Please note that due to a family matter, we'll be short some of our scheduled sweethearts for tonight's performance. Love Puppets and 1 Year Anniversary have had to postpone their performances at this week's PiNG until a later date. Keep an eye on our future schedule for their return to the PiNG. http://www.theambientping.com/eventsall.html#FUTURE Filling in for our absent Worthy friends will be Lynn Harrigan and dreamSTATE. Also note, that the free compilation CD from Worthy Records to the first 25 people attending the evening will not be given out this Tuesday. Instead we will be giving away a numbered copy (17/20) of the Weird State InBetween's Random Scrapbook Collectables limited edition CD to the first person who makes a purchase at the ping things in club store this Tuesday night. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE AMBiENT PiNG http://www.theambientping.com Tuesdays @ HACiENDA . 794 Bathurst Street at Bloor . Toronto (upstairs - directly across from the Bathurst subway station) Doors open at 9pm . 1st set at 9:30 . PayWhatYouCan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THiS Tuesday February 14th . The Sweetheart Sessions with - Subduction Current (Phil Ogison and Catherine Tammaro) - Lynn Harrigan and Scott M2 perform Oblique Poetries / White - dreamSTATE with Phil Ogison explore White Cupid comes to the PiNG for Valentine's Day to bring us The Sweetheart Sessions from some friends who love to play together. The first set features Subduction Current - an experi-pop-ambijazz duo, comprised of Catherine Tammaro and her husband Phil Ogison. They believe that their studio recordings should be representative of their live performances, and therefore are always recorded in one take. Catherine contributes many years of musical history having played briefly in Steal This Book and for her collaborations with Tom Third and Dr.Limbo in several projects. She is an accomplished vocalist and soundscapist. Phil Ogison is known to PiNG audiences for his project The Devil In The Design and his collaborations with Anne Sulikowski (BCOM, Lovepuppets) in A Pretty Sonic Splatter and Psychosomatic Climax Machine. Music for 'The Sweetheart Sessions will be from the upcoming release on Worthy Records "In This House" http://tditd.tripod.com http://www.myspace.com/ogison http://www.room101.net/index.htm In the second set, Scott M2 of dreamSTATE will be premiering a new sound environment "White". He'll be joined by his sweetheart, poet Lynn Harrigan, who will read new poems from her work-in-progress "Oblique Poetries", then by his sonic partner, dreamSTATE's Jamie Todd on virtual synthesizers plus Phil Ogison, returning to the stage to add his high-altitude textures. This will be a unique, deep-winter version of "White". The CD-version will not be released until next fall/winter and dreamSTATE hope this performance will leave you well chilled-out until then... http://www.dreamstate.to http://www.lynnharrigan.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Before Sets CD . Random Scrapbook Collectables (limited edition) by Weird State InBetween As some of our sweethearts from Worthy Records couldn't be with us tonight, we thought we would open the night with this limited edition Worthy release from Weird State InBetween - the place where a collaboration is formed between Scott Johnson and Anne Sulikowski. http://www.worthyrecords.com Between Sets CD . Tumbleweed Obfuscated by Camera Failure by Aperus This week we feature Tumbleweed Obfuscated by Camera Failure, an impressive collection of songs by Brian McWilliams performing under the name of Aperus. Read more about it here in rik's *ping things* CD review below and hear it Tuesday @ the PiNG. http://www.mpathrecords.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COMiNG Tuesday February 21st 2006 . Kathode + Michael Dobinson Kathode - TV Loopback AV Modulation In the opening set, Kathode (Tomasz Krakowiak) returns to the PiNG and plugs in to capture and sample live video of the ambient landscape which will then be decoded and manipulated into audio signal and played to create an instant environmental score of the evening's movements. video frequencies <=> audio frequencies http://tmhniyl.net/kathode It may seem perverse for this time of year, but yes ... the music for February 21st will be celebrating the cold. For the second set, Michael Dobinson, the 905-area based composer/improvisor/computer musician, will present 4 works (or more, if the mood is right) using every electroascoustic means at his disposal to create and explore the depths, heights, and sideways of cold. Perhaps you'll get a different view of the season this evening ... an existential look at coldness, an insight into a different way to look at winter, a celebration of the season that to an extent defines our country. Michael Dobinson trained as a classical composer first at York University (BFA Honours, Music) and then at the University of Western Ontario (MMus, Composition). He has been working in the electronic music medium since 1989. His first electronic works were actually created in a "classical" analog studio, on reel to reel tape. Since that time, he's worked almost exclusively in the field of live electronic music, working with synthesizers, effects and computers to keep electronic music in real time, out of studios, and burning with the energy of live inspiration and improvisation. In COLD, he'll be offering up a selection of music reflecting his eclectic interests, with invocations of the icy moons of Saturn, a SYNTHI analog synthesizer, the sounds of wintertime Ontario, music inspired by the music of the Japanese shakuhachi reflected by the electric recorder, drum sequencing, classical forms, granular synthesis (some of these are combined into the same piece of course), and much more. ... if it's not cool outside it will be inside. http://www.mrde-music.ca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . rik maclean's *ping things* CD Reviews Aperus "Tumbleweed Obfuscated by Camera Failure" "Tumbleweed Obfuscated by Camera Failure" is a very impressive collection of songs by Brian McWilliams performing under the name of Aperus. Travelling along roads of both light and dark ambient, Brian has created a fantastic release well worth further study. "Dark Moon (initiation)" brings to mind a sense of ceremony and ritual performed under night skies. Rumbling and shaking tones