Touch Newsletter #179


Welcome to the Touch Newsletter #179. Announcing two new releases available to preorder, both shipping on 18 May 2018.

A limited edition split LP from Marta De Pascalis and Howlround is now available to preorder in the TouchShop. Both sides were recorded live at London venue Iklectik during the fall of 2017 at “A Can of Worms”, an event to celebrate The Tapeworm's 100th release. What’s perhaps most remarkable about this LP is that it captures a pair of artists in a snapshot, in parallel. Both artists taken by a moment, into the harsh glare of the unknown. The fact that each has created their noisiest and most abrasive work yet will surely be seen as a happy coincidence. A WAV download is offered when purchasing the vinyl from the TouchShop.

Now available to pre-order from the Spire Bandcamp page is “Semper Liber” by The Eternal Chord. “Semper Liber” consists of a series of duets featuring Marcus Davidson, Hildur Gudnadottir, Mike Harding, Charles Matthews, Clare M Singer, Maia Urstad and Anna von Hausswolff and are drawn from recordings made at Spire events since 2009. Mixed by its curator, Mike Harding, at the Völlhaus, and mastered by Mark Van Hoen, this powerful 4 track collection - to be played as one piece - explores the sonics of the mighty organ in all its thundering glory. Available as a limited CD and digital download.

On 28 and 29 April 2018, Stefan Goldmann curates the f(t) Festival at Berlin’s Radialsystem V. Performers include Goldmann himself alongside other Tapeworm artists Elektro Guzzi, SØS Gunver Ryberg and Philip Marshall. For more info and tickets visit www.ftfestival.org




WHO#12 | Marta De Pascalis “Her Core” / Howlround “Hard Core”

Vinyl Split LP + WAV download, 2 tracks, 37:15
We are now taking advanced orders for this release

Recorded live at ‘A Can of Worms’, Iklectik, 29.ix.17 by Ilia Rogatchevski. Cut by Jason Goz at Transition Mastering Studios, London, 30.x.17. Artwork by Stefan Fähler.



Track listing:
A: Marta De Pascalis “Her Core”
AA: Howlround “Hard Core”

The shadowy forces behind The Tapeworm are delighted to announce the latest release to come flying out of The Wormhole. On a limited edition split LP two of Europe's foremost exponents of the tape loop go head-to-head, recorded within the hallowed environs of a former Buddhist Monastery – with dramatically un-Zen results.

On one side, Italian composer Marta De Pascalis mixes loops and analogue synthesis to create densely layered collages of glowing melodic shards and growling bass distortion, her hypnotic minimal synth figures warping and whirling around each other before dissolving into entropic oblivion. 'Her Core' is a rusty, sand-blasted slab of heaviness that provides the perfect continuation from her two solo albums – a hall of mirrors collapsing in on itself, over and over.

Meanwhile, Howlround is in full contraction mode on 'Hard Core', heading directly into the murky innards of a quartet of vintage reel to reel machines and using live tape delay to create syncopated rhythmic pulses, crackles and squelches that founder member Robin The Fog describes as 'accidental gabber'. Originally rising to notoriety through sonic portraits of entire buildings, here Howlround dramatically scale down the subject matter to concentrate on mapping out the endless psychedelic dimensions of a circuit board, discovering a whole new world of creative potential in the process.

Both sets were recorded live at London venue Iklectik during the fall of 2017 at "A Can of Worms", an event to celebrate The Tapeworm's 100th release. What's perhaps most remarkable about this LP is that it captures a pair of artists in a snapshot, in parallel. Here, Howlround shakes off the back catalogue, stepping out of the comforting confines of the studio. De Pascalis plays harder than ever before. Both artists taken by a moment, into the harsh glare of the unknown. The fact that each has created their noisiest and most abrasive work yet will surely be seen as a happy coincidence. A can of worms, indeed…


Buy Marta De Pascalis “Her Core” / Howlround “Hard Core” split LP in the TouchShop
www.martadepascalis.com
www.howlround.co.uk
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk




SPIRE7 | The Eternal Chord “Semper Liber”

CD - 78:40 - 4 tracks
We are now taking advanced orders for this release



Track listing:
1. Aeternus - you can hear an extract here
2. Perpetuum
3. Immortalis
4. Semper Liber

“Semper Liber” consists of a series of duets featuring Marcus Davidson, Hildur Gudnadottir, Mike Harding, Charles Matthews, Clare M Singer, Maia Urstad and Anna von Hausswolff and are drawn from recordings made at Spire events since 2009. Mixed by its curator, Mike Harding, at the Völlhaus, and mastered by Mark Van Hoen, this powerful 4 track collection - to be played as one piece - explores the sonics of the mighty organ in all its thundering glory.

