October 2012 Touch Newsletter #2


Welcome to the 87th Touch Newsletter. “Leslie Winer &c.” brings together tracks from the first two decades of Leslie Winer’s extensive yet little-known body of work. Full details on this release, below. Also available on The Wormhole - BJNilsen, Simon James Phillips and Andrea Belfi, together as The Swifter - limited vinyl LP or FLAC.

TouchRadio 85 is now broadcasting. Enough!!! is Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jason Lescalleet & Joachim Nordwall. Enough is Never Enough. Recorded at the Issue Project Room, Brooklyn in December 2011.

A reminder of two upcoming Touch.30 events - Nocturne 45: Bruce Gilbert, Mike Harding, Achim Mohné in Köln, and Glasgow Music presents Touch.30: Thomas Köner, Philip Jeck, BJNilsen.

New in the TouchShop – Daniela Cascella “En Abime: Listening, Reading, Writing”, an archival fiction of listening, where landscape is reinvented and abstracted across autobiographical narratives of sounds, books, pictures and songs.

Also back in stock, Ryoji Ikeda's classic CD from 1998,“0ºC”, which he himself describes as “an exploration at the edge of one's perception - an extension of +/- (1996) and the next step.”

Finally, music by Hildur Gudnadottir, Biosphere, Fennesz and others features alongside EVP recordings by Raymond Cass in an upcoming BBC Radio 3 drama. "Adventures of the Soul" by Lizzie Mickery is scheduled to be broadcast on Saturday, October 27th at 9pm. Details below.




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WHO#03 | Leslie Winer &c.

CD in A5 Wallet with Inserts
Photography by Sébastien Chou

Tracklist:
1: This Fat Pitch
2: Remote Viewing
3: He Was
4: Flove
5: N1 Ear
6: If
7: The Boy Who Used 2 Whistle
8: Battleporn
9: John Says
10: Dream 1
11: When I Was Walt Whitman
12: Tree
13: Movie Mother
14: Results More Like This?
15: I Sat Back
16: We See 3 Deer
17: Freewords
18: Tending
19: Dunderhead

Compiled by DCPM, with thanks to Gerard Forde. Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering, Isle of Skye, September 2012.

“Leslie Winer &c.” brings together tracks from the first two decades of Leslie Winer’s extensive yet little-known body of work. The earliest pieces, recorded in the late eighties, appeared on her debut solo album “Witch” [Transglobal/Rhythm King, 1993]. First issued as a white label pressing in 1990 and featuring Jah Wobble, Karl Bonnie and Helen Terry, “Witch” has earned Winer the distinction ‘grandmother of trip hop’ (NME).

After its release, Winer all but disappeared from public view, making only sporadic guest appearances on releases by such varied artists as John Hassell (1994), Bomb the Bass (1995) and Mekon (2000). While she has continued to record throughout the nineties and noughties, little of Winer’s work has surfaced, until now.

Some of the material from the two albums she cut in the mid-1990s with Joe Galdo at South Beach Studios in Miami appeared in 2010 on The Tapeworm’s release “& That Dead Horse”. Other tracks from these projects and her collaborations with Vincent Gallo appear here for the first time.

Throughout her career Winer has worked with artists as divergent as Holger Hiller, Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Dale Cornish and her songs have been recorded by Sinead O’Connor, Boy George and Grace Jones. Her most recent collaboration with French musician and producer Christophe Van Huffel, Purity Supreme, resulted in a four-track vinyl EP “Always Already”, released last year by Ash International.

“Leslie Winer &c.” is a product of The Wormhole. Its release precedes the launch of Winer’s first volume of poems, “10 Pomes Fin (Irish Wristwatch)”, soon to be published by The Bookworm.

Click here to read an interview with Leslie Winer by Gerard Forde, for CR Fashion Book.


Buy Leslie Winer &c. [CD] in the TouchShop
Further details at www.tapeworm.org.uk



WHO#02 | The Swifter

Limited Edition Vinyl LP / FLAC download

Vinyl cut by Jason Goz
Double-exposure photography by Chris Bigg

Tracklist:
A1: End of Capstan Bars
A2: Neap Tide
B1: Swallow
B2: Wave Guidance Allows Three

Introducing The Swifter – a new trio featuring Andrea Belfi (drums and percussion), BJNilsen (electronics) and Simon James Phillips (piano).

