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the PiNG presents Reflectiostack and Worma

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 January 17th . Reflectiostack and Worma

Reflectiostack's new album, "Music for Torching", explores what 
seems to be rapidly becoming a new genre: folktronica, post-folk, 
or whatever else you'd like to call it. "The Stack" blend 
electronica with rhythmic guitars, moody violins, and haunting 
vocals; the result of a decade of musical exploration. In a live 
context, these core elements are expanded through the addition 
of bass, synth, pedals, and a sampler/sequencer. Reflectiostack's 
'AMBiENT PiNG' set will showcase songs from "Music for Torching", 
as well as some new material that delves further into the creation 
of dynamic soundscapes.

Worma's soothing rhythms will transport your thoughts to distant 
dimensions. Her tranquil, yet dynamic melodies both soothe 
and arouse the savage breast. Prepare to be entranced.

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Before Sets CD . A Million Stories by Sara Ayers 
This hauntingly beautiful CD by Sara Ayers is another of the 
PiNG's favourite releases from 2005. A surreal, intricately woven 
wash of sounds that ebb and flow from heartbreak to ecstasy, 
from hushed to lush -- a 38-minute tone poem that weaves 
in and around itself. http://www.saraayers.com/

Between Sets CD . New Life Dreaming by Steve Roach
This week we feature New Life Dreaming from Steve Roach's
The Dreamtime Box. This CD of all new resonations created from
the stillpoint of the Dreamtime spirit, captures the essence and 
flow of it's musical predecessor, Dreamtime Return. Read about 
it here in rik's *ping things* CD review below and hear it 
Tuesday @ the PiNG. http://steveroach.com/

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COMiNG Tuesday January 31st . iomedia 
(Neil Wiernik, Mantissa, Rob Cruickshank, VJ Nokami, 
Dafydd Hughes, Len Goins and more) 

iomedia is a collaborative of sound and video artists exploring 
real-time performance in an improvised construction that is 
reminiscent of 1960s 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. 

Participants for this performance will include: Neil Wiernik, Mantissa,
Rob Cruickshank, VJ Nokami, Dafydd Hughes, Len Goins and more.

iomedia . http://www.mantissa.ca/iomedia/
Neil Wiernik . http://www.noisefactoryrecords.com/naw.htm
Rob Cruickshank . http://www.robcruickshank
InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre . 

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rik maclean's *ping things* CD Reviews

Fans of Steve Roach will no doubt be excited by the recent 
remastering of his classic " Dreamtime Return" disc, surely one of 
the most highly praised collections of music in the ambient genre. 
Equally exciting is the release of a new set of work inspired by his 
rediscovery of the soundworlds and wonder of "Dreamtime Return". 
"New Life Dreaming" is a selection of music that captures the 
essence and flow of it's musical predecessor, just as capably 
recreating the beauty and wonder that has defined Roach's 
work for so long.

The disc begins with "Perfect Dream", where a variety of smooth 
pads blend into each other, dissolving into new sounds, tones rising 
and falling. It's a beautiful example of aural imaging where serene 
landscapes take form in the minds eye, slowly building in detail and 
shape until you can't help but feel that you are there. "Where I Live" 
follows, the sound of birds and other nightlife filling the sound 
spectrum. A low and steady drone plays beneath as pads rise up 
and dance along beside you for only a moment. It's like being 
transported to another place, a desert space where beautiful 
open land surrounds you and the sky stretches as far as you 
can see. Simply breathtaking. Up next is "The Ancients' Way", 
a mystical and enigmatic piece that opens with a spiraling drone 
leading into a kaleidoscope of shifting tones and patterns, snippets 
of melody, a phrase and a tune passing through your mind before 
you have the chance to register it fully. "Deep Sky Time" opens 
up with lightly percolating synths that run just along the edge of 
a deep droning tone. As the song progresses, tones take on greater 
form, substance and clarity, gaining a distinct shape and texture. 
It's a wonderful sensation, a beautiful moment of realization. 
The last track, "In The Eye of Noche", closes the disc with 
processed piano, guitar, and mournful vocals (courtesy of the 
very wonderful Jennifer Grais), all combining to create a dreamlike 
procession through a series of soundworlds and other places. 
A very appropriate and very beautiful way to end the disc.

There is no question that Steve Roach has become synonymous 
with ambient music, that he is recognized as having a mastery of 
the art of aural landscapes and audio imagining. With the release 
of "New Life Dreaming", Roach reaffirms his status as a true artist 
among artists and resets the standard by which all others are 
compared. "New Life Dreaming" is beautiful music by a master 
of the genre and comes very highly recommended.

"New Life Dreaming" is part of "The Dreamtime Box" 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:

* Monday, January 23rd . Coexistence Series #3
   A monthly series of duet collaborations, this month featuring:
   Victor Bateman - double bass and Colin Anthony - piano
   7:30pm Tranzac Club

* Wednesday, January 25th . JAH WOBBLE  
   9:45 Polmo Popo. 
   11:00 JAH WOBBLE & The English Roots Band
   The Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., Toronto
   $15.00 Adv. $18.00 Door.

* Thursday, January 26th . Improvisors' Pool
   Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen Street East
   East of Broadview and west of De Grassi

* Thursday, January 26th . Bakan, Bateman, Allemano, Schwager 
   The music of Jonnie Bakan as seen through the eyes of
   Victor Bateman, Lina Allemano and Reg Schwager 
   as well as Jonnie Bakan.
   TRANZAC 292 Brunswick Ave
   The 8 to 9:30 slot

* Thursday, January 26th . Open House 
   Dave Fish, drums, Michael Herring, mbass
   Paul Newman, saxophone, Evan Shaw, saxophone
   TRANZAC 292 Brunswick Ave
   10pm pwyc

* Thursday, January 26th . THE REVERIES PLAY THE MUSIC 
   Ryan Driver  voice, mouth speaker, mouth mic, 
   thumb reeds, ruler bass
   Doug Tielli  voice, mouth speaker, guitar, nose flute, saw
   Eric Chenaux voice, mouth speaker, guitar, harmonica
   TRANZAC 292 Brunswick Ave
   sometime after 10pm

* Friday, January 27th . Leftover Daylight Series
   in association with Arraymusic and AIMT
   i - Doug Tielli w/ doug tielli - trombone
   ii - C"N" w/ lina allemano - trumpet, ryan driver - analog synth, 
   rob clutton - double bass
   iii - Feuermusik w/jeremy strachan - saxophone, 
   gus weinkauf - buckets
   9:00pm ARRAYMUSIC Studio 60 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 218 $10/6

* Friday, January 27th . Improv soiree featuring students from the 
   studios of Casey Sokol, Matt Brubeck, Brian Katz, Steve Koven.
   McLaughlin Performance Hall, York University, 4700 Keele St.
   7:30 pm - Free admission - Info: 416-736-5186

* Sunday, January 29th . An evening of post-election bitchin' 
   at Gladstone Hotel Art Bar
   8:00 - 8:45 michael keith, david sait, joe sorbara
   9:00 - 9:45 Montgolfiere: Harry  Simpson - drums;
   guy leblanc - trombone, percussions;
   Rob Clutton - bass; Arnd Jurgensen - guitar, trumpet, 
   mbira and perhaps saz
   10:00 - 10:45 bitchin' is: Dougal Bichan, violin, bamboo flute;
   Alan Bloor, bass; Elliott Chapin, flute and other winds;
   Rod Campbell, trumpet etc; Bryan Dennis, percussion
   and special guest  Vanda Cordier - vocals and percussions
   Gladstone Hotel Art Bar 1214 Queen Street West

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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.