Golem | Michal Jacaszek 30th September 2014

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





Tone 51D | Thomas Koner & Jana Winderen "Cloitre"

WAV Download - 1 track - 44:37

Mastered by Thomas Köner
Photography by Jon Wozencroft
Text by Denis Boyer

Track listing:
1. Cloître

Recorded live from the cloisters at Evreux Cathedral, Normandy, France by Franck Dubois, 14th June 2014, as part of L'Ateliers


Buy Thomas Koner & Jana Winderen "Cloitre" [WAV Download] in the TouchShop
www.thomaskoner.com
www.janawinderen.com





TO:27D | Chris Watson "Stepping into the Dark"

12 Tracks - 59:43 - Download
PDF Booklet + text file inc. liner notes and images

Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye

The tracks are the atmospheres of "special places", recorded with the use of camouflaged microphones.

"In recent years I have noticed that some of the locations I visited as a sound recordist displayed remarkable and particular characteristics. These may be sparkling acoustics, a special timbre, sometimes rhythmic, percussive or transient animal sounds. Without a doubt, playing a recording made at one of these sites can recreate a detailed memory of the original event. Also, as others have described, there is an intangible sense of being in a special place — somewhere that has a spirit — a place that has an ‘atmosphere’. These recordings avoid background noise, human disturbance and editing. They are made using sensitive microphones camouflaged and fixed in position usually well in advance of any recording or animal behaviour. The mics. are then cabled back on very long leads to a hide or concealed recording point, the aim being to capture the actual sound within each particular location without external influence. Sites are discovered by researching local natural or social history, by interpreting features on a map or through anecdote and conversation with people about their feelings for or against particular places. The author and researcher Tom Lethbridge identified the sources of several spirits within the topography of the area. I suspect that this also includes flora and fauna, local time of day, the weather and the season. The following recordings are the atmospheres of special places." (Chris Watson)

Buy Chris Watson "Stepping into the Dark" [Download] in the TouchShop
www.chriswatson.net





Touch Radio 104 | Rodolphe Alexis

1.09.14 - Rodolphe Alexis - Dusk, night, day, dawn - 28:03 - 320 kbps

In Spring 2009, I find myself by chance just a few hours by boat from Japan’s last frontier, the island of Iriomote, but I had no way to get there. Not enough time. Total frustration. The southern most island of Japan is 90% covered with rainforest and mangrove and home to many local species including not only insects, frogs and birds, but also Ryukyu flying foxes and the famous cat-leopard called Yamaneko, which was only discovered in 1965.

I make a promise to myself to return, even for short time, but with my recording equipment.

Finally this year it was possible. I went back this Summer with the help of the Tropical Biosphere Research Center University of the Ryukyus and the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris, I spent a week on the island recording with a four channel microphone setup. Sadly I didn’t have the chance to see the neko this time…

Unmastered field recording featuring amongst others: Elegant scops owl, Ryukyu flying fox, Yaeyama harpist frog, Ryukyu ruddy kingfisher, cicadas, Ryukyu green pigeon, Ryukyu crow, white breasted waterhen…

Subscribe to the TouchPod podcast of TouchRadio via the iTunes Music Store
Play "Dusk, night, day, dawn"
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TO:96V | Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman"

LP - 11 tracks - 39:06

Cut by Jason at Transition
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:

Side A

1. Strokur
2. Frá
3. Birting
4. Heyr Himnasmiður
5. Bær

Side B

6. Heima
7. Í hring
8. Rennur upp
9. Til baka
10. Líður
11. Þoka

"...a spirit both somber and generous" (New York Times)

"Wistful melodies and ominous passages abound, beauty and darkness drawn perfectly in equal measure. This is not just music to be listened to - this is to be taken in and felt." (Bleep)

This album is about resonance: on "Saman", which means "Together", Hildur melts her voice with her cello, connecting the two instruments together. The result is a highly involving and moving album, recorded, mixed and mastered in Berlin. Hildur’s sylph-like vocals contrast beautifully with rich cello tones, resolving the tension between light and dark to produce a unique listening experience.

Renowned bassist Skúli Sverrisson guests on “Heima”.

This is Hildur’s 4th album for Touch, after “Without Sinking”, “Mount A” and "Leyfðu Ljósinu”.

All tracks composed, performed and recorded by Hildur Guðnadóttir in Berlin, except Heyr Himnasmiður (track 4), composed by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson, lyrics by Kolbeinn Tumason.
Track 6, bass by Skúli Sverrisson
Tracks 1, 4 and 6 recorded by Francesco Donadello
All tracks mixed by Francesco Donadello and Hildur Guðnadóttir at Vox-Ton Studio, Berlin.


