Touch Conference on Touch Radio

Three of the recordings from the Touch Conference series of events have now been posted on TouchRadio

TouchRadio 125 Philip Jeck - Live at The Battery, San Francisco

TouchRadio 124 Mark Van Hoen - Live at The Battery, San Francisco

TouchRadio 123 Daniel Menche - Live at Chapel Space, Seattle





Landscape and Perception update | Stonehenge site investigations

Landscape and Perception is a research project set up by Jon Wozencroft and Paul Devereux to explore the role of sound and acoustics in prehistory, and in particular, to propose that the sonic properties of the bluestones taken from Preseli to Stonehenge might have been a key factor in their transportation from Pembrokeshire to the Salisbury Plain.

Following the discovery of abundant acoustic activity in the project's main point of focus in the Preseli Hills in Wales, landscape-perception.com has been updated to include documentation of the site investigations carried out at Stonehenge in July 2013.


landscape-perception.com/stonehenge





Touch Conference | USA 30th April - 10th May 2016

You can visit the Touch Conference micro-site, updated daily with photographs and recordings, here

A series of conferences featuring Touch artists on the west coast of America presenting and demonstrating their work to a discerning audience:

Touch (est. 1982) is one of the last surviving labels from the turbulent new wave period in London, which uniquely fused art, design and music. Hear artists from the label roster present and demonstrate their work to a discerning audience.

Philip Jeck uses turntables and sampler to create a unique sonic improvisation, both emotionally captivating and technically involving.

Mark Van Hoen, with modular synth and software pushed the analogue/digital envelope to create damaged melodies, drones and dense claustrophobia.

Simon Scott explores the creative process of actively listening, the implications of recording the natural world using technology and the manipulation of natural sounds used for musical composition.

Daniel Menche - In a genre known for its randomness and chaotic structure, Daniel Menche has established himself as a musician with an uncharacteristic sense of focus and determination. Rather than creating "noise," he strives for order and cohesiveness. Aural intensity is not a representation of confusion or the chaotic, but a concerted effort to provoke and stimulate the listener’s imagination by generating intensely powerful sounds and music.

Bethan Parkes - Her work spans across field recording, sound design, ambisonic composition and multichannel sound installation practices, drawing a focus on sonic spatial experience. Her works are designed to open out spaces with sound, exploring spatial aesthetics and the interactions between sonic and visually articulated spaces.


April 29th, Aeterna Gallery, Los Angeles
Philip Jeck
Jon Wozencroft (photography exhibition, part of Touch Retrospective April 9th on...)
Touch

Jon Wozencroft will not be present
Further details on Facebook and in Artillery Magazine


April 30th, Volume, Los Angeles
Philip Jeck
Mark Van Hoen
Bethan Parkes
Touch

Location: 5240 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Tickets


May 1st, Aquarius, San Francisco
Philip Jeck
Mark Van Hoen
Simon Scott
Touch


May 2nd, The Gray Area, San Francisco
Philip Jeck
Mark Van Hoen
Simon Scott
Touch

Tickets


May 3rd, private location (invitation only), San Francisco
Philip Jeck
Mark Van Hoen
Touch


May 4th, Holocene, Portland
Philip Jeck
Mark Van Hoen
Simon Scott
Daniel Menche
Touch


May 7th, Chapel Space, Seattle
Philip Jeck
Mark Van Hoen
Daniel Menche
Touch


May 10th Dublab, Los Angeles (Radio)
Philip Jeck
Touch


www.philipjeck.com
www.markvanhoen.com
www.simonscott.org
danielmenche.blogspot.com
www.bethanparkes.net

You can read a feature in Adventures in Sight and Sound here





Jon Wozencroft | Aeterna Gallery, Los Angeles April 2016

Exhibition with limited edition prints of Jon Wozencroft 's album art. Show opens 9th April 6-10pm until 21st May (click on the image above to see a brief video)

Aeterna Gallery
949 Chung King Road
Los Angeles CA 90012
Tel: 213 457 3404

If you wish to purchase any of the prints, please contact the gallery directly - aeternalosangeles.com @AeternaGallery

Cover photos include:

Oren Ambarchi - Insulation | Fennesz - Black Sea | Hildur Gudnadottir - Without Sinking [see above] | Philip Jeck - Stoke | New Order - Video 5-8-6 | BJNilsen - Invisible City | Scala - Beauty Nowhere | Spire Live - Fundamentalis | Mika Vainio - Behind the Radiators | Various Artists - Touch 25 | Various Artists - Touch Sampler 3 | Chris Watson - Stepping into the Dark | Jon Wozencroft - Touch & Fuse





Tone 45.6D Anna von Hausswolff - Källan (Prototype)

Digital Download - track - 39' 57" [24bit/48kHz wav]

Track listing and notes:

1. Källan (Prototype) 39' 57"

Artwork & photography by Jon Wozencroft

Organ: Anna von Hausswolff. Recorded live at Lincoln Cathedral, 19th October 2013.

