(a.k.a. The G. Grosz Garden Nitrate, Tarred Eggs Entering Azoth,
The Grazed Noggins Retreat, Zero Gang's Three - Tit Danger, etc.)*

~ News From The Recordists ~

(2008 Message Archive)


Update, Dec. 30, 2008 - Night of the Nerds

I've uploaded a few new Youtube clips of several performances, including one by Six Heads, from an event I've unofficially dubbed "Night of the Nerds" which took place at the Renaissance Cafe, July 25/08. (I say "unofficially dubbed" because the event wasn't organized by me, it was put together by James Bailey, and I don't think it was given any kind of name at the time)

You can view them on my Youtube channel at

- William A. Davison



Update, Dec. 8, 2008 - Youtube clip

Our dear friend and collaborator Greg Scharpen just alerted us to the presence of this Youtube clip which shows an excerpt from the June 1/05 performance at New Works Studio in Toronto. The excerpt shows the group (on this occassion Matt Waldron, Greg Scharpen, Jacob Horwood, William Davison, Sherri Lyn Higgins, and Steve Stapleton) covering Nurse With Wound's "Two Golden Microphones".

Click the above player or see the clip on Youtube at

- William A. Davison



Update, Dec. 3, 2008 - Tetrault Interface

I'll be performing this Friday as part of AIMToronto's Interface series with Martin Tetrault. Here are the details:


AIMToronto Interface Series with Martin Tétreault
Somewhere There, 4-6 December
Thursday, 4 December, 8pm
Friday, 5 December, 8pm
Saturday, 6 December, 3:30 pm

$15/$10 per day; weekend pass $30/$20

AIMToronto Interface Series with the tremendous Montréal turntable artist, Martin Tétreault.

Thurs. Dec. 4
8pm - gastric female reflex (Andrew Zukerman and Jacob Horwood - noises), Martin Tetreault
9pm - Octopus (Germaine Liu, Mark Zurawinski - drumkit)
10pm - Lina Allemano (trumpet), Nick Fraser (drumkit/percussion), Martin Tetreault
Fri. Dec. 5
8pm - John Oswald (alto), Eric Chenaux (guitar fx), Rob Clutton (contrabass), Martin Tetreault
9pm - Dafydd Hughes - solo laptop
10 pm - Jonathan Adjemian (synth), William Davison (small instruments), Martin Tetreault
Sat. Dec. 6
11am - 1pm - workshop - abstract turntablism - open to public to view - free admission
3:30 - workshop performance - ensemble: Aimee Dawn Robinson, Angela Rawlings, Joe Sorbara, tba (turntables), Chris Cawthray (drumkit)
- Michael Keith (solo guitar)
- Martin Tereault solo

From the Ambiances Magnétiques website:
"Martin Tétreault, an internationally-renowned Montréal DJ and improviser, originally came from the milieu of the visual arts. His path has been marked out by various productions on compact disc and live performances with a range of collaborators: Diane Labrosse, René Lussier, Jean Derome, Michel F Côté, I8U, Otomo Yoshihide, Kevin Drumm, Xavier Charles, Ikue Mori, and many more. He has abandoned the musical citation that he had been using in his work since he began in 1985 and now explores the intrinsic qualities of the turntable: the sound of the motor, of interference, and so on. He also uses needles, prepared surfaces (with thanks to John Cage), and small electronic instruments. The bruitiste approach of remaining analogical has allowed him to leave behind the question "But what about copyright?" and to get himself invited to electronic music events! When he feels the need for a break from music, he goes back to the visual arts, where he sands, scrapes, cuts up books and magazines, and so on."

Somewhere There
Live Creative Music in Toronto
340 Dufferin Street (one block south of Queen Street ** entrance from Melbourne Ave. **)


Hope to see you there!

- William A. Davison



Update, Nov. 29, 2008 - drawing party!

The Recordists will be hosting a collective drawing party (at the invitation of one Jubal Brown) at The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave. Toronto) this Monday evening (Dec. 1). Here's Jubal's description of the event:


INTERVENTION MONDAY is an undiscovered open-ended gathering comprised of writers, critics, musicians, filmmakers and degenerate artists from the seedy underbelly of Toronto's underground. Gathering initially as part of an impetus to create a viable counterculture this post-post-modernday "Vicious Circle" engage in wisecracks, brainstorms and witticisms which, through the abuse of alcohol inevitably dissolve into folly and and spiral into void.

