June 2012 Touch Newsletter


Welcome to the 78th Touch Newsletter. Fennesz returns with "AUN - The Beginning and the End of All Things". This CD is the soundtrack to the film AUN, directed by Edgar Honetschläger, and features 12 previously unreleased Fennesz compositions.

For Steinbrüchel's Tapeworm tape, "Sinus", a simple synthetic-based, sine wave generating freeware program was used as sound source for creating single pulses and long static tones in several different tonal pitches. Cassette, 150 copies only.

Infinite Livez is a MC and musician who studied Chelsea Art College. His wide range of influences comes from such diverse sources as P-Funk, Surrealism and continental philosophy. For The Tapeworm, he delivers an extactic live set, recorded last November at Germany's Glockenbachwerkstatt. Cassette, 200 copies only.

The enigmatic Automatics Group present Amy Winedeath. Special thanks are due to to a loud, short, fat, hairy-assed, umbrella-carrying American and Tony UPS. Cassette, 150 copies only.

Andrew Poppy's "Infernal Furniture" is a collection of piano sonatas, backed with a version – Infernal Dub Furniture – where the recordings are subjected to the studio effects of delay and reverb, changing the surface and meaning of the music. Cassette, 150 copies only.

The 13th Spire will take place at St. Botolphs without Aldgate on Thursday 21st June 2012 as part of The Spitalfields Summer Festival. In performance: Charles Matthews, John Beaumont, Marcus Davidson, BJ Nilsen and Philip Jeck. Details below.




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Ash 9.5 | Christian Fennesz "AUN - The Beginning and the End of All Things" [OST]

An original soundtrack [OST]
CD jewel case - 28pp full colour - 15 tracks - 50 mins approx

This CD is the soundtrack to the film AUN, directed by Edgar Honetschläger. With stills from the film in the full colour 28 page booklet, the artwork is designed by Philip Marshall. You can see a clip here: www.aun-film.com

Tracklist:
1. Kae
2. Aware*
3. Haru*
4. Sekai
5. Euclides
6. Sasazuka
7. Trace*
8. Mori
9. AUN40
10. Nemuru
11. Himitsu
12. AUN80  
13. Nympha
14. Shinu
15. Hikari

* These titles also appear on the fennesz sakamoto album, 'Cendre' [Touch # Tone 32, 2007]

Intention:
‘AUN – the beginning and the end of all things’ tells the story of mankind’s quest for the future, his desire to create the tomorrow, his fear of and loathing for the apocalypse. It spins the Faustian theme twice and lays bare open the inexhaustible Judea/Christian believe in progress, which by the 21st century has taken over the entire world and has succeeded in maneuvering the globe into a situation that can’t be solved by means of economics and science anymore. Enlightenment’s merits have taken the West’s ability to sense what is not to be seen, what is only to be felt. Believes are so much more than religion, than monotheistic concepts. Souls and spirits exist not only in film. Denial and neglect of eternal laws lead to extinction – of the individual and the entire human race. AUN invents rituals as well as mythologies and worships the creator of it all – nature – by playfully laying out its dichotomy with human culture. The film equals mankind’s beauty with nature by announcing that ‘everything mankind creates in nature’. Sadly the hubris ends and gives the audience the chance to heartily weep for the world.

Director's Statement:
‘AUN – the beginning and the end of all things’ follows the strings of thoughts the late Claude Lévi-Strauss revealed in his anthropological essays throughout the 20th century, as well as those of Japan’s unique Shintoism who’s millions of gods inhibit and preserve nature. The film focuses on the dichotomy man/nature and envisions a future world where life will be nothing but sensual. It contains references to Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, Italian anthropologist Fosco Maraini and the Japanese writer Yoko Tawada.

‘AUN – the beginning and the end of all things’ is a 100 min., 35mm feature drama written/directed by the Austrian artist/filmmaker Edgar Honetschläger. It is a Austrian/Japanese co-production realized by Edoko Institute Vienna and Ribo Ltd. Tokyo in cooperation with KGP Vienna. AUN was supported by the Austrian Film Institute, the Vienna Film Fund, the ORF (Austrian TV), the province of Upper Austria, the City of Tokyo, Tochigi Province, Shizuoka province, Yamanashi province.

