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The PiNG presents Oldine and Aidan Baker

THE AMBiENT PiNG   http://www.theambientping.com
Tuesdays @ HACiENDA - 794 Bathurst Street at Bloor
(directly across from the Bathurst subway station) - Toronto
Doors open at 9pm - 1st set at 9:30 - PayWhatYouCan

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This Tuesday July 5th - Oldine and Aidan Baker

>From Paris, France, Oldine (aka Thomas Robyn) creates a mesmerizing
hushed atmospheric pastoral haze using laptop, minidisc, and guitar,
a repetitive ebbing and flowing of sounds that occasionally seeps
into a dazed cacophony of drone and feedback.

Aidan Baker is a Toronto musician and writer making experimental/
ambient/drone music using electric guitar, looping pedal, and various
electronics to create music that ranges from minimal abstractions
to maximal walls of enveloping sound.  http://www.aidanbaker.org

Oldine and Aidan Baker have both released albums on the French label
Le Cri de la Harpe. Visit the label's site to hear mp3 samples from
their respective discs:  http://www.lecridelaharpe.com

Between Sets CD - "Harmless Love" by Nilan Perera
Keeping with the evening's theme of creative live guitar and treatments
we'll feature solo guitar works from experimental guitarist Nilan Perera's
impressive recent limited-edition CD release "Harmless Love" between sets.

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Coming Tuesday July 12th - Io with General Chaos Visuals
http://www.eleguarecords.com   http://www.generalchaosvisuals.com

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||: IN THE LOOP :||  by Luna Tek

On Tuesday, June 28th, THE AMBiENT PiNG hosted two outstanding
improv-based concerts featuring Rob Piilonen with Todd Pearson and
Nick Storring with Rose Bolton, Michael Dobinson & Michael Keith.
Rob Piilonen (flute) & DJ Syklik (aka Todd Pearson on turntables) have
known each other since grade 9 and have had many opportunities to play
together over the years. The resulting sense of trust and camaraderie
helped to overcome the duo's technical difficulties as only 2 out of 3
of Todd's turntables were in working order for tonight's performance.
As Todd pointed out after the show, "that's what improv is all about."
According to Todd, he and Rob jammed the week before and were really
happy with the three turntable + flute groove. For tonight's concert,
Todd used a long drone as the through line and kept dropping things in -
like a sample from the Smithsonian recording, Man on the Moon. Combined
with Rob's use of long delays and treatments, the show was a great
success and I have to admit that I gained a whole new appreciation
for the turntable-as-instrument tonight. 

This evening's second set featured an electroacoustic performance by CEE
(Canadian Electronic Ensemble) regulars Rose Bolton (violin, electronics,
objects) and Michael Dobinson (objects, electronics, computer) with
improvisers Nick Storring (cello/computer) and Michael Keith (guitar).
In keeping with the show's improvisational bent, the second set took on a
playful tone. After Rose Bolton promised the audience a new interpretation
of "Sweet Home Alabama" with a segue into "A Bicycle Built for Two",
Michael Keith delivered a "Sweet Home Alabama" riff between pieces.
Well into the 1st piece, Nick's cello was foregrounded, creating a
melodic ambience that contrasted with their 2nd piece's use of distortion
and unusual sound effects. In keeping with their good-humored approach
to tonight's show, the quartet ended the night with a silly finale,
much to the delight of the PiNG audience.
Nick Storring: http://www.nickstorring.com
Rose Bolton: http://www3.sympatico.ca/larry_lake/rosienobars.htm
Michael Dobinson: http://www3.sympatico.ca/larry_lake/mikeynobars.htm
Michael Keith: http://p3.hostingprod.com/@alexiteric.com/michaelkeith.html
Luna Tek - Please send e-mail queries & submissions for "I POP PiNG"
       (launching September 2005) to luna@theambientping.com.

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rik maclean's *ping things* CD Reviews

"In which one may descend" by Pholde

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 and charms. Featuring two long form
tracks recorded live without overdubs ("To the Exclusion of the 
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 engaging 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.

rik maclean - rik@pingthings.com

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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. http://www.theambientping.com

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