Isolde Touch
Secretary of Sensation
CD (E194)

1. Standard Deviation
2. Pathetic Machine
3. Scalpels
4. PVC Burn
5. Mostly Static/Always Waiting
6. Demons
7. Les Coordonnées de la Mer

Composed, recorded and mixed 2014–15 by Asha Sheshadri
in San Diego, CA, and at the ACRE Project in Steuben, WI.

Isolde Touch is Asha Sheshadri, a composer and multimedia
artist based in Southern California. Secretary of Sensation is
a seven-chapter narrative occurring in OUR TOWN (1052–
1119). Voice, synthesis and original text.

Edition of 200 copies
Mastered by Jacques Beloeil


The music Asha Sheshadri makes as Isolde Touch is boldly literal.
Perhaps literal is inexact; concrete is closer, as her sounds have
a clarity that ties them directly to their origins (a piano is exactly
a piano). Conceptually she deals in abstraction, but sonically she’s
unafraid to let her sources shine through like light beams where
they could easily be buried in fog. That approach adds meaning to
the title Secretary of Sensation – this is organized music whose
physical effects come with a creative agenda, even if that agenda
can be interpreted in many ways.

But I also like the word literal too, because of the way Sheshadri’s
uses vocals and spoken word. The last three songs here have
some form of voice leading them, and two are centered on human
speech. In those cases, the voice has a formal, computerized tone
that feels both detached and intimate, like the in-ear intonations
in Her and Synechdoche, New York. This effect makes Shesadri’s
soundscapes uniquely hypnotic – as much as I try to listen to the
words as words, they always hit me as sound and music, a trick
that’s not easy to pull of with something this literal, and boldly so.

Marc Masters at The Out Door