Welcome to the 133rd Touch Newsletter. Two new albums from Ash International are now on sale. Simon Scott is a British multi-instrumentalist who is currently based in Cambridge, UK. “Insomni” is his fourth album and his debut recording for Ash International. His music is a fusion of digital signal manipulation combined with an aesthetic of compositional collaboration with environmental sounds and organic acoustic textures. Further info can be read below. To be released on CD on 4th September, on pre-sale, with 24-bit download available now.
Ash International also announces “freq_out 1.2 ∞ Skandion” - a gatefold vinyl LP featuring the studio mix and a live recording of the first permanent installation of a freq_out piece, featuring Jana Winderen, Maia Urstad, Christine Ödlund, Brandon Labelle, JG Thirlwell, Petteri Nisunen, Tommi Grönlund, The Sons of God, Franz Pomassl, Anna Ceeh, Mike Harding, Finnbogi Petursson, BJ Nilsen, Jacob Kirkegaard, PerMagnus LIndborg and Carl Michael von Hausswolff. To be released on 25th September 2015. Pre-sale details follow below.
The new Ash International T-shirt, “DRONE”, is now in stock in the TouchShop, in four sizes.
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: www.mscharding.net
Finally, Stefan Goldmann’s lauded “Presets” book is now in its second run. This second edition is on sale in the TouchShop.
Ash 11.4 | Simon Scott “Insomni”
CD + Download - available 4th September - on pre-sale now.
24-bit Download – available to download now
When you buy the CD version you receive two bonus tracks not available elsewhere:
1. 'Into Birch' (Pipe organ and electric guitar)
2. 'Mere' (Acoustic 6 string)
(both 24 bit, mastered by Denis Blackham)
Photography: Simon Scott. Design: Philip Marshall.
Mastered by Denis Blackham
Track listing & timings (plays as one track):
0.00 An Angel From The Sea Kissed Me
6.59 Holme Posts
9.00 Confusion In Her Eyes
16.42 Oaks Grow Strong
22.36 Nettle Bed
25.40 Fen Drove
31.46 Far From The Tree
You can hear extracts here and here.
Couldn't sleep...; arose to forage for sound. The hum of the fridge encouraged further investigation of hidden, domestic sounds; the fish tank, dvd player, a broken laptop...;
Dawn and morning light allowed more sound and the guitar, in its case, beckoned...;
From darkness to light...;
Guitars: Guild 12 string D-125 & Vintage Guild 6 string GF-25
Mics: Induction coil pick up & Hydrophones
Buddha Machine pre-recorded and mixed, then re-recorded at Holme Fen Posts using mobile speakers
Recording device: Edirol r-09
Radio: static between stations
Software: Max MSP (self-programmed), Supercollider & Logic Pro
Simon Scott (b. 1971) is a British multi-instrumentalist who is currently based in Cambridge, UK. Insomni is his fourth album and his debut for Ash International and is published by Touch. His music is a fusion of digital signal manipulation combined with an aesthetic of compositional collaboration with environmental sounds and organic acoustic textures. He is inspired by his interests in sound ecology, music technology, the natural world, illustration, photography, composition and sonic art.
Below Sea Level, originally presented live in quadraphonic sound, was released on TOUCHLINE in March 2015, after 12k originally released the album in 2012 as an 80-page journal and seven track CD. It explores the aesthetics of active listening, sound ecology and the subjective distinction of compositional materials and sound timbres. Critically applauded for creating juxtapositions of analogue and digital timbres, the man-made and natural world sounds, captured in his local sunken landscape of The Fens in East Anglia, create a fusion of digital signal manipulation combined with organic acoustic textures.
Since the late 1990's Scott's solo work has been featured in a variety of international films, sonic art exhibitions, dance productions, television productions and digital multi-media projects.
He has toured worldwide since 1988 and he is the drummer for UK band Slowdive, who worked with Brian Eno on 1993 'Souvlaki ' album. His track "Für Betty" was included on the German label Kompakt's 'Pop Ambient' (2014) compilation series and his solo music has also been previously released on recording labels 12k, Morr Music, Miasmah, Sonic Pieces and Ghostly International.
Scott is also a freelance composer and sound recordist for film and television and recently appeared on the BBC program 'Springwatch Unsprung' recording aquatic wildlife and discussing his work with presenter Chris Packham. He has taught Music Technology and sound recording in Cambridgeshire and lectured at Cambridge University.
