June 2013 Touch Newsletter


Welcome to the 97th Touch Newsletter. New in the TouchShop, Chris Watson presents "In St Cuthbert’s Time" - a new hour-long CD of the sounds of Lindisfarne and the Gospels.

Also new to the TouchShop, "Sonic Vigil" – a limited edition compilation on Farpoint Recordings, with a new track by the late Tom Lawrence.

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TO:89 | Chris Watson "In St Cuthbert’s Time"

Touch # TO:89 - Digipak CD + 24pp booklet
4 tracks - 58:28

Photography: Maggie Watson
Design: Jon Wozencroft
Sound mastering by Denis Blackham, Skye

Texts by Chris Watson, Dr David Petts, Lecturer in Archaeology / Associate Director of the Institute of Mediæval and Renaissance Studies, Dept. of Archaeology, Durham University, and Dr Fiona Gameson, St Cuthbert's Society, Durham.

Tracklist:
1. Winter
2. Lencten
3. Sumor - you can hear an extract here
4. Haerfest

The Sounds of Lindisfarne and the Gospels
To celebrate the exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels at Durham Cathedral from July to September 2013, award–winning wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson has researched the sonic environment of the Holy Island as it might have been experienced by St Cuthbert in 700 A.D.

He writes:

A 7th Century Soundscape of Lindisfarne
"Throughout human history artists have been influenced by their surroundings and the sounds of the landscape they inhabit. When Eadfrith, the Bishop of Lindisfarne, was writing and illustrating the Lindisfarne Gospels on that island during the late 7th C. and early 8th C. he would have been immersed in the sounds of Holy Island whilst he created this remarkable work. This production aims to reflect upon the daily and seasonal aspects of the evolving variety of ambient sounds that accompanied life and work during that period of exceptional thought and creativity."

With thanks to Professor Veronica Strang, Executive Director, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University

Notes:
St Cuthbert was an Anglo Saxon monk, bishop and hermit who became prior of Lindisfarne in c. 665. In later life Cuthbert felt called to be a hermit and moved to the nearby island of Inner Farne to begin fighting the spiritual forces of evil in solitude.

Cuthbert became associated with the birds and other animals on the island and gave special protection to the Eider duck which is still known locally as Cuddy’s duck.


Buy Chris Watson "In St Cuthbert’s Time" [CD] in the TouchShop
www.chriswatson.net




fp041 | Various Artists "Sonic Vigil"

Edition of 250 copies – 33rpm, translucent blue vinyl LP, gatefold sleeve printed on heavy uncoated paper stock, each copy hand numbered. Package includes a digital download token.

Tracklist:
A1: Withering Zithering Spectral Wasabi
A2: Kevin Tuohy & Liam Slevin Untitled, for Christchurch
A3: Berkus intervention #1 to #6 from A Prophet Looking For A Wall To Write On (for Evelyn Glennie)
A4: John Godfrey improvisation
A5: Karen Power & Jeff Weeter Untitled
A6: The Quiet Club & Katie O'Looney Speculative Narrative Part 1
A7: The Mersk Collective Kamchatka
B1: Anthony Kelly & David Stalling Unitled Memory # 5
B2: Andreas Bick Chronostasis (excerpt)
B3: Robin Parmar Two Observations
B4: Harry Moore Cosáin mhalla i Níláit
B5: Francis Heery render
B6: Merzouga Pathless Land
B7: Tom Lawrence Seven Springs


Buy "Sonic Vigil" [Vinyl LP] in the TouchShop






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