Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Artefacts volume II media release

In 2007, Shame File Music released the landmark compilation CD Artefacts of Australian experimental music: 1930-1973, to critical acclaim. Praised variously as one of the first serious investigations into the sparse recorded history of experimental sound practice in Australia, and its historical importance is as palpable as the often exciting and exhilaratingly experimental sounds it contains, the compilation and its extensive liner notes opened Australia’s (and the world’s) ears to a vibrant history that most previously thought had never existed.

Now that story continues, with the release of Artefacts of Australian experimental music:volume II 1974-1983 double CD. Volume II documents the explosion of Australian experimental music practice from the mid 1970s; from the use of synthesisers and computers, through to the radical fringes of post-punk, and to the beginnings of industrial and dark wave. This double CD set complete with 16 page booklet features one of Warren Burt’s first compositions completed in Australia, the Loop Orchestra’s first performance, South Australian industrial noise/punk cabaret, Melbourne post-punk minimalism, mid-1970s Brisbane Dadaist noise/audio collage, early Sydney aleatoric electronica, and much more.

Artefacts volume II’s release will be marked by a special launch event in Melbourne featuring artists whose work is featured on the double CD, including:

- Jon Rose performing on violin and interactive bow
- Dark Wave/electronica pioneer Browning Mummery
- Composer, performer & instrument maker Sarah Hopkins
- And a very special performance of Ron Nagorcka’s seminal tape recorder opera “Atom Bomb” re-imagined by Melbourne New Music trio Golden Fur.


Artefacts of Australian experimental music: volume II 1974-1983 is out on Shame File Music on 8 November 2010, distributed through Fuse Music in Australia and Metamkine in Europe. Special pre-order prices and deals available at

Full track listing and audio samples.
Cover art - hi res jpg, lo res jpg and details.
Media contact, interviews, etc - Clinton Green: mob 0414589405, cdgsham AT gmail DOT com

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