Steirischerherbst

Graz, Austria October 13th
www.steirischerherbst.at

Performing alongside “South” A film shot in Antartica by John Aitchinson

Akousma

Montreal Canada November 18th
www.reseauxconcerts.com

Surround live mix of Short Night

The Suffolk Symphony | August 22nd 2009

From August 15th – 24th, Touch will be away on a residency at The Aldeburgh Music Festival [curated by Faster Than Sound]. We are working on a new project, The Suffolk Symphony. Details below…

Faster Than Sound presents The Suffolk Symphony by Touch, featuring Philip Jeck, BJNilsen, Jon Wozencroft, Mike Harding and Philip Marshall.
8pm – 11pm, Saturday 22 August
Hoffmann Building: Britten Studio and Jerwood Kiln Studio, Snape
Tickets: £10.00
Box Office: +44 (0)1728 687110

Faster Than Sound bring more imaginative experiments with sound and image to the Snape Proms with The Suffolk Symphony, a specially commissioned residency and new work by leading sonic and visual production company Touch. Inspired by the historic coastline of Aldeburgh and its surrounding area including Aldeburgh Music’s Snape Proms and its history, Touch will create a new audio-visual symphony from scratch, using only locally sourced sounds and images. Beginning on 16 August, Philip Jeck, BJNilsen, Jon Wozencroft, Philip Marshall and Mike Harding will go on a week-long treasure hunt to unearth old records, field recordings, home-made sounds and images to create a new multimedia Suffolk Symphony, culminating in its first performance on the 22 August.
Following the offer of an Aldeburgh Residency by Faster Than Sound’s creative producer Joana Seguro, Mike Harding responded with the idea of creating a new multimedia work purely from locally sourced sound and image. Mike and BJNilsen went on an exploratory field trip in May to make initial field recordings which are being made into vinyl to be used in the performance, plus to kick start the project website www.thesuffolksymphony.net. The artists are already busy exchanging ideas in preparation for the residency in August, with Jeck drawing inspiration from the work of Benjamin Britten, especially his Simple Symphony, and Jon Wozencroft planning to describe the special place of Aldeburgh on film, shot in real time during the residency.

Directed by Mike Harding with sound by Philip Jeck and BJNilsen and images by Jon Wozencroft, the whole week will be documented for an interactive website by Philip Marshall. The residency will feature workshops and presentations by Philip Marshall and Mike Harding, including interviews with the other artists and a Touch showcase, culminating in the performance which will take place in the recently converted industrial space of the Hoffmann Building. The Suffolk Symphony will be subsequently released through Touch.

The interviews by Mike Harding during the residency will include a discussion with his partner Jon Wozencroft about his vision for Touch, now nearly 30 years old, and an assessment of the changes which have occurred in that period. Philip Jeck will discuss his work, particularly the method behind his live and recorded output, which eschews conventional instrumentation. BJNilsen assesses how field recordings have developed as source material for his work, and Philip Marshall describes the way artists communicate their ideas online and how this affects the relationship between them and their audience. Each interview lasts for one hour, including a 15 minute Q & A session, and dates and times will be shortly be announced via the website.

www.thesuffolksymphony.net
www.fasterthansound.com
www.aldeburgh.co.uk

Art’s Birthday 2009

electronic performance & silent disco radio action
with
Brandon LaBelle & BJ Nilsen
Carl Michael von Hausswolff
Friday, January 16, 20:00

Maria am Ostbahnhof
Stralauer Platz 34/35 (an der Schillingbrücke)
Berlin

and broadcast live on Deutschland Radio
http://www.dradio.de/dkultur/sendungen/artsbirthday/891892/
http://www.clubmaria.de/

Current Activities | Winter 2009

“The music will not be broadcast”
Brandon LaBelle & Benny Nilsen
Live at Maria am Ostbahnhof Club, Berlin, January 16, 20:00, with CM von Hausswolff & live on-air with Deutschland Radio


iDEAL presents CLUSTER and BJNilsen
Friday, February 6
Nefertiti Jazz Club, Göteborg, Sweden


Touch presents…
Saturday 21st February
Tráfo, Budapest, Hungary
with Hildur Gudnadottir, Jon Wozencroft & Mike Harding

Project Gentili

Otto-Suhr-Allee 82 / Berlin / Germany / U8 – Richard-Wagner-Platz
13 December, 17:30 – 20:00 / performances at 18:00

