History

2014

Touch releases Anna von Hausswolff's "Källan (Prototype)" as part of the ongoing white label series. Live events occur in Los Angeles (Amoeba Records & Private Island), the Touch Mentorship programme continues with Pepa Ivanova presenting her work at the Royal College of Art, London...





2013

So after a momentous year..., Touch31 kicks off with a 2 x USB release of recordings from Touch.30 live at Beaconsfield, and restarts the 7" series, 'Touch Sevens' with releases from Rosy Parlane & Sohrab. Jacob Kirkegaard's first vinyl, Conversion, followed in March. Further releases followed from Bruce Gilbert + BAW, Burkhard Stangl, his first for the label, and a collaboration between Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall. BJNilsen's "The Eye of the Microphone" followed in December.

Meanwhile field trips with Jana Winderen (Scotlland), various talks and presentations (Lincoln University), live events included Anna von Hausswolff and Chris Watson, collaborating for the first time with Hildur Gudnadottir (with programming by Tony Myatt), at Lincoln Cathedral as part of Frequency Festival of Digital Arts. Spire continued its select programming at Kontraste Festival, Austria - releasing Marcus Davidson's "The Passing" as a download only production, with Charles Matthews on Organ. Bergen Cathedral also hosted Spire at The Festival for Church, Art and Music in
Bergen kirkeautunnale 2013 (Norway).

The Touch Mentorship programme opens with Jiyeon Kim (South Korea) and Pepa Ivanova (Bulgaria) as the first two recipients. Jiyeon Kim performs at the Touch live event at Ausland, Berlin.





2012

Touch's 30th anniversary year is documented on a micro-site which can be found here

Touch's 30th year kicks off with a series of events and releases, including albums by Oren Ambarchi, Hildur Gudnadottir (CD and multi-channel version on USB stick), and Thomas Köner...





2011

BJNilsen & Mike Harding kick off the year with a week-long course at Transmedia, Brussels. CM von Hausswolff releases his first album on Touch. The Touch Sevens series continues, and releases from Fennesz, Biosphere and Chris Watson adorn the year. A new series of limited edition (300) white label vinyl only releases commences with 'Vinyl' by BJNilsen. The 'Touch' iPhone & iPad app is submitted to Apple iTunes on 2nd October.





2010

The British Library accept TouchRadio as a 'named collection' in their sound archive. Touch goes to South Korea for the first time; performs at Berghain, Berlin and releases new albums by Philip Jeck, Phill Niblock, Sohrab and Eleh.





2009

2009 sees the debut albums from Jana Winderen and Hildur Gudnadóttir. Amidst great changes in the industry, Touch starts to offer bespoke A3 prints and downloads as a product. London shows at the QEH and The Roundhouse take place in April and May.





2008

The Touch Sevens Series continues, and Philip Jeck's album, 'Sand, is released in March. Touch are nominated for numerous awards at Qwartz 4, Paris, and Touch artists appear over two nights at the ceremonies in early April. Atmospheres 2 takes place in London during May.





2007

Touch 25 finished with a sell-out event at The Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol with a live performance of Storm, Biosphere and a workshop by Chris Watson & Mike Harding. The year began with albums by KK Null, Lasse Marhaug | Nils Henrik Asheim, Oren Ambarchi and BJNilsen as well as the full length studio album by Fennesz Sakamoto. The Touch Sevens series of 7" vinyl began with Chris Watson's recordings of the Pacific Ocean, heralding a foray into vinyl, which will be continued into 2008. Most of the Touch back catalogue also appeared as digital downloads... The first Atmospheres festival take place at various venues in England. The Sinking of the Titanic by Gavin Bryars/Philip Jeck/Alter Ego was released at the end of the year.





2006

The year begins with a major new release by Biosphere, and the start of the 25th anniversary events. A dedicated show was held in October in London, and a festival in York immediately after. Rosy Parlane came over from New Zealand, and other Touch artists who took part were Biosphere, Fennesz, Ryoji Ikeda, Philip Jeck, Jacob Kirkegaard, BJNilsen and others. The tour coincided with new albums by Rosy Parlane and Chris Watson ¬ BJNilsen, and field Recordings from Geir Jenssen [Biosphere].





