Welcome to the thirtieth Touch Newsletter. Mika Vainio's new album, Black Telephone of Matter - described by Boomkat as "absolute frequency headfuck" - is now available.
BJNilsen's The Short Night is now available on vinyl - edited and remixed in Berlin, July 2007.
TouchRadio 42, by Charles Matthews and Hildur Gudnadóttir, is now broadcasting. Nacre was composed for the experimental music festival 'Skanu mezs' in Riga, Latvia. The premiere of Nacre was held there on 23rd May 2009 in St. Saviour's Anglican Church.
In August, Faster Than Sound presents The Suffolk Symphony by Touch, featuring Philip Jeck, BJNilsen, Jon Wozencroft, Mike Harding and Philip Marshall - details below.
And finally, introducing The Tapeworm - a new cassette-only label. Look out for a mail from our new friends at The Tapeworm, worming its way to you in the next few days...
Touch now has an official Twitter account. From there, we will be updating you with info on new editions in the TouchShop, TouchRadio broadcasts, and more... Follow us @touchmusic
7 tracks - 54:38
Artwork by Jon Wozencroft
1. Roma A.D. 2727
2. Silencés Traverses Des Mondes Et Des Anges
3. Bury A Horse's Head
4. In A Frosted Lake
6. A Measurement Of Excess Antenna Temperature At 4080 Ml/S
7. The Breather
This is Mika Vainio's 4th solo album for Touch, after Onko [Touch # TO:34, 1997], Kajo [Touch # TO:43, 2000] and In The Land Of The Blind, One-Eyed Is King [Touch # TO:54, 2003]. He is, of course, part of Pan Sonic with Ilpo Väisänen, and also records solo as Ø.
You can preview a mp3 of Swedenborgia by clicking here.
LP - 7 tracks - 48 minutes
Vinyl version edited and remixed in Berlin, July 2007.
Artwork & design by Jon Wozencroft
Cut by Jason at Transition
Originally released on CD by Touch in 2007
A3. Pole of Inaccessibility
A4. Viking, Cromarty...
B1. Black Light
B2. Icing Station
B3. Viking North
Using location recordings, weather, birdsong and radio, BJNilsen continues to map and explore uncharted territory.
A follower to 2005's Fade to White [Touch # TO:65], BJNilsen develops his work further, based on field recordings and electronics. This time he adds harsher yet clearer harmonies with musical elements to the compositions, creating a beautifully complex and detailed study. Recorded in 2006-7 with mostly analogue equipment, using up to 50 year-old tapemachines, filters and generators that end up being the soft cushion in these cold location recordings.
Location recordings from Mälaren, Stockholm, Sweden; Coombe Gibbet, Berkshire, England and Landakot, Vatnsleysuströnd, Iceland.
Telefunken M10 and M5, Studer B67, Ferrograph Series 4, Bruel and Kjør Sine-Random Generator and Frequency Analyzers. Also Monowave, Sequential Circuits ProOne, Korg MS20, Esq1, MOTU 828MK2, Ableton Live, Logic Audio 6
Morin khuur on Black Light played by Hildur Ingveldardóttir Gudnadóttir
21.07.09 - Nacre - 46:39 - 256 kpbs
Nacre was composed for the experimental music festival 'Skanu mezs' in Riga, Latvia. The premiere of Nacre was held there on 23rd May 2009 in St. Saviour's Anglican Church. [With thanks to Viestarts Gailitis.]
For a church organ and light organ.
Composed by Hildur Gudnadóttir
Performed by Charles Matthews and Hildur Gudnadóttir
Installation by Elín Hansdóttir and Hildur Gudnadóttir
Light organ programmed by Derek Holzer
A video of the installation by Elín Hansdóttir and Hildur Gudnadóttir can also be viewed, when you subscribe to the TouchPod podcast of TouchRadio via the iTunes Music Store.
Nacre is dedicated to Hildur's grandmother Margrét Gudnadóttir, who celebrated her 80th birthday in July 2009. The title refers to her name, since both the noun 'Nacre' and the name 'Margrét' mean 'Mother of Pearl'.
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
Box Office: +44 (0)1728 687110
Book tickets online
Faster Than Sound comes to the Snape Proms for more experiments in sound and image. Sonic and Visual production company Touch will create a new audio-visual symphony from scratch, using only locally sourced sounds and images. Inspired by the Suffolk Coast, they will go on a treasure hunt and unearth old records, field recordings, home-made sounds and images to help create the new Suffolk Symphony, culminating in its first performance on Saturday 22 August. Directed by Mike Harding with sound by Philip Jeck & BJ Nilsen and image by Jon Wozencroft, the Suffolk Symphony will be subsequently released through Touch. The evening also includes DJ Sheikh Ahmed. For more information on how to get involved please visit:
New in the TouchShop: two Fennesz-related editions on Editions Mego and Interstellar Records, plus a rarity from the 80s - the first cassette by the legendary Greater Than One...
|Pulido Fennesz Siewert Stangl - A Girl & A Gun [7" Vinyl Only]||Fenn O'Berg - Magic & Return [2xCD]|
|Greater Than One - Kill The Pedagogue [Cassette]|
The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.