Touch 33 - Pont Saeson
Fennesz - 55 Cancri e
Bruce Gilbert - Apis
Rosy Parlane - Awhitu
Recorded in Auckland, NZ, 13th October 2012
Oren Ambarchi - Merely A Portmanteau
Guitars & such recorded in Tel Aviv and Melbourne
SIDE 2 17:15
The Book Depository
ELEH - Over Woven
BJNilsen - The cackle of dogs and laughter of death
Recorded outside The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, September 10th 2012
Nana April Jun - High And Low And Mid Plane Mass
SIDE 3 18:14
Chris Watson - Brussel-Nord
Recorded on location at Brussel-Nord. Soundfield ST 450 microphone, 4 channel B format signal decoded to stereo'
Mika Vainio - Erstwhile
All sounds produced with electric guitar. Recorded in Berlin, October 2012
Carl Michael von Hausswolff - Cleansing of the Cruel Tyrants Chamber
Location recording: Kings chamber, Khufu pyramid, Giza, Egypt, December 2010
Additional sine wave recordings: The Castle, Stockholm, October 2012
Composed at Darb 1718 in Cairo, December 2010 and at the Castle in Stockholm, October 2012
Jana Winderen - In a Silent Place
Bats recorded in Regents Park, London, September 2012 using a Pettersen DX1000 Ultrasound Detector. Underwater recordings in Newtown Creek, Brooklyn and under Marine Parkway Bridge in Rockaway Inlet, New York with Reson 4032 and DPA 8011 hydrophones
SIDE 4 17:49
Philip Jeck - Saint Pancras
Francisco López - untitled#286
Original environmental sound matter recorded in Bogotá and Lima in October 2011
Composed and mastered at mobile messor (Lima), October 2011
Z'EV- the inreadables
Hildur Gudnadottir - Just This
Recorded in Berlin, October 2012
Biosphere - Gryfici
Bicycle brakes recorded in the Wolski forest, Kraków, December 2011
"30 years and counting is an echo of a time when the world was in a critical condition, and potentially about to blow itself into oblivion at the tail end of the Cold War. As such the title is a wry reflection on the situation we find ourselves in today, where the final curtain is less likely to close, but the stakes somehow seem to be more extreme and polarised than ever.
As far as Touch is concerned, it is an expression of our youthful relationship to the work. Mike Harding and Jon Wozencroft invited each of the Touch artists to contribute a glimpse of their current practice to what is effectively a group show rather than a compilation. The brief was not only to celebrate a situation, but to remind each other why we are doing it, and make a kind of documentary realism.
Some artists responded quickly with significant twists and returns to their signature sound and others left it to the last minute. The net result was that Mike and Jon mastered the LP/CD more or less as live performance in the cutting room, Transition, as an expression of the vitality of the project rather than some pre-ordained historical item.
The history is built into the cover with two images of the first computer, the ‘Colossus’, built in Bletchley Park during the early 1940s as a means of cracking the Enigma codes… Here the pressure of time is at its most compressed. Two contra-punctal images were shot only recently, backstage moments of Touch 30 situations which as historical events, pale in comparison – they are just personal, memories in a flash.
30 years and counting is a filmic/time-based response from a collective of artists who have made a distinct impression on contemporary music and the way things go. Fennesz, Eleh, Hildur Gudnadottir, Chris Watson, Philip Jeck, Biosphere… We should really list everyone. That’s what they try and do on hip-hop albums.
We started with cassettes; this project commenced as a dedication to vinyl rather than digital, a question concerning the art of recording. 30 years and counting is a manifesto after all these transformations. It is available on CD and download. The vinyl flares with the crackle of the present." Jon Wozencroft, November 2012
released January 1, 2012
Compiled, edited, mixed and produced by Mike Harding & Jon Wozencroft, 14-15th October 2012
Mastered by Denis Blackham, 26th October 2012
Since its first release in 1982, Touch has created sonic and visual productions that combine innovation with a level of care
and attention that has made it the most enduring of any independent company of its time.
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Easily one of the best the best albums released this year.
Fennesz has created an ambient masterpiece by digging deep into some of the more familiar elements of deep ambient, but in shaking the soil, giving them a new lease of life and power.
The bass elements are deeply textured; a course drone, resembling a mumble.
There's certainly a melodic element, but they are contextualised into a somewhat dissonant soundscape, which is what gives the compositions their resonance.
Superb. Michael Mueller