugarfoot Moffett – Drums
  • John Moorby – Voices, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
  • Alice Ngukwe – Tenor Saxophone
  • Winston Ngukwe – Conga
  • Isaac Osapanin – Conga
  • Anita Patel – Voices, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
  • Sunita Patel – Voices, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
  • Yogish Patel – Voices, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
  • Curtis Pelican – Trumpet
  • Robert Quine – Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
  • Cecil Stamper III – Drums
  • Benmont Tench – percussion
  • Christine West-Oram – Vocals
  • Jamie West-Oram – Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
  • Romeo WIlliams – Bass Guitar

Singles[edit]

In conjunction with Nerve Net, two CD maxi-singles were released.

Ali Click[edit]

"Ali Click"
Single by Brian Eno
Released 1992
Genre Experimental music, Electronic music, Remix
Length 40:57
Label Opal
Producer(s) Brian Eno

Ali Click (1992) is a CD Maxi-Single of remixes of the song "Ali Click" from Brian Eno's album Nerve Net. It is also notable for including a version of "I Fall Up", a track from the withdrawn My Squelchy Life album, which is longer than the 3:42 version included in Eno Box II: Vocal.

  1. "Ali Click [Grid Master Edit]" – 4:48
  2. "Ali Click [Album Edit]" – 3:41
  3. "Ali Click [Rural 'Doo Gap' Mix]" – 4:43
  4. "Ali Click [Trance Mix – Long]" – 7:28
  5. "Ali Click [Darkly Mad Mix]" – 4:09
  6. "Ali Click [Grid Master Remix]" – 7:10
  7. "Ali Click [Beirut Hilton Mix]" – 4:04
  8. "I Fall Up" – 4:54

Fractal Zoom[edit]

"Fractal Zoom"
Single by Brian Eno
Released 1992
Genre Experimental music, Electronic music, Remix
Length 69:43
Label Opal
Producer(s) Brian Eno. Additional production by Moby.

Fractal Zoom' (1992) is a CD Maxi-Single of remixes of the song "Fractal Zoom" from Brian Eno's album Nerve Net. Tracks marked '*' mixed by Markus "Dravius" Draws. Tracks marked '**' mixed remixed with additional production by Moby.

  1. "Fractal Zoom [Separate Time Edit]" * – 4:14
  2. "Fractal Zoom [Mary's Birthday Edit]" ** – 3:50
  3. "Fractal Zoom [Up River Mix]" ** – 8:10
  4. "Fractal Zoom" * – 7:00
  5. "The Roil, The Choke" – 5:03
  6. "Fractal Zoom [Naive Mix I]" ** – 5:27
  7. "Fractal Zoom [Zaire Mix]" * – 6:16
  8. "Fractal Zoom [Naive Mix II]" ** – 5:56
  9. "Fractal Zoom [Landed Mix]" ** – 5:55
  10. "Fractal Zoom [Bucolic Mix]" ** – 4:44
  11. "Fractal Zoom [Separate Time Full Length]" * – 6:26
  12. "Fractal Zoom [Mary's Birthday Mix]" ** – 7:06

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