"Between late 1991 & late 1994 this iconoclastic trio (J-mz Robinson, Peter Wright & Richard Calder) subverted pop music mores with an unsurpassed wit & originality. Much more than a punk band with a drum machine, TMA-1's embracing of technology, accident & the home recording ethos led to the creation of an enthralling body of music which has influenced kRkRkRk ever since.
Indeed, kRkRkRk was the brainchild of J-mz & Peter - a pseudo-label under which they could organise & disseminate a growing pile of home recordings in a partly calculated, partly accidental parody of the workings of the real music industry. Self deprecating satire was an enduring feature of TMA-1. Always broke, always on the fringes of a local music scene with the usual quota of self-important, self-deluded musos trying to make it - in retrospect the trio can be viewed as an almost necessary undermining & subversion of that scene.
Politics, however, was never TMA-1's primary focus. Making music (or even just a fucking racket) was always the main aim of the group. To some degree (& like so many other kRkRkRk projects), their music functioned as a release valve against the pressures of living amidst the stifling conformity of a small, middle class city like Christchurch. Yet playing & recording music was also enormously satisfying for its own sake. TMA-1's DIY philosophy, their intuitive & spontaneous attitude towards creating music & their enthusiasm for the possibilities of technology (especially the malfunctioning kind) has remained with kRkRkRk to this day." - David Kahn, 2004.
“The unbelievable truth of everything - a TMA-1 album has been issued on vinyl. Possibly the only time this will ever happen. Extremely limited edition of 150 copies.” - Ready To Rock.
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.