Touch Newsletter #137

Welcome to the 137th Touch Newsletter. Following hot on the heels of Mark Van Hoen’s “Artefacts l” release for TOUCHLINE, comes a new addition to the series – Aino Tytti’s “Millennium Mills”.Over the last 12 months, the Greater London Authority has granted Aino Tytti unrestricted access to The Millennium Mills, a vast and decaying derelict mill site in London's docklands. The mills were decommissioned over 30 years ago and have since been left to decay and decompose, while all around it has been the focus of extensive urban regeneration. Further details on this multimedia download below…

There are two Touch live events in early November. Claire M Singer and The Eternal Chord play live at Kunst-Station, Sankt Peter, Cologne, Germany on 6th November, followed by Touch live in Amsterdam on November 9th with Philip Jeck, Thomas Ankersmit, Claire M Singer & The Eternal Chord at the Muziekgebouw.

Touch Radio 117 is now broadcasting – “Oriental Chrorus” by Patrick Franke.

TouchLine 5 | Aino Tytti “Millennium Mills”

Digital Download - 8 tracks (FLAC & mp3) - 43:20
17pp PDF booklet of photographs and text

Photography by Daniel Benson
Text by Robert Barry from The Quietus

Track listing
1. Observations from the nightwatch hut, late November
2. These halls which used to breathe and sing
3. England’s last lies ruined
4. Silo D
5. Waxing gibbous shines on the black king’s wharf (for Chrissie)
6. First light, crepuscular loculus
7. All that which was once lost
8. A requiem for Silvertown

You can hear a extract here by clicking here.

Over the last 12 months, the Greater London Authority has granted Aino Tytti unrestricted access to The Millennium Mills, a vast and decaying derelict mill site in London's docklands. The mills were decommissioned over 30 years ago and have since been left to decay and decompose, while all around it has been the focus of extensive urban regeneration. The building has long been a personal fascination for the artist, not only because of the field recording opportunities that such an epic scale of crumbling industrial architecture offers, but also as it stands as such an emotive statement on decay and regeneration in society.

The project focuses on taking a series of field recordings within the mills, then using these recordings in post-composition to create a series of sound pieces. Traditional air mics were used, alongside more experimental recording techniques and equipment such as contact mics, geophones and hydrophones. This allowed harmonics, patterns, textures and resonances in the building and structural foundations to be revealed that wouldn’t ordinarily be heard by the ear.

Buy Aino Tytti “Millennium Mills” [download] in the TouchShop

TouchLine 4 | Mark Van Hoen “Artefacts l”

Digital Download - One track (.mov) - 10:03
2pp PDF booklet of photographs and text

Electronic music composer Mark Van Hoen’s first release for Touchline is the first in a series of video works which examines the inner beauty of artifacts - or side effects - in the process of making electronic music & video. This concept is of course not new, even Van Hoen himself has been exploring the idea of imperfection in electronic sound since the early 80’s after having been influenced by the audio and video of Cabaret Voltaire and others. ‘Artifacts I’ essentially started from a live performance for a Touch event at Re:Sound in Vallejo, California. The audio was mixed from a collection of recordings prepared at his studio for the live performance, and was generated by a combination of analog sound generation & processing equipment and DSP processing in Native Instruments ‘Reaktor’ software. The resulting soundtrack was then connected to audio inputs in Vidvox’s ‘VDMX’ modular video software, and then used to modulate colours, space and interference patterns on a ‘found’ video clip downloaded from the internet.

The video was then output to an analog video processor, where further modulations derived from the audio were implemented. The result is a video & soundtrack that are tied firmly together, not by editing but by modulations that show visually the very essence of the artifacts within the audio itself. It is recommended that the video be given full attention, and that the audio is either played back by high quality headphones or a suitable full frequency range audio system with the left and right speakers placed either side of a TV/Monitor capable of 16:9 playback.

Buy Mark Van Hoen “Artefacts l” [download] in the TouchShop

Touch Live in Cologne | 6th November 2015

In performance: Claire M. Singer & The Eternal Chord
Kunststation St Peter, Jabachstr. 1, Köln – 7pm

Orgel und Elektronik in der Reihe Raumklänge – Ortsbezogene Musik, eine Plattform für raumerforschende Musik, Hörstudien und erweiterte Aufführungspraxis.

"The Molendinar” & “Wrangham"
Claire M. Singer (Organ and Electronics)

The Eternal Chord
Claire M. Singer & Mike Harding

Curator: Georg Dietzler

Further info:

Touch Live in Amsterdam | 9th November 2015

In performance: Philip Jeck, Thomas Ankersmit, Claire M. Singer
Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ – 7.30pm

Further info:

Touch Radio 117 | Patrick Franke

26.10.15 - Patrick Franke - Oriental Chorus - 29:26 - 320 kbps

"In Spring 2013 I was part of an ornithological survey (bird migration census) in a desert area in the Nile Valley, Egypt. Our team lived, considering local conditions, in a rather modern building in a town called Sandafa Al Far.

Apart from the actual work, our standardized observations, I most of the time made sound recordings of birds, amphibians, insects and the general “soundscape” in the vicinity of our house. Sometimes guarded by two policemen (because of an allegedly unsafe situation after the so-called Arab Spring) but always accompanied by a cluster of curious and noisy children.

The combination of an extreme climate, a precarious political situation, witnessing violence, experiencing severe health problems and not least being surrounded by an omnipresent, diverse and sometimes almost too powerful soundscape led to a somewhat surreal memory of my time there."

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TO:98V | Philip Jeck “Cardinal”

Vinyl Gatefold 2xLP + full album download, and a free download of Philip Jeck “Live in Caen”, recorded by Franck Dubois on 28th February 2015 at Impressions Multiples #4 (ésam Caen/Cherbourg), with thanks to Thierry Weyd.

Photography and artwork by Jon Wozencroft
Cut by Jason at Transition

Track listing:
Side 1.
Saint Pancras
Barrow in Furness (open thy hand wide)
Reverse Jersey
Side 2.
…bend the knee 1
Called In
Side 3.
Broke Up
…bend the knee 5
Called Again
Side 4.
And Over Again
The Station View
Saint Pancras (the one that holds everything)

"Oh my god this is good!!!” [Boomkat, UK]

"Philip Jeck’s music is both immediate and intangible. Partly this is due to the source material: salvaged vinyl records, used despite (indeed because of) their numerous degradations, which are processed and filtered through effects until they achieve new, unexpected rhythms, melodies and structures. By looping and assembling these faded relics, as well as combining them with other instruments, Jeck has over the last 20 years amassed a potent body of work that lingers in the space between noise, drone and ambient, always beautiful but often fleeting, as crackles and hiss briefly reveal the ghosts of what once was. Cardinal, his first album since 2010’s seminal An Ark for the Listener, continues in the vein of his previous releases, and indeed can be seen as the most exemplary encapsulation since Stoke in 2002... Because of the tools he uses, and the results they produce, Philip Jeck has often been lumped in with the “hauntology” non-scene of the last few years, regardless of the fact that he’s been doing this for decades. It possibly has something to do with his involvement in recent productions of that most ghostly of modern compositions, Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of the Titanic and occasional similarities with another English eccentric, The Caretaker. Either way, it’s a disservice to Jeck whose work is too esoteric, too personal and too complex to belong to any genre. He’s an artist who stands alone, patiently sending us communiqués from lost and imagined lands. Thank you, Philip.” [Dusted, USA]

“...sometimes ominous and always gorgeous elegies for decayed sound.” [Aquarius, USA]

Buy Philip Jeck “Cardinal” [2xLP + download] in 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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