Two new additions to the Rik Rue Cassette Archive


The mid-1980s was a highly productive time for Rik Rue. Along with releasing often more than one cassette a year, he was also meeting a diverse range of new artists to collaborate with. One of the strangest of these collaborators, he says, was Fifi L’Amour.

L’Amour was a pioneer of often-surreal cabaret performance in late-1970s Sydney, co-founding Cabaret Conspiracy. She moved to Europe in 1985 where she continued to perform. She died in 2012.

Obituary –


‘Jointly conceived by Fifi L’Amour and Rik Rue’.
Originally released on cassette by Pedestrian Tapes in 1984.
Remastered by Shane Fahey, 2019.
Shame File Music 2019
*Also available on CDR from Shame File Music.

A unique collaboration between two giants of Australian improvised and experimental music. Both artists expressed their willingness for “Come Let Us Build Ourselves A City” to be made available again, identifying it as a recording each still have a lot of affection for. Buck brings his array of drums and percussion, along with drum machines, and Rue mangles it all through analogue and digital filters, mashed with his collection of samples, a sonic portrait of a devastated and divided city reborn.
Originally released on mini-CD, on Berlin label Algen in 1996.
Reissued here with permission of the artists.
Rik Rue: digital and analog tape manipulations, shuffle play mixes for digital players (1 & 3).
Tony Buck: drums, percussion, drum machine.
Recorded, edited, mixed by Rik Rue (1996).
Mastered by Rainer Robben.
Track 2 engineered by Shane Fahey
Thanks to Jim Denley, Conrad, Andrea and Marlowe.

Access the full Rik Rue Cassette Archive at Shame File Music.

Val Stephen “Abstractum” LP


Val Stephen “Abstractum: the electrogenic music of Val Stephen” LP is out now on Dual Planet, featuring liner notes by myself.

These recordings are sourced from a research project I completed a few years ago with John Whiteoak (author of Playing Ad Lib and The Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia – essential items for your bookshelves of anyone interested in improvised music in Australia) where Stephen’s tape archive was catalogued and digitised. John and I co-authored an article on Stephen’s music for Musicology Australia (“Dr. Val Stephen, a ‘gentleman amateur’ in Australian electronic music experiment of the 1960s”, Musicology Australia Vol 32, No. 2 : December 2010, pp. 265-284) , and Shame File Music released an online album of the highlights of the archive called Electrogenesis.

If anyone is interested in seeing our article on Stephen, contact me.