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STAR'S END Update 04.08.12

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  • info@starsend.org
    Presently, Philadelphia is the Spacemusic capital of the world. What with the number of continuing concert events and radio shows in the region presenting this
    Message 1 of 50 , Apr 5 8:16 PM
      Presently, Philadelphia is the Spacemusic capital of the world. What
      with the number of continuing concert events and radio shows in the
      region presenting this genre of music, as well as the significant
      number of area musicians working in this field and the loyal and
      informed audiences they attract, it is difficult to argue against this
      claim.

      But 20 years ago, on 9 May 1992 - the evening on which The Gatherings
      Concert Series staged its first event, this was not the case. A once
      active Spacemusic scene driven by artists such as The Nightcrawlers,
      The Ghostwriters, Tangent, Stephan Spera, Darren Kearns and others had
      very nearly ground to a halt. With no significant venue to host such
      events, and as our scene's noted musicians moved on to other
      endeavors, the community which supported this music became dormant -
      and for some time here in Philadelphia there was nothing in the way
      Spacemusic events.

      The aforementioned concert of 9 May 1992 featured the trio Xisle, who
      was at the time the last remaining vestige of a once vibrant
      Electronic Music scene. The concert was sponsored by the STAR'S END
      radio program and held in a meeting room at public radio station WXPN
      (which at that time was housed in a Victorian era building on the Penn
      campus).

      Although the musical performance and audience turnout were quite good
      and enthusiastic, in that modest meeting room at what felt like a dark
      time for innovative music. It could not be imagined that over the
      coming 20 years this small "gathering" of listeners would grow to such
      an extent as to attract acclaimed performers and audience members from
      around the world - and realize concert experiences of legendary quality.

      With each passing year as more and more exceptional concerts were
      presented The Gatherings Concert Series built an international
      reputation for producing provocative and daring works of artistic
      excellence. In 2004 The Gatherings Concert Series was granted
      non-profit status by the IRS and has ever since then operated as a
      501(c)3 charity by The Corporation for Innovative Music and Arts of
      PA, an independent all-volunteer organization.

      The 2012 season marks the 20th anniversary of the series, and features
      a wonderful line-up of musicians both local and international.
      Concerts are held in the remarkable setting of the church sanctuary at
      St. Mary's Hamilton Village, 3916 Locust Walk in west Philadelphia on
      the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Please see below for
      2012 season notes:

      The 2012 Gatherings Season:

      Wave World plus The Tangent Project:
      21 April 2012

      Broekhuis Keller & Schonwalder:
      15 May 2012

      David Wright:
      15 September 2012

      Ian Boddy:
      13 October 2012

      Chuck van Zyl + Terry Furber:
      17 November 2012 (Free Admission)

      Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for works by musicians
      appearing as part of The Gatherings Concert Series 2012 season.

      For more on The Gatherings Concert Series and the 20th Anniversary,
      access: http://www.thegatherings.org

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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
    • 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

        -

        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

        -

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