Private Island, Los Angeles | 28th March 2014


freq_out 10 | Marrakech Biennial February 2014

Theatre Royal


freq_out 10 will be held from February 25th to March 1st 2014


The tenth version of the sound installation freq_out will be executed in Theatre Royal in Marrakech, Morocco, in conjunction with the 5th Marrakech Biennial.

The pre-opening of the exhibition is on February 25, 2014. The 5th Marrakech Biennial is curated by Hicham Khalidi. Additional concerts and performances by freq_out artists will occur from February 27th to March 1st.

Curated by Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Jacob Kirkegaard


Maia Urstad, JG Thirlwell, Franz Pomassl, The Sons of God (Kent Tankred & Leif Elggren), Mike Harding, Christine Ödlund, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, leif e. boman, BJ Nilsen, Brandon LaBelle, Kamarstudios, Jacob Kirkegaard

Click here for participants' biographies.


ACOUSTIC IMAGES | Royal College of Art, London

Thursday 13th February, 10.45am
Performing Arts Lab

Mike Harding

Within the metropolitan area of London, select, record and describe a
suitable LISTENING POST (in contrast to viewpoints of scenic vistas, with
car parks, telescopes and waste bins). It could be an audio oasis or
parenthesis to escape the urban audio assault, or it could be an enclosed
space with peculiar acoustics. The aim is to encourage engagement and
thereby involvement, with your urban area by LISTENING, which is the
essential forerunner (and possible substitute) for any audio recording.

Mike will introduce the morning and play recent works by BJNilsen and
Jana Winderen, amongst others,
whose recent works have described contrasting areas of spaces, one urban
the other invisible.

From midday to 3pm, students will be 'on location' before re-assembling to
discuss their experiences.


Sounding Poetry of Perception – storytelling in soundscapes
Pepa Ivanova

Pepa is currently mentored by Touch


University of Glasgow Concert Hall | Glasgow 11th February 2014

PULSE and The University of Glasgow present Chris Watson
Tuesday 11 February 2014, 7.30pm
University of Glasgow Concert Hall

Included in the programme will be a Q&A with Mike Harding from Touch.

You can read an article in the Glasgow Herald about Chris's work.


Storm 27th - 28th October 2013

Here you can hear a sample of the overnight storm ("St Jude"), which hit the UK in the early hours today. This recording was made at 6am on 2 x dpa omni mics in Balham, south west London


The full recordings can be heard in November on Long Wave, resonancefm (see opposite)


Visiting Lecturer at Lincoln University | 18th October 2013

Recently I gave a talk to the students on the Audio Culture module at Lincoln University

A blog has been made here by David McSherry, who also took the photo


Long Wave | Resonance104.4fm

Long Wave: suspending time and immersing the listener in a widescreen of sound

Mike Harding hosts a new show, "Long Wave", on resonance104.4fm starting 8th October 2013… at 2230 HRS GMT Tuesdays and repeated Thursdays at 0430

A weekly 90 minute show will feature new recordings, archives, live shows, interviews and other items. The first show will look at the extensive career of Phill Niblock, who will have just turned 80 (born 2nd October 1933) and has a new album out on October 14th..

There will also be interviews with Charles Matthews & Marcus Davidson (Spire), Jóhann Jóhannsson, Irene Moon (Katja Seltmann), Andrew Lagowski, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Ken Montgomery, Finnbogi Petursson & others. Watch this space for more info.

Long Wave will be archived here at the end of the series.


Playlists, credits and notes will be published here.

Listeners' input

Any audio considerations for this show, please contact or mail to:

c/o ID+
Praça Coronel Pacheco 2
4050-453 Porto


Photo: Jon Wozencroft

Also please reference TouchRadio...


...plays Touch @ Amoeba Records | 16th August 2013

Amoeba Records
6400 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

8-10pm 16th August

Mike Harding (Touch) presents a selection of tracks from the extensive Touch archive… including tracks from Biosphere, Fennesz, Bruce Gilbert, Hildur Gudnadottir, Rosy Parlane, Sohrab, Mika Vainio, Chris Watson, Jana Winderen and others...

