July 2013 Touch Newsletter


Welcome to the 98th Touch Newsletter. A new TouchRadio is now broadcasting - Aino Tytti's Hellissandur Mast [GRD 7970]. The remote Snaefellsness Peninsula in Iceland is home to the tallest structure in Western Europe. A transmitter built originally in 1963 as a long-range, low-frequency (LORAN-C) navigation system and now used for longwave public radio purposes.

Five new limited edition tapes from The Tapeworm are now available in the TouchShop. Elektro Guzzi make techno using only guitars, bass and drums. Their cassette is titled “Circling Above”. Amy Winedeath is a mystery. Her mysterious cassette is “Speakeasy”. Robert Curgenven presents an epic work, “Transfixed”. Hanno Leichtmann’s tape was constructed from the thirty-or-so tapes he had left in his collection. It is titled “Unfinished Portrait of Youth Today”. After a few years of making experimental ambient, Wouter van Veldhoven decided to try and turn his studio with modified, half crippled, tape machines into a repetitive beat production center. You can hear the results on his tape,“Redundant/Rotary/Rotations” Full details of these cassettes, below.

On the 3rd of August 2013, Entr’acte and The Tapeworm co-present Something Special – a live happening at NK, deep in the wilds of Neukölln, Berlin. In performance: Andrea Belfi, BJNilsen and Simon James Phillips as The Swifter, Mark Schreiber, Dale Cornish and Zerocrop. Full details below.

Information on autumn live events and the two September album releases on Touch - TO:87 Bruce Gilbert & BAW: "Diluvial" & TO:88 Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall: "Monstrance" - will follow in a separate newsletter…




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TTW#56 | Elektro Guzzi "Circling Above"

Cassette only – edition of 200 copies

Track listing:
A: Circle One
B1: Circle Two
B2: Acid Bonus

Elektro Guzzi are an Austrian trio: Bernhard Breuer (drums), Bernhard Hammer (guitar) and Jakob Schneidewind (bass). Signed to Berlin’s Macro label, they play and record live – however their sound is not what you might be expecting from such a traditional band line-up…

Macro’s Finn Johannsen writes: “As digital as they may sound, they couldn’t be more analogue, producing and performing with the most classic of all setups: bass, guitar, and drums. But however traditional they may look as a band, they certainly do not sound like one. They produce and perform like any modern electronic producer and performer wanting that every element of a track is exactly where it is intended to be. There is no computer backup material they prepared earlier, no loops and things, no overdubs. However hard it is to believe, what you hear is 100% live.”

Elektro Guzzi write: “We recorded “Circling Above” in January this year. After two years of finding material for The Tapeworm, we finally agreed on these three tracks. We were searching for material which fits to the format, concerning sound and structure of the tracks. We had never done something for tape but, as you may know, we love the analogue way of doing music…” Elektro Guzzi, Vienna, 13th April 2013.


Buy Elektro Guzzi "Circling Above" in the TouchShop
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www.elektroguzzi.net




TTW#57 | Amy Winedeath "Speakeasy"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies
Illustration - Dave the Cap

Track listing:
A: Consider Well Before Speaking
B: Speak Freely

Ms Winedeath writes: “A tongue wags. A tongue licks. A tongue tastes. A tongue clicks. A tongue lashes. A tongue curls. A tongue tuts. Tongue twister. Tongue tied. Be careful what you think - You don't know who is inside your head. How do these sounds get inside me? How do I get them out? Are they sent to stop me or urge me on? What do I risk if I spit them out? Am I in danger? Who is listening? Is anyone hearing this? What happens to the sounds? Do they die? Or is someone perpetually monitoring in space? I must be more careful… Or less… Speak easy.” Amy Winedeath, London, 2nd July 2013.


Buy Amy Winedeath "Speakeasy" in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk
www.twitter.com/AmyWinedeath




TTW#58 | Robert Curgenven "Transfixed"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies
Illustration – Gerard Forde

Track listing:
A: Such was the Wreck of the Hesperus
B: The Internal Meta-Narrative of Turner’s Tempest As He Is Tied To The Mast in Order to Create the Direct Experience of the Drama Embodied Within a “Snow Storm – [wherein a] Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth making Signals in Shallow Water, and going by the Lead. [is rendered by virtue of the claim that] The Author was in this Storm on the Night the Ariel left Harwich”

Robert Curgenven (1974) is an Australian composer/sound artist currently based in Cornwall. His work draws on the physicality of sound, not just the physical impact on the body but how it can shape our perception of space and the dramaturgical flow of time. After many years living and working in the elemental vastness of the tropics and deserts of Northern and Central Australia and subsequently five years in Europe, relocating to Cornwall has facilitated a return to wild country and the pipe organ. The renewed focus on pipe organ comes following over 30 years of active engagement in composition, radio and performance since beginnings as a classically trained organist.