Performed at Frequency 13 Lincoln Digital Culture Festival as part of Touch presents…, (which also featured Chris Watson & Hildur Gudnadottir). Recorded live by Mike Harding using 2 x dpa 4060s onto a Nagra Ares Pll digital recorder. This recording is unedited from the original raw file.

Though she now lives in Copenhagen, Anna von Hausswolff grew up in the once vibrant, bohemian neighbourhood of Haga in Gothenburg, Sweden, in a family who counted amongst their ancestors Bernhard Reynold von Hausswolff, an 18th Century governor of Falun, Sweden, who helped bring an end to the burning of witches. Although Anna has achieved acclaim with her song-based albums ‘Ceremony', 'Singing from the Grave' (both first released on Kning Disk in Sweden) and the latest 'The Miraculous' (released on her own label, Pomperipossa Records), she has always had an ear for the radical approach, and this is the first step in a long-term collaboration with Touch.


Download Anna von Hausswolff "Kallan (Prototype) [Digital Download] in the TouchShop
www.annavonhausswolff.com





Touch is 34 Today

Today, 11th March, is the official 34th anniversary of the founding of Touch in 1982...

First contact with New Order after their concert at the Newcastle Mayfair on 11th March 1982…


Visit the Touch Archive pages
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TOUCHLINE | A new online resource

TOUCHLINE is a new online audio-visual resource for "emerging" artists. You can read more on the website here and you can buy these resources in the TouchShop


New release now available:

March 2016

Jez Riley French - Portable Music


Previous releases still available:

February 2016

Iain Chambers - Bascule Chamber Concert

November 2015

Aino Tytti - Millennium Mills

October 2015

Mark Van Hoen - Artefacts l

April 2015

Yann Novak - Scalar Field (9a00ff, ff6600, ff0066, fe0000)

March 2015

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay - Decomposing Landscape

Simon Scott - Below Sea Level





Ash 11.8D | Jana Winderen "The Wanderer"

Digital download available from janawinderen.bandcamp.com.
Stereo version of multi-channel installation: 31m21s.

Zooplankton and Phytoplankton are organisms which drift in the oceans, seas and bodies of fresh water. The word ‘zooplankton’ is derived from the Greek zoon (ζῴον), meaning ‘animal’, phyto is derived from the Greek words φυτόν (phyton), meaning plant and planktos (πλαγκτός), meaning wanderer or drifter.

Mammals, fish and crustaceans feed on zooplankton and they in turn feed on phytoplankton. Phytoplankton need two things for photosynthesis and thus their survival: energy from the sun and nutrients from the water. In the process of photosynthesis, phytoplankton release oxygen into the water. Half of the world's oxygen is produced by phytoplankton photosynthesis.

Local abundance varies horizontally in the water column, vertically with ocean drifts and seasonally with the light.

The Wanderer is a sound composition created from hydrophone recordings from the realm of these creatures in the Atlantic Ocean, made by Jana on her travels from the North Pole to the Equator.

The Wanderer was produced for the Lorch Schive Art Prize, Trondheim Kunstmuseum in 2015. Originally released on a USB Stick in an edition of 50.


Download from janawinderen.bandcamp.com
www.ashinternational.com
www.janawinderen.com





Spire Live at The Unitarian Church, Cambridge | Friday 26th February

Recordings now available on Bandcamp

5-9pm
5 Emmanuel Road
Cambridge
CB1 1JW

Directions

Performers:

John Beaumont
Marcus Davidson
Philip Jeck
Charles Matthews
Simon Scott
Claire M Singer
The Eternal Chord

This concert will be recorded and a donation towards entry guarantees you a free copy of the recording which will be made there [wav file].

More info and tickets and for a full programme read here





New Touch Postcard

"Give me somewhere to stand and I will move the earth" ARCHIMEDES

Design & photography: Jon Wozencroft

This postcard, on 400 gsm heavyweight card and printed in Bulgaria by Iasen Georgiev,
ships free with all orders in the TouchShop

This is the 3rd in the series:

 





Touch presents... Live at Cafe Oto | 31st January 2016

Café Oto Sunday 31st January 2016

featuring LA-based artist Mark Van Hoen, an interview with Tony Myatt by Jon Wozencroft, plus sound ecologist and Slowdive drummer, Simon Scott, following on from new album, Insomni.

