Welcome to the 63rd Touch Newsletter. This news letter features news on three Ars Electronica 2011 prize-winners, two new Touch Radios, and upcoming events from The Tapeworm (London, FREE!) and Spire (Lincoln)...
The Tapeworm's night is part of the Merge Festial, which will also have a night dedicated to Never Records. Philip Jeck will be performing from 8pm The Bear Pit at on 24th September. In the daytime, Touch, with BJNilsen, Jon Wozencroft & Mike Harding, will be recording and cutting at Never Records at 2pm for two hours. Two vinyl cuts will be made of the recording, one for display and listening in the shop and one, the other copy goes to the archives...
Jacob Kirkegaard's AION ("infinity", "eternity", a time span beyond human understanding) is a portrait of four abandoned spaces inside the so-called "Zone of Alienation" in Chernobyl, Ukraine; a dripping swimming pool, a ruined concert hall, a mould-infested gymnasium and an old village church. The DVD is now on sale in the TouchShop.
Plus, coming soon - Fennesz's "Seven Stars" EP on CD - it will be available to preorder from the TouchShop on 25th September and on sale at his performance on the same night at London's Union Chapel - details of the gig below...
Since 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica has served as an interdisciplinary platform for everyone who uses the computer as a universal medium for implementing and designing their creative projects at the interface of art, technology and society.
2011 saw Touch artist Jana Winderen winning the Digital Musics & Sound Art category, picking up the Golden Nica for her album "Energy Field". Philip Jeck's "Suite: Live in Liverpool" was afforded the second prize - an Award of Disctinction, alongside Apostolos Loufopoulos's "Bee" (see below). Finally, Sohrab's "A Hidden Place" was given an honorary mention by the jury. Congratulations to all.
Jeck continues his winning streak this week, by being awarded this year's Uranus Music Prize, from august organ The Liminal, for his "An Ark for the Listener" album. The Liminal writes: "It is one thing to hear this record, but another to really listen to it, to reach down through the patina of crackle to what Jeck is trying to achieve."
Buy Jana Winderen "Energy Field" in the TouchShop
Buy Philip Jeck "Suite: Live in Liverpool" in the TouchShop
Buy Philip Jeck "An Ark for the Listener" in the TouchShop
Buy Sohrab "A Hidden Place" in the Touch Shop
06.09.11 - Bee - 12:46 - 320 kbps
'Bee' is inspired by the microcosmos of insects, a world of intense energetic flying behaviour, and could be described as a 'journey on the back of a bee', since the piece metaphorically often places the listener in this imaginary position, as 'travelling' on the insect itself. The purpose of the piece is to evoke images or imaginary situations, and can be well described as a 'movie without the image', since the sound is strong enough to let us - the listeners- mould the visual aspect in our imagination...
This work uses the language of electro-acoustic music, and is derived from the digital processing of natural sounds (mostly sounds of insects) in combination with electronic and synthesised sound material.
Bee received the Award of Distinction at the ARS ELECTRONICA 2011 International Competition on new media in the category Digital Musics & Sound Art.
Apostolos Loufopoulos works with sound and digital media and is interested in the sound of the natural world and its potential for musical exploration.
29.08.11 - Wasp! - 21:13 - 320 kbps
Photo: Mike Harding
Location: Cavenham, Suffolk
Conditions: 29th August was overcast, cool and very windy
Recorded using 2 x dpa 4060s
With thanks to Sarah & Ralph Brownie, who at 20:07 put his foot over the entrances to the wasps' nest...
Sound & video installation
DVD [PAL] - duration: 50 minutes
AION ("infinity", "eternity", a time span beyond human understanding) is a portrait of four abandoned spaces inside the so-called "Zone of Alienation" in Chernobyl, Ukraine; a dripping swimming pool, a ruined concert hall, a mould-infested gymnasium and an old village church.
