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    The CD MEMOIRS OF A LIFETIME (42 53 ) seems to have been built on Brian Vassallo s respectable 2003 release Beyond . Upon a strong foundation his new sonic
    Message 1 of 50 , Jun 8, 2012
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      The CD MEMOIRS OF A LIFETIME (42'53") seems to have been built on
      Brian Vassallo's respectable 2003 release "Beyond". Upon a strong
      foundation his new sonic structures feel bigger, brighter and more
      complex. As MEMOIRS OF A LIFETIME spins through its eight tight and
      polished compositions we hear Vassallo heading past classic works by
      synth heroes Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis, and ever closer to a
      unique symphonic prog-space. The first few tracks are spacey and
      pleasurable as climactic chords and a fluttering arpeggio of notes
      swirl in a breezy whirlwind of synthetic sound. The mood continues to
      escalate as ever shifting sequencer patterns run through a series of
      imaginative progressions. Dropping in and out then jumping from one
      key to the next Vassallo keeps the pace careening as his listeners
      follow the reeling transfers. From here on out MEMOIRS OF A LIFETIME
      gains momentum as big bouncy electronic rhythms expand and recede
      beneath dramatically arranged synthesizer orchestrations and
      atmospheric textures. Heroic guitar inspired keyboard solos next to
      elegant chamber ensemble simulations in time with a well placed drum
      kit mix may give listeners from the mainstream an access point - just
      as the more cerebral among us will become absorbed by the fascinating
      modulations, engaging arrangements and masterful programming of
      sounds. Music and memories are among the few things that have the
      ability to evoke some of life's most powerful emotions. MEMOIRS OF A
      LIFETIME is Brian Vassallo's search for such powerful things - things
      that we cannot physically touch, yet may touch us so deeply.

      Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music by Brian Vassallo
      (Republic of Malta) and his CD MEMOIRS OF A LIFETIME

      For more on MEMOIRS OF A LIFETIME access: http://www.brianvassallo.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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