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TouchPod is the podcast for TouchRadio, which offers a selection of recordings, live or otherwise, from artists who are affiliated to or whose work appear on Touch, including Oren Ambarchi, Thomas Ankersmit, Leif Elggren, Christian Fennesz, Bruce Gilbert, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Howlround, Philip Jeck, Bethan Kellough, Jiyeon Kim, Tony Myatt, Phill Niblock, BJNilsen, Yann Novak, Stephen O'Malley, People Like Us, Peter 7 Paelinck, Pinkcourtesyphone, Peter Rehberg, Simon Scott, Simon Fish ...
 
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Buildings, and the spaces and atmospheres that they enclose, are primarily experienced through seeing them and hearing them. Visions of them are the trajectories and alterations of light that travel within them to the observer. Audition of them is via the patterns of reflected and diffracted sound that repeatedly pass the observer as their energy d…
 
This is a composition of field recordings taken at various wind turbine farms over the last year. They are recordings taken as part of a sound project I’m working on which looks at infrastructure; a sonic exploration into the unseen mechanics which underpin our daily lives: Power, transport, sewer systems, communications and supply logistics.The re…
 
Sifting through his archive of live recordings, Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) chose this performance from 2015 (in a very cold church in Bochum, Germany) as a favourite. As with most of his gigs, the concert was improvised, using an analogue tone generator as the main sound source, a radio, a contact mic, and a selection of pedals. Always a hi…
 
Whilst on holiday in Sicily Stuart wanted to capture the sound of the local church bells. Choosing to record at 12 noon every day seemed a reasonable way to record more elaborate bell combinations whilst also fitting in other holiday plans with his travelling companion.An edit of ten minutes from each location is included here, with 12 o’clock bein…
 
"Between the City and the Forest" collects field recordings made between 2015-2018 in areas around Los Angeles, Mojave, and the Sierra Nevada. The piece features a millipede walking on a tent, many species of birds, treefrogs, electromagnetic and other urban city textures, as well as some websdr recordings. Special thanks to Bill, Laurel, Greg, Rus…
 
Estonia has a rich and powerful nature orchestra, and this might be because two thirds of the country is covered with forests and bogs which are often almost untouched. Estonian nature sound is sometimes discrete and quiet, sometimes powerful, but it is always magical.This sound piece features the magnificent performance of the orchestra over a per…
 
This recording is made off the back balcony of the Cube Gallery in the village of Moira at around 8:15pm on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), 2018.The balcony looked out onto an area of open land, with a Hindu temple on one side and an old Portuguese-style cathedral on the other. I am struck by the merging of layers of sound in this scene — birds and i…
 
"You really should hear the frogs," suggested our hosts. They had taken us to their country house on a warm evening in May 2017, situated beside Little River, Beaverdam, Virginia.Late that evening, we were led down the lawn, through the darkness towards the river nearby, a few hundred yards from the house. As we neared the water, we began to hear c…
 
It was 1995; a cold fall day with heavy fog just north of the San Francisco Bay between the Bay Bridge and Jenner in Northern California. I had a spaced pair of B&K 4003 omni-directional microphones with me to capture bay backgrounds. Due to the fog I was able to capture a variety of horns throughout the day.The piece is a collage of these horn bac…
 
"tic-tac-toe" was written for Gilbert Ratcliffe, who in 2017 was a final-year dance student at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. For this performance, called "You Watching Me?", choreographed for a small group of dancers, Gil wrote:"My research was centred on the physical and mental manifestation of my journey with Tourettes Syndrome. I explored it …
 
This is a two channel recording of a live solo performance using the Moog guitar plus stuff. The set was improvised and only the second time Id performed solo with the Moog (the first being the night before in Swansea). The gig was at the Brunswick Club in Bristol which houses several arts groups including BEEF (Bristol Experimental Expanded Film) …
 
Live at Human Resources, Los Angeles, February 18, 20171. Geneva Skeen - Pop Song 16:482. Sarah Rara - Separating the Air 20:12.For the closing of Yann Novaks exhibition Repose,Novak invited Geneva Skeen and Sarah Rara to perform inside/alongside his installation. Each artist's performance was accompanied by the sound of Novaks installation demonst…
 
Farmers Manual is an electronic music and visual art group, founded in Vienna in the beginning of the 1990s. This computer set mode to c'mon in dictation on the B minor Asian. All ReachOut has paragraph and has a hot rod UART 13 of the real problems with seen a shift away levels here promotion and unsuccessful menu change and use the case yet this …
 
Victorian acoustician Herman Helmholtz studied sound and sensation in the 1800s; through his research he developed the Helmholtz Resonator, this object, usually made from glass or brass, is tuned to a specific resonant frequency and used to demonstrate the principle of acoustic resonance. Helmholtz writes about using these tuned devices to listen t…
 