For AUN film distribution contact filmdelights.com distribution. With thanks to Edoko Institute, Vienna and Ribo Ltd., Tokyo


Buy Christian Fennesz "AUN - The Beginning and the End of All Things" [CD] in the TouchShop
www.aun-film.com
www.honetschlaeger.com
www.fennesz.com
www.ashinternational.com




TTW#42 | Steinbrüchel "Sinus"

Cassette only. Edition of 150 copies
Illustration - Ordner, assisted by Max

Track listing:
A1: Sinus 1
A2: Sinus 2
B1: Sinus 3
B2: Sinus 4

A simple synthetic-based, sine wave generating freeware program was used as sound source for creating single pulses and long static tones in several different tonal pitches. No additional sound design or other analogue or digital processing was used during the creation of the sounds. The single sound elements were layered and sequenced into different movements of varying shapes and colours focusing on the pure essence and aesthetics of sound. Each track interweaves longer, stretched, tonal segments and rhythmic patterns into sine-curved compositions.

The four Sinus tracks were sequenced at one hundred and twenty beats per minute in nineteen ninety nine by Steinbrüchel. They were previously released as a personal CD-R edition of 10 copies. Digital music kindly released by The Tapeworm on analogue cassette in two thousand and twelve.

Sinus 5 can be downloaded as a bonus track via soundcloud.com

Steinbrüchel’s musical work deals mainly with the texture and atmosphere of sound. In the studio he works relentlessly towards the creation of new sounds. The accumulation, collection and the arrangement of those sounds is revealed during his live sets. The sounds one hears in his music form both intricate patterns and spacious landscapes. In his experiments with electronically created sound, Steinbrüchel portrays an acute awareness for beauty. His productions follow a distinctly sophisticated aesthetic. Flowing calmly through the listener his music invokes a glowing space which invites the listener to travel within the sound. Steinbrüchel’s compositions and conceptual arrangements connect him to the genre of New Music rather than club music, locating his work more in the realm of digital sound art.


Buy Steinbrüchel "Sinus" in the TouchShop
Release details on www.tapeworm.org.uk
www.synchron.ch




TTW#43 | Infinite Livez "@ Glockenbachwerkstatt"

Cassette only. Edition of 200 copies
Illustration - Infinite Livez

Track listing:
A1: North
A2: East
B1: South
B2: West

Recorded live at Glockenbachwerkstatt, Munich on 3/11/11, Dept. of Volxvergnuegen. Special thanks to Krach der Roboter, Kandis Williams and all the staff at Glockenbachwerkstatt.

Infinite Livez (born 1972 in Bethnal Green, East London) is a MC and musician who studied Chelsea Art College. His wide range of influences comes from such diverse sources as P-Funk, Surrealism and continental philosophy. His first album “Bush Meat” was released on Big Dada Records in 2004 to immediate critical acclaim in the UK and abroad. 2007 saw the release of his second album “Art Brut fe de Yoot”, also Big Dada, and a collaborative project with the Swiss electro jazz outfit Stade. Recorded over a series of improvised sessions it has been recognised as a unique achievement in both experimental Hip Hop and whacky humour. The follow up album to “Art Brut fe de Yoot”, entitled “Morgan Freeman’s Psychedelic Semen”, was released in 2008. At the beginning of 2009 the live album “Live at La Guinguette”, again recorded with Stade and guest vocalist Joy Frempong, came out of a residency in Geneva. Infinite Livez has performed the UK and all over Europe including at events such as Montreux Jazz, the North Sea Jazz Festival and The Sonar Festival. Besides Stade and Joy Frempong, Infinite has worked with a wide range of other producers and musicians including David Murray, Jahcoozi, Nils Peter Molvar, Elliot Sharp and Kid Acne. He has supported artists such as Kool Keith, Anti Pop Consortium, MF Doom and Mulatu Astatke.

As a visual artist Infinite Livez has also worked on a variety of other projects like making comic books, animations, prints and illustrations (for magazines such as Hip Hop Connection and The Wire). In July 2009 Infinite had his first solo exhibition “Salvador Dali Was Half Bengali” at Pebbledash Gallery in London where he presented a series of madly surrealist silkscreens referencing the aesthetics of old school comics, Japanese woodcuts and Hans Bellmer. In September 2009 he took part in the group show “7 Styles for 7 Brothers” at Archipelago Art, Sheffield. Recently Infinite launched “Glorious Mono”, his own weekly 1 hour radio show on Herbstradio 99.1 FM in Berlin.


Buy Infinite Livez "@ Glockenbachwerkstatt" in the TouchShop
Release details on www.tapeworm.org.uk
www.infinitelivez.com




TTW#44 | The Automatics Group featuring Amy Winedeath
"Ammo A Mass A Mat"

Cassette only. Edition of 150 copies
Illustration - AMé

Track listing:
A: Mass Extinction Event
B: Event of Mass Distinction

Thanks to AMé for the cover art. Special thanks to a loud, short, fat, hairy-assed, umbrella-carrying American and Tony UPS (auto 73, actually).

