TOUCH TYPIST came together around the brothers Tigga (electronics) and Nick Huggins (words and guitars), and Nick’s longtime musical collaborator Mark Gretton (drumikit). Nick and Mark spent a few years touring and playing gigs around Australia in a band that crossed the Nullabor by car at least eight times. Tigga is a DJ and electronic musician who may be the only member of the band able to identify authentic techno. It’s the combination of musical understanding and live intuition that makes Touch Typist a noisy and exploratory ensemble.
They are fascinated by the meeting point of human and machine rhythms, and the friction between nonsense and logic in sound and language. Each member balances the roles of rhythm and texture, with alternating emphasis. Touch Typist are interested in simple and complex sounds and love to turn up loud and lose control.
The record ‘You cannot kiss a laughing mouth’ was made in Nick’s ‘A Pocket Full of Stones’ studio in Point Lonsdale, Victoria. Nick has been making records out of the coastal town for the last few years and has produced Whitley, Seagull, Hazel Brown and his own solo album, the ‘Shipwreck LP’ in the space.
Over a series of sessions Touch Typist got together and developed an approach for the mini album. Starting with a structure based on tempo and a wider perspective of thirty minutes in sound, they lay out a path between song structures and instrumental explorations. Beginning and ending with a melodic line rendered in two very different contexts, the record is varied in colour and energy. In a reversal of the traditional narrative arc, the height of the musical exertion is found at the beginning. It is gradually deconstructed and after thirty minutes you arrive back with the distilled core of the introduction. It reflects a brief but frenzied creative process and is bubbling with possibilities.
released 01 December 2007
Music produced by touch typist
Recorded during 2007 at ‘a pocket full of stones’ studio in Point Lonsdale
Featuring Dave Henry on trumpet
© & ® touch typist 2007
Mastered by Anthony Norris
All songs written by Huggins/ Gretton/ Huggins
touch typist is Mark Gretton, Tig Huggins, Nick Huggins
touch typist thanks Tok, Two Bright Lakes, Albert’s Basement, Dave Henry, Kid Sam, Faux Pas, our dear parents, Lara and Den, Tim, Juan, Grace, Horse Bazaar, Kim Jirik, Nina-Marie Petrik, Declan Kelly, and Danny Jumpertz
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