BERGE, SIGURD - Early Electronic Works

Prisma Records is proud to present the first release dedicated to the music by the late Norwegian composer and electronic music pioneer, Sigurd Berge (1929-2002). This release showcases some of Berges earliest experiments with tape-machines and early synthesizers. The music is taken from three reels found in the Henie Onstad Art Centre music archives in 2009. The reason why these tapes were located at the art center is probably because Berge worked for several years at the NSEM - Norwegian Studio for Electronic Music, located at the art center. Berge also was a central part of the electronic music concert series Elektrofoni which took place at the center from 1968 until 1983. On the first tape were the unreleased pieces Preludium," "Ritual" and "Sörgemusikk" and the pieces "Erupsjon" and "Eg Beisla Min Stövel." On a different tape, was the musique concrète piece "Delta," which Berge also used in collaboration with the avant-garde jazz group Svein Finnerud in 1970. The second part of this release is dedicated to one of Norways first multimedia art installations entitled "BLIKK." The work was commissioned for the Henie Onstad Art Centre in 1970 and created by the artists Irma Salo J-ɬ¶ger, Jan Erik Vold and Sigurd Berge. The installation consisted of J-ɬ¶gers kinetic sculptures, Volds abstract poetry and Berges electronic music, all blended together with one of Norways first computer-generated laser-light shows. The multimedia piece was so complicated to produce that the engineers Halvor Heier, Birger Komedal and Harald Schiötz were hired on for technical assistance. The pioneering work "BLIKK" was exhibited at the Henie Onstad Art Centre between April-May in 1970. Prisma Records is proud to release one of Norways most acclaimed experimental composers and electronic music pioneers for the first time on a complete CD release." -Prisma.

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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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