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.