This work is based on a small inspiration by Kudo Tori, with additional material added from the voicemail recordings made by Hashizaka Ai (and her family) and from a Maher Shalal Hash Baz 30th anniversary show in Shinjuku, to make up three levels of sound. Hashizakas sounds are full of the highly entropic sadness of northern Wakayama and Maher at Shinjuku sounds like they were a little angry. Kudo-san says that he picked up a sense of blankness and kindness from these fragments. Something like the feeling you get at an out of the way bookstore that has a nice collection of books, or at a small cheap bar that features fried organ meat, or a bakery, or taking a long trip, or when youre extremely busy with cooking, cleaning, housework and child care, or other real experiences that make life worth living. - Geshi Nodoka .
"Japanese underground musician Tori Kudo has a recording career spanning five decades. During this time hes played with many bands; Guys & Dolls, noise drone group Worst Noise, the free improv ensemble�Ch�-SHIZU, and others. Kudo is also the founder of�Maher Shalal Hash Baz, the experimental rock band he forefronts with his partner Reiko Kudo.�
He has claimed this latest release,�ガラ刑GALAKEI,�is his �life work�. The 55 track concept album is made up of various layers of sound, built from a methodical sequence of communication and interpretation. Whenever a melody popped into Kudos head, he would record it on his old style cellular phone. He would then send the tune from his location in Tōon, Shikoku, to his friend Ai Geshi and her daughter Mari in Wakayama, who would record their own version of the melody. This was then sent back and forwarded to the Maher Shalal Hash Baz ensemble, who played and recorded their version in Tokyo. Kudo describesガラ刑GALAKEI�as a �postal piece� themed around �the possibility of the transmission of inspiration sources�, inspired by ideas of Derrida and James Tenney." - The Wire, Jan 2018.
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.