Welcome to Touch Newsletter #173. The Tapeworm’s next three tapes are available to pre-order, shipping in early December.
TTW#101 is “XNOTNL” by NYZ. The music on this tape is a mix of Cellular Automata sequencing hooked up to various synthesis/FX methodologies including: Frequency Modulation, Phase Modulation, Sampling, old school hardware DSP and ROMplers. Musically this tape covers a range of different tunings and intervals, designed to take you on journey through the obscurities of NYZ's approach to experimental sound and music making.
TTW#102 is “Music From The Early Robotic Societies Of The Basin” by Christos Chondropoulos. This project imagines a futuristic scenario – of a post-human society in the Athenian basin and of its music. Robots are reminded of the fundamental joys of playing, singing and dancing with these eight channel cassette recordings, inspired by Greece’s complex cultural traditions and associations with Asia and Africa.
TTW#102 is “Recordings For Lilac III” by Mamiffer. Mamiffer is Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner. Mamiffer write: “The majority the sounds on this tape were culled from cassettes we used in live performances and recordings. Many were field recordings from various sources, found tapes from thrift stores, some were samples/textures we made as backgrounds/backing tracks for specific live songs. A few pieces were also in finished Mamiffer studio recordings but ended up being somewhat buried in the final mixes – they were and are elements we felt strongly about and have thus given them a proper chance to shine herein.”
TTW#101 | NYZ “XNOTNL”
Cassette only – limited edition of 100 copies. Shipping early December.
After a happy chance meeting at an event in the National Portrait Gallery in London, NYZ was invited to make a tape for The Tapeworm. On returning to Australia he went into the studio, digging up some recent-ish pieces from the last few years, and also making a handful of new ones. The music on this tape is a mix of Cellular Automata sequencing hooked up to various synthesis/FX methodologies including: Frequency Modulation, Phase Modulation, Sampling, old school hardware DSP and ROMplers. Musically this tape covers a range of different tunings and intervals, designed to take you on journey through the obscurities of NYZ's approach to experimental sound and music making.
David Burraston is an award winning artist/scientist working in the areas of technology and electronic music since the late 1970s. His experimental arts practice encompasses field recording, landscape-scale sound art, chaos/complexity, sound synthesis and electronic music. He performs, lectures, conducts workshops and creates art installations in Regional NSW and around the world. David also designs and builds sound synthesizers based on his theories of chaos/complexity science.
He has previously released his highly original form of experimental research music on numerous cult labels such as Alku (in collaboration with Russell Haswell), Important Records/Cassauna, Taiga, .meds, Cataclyst, Engraved Glass, Tochnit Aleph, Beta Bodega Coalition, SevCom Edition, Entr'acte and Psoma Psi Phi and featured in The Wire Magazine's Below The Radar series.
David has worked with many diverse collaborators such as Aphex Twin, William Barton, Alan Lamb, Chris Watson, Russell Haswell, Robin Fox, Oren Ambarchi, Sarah Last, Cat Hope, Garry Bradbury, MIT Media Lab and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2014 he independently published the legendary "SYROBONKERS!", the most technical and in-depth interview ever given by Aphex Twin.
Random artwork, generated using seed number 0xAF30F0843192FC4, by Matthew Petty.
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TTW#102 | Christos Chondropoulos “Music From The Early Robotic Societies Of The Basin”
Cassette only – limited edition of 75 copies. Shipping early December.
A1 Desire As Love
A2 Disco Veduno
B1 The Turkish Bath
B2 Smile Again
B3 Future Basin
This project imagines a futuristic scenario – of a post-human society in the Athenian basin and of its music. Robots are reminded of the fundamental joys of playing, singing and dancing with these eight channel cassette recordings, inspired by Greece’s complex cultural traditions and associations with Asia and Africa.
