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    It has been said that there is no emotion that music cannot touch. So we must ask while listening to the most unique AFTER THE RAIN (65 27 ) which part of the
    Message 1 of 23 , Aug 2, 2012
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      It has been said that there is no emotion that music cannot touch. So
      we must ask while listening to the most unique AFTER THE RAIN (65'27")
      which part of the spirit is electronic musician Ian Boddy hoping to
      reach? With no inclination toward linear narrative structures this
      work is a free-form floating space mission - even further out than his
      previous STAR'S END live sessions. This realization, recorded live in
      concert in Berlin on 29 June 2012, offers very little in the way of
      conventional markers which might help listeners orient themselves once
      inside the music. Are we falling? drifting? receding? will we ever get
      back? There is no way to know. Sounds churn, swirl and rise, then
      disintegrate into an often near vacant expanse. As tones slowly
      collide with one another the mood transforms out of the meditation and
      on to something more kinetic - something that will provoke questions
      and keep the listener reaching for meaning. From its gently cooing
      synthesizer sounds to the plink, splat, tinkle and yelp of rumbling
      electronic modulations there are times on AFTER THE RAIN when it seems
      as if the synthesizer is about to break free of its master's
      imagination. Yet Boddy holds fast, remaining present in this work and
      maintaining a natural flow throughout. Living his life in what seems
      like a delirium of ideas, Ian Boddy is always trying new things - and
      consistently comes up with interesting results. With AFTER THE RAIN he
      has produced a musically unprepossessing work that is nevertheless
      full of conceptual content. But it may be that the most intriguing
      aspect of AFTER THE RAIN is readjusting to reality once it has
      concluded.

      Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music the new live download
      AFTER THE RAIN by UK synthesist Ian Boddy

      For more on AFTER THE RAIN access: http://www.din.org.uk

      For more on Ian Boddy access: http://www.ianboddy.com

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      Ian Boddy - Live on STAR'S END 10.14.12

      Ian Boddy's music consistently sounds fresh; seeming to exist in an
      eternal now. Continually coming up with new ideas and approaches,
      Boddy redefines his relationship with Electronic Music at each outing.
      His innovative contributions to Electronica retain fragments of a time
      gone by and make for a daring and passionate vision of a present
      constantly slipping into the past. His works possess more than just
      the tricks and technology of their time. Boddy's songs are of
      innocence and experience and cast a wide resonance - one that speaks
      from the past to the present.

      Ian Boddy returns to Philadelphia and The Gatherings Concert Series on
      Saturday 13 October 2012. For details please access:
      http://www.thegatherings.org

      Following this concert Ian Boddy will play a live to air radio concert
      on the 10.14.12 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio

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      To those among us who are not yet fans of Erik Wollo, whatever are you waiting for? His exceptionally well-crafted music has been setting trends and stirring
      Message 2 of 23 , Aug 9, 2012
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        To those among us who are not yet fans of Erik Wollo, whatever are you
        waiting for? His exceptionally well-crafted music has been setting
        trends and stirring thoughts for many years. But it is not too late to
        engage with Norway's most interesting multi-instrumentalist as his
        starry career seems in constant ascension. AIRBORNE (67'52") is his
        16th solo release and a great place to begin collecting! Bringing to
        this project a diverse musical background Erik Wollo delivers 12
        tracks of contemporary instrumental music informed but not ruled by
        his experiences in orchestral composition, world music, electronica,
        ambient and spacemusic. Sparks fly as Wollo follows the beat's story
        with pristine piano notes, lush synthesizer arrangements and the soft
        distortion of his blessed guitar tone. When the mood turns more
        contemplative we encounter minor key chords rolling outward through
        cavernous reverb - quiet expressions of deep emotions. As with all of
        Wollo's albums, AIRBORNE seems to possess a musical variety on the
        surface, but there is a cohesion underneath. The structure of each
        piece holds a uniformity of proportion, balance, symmetry, pacing and
        overall sonics - which helps make AIRBORNE seem like one work
        unfolding over many parts. We know that there is no one right way to
        make an album, but lots of wrong ways - the whole process is very
        personal. Erik Wollo knows this too, playing completely from that
        place that he feels in his heart.

        Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from AIRBORNE the new
        studio album by Erik Wollo

        For more on AIRBORNE access: http://www.projekt.com

        For more on Erik Wollo access: http://www.wollo.com

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        Blind listening to LOST IN THE HUMMING AIR (70 58 ) will leave us pleased to have heard 13 excellent, well-crafted works of Ambient Music. But this anthology
        Message 3 of 23 , Aug 16, 2012
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          Blind listening to LOST IN THE HUMMING AIR (70'58") will leave us
          pleased to have heard 13 excellent, well-crafted works of Ambient
          Music. But this anthology does have a common denominator. Subtitled
          "Music Inspired by Harold Budd", LOST IN THE HUMMING AIR officially
          gives notice that it includes music created overtly under the
          influence of this legendary composer and musician - rather than (more
          often than not) leaving Budd's presence an anonymous contemporary
          presence. One need not have ever heard Harold Budd's work to fully
          enjoy this anthology, but in an effort to boost our life satisfaction
          we owe it to ourselves to become aware of at least a few of his
          prominent musical efforts - such as his notable collaborations with
          Brian Eno, "The Plateaux of Mirror" (1980) and "The Pearl" (1984).
          Plus Budd's numerous albums of atmospheric solo piano, especially "The
          White Arcades" (1988) which now seems a touchstone of deeply felt,
          introspective music. His "Abandon Cities" (1984) explores dense
          synthesized soundscapes while "She is a Phantom" (1994) seems more an
          excercise in deconstructed spaciousness. Just as Budd's own body of
          work touches different parts of the human spirit, so do the
          contributions of the interesting group of artists chosen to be part of
          this collection. Biosphere, bvdub & Chris van Wey, Deaf Center, Taylor
          Dupree, Martin Fuhs, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Marsen Jules, loscil,
          Mokira, Porn Sword Tobacco, Andrew Thomas, Christopher Willits and
          Xela produce an impressive range of works. Yet as diverse as this
          artistic roster is the tracks combine wonderfully. Over the course of
          this album it is easy to become lost - which may make LOST IN THE
          HUMMING AIR seem like a different CD at every spin. From unadorned and
          easily absorbed derivatives of the classic Harold Budd sound to the
          willfully difficult, LOST IN THE HUMMING AIR keeps the mind buzzing
          with a sense of possibility - a perfect antidote to current culture's
          assault on private thought.

          Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from the Harold Budd
          inspired compilation CD LOST IN THE HUMMING AIR

          For more on LOST IN THE HUMMING AIR access: http://www.oktaf.com

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          104.9fm Lehigh Valley, PA
          W285DH Whitehall, PA

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          Chuck van Zyl
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          The origins of Ambient Music seem to date back to Erik Satie and his idea of Furniture Music , music that is present in a room and just as unobtrusive as its
          Message 4 of 23 , Aug 23, 2012
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            The origins of Ambient Music seem to date back to Erik Satie and his
            idea of "Furniture Music", music that is present in a room and just as
            unobtrusive as its furniture. Another idea came from Brian Eno and his
            renowned "Music for Airports". Texturally sparse and of a gentle mood
            it more fully espoused the notion of music experienced equally well
            through active listening or at the periphery of awareness. As this
            musical concept went out into the world it fueled the creativity of
            many musicians and confirmed the output of others already working
            towards similar ends. Over the years Ambient Music has quite
            creatively moved beyond the concepts first implied at its beginnings
            and now includes an enormous variety of works - some of which reach
            into the realms of musique concrete, spacemusic and minimalism to
            further the expressionistic intentions of the composer. URBS (67'33")
            by Bruno Sanfilippo is certainly an album of Ambient Music, but it
            should also be thought of as a unique and personal creation made in
            the form of a complex yet truly Ambient soundscape. While it may feel
            somewhat vague URBS is much more than mere background music. Yet
            listeners may have to treat it that way. The four tracks pass very
            quietly in a slow motion haze - but as compelling as these
            realizations are it may be difficult to stay present in the music. At
            once dreamlike and vibrant URBS is interestingly inward. Using
            synthesized and sampled textures and atmospheres Sanfilippo also works
            in a distinctive array of field recordings from various urban
            settings. Voices, street traffic, the ambiance of large spaces and the
            general sounds of city life are all arranged beautifully amidst
            breathing drones, ethereal bells and rounded electronic tones. In many
            passages Sanfilippo combines his manmade sounds with location audio so
            effectively that it is difficult to discern one from the other - the
            blending is so complete. More gesture than musical composition
            Sanfilippo's work is remarkable for its absence of a recognized
            process - and may be more notable for its own mysteries than as a
            means of unlocking ours. Its detailed and fluid movement will cause a
            range of reactions, none of which is wrong.

            Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from URBS the new CD by
            Argentine Electronic Musician Bruno Sanfilippo

            For more on URBS access: http://www.hypnos.com

            For more on Bruno Sanfilippo access: http://www.bruno-sanfilippo.com

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            To tell a story using moving images is the realm of cinema. The filmmakers behind Baraka and its sequel Samsara fully understand this - and in these films
            Message 5 of 23 , Aug 30, 2012
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              To tell a story using moving images is the realm of cinema. The
              filmmakers behind "Baraka" and its sequel "Samsara" fully understand
              this - and in these films have done away with words as well. "Baraka"
              is a profound non-verbal cinematic work and, among many other things,
              predicted our society's transformation from one obsessed with words to
              one increasingly bound to the image. Even so, the musical soundtrack
              remains a significant component of both films. Quite different is
              SAMSARA (62'46") to its predecessor. Composed by Michael Stearns, Lisa
              Gerrard and Marcello De Francisci the 20 tracks seem less synthetic
              and more acoustic in nature. Reverberant native flutes sound in the
              ether above rolling gamelan runs as a lilting female vocal slips
              through a lovely musical scale. Ceremonial horns and percussion
              subside in the presence of distant chanting while the next track
              features propulsive rhythms cycling through on exotic drums and bells,
              beats and grooves. Ever present throughout this album is the work of
              Lisa Gerrard. Ranging from compassionate elegies and idyllic nocturnes
              to dramatic evocations and woeful laments, Gerrard's voice soars
              gracefully above Marcello De Francisci's shifting arrangements. Moving
              effortlessly through different registers, Gerrard slides from
              full-throated exaltation to soft benediction and on to that which
              seems beyond human range. "Samsara" attends well to the inner
              experience but shows what "Baraka" does not. We are reminded of a
              world much larger than ourselves - and hope to come away from this
              aural and sonic experience with a better connection to the phenomenon
              of life. SAMSARA is a film and a soundtrack that will last well beyond
              the moment.

              Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from SAMSARA the new
              soundtrack album by Michael Stearns, Lisa Gerrard and Marcello De
              Francisci

              For more on SAMSARA access: http://www.varesesarabande.com

              For more on Michael Stearns access: http://www.michaelstearns.com

              For more on Lisa Gerrard access: http://www.lisagerrard.com

              For more on Marcello De Francisci access: http://www.bluelabyrinth.net

              For more on the film SAMSARA access: http://www.barakasamsara.com

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              David Wright is considered one of the UK s leading exponents of melodic instrumental music. His work spans a spectrum of styles but is always thematic with
              Message 6 of 23 , Sep 13, 2012
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                David Wright is considered one of the UK's leading exponents of
                melodic instrumental music. His work spans a spectrum of styles but is
                always thematic with strong compositional structure. Combining
                romanticism, sequences, atmospherics and varied rhythmic elements his
                music has been characterized as emotive and expressive with eastern
                and jazz tinged influences. Wright's concerts are journeys propelled
                by gentle pulsating motion. By combining electronic sonorities with
                emotional gravity the resulting music is rich with unique ideas,
                refined ambient tones and elegant melodies.

