Cramps

CURRAN, ALVIN, PAOLO TOFANI & MAURO TESPIO - POPTraits: Contemporary Music Collection

2012 release. A deep investigation of a very few simple principles; acoustic instruments rub ambiguously up against electrified objects and electronics, but these in the main provide atmosphere and harmonic complexity. Taking its cue from John Cage, the trio began sticking contact mics to anything that sounded and amplified their raw sounds.Alvin Curran, Paolo Tofani, and Mauro Tespio share a common interest in electrifying objects; one might say that this represents the bridge between the ancient music experience and contemporary music technology. Technology is one of those myths that return cyclically to haunt all of us, now then and surely in the future. . . . I began to record the world or sound around me, knowing intuitively that it was an on-going and never-ending symphony of immense beauty. . . ." Alvin Curran: piano, prepared piano, sampling keyboard, percussion, shell, tube, shofar; Paolo Tofani: trikanta veena connected to an Axon Ax50 Apple MacBook Pro MIDI converter by a GK-2 resophonic Roland; Mauro Tespio: trumpet, Tibetan bells, percussion, balafon, EMS Synthi AKS." - Cramps.

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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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