New Touch Postcard
"Give me somewhere to stand and I will move the earth" ARCHIMEDES
Design & photography: Jon Wozencroft
This postcard, on 400 gsm heavyweight card and printed in Bulgaria by Iasen Georgiev,
ships free with all orders in the TouchShop
This is the 3rd in the series:
Touch presents... Live at Cafe Oto | 31st January 2016
Café Oto Sunday 31st January 2016
featuring LA-based artist Mark Van Hoen, an interview with Tony Myatt by Jon Wozencroft, plus sound ecologist and Slowdive drummer, Simon Scott, following on from new album, Insomni.
angels i:8 | Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles 5th February 2016
A 4 hour octophonic sound projection with multi-channel audio works from the roster of Touch sound artists, including Chris Watson, Jana Winderen, Bethan Parkes, Hildur Gudnadottir, The Eternal Chord, Philip Jeck, Simon Scott, BNilsen & drøne
11:30pm-3am - Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Grand Ave, Los Angeles
Tone 52V | Fennesz "Mahler Remix"
Double Vinyl + Download - 4 tracks
Photography and artwork by Jon Wozencroft
Cut by Jason at Transition
1. Mahler Remix 1
2. Mahler Remix 2
3. Mahler Remix 3
4. Mahler Remix 4
‘Mahler Remix’ was recorded live at Radiokulturhaus, Vienna by Christoph Amann, in May 2011. This recording is mostly based on samples taken from Gustav Mahler’s symphonies. The performance also includes an early version of ‘liminality’ from the ‘bécs’ album, released in 2014 on Editions Mego. ‘Mahler Remixed’ was a commissioned work performed together with the visual artist Lillevan.
Ash 11.2 | Ande Somby "Yoiking With The Winged Ones"
Vinyl LP + Download + bonus track, “Čuoika”. All downloads are 24 bit recordings by Chris Watson.
Design by Philip Marshall
Photography by A K Dolven
Cut by Jason at Transition
A1. Gufihttar (underworld fairie)
A2. Gadni (spirit of the mountain)
A3. Neahkkameahttun (from the other side)
Yoiking is the ancient chanting practise of the Sámi People - the indigenous peoples on the top of Europe. Yoiking originates from time immemorial - legend tells that it was the faires and elves of the arctic lands that gave yoiks to the Sámi People. Yoiking was an important element of the religious rituals in pre-christian times and has survived both christianity, imperialism and the fact that Sámi areas were confiscated by the states of the north; Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia.
Ánde Somby is deeply rooted into the yoik tradition. He comes from the eastern part of the north Sámi areas and in the tundra tradition of the reindeer herders and from the valley tradition of arctic farmers. His yoiking is both quite technical as well as melodic - Somby is at the same time an innovative yoiker. All the three pieces on side A are his compositions. His signature as a yoiker is an expressive style performed on the borders of the human voice.
The title of the work refers to the fact that the migratory birds that have made it to the arctic for their breeding season are an important part of the record. With the assistance of a local crow they break the arctic silence by singing and calling. The title also makes a more subtle reference to the sound flying from the echoing mountains.
The project itself has three inspirations; the yoiks were given to the humans from the fairies and elves. This gives an emphasis on that yoiks are of the earth. The second inspiration is that there is a war against fairies and elves going on; in Norway that war was waged by the national poet Henrik Wergeland in the song Nisser og Dverge and has continued with stripping the earth of its soul and giving free license to aggressive exploitation. The emphasis is asking the fairies and elves if they still are doing good. The third inspiration is the European myth about Narcissus and Echo; Echo does not find her love as Narcissus rejects her, but she is given an eternal voice. Yoik and Echo meet in this work as echo yoiks along together with the underground energies.
The recordings are made by Chris Watson, the world famous sound artist and leading field recorder. The recordings took place in Kvalnes, Lofoten mid June in 2014 in a moment while the arctic winds had a little rest. Chris Watson has also done the post production. A K Dolven took the photos for the project and has been instrumental in developing the concept. Thanks also to Tony Myatt.
14.01.16 | The Landscape & Perception Project at RCA
On 14th January, 5pm, at the Royal College of Art’s Lecture Theatre 1, Jon Wozencroft and Paul Devereux present a Work in Progress show of their Landscape & Perception Project.
