Monthly Archives: October 2011

TO:70LP – Hildur Gudnadottir “Without Sinking”

Double Vinyl LP – 13 tracks
Mastered by Denis Blackham, cut by Jason @ Transition.
Artwork & photography by Jon Wozencroft.

Track listing:

Side A
1. Elevation
2. Overcast
3. Erupting Light
4. Circular

Side B
1. Ascent
2. Opaque
3. Aether
4. Whiten

Side C
1. Into Warmer Air
2. Unveiled
3. Baer

Side D
1. Heyr Himnasmidur
2. Iridescence

Composed and recorded by Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir in Berlin and Reykjavík. Hildur played cello, zither, processors and voice. Additional recordings by Skúli Sverrisson, bass and processors on all tracks except track 7, 10, 11 and 12. Jóhann Jóhannsson, organs and processors on tracks 2, 3, 9 and 13. Guðni Franzson, clarinet and bass clarinet on tracks 7 and 10.

Cello made by David Wiebe in 1991. Cello nr 49.

This release contains 3 extra tracks in addition to the ten on the CD version of Without Sinking

11. Baer was recorded in Berlin in 2009… Hildur plays Halldorophone and cello.
12. Heyr himna smiður is an Icelandic hymn.The lyrics are written in 1208 by Kolbeinn Tumason. Music written over 700 years later by Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson, arranged and recorded by Hildur Gudnadottir. Performed by Hildur Gudnadottir (vocals, piano) and Skuli Sverrisson (bass). Recorded in the Civitella Ranieri castle in Umbria, Italy.
13. Iridescence is co-mixed by BJNilsen, also featuring Skuli Sverrisson (bass) and Johann Johannsson (organ).

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Tom Lawrence

It is with great shock and sadness that we report the death of Tom Lawrence, who died unexpectedly on Wednesday 19th October 2011.

Tom was a lovely man. We started working with him relatively recently, and helped publish his last album, Water Beetles of Pollardstown Fen (gruenrekorder). He also contributed a beautiful piece to TouchRadio. Here you can listen to The Lough’s Breath.

Tom’s website can be found here.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and two sons. It was a privilege to know and to work with him. Rest in peace, Tom.

Heitor Alvelos’s Take a glass of water…

Take a glass of water from Lake Titicaca

TAPP 01 – Touch app for iPhone and iPad

Touch is a new free app for the iPhone and iPad (iOS 4 and 5) that keeps you up-to-date with Touch news; read about and listen to tracks from the Touch catalogue; stream each and every Touch Radio episode; save Jon Wozencroft’s Touch cover art as wallpaper and cook meals from the Touch Recipe Book.

Programmers: Dave Knapik and Tim Medcalf
Art Direction & Design: Rebels in Control
Images: Jon Wozencroft

Download the free Touch app at the iTunes App Store

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Worm Eats Bear – a free evening from The Tapeworm | 20th October 2011

Date: 20.10.11. Time: 7pm – 10.30pm.
Free entry. The Bear Pit, Bear Gardens, London SE1 9EB.

Announcing a special evening of Bankside performances curated by The Tapeworm, as part of the Merge Festival.

London’s finest cassette-only label, The Tapeworm, presents its third annual event in the Capital. Exemplary music and much excitement is to be expected from a line-up of the label’s mates.

Mr Ken Hollings, a writer of note, shall be reading his text from the first Bookworm publication, to be launched on this very same night. Sweden’s BJNilsen will be flying in and making a splendid noise for you all. A second Swede, CM von Hausswolff (…he’s a king, dontchaknow!) will share a stage with Touch’s Mike Harding, in a reading of Edgar Allen Poe like none before. Cult vs. occult — former Medicine Head man Peter Hope-Evans and illustrator Savage Pencil will whip up a dark blue storm. Mr Pencil’s fine drawings will also be on display — exhibition continues 21st to 23rd October, 12 to 6pm. Hopping on the bus from Elephant & Castle is Zerocrop and his band; pop perfection from a local lad. And finally, a London eye — video installation by Vicki Bennett, aka People Like Us.

Plus! Last minute additions!! Special guest artist Joachim Nordwall plays his “Ignition” album, live; and special ghost artist Michael Esposito does some spooky shit. How exciting!!! Plus, Dale Cornish from the Baraclough groop will be spinning the cassettes of steel.

Exhibition featuring work by Savage Pencil and Vicki Bennett: Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd October 12 – 6pm.
Download flyer [.pdf]

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Spire Live at Lincoln Cathedral | 21st October 2011

The 11th Spire will take place on 21st October 2011 in Lincoln Cathedral as part of the Frequency Festival 2011 (21st –29th October, Lincoln).

Philip Jeck
Charles Matthews
Charles Matthews & Mike Harding – The Eternal Chord
The Spire Ensemble – Organogram
with John Beaumont (Tenor)


Tickets can be bought over the phone on +44 (0)1522 561644
Or from the shop itself if they happen to be in Lincoln…

Touch Live at Phonofemme | 28th – 30th October 2011

Brunnenpassage, Vienna 28th – 30th October
Curated by Mia Zabelka & Mike Harding

Live performances:

Hildur Guðnadóttir
Philip Jeck
Jana Winderen


One night band conducted by Mike Harding and Mia Zabelka featuring Hildur Guðnadóttir, Jana Winderen, Zahra Mani, Philip Jeck, Manon-Liu Winter, Franz Hautzinger, Mia Zabelka


Christina Ödlund – Plant Drummer


Mike Harding/Jana Winderen and Zahra Mani/Mia Zabelka