Touch Newsletter #126

Welcome to the 126th Touch Newsletter. This newsletter summarises our 2015 schedule to date. All the items listed here are available to purchase in our online shop.

On May 4th, the first TOUCHFOLIO edition is released. The online audio-visual project TOUCHLINE has been launched, and the collaboration between Jon Wozencroft and Christian Fennesz, “Liquid Music”, is now available as a download.

Future editions for the remainder of the year; we have cut a new double vinyl release from Philip Jeck and Fennesz’s “Mahler Remixed”, both due later in the year… and we shall be presenting the next TOUCHLINE offerings from Sohrab and Aino Tytti.

Live events include a Touch night at the Donau Festival in Krems, Austria on May 2nd (with Jana Winderen, Thomas Ankersmit, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay live and Edwin Pouncey in conversation with Mike Harding) and Spire live at Union Chapel, London on October 22nd, as well as curated programmes in Los Angeles in June and September. See our website for further details…

In the meantime, thanks for all your continued support, and we look forward to continuing to provide a challenging series of releases and events for the remainder of the year.

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FOLIO 001 | Joséphine Michel & Mika Vainio "Halfway to White"

We are now taking pre-orders for this item. Release and shipping date is May 4th 2015.
You can order your copy here. Price includes shipping within Europe by regular airmail postage.
If you wish your copy to be sent registered mail, please email us.

Please note: this item is not available to customers outside Europe from the TouchShop.
US and RoW customers should please purchase from Forced Exposure - thank you.

60pp hardback book + 60 min CD
Bound in a grey linen cover, printed on heavy hi-white paper
Published on 4 May 2015 in an edition of 500 copies.

This first release, HALFWAY TO WHITE, is a collaboration between singular photographer Joséphine Michel and acclaimed musician and sound artist Mika Vainio. Joséphine Michel’s images reframe our perception of the visual by exploring the notion of ‘sonic photography’, her subjects being exposed according to the resonance of the noise-fields felt at her chosen locations. Michel subtly brings to light the inflections of sound – its tones and pulsations – in a setting that has often been considered one of the most silent visual arts.

Read an interview with Joséphine Michel by The Photographers Gallery

HALFWAY TO WHITE has been designed by Jon Wozencroft. Further FOLIO publications can be expect- ed throughout 2015-2016, including new work from Chris Watson, the world’s leading sound recordist and sonic painter, and other artists from the Touch stable.

Track listing:
1. Fade from Black
2. Missing a Border
3. Notes on the Exposures
4. Line of a Curve
5. White Out - you can listen to an extract here

UK and Europe: buy "Halfway to White" from the TouchShop
US and RoW: buy "Halfway to White" from Forced Exposure
Read an interview with Joséphine Michel by The Photographers Gallery

TO:99 | Biosphere Deathprod “Stator”

CD - Download
Shipping will commence 1st April 2015

Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

stator (ˈsteɪtə) n

1. (Electrical Engineering) The stationary part of a rotary machine or device, esp of a motor or generator.

2. (Aeronautics) A system of nonrotating radially arranged parts within a rotating assembly, esp the fixed blades of an axial flow compressor in a gas turbine

[C20: from Latin: one who stands (by), from stāre to stand]

Track listing:
1. Muses-C (Biosphere)
2. Shimmer/Flicker (Deathprod)
3. Baud (Biosphere) - you can hear this track here
4. Polychromatic (Deathprod)
5. Disc (Deathprod)
6. Space is Fizzy (Biosphere)
7. Optical (Deathprod)

Mastered by Helge Sten at Audio Virus LAB. This work was commissioned by Tape To Zero. Thanks to Kjetil Husebø.

Pre-order Biosphere Deathprod “Stator” [CD + download] from the TouchShop

Ash 11.1 | Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJNilsen “I Am Here”

Limited edition vinyl LP + WAV download

Based on the original score for the film “I Am Here”, written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler, starring Kim Basinger, Jordan Prentice and Sebastian Schipper - All music written and Produced by Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen.

This is the first collaboration between Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen… very much a mix between their two worlds (you can hear both their signatures) and with the help of additional musicians, including Hildur Guðnadóttir on cello and the remarkable voices of Elfa Margrét Ingvadóttir and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson, they together create a world of great beauty and mystery.

You will receive a full digital download WAV version of the tracks plus a bonus track which does not appear on the final album when you place your order - the link to your download is contained in your email receipt.

Buy Jóhann Jóhannssen & BJNilsen “I Am Here” [LP + WAV download] from the TouchShop

RGB01D | fennesz wozencroft “Liquid Music”

Video download - .mov + text & images (1.84GB) - 32:30

Track listing:
1. Liquid Music 32:30

Jon Wozencroft writes:

“Liquid Music was made in 2001, in conjunction with the music Christian Fennesz was developing during that fertile period when the future was still a good idea. The first version – this is it – was premiered during the Touch tour of 2001, the time of Fennesz’s Endless Summer and the steady movement towards Venice (2004). Originally released on USB stick, Liquid Music is now available as a download for the first time.”

Download fennesz wozencroft "Liquid Music" [download only] from the TouchShop
Christian Fennesz’s Website

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