Wednesday, December 23, 2009

new product

New Disembraining Songs product: M.Stactor "Thrombling". Info and audio clip available at the new Disembraining Songs myspace profile (which replaces the old, rarely updated and even more rarely visited website) -

New E.O.D. Press product: United Automatons Dispatch issues 1 to 4. Info available at the old (soon to be replaced but still hanging on) Emunctory of Dreams Press website -

- William A. Davison

Thursday, December 10, 2009

new videos!

New videos on my Youtube channel - Magic Tits debut performance + Dodo Baji + Vorvis/Hainey/Sequeira from the Dec. 5th show at Teranga. See them all here:

- William A. Davison

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Magic Tits!

Magic Tits is here! See the debut of this all-cheap-keyboards, only-cheap-keyboards band this Saturday night at Teranga in Kensington Market!

Details follow (courtesy of show organizer Shagra):

there's a fine event taking place at teranga this saturday, and i'm hoping you can make it out!

information station:

MAGIC TITS ///////////////////////
members of six heads flying cheeseboards in out the abyss forms melomaelstrom o' magnificent proportions! not to miss, multi-flav delish!

VORVIS/HAINEY/*** ///////////////////////
vorvis' throbbing webs of rat-tat-tat keep you up as you slip slide through heavy hainey bass zones [disguises, cave dudes, magic cheezies]. nouveau element at performance comin' out to ride the waves, stay on yr toes!

DODO BAJI ///////////////////
drinkin 'lixir into the void, el free vibe will crunk yee proper. dual bonsai form.

maybe more, maybe not. pwyc, 1 2 3 4 5 ?

there will be postersouvenirs for you at the gig, as long as they last. take good care!

That's Sat. Dec. 5, 10pm, admission is pay-what-you-can.
Teranga is upstairs at 159 Augusta Ave., Kensington Market, Toronto.

Very excited about this! Hope to see you there!

- William A. Davison

Friday, November 27, 2009

Unveiling #2

It's almost time for another Unveiling! Unveiling #2 features the astonishing art of Fiona Smyth! Don't miss it!

Here's the press release with all of the pertinent details:




Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, 10pm (don't be late as we are rarely very tardy)
The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave., Toronto)
Free admission
Followed by a soiree/party

"Unveiling #2"
Hosts Robert Dayton, Junior, and William A. Davison dramatically unveil the latest and never-before-seen (until this very eve) creation of artist Fiona Smyth, fresh from her intensely stunning show at the INDEXG Gallery (read review here: )

This is exciting as Fiona is a major seen and unseen influence on the current widespread drawing front. Fiona will also be selling the second issue of her art mag THE WILDING at this event!

Then they will be auctioning off this masterpiece with minimum bid starting at just 50 dollars !!! A low price for this amazing work by this important artist...

This will be followed by a soiree/party
ONE-NIGHT-ONLY! So if you want to bid and possibly attain this never-before-seen work by a great artist, you best attend! Even if you are broke like us, you do not want to miss this opportunity of UNVEILING....

"The Unveiling" is a new series of one-night-only soirees/exhibitions, held monthly (more or less) in the back room of The Ossington Bar, which playfully reinvent a romantic and antiquated concept - that of a single artist "unveiling" their latest creation for a gathering of colleagues, collectors, critics, and cultural elite. The series is organized and hosted by local artists/curators William A. Davison and Robert Dayton.

"It's largely an excuse to have a party once a month. We don't take anything too seriously and we fully recognize the potential for humor in this idea. We want to emphasize the fun factor." says spokesperson and series originator Davison. Indeed, for those who know the work of either Davison or Dayton, a humorous, subversive approach is not at all unexpected. "At the same time," Davison continues, "we have a deep respect for the work we will be presenting and we feel that this series will provide a highly unique, entertaining, and engaging way for some of our favorite artists to show their recent creations."

Fiona Smyth is a Toronto based artist exploring popular and alternative cultural icons and imagery. Smyth's work probes these timely societal, sometimes intense and always relevant topics with a sense of humour, wonder and catastrophic consequence. She also employs surrealist, abstractionist, spiritual, feminist and pro-sexual strategies to achieve her unique aesthetic. Her use of media also reflects this range of interest by using different formats from which to engage her audience including comics,
illustration, painting, animation, music covers, web-based art and her fabulous murals. Smyth has exhibited in Taichung /Taiwan, Venice/ Lido, Jeollabuk-Do/ South Korea, New York City, Winnipeg and most recently The Parkdale Gyre at INDEXG in Toronto.

For upcoming gigs check

For further information, feel free to contact The Unveiling's hosts/curators William A. Davison and Robert Dayton.

William -
Robert -

Many thanks to Jubal Brown/Intervention Mondays and The Ossington!


I'm a big fan of Fiona's work and this is very exciting! I really want to see as many people as possible in the back room at The Ossington on Monday night as a show of support for Fiona who has done so much to liven up this city over the past...what? 15? 20 years?...a long time! Seriously, get your ass over to the Ossington this Monday! No excuses!

