January 2010 Touch Newsletter

Welcome to the thirty-eighth Touch Newsletter. Out now, Touch's first major edition of the year - BJNilsen's new album "The Invisible City". And a bonus: download a live MP3 of BJNilsen's performance at December's Atmospheres 3 event, only available when purchasing "The Invisible City" via the TouchShop.

Touch and Ash International commence the new year with a series of digital video editions, designed to be viewed on your iPod or iPhone - four short-format downloads in .m4v format from Paul Williams and Stephan Mathieu. Further offerings from Biosphere and Jana Winderen will follow in a codicil to this newsletter later in the month.

Touch Radio 47 is now broadcasting - field recordings from the archipelago of St Kilda and dawn on the island of Rhona by Pascal Wyse.

A final reminder: on 23rd January 2010, "Shhoctavoski", the first piece for orchestra that Biosphere, aka Geir Jenssen has composed is given its UK premiere at London's The Roundhouse. Details below...

Finally, CM von Hausswolff's recordings for Laton are now stocked in the TouchShop.


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.
And now, The Tapeworm tweets too! Follow the Wyrm's wormy words @the_tapeworm.


TO:77 - BJNilsen - "The Invisible City"

CD - 8 tracks - 1:04:57

Jewel case with concertina insert
Artwork & Photography by Jon Wozencroft

Plus bonus 320kbps .mp3 download - 1 track - 33:44
TO:77DL - BJNilsen "Live at Café Oto", Atmospheres 3, 7.xii.09
Available only when purchasing "The Invisible City" via the TouchShop.

Track listing:
1. Gravity Station
2. Phase and Amplitude
3. Scientia
4. Virtual Resistance
5. Meter Reading
6. Into Its Coloured Rays
7. Gradient
8. The Invisible City

About this release:

Recorded and Mixed during 2008-2009 in Berlin.

All tracks composed by BJNilsen using Tape Recorders, Computer, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Electronics, Viola, Subharchord. Field recordings from; Sweden, Iceland, Norway, UK, Japan, Portugal and Germany. The Subharchord was recorded in the EAM Studio @ Adk, Berlin. Viola played by Hildur I. Gudnadottir.

Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye
Published by Touch Music [MCPS]

You can download a MP3 of Meter Reading by clicking here.

Buy The Invisible City plus bonus live MP3 download in the TouchShop

Ash 8.5 - Paul Williams "Pillars of Wisdom"

1 track .m4v video, digital download for iPod/iPhone

Track listing:

1: Pillars of Wisdom - 5m27s

Filmed and edited by Paul Williams on location in Abu Dhabi.
Soundtrack: Gel by Philip Marshall, published by Touch Music [MCPS].

Buy Pillars of Wisdom in the TouchShop

Ash 8.6 - Stephan Mathieu "10 Minutes"

9x.m4v videos, digital download for iPod/iPhone

Track listing:

I. Crepuscule
light, curtain, wind
audio: Amelita Galli-Curci sings Massenet
78rpm from 1921

II. Screen
16mm projector, b/w flicker, projection
audio: Stephan Mathieu

III. Eye
light, reflection
audio: Stephan Mathieu plays Sylvain Cauveau (excerpt)

IV. Sonnenschatten
light, mobile, shade
audio: Heinrich Isaac
78rpm from von 1928

V. Licht
kitchen cabinet, sunlight reflection
audio: (silent)

VI. Hoch
garden, picnic gramophone, 78rpm record with bird song
audio: unknown throssle
captured on 78rpm shellac in 1932

VII. Sonne
light, mobile
audio: Stephan Mathieu, text by Yoko Ono

VIII. Two Dots
empty turntable
audio: François Couperin, "Le Carillion de Chitere" 78rpm from 1934

IX. Code
16mm projector, b/w flicker, puzzled webcam
audio: Stephan Mathieu (from "Process")

"Nine webcam movies for handheld devices shot with my laptop's camera between September and October 2009. The soundtrack is basically what was playing then. 10 Minutes is dedicated to Anna Carolina Mikalef."

Buy 10 Minutes in the TouchShop

Touch Radio 47 | Pascal Wyse

01.01.10 - A Rock and a Hard Place - 11:45 - 192 kbps [VBR]

Eighty miles off the coast of mainland Scotland, the archipelago of St Kilda is host to almost a million seabirds each summer. Beginning underwater, this journey takes in the remote island group – with its gurgling seawash, gannets and storm petrel – before sailing east to the Shiants, home to puffins, guillemots, fulmars and razorbills. Finally, a mix of the exotic and commonplace - Carrion crow, wren, herring gulls. heron, ringed plover, cuckoo, oystercatcher, song thrush, common sandpiper - heard at dawn on the island of Rhona.

Sound and photography: Pascal Wyse and Tom Haines. Recorded in June 2009 with Dolphin Ear hydrophones, Sennheiser and DPA microphones and Sound Devices recorders.

Subscribe to the TouchPod podcast of TouchRadio via the iTunes Music Store
Play "A Rock and a Hard Place"

LCO perform Biosphere | Roundhouse, London, 23rd January 2010

On 23rd January 2010, the London Contemporary Orchestra, one of the UK's youngest and most adventurous ensembles, make their Roundhouse debut. "Shhoctavoski" is the first piece for orchestra that Biosphere, aka Geir Jenssen has composed and is given here its UK premiere with the Roundhouse Experimental Choir.

The same evening sees London Contemporary Orchestra also perform the world premiere of Shiva Feshareki's "TTKonzert" (a concerto for turntables and orchestra), alongside performances of Steve Reich's "Different Trains" and the UK premiere of John Cage's "Seventy-Four".

These performances are part of the Roundhouse's Reverb series, which "explores the many sides of music at the Roundhouse through world and UK premieres, genre-defying performances, fresh collaborations and a new approach to classical music."

More info and tickets at www.roundhouse.org.uk


New in stock: three CDs on Laton by CM von Hausswolff.

CM von Hausswolff - Bugs / Kryp

CM von Hausswolff - Bugs / Kryp [CD]

CM von Hausswolff - Maggots / Maskar

CM von Hausswolff - Maggots / Maskar [CD]

CM von Hausswolff - Rats / Rattor

CM von Hausswolff - Rats / Rattor [CD]

The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.