Touch Newsletter #110


Welcome to the 110th Touch Newsletter. We are now taking advanced orders for two new releases: Hildur Gudnadottir’s Saman and Michal Jacaszek’s Catalogue des Arbres (featuring Kwartludium). Shipping will commence during the last week of June. You can pick up both items at a small discount (about one euro), and also save shipping by pre-ordering them both by clicking here. When you pre-order the two new releases, you will receive mp3 versions of the albums for your listening pleasure.

We are shipping now on a new book, The Acoustic City, edited by our very own BJNilsen. The book includes a CD compiled by Nilsen and featuring exclusive recordings by Chris Watson, Félix Blume, Ekkehard Ehlers, Yui Onodera, Schneider TM and Benny himself.

The Tapeworm’s latest tapes – by Osman Arabi, Sharon Gal, Graham Dowdall and Michael Muennich – are also now in stock and shipping from the TouchShop.

Finally, a new TouchRadio episode is now broadcasting - Fritz Kiste by ame.




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TO:96 | Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman"

We are now taking advanced orders for this new release - shipping will commence the week beginning 23rd June 2014. If you pre-order the album, you can download the a zipped MP3 (320 kpbs) version when you place your order…

CD - 12 tracks - 39:06
(the 11 track vinyl version will be due in July 2014)

Artwork & photography by Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye

Track listing:
1. Strokur
2. Frá
3. Birting
4. Heyr Himnasmiður
5. Bær
6. Heima
7. Í hring
8. Rennur upp
9. Til baka
10. Líður
11. Torrek
12. Þoka

This album is about resonance: on "Saman", which means "Together", Hildur melts her voice with her cello, connecting the two instruments together…

All tracks composed, performed and recorded by Hildur Guðnadóttir in Berlin, except Heyr Himnasmiður (track 4), composed by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson, lyrics by Kolbeinn Tumason. Cello made by David Wiebe in 1991. [Cello nr 49]

Track 6, bass by Skúli Sverrisson, string fretted cello built by Hans Jóhannsson, resonated through two grand pianos.

Tracks 1, 4 and 6 recorded by Francesco Donadello.

All tracks mixed by Francesco Donadello and Hildur Guðnadóttir at Vox-Ton Studio, Berlin.


Pre-order Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman" [CD + download] in the TouchShop
www.hildurness.com




TO:94 | Jacaszek & Kwartludium "Catalogue des Arbres"

We are now taking advanced orders for this new release - shipping will commence the week beginning 23td June 2014. If you pre-order the album, you can download the a zipped MP3 (320 kpbs) version when you place your order...

CD - 8 tracks - 46:06

"…and the trees, like earth's wistful sighs to the sky." K. Janiszewska

Track listing:
1. Sigh (Les peupliers)
2. Green hour
3. A book of lake (Roselière)
4. Garden (Les sureaux)
5. From a seashell
6. Circling (Le pré)
7. Anthem (La forêt)
8. Kingdom (Les chênes, les bouleaux)

For the past decade or so, Polish musician Michal Jacaszek has been exploring a new, resolutely modern chapter in Eastern Europe’s long, storied love affair with classical music. His creations are painstakingly crafted collages of electronic textures and baroque instrumentation, harpsichords being swarmed by woolly static one minute and pulled apart by billowing wind the next. A push-and-pull tension runs deep and constant throughout. Ambient music is rarely so sonically challenging. Jacaszek has recorded for Ghostly International, Miasmah, Gusstaff Records and Experimedia and other labels. This is his first release for Touch.

Michał Jacaszek writes:
"When poets and writers declare their enchantment for the forms of nature, they often use musical terms as methaphors. Visual artists' creations often resemble graphic partitas, when recapturing the rhythms of landscapes.Confirming, in a way, these musical intuitions, composers write great music deeply inspired by birdsongs, wind rustlings, waves repetitions etc.

