Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Poetry of Sound

I have a collaborative track with Neal D. Retke on his latest album of collaborations "A Poetry of Sound ( Vol ??? )". The album consists solely of Neal's vocal renditions of texts which he solicited from a number of people in his network. The results are astounding, confounding, and hilarious, often at the same time!

Collaborators include:

The Psycho Paranoid Flower Power Electro Shit Song Company, Paul Sturm, Awkward Geisha, Carol Sandin Cooley, John M. Bennett, Piotr Szreniawski, Matt Jasper, G.X. Jupitter-Larsen, Qkcofse, Stephanie Vela Anderson, Volodymyr Bilyk, Shafer Powell, Nicholas M. Taylor, Nico Vassilakis, Peter Wullen, David Nadeau, Thomas Park, Frank Audiffret, W.A.Davison, Christian Eason, Lezet, Sacha Archer, Wilfried Hanrath, and Ben Presto

You can have a listen to the album here -

If you'd like to own the album, you'll have to become a "subscriber" since this is a "subscriber only" edition. I don't know what that means, exactly. You'll have to get in touch with Mr. Retke to find out how one becomes a subscriber.

Actually, for those of you who are paying attention, here's another way to get the album - I have a few free download codes! Get in touch with me at davison at recordism dot com.

- W.A.Davison

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Long Play 5 + Nakatani Gong Orch

The latest episode of my radio art series "The Long Play" is online now at Mixcloud!

Also, just a reminder that I will be playing in the Nakatani Gong Orchestra tomorrow evening at The Music Gallery here in Toronto:

The Music Gallery presents

Saturday May 26 2018
The Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst St.
Doors: 7:30PM | Concert: 8PM
$20 Regular
$15 Advance
$10 Students/Members at

Deep Listening Intensive
featuring Anne Bourne, 3PM

In recent years, the Music Gallery has devoted more time and resources to the presentation of adventurous, participatory musical systems. We have seen scores of local musicians from all walks of life learn from the masterful musical concepts of the likes of Pauline Oliveros, Adam Rudolph, Roscoe Mitchell and Katy Payne. We continue this sensibility here in presenting NGO, Tatsuya Nakatani’s Gong Orchestra (NGO), a contemporary live sound art project that tours throughout North and Central America.

Osaka-born, New Mexico-based Nakatani began germinating ideas for NGO in early 2002, and finally took the project on the road in April 2011. NGO is a continuous, growing community engagement project; and the only bowing gong orchestra in existence in the world today. The rich harmonies produced from multiple layers of bowed gongs are transformative, engaging and inspiring for both players and audiences.

As per Nakatani’s instructions, the Music Gallery curates an ensemble of local players to play his gongs, bows and other instrumentation that travel with him from town to town. We've contacted a wide range of local musicians and artists to create a one-of-a-kind ensemble:

Artist, filmmaker and author Brenda Joy Lem
Katie Jensen (Baby Cages, Feast In The East, Polaris Prize podcast)
Sound artist Debashis Sinha
"Song farmer" Charlotte Cornfield (Burdock booker)
Rupert Ojiji Harvey (founder of Messenjah and Crack of Dawn)
Kristyn Gelfand (Maracatu Mar Aberto)
Filipina-Canadian MC extraordinaire HanHan
Alex Punzalan (DATU)
W. A. Davison (Recordism)
Tréson (The Human Rights)
Graphic designer/musician Jenn Kitagawa (Eyeballs)
Bryan W. Bray (Gates/Cetacea)
Laura C. Bates (Volur)
Raphael Roter (Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble)

On the day of the concert, Nakatani conducts a specialized training workshop to these players in preparation for the performance. Players experience Nakatani’s unique point of view regarding gong techniques, and learn to work with the immersive vibrations of these special instruments. With as many as 14 gongs in play at any one time, the walls and ceiling of 918 Bathurst will shimmer with beautiful resonances and community feeling.

Nakatani performs a solo set to open the evening, then returns to conduct his own compositions for the group performance.

This event is sponsored by Spirit of Math

Deep Listening Intensive with Anne Bourne, 3PM

This day begins by opening the airy, light-filled environs of 918 Bathurst’s Sun Room to the public for a springtime celebration and/or contemplation. Anne Bourne returns to conduct the second Deep Listening Intensive or our season: she will lead participants in experiential listening meditations and sounding pieces composed by the late Pauline Oliveros. This is a FREE event, no ticket purchase or reservation is required.

918 Bathurst is not currently wheelchair accessible due stairs (two half flights to enter the performance space, and one flight to access the washrooms). We are working as quickly as possible with 918 Bathurst to make the building accessible for all.


- W.A.Davison

Monday, May 14, 2018

some airplay

Dave Warmbier (formerly of Detroit's legendary The Hearing Trumpet) was kind enough to play an excerpt from my radio art series "The Long Play" on his radio show "The Institute of Spectra-Sonic Sound" (actually, this is my second appearance on the show!). The show was broadcast on KEPW, Eugene, OR on May 12/18 and featured a great selection of music/sound/noise including Yma Sumac, Oa, Sick Llama, Small Cruel Party, Francisco Lopez, Toy Bizarre, Tod Dockstader, Thomas Koner, and many others. You can listen to an archived version of the show on mixcloud.

- W.A.Davison

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Long Play 4

Episode 4 of my radio art series "The Long Play" is online now at Mixcloud!

- W.A.Davison

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Some documentation from my recent performance with Lorne Shapiro and Neil Wiernik:

- W.A.Davison

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Audiopollination 61

I'll be appearing in Audiopollination #61 this Friday (Friday the 13th!) in a trio with Lorne Shapiro and Neil Wiernik. Neil and I haven't played together in ages, possibly since our days together in Urban Refuse Group in the 90s! Lorne is a new friend and this will be my first performance with him (although we have collaborated in a recording before). Looking forward to it! Details follow:


Audiopollination #61

Fri., April 13, 2018
8pm - 11pm
Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto


The Audiopollination for April is on Friday the 13th. So come put on your hockey masks and join us for a fun night of improvised music and murder (bring your own lake)

Set 1 Brodie Chisholm/ Nicolas Buligan/ Andrew Kay
Set 2 Lorne Shapiro/ William Davison/ Neil Wiernik
Set 3 Will Austin/ MJ Wright/ Luca Capone
Set 4 Kayla Milmine / Bea Labikova / Sarah Peebles


Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison