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    Posted: October 11 2008 at 14:28
Wednesday Oct. 22

featuring Ghostlight + Heavy Water
Part of the Music Gallery's X AVANT New Music Festival III: Space is the Place (runs Oct. 21-26)

Location: The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen W. — Toronto, Canada
Doors 9pm, concert 10pm
Admission: $5 at the door

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Klaus Dinger’s life on Earth ended March 21, 2008. But the German drummer’s greatest contribution to our world, his trademark “Motorik” beat, was something that defied beginnings and endings, an embrace of an endless moment that stretched from here the horizon. First appearing on the music scene in the late ‘60s as an early member of Kraftwerk, Dinger and his friend, singer/guitarist Michael Rother, soon went out on their own to form Neu!, who alongside Can and Faust, would define the genre known as “krautrock” — or as the musicians themselves preferred to call it, “kozsmiche musik” (cosmic music). Over the course of their three albums released between 1972-75, Neu! would streamline the sound of psychedelic rock into a futuristic form of space travel, powered by Dinger’s minimal, eighth-note kick-drum pulse. The Motorik beat would later be retro-fitted for use by modern-day avant-rock avatars like Stereolab and My Bloody Valentine, but forever will be associated with Dinger and Neu!

In memoriam of Klaus Dinger, whose passing at age 61 came much too soon, an expanded version of Toronto’s improv psych-rock collective Ghostlight will perform a two-hour improvisation based on the Motorik rhythm. Heavy Water will perform the opening set.

A massive, open-ended improvisational psych-rock ensemble that slips through the history of vital far-out music like a sleek librarian thumbing a familiar encyclopedia. Ghostlight’s membership includes a virtual who’s who of long-running Toronto players. They once backed up Damo Suzuki of Can. They create space that feels. — Kevin Hainey

Heavy Water is the audio-visual collaboration of Toronto-based filmmaker Victoria Cheong and sound artist Wolfgang Nessel. With an interest in experimentation, they have performed live, recorded videos and created installations together. They draw inspiration from abstractions found in the natural world to create sensory works that are visually and sonically layered and textural. In June, 2008 they released their first album, Deep Glistening, a 34-minute compilation of looping soundscapes and low-grade videos.

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