Shaking Box


140 gram vinyl with printed inner sleeves. Edition of 300.Mastered by Sean McCann.

"Neil Campbell and Richard Youngs were offered a duo gig in Leeds, and realized they had not done anything as a duo since the How The Garden Is LP over fifteen years ago. Opting for an entirely different approach, this time they decided to do “songs." There were some rules involved. Both agreed to pick one instrument each, plus vocals. Richard chose violin, and Neil chose Casio. After coming up with six song titles, lyrics were written independent of one another. The next task was to write six scores that would be played by the other, so each would be singing their own lyrics while also attempting to play the others score. For the gig, neither showed the scores to each other beforehand. Neil made verbal instructions, “sometimes elaborate, sometimes simple, that I thought might cause Richard some problems performing.” Richards scores were long, carefully notated pieces that, in Neils words, “would definitely cause me some problems, as I dont read music. To compound it, he later told me most of them were unplayable anyway.” 

Their contributions were recorded independently, without reference to the others playing. Neil took effort to play the actual notation as closely as he could, giving each piece a general tonality. He recorded three tracks and told Richard the track lengths, so their contributions would be the same length. They recorded three songs each in this manner, eventually mixing each of their contributions over each other so that any interaction between their playing is coincidental, with only key and track length forming the cement. 
The resulting LP is suitably puzzling, a playfully rigid yet entirely absurd set of score-based songs from two of the most frequently intriguing headscratchers out there. They were also kind enough to let me include bits and pieces from the actual scores in designing the sleeves, so lyrics, unplayable notation, and printed verbal directions are all included, if youd care to challenge a friend." - D.F. 

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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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