play beneath a steady simple melody of rather foreboding sounds. "Magnetism" in contrast is a much brighter track, a beautiful piano melody played over a steady drone. Simply beautiful, bringing to mind the twinkling of stars in the night sky. Wonderful. "Echo Canyon" features floating percussive tones slowly swaying through the soundscape, drifting tones passing like water, the call of a buoy, metal on metal scraping against each other. Submarine sounds, underwater at night. Slowly giving way to more fluid tones, a greater organicism. A stirring piece. "Radiant" floats above the ground, gently moving back and forth through the clouds, tones effortlessly melting into each other. Wonderful work. "Vanishing Terrain" brings a sense of mystery, subtle tones play throughout, interspersed by more mechanical noises, sounds, pulses. A sense of beauty being lost, replaced by something less organic, more constructed. Slowly the organic elements begin to win over, taking dominance between the two, creating a blend, a synthesis. Packaged in a DVD case along with a series of beautiful photographs which inspired the music, "Tumbleweed Obfuscated by Camera Failure" is an excellent introduction to the work of Aperus and is sure to delight fans of the ambient genre. "Tumbleweed Obfuscated by Camera Failure" is available now at ping things! http://www.pingthings.com/APERUStumbleweed.htm rik maclean - email@example.com http://www.pingthings.com = ambient + electronic + chill things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . * Other Toronto area sonic/visual events of interest this week: * Wednesday, February 15th . xpace gallery TOBY DRIVER . string duet performance featuring members of kayo dot from Boston. john Zorn's 'tzadik' records. I HAVE EATEN THE CITY . southern Ontario free jazz trio, featuring nick storring (cello/computer), brandon valdivia (drums/ percussion), and colin fisher (guitar, saxophone) GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX . "...explore methods of electro-acoustic sound manipulation with a freewheeling and chaotic unpredictability." - eye magazine 8pm . all ages welcome . xpace gallery 303 Augusta St . $8 *Thursday February 16th . Another Country Once again, Victor Bateman, David Baxter, Justin Haynes, & Jean Martin will ride into the mutable landscape of rural entertainment. A donation of $5 or more gets you a copy of our most recent recording 10pm . Tranzac * Thursday February 16th . The Friendly Rich Show (CD release for "We Need a New F-Word") Featuring The Lollipop People w/ The Fugitives (BC) Tickets available at Soundscapes and Rotate This 8PM Sharp . Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W . $10 * Friday, February 17th . Leftover Daylight Series in association with Arraymusic and AIMT i - Fedrigo / Lewis / Piilonen / Waterman w/ monica fedrigo, tilman lewis - cello, rob piilonen, ellen waterman- flute ii - Joust + Jake w/ john oswald- alto sax, scott thomson- trombone, jake oelrichs- drums iii- Ryan Driver w/ ryan driver- synth 9pm . ARRAYMUSIC Studio 60 Atlantic Ave., Ste 218 . $10/6 * Friday, February 17th . I/O Media I/O media is a collaborative collective of sound and video artists exploring real-time performance in an improvised construction that is reminiscent of 1960's free-jazz. The fluctuating group of participants utilize a wide variety of instruments to make their audio/video compositions, including homemade hardware, customized software applications, analog synthesizers, samplers, and video mixers. Members of the group also experiment with performance techniques such as live sampling, real-time sample manipulation, and audio/video interaction. The group is associated with the InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre in Toronto and performs there on a monthly basis. 8:30 PM . InterAccess . 9 Ossington Avenue . Free!! * Saturday February 18th . Mercer Union presents: Music Series, Programme #3 Doug Tielli in the No Man Band The No Man Band (Doug Tielli) sings mostly British Isles folk songs in falsetto through different objects that alter or filter the tone of the voice such as a tea pot, a bottle, a contact-miked neck, as well as other surfaces, amplified instruments, bowls of water etc. At the same time as the singing & often preceding, inbetween, & succeeding the singing, other sound sources are activated: small objects being dropped, feedback, styrofoam being flicked, floors squeaked, scratching, dictaphones, radios, bottle-blowing, ... All performed with an attention to inadvertence, physicality and tinyness. 9PM . Mercer Union . 37 Lisgar Street . Free * Sunday February 19th . The NOW Series presented by AIMT and the NOW Lounge 4:00- Krakowiak / Newman / Shaw w/ tomaz krakowiak- amplified objects, paul newman- tenor sax, evan shaw- alto sax 5:00- Herring/Morse w/ michael herring, michael morse- double bass 6:00- Runcible Spoon w/ monica fedrigo- cello, tania gill- piano, leah state- voice, julia hambleton- clarinet 4pm-7pm . The NOW Lounge 189 Church St. . $6 * Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 17 - 19 BURST: outward SOUND & Vision FESTIVAL I an immersive experience for the eyes, ears and beyond Herb Bayley & Chris Meloche - Artistic Directors with Bob Bozak (visual art), The Bum Band (performance art), Maurice Carroll (video), Jeff Culbert (performance art), Jason Dickson (words), Jamelie Hassan (installation art), Penn Kemp (sound poetry), Brian Lambert (production design). Outward Sound Ensemble (sound art), Olivia Proudfoot (improv dance), Brian Saby (visual art), Wendy Saby (photography), Dennis Siren (live video). Bernadette Wycks (visual art) Afternoon Music and Dance Workshops - Saturday & Sunday 2 PM (Workshops: $5 at the door only) Evening Performances 8 PM Mocha Shrine Centre . 468 Colborne Street . London, ON $10 in advance . $ 12 at the door . $ 20/Weekend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE AMBiENT PiNG is a social sound/art event presenting live performances by Toronto's finest ambient, chillout, improv and experimental music artists plus performers from across the continent, every Tuesday evening at HACiENDA - 794 Bathurst Street at Bloor. http://www.theambientping.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Please forward this e-mail to any friends who may be interested in live ambient, chillout and experimental music performances or to any of your appropriate newsgroups. Thanks.