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STAR'S END Update 11.06.11

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  • info@starsend.org
    Harold Budd has traveled musically far and wide, yet his examination of the subject is quite deep. IN THE MIST is a long hoped for studio album - so laden with
    Message 1 of 50 , Nov 3, 2011
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      Harold Budd has traveled musically far and wide, yet his examination of
      the subject is quite deep. IN THE MIST is a long hoped for studio album -
      so laden with reverb it sounds more like it was recorded in a cavern. In
      this meditative, almost mesmeric music, we easily become lost in the misty
      reality between wakefulness and sleep. The first several pieces are for
      piano and seem to utilize a more flexible, less-theory bound means of
      composing. During this section Budd delivers each piano note so slowly
      that the listener is hearing more the sound and character of the space
      than the instrument. The silences and hesitations between notes lead to an
      almost motionless, uncharacteristically lean sonic landscape. In some
      places Budd's playing drifts off into an ambient reverie, slowly advancing
      along a contour of hidden designs. The remaining pieces are for string
      quartet and, although more structured, continues the unique deliberate
      pacing and massive sonic reflections of the opening piano section. Through
      his many albums and concerts Budd realizes a unique rare world. With IN
      THE MIST he is reaching for even more emotional range. Those new to the
      music of Harold Budd should first listen to works such as "The Pearl" or
      his famous collaboration with Brian Eno, "The Plateaux of Mirror" - which
      have impressed and influenced a vast number of listeners and musicians.
      Fans and collectors of his music, those who desire more insight into the
      many wonderful facets of this incomparable composer, will want to hear IN
      THE MIST. Much like poetry, this work has a silent depth at its center.

      Tune in to STAR'S END This weekend for new music from Harold Budd and his
      CD IN THE MIST

      For more on In the Mist, please access: http://www.darla.com

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      ends on Sunday 6 November 2011, at 2:00:00 AM local standard time. Please
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      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
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        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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        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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