HistoryReleases by Date
First release of the TOUCHFOLIO series of hard back books with audio by Joséphine Michel & Mika Vainio. First series of TOUCHLINE releases, online only paralleling Folio. Biosphere & Deathprod reunite for Stator and Philip Jeck's seminal Cardinal is released in the autumn.
Philip Jeck - Cardinal TO:98
Heitor Alvelos - Faith TO:97
Joséphine Michel & Mika Vainio - Halfway to White FOLIO 001
Yann Novak - Scalar Field (9a00ff, ff6600, ff0066, fe0000) TOUCHLINE3
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay - Decomposing Landscape TOUCHLINE2
Simon Scott - Below Sea Level TOUCHLINE1
Biosphere Deathprod - Stator TO:99
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...
Fennesz - Venice TO:53V
Thomas Koner & Jana Winderen - Cloitre Tone 51
Achim Mohne - Accelerated Standstill Tone 45.7
Jacaszek & Kwartludium - Catalogue des Arbres TO:94
Hildur Gudnadottir - Saman TO:96
Thomas Ankersmit - Figueroa Terrace TO:93
Jana Winderen - Out of Range Tone 50
Anna von Hausswolff - Kallan (Prototype) Tone 45.6
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.
BJ Nilsen - Eye of the Microphone TO:95
Marcus Davidson - The Passing Spire 5
Burkhard Stangl - Unfinished. For William Turner, painter. TO:92
Phill Niblock - Touch Five TO:91
Bruce Gilbert and BAW - Diluvial TO:87
Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall - Monstrance TO:88
Chris Watson - In St Cuthbert's Time TO:89
Geir Jenssen - Stromboli Tone 48
Various Artists - The Sarsen Circle Tone 49
Walo Shatan Gwari - Drumming for Creation T33.3V
Jacob Kirkegaard - Conversion Tone 47
Various Artists - Live at Beaconsfield Touch30USB
Sohrab - Between Strangers TS15
Rosy Parlane - Willow TS14
Touch's 30th anniversary year is documented on a micro-site which can be found here, The 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...
Various Artists - Touch. 30 Years and Counting Tone 33
Touch Beermat Orval 1
Jana Winderen - Debris Tone 45.4
Mika Vainio - Fe3O4 - Magnetite TO:86
Touch 33 - Islands in-between T33.3V
Hildur Gudnadottir - Leyfdu Ljosinu TO:90
Thomas Koner - Novaya Zemlya TO:85
Sohrab - You Are Not Alone lll Tone 42DR3
fennesz wozencroft - Liquid Music RGB01
Daniel Menche - Quanta of Light Tone 45.5
Oren Ambarchi Audience of One TO:83
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.
Edgar Honetschlager & Yukika Kudo - Negative Space T-Phone 5
Mike Harding - Repaired/Replaced TS13
Biosphere - Mysterier TS11
Jana Winderen - Debris
Chris Watson - El Tren Fantasma TO:42
Chris Watson - El Tren Fantasma - The Signal Man's Mix TO:42V
Fennesz + Sakamoto Flumina Tone 46
Touch app for iPhone and iPad TAPP 01
Hildur Gudnadottir - Without Sinking TO:70DLP
Fennesz - Seven Stars Tone 44
Oren Ambarchi & Joe Talia - Hit & Run Tone 45.3
Bruce Gilbert - Monad TS12
The Sight Below - N-Plants_Remixes Tone 45.2
Sohrab - You Are Not Alone II Tone 42DR2
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay - Eye Contact with the City T-Phone 4
Sohrab - You Are Not Alone l Tone 42DR1
Biosphere - N-Plants TO:84
Chris Watson & Marcus Davidson - Cross-Pollination Tone 43
Sohrab - Shouting at Dictators Tone 42DS
BJNilsen - Vinyl Tone 45.1
CM von Hausswolff - 800 000 Seconds in Harar TO:82
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.
