You can read a feature in Czech here
Sept 14th – Glasgow – The Glad Cafe
Sept 16th – London – Café Oto www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/rafael-anton-irisarri/
“We are increasingly separated from contact with nature. We have come to forget that our minds are shaped by the bodily experience of being in the world – its spaces, textures, sounds, smells, and habits.” – Robert Macfarlane, “Landmarks”
Responding to Macfarlane’s observation with field recordings, spoken word, and immersive ambient sounds, “Place Language” seeks to inspire a renewed interest in our surroundings, and to reinvigorate our appreciation for the audible textures and patterns that characterize a place. This unique listening experience takes place over 2 nights and features the London debuts of Marcus Fischer and Hotel Neon as well as new works by Kate Carr, Simon Scott, and Rafael Anton Irisarri.
Sept 17th – Bradford – Fuse Arts Space
Sept 18th – Manchester – The Peter Hat
With Marcus Fischer, Hotel Neon and Rafael Anton Irisarri
Download only – 3 tracks – 61:36
Now available to pre-order from Bandcamp
Release date: 12th July 2019
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.
Release date: 22nd February 2019
CD & Cassette – 8 tracks – 52 minutes
All tracks composed by Simon Scott
Strings played by Charlie Campagna & Zachary Paul
Artwork & photography by Jon Wozencroft
Mastered by Denis Blackham
You can read reviews here and listen to an extract from the album here:
*Additional 20 minute bonus track features a live recording from the Jazz Café in London in October 2018
Soundings, his debut studio album for Touch (he previously released the live album ‘Floodlines’ in 2016 and re-issued “Below Sea Level” in 2017), finds Simon Scott, the composer and sound ecologist, using field recordings from various cities around the globe; modular synthesizer treatments; live strings and laptop electronics to create an album of transition and shifting time zones. The recordings were edited and composed in hotels rooms across the world as Scott was constantly on tour as the drummer for Slowdive, who successfully reformed in 2014.
Hodos, the album opener, begins with 85 mph Storm Barney recordings, ending with the fading sounds of bellbirds and cicadas recorded in Brisbane 2018. “I took a home recording I made of Storm Barney in Cambridge, listening to it on repeat when I was flying from continent to continent. I wanted this to be the starting point of the process of musically documenting how much travelling I was doing”. This album was created from the US to Asia, South America to Europe and the Arctic Circle back to the UK via California. “Working in hotel rooms and on flights, listening to and editing the recordings I’d made from all of these distant cities formed the basis of the album. It’s the soundtrack to four years of my life in flux with constant change, jet lag, excitement and the seeming perpetual motion of travelling”.
The cassette version features an extended 60 minute version of the album remastered by Scott.
Simon Scott has remixed A Place To Bury Strangers, on behalf of Slowdive, for their Re-Pinned remix LP.
After the success of the Ghostpoet and Vorhees Slowdive remixes Simon’s Frustrated Operator remix shreds the original APTBS track and reworks it through his modular synth system and pushes it into new sonic territory.
Tone 64D – 1 track EP – Download only – 18:39
Grace begins with a 12 string acoustic guitar fed into a modular synthesiser that spits out beautiful grains of sound that rise and fall like the sun. Textures build up and then slip away leaving a pipe organ playing and the church room recordings sonically revealing passing cyclists, rainfall and Cambridge bus station. It shimmers like an oscillating river until the strings fade and the final third section slips in and a deep organ tone leads the tapestry of sound into field recordings, strings and processed instruments. The contact mics on the organ pipes are heard, floorboards and unidentified human sounds appear and the alarm call of a blackbird seeps into the piece.
Simon Scott’s forthcoming new album, “Soundings” will be out later this year on Touch.
Written recorded, mixed and mastered by Simon Scott at SPS
in Cambridge. Strings performed and recorded in Glendale, California
by Charlie Campagna (‘cello) and Zachary Paul (viola and violin).
Pipe organ recorded at The Unitarian Church, Cambridge, UK.
Thanks to Charlie Campagna, Zachary Paul, Andrew Brown
and Jeannie Witty.
Published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music UK Ltd
Photography by Jon Wozencroft
“Slowdive have entrusted drummer Simon Scott to remix on our behalf as he has a flair for studio trickery and talents as an arranger and multi-instrumentalist. Following on from remixes for Ghostpoet, Slowdive and Cuts comes a new remix for Brooklyn artist Vorhees”
76pp full colour book + CD
33 tracks – 78:59
Limited edition of 1000
Release date: 11th December 2017
Into the Open
Mika Vainio – Behind the Radiators
AER – Just Before Dawn
Bethan Kellough – Twelve
Wire – A Year A Second [For BCG]
London in a Week
Carl Michael Von Hausswolff – Sine Missing One
Chris Watson – Deepcar
Jana Winderen – Bronx Tunnel
The Magical Land of the North
Claire M Singer – Storr
Hildur Gudnadottir – Death 200AD
Three 20 – Four Twelve
Philip Jeck – Deed of Gift
Walking on Water
Simon Scott – Storm of the Fens
Eleh – Overt One
The Love Train
Russell Haswell – Demons
Heitor Alvelos – Expectant
I’m a Schoolteacher on Holiday
Johann Johannsson – Mingyun
Mark Van Hoen – Prescient
Fennesz – Paint It Black (remastered)
Sohrab – JV Dream
It’s Enough to Make You Weep
Strafe FR – Virgin
Before The Sea @ Falasarna
Jim O’Rourke – Despite The Water Supply
Situation Stabilised / BJ Nilsen – Atom Mother
Peter Rehberg – Cinecom
Gateway to the Garden
Oren Ambarchi – Testify
The Sound of Eleven
In a 24/7 world there is no greater challenge than “to be in command of one’s own time”. Is it true that the ability to download anything, at any moment, constitutes freedom? Has the ‘value’ of music, art and design been stripped bare? “I Google, therefore I am”…
Touch MOVEMENTS has been compiled over the course of 3 years. It is a response to many requests for Touch to publish a fuller account of Jon Wozencroft’s photography for the cover art of the project. The book follows the music, which was compiled step-by-step, like a jigsaw – there was not an “open call” to the artists, rather a sequential development which gives the CD a special narrative quality. And since our last Touch 30 compilation in 2012, the accuracy of the music has grown and rises to the challenge of what sound can do to transform perceptions about the immediate emotion of musical work and its more difficult, longer term evolution.
