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(sham056) “Artefacts of Australian Experimental Music: Volume II 1974-1983” digital version now available

Ten years ago, Shame File Music released the “Artefacts of Australian Experimental Music: Volume II 1974-1983” double CD. It’s now available digitally, along with a full PDF of the original liner notes on download:

Artefacts of Australian Experimental Music: Volume II 1974-1983

Copies of the double CD are also still available.

The seminal original instalment “Artefacts of Australian Experimental Music: 1930-1973” is also available digitally, with a few copies of the original CD left.


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Call for Submissions: “Music Under Lockdown – Melbourne 2020” compilation album

Shame File Music invites submissions from sound artists/musicians in Melbourne who have made/ are making recordings this year during the various COVID-19-related lockdowns, to be collected into a digital compilation album.

Music Under Lockdown will document this unique time for artists in Melbourne. We ask for recordings made during, and in some way in response, to the various levels of lockdown we have and continue to live under. They don’t necessarily need to be high quality performances or recordings, I’m more interested in how they reflect lockdown and our responses to it.

I recognise and acknowledge artists in other cities and countries also living and working in these unique circumstances to various degrees, but this particular collection will focus on artists in Melbourne.

Please submit to :

  • audio recording (.wav file preferred), clearly identifying the track and artist name.
  • some text describing the recording, the circumstances in which it was made, where (location, suburb, etc), and how it responds to lockdown (these texts will be included in the liner notes).

As this will be a digital-only release, there is no limit on maximum track duration, however it your track is very long, it needs to be for a good reason.

UPDATE – Music Under Lockdown: Melbourne 2020 is out now. Submissions of tracks made during lockdown (made before 9 November) remain open until the end of 2020 for a potential Volume 2.

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NEW RELEASE (sham108) Great Rack “sample pack”

Looking for a lockdown project? Great Rack comes to the rescue with the release of “sample pack”, a pack of 100 free samples, that Emily Bennett invites you to do with what thou whilt.

The A3 Korg Signal Processing Rack was the mainstay of Great Rack, the alias of Emily Bennett, in the improvising experimental trio Great Rack and an Empty Club Reverb. The machine’s 1988 volatility has been distilled into a downloadable pack of 100 vocal samples ready to be chopped and sampled for future music and beat making.

What started as a semi-daily project for Bennett documenting and recounting share house living and collective collaborations with experimental improvisers and music-makers in Melbourne from 2017 to 2019, “sample pack” has resulted in a distinct collection of samples and micro-loops sent through a chain of effects for each preset.

Each track has been mixed, mastered and co-produced by artist and sound-maker Marco Cher-Gibard. The pack also features special guests throughout who were playing and performing with Bennett, giving brief glimpses into the improvised and experimental scene at the time.

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NEW RELEASE: (sham084) Ernie Althoff/Carolyn Connors “Surface Noise Vol.9” CDR

Out now (split release with Iceage Productions) is the penultimate edition of the Surface Noise series, which each include live recordings from two artists; one invited by the labels, the other then nominated by that artist. This volume features two key Melbourne music identities: instrument builder/kinetic sound sculpture maestro, Ernie Althoff, and vocalist/composer/performer, Carolyn Connors.

Limited edition of 50 hand-numbered copies.

The Surface Noise series so far:

Volume 1: cleaning lady/Klunk
Volume 2: Cat Hope/White Drummer
Volume 3: Joe Musgrove/Makro & Detlev
Volume 4: Ben Byrne & Rosalind Hall/Anthea Caddy & Matthew Davis
Volume 5: Dotabata/Llara Goodall
Volume 6: Jenny Barnes/Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, David Brown, Nigel Brown, Tim Catlin, Rosalind Hall, Michael McNab
Volume 7: Club Sound Witches/The Mermaids
Volume 8: Snacks/Laura Altman & Monika Brooks
Volume 9: Ernie Althoff/Carolyn Connors
Volume 10: TBA

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NEW RELEASE: (sham109) Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver “The Interstices Of These Epidemics”

In April 2017, Barnaby Oliver and I started recording with the aim of improvising long-form pieces made up of a restricted palette of gestures and sound sources. Throughout the next two years we came together sporadically as we continued this quest, working through various ideas and changing instrumentation. Our work was gradually refined done to what you hear on this album: a combination of harmonics arising from bowed metal bowls and violin (or piano), coalescing into other-worldly music that at first appears static, yet constantly shifts and re-grounds itself – Clinton Green

Glass-mastered CD housed in full-colour 4-panel wallet or digital download.

Now available digitally on Bandcamp

Pre-order CD now for special price (shipping mid-August)


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(sham054) Arthur Cantrill “Chromatic Mysteries: soundtracks 1963-2009” digital version now available.

Arthur Cantrill “Chromatic Mysteries: soundtracks 1963-2009”

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of this album, Shame File Music makes Arthur Cantrill’s astounding soundtracks available on Bandcamp, along with a PDF of the original liner notes by Cantrill and Warren Burt. CD copies still available, too; the full colour booklet and cover featuring images from Arthur & Corinne Cantrill’s film “The Room of Chromatic Mystery” are one of my most favourite things I’ve been involved in designing.

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Debut Undecisive God tape now on Bandcamp

From midnight on Friday 1 May (that’s from 5pm Friday AEST in Australia), Bandcamp are waiving their cut on all purchases, so check out the Shame File Music Bandcamp page for anything you’ve had your eye on, as all purchases will go 100% to the label during that 24 hour period.

To encourage things, I’ve just uploaded the debut Undecisive God tape “The Difference Between Light and Shadow” from way back in 1994 to Bandcamp. It’s a free download/pay-what-you-feel, but check out Shame File’s other Bandcamp releases as well if you want to purchase.

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Postal orders may be delayed (COVID 19 update)

With Victoria going into Stage 3 lockdown tonight, this will impact my usual weekly trip to the post office. I’m not sure to what extent exactly, but orders may not be fulfilled as promptly as usual. I’m also unsure currently how Australia Post will be impacted.

I have a supply of old-fashioned stamps I purchased last week, which will allow me to continue to post single CD orders with ease at least.

All current outstanding orders have either been shipped or will be posted by tonight.

Please feel free to continue placing orders, and I will keep in contact about their status.

Stay safe and stay home everyone.