BIANCHI, MAURIZIO - REMS/MECAT Complete Discography Vol. I
Among artists released on cassette in the 1980s was the great Maurizio Bianchi, one of the primary architects of Italian industrial music, whose early experimental works were almost entirely constrained to small run self-issued tapes, and, in this case pertinently, a handful of equally limited LPs. Urashima present REMS/MECAT Complete Discography Vol. I, a beautiful seven-cassette box set drawing on this remarkable era in Maurizios output. Maurizio Bianchis early period of musical productively was relatively brief, between 1979-1983, after which he withdrew for religious reasons. The period produced around 40 releases, roughly half of which were self-released, and nearly all of which were conceived for cassette. Whether by necessity or design, it is the format through which his work is best understood. In addition to the inception of Italian industrial and noise music, Bianchi represents one of that scenes most concise links to similar movements across the globe, during this period finding himself in regular contact with members of Throbbing Gristle, GX Jupitter-Larsen, SPK, Nocturnal Emissions, and Whitehouse, among many others. REMS/MECAT, stretching across seven cassettes, draws most of its material from Bianchis slim output on LP, originally issued on his own imprints Mectpyo Sounds and M.B., or with other labels, such as William Sharps Dys, and Gary Mundys Broken Flag. This is the first time that most have been issued on cassette. Each album presents a writhing sea of abrasively brilliant sound. Brittle and creatively brilliant, these are the utterances of a new movement and its position in culture and society, birthed in the shadowy spirit of punk, and from the death of the countercultural idealism which defined the era before. Electronic music, with music at large, conceived entirely anew for a generation of disillusioned ears. Across each, creative singularity erupts; the organization of sound is pushed to unknown depths. As the critic Vittore Baroni noted in 1984, Bianchis work is defined by long magnetic suites in which the sound particles seem to have an independent character, stagnating and reproducing themselves with infinitesimal variations, and with a never lacking tension and logic to the absurd." Includes: Regel (1982), Menses (1982), Symphony For A Genocide (1981), Mectpyo Bakterium (1981), Endometrio (1982), Carcinosi (1983), and The Plain Truth (1983). This is an essential release for fans of Italian avant-garde, industrial, and noise music. Produced in a stunning wooden box; Edition of 99 (hand-signed)." - Urashima.
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.