Monthly Archives: September 2012

Touch.30 | DJ sets & playlists


Photo: WormHead

Here you can find a selection of various playlists and DJ sets performed live or online in different parts of the world during Touch’s 30th anniversary year.

Touch.30 Live on WFMU w/ Philip Jeck and Mike Harding
With thanks to Daniel Blumin

2. Wall of Sound, Seattle, USA
Damon Creed writes:
“An older couple came in and the lady asked the shopkeeper, Jeffrey, what the equipment on the counter was all about, referring to the dj equipment. Jeffrey replied, “we’re having a guest dj in the store today to play some music.” To which she replied, “When does the music start?” “It’s already playing,” Jeffrey said, as a segment from Indicate’s “Whelm” was playing”.

3. Gonzo Circus, Belgium
A Touch.30 online mix compiled by Philip Jeck and Mike Harding for this Belgian magazine
With thanks to Sophie Westhiner

4. Wreck This Mess, Paris, France
sélection spéciale TOUCH / .30th anniversary (1982 – 2012)

5. Mobile Radio BSP
TouchRadio nights in São Paulo, Brazil for Wednesday 5th, 9pm – 11am (11pm – 1pm) and Thursday 6th, 7pm – 10am (9pm – noon), UK time in brackets.

6. ABC Classic FM
Presented by Julian Day

Atmospheres 4 | Touch.30 Live at Beaconsfield


den148 | Thomas Koner “Novaya Zemlya”

Double LP – 3 tracks – 36:33 + download
Artwork & Photography: Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Denis Blackham

Track listing:
A: Novaya Zemlya 1 11:15
B: Novaya Zemlya 2 12:46
C: Novaya Zemlya 3 12:20
D: [blank vinyl]
The artwork 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:
Buy Thomas Köner “Novaya Zemlya” [DLP] in the TouchShop
Also available on CD

Touch.30 Live at Denovali Swingfest | 5th October 2012

Touch.30 continues live in Essen, Germany at the Denovali Swingfest, on October 5th, with Philip Jeck, Achim Mohné and Mike Harding (Touch).


The resurgence of vinyl in recent years is a phenomenon which has not gone unnoticed; as CD declines sharply, its audio limitations exposed not only by advances in other technologies, but also by the myths propagated at the inception of digital exposed, so artists explore and demand other formats to express their work. Although a business model is still some way off the traditional artist » label » distribution » shop paradigm, it is clear this is being radically overhauled and replaced by online sales platforms set up by the artists themselves. But vinyl seems to have escaped this process, and continues to grow. Why is that?

Optical 3 | Touch.30 live at Decibel Festival | 27-28th September 2012

Decibel Festival proudly celebrates the 30th anniversary of the legendary British audiovisual organization and publishing company Touch – the longest surviving independent contemporary music publisher in the UK.
Seattle’s edition will feature live A/V performances by


Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen, a Norwegian producer who has released a considerable catalogue of ambient electronic music, mostly notably 1997’s Substrata, an album considered by many as one of ambient music’s key recordings. Jenssen has also scored a number of films, including Eternal Stars (1993) and Insomnia (1997). The iconic ambient-techno maestro will present at Decibel Festival selections from his critically-acclaimed album N-Plants – a work that explores the beauty and vulnerability of Japanese nuclear power facilities.

The Sight Below

Seattle-based interdisciplinary artist, curator and composer Rafael Anton Irisarri will perform under his The Sight Below guise, presenting a special live A/V performance/installation commissioned by Touch. Irisarri’s recorded output – described by Pitchfork as “existing in an undifferentiated welter of pop, techno, and classical” – captures an essential vision of floating tones, deep pulsing bass and textured Gaussian curves. His work is widely published in over a dozen labels around the globe, including respected labels like Touch, Morr Music, Ghostly International, Room40 and Miasmah.


Eleh was formed in 1999 as an exploration of analog synthesis. Influenced by early electronic minimalist pioneers such as La Monte Young, Eliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveros & Charlemagne Palestine, Eleh creates highly minimal and deeply spiritual pure analog electroacoustic music. Eleh’s work emphasizes the physical presence of sound as it has been inspired by the physical world, focusing on tonal juxtapositions, bass tones and various acoustic phenomenon. He has released numerous records on Touch, Important Records and Taiga Records.

plus a special screening of Fennesz + Wozencroft “Liquid Music”

Audiovisual collaboration between guitar-extraordinaire Christian Fennesz (AT) and Touch label founder & curator Jon Wozencroft (UK).

