"New Forces is proud to present the Domaine Poétique discography boxset. Domaine Poétique was the mail collaboration between Jeph Jerman (Hands To) and John Hudak, two of the most prominent artist to emerge from the 1980's "cassette culture" underground. Alongside artist like The Haters and Merzbow, they helped carved out a space for experimental sound while constructing the networks through which those sounds would circulate. Domaine Poétique released seven cassettes from 1987-1989, most of which are nearly impossible to find today.
The sounds they contain predict much of what has followed in the past 30+ years of experimental/noise: saturated tapes, field recordings, harsh noise, industrial clatter, minimalist drones, haunting loops, and more. These recordings are like an archeological dig into the emergence of sounds we now take for granted, before micro-genres, before rigid formulas, before ready-made templates. Jerman and Hudak were masters of the cassette tape, and their collaboration seamlessly blended their unique approaches into something that was more than the sum of its parts. An absolutely mandatory collection for anyone interested in the worlds of noise, industrial, and experimental sound.
This box compiles their entire discography, with more than seven hours of sound: Great Many (Sound of Pig), Hilarious Picture (S.J. Organisation), Exhale Slowly (Sound of Pig), Need Not Be (Big Body Parts), Tenant Farmer (Big Body Parts), They Are Sent (Big Body Parts), and There & Then (Sound of Pig). Each disc is housed in an individual slip-case that reproduces the original artwork. The collection is contained in a hard clamshell case, and includes a large two-side poster insert that displays the letters, postcards, artwork, and other mail artifacts that Jerman and Hudak sent back and forth throughout their collaboration, a fascinating visual document of their artistic process. The recordings were remastered for CD from Jeph Jerman’s archival tapes by Grant Richardson, and the boxset was designed by John Wiese." - New Forces.
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.