The colloquium includes music and visuals provided by a rotating lineup of selectors and collaborators

This week:
Lorenz plays space music
at 9pm sharp! a special screening of TOTAL WAR, the new video by Jubal Brown "the new-media artist's eyeball-blistering 50-minute digital collage that regurgitates society's hunger for non-stop imagery from non-stop war." --Peter Goddard

Back room: Recordist Drawing Bugram, watch or join as images are recorded through third party conduit cerebellum hand pen.


We'll probably start drawing around 9:30 or 10pm, depending on when Jubal's video ends and Sherri and I arrive. Hope to see you there!


- William A. Davison



Update, Oct. 29, 2008 - solo set

I will be doing a solo set at Somewhere There this Saturday night at an event hosted by Alan Bloor (aka Knurl/Pholde). Details follow:

Sat., Nov. 1, 8pm - 10pm
Somewhere There, 340 Dufferin Street (entrance on Melbourne Ave.), Toronto

First set is William Davison solo (various instruments/electronics)
Second set is Alan Bloor, Jim Bailey and Matthew Poulakakis on various found, invented, and purchased instruments


- William A. Davison



Update, Oct. 15, 2008 - Stactor clip

Just uploaded a new video clip to Youtube. M.Stactor solo set at Null Space, Toronto, Oct. 13/08. Here's the link to my channel:

Or watch it here...


- William A. Davison



Update, Oct. 3, 2008 - collage party pics

Some photos and artworks from a recent collage party we had the pleasure to be involved in (hosted by Jeff and Isla) are up on Jeff Garcia's great blog Have a look why don't ya!

- William A. Davison



Update, Oct. 1, 2008 - Higgins/Davison performance

S.Higgins and I will be appearing at the Bovine Sex Club this Saturday night (Sunday morning, actually) as part of Nuit Blanche (Nuit Noire...actually). I will be reading excerpts from my recently completed cut-up novel Dark Sun (and perhaps some "old favorites" as well) while Sherri and I both will create some sort of sound-collage type audio accompaniment. Details follow:

NUIT NOIRE -- a Counterpoint to Nuit Blanche -- will feature twelve hours of poetry and music from 7:00 PM, SATURDAY October 4, to 7:00 AM, SUNDAY October 5. Twelve Toronto poets have been coupled with twelve musicians to provide this unique artistic event, which will be held at the BOVINE SEX CLUB, 542 QUEEN STREET WEST, TORONTO.

Participants include: Samuel Andreyev, Keith Bridger, Paul Dutton, Foad Hamidi, Beatriz Hausner, S. Higgins and W.A. Davison, Luciano Iacobelli, Babar Khan, D. Alex Meeks, Peter O'Donovan, OmahaRisinG, Tim Posgate, John-Paul Re, Andrea Stone, and Leo Zhang.

NUIT NOIRE is organized by Paul Bouissac, Professor Emeritus, Department of French, University of Toronto. For the past few years he has been organizing similar poetry-music events in Toronto at Le Gourmand, The Bagel, and Timothy's World Coffee.

The actual set times for each performance have not been finalized yet but I can tell you that Sherri and I will be performing between 2 and 3am Sunday morning.

Hope you can make it!

- William A. Davison



Update, Sept. 18, 2008 - Contrapture at the Ping

Contrapture (in this instance, Poulakakis, Bailey, Davison) will be appearing as part of The Ambient Ping's "Textures" concert taking place this Sunday afternoon at the Textile Museum. Here are the details:


The PiNG presents TEXTURES a Special Sunday Afternoon Concert with dSU (dreamSTATE, Sylken & URM), Building Castles Out of Matchsticks, Kinder Atom, Contrapture and General Chaos Visuals

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21st 2008 @ The Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue, South of Dundas, East of University
Map, info & directions at:
Doors open at 1:30pm, 1st set at 2:00, $6

This Sunday afternoon, we're planning something a little different from our usual in-club PiNG shows as we return to the Textile Museum of Canada's Auditorium for a Sunday afternoon concert. Come on out and settle back into the comfy seats to enjoy the sonic and visual textures emanating from the stage.

