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All these recordings are exclusive to TouchRadio and are free to listen.

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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 111 | Mark Van Hoen

17.02.15 - Mark Van Hoen - Anthem for the Homeless - 21:40 - 320 kbps

"Inspired by BJ Nilsen's performance at LACE in Los Angeles last month, I decided to attempt my own composition using field recordings. The source recordings are quite crude in comparison to those made by the great Mr Nilsen; I even used only an iPhone to collect the recordings; but after a little judicious use of processing back at the studio, I am pleased with the results. On leaving LACE after the show, I noticed how many homeless were sleeping in the doorways at the back of the venue, where my car was parked. There were several droning air-conditioners, some emitting quite rhythmic sounds. It occurred to me that there are many that would hear this as music (myself included) but it's very doubtful that those sleeping in those doorways do... or perhaps some do find some comfort or music in such sounds. I assembled several of them to create this, an anthem for the homeless."

Photo by Mike Harding taken in downtown Los Angeles

Continue reading: Touch Radio 111 | Mark Van Hoen

Touch Radio 110 | Pinkcourtesyphone

22.01.15 - Pinkcourtesyphone - Live at LACE - 35:40 - 320 kbps

Recorded by Myke Dodge Weiskopf at Touch presents... Live in Los Angeles, 21st January 2015. With thanks to LACE, VOLUME and especially Yann Novak.

Continue reading: Touch Radio 110 | Pinkcourtesyphone

Touch Radio 109 | Before Surgery

04.01.15 - Before Surgery - Potlatch - 16:19 - 320 kbps

Field recording of fireworks on Saint John's Night, June 23, 2014, the local pagan inheritor celebration of the Summer Solstice. Recording by Heitor Alvelos on Bruce Geduldig and Bernadette Martou's balcony, Porto, Portugal. The vantage point, overlooking the tail end of the Douro river from a considerable height, allows the acoustic experience to become as impressive as the visual: the sound of the fireworks travels back and forth through the valley in considerable detail.

Recent trends in mass entertainment have dictated the expectation for further ingredients of sensory input, i.e. the "pure" experience of the explosives shall not be enough. Cue the arrival of pop anthems as an added sound layer that, as far as acoustics go, can only be experienced as a distraction. This is the main reason for the dramatic pitch shift in the present recording: the sound fabric is brought down to the point where pop pap no longer hurts. In the meantime, a different landscape emerges, austere and foreboding.

Edited by Heitor Alvelos in Suçães, August 2014: the recording has been left unaltered save for a pitch shift of -77%.
Mastered by Anselmo Canha in Porto, September 2014.
Assisted at various times by José Maria Lopes, Teresa Serôdio, José Canha, Antifluffy.

Continue reading: Touch Radio 109 | Before Surgery

Touch Radio 108 | BJNilsen

31.12.14 - BJNilsen - NYE Berlin​-​Schöneberg 31​.​12​.​2014 - 38:26 - 320 kbps

Continue reading: Touch Radio 108 | BJNilsen

Touch Radio 107 | Audialsense

1.12.14 - Audialsense - Industrial Revolutions - 19:02 - 320 kbps

In May 2014, we were lucky enough to have direct access to the great machines of the industrial revolution on display in London’s Science Museum; the Mill Engine, by the Burnley Ironworks company, 1903, the Difference Engine No2, by Charles Babbage 1849.

Sound has been integral in the relationship of the machines and their operators; used as a primary diagnostic tool, the ‘sound’ of various operating components reveal the machines state of well being. Operators listened to the ‘song’ of their engines, gaining insight in to particular problems, and clues to required maintenance.

Using accelerometers fixed to the steelwork of the engines, we could extract this world of sound; escaping steam, muscular pistons, popping and crackling valves … rhythmic and stuttering, sensitive and forthright… the ‘man made’ qualities of the engineering being exposed in the recordings.

Track 01. Mill Engine: A series of recordings of various parts of the engine.
Track 02. Difference Engine: A complete recording of a calculation cycle, this one being the polynomial equation;
Y= 41+ 4X + 7X2 + X3 + 5X4 + 9X5 + 2X6 + 8X7

All recordings are exclusive.

Audialsense would like to thank Aleksander Kolkowski and the conservators of the Science Museum.

Photography: Asako Bavister

Continue reading: Touch Radio 107 | Audialsense

Touch Radio 106 | Yann Novak

1.11.14 - Yann Novak - Repose - 42:24 - 320 kbps

Repose was a site specific performance in Cocky Eek’s inflatable performance space, Sphæræ, commissioned by the 2014 AxS Festival in Pasadena, California.

