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The British Library is home to the UK’s national collection of radio recordings in its Sound Archive. On 18th November 2010, the entire collection was handed over to and shared with The British Library, and is now a "named collection" within the Library's Archival Sound Recordings website. You can read more about this here.





Touch Radio 102 | Howlround

7.03.14 - Brighthelm - 17:47 - 320 kbps

Howlround are the duo of Robin The Fog and Chris Weaver who create recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on a quartet of vintage reel-to-reel tape machines - with additional reverb or electronic effects strictly forbidden. This recording documents their first ever live performance at the Brighthelm Centre as part of the Resonance FM stage at the Great Escape Festival, Brighton, 18th May 2013. It was the first time these delicate, bulky, unpredictable machines had ever left the studio - a complete step into the unknown - and therefore something of an occasion. This recording is presented without edits or overdubs, just the sound of four machines, two people and a huge tangle of quarter-inch tape, looping and snarling precariously around the venue.

Photo: Larry Gale

Continue reading: Touch Radio 102 | Howlround





Touch Radio 101 | Daybreak

16.02.14 - Daybreak - 2:06 - 320 kbps

Sunrise at Wandsworth Common railway station, London

Photo: Pepa Ivanova

Continue reading: Touch Radio 101 | Daybreak





Touch Radio 100 | BJNilsen

19.11.13 - Bottomless Perfume - 33:00 - 320 kbps

So we pause where we began, with BJNilsen (see TouchRadio 1)...

Archival Recordings, Mixed in Berlin October 23, 2013, containing Bits and Pieces from:

Beachy Head, Eastbourne, England
Karl Marx Tomb, Highgate Cemetery, London, England
Whitstable Bay, Kent, England
CleanCar Berlin, Mitte, Germany
Temple Gas Works, Glasgow, Scotland
Fruitmarket City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Port of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Unknown Music School, Naples, Italy
Galleria Umberto, Naples, Italy
Barbed Wire, Todmorden, England
Side Street, Lisbon, Portugal
Tempelhof Airfield, Berlin, Germany
Cave, Durness, Scotland
Fishmarket, Via Tribunali, Naples, Italy
Hatún, Reykjavik, Iceland
The Jacobite Steam Train, Armadale, Scotland
London Olympic Rehearsal, Islington, London, England
Boleskine Cemetery, Scotland
Train Bridge, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Continue reading: Touch Radio 100 | BJNilsen





Touch Radio 99 | Simon Fisher Turner

20.10.13 - The Invisible Frame - 26:55 - 320 kbps

The Invisible Frame

"I was invited to Berlin to record the filming process by the director, Cynthia Beatt, for ten days. I shot the sound as they filmed and every evening I made a new piece from the day's rushes. We went to many locations around the invisible wall and its remains. For about an hour I was allowed to wander unsupervised and recorded whatever I wanted. This recording is an edited version of the master."

Continue reading: Touch Radio 99 | Simon Fisher Turner





Touch Radio 98 | Group Three

11.09.13 - Group Three - Live - 26:53 - 320 kbps

L@TE: Friday Night at BAM/PFA

July 26th, 2013

University of California Berkley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

"Locating"

Thingamajigs and Sasha Hom created 9 long vertical scrolls, at once musical score, artwork, poetry, and cartography that ascended the cavernous space, catalyzing the musical performances of three different improvising groups and transforming Gallery B into a collaborative map.

Group Three:

Kaori Suzuki - original hand built MEM analog synthesizer
Marshall Trammell - percussion
Zachary James Watkins - electronics

Continue reading: Touch Radio 98 | Group Three





Touch Radio 97 | Protest!

20.07.13 - Protest! - 2:06 - 320 kbps

Protests are under way in dozens of American cities, a week after George Zimmerman was cleared of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. This one was recorded in Hollywood.





