Wednesday, December 30, 2015

23 Seconds Ov Time Vol. 11

I have a track (as The Bim Prongs) on the most recent "23 Seconds Ov Time" compilation. Details and download link here

- W.A.Davison

Monday, December 28, 2015


Amazing exhibition of graphzines from the 70s to the present. Includes pretty much everyone...there's even a little bit of my work in there!

- W.A.Davison

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


I have a new comic called "Skewer" online at

Lots of other goodies there too, as usual! Check eet ooot!

- W.A.Davison

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Happy Anniversary, Recordism!

It's Dec. 5th, 2015 and people around the globe are celebrating the 31st Anniversary of Recordism!

In New Delhi, India, a man is enjoying a sandwich. In Osaka, Japan, a woman has lost her car keys and has enlisted the help of her husband in finding them. In Paris, France, three young boys are climbing through a hole in a fence. In Lomé, in the tiny republic of looks like they've forgotten the Recordist Anniversary this year but that's okay, there's always next year. In Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, a small group women are fighting over a package of frozen shrimp. In Sao Paulo, Brazil, 18 dogs of various breeds are breaking wind simultaneously (Impressive! Good job Sao Paulo!). Here in Toronto, we're baking a cake with no flour, sugar, eggs, or any other ingredients. Mmm mmm mmm!

How are you celebrating the 31st Anniversary of Recordism? Write in and let us know!

- W.A.Davison

Monday, October 12, 2015


I will be performing this Wed. evening in a quartet with Ken Aldcroft, Emily Denison, and John Oswald at the Tranzac. Details follow:



Solo Ken Aldcroft "Mister, Mister" CD Release Concert

10pm: Aldcroft/Davison/Denison/Oswald
Ken Aldcroft- guitar
William Davison- sound making devices
Emily Denison- trumpet
John Oswald- alto sax

11pm: Solo Ken Aldcroft
Ken Aldcroft- guitar

Tranzac, Southern Cross Lounge
292 Brunswick Ave.Toronto, ON


Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison

Friday, October 9, 2015

New upload to portfolio

New upload to my portfolio site -

For years my paintings have been piling up in my studio, mainly because I had no way to document them. My attempts to photograph them were abysmal, even after acquiring a fairly decent DSLR. Hiring a photographer was not an option due to the expense. It's been a major stumbling block. Fortunately, after some internet research and a lot of trial and error, I've recently figured out how to scan my paintings in sections and assemble the scans in software. It's not easy and takes some time but the results are surprisingly good! The upshot of this is I'm now ready and able to exhibit and sell these things! Woot!

- W.A.Davison

Monday, October 5, 2015

Audiopollination #35.2

I will be appearing in a trio with Tiina Kiik and Zach Clark tomorrow evening at this event:


Set 1 - Barry Prophet (Digital Theremin & Sound Art), Aisha Sasha John (dancer), Yusuke Furutate (Guitar, Voice)
Set 2 - Tomasz Krakowiak (percussion), Holger Schoorl (guitar)
Set 3 - Tiina Kiik (accordion) + Zach Clark (bass guitar) + William Davison (prepared guitar)
Set 4 - Kayla Milmine (soprano sax/voice), {AN} Eel (vox/instruments/electronics) + Paul Newman (tenor saxophone)


Tuesday, Oct. 6/15, 8pm
Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto
$10 or PWYC

Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Album Cover Art

I've always been fascinated by the art of the album cover - that low-brow commercial art form that frequently transcends its primary purpose of selling recorded music and approaches the level of true art...and just as frequently plummets into the depths of kitsch, bad taste, and horrid design (with often hilarious results). I find collections of great album cover art genuinely inspiring and have spent many hours perusing such collections. Today, I stumbled across this blog with an enormous collection of truly wonderful album cover designs from around the globe. Well worth your time.

And, hey, there's even one of mine on there!

If you're interested in the other end of the spectrum, these should get you started...

