Metaphors contain cracks through which significance slips out. Occurrence without explanation, but with clear purpose and senseless resolve. Vitrine is beside itself with pride to announce the latest release by California tape artist Darksmith. Everyone Is Welcome In My Room sidesteps the trendiness, slickness and hothouse social backslapping which is de rigueur in the contemporary experimental underground. Tom Darksmith follows up an array of CDrs, including an impressive collaboration with Dylan Nyoukis on Chocolate Monk, with thirty minutes of consummate tape music - abstract in vision and deliberate in intent. Each side progresses with the illusion of motionlessness, allowing for wide chasms of broken sound to crackle alongside the hull of an enormous din. Darksmith belongs to a small handful of artists who cannot be tethered to a geographic aesthetic or a timely moment in sound. Instead, he draws from a deep reservoir of rusted electronics, detuned strings and sterling tape music to craft work which is both incredibly contemporary and of its own sounding. If anything, he becomes increasingly intriguing with each subsequent release. Darksmith does not so much interrogate the boundaries of a space as generate a science fictional topography via magnetic tape and electronics. Vitrine is honored to have the opportunity to share this new work by one of the best artists currently working in the form. Limited to 100 copies. Sold out at source. - Vitrine.\r\n\r\n
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.