2 PM - Contrapture. Matthew Poulakakis, James Bailey and William Davison play a set of improvised music using home-made, found, broken and toy instruments.

3PM - Building Castles Out of Matchsticks. Queen of the robots, Anne Sulikowski will be Building Castles Out of Matchsticks as she coaxes lovely sonics from her synths while cooing and musing overtop. For this performance, Anne will be playing new songs off her album "secret land" which is available now through Trace Recordings.

4PM - dSU. There'll be soundscapes and sequencer-driven space music piloted by dSU [Scott M2 (dreamSTATE), Eric Hopper (Sylken), and Jamie Todd (dreamSTATE & URM)] building on their late 80's & early 90's electronic explorations together as Radio Silence.
dreamSTATE -
Sylken -

5PM - Kinder Atom. The warm organic flavours of Kinder Atom will tempt your senses and soothe your soul as their deep electro, funky, dreamy and gentle ambient sounds fill the space.

The auditorium is a large space, so who better to fill it visually than General Chaos Visuals, who will be bringing out their full arsenal of projectors and light toys to turn the theatre and the performers into a canvas for their evolving light painting.

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, chillout, trip hop, dream pop, downtempo, space, darkwave, drone and experimental artists from around the world.


- William A. Davison



Update, Sept. 15, 2008 - Moth Moth!

I've started a tumblelog called "Moth Moth". It's basically an online "graphzine" where I can showcase some of my favorite graphic artists. It will mostly focus on drawing/illustration, comics, and comics-inspired/influenced work. I think it's going to be somewhat of a challenge gathering enough art to keep it going since I'm not just grabbing stuff off websites but actually asking the artists to send me images. But it also gives me a good excuse to contact some of the artists I really like! Anyway, I'm excited about it and I think it's going to be fun!

Not too much there yet but it's off to a good start with work by North Mutator, Kerry Zentner, and Arnaud Loumeau (and me, of course!).

Check it out at

- William A. Davison



Update, Aug. 24, 2008 - North Mutator site updates

Just a quick note to let you all know that a bunch of new collective drawings and collage/drawings have been added to the North Mutator website and I've made some minor improvements to site design and navigation as well.

Have a look here.

- William A. Davison



Update, Aug. 21, 2008 - Fauxdradek

I'll be playing in Odradek (or as Michelangelo is calling it "Fauxdradek" since I'm filling in for James Bailey) tomorrow evening as part of AIM Toronto's Interface series. Details follow:


Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 22, 23 & 24
AIMToronto Interface Series with Peggy Lee (cello, Vancouver)

Friday August 22, 9pm
Arraymusic Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave. Ste. 218

lee/ lumley/ piilonen/ prentice
[ peggy lee (cello) aaron lumley (bass) rob piilonen (flutes) david prentice (violin) ]

[ william davison (guitar, electronics) michelangelo iaffaldano (found & homemade instruments) andy yue (synth, keyboards, etc.) ]

haley/ lee/ rindone
[ geordie haley (guitar) peggy lee (cello) ronda rindone (bass clarinet) ]

Saturday August 23, 3:30pm (note early start time!)
Somewhere There, 340 Dufferin Street (entrance from Melbourne Ave.)

attariwala/ kiik/ lee
[ parmela attariwala (violin, viola) tiina kiik (accordion) peggy lee (cello) ]

smash & teeny
[ sarah peebles (sho) nilan perera (guitars, preparations, electronics) ]

dutton/ lee/ sorbara
[ paul dutton (voice) peggy lee (cello) joe sorbara (drums, percussion) ]

Sunday August 24, 3:30pm (note early start time!)
Somewhere There, 340 Dufferin Street (entrance from Melbourne Ave.)

selected compositions by peggy lee
[ ken aldcroft (guitar) kyle brenders (saxophones) peggy lee (cello) tilman lewis (cello) germaine liu (drums, percussion) nicole rampersaud (trumpet) ]

the guayaveras
[ eric chenaux (electric guitar) ryan driver (electric synth) ]

fisher/ fraser/ lee
[ colin fisher (tenor saxophone, guitar) nick fraser (drums, percussion) peggy lee (cello) ]