Buy Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman" [LP] in the TouchShop
www.hildurness.com





Tone 45.7 | Achim Mohne "Accelerated Standstill"

Vinyl LP + Download - 3 tracks - 39:06

Cut by Jason at Transition

Track listing:

Vinyl:
1. L'Inertie Polaire
2. Rasender Stillstand

Download:
3. Accelerated Standstill

This release is dedicated to Paul Virilio

An assembling for locked grooves. Collected and performed since 1997, recorded live in 2013 as part of “Touch presents…” at Café Oto, London; Ausland, Berlin; the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, and the Centre for Arts and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe. This record can be played at all speeds, but the recommended speed is 33 rpm.

Accelerated Standstill is an assembling of locked grooves found on customary vinyl records. The records have been collected and performed live between 1997 and 2013. Locked grooves normally functioning as a ‘barrier’, avoiding the needle coming into contact with the label at the centre of the record. All grooves sound different, depending on how dust has effected and transformed the soft surface of the vinyl.

By using a triple vinyl deck set-up this (analytic auditory observations of) ending grooves are mixed live thus composing a “music that lies hidden in the medium itself". The tiny dust particles inside the vinyl groove convert into a ‘sound sculpture’ - an important syntactical parameter (of the apparatus) is formed by the turntables themselves. The speed of their rotation is not limited to 33 or 45 rpm, but expanded between 1 and 150 rounds per minute thus determining the loops and the rhythm.

Achim Mohné started working with record players, cassette recorders and other sound-media-apparatus in the mid 1990s. He experiments with the space and time intervals of sound-media and is especially interested in the "music that lies hidden in the medium itself". His method is to subject the support material to a forensic autopsy. His most recent project analyses the transfer data of a Wi-Fi router called Fritz Box/Fritz Kiste (cf TouchRadio). His further work features sound tracks for film and theatre performances (with Yoshie Shibahara) as well as collaboration with classical musicians (such as violinist Ayumi Paul).


Buy Achim Mohné "Accelerated Standstill" [LP + Download] in the TouchShop
www.achimmohne.de





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...





TO:96 | Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman"

CD - 12 tracks - 39:06

Mastered By Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:
1. Strokur
2. Frá
3. Birting
4. Heyr Himnasmiður
5. Bær
6. Heima
7. Í hring
8. Rennur upp
9. Til baka
10. Líður
11. Torrek
12. Þoka

This album is about resonance: on "Saman", which means "Together", Hildur melts her voice with her cello, connecting the two instruments together. The result is a highly involving and moving album, recorded, mixed and mastered in Berlin. Hildur’s sylph-like vocals contrast beautifully with rich cello tones, resolving the tension between light and dark to produce a unique listening experience.

Renowned bassist Skúli Sverrisson guests on “Heima”.

This is Hildur’s 4th album for Touch, after “Without Sinking”, “Mount A” and "Leyfðu Ljósinu”.

All tracks composed, performed and recorded by Hildur Guðnadóttir in Berlin, except Heyr Himnasmiður (track 4), composed by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson, lyrics by Kolbeinn Tumason.
Track 6, bass by Skúli Sverrisson
Tracks 1, 4 and 6 recorded by Francesco Donadello
All tracks mixed by Francesco Donadello and Hildur Guðnadóttir at Vox-Ton Studio, Berlin.


Buy Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman" [CD] in the TouchShop
www.hildurness.com





TO:94 | Jacaszek & Kwartludium "Catalogue des Arbres"

CD - 8 tracks - 46:06

We are now taking advanced orders for this new release - shipping will commence the week beginning 23rd June 2014. If you pre-order the album, you can download the a zipped MP3 (320 kpbs) version when you place your order…

Mastered By Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:
1. Sigh (Les peupliers)
2. Green hour
3. A book of lake (Roselière)
4. Garden (Les sureaux)
5. From a seashell
6. Circling (Le pré)
7. Anthem (La forêt)
8. Kingdom (Les chênes, les bouleaux)

For the past decade or so, Polish musician Michał Jacaszek has been exploring a new, resolutely modern chapter in Eastern Europe’s long, storied love affair with classical music. His creations are painstakingly crafted collages of electronic textures and baroque instrumentation, harpsichords being swarmed by woolly static one minute and pulled apart by billowing wind the next. A push-and-pull tension runs deep and constant throughout. Ambient music is rarely so sonically challenging. Jacaszek has recorded for Ghostly International, Miasmah, Gusstaff Records and Experimedia and other labels. This is his first release for Touch.

Michał Jacaszek writes:

"When poets and writers declare their enchantment for the forms of nature, they often use musical terms as methaphors. Visual artists' creations often resemble graphic partitas, when recapturing the rhythms of landscapes.Confirming, in a way, these musical intuitions, composers write great music deeply inspired by birdsongs, wind rustlings, waves repetitions etc.


Buy Jacaszek & Kwartludium "Catalogue des Arbres" [CD] in the TouchShop
www.jacaszek.com





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.