And hey! There will be snacks! And our generous host Jubal Brown will be happy to supply you with all the tasty beverages you love so much (at very reasonable prices)! Plus, Robert and I will no doubt have some ridiculous pseudo-Victorian get-ups on. You don't want to miss that!

See you Monday!

- William A. Davison

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Dictaphonia Fest documents

Just uploaded some vids from my recent Stactor performances at Dictaphonia Fest in Gainesville, Florida. You can check them out on my Youtube channel -

or BETTER YET...Hal McGee has collected all of the Dictaphonia Fest-related photos and videos on these two pages of his website -

While you're at it, check out the rest of Hal's site. Tons of stuff to look at and listen to/download from Hal's recent activities as well as his long history in experimental music, cassette networking, etc.

- William

Monday, November 23, 2009


As part of my Nov. 21st presentation at No Face, No Problem, I played a round of "Definitions" with the audience. The results are recorded here:

anal - to put your butt on each other.

apron - to leave slowly.

barf - to create or assemble from materials.

bog - to tidy or clean when one is supposed to be doing something more important.

dog - a pharmacological sleeping aid.

dream - noun: an object one acquires when in a state of turmoil. Falls from the ceiling.

duh - a thing smaller than a bread box.

emit - a special leotard-like strip which holds the toaster down before popping.

fear - too many Johnny's.

help! - is the feeling you get after a night of climbing trees and vomiting from the upper-most branches.

hotdog - adverb: swiftly, quickly and calmly.

kittens - verb: thinking with your eyes open while sleeping.

lugubrious - _____ (blank).

magnify - a great anticlimax.

oink - a drink that comes from a cow's udder.

oversion - not after the best before date.

poo - refers to the battle in 1893 in the fields of Archubacht. Colloquially means to burn diamonds in April.

redemption - red liquid in the body.

sebaceous - a vessel used for nice wine.

sexy - a large tree grown for its strong wood.

sheepish - what hangs lightly.

sick - a state of non-abrasive wonderment resulting in unexplored emotion.

thing - a form which transcends all living matter.

tiger - is the best thing that came out of 1992.

time - to simmer forcefully.

tintinnabulation - noun: sort of like an expensive thing you could buy, like a nice thing, only it's not so great.

yet - an obsolete currency.

_____ (blank) - a murky, deserted place.

In the game of "Definitions" each player writes a single word on the inside of a folded piece of paper. The slips of paper are then passed around the circle, or shuffled and redistributed, and each player then writes a "definition" (in the style of a dictionary definition but funny, serious, dramatic, poetic, absurd, stupid, whatever) on the outside of the folded piece of paper (without looking at the word inside, of course!). The slips are then unfolded and read out loud to the group.

The above definitions will be added to our "Recordist Lexicon" which we started back in the late 90's as part of IBRI's weekly open meeting series (IBRI = the International Bureau of Recordist Investigation, 1994 - 2004).

Unfortunately, I was not able to record the names of all of the participants. If you were there and would like to be credited just send me an email - davison(at)recordism(dot)com. A partial list of participants (the few people I knew and remember being there): Filip Anton, John Barlow, Marc Bell, Mark Connery, Jesjit Gill, Anna May Henry, Graham Hollings, Laura McCoy, Jon McCurley, Brian Random, Nicole Turok.

- William

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Drawing tonight!

Sorry I haven't been able to organize a drawing party this month, our recent travels resulted in a huge backlog of work which I've been wading through over the past week. We'll try to get back on the drawing party thing next month.

In the meantime, we will be at The Ossington tonight for Robert Dayton's "Feelings" DJ set and while we're there we will likely do some drawing. So come on out, say hi and sit in on the drawing if you like!

- William A. Davison

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Popeye Scat

New Six Heads cassette "The Popeye Scat" just released on Oakland,CA-based Black Horizons label. Sweet packaging and art by label head-honcho J.Livingston + the usual heady stew of savory, sonic surrealism from the Six Heads crew! Have a bite here!

- William A. Davison

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Unveiling!


Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, 10pm
at The Ossington
61 Ossington Ave.

"Unveiling #1"
Hosts Robert Dayton and William A. Davison unveil the latest and never-before-seen (until this very eve) creation of artist and musician Drue Langlois!

They will be auctioning off this masterpiece with minimum bid starting at just 50 dollars !!! A low price for this amazing work by this important artist...

This will be followed by a soiree/party!
ONE-NIGHT-ONLY! So if you want to bid and possibly attain this never-before-seen stunning curiousity, you best attend! Even if yer broke, you do not want to miss this opportunity of UNVEILING (and we-as the only eyes besides the artist that have seen this work- guarantee that this work is amazing....)
At The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave., Toronto
Free admission

"The Unveiling" is a new series of one-night-only soirees/exhibitions, held monthly (more or less) in the back room of The Ossington Bar, which playfully reinvent a romantic and antiquated concept - that of a single artist "unveiling" their latest creation for a gathering of colleagues, collectors, critics, and cultural elite. The series is organized and hosted by local artists/curators William A. Davison and Robert Dayton.

