Touch Newsletter - The Tapeworm 5th Anniversary Newsletter special

Welcome to the latest Touch Newsletter, a special celebrating The Tapeworm’s fifth birthday…

The Tapeworm is celebrating five glorious years in five glorious ways. Information on the first three ways - a concert at Café Oto in London, a T-shirt by Savage Pencil, and two new tapes by Spire and CM von Hausswolff - below…

Coming in September, two further ways to celebrate The Tapeworm’s fifth - a DAT by BJNilsen, and new Bookworm books by Stefan Goldmann and Stefan Fähler. More news on them soon…

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“The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives” – live at Café Oto, 16.9.2014

Celebrating five glorious years of The Tapeworm… starring a clew of worms: CM von Hausswolff, Dale Cornish and Phil Julian, Andrew Poppy, Osman Arabi, Autodigest and Zerocrop.

at Dalston’s finest… Café OTO
18-22 Ashwin Street
London E8 3DL

16.09.14 at 20h00
£5.00 in advance, £7.00 on the door

On the 16th of September, we warmly welcome you to Dalston’s finest, Café Oto, for our fifth birthday concert, ‘The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives’. CM von Hausswolff, Osman Arabi and Autodigest are flying in from far-flung places, especially for you. Andrew Poppy will finger the ivories; our interim minstrel Zerocrop will sing for you a lullaby or two; straight outta Croydon, Messrs Cornish and Julian will début a duet set. Surprise guests? Possibly, yes!

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TTW#70 | "Spire - Live in Bergen"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies
Illustration - Art I Cho

Track listing:
A1: Charles Matthews plays JS Bach "Komm, Heiliger Geist"
A2: Charles Matthews plays Giacinto Scelsi "In Nomine Lucis"
A3. BJNilsen and John Beaumont "Black Death"
B1: The Eternal Chord "The Eternal Chord (Live)"
B2: Marcus Davidson "Ananta"
B3: The Spire Ensemble "Live In Bergen"
B4: Charles Matthews plays Arvo Pärt "Pari Intervallo"

Recorded on 1st November 2013 as part of Bergen Kirkeautunnale, Norway.

Featuring BJNilsen & John Beaumont’s ‘Black Death’, a new project using voice (tenor) and electronics; Charles Matthews’s repertoire includes performances of organ pieces by Arvo Pärt, Giacinto Scelsi and Johann Sebastian Bach; Marcus Davidson’s ‘Ananta’ is released for the first time, and Spire regulars The Eternal Chord and The Spire Ensemble also perform.

Spire is an organ-based live project curated by Touch’s Mike Harding and organist Charles Matthews, and is celebrating ten years of activity. You can read more about the project here. -

‘The tall peaceful trees would be like the pipes of a great organ…’ (Claude Debussy)

‘It is impossible not to be drawn upward, whether towards the spire of the church or cathedral or to the huge and daunting forest of pipes themselves. The organ dwarfs all comers, and unlike other instruments, it is this non-musical element which makes the organ stand apart.’ (Mike Harding)

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TTW#71 | CM von Hausswolff "Dark 80ies"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies
Illustration – Filip Cleynen

Side A
00.00 - 01.08 Phauss “We're Not Able To Realize Your Order”
01.08 - 04.08 Phauss “Saharan Royal Blue”
04.08 - 05.03 Phauss “We're Not Able To Realize Your Order” (cont…)
05.03 - 09.28 Blue For Two: “The Drums” (Remixed)
09.28 - 10.15 Phauss “We're Not Able To Realize Your Order” (cont…)
10.15 - 22.51 Phauss “Hafez Phauss”
22.51 - 24.10 Phauss “We're Not Able To Realize Your Order” (cont…)
24.10 - 26.25 “ZacRadiuMatic Test”

Side B
00.00 - 02.53 Phauss “Moving Towards The Sun”
02.54 - 04.23 “Midsummers Day 1984 - March 1985 / Unwoman”
04.23 - 08.22 CM von Hausswolff and Zbigniew Karkowski “Royal Music #3 (Beyond the Veil of Death at the Right-Time Hotel)” for Richard Wagner and the Yanomamo Sniffers.
08.22 - 13.45 Phauss “Poland 10 - 20.4 1989”
13.42 - 21.14 Phauss “Folkwar”
21.14 - 26.07 “ZacRadiuMatic Commercial”

Recorded and assembled by Michael Muennich 2013/2014 at Fragment Factory, Hamburg. Mastered by Phil Julian.

Michael Muennich was born in 1980 in a South West German border town close to France. Relocated to Hamburg in 2004. Founded Fragment Factory in summer of 2009 as a platform to publish the own and friends' musical (or non musical) effusions. Recent and forthcoming releases on Fragment Factory, Banned Production, Firework Edition Records, Noise-Below and Geräuschmanufaktur. Primarily working on the basis of everyday surrounding sounds, focussing on all kinds of objects as tone generators.

