Rik Rue

Rik Rue

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Rik Rue was born in Sydney in 1950, and at the age of 15 began constructing his own soundscapes from found and outdoor environmental sounds. Environmental sounds, his primary musical influences, have always provided him with "abstract and subconscious pleasures and an inner understanding of the physical environment", and manipulating them seemed to allow an imaginative reconstruction of, and some control over, the world that produced them. Rue, who is self-taught in composition, stayed in London from 1970 to 1973, while studying part-time at the Slade School, Camden Art Centre and Royal College of Art. Back in Sydney, from 1976 to 1979, his interest in improvisation and jazz surfaced in an organisational way when he helped present concerts of experimental and improvised music in the Paris Theatre in Darlinghurst and small galleries such as Central Street in Sydney. At this time he also played with a number of prominent Sydney improvisers, including Jon Rose, Louis Burdett and Serge Ermoll. Rue also achieved an important musical breakthrough. By using the tape recorder, he realised he could combine his love of environmental sounds, and of world musics, with his interest in improvisation and his desire to document and re-arrange sounds. Thus, the tape recorder became his `instrument'. He began presenting `live mixed' tape works in performance with improvisers such as Jim Denley and with the improvising group The Relative Band in the 1980s. Since the early 1980s, Rue has continued to work with live tape mixing in performances, particularly when playing with Mind/Body/Split , a group of Sydney-based improvising musicians including Jim Denley (flute and saxophone), Sherre De Lys (voice and texts), Jamie Fielding (synthesiser and percussion), Kimo Venonen (electronic samplings and manipulations) and occasional distinguished guests, such as Amanda Stewart (voice), Chris Abrahams (piano) and Graham Leake (percussions and samplings). At various times Rue had released a number of works on compilation discs produced by Fringe Benefit records but later, when he felt the need to personalise his output, created his own independent cassette label, Pedestrian Tapes in 1983. In recent years, Rue has extended his activities to include creative radio programming, hosting new music shows on Sydney's 2MBSFM and 2SERFM. His regular program on the former station, Stopgaps and Measures , began in 1985 and featured a wide range of works, from regional environmental works and sound/text experiments to local and international new music.
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Rik Rue Discography

Albums

FBR 22 Jon Rose, Rik Rue, Louis Burdett Jon Rose, Rik Rue, Louis Burdett - Towards A Relative Music(LP) Fringe Benefit Records FBR 22 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
FBR 24 Jon Rose, Dave Ellis, Serge Ermoll, Peter Kelly (6), Rik Rue Jon Rose, Dave Ellis, Serge Ermoll, Peter Kelly (6), Rik Rue - Improvisations(LP) Fringe Benefit Records FBR 24 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
PX2 Rik Rue A Raise Of An Eyebrow(Cass, Album) Pedestrian Tapes PX2 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
Rik Rue Other Voices (Album) Pedestrian Tapes Australia 1984 Sell This Version
none Eugene Chadbourne / Jon Rose / David Moss / Rik Rue Eugene Chadbourne / Jon Rose / David Moss / Rik Rue - Country Music Of Southeastern Australia(LP) RRRecords none US 1984 Sell This Version
PX12 Rik Rue Rue L'Amour(Cass, Album) Pedestrian Tapes PX12 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
PX11 Rik Rue Multisonous Mottos(Cass, Album) Pedestrian Tapes PX11 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
none Rik Rue Water Works(Cass, Album) NMA Publications none Australia 1985 Sell This Version
none Rik Rue Bend An Ear(Cass, Album, C46) STI, Les Ballets Mécaniques none Spain 1987 Sell This Version
Cabal C-029 EUR* Heavy Handed(CDr, Album) Cosmic Conspiracy Productions Cabal C-029 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
RRR 015 Rik Rue Sound Escapes(LP) RRRecords RRR 015 US 1991 Sell This Version
PX51 Rik Rue Onomatopoeia(Cass, Album, C50) Pedestrian Tapes PX51 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
none Rik Rue The Pre Glasnost Tapes(CDr, Album) Pedestrian Tapes none Australia 1991 Sell This Version
Rik Rue Voice Capades Pedestrian Tapes Australia 1993 Sell This Version
TP036 Rik Rue Ocean Flows(CD) Tall Poppies TP036 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
Braille 014 David Watson / Jim Denley / Rik Rue / Amanda Stewart / Ikue Mori David Watson / Jim Denley / Rik Rue / Amanda Stewart / Ikue Mori - Bit-Part Actor(CD) Braille Records Braille 014 New Zealand 1996 Sell This Version
Rik Rue Sample / Shuffle / Interplay (Album) Extreme Australia 1999 Sell This Version
Lloyd Barrett, Lucas Darklord, Buttress O'Kneel, Shannon O'Neill, Rik Rue Lloyd Barrett, Lucas Darklord, Buttress O'Kneel, Shannon O'Neill, Rik Rue - Radio Metamix Alias Frequencies 2009

Singles & EPs

algencd022 Tony Buck / Rik Rue Tony Buck / Rik Rue - Come Let's Build Ourselves A City(CD, Mini) Algen algencd022 Germany 1996 Sell This Version

Compilations

none Severed Heads, Rik Rue, Studio Testing, Browning Mummery, Bleak (3) Severed Heads, Rik Rue, Studio Testing, Browning Mummery, Bleak (3) - Lunokhod(2xCass, Comp) Cntmprr-ydtns none Australia 1984 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

PX6 Rik Rue Dub For St. Rita(Cass, C10) Pedestrian Tapes PX6 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
Px 22 Rik Rue, Shane Fahey Rik Rue, Shane Fahey - Murmurs(Cass) Pedestrian Tapes Px 22 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
none Rik Rue & Clay Caplice Rik Rue & Clay Caplice - A Shift In Magnetic North(Cass, C46) Pedestrian Tapes none Australia Unknown Sell This Version

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