Touch Newsletter #182

Welcome to the Touch Newsletter #182. A new Touch digital-release by Zachary Paul & Patrick Shiroishi is now available to download. The release was premiered on Unclassified, BBC Radio 3’s new experimental broadcast hosted by Elizabeth Alker.

The Tapeworm has two new tapes shipping now from the TouchShop – “A Complete History of Mind Stimulations” by Saturn and the Sun (Joachim Nordwall and Henrik Rylander), and “Day/Night” by Kumo. A release party for “Day/Night” will happen in London on 17 June 2018, when Kumo performs as part of the Crystal Palace Festival.

On Wednesday 16 May The Tapeworm returns to Paloma, Berlin – Dale Cornish and Phil Julian perform live sets, both solo and as a duo. Entr’acte’s Allon Kaye is the DJ.

Two new releases now shipping from the TouchShop. On CD and available from our Bandcamp page, “Semper Liber” by The Eternal Chord, featuring Marcus Davidson, Hildur Gudnadottir, Mike Harding, Charles Matthews, Clare M Singer, Maia Urstad and Anna von Hausswolff.

On limited edition vinyl, a split release from Marta De Pascalis and Howlround is now available to preorder in the TouchShop. A WAV download is offered when purchasing the vinyl from the TouchShop. Marta De Pascalis is currently touring Europe with shows in Milan and Berlin in the next weeks.

Tone 63D | Zachary Paul & Patrick Shiroishi “Longitude: Live at Roughage”

Digital-only release
Artwork & photography: Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:
1. Longitude

Two Los Angeles-based musicians come together for the first time for a concert at Roughage. Zachary Paul on violin and Patrick Shiroishi saxophone. This recording was first played on “Unclassified”, a new show on BBC Radio 3, hosted by Elizabeth Alker, in May 2018.

Download Zachary Paul & Patrick Shiroishi “Longitude: Live at Roughage” on Bandcamp

16.5.2018 | Dale Cornish and Phil Julian live at Paloma, Berlin

Entr'acte and The Tapeworm bravely present Dale Cornish and Phil Julian live – both playing solo and then as a duo – at Paloma Berlin. Your DJ for the proceedings: Allon Kaye (Entr'acte).

EUR5- Doors: 23h00. Noise: midnight. Upstairs only.

For more info: Dale Cornish and Phil Julian live at Paloma, Berlin – Facebook Event
Dale Cornish | Phil Julian | The Tapeworm | Entr’acte

TTW#107 | Saturn and the Sun “A Complete History of Mind Stimulations”

Cassette only – limited edition of 100 copies.
Illustration – Ben Axten.

Track List
A1: Escape From Your Hell
A2: Slow Down, Scum
B1: In Love With The Extreme
B2: Mind Is A Mess

Joachim Nordwall and Henrik Rylander created Saturn and the Sun to further their mutual passion in mindchanging sound experiments. Since 2005, they have created music together in ritual rock band The Skull Defekts, but since the death of the Skulls in April 2018 their common focus now is Saturn and the Sun. Deep, often monotonous and harsh electronic music inspired by 60s minimalism, early techno and tribal music. This is what you get when the two comes together.

Rylander is working as a forensic photographer and makes extreme sound art. Nordwall runs the iDEAL Recordings label and records experimental music on his own and with artists like Mats Gustafsson, Mika Vainio, Ryan Martin and Leif Elggren. They both share the legendary studio space Gothenburg Sound Experiment.

“Be careful with frequent listening.”

Buy Saturn and the Sun “A Complete History of Mind Stimulations” in the TouchShop
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TTW#108 | Kumo “Day/Night”

Cassette only – limited edition of 125 copies.
Art by Sayako Sugawara.

Track List
A: Day
B: Night

Written, performed and produced by Kumo in SE23.

“From a starting point of two field recordings taken from the balcony of my flat in South East London, one was taken during the day the other at night, the rest of the music was built up in response: synths and theremin played as karaoke to the sounds of the estate. Accompanying, mimicking, occupying the spaces between the deliveries, planes, dogs, birds and the kids next door writing grime tunes. ‘Day’ was written, performed, recorded and mixed in the flat during daytime with only natural light, ‘Nigh’ under cover of darkness.” – Jono Podmore, London, 16.xii.2017


Kumo aka Jono Podmore – Professor of the Practice of Popular music at the prestigious Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany – is best known latterly for his tireless work curating and managing the archives of Krautrock pioneers Can. In this respect, his masterstroke to date has been assembling the essential “The Lost Tapes” boxset.

Work under his Kumo alias across multiple releases, performances, DJ sets and installations has included collaborations with the likes of Irmin Schmidt, B.J. Cole, Jaki Liebezeit, Mr. C and Jose Padilla. His ongoing Horrorshow multimedia venture brings together live soundtracks and short films, and his established group Metamono finds new life in vintage analogue and hand made electronics, releasing two albums, and Secrets of Nature - Sounds Unseen: live electronic music for silent British film.

His label Psychomat was brought back to life in 2017 with two new single releases and more are planned. Jono is currently working on the score for feature film The Giaour, a book about Jaki Liebezeit’s life and theories, and teaches Tai Chi in London.

