Touch Newsletter #171

Welcome to Touch Newsletter #171. A new TouchRadio from Pascal Wyse, “tic-tac-toe”, is now broadcasting. It was originally written for Gilbert Ratcliffe, who in 2017 was a final-year dance student at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Further details below…

Friday 29 September at IKLECTIK in London – Simon Fisher Turner, Howlround, Dale Cornish and Phil Julian, Marta De Pascalis and more celebrate The Tapeworm’s 100th edition with a special concert.

TTW#100 itself is a C120 mixtape featuring 36 exclusive, previously unreleased tracks. Ticketholders for the IKLECTIK show will receive a free copy. Available in the TouchShop for those who can not attend the gig. Also now shipping: TTW#99, “Ausland” by Damo Suzuki featuring Château Laut.

Philip Jeck’s latest release, recorded at IKLECTIK is now shipping.

Finally, The Tapeworm is now on Instagram – @the.tapeworm

29.09.17 | “A Can of Worms” at IKLECTIK Art Lab, London

On 29 September 2017 The Tapeworm celebrates its centennial edition with a concert at IKLECTIK Art Lab. Tickets are on sale now. Illustration – SavX

“One More Night” – in performance: Dale Cornish and Phil Julian, Simon Fisher Turner, Howlround, Marta De Pascalis, Laura Agnusdei, rough music and Parker.

Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane
London SE1 7LG

(corner of Royal Street, next to Archbishop’s Park)

Doors: 20h00. Tickets: £10: includes the “A Can of Worms” C120 mixtape.

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Touch Radio 133 | Pascal Wyse

18.09.17 – Pascal Wyse “tic-tac-toe” - 9:26 – 320 kbps

“tic-tac-toe” was written for Gilbert Ratcliffe, who in 2017 was a final-year dance student at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. For this performance, called “You Watching Me?”, choreographed for a small group of dancers, Gil wrote:

“My research was centred on the physical and mental manifestation of my journey with Tourette’s Syndrome. I explored it through the collaborative process between choreographer and dancers to see if we could create a non-narrative, abstract dance work that was able to elicit an emotional, performative response.”

Gil knew what the broad structure needed to be, and the dancers had ideas about sounds that would resonate well with the subject – but there was lots of freedom between those staging posts. I loved how the dancers only needed occassional markers, between which they related to the sounds but weren’t bound by them. No need for anything as prosaic as counting out beats.

Gil’s research involved talking to lots of people with TS, and reading through it I got keen on the simple idea of the electrical impulses that run through the body as it moves – whether voluntarily or involuntarily. In the end, it’s all a synaptic dance.

I recorded the feet of the dancers as they rehearsed, so that the piece could conjour up unseen dancers around the stage. Elsewhere metal spins against metal, balls bounce to a stop, there is a visit to the sea shore and a recording I made of the old editor of the Guardian being “banged out”, in the tradition of old Fleet Street.

The painting is courtesy of Gil’s mum Melanie – an artist and painter who has often worked with dancers.

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Tone 58 | Philip Jeck “Iklectik”

CD - 1 track - 47:46
Limited edition (500) CD in slipcase

Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft
Recorded and mastered by Jeff Ardron of St. Austral Sound

The 6th in the series of limited edition compact disc live recordings (after Thomas Köner & Jana Winderen, Simon Scott, Bethan Kellough, Yann Novak, Robert Crouch) brings Philip Jeck live at IKLECTIK, London.

Philip Jeck studied visual arts at Dartington College of Arts in the 1970’s and has been creating sound with record-players since the early 80’s. He has worked with many dance and theatre companies and played with muscians/composers such as Jah Wobble, Steve Lacy, Gavin Bryars, Jaki Liebezeit, David Sylvian, Sidsel Endresen and Bernhard Lang.

He has released 11 solo albums, the most recent “Cardinal”, a double vinyl release on Touch. “Suite”, another vinyl-only release, won a Distinction at The Prix Ars Electronica, and a cassette release on The Tapeworm, “Spool”, playing only bass guitar. His CD “Sand” (2008) was 2nd in The Wire’s top 50 of the year. His largest work made with Lol Sargent, “Vinyl Requiem” was for 180 record-players, 9 slide-projectors and 2 16mm movie-projectors. It received a Time Out Performance Award. Vinyl Coda I-III, a commission from Bavarian Radio in 1999 won the Karl Sczuka Foderpreis for Radio Art.

Philip also still works as a visual artist, usually incorporating sound and has shown installations at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, Hayward Gallery, London, The Hamburger Bahnhof Gallery, Berlin, ZKM in Karlsruhe and The Shanghai and Liverpool Bienalles.

