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1. Live at The Arcola Theatre, 14.ix.14

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The Acoustic City

Book Launch in London

Stadtklang: The Acoustic City
Start: Sep 14, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Sep 14, 2014 10:00:00 PM
Location: Arcola Theatre Bar, 24 Ashwin St, Dalston E8 3DL

The Tapeworm is Five


The first way: The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives – our fifth birthday, live at Café Oto, 16 September 2014

On the 16th of September, we warmly welcome you to Dalston’s finest, Café Oto, for our fifth birthday concert, ‘The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives’. CM von Hausswolff, Osman Arabi and Autodigest are flying in from far-flung places, especially for you. Andrew Poppy will finger the ivories; our interim minstrel Zerocrop will sing for you a lullaby or two; straight outta Croydon, Messrs Cornish and Julian will début a duet set. Surprise guests? Possibly, yes!

Click here for full details… Tickets now on sale – only a fiver in advance:

The second way: Savage Pencil’s ‘Bunch of Fives’ T-shirt

To celebrate The Tapeworm’s fifth anniverary, the one and only Savage Pencil has dreamed up a new white-on-black T-shirt. This is available to pre-order now in the TouchShop, in five sizes.

The third way: the release of two new cassettes…

CM von Hausswolff delivers ‘Dark 80ies’, a select selection of archive reels featuring the likes of Zbigniew Karkowski and Phauss. ‘Spire: Live in Bergen’ was recorded last year in a Norwegian church – Bach, Scelsci and Pärt rubbing up against BJNilsen and the Spire Ensemble. Both out now.

The fourth way: BJNilsen’s ‘Release the DATs’

Benny offers up a fourth way to celebrate our fifth. Benny’s gone and done us a digital audio tape, ‘Release the DATs’, to be released on The Wormhole in an edition of 25 copies only. Hipster confusion is keenly anticipated… Further details on this release are due at the end of August…

The fifth way: Two new Bookwork books!

The Bookworm, our very occasional publishing effort announces two sexy paperbacks from two sexy Stefans. Stefan Goldmann has interviewed Robert Henke, Cory Archangel and more for ‘Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound’. Stefan Fähler’s ‘Zahntasia’ draws a psychedelic pic of the inner life of a tooth. A fifth way to celebrate, comrades! Further information on both publications to follow in early September


Spire - Live in Bergen

The Tapeworm # TTW#70 [Cassette]

Cassette only – limited edition of 150 copies
*** PRE ORDER - RELEASE DATE 18.8.14 ***

Track listing;
A1: Charles Matthews plays JS Bach "Komm, Heiliger Geist"
A2: Charles Matthews plays Giacinto Scelsi "In Nomine Lucis"
A3. BJNilsen and John Beaumont "Black Death"
B1: The Eternal Chord "The Eternal Chord (Live)"
B2: Marcus Davidson "Ananta"
B3: The Spire Ensemble "Live In Bergen"
B4: Charles Matthews plays Arvo Pärt "Pari Intervallo"

Illustration - Art I Cho

Recorded on 1st November 2013 as part of Bergen Kirkeautunnale, Norway.

Featuring BJNilsen & John Beaumont’s ‘Black Death’, a new project using voice (tenor) and electronics; Charles Matthews’s repertoire includes performances of organ pieces by Arvo Pärt, Giacinto Scelsi and Johann Sebastian Bach; Marcus Davidson’s ‘Ananta’ is released for the first time, and Spire regulars The Eternal Chord and The Spire Ensemble also perform.

Spire is an organ-based live project curated by Touch’s Mike Harding and organist Charles Matthews, and is celebrating ten years of activity. You can read more about the project here. -

‘The tall peaceful trees would be like the pipes of a great organ…’ (Claude Debussy)

‘It is impossible not to be drawn upward, whether towards the spire of the church or cathedral or to the huge and daunting forest of pipes themselves. The organ dwarfs all comers, and unlike other instruments, it is this non-musical element which makes the organ stand apart.’ (Mike Harding)

The Acoustic City

A publication as part of my UCL/Leverhulme Residency is now out:

The Acoustic City consists of a series of cutting-edge essays on sound and the city accompanied by a specially commissioned CD. The book comprises five thematic sections: urban soundscapes with an emphasis on the distinctiveness of the urban acoustic realm; acoustic flânerie and the recording of sonic environments; sound cultures arising from specific associations between music, place, and sound; acoustic ecologies including relationships between architecture, sound, and urban design; and the politics of noise extending to different instances of anxiety or conflict over sound. This innovative essay collection will be of interest to a wide range of disciplines including architecture, cultural studies, geography, musicology, and urban sociology.

You can get it here

June Concerts

Moers Festival, Moers, Germany, Saturday 07 June and Sunday 08 June, 17:30 - 20 clock

May Concerts


Halle des expositions d'Évreux | Thursday May 22nd | 8h30


Sonic Lyon, Lyon, Thursday May 15th

Cave 12 Wednesday May 14th - 21h00 (concert 21h30 !)

