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The PiNG presents ARC and Aidan Baker/Neil Wiernik

Jamie Todd has been working hard and has brought the PiNG archives
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from all the past PiNG performances. Have look at the Events pages,
beginning here: http://www.theambientping.com/events.html 
Like a gallery, it's worth visiting many times to take it all in.
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This Tuesday December 6th - ARC and Aidan Baker/Neil Wiernik

Improvisational trio ARC get together for a show of experimental,
ambient music: Aidan Baker creates multi-layered, heavily-effect 
guitar/woodwind/tapeloop soundscapes all overlaid with tribal-esque
rhythms created by Richard Baker & Christopher Kukiel. ARC is celebrating
the release of their album, "The Circle is Not Round," on A Silent Place,
a sub-label of Italy's Small Voices Records.
http://www.smallvoices.it   http://fade.to/arc

Aidan Baker on guitar & Neil Wiernik (aka Naw) on laptop will be opening 
with a set of digital vs analog ambience with the occasional forays into 
post-rock, techno, noise, & whatever else they see fit to explore. Aidan 
celebrates the release of his album "Remixes" on Toronto's Arcolepsy 
Records. The album features eleven international artists -- including Naw, 
Vidna Obmana, Building Castles Out of Matchsticks -- reworking his music.
http://www.aidanbaker.org   http://naw.phoniq.net

Between Sets CD - "The Tired Sounds Of Stars Of The Lid" disc 1
Stars Of The Lid (Adam Wlitzle, Brian McBride) released this double-CD
in 2001 - adding various string sounds to their guitar-based core and
created a deep, dreamy, droney current of sounds.
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Coming Tuesday December 13th - Gnostic Rocket and Paydirt
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rik maclean's *ping things* CD Reviews

"Remixes" by Aidan Baker + V/A

The idea of remix albums has always fascinated me, in that it's an 
opportunity to find out how other people hear the music that I enjoy.
When I listen to music I tend to pick it apart and listen to different
things individually, sometimes focussing on a phrase or a melody or a
note progression or whatever it is that makes the song interesting to
me. But the glory of the remix album is that other people have done
the same thing, focussed on the phrases, melodies, note progressions
or whatever that make the song interesting to them. And in doing so,
they create a whole new experience, bringing to fore things that I
might never have noticed or paid attention to previously. I find that
it's a great way to rediscover music.

Given that I'm such a fan of Aidan Baker's work, I'm thrilled to have
the chance to rediscover his music with the release of "Remixes", an
inspired collection of work by some incredibly talented artists who
all have a similar appreciation for Aidan's music as I do. Seamlessly
blending and bleeding into one another, the tracks on this disc offer
a view into what others hear when they listen to Aidan's work.

The disc opens with Andrea Marutti's take on "Metamorphose, 2nd stage",
a lovely revision of Aidan's track from "Metamorphose en sept etages".  
Marutti focuses on the rising and falling drone of the track, allowing 
lovely melodic elements to ebb and flow throughout.

Millimetrik's Jazzy Mix take on "Interweaver" follows, adding a
muffled drum beat to the track, a new place to focus your attentions
during the looping phrases that make up the track.

Anne Sulikowski of Building Castles Out of Matchsticks sprinkles some
of her magic on "The Cicada Sings Our Love Song", bringing out a
previously unnoticed level of wonder that brings a smile to my face.
This is the first time I've heard these two artists collaborate in
any way, and I gotta say that I'd love to hear more from the two of
them, I think they could do some wonderful stuff together...

Cordell Klier blends elements from two tracks to create "I've Been
Waiting For You", an inspired pairing of songs that fully captures
Aidan's sound. A brilliant homage.

The Blameshifter takes a distinctly abstract approach to "Hands
Making Hands", combining tracks from two of my favorite discs by
Baker "Letters" and "Element". Choosing to emphasize the more harsh
elements of the tracks and looping them in a distorted and decidedly
dark way, the resultant track becomes a dark and horrific journey
through twisted metallic landscapes and dark post-apocalyptic ruins.
Very, very impressive.

Neil Wiernik of Naw creates a beat driven/pulse oriented melange
of tracks, something decidedly in the flavor of his own electronic
abstract vein, but still retaining the spirit and personality of
Aidan's work. Perhaps the only time I've ever found myself bouncing
in my chair and tapping my foot while listening to a track by Aidan.
Some of you may also be interested to know that my cat particularly
liked this track as well, so you know it's gotta be good...

Gruntsplatter takes a wide variety of tracks from across Baker's
catalogue (including some from the dark metal side project Nadia)
to create "Predatory Sediment", an outstanding new vision of Aidan's
work. A collection of tones and phrases that sound vaguely familiar,
but folded in new shapes and guises to make them fresh & revitalized,
"Predatory Sediment" is a truly brilliant work.

"Breaking Point" from Wilt adds a number of new elements to the mix, 
stripping everything down to it's most basic parts to get to the
heart of Baker's track before it erupts in a wall of sound and noise.
Wonderful work.

Fear Falls Burning does a harrowing reworking of "Gossamer", a
haunted drone based track punctuated by occasional guitar chords
that pierce through the gloom. Dark and beautiful in all the best ways.

Troum emphasize the tension and claustrophobia of "When You Scream",
a foreboding piece of music that kinda scares me. Ghostly vocals
and muffled feedback combine to make a truly uncomfortable piece of
music that while making me rather nervous, certainly appeals to my
appreciation of artistry.

"Disfigured" by Pilotram closes the disc, a lovely droning piece
that pulses with an oscillating metallic tone. Beautifully spacey.

"Remixes" is very much a disc about discovery and exploration.
Hearing so many different approaches, listening to what so many
different people find in Aidan's work, I'm reminded of the depth
of his music, the sheer wonder there is to be found in his songs.
I'm also reminded of how much pleasure there can be in rediscovering
the work of a favorite artist.  Listening to "Remixes", I expect
you'll feel the same way.

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