If ever there was a reason for 333 to break its own rules, this is it: the 33rd anniversary of the very first Touch release.So we skip our proverbial anonymous random modus operandi just this once. We even managed to produce proper liner notes to a 3-track extravaganza. And just this once, we -are- naming our sources.This special edition of Touch R…
 
Ever the archivist at heart, my father, Francisco Alvelos, had the foresight of recording the national radio and television broadcasts of the Portuguese "Carnation" Revolution as it unfolded on the 25th of April, 1974. Just audio, that is: home video was still years away, as was colour TV I was then seven years old, and remember an afternoon withou…
 
"In Spring 2013 I was part of an ornithological survey (bird migration census) in a desert area in the Nile Valley, Egypt. Our team lived, considering local conditions, in a rather modern building in a town called Sandafa Al Far.Apart from the actual work, our standardised observations, I most of the time made sound recordings of birds, amphibians,…
 
To call this field recording would be crediting the situation with more adventure than it deserves. At five in the morning, with a hangover starting to percolate, the ideal conditions are surely to just roll over, hit record and go back to sleep and that is pretty much what happened here. End of disclaimer.Boats, whether out at sea or in harbour, h…
 
The word gibbet is used both to refer to an executional structure and to a hanging iron cage that used to display the remains of executed prisoners; when someone is thusly displayed, it is known as gibbeting. Recording the wooden gibbet in 2012, believed to be haunted burial site and located at Caxton in Cambridgeshire, to capture the sound of the …
 
This composition features unprocessed recordings from Krafla Geothermal Power Station and the nearby mudpools and steam vents of Hverir in Northern Iceland. The recordings were made in June 2014, on the Wildeye sound recording course led by Chris Watson and Jez Riley French, using a SoundField SPS200 and JrF contact microphones. The composition dra…
 
"Inspired by BJ Nilsen's performance at LACE in Los Angeles last month, I decided to attempt my own composition using field recordings. The source recordings are quite crude in comparison to those made by the great Mr Nilsen; I even used only an iPhone to collect the recordings; but after a little judicious use of processing back at the studio, I a…
 
Field recording of fireworks on Saint John's Night, June 23, 2014, the local pagan inheritor celebration of the Summer Solstice. Recording by Heitor Alvelos on Bruce Geduldig and Bernadette Martou's balcony, Porto, Portugal. The vantage point, overlooking the tail end of the Douro river from a considerable height, allows the acoustic experience to …
 
In May 2014, we were lucky enough to have direct access to the great machines of the industrial revolution on display in Londons Science Museum; the Mill Engine, by the Burnley Ironworks company, 1903, the Difference Engine No2, by Charles Babbage 1849.Sound has been integral in the relationship of the machines and their operators; used as a primar…
 
Repose was a site specific performance in Cocky Eeks inflatable performance space, Sphr, commissioned by the 2014 AxS Festival in Pasadena, California.The performance highlighted this unique space through a gesture-less performance of sound and light. The piece is comprised of a purely synthesized sound devoid of traditional compositional elements …
 
3 mixes, 3 directional speakers, sound installation 2014, Jiyeon Kim @ SeMa Biennale MediaCity Seoul'Grandmothers' Lounge - From the Other Side of Voices' is a joint work of radio producer Sang-il Choi (KR) and sound artist Jiyeon Kim (KR), commissioned by SeMa Biennale MediaCity Seoul 2014. Largely based on Sang-il Choi's anthropological audio rec…
 
In Spring 2009, I find myself by chance just a few hours by boat from Japans last frontier, the island of Iriomote, but I had no way to get there. Not enough time. Total frustration. The southern most island of Japan is 90% covered with rainforest and mangrove and home to many local species including not only insects, frogs and birds, but also Ryuk…
 
Since technical evolution tends to unfold rapidly, human beings have not been able to evolve a (forewarning) sense of new forms of technology (for instance to detect radioactivity). Electronic emissions are also not sensually detectable. No one knows exactly how the technology of wireless transmitting devices affects humans. Radio, television, radi…
 
Howlround are the duo of Robin The Fog and Chris Weaver who create recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on a quartet of vintage reel-to-reel tape machines - with additional reverb or electronic effects strictly forbidden. This recording documents their first ever live performance at the Brighthelm Centre as…
 
So we pause where we began, with BJNilsen (see TouchRadio 1)... Archival Recordings, Mixed in Berlin October 23, 2013, containing Bits and Pieces from:Beachy Head, Eastbourne, EnglandKarl Marx Tomb, Highgate Cemetery, London, EnglandWhitstable Bay, Kent, EnglandCleanCar Berlin, Mitte, GermanyTemple Gas Works, Glasgow, ScotlandFruitmarket City Hall,…
 
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