Wonderment 2019 continued over the Canada Day long weekend with two unique showcases of live ambient electronics…
JULY 1st: WONDERMENT AT BEACON HILL PARK
Ambient music has a long history going back decades, even before Brian Eno coined the term. Victoria BC has shared in that legacy going back at least 25 years, and GCEMS proudly presented three of Victoria’s early ambient artists, who made significant contributions to the development of a local and regional ambient music scene during the 1990s.
BINHEX – aka Nicole Goodman
HASSELHOFF – aka Quentin Rogers
Quentin and Nicole are best known for opening Victoria’s first dedicated electronic music retail outlet, Temple of Sound, in June 1994. Prior to the shop, however, they had already hosted ambient events, and held residencies at Java Coffeehouse (“Gravity”) and on CFUV (“Escape Velocity”). Quentin and Nicole moved to Vancouver in 1995, and have continued to DJ, produce, and host ambient music events to this day.
Sabrina Dzugalo is a producer, sound engineer, and DJ. She continued running the ambient music weekly at Java, while also producing her own radio show on CFUV and DJ’ing techno throughout the island and lower mainland. Sabrina moved to Toronto in 1998 to study audio engineering at the Harris Institute, returning to BC in the mid-2000s. You can find her music on Woodwork Recordings, ADSR Collective, Coldwave Records, and Urban Arts Berlin.
Rounding out this edition of Wonderment was Tango Lima, aka Trevor Lang.
JUNE 30th: WONDERMENT-AT-NIGHT
AT CONGREGATION EMANU-EL SYNAGOGUE
Explorations of Jewish Mysticism through Electronic Music
On June 30th, Wonderment-At-Night entered into a unique meditative space at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue. This is the oldest Synagogue in continuous use in Canada, a modestly elegant building that just celebrated in its 155th year, with vaulted ceilings similar to a cathedral but with a wood a plaster interior finish. The acoustics were well-suited to the music presented in Quad-Sound that night. Artists included Surrounded By A Radiance and Dominion of Being, who explored themes of Jewish mysticism through ambient electronics.