- W.A.Davison

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

EAI site updates

Added some new videos, a discography, and a lot of album cover art to the W.A.Davison Electroacoustic Improvisation site, should you be interested in such things...

- W.A.Davison

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sasquatch lll CD Release Party

I will be appearing in the release party for the "Sasquatch lll" CD at Silence in Guelph, Ontario this coming Saturday evening. Although I'm billed as William Davison, I will be doing a solo set as The Bim Prongs as well as a collaborative set with Neal D. Retke and others at the end of the evening. Here's some info for the event:

Saturday, July 25, 7:30 - 11pm
Silence, 46 Essex St, Guelph, ON

FREE CDs @ DOOR ( Limited Number !!! )

On Saturday, July 25, Silence will play host to a CD release Party for the SASQUATCH III cd - This special event will feature some amazing artists

{AN} EeL - ( ) Your Genial Host, and the Fellow who put this whole " Sasquatch " Cd thing together

THE VISIT ( ) - Amazing Duo of Heather Sita Black – voice and Raphael Weinroth-Browne – cello, piano

William Davison - ( ) - Oddball Sonic Electronic Alchemy

Michael Lynn ( Upright Bass ) & Bob Vespaziani (wave drum) - Looking forward to some exciting improvisations from this duo
( )

James Bailey - A Wonderful Experimental Musician, - His Album is one of Weird Canada's " Weird 100 " (

The Evening will end with a special Improvised final set with a group of the performers there and perhaps beyond ? We'll see

At this point we might even have some surprises in store

The Date, Again - Saturday July 25 - The Fee is Pay what You Want / Can .
It will take place at Silence Guelph, 46 Essex St, Guelph, ON N1H 4L7

Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sound Seance

I will be performing this Sunday afternoon as part of "Sound Seance 1", a festival happening here in Toronto, June 12 -14. Looks like some great acts involved so it's well worth checking out the whole fest. I'm involved in a collaborative "drone" performance on Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Here's some info:


in association with
JUNE 12TH - 14TH
Featuring the music of:

Joint performance celebrating the launch of their colaborative album.

Chicago and Montreal based experimental outfits perform a rare live Sound Seance.

Kansas City's Cosmic Psych traveler builds an alter of drone before our very eyes & ears.

New intergalactic modular synth project from

Experimental violinist from Thee Silver Mt. Zion and Black Ox Orkestar (CONSTELLATION)

synth freak outs and performance art from Anna Nasty of Chain & the Gang

Montreal's Maicamia solo debut!

Dark electronic pop freak outs from Montreal.




at GEARY LANE 360 Geary Ave.



and some info on Sunday afternoon:

PWYC (Suggested $5/$10) ALL AGES

This event takes place on the closing day of Sound Seance I from 11am - 4pm and features one of the city's very best all vinyl DJs, Alister Johnson who specializes in providing good timez via soul, funk, psych and everything in between. Alister played the opening party at Geary Lane last summer and had the patio hopping til the wee hours. Recently returned from an exodus to the black continent, Alister plans to share some of the rare jems and other unique curios that found him overseas.

Also on the roof, a special solo performance by one of the city's most unique and identifiable voices, Isla Craig. Isla will perform a solo set in between DJ sets, to help get the crowd swaying. If we are lucky, she may add some vocal enhancements to the main room's drawm as well...

In honour of National Drone Day (a countrywide event overseen by Weird Canada) we are hosting a FIVE HOUR continuous drone session featuring local drone wizards Knurl, Lorde Awesome, William Davison (Irp.App. ex / Nurse with Wound), Isles Day and Brigitte Bardon't which will find its crescendo in the late afternoon accompanied by the frenzied drumming of the grandest wizard of them all, Sexy Merlin. The room will be darkened, incense will fill the air and you are encouraged to bring your pillows and veg the ef out. A restorative massage specialist will be on hand too should you want to take things to the next level.

Rare screening of Annie Wong's 7 Days of Menstruation will be screening throughout.

