Bandcamp releases

We are pleased to offer many new and exclusive downloads available for the first time on Bandcamp. Included in this download collection are digital versions of physical releases which have sold out, live tracks never before available and other goodies. This set contains exclusive recordings from Spire live events with Marcus Davidson, Fennesz, Hildur Gudnadottir, Philip Jeck, Charles Matthews, BJNilsen, Jana Winderen and the BJNilsen and tenor John Beaumont collaboration, Black Death.

Sold out albums include Oren Ambarchi’s Insulation, Suspension and Grapes from the Estate, and Fennesz’s Field Recordings 1995:2002… and some surprises in there too… others will be added in due course!

There is a nice price introductory offer until 2015…

Oren Ambarchi - orenambarchi.bandcamp.com
Fennesz - fennesz2.bandcamp.com
(Fennesz also has his own page with "Mahler Remixed"
Hildur Gudnadottir - hildurgudnadottir.bandcamp.com
Philip Jeck - philipjeck.bandcamp.com
Life Everlasting, Amen - lifeeverlastingamen.bandcamp.com
BJNilsen - bennynilsen.bandcamp.com
Sohrab - sohrab.bandcamp.com
Spire - theeternalchord.bandcamp.com
Jana Winderen - janawinderen.bandcamp.com

Highlights in this collection include exclusive tracks which have never been made available before:

Fennesz - “Mahler Remixed”
Hildur Gudnadottir live in Berlin (Spire)
Philip Jeck live in London (Spire)
BJNilsen live and compilation tracks
Sohrab - Aamookhtan Baraye Zistan
Burkhard Stangl live in Mautern (Spire)
Jana Winderen live in Berlin (Spire)

In the coming months we will be adding to this archive, so it is recommended that you check back regularly…





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


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www.audialsense.com
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Ash 11.1 | Johann Johannsson & BJNilsen "I Am Here"

We are delighted to announce the forthcoming release of “I Am Here” by Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJNilsen on limited edition vinyl. This release is now in production and we are expecting finished copies before the end of November 2014.

Based on the original score for the film “I Am Here” (due to be released in 2015), written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler, starring Kim Basinger, Jordan Prentice and Sebastian Schipper. All music written and produced by Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen.

This is the first collaboration between Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen… very much a mix between their two worlds (you can hear both their signatures) and with the help of additional musicians, including Hildur Guðnadóttir on cello and the remarkable voices of Elfa Margrét Ingvadóttir and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson, they together create a world of great beauty and mystery.


Buy Jóhann Jóhannssen & BJNilsen “I Am Here” [LP + WAV download] from the TouchShop
www.johannjohannsson.com
www.bjnilsen.com
www.ashinternational.com





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.


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Play "Repose"
www.yannnovak.com
www.touchradio.org.uk





TO:53V | Fennesz "Venice"

Double vinyl & digital download - 14 tracks + pdf booklet

Release date: 20th October 2014

Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft
Cut by Jason at Transition, mastered by Denis Blackham
Featuring David Sylvian and Burkhard Stangl
Special 10th anniversary edition

Track listing:

A
The Future Will Be Different
Rivers of Sand
Chateau Rouge

B
City of Light
Onsra
Circassian (guitar: Burkhard Stangl)
Onsay
The Other Face

C
Transit (vocals: David Sylvian)
The Point of It All

D
Laguna
Asusu
The Stone of Impermanence
Tree

The Future Will Be Different and Tree complete the Venice sessions in one release… "Venice" was recorded on location in the summer of 2003 and subsequently assembled and mixed at Amann Studios, Vienna in January/February 2004.

"Venice", the fourth studio album by Christain Fennesz, finds electronic music at a crossroads between its early status as digital subculture, and the feeling that there has to be something more, an emotional quality that rises above noise and moves towards melody and rapture.

It was voted No. 3 in The Top 50, The Wire, December 2004, was album of the week at BBCi on its release and remains Christian Fennesz’s best-selling record to date. prefix (USA) noted: "Although Fennesz's breakout record Endless Summer was followed by a live release and a collaboration with Jim O'Rourke and Peter Rehberg as Fenn O'Berg, Venice is the true heir to that album's ascendant pop. Venice is not as unabashedly poppy as its predecessor (the lack of Beach Boys references can attest to that), but still mines much the same vein. It was marked by critics at the time as a move away from the relatively robotic music spawned by the IDM craze of the late nineties. Instead, its melodic, emotive tracks foresaw an electronic music that could be purely human.”

