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This Friday August 28th at 9pm ET,

THE AMBiENT PiNG iNTERNATiONAL presents premiere performance videos by:

Matthew Florianz (Cambridge, UK),
dreamSTATE (Toronto, Canada) with Rob Hoare (Berlin, Germany),
Igneous Flame [Pete Kelly] (York, UK),
URM [Jamie Todd] - (Etobicoke, Canada)
Chuck van Zyl (Upper Darby, USA),
Jaja [Jana Rockstroh] (Wuppertal, Germany)

Streaming free at:

More information at:

The polar vortex of deeply cold Arctic air has ventured far south across Canada and the US. This is the kind of Winter that inspired the dreamSTATE vs. Heiki album "The North Shore".

We want everyone to experience these deeply chilled soundscapes in this period of deepest Winter, so we're temporarily making "The North Shore" a free download at our dreamSTATE Bandcamp page.

We've also halved the regular price of the CD there to $6 for those who will appreciate the cover art of Heiki's digipak design and the four signed art-cards created by Heiki, Jamie and Scott.

This is the time of the Full Wolf Moon, named by Native Americans for the first full moon of Winter, so it seems perfect to set the arc of this giveaway to the arc of the Wolf Moon from New Year's Day through to this Wednesday night.

Happy New Year!

Everything and Nothing / Quad Corner
« on: November 09, 2016, 09:52:16 AM »
Hey, I started this thread to talk surround mixes (ambient and otherwise)from time to time.

Hopefully anyone with a surround system or interest in surround sound will chip in too.  8)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Dieter Moebius passes
« on: July 26, 2015, 08:07:05 AM »
Another great electronic musician down, Dieter Moebius passed away last Monday.

Everything and Nothing / Vinyl Reissues vs Originals
« on: April 18, 2015, 05:23:36 PM »
An interesting tidbit gleaned from a Now Toronto article with tips from Paul Kehayas on buying vinyl...

"New reissued records aren't better than original records - especially when trumpeted as '180-gram audiophile' pressings," says the soundtrack composer and member of Hollow Earth. "This is a marketing ploy and basically bullshit."

According to Kehayas, the golden age of record-making was 1960-1972 for UK and U.S. releases. The majority of those "weigh approximately 130 grams and were analog-cut at the time. Most new records are digitally cut unless they state otherwise on the packaging (most trumpet this because it's so hard to pull off!) or a website."

Records don't sound like records when cut from digital, he says, citing labels to avoid: 4 Men with Beards, Scorpio (which puts the gold 180 gram sticker on its covers), Lilith, Plain Recordings, Simply Vinyl.

We've just released the new dreamSTATE album "Ephemeral City" via the Apple App Store.

We call it an iAlbum and it's designed to play a fresh infinite arrangement of the soundscapes every time it's played.

There's also evolving urban ambient art by yours truly. We see this as an ambient installation in your iPhone (or iPad or iTouch) and it's based on principles from our very first installation in 1996.

The cost is $2.99 and here's a direct link to download it now from the App Store:
or you can just seach for "dreamstate' and you'll find it easily.

We recommend downloading in a WiFi zone or to your computer, as there are many high-quality soundfiles involved.

So... Of course I would love you to get "Ephemeral City" and experience it, but I'm also very interested in your thoughts on the new paradigms of ambient music in apps. Not owning an iDevice is an obvious barrier, for instance. The general super-low pricing of apps is also quite mind-boggling. For instance, you can buy superb synths for your iPad for $5 to $30 that one would pay $100 to $300 for in VST form. This is a new wild-frontier and exciting to explore. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Tuesday June 7th 2011 • THE AMBiENT PiNG presents
@ Supermarket . 268 Augusta Ave . just south of College, TORONTO
Map, info and directions here:

PiNG doors open at 8:30pm
1st set at 8:45 . $6

Please note that the doors open this month at 8:30pm instead of 8:00pm
due to another event 6-8 at Supermarket.