Since its first release in 1982, Touch has created sonic and visual productions that combine innovation with a level of care and attention that has made it the most enduring of any independent company of its time.


Kontraste Festival | Spire Live in Austria 11th October 2013

The 14th Spire will take place in Mautern, close to Krems, Austria, on 11th October 2013, opening the Kontraste Festival.

Location: Mautern

Marcus Davidson (Organ & electronics)
Christian Fennesz (Guitar & electronics)
Mike Harding (The Eternal Chord & programme designer)
Philip Jeck (Turntables & sampler)
Charles Matthews (Organ & programme designer)
Burkhard Stangl (Guitar, electronics & organ)

Programme (subject to change):


PART ONE 7pm-8:15pm

Charles Camilleri: Lento, (from Sonata semplice)
Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer - Prelude no.8, six fugues and finale, from "Blumen Strauss"
Marcus Davidson - The Passing
Johann Nepomuk David - Movement 3 from Partita on BACH
Philip Jeck (solo)


PART TWO 8:30pm - 10pm

Erik Satie - Prière pour le salut de mon âme
Leos Janacek - Organ solo from Glagolitic Mass
"The Austrian Hour" - Christian Fennesz & Burkhard Stangl
Arvo Pärt - Pari Intervallo
The Eternal Organ
Organ Massive

end 10:15pm approx


Noises Festival @ b-05, Montabaur | Saturday 15th June 2013

20:45 - 21:15 Vortrag: Mike Harding (Touch): From Analogue To Digital And Back Again

The /ˈnɔɪzɪz/ festival is taking place from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th June at the grounds of the b-05 Montabaur choosing as its theme the intercultural relevance of hearing as a multi-medial phenomenon. The festival is an initiative organised by Cultural Science students at the University of Koblenz.

The starting point is that globalisation in mass media is frequently only perceived as an economic rather than a cultural phenomenon which may be interpreted differently depending on the location. Above all hearing - hence the phonetic title - will be emphasised with DJ-sets, live-music, films and performances.

In addition the use of a silent disco, sound-installations, presentations and workshops demonstrate that 'noise' is interpreted differently - either subjectively or culturally - within the realms of sound in general or music in particular.

Mike Harding is giving a talk about 30 years of Touch on Saturday night.


What's on the turntable today...

Anna von Hausswolff - Källan (Prototype) [Test pressing - Touch # Tone 45.6, 2014]

Krzysztof Penderecki - Music from the film "The Manuscript Found in Saragossa" (A film by Wojciech Jerzy) [OBUH # V24, 2005]

Oren Ambarchi - Stacte Karaoki [Black Truffle Records # BT13, 2014]

Sápmi Lottažan 2 - Āillohaččat [Indigenous Records # IRLP-7, 1982]

Douglas Quinn - Fathom [Taiga Records # TAIGA 11, 2010]

Harry Partch - The Bewitched [Composers Recordings, Inc. # CRI SD 304, 1973]

Teho Teardo - Music for Wilder Mann [Specula # 003, 2013]


Long Wave

Mike Harding hosts a new show, "Long Wave", on resonance104.4fm starting 8th October 2013… continuing for 13 episodes at 2230 UK time each Tuesday (repeated 0430 Wednesdays).

Episode information, playlists, notes and credits are published here. Also Long Wave will be archived here at the end of the series, on New Years Day 2014…

Long Wave Series 1 [2013]

Episode 1 - Phill Niblock | Episode 2 - Spire | Episode 3 - Generator | Episode 4 - The Tapeworm | Episode 5 - Sohrab | Episode 6 - Budhaditya Chattopadhyay | Episode 7 - Storm St. Jude | Episode 8 - Finnbogi Pétursson | Episode 9 - EVP | Episode 10 - Katja Seltmann with Irene Moon | Episode 11 - Tim Maloney | Episode 12 - The Cap Report | Episode 13 - Charlie Campagna

Also, at 10.30pm every day from 23rd December to 3rd January inclusive, the whole series will be repeated, "so the new shows (the last two in the current series [due on 24th December and 31st December] will slot into the entire sequence, a little anti-intuitively perhaps." [Ed Baxter, resonancefm]