                David Wright returns to Philadelphia and The Gatherings Concert Series
                on Saturday 15 September 2012. This performance will include music
                from the forthcoming album "Connected". For details please access:
                http://www.thegatherings.org

                Following this concert David Wright will play a live to air radio
                concert on the 09.16.12 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio. Please
                tune in for details

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                88.5fm WXPN Philadelphia, PA
                88.7fm WXPH Middletown, York and Lancaster, PA
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                104.9fm Lehigh Valley, PA
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                Chuck van Zyl
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                Sensing the artist within the context of his body of work is easy with synthesist Paul Ellis. From his cassette culture days as the daring kid-with-a-synth and
                Message 7 of 23 , Sep 20, 2012
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                  Sensing the artist within the context of his body of work is easy with
                  synthesist Paul Ellis. From his cassette culture days as the daring
                  kid-with-a-synth and early electronic workouts with Dweller at the
                  Threshold to the several Hypnos and Groove Unlimited album releases of
                  alternately blazing then contemplative Spacemusic, Paul Ellis may be
                  detected (in varying stages of life) in his music. His CD I AM HERE
                  (68'04") actually gives away his present whereabouts. The inspiration
                  for the three lengthy tracks contained herein are the result of Ellis
                  looking outside of himself a bit more than he has on past ruminations.
                  Yet the overall experience of listening to I AM HERE feels as if Ellis
                  has found some huge new territory inside. This record is never less
                  than intriguing. Possessed by a distinctive creative vision and an
                  ability to keep listeners engaged until the very end Paul Ellis drops
                  a silver chain of sound in an odd sequencer arithmetic that builds
                  larger cycles from smaller ones, plays his signature sounds in an
                  advanced arrangement of chords and melodies, then slows it all down
                  into a hazy middle distance time - all in a captivating pulse for the
                  internet age. On I AM HERE Paul Ellis demonstrates that he understands
                  this music technically, but also in a deeper way. Composing and
                  playing at full capacity it is as if, in the act of flexing his mind,
                  he has discovered new musical possibilities. He is advancing the genre
                  away from mere knob twiddling, drone roaming and effect tweaking -
                  outward towards a compositionally complex and elegant form of serious,
                  yet heart-felt, fascinating minimalist music. Paul Ellis has found his
                  voice through non-verbal communication. I AM HERE is unexpectedly
                  perfect.

                  Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for new music from Portland
                  based synthesist Paul Ellis and his CD release I AM HERE

                  For more on I AM HERE please access: http://www.lotuspike.com

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                  In our daily modern lives it s all too easy for us to believe that our actions have little meaning. After all, what can just one person do to effect change or
                  Message 8 of 23 , Sep 27, 2012
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                    In our daily modern lives it's all too easy for us to believe that our
                    actions have little meaning. After all, what can just one person do to
                    effect change or make their opinions known in the complex, ephemeral,
                    commerce driven pace of the 21st century? Politicians on TV, pundits
                    on radio, celebreties with millions of followers on Facebook or
                    Twitter, even cat videos on Youtube all seem to have much more
                    influence in the world than any one of us average citizens ever will.
                    What can just one person do to make a difference? If you succumb to
                    feelings of uselessness, then the answer is truly "Nothing".

                    Those who support Public Radio are not among this depressed group. You
                    would not give money to public radio if you were under the impression
                    that your actions didn't matter.

                    STAR'S END is an interesting case. The audience understands that of
                    all the music fans there are in the world, only a fraction comprehend
                    the idea behind STAR'S END - and of those who do "get" the music, only
                    a small number actually pledge during the fundraisers. Thanks for
                    holding up your end of the public radio "deal". Your support is felt
                    and sincerely appreciated, and matters - as without you this music
                    would not be coming into your listening space, and the listening space
                    of every other Spacemusic fan each Saturday night/Sunday morning.

                    The mission of STAR'S END is to provide listeners with an experience
                    that is enriching to the human spirit. Every week for over 35 years
                    STAR'S END creates a unique sonic atmosphere. The experience is
                    different for each person, yet all are somehow connected by the
                    continuous flow of music and mood. The hours of these broadcasts
                    belong to you and may be the only time during the week where nothing
                    more is asked of you than to listen... sleep... dream...

                    We're not asking for a few people to do a lot, we're asking for a lot
                    of people to do a little. Everyone! Please call in with a pledge this
                    weekend! The donations that come in during the fundraisers are so
                    important. Thank you for tuning in, and then phoning in to the STAR'S
                    END Fundraising broadcast of 09.30.12. There will be special Thank You
                    gifts available for those calling in with a donation. Please tune in
                    for details.

                    On Public Radio we are doing things found no where else in
                    broadcasting. With a contribution you are doing your part to keep this
                    wonderful thing going - and in your listening space every week. Thank
                    You!

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                    88.7fm WXPH Middletown, York and Lancaster, PA
                    90.5fm Worton/Baltimore, MD
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                    104.9fm Lehigh Valley, PA
                    W285DH Whitehall, PA

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                    NEST (65 50 ) starts off like many other CDs end. With consonant chords and spare piano notes Robert Rich begins a wonderful journey through eight distinctive
                    Message 9 of 23 , Oct 3, 2012
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                      NEST (65'50") starts off like many other CDs end. With consonant
                      chords and spare piano notes Robert Rich begins a wonderful journey
                      through eight distinctive music tracks and contemplative moods.
                      Although some of Rich's work seems to dispense with the idea of
                      beginning, middle and end, NEST does possess a vague compositional
                      arc. Using steel guitar, bells, flutes, synthesizers, piano and
                      environmental recordings, alone or in various combinations, Rich
                      realizes beautifully detailed soundscapes from just a small number of
                      sources. NEST feels different than his other Ambient works. It seems
                      warmer, more comforting, and less questioning. Reverberant flute
                      melodies rise above undulating electronic drones, then give way to
                      sliding voice-like tones of the lap steel guitar - its haunting
                      resonance gliding between the sounds of a softly ringing bell. The
                      soft hum of recordings from wild lands are a near constant background
                      presence - which helps provide NEST with its natural, exotic
                      atmosphere. During the second to last track the mood does darken a
                      bit, becoming broodingly luminous. The wash of breathing synths and
                      wandering guitar lines fill up the listening space more fully than any
                      other track. This piece, placed near the end of the album, will be
                      welcomed by the listener - for its denser soundfield and its thought
                      provoking content. And to more fully enjoy the brighter closing
                      section. Fans of Harold Budd's evocative piano pieces will be pleased
                      with the final exceptionally well-crafted track - a most beautiful
                      prelude to silence. With his minimal works Robert Rich hopes to
                      achieve a new spatial reality through music. NEST is yet another
                      artistic reaction - describing our world with sound.

                      Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from the new CD
                      NEST by Robert Rich

                      For more on NEST please access: http://www.robertrich.com

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                      Fall 2012 Fundraiser Thanks!

                      The donations that came in during last week's fundraiser were so
                      important. Thank You! to the 49 listeners who tuned in to the STAR'S
                      END Fundraising broadcast of 09.30.12, and then phoned in with
                      donations totaling $4527. On Public Radio we are doing things found no
                      where else in broadcasting. With a contribution you are doing your
                      part to keep this wonderful thing going. Thank You!