Pitchfork Media (USA), in a lengthy review, also noted: "Venice's quality extends beyond its sound. Touch proprietor Jon Wozencroft-- through his breathtaking design and photography - continues to fight the good fight against records-as-pure-data by making the CD a value-added prospect.” and The Declaration Online (Web): "Two blue empty row boats left listless on rippling water. Red orange green riverbed foliage reflected in the water's gauzy oil slick surface. An airport enveloped in dull gray stratus and snow. Upon seeing the photography and packaging accompanying Christian Fennesz's latest recording, Venice, it is clear that the record label Touch remains intent on not simply putting out records but creating audiovisual imprints dedicated to inextricably tying sound and vision."


Buy Fennesz "Venice" [DLP and wav download] in the TouchShop
www.fennesz.com





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


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Play "Grandmothers' Lounge - From the Other Side of Voices - Lounge Mix"
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Golem | Michal Jacaszek 30th September 2014

Trailer

30th September 2014 at The Silent Movie Theatre
611 N. Fairfax, LA, CA 90036
Tickets

The Golem (with live score by Jacaszek, a polish sound artist who works with us at Touch - we released an album by him in June 2014)

about The Golem





Profile in Tokafi | 17th September 2014

"By maintaining challenging relationships with their artists, touch have remained inspiring for more than 30 years...."

Tobias Fischer interviewed Mike Harding & Jon Wozencroft for Dutch magazine, Tokafi

You can read the full article here:

www.tokafi.com





Tone 51D | Thomas Koner & Jana Winderen "Cloitre"

WAV Download - 1 track - 44:37

Mastered by Thomas Köner
Photography by Jon Wozencroft
Text by Denis Boyer

Track listing:
1. Cloître

Recorded live from the cloisters at Evreux Cathedral, Normandy, France by Franck Dubois, 14th June 2014, as part of L'Ateliers


Buy Thomas Koner & Jana Winderen "Cloitre" [WAV Download] in the TouchShop
www.thomaskoner.com
www.janawinderen.com





TO:27D | Chris Watson "Stepping into the Dark"

12 Tracks - 59:43 - Download
PDF Booklet + text file inc. liner notes and images

Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye

The tracks are the atmospheres of "special places", recorded with the use of camouflaged microphones.

"In recent years I have noticed that some of the locations I visited as a sound recordist displayed remarkable and particular characteristics. These may be sparkling acoustics, a special timbre, sometimes rhythmic, percussive or transient animal sounds. Without a doubt, playing a recording made at one of these sites can recreate a detailed memory of the original event. Also, as others have described, there is an intangible sense of being in a special place — somewhere that has a spirit — a place that has an ‘atmosphere’. These recordings avoid background noise, human disturbance and editing. They are made using sensitive microphones camouflaged and fixed in position usually well in advance of any recording or animal behaviour. The mics. are then cabled back on very long leads to a hide or concealed recording point, the aim being to capture the actual sound within each particular location without external influence. Sites are discovered by researching local natural or social history, by interpreting features on a map or through anecdote and conversation with people about their feelings for or against particular places. The author and researcher Tom Lethbridge identified the sources of several spirits within the topography of the area. I suspect that this also includes flora and fauna, local time of day, the weather and the season. The following recordings are the atmospheres of special places." (Chris Watson)

Buy Chris Watson "Stepping into the Dark" [Download] in the TouchShop
www.chriswatson.net





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…

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Play "Dusk, night, day, dawn"
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TO:96V | Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman"

LP - 11 tracks - 39:06

Cut by Jason at Transition
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:

Side A

1. Strokur
2. Frá
3. Birting
4. Heyr Himnasmiður
5. Bær

Side B

6. Heima
7. Í hring
8. Rennur upp
9. Til baka
10. Líður
11. Þoka

"...a spirit both somber and generous" (New York Times)

"Wistful melodies and ominous passages abound, beauty and darkness drawn perfectly in equal measure. This is not just music to be listened to - this is to be taken in and felt." (Bleep)

This album is about resonance: on "Saman", which means "Together", Hildur melts her voice with her cello, connecting the two instruments together. The result is a highly involving and moving album, recorded, mixed and mastered in Berlin. Hildur’s sylph-like vocals contrast beautifully with rich cello tones, resolving the tension between light and dark to produce a unique listening experience.

