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The British Library is home to the UK’s national collection of radio recordings in its Sound Archive. On 18th November 2010, the entire collection was handed over to and shared with The British Library, and is now a "named collection" within the Library's Archival Sound Recordings website. You can read more about this here.

Touch Radio 118 | Patrick Franke

26.10.15 - Patrick Franke - Oriental Chrorus - 29:26 - 320 kbps

"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 standardized observations, I most of the time made sound recordings of birds, amphibians, insects and the general “soundscape” in the vicinity of our house. Sometimes guarded by two policemen (because of an allegedly unsafe situation after the so-called Arab Spring) but always accompanied by a cluster of curious and noisy children.

The combination of an extreme climate, a precarious political situation, witnessing violence, experiencing severe health problems and not least being surrounded by an omnipresent, diverse and sometimes almost too powerful soundscape led to a somewhat surreal memory of my time there."

Photo: Marcus Held | afternature.net

Continue reading: Touch Radio 118 | Patrick Franke

Touch Radio 117 | Bethan Parkes

22.09.15 - Bethan Parkes - Live in Los Angeles - 24:00 - 320 kbps

Performed live at Resonant Forms on 11th September 2015 in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Also live that night were Simon Scott & Jen Boyd. With thanks to Volume, Rafa Esparza and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.

Continue reading: Touch Radio 117 | Bethan Parkes

Touch Radio 116 | Willem Sannen

29.08.15 - Willem Sannen - End of Summer - 14:49 - 320 kbps

"After a heat wave of almost one month in the south of France this is the sound of that first rainy morning at the swimming pool. I recorded the rain and thunder in the countryside near Quissac (between Nîmes and Montpellier) with 2 Line Audio CM3 microphones in a spaced pair configuration into a Mixpre-D into a Sony PCM-M10."

Continue reading: Touch Radio 116 | Willem Sannen

Touch Radio 115 | Vault!

25.06.15 - Vault! - 25:43 - 320 kbps

"Mark [Van Hoen] and I visited the tunnels underneath downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday. Many miles of these tunnels are closed to the public, but a section underneath the city archive collection is open. We recorded using an iPhone 6 and a Zoom H6. One of the signs had been adapted to read: "SOUNDs HORNy".

Touch Radio 114 | Pascal Wyse

01.06.15 - Pascal Wyse - Any Port in a Storm - 09:34 - 320 kbps

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, have a particular vocabulary of sounds. On the water, they are masked by the white noise of the ocean, in which – as many sailors have reported – you can hear almost any sound imaginable. Moored up, where things are quieter, the water laps and slaps the hull while the wind plays aeolian harp on the mast.

That rigging sound is often a chorus of tapping lines against masts, but this particular boat – a cruising yacht with a Bermuda rig, moored at Yarmouth after a day’s sailing – had an unusually musical voice, sounding clear notes as the wind passed through its structure. At sea this was a contented hum, but at night it felt much more ominous.

The tones in this piece were recorded in one of the sleeping cabins in the stern, a little resonant box. Of course, there has been some processing – mainly to remove the snoring of sailors.

Continue reading: Touch Radio 114 | Pascal Wyse

Touch Radio 113 | Simon Scott

27.04.15 - Simon Scott - Caxton Gibbet - 31:36 - 320 kbps

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 gallows wood (elm) and saproxylic (dead wood) invertebrates (beetles) that lived within it was a challenge because of the vast amount of traffic that passes by. It is located beside a busy roundabout (A428 to Cambridge) and I initially found it difficult to capture the wooden gibbet creaking and moving in the way I had envisaged. I therefore used contact microphones to get inside the construction. I was inspired by the grim history of this location, the place of multiple murders and capital punishment, and also from reading about Bernie Krause (b.1938) who, on the CD included in his wonderful book "Wild Soundscapes", explains that “recordings are an illusion… the best microphone systems and recorders cannot possibly reproduce exactly what our ears hear in the holophonic way that we hear it” (2002). He documented acoustic environments that faced dramatic change or extinction but often needed to recreate the sounds of nature by double tracking or changing microphone placement.

This location has changed dramatically recently as a McDonalds fast food restaurant opened on this site recently.

Continue reading: Touch Radio 113 | Simon Scott

Touch Radio 112 | Bethan Parkes

06.04.15 - Bethan Parkes - Krafla Geothermal Power Station/Hverir, Iceland June 2014 - 27:28 - 320 kbps

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 draws upon the spatial experiences of recording at these sites, journeying from the booming, all-encompassing drone emitting from the boreholes; through the uncontained, explosive energy of steam vents and bubbling mud-pools; and into the inner sonic worlds of the metal pipes and geodesic structures that punctuated the lava field.

