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.
‘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
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.
After a few years hiatus, Shame File Music continues the Rik Rue Cassette Archive series, reissuing online and on CDR key cassette releases from the back catalogue of the Australian sound art pioneer.
On the original tape cover of ‘A Raise of an Eyebrow’, Rik Rue dedicated this very early solo work to ‘…the many pleasures of low tech and the mighty pause button’. This 1983 release contains shorter, more succinct pieces, and arguably more sample-focussed, than his later more spacious and abstract work. This was at a point before Rue dived headlong into the possibilities of environmental recordings, exemplified on later released like ‘Murmers’. Rue commented on ‘A Raise of an Eyebrow’ recently that in making these tracks, he used ‘whatever I could get my hands on’. Over a quarter of a century later, ‘A Raise of an Eyebrow’ offers an insight into the early solo work of one of Australia’s most original sound innovators.
Remastered by Shane Fahey, 2018
Earlier titles by Rik Rue reissued online:
Murmers (with Shane Fahey)
The Pre-Glasnost Tapes