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STAR'S END Update 06.08.08

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  • Chuck van Zyl
    Through his music, David Parsons has provided listeners with visits to many a far-flung place. Influences from his world travels turn up in all of his works.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 5, 2008
      Through his music, David Parsons has provided listeners with
      visits to many a far-flung place. Influences from his world travels
      turn up in all of his works. On SURYA (64'48"), Parsons leads us
      on the most fascinating journey - into dreams and the mind. A
      kind of Eastern Ambient Noir, this album presents five intensely
      felt atmospheric meditations. Parsons' electronic temple virtually
      resonates with cerebral energy. Crystal bowls, digital chants and
      an ever-present deep and knowing drone endow this CD with a
      ceremonial feel. Slow drum blasts and sustaining metallic pads
      add to the mystery as minimal soundscapes unfold in floating
      blackness. Hopefully this work will not be mistaken for yet
      another lazy drone album. Parsons' methods are masterful and
      his philosophy mystical - and SURYA is the perfect integration of
      the two. A great deal of attention is paid to the subtle sound
      design and the slowing pace. Once the eyes close this
      experience becomes less about music and more about places
      within. SURYA may begin in Asia, but it ends in the deepest
      recesses of the mind. Parsons' inner landscape is darker than
      any found on Earth.

      Tune into STAR'S END this weekend for music from the live CD
      SURYA by David Parsons

      For more on SURYA, access: http://www.harmonies.com


      The Gatherings Concert Series presents an Analogue
      Sequencer Workshop on Sunday 8 June 2008 at 7pm at St
      Mary's Hamilton Village, 3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA.

      The Sequencer Workshop will be headed by veteran synthesist
      Terry Furber, a leading talent in the field of home synthesizer
      design as well as in music performance with his Spacemusic
      duo Orbital Decay. Demonstrating on an array of gear, which
      includes two Synthesizers.com q960 Sequential Controller
      modules and a refurbished Moog 1P modular synthesizer,
      Furber will discuss the history, technology, equipment and basic
      concepts involved in using an Analogue Sequencer and the
      realization of music. Attendees will have an opportunity to
      observe close-up the workings of a sequencer, hear how
      patterns are created, modified and turned into music and learn
      how these means might be used in their own creative
      endeavors. Whether you are a beginner, a music fan or have
      advanced knowledge, you will come away from this workshop
      with a better understanding of the sequencer, the people who
      use them and deeper insight into and better appreciation of the
      many genres of music inspired by the synthesizer.

      For more, please access: http://www.thegatherings.org


      Thanks for your support!

      Thank you all for calling in on the 05.18.08 broadcast of STAR'S
      END and pledging! Through the generosity of 33 listeners we
      were able to raise $2785. Your support is sincerely appreciated!

      Special Thanks to the phoneroom volunteers: Bill Beck, Art
      Cohen, John Garaguso, John Garaguso Jr, Roycee Martin and
      Bud Schoefer - plus Gino Wong and Jeff Towne for their pitching
      efforts on-air.


      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.

      Thanks very much for your support!


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

      88.5fm WXPN Philadelphia, PA
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      and live on the web at http://xpn.org


      Chuck van Zyl
      Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
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