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TS09 - Lawrence English "Incongruous Harmonies"

7" vinyl only, not available for digital download
Cut by Jason @ Transition
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing
A: Without Sanctuary 4:59
B: One Thousand Miles of White 4:24

These pieces were composed for Circa's Regarding the Joy of Others.
Recorded and produced at 158, Brisbane, 09/09-01/10

Lawrence English is media artist, composer and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English's work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. He utilises a variety of mediums including live performance, audio/visual environments, found sound/vision to create his work that typifies his interests in creating experiences that create subtle transformation of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception. English's work over the past decade, both in performative and gallery settings, has earned him a strong reputation as one of the unique voices producing sound artworks from within Australia. He has presented concerts and installed pieces for numerous festivals including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Observatori (Spain), Outro_Rio (Brazil), Unsound (Poland) and AltMusic (New Zealand) amongst others. He also curates the burgeoning ROOM40 imprint, the Someone Good label and organises numerous events and festival throughout Oceania. His solo album, Kiri No Oto [Touch # Tone 31] was released in 2009 and has been described variously as "gorgeous",  "A great piece of subconscious architecture" and "sublime".

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TS10 - Philip Jeck & Marcus Davidson "Spliced"

7" vinyl only, not available for digital download
Cut by Jason @ Transition
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing
A: London Tenderberry 4:09
B: Tenderberries Version 4:22

Live at the The Museum of Garden History, London, 8 May 2009.
Keyboards: Marcus Davidson. Record players, editing & overdubbed bass: Philip Jeck.

"Trains of blossom, trains of music."

Philip Jeck studied visual art at Dartington College of Arts. He started working with record players and electronics in the early '80's and has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theatre companies as we as well as his solo concert work. His best kown work "Vinyl Requiem" (with Lol Sargent): a performance for 180 '50's/'60's record players won Time Out Performance Award for 1993. He has also over the last few years returned to visual art making installations using from 6 to 80 record players including "Off The Record" for Sonic Boom at The Hayward Gallery, London [2000]. Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops turning them to his own purposes. He really does play them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record. Philip Jeck makes geniunely moving and transfixing music, where we hear the art not the gimmick. His latest album for Touch is due in the summer of 2010.

Marcus Davidson was a chorister at Worcester Cathedral.  He read Music at Birmingham University, studying composition with Vic Hoyland, and later received a masters degree in composition at City University, London, studying with Rhian Samuel. Marcus has worked particularly in the fields of music for dance and music-comedy, arranging and writing for stage, radio, video and television. He specialises in playing for Ballet and Contemporary Dance at London professional schools, and is a member of Spire, the Organ based project by Touch. Spire has performed at the Hardingtonar Festival 2008, York Minster in 2007, the Festival of Holland 2006, the Fuse Leeds 2006 contemporary music festival, the Gas Festival 2005 in Stockholm, La Batie Festival 2004 in Geneva, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has recorded an album of Celtic-inspired music, Ribbon of Time, with Rob Millner, and is also writing a ballet.

Here the two artists collaborate on vinyl for the first time...

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Jon Wozencroft interviewed by Record Collector magazine

Touch’s Jon Wozencroft talks about record collecting and his own record collection in an interview with Record Collector magazine, out now. Wozencroft discusses his first ever record, his favourite and rarest vinyls, why he is a collector and what it means to him.

10 August 2010 | Chris Watson in conversation with David Attenborough

On the 10th August 2010, as part of Chris Watson's Whispering in the Leaves project, Watson and Sir David Attenborough will be appearing together, in conversation, at The Royal Institution, London at an event entitled “Calls of the Wild”.

Chris Watson’s wildlife sound recordings are perhaps best known through his work with Sir David Attenborough on BBC television series including The Life of Birds, The Life of Mammals, Life in the Undergrowth and Life in Cold Blood.

In this discussion, illustrated with tropical rainforest recordings used in Watson’s Whispering in the Leaves installation at Kew Gardens, Chris Watson and Sir David Attenborough talk about the animals heard in the piece, their experiences of filming and recording them, and the changing environment of the rainforest through the day.

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Philip Jeck & Oren Ambarchi Live in London | 1st July 2010

All Time Low presents:
Oren Ambarchi / Philip Jeck / Elite Barbarian
Plus DJs Graham Erickson and Alex Jako

July 1st 2010. Doors 7.30pm

Corsica Studios,
4/5 Elephant Road
London SE17 1LB

Tickets £8 in advance from
or £10 on the door.

Touch Radio 53 | Tom Lawrence

26.06.10 - The Lough’s Breath – 29:05 - 192 kbps

During 2008/9 while working as a sound recordist for BBC Radio 4 Natural History Unit, sound recordist and composer Dr. Tom Lawrence spent six months recording and documenting the sounds above and below the waves of Lough Neagh, the largest water-mass in the British Isles. This programme is a compelling audio-log of those recordings, featuring breath-taking underwater sounds of beetles, frogs, eels, fish and other life. The programme also presents sounds above the water including migratory birds, industry and evocative soundscapes of forestry and the elements.

Recorded and produced by Tom Lawrence.

SQN Mixer, DPA Hydrophone, DPA omni-directional mics, SD702 recorder, Sennheiser M-S rig, Neuman 82, contact mics (piezos).

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Ash 8.1 | "The Noisiest Guys on the Planet", second edition

A track from Jana's album "Energy Field" was played on Late Junction (BBC Radio 3) last night,
1 July 2010.

Ash International # Ash 8.1

Cassette only, in an edition of 500 copies.
Second edition, with alternate inlay.

“The Noisiest Guys on the Planet” were recorded by Jana Winderen, who also provided the illustration. Thanks to: Institute of Marine Research and the crew on Johan Hjort.

The decapods or Decapoda (literally means “ten footed”) are an order of crustaceans within the class Malacostraca, including many familiar groups, such as crayfish, crabs, lobsters, prawns and shrimp. Most decapods are scavengers.

As their name implies, all decapods have ten legs; these are the last five of the eight pairs of thoracic appendages characteristic of crustaceans. The front three pairs function as mouthparts and are generally referred to as maxillipeds, the remainder being pereiopods. In many decapods, however, one pair of legs has enlarged pincers; the claws are called chelae, so those legs may be called chelipeds.

Jana Winderen writes:
“An ongoing investigation into the use and production of sound by decapods...

When a recording is made underwater, you will definitely hear the crackling noise of what might be a creature from the order of Decapods.

When recording on the coast of Norway, for example, this sound is what you are very likely to hear as soon as the ferries and motorboats have parked for the night. They seem to be everywhere, whoever it is making this sound. When you go for a swim and listen underwater you can even hear them. But who are they?

The pistol shrimp, or snapping shrimp, make this kind of sound, but they are not found in waters as far north as the Norwegian coast. In Thailand the same sounds can be heard in the freshwater River Ping.

To get more of an understanding of this phenomenon, I called various Professors of Marine Biology in Norway who specialise in shrimp. I asked whether they knew what kind of shrimp it could be making these sounds. One of them sent a question to his world-wide shrimp network because he did not know that shrimp made these sounds. The replies came that the sounds are probably produced when they are feeding. I know that pistol shrimp make sounds when they snap they claws to paralyse their prey, but do others in the same family do the same? No one seemes to know. Underwater there is very little known about the soundscapes created by living creatures, and few understand the details of variations between the various grunts, knocking sounds and rumbling sounds that cod, haddock, pollock, other fish and crustaceas produce, and how they experience and orientate themselves through the use of sound.”

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