Darri Lorenzen | out of here (performance)
BJ Nilsen | balanced loop (performance)

DISPLACED SOUNDS

BJNilsen [SE] 
TARAB [AU] 
Stan Brakhage [US]
Friday 12 December 2008, STUK, Leuven, Belgium

Current Activities | Autumn 2008

OCTOBER

China Tour:

Shanghai
Oct. 2
BJ Nilsen (SE)
Lost in Hildurness (IS)
Kemialliset Ystävät (FI)
Hard Queen (CN)

Beijing
Oct. 3
BJ Nilsen (SE)
Lost in Hildurness (IS)
Kemialliset Ystävät (FI)

Guangzhou
Oct. 4
BJ Nilsen (SE)
Lost in Hildurness (IS)
Kemialliset Ystävät (FI)

Future Places, Porto, Portugal
Oct. 9

Reykjavik, Iceland
Oct. 11.10-22.11
The Living Arts Museum,
BJNilsen-Darri Lorenzen-Finnbogi Pétursson-Ingólfur Arnarsson-Bjorn Quiring
www.nylo.is

Interzone festival, Utrecht, Holland
Oct 24.
Touch 25, BJNilsen, Philip Jeck [+ duet]

Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Holland
Oct 25. Amsterdam Dance Event
BJNilsen, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Hildur Gudnadottir, Thomas Ankersmit

NOVEMBER

Les Borealis, Caen, France
Nov. 26

Current Activities | June 2008

To mark the centenary of the birth of Norwegian composer Geirr Tveitt, The Hardingtonar festival has invited Spire to contribute various works based on his compositions.

BJNilsen | Philip Jeck | Charles Matthews | Jana Winderen | Marcus Davidson et al. will take part in a live event at various times on 21st June 2008 in Norheimsund, Norway.

You can read more in Ballade here

A programme in English can be found here

A full programme can be downloaded here and tickets can be bought here

New Projects & Current Activities | April/May 2008

April
25.04.08

S.K.I.F Festival, Modern Art Center, St. Petersburg, Russia
04.04.08
Touch 25 Live in Paris at Qwartz 4

April 4th: Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione: 110 rue Amelot, Paris 75003 (Metro Filles du Calvaire). 1 hour after Blixa Bargeld, Max Mathews, Jean-Claude Risset and Beatriz Feyrrera [Qwartz d’Honneur attributions] from 23h to 1h30, with Radio France [France Musique] direct retransmission, Qwartz’s official sponsor.
Chris Watson | Philip Jeck | BJNilsen
Free entrance

May

06.05.08 at Rhiz, Vienna
eMEGO special Curated by Peter Rehberg
09.05.08 Skanu Mesz, Latvia, Riga with Hildur Gudnadottir

TO:75 | BJNilsen – “The Short Night”

CD – 7 tracks – 48 minutes

Using location recordings, weather, birdsong and radio, BJNilsen continues to map and explore uncharted territory.

A follower to 2005’s Fade to White [Touch # TO:65], BJNilsen develops his work further, based on field recordings and electronics. This time he adds harsher yet clearer harmonies with musical elements to the compositions, creating a beautifully complex and detailed study. Recorded in 2006-7 with mostly analogue equipment, using up to 50 year-old tapemachines, filters and generators that end up being the soft cushion in these cold location recordings.

Location recordings from Mälaren, Stockholm, Sweden; Coombe Gibbet, Berkshire, England and Landakot, Vatnsleysuströnd, Iceland.

Telefunken M10 and M5, Studer B67, Ferrograph Series 4, Bruel and Kjær Sine-Random Generator and Frequency Analyzers. Also Monowave, Sequential Circuits ProOne, Korg MS20, Esq1, MOTU 828MK2, Ableton Live, Logic Audio 6
Morin khuur on Black Light played by Hildur Ingveldardóttir Gudnadóttir

Tracklist:

1. Front
2. Finisterre
3. Pole of Inaccessibility
4. Viking, Cromarty…
5. Black Light
6. Icing Station
7. Viking North

Boomkat (UK):

