Nostromo is the debut album by dark ambient artist SleepResearch_Facility. The original release in 2001 was a limited edition (only 1000 copies were manufactured), and has now sold out. However, a re-issue was released on 5 December 2007, which includes a new bonus track called "Narcissus".
The album Nostromo explores this shadowy, haunting atmosphere, taking the listener on a deep aural journey through the ship's decks. In the film, the Nostromo has three decks (A, B and C), but the album adds two more fictitious decks, D and E, with one CD track per deck. Each track flows smoothly into the next, with no gaps of silence in-between, and as with all of SleepResearch_Facility's music, Nostromo is very sleep-conducive if played at low volume.
The bonus track Narcissus on the 2007 reissue is named after the fictional spaceship in Alien; the Narcissus is the lifeboat of the Nostromo.
The album's main aural components are: loops of deep pulsating bass (especially in "a-deck" and "d-deck"), washes of smooth industrial noise, mysterious droning synthesiser chords (particularly in "b-deck" and "c-deck"), electrostatic crackling, and other deep mechanical sounds. Kevin Doherty has said that the creation of Nostromo involved "synthesisers and such to generate things, lots of studio equipment like effects machines, radios, waves of feedback from analogue equipment looping back on itself and a big mixing desk to bind it all together on. More detailed information about the album's creation and inspiration can be found in the three known interviews with SleepResearch_Facility.
The CD booklet contains the following text:
The third sentence is a variation on the well-known tagline from Alien: "In space no one can hear you scream."
During the first minute or so of "a-deck", a recording has been hidden which sounds like an unaccompanied female (or high male) voice, singing in a major key, in a space with a long reverberation time (eg. a cathedral).
At 5:14 in "a-deck", a recording of the Greenwich Time Signal has been hidden:
A copy of "Narcissus" and a 6-minute edit of "c-deck" are available on the official SR_F page on MySpace.
A 6-minute edit of "e-deck" is available on the Cold Spring page on MySpace.