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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.


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Shame File Music – still in business (COVID 19 update)

Just a quick note to let you know that I am still shipping orders, and will continue to do so as long as it remains safe to do so, and while postal services still operate here in Melbourne, Australia.

Some of our scheduled releases for this year will be delayed/postponed, but other digital releases will probably happen quicker. There are also some new digital-only release projects in the works, perfect for social distancing times.

I also want to let everyone know that Shame File Music/mailorder is pretty self-sustaining, and I don’t rely on it’s income to survive (many thanks to those who have inquired).

I have also initiated some things on both broad and personal levels to actively support artists Shame File works with. Our community will be our strength through the coming months and beyond.


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New year, new website

Welcome to the new Shame File Music website! I’ve spent the last month or so transferring the nearly 300 products over to this new platform, which will make searching and browsing stock a lot easier.

The other main advantage to this new site is the automatic postage calculator, which gives much more accurate shipping quotes on your total order, rather than the hard-coded postage estimates that were attached to individual items on the old website.

I have also spent a fair bit of time cross-referencing releases and artists, so the website can continue to serve as a source of archival knowledge on Australian experimental music in particular. Browsing categories will hopefully open up new vistas to the output of key artists.

I am still in the process of transferring over some of the archival research pages to the new platform, so bear with me whilst I do this. I still intend for this site to be an information resource as well as a (easier to use) web store.

During this transition, I’d appreciate it if you let me know of any errors you come across on the site so I can fix ’em (email me cdgsham AT gmail DOT com).