Liquid Music was made in 2001, in conjunction with the music Christian Fennesz was developing during that fertile period when the future was still a good idea. The first version was premiered during the Touch tour of 2001, the time of Fennesz’s Endless Summer and the steady movement towards Venice. The footage for Liquid Music originates from Prague, Paxos, Crete, Cephalonia, Messinia, London and one short clip from Monterey Bay. It was filmed on H-8 and mini-DV between 1995 and 2001. The main idea was to film everything through the lens, with no post production other than the compilation of many years work into a coherent whole. Fennesz’s music, and its ascendent quality, made that a pleasure. The optical quality is on the cusp between analogue and digital resolution. In many respects it‚ “an exchange of values as much as working methods.” – Jon Wozencroft (London, 2012)

Wozencroft will be presenting an introduction to the work and a brief Q&A will ensue after the screening.

Venue Info

Thursday, September 27
Broadway Performance Hall : 1625 Broadway Ave
Doors: 5:30pm. Screening starts at 6:00pm.
Admission price: $10 or FREE with 2012 Decibel Pass
Friday, September 28
Broadway Performance Hall : 1625 Broadway Ave
Doors: 7:00 pm. The Sight Below – 7:20 pm. Biosphere – 8:00 pm. Eleh – 8:45 pm
Doors at 7:00 pm
Admission price: $35
or FREE with 2012 Decibel Pass

Touch Radio 83 | Lary 7

15.09.12 – Live at Our Lady of Lebanon – 27:01 – 192 kbps

Lary 7 appeared as part of the Touch.30 Live in NYC events held by Issue Project Room in September 2012.

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Play Lary 7 “Live at Our Lady of Lebanon”

Touch 30

Thomas Koner’s Blueberry Pancakes

2 eggs
200 ml milk
150 gr flour
150 gr blueberries (from the garden or frozen)

Make a pancake pie by mixing 2 eggs with pinch of salt, milk and flour. Pie has to be homogenous, but not too watery. Put a small piece of butter in the pan (medium heat) and when it melts, put a pie into the pan with a large ladle. While the pie is still soft, add blueberries and distribute them evenly on the upper side of the pancake. When the lower side is done, put a plate on the side with blueberries in order to flip the pancake more easily. Flip the whole pan, and take out the pancake, add a little piece of butter in a pan to melt for a few seconds, and then ‘slide’ the pancake back to the pan, this time on the side with the blueberries. Fry for a few minutes, mildly stirring the pan, so that the blueberries would not stick.When the pancake is done, put a clean plate on the top and flip the pan. This time the blueberryside will be on the top of the plate, so just cover it will sugar according to your taste and enjoy.

Thomas Koner’s Salad (for two persons)

1/2 of large Lettuce salad
1/2 of Red Oak Lettuce salad (or Lollo Rosso Lettuce)
1 big or 2 small tomatoes
50 gr of (mild) Chèvre cheese (goat cheese)
20 ml of Balsamic vinegar
30 ml Olive oil
10 ml Kikkoman soy sauce

Wash and dry salad-leaves before cutting them into smaller pieces. Add cut tomato and small pieces of Chevre. Mix olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and add to the salad. Stir well, and then add soya sauce. Mix the whole salad well and serve into two separate smaller salad-bowls.

(see also Blueberry pancakes, which Thomas serves at the same meal)
(see also Salad, which Thomas serves at the same meal)

Touch.30 live in Glasgow | 22nd November 2012

Old Fruitmarket

Philip Jeck
Thomas Köner

Tickets can be ordered here

Since its first release in 1982, Touch has created sonic and visual productions that combine innovation with a level of care and attention that has made it the most enduring of any independent music company of its time. Tonight’s event features Thomas Köner, BJNilsen and Philip Jeck. Thomas Köner 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) fantastically repetitive dub techno. BJNilsen is a sound and recording artist. Primarily focused on the sound of nature and its effect on humans, field recordings and the perception of time and space as experienced through sound, often electronically treated. He has worked as composer and sound designer for documentary film, theatre, television and dance and performs his solo work regularly around the globe creating an immersive and intimate soundworld. Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops turning them to his own purposes. He really does play them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record. Philip Jeck makes genuinely moving and transfixing music, where we hear the art not the gimmick.

Supported by Creative Scotland

Touch.30 live in New York City | 13th-16th September 2012

In September 2012 Touch in collaboration with ISSUE Project Room will present a series of events in Manhattan and Brooklyn (or across New York) celebrating the publisher’s 30th anniversary. Since its first release in 1982, Touch has created sonic and visual productions that combine innovation with a level of care and attention that has made it the most enduring of any independent music company of its time. The label has presented a wide range of artists from New Order to Thomas Köner, and now has a strong focus on artists such as Fennesz, Chris Watson, Philip Jeck, Jana Winderen, Hildur Gudnadottir, Oren Ambarchi and Biosphere.

