Touch Newsletter #105

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2014. We have four new Tapeworm cassettes, from Oren Ambarchi, John Chantler, Cristian Vogel & SØS Gunver Ryberg, and Where is This.

A hint that the android version of the Touch iPhone app will be ready soon; and the great BJNilsen has a gig in Bradford on 10th January, where he will be performing work based on his new album, "Eye of the Microphone", his threnody for London.

This year will see new CD albums from Thomas Ankersmit, Jacaszek + Kwartludium, and Hildur Gudnadóttir; vinyl records from Anna von Hausswolff (limited edition, strictly vinyl only), Chris Watson and Philip Jeck. For further news, watch this space!

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TTW#62 | Where is This "Infinite Hum"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies
Illustration – Ms M. O’Manoooo

Track listing:
A: Infinite Hum
B1: Infinite Hiss
B2: Infinite Howl

Composed, performed and recorded by Where is This from January to April 2011 at The Aluminium Factory.

Where is This is the solo noise project of Mark Ward. Founded in 2007 to explore and ‘fuck about’ with sound, WiT amassed a slew of recordings that, as well as becoming active in the noise trading scene, led him to create the small press label, Bored Bear Recordings whose blog is also the home of Where is This.

WiT releases can vary in style and could be described as noise, harsh noise, power electronics, ambient, drone, and everything in between. Nowadays, his work mostly focuses on Harsh Noise Walls, sometimes with an ambient/drone edge, and creating highly textured walls of sound. Recent releases (amongst others) include ‘Paunch’ (2013), ‘Learning to Drown’ (2013), ‘Rue Des Lombards’ (2012) and ‘Narcissus at the Gym’ (2011).

His records have been released on many record labels including Kovorox Sound, Victimology Rec., Deadline Noise Recordings and Quagga Curious Sounds.

In other lives, he is also a published poet and a cabaret performer.

Buy Where is This "Infinite Hum" in the TouchShop
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TTW#63 | SGR^CAV "Moved By Magnets"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies
Illustration – grohs

Track listing:
A1: Qzhyd
A2: Træet
A3: Ice Trolley 45
B: Unveil

SGR^CAV is a music collaboration between Cristian Vogel and SØS Gunver Ryberg. Their compositions encourage the listener to observe and explore the resonances of a powerful musical awareness.

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TTW#64 | John Chantler "Automatic Music, Volume II"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies
Illustration – grohs

Track listing:
A: For Nuno (19:44)
B: No Poetry (19:48)

Originally from Australia but now a long-time London resident after a stint in Japan, Chantler works with electronic musical instruments, organ and percussion and has collaborated with Lawrence English, Tujiko Noriko, Tenniscoats, Maher Shalal Hash Baz and others. He also convenes the Organ Octet – a large ensemble where everyone plays a similar type of reed/chord organ. This cassette is the second volume in his ‘Automatic Music’ series and presents two pieces of electronic music recorded in 2013. The first volume in the series – for synthesiser/organ – was self-released as a limited edition LP in 2012.

Chantler's last full length LP ‘The Luminous Ground’ was released in 2011 and included in The Wire magazine's top 50 releases of that year.

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TTW#65 | Oren Ambarchi "Amulet"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies
Illustration – SavX

Track listing:
A: I

iPhone recordings assembled at Chez Cole, Winnipeg, July 2013.

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10.1.14 | BJ Nilsen live | Fuse Arts Space, City of Bradford, UK

Opening party: Friday 10th January 2014, 7pm
5-7 Rawson Place, Bradford BD1 3QQ

"Join us to celebrate the launch of Bradford's newest contemporary art space! We'll be opening our doors to unveil the first UK print exhibition of Portrait Salon 2013, with a live performance from BJNilsen and music from Bomb Shop DJs. Free entry, free drinks - we have limited capacity so get down early!"

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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

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."

Buy BJ Nilsen "Eye of the Microphone" [CD + MP3] in the TouchShop

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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