Nux Vomica

Nux Vomica

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Nux Vomica utilize sound processing, electronics, found sounds, and aural sculpture to achieve a unique and trance like sound environment. The sounds travel from peaceful to terrifying containing elements from the ethno-influenced to industrial and create a personal soundtrack for the listener.


Nux Vomica members include but are not limited to: Alan Herrick, Jenny Liang Herrick, Evan Sornstein

Nux Vomica has involved themselves in the recording of at least 15 releases within the US and three available on labels within Italy and Sweden and the U.K. Their pieces have appeared on over 30 experimental music compilations. They have contributed to sound tracks of films and have produced several experimental films themselves as part of their multi media performances. These performances usually include the utilization of sound and vision for the purpose of allowing the audience to drift beyond the performance space to become more involved mentally with the performance. The current performance includes dual slide projection as well as full screen video projection designed by the members of Nux Vomica. It is a dreamscape painted before the eyes of the audience with both light and sound.

In 2008, Nux Vomica is beginning it's 18th year of sound art production as a team, in the Bay Area.

The members of Nux Vomica have been long active members in the experimental music community within San Franciso and beyond. Their body of work has included involvement in and collaborations with Big City Orchestre, Haters, Freeland, Voice of Eye, and Sense/Net, Concerto Infernal (A Bay Area experimental music collective). The members also have involved themselves in musical projects outside of Nux Vomica which include Curium, Battery, St. John the Baptist, Nu33.3X, Ultrasound and several more.

In the past Alan Herrick and Jenny Liang Herrick established and maintained Auricular Records (1989). Auricular Records was a small independent music label dedicated to preservation and support, as well as distribution, of the works of world wide experimental music artists. The most notable of the Auricular Records projects would be the Auricular Audio Magazine compilations. Its 12 present volumes contain and chronicle musical pieces and the projects of experimental artists worldwide. They have been responsible for several experimental music series and soundart festivals within the Bay Area over the years.

Alan Herrick is the designer of the body of the visual presentation included within a Nux Vomica performance. These visuals include slide projection of computer generated graphics as well as manipulated imagery and original video works. His history within the Bay Area experimental music community includes performing and recording with groups such as Santa Cruz's Big City Orchestre, Sense-Net, Concerto Infernal, Haters, Ultrasound, NU33.3X amongst several others.

Jenny Liang Herrick is the curator and manipulator of found sounds as well as the primary rhythmatist. It is her delicate blending of "dry" sounds with the synthesis and soundscapes created by the other members that offers a unique and unworldy quality to the pieces.

Evan Sorenstein began working with electronics in the band Q.E.D. in 1983, a duo with vocalist Christopher Evans. Evan continued to work on solo projects with film, and in 1985 began Stuff Bones Are Made Of with vocalist Katie McGee, and completed a 12 song album. In 1986, while attending Bennington College as an Electronic Music Major, he began scoring pieces for choreographer Eleanor Lynn and began collaborating with Shawn Brice in several performance art pieces involving music, dance, slides, film and video, and performed soundtracks for non-existing films. He continued to present solo work of several sound and video installations as well as a large scale suite for radio entitled "Wireless". He currently has 7 cassette releases on the dynamophone label. Evan is the founder of Curium design, a graphics design company as well as vehicle for music and soundart production and besides Nux Vomica is also presently involved in running the Dynamophone label and recording in several sound projects.


The following is as close to a complete discography as we have managed to pull together. Unfortunately we know it is not 100% complete but we are always discovering and searching to make it as such. If you know of anything we have missed please let us know.