Sohrab - A Hidden Place Tone 42
Pietro Riparbelli - 4 Churches Spire 4
Philip Jeck - An Ark for the Listener TO:81
Jana Winderen - nightwater T-Phone 3
Eleh - Repose TO:80DS
Hildur Gudnadottir - Mount A Tone 41
Philip Jeck & Marcus Davidson - Spliced TS10
Lawrence English - Incongruous Harmonies TS09
Jana Winderen - Evaporation T-Phone 2
Daniel Menche - Hover Spire 3
Biosphere & Jon Wozencroft - Substrata 2.1 TD01
Enrico Coniglio - Songs from Ruined Days Spire 2
Jana Winderen - Energy Field TO:73
Eleh - Location Momentum TO:80
BJNilsen - The Invisible City TO:77
Biosphere - Outside By The Fjord T-Phone 1
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.
Oren Ambarchi - Intermission 2000-2008 Tone 40
Eleh | Nana April Jun - Observations & Momentum Tone 39
Phill Niblock - Touch Strings TO:79
Mika Vainio - Black Telephone of Matter TO:72
Biosphere - Wireless - Live at The Arnolfini, Bristol Tone 38
Robert Hampson - Vectors TO:71
Hildur Gudnadóttir - Iridescence TO:70DS
Jana Winderen - Submerged Tone 36DS
Wozencroft Parlane - Willow TO:68DS
Hildur Gudnadottir - Without Sinking TO:70
Jon Wozencroft & The Spire Ensemble - Organology Spire 1
Nana April Jun - The Ontology of Noise Tone 37
Philip Jeck - Suite: Live in Liverpool Tone 29
Jana Winderen - Heated: Live in Japan Tone 36
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.
Fennesz - Black Sea TO:76
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz - Withers in the Waking TS08
Lawrence Englich - Kiri No Oto Tone 31
Jacob Kirkegaard - Labyrinthitis Tone 35
Jim O'Rourke - Despite the Water Supply TS07
Mika Vainio - Behind The Radiators TS06
Spire Live - Fundamentalis Tone 28
Fennesz - Transition TS04
AER - Project TS03
Fennesz/Jeck/Matthews - Amoroso TS01
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.
Gavin Bryars/Philip Jeck/Alter Ego - The Sinking of the Titanic Tone 34
Fennesz - On a desolate shore a shadow passes by TS04D
BJNilsen - The Short Night TO:75
Chris Watson - Oceanus pacificus TS02
Oren Ambarchi - In the Pendulum's Embrace TO:78
Fennesz - Live In Japan Tone 23
Fennesz Sakamoto - Cendre Tone 32
Marhaug | Asheim - Grand Mutation Tone 30
KK NULL - Fertile TO:74
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].
Philip Jeck - Sand TO:67
Chris Watson ｬ BJNilsen - Storm Tone 27
Jacob Kirkegaard - 4 Rooms Tone 26
Rosy Parlane - Jessamine TO:68
Various Artists - Touch 25 Tone 25
Phill Niblock - Touch Three TO:69
Biosphere - dropsonde TO:66
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.
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.
BJNilsen - Fade to White TO:65
Z'EV - Headphone Musics 1-6 b/w As Is As TO:63
Jóhann Jóhannsson - Virthulegu forsetar TO:64
Oren Ambarchi - Grapes from the Estate TO:61
Biosphere - Autour de la Lune TO:62
Philip Jeck - 7 TO:57
Spire - Organ Works Past Present & Future Tone 20
Organum Z'EV - Tinnitus VU Tone 19
BJNilsen/Hazard Live at Konzerthaus, Vienna 6_12_03 TO:CDR5
Fennesz - Venice TO:53
Rosy Parlane - iris TO:58
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 at the end of the year.
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.
Ryoji Ikeda - op. TO:60
Philip Jeck - Stoke TO:56
Various Artists - Star Switch On Tone 18
Biosphere - Shenzhou TO:55
Jóhann Jóhannsson - Englabörn TO:52
Hazard - Land Tone 17
Fennesz - Field Recordings 1995:2002 Tone 16
Philip Jeck & Jacob Kirkegaard - Soaked Tone 15
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.
