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the PiNG presents The Sweetheart Sessions w/ Subduction Current, Lynn Harrigan & dreamSTATE

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.

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.

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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 

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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

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...

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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. 

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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 

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.

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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!

rik maclean - rik@pingthings.com

http://www.pingthings.com = ambient + electronic + chill things 

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* 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

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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. 

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