-¢‚Ǩ-ìWisconsin-based composer and improviser, Troy Schafer, has scattered a staggering body of impressive work throughout the darkened pastures of the Midwest over the past decade with his contributions to various group efforts such as Kinit Her, Wreathes, Burial Hex, and Rain Drinkers to name but a few. On top of this stellar output, Schafers 2012 solo release on the Recital label entitled Evening Song Awaken provided further confirmation of his considerable talents as a violinist and as a composer of soul-stirring sounds. The past few years, upon completion of a Masters Degree in Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has seen Schafers music continue to evolve along more conceptual and theoretical lines, pushing into areas of Musique concrète and performance art, while maintaining a distinctive emotional heft common amongst all of his work. Schafers ongoing Untitled series, started last year, has proven to be the apex of this newfound path as a solo artist, with each installment unlocking a new and varied piece to the beguiling sonic puzzle that he is creating. With that, we couldnt be more thrilled to offer up Untitled No. 4, the latest solo brain-scrambler from Troy Schafer. Here on one side youll find him presenting refined yet dissonant piano lines competing with jarring static disruptions, and on the flip side a lurching industrial swarm bowed out of custom-built electronics and extended techniques. Its another peerless example of modern avant composition forged with blood upon the hands and sweat upon the brow. Untitled No. 4 comes in a limited edition of 40 clear mono 7-¢‚Ǩ¬ù lathes (with digital download card included) or as a stand-alone digital release that includes both the stereo and mono mixes with purchase.-¢‚Ǩ¬ù - Sound Bale.
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.