Reviews and Photos from Touch.30

You can read reviews of last week's Touch.30 event at Beaconsfield, London

The Liminal

Dalston Sound

Mich Leemans (Flemish)


and photos here:

Fabio Lugaro

Peter Knight


Chris Watson/Wildeye

Touch moves on now to Norfolk for the Wildeye weekend with Chris Watson. More information can be found at


Jon Savage/Network21 mix at Touch.30 | Beaconsfield 6th December 2012


In early 1987, when this mix was taped, House music was finally breaking through - Steve 'Silk' Hurley's "Jack Your Body" went to number one in January - and indie music, to me at least, was losing its fire. I'd been to New York the previous year and made a trip to Downstairs Records - which of course, was situated upstairs - and come back with some early DJ International 12's and some bootleg breakbeat 45's, so was beginning to add some of these into the mix into the usual white noise.

So you get some Punk and you get some Girl Group and some Sixties garage and some strange spoken word stuff and a few attempts at analogue breakbeats. It all sounds like the raw material for a killer mix but I like it in its raw and unadorned state. Thanks to the Tommy Boy 12" of the three Double Dee and Steinski Lessons, I was obsessed with mixology: hence the bootleg House mix and the first 12" by the JAMMS, which had just been released when this tape was made.

It's also a record of a moment. Jon and I lived in deep West London. It was relentless, even twenty five years or so ago. So, on a Friday night or a weekend, we'd get in the car, spark up, and head out on the M40. Drive past High Wycombe high up into the Chilterns, and take the Stokenchurch turn-off. Turn left, and drive along the Oxford Road through the village of Ibstone. Just before Ibstone House, there is a turn off to the right. Park there, and walk West.

This is a single-track road through trees down into an almost deserted valley: an oasis of quiet. Walk down in the near total darkness past Barbara Castle's old house - on a hill-top to the right - down to a T junction. Turn left along a road (Holloway Lane) shrouded in tall trees and after a few hundred yards you get to the tiny village of Turville. Depending on your taste, you can drink or eat in the village pub, the Bull and Butcher. (The place has changed, of course, it's not such an oasis of quiet since the pub got reviewed in US tour guides).

At 75 minutes, this is a pretty good soundtrack to such an expedition. It was fun to compile: I remember tuning in on my car radio and being very excited when I heard the MC5 blasting out over the airwaves. It originally comprised two full sides of a 90 minute cassette, so about 15 minutes have been cut out for reasons of space: tracks by Saqqara Dogs, the Neon Boys, the Middle Class, "Section 43" by Country Joe and the Fish.

I still like all the records that you hear on this mix.

Jon Savage

21 November 2012

Track list:

Jose Jimenez talks to Teenagers
MC5 Looking At You - single version
The Slits What A Boring Life
Middle Class Situations
Rock the House - 1986 white label
Spooky Tooth Waiting For The Wind - break
Sylvester Rock The Box - bonus beats
The Medallions The Letter
John Leyton Wild Wind
JS > I Like Synthetic/Kinks
Lee Dorsey Get Out My Life Woman break
Rosa Yemen Herpes Simplex
Jimmy "Bo" Horne Spank
Boy vs Girl w/ JS
Miss X Christine
The Urinals Sex
JAMMS All You Need Is Love original 12"
The Bostweeds Faster Pussycat Kill Kill
The Poets In Your Tower
The Jaynettes Sally Go Round The Roses
Buzzcocks Boredom backwards

John Lennon at Royal Command Performance 1963
The Residents Beyond The Valley of a Day in the Life
Twinkle Golden Lights
JS > Touch Ritual
The Spades We Sell Soul
Mars Helen Forsdale
The Electric Eels Agitated
Skip Spence Books of Moses
The Shangri-Las He Cried
The Chubukos Witchdoctor Bump
The It Donnie
Maurice Woodruff - My Predictions for 1963
Break of Love Ride by Vikki Love and Nuance
The Attack Colours of My Mind
Pop Up Advertising
Pere Ubu Heart of Darkness


autodigest Live at Touch.30 | Beaconsfield, 6th December 2012

30 releases in 30 years of Touch fitting into 30 seconds and 3 bonus seconds...

autodigest Live at Touch.30


Touch.30 - Atmospheres 4 at Beaconsfield, London SE11




A two-day festival celebrating 30 years of Touch, with performances, installations and displays, and a full programme of workshops and masterclasses in design and music, recording, mastering and the digital realm. The full programme is now available to read below.

