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Every Screaming Ear

by Doctor Nerve

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    "The ultimate Doctor Nerve experience":
    At first, the album appears as a mixed bag of goods: high energy live Doctor Nerve performances and a cover of Captain Beefheart's "When It Blows Its Stacks," a few "Nervewares" (compositions generated by software written by Didkovsky), and collaborations with NewEar, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, and the Isso Yukihiro Group.

    But instead of being a collection of oddities, Every Screaming Ear reveals itself as the ultimate Doctor Nerve experience. Every aspect of the band is represented in its context: the ultra-complex, light-speed fast tunes, the contemporary chamber works, and the downright craziness that becomes so palpable when seeing the band live.

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Splinter 02:27
We'd barely come together, already splintered in half
Unnas Rumpus 00:57
Spy Boy 03:11


Scorching live Doctor Nerve performances recorded while the band was on tour in Europe, and utterly insane collaborations makes this record a raging treat for your screaming ears. Bunch of raw live Nerve performances, plus Nick performing a couple of Nerve tunes with Isso Yukihiro Group during his Japan solo tour, plus a Beefheart cover with Nerve and Meridian Arts Ensemble, plus an arrangement of a Nerve tune performed by the chamber ensemble NewEar... c'mon this is nuts. Just get it.


released January 21, 1997

Doctor Nerve:
Greg Anderson - bass
Leo Ciesa - drums
Nick Didkovsky - guitar
Dave Douglas - trumpet and baritone thing
Yves Duboin - soprano sax
Rob Henke - trumpet
Michael Lytle - bass clarinet
Marc Wagnon - vibraphone


"Nerveware No 8" was recorded on May 15,1996 by NewEar in White Recital Hall at the Performing Arts Center at UMKC, and engineered by Scott Gregory.

P. Alonzo Conway arranged this piece for NewEar, cleverly omitting the guitar part, which was later added by Didkovsky at Harvestworks.

Christine Brebes - violin
Jeffrey Ruckma - Accordion
Rev. Dwight Frizzell - Clarinet
Dr. Thomas Aber - Bass Clarinet
Leah Hokanson - Piano
Jan Faidley - Bari Sax
Mark Lowry - Found Object Drum Set
P. Alonzo Conway - Contrabass Sarrussophone


"When it Blows Its Stacks" was recorded by Doctor Nerve and Meridian Arts Ensemble. Recorded and mixed at World Studios right around June 1996. Basic tracks engineered by Greg Anderson, Paul Warren Jacobs, and Mark Dann (but mostly by Greg). Mixed by Greg Anderson and Nick Didkovsky. Post production at Harvestworks by Paul Geluso and Didkovsky. Belted out by Rob Gut Bustin' Henke

Meridian Arts Ensemble is:
Jon Nelson – Trumpet, grip of the implacable tiller
Josef Burgstaller - Trumpet,grace under pressure
Daniel Grabois – Horn, impermeable enthiusiasm
Benjamin Herrington – tricky last minute trombone rodeo
Raymond Stewart – Tube, ornithic freedom
John Ferrari – naked and unashamed marimbas

Meridian Arts Ensemble appears courtesy of Channel Classics Records


"Beta 14 ok" and "Preaching to the Converted" were performed at MANDA-LA 2 in Tokyo by Isso Yukihiro Group and Nick Didkovsky on Aug 4, 1996.
First guitar solo in Preaching by Natsuki Kido, second by Didkovsky.
Recorded to ADAT by Kouhei Amano
Mixed by Didkovsky and Paul Geluso at Harvestworks.

Natsuki Kido - guitar
Shuichi Hidano - Wa-Daiko
Isso Yukihiro - Flutes: Shino-Bue on Beta 14 ok; Noh-Kan on Preaching to the Converted
Nick Didkovsky - guitar


Splinter, Nerveware No. 3, Dumb Deconstruction, Verily Steaming Aria, and Nerveware No. 1 performed by Doctor Nerve at The Knitting Factory, NYC on May 29, 1992, and recorded direct to DAT by Jon Rosenberg.

"Out to Bomb Fresh Kings" performed by Doctor Nerve on January 20, 1992 at The Paradox, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Engineered by nobody we know and dug up on a cassette that Greg had kicking around.

All the other Nerve tunes recorded at Studenten Haus in Mainz, Germany, on October 18, 1992. Recording engineer: Volker Brzezinski

"They Were As If They Also Which Pierced Him" is a trio which lurked in our set lists for a while but was never intended for release.

"Dumb Deconstruction" is a spontaneous deterioration of the composition "I Am Not Dumb Now". It is a conducted improvisation which spindles and mutilates the piece into a semi recognizable form, a technique that was sort of inspired by Nick's participation in Zorn's Cobra.

Nerveware No 1, 3, and 8 were composed all or in part by DrNerve.hmsl, an automatic composition program written by Didkovsky in Hierarchical Music Specification Language.

"Nothing You Can Do Phone Me" was perpetrated by Henke on ND's answering machine.


Thanks to Hirotsugu Watanabe, Naotsugo Ito, and everyone at Locus Solus for the Japan Crush; Volker Brzezinski and Uli Armstruster for the Mainz Debauch; Willen Kniknie and Natasha for the Tilburg Bacchanal; Phil Burk, Larry Polansky, and David Rosenboom for Hierarchical Music Specification Language; Yves for the acoustic scooter guitar; P. Alonzo Conway and NewEar for breaking new ground; Jonas Jenkins for his enlightened proselytizing; Jon Nelson and MAE for their spirit, vigor, and rigor; my iguana brothers Isso Yukihiro Group for their disquieting virtuosity; Tech 21 for the cunningly malevolent PSA-1; Promark for the white oak; Bill Ellsworth for the shrewd use of his secret website during the development phase of the artwork; everyone on Nerve for 13+ years of beautiful sweat; and lastly to Don Van Vliet for a lifetime of inspiration.
Scream on
Nick Didkovsky
Sept 4, 1996, New York City

Produced by Nick Didkovsky
Artwork by Bill Ellsworth
Layout by Paula Millet
Premastering by Paul Geluso at Harvestworks
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE

Special thanks to Charly Heidenreich for getting us booked for the ZAPPANALE MUSIC & MORE Festival in Bad Doberan, Germany, in August 2011 which led to renewed interest and the physical re-pressing of both Every Screaming Ear and SKIN on CD on Charly's FREAKSHOW RECORDS label.

Extra special thanks to our biggest fan Daggie Schindler who came up with the idea of a tour and supported it with massive effort to make it come true, supported by a bunch of lunatics addicted to Nerve's music.


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