Monthly Archives: July 2017

Robert Crouch – ‘Sublunar’ [Tone 56, 2017] | Digital Release Now Available

Robert Crouch’s ‘Sublunar’ [Tone 56] now up digitally in all good stores.

You can listen and purchase from Bandcamp here

Brainwashed wrote:

“…Crouch works the various layers of sound together, coming together at times lush and rich, and at others thin and harsher in nature. This constant unending flow makes for a complex, captivating piece of sound… Separated from the source material, Sublunar may not have the same conceptual nature of his previous work, but his knack for mixing familiar sounds with unfamiliar ones is still strongly present. Here he manages to create a space that is both comfortable and alien, where the ambiguity simply adds to the quality of the sound. Given this is a live performance; it just makes this record all the more impressive.” [Creaig Dunton]

Bad Press:

“…it’s a quiet intensity. The most striking thing about the album is its ability to go in multiple directions and at the same time maintain an even keel. It surprises without jarring. It is intricate and at the same time expertly polished.”

Brilliant Usage of Touch Artist in the Handmaid’s Tale | The Hanging Scene

The music starting at 2:10 is by Hildur Gudnadottir.

Guerrilla 48

July 15th 2017 – Guerrilla 48

1. Crush Vocals – Sung by Joanna and Alexander L’Estrange. Looping tracks/octaves switching in/out channels – perhaps 6 – loops/Collage end. Some of these vocals were used for “Sweeney Todd”, a TV film I composed the music for with Ray Winston as that evil chopper dude (2006).
PS Alexander also sang on “The Great White Silence”.
PPS Alex is the man with all choir knowledge if you need vocalists.
2. Shinjuku Post office – Recorded June 2016.Tokyo. I was actually using the  service for postcards, but stuck to a corner pretending to fiddle with forms and paper bags. I did buy some stamps of course. I frequently disguise the fact that I’m recording. Such is life. These days the general public think I’m measuring the air. Which of course I say I’m doing.
3. Silver Sea – I’ve no idea what keyboard software I’m using. Any helpful hints would be appreciated. This is part of a backing track that then appeared on ”Giraffe”, my LP this year for Editions Mego.

Vocals recorded in The Soundsuite Studio. London, Rest of G48 compiled at St Lukes Road.

Chris Watson Albums Back in Stock | ‘El Tren Fantasma’ & ‘Weather Report’

We are pleased to announce that two major recorded albums, ‘El Tren Fantasma‘ & ‘Weather Report‘ by Chris Watson have been republished;

‘El Tren Fantasma’ [Touch # TO:42, 2011]

“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.

This compact disc is now available to order from TouchShop

‘Weather Report’ [Touch # TO:47, 2003]

The weather has created and shaped all our habitats. Clearly it also has a profound and dynamic effect upon our lives and that of other animals. The three locations featured here all have moods and characters which are made tangible by the elements, and these periodic events are represented within by a form of time compression.

This was Chris’s first foray into composition using his location recordings of wildlife and habitats – previously he has been concerned with describing and revealing the special atmosphere of a place by site specific, untreated location recordings. For the first time here he constructs collages of sounds, which evolve from a series of recordings made at the specific locations over varying periods of time.

This compact disc is now available to order from TouchShop

Guerrilla 47

July 1st 2017 – Guerrilla 47

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