Monday, October 8, 2018

videos

Some video documentation from the performances at Array Space (Audiopollination 64.1) last night...

http://audiopollination.ca/audiopollination-64-1/

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Audiopollination 64.1

Looking forward to this upcoming set with Mira Martin-Gray and visiting musician Paolo Gàiba Riva. Details follow:

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Audiopollination #64.1

Sun., Oct. 7, 8-10pm

Array Space
155 Walnut Ave., Toronto

$10


Visiting Italian musicians Paolo Gaiba Riva and Francesco Zedde are playing 3 sets with Toronto locals and the final set as a noise duo.

Set 1: Paolo Gàiba Riva / Mira Martin-Gray / William Davison
Set 2: Francesco Zedde / James Beardmore (electronics) / David Jones
Set 3: Paolo Gàiba Riva / Francesco Zedde / Kayla Milmine (sax) / Brian Abbot (guitar) / MJ Wright (percussion)
Set 4: Paolo Gàiba Riva and Francesco Zedde

https://soundcloud.com/diarrhealblast/sets/preamp-coprophagy/s-VBzgn
A combo made up of two mentally deviated Italians. Francesco Zedde (aka Tonto and Tacet Tacet Tacet) and Paolo Gàiba Riva (aka PGR). Their sound combine both the digital big, heavy and sometimes uncontrollable sound of a home made circuit bended no input device and the dynamic and rawer one of contact mic-ing his own arse and other more or less clear places.

Paolo Gaiba Riva: https://zoominnight.bandcamp.com/album/harvesting-pumpkins-before-winter
Francesco Zedde on Percussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjOjqyXuACo
on electronics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBGH_YY1Bfk

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W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Long Play 9

Pleased to announce the release of "Cyclone", the 9th episode of my current radio art series "The Long Play"!




- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

New video

Some video documentation from my recent performance with Allison Cameron...




- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Monday, August 13, 2018

Zodiacs



I will be performing alongside Allison Cameron in this event called "Zodiacs" set to take place at The Tranzac this Wednesday! Details follow:

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ZODIACS

Wed., Aug. 15, 7:30 - 9:30pm
The Tranzac
292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto
$5/PWYC

Wednesday night early evening improvisations

Set 1 - electric meeting with:
William Davison, electronics
Allison Cameron, electronics

Set 2 - Way Back When:
Dan Friedman, sax and...
Kurt Newman, electric guitar
Allison Cameron, electronics

Come for some beers and massage your ears with the sounds of music played freely.

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Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Thursday, August 2, 2018

cONVENIENCE Davison duo

Back in June of this year, I made a collaborative audio/video recording (via Skype) with my old pal tENTATIVELY a. cONVENIENCE. This was part of a series of collaborations tENT has been doing with friends, either in-person or via internet. Even though tENT and I have known each other for decades, this was the first time we collaborated artistically! Yay! We were both quite pleased with the results. Yesterday, tENT posted the video to his Youtube channel and Archive.org. Have a look and a listen:




...or, if you prefer, archive.org - https://archive.org/details/2018.06.24William

We got good quality audio recordings of this jam, so I am toying with the idea of mixing/mastering it and releasing it in some form. I'll keep you posted.

Be sure to check out tENT's other duo recordings...and, while you're at it, everything else on his Youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/onesownthoughts

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Solos, Duos, Trio


Very pleased to announce the release of "Solos, Duos, Trio", my collaborative album with Glenn Sogge and Wilfried Hanrath, available now from the panpanpanaviandistresscall bandcamp site! Many thanks to Neal Retke for initiating this project and putting the album out on his label!

https://panpanpanaviandistresscall.bandcamp.com/album/solos-duos-trio-davison-hanrath-sogge

And a nice review of the album here at Electronic Cottage!

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Long Play 7

The latest episode of "The Long Play" is online at Mixcloud. Or listen to it right here!




- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

It's Not Me, It's You



Also released on Friday the 13th this month (see my previous post about Electronic Cottage Compilation 004), is another great comp from Neal Retke's panpanpanaviandistresscall label. This one is called "It's Not Me, It's You" and features 17 artists doing cover versions of tracks from the {AN} Eel Soundcloud page ( https://soundcloud.com/nealretke ). My input on this one includes the title, cover art, and track #2 which is my cover version of Neal's cover version of "Endless Blockades For The Pussyfooter" by G.I.S.M.