Continue reading: Touch Radio 112 | Bethan Parkes

Touch Radio 111 | Mark Van Hoen

17.02.15 - Mark Van Hoen - Anthem for the Homeless - 21:40 - 320 kbps

"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 am pleased with the results. On leaving LACE after the show, I noticed how many homeless were sleeping in the doorways at the back of the venue, where my car was parked. There were several droning air-conditioners, some emitting quite rhythmic sounds. It occurred to me that there are many that would hear this as music (myself included) but it's very doubtful that those sleeping in those doorways do... or perhaps some do find some comfort or music in such sounds. I assembled several of them to create this, an anthem for the homeless."

Photo by Mike Harding taken in downtown Los Angeles

Continue reading: Touch Radio 111 | Mark Van Hoen

Previous episodes

» Touch Radio 118 | Patrick Franke

» Touch Radio 117 | Bethan Parkes

» Touch Radio 116 | Willem Sannen

» Touch Radio 115 | Vault!

» Touch Radio 114 | Pascal Wyse

» Touch Radio 113 | Simon Scott

» Touch Radio 112 | Bethan Parkes

» Touch Radio 111 | Mark Van Hoen

» Touch Radio 110 | Pinkcourtesyphone

» Touch Radio 109 | Before Surgery

» Touch Radio 108 | BJNilsen

» Touch Radio 107 | Audialsense

» Touch Radio 106 | Yann Novak

» Touch Radio 105 | Jiyeon Kim

» Touch Radio 104 | Rodolphe Alexis

» Touch Radio 103 | ame

» Touch Radio 102 | Howlround

» Touch Radio 101 | Daybreak

» Touch Radio 100 | BJNilsen

» Touch Radio 99 | Simon Fisher Turner

» Touch Radio 98 | Group Three

» Touch Radio 97 | Protest!

» Touch Radio 96 | Aino Tytti

» Touch Radio 95 | Tony Myatt

» Touch Radio 94 | Urban Dawn Chorus

» Touch Radio 93 | Robert Curgenven

» Touch Radio 92 | R Martin Seddon

» Touch Radio 91 | Stanier Black-Five

» Touch Radio 90 | Jez Riley French

» Touch Radio 89 | Richard Francis/Rosy Parlane/Rachel Shearer

» Touch Radio 88 | The Sea

» Touch Radio 87 | Bruce Gilbert

» Touch Radio 86 | Frankenstorm

» Touch Radio 85 | Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jason Lescalleet & Joachim Nordwall

» Touch Radio 84 | Chop Shop

» Touch Radio 83 | Lary 7

» Touch Radio 82 | Peter 7 Paelinck & Yves Bondue

» Touch Radio 81 | Jiyeon Kim | Maia Urstad | Dawn Scarfe with interventions from Sandra Jasper

» Touch Radio 80 | Lasse Marhaug

» Touch Radio 79 | John Chantler

» Touch Radio 78 | Daniel Menche

» Touch Radio 77 | Achim Mohne and Philip Jeck

» Touch Radio 76 | Listen!

» Touch Radio 75 | autodigest

» Touch Radio 74 | CM von Hausswolff

» Touch Radio 73 | Fennesz

» Touch Radio 72 | Bells!

» Touch Radio 71 | David Cleveland & Nigel Lister

» Touch Radio 70 | Peter 7 Paelinck

» Touch Radio 69 | Philip Jeck

» Touch Radio 68 | Apostolos Loufopoulos

» Touch Radio 67 | Wasp!

» Touch Radio 66 | Signe Liden

» Touch Radio 65 | Zachary James Watkins

» Touch Radio 64 | Yannick Dauby

» Touch Radio 63 | Leslie Winer

» Touch Radio 62 | Jen Boyd

» Touch Radio 61 | March!

» Touch Radio 60 | Pub!

