TOTD // 30/10 // Nirosta Steel

Published: October 30, 2017, words by John Carter

Part of the All Ears takeover


Nirosta Steel is the solo alias of long-term Arthur Russell collaborator Steven Hall. Hailing from Scotland, Steven Hall moved to the US at 15 and found himself in NYC after high school. Primarily a guitarist, here he hung out with many artists and musicians, and found himself introduced to Arthur Russell by Allen Ginsberg.

Arthur Russell invited Steven to play guitar for him and they performed across downtown NYC clubs during the 80s as well as recording together on tracks like Arthur Russel’s ‘Tell You Today’ and ‘Is It All over My Face?’. Following Arthur’s death in 1992, Steven Hall founded the collective Arthur’s Landing, who pay tribute to the late musician by performing alternative arrangements of his music. The collective is made up of many collaborators and friends of Arthur’s including Bill Ruyle, Joyce Bowden, Mustafa Ahmed and Peter Zummo.

In 2013 Steven Hall created the label Buddhist Army. So far the label has released multiple Arthur’s Landing 12″s plus Nirosta Steel’s compilation CD Cool Fire. On November 3, the label is due to release Nirosta Steel’s album, Dry Ice, in digital format. A collection of songs recorded in the 80s & 90s in various worldwide locations, it was originally released on CD in 2003 but has now been remastered for the digital release.

Having been a musician for over 30 years it is no surprise that Steven Hall has acquired tinnitus. Over the years in his search for tinnitus therapy, he has found a number of worthwhile solutions through sounds. Here, he shares his tracks for tired ears in support of our All Ears campaign.

You can pre-order Dry Ice here.

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Ketil Bjørnstad

Pianology 2

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I find sonic refuge and a gentle source of inspiration here – it’s about the piano and nothing else. The sound of the piano itself, what a piano sounds like and what makes it unique, the way this way of playing flows in a measured way evokes a sympathetic response between and above my ears. It makes me listen while hearing, such an elegant approach is as attractive as it is charming!”
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Water Stream (Warm)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“My Noise website and app is a useful source of hi-fidelity recordings of natural soundscapes which are geared towards tinnitus-related insomnia. It’s interesting then that my audiologist suggested melatonin as a treatment for my tinnitus because some tinnitus is related to loss of sleep/disruption of circadian cycles due to travel across various time zones as well as exposure to loud noise. As a musician familiar with high decibel hazards I keep a pair of earplugs in my pocket everywhere I go. Noise pollution hazards here in China include piercingly-loud announcements on the subway/blaring music outside discount stores/nightclubs with no noise regulation”
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Star Trek TNG Sleepin Quarters

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“My search for “tinnitus therapy” white noise tracks on YouTube led me through a series of science fiction soundtracks curated for this purpose which then reconnected me with my love for Star Trek’s utopian Tvision of a future so evocative for me as a boy growing up in Scotland. Thus sleep is induced by sounds from an already-imagined and realised future dream time.”
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J.S. Bach

The six cello suites

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The mathematical precision of the writing produces fractal soundwaves which ameliorate the tendency of the mind to race ahead of its own thoughts. The Baroque format offers a filigree framework which produces a pleasant looping of musical memories. The variations offset boredom with minor twists and turns as the momentum of the melody is maintained while moving towards inexorable conclusions. All comforting in their own context, it creates a world where the complexity is both distilled and displayed in a gorgeous working through sonic equations.”

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