Venue: Beaconsfield, 22 Newport St, Vauxhall, London, SE11 6AY
Dates: 5-6 December 2012

The Festival Pass entitles you to access all events at this festival and is now onsale here:
Buy the Festival Pass in the TouchShop
Buy your ticket for 5th December 2012 (programme below)
Buy your ticket for 6th December 2012 (programme below)

Atmospheres 4 - Touch.30 at Beaconsfield is the main UK event in a year-round programme of activities celebrating 30 years of existence.

Atmospheres 4 - Touch.30 at Beaconsfield is a two-day festival with performances, installations and displays, and a full programme of workshops and masterclasses. The Festival will explore all aspects of Touch: the music; the distinctive and influential design and photography; the process of recording and mastering; and the opportunities of the digital realm.

Participation in the event will extend well beyond Touch artists and creative team into the hinterland around the label: academics, industry professionals, other ground breaking music organisations etc.

Atmospheres will be curated by two of Touch's founders and the current creative team, Mike Harding and Jon Wozencroft, and produced by them with along with Touch's experienced digital and live production team already responsible this year for events in the UK, Germany, Belgium, USA and elsewhere detailed here.

Day One – Wednesday 5th December 2012

Afternoon events, 2pm-6pm:
• 2pm: Jon Wozencroft talks about the history of Touch, "Through the Digital Glass"
• 2:30pm: Denis Blackham (Skye Mastering) and Christian Fennesz on mastering for digital manufacture and the demands of the "Venice" project
• 3pm: "When did sound become music?" Sonic intervention from Panasonic.
Chaired by John Kieffer: Denis Blackham, Jason (Transition Mastering Studios) and Jon Wozencroft, a panel on digital and analogue sound, and how this determines listening outcomes
Sonic intervention from Ryoji Ikeda
4pm Break
• 4:15pm approx. Edwin Pouncey discusses his record collection...
• 4:30pm: Chaired by Tony Myatt (University of Surrey): Mike Harding, Seb Jouan (Aecom Acoustic Design & Arts & Culture) on multi-channel with Hildur Gudnadottir. This session reflects upon hi-audio formats, a specific example, and their future
(Followed by questions)

Screening Situations (upstairs), 6pm-7pm
• Coda-plus 47 (audio by Fennesz & Ryoji Ikeda)
• Liquid Music (audio by Fennesz)

Evening Performances, 8pm-11pm
Hildur Gudnadottir - Leyfɗu Ljósinu (Beaconsfield version)
• audio intervention by David Toop, a presentation of "Yanomamo Shamanism", released on 'Touch Travel' [T4] in 1984.
Philip Jeck
• People Like Us - 4' 33"
• audio intervention by BJNilsen, who plays a new piece recorded outside the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, "The cackle of dogs and laughter of death".
• Playback of a surround-sound rendition of his Touch.30 piece "Brussels Nord" by Chris Watson (in absentia)

Day Two – Thursday 6th December 2012

Afternoon events, 2pm-6pm:
• 2pm: Mike Harding introduces Touch's digital presence on the web with Philip Marshall (websites) & Tim Medcalf (iOS devices) followed by at
• 2:45pm: Paul Wilson & Cheryl Tipp from The British Library on the TouchRadio archive
• 3pm: Jon Wozencroft & Garry Mouat - "Bromides and Spray Mount" - Touch design in the early years
• 3:45pm: Design Seminar by Jon Wozencroft - How Touch has responded to changing formats and download culture
•: 4:30pm Jon Wozencroft & Peter Saville discuss their parallel experience of visual culture, and the movement of graphic design to the art world (Followed by questions)