+ a free, open rehearsal on sunday, august 24. 11:30am @ somewhere there with peggy lee & ken aldcroft, kyle brenders, tilman lewis, germaine liu, wes neal, nicole rampersaud

tickets: $15/10
3-day pass: $30

Peggy Lee (cello) is a Toronto-born and Vancouver-based composer and improviser who plays in the field between opera, jazz and new music, and who is currently receiving international recognition as one of Vancouver's finest improvising musicians. She is a member of Standing Wave, the NOW Orchestra, and Talking Pictures, and has worked with Elizabeth Fischer, Tony Wilson, and dance choreographers Pipo Damiano and Cornelius Fischer-Credo. She has several recordings to her credit including her most recent project The Peggy Lee Band.


- William A. Davison



Update, Aug. 5, 2008 - S.O.T.N.E. presentation

I will be doing a brief presentation on my work as Songs of the New Erotics this Friday afternoon (Aug. 8, 1pm) as part of TES 2008 (Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium). Details on the event can be found here

Symposium sessions are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information or to register to attend the symposium contact the symposium chair, David Ogborn at david.ogborn(at)utoronto(dot)ca

- William A. Davison



Update, July 23, 2008 - Six Heads this Friday!

Six Heads will be appearing this Friday at the Renaissance Café. Here's the deets:

Friday, July 25/08
Renaissance Café, 1938 Danforth (just west of Woodbine), Toronto

8:00: James Bailey - playing radios and theremin
9:00: James Bailey and Tim Cuff - playing small keyboards
10:00: Six Heads (with James Bailey, of course!) - playing the entire contents of a demolished department store
11:00: possible jam with whoever wants to hang around...and James Bailey!

admission is PWYC, I think

I expect to see you all there (or at least James Bailey)!

- William A. Davison



Update, June 29, 2008 - tomorrow night!

Here's the info about the gig tomorrow night (straight from "Last Minute Crump" as I like to call him!).

Wintage Records & Tapes presents
Live @ the Renisannce Cafe (1938 Danforth..just west of Woodbine)
Monday June 30 10:00pm

Insects With Tits (Ohio) is Kenneth Yates [HarmStryker/Caustic
Castle/804noise/HzCollective] and Roger H. Smith [Chefkirk/804noise].
This collaborative project brings together two very different but
complimentary approaches to improvised no-input style mixing and
processing that results in a colorful spectrum of frequencies and
harsh tones and low rumbling bass. We will have a few copies of older
releases available along with a special Tour CDR, as well as IWT
t-shirts for sale.

Names/Skagen(Norway) Skagen is 1/2 of the norwegian
noise duo Ryfylke and Nernes is a member of the noiserock band Årabrot.

Infinite Godzillas No bio provided...

W.A. Davison ...just fucking crazy!

...and a T.B.A. not yet announced

Please pay $6 dollars at the door...

- William A. Davison



Update, June 25, 2008 - three gigs

I'm a busy boy this weekend! Here are the details on three upcoming performances:


Saturday, June 28, 8pm, $6

Michelangelo Iaffaldano, Jim Bailey, Matthew Poulakakis, William Davison
(Contrapture is an improvised music project using only hand-built and found instruments)

Somewhere There
Live Creative Music in Toronto
340 Dufferin Street
one block south of Queen Street
** entrance from Melbourne Ave. **


Sunday, June 29, 3:30-8:30pm

This Ain't the Rosedale Library Re-Opening Party

This Ain't the Rosedale Library in its new location, 86 Nassau in Kensington market.

Free event!

Readings by Stuart Ross, Steve Venright, Pamela Stewart, Claudia Dey

Musical performances by Bob Snider, Richard Underhill, Six Heads, Nifty, and Rosazia

More info: 416-929-9912


Monday, June 30

Kevin Crump is organizing something at the Renaissance Cafe and asked me to do something. Something else is something something something...okay, so I have no details at all on this yet. I'll let you all know as soon as I find out more.

