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 Series 1 | Resonancefm

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

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

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.

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Photo: Jon Wozencroft
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… 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.

Spire Live at Kontraste Festival | 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.

freq_out 9 | Amsterdam February 2013


We are happy to announce that the festival starts with the ninth instalment of freq_out at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. freq_out 9 is a sound installation comprising 12 individual sound works, each utilising a specific frequency range, made on site, and amplified to act as a single, generative sound-space. Including: BJNilsen, J.G. Thirlwell, Jacob Kirkegaard, Jana Winderen, Maia Urstad, Kent Tankred , Finnbogi Pétursson, PerMagnus Lindborg, Christine Ödlund, Franz Pomassl, Mike Harding, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen and Carl Michael von Hausswolff.

The complete programme can be found here

The Art of Listening 3 | Brussels January 2013

with Sandra Jasper & BJNilsen

Transmedia presents: The Art of Listening 3, Touch’s residency in Brussels, January 21-25 2013. This residency is part of the Masters Degree course at Sint Lucas College.
1st and 2nd year students from Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Venezuela…
(You can read about last year’s residency here)

[photos: Mike Harding/BJNilsen]

TouchRadio 88 | Pitchfork Review December 2012

11.12.12 – Sea Palling: Wet mics and grey seals – 11:53 – 320 kbps

Photo: Sunouchi Motohiro

Touch’s 30th Anniversary Event: A Sound Recording Weekend with Chris Watson. Recordings of the sea made at Sea Palling, Norfolk, 8th December 2012, reviewed in Pitchfork here

Spire Live at Spitalfields Festival | London June 2012

The 13th Spire took place at St. Botolphs without Aldgate on Thursday 21st June 2012 as part of The Spitalfields Summer Festival

You can read a review of this event at Dalston Sounds here and in London Jazz here

From its earliest inception as the Hydraulis to the latest in organ technology, the organ has had an incredible influence on the history of music and sound. Spire celebrates this ‘Emperor of Instruments’ with live performances for organ, electronics, piano and voice, contrasting digital and analogue to create a rich sonic journey unique to each performance location. See Spire in Spitalfields for the first time, visiting St Botolph without Aldgate and its newly restored Harris organ.

freq_out 8 | Stockholm February 2012

Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Moderna Museet is going to be open from 7 pm February 17th through 7 pm February 19th. For forty-eight hours, seven of the museum’s galleries will be occupied by the sound installation freq_out 8. The result will be a combination of sound and light that will ‘drench’ the galleries in all the colours of the rainbow.

Spire Live at CTM | Berlin February 2012

The 12th Spire took place during CTM 12, at Passionskirche, Berlin

Marcus Davidson
Hildur Gudnadottir
Charles Matthews
Jana Winderen
The Eternal Chord

The Art of Listening 2 | Brussels January 2012

with Sandra Jasper & BJNilsen

Transmedia presents: The Art of Listening 2, Touch’s residency in Brussels, January 16-20 2012. This residency is part of the Masters Degree course at Sint Lucas College.
(You can read about last year’s residency here)

[photos: Sandra Jasper/BJNilsen]

Touch.30 | January to December 2012

Touch’s first release was Feature Mist [T1] in December 1982, so 2012 is our 30th anniversary. There will be a series of events and releases throughout the year and this page will be regularly updated to keep you informed. You may have noticed that Touch.20 was held in 2001, and Touch 25 in 2006… A discrepancy you might think. But no! Touch was conceived by Jon Wozencroft in 1981, in 1982 Jon and Mike Harding went to see New Order in Norwich (May) and received the cassette master of “Video 5-8-6” which was released on Feature Mist…

Spire Live at Frequency Festival | Lincoln October 2011

The 11th Spire took place during The Frequency Festival 2011, from 21st – 29th October in Lincoln

Philip Jeck
Charles Matthews
Charles Matthews & Mike Harding – The Eternal Chord
The Spire Ensemble – Organogram with John Beaumont (Tenor)

You can view the full programme here

The Art of Listening 1 | Brussels January 2011

with BJNilsen

Transmedia presents: The Art of Listening 3, Touch’s residency in Brussels, January 17-21 2011. This residency is part of the Masters Degree course at Sint Lucas College.

[photos: Sandra Jasper/BJNilsen]

Field: First Live Installation

1. A field just outside Bergen… 2nd June 2007

Location: Myklestad plantegÄrd, Blomsterdalen, Norway

Curators: Erlend Hammer & Roar Sletteland

Sound: Thorolf Thuestad

Other organisers: Kate Augestad, Sigurd Fischer-Olsen, Molly Telemann
Video documentation: Are Hauffen
Funded by Ny Musikk Bergen/ Ny Musikk.

About Field…

Field is a live installation produced by Lasse Marhaug [NO], Jana Winderen [NO] & Mike Harding.

Marhaug steps out of his noise clothing to tempt and seduce. Winderen continues her sound ecology work and Harding puts natural sounds from the city back where they belong… Together they form a delicate and sensitive sound which they will present for the local sheep population.

Photos by Mike Harding, Lasse Marhaug, Jeremy Welch & Jana Winderen