Screening Situations (upstairs), 6pm-7:15pm
• The Whitstable Symphony (audio by BJNilsen)
• The Suffolk Symphony (audio by Philip Jeck & BJNilsen)

Evening Performances, 8pm-11pm
Thomas Köner
• followed by an audio intervention by Bruce Gilbert - "Sliding off the World"
CM von Hausswolff
• Jon Wozencroft introduces Jon Savage's and his pirate broadcast for Network 21 in 1987
Biosphere - transfiguring Arnold Schoenberg's “Verklärte Nacht”

Bar area: audio interventions by Simon Fisher Turner and others…

In the Bar: Photography by Jon Wozencroft: The Listening Eye

Buy the Festival Pass in the TouchShop
Buy your ticket for 5th December 2012
Buy your ticket for 6th December 2012


Touch.30 live in New York City | 13th-16th September 2012

In September 2012 Touch in collaboration with ISSUE Project Room will present a series of events in Manhattan and Brooklyn (or across New York) celebrating the publisher’s 30th anniversary. 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 music company of its time. The label has presented a wide range of artists from New Order to Thomas Köner, and now has a strong focus on artists such as Fennesz, Chris Watson, Philip Jeck, Jana Winderen, Hildur Gudnadottir, Oren Ambarchi and Biosphere.

How to buy tickets:

Festival pass includes admission to the following events (there will also be various afternoon events included in the price - to be announced soon):

Thu, September 13, 2012  8:00pm
Philip Jeck & Ted Riederer + Ken Montgomery at Our Lady of Lebanon - 113 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

You can read a review of this performance on audiostream here

Fri, September 14, 2012  8:00pm
Eleh + Lary 7 at Our Lady of Lebanon - 113 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

You can read a review of this performance in the New York Times

Sat, September 15, 2012  8:00pm
Chris Watson* - Forest Floor (multi-channel sound installation) presented by Mike Harding
Chris Watson* & Marcus Davidson - "The Bee Symphony" & the world premier of the second part of the trilogy "Sea Polyphonies" at Our Lady of Lebanon - 113 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
[*unfortunately Chris Watson is unable to attend]

and also...

Saturday, September 15th, 9pm - Midnight
on Daniel Blumin's show on WFMU

Premier UK experimental label Touch turns 30 this year. To celebrate, Touch has been organizing events in Europe, and from September 13th to the 16th the celebration lands in New York City with a series of events at Issue Project Room, Anthology Film Archives, and Experimental Intermedia. Afraid of leaving home? Not to worry - the festivities also hit WFMU as label co-owner Mike Harding and composer Philip Jeck drop in for a visit!

Tune in as Harding discusses the label's history and spins tracks from the imprint's long out-of-print cassettes, recordings from the label's roster of hit makers (e.g. Fennesz, Mika Vainio, Oren Ambarchi), and music that served to inspire the founding of the label!

Then, Philip Jeck, a Touch mainstay and artist primarily known for his mesmerizing work with prepared vinyl, performs live! Layers of creaky loops, hints of long-forgotten melodies, and echo-chamber strings meld with crackle, bass hum, and recombinant wormholes of sound. A Saturday night to remember. Do not miss!

You can hear the show archived here

Sun, September 16, 2012  4:00pm

Films of Jon Wozencroft at Anthology, 32 Second Avenue, NYC
Anthology Film Archives screens the films of Jon Wozencroft as part of Touch.30 Live in NYC.

THE SUFFOLK SYMPHONY 2010, 48 mins, video Visuals, Jon Wozencroft. Audio, Philip Jeck & BJNilsen.
LIQUID MUSIC 2012, 40 mins, video Visuals, Jon Wozencroft. Audio, Christian Fennesz.

Sun, September 16, 2012  8:00pm

Touch ensemble at Experimental Intermedia
[Access to this performance, with a $5 donation, is included for festival passholders only!]

