Touch, December 2009
Tone 40 - Oren Ambarchi "Intermission 2000-2008"
CD in Digipak
Artwork & design: Jon Wozencroft
2. Iron Waves
3. Moving Violation
4. The Strouhal Number
5. A Final Kiss On Poisoned Cheeks
Intermission brings together a range of material Oren Ambarchi has contributed to compilations and limited edition vinyl releases between the years 2000 and 2008. Highlights include two live recordings - an early, fragile solo guitar recording taken from a radio broadcast in 2000 and A Final Kiss On Poisoned Cheeks, his powerful 12" recorded live in Vancouver in 2007 and originally released on Table Of The Elements. Additional tracks include Iron Waves an exclusive track in collaboration with vocalist Paul Duncan and Intimidator featuring Australian pianist/composer Anthony Pateras originally released on Southern Lord.
These are special anomalies in the Ambarchi canon but nonetheless feature the hallmarks of his unique soundworld, all underpinned by his trademark deep guitar tones and meticulous attention to detail. All tracks are newly remastered, many of which are available on CD for first time.
Atmospheres 3 | review by Mapsadasical
Picture © Dave Knapik
Mapsadasical has published a review of Monday's Atmospheres 3 event at Café Oto: “Touch’s series of Atmospheres events, of which this is the third installment, has an increasingly loosely-framed agenda to explore the sounds of the natural world. In previous years they have set up camp in the Museum of Garden History in Lambeth, with its fine old trees and historic garden. The move across town to Dalston, with its fine old, er, well, lets just say that the move across town to Dalston has added a different dimension to that theme. At least one of the evening’s performers was to pick up on that more urban aspect during the evening, although the quality of the sets from all three of Lawrence English, BJ Nilsen and Philip Jeck was – naturally – of the highest order.”
Read the full review at mapsadaisical.wordpress.com
Touch Radio 46 | Ken Montgomery
10.12.09 - 1/f Noise | Smoothing Out The Press – 59:55 - 151 kbps [VBR]
1/f Noise – While teaching sound art in Cincinnati Ohio's art school DAAP, Montgomery organized sonic tours of the Ceramics Department. The audience was blindfolded and led one by one down 8 flights of stairs into a series of listening stations where ventilators, burning kilns and other machinery were in use (2008).
Smoothing Out The Press was composed using the Sound of Sanding from the Crest Hardware Show plus recordings made at Ben Owen's Middle Press in Brooklyn while printing the Ministry of Lamination’s Almost Blank Notebook letterpress edition (2007).
Hildur Gudnadottir | Without Sinking wins Kraumur Award in Iceland
Hildur Guðnadóttir's “Without Sinking” wins the Kraumur award in Iceland. It is also in The Wire's Top 50 of 2009… This chart is compiled by all the staff and contributors at The Wire. Stephen O'Malley voted it his album of the year for Boomkat.
LCO perform Biosphere | Roundhouse, London, 23rd January 2010
On 23rd January 2010, the London Contemporary Orchestra, one of the UK’s youngest and most adventurous ensembles, make their Roundhouse debut. “Shhoctavoski” is the first piece for orchestra that Biosphere, aka Geir Jenssen has composed and is given here its UK premiere with the Roundhouse Experimental Choir.
The same evening sees London Contemporary Orchestra also perform the world premiere of Shiva Feshareki’s “TTKonzert” (a concerto for turntables and orchestra), alongside performances of Steve Reich's “Different Trains” and the UK premiere of John Cage's “Seventy-Four”.
These performances are part of the Roundhouse's Reverb series, which “explores the many sides of music at the Roundhouse through world and UK premieres, genre-defying performances, fresh collaborations and a new approach to classical music.”
Ash 8.6 | Stephan Mathieu - 10 Minutes
9x .m4v videos, digital download for iPod/iPhone
light, curtain, wind
audio: Amelita Galli-Curci sings Massenet
78rpm from 1921
16mm projector, b/w flicker, projection
audio: Stephan Mathieu
audio: Stephan Mathieu plays Sylvain Chauveau (excerpt)
light, mobile, shade
audio: Heinrich Isaac
78rpm from von 1928
kitchen cabinet, sunlight reflection
garden, picnic gramophone, 78rpm record with bird song
audio: unknown throssle
captured on 78rpm shellac in 1932
audio: Stephan Mathieu, text by Yoko Ono
VIII. Two Dots
audio: François Couperin, "Le Carillion de Chitere" 78rpm from 1934
16mm projector, b/w flicker, puzzled webcam
audio: Stephan Mathieu (from “Process”)
“Nine webcam movies for handheld devices shot with my laptop's camera between September and October 2009. The soundtrack is basically what was playing then. 10 Minutes is dedicated to Anna Carolina Mikalef.”