8:45 . JAKOB THIESEN . This Toronto based musician and sound
designer has been exploring electronic and acoustic sound for over
10 years. Jakob's love for film is apparent in all his works, his numerous
independent music releases and his film and television sound design
for filmmakers have all focused on the malleability of sound and the
emotional and cerebral impacts that entail.

9:45 . DEB SINHA and BEN GROSSMAN: field . Ben and Deb
have wide backgrounds as performers, composers, improvisers,
sound designers and, in Deb's case, video artists.

Ben's hurdy gurdy is a contemporary, electro-acoustic
instrument with roots in the European middle ages. Through
extended techniques, live-looping and processing, Ben seeks
to use it as a physical interface into improvised sound creation,
spontaneous composition and the exploration of acoustics,
form and extended aesthetics.

For field, Deb is using video and visual sources outside of
the culturally driven semiotics of his previous work - to
explore code and programming, focussing on form and process.
For tonight's performance, Deb will also be contributing digitally
generated audio based on analogous processes.

10:45 . SOUNS . Michael Red, aka Souns, is a Vancouver based music
producer, performer, DJ and event organizer. Michael is the
founding member of Lighta! Sound, acting captain of the
Low Indigo ship, regular collaborator with Tanya Tagaq
and music curator for New Forms Festival. As a live performer,
Michael combines his “sound art” side with his summed DJ
experience - blending layered atmospheres, subtle details,
and improvised manipulations with a dance floor sensibility.
Upfront beats can quickly scatter to polyrhythmic tangents
and back again. Nearly untraceable pulses can eventually merge
to create fully living and breathing landscapes. Playing more with
the tension side of tension-and-release is common theme, along
with an ever present dub-wise approach to FX, bass, and overall
treatment. Michael's bass music sets can vary greatly in tempo
and feel - traversing the many modes of dubstep, future and
roots dub, heaters, select rap and modern r'n'b cuts, dancehall
fusions, post-dubstep and genre-less music in between. Whatever
the flavours being played, one almost in-escapable common thread
is dub soundsystem mentality. Unplanned experiments and risks,
echo, delay and space.. deep space.. deep water. it can
get as emotional as it can get hype.

I've had my domain names registered with for many years, but their pricing doubled last fall and then jumped another $5 this month. I'm considering transferring to another domain name registrar and was hoping to glean some suggestions from satisfied clients here - as I'm sure many/most artists here have their own domains.

Any good suggestions?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Kraftwerk BBC Radio Special
« on: February 26, 2011, 08:45:27 PM »
This may not be online too long...
It's quite gushy but has some interesting bits I hadn't known.

Everything and Nothing / Don Van Vliet - RIP
« on: December 17, 2010, 10:19:16 PM »
"We're matter - the stars are matter - but it doesn't matter"

As rik from ping things said: "Tonight the world is a little bit less magical..."

Everything and Nothing / Roger Waters - The Wall Tour 2010-2011
« on: September 15, 2010, 07:56:49 AM »
I'm getting rather excited to be taking Lynn to see The Wall concert tonight here in Toronto.

I actually saw the original tour in New York waaay back and I'd still say that the experience
has been unsurpassed. David Gilmour (my fave guitarist) won't be along (except for one surprise date)
but regular Pink Floyd tour 2nd guitarist Snowy White will be, (along with G.E. Smith) and Jon Cairn
who's been the 2nd keyboardist for many years for PF, David Gilmour and Waters tours. Roger's son
Harry Waters will also be on keys.

They've apparently upscaled the video projection capabilities to current state-of-the-art
though it will be tough to beat the sound of the original tour where they had the quad sound
components built right under the seating around the arena.

I have floors, hopefully near the quad center, and I expect this will be our last big-money
indulgence for a concert forever-after.

• 08.17.10 THE AMBiENT PiNG presents XI DECADE.1 (11TH ANNiVERSARY) featuring
Tues. Aug. 17th @ Supermarket . 268 Augusta Ave.
Kensington Market . just south of College, Toronto
PiNG doors open at 8pm . 1st set at 8:30 . $6

For the PING's 11th ANNiVERSARY, Anomalous Disturbances
flies in from Vancouver to treat us to a spaced out set of looping
guitar and synth textures run through a wall of effects.