The series kicks off on Oct. 26th as "Unveiling #1" presents the latest soft sculpture/doll creation of artist, comics creator, animator, musician and former Royal Art Lodge member Drue Langlois. Please note that the artist will not be present at this unveiling. However, Mr. Langlois has given the organizers explicit instructions on how to present his work, which Messrs. Dayton and Davison will execute in their own inimitable style.

For further information, feel free to contact The Unveiling's hosts William A. Davison and Robert Dayton.

William - davison(at)recordism(dot)com
Robert - moustachedpainless(at)yahoo(dot)com

Many thanks to Jubal Brown/Intervention Mondays and The Ossington!

- William A. Davison (and Robert Dayton)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

collective drawings Oct. 19

New collective drawings from last night's Ossington Drawing Party posted to Halloween Island.

- William

Friday, October 16, 2009

Oct. Drawing Party!

First drawing party in a couple of months (!) this Monday, Oct. 19th, 9pm - 12am (or later) at The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave., Toronto. Bring pens, pencils, paper, good vibes, wicked imaginations, etc.

- William

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Stactor set

Here's some info on a show I'm doing (as M.Stactor) this Friday night:

Wintage Records & Tapes proudly presents;

Harsh metal mentality swings loud & proud, as this master of metalism
brings on the Harsh free noise.
What will be in his arsenal of ear damage? A Toaster? Saw Blades?
Metal Chains? Steel Rods? The only way for you to find out
is by putting your ass in attendance! A big amp is guaranteed.

William A Davison lays down a rare solo performance of Harsh Sonic
Amplitude. William is a legend (Happy Birthday buddy) in the scene
having jammed with everyone from CCMC to Nurse With Wound, and is one
of the founding visionaries in Six Heads.
His solo performances as M. Stactor are always a rare treat...where he
utilizes contact mics, electronics, turntables to create an
otherworldly sonic dimension.

Roman Pilates
Vanity project of Wintage Records & Tapes CEO, Kevin Crump. Hear him
crust out with home made low-fi tape loops, sent through tape delay
and feedback. The final performance in the trilogy of "On-coming
Trains" soon to be released on Foxy Digitalis.
Be there early, to hear him start things off.

$3 @ the Door/9:30 with raffles & $3 Beer!!
7/24 Video 1530 Queen St. W. (just west of Lansdowne), Toronto
Friday October 9th 2009

please come out and support these wonderful artists.

-- Wintage Records & Tapes 1530 Queen St W, Apt C3 Toronto, ON M6R 1A6

Hope to see you there!

- William A. Davison

Sunday, October 4, 2009

the name thing

For many years now, I've been almost exclusively using my real name "William" rather than the nickname "Bill" which I grew up with. I say almost exclusively because up to now I have allowed old friends and family to continue calling me "Bill" and have, in a few rare instances, used the name "Bill" myself when it seemed like doing otherwise would create problems. of today, Oct. 4, 2009, I will no longer answer to the name of "Bill" nor will I accept the use of the name "Bill" in reference to me under any circumstances.*

So sayeth William. Get used to it!

- William A. Davison

* except perhaps in the historical sense. For example, in reference to works from my Neoist years when I performed and exhibited under the pseudonym "Bill Satan". That would be alright, I guess.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Living Archive

Just letting you all know I have a small write-up on Don Campau's Living Archive of Underground Music, a really interesting website that presents Don's own personal history of cassette-culture and underground music along with a growing number of recollections from other tape networkers.

The history of cassette-culture and homemade/DIY music has been poorly documented up to now. The Living Archive is one very good step in the direction of addressing this problem and filling in the gaps in cassette-culture's written and pictorial history. The site also serves as a great resource for finding other sources of information and for exploring what is currently happening with many of the scene's practitioners. Well worth paying a visit!

- William A. Davison

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Alien Life Bomb

I will be appearing in the Leftover Daylight series tomorrow night as part of Alien Life Bomb. Should be fun. Details follow:

Friday 4 September, 8pm, $8

Leftover Daylight Series

i) kyle brenders and company
[kyle brenders (saxophones) + others (TBA)]

ii) gooch/ segger/ sexton/ ward
[dan gooch (trumpet) mark segger (drums) jim sexton (bass) steve ward

iii) alien life bomb
[ken aldcroft (guitar) christopher cauley (soprano saxophone) paul
dutton (voice) mike overton (bass) nilan perera (bass guitar) ronda
rindone (bass clarinet) mark segger (drums) andy yue (analog synth) william davison (objects)]

september's guest curator is jay hay

Somewhere There
Live Creative Music in Toronto
340 Dufferin Street (entrance from Melbourne Ave.)

- William A. Davison

PS: have been so busy since I got back from Nova Scotia that I neglected to mention I was in Zine Dream 2! Sorry 'bout that folks!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

at The Ossington tonight

S.Higgins and I will be at The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave., Toronto) tonight for Robert Dayton's DJ set. 9pm on. Probably do some drawing, or writing, or something while we're there.

- William

July 20th collective drawings

Some new collective drawings from the last Ossington Drawing Party have been posted to

- William

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Knockout Kum Car


Purchased at Honest Ed's (Toronto) a few weeks back.

