May 2012 Touch Newsletter

Welcome to the 76th Touch Newsletter. Hildur Gudnadottir's new album, "Leyfdu Ljosinu", is now available to pre-order. The TouchShop is stocking two formats: CD in extended digipak and USB stick with choice of multi channel audio files.

Touch Radio 77 is now broadcasting - Achim Mohné and Philip Jeck, performing at VINYL+, live at ZKM, Karlsruhe, 21st April 2012. In addition, TouchShop now has an intriguing art-edition vinyl by Mohné on sale

Back in stock in the TouchShop: CDs and Vinyl from Biosphere, Fennesz and Chris Watson.

Finally, details about two Touch.30 events - Touch.30 live at idaf, Kingston University, and two installations for Sounding City: Public Sound, Kortrijk, Belgium.

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TO:90 | Hildur Gudnadottir "Leyfdu Ljosinu"

CD - extended digipak - 2 tracks - 39:25

Voice, cello & electronics: Hildur Gudnadottir

Recorded & mixed by Tony Myatt
Mastered by Denis Blackham

1. Prelude 4:11
2. Leyfdu ljosinu 35:14

Hildur Gudnadottir's new album 'Leyfdu ljosinu' (Icelandic for 'Allow the light'), was recorded live at the Music Research Centre, University of York, in January 2012 by Tony Myatt, using a SoundField ST450 Ambisonic microphone and two Neumann U87 microphones. (NB - It was not played in a concert environment and there was no audience.)

To be faithful to time and space - elements vital to the movement of sound - this album was recorded entirely live, with no post-tampering of the recordings' own sense of occasion.

A multichannel version (Touch # TO:90USB) is also available - USB stick (2 GB) in hand-made (by the artist) paper cover. You can read more about this here.

Pre-order Hildur Gudnadottir "Leyfdu Ljosinu" [CD] in the TouchShop
Pre-order Hildur Gudnadottir "Leyfdu Ljosinu" [USB Stick] in the TouchShop

Touch Radio 77 | Achim Mohné and Philip Jeck

22.04.12 - VINYL+, Live at ZKM, Karlsruhe 21st April 2012 - 63:16 - 192 kbps

Achim Mohné [00:00 to 29:11] uses three Omnitronic decks, Philip Jeck [26:51 to 63:16] uses two Dancettes and sampler. Recorded by Philip Marshall from desk to hard drive.

The resurgence of vinyl in recent years is a phenomenon which has not gone unnoticed; as CD declines sharply, its audio limitations exposed not only by advances in other technologies, but also by the myths propagated at the inception of digital exposed, so artists explore and demand other formats to express their work. Although a business model is still some way off the traditional artist » label » distribution » shop paradigm, it is clear this is being radically overhauled and replaced by online sales platforms set up by the artists themselves. But vinyl seems to have escaped this process, and continues to grow. Why is that?

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Play "VINYL+, Live at ZKM, Karlsruhe 21st April 2012"

Pallas No. 646 | Achim Mohné "One to Another"

12" one-sided vinyl in plain white sleeve
Limited numbered (faint pencil on back of outer sleeve) edition 100 copies

Side 1 One to Another - 22'00"
Side 2 Blank Uncut Vinyl

One-sided vinyl with a 22 minute groove with no sound... From an installation work from 2000 in Kansas City, 2006 Berlin and 2012 Dresden.

This work develops over the time period of six weeks. A specially designed record, "filled with an empty groove" gathers the dust inside the installation room. The empty groove collects the dust particle which move the needle. This way the sound changes from total silence to a cracking and thundering music.

Buy Achim Mohné "One to Another" [12" Vinyl] in the TouchShop

Touch.30 | Two Installations for Sounding City: Public Sound

Sounding City: Public Sound, Kortrijk, Belgium, 28.04.12 - 13.05.12

Chris Watson - installation inspired by "After the Deluge (Na de Zondvloed)" @ Broel Museum
Jana Winderen - installation - "The Moat"

Touch.30 Live at idaf

May 3rd Touch.30 live at Kingston University
Improvisation and Digital Arts Festival
Market House, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey UK

This event is a free-ticketed event, but unfortunately none are left. However, we are hoping to get some more allocated this week. Please keep an eye on Touch's Twitter feed for updates.

Philip Jeck
Chris Watson

Back in stock in the TouchShop

Fennesz - Black Sea [Vinyl LP]

Fennesz - Black Sea [CD]

Chris Watson - Outside the Circle of Fire [CD, 3rd Edition]

Biosphere - Dropsonde [CD]

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