August 2013 Touch Newsletter #2


Welcome to the 101st Touch Newsletter. Mika Vainio and Joachim Nordwall join forces for a new CD, "Monstrance", their first album together. "Monstrance" consists of drone works and pulsating electronic minimalism but also guitar, acoustic elements, organs and metal percussion. It was recorded in Einstürzende Neubauten's Berlin studio during an intense session in early summer of 2010. "Monstrance" is a place where Vainio's and Nordwall's backgrounds as musicians and composers meet, and something new and extremely powerful is born. Something deep, raw and direct…

Bruce Gilbert is a founding member of the influential art-punk band Wire and a pioneer of experimental noise. David Crawforth and Naomi Siderfin – Beaconsfield ArtWorks (BAW) – have been collaborating on experimental solo projects since they co-founded Beaconsfield in 1994. Their new Touch CD, Diluvial, is an evolving soundscape. This work was initiated on the Suffolk coast for Faster Than Sound, Aldeburgh 2011 and then developed for a show at Beaconsfield, London later that year.

On 13th September, Beaconsfield will host a launch party for Diluvial. Diluvial will 'tour' to Athens in September, opening on Saturday 28 September as part of a city wide art event, the Athens Biennial.

The Tapeworm and Entr'acte produced a compilation mixtape, "Something Special", for their recent Berlin concert. TouchShop now has a very limited supply of these tapes…

Shipping on TouchShop purchases will commence week beginning August 26th. Next newsletter: Phill Niblock's 80th birthday, and a new album from Burkhard Stangl.




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TO:87 | Bruce Gilbert & BAW "Diluvial"

CD – Jewel case – 7 tracks

Artwork & photography: Jon Wozencroft
Sequenced and mastered by Russell Haswell

Tracklist:
1. The Void
2. The Expanse
3. Dry Land
4. Lights
5. Creatures of Sea and Air
6. Beasts of the Earth
7. Rest/Reflection

Local preoccupations with rising sea levels fuel Diluvial - a work that dwells on the dynamics of flood geology and global warming; creation stories and climate change. Diluvial is an evolving soundscape and environment by Bruce Gilbert and Beaconsfield ArtWorks (David Crawforth & Naomi Siderfin). This work was initiated on the Suffolk coast for Faster Than Sound, Aldeburgh 2011 and then developed for a show at Beaconsfield, London later that year.

Taking rising sea levels as its theme, Diluvial imagines the world before, during and after the next great flood, referring to an ancient, ex nihilo interpretation of global warming. Field recordings from beaches in Suffolk and London, conceptual scoring, visual installation and sonic performance fuelled Diluvial’s evolving soundscape, alluding to the mythical seven days of Creation. Diluvial was a compositional collaboration in three iterations between Bruce Gilbert and BAW (David Crawforth and Naomi Siderfin).

Synthesised sound generated by Gilbert and Crawforth in response to Siderfin's score and iPhone field research, was assembled over seven weeks into an electroacoustic composition: The Void, The Expanse, Dry Land, Lights, Creatures of Sea and Air, Beasts of the Earth, Rest/Reflection.

Bruce Gilbert is a founding member of the influential art-punk band Wire and a pioneer of experimental noise. He studied art and found a niche in the late 1960’s avant-garde music scene and continues to work as an iconic figure. He makes visual and sonic works in a range of media.

David Crawforth and Naomi Siderfin – Beaconsfield Art Works – have been collaborating on experimental solo projects since they co-founded Beaconsfield in 1994. Their art interventions have exhibited internationally and whether installation or performance, almost always involve sound.

The development and exhibition of Soundtrap V: Diluvial was generously supported by PRS Foundation, Arts Council England, Big Shed and Hydrosphere.