Featuring: Daniel Blumin, Marcus Davidson, GenKen, Philip Jeck, Dave Knapik, Scott Konzelmann, Lary 7, JG.Thirlwell, Brian Turner and very special guest The Enchantress of Bioluminosity & others... Conducted by Mike Harding



Touch.30 live in Glasgow | 22nd November 2012

Old Fruitmarket

Philip Jeck
Thomas Köner

Tickets can be ordered here

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 music company of its time. Tonight’s event features Thomas Köner, BJNilsen and Philip Jeck. Thomas Köner is a pioneering multimedia artist whose main interest lies in combining visual and auditory experiences. Over his long, much celebrated career, he has worked between installation works, sound art, minimal soundscapes and (as one half of Porter Ricks) fantastically repetitive dub techno. BJNilsen is a sound and recording artist. Primarily focused on the sound of nature and its effect on humans, field recordings and the perception of time and space as experienced through sound, often electronically treated. He has worked as composer and sound designer for documentary film, theatre, television and dance and performs his solo work regularly around the globe creating an immersive and intimate soundworld. Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops turning them to his own purposes. He really does play them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record. Philip Jeck makes genuinely moving and transfixing music, where we hear the art not the gimmick.

Supported by Creative Scotland


Optical 3 | Touch.30 live at Decibel Festival | 27-28th September 2012

Decibel Festival proudly celebrates the 30th anniversary of the legendary British audiovisual organization and publishing company Touch - the longest surviving independent contemporary music publisher in the UK.

Seattle's edition will feature live A/V performances by

Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen, a Norwegian producer who has released a considerable catalogue of ambient electronic music, mostly notably 1997's Substrata, an album considered by many as one of ambient music's key recordings. Jenssen has also scored a number of films, including Eternal Stars (1993) and Insomnia (1997). The iconic ambient-techno maestro will present at Decibel Festival selections from his critically-acclaimed album N-Plants - a work that explores the beauty and vulnerability of Japanese nuclear power facilities.

The Sight Below
Seattle-based interdisciplinary artist, curator and composer Rafael Anton Irisarri will perform under his The Sight Below guise, presenting a special live A/V performance/installation commissioned by Touch. Irisarri’s recorded output - described by Pitchfork as “existing in an undifferentiated welter of pop, techno, and classical” - captures an essential vision of floating tones, deep pulsing bass and textured Gaussian curves. His work is widely published in over a dozen labels around the globe, including respected labels like Touch, Morr Music, Ghostly International, Room40 and Miasmah.

Eleh was formed in 1999 as an exploration of analog synthesis. Influenced by early electronic minimalist pioneers such as La Monte Young, Eliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveros & Charlemagne Palestine, Eleh creates highly minimal and deeply spiritual pure analog electroacoustic music. Eleh’s work emphasizes the physical presence of sound as it has been inspired by the physical world, focusing on tonal juxtapositions, bass tones and various acoustic phenomenon. He has released numerous records on Touch, Important Records and Taiga Records.

plus a special screening of
Fennesz + Wozencroft “Liquid Music”

Audiovisual collaboration between guitar-extraordinaire Christian Fennesz (AT) and Touch label founder & curator Jon Wozencroft (UK).

"Liquid Music was made in 2001, in conjunction with the music Christian Fennesz was developing during that fertile period when the future was still a good idea. The first version was premiered during the Touch tour of 2001, the time of Fennesz's Endless Summer and the steady movement towards Venice. The footage for Liquid Music originates from Prague, Paxos, Crete, Cephalonia, Messinia, London and one short clip from Monterey Bay. It was filmed on H-8 and mini-DV between 1995 and 2001. The main idea was to film everything through the lens, with no post production other than the compilation of many years work into a coherent whole. Fennesz's music, and its ascendent quality, made that a pleasure. The optical quality is on the cusp between analogue and digital resolution. In many respects it‚ "an exchange of values as much as working methods." - Jon Wozencroft (London, 2012)

Wozencroft will be presenting an introduction to the work and a brief Q&A will ensue after the screening.