Touch are a label that always put quality control above all else. They don’t release much, but you can guarantee that when they do release something it’s of an almost untouchable standard, and their small but perfectly formed group of artists are a testament to that. They first welcomed Swedish experimental artist BJ Nilsen into the fold in the late 90s, when he was writing under the name Hazard, but since then Nilsen has developed and ‘The Short Night’, his latest full length record, is for me his most coherent and enjoyable album to date. Nilsen has been busy in the last few years, contributing to the incredible ‘Storm’ album with field recording veteran Chris Watson and also to ‘Second Childhood’ with cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir and Icelandic trio Stilluppsteypa, but ‘The Short Night’ feels like the masterwork these records were building up to. Utilising his tuned ear for field recording, Nilsen blends environmental sounds collected in Sweden, Iceland and England and layers them above and beneath some quite stunning electronic parts. Taking vintage equipment (Sequential Circuits Pro-One, old Scandinavian generators, Korg MS20 etc) and recording and mixing using modern computer technology he comes up with a sound that owes as much to early innovators Popol Vuh and Delia Derbyshire as it does more recent ambient-darlings Biosphere and Deathprod. The mood is one of grim, crust-laden darkness, something akin to being trapped in an abandoned building as the Phantom of the Opera plays mercilessly in a sewer below – but while the mood is shadowy the sounds never become oppressive. Maybe it’s due to the hypnotic nature of the compositions that draw you in and take hold of you entirely or possibly the actual character of the vintage generators used but the sounds float in and out of your consciousness with a wool-lined ease. Even as the album draws to a tremulous close with the incredible organ-drenched ‘Viking North’ and the amps reach eleven it is still washed with a veneer of melancholy and a palatable sheen that takes it above and beyond so many albums lumped into the same category. Touch have done it again then and thrown out yet another high water mark for the genre and a shining beacon in a mire of mediocrity. Huge recommendation.

New Projects & Current Activities | February 2008

Live:
7th Feb @ Rex, Belgrade

New Projects & Current Activities | January 2008

18.01.08 – Oita At Hall, www.athall.com, OITA, JP with Hildur Ingveldardóttir Gudnadóttir
19.01.08 – Water Lounge ,Fukuoka JP with Hildur Ingveldardóttir Gudnadóttir
20.01.08 – Gallery Soap, Kokura, JP with Hildur Ingveldardóttir Gudnadóttir
g-soap.jp
27.01.08 – www.clubtransmediale.de/ with Hildur Ingveldardóttir Gudnadóttir.
21.02.08 – www.sonicacts.com, Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL

The sound collective The Drone People, formed especially for this event, will present a preview of their project 24 Hour Drone People. The entire piece will be performed just after Sonic Acts at the Stockholm New Music Festival. Inspired by drone gods such as LaMonte Young and Tony Conrad, iDEAL record-label boss Joachim Nordwall has curated an event that will celebrate time, tradition, the future and the past, while simultaneously challenging them all. The Drone People are: CM von Hausswolff, Hildur Ingveldardóttir Gudnadóttir, Stephen O’Malley, BJ Nilsen, Joachim Nordwall, Mika Vainio and C. Spencer Yeh.

and following on:
23.02.08 www.fylkingen.se/www.stockholmnewmusic.se (see above)

Storm – Live in Bergen | December 2007

Chris Watson ¬ BJNilsen
Bergen Kino
4.12.07 MB1

Full Programme:

1:00 FILM SOUND: ‘Atmospheres above and below the surface’
by Chris Watson & Mike Harding

Part One [1 hour]

Chris Watson – A masterclass on the principles used for recording wildlife in a natural habitat for film. Chris brings his expertise to reveal his own methods of recording in the wild. Recording in a variety of habitats has presented him with a series of unique challenges and in response he has developed his own particular methods… Recording vultures eating a zebra carcass, giant tortoises mating and many other examples of his recording will illustrate his talk. He also may play surround sound examples from the National Geographic Galapagos Series, which recently won the Asian Wildlife Film Award for Sound Recording. [This series was screened on NRK in October 2007.]
Interval [15 minutes]

Part Two [45 minutes]

Mike Harding – Chris Watson also releases his soundworks for CD & vinyl and film soundtracks. He also makes sound installations and live performances from his recordings [for Grieg07, ‘Sleppet’ in Bergen, September 2007 as part of the Grieg Centenary]. Mike will describe the relationship between Chris Watson, the label, Touch, and the publisher, Touch Music. He will also look at copyright and other practical issues concerning the non-musical aspects of his work. What happens when a copyright system formulated in 1913 comes up against modernist thinking? Mike here fleshes out the issues which for many remain invisible, but often inform and dictate responses to new challenges presented by the modern media.
18:30 Chris Watson & BJNilsen perform live their soundtrack to the film by Ole Mads Vevle ‘Tanakh Bibelen Al-Quran’
18:45 Storm

