AMBARCHI, OREN & MARTIN NG FEAT. ENSEMBLE OFFSPRING - The Vanishing
"The Vanishing is the long-awaited return of abstract electronic duo Oren Ambarchi and Martin Ng, in a remarkable collaboration with the acclaimed new music group Ensemble Offspring. Working together with the ensemble in 2013 for a series of concerts and recording sessions, Ambarchi and Ng developed a suite of pieces that build on the distinctive sonic language established by their three previous duo albums -- released between 2000 and 2006 -- of ringing bell-like tones and sustained hums with a new palette of acoustic textures. Recording material together as a duo as they had in the past, Ambarchi and Ng then supervised Ensemble Offspring as they recreated these recordings on their instruments, using the original recordings as audio scores. The result is a disorienting play of mirroring and imitation that blurs the boundaries between acoustic & electronic sound. On the opening piece, the aptly named "Simulacrum I", bowed violin harmonics mimic feedback tones and dispersed vibraphone attacks recall the glitching bell textures prominent in Ambarchi and Ng's earlier work for electric guitar and turntable, which were themselves often uncannily reminiscent of acoustic sounds such as Tibetan prayer bowls. On "Woods", two vibrating bass drums create an ominous landscape of rumbling tones that call to mind Ambarchi's past work with abstract doom lords Sunn O))). Channeling giants of 20th century music, such as Giacinto Scelsi and Luigi Nono, as well as contemporary composers like Klaus Lang, the restrained palette of strings and percussion present throughout the record creates a distinct sound world, yet each of the five pieces possesses its own compositional identity. On "Recife" (arranged by Australian composer James Rushford), Ambarchi and Ng's guitar and turntables join Ensemble Offspring for one of the record's highlights, a delicate tapestry woven from subtly overlapping sonic events. Finally, the closing side-long title piece acts as the perfect summation of the record as a whole: beginning in silence, it builds into a densely buzzing texture of closely tuned harmonics before gently returning to the silence from which it came. Intended as the next step in a continuing project in which Ambarchi and Ng will go on to use these two LPs directly as part of their live performances, The Vanishing is a unique document of two artists reimagining the potential of their previous work, made possible through collaboration with a group of world-class musicians." - Hospital Hill .
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.