“Thinking of our senses as time machines. Two audio–visual presentations followed by Q&A and discussion. The first will introduce the idea of sensory archaeology and Archaeoacoustics, the study of sound at ancient sites, to provide the background for the second, which will overview the RCA’s ‘Landscape & Perception’ project.”
Touch Mentorship Programme | 2016
We are delighted to welcome two new participants in the mentorship programme:
Philip Jeck in The Guardian's Best Experimental Music of 2015 List
The Guardian open their Best Experimental Music of 2015 list with Philip Jeck’s “Cardinal” album. They write: “The electronic composer Philip Jeck returned with his first release in five years. His gothic and spacious Cardinal felt like a weighty career summation. Compacted tonalities bleed into each other – “a sleepy walk threading through familiar streets,” says Jeck – as vinyl sources and treated instrumental sounds drift through chimerical drones.”
Spire Live at The Unitarian Church, Cambridge | Friday 26th February 2016
5 Emmanuel Road
This concert will be recorded and a donation towards entry guarantees you a free copy of the recording which will be made there [wav file].
BBC Radio 3 | Northern Lights: Tromso
Biosphere and Ánde Somby – whose album “Yoiking With The Winged Ones” will be released on vinyl and download by Ash International in January 2016 – are both featured in BBC Radio 3’s “Northern Lights: Tromso” programme.
As part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season, Petroc Trelawny explores musical responses to the dark northern winters in Tromso, the Norwegian “capital of the Arctic”.
Petroc explores the region's rich folk music heritage, with its traditions from northern Norway and from the Sami people, known for their yoik style of singing. He visits the folk music collection at the Tromsø Museum with curator Ola Graff, meets with Sami singers Ande Somby and Berit Alette Mienna, and sees children at one of the city’s primary schools continuing the yoiking tradition.
Tromsø is also well known for its cutting-edge electronic music scene. One of the genre's pioneers is Geir Jenssen, aka Biosphere, who uses the Arctic landscape both as inspiration for his electronic music, and literally, with field recordings including the sound of frozen lakes. He takes Petroc on a journey of sonic discovery around the fjords, tunnels and snow-capped peaks near his home on the island of Senja.
The North Norwegian Opera and Symphony Orchestra, and amateur choir Arctic Voices are also featured in this 45 minute broadcast and downloadable podcast.
Spire 6 | The Eternal Chord "Orga"
Download - 1 track - 23:49
Recorded by Achim Mohné
Photography by Mike Harding
With thanks to Georg Dietzler
Performed by Claire M Singer & Mike Harding at Sankt-Peter, Köln 6th November 2015
Touch Live Dates November 2015
Orgel und Elektronik in der Reihe Raumklänge – Ortsbezogene Musik, eine Plattform für raumerforschende Musik, Hörstudien und erweiterte Aufführungspraxis.
"The Molendinar” & “Wrangham"
Claire M Singer (Organ and Electronics)
The Eternal Chord
Claire M Singer & Mike Harding
Curator: Georg Dietzler
2. TOUCH LABEL NIGHT IN AMSTERDAM 9th November 2015
Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ 730pm
Philip Jeck, Thomas Ankersmit, Claire M Singer
Review in kindamuzik "Best thing since sliced bread" can be read here
TOUCHLINE | A new online resource
TO:98 | Philip Jeck "Cardinal"
Double Vinyl + Download - 13 tracks - 64mins
Photography and artwork by Jon Wozencroft
Cut by Jason at Transition
Barrow in Furness (open thy hand wide)
… bend the knee 1
… bend the knee 5
And Over Again
The Station View
Saint Pancras (the one that holds everything)
This album comes with a free download of Philip Jeck “Live in Caen”, recorded by Franck Dubois on 28th February 2015 at Impressions Multiples #4 (ésam Caen/Cherbourg) with thanks to Thierry Weyd.
“… and they sparkled like burnished brass”*
Out of the depths of our complaints, it could be all so simple. To be never fooled by the finesse of a long-yearned for solidity, but in the momentary aplomb of a sleepy walk threading through familiar streets we’d hum our way, alto, baritone and tenor toward some harmonious end. An effect like some wonderful recollection of one or other of those technicolour movies. Not real for sure, but if you are in the mood….
