New Release: d.b.s. / R4 7"
- F U S I O N A U D I O R E C O R D I N G S
Press Release - August 9, 2000
Artist: d.b.s. / R4
Title: 7" split
Catalog #: FUS-014
Release Date: August 16, 2000
SIDE A - "Hetandu" by d.b.s.
SIDE B - "Japan's Northern Territories
in the Hand's of Moscow" by R4
A release date for the d.b.s. and R4 split 7" has
been confirmed at last. This, Fusion Audio's
first on vinyl edition, will be officially released next
Wednesday, August 16, 2000.
For those that missed the original announcement,
this is the debut of d.b.s., the latest side-project
from Pain Station and Converter's Scott Sturgis.
Though some similarities exist between this project
and Sturgis' other two projects, d.b.s. reveals a
different side of this brilliant artist's music. Though
rhythmic elements are quite present in the music of
d.b.s., expect to find this project to be more ambient and
down-tempo. Or, as Sturgis has accurately described
it: "noise-oriented ambient soundscapes, at times very
harsh and percussive and at other times, subdued."
But it's not so much style as method that separates
d.b.s. from Converter or Pain Station. d.b.s. is
arguably Sturgis' most experimental musical
endeavor; what makes this project unique is how
the tracks were composed. Sturgis created these
tracks using sounds from his own voice as the primary
The 7" split will also be the most widely available release
from R4 to date following a full-length CD-R released last
year, a 3-disc set earlier this year, two split tape and
CD-R releases and various compilation releases--all in
very limited editions. R4's earliest recordings, dating
back to early 1997, began as strange techno and IDM but
in the last two years has progressed to dark ambient,
harsh noise and beatless minimalism. August 16 will
also see the release of a C60 split tape with Zaftig
Research's Stolen Light, also on Fusion Audio. Earlier
this summer R4 was featured released a CD-R split
with Stolen Light's minimal-ambient side-project
Goose (Zaftig Research) and a C30 cassette split with
British drone artist Jliat (Fusion Audio).
This 7" single not only will introduce many in the
experimental underground to the music of d.b.s. and R4,
it also serves as a preview of more to come. This fall,
Fusion Audio will release a full-length split between
these same two artists on compact disc. However, the
7" contains exclusive tracks that will not be found on
Pressed on clear vinyl and packaged with a cover designed
by Canadian graphic artist Ben Didier, this 7" is nearly
as appealing to the eye as is it is to the ear.
Only 250 copies of this release have been made, and after
promo copies and advance orders there are fewer than 175
left for the rest of the world. Our supply won't last
forever. Copies can be obtained direct from Fusion Audio.
The mail-order price will be just $5 including postage within
the United States, Canada or Mexico. Elsewhere, please
add $2 for airmail shipping.
To order: send well-concealed cash, check or money order
*PAYABLE TO BARRY D. SCHEFFEL* to:
Fusion Audio Recordings
6289 Donegal Drive
West Chester, OH 45069 USA
Credit card orders will be accepted online beginning Monday,
August 14 at http://www.digital-intersect.com/fusion/.
As promised, copies are being shipped one week early for
everyone who placed advance orders. All other orders will
be shipped beginning August 16.
For more information on this and other Fusion Audio releases
visit our web page at http://www.digital-intersect.com/fusion/.
More info on d.b.s. can be found on the official d.b.s. site
A sampling of Ben Didier's visuals can be found at