Event ends at 4pm SHARP! Don't be late! Come nurse your Sunday hangovers with us ahead of the grand finale beginning at 7pm! (Wrekmeister Harmonies, Jessica Moss, Off World, Carl Didur)


Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison

Monday, June 8, 2015

Five Hundred Eggs

This month I have a four panel comic called "Five Hundred Eggs" appearing in the most recent issue of Carousel magazine and in the related online publication 4Panel. The strip at 4Panel is available for viewing now and the issue of Carousel should be available for purchase very soon.

- W.A.Davison

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Classwar Karaoke 0030

I have two collaborative tracks, one with Jonny Martin and one with Jaan Patterson, on the most recent edition of Classwar Karaoke. This is my debut on Classwar Karaoke and I couldn't be more thrilled! A fantastic collection of experimental audio and video works! Check it out here...

- W.A.Davison

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Percussion Layers

I made this short, experimental, digital film last month, based on some percussion stuff I've been playing around with lately.

- W.A.Davison

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Bim Prongs website

In my last post I mentioned the possibility of setting up a Bandcamp page for The Bim Prongs. I've decided, for the time being at least, not to use Bandcamp. It's a little too "commercial" for my liking. So, I've set up a small website and a Soundcloud profile for the project instead.

If you're interested in downloading The Bim Prongs debut release "Walking In Rhythm" you may do so from the Soundcloud profile (and printable artwork is here).

I think Soundcloud limits the number of downloads to something like 100. Not entirely sure about that, but if it turns out you are unable to download the track from Soundcloud, just shoot me an email  - davison (at) recordism (dot) com - and I'll hook you up.


- William A. Davison

PS: I humbly accept "tips". If you're interested in supporting my work in some small way, feel free to paypal me at davison (at) recordism (dot) com. Any amount is greatly appreciated! This form of patronage is one way of ensuring the continuing availability of new work as I move towards making more of my work freely accessible on the internet.

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Bim Prongs

New project, new product, debut performance tomorrow night...The Bim Prongs at National Drone Day - Night Drones!


Saturday, May 9, 8pm at Polish Combatants Hall, 206 Beverley St., Toronto.

In observance of Weird Canada's National Drone Day:

Two piece experimental electronic project. Their work is an all-analog audio sludge consisting of layers of drone, noise, and ambient low frequencies.

An improvisational music/video collective centered around video and recording artist, Avery Strok. Featuring Jakob and Jacqueline from Moonwood and Kayla Milmine from Faster.

New experimental music project by veteran Canadian musician and artist W.A.Davison, known for his numerous solo projects (Songs of the New Erotics, Th W rbl r, Panic Engines, M.Stactor), and collaborations with key figures of the international experimental music scene (including members of Nurse With Wound, Nihilist Spasm Band, AMM, CCMC, MSBR,, etc.).

Solo drone guitar and electronic tones

Prolific improviser and experimental musician featured in the Weird Canada Weird 100. Bailey's self released LP, 'Dimensions', which chronicles his work from the 70's into the early 80's, is considered by Weird Canada, as one of the greatest Canadian classics of all time.

Visuals and installations by Avery Strok, Laura Dobson, Aziza Jaffer, lvithnn, and Kyle Duffield.



I will have copies of the new 3" CD "Walking In Rhythm" by The Bim Prongs for sale and trade at the show. I will also be putting up a Bandcamp page for digital downloads within the next week or so.

Hope to see you tomorrow night!

- W.A.Davison

Monday, May 4, 2015

Panic Engines review

Somehow missed this mini-review of last year's Panic Engines set at National Drone Day, posted to the Mechanical Forest Sound blog:

My new project The Bim Prongs will be appearing in this year's Drone Day event as well. More on that in the next day or so.

