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


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?

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