Welcome to the Touch Newsletter #148. From April 30th until May 10th, Touch presents Touch Conference: a series of events featuring Philip Jeck, Mark Van Hoen, Simon Scott, Daniel Menche, Bethan Parkes and Touch on the west coast of America. Full details below and on the Touch Conference microsite.
“An Ambivalence Toward Trends: 34 Years Of Touch” – Jon Wozencroft’s album art is on display at Aeterna Gallery in Los Angeles. Prints of the artworks are available to purchase from the gallery.
drøne is Mark Van Hoen and Mike Harding. Their debut LP “Reversing Into The Future” was released as part of Record Store Day by Anna von Hausswolff’s Pomperipossa Records. A limited quantity of the vinyl is now available to purchase in the TouchShop.
Touch Conference | USA 30th April - 10th May 2016
A series of conferences featuring Touch artists on the west coast of America presenting and demonstrating their work to a discerning audience:
Touch (est. 1982) is one of the last surviving labels from the turbulent new wave period in London, which uniquely fused art, design and music. Hear artists from the label roster present and demonstrate their work to a discerning audience.
Philip Jeck uses turntables and sampler to create a unique sonic improvisation, both emotionally captivating and technically involving.
Mark Van Hoen, with modular synth and software pushed the analogue/digital envelope to create damaged melodies, drones and dense claustrophobia.
Simon Scott explores the creative process of actively listening, the implications of recording the natural world using technology and the manipulation of natural sounds used for musical composition.
Daniel Menche - In a genre known for its randomness and chaotic structure, Daniel Menche has established himself as a musician with an uncharacteristic sense of focus and determination. Rather than creating "noise," he strives for order and cohesiveness. Aural intensity is not a representation of confusion or the chaotic, but a concerted effort to provoke and stimulate the listener’s imagination by generating intensely powerful sounds and music.
Bethan Parkes - Her work spans across field recording, sound design, ambisonic composition and multichannel sound installation practices, drawing a focus on sonic spatial experience. Her works are designed to open out spaces with sound, exploring spatial aesthetics and the interactions between sonic and visually articulated spaces.
April 29th, Aeterna Gallery, Los Angeles
Jon Wozencroft (photography exhibition, part of Touch Retrospective April 9th on...)
Jon Wozencroft will not be present
Further details on Facebook and in Artillery Magazine
April 30th, Volume, Los Angeles
Mark Van Hoen
May 1st, Aquarius, San Francisco
Mark Van Hoen
May 2nd, The Gray Area, San Francisco
Mark Van Hoen
May 3rd, private location (invitation only), San Francisco
Mark Van Hoen
May 4th, Holocene, Portland
Mark Van Hoen
May 7th, Chapel Space, Seattle
Mark Van Hoen
May 10th Dublab, Los Angeles (Radio)
Jon Wozencroft | Aeterna Gallery, Los Angeles April 2016
Exhibition with limited edition prints of Jon Wozencroft's album art. Show opens 9th April 6-10pm until 21st May (click on the image above to see a brief video)
949 Chung King Road
Los Angeles CA 90012
Tel: 213 457 3404
If you wish to purchase any of the prints, please contact the gallery directly - aeternalosangeles.com @AeternaGallery
Cover photos include:
Oren Ambarchi - Insulation | Fennesz - Black Sea | Hildur Gudnadottir - Without Sinking [see above] | Philip Jeck - Stoke | New Order - Video 5-8-6 | BJNilsen - Invisible City | Scala - Beauty Nowhere | Spire Live - Fundamentalis | Mika Vainio - Behind the Radiators | Various Artists - Touch 25 | Various Artists - Touch Sampler 3 | Chris Watson - Stepping into the Dark | Jon Wozencroft - Touch & Fuse
PRLP2 | drøne "Reversing Into The Future"
Limited edition vinyl (500x)
High quality download – 29th April 2016 (TouchShop / Bandcamp)
Cover image: Maria von Hausswolff
Cut by Jason @ Transition
Side A: This Strange life l [19:53]
Side B: This Strange life ll [19:57]
You can listen to an extract here
and you can read a feature in The Hum here…
Tristan Bath in The Wire wrote: “The buzz of cooling systems working overtime seems to infect the rustlings of Van Hoen’s modular synth, woozy shortwave radio and field recordings. The duo seek out peace, and very nearly find it amid several diversions into melodic territory. The palpable heat never lets up though, making for an unsettling session that always simmers”
tinymixtapes: “...borne out of A/C-less conditions in Los Angeles... Van Hoen (a.k.a. Locust) and Harding reportedly had a limited window in the morning before their equipment started overheating, and they used that time to harness field recordings, short wave radio, and modular synth into a decidedly electronic journey. Anna von Hausswolff of the sponsoring Pomperipossa label calls the album a “jewel.””
Felt Hat: "Drone minimalism has taken its toll in many ways on ambient, noise and improv as well as the so-called synth music that is derived from the ambience of krautrockian voyages of Tangerine Dream or Ash Ra Tempel likes. So how about two dudes from LA doing it their own way. Well, atmospheric as it is sounds really cool and definitely not overproduced overdone, minimalistic and yet very rich. I guess it is the matter of Mark and Mike's elaborate approach towards composition and attention they give to each other. And at the same time it is not at all cliché, it takes you all the way into subterranean underworld that this kind of music should do if it is really good, and it does, hell it does!"
Pomperipossa Records, curated by Anna von Hausswolff, is delighted to announce the forthcoming release of the first album by drøne. Field recordings, short wave radio, modular synth all combine to form an enticing, arresting, moving journey of electrically-charged dissonance, drones and electronic melodies… Anna calls it “a jewel”.
"A very hot day in the hills above Los Angeles… only possible to work in the mornings because of the sweltering afternoon heat, so all a bit frantic, but with a kink in time. There is no wifi-controlled air conditioning; the car is electric-powered and charging up. It has barely rained for months, (if not years) and the hoses are working overtime. Its an analogue session; Mark’s modular synth set up is working furiously and overheating. We are pushing sounds through and seeing what works… and things gradually take shape. The forms seem to determine themselves; how much control do we have? How much do we want? Some peculiar things start to happen and the haze bends. Some of the sounds seem alive and are quick to reform as we struggle to contain them, like trying to stuff snakes into a bag. The sounds moan and sing, forming their own phonemes.”
Buy drøne “Reversing Into The Future” [LP + download] in the TouchShop
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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