May 2009 Touch Newsletter

Welcome to the twenty-eighth Touch Newsletter. In this edition, a final reminder for Touch Presents at The Roundhouse in London on May 16th.

Two Jon Wozencroft designed T-Shirts are now on sale in the TouchShop: "Touch - Not A Record Label" and "The Uncertainty Principle".

Touch's busy Spring release schedule continues apace with three new releases. A live CD from Biosphere, a cassette by Jana Winderen and a freq_out A3 print + Digital Download. And finally, two new editions of long out-of-print Touch releases from Chris Watson and Phill Niblock.

Touch Presents: Live in London - a review and a reminder

Many thanks to all who attended Touch Presents, live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. A fine review of the evening has been posted over at the Mapsadasical blog.

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]

+ an installation by Chris Watson
+ in the bar, Sheikh Ahmed selecting sounds from the Touch catalogue

Further information at
Book tickets online Sinking of the Titanic: the watery sound meditation returns

Tone 38 - Biosphere "Wireless - Live at The Arnolfini, Bristol"

Touch # Tone 38
CD in Digipak, 62:12

Artwork & design by Jon Wozencroft

Recorded live at The Arnolfini, Bristol, 27th October 2007 by the doyen of sound recordists, Chris Watson, using 2 x Sony ECM 77s with a Nagra P11 Ares flash card recorder, and from desk to hard drive. The recording was mixed, edited and mastered by Touch stalwart BJNilsen, in Berlin during March 2009.

This concert was part of Touch 25 Live, which also featured a performance of Storm [by Chris Watson & BJNilsen]. Biosphere is Norwegian composer and performer Geir Jenssen, and this is his sixth release for Touch. In the early 1990s he was a pioneer of so-called "ambient techno," but since then, he has refined his sound into something more magnetic and enduring. His last album, Dropsonde, wasn't a soundtrack like the interwoven Substrata, nor an episodic journey in the way that Autour de la Lune is. It pushed new directions towards the jazz colors of Miles Davis and Jon Hassell, while re-invigorating the pulse and projection of his signature sound: a hypnotic combination of pleasure and dread. Here Geir Jenssen takes this further, incorporating samples of field recordings by Jony Easterby and trumpet by Anders Karlskas, invoking a sparser, more arresting sound. A landmark release for Biosphere, his first live album, heralding new beginnings without jettisoning the past...

Available at Touch Presents... on 16.05.09, and at the TouchShop thereafter.

Pre-order Wireless - Live at The Arnolfini, Bristol in the TouchShop

freq_out - "Dreamlands" - A3 print & digital download

Touch # freq_out 1
A3 print + digital download

Track Listing:
Dreamlands - 31:01

A TouchShop exclusive, unavailable elsewhere!

A3 print
Features an image (depicted above) by Finnbogi Pétursson, 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 freq_out print...

freq_out - "Dreamlands" 31:01
Recorded by Jana Winderen at Mucsarnok, Budapest, 23rd February 2007. With thanks to Livia Paldi.

Featured artists: Tommi Grönlund/Petteri Nisunen (FI) Finnbogi Pétursson (IS) Franz Pomassl (AT) BJNilsen (SE) Jacob Kirkegaard (DK) Mike Harding (UK) Kent Tankred (SE) JG Thirlwell (US) PerMagnus Lindborg (SE) Jana Winderen (NO) Maia Urstad (NO) Brandon LaBelle (US), all curated and organised by CM von Hausswolff (SE)

Buy the A3 print and digital download in the TouchShop

Ash 8.1 - Jana Winderen "The Noisiest Guys on the Planet"

Ash Internation # Ash 8.1

Cassette only
Limited edition of 250 copies.

"The Noisiest Guys on the Planet" were recorded by Jana Winderen, who also provided the illustration. Thanks to: Institute of Marine Research and the crew on Johan Hjort.

The decapods or Decapoda (literally means "ten footed") are an order of crustaceans within the class Malacostraca, including many familiar groups, such as crayfish, crabs, lobsters, prawns and shrimp. Most decapods are scavengers.

As their name implies, all decapods have ten legs; these are the last five of the eight pairs of thoracic appendages characteristic of crustaceans. The front three pairs function as mouthparts and are generally referred to as maxillipeds, the remainder being pereiopods. In many decapods, however, one pair of legs has enlarged pincers; the claws are called chelae, so those legs may be called chelipeds.

Buy The Noisiest Guys on the Planet in the TouchShop

"Touch - Not a Record Label" T-Shirt, designed by Jon Wozencroft

Now available in the TouchShop:

"Touch - Not A Record Label" T-Shirt, designed by Jon Wozencroft.
Printed on a white Fruit of the Loom Super Premium T-Shirt.
Position of logo and type: Center Chest, 14cm wide.
Sizes available: S / M / L / XL / XXL / XXXL

Buy the "Touch - Not a Record Label" T-Shirt in the TouchShop

"The Uncertainty Principle" T-Shirt, designed by Jon Wozencroft

Now available in the TouchShop:

"The Uncertainty Principle" T-Shirt, designed by Jon Wozencroft.
Printed in white ink on a black Fruit of the Loom Super Premium T-Shirt.
Position of design: Center Chest.
Sizes available: S / M / L / XL

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle [1927]

If a simultaneous measurement is made of the position and momentum of a particle, then, no matter how accurate the measurements, there is always uncertainty in the values obtained. The product of the uncertainties is of the same order as Planck's constant. A similar uncertainty exists with the simultaneous measurement of energy and time. The uncertainty arises because the act of observing the system interferes with it in an unpredictable way. Uncertainty is only important at the atomic and subatomic levels and at this level throws the principle of causality into doubt.

Werner Karl Heisenberg [1901-1976] German physicist, who, with Erwin Schrödinger 1887-1961], was the main architect of quantum mechanics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1932. He remained in Germany throughout the Nazi period [1933-1945] in charge of Germany's attempt to make the atomic bomb at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin. After the war he became the director of the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen.

Buy the "The Uncertainty Principle" T-Shirt in the TouchShop

Back in stock at the TouchShop

Chris Watson's long out-of-print CD, "Stepping into the Dark" [Touch # TO:27] is once again in stock at the TouchShop. Also available: a Chris Watson Bundle, offering "Stepping into the Dark", "Outside the Circle of Fire" and "Weather Report" together at a discounted price. Touch has also reissued TO:69 - Phill Niblock's "Touch Three". This second edition is presented in a reverse-board digipak.

Chris Watson - Stepping into the Dark [CD, 3rd Edition]

Phill Niblock - Touch Three [CD, 2nd Edition]

The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.