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Direct-to-digital field recordings of sounds made in and by a derelict Catholic school-house, situated near Alton Towers theme park in the middle of England. Whereas the theme park attracts millions and millions of joyous visitors each year, the school (empty since 1980 and still in search of a buyer) attracts only teenage glue-sniffers and vandals, who have left their calling card in the form of broken windows, collapsing floors and the ever-present aroma of Kestrel Extra Strength. Our Lady looks out from her vantage point above the once-grandiose assembly hall to view a sea of broken glass, empty beercans, asbestos and spraypainted profanity. These recordings were made over a two-year period using only acoustic and battery-operated musical implements. Hear creaking floors, resonant cavern drone, wind hammering against fragile glass and instruments weaving in and out of sounds generated by the buildings themselves. Limited to 500 copies in silkscreened covers - BWCD.

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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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