The Tapeworm


Myriad is a post-apocalyptic love story comprised of 10,000 tracks of recorded audio, yielding a great wall of sound. Unfolding over 31 minutes, the piece features over 150 performers on 200+ instruments including the Persian santur, various ARP/Buchla/ Moog analog synthesizers, gamelans (handmade by Lou Harrison), classical strings, timpani, harpsichord, and percussion. Myriad is performed by a veritable world orchestra." A small portion of some of the illustrious musicians who recorded for this piece: Blixa Bargeld, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Agnes Szelag and Marielle Jakobsons (of Myrmyr), William Winant, Jon Porras and Evan Caminiti (of Barn Owl), Gregg Kowalsky, Ellen Fullman, Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi, Shahzad Ismaily, Chris Cutler, Theresa Wong, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Jozef Van Wissem, Luciano Chessa, Stuart Dempster, Wobbly, Jacob Felix Heule, George Chen, and Sören Kj-ɬ¶rgaard. The Norman Conquest (TNC) is a composer, performer, and improviser influenced by the art of sound engineering. Utilizing unconventional recording practices, the recording studio is TNCs instrument. TNC performs as a sound manipulator and vocalist in Cosa Brava (with Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Shahzad Ismaily, Carla Kihlstedt, and Matthias Bossi) and Dokuro (with Agnes Szelag). As a recording engineer, some of the artists that TNC has worked with include Barn Owl, Elliott Sharp, Gregg Kowalsky, Ellen Fullman, Stuart Dempster, Marielle Jakobsons, and Blixa Bargeld (of Einsturzende Neubauten). TNCs recordings can be found on such fine record labels as Tzadik, Thrill Jockey, Type, Intakt, Important Records, Root Strata, Ambiances Magnetiques, and Digitalis Recordings. " - The Tapeworm.

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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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