2006-2007 sees the 25th anniversary of the conception, and first release, of Touch, and various events are planned to acknowledge this. This page details live and web events taking place throughout this period.


1. Touch Web

A series of photographs by Jon Wozencroft you can use for your desktop or as a screensaver. A folder of 20 jpegs at 72 dpi are available for 5 different monitor sizes. The folders were archived using a Mac with system 10.4.3, and are saved as zip files. You can unstuff them using Stuffit Expander [for Mac] [for Windows].

l 14" ibook 1024x768 pixels
ll iMac 1280x1024
lll Powerbook [widescreen] 1280x854
lV 23" monitor 1600x1200
V G5 1680x1050

Once you have downloaded these images, you can select the folder to act as your desktop image folder in system preferences/Desktop & Screensaver.

Touch 25 Screensaver

Here is a Touch 25 screensaver for your mobile phone. You can upload it via bluetooth or a data cable. It was tested on a Nokia. Click on the link, dust drag this image to your desktop and upload to your phone.
And here is a free ringtone for Touch 25. You can upload it to your phone in the same way as the screensaver above. Check out our CD of ringtones here.

Early Cassette Culture

Between 1982 and 1989, Touch released a series of cassettes [as well as vinyl, and from 1987, compact discs] which are highlighted on these three pages – The cassette magazines, Feature Mist [Touch T1, 1982], Meridians One and Meridians Two [Touch T2 and T3, 1983], Touch Travel [Touch T4, 1984] and Ritual: Magnetic North [Touch T5, 1986]; a series in the style of what became known as "World Music" [Touch # T33 to T33.9]; and the beginnings of solo or group ventures [TO:1, TO:2, TO:4 and TO:7, and TOC:1 and TOC:2].

The front covers and details of other print, audio content and liner notes are presented as they appeared on the original productions. In future we will be rolling out pages detailing printed matter, posters, vinyl and other items which were released in the 1980s.
Early cassette culture 1: T1 - T5
Early cassette culture 2: T33 - T33.4/T33.7-9
Early cassette culture 3: TO:1 - TO:2 & TO:4/TOC:1 & TOC:2

Fergus Kelly has written a blog about his experiences relating to this early period which can be read here. He has also reproduced many of the prints which appeared in these early editions.


2. Touch Live


April 3/4 @ Qwartz 4, Paris - Fennesz, Philip Jeck, Chris Watson & Rosy Parlane


January 20th @ York Minster, York, England. Spire Live
March 2nd @ Rymer Hall, York University - Chris Watson & Storm
June 9th @ Faster than Sound, Aldeburgh, Suffolk with Philip Jeck & Touch audio-visual

July 20th @ gladefestival - Touch 25 audio playback set
August 1st @ Heeley Institute, Sheffield - Chris Watson & Touch 25
October 23rd @ The Bedford Arms, London - Biosphere, Chris Watson, BJNilsen, People Like Us, Zerocrop
October 22th-26th @ The Atmospheres Festival, London

December 21st @ Consortium, The Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Chris Watson & Touch 25


March 11th @ iDeal, Göteborg, Sweden - label spotlight
April 13th @ Stimul Festival - Archa Theatre, Prague with Fennesz and Philip Jeck.
[Photos may be seen here]
May 5th @ Cut and Splice, ICA, London - label spotlight with Philip Jeck
& special guest DJs Joachim Nordwall & Peter Rehberg
May 7th @ Les Nuits Botaniques - Spire live at St. Michael's Cathedral, Brussels

[Photos may be seen here]
May 12th @ FuseLeeds06 Festival - Spire live at Leeds Town Hall
May 13th Spire live at St. George's Church, Jesmond, Newcastle

June 17th @ The Curzon Cinema, Soho, London - Philip Jeck + Tereza Stehlíková [DVD - 'fingertips']
June 24th @ Holland Festival - Spire live at Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
September 2nd Spire live at St. Florian, Linz, Austria

September 22nd @ Europa Festival, Rotterdam - Fennesz and Jacob Kirkegaard

September 23rd @ Europa Festival, Rotterdam - Philip Jeck and BJNilsen

[Photos may be seen here]
October 4th @ Serpentine Pavilion, London - Biosphere [by invitation only]
October 17th @ The Bedford Arms, London - Fennesz, Philip Jeck, Rosy Parlane, CM von Hausswolff
& DJ Jacob Kirkegaard
[Photos may be seen here]
October 19th-22nd @ SightSonic Festival, York [Photos may be seen here]
October 25th @ The Hive, FACT, Liverpool - Philip Jeck & Rosy Parlane
[Photos may be seen here]
October 29th @ Share, New York City - Jacob Kirkegaard & Phill Niblock
November 7th @ British School, Rome - TRACKS with BJNilsen

Live perfomances/events by other Touch artists can be found on their websites:

Oren Ambarchi
Ryoji Ikeda
Philip Jeck
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Jacob Kirkegaard
Phill Niblock
Rosy Parlane
Chris Watson

A full list of live events since 2000 can be found here


3. Touch 25 Texts

Readers viewers & listeners will have noticed that the 25 year anniversary celebrations have lasted well beyond their alloted timespan. Maybe it is our response to a time-based conundrum, to further the question concerning what we are doing with our time.

These two texts were written in close proximity to the Touch 25 CD released in February 2006, and having got somewhat lost in cyberspace, are here re-presented in their unedited form.
The first was a commission by Computer Arts magazine, published in June 2006 though written a few months earlier. The second, "Digital Glass", was written for the London College of Communication site 'Limited Language', both forming part of a work in progress called "On/Off". [Jon Wozencroft, 28th November 2007]

The Moon Is Down
Digital Glass