Touch, November 2012
Ash 9.1D | BJ Nilsen "Draught #1"
Digital download [320kbps MP3]
Cover: ‘Dead Flowerz Two’ – the second in a series of six by SAVX.
1: Live at the ICA, London, 17th May 2008 - 40:07
Recorded by Charlie Poulet
2: Live at Puzzle, Caen, 26th November 2008 - 31:50
Recorded by Anna Cruise
"Arrive early. Dress appropriately. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Tune up before and during the performance. Don’t be a statue. Avoid “dead air”. Be flexible. Learn to play through bad stage sound. Never stop part way through a song, no matter how badly you’ve screwed up. Be prepared to socialise and mingle with the audience members. Have fun."
These recordings were initially released in 2010 on cassette [Ash 9.1], in an edition of 500 copies.
Fairy Tales | DVD BFI & Touch
DVD - Region 2 only
Commissioned exclusive work from Fennesz ● Chris Watson ● Oren Ambarchi ● BJNilsen ● Hildur Gudnadottir ● Sarah Nicolls ● Jana Winderen ● Michael Esposito ● Leif Elggren ● Maia Urstad ● Achim Mohné ● Tom Haines & Chris Branch (members of The London Snorkelling Team) ● Pascal Wyse ● Marcus Davidson ● Joachim Nordwall & Henrik Rylander ● Philip Jeck ● Sohrab and others
also with free extras not on the DVD from Jacob Kirkegaard:
Once upon a time, during the belle epoque in turn-of-the-century Paris, a short-lived film form called scenes de feeries, or fairy films, was becoming popular thanks to the Pathe Frerer company. In jewel-like colours the films, made to appeal to young and old alike, recreated the theatrical spectacles of the age with their fantastical settings, dancing girls, mythical beasts, supernatural beings and a plethora of stage tricks enhanced by the techniques of the new medium of film.
Presented here with original hand-colouring, each film is accompanied with a newly commissioned soundtrack by recording artists from the leading experimental music label Touch.
Film notes written by Bryony Dixon. Extra films notes written by Michael Brooke. Music notes written by Mike Harding.
Tonight Touch.30 Live in Glasgow
8pm 22nd November | The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Scotland
Philip Jeck, Thomas Köner, BJNilsen
Tone 33 | "Touch. 30 Years and Counting"
CD - 4 tracks - 70:16
Edition of 1000 oversized digifiles
4 tracks - DLP - 70:16
Gatefold full colour sleeve with black inners
Limited edition of 1000
Compiled, edited, mixed and produced by Mike Harding & Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye, 26th October 2012
1 - 16:58
Touch 33 - Pont Saeson
Fennesz - 55 Cancri e
Bruce Gilbert - Apis
Rosy Parlane - Awhitu
Oren Ambarchi - Merely A Portmanteau
2 - 17:15
The Book Depository
ELEH - Over Woven
BJNilsen - The cackle of dogs and laughter of death
Nana April Jun - High And Low And Mid Plane Mass
3 - 18:14
Chris Watson - Brussel-Nord
Mika Vainio - Erstwhile
Carl Michael von Hausswolff - Cleansing of the Cruel Tyrants Chamber
Jana Winderen - In a Silent Place
4 - 17:49
Philip Jeck - Saint Pancras
Francisco López - untitled#286
Z'EV - the inreadables
Hildur Gudnadottir - Just This
Biosphere - Gryfici
"30 years and counting is an echo of a time when the world was in a critical condition, and potentially about to blow itself into oblivion at the tail end of the Cold War. As such the title is a wry reflection on the situation we find ourselves in today, where the final curtain is less likely to close, but the stakes somehow seem to be more extreme and polarised than ever.
As far as Touch is concerned, it is an expression of our youthful relationship to the work. Mike Harding and Jon Wozencroft invited each of the Touch artists to contribute a glimpse of their current practice to what is effectively a group show rather than a compilation. The brief was not only to celebrate a situation, but to remind each other why we are doing it, and make a kind of documentary realism.
Some artists responded quickly with significant twists and returns to their signature sound and others left it to the last minute. The net result was that Mike and Jon mastered the LP/CD more or less as live performance in the cutting room, Transition, as an expression of the vitality of the project rather than some pre-ordained historical item.
The history is built into the cover with two images of the first computer, the ‘Colossus’, built in Bletchley Park during the early 1940s as a means of cracking the Enigma codes… Here the pressure of time is at its most compressed. Two contra-punctal images were shot only recently, backstage moments of Touch 30 situations which as historical events, pale in comparison – they are just personal, memories in a flash.
30 years and counting is a filmic/time-based response from a collective of artists who have made a distinct impression on contemporary music and the way things go. Fennesz, Eleh, Hildur Gudnadottir, Chris Watson, Philip Jeck, Biosphere… We should really list everyone. That’s what they try and do on hip-hop albums.
We started with cassettes; this project commenced as a dedication to vinyl rather than digital, a question concerning the art of recording. 30 years and counting is a manifesto after all these transformations. It is available on CD and download. The vinyl flares with the crackle of the present." Jon Wozencroft, November 2012
Pre-order "30 years and counting" [CD] in the TouchShop
Pre-order "30 years and counting" [DLP] in the TouchShop
FLAC download available later in December…
Touch.30 live in Madeira
Touch live @ Madeiradig 30th November