Venue Info
Thursday, September 27
Broadway Performance Hall : 1625 Broadway Ave
Doors: 5:30pm. Screening starts at 6:00pm.

Admission price: $10 or FREE with 2012 Decibel Pass

Friday, September 28
Broadway Performance Hall : 1625 Broadway Ave
Doors: 7:00 pm. The Sight Below – 7:20 pm. Biosphere – 8:00 pm. Eleh – 8:45 pm

Doors at 7:00 pm
Admission price: $35
or FREE with 2012 Decibel Pass


Touch.30 live in Brussels | 29th August 2012

Touch.30 presents a free evening of performances, as part of the 9th edition of the Feeërieën, in the centre of Brussels and in the middle of the Warandepark, where everything takes place on and around the restored bandstand.

In performance:
Philip Jeck
The Ash International Sound System

Further details at


Touch invites... | Cafe Oto 17th July 2012

Café Oto 17.07.12
Presentations, talks & performances

Maia Urstad (Bergen) - 'Radio Field'

"As a sound installation artist I have always been intrigued by how we communicate. My fascination with the sending and receiving of messages, and how they may be converted on their way, has led to a series of artworks containing portable radio transmitters and receivers..."

Maia Urstad is an artist working at the intersection of audio and visual art. She was educated at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts and has also a background in rock music.

Jiyeon Kim (Seoul)

Jiyeon Kim started her career as media art project producer, then she moved to the soundmaker/musician field. She mainly uses field recordings with sounds made with handmade analogue sound devices and acoustic objects as her source. Currently she experiments on resonating different materials in various methods with diy microphones, amplifiers, analogue oscillators, which leads her to develop unconventional ways of field recording. Jiyeon is also working as a sound educator, actively programming and running various sound workshops for young people. She aims to inspire participants to engage with their sonic environments in an artistic and social way. This summer, Jiyeon is invited to 3 weeks of a field recording residency near Verona and Naples in Italy, where she will explore sound environments of abandoned places in rural areas.

Sandra Jasper (London/Berlin)

Sandra Jasper is a geographer currently completing her doctorate at the UCL Urban Laboratory. Her thesis "Cyborg Imaginations: Nature, Technology and Urban Space in West Berlin (1961-1989) draws from diverse fields, such as sound art, engineering and architecture. Sandra teaches on the UCL MSc Urban Studies and convenes "Stadtkolloquium" a postgraduate research network. Her recent publication "Phantom limbs: Encountering the hidden spaces of West Berlin" came out in "Urban Constellations" (Jovis, ed. by Matthew Gandy).

"The UCL Urban Laboratory, established in 2005, is a university-wide initiative to bring together the best urban teaching and research at UCL. Our activities build on the full spectrum of work at UCL across the arts and sciences ranging from civil engineering to film studies, from urban history to the latest developments in architectural design."

Dawn Scarfe (London)

Dawn Scarfe’s work ranges across a variety of media from site-specific installation and performance to field recording. It explores how listening might be directed to heighten our perceptions of particular environments. Multi-speaker installations (such as Tree Music) and resonating acoustic glass sculptures (Listening Glasses) ask us to re-think and re-negotiate our impressions of our surroundings. Individual parts of her works are encouraged to respond to each other or to enter into a dialogue with their environment.

Recent exhibitions include Klinkende Stad Kortrijk, ZKM Karlsruhe, Q-O2 Brussels, La Casa Encendida Madrid, TONSPUR Museumsquartier Vienna, Bios Athens, Space Studios and 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London. She completed a PhD in Sonic Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London in December 2011.

Dawn will present an introduction to her work with glass including Tuning to Spheres: an installation/performance which uses assorted wine glasses as acoustic resonators. A number of wine glasses sit on a turntable. A small loudspeaker plays sine tones tuned to the pitch of a particular glass, causing it to resonate as it passes underneath the speaker.