Seizing this rare visit by Anomalous Disturbances, SADU
(Eric Hopper of Sylken, Terrence O'Brien of Anomalous
Disturbances and Jamie Todd of URM, dreamSTATE and
NOiNO) will get together once again to perform a set. They've
all got new musical toys to create evolving sounds and sequences
that they'll be manipulating in real time to create improvised
sonic shifting soundscapes.

Mystery band Wassonic which features Terrence O'Brien of
Anomalous Disturbances and Matthew Poulakakis of NOiNO,
Contrapture, Automatic Fats and Salvagesound will close
out the evening with a sonic treat.

. 8:30 . Anomalous distrurbances
. 9:30 . SADU
. 10:30 . Wassonic

THE AMBiENT PiNG is launching our first Ambient Music Festival.

To start the festival off in a big way, the PiNG welcomes ambient
soundscape legend Robert Rich for an intimate concert performance
at The Music Gallery's St. George the Martyr Church Sunday Apr. 25th.

In consideration for those traveling from outside of Toronto, there
will be an early concert start time of 7:30pm and no opening act.
(Doors open 6:30)   $20 advance / $25 at the door

Advance Online Tickets are now available at:   (click the BUY NOW link)

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SUNDAY APRiL 25th . THE AMBiENT PiNG + The Music Gallery
@ The Music Gallery . St. George the Martyr Church
 197 John St. - north of Queen W. behind the AGO .
 Doors 6:30pm . Concert 7:30pm .  $25 door / $20 advance

Across three decades and almost 40 albums, California-based
Robert Rich has helped define the genres of ambient, dark ambient,
and "tribal" electronic fusions, yet his music remains hard to categorize.
Part of his unique sound comes from using homemade acoustic and
electronic instruments, microtonal harmonies, custom software, chaotic
systems and feedback networks. Rich began building his own analog
synthesizers in 1976, when he was 13 years old, and later studied
for a year at Stanford’s prestigious CCRMA while earning a
degree in psychology.

Rich released his first album Sunyata in 1982. Among these early
releases, the 1986 Swedish LP Numena found its way into some of
the earliest London chill rooms and influenced DJs like Jonah Sharp
and Mixmaster Morris. Rich then began a string of 11 critically
acclaimed releases for the Hearts of Space label. His two
collaborations with Steve Roach, Strata (1990) and Soma (1992),
laid the groundwork for what became known as techno-tribal music.
His collaboration Stalker (1995) with B. Lustmord became a defining
landmark of dark ambient.

Rich has performed in caves, cathedrals, planetaria, art galleries and
concert halls throughout Europe and North America. His all-night
Sleep Concerts, first performed in 1982, became legendary in the
San Francisco area. He occasionally revives his all-night concert
format, using live nocturnal radio broadcasts to extend the audience
range. In 2001, Rich released the 7 hour DVD Somnium, a studio
distillation of the Sleep Concert experience, possibly the longest
continuous piece of music ever released at the time.
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@ Supermarket  . 268 Augusta Ave . Kensington Market .
 just south of College  .  Map, info and directions at:
 PiNG doors open at 8pm . 1st set at 8:30 . $6 at the door

For the second night of their first AMBiENT MUSiC FESTiVAL, the
PiNG presents a 3-stage expedition from the depths of the Geosphere
to far-out beyond the Ionosphere. Space tourists, can enjoy the
voyage comfortably with a microbrew in hand in the PiNG's
geo-stable orbiting lounge-simulator at Supermarket in Kensington.

20:30 . PHOLDE . Alan Bloor (Pholde aka Knurl) opens the night
with a new set of dark metalsonics wrought from his custom sound
sculptures of hardened steel. Bowing & striking his unique creations
Bloor will take you deep into his subterranean soundworld.

