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Ash 8.2 |, v.3

The third revision of the Ash International website is now online.
Ash International - a haberdASHery audio project. R&D not A&R.

Touch Presents, as part of the Ether Festival 2009

Touch presents, live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
21st April 2009, as part of the Ether Festival 2009.

Fennesz [AT]
Rosy Parlane [NZ]
CM von Hausswolff [SE/KREV]

Monday 20th April
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 6.30pm
Q&A with the artists and Mike and Jon from Touch

More about Ether 2009
Book tickets online

TO:70 - Hildur Gudnadottir "Without Sinking"

Touch # TO:70
10 tracks - 47.8 Minutes

CD in Digipak
Artwork and photography: Jon Wozencroft

Track Listing
1. Elevation
2. Overcast
3. Erupting Light
4. Circular
5. Ascent
6. Opaque
7. Aether
8. Whiten
9. Into Warmer Air
10. Unveiled

Composed and recorded by Hildur Ingveldardóttir Gudnadóttir in Berlin and Reykjavík. Hildur played cello, zither, processors and voice.

Additional recordings by Skúli Sverrisson; bass and processors on all tracks except track 7, Jóhann Jóhannsson; organs and processors on tracks 2, 3 and 9 and Gudni Franzson; clarinet and bass clarinet on tracks 7 and 10.

Cello no. 49 was made by David Wiebe in 1991.

This is Hildur Ingveldardóttir Gudnadóttir's second solo album and her first for Touch. ['Mount A' was released on the Icelandic label '12 Tónar' in 2006.] Hildur flew so much during 2007 and 2008 that she spent alot of time staring at clouds through the airplane window, considering their appearance and formation... She says: "My aim with this record was to create a feeling of breath with a bow on string. I wanted to create a sky and cloud-like feeling in the compositions. I wanted to have open space for single notes and let them breath, like single clouds in a clear sky. As a contrast I also wanted create denser and heavier compositions which were more thundercloud like. I like the way clouds form, how many tiny droplets can form such dense forms and then slowly evaporate into thin string-like ones."

'Mount A' was an intensely solo work, composed and recorded in winter darkness, a solitary, rural affair. 'Without Sinking' was recorded in Berlin, mostly during the summer of 2008; also Hildur has collaborated with Icelandic musicians Jóhann Jóhannsson [two of his albums were released on Touch, 'Englaborn' in 2002 and 'Virthulega Forsetar' in 2004], and bassist Skúli Sverrisson. Her father, Gudni Franzson, also guests playing clarinet on two tracks here. This collaborative process is reflected in a much more open sound; there is more space and you can hear the air. Mixed by Valgeir Sigurdsson and Hildur at Greenhouse Studios Iceland, and mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye, 'Without Sinking' is a luxurious, riveting and involving piece of work.

» Read an interview with Hildur at

» See Hildur perform with BJNilsen live in London, 16th May 2009, as part of Touch Presents... at The Roundhouse - details below.

» You may download a free mp3 of Erupting Light by clicking here.

Buy Without Sinking in the TouchShop

RTE Radio 1: Mike Harding on "Ringtones"

In 2002, Touch invited a group of sound artists and composers to re-imagine the ringtone. On a recent visit to Dublin, Touch's Mike Harding talked to Kevin Brew of RTÉ Radio 1's “The Arts Show” about the miniature artworks that featured on the resulting CD, appropriately entitled “Ringtones”.

The disc features 177 tracks by artists such as Ryoji Ikeda, Fennesz, New Order, Hecker, Gilbert & George, Mika Vainio, Mark Van Hoen, Phill Niblock, Simon Fisher Turner, People Like Us, Oren Ambarchi and Chris Watson.

You may listen again to the interview by visiting The Arts Show website.
“Ringtones” is available in the TouchShop.

Spire 1 - Jon Wozencroft A3 print & exclusive digital download

A3 print + digital download – a TouchShop exclusive, unavailable elsewhere!

A3 print
Features an image (depicted above) by Jon Wozencroft, output onto high quality heavyweight matte paper. Free P&P - dispatched in robust poster tube.

Digital download
320 kpbs MP3, available only when purchasing the Spire print...

The Spire Ensemble - "Organology" 14:14
Recorded at Norheimsund Church, Norway during the Hardingtonar Festival, 21st June 2008. [2008 was the centenary of the birth of Geirr Tveitt, whose work was celebrated at this festival.]

Featured artists: Marcus Davidson - Grand Piano | Mike Harding - Conductor | Philip Jeck - Casio SK1 Keyboard | Charles Matthews - Organ BJNilsen - Electronics | Jana Winderen - Electronics

Buy the A3 print and digital download in the TouchShop

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