Renowned bassist Skúli Sverrisson guests on “Heima”.

This is Hildur’s 4th album for Touch, after “Without Sinking”, “Mount A” and "Leyfðu Ljósinu”.

All tracks composed, performed and recorded by Hildur Guðnadóttir in Berlin, except Heyr Himnasmiður (track 4), composed by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson, lyrics by Kolbeinn Tumason.
Track 6, bass by Skúli Sverrisson
Tracks 1, 4 and 6 recorded by Francesco Donadello
All tracks mixed by Francesco Donadello and Hildur Guðnadóttir at Vox-Ton Studio, Berlin.


Buy Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman" [LP] in the TouchShop
www.hildurness.com





Tone 45.7 | Achim Mohne "Accelerated Standstill"

Vinyl LP + Download - 3 tracks - 39:06

Cut by Jason at Transition

Track listing:

Vinyl:
1. L'Inertie Polaire
2. Rasender Stillstand

Download:
3. Accelerated Standstill

This release is dedicated to Paul Virilio

An assembling for locked grooves. Collected and performed since 1997, recorded live in 2013 as part of “Touch presents…” at Café Oto, London; Ausland, Berlin; the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, and the Centre for Arts and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe. This record can be played at all speeds, but the recommended speed is 33 rpm.

Accelerated Standstill is an assembling of locked grooves found on customary vinyl records. The records have been collected and performed live between 1997 and 2013. Locked grooves normally functioning as a ‘barrier’, avoiding the needle coming into contact with the label at the centre of the record. All grooves sound different, depending on how dust has effected and transformed the soft surface of the vinyl.

By using a triple vinyl deck set-up this (analytic auditory observations of) ending grooves are mixed live thus composing a “music that lies hidden in the medium itself". The tiny dust particles inside the vinyl groove convert into a ‘sound sculpture’ - an important syntactical parameter (of the apparatus) is formed by the turntables themselves. The speed of their rotation is not limited to 33 or 45 rpm, but expanded between 1 and 150 rounds per minute thus determining the loops and the rhythm.

Achim Mohné started working with record players, cassette recorders and other sound-media-apparatus in the mid 1990s. He experiments with the space and time intervals of sound-media and is especially interested in the "music that lies hidden in the medium itself". His method is to subject the support material to a forensic autopsy. His most recent project analyses the transfer data of a Wi-Fi router called Fritz Box/Fritz Kiste (cf TouchRadio). His further work features sound tracks for film and theatre performances (with Yoshie Shibahara) as well as collaboration with classical musicians (such as violinist Ayumi Paul).


Buy Achim Mohné "Accelerated Standstill" [LP + Download] in the TouchShop
www.achimmohne.de





Touch App for iPhones and iPads & Android phones [TAP 1]

***New version (1.2) submitted to Apple has been approved...***

Version 1.2 is now available from iTunes

Owing to an issue with some changes in Flickr's API, the photo section of our app has been disrupted and is currently not available.

We are working to resolve this issue and will make an announcement about an update as soon as we can. In the meantime, please bear with us...





TO:96 | Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman"

CD - 12 tracks - 39:06

Mastered By Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

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. The result is a highly involving and moving album, recorded, mixed and mastered in Berlin. Hildur’s sylph-like vocals contrast beautifully with rich cello tones, resolving the tension between light and dark to produce a unique listening experience.

Renowned bassist Skúli Sverrisson guests on “Heima”.

This is Hildur’s 4th album for Touch, after “Without Sinking”, “Mount A” and "Leyfðu Ljósinu”.

All tracks composed, performed and recorded by Hildur Guðnadóttir in Berlin, except Heyr Himnasmiður (track 4), composed by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson, lyrics by Kolbeinn Tumason.
Track 6, bass by Skúli Sverrisson
Tracks 1, 4 and 6 recorded by Francesco Donadello
All tracks mixed by Francesco Donadello and Hildur Guðnadóttir at Vox-Ton Studio, Berlin.


Buy Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman" [CD] in the TouchShop
www.hildurness.com







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