• wikiGong at SoundWalk 2012 LB01
  • wikiGong at SoundWalk 2012 WIMF04
  • wikiGong at SoundWalk 2012 WIMF03B
  • wikiGong at SoundWalk 2012 WIMF03C
  • wikiGong at SoundWalk 2012 WIMF01
  • wikiGong at SoundWalk 2012 LB03
  • wikiGong at SoundWalk 2012 WIMF02B

SoundWalk 2012 project

Our third appearance at Long Beach Soundwalk marked several turning points. It was our most ambitious program, an exercise in overreach that would come to guide our future plans in a “Here be dragons” sort of way. It was our most extensive use of the MediaWiki application as a collaborative tool, eventually growing to some twelve individual wiki pages. And it was the last live performance by our initial “band” lineup. Each of these milestones flashed past in a blur; the fact we had passed them became evident in time.

By 2012, wikiGong.com faced obscurity as an open web resource and growing pains as a performing group, suspecting we might be neither. The organization sponsoring Soundwalk, Long Beach F.L.O.O.D.—its web presence lingers on as soundwalk.org—was particular about the content of these events: calls for proposal explicitly solicited “sound art” and discouraged traditional musical performance. Nevertheless, Soundwalk acts often walked a fine line between art happening and rock band. wikiGong performances explored some other grey area bounded by poetry jams, art video critiques, and new music rehearsals.

wikiGong program, Soundwalk 2012

Soundwalks were typically scheduled to last from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. Five hours is a lot of time to fill, and our ambition expanded to fit. We’d accumulated some signature works from prior events we thought we’d use to book-end new material, which we’d cycle through during the prime hours after dark. The event was trimmed to four hours—6:00-10:00 PM—by the time contributors were announced, so our resulting program looked something like this:

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