Welcome to the 40th Touch Newsletter. Eleh's much anticipated CD debut on Touch, "Location Momentum", will be officially released on March 1st. However, we are making this available to you as of today - available for immediate delivery...
Touch Radio 49 is now broadcasting. Chris Watson journeys to the South Pole for the forthcoming David Attenborough series "The Frozen Planet" (BBC, 2011). Here he reports back with his experiences... Chris has also completed a remix for Heavenly rockers, Doves. Details of how to obtain this free download can be discovered below.
Philip Jeck and Hildur Gudnadóttir perform live in London at the end of the month as part of the Arctic Circle's "The Resonance of Music with Water" season.
Those restless souls at The Tapeworm have two tapes for you. Autodigest bring you A Compressed History of Every Bootleg Ever Recorded in an extra-limited edition of 100, whilst Leif Elggren's tape features two saintly live performances from late last year.
Finally, new in the TouchShop - high-quality MP3 digital downloads of selected oddities and deleted items from the Touch and Ash International back catalogues.
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.
CD - 5 tracks - 60m 28s
(not available for download)
Artwork & Photography by Jon Wozencroft
2. Linear to Circular/Vertical Axis
3. Circle One: Summer Transcience
4. Observation Wheel
5. Rotational Change for Windmill
Eleh has been an enigma since the first record under that name was released in 2006. In numbered editions with letterpressed sleeves, usually on Important Records from the U.S.A., these vinyl-only releases were evidently a labour of love and attention. Further recordings have been released on the labels Taiga and Touch, making 11 vinyl editions in all.
Eleh began as long ago as 1999 as an exploration of analog synthesis, emphasising low frequency oscillation and resonant acoustic phenomenae. Eleh highlights the physical presence of sound as it has been inspired by the physical world. There is also something 'cathedral-like' and cosmos-inducing in the sound built.
Following the recent 12" release, "Observations and Momentum", Eleh has chosen to release the first digital recordings on Touch - 'Location Momentum' is a set of five new recordings which will be made openly available on CD.
"The stuff that Eleh sets in motion from whatever electronic sound generators he/she deploys represents a measured and methodical paring away of all that might appear superfluous, baroque and rococo. Each of the tracks here consists of just a handful and discrete (and discreet) but highly charged sound events that emerge, overlap, recede and reverberate at critical frequencies over extended durations. At certain crucial points this approach serves as a formula for opening a portal what david Top has referred to as the dark void, that spectral realm magicked into being (or exposed by) the drone, in which audio apparitions and chimeras dance through smoke and mirrors, suggesting the existence of occult planes and dimensions, multiple other realities, worlds within worlds."
(Tony Herrington in The Wire)
You can download a MP3 extract of Heleneleh by clicking here.
06.02.10 - A Journey South - 50:21 - 192 kbps
Photos by Chris Watson & Jason Roberts.
Caught by the River, in association with Heavenly Recordings, is pleased to make available for the first time a collaboration between Chris Watson and the aptly named Doves. This is a remix that Chris has done of the song "Birds Flew Backwards" from Doves' last album "Kingdom of Rust".
Details of how to download this free mp3 can be found over at www.caughtbytheriver.net
Cassette only - limited edition of 100 copies
A: Part One - 14m37s
B: Part Two - 17m15s
"The 4th installment in the Autodigest series of compressed everything: this time around, we are promised all the bootlegs ever.
At a time when the debate on music piracy rages on, it is a good thing to be reminded that the luxurious universe of unofficial recordings is now in its fourth decade and flourishing like never before. If anything, the pressing issue of containing the P2P sharing rampage of official recordings has benefited the underworld: record labels simply cannot be bothered with unofficial recordings when Britney Whatever's latest opus leaks weeks before release and costs them billions in lost revenue. The irony, of course, is that these free, unofficial recordings are infinitely more exciting than anything Britney Whatever could ever aspire to spit out.
The music on this cassette spans over 40 years and was originally recorded on analogue and digital equipment. We have attempted to distance ourselves as much as possible from the sound of the original recordings. Autodigest Volume 4 is an attempt to reveal all limitations of the source tapes - hiss to the fore, baby!" - Autodigest, 17 Nov 2009.
Cassette only - limited edition of 250 copies
A: The Life of the Plants - 13m46s
B: Swedenborg's Organ - 17m43s
The Life of the Plants recorded at "The Night of the Long Worms", Café Oto, London on 19 November 2009. First performed at Kontiki, Botanic Sounds, Gothenburg, Sweden on 6 June 2009. Thanks to Joachim Nordwall and Henrik Rylander.
Swedenborg's Organ - recorded at The Showroom, London on 20 November 2009, in celebration of the DVD release of "Death Travels Backwards" by Leif Elggren on Errant Bodies Records. Thanks to Brandon LaBelle, Daniela Cascella, Lucia Farinati, Sound Threshold and Charlotte Engelkes.
Arctic Circle - The Resonance of Music with Water
Kings Place, 80 York Way, London NW1
Wednesday 24th February 2010
Venue: Hall One
An Ark for the Listener, a new work inspired by Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem The Wreck Of The Deutschland.
"An aspiration in answer to an inspiration,
out of music shaped by all the sea has claimed,
as is the inevitable shipwreck of our existence.
Salvaged out of vinyl, by way of ear, hand and electricity."
"And I have asked to be... out of the swing of the sea." (G M Hopkins)
Thursday 25 February
Hauschka with Hildur Gudnadóttir
Venue: Hall One
Haushka is the alias of Dusseldorf keyboardist Volker Bertelman. His critically-acclaimed albums on the 130701 imprint evince a playfully accessible approach to the often austere realm of the prepared piano. Haushka is joined tonight by gifted Icelandic cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir for a major new, aquatically-themed commission.
Saturday 27 February
Venue: Hall One
Icelandic cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir has collaborated with the likes of Throbbing Gristle, Múm and Haushka. She released her debut solo album in 2007. An electronic-tinged follow-up, Without Sinking, appeared in 2009 on the Touch label.
New in the TouchShop - high-quality MP3 digital downloads of selected oddities and deleted items from the Touch and Ash International back catalogues.
|INDICATE - Whelm [320 kbps MP3]||Hildur Gudnadottir - Iridescence [320 kbps MP3]|
|Jana Winderen - Submerged [320 kbps MP3]||Fennesz - Live at Revolver, Melbourne [320 kbps MP3]|
|Philip Jeck - Live at ICC, Tokyo [320 kbps MP3]||BJNilsen - Live at Konzerthaus, Vienna [320 kbps MP3]|
|Rafael Toral - Engine: Live at the Pompidou Centre [320 kbps MP3]||S.E.T.I. - Live at Gen Ten Weyngaert, Brussels [320 kbps MP3]|
|Philip Marshall - Three Questions and an Answer [320 kbps MP3]||Leif Elggren & CM Von Hausswolff - The National Anthem of Elgaland-Vargaland #1 [320 kbps MP3]|
The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.