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about - Introduction
The Sheep Fiends record music in an improvisational, impromptu, and extemporaneous style. Lyrics are typically composed as the music is played, musicians find their way by ear, and it is not uncommon for an instrument to change hands mid-song.
The Sheep Fiends play no particular genre, and every Sheep Fiends jam is a performance. We started making music over 20 years ago in 1992 and over 100 musicians have floated in and out of the group, bringing with them a virtual orchestra of instruments. The Sheep Fiends do occasionaly play for the public, and the audience often ends up on-stage playing along. There have been no public performances since 2004 as the group is focused on work in our studio, The Rumpus Room.
Much of our material is available for free download under the Creative Commons Attribute-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 2.0 license. You can browse The Sheep Fiends Recordings and Sound Files section to check out the material. If you are tired of music made by market analysis, if you have been listening to the same radio format for too long, then perhaps our material is what you have been looking for.
Much of the material recorded before 2009 was recorded with lo-fi equipment, often nothing more than a cassette tape deck connected to the soundboard. Some of this material is probably a bit hard to listen to. The music is rated with 1-5 stars to guide you towards material that we find easiest to listen.
All Sheep Fiends material released under the Creative Commons License is managed by The Sheep Fiends Foundation, an organization dedicated to free media licensing.
Some quotes of inspiration...
"Making music together is the best way for two people to become friends. There is none easier."
The Music Master, "The Glass Bead Game" by Hermann Hesse, in the chapter "The Call".
The Sheep Fiends Website
The Sheep Fiends is a band that has organized jams via email since 1994 and had a web presence since 1995. An early version of The Sheep Fiends website from June, 1996 can be viewed here. The website adopted a black-background look-and-feel in late 1996 and an archived version of that site can be viewed on The Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Starting in 1997 the website has made extensive use of CGI (Common Gateway Interface) technology written in Perl, giving this website its overly cross-referential appearance. XML stylesheets were introduced in 2003. The CGI scripts that make this website work are available under the GPL license. Click on the link to download the sheepfiends-engine 1.4 tarball.
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