April 2013 Touch Newsletter

Welcome to the 94th Touch Newsletter. A new TouchRadio is now broadcasting - R Martin Seddon’s “Indian Storm”, recorded at Camp Forktail Creek just outside the Corbett Tiger Reserve near Ramnagar, Uttaranchal, Northern India.

Touch and Ash International now have their own Youtube channels, where you can stream audio (and the occasional video) of many selections from the Touch catalogue, including some previously unavailable in any digital format. Please subscribe to Touch here and to Ash International here.

Four new tapes from The Tapeworm are now available in the TouchShop. They are Millimetre’s "Sex Dreams of the I Ching", Ray Gallon’s "Nam June Paik – A Work for Radio", The Norman Conquest’s "Myriad" and Colin Potter’s "The Fights of the Sound Cable". Full details of these curious cassettes can be read below.

Collectors of the series should note, the TouchShop has recently received a tiny amount of Tapeworm returns from its distributors, including some of the earliest tapes in the series. Back in stock, with only one or two copies available of each, are deleted tapes by the likes of Stefan Goldmann, E-Man (aka Geir Jennsen), Pita, Deceh, Leif Elggren, Old Apparatus and more…

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TTW#52 | Millimetre "Sex Dreams of the I Ching"

Cassette only – edition of 175 copies
Illustration – Deby McKnight.

Track listing:
A1: Slept Off Woke Up
A2: Phantom Intercourse
A3: Close Blows
B1: When We Were Strangers
B2: Dusk Bled Rubies
B3: Summoning Of The Comfort Zone

Millimetre is Terence J McGaughey who has made critically-praised radical pop music with this moniker since 2004. Millimetre has released four albums - “Love Won Out” (2005), “Obsidian” (2007), “Heliography” (2009), “13 Homes” (2011) all on Orectic Records. The sixth Millimetre album, "Discreet Cathexis", will be released in spring 2013.

Millimetre writes… “Sex Dreams Of The I Ching started out as six love songs with strange fragmented structures that had titles inspired by readings from the I Ching. I didn't know what to do with them, but kept returning to them over and over, they had an uncanny quality whilst being totally dissonant and broken. One day I found some recordings I made on a 4-track years ago with a WEM Copycat – mostly my vocalisations looped endlessly – and out of curiosity played some whilst playing the love songs in the background. That's more or less how it began. A fortnight later all six songs morphed themselves into drones and then, with some minor embellishments, unfolding melodies, the titles magically fitting the new music. Sumetha and James added their parts and the album was done, no mixing required. As a listener you may find this album is perfect for playing in noisy environments.” Terence J McGaughey, London, 27th September 2012.

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TTW#53 | Ray Gallon "Nam June Paik – A Work for Radio"

Cassette only – edition of 250 copies.

This hour-long compositional documentary was produced for the CBC Radio Series “Signature,” and was originally broadcast on April 28, 1979. It was nominated for an ACTRA award for best radio documentary of the year. It is the result of a remarkable creative collaboration by artists such as John Cage, Charlotte Moorman, Philip Corner, and Nam June Paik himself with the author. Interspersed throughout the portrait are audio realisations by Ray Gallon of conceptual works by Nam June Paik. Thanks also to Lorne Tulk for remarkable engineering and creative contributions, and to Digby Peers for the courage to broadcast it.

Ray Gallon has been a communicator for over 40 years, half of that time as a radio producer and audio artist. Although he had a classical music education, Ray gravitated early towards the avant-garde, and was fascinated by musique concrète, electronic music, so-called progressive jazz, and the multitrack experiments of the rock revolution in the sixties. His first exposure, on television, to the work of John Cage came very close to the moment when he wandered into a cinema by chance, and saw Fellini’s 8 1/2. The one-two punch of these experiences left him delirious for the rest of his life.

As a radio producer he has worked in almost every department at CBC Radio except hard news. He was nurtured by Glenn Gould’s experiments with “compositional documentaries,” and developed his own style, inspired by Gould’s work.

In the late 80s Ray’s focus turned towards new media, communications art, and computers. After moving to France in 1992, he continued to produce audio art and radio while teaching courses in new media and working as a technical communicator. Ray is currently a researcher with The Transformation Society, and shares his life between Barcelona, Spain, and the Languedoc region of France.

