April 2009 Touch NewsLetter

Welcome to the April 2009 Touch NewsLetter. Below, details of a new release format: A3 print + download - the 1st in the series. We are also launching a new series of download-only singles.

For the 40th broadcast by TouchRadio, Edwin Pouncey discusses the genealogy of Black Metal in R'Occult 'n' Roll, recorded in London on the 2nd April 2009.

In stock in the TouchShop: Russell Haswell on double vinyl, and a super-limited cassette, as well as a rediscovery - the last copies of the long-deleted collaboration by Robert Hampson and Jim O'Rourke.

Iridescence | Submerge

On 1st April 2009 a new series of download singles is launched.

TO:70DS - Hildur Gudnadóttir "Iridescence" 11:20

Featuring Jóhann Jóhannsson & Skúli Sverrisson, this release follows on from her new solo album, Without Sinking [Touch # TO:70, 2009].

Mixed and mastered by BJNilsen, Berlin, February 2009. Image by Jon Wozencroft.


Tone 36DS - Jana Winderen "Submerged" 6:35

This release follows on from her new solo album, Heated: Live in Japan [Touch # Tone 36, 2009]. Submerged was made for an installation for Darkness Descends: Norwegian Art Now in New York City, 5-8 March 2009.

Mastered by Denis Blackham @ Skye, February 2009. Image by Jon Wozencroft.


Both these download-only releases should be available from all good online stores, and are available right now at www.zero-inch.com

Spire - Jon Wozencroft A3 print & digital download

A3 print + digital download - a TouchShop exclusive, unavailable elsewhere!

A3 print
Features an image (depicted above) by Jon Wozencroft, output onto high quality heavyweight matte paper. Free P&P - dispatched in robust poster tube.

Digital download
320 kpbs MP3, available only when purchasing the Spire print...

The Spire Ensemble - "Organology" 14:14
Recorded at Norheimsund Church, Norway during the Hardingtonar Festival, 21st June 2008. [2008 was the centenary of the birth of Geirr Tveitt, whose work was celebrated at this festival.]

Featured artists: Marcus Davidson - Grand Piano | Mike Harding - Conductor | Philip Jeck - Casio SK1 Keyboard | Charles Matthews - Organ BJNilsen - Electronics | Jana Winderen - Electronics

Buy the A3 print and digital download in the TouchShop

Touch Radio 40 | Edwin Pouncey

03.04.09 - R'Occult 'n' Roll - 23:52 - 192 kpbs VBR

Recorded 02.04.09, at:
"R'Occult 'n' Roll - Music and Magic on the Wild Side"
Readings by Sandy Robertson and Edwin Pouncey at Treadwell's Books, London.

"The connections between rock music and the occult range from the legends of bluesmen selling their souls to the Devil for success, through to the influence of Aleister Crowley on the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin in the 60s and 70s, and the Satanic music and imagery of today's Black Metal underground. This talk will cover all these subjects, together with lesser-known examples of 'rockultism'. You may even get to hear some mad, bad and occasionally dangerous musick too. Earplugs optional.

Sandy Robertson is the author of The Aleister Crowley Scrapbook (now in print for 20 years) and has written for Mojo, NME and other publications. As well as being a music writer and illustrator for The Wire magazine, Edwin Pouncey (aka Savage Pencil/Sav X) is an artist whose work has been shown in galleries in the UK, Europe and America. Sandy Robertson and Edwin Pouncey were colleagues at the legendary rock paper Sounds during the 80s."

In this excerpt, Edwin Pouncey discusses the genealogy of Black Metal.

A Reminder - Touch Presents: Live in London

A reminder of two special Touch live events coming this spring in London.

Touch Presents, live at The Roundhouse
16th May 2009, 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 www.roundhouse.org.uk
Book tickets online

Touch presents, live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
21st April 2009, 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

More about Ether 2009
Book tickets online


Robert Hampson's Touch debut is almost upon us. TouchShop recently unearthed three copies only of his long-unavailable collaboration with Jim O'Rourke, recorded as Indicate. Your last chance to purchase!

OR's Russell Haswell has provided TouchShop with two of his latest releases. Now in stock, the second volume of his Live Salvage archive series on double vinyl, and Recorded While It Actually Happened - a super-limited cassette.

Indicate - Whelm [CD]

Jim O'Rourke - Despite the Water Supply
[7" Vinyl Only]

Russell Haswell - Recorded While It Actually Happened [Cassette]

Russell Haswell - Second Live Salvage
[2x12" Vinyl]

The previous NewsLetter from March 2009 can be found here.