2005

BJ Nilsen releases Fade to white, and Spire Live from Geneva [see above] is produced. First release on Touch for Jacob Kirkegaard, and in June a live collaboration between Christian Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto. In October Touch plays Ultima, Oslo, and then Spire Live in Göteborg, Sweden.





2004

A collaboration between Organum and Z'EV, Tinnitus, Philip Jeck's 7 and Venice by Fennesz are released. First CD by Rosy Parlane, Iris. Spire performed Live in Geneva Cathedral at La Batie festival, with Marcus Davidson, Fennesz, Philip Jeck, Charles Matthews and BJNilsen. Jóhann Jóhannsson releases his 2nd album, Virthulegu forestar, on CD and DVD-A.





2003

Mika Vainio's and Chris Watson's 3rd solo albums are released, along with new cds by Phill Niblock and Ken Ikeda, and a first acoustic cd from Ryoji Ikeda, op. Watson's Weather Report at the Lovebytes festival, Cut and Splice and elsewhere. Double CD compilation Spire, Organ Music, Past, Present & Future comes out for Christmas.





2002

Touch: Ringtones CD is released in February. Jóhann Jóhannsson's Englabörn, 3rd albums by Biosphere, Philip Jeck and Mika Vainio. The live tour continues around Europe, including the opening of the STUK centre in Leuven. Easter Friday at the Pompidou Centre, Paris, and the New Forms Festival in Den Haag. In October Touch toured Switzerland, visiting Zurich, Fribourg and Geneva, and in November played a central part in the Fricties Festival, Vooruit in Gent, Belgium.





2001

Touch celebrates its 20th year with a UK tour with Biosphere, Fennesz & Hazard, including May 21st at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Release of 'Touch Works...' by Phill Niblock. The 3rd in the Rehberg & Bauer trilogy and Locust's double CD, Wrong, are released. Matrix by Ryoji Ikeda wins the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica festival. The first in a series of live releases, TO:CDR..., begins with Philip Jeck's Live in Japan.





2000

Touch releases Biosphere's Cirque on CD and LP. Chris Watson wins a distinction at Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria) for his CD Outside the Circle of Fire (1998). Mika Vainio's Kajo is released. Ryoji Ikeda tours with Zoviet France.





1999

Touch & Fuse book, Fennesz's 47 degrees... CD and the the first release by Oren Ambarchi.





1998

Heading into glitch territory _ the arrival of Apple's Powerbook computers encourage musicians to develop their own mobile/performing studios. Philip Jeck's Surf takes the art of vinyl/turntable manipulation a step further. Chris Watson's Outside the Circle of Fire uses close-up sound recordings of animal activity to cast additional light on their relationships to digital sound.





1997

Release of the first solo CD by Mika Vainio from Pan Sonic (formerly Panasonic), and beginning of collaboration with Mark Van Hoen (Locust) and Scala which results in Last Flowers from the Darkness, a collection of works by Mark Van Hoen covering the period 1992-1996, and Scala's Beauty Nowhere and Compass Heart. The first Rehberg & Bauer CD based on digital processing errors comes out. The same year sees New Order's Video 5-8-6 recording finally emerge as a CD single and enter the charts in the UK, no thanks to the major retailers' absurd policies.





1996


Touch releases the first solo CD by Chris Watson, formerly sound recordist with the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, and later sound recordist for many BBC wildlife programmes, including David Attenborough's award-winning Life of Birds. Closely followed by the highly acclaimed +/- by Ryoji Ikeda, the minimalist Japanese composer who also composes and arranges the sound for the performing troupe Dumb Type. The Wire described it as "an absolutely indispensible bridge between sinetone minimalism and Panasonic-style modernist techno". It is difficult to describe. Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson's elegiac soundtrack to the film "Children of Nature" acts as the perfect counterpoint.





