News From The Recordists

Friday, December 5, 2014

30 Years!!

It's Dec. 5th, 2014. Recordism is 30 years old today!!

To mark this occasion we have embarked on a large-scale archival project, the end result of which will (hopefully) be a book of Recordist writings, art, photos, and other documents (and quite likely including a CD or DVD) from our 30-year history. Our intention is to make this book available sometime over the course of the next year.

Obviously, a huge project and if you think you may be able to help us in some way, do let us know. We have already discussed this with our friend Enrique Lechuga who, earlier this year, designed, edited and published the beautiful 280 page catalog for the exhibition "La Chasse A L'Objet Du Desir" and he has enthusiastically agreed to help us with our own book. If you've seen the "La Chasse..." catalog then you know we're off to a very good start securing Enrique's assistance!

At any rate, this is what we have in the works to mark our 30th anniversary. We'll keep you posted as the project progresses.

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Patricide 7



Patricide 7 "Surrinema" is out. My film "Origami Meat Play" is on the accompanying dvd. It's available from Dark Windows Press:

http://darkwindowspress.com/

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fourms closing reception and drawing party

This is tonight!

Rust/Stick/Kowl Drawing Party and Fourms Closing Reception

Rustic Owl, 993 Bloor Street West (at Dovercourt), Toronto
Nov. 12, 5:30 - 9:30pm

Hello: it's time for another drawing party at Rustic Owl, plus a BONUS event embedded within!

As always, we are inviting artists to come together, chat and make art. RUST/STICK/KOWL is a casual gathering — bring your drawing stuff, your collage stuff, your making stuff stuff! We'll have the cafe to ourselves for the evening and they will be serving food and drink.

Additionally, this event will serve as a Closing Reception for FOURMS, an exhibition of small drawings and collages — featuring artwork by W.A.Davison, Larry Eisenstein, Mark Laliberte and North Mutator. All four artists will be present … it's a final chance to see the show, have a tea and cookie and say hello!

Looking forward to seeing you.


https://www.facebook.com/events/279107232287932/


And, apparently, I neglected to announce the exhibition itself here! Terrible! I can't believe I did that. Or didn't do that...or something. All of the promotional efforts for this show have taken place on Facebook. You're all on Facebook, right?

Anyway, my apologies. Better late than never? (ahem, well, in this case, not really)

FOURMS
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W.A.Davison
Larry Eisenstein
Mark Laliberte
North Mutator

An exhibition of small drawings and collages

Oct 15 – Nov 16, 2014

Rustic Owl, 993 Bloor Street West (at Dovercourt), Toronto

Closing Reception / Drawing Party: Wed Nov 12 / 5:30-9:30pm

* Rustic Owl Cafe is open Mon-Fri 9am-7pm and weekends 11am-7pm

https://www.facebook.com/rusticowltoronto


BIOS + LINKS
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W.A.DAVISON is a multi-disciplinary artist working in visual art, film and video, performance art, music/sound, writing/poetry, networking, artistic collaboration, and organizing/curating. Significant exhibitions have included Art Basel (Basel, Switzerland) and The Whitney Biennial (New York City, USA) and his work has been published in Rampike (Canada), Vaso Comunicante (Mexico), Alkom X (France), CAROUSEL (Canada), and The Walrus Magazine (Canada). More info at http://www.recordism.com/

LARRY EISENSTEIN is a visual artist obsessed with making marks. He is compulsively driven to exploit line in his work. Eisenstein lives and works in Toronto where he is a sometimes teacher, art director, illustrator and writer. www.larryeisenstein.com/

MARK LALIBERTE is an artist-writer-designer-curator with an MFA from the University of Guelph. He has exhibited extensively in galleries across Canada and the USA, curates the online experimental comics site http://4panel.ca/, and edits the hybrid art/lit mag CAROUSEL. Laliberte was recently included in the group show One, and Two, and More Than Two curated by Micah Lexier at the Power Plant, Toronto. More info at www.marklaliberte.com/ + www.marklaliberte.tumblr.com

NORTH MUTATOR is a Toronto-based art collective focused on collaboratively created works in drawing, collage, and mixed-media. The group was founded in 2003 by the artists K.W.Zentner, W.A.Davison and S.Higgins. They recently showed in the exhibition "La Chasse A L'Objet Du Desir" in Montreal. More info at http://www.recordism.com/NorthMutator/NM_intro.html


https://www.facebook.com/events/777444358980155/


Please note, although the exhibition is supposed to run until the 16th, there is a chance we may have to take it down on the 14th due to a scheduling conflict.


- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stactor Colour Out Of Space video



M.Stactor (W.A.Davison) performing at Colour Out Of Space festival, Brighton, UK, Nov. 2013.

From the COOS catalog:

"M.Stactor - One of many aliases adopted by W.A.Davison, a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist who has been producing various forms of largely Dada/Surrealist-inspired art and otherworldly sonics for over 30 years. In this time he’s unwaveringly pursued interests in aleatoric music and automatic creative processes, his performances often stemming from specific environments, making use of audience response, accidents and found props. His projects include Songs of the New Erotics, Th W rbl r, Urban Refuse Group, and Six Heads. Davison has collaborated with members of CCMC, Nihilist Spasm Band, AMM and Nurse With Wound."

True to form, "Found Sounds Of Brighton" takes a rigorously chance-driven approach to experimental music performance. All of the sound sources used in the piece were found or purchased in Brighton just prior to the performance - objects were taken from skips or bought at charity shops or the local Poundland, sounds around the venue and nearby streets were recorded on microcassette, and the vinyl that appears at the end of the piece was also purchased at a local charity shop (respectfully massacring the music of UK jazz legend Kenny Ball who, unbeknownst to the performer, had just passed away earlier in 2013). Even the "Queen Borat" mask was hastily constructed hours before the show using two celebrity paper masks purchased at a local pound store.

The performance itself was entirely improvised using a contact microphone, Boss RC-20 Loopstation, two microcassette players, and the "chopstick turntable".

This video edit was constructed by W.A.Davison and presents the performance in its entirety. Video clips shot by S.Higgins on a borrowed digital snap camera.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Th W rbl r at Cassette Store Day

My cassette tape manipulation project Th  W rbl r is making a rare live appearance at this cassette store day event:

Sat., Sept. 27, 2014, 4pm
June Records
662 College St., Toronto

This year for Cassette Store Day we here at June Records will be showcasing cassettes made by local artists. We won't be carrying any of the official Cassette Store Day releases - only those made by local DIY people that are releasing their music on cassette regularly for reasons other than that it's "cool right now".

Featuring live performances from:

Elrichman

Moonwood

LOOM

Fleshtone Aura/Brodie West

Th  W rbl r (William A. Davison)

Patrick Grant & the Flesh Vignettes

Blunt Chunks

Set times, additional acts and featured labels TBA!


Facebook event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/817985938246048/

Hope to see you there!

- William A. Davison
www.recordism.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Montreal Meets Toronto

I will be part of the upcoming Audiopollination this Saturday evening, making music with some Toronto friends and some Montreal friends. Very much looking forward to it! Here are the details:

Audiopollination 22.2 Montreal meets Toronto

September 13th 8pm (doors open at 7:30)
$10

1. Raphael Foisy-Coulture (bass) / Arnd Jurgensen (guitar)
2. Evan Tighe (drums) / Nicole Rampasaud (trumpet)
3. Aaron Leaney (sax)/ William Davison (electro-acoustic)
4. Raphael Foisy-Coulture/Evan Tighe/ Aaron Leaney

Location:
Array space: 155 Walnut Ave Toronto ( www.arraymusic.com )

http://audiopollination.ca/

Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Red Lantern and Man Ray

Looking forward to another Red Lantern gig with my friends Arthur Bull, David Lee, Tena Palmer, and Bob Vespaziani, this time providing an improvised score for some classic Man Ray films. Details follow:

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CineCycle's Sounds & Silents presents an evening of Man Ray short films all on 16mm with a live soundtrack by Red Lantern.

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 8pm, $10
CineCycle, behind 129 Spadina Ave., Toronto
http://www.super8porter.ca/CineCycle.htm

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.

THE FILMS:

Le Retour à la Raison (1923)
Emak-Bakia (1926)
L’Etoile de Mer (1928)
Les Mystères du Château de Dé (1929)

all directed by Man Ray
+
Entr'acte (1924) directed by René Clair, featuring Man Ray

"The most random and therefore probably the most 'Dada' of Dada film (the title is in itself an ironic joke), it was put together overnight by Man Ray when the poet Tristan Tzara announced, as much for a joke as anything else, a showing of a Man Ray film for the last of the great Dada soirées, Coeur à Barbe. American painter and photographer Ray, who went to Paris in 1921, had already made a short segment of film experiments together with Marcel Duchamp. He had also been making photographs without a camera by the direct process of placing objects on unexposed negatives. These photographs he called 'Rayographs.' Retour à la Raison was made by combining the footage he already had with additional material he produced that night using his Rayograph technique adapted to motion picture film. Ray had no experience with film editing and no idea how the result would appear on screen, but he considered the element of chance to be part of the artistic process."