The performance highlighted this unique space through a gesture-less performance of sound and light. The piece is comprised of a purely synthesized sound devoid of traditional compositional elements and was accompanied by 180º projections of pure color.

Repose is presented here in a longer form to take advantage of the digital format.

Photo: Terry LeMoncheck

Continue reading: Touch Radio 106 | Yann Novak

Touch Radio 105 | Jiyeon Kim

1.10.14 - Jiyeon Kim - Grandmothers' Lounge - From the Other Side of Voices - Lounge Mix - 15:08 - 320 kbps

3 mixes, 3 directional speakers, sound installation 2014, Jiyeon Kim @ SeMa Biennale MediaCity Seoul

'Grandmothers' Lounge - From the Other Side of Voices' is a joint work of radio producer Sang-il Choi (KR) and sound artist Jiyeon Kim (KR), commissioned by SeMa Biennale MediaCity Seoul 2014. Largely based on Sang-il Choi's anthropological audio recordings of folksongs and stories of grandmothers from South Korea, Jiyeon Kim made this sound installation adopting 3 directional speakers. This mix is especially prepared for TouchRadio.

birds without mouths 00:00~06:17

Grandmothers who had lived in mountain villages used to play with imitating bird's call. Songs about birds and imitative sounds of birds call were passed on orally. For the people who lived in mountainous areas, birds were believed to be the reincarnation of the dead, who had oppression and resentment during their lives. Most of the words and lyrics concern listening to one's sorrows and comforting one's soul. You can hear calls of the lark, owl, cuckoo, wood pigeon, pheasant, nightingale, etc mimicked by grandmothers from different mountain villages with rustling leaves and folksong on birds.

prayers 06:19~10:58

A mix of grandmothers' confessions during the act of praying with songs used in exorcism rituals. Sounds of metal resonance, water flow and feedback were added to accentuate an aspect of their lives - a shaman in their own families.

unfinished chorus 10:59~15:07

This mix starts with one of the old ladies saying, "…I can't even sing." As song is assumed as a centralised and capitalised epic, marginal unsong elements are often neglected and erased. With chopped sounds and refrains from mainly labour folksongs, I focused on 'unsung elements' (breaths, humming, laughter, shouts, etc.) to be extended into another kind of song. Grandmothers' chorus would not be finished until they stop breathing.

Sang-il Choi's online archive of Korean traditional folksongs and in English

Exhibition link

Continue reading: Touch Radio 105 | Jiyeon Kim

Touch Radio 104 | Rodolphe Alexis

1.09.14 - Rodolphe Alexis - Dusk, night, day, dawn - 28:03 - 320 kbps

In Spring 2009, I find myself by chance just a few hours by boat from Japan’s last frontier, the island of Iriomote, but I had no way to get there. Not enough time. Total frustration. The southern most island of Japan is 90% covered with rainforest and mangrove and home to many local species including not only insects, frogs and birds, but also Ryukyu flying foxes and the famous cat-leopard called Yamaneko, which was only discovered in 1965.

I make a promise to myself to return, even for short time, but with my recording equipment.

Finally this year it was possible. I went back this Summer with the help of the Tropical Biosphere Research Center University of the Ryukyus and the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris, I spent a week on the island recording with a four channel microphone setup. Sadly I didn’t have the chance to see the neko this time…

Unmastered field recording featuring amongst others: Elegant scops owl, Ryukyu flying fox, Yaeyama harpist frog, Ryukyu ruddy kingfisher, cicadas, Ryukyu green pigeon, Ryukyu crow, white breasted waterhen…

Continue reading: Touch Radio 104 | Rodolphe Alexis

Previous episodes

» Touch Radio 111 | Mark Van Hoen

» Touch Radio 110 | Pinkcourtesyphone

» Touch Radio 109 | Before Surgery

» Touch Radio 108 | BJNilsen

» Touch Radio 107 | Audialsense

» Touch Radio 106 | Yann Novak

» Touch Radio 105 | Jiyeon Kim

» Touch Radio 104 | Rodolphe Alexis

» Touch Radio 103 | ame

» 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


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.


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.


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 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

Technical information

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All content is published by Touch Music [MCPS] or is in the public domain. Touch Radio © 2005-10 Touch.

Technical support by fetznetz. With thanks to Barry Nicholls and Fredrick Olofsson.