February 2013 Touch Newsletter

Welcome to the 92nd Touch Newsletter. Two new Touch Sevens are now available - Rosy Parlane's "Willow" and Sohrab's "Between Strangers". More info below.

Touch Radio 90 now broadcasting, Jez Riley French's instamatic: blue mountains, new south wales, australia.

Coming soon: Jacob Kirkegaard's "Conversation" and - in his eightieth year - a new release by Phill Niblock.

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TS14 | Rosy Parlane "Willow"

7" vinyl only
Cut by Jason at Transition

Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft


Side A: Willow
Side B: Morning

Written and recorded in Auckland, New Zealand, 2008–2009.

Buy Rosy Parlane "Willow" [7" Vinyl Only] in the TouchShop

TS15 | Sohrab "Between Strangers"

7" vinyl only
Cut by Jason at Transition

Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft


Side A: Hejrat
Side B: Endless Spring

Recorded with rage during the winter of 2011/12. “Voice of a Burnt Generation”, sung by Hani, recorded lo–fi in the Eissenhutenstadt refugee camp, Germany.

Buy Sohrab "Between Strangers" [7" Vinyl Only] in the TouchShop

Touch Radio 90 | Jez Riley French

01.02.13 - instamatic: blue mountains, new south wales, australia - 12:40 - 320 kbps

bower floor | dawn chorus with rain | canyon wires

music sits above and under the first impression.
when duration allows these things come into focus, increasingly.
in swifter moments a sense of quietude is possible.
still, finding pace with listening as a lens, moving

recorded september 2012, during time spent following a residency at The Wired Lab, this piece begins with two recordings playing at the same time. One of a bower floor, with contact microphones and geophone (nb. some of these low frequencies will not be audible via computer speakers) alongside a dawn chorus amidst light rain - drops falling centimetres from a conventional stereo microphone. Towards the middle of the piece, a further contact microphone recording enters, revealing one of the most bizarre fence wire sounds i've yet managed to gather. Despite returning to the same stretch of canyon fence several times, this particular effect was only present on one occasion and lasted for around 10 minutes. My best guess is that humidity and the rising temperature combined to create a momentary, unrepeatable and extremely evocative effect on the wires. It is this infinite and unpredictable aspect to listening in situ that continues to fascinate me. Getting closer to and underneath the surface of environments and spaces is a constant revelation, a constant pleasure.

jrf c-series contact microphones | jrf prototype geophone | sanken cuw-180

thanks, always, to Maureen and Pheobe and to Sarah Last and Dave Burraston (The Wired Lab)

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