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100th Podcast, 20 Field Recordings

Touch Radio celebrates a milestone.

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The Touch Radio series of podcasts, an offshoot of the esteemed Touch Editions label, has reached its momentous 100th episode, and it is marking the occasion with just the sort of low-impact gesture that would be expected of an enterprise that traffics in the everyday. See, much of the Touch output is field recordings: expertly recorded, lovingly sourced, casually framed documents of the sonic quotidian. The 100th episode features a montage, a medley as it were, of recordings from the archives of BJNilsen.

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The sources range from ports to cemetaries, industrial factories to fishmarkets. The full list is as follows: Beachy Head, Eastbourne, England; Karl Marx Tomb, Highgate Cemetery, London, England; Whitstable Bay, Kent, England; CleanCar Berlin, Mitte, Germany; Temple Gas Works, Glasgow, Scotland; Fruitmarket City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland; Port of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen, Denmark; Unknown Music School, Naples, Italy; Galleria Umberto, Naples, Italy; Barbed Wire, Todmorden, England; Side Street, Lisbon, Portugal; Tempelhof Airfield, Berlin, Germany; Cave, Durness, Scotland; Fishmarket, Via Tribunali, Naples, Italy; Hatún, Reykjavik, Iceland; the Jacobite Steam Train, Armadale, Scotland; London Olympic Rehearsal, Islington, London, England; Boleskine Cemetery, Scotland; Train Bridge, Nijmegen, Netherlands (MP3). The sensory overload is titled “Bottomless Perfume.”

Track originally posted for free download at touchradio.org.uk. More on Nilsen, who also did the very first Touch Radio podacast, at bjnilsen.com.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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