Touch Radio is an online platform that provides access to recordings and compositional pieces from artists who have links with the Touch record label. Several contributors have built pieces around wildlife and environmental field recordings and together these form an eclectic mix of programmes that range from audio diaries to contemporary sound art.
In November 2010 the entire back catalogue of Touch Radio broadcasts was archived with the British Library. The collection has been added to the Archival Sound Recordings website and is a great resource for anybody interested in this kind of broadcast. Whilst delving into the collection, I came across familiar names such as Chris Watson and Jana Winderen whose work never fails to generate interest and admiration. I also stumbled upon new names and pieces of work, such as Gudni Franzson’s Notturno which transports the listener to a tranquil Icelandic woodland scene.
The Touch Radio website publishes new content about once a month and a recent post is Yannick Dauby’s composition Arches. This piece is based on field recordings made by Dauby during February 2010 when he spent time with semi-captive wolves in the Lozere region of France. The composition demonstrates how wildlife sound recording, which is often used to further our understanding of science and the natural world, can also be applied to the arts, thereby enriching our cultural heritage and helping to bridge the gap between these two fields.
I’d certainly recommend dipping into the Touch Radio collection from time to time.