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TO:96 | Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman"

CD - 12 tracks - 39:06

Mastered By Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:
1. Strokur
2. Frá
3. Birting
4. Heyr Himnasmiður
5. Bær
6. Heima
7. Í hring
8. Rennur upp
9. Til baka
10. Líður
11. Torrek
12. Þoka

This album is about resonance: on "Saman", which means "Together", Hildur melts her voice with her cello, connecting the two instruments together. The result is a highly involving and moving album, recorded, mixed and mastered in Berlin. Hildur’s sylph-like vocals contrast beautifully with rich cello tones, resolving the tension between light and dark to produce a unique listening experience.

Renowned bassist Skúli Sverrisson guests on “Heima”.

This is Hildur’s 4th album for Touch, after “Without Sinking”, “Mount A” and "Leyfðu Ljósinu”.

All tracks composed, performed and recorded by Hildur Guðnadóttir in Berlin, except Heyr Himnasmiður (track 4), composed by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson, lyrics by Kolbeinn Tumason.
Track 6, bass by Skúli Sverrisson
Tracks 1, 4 and 6 recorded by Francesco Donadello
All tracks mixed by Francesco Donadello and Hildur Guðnadóttir at Vox-Ton Studio, Berlin.


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www.hildurness.com





TO:94 | Jacaszek & Kwartludium "Catalogue des Arbres"

CD - 8 tracks - 46:06

We are now taking advanced orders for this new release - shipping will commence the week beginning 23rd June 2014. If you pre-order the album, you can download the a zipped MP3 (320 kpbs) version when you place your order…

Mastered By Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:
1. Sigh (Les peupliers)
2. Green hour
3. A book of lake (Roselière)
4. Garden (Les sureaux)
5. From a seashell
6. Circling (Le pré)
7. Anthem (La forêt)
8. Kingdom (Les chênes, les bouleaux)

For the past decade or so, Polish musician Michał Jacaszek has been exploring a new, resolutely modern chapter in Eastern Europe’s long, storied love affair with classical music. His creations are painstakingly crafted collages of electronic textures and baroque instrumentation, harpsichords being swarmed by woolly static one minute and pulled apart by billowing wind the next. A push-and-pull tension runs deep and constant throughout. Ambient music is rarely so sonically challenging. Jacaszek has recorded for Ghostly International, Miasmah, Gusstaff Records and Experimedia and other labels. This is his first release for Touch.

Michał Jacaszek writes:

"When poets and writers declare their enchantment for the forms of nature, they often use musical terms as methaphors. Visual artists' creations often resemble graphic partitas, when recapturing the rhythms of landscapes.Confirming, in a way, these musical intuitions, composers write great music deeply inspired by birdsongs, wind rustlings, waves repetitions etc.


Buy Jacaszek & Kwartludium "Catalogue des Arbres" [CD] in the TouchShop
www.jacaszek.com





Lecture & Conference | Evreux, France 14th June 2014

SATURDAY, JUNE 14th | 17h | Media Center of Evreux

Denis BOYER (Feardrop) | Mike HARDING (Touch) | Thierry WEYD (Ésam Caen-Cherbourg)

Collaboration |'Atelier(s) | Media Center | Ésam Caen-Cherbourg | Feardrop

Free entrance
Media Center, Square Georges Brassens, 27000 Évreux – France

www.lateliers.fr/lectureconf_e.html

Before Jana Winderen and Thomas Köner concert the same day at the Museum of Art History & Archeology cloister, a lecture will be provide by Denis Boyer, director of sound review Feardrop, on its texts on the Ice musical Imagination (L'imaginaire musical des glaces) and Thomas Köner. You can find information on the concert here.

Presentation of Touch with the presence of its director Mike Harding (who publishes among other works, Jana Winderen and Thomas Köner), and Thierry Weyd (teacher and editor) in the matter of Jana Winderen residency at the Laboratory of Art and Water initiated by Esam Caen-Cherbourg (Art Academy).

Franck Dubois, director of |'Atelier(s) and Frédéric Cosset, president of |'Atelier(s) will question Denis Boyer, Mike Harding and Thierry Weyd.





Touch Radio 103 | ame

21.05.14 - Fritz Kiste - 44:22 - 320 kbps

Since technical evolution tends to unfold rapidly, human beings have not been able to evolve a (forewarning) sense of new forms of technology (for instance to detect radioactivity). Electronic emissions are also not sensually detectable. No one knows exactly how the technology of “wireless transmitting devices” affects humans. Radio, television, radiotelephones, mobile phones, GPS, computers, bluetooth and WiFi routers flood every place on earth with countless electronic waves.

“Recordings” of a standard WiFi router serve as the basis for the “Fritz Kiste”. Actually one can’t really speak of (audio) recordings since the electronic waves of the WiFi are soundless. Their energy triggers the sensitive microphones, since these have been placed directly at the remote transmitting antenna. The recording - made with a D-40 Tascam, equipped with one microphone for each antenna - tapes the different transmission signals on the right or on the left channel as a “stereo signal”.

