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. THE AMBiENT PiNG
+ Paul Kwitek
Wednesday November 14th @
159 Augusta Ave . Toronto, ON Canada
(Kensington Market) W of Spadina & N of Dundas . Map
PiNG doors open at 8:30pm . 1st set at 9:00 . $8-10
.. naw . naw's long awaited return to THE AMBiENT
PiNG comes with an equally happy announcement. The release
of his newest album "Staring at the sun from the spirit
pit" His fourth release on the paper+sound
label, ten years in the making and one of naw's
most personal releases to date. Using field recordings, found sounds,
live instrumentation and synthesized interpretations, naw weaves seven
personal experiences into a story taking the listener through a process
that blurs the line between reality and subconscious experiences. This
album asks what is real and what is imagined. Borrowing from his own
academic studies in transpersonal anthropology, naw tells his own story
by looking at the relationship between altered states of consciousness
and the culture we live in, that strives to explain experience in tangible
easy-to-grasp ways. How do you explain something that are purely experiential
by nature? naw began composing electronic music over
30 years ago with explorations in audio art and experimental music.
His interest in sound and technology has led him to a continued questioning
and refinement of audio tools and modes of production resulting in experimentation
with altered instruments, modified devices and custom software environments.
naw’s music is warm, atmospheric and cinematic.
With sound design firmly grounded in the traditions of dub studio culture
alongside the more formal style of contemporary composition, naw’s
music defies classification. https://phoniq.net
Paul Kwitek . Born in Lublin Poland Paul Kwitek
is an award winning Music Producer and Composer who defines a vast musical
landscape. Integrating infectious groove-based dance music with the
sounds of nature, exotic instrumentation, immersive soundscapes and
ethnic world vocals. His techniques have resulted in unique musical
experiences that are laced with visual imagery, raw energy and emotion.
During the late 1990’s Paul immigrated to Toronto to start a new
life which was also the beginning to his music Career. In 2000 he completed
his diploma in Audio Engineering Technology and went on to study more
music theory at Frederick Chopin’s Music school in Mississauga,
Canada. Since then, Paul has been relentless in writing a constant stream
of very well received compositions. Paul Kwitek is
always expanding his musical range by crossing over different stylistic
and musical genres and coming up with a unique and versatile sound which
he describes as World Electronic Music.
. TORONTO SOUND FESTIVAL and
AMBiENT PiNG present DRONE:KLUB:22
. a special DRONE:KLUB Gathering for attendees of the Toronto Sound
SUNDAY NOV. 25TH @ Beverley Halls
206 Beverley Street . Toronto, ON Canada
(S of College, E of Spadina) . Map
Set-up + Plug-in + Drone Times TBA
Please note that the Toronto Sound Festival is a ticketed event.
Register here: https://www.torontosoundfestival.com/register/
special DRONE:KLUB Gathering for attendees of the Toronto
Sound Festival 2018 - Canada's premiere 2 day festival of synthesized
sound with "displays, seminars, concerts and bring your own stuff".
Both droners and audience are welcome. Please note that the Toronto
Sound Festival is a ticketed event. You can register here:
you're attending and have brought your electronics, please join us for
a community drone exploration session on Sunday afternoon.
/ Setup / Hangout - TBA
The Drone begins at about TBA and ends at about TBA
be recording for a potential free album release - like these:
you're droning, bring some long wires to reach the house mixer and bringing
headphones (to hear your part of the ensemble drone more clearly) &
a tuner (if you're analog) would be a plus.
December 13th @ THE
ROLAND INSPIRATION CENTRE
001-1179 King Street W . Toronto, ON Canada
(Liberty Village next to Lamport Stadium)
SW corner of King & Fraser . Back Door . Map
7:00pm - 10:00pm . FREE for all
AMBiENT PiNG presents a DRONE:KLUB Gathering at
the Roland Inspiration Centre 001-1179 King Street
W. Toronto (Liberty Village) underground at the S/W corner of King St
W and Fraser Ave (by Lamport Stadium).
Please enter by the backdoor via the alleyway off Fraser Ave as the
front door of the building will be locked when we're getting going.
