Edition of 300. "First single by this amazing Japanese duo, who tranform banjo and homemade electronics into tendrils of sparse mystery motion. Single line plunks and small squeedles have rarely (if ever) been wed so brilliantly." — Byron Coley, The Wire.
"Meeuw Muzak continues its journey towards unspecified horizons, leaving the footprints of a different animal each time. If youre a good tracker and you know your fauna then everything is cool, otherwise this stuff will go over your head while youre looking down at shapes in the hot and shifting sand. This latest example to puzzle your ears is from the Japanese duo Il Grande Silenzio, who both also work in the field of contemporary art. Perhaps unsurprisingly, listening to this music is a little like looking at something, maybe the “silent characters in a monotone world” referred to on the Two Acorns website. Theres a lot of space to these slow pieces, both dimensional and durational, but upfront in your field of vision sits Atsuo Ogawa and his banjo, a rarely-represented instrument in improvised music but very effective here. Then quietly somewhere at the back we have Minoru Sato playing self-built electronics. Theres an interesting marriage of form and content whereby the recording method seems intended to highlight the contrast between the brash and folksy tones of the banjo, albeit played in simple, clear, isolated notes, and the mysterious tinkle and scrape that the ear strains to hear behind. One feels witness to the unfolding of a narrative you cant fully comprehend, and the effect is to be pulled into a reverie. Il Grande Silenzio is the title of a spaghetti western, which seems a perfect fit with the lingual ambiguity of these two pieces." - Pete Um, Summer 2014.
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.