November 2012 Touch Newsletter

Welcome to the 89th Touch Newsletter.

"Touch. 30 Years and Counting" featuring many of the regular Touch artists is available as a 4 track gatefold double vinyl, CD in oversized digifile with FLAC download to follow later on… All tracks are exclusive to this release, which celebrates 30 years of Touch and heralds our paths ahead. We are now taking advanced orders for this item. Shipping will commence the week beginning December 10th. This item will be available for sale at the Touch.30 Atmospheres 4 festival in London on December 5th and 6th.

Released by the British Film Institute, a DVD (region 2 only) "Fairy Tales - Early Colour Stencil Films from Pathé". Commissioned exclusive works from Fennesz ● Chris Watson ● Oren Ambarchi ● BJNilsen ● Hildur Gudnadottir ● Sarah Nicolls ● Jana Winderen ● Michael Esposito ● Leif Elggren ● Maia Urstad ● Achim Mohné ● Tom Haines & Chris Branch (members of The London Snorkelling Team) ● Pascal Wyse ● Marcus Davidson ● Joachim Nordwall & Henrik Rylander ● Philip Jeck ● Sohrab et al.

Also now at last in stock, on The Wormhole - drcarlsonalbion and the Hackney Lass - "Modern English Folklore volume one: Hackney" is now available as a black and clear vinyl double 7" in a gatefold sleeve.

We also have limited copies of the 12" vinyl by Robert Macfarlane & Chris Watson: "The Sea-Road", published by Caught by the River. The title track was recorded at Port Eliot Festival and live on location in 2012.

Tone 33 | "Touch. 30 Years and Counting"

4 tracks - CD in (oversized) digifile - 70:16 [Tone 33]
4 tracks - DLP in gatefold sleeve - 70:16 [Tone 33V]
4 tracks - FLAC Audio - 70:16 [Tone 33F]

Strictly limited editions

Compiled, edited, mixed and produced by Mike Harding & Jon Wozencroft, 14-15th October 2012. Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye. Vinyl cut by Jason at Transition. Artwork & Photography by Jon Wozencroft

This compilation is released to coincide with Touch's 30th anniversary celebrations at Beaconsfield, London, on December 5th and 6th 2012, all tracks are exclusive and original to this release - but it also points the way ahead…

Track listing:
Touch 33 - Pont Saeson
Fennesz - 55 Cancri e
Bruce Gilbert - Apis
Rosy Parlane - Awhitu
Oren Ambarchi - Merely A Portmanteau

The Book Depository
ELEH - Over Woven
BJNilsen - The cackle of dogs and laughter of death
Nana April Jun - High And Low And Mid Plane Mass

Chris Watson - Brussel-Nord
Mika Vainio - Erstwhile
Carl Michael von Hausswolff - Cleansing of the Cruel Tyrants Chamber
Jana Winderen - In a Silent Place

Philip Jeck - Saint Pancras
Francisco López - untitled#286
Z'EV- the inreadables
Hildur Gudnadottir - Just This
Biosphere - Gryfici

"30 years and counting is an echo of a time when the world was in a critical condition, and potentially about to blow itself into oblivion at the tail end of the Cold War. As such the title is a wry reflection on the situation we find ourselves in today, where the final curtain is less likely to close, but the stakes somehow seem to be more extreme and polarised than ever.

As far as Touch is concerned, it is an expression of our youthful relationship to the work. Mike Harding and Jon Wozencroft invited each of the Touch artists to contribute a glimpse of their current practice to what is effectively a group show rather than a compilation. The brief was not only to celebrate a situation, but to remind each other why we are doing it, and make a kind of documentary realism.

Some artists responded quickly with significant twists and returns to their signature sound and others left it to the last minute. The net result was that Mike and Jon mastered the LP/CD more or less as live performance in the cutting room, Transition, as an expression of the vitality of the project rather than some pre-ordained historical item.

The history is built into the cover with two images of the first computer, the ‘Colossus’, built in Bletchley Park during the early 1940s as a means of cracking the Enigma codes… Here the pressure of time is at its most compressed. Two contra-punctal images were shot only recently, backstage moments of Touch 30 situations which as historical events, pale in comparison – they are just personal, memories in a flash.

30 years and counting is a filmic/time-based response from a collective of artists who have made a distinct impression on contemporary music and the way things go. Fennesz, Eleh, Hildur Gudnadottir, Chris Watson, Philip Jeck, Biosphere… We should really list everyone. That’s what they try and do on hip-hop albums.