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                      88.5fm WXPN Philadelphia, PA
                      88.7fm WXPH Middletown, York and Lancaster, PA
                      90.5fm Worton/Baltimore, MD
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                      104.9fm Lehigh Valley, PA
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                      The musical endeavours of Ian Boddy provide the listener with a rich atmosphere of original timbres and floating soundscapes. His music consistently sounds
                      Message 10 of 23 , Oct 10, 2012
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                        The musical endeavours of Ian Boddy provide the listener with a rich
                        atmosphere of original timbres and floating soundscapes. His music
                        consistently sounds fresh, seeming to exist in an eternal now.
                        Continually coming up with new ideas and approaches Boddy redefines
                        his relationship with Electronic Music at each outing. His innovative
                        contributions to Electronica retain fragments of a time gone by and
                        make for a daring and passionate vision of today - constantly slipping
                        into the past. His works possess more than just the tricks and
                        technology of their time. Boddy's songs are of innocence and
                        experience and cast a wide resonance - one that speaks from the past
                        to the present.

                        Ian Boddy returns to Philadelphia for a rare stateside performance at
                        The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 13 October 2012. For details
                        please access: http://www.thegatherings.org

                        Following this event Ian Boddy will play a live to air radio concert
                        on the 10.14.12 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio. Please tune in
                        for deails

                        For more about Ian Boddy please access: http://www.ianboddy.com

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                        104.9fm Lehigh Valley, PA
                        W285DH Whitehall, PA

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                        The electronic music album MORPHOGENIC (60 04 ) shares more with the soundtracks of John Carpenter than it does with Spacemusic s Berlin-School. Using an
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                          The electronic music album MORPHOGENIC (60'04") shares more with the
                          soundtracks of John Carpenter than it does with Spacemusic's
                          Berlin-School. Using an extended range of synthesizers, software and
                          imaginatively processed guitar Parallel Worlds (a.k.a. Bakis Sirros)
                          and Dave Bessell have realized a major work set in a minor key. This
                          darkly beautiful CD of psychically dangerous doom laden sound spins
                          eight sonic stories painted from a darker palette. Their works emerge
                          into cold light, then burn with a hard jem-like flame. Fluttering
                          rhythms echo and pulse, rising and falling in a soundstream of fat
                          synth pads, strange digital distortions and throbbing basslines.
                          Relieved of the burden of brightness, with each surprising chord
                          progression Sirros and Bessell step further and further into darkness
                          - their icy synth strings rising off into the ether while rumbling
                          off-kilter beats delve deeper into the subterrane. The hidden burden
                          of this music becomes clear in the welcoming and brighter, more
                          optimistic passage and its touch of melancholy and tragedy. But soon
                          the measured movement of moaning tones again draws our attention along
                          odd lines, patterns, sequences and modulations. Once noticing all the
                          drama in MORPHOGENIC it is hard to imagine the kind of casual intimacy
                          more conventional musicians must share in a collaboration. Performing
                          as one MORPHOGENIC is their shared reaction. This duo, as with all
                          composers, seek to infect an audience. The question they ask us is not
                          what do we listen to but what do we hear? What makes music great is
                          not practice or study, but courage. Bakis Sirros and Dave Bessell make
                          the world vibrate - in strange and wonderful ways.

                          Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for new music from the duo
                          of Parallel Worlds (Greece) & Dave Bessell (UK) and their CD MORPHOGENIC

                          For more on MORPHOGENIC please access: http://www.din.org.uk

                          For more on Parallel Worlds please access: http://www.parallel-worlds.com

                          For more on Dave Bessell please access:
                          http://sites.google.com/site/davebessellmusic

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                          Although inspired by his environment the music of loscil sounds like it has been conceived by machines. Scott Morgan s SKETCHES FROM NEW BRIGHTON (55 21 )
                          Message 12 of 23 , Oct 25, 2012
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                            Although inspired by his environment the music of loscil sounds like it
                            has been conceived by machines. Scott Morgan's SKETCHES FROM NEW BRIGHTON
                            (55'21") presents a series of nine tracks representative of the near
                            outdoors. His reductions of sea, sky, land and industry into blocky
                            passages of gray sound anticipates a modern culture less involved in the
                            material world, and more aware of the earth and how we effect it. For
                            Morgan ornamentation means not much more than throbbing synth bass,
                            pulsating abstract modulations and breathing drones of dull harmonics. Yet
                            SKETCHES FROM NEW BRIGHTON evokes an astonishing range of moods and
                            colors. Rhythms provide propulsion, as well as a ray of light above the
                            symbolic murmuring backgrounds - while within the slower drifting pieces
                            listeners will find themselves nearly maroon. Development is slow and
                            deliberate throughout this album, but it delivers enough variation to hold
                            our attention - if we so desire. This "thinking person's" Ambient Music is
                            not something listeners "get" into; we must "be" into it. Operating at a
                            high conceptual level, everytime Morgan has a chance to explore new ground
                            he takes it. Allowing SKETCHES FROM NEW BRIGHTON to work on us may lead to
                            a slowed, more sensitive state of mind - one which brings us closer to an
                            artist functioning at the cross section of technology, culture, art and
                            craft.

                            Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for new music from Vancouver
                            based loscil and the new CD SKETCHES FROM NEW BRIGHTON

                            For more on SKETCHES FROM NEW BRIGHTON please access: http://www.kranky.net

                            For more on loscil please access: http://www.loscil.ca

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                            Playing across 11 tracks, the music on ATMOSPHERIC VARIATIONS (75 51 ) by Divine Matrix changes much like the weather does. With each passing song the listener
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                              Playing across 11 tracks, the music on ATMOSPHERIC VARIATIONS (75'51") by
                              Divine Matrix changes much like the weather does. With each passing song
                              the listener is exposed to different intensities of light and subtle
                              variations in mood. From bright motion filled sonic landscapes to overcast
                              hollows of introspection and twilight realms where ambient space seems to
                              become a physical location, Steve Barnes (the man behind Divine Matrix)
                              drifts us through a unique musical climate. Incorporating squelching radio
                              travel advisories and environmental field recordings along with ever
                              changing layers of lush synthesized sounds and tight sequencer runs
                              ATMOSPHERIC VARIATIONS fits in well alongside works by more established
                              British Contemporary Instrumental artists such as David Wright, Bob
                              Holroyd and Paul Lawler. Yet by keeping the energy level contained,
                              sustained and crisp Barnes has realized an enjoyable work somewhere
                              between the gloss of New Age and the Minimalism of Spacemusic. As we
                              listen, undulating drones soon give way to echoing electronic tone
                              patterns, above which heroic keyboard lines expand in a ribbon of melody,
                              while further on the energy dissipates in deep digital chords and dark
                              clouds of reverb. Beautiful piano notes amidst smartly arranged effects
                              and rhythms produce cool compositions beneath the sound of rain and
                              rolling thunder - effectively contrasting the more upbeat action pieces.
                              ATMOSPHERIC VARIATIONS renders the blue and white of the sky, the gray of
                              a storm and the dark of night into a wonderfully detailed aural
                              experience. The music is more than transportive, with its most prominent
                              feature being its attitude of hope - and the forecast of a new and better
                              tomorrow.