Various Artists - Touch: Ringtones Tone 14
Locust - Wrong TO:51
Oren Ambarch - Suspension T33.18
Biosphere - Substrata² TO:50
Hazard | Fennesz | Biosphere - Light Tone 13
Rafael Toral - Violence Of Discovery And Calm Of Acceptance TO:48
Rehberg & Bauer - Passt TO:45
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.
Various Artists - Touch 00 T_ZERO_0
Rafael Toral - Engine. Live in Paris TO:CDR4
Richard H. Kirk - Loopstatic Tone 12
Phill Niblock - Touch Works, For Hurdy Gurdy And Voice TO:49
Biosphere - Cirque TO:46
Fennesz - Live at Revolver/Melbourne TO:CDR3
John Duncan - Tap Internal Tone 11
S.E.T.I. - Live at Gen Weyngaert, Brussels TO:CDR2
Ken Ikeda - Tzuki (Moon) T33.17
Ryoji Ikeda - Matrix TO:44
Mika Vainio - Kajo TO:43
Philip Jeck - Live at ICC, Tokyo TO:CDR1
Touch & Fuse book, Fennesz's 47 degrees... CD and the the first release by Oren Ambarchi.
Richard H. Kirk - Darkness At Noon TO:41
Fennesz - plus forty seven degrees 56' 37" minus sixteen degrees 51' 08" TO:40
Rehberg & Bauer - Ballt TO:39
Oren Ambarchi - Insulation T33.16
Ryoji Ikeda - 0ºC TO:38
Philip Jeck - Surf TO:36
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.
Sandoz - Chant to Jah Tone 10
Various Artists - Touch. Sampler 3 T_ZERO_3
Various Artists - Your Summer Recordings TOUCH.SEVEN.1
Chris Watson - Outside The Circle Of Fire TO:37
Scala - Compass Heart Tone 9
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.
New Order - Video 5-8-6 Tone 7.1
New Order - Video 5-8-6 Tone 7
Evan Parker & Lawrence Casserley - Solar Wind TO:35
Mika Vainio - Onko TO:34
Various Artists - Touch. Sampler 2 T_ZERO_2
WIR - Vien Tone 8
Soliman Gamil - A Map Of Egypt Before The Sands T33.15
Rehberg & Bauer - Faßt TO:32
Mark Van Hoen - The Last Flowers From The Darkness TO:31
Scala - Beauty Nowhere TO:29
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.
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.
Various Artists - Touch. Sampler 1 T_ZERO_1
Richard H. Kirk - Step, Write, Run - Alphaphone Vol.1 Tone 6
Wir3O - The Last First Letter Tone 5
Sandoz - Every Man Got Dreaming TO:28
Philip Jeck - Loopholes TO:26
INDICATE - Whelm TO:25
Continuing to work with The Hafler Trio and Richard Kirk, whose Sandoz and Sweet Exorcist CDs and vinyl are released.
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).
Production and publication of Vagabond, edited with Jon Savage. The independent book distributor goes bankrupt. Rough Trade distribution having ceased to be, also.
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.
Production of Spiral series with A.M. McKenzie. Vögel by Strafe Für Rebellion gathers together the Düsseldorf group's finest recordings
The Hafler Trio - Kuklos TOC:2
Jean Baudrillard - Xerox and Infinity Codex 1
Various Artists - Narodna T33.7
Touch Ritual Cut-up T7:45
Mother Tongue - Open In Obscurity TO:10
The Hafler Trio - A Thirsty Fish TO:9
Neville Brody - The Death of Typography TO:8
'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.
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.
Strafe Für Rebellion - Santa Maria TO:6
The Hafler Trio - The Sea Org TO:5
Nocturnal Emissions - Drowning in a Sea of Bliss TO:4
Last Few Days - Too Much is Not Enough T9:45
Last Few Days - Too Much Is Not Enough c/w S/Z - Terrified of Soap T5:45
The Hafler Trio - Brain Song" T33.5
Various Artists - Ritual: Magnetic North T5
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.