Touch, October 2007
Touch 25 Live at The Arnolfini, Bristol | 28.10.07
Touch 25 Live at The Bedford Arms | 23.10.07
Touch follows up its 25th anniversary event of 2006 with a final show featuring:
+ special guests Zerocrop & Autodigest
Order of events:
2015 Chris Watson
2045 People Like Us
2145 People Like Us
2215 Touch 25
2345 People Like Us
Tickets are going fast and can only be purchased from the TouchShop here. They can be emailed out to you directly to avoid any postal hiccoughs...
[For full details of the atmospheres festival, see below]
BJNilsen - The Short Night
The Short Night
[Touch # TO:75, 2007]
CD - 7 tracks
1. Front 2. Finisterre 3. Pole of Inaccessibility 4. Viking, Cromarty...
5. Black Light 6. Icing Station 7. Viking North
Listen to track 5 Black Light
Using location recordings, weather, birdsong and radio, BJNilsen continues to map and explore uncharted territory.
A follower to 2005's Fade to White [Touch # TO:65], BJNilsen develops his work further, based on field recordings and electronics. This time he adds harsher yet clearer harmonies with musical elements to the compositions, creating a beautifully complex and detailed study. Recorded in 2006-7 with mostly analogue equipment, using up to 50 year-old tapemachines, filters and generators that end up being the soft cushion in these cold location recordings.
Location recordings from M舁aren, Stockholm, Sweden; Coombe Gibbet, Berkshire, England and Landakot, Vatnsleysustrd, Iceland.
Telefunken M10 and M5, Studer B67, Ferrograph Series 4, Bruel and Kj誡 Sine-Random Generator and Frequency Analyzers. Also Monowave, Sequential Circuits ProOne, Korg MS20, Esq1, MOTU 828MK2, Ableton Live, Logic Audio 6
Morin khuur on Black Light played by Hildur Ingveldardtir Gudnadtir
Review of Touch 25 @ The Bedford Arms, London | 23.10.2007
The Londonist have reviewed the event here
There is also a more personal view from an audience member at Atmospheres 3 at The Museum of Garden History here
We are not called Touch Records
Touch 25 continues at The Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, tonight with shows from Biosphere and Storm by Chris Watson & BJNilsen.
In their wisdom, The Arnolfini Gallery has published the event under the wrong name, 'Touch Records', when of course it should be 'Touch'. Its amazing how people continue to change the name of our organisation, despite being sent copy to use for the programme.
Touch has been nominated for Label of the Year by French organisation, Qwartz. Marhaug | Asheim - Grand Mutation has been nominated for Album of the Year, and Chris Watson ｬ BJNilsen - Storm for Experimental/Research project.
You can vote for your nominations from November 5th here
Chris Watson - Oceanus Pacificus
Touch # TS02
7" vinyl only - not available for digital download
Limited edition of 1000
Locked grooves on both sides...
Artwork & Photography by Jon Wozencroft | Cut by Jason @ Transition
The voices and rhythms of the Humboldt current around the Galapagos Islands recorded April 2006 using a pair of Dolphin Ear Pro Hydrophones onto a NAGRA ARES-Pll digital audio recorder.
Chris Watson, originally from Sheffield but now resident in Newcastle, England, is the world's leading wildlife sound recordist. After co-founding Cabaret Voltaire with Richard Kirk and Stephen Mallinder, he left in 1981 to work for Tyne Tees Television and he also joined The Hafler Trio. He then left to become the sound archivist for the Royal Society for Protection of Birds. He is now working full time as a freelance sound recordist.
Chris Watson has released 3 solo albums for Touch and 2 collaborations with Swedish sound artist BJNilsen.
You can read reviews here