Touch Newsletter #112

Welcome to the 112th Touch Newsletter. A new WAV download is available in the TouchShop. "Cloître" is a collaboration between Thomas Köner and Jana Winderen, recorded at Evreux Cathedral, Normandy this summer.

On 16th September, The Tapeworm celebrates its fifth birthday with a concert at Café Oto in London. Two special items have been created for the event. The first fifty guests on the door will receive Autodigest's apppropriately-named "Free Tape". On sale first at the event is BJNilsen’s "Release the DATs" - a digital audio tape in an edition of 25 copies, each with a unique hand-drawn cover by Savage Pencil. Also by Savage Pencil, and on sale now, is the "Bunch of Fives" T-shirt.

BJNilsen will be performing at Arcola Theatre, Dalston on 14th September, at the London launch of his recent co-edited book "The Acoustic City". Details below…

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Tone 51D | Thomas Koner & Jana Winderen "Cloître"

WAV Download - 1 track - 44:37

Mastered by Thomas Köner
Photography by Jon Wozencroft
Text by Denis Boyer

Track listing:
1. Cloître

Recorded live from the cloisters at Evreux Cathedral, Normandy, France by Franck Dubois, 14th June 2014, as part of L'Ateliers.

Buy Thomas Koner & Jana Winderen "Cloître" [WAV Download] in the TouchShop

Stadtklang: The Acoustic City | Arcola Theatre Bar, London 14.9.14

To celebrate the London launch of The Acoustic City (Jovis, 2014) by Matthew Gandy and BJ Nilsen, UCL Urban Laboratory's Sunday evening get-together and music night returns on September 14th at the Arcola Theatre Bar in Dalston, Hackney.

The night will explore how sound can shape urban life and what soundscapes reveal about the experience of modernity, in conjunction with the London launch of the new book The Acoustic City.

The Acoustic City is an an edited collection of cutting-edge essays on sound and the city accompanied by a specially commissioned CD with contributions from Félix Blume, Ekkehard Ehlers, Yui Onodera, Schneider TM and many other artists. Edited by Professor Matthew Gandy (UCL Geography) and the Swedish sound artist BJ Nilsen, it was completed with the support of the Leverhulme Foundation, the UCL Urban Laboratory, and the UCL Grand Challenges programme.

More information at
Buy "The Acoustic City" [Book + CD] in the TouchShop

“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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Download flyer [.pdf]
Buy Savage Pencil "Bunch of Fives" T-shirt

WHO#06 | BJNilsen "Release the DATs"

DAT + WAV download + hand-drawn numbered original artwork by Savage Pencil.

Limited edition of 25 copies only, first available at “The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives”.

Audio: one second from each DAT in BJNilsen’s tape archive; 15m54s.

Artwork: inlay features a hand-drawn, numbered original cover by SavX – each cover features a unique DAT Bat.

First available at “The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives”
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TTW#73 | Autodigest "Free Tape"

Tape only – edition of 50 copies.
Cover star: Antifluffy.

Distributed freely to early-comers at “The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives”, Café Oto, 16th September 2014.

Autodigest writes…

“An unexpected side effect of digital immersion has been a kind of fetishistic, melancholic return to the tangible, the object, the presence; the pan-geographical expansion of niche interest certainly hasn't hurt either. Most importantly, while prodigally re-entering analogue, we again experience a more humane form of engagement with media. In this case, sound: an ever so slight disintegration of content with every listen, the looming ghost of the torn, irreplaceable medium adding to the urgency of the listening act.

This is one way, among many, of marvelling at the flawless resurrection of magnetic audio via The Tapeworm throughout the last five years. Another one is to acknowledge an expanded field of possibilities. Audio tape is as much a medium as it is a message, it is now clear, its physical qualities ready to be reinvented once freed from the strict duty to provide portable sound. Sound is still there, it's just that bit harder to get to; and the tape is emancipated in the process. Free your tape and your ears will follow!” – Autodigest, Porto, 2 Aug 2014.

To be given away to the first 50 guests at “The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives”
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Touch in Bristol | Encounters Festival, 17.9.14

1pm and 930pm 17th September 2014, Arnolfini, Bristol

1pm Touch presents: The Memory of Water. Jon Wozencroft will introduce a programme of films, including his own film work for Fennesz’s Liquid Music (2001) and Chis Watson’s Vatnajökull (2003).

followed by...

930pm Vinyl Requiem (Replayed) with Philip Jeck

More information can be found here -

Touch in Los Angeles | AxS Festival, 27.9.14

730pm 27th September 2014, Pasadena, California

Mike Harding provides the soundtrack from the Touch catalogue to Jon Wozencroft's imagery.
More information can be found here -

TO:96V | Hildur Gudnadottir "Saman"

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

LP - 11 tracks - 39:06

Artwork & photography by Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye and cut by Jason at Transition

Track listing:

Side A
1. Strokur
2. Frá
3. Birting
4. Heyr Himnasmiður
5. Bær

Side B
6. Heima
7. Í hring
8. Rennur upp
9. Til baka
10. Líður
11. 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" [LP + download] in the TouchShop
Also available on CD…

Tone 45.7 | Achim Mohné "Accelerated Standstill"

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

LP - 2 tracks - 46:06 + free bonus track

Track listing:
1. L'Inertie Polaire
2. Rasender Stillstand
3. Accelerated Standstill

Cut by Jason at Transition, this release is dedicated to Paul Virilio

An assembling for locked grooves. Collected and performed since 1997, recorded live in 2013 as part of “Touch presents…” at Café Oto, London; Ausland, Berlin; the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, and the Centre for Arts and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe.

This record can be played at all speeds, but the recommended speed is 33 rpm.

Accelerated Standstill is an assembling of locked grooves found on customary vinyl records. The records have been collected and performed live between 1997 and 2013. Locked grooves normally functioning as a ‘barrier’, avoiding the needle coming into contact with the label at the centre of the record. All grooves sound different, depending on how dust has effected and transformed the soft surface of the vinyl.

By using a triple vinyl deck set-up this (analytic auditory observations of) ending grooves are mixed live thus composing a “music that lies hidden in the medium itself". The tiny dust particles inside the vinyl groove convert into a ‘sound sculpture’ - an important syntactical parameter (of the apparatus) is formed by the turntables themselves. The speed of their rotation is not limited to 33 or 45 rpm, but expanded between 1 and 150 rounds per minute thus determining the loops and the rhythm.

Achim Mohné started working with record players, cassette recorders and other sound-media-apparatus in the mid 1990s. He experiments with the space and time intervals of sound-media and is especially interested in the "music that lies hidden in the medium itself". His method is to subject the support material to a forensic autopsy. His most recent project analyses the transfer data of a Wi-Fi router called Fritz Box/Fritz Kiste (cf TouchRadio). His further work features sound tracks for film and theatre performances (with Yoshie Shibahara) as well as collaboration with classical musicians (such as violinist Ayumi Paul).

Pre-order Achim Mohné "Accelerated Standstill" [LP + download] in the TouchShop

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

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”

CM von Hausswolff used to co-run DS Art Gallery and the publisher/record company/organizer Radium 226.05 in Göteborg, Sweden, during the 1980s. Meanwhile he was also a part of the duo Phauss with Erik Pauser as well as engaged in the rock bands Blue For Two, Psychonauts and Evil Dead Goofball. He was also active in the visual art group VAVD and the combo Elggren, Liljenberg, Pauser and von Hausswolff doing mainly live-installations and performance art.

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