CHOP SHOP - Primer

"This 2LP set presents the very first -- and long unavailable -- Chop Shop recordings, remastered by Scott Konzelmann. LP one is a remastering and reworking of Power Pieces Positive Force from 1987, originally a 90-minute cassette released in an edition of 60 copies. However, as 20+ minutes have been reissued as the 'A Different Kind of Connie' 3" CDR, and another 30 or so minutes involved large swaths of sampling that would have raised serious copyright infringement/clearance issues, Scott decided to revisit the master tapes to create this reworking of his germinal recording. For Chop Shop fans, this disc provides a fascinating aural journey to the big bang of the Chop Shop sound. The second LP, Scraps, was originally released as a C-45 cassette in 1989 in an edition of 200 copies. Scraps is, by Scott's own account, 'the first truly coalesced and focused Chop Shop release,' utilizing the home-built speaker constructions that cemented Chop Shop's reputation. The hallmark sounds -- machine vibration, furnaces, the rattling inner echoic walls of a factory, pinging frequencies, and the magnetic tape itself--all come to life in these recordings. Primer also contains liner notes by Blake Edwards and Gen Ken Montgomery. This release will be of greatest interest to, in addition to Chop Shop fans, fans of the first wave of 'industrial' and experimental music: Hafler Trio, Joe Colley, Einstruzende Neubaten, Organum, Z'EV, Haters, Survival Research Laboratories, SPK, NON, Nurse With Wound, etc." - C.I.P.
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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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