Making "Cataloguge des Arbres”, my ambition was to join this broad artistic movement devoted to natural phenomena and find my own way to describe trees: their forms, atmosphere and mystery. I have started with "open air" recordings, capturing mainly leaves'' rustlings - from different distances, in different locations and weather conditions. This collection of nature recordings was transformed into a kind of "organic drone" and becomes a main background for instrumental and voice improvisations. My initial inspiration here was Olivier Messiaen's' bird songs transcriptions for piano – the composer's work title "Catalogue d'Oiseaux" I have paraphrased on my album . A piano, clarinets, violin and percussion parts, performed by the Kwartludium ensemble, were electronically processed, and afterwards all this electro-acoustic material was turned into a collection of 8 soundscapes - forgotten songs performed secretly by my beloved trees."

Composed, recorded and produced by Michał Jacaszek | additional composing and all instrumental parts performed by Kwartludium | Voice parts (tracks 1, 8) performed by 441 Hz chamber choir | Additional clarinet parts (tracks 2, 3) performed by Andrzej Wojciechowski Grand piano recorded by Cezary Joczyn at Gdańsk Academy of Music

Kwartludium are Dagna Sadkowska: violin | Michał Górczyński: clarinet, bass clarinet | Paweł Nowicki: percussion | Piotr Nowicki: grand piano


Pre-order Jacaszek & Kwartludium "Catalogue des Arbres" [CD + download] in the TouchShop
www.jacaszek.com




TTW#66 | Osman Arabi "Destroying Symmetry"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies
Illustration – SAVX

Track listing:
Nine untitled tracks
43min playing time





Improvised, channeled and recorded in one take at Tunefork Recording Studios on the 9th of August, 2013 - Beirut, Lebanon. Mixed and mastered by Fadi Tabbal on the 10th of October, 2013 - Beirut, Lebanon.

A unique figure in the international noise and industrial music scenes, Osman Arabi is a composer, producer and sound designer from Tripoli, Lebanon. His work elicits images of desolate industrial landscapes and shamanistic rites. From his beginnings in black metal, Arabi has progressed through such genres as dark ambient, industrial, tribal, psychedelic, electro-acoustic, power electronics and noise. His many projects have included Seeker, Kafan, Veinen, Shamanic Death Trance, The Ritual Inclusion of Code, harsh electronics outfit 20.SV, as well as nihilist Dutch collective Stalaggh. In 2000 Arabi stopped performing live - vanishing into the underground, not resurfacing until 2009…

For the past decade, Arabi has been developing – in complete secrecy – his ‘occult guitar’ playing, based on the sigil work of Austin Osman Spare. This new thread to his work was only recently unveiled, in late 2013, and is set to become the backbone of his live rituals hereon in.


Buy Osman Arabi "Destroying Symmetry" in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk
www.osmanarabi.com




TTW#67 | Sharon Gal "Birdsongs"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies
Illustration – SAVX

Track listing:
A: Birdsongs
B1: Alarm Call
B2: Étude (1st)
B3: Trouble in Paradise (2010)





Sharon Gal is a vocalist, artist, performer and musician – voice / electronics / free improvisation / collaborative group compositions / field recordings / radio / mixed media. She performs solo, and in regular collaboration with Steve Beresford, Steve Noble, Alex Ward, John Edwards, Dylan Nyoukis, Phil Minton and Feral Singers. She also conductsand performs a series of experimental collaborative group compositions; L'esprit d'escalier – for voices in a staircase, Long Drone – for a large ensemble of various instruments, Toy Orchestra – for children and adults, and Gals with Guitars – for female guitar players.

Gal is a founder member of London’s arts radio, Resonance 104.4 FM and over the past 13 years has presented and produced various programmes, including; Diggers, with Edwin “Savage Pencil” Pouncey, Venus Rising, In Search of Inspiration, and a weekly sound-diary, Stereo Cilia.

Her music has been released by Ash International, Paradigm Records, Chocolate Monk, Emanem and Ecstatic Yod, with the most recent 7” release, Melancoholic, being on the American Tapes label.