—Museum of Modern Art film notes

more info about Man Ray:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Ray

THE MUSICIANS:

Red Lantern is:

Arthur Bull (guitar)
William Davison (electronics)
David Lee (bass)
Tena Palmer (voice)
Bob Vespaziani (percussion)

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). http://www.allmusic.com/artist/arthur-bull-mn0001915427

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. http://www.tenapalmer.net/

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. http://www.reverbnation.com/bobvespaziani


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Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Alkom'X 8

I've got some work in this great comics and graphics anthology from Garage L, France. Details here





- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Montreal Surrealist Exhibition

Here is some info on an international surrealist exhibition happening in Montreal next month. Quite an impressive roster of participants and The Recordists are well represented in the exhibition, catalog and accompanying CD, and will be performing at the opening (as Songs of the New Erotics):

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L’EXPOSITION COLLECTIVE INTERNATIONALE
« LA CHASSE À L’OBJET DU DÉSIR »
PRÉSENTÉE PAR LA LIAISON SURRÉALISTE À MONTRÉAL
aura lieu à la
GALERIE ESPACE
4844, Boul. Saint-Laurent,
Montréal du 5 au 17 juin 2014
Heures d’ouverture : 13h à 20h.

Un projet indépendant, réalisé sans l’appui d’aucune galerie d’art ni institution gouvernementale ou privée.

VERNISSAGE SAMEDI LE 7 JUIN À 17 H :
IMPROVISATION SONORE DE SONGS OF THE NEW EROTICS, diffusion de quelques films, ainsi qu’un disque surréaliste contenant des pistes de Six Heads, Sonarchy, Johannes Bergmark, Songs of the New Erotics, Hal Rammel, Inaki Munoz, Mal Occhio et Thom Burns.

Dimanche le 8 juin à 17 heures, une lecture de poèmes sera suivie d’une table ronde.

Dans son troisième numéro, la revue A Phala montrera des documents inédits de l’exposition.
L’exposition sera documentée par l’édition d’un catalogue.


couverture recto catalogue
PARTICIPANTS:
 Suzel Ania (France)
Elise Arue (France)
AZA (Canada)
Johannes Bergmark (Suède)
Les Boules (Canada)
Carmen Bruna (Argentine)
Thom Burns (États-Unis)
Guy Cabanel (France)
Mireille Cangardel (France)
Marie Carlier (Belgique)
Claude-Lucien Cauet (France)
Jean-Claude Charbonel (France)
Collective Automatic Painting Amsterdam (Pays-Bas)
Laura Corsiglia (États-Unis)
Kenneth Cox (Royaume-Uni)
William A. Davidson (Canada)
Jacques Desbiens (Canada)
Her de Vries (Pays-Bas)
Rikki Ducornet (États-Unis)
Kathleen Fox (Royaume-Uni)
Pascal Gavroche (Canada)
Joel Gayraud (France)
Guy Girard (France)
Groupe surréaliste aux États-Unis (États-Unis)
Groupe surréaliste d’Inner Island (Canada)
Groupe surréaliste de Leeds (Royaume-Uni)
Silvya Guiard (Argentine)
Beatriz Hausner (Canada)
Raul Henao (Colombie)
Sherri Lyn Higgins (Canada)
Miguel Angel Huerta (Chili)
Alex Januario (Brésil)
David Jarab (République Tchèque)
Jacques Lacomblez (Belgique)
Josée Leybaert (Belgique)
Enrique Lechuga (Canada)
Sergio Lima (Brésil)
Rik Lina (Pays-Bas)
L’Ôeil circonflexe (Canada)
Michael Lowy (France)
Bruno Montpied (France)
Thomas Mordant (France)
Georges-Henri Morin (France)
Rodrigo Mota (Brésil)
Inaki Munoz (Chili)
David Nadeau (Canada)
Nomades (Suisse)
North Mutator (Canada)
Mal Occhio (États-Unis)
Fernando Palenzuela (États-Unis)
Jean-Pierre Paraggio (France)
Dominique Paul (France)
Mauro Placi (Suisse)
Hal Rammel (États-Unis)
Antonio Ramirez (Espagne)
Penelope Rosemont (États-Unis)
Ody Saban (France)
Bernar Sancha (Canada)
Pierre-André Sauvageot (France)
Bertrand Schmitt (France)
Arturo Schwarz (Italie)
Six Heads (Canada)
Sonarchy (Canada)
Songs of the New Erotics (Canada)
La Tête ailleurs (Canada)
Wegdwood Steventon (Royaume-Uni)
Jan Svankmajer (République Tchèque)
Ludovic Tac (France)
Lucques Trigaut (Belgique)
Virginia Tentindo (France)
Laurens Vancrevel (Pays-Bas)
Susana Wald (Mexique)
Joel Williams (États-Unis)
Ludwig Zeller (Mexique)
Michel Zimbacca (France)
« Comment même le plus puissant des kaléidoscopes peut-il refléter tous les chatoiements dont s’émaille la chair multicolore de ces vastes contrées que le désir nous découvre? Et du cœur de ce feu, nous sera-t-il encore donné de nous laisser fondre sous les traits magnétiques de son inflorescence? C’est emportés par la marque de ses dents, et par la pression de ses lèvres, que nous nous abandonnerions, fébriles, à son vertige; mais comment préserver un tel envoûtement, cependant que la Raison dilapide son énergie à ronger tout élan vital véritable, alors qu’elle nous somme de renoncer à ce qui fait de chaque individu un être singulier à part entière, à même d’évoquer les desseins voluptueux de l’Amour et de la Liberté?! »
(Extrait du texte d’introduction au catalogue de l’exposition)

