Surface Noise Vol 7 + new titles on Shame File mailorder

Out Now on Iceage Productions/Shame File Music:

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Club Sound Witches/The Mermaids ‘Surface Noise Vol. 7’ CDR – No survey of strange and confounding Australian music, such as the Surface Noise series, would be complete without a visit to Newcastle. For decades now, it’s been a hotbed of odd amalgams of lo-fi electronica, field recordings, deconstructed rock, and disturbing snippets of old records and radio broadcasts; often issued on cassettes with ‘print runs’ you can sometimes count on one hand, accompanied by hazy or downright misleading details about the identity of the culprits. ‘Surface Noise Volume 7’ all comes from a one gig featuring a visit to Newcastle by Brisbane’s masters of lo-fi not-quite-beats Club Sound Witches (Matt Earle of xNoBBQx and Nicola Morton of Bad Intentions), which then bleeds into a set of processed/bludgeoned samples from local duo The Mermaids (alumni of Cock Safari, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, and probably countless others).

The Surface Noise series so far:
Vol. 1 – cleaninglady/Klunk
Vol. 2 – Cat Hope / White Drummer (sold out, download available)
Vol. 3 – Joe Musgrove / Makro & Hetlev
Vol. 4 – Ben Byrne & Rosalind Hall / Anthea Caddy & Matthew Davis
Vol. 5 – Dotabata / Llara Isabell Arena
Vol. 6 – Jenny Barnes / Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, David Brown, Nigel Brown, Tim Catlin, Rosalind Hall, Michael McNab.
Vol. 7 – Club Sound Witches/The Mermaids
Vol. 8 – Snacks/Laura Altman & Monika Brooks (out soon)

 

Now available on Shame File Mailorder:

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Todd Anderson-Kunert “A Good Time To Go ” cassette[Anderson-Kunert’s] releases so far are conceptually strong and musically interesting…In the past I compared it to the likes of Joe Colley and Francesco Meirino, but here Anderson-Kunert continues to progress and leaves out overtly harsh tones and rough cuts; not that he used many of those before. The element of sound collage is something he does keep around, but sounds move around in a gentler way…The music is quite personal, especially a piece like ‘A Moment To Have’, which seems to be using voice as well, mumbling, sighing and slightly altered, but which comes also across as a bit sad. In his sound treatments that melancholic aspect is also used quite a bit I think with a soaring, ringing organ tone sound. This is another beautiful release from this fine composer. – Vital Weekly. Cassette comes with download code.

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Todd Anderson-Kunert “Live at Magnet” download card – Live recording at Magnet Spatial Studio in Melbourne, exploring the reverberating space via bass-heavy feedback and rumbles. The package includes a download card and individually numbered/signed screen print card in an origami envelope. Limited edition of 50.

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A.S. “Two Floor Toms, Two Kick Drums and a Cymbal” cassette – Allanah Stewart (of Melbourne’s Snacks and Propolis) issues her first solo percussion release, and it’s just as the title describes. Working with the basic materials of drumming, Allanah’s unmatched gentle, textural deconstruction of the drumkit is perfectly captured her in this intimate recording, where the smallest gesture means so much. Limited edition of 30 copies, hand-inscribed chrome cassettes, with small watercolour painting, all wrapped in recycled paper

Order these and more from http://ShameFileMusic.com

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Surface Noise Vol. 6 + more on Shame File music/mailorder

Jenny Barnes/Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, David Brown, Nigel Brown, Tim Catlin, Rosalind Hall, Michael McNab ‘Surface Noise Vol. 6’ CDR – The sixth volume of this split live series showcases two of the most extraordinary vocalists working today. Jenny Barnes embodies an emotive solo psychodrama of language and utterance, recorded live at Melbourne’s Make it Up Club early in 2017. Backed up with Alice Hui-Sheng Chang leading an ensemble of some of Melbourne’s most skilled improvisers through a spatially-aware piece, recorded at Conduit Arts in 2015. A great sample of live exploratory vocal-orientated works from the Melbourne scene.
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The Surface Noise series so far:
Vol. 1 – cleaninglady/Klunk
Vol. 2 – Cat Hope / White Drummer (sold out, download available)
Vol. 3 – Joe Musgrove / Makro & Hetlev
Vol. 4 – Ben Byrne & Rosalind Hall / Anthea Caddy & Matthew Davis
Vol. 5 – Dotabata / Llara Isabell Arena
Vol. 6 – Jenny Barnes / Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, David Brown, Nigel Brown, Tim Catlin, Rosalind Hall, Michael McNab.
Vol. 7 – out soon
And new titles on the mail-order:
Michael Sheridan “Scaleshack” CDA digital release of the original SCALESHACK tracks from ltd. ed. cassette’s I & II. Includes mixes by Simon Polinski and Dave Job. Record engineering by Michael Sheridan and Rik Rue. All tracks digitally remastered by Oscar Gaona, EMI Studio 301. Most high definition quality. 
At the time that these original tracks came together, 1988/89, I was playing in the machine-driven band NO, and the classic guitar trio, Dumb & the Ugly. SCALESHACK was a forum where I could let the guitar ‘speak for itself’. The tunings and implements used were what made the sounds unique. How I directed these sounds and how the mix engineers balanced these sounds, achieved the creative result – Michael Sheridan
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Sheridan Solo Project “Digital Jamming” CD Michael Sheridan – guitar improv featuring guests: Jon Rose (violin), and Jim Denley (alto sax). High amplitude CD jamming ffwd/rwd, forms the ‘noise- rhythm section’ for guitar improv meets: Pantera, Penderecki, The Melvins and Zeni Geva. Composer Brooke Shelley collaborates on the digital Requiem Chorale for Jamie Fielding. Includes a hidden track – Michael Sheridan
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Order these and more from http://ShameFileMusic.com

