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TO:90 | Hildur Gudnadottir - "Leyfdu Ljosinu"

CD - extended digipak - 2 tracks - 39:25

Voice, cello & electronics: Hildur Gudnadottir

Recorded & mixed by Tony Myatt
Mastered by Denis Blackham

Artwork & Photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:
1. Prelude 4:11
2. Leyfdu ljosinu 35:14

Hildur Gudnadottir's new album 'Leyfdu ljosinu' (Icelandic for 'Allow the light'), was recorded live at the Music Research Centre, University of York, in January 2012 by Tony Myatt, using a SoundField ST450 Ambisonic microphone and two Neumann U87 microphones. (NB - It was not played in a concert environment and there was no audience.)

To be faithful to time and space - elements vital to the movement of sound - this album was recorded entirely live, with no post-tampering of the recordings' own sense of occasion.

A multichannel version (Touch # TO:90USB) is also available - a 2GB USB stick in hand-made (by the artist) paper cover.You can read more about this here.

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Touch Radio 78 | Daniel Menche

7.05.12 - Live YU - 77:12 - 192 kbps

Live Performance on April 21st, 2012 at the YU Contemporary Art Center located in Portland, Oregon USA. This concert was a two hour non-stop performance and this recording only captured an hour and fifteen minutes due to a recording failing. The amplifiers also blew out at the end. The room in which this concert was performed was the size of a city block (68,000 ft/20726 m) and had enormous room acoustics with considerable natural reverberations. Maximum volume was used, for 120 bodies were present to absorb this 120 minute sonic mass.

"Boredom is tuneless matter. Tears are music in material form." (E.M. Cioran)

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Touch Radio 79 | John Chantler

7.05.12 - Cambridge Unitarian, April 2012 - 29:59 - 192 kbps

Live performance on pipe organ and synthesiser. Recorded at Cambridge Unitarian Church, Saturday 28 April 2012 by Norman Ipsmael using a Tascam DR-07. Thanks to Jo Brook/Bad Timing, Simon Scott, Norman Ipsmael and Benny Nilsen.

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Go Mag | Cover mounted CD & feature

Cover mounted CD, GO MAG Mayo 90
Artwork & Track listing
To obtain a copy, email Nina at GO MAG

Elliott Sharp & Philip Jeck live at Cafe Oto | 22nd July 2012

Click here for more info and tickets

Door: 8pm

Tickets : £8 adv / £10 on the door

Elliott Sharp is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer and central figure in the avant-garde music scene in New York City for over thirty years. He's played OTO a few times before and this one promises something different but equally enchanting as he pairs up with Philip Jeck on record players and keyboards.

Elliott Sharp contributed "Black Rain" to "Ritual: Lands End" [Touch # T33.4, 1985]

TO:85 | Thomas Koner - "Novaya Zemlya"

CD - jewel case + booklet - 3 tracks - 36:36

Mastered by Denis Blackham
Artwork & Photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:

1. Novaya Zemlya 1
2. Novaya Zemlya 2
3. Novaya Zemlya 3

The artwork includes an essay by Thierry Charollais, "Thomas Köner's Novaya Zemlya: towards a metaphysical geography"... "Of course we find the unique Koneresque glowing drones that we know from his previous works. But we will also be touched by an unrevealed, barely perceptible sense of melody and harmony that Köner gradually developed since Kaamos (1998) and Nuuk (2004)."

Novaya Zemlya (Russian: Но́вая Земля́; IPA: [ˈnovəjə zʲɪmˈlʲæ], lit. New Land), also known in Dutch as Nova Zembla and in Norwegian as Gåselandet (lit. the Goose Land), is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean in the north of Russia and the extreme northeast of Europe, the easternmost point of Europe, lying at Cape Flissingsky on the northern island.

About Thomas Köner:

Thomas Köner (b. 1965) is a pioneering multimedia artist whose main interest lies in combining visual and auditory experiences. Over his long, much celebrated career, he has worked between installation works, sound art, minimal soundscapes, and as one half of Porter Ricks. He attended music college in Dortmund and studied electronic music at the CEM-Studio in Arnhem. Until 1994 he worked in the film industry as editor and sound engineer. Thomas has extended his concept of time and sound colour to images, resulting in video installations, photography and net art.

His point of departure was composition of sound in which aspects of a performance and visual language were gradually integrated. At first in the collaboration with film artist Jürgen Reble and the live performance Alchemie (1992). Following this, he started to compose film soundtracks and music to accompany historic silent films for the Louvre Museum and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, who called him a major innovator in the contemporary music scene, as well as noted his collaborative practice which has led to his working with musicians, filmmakers and visual artists on installations and sound performances, and to his creation of six video works produced in two cycles, starting in 2003.

His extensive discography, including his four classic albums ("Drone/Isolationist Ambient") released on Barooni between 1990 and 1995, Nunatak Gongamur, Teimo, Permafrost and Aubrite, can be found here:

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