On the day that I collected the finished copies of my Music for Seven Metal Machines cassette from the factory, I received a cheque in the mail from the Australia Council. This was a first use fee payment for the work "Searching high and low", performed by a quartet on 22 July 1990 at the Linden Arts Centre, St. Kilda. With this money, and the advice of a sound engineer colleague, I purchased two good quality cardioid microphones suited to the percussive timbres I was working with.
Now my little four-track cassette based home studio was complete. I set to work.
Previous cassette releases had featured one long piece per side. I now deliberately chose the 'many small tracks' format. I think the figure thirty came fairly early in the process. I remember getting the recording done for most of Side 1 and a couple of tracks on Side 2 by the end of 1990, but it became obvious that a finished thirty-track product was not going to appear any time soon (as it turned out, I wasn't able to resume this project until the second half of 1992). I had to content myself instead with the release of For Two on Blue/Saturday Stories (both recorded in 1987) in October 1990.
You will notice in the track notes that many tracks are 'audio spin-offs' from other projects that occurred around this time.
Note - only 29 tracks are included in this reissue, due to tracks 10 & 11 running into each other, and thus presented here as a single audio file.
An edition of 100 cassettes was finally released in December 1992. I made 100 little collages (each with a background, a 'stripe', and some floating objects) for the covers. I sold a few, swapped a few, gave away more as promo, and the rest languished. In 2009, Shame File Music sent a couple to Vox Cyclops in Newcastle, NSW. This kindled a renewed interest, and the last copies sold out in mere months. My gratitude is extended.
Original liner notes:
This sixty-minute cassette is a response to my previous cassettes each having one long piece per side. Nearly all the pieces here were made with four-track cassette recording and mixdown technology. One is a straight stereo recording of an event outside the studio, and two were made with low-budget digital devices. Work started in November 1990 and finished in September 1992. Obviously, much also happened in between to distract me.
Each cassette has its own individual coloured collage for a cover, so perhaps one could see it as a free bonus cassette with an inexpensive work of art - unsigned by so tastefully framed!
Photos of instruments used at ShameFileMusic.com
Shame File Music, 2012.