Touch Newsletter #104

Welcome to the 104th Touch Newsletter. BJ Nilsen’s new album is now on pre-order in the TouchShop. ‘Eye of the Microphone’ was recorded and mixed in London, 2012-13. You will receive a free download of Nilsen’s recent performance at Café Oto with this album, when purchased in the TouchShop. We are now taking advanced orders. Release date is December 16th.

The ‘Eye of the Microphone’s release is to be celebrated on 21st November with a concert at Ausland, Berlin. Further details can be found on their Facebook event page.

The 100th episode of TouchRadio is also by BJ Nilsen - so we pause where we began…

We have had some returns which are now in the TouchShop: rare 7"s by Lawrence English and Philip Jeck & Marcus Davidson, CDs by Jacob Kirkegaard, ELEH and others… first come first served - they are of limited availability.

PLEASE NOTE: TouchShop will be on holiday from November 28th - December 12th, but you can still place orders. With the holiday season fast approaching, we strongly advise overseas customers to order before November 28th. UK customers can safely order after December 12th but must order before December 20th (we can send special delivery upto December 23rd) to "guarantee" delivery by Christmas.

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TO:95 | BJ Nilsen "Eye of the Microphone"

Extended Digipak - 3 tracks - 43:19

Mastered By Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Receive a free download of BJ Nilsen live at Café Oto with this album when purchasing in the TouchShop. We are now taking advanced orders. Release date is December 16th.


1. Londinium
2. Coins and Bones [you can hear an excerpt of this track by clicking here]
3. Twenty Four Seven

BJ Nilsen (b,1975 Sweden) Is a sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sound of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance and as sound designer. His newest album presented here is “Eye Of The Microphone” [Touch # TO:95, 2013] - a somewhat surreal audio rendition of the sounds of The City of London. Currently also working on The Acoustic City, a book publication with CD, co-edited with Matthew Gandy, [2014, JOVIS Verlag, Berlin].

Recorded and Mixed in London 2012 – 2013

++ To stroll properly, one should not have any particular plans ++

BJ Nilsen writes: "In 2012 I received a scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust for a one-year Artist in Residency at the UCL Urban Laboratory in London, to introduce sound as an art practice to urban scholars and students. As part of my research I decided to dérive the city.

I spent full days and sometimes nights sweeping the streets and its interiors for sound - walking and listening with no route or intention. A city without sound does not exist. Every location, passageway, alley, road, park, and pub contains its own world of isolated sound events and patterns - the sound of a shopping bag caught by the wind on the asphalt of a busy street when a bus passes by. What seems to be merely a bus is also a cacophony of sounds, a sound world in itself: hydraulics, breaks, interior noise, honking, public announcements, humans, rolling bottles, cell phones, mp3 players. The rattle of an air-conditioning unit in an old pub toilet gradually develops its broken down sound over many years, creating a raga for it own demise. Nobody seems to hear it. Is it there? The choice of sound varies; it's a personal selection, some sounds made it into this composition, many hours of recording didn’t.

Sound composition can alter space and time and transform a specific location and experience into an imaginary world."

Pre-order BJ Nilsen "Eye of the Microphone" [CD + MP3] in the TouchShop

Touch Radio 100 | BJ Nilsen

20.11.13 - Bottomless Perfume - 33:00 - 320 kbps

So we pause where we began, with BJ Nilsen (see TouchRadio 1)…

Archival recordings, mixed in Berlin October 23, 2013, containing bits and pieces from:

Beachy Head, Eastbourne, England
Karl Marx Tomb, Highgate Cemetery, London, England
Whitstable Bay, Kent, England
CleanCar Berlin, Mitte, Germany
Temple Gas Works, Glasgow, Scotland
Fruitmarket City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Port of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Unknown Music School, Naples, Italy
Galleria Umberto, Naples, Italy
Barbed Wire, Todmorden, England
Side Street, Lisbon, Portugal
Tempelhof Airfield, Berlin, Germany
Cave, Durness, Scotland
Fishmarket, Via Tribunali, Naples, Italy
Hatún, Reykjavik, Iceland
The Jacobite Steam Train, Armadale, Scotland
London Olympic Rehearsal, Islington, London, England
Boleskine Cemetery, Scotland
Train Bridge, Nijmegen, Netherlands

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Play "Bottomless Perfume"

2013 Roundup

A roundup of of 2013's editions from Touch and The Tapeworm, available in the TouchShop (if not available, they are not listed). You can subscribe to Touch in the TouchShop, and choose which releases you want in advance, along with a 10% discount…

Rosy Parlane - Willow [7"]

Sohrab - Between Strangers [7"]

Jacob Kirkegaard - Conversion [LP]

The Sarsen Circle, reorganised by Philip Jeck [MP3]

Geir Jenssen - Stromboli [12"]

Chris Watson - In St Cuthbert’s Time [CD]

Bruce Gilbert and BAW - Diluvial [CD]

Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall - Monstrance [2x12"]

Phill Niblock - Touch Five [2xCD]

Burkhard Stangl - Unfinished. For William Turner, painter [CD]

Marcus Davidson - The Passing [MP3]

Maranata - Royal Hex [Cassette]

Dale Cornish - Fleshpile Thematic [Cassette]

Phil Julian - Live Flux [Cassette]

Millimetre - Sex Dreams of the I Ching [Cassette]

Ray Gallon - Nam June Paik - A Work for Radio [Cassette]

Elektro Guzzi - Circling Above [Cassette]

Amy Winedeath - Speakeasy [Cassette]

Hanno Leichtmann - Unfinished Portrait of Youth Today [Cassette]

Wouter van Veldhoven - Redundant/Rotary/Rotations [Cassette]

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