Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tone 46 – Fennesz + Sakamoto “Flumina”

DCD – 24 tracks
Photography + cover design: Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Fernando Aponte

Track listing:

12 tracks
01: 0318
02: 0319
03: 0320
04: 0322
05: 0324
06: 0325
07: 0327
08: 0328
09: 0330
10: 0401
11: 0402
12: 0404

12 tracks
01: 0405
02: 0407
03: 0409
04: 0411
05: 0415
06: 0417
07: 0419
08: 0423
09: 0424
10: 0425
11: 0428
12: 0429

The 24 pieces of ‘flumina’ are based on piano compositions/improvisations which Ryuichi Sakamoto had recorded whilst touring in Japan. On that tour Ryuichi played a piano piece in a different key at the beginning of every show, always having a ‘fennesz sakomoto’ project in mind. After 24 shows he had 24 tracks in 24 different keys, covering all 24 tonal steps of the western tonal system. Sakamoto sent the tracks over to Christian Fennesz and he worked on them using electronics, guitars and synths. They met in New York then and mixed the album together with Fernando Aponte at KAB Studios.

This is their 3rd collaboration released on Touch, after the live recording of ‘Sala Santa Cecilia’ [Touch # Tone 22, 2005] and ‘Cendre [Touch # Tone 32, 2007].

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In 2012 Touch celebrates the 30th anniversary of its first release, “Feature Mist” [Touch # T1]. You can read about forthcoming events on Touch.30. This microsite will be updated regularly.


Touch.30 1982-2012+

Touch’s first release was Feature Mist [T1] in December 1982, so 2012 is our 30th anniversary. There will be a series of events and releases throughout the year and this page will be regularly updated to keep you informed. You may have noticed that Touch.20 was held in 2001, and Touch 25 in 2006… A discrepancy you might think. But no! Touch was conceived by Jon Wozencroft in 1981, in 1982 Jon and Mike Harding went to see New Order in Norwich (May) and received the cassette master of “Video 5-8-6” which was released on Feature Mist…

Follow Touch.30 events elsewhere

Touch now has an official Twitter account. From there, we will be updating you with info on new editions in the TouchShop, TouchRadio broadcasts, and more… Follow us @touchmusic

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.

Wire ad | January 2012


Review of “El Tren Fantasma” by Andrew Weatherall

“A benchmark in field recording not to mention a map of the soul, an insight into the human condition and a key to dreams.” (Caught by the River)

You can read the full review here and buy the album and 12″ vinyl in the TouchShop.

Sohrab at Exotic Pylon’s City Symphony, Berlin | 15th November 2011

On Tuesday November 15th, Sohrab will be appearing at Centrum, Berlin, as a participant in Jonny Mugwump’s “City Symphony”. Further details on the links, below.

Zahra Mani

4 – 7 organic eggs depending on size and hunger
A small onion, very finely chopped
A few tomatoes, de-seeded and finely chopped
A fresh green chilli, finely chopped
Whisk the eggs (properly, so that they turn a bit fluffy and
are well-mixed) adding salt, freshly ground pepper and about
half a teaspoon of red chilli powder.
Mix in the vegetables and pour into a hot, flat pan in which
you’ve melted a bubbling, browning but not too dark butter.
Let the mixture spread evenly across the pan, and rather than
flipping the whole thing, fold one half over to cover the other
as soon as this is possible.
It should be soft and creamy inside. Serve with bread and butter, or make
parathas*. Perfect at any time of day or night.
* Flat breads made of whole-wheat flour, salt and water, fried in

Marjolein Kuijsten’s A Very East Dish

ingredients for 3 people:

– 1 and a half aubergine (size ± 15 centimetres)
– one big onion, ± 5 gloves of garlic
– about 5 peeled tomatoes (drop in boiled water for a minute) and cut in
small chunks (or use a tin already chopped tomatoes)
– 200 gram of boiled chickpeas
– a good pinch of herbs (bayleaf, provencales or a mix of thyme, oregano etc)
– some chili powder and/or a teaspoon sambal (or any other hot stuff)
– salt and black pepper
– some parsley

Dice the aubergine, rub salt though them and put in a colander for about 30 minutes.

Slice and fry the onion slowly till slightly brown, put aside.

Fry the aubergine for a while, add the onions and chopped garlic. Add the tomatoes, herbs, pepper and hot spice.

Drain the chickpeas and add them. Add some water if it gets too dry. It should be not soupy, but not dry either.

