TO:97 | Heitor Alvelos "Faith"
CD - 12 tracks - 40:20
Released 1st June 2015
Photography: Jon Wozencroft & Heitor Alvelos
Mastered by Denis Blackham
6. Vicarious Solace
7. The Way of Malamat
9. The Other
10. Home, Elicited
11. The Hopeful Night
Faith is the first full-length sound release by media researcher and curator Heitor Alvelos under his own name. Heitor Alvelos has been a long-time on/off collaborator of Touch, having on occasion provided photography and stage visuals for Biosphere, Fennesz, BJNilsen, Rafael Toral and Philip Jeck, as well as releasing sound pieces under the aliases Autodigest, Antifluffy and Before Surgery, on Ash International, TouchRadio and The Tapeworm.
“The essence of the present piece is autobiographical: therefore the use of my own name”, the author clarifies. “And yet it aims at being resonant to others”: in this context, resonance may be regarded as both semantic and visceral, as the sound frequencies on Faith are often of the kind that “rearrange one’s organs”, to quote the recently departed Bernadette Martou. A necessity in order to carry the gravitas inherent to the subject, a confessional confrontation with the zeitgeist.
All sources have been gathered, recorded and produced throughout five decades, all the way back to a recording by Francisco Alvelos in 1972 that closes the release. Elsewhere, sounds have been processed to various degrees, the bookends retaining their original contexts, others mutating into deep abstraction. Overall, they flow as one single composition, evocative and foreboding in equal measures.
Touch Radio 113 | Simon Scott
27.04.15 - Simon Scott - Caxton Gibbet - 31:36 - 320 kbps
The word 'gibbet' is used both to refer to an executional structure and to a hanging iron cage that used to display the remains of executed prisoners; when someone is thusly displayed, it is known as ‘gibbeting’.
Recording the wooden gibbet in 2012, believed to be haunted burial site and located at Caxton in Cambridgeshire, to capture the sound of the gallows wood (elm) and saproxylic (dead wood) invertebrates (beetles) that lived within it was a challenge because of the vast amount of traffic that passes by. It is located beside a busy roundabout (A428 to Cambridge) and I initially found it difficult to capture the wooden gibbet creaking and moving in the way I had envisaged. I therefore used contact microphones to get inside the construction. I was inspired by the grim history of this location, the place of multiple murders and capital punishment, and also from reading about Bernie Krause (b.1938) who, on the CD included in his wonderful book "Wild Soundscapes", explains that “recordings are an illusion… the best microphone systems and recorders cannot possibly reproduce exactly what our ears hear in the holophonic way that we hear it” (2002). He documented acoustic environments that faced dramatic change or extinction but often needed to recreate the sounds of nature by double tracking or changing microphone placement.
This location has changed dramatically recently as a McDonalds fast food restaurant opened on this site recently.
Touch live at Donau Festival, Krems | 2nd May 2015
Saturday May 2nd at Krems, Austria
and Edwin Pouncey (Savage Pencil) in conversation with Mike Harding
TOUCHLINE | A new online resource
Simon Scott - Below Sea Level
Aino Tytti - Millennium Mills
Touch Radio 112 | Bethan Parkes
06.04.15 - Bethan Parkes - Krafla Geothermal Power Station/Hverir, Iceland June 2014 - 27:28 - 320 kbps
This composition features unprocessed recordings from Krafla Geothermal Power Station and the nearby mudpools and steam vents of Hverir in Northern Iceland. The recordings were made in June 2014, on the Wildeye sound recording course led by Chris Watson and Jez Riley French, using a SoundField SPS200 and JrF contact microphones.
The composition draws upon the spatial experiences of recording at these sites, journeying from the booming, all-encompassing drone emitting from the boreholes; through the uncontained, explosive energy of steam vents and bubbling mud-pools; and into the inner sonic worlds of the metal pipes and geodesic structures that punctuated the lava field.
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FOLIO 001 | Josephine Michel & Mika Vainio "Halfway to White"
With a new imprint, TOUCHFOLIO, Touch introduces a new series of bespoke hardback book and CD publications, produced to the highest specifications and continuing 33 years’ experience of audiovisual publishing.
Released on 4th may 2015 and now available for pre-order.
60pp hardback book + 60 min CD
Bound in a grey linen cover, printed on heavy hi-white paper
There are no digital versions or copies of this release in any format
Release date: 4th May 2015
1. Fade from Black
2. Missing a Border
3. Notes on the Exposures
4. Line of a Curve
5. White Out - you can listen to an extract here
The Lake presents... | Jazzhouse, Copenhagen
MIKA VAINIO, HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR & THOMAS ANKERSMIT - presented in collaboration with CPH:PIX
Sammen med The Lake og CPH PIX præsenterer Jazzhouse label night for det engelske label Touch, der siden 80'erne har været et af de vigtigste for eksperimenterende musik og lydkunst. Oplev Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic m.fl.), Hildur Guðnadóttir og Thomas Ankersmit.