21:30 . dreamSTATE . This trip, electronic travellers dreamSTATE
(Scott M2 & Jamie Todd) will explore the surface: rolling the highways,
seeking the mysteries, floating through forests and turning the soil
in the Firegarden. Watch for new visuals weaving through the Chaos.

22:30 . BETA CLOUD . Floating higher and higher into outer space -
Beta Cloud spans the sonic space between avant/improv/instrumental
performance & ambient/drone/dj sound installation. All compositions
will be performed and improvised in real time. Noise, hiss, dynamic
peaks, sub & supersonics are intentional and controlled to ensure
a maximum lo-fi listening experience for our space tourists.

. GENERAL CHAOS VISUALS . Irradiating eyes in space, the Chaos
dynamic duo (Stephen Lindsey and Eric Siegerman) will be on board
to illuminate the soundship with their mind bending light paintings.
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SATURDAY MAY 1st (8PM) . THE PiNG + NAISA present
@ THE CHRISTIE STUDIO . Artscape Wychwood Barns
 #170 . 601 Christie Street . SW of the Bathurst/St. Clair Subway
 $15/$10 student (free for Deep Wireless / Radio Without
 Boundaries conference registrants)

Closing out Toronto's first AMBiENT MUSiC FESTiVAL the PiNG
launches Deep Wireless 2010 (a month-long celebration of radio
and transmission art) as they co-present with NAISA (New Adventures
In Sound Art) the 9th annual RADiO iN AMBiENCE show.

This year's performance is entitled GROUND, RESONANCE, RADIO
and takes place on Sat. May 1st (8PM) at the Artscape Wychwood
Barns in The Christie Studio #170. The worlds of vinyl record collage
and multi-channel micro-watt radio intervention come together in a
collaborative performance by Anna Friz and EC Woodley, as well
as a performance by Emmanuel Madan.
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THE 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, space, drone, psychedelic, chillout, downtempo,
darkwave and experimental artists from around the world.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO
« on: January 30, 2010, 03:27:49 PM »
A new Kaossilator is coming soon. As a Kaoss Pad nut I'll probably get one, though I'm not sure
right now where it can physically fit into my current live rig without usurping my Kaoss Pad 3.

Everything and Nothing / Attention Portlanders - An installation...
« on: November 19, 2009, 02:40:37 PM »
Hi Portlanders. As I know there's at least a couple of you on this forum,   ;D
I thought I'd forward this e-mail from Ethan Rose. ~ Scott


I have a collaborative installation with glass artist Andy Paiko that opened today at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.  A brief description follows...

Portland-based artists Andy Paiko (glass) and Ethan Rose (sound/composition) collaborate to create a kinetic-sound installation reinterpreting the glass armonica, a nearly forgotten instrument. Through movement, light and music, Transference is an exploration of the material and aural properties of glass.

Transference will be open Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 6pm through January 9, 2010.
The Museum of Contemporary Craft is located at 724 Northwest Davis Street|, Portland, Oregon.

Also, Andy and I will be joined by Rebecca Gates and Namita Wiggers for a conversation about the work at the Museum this Saturday, November 21 at 1pm.

Thanks again for your support.
 Ethan Rose

Everything and Nothing / A Marathon Concert to Benefit Mode Records
« on: November 14, 2009, 04:53:18 PM »
This looks like a great (non-ambient) concert for anybody in the NYC area.


A Marathon Concert to Benefit Mode Records

At The Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street NYC
(at Grand and Pitt Streets)

Hosted by WNYC’s David Garland

Philip Glass
performs his solo piano works
John Zorn’s “Cobra”
Sylvie COURVOISER-piano    Annie GOSFIELD-keyboard   Ikue MORI-electronics
Eyal MAOZ and David WATSON-guitars   Zeena PARKINS-harp
Okkyung LEE and Fred SHERRY-cellos
Shanir BLUMENKRANZ-bass   Cyro BAPTISTA-percussion   Kenny WOLLESEN-drums
John ZORN-prompter
LATE SHOW 7:30 pm (approx. 4 hours of music)
including performances by:
Robert Ashley
David Behrman
Marco Cappelli
Andrea Centazzo
Andrew Culver
Tom Chiu
Stephen Drury
Isabelle Ganz
Joe Giardullo
John Heward
JACK Quartet 
Margaret Leng Tan
Joe McPhee
Respect Sextet
Roger Reynolds 

