October 2008 Touch NewsLetter

Welcome to the October 2008 Touch Newsletter. Below you will find information about new editions, a new TouchRadio, live events and more...

New Editions

Jacob Kirkegaard - Labyrinthitis
Touch # Tone 35
CD - 1 track - 38:10
Special wallet limited edition


Commissioned by Medical Museion in Copenhagen, Summer 2007

Jacob Kirkegaard has turned his ears inwards: His new work LABYRINTHITIS is an interactive sound piece that consists entirely of sounds generated in the artist’s auditory organs – and will cause audible responses in those of the audience.

LABYRINTHITIS relies on a principle employed both in medical science and musical practice: When two frequencies at a certain ratio are played into the ear, additional vibrations in the inner ear will produce a third frequency. This frequency is generated by the ear itself: a so-called “distortion product otoacoustic emission” (DPOAE), also referred to in musicology as “Tartini tone”.

By arranging the tones from his ears in a composition and playing them to an audience, the artist evokes further distortion effects in the ears of his listeners. At first, each new tone can only be perceived "intersubjectively": inside the head of each one in the audience. Kirkegaard artificially reproduces this tone and introduces it, "objectively", into his composition. When combined with another distorting frequency, it will create another tone... until, step by step, a pattern of descending tonal structure emerges whose spiral form mirrors the composition of resonant spectra in the human cochlea.

(The effect in your ears will not appear when listening to the sound file)

Paradoxical as it may sound: we can listen to our own ears. The human hearing organ – still often perceived as a passive unidirectional medium – does not only receive sounds from the outside, it also generates its own sound from within itself. As a matter of fact, it can even be “played on”, just like an acoustic instrument.

This is Jacob Kirkegaard's 3rd album for Touch, after 'Eldfjall' [Touch # T33.20, 2005] and '4 Rooms' [Touch # Tone 26, 2006]


Jacob Kirkegaard is an artist with an interest in the scientific and aesthetic aspects of resonance, time and hearing. His performances, audio/visual installations and compositions deal with acoustic spaces and phenomena that usually remain inaccessible to sense perception. With the use of unorthodox recording tools such as accelerometers, hydrophones or home-built electromagnetic receivers, Kirkegaard manages to capture and explore "secret sounds" - distortions, interferences, vibrations, ambiences - from within a variety of environments: volcanic earth, a nuclear power plant, an empty room, a TV tower, crystals, ice... and the human inner ear itself.

A graduate of the Academy for Media Arts in Cologne, Germany, Kirkegaard has given workshops and lectures in academic institutions such as the Royal Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen and the Art Institute of Chicago. During the last ten years, he has been presenting exhibitions and touring festivals and conferences throughout the world. Among his numerous collaborators are JG Thirlwell, Ann Lislegaard, CM von Hausswolff, Philip Jeck and Lydia Lunch. He is a member of freq_out.

You can find out more on his website and you can order this release from the TouchShop

Philip Jeck - Suite: Live in Liverpool
Touch # Tone 29 LP
[vinyl only through Autofact, USA]
LP - 5 tracks - 31:49


Side A
1. Press
2. Intro Roll

Side B
1. Live With Errors
2. All That's Allowed
3. Chime, Chime

Recorded at Hive, FACT, Liverpool on 25th October 2006 as part of Touch 25, live to a M-Audio Mictrotrack 24/96
Edited by Philip Jeck April 2007
Cut by Jason at Transition 14th May 2007 on a Neumann VSM 70
Design and photography by Jon Wozencroft

"Suite: Live in Liverpool" follows Philip Jeck's acclaimed collaboration with Gavin Bryars and Alter Ego on a new version of 'The Sinking of the Titanic' (Touch Tone 34). It is the companion release to his latest solo album, 'Sand'; a set of five new compositions that highlight Jeck's mastery of vinyl manipulation, personal and collective memories.

You can order this release from the TouchShop

Touch Radio


1.10.08 - THE FREQ_OUT ORCHESTRA – 28:46 - 192 kpbs

freq_out 7 took place in September 2008 as part of The Happy New Ears Festival in Kortrijk, Belgium. There was also a performance by THE FREQ_OUT ORCHESTRA on Saturday 13th September, which was recorded by Finnbogi Pétursson on a Zoom H2 and mastered by BJNilsen. Crows recorded by Pascal Wyse.

Touch Live

Touch 25 Live at Interzone, Utrecht, Netherlands | 24.10.08
Interzone festival

Touch 25
BJNilsen | Philip Jeck

Touch Recipe Book

We have added some new recipes to the Touch Recipe Book

Touch Archive

We have been posting mp3s of some of the tracks from the early Touch cassettes... You can browse and find links in the Touch Archive section of the Touch website here. In the section 'Early Cassette Culture', you will find that some of the titles listed for each edition will contain several audio links... more will be added in the coming months.

FACT Magazine's Kiran Sande conducted an extensive interview with Touch founder Jon Wozencroft for their August/September 2008 issue. The interview is now available to read online in the Touch Archive.

There has been a major upgrade to the TouchShop by Rebels in Control... The TouchShop now has a design harmonious with the Touch website, making it a richer experience with clearer navigation, tidier information display and larger packshots throughout.

The previous NewsLetter from September 2008 can be found here