                              Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from Divine Matrix and
                              the recent release ATMOSPHERIC VARIATIONS

                              For more on ATMOSPHERIC VARIATIONS please access:
                              http://www.admusiconline.com

                              For more on Divine Matrix please access: http://www.divinematrixmusic.com

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                              Fall Back - Move to Standard Daylight Time This Weekend

                              Clocks are turned back one hour this Sunday morning 4 November 2012 at 2:00AM local time as the USA moves to Standard Daylight Time - making the 11.04.12 broadcast of STAR'S END one hour longer.

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                              Vic Hennegan carries something with him everywhere he goes. In his heart he keeps the entire Universe and with each album release he shares something of it
                              Message 14 of 23 , Nov 8, 2012
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                                Vic Hennegan carries something with him everywhere he goes. In his
                                heart he keeps the entire Universe and with each album release he
                                shares something of it with the rest of us. Nowhere before has so much
                                of his interior life been on display as on NEBULA WAVES (56'51"). This
                                work again reaches into a wordless spiritual realm and re-creates for
                                us the world of light and sound in which Hennegan lives. Depicting a
                                space where sound seems to abide as a force, the listener is drawn far
                                from the experience of the everyday. Among this album's many
                                mysterious sonic moments we find a robot choir singing its electronic
                                hymn over a slowly pulsing sequencer run - while further in an
                                arpeggio of synthesized notes dances through echo with Hennegan above
                                it retaining his crown as king of the soaring synth lead. NEBULA WAVES
                                feels less plotted and more genuinely lived - as to realize this music
                                Hennegan draws on both his Spacemusic core and life ideals. Due to the
                                personal nature of NEBULA WAVES listeners will not need an education
                                in this genre of music to appreciate it, just an open state of mind.

                                Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from Vic Hennegan
                                and the recent release NEBULA WAVES

                                For more on NEBULA WAVES please access: http://www.vichennegan.com

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                                Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber - Live at The Gatherings on 17 November
                                2012 (Free Admission)

                                Creating layers of space out of pumping sequencer patterns, strident
                                lead lines and harmonies warm and golden Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber
                                explore the inner darkness of electronic music, yet out on the verge
                                of ethereality their music gleams like new. Existing on a plane
                                outside the oppressive rush of modernity this music quotes the
                                classics of Spacemusic without mimicking them. Their musical
                                sensibilities evoke a sense of discovery, with each concert marking a
                                new frontier of sound.

                                The newly formed Spacemusic duo of Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber will
                                mark their live performance debut in a Free concert for The Gatherings
                                Concert Series on Saturday 17 November 2012 within the remarkable
                                church sanctuary of St. Mary's Village, 3916 Locust Walk on the Penn
                                campus in West Philadelphia. Sonic innovator and local EM legend
                                Charles Cohen will be providing a rare Ambient/Textural opening set.

                                For complete details please access: http://www.thegatherings.org

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                                Over the course of his musical existence Chuck van Zyl has developed a signature exploratory style. By blending the primitive machine beauty of classics like
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                                  Over the course of his musical existence Chuck van Zyl has developed a
                                  signature exploratory style. By blending the primitive machine beauty
                                  of classics like Ricochet with the highly formed values of more recent
                                  groups such as Redshift and Arc, his solo studio works are the
                                  consequence of a persistent creativity. With CENOTAPH (70'22") Chuck
                                  van Zyl has melded the intimate with the epic. Fans will find the
                                  results of this release riveting. Its tone veers from synthesized and
                                  atmospheric, to the reckless energized pulse of tumbling sequencer
                                  patterns, on down to a somber interiority - moving between the three
                                  in an impressive aural narrative. With plenty of cool modulated
                                  effects, ethereal Mellotron begot harmonies and melodies, and
                                  interlinked shifting arpeggios CENOTAPH seems timeless in its purity.

                                  Along with an arsenal of electronic instruments, key in producing the
                                  hallmark sounds of classic cosmic music, is van Zyl's sense of pacing,
                                  arrangement and contour. His lead lines hover wistfully above the
                                  throbbing pulse of interlocking, multi-layered sequencer patterns
                                  which race ahead then diminish into swirling ether. The compositions
                                  are restrained, rendered without any sharp edges, and posses a Berlin
                                  School authenticity of both tone and spirit - right down to the
                                  yearning of a generation seeking to find its place in the cosmos.

                                  Layers of mechanistic patterns grow, synchronize then switch direction
                                  and color in breathtaking dexterity - mixing, shifting and dividing in
                                  a twisting double helix of echoing electronic tones. These
                                  performances eventually progress through their brawny phase to gently
                                  turn ethereal and otherworldly. Moving into the quiet drama and dark
                                  imaginings of the misty reality between sleep and wakefulness.

                                  Chuck van Zyl hits on all the major aspects of this genre, his
                                  melodies are human, rhythms machine-like, harmonies ethereal and the
                                  range of timbres he creates to voice his music are original and
                                  extraordinary. This music is a sincere exploration of the mood and
                                  mystery of the Spacemusic genre. With a strong core idea and strong
                                  execution CENOTAPH offers vast sonic riches. Here we find an
                                  intelligence extending beyond the cold logic of machines - as well as
                                  a significant contribution to a most intriguing musical universe. The
                                  man who made this music is in this music - attending to his own inner
                                  theater. Chuck van Zyl makes us believe that we have not just listened
                                  to his work, but lived it.