Mark Van Hoen
Simon Scott
Tony Myatt with Jon Wozencroft

www.cafeoto.co.uk





angels i:8 | Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles 5th February 2016

angels i:8

A 4 hour octophonic sound projection with multi-channel audio works from the roster of Touch sound artists, including Chris Watson, Jana Winderen, Bethan Parkes, Hildur Gudnadottir, The Eternal Chord, Philip Jeck, Simon Scott, BNilsen & drøne

Octophonic Sound Projection: Mark Van Hoen
Executive Production: Mike Harding

11:30pm-3am - Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Grand Ave, Los Angeles





Tone 52V | Fennesz "Mahler Remix"

Double Vinyl + Download - 4 tracks

Photography and artwork by Jon Wozencroft
Cut by Jason at Transition


Track listing:
1. Mahler Remix 1
2. Mahler Remix 2
3. Mahler Remix 3
4. Mahler Remix 4


‘Mahler Remix’ was recorded live at Radiokulturhaus, Vienna by Christoph Amann, in May 2011. This recording is mostly based on samples taken from Gustav Mahler’s symphonies. The performance also includes an early version of ‘liminality’ from the ‘bécs’ album, released in 2014 on Editions Mego. ‘Mahler Remixed’ was a commissioned work performed together with the visual artist Lillevan.


Buy Fennesz “Mahler Remix” [2xLP] in the TouchShop
www.fennesz.com





Ash 11.2 | Ande Somby "Yoiking With The Winged Ones"

We are now taking advanced orders for this release. Shipping will commence week beginning 22nd January 2016

Vinyl LP + Download + bonus track, “Čuoika”. All downloads are 24 bit recordings by Chris Watson.

Design by Philip Marshall
Photography by A K Dolven
Cut by Jason at Transition


Track listing:

A1. Gufihttar (underworld fairie)
A2. Gadni (spirit of the mountain)
A3. Neahkkameahttun (from the other side)
B. Wolf


Yoiking is the ancient chanting practise of the Sámi People - the indigenous peoples on the top of Europe. Yoiking originates from time immemorial - legend tells that it was the faires and elves of the arctic lands that gave yoiks to the Sámi People. Yoiking was an important element of the religious rituals in pre-christian times and has survived both christianity, imperialism and the fact that Sámi areas were confiscated by the states of the north; Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia.

Ánde Somby is deeply rooted into the yoik tradition. He comes from the eastern part of the north Sámi areas and in the tundra tradition of the reindeer herders and from the valley tradition of arctic farmers. His yoiking is both quite technical as well as melodic - Somby is at the same time an innovative yoiker. All the three pieces on side A are his compositions. His signature as a yoiker is an expressive style performed on the borders of the human voice.

The title of the work refers to the fact that the migratory birds that have made it to the arctic for their breeding season are an important part of the record. With the assistance of a local crow they break the arctic silence by singing and calling. The title also makes a more subtle reference to the sound flying from the echoing mountains.

The project itself has three inspirations; the yoiks were given to the humans from the fairies and elves. This gives an emphasis on that yoiks are of the earth. The second inspiration is that there is a war against fairies and elves going on; in Norway that war was waged by the national poet Henrik Wergeland in the song Nisser og Dverge and has continued with stripping the earth of its soul and giving free license to aggressive exploitation. The emphasis is asking the fairies and elves if they still are doing good. The third inspiration is the European myth about Narcissus and Echo; Echo does not find her love as Narcissus rejects her, but she is given an eternal voice. Yoik and Echo meet in this work as echo yoiks along together with the underground energies.

The recordings are made by Chris Watson, the world famous sound artist and leading field recorder. The recordings took place in Kvalnes, Lofoten mid June in 2014 in a moment while the arctic winds had a little rest. Chris Watson has also done the post production. A K Dolven took the photos for the project and has been instrumental in developing the concept. Thanks also to Tony Myatt.


Buy Ánde Somby “Yoiking With The Winged Ones” in the TouchShop
www.ashinternational.com
www.somban.com





The Landscape & Perception Project at RCA | 14.01.16

On 14th January, 5pm, at the Royal College of Art’s Lecture Theatre 1, Jon Wozencroft and Paul Devereux present a Work in Progress show of their Landscape & Perception Project.

“Thinking of our senses as time machines. Two audio–visual presentations followed by Q&A and discussion. The first will introduce the idea of sensory archaeology and Archaeoacoustics, the study of sound at ancient sites, to provide the background for the second, which will overview the RCA’s ‘Landscape & Perception’ project.”


www.landscape-perception.com
www.rca.ac.uk







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