Welcome to the 141st Touch Newsletter. Fennesz’s “Mahler Remix” and Ánde Somby’s “Yoiking With The Winged Ones” are released on Friday 29th January and we are now shipping these items…
We are also announcing the latest in the new Touchline series of online audio-visual releases, the 6th in the series is by Iain Chambers, Bascule Chamber Concert, consisting of a video (streaming only) and three audio files for download. More information can be found here and below.
There are also various live events…
27th January 2016: “Audio Viral – Unlimited Edition” – Ken Hollings and Jon Wozencroft discuss cassette culture at a free event at the Royal College of Art, London.
31st January 2016: “Touch presents…” – Mark Van Hoen, Simon Scott and Tony Myatt with Jon Wozencroft, live at Cafe OTO.
5th February 2016: “angels i:8” – a four hour octophonic sound projection with multi-channel audio works from the roster of Touch sound artists at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles.
26th February 2016: “Spire Live” – John Beaumont, Marcus Davidson, Philip Jeck, Charles Matthews, Simon Scott, Claire M Singer and The Eternal Chord at The Unitarian Church, Cambridge, UK.
Touchline 6 | Iain Chambers “Bascule Chamber Concert”
Digital Download - 3 audio tracks – 23'44”
1. Bascule Chambers (2015)
2. Three Poems (2015)
3. Hoketus Prima (2015)
Iain Chambers's music deploys field recordings and found environmental sounds as compositional material, exploring the latent musicality of specific locations. He has worked as a composer, performer and radio producer since the 1990s, co-founding musique concrète collective Langham Research Centre in 2003 with producers at BBC Radio 3, based in London’s Langham Place.
Bascule Chambers was commissioned by Totally Thames, and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by PRS for Music Foundation and the RVW Trust.
For detailed information, visit the Touchline microsite
Tone 52v | Fennesz “Mahler Remix”
2x Vinyl LP + full album download of wav file.
Photography by Jon Wozencroft.
“Mahler Remix” was recorded live at Radiokulturhaus, Vienna by Christoph Amann, in May 2011. This recording is mostly based on samples taken from Gustav Mahler’s symphonies. The performance also includes an early version of “Liminality” from the “Bécs” album, released in 2014 on Editions Mego. “Mahler Remix” was a commissioned work performed together with the visual artist Lillevan.
Buy Fennesz “Mahler Remix” in the TouchShop
Ash 11.2 | Ánde Somby “Yoiking With The Winged Ones”
Vinyl LP + full album download of wav file + bonus track, “Čuoika”.
All downloads are 24 bit recordings by Chris Watson.
Design by Philip Marshall.
Photography by A K Dolven.
A1: Gufihttar (underworld fairie)
A2: Gadni (spirit of the mountain)
A3: Neahkkameahttun (from the other side)
+ bonus track “Čuoika” [“Mosquito"] which comes with the digital download of the full album when you order [via wetransfer or ftp download]
Yoiking is the ancient chanting practise of the Sámi People - the indigenous peoples on the top of Europe. Yoiking originates from time immemorial - legend tells that it was the faires and elves of the arctic lands that gave yoiks to the Sámi People. Yoiking was an important element of the religious rituals in pre-christian times and has survived both christianity, imperialism and the fact that Sámi areas were confiscated by the states of the north; Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia.
The recordings are made by Chris Watson, the world famous sound artist and leading field recorder. The recordings took place in Kvalnes, Lofoten mid June in 2014 in a moment while the arctic winds had a little rest. Chris Watson has also done the post production. A K Dolven took the photos for the project and has been instrumental in developing the concept. Thanks also to Tony Myatt.
Buy Ánde Somby “Yoiking With The Winged Ones” in the TouchShop
27.1.16 | “Audio Viral – Unlimited Edition” – Ken Hollings and Jon Wozencroft in conversation, Royal College of Art, London
Presented by Ken Hollings and Jon Wozencroft, “Audio Viral – Unlimited Edition” is described by its hosts as a celebration of cassette culture, heralding the release of Ken’s cassette for The Tapeworm, “Works For Magnetic Tape”.
Wednesday 27th January 2016, 5.30pm
Royal College of Art (Kensington Site)
Senior Common Room,
3rd Floor Frayling Building
London SW7 2EU
This evening is a co-presentation by The Tapeworm, Strange Attractor and the RCA Visual Communication Programme. This event is open to the public – do come! – although please be advised that the RCA has an entrycard system to navigate your way past…
Event information on www.tapeworm.org.uk
Buy Ken Hollings “Works For Magnetic Tape” in the TouchShop
31.1.16 | “Touch presents…” – live at Cafe OTO
Sunday 31st January 2016, 8pm
18–22 Ashwin Street
London E8 3DL
Featuring LA-based artist Mark Van Hoen, an interview with Tony Myatt by Jon Wozencroft, plus sound ecologist and Slowdive drummer, Simon Scott, following on from new album, “Insomni”.
Buy tickets: www.cafeoto.co.uk
5.2.16 | “angels i:8” – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
5th February 2016, 11:30pm-3am
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Grand Ave, Los Angeles
A 4 hour octophonic sound projection with multi-channel audio works from the roster of Touch sound artists, including Chris Watson, Jana Winderen, Bethan Parkes, Hildur Gudnadottir, The Eternal Chord, Philip Jeck, Simon Scott, BNilsen & drøne
Octophonic Sound Projection: Mark Van Hoen
Executive Production: Mike Harding
More info: www.musiccenter.org
26.2.16 | “Spire Live” – at The Unitarian Church, Cambridge
Friday 26th February 2016, 5-9pm
The Unitarian Church
5 Emmanuel Road
Cambridge CB1 1JW
Claire M Singer
The Eternal Chord
This concert will be recorded and a donation towards entry guarantees you a free copy of the recording which will be made there [wav file].
More info and tickets: www.touchshop.org
Visit www.spire.org.uk for a full programme
Guerrilla Audio is a new series of audio raids by Simon Fisher Turner.
a member of a small independent group taking part in irregular fighting, typically against larger regular forces.
Each audio edit will be posted for 14 days and then removed from the site, although the information about each guerrilla activity will be archived, but without the audio. There will be two postings per month with the first (also featuring Klara Lewis & Rainier Lericolais) on 1st August 2015, so please check in regularly to listen to the latest offering.
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