Monthly Archives: August 2011

Touch Radio 67 | Wasp!

29.08.11 – Wasp! – 21:13 – 320 kbps

Photo: Mike Harding
Location: Cavenham, Suffolk
Conditions: 29th August was overcast, cool and very windy
Recorded using 2 x dpa 4060s
With thanks to Sarah & Ralph Brownie, who at 20:07 put his foot over the entrances to the wasps’ nest…
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Play “Wasp!”

Tone 44 – Fennesz “Seven Stars”

CDEP
Design & photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:

1. Liminal 3:07
2. July 5:06
3. Shift 6:47
4. Seven Stars* 3:01

Recorded in Studio B, Amannstudios, Vienna.

Acoustic and electric guitars, bass, synths, computers.

*Seven Stars features Steven Hess on drums, recorded at Amannstudios by Christoph Amann

Fennesz’s first solo release since Black Sea [Touch # TO:76, 2008] – CD version. It will also be available as a digital download. Using acoustic and electric guitars, bass, synths, computers, Fennesz continues to engage and entrance us in equal measure.

Fennesz writes: “Seven Stars was recorded in Vienna in January 2011. I recorded and mixed the album within 3 weeks. Liminal and July were existing pieces which i have reworked. (I wrote an early version of Liminal in a hotel room in Bali in 2010). There is also a version of Liminal that I have been playing live for some time. My friend Steven Hess, with whom I have worked before, happened to be in Vienna at the time of the sessions, so I invited him to join me in the studio. Christoph Amann recorded the drums using a selection of his great microphones including his amazing new Josephson.

I wanted to make a record that has a certain lightness about it and at the same time explore new territory using drums on one track. This might be something I will continue with in the future.”

Fennesz’s third collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Flumina, is due out in November on Touch.

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The Sinking of the Titanic | Barbican Hall, London 15th April 2012


A special concert for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, with The Gavin Bryars Ensemble & Philip Jeck.
Composed in 1969 and first recorded for Brian Eno’s Obscure label, Gavin Bryars’s The Sinking of the Titanic was inspired by reports that the ship’s string ensemble continued to play the hymn tune Autumn as the vessel sank in April 1912. Featuring projections of archival images curated by Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder.
Tickets are now available from www.barbican.org.uk
The CD is still available from the TouchShop…

Tone 45.2 | The Sight Below “N-Plants_Remixes”

12″ White Label vinyl + 320 kbps MP3 download
Cut by Jason @ Transition
The second in the series of limited edition vinyl in the Tone 45 series, after BJNilsen’s now deleted “Vinyl” [Touch # Tone 45.1]. 300 copies only…

Track listing:
Side One 33rpm
1. Shika 1.1 5:55
2. Shika 1.2 8:03
Side Two 45rpm
1. Ikata 6:21
The Sight Below is a project created by Rafael Anton Irisarri, an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, curator, producer and mixed media artist. In this guise he has produced two full-length CDs on Ghostly International, “Glider” (2008) and “It All Falls Apart” (2010), and most recently, under his own name, “The North Bend” for Room 40. The connection between The Sight Below and Biosphere starts with the latter’s remix of ‘The Sunset Passage’ from the “Glider” CD, released on a limited 12” in 2009.
“N-Plants_Remixes” is a superb extension of Biosphere’s new Touch CD as well as a fine release in its own right. Only 300 copies have been pressed.
Rafael is currently curating the Substrata 1.1 festival, to be held in Seattle on 15 July 2011.
Buy The Sight Below “N-Plants_Remixes” in the TouchShop
www.irisarri.org

Tone 45.2 – The Sight Below “N-Plants_Remixes”

12″ White Label vinyl + 320 kbps MP3 download
Cut by Jason @ Transition

The second in the series of limited edition vinyl in the Tone 45 series, after BJNilsen’s now deleted “Vinyl” [Touch # Tone 45.1].

Track listing:

Side One 45 rpm
1. Shika 1.1 5:55
2. Shika 1.2 8:03

Side Two 33 rpm
1. Ikata 6:21

The Sight Below is a project created by Rafael Anton Irisarri, an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, curator, producer and mixed media artist. In this guise he has produced two full-length CDs on Ghostly International, “Glider” (2008) and “It All Falls Apart” (2010), and most recently, under his own name, “The North Bend” for Room 40. The connection between The Sight Below and Biosphere starts with the latter’s remix of ‘The Sunset Passage’ from the “Glider” CD, released on a limited 12” in 2009.

“N-Plants_Remixes” is a superb extension of Biosphere’s “N-Plants” CD as well as a fine release in its own right. Only 300 copies have been pressed.