New Moe Chee album, and more from Shame File Music & Mailorder

New releases on Shame File Music:
Order these and more from http://ShameFileMusic.com 

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Moe Chee ‘Be It Hot, Humid or Ghostly Cold’ CD/digital – Recorded in the streets and various locations around Taipei in 2015 (except for the last track, recorded on a Walkman distributed to the audience during a 2016 participatory Moe Chee performance in Melbourne), Be It Hot, Humid or Ghostly Cold is an amalgam of field recording, public space performance, conversation, and explorations of the potential for creativity and musicality in everyday life. Limited edition of 50 CDs in covers designed and handmade by Tasmanian artist, Anna Dusk, as well as digital download. 
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Dotabata/Llara Goodall ‘Surface Noise Vol. 5’ CDR – Dotabata emits a short, sharp, lo-fi noise scuzz performance (from the International Noise Conference 2013), followed by Llara Goodall’s tape abuse/worship of pop music through the cassette meat grinder. Limited edition of 50 hand-numbered copies.
New titles on Shame File Mail-order:
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Ross Manning ‘Both Sides of the Cocoon’ cassette – More recent work of Manning’s incredible use of light and kinetic sculpture to create incredibly complex, organic and beautiful music. Limited edition of 40 copies in beautiful handmade covers, each unique, using coloured transparent and textured papers put together by the ever-reliable Chemical Imbalance label.
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Dumb & the Ugly – 12″ MLP Early 1990s Melbourne instrumental/exploratory supergroup made up of Michael Sheridan (guitars), Dave Brown (bass) and John Murphy (drums), laying down chunky chugga-chugga rhythms. This 12″ 45 vinyl was originally released in 1990, and a nice stash has been made available again to Shame File Music. Includes a bonus poster whilst stocks last 
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Dumb & the Ugly – “Atmospheres of Metal” CD Brutal power trio grooves and riffage interspersed with noise collages of tapes where the previous riffs reverberate with other samples. Originally released in 1992, and the band’s swan song before various members went on to projects like Max Q and Bucketrider 
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Tim Panaretos “Schmørgåsbaag & Other Furniture” CDR Ex-Tassie-now-Melbournite Panaretos approaches the bouzouki through a free jazz lens whilst never completely disregarding the instrument’s traditional patterns and timbres. Limited edition of 25 copies housed in unique hand-painted/designed sleeves, assembled by the always-immaculate Chemical Imbalance label. 

Surface Noise Vol. 4 out now

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OUT NOW ON SHAME FILE MUSIC (split with Iceage Productions): Ben Byrne & Rosalind Hall / Anthea Caddy & Matthew Davis “Surface Noise Vol.4” CDR/digital – The latest edition of this split live recording series features two duos combining the electro and the acoustic. Melbourne’s Ben Byrne (tapes) and Rosalind Hall (prepared saxophone) create a sonic conversation full of texture and startling interjections, and expat-now-Berlin-resident Anthea Caddy (violincello) explores bass frequencies with Melbourne’s Matthew Davis (analogue synth). Limited edition of 50 hand-numbered copies, order/stream/download from http://ShameFileMusic.com

 

The Surface Noise series so far:
Vol. 1 – cleaninglady/Klunk (copies still available)
Vol. 2 – Cat Hope / White Drummer (sold out, download available)
Vol. 3 – Joe Musgrove / Makro & Hetlev (copies still available)
Vol. 4 – Ben Byrne & Rosalind Hall / Anthea Caddy & Matthew Davis (out now)
Vol. 5 – Dotabata / Llara Isabell Arena (out soon)
Vol. 6 – Jenny Barnes / Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, David Brown, Nigel Brown, Tim Catlin, Rosalind Hall, Michael McNab (out soon)

Surface Noise Vol. 3 out now on Shame File Music/Iceage Productions

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New on Shame File Music/Iceage Productions:

Joe Musgrove/Makro & Hetlev “Surface Noise Vol. 3” CDR
A double header from a selection of Brisbane masters of drone and electronic abstraction. Musgrove has long been a master of all things drone, with both his solo work and as part of Biffplex. On his track we hear the last part of an 8 hour overnight performance, as it all grinds to an entropic end. Makro/Hetlev are Lloyd Barrett (Diaspora, Secret Killer of Names) and Paul Forbes Mitchell (Hetleveiker) in live electronic dialogue.

Surface Noise is a series of limited edition (50 copies), hand-numbered CDRs documenting live performances of experimental and noise artists. Each volume features live performances from two different artists; the first initially invited by the curators, and the second then chosen by the first artist. Co-released by Melbourne labels Iceage Productions and Shame File Music, the series will consist of ten volumes.

Copies available from Shame File Music. Stream online here

The Surface Noise series:

Vol. 1 – cleaninglady/Klunk – copies still available
Vol. 2 – Cat Hope/White Drummer – sold out
Vol. 3 – Joe Musgrove/Makro & Hetlev – out now
Vol. 4 – Ben Byrne & Rosalind Hall/Anthea Caddy & Matt Davis – out soon