Touch Newsletter #140

Welcome to the 140th Touch Newsletter. We have two releases scheduled for 29th January 2016, both which are in stock at the TouchShop now and will be shipping on w/c 22nd January to our customers, with downloads immediately available.

Fennesz’s “Mahler Remix” is a 2x Vinyl LP with full album download. This recording is mostly based on samples taken from Gustav Mahler’s symphonies. The performance also includes an early version of “Liminality” from the “Bécs” album, released in 2014 on Editions Mego.

Ánde Somby’s LP for Ash International is titled “Yoiking With The Winged Ones”. Yoiking is the ancient chanting practise of the Sámi People - the indigenous peoples on the top of Europe. The recordings for this album were made by Chris Watson, and the bundled downloads are 24 bit recordings.

Ánde Somby features alongside Biosphere in BBC Radio 3’s “Northern Lights: Tromso” broadcast, where Petroc Trelawny explores musical responses to the dark northern winters in Tromso, the Norwegian “capital of the Arctic”. Visit to listen or download.

Touch Radio 120, by Thierry Charollais, is now broadcasting: “Live at Les Digitales 2015 - Bern 29.08.2015”.

Tone 52v | Fennesz “Mahler Remix”

2x Vinyl LP + full album download of wav file.

Photography by Jon Wozencroft.
Release date: 29th January 2016.

“Mahler Remix” was recorded live at Radiokulturhaus, Vienna by Christoph Amann, in May 2011. This recording is mostly based on samples taken from Gustav Mahler’s symphonies. The performance also includes an early version of “Liminality” from the “Bécs” album, released in 2014 on Editions Mego. “Mahler Remix” was a commissioned work performed together with the visual artist Lillevan.

Buy Fennesz “Mahler Remix” in the TouchShop

Ash 11.2 | Ánde Somby “Yoiking With The Winged Ones”

Vinyl LP + full album download of wav file + bonus track, “Čuoika”.
All downloads are 24 bit recordings by Chris Watson.

Design by Philip Marshall.
Photography by A K Dolven.
Release date: 29th January 2016.

Track List
A1: Gufihttar (underworld fairie)
A2: Gadni (spirit of the mountain)
A3: Neahkkameahttun (from the other side)
B: Wolf

+ bonus track “Čuoika” [“Mosquito"] which comes with the digital download of the full album when you order [via wetransfer or ftp download]

Yoiking is the ancient chanting practise of the Sámi People - the indigenous peoples on the top of Europe. Yoiking originates from time immemorial - legend tells that it was the faires and elves of the arctic lands that gave yoiks to the Sámi People. Yoiking was an important element of the religious rituals in pre-christian times and has survived both christianity, imperialism and the fact that Sámi areas were confiscated by the states of the north; Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia.

Ánde Somby is deeply rooted into the yoik tradition. He comes from the eastern part of the north Sámi areas and in the tundra tradition of the reindeer herders and from the valley tradition of arctic farmers. His yoiking is both quite technical as well as melodic - Somby is at the same time an innovative yoiker. All the three pieces on side A are his compositions. His signature as a yoiker is an expressive style performed on the borders of the human voice.

The title of the work refers to the fact that the migratory birds that have made it to the arctic for their breeding season are an important part of the record. With the assistance of a local crow they break the arctic silence by singing and calling. The title also makes a more subtle reference to the sound flying from the echoing mountains.

The project itself has three inspirations; the yoiks were given to the humans from the fairies and elves. This gives an emphasis on that yoiks are of the earth. The second inspiration is that there is a war against fairies and elves going on; in Norway that war was waged by the national poet Henrik Wergeland in the song Nisser og Dverge and has continued with stripping the earth of its soul and giving free license to aggressive exploitation. The emphasis is asking the fairies and elves if they still are doing good. The third inspiration is the European myth about Narcissus and Echo; Echo does not find her love as Narcissus rejects her, but she is given an eternal voice. Yoik and Echo meet in this work as echo yoiks along together with the underground energies.

The recordings are made by Chris Watson, the world famous sound artist and leading field recorder. The recordings took place in Kvalnes, Lofoten mid June in 2014 in a moment while the arctic winds had a little rest. Chris Watson has also done the post production. A K Dolven took the photos for the project and has been instrumental in developing the concept. Thanks also to Tony Myatt.

Buy Ánde Somby “Yoiking With The Winged Ones” in the TouchShop

Touch Radio 120 | Thierry Charollais

04.01.16 - Thierry Charollais - Live at Les Digitales 2015 - Bern 29.08.2015 - 21:56 - 320 kbps

"Live performance on August 29th 2015, at the Botanic Garden in Bern (Switzerland) during the electronic music festival Les Digitales. Especially composed for this concert, this track has not only relaxing, but also disturbing parts. The purpose was to give to the audience a sonic environment which contrasts with the quietness of Bern's Botanic Garden." Photo : "Radioactivity 4" courtesy Cécilia Kapitz.

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2015 Roundup

A roundup of of 2015’s editions from Touch, Ash International and The Tapeworm, available in the TouchShop (if no longer available, they are not listed below). You can subscribe to Touch in the TouchShop, and choose which releases you want in advance, along with a 10% discount…


Philip Jeck “Cardinal” [2xLP + Download]

Jacaszek & Kwartludium “Catalogue des Arbres” [LP + Download]

“freq_out 1.2 Skandion” [LP + Download]

Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJNilsen “I Am Here” [LP + Download]


Biosphere Deathprod “Stator” [CD + Download]

Simon Scott “Insomni” [CD + Download]

Heitor Alvelos “Faith” [CD]


Joséphine Michel & Mika Vainio “Halfway To White” [60pp Hardback Book + CD]

Stefan Goldmann “Presets - Digital Shortcuts To Sound” [220pp Paperback Book]

Stefan Fähler “Zahntasia” [80pp Paperback Book]


Ken Hollings “Works For Magnetic Tape” [Cassette]

Mark Van Hoen “The Worcester Tapes, 1983-1987” [Cassette]

Black Spirituals “High Vibration Resonance Vol.1” [Cassette]


“Drone” [T-Shirt + WAV Download]

Savage Pencil “Worm Leatherette” [T-Shirt]

Download-only Editions

Fennesz Wozencroft “Liquid Music” [Video Download + .pdf]

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay “Decomposing Landscape” [Audio-Visual Download + .pdf]

Simon Scott “Below Sea Level” [Audio Download + .pdf]

Yann Novak “Scalar Field (9a00ff, ff6600, ff0066, fe0000)” [Video Download + .pdf]

Mark Van Hoen “Artefacts l” [Video Download + .pdf]

Aino Tytti “Millenium Mills” [Audio Download + .pdf]

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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