The Wire

WIRE, THE - #457 March 2022

"On the cover: Scratcha DVA. Scratcha DVA As the best connected mover and shaker in London's dance underground nears 20 years in music, the producer and DJ talks to Chal Ravens about his Afrofuturist visions, his Hyperdub productions, making intercontinental connections with South Africa's bass avant garde, and a broadcasting legacy that stretches from his pirate days at Rinse FM to NTS. Inside the issue: Eberhard Kranemann - An unheralded figure in Germany's underground rock revolution, Eberhard Kranemann was a member of Kraftwerk and Neu! in their crucial early years before striking out on his own with the notorious Fritz Müller Rock project and later collaborations with Harald Grosskopf; Anne Gillis - The French artist and experimental sound maker trod a distinctive path through the industrial scene with projects such as Devil's Picnic. Now, with her first album in over 15 years and new collaborations with London duo Seymour Wright and Paul Abbott, her unique rhythmic sensibility is surfacing once more. Invisible Jukebox: Lee Ranaldo & Steve Shelley - As an extensive collection of Sonic Youth's live recordings is released, the New York pair take The Wire's mystery record test. Global Ear: Peter Margasak investigates a new group of Berlin composers exploring the possibilities of just intonation tuning, including Catherine Lamb, Werner Durand, Marc Sabat, Chiyoko Szlavnics and Arnold Dreyblatt. Unlimited Editions: Emily Pothast talks to Ratskin Records, the Bay Area crew putting issues of accessibility and equality at the forefront of its music including in its 'mixed reality' online projects. Unofficial Channels: Abi Bliss investigates This Band Isn't Real, the Twitter feed creating fictitious metal groups and album covers through the power of machine learning. Plus full page interviews with Joanne Robertson, Alabaster DePlume, Simon Grab, and Jessie Cox. " - The Wire .
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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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