She lay, naked, draped across the piano, her nipples still erect from her recent encounter. Globules dripped onto the keys, lying like translucent mercury pools, somewhere between solid and liquid, defying definition. She might be asleep; she might not. It’s a special private place which cannot be shared or revealed. Her right hand slowly stroked the keys, as if to play; but there is no need for music now. She has her own sounds playing breezily around her; no need for form. Her fingers hesitate slightly as they play across the keys, as if reminded of her guttural expressions which recently filled the room. Her breathing was calm, but shallow… a wave had passed through her, soaking her but now leaving her utterly changed but intact.

There is no sign nor sound of another player on this primordial stage.


Buy The Automatics Group featuring Amy Winedeath "Ammo A Mass A Mat" in the TouchShop
Release details on www.tapeworm.org.uk
www.automaticsgroup.org.uk




TTW#45 | Andrew Poppy "Infernal Furniture"

Cassette only. Edition of 150 copies
Illustration - Rayna deNiord

Track listing:

“Infernal Sonatas”
A1: Sonata One
A2: Sonata Two
A3: Sonata Four A
A4: Sonata Four B
A5: Sonata Nine

“Infernal Dub Furniture”
B1: Sonata One Dub
B2: Sonata Two Dub
B3: Sonata Four A Dub
B4: Sonata Four B Dub
B5: Sonata Nine Dub

Piano and electronic processing by; composed and produced by Andrew Poppy. Mastered by Zachary James Watkins.



Infernal Furniture is a collection of piano sonatas, backed with a version – Infernal Dub Furniture – where the recordings are subjected to the studio effects of delay and reverb, changing the surface and meaning of the music. The piano pieces themselves are drawn from the collection “10 Sonatas Ten” (2010).

Ultra-red’s Dont Rhine writes… “A provocative proposition; Satie meets dub procedures. It makes me think about the erased link between jazz improvisation and dub where, in the latter, the improvised instrument is the mixing deck. If, as Cardew said, improvisation is the search for a sound to interpret a context, dub raises the stakes of that hermeneutic to the fight against Babylon.”

“And then there’s Infernal Dub Furniture. To reinsert the anti-Eurocentric pulse back into the Euro-soundscape of Satie (the most Euro of Euro-soundscapes) is very subversive. This brings to mind Terre Thaemlitz’s project of several years go, rendering the roboticism of Kraftwerk, Devo and Gary Numan according to the principles of rubato - all done via steptime programming. It’s always interesting how this dubbing (or queering, as Terre would insist) also unleashes an affect of melancholy. An affect for a world whose evidence is unseen and unheard. But deeply desired. Andrew, you always inspire me, man.” Dont Rhine, Hollywood, CA, 3 February 2012


Buy Andrew Poppy "Infernal Furniture" in the TouchShop
Release details on www.tapeworm.org.uk
www.andrewpoppy.co.uk




Spire Live @ Spitalfields Festival | London, 21st June 2012

The 13th Spire will take place at St. Botolphs without Aldgate on Thursday 21st June 2012 as part of The Spitalfields Summer Festival

7.00pm-9.30pm (Installation by Marcus Davidson from 6.00pm) Insight with Scott McMillan (The Liminal), Charles Matthews and Mike Harding.

Performers:

Charles Matthews - organ & piano
John Beaumont - tenor
Marcus Davidson - organ, piano & tape
BJ Nilsen - electronics
Philip Jeck - turntables & samplers
and
The Eternal Chord

Programme to include:

Charles Camilleri - Sonata Semplice
JS Bach - Komm, Heiliger Geist
Ligeti - Harmonies
Diana Burrell - Lauds
Arvo Pärt - Pari Intervallo
Marcus Davidson - The Conscious Sky

You can book tickets here

Tickets: £12 unreserved/£5 Student tickets (further concessions available).
Series Tickets Offers: Discounts available when booking three or more concerts.

From its earliest inception as the Hydraulis to the latest in organ technology, the organ has had incredible influence on the history of music and sound. Spire celebrates this "Emperor of Instruments" with live performances for organ, electronics, piano and voice, contrasting digital and analogue to create a rich sonic journey unique to each performance location. See Spire in Spitalfields for the first time, visiting St Botolph without Aldgate and its newly restored Harris organ.






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