plus a rare performance of
John Cage’s “Concert for Piano and Orchestra”with “Aria”
Isabelle Ganz, voice, Stephen Drury, piano soloist with an orchestra comprised of performers from the evening
conducted by Andrea Centazzo
Music will include Cage, Coleman, Crumb, Glass, Scelsi, Sharp, Stockhausen, Sun Ra, Twining, Xenakis, Zorn and more.
After 25 years and over 200 releases, Mode Records now needs your help to continue producing the best of New Music.  Please support us with an evening of great music from these wonderful artists.
Early & Late Shows $50
Late Show only $30
Benefactor’s Balcony (with special bonuses) $125
Advance tickets available from
Mode Records: 212-979-1027 or
and the Abrons Arts Center
or at the box office the day of the performance

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Next "Gen" Buddha Machine
« on: October 15, 2009, 12:09:05 PM »
The new Buddha Machine will be industrialized.

I'll be posting dreamSTATE pieces to the forum here from time-to-time.
(Some of these will have been previously shared with our newsletter subscribers.)
We certainly hope you enjoy them. ~  Scott M2

Scroll to the end for the latest posting - dreamSTATE - Snowdaze a new live performance video.


In the Dead of Winter - (Scott M2, Jamie Todd)

This piece was extracted from a set dreamSTATE played, right after a major snow storm
in Toronto, on Dec. 17, 2007 at an Altaira Ambient night - presented by Toronto Noise Promotions.


Everything and Nothing / HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« on: February 19, 2008, 05:55:34 AM »
It looks like Wal-Mart has settled the HD-DVD vs Blu-ray war. That's a lot of power.

"On February 14, 2008, rumors surfaced that Toshiba, the leading manufacturer of HD DVD players and one of its largest supporters, would soon abandon the HD DVD format due to changes in studio and retailer affiliations, including Wal-Mart's decision to phase out HD DVD by June 2008. The rumors strengthened on February 16 when NHK and Reuters also reported, from a source at Toshiba, that they had begun to prepare to cease production of HD DVD equipment, though they would still support existing products. On February 19, 2008, Toshiba made an official announcement to no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders, ending the Blu-ray Disc versus HD DVD format war."

If you're in range of Toronto, you may wish to catch this cool triple-bill:

Featuring Sleep Research Facility . Ortiz . Syzygia

@ the UNDERGROUND downstairs @ the DRAKE HOTEL
1150 Queen St. W @ Beaconsfield . W of Ossington . E of Dufferin
Tuesday January 29th . 9PM . PWYC (5$ suggested)

Please note the later start time of 9PM.

. SLEEP RESEARCH FACILITY . Sleep Research Facility explores notions of awareness and perception in the sub/unconcious listener.
Focusing primarily on sound bereft of rhythm based energies, SRF's goal is to provide listening environments wherein the music simply
adds texture to the silence. A kind of “play me quiet” sound suitable for listening to actively or passively depending on circumstances,
creating an aural experience which guides the mind through gentle misdirection rather than forcing its attention, allowing listeners to
drift in their own diversified thoughts.

. ORTIZ . Laurier Brown finds the crinkly, skittering nuggets in the white noise. His first Ortiz release The Crinkle and its Faces
was an exploration of glitchy layered noise­scapes, almost undetectable beats mingled with hiss and static. Dark dreams
for long winter nights put to tape, digitized, randomized, spliced, split up, spit out. His second release, Salvage, further digs into
the sonic subconscious, carving subterranean passages under ancient roots planted in the psycho­spiritual mulch. Hooves
draws from the ghosts left behind in the cracking pavement where the groves once grew, remembering great herds, drifting
past gulls flying out to sea.

. SYZYGIA . The project of Harrison Dahme, dealing with the ambient and atmospheric.

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