November 2009 Touch Newsletter

Welcome to the thirty-fifth Touch Newsletter.

Announcing Tone 39, a split vinyl-only LP by Eleh and Nana April Jun, titled Observations & Momentum - a great opportunity to hear both artists at their finest.

Touch Radio 45 is now broadcasting - "Tanhayi - Live in Teheran" by Sohrab.

On 19.11.09 at London's Café Oto, our friends at The Tapeworm present a live happening - "The Night of the Long Worms": Leif Elggren, Baraclough, Philip Jeck, Meltaot, Souls on Board (with Bruce Gilbert) and Simon Fisher Turner... Also at Oto, on 7.12.09, Touch presents Atmospheres 3: Philip Jeck, BJNilsen, Lawrence English in performance. Details below. Also Nb: There are limited tickets available for events at Oto, so it is recommended that you don't hang about...

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Tone 39 - Eleh | Nana April Jun "Observations & Momentum"

LP Vinyl only - not available for digital download

Artwork & Photography: Jon Wozencroft.
Cut by Jason at Transition
Packaged in a tip-on style outer sleeve

Track listing:
Side 1: Eleh - Slow Fade for Hard Sync 21'35"
Side 2: Nana April Jun - Sun Wind Darkness Eye 12'45"

"Sun Wind Darkness Eye" is taken from the Nana April Jun album The Ontology of Noise [Touch # Tone 37, 2009]

About 18 months ago, we were advised of some interesting activity online concerning the nom de bruit of Swedish artist Christofer Lämgren, Nana April Jun; we didn't know it at the time, because the authorship was something of a mystery. We produced a CD together, The Ontology of Noise in Feb 2009, in which one track, particularly, stood out as being perfect for a vinyl edition.

In the same timeframe, the stream of releases by Eleh on Important Records attracted our attention. These homages to La Monte Young, Pauline Oliveros and Charlemagne Palestine, vinyl-only limited editions stunned us with their acuity and passion for detail... There was something other in the sound. Eleh, also, is an artist who prefers the work to speak for itself, and has other ideas about noise. The digital is questioned by a commitment to a working practice based around analogue tone-generators and letterpress printed covers. The Important Records/Taiga releases are now sought after with a passion by anyone who recognises something truly special occuring. On this new record, Eleh develops the waveforms that the Important Records series started.

The split vinyl format is a great meeting point for this idea of digital persona and analogue privacy. The effect, we hope, is for the vinyl to represent a digital question... That this LP summons up a universal sound and an intimate sphere of operations... Which is of course a continuing dilemma. Here is a great opportunity to hear Eleh and Nana April Jun at their finest.

Buy Observations & Momentum in the TouchShop

Touch Radio 45 | Sohrab

21.10.09 - Tanhayi - Live in Teheran - 42:24 - 320 kbps

Biking in Holland | Tears (Sohrab version) | Tanhayi | Satyr | Tears (Esteban Olenikov version Tundra) | There is an Ashtray Between Us | Tears (Yozhik version) | New Zealand | Barf

Recorded and played live in October 2009. Sohrab used Reason 3, his midi controller (R)evolution UC-16 and a sampler, recorded live through Ambrosia recording software.

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Play "Tanhayi - Live in Teheran"

8-11PM - Thursday 19.xi.09
at Café Oto - London E8 3DL

London Town's new cassette-only label, The Tapeworm, presents its first live event, "The Night of the Long Worms", at Dalston's hottest of hotspots, Café Oto.

Travelling all the way from Sweden; Leif Elggren. The Atlantic Isles are represented by Baraclough, Philip Jeck, Meltaot, Souls on Board (with Bruce Gilbert) and Simon Fisher Turner, plus special guests...

Buy Tickets
Buy The Tapeworm's tapes in the Touch Shop

07.12.09 | Atmospheres 3

Café Oto, London
December 7th, 20h00-23h00

In performance: Philip Jeck, BJNilsen, Lawrence English

Picture © Dave Knapik

Atmospheres is a London-based festival featuring Touch artists and occasionally a guest or two. The first two were held at The Bedford Arms & The Museum of Garden History in 2007 and 2008.

Buy tickets for Atmospheres 3 in the TouchShop
Atmospheres 3 microsite


New in stock: two releases by our friends at Editions Mego, by Bruce Gilbert and Russell Haswell.

Bruce Gilbert - Oblivio Agitatum [CD]

Bruce Gilbert - Oblivio Agitatum [CD]

Russell Haswell - Wild Tracks [CD]

Russell Haswell - Wild Tracks [CD]

The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.