Touch Newsletter #114

Welcome to the 114th Touch Newsletter. The vinyl edition of Fennesz’s masterpiece, Venice is now in stock in the TouchShop – presented a limited edition double gatefold vinyl with extra tracks, plus aiff audio files and a pdf booklet of Jon Wozencroft’s imagery. Further details below.

Hot on the heels of its fifth birthday celebrations, The Tapeworm announces two new tapes… The first is Before Before Surgery by Antifluffy and features Bruce Geduldig of Tuxedomoon fame - two live recordings of recent and ongoing controlled chaos taking place in Porto, Portugal.

The second is by Phil Julian & Dale Cornish. Their debut as a duo is titled Two Warhol's Worth. More info below…

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TTW#72 | Dale Cornish & Phil Julian "Two Warhol’s Worth"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies.
Illustration - Stefan Fähler.

Track Listing
A1: Limbering
A2: Personify A
A3: 217
A4: Language Is A Nuisance
A5: Acclimate
A6: Milktrain Wisdom
B1: Each To His Own
B2: Wrong Angle
B3: North London Shouting
B4: Beverly Settles
B5: German Apple Cake
B6: Ex-Local

Composed and performed by Dale Cornish and Phil Julian. Dale Cornish - words, vocals, additional music on A2 and B1. Phil Julian - electronics.

The donation by Kevin Drumm to Phil Julian of a Hewlett Packard test tone generator (to avoid excess baggage charges) caught the curiosity of Dale Cornish. With Cornish and Julian renowned for their own releases, for a variety of labels including The Tapeworm, this chance bonding over former NASA technical equipment has led to their first collaboration.

Buy "Two Warhol’s Worth" in the TouchShop
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TTW#74 | Antifluffy featuring Bruce Geduldig "Before Before Surgery"

Cassette only – edition of 150 copies.

Track Listing
A: Daft Phunk [46m01s]
B: Nozes [53m57s]

Mastered and edited by Anselmo Canha, September 2014. Illustration - Heitor Alvelos, over a photograph of Antifluffy by Luís Barbosa and a logo freakout by AC+HA.

Heitor Alvelos writes: “This cassette brings together two fragments of recent and ongoing controlled chaos taking place in Porto, Portugal – with Antifluffy as both the foreboding guardian and the spiritual bond.

Side one is the full recording of the closing concert of FuturePlaces 2013, Medialab for Citizenship, curated by Heitor Alvelos and Karen Gustafson for the UTAustin-Portugal program in digital media. Every October since 2008, we throw together a deliberately unlikely mix of creatives, tech-heads, radio wizards, thinkers, activists and nomads, and watch the impossible happen before our very eyes. Besides being the culmination of six days of creative work, this particular gig served as the chance to unleash Antifluffy onto the World at large. More on the mayhem at

The recording on side two is again a concert. It emerged in the days leading to the Summer Solstice, 2014, as a gut reaction to the birth of a new Portuguese internet/mobile/entertainment brand mega-consortium: NOS. The ubiquitous NOS marketing campaign, treading on Photoshop boobs ’n’ teeth, dead pop stars and hysterically cute pets, was reinvented as an antidote; cryptic and visceral, cerebral and introspective – all that contemporary mainstream culture seems to abhor. The gig doubled as a goodbye card to Bruce Geduldig and Bernadette Martou who, after two extraordinarily fertile years based in Porto, left soon thereafter to pursue a new life across the Atlantic. From Tapeman to Bubblewrapman… Antifluffy in all its guises.”

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TO:53V | Fennesz "Venice"

Double gatefold vinyl + audio download

Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft
Cut by Jason at Transition, mastered by Denis Blackham
Featuring David Sylvian and Burkhard Stangl
Special 10th anniversary limited edition

Track listing:
A1: The Future Will Be Different
A2: Rivers of Sand
A3: Chateau Rouge

B1: City of Light
B2: Onsra
B3: Circassian (guitar: Burkhard Stangl)
B4: Onsay
B5: The Other Face

C1: Transit (vocals: David Sylvian)
C2: The Point of It All

D1: Laguna
D2: Asusu
D3: The Stone of Impermanence
D4: Tree

The Future Will Be Different and Tree complete the Venice sessions in one release… "Venice" was recorded on location in the summer of 2003 and subsequently assembled and mixed at Amann Studios, Vienna in January/February 2004.

"Venice", the fourth studio album by Christain Fennesz, finds electronic music at a crossroads between its early status as digital subculture, and the feeling that there has to be something more, an emotional quality that rises above noise and moves towards melody and rapture.

It was voted No. 3 in The Top 50, The Wire, December 2004, was album of the week at BBCi on its release and remains Christian Fennesz’s best-selling record to date. prefix (USA) noted: "Although Fennesz's breakout record Endless Summer was followed by a live release and a collaboration with Jim O'Rourke and Peter Rehberg as Fenn O'Berg, Venice is the true heir to that album's ascendant pop. Venice is not as unabashedly poppy as its predecessor (the lack of Beach Boys references can attest to that), but still mines much the same vein. It was marked by critics at the time as a move away from the relatively robotic music spawned by the IDM craze of the late nineties. Instead, its melodic, emotive tracks foresaw an electronic music that could be purely human.”

Pitchfork Media (USA), in a lengthy review, also noted: "Venice's quality extends beyond its sound. Touch proprietor Jon Wozencroft-- through his breathtaking design and photography - continues to fight the good fight against records-as-pure-data by making the CD a value-added prospect.” and The Declaration Online (Web): "Two blue empty row boats left listless on rippling water. Red orange green riverbed foliage reflected in the water's gauzy oil slick surface. An airport enveloped in dull gray stratus and snow. Upon seeing the photography and packaging accompanying Christian Fennesz's latest recording, Venice, it is clear that the record label Touch remains intent on not simply putting out records but creating audiovisual imprints dedicated to inextricably tying sound and vision."

Buy Fennesz "Venice" [DLP + aiff download] from the TouchShop

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

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

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