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

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

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
dB FILMS 2: FENNESZ+WOZENCROFT “LIQUID MUSIC”
Broadway Performance Hall : 1625 Broadway Ave
Doors: 5:30pm. Screening starts at 6:00pm.
Admission price: $10 or FREE with 2012 Decibel Pass
All-Ages
Friday, September 28
OPTICAL 3: TOUCH.30
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
All-Ages
www.dbfestival.com
30.touch33.net
www.biosphere.no
www.irisarri.org