Touch presents… Live in Los Angeles | 21st June 2015

Doors at 5:30PM, Show at 6:00PM, $5
Elephant
3325 Division St.
Los Angeles, CA 90065
OFFING
Yann Novak
Touch [live mix]
Playlist:
in a constant state of rebellion
AER – mach .853
venoz tks – The Longest Day
Fennesz – “Tom”
Chris Watson“El Divisadero – The Telegraph”
daredevil
Philip Jeck – soundcheck
Claire M Singer -Solas
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Yann Novak is a sound and visual artist living and working in Los Angeles. Through the use of sound, light and space, he explores how these intangible materials can act as catalysts to focus our awareness on the present moment and alter our perception of time. Novak’s work, whether conceptual or rooted in phenomenon, are informed by his investigations of presence, stillness and mindfulness. His works can be experienced as architectural interventions, sound diffusions, audiovisual installations and performances, durational performances, concerts and recorded sound-works.
OFFING is the moniker for sound explorations by Oakland California based artist Chris Duncan. After a decade of functioning primarily as a visual artist, recent years have found Duncan applying learned behaviors in image making to sound works. The open ended, often improvised, compositions are a sonic equivalent to his paintings- slowly built atmospheres that are the accumulation of simple gestures, looped and layered to the point of transcendence, responding to light, shadow and the ocean.
Mike Harding has been running the audio-visual label Touch for 30+ years and in this period has acquired much experience and information on disseminating cultural sounds to a wider audience. 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 company of its time.

Touch live at Donau Festival, Krems | 2nd May 2015

Saturday May 2nd at Krems, Austria
Touch presents…

Jana Winderen
Thomas Ankersmit
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay
and Edwin Pouncey (Savage Pencil) in conversation with Mike Harding

www.donaufestival.at/festival/programm#selector_date=alldays&selector_genre=allgenres

FOLIO 001 | Josephine Michel & Mika Vainio “Halfway to White”

With a new imprint, TOUCHFOLIO, Touch introduces a new series of bespoke hardback book and CD publications, produced to the highest specifications and continuing 33 years’ experience of audiovisual publishing.
www.touch33.net/touchfolio

Released on 4th may 2015 and now available for pre-order.

60pp hardback book + 60 min CD
Bound in a grey linen cover, printed on heavy hi-white paper
There are no digital versions or copies of this release in any format
Release date: 4th May 2015

Track listing:

1. Fade from Black
2. Missing a Border
3. Notes on the Exposures
4. Line of a Curve
5. White Out – you can listen to an extract here

Here you can read the full interview with Joséphine Michel with The Photographers Gallery and also an essay in Photomonitor and for readers in french, in fisheye
Pre-order Joséphine Michel & Mika Vainio “Halfway to White” [Book and CD] in the TouchShop

www.touch33.net/touchfolio

The Lake presents… | Jazzhouse, Copenhagen

MIKA VAINIO, HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR & THOMAS ANKERSMIT – presented in collaboration with CPH:PIX

You can find out more here

Sammen med The Lake og CPH PIX præsenterer Jazzhouse label night for det engelske label Touch, der siden 80’erne har været et af de vigtigste for eksperimenterende musik og lydkunst. Oplev Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic m.fl.), Hildur Guðnadóttir og Thomas Ankersmit.

TO:99 | Biosphere Deathprod “Stator”

CD – 7 tracks

Release date: 30th March 2015
Artwork and photography is by Jon Wozencroft. The CD was mastered by Helge Sten [Deathprod].

stator (ˈsteɪtə) n
1. (Electrical Engineering) The stationary part of a rotary machine or device, esp of a motor or generator
2. (Aeronautics) A system of nonrotating radially arranged parts within a rotating assembly, esp the fixed blades of an axial flow compressor in a gas turbine
[C20: from Latin: one who stands (by), from stāre to stand]

Track listing:

1. Muses-C (Biosphere)
2. Shimmer/Flicker (Deathprod)
3. Baud (Biosphere)
4. Polychromatic (Deathprod)
5. Disc (Deathprod)
6. Space is Fizzy (Biosphere)
7. Optical (Deathprod)

Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen, a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music.
He is well known for his “ambient techno” and “arctic ambient” styles, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources.