Their debut album documents the first encounter of the three musicians. Recorded live in the Grunewald Church, Berlin, careful attention was given to capturing the unique resonant acoustic offered by the airy, stone building, exhibiting the broad palate of aesthetic qualities the group are able to create. Subtly evolving sound worlds that evoke, at times, the loneliness within a ship’s hold; a relentlessly driven wall of harmonically rich sound or a sonic fog that lifts to reveal a delicate instrumental discourse.

Nilsen sources material from the soundboard of the giant Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand played by Phillips. This setup facilitates a oneness of sound that Nilsen subtly manipulates to either augment or contrast against the unique sonic world of Phillips’ playing – which is carefully punctuated or driven by Belfi’s distinctive style.

The album’s cover features double-exposure photography shot by Chris Bigg (David Sylvian/4AD).


Buy The Swifter [Vinyl LP] in the TouchShop
Buy The Swifter [FLAC download] in the TouchShop
Further details at www.tapeworm.org.uk
www.the-swifter.com




Touch Radio 85 | Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jason Lescalleet & Joachim Nordwall

25.10.12 - Enough!!! - Enough In Brooklyn - 52:32 - 192 kbps

Enough!!! is Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jason Lescalleet & Joachim Nordwall. Enough is Never Enough. Recorded at the Issue Project Room, Brooklyn in December 2011. Thanks to Lawrence Kumpf.


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Nocturne 45: Bruce Gilbert, Mike Harding, Achim Mohné

Wednesday 31st October
Mike Harding interviews Bruce Gilbert

Soundarchaeology seminar Wednesday 31 October 2012, 6pm, sound lab, seminar guests: Bruce Gilbert, Mike Harding and Achim Mohné. Conversation between Mike Harding and Bruce Gilbert about his solo work and collaborations, later joined by Achim Mohné.

Thursday: 1 November, 8pm, Aula
• Mike Harding presents "30 Years of Touch"
• Bruce Gilbert
• Achim Mohné
• Reprise: to improvised collaboration between Bruce Gilbert & Achim Mohné


www.khm.de




22.11.12 | Glasgow Music presents: Touch.30

Event features Thomas Köner, BJNilsen and Philip Jeck.

Thomas Köner is a pioneering multimedia artist whose main interest lies in combining visual and auditory experiences. Over his long, much celebrated career, he has worked between installation works, sound art, minimal soundscapes and (as one half of Porter Ricks) fantastically repetitive dub techno.

BJNilsen is a sound and recording artist. Primarily focused on the sound of nature and its effect on humans, field recordings and the perception of time and space as experienced through sound, often electronically treated. He has worked as composer and sound designer for documentary film, theatre, television and dance and performs his solo work regularly around the globe creating an immersive and intimate soundworld.

Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops turning them to his own purposes. He really does play them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record. Philip Jeck makes genuinely moving and transfixing music, where we hear the art not the gimmick.


www.glasgowconcerthalls.com




Daniela Cascella | En Abime: Listening, Reading, Writing

An archival fiction of listening, where landscape is reinvented and abstracted across autobiographical narratives of sounds, books, pictures and songs.

“En Abime” explores listening and reading as creative and critical activities driven by memory and return, reshaped into the present. It introduces an idea of aural landscape as a historically defined cultural experience, and contributes with previously unexplored references to the emerging area of listening as artistic practice, adopting an expansive approach across poetry, visual art and literature.


Buy Daniela Cascella ”En Abime: Listening, Reading, Writing” in the TouchShop




27.10.12 | BBC Radio 3 drama “Adventures of the Soul”

Music by Hildur Gudnadottir, Biosphere, Fennesz and others features alongside EVP recordings by Raymond Cass in an upcoming BBC Radio 3 drama. “Adventures of the Soul” by Lizzie Mickery is scheduled to be broadcast on Saturday, October 27th at 9pm.

The Radio Times says: “This spooky new drama features electronic voice phenomenon recordings — the jury is still out on whether these noises that do sound like speech are stray radio transmissions, static emissions or paranormal activity… posing questions about the fascinating subject of EVP recordings.”


Further information: www.bbc.co.uk






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