Touch Newsletter #164

Welcome to Touch Newsletter #164. For this year’s Record Store Day on 22 April 2017, drøne (Mark Van Hoen and Mike Harding) release their sophomore album on Anna von Hausswolff’s Pomperipossa Records. Details of this limited edition vinyl and a special live appearance, below.

The Tapeworm’s next two tapes are now shipping from the TouchShop and via Bandcamp – “Corneal Clouds” by Alexander Rishaug and Lasse Marhaug, and Pinkcourtesyphone’s “Something You Are Or Something You Do”, which is also available in a sub-edition of 50 hot pink copies, on Bandcamp only.

Coming in May… Richard Chartier returns with his “Removed” CD/download on Ash International, plus a Touch debut for Robert Crouch with his limited, CD-only “Sublunar” release. More news on both of these editions on our next newsletter.

PRLP3 | drøne “A Perfect Blind”

Limited edition vinyl (500 copies)
Release date: 22 April 2017, Record Store Day – available only from participating stores

Cover image by Maria von Hausswolff
Cut by Jason @ Transition
Font by Nico

Track list
A: Back to the Station
B: Cutting the Screen

“I love everything about this release. Such a great presentation and exciting project! And most important: the music is sublime.” (Label boss Anna von Hausswolff)

Oleg Belyaev – baroque ‘cello
Charlie Campagna – ‘cello
Paul Haslinger – piano
Philip Jeck – pulse
Bethan Kellough – violin, viola
Marie Takahashi – baroque viola
Anna von Hausswolff – voices

Disruption between then and now/memory and presence, dulcimer, psaltery, ‘cellos, violas and violin embroider radio, static, stray voices and electronics… “A Perfect Blind” is the second album by drøne (Mark Van Hoen and Mike Harding) with an array of guest artists, including label supremo Anna von Hausswolff, dreamer and composer Paul Haslinger, field recordist and sound designer Charlie Campagna and Touch artists Bethan Kellough & Philip Jeck. Strings by Seattle-based Marie Takahashi and Oleg Belyaev are also layered into this complex and perhaps more musical offering. Moving in all directions, “A Perfect Blind” continues where “Reversing Into the Future” (Pomperipossa Records, 2016) left off.

“A Perfect Blind” was conceived and designed in Los Angeles with organ recordings from London (at Union Chapel), short wave radio, treated voices and other archaic sound sources.

A stunning front cover image by Maria von Hausswolff and miss-taken typography by Nico embrace this sense of dislocation; as the mediaeval language which enfolds our collapsing 19th Century institutions fails to find relevance, our sense of entrapment in the old is accompanied by an assault on the senses. The destabilising effect of “post-truth” adds to our sense of unbelonging, of being elsewhere, observers not participants.“A Perfect Blind” is the term used for the best possible observation point where the viewer is unseen by the object of interest. Is this the best place to be? Memories which slowly fade away, also reverse back from the past shoving us into the future…

22 April 2017 | drøne live at Touch Vinyl, Los Angeles

To launch the new album “A Perfect Blind” on Record Store Day, drøne is playing live at Touch Vinyl record store on Sawtelle, Los Angeles. Modular synths, theremin, shortwave radio, cassettes… not to be missed.

Touch Vinyl is a cozy, laid-back record shop specializing in new releases & reissues, plus turntables & live music.

Address: 1646 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA

Hours: 12–9pm
Phone: +1 310-933-5540

TTW#94 | Rishaug Marhaug “Corneal Clouds”

Cassette only – limited edition of 125 copies
Illustration – SavX

Track List
A1: Seeing Eye Dog
A2: Subjective Refraction Error
B1: Gentle But Willing
B2: Dogs for the Blind

Norwegian sound artists Alexander Rishaug and Lasse Marhaug have worked together as a duo for almost 20 years. In this time they have produced one album, 2004’s “Feel Free At Home”.

Now, the pair are ready with their follow-up: “Corneal Clouds”. The music was recorded in 2012, then put through an extensive and meticulous fermentation process of five years until now – at last – it is ready for the public. Rishaug Marhaug promotes positive thinking through their unique brand of electronic music.

Buy Rishaug Marhaug “Corneal Clouds” in the TouchShop
Buy Rishaug Marhaug “Corneal Clouds” on Bandcamp
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TTW#95 | Pinkcourtesyphone “Something You Are Or Something You Do”

Cassette only – limited edition of 100 copies, plus a special Bandcamp edition of 50 hot pink copies

Track List
A: But It Felt/In Other Dreams
B: She Who Controls

Formed from plastics and particulars by Richard Chartier, 2015 – “I am lonely, yet I feel wonderful…”

Pinkcourtesyphone is a continuing project by Los Angeles-based sound artist Richard Chartier. He is considered one of the key figures in the current of reductionist sound art which has been termed both microsound and Neo-Modernist. Chartier’s minimalist digital work explores the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, perception and the act of listening itself.

Pinkcourtesyphone is a more emotional, dare one say musical side of his work. Pinkcourtesyphone is dark but not arch, with a slight hint of humor. Pinkcourtesyphone is amorphous, changing, and slipping in and out of consciousness. Pinkcourtesyphone operates like a syrup-y dream and strives to be both elegant and detached.

Pinkcourtesyphone has collaborated with the likes of Cosey Fanni Tutti, Kid Congo Powers, harpist Gwyneth Wentink, AGF, William Basinski, and Evelina Domnitch. Pinkcourtesyphone’s work has been released internationally on labels including: Editions MEGO (Austria), Room40 (Australia), LINE (US), Important Records (US), Dragon’s Eye Recordings (US), Farmacia901 (IT), Champion Version (UK), Boomkat (UK), and IO Sound (Canada).

Chartier’s sound works/installations have been presented in galleries and museums internationally and he has performed his work live across Europe, Japan, Australia, and North America at digital art/electronic music festivals and exhibits. In 2000 he formed the recording label LINE and has since curated its continuing documentation of compositional and installation work by international sound artists/composers exploring the aesthetics of contemporary and digital minimalism.

Buy Pinkcourtesyphone “Something You Are Or Something You Do” in the TouchShop
“Something You Are Or Something You Do” hot pink edition on Bandcamp
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Guerrilla Audio

Guerrilla Audio is a new series of audio raids by Simon Fisher Turner.

noun: guerilla
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.

Guerrilla Audio

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