Fuse Arts Space, City of Bradford, UK


Join us to celebrate the launch of Bradford's newest contemporary art space! We'll be opening our doors to unveil the first UK print exhibition of Portrait Salon 2013, with a live performance from BJNilsen and music from Bomb Shop DJs. Free entry, free drinks - we have limited capacity so get down early! Find out more about Fuse Art Space

Opening party: Friday 10th January 2014, 7pm
5-7 Rawson Place, Bradford BD1 3QQ


Ausland Berlin, Deutschland

Schneider TM - "Guitar Sounds" (Bureau B)
BJ Nilsen - "Eye Of The Microphone" (TOUCH)
+ party with Falko Teichmann! Doors & Bar 21:00 h | Concerts 22:00h | VVK @ koka36

OUT TODAY*** Eye of the Microphone

Available to order from November 20th

Released: 2013
Extended Digipak - 3 tracks - 43:19

Mastered By Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing and notes:

Track listing:

1. Londinium
2. Coins and Bones
3. Twenty Four Seven

BJ Nilsen (b,1975 Sweden) Is a sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sound of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance and as sound designer. His newest album presented here is “Eye Of The Microphone” [Touch # TO:95, 2013] - a somewhat surreal audio rendition of the sounds of The City of London. Currently also working on The Acoustic City, a book publication with CD, co-edited with Matthew Gandy, [2014, JOVIS Verlag, Berlin].

Track notes:

Recorded and Mixed in London 2012 – 2013

++ To stroll properly, one should not have any particular plans ++

In 2012 I received a scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust for a one-year Artist in Residency at the UCL Urban Laboratory in London, to introduce sound as an art practice to urban scholars and students. As part of my research I decided to dérive the city.

I spent full days and sometimes nights sweeping the streets and its interiors for sound - walking and listening with no route or intention. A city without sound does not exist. Every location, passageway, alley, road, park, and pub contains its own world of isolated sound events and patterns - the sound of a shopping bag caught by the wind on the asphalt of a busy street when a bus passes by. What seems to be merely a bus is also a cacophony of sounds, a sound world in itself: hydraulics, breaks, interior noise, honking, public announcements, humans, rolling bottles, cell phones, mp3 players. The rattle of an air-conditioning unit in an old pub toilet gradually develops its broken down sound over many years, creating a raga for it own demise. Nobody seems to hear it. Is it there? The choice of sound varies; it's a personal selection, some sounds made it into this composition, many hours of recording didn’t.

Sound composition can alter space and time and transform a specific location and experience into an imaginary world.

1. Londonium.

Standing on Francis Street behind Victoria Station, it is a sunny spring afternoon and the air is crisp. For a location so central it is a quiet street, for about ten seconds… As the bells of a nearby church in the Diocese Of Westminster start to chime I press record. They merge into a vehicle and then into a woman on a bike, and as she breaks to make a turn, in the distance a cellphone rings. All the time a train engine has been idle.

London pulls you towards water. You are bound to reach the river at some point. On a grey and foggy afternoon, I reached the bank of the Thames during low tide. There, the sand, algae, mud, and brick buildings isolated the acoustics revealing great detail. An almost interior space, surrounded by old shoes, pieces of porcelain, half a chair, bones, bricks, wood structures, and washed up electronics, it felt like looking into the future as well as the past. To the left there were the distant smudged out towers of Canary Wharf, and to the right Tower Bridge completely shrouded in fog. The drones of the clippers on the river suddenly sounded electronic, the occasional vague beep of metal detectors belonging to coin hunters tracing our past. A chainsaw starts up from one of the workshops nearby. Back in the studio, listening, a surreal city begins to unfold.

2. Coins and Bones.

Without the multi-sensory impressions and visual synchronisation at the very present moment of recording, certain memories and perceptions seem to grow stronger.

Maybe a pure field recording is not the most accurate representation of a place.

3. Twenty Four Seven.

Where does the city begin?

We took the East Anglia Line from London Liverpool Street only a 30 minute ride away and we arrived at Cheshunt Station and stepped into Lee Valley.

It is a vast area of water, grass, reed bed, and woodlands, and lots of wildlife. The weather is perfect, a clear and warm summer day. Here, the sound of distant trains going back into the city served as a backdrop together with overhead airplanes. As we are sitting on a small grass patch by a large pond, ducks, swans and coots suddenly notice us, expecting some food. We gave them some tiny pieces of bread. The swans took over and started to fight. After a long track we end up by Regents Canal and The Kingsland Basin Redevelopment site.

Twenty four seven doesn’t exist here. It’s a microclimate of nuances and the personal mind of getting up early to make some recordings.

A microphone is both a lark and a night owl.

Cover Photography

St. Paul’s as seen from the London Eye. Cranes rebuilding the City – a highchair for birdsong...


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Touch & TouchRadio | Publishing & Licensing

BJNilsen is exclusively published by Touch Music [MCPS]. His work is also released on Touch, one of the most influential independent labels based in the UK [founded 1981/2].

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BJNilsen is a member of Spire. You can read about Spire and all the live events, including photos, here


Here you can download various tracks from releases by Hazard/BJNilsen which are now out of print or were never released:

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Here are BJNilsen's releases with the titles linked to the relevent page in the TouchShop. Reviews of all of BJNilsen's releases can be read here

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BJNilsen is collaborating with various artists, resulting in some compact discs detailed below.

He is also a member of freq_out, a collective curated by CM von Hausswolff.

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Biography & Photos

BJ Nilsen (b,1975 Sweden) Is a sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sound of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance and as sound designer. His newest album is “Eye Of The Microphone” [Touch # TO:95, 2013] - a somewhat surreal audio rendition of the sounds of The City of London. Currently also working on The Acoustic City, a book publication with CD, co-edited with Matthew Gandy, [2014, JOVIS Verlag, Berlin]

BJNilsen has collaborated with Chris Watson, Hildur Gudnadottir, Philip Jeck and Stilluppsteypa amongst others.

Photo: Jiyeon Kim

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Features & Press Coverage

Reviews of all of BJNilsen's releases can be read here

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