Have you ever been out and about, engaged in your daily routine, and thought to yourself, “Wow, I don’t know what it is, but I suddenly have the overwhelming urge to listen to wasps emerging from and returning to their nest in the English countryside.” Well, now you can, thanks to British audio-visual organization Touch, who, as you might’ve guessed, also operate the Touch label and have just created a free app for the iPhone and iPad. In addition to streaming every single Touch Radio episode, the new app keeps you up-to-date with Touch news, allows you to read about and listen to tracks from the Touch catalogue, allows you to save graphic designer and Touch co-founder Jon Wozencroft’s Touch cover art as wallpaper, and gives you access to the Touch Recipe Book — for all those introspective evenings when you want a meal to complement your total immersion into analog sound and field recordings.
It’s a wonder why the folks at Touch didn’t jump on this sooner. It’d be like if Apple developed a technology that allowed you to teleport at “warp” speed. Are you telling me Warp Records wouldn’t be all over that, with Autechre being contracted to score the momentary journey? Oh, they so would be.
• Touch: http://www.touchmusic.org.uk