Tickets are now available


Spire Live @ Spitalfields Festival | London, 21st June 2012

The 13th Spire will take place at St. Botolphs without Aldgate on Thursday 21st June 2012 as part of The Spitalfields Summer Festival

7.00pm-9.30pm (Installation by Marcus Davidson from 6.00pm)
Insight with Scott McMillan (The Liminal), Charles Matthews and Mike Harding


Charles Matthews - organ & piano
John Beaumont - tenor
Marcus Davidson - organ, piano & tape
BJ Nilsen - electronics
Philip Jeck - turntables & samplers


The Eternal Chord

Programme to include:

Charles Camilleri - Sonata Semplice
JS Bach - Komm, Heiliger Geist
Ligeti - Harmonies
Diana Burrell - Lauds
Arvo Pärt - Pari Intervallo
Marcus Davidson - The Conscious Sky

You can book tickets here

Tickets: £12 unreserved/£5 Student tickets (further concessions available)

Series Tickets Offers: Discounts available when booking three or more concerts

From its earliest inception as the Hydraulis to the latest in organ technology, the organ has had incredible influence on the history of music and sound. Spire celebrates this ‘Emperor of Instruments’ with live performances for organ, electronics, piano and voice, contrasting digital and analogue to create a rich sonic journey unique to each performance location. See Spire in Spitalfields for the first time, visiting St Botolph without Aldgate and its newly restored Harris organ.


Touch.30 live at idaf, Kingston | 3rd May 2012

Improvisation and Digital Arts Festival
Market House, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey UK

This event is a free-ticketed event, but unfortunately none are left. However, we are hoping to get some more allocated this week. Please keep an eye on Touch's Twitter feed for updates.

Philip Jeck
Chris Watson


April 2012 | Touch.30 makes a two-date trip to Germany

The resurgence of vinyl in recent years is a phenomenon which has not gone unnoticed; as CD declines sharply, its audio limitations exposed not only by advances in other technologies, but also by the myths propagated at the inception of digital exposed, so artists explore and demand other formats to express their work. Although a business model is still some way off the traditional artist » label » distribution » shop paradigm, it is clear this is being radically overhauled and replaced by online sales platforms set up by the artists themselves. But vinyl seems to have escaped this process, and continues to grow. Why is that?


ZKM – Karlsruhe, Germany, 21.04.12


Touch presents...
Philip Jeck
Achim Mohné
The Ash International Sound System

Alongside this event will be the T-B A21 Sound Space:

The T-B A21 Sound Space is a project commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary to bring to a larger audience the unique series of compositions that were produced for The Morning Line. The Morning Line was conceived as an interdisciplinary platform structure by artist Matthew Ritchie with architects Aranda\Lasch and Arup AGU, where artists, architects, engineers, physicists and musicians would each contribute their own specialised information to create a new form.

Studio 672 – Köln, Germany 23.04.12

Touch presents...
Achim Mohné
The Ash International Sound System

a 3rd date is planned for Denovali, Essen on October 5th 2012...


April 2012 | Two Installations for Sounding City: Public Sound

Sounding City: Public Sound, Kortrijk, Belgium, 28.04.12 - 13.05.12
Opening on the 28th with a presentation of the work of Chris Watson by Mike Harding and a live performance by Jana Winderen.

Chris Watson - installation inspired by "After the Deluge (Na de Zondvloed)" @ Broel Museum
Jana Winderen - installation & live performance

Unfortunately Chris Watson cannot be present for family reasons, so his work will be presented by Mike Harding from Touch.


April 2012 | Touch.30 night at Cafe Oto

Café Oto, London, England 02.04.2012

Oren Ambarchi
Daniel Menche

You can read a review on Fluid Radio here


March 2012 | 30 hours of Touch on AV Festival's Radio Boredcast

Radio Boredcast is a 744-hour continuous online radio project – running from 1st March to 31st March 2012 – curated by artist Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) with AV Festival. In response to our ambiguous relationship with time - do we have too much or not enough? - Radio Boredcast celebrates the detail, complexity and depth of experience lost through our obsession with speed.

