July 2010 Touch Newsletter

Welcome to the 46th Touch Newsletter. This newsletter focusses on a fantastic new album on Ash International alongside a number of non-Touch editions featuring Touch artists, available to you in the TouchShop.

Ash International is proud to announce the release by Thomas Ankersmit of his concert performed in Utrecht late in 2007. In fact, Live in Utrecht is his first official CD album release. Details below. Also on Ash International, Jana Winderen's "The Noisiest Guys on the Planet" cassette is available again. This second edition features amended artwork.

Touch Radio 53 is now broadcasting: "The Lough's Breath", recorded and produced by Tom Lawrence.

TouchShop has secured a limited number of copies of Fractured Recordings' box-set "Recovery". Several Touch-related artists are included in this project: Fennesz, BJNilsen, Mika Vainio, Snd, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Ryoji Ikeda, People Like Us, and more... Other non-Touch items detailed below: "The North is Protected", a book by CM von Hausswolff titled "Red (1999-2010)" and a CD with magazine, Fear Drop 15.

And finally, news of some of the forthcoming releases on Touch, Ash International and The Tapeworm...


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.


Ash 8.8 | Thomas Ankersmit "Live in Utrecht"

CD in Jewel Case
1 track, 39:18
Photography by Alexandra Leykauf

Track Listing
1: Live in Utrecht, 39:18

Recorded on November 17th 2007 at Rumor, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Thomas Ankersmit: Serge analogue modular synthesizer, computer, alto saxophone. Pre-recorded saxophone and reel-to-reel parts composed by Valerio Tricoli, with source material by Ankersmit.

Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye.

Thomas Ankersmit is a 30 year old saxophonist, electronic musician and installation artist born and raised in the Netherlands and now primarily based in Berlin who combines abstract, intensely focused saxophone playing with hyper-kinetic analogue synth and computer improvisation. He also creates installation pieces that use sound, infrasound and "modifications to the acoustic characters of spaces" that disrupt the viewer/listener's perception of the exhibition space and their presence within it. He frequently works together with New York minimalist Phill Niblock and Sicilian electroacoustic improviser Valerio Tricoli, and other collaborators, mostly for live performances, have included Tony Conrad, Maryanne Amacher, Jim O'Rourke, Kevin Drumm and Borbetomagus.

Buy Thomas Ankersmit "Live in Utrecht" in the TouchShop

Ash 8.1 | Jana Winderen "The Noisiest Guys on the Planet"

Cassette only, in an edition of 500 copies.
Second edition, with alternate inlay.

The Noisiest Guys on the Planet" were recorded by Jana Winderen, who also provided the illustration. Thanks to: Institute of Marine Research and the crew on Johan Hjort.

The decapods or Decapoda (literally means "ten footed") are an order of crustaceans within the class Malacostraca, including many familiar groups, such as crayfish, crabs, lobsters, prawns and shrimp. Most decapods are scavengers.

As their name implies, all decapods have ten legs; these are the last five of the eight pairs of thoracic appendages characteristic of crustaceans. The front three pairs function as mouthparts and are generally referred to as maxillipeds, the remainder being pereiopods. In many decapods, however, one pair of legs has enlarged pincers; the claws are called chelae, so those legs may be called chelipeds.

Buy Jana Winderen "The Noisiest Guys on the Planet (second edition)" in the TouchShop

Touch Radio 53 | Tom Lawrence

26.06.10 - The Lough's Breath - 29:05 - 192 kbps

During 2008/9 while working as a sound recordist for BBC Radio 4 Natural History Unit, sound recordist and composer Dr. Tom Lawrence spent six months recording and documenting the sounds above and below the waves of Lough Neagh, the largest water-mass in the British Isles. This programme is a compelling audio-log of those recordings, featuring breath-taking underwater sounds of beetles, frogs, eels, fish and other life. The programme also presents sounds above the water including migratory birds, industry and evocative soundscapes of forestry and the elements.

Recorded and produced by Tom Lawrence.

SQN Mixer, DPA Hydrophone, DPA omni-directional mics, SD702 recorder, Sennheiser M-S rig, Neuman 82, contact mics (piezos).

Subscribe to the TouchPod podcast of TouchRadio via the iTunes Music Store
Play "The Lough's Breath"


TouchShop have secured a limited number of copies of Fractured Recordings' box-set "Recovery".

Recovery: a collector's limited edition vinyl box set of 20 cover versions by 20 seminal electronic musicians and composers.

Recovery is the result of an invitation to a group of leading electronic artists to create a cover version of a song from the past that holds a particular significance to them. The outcome is an extraordinary and unexpected series of tributes and appropriations of classic hits from the 70's, 80's and 90' s, recorded by artists renowned for their inimitable style and seminal contribution to contemporary musical innovation. Published as a numbered limited edition of 500, this collectors' box set contains 10 double A side 7"s, alongside unique cover designs by artist Graham Dolphin.