His track “Novelty Waves” was used for the 1995 campaign of Levi’s. His 1997 album Substrata is generally seen as one of the all time classic ambient albums [1].
Biosphere regularly performs live during electronic music festivals and in clubs throughout Europe and various other locales around the world. Live performances usually consist of Jenssen performing improvisations or variations on newer tracks on a laptop while video art is projected behind him; for example, full-screen video art was projected in his Picturehouse cinema tour in April 2006. Although these performances are rarely tied specifically to a recent album release, the uptempo material from the Bleep and Microgravity/Patashnik era is rarely featured in Biosphere performances.
He has been working with Touch since 1999…

Deathprod is a musical pseudonym used by Norwegian artist Helge Sten. Sten began creating music under this name starting in 1991, culminating with a box set of most of his recorded work being released in 2004. Simply titled Deathprod, the collection contains three albums along with a bonus disc of previously unreleased, rare, and deleted tracks.
On recordings, Sten is usually credited with “Audio Virus”, a catchall term for “homemade electronics, old tape echo machines, ring modulators, filters, theremins, samplers and lots of electronic stuff.”[1]

Sten also did the mixing of the album “PB” by the Norwegian artist Per Bergersen.
Sten is a member of Supersilent and works as a producer on many releases on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. He has also produced Motorpsycho and has worked with Biosphere on an Arne Nordheim tribute album called Nordheim Transformed.
Mastered by Helge Sten at Audio Virus LAB. This work was commissioned by Tape To Zero. Thanks to Kjetil Husebø.

Buy Biosphere Deathprod “Stator” [CD and mp3 download] in the TouchShop
www.biosphere.no

Touch is 33 today

Today, 11th March, is the official 33rd anniversary of the founding of Touch in 1982…

First contact with New Order after their concert at the Newcastle Mayfair on 11th March 1982…

You can follow our progress year by year here…

Joy Division documentary on BBC iPlayer

Written by Jon Savage and directed by Grant Gee, the 2007 Joy Division documentary is now available to watch on the BBC iPlayer (UK only).

The 2007 documentary features commentary by Touch’s Jon Wozencroft alongside band members Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris, Anthony H. Wilson, Paul Morley, Annik Honoré, Peter Saville, and more.

Watch “Joy Division” on the BBC iPlayer
Further reading…

Touch presents… Live in Caen | 28th February 2015

IMPRESSIONS MULTIPLES #4
ésam Caen/Cherbourg & La Fermeture Éclair
27 & 28 February 2015

Touch presents…
Philip Jeck
Jana Winderen

Soirée de clôture, Saturday 28th February 8pm
www.esam-c2.fr/~im

Live at Cafe Oto | 24th February 2015

Jacaszek & Kwartludium perform “Catalogue Des Arbres”
Hildur Guðnadóttir

Enthralling double-bill featuring electronic musician Michał Jacaszek in collaboration with Polish ensemble, Kwartludium, plus a solo set from Icelandic cellist and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir.

Jacaszek’s collaboration with Kwartludium evokes the sounds of trees and feel of the forest; and in doing so they use a whole host of classical and modern techniques. In keeping with a lot of modern classical there is a direct link with the past masters, and here the link to Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux can’t be a coincidence.

“… and the trees, like earth’s wistful sighs to the sky” – K. Janiszewska

Jacaszek and Kwartludium’s album “Catalogue des Abres” and Hildur Gudnadottir’s “Saman” were both released summer 2014

www.cafeoto.co.uk

Images from BJNilsen @ The Broad | 15th February 2015

Photos by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee

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BJNilsen interview for KCRW

BJNilsen interviewed by KCRW’s Madeleine Brand, ahead of tomorrow’s premiere in Los Angeles of his sound installation for The Broad Museum

“L.A.’s newest art museum won’t open for another seven months, but visitors can get a sneak peek this weekend. The Broad Museum – located downtown, next to Walt Disney Concert Hall – is opening one floor of its new building on Sunday. We hear from the museum’s leader, and one of the artists whose work will be showcased this weekend.”

Click here to listen on kcrw.com
and Yann Novak is featured on Fluid Radio

BJNilsen at The Broad Museum, Los Angeles | 15th February 2015

Sky-lit: Volume, Light and Sound at the Broad
BJNilsen & Yann Novak
Sunday, 15th February | 3–10 pm
General Admission Tickets: $10

The Broad is a new contemporary art museum being built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, opening 20th September 2015.

With construction of the building nearing completion, The Broad is offering the public an unprecedented glimpse into the unfinished museum on Sunday 15th February, when two temporary art installations will activate the expansive third-floor gallery designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. For one day only, visitors will be able to see The Broad’s vast, column-free third-floor gallery in its raw state, before the art walls are put in place for the museum’s opening.

