Monthly Archives: May 2009

Jana Winderen – Heated: Live in Japan on BBC Radio 3 | 27th May 2009


A lengthy extract of Jana Winderen‘s CD ‘Heated’ [Touch # Tone 36] was played by Fiona Talkington on Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 last night. You can hear the episode here for 7 days. The live recording, along with a 7″ vinyl and cassette release, is available in the TouchShop here.

Stephan Mathieu’s Sugo Nepalese Bolognese

800g ground beef + 200g ground jerky
roast gently until medium, add 1 bottle of nice red italian, until the ground meat is just covered. Let it simmer softly for at least 2hrs while slowly adding the rest of
the vino to keep everything covered.

Add

600g peeled and mashed tomatos plus grated ginger, ground cumin, cardamon, coriander, seasalt and black pepper for seasoning half way through and a proper dash of pasta water just before serving.

Add some fresh peppermint leaves and enjoy with Fusilli.

“A State of Independence”

Uploaded to the Archive section: a MP3 download of the panel discussion and Q&A session featuring Christian Fennesz, Mike Harding, CM von Hausswolff, Rosy Parlane & Jon Wozencroft, which preceded the Touch event at Ether 09.
“Since its first release in 1982, Touch has stood between the worlds of art and music, analogue and digital, the personal and the political. Touch is not a record label. Much is made of the distinction between ‘commercial music’ and so-called ‘independence’, but rarely is the perception of these terms called into question. Download Culture supposedly liberates artists and musicians from the shackles of music business (mis)management and comes with the clarion call that ‘music wants to be free’. Free from what?
For nearly thirty years Touch has tried to provide a narrative and mode of resistance against the race-chase for audio/visual fast food. This evening’s talk, and tomorrow’s concert at the QEH, will explore some of the strategies involved in such an undertaking… What can be done, and what should never be attempted.”
“A State of Independence” in the Touch Archive

TO:71 – Robert Hampson “Vectors”

Touch # TO:71
CD in Digipak – 3 tracks
Artwork & design by Jon Wozencroft

Track Listing:
1. Umbra
2. Ahead – Only The Stars
3. Dans le Lointain
Umbra (2006) – is the second commission for GRM. This 16 channel piece had it’s debut performance on the Acousmonium – GRM’s speaker orchestra – at Salle Olivier Messiaen, Maison de Radio France, Paris “The umbra (Latin: shadow) is the darkest part of a shadow. From within the umbra, the source of light is completely concealed by the occulting body. In astronomy, an observer in the umbra is said to be in the shadows experiencing total eclipse.” This phenomenon is a direct influence on the work in the sense of the way that sounds are cast in the shadow of others, slowly becoming more distinct and featured as the piece progresses, materialising and then casting a shadow of their own.
Ahead – Only The Stars (2007) – commissioned by Vibrö for a performance at the Planetarium de Poitiers in 7.1 Surround ratio. Inspired and dedicated to the Astronauts of the NASA Mercury Missions space program and possibly the greatest pilot ever, Chuck Yeager. After the introduction of jets blasting across the soundstage, the piece is then interspersed with radio transmissions (Com. bleeps and static, with dialogue removed) that form the framework.
Dans le Lointain (2008) – the third commission for GRM. A 2 channel Stereo piece, it’s debut performance on the Acousmonium – GRM’s speaker orchestra – at Salle Olivier Messiaen, Maison de Radio France, Paris. Sounds of Shortwave radios, recorded by Hampson in the very early 80’s and recently rediscovered on a cassette, are manipulated through very traditional techniques utilised by early tape experimental works of the GRM and collected with more modern forms of digital manipulation. The title (In The Distance) refers to the distance radio signals can travel, but also the distance of time that elapsed since the shortwave recordings were made on a four track recorder and dubbed onto cassette by Hampson around 1981/82.
Buy Vectors in the TouchShop
www.roberthampson.com

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Tone 38 – Biosphere “Wireless – Live at The Arnolfini, Bristol”

Touch # Tone 38
CD in Digipak – 62:12
Artwork & Design: Jon Wozencroft

Recorded live at The Arnolfini, Bristol, 27th October 2007 by the doyen of sound recordists, Chris Watson, using 2 x Sony ECM 77s with a Nagra P11 Ares flash card recorder, and from desk to hard drive. The recording was mixed, edited and mastered by Touch stalwart BJNilsen, in Berlin during March 2009.

