Touch Newsletter #150

Welcome to the Touch Newsletter #150. New in the TouchShop, “The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland” book, published for the 25th anniversary of KREV.

Claire M Singer’s album, “Solas” is now on sale. Simon Scott’s Touch debut, “FloodLines” is also available at the TouchShop.

Touch now has an Instagram account – follow us @toucharchive.

“The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland”

287 pp. Book
220 mm x 280 mm

Graphic design: Leif Elggren, Carl Michael von Hausswolff

This is the book about The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland [KREV]. KREV was proclaimed in 1992 and consist of all Border Territories: Geographical, Mental & Digital. Elgaland-Vargaland is the largest and most populous realm on Earth, incorporating all boundaries between other nations as well as Digital Territory and other states of existence. Every time you travel somewhere, and every time you enter another form, such as the dream state, you visit Elgaland-Vargaland.

Editors: Leif Elggren, Carl Michael von Hausswolff

Writers: Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Leif Elggren, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Magali Arriola, Adrian Notz, Håkan Nilsson

2016 Art and Theory Publishing
ISBN: 9789188031280

Buy “The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland” [Book] in the TouchShop
Elgaland-Vargaland Anthems and other items in the TouchShop

TO:101 | Claire M Singer “Solas”

Double CD - 7 tracks - 68:11
Full download available with purchase of physical album

All tracks written & performed by Claire M Singer
Mastered by Denis Blackham @ Skye
Photography & design by Jon Wozencroft

Track List:
1. A Different Place 06:35 - you can listen to this track here
2. Ceò 05:39
3. Solas 10:50
4. Dìobaig 04:47
5. Eilean 11:36
6. Wrangham 06:47
1. The Molendinar 25:57

Solas (‘Light' in Gaelic) is Claire M Singer’s debut album spanning 14 years of her work in acoustic and electronic composition. In recent years she has focused on writing and performing a mix of organ, cello and electronics with regular performances at Union Chapel where she is Music Director, running a diverse programme of concerts and educational workshops around the Chapel’s Henry Willis 1877 organ.

Other performances include the Roundhouse London by The LCO Soloists; a' fàs soilleir, an audio-visual work, exhibited at Tate Modern London, XMV New York City and Ceremony Hall Austin TX and she has performed as part of Spire at Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Cologne and many more.

The Molendinar, which was co-commissioned in 2015 by Civic Room, Glasgow and Union Chapel, London to celebrate Glasgow’s Molendinar Burn Project wiil be performed on the 14th June 2016 at Glasgow Cathedral to conclude the weekend festival.

A review posted on Amazon (UK) by “The Wolf”: “A welcome debut recording from Claire M Singer which is also a retrospective of-sorts, the seven pieces in this collection spanning her activity the years from 2002 until 2015. This sublime music combines both acoustic and electronic elements and give us time to both breathe and think about the gentle sonic manifestations which she conjures from the ether. From the haunting opening piece 'A Different Place' (2009) scored for cello; built up from sequences of vacillating percussive and lyrical layers and subjected to further subtle technological manipulation; through the dirge-like 'Ceo' (the oldest piece in the set - 2002) and the melismatic 'Eilean' (2009) which incorporates contributions from the Scottish fiddle player Paul Anderson; to the large-scale concluding work for organ 'The Molendinar'; an arch of slowly-moving chords which hover in the still air of The Union Chapel in London's Islington where it was recorded like an ancient sacred absolution. We are indeed fortunate to finally have this marvellous music at hand to savour and more fully assimilate. Highly Recommended.”

Buy Claire M Singer “Solas” [2xCD] in the TouchShop

Tone 53 | Simon Scott “FloodLines”

1 track - CD in full colour slipcase - 30:51
Limited edition of 500 copies
[Download available now with purchase of physical album

Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork & Photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track List:
1. Floodlines 30:51 you can hear an extract here

Recorded live at Cafe Oto as part of “Touch presents…” on 31st January 2016

Simon Scott is a sound ecologist and multi-instrumentalist from Cambridge, England. His albums “Insomni” (Ash International) and “Below Sea Level” (12k/TouchLine) are out now. His work 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. He plays the drums in Slowdive and has recently collaborated with artists James Blackshaw, Spire, Taylor Deupree (Between), Isan and many more.

This is his first physical release for Touch.

Source material recorded in The Fens, East Anglia.

Simon Scott's blistering live set from London follows his 2015 album ‘insomni’ but features his field recordings of areas of The Fens in East Anglia that cartographically are below mean sea level. They’re complimented by underwater hydrophone recordings taken on field research trips, making the unheard audible and brings the unseen to the surface. It’s a flat landscape that was devastated by the draining of The Fens in the 17th century. The ecosystem was damaged but these areas have been left to reflood and re-establish it’s vernacular wildlife, replete with its own instrumentation and orchestras. Tapping into these, Scott's vision encourages us to explore the fertility of the flatlands of England.

Buy Simon Scott “FloodLines” [CD] in the TouchShop
Further Simon Scott releases are available in the TouchShop too…

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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