The WiFi router transmits at 3.4 MHz and so generates 3.4 billion cycles per second. The actual reception of the signals - eg. recorded during the transmission of an email with an image attachment - are only a few seconds long, but are prolonged through ever deeper analysis. The fragmentation was achieved via different processes, digital and analog, and via 'deceleration'. Thus fragments of a second were distended to minutes in length. In this way the router's timing-in-seconds, much too fast for human perception, becomes open to scrutiny.

The results are partly 'technoid' by which sounds are very much dependent on the timing. Sounds emerge at a high transmission activity; send-pauses sound more 'ambient'...


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Play "Fritz Kiste"
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Denis Blackham | Skye Mastering

From Denis Blackham's twitter feed:

‘After 45 years of mastering music, I've decided the time has come to hang up my ears and retire. So as of today,... fb.me/6wlimrrBm…’

Mike Harding replied:

‘a HUGE thank you for all your amazing work over the years. How long did we collaborate? #skyemastering skyemastering.com @skyemastering’

Denis responded:

‘Thank you! It's been a total pleasure mastering for Touch since 1988, with the 7" Touch Ritual: Cut Up, which Denis cut onto vinyl when he worked at Tape One.’





TO:93 | Thomas Ankersmit "Figueroa Terrace"

Thomas Ankersmit’s new album is released today – order in the TouchShop. When you buy in the TouchShop, you will receive two exclusive tracks by Thomas Ankersmit which will not appear on the album.

Tokafi celebrate the albums’ launch with a substantial interview with Thomas.


CD - 1 track - 36:49

Mastered By Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:

1. Figueroa Terrace

Thomas Ankersmit is a musician and installation artist based in Berlin. Since 2006 his main instrument, both live and in the studio, has been the Serge analogue modular synthesizer.

Acoustic phenomena such as sound reflections, infrasonic vibration, otoacoustic emissions, and highly directional projections of sound have been an important part of his work since the early 2000’s.

In the winter of 2011-2012 Ankersmit was invited by the CalArts electronic music studios, Los Angeles, where the Serge was originally developed in the early 1970s, to record new music with their heavily customized and recently restored "Black Serge" system.

In addition to conventional analog synthesis techniques (FM, AM, ring modulation, filtering, enveloping and panning under voltage control), Ankersmit used various kinds of waveshaping, distortion and feedback (both internally as well as via a microphone and speaker setup in the studio); oscillator-generated frequencies at the upper and lower limits of auditory perception; a patch matrix to control quick transitions; a homemade circuit-bending type interface to create momentary interruptions to the signal flow, and the scraping of a contact microphone. Aside from recording, editing, and a few instances of reverb no digital technology was used.

The music is finely tuned and highly detailed, yet also visceral and raw. Marked by sharp perceptual contrasts, the piece shifts between dense formations of electric noise, to fields of micro-events moving with an intuitive logic, and feedback-drones of overwhelming intensity. The sounds have a real-world physicality, bringing to mind swarms of locusts, distant storms and creaking machinery rather than "synthesizer music".

The piece was premiered in North America at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles and in Europe at Berghain, Berlin, for the MaerzMusik Festival.

The music is originally quadraphonic and mixed to stereo for this release. Figueroa Terrace is Ankersmit's first full-length solo studio release.

Thomas Ankersmit: Serge analogue modular synthesizers, contact mic. Recorded at CalArts, Valencia and in Los Angeles, December 2011-February 2012. Thanks to Kye Potter, Kevin Drumm, Valerio Tricoli, Darrel Johansen, Kevin Fortune, and everyone at CalArts.

Buy Thomas Ankersmit "Figueroa Terrace" [CD] in the TouchShop
www.thomasankersmit.com





Anna von Hausswolff - Kallan (Prototype) Locked Groove

We are compiling a database of recordings of the locked groove of the LP Anna von Hausswolff "Källan (Prototype)" at the end of side a of this release, whereby you can upload your recording and listen to all the submissions. Instructions for when you receive your copy…:

Please record 60 seconds (no more) of the locked groove at the end of side a whilst it is playing on your record player. Name the file with your name like this – YourName.mp3 and upload via ftp here:

ftp address: touch33.net
username: f13f43
password: Dudx0iHH

…and email Touch with your record player information like this:
"recorded on an iPhone 5 from a test pressing played on a Vestax BDT-2500 belt driven turntable"

Thank you! Please note there are no rights to these recordings and anyone can gain access to them by logging in and downloading, so if you don't want anyone to have them, don't upload them!

Anna von Hausswolff locked groove recordings:

Click here to listen to the uploads.





Today in Touch history...

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


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Touch Radio 102 | Howlround

7.03.14 - Brighthelm - 17:47 - 320 kbps

Howlround are the duo of Robin The Fog and Chris Weaver who create recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on a quartet of vintage reel-to-reel tape machines - with additional reverb or electronic effects strictly forbidden. This recording documents their first ever live performance at the Brighthelm Centre as part of the Resonance FM stage at the Great Escape Festival, Brighton, 18th May 2013. It was the first time these delicate, bulky, unpredictable machines had ever left the studio - a complete step into the unknown - and therefore something of an occasion. This recording is presented without edits or overdubs, just the sound of four machines, two people and a huge tangle of quarter-inch tape, looping and snarling precariously around the venue.