See the map posted in the Discussion area below.
Friends and Audience are all welcome for this community drone immersion
experience. This is a free event.
will be water and pop available but you're welcome to BYOBeverages,
as this is a private klub event.
your instrument, wires, adapters & stand to join the drone:meld.
You are also welcome to try out the Roland gear on display there.
/ Setup / Hangout - 7pm to 8pm.
DRONE:KLUB commences at about 8pm and ends at about
be recording for potential free album releases.
big THANK YOU to Roland Canada for sharing their space again for this
open community drone event!
- If you're droning, bringing headphones (to hear your part of the ensemble
drone more clearly) & a tuner (if you're analog) would be a plus.
- Roland will provide cables from the mixer to you with 1/4" male
jacks. Please bring suitable adapters if your gear has RCA or other
- If you'd like to MIDI sync with others, we will provide a MIDI Clock
and Thru-Box to plug into (so bring a long MIDI cable too.) We will
also provide a closed WiFi network for Ableton Link sync. The network
name will be "TripMate" and the password will be "inspiration".
• LiVE PiNG 2014 11 25 with
URM + General Chaos Visuals
ambient electronic soundscapes and sequencer
electronics to the light painting projections of
Chaos Visuals live at THE
AMBiENT PiNG in Toronto's
music was generated in real time utilizing a virtual studio of
effect units and step sequencers. Light paintings
were also projected and
created in real time utilizing hand
painted gels and analog projectors.
the show was captured with a single camera there's a lot
compositing of the Chaos Visuals
and light paintings
which makes it a very psychedelic experience - like a
being held inside a lava lamp.
PiNG news coming soon.
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new FREE net label release
from ping things:
(Sixty) by Panoramaroid
things is pleased to
release Three (Sixty) by
oriented project from
Some of you
may remember Panoramaroid's Music for
2008 by ping things, and
those of you who are familiar
with it will be pleased to find
this latest release
Matthew has returned
with another collection of playful grooves and chilled rhythms.
available for free download from ping things as
a 92Mb Zip file containing the full release in high quality 320kbps
mp3 format along with artwork suitable for printing. The music
on this release is copyright 2013 Matthew Poulakakis (SOCAN)
and may not be used or reproduced without the artist's
(Sixty) by Panoramaroid
out the ping
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ping things net label and check out the
archives of the ALMOST
LiVE SERiES from
the old AMBiENT
PiNG RADiO podcast.
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A BRiEF HiSTORY OF THE PiNG
LiVE @ THE PiNG with GENERAL CHAOS VISUALS - DVD
AMBiENCE Volume 3
AMBiENCE Volume 2
AMBiENCE Volume 1
PiNG REMEMBERS DAVID PRITCHARD
THE PiNG LiST
BRiEF HiSTORY OF THE PiNG!
AMBiENT PiNG is a Toronto based creative community of
audio artists, performers, musicians and visual artists. The PiNG
presents live multimedia performances featuring ambient, electronic,
soundscape, chillout, trip hop, dream pop, downtempo, space,
darkwave, drone and experimental artists from around the world.
longtime PiNGers know, the PiNG has
had many homes for its
regular series AMBiENT PiNG TUESDAYS. Beginning in
3 spots on Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market: Garvey's, Cafe
Vernon and Po Boys Club. None of these places
exist any more.
of you have fond memories of our shows at Po Boys in
2000, but our next residence from 2001 - 2004 was a favourite
spot for many - Club Nia at C'est What! A
selection, delicious food (many still miss their Shepherd's pie),
a quality stereo PA system and very cool staff, who
came to understand what we were about - especially
our fave bartender Andrea. What a shame that
they had to close that room.
a warm home at Nia was a very cold fall/winter
at the Gladstone Hotel (as they were still early in
renovations and had not yet installed their heating system),
and then, for a year and a half (2005 - 2006), in the massive
mothership of a room, Tequila Lounge/Hacienda.
years of running AMBiENT PiNG TUESDAYS as
weekly series, the PiNG switched the format
in the summer
of 2006 and produced AMBiENT PiNG TUESDAYS as a
monthly event at the DRAKE
early in 2008.
of 2008 through July 2009 the PiNG alternated between
very comfortable arts-friendly clubs, The Renaissance Café
The Central, for our regular monthly in-club series. Sadly
2009, The Renaissance Café retired from the
local bar scene.
its Tenth Anniversary in August of 2009, THE
returned to Augusta Avenue for a special celebration at Supermarket.