The compilation is available to be streamed or purchased at https://panpanpanaviandistresscall.bandcamp.com/album/its-not-me-its-you

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Electronic Cottage Compilation 004



Back in the late 80s/early 90s, Hal McGee published Electronic Cottage magazine, one of the premier DIY magazines dedicated to Cassette Culture. In addition to six issues of the magazine published between 1989 and 1991, Hal also released three Electronic Cottage various artists compilations on cassette. Early in 2018, Hal revived the Electronic Cottage project in the form of an online magazine, forum and community - https://www.electroniccottage.org/

A couple of days ago, the 4th Electronic Cottage various artists compilation (CD-R and digital album) was released by Electronic Cottage and Haltapes! I have a track on it, along with 33 other members of the EC community (I also created the cover art). Here's the track list:

1. Ditlev Buster — Welcome to the EC compilation
2. Frank — That’s how I would like to be remembered
3. {AN} EeL -- The Quaker's Staff & The Dutch Oven
4. Thomas Park — Rite Cycle
5. Juan Angel Italiano — Barrio Tassano
6. Jack Hz — Don's Refrigerator Makes the Best Cottage Cheese
7. Shaun Robert — Gregorius
8. Don Campau — Too Hot For Hands
9. Rafael González — Electronic Cottage Theme
10. Walls Of Genius — Escape Of The Madman
11. Swami Loopynanda — Twisted In Space
12. John M. Bennett -- ILB'AL
13. Ken Montgomery — Kisses
14. Eduardo GOZNE -- The Great Flood (Genesis 7.12)
15. Lord Litter — Workshop
16. Phillip Klampe — Merlin’s Gesture
17. Dylan Houser — Stop-Motion Zombie Frycooks on the Moon
18. osvaldo cibils -- soundart28june2018 - the bombilla distortions
19. Chris Phinney --  Slap Shot
20. Jim Barker — Pile Driver Folk Dinner
21. Lumen K -- A Shaman Prays For Hal McGee
22. Aimee Grace Naworal — Haint Blue
23. Adam Naworal — Suomi (for P. Airaksinen)
24. Seiei Jack — The Fake Project
25. Jen Sandwich — False Memories
26. Shatter Wax — Electro Acoustic Cottage Visitation
27. John Wiggins — JAN Zoom Samples String (2018)
28. Dave Fuglewicz — The Near Bygone Days
29. Jeff Central — HAL No
30. Francesco Aprile — Zen poem
31. W.A.Davison — Broken Radio Loops
32. Hal McGee — microcassette assemblage for Electronic Cottage
33. Hal Harmon — Zap...Yer Dead On Arrival
34. David Nadeau -- Cenestopathical Caroussel

You can listen to the comp in its entirety at https://www.electroniccottage.org/hal-mcgee/electronic-cottage-compilation-004 and a CD-R can be purchased from Haltapes for $8 postage paid worldwide (PayPal to haltapes at gmail dot com)

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Thursday, July 12, 2018

HWG Showcase!



In a couple of days I will be hitting the stage with some new friends from Montreal - Sound Of The Mountain! Headlining the show will be HWG (members of Hippies With Guns) in their first ever Canadian show, and rounding out the evening is the trio of Sandy Ewen, Kurt Newman and Paul Newman!

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HWG SHOWCASE

Saturday, July 14, 2018
6:30 - 9:30 pm (early show!)
The Tranzac
292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto

Presenting the H.W.G. Showcase - Featuring Tata Chris, Jim Benbow & {AN} EeL from H.W.G. (Southern Illinois' premier 1980's Industrial Drone band) and featuring the trio of EWEN, NEWMAN & NEWMAN - Also Featuring a first time trio of SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN with THE BIM PRONGS

https://hippieswithguns.bandcamp.com/album/lost-cross-30
https://sandyewen.bandcamp.com
http://kurtnewman.blogspot.ca
https://paulnewman1.bandcamp.com
http://www.soundofthemountain.com
http://www.recordism.com/The_Bim_Prongs.html

This show represents the first performance of members of HIPPIES WITH GUNS in Canada, and is a rare show for {AN} EeL in Toronto, having relocated to northerly latitudes.

Please join us for an evening of exploring sounds

This event is FREE, with a suggested donation to support traveling artist & your humble birthday boy. Some band merch will be available, with a strong hope people will support these to give the artists morale boost & some coin.

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Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Monday, July 9, 2018

Maintenant 12

I have some work in the most recent edition of the Dada journal Maintenant from Three Rooms Press. Here's a photo of Baron Brainscapes perusing the edition:



http://threeroomspress.com/product/maintenant-12-contemporary-dada-art-writing/

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Long Play 6!

Six down, six to go. Here's "Catnip," the June episode of "The Long Play"!




- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

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 - https://panpanpanaviandistresscall.bandcamp.com/album/a-poetry-of-sound-vol

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
www.recordism.com

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
TATSUYA NAKATANI GONG ORCHESTRA
https://youtu.be/Staiqpm4bq8

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

PLUS
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.

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- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

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.

https://www.mixcloud.com/spectrasonicsound/the-institute-of-spectra-sonic-sound-51218

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

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
www.recordism.com

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Davison/Shapiro/Wiernik

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




- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

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:

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Audiopollination #61

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

$10

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

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Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Friday, March 30, 2018

TCB Anniversary!

Looking forward to participating in Track Could Bend #37 - Third Anniversary All-Star Spectacular! Guess that makes me one of the stars. Yay! Here are the details:

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Track Could Bend #37: Third Anniversary All-Star Spectacular!