We started with cassettes; this project commenced as a dedication to vinyl rather than digital, a question concerning the art of recording. 30 years and counting is a manifesto after all these transformations. It is available on CD and download. The vinyl flares with the crackle of the present." Jon Wozencroft, November 2012

Buy "Touch. 30 Years and Counting" [CD] in the TouchShop
Buy "Touch. 30 Years and Counting" [DLP] in the TouchShop

Fairy Tales | DVD BFI & Touch

DVD - Region 2 only

Commissioned exclusive work from Fennesz ● Chris Watson ● Oren Ambarchi ● BJNilsen ● Hildur Gudnadottir ● Sarah Nicolls ● Jana Winderen ● Michael Esposito ● Leif Elggren ● Maia Urstad ● Achim Mohné ● Tom Haines & Chris Branch (members of The London Snorkelling Team) ● Pascal Wyse ● Marcus Davidson ● Joachim Nordwall & Henrik Rylander ● Philip Jeck ● Sohrab and others

also with free extras not on the DVD from Jacob Kirkegaard & Pascal Wyse

Once upon a time, during the belle epoque in turn-of-the-century Paris, a short-lived film form called scenes de feeries, or fairy films, was becoming popular thanks to the Pathe Frerer company. In jewel-like colours the films, made to appeal to young and old alike, recreated the theatrical spectacles of the age with their fantastical settings, dancing girls, mythical beasts, supernatural beings and a plethora of stage tricks enhanced by the techniques of the new medium of film.

Presented here with original hand-colouring, each film is accompanied with a newly commissioned soundtrack by recording artists from the leading experimental music label Touch.

Film notes written by Bryony Dixon. Extra films notes written by Michael Brooke. Music notes written by Mike Harding.

Buy "Fairy Tales" [DVD] in the TouchShop

WHO#01 | drcarlsonalbion and the Hackney Lass "Modern English Folklore, volume one: Hackney"

Gatefold 2x7" - 4 tracks
Limited edition of 1500 (black vinyl) and 500 (clear vinyl)
Pre-order - projected release date 1.10.12

Collages by Battle Of The Eyes

Guitars/music by Dylan Carlson. Original writings vocalised by Rosie Knight, a young spoken word poet and activist from Hackney. Recorded by Stuart Hallerman at Avast!, Seattle, June 2012. Vinyl cut by Jason Goz at Transition Mastering Studios, London, July 2012. "England, oh, perfidious England, as the ramparts of its seas were inaccessible to the Romans, there also the faith of Christ is kept at bay"

‘Modern English Folklore Vol.1: Hackney’ is the second release in the ongoing drcarlsonalbion project, begun by Dylan Carlson of Earth. It reflects his longstanding interest in the occult folklore and history of the United Kingdom and his abiding love for all things British.

The first release, ‘Edward Kelley’s Blues’ b/w ‘Drunk on Angelspeech’ for cassette-only label The Tapeworm, comprised spectral environmental recordings from the area around Waterloo Station, a former haunt of magicians and alchemists in the early modern era, and the site of one of Dylan’s own encounters with ‘spiritual creatures’. That release focused on Dr John Dee and, more importantly, his much-maligned scryer/medium, Edward Kelley. This second instalment uses ancient myth and occult lore, updated to the present-day Borough of Hackney in London’s East End. 

This is a double 7" on The Wormhole, a byproduct of The Tapeworm. The second disc features instrumental tracks.

Buy drcarlsonalbion and the Hackney Lass "Modern English Folklore, volume one: Hackney" [Black vinyl 2x7"] in the TouchShop
Buy drcarlsonalbion and the Hackney Lass "Modern English Folklore, volume one: Hackney" [Clear vinyl 2x7"] in the TouchShop

Rivertones 2 | Robert Macfarlane and Chris Watson "The Sea Road"

12" vinyl

Track listing:
A: The Sea Road
B1: Granite
B2: Stormbeach

Undoubtedly the highlight’s of Caught by the River’s summer was an utterly unique collaboration between two of Britain’s most forward-thinking adventurers, author Robert Macfarlane and sound recordist Chris Watson. They had been plotting something special for a few months, a performance piece based on Robert’s book The Old Ways that would blend archive audio, field recordings and spoken word. We put it on stage at our fifth birthday party at the QEH in May and then again at Port Eliot Festival. Robert read while Chris created a bespoke soundbed for the words. The result was eerie, trippy, uplifting, effortless and fantastic. Cut to a couple of months after Port Eliot. Chris Watson sends a jaw-dropping recording of the Port Eliot performance at the exact point we’re scratching our heads about what to put on the next Rivertones release…

Buy Robert Macfarlane and Chris Watson "The Sea Road" [12"] in the TouchShop

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