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Touch 25 | Early cassette culture

Continuing the Touch 25 web-based activities, here is the latest after the TouchShop special offer, and the series of photographs by Jon Wozencroft which can be used for desktop or screensavers [see below].

Between 1982 and 1989, Touch released a series of cassettes [as well as vinyl, and from 1987, compact discs] which are highlighted on these three pages – The cassette magazines, Feature Mist [Touch T1, 1982], Meridians One and Meridians Two [Touch T2 and T3, 1983], Touch Travel [Touch T4, 1984] and Ritual: Magnetic North [Touch T5, 1986]; a series in the style of what became known as "World Music" [Touch # T33 to T33.9]; and the beginnings of solo or group ventures [TO:1, TO:2, TO:4 and TO:7, and TOC:1 and TOC:2].

The front covers and details of other print, audio content and liner notes are presented as they appeared on the original productions. In future we will be rolling out pages detailing printed matter, posters, vinyl and other items which were released in the 1980s.

Early cassette culture 1: T1 - T5
Early cassette culture 2: T33 - T33.4/T33.7-9
Early cassette culture 3: TO:1 - TO:2 & TO:4/TOC:1 & TOC:2




TouchRadio 16 | 6.05.06

TouchRadio 16 is now posted.

This piece is solely based on Hydrophone recordings, made by Jana Winderen in Berlin, Mja, Halifax (Canada) and Oslo. With thanks to Doug Quin, samples of whose work also were used in this piece.

[Recorded in Stockholm by BJNilsen on the 13th anniversary of the founding of Ash International. Also performing that night were Alvars Orkester, Elgaland-Vargaland, BJNilsen and OCSID.]

Jana Winderen is an artist, curator and producer who lives and works in Oslo, Norway. She is a member of freq_out




Spire Live in UK | 12 & 13.05.06

This weekend sees further Spire Live dates - the first in the UK

12th May: Leeds Town Hall
Main Organ: Charles Matthews & Marcus Davidson
Soloist: Robert Millner
Fennesz
BJNilsen
Installation: Leif Inge

13th May: St. George's Church, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Main Organ: Charles Matthews & Marcus Davidson
Soloist: Robert Millner
Fennesz
Philip Jeck
BJNilsen

Further information can be found here




Honorary Distinction for Spire at Ars Electronica

Spire Live in Geneva has received an Honorary Mention Digital Musics at the 2006 Ars Electronica. You can find out more about Spire here

This item is still available from the TouchShop




Spire Live on BBC Radio 3 | Tonight

Mixing It recorded Spire Live at Leeds Town Hall for BBC Radio 3 and highlights are being broadcast tonight on Radio 3 at 2215 [May 19th 2006]. If you miss it, you can listen on the Listen Again page: search for 'Mixing It'. [Mixing It started 20 minutes late, so you have to wait for the previous programme to end...]




Touch recommends these articles:

Imperfect Sound Forever @ Stylus Magazine, and the follow-up article | Reflexive Impotence @ k-punk | The Moon is Down @ Limited Language | I'm All Right Brian @ Observer Comment | The Death of Dynamics

[we will add to this list as and when we come across interesting articles such as these...]






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