March 2009 Touch NewsLetter

Welcome to the March 2009 Touch NewsLetter. Below, details of our latest edition - Hildur Gudnadóttir's Without Sinking [CD], a new Touch Radio by Paul Raposo and Joao Silva, a rediscovered release by Rosy Parlane, a new website for Ash International, as well as advance warning of two Touch live events in London during the Spring.

Hildur Gudnadóttir - Without Sinking

Touch # TO:70
10 tracks - 47.8 Minutes

CD in Digipak
Artwork and photography: Jon Wozencroft

Track Listing
1. Elevation
2. Overcast
3. Erupting Light
4. Circular
5. Ascent
6. Opaque
7. Aether
8. Whiten
9. Into Warmer Air
10. Unveiled

Composed and recorded by Hildur Ingveldardóttir Gudnadóttir in Berlin and Reykjavík. Hildur played cello, zither, processors and voice.

Additional recordings by Skúli Sverrisson; bass and processors on all tracks except track 7, Jóhann Jóhannsson; organs and processors on tracks 2, 3 and 9 and Gudni Franzson; clarinet and bass clarinet on tracks 7 and 10.

Cello no. 49 was made by David Wiebe in 1991.

This is Hildur Ingveldardóttir Gudnadóttir's second solo album and her first for Touch. ['Mount A' was released on the Icelandic label '12 Tónar' in 2006.] Hildur flew so much during 2007 and 2008 that she spent alot of time staring at clouds through the airplane window, considering their appearance and formation... She says: "My aim with this record was to create a feeling of breath with a bow on string. I wanted to create a sky and cloud-like feeling in the compositions. I wanted to have open space for single notes and let them breath, like single clouds in a clear sky. As a contrast I also wanted create denser and heavier compositions which were more thundercloud like. I like the way clouds form, how many tiny droplets can form such dense forms and then slowly evaporate into thin string-like ones."

'Mount A' was an intensely solo work, composed and recorded in winter darkness, a solitary, rural affair. 'Without Sinking' was recorded in Berlin, mostly during the summer of 2008; also Hildur has collaborated with Icelandic musicians Jóhann Jóhannsson [two of his albums were released on Touch, 'Englaborn' in 2002 and 'Virthulega Forsetar' in 2004], and bassist Skúli Sverrisson. Her father, Gudni Franzson, also guests playing clarinet on two tracks here. This collaborative process is reflected in a much more open sound; there is more space and you can hear the air. Mixed by Valgeir Sigurdsson and Hildur at Greenhouse Studios Iceland, and mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye, 'Without Sinking' is a luxurious, riveting and involving piece of work.

» Read an interview with Hildur at

» See Hildur perform with BJNilsen live in London, 16th May 2009, as part of Touch Presents... at The Roundhouse - details below.

» You may download a free mp3 of Erupting Light by clicking here.

Buy Without Sinking in the TouchShop

Touch Presents... at the Queen Elizabeth Hall | 21st April 2009

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 21st April 2009 - Touch presents, as part of the Ether Festival 2009:

Fennesz [AT]
Rosy Parlane [NZ]
CM von Hausswolff [SE/KREV]


Monday 20th April
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 6.30pm

Q&A with the artists and Mike and Jon from Touch

You can now buy tickets for Touch Presents, as part of the Ether Festival 2009.

More about Ether 2009
Book tickets online

Touch Presents... at The Roundhouse | 16th May 2009

Touch presents, as part of The Short Circuit Festival:

Philip Jeck [UK] and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble [UK/FR] - "The Sinking of the Titanic"
Biosphere [NO]
Hildur Gudnadóttir [IS] & BJNilsen [SE]

+ a multi-channel installation by Chris Watson
+ in the bar, Sheikh Ahmed selecting sounds from the Touch catalogue

Further information at
Book tickets online

Touch Radio 39 | Paulo Raposo | Joao Silva

24.02.09 - The Book of Hours - 23:24 - 320 kpbs

(guest: Carlos Santos)

Recorded 17.01.08
Dome of the National Pantheon, Lisbon

Joao Silva: crystal bowl
Paulo Raposo: space multi-channel diffusion and real-time processing
Carlos Santos: glass and bell

"Book of Hours" was recorded in the remarkable baroque central dome of the National Pantheon in Lisbon.

The musicians (and the audience) were 40 meters above ground level on a narrow circular balcony looking out over the abyss. The main sound source was a crystal bowl, played by Joao Silva, which was struck and resonated with a stick. Paulo Raposo processed these sounds and diffused them throughout the space via 6 channels, 4 of which were small self-powered speakers, arranged symetrically around the circumference of the dome. Carlos Santos also moved throughout the space and the audience with a small glass and a Tibetan bell.

The sonic interactions in "Book of Hours" aimed to reveal the inherently active qualities of the space, itself a performer in this acoustic dialog.

Ash 8.2 |, v.3

The third revision of the Ash International website is now online. Ash International - a haberdASHery audio project. R&D not A&R.

Recent Ash International editions:
Ash 7.1 - Geir Jenssen - Cho Oyu 8201m
Ash 7.5 - Philip Marshall - Three Questions and an Answer
Ash 7.6 - The Kingdoms Of Elgaland-Vargaland National Anthem #5

[Ash 7.8, Ash 7.9 and Ash 8.1 are works in progress; Spring. Ash 7.7 has yet to be imagined...]
Buy Ash International editions in the TouchShop


New Zealander Rosy Parlane makes a rare European appearance at April's Touch Presents... at the Queen Elizabeth Hall event [see above]. TouchShop have received copies of Rosy's deleted second album, Gexto, recently dicovered in a warehouse in Chicago.

Boomkat, on Gexto: "The climate at the moment is perfect for the evolved and evolving Parlane aesthetic. seductive and affecting, full of quiet and not quiet catches and hooks, so easy that the difficulty is camouflaged. Excellent release."

Rosy Parlane - Getxo [CD]

Rosy Parlane - Iris [CD]

Rosy Parlane - Jessamine [CD]


The previous NewsLetter from February 2009 can be found here.