Following Touch Folio 001 in 2015, this series is a dedication to finding new ways of audiovisual publishing, somewhere between the twin peaks of a jewel-cased CD and a lavish box-set. The two elements of sound and the visual work in parallel to create the idea of an “Ear-book”, whose interdependency reveals itself over time, and allows the richest of listening and viewing experiences. The music and the photography is fully annotated, alongside a rarely-seen manifesto by the Surrealist film-maker Jan Švankmajer which celebrates the spirit of the creative act.
Slowdive have a new album out on May 5th and Simon co-wrote ‘Falling Ashes’ with Neil Halstead and also two more tracks ‘Go Get It’ and ‘Slomo’ with all band members credited. The album features Scott’s drumming, MaxMSP textures, 12 string and 6 string acoustic guitar, percussion and electronics.
Here is a link to Pre-Order the album that is released on May 5th 2017: www.slowdiveofficial.com
Cassette only – limited edition of 100 copies has sold out. The digital version is available here
“STUK is dedicated to the victims of 13.11.15. As the devastating and abhorrent news of the Paris attacks was breaking I took to the stage to perform with a sinking and heavy heart.” – Simon Scott, 21.01.16.
Recorded live at STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven, Belgium on 13th November 2015. Room recording made on an Edirol R-09HR. Written and performed live by Simon Scott.
scott – fennesz – matthews – singer – jeck – beaumont
Organ reframed at Union Chapel, London, is proud to present Spire live, the 17th in the series which explores the great instrument…
Part One (7-845pm)
Charles Matthews from The Robertsbridge Codex (piano)
Simon Scott (organ and laptop)
Philip Jeck (turntables)
Charles Matthews plays Philip Glass: Music in Fifths (organ)
Interval – John Beaumont (voice)
Part Two (9-1030pm)
Fennesz (organ and laptop)
Charles Matthews – Stasis: Wastelands of Sleep from Andrew Glover-Whitley’s Symphony no.4 (organ)
Claire M Singer – The Molendinar (organ)
The Eternal Chord (organ) with John Beaumont (voice)
Charles Matthews plays Charles Camilleri (piano)
Sound of the Thames Delta
1 – 2 October
11am – 6pm daily (followed by live music gigs till 10pm)
Southend Pier, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE
FREE, booking essential – Book here.
‘Southend’s never been a quiet seaside town, there’s always been too much music and entertainment going on for that. So when Rock n Roll came along, Southend rolled up its sleeves and gave the nation a special flavour of Southend Rock.’ Billy Bragg – narrator for Southend Rock, written and produced by Roger Deakin.
Acclaimed writer Roger Deakin (d.2006) best known for his ‘passionate, magical and meditative’ writing about nature (Waterlog, 1999, Chatto & Windus, Wildwood, 2007, Hamish Hamilton) also loved music. In 1992 he wrote, produced and directed a documentary for Anglia TV called ‘Southend Rock’, narrated by Billy Bragg which likens the blues sound, the flood plains and the pre planning law ‘shacks’ of south Essex to the Mississippi Delta, giving rise to the now well used term the ‘Sound of the Thames Delta’.
Sound of the Thames Delta, brings together musicians, writers, artists, film-makers and broadcasters to examine the relationship between place and music, at the end of the world’s longest pier in Southend-on-Sea.
Architecture, landscape, industry, politics, economics – what is it about the specifics of place that gives rise to unmistakable sounds and attitudes in the invention and creation of new sounds in music? Key figures from different music genres and subcultures that have grown out of the marshes of South Essex, spanning five decades, will form a series of panel discussions with live music, film screenings and guests from further afield.
What role do venues play? – resident DJs, on the spot photographers and those who were there, discuss Crocs, The Goldmine, Blow Up, Sound Systems, Junk Club and more.
Artists include: Karl Hyde (Underworld); John Fatman (resident DJ, Crocs); DJ Nihal (BBC Radio 1); Paul Morley (The North (And Almost Everything In It), 2013 Bloomsbury), Jeremy Deller (Our Hobby is Depeche Mode), Dave Robinson (Stiff Records), Pete Paphides (Melody Maker, Time Out, Vinyl Revival BBC 6 Music), Ruth Barnes (Radio 4, BBC 6 Music, Resonance FM), Zoe Howe (Looking Back at Me (with Wilko Johnson), 2012 Cadiz Music Ltd; Lee Brilleaux: Rock and Roll Gentleman, 2015 Polygon); Chris Watson (Cabaret Voltaire); Martyn Ware (Human League/Heaven 17); Dean Chalkley (Junk Club photographer) Derry Hall and Kenny Monrose (Southend Sound Systems); Lew Lewis (Eddie & the Hod Rods); Chris Fenwick (manager, Dr Feelgood) and more.