- William A. Davison



Update, June 11, 2008 - new disc!

irr live CD cover

This was actually released a short time ago but, with the trip and all that, I'm just getting around to announcing it now. Matt Waldron's label Errata In Excelsis has just released the first in a series of (very nicely made and packaged!) CD-Rs which collect the best of's live performance documents. The disc is entitled "Aspiring To An Empty Gesture Vol. 1" and is a full 58 minutes of highly entertaining recordings (in spite of Mr. Waldron's insistence that the performances were "executed by bewildered, sleep-deprived individuals who were tragically underrehearsed for their attempts at material that didn't make any sense anyway". Or, perhaps I should say because of Mr. Waldron's insistance...yada, yada, and so on). The disc features such dubious, amusing, and often oddly attired individuals as M.S.Waldron, R.K.Faulhaber, W.A.Davison and S.Higgins (Egads! Recordists, even!), J.Horwood, G.Scharpen, A.Liles, C.Potter and S.Stapleton (Egads! Nurse With Wound, even!), L.Chambers, J.Scharpen, J.B.Haynes, and countless unwitting insect collaborators.

You may purchase one of these delightful artifacts of the inane and insane from the Errata In Excelsis Ebay store.

There is also a very nice review of this album on the Brainwashed website along with several audio samples (from tracks which happen to include Sherri and myself!). Click here.

- William A. Davison



Update, June 7, 2008 - We're back!

Actually, we've been back since Monday and this is the first chance I've had to do an update. Anyhoo, New York was amazing! No surprises there, New York is always amazing! We had an action-packed three days in NYC, met lots of cool people, saw lots of weird and interesting stuff, and did two performances too (both of which went well, in spite of the usual technical difficulties). Totally worth the tremendous effort it took to get ourselves there and back!

Speaking of tremendous efforts, we'd like to thank all the fine folks who put their energy and resources in our service to help us make this thing happen!

First of all, many, many thanks to all of our Toronto friends who helped out with our fundraising - Dahye and Andrea for the clothing sale, Kevin Crump and Andrew Zukerman for help in putting together the benefit concert, everyone at 61 Major for letting us take over their home for an evening (and what an evening it was! Amazing!), all our friends, new and old, who performed at the benefit concert (Roman Pilates, Tenting In 19th C. Burgundy, Six Heads, Pon De Replay), and everyone who came out to both the sale and the concert to show their support and make a donation! You guys are all totally awesome!

Next, we must thank everyone who helped out in New York. Thanks to Neighborhood Public Radio creative director (sorry if I got that credit wrong) Lee Montgomery who welcomed us to the project with open arms and who went the extra distance by writing a really nice letter for us to help us get over the border! Thanks as well to all the other fine folks at NPR who made our performance there such an enjoyable experience. Thanks to Suki O'Kane and the organizers of Illuminated Corridor who, against all odds...and the weather, made that event a smashing success and a blast to be a part of!

Extra special thanks to Kerry Zentner for coming along with us on this adventure and for being our chief performance documenter!

And last but certainly not least, extra, extra special thanks to Gregory Scharpen for initiating this whole thing by inviting us to perform with him in New York!! What can we say, we love ya guy! Looking forward to our next meeting and collaboration!

And to Aaron Moore of Volcano The Bear, thanks for just being such a damn nice guy and it was great to finally meet you in person!

OK, that's all for now. Time to start planning the next one!

- William A. Davison



Update, May 20, 2008 - Recordists hit NYC!

The Recordists (aka me and Ms. Higgins) will be traveling to New York next week to participate in a couple of very interesting art events! The first of these will be a collaboration with our friend Greg Scharpen in the form of a radio broadcast. I don't mean Greg Scharpen will be in the form of a radio broadcast, the collaboration itself will be a radio broadcast under the auspices of a group called Neighborhood Public Radio as part of the Whitney Biennial. This broadcast will take place in a converted storefront at 941 Madison Ave. on Fri. May 30 from 3 to 4pm. If you're in New York you can come down and watch the proceedings or you can tune in to the broadcast at

The second event we will be participating in is called Illuminated Corridor, a very cool project involving projections, sound, and low-wattage FM transmitters in a very creative use of public space. Again, this will be in collaboration with Mr. Scharpen and the three of us will be part of the audio aspect of the "Corridor". As Mr. Scharpen said in a recent missive, this performance "will include an incredible roster of folks, both musically and cinematically; if you're on the East Coast, this is an exceptionally rare opportunity to see a Corridor in action". The Illuminated Corridor will take place on Sat. May 31 at 8:53pm at a location yet to be decided. See for full details.

