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The Ambient Ping presents Six Heads

THE AMBiENT PiNG   http://www.theambientping.com
Free - Every Tuesday Night - doors open at 9pm - 1st set at 9:30
  @ club nia / C'est What - 19 Church St. at Front St. - Toronto
         3 blocks east of the Union Station subway.
         map - http://www.cestwhat.com/map.html
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This Tuesday September 2nd - Six Heads

A rare performance from Toronto's secretive surrealist sound
collective Six Heads as 6 former members of the Urban Refuse
Group bring their unique brand of free-improv sound collage to
the Ping. Using a range of unusual sound sources (home-made
instruments, circuit-bent electronics, toys and found objects,
field recordings, vinyl LPs & other prerecorded material, etc.)
and some creative live mixing and audio processing, the Heads
produce a dense, shifting sonic dreamscape of ambient textures,
jarring juxtapositions of concrete sound, and an absurd and
vaguely disturbing sense of humour. Their work more closely
resembles the carefully constructed studio creations of Nurse
With Wound than it does any form of live improvisation and their
infrequent public performances (with the exception of a recent
appearance on London, U.K.'s Resonance FM) make this an
opportunity not to be missed! Six Heads are James Bailey,
William Davison, Linda Feesey, Sherri Lyn Higgins, Colin Hinz
and Pete Mosher. CDs will be available at the Ping Things table.
For further information, visit the Six Heads website at

Between Sets CD - "Piece of Infinity" by Steve Roach (2003)
We conclude the Ping's summerlong feature of ambient master
Steve Roach's landmark 4 CD boxset of deep ambient driftworks
"Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces" with "Piece of Infinity",
a 70 minute longform work of dark, floating minimalism.
(Ask to see this beautiful set at the ping things CD table -
the only non-internet source of the complete 4 CD set.)
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Coming Tuesday Sept. 9th - psychosomatic climax machine
                 with General Chaos Visuals
Between Sets CD - "a distant signal" by Alpha Wave Movement
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rik maclean's *ping things* CD Reviews

"Sounds from Beyond the Silver Wheel" by Dark Muse

"Sounds from beyond the Silver Wheel", the debut CD by
Dark Muse, is a hauntingly beautiful journey through distant
ands of the imagination. From the opening tones of Queen
of the World of Spirits, with it's low moans and cries, to the
final sounds of the last track Disorder, you can't help but be 
enchanted by this disc's fragile beauty.

Built around minimal intrumentation, often preferring instead
to highlight the powers of her voice, Phyll of Dark Muse has
created an impressive collection of songs that will surely
inspire and delight any fans of the ethereal genre. Tracks like
the aforementioned Queen of the World of Spirits  and Calm
float by on waves of sparse guitar and the sounds of the tide,
all brought together in a seemless blend of sounds to create
a whole new environment for the listener. The fourth track,
an instrumental called Luna Flow (The Deep) perfectly captures
the essence of the moon through a flowing drone punctuated
by otherworldy chimes, bells, and assorted instruments from 
alien worlds that have no name in our tongue. Enchanting.

The fifth track, Once Amid a Dream is the one that stands out
the most for me, a midnight flight through dark skies lit only
by the moon and the stars. Lyrically this song encapsulates
the whole album in my mind with the lines "Holding hands...
we expand... through the night... letting the stars envelope us...
making us one with the ever expanding universe..."
Such beautiful imagery, and such a beautiful song.

"Sounds from Beyond the Silver Wheel" is a true treasure,
a truly beautiful work, and I have always believed that things
of beauty such as this should be admired, respected, and be
held close to one's heart because they are rare and charming
things. Having heard this disc, I'm happy to find that there
is one more thing of beauty to discover in this world...

rik maclean - - rik@pingthings.com

This month at http://www.pingthings.com - an exclusive
interview with Mercurine plus the ping things *massive*
first anniversary sale... Have a look at what's available.

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 presents free live performances by Toronto's
finest ambient, chillout and experimental music artists plus
performers from across the continent, every Tuesday at club nia
(aka C'est What) featuring a comfortable lower stage area, perfect
for attentive listening, plus a higher level with a bar, back room
and more seating that's great for conversation, good food and the
club's impressive beer, wine and whiskey selection. Musical treats
are on offer at the *ping things* ambient/experimental CD boutique.
Drop off food at *ping things* for the Daily Bread Food Bank too
and we'll ensure that it gets there. http://www.theambientping.com
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in live ambient, chillout and experimental music performances