Buy Robert Curgenven "Transfixed" in the TouchShop
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www.recordedfields.net




TTW#59 | Hanno Leichtmann "Unfinished Portrait of Youth Today"

Cassette only – edition of 200 copies
Cover – Stephan Mathieu and Caro Mikalef.

Track listing:
A1: First
A2: Spring
A3: Ninepence
A4: Skate
A5: Angel
A6: Chase
A7: Delos
A8: Jingle
A9: Mountain
A10: Run
A11: Snow
B1: Next
B2: Moon
B3: Heartbeat
B4: Play
B5: Flutes
B6: Pain
B7: Wait
B8: Omen
B9: Wave
B10: Glass
B11: Light
B12: End

Hanno Leichtmann writes… “When The Tapeworm asked me to do a tape which referred to tape music or cassette culture, I immediately thought of my thirty-or-so remaining tapes from my (back in the days) huge tape collection. I bought a Sony WM-D6C to play them back in good quality, took little snippets of favourite songs and ran them through a modular system. I made about forty short static pieces, all about 1m30s long.


Buy Hanno Leichtmann "Unfinished Portrait of Youth Today" in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk
www.hannoleichtmann.com




TTW#61 | Wouter van Veldhoven "Redundant/Rotary/Rotations"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies
Illustration – Heitor Alvelos.

Track listing:
A1: B.U.L.B.L.U.B.
A2: Second
A3: A Fondness for Broken Mondriaans
B1: Bricks, Corners, Cul de Sac
B2: Approximately 0.65
B3: Migraine Minute Shifts
B4: 72

Wouter van Veldhoven has been fascinated by the imperfection of musical equipment since 2004 when his first sampler broke and he started collecting tape recorders, junk and some rudimentary analogue gear to create music with. After a few years of making experimental ambient he decided to try and turn his studio with modified, half crippled, tape machines into a repetitive beat production center. Here are the results.


Buy Wouter van Veldhoven "Redundant/Rotary/Rotations" in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk
www.woutervanveldhoven.nl




"Something Special" – NK, Berlin, 3 August 13

On the 3rd of August 2013, Entr’acte and The Tapeworm co-present a live happening at NK, deep in the wilds of Neukölln, Berlin.

In performance: Andrea Belfi, BJNilsen and Simon James Phillips as The Swifter, Mark Schreiber, Dale Cornish and Zerocrop.

NK
Elsenstrasse 52
2. Hinterhaus, Etage 2
12059 Berlin

3 August 2013, 20h00
€10.00 includes an exclusive mixtape K7
€7.00 without tape


More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk




Touch Radio 96 | Aino Tytti

09.07.13 - Hellissandur Mast [GRD 7970] - 16:49 - 320 kbps

Photograph: Peter Caeldries

The remote Snaefellsness Peninsula in Iceland is home to the tallest structure in Western Europe. A transmitter built originally in 1963 as a long-range, low-frequency (LORAN-C) navigation system and now used for longwave public radio purposes.

During a recent sound recording trip to Iceland, i was fortunate enough to gain access to the transmitter facility and able to take a series of field recordings, using an array of contact microphones attached to the mast and supporting guy wires.

Several of these recordings were particularly arresting, capturing the structure as it radiated a myriad of constantly shifting harmonic progressions, in response to the hot Icelandic summer sun and strong icy winds blowing in from the nearby Snaefellsjökull glacier. These two extremes combined caused rapid expansions and contractions in the 200-700metre steel support wires and core mast, to produce a spiralling, ever-changing, kaleidoscopic drone.

Of particular note as well, during a quiet point in the recording, my microphones started to pick up the audio of the longwave radio transmission. A graceful violin solo for 3 minutes, before the sun broke through the clouds and caused the structural resonance of the mast to increase once more, drowning out the radio with a music of the structure's own making.

Particularly beautiful is the notion that there is an ever-changing and constantly-in-flux sound emanating from this structure; an unbroken music, in direct response to its environment, which has been playing in constant form for the last 50 years. The sounds captured here represent a snapshot in time taken on the 15th June 2013, the specifics of which have never been, and will never be, repeated.

Equipment:
JRF C-series contact mics | Sound Devices 702 | Marantz PMD 661

Processing:
Izotope RX | Max/MSP

With thanks to Jez Riley French and Chris Watson


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