This concert was part of Touch 25 Live, which also featured a performance of Storm [by Chris Watson & BJNilsen]. Biosphere is Norwegian composer and performer Geir Jenssen, and this is his sixth release for Touch. In the early 1990s he was a pioneer of so-called “ambient techno”, but since then, he has refined his sound into something more magnetic and enduring. His last album, Dropsonde, wasn’t a soundtrack like the interwoven Substrata, nor an episodic journey in the way that Autour de la Lune is. It pushed new directions towards the jazz colors of Miles Davis and Jon Hassell, while re-invigorating the pulse and projection of his signature sound: a hypnotic combination of pleasure and dread. Here Geir Jenssen takes this further, incorporating samples of field recordings by Jony Easterby and trumpet by Anders Karlskås, invoking a sparser, more arresting sound. A landmark release for Biosphere, his first live album, heralding new beginnings without jettisoning the past…

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Tone 38 – Biosphere “Wireless – Live at The Arnolfini, Bristol”

Touch # Tone 38
CD, 62:12
Artwork & design by Jon Wozencroft

Recorded live at The Arnolfini, Bristol, 27th October 2007 by the doyen of sound recordists, Chris Watson, using 2 x Sony ECM 77s with a Nagra P11 Ares flash card recorder, and from desk to hard drive. The recording was mixed, edited and mastered by Touch stalwart BJNilsen, in Berlin during March 2009.
This concert was part of Touch 25 Live, which also featured a performance of Storm [by Chris Watson & BJNilsen]. Biosphere is Norwegian composer and performer Geir Jenssen, and this is his sixth release for Touch. In the early 1990s he was a pioneer of so-called “ambient techno,” but since then, he has refined his sound into something more magnetic and enduring. His last album, Dropsonde, wasn’t a soundtrack like the interwoven Substrata, nor an episodic journey in the way that Autour de la Lune is. It pushed new directions towards the jazz colors of Miles Davis and Jon Hassell, while re-invigorating the pulse and projection of his signature sound: a hypnotic combination of pleasure and dread. Here Geir Jenssen takes this further, incorporating samples of field recordings by Jony Easterby and trumpet by Anders Karlskås, invoking a sparser, more arresting sound. A landmark release for Biosphere, his first live album, heralding new beginnings without jettisoning the past…
Boomkat say:
“You’d be extremely hard-pressed to find a better sounding live document anywhere. A massive recommendation.”
Buy Wireless – Live at The Arnolfini, Bristol in the TouchShop
www.biosphere.no

Touch Presents: live in London – two reviews and a reminder

Many thanks to all who attended Touch Presents, live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. A fine review of the evening has been posted over at the Mapsadasical blog, and Drowned in Sound acclaim the “triumphant performance” with a 9/10 review.
The next Touch Presents… in London is now only a week away.


Touch Presents, live at The Roundhouse
16th May 2009, as part of The Short Circuit Festival.
Philip Jeck [UK] and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble [UK/FR] – “The Sinking of the Titanic”
Biosphere [NO]
Hildur Gudnadóttir [IS] & BJNilsen [SE]
+ an installation by Chris Watson
+ in the bar, Sheikh Ahmed selecting sounds from the Touch catalogue
Further information at www.roundhouse.org.uk
Book tickets online

Philip Jeck on “The Sinking of the Titanic” in todays Guardian

Visit www.guardian.co.uk to read “Sinking of the Titanic: the watery sound meditation returns”, an article previewing the Gavin Bryars Ensemble / Philip Jeck performance next weekend at Touch Presents… at the Roundhouse.
“For his prologue, Jeck used a test tone record that had been lying around without a case for years. “What I’m trying to set up, it’s like an empty ocean, with bits that are like a premonition for things that are going to come,” he says. Amid the static from this battered record come foghorn-like tones and hisses like a diver’s air supply – this is a transmission being excavated from the past. “Philip is a genius, no doubt about that,” says Bryars.”
[nb: Jeck is not a DJ!]
www.guardian.co.uk: Sinking of the Titanic: the watery sound meditation returns
Further information about Touch Presents… at www.roundhouse.org.uk
Purchase The Sinking of the Titanic in the TouchShop

“The Uncertainty Principle” T-Shirt, designed by Jon Wozencroft

Now available in the TouchShop:

“The Uncertainty Principle” T-Shirt, designed by Jon Wozencroft.
Printed in white ink on a black Fruit of the Loom Super Premium T-Shirt.
Position of design: Center Chest.
Sizes available: S/M/L/XL
Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle [1927]
If a simultaneous measurement is made of the position and momentum of a particle, then, no matter how accurate the measurements, there is always uncertainty in the values obtained. The product of the uncertainties is of the same order as Planck’s constant. A similar uncertainty exists with the simultaneous measurement of energy and time. The uncertainty arises because the act of observing the system interferes with it in an unpredictable way. Uncertainty is only important at the atomic and subatomic levels and at this level throws the principle of causality into doubt.
Werner Karl Heisenberg [1901-1976] German physicist, who, with Erwin Schrödinger 1887-1961], was the main architect of quantum mechanics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1932. He remained in Germany throughout the Nazi period [1933-1945] in charge of Germany’s attempt to make the atomic bomb at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin. After the war he became the director of the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen.
Buy the “The Uncertainty Principle” T-Shirt in the TouchShop