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CelerEngaged Touches

Celer - Engaged Touches album cover

Label:Home Normal – home n002
CD, Album, Limited Edition, Cardboard
Genre:Electronic, Non-Music
Style:Field Recording, Minimal, Ambient


Part 126:03
1.1A Once And Meaningful Life
1.2Remaining Stretches
1.3Separations And Reactions
1.4Doubts Of Words
1.5Unless They Were Beautiful
Part 240:33
2.1What Our Mouths Make Them
2.2Hanging Herself On The Lonely Fifth Column (Gramophones That Remind Us Of What Sounds Once Were)
2.3Openings Of Love (Fireworks)
2.4Extended Sways Of Silence



Recorded in June 2006 and May 2008.

Limited to 500 copies.
Packaged in gatefold, glossy cardboard sleeve.

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Engaged Touches (2×File, FLAC, Album, Special Edition)Home Normalhome n002Japan2009
Recently Edited
Engaged Touches (CD, Album, Reissue, Limited Edition)Home Normalhome_n002rUK2010
New Submission
Engaged Touches (Expanded Edition) (6×File, FLAC, Album)Not On Label (Celer Self-released)noneJapan2011
New Submission
Engaged Touches (9×File, FLAC, Album, Reissue)Not On Label (Celer Self-released)noneJapan2011


  • idealrichard's avatar
    One of the most beautiful albums I have ever heard...
    • redpan's avatar
      Captivating and hypnotic, Celer's careful, methodical sonic revelations crane and blossom in perpetually unfolding crescendos. His stark, abyssal textural backdrops are a paradox: At first confounding in their complexity, then effortless in their simplicity, their effect is to beguile the listener, inviting deep meditation.

      The music is massive and inevitable; its grieving, cyclical resonances strive upward, reaching but satisfyingly free of any terminal cadence.

      Celer's musical self-awareness will be familiar territory to followers of William Basinski, Marsen Jules and Tim Hecker.
      • Headphone_Commute's avatar
        On Enaged Touches the husband and wife duo digitally stretch the loops of field recordings and analog samples of ambient strings and minimal distant pads. The creative use of delays blending into almost metallic reverb resonates the sound beyond its cycling waves. As the beatless drony chords morph into deep vibrations of bass, swelling in dynamics along with my emotions, the sound rolls over my head towards my chest and then slips through the cracks in between the walls. At times, there is silence which is followed by an onslaught of frequencies reminiscent of chemicals flooding your brain. Recordings of passing trains bridge the creatively named passages by Danielle that touch the tear glands, and jerk the nerves with titles such as "A Once And Meaningful Life". Or the lengthy leaps of imagination with a title like "Hanging Herself On The Lonely Fifth Column (Gramophones That Remind Us Of What Sounds Once Were)". Yes, the latter in the double quotes is a single titling of a section within the two tracks of the album. The first at twenty-six minutes, and the last at fourty-and-a-half. The album cover features photography by Danielle during her journey through India. Will and Dani started writing music for each other. Sharing their love first through letters, and then through little gifts of sound, they self released over twenty five recordings, some digital only, some beautifully crafted in hand painted packaging. In 2008, Celer collaborated with Mathieu Ruhlmann on Mesoscaphe that got picked up by the Japanese minimal experimental label, Spekk. 2009 saw the duo release work on Dragon's Eye, Smallfish, and Digitalis Limited. Engaged Touches got picked up by Home Normal, a label specializing in minimal and organic sound. Started in 2009, the label has already released recordings by Library Tapes, The Boats, and Christopher Hipgrave. On July 8th, 2009, Danielle Baquet-Long passed away from heart failure. At only 26 years of age, Danielle has released numerous works under her solo moniker, Chubby Wolf. She is known for her poetry and writing, and of course as one half of Celer. A few months ago, in March 2009, I got to meet and interview the duo at the Los Angeles Resonant Forms festival. The audio interview has finally been transcribed and posted here, on Headphone Commute. The overall album is a true masterpiece. Among the many albums that I heard, Celer's Engaged Touches is the most emotional. Highly recommended if you appreciate works by like Taylor Deupree, William Basinski, and Richard Chartier. Be sure to pick up a free release by Chubby Wolf, titled Meandering Pupa available as a free download from bandcamp (click here). As well as the latest album by Celer, Breeze Of Roses out on Dragon's Eye. Spekk is yet to release another album by Celer, which is still in the queue...