Touch Radio 96 | Aino Tytti

09.07.13 - Hellissandur Mast [GRD 7970] - 16:49 - 320 kbps

Photograph: Peter Caeldries

The remote Snaefellsness Peninsula in Iceland is home to the tallest structure in Western Europe. A transmitter built originally in 1963 as a long-range, low-frequency (LORAN-C) navigation system and now used for longwave public radio purposes.

During a recent sound recording trip to Iceland, i was fortunate enough to gain access to the transmitter facility and able to take a series of field recordings, using an array of contact microphones attached to the mast and supporting guy wires.

Several of these recordings were particularly arresting, capturing the structure as it radiated a myriad of constantly shifting harmonic progressions, in response to the hot Icelandic summer sun and strong icy winds blowing in from the nearby Snaefellsjökull glacier. These two extremes combined caused rapid expansions and contractions in the 200-700metre steel support wires and core mast, to produce a spiralling, ever-changing, kaleidoscopic drone.

Of particular note as well, during a quiet point in the recording, my microphones started to pick up the audio of the longwave radio transmission. A graceful violin solo for 3 minutes, before the sun broke through the clouds and caused the structural resonance of the mast to increase once more, drowning out the radio with a music of the structure's own making.

Particularly beautiful is the notion that there is an ever-changing and constantly-in-flux sound emanating from this structure; an unbroken music, in direct response to its environment, which has been playing in constant form for the last 50 years. The sounds captured here represent a snapshot in time taken on the 15th June 2013, the specifics of which have never been, and will never be, repeated.

Equipment:
JRF C-series contact mics | Sound Devices 702 | Marantz PMD 661

Processing:
Izotope RX | Max/MSP

With thanks to Jez Riley French and Chris Watson

Continue reading: Touch Radio 96 | Aino Tytti





Touch Radio 95 | Tony Myatt

15.05.13 - Placencia Bay - 16:32 - 320 kbps

Photograph: Peter Worth

Equipment used: 4 x Reson 4042 Hydrophones, rigged for MS recording, post-processed using Max/MSP; Nagra VI recorder.

Location: Placencia Bay, Belize.

Date: 13th December 2012.

Narrative:

After a long day of finicky experimentation in the sun, I returned to the bay to wash salt water from the equipment and to hose down. From 16°30'37"N, 88°22'1"W I looked out on a tranquil evening scene and decided to attempt one last recording.

I had recorded throughout the day in shallow coral seas off the coast of Belize. I’d attempted to capture a spatial impression of the clouds of clicks and pops produced by crustacea and who-knows-what; a sound present at almost every ocean location on Earth.

In the evening bay one boat was at anchor, a jet ski idled around and I saw a couple of tiny and distant fishing boats. Yet the underwater acoustic landscape was dense, quite different from the gentle evening scene that played out above the water.

I assembled this sequence of recordings to share my experiences of these two places. The recordings made among the shallow reefs are filled with crustacea sounds punctuated by communication calls between toadfish and an occasional dolphin.

Other impressions of this remote environment came to light when I auditioned the recordings back in the studio. The hydrophone rig became a barometer for other encounters. The tiniest brushings with what appeared to be fluffy fingers of soft coral revealed their harsh surface, rasping and gritty. As the evening currents shifted and strengthened “strumming” hydrophone cables conveyed the power of the underwater gales.

Many thanks to Francesca von Habsburg and the T-B A21 Academy for the opportunity to record in these places.







Previous episodes

» Touch Radio 102 | Howlround

» Touch Radio 101 | Daybreak

» Touch Radio 100 | BJNilsen

» Touch Radio 99 | Simon Fisher Turner

» Touch Radio 98 | Group Three

» Touch Radio 97 | Protest!

