March 2013 Touch Newsletter


Welcome to the 93rd Touch Newsletter. Jacob Kirkegaard's "Conversion" is now available. In collaboration with Danish ensemble Scenatet, Jacob Kirkegaard's two pieces Labyrinthitis and Church are here interpreted by classical instruments. The intention of this transformation into an instrumental score is to explore the musical dimension and potential of the sounds that were used in creating the original works.

The fourth in the series of limited edition vinyl (now deleted) in the Tone 45 series, Jana Winderen's "Debris", is now available as a high quality FLAC download, only available from the TouchShop.

Touch Radio 91 now broadcasting, Stanier Black-Five's Silo, a recording of a performance in one New Zealand’s most reverberant spaces, a complex of six disused cement silos on Auckland’s waterfront.

Below, a reminder of our two latest Touch Sevens available in the TouchShop - Sohrab's "Between Strangers" and Rosy Parlane's "Willow". We are also stocking new strictly limited releases from iDEAL in Sweden: Carl Michael von Hausswolff's vinyl LP Matter Transfer" and Russell Haswell's "7" 8 trk EP"

Finally, in April Fennesz and Thomas Köner perform at Denovali Swingfest London - further details at: www.denovali.com




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Tone 47 | Jacob Kirkegaard "Conversion"

Vinyl & download only
Artwork & photography by Jon Wozencroft
Cut by Jason at Transition

Tracklist:

Side One: Labyrinthitis ll 17:24
Side Two: Church ll 16:22

In collaboration with Danish ensemble Scenatet, Jacob Kirkegaard's two pieces Labyrinthitis and Church are here interpreted by classical instruments. The intention of this transformation into an instrumental score is to explore the musical dimension and potential of the sounds that were used in creating the original works.

Church (from "4 Rooms", Touch, 2006) originally consists of ambient recordings of an abandoned church inside the radioactive zone in Chernobyl. Laybrinthitis (Touch, 2008) is a canon of oto-acoustic tones generated by the artist's own ears. Like most of Kirkegaard's sound works, both pieces are characterised by a strong focus on methodology, and by the artist's wish to omit any deliberate emotional or "musical" intention.

Jacob Kirkegaard is a Danish artist focusing on scientific & aesthetic aspects of resonance, time, sound & hearing. His installations, compositions & performances deal with acoustic spaces or phenomena that usually remain imperceptible. Using unorthodox methods for recording, Kirkegaard captures and contextualizes hitherto unheard sounds from within a variety of environments: a geyser, a sand dune, a nuclear power plant, an empty room, a TV tower, and even sounds from the human inner ear itself.

Based in Berlin, Kirkegaard is a graduate of the Academy for Media Arts in Cologne, Germany. Since 1995, Kirkegaard has presented his works at exhibitions and at festivals and conferences throughout the world. He has released five albums (mostly on the British label Touch) and is a member of the sound art collective freq_out.


Buy Jacob Kirkegaard "Conversion" [LP] in the TouchShop
www.fonik.dk




Tone 45.4F - Jana Winderen "Debris"

The fourth in the series of limited edition vinyl (now deleted) in the Tone 45 series is now available as a high quality FLAC download, only available from the TouchShop.

Track listing:
Track 1: Scuttling Around in the Shallows 11:25
Track 2: Drying Out in the Sun 16:01

"Scuttling Around in the Shallows" is from the quadrophonic installation of the same name showed at Galerie B-312, Montreal, Canada 8th January - 5th February 2011.

"Drying Out in the Sun" is from a four-speaker outdoor public installation at "Starfield Simulation #36", Scaniaparken in Malmö, Sweden, 4th September - 2nd October 2011.

What they said about the vinyl release:

Norman Records: "What a beautiful unnerving organic cacophony this is, the rugged brutality of the oceans and uncharted icy crevices are captured in blistering fashion here, the enhanced low-end capabilities of the 12” vinyl format further exposing the sheer terrifying natural wonder of it all. Heartily recommended for fans of pure dark ambience and Chris Watson’s absorbing harnessing of the sound of nature."

The Field Reporter: "The horizontal timeline narrative in ’Debris’ is strongly engaging and that is probably because it sounds very natural and organic but also reveals an intentionality behind it. To me ‘Debris’ works like some sort of cinematographic piece where the artist explores different sounds in a quest that seems more emotional and narrative than conceptual. We can hear recognizable sounds such as voices, bells and birds, that when combined with other sounds - whose causality is not so clear- build altogether a very effective composition." [David Vélez]

Boomkat: "This piece reminds us strongly of works by Thomas Köner and Jim Haynes, juxtaposing bleak, perilous subaquatic ambient pressure with crystallising surface textures."

Forced Exposure: "The two sides of Debris were both extracted from a couple of her sound installations, the longer of which is entitled "Drying Out In The Sun", based on recordings made at / near / beneath the surface of the ocean, which plunge into the nether regions of the deep-sea trenches and alluvial plains, amassed into pressurized low-frequency drones. "Scuttling Around The Shallows" returns to her fascination with shrimp which she first displayed on her Tapeworm cassette The Noisiest Guys On The Planet, with erratic snaps, clicks, and crunches made by those small crustaceans amidst deep-ocean ambience."


Buy Jana Winderen "Debris" [FLAC download] in the TouchShop
www.janawinderen.com




Touch Radio 91 | Stanier Black-Five

02.03.13 - Silo - 17:47 - 320 kbps

Live at Silo 6, Auckland at the Audio Foundation’s Now! Here! Festival 12.08.12

A performance in one New Zealand’s most reverberant spaces, a complex of six disused cement silos on Auckland’s waterfront. Harnessing their amazing acoustics, Stanier Black-Five made a series of initial field recordings within the silos, which were then re-introduced into the same space as the source material for this live performance. All the reverb is natural. No effects were used.

Stanier Black-Five is the New Zealand-based sound artist and writer, Jo Burzynska. Her audio work is largely based on the manipulation of her own environmental recordings and found sounds, which she uses to create dense soundscapes that use sources such as the pounding rhythms of trains to the sounds of the earthquakes that have recently shaken her city. She also creates multi-sensory installations that combine sound and taste.

Thanks to the Audio Foundation for hosting the event, David Hornblow & Shaun Collins for the live sound & Malcolm Riddoch for the mastering.


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www.stanierblackfive.com




TS14 | Rosy Parlane "Willow"

7" vinyl only
Cut by Jason at Transition

Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Tracklist:

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
www.rosyparlane.com




TS15 | Sohrab "Between Strangers"

7" vinyl only
Cut by Jason at Transition

Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Tracklist:

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
www.touchmusic.org.uk/sohrab






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