- William

Monday, July 20, 2009

Collaborative texts, July 19/09

Barbarians vs. Cowboys

The lake of mud quivered slightly as she emerged, slowly and obliquely angled. Her bonnet remained hopeless but fear gripped the throng of onlookers and hippies sat in the back in a haze of goats' hair. The sack remained motionless, humming slightly for the return of England and other outmoded extravagances. Questioning whether it was possible to put both legs in one compartment, Lady Anthracite blinked and fluttered in the fog. "It's all a sham!", she moaned as the mysterious lights slowly moved under her smock. Scarlet flowerpots fell from a tremendous height only to ascend rapidly again mere seconds before crashing. Protective magic might serve to hide those unsightly folds of flesh worn by the Barbarian tribes but around here the cowboys have got it all wrapped up!

The Bearded One!

Feathers and paint were the sole components of his elaborate and ornate vehicle. The wheels were aristocratic planets that creaked in a vaguely tuneful way as they turned the butterfly wings. Older men scuttled across the ocean floor like crabs while the young ones employed inflatable roses to float to the oily surface. Loose or tight, molded infants appeared in the wings, their plastic faces gleaming under shapeless garments or microscopic organisms. Magpies grew more formal and transparent as evening descended. A crippled mathematician disintegrated into a picturesque fog. The mechanisms were inspected carefully and cleaned of any errant hares and toads but witchcraft still seemed the more viable option under the circumstances. Oak or willow poppies clattered noisily in the driveway where earlier civilizations once provided bugs with flotation devices. Queen Elizabeth now appeared from under a rock. "Behold, the Bearded One!", she exclaimed while extraordinary discretion kept her from revealing her magnificently lathered apparition.

- S.Higgins, W.A.Davison, July 19, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Drawing Party July 20th

Drawing Drawing!!

This month's Ossington Drawing Party is set for Monday, July 20th at 9pm. Yes, that IS this coming Monday, as in two days from now! Sorry for the short notice. It was originally set for the 27th but there were some scheduling conflicts so we bumped it ahead.

This Monday at The Ossington is also the one-year anniversary of Intervention Monday (our generous hosts!) so it's an extra-special evening and should be a lot of fun! Bring your fave drawing implements and your collaborative spirit.

But wait! What if you just can't hang on until Monday? Then come and join us at The Ossington tomorrow night too! That's right, we'll be there Sunday night for Robert Dayton's DJ set "Feelings"...ah, good times my friends, good times...

To recap:

Sunday, July 19th, 9pm we'll be at The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave., Toronto) for "Feelings"

Monday, July 20th, 9pm at The Ossington again for the Ossington Drawing Party and the Intervention Monday one-year anniversary!

See ya there!

- William

Sunday, July 12, 2009

more collective drawings

New batch of collective drawings posted to

- William

Thursday, June 25, 2009

L'Orchestre Royal Odradek

I will be performing as part of L'Orchestre Royal Odradek this Saturday evening at the Artword Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario. Details follow:

Sat June 27, 2009 at 8 pm
New Dance, New Music

Artword Theatre presents
a one-night festival
of performance adventure.

All tickets $10 at the door
For info, call Artword's office
performed at The Pearl Company
16 Steven St, Hamilton

New dance, new music collaborations and improvisations, featuring:

from Toronto — Butoh dancer Meiko Ando with l’Orchestre Royal Odradek (musicians Andy Yue, James Bailey, Michelangelo Iaffaldano, Rod Campbell and William Davison, improvising on homemade instruments made by Michelangelo Iaffaldano)

from Hamilton — new music ensemble Fossils (David Payne, Matthew Boughner, Daniel Farr, Rob Michalchuk and Steve Smith), plus dancers Tanis MacArthur and Ann Milne with fiddler Ronald Weihs

plus visuals from metallurgist Shane Turcott (”Steel Image of the Month”) and Judith Sandiford (lighting and real-time video mixing)

plus special guest appearance: Eugene Martynec (of Artword's "Eugene's Sunday Series") on laptops

at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street, Hamilton $10. Call 905-548-0341.

For more information about The Pearl Company, visit
Artword Theatre website

- William

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June drawing party

Next drawing party is set for Mon., June 29, 9pm - 12am at The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave.). Hope to see you there!

- William

Monday, June 22, 2009


Somehow, even though it came out almost a month ago, I neglected to inform you all of my appearance on "Dictaphonia 1"! Gosh, it's just so dadblasted hard to keep up with it all!