Christos Chondropoulos (b.1984) is a percussionist and producer based in Athens, Greece. He started his career as a member of the experimental band XYSM. In 2013 he released “Fingerpainting”, a solo percussion LP. In 2015 his collaboration with Acid Baby Jesus resulted in two releases on Slovenly Recordings. Notable live performances include 2014’s Borderline Festival at The Onassis Cultural Centre and 2017’s MAWA Festival. In 2016 he participated in “634 Minutes Inside A Volcano”, which brought the Greek improv scene to the cover of New York Times. In 2017 he was invited by Documenta 14 to join the Listening Room programme – his mixtape “Athenian Primitivism” was also transmitted by Documenta 14’s “Every Time A Ear di Soun”.
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TTW#103 | Mamiffer “Recordings For Lilac III”
Cassette only – limited edition of 150 copies. Shipping early December.
Illustration by Ashley Isadore Coloccia-Turner.
Side A: 0:00–3:12 found recording 2007, 3:13–10:30 recording/performance by F. Coloccia 2008-2009, 10:31–13:15 recording/mix by Randall Dunn, performance by F. Coloccia 2015, 13:16–16:13 recording/performance by A. Turner 2015, 16:14–end recording/performance by F. Coloccia 2011.
Side B: 0:00–3:16: manipulated found recording/recording/performance by A.Turner 2015. 3:17–4:30: recording by F. Coloccia 2016. 4:31–6:02: recording by A. Turner, performance by F. Coloccia 2015. 6:03–8:41: recording/performance by F. Coloccia 2010. 8:42–9:33: recording/performance by A. Turner 2014. 9:34–13:35: recording by F. Coloccia 2011. 13:36–16:00: recording by A. Turner, performance by F. Coloccia 2014. 16:01–16:49: recording/manipulation by F. Coloccia, mix by Randall Dunn 2010. 16:50–End: recording/performance by F. Coloccia 2010 + 2015.
Mamiffer write: “The majority the sounds on this tape were culled from cassettes we used in live performances and recordings. Many were field recordings from various sources, found tapes from thrift stores, some were samples/textures we made as backgrounds/backing tracks for specific live songs. A few pieces were also in finished Mamiffer studio recordings but ended up being somewhat buried in the final mixes – they were and are elements we felt strongly about and have thus given them a proper chance to shine herein. It was put together semi-chronologically starting with some of the earliest Mamiffer materials going back to 2008 or so. It was all edited together with the idea of creating a listenable narrative and letting the chance audio occurrences within each piece inform the choices about how they were melded together and sequenced. We have been meaning to assemble these sounds for a while and are glad to have had the chance to finally do it." – Mamiffer, Vashon, WA, 13.xiii.2017
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TO:103 | Carl Michael von Hausswolff “Still Life - Requiem”
Vinyl LP - Limited Edition 500
Written & recorded by Carl Michael von Hausswolff
Artwork & photography by Jon Wozencroft & Carl Michael von Hausswolff
Mastered by Jason at Transition
A. Still Life - Requiem l
B. Still Life - Requiem ll
Conceptualised (2010–2013), composed and produced (2014–2017) by Carl Michael von Hausswolff in Palma (Majorca) and Stockholm. This musical piece consists only of sounds emitted and extracted from physical matter using emission spectroscopy as the sole basic technology. Acknowledgements to Linköping University (IFM), Sweden.
“Still Life - Requiem” consists of one piece with the same title and is divided up into two to fit the LP format. The piece is, as the title suggests, a requiem and it’s contents are solely composed by sounds captured from a specific physical solid state material. The composer has used a technique called ‘emission spectroscopy’ whereby the frequencies generated from the material was analysed and transferred into, for humans, a listenable pitch (between 15 and 14000Hz). This captured organic sound material has been stretched, looped, equalised and composed to produce the recording.
A requiem is a piece of music dedicated to certain sole or several restless souls that wander our worlds looking for a place to call home. A requiem radiates calm, peace and perhaps comfort for tormented spiritual beings - it’s a piece dedicated to promote and insert tranquility and transcendence.
