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Latest Touch Radio podcast features Jez Wells' installation

Posted on 3 August 2020

The 150th Touch Radio podcast is devoted to a binaural capture of Jez Wells' installation for the National Centre for Early Music created in collaboration with the visual artist Annabeth Robinson.

Originally commissioned as part of the Vespertine series of events in 2016, the installation was presented again at the York Festival of Ideas in 2017 and at the Audio Engineering Society's International Conference on Immersive and interactive Audio last year.

The work uses 18 loudspeakers, positioned at various points within the medieval church which is the NCEM's central performance space and the podcast, released by Touch Records this week, is a binaural recording from within the church that gives a full surround impression of the piece when listened to on headphones.

The piece uses specially developed software to explore the reverberation of the building and Jez describes some of his work on this in a recent video about the Department's Music and Sound Recording programme.

The Touch Radio podcast series features a wide range of renowned artists including Fennesz, Chris Watson and Biosphere. It is a 'named collection' within the British Library's Archival Sound Recordings website.

Listen to the podcast