July 2009 Touch Newsletter

Welcome to the twenty-ninth Touch Newsletter. Jóhann Jóhannsson's 2002 Touch debut, Englabörn, is reissued as a gatefold vinyl edition. Also new to the TouchShop, Tone 7P - a rare 1997 poster for New Order - limited availability!

In August, Faster Than Sound presents The Suffolk Symphony by Touch, featuring Philip Jeck, BJNilsen, Jon Wozencroft, Mike Harding and Philip Marshall - full details below.

More recipes have been added to the online Touch Recipe Book. And finally, a new TouchRadio has been uploaded - The Act of Being Stung...

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TO:52LP - Jóhann Jóhannsson "Englabörn"

16 track gatefold vinyl edition
Artwork & design by Jon Wozencroft
Cut by Jason at Transition

Originally released on CD by Touch in 2002

The Wire wrote: "typifies Jóhannsson's score with its precise use of metaphor, its exceptional balance (digital/analogue, harsh/soft, violent/tender etc.) and its expressive leitmotifs that unveil a profound sadness without ever wallowing in pathos."

Buy Englabörn in the TouchShop

Tone 7P - a poster for New Order - limited availability

A2 Poster, gloss stock
Designed by Jon Wozencroft

...discovered in the depths of the Touch archive, this poster advertises the long-deleted Tone 7 and Tone 7.1 from 1997 - New Order's "Video 5-8-6", which was recorded in 1982 by New Order, initially as soundtrack to the opening of The Haçienda in Manchester, England.

These copies are from the original 1997 poster print-run. As such, they have very minor blemishes (small crease marks to the edges) which, we believe, will be obscured when framed-up. Be quick! We only have a handful of these A2 Posters available...

Buy the Video 5-8-6 Poster in the TouchShop

Touch Radio 41 | The Honey Bees of Cherry Garden Farm

12.06.09 - The Act of Being Stung - 08:47 - 192 kpbs VBR

Mike Harding was commissioned by The Southbank Centre to record bees for The Bee Symphony, to be performed on Sunday 6th September 2009 at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London as part of Pestival. The Bee Symphony, with music composition by Marcus Davidson and bee recordings by Mike Harding diffused by Chris Watson, will be performed at "Cross Pollination - An Evening of Experimental Insect Music", curated by Chris Watson.

The recordings took place at Cherry Garden Farm, Stelling Minnis in Kent, England. The hives are owned by Olivia Grove on her seven acre small-holding. Also present were Marcus Davidson, who took the photos, and bee expert Mary Hill. You can hear the voices of all four on the episode...

Equipment used includes 2 x dpa 4060 mics, recording onto a Nagra Ares P-ll at 48k 24bit, and of course, a coathanger and bee suit... with thanks to Jane Beese at The Southbank Centre.

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The Suffolk Symphony | August 22nd 2009

Faster Than Sound presents The Suffolk Symphony by Touch, featuring Philip Jeck, BJNilsen, Jon Wozencroft, Mike Harding and Philip Marshall.

8pm - 11pm, Saturday 22 August
Hoffmann Building: Britten Studio and Jerwood Kiln Studio, Snape

Tickets: £10.00
Box Office: +44 (0)1728 687110
Book tickets online

Faster Than Sound bring more imaginative experiments with sound and image to the Snape Proms with The Suffolk Symphony, a specially commissioned residency and new work by leading sonic and visual production company Touch. Inspired by the historic coastline of Aldeburgh and its surrounding area including Aldeburgh Music's Snape Proms and its history, Touch will create a new audio-visual symphony from scratch, using only locally sourced sounds and images. Beginning on 16 August, Philip Jeck, BJNilsen, Jon Wozencroft, Philip Marshall and Mike Harding will go on a week-long treasure hunt to unearth old records, field recordings, home-made sounds and images to create a new multimedia Suffolk Symphony, culminating in its first performance on the 22 August.

Following the offer of an Aldeburgh Residency by Faster Than Sound's creative producer Joana Seguro, Mike Harding responded with the idea of creating a new multimedia work purely from locally sourced sound and image. Mike and BJNilsen went on an exploratory field trip in May to make initial field recordings which are being made into vinyl to be used in the performance, plus to kick start the project website www.thesuffolksymphony.net. The artists are already busy exchanging ideas in preparation for the residency in August, with Jeck drawing inspiration from the work of Benjamin Britten, especially his Simple Symphony, and Jon Wozencroft planning to describe the special place of Aldeburgh on film, shot in real time during the residency.

Directed by Mike Harding with sound by Philip Jeck and BJNilsen and images by Jon Wozencroft, the whole week will be documented for an interactive website by Philip Marshall. The residency will feature workshops and presentations by Philip Marshall and Mike Harding, including interviews with the other artists and a Touch showcase, culminating in the performance which will take place in the recently converted industrial space of the Hoffmann Building. The Suffolk Symphony will be subsequently released through Touch.

The interviews by Mike Harding during the residency will include a discussion with his partner Jon Wozencroft about his vision for Touch, now nearly 30 years old, and an assessment of the changes which have occurred in that period. Philip Jeck will discuss his work, particularly the method behind his live and recorded output, which eschews conventional instrumentation. BJNilsen assesses how field recordings have developed as source material for his work, and Philip Marshall describes the way artists communicate their ideas online and how this affects the relationship between them and their audience. Each interview lasts for one hour, including a 15 minute Q & A session, and dates and times will be shortly be announced via the website.

Book tickets online

Touch Recipe Book

Touch has invited artists and friends to contribute their favourite recipe towards an ever-expendng online recipe book. This month sees recipes cooked up for Touch by Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Rosy Parlane, Stephan Mathieu and Harri Sjostrom join those by Jon Wozencroft, BJNilsen, Vicki Bennett, Jana Winderen, Mika Vainio, Stephen O'Malley, Hildur Gudnadottir and others...



New in the TouchShop - three catalogue editions on other labels...

Sub Rosa's 1997 "Water & Architecture" compilation features artwork, design and audio (in his AER guise) by Touch's Jon Wozencroft, alongside Seefeel, Bisk and Atom Heart. "Story Without End" is a DVD featuring 4 short films by People Like Us, originally released in 2005 via Sonic Arts Network. Also a CM von Hausswolff double CD on Auf Abwegen.

Various Artists - Water & Architecture [CD]

People Like Us - Story Without End [DVD]

CM von Hausswolff - Perhaps I Arrive - Music for Ataturk Airport, Istanbul [2 x CD]

The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.