This requiem also provides the listener with a certain feeling of connection - perhaps a connection with the unknown and with the energy field clusters and mental abilities of post-mortem life forms that would be the incorporeal essence of a living being.
Carl Michael von Hausswolff (born 1956 in Linköping, Sweden) has a long history within the communities of contemporary music and visual art. His first records was released in early 80s while the most recent saw the light just a few years ago (“Squared“ [CD - Auf Abwegen, 2015]). In recent years he has been collaborating with Leslie Winer (“1” [LP - Monotype 2016]) and Hans-Joachim Roedelius (“Nordlicht” [LP - Curious Music, 2017]).
He has also instigated and curated the collective sound-installation “freq_out” during 2003 - 2017, which includes artists such as Jana Winderen, JG Thirlwell, Finnbogi Petursson, Christine Ödlund and others.
Buy Carl Michael von Hausswolff “Still Life - Requiem” in the TouchShop
Tone 59 | Claire M Singer “Fairge”
CDEP - 1 track - 20:55
Limited edition in CD wallet
Written & performed by Claire M Singer
Mastered by Denis Blackham @ Skye
Photography & design by Jon Wozencroft
“…each piece is timeless and genuinely magical” - The Quietus
“Why have we had to wait this long for this excellent sound to be recorded and released?” - Norman Records
(Reviews of debut album Solas)
Following 16 months after Scottish artist Claire M Singer’s debut album comes the release of the beautiful and intriguing “Fairge”, meaning ‘the ocean’ or ‘the sea’ in Scottish Gaelic. “Fairge” is a single 21-minute piece for organ, cello and electronics, composed, performed and produced by Claire and is very much a companion work to the title track on her debut album “Solas” (Touch, 2016).
Recorded by Clare Gallagher at Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, 12th June 2017 on the transept organ built by Ahrend & Brunzema (1965). “Fairge” was commissioned by Oude Kerk for “Silence”, a concert series curated by Jacob Lekkerkerker.
Commissioned by Amsterdam’s oldest building and parish church Oude Kerk, “Fairge” premiered at the church in February 2017. Claire M Singer’s performance on the Ahrend and Bunzema organ, cello and electronics is truly captivating. The work very much encapsulates her signature style of expansive soundscapes full of intricate textures, rich overtones and powerful swells, emotionally resonating from beginning to end.
“Fairge” was written specifically for the Ahered and Bunzema organ and explores the precise control of wind through the pipes using mechanical stop action. This creates a lush harmonic backdrop against the harmonics and melody of the haunting cello.
“Oude Kerk were very generous in letting me have time to explore and really get to know the instrument. The work was developed over many visits sitting in the church until the very wee hours over the winter months, which was incredibly magical and inspiring. When working with mechanical stops and precisely controlling the amount of air that passes through the pipes it requires a lot of practice and exploration to learn each incremental sound the organ can make and what the quirks of the instrument can be. As every organ is unique, the piece will differ on other organs but that’s what makes writing and working with the organ so fascinating. The tuning is mean-tone temperament, which I have not worked with previously. With “Fairge” I really wanted to show how special this relatively small organ is and the beautiful pallet of sound it can produce.” [Claire M Singer, September 2017]
Claire M Singer’s performance is truly captivating, with her signature style of intricate textures, rich overtones and powerful swells, emotionally resonating throughout.
She is playing two special dates supporting the band Low at Union Chapel, London on the 14th October and at Westerkerk in Amsterdam on the 16th October.
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Guerrilla Audio is a new series of audio raids by Simon Fisher Turner.
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Each audio edit will be posted for 14 days and then removed from the site, although the information about each guerrilla activity will be archived, but without the audio. There will be two postings per month with the first (also featuring Klara Lewis & Rainier Lericolais) on 1st August 2015, so please check in regularly to listen to the latest offering.
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