Welcome to the Touch Newsletter #190. Jana Winderen’s new recording for Touch, “Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone”, is now available to pre-order. The marginal ice zone is the dynamic border between the open sea and the sea ice, which is ecologically extremely vulnerable. The phytoplankton present in the sea produces half of the oxygen on the planet. During spring, this zone is the most important CO2 sink in our biosphere. In “Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone” the sounds of the living creatures become a voice in the current political debate concerning the official definition of the location of the ice edge.
Touch Radio 143 by Ken Hollings is now broadcasting – a recording made at the Block Gallery in New Cross, London, on May 27th 2018 to mark the closing of the “Maquettes” exhibition, by invitation of artist Richard Bevan.
Tone 65 | Jana Winderen “Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone”
CD + booklet – 3 tracks – 77:49
Artwork & photography by Jon Wozencroft
Booklet photography by Philipp Assmy
Mastered by Denis Blackham, Skye
1. Interview with Carlos Duarte 5:48
2. Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone – Headphones mix 37:00
3. Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone – Speakers mix 35:00
You can listen to an excerpt here
The marginal ice zone is the dynamic border between the open sea and the sea ice, which is ecologically extremely vulnerable. The phytoplankton present in the sea produces half of the oxygen on the planet. During spring, this zone is the most important CO2 sink in our biosphere. In “Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone” the sounds of the living creatures become a voice in the current political debate concerning the official definition of the location of the ice edge.
In view of the recent UN Climate Change report, this release is most timely…
The listener experiences the bloom of plankton, the shifting and crackling sea ice in the Barents Sea around Spitsbergen, towards the North Pole, and the underwater sounds made by bearded seals, migrating species such as humpbacks and orcas, and the sound made by hunting saithe, crustaceans and spawning cod, all depending on the spring bloom.
“Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone” is a Sonic Acts and Dark Ecology commission first shown as a 7 channel installation at the Sonic Acts festival (Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, 2017). It was supported by Art & Technology – Arts Council Norway, Fond for lyd og bilde, Tono stipendet, ARCEx research cruise on R/V Helmer Hanssen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Thanks to Paul Wassmann, Ingrid Wiedmann, Britt Kramvig, Berit Kristoffersen, Hilde Methi, Annette Wolfsberger, North Sailing, Arctic Encounters, Mamont Foundation & TBA21 Academy.
CARLOS M. DUARTE is Professor of Marine Science, Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology, Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division, and is a world-wide leader in multiple branches of biological oceanography and marine ecology.
PHILIPP ASSMY is a researcher at The Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway. Current activities include species-specific studies of planktonic and sympagic communities and primary productivity in the Arctic Ocean north of Svalbard. He is also studying the impact of changing sea ice conditions and associated effects (e.g. changes in light climate and surface stratification) on phytoplankton and ice algal communities.
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Touch Radio 143 | Ken Hollings
13.10.18 – Ken Hollings – “Ekphrasis”
This recording was made at the Block Gallery in New Cross on May 27th 2018 to mark the closing of the “Maquettes” exhibition. The full text of the reading is available in issue 3 of Satori magazine. Richard Bevan supplied the recording. The photograph is by Rachel Hollings.
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TTW#109 | Kostis Kilymis “Second Saturation”
Cassette only – limited edition of 100 copies. Illustration by Arne Borgan.
A1: Control Baggage
A2: From This Here Edge
A3: In Slow Metallic Grace
A4: Voices Go Back
B1: Voices Return
B2: Haringey Versions
B3: Which Area Describes You Best?
Recorded live in Stockholm and at home in Haringey, 2016. Mixed at Stegi Orila, Mets. Mastered by Panos Alexiadis.
“Following up on Arctic Saturation, this is a “live” record of sorts, its mood and good chunk of material captured live at a gig in Stockholm brilliantly organised by Masskultur Stockholm – they brought in a quad PA, and after the gig I traded one of my 7”s for a drink. The rest is me in a little lonely room overlooking the garden in Haringey trying to do dub ambient field recordings on the B-side. It’s all quite languid but slippery, vague tonal ebbs weave through the field recordings. Never really settles on anything obvious, rather pulls you into its own hole of spiralling echoes – did I already mention the word moody? It features some of my most cherished sound captures, the seagulls of Gothenburg and a young soprano practicing next door, not to mention a gratuitous amount of audible delay effects. And anyway, just when you think it might stay in the zone forever, it all gets dry and matter-of-fact and checks out… I took the files and mixed them at the house of ORILA during the hottest week I’ve ever come across in in Athens, stuck indoors and treating the music as my lifeline. Properly sat on the results, almost forgetting about them in one of those aimless periods that you begin by thinking you'll have it all sorted by November, but two years down the line you’re in a different town in another tiny room not sure where the plot is anymore, yet all of a sudden you realise there’s nothing actually to achieve or realise, just you should let things go and move on. Panos Alexiadis was then kind enough to master it. Hope you enjoy this.” – Kostis Kilymis, Bristol, 4.x.2018.
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TTW#110 | Jon Wesseltoft / Balázs Pándi “Infinite Vice”
Cassette only – limited edition of 100 copies. Carrot-beaked monsterthing with its evil undoings streaming off it in vapour lines illustration by Simon Wesseltoft-Rao
A: Infinite Vice I
B: Infinite Vice II
Jon Wesseltoft: computer and electronics.
Balázs Pándi: drums.
Recorded live at Nonfigurativ musikk, Tønsberg,
Norway, 2017 by Håkon Lie.
All music performed live and improvised.
Jon Wesseltoft is an Norwegian musician and composer working both with acoustic sources and electronics in the fields of improvised music, sound-art, metal, noise and long-form music. He has a keen interest in the physical and phenomenological appearance of sound and of musical systems.
Balázs Pándi is an idiosyncratic Hungarian drummer with a broad range of styles. Pándi has previously collaborated with Merzbow, Wadada Leo Smith, Keiji Haino, Mats Gustafsson, K.K Null and Trevor Dunn.
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TTW#111 | Zeno van den Broek “Entrop”
Cassette only – limited edition of 100 copies.
Formed in Copenhagen, February 2018, using a modified Ciat-Lonbarde Esoterica Spike Ring.
"Typically in my work I deal with fixed concepts and defined parameters. With “Entrop” the concept was to not deal with such notions and instead to embrace chaos. I built a noisy little synth – a Ciat-Lonbarde Esoterica Spike Ring – which I modified with further feedback loops to intensify its unpredictable nature. The drum track is not programmed – instead the drum computer follows the pulses of the synth. The recordings on this tape are edited and layered from several sessions. I find it to be one of my most musical works – less rational, almost purely instinctive.” - Zeno van den Broek, Berlin, 22.vi.2018
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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. We are well into the 3rd year and have just posted episode 78…
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