Welcome to the 117th Touch Newsletter. 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". Bandcamp links below…
Touch Radio 107 is now broadcasting - Industrial Revolutions by Audialsense. “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.”
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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.Touch Newsletter #117
Audialsense would like to thank Aleksander Kolkowski and the conservators of the Science Museum.
Photography: Asako Bavister
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Ash 11.1 | Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJNilsen “I Am Here”
Limited edition vinyl LP + WAV download
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.
You will receive a full digital download WAV version of the tracks plus a bonus track which does not appear on the final album when you place your order - the link to your download is contained in your email receipt.
Buy Jóhann Jóhannssen & BJNilsen “I Am Here” [LP + WAV download] from the TouchShop
TTW#75 | Television Set “Emma Hauck’s Letters”
Cassette only – edition of 150 copies.
Illustration – Beth Arzy
A1: Drawings On A Bus
A2: Demo 40
A3: North Atlantic Defense Coalition
A4: Plans And Maps
B1: Instructions To Shunters
B2: Lampada Annuale
B4: Disused Stations
“TV as eyes. TV eye on you. Television, the drug of the nation. The ultimate seduction, the realm etc. Control, by them…
This Television Set, however, is just a television set. No abyss you gaze into, with the known consequences. It’s a mere nocturnal distraction. Pastime, but no paradise. Refusal, and no participation. A light in your room. It is a translation of observational notes into sound. You have not lost control again.
Roger Semsroth is an artist of many guises, and this is one of his finest. Music written for the loneliest boys in town, who get the girl in the end. Or vice versa. And there are no references either – none! Trip the switch.” – Finn Johannsen, Berlin, 10th November 2014
Buy Television Set “Emma Hauck’s Letters” in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk
TTW#76 | Paul H Williams “Aeroforms”
Cassette only – edition of 150 copies.
A: Aeroforms 2
B: Aeroforms 1
Paul H Williams writes: “Aeroforms 1 and 2 were made around 1984/85 using a BBC Microcomputer with a Music 500 outboard synthesiser and Ample music software. This release has been mastered from that original cassette recording.
I developed a generative music programme that created sound pieces within a set of boundaries. Tones were produced within a range of sound qualities, frequencies, periods and start times. Once the parameters were selected randomisation was used so that the programme “chose” which tones to play, how to play them, when and for how long.
The parameters used made for completely different sonic experiences. Aeroforms 2 is a meditative drone piece. Aeroforms 1 is an ambient backdrop that doesn't even require the listener - like a piece of audio furniture. Side one is for deep listening. Side two is for not-even-listening…
Every time the programme was run a different performance would occur. The recordings feature the first 45 minutes of each piece which are eternal in length…” – Paul H Williams, London, 13th November 2014.
Buy Paul H Williams “Aeroforms” in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk
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