“DTLA” is an audio installation by Swedish omposer and sound artist BJ Nilsen, who recorded sounds in more than a dozen locations to create what’s described as “an abstract audio landscape of downtown Los Angeles.”

After dark, “Stillness,” a work in sound and light by Los Angeles artist Yann Novak, will aim to immerse museum-goers in an “environment for reflection” about “the effect of climate and light on their physical and emotional states.”

Curated by Ed Patuto

Reservations: thebroad.org/skylit
www.bjnilsen.com
www.yannnovak.com

The New York Times
LA Times and sneak preview
KCRW (preview)
KCRW (blog)
Cultural Weekly

Jóhann Jóhannsson wins Golden Globe

Many congrats to Jóhann Jóhannsson for his Golden Globe Award for the soundtrack to The Theory of Everything… Apart from releasing the two albums Englabörn and Virthulegu Forsetar, it was Jóhann who recommended Hildur Guðnadóttir to Touch, so there is a strong affinity…

Jóhann’s soundtrack with BJNilsen for the film I Am Here is just out on vinyl (with free download)

Touch presents… | Live in Los Angeles 21st January 2015

Hazard
Mark Van Hoen
Pinkcourtesyphone
(presented by Mike Harding)

LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
January 21, 2015, 8:00PM, $10 advanced, $15 at the door
VOLUME is please to present an evening of performances by Touch-related artists curated by Mike Harding.

You can buy tickets here

Golem | Michal Jacaszek 30th September 2014

Trailer

30th September 2014 at The Silent Movie Theatre
611 N. Fairfax, LA, CA 90036

Tickets

The Golem (with live score by Jacaszek, a polish sound artist who works with us at Touch – we released an album by him in June 2014)
about The Golem

Profile in Tokafi | 17th September 2014

“By maintaining challenging relationships with their artists, touch have remained inspiring for more than 30 years….”

Tobias Fischer interviewed Mike Harding & Jon Wozencroft for Dutch magazine, Tokafi

You can read the full article here: www.tokafi.com

Touch App for iPhones and iPads & Android phones [TAP 1]

***New version (1.2) submitted to Apple has been approved…***

Version 1.2 is now available from iTunes

Owing to an issue with some changes in Flickr’s API, the photo section of our app has been disrupted and is currently not available.

We are working to resolve this issue and will make an announcement about an update as soon as we can. In the meantime, please bear with us…

Lecture & Conference | Evreux, France 14th June 2014

SATURDAY, JUNE 14th | 17h | Media Center of Evreux
Denis BOYER (Feardrop) | Mike HARDING (Touch) | Thierry WEYD (Ésam Caen-Cherbourg)
Collaboration |’Atelier(s) | Media Center | Ésam Caen-Cherbourg | Feardrop
Free entrance
Media Center, Square Georges Brassens, 27000 Évreux – France

www.lateliers.fr/lectureconf_e.html

Before Jana Winderen and Thomas Köner concert the same day at the Museum of Art History & Archeology cloister, a lecture will be provide by Denis Boyer, director of sound review Feardrop, on its texts on the Ice musical Imagination (L’imaginaire musical des glaces) and Thomas Köner. You can find information on the concert here.

Presentation of Touch with the presence of its director Mike Harding (who publishes among other works, Jana Winderen and Thomas Köner), and Thierry Weyd (teacher and editor) in the matter of Jana Winderen residency at the Laboratory of Art and Water initiated by Esam Caen-Cherbourg (Art Academy).

Franck Dubois, director of |’Atelier(s) and Frédéric Cosset, president of |’Atelier(s) will question Denis Boyer, Mike Harding and Thierry Weyd.

Denis Blackham | Skye Mastering

From Denis Blackham’s twitter feed:

‘After 45 years of mastering music, I’ve decided the time has come to hang up my ears and retire. So as of today,… fb.me/6wlimrrBm…’

Mike Harding replied:
‘a HUGE thank you for all your amazing work over the years. How long did we collaborate? #skyemastering skyemastering.com @skyemastering’

Denis responded:
‘Thank you! It’s been a total pleasure mastering for Touch since 1988, with the 7″ Touch Ritual: Cut Up, which Denis cut onto vinyl when he worked at Tape One.’

Today is 32 Today

Today, 11th March, is the official 32nd anniversary of the founding of Touch in 1982…

First contact with New Order after their concert at the Newcastle Mayfair on 11th March 1982…

You can follow our progress year by year here…