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RE: The PiNG presents Io with General Chaos Visuals

Is this open to musicians only from Toronto?  I think I emailed someone
from Ambient Ping last year, and they said they were considering or
preparing to allow performances from musicians from other countries.  


-----Original Message-----
From: Scott M2 [mailto:scott@dreamstate.to] 
Sent: Sunday, July 10, 2005 4:11 PM
To: Ambient@hyperreal; Dark Seeds; Drone Deep Chill; Loopers Delight;
The Ambient Way
Subject: The PiNG presents Io with General Chaos Visuals

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 12th - Io with General Chaos Visuals

"Io: Gamelan Mitra Kusuma Dub" is a rare solo performance of minimal,
futuristic world music by David Font. This piece is a hybrid of the
acoustic brass percussion, drum and flute music of Bali, Indonesia and
the samplers, synthesizers, and effects of electronic music.
Stripped down, densely layered, and transformed in the digital realm,
the reconstituted sound of Gamelan Mitra Kusuma assumes new, abstract
dimensions. Intricate interlocking patterns pulse and recede, gongs
transform into analog tones, and the sounds of insects in the night
harmonize with the delicate echoes of flutes.

Synthesized, ancient classical music traditions and high-tech digital
experiments form a natural musical vocabulary. It is not rhythm, melody,
or harmony that gives shape to music, but sound, acoustic, synthetic or
sampled. Travelling through these sounds, the listener finds layer upon
layer of meaning, moving from ambient meditations to abstract percussive
tracks. More Io info at www.eleguarecords.com.

Gamelan Mitra Kusuma, which means 'Flowering Friendship', is an ensemble
based in Washington, DC which studies and performs music and dance of
Bali, Indonesia. I Nyoman Suadin, the ensemble's director, is a
composer, musician, dancer, and puppeteer from Denpasar, Bali.
More Gamelan Mitra Kusuma & Balinese Gamelan info at www.dcgamelan.com

"Io: Gamelan Mitra Kusuma Dub" is dedicated to Michael Marcuzzi, (who
cannot attend due to serious illness - from which he is recovering
successfully!), Laura Mae Lindo, and Sofia.

General Chaos Visuals will be creating their fabulous analog light
paintings along with Io's unique sound performance.

Between Sets CD - "Slim Westerns" by a small, good thing This 1994
release by a small, good thing (led by Andrew Hulme of British
ethno-tribal-ambient act O Yuki Conjugate) merges the classic "western"
sounds of acoustic & electric guitars with expansive laid-back ambience.
(soleilmoon recordings)

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Coming Tuesday July 19th PHH!K and Gnostic Rocket http://www.phhk.com

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

Tuesday, July 5th featured an evening of ambient guitar with Oldine from
Paris, France and Toronto's own Aidan Baker. Oldine & Aidan Baker have
both released albums on the French label Le Cri de la Harpe. Even though
they had never met before this week, the two found that their similar
musical sensibilities made it incredibly easy to play together.

Oldine (aka Thomas Robyn) performed a mellow, minimalist 1st set.
Thomas' adroit use of laptop, minidisc, and guitar underscored his quiet
stage presence while foregrounding his beautifully gentle atmospherics.
Looping guitar maestro Aidan Baker began his set with subtly pulsing
soundscapes. Sitting crossed legged onstage, Aidan looped and bowed his
guitar, steering the music into darker terrain midway through the 2nd
set. Reassuring in its melodic simplicity, the two guitarists teamed up
for a 3rd set that enveloped the audience in all-embracing, embryonic

More info: http://www.aidanbaker.org
Luna Tek - Please send e-mail queries & submissions for "I POP PiNG"
     magazine (launching September 2005) to luna@theambientping.com.

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rik maclean's *ping things* CD Reviews

Portal have been making warm and beautiful shoegazerish electronica for
a number of years now. I've been keeping track of their work for a
while, adding their discs to the ping things catalogue, doing little
reviews for them, recommending them to friends I know will be
They've been something I've enjoyed sharing with others. And with the
release of "Waves and Echoes" I'm pleased to say that they have a
wonderful new disc that stands with the best of what they've done to
this point. This is the one that stands out, the one that really
deserves to make people stand up and say, "Damn, that's a great disc!"

Switching between lush instrumental pieces and lovely emotive vocal
tracks, "Waves and Echoes" is a brilliant collection of tracks that
resonate with the listener long after the last notes have faded.
Take for example "Trace", where a slow lounge-y beat weaves in between a
short keyboard program courtesy of Scott Sinfield. Vocalist Rachel
Hughes provides engaging vocals and all told it becomes quite a smooth
sensual experience. "Quartet" follows, using a repeated phrase over a
soft drone, becoming one of the most hypnotic pieces I've heard in some
time. As the track progresses other elements are added, but none so
overpowering that they detract from the initial idea, rather they draw
you in further, encircling you. Brilliant work.

Title track "Waves and Echoes" features Rachel's vocals matched with
minimal tones and pads. It's a lovely piece filled with some brilliant
lyrical turns of phrase that really connected with me. Sparse and
lovely, this one stands out as a particular highlight of the disc.
"Endgame" blends glitchy patches with a quiet bell melody. A nice
example of how genres and ideals can be put together in refreshing and
appealing ways. Skip ahead to "Sometimes", a song that brings to mind
40's film noir with the requisite smoky vocals and jazzy percussion.
There's a lovely tension to this one, and we all know how much I like
tension in my music...

"Light at the Centre" closes the disc, a swirling shoegazer piece that
wouldn't seem out of place in a Gregg Araki film. It's a beautiful
number, Rachel's vocals, chiming guitar, minimal drums, something so
hopeful and bright about it that I can't help but feel my heart break
from happiness. And that's pretty cool.

Portal make great music, and "Waves and Echoes" is a fine example of how
great they are. I could spend time trying to sum up my points in favor
of this statement, but I think it's better to let the music stand for
itself. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

rik maclean - rik@pingthings.com

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

Send an e-mail to pingthings-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
for updates on *all* the latest releases on sale at ping things

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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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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
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