Tone 49D | The Sarsen Circle
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Reorganised by Philip Jeck
This live recording was made at Experimental Intermedia, New York City, for Touch.30 on 16th September 2012, and has been reorganised and edited by Philip Jeck. With thanks to Phill Niblock and Byron Westbrook. Live photo by Dave Knapik. Stone by Jon Wozencroft.
30 is the number of upright stones that originally encompassed the Sarsen Circle, Stonehenge's best known feature.
feat. Marcus Davidson - percussion | Mike Harding – Conductor (& percussion) | Philip Jeck - Casio SK1 keyboard, effects, mixing desk and MD player | Dave Knapik - radio, iphones, Buddha Machine, Polaroid 450 Land camera, Knockman toys: the Pororon and the ChaCha, and police scanner | Lary 7 - contrabass | Ken Montgomery - Slepian Modified Casiotone M-10, Trogtronics 655 Black Box & Kaoss Pad | JG Thirlwell - laptop, keyboard | Brian Turner - guitar/amp | Andrea, The Enchantress of Bioluminosity - Zils
1. The Sarsen Circle 30' 00"
Retrospective Michaela Grill
Thursday, March 14th, 21.00, Kunsthaus Graz, Space 04
The Austrian video artist Michaela Grill, together with Canadian filmmaker Karl Lemieux and British turntablist Philip Jeck, will present an audio-visual performance: a unique and improvised live-interaction in which image and sound, analog and digital elements are synergistically interwoven.
Michaela Grill: laptop
Philip Jeck: turntables
Karl Lemieux: 16mm projectors
Philip Jeck Plays Atmospheres 4 | Touch.30 Live at Beaconsfield
FENNESZ SHOWCASES NEW MATERIAL • MASTERCLASS IN SOUND TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL MUSIC • PETER SAVILLE NAVIGATES THE BRIDGE BETWEEN DESIGN AND FINE ART • BRUCE GILBERT READING & MUCH MORE...
"SOME KIND OF WOODSTOCK WHERE YOU WOULD LEAST EXPECT IT..."
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)
Day tickets will be available on the door for £25 per night. Call on the day on 07958 984703 if you need to check on availability before you travel.
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
• 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
FLAC Audio available for Philip Jeck albums
You can now download FLAC Audio versions of Philip Jeck's albums
Loopholes [Touch # TO:26, 1995] was Jeck's first album for Touch and was voted in was in Yamatsuka Eye's top five CDs of 1995 in Remix (Japan).
i/e (USA) wrote: "Sometimes, sampling just means plunderphonics - vaguely altering the original's sound source and using it for dubious means - and sometimes it's used in a particularly novel manner, as Philip Jeck offers on the gangly Loopholes. Using just a single Casio keyboard, plus vatious tape-recorders and record-players, Jeck conjures up everything from systemic beatmusic ("Louie's Riddle") to aliens in the bush speaking in tongues ("PS Two"). Seemingly 'simply' constructed, in reality these arresting pieces form a complex and highly individualistic mosaic of sound."
7 [Touch # TO:57, 2003] was Jeck's 7th album for Touch and was voted one of the best albums of the year in betamusic (Singapore).
tinymixtapes (USA) wrote: "...it is Jeck's deft approach and execution which makes this album so successful. The years he spent practicing his art saran-wraps every note, and not a moment goes by when his acute compositional skills are questioned. Naysayers may argue that Jeck's 7 veers toward accessibility to appeal to the hipsters, but my ears tell me that 7 is a sonic documentation of an artist who has honed his craft. Although Host (released around the same time) is decidedly more experimental and daring, that doesn't mean that 7 has an underlying intent of streamlining for the trucked-capped."
More will be added soon...
Dir. Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Germany 1929, 133 mins. Cert PG
Silent film with a new live score
Composed and performed by Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur Gudnadóttir... "...at that time a dangerously shocking film. It still remains an intensely sexy one." [The Guardian]
"Supremely evocative compositions" [BBC music]
GW Pabst’s 1929 silent film follows the rise and fall of the captivating, amoral young prostitute Lulu and her various ill-fated relationships, brought to life by the inimitable Louise Brooks.
Part of an international renaissance of silent film, this special screening sees award-winning Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Fordlandia), cellist and composer Hildur Gudnadóttir (Múm/Throbbing Gristle), and turntablist Philip Jeck combine forces. The brand new live soundtrack plays with the film’s volatile energy, Weimar-era recordings and the iconic figure of Louise Brooks.
Show 1: Islington Assembly Hall, London
Show 2: Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Show 3: RNCM, Manchester
Show 4: Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick
Vinyl Requiem 20 in 2013
Vinyl Requiem, Philip Jeck's award-winning installation piece from 1993, celebrates its 20th anniversary next year.
You can see a clip on vimeo
An edited version of the 1993 UK premier at the Union Chapel, London. Winner of a Time Out Performance Award, this was an 80 minute sound and vision experience event I co-created with sound artist / composer Philip Jeck. Devised as a celebratory marker in time to the demise of the main stream production and use of the vinyl 'record' as the 'CD' began to take over... 'download' was not yet in the public's audio vocabulary.
Philip Jeck on WFMU | 15th September 2012
Philip Jeck & Mike Harding (Touch 30th Anniversary Special)
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
Touch Live in New York City | 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
Fri, September 14, 2012 8:00pm
Eleh + Lary 7 at Our Lady of Lebanon - 113 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Sat, September 15, 2012 8:00pm
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]
Sun, September 16, 2012 7:00pm
Touch ensemble at Experimental Intermedia
[Access to this performance, with a $5 donation, is included for festival passholders only!]
"The Century's Greatest Improvisor"
The Wire, August 2012
Philip Jeck & Elliott Sharp Live at Cafe Oto | 22nd July 2012
Door Times : 8pm
Tickets: £8 adv / £10 on the door
Elliott Sharp is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer and central figure in the avant-garde music scene in New York City for over thirty years. He's played OTO a few times before and this one promises something different but equally enchanting as he pairs up with Philip Jeck on record players and keyboards.
You can buy tickets here