Joy Division documentary on BBC iPlayer
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.
Touch presents... Live in Caen | 28th February 2015
IMPRESSIONS MULTIPLES #4
ésam Caen/Cherbourg & La Fermeture Éclair
27 & 28 February 2015
Soirée de clôture, Saturday 28th February 8pm
Live at Cafe Oto | 24th February 2015
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
Touch Radio 111 | Mark Van Hoen
17.02.15 - Mark Van Hoen - Anthem for the Homeless - 21:40 - 320 kbps
"Inspired by BJ Nilsen's performance at LACE in Los Angeles last month, I decided to attempt my own composition using field recordings. The source recordings are quite crude in comparison to those made by the great Mr Nilsen; I even used only an iPhone to collect the recordings; but after a little judicious use of processing back at the studio, I am pleased with the results. On leaving LACE after the show, I noticed how many homeless were sleeping in the doorways at the back of the venue, where my car was parked. There were several droning air-conditioners, some emitting quite rhythmic sounds. It occurred to me that there are many that would hear this as music (myself included) but it's very doubtful that those sleeping in those doorways do... or perhaps some do find some comfort or music in such sounds. I assembled several of them to create this, an anthem for the homeless."
Photo by Mike Harding taken in downtown Los Angeles
Images from BJNilsen @ The Broad | 15th February 2015
Photos by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee
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.”
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
Touch Radio 110 | Pinkcourtesyphone
22.01.15 - Pinkcourtesyphone - Live at LACE - 35:40 - 320 kbps
Recorded by Myke Dodge Weiskopf at Touch presents... Live in Los Angeles, 21st January 2015. With thanks to LACE, VOLUME and especially Yann Novak.
Johann Johannsson 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...
Touch presents... | Live in Los Angeles 21st January 2015
(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.
Touch Radio 109 | Before Surgery
04.01.15 - Before Surgery - Potlatch - 16:19 - 320 kbps
Field recording of fireworks on Saint John's Night, June 23, 2014, the local pagan inheritor celebration of the Summer Solstice. Recording by Heitor Alvelos on Bruce Geduldig and Bernadette Martou's balcony, Porto, Portugal. The vantage point, overlooking the tail end of the Douro river from a considerable height, allows the acoustic experience to become as impressive as the visual: the sound of the fireworks travels back and forth through the valley in considerable detail.
Recent trends in mass entertainment have dictated the expectation for further ingredients of sensory input, i.e. the "pure" experience of the explosives shall not be enough. Cue the arrival of pop anthems as an added sound layer that, as far as acoustics go, can only be experienced as a distraction. This is the main reason for the dramatic pitch shift in the present recording: the sound fabric is brought down to the point where pop pap no longer hurts. In the meantime, a different landscape emerges, austere and foreboding.
Edited by Heitor Alvelos in Suçães, August 2014: the recording has been left unaltered save for a pitch shift of -77%.
Mastered by Anselmo Canha in Porto, September 2014.
Assisted at various times by José Maria Lopes, Teresa Serôdio, José Canha, Antifluffy.
Touch Radio 108 | BJNilsen
31.12.14 - BJNilsen - NYE Berlin-Schöneberg 31.12.2014 - 38:26 - 320 kbps
We are pleased to offer many new and exclusive downloads available for the first time on Bandcamp. Included in this download collection are digital versions of physical releases which have sold out, live tracks never before available and other goodies. This set contains exclusive recordings from Spire live events with Marcus Davidson, Fennesz, Hildur Gudnadottir, Philip Jeck, Charles Matthews, BJNilsen, Jana Winderen and the BJNilsen and tenor John Beaumont collaboration, Black Death.
Sold out albums include Oren Ambarchi’s Insulation, Suspension and Grapes from the Estate, and Fennesz’s Field Recordings 1995:2002… and some surprises in there too… others will be added in due course!
There is a nice price introductory offer until 2015…
Oren Ambarchi - orenambarchi.bandcamp.com
Fennesz - fennesz2.bandcamp.com
(Fennesz also has his own page with "Mahler Remixed"
Hildur Gudnadottir - hildurgudnadottir.bandcamp.com
Philip Jeck - philipjeck.bandcamp.com
Life Everlasting, Amen - lifeeverlastingamen.bandcamp.com
BJNilsen - bennynilsen.bandcamp.com
Sohrab - sohrab.bandcamp.com
Spire - theeternalchord.bandcamp.com
Jana Winderen - janawinderen.bandcamp.com
Highlights in this collection include exclusive tracks which have never been made available before:
Fennesz - “Mahler Remixed”
Hildur Gudnadottir live in Berlin (Spire)
Philip Jeck live in London (Spire)
BJNilsen live and compilation tracks
Sohrab - Aamookhtan Baraye Zistan
Burkhard Stangl live in Mautern (Spire)
Jana Winderen live in Berlin (Spire)
In the coming months we will be adding to this archive, so it is recommended that you check back regularly…
Touch Radio 107 | Audialsense
1.12.14 - Audialsense - Industrial Revolutions - 19:02 - 320 kbps
In May 2014, we were lucky enough to have direct access to the great machines of the industrial revolution on display in London’s Science Museum; the Mill Engine, by the Burnley Ironworks company, 1903, the Difference Engine No2, by Charles Babbage 1849.
Sound has been integral in the relationship of the machines and their operators; used as a primary diagnostic tool, the ‘sound’ of various operating components reveal the machines state of well being. Operators listened to the ‘song’ of their engines, gaining insight in to particular problems, and clues to required maintenance.
Using accelerometers fixed to the steelwork of the engines, we could extract this world of sound; escaping steam, muscular pistons, popping and crackling valves … rhythmic and stuttering, sensitive and forthright… the ‘man made’ qualities of the engineering being exposed in the recordings.
Track 01. Mill Engine: A series of recordings of various parts of the engine.
Track 02. Difference Engine: A complete recording of a calculation cycle, this one being the polynomial equation;
Y= 41+ 4X + 7X2 + X3 + 5X4 + 9X5 + 2X6 + 8X7
All recordings are exclusive.
Audialsense would like to thank Aleksander Kolkowski and the conservators of the Science Museum.
Photography: Asako Bavister
Ash 11.1 | Johann Johannsson & BJNilsen "I Am Here"
We are delighted to announce the forthcoming release of “I Am Here” by Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJNilsen on limited edition vinyl. This release is now in production and we are expecting finished copies before the end of November 2014.
Based on the original score for the film “I Am Here” (due to be released in 2015), written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler, starring Kim Basinger, Jordan Prentice and Sebastian Schipper. All music written and produced by Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen.
This is the first collaboration between Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen… very much a mix between their two worlds (you can hear both their signatures) and with the help of additional musicians, including Hildur Guðnadóttir on cello and the remarkable voices of Elfa Margrét Ingvadóttir and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson, they together create a world of great beauty and mystery.