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STAR'S END Update 06.06.04

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  • Chuck van Zyl
    The small hours are prime time for creativity. Late at night, when all is still and quiet, and it seems as if there is no one else in the world, electronic
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 4, 2004
      The small hours are prime time for creativity. Late at night, when
      all is still and quiet, and it seems as if there is no one else in
      the world, electronic musicians are busy at their work. Once the
      gear is warmed-up, tuned-up, tweaked and adjusted, they slump
      over their synthesizers for hours on end, lost in what appears to
      be a kind of meditation - part spiritual, part technological - but
      what is actually the deep contemplation of sound, space, scale
      and the emotional connection to these concepts. Free System
      Projekt (Marcel Engels, Ruud Heij and Frank van der Wel) exists
      in a world we will never know. Whether creating music in the
      comfort of their own studio or on stage before hundreds of fans,
      this trio appears nearly motionless, zombie-like, in an effort to
      conserve energy better channeled towards the realization of their
      expansive endeavors into spacemusic realms. PROTOAVIS
      (75'26") is an album featuring both studio and concert
      recordings of Free System Projekt. The three tracks presented
      on this album are wonderful examples of classic Berlin-School
      improvisations. Their work moves from indistinct and shadowy
      atonal washes of pure sound, on to the clarity of gleaming
      harmony, congealing nicely as step sequencer rhythms
      advance... that ever-evolving pulse of arpeggiated scales... above
      which rides a range of melodic synthesizer expressions; stout
      and warm to thin and brittle - these expressive analogue lead
      voices bringing focus and life to what is otherwise an exercise in
      repetitive mechanistic virtuosity. Partly behind this creative force
      lies a command of the technology as well as a profound
      personal insight into the meaning and potential of the genre.
      What remains is an immeasurable factor. With no eye contact,
      hand signals or speech, Free System Projekt displays a near
      telepathic ability to communicate musical cues and ideas to one
      another during a performance. Their success is due to a unique
      musical intuition - a perception and sensitivity, in real time, to
      the dynamics of sound, energy and their fellow musicians.

      Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from
      PROTOAVIS, the latest album by Free System Projekt

      For more on Free System Projekt, access the STAR'S END
      Profile: http://www.starsend.org/freesystemprojekt.html

      For more on PROTOAVIS, access:


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      Chuck van Zyl
      Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
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