Touch, June 2011

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T-Phone 4 | Budhaditya Chattopadhyay "Eye Contact with the City"

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Track listing:
1. Eye Contact with the City 9:33

"Eye Contact with the City" is a sound installation with video projection, produced for the Bengaluru Artist Residency 2010, supported by India Foundation for the Arts. It was recently nominated with an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica 2011.

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is a sound artist, researcher and audiovisual media practitioner based in India; he incorporates sound, visual image and digital media to produce works for installation and performance.

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Tone 42DR1 | Sohrab - "You Are Not Alone l"

320 kpbs mp3 - 1 track - 37:09
Photography: Jon Wozencroft

The first in a series of reworkings of Sohrab material by artists showing solidarity to his cause… all label and artist money goes towards the fund for his appeal against the refusal to be granted political asylum in Germany… Thanks to all of you who have helped Sohrab by downloading his track "Shouting at Dictators". Sohrab tells us he is very moved by the response to his plight and is very grateful for your support. He is awaiting a date for his final appeal…

Touch mix content providers:

JG Thirlwell - Susanna (Uxorial mix) 4:48 | Achim Mohné - Milan Knizhak mix#1 (side a) 6:05 | Jóhann Jóhannsson - Zarrin (remix) 6:01 (Mixed by Jóhann Jóhannsson at NTOV, Copenhagen, 24th May 2011) | Anonymous - Triple Exposure 9:10 (Mastered by a different Anonymous 24th May 2011) | Leif Elggren - No One Really Knows (destroyed) 11:46

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Touch Radio 64 | Yannick Dauby

14.06.11 - Arches – 25:05 - 320 kbps

A few years ago, I had the chance to participate in the organization of a scientific seminar about the relationship between canids and humans, the conferences spreading between ecology, ethology, psychology and anthropology ("Entre Chiens Et Loups", Lyon, 2006). Amongst the invited scientists was Dave Mech a wildlife biologist who spent all his life studying wolves in the field, and in particular on Ellesmere Island located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

We drove together to visit an area in Lozère, the least populated department of France, where some wolves are kept in in semi-captivity, which means that they are living an unusually large enclosure. Those animals were originally rescued from poachers, and the park has a very good reputation for introducing them to the public. There I could observe the wolves in the company of Dave Mech, who provided some invaluable insight into their behaviour.

Last year, I went back again to visit the wolves with Sylvain Macchi who is in charge of the park. I was able to record the songs of the wolves in the middle of the night and the early morning one February during their mating season. The barks are often associated with aggressive behaviours, meanwhile the chantings are a way to reinforce the cohesion of the group and calm down the tensions. The effect of these sounds, listening to wolves chanting in the complete darkness, is an extreme experience. Those arch-shaped tones are amongst the most beautiful things one can hear from the animal kingdom.

Composed in May 2011. Field recordings mostly made in February 2010.

Thanks a lot to Dave Mech for the inspiration and Sylvain Macchi for introducing me to the wolves of Gevaudan.

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Soliman Gamil Documentary on German Radio | 14th June & 9th July

"Within Sound of the Nile - Tracing the composer Soliman Gamil"
A documentary on the works of Soliman Gamil by Paul Paulun.
Research: Chloe Griffin, Paul Paulun and Sam Wilder.

We are pleased to announce that there will be two broadcasts on public German radio stations WDR (14th June), and BR (9th of July).

You can read the text in English here [.pdf]

TO:84 | Biosphere "N-Plants"

CD in digipak - 9 tracks - 49:50
When you buy this CD in the TouchShop, you also get a free download of exclusive track, "Oma"

Art Direction: Jon Wozencroft
Cover image: Yusuke Murakami
Mastered by Denis Blackham @ Skye

Track listing:
1. Sendai-1
2. Shika-1
3. Jōyō
4. Ikata-1
5. Monju-1
6. Genkai-1
7. Ōi-1
8. Monju-2
9. Fujiko

Geir Jenssen writes: "Early February 2011: Decided to make an album inspired by the Japanese post-war economic miracle. While searching for more information I found an old photo of the Mihama nuclear plant. The fact that this futuristic-looking plant was situated in such a beautiful spot so close to the sea made me curious. Are they safe when it comes to earthquakes and tsunamis? Further reading revealed that many of these plants are situated in earthquake-prone areas, some of them are even located next to shores that had been hit in the past by tsunamis.

A photo of Mihama made me narrow down my focus only to Japanese nuclear plants. I wanted to make a soundtrack to some of them, concentrating on the architecture, design and localizations, but also questioning the potential radiation danger (a cooling system being destroyed by a landslide or earthquake, etc). As the head of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said: "the plants were so well designed that 'such a situation is practically impossible'.

The album was finished on February 13th. On March 17th I received the following message from a Facebook friend: 'Geir, some time ago you asked people for a photo of a Japanese nuclear powerplant. Is this going to be the sleeve of your new coming album? But more importantly: how did you actually predict the future? Kind regards, David.'"

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