"Hans-Joachim Roedelius is a pioneer in in the field of electronic music. He explains Drauf Und Dran: "The tracks released on this album originate from various creative periods of my career. They were recorded while I played Bösendorfer, Steinway and Yamaha grand pianos, and even my Young Chang Upright. They are not, however, in the chronological order in which they were recorded because I feel that the within and with the selection of tracks and with how the structures are strung together and the nature of each interpretation, the attentiveness to what one is hearing refocuses of its own accord. In a manner of speaking, this is intended to musically 'outwit' established listening habits and to expand and maintain the listener's attentiveness. I do this because my music is not about the perfect performance of long-popular models and producing masterly recordings. My actual profession is that of physical therapist, masseur and palliative caregiver. I'm musical, but have no formal training; my musical ignorance necessitated that I, as it were, make a virtue of embarking on practical adventures into the realm of sound experimentation. The wide array of racket-producing tools, such as hammers, adapted metal plates, rods and springs, the sounds of food processors and the other things I used in and with the band Kluster at the start of my career allowed me to create kind of 'noise factory' that was tagged 'musical Actionism.' That Actionism got on my nerves ever more as time passed, and, thank God, that led me right to the piano; it, or rather its expressive possibilities, is now my main interest. Drauf Und Dran is meant as a milestone and a guidepost, as a kind of musical peephole through the 'iron' curtain of what is familiar, perfected and conventional in music and into a sound universe that has officially only yet been explored cursorily. Varying piano string vibrations create interferences, overtones and undertones in the fading reverberation of pointedly accentuated." - Gronland.
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.