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Friday, September 28 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm
OPTICAL 3 : TOUCH.30

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For our third OPTICAL showcase, we proudly celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary British audiovisual organization and publishing company Touch - the longest surviving independent contemporary music publisher in the UK.

Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen, a Norwegian producer who has released a considerable catalogue of ambient electronic music, mostly notably 1997's Substrata, an album considered by many as one of ambient music's key recordings. Jenssen has also scored a number of films, including Eternal Stars (1993) and Insomnia (1997). The iconic ambient-techno maestro will present at Decibel Festival selections from his critically-acclaimed album “N-Plants” - a work that explores the beauty and vulnerability of Japanese nuclear power facilities.

Seattle-based interdisciplinary artist, curator and composer Rafael Anton Irisarri will perform under his The Sight Below guise, presenting a special live A/V performance/installation commissioned by Touch. Irisarri’s recorded output - described by Pitchfork as “existing in an undifferentiated welter of pop, techno, and classical” - captures an essential vision of floating tones, deep pulsing bass and textured Gaussian curves. His work is widely published in over a dozen labels around the globe, including respected labels like Touch, Morr Music, Ghostly International, Room40 and Miasmah.

Eleh was formed in 1999 as an exploration of analog synthesis. Influenced by early electronic minimalist pioneers such as La Monte Young, Eliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveros & Charlemagne Palestine, Eleh creates highly minimal and deeply spiritual pure analog electroacoustic music. Eleh’s work emphasizes the physical presence of sound as it has been inspired by the physical world, focusing on tonal juxtapositions, bass tones and various acoustic phenomenon. He has released numerous records on Touch, Important Records and Taiga Records.

PLEASE NOTE: This event ends around 9:30PM, offering festival attendees the opportunity to enjoy other festival showcases that will be going until 2AM.

For fans of Brian Eno, Terry Riley and GAS

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Biosphere

Touch
Jenssen was born in 1962 in Tromsø, a city within the Arctic Circle in the northernmost portion of Norway. He would later become famous for his "arctic sound". He was initially inspired by the music of artists such as New Order, Depeche Mode, Wire, and Brian Eno, which he described as "like discovering a new universe—a universe which I wanted to be a part of". In 1983, he bought his first synthesizer and composed his first piece... Read More →
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Eleh

Touch
Eleh has been an enigma since the first record under that name was released in 2006. In numbered editions with letterpressed sleeves, usually on Important Records from the U.S.A., these vinyl-only releases were evidently a labour of love and attention. Further recordings have been released on the labels Taiga and Touch, making 11 vinyl editions in all. Eleh began as long ago as 1999 as an exploration of analog synthesis, emphasising low... Read More →
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Jon Wozencroft

Jon Wozencroft is the author of The Graphic Language of Neville Brody 1 & 2, published by Thames & Hudson in 1988 and 1994, and a curator of the exhibition of the same name held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1988, and ultimately at Parco department store in Tokyo in 1990. In 1990, he set up FUSE with Neville Brody, a critical forum for the impact of digital media on type and visual communication. In 1994, 1995 and 1998... Read More →
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lissom

Tana Sprague is an artist, curator, producer, and cultural organizer based in Oakland, CA. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts fromUCSD, and an MFA in Electronic Music & Recording Media fromMills College. With a growing discography of sound releases and live cinema collaborations (under the moniker Lissom), she has performed and/or exhibited work at theBiennial of the Americas, Seattle’s Decibel Festival, the... Read More →
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The Sight Below

Ghostly International / Touch
The Sight Below is an alias of Rafael Anton Irisarri, an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, curator, producer and interdisciplinary artist based out of the Pacific Northwest. The music of The Sight Below conjures half-remembered dreams and soft-focus sentiments with elegiac beauty; like blurred snippets of film recognizable only as organic objects: black-and-white amoebas milling about, or a sunset rendered in grayscale. The resulting... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2012 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Broadway Performance Hall 1625 Broadway, Seattle