As is often the case, these two performances, wonderful and exciting as they may be, are non-paying and we're spending a considerable amount of our own money to make the trek to New York. It will, no doubt, be a lot of fun and well worth it but, since we don't really have the money to spend (as usual), we will be doing a little fundraising before we head off! So, following is a little info on two fundraising initiatives set to take place this coming weekend:


Fundraiser #1 - our friends Dahye and Andrea are holding a clothing sale/flea market kind of thing on Sat. May 24th at Hotshot Gallery, 181 Augusta Ave., Kensington Market, Toronto from 11am to 4pm. Lots of interesting folks have contributed stuff to this so there should be some cool swag!


Fundraiser #2 - also on Sat. May 24th we're holding a "benefit concert" at 61 Major St. Lineup includes Roman Pilates (Kevin Crump of Disguises), Tenting In 19th C. Burgundy (Andrew Zukerman of Gastric Female Reflex), Six Heads (you all know who that is!), and Montreal's Pon De Replay (Brian Seeger's excellent tape noise project!). Start time is 6pm and music will start promptly at 7 (it's not a late night thing, everything will be over by 11pm). This is going to be a blast and, I think, marks the return of the 61 Major St. events (always among my favorite local happenings!). Hope to see you there!


So a quick recap:

May 24th, 11am to 4pm - clothing sale at Hotshot Gallery
May 24th, 6pm to 11pm - concert at 61 Major St.

New York
May 30th, 3pm to 4pm - radio broadcast with Neighborhood Public Radio
May 31st, 8:53pm to 11pm (approx.) - Illuminated Corridor

Also, Sherri and I will be looking for interesting stuff to do while we're in New York (May 28th to June 2nd) so if you know of something or if you're in the area and would like to meet up or whatever, shoot me an email (info at recordism dot com), we'd be glad to hear from you!

- William A. Davison



Update, April 9, 2008 - new Youtube clip!

Just uploaded a new clip to Youtube. View it here (I know there's a way to embed the video in a webpage but I can't find the code that does it! Next time. Anyway, just click the link or go to my Youtube channel).

I've been playing around with something I call the "Chopstick Turntable" for awhile now and have performed live with the device quite a number of times. Normally the Chopstick Turntable consists of a chopstick pushed through the hole of a 12" LP and a record player cartridge and stylus attached to the end of a guitar cable (plugged into an audio mixer/PA or a guitar amp). In this version of the Chopstick Turntable however, I was responding to a challenge put to me by my friend Michelangelo Iaffaldano who suggested I build a gramophone to be used in our "no electricity allowed" performance during Earth Hour on Mar. 29/08. The video clip shows the results of my no power adaptation of the Chopstick Turntable with the cartridge/stylus being replaced by a plastic container and a map pin. This device was premiered live at the aforementioned performance with Arnd Jurgensen, Alan Bloor, Michelangelo Iaffaldano and myself sans electricity, Earth Hour, Mar. 29/08 at Somewhere There, downtown Toronto. The Youtube clip is a demo of the "(No Power) Chopstick Turntable" shot at home on April 7/08 (since there was no visual documentation of the Earth Hour performance).

WARNING: don't try this at home, kids! (at least, not on records you care about. It's a vinyl killer!)

- William A. Davison



Update, Mar. 27, 2008 - Sen/Son and COFO

Two gigs coming up very soon. Here's the info:


Saturday, 29 March, 8pm, $6

set 1, 8pm - 9pm: Arnd Jurgenson (guitar, etc) and friends
in celebration of Earth Hour, no electricity will be used in this performance

set 2, 9pm - 10pm: Sen/Son (Arnd Jurgenson - guitar, William Davison - guitar)
Earth Hour's over, lots of electricity will be used in this performance! ;-)

Somewhere There
Live Creative Music in Toronto
340 Dufferin Street, Toronto
one block south of Queen Street
** entrance from Melbourne Ave. **


Tuesday, April 1/08
Wolf Eyes at Lee's Palace

details are sketchy on this one but it's basically Wolf Eyes with openers Conspiracy Of Familiar Objects (me, Shapiro, Zukerman) and Fossils (from Hamilton).
Don't know the start time. Tickets are $12 in advance from Rotate This (maybe elsewhere too).
Lee's Palace is at 529 Bloor St. W., Toronto
check for more info


