Touch Newsletter #132

Welcome to the 132nd Touch Newsletter. Touch have two live shows coming up in California featuring Simon Scott, Mark Van Hoen and more, plus a screening of the Fennesz Wozencroft “Liquid Music” film. Further details below… Simon Scott has a forthcoming album on Ash International, “Insomni”, to be released on September 25th. You can hear an edit from the album here. Presales will be announced shortly.

A new T-shirt, “DRONE”, is now on sale in the TouchShop.

On September 9th at 10am PST Mike Harding presents a further edition in his series “Meet The Artist”, a live radio broadcast on Dublab’s Elevation Through Sound show. Mike will be joined by Yann Novak and Bethan Parkes. Further information at:

Touch’s Autumn release schedule includes a double gatefold vinyl by Philip Jeck, and Christan Fennesz’s vinyl edition of “Mahler Remixed”. Watch this space for news on these items…

In Swedish news, TouchShop has only a couple of copies left of The Tapeworm’s tapes from both Saturn And The Sun and CM von Hausswolff. Coming soon on The Tapeworm: two blistering tapes by Mark Van Hoen and by Mark Fell featuring Rhodri Davies and Okkyung Lee. Coming later on The Tapeworm: UnicaZürn, Ken Hollings and Cristian Vogel. Brace yourselves.

Touch live at Resonant Forms, California, 11th September

Resonant Forms
September 11 - 13, 2015
(Tickets on sale before July end)

6522 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Friday 11th September

Simon Scott
Bethan Parkes
Jen Boyd
Touch "Live Mix"

[September 12th Room40 label night]

Tickets -

Touch live at Re:Sound, California, 19th September

Saturday, September 19 at 3:00pm
Magazine A-168 on Mare Island
Railroad Ave and Mercado Ct.,
Vallejo, CA 94592

Re:Sound + 23five present an afternoon of Touch

Simon Scott
Steve Roden
Mark Van Hoen
Touch "Live Mix"

+ Screening of the Fennesz Wozencroft film "Liquid Music".
Doors at 3pm, Screening of Liquid Music at 3:30.

Tickets -
ReSound on Facebook
Event on Facebook

Ash 11.9 | “DRONE” T-shirt

A new white-on-black T-shirt. This is available to pre-order now, in five sizes. Shipping commences week beginning Monday August 17th 2015.

Sizes available: S M L XL XXL

Printed in white ink on a Fruit of the Loom Super Premium in black.
Front illustration: Center Chest, 20cm wide

Buy “Drone” in the TouchShop

TTW#78 | Saturn and the Sun “Harsh Realities, Broken Bones and Skull Tones”

Cassette only – limited edition of 100 copies
Very few copies left!
Illustration – SavX

Four untitled tracks, 38mins

Saturn and the Sun is a new duo for electronic and psychic tension comprising Gothenburg residents Joachim Nordwall and Henrik Rylander. As core members of ritual rock band The Skull Defekts, they have toured the world during the past years and have released a hot line of records. As Saturn and the Sun, their common interest in harsh electronic music and deep drones is their focus.

Nordwall has run the iDEAL Recordings label since 1998 and can also be found collaborating with people like Mika Vainio, Mats Gustafsson and Mark Wastell (as Oceans of Silver & Blood).

Rylander is a crime scene photographer, conceptual artist and used to be the beat of dangerous garage rock group Union Carbide Productions.

Buy Saturn and the Sun “Harsh Realities, Broken Bones and Skull Tones” in the TouchShop
More information on
Saturn and the Sun on Facebook

TO:97 | Heitor Alvelos “Faith”

CD - 12 tracks - 40:20
Listen to a sample

Photography: Jon Wozencroft & Heitor Alvelos
Mastered by Denis Blackham

Track listing:
1. Errant
2. Exodus
3. Edict
4. Alluvion
5. Pseudoself
6. Vicarious Solace
7. The Way of Malamat
8. Peirasmos
9. The Other
10. Home, Elicited
11. The Hopeful Night
12. Dedication

“Faith” is the first full-length sound release by media researcher and curator Heitor Alvelos under his own name. Heitor Alvelos has been a long-time on/off collaborator of Touch, having on occasion provided photography and stage visuals for Biosphere, Fennesz, BJNilsen, Rafael Toral and Philip Jeck, as well as releasing sound pieces under the aliases Autodigest, Antifluffy and Before Surgery, on Ash International, TouchRadio and The Tapeworm.

“The essence of the present piece is autobiographical: therefore the use of my own name”, the author clarifies. “And yet it aims at being resonant to others”: in this context, resonance may be regarded as both semantic and visceral, as the sound frequencies on Faith are often of the kind that “rearrange one’s organs”, to quote the recently departed Bernadette Martou. A necessity in order to carry the gravitas inherent to the subject, a confessional confrontation with the zeitgeist.

All sources have been gathered, recorded and produced throughout five decades, all the way back to a recording by Francisco Alvelos in 1972 that closes the release. Elsewhere, sounds have been processed to various degrees, the bookends retaining their original contexts, others mutating into deep abstraction. Overall, they flow as one single composition, evocative and foreboding in equal measures.

Buy Heitor Alvelos "Faith" [CD] in the TouchShop
…also available as 24-bit WAV Download files

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

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 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 expected 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

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.

Buy Biosphere Deathprod “Stator” [CD + download] from the TouchShop

Guerrilla Audio

Guerrilla Audio is a new series of audio raids by Simon Fisher Turner.

noun: guerilla
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.

Guerrilla Audio

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