Vitrine rounds out its summer batch with a new cassette from British sound artist and sculptor Stephen Cornford. Empty Reels consists of just that, four investigations of empty reels spinning on a Grundig TK5 machine. The sound is not processed and is instead allowed to develop along its own path for forty minutes. The listener becomes immersed in the sound, which retains a sober anchor as Cornford steers clear of drone. Allowance for registry, intact. The four studies heard on Empty Reels establish a modest furniture theater reminiscent of such premier artists as Andrew Chalk or Massimo Toniutti. A simple process with simple rewards. Cornford reveals an objects integrity through patience and clarity of intent. Over the past five or six years, Stephen has been developing an impressive body of recorded work to compliment his reputation as an installation artist and live improviser. In addition to his own output, Cornford is responsible for co-running Consumer Waste, a label focusing on electroacoustic experimentation and uncommon sound. Vitrine is privileged to release the work of one of the most exciting and lucid of contemporary sound artists. Limited to 100 copies. - Vitrine.\r\n
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.