|Desert Planet Discs from STAR'S END Listeners: 2009|
Imagine you are traveling at light speed in your spaceship somewhere out at the furthest reaches of the aural universe. Suddenly there is a malfunction and you must ditch it on a nearby deserted desert planet! Oh No! With little hope of rescue you are on your own for the foreseeable future. So what music would you want to have with you while you are waiting to be found?
STAR'S END checked in with Dennis Haley of Dover, Delaware about his "top ten" list in Decemver 2009. Dennis' background includes his solo live performance at First Night Out on 1 February 1997, but he may be better known as the renowned keyboard tech for ROSfest, NEARFest and The Gatherings Concert Series. His interest in innovative music can be traced back to his formative years in Delaware County, Pennsylvania - where as a teenager and on into his young adulthood throughout the 1980s he absorbed the astounding array of music presented on WXPN programs such as "Diaspar" and "Star's End".
What with Dennis being such an avid STAR'S END listener and an attendee and supporter of The Gatherings Concert Series as well, one imagines that he would come up with an interesting library of music while a cosmic castaway on Planet X. So, exactly what will Dennis be listening to until the Space Rangers pop by to the rescue? Read on!
Top Ten Desert Planet Discs - Dennis Haley
Top Ten Desert Planet Discs - Warren Seddon
In October 2009 STAR'S END asked for a top ten list from avid listener and supporter John Garaguso of Sicklerville, New Jersey. Former Internet Spacemusic radio show host, current Prog-Rock enthusiast and avid attendee and advocate for The Gatherings Concert Series, one imagines that John would come up with an interesting range of music for his marooning on Planet X. So let us see exactly what John will be listening to until his rescuers rocket out to pick him up!
John's Desert Planet Discs list covers an interesting range of styles and musical eras. Included are classic Spacemusic releases from the 1970s right alongside releases by artists spawned by this early movement, plus an album each of New Age Ambiance and Ambient Chamber music:
Top Ten Desert Planet Discs - John Garaguso
In September 2009 STAR'S END asked avid listener and supporter Chuck Nixon of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania what his ten discs would be. Having previously produced several "Guest DJ" slots for STAR'S END as well as writing album reviews (in the Essays section) and overseeing the STAR'S END MySpace page, one imagines that Chuck would come up with an interesting stash of music for his crash landing and downtime on Planet X. So let us see what Chuck will be listening to until Space Patrol comes by to pick him up!
What CDs to have handy if I'm marooned on a alien desert planet? Choosing just ten was an interesting process. Since I was stranded on a remote planet waiting for a rescue, I decided that what I would need most would be CDs that I would completely lose myself in; with no concept of how much time had passed while listening. This is not a genre Top 10 list, per se; however, for me none of these titles ever seem to get old and they should provide ample opportunity to take my mind off my predicament.
Top Ten Desert Planet Discs - Chuck Nixon
In July 2009 STAR'S END asked avid listener and supporter Kathy Jeffries of Baltimore, Maryland what she would bring along on her doomed mission. Kathy came up with a very interesting Top Ten. Admiting to having a difficult time narrowing it down to just ten discs Kathy does include a few double CD sets in her list (no doubt this excess weight in her luggage led to the crash!) So let us see what Kathy will be listening to until Space Patrol comes by to pick her up!
Top Ten Desert Planet Discs - Kathy Jeffries
Landmass by Steve Roach
Kathy Jeffries adds: And if I could hide one more in my spacesuit's back pocket it would be Synergy (the live performance at NEARfest '08).
And if I could hide another in my other pocket is would be my husband Mike's ingenious soundscapes on his Synthi AKS!
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