KUNTZ, HENRY - Speed Of Culture Light

an insight in the light of a free spirit. in the 70s, Henry was the editor and publisher of the internationally acclaimed newletter BELLS. his first musical output dates from 1977, when he played tenor saxophone on HENRY KAISERs album Ice Death. since the early 80s, Henry started to focus on solo music, using instruments like saxophone, flutes, musette, violins, gamelan, rhaita, etc. in 1986, he formed the free jazz troupe OPEYE. Henry ran the beautiful HUMMING BIRDS recordlabel, on which he produced several lps, cassettes and cd releases of solo and group improvisations. Speed Of Culture Light is a retrospective boxset (with material ranging from 1980 until present day) and shows a wide and varied collection of free jazz jams, solo improvisations and beautiful 6-track meditations. in 2008, we will release a compilation album of the HUMMING BIRD EARTH SERIES cassettes, wich was a series of 5 ethnographic tapes recorded by Henry in Bali, Mexico, Bolivia, and Guatemala between 1985 and 1991.Any old school Bay Area improvisor/spirit music freak can tell you that Henry Kuntz has, since the late 70s, been one of the most audacious and interesting free improvisers on the scene non-stop. His documentation has been typically subterranean starting from his initial recorded sounds on Henry Kaisers 1977 Ice Death LP, a flashpoint record for many a guitar experimentalist (Jim ORourke e.g.). For most of the 70s Kuntz edited and published a great newsletter called Bells (available to read online at Throughout the 80s Kuntz released LPs, cassettes and CDs on his own Hummingbird imprint of solo and group free-playing, all of which have amazing moments of deep spontaneous thought-love-composition. A fantastic compilation of this material, plus recordings from Kuntz Opeye project self described as -¢??avant-shamanic trance jazz,-¢?¬ù can be had on the beautiful four cassette boxset, Speed Of Culture Light, from Belgium label Bread & Animals. The label plans on systematically re-releasing the Hummingbird cassettes throughout this year. Essential music for the ancient/modern axis alive in any sentient brain. And each package comes with complimentary plastic dinosaur. So no excuses." - Thurston Moore, Bull Tongue

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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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