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STAR'S END Update 06.04.06

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  • Chuck van Zyl
    STAR S END Update 06.04.06 Radio Massacre Int l is a trio of English musicians (Steve Dinsdale, Duncan Goddard, Gary Houghton) known for their extended
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      STAR'S END Update 06.04.06

      Radio Massacre Int'l is a trio of English musicians (Steve
      Dinsdale, Duncan Goddard, Gary Houghton) known for their
      extended concerts of epic aural excursions. RMI proudly admits
      that their performances are largely improvised and often veer off
      into areas dictated by mood, circumstance or whim. Their
      recorded output reflects the diversity and complexity of this work,
      which is often compared to that of the Berlin School of cosmic
      music that emerged in Germany during the 1970s. But RMI's
      work is not simply re-creating the music of this era, but rather
      further exploring and contemplating the expressional mode and
      the instruments that made it possible in hopes of realizing new
      ideas. Enter third millennial idea-man Ian Boddy and
      SEPTENTRIONAL (56'14"), his interesting collaboration with
      RMI. For this album, Boddy has extensively edited and arranged
      hours of new RMI studio recordings into five tightly orchestrated
      and varied pieces, adding his own percussion riffs and rolls
      when needed. While the tracks sound like something made by
      RMI, they are more condensed and agile. Gone are the
      sprawling and time-warping jam sessions of previous releases.
      On SEPTENTRIONAL Boddy successfully retains the essence of
      RMI's music as well as displays its variety. The feel of the album
      shifts in turns between the stark and elegiac soundscapes of
      "Seven Sceptres of Sephulcrave" (11'43") and "The Last Laugh"
      (8'20") to the athletic and brisk spirited "The First Cry" (11'06")
      and "Trident" (11'19") and the nimble and supple complex web of
      minor key melodies on "Searching Septentrional Skies" (9'20").
      Here the slow early section drifts by, generating momentum for
      the gyratory sequencer rhythms. So goes SEPTENTRIONAL, a
      cofunction that yields abundant musical rewards - addressing
      the ideal of only being satisfied with not what came before but
      what comes next.

      Tune into STAR'S END this weekend for music from
      SEPTENTRIONAL by Radio Massacre Int'l

      For more on SEPTENTRIONAL, access: http://www.din.org.uk

      For more on Radio Massacre Int'l, access:


      Trans-Sonic 20th Anniversary

      The Trans-Sonic festival took place on 30 & 31 May 1986 at the
      Harrison Hall Auditorium on the Penn campus in Philadelphia
      and featured live performances by Steve Roach, The
      Nightcrawlers, Darren Kearns and Michel Rouse. Produced by
      John Diliberto and Kimberly Haas (now of ECHOES), the festival
      was the first of its kind in Philadelphia, drew hundreds of
      enthusiastic music fans and ultimately was a great musical
      success. Thanks to John and Kim for providing STAR'S END
      with recordings from Trans-Sonic to mark the 20th anniversary of
      the event. Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for rare live
      recordings from the 1986 Trans-Sonic festival.

      Read John Diliberto's Trans-Sonic memories at his on-line
      ECHOES Blog: http://www.echoes.org/blog


      Mahoney + Peck live on STAR'S END

      Mark Mahoney and Michael Peck, once part of the ambient trio
      The Amaranth Signal, utilize analogue, digital and software
      synthesizers in their electronic realizations. Their work is formed
      out of a balance between dark ambient soundscapes and spare
      sequencer figures. Based in Tennesse, the duo will play this
      weekend at Electro-Music 2006 in Philadelphia - followed by a
      radio concert for STAR'S END. Their new CD release is

      For more on Mahoney + Peck, access:


      STAR'S END broadcasts every Saturday night/Sunday morning
      from 1am-6am (EDST) on:

      88.5fm WXPN Philadelphia, PA
      88.1fm WXPH Harrisburg, PA
      90.5fm Worton/Baltimore, MD
      104.9fm Allentown, PA

      and live on the web...


      Chuck van Zyl
      Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
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