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 Fisher Turner, Mark Van Hoen, Chris Watson, Jana Winderen, Pascal Wyse and others.


  • TouchRadio 150

    TouchRadio 150

    28/07/2020 Duração: 13min

    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 decays and spreads. Just as buildings have a visual signature (what they look like) so they have an aural one. Each is dynamic: changing how a room is lit will change how it looks, making different kinds of noise within it will reveal different aspects of its sound. However, exploration is bounded by the laws of physics and perception and the fixed nature of the buildings themselves. Useful techniques and modes of expression such as feature exaggeration, time manipulation, rapidly changing or impossible perspectives and micro/macro-scoption require augmentation of reality, but enable boundaries to be exceeded. It becomes possible to experience not just what a bui

  • TouchRadio 149

    TouchRadio 149

    12/11/2019 Duração: 18min

    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 recordings presented here are in a fairly raw state and will be developed and augmented within the wider body of work. However, I think they hold different value in their 'solo' and raw form - and may be of particular interest to listeners of TouchRadio. The modern wind turbine is an awe inspiring machine - gracefully benign from two miles away, yet from within their shadow they assault an image of improbable violence on the senses. Designed to perform modern day alchemy through a screamed slicing of the troposphere, they detune the very skies which hang overhead and broadcast infrasonic resonances into the ground which i was able to record through a geophone fro

  • TouchRadio 148

    TouchRadio 148

    30/09/2019 Duração: 24min

    If the mainstream media (MSM) won't broadcast this, then we will.

  • TouchRadio 147

    TouchRadio 147

    09/05/2019 Duração: 22min

    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 hit-and-miss venture, but always exciting (though at times nerve-wracking for the artist). Photo by Constantly Consuming

  • TouchRadio 146

    TouchRadio 146

    08/04/2019 Duração: 01h00s

    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 being positioned in the middle at five minutes to afford some context of the local area. Sicilian dialect has been used to indicate each day. Church names have been used to indicate location rather than street names, and bells from nearby churches can also be heard as the timing on each church is slightly different. Some churches ring twice, and one church not at all. The bird sounds were made by an old man hiding behind the tree that I was recording under. Recorded using a Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6, and a stereo pair of LOM Usi omni-directional mics attached to a coat hanger. Màrtiri – San Francesco di Paola, Palermo Mèrcuri – Cattedrale di Palermo and Parrocc

  • TouchRadio 145

    TouchRadio 145

    28/02/2019 Duração: 12min

    "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, Russ, and all those I met on the Sound Recording and Analysis Workshop in June 2018.

  • TouchRadio 144

    TouchRadio 144

    12/01/2019 Duração: 01h13min

    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 period of 24 hours in the spring. The recording opens with a dawn chorus in the Alam Pedja nature reserve. It then travels to the primaeval forest of Jarvselja and the wetlands south of the Ahja jogi, close to Lake Peipsi and the Russian border. The latter is a boreonemoral, drained peatland and swamp forest area. Chirping birds, croaking frogs, a barking deer and a rumbling thunderstorm make up the choir. The star performers, howling wolves, end this nature symphony just before the sun rises over the forest. Great care has been taken to make the sound piece time and rhythm coherent as well as biogeographically consistent. Man-made noise such as woodworking has bee

  • TouchRadio 143

    TouchRadio 143

    12/10/2018 Duração: 12min

    This recording was made at the Block Gallery in New Cross on May 27th 2018 to mark the closing of the ‘Maquettes’ exhibition. The full text of the reading is available in issue 3 of Satori magazine. Richard Bevan supplied the recording. The photograph is by Rachel Hollings.

  • TouchRadio 142

    TouchRadio 142

    13/09/2018 Duração: 43min

    Through the Night was recorded on June 10th 2018 at Glenshee, Scotland during ‘Murmurations’. Mixed with Rob Aitken, with thanks to Chris Watson + Jez Riley French.

