The dreamy digitalia of Ian Boddy & Bernhard Wöstheinrich permeates HEMISPHERES (93'39"), their lushly imagined live recording from Germany's Bochum Planetarium. This work embraces many emotions, moods and colors as the duo reveals their instruments' vast potential. Exploring sound synthesis in all its possibilities Boddy and Wöstheinrich roam freely between musical abstractions and prog-rock inspired crowd-pleasers. In the former, sheets of sound build and renew to immensely pleasing effect while the more defined areas are strident and ethereal in turns. Most interesting are the passages that dwell in the middle ground, where all aspects of their music converge. Here full-throated synth leads tear across syncopated sequencer patterns and the sporadic thrum of electronic percussion. The two sets both clock in at around 45 minutes with beautiful amorphous soundscapes introducing and closing each. The sensation is less that of sound floating through the room, than that of the audience floating in the sound. Music is in dire need of alternate worlds of possibility and HEMISPHERES delivers on this promise. It is a work imagining a "non-place" - where all the tracks are landmarks in a dream cartography drawn by Boddy and Wöstheinrich.
Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from HEMOSPHERES the live collaboration between Ian Boddy and Bernhard Wöstheinrich
For more on HEMISPHERES, access: http://www.din.org.uk
Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend
STAR'S END will be one hour shorter this weekend as Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday 8 March 2009, at 2:00:00 AM local standard time. Please turn your clock ahead one hour this Saturday Night/Sunday Morning while you listen to STAR'S END.
STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD
To mark 30 years of continuous broadcast of STAR'S END, WXPN has released the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD. This double CD contains over 120 minutes of live music from 12 renowned artists. The unique performances were culled from on-air in-studio radio concerts by some of our community's greatest talents. Included on the disc are previously unreleased live selections donated by: The Ministry of Inside Things, Orbital Decay, Ian Boddy, AirSculpture, Radio Massacre International, Robert Rich, Rudy Adrian, Jonn Serrie, Jeff Pearce, Saul Stokes and Steve Roach.
The STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD is available for a $60 donation to WXPN, which includes membership and all of its benefits (current WXPN members can receive the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD for a $25 donation). Call 1-800-565-WXPN for details.
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