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BERTHOLO, RENÉ - Um Argentino No Deserto


"This story began when I had to learn something about electronics, in order to make objects with electric movement, which I call “small-scale models”, and which I was making between 1963 and 1973. In 1973, when tired of repairs I had decided to give up making them, a friend gave me one of those musical boxes with a handle, a drum bristling with prickles and a steel comb. Although I had seen similar ones, that particular one fascinated me and I had an urge to make one like it, but using electronics. That is how my first “Makina” was born – one could describe it as of a digital, programmable type of synthesizer which has gone through different phases since then and taken on various shapes which even today are still ongoing. At first it was a machine which produced sounds, but I inevitably became more and more interested in its musical possibilities. Not having had any musical training, and knowing little of electronics I wanted to learn by “trial and error” and had doubts as to whether the sounds I produced could be considered as music. For this reason I calledit “Mosik”. I wanted to “play” a different kind of music from what we hear on records and tapes. I am not trying to imitate sounds made by the instruments we are familiar with today, but, if similarity does exist, I am not going to turn my back on it. This “Makina” which plays by itself is made up two parts: one that allows the programming of a fixed electronic memory which we refer to as the program, and one that plays and contains the “instruments”. Only this part is present when we give a “disconcert” in public. It is composed of three melodic units, two of them with eight octaves and three voices, and one with eight octaves and two voices. Three units consist of noises made by birds, frogs and other sounds of nature and 3 mini-samplers, two 16 seconds long and two lasting one minute. There are also 3 percussion instruments. The melodic units may produce very different sounds which make it difficult to hear how many are involved. The same could be said about the percussion elements because they have filters which may modify the basic sounds, and so on. The animal noises have twenty four basic sounds. These are modified by variations in the frequency of the oscillation which produces them. Finally there is a unit where the usual commands of a pre-amplifier: flats, sharps, balance and volume are programmed. The different sounds made by the “instruments” are programmed in this unit to come out up to six loud-speakers, thus enabling the sound to “travel” from one side to another around the room. Except for the integrated microcircuits, transistors, capacitors, etc, that have to be produced industrially, all the other elements, taht make up this “Makina” were created, designed and built by me. René Bertholo " - .

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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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