  • TouchRadio 141

    TouchRadio 141

    27/07/2018 Duração: 37min

    An extract from Zachary Paul's live scoring to the 2013 movie "Under the Skin" (dir. Jonathan Glazer, original score by Mica Levi). Recorded live at PLUM, Stories Books and Café, Los Angeles, on Monday 16th July 2018. With thanks to Lena Pozdnyakova and Eldar Tagi at The 2vvo.

  • TouchRadio 140

    TouchRadio 140

    24/05/2018 Duração: 18min

    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 insects, but also sometimes traffic (though the road is distant), voices, power tools and non-power tools, dogs, and various unknown activities. In the middle of the recording, an unseen train passes and somehow overtakes everything for a moment. There are sounds I cannot identify no matter how hard I listen to them. This piece is composed by all the forces that had assembled themselves in that place at that time, on the edge of night. Many thanks to Satinder Singh and Eric Patrick for making this recording possible.

  • TouchRadio 138

    TouchRadio 138

    15/03/2018 Duração: 23min

    Recorded live as part of “Touch presents…” with Philip Jeck and Yann Novak in Amsterdam on 15th March 2018. Play loud!

  • TouchRadio 137

    TouchRadio 137

    27/02/2018 Duração: 25min

    A free in-store performance at Noize after the 1st Mutek Festival. Heavy on sounds from his ‘pop’ album “PostFabricated”, it was accidentally recorded in mono at the event.

  • TouchRadio 136

    TouchRadio 136

    30/01/2018 Duração: 06min

    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 backgrounds along with a freight container ship horn from the Port of Los Angeles. The discovery of hearing these together was a happenstance while previewing the files in unison and hearing a suspended chord automatically I perceived it as a composition. I also added an underwater sound recorded with a B&K 8011 hydrophone of jet streams from a pool filter.

  • TouchRadio 135

    TouchRadio 135

    30/12/2017 Duração: 10min

    Edited 31st December 6-8AM GMT.

  • TouchRadio 134

    TouchRadio 134

    29/11/2017 Duração: 30min

    Performance recorded from the desk, live at Iklectik Art Lab, London, on 21st May 2016. With thanks to Eduard Solaz, who took the photo.

  • TouchRadio 133

    TouchRadio 133

    19/09/2017 Duração: 09min

    "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 through the collaborative process between choreographer and dancers to see if we could create a non-narrative, abstract dance work that was able to elicit an emotional, performative response." Gil knew what the broad structure needed to be, and the dancers had ideas about sounds that would resonate well with the subject but there was lots of freedom between those staging posts. I loved how the dancers only needed occassional markers, between which they related to the sounds but werent bound by them. No need for anything as prosaic as counting out beats. Gil's research involved talking to lots of people with TS, and reading through it I got keen on the simple idea

  • TouchRadio 132

    TouchRadio 132

    20/08/2017 Duração: 05min

    Recorded from 10:00 to 10:25 on the day of the partial eclipse (approx 65%) at UCLA Court of Sciences, California.

  • TouchRadio 131

    TouchRadio 131

    27/06/2017 Duração: 31min

    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) who, via sound and video artist Kathy Hinde, had invited me to perform. When I arrived in Bristol and gave the taxi driver the address, he told me that the Brunswick Club was closed down, and even if it wasnt, he doubted Id be performing there. Apparently it used to be a Working Man's Club frequented by taxi drivers. Not any more. Equipment: Moog Guitar, ebow, shortwave radio, tone generator, guitar pedals (reverb, delay, distortion and fuzz factory), plasma and bicycle lights, a childs light wand, two vibrators, portable CD player (unplugged), modified fans, mixer, and miscelaneous debris. Recorded by Kathy Hinde.

  • TouchRadio 130

    TouchRadio 130

    19/05/2017 Duração: 45min

    On the edge of the jungle, where the Amazon Rainforest begins in southern Venezuela, where the Gran Sabana ends, humans are still trying to enter a world dominated by nature. Trees, rivers, animals and insects extend to the horizon, and the sounds reach our ears to remind us of their empire.

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