Philip Jeck has won the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers 2009. A presentation ceremony took place at The Royal Institute of British Architects, London, on 9th November 2009.

He has toured in an Opera North production playing live to the silent movie Pandora’s Box (composed by Hildur Gudnadottir and Johann Johannson).He has also worked again with Gavin Bryars on a composition “Pneuma” for a ballet choreographed by Carolyn Carlson for The Opera de Bordeaux and has recently made and performed the sound for “The Ballad of Ray & Julie” at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool.

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TTW#99 | Damo Suzuki’s Network featuring Château Laut “Ausland”

Cassette only – limited edition of 150 copies.

Illustration – SavX

Damo Suzuki in performance with Château Laut, recorded at Ausland, Berlin, 30.iv.2010 by Stephan Laackman. Mastered for cassette format by Mark Van Hoen.

Château Laut’s Stefan Fähler writes: “I contacted Damo in 2009. He didn't reply immediately and at one point I just forgot about it… So, it was a huge surprise when he replied, exactly a year to the day later, explaining his email’s calendar was weird and he had only just now received my mail. Quickly, we arranged all details for our concert-to-be.

We first met a couple of months later, at the airport. We picked him up in the morning and were stoned just an hour later in our kitchen. The energy for the whole day was so peaceful and warm. On the way to soundcheck we saw barricades and police vans on the streets in readiness for 1 May – a date famous in Berlin for rioting and protest. We joked about this “predictable riot”, marked in calendars for all to see.

The gig at Ausland proceeded organically. We shared many beautiful moments, both on and off stage. Damo was so much into the atmosphere and the crowd that, after our main set, we went on-stage a second time. Afterwards, we crashed at our place, downing a couple of whiskeys before going to sleep, happy.

We kept in touch. He became something close to a spiritual mentor for me. He gave us contacts around the globe for travels and put me in touch with many nice people. He once said to me, one of the most important things in life is to travel. We were glad he stopped by our place on his journey.” – Stefan Fähler, Berlin, 23.viii.2017

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TTW#100 | “A Can of Worms”

On 29 September 2017 The Tapeworm celebrates its centennial edition with a C120 mixtape in an edition of 150 copies only.

Illustration – SavX

The cassette itself is a C120 mixtape starring 36 of your favourite worms, each serving an exclusive, previously unreleased track for your pleasure.

For those who can, buy a concert ticket and get a free copy of this cassette. For those who can not, get a ticketless tape at

A Can of Worms – 1: Achim Mohné “A Can Of Worms”, 2: Simon Fisher Turner “Crow Sculpture”, 3: Laura Agnusdei “Laurisilva”, 4: Howlround “Untitled (080417 Demo 4)”, 5: Hanno Leichtmann “E.N.L.”, 6: Cristian Vogel “StochWalk Seed 0.13755”, 7: Autodigest “Can Boots Reboot? (A Tentative Jaki Tribute)”, 8: Andrew Poppy “X Track Hex”, 9: Othon “Limitless”, 10: “Esprit Critique”, 11: SGR^CAV “Fight For Light”, 12: Tearsov “Prescription”, 13: Saturn and the Sun “Bad Vibes In Rural Environment”, 14: Château Laut “Moby’s Meat” (Live at Schokoladen, 20.ii.09), 15: Derek Jarman in conversation with Richard Torry “Punks”, 16: Jasmin Blasco “Sunrise on the Black Sea”, 17: Marta de Pascalis “Free Sempre”, 18: Kumo “Me, Myself, I” (Excerpt), 19: “One-Two”, 20: Parker “Lullaby (Demo)”

B Can of Worms – 1: Stefan Goldmann “Intrinsic”, 2: Carl Michael von Hausswolff “Matter III” (Version 0.1), 3: John Butcher “Monk Hum”, 4: Henry Rodrick “Isle Of Dogs”, 5: Leslie Winer “Don’t Be Tempted”, 6: Watkins/Peacock “Two With Three Of Six”, 7: Jay Glass Dubs “Honorary Worm Dub”, 8: Mark Van Hoen “The Voice Of Many Waters”, 9: Philip Marshall “Tyro”, 10: Le Forbici di Manitù “Krohn (1988)”, 11: Christos Chondropoulos “Disco Venduno”, 12: Acid Fountain “Dznce”, 13: Paul H Williams “Flying”, 14: “168”, 15: Offerings For The Cannibal Gods “The Opposing Forces Of Memory And Oblivion”, 16: Leif Elggren “Fee Five Foo Fun”, 17: Nigel Wrench “ZA87” (Excerpt), 18: Phil Julian “Tempo Wreath”, 19: Dale Cornish “One Hundred”

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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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