How to buy tickets:
Festival pass includes admission to the following events (there will also be various afternoon events included in the price – to be announced soon):

Thu, September 13, 2012  8:00pm
Philip Jeck & Ted Riederer + Ken Montgomery at Our Lady of Lebanon – 113 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
You can read a review of this performance on audiostream

Fri, September 14, 2012  8:00pm
Eleh + Lary 7 at Our Lady of Lebanon – 113 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
You can read a review of this performance in the New York Times

Sat, September 15, 2012  8:00pm
Chris Watson* – Forest Floor (multi-channel sound installation) presented by Mike Harding
Chris Watson* & Marcus Davidson – “The Bee Symphony” & the world premier of the second part of the trilogy “Sea Polyphonies” at Our Lady of Lebanon – 113 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
[*unfortunately Chris Watson is unable to attend]

and also…

Saturday, September 15th, 9pm – Midnight
on Daniel Blumin’s show on WFMU

Premier UK experimental label Touch turns 30 this year. To celebrate, Touch has been organizing events in Europe, and from September 13th to the 16th the celebration lands in New York City with a series of events at Issue Project Room, Anthology Film Archives, and Experimental Intermedia. Afraid of leaving home? Not to worry – the festivities also hit WFMU as label co-owner Mike Harding and composer Philip Jeck drop in for a visit!
Tune in as Harding discusses the label’s history and spins tracks from the imprint’s long out-of-print cassettes, recordings from the label’s roster of hit makers (e.g. Fennesz, Mika Vainio, Oren Ambarchi), and music that served to inspire the founding of the label!
Then, Philip Jeck, a Touch mainstay and artist primarily known for his mesmerizing work with prepared vinyl, performs live! Layers of creaky loops, hints of long-forgotten melodies, and echo-chamber strings meld with crackle, bass hum, and recombinant wormholes of sound. A Saturday night to remember. Do not miss!

You can hear the show archived here

Sun, September 16, 2012  4:00pm
Films of Jon Wozencroft at Anthology, 32 Second Avenue, NYC
Anthology Film Archives screens the films of Jon Wozencroft as part of Touch.30 Live in NYC.
THE SUFFOLK SYMPHONY 2010, 48 mins, video Visuals, Jon Wozencroft. Audio, Philip Jeck & BJNilsen.
LIQUID MUSIC 2012, 40 mins, video Visuals, Jon Wozencroft. Audio, Christian Fennesz.

Sun, September 16, 2012  8:00pm
Touch ensemble at Experimental Intermedia
[Access to this performance, with a $5 donation, is included for festival passholders only!]
Featuring: Daniel Blumin, Marcus Davidson, GenKen, Philip Jeck, Dave Knapik, Lary 7, JG.Thirlwell, Brian Turner and very special guest The Enchantress of Bioluminosity & others… Conducted by Mike Harding

TO:86 | Mika Vainio “Fe3O4 – Magnetite”

CD (digipak) – 7 tracks – 55:51
Cover photography: Joséphine Michel
Art Direction: Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Denis Blackham

Track listing:
1. Magnetia
2. Magnetotactic
3. Magnetosphere
4. Magnetosense
5. Magnetism
6. Magnetosome
7. Elvis’s TV Room
Mika Vainio, currently based in Berlin, was one half of the minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic from Finland, (with Ilpo Väisänen). Before starting Pan Sonic in the beginning of the 90’s, Mika Vainio has played electronics and drums as part of the early Finnish industrial and noise scene. His solo works, under his own name and under aliases like Ø, are known for their analogue warmth and electronic harshness. Be it abstract drone works or minimal avant techno, Vainio is always creating unique, physical sounds. He has released on other labels such as Editions Mego, Wavetrap and Sähkö and he has produced work with, amongst others, Alan Vega of Suicide, Keiji Haino, and Bruce Gilbert. Since 2009 Mika Vainio has contributed to the music for Cindy van Acker’s dance pieces…
This is his 5th album for Touch, after Onko [Touch # TO:34, 1998], Kajo TO:43, 2000], Sokeiden Maassa Yksisilmäinen on Kuningas (In the Land of the Blind One-Eyed Is King) [TO:54, 2004] and Black Telephone of Matter [Touch # TO:72, 2009].
“Fe3O4 – Magnetite” was recorded in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. In contrast to the dark vistas of his most recent releases, “Fe3O4 – Magnetite” oscillates between the two poles of silence and noise. Using his signature sources which range from radio signals to sine wave generators, Mika Vainio creates a unique emotional journey that moves from the serene to the unsettling, always challenging the listener’s comfort zone.
Buy Mika Vainio “Fe3O4 – Magnetite” [CD] in the TouchShop