Monthly Archives: November 2009

Tone 40 – Oren Ambarchi “Intermission 2000-2008”

CD in Digipak
Artwork & design: Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:

1. Intimidator
2. Iron Waves
3. Moving Violation
4. The Strouhal Number
5. A Final Kiss On Poisoned Cheeks

Intermission brings together a range of material Oren Ambarchi has contributed to compilations and limited edition vinyl releases between the years 2000 and 2008. Highlights include two live recordings – an early, fragile solo guitar recording taken from a radio broadcast in 2000 and A Final Kiss On Poisoned Cheeks, his powerful 12″ recorded live in Vancouver in 2007 and originally released on Table Of The Elements. Additional tracks include Iron Waves an exclusive track in collaboration with vocalist Paul Duncan and Intimidator featuring Australian pianist/composer Anthony Pateras originally released on Southern Lord.

These are special anomalies in the Ambarchi canon but nonetheless feature the hallmarks of his unique soundworld, all underpinned by his trademark deep guitar tones and meticulous attention to detail. All tracks are newly remastered, many of which are available on CD for first time.

Track notes:

Intimidator Guitars and prepared piano recorded at Jerker House and Enormodome, Melbourne in 2006 Anthony Pateras: Prepared Piano. Originally released on the 2LP version of ‘In The Pendulum’s Embrace’ Southern Lord, USA.

Iron Waves Remix of Paul Duncan’s ‘Parasail’ from the ‘Above The Trees’ CD, Hometapes, USA Guitars, Bells, Cymbals recorded at Jerker House, Melbourne and BJB, Sydney in 2008. Previously unreleased.

Moving Violation Guitars recorded at Jerker House, Melbourne November 2005. A version was originally released on Touch’s 25th anniversary CD, Touch 25, UK.

The Strouhal Number Guitar recorded live at 2SER FM Sydney in 2000 by Tony Dupe’. Originally released on ‘Live & Direct’ CD Spunk/Preservation records, Australia.
A Final Kiss On Poisoned Cheeks Guitar recorded live at Vancouver New Music Festival Oct 17, 2007 by Gary Morgan Bells and motorised cymbal recorded at BJB, Sydney. Originally released as a limited 12″ on Table Of The Elements, USA.

All tracks remastered by Lachlan Carrick at Moose, Melbourne August 2009.

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Philip Jeck wins the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers

Philip Jeck has won the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers 2009. A presentation ceremony took place at The Royal Institute of British Architects, London, on 9th November 2009.
Congratulations to Philip on a well-deserved and long overdue award.
See Jeck live: Philip has two gigs scheduled in London in November and December at Café Oto. At “The Night of the Long Worms” Jeck plays a rare bass guitar plus effects set and at “Atmospheres 3” he plays a turntable set. For further information and tickets, visit the TouchShop.

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Parker’s Onion Soup

30g or 1oz of butter
2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
675g or 1½ lbs of onions, halved, and thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic crushed
½ teaspoon of caster sugar
1 litre or 1¾ pints of vegetable stock (I always use marigold stock powder)
2 teaspoons of yeast extract or marmite
290ml or ½ pint of dry white wine

Heat the butter and oil in a large heavy saucepan. Add the onions, garlic and sugar and cook over a medium heat for 30 minutes, or even longer, stirring from time to time until the onions are soft and richly caramelized.

Add the stock, yeast extract and wine and bring to the boil. Lower the heat, cover and leave to simmer for a further 30 minutes.

The onions never go totally brown, but you want them really really soft and gooey and sticky. The tiny amount of sugar helps them go a bit darker.

The yeast extract makes the soup go much more brown, after cooking for 30 minutes. But never dark brown.

Biosphere & Philip Jeck | Touch showcase, Athens | 6th November 2009

This Friday sees Biosphere and Philip Jeck perform live in Greece at BIOS – Athens centre for today’s art and cross media. For further information please visit the BIOS website.

Tone 39 – Eleh | Nana April Jun “Observations & Momentum”

LP Vinyl only – not available for digital download
Limited edition of 1000
Packaged in a tip-on style outer sleeve
Artwork & Photography: Jon Wozencroft
Cut by Jason at Transition

Track listing:
Side 1: Eleh – Slow Fade for Hard Sync 21’35”
Side 2: Nana April Jun – Sun Wind Darkness Eye 12’45”
“Sun Wind Darkness Eye” is taken from the Nana April Jun album The Ontology of Noise
[Touch # Tone 37, 2009]

About 18 months ago, we were advised of some interesting activity online concerning the nom de bruit of Swedish artist Christofer Lämgren, Nana April Jun; we didn’t know it at the time, because the authorship was something of a mystery. We produced a CD together, The Ontology of Noise in Feb 2009, in which one track, particularly, stood out as being perfect for a vinyl edition.
In the same timeframe, the stream of releases by Eleh on Important Records attracted our attention. These homages to La Monte Young, Pauline Oliveros and Charlemagne Palestine, vinyl-only limited editions stunned us with their acuity and passion for detail… There was something other in the sound. Eleh, also, is an artist who prefers the work to speak for itself, and has other ideas about noise. The digital is questioned by a commitment to a working practice based around analogue tone-generators and letterpress printed covers. The Important Records/Taiga releases are now sought after with a passion by anyone who recognises something truly special occuring. On this new record, Eleh develops the waveforms that the Important Records series started.
The split vinyl format is a great meeting point for this idea of digital persona and analogue privacy. The effect, we hope, is for the vinyl to represent a digital question… That this LP summons up a universal sound and an intimate sphere of operations… Which is of course a continuing dilemma. Here is a great opportunity to hear Eleh and Nana April Jun at their finest.
Buy Observations & Momentum in the TouchShop

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