STAR'S END Fundraiser - 10 June 07
30 years ago, everybody thought that the works heard on STAR'S END were futuristic; that within a few decades this music, along with flying cars, robots and jet packs, would be part of mainstream life. Eventually I realized that this sci-fi ideal of tomorrow was probably never going to happen. So if moon colonies and skyhooks are still on the drawing board, what then of the spacemusic of STAR'S END? What does it mean and where does it fit in? The answer has been there all along. It doesn't belong to the future. The power and spirit of this most ethereal genre of music is in its timelessness.
Over its 30 years on WXPN, STAR'S END has featured works from an enourmous cross-section of musicians and overseen the emergence and development of several new styles of electronic and ambient music. What connects the different generations, classes and nationalities is the enduring beauty and spirit present in this music. In producing the show, it's really quite extraordinary how well a 25 or 30 year old classic fits in alongside a newly minted piece.
But just as important as the show's musical strides are the people listening. While the works of musicians have helped shape STAR'S END, the audience has defined it. The show has always been about making sleep more interesting, but for an increasing number of people STAR'S END has become a sonic getaway from the stresses and distractions of 21st century life. The music creates an atmosphere; a tonal narrative within which the listener navigates on their own unique journey.
Another aspect of the STAR'S END listenership is how supportive you have been over this unprecedented 30 year run. As a way of marking 30 years of STAR'S END, and as a thank you to the listeners, WXPN presented the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Spacemusic Festival on Saturday 16 June 2007. This all-day event at The Iron Gate Theater in West Philadelphia featured Robert Rich + Ian Boddy in their first-ever live concert as a duo as well as performances by Jeff Pearce, The Ministry of Inside Things and Orbital Decay. Many Thanks to everyone who came out to this day-long concert! WXPN and STAR'S END sincerely appreciate your support. Special thanks to the many volunteers who helped out and to the musicians who turned in exceptional performances. Please see below for links to photos and reviews.
Public Radio depends on listener support. At 30 years of continuous broadcast on WXPN, STAR'S END is one of the longest running and most renowned shows. On the 06.10.07 program you were asked for your support and to become an integral part of STAR'S END and the presentation of a unique blend of Ambient, Space, Avant-Garde and Chillout music. 45 listeners called in to help STAR'S END in its mission to present the timeless and innovative music that makes up each broadcast and will become part of the substance of non-commercial radio. Thank You for your generosity!
Thanks to phoneroom volunteers: Art Cohen, John Garaguso, Ben Manes, Chuck Nixon, Bud Schoefer and co-host Jeff Towne.
-Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END - July 2007
Special Premiums were available for those pledging to STAR'S END, inclucing tickets to the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Spacemusic Festival and the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology - a double CD which includes previously unreleased tracks recorded live on STAR'S END by Rudy Adrian, AirSculpture, Ian Boddy, The Ministry of Inside Things, Orbital Decay, Jeff Pearce, Radio Massacre Int'l, Robert Rich, Jonn Serrie and Erik Wollo.
To mark its 30th year, WXPN presented the STAR'S END Spacemusic Festival on Saturday 16 June 2007 at The Iron Gate Theater in West Philadelphia, PA. Performers included Robert Rich, Ian Boddy (in their worldwide concert debut as a duo), Jeff Pearce, Orbital Decay and The Ministry of Inside Things.
Many Thanks to everyone who came out to this day-long concert! WXPN and STAR'S END sincerely appreciate your support. Special thanks to the many volunteers who helped out and to the musicians who turned in exceptional performances!
STAR'S END Spacemusic Festival Announcement
STAR'S END broadcasts every|
Saturday Night/Sunday Morning from 1:00am til 6:00am (EDT) on:
88.1fm WXPH Harrisburg, PA
90.5fm WKHS Worton/Baltimore, MD
104.9fm Allentown, PA
and live on the world wide web at: http://xpn.org/stream.shtml
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