» Touch Radio 96 | Aino Tytti

» Touch Radio 95 | Tony Myatt

» Touch Radio 94 | Urban Dawn Chorus

» Touch Radio 93 | Robert Curgenven

» Touch Radio 92 | R Martin Seddon

» Touch Radio 91 | Stanier Black-Five

» Touch Radio 90 | Jez Riley French

» Touch Radio 89 | Richard Francis/Rosy Parlane/Rachel Shearer

» Touch Radio 88 | The Sea

» Touch Radio 87 | Bruce Gilbert

» Touch Radio 86 | Frankenstorm

» Touch Radio 85 | Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jason Lescalleet & Joachim Nordwall

» Touch Radio 84 | Chop Shop

» Touch Radio 83 | Lary 7

» Touch Radio 82 | Peter 7 Paelinck & Yves Bondue

» Touch Radio 81 | Jiyeon Kim | Maia Urstad | Dawn Scarfe with interventions from Sandra Jasper

» Touch Radio 80 | Lasse Marhaug

» Touch Radio 79 | John Chantler

» Touch Radio 78 | Daniel Menche

» Touch Radio 77 | Achim Mohne and Philip Jeck

» Touch Radio 76 | Listen!

» Touch Radio 75 | autodigest

» Touch Radio 74 | CM von Hausswolff

» Touch Radio 73 | Fennesz

» Touch Radio 72 | Bells!

» Touch Radio 71 | David Cleveland & Nigel Lister

» Touch Radio 70 | Peter 7 Paelinck

» Touch Radio 69 | Philip Jeck

» Touch Radio 68 | Apostolos Loufopoulos

» Touch Radio 67 | Wasp!

» Touch Radio 66 | Signe Liden

» Touch Radio 65 | Zachary James Watkins

» Touch Radio 64 | Yannick Dauby

» Touch Radio 63 | Leslie Winer

» Touch Radio 62 | Jen Boyd

» Touch Radio 61 | March!

» Touch Radio 60 | Pub!

» Touch Radio 59 | Phantom Airwaves

» Touch Radio 58 | Irene Moon

» Touch Radio 57 | Phill Niblock

» Touch Radio 56 | Thomas Ankersmit

» Touch Radio 55 | Oren Ambarchi

» Touch Radio 54 | Ian R. MacLeod

» Touch Radio 53 | Tom Lawrence

» Touch Radio 52 | Richard Crow

» Touch Radio 51 | Zon On N

» Touch Radio 50 | Achim Mohne

» Touch Radio 49 | Chris Watson

» Touch Radio 48 | Biosphere

» Touch Radio 47 | Pascal Wyse and Tom Haines

» Touch Radio 46 | Ken Montgomery

» Touch Radio 45 | Sohrab

» Touch Radio 44 | Laurent Jeanneau

» Touch Radio 43 | Philip Jeck & BJNilsen

» Touch Radio 42 | Charles Matthews and Hildur Gudnadottir

» Touch Radio 41 | The Honey Bees of Cherry Garden Farm

» Touch Radio 40 | Edwin Pouncey

» Touch Radio 39 | Paulo Raposo & Joao Silva

» Touch Radio 38 | Philip Marshall

» Touch Radio 37 | Pascal Wyse

» Touch Radio 36 | Will Montgomery

» Touch Radio 35 | FREQ_OUT ORCHESTRA

» Touch Radio 34 | Diane Hope

» Touch Radio 33 | AER

» Touch Radio 32 | Tom Lawrence

» Touch Radio 31 | Simon Fisher Turner

» Touch Radio 30 | Enrico Coniglio

» Touch Radio 29 | Novi_sad

» Touch Radio 28 | Jana Winderen

» Touch Radio 27 | Gudni Franzson

» Touch Radio 26 | Lasse Marhaug

» Touch Radio 25 | Chris Watson

» Touch Radio 24 | Steve Roden

» Touch Radio 23 | Leif Elggren

» Touch Radio 22 | Scott Taylor

» Touch Radio 21 | The Skull Defekts

» Touch Radio 20 | Daniel Menche

» Touch Radio 19 | Fennesz/Rehberg/Toral & Feliciano

» Touch Radio 18 | Chris Watson

» Touch Radio 17 | Brandon LaBelle

» Touch Radio 16 | Jana Winderen

» Touch Radio 15 | Stephan Mathieu

» Touch Radio 14 | Press conference/panel at Roskilde Festival 010705

» Touch Radio 13 | Leif Inge

» Touch Radio 12 | Jacob Kirkegaard

» Touch Radio 11 | Devolution/Evolution: Stephen O'Malley interviews Dylan Carlson

