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STAR'S END Update 10.09.11

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  • info@starsend.org
    Initially TRANSITIONS (44 59 ) may seem like an anthology of The Very Best of Patrick O Hearn s Mellow and Somber Works. Not so. This album is nine tracks of
    Message 1 of 50 , Oct 6, 2011
      Initially TRANSITIONS (44'59") may seem like an anthology of The Very Best
      of Patrick O'Hearn's Mellow and Somber Works. Not so. This album is nine
      tracks of new and beautifully original music more towards the Ambient end
      of the Contemporary Instrumental spectrum. O'Hearn brings a wealth of
      serious, thought-provoking complexity to these calming and pleasing songs.
      While his trademark luminous synthesizer tones and pads, acoustic guitar,
      grand piano and bass guitar sound out his musical voice, clarity and
      simplicity are the dominating philosophy. Animated and warm TRANSITIONS
      moves easily between sonorous soundscapes and drifting twilight realms to
      an elegant synthetic minimalism and movie soundtrack-like sonnets, all
      along the gentle arc of O'Hearn's unique artistic vision. In spite of its
      cerebral atmosphere and nuanced moods, ardent O'Hearn fans will no-doubt
      find satisfaction in TRANSITIONS' more energetic tracks; muscular
      references to his early releases and those of other Prog-influenced
      Electronic Musicians. As the mental activity of the listener aligns with
      O'Hearn's feeling for structure, melody, phrasing and pacing, the need to
      reference previous works or outside sources falls away - leaving us
      happily inside a most timeless and elegant music. It is a challenge for
      someone who has done so much to do something new, but O'Hearn has learned
      to blend and build on everything he has previously attempted. The
      inventiveness that the composer of "Ancient Dreams" and "Between Two
      Worlds" brought to those profound early works he also brings to
      TRANSITIONS.

      Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from TRANSITIONS the new CD
      by Patrick O'Hearn

      For more on TRANSITIONS, please access: http://www.patrickohearn.com

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      Bernhard Wostheinrich - Live on STAR'S END 10.09.11

      Bernhard Wostheinrich elicits meaning from abstraction in electronic music
      and painting. He has studied design and has created an eclectic body of
      work in both graphics and music. Using a compositional approach akin to
      his work as a visual artist, Wostheinrich usually begins by improvising
      abstract sonic structures which are subsequently developed into an
      increasingly detailed aural picture. Working with electronic instruments
      he seems able to generate and play in a style all his own. Full of unusual
      quirks and mannerisms he is a truly unique musician.

      Bernhard Wostheinrich returns to STAR'S END for an in-studio live to air
      radio concert on the 10.09.11 broadcast. Please tune in for details

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      Chuck van Zyl
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    • info@starsend.org
      New things get old. But this has not been the case with electronic montage music. The artistic manipulation of sound seems to be continuing on very well since
      Message 50 of 50 , Jul 19, 2012
        New things get old. But this has not been the case with electronic
        montage music. The artistic manipulation of sound seems to be
        continuing on very well since its inception among the works of
        Stockhausen and Varese. Rachel Evans recording under the name MOTION
        SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL makes a significant and pleasant contribution
        to this lineage with a self-titled double disc. Evans turns her small
        studio into a large force, continually combining and recombining a
        fascinating range of timbres into a variety of sonic textures and
        aural colors. As if saying that we are taking this journey together
        the four roughly 20-minute tracks on this release are obviously the
        products of experimentation, but are not completely random
        realizations. The music builds slowly and inexorably into a torrent of
        sound - then drops away revealing soft synthesized tones or echoing
        word fragments. Better than the playback of frozen vocal samples
        throughout this work Evans provides us with layered singing. And an
        oh-so ethereal wordless human song it is that drifts across the
        celestial sphere of the listening mind. MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL
        offers something more than its avant-garde roots. Along with its
        unusual manipulations of sound, harsh synthesizer modulations and
        saturated tape effects there are even more passages of ethereal calm
        and beauty - allowing this work to stand equally alongside early
        albums by Michael Stearns or the more solemn pieces by Voice of Eye.
        Without a distinctive melodic narrative, very little in the way of
        rhythm and its overall expressionistic expansive feel MOTION SICKNESS
        OF TIME TRAVEL makes use of the fact that human perception is
        unstable. Missing many aspects of conventional compositions this
        listening experience often feels unteathered. Evans makes music
        appealing to the intellect as well as to the senses and seems from a
        bygone era - one where composers and musicians crafted original sounds
        and ideas and then spent time and effort organizing them in such a way
        as to stimulate a listener. There is another nostalgic element
        inherent within this music... optimism. It is performed solely because
        the composer's ideas are important; that it is done so well helps to
        preserve this musical art form.

        Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music the double disc MOTION
        SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL

        For more on the album MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL (out on Spectrum
        Spools) access: http://www.editionsmego.com

        For more on Rachel Evans access:
        http://www.motionsicknessoftimetravel.blogspot.com

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        Visit STAR'S END on

        MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/starsendradio
        Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/starsendradio

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

        88.5fm WXPN Philadelphia, PA
        88.7fm WXPH Middletown, York and Lancaster, PA
        90.5fm Worton/Baltimore, MD
        99.7fm Harrisburg, PA
        104.9fm Lehigh Valley, PA
        W285DH Whitehall, PA

        and live on the web at http://xpn.org

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        Chuck van Zyl
        Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
        http://www.starsend.org
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