Falmouth University Music Dept. | 2nd - 6th February 2015

SONVA Winter Fest week

Sonva is a Cornish word meaning a ‘place of sound’ and is the name of the Research Group and the Music community at large at Falmouth University.

From analogue to digital…and back?

Mike Harding introduces Touch (1982-2015+), an art project which has witnessed much change in the world of sound and its relationship not only to art but also how the “real world” of studios, record stores and distribution has changed; how perception of the role of artists, now largely dominated by public funding, has shifted. He will look at the way artists have adapted to working in a digital environment (even if the essence of the work is analogue) and how they see themselves and their role, and also the role the growing number of female artists has played and the influence this is having on the artistic community.

He will look specifically at the work of Chris Watson, Jana Winderen, Hildur Gudnadottir, BJNilsen, Philip Jeck and Christian Fennesz, all artists with whom he has a long-standing relationship. Mike will also discuss copyright and the realities of a world where music has virtually lost all monetary value, and how this unfolded. He will also look at what can go wrong, often more illustrative than what goes right, with an historical glance at the incompatibilities of the laws and digital technology...

Mike will also introduce the students to “freq_out”, a project created and curated by CM von Hausswolff, which asks them to participate in a collaborative frequency experiment which will be presented by them at the end of the period.

Falmouth University


Dublab Radio | Los Angeles 21st January 2015

Elevation Through Sound

Mike Harding hosts the show with Alejandro Cohen for Dublab Radio's Elevation Through Sound at 10am on 21st January 2015

In this third episode of a new series, Mike talks to Myke Dodge Weiskopf and BJNilsen



Designing for Sound

A lecture series focusing on the synthesis of sound and architecture; from the point of propagation to the point of reception, this series brings together architects, acousticians, instrument makers, auditory neuroscientists, musicians and composers to discuss and demonstrate the complex relationship we have with sound and the design led processes required to frame and channel it through physical means.


Dublab Radio | Los Angeles 3rd December 2014

Elevation Through Sound

Mike Harding hosts the show with Alejandro Cohen for Dublab Radio's Elevation Through Sound at 10am on 3rd December 2014

In this second episode of a new series, Mike talks to Richard Chartier (LINE, pinkcourtesyphone)

You can listen to this episode here



Bulgarian TV | 25th October 2014

Appearing on national television in Sofia with Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Pepa Ivanova before a lecture at the University of Sofia


Start viewing at 35:05...


AxS Festival, Pasadena | 27th September 2014

Mike Harding is appearing at the Axs Festival, Pasaena, California at 730pm on Saturday 27th September

Visuals: Jon Wozencroft
Audio: mixed from the Touch catalogue

You can see a video about the festival here [Courtesy of the Pasadena Arts Council]

AxS Festival


Dublab Radio | Los Angeles 22nd September 2014

Elevation Through Sound

Mike Harding hosts the show with Alejandro Cohen for Dublab Radio's Elevation Through Sound at 10am on 22nd September 2014

In this first episode of a new series, Mike talks to Michael Esposito (Phantom Airwaves), the EVP researcher...

You can listen to this episode here



Tapeworm 5th Birthday Party | 16th September 2014

I might be doing something at this event at Cafe Oto...

details here


Acoustic City Book Launch | 14th September 2014

from 6pm in the Arcola Bar, Dalston, London
Free and open to all

The evening will mark the London launch of the Acoustic City book edited by Matthew Gandy and BJ Nilsen



with Jana Winderen @ Punkt | Norway 5th September 2014

Friday September 5th. 12:00-12:45 Michael Engelbrecht - Storytelling for burning songs (Or: how to make radio magic) - Read More 13:00-13:45 Jana Winderen & Mike Harding - From Punk to Punkt - Read More 14:00-14:45 Laurie Anderson - A meeting with Laurie Anderson - Read More Saturday September 6th. 12:00-12:45 Henning Bolte & Jan Bang ...

