Touch, March 2010
tokafi.com | Eleh & Denis Blackham: mastering Location Momentum
It is with great sadness that we hear of the death of Charlie Gillett. The nicest, kindest man, he was always very supportive of Touch, especially in the 80s and 90s when we released a series of World Music albums. He will be greatly missed.
Spire 2 - Enrico Coniglio "Songs from Ruined Days"
320kbps MP3 - 1 track - 45:14
Download-only; a TouchShop exclusive.
1. Songs from Ruined Days
Enrico Coniglio is a Venetian musician who focuses his musical research on the representation of the contemporary landscapes. In relation to his studies in urban planning (University IUAV of Venice), his interest is directed towards the loss of identity of places and the uncertainty of the evolution of the urban territory.
If his music comes mainly from the ambient genre, mixing a droning guitar with field recordings and digital manipulation, on the other hand he’s just interested to document the landscape, meaning to build his personal catalogue of soundscapes, with a particular reference to the Venetian lagoon.
Over the last year he has collaborated with various musicians including Joachim Roedelius, Arve Henriksen, Oophoi and others, and he has releases and podcasts with Psychonavigation, Glacial Movements, Cronica electronica and Laverna net. You can hear a previous release “Sapientumsuperacquis” on Touch Radio.
The present release is a long-drone track mostly based on recordings made in Porto Marghera, a big industrial coastal area on the mainland of Venice, Italy (Winter 2009), now largely on disposal and afflicted by a severe economic and environmental crisis. Part of this work was originally used for a sound work in the “Antares” pavilion of VEGA Park (VEnice GAteway for science and technology) for a photography exhibition as a part of the project "Le nuove vie di Porto Marghera". Other field recordings were made in Vienna, Austria (December 2009), in an attempt to explore the sacral spaces of the city. 'Song from ruined days' is a mix of industrial and liturgical soundscape, a brief journey in the space of a full desolation.
Thanks to Foscara Porchia and Chiara Ambrosi (AIPAI Veneto), owners of the project "Le nuove vie di Porto Marghera", and to Tommy Meduri for the photo.
"Enrico Coniglio is among the best kept secrets of the Italian ambient scene"
(Roberto Mandolini, Rockerilla)
"He deals in a warm, soothing blend of guitar drones, field recordings and digital post-production"
(Ewan Burke, Cyclic Defrost Magazine)
"Coniglio's atmospheres, meanwhile, take turns at being ethereal and lightflooded, obscured by clouds, ominous and abstract"
(Tobias Fischer, Tokafi)
"Enrico Coniglio creates a series of absorbing ambiences that have a moody enigmatic quality about them - dark, deep pools of sound morphing crackling in places with electrical damage"
(Morpheus Music Reviews).
"Coniglio's multi-varied collection provides a rich and oft-surprising listening experience"
"This is a must have for ambient DJs!"
CPH PIX Festival | BJNilsen, Jacob Kirkegaard & Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson
Copenhagen's CPH PIX is a feature film festival that aims to bring people together in Denmark's capital to see good films from all over the world; original, thought-provoking, funny and controversial films that can't be found in regular cinema programmes. This years festival, running from April 15-25th, features the involvement of three Touch-related artists.
BJNilsen will compose and perform an exclusive score for the newly restored Fritz Lang classic “Metropolis”. PIX will screen the film in Copenhagen's and Scandinavia's biggest cinema Imperial, in 7.1 surround sound. BJNilsen's performance will include field recordings and improvisations. Click here for further info. Tickets for this performance are available online at www.kino.dk
Jacob Kirkegaard will perform together with Lydia Lunch the world premiere of their new piece “Forget to Breathe”. The concert will take place at the Marble Church in Copenhagen, as part of a double concert; second part being Diamanda Gálas' performance of “Your Kisses are like Fire”. Click here for further info. Tickets for this performance are available online at www.cphpix.dk
Last but not least, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson is participating in a debate on film music and specifically the sound of horror. He has recently scored Fridrik Thors film “Mama Gogo”, and the horror “Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre” which we will screen. Jacob Kirkegaard will also participate in the debate; he has worked with sound effects for the Danish horror film “Kollegiet” (“The Dorm”). Click here for further info.
TO:73 - Jana Winderen "Energy Field"
CD - 3 tracks - 50m 11s
Artwork & Photography by Jon Wozencroft
Plus bonus 320kbps .mp3 download - 1 track - 27:26
TO:73DL - Jana Winderen "Live in Den Haag", recorded on 25th September 2009 at the TodaysArt 2009 festival. Available only when purchasing "Energy Field" via the TouchShop.
1. Aquaculture 18:00
2. Isolation/Measurement 12:11
3. Sense of Latent Power 20:04
Armed with four 8011 DPA hydrophones, DPA 4060 omni mics, a Telinga parabolic reflector mic and a Sound Devices 744T digital hard disk recorder, Jana Winderen studies and records wild places which have a particular importance in our understanding of the complexity and fragility of marine ecosystems.
The recordings were made on field trips to the Barents Sea (north of Norway and Russia), Greenland and Norway, deep in crevasses of glaciers, in fjords and in the open ocean. These elements are then edited and layered into a powerful descriptive soundscape. The open spaces of Greenland, northern winds, ravens and dogs in an icy landscape provide the setting for these haunting but dynamic pieces. Sounds of crustaceans, fish such as cod, haddock, herring and pollock recorded as they are hunting, calling for a mate or orientating themselves in their environment, are all included in the mix. The result is a powerful, mesmeric journey into the unseen audio world of the frozen north.