Long Wave: suspending time and immersing the listener in a widescreen of sound


About Mike Harding

b. 1957 England

Curator & Producer ● Lecturer & Publisher ● Author & Editor ● occasional exhibitions/installations/performances… you can download a full CV here

He has been running the audio-visual label Touch for 30+ years and in this period has acquired much experience and information on disseminating cultural sounds to a wider audience - see also Touch Radio

He also curates Ash International

Images: (please credit if used):

1. by Carl Michael von Hausswolff (high res)
2. by Jana Winderen (low res)
3. by Sandra Jasper (high res)
4. by Ken Hollings (lo res)

Banner photos: Death Valley, 5th December 2013


Curator/Producer (since 1982):

Touch 1982-2013+ [including Touch Radio and Touch.30 events] – see list hereSpire 2004-2013+ with Charles Matthews ● KREV X with Thomas Nordanstad, Lydmar Hotel, Stockholm, May 2002 ● Listening Post with Thomas Liljenberg, The Royal Academy, Stockholm, March 2002 ● A Swedish Feast ● with Jerome Remy, Les Borealis, Caen, November 2001 ● HISS with Thomas Nordanstad, Lydmar Hotel, Stockholm, May 2001


Courses/Workshops (since 2001):

with BJNilsen, 2011-3+ The Art of Listening, Transmedia, Brussels ● with Chris Watson, 2012 Wildeye, Norfolk ● with Jana Winderen, 2011 Phonofemme, Vienna ● with Jana Winderen, 2010 Anyangcheong, Seoul ● with Chris Watson, 2008 Atmospheres, London ● with Christian Fennesz, 2005 Guildhall, York ● with Christian Fennesz, 2004 EMS, Stockholm ● with Chris Watson, 2002 Vooruit, Gent ● with Chris Watson, 2001 & 2002 Kungliga Konsthogskolan, Stockholm


Lectures (selected):

Lectured at The London College of Printing ● The School of Fine Art, Caen ● Konsthogskolan Valand, Göteborg ● KTH, Uppsala ● EMS and Konstfach, Stockholm ● NOTAM, Oslo ● Norberg Festival 2006 ● University of York, [Music Masters degree course] ● Ravensbourne College (with Chris Watson) ● Projektskolen, Oslo (with Jana Winderen) ● Saii & The British Council, Seoul ● Atelierhaus der Akadamie der bildenden Künst Wien, Vienna ● KHM, Cologne ● Madeiradig, Madeira ● Leeds Metropolitan University ● Noises Festival @ b-05, Montabaur ●

...and many others...


TV & Radio (since 2007):

Interviews worldwide for Touch.30 throughout 2012 ● Future Places [Radio Futura, Portugal 2010] ● The Suffolk Symphony [BBC, England 2009] ● Sound Stories [RTE, Ireland 2008] ● Ström [SR, Sweden 2008] ● Music Design for Instinct [ITV, England 2007]

…and various radio shows in Italy, UK, USA over the years...


Writing (selected):

Fairy Tales [BFI DVD liner notes], England 2012 ● Conexions [MIC magazine], Norway 2012 ● Botanic Sounds [Festival catalogue], Sweden 2009 ● Ringtones [CD notes, Touch # Tone 14], England 2002

...and for many other websites, magazines, pamphlets and productions...



TS13 Repaired/Replaced [7" vinyl, Touch 2012] • TTW#07 Souls on Board [K7, The Tapeworm 2011]

Contributions to various compilation releases: Tone 33 Touch. 30 years and counting [CD and DLP, Touch 2012] • BFIDVD529 Fairy Tales [3 tracks with Michael Esposito] • End ID [DCD, Digital Narcis 2000] • Antitrade [CD, Ash International 1999] • RRR500 [Vinyl, RRR 1998]

Contributions to various TouchRadio episodes

He has various nom d'enregistreur: Mike Harding • MSCHarding • Mike Hardin • VENOZTKS (sometimes written as Venoz TKS) • Souls on Board and other anonymous ones...



UK Ambassador of The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland [KREV] ● freq_out & THE FREQ_OUT ORCHESTRA ● FieldThe Eternal Chord



Twitter: venoztks

Email: msch [at] mscharding [dot, of course] net



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