Buy Ray Gallon "Nam June Paik – A Work for Radio" in the TouchShop
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TTW#54 | The Norman Conquest "Myriad"

Cassette only – edition of 154 copies

Track listing:
A: Myriad (Mono)
B: Myriad (Stereo)

“Myriad” is a post-apocalyptic love story comprised of 10,000 tracks of recorded audio, yielding a great wall of sound. Unfolding over 31 minutes, the piece features over 150 performers on 200+ instruments including the Persian santur, various ARP/Buchla/Moog analog synthesizers, gamelans (handmade by Lou Harrison), classical strings, timpani, harpsichord, and percussion.

Myriad is performed by a veritable “world orchestra”. A small portion of some of the illustrious musicians who recorded for this piece: Blixa Bargeld, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Agnes Szelag and Marielle Jakobsons (of Myrmyr), William Winant, Jon Porras and Evan Caminiti (of Barn Owl), Gregg Kowalsky, Ellen Fullman, Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi, Shahzad Ismaily, Chris Cutler, Theresa Wong, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Jozef Van Wissem, Luciano Chessa, Stuart Dempster, Wobbly, Jacob Felix Heule, George Chen, & Søren Kjærgaard.

The Norman Conquest [TNC] is a composer, performer, and improviser influenced by the art of sound engineering. Utilizing unconventional recording practices, the recording studio is TNC’s instrument. TNC performs as a sound manipulator & vocalist in Cosa Brava (with Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Shahzad Ismaily, Carla Kihlstedt, & Matthias Bossi) & Dokuro (with Agnes Szelag). As a recording engineer, some of the artists that TNC has worked with include Barn Owl, Elliott Sharp, Gregg Kowalsky, Ellen Fullman, Stuart Dempster, Marielle Jakobsons, & Blixa Bargeld (of Einsturzende Neubauten). TNC’s recordings can be found on such fine record labels as Tzadik, Thrill Jockey, Type, Intakt, Important Records, Root Strata, Ambiances Magnetiques, and Digitalis Records.

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TTW#55 | Colin Potter "The Fights of the Sound Cable"

Cassette only – edition of 175 copies
Illustration – SavX.

Track listing:
A: Melodious Thunk
B: Articulate

Melodious Thunk recorded in 2012 at IC Studio, which is now in London. Articulate was recorded live at IC Studio quite a while ago, when it was in Preston.

So, things have gone full circle… Potter’s first cassette was released in 1980 and here we are around thirty-three and a third years later, observing the release of another cassette. The intervening period has seen a number of developments. The ICR label was inaugurated and still continues today, having released over 70 cassettes, records & CDs.

IC Studio was established soon after and has been operated by Potter (almost) continuously since the early 80s, at a number of locations. There, Potter has recorded, mixed and produced a wide array of projects. He has gained a reputation for innovative mixing and sound processing, working with artists such as Current 93, Fovea Hex, Ora, Organum, Monos, Andrew Chalk, Jonathan Coleclough, Paul Bradley, Darren Tate and, most notably, with Steven Stapleton on many albums by the renowned Nurse With Wound. Several solo works have been released, as well as many collaborations. For reasons best known to himself, he decided to try his hand at live performance and is astonished to be still allowed to do so. The second side of the cassette is actually a recording of a rehearsal for such an event and is documented, if only to prove that he does in fact actually plan ahead for these things. The first side is an exercise in mathematical repetition patterns, by someone whose counting is somewhat dubious.

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Touch Radio 92 | R Martin Seddon

01.04.13 - Indian Storm - 22:31 - 320 kbps

Equipment Used: Pearl MS-2 CL microphone outputting MS, matrixed in a Sound Devices SD302 mixer and recorded stereo to a Nagra BB+.

Location: Camp Forktail Creek just outside the Corbett Tiger Reserve near Ramnagar, Uttaranchal, Northern India.

Date: March/April 2009. [On a Wildeye trip to India with Chris Watson.]

Narrative: After our evening meal of vegetable curry which followed a long, bumpy day in the Corbett Tiger Reserve (looking for... tigers of course!), we settled down to the sound of distant thunder. Our hosts advised that we took shelter before the rain started and soon after the short walk to my hut the first spots were falling. Recording equipment was hurriedly set up under the veranda and my hut-mate and I settled down on deck-chairs. After only a very short wait, with skipper frogs calling from the nearby pond, the rain started. Very soon the only sound was of rain and distant thunder and everyone, even the monitor lizard that lived in the thatch of our roof, stayed put until the storm passed.

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