MCDONAS & STEFANO SCODANIBBIO, THOLLEM - On Debussy's Piano And...
"Die Schachtel is proud to present a recording that embodies the virtuosity of piano soloist/composer Thollem McDonas and contrabass soloist/composer Stefano Scodanibbio, in the spirit of Claude Debussy's rebellious creativity. As Terry Riley wrote: "Anyone who has heard Thollem or Scodanibbio as a soloist might well imagine what a combination of their unique genius could produce. Awesome, well-matched virtuosos in an ocean of sound." During the listening of this CD, you will witness the renowned talent of Scodanibbio, a 21st century Paganini, whose innovations on the contrabass inspired some of the most important composers of the 20th century, such as Cage, Berio, Scelsi and Stockhausen. Thollem devised the improvisational scheme specifically for this occasion, demonstrating once again his distinctive sound and his unique approach to music. This album was recorded on the only piano Claude Debussy owned the last 14 years of his life, kindly loaned by the City of Brive-La-Gaillard and Musée Labenche of Art and History. Thollem and Scodanibbio's improvisational style creates a sonic flow, resulting in a unique combination of historical and contemporary musical genius. In his liner notes for this album Terry Riley continues, "an imaginative idea, wonderfully realized with virtuosity, improvisational mastery and intuitive communication of deep sensibility all residing here in the magical marriage of their artistry."" - Die Schachtel .
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.