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Friday, December 21, 2012

Six Heads tonight!

I've been so busy getting ready for a trip to Nova Scotia, I forgot to announce this Six Heads gig happening tonight! Here are the details:

Wintage Live at the Tranzac

Lovekraft - Mr. and Mrs. Wintage, dark synth duo
PQ-Illuminating Bunny - Circuit-bent creatures from Amsterdam
Six Heads - Toronto's surrealist sextet
Kapali Carsi - Kevin Hainey epic solo free-noise debut!

$6
The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto
9pm

Hope to see you there!

- William A. Davison
www.recordism.com

Friday, November 2, 2012

Aldcroft/Davison Duo

I'll be performing with Ken Aldcroft at Somewhere There this Sunday. Ken's also doing a set with Allison Cameron so it should be a pretty interesting evening! Details follow:

Sunday November 4, 2012
NOW Series
Set 1
Allison Cameron- sound making devices; Ken Aldcroft- guitar
Set 2
William Davison- sound making devices; Ken Aldcroft- guitar

Somewhere There
112-227 Sterling Road
(just south of Bloor on Ruttan St.)
8pm, $10/pwyc

Hope to see you there!

- William A. Davison
www.recordism.com

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

S.O.T.N.E. performance and new product

Songs of the New Erotics will be making a rare appearance at the monthly series In-Between Sounds this Thursday evening. Here are the details:

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In-Between Sounds
featuring Songs of the New Erotics
and Lorde Awesome
Thu., Aug. 2/12, 9:30pm
at The Only Cafe
972 Danforth Ave. Toronto
admission is free!
 
It's time once again for Lorde Awesome's monthly experimental music night, In-Between Sounds.

This time out, the Lorde's stage will be graced by a very, very special guest~ Mr. William Davison; he'll be performing as, Songs of the New Erotics. Here's a bio that can't be beat:

W.A.Davison is a multi-disciplinary artist who has been producing various forms of experimental art and music for over 25 years. As a composer and improvisor Davison has performed solo (as Songs of the New Erotics, Th W rbl r, M.Stac...tor, etc.), in his own ensembles (Urban Refuse Group, Six Heads), and in various collaborations (with members of CCMC, Nihilist Spasm Band, AMM, MSBR, irr.app.(ext.), Nurse With Wound, and many others). His work has been presented at festivals such as TodaysArt (Den Hague, NL), Art Basel (Basel, Switzerland), Electric Eclectics (Meaford, ON), Dictaphonia Fest (Gainesville, Florida), and The Whitney Biennial (New York City, USA), as well as at various events in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Quebec City, London (Can.), London (UK), New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, and Sydney. Davison's recorded work spans close to 3 decades and has been distributed on small labels, through informal networks around the world. Songs of the New Erotics is Davison's long-running solo experimental music and performance project established in 1991. Further info on Songs of the New Erotics/W.A.Davison can be found at the following links:

http://www.recordism.com/SOTNE/SotNE.html
http://www.youtube.com/user/wadavison
http://www.recordism.com/WACV/WACVindex.html
http://www.recordism.com/Noisician/Noisician.html

As for Lorde Awesome, you well know what to expect from us by now... that noise we make. "Combining ambient dronescapes with feedback and percussion, Lorde Awesome begets a new ice age, the sound of glaciers carving the earth while the dying mastadon screams its last scream..."
If you've not heard much of our work, check out our FB page. We've got some videos on there that span the years...

So if you happen to be free and want to catch some pre-Electric Eclectics experimental mayhem, stop by the Only for a pint and some great shit. And hey, it's free! We end at 11:15 PM sharp. Maybe 11:20.
Cheers until then!

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Should be fun! I will also take this opportunity to announce a new Songs of the New Erotics 3" CDR called "Japanese Ghosts" which was released on the Disembraining Songs label last month. Copies will be available for sale or trade on Thu. evening or anytime after from Disembraining Songs (aka me).


Hope to see you Thursday!


- William A. Davison
www.recordism.com

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Arai/Davison/Segger

Hey folks! I'll be performing at this Friday's Leftover Daylight series. Maybe I'll see you there! Here are the details:

July 6, 2012
8pm

i aldcroft/ arai
[ken aldcroft (guitar) bernie arai (drums - from vancouver)]

ii arai/ davison/ segger
[bernie arai (drums - from vancouver) william davison (sounding devices) heather segger (trombone)]

iii tba
[tba (tba)]

at Somewhere There
227 Sterling Ave., Unit 112
(at the corner of Ruttan St. and Merchant Lane)
$10 or PWYC

- William A. Davison
www.recordism.com

Monday, June 11, 2012

In Camera (Heemann/Van Luijk) this Friday!

