April 2008 Touch NewsLetter

New Touch Website

We are proud to launch the new Touch website... new data is being continually added, with an extensive archive and other new sections. The main menu consists of 7 primary sections:

News - The main page with all the latest info, new editions etc.

Activities - This section contains information about Touch's most recent activities, including live events, such as the Atmosphere festival, Spire live performances, and other general items. Items listed here will also appear in the monthly newsletter.

TouchRadio - updates with a new edition from Novi_sad...

Touch Music - Latest news concerning publishing, licensing and other important actions

Artists - A roster of our artists and links to their websites and pages in the TouchShop

Catalogue - This section will be expanded over time... but you will be able to search for full information on all Touch editions since 1982...

Archive - » Early cassette culture » History » Interviews » Production & distribution » Touch corporate information and much more, including some downloads from the early Touch cassettes, starting with Bruce Gilbert's 'Children' from Meridians Two [T3, 1984]

TouchShop - an upgrade is coming in the summer of 2008

New Editions

Philip Jeck - Sand
CD - 7 tracks - 44:50

Design and photography by Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Denis Blackham

Now available in the TouchShop and reviews and information can be read here

" ... the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads
Were toward Eternity"
(from 'The Chariot' by Emily Dickinson)

Sand was recorded live in Holland and England in 2006/7 and edited in Liverpool January, 2008 using Fidelity record-players, Casio SK keyboards, Behringer mixer and sony mini-disc recorders.

Following Philip Jeck's acclaimed collaboration with Gavin Bryars and Alter Ego on a new version of 'The Sinking of the Titanic' (Touch Tone 34), 'Sand' is a set of seven new compositions that highlight Jeck's mastery of vinyl manipulation, personal and collective memories.

During the past year Jeck has refined and consolidated his unique sound, playing superb sets at last summer's Faster than Sound festival and at York Minster for Spire. He has recently released 'Amoroso' [Touch # TS01, 7" vinyl only with Fennesz] where he responds to Charles Matthews's homage to Arvo Pärt.

'Sand' is at once elegiac, celebrational, mournful and uplifting. Those who have followed Jeck's development since his first release, "Loopholes" (Touch TO:26) will observe his return to the industrial textures that coloured that collection, though here they are fused with his symphonic grace and continued development as a composer and live performer .

Philip Jeck studied visual art at Dartington College of Arts. He started working with record players and electronics in the early '80's and has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theatre companies as we as well as his solo concert work. His best kown work "Vinyl Requiem" (with Lol Sargent): a performance for 180 '50's/'60's record players won Time Out Performance Award for 1993. He has also over the last few years returned to visual art making installations using from 6 to 80 record players including "Off The Record" for Sonic Boom at The Hayward Gallery, London [2000].

Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops turning them to his own purposes. He really does play them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record. Philip Jeck makes geniunely moving and transfixing music, where we hear the art not the gimmick.

This is Philip Jeck's 4th solo album for Touch after 'Loopholes' [Touch # TO:27, 1995], Surf [TO:36, 1998], Stoke [TO:56, 2002] and '7' [TO:57, 2004]. A companion vinyl release to Sand, 'Suite: Live in Liverpool' [Tone 28/FACT11] is being released on US label Autofact later this Spring.

He recently performed on "The Sinking of the Titanic" with Gavin Bryars in Rome, about which Boomkat (UK) said: "The most noticeable addition is Jeck, whose expertise and unique style seems to fit like the final piece of the puzzle as his crackles and motifs melt into the architecture of the recording as if they had always been there. This additional layer of nostalgia brought forth by these found sounds adds a significant sense of history, forcing the mind back into hazy film footage and decomposed photos, a perfect match for the subject matter."


1. Unveiled
2. Chime Again
3. Fanfares
4. Shining
5. Fanfares Forward
6. Residue
7. Fanfares Over



Novi_sad - Dramazon - 22:52 - 259 kbps

Recorded, assembled and produced by Novi_sad, March 2008. Mastered by Electroware and Novi_sad at Dsp Lab, Athens

The whole piece is based on field recordings from:

Mamori Lake, Amazonia, Brazil
Alphios Bridge, Ancient Olympia, Greece
Vibrations from the bridge which connects Denmark with Sweden
A bottling plant in operation

and hydrophone recordings* from Mamori Lake.

Also used were sounds and notes from a church organ.

Output signals have been manipulated and electronically treated.

Dramazon is made in memory of a long rainy night in Amsterdam...

In the era of 01110011000111010110, one thing remains stable and it will remain stable and non-mutated for eternity. The way people kiss, the way bodies are connected...

[*thanx to Scott Konzelmann]

Atmospheres 2

Atmospheres 2 takes place at The Museum of Garden History in London, from May 8th to May 12th 2008, with an introductory talk on March 13th [Royal College of Art, Jay Mews, London SW1].

March 13th [Free entry]

1800 An introduction to Hauntology. A sound seminar by Jon Wozencroft.

6pm, Performing Arts Lab, Stevens Building

If you consider everything from self-help books to the philosophy of Adorno, it is clear that the driving pattern of the moment is towards personal reinvention.

What is "faith in the future"?

An early Easter celebration. All welcome.

May 8th

2030 Marcus Davidson
2050 Philip Jeck & Marcus Davidson
2115 Robert Hampson
2200 Philip Jeck

May 9th

2030 Matt Davies & Simon Whetham
2110 Charles Matthews followed by Fennesz & Charles Matthews
2200 Fennesz

May 12th

presented by Jon Wozencroft and Mark Fisher

11.00 Opening of the event/doors
11.30 Introductory talks by Jon Wozencroft & Mark Fisher
11.45 Christopher Woodward, The End of London
12.30 Paul Devereux, Landscape and Perception

1.15 Lunch

2.15 Mark Fisher, Hauntology, Radar
3.00 Jon Wozencroft, Dead Souls
3.45 Steve Goodman, Stone Tape
4.30 Open Forum

[6.00 - 7.30 Soundchecks]

8.00 The Caretaker
8.20 John Foxx - The Quiet Man
8.45 Kode 9 & The Spaceape
9.45 The Caretaker
10.00 Philip Jeck

Tickets can be bought from The Museum of Garden History here

[Timings subject to change at short notice...]


The answer to the question in March's TouchQuiz, "Who was the first sound artist to use an Apple Mac Powerbook in a live context for live realtime sound manipulation?" is Ramon Bauer, at The Jade Club, Vienna, January 1996. There were no winners...