                                  Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for new music from Chuck van
                                  Zyl and the recent release CENOTAPH

                                  For more on CENOTAPH please access: http://www.synkronosmusic.com

                                  For more on Chuck van Zyl please access the STAR'S END Profile:
                                  http://www.starsend.org/chuckvanzyl.html

                                  CENOTAPH is being released on 17 November 2012 to coincide with Chuck
                                  van Zyl's collaborative performance with Terry Furber as part of The
                                  Gatherings Concert Series.

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                                  Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber - Live at The Gatherings on 17 November
                                  2012 (Free Admission)

                                  Creating layers of space out of pumping sequencer patterns, strident
                                  lead lines and harmonies warm and golden Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber
                                  explore the inner darkness of electronic music, yet out on the verge
                                  of ethereality their music gleams like new. Existing on a plane
                                  outside the oppressive rush of modernity this music quotes the
                                  classics of Spacemusic without mimicking them. Their musical
                                  sensibilities evoke a sense of discovery, with each concert marking a
                                  new frontier of sound.

                                  The newly formed Spacemusic duo of Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber will
                                  mark their live performance debut in a Free concert for The Gatherings
                                  Concert Series on Saturday 17 November 2012 within the remarkable
                                  church sanctuary of St. Mary's Village, 3916 Locust Walk on the Penn
                                  campus in West Philadelphia. Sonic innovator and local EM legend
                                  Charles Cohen will be providing a rare Ambient/Textural opening set.

                                  For complete details please access: http://www.thegatherings.org

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                                  Loops are everywhere, and when Steve Moore creates one that does not become redundant his audience slips into a different space. His CD LIGHT ECHOES (70 26 )
                                  Message 16 of 23 , Nov 22, 2012
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                                    Loops are everywhere, and when Steve Moore creates one that does not
                                    become redundant his audience slips into a different space. His CD
                                    LIGHT ECHOES (70'26") works a strange and marvelous spell. We hear its
                                    detailed and fluid movement with our heads, but the music reaches far
                                    into our minds. LIGHT ECHOES moves from big synthesizer proclamations
                                    to small sequencer dances, yet maintains a natural flow throughout.
                                    Building larger cycles from smaller ones the musical energy surges
                                    along interlocking lines of notes and patterns - its mechanized echo
                                    rumbling and churning like a well-tuned engine. The six tracks deepen
                                    with Moore's elevated lead lines and effect soaked chords. With style
                                    and assurance his surpassing artistry and emotional heat holds us in
                                    its grip. Although Michael Hoenig never recorded this album, hearing
                                    LIGHT ECHOES might make us check. But Moore's music is more than a
                                    quotation game. It is through releases like LIGHT ECHOES that EM will
                                    endure. We should not be asking is Moore following Michael Hoenig,
                                    Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream? But rather are they all following
                                    something higher?

                                    Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for new music from Steve
                                    Moore and the recent release LIGHT ECHOES

                                    For more on LIGHT ECHOES please access: http://www.cuneiformrecords.com

                                    For more on Steve Moore please access: http://www.stevemoore2600.com

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                                    Hidetoshi Koizumi is based in Tokyo under the name Hybrid Leisureland while Alexandre Scheffer works as Cell in Paris. Scroll Slide and Hanging Masses are
                                    Message 17 of 23 , Nov 29, 2012
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                                      Hidetoshi Koizumi is based in Tokyo under the name Hybrid Leisureland
                                      while Alexandre Scheffer works as Cell in Paris. "Scroll Slide" and
                                      "Hanging Masses" are their respective 2010 releases for the Ultimae
                                      Records label. 9980 (71'37") is the ensuing 2012 debut collaboration
                                      CD where Koizumi and Scheffer realize music as the duo Connect.Ohm.
                                      9980 occupies territory within the IDM category, and happily
                                      distinguishes itself across nine tracks full of tuneful melodies,
                                      restrained rhythms and atmospheric bliss. Its curving arc shifts
                                      easily from pulsing electro-exotica to somber, lush and languid
                                      soundscapes all without losing the album's narrative thread. Unity is
                                      achieved through a network of basic ideas that permeate this album.
                                      Contrasted by tempo and depth, concurrent grooves and beats supplement
                                      each other to assume new shapes, then separate and coalesce. Amidst
                                      all the synthesized textures and timbres the luxuriant drums do not
                                      seem like much of an intrusion into this musical drama. The pace is
                                      slow without dragging. In fact 9980 seems to be gently pulling us into
                                      the future. With variety on the surface and cohesion underneath, there
                                      is more to this music than merely organizing sound. There are guiding
                                      hands behind it, hoping to give rise to thoughts, emotions and
                                      feelings within the listener. If this music is listened to in a
                                      certain way, it opens - allowing us to meet its maker.

                                      Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for new music from the duo
                                      Connect.Ohm and their recent debut release 9980

                                      For more on Connect.Ohm and 9980 please access: http://www.ultimae.com

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                                      Stephen Parsick hears the call of the wild, and answers it. His concert CD ASTRAL DISASTER (76 28 ) plays like a souped-up rebuild of Ricochet or Departure
                                      Message 18 of 23 , Dec 5, 2012
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                                        Stephen Parsick hears the call of the wild, and answers it. His
                                        concert CD ASTRAL DISASTER (76'28") plays like a souped-up rebuild of
                                        "Ricochet" or "Departure From the Northern Wasteland". Answering The
                                        Berlin School's challenge Stephen Parsick and his 'ramp project
                                        ratchets up the dramatic tension, nearly matching the intensity of his
                                        previous "Steel and Steam" (2011). Sections of this album extend
                                        further into sequencer darkness than even Parsick's closest
                                        contemporary (Mark Shreeve and his impressive Redshift project). But
                                        to prolong these comparisons would undermine Parsick's achievement.
                                        Surging and dangerously thrilling ASTRAL DISASTER holds us in its
                                        grip. The first of two ample live pieces begins with strange drones
                                        and an amassing density. Here the composer shows his teeth as sets of
                                        deep tones build into complex multi-layered sequencer patterns.
                                        Running at full-tilt the bass notes nearly blast out of the speakers -
                                        burning in a warm distortion. Gentle electric piano melodies and
                                        classic Mellotron voices somehow soften this section's expanding
                                        motorized pulse. And with so many rhythms being introduced,
                                        brightened, altered and then dormanted the piece never wants for much
                                        more in the way of melody. The program concludes with an ascent into
                                        brighter territory with crystalline notes echoing through cosmic
                                        voices. Parsick focuses the concert program's second half on a more
                                        gentle gravity - meant to open vast new spaces within the listener. As
                                        a sustaining abstract landscape haunts the soundfield, Parsick works
                                        his strange and mysterious spell. Well into this floating zone we
                                        sense the engine again turning over. Heightening this work's urgency
                                        the sequencer lines gradually run bigger, brighter and bolder - yet
                                        the closing moments reveal a tenderness that seemed impossible in the
                                        earlier thunder. Never less than intriguing ASTRAL DISASTER is not
                                        like anything else we will hear this year. Delving deeper into his
                                        musical obsessions Stephen Parsick has crafted an album that captures
                                        the careening, adventurous spirit of the 1970s without ever seeming
                                        overly retro. ASTRAL DISASTER, and the concert it was taken from,
                                        feels fully willed and artfully conceived.

