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 21st . 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Before Sets CD . Muzik for Insomniaks by Mark Mothersbaugh With all the disneyfried DEV.2O buzz about, we thought we would take a trip back to 1988 and have a listen to this wacky and wonderful instrumental CD by DEVO founding member Mark Mothersbaugh. http://www.mutato.com Between Sets CD . In Which One May Descend by Pholde This week we feature In Which One May Descend, a beautiful and unique disc of sound sculpture by Alan Bloor's Pholde project. Read more about it here in rik's *ping things* CD review below and hear it Tuesday @ the PiNG. Note that Pholde returns to the PiNG for a set on April 11th => don't miss it. http://www.theambientping.com/pholde/home.html . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COMiNG Tuesday February 28th . NOiNO (Jim Bailey, Matthew Poulakakis & Jamie Todd) NOiNO . the sound exploration aggregate made up of Jim Bailey (Six Heads and Odradek), Matthew Poulakakis (Automatic Fats and Solipsystem) and Jamie Todd (dreamSTATE, SADU, SYLKEN and URM) returns to the PiNG for their second ever live performance. Formed in the fall of 2005 on the PiNG stage when three friends who had long discussed a musical gathering, jumped at the opportunity to perform together as a last minute fill-in act for a Planet of the Loops performance. Improvising with old-school and new-school looping techniques (analog tape and synths, digital delays and loopers along with virtual samplers, delays and synths), the three got caught in the loop and found a common voice which has inspired them to explore further. An improvised collage of found, percussive and synthetic sounds will be served . . . mutated . . . manipulated . . . mangled . . . for this second sonic sojourn of NOiNO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . rik maclean's *ping things* CD Reviews Pholde . "In Which One May Descend" Alan Bloor has long been one of my favorite artists in the experimental/improvisational genre, a truly distinct talent who's work is breathtakingly unique. Creating sculptures from random metal pieces and using their inherent sound and resonance to play them as instruments he makes some of the most incredible work I've ever heard, emotional, engaging and strangely organic despite the soundsource. With the release of "In Which One May Descend" under his project Pholde (a quieter less processed exploration of metal's charms as opposed to his extreme noise project Knurl), Alan has once again tapped into a world of previously unheard music. Featuring two long form tracks recorded live without overdubs ("To the Exclusion of the Alternative" and "Deposition of a Layer"), the disc fully captures the essence and ideal of Alan's work. Through light scraping and bowing of the sculpture used for this recording, "To the Exclusion of the Alternative" features a steady drone-like undertone over which occasional sounds rise and fall in an almost fluid way, building in number until they take control of the piece and move it in new directions. "Deposition of a Layer" follows a similar path, but remains unique in it's flow and arrangement, enabling the listener to imagine different environments and atmospheres specific to itself. Beautiful and unique, the work of Pholde never ceases to delight and inspire me. "In Which One May Descend" continues in this vein, and is a work of truly fascinating music that will delight fans of Alan's previous work and will hopefully draw attention to more people who are willing to open their ears to new sounds and ideas. Highly recommended. "In Which One May Descend" by Pholde is available now at ping things! http://www.pingthings.com/PHOLDEinwhich.htm rik maclean - firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.pingthings.com = ambient + electronic + chill things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . * Other Toronto area sonic/visual events of interest this week: * Monday, February 20th . MICHIGAN NOISE SICK LLAMA - COTTON MUSEUM - OFFENSIVE ORANGE 8 pm . @ The Underground . 41 Catharine St. N. Hamilton . $7 * Wednesday, February 22nd . Earwitness Productions presents: Eve Egoyan (piano) and Andrew Smith (cello) in the world première of "Ballad" by Linda Catlin Smith 8 pm . Glenn Gould Studio . 250 Front St. West $15/ $10 students and seniors * Thursday February 23rd . Nobuo Kubota, Dads, Dougal Bichan's Bithcin', Yucca Lost-Tribe Fellowship & Rape Babies 9pm . @ the Bagel . 285 College St. . PWYC * Friday, February 24th . Leftover Daylight Series in association with Arraymusic and AIMT i- Montgolfiere w/ Harry Simpson- drums; guy leblanc- trombone, bass clarinet and percussion; Rob Clutton- bass; Arnd Jurgensen- guitar, trumpet and mbira ii- Keith/Hansen w/ michael keith- guitar, mike hansen- turntable iii- Paul Newman w/ guests w/ paul newman- tenor sax + guests 9pm . ARRAYMUSIC Studio 60 Atlantic Ave., Ste 218 . $10/6 * Friday February 24th . TOCA LOCA: VORTEX TEMPORUM Residency Concert #1 Toca Loca performs works by "spectral music" composers Gerard Grisey + Phillippe Leroux 8PM . The Music Gallery . 197 John St. $20 regular/$15 member + senior/$10 student Saturday, February 25th . Vague Terrain presents POLMO POLPO, SANS SOLEIL and NAW with DJ GREG CLOW and visuals by SARAH MOONEY Art Bar at The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. 9 PM to 2 AM . 19+ . $5 at the door * Sunday February 26th . The NOW Series presented by AIMT and the NOW Lounge 3:00-4:00 Workshop: Barnyard Drama- w/ christine duncan and jean martin 4:30-7:00 Freedman / Gratkowski / Aldcroft / Martin / Duncan / Storring w/ lori freedman- bass clarinet, frank gratkowski- reeds, ken aldcroft- guitar, jean martin- drums, christine duncan- theramin, nick storring- cello 4pm-7pm . The NOW Lounge 189 Church St . $6 * Sunday, February 26th . ISAACS SEEN AND HEARD Robert Creeley LXXX poetical/visual/musical collaborations: words of Robert Creeley, art of Robert Indiana and Archie Rand, music of Udo Kasemets and Malcolm Goldstein. Malcolm Goldstein, violinist, Susan Layard, singer/speaker, Udo Kasemets, pianist, Richard Sacks, projectionist. 3 pm . Victoria University . Emmanuel College . 75 Queens Park Free admission * Sunday February 26th . New Music Concerts Robert Aitken & James Avery are the featured soloists in a concert of new works by Juliet Kiri Palmer (Drift, Drop for solo flute, solo piano and two ensembles), Andre Ristic (Concertino for amplified flute and ensemble), Denis Dion (Donnant, donnant for solo piano and ensemble) and Charles Wuorinen (Duo Sonata for flute and piano). All four composers will be in attendance. This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on Two New Hours. 7:15 Illuminating Introduction . 8:00 Concert Glenn Gould Studio . 250 Front St. West $25 . $15 (seniors & arts workers) . $5 (students/Cheapseats) * Monday February 27th . Improv Greats Lori Freedman(Quebec) and Frank Gratkowski (Germany) in Concert The Duo Freedman/Gratkowski performs original music composed in real-time in front of their audience. Lori Freedman (clarinet, bass clarinet) & Frank Gratkowski (saxophone, clarinets) offer an evening of improvised music spurting from a rich amalgam of influences, from classical and 21st century contemporary music to jazz and far beyond. 20h . Goethe-Institut's Kinowelt Hall, admission is sliding scale, suggested minimum is $10. * Wednesday March 1st . Agyu Experimental Music Series Tim Posgate and Ben Grossman The first experimental music performance in the new AGYU features a joint performance by guitarist Tim Posgate and hurdy-gurdy player Ben Grossman. 7 PM . Art Gallery of York University Accolade East Building 4700 Keele Street . FREE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 around the world, 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. To unsubscribe - reply with 'unsubscribe' in the e-mail body.