Anyhoo, "Dictaphonia 1" is the first in a series of various artist compilation tapes put out by legendary DIY music/hometaper Hal Mcgee. All the music/sound on the Dictaphonia releases are recorded on microcassette and, yes, the series itself is only available in the microcassette format! I have my contributor's copy of volume 1 and it is very cool! "Dictaphonia 2" has just been released and "Dictaphonia 3" is being compiled as we speak. Check out Hal's Dictaphonia blog for further details -

I said the series is only available in the microcassette format but this isn't entirely true as Hal is making the tracks available as free MP3 downloads from his website. Quoting from his Myspace blog:

DICTAPHONIA Microcassette Compilation 1 is now available in its entirety online for free downloading and streaming audio, including bonus material not available on the tape:

recordings by Dave X, Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge, Kathy Burkett, Istituzioni Ambienti Naturalismo, Otolathe, IWANTTOKILLEVERYHUMAN, Mike Khoury, Black Beast Of Arrrghhh, Horseflesh, Vagina Teeth/Jesus Teeth, William A. Davison, Homogenized Terrestrials, Krysten Davis, Violet, Fiver's Stereo, Hal McGee, 3D-MAN, Chefkirk, Ironing, Concrete Violin, Jeph Jerman, Blind Umizato, Dave Fuglewicz, Big City Orchestra, Waterdigger

DICTAPHONIA Microcassette Compilation 1 is still available in its original microcassette format.
$6.00 postage paid USA and Canada
$7.00 Air Mail postage paid everywhere else
PayPal to haltapes1 @ aol dot com

And you will note that physical copies of "Dictaphonia 1" are still available from Hal and I highly recommend picking one up and supporting the project.

My contribution to "Dictaphonia 1" is a 3-minute noise guitar improvisation similar to the "Plyas Het Giutra" CD I put out in 2006 ( which was also recorded on microcasette.

- William

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Synchronicity #448,329

Okay, I made that number up. I'm not actually counting all the strange, seemingly meaningful or significant coincidences in my life. If I were, I'm sure the actual number would be much higher! I do however, when I can remember to do it, like to make note of them as they occur. Here's one from yesterday morning.

Sherri comes into the studio carrying a book. There's a picture in the book she wants me to see. It's El Greco's portrait of Cardinal Fernando Nino de Guevara, Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition (I know what you're one expects The Spanish Inquisition!). Sherri was struck by the groovy looking pair of spectacles ol' Ferny was wearing, considering the portrait is from c. 1569.

Here's the picture -

Grand Inquisitor

Now the weird bit. As Sherri entered the room, book in hand, I was on Youtube watching an episode of the 1973 Canadian science-fiction TV series "The Starlost". Here's the image that was on the screen as Sherri presented me with the grand Inquisitor's portrait -

ARK computer

Now is it just me, or is there a striking similarity between these two images? Holy Crap! I mean, it's not just the dudes with the beards and the specs (virtually identical specs, you'll note!) but the oval frames the dudes are in and even the reddish hues of their uniforms! Good gosh, what does it all mean?!

- William

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Svankmajer improvisations

As I mentioned last week, Colin Fisher and I will be providing an improvised soundtrack for Jan Svankmajer's short film "A Quiet Week In The House". I thought it was later in the month but as it turns out it is happening this Friday! Details follow:

Leftover Daylight
Fri., June 19

i - carl didur solo
[carl didur (piano)]

ii - fisher/ martin/ salek
[colin fisher (guitar) jean martin (drums, laptop) araz salek (tar)]

iii - sounds to jan svankmajer short movies

tichy tyden v dome (quiet week in the house) [20']
colin fisher (guitar) william davison (objects)

byt (the flat) [12'43'']
nicole rampersaud (trumpet)

Leftover Daylight at Somewhere There
340 Dufferin St., Toronto
(one block south of Queen Street, entrance from Melbourne Ave.)

- William

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Leftover Daylight

I will be appearing in the Leftover Daylight series at Somewhere There this Friday evening. Details follow:

June 12
Leftover Daylight Series

i - the woodchoppers chamber ensemble
[nick buligan (trumpet) dave clark (drums, percussion) colin fisher (tenor saxophone, guitar) michael herring (bass) jason kenemy (piano) lewis melville (strings) scott thomson (trombone)]

ii - davison/ leblanc/ liu/ piilonen/ strachan
[william davison (electronics) joel leblanc (guitar - from new brunswick)
germaine liu (drums, percussion) rob piilonen (flute) jeremy strachan (woodwinds)]

iii - sounds to jan svankmajer short movies

moznosti dialogu (dimensions of dialogue) [11'15'']
paul dutton (mouth)

hra z kameny (game with stones) [8'35'']
jean martin (drums, laptop)

do pivnice (down the cellar) [15'20'']
odradek (odradekian instruments)

Leftover Daylight at Somewhere There
340 Dufferin St., Toronto, Ontario CA

Note: the sounds to Svankmajer series is continuing throughout this month (curated by Tomasz Krakowiak). Very cool! I , along with Colin Fisher, will be providing sounds for one of my favorite Svankmajer films "A Quiet Week In the House" later this month (more on that when I have the exact date).

- William

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

new Stactor clip

M.Stactor solo set at Clubbb Dreaddd, Toronto, June 6/09. Clip now on Youtube. Other Stactor and W.A.Davison clips at

- William

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Ossington tonight

S.Higgins and I will be at The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave.) this evening around 9 or 9:30 to listen to Robert Dayton's DJ set (with guest DJ Mishegoss). Not our official drawing night but we will likely do some collective drawing while we're there. Come out, say hi, sit down and draw with us, shoot the shit, etc. etc.

Hope to see you there!

