What’s going on at wikiGong.com…
Stay tuned… 2022 promises to be interesting, but has so far eluded significant planning.
The cPanel penny has finally dropped
If you missed the site’s fourteen-hour service outage of January 14, 2022, it may not be clear that we’ve actually survived GoDaddy’s decommissioning of their “end-of-life” shared Linux hosting services. Actually, we self-resurrected following a process every bit as graceless and needlessly disruptive as we feared, but it’s over. Even Pour Your Own (musique) Concrète seems to be fully operational. Big sigh of relief here on our end…
You may notice some slow cache refreshes for a bit, but otherwise things should be back to normal. Keep those cards and letters coming.
We dove into the pandemic format of soundpedro2021 on several occasions:
wikiGong joined longtime SoCal performers phog masheeen and Skunk Puppet on October 27, 2021 in the debut of this video project inspired by the deepest of terrestrial mysteries and the lore of those who dare cross it.
Check out more from the Wonder Valley Experimental Festival here.
Pour Your Own (musique) Concrète
On June 5, soundpedro2021 premiered Dave Ayer’s soundscape created using a long-planned and newly-reinvisioned-for-the-pandemic-era interactive work, Pour Your Own (musique) Concrète, a software instrument for making music out of pre-recorded sound samples.
Originally imagined as a gallery installation, the web-hosted version has been optimized for mobile phone displays. Use it to explore the free recordings available here at wikigong.com. Create multi-track soundscapes on the fly. Experiment. You can view the web page here.
On August 5 and 11, soundpedro2021’s VBODOBV live stream presented a brief video tour of the new page, which you can also view on Vimeo. The same program featured wikiGong’s latest cosmological meditation:
Message in a Bottle
wikiGong.com has addressed the singularity and loneliness of humanity: Andrew Marvell’s “Deserts of vast eternity” surround us, and anyone else with wit to look. But what if we sent a message, with the speculative hope of anyone who commits a piece of paper in a wine bottle to the surf? What if we thought we had something worth saying? What if we wanted to be known? Remembered? Feared? Worshiped? Admired? What if we just wanted to help? If we were convinced we knew something important? Then, like Marvell, “let us roll all our strength and all / our sweetness into one ball” and fling it as far as we can! As many copies as we can, like dandelion seeds. A powerful gesture, drawn from the massive infrastructure sustaining wikiGong.com’s work, will send the best we can offer where we cannot go.
Suppose someone else sent a message like this, in an expression of…what? Hope? Fear? Arrogance? Proselytizing mania? In any case, some consuming passion. The message travels for eons. For this voyage, it has agency. It has everything necessary for a quest. It has vast patience, sustained by a tiny flame. (One does not simply walk across a desert of vast eternity.) It has feelings, much like its creators.
Now, what if the message arrives–with all its strength and sweetness–and we ignore it?
The soundpedro2021 event followed 2020’s virtual precedent, appearing in installments beginning June 5, 2021. From the press release:
Subject to change as more information becomes available, with additional presentations TBA through November.
- June 5th – An evening of audioscapes – online stream of sound compositions. We encourage community members to broadcast soundpedro2021 from their porches, balconies, windows live during the Kick-Off.
- July 12 – Earmaginations [silent videos] – new and retrospective.
- July 18 – World Listening Day: Alex Braidwood, Board Member, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology will host a performance.
- July 28 – Artist Curated Event (ACE) PopUp – First of a series of artist curated events, other dates between August and November TBA.
- August 5 and 11: VBODOBV : Virtual BreakOut During the OutBreak Videos.
- November 18 – UnƧightly: Sound Poetry
RIP Alvin Lucier, December 1, 2021
RIP Aldo Tambellini, November 12, 2020
RIP John Prine, April 7, 2020
Our files have moved!
We’ve been planning to transfer our library of free content to the greater commons—and, in the process, simplify these pages—for some time now. We’ve now moved our files to public media sharing and collaboration platforms:
- freesound for sharing samples and field recordings
- ccMixter for sharing and remixing music samples
- SoundCloud for fully mixed work
- Flickr for photos
- Vimeo and YouTube for video
Our MediaWiki and ccHost file migration is now complete: we’ve shut down both wikiGongMain and wikiGong Sounds. We’ve tried to provide links from our pages here to all our materials at their new homes. Of course you can contact us with any concerns!
wikiGong at soundpedro 2020
“Unfairly Used”, one of our works originally planned for soundpedro 2020
Our media work The Price replaced wikiGong’s planned offerings at soundpedro 2020 after the venue was closed to comply with Californian pandemic directives. The audio portion was featured during soundpedro’s schizophonia: Virtual Breakout During the Outbreak streamcast on June 6, 2020.
Links to complete works “reimagined” for a virtual venue were still being added to soundpedro’s posts pages as we announced this. But since binaural audio comprised only two dimensions of our intent, we posted the video on Vimeo for the curious.
soundpedro 2019: Bees of the Dead
wikiGong performed with an extended ensemble wearing environmentally-generated audio. Jacob‘s long fascination with apiculture–he is an active member of the Long Beach Beekepers–and our incipient dread of the impact of species collapse suggested our theme for soundpedro 2019. The event was sponsored by Long Beach FLOOD‘s annual soundpedro project.
More details are on our soundpedro 2019 project page.
soundpedro 2018: Aeolus Woke
A few documenta are on our soundpedro 2018 project page.