Touch Radio 103 | ame

21.05.14 - Fritz Kiste - 44:22 - 320 kbps

Since technical evolution tends to unfold rapidly, human beings have not been able to evolve a (forewarning) sense of new forms of technology (for instance to detect radioactivity). Electronic emissions are also not sensually detectable. No one knows exactly how the technology of “wireless transmitting devices” affects humans. Radio, television, radiotelephones, mobile phones, GPS, computers, bluetooth and WiFi routers flood every place on earth with countless electronic waves.

“Recordings” of a standard WiFi router serve as the basis for the “Fritz Kiste”. Actually one can’t really speak of (audio) recordings since the electronic waves of the WiFi are soundless. Their energy triggers the sensitive microphones, since these have been placed directly at the remote transmitting antenna. The recording - made with a D-40 Tascam, equipped with one microphone for each antenna - tapes the different transmission signals on the right or on the left channel as a “stereo signal”.

The WiFi router transmits at 3.4 MHz and so generates 3.4 billion cycles per second. The actual reception of the signals - eg. recorded during the transmission of an email with an image attachment - are only a few seconds long, but are prolonged through ever deeper analysis. The fragmentation was achieved via different processes, digital and analog, and via 'deceleration'. Thus fragments of a second were distended to minutes in length. In this way the router's timing-in-seconds, much too fast for human perception, becomes open to scrutiny.

The results are partly 'technoid' by which sounds are very much dependent on the timing. Sounds emerge at a high transmission activity; send-pauses sound more 'ambient'...


Subscribe to the TouchPod podcast of TouchRadio via the iTunes Music Store
Play "Fritz Kiste"
www.touchradio.org.uk





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.’





TO:93 | Thomas Ankersmit "Figueroa Terrace"

Thomas Ankersmit’s new album is released today – order in the TouchShop. When you buy in the TouchShop, you will receive two exclusive tracks by Thomas Ankersmit which will not appear on the album.

Tokafi celebrate the albums’ launch with a substantial interview with Thomas.


CD - 1 track - 36:49

Mastered By Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:

1. Figueroa Terrace

Thomas Ankersmit is a musician and installation artist based in Berlin. Since 2006 his main instrument, both live and in the studio, has been the Serge analogue modular synthesizer.

Acoustic phenomena such as sound reflections, infrasonic vibration, otoacoustic emissions, and highly directional projections of sound have been an important part of his work since the early 2000’s.

In the winter of 2011-2012 Ankersmit was invited by the CalArts electronic music studios, Los Angeles, where the Serge was originally developed in the early 1970s, to record new music with their heavily customized and recently restored "Black Serge" system.

In addition to conventional analog synthesis techniques (FM, AM, ring modulation, filtering, enveloping and panning under voltage control), Ankersmit used various kinds of waveshaping, distortion and feedback (both internally as well as via a microphone and speaker setup in the studio); oscillator-generated frequencies at the upper and lower limits of auditory perception; a patch matrix to control quick transitions; a homemade circuit-bending type interface to create momentary interruptions to the signal flow, and the scraping of a contact microphone. Aside from recording, editing, and a few instances of reverb no digital technology was used.

The music is finely tuned and highly detailed, yet also visceral and raw. Marked by sharp perceptual contrasts, the piece shifts between dense formations of electric noise, to fields of micro-events moving with an intuitive logic, and feedback-drones of overwhelming intensity. The sounds have a real-world physicality, bringing to mind swarms of locusts, distant storms and creaking machinery rather than "synthesizer music".

The piece was premiered in North America at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles and in Europe at Berghain, Berlin, for the MaerzMusik Festival.

The music is originally quadraphonic and mixed to stereo for this release. Figueroa Terrace is Ankersmit's first full-length solo studio release.

Thomas Ankersmit: Serge analogue modular synthesizers, contact mic. Recorded at CalArts, Valencia and in Los Angeles, December 2011-February 2012. Thanks to Kye Potter, Kevin Drumm, Valerio Tricoli, Darrel Johansen, Kevin Fortune, and everyone at CalArts.

Buy Thomas Ankersmit "Figueroa Terrace" [CD] in the TouchShop
www.thomasankersmit.com





Anna von Hausswolff - Kallan (Prototype) Locked Groove

We are compiling a database of recordings of the locked groove of the LP Anna von Hausswolff "Källan (Prototype)" at the end of side a of this release, whereby you can upload your recording and listen to all the submissions. Instructions for when you receive your copy…:

Please record 60 seconds (no more) of the locked groove at the end of side a whilst it is playing on your record player. Name the file with your name like this – YourName.mp3 and upload via ftp here:

ftp address: touch33.net
username: f13f43
password: Dudx0iHH

…and email Touch with your record player information like this:
"recorded on an iPhone 5 from a test pressing played on a Vestax BDT-2500 belt driven turntable"

Thank you! Please note there are no rights to these recordings and anyone can gain access to them by logging in and downloading, so if you don't want anyone to have them, don't upload them!

Anna von Hausswolff locked groove recordings:

Click here to listen to the uploads.







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