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DOYLE, ROGER - The Ninth Set

Irish composer Roger Doyles first release on Die Stadt is his prize-winning work The Ninth Set, a 67-minute masterpiece in 5 parts. He was awarded the Magisterium Prize at this years Bourges International Electro-Acoustic Music Competition in France for parts 4 and 5. The award, which is one of the most important prizes in the world for electronic music, is open to composers having at least 25 years of professional experience in the field, and its objective is the promotion and diffusion of works that might become milestones in the history of electro-acoustic music. Previous works of Doyle include a 5CD set Babel which took ten years to compose, where each track corresponds to a room or place within an imagined tower city; and the 3 hour Passades, music made from software that freezes sounds like a freeze-frame in DVD. Hes also known for his project Operating Theatre which released the classic Rapid Eye Movements album -- consisting of 4 works composed between 1968-1980 -- on Steven Stapletons (Nurse With Wound) own United Dairies label in 1980. Furthermore, he guested on Fovea Hexs Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent EP number 2 Huge, alongside (among others) Clodagh Simonds, Brian Eno, Percy Jones and Colin Potter. The CD comes in a color digipack in a first edition of 600 copies.

A gigantic 5CD conceptual release by legendary Irish experimental composer Roger Doyle (previous albums on Christoph Heemanns DOM label; Doyle also recorded as Operating Theatre -- reissued on CD by United Dairies). "Babel is a large-scale musical structure making use of many technologies and music languages, with each piece of music being thought of as a room or place within an enormous tower city. In the main section are 3 CDs where each track corresponds to a virtual architecture. The pieces are divided into two kinds: aural representations of actual spaces (e.g. The Dressing Room, The Stairwell, Mr. Bradys Room), and internalized dream spaces (e.g. The Room of Rhetoric, Mall Fountain, the Spirit Levels, the Mansard childhood memory room). Listeners can navigate their way differently through this CD building at each hearing if they so wish. The instrumental solos in some of these chamber musics evolved in collaboration with the musicians and would not have been possible without the unique approach and talent of each performer. As a Babel supplement are the 2 CDs of KBBL -- the Towers fictitious radio station. Each of its 4 shows has its own style and atmosphere. Collaborating with DJs, actors, writers and singers, KBBL is made to sound like a real radio station with ads, traffic reports, phone-ins etc. There are also live circus and nightclub recordings associated with KBBL in this supplement and in the main section. Other than these connections, and others not mentioned, Babel celebrates language (a slight variation on the Biblical morality tale) and musical expression in all its variety." - Die Stadt.
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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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