Welcome to the 61st Touch Newsletter. Fennesz returns with "Seven Stars", his first solo recording since 2008's "Black Sea". We are now taking advance orders for this item. UK release date for vinyl and download is 25th July. CD to follow in September... If you buy the vinyl from the TouchShop, you also receive an exclusive remix of "Shift", "Reshift"...
Touch's fundraising to support Sohrab continues with "You Are Not Alone lI", the second in a series of reworkings of Sohrab material by artists showing solidarity to his cause. This second edition features Daniel Menche, Philip Jeck, Jana Winderen, BJNilsen, Michael Esposito and Philip Marshall. All label and artist money goes towards the fund for his appeal against refusal to be granted political asylum in Germany. Details below.
Touch Radio 65 is now broadcasting: Zachary James Watkins' "Suite For String Quartet" - written specifically for resonant spaces, interactive electronics, audience participation and string quartet.
The TouchShop has some new non-Touch product in stock from Oren Ambarchi & Jim O'Rourke, Tom Lawrence and Simon Fisher Turner (a DVD featuring his new score for "The Great White Silence" featuring the composer, the Elysian Quartet, Sarah Scutt, David Coulter and Alexander L'Estrange). Details below.
10" Vinyl + 320kpbs mp3
Design & photography by Jon Wozencroft
When you buy this 10" in the TouchShop, you also get a free download of a remix of "Shift", "Reshift".
1. Liminal 3:07
2. July 5:06
3. Shift 6:47
4. Seven Stars* 3:01
Recorded in Studio B, Amannstudios, Vienna.
Acoustic and electric guitars, bass, synths, computers
*Seven Stars features Steven Hess on drums, recorded at Amannstudios by Christoph Amann
Fennesz's first solo release since Black Sea [Touch # TO:76, 2008] is a 4 track 10" vinyl, with a CD version due in September 2011. It will also be available as a digital download. Using acoustic and electric guitars, bass, synths, computers, Fennesz continues to engage and entrance us in equal measure.
Fennesz writes: "Seven Stars was recorded in Vienna in January 2011. I recorded and mixed the album within 3 weeks. Liminal and July were existing pieces which i have reworked. (I wrote an early version of Liminal in a hotel room in Bali in 2010). There is also a version of Liminal that I have been playing live for some time. My friend Steven Hess, with whom I have worked before, happened to be in Vienna at the time of the sessions, so I invited him to join me in the studio. Christoph Amann recorded the drums using a selection of his great microphones including his amazing new Josephson.
I wanted to make a record that has a certain lightness about it and at the same time explore new territory using drums on one track. This might be something I will continue with in the future."
Fennesz's third collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto,"Flumina", is due out this summer on Touch.
320 kpbs mp3 - 1 track - 35:31
The second in a series of reworkings of Sohrab material by artists showing solidarity to his cause... all label and artist money goes towards the fund for his appeal against refusal to be granted political asylum in Germany...
Philip Marshall mix content providers:
Daniel Menche - Zarinn (menche mix) 11:45 | Jana Winderen - Susanna 7:00 | Philip Jeck - Susanna (remix) 5:23 | Philip Marshall - Somebody, Hidden 7:45 (Mastered by BJNilsen, Berlin, 20th May 2011) | Michael Esposito - Somebody's Ghost 6:47
Also available, other editions supporting Sohrab's appeal fund:
Buy Sohrab "You Are Not Alone I" in the TouchShop
Buy Sohrab "Shouting at Dictators" in the TouchShop
14.06.11 - Suite For String Quartet - 22:56 - 320 kbps
Zachary James Watkins writes: "Suite For String Quartet is written specifically for resonant spaces, interactive electronics, audience participation and string quartet. Suite for String Quartet has been in a continuous state of "revision" since Christmas 2004. In 2006, I developed a new tuning for all 16 strings. Each string of the quartet is retuned to an odd number partial of 60Hz. For this current version performed on May 1st, 2011 as part of the Second Annual May Day! New Music Marathon in Seattle, WA the entire first movement was rewritten."
Brad Hawkins, Cello
Eyvind Kang, Viola
Paris Hurley, Violin
Brandon Vance, Violin
Zachary James Watkins, Electronics
Cassette only, in an edition of 200 copies.
Illustration - Florian Hetz
Burning Tree are Dag Stiberg and Dag Erik Knedal Andersen. Knedal Andersen is perhaps best known for his "hyperactive, take-no-prisoners" approach to drumming. He has been a ubiquitous presence on the Norwegian improvised music scene over the last couple of years, and has toured all over Europe with groups such as Golden Dawn, Cunt Rash, and the now-inactive Supersonic Rocketship.
Stiberg has been studying alternative approaches to the saxophone sound for a decade, both solo and with his band Maranata. Mostly known for his wide use of guitar effects he has taken another approach in the band Burning Tree, which explores the sounds of the acoustic realm.
Burning Tree decided to go into the studio in February 2011 and record an acoustic session. They had recently done a lot of noise stuff with their noise bands Cunt Rash and Maranata and wanted to bring that energy to this recording. The result is a very harsh free jazz tape with five tracks - total 35 minutes - with extremely dirty saxophone and ecstatic drums.
Cassette only, in an edition of 200 copies.
Illustration - SavX
A: 777 (Mix 2)
B: 777 (Mix 3)
Andrew Lagowski writes: "The 7th Synphonie of the Seven Swevens a.k.a. 777 by Dr. Fleischbrittel was recorded direct to cassette on 29th and 30th May 1983 at IP1 3PG, Ipswich. The project was realised as a means of escape from the band mentality that I was part of at that time. It offered me the chance to free-form in more ways than one and express my more demonic leanings - those of a frustrated teenager recording in whichever bedroom had the space for the equipment. Unbeknownst to them, my parents were sonic partners in this exploit. Power drill and spade by Ryszard Lagowski. Vocals by Dr. Fleischbrittel and family. Reworked & edited on 6th March 2011 by Andrew Lagowski." Andrew Lagowski, London, 17 April 2011.
Andrew Lagowski has been making and recording electronic music since 1982 and before that was a drummer in a new wave band. Since 1987 he has released over 25 albums and ten 12" singles and continues to release on various labels Worldwide. Projects include Nagamatzu (co-founder, guitarist, programmer, engineer), Lustmord as engineer / programmer (e/p), Terror Against Terror (e/p), Isolrubin B.K. (e/p), Legion, S.E.T.I. (the one with the d.o.t.s.) and Lagowski. He has also been a synthesizer programmer for Yamaha R&D in London and continues to have work featured in film and television through licensing deals.
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