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    THE STARS AND AFTERWARD (63 20 ) may at first seem like an album of charged sequencer music, but further into this release we also discover a variety of
    Message 1 of 50 , Mar 1, 2012
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      THE STARS AND AFTERWARD (63'20") may at first seem like an album of
      charged sequencer music, but further into this release we also
      discover a variety of interesting modes, zones and atmospheres. Here
      Phillip Wilkerson finds powerful common ground between vintage
      influences and modern production, neither chasing trends nor making a
      fetish of retro sounds. He deals in unforced tones that exert their
      own freedom. Overtly synthetic THE STARS AND AFTERWARD provides a
      sense of propulsion in its motor-like patterns of notes. Within the
      unrelenting procession of evenly spaced beats may be felt a forward
      momentum. The light skipping rhythmic accents, synchronized to a
      composed bassline, provide a perfect foundation over which Wilkerson
      adds keyboard lead lines both thick and thin. This CD also features
      realizations that ask for roaming engagement. At times pastoral and
      silvery then dark and dense, these slowly shifting ambient
      realizations open up space then fill it with sound. Once people hear
      this music they align with it - as its deep sonic pleasures lead to
      reassuring calm. Aging in place, mainstream music feels like something
      important is over. Thankfully, Electronic Music and all of its
      offshoots continue to expand in surprising and creative directions -
      leading the listener into new and imaginative realms.

      Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from THE STARS AND
      AFTERWARD, the new CD by Phillip Wilkerson

      For more on THE STARS AND AFTERWARD, access: http://www.phillipwilkerson.com

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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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        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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