Punkt Festival


Dublab Radio | Los Angeles 6th August 2014

Elevation Through Sound

Mike Harding hosted today's show with Alejandro Cohen for Dublab Radio's Elevation Through Sound at 10am on 6th August 2014



Thomas Ankersmit - Figueroa Terrace (excerpt) - Figueroa Terrace - Touch
Jana Winderen - Aquaculture - Energy Field - Touch
Chris Watson - Telegraph Cove at Night - unreleased
Jana Winderen - Dive - unreleased
Hazard - Landmass - Wind - Ash International
Bruce Gilbert - Sliding Off the World - Touch 25 - Touch
Mika Vainio - From Behind the Radiators A - From Behind the Radiators - Touch
Fennesz vs Matthews - Amoroso - Amoroso - Touch
Rosy Parlane - Willow - Willow - Touch
Various Artists - Touch Ritual Cut Up - Touch
Touch 33 - Mach .853 (Moscow Air Traffic Control) - Touch Sampler 00 - Touch
Chris Watson - Friday the 13th - Touch Sampler 00 - Touch
Chris Watson - A Celebration - Touch Sampler 00 - Touch
Biosphere - Deviation - Autour de la Lune - Touch
BJNilsen - Londinium - Eye of the Microphone - Touch
Leif Elggren - Mother!!? - Antitrade - Ash International
Unknown - In a Constant State of Rebellion - Antitrade - Ash International
Charles Matthews plays Giacinto Scelsi - In Nomine Lucis - Spire Live in Bergen - The Tapeworm
Fennesz - Badminton Girl - Endless Summer - Editions Mego
Sohrab - Amookhtan Baraye Zistan - unreleased


Dublab Radio | Los Angeles 29th July 2014

A Noiseful Joy

Mike Harding interviewed by Jake Viator for Dublab Radio's A Noiseful Joy at 10am on 29th July 2014



One Minute of Listening

Minute of Listening is an exciting and innovative project that has the potential to provide all primary-aged children with the opportunity to experience sixty seconds of creative listening each day of the school year. By downloading a simple application to their laptops, desktops or interactive whiteboards, teachers can bring a wealth of sonic resources into their classrooms.


For a full list of contributors:


Lecture & Conference | Evreux, France 14th June 2014

SATURDAY, JUNE 14th | 17h | Media Center of Evreux
Denis BOYER (Feardrop) | Mike HARDING (Touch) | Thierry WEYD (Ésam Caen-Cherbourg)

Collaboration |'Atelier(s) | Media Center | Ésam Caen-Cherbourg | Feardrop

Free entrance
Media Center, Square Georges Brassens, 27000 Évreux – France


Before Jana Winderen and Thomas Köner concert the same day at the Museum of Art History & Archeology cloister, a lecture will be provide by Denis Boyer, director of sound review Feardrop, on its texts on the Ice musical Imagination (L'imaginaire musical des glaces) and german musician Thomas Köner.

Presentation of the British label Touch with the presence of its director Mike Harding (who publishes among other works, Jana Winderen and Thomas Köner), and Thierry Weyd (teacher and editor) in the matter of Jana Winderen residency at the Laboratory of Art and Water initiated by Esam Caen-Cherbourg (Art Academy).

Franck Dubois, director of |'Atelier(s) and Frédéric Cosset, president of |'Atelier(s) will question Denis Boyer, Mike Harding and Thierry Weyd.


Q&A with Philip Jeck | 25th May 2014

Mike Harding hosts a Q&A with Philip Jeck at 4:30pm on Sunday. An immense musical event featuring performances from Robert Millis, Phillip Jeck, Basic House, Lee Patterson, Female Band, and Dean McPhee.

Fuse ArtSpace

Facebook entry here



Appearing on Los Angeles-based station, dublab, a new series of shows are archived below

25.03.15 meets... - Mark Van Hoen |
21.01.15 meets... - Myke Dodge Weiskopf & BJNilsen | 3.12.14 meets... - Richard Chartier | 27.09.14 meets... - Michael Esposito | 6.08.14 Elevation Through Sound | 29.07.14 A Noiseful Joy (These two episodes are linked together in the archive...)


What's on the turntable today...

Streaming from Twente, Netherlands: Wide-band WebSDR

Continue reading: What's on the turntable today...


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)
5. by David McSherry (hi-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] • The Acoustic City [Book + CD, jovis Verlag, 2014] • FYLOOP [LP, Fylkingen FYLP 1033]

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



Banner photos: Death Valley, California

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