Monthly Archives: May 2012

TO:85 – Thomas Köner “Novaya Zemlya”

CD – jewel case + booklet – 3 tracks – 37:05
Artwork & Photography by Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Denis Blackham

Track listing:

1. Novaya Zemlya 1
2. Novaya Zemlya 2
3. Novaya Zemlya 3

The artwork, by Jon Wozencroft, includes an essay by Thierry Charollais, “Thomas Köner’s Novaya Zemlya: towards a metaphysical geography”… “Of course we find the unique Koneresque glowing drones that we know from his previous works. But we will also be touched by an unrevealed, barely perceptible sense of melody and harmony that Köner gradually developed since Kaamos (1998) and Nuuk (2004).”

Novaya Zemlya (Russian: Но́вая Земля́; IPA: [ˈnovəjə zʲɪmˈlʲæ], lit. New Land), also known in Dutch as Nova Zembla and in Norwegian as Gåselandet (lit. the Goose Land), is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean in the north of Russia and the extreme northeast of Europe, the easternmost point of Europe, lying at Cape Flissingsky on the northern island.

About Thomas Köner:

Thomas Köner (b. 1965) is a pioneering multimedia artist whose main interest lies in combining visual and auditory experiences. Over his long, much celebrated career, he has worked between installation works, sound art, minimal soundscapes, and as one half of Porter Ricks. He attended music college in Dortmund and studied electronic music at the CEM-Studio in Arnhem. Until 1994 he worked in the film industry as editor and sound engineer. Thomas has extended his concept of time and sound colour to images, resulting in video installations, photography and net art.

His point of departure was composition of sound in which aspects of a performance and visual language were gradually integrated. At first in the collaboration with film artist Jürgen Reble and the live performance Alchemie (1992). Following this, he started to compose film soundtracks and music to accompany historic silent films for the Louvre Museum and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, who called him a major innovator in the contemporary music scene, as well as noted his collaborative practice which has led to his working with musicians, filmmakers and visual artists on installations and sound performances, and to his creation of six video works produced in two cycles, starting in 2003.

His extensive discography, including his four classic albums (“Drone/Isolationist Ambient”) released on Barooni between 1990 and 1995, Nunatak Gongamur, Teimo, Permafrost and Aubrite, can be found here:

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Eddie Nuttall’s Cider and Red Onion Soup

Ingredients (Serves 2):

1 x Red Onion
1 x Vegetable Stock Cube
2 x Cans of Cider (doesn’t have to be fancy (Strongbow, Magners, etc.). However, do not use White Ace or White Lightning or similar, this is not a good thing to put into your body under any circumstances)
Salt/sugar/mixed herbs to taste
Olive Oil

1. Chop red onion into small rings
2. Heat a blob of olive oil in a saucepan and sauté the onions
3. When onions are translucent (but not browned), add the cider and the stock cube
4. Simmer on a medium heat for roughly 20-30mins. At around the 15-20min mark the cider should start to reduce and the alcohol should have evaporated. This sometimes takes slightly longer, so taste the mixture periodically. When the alcohol has evaporated, add the salt/sugar/mixed herbs depending on your taste (it’s trickier to gauge the overall flavour before the alcohol has gone)
5. Continue to simmer until the soup has reduced to a nice, thicker consistency
6. Serve in a back garden with black pepper and interesting bread. Note pinkish colouration from the onions.
The means are slightly crooked, but the end results are amazing.

