Touch, October 2009

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TO:79 - Phill Niblock "Touch Strings"

2xCD Album

Artwork: Jon Wozencroft
Photography: Phill Niblock

Track listing:
CDOne - 59:03 (6 tracks)
1-6: Stosspeng (59 minutes)
Susan Stenger and Robert Poss, guitars and bass guitars

CDTwo - 69:28 (6 tracks)
1: Poure (23:30)
Arne Deforce, cello
2-6: One Large Rose (45:55 minutes)
The Nelly Boyd Ensemble, Hamburg - Robert Engelbrecht, cello;
Jan Feddersen, piano strummed with nylon strings; Peter Imig, violin; Jens Roehm, acoustic bass guitar strummed with nylon strings or e-bow

This is Phill Niblock's 4th release on Touch, after Touch Works... [TO:49, 2000], Touch Food [TO:59, 2003] and Touch Three [TO:69, 2006].

"Stosspeng was completed in April 2007; Poure in September 2008 and One Large Rose in May 2008. The Stosspeng recording session to obtain the materials for the piece was on December 20 2006 at Robert Poss's Trace Elements studio on E 4th Street and Ave A, in New York. Robert was the engineer. The piece was completed using Protools in April 2007, in Vienna, Austria. It was premiered at the Donau Festival in Krems Austria on April 30 2007.

The material for Poure was recorded in Johan Vandermaelen's Amplus studio in Aaigem Belgium, with technical assistance by Guy De Bievre. Much of the construction of the piece, in Protools, was done in a residency at Atelier Azur in Hoenefoss, Norway at the Hval Station, in mid August 2008. It was finished in Ellen Fullman's studio in Berkeley California on September 7. It was premiered at Kasteel Schuurlo, Sint-Maria-Aalter, Belgium on September 12 2008 and it was commissioned by the Centre de Recherches et de Formation Musicales de Wallonie, CRFMW, Liege, Belgium.

One Large Rose was made with the musicians playing from a score, and recorded acoustically and in real time. There are four recordings of 46 minutes each, superimposed. Recorded by Jens Roehm at Christianskirche, Hamburg, Germany, recording assistance by Julia Berg, on May 15 and 16 2008. Mixing was done by Jens Roehm and the ensemble in Hamburg, and the final mix was done in New York at Experimental Intermedia on October 13 2008.

The mastering for CD, of all pieces, was done by Tom Hamilton, in New York."
Phill Niblock, August 2009

Phill Niblock plays London's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion on 9th October and Café Oto on 11th October. Visit or for further details and to purchase tickets.

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Hildur Gudnadottir to support Fever Ray on her Finale Tour

Fever Ray has announced that Hildur Guðnadóttir will be opening shows on her 2009 “Finale Tour”. Fever Ray is the acclaimed solo project of Karin Dreijer Andersson, formerly singer with 90s pop hopes Honey Is Cool and now one half of The Knife.

Further details can be found on
Hildur's full live schedule can be read at

Chris Watson and Simon Fisher Turner live at The National Gallery

On Friday 30th October, Chris Watson and Simon Fisher Turner will be performing live at The National Gallery, London.

At 6pm, join James Heard (National Gallery Education) for a short talk about the reverses of Memling’s panels of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Lawrence, which formed the shutters for an altarpiece. These beautiful landscape scenes with nine cranes (the emblem of the Florentine patron) would have been enjoyed in contemplative silence when the altarpiece was closed between services. Then from 6.20pm – 6.50pm, Simon Fisher Turner performs his piece created in response to these panels for the new Sounds of the Gallery tour, followed by music inspired by their original church setting.

Between 7pm – 7.30pm, Chris Watson will discuss the sounds of wildlife and weather in The Cornfield and the changes in sound pollution since Constable’s time. He will end with a performance of the piece he has written in response to this painting, also included in the Sounds of the Gallery tour.

Admission for both events is free.
Chris Watson at
Simon Fisher Turner at

Ash 7.8 | START! - The National Anthem of Elgaland-Vargaland #6

Three-track 7" of The National Anthem of Elgaland-Vargaland #6.

This 7” is the fourth in a series of vinyl acoustic versions of the National Anthems of Elgaland-Vargaland. See also the Mariachi version [Ash 7.2], the Klezmer and Afrobeat versions [Ash 7.4], and the Norwegian School Marching Band and Underwater versions [Ash 7.6], issued between 2007 – 2008 by Ash International. All four are available as a 4x7" Bundle in TouchShop…

These recordings were regally made during the unofficial inauguration of the KREV Ministry of Bankrupt Shopping Malls in Porto, Portugal, on October 10, 2008, in the presence of the KREV Ambassadors Mike Harding and Heitor Alvelos. Mixed by: Anselmo Canha, Heitor Alvelos, Mike Harding and Philip Marshall. Cut by Jason at Transition. Sleeve photography: Heitor Alvelos and Anselmo Canha.

Genuflections to the Future Places digital media festival, University of Porto Masters in Image Design and the University of Texas in Austin, and Transmedia Brussels.

Buy The National Anthem of Elgaland-Vargaland #6 in the TouchShop
Buy The 4x7" National Anthems Bundle in TouchShop

Atmospheres 3 | Cafe Oto, London, 7th December 2009

Café Oto, London
December 7th, 20h00-23h00

NB - tickets are selling fast...

In performance: Philip Jeck (turntables), BJNilsen, Lawrence English.

BJNilsen will be premiering tracks from his forthcoming album, “The Invisible City”, which will be exclusively available for sale at this event, ahead of its official release in January 2010.

Atmospheres is a London-based festival featuring Touch artists and occasionally a guest or two. The first two were held at The Bedford Arms & The Museum of Garden History in 2007 and 2008.

Atmospheres 3 microsite

Touch Radio 45 | Sohrab

21.10.09 - Tanhayi - Live in Teheran – 42:24 - 320 kbps

Biking in Holland | Tears (Sohrab version) | Tanhayi | Satyr | Tears (Esteban Olenikov version Tundra)
| There is an Ashtray Between Us | Tears (Yozhik version) | New Zealand | Barf

Recorded and played live in October 2009. Sohrab used Reason 3, his midi controller (R)evolution UC-16 and a sampler, recorded live through Ambrosia recording software.

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Play “Tanhayi - Live in Teheran”

Philip Jeck in conversation with The Wire at Numusic 2009

At Numusic 2009, The Wire's Anne Hilde Neset conducted a series of live talks in front of an audience. The interviews were all recorded and broadcast on Resonance FM. Visit to hear an edited interview with Philip Jeck, discussing his work, influences and techniques…

Jon Wozencroft profiled in Groove magazine

The November 2009 issue of Germany's Groove magazine (Kode9 on the cover) features a detailed profile of the art of Touch's Jon Wozencroft by Christoph Braun.

„Vor 27 Jahren schon hat der Art Director, Fotograf, Designer, Sounddesigner und Produzent Jon Wozencroft die Plattform Touch gegründet. Und das ist, wie er nicht müde wird zu betonen, nicht einfact ein Plattenlabel. Denn bei den Touch-Veröffentlichungen von etwa Fennesz, Pan Sonic oder Rafael Toral sind Bild und Ton gleichrangig von Bedeutung.”

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