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TO:42/TO:42V | Chris Watson "El Tren Fantasma" Album and "El Tren Fantasma - The Signal Man's Mix" Remix 12"

"El Tren Fantasma"
CD album - 10 tracks - 65 minutes

"El Tren Fantasma - The Signal Man's Mix"
12" Vinyl - two remixed tracks + 320 kbps MP3 files of the two vinyl tracks

Artwork: Jon Wozencroft
CD mastered by Denis Blackham
12" cut by Jason @ Transition

We are taking orders for these items now - shipping will commence on November 9th. Official retail release date is November 14th. Buy the CD and 12" bundle in the TouchShop.

CD Track listing:
01: La Anunciante
02: Los Mochis
03: Sierra Tarahumara
04: El Divisadero
05: Crucero La Joya
06: Chihuahua
07: Aguascalientes
08: Mexico D.F.
09: El Tajin; El dia y La noche
10: Veracruz

12" Track listing:
Side A
1. El Divisadero - The Telegraph 7:56

Side B
2. Veracruz - The Tunnel 7:54

"Take the ghost train from Los Mochis to Veracruz and travel cross country, coast to coast, Pacific to Atlantic. Ride the rhythm of the rails on board the Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México (FNM) and the music of a journey that has now passed into history."

El Tren Fantasma, (The Ghost Train), is Chris Watson's 4th solo album for Touch, and his first since Weather Report in 2003, which was named as one of the albums you should hear before you die in The Guardian. A Radio programme was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 30 Oct, 2010, produced by Sarah Blunt, and described as "a thrilling acoustic journey across the heart of Mexico from Pacific to Atlantic coast using archive recordings to recreate a rail passenger service which no longer exists. It’s now more than a decade since FNM operated its last continuous passenger service across country. Chris Watson spent a month on board the train with some of the last passengers to travel this route. As sound recordist he was part of the film crew working on a programme in the BBC TV series Great Railways Journeys. Now, in this album, the journey of the ‘ghost train’ is recreated, evoking memories of a recent past, capturing the atmosphere, rhythms and sounds of human life, wildlife and the journey itself along the tracks of one of Mexico’s greatest engineering projects.

The radio broadcast received national press coverage in the UK:

The Observer:

It is over a decade since FNM operated its last continuous passenger service across the country but here sound recordist Chris Watson recreates its atmospheric journey with the help of the train recordings he made while working on the BBC television series Great Railway Journeys... through desert and city, but it is the rocking rhythms of the train itself that prove most memorable. [Stephanie Billen]

The Financial Times:

El Tren Fantasma (8pm) is Archive on 4's recollection of a trans-Mexico rail journey by sound recordist Chris Watson. From desert to rainforest, hummingbirds' wings to the boom of heat rising from the Copper Canyon, it recalls a beloved passenger train system abandoned by privatisation. **** [Martin Hoyle]

The Daily Telegraph:

Sometimes, radio can awaken the mind and sharpen the senses like no other medium. This "sound portrait" of a now-abandoned railway line that used to run between the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Mexico is a good case in point. Captured by sound recordist Chris Watson more than a decade ago, it jostles with human, animal and mechanical life, filling the room with an atmosphere that is more richly evocative of Central America than any TV travel show I've seen. Diesel engines thrum, cicadas chirrup and passengers chatter, sing and argue. [Pete Naughton]

About the author...

Chris Watson is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena, and for Touch he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative. For example. the unearthly groaning of ice in an Icelandic glacier is a classic example of, in Watson's words, putting a microphone where you can't put your ears. He was born in Sheffield where he attended Rowlinson School and Stannington College (now part of Sheffield College). In 1971 he was a founding member of the influential Sheffield-based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance recordist for film, tv & radio, Chris Watson specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with track assembly and sound design in post production.

Buy "El Tren Fantasma" [CD] in the TouchShop
Buy "El Tren Fantasma - The Signal Man's Mix" [12"] in the TouchShop
Buy the CD and 12" bundle in the TouchShop

Touch Radio 70 | Peter 7 Paelinck

06.11.11 - The Home Recordings – 50:25 - 192 kbps

6AM - Moonsickness - Nobah Sahibs - Deadend - Nachtmeer - Is - 23.2

"The Home Recordings is the extension on the recordings that were made in 2008 in Norway. Being there with no instruments and no source but water to create sound, I was very limited. Returning home, the place you love and when you stay too long, you hate, became the source of these recordings. Everyday you hear something that changes your mood, but sometimes they can be very difficult to record. This can be the cause of different, unwelcome sounds, as you think they are. So I started to record the sounds outside my front door from 04hr. in the morning till 07hr.

Mixing everything at home in some kind of dark way, not opening the sound up... I used an Emulator Emax 1 because of its simple sampling sound. All other instruments are acoustically recorded.

There is no limit on sound, only we as source."

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Review of "El Tren Fantasma" by Andrew Weatherall

"A benchmark in field recording not to mention a map of the soul, an insight into the human condition and a key to dreams." (Caught by the River)

You can read the full review here and buy the album and 12" vinyl in the TouchShop.

Touch Radio 71 | David Cleveland & Nigel Lister

29.11.11 - Cleveland & Lister present… – 21:45 - 192 kbps

David Cleveland & Nigel Lister present… 1. 1902 Gaumont Cinematograph | 2. 1912 Gaumont Chrono | 3. 1914 Pathé (Home) Projector | 4. 1914 Krups Ernemann No. 1

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In 2012 Touch celebrates the 30th anniversary of its first release, "Feature Mist" [Touch # T1]. You can read about forthcoming events on This microsite will be updated regularly.

Tone 46 | Fennesz + Sakamoto "Flumina"

DCD - 24 tracks

Photography + cover design: Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Fernando Aponte

CDOne Track listing:
01: 0318
02: 0319
03: 0320
04: 0322
05: 0324
06: 0325
07: 0327
08: 0328
09: 0330
10: 0401
11: 0402
12: 0404

CDTwo Track listing:
01: 0405
02: 0407
03: 0409
04: 0411
05: 0415
06: 0417
07: 0419
08: 0423
09: 0424
10: 0425
11: 0428
12: 0429

The 24 pieces of "Flumina" are based on piano compositions/improvisations which Ryuichi Sakamoto had recorded whilst touring in Japan. On that tour Ryuichi played a piano piece in a different key at the beginning of every show, always having a Fennesz Sakomoto project in mind. After 24 shows he had 24 tracks in 24 different keys, covering all 24 tonal steps of the western tonal system. Sakamoto sent the tracks over to Christian Fennesz and he worked on them using electronics, guitars and synths. They met in New York then and mixed the album together with Fernando Aponte at KAB Studios.

This is their 3rd collaboration released on Touch, after the live recording of "Sala Santa Cecilia" [Touch # Tone 22, 2005] and "Cendre" [Touch # Tone 32, 2007].

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