Welcome to the 96th Touch Newsletter. New in the TouchShop, "Stromboli" - field recordings of a volcano by Geir Jenssen, better known as Biosphere. Stromboli is an active volcano off the north coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean. The volcano has erupted many times, and is constantly active with minor eruptions, often visible from many points on the island and from the surrounding sea, giving rise to the island's nickname "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean". The last major eruption was on April 13, 2009. Available on 12" vinyl and as a FLAC download.
We have two new TouchRadio's for you this month… TouchRadio 94 is "Urban Dawn Chorus", and TouchRadio 95 is Tony Myatt's "Placencia Bay". Discover both below.
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Tone 48 | Geir Jenssen "Stromboli"
12" Vinyl or FLAC
Photography by Geir Jenssen & Emilija Skarnulyte
Design by Jon Wozencroft
Cut by Jason at Transition
Side A Stromboli 9:40
Side B Stromboli Dub 9:36
Field recordings of a volcano by Geir Jenssen, better known as Biosphere. Stromboli is an active volcano off the north coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean. The volcano has erupted many times, and is constantly active with minor eruptions, often visible from many points on the island and from the surrounding sea, giving rise to the island's nickname "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean". The last major eruption was on April 13, 2009.
Recorded at Stromboli's crater edge (924 m) on July 19th 2012 at 9:30 pm. Weather: gentle breeze, +15°C. Location: 38°47'33.69"N, 15°12'50.96"E. Recording equipment: Fostex FR-2LE field memory recorder, Audio-Technica AT835ST shotgun microphone, and a Canon 5D mkII SLR.
At the request of the artist, there will be no mp3 version of this release, but we have made a FLAC edition available…
Buy Geir Jenssen "Stromboli" [12" Vinyl] in the TouchShop
Buy Geir Jenssen "Stromboli" [FLAC] in the TouchShop
Touch Radio 94 | Urban Dawn Chorus
01.05.13 - Urban Dawn Chorus - 49:46 - 192 kbps
Recorded in Balham, south west London, from 0400 HRS 1st May 2013.
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Touch Radio 95 | Tony Myatt
15.05.13 - Placencia Bay - 16:32 - 320 kbps
Photograph: Peter Worth
Equipment used: 4 x Reson 4042 Hydrophones, rigged for MS recording, post- processed using Max/MSP; Nagra VI recorder.
Location: Placencia Bay, Belize.
Date: 13th December 2012.
After a long day of finicky experimentation in the sun, I returned to the bay to wash salt water from the equipment and to hose down. From 16°30'37"N, 88°22'1"W I looked out on a tranquil evening scene and decided to attempt one last recording.
I had recorded throughout the day in shallow coral seas off the coast of Belize. I’d attempted to capture a spatial impression of the clouds of clicks and pops produced by crustacea and who-knows-what; a sound present at almost every ocean location on Earth.
In the evening bay one boat was at anchor, a jet ski idled around and I saw a couple of tiny and distant fishing boats. Yet the underwater acoustic landscape was dense, quite different from the gentle evening scene that played out above the water.
I assembled this sequence of recordings to share my experiences of these two places. The recordings made among the shallow reefs are filled with crustacea sounds punctuated by communication calls between toadfish and an occasional dolphin.
Other impressions of this remote environment came to light when I auditioned the recordings back in the studio. The hydrophone rig became a barometer for other encounters. The tiniest brushings with what appeared to be fluffy fingers of soft coral revealed their harsh surface, rasping and gritty. As the evening currents shifted and strengthened “strumming” hydrophone cables conveyed the power of the underwater gales.
Many thanks to Francesca von Habsburg and the T-B A21 Academy for the opportunity to record in these places.
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Tone 49D | "The Sarsen Circle"
Download only (320 kpbs MP3)
Reorganised by Philip Jeck
1. The Sarsen Circle 30' 00"
This live recording was made at Experimental Intermedia, New York City, for Touch.30 on 16th September 2012, and has been reorganised and edited by Philip Jeck. With thanks to Phill Niblock and Byron Westbrook. Live photo by Dave Knapik. Stone by Jon Wozencroft.
30 is the number of upright stones that originally encompassed the Sarsen Circle, Stonehenge's best known feature.
feat. Marcus Davidson - percussion | Mike Harding – Conductor (& percussion) | Philip Jeck - Casio SK1 keyboard, effects, mixing desk and MD player | Dave Knapik - radio, iphones, Buddha Machine, Polaroid 450 Land camera, Knockman toys: the Pororon and the ChaCha, and police scanner | Lary 7 - contrabass | Ken Montgomery - Slepian Modified Casiotone M-10, Trogtronics 655 Black Box & Kaoss Pad | JG Thirlwell - laptop, keyboard | Brian Turner - guitar/amp | Andrea, The Enchantress of Bioluminosity - Zils
Download "The Sarsen Circle" [Zipped 320 kpbs MP3] in the TouchShop
WHO#05 | Achim Mohné "Seite B c/w Seite A"
Limited edition of 100 copies – a single, dissected…
“Seite B” – one-sided 7” white label vinyl, hand screen-printed cover
“Seite A” – one track WAV download
“Seite B” is the second excerpt of Achim Mohné’s live set at Kunsthaus Dresden on 24.v.12, as recorded by Arno Jordan (Analog Inn). It has been pressed on a one-sided white label 7”, screen-printed in white ink on white by Berlin-based artist Lukas Julius Keijser, in a hand-numbered edition of 100 copies only. Inside each sleeve you will find a small sachet of swarf, recovered from this record’s cut at Transition Studios, London.
The first excerpt – the conceptual “flip-side” of the single – is titled “Seite A” and available for you to download, once the vinyl has been purchased. This pair of recordings work together like a Möbius tape – the end of “Seite A” is the beginning of “Seite B” and “Seite B” ends where “Seite A” starts… Listen to “Seite A” on your digital player and to “Seite B” on your record player, at 45 rpm.
Mohné started working with record players and other audio playback devices in the mid 90s. He experiments with the space and time intervals inherent in these machines and is especially interested in “music that lies hidden in the medium itself”.
He subjects sound carriers, from vinyl to tape and beyond, to a forensic autopsy - for example, by analysing the dust particles inside a vinyl groove.
Mohné has performed alongside Philip Jeck at venues such as ZKM Karlsruhe and the Denovali Swingfest as part of the VINYL+ project. Using a triple vinyl deck set-up, his analytic auditory observations of these grooves - all grooves sound different, depending on how dust has effected and transformed the soft surface of the vinyl - converts tiny dust particles into a “sound sculpture”.
Achim Mohné presents this release live in Antwerp (3rd May) and Brussels (5th May), in two shows co-produced by The Tapeworm and Entr’acte. Info on both shows can be read here…
Buy Achim Mohné "Seite B c/w Seite A" [One-sided 7" Vinyl + WAV] in the TouchShop
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