                                        Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for new music from 'ramp and
                                        the recent release ASTRAL DISASTER

                                        For more on ASTRAL DISASTER and 'ramp please access: http://www.parsick.com

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                                        Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber - Live at Event Horizon on 7 December
                                        2012 (Free Admission)

                                        Creating layers of space out of pumping sequencer patterns, strident
                                        lead lines and harmonies warm and golden Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber
                                        explore the inner darkness of electronic music, yet out on the verge
                                        of ethereality their music gleams like new. Existing on a plane
                                        outside the oppressive rush of modernity this music quotes the
                                        classics of Spacemusic without mimicking them. Their musical
                                        sensibilities evoke a sense of discovery, with each concert marking a
                                        new frontier of sound.

                                        The newly formed Spacemusic duo of Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber will
                                        perform live in a Free concert on Friday 7 December 2012 at The
                                        Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street on the Penn campus in West Philadelphia

                                        For complete details please access: http://www.eventhorizonseries.org

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                                        Creating layers of space out of pumping sequencer patterns, strident lead lines and harmonies warm and golden Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber explore the inner
                                        Message 19 of 23 , Dec 13, 2012
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                                          Creating layers of space out of pumping sequencer patterns, strident
                                          lead lines and harmonies warm and golden Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber
                                          explore the inner darkness of electronic music, yet out on the verge
                                          of ethereality their music gleams like new. Existing on a plane
                                          outside the oppressive rush of modernity this music quotes the
                                          classics of Spacemusic without mimicking them. Their musical
                                          sensibilities evoke a sense of discovery, with each concert marking a
                                          new frontier of sound.

                                          Sometimes referred to as "the children of space", Furber and van Zyl's
                                          generation of musicians are more than just carrying on an earlier
                                          tradition. Seeing creativity as a component of their own personal
                                          spirituality this duo's musical realizations are fueled by everything
                                          from music technology to a greater cosmic awareness.

                                          The newly formed Spacemusic duo Terry Furber and Chuck van Zyl will
                                          explore the possibilities of live performance on the 12.16.12
                                          broadcast of STAR'S END. Their effort will feature many notable
                                          synthesizers, including the full sound of the 1969 Moog 1P modular
                                          system. Please tune in for details.

                                          For more on the music of Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber please access
                                          the STAR'S END Profile (includes music sample):
                                          http://www.starsend.org/cherry.html

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                                          STAR'S END broadcasts every Saturday night/Sunday morning
                                          from 1am-6am (EST) 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
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                                          http://www.starsend.org
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                                          On WINTER GARDENS (63 21 ) Anthony Paul Kerby and Robert Davies achieve a tranquil and understated sonic poetry. Recording their fourth CD together as The
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                                            On WINTER GARDENS (63'21") Anthony Paul Kerby and Robert Davies
                                            achieve a tranquil and understated sonic poetry. Recording their
                                            fourth CD together as The Winterhouse the duo goes deep into sound's
                                            relationship with space. The result is marvelously direct. WINTER
                                            GARDENS conjures snow, ice and frost and a sense of scale -
                                            registering in both the brain and the gut. In a genre where there
                                            still is room for intuition this music is not about how your ears hear
                                            the tones but how your body reacts to its cold emanations. This album
                                            has its own drifting rhythm - and it is easy to lose one's bearings in
                                            the quiet force of its slow storm. More than just a self-swallowing
                                            void WINTER GARDENS is comprised of six tracks across several sections
                                            of slowly shifting drones. The seemingly static opening segments are
                                            meant to turn the attention of the listener inward. Once safely
                                            chilled the music becomes more harmonically active. Synthesized
                                            strings create tension and release as crystalline tones tinkle and
                                            twinkle in the hovering reverberation. Maybe there is an electric
                                            organ sound, a stretched flute, or some kind of bell ringing through
                                            an echo. There might be breathing or metal grinding, and possibly some
                                            tape feedback. It is impossible to know. The sounds arise, combine,
                                            change and melt away - slowly, as all things sub-zero must. When we
                                            play this CD we may feel as if we are hearing something pure, but
                                            maybe we are not supposed to be listening - too personal, too dark,
                                            too cold.

                                            Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for new music from The
                                            Winterhouse and their CD WINTER GARDENS

                                            For more on WINTER GARDENS please access: http://www.dataobscura.com

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                                            STAR'S END Solstice in Space

                                            To mark the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Festivus and other regional
                                            holidays... this weekend the 12.23.12 broadcast of STAR'S END will
                                            present a Winter Soundscape edition. Please tune in for a true
                                            Chillout session featuring our favorite Wintertime Spacemusic
                                            classics, as well as some new additions to the ever-growing library of
                                            cold weather, low Ambient temperature Music - including a traditional
                                            carol turned electronic by synthesist Terry Furber, performing on his
                                            restored vintage 1969 Moog 1P modular synthesizer.

                                            Happy Holidays!

