Edition of 300. "Another visual-arty 7” to be quietly restrained by the bleached aesthetic design of a Meeuw Muzak sleeve, MM046 is a pair of recondite Bettys. The Betty on Side A is the creation of Wendy Gondeln, who is perhaps far better known as contemporary German artist Albert Oehlen. Then Norbert Möslang introduces Side Bs betti-corr, and although Möslang also works in the visual arts he is more widely recognised as a practitioner of “cracked everyday electronics” and a former member of Swiss electronic free improvisation group Voice Crack. Further cross- pollination is represented by Oehlens occasional earlier endeavours in the musical field, playing in bands including Red Krayola, running a label and providing artwork for sleeves. Betty announces herself with a distorted gabber kick drum and a cheerfully naive organ figure which mischievously functions as a decoy for an aggressive and unstable violin to provide the main narrative from here on in. Overall the piece would make quite a good soundtrack for a fight in a pub, having a kind of senseless, unpredictable tension, the comedy of spontaneous violence. A couple of other sounds wade in, either placatory or adding to the damage. Particularly appealing is a rubbery voice-synthesis type purred gurgle that seems to attempt to act as an owl-like voice of reason, ultimately found wanting. By contrast Möslang produces a rich textural sound world sourced, I think, from the same violin (Is she Betty?) but here granulated into icy splinters and flung into ceiling-less spaces with the poker-faced accelerated elegance of Buster Keaton. Taken overall MM046 feels combative, exploratory, playful." — Pete Um, Winter 2016.
"Wendy Gondeln offers up a lo-tech, slow, techno rhythm with a number of additions/interruptions, many of which are violin. Norbert Möslang has a highly edited piece of what could be a lot of violin sounds, very manic and Musique Concrète-ish. Who knows what this means in the Meeuw Universe, but have an evening with some drinks and play through your Meeuw 7"s. You wont be sorry." - Swill Radio.
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.
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