- William

Friday, June 5, 2009

Odradek CIUT podcast

For those of you who might have missed the Odradek set on CIUT the other day, you can grab the podcast version of the show at

- William

Monday, June 1, 2009

Odradek on CIUT

I'll be performing with Odradek this Wednesday evening at a live-to-air concert on CIUT 89.5FM. I'm filling in for Michelangelo Iaffaldano who's in Italy for part of this month. Line-up will be me, Jim Bailey, Andy Yue. Details on the concert follow (extracted from Soundlist):

The Abstract Index/CIUT 89.5FM and AIMToronto present
Freedom Of Community

Time: Wednesday June 3, 6-8PM
Location: CIUT-FM
91 St. George St., Toronto / 89.5FM /

On Wednesday June 3 from 6-8PM CIUT’s The Abstract Index showcases the many flavours of Toronto ’s non-idiomatic improvisation with Freedom Of Community, featuring three sets of live-to-air music organized by the Association for Improvising Musicians In Toronto (AIMToronto).

Toronto ’s free improvisers have been internationally renowned for their skillful musical exploration for more than four decades. Coincidentally, CIUT, the University of Toronto ’s campus community radio station also has a four decade history of boundary breaking musical programming.

Freedom Of Community brings two important, community-based cultural institutions together for the first time: CIUT-FM and the AIMToronto.

AIMToronto was formed in 2005. It was conceived as an umbrella under which each of the city’s disparate pockets of improvising musicians could all organize, providing increased visibility for the community as a whole while maintaining its diversity. It is an organization of global significance, hosting the world’s finest improvisers such as William Parker, Joe McPhee and Les Poules in quarterly Interfaces. Its next such presentation features Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber from June 5-7.

All three sets of Freedom Of Community feature members of AIMToronto.

Set 1) a FREE CONCERT from 6:00-6:45PM on the front lawn of 91 St. George St. (weather permitting) with Alaniaris, (fractured Greek rembetika stylings) - Michael Kaler - bass, Ken Aldcroft -, guitar, Mark Zurawinski - drums

Set 2) Michael Keith - guitar, Scott Thomson - trombone

Set 3) Odradek (electro/acoustic small objects) - William Davison - electronics, small instruments, Jim Bailey - electronics, small instruments, Andy Yue – synth

I'm not sure that Odradek will be performing outside...I think we may actually be in the studio which would mean if you want to catch our set (sometime between 7 and 8pm, probably in the last half hour, but don't quote me on that) you will have to tune in to CIUT 89.5fm or listen online at

- William

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Six Heads live, May 26/09

Six Heads will be playing this coming Tuesday at Tomasz Krakowiak's "The Most Horrible Night In Your Life" series. Details follow:

Tue., May 26/09
Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., Toronto

chris worden/pau torres
meiko ando/tomasz krakowiak
six heads
(not necessarily in that order)

Not sure of the cost but it's probably PWYC

Hope to see you there!

- William

Friday, May 15, 2009

Drawing Party May 18th

Our monthly drawing party is set to take place at The Ossington this coming Monday. Bring your favorite mark-making devices, paper, positive vibes, etc.

Monday, May 18, 2009, 9pm - 12am (or later)
The Ossington
61 Ossington Ave., Toronto

- William

Sunday, May 3, 2009

at The Ossington tonight

S.Higgins and I will be at The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave., Toronto) tonight around 10pm. Our friends Robert and Kevin are DJing so it's a good night to just hang out, relax, chat with whoever might be there, etc. It's not our official drawing night (so we won't be able to take over the back room) but we will likely do some collective drawing and maybe some writing too. Maybe we'll see you there!

- William

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Recordism On The Web

Warning - nerd alert!

OK, this isn't going to mean much to you but it's a big deal to me. I just uploaded my first xhtml/css webpage (the index page at and had it verified by and it validated without any problems. Woohoo! Perfect code! Or, at least, acceptable code! Woohoo!

Well, it's a very simple page, pretty basic really...but it's a step in the right direction (i.e. getting my web design skills up to current web standards). I'm happy with it.


- William

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Halloween Island

Halloween Island - new blog to document our ongoing adventures in collective artmaking. Halloween Island will also have the latest information on upcoming drawing parties and the like (which will still be posted here too).

- William

Monday, April 20, 2009

J.G.Ballard R.I.P.

Well, only a matter of days after posting news of Franklin Rosemont's passing, I find myself the bearer of sad news again. One of my favorite authors, J.G.Ballard, has died at age 78. The ideas (memes) found in Ballard's work and the unique and utterly enthralling character of his writing have not only inspired and informed my own artistic work but have had a major influence on much of the culture (or subculture) that I, and many of my friends and fellow artists, writers, musicians, etc., have enjoyed and participated in over the years. He will be sorely missed! Some obits follow: (this article barely scratches the surface of Ballard's influence on "pop" music)

- William

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Franklin Rosemont R.I.P.

