Tone 33 | "Touch. 30 Years and Counting"

CD - 4 tracks - 70:16
Edition of 1000 oversized digifiles

4 tracks - DLP - 70:16
Gatefold full colour sleeve with black inners
Limited edition of 1000

Compiled, edited, mixed and produced by Mike Harding & Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye, 26th October 2012

Tracklist:

1 - 16:58

Touch 33 - Pont Saeson
Fennesz - 55 Cancri e
Bruce Gilbert - Apis
Rosy Parlane - Awhitu
Oren Ambarchi - Merely A Portmanteau

2 - 17:15

The Book Depository
ELEH - Over Woven
BJNilsen - The cackle of dogs and laughter of death
Nana April Jun - High And Low And Mid Plane Mass

3 - 18:14

Chris Watson - Brussel-Nord
Mika Vainio - Erstwhile
Carl Michael von Hausswolff - Cleansing of the Cruel Tyrants Chamber
Jana Winderen - In a Silent Place

4 - 17:49

Philip Jeck - Saint Pancras
Francisco López - untitled#286
Z'EV - the inreadables
Hildur Gudnadottir - Just This
Senescent
Biosphere - Gryfici


"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

 

Performance at Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, Paris, Feb 5, 2011

Le Théâtre de la cité internationale (avec la complicité de Kongfuzi) présente:

NANA APRIL JUN
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Le suédois Christofer Lämgren a choisi le mystérieux pseudonyme de NANA APRIL JUN pour sortir un disque étonnant « The Ontology of noise ». Disque concept autour du bruit donc (une ontologie se définissant comme « l’étude des propriétés générales de ce qui existe »), cet opus part de l'esthétique black metal mais développe des climats expérimentaux au moyen de strates électroniques.
Souvent proche de Pan Sonic avec qui il partage cette approche minimale et intense à la fois, Christofer Lämgren évolue hors des formats classiques et propose plutôt une recherche sur le bruit, loin d'un travail théorique rigide. Rien d'étonnant donc de le retrouver signé chez le label référence TOUCH MUSIC (qui héberge également Fennesz, Bj Nilsen ou Mika Vainio).
En concert, NANA APRIL JUN propose une expérience auditive assez unique, plongeant le spectateur dans le noir complet. Un artiste rare dont ce sera la première venue en France. A ne rater sous aucun prétexte.

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Hauts Cris (miniature) et concert Nana April Jun

 

Opening for The Radio Dept. Dec, 2010

Nana April Jun will open for swedish band The Radio Dept at their show in Stockholm, Sweden, December 4, 2010

More info here

...and in Lund, Sweden, December 15, 2010

More info here

 

Live at Full Pull Festival, Sweden, Oct 2, 2010

Nana April Jun (SE), Demdike Stare (UK)
Saturday Oct 2, 20–23 in (the desacralized) Caroli Church
Malmö, Sweden

also part of the Full Pull 2010 program: Atom™, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Johannes Heldén, Alvin Lucifer, Kaffe Matthews, Rafael Rozendaal, Janek Schaefer, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, among many others.

http://full-pull.org/10/

 

Live at GAS-Festival, Sweden, May 6, 2010

Göteborg Art Sounds is arranging the 6th GAS-festival
The theme for this year is Burning
GAS-Festival 5-9 May 2010
www.gas-festival.com/en
other artists performing on GAS-Festival 2010: Aidan Baker, William Basinski, Phill Niblock feat. Thomas Ankersmit, Paul Schütze & Simon Hopkins, Tanya Tagaq, among others

 

