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SCHMID, ERIC - a channel, dedicated to Michael

-¢‚Ǩ-ìIn 2013 I was living in California working as programmer and would talk to our friend Eric (I owe this formulation to Rachelle Rahme: http://michaelpollard.net/fqw/rachelle-rahme-our-friend-eric.pdf) on the phone every few days -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú hes always liked talking on the phone and I liked it then because I could take breaks from work and it was also nice to talk with our friend who was living in New York, where I had just recently left, but where most of my thoughts that were not related to work continued to be. He left a year and a half before I did just after the beginning of our final semester at school. Hed returned to the city to finish school shortly after I left to go to work. Now I am living in New York and he is in Chicago. From August 2014 to October 2015 we were both living in New York. On one of our phone calls he talked about an idea for art production that involved recording all his phone calls. At the time he had been writing these poems: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bw9NkmY9G3e4dzZjT2V0NXFDYW8&usp=drive-web and a lot of his calls would come directly after he had emailed a poem to me because he wanted feedback. I think that this CD comprised of all of the voicemails found on his phone dating from the years 2010-2015 is a response to that idea. -¢‚Ǩ-ìWe have a calling to redeem weakness in the moment and to treat this indeterminate material as the solution to psychic stabilization,-¢‚Ǩ¬ù he once said. Recently when I played him some recordings I had been working on he reminded me that I had expressed discomfort at his proposal to record all of his phone calls, so he did not do it. As someone who would talk to him on the phone every few days while I was on a break from work I was naturally uncomfortable with this idea because of a concern that it would alter the way that I would communicate with him. I know that his poems had altered the way that I corresponded with him through email and text and the nature of communication over the phone seemed in that sense less productive -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú over the phone communication could occur with our friend about art and life without concern for the immediacy with which the one could be interpolated through the other. The voicemails that are found on a phone are the result of an undirected editing process over time and the production of an album from them is the result of an automatic export process -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú a found form. I like to think about the voicemails in relation to our friends bag sculptures and poems. What is the bag? We say: a vessel, something of the kind that holds something else within it. He reminds me that in this context it may be fruitful to make reference to Dieter Roths -¢‚Ǩ-ìFlat Waste-¢‚Ǩ¬ù, the various vagaries of life, self-portraiture, and auto-biography.-¢‚Ǩ¬ù-Michael Pollard, June 2016.
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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)_/¯ ).

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