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TTS#03 | Savage Pencil "Bunch of Fives" T-shirt

To celebrate The Tapeworm’s fifth anniverary, the one and only Savage Pencil has dreamed up a new white-on-black T-shirt. This is available to pre-order now, in five sizes.

Sizes available: S / M / L / XL / XXL

Printed in white ink on a black mélange Continental T-Shirt.

Front illustration: Center Chest, 20cm wide

Buy Savage Pencil "Bunch of Fives" T-shirt

TO:96 | Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman"

We are now taking advanced orders for this new release - shipping will commence the week beginning 23rd June 2014. If you pre-order the album, you can download the a zipped MP3 (320 kpbs) version when you place your order…

CD - 12 tracks - 39:06
(the 11 track vinyl version will be due in July 2014)

Artwork & photography by Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye

Track listing:
1. Strokur
2. Frá
3. Birting
4. Heyr Himnasmiður
5. Bær
6. Heima
7. Í hring
8. Rennur upp
9. Til baka
10. Líður
11. Torrek
12. Þoka

This album is about resonance: on "Saman", which means "Together", Hildur melts her voice with her cello, connecting the two instruments together…

All tracks composed, performed and recorded by Hildur Guðnadóttir in Berlin, except Heyr Himnasmiður (track 4), composed by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson, lyrics by Kolbeinn Tumason. Cello made by David Wiebe in 1991. [Cello nr 49]

Track 6, bass by Skúli Sverrisson, string fretted cello built by Hans Jóhannsson, resonated through two grand pianos.

Tracks 1, 4 and 6 recorded by Francesco Donadello.

All tracks mixed by Francesco Donadello and Hildur Guðnadóttir at Vox-Ton Studio, Berlin.

Pre-order Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman" [CD + download] in the TouchShop

TO:94 | Jacaszek & Kwartludium "Catalogue des Arbres"

We are now taking advanced orders for this new release - shipping will commence the week beginning 23td June 2014. If you pre-order the album, you can download the a zipped MP3 (320 kpbs) version when you place your order...

CD - 8 tracks - 46:06

"…and the trees, like earth's wistful sighs to the sky." K. Janiszewska

Track listing:
1. Sigh (Les peupliers)
2. Green hour
3. A book of lake (Roselière)
4. Garden (Les sureaux)
5. From a seashell
6. Circling (Le pré)
7. Anthem (La forêt)
8. Kingdom (Les chênes, les bouleaux)

For the past decade or so, Polish musician Michal Jacaszek has been exploring a new, resolutely modern chapter in Eastern Europe’s long, storied love affair with classical music. His creations are painstakingly crafted collages of electronic textures and baroque instrumentation, harpsichords being swarmed by woolly static one minute and pulled apart by billowing wind the next. A push-and-pull tension runs deep and constant throughout. Ambient music is rarely so sonically challenging. Jacaszek has recorded for Ghostly International, Miasmah, Gusstaff Records and Experimedia and other labels. This is his first release for Touch.

Michał Jacaszek writes:
"When poets and writers declare their enchantment for the forms of nature, they often use musical terms as methaphors. Visual artists' creations often resemble graphic partitas, when recapturing the rhythms of landscapes.Confirming, in a way, these musical intuitions, composers write great music deeply inspired by birdsongs, wind rustlings, waves repetitions etc.

Making "Cataloguge des Arbres”, my ambition was to join this broad artistic movement devoted to natural phenomena and find my own way to describe trees: their forms, atmosphere and mystery. I have started with "open air" recordings, capturing mainly leaves'' rustlings - from different distances, in different locations and weather conditions. This collection of nature recordings was transformed into a kind of "organic drone" and becomes a main background for instrumental and voice improvisations. My initial inspiration here was Olivier Messiaen's' bird songs transcriptions for piano – the composer's work title "Catalogue d'Oiseaux" I have paraphrased on my album . A piano, clarinets, violin and percussion parts, performed by the Kwartludium ensemble, were electronically processed, and afterwards all this electro-acoustic material was turned into a collection of 8 soundscapes - forgotten songs performed secretly by my beloved trees."

Composed, recorded and produced by Michał Jacaszek | additional composing and all instrumental parts performed by Kwartludium | Voice parts (tracks 1, 8) performed by 441 Hz chamber choir | Additional clarinet parts (tracks 2, 3) performed by Andrzej Wojciechowski Grand piano recorded by Cezary Joczyn at Gdańsk Academy of Music

Kwartludium are Dagna Sadkowska: violin | Michał Górczyński: clarinet, bass clarinet | Paweł Nowicki: percussion | Piotr Nowicki: grand piano

Pre-order Jacaszek & Kwartludium "Catalogue des Arbres" [CD + download] in the TouchShop

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