Welcome to the Touch Newsletter #194. On 1st February 2019 at Iklectic, London, Touch presents UnicaZürn and Howlround. UnicaZürn will be debuting a new vinyl release “Sensudestricto” (2019), their follow up to “Transpandorem” (2017). More info on this release soon… Howlround’s most recent album, “The Debatable Lands” marks a new, heavier direction, delving deep into “tapeloop techno”.
In December, The Tapeworm released two new tapes by Wild Daughter and Thomas Mahmoud. Further details on both can be found below.
1.2.19 | Touch presents… at Iklectik, London
Heralding new vinyl releases from UnicaZürn and Howlround.
UnicaZürn follow up “Transpandorem” (2017) debuting a new vinyl release “Sensudestricto” (2019). In performance: Stephen Thrower on keyboards and reeds, David Knight on keyboards and guitar and David J Smith (Guapo, Stargazers Assistant) on percussion.
Robin the Fog and his tape machines delve deep into “tapeloop techno”; his most recent album, “The Debatable Lands” marks a new, heavier direction for Howlround, thick knotty tangles of dense, pulsating bass are an echo of Robin’s early days making bad dance music, while the abrasive snarls of feedback swirling around these tracks point to his more recent embrace of indeterminacy and chance composition.
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TO:108 | Howlround “The Debatable Lands”
LP - 4 tracks - 33 minutes
Six extra download tracks with vinyl only available when purchasing in the TouchShop.
Cut by Jason @ Transition
Mastered by Stephan Mathieu
Artwork & photography by Jon Wozencroft
A1. Threip 11:53
A2. The Black Path 5:21
B1. Talkin Tarn 8:23
B2. Moat 7:22
In December 2017, Howlround (Robin the Fog) was invited to perform at “The Winter Solstice Soundscapes” event for the recently opened record store “Vinyl Café” in his home town of Carlisle, Cumbria. Inspired by the reception to his first ever performance in the great border city, he covered his parent’s dining room table with the same equipment, stretched loops of tape around his mum’s seasonal candlesticks when she wasn’t looking… and this LP is the result. The only equipment used on the album is two 1/4” reel-to-reel tape machines and one microphone. The sounds created are entirely at the discretion of the machines (much of them derived from ‘closed-input’ recordings) and all tracks were produced in a single take. There are no edits, no overdubs and no additional effects.
This marks a new, heavier direction for Howlround, a project better known for more ambient work. Described as “Tapeloop Techno”, thick knotty tangles of dense, pulsating bass are an echo of Robin’s early days making bad dance music, while the abrasive snarls of feedback swirling around these tracks point to his more recent embrace of indeterminacy and chance composition. Previous vinyl releases on Psyché Tropes, The Wormhole, A Year in the Country and Front & Follow as well as his own label The Fog Signals have shown a deep understanding of the possibilities of tape manipulation. On The Debatable Lands Howlround eschews the usual field recordings in favour of exploring the interior world of the machines themselves.
Buy in the Touch Shop – includes six bonus download tracks
TTW#112 | Thomas Mahmoud “Univorm”
Cassette only – limited edition of 100 copies. Artwork by Stefan Fähler.
A: Univorm A
B: Univorm B
Born in 1977, Thomas Mahmoud is a Berlin based cross-disciplinary artist – musician, sound designer, performer, author and radioplay producer.
Since stepping down as the singer with Cologne based band Von Spar (L’age d’or, Tomlab), he has pursued his interests in deconstructing sounds, using analogue and digital tools to work with textures and field recordings. His installation and sound design work is renowned, not least his 48-hour opera with the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop or his work with choreographer Kat Válastur at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens.
Many musicians erase mistakes – static produced by tangled wires between the instrument and the amplifier painstakingly filtered-out, the random recording mistakes deleted and corrected, until everything is pleasantly plain. Others work with the waste of these procedures, with the dispensable, the sonic trash. This is how Mahmoud works. He listens closely and grabs the hiss and the hum, not the tone, of a thick bass string. He samples the breathing, not the voice, of his favourite singers.
A collaborator by instinct, Mahmoud has worked with the likes of Can Khan Oral, Michael Wertmüller, Mouse on Mars, Birds Of Death, Jammin’ Unit, Dr Walker, Marcus Schmickler and many more. “Univorm” is his most recent multimedia project, in collaboration with visual artist Stefan Fähler.
Buy Thomas Mahmoud “Univorm” in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk
TTW#113 | Wild Daughter “Live at The Backstreet”
Cassette only – limited edition of 100 copies.
Wild Daughter logotype – Ross Teperek.
Artwork – Stuart McKenzie.
Manicure – Stefan Fähler.
A1: Take Your Life/We Don’t Like
A2: Get Gone
A3: Digit It
A5: Mr. G
A6: Mr. Midnight
A7: Brando Bomb
A8: Carry Me Home
Programme repeats on B-side
Wild Daughter are the light and the dark, the push/pull, the tension, the release. On “Live at The Backstreet” – recorded on 13.ix.18 at infamous East London gentlemen’s club The Backstreet – they are captured live, in their element. Accompanied by newest members Jacob Shaw and Conrad Pack, founders James Jeanette and Stuart Mckenzie conjure up sexual demons, inciting the audience almost into a ritualistic trance. Be warned…
Buy Wild Daughter “Live at The Backstreet” in the TouchShop
More information on www.tapeworm.org.uk
Guerrilla Audio is a new series of audio raids by Simon Fisher Turner.
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 83…
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