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                                            STAR'S END broadcasts every Saturday night/Sunday morning
                                            from 1am-6am (EST) 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
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                                            As digital and computer based synthesizers replace texture with gloss, many current music makers seek out classic analog styled instruments to attain a warmth
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                                              As digital and computer based synthesizers replace texture with gloss,
                                              many current music makers seek out classic analog styled instruments
                                              to attain a warmth or hopeful nostalgic cast to their music.
                                              Synthesist and guitarist Javi Canovas seems to understand this
                                              practice as evidenced by his album PSYCHEDELIC VOYAGE (67'31"). To
                                              some this album's core idea may seem from a bygone age, but others
                                              will recognize its central thinking as eternal. This work contains a
                                              respectful range of tones, timbres, subject matter and forms - and
                                              makes wonderful things happen inside the mind of the listener. As
                                              musically generated ideas bounce and ricochet off one another alien
                                              modulations loom and then dissipate. Synth strings add stately beauty
                                              even as full-bodied lead lines unfurl in a billowing ribbon of melody.
                                              Containing four tracks, three with lengthy propulsive sequencer
                                              workouts, PSYCHEDELIC VOYAGE benefits from Canovas' perpetual and
                                              meticulous adjustment to sound. The engine-room patterns thicken and
                                              brighten in echoing syncopation as the rush of warp drive overtakes
                                              the listening experience. Javi Canovas embraces Spacemusic as the only
                                              language able to contain his aspirations of creativity. As with all
                                              great music, once it is out in the air we are just its temporary
                                              holders.

                                              Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from Javi Canovas
                                              and his album PSYCHEDELIC VOYAGE

                                              For more on PSYCHEDELIC VOYAGE please access: http://www.musiczeit.com

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                                              STAR'S END broadcasts every Saturday night/Sunday morning
                                              from 1am-6am (EST) 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

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                                              Chuck van Zyl
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                                              http://www.starsend.org
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                                              Highs in the 70s is WXPN s retrospective of the significant music realized during the decade of the 1970s, one of the most expansive periods in contemporary
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                                                Highs in the 70s is WXPN's retrospective of the significant music
                                                realized during the decade of the 1970s, one of the most expansive
                                                periods in contemporary music. This weekend the annual intensive look
                                                at the Progressive-Rock genre of the 1970s is back on the air again.
                                                For 2013 the Highs in the 70s: Prog-Rock Edition will broadcast for 12
                                                hours - beginning at 1:00PM on Saturday 5 January 2013 and run
                                                continuously until 1:00AM on Sunday 6 January 2013. This marathon will
                                                feature timeless classics alongside obscure relics of the Progressive
                                                Rock era. Periodically throughout this special program show host Dan
                                                Reed will be joined by industry insider Biff Kennedy, author Dave
                                                Thompson and STAR'S END host Chuck van Zyl for an entire day's worth
                                                of excellent music from the Art-Rocking times of the 1970s. Please
                                                tune in to WXPN this Saturday/Sunday for great Progressive Rock music
                                                on the 2013 Prog-Rock edition of Highs in the 70s.

                                                The 01.06.13 broadcast of STAR'S END will have a go at presenting a
                                                Spacemusic version of Highs in the 70s. It was music from this decade
                                                that defined the premise upon which STAR'S END was founded, and these
                                                works have been a positive influence on nearly every artist working in
                                                the Ambient and Space Music genres (and beyond) ever since.

                                                We can find many points in the history of music where the content of
                                                works has changed, but very few times when form has changed. Form will
                                                need to change when what is being expressed is so new or unique that
                                                it transcends all the known existing forms. The 1970s was such a time,
                                                and post-war Berlin was the place. At this nexus of music technology,
                                                spirituality and political incitement the youth of this era broke with
                                                the past in an epic new form of music - a music based on unfamiliar
                                                experimentation, instruments and ideals, and providing its
                                                practitioners with limitless expressive possibilities.

                                                We can still feel a charge every time we hear these classics.
                                                Listening today to music released some 35 to 40 years ago one can
                                                trace the influence of much of modern Electronic Music back to these
                                                essential albums. What connects the different generations, classes and
                                                nationalities found throughout this music is the enduring beauty and
                                                spirit present within all of it.

                                                Today, when it seems that there is no room for consequential
                                                innovation in music, one need only look across the history of
                                                Electronic Music to find a fascinating wealth of artists, releases,
                                                concerts and technology. The STAR'S END edition of Highs in the 70s
                                                hopes to remind us of how real the past was, and how urgent it remains
                                                if remembered well.

                                                Please remember to tune in to WXPN this weekend for 18 hours worth of
                                                1970s Prog and Space music! Thanks!

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                                                from 1am-6am (EST) 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

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                                                Chuck van Zyl
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                                                http://www.starsend.org
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                                                Glenn Main is truly a player working in a player s medium. His musical influences include many of the greats, including Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Tangerine
                                                Message 23 of 23 , Jan 10, 2013
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                                                  Glenn Main is truly a player working in a player's medium. His musical
                                                  influences include many of the greats, including Klaus Schulze,
                                                  Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Kitaro and especially Jean-Michel Jarre.
                                                  The fourth release by Glenn Main is RIPPLES (58'42") and will sit on
                                                  the shelf quite respectably next to any album by the aforementioned as
                                                  well as any by those of his contemporaries, Robert Fox, Paul Lawler
                                                  and David Wright. From his studio in Olso, Norway Glenn Main realizes
                                                  electronic music in a particular contemporary instrumental style.
                                                  There is an affirming energy present in all of his compositions. With
                                                  plenty of lilting melodies, pleasant harmonies and bouncing rhythms
                                                  RIPPLES has drive and pulse without ever producing the overwrought
                                                  sensations of more experimental and challenging music. Moving across
                                                  12 focused and intelligently arranged tracks, RIPPLES alternately
                                                  floats, pushes and pulls the listener through an interesting sonic
                                                  terrain of warm synthesized chords, catchy lead lines and soft
                                                  electro-rhythms. Flute sounds evoke tenderness while in another more
                                                  upbeat area full-bodied synth tones command heroic themes. Later,
                                                  reverberant piano notes interact crisply with echoing shakuhachi
                                                  chiffs, both hovering above a warm beat and bass line. As songs
                                                  wondrously change one into the next the mind of the listener is drawn
                                                  along the arc of a unique musical story. RIPPLES just about controls
                                                  our heartbeat - through its obvious romance with sound, as well as
                                                  with its nuanced secret depths.

                                                  Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from the CD
                                                  RIPPLES by Glenn Main

                                                  For more on RIPPLES access: http://www.admusiconline.com

                                                  For more on Glenn Main access: http://www.reverbnation.com/glennhenriksen

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                                                  Happy New Year!

                                                  This weekend STAR'S END presents the annual Year in Review program.
                                                  Please tune into the 01.13.13 broadcast, which will feature
                                                  Significant Ambient and Spacemusic Releases of 2012 - Part One.

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                                                  from 1am-6am (EST) 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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