September 2010 Touch Newsletter

Welcome to the 50th Touch Newsletter. Philip Jeck's new album is now on sale exclusively in the TouchShop available to you for immediate delivery ahead of its official retail release date of 20th September 2010. "An Ark For The Listener" is Jeck's 6th solo album for touch since "Loopholes" in 1995. Exclusive to TouchShop, a free mp3 of Jeck in performance this summer in London with every purchase.

Now broadcasting, TouchRadio 55 - Oren Ambarchi live at Corsica Studios.

The Tapeworm Comes Alive! - a November gig in Utrecht as guests of Paume and Le Guess Who? - details below. As previously mentioned, Touch presents events in Berlin and Seoul this autumn, too. Details on both can be read below.

Finally, Fennesz and BJNilsen make vinyl outings on Editions Mego, plus a CM von Hausswolff vinyl on Presto!? - all available in the TouchShop.


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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TO:81 | Philip Jeck "An Ark For The Listener"

CD in jewel case

Photography & Design: Jon Wozencroft
TouchShop exclusive - this CD is released elsewhere on 20th September 2010
Mastered by Denis Blackham

Plus bonus 320kbps .mp3 download - 1 track - 30:59
TO:81DL - Philip Jeck "Live at Corsica Studios", recorded on 1st July 2010. This performance was recorded straight to digital from the main desk.

Track Listing
1. Pilot/Dark Blue Night 8:47
2. Ark 4:21
3. Twentyninth 2:36
4. Dark Rehearsal 7:36
5. Thirtieth/Pilot Reprise 2:56
6. The All of Water 8:29
7. The Pilot (Among Our Shoals) 4:33
8. All That's Allowed (Released) 3:24
9. Chime, Chime (Re-rung) 7:34

Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops turning them to his own purposes. He really does play them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record. Philip Jeck makes geniunely moving and transfixing music, where we hear the art not the gimmick.

Philip Jeck writes: "A version of "An Ark For The Listener" was first performed at Kings Place London on 24/02/2010. It is a meditation on verse 33 of "The Wreck of the Deutschland", Gerard Manley Hopkins poem about the drowning on December 7th 1875 of five Franciscan nuns exiled from Germany. This CD version was recorded at home in Liverpool and used extracts from live performances over the last 12 months. The "coda:" tracks are remixes of 2 pieces from "Suite: Live in Liverpool". "Chime, Chime (Re-rung)" was originally made for Musicworks magazine (#104, Summer 09) and "All That's Allowed (Released)" is previously unreleased. All tracks were made using Fidelity record-players, Casio SK1 keyboards, Sony mini-disc recorders, Behringer mixers, Ibanez bass guitar, Boss delay pedal and Zoom bass effects pedal."

An Ark... is Jeck's 6th solo album for touch since 'Loopholes' in 1995. The Wire reckoned it was 'Stoke' (Touch, 2002) which 'made him great, but his body of work and his achingly brilliant live sets are rapidly defining him as one of our best artists, and his recent award from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation confirms him as such.

Philip Jeck studied visual art at Dartington College of Arts. He started working with record players and electronics in the early '80's and has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theatre companies as we as well as his solo concert work. His best kown work "Vinyl Requiem" (with Lol Sargent): a performance for 180 '50's/'60's record players won Time Out Performance Award for 1993. He has also over the last few years returned to visual art making installations using from 6 to 80 record players including "Off The Record" for Sonic Boom at The Hayward Gallery, London [2000). In 2010 he won one of The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Composition.

Buy Philip Jeck "An Ark For The Listener" in the TouchShop

TouchRadio 55 | Oren Ambarchi

1.09.10 - Live at Corsica Studios - 25:59 - 192 kbps

Recorded from the desk, live at Corsica Studios, London, on 1st July 2010.
With thanks to Tom Relleen.

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Play "Live at Corsica Studios"

06.10.10 | Touch Live at Berghain, Berlin, Germany

For the first time in Germany, Touch presents, as part of Berghain's Elektroakustischer Salon series...

Hildur Gudnadóttir
Achmin Mohné
Kai Aune

Please check Berghain's website for venue details, or visit to purchase tickets.
Further event details to follow...

Purchase tickets online at

17.09.10 - 20.09.10 | Touch Live in Korea

Touch will be appearing in Korea this September at The Humanities Festival, Seoul. Touch - talks, workshops & presentation. Jana Winderen - live. BJNilsen - installation, "Invisible City".