- W.A.Davison

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Track Could Bend #2

I'm performing in the second instalment of a great new concert series called Track Could Bend, curated by Joe Strutt (Mechanical Forest Sound). The show is happening on May 5th at Johnny Jackson. Here are the details:

Track Could Bend #2

1) Ah! la lettre! + Kayla Milmine
2) Brian Abbot + William Davison
3) Nidus [Matthew Ramolo + Jason Doell + Marc Couroux]

+ noise/improvised/experimental tapes from Joe's walkman

Johnny Jackson (587 College St., at Clinton)
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Doors @ 8 / Music @ 9 / Done @ 11-ish


Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Library Music

Just uploaded some video of a collaborative performance I was involved in a couple of years ago at Toronto Public Library. And here it is!

- W.A.Davison

Friday, March 13, 2015

Aalborg Group

Next gig is this coming Monday with Aalborg Group:

Monday March 16th: Audiopollination #28.3 @ 8:30pm @ Array Space

Somewhere There’s Audiopollination in association with Array Space presents Audiopollination 28.3 featuring the (USA) duo Aalborg Group (improvising with Toronto’s own Tiina Kiik and William Davison) + Faster. $10

1. Aalborg Group: Maxwell Boecker (bass) and John Gregg (percussion)
2. John Gregg (percussion) + Tiina Kiik (accordion)
3. Faster – Brian Abbott (guitar) and Kayla Milmine (soprano sax)
4. William Davison (amplified objects) and Maxwell Boecker (bass)

Aalborg Group:
William Davison:

Array Space: 155 Walnut Ave Toronto ( )

Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison

Friday, February 20, 2015

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival

Some info on my third live show this month, this time as part of the Somewhere There Creative Music Festival:


February 20-22, 2015
292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto

click here for full schedule and info

I will be appearing at 3pm on Sunday afternoon with Nilan Perera. We were scheduled to play as a trio with Rick Sacks but, unfortunately, Rick can't make it. Nilan and I will either play as a duo or with a third "mystery guest"

Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison

Friday, February 13, 2015

Red Lantern at Cinecycle

Sunday evening, gig #2 for February...

CineCycle's Sounds & Silents presents a special post-Valentine's Day screening of F.W. Murnau's romantic epic film SUNRISE on 16mm.

Featuring a live soundtrack by RED LANTERN (Arthur Bull (guitar)/William Davison(electronics)/David Lee (bass)/Tena Palmer (voice)/Bob Vespaziani (percussion))

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 8pm, $10
CineCycle, behind 129 Spadina Ave., Toronto

CineCycle is pleased to present the latest in our Sounds & Silents series of classic film screenings with live soundtracks performed by a rotating roster of amazing musicians.

SUNRISE, aka SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS (1927) directed by F.W. Murnau ("NOSFERATU", "FAUST") won an Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production at the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. In 2008, it was slotted at #4 in the 100 Greatest Films of all time by Cahiers du Cinema, and in 2012 Sight and Sound placed it at #5.

"Rich, strange and gorgeous, F.W. Murnau's "Sunrise" (1927) shows what an artist of the late silent era could accomplish cinematically, backed by an open checkbook and fueled by the highest aspirations even in the simplest of morality tales...full of kinetic visual marvels and startling shifts in tone." - Michael Phillips, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"Murnau's visual mastery, his marriage of expressionism, visual lyricism and the daring technological ambition of pre-sound Hollywood, shows silent cinema at its pinnacle... With a succession of exquisite compositions, and complex use of light and shade, it combined the grandiose scale of Hollywood filmmaking with the intimacy and emotion of a European film, proving a great influence on both John Ford and Orson Welles."- FILM4.

Arthur Bull (guitar) has been active sporadically on the Canadian free improvisation scene. In Toronto in the '70s and '80s, he played with the CCMC, Michael Snow, the Bill Smith Ensemble, the Paul Cram Ensemble, David Prentice, John Oswald, and Paul Dutton. He occasionally accompanied the spoken word/sound poetry quartet the Four Horsemen (Dutton, Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Steve McCaffery, and BP Nichol) and shared the stage with such luminaries as Derek Bailey and Roscoe Mitchell. In 1990 he moved to Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia and focused on his writing, publishing "Hawthorn" and "Key to the Highway." He has been playing with guitarist Daniel Heïkalo regularly since 1996. The release of the duo's CD Dérapages à Cordes on the label Ambiances Magnétiques in 2000 marked Bull's "comeback" to public music, with a solo disc, Guitar Solo, following in 2001. In May of that year, the group appeared at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville and In 2002 they performed at the Guelph Jazz Festival and Guitarévolution (Montréal).