New Projects & Current Activities | October 2007

THE SHORT NIGHT
CD – 7 tracks – 48 minutes
[Vinyl to follow on Autofact]
Barcode 5027803147522
Design & photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:
1. Front
2. Finisterre
3. Pole of Inaccessibility
4. Viking, Cromarty…
5. Black Light
6. Icing Station
7. Viking North

Listen to track 5 Black Light

Using location recordings, weather, birdsong and radio, BJNilsen continues to map and explore uncharted territory.

A follower to 2005’s Fade to White [Touch # TO:65], BJNilsen develops his work further, based on field recordings and electronics. This time he adds harsher yet clearer harmonies with musical elements to the compositions, creating a beautifully complex and detailed study. Recorded in 2006-7 with mostly analogue equipment, using up to 50 year-old tapemachines, filters and generators that end up being the soft cushion in these cold location recordings.

Location recordings from Mälaren, Stockholm, Sweden; Coombe Gibbet, Berkshire, England and Landakot, Vatnsleysuströnd, Iceland.
Telefunken M10 and M5, Studer B67, Ferrograph Series 4, Bruel and Kjær Sine-Random Generator and Frequency Analyzers. Also Monowave, Sequential Circuits ProOne, Korg MS20, Esq1, MOTU 828MK2, Ableton Live, Logic Audio 6
Morin khuur on Black Light played by Hildur Ingveldardóttir Gudnadóttir

GAS FESTIVAL, GOTEBORG, SWEDEN
Göteborgs Konsthall Friday 5th October 21.30

REC FESTIVAL ’07
Sunday 7 October 9pm
Teatro Valli
Fondazione I Teatri
Piazza Martiri del 7 luglio n° 7
42100 Reggio Emilia
Italy

BIOSPHERE [aka Geir Jenssen]
BJ NILSEN & HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR
electronics & cello, voice
KTL
Stephen O’Malley, guitar
Peter Rehberg, electronics
concerto + visuals

ATMOSPHERES FESTIVAL

The Atmospheres Festival takes place in London, from Monday October 22nd to Friday October 26th 2007. Tickets can be purchased here for individual days or as a festival pass for the 3 days hosted by Touch.

Days 1 and 5 are hosted by The Museum of Garden History
Days 2, 3 and 4 are hosted by Touch for Touch 25 – the 25th anniversary of Touch [1981/2 – 2006/7]

There are various events over days 2, 3 & 4 of the festival in two different locations:

Tuesday October 23rd – Day 2: Touch 25 @ The Bedford Arms, Balham, London SW12 with Chris Watson/BJNilsen/BiospherePeople Like Us
Wednesday October 24th – Day 3: The Museum of Garden History, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 with Storm: Chris Watson ¬ BJNilsen/Biosphere
Thursday October 25th – Day 4: The Museum of Garden History, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 with Free lunchtime event: Jon Wozencroft & Mike Harding interview and present the work of the Touch artists performing at Atmospheres
Concert by Biosphere, Chris Watson & BJNilsen [Chris Watson’s performance incorporates work submitted by those who attended the workshop on day one]

More details will be announced in the Touch NewsLetters. You can subscribe to them on the main Touch website here

Downloads

Here you can download various tracks from releases by Hazard/BJNilsen which are now out of print or were never released:

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Discography

Here are BJNilsen’s releases with the titles linked to the relevent page in the TouchShop. Reviews of all of BJNilsen’s releases can be read here

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Storm Live in Linz | September 2007

Ars Electronica 8.09.07

Storm received an honorary mention at Ars Electronica, and BJNilsen & Chris Watson will be performing the work live in the Cathedral in Linz

Collaborations

BJNilsen is collaborating with various artists, resulting in some compact discs detailed below.
He is also a member of freq_out, a collective curated by CM von Hausswolff.

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Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir, BJNilsen: Brotin milli hleina | November 2007

Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir, BJNilsen : Brotin milli hleina
09 Nov 2007 – 30 Nov 2007

A radio installation in the Bistro at Skaftfell, Iceland, using collected sounds and field recordings from Seyðisfjördur and broadcasting them to FM radios via transmitters.

Supported by: Konstnärsnämnden, Stockholm Sweden