First ever vinyl release; originally released on cassette in 1983. Gorgeous and essential archive material from this master of mood. The latest unearthing on Chee Shimizus 17853 Records -- previously only available on a very limited Japanese cassette back early 80s. The late Hiroshi Yoshimura, a pioneer of Japanese ambient music, was involved in a wide range of fields, such as sound design for public installations, graphic design, visual poetry, free improvised performance (using his own body), and inventing his own instruments, right up until he passed away in 2003. The seven songs on Pier & Loft were created for a fashion exhibition held at a warehouse in the Tokyo bay area. He released it on cassette tape on Japanese label Fukusei Gijutsu Kohboh ran by Yoshio Ojima who also produced the album. Yoshimura referring to the Loft: As the time goes by, the Loft that was swept away (forgotten) from the city but it somewhat has a look of a City of Ruins that reminds you of something you have forgotten. Something nostalgic. Sounds from the city and the vast landscape gave me a great opportunity to take a fresh look at Tokyo". And referring to the Pier: "His look towards Tokyo bay takes on the shape of sonic particles. . . . tickling down gently while tinged with change. A landscape of seven sounds." The sleeve image is the same as on the original cassette release." - 17853.
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.