Welcome to the 73rd Touch Newsletter. The Tapeworm's first four for 2012 are now on sale. Earth mainman, Dylan Carlson, contributes "Edward Kelley's Locker" under the artist name drcarlsonalbion - a solo project which intends to explore interests in the folklore and history of cunning-folk of the British Isles and Scottish and English fairy faith.
Old Apparatus are a four piece audio/visual collective from East London that have been releasing bass orientated music on Deep Medi. With "15:24-15:46" they decided to break away from the DAW grid...
Philip Corner is an American composer, musician and visual artist, and one of the original members of Fluxus. His Tapeworm contribution, "Piano Work'd", explores the rich sonic possibilities afforded by the dismantling of a piano. Corner recorded the performance on 19 August 1983 at Archivio F. Conz, Verona, using a Sony Walkman Professional WM-D6 and a Sennheiser Kunstkopf microphone.
Achim Mohné experiments with the space and time intervals of media, photography, video, digital image production, as well as with sound. For his Tapeworm release, "And It Could Have Been Dead...", Achim focussed on audiotape itself: as material, as body, as signifier and as sculpture.
Leeds, 7th March - Touch.30, in conjunction with the Oates100 Campaign and nti Leeds present an audio-visual journey to the South Pole with Chris Watson. Generously hosted by nti Leeds at Old Broadcasting House with equipment loaned from Leeds Metropolitan University, this is a unique event to commemorate a true Leeds hero.
Touch Radio 74, now broadcasting - recorded in Lisbon at the first Touch.30 live event of the year - CM von Hausswolff's "Live Last Night". And don't forget - Touch.30: CM von Hausswolff interviews Mike Harding as part of freq_out 8, Moderna Museet, Stockholm 17-19.02.12. Visit www.modernamuseet.se for more information.
6:00pm : Drinks, snacks & chats
7:00pm : An Introduction by Mike Harding of Touch
7:10pm : A Journey South, with Chris Watson
8:30pm : Q&A
9:00pm : Close
As part of the team for the David Attenborough BBC series "Frozen Planet", Chris travelled to Antarctica to record the ambient sounds, the wildlife, the water - even the groaning of a glacier as it moves. Chris talks about his experiences there and brings the remotest continent to life with his stunning recordings.
Chris is is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena. His recordings are used in TV, Radio and Film including contributions to the award-winning re-release of "A Great White Silence", originally filmed during Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.
For Touch he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative released on CD & Vinyl, such as his latest release "El Tren Fantasma"; viewed by one reviewer as "a benchmark in field recording not to mention a map of the soul, an insight into the human condition and a key to dreams".
Chris has characterised his work as "putting microphones where you can't put your ears" - come along to experience the incredible surround-sound results for yourself. This is part of a series of events intended to commemorate Captain Lawrence "Titus" Oates, who sacrificed himself 100 years ago in an effort to save the lives of his fellow explorers during Captain Scott's attempt to be the first to the South Pole.
Generously hosted by nti Leeds at Old Broadcasting House with equipment loaned from Leeds Metropolitan University, this is a unique event to commemorate a true Leeds hero.
28.01.12 - Live Last Night - 23:54 - 192 kbps
Photo: Dave Knapik.
Recorded live at Fim de Semana Especial n.º 3, Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, 27th January 2012.
Cassette only, in an edition of 150 copies.
Illustration - Ewoud van Rijn
Cover star - Pooman
A1: How to Use This Cassette
A3: All I Have Ever Listened To
A4: Immer Wieder
B1: Once Upon A Time They All Lived Happily Ever After
B2: Syntactical Swap
B3: Tapeworm Infection
Achim Mohné experiments with the space and time intervals of media, photography, video, digital image production, as well as with sound. His experiments bring to light the surprising uses that lie dormant in todays technology. For The Tapeworm, Achim focussed on audiotape itself: as material, as body, as signifier and as sculpture. Some notes on the sources and methods used to create "And It Could Have Been Dead..." follow:
A1, "How To Use This Cassette", is mixed from a 1982 Blaupunkt instruction tape for a cassette player.
