Welcome to the Touch Newsletter #145. Starting in late April, Touch Conference is a series of events featuring Touch artists on the west coast of America presenting and demonstrating their work to a discerning audience. Participating artists: Philip Jeck, Mark Van Hoen, Simon Scott, Daniel Menche, Bethan Parkes and Touch. Full details below.
Anna von Hausswolff’s “Källan (prototype)” is now available digitally. Download from the TouchShop as a 24bit/48kHz WAV.
Hildur Guðnadóttir performs live in London (premiering a new solo composition and performing in a quartet to a Jóhann Jóhannsson score) and York in April.
On 21st April, from 10pm until the bitter end, The Tapeworm hosts the second instalment of its “Worm Leatherette” night at OHM Berlin, featuring Sleeparchive, Finn Johannsen and Philip Marshall playing “the best fucking music ever”, plus a live PA from Zerocrop. Further details on Facebook and Resident Advisor…
Touch Conference | USA 30th April - 10th May 2016
A series of conferences featuring Touch artists on the west coast of America presenting and demonstrating their work to a discerning audience:
Touch (est. 1982) is one of the last surviving labels from the turbulent new wave period in London, which uniquely fused art, design and music. Hear artists from the label roster present and demonstrate their work to a discerning audience.
Philip Jeck uses turntables and sampler to create a unique sonic improvisation, both emotionally captivating and technically involving.
Mark Van Hoen, with modular synth and software pushed the analogue/digital envelope to create damaged melodies, drones and dense claustrophobia.
Simon Scott explores the creative process of actively listening, the implications of recording the natural world using technology and the manipulation of natural sounds used for musical composition.
Daniel Menche - In a genre known for its randomness and chaotic structure, Daniel Menche has established himself as a musician with an uncharacteristic sense of focus and determination. Rather than creating "noise," he strives for order and cohesiveness. Aural intensity is not a representation of confusion or the chaotic, but a concerted effort to provoke and stimulate the listener’s imagination by generating intensely powerful sounds and music.
Bethan Parkes - Her work spans across field recording, sound design, ambisonic composition and multichannel sound installation practices, drawing a focus on sonic spatial experience. Her works are designed to open out spaces with sound, exploring spatial aesthetics and the interactions between sonic and visually articulated spaces.
April 29th, Aeterna Gallery, Los Angeles
Jon Wozencroft (photography exhibition, part of Touch Retrospective April 9th on...)
Jon Wozencroft will not be present
Further details on Facebook and in Artillery Magazine
April 30th, Volume, Los Angeles
Mark Van Hoen
May 1st, Aquarius, San Francisco
Mark Van Hoen
May 2nd, The Gray Area, San Francisco
Mark Van Hoen
May 3rd, private location (invitation only), San Francisco
Mark Van Hoen
May 4th, Holocene, Portland
Mark Van Hoen
May 7th, Chapel Space, Seattle
Mark Van Hoen
May 10th Dublab, Los Angeles (Radio)
Tone 45.6D | Anna von Hausswolff "Källan (Prototype)"
Now available as a digital release (previously limited edition of 500 vinyl)
Artwork & photography by Jon Wozencroft
Organ: Anna von Hausswolff. Recorded live at Lincoln Cathedral, 19th October 2013. Performed at Frequency 13 Lincoln Digital Culture Festival as part of Touch presents…, (which also featured Chris Watson & Hildur Gudnadottir). Recorded live by Mike Harding using 2 x dpa 4060s onto a Nagra Ares Pll digital recorder. This recording is unedited from the original raw file.
Though she now lives in Copenhagen, Anna von Hausswolff grew up in the once vibrant, bohemian neighbourhood of Haga in Gothenburg, Sweden, in a family who counted amongst their ancestors Bernhard Reynold von Hausswolff, an 18th Century governor of Falun, Sweden, who helped bring an end to the burning of witches. Although Anna has achieved acclaim with her song-based albums “Ceremony”, “Singing from the Grave” (both first released on Kning Disk in Sweden) and the latest “The Miraculous” (released on her own label, Pomperipossa Records), she has always had an ear for the radical approach, and this is the first step in a long-term collaboration with Touch.
Buy Anna von Hausswolff "Källan (prototype)" [WAV Download] in the TouchShop
Hildur Guðnadóttir | Live in London and York
16th April 2016, Conway Hall, London
The Richard Thomas Foundation presents a concert of two new compositions by acclaimed Icelandic composers Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur Guðnadóttir, at the Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL on Saturday 16th April at 7.30pm.
1. New composition for voice and cello, composed and performed by Hildur Guðnadóttir (world premiere)
2. “12 Conversations with Thilo Heinzmann” - a string quartet composed by Jóhann Jóhannsson (world premiere). The quartet will be performed by Thomas Gould (violin) Sara Wolstenhome (violin) Ruth Gibson (viola) and Peter Gregson (cello)
Further information and tickets: www.conwayhall.org.uk
17th April 2016, National Centre for Early Music, York
“Hildur Guðnadóttir is an Icelandic cello player, composer, singer and software manipulator at the forefront of experimental contemporary music. She draws out a broad spectrum of sounds from her instrument, ranging from intimate simplicity to huge soundscapes. Hildur has composed for theatre, dance and film with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Tate Modern and British Film Institute amongst the high-profile commissioners. She has released four critically acclaimed solo albums, which are all released on Touch.”
Promoted in partnership with Late Music.
Further information and tickets: tickets.ncem.co.uk
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Guerrilla Audio is a new series of audio raids by Simon Fisher Turner.
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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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