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- William A. Davison

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

L'Age d'Or with live sound

I'm sitting in with the band Red Lantern for this show happening tonight. Sorry for the last-minute notification but it only got confirmed this morning! Anyway, really looking forward to it! Great bunch of improvisers and, yeah, the Surrealism thing...

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CineCycle's Sounds & Silents presents
a screening of "L’Âge d’Or" aka "The Golden Age"
(Luis Buñuel, 1930, France, 16mm, 63 minutes)

with a live soundtrack by Red Lantern:
Arthur Bull (guitar)
David Lee (bass)
Tena Palmer (voice)
Bob Vespaziani (percussion)
+ guest musician William Davison (objects, electronics)
plus related short films, all on 16mm!

Sunday, May 11, 2014, 8pm, $10
CineCycle, behind 129 Spadina Ave., Toronto
http://www.super8porter.ca/CineCycle.htm

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.

THE FILM:

"L’Âge d’Or" aka "The Golden Age"(1930) is a French surrealist comedy directed by Luis Buñuel about the insanities of modern life, the hypocrisy of the sexual mores of bourgeois society and the value system of the Roman Catholic Church. "L’Âge d’Or" began as the second artistic collaboration between Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, who had fallen out by the time of the film’s production.

A contemporary right-wing Spanish newspaper published a condemnation of the film and of Buñuel and Dalí, which described the content of the film as “...the most repulsive corruption of our age.” In response, the film was withdrawn from commercial distribution and public exhibition for more than forty years

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L'Age_d'Or

THE MUSICIANS:

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). http://www.allmusic.com/artist/arthur-bull-mn0001915427

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. http://www.tenapalmer.net/

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. http://www.reverbnation.com/bobvespaziani


William Davison (objects, 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.

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Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Panic Engines at Drone Day

My new analog synth noise drone side project Panic Engines will be appearing at The Tranzac this Saturday as part of National Drone Day. Details follow:

National Drone Day
presented by Weird Canada
at the Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto
Saturday, May 10th, 6pm

Note: this event really does start at 6pm! Panic Engines will likely be on around 6:30ish.

Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/events/530955807015399/

http://droneday.org/

Blog T.O. article on all Drone Day events - http://www.blogto.com/music/2014/05/drone_musicians_set_to_rumble_in_toronto_this_weekend/

Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Saturday, April 26, 2014

New Stactor Vid

New Stactor video "Broken Record Over Ultravox (with Krueger Prototype)"




M.Stactor performance for video, Ossington Space Port, Toronto, Jan. 2014. Video edit - W.A.Davison. Broken record (Sonny James "Roses Are Red") over Ultravox "Vienna"

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Recordism.com redesigned

Finally got around to removing that "temporary" index page at recordism.com and giving the site a much needed overhaul.

www.recordism.com

- W.A.Davison

Thursday, April 10, 2014

calcollages

I've been asked to upload some samples of my calcollages. What are calcollages, you ask? They're drawn collages made by tracing from various sources. Calcollage is a portmanteau I came up with to describe this technique, combining the French words "calque" (trace) and "collage" (um, yeah, collage). I'd like to say I invented the technique itself - I did come up with it on my own, just playing around with tracing paper - but I'm sure other people have done similar things in the past. Anyway, I've been making these for 15 years or so and they've been published in The Walrus magazine and, very recently, Carousel magazine (yay!). Here are some examples:














- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Blog love for Panic Engines

I'm not sure I consider Panic Engines to be "drone music" but my inclusion in this top 5 list is very flattering!

http://www.blogto.com/music/2014/04/the_top_5_artists_making_drone_music_in_toronto/

At the time the article was written, there were no online examples of what the Panic Engines cassette sounds like. I've since corrected that.

https://soundcloud.com/disembraining-songs

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Carousel Magazine + Performance

I have some illustrations in the upcoming issue of Carousel magazine, issue 33. It's not listed on the Carousel website yet but should be available soon.

In fact, Carousel #33 is having its "advance launch" event this coming Thursday! I'll be performing at the launch along with some of the other contributors. Here are the details:

In association with National Poetry Month and in collaboration with the Livewords reading series, please join us for the Toronto advance launch of CAROUSEL 33 - a free event taking place on Thu Apr 03, 2014 beginning at 7:30pm at Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave, 2nd floor)

Featured Readers: Mark Connery, W.A. Davison, Yi-Sung Oliver Ho, Darren Bradley Jones, Katie Jordon, Jason Paradiso and Claire Scherzinger

SPECIAL EVENT OFFER — support our fine journal by picking up the latest issue: for only $10, take #33 home and we’ll also mail you #34 when it comes out at end of year … or go bigger and subscribe to the next 4 issues for only $20!

Hope to see you there! If not, be sure to pick up Carousel #33 when it's out...or any issue of Carousel! Great mag full of cutting-edge poetry, fiction, interviews, visual art, comics, etc.

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Two gigs

Two gigs coming up in the next week or so:

March 13th, 8pm ($10 – note this is not PWYC)
Featuring Gil Delindro

1. Six Heads ( http://www.recordism.com/SixHeads/SixHeads.html )
2. Glen Hall / David Sait / Ted Phillips
3. Gil Delindro ( delindro.com )
visuals by John Creson and Adam Rosen
Arrayspace: 155 Walnut Ave. Toronto ( www.arraymusic.com )
More info at http://audiopollination.ca/

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THE AMBiENT PiNG
presents VESPAZIANI/DAVISON +
WINDERMERE +
GENERAL CHAOS VISUALS
Tue., Mar. 18th @ Supermarket
268 Augusta Ave., Kensington Market, just south of College
PiNG doors open at 8:00pm. 1st set at 9:00. $8-10
More info at http://www.theambientping.com/ 

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Monday, February 10, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Stactor animated gif

Just made this animated gif for the Stactor webpage ( http://www.recordism.com/Stactor.html ) and I thought I'd share it here (click the image for a larger version).





- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Un Regard Moderne animated gif





I was just looking at Google Street View for 10 Rue Git-Le-Coeur, address of the famous Un Regard Moderne bookstore in Paris, and I noticed that owner Jacques Noel happened to be standing outside his shop as the Google van went by. Not surprising really, as I'm sure he stands outside the shop quite a bit...there's hardly any room for standing inside! Anyway, I thought I'd make a little animation using the Google street view images.

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

tonight!

Oops. Yeah, I usually try to give at least a few days notice on these things but this one just  plain snuck up on me. I'm performing tonight with Michael Keith and Bob Vespaziani. Details follow:

Audiopollination 14.1
Tuesday, January 14, 8pm - $10 or PWYC
Featured artists Michael Keith (guitar) and Bob Vespaziani doing duets and trios with
Kyle Macdonald (guitar), Cheryl O (Cello), and William Davison (electro-acoustic)
accompanied by great visuals by Adam Rosen and John Creson
at Array space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto (www.arraymusic.com

Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison
www.recordism.com

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