» Touch Radio 59 | Phantom Airwaves

» Touch Radio 58 | Irene Moon

» Touch Radio 57 | Phill Niblock

» Touch Radio 56 | Thomas Ankersmit

» Touch Radio 55 | Oren Ambarchi

» Touch Radio 54 | Ian R. MacLeod

» Touch Radio 53 | Tom Lawrence

» Touch Radio 52 | Richard Crow

» Touch Radio 51 | Zon On N

» Touch Radio 50 | Achim Mohne

» Touch Radio 49 | Chris Watson

» Touch Radio 48 | Biosphere

» Touch Radio 47 | Pascal Wyse and Tom Haines

» Touch Radio 46 | Ken Montgomery

» Touch Radio 45 | Sohrab

» Touch Radio 44 | Laurent Jeanneau

» Touch Radio 43 | Philip Jeck & BJNilsen

» Touch Radio 42 | Charles Matthews and Hildur Gudnadottir

» Touch Radio 41 | The Honey Bees of Cherry Garden Farm

» Touch Radio 40 | Edwin Pouncey

» Touch Radio 39 | Paulo Raposo & Joao Silva

» Touch Radio 38 | Philip Marshall

» Touch Radio 37 | Pascal Wyse

» Touch Radio 36 | Will Montgomery

» Touch Radio 35 | FREQ_OUT ORCHESTRA

» Touch Radio 34 | Diane Hope

» Touch Radio 33 | AER

» Touch Radio 32 | Tom Lawrence

» Touch Radio 31 | Simon Fisher Turner

» Touch Radio 30 | Enrico Coniglio

» Touch Radio 29 | Novi_sad

» Touch Radio 28 | Jana Winderen

» Touch Radio 27 | Gudni Franzson

» Touch Radio 26 | Lasse Marhaug

» Touch Radio 25 | Chris Watson

» Touch Radio 24 | Steve Roden

» Touch Radio 23 | Leif Elggren

» Touch Radio 22 | Scott Taylor

» Touch Radio 21 | The Skull Defekts

» Touch Radio 20 | Daniel Menche

» Touch Radio 19 | Fennesz/Rehberg/Toral & Feliciano

» Touch Radio 18 | Chris Watson

» Touch Radio 17 | Brandon LaBelle

» Touch Radio 16 | Jana Winderen

» Touch Radio 15 | Stephan Mathieu

» Touch Radio 14 | Press conference/panel at Roskilde Festival 010705

» Touch Radio 13 | Leif Inge

» Touch Radio 12 | Jacob Kirkegaard

» Touch Radio 11 | Devolution/Evolution: Stephen O'Malley interviews Dylan Carlson

» Touch Radio 10 | People Like Us

» Touch Radio 9 | KK.Null

» Touch Radio 8 | Peter Rehberg

» Touch Radio 7 | Toshiya Tsunoda

» Touch Radio 6 | Philip Jeck

» Touch Radio 5 | Chris Watson

» Touch Radio 4 | z'ev

» Touch Radio 3 | Christian Fennesz & Max Nagl

» Touch Radio 2 | Carl Michael von Hausswolff

» Touch Radio 1 | BJNilsen


The Wildlife Sound Recording Society have written a piece on their blog...

The Guardian (UK):

Touch, an independent arts organisation that turned 25 last year, is home to artists such as Christian Fennesz, Biosphere and Chris Watson. Touch Radio features challenging and entertaining material, including field recordings, interviews and live performances. There are audio diaries from Chris Watson, where he illuminates his work as a wildlife sound recordist in the Galapagos Islands, taking in the Alcedo volcano. If you are truly tired of words by this stage, you will find an antidote in Touch 10: The Bits Inbetween by Vicki Bennett, whose own show on WFMU, a glorious mashup (peoplelikeus.org), will leave you in a spin. [Pascal Wyse]

Gonzo Circus (Belgium):

For lovers of intelligent music and extremities is the British Touchlabel a standard. Not only in their output of music, but also in their design & packaging of their cds and website is Touch unique. On Touch Radio they add constantly new radiophonic pearls to their archive, all pieces are exclusively composed for the site. [Peter Deschamps]

Turbulence (net) on TouchRadio 29

diquit review on TouchRadio 50

Ears Peeled (UK):

I also highly recommend the latest releases at TouchRadio. Jana Winderen’s Utvær is a short piece based on recordings from the remote Norwegian island of the same name, and sounds appropriately isolated. Notturno by Guðni Franzson is a very relaxing, unhurried recording of birds in Laugarvatn, Iceland.

musicaindustrial (Spain):

Como parte de una serie de grabaciones de sonidos inusuales en la Laguna de Venecia, Enrico Coniglio grabó esta pieza una noche en un depósito de botes del servicio de transporte público, no muy lejos de la plaza de San Marcos. El título del tema, Sapientum Super Acquis, hace referencia a un organismo creado en 1501 para salvaguardar el delicado equilibro de la laguna y cuidar la salud del agua. No tuvieron mucho éxito, actualmente la laguna es un pozo de contaminación debido a que está próxima a una de las áreas industriales más amplias de Europa.


For the past seven years Touch Radio has commissioned an impressive series of audio gems that cover a range of recording subjects and styles. Audio diaries sit alongside pure field recordings, experimental music pieces and live performances from the likes of Chris Watson, Signe Liden, Philip Jeck and other noted figures.


Touch Radio offers access to a range of programmes made exclusively by musicians, recordists and artists affiliated with Touch. The current collection contains 79 programmes spanning the past seven years and is full of wonders.

The Field Reporter

Cheryl Tipp from The British Library wildlife section of the Sound Archive offers a new mix of extracts from TouchRadio, which you can listen to here.


TouchPod is the podcast for TouchRadio, which offers a new platform for a selection of recordings, live or otherwise, from artists who are affiliated to or whose work appear on Touch, including Leif Elggren, Christian Fennesz, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Philip Jeck, Jacob Kirkegaard, BJNilsen, Stephen O'Malley, People Like Us, Peter Rehberg, Chris Watson, z'ev, and others.

TouchPod - click here

Technical information

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Technical support by fetznetz. With thanks to Barry Nicholls and Fredrick Olofsson.