September 2009 Touch Newsletter

Welcome to the thirty-first Touch Newsletter. TouchRadio 43, Rehearsal Tapes for The Suffolk Symphony by Philip Jeck & BJNilsen, is now broadcasting. This edition was recorded and edited during Touch's residency at Snape Maltings (August 16th - 22nd).

Touch artists live - see below for details on this weekend's "Pestival" performances by Chris Watson and Philip Jeck, and two September festivals in Norway.

And finally, a warning about a rogue release which is stealing Biosphere's artist name...

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Touch Radio 43 | Philip Jeck & BJNilsen

21.08.09 - Rehearsal Tapes - 16:44 - 196 kpbs [VBR]

Rehearsal tapes from The Suffolk Symphony - recorded and edited during the residency (August 16th - 22nd).

On August 22nd 2009 Touch will present a multimedia performance of The Suffolk Symphony - the culmination of the week's work undertaken during the residency.

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.

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Pestival | The Southbank Centre, London 4-6th September 2009

Pestival - 7:30 pm 6th September 2009
Chris Watson curates... Cross Pollination - An Evening of Experimental Insect Music

With performances by:
Philip Jeck
Maria Jardardottir introduced by Atau Tanaka
Marcus Davidson & The Bee Choir - The Bee Symphony

As part of The Bee Symphony Chris Watson multi-channel diffusion his own recordings of bees and also those made by Mike Harding in Kent in May 2009. A story of this recording trip can be found on the Touch Radio website.
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Touch in Norway: Ultima and Numusic festivals

September sees Touch artists travel to Norway to take part in two festivals.

Ultima '09, the Olso Contemporary Music Festival, includes performances by Hildur Guđnadóttir [13.09.09] and "Noise and the imagination", a discussion between Jana Winderen, Ole Anton Engen (Health and Welfare department at Oslo City Council) and Touch's Mike Harding [16.09.09]. Jana also gives a live performance, 'Blind Field Recordings'.

Meanwhile, at Stavenger's Numusic Festival, Philip Jeck is performing and in discussion with The Wire, Fennesz plays live [all 10.09.09], and Biosphere performs a "set of newly arranged club classics" [11.09.09].

Warning: fake Biosphere "Solar Systems" release

Touch, Biosphere's Geir Jenssen, his label Biophon Records and his publishers Touch Music would like to warn fans of a release by another artist who has decided to assume the name Biosphere, too...

Touch strongly advise fans of Biosphere to avoid buying this release. Any official Biosphere releases will be announced on Touch's site or

Biophon Records writes: "We have noticed that there is some confusion on an album release called Solar Systems by an artist using the name Biosphere. Please be aware that this is NOT a Biosphere release. It's a cheap Trance album (German style...) written by somebody we believe is Canadan. and released by the Canadian label Hopeful Tragedy Records."


A reminder of Touch's two latest releases from BJNilsen and Mika Vainio, and - out today - the latest cassette from our friends at The Tapeworm by Simon Fisher Turner.

BJNilsen  - The Short Night

BJNilsen - The Short Night [Vinyl LP]

Mika Vainio - Black Telephone of Matter

Mika Vainio - Black Telephone of Matter [CD]

The Tapeworm - illustrated by Savage Pencil

The Tapeworm - illustrated by Savage Pencil [T-Shirt]

Simon Fisher Turner - De Dentro Hacia Afuera

Simon Fisher Turner - De Dentro Hacia Afuera [Cassette]

The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.