Touch Conference

Recombinant Media Labs (RML), in conjunction with the Touch Label in the UK, is proud be bringing the Touch Conference to Gray Area: a series of sonically rarefied seminar settings featuring Touch artists on the west coast of America, presenting and demonstrating their work to a discerning audience.

Doors: 8:00pm
Show: 8:30pm
Presale Tickets: $12
Tickets at the Door: $15

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend one of the very special events of 2016… Touch, now in its 34th year, has tried to maintain standards of quality of care and attention which may be distinctive in this field. This will also be Philip Jeck’s first ever visit to the west coast in a long and illustrious career.

Philip Jeck uses turntables and sampler to create a unique sonic improvisation, both emotionally captivating and technically involving. Audio only.

Mark Van Hoen, with modular synth and software pushed the analogue/digital envelope to create damaged melodies, drones and dense claustrophobia. Audio-visual.

Simon Scott - His work explores the creative process of actively listening, the implications of recording the natural world using technology and the manipulation of natural sounds used for musical composition. Audio-visual.


Philip Jeck

Philip Jeck studied visual art at Dartington College of Arts. He started working with record players and electronics in the early '80's and has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theatre companies as well as his solo concert work. His best known work "Vinyl Requiem" (with Lol Sargent): a performance for 180 '50's/'60's record players won Time Out Performance Award for 1993. He has also over the last few years returned to visual art making installations using from 6 to 80 record players including "Off The Record" for Sonic Boom at The Hayward Gallery, London [2000]. In 2010 Philip won The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Composers Award. Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops turning them to his own purposes. He really does play them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record. Philip Jeck makes genuinely moving and transfixing music, where we hear the art not the gimmick.

Mark Van Hoen

Mark Van Hoen is an electronic music composer since 1981, releasing records from 1992 on labels such as R&S/Apollo, Touch, CCO & eMego. Mark Van Hoen is from England and currently lives in Los Angeles USA where he hosts a regular show on Dublab.

Simon Scott

Simon Scott is a sound ecologist and multi-instrumentalist from Cambridge, UK. His albums 'Insomni' and 'Below Sea Level' are out now and are published by Touch. His work explores the creative process of actively listening, the implications of recording the natural world using technology and the manipulation of natural sounds used for musical composition. He plays the drums in Slowdive and has recently collaborated with artists James Blackshaw, Spire, Taylor Deupree (Between), Isan + many more.



Touch (est. 1982) is one of the last surviving labels from the turbulent new wave period in London, which uniquely fused art, design and music. Hear artists from the label roster present and demonstrate their work to a discerning audience. Audio-visual.

Recombinant Media Labs

Recombinant Media Labs (RML) was founded in 1991 by Naut Humon, and further evolved by technical directors Vance Galloway and Barry Threw, along with artists Edwin van der Heide, Egbert Mittelstadt, and Li Alin. Qualified support from Obscura Digital, UCSD, ICAS, Gray Area, and Goldsmith's University, London, has expanded the base. It continues to research the qualities and artistic potential of spatial envelopment by means of Experiential Engineering; exploring processes that expand the aesthetic and technological boundaries of panoramic installations, surround cinema, and multichannel AV performances. Recombinant Media Labs emerged from a series of experiments that started over two decades ago with the Sound Traffic Control tower of televisions amidst hundreds of speaker arrays in Tokyo's Ginza district. After a number of years of blending live vs. programmed events of symphonic scale and substance, RML and Asphodel, a bi-coastal independent record label, joined forces to occupy two fixed-location warehouses in the bay area in California to headquarter a performance-residency convergence center for developing their submersive, simulation style of re-cog-ignition. After working several years within downtown San Francisco, a new organization with a focus on mobile setups was founded. This was done in order to formulate an answer to the increasing requests for international presentations at museums and festivals. Freed from the constraints of a geographically anchored construction, RML’s nomadic approach is also able to offer residency opportunities together with various other organizations in international cities. This vanguard hybrid media platform encompasses many presentational options to potential partners, (co)-producers and curators. 2016’s Recombinant Festival in SF featured RML’s signature 360 AV Spatial Cinema installation the CineChamber whose content from five and ten years ago was re-introduced in the Gray Area Grand Theater. For the Fall season this year be on the lookout for Recombinant’s  next edition featuring a cross section of new residencies, collaborations and expanded performance formats all in the pipeline. For those interested in staging or contributing new programs to RML’s surround staging & VR initiative please contact Naut Humon at