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WOLFLI, ADOLF - The Heavenly Ladder

Subtitled: Analysis Of The Musical Cryptograms. Belgian composer Baudouin de Jaer was completely moved by the artistic and human dimensions of the mystery surrounding the gigantic and universal body of work created by Adolf Wolfli within the Waldau hospital in the early 20th century. He managed what none other had accomplished before: to decode Woflis hermetic and emblematic scores. Adolf Wolfli (Bern, February 29, 1864 - Waldau, November 6, 1930) was a Swiss artist who was one of the first artists to be associated with the Art Brut or outsider art label. Wolfli was abused both physically and sexually as a child, and was orphaned at the age of 10. Institutionalized in 1895 at Waldau psychiatric asylum near Bern (Switzerland) where he spent the rest of his adult life, he suffered from psychosis, which led to intense hallucinations. Wolfli started drawing in 1899, but no work prior to 1904 has been preserved. In 1908, Wolfli started developing what would become a potentially endless narrative stretched across 25,000 pages interrupted only by Wolflis death in 1930. His images also incorporated an idiosyncratic musical notation. This notation seemed to start as a purely decorative affair but later developed into real composition which Wolfli would play on a paper trumpet. After his death, the Adolf Wofli Foundation was formed to preserve his art for future generations. Today its collection is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern and can be seen in many museums in the world. Baudouin de Jaers approach gives a new dimension to this unique artist. Interpretation/composition from Wolflis works and violin: Baudouin de Jaer. Contains only previously-unreleased material. All tracks exclusively recorded for this project. Includes a full-color 52-page book in French and English. Book size: 136 x 187 x 10 mm (5.35 x 7.36 x 0.40 inches). - Sub Rosa.

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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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