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TS12 – Bruce Gilbert “Monad”

7″ Vinyl Only – cut by Jason @ Transition
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:

A: Ingress 2:42
B: Re-Exit 2:42

TS12 – the next in the series of vinyl-only Touch Sevens [TS11 and TS13 to follow in 2011] – is Monad by Bruce Gilbert, whose career stretches back to late 1960’s British avant garde art & music scenes, and has since played an important and influential role with his involvement in various rock based formations, work for choreographic projects and art installations…

Instruments: Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon synth, Zoom RFX-200, Korg Kaos Pad 2, Apple GarageBand

Coruscating | Metallic | Hard | Structured Chaos | Loud

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TS12 | Bruce Gilbert “Monad”

7″ Vinyl Only – cut by Jason @ Transition
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:
A: Ingress 2:42
B: Re-Exit 2:42
TS12 – the next in the series of vinyl-only Touch Sevens [TS11 and TS13 to follow in 2011] – is Monad by Bruce Gilbert, whose career stretches back to late 1960’s British avant garde art & music scenes, and has since played an important and influential role with his involvement in various rock based formations, work for choreographic projects and art installations…
Instruments: Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon synth, Zoom RFX-200, Korg Kaos Pad 2, Apple GarageBand
Coruscating | Metallic | Hard | Structured Chaos | Loud
Buy Bruce Gilbert “Monad” in the TouchShop

Touch Radio 66 | Signe Liden

8.08.11 – Load (Abandoned) – 16:41 – 320 kbps

Recordings from abandoned places:
• resonated wires, cans and other objects from an old run-of-the-river power plant
• a singing floating bridge at fishing village
Recordings from abandoned things:
• a violin amplified through a empty metal can
• recordings from inside plastic cans and bottles at the seaside
• from inside a pipe at a gasometer
• a motor which worked for the last time and is now abandoned
Photo:
• reflections of an abandoned run-of-the-river power plant
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Play “Load (Abandoned)”
www.signeliden.com

Feidhlim O’Neill’s My mother’s BROWN BREAD RECIPE, hence the emphasis on imperial measurements….

Very healthy and easy to make bread. No proofing needed since the rising is a chemical process not organic one. You can add nuts or seeds as desired.

Ingredients:

20ozs. Strong brown flour (or 10ozs Canadian Strong Brown and 10ozs normal strong brown)
5ozs. white flour
2ozs. porridge oats
2ozs. wheat germ
1 teaspn (rounded) Baking soda.
625mls =1 ¼ pts Buttermilk or diluted 500ml tub of Yogurt works too
1/4 teaspoon Salt

METHOD

Preheat Over to 180°C
Mix flours, wheat germ and porridge oats in a bowl sieve in soda (to make sure no lumps) and salt.
Mix well then add the buttermilk.
Mix but just enough (a minute or two tops) – if you mix too much the bread will be flatbread – purists say you need to use a wooden spoon for this part.
Mixture should be wet but hold together in a ball.
Use non slick bread tins (for a loaf effect) or more traditionally flattened the mixture on a non stick baking tray.
Sprinkle with more oats if desired.
Bake at 180°C for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 160°C and bake for a further 20 minutes approx. Its done if you put a skewer into the bread and it comes out dry.
Remove from tin and place on a wire rack to cool.

Enjoy

TO:30 | Ryoji Ikeda “+/-“

CD – 10 tracks
4th edition of this timeless classic, reissued in August 2011:
1st edition: 1996 [Original edition]
2nd edition: 2000 [Millennium edition]
3rd edition: 2006 [Touch 25th anniversary]
4th edition: 2011 [15th anniversary of the release]

Track listing:
1. Headphonics 0/0 (3:12)
2. Headphonics 1/0 (4:16)
4. + (2:50)
5. +. (5:07)
6. +.. (10:55)
7. – (6:36)
8. -. (11:51)
9. -.. (13:24)
10. +/- (1:05)
Comments:
These Records Mail Order Catalogue (UK):
“A benchmark release in digital minimalism. Has to be heard, totally compulsive and immaculately constructed, pushes the envelope while keeping full control. Essential, and deceptively easy listening.”
themusic.net
“Ultra-minimalist Japanese composer. Clicks, beeps, ultrasonics. Pretend you live in an empty white apartment with no furniture except one orchid in a vase, but still placed according to the dictates of feng shui. Ultra-chillout. But not if you’ve a hangover.”
KALX Radio (USA):
“Hi, there. I spoke recently with the fellow from Dutch East India who so kindly sent us some of your recent releases, but I wanted to share with you my experiences with the “+ / -” album… I just got it out for the DJs to play this week, and while several people were in my office, I played the last track (#10) on the boom box for them. Cringe-o-rama. It was a lot of fun. I can hardly wait to play the disc on our “INFORMATION OVERLOAD” show for the “difficult listening” crowd. Thanks. PS: are there any unwelcome physiological effects to that record that I, or the University’s lawyers, should know about?”
Buy Ryoji Ikeda “+/-” in the TouchShop
www.ryojiikeda.com