August 2012 Touch Newsletter #3


Welcome to the 83rd Touch Newsletter. The climax to Touch's 30th anniversary celebrations will happen in London on 5th - 6th December 2012. Atmospheres 4 | Touch.30 Live at Beaconsfield is a two-day festival celebrating 30 years of Touch, with performances, installations and displays, and a full programme of workshops and masterclasses in design and music, recording, mastering and the digital realm. There are a limited number of these discounted "early bird" festival passes, so hurry! The pass entitles you to access all events at this festival.

Mika Vainio returns with a new solo CD. "Fe3O4 - Magnetite" was recorded in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. In contrast to the dark vistas of his most recent releases, "Fe3O4 - Magnetite" oscillates between the two poles of silence and noise. Using his signature sources which range from radio signals to sine wave generators, Mika Vainio creates a unique emotional journey that moves from the serene to the unsettling, always challenging the listener's comfort zone.

The Whitstable Symphony, with audio by BJNilsen and images by Jon Wozencroft, was commissioned by The Whitstable Biennale and will be screened on September 1st-16th 2012 at Whitstable Museum and Gallery.

Finally, a new Touch Radio is now broadcasting - "W12" by Peter 7 Paelinck & Yves Bondue.




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Atmospheres 4 | Touch.30 Live at Beaconsfield

A two-day festival celebrating 30 years of Touch, with performances, installations and displays, and a full programme of workshops and masterclasses in design and music, recording, mastering and the digital realm. There are a limited number of these discounted "early bird" festival passes, so hurry! The pass entitles you to access all events at this festival.

Buy your discounted festival pass in the TouchShop

This festival will be followed immediately by a two-day recording workshop with Chris Watson in Norfolk, England, hosted by Wildeye. Tickets for this are being sold separately at Wildeye.

Atmospheres 4 - Touch.30 at Beaconsfield is the main UK event in a year-round programme of activities celebrating 30 years of existence.

Atmospheres 4 - Touch.30 at Beaconsfield is a two-day festival with performances, installations and displays, and a full programme of workshops and masterclasses. The Festival will explore all aspects of Touch: the music; the distinctive and influential design and photography; the process of recording and mastering; and the opportunities of the digital realm.

Participation in the event will extend well beyond Touch artists and creative team into the hinterland around the label: academics, industry professionals, other ground breaking music organisations etc.

Atmospheres will be curated by two of Touch's founders and the current creative team, Mike Harding and Jon Wozencroft, and produced by them with along with Touch's experienced digital and live production team already responsible this year for events in the UK, Germany, Belgium, USA and elsewhere detailed at http://30.touchmusic.org.uk/

Venue: Beaconsfield, 22 Newport St, Vauxhall, London, SE11 6AY
Dates: 5-6 December 2012
Price: £35.00

The full programme is as follows:

DAY ONE

Wednesday 5th December 2012

AFTERNOON EVENTS

2pm Jon Wozencroft introduces "Through the Digital Glass"
3pm Denis Blackham (Skye Mastering) on audio mastering (with artist Fennesz)
3:45pm Chaired by John Kieffer: Denis Blackham, Jason (Transition Mastering Studios) and Jon Wozencroft on digital and analogue mastering
4:15pm Break
4:30pm Chaired by Tony Myatt (University of Surrey): Mike Harding, Seb Jouan (Aecom Acoustic Design & Arts & Culture) on multi-channel (inc. ambisonics) recording
5:30pm Break and return for questions
6pm end

EVENING PERFORMANCES

8pm Hildur Gudnadottir
9pm Philip Jeck
10pm Fennesz

DAY TWO

Thursday 6th December 2012

2pm Mike Harding introduces Touch's digital presence on the web (devices, website, TouchRadio...)

Tim Medcalf - iPhone app
Philip Marshall - Website
Paul Wilson & Cheryl Tipp - British Library

3pm Design Seminar by Jon Wozencroft
3:45pm Break
4pm Jon Wozencroft + special guests discuss Touch's place in the design world
5:30pm Q&A
6pm end

EVENING PERFORMANCES

8pm Thomas Köner
9pm CM von Hausswolff
10pm Biosphere

Both Days: EXHIBITIONS/FILMS/DISPLAYS


Buy your discounted festival pass in the TouchShop




TO:86 | Mika Vainio "Fe3O4 - Magnetite"

CD (digipak) - 7 tracks - 55:51

Cover photography: Joséphine Michel
Art Direction: Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Denis Blackham

Track listing:

1. Magnetia
2. Magnetotactic
3. Magnetosphere
4. Magnetosense
5. Magnetism
6. Magnetosome
7. Elvis's TV Room

Mika Vainio, currently based in Berlin, was one half of the minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic from Finland, (with Ilpo Väisänen). Before starting Pan Sonic in the beginning of the 90's, Mika Vainio has played electronics and drums as part of the early Finnish industrial and noise scene. His solo works, under his own name and under aliases like Ø, are known for their analogue warmth and electronic harshness. Be it abstract drone works or minimal avant techno, Vainio is always creating unique, physical sounds. He has released on other labels such as Editions Mego, Wavetrap and Sähkö and he has produced work with, amongst others, Alan Vega of Suicide, Keiji Haino, and Bruce Gilbert. Since 2009 Mika Vainio has contributed to the music for Cindy van Acker's dance pieces...

This is his 5th album for Touch, after Onko [Touch # TO:34, 1998], Kajo TO:43, 2000], Sokeiden Maassa Yksisilmäinen on Kuningas (In the Land of the Blind One-Eyed Is King) [TO:54, 2004] and Black Telephone of Matter [Touch # TO:72, 2009].

"Fe3O4 - Magnetite" was recorded in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. In contrast to the dark vistas of his most recent releases, "Fe3O4 - Magnetite" oscillates between the two poles of silence and noise. Using his signature sources which range from radio signals to sine wave generators, Mika Vainio creates a unique emotional journey that moves from the serene to the unsettling, always challenging the listener's comfort zone.


Buy Mika Vainio "Fe3O4 - Magnetite" [CD] in the TouchShop




The Whitstable Symphony | 1st September 2012

Photography & design: Jon Wozencroft

The Whitstable Symphony, with audio by BJNilsen and images by Jon Wozencroft, was commissioned by The Whitstable Biennale and will be screened on September 1st-16th 2012 at Whitstable Museum and Gallery.


www.touchmusic.org.uk/thewhitstablesymphony




Touch Radio 82 | Peter 7 Paelinck & Yves Bondue

28.08.12 - W12 - 16:22 - 192 kbps

Every month in 2012 we are recording a soundtrack at 12 different locations in the Westhoek, Belgium, where we live. We tried to find 12 places which have a meaning for us. Those places, sometimes are filled with history, sometimes with magick, have influenced us, losing or ego and creating sounds melting with the environment.

We are 6 months away; half W12.

JUNI12 has been recorded at 'Farms Hospital', between Vlamertinge and Elverdinge. It is an historcal place with ancient history of death and war - Yves' playground when he was young, a place druids, a gathering point of nature sourced by its sounds of trees and birds.

The sound was made by field recordings, french horn, violin, ancient bass drum and manipulations.

) NOTHING IS TRUE / EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED (


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