STAR'S END Update 06.10.07
- 30 years ago, everybody thought that the works heard on STAR'S
END were futuristic; that within a few decades this music, along
with flying cars, robots and jet packs, would be part of
mainstream life. Eventually I realized that this sci-fi ideal of
tomorrow was probably never going to happen. So if moon
colonies and skyhooks are still on the drawing board, what then
of the spacemusic of STAR'S END? What does it mean and
where does it fit in? The answer has been there all along. It
doesn't belong to the future. The power and spirit of this most
ethereal genre of music is in its timelessness.
Over its 30 years on WXPN, STAR'S END has featured works
from an enourmous cross-section of musicians and overseen
the emmergence and development of several new styles of
electronic and ambient music. What connects the different
generations, classes and nationalities is the enduring beauty
and spirit present in this music. In producing the show, it's really
quite extraordinary how well a 25 or 30 year old classic fits in
alongside a newly minted piece.
But just as important as the show's musical strides are the
people listening. While the works of musicians have helped
shape STAR'S END, the audience has defined it. The show has
always been about making sleep more interesting, but for an
increasing number of people STAR'S END has become a sonic
getaway from the stresses and distractions of 21st century life.
The music creates an atmosphere; a tonal narrative within which
the listener navigates on their own unique journey.
Another aspect of the STAR'S END listenership is how
supportive you have been over this unprecedented 30 year run.
As a way of marking 30 years of STAR'S END, and as a thank
you to the listeners, WXPN is presenting the STAR'S END 30th
Anniversary Spacemusic Festival on Saturday 16 June 2007.
This all-day event at The Iron Gate Theater in West Philadelphia
will feature Robert Rich + Ian Boddy in their first-ever live concert
as a duo as well as performances by Jeff Pearce, The Ministry of
Inside Things and Orbital Decay.
You can pick up a pair of tickets to the STAR'S END 30th
Anniversary Spacemusic Festival, and become a member of
WXPN, by calling in this weekend during STAR'S END and
making a pledge. Please tune in for details.
Public Radio depends on listener support. At 30 years of
continuous broadcast on WXPN, STAR'S END is one of the
longest running and most renowned shows. On the 06.10.07
program you will be asked for your support and to become an
integral part of Star's End and the presentation of a unique blend
of Ambient, Space, Avant-Garde and Chillout music. You will be
helping STAR'S END in its mission to present the timeless and
innovative music that makes up each broadcast and will become
part of the substance of non-commercial radio. Thank You for
-Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END
If you are available to answer phones during the WXPN
Fundraiser and STAR'S END, please sign up online at:
Special Premiums will be available for those pledging on the
06.10.07 broadcast of STAR'S END, inclucing tickets to the
STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Spacemusic Festival and the
forthcoming STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology - a double
CD which includes previously unreleased tracks recorded live on
STAR'S END by Rudy Adrian, AirSculpture, Ian Boddy, The
Ministry of Inside Things, Orbital Decay, Jeff Pearce, Radio
Massacre Int'l, Robert Rich, Jonn Serrie and Erik Wollo.
STAR'S END 30th Anniversary - Celebration Concert
To mark its 30th year, WXPN will present the STAR'S END
Spacemusic Festival. Performers include Robert Rich, Ian Boddy
(in their worldwide concert debut), Jeff Pearce, Orbital Decay and
The Ministry of Inside Things on Saturday 16 June 2007 from
3:00pm to 11:00pm at The Iron Gate Theater, 3700 Chestnut St.
on the Penn campus in West Philadelphia, PA.
For details please access: http://www.starsend.org
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