Taste for salt. Let it simmer for a while so the flavours can mix. Just before serving add a good handful chopped parsley

Nice with dark bread and a green salad and a sprig of mint

TO:42 – Chris Watson “El Tren Fantasma”

CD – 10 tracks – 65 minutes
Artwork: Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Denis Blackham

Track listing:

01: La Anunciante
02: Los Mochis
03: Sierra Tarahumara
04: El Divisadero
05: Crucero La Joya
06: Chihuahua
07: Aguascalientes
08: Mexico D.F.
09: El Tajin; El dia y La noche
10: Veracruz

“Take the ghost train from Los Mochis to Veracruz and travel cross country, coast to coast, Pacific to Atlantic. Ride the rhythm of the rails on board the Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México (FNM) and the music of a journey that has now passed into history.”

El Tren Fantasma, (The Ghost Train), is Chris Watson’s 4th solo album for Touch, and his first since Weather Report in 2003, which was named as one of the albums you should hear before you die in The Guardian. A Radio programme was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 30 Oct, 2010, produced by Sarah Blunt, and described as “a thrilling acoustic journey across the heart of Mexico from Pacific to Atlantic coast using archive recordings to recreate a rail passenger service which no longer exists. It’s now more than a decade since FNM operated its last continuous passenger service across country. Chris Watson spent a month on board the train with some of the last passengers to travel this route. As sound recordist he was part of the film crew working on a programme in the BBC TV series Great Railways Journeys. Now, in this album, the journey of the ‘ghost train’ is recreated, evoking memories of a recent past, capturing the atmosphere, rhythms and sounds of human life, wildlife and the journey itself along the tracks of one of Mexico’s greatest engineering projects.

The radio broadcast received national press coverage in the UK:

The Observer:

It is over a decade since FNM operated its last continuous passenger service across the country but here sound recordist Chris Watson recreates its atmospheric journey with the help of the train recordings he made while working on the BBC television series Great Railway Journeys… through desert and city, but it is the rocking rhythms of the train itself that prove most memorable. [Stephanie Billen]

The Financial Times:

El Tren Fantasma (8pm) is Archive on 4’s recollection of a trans-Mexico rail journey by sound recordist Chris Watson. From desert to rainforest, hummingbirds’ wings to the boom of heat rising from the Copper Canyon, it recalls a beloved passenger train system abandoned by privatisation. **** [Martin Hoyle]

The Daily Telegraph:

Sometimes, radio can awaken the mind and sharpen the senses like no other medium. This “sound portrait” of a now-abandoned railway line that used to run between the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Mexico is a good case in point. Captured by sound recordist Chris Watson more than a decade ago, it jostles with human, animal and mechanical life, filling the room with an atmosphere that is more richly evocative of Central America than any TV travel show I’ve seen. Diesel engines thrum, cicadas chirrup and passengers chatter, sing and argue. [Pete Naughton]

About the author…

Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena, and for Touch he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative. For example. the unearthly groaning of ice in an Icelandic glacier is a classic example of, in Watson’s words, putting a microphone where you can’t put your ears. He was born in Sheffield where he attended Rowlinson School and Stannington College (now part of Sheffield College). In 1971 he was a founding member of the influential Sheffield-based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance recordist for film, tv & radio, Chris Watson specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with track assembly and sound design in post production.

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TO:42V – Chris Watson “El Tren Fantasma – The Signal Man’s Mix”

12″ Vinyl + 320 kbps MP3 files of the two vinyl tracks
Cut by Jason @ Transition
Artwork & Design by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:

Side A
1. El Divisadero – The Telegraph 7:56

Side B
2. Veracruz – The Tunnel 7:54

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Daniela Cascella’s Cooking Outside the Circle of Fire

A culinary nonsense limerick (Cooking some of the creatures featured in Chris Watson’s album, Outside the Circle of Fire)

There once was a fine chef called Mike
He’d steam beetles (1), put them on a spike.
He’d braise hippos (2) as such
Roast deer stags (3) with keen touch (4)
He’d stew hyenas (5), that fine chef called Mike.


1 RATTLE OF WOOD. Deathwatch beetles, the rattle of wood over a black stream.
2 AT DUSK. The Maasai say hippos spend the day on the river bed telling jokes. At dusk they surface, laughing.
3 DEEP ROAR. The deep roar of a red deer stag.
4 What a clever reference.
5 CONTACTS. Hyena contacts.