A2, "Widerverwendung", uses material from "MediaRecycling", a live performance at Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst (GAK) Bremen, 1999. This was a performance for opened-up VCRs, monitors, scissors, glue, medical gloves, cleansing alcohol. Sections of tapes were randomly chosen, cut with a scissors, then taped back live together in a different order. The version on this cassette was mixed in 2011.
A3, "All I Have Ever Listened To" was mixed from "Sozialisationsmusik" - a live performance at Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (1997) for three to eight turntables, cassette recorders and a mixer. With their help, vinyl records and cassettes from a great variety of genres (classic, electro, punk, rock, jazz, children's audio dramas) are layered-up and mixed live. The version on The Tapeworm's tape was edited in 2011.
A4 and B1 were created using hand operated cassette recorders. The tapes used for "Once Upon A Time They All Lived Happily Ever After" were all of fairy-tales. B2 ("Syntactical Swap") is a work for cassette recorder and turntable. Finally, B3 is a short blast, using beginnings and endings of The Tapeworm cassettes, #01-#34 as its sound source.
Cassette only, in an edition of 150 copies.
Illustration - detail from the original score
Philip Corner (b. 1933) is an American composer, musician and visual artist. His teachers include Henry Cowell and Olivier Messiaen. While on military duty in Korea in 1960-1961 he studied calligraphy with Ki-sung Kim and many of his works have calligraphic scores. A founder member of Fluxus, Corner has performed with George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik. From 1967 to 1970 he taught the course in Experimental Composition at the New School for Social Research, which John Cage initiated in 1956. He was a member of Judson Dance Theater as both dancer and composer and has written scores for dance pieces by James Waring, Yvonne Rainer, Lucinda Childs and Elaine Summers among many others. He lives in Reggio nell'Emilia with his wife and performing partner, the dancer and choreographer Phoebe Neville. His wide-ranging output includes numerous works for gongs, bells, metal percussion and gamelan orchestra.
Piano Work'd explores the rich sonic possibilities afforded by the dismantling of a piano. Corner recorded the performance on 19 August 1983 at Archivio F. Conz, Verona, using a Sony Walkman Professional WM-D6 and a Sennheiser Kunstkopf microphone. The finished object that resulted from this action is the property of the Archivio F. Conz, Verona. The audio for this edition was remastered in 2011 by BJNilsen.
Cassette only, in an edition of 250 copies.
Illustration - Old Apparatus
(B-side left intentionally blank)
Old Apparatus are a four piece audio/visual collective transmitting from East London that have been releasing bass orientated electronic dance music on Mala's underground label Deep Medi Musik.
This edition for The Tapeworm is an improvised instrumental piece using guitar, piano, violin and found sound ambiences recorded entirely in the front room of the house they share together.
Given that most forms of electronic music are bound by linearity and grid based digital audio workstations, Old Apparatus consciously embarked on an exploration of nonlinear forms of musical expression. The audio on the tape is a snapshot in time of that exploration.
Cassette only, in an edition of 400 copies.
Illustration - SavX
A: Edward Kelley's Blues
B: Drunk On Angelspeech
Dylan Carlson has been the guitarist in Earth for 22 years. Founding member, main songwriter. He is working on a solo album exploring interests in the folklore and history of cunning-folk of the British Isles and Scottish and English fairy faith.
A-side consists of field recordings made in/around Waterloo station and along the Thames river bed at Southbank, November 2011. Guitar and vocals added by drcarlson, December 2011. Recorded and mastered by Robert Roth, December 2011, Tulalip, WA.
B-side consists of guitar and vocals by drcarlson and mellotron by Robert Roth. Recorded and mastered by Robert Roth, Tulalip, WA. Produced by drcarlsonalbion/Robert Roth.
For those interested, Waterloo station is a site of personal occult experience for drcarlson - see drcarlsonalbion.wordpress.com for further details. B-side vocals consist of Enochian version of lyrics from A side.
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