During the days and weeks following the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26th, 1986, the local population were evacuated by Soviet military, and they had to leave behind all their belongings. The former homes, meeting places and recreation centres were declared contaminated territory - in fact, they will remain uninhabitable for thousands of years.
Two decades after the disaster, Jacob Kirkegaard visited the exclusion area with his recording equipment. His approach was inspired by Alvin Lucier's work "I am sitting in a room" . While sitting in a room, Lucier recorded his own voice reciting a text which he then played back in the room. He repeated this process over and over again until the different layers of his voice began to merge into a constant drone. Kirkegaard didn't record his own voice but the voice of the room itself. He put up a microphone and a speaker, started the recording and left. After ten minutes, he returned, stopped the recording and played it back into the same space. With each new layer, the subtle sounds of the room were enlarged and deepened until they finally turned into one humming sound with many overtones.
For the visual representation of the four rooms, Kirkegaard explored a variety of techniques, working with layers, overexposure and video feedback, that can be understood as analogous to his acoustical method.
All sound and video was recorded in the exclusion area around the former nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine, in October 2005.
AION is dedicated to my guide in Chernobyl, Rimma Kiselitsa (in memoriam).
This DVD was released on April 26th, 2011, 25 years after the nuclear accident in Chernobyl.
This September, Never Records will open at 11 Southwark St. near London Bridge tube station, as part of Illuminate Production's Merge Festival, sponsored by the Tate Modern, and Better Bankside. Philip Jeck will be performing from 8pm The Bear Pit at on 24th September.
In the daytime, Touch, with BJNilsen, Jon Wozencroft & Mike Harding, will be recording and cutting at Never Records at 2pm for two hours. Two vinyl cuts will be made of the recording, one for display and listening in the shop and one, the other copy goes to the archives...
Never Records is a multi-media multi-artist project by New York artist/musician Ted Riederer. Exploring the potential of a record store and record label to unite, educate, and uplift a community through recorded sound, Riederer's project began in an abandoned Tower Records near Union Square in New York City. In January 2010, Riederer, in collaboration with curators No Longer Empty, created what the Wall Street Journal described as a "mock shop" that served as a "love letter to the dying concept of the record store."
In September 2010, Riederer brought Never Records to the Liverpool Biennial, and expanded upon his original idea by purchasing a vinyl record lathe. He then cut recordings of live performances, including Philip Jeck & Hildur Gudnadottir, inside of record store/performance space, and filled his record store with this library of on site performances.
Fennesz appears alongside Emeralds for an evening of blissful, cosmic sounds in the unique setting of the Union Chapel, London.
Available on the night - his "Seven Stars" EP on CD...
Date: 20.10.11. Time: 7pm - 10.30pm.
Free entry. The Bear Pit, Bear Gardens, London SE1 9EB.
London's finest cassette-only label, The Tapeworm, presents its third annual event in the Capital. Exemplary music and much excitement is to be expected from a line-up of the label's mates.
Mr Ken Hollings, a writer of note, shall be reading his text from the first Bookworm publication, to be launched on this very same night. Sweden's BJNilsen will be flying in and making a splendid noise for you all. A second Swede, CM von Hausswolff (...he's a king, dontchaknow!) will share a stage with Touch's Mike Harding, in a reading of Edgar Allen Poe like none before. Cult vs. occult - former Medicine Head man Peter Hope-Evans and illustrator Savage Pencil will whip up a dark blue storm. Mr Pencil's fine drawings will also be on display - exhibition continues 21st to 23rd October, 12 to 6pm. Hopping on the bus from Elephant & Castle is Zerocrop and his band; pop perfection from a local lad. And finally, a London eye - video installation by Vicki Bennett, aka People Like Us.
We are pleased to announce the next Spire event will take place at
Frequency Festival 2011
Charles Matthews & Mike Harding - The Eternal Chord
The Spire Ensemble - Organogram
with John Beaumont (Tenor)
The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.