William Davison (electronics) is a multi-disciplinary artist and electroacoustic improvisor who has been active in Toronto's underground, experimental, noise, and improvised music communities for 25 years. He mainly uses homemade instruments, amplified objects and minimal electronic effects to create his surprisingly varied and surreal soundscapes.

David Lee (bass) has performed, toured and recorded as a double bassist and cellist, worked for the jazz magazine Coda, and run the small press Nightwood Editions. A long collaboration with pianist Paul Bley resulted in the book Stopping Time: Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz (Véhicule Press 1999), and after David completed an MA in Music Criticism at McMaster University, The Mercury Press published a revised version of his thesis, The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field (soon to be issued in a revised new edition by Wolsak & Wynn). David's time on the west coast is reflected in his latest book, the novel Commander Zero (Tightrope Books 2012) and his award-winning Chainsaws: a History (Harbour Publishing 2006). Currently pursuing a PhD in English & Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, David will base his dissertation on his own first-hand knowledge of improvised music in Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tena Palmer (voice) established herself at the forefront of jazz vocal improvisation in North America during the 5 years she fronted the Celtic/free bop 4-tet, Chelsea Bridge. After living in Europe from ’96 – ’03 (Iceland: 6+ yrs., Holland, Prague) the award-winning singer and composer now resides in Toronto. Her voice and writing are featured on more than nine critically acclaimed CDs. Called "the most creative vocalist in Canadian free improvisation" by Stuart Broomer in Toronto Life Magazine, Tena tours and records in many styles: experimental, Brazilian, jazz, roots, minimalist electronica, Celtic, spoken word and musique concrète. Her compositions have been commissioned for European and N. American theatre, film, TV and live performance ensembles ranging from 3 to 19 players. Aside from creative work with diverse artists the world over Palmer is a frequent collaborator with leading Toronto musicians, such as double bassist Rob Clutton, and pianist Marilyn Lerner. “Palmer soars where angels fear to sing". – Mark Miller - The Toronto Globe and Mail.

Bob Vespaziani (percussion) is a freelance drummer/percussionist and is very active in both the blues and improvisational music scenes in Canada. He was a Maple Blues Nominee in the "Best Drums" category in 2002 and 2007. He has performed with Rusty, CCMC, Snooky Pryor, Little Mack Simmons, Zora Young, Phil Guy, A.C. Reed, Mel Brown, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Harmonica Shaw, and Curley Bridges, His latest projects include Snake Oil Johnson (a deltadelic blues/roots band) and Toki Oto (a "tribal/worldbeat" duo with didgeridoo player Satoshi Ridd Saito). Other projects include an improvisational guitar and percussion duo with Arthur Bull, and a blues duo with Juno Award winner Julian Fauth. Bob also improvises with the electroacoustic collective Build To Suit. 2011 saw the release of Bob's first solo CD "The Concussionist" on his own SMS (Stage Mom's Suck!!!) label.

Hope to see you there!
- W.A.Davison

Monday, February 9, 2015


The first of several gigs this month coming up in a couple of days:

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 10:00 pm

Ken Aldcroft- guitar
William Davison- sound making objects
Glenn Milchem- drums
John Oswald - alto saxophone



Ken Aldcroft- guitar
Germaine Liu- drums


292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto

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- W.A.Davison

Monday, February 2, 2015

recent video uploads

Two new clips uploaded after a dig through the VHS archive. One from an S.Higgins performance, the other from an U.R.G. jam...

- W.A.Davison