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Exploring Sonic Disintegration With Bana Haffar, Chris Watson’s ‘Glastonbury Ocean Soundscape’ and More

Bana Haffar’s debut CD/DL for Touch, “Genera – Live at AB Salon, Brussels” is now on sale for end of July release.

For one week in every five years, 2,000 singers, dancers and musicians along with 50,000 spectators make their way to the small town of Gjirokastra in southern Albania for the Festivali Folkloric Kombelar.

Documenting the 1988 festival and originally released on CD by Touch in 1990, “There Where the Avalanche Stops” is now available again on vinyl.

Chris Watson’s Ocean Soundscape, as played on the main stage at The Glastonbury Festival on 30 June 2019 immediately prior to Sir David Attenborough’s address, is now available to download.

Touch Live in California 2019 features live sets by Simon Scott, Zachary Paul and Geneva Skeen, recorded at Zebulon, Los Angeles, The Battery, San Francisco and Land and Sea, Oakland. This edition is available to download now.


Tone 71 | Bana Haffar “Genera; Live at AB Salon, Brussels”

CD/DL + bonus track, ‘Bird’s Eye’
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft
Recorded by Mike Harding, 3 May 2019 at AB Salon, Brussels
Mastered by Simon Scott @ SPS Mastering

Tone 71 | Bana Haffar “Genera; Live at AB Salon, Brussels”

A lifelong expatriate, Bana Haffar was born in Saudi Arabia in 1987 and spent much of her childhood in the GCC.

Through her switch from 10 years of electric bass, preceded by classical violin, to modular synthesizers in 2014, Bana is attempting to dismantle years of institutional conditioning in traditional systems of music theory and performance.

She is interested in exploring sonic disintegration and coalescence into new forms and synthesized experiences. Bana lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Instruments used – Eurorack modular: Make Noise René 2, Make Noise Tempi, Make Noise WoggleBug, Make Noise Morphagene, Make Noise QMMG, Make Noise tELHARMONIC, Make Noise Maths, Serge Resonant EQ, Mutable Instruments Shades, Mutable Instrument Clouds.

Non-modular: Field recordings made using a Zoom H6 and LOM mikroUsi microphones, GE 35383 Micro Cassette Recorder.

Buy Bana Haffar “Genera; Live at AB Salon, Brussels” on Bandcamp
www.banahaffar.com


T33.11V | “Albania – There Where the Avalanche Stops”

Vinyl LP (limited edition of 300, white sleeve + sticker, white labels)/DL
Artwork by Jon Wozencroft
Mastered and cut by Jason @ Transition

T33.11V | “Albania – There Where the Avalanche Stops”

For one week in every five years, 2,000 singers, dancers and musicians along with 50,000 spectators make their way to the small town of Gjirokastra in southern Albania for the Festivali Folkloric Kombelar.

In the great castle overlooking the town, they participate in the incredible National Folk Festival of Albania, hoping to attain the highest level of interpretation and win one of the many awards available the festival… the banner, even.

Considering the comparatively small size of the country (just over three million inhabitants) the range of instruments, styles and costumes seen at the festival is exceptional, sustaining a folk tradition that dates back to ancient Illyria.

The works presented here in volume one are all live recordings made at the Gjirokastra Festival, taken from six of the 26 participating districts: Vlora, Gjirokastra and Lorca from the south, and Shkodra, Debra and Tropoja from the north (see map).

The original compact disc, released in 1990, was a collaboration between The Institute of Popular Culture, Tirana, The Albanian Shop Ltd. and Touch.

Edited from the original 1/4” tapes, mastered and produced by Touch. Compiled by Mike Harding, Liam McDowall & Jon Wozencroft. Notes revised by Mike Harding, May 2019.

Buy “Albania – There Where the Avalanche Stops” on Bandcamp
www.touch33.net/albania


Tone 73 | Chris Watson “Glastonbury Ocean Soundscape”

Tone 73 | Chris Watson “Glastonbury Ocean Soundscape”

Ocean Soundscape, as played on the main stage at The Glastonbury Festival on 30th June 2019 immediately prior to Sir David Attenborough’s address, describes a journey from the Antarctic to the Arctic…

Songs of marine mammals, including bearded and weddell seals, recorded and composed by Chris Watson.

Download Chris Watson “Glastonbury Ocean Soundscape” on Bandcamp
www.chriswatson.net


Tone 72 | “Touch Live in California 2019”

Tone 72 | “Touch Live in California 2019”

Track Listing

1. Simon Scott – Live at The Battery, San Francisco [19:09]
Desk recording – 15th May 2019 by Mike Harding. Mastered by SPS Mastering.
2. Zachary Paul – Live at Land and Sea, Oakland [14:24]
Desk recording – 16th May 2019 by Mike Harding. Mastered (mono) by Stephan Mathieu.
3. Geneva Skeen – Live at Zebulon, Los Angeles [28:03]
Room recording – 14th May 2019 by Guy at Third Eye Memories. With thanks to Yann Novak.

Recorded live on Touch’s tour of California in May 2019, with dates at Zebulon, Los Angeles, The Battery, San Francisco and Land and Sea, Oakland.

With thanks to Jen & Charles Belleville, Chris Duncan, Kevin Corcoran, Stacy Horne, Colleen Curlin, Lara dela Cruz, Guy at Third Eye Memories & Joce Soubiran and everyone who had a hand in making these events happen.

Download “Touch Live in California 2019” on Bandcamp


Guerrilla Audio

Guerrilla Audio is a new series of audio raids by Simon Fisher Turner.

guer·ril·la
ɡəˈrilə/
noun
noun: guerilla
a member of a small independent group taking part in irregular fighting, typically against larger regular forces.

Each audio edit will be posted for 14 days and then removed from the site, although the information about each guerrilla activity will be archived, but without the audio. There will be two postings per month with the first (also featuring Klara Lewis & Rainier Lericolais) on 1st August 2015, so please check in regularly to listen to the latest offering. We are well into the 3rd year and have just posted episode 95…

Guerrilla Audio
www.simonfisherturner.com