Buy Bruce Gilbert & BAW "Diluvial" [CD] in the TouchShop
www.beaconsfield.ltd.uk/soundtrap




TO:88 | Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall "Monstrance"

CD – Jewel case – 7 tracks
A limited edition vinyl version – 2 x 45rpm – will be released later in September…

Artwork & photography: Jon Wozencroft

Tracklist:
1. Alloy Ceremony 11.02
2. Live at the Chrome Cathedral 07.06
3. Midas in Reverse 05.32
4. Irkutsk 03.54
5. Praseodymium 08.32
6. Promethium 05.31
7. In Sheltering Sanctus of Minerals 09.05

Mika Vainio - Electric Guitar, Processing, Metallic Percussion.
Joachim Nordwall - Electronics, Electric Bass Guitar, Metal Objects, Hammond Organ, Vibraphone.

Recorded in Berlin at Studio Schwedenstrasse one day in June 2010. Recording Engineer: Marco Paschke. Mixed and Mastered by Daniel Karlsson in Stockholm at Elektronmusikstudion.

Mika Vainio was a member of the legendary minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic. Emerging from the Finnish industrial and rave music scene in the early 90's, they became one of the most important electronic music acts. Vainio's solo works goes from abstract drone to minimal and experimental techno, under his own name or as Ø for labels like Touch, Raster Noton, Sähkö and Editions Mego. He has worked with  Alan Vega, Keiji Haino and many others. His music is always extremely physical and present. Mika Vainio lives and works in Berlin.

Joachim Nordwall runs the iDEAL Recordings label since 1998, releasing intense electronic music of various kinds and organizing club nights and festivals around the globe. He started making electronic music as a teenager in the late 80's in the psychedelic drone duo Alvars Orkester (Ash International), drifted off to sweaty avant garde punk rock with Kid Commando in the late 90s and formed the ritual rock and electronic drone group The Skull Defekts in 2005. He is also recording solo works under his own name and works with Mats Gustafsson, The Gagmen (with Aaron Dilloway and Nate Young), Mark Wastell and The Sons of God. Nordwall is based in Stockholm.

"Monstrance" is their first album together and is released June 2013 and consist of drone works and pulsating electronic minimalism but also guitar, acoustic elements, organs and metal percussion. It was recorded in Einstürzende Neubauten's Berlin studio during an intense session in early summer of 2010. "Monstrance" is a place where Vainio's and Nordwall's backgrounds as musicians and composers meet, and something new and extremely powerful is born. Something deep, raw and direct...


Buy Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall "Monstrance" [CD] in the TouchShop




TTW#60 | "Something Special"

Cassette only – limited edition of 200 copies.
Illustration of a sinister cupcake – Dale Cornish

A is for Antwerp. Entr’acte mixed by The Tapeworm. Tracks entrammeled by Philip Marshall.

A1: Jo Thomas “Dark Noise"
A2: Dale Cornish “Of An Evening (SE5)"
A3: Noetinger/eRikm/Doneda “Nervures"
A4: Renato Rinaldi “Untitled"
A5: Kostis Kilymis “Reaction as the Afterthought"
A6: Lander Gyselinck and Esther Venrooy “Is It Real?"
A7: Machinefabriek “Worm II"
A8: Giuseppe Ielasi “Untitled"
A9: Kallabris “The Standard of a Fly (Chicago School)"
A10: Joachim Nordwall “Procession"


B is for Berlin. The Tapeworm mixed by Entr’acte. This “Worm Leatherette" mix is by Allon Kaye.

B1: Colin Potter “Melodious Thunk"
B2: Stephan Mathieu “Pauline"
B3: Autodigest as performed by José Maria Lopes “Compression 3 (Unplugged)"
B4: Othon “Behind the Veil Behold the Liquid Light!"
B5: Achim Mohné “First Five Minutes – Live at KHM"
B6: Gastón Arévalo “Atlas"
B7: Millimetre “When We Were Strangers"
B8: The Swifter “Neap Tide"
B9: Steinbrüchel “Sinus 5"

This complication was a product for “Something Special” at NK, Berlin, 3.viii.13, by Entr’acte and The Tapeworm. The TouchShop now has a very limited quantity of these gig specials to sell…


Buy "Something Special" in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk






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