Spire Live @ Spitalfields Festival | London, 21st June 2012

The 13th Spire will take place at St. Botolphs without Aldgate on Thursday 21st June 2012 as part of The Spitalfields Summer Festival

7.00pm-9.30pm (Installation by Marcus Davidson from 6.00pm)
Insight with Scott McMillan (The Liminal), Charles Matthews and Mike Harding

Charles Matthews – organ & piano
John Beaumont – tenor
Marcus Davidson – organ, piano & tape
BJ Nilsen – electronics
Philip Jeck – turntables & samplers
The Eternal Chord

Programme to include:
Charles Camilleri – Sonata Semplice
JS Bach – Komm, Heiliger Geist
Ligeti – Harmonies
Diana Burrell – Lauds
Arvo Pärt – Pari Intervallo
Marcus Davidson – The Conscious Sky
You can book tickets here
Tickets: £12 unreserved/£5 Student tickets (further concessions available)
Series Tickets Offers: Discounts available when booking three or more concerts

From its earliest inception as the Hydraulis to the latest in organ technology, the organ has had incredible influence on the history of music and sound. Spire celebrates this ‘Emperor of Instruments’ with live performances for organ, electronics, piano and voice, contrasting digital and analogue to create a rich sonic journey unique to each performance location. See Spire in Spitalfields for the first time, visiting St Botolph without Aldgate and its newly restored Harris organ.

Elliott Sharp & Philip Jeck live at Cafe Oto | 22nd July 2012

Click here for more info and tickets
Door: 8pm
Tickets : £8 adv / £10 on the door

Elliott Sharp is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer and central figure in the avant-garde music scene in New York City for over thirty years. He’s played OTO a few times before and this one promises something different but equally enchanting as he pairs up with Philip Jeck on record players and keyboards.

Elliott Sharp contributed “Black Rain” to “Ritual: Lands End” [Touch # T33.4, 1985]

Go Mag Cover Mounted CD & Feature | May 2012

Cover mounted CD, GO MAG Series_Mayo 2012 No. 90

Track listing:

Fennesz  -Rivers of Sand
Philip Jeck – all that’s allowed (remix)
Oren Ambarchi – The Strouhal Number
Chris Watson – Chihuahua
BJNilsen – Meter Reading
Mika Vainio – In A Frosted Lake
Jana Winderen – Survivors Of The Waterworld (GOMAG mix)
Hildur Guðnadóttir – In Gray
Sohrab – Himmel Über Tehran
Biosphere – Fujiko
ELEH – Linear To Circular / Vertical Axis

Live streaming of Sohrab Live | Belgium 12th May

Andrew Pekler live (Dekorder, Schoolmap, Kranky)
Sohrab live (Touch)
Innercity live (Aguirre, Ikuisuus, Further)
Midnightopera DJ (Workshop, meakusma)
20.00 Midnightopera
22.00 Innercity
23.00 Sohrab
00.00 Andrew Pekler
01.00 Midnightopera

The room also features live painting by Boris Servais and Poste Aérienne.

Touch.30 live at idaf, Kingston | 3rd May 2012

Improvisation and Digital Arts Festival

Market House, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey UK
This event is a free-ticketed event, but unfortunately none are left. However, we are hoping to get some more allocated this week. Please keep an eye on Touch’s Twitter feed for updates.

Philip Jeck
Chris Watson

TO:90 – Hildur Gudnadottir “Leyfdu Ljosinu”

CD – extended digipak – 2 tracks – 39:25
Voice, cello & electronics: Hildur Gudnadottir
Recorded & mixed by Tony Myatt
Mastered by Denis Blackham
Artwork & Photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:

1. Prelude 4:11
2. Leyfdu ljosinu 35:14

Hildur Gudnadottir’s new album ‘Leyfdu ljosinu’ (Icelandic for ‘Allow the light’), was recorded live at the Music Research Centre, University of York, in January 2012 by Tony Myatt, using a SoundField ST450 Ambisonic microphone and two Neumann U87 microphones. (NB – It was not played in a concert environment and there was no audience.)

To be faithful to time and space – elements vital to the movement of sound – this album was recorded entirely live, with no post-tampering of the recordings’ own sense of occasion.

A multichannel version (Touch # TO:90USB) is also available – a 2GB USB stick in hand-made (by the artist) paper cover.You can read more about this here.

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