Welcome to the 42nd Touch Newsletter. Ash International's latest release is a strictly limited vinyl-only edition - Meltaot and Souls on Board with Bruce Gilbert, recorded live last year at Café Oto.
Touch Radio 50 is now broadcasting. Achim Mohné's "Aufzeichnungen im Kellerloch (Recordings in the Cellar)" - a peformance from July 2000.
This year's SPOR Festival (Aarhus, Denmark, 07.05.10) sees performances by BJNilsen (The Invisible City live) and Jana Winderen (Energy Field live), a new work from Jacob Kirkegaard titled Bandera, and a Touch seminar.
In London, Chris Watson presents his "Whispering in the Leaves" sound installation. Throughout the summer festival, Kew Garden's Palm House will be diffused with the dawn and dusk choruses of the myriad of creatures native to these lush tropical landscapes. More info below.
Finally, TouchShop news - Mike Harding is away from 17.04.10 - 25.04.10. Orders placed between these dates will be processed and dispatched on his return on the 26th.
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.
Limited edition vinyl only
Meltaot - Live at Café Oto [SavX/Gal] 14:20
Recorded at The Night of the Long Worms 19.xi.09
1. Souls on Board - Live at Café Oto [Worm/Gilbert] 13:58
[You can hear an edit of this track here]
Recorded at The Night of the Long Worms 19.xi.09
2. Pirates Mix [Bruce Gilbert] 7:35
"Worms compose as well as decompose" - On the 19th November 2009, there took part at Café Oto, London, the first ever Night of the Long Worms - a label night held by the cassette label, The Tapeworm. Meltaot consists of Savage Pencil (Electric Guitar/Cymbal) & Sharon Gal (Bass Guitar/Voice). Souls on Board features Bruce Gilbert, who has recently released his latest solo album on Editions Mego. Free Meltaot vinyl sticker with each copy.
08.04.10 - Aufzeichnungen im Kellerloch (Recordings in the Cellar) - 36:45 - 192 kbps
Performed @ Museum Ludwig Köln, July 2000.
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The Touch afternoon seminar on 7th May 2010 sees speakers Mike Harding, Jana Winderen and BJNilsen discuss Touch, field recording, sound art and electronic music with moderators Rasmus Steffensen (Geiger) and Thomas Bjørnsten Kristensen (Aarhus University). Harding will give an historical introduction to the label and present the two artists through interviews and music. The seminar is initiated by SPOR and takes place in collaboration with Aarhus University, Geiger and SNYK
The evening of the 7th May features Touch Live - an "Electronic Night" featuring three of Touch's Nordic artists. BJNilsen will present a special live version of his latest CD The Invisible City. Using recordings of tape recorders, computer, organ, acoustic guitar and field recordings from Japan, Portugal, Sweden... Jana Winderen will present "Energy Field Live", a quadrophonic concert based on the recent Energy Field album. Jacob Kirkegaard is working with a scientific approach to real sounds, capturing unheard sounds from within a variety of environments. At SPOR he will perform a new piece Bandera (flag in Spanish) that consists of audio recordings of flagstaff masts, installed in front of the building 'U.S. Interests Section' in Havana, Cuba.
Chris Watson's Whispering in the Leaves is an extraordinary sound installation, using recordings and natural history broadcast to transport us to the far-flung, dense rainforests of South and Central America. Throughout the summer festival, Kew Garden's Palm House will be diffused with the dawn and dusk choruses of the myriad of creatures native to these lush tropical landscapes. A highly sensory experience, Whispering in the Leaves is a remarkable demonstration of the power of sound to evoke inaccessible and captivating locations.
Whispering in the Leaves is a powerful sound work derived from Watson's extensive archive of wildlife and on location recordings in Central and South America - habitats that host over half of the planet's wildlife. Diffused through the tropical foliage of Kew Gardens' iconic building the Palm House, the surround soundtrack of wildlife dawn and dusk choruses will be transmitted at hourly intervals throughout the day for 15-20 minute durations - the approximate time taken in the rainforest for the transitions from darkness into light, and from daylight to dark. The sound pieces feature the calls and voices of thousands of species, including the howls and shrieks of black howler and spider monkeys, the musicality of diverse birdsong and the shimmering and hissing of tree frogs and cicadas.
A highly sensory and captivating experience, Whispering in the Leaves is a remarkable demonstration of the power of sound recordings and natural history broadcast to transport us to far flung, inaccessible and often extraordinary locations.
Chris Watson will perform a live sound mix in which audio recording of a three or four-hour period across late afternoon, sunset and into the night will be compressed into around twenty minutes. Featuring recordings of a tropical thunderstorm and ending with the deep, lush sounds of the nocturnal insect chorus, the performance will create an intense auditory narrative for the audience.
Whispering in the Leaves is co-produced by Sound and Music & Forma. Originally commissioned by AV Festival 08.
Please note: Mike Harding is away from 17.04.10 - 25.04.10. Orders placed between these dates will be processed and dispatched on his return on the 26th.
A reminder of some recent editions...
|Jana Winderen - Energy Field [CD + digital download]||Jana Winderen - Energy Field + Heated bundle [2xCD Bundle + digital download]|
|Eleh - Location Momentum [CD]||BJNilsen - The Invisible City [CD + digital download]|
|Biosphere - Outside By The Fjord [.m4v video for iPod/iPhone]||Paul Williams - Pillars of Wisdom [.m4v video for iPod/iPhone]|
|Stephan Mathieu - 10 Minutes [9x .m4v videos for iPod/iPhone]||Enrico Coniglio - Songs from Ruined Days [320 kbps MP3]|
|Meltaot - First and Second Rites [Cassette]||Tongues of Mount Meru - The Delight of Assembly [Cassette]|
|Leif Elggren - All Animals Are Saints [Cassette]||Leslie Winer - & That Dead Horse [Cassette]|
|Fennesz - Szampler [Cassette]|
The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.