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Touch Radio 127 | farmersmanual
14.10.16 - Farmers Manual - glague general gen (UNSUPERVISED LEARNING AND REFINEMENT OF RHYTHMIC PATTERNS) - 01:00:00 - 320 kbps
Farmers Manual is an electronic music and visual art group, founded in Vienna in the beginning of the 1990s. This computer set mode to c'mon in dictation on the B minor Asian. All ReachOut has paragraph and has a hot rod UART 13 of the real problems with seen a shift away levels here promotion and unsuccessful menu change and use the case yet this and this year amended in step 0 for restructuring and chill for Celsius until Vander all the four sources that are real and organs to be called from as a place you'll Flushing's police and how often initially and rendering rulz lives and the madness of all this is the hell is extreme frequencies fat and salt and flickering image's bourse your office.
Photo: Nik Gaffney (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Touch Radio 126 | Tim Shaw
12.09.16 - Tim Shaw - Surrounding Air - 21:20 - 320 kbps
Victorian acoustician Herman Helmholtz studied sound and sensation in the 1800s; through his research he developed the Helmholtz Resonator, this object, usually made from glass or brass, is tuned to a specific resonant frequency and used to demonstrate the principle of acoustic resonance. Helmholtz writes about using these tuned devices to listen to sustained pitches from musical instruments. He also accounts hearing waterfalls, the howling wind and horse drawn carriages through his handheld resonators, using these devices to extract tones from the environmental sounds around him.
Inspired by the work of Helmholtz, this piece incorporates both ‘tuned’ and ‘un-tuned’ vessels to explore resonant sound objects. Using two large glass carboys (designed as liquid transportation vessels) partially filled with rainwater, alongside two smaller Helmholtz Resonators, 'Surrounding Air' comprises extended recordings of these acoustic objects. Each vessel contains its own unique sound space, a distinct resonating signature quietly bellowing and heard only at the point at which it meets the outside world.
Placing small omnidirectional microphones and hydrophones inside the glass reveals a unique perspective on this space. Recording a rainstorm through the vessels we hear a complex and ever-changing sound world from this fixed listening point. After capturing the sonic signature of the vessels I built a semi-generative synthesis engine in tune with the containers, moving towards a musical world tempered to these glass vessels, extracting tones from the surrounding environment in honour of Helmholtz. Listening through these objects allows us to hear the world as he may have done over 150 years earlier.
Recordings, processing and programming carried out in my home studio and rooftop in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.
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Touch Radio 125 | Philip Jeck
10.05.16 - Philip Jeck - Live at The Battery, San Francisco - 17:26 - 320 kbps
As part of the Touch Conference series of events which took place on the west coast of USA April-May 2016. With thanks to Brooke Wentz.
Photo: Gun battery placement, Hawk Hill
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Touch Radio 124 | Mark Van Hoen
10.05.16 - Mark Van Hoen - Live at The Battery, San Francisco - 19:58 - 320 kbps
As part of the Touch Conference series of events which took place on the west coast of USA April-May 2016. With thanks to Andrew Freid.
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Touch Radio 123 | Daniel Menche
10.05.16 - Daniel Menche - Live at Chapel Space, Seattle - 24:00 - 320 kbps
As part of the Touch Conference series of events which took place on the west coast of USA April-May 2016
Recorded by Jake Muir. With thanks to Steve Peters & Vance Galloway.
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Touch Radio 122 | JUNTA
26.01.16 - Francisco Alvelos - JUNTA: VIVA PORTUGAL! (1974) - 26:16 - 320 kbps
"Ever the archivist at heart, my father, Francisco Alvelos, had the foresight of recording the national radio and television broadcasts of the Portuguese "Carnation" Revolution as it unfolded on the 25th of April, 1974. Just audio, that is: home video was still years away, as was colour TV… I was then seven years old, and remember an afternoon without school, the radio hosting strange voices, a still image on the TV set. By dinner time TV broadcast had been restored and some very serious-looking men in strange garments made very serious speeches, my parents’ expressions of expectancy and excitement an obvious indicator that, despite being beyond my comprehension, something major was taking place. That somehow made up for the disappointing disappearance of cartoons... The World was different back then for a seven-year-old under an ailing European dictatorship.
By chance I recently unearthed the cassette tape my father recorded, and took great care in digitising it as it might not survive one last playback. It did snap once, but I managed to successfully improvise a bit of tape surgery…
Here, then, are the newsflashes and the first public address of the Revolution Council to the nation: I edited out the obvious copyrighted material, and kept the marching anthems to a sensible degree. At 20'50 on this edit, we hear a declaration summarising the motives for the military upsurge; remarkable how a significant part of what is said still resonates in 2016 - and how timely that I found this recording on the eve of the Portuguese presidential election. The last 30 seconds of this edit, the tail-end of the junta declaration and the ensuing silence, are eerie in their prescience: “What now?”, the fumbling silence seems to wonder. It still does.
Listening while digitising, the recordings brought vivid memories of my father. And somehow I felt I was fulfilling his wish, rendered audible almost 42 years later: to preserve and convey a historical document for future generations to remember, reflect and interpret."
Heitor Alvelos, January 2016
Mono recording by Francisco Alvelos from national radio and television broadcasts in Aveiro, Portugal, April 25, 1974.
Edited and mastered by Heitor Alvelos, January 2016.
The dedication should be self-evident.
Touch Radio 121 | Dave Knapik
24.01.16 - Dave Knapik - Storm Jonas - 25:19 - 320 kbps
Over 18 people have died as over 40 inches of snow fell on the eastern seaboard of the United States. It was the second largest in New York City, where over 29 inches fell, since 1869... This recording was made in Williamsburg, Brooklyn using a Zoom iQ6 microphone and iPad Air 2.
Photo: Dave Knapik
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Touch Radio 120 | Thierry Charollais
04.01.16 - Thierry Charollais - Live at Les Digitales 2015 - Bern 29.08.2015 - 21:56 - 320 kbps
"Live performance on August 29th 2015, at the Botanic Garden in Bern (Switzerland) during the electronic music festival Les Digitales. Especially composed for this concert, this track has not only relaxing, but also disturbing parts. The purpose was to give to the audience a sonic environment which contrasts with the quietness of Bern's Botanic Garden."
photo : "Radioactivity 4" courtesy Cécilia Kapitz