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Joachim Nordwall's album for Ash International, "Ignition", is out now on CD. "Ignition" is on one hand a solid, highly electronic trip, on the other hand a very sensitive, analogue and warm drone symphony. "Ignition" was released (and is still available) on cassette - also on Ash International, in 2010, thus asserting the primacy of the analogue format.
Finally, information on three upcoming October events from Touch, Spire and The Tapeworm. Worm Eats Bear - a free night of performances from BJNilsen, CM von Hausswolff, Savage Pencil and more, in London. Spire Live at Lincoln Cathedral with Philip Jeck, BJNilsen, Charles Matthews and more. Touch Live at Phonofemme, Vienna - Hildur Gudnadottir, Philip Jeck, Jana Winderen and others...
Touch is a new free app for the iPhone and iPad that keeps you up-to-date with Touch news; read about and listen to tracks from the Touch catalogue; stream each and every Touch Radio episode; save Jon Wozencroft's Touch cover art as wallpaper and cook meals from the Touch Recipe Book.
CD - also available on cassette
Edited by Philip Marshall
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 by Joachim Nordwall at Morgan Avenue (Brooklyn), Lampo (Chicago), iDEAL (Gothenburg), EMS (Stockholm) 2006-2010.
Technical specifications: RITM-2, iDEALIST DRONE MACHINE, LITTLE BLACK BOY, GLAMOUR BOX, KORG MS-20, iDEALIST NOISE MACHINE, MacBook Pro (various software) and various effects. Analogue sound sources, sometimes processed digitally.
Joachim Nordwall is deeply interested in the power of sound, and how sound can create certain states of mind - but also the other way around; how certain states of mind can create sound. Since his teens in the late 80s, growing up in the remote, crude south east Sweden, he has experimented with something he prefers to call 'Psychic Broadcasting' rather than composition, at first in the still almost active analogue synth drone duo Alvars Orkester ["Interference" - Ash International # Ash 6.9, 2006]. Nordwall went on to play in various experimental music projects, spent time in Paris and London. Back in Sweden he formed iDEAL Recordings in 1998 and joined the sweaty avant punk rock group Kid Commando the year after, touring like mad, eventually hitting rock bottom in 2005. After the death of KC, he formed the ritual rock/drone band The Skull Defekts which has kept him busy ever since (recently releasing records on Chicago-based Thrill Jockey Records). In 2006 his first solo album was released under his 'The Idealist' moniker, entitled "I Am The Fire". A few years in the making, the album offered was a deep study of Nordwall's interior life, during a time when everything was pitch black inside. Today, Joachim Nordwall is very active curating his iDEAL label and organisation for festivals, concert series and sound art exhibitions. He is also the chairman of the legendary Stockholm venue for experimental stage art, Fylkingen. Nordwall is a man that lives and breathes sound.
A few years have passed and "Ignition" is here, Joachim Nordwall's second solo album. Recorded under brighter circumstances but still with many shadows present. "Ignition" is on one hand a solid, highly electronic trip, on the other hand a very sensitive, analogue and warm drone symphony. "Ignition" was released (and is still available) on cassette - also on Ash International, in 2010, thus asserting the primacy of the analogue format.
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.
Charles Matthews & Mike Harding - The Eternal Chord
The Spire Ensemble - Organogram
with John Beaumont (Tenor)
Tickets can be bought over the phone on +44 (0)1522 561644
Or from the shop itself if they happen to be in Lincoln...
Brunnenpassage, Vienna 28th - 30th October
Curated by Mia Zabelka & Mike Harding
One night band conducted by Mike Harding and Mia Zabelka featuring Hildur Gudnadottir, Jana Winderen, Zahra Mani, Philip Jeck, Manon-Liu Winter, Franz Hautzinger, Mia Zabelka
Christina Ödlund - Plant Drummer
Mike Harding/Jana Winderen and Zahra Mani/Mia Zabelka
The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.