Tuesday, April 3, 8 PM - 11 PM
Arrayspace, 155 Walnut Avenue, Toronto

improvised music + weird rock offshoots, presented by Mechanical Forest Sound

PWYC / doors @ 8 / show @ 8:15 / done @ 11
[we'll have a lot of music to get played! We'll be starting earlier than usual!]

Joe says, "Much to my surprise and delight, Track Could Bend has been around for three full years! To celebrate, I have invited everyone who's played in the past year to come back for a special anniversary blowout. The night will feature instant "bands from a hat", drawn at random right before the players head up on stage!"

"Bands from a hat players" (subject to change!): Jakob Rehlinger, Craig Renaud, Luke Kuplowsky, Diane Roblin, Mira Martin-Gray, William A. Davison, Katie Jensen, Mani Mazinani, Matt Nish-Lapidus, Heidi Chan, Justin Huang Ford, Bea Labikova, Chris Trotter, Michael Keith, Kat Estacio + more to be added!

**ALSO!!** Fabulous door prizes!

FB event page -  https://www.facebook.com/events/1593585780677463/

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Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Long Play 3

"The Long Play - Episode 3 - Hot Fudge" is now available on Mixcloud!





- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Vies De Saint-Artaud



S.Higgins and I have a collaborative collage in Vies De Saint-Artaud by Quebec publisher La vertèbre et le rossignol. This 116 page perfect-bound book features the work of over 75 artists from the International Surrealist Network and is available for purchase in print or pdf form from Lulu -

http://www.lulu.com/shop/la-vert%C3%A8bre-et-le-rossignol/vies-de-saint-artaud/paperback/product-23562213.html

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mechanical Forest Sound review

Maybe not a "review" - more like documentation with commentary - but still very much appreciated! Here's a blog post on Mechanical Forest Sound discussing my recent live collaboration with Neal Retke aka {An} Eel:

http://mechanicalforestsound.blogspot.ca/2018/03/recording-bim-prongs-eel.html

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Long Play 2

"The Long Play - Episode 2 - The Hungry Eye" is now available on Mixcloud!



- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Quiet Drones 9

My analog synth noise drone project Panic Engines has a track on the new various artists compilation "Quiet Drones 9" from paper+sound. More details here -

http://www.paperplusound.com/wordpress/variousquiet-drones-9/


- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Two Halves Volume Three!

The Bim Prongs, in collaboration with The Dream Sequins (aka Lorne Shapiro), have a track on the latest (wasn't there just one of these yesterday?) various artist compilations from the overstuffed mind of Neal D. Retke!

https://panpanpanaviandistresscall.bandcamp.com/album/two-halves-volume-three


(very nice cover art by Ricardo Acevedo!)

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

CanNed DaDa: Vol. 1

I am tinkled pink (pink = red + white, get it? Too obscure? Whatever...) to be one of the participants in Neal D. Retke's new all-Canadian various artists compilation/remix project "CanNed DaDa: Vol. 1"!!

https://panpanpanaviandistresscall.bandcamp.com/album/canned-dada-vol-1

I also made the ridiculous cover art...






- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Long Play episode 1 + a gig!

Two announcements today:

1) I am very much looking forward to performing in a duo with Mr. Neal Retke tomorrow evening at Track Could Bend #35! Neal and I have previously collaborated on recordings, and had one really great free-form jam/recording session at my studio, but this is the first time we have performed publicly as a duo. Expect the gates of Hell to open...or at least some strange, possibly obscene, objects to be flailed about.

Track Could Bend #35 (Bim Prongs & {AN} EeL / N A V I / Love Children of the Apocalypse)

improvised music + weird rock offshoots, presented by Mechanical Forest Sound

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
The Belljar Café / 2072 Dundas St. West, Toronto

PWYC / doors @ 8 / show @ 9 / done @ 11
[the start time is not B.S. — this will start on time!]

featuring:
1) The Bim Prongs & {AN} EeL
2) N A V I
3) Love Children of the Apocalypse

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2) The first episode of my new radio art project "The Long Play" is online now at Mixcloud!

"The Long Play" is an intense, long-form examination of distressed vinyl, specifically a single LP from my collection of found records. Through extreme speed change, time-shifting, compression and EQ, each track of the LP has been stretched out to approximately 30 minutes, virtually erasing the original musical content, and taking on the character of a "field recording", a strange and surreal psychogeography of a place that does not exist. One track of the 12 track LP will be released per month over the course of 2018. This is the January 2018 episode (released a little late, sorry about that!).




- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Sunday, January 21, 2018

the 8 fest!



Happy to say that S.Higgins and I both have films in this year's 8fest small gauge film festival! Three of my Super-8 films from the early 90s + Sherri's Super-8 film "Mermaid" (with live sound!) are included in the "DIY: Subvert" program on Jan. 27th, curated by Milada Kovacova. The festival runs from Jan. 26 - 28. Check out the full schedule at

http://the8fest.com/

Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com