May 2010 Touch Newsletter

Welcome to the 43rd Touch Newsletter. Touch's "T-Phone" series of digital video editions, designed to be viewed on your iPod or iPhone, continues with "Evaporation" by Jana Winderen.

Touch Radio 51 is now broadcasting. Zon On N's "One Long Track" - live zoning and droning trance meditative exploratory improvised music, created by Mario Radinovic and Howard Jacques.

The Tapeworm's editions for May are by John Butcher (new recordings from Paris and London) and Edition Mego's Pita (two takes on his first solo recording). Full details below.

Available again in the TouchShop - represses of some key releases in Touch's back catalogue, including Fennesz's "Venice", Chris Watson's "Weather Report" and Mika Vainio's "Black Telephone Of Matter".

Finally, as Ash International reminds you of its recent Meltaot • Souls on Board edition, it would like to take the opportunity to apologies for any inconvenience...


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

T-Phone 2 - Jana Winderen "Evaporation"

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

Track listing:

1: Evaporation - 18m22s

Evaporation, a sound and video installation by Jana Winderen shown at TodaysArt festival, den Haag (NL) 25th - 26th September 2009. Curated by Mike Harding and Remco Schuurbiers.

Winderen visited Greenland first time in July 2007 where she did hydrophone recordings 25 metres under the ice and inside the ice itself. The video footage is from the same trip.

Evaporation is the slow vaporisation of a liquid and the reverse of condensation. A type of phase transition, it is the process by which molecules in a liquid state (e.g. water) spontaneously become gaseous (e.g. water vapor). Generally, evaporation can be seen by the gradual disappearance of a liquid from a substance when exposed to a significant volume of gas.

Buy Evaporation in the TouchShop

Touch Radio 51 | Zon On N

08.05.10 - One Long Track - 1:00:38 - 192 kbps

Live zoning and droning trance meditative exploratory improvised music is created by:

Mario Radinovic (Oscillators and multiple effects units) is a London-based musician with a keen interest in frequencies and their effect on human body and mind. Past few years he played with "Break Ups", and art band that eventually broke up, followed by "Oscillosonics". For many years Mario has been occasionally sonically collaborating with Kaffe Matthews, and Iris Garrelfs.

Howard Jacques (Melodica, singing, percussion and electronics) is a musician interested in surreal terrain. Other bands played in include Put Put, The Topsy Turvy Band, Proxy Music, Comfy Moss, Almost Real &c. He Produces The Bermuda Triangle Testtransmission Broadcasts for Resonance104.4FM, a London community arts radio station.

Subscribe to the TouchPod podcast of TouchRadio via the iTunes Music Store
Play "One Long Track"

TTW#17 - John Butcher "Trace"

Cassette only - limited edition of 250 copies

Track listing:
A1: Merri I - 8m20s
A2: Merri II - 7m44s
A3: Merri III - 7m42s
B: More of an Urge than an Idea - 19m26s

Merri I, II, III: tenor and soprano saxophones, recorded in concert 30 Oct 2009, L'Eglise Saint-Merri, Paris by Augustin Muller. Thanks to Frédéric Blondy and Bertrand Gauguet. More of an Urge than an Idea: saxophone controlled feedback and piano (one player), recorded 10 Feb 2010, Bernie's Boudoir, London.

John Butcher's work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked saxophone pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics.

Buy John Butcher "Trace" in the TouchShop
Release details on

TTW#18 - Pita "Mesmer"

Cassette only - limited edition of 250 copies

Track listing:
A: Mesmer - 21m05s
B: Mesmer - 19m17s

Written by Peter Rehberg. Recorded summer 1995, Mego Studio, Vienna.

Illustration - SavX.

"Mesmer" was Peter Rehberg's first ever solo composition, originally released in 1995 as part of "mesmervariations", a (long-deleted) double CD by Ash International presented in an oversized plastic wallet with eight card inserts. That release contained various original compositions influenced by the work of Friedrich Mesmer, and included pieces by Ryoji Ikeda, Gescom, Edvard Graham Lewis, Robert Hampson, Bruce Gilbert, C M von Hausswolff and Drome (Bernd Friedmann). The artists featured on this release were given a copy of the vinyl recording "Mesmer" (Ash 1.8) and asked to compose a piece influenced by the work of Friedrich Mesmer the 19th Century 'animal magnetist and hypnotist'. The brief was - there is no brief; method and style were left entirely to the discretion of the composer. Rehberg's contribution is reproduced in its entirety here, the B-side of the cassette containing a copy of the weathered dubplate of the track he cut in 1996 for personal DJ use.

Buy Pita "Mesmer" in the TouchShop
Release details on

Touch Live | SPOR Festival, Aarhus, Denmark, 07.05.10

This year's festival 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.

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 | Kew Gardens installation, 29.05.10 - 05.09.10

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.

Ash 8.7 | Meltaot • Souls on Board

Limited edition vinyl only

Track listing:
! Side:
Meltaot - Live at Café Oto [SavX/Gal] 14:20
Recorded at The Night of the Long Worms 19.xi.09

? Side:
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.

Buy Meltaot • Souls on Board in the TouchShop


Available again in the TouchShop - represses of some key releases in Touch's back catalogue, as well as the brand new Fenn O'Berg CD on Editions Mego.

Fennesz - Venice [CD]

Fennesz - Venice [CD]

Fenn O'Berg - In Stereo [CD]

Fenn O'Berg - In Stereo [CD]

Mika Vainio - Black Telephone of Matter [CD]

Mika Vainio - Black Telephone of Matter [CD]

Chris Watson - Weather Report [CD, 2nd Edition]

Chris Watson - Weather Report [CD, 2nd Edition]

The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.