Touch Newsletter #107


Welcome to the 107th Touch Newsletter. Deutschlandradio Kultur/Marcus Gammel commissioned Jana Winderen to compose a piece for Elektroakustischer Salon: Art’s Birthday 2014, which was performed live at Berghain, Berlin, on Friday 17 January 2014. “Out of Range” is an audio work based on ultrasound and echolocation used by bats, dolphins and other creatures whio operate beyond the range of human hearing. A lower quality audio file will be available from all good download stores on 3rd March. However, we strongly recommend you obtain the WAV version in TouchShop. It is better and cheaper…

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Tone 50D | Jana Winderen "Out of Range"

Digital Download - 1 track - 40:00 - 668mb zip file [inc WAV, pdf booklet and pdf text files]

Performed, composed and recorded by Jana Winderen
Photography by Jon Wozencroft

A lower quality audio file will be available from all good download stores on 3rd March. However, we strongly recommend you obtain the version in TouchShop. It is better and cheaper…

Track listing:

1. Out of Range

"Out of Range" is an audio work based on ultrasound and echolocation used by bats, dolphins and other creatures who operate beyond the range of human hearing - 'seeing' with sound, or perhaps 'hearing' objects.

All sound is invisible; ultrasound is inaudible. Of course, many species have a greater range of hearing than us humans and also more specific and specialised with complex combinations of the different senses… Creatures on both land and under water produce and/or perceive very high sound frequencies. Some species of insects, birds, fish, and mammals can emit and hear ultrasound, used for communications, hunting and orientation. These creatures operate on a different level of perception to us, in an inaudible range above 20kHz…

Many animals also use the acoustic properties of a space; a bat for example can use the echo from a tower block wall to amplify their calls for mates in the autumn; a toadfish uses the shape of a cave to amplify their calls to protect their habitat. Whales use the different acoustic properties at different depths in the ocean at different pressure levels to send their long distance calls. An astonishing fact about moths is that they have a reflex action with their wings to shut down when they hear the bat echolocation calls… That we reckon that this is so astonishing says something about us…

The mix for the piece is based on ultrasound, hydrophone recordings below the water and also of echolocation sound within audible range. The recordings were made in various locations in Central Park and East River in New York, USA, a forest outside Kaliningrad in Russia, Regents Park in London, UK, and various locations in Madeira, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. The ultrasound is time-stretched to bring it into a frequency range audible for human beings.

Recordings were made on a Pettersson Ultrasound Detector D1000X, Reson 4032 and DPA 8011 hydrophones and 4060 dpa microphones onto a Sound Devices 477T hard disk recorder.

The photographs mirror "the audible range" through a contrast between gateways, portals and sight lines, set against situations where the camera eye cannot make sense of the optical event it is confronted with.

Deutschlandradio Kultur, Redaktion Hörspiel / Klangkunst commissioned the piece for Elektroakustischer Salon: Art’s Birthday 2014, which was performed live at Berghain, Berlin, on Friday 17th  January 2014. With thanks to Marcus Gammel.


Buy Jana Winderen "Out of Range" [WAV] in the TouchShop
www.janawinderen.com




Tone 45.6 | Anna von Hausswolff "Källan (Prototype)"

2 tracks - Vinyl LP - 39:57
(at the request of the artist, there is no digital version of this release)

Limited edition of 500, white shrink-wrapped sleeve, with colour metallic sticker and black inner sleeve, with white labels. Expected shipping date: 3rd March 2014.

Cut by Jason at Transition Studios on 22nd January 2014
Artwork & photography by Jon Wozencroft

Tracklisting:

A. Källan (Prototype) part one 20' 10" (with locked groove)
B. Källan (Prototype) part two 19' 47"

Organ: Anna von Hausswolff. Recorded live at Lincoln Cathedral, 19th October 2013.

Performed at Frequency 13 Lincoln Digital Culture Festival  as part of Touch presents…, (which also featured Chris Watson & Hildur Gudnadottir). Recorded live by Mike Harding using 2 x dpa 4060s onto a Nagra Ares Pll digital recorder. This recording is unedited from the original raw file.

Though she now lives in Copenhagen, Anna von Hausswolff grew up in the once vibrant, bohemian neighbourhood of Haga in Gothenburg, Sweden, to a family who counted amongst their ancestors Bernhard Reynold von Hausswolff, an 18th Century governor of Falun, Sweden, who helped bring an end to the burning of witches. Although Anna has achieved acclaim with her song-based albums “Ceremony” and “Singing from the Grave” (both first released on Kning Disk in Sweden),  she has always had an ear for the radical approach, and this is the first step in a long-term collaboration with Touch.


Pre-order Anna von Hausswolff "Källan (prototype)" [Vinyl LP] in the TouchShop
www.annavonhausswolff.com




freq_out 10

February 25th to March 1st 2014
Theatre Royal
Marrakech
Morocco

The tenth version of the sound installation freq_out will be executed in Theatre Royal in Marrakech, Morocco, in conjunction with the 5th Marrakech Biennial.

The pre-opening of the exhibition is on February 25, 2014. The 5th Marrakech Biennial is curated by Hicham Khalidi. Additional concerts and performances by freq_out artists will occur from February 27th to March 1st.

Curated by Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Jacob Kirkegaard.

Participants: Maia Urstad, JG Thirlwell, Franz Pomassl, The Sons of God (Kent Tankred & Leif Elggren), Mike Harding, Christine Ödlund, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, leif e. boman, BJ Nilsen, Brandon LaBelle, Kamarstudios, Jacob Kirkegaard.


www.freq-out.org/10
www.marrakechbiennale.org
freq_out in the TouchShop






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