MEELKOP, ROEL - (onkyo ok)

Launching CMRs new line of hand-numbered 78rpm dust jacket CD packaging\r\nis Dutch sound artist Roel Meelkop. Roel was a founding member of audio art\r\ngroup THU20 in the early eighties who continue to perform and record, is\r\ncurrently a member of electro-acoustic live project Kapotte Muziek, and the\r\nelectronic rhythm group GOEM (both along with Frans De Waard and Peter\r\nDuimelinks). Roel has a long history of visual art, sound installation,\r\ncuration and organization of various live music events in Rotterdam, his\r\ncity of residence, and abroad. His well-received solo work has been released\r\non numerous labels including trente oiseaux (Ger), V2_Archief (Neth), line\r\n(US), Intransitive Recordings (US), Korm Plastics (Neth) and most recently\r\nTariff Records (US) and Klingfilm (Bel).\r\nonkyo ok is composed of recordings made during Roels tour to Japan in\r\nsummer 2001 (along with Frans De Waard and Peter Duimelinks). Where Kiyoshi\r\nMizutanis Yokosawa-iri CD (cmr1) uses primarily rural sound sources from\r\na selected area, onkyo ok may strike a special chord and familiarity with\r\nanyone who has visited Japans urban areas, cities and outlying regions.\r\nVarious components of the rich Japanese soundscape (to name a few: pachinko\r\nparlours, train crossings, crows, electrical machines, people) have been\r\ncaptured, abstracted (or not), blended and re-composed creating unique sonic\r\nsnapshots of this beautiful and at times bewildering country. The sound\r\npieces are relatively constant over time (Roels characteristic silences are\r\nat a minimum) containing numerous complimentary sources simultaneously\r\nbuilding together into broadband structures, then falling away to focus on\r\nvarious seperate objects and events. This album serves as a beautiful\r\ndocument and expression of the ever-changing Japanese acoustic environment\r\nas it was at the beginning of the twenty first century. - CMR.

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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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