Touch Newsletter #88
Touch.30 Live Special
London & Madeira


Welcome to the Touch.30 Live Special Newsletter.

Touch.30 next appears on the tropical island of Madeira for Madeiradig on November 30th. Biosphere, Jana Winderen & Thomas Ankersmit make the line-up, and Mike Harding gives a full presentation at 5:30pm that afternoon - www.digitalinberlin.eu

And finally the big one… Atmospheres 4 - December 5th & 6th, London - for which we have a full programme here. The early bird passes have now sold out, but tickets are available for a full festival pass and individual day tickets. The Festival Pass entitles you to access all events at this festival and is now onsale here:

Buy the Festival Pass in the TouchShop
Buy your ticket for 5th December 2012
Buy your ticket for 6th December 2012




More about Atmospheres 4 - December 5th & 6th, London

Touch started in the same year as Channel 4 began broadcasting and Time magazine named the Commodore 64 computer as Person of the Year. Since its inception, Touch has been at the centre of sonic and visual innovation. Atmospheres 4 will be a unique opportunity to experience Touch’s past, present and future all in the space of two days.

Of course there's music – lots of it.

Two packed evenings, featuring artists such as wondrous Icelandic cellist Hildur Gudnadottir, whose latest Touch release was described by The Wire as “a mesmerizing wall of mirrors”. Christian Fennesz, the Austrian guitarist and composer whose masterpiece, Venice, remains Touch's most successful release, will be premiering new work. Biosphere (aka Geir Jenssen) will be presenting a UK debut, transfiguring Arnold Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht”. You can also hear Thomas Köner, CM Von Hausswolff, and Philip Jeck, interleaved with audio interventions from composer, writer and improviser David Toop, post-punk Wire guitarist turned electro-minimalist Bruce Gilbert and others.

And then there’s talk.

Touch’s distinctive and influential design and photography will be the jumping-off point for presentations and panel discussions with some of the defining figures in visual culture in the last 30 years – the man behind the look of Factory Records Peter Saville and of course our own Jon Wozencroft.

Atmospheres 4 will also spend an afternoon digging deeply into recorded sound culture, featuring a masterclass from legendary mastering engineer Denis Blackham, who has waved his magic wand over everyone from Black Sabbath to Morton Feldman. Denis will talk to Christian Fennesz about the Venice recording sessions and there will be a panel with Jason from Transition (where we cut our vinyl) about analogue-digital sound mastering, and more.

And then there’s lots of film and video… viewings of Jon Wozencroft's Liquid Music (audio by Fennesz), The Suffolk Symphony and more.

Don’t miss it. This will be a unique event. Where else will you, possibly ever, get such a line up, all in the same place for the same festival?




Day One – Wednesday 5th December 2012

Afternoon events, 2pm-6pm:
• 2pm: Jon Wozencroft talks about the history of Touch, "Through the Digital Glass"
• 2:30pm: Denis Blackham (Skye Mastering) and Christian Fennesz on mastering for digital manufacture and the demands of the "Venice" project
• 3pm: Chaired by John Kieffer: Denis Blackham, Jason (Transition Mastering Studios) and Jon Wozencroft on digital and analogue sound, and how this determines listening outcomes
• 4:15pm: Chaired by Tony Myatt (University of Surrey): Mike Harding, Seb Jouan (Aecom Acoustic Design & Arts & Culture) on multi-channel with Hildur Gudnadottir. This session reflects upon hi-audio formats, a specific example, and their future
• Sonic interventions from ELEH/Ryoji Ikeda/Mika Vainio & Panasonic. "When did sound become music?" (Followed by questions)

Screening Situations (upstairs), 6pm-7pm
• Coda-plus 47 (audio by Fennesz & Ryoji Ikeda)
• Liquid Music (audio by Fennesz)

Evening Performances, 8pm-11pm
• Hildur Gudnadottir - Leyfɗu Ljósinu (Beaconsfield version)
• audio intervention by David Toop, a presentation of "Yanomamo Shamanism", released on 'Touch Travel' [T4] in 1984.
• Philip Jeck
• audio intervention by BJNilsen, who plays a new piece recorded outside the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, "The cackle of dogs and laughter of death".
• Playback of a surround-sound rendition of his Touch.30 piece "Brussels Nord" by Chris Watson (in absentia)
• Fennesz


Buy your ticket for 5th December 2012



Day Two – Thursday 6th December 2012

Afternoon events, 2pm-6pm:
• 2pm: Mike Harding introduces Touch's digital presence on the web with Philip Marshall (websites) & Tim Medcalf (iOS devices) followed by at
• 2:45pm: Paul Wilson & Cheryl Tipp from The British Library on the TouchRadio archive
• 3pm: Jon Wozencroft & Garry Mouat - "Bromides and Spray Mount" - Touch design in the early years
• 3:45pm: Design Seminar by Jon Wozencroft - How Touch has responded to changing formats and download culture
•: 4:30pm Jon Wozencroft & Peter Saville discuss their parallel experience of visual culture, and the movement of graphic design to the art world (Followed by questions)

Screening Situations (upstairs), 6pm-7:15pm
• The Whitstable Symphony (audio by BJNilsen)
• The Suffolk Symphony (audio by Philip Jeck & BJNilsen)

Evening Performances, 8pm-11pm
• Thomas Köner
• followed by an audio intervention by Bruce Gilbert - "Sliding off the World"
• CM von Hausswolff
• Jon Wozencroft introduces Jon Savage's and his pirate broadcast for Network 21 in 1987
• Biosphere - transfiguring Arnold Schoenberg's “Verklärte Nacht”


Buy your ticket for 6th December 2012



Both days…

In the Bar: Photography by Jon Wozencroft: The Listening Eye

To be allocated: audio interventions by People Like Us | Edwin Pouncey | Heitor Alvelos | Simon Fisher Turner…




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Buy your ticket for 5th December 2012
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