Performers booked included some of the first artists to play the PiNG
in 1999 and a first-ever live performance by a new collaborative
project – to represent the artistic cross-pollination often
inspired at the PiNG. The PiNG continued
with mostly-monthly shows
at Supermarket - a wonderful club with
a superb sound system,
video projector, delicious meals and quality micro-brews - for 5 years
until its Fifteenth
Anniversary in August of 2014.
also saw a number of PiNG concerts
Array Space in the Queen West area just south east of
2015 through to July 2016, the PiNG's live mostly monthly live concert
series was hosted at Ratio, a wonderful intimate artist
space on the south side of College west of Spadina.
PiNG celebrated its 17th Anniversary at the
Burdock Music Hall in August 2016 before settling in back to
where it started in Toronto's Kensington Market at Handlebar
in September of 2016. Longtime PiNGers will remember that Handlebar
is in the same space as Southern Po Boys and
the Po Boys Club where the PiNG hosted many shows back
in 2000 including dreamSTATE's first Drone
Cycle of 12 monthly shows covering the 12 note chromatic scale.
As looping is a big part of the music we present, it seems only fitting
that we are now looping our presentation spaces too and are currently
hosting the monthly PiNG concert series at Handlebar.
PiNG also presents random shows in alternative spaces
Tom Heasley & THE AMBiENT PiNG ORCHESTRA at
the Music Gallery
in 2001, ambient pioneer Robert Rich at Art
System Gallery in 2002, at
the Church of the Holy Trinity in 2006 & St.
George the Martyr Church (Music Gallery) in 2010.
Also in 2006, Troum at Le Labo &
SONiC TAPESTRiES featuring a wide variety of PiNG
artists at The Textile Museum of Canada for
Nuit Blanche 2006 and TEXTURE a special Sunday
afternoon concert at The Textile Museum in September
2008 featuring a spectrum of artists.
the spring of 2010, the PiNG presented Toronto's first
Ambient Music Festival which featured ambient legend Robert
2016 the PiNG launched DRONE:KLUB,
an ever evolving community of drone sound artists who gather and perform
together to expore drone music while sharing their technology and techniques.
In Dec. 2016, monthly
DRONE:KLUB Gatherings started at the Roland
Inspiration Centre . 001-1179 King Street W. Toronto (Liberty
Village) underground at the S/W corner of King St W and Fraser Ave (by
Lamport Stadium). Droners, Friends and Audience are all welcome for
these FREE community drone immersion experience so bring your instrument,
wires & stand to join the drone:meld.
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LiVE PiNG DVD • SADU LiVE @ THE PiNG
with GENERAL CHAOS VISUALS
(A PiNG THiNG DVD CONCERT RELEASE)
multi-camera concert video
of SADU performing
General Chaos Visuals on June
13th 2006 at THE AMBiENT PiNG.
the PiNG at home with
this spaced out psychedelic DVD
of eye and ear candy. Chill to the
ambient soundscapes and grooves
of SADU while basking in the visual
glory of GENERAL CHAOS VISUALS.
SADU is Eric
Terrence O'Brien (Anomalous
Disturbances) & Jamie Todd (URM, dreamSTATE & NOiNO.) GENERAL
CHAOS VISUALS is Stephen Lindsey
and Eric Siegerman.
