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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 1 of 23 , Oct 3, 2012
      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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      The musical endeavours of Ian Boddy provide the listener with a rich atmosphere of original timbres and floating soundscapes. His music consistently sounds
      Message 2 of 23 , Oct 10, 2012
        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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        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
        Message 3 of 23 , Oct 18, 2012
          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 4 of 23 , Oct 25, 2012
            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
            Message 5 of 23 , Nov 2, 2012
              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 6 of 23 , Nov 8, 2012
                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
                Message 7 of 23 , Nov 15, 2012
                  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 8 of 23 , Nov 22, 2012
                    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 9 of 23 , Nov 29, 2012
                      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 10 of 23 , Dec 5, 2012
                        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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                        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
                        Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
                        http://www.starsend.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 11 of 23 , Dec 13, 2012
                          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
                          Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
                          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
                          Message 12 of 23 , Dec 20, 2012
                            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
                            Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
                            http://www.starsend.org
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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
                            Message 13 of 23 , Dec 27, 2012
                              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
                              Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
                              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
                              Message 14 of 23 , Jan 2, 2013
                                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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                                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 15 of 23 , Jan 10, 2013
                                  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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                                  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
                                  Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
                                  http://www.starsend.org
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