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STAR'S END Update 12.02.12

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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 1 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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      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
    • info@starsend.org
      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 2 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

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        Chuck van Zyl
        Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
        http://www.starsend.org
      • info@starsend.org
        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 3 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
        • info@starsend.org
          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 4 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
          • info@starsend.org
            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 5 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

              and live on the web at http://xpn.org

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              Chuck van Zyl
              Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
              http://www.starsend.org
            • info@starsend.org
              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 6 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

                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
              • c_vanzyl
                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 7 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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                  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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