Touch Conference | USA 30th April - 10th May 2016
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
Jon Wozencroft (photography exhibition, part of Touch Retrospective April 9th on...)
Location: 5240 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90032
May 3rd, private location (invitation only), San Francisco
Mark Van Hoen
May 4th, Holocene, Portland
Mark Van Hoen
May 7th, Chapel Space, Seattle
Mark Van Hoen
May 10th Dublab, Los Angeles (Radio)
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)
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.
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…
TOUCHLINE | A new online resource
Jez Riley French - Portable Music
Previous releases still available:
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.
Spire Live at The Unitarian Church, Cambridge | Friday 26th February
5 Emmanuel Road
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].
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.
angels i:8 | Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles 5th February 2016
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
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
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.
Ash 11.2 | Ande Somby "Yoiking With The Winged Ones"
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
A1. Gufihttar (underworld fairie)
A2. Gadni (spirit of the mountain)
A3. Neahkkameahttun (from the other side)
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.
14.01.16 | The Landscape & Perception Project at RCA
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.”
Touch Mentorship Programme | 2016
We are delighted to welcome two new participants in the mentorship programme:
Philip Jeck in The Guardian's Best Experimental Music of 2015 List
The Guardian open their Best Experimental Music of 2015 list with Philip Jeck’s “Cardinal” album. They write: “The electronic composer Philip Jeck returned with his first release in five years. His gothic and spacious Cardinal felt like a weighty career summation. Compacted tonalities bleed into each other – “a sleepy walk threading through familiar streets,” says Jeck – as vinyl sources and treated instrumental sounds drift through chimerical drones.”