Auricular Records (USA)

Auricular Monthly Audio Magazine #1
Adrenicortico 12 - with Chemical Toybox

Auricular Monthly Audio Magazine #4
The Cats Have Come to Tea

Auricular Monthly Audio Magazine #10
Midnight in the Sprawl

RRRecords (USA)

RRR-500 Various 500 Lock-Grooves by 500 Artists
Lock-Groove #414

Waste Inc. (USA)

Kakophonia #2 A Post Music Compilation
Hitzig's Kitchen Table

Sound of Pig Music (USA)

Northern California is a Noisy Place Indeed #3
The Effects of a Bladder

Plutonium Press (USA)

Scrape #2
Contaminated with Pathos

Archaic Nightmare (USA)

Archaic Nightmare Volume II
Not Peity

Pointless Music (USA)

Electricity Compilation
Ice Nine

127 House (USA)

International Benefit for Prisoners Legal News
The Forge

Charnel House (USA)

Wakened by Silence
Monism Part I

Korm Plastics (Netherlands)

Anti White Bastards
The Girth Of Mediocrity

Personal Soundtracks (UK)

Passing a Stone

Compulsory Overtime (USA)

Compulsory Overtime #5
Kumico's Theme & - A Live Process (w/Freeland)

Infected Productions (USA)

Cybernetik Renassiance Compilation - No Field Release

Biotope Arts Organization (Italy)

Devastating Templaric Sounds #2
Eruption in Form

Borft (Sweden)

Unlucky for Them

Povertech Industries (USA)

Accidents Have No Holidays

Psi Sex Magazine (USA)

Psi Sex Magazine #4
Word Salad Speech

Spilling Audio (USA)

Repercussion #3
Collapsing Schemes I

full-length releases
Auricular Records (USA)

Nux Vomica - Augur
Nux Vomica - Spindal Alpha
Nux Vomica - Systematic Redux
Nux Vomica - Mercurial Rite
Nux Vomica - Epiphany
Nux Vomica - Bythos
Nux Vomica - Casting a Dream to the Sea
Nux Vomica - The Tree of Alchemy
Nux Vomica - 47th Proposition
Nux Vomica - Metasomatism
Nux Vomica/Freeland - Burning Starscapes
Nux Vomica - By Ethers Touch Made Fire
Nux Vomica - The Chemists Dream
Nux Vomica - The Crowning of Nature
Nux Vomica - Sublunar: Live at Orbis Nex 06-16-07
Nux Vomica - Coniunctio Oppositorum: Live at Orbis Nex 09-08-07

Borft (Sweden)
Nux Vomica - Casting a Dream to the Sea

Biotope Arts Organization
Nux Vomica - Bythos

Nux Vomica and Big City Orchestre - Tryst 6 - includes on side each of each artist

Host-age Productions
The Words and and Music of Nux Vomica
special products

Nux Vomica - Soundtrack to the Yule Log Channel 1990
extremely limited edition in hand made box, given as gifts

Nux Vomica - Solstice 1991
extremely limited edition in hand made box, given as gifts

Nux Vomica - Tree of Alchemy
extremely limited version of this release in handmade package, signed and numbered

Nux Vomica - For Every Cure There is an Ailment
3 cassette set containing first two releases and one cassette of unreleased material with oringinal computer graphics art enclosed in vinyl box, given as gift

Nux Vomica - By Ethers Touch Made Fire
limited version of this release in silk screened cloth package, numbered

Nux Vomica - The Chemists Dream
limited version of this release in silkscreened cloth package, numbered

film soundtracks an visual works:
Eyesore: A Film by Leah Grossman

Ice Nine: A Film by Francois Miron

Desire: A Film by T2 Productions (appear as NU99.9X)

Conditoning II: A Film by Alan Herrick

Beauty and Ash: A Film by Alan Herrick

Dreaming After a Fashion: A Film by Alan Herrick

Answers to Odd Numbered Problems: A Film by Alan Herrick

Set List

Set list usually includes several compositions as well as several improvisations. Occasionally the set can be one piece that travels through many different movements. The average set is approximately 45 mins long however sets are always easily tailored to be longer or shorter when necessary. The group has played 20 min sets on request very effectively as well as performed live on the radio for more than 3 continuous hours.