1995

Touch releases Loopholes, the first solo cd by Philip Jeck, winner of the Time Out Performance Award in 1993 for Vinyl Requiem. The first time digitally-generated film becomes acceptable in the production process, so the beginning of our association with Orange and their hi-res scanning facility. 1995 also saw the release of the first Touch Sampler CD.





1994

Continuing to work with The Hafler Trio and Richard Kirk, whose Sandoz and Sweet Exorcist CDs and vinyl are released.





1993

Sandoz's (aka Richard H. Kirk) Digital Lifeforms CD is described in The Observer as 'dance music for the twenty first century'. In the next 7 years, Kirk records and releases 7 further CDs, Intensely Radioactive (1994), Every Man Got Dreaming (1995), Step, Write, Run (1996), Dark Continent (1996), Chant to Jah (1998), Darkness at Noon (1999) and LoopStatic (2000).





1988-1992

Artworking out of the Neville Brody Studio whilst working on various parallel projects.
Production and release of the Z'EV retrospective, One Foot in the Grave.

1989

Production of Spiral series with A.M. McKenzie.
Vögel by Strafe Für Rebellion gathers together the Düsseldorf group's finest recordings.

1990

Étant Donnés' Aurore, and Contact by John Duncan and A.M. McKenzie. Digital bromides are output for the typographic artwork, thanks to QuarkXPress, rather than marked up and sent to the typesetter. The beginning of the digital typeface explosion and desktop publishing.

1991-1992

Production and publication of Vagabond, edited with Jon Savage. The independent book distributor goes bankrupt. Rough Trade distribution having ceased to be, also.





1986-1987

'Interaction' exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre, London, featuring Peter Blake, Brian Eno, Russell Mills, Jamie Reid and Touch. Feature on Channel 4's 'The Tube'. Screening of Alternation Perception and Resistance by The Hafler Trio on C4's 'After Image'. 1986 Also sees the first Touch record by The Hafler Trio - The Sea Org. This is followed by Brain Song (1986), Protection (1987), A Thirsty Fish (1988), before Ignotum per Ignotius becomes the first fully-fledged CD release, in non-jewel case format (1989), followed by Masturbatorium (1991), FUCK (1992), Mastery of Money (1992), Resurrection, with The Sons of God, (1993) and How to Reform Mankind (1994). The 1980s vinyl releases eventually came out on 6 CDs in a collaboration with The Grey Area of Mute Records, The Golden Hammer (1994). Currently being re-issued by Korm Plastics, The Netherlands.





1983-1986

Meridians One and Two, Touch Travel, Ritual: Lands End and Ritual: Magnetic North, featuring artists such as Test Department, A Certain Ratio, Derek Jarman, Russell Mills, Peter Saville, General Strike, Jah Wobble, Gilbert and George, Joseph Beuys, Jamie Reid, Greil Marcus, Jon Savage, The Residents and Cabaret Voltaire... Slow improvements in the quality of cassette production/reproduction - a medium designed entirely for domestic purposes rather than mass distribution. 1984 sees Touch's first LP release, The Egyptian Music by Soliman Gamil, the composer for the National State Theatre in Cairo who trained his own troupe to perform and record traditional Egyptian music annotated from documents found in the Pyramids. The Revox tapes quickly deteriorated; they were treated at the Exchange prior to release on CD in 1987, later the original cassettes were remastered for A Map of Egypt Before the Sands.





1982

4th March - Official founding of Touch by Jon Wozencroft


11th March - New Order perform at The Newcastle Mayfair


December - First Touch release, Feature Mist, one in a series of six cassette magazines. Exclusive tracks by New Order, Shostakovich, Simple Minds, Tuxedomoon, Soliman Gamil, with images, graphics and stories from Psychic TV, Neville Brody, Mayakovsky, Robert Wyatt and The Residents' Rozztox Manifesto... The cassettes are sponsored by Maxell but the mastering quality is pre-Roman.







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