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WHITTINGTON, STEPHEN - Final Fragments - Piano Music of David Kotlowy

"2021 release. Final Fragments is the first album dedicated to the music of quiet revolutionary David Kotlowy, and surveys his piano music from the early '90s to the '00s. Kotlowy's music is often extremely delicate, sometimes straddles the threshold of audibility, and creates pregnant silences, producing a maximum effect from a limited amount of material. Among the selections on this record are examples of his gorgeous and original "breath pieces", in which the duration of musical notes and gestures are determined exclusively by the performer's unhurried breathing. Stephen Whittington's performances of new piano music have long been celebrated worldwide, but until now he has been extremely elusive on disc. De la Catessen Records presents his first commercial album as solo pianist. Since the 1970s, he has shaped the development of new music by giving the first performances in Australia of works by Morton Feldman, Cornelius Cardew, James Tenney, and many others.

"Radically beautiful, and perhaps, most of all, radically human (...) Throughout, I am struck by the music's poetics, its capacity to still the moment, and its ability to balance rigor of praxis with gentleness of touch" --Jon Dale." - De La Catessen Records.

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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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