Touch, September 2008
Touch Radio 34 | Diane Hope
3.09.08 - Elk Song – 11:14 - 192 kpbs
Headphones recommended. Recorded 24/48 with a Rode NT4 stereo mic.
The forests and meadows of Northern Arizona's high country are populated by herds of elk, packs of coyotes and a variety of frogs, owls and other wildlife. Camping out overnight can be an exhilarating acoustic experience - as I found out...
Waking up in my tent just after 1 AM my immediate thought was that I had entered some weird spirit realm and was hearing the wail of a banshee - what turned out to be a bugling elk. The initial recordings were made on 4th September 2007. The main portion of the recording, an ethereal song consisting of a series of explosive elk calls, was made more recently on 10th June 2008.
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Philip Jeck, Jacob Kirkegaard performing at Happy New Ears 13
The 13th Happy New Ears "festival de musique nouvelle" in Courtrai, Belgium runs from 13 September - 28 September 2008. Touch artists in performance include Philip Jeck, appearing on 20 September. The weekend before, on 13 September, there is a performance of Labyrinthitis by Jacob Kirkegaard. Jacob is also a member of the freq_out collective who present their freq_out 7 installation during the festival and also perform on the 13 September as THE FREQ_OUT ORCHESTRA.
TS07 - Jim O'Rourke "Despite the Water Supply"
Jim O'Rourke's "Despite the Water Supply" is out now and available from the TouchShop here. It is the seventh in the series of Touch Sevens - 7" vinyl only, with previous offerings from Fennesz, Chris Watson, Oren Ambarchi, Mika Vainio and others.
Over the last 20 years, besides his own music, Jim O'Rourke has worked with the Merce Cunningham Dance company, Takehisa Kosugi, Derek Bailey, and Tony Conrad amongst many others. He has produced albums for Beth Orton, Stereolab, John Fahey, Brigitte Fontaine, Faust, and Wilco and more. Between 1999 and 2005 he was a memeber of Sonic Youth. He has also scored films for directors Werner Herzog, Olivier Assayass, Shinji Aoyama, and Koji Wakamatsu and more. O'Rourke's own films were part of the 2004 and 2006 Whitney Bienniale and the 2005 Rotterdam Film Festival. He currently lives in Tokyo.
Touch artists playlisted in the October issue of Mojo
An unexpected pleasure is to be found within the pages of the October 08 issue of Mojo magazine. Two Touch artists feature at positions two and three of the Mojo Top 10 playlist: Lawrence English's "Organs Lost At Sea" and "Cima Verde" by Chris Watson.
Lawrence English's album, "Kiri No Oto" can be found in the TouchShop. Chris Watson's "Cima Verde" is available via Touch's distributors, Kudos, and can be purchased via www.kudosrecords.co.uk. To purchase his Touch editions click here.