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Freewaysound

A HANDFUL OF DUST - For Patti Smith

A Handful of Dust are a duo [and occasionally a trio] of New Zealand improvising noise artists. In 1993 they fired an early blast in the so-called free noise barrage heard round the world, with the recording of the no-fingers-on-the-strings opus Concord. 24 October 1999 found them playing live at the Puntersö Club, Melbourne, Australia, recorded by Marco Fusinato and mixed live by Greg Wadley. The resulting two long tracks of beautiful sonic violence were dedicated to the Queen of post-jazz rock improv Rimbaudian sense-derangement herself, and titled I Am Gods Finger and [From a Soundtrack to] Babelfield. They feature Bruce Russell and Alastair Galbraith performing a mix of guitar, violin, long wires and electronics. No stone is left unrotated, no rock left un-detourned in this top-of-their-game sizzling sound-smash. This tag-team of post-everything sound improvisers cant be easily beaten at the spontaneous improvisation of soundworlds which leave the senses literally grasping at straws. - Freewaysound.

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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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