produced and directed by David Sloma of Rockin'
Films with audio
production by Jamie Todd. Presented in DVD (NTSC)
complete with 5.1 Surround in dts and Dolby
online at ping
AMBiENCE 3 • STRiNG THiNGS
Aidan Baker • Matt Borghi
Cybertarist Paul E. Royes
Michael Diamond • Diatonis
dreamSTATE • Mark Mahoney
Phil Ogison • Matthew Poulakakis
Styrohead • Sylken
online at ping
AMBiENCE 3 is
the third CD in an ongoing series sponsored by
THE AMBiENT PiNG. The compilation features
tracks by thirteen unique
and talented guitar soundsculptors, most of whom have performed at
AMBiENCE 3 began as STRiNG THiNGS,
a personal project by Eric
Hopper of Sylken, to bring together onto
one CD the ambient guitarists
he has come to know and admire in recent times. It became apparent
releasing STRiNG THiNGS as PiNG AMBiENCE
3, a PiNG community project
would respond to the demand for more PiNG music and
provide a venue for
these guitar artists to weave their sonic webs.
diverse and intriguing soundscapes are offered by Toronto
guitarists Aidan Baker, Joe G (Styrohead), Eric
Scott M2 (dreamSTATE), Phil
Ogison (TDITD), Matthew Poulakakis
(Solipsystem), Paul Royes (cybertarist), Arnold
Sprogis (Ambient TV);
by Terry O'Brien (Anomalous Disturbances,
Vancouver); and by our
friends from the USA, Matt Borghi (Portland OR), Michael
(San Rafael CA), Mark Mahoney (The Amaranth
Signal, Knoxville TN)
and Stuart White (Diatonis, Los Angeles
tracks were sculpted by using only guitar / looper / effect meldings,
while other tracks include synthesized sonics and effect treatments
concert with guitar. A palette of moods and textures are created where
the ambient guitar performs as the lead voice, evoking some wonderfully
vibrant and emotive atmospheres where the listener's imagination
new PiNG AMBiENCE 3 • STRiNG THiNGS compilation
spacious ambient guitar sound sculptures is available at ping
AMBiENCE Volume 2
second in an ongoing series, a compilation of music from
AMBiENT PiNG performing artists. Available
at the PiNG from
dreamSTATE + Susanna Hood,
Alpha Wave Movement,
Sylken, Paul Royes,
karmafarm, Aidan Baker,
Styrohead, URM, Sara Ayers
and James Johnson.
online at ping
AMBiENCE Volume 1
first in an ongoing series, a compilation of music from
AMBiENT PiNG performing artists.
Ambient-TV, cheryl o &
Andrew Aldridge, Wally Jericho,
dreamSTATE, Pholde, URM,
Mara's Torment, grain, Cymbl,
Styrohead and Sylken.
Click here for an extensive interview
with Scott M2, Jamie Todd and
online at ping
SiTE has been updated with a few new pages
(events2006b, events2006c and events2006d)
added in the Events section
featuring photos from the March
through May 2006 AMBiENT PiNG shows.
performance photos of:
Baker (solo) and ARC
Keith and Friends
• Interweaver and NOT_digital
• Vessel = Menno
Krant + The
Devil in the Design and
dreamSTATE with The
Devil in the Design + Lynn
and General Chaos Visuals
• WHIPPOORWILL (Chris
Gartner, & Great Bob Scott)
POLPO (Sandro Perri)
• PHOLDE and Greg
Frequency Flow (CFF) and
Nightingale (Jesse Baird & Dafydd Hughes)
of SAND Mini-Tour featuring
Ben Fleury-Steiner with Mikronesia, William
Aidan Baker with PHOLDE
Rich Live at The Church of The Holy Trinity
• Arms Full of Sound - "Journey
To Ambientia - Spring"
• RADiO iN AMBiENCE Part 1 - A special presentation
Deep Wireless in collaboration with New Adventures in Sound Art
featuring Debashis Sinha with Ben
Grossman and Kathy Kennedy
plus JOUST - John Oswald and Scott Thompson
• RADiO iN AMBiENCE Part 2 - A special presentation for
Deep Wireless in
collaboration with New Adventures in Sound Art
featuring NOiNO (Jim Bailey, Matthew Poulakakis & Jamie
•Gnostic Rocket (Steve
Barber) and Morgan
AMBiENT PiNG is a Toronto based creative community
of audio artists, performers, musicians and visual artists.
AMBiENT PiNG presents
live multimedia performances featuring
ambient, electronic, soundscape, space, drone, psychedelic, chillout,
downtempo, darkwave and experimental artists from around the world.
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