Studio Music Book


There is no doubt that the sheer volume of major Australian music productions recorded from the late 60's through to the mid 80's far exceeeds what has happened since.

Recording technology opened up new possibilities for the first time.  Record companies spent a lot more money on Australian music.  Vinyl was relatively affordable to the public.  The advertising industry (which was later deregulated by the Australian government) provided bread, butter and experience for recording engineers, musicians and producers "in between" albums.  There were live music venues everywhere (prior to the introduction of poker machines and anti-smoking laws by governments), allowing newer bands to gain experience and recognition.  And perhaps the very limitation of the technology of the time which made it necessary to save money to go into a recording studio as opposed to screwing around at home on a laptop forced bands to be better prepared for recording.  Few bands had the luxury of spending unlimited time in the studio.

Not all bands made it into the studio, whilst others had very few recordings to show for themselves, despite the fact that they may have had a large following on the local live circuit.  Many of these recordings never made it to CD and with the degradation of the master tapes, especially the ones manufactured around the late 70's - early 80's, means that most of these are lost forever, unless someone manages to dig up an old vinyl pressing.  Ironically, despite the fact that the quality of many Australian pressings was dreadful, well kept vinyl records appear to last indefinitely.

I am not even going to think about trying to cover the whole scene here.  For information on Australasian music between 1964 and 1975, you might like to check out the Milesago website.  The Oz Net Music Chart is a fascinating comparison between the Australian, US and UK charts dating from the '50's through to the present.  AC/DC fans might like to check out the No Nonsense AC/DC Webzine - a Finland based AC/DC site with heaps of info - oh, and an interview with me in Issue 12.

- Colin Abrahams


  1. The Reels - Quasimodo's Dream (1981)