Live at Netmage 10, Bologna, January 21, 2010

NETMAGE.10
a project by Xing
21-23 January 2010

International Live-Media Festival
10th edition
Palazzo Re Enzo
Piazza Nettuno, Bologna
Italy

also performing: Carlos Casas, Rachida Ziani / Dewi de Vree, Cavaliere / Türkowsky, Harappian Night Recordings, The Hunter Gracchus, Vincent Dupont, Ectoplasm Girls, The Magic State, Es, Lee Hangjun / Hong Chulki, Aaron Dilloway, My Cat Is An Alien, Nassa (N. Assor / S. Saraf), Margareth Kammerer / Andrea Belfi / Stefano Pilia / Daniela Cattivelli / Michaela Grill, André Gonçalves, Be Maledetto Now, Richard Lainhart, Cluster / Canedicoda

www.netmage.it/2010/

 

Tone 39 - Eleh | Nana April Jun "Observations & Momentum"

***This album was voted in Boomkat's Top 20 of 2009***

LP Vinyl only - not available for digital download
Limited edition of 1000
Packaged in a tip-on style outer sleeve

Artwork & Photography: Jon Wozencroft
Cut by Jason at Transition


Track listing:
Side 1: Eleh - Slow Fade for Hard Sync 21'35"
Side 2: Nana April Jun - Sun Wind Darkness Eye 12'45"

“Sun Wind Darkness Eye” is taken from the Nana April Jun album The Ontology of Noise [Touch # Tone 37, 2009]


About 18 months ago, we were advised of some interesting activity online concerning the nom de bruit of Swedish artist Christofer Lämgren, Nana April Jun; we didn’t know it at the time, because the authorship was something of a mystery. We produced a CD together, The Ontology of Noise in Feb 2009, in which one track, particularly, stood out as being perfect for a vinyl edition.

In the same timeframe, the stream of releases by Eleh on Important Records attracted our attention. These homages to La Monte Young, Pauline Oliveros and Charlemagne Palestine, vinyl-only limited editions stunned us with their acuity and passion for detail… There was something other in the sound. Eleh, also, is an artist who prefers the work to speak for itself, and has other ideas about noise. The digital is questioned by a commitment to a working practice based around analogue tone-generators and letterpress printed covers. The Important Records/Taiga releases are now sought after with a passion by anyone who recognises something truly special occuring. On this new record, Eleh develops the waveforms that the Important Records series started.

The split vinyl format is a great meeting point for this idea of digital persona and analogue privacy. The effect, we hope, is for the vinyl to represent a digital question… That this LP summons up a universal sound and an intimate sphere of operations… Which is of course a continuing dilemma. Here is a great opportunity to hear Eleh and Nana April Jun at their finest.


Buy Observations & Momentum in the TouchShop
www.nanaapriljun.com
www.eleh.org

 

Live at Göteborgs Konsthall, Sweden, May 04, 2009

Nana April Jun
Live performance
Göteborgs Konsthall
090504

also live: Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words, Jasper TX

 

The Ontology of Noise

***A collection of reviews can be read here***

Touch # Tone 37
5 Tracks - CD - 36:40

Photography & Design by Jon Wozencroft

Track Listing:

1. The One Substance
2. Process Philosophy
3. Space-Time Continuum
4. Semantic Shift
5. Sun Wind Darkness Eye

Mastered by Denis Blackham

The Ontology of Noise researches the dark associations of post-black metal. No traditional instruments are used on the album and all techniques are digital in their application. There are almost no arrangements or layers, but the pieces consist of single streams which change intuitively. This makes The Ontology of Noise a concrete journey through an abstract language evolving around light and darkness, nature and artificiality, and sometimes even takes the form of a sound very similar to an electric guitar...

The Ontology of Noise explores the filmic qualities of noise - the image-creating mechanisms that arise almost hallucinogenically from subtle variations of frequences. By using a special set of digital mastering and filtering techniques, the recordings often sound very much like the sounds of nature; wind in trees and water. The Ontology of Noise opens up an audial perception for these sounds of nature and ask questions about their ontology...

ref: Burzum's Filosofem

with thanks to Annika von Hausswolff
Cover art: Jon Wozencroft


Buy The Ontology of Noise in the TouchShop
Buy as mp3 or FLAC on Boomkat

 



Reviews & Features

Nana April Jun – The Ontology of Noise reviews can be read here

 

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