Motivations. There was (almost) enough money in the Shih Shih Wu Ai Records “account” to fund it. (Since the labels inception in 1972, all proceeds, save for money paid back to associate producers, have been recycled into further publications.) From there, I wanted to document the sound of my instruments in a solo context within the wonderful ambiance of Studio Toile dAngles in order to more readily capture nuances that are not so apparent in an ensemble milieu. To be clear, the music is not an overview of my aesthetic concerns at this time. While certainly impacted by those concerns, it is, in the spirit of free improvisation, the snapshot of a process over the course of 3 sets — 1 per instrument[s]: drum set/percussion, clarinets, and piano — on 3 separate January, 2017 evenings. The title is a slight paraphrase from Luis Bunũels biography, “The Last Breath”; the design a piercing dream from decades ago, whose residue I cling to dearly. (My deep gratitude to Paul Metzger for his patience and diligence in bringing this dreamscape to “life” and facilitating the technical aspects of readying everything for production.) - Shih Shih Wu Ai.
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.