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STAR'S END Update 07.08.12

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    Marconi Union uses rock instrumentation for non-rock purposes. The intention is to give their audience something beyond the prescription of ordinary pop songs.
    Message 1 of 50 , Jul 5 6:19 PM
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      Marconi Union uses rock instrumentation for non-rock purposes. The
      intention is to give their audience something beyond the prescription
      of ordinary pop songs. DIFFERENT COLOURS (48'31") is their sixth
      release and its absorbing assortment of seven atmospheric and textural
      instrumental tracks are sure to move the listener to experiences of
      their own making. Featuring Jamie Crossley (guitar and electronics),
      Richard Talbot (electronics and keyboards) and Duncan Meadows (piano)
      their album brings together the evanescent and the momentous along
      with the ethereal and the weighty. The more upbeat compositions
      connote movement, flux and transience. When this trio kicks it into
      higher gear with twanging guitar, snaking e-bow melodies and muted
      beats the feeling is strangely invigorating. The calming properties of
      the pieces exploring ambient realms keeps DIFFERENT COLOURS from
      developing into a runaway. Followers understand the unique stirrings
      this work may bestow - a reaction without action. Sometimes music can
      channel the ethos of another era, or as it seems in the case of
      Marconi Union, an era that has yet to happen... Their every album
      seems unexpectedly perfect.

      Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music by the Manchester,
      England based trio Marconi Union and the new CD DIFFERENT COLOURS

      For more on Marconi Union access: http://www.marconiunion.com

      For more on DIFFERENT COLOURS access: http://www.justmusic.co.uk

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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 8:23 PM
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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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