TO:99 | Biosphere Deathprod "Stator"
CD - 7 tracks
Release date: 30th March 2015
Artwork and photography is by Jon Wozencroft. The CD was mastered by Helge Sten [Deathprod].
stator (ˈsteɪtə) n
1. (Electrical Engineering) The stationary part of a rotary machine or device, esp of a motor or generator
2. (Aeronautics) A system of nonrotating radially arranged parts within a rotating assembly, esp the fixed blades of an axial flow compressor in a gas turbine
[C20: from Latin: one who stands (by), from stāre to stand]
1. Muses-C (Biosphere)
2. Shimmer/Flicker (Deathprod)
3. Baud (Biosphere)
4. Polychromatic (Deathprod)
5. Disc (Deathprod)
6. Space is Fizzy (Biosphere)
7. Optical (Deathprod)
Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen, a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music.
He is well known for his "ambient techno" and "arctic ambient" styles, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources.
His track "Novelty Waves" was used for the 1995 campaign of Levi's. His 1997 album Substrata is generally seen as one of the all time classic ambient albums .
Biosphere regularly performs live during electronic music festivals and in clubs throughout Europe and various other locales around the world. Live performances usually consist of Jenssen performing improvisations or variations on newer tracks on a laptop while video art is projected behind him; for example, full-screen video art was projected in his Picturehouse cinema tour in April 2006. Although these performances are rarely tied specifically to a recent album release, the uptempo material from the Bleep and Microgravity/Patashnik era is rarely featured in Biosphere performances.
He has been working with Touch since 1999...
Deathprod is a musical pseudonym used by Norwegian artist Helge Sten. Sten began creating music under this name starting in 1991, culminating with a box set of most of his recorded work being released in 2004. Simply titled Deathprod, the collection contains three albums along with a bonus disc of previously unreleased, rare, and deleted tracks.
On recordings, Sten is usually credited with "Audio Virus", a catchall term for "homemade electronics, old tape echo machines, ring modulators, filters, theremins, samplers and lots of electronic stuff."
Sten also did the mixing of the album "PB" by the Norwegian artist Per Bergersen.
Sten is a member of Supersilent and works as a producer on many releases on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. He has also produced Motorpsycho and has worked with Biosphere on an Arne Nordheim tribute album called Nordheim Transformed.
Mastered by Helge Sten at Audio Virus LAB. This work was commissioned by Tape To Zero. Thanks to Kjetil Husebø.
Touch is 33 today
Today, 11th March, is the official 33rd anniversary of the founding of Touch in 1982...
First contact with New Order after their concert at the Newcastle Mayfair on 11th March 1982…
Joy Division documentary on BBC iPlayer
The 2007 documentary features commentary by Touch's Jon Wozencroft alongside band members Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris, Anthony H. Wilson, Paul Morley, Annik Honoré, Peter Saville, and more.
Touch presents... Live in Caen | 28th February 2015
IMPRESSIONS MULTIPLES #4
ésam Caen/Cherbourg & La Fermeture Éclair
27 & 28 February 2015
Soirée de clôture, Saturday 28th February 8pm
Live at Cafe Oto | 24th February 2015
Enthralling double-bill featuring electronic musician Michał Jacaszek in collaboration with Polish ensemble, Kwartludium, plus a solo set from Icelandic cellist and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir.
Jacaszek's collaboration with Kwartludium evokes the sounds of trees and feel of the forest; and in doing so they use a whole host of classical and modern techniques. In keeping with a lot of modern classical there is a direct link with the past masters, and here the link to Messiaen's Catalogue d'Oiseaux can’t be a coincidence.
“… and the trees, like earth’s wistful sighs to the sky” – K. Janiszewska
Jacaszek and Kwartludium's album "Catalogue des Abres" and Hildur Gudnadottir's "Saman" were both released summer 2014
Touch Radio 111 | Mark Van Hoen
17.02.15 - Mark Van Hoen - Anthem for the Homeless - 21:40 - 320 kbps
"Inspired by BJ Nilsen's performance at LACE in Los Angeles last month, I decided to attempt my own composition using field recordings. The source recordings are quite crude in comparison to those made by the great Mr Nilsen; I even used only an iPhone to collect the recordings; but after a little judicious use of processing back at the studio, I am pleased with the results. On leaving LACE after the show, I noticed how many homeless were sleeping in the doorways at the back of the venue, where my car was parked. There were several droning air-conditioners, some emitting quite rhythmic sounds. It occurred to me that there are many that would hear this as music (myself included) but it's very doubtful that those sleeping in those doorways do... or perhaps some do find some comfort or music in such sounds. I assembled several of them to create this, an anthem for the homeless."
Photo by Mike Harding taken in downtown Los Angeles
Images from BJNilsen @ The Broad | 15th February 2015
Photos by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee
BJNilsen interview for KCRW
BJNilsen interviewed by KCRW's Madeleine Brand, ahead of tomorrow's premiere in Los Angeles of his sound installation for The Broad Museum
“L.A.’s newest art museum won’t open for another seven months, but visitors can get a sneak peek this weekend. The Broad Museum – located downtown, next to Walt Disney Concert Hall – is opening one floor of its new building on Sunday. We hear from the museum’s leader, and one of the artists whose work will be showcased this weekend.”