17th September
Field recording workshop, Han River, Seoul

18th September
Performances & installations, 7pm at Saii

19th September
2pm Artists Talks at Saii
7pm Performances & installations at The British Council

20th September
7pm at Space Hamilton

Saii_moonji cultural institute: |

(This trip is supported by The Humanities Festival and Saii_moonji cultural institute)

28.11.10 | The Tapeworm Comes Alive!, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Le Guess Who? and PAUME present a night curated by cassette label THE TAPEWORM featuring Leslie Winer, Leif Elggren, Zerocrop, Ananizapta, Savage Pencil, People Like Us and Philip Marshall.

PAUME, the Utrecht (Netherlands) based Platform for Avant-garde and Urban Media Explorations invited The Tapeworm to curate a programme presenting all aspects of the cassette labels' roster and vision. The Tapeworm gladly accepted the invitation and presents its selection on the closing night of Le Guess Who?

On Sunday 28th November 2010 Leslie Winer, Leif Elggren, Zerocrop and Ananizapta all perform live in a continuous 'revue' performance, hosted by The Tapeworm.

In the lobby of Theater Kikker, sound installations feature the 'Wormcast' mixes of released and unreleased works from The Tapeworm's catalogue. There's more: Savage Pencil exhibits his art in a gallery setting and Leif Elggren and People Like Us are featured with their video art. PAUME also commissioned a special and exclusive sound art piece by Philip Marshall based on field recordings made by PAUME in Utrecht.

PAUME invited The Tapeworm to produce an exclusive cassette release for this event. Featuring a splendid selection of artists from the label, The Tapeworm presents 'The Tapeworm Comes Alive!' in a limited edition of only 100 copies for sale at the event only.

Established in June 2009, The Tapeworm is a true cassette label. Feature articles in magazines like The Wire, Gonzo Circus and RUIS are testament to the label's status. No barcodes, but styled in typical black and white and adhering to the relentless pace of releasing two tapes every month, mostly specifically recorded for The Tapeworm, the label has featured a dazzling line-up of artists since its inception. Every tape is strictly limited; to only 250 copies in most cases.

"The Tapeworm Comes Alive!" on Facebook

The Anti-Design Festival | September 2010

Timed to coincide and in partnership with the London Design Festival, the Anti-Design Festival is an initiative of Neville Brody, designer, Director of Research Studios and incoming Head of Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art, London.

Londonewcastle Project Space
28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP
18-26 September 2010

Exhibitions: 11am - 7pm
Performances: 7-10pm
FREE entry

The Anti-Design Festival's Performance Programme presents a panoply of experimental music, sound, moving image, spoken word, performance and digital practice by some of the most exciting artists working in the UK.

During each night of the festival, specially curated evenings will range from Mark Moore (S'Express) on Saturday 18 September, a daring sub cosplay event with sounds and performance curated by Emily Owusu (Grand Cos Play Ball) on Saturday 25 September and Resonance FM guest curating an event exploring negative space and anti-matter on Tuesday 21 September. On Monday 20 September, Cecilia Wee presents an evening of exploring electro-magnetism, data and ownership, Thursday 23 September sees Jon Wozencroft curating new work by Touch artist Philip Jeck and on Friday 24 September the Obsessive Classification Disorder (masterminded by Yomi Ayeni) takes over the Salon to re-order expectations and understandings of narrative a nd semiotics in a tableaux of story-telling and music. Other nights will feature a lecture about what art will look like in 50 years time by visual artist Tom Badley, new performance by the ever-provocative Mark McGowan, subliminal music by Jennifer Walshe, †Rorschach flags made by Peter Lewis and Makiko Nagaya (Redux Projects), †stroboscopic noise machines from Ryan Jordan, and new interactive work testing belief by Steven Ounanian

Performances will take place on a specially commissioned stage/interactive audio-visual installation by artists Charlesworth, Lewandowski & Mann, in collaboration with BBC R&D.


Fennesz and BJNilsen are the objects of two new limited vinyl collaborations from our friends at Editions Mego. "Returnal" sees Antony and Fennesz taking on a track by Oneohtrix Point Never, while "Space Finale" sees BJNilsen and Stilluppsteypa follow up their well received "Man From Deep River" over four sides.

The music of "Graf Spee" was composed and recorded at the Castle by CM von Hausswolff in 2007 and 2009. Two tracks of incredible beauty from one of the finest masters of contemporary electronic music. Deep, powerful, brutal, quietly melodic drone massages from The King.

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Antony | Fennesz - Returnal [7" Vinyl Only]

BJNilsen | Stilluppsteypa - Space Finale [2xLP Vinyl]

CM von Hausswolff | Jan Hafstrom | Juan Pedro Fabra - Graf Spee [12" Vinyl Only]

The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.