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):
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]
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