The Recordists regretfully acknowledge the passing of Franklin Rosemont who died on Sunday, April 12 at the age of 65. Mr. Rosemont was a significant figure in contemporary Surrealism who, along with his wife Penelope, founded and led the long-running and influential Chicago Surrealist Group. Obituaries and commentary from the blogosphere can be found at the following links:,0,4037892.story
(many more articles and commentaries can be found by doing a web search)

- William

Friday, April 10, 2009

duo with Pau Torres

I will be playing this Sunday evening at Jamie's Area, a new(ish) gallery/venue in Toronto. The event is called "True Social Improv" and it's organized by Joda Clement/Abient Editions. My part of the evening will be a duo improvisation with Pau Torres. Details follow:

True Social Improv

Jesse Kudler / Chris Cogburn / Joda Clement / Chandan Narayan

Pau Torres / William Davison

Christopher Strickland / Tomasz Krakowiak / Steve McFarland

Sunday, April 12, 2009, 9pm

Jamie's Area

193 Augusta Ave., Toronto

$5 (pwyc)

More info at

- William

Saturday, April 4, 2009

April Drawing Party!

Another drawing party at The Ossington. No live model this time, just good times! Bring your favorite drawing tools + stuff to draw on.

Monday, April 6, 2009 at 10:00pm
The Ossington
61 Ossington Ave.
Toronto, ON
Ph: 416-850-0161

- William

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Return of the Objects!

This Wed., April 1st, Conspiracy Of Familiar Objects will hit the stage again for the first time since our gig opening for Wolf Eyes...oh, when was that?...what?! really?!...apparently, it was April 1, 2008. Weird...exactly one year since we last played together. Guess that makes it some kind of anniversary/reunion show. Well, you wouldn't want to miss something like that!

Of course, it's not really a complete reunion since Andrew Zukerman is no longer with us. I don't mean he died, I mean he just isn't in the project any more. Don't worry though, AZ will be there Wednesday night, he's DJing. Jon Shapiro and I will be recruiting Kevin Crump (Disguises) to fill in for Andrew for this set. For future COFO performances, we'll likely do the "rotating third member" thing (as painful as it sounds!), inviting a new guest player for every gig. Assuming that there will be future COFO performances (ahem, every April 1st?).

Oh, and I guess we won't actually be "hitting the stage" for this show since the gig is happening in a video store and I'm pretty sure there's no stage. We'll be hitting the floor instead.

I'd like to tell you exactly where and when this auspicious, or suspicious, occasion is set to take place but, since "Last Minute" Crump is the organizer, I don't have the details yet. Here's what I do know:

Wed. April 1/09

some video store in Parkdale, Toronto

10pm probable start time

10:10 Brian Random Answering Machine

10:30 Thrashed Jeans Acoustic show

11:00 C.O.F.O.

Andrew Zukerman DJ

everybody out before midnight

PWYC? $5? Who knows...

Crump did want to make sure I didn't forget to advertise the $2 Porn DVD sale! Good to see he has his priorities straight! (hmmm...note to self, take some cash to the show Wed. night).

OK, I'll post more deets as soon as I get 'em. Unless this all turns out to be an elaborate April Fools joke.

- William

PS: after much googling, I managed to find the name and address of the video store. It's 7-24 Movies and More, 1530 Queen Street West at Fuller. My detective services are for hire, should you ever need them...

Monday, March 9, 2009

De Tranen Van Eros

I'm taking part in an exhibition in The Netherlands this month. The show is called "De Tranen Van Eros" ("Tears Of Eros") and it features art in a variety of media inspired and informed by the work of George Bataille. It's happening at an exhibition space called De Werkplaats in Amersfoort, Netherlands and it runs for about a month starting on March 15. My contribution consists of a drawing and a video soundtrack (video by Jan Kees Helms). Other participants in the show include Jan Kees Helms (Netherlands), Hybryds (Belgium), and Nico Pronk (Netherlands).

For a small gallery, De Werkplaats boasts a pretty impressive roster of artists, as a quick perusal of their schedule for the early part of 2009 will reveal.

18 Januar: IJzig Vuur (Icy Fire)
with Alejandra Slutzky and Frans de Waard (NL)

15 Februar: De schreeuw (The Scream)
with Jos Smolders (NL)

15 March: De Tranen van Eros (Tears of Eros)
with W.A. Davison (Canada), Hybryds (Belgium) and Nico Pronk (NL)

19 April: De schoonheid van verval (Beauty of Decay)
with GX Jupitter-Larsen (U.S.A.) and photogroup deeez! (NL)

17 May: Safety Instructions with Illusion of Safety (U.S.A.)

21 June: Spiegelingen (Reflections) with Puin + Hoop (NL) en Faye Wouterson (NL)

If you're in the vicinity of Amersfoort this month, drop by De Werkplaats and check out what's happening. Hopefully some documentation from this show will also appear on the net somewhere (I'll let you all know if and when that happens). De Werkplaats' blog can be found at

- William

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Drawing Party

We're holding another drawing party this Monday at The Ossington. Bring your favorite drawing tools + stuff to draw on. Details follow:

Monday, February 23, 2009 at 10:00pm
The Ossington
61 Ossington Ave.
Toronto, ON
Ph: 416-850-0161

INTERVENTION MONDAY is an undiscovered open-ended gathering comprised of writers, critics, musicians, filmmakers and degenerate artists from the seedy underbelly of Toronto's underground. Gathering initially as part of an impetus to create a viable counterculture this post-post-modernday "Vicious Circle" engage in wisecracks, brainstorms and witticisms which, through the abuse of alcohol inevitably dissolve into folly and spiral into void.