Recovery presents new works by Richard Chartier and CoH, Fennesz, Jason Forrest, Robert Henke, Jenny Hoyston's Paradise Island, Ryoji Ikeda, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Robert Lippok feat. Caroline Thorpe, Momus and Germlin, Matmos, Barbara Morgenstern, BJNilsen, Alva Noto, People Like Us and Ergo Phizmiz, snd, Susan Stenger, J.G.Thirlwell, Carter Tutti, Mika Vainio, and :Zoviet*france:

Recovery features Ryoji Ikeda paying tribute to ACDC with his own version of Back in Black, Fennesz covering A-ha's mid 80's hit Hunting High and Low, alva noto revisiting Planet Rock by Afrika Bambata and Robert Lippok creating a compelling version of Wham's unforgettable Freedom! '90. This remarkable collection of tracks reveals the surprising and seemingly incongruous relationships that often exist between these artists' earliest musical inspirations and their own unique current practices. The project is also a genuine tribute to the tradition of vinyl, the medium upon which so many of these tracks would have originally been experienced.

The box set design by Graham Dolphin - an artist renowned for his own poignant re-appropriations of the objects and icons of the fashion and music industries - presents a unique series of covers of cover versions, incorporating playful re-workings of each of the 20 tracks' original cover designs.

See the full track listing in the TouchShop.

Buy "Recovery" in the TouchShop

"The North is Protected"

10" vinyl record and a 110 page photography catalogue in a black box, on Sähkö Recordings. Produced by by Tommi Grönlund, Petteri Nisunen, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Leif Elggren and Anders Tomren. Special catalogue release for the Nordic Pavillion exhibition "The North Is Protected" at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001.

Buy "The North is Protected" in the TouchShop

Carl Michael von Hausswolff "Red (1999-2010)"

For the past several years Carl Michael von Hausswolff has continued to explore the possibility of exposing different architectural and topographical settings with red light. This newly published book is released in conjunction with Hausswolff's second solo exhibition at Galleri Niklas Belenius and includes all red works in the photographic and installation series by Hausswolff, as well as a text written by Daniel Birnbaum.

Published by Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm.

Buy Carl Michael von Hausswolff "Red (1999-2010)" in the TouchShop

Fear Drop, issue 15

60 page booklet + CD

"Saiwala - enquête sur l'esthétique musicale du vent"

La belle ambiante, pour une cinématique des musiques bourdonnantes - Saiwala - Analogies : nature et musique - De l'arbre chantant à la harpe éolienne - Wind drops : Chris Watson et BJ Nilsen - Winds(c)haft : autour de disques de Francisco López, Alan Lamb, Yannick Dauby et Wan-Shuen Tsai, Tarab, Eric La Casa, Leif Elggren, Michael Northam, Bruno Moreigne - Les traces du vent dans le travail de Cédric Peyronnet / toy.bizarre - Vers la plaine. (par Denis Boyer, Julie Ramos, Jérôme Langlais, Cédric Peyronnet, Laurent Margantin)

The text is in French...

CD with 14 unreleased pieces: Thomas Köner - Bj Nilsen - Michael Northam - Cedric Peyronnet / Toy Bizarre - Tetsuo Furudate - Frederique Bruyas - Philippe Petit - Bruno Moreigne - Chris Watson - Francisco Lopez - Jana Winderen - Mike Harding - The [Law-Rah] Collective - Black To Comm

Buy Fear Drop "Saiwala - enquête sur l'esthétique musicale du vent" in the TouchShop

Jon Wozencroft | screensavers from 2006

In 2006 we prepared a selection of 20 images by Jon Wozencroft for various Mac screens (G5, 23" monitor, iMac, PowerBook and iBook) for use as screensavers. We are now offering these images as a free download. An updated selection from his more recent work will follow later in the summer of 2010.

Download Jon Wozencroft's 2006 screensavers here

Forthcoming attractions...

Touch and Ash International have a busy summer release schedule ahead.
Forthcoming releases include:

• a new Philip Jeck album, "an ark for the listener..." (Touch # TO:81).
• a reissue of Hildur Gudnadóttir's "Mount A" (Touch # Tone 41), originally released on 12 tónar, remastered by Denis Blackham.
• Joachim Nordwall's "Ignition" - the debut solo album from the man behind iDEAL Recordings. To be released first on cassette and then later on CD (Ash International # Ash 8.9).
• BJNilsen's "Draught #1" - a limited edition tape featuring two live recordings in an amazing Savage Pencil cover (Ash International # Ash 9.1).

The Tapeworm's tapes for the summer include:

• an audiobook by Cathi Unsworth, featuring Pete Woodhead (O Yuki Conjugate/The Sons of Silence).
• "Black Spirituals" by Zachary James Watkins, where the stories and voices of New America collide with drone and noise.
• perfect pop by Zerocrop - four songs "On Tape".
Randy Gibson's "Analog Apparitions" - tapes and tunings.
• "Remiksz" - Goldmann vs. Fennesz...

Details of these items and more will begin appearing on forthcoming Touch Newsletters, starting towards the end of this month...

The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.