Buy Kumo “Day/Night” in the TouchShop
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SPIRE7 | The Eternal Chord “Semper Liber”

CD - 78:40 - 4 tracks

Track listing:
1. Aeternus - you can hear an extract here
2. Perpetuum
3. Immortalis
4. Semper Liber

“Semper Liber” consists of a series of duets featuring Marcus Davidson, Hildur Gudnadottir, Mike Harding, Charles Matthews, Clare M Singer, Maia Urstad and Anna von Hausswolff and are drawn from recordings made at Spire events since 2009. Mixed by its curator, Mike Harding, at the Völlhaus, and mastered by Mark Van Hoen, this powerful 4 track collection - to be played as one piece - explores the sonics of the mighty organ in all its thundering glory.


Performed on the 1893 Schlag & Söhne organ at Johanneskirken, Bergen; the 1967 Karl Ludwig Schuke organ at Passionskirche, Berlin; the Peter Bares organ, inaugurated in 2004, at Kunststation St Peter, Cologne; the 1885 'Father' Henry Willis organ at Lincoln Cathedral; the 1877 'Father' Henry Willis organ at Union Chapel, London; the Rieger organ at St. Stephan's Church, Mautern & the 1897 Johnson & Son organ at St. Saviour's Anglican Church, Riga between 2009 and 2016.

The 4 colour plates by the art historian and author Sydney Russell show cave art from 4 to 6 thousand years ago. Taken in Brazil on one of several expeditions she made around the world, these highly emotional works reveal the sophistication and ageless quality of the imagination of the peoples who were expressing themselves at this time; they have been slow to reveal their beauty to us, having survived all weathers; their acoustic soundtrack unfolds slowly, submersive and involving.

Sydney Russell writes: “These photographs were taken in 1976 in Brazil. We eventually obtained minimum radio carbon datings for levels covering the paintings from approximately 3750-2500 BCE. They originate from the rock shelter sites of Sucupira, (Lagoa Santa) and Lapa do Cipo (Santana do Riacho), near Minas Gerais and Quadrillas (Montalvania), Bahia. Please refer to the website for more information.”

Mixed at the Völlhaus
Mastered by Mark Van Hoen
Photography by Sydney Russell
Artwork by Philip Marshall

Buy The Eternal Chord “Semper Liber” in the TouchShop

WHO#12 | Marta De Pascalis “Her Core” / Howlround “Hard Core”

Vinyl Split LP + WAV download, 2 tracks, 37:15

Recorded live at ‘A Can of Worms’, Iklectik, 29.ix.17 by Ilia Rogatchevski. Cut by Jason Goz at Transition Mastering Studios, London, 30.x.17. Artwork by Stefan Fähler.

Track listing:
A: Marta De Pascalis “Her Core”
AA: Howlround “Hard Core”

The shadowy forces behind The Tapeworm are delighted to announce the latest release to come flying out of The Wormhole. On a limited edition split LP two of Europe's foremost exponents of the tape loop go head-to-head, recorded within the hallowed environs of a former Buddhist Monastery – with dramatically un-Zen results.

On one side, Italian composer Marta De Pascalis mixes loops and analogue synthesis to create densely layered collages of glowing melodic shards and growling bass distortion, her hypnotic minimal synth figures warping and whirling around each other before dissolving into entropic oblivion. 'Her Core' is a rusty, sand-blasted slab of heaviness that provides the perfect continuation from her two solo albums – a hall of mirrors collapsing in on itself, over and over.

Meanwhile, Howlround is in full contraction mode on 'Hard Core', heading directly into the murky innards of a quartet of vintage reel to reel machines and using live tape delay to create syncopated rhythmic pulses, crackles and squelches that founder member Robin The Fog describes as 'accidental gabber'. Originally rising to notoriety through sonic portraits of entire buildings, here Howlround dramatically scale down the subject matter to concentrate on mapping out the endless psychedelic dimensions of a circuit board, discovering a whole new world of creative potential in the process.

Both sets were recorded live at London venue Iklectik during the fall of 2017 at "A Can of Worms", an event to celebrate The Tapeworm's 100th release. What's perhaps most remarkable about this LP is that it captures a pair of artists in a snapshot, in parallel. Here, Howlround shakes off the back catalogue, stepping out of the comforting confines of the studio. De Pascalis plays harder than ever before. Both artists taken by a moment, into the harsh glare of the unknown. The fact that each has created their noisiest and most abrasive work yet will surely be seen as a happy coincidence. A can of worms, indeed…

Buy Marta De Pascalis “Her Core” / Howlround “Hard Core” split LP in the TouchShop
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Tone 61D | Fennesz “Station One”

2 track digital-only release
Artwork & photography: Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:
1. Tom
2. Silk Road

“Tom" was previously released on the Modeselektor Vol.3 compilation in 2014. “Silk Road” (formerly “Silk Lane”) was part of an installation for The Red Bull Music Academy, New York City in 2016. it was only played once in a loop for a whole day and has never been released. The tracks have been reworked, slightly remixed and remastered at Kaiserstudios in Vienna in April 2018.

Fennesz is recording a new album for Touch to be released later in 2018.

Download Fennesz “Station One” on Bandcamp

Tone 62D | Philip Jeck “Arcade”

Digital-only release
Artwork & photography: Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:
1. Arcade 32.:56

Recorded live at Iklectik, London on March 23rd 2018. Also playing that night were Yann Novak and Simon Scott.

Download Philip Jeck “Arcade” on Bandcamp

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. We are well into the 3rd year and have just posted episode 68…

Guerrilla Audio

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