In 2008 he established the KESH recording label, releasing global artists audio and visual projects and he has also collaborated on various projects with Taylor Deupree, Nils Frahm, Machinefabriek, The Sight Below, Isan and James Blackshaw..
Pre-order Simon Scott “Insomni” [CD] in the TouchShop
…also available as 24-bit download
Ash 12.0 | “freq_out 1.2 ∞ Skandion”
Vinyl Gatefold LP + full album download
Featured artists: Jana Winderen, Maia Urstad, Christine Ödlund, Brandon Labelle, JG Thirlwell, Petteri Nisunen, Tommi Grönlund, The Sons of God, Franz Pomassl, Anna Ceeh, Mike Harding, Finnbogi Petursson, BJ Nilsen, Jacob Kirkegaard, PerMagnus LIndborg and Carl Michael von Hausswolff.
Artwork: Achim Mohné. Design: Philip Marshall.
Side A is composed, arranged and mixed by Carl Michael von Hausswolff in November 2014 at the Castle, Stockholm and at the Carlton Opera Hotel, Vienna, using the thirteen original sound files composed by the artists during the period May - October 2014.
Side B is a location recording made on 6th November 2014 between 16:00 and 16:30 by CMvH.
freq_out has been a musical project since 2003 when Carl Michael von Hausswolff was invited to Copenhagen to invent a new concept for and install a sound-art installation. He divided up the audible sonic register into twelve parts and asked twelve artists, musicians, composers and architects to each accept one of the twelve parts and compose a sonic piece from it. The result became twelve compositions/art works that were simultaneously played on twelve different sound systems in the art space of Charlottenborg and by this becoming one piece.
During the following years freq_out has also been installed in the cities of Oslo, Berlin, Paris, Budapest, Chiang Mai, Kortrijk, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Marrakech.
This LP contains the studio mix and a live recording of the first permanent installation of a freq_out piece called “freq_out 1.2 ∞ Skandion”.
The work is up and running in the entrance garden at the Skandion Clinique - a new hospital for cancer treatment inaugurated in May this year (2015) - in Uppsala, Sweden. It’s accessible 24/7 and anyone that comes by the place can enjoy the work.
Pre-order “freq_out 1.2 ∞ Skandion” [LP + download] in the TouchShop
Touch live at Resonant Forms, California, 11th September
September 11 - 13, 2015
(Tickets on sale before July end)
6522 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Friday 11th September
Touch "Live Mix"
[September 12th Room40 label night]
Tickets - eventbrite.com
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
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 - ticketriver.com
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
TBW#02 | Stefan Goldmann “Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound”
220pp paperback book, 110mm x 171mm
Second edition: industrially-sized…
Produced between 13.vi.2014 and 1.iv.2015 in London and Berlin by The Tapeworm.
Copy editor: Gerard Forde. Thanks to Sandra Jasper and Finn Johannsen. Typeset in Antwerp by Allon Kaye using Aldine 401, Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk and Miso.
Cover illustration by Michael Kummermehr, pixelated by SG.
Take a look inside the book…
For his first book, “Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound”, Stefan Goldmann has talked to industry leaders, programmers, producers, musicians and fine artists to collect a comprehensive description of the world of preset audio: from synthesis to sample libraries, from instrument emulations and gear cloning to automated composition and performance – short cuts in electronic music, classical and traditional musics, guitar rock & fine arts are covered. Disruptive gear and iconic presets, their background and impact – from Korg’s M1, Yamaha’s DX7 and Roland’s 909 to Ableton Live, Native Instruments Reaktor, Sidechain compression and Auto-Tune – are discussed with unprecedented depth and clarity.
Featuring interviews with:
Robert Henke a.k.a. Monolake
musician, lecturer & co-founder Ableton, Berlin
former senior audio developer Native Instruments & lecturer at Universität der Künste, Berlin
multi-platinum music producer & engineer, Nashville
fine artist, New York
Members of the Korg M1 product development team:
Tomoko Itoh & Junichi Ikeuchi, Inagi
+ introductory essay and glossary by Stefan Goldmann.
Stefan Goldmann is an electronic music artist and DJ. Together with Finn Johannsen he runs the Macro label, whose artists include Elektro Guzzi, KiNK and Peter Kruder. He also writes a column for the flyer program of Berlin's Berghain club and is a co-author of its book, “Berghain 10”. In 2014 he released “Industry”, an album based exclusively on presets.
Buy Stefan Goldmann “Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound” in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk
Guerrilla Audio is a new series of audio raids by Simon Fisher Turner.
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.
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