Buy Sharon Gal "Birdsongs" in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk
www.sharon-gal.com




TTW#68 | Graham Dowdall "Outside Broadcast"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies

Track listing:
A: Home Service
B: Light Programme





Graham “Dids” Dowdall has been active on the outer limits of music for several decades. Starting out as drummer in Manchester cult band Ludus he then worked with Eric Random & the Bedlamites and spent several years recording and touring with Nico. He’s collaborated live and on record with many others along the way including John Cale, Suns of Arqa, Band of Holy Joy. He is currently a member of avant rock legends Pere Ubu, has an acclaimed solo electronica project Gagarin and works with rising Welsh-Iranian singer-songwriter Roshi, in Roshi featuring Pars Radio. His last solo Gagarin album “Biophilia” (yes, Björk nicked the title) received great reviews being described in Musicweek as “stunning beautiful glitchy electronica” and in Mojo as “electronica in its rawest sense”. He has a wide-ranging portfolio career that also includes running music workshops with disabled children, training and teaching at Goldsmiths College. 

“Outside Broadcast” is a departure from the more beat-driven glitchy style of Gagarin and is an evocation of childhood evenings sitting at an old “Portable” radio, obsessively tuning bakelite dials across the airwaves – finding a weird sound to luxuriate in, then a bit of strange music, an exotically named station, a call sign or simply the sound of the dial, all masked in MW/SW/LW noise. It’s a distressed and lo-fi sound-world created with a cassette release in mind – no sharp beats or hi-fi… The main instrument was a 90s radio-cassette player alongside two iPad apps. It’s hoped that repeated play will enhance the sound as the tape deteriorates.


Buy Graham Dowdall "Outside Broadcast" in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk
www.gagarin.org.uk




TTW#69 | Michael Muennich "Schamprozessionen"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies
Illustration – Mario Caroli

Track listing:
A: 14'29"
B: 14'45"





Recorded and assembled by Michael Muennich 2013/2014 at Fragment Factory, Hamburg. Mastered by Phil Julian.

Michael Muennich was born in 1980 in a South West German border town close to France. Relocated to Hamburg in 2004. Founded Fragment Factory in summer of 2009 as a platform to publish the own and friends' musical (or non musical) effusions. Recent and forthcoming releases on Fragment Factory, Banned Production, Firework Edition Records, Noise-Below and Geräuschmanufaktur. Primarily working on the basis of everyday surrounding sounds, focussing on all kinds of objects as tone generators.


Buy Michael Muennich "Schamprozessionen" in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk
www.fragmentfactory.com/muennich.html




Touch Radio 103 | ame

21.05.14 - Fritz Kiste - 44:22 - 320 kbps

Since technical evolution tends to unfold rapidly, human beings have not been able to evolve a (forewarning) sense of new forms of technology (for instance to detect radioactivity). Electronic emissions are also not sensually detectable. No one knows exactly how the technology of “wireless transmitting devices” affects humans. Radio, television, radiotelephones, mobile phones, GPS, computers, bluetooth and WiFi routers flood every place on earth with countless electronic waves.

“Recordings” of a standard WiFi router serve as the basis for the “Fritz Kiste”. Actually one can’t really speak of (audio) recordings since the electronic waves of the WiFi are soundless. Their energy triggers the sensitive microphones, since these have been placed directly at the remote transmitting antenna. The recording - made with a D-40 Tascam, equipped with one microphone for each antenna - tapes the different transmission signals on the right or on the left channel as a “stereo signal”.

The WiFi router transmits at 3.4 MHz and so generates 3.4 billion cycles per second. The actual reception of the signals - eg. recorded during the transmission of an email with an image attachment - are only a few seconds long, but are prolonged through ever deeper analysis. The fragmentation was achieved via different processes, digital and analog, and via 'deceleration'. Thus fragments of a second were distended to minutes in length. In this way the router's timing-in-seconds, much too fast for human perception, becomes open to scrutiny.

The results are partly 'technoid' by which sounds are very much dependent on the timing. Sounds emerge at a high transmission activity; send-pauses sound more 'ambient'...


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