» Touch Radio 10 | People Like Us

» Touch Radio 9 | KK.Null

» Touch Radio 8 | Peter Rehberg

» Touch Radio 7 | Toshiya Tsunoda

» Touch Radio 6 | Philip Jeck

» Touch Radio 5 | Chris Watson

» Touch Radio 4 | z'ev

» Touch Radio 3 | Christian Fennesz & Max Nagl

» Touch Radio 2 | Carl Michael von Hausswolff

» Touch Radio 1 | BJNilsen


Reviews

The Wildlife Sound Recording Society have written a piece on their blog...

The Guardian (UK):

Touch, an independent arts organisation that turned 25 last year, is home to artists such as Christian Fennesz, Biosphere and Chris Watson. Touch Radio features challenging and entertaining material, including field recordings, interviews and live performances. There are audio diaries from Chris Watson, where he illuminates his work as a wildlife sound recordist in the Galapagos Islands, taking in the Alcedo volcano. If you are truly tired of words by this stage, you will find an antidote in Touch 10: The Bits Inbetween by Vicki Bennett, whose own show on WFMU, a glorious mashup (peoplelikeus.org), will leave you in a spin. [Pascal Wyse]

Gonzo Circus (Belgium):

For lovers of intelligent music and extremities is the British Touchlabel a standard. Not only in their output of music, but also in their design & packaging of their cds and website is Touch unique. On Touch Radio they add constantly new radiophonic pearls to their archive, all pieces are exclusively composed for the site. [Peter Deschamps]

Turbulence (net) on TouchRadio 29

diquit review on TouchRadio 50

Ears Peeled (UK):

I also highly recommend the latest releases at TouchRadio. Jana Winderen’s Utvær is a short piece based on recordings from the remote Norwegian island of the same name, and sounds appropriately isolated. Notturno by Guðni Franzson is a very relaxing, unhurried recording of birds in Laugarvatn, Iceland.

musicaindustrial (Spain):

Como parte de una serie de grabaciones de sonidos inusuales en la Laguna de Venecia, Enrico Coniglio grabó esta pieza una noche en un depósito de botes del servicio de transporte público, no muy lejos de la plaza de San Marcos. El título del tema, Sapientum Super Acquis, hace referencia a un organismo creado en 1501 para salvaguardar el delicado equilibro de la laguna y cuidar la salud del agua. No tuvieron mucho éxito, actualmente la laguna es un pozo de contaminación debido a que está próxima a una de las áreas industriales más amplias de Europa.

thefieldreporter.com:

For the past seven years Touch Radio has commissioned an impressive series of audio gems that cover a range of recording subjects and styles. Audio diaries sit alongside pure field recordings, experimental music pieces and live performances from the likes of Chris Watson, Signe Liden, Philip Jeck and other noted figures.

scoop.it:

Touch Radio offers access to a range of programmes made exclusively by musicians, recordists and artists affiliated with Touch. The current collection contains 79 programmes spanning the past seven years and is full of wonders.

The Field Reporter

Cheryl Tipp from The British Library wildlife section of the Sound Archive offers a new mix of extracts from TouchRadio, which you can listen to here.


TouchPod




TouchPod is the podcast for TouchRadio, which offers a new platform for a selection of recordings, live or otherwise, from artists who are affiliated to or whose work appear on Touch, including Leif Elggren, Christian Fennesz, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Philip Jeck, Jacob Kirkegaard, BJNilsen, Stephen O'Malley, People Like Us, Peter Rehberg, Chris Watson, z'ev, and others.

TouchPod - click here


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