WARNING! EXTREMELY LOW FREQUENCIES (BASS) MAY CAUSE DISTORTION ON HEADPHONES/COMPUTER SPEAKERS!

Performed on the 1893 Schlag & Söhne organ at Johanneskirken, Bergen; the 1967 Karl Ludwig Schuke organ at Passionskirche, Berlin; the Peter Bares organ, inaugurated in 2004, at Kunststation St Peter, Cologne; the 1885 'Father' Henry Willis organ at Lincoln Cathedral; the 1877 'Father' Henry Willis organ at Union Chapel, London; the Rieger organ at St. Stephan's Church, Mautern & the 1897 Johnson & Son organ at St. Saviour's Anglican Church, Riga between 2009 and 2016.

The 4 colour plates by the art historian and author Sydney Russell show cave art from 4 to 6 thousand years ago. Taken in Brazil on one of several expeditions she made around the world, these highly emotional works reveal the sophistication and ageless quality of the imagination of the peoples who were expressing themselves at this time; they have been slow to reveal their beauty to us, having survived all weathers; their acoustic soundtrack unfolds slowly, submersive and involving.

Sydney Russell writes: “These photographs were taken in 1976 in Brazil. We eventually obtained minimum radio carbon datings for levels covering the paintings from approximately 3750-2500 BCE. They originate from the rock shelter sites of Sucupira, (Lagoa Santa) and Lapa do Cipo (Santana do Riacho), near Minas Gerais and Quadrillas (Montalvania), Bahia. Please refer to the website for more information.”

Mixed at the Völlhaus
Mastered by Mark Van Hoen
Photography by Sydney Russell
Artwork by Philip Marshall


Buy The Eternal Chord “Semper Liber” on Bandcamp
www.spire.org.uk




Tone 60 | “Live at Human Resources”

Recorded live on February 23rd at Human Resources, Los Angeles, USA
Curated by Mike Harding and Yann Novak



To launch the release of Yann Novak’s second album for Touch, a live event was held at Human Resources on 23rd February in Los Angeles. The evening also included a tribute to Jóhann Jóhannsson by the ensemble. In performance: Jasmin Blasco, Robert Crouch, Garek Druss, Jake Muir, Yann Novak, Zachary Paul, Geneva Skeen, and Byron Westbrook.


Download “Live at Human Resources” from Touch’s Bandcamp page



TTW#104 | Hanno Leichtmann “SY-4”

Cassette only – limited edition of 100 copies. Shipping 9th March.


Tracklist:
A: SY-4 Berlin Mix
B: SY-4 Budapest Mix



Hanno Leichtmann writes: “SY-4 was a four-channel sound installation I presented at the SYN/CUSSION festival in May 2017. It is a homage to my most beloved of electronic instruments: the SY-1 Syncussion Drum Synth by Pearl.

The installation, an 18 min loop, was made exclusively with recordings of the SY-1, with only a touch of reverb added here and there. SY-4 Berlin Mix is more-or-less one loop of the installation, in a stereo mix.SY-4 Budapest Mix was recorded at 4D Sound, Budapest, during a residency in August 2017. For this mix I mostly worked with unused prerecorded sounds and samples of the SY-1, run through a ER-301 Sound Computer.” – Hanno Leichtmann, Berlin, 15.ii.2018


Buy Hanno Leichtmann “SY-4” in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk




TTW#105 | The Dead Mauriacs “Divertissements et malaises: airs à danser”

Cassette only – limited edition of 75 copies. Shipping 9th March.


Tracklist:
A1: Italiens en canon
A2: Radio chiffrée, vague protocole
A3: Intermède grand band
A4: L’importance des chemises en rayonne
A5: Danses sacrées des ambassades
A6: Courte tension
B1: Aloha Titanic
B2: Clair de lune interrompu
B3: No da dada
B4: Révélation des hiboux



The Dead Mauriacs: field recordings, real and fake piano, files, computer, music.

The Dead Mauriacs’ music is a journey into post-industrial landscapes, non-sensical hörspiel, concrete exotica, Ballardian dystopia: a joyful nightmare. It is Olivier Prieur’s art and music project – primarily a solo act, but occasionally a collective with the addition of nice and lovely people such as Susan Matthews, Vincent Domeyne, Thorsten Soltau, Jan Warnke and Michael Esposito – with recent and forthcoming releases on Discrepant, NPH and Geräuschmanufaktur.


Buy The Dead Mauriacs “Divertissements et malaises: airs à danser” in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk




Guerrilla Audio

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

guer·ril·la
ɡəˈrilə/
noun
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. We are well into the 3rd year and have just posted episode 65…


Guerrilla Audio
www.simonfisherturner.com




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