- William A. Davison



Update, Mar. 18, 2008 - S.O.T.N.E. in performance

Songs of the New Erotics will be making an appearance at a small event set to take place this coming Friday at Somewhere There. Details follow:

Songs of the New Erotics
Almost Blue Sunshine
Domestic Intelligence Act
Ted Moreau

Friday, Mar. 21 at Somewhere There, 340 Dufferin St. (enter from Melbourne Ave.), Toronto
Doors open at 7pm, admission is PWYC

(note this is an early show!! everything will be over before 10pm!)

- William A. Davison



Update, Mar. 3, 2008 - Mina R.I.P.


Mina in window
Mina, c.1993 - 2008


It is with great sadness that I must announce the passing on of our beloved cat Mina. Her death came early in the evening of Mar. 2, 2008 after a mercifully short illness and she remained in good spirits until the very end. A more perfect feline companion could not be found. She was truly a great friend and words cannot express how much we will miss her.

- William A. Davison



Update, Feb. 15, 2008 - Six Heads and Sen/Son

Two shows coming up in the immediate future:


Six Heads will be appearing on Jim Bailey's radio show "Electric Storm/A Missing Sense" on CKLN radio this Sunday evening (Feb. 17) at 11:30 pm EST. Tune in to 88.1 fm if you're in the Toronto area or listen on the web at


On Tue., Feb. 19, Sen/Son, the duo of Arnd Jurgensen and William Davison, will be appearing at the monthly Bitchin' Sessions at the Gladstone Hotel. Details below:

The Gladstone Hotel Art Bar
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto ON
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
A PWYC event, under the auspices of AIMT.

The music is non-idiomatic free improvisation from three very different directions, created in the moment, at the moment of creation, by the performers.


Sen/Son (William Davison - guitar, Arnd Jurgensen - guitar)

the bitchin' group
Dougal Bichan - violin, bamboo flute
Alan Bloor - bass
Elliott Chapin - flute and other winds
Bryan Dennis - percussion
Rod Campbell is still on hiatus.

For more information, CDs, press kits, interviews,etc. email Dougal Bichan -

- William A. Davison



Update, Jan. 21, 2008 - Dead Of Winter

Six Heads will be appearing at "The Dead Of Winter Will Not Be Silent" this Friday evening. Details follow:


Friday, January 25th

Roman Pilates
Six Heads
more TBA!

Saturday, January 26th

Women in Tragedy
Almost Blue Sunshine
The Dead Are Those Who Have Died
Bonsai Forestry
Chris Worden

Renaissance Café 1938 Danforth Ave. (1 Block West of Woodbine), Toronto
Tickets $8 per day $12 for both days available from Rotate This! & Soundscapes

Festival website is at

Hope to see you there!

- William A. Davison



Update, Jan. 5, 2008 - S.O.T.N.E. on Myspace

A great start for 2008, Songs of the New Erotics is on Myspace!

- William A. Davison



* a note on the title: "The Organ Grinder's Gazette" was the original name of the official printed bulletin of the (now defunct) International Bureau of Recordist Investigation which was published by Emunctory Of Dreams Press and ran for three issues from Jan. 1999 to Feb. 2000. Each issue had a different title - "The Organ Grinder's Gazette", "The G. Grosz Garden Nitrate", and "Tarred Eggs Entering Azoth" - and each variation was an anagram of the original. Since we've decided to resurrect our little bulletin here in the form of this webpage, we also will carry on with our changing name game (using anagrams and other strategies), albeit on an occasional basis, beginning with "The Grazed Noggins Retreat" (anagram, June 2004). "Zero Gang's Three-Tit Danger" was an alternate title (anagram of "The Organ Grinder's Gazette") used in I.B.R.I. Bulletin #2 (April 1999).

Online versions of the original printed bulletins are available on the EOD Press Table of Contents.


The Organ Grinder's Gazette (2007 Message Archive)

The Organ Grinder's Gazette (2006 Message Archive)

The Organ Grinder's Gazette (2005 Message Archive)

The Organ Grinder's Gazette (2004 Message Archive)

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