I'm helping organize (and performing in) this amazing show coming up this Friday! Here's all the pertinent info:

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Don't miss this rare opportunity to see two of Europe's finest experimental musicians!

Christoph Heemann & Timo Van Luijk performing as In Camera
with VioSac (Graham Stewart) and Clement/Davison

Fri., June 15th, 2012
DoubleDoubleLand, 209 Augusta Ave., Toronto
Doors 9pm
$10 admission


In Camera, the surreal and psychedelic electronic music duo project of Christoph Heemann (H.N.A.S.) and Timo van Luijk (Noise-Maker's Fifes) produce an immersive cinematic and narrative sonic environment. Joined by VioSac (Graham Stewart) and Joda Clement/William Davison.

Christoph Heemann started the seminal experimental music project Hirsche Nicht Aufs Sofa (H.N.A.S.) and created its own label, Dom, to release it combination of surrealistic collage music. HNAS continued to release records until the groups demise in 1993, such as the album “Melchior”, co-produced by Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound, as well as several other LPs and CDs on Dom and other labels worldwide. In 1989, Heemann began a long-standing relationship with American musician/composer Jim O’Rourke, and together with Edward Ka-spel and Andreas Martin recorded three albums as the group Mimir. His first solo album was released the following year, and the same year he completed a long standing collaboration with the Japanese noise artist Masami Akita (aka Merzbow). A period of intense work began in 1998 with the formation of Mirror, a project with English sound artist Andrew Chalk, which focused on graphics as well as music, drawing on the beautiful artworks of both Chalk and Heemann. By 2005, Mirror had released over 20 albums that included musical contributions from Andreas Martin and Jim O’Rourke and appeared in concerts in Europe, America and Japan. Currently Heemann composes, performs, and produces and records albums by sound artists/composers such as Limpe Fuchs, Keiji Haino, Charlemagne Palestine, and many others. His ongoing musical collaborations include work with Jim O’Rourke, William Basinski, Lee Ranaldo, and with Timo van Luyck on the In Camera project.

Timo van Luijk (Finland, 1967) is an autodidact composing improviser living in Belgium. He was a founding member of the experimental multimedia collective Noise-Maker’s Fifes (1989-2006) and started his solo project Af Ursin in 1995. Van Luijk mainly works with acoustic (wind and string) instruments, various (sound) objects, keyboards and magnetic tape. With this setting he creates structured free form arrangements in which the intuitive and emotive aspect form the core of his musical approach. In his collaborations – including work with Christoph Heemann (In Camera), Raymond Dijkstra (Asra), Andrew Chalk (Elodie), Kris Vanderstraeten – he follows the same aesthetic of poetic sensibility. Since 2001 he has been releasing his work on vinyl, on his label La Scie Dorée.

Violence and the Sacred (VioSac) has been recording and performing electronic/experimental music since 1985. Many of their recordings were released on different cassette labels in the late 1980s. A vinyl record, Suture Self, was released in 1989 on the Freedom in a Vacuum label. Since 2008 VioSac has self-released three studio CDs: analogue synthesizer compositions, recorded on magnetic tape. The first two (Rusty Pile and You are planning to enjoy the apocalypse) are well described by Massimo Ricci as displaying a “constant rupture of any scheme that might remotely be associated with consonance and mental respite.” In June 2011 VioSac released the first 5 of a set of 13 CDRs of live and studio recordings from 1986 – 1993.

Joda Clément has been performing and composing experimental music in Canada for over 10 years. He has performed and/or exhibited in numerous events and festivals, including appearances at The Music Gallery, MOCCA, Issue Project Room (NY), Reheat (Austria), Suoni Per Il Popolo, Extermination Music Night, Electric Eclectics, MUTEK and Oboro New Media lab as well as live collaborations with Magali Babin, Michael Northam, Hitoshi Kojo, Olivia Block, Bhob Rainey, Bonnie Jones, Kai Fagaschinski, Chris Cogburn, Tomasz Krakowiak and Freida Abtan. W.A.Davison is a multi-disciplinary artist who has been producing various forms of experimental art and music for over 25 years. As a composer and improvisor Davison has performed solo (as Songs of the New Erotics, Th W rbl r, M.Stactor, etc.), in his own ensembles (Urban Refuse Group, Six Heads), and in various collaborations (with members of CCMC, Nihilist Spasm Band, AMM, MSBR, irr.app.(ext.), Nurse With Wound, and many others). His work has been presented at festivals such as TodaysArt (Den Hague, NL), Art Basel (Basel, Switzerland), Electric Eclectics (Meaford, ON), Dictaphonia Fest (Gainesville, Florida), and The Whitney Biennial (New York City, USA), as well as at various events in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Quebec City, London (Can.), London (UK), New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, and Sydney. Davison's recorded work spans close to 3 decades and has been distributed on small labels, through informal networks around the world.
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Gonna be a good one, don't miss it!

