"A State of Independence"

Since its first release in 1982, Touch has stood between the worlds of art and music, analogue and digital, the personal and the political. Touch is not a record label. Much is made of the distinction between “commercial music” and so-called “independence”, but rarely is the perception of these terms called into question. Download Culture supposedly liberates artists and musicians from the shackles of music business (mis)management and comes with the clarion call that “music wants to be free”. Free from what?

For nearly thirty years Touch has tried to provide a narrative and mode of resistance against the race-chase for audio/visual fast food. This evening's talk, and tomorrow's concert at the QEH, will explore some of the strategies involved in such an undertaking… What can be done, and what should never be attempted.

MP3 download:
Touch at the Purcell Room - 1:24:32 - 192 kpbs VBR
Christian Fennesz, Mike Harding, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Rosy Parlane & Jon Wozencroft.

A panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. This talk preceded Touch Presents... at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London 21.04.09

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