Monthly Archives: February 2012

April 2012 | Two Installations for Sounding City: Public Sound

Sounding City: Public Sound, Kortrijk, Belgium, 28.04.12 – 13.05.12

Opening on the 28th with a presentation of the work of Chris Watson by Mike Harding and a live performance by Jana Winderen.

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Chris Watson – installation inspired by “After the Deluge (Na de Zondvloed)” @ Broel Museum
Jana Winderen – installation & live performance

Unfortunately Chris Watson cannot be present for family reasons, so his work will be presented by Mike Harding from Touch.

Touch.30 Live – Chris Watson “A Journey South”, Leeds | 7th March 2012

Chris Watson – A Journey South

Old Broadcasting House, Leeds, England 7th March

6:00pm : Drinks, snacks & chats
7:00pm : An Introduction by Mike Harding of Touch
7:10pm : A Journey South, with Chris Watson
8:30pm : Q&A
9:00pm : Close

Touch.30, in conjunction with the Oates100 Campaign and nti Leeds present an audio-visual journey to the South Pole with Chris Watson.

As part of the team for the David Attenborough BBC series “Frozen Planet”, Chris travelled to Antarctica to record the ambient sounds, the wildlife, the water – even the groaning of a glacier as it moves. Chris talks about his experiences there and brings the remotest continent to life with his stunning recordings.

Chris is is one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena. His recordings are used in TV, Radio and Film including contributions to the award-winning re-release of “A Great White Silence”, originally filmed during Captain Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.

For Touch he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative released on CD & Vinyl, such as his latest release “El Tren Fantasma”; viewed by one reviewer as “a benchmark in field recording not to mention a map of the soul, an insight into the human condition and a key to dreams”.

Chris has characterised his work as “putting microphones where you can’t put your ears” – come along to experience the incredible surround-sound results for yourself. This is part of a series of events intended to commemorate Captain Lawrence “Titus” Oates, who sacrificed himself 100 years ago in an effort to save the lives of his fellow explorers during Captain Scott’s attempt to be the first to the South Pole.

Generously hosted by nti Leeds at Old Broadcasting House with equipment loaned from Leeds Metropolitan University, this is a unique event to commemorate a true Leeds hero.

Event details for Chris Watson “A Journey South”
Directions and parking: www.ntileeds.co.uk
All profits go to: Help For Heroes

March 2012 | 30 hours of Touch on AV Festival’s Radio Boredcast

Radio Boredcast is a 744-hour continuous online radio project – running from 1st March to 31st March 2012 – curated by artist Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) with AV Festival. In response to our ambiguous relationship with time – do we have too much or not enough? – Radio Boredcast celebrates the detail, complexity and depth of experience lost through our obsession with speed.

On 16th March 2012 at 5:57am, Touch takes over Radio Boredcast for 30 hours of programmes curated by Mike Harding and Jon Wozencroft, as a celebration of Touch.30. Many rare recordings are to be aired, including a number of Touch’s earliest cassette releases in full. Jon Wozencroft presents “TouchRadio 1987” – a compilation prepared in 1987 for private distribution on cassette… In those days, mix tapes were a very common way of sharing one’s own musical tastes on an informal basis. Half of this episode is presented here. Mike Harding also contributes three hour long “TouchAVRadio” transmissions, “Language”, “Sound” and “Time”, especially created for AVFestival.
In addition, many Touch artists are featured on other days of the month-long broadcast, alongside shows submitted by Ash International and The Tapeworm. Special broadcasts from the likes of Chris Watson, Phill Niblock, Fennesz and BJNilsen are scheduled.
You can listen continuously for a month, or for hours, minutes or seconds. Online 24 hours each day, at www.avfestival.co.uk or www.thepixelpalace.org. The schedule for the whole month is listed here, with details of each show and information about the artists. You can also subscribe to the Radio Boredcast podcasts.

Radio Boredcast schedule at www.avfestival.co.uk
www.peoplelikeus.org

Touch.30 | Radio SOM #24: Touch Non Stop

Sweden’s Soundofmusic are broadcasting “Touch Non Stop”, a 90 minute online mix to celebrate Touch.30, featuring tracks from 1982s ”The New Nubian” by Soliman Gamil (from Touch’s first ever edition, Feature Mist) through to the most recent releases, and all points in-between.

Click here to listen to “Touch Non Stop”

Touch Radio 75 | autodigest

14.02.12 – Unlearn All Languages in 15 Minutes – 15:00 – 192 kbps

Volume five in an ongoing series.
Self-assembled and reversed in February 2012.
Photography: Heitor Alvelos
Why not pay a humble tribute to the golden age of backmasking? Once upon a time, radio DJs would go up in flames accusing pop records of containing satanic messages woven backwards onto the groove. These would then supposedly make their way onto your teenage subconscious, and from its depths command you to do very bad things.
Echoes of the Altamont and Manson traumas aside, it was all a bit naive when compared to the magnitude of the very shady side of the entertainment industry nowadays, where worthwhile pop music once again becomes demonised: the recent, heavy policy proposals against online piracy, the terrorist-like shutdown of megaupload, the steamroller-like production-line of prime-time karaoke, the pervasive disgust of auto-tuning, the endless parade of cute iGadgets valiantly ignoring the abyss of over-consumption and worldwide economic meltdown.
Hubris, Icarus, Tower of Babel… Some say the future is once again in the local. Let’s just forget all those un-local languages, then. Press play, unlearn them all, quickly and painlessly. Bliss.
Subscribe to the TouchPod podcast of TouchRadio via the iTunes Music Store
Play autodigest “Unlearn All Languages in 15 Minutes”
autodigest.wordpress.com

February 2012 | freq_out8, Stockholm, 17th-19th

Touch.30: CM von Hausswolff interviews Mike Harding @ freq_out8,
Moderna Museet, Stockholm 17th – 19th

February 2012 | Spire Live @ Passionskirche Berlin, 5th

Spire: Live @ Passionskirche, Berlin, 5th
CTM12

Marcus Davidson
Eleh
Hildur Gudnadottir
Charles Matthews
Jana Winderen
The Eternal Chord

Touch.30 Live in Lisbon | January 27th-28th 2012

Touch.30 Live in Lisbon, 27th-28th January
Fim de Semana Especial n.º 3, Teatro Maria Matos

27th January programme can be viewed here
28th January programme can be viewed here

Bruce Gilbert & Mika Vainio
CM von Hausswolff – you can hear this set on TouchRadio
Jana Winderen
Leslie Winer

You can read press coverage of this event in Portuguese here

January 2012 | The Art of Listening, Brussels, 16th-20th

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Transmedia presents: The Art of Listening 2, Touch’s residency in Brussels, January 16-20 2012. This residency is part of the Masters Degree course at Sint Lucas College.

BJNilsen & Mike Harding