- William A. Davison
www.recordism.com

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Davison/Halfpenny/Krakowiak

I will be doing a set as part of the NOW Series at Somewhere There this coming Sunday, June 3rd. Joining me on stage will be the inimitable Messrs John Halfpenny and Tomasz Krakowiak! Details follow:

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NOW Series
Sunday, June 3, 2012, 8pm
Somewhere There, 227 Sterling Rd., Unit 112
$10 or PWYC

First set:
William Davison + John Halfpenny + Tomasz Krakowiak

Second set:
Kyle Brenders Quartet
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And John made this neat little promo video for it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oloAg675_XY&feature=youtu.be

Hope to see you there!

- William A. Davison
www.recordism.com

Friday, May 11, 2012

Six Heads at NSB LP Launch

Six Heads will be performing this Sat., May 12th as part of the launch for the new Nihilist Spasm Band LP "Nothing Is Forever". Details follow:

Saturday, May 12, 2012
DoubleDoubleLand, 209 Augusta Ave., Toronto

Wintage Records & Tapes spring fling LP launch party for the...

Nihilist Spasm Band
launch party for their new LP "Nothing is Forever" out now on Wintage Records & Tapes

... with special guests...

Knurl
Canada's heavyweight king of junk metal harsh noise!!

Six Heads
oozing sound's for the creep-a-delic sound collage set

Roman Pilates
Wintage CEO baked fresh from a recent tour of Europe/Scandinavia. Tapes, electronics, junk metal combine for harsh noise/drone ear flushing!

Wintage spring record deals to be had at the show!

Doors 9pm
$10 admission

Hope to see you there!

- William A. Davison
www.recordism.com

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cinder debut

Pleased to announce the debut performance of a new sound project I'm involved in called Cinder. Cinder consists of myself on amplified objects, electronics, etc.; Daeve Fellows on synths and bowed things; and Nigel Craig on electronic percussion and effects. We've been recording together since last year and have an album available on Bandcamp - http://cinder.bandcamp.com/ - but this will be our first live performance together as a trio! When and where you ask? Details follow:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 9:00pm
Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave., Toronto

Jason Lescalleet (USA) - America's most compelling experimental musician is making a special appearance in Toronto, as part of his eastern tour - consider yourselves blessed ;-)

w/ guests

Maica Mia (Montreal) - spellbinding songs w/ electronics
and
Cinder - broken, spatial murk

9pm, $7, All Ages

more info:

J A S O N  L E S C A L L E E T - ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI64xank8nk& )

“Lescalleet’s sound world occupies a space between noise, contemporary composition, and minimal electronics. Using decidedly primitive tactics and equipment (e.g. antiquated reel-to-reel recorders, damaged tape, etc.), his work focuses on extreme frequencies and microscopic audio detail. Jason Lescalleet is the finest tape music-artist you’ll find working today. He’s also been a member of Due Process, worked with Nmperign, Joe Colley, Jason Kahn, John Hudak, Bhob Rainey, and most recently Graham Lambkin in their Breadwinner project which has yielded unprecedented and glorious results in the electroacoustic music of today. Lescalleet lives and works in the state of Maine.”

M A I C A  M I A - ( http://maicamia.bandcamp.com/track/o-bo-e )

“Maica Mia is a band from Montreal consisting of Maica Armata and Jonny Paradise. These two have been playing together in various ensembles for the past five years and have recently decided to pursue a rare and special path as a duo. Paradise’s humanistic/synthetic layers of mpc sampler and sensitive/explosive drumming accompany Mia’s minimalist guitar and arresting vocals. The results are spellbinding.” For this show they will be joined by Toronto musicians Joda Clement & Chandan Narayan.

C I N D E R - ( http://cinder.bandcamp.com/ )

“Cinder is an experimental sound project formed in 2011 by artists William Davison, Daeve Fellows, and Nigel Craig. The group sublimates aspects of musical genres such as industrial, noise, musique concrete,and drone, within an improvisational approach. Broken synthesizers, analog drum machines, tapeloops, contact mics, found objects, and bass guitar are ground up in a spatial murk.”

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Very much looking forward to this. Hope to see you there!

- William A. Davison
www.recordism.com

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

GFR, Stactor, Forktine

Haven't been doing too many live shows lately but I do have something coming up this weekend, performing as M.Stactor at YYZ Gallery. Here are the details:

AT OUR ARTIEST: PEDAGOGICAL EXPLORATIONS INTO THE ITHYPHALLIC RUMINATIONS OF KEVIN HAINEY
YYZ is pleased to announce the launch of our newly improved Membership Program. To celebrate, YYZ is hosting a special event featuring some of Toronto’s most creative sound artists: FORKTINE, GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX, and M.STACTOR.
 
SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2012
DOORS OPEN | 7:00PM
ADMISSION  | FREE
* One-night only: Receive a free limited edition t-shirt designed by Jacob Horwood with the purchase of a YYZMEMBERSHIP.
Twenty-first century experimental composition. Both hat and hatless performance. Instrument building and the act of dropping it on the way to the gig. The spirit of forgetting your sheet music only to call it indeterminism. Crash course in clown sounds, by the graduating class of the BBC Radiophonic workshop of non-unionized plagiarists. Presented by Old MacDonald Had A Farm at half speed.

FORKTINE  | 8:00PM
FORKTINE is a noise/musique concrète project based in Toronto, Canada. Though not exclusively a solo project, Forktine was instigated and organized by Colin Hinz. The project formed as an outgrowth from Hinz’ history of building unusual, one-of-a-kind musical instruments that began in the late 1980s. These instruments have various forms, borrowing from historic mechanical musical instruments, junkyard or toy parodies of contemporary instruments, circuit-bending, mechanical gadgetry, and plain-old electronics engineering. In addition to the Forktine project, Hinz has used these instruments in numerous performances with the improvisational ensembles Six Heads and The Urban Refuse Group, and has documented their construction in the journal Experimental Musical Instruments.
GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX | 8:45PM
GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX was started out of necessity –to punctuate awkward expanses and embarrassed silences– pecking at them with lugubrious beaks and soft spit marmalade, the sound of shitty winds through dildo trees. It began under strenuous circumstances –near strangers in cramped subterranean dwellings, nowhere to sit but the bed (on top of the sheets)– groping, bewildered in the sonic darkness of a monolithic uncertainty, and admittedly, inadequacy. Though, for all their shortcomings as musicians, they still succeeded in producing over 30 albums worth of manic, rollicking, often insufferable gesticulations on a host of international labels. Once upon a time they had toured Europe extensively and performed at several festivals where they were unilaterally ignored. These days, every show is their last. Once every couple of months Jacob Horwood and Andrew Zukerman will rise from their convalescent beds, dust off their reel to reels and subject themselves to the torture of being in a band that sounds like shit. Eventually it will die a quiet death, be buried with its stupid name and nobody will be the wiser. RIP GFR.

M.STACTOR | 9:30PM
M.STACTOR  (W.A.Davison) is a multi-disciplinary artist originally from Nova Scotia. He studied fine art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and experimental music at Dalhousie University. His work has been exhibited, performed, and presented at numerous Canadian and International festivals. As a musician, composer, improviser, and instrument-builder, Davison has appeared in hundreds of performances as both a solo artist and in various groups and ad hoc collectives. His recorded work spans close to thirty years and has been distributed on small labels, through informal networks around the world. He remains a true experimentalist and a stalwart proponent of independent/DIY music production and dissemination. Davison has been a prominent member of Toronto’s improvising, noise, and experimental music communities since the early 90′s. He has received support from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Davison has been living and working in Toronto since 1989.

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YYZ Gallery is located in the 401 Richmond St. W. arts complex in downtown Toronto.

Should be a good time and you can't beat the price! Hope to see you there.

- William A. Davison
www.recordism.com

Friday, February 24, 2012

Heading Up The Charts

Six Heads LP "Cardboard Oracle" has been climbing the charts at CKUT Montreal over the past few weeks. This week we're in the number 3 slot. Look out number 1!
 http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/ckut.cfm 
- W.A.Davison 
www.recordism.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

stuff and such

More blog action for the SIX HEADS "Cardboard Oracle" LP:

http://theeouternet.blogspot.com/2011/12/nova-express-into-satellite-heart-my.html
http://lpwtf.tumblr.com/

New audio project CINDER (Craig, Davison, Fellows) has Bandcamp and Facebook pages:

http://cinder.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cinder/269518229768257

An archival release from the long-defunct URBAN REFUSE GROUP (precursors to Six Heads) out now on Inyrdisk:

http://inyrdisk.com/

...and while you're visiting the Inyrdisk site you may notice several other Recordist-related releases such as CONSPIRACY OF FAMILIAR OBJECTS "No Greek" (2007), TH  W RBL R "Then I Saw Your Smile" (2007), VARIOUS ARTISTS "Street Liquors" (2010), JAMES BAILEY "Off Air" (2011), and I even get a mixing credit on the VORVIS/HAINEY "III" release (2011).

Last but certainly not least, there's a new Stactor vid on Youtube for your viewing and listening (dis)pleasure:

http://youtu.be/eXb7n35yE3g

- William A. Davison
www.recordism.com

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