On 16th March 2012 at 5:57am, Touch takes over Radio Boredcast for 30 hours of programmes curated by Mike Harding and Jon Wozencroft, as a celebration of Touch.30. Many rare recordings are to be aired, including a number of Touch's earliest cassette releases in full. Jon Wozencroft presents "TouchRadio 1987" - a compilation prepared in 1987 for private distribution on cassette… In those days, mix tapes were a very common way of sharing one's own musical tastes on an informal basis. Half of this episode is presented here. Mike Harding also contributes three hour long "TouchAVRadio" transmissions, "Language", "Sound" and "Time", especially created for AVFestival.

In addition, many Touch artists are featured on other days of the month-long broadcast, alongside shows submitted by Ash International and The Tapeworm. Special broadcasts from the likes of Chris Watson, Phill Niblock, Fennesz and BJNilsen are scheduled.

You can listen continuously for a month, or for hours, minutes or seconds. Online 24 hours each day, at or The schedule for the whole month is listed here, with details of each show and information about the artists. You can also subscribe to the Radio Boredcast podcasts.

Radio Boredcast schedule at


March 2012 | Chris Watson - A Journey South, Leeds, 7th

Chris Watson - A Journey South
Old Broadcasting House, Leeds, England 7th

6:00pm : Drinks, snacks & chats
7:00pm : An Introduction by Mike Harding of Touch
7:10pm : A Journey South, with Chris Watson
8:30pm : Q&A
9:00pm : Close

Tickets available here or contact Tim Medcalf by email.

Touch.30, in conjunction with the Oates100 Campaign and nti Leeds present an audio-visual journey to the South Pole with Chris Watson.

As part of the team for the David Attenborough BBC series "Frozen Planet", Chris travelled to Antarctica to record the ambient sounds, the wildlife, the water - even the groaning of a glacier as it moves. Chris talks about his experiences there and brings the remotest continent to life with his stunning recordings.

Chris is is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena. His recordings are used in TV, Radio and Film including contributions to the award-winning re-release of "A Great White Silence", originally filmed during Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.

For Touch he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative released on CD & Vinyl, such as his latest release "El Tren Fantasma"; viewed by one reviewer as "a benchmark in field recording not to mention a map of the soul, an insight into the human condition and a key to dreams".

Chris has characterised his work as "putting microphones where you can't put your ears" - come along to experience the incredible surround-sound results for yourself. This is part of a series of events intended to commemorate Captain Lawrence “Titus” Oates, who sacrificed himself 100 years ago in an effort to save the lives of his fellow explorers during Captain Scott's attempt to be the first to the South Pole.

Generously hosted by nti Leeds at Old Broadcasting House with equipment loaned from Leeds Metropolitan University, this is a unique event to commemorate a true Leeds hero.

Directions and parking:
All profits go to: Help For Heroes


February 2012 | freq_out8, Stockholm, 17th-19th

Touch.30: CM von Hausswolff interviews Mike Harding @ freq_out8,
Moderna Museet, Stockholm 17th - 19th


February 2012 | Spire Live @ Passionskirche Berlin, 5th

Spire: Live @ Passionskirche, Berlin, 5th

Marcus Davidson
Hildur Gudnadottir
Charles Matthews
Jana Winderen
The Eternal Chord


January 2012 | Touch.30 Live in Lisbon, 27th-28th

Touch.30 Live in Lisbon, 27th-28th January
Fim de Semana Especial n.º 3, Teatro Maria Matos

27th January programme can be viewed here
28th January programme can be viewed here

Bruce Gilbert & Mika Vainio
CM von Hausswolff - you can hear this set on TouchRadio
Jana Winderen
Leslie Winer

You can read press coverage of this event in Portuguese here


January 2012 | The Art of Listening, Brussels, 16th-20th

Transmedia presents: The Art of Listening 2, Touch's residency in Brussels, January 16-20 2012. This residency is part of the Masters Degree course at Sint Lucas College.

