RODEN, STEVE - Between Yellow and White on One Side. Between Blue and Black On the Other.
these two tracks were specifically created for this cassette release, and are part of a trilogy of cassette related works that began with a piece i did for an online exhibition for ica london in early 2012. all three of the works used my own 4-track cassette masters from the mid-1980′s as material for these new works.
each piece was composed using an old 4-track cassette-master of songs that i recorded in 1983/84 in my bedroom. because the 4-track cassette deck ran at double speed, the tapes played now on a regular cassette player run at half speed – with the left side running in reverse, and the right side running forwards. as i listened to the master tapes, i captured various snippets, and used them to build new works – bringing my past into the present.
the original 4-track recordings were made a year or so out of high school, as well as a year or so after leaving the “seditionaries”, the los angeles punk band that included me as its lead singer. the original 4-track masters were first attempts to move into a territory between the darkness of bauhaus and joy division and the jangly dissonance of early felt, gang of four, orange juice and josef k.
although i’m not entirely sure what wason these two master tapes (almost nothing was labelled), the weird slow recordings still managed to offer bits that sparked memories, yet at the same time most of what i heard was unfamiliar – feeling like new material.
i tried not to process any of the original sounds other than using some eq, so that the quality of the sound sources (a casio, my voice, guitar, drum machine), as well as my original sound making actions, were still able to “speak”. thus, none of the sounds have been dramatically altered. - Steve Roden.
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.