I would like to acknowledge the influence the writer Marilynne Robinson has had on this work. I would recommend reading any/all of her four novels and also “When I was a Child I Read Books” [Virago, 2012]. This collection of essays include “Austerity as Ideology”, which dissects prevailing economic thinking, and “Open Thy Hand Wide…” which continues with a celebration of liberal thinking as Generosity (and also turned over my received knowledge of Calvinism). Her ability to convey a love of humanity and sense of wonder about the great mystery of existence in her writing has, since I first read a book of hers, found a way into the way I think about my work - not illustrating but meditating upon.
“After all, it’s [humankind] debts are only to itself.” (Marilynne Robinson)
To make this record I used Fidelity record players, Casio Keyboards, Ibanez bass guitar, Sony minidisc players, Ibanez and Zoom effects pedals, assorted percussion, a Behringer mixer and it was edited at home with minidisc players and on a laptop computer.
I would like to thank Octopus Collective’s Full Of Noise Festival where “The Station View” and “Barrow in Furness” were first recorded. Guy Madden and InMute’14, Athens who commissioned me to play a live soundtrack to Guy’s film “Cowards Bend the Knee” . “… bend the knee 1” and “… bend the knee 5” are reworked sections from that performance.
The two Saint Pancras Tracks are remixes of part a performance at St Pancras Church, London; an earlier version was made for “Touch. 30 years and counting” [Touch, 2012]. Saint Pancras (Latin: Sanctus Pancratius; Greek: Ἅγιος Παγκράτιος) was a Roman citizen who converted to Christianity, and was beheaded for his faith at the age of just 14 around the year 304 AD. His name in Greek literally means "the one that holds everything".
“Called in” is an edit of a live performance at Spire in Krems, Austria [Kontraste Festival, 2013]. “Reverse Jersey” is an edit of a live performance for WFMU in New Jersey as part of Touch.30 .
“Fleeting”, “Brief”, “Broke Up”, “Called Again” and “Over Again” were made at home in Liverpool between 2012 and 2015.
Thanks to everyone who has invited me to play, to Daniel Blumin at WFMU, to Mike Harding for the original recordings of “Called in” and “Saint Pancras” and a belated thank you to Jacob Kirkegaard for playing the chimes on “Ark” from “An Ark for the Listener” [Touch, 2010].
“… weeping for the wrongs we cannot undo.”
Philip Jeck, April 2015
*from The Book of Ezekiel
Ash 12.0 | freq_out 1.2 ∞ Skandion
Artists: Jana Winderen, Maia Urstad, Christine Ödlund, Brandon Labelle, JG Thirlwell, Petteri Nisunen, Tommi Grönlund, The Sons of God, Franz Pomassl, Anna Ceeh, Mike Harding, Finnbogi Petursson, BJ Nilsen, Jacob Kirkegaard, PerMagnus LIndborg and Carl Michael von Hausswolff.
Format: Gatefold LP. Design: Philip Marshall. Artwork: Achim Mohné.
Side A is composed, arranged and mixed by Carl Michael von Hausswolff in November 2014 at the Castle, Stockholm and at the Carlton Opera Hotel, Vienna, using the thirteen original sound files composed by the artists during the period May - October 2014.
Side B is a location recording made on 6th November 2014 between 16:00 and 16:30 by Carl Michael von Hausswolff
freq_out has been a musical project since 2003 when Carl Michael von Hausswolff was invited to Copenhagen to invent a new concept for and install a sound-art installation. He divided up the audible sonic register into twelve parts and asked twelve artists, musicians, composers and architects to each accept one of the twelve parts and compose a sonic piece from it. The result became twelve compositions/art works that were simultaneously played on twelve different sound systems in the art space of Charlottenborg and by this becoming one piece.
During the following years freq_out has also been installed in the cities of Oslo, Berlin, Paris, Budapest, Chiang Mai, Kortrijk, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Marrakech.
This LP contains the studio mix and a live recording of the first permanent installation of a freq_out piece called freq_out 1.2 ∞ Skandion.
The work is up and running in the entrance garden at the Skandion Clinique - a new hospital for cancer treatment inaugurated in May this year (2015) - in Uppsala, Sweden. It’s accessible 24/7 and anyone that comes by the place can enjoy the work.