BJNilsen & Mike Harding


Wire ad | January 2012


Touch.30 | DJ sets & playlists

Photo: WormHead

Here you can find a selection of various playlists and DJ sets performed live or online in different parts of the world during Touch's 30th anniversary year.


Touch.30 Live on WFMU w/ Philip Jeck and Mike Harding


With thanks to Daniel Blumin

2. Wall of Sound, Seattle, USA


Damon Creed writes:

"An older couple came in and the lady asked the shopkeeper, Jeffrey, what the equipment on the counter was all about, referring to the dj equipment. Jeffrey replied, "we're having a guest dj in the store today to play some music." To which she replied, "When does the music start?" "It's already playing," Jeffrey said, as a segment from Indicate's "Whelm" was playing".

3. Gonzo Circus, Belgium

A Touch.30 online mix compiled by Philip Jeck and Mike Harding for this Belgian magazine


With thanks to Sophie Westhiner

4. Wreck This Mess, Paris, France

sélection spéciale TOUCH / .30th anniversary (1982 - 2012)

5. Mobile Radio BSP

TouchRadio nights in São Paulo, Brazil for Wednesday 5th, 9pm - 11am (11pm - 1pm) and Thursday 6th, 7pm - 10am (9pm - noon), UK time in brackets.

6. ABC Classic FM

Presented by Julian Day


Atmospheres 4 | Touch.30 Live at Beaconsfield


Touch.30 Featured...

Here you can read articles, press features etc which cover Touch.30.

1. A 3 part interview by Scott McMillan from The Liminal, conducted in a couple of North London pubs over the last few weeks of 2011...

Part One: Ritual
Part Two: Contact
Part Three: Vectors

2. A 3 part conversation between Susanna Niedermayr and Mike Harding on ORF, (Austrian National Radio) on January 5th, 12th and 19th 2012, conducted at ORF in Vienna in October 2011...

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

3. Sweden's Soundofmusic are broadcasting "Touch Non Stop", a 90 minute online mix to celebrate Touch.30, featuring tracks from 1982s ”The New Nubia” by Soliman Gamil (from Touch's first ever edition, Feature Mist) through to the most recent releases, and all points in-between.

4. FACT Magazine

"Touch celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and we begin our appreciation of its achievements with a brief look at some of our favourite cover designs from its catalogue."

5. Trax Magazine

Plus Qu'Un Label

6. prefix

In Left Field

7. Go Mag

Cover mounted CD, GO MAG Mayo 90

Artwork & track listing

You can read the feature in Spanish here: page 1 | page 2

8. The Ghostly Shop

Interview with Jon Wozencroft here

The Ghostly Store

9. Musique Machine

Interview with Mike Harding here

Musique Machine

10. The Quietus

Interview with Mike Harding, John Kieffer and Jon Wozencroft here

The Quietus


Touch.30 1982-2012+

Touch's first release was Feature Mist [T1] in December 1982, so 2012 is our 30th anniversary. There will be a series of events and releases throughout the year and this page will be regularly updated to keep you informed. You may have noticed that Touch.20 was held in 2001, and Touch 25 in 2006... A discrepancy you might think. But no! Touch was conceived by Jon Wozencroft in 1981, in 1982 Jon and Mike Harding went to see New Order in Norwich (May) and received the cassette master of "Video 5-8-6" which was released on Feature Mist…


Follow Touch.30 events elsewhere

Touch now has an official Twitter account. From there, we will be updating you with info on new editions in the TouchShop, TouchRadio broadcasts, and more... Follow us @touchmusic

Touch is a new free app for the iPhone and iPad (iOS 4 and 5) that keeps you up-to-date with Touch news; read about and listen to tracks from the Touch catalogue; stream each and every Touch Radio episode; save Jon Wozencroft's Touch cover art as wallpaper and cook meals from the Touch Recipe Book.