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Touch Radio 49 | Chris Watson

08.02.10 - A Journey South – 50:21 - 192 kbps

Chris Watson journeys to the South Pole for the forthcoming David Attenborough series “The Frozen Planet” (BBC, 2011). Here he reports back with his experiences…

Photos by Chris Watson & Jason Roberts.

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Philip Jeck | The Bubbly Blue and Green rehearsal and podcast

The Bubbly Blue and Green is a four-day festival of eclectic “water music” influenced by shipwrecks, rivers, waves and lighthouses. Housed in the halls of Kings Place, the festival runs from the 24th to 27th February 2010 and features Philip Jeck and Hildur Guðnadóttir amongst others…

Touch recording artist Philip Jeck is an awarding winning turntablist feted for collaborations with the likes of Gavin Bryars. Using dusty vinyl records and processed Dansette record players the Liverpudlian conjures a galaxy of poignant, immersive textures - not least on An Ark for the Listener, a new work inspired by Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem The Wreck Of The Deutschland.

Promoters The Arctic Circle have uploaded “Ark Overture” to – a rehearsal/work in progress of what to expect from Jeck at Kings Place.

In addition, they have interviewed Jeck for “The Bubbly Blue and Green - Day 1” podcast.

More info and tickets at

Chris Watson | Doves remix

Caught by the River, in association with Heavenly Recordings, is pleased to make available for the first time a collaboration between Chris Watson and the aptly named Doves. This is a remix that Chris has done of the song “Birds Flew Backwards” from Doves' last album “Kingdom of Rust”.

This remix can be heard over at and, for one week only, downloaded at

TO:80 - Eleh "Location Momentum"

CD - 5 tracks - 60m 28s
(not available for download)

6-panel digipak
Artwork & Photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:
1. HeleneleH
2. Linear to Circular/Vertical Axis
3. Circle One: Summer Transcience
4. Observation Wheel
5. Rotational Change for Windmill

Eleh has been an enigma since the first record under that name was released in 2006. In numbered editions with letterpressed sleeves, usually on Important Records from the U.S.A., these vinyl-only releases were evidently a labour of love and attention. Further recordings have been released on the labels Taiga and Touch, making 11 vinyl editions in all.

Eleh began as long ago as 1999 as an exploration of analog synthesis, emphasising low frequency oscillation and resonant acoustic phenomenae. Eleh highlights the physical presence of sound as it has been inspired by the physical world. There is also something ‘cathedral-like’ and cosmos-inducing in the sound built.

Following the recent 12” release, “Observations and Momentum”, Eleh has chosen to release the first digital recordings on Touch – 'Location Momentum' is a set of five new recordings which will be made openly available on CD.

"The stuff that Eleh sets in motion from whatever electronic sound generators he/she deploys represents a measured and methodical paring away of all that might appear superfluous, baroque and rococo. Each of the tracks here consists of just a handful and discrete (and discreet) but highly charged sound events that emerge, overlap, recede and reverberate at critical frequencies over extended durations. At certain crucial points this approach serves as a formula for opening a portal what David Toop has referred to as the dark void, that spectral realm magicked into being (or exposed by) the drone, in which audio apparitions and chimeras dance through smoke and mirrors, suggesting the existence of occult planes and dimensions, multiple other realities, worlds within worlds." (Tony Herrington in The Wire)

You can download a MP3 extract of Heleneleh by clicking here.

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