The colloquium includes music and visuals provided by a rotating lineup of selectors

This week:
Lorenz plays space music

Back room: Recordist Drawing Party, watch or join as images are recorded through third party conduit cerebellum hand pen, with real professional artists and real live nude model.
guests are invited to draw!
$3 scotch special sponsored by Ballantine's Finest

Hope to see you there!

- William

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

drawing party

The Recordists (namely S.Higgins and myself) will be hosting another evening of collective drawing at The Ossington this coming Monday. Details follow:

Monday, January 26, 2009 at 10:00pm
The Ossington
61 Ossington Ave., Toronto

INTERVENTION MONDAY is an open-ended gathering of writers, critics, musicians, filmmakers and degenerate artists from the seedy underbelly of Toronto's underground. Gathering initially as part of an impetus to create a viable counterculture this post-post-modernday "Vicious Circle" engage in wisecracks, brainstorms and witticisms which, through the abuse of alcohol inevitably dissolve into folly and and spiral into void.

The colloquium includes music and visuals provided by a rotating lineup of selectors

This week:
Lorenz plays Space Music

+ in the back room:
Recordist Collective Drawing Party with real famous artists and live nude girls.
guests are invited to draw!

$2 scotch special, (lowest price allowable by AGCO)

Bring paper and your favorite pens, brushes, crayons, etc. Should be a blast! Hope to see you there!

- William

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Patrick McGoohan R.I.P.

The Prisoner = best TV show ever!

Creator and star of the series Patrick McGoohan died Tue., Jan. 13, 2009 at the age of 80. Here's an obit:

Farewell Number Six. You will be missed.

- William

Monday, January 12, 2009

Orchestre Royal Odradek

I will be appearing as part of Orchestre Royal Odradek this Wednesday evening at Somewhere There. As per usual we will be making exclusive use of the homemade instruments of Michelangelo Iaffaldano. Details follow:

Wednesday, January 14th, 8:00 pm, $8

8:00 P.M.: Orchestre Royal Odradek (Andy Yue, Colin Fisher, James Bailey,
Michelangelo Iaffaldano and William Davison) is a band that plays exclusively
homemade instruments built out of found materials. Tonight they celebrate the
launch of "Musiques rituelles de l'Ontario su sud" (Ocora/Radio France)

9:00 P.M.: Disguises
Parkdale noise freaks Disguises will present selections from their as yet
unrecorded sophomore full length. There may even be some projections!!

Somewhere There
Live Creative Music in Toronto
340 Dufferin Street
one block south of Queen Street
** entrance from Melbourne Ave. **

- William

Isle Of Misfits

Thrilled to announce that our drawing collective North Mutator has some works in the "Isle of Misfits" group exhibition happening at Canteen Gallery in Ottawa! The exhibition starts this week and runs until Feb. 10. If you're in the Ottawa area you should definitely check it out! Here are the details (lifted from Canteen's blog):

For the january group show, Canteen invited each artist to offer his or her interpretation of a fantasy sanctuary - or sanatorium - populated by people, animals, objects, and toys that are somehow not quite right.

Canteen Gallery is proud to present “Isle of Misfits”
A group exhibition featuring original artwork and prints by:

Santos Shelton
Tim Hooper
Brian Butler
Clint Eagleson
Nik Dudukovic
Hugo Gaudet-Dion
North Mutator
Patrick Gildersleeves
Ali Aschman
Eunice Luk
Drew Mosley
Vero Guitard
Nick Deakin
Megan Frau

Opening Reception January 15th | 7pm to 10pm
The show will run through February 10th

- William

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Most Horrible Night In Your Life!

I will be performing this Monday evening in Tomasz Krakowiak's ongoing series of events, aptly titled "The Most Horrible Night In Your Life". On this particular night, Tomasz has gathered together a number of Toronto's best improvising percussionists (and me, go figure!) to play a set of improvised music. The one restriction Tomasz has placed on the group however, is that the only instrumentation that will be allowed is one cymbal and one drumstick for each player...oh the horribleness!

Some other fine Toronto folks will also perform that evening to make things a little less horrible. Or perhaps more's anybody's guess, really. Here are the details:

the most horrible night in your life vol.8
january 12 2009 9pm
dave clark cymbal rick sacks cymbal joe sorbara cymbal william davison
cymbal robin buckley cymbal blake howard cymbal
jean martin laptop neil wiernik guitar
joda clement korg ms-20 harmonium field recordings
smiling buddha
961 college st., toronto

- William

TOGG Transition!

After many years of running "The Organ Grinder's Gazette" as a webpage on, I've decided to finally make it a "real" blog and set it up here on Blogger. Wish me luck, it's the beginning of a new era!

To view past T.O.G.G. posts (and peruse the many other Recordist-related websites), visit

- William