July 2010 Touch Newsletter #2

Welcome to the 47th Touch Newsletter - a cassette special. This newsletter focusses on four new tapes: two from The Tapeworm and two from Ash International.

BJ Nilsen's "Draught #1" features two live recordings from 2008, housed in a splendid Savage Pencil cover ("Dead Flowerz 1"). Joachim Nordwall's "Ignition" - his debut solo album, to be released later in 2010 on CD - features five tracks, received and recorded in Brooklyn, Chicago, Gothenberg and Stockholm between 2006 and 2010.

The Tapeworm's tapes to end July are an audiobook by Cathi Unsworth in two readings and Zachary James Watkins' "Black Spirituals" - where drone and gospel collide... details below.

These four tapes will be shipped on Tuesday 27th July, or soon after.

Finally, a TouchShop reminder of other tapes on sale. These tapes are strictly limited and, in the instance of Meltaot's "First and Last Rites", almost sold out - do not miss out!


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.
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Ash 8.9 | Joachim Nordwall "Ignition"

Cassette only, in an edition of 500 copies.
This release will appear as a compact disc later in 2010.

Track Listing
1: I am the Beginning of Every End
2: Slow Motion Broadcast
3: My Skull is a Breathing Fire
4: Dead Air
5: My Face Appeared on a Black Screen (Then Disappeared)

Received and recorded in Brooklyn, Chicago, Gothenberg and Stockholm between 2006 and 2010. Equipment used: analogue synthesizers, effects and computer. Programme repeats on both sides. This cassette was mastered by BJNilsen. Joachim Nordwall runs iDEAL Recordings and is a member of Skull Defekts and Alvars Orkester.

Buy Joachim Nordwall "Ignition" in the TouchShop

Ash 9.1 | BJ Nilsen "Draught #1"

Cassette only, in an edition of 500 copies.
Cover: 'Dead Flowerz One' - the first in a series of six by SAVX.

Track Listing
A: Live at the ICA, London, 17th May 2008 - 40:07 - recorded by Charlie Poulet
B: Live at Puzzle, Caen, 26th November 2008 - 31:50 - recorded by Anna Cruise

"Arrive early. Dress appropriately. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Tune up before and during the performance. Don't be a statue. Avoid "dead air". Be flexible. Learn to play through bad stage sound. Never stop part way through a song, no matter how badly you've screwed up. Be prepared to socialise and mingle with the audience members. Have fun."

Buy BJ Nilsen "Draught #1" in the TouchShop

TTW#21 | Cathi Unsworth "Johnny Remember Me"

Cassette only, in an edition of 250 copies.
Illustration: SAVX

"Johnny Remember Me" written by Cathi Unsworth, as read by

A: Cathi Unsworth
B: Pete Woodhead

Recorded by Pete Woodhead at Techsmex, London W10 on 18.04.2010


Cathi Unsworth is a writer and editor who lives and works in London. She is the author of three pop-cultural crime novels, Bad Penny Blues, The Singer and The Not Knowing, and the editor of the short story collection London Noir, all published by Serpent's Tail. Cathi has written on music, film, art, fashion and culture for Sounds, Bizarre, BFI Flipside, Mojo and Nude, amongst many others. Her collaborator on this release is Pete Woodhead, an electronic composer who cut his musical teeth as part of O Yuki Conjugate and The Sons of Silence and is now best know for his soundtrack contribution to the hit British zombie movie Shaun of the Dead. Pete and Cathi previously collaborated on the Transmissions Series that are available for free download on www.cathiunsworth.co.uk and continue to conspire on new projects.

Buy Cathi Unsworth "Johnny Remember Me" in the TouchShop
Release details on www.tapeworm.org.uk

TTW#22 | Zachary James Watkins "Black Spirituals"

Cassette only, in an edition of 250 copies.
Illustration: SAVX

Track listing:
A1: Black Spirituals I-IV
A2: Black Spirituals II-IV
B1: Black Spirituals III-IV
B2: Black Spirituals IV-IV

Tracks A2 and B1 engineered by The Norman Conquest in October 2009. Mixed and Mastered by Zachary James Watkins 2009-2010.

Zachary James Watkins writes...

"Black Spirituals was recorded during fall 2009 in Northern California. These four works grew out of intense dialogue with sound artist Morgan Craft that dealt with our mutual interests in questioning the stakes and pushing our art amidst a landscape of sameness... It's these spaces where ideas on race, gender, sex, politics etc. inform the imaginations of artists in communities and influence new works. Also around this time, I found a dusty tape recording of a lecture from the late 70s on the topic of Black Spirituals given by scholar and musician Bernice Reagon an original member of the vocal group Sweet Honey on the Rock. This tape has helped me incorporate into my performance, stories and voices of New America. These improvised tapestries are tuned by ear and offered as meditations. What does Black Spirituals mean to you?" - Zachary James Watkins, Santa Cruz, CA, 24 March 2010.


Zachary James Watkins is a sound artist living in Northern California who has earned degrees in composition from The Cornish School and Mills College. Zachary has received commissions from various organizations and performance groups including The Microscores Project, The Beam Foundation, Somnubutone Radio Series, the sfSoundGroup and the Seattle Chamber Players. His 2006 composition Suite for String Quartet was awarded the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Composition. Zachary has performed in festivals across the United States and in Berlin, Germany. In 2007, Zachary premiered a new multi-media work entitled Country Western as part of the Meridian Gallery's Composers in Performance Series that received grants from the American Music Center and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His sound art work entitled Designed Obsolescence, "spoke as a metaphor for the breakdown of the dream of technology and the myth of our society's permanence," review by Susan Noyes Platt in the Summer 05 issue of Art Lies. Zachary was raised in Lubbock, Texas also known as "Big Sky Country." His works reflect this open space...

Buy Zachary James Watkins "Black Spirituals" in the TouchShop
Release details on www.tapeworm.org.uk


Other cassette releases, available in very limited quantities in the TouchShop.

Jana Winderen - The Noisiest Guys on the Planet

Jana Winderen - The Noisiest Guys on the Planet [Cassette, 2nd Edition]

Chugga - Memphistophelis

Chugga - Memphistophelis [Cassette]

Pita - Mesmer

Pita - Mesmer [Cassette]

John Butcher - Trace

John Butcher - Trace [Cassette]

Meltaot - First and Second Rites

Meltaot - First and Second Rites [Cassette]

Soliman Gamil - Ankh

Soliman Gamil - Ankh [Cassette]

Lem Tuggle - Breakout

Lem Tuggle - Breakout [Cassette]

The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.