Photo: Larry Gale


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www.howlround.co.uk





Landscape & Perception on BBC iPlayer

Paul Devereux and Jon Wozencroft, supported by the Royal College of Art, have since 2007 been researching sensory ways of perceiving landscape. The project, named Landscape & Perception, has focussed primarily on the Carn Menyn ridge in the Preseli Hills of South-West Wales and environs.

The source of the Stonehenge bluestones is widely accepted to be the Preseli Hills, a heritage site seldom studied but rich in sonic phenomena, notably the lithophones that litter Carn Menyn, the main rocky outcrop on the Preseli range.

A central premise of the Landscape & Perception project is to question the hierarchy between vision and sound in the building of prehistoric monuments, in particular the sacred sites of Avebury and Stonehenge, whose acoustic dimensions have never been properly assessed.

The BBC’s Inside Out South programme joined Devereux and Wozencroft first in Wales and then at Stonehenge, to report on their research and witness the sounding of the bluestones. You can watch the 10 minute package for the next week on the BBC iPlayer (UK only).


www.landscape-perception.com
Watch on the BBC iPlayer





Touch Radio 101 | Daybreak

16.02.14 - Daybreak - 2:06 - 320 kbps

Sunrise at Wandsworth Common railway station, London.
Photo: Pepa Ivanova.


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Play "Daybreak"
www.touchradio.org.uk
www.pepaivanova.be





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Tone 50D | Jana Winderen "Out of Range"

Digital Download - 1 track - 40:00 - 668mb zip file [inc wav, pdf booklet and pdf text files]

Performed, composed and recorded by Jana Winderen
Photography by Jon Wozencroft

A lower quality audio file will be available from all good download stores on 3rd March. However, we strongly recommend you obtain the version in TouchShop. It is better and cheaper…

Track listing:

1. Out of Range

"Out of Range" is an audio work based on ultrasound and echolocation used by bats, dolphins and other creatures who operate beyond the range of human hearing - 'seeing' with sound, or perhaps 'hearing' objects.

All sound is invisible; ultrasound is inaudible. Of course, many species have a greater range of hearing than us humans and also more specific and specialised with complex combinations of the different senses… Creatures on both land and under water produce and/or perceive very high sound frequencies. Some species of insects, birds, fish, and mammals can emit and hear ultrasound, used for communications, hunting and orientation. These creatures operate on a different level of perception to us, in an inaudible range above 20kHz…

Many animals also use the acoustic properties of a space; a bat for example can use the echo from a tower block wall to amplify their calls for mates in the autumn; a toadfish uses the shape of a cave to amplify their calls to protect their habitat. Whales use the different acoustic properties at different depths in the ocean at different pressure levels to send their long distance calls. An astonishing fact about moths is that they have a reflex action with their wings to shut down when they hear the bat echolocation calls… That we reckon that this is so astonishing says something about us…

The mix for the piece is based on ultrasound, hydrophone recordings below the water and also of echolocation sound within audible range. The recordings were made in various locations in Central Park and East River in New York, USA, a forest outside Kaliningrad in Russia, Regents Park in London, UK, and various locations in Madeira, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. The ultrasound is time-stretched to bring it into a frequency range audible for human beings.

Recordings were made on a Pettersson Ultrasound Detector D1000X, Reson 4032 and DPA 8011 hydrophones and 4060 dpa microphones onto a Sound Devices 477T hard disk recorder.

The photographs mirror "the audible range" through a contrast between gateways, portals and sight lines, set against situations where the camera eye cannot make sense of the optical event it is confronted with.

Deutschlandradio Kultur, Redaktion Hörspiel / Klangkunst commissioned the piece for Elektroakustischer Salon: Art’s Birthday 2014, which was performed live at Berghain, Berlin, on Friday 17th January 2014. With thanks to Marcus Gammel.


Buy Jana Winderen "Out of Range" [WAV] in the TouchShop
www.janawinderen.com





Tone 45.6 | Anna von Hausswolff "Kallan (Prototype)"

2 tracks - Vinyl LP - 39:57
(at the request of the artist, there is no digital version of this release)

Limited edition of 500, white shrink-wrapped sleeve, with colour metallic sticker and black inner sleeve, with white labels. Expected shipping date: 3rd March 2014.

Cut by Jason at Transition Studios on 22nd January 2014
Artwork & photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing and notes:
A. Källan (Prototype) part one 20' 10" (with locked groove)
B. Källan (Prototype) part two 19' 47"

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, to 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” and “Singing from the Grave” (both first released on Kning Disk in Sweden), she has always had an ear for the radical approach, and this is the first step in a long-term collaboration with Touch.


Pre-order Anna von Hausswolff "Kallan (Prototype) [12" Vinyl LP] in the TouchShop
www.annavonhausswolff.com







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