STAR'S END Update - 19 January 2020
ChakraDavid Parsons From the calm center of David Parsons comes an expression above existence. Through the specific language of his music he shares with us a discipline, a devotion that most people usually keep private. Chakra (63'25") provides seven tracks for the quieter, more inward pursuits - and gives the moments we pass listening to it greater significance. Entering its weightless realm we feel received, accepted. Throughout its primitive polish and coarse refinement the human self remains audible. An enigmatic, deep album of methodical pacing and ceremonial intensity Chakra does not lead the listener, but stays with us well into the deeper dream. Electronic textures grow, thicken and gently shift, as harmonics become dense, then fall away into a smooth ribbon of sound. Expanding drones slow the plane of daily existence, as failing hums and buzzes give way to riffs of percussion which carry through the linear path of time. Chiming metallic tones ring above the tapping of synths and clicking of keys. Where breathy sounds seep into one composition, the chant of sequestered monks is released in another. Taken all together these elements convey the enigmatic yet simple essence of this world apart, and may even evoke the metaphysical dimension at the center of the player. However pleasurably adrift in this state of continual expansion, the listener is held inside an intriguing sonic palette - an experience notable for its profound impenetrability. The mind, the soul, the heart, this work touches all three. Chakra is not situated in the past, nor in the future. Within this most vivid sound field every listener is at the center of an infinite circle - with David Parsons declaring himself throughout.

Please tune into the 01.19.20 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio for music from Chakra the recent album by David Parsons

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Additional Content:

Akash (2010) by David Parsons
Inner Places (2005) by David Parsons
Jyoti (2009) by David Parsons
Ngaio (1999) by David Parsons
Parikrama (2000) by David Parsons
Puja (2016) by David Parsons
Shaman (1999) by David Parsons
Surya (2008) by David Parsons
Varja (2004) by David Parsons

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STAR'S END Year in Review - Spacemusic of 2019
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Happy New Year! As 2019 closes STAR'S END Ambient Radio will present the annual Year in Review programs. Please tune in for tracks from many of the Electronic, Ambient and Innovative Spacemusic albums released in the year 2019. Please see below for broadcasts dates. Thank You for a Great Year!

12.29.19 Playlist: Year in Review Part 1
01.05.20 Playlist: Year in Review Part 2
01.12.20 Playlist: Year in Review Part 3
01.19.20 Playlist: Year in Review Part 4

Huron - Live on STAR'S END 01.26.20
Huron Johnny Lancia realizes blissed-out ambient works and concerts under the name Huron. His music is filled with heady drones and idiosyncratic rhythms that reflect the natural world - filtered through a variety of modular synthesizers, analog electronics and tape manipulation processes.

Huron will perform a live-to-air concert during the 01.26.20 broadcast of STAR'S END. Please tune in for details.

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Synth Meet w/Chuck van Zyl on 1 February 2020
Chuck van Zyl Digital Underground will hold a Winter Synth Meet at 8PM on Saturday 1 February 2020, at which a range of musicians from our community will share their ideas, knowledge and instruments... including STAR'S END Ambient Radio host Chuck van Zyl, who will be present to greet fans and answer questions about the radio show and his new live album Recitals 3 and the limited edition triple double CD set Recitals Box. For additional details on this Big Night of gear and music, please use the provided link to find out more, to share, or to make a reservation. Thanks!

City of Bliss & Love by John Morrison
The Key Please make time to access, read and share John Morrison's insightful and comprehensive new feature City Of Bliss & Love: An Oral History of Ambient and Experimental Electronic Music in Philadelphia, which includes great insights into the background, history and current efforts of Philadelphia's Space Age - including quotes from STAR'S END co-founder John Diliberto and long-time host Chuck van Zyl. Obviously a major task for all the events, artists and personalities of the past 40 or 50 years to be distilled into this piece, this article shows a great effort! Please use the link below to access/share John Morrison's excellent article. Thanks!

City Of Bliss & Love: An Oral History of Ambient and Experimental Electronic Music in Philadelphia by John Morrison (9 December 2019)

Chuck van Zyl: Live on Star's End 08.26.18 - Special WXPN Thank You Gift
Live on Star's End 08.26.18 Produced by Public Radio Station WXPN, Chuck van Zyl: Live on Star's End 08.26.18 (63'36") is not a commercial release. It is available only as a "Thank-You" gift to those making a donation to WXPN/STAR'S END.

This album is a conventional silver CD featuring over 60 minutes of the Chuck van Zyl live electronic realizations made in the WXPN performance studio during a private Salon Concert (for Tony Masiello) and live-to-air broadcast of 25/26 August 2018. Its four parts each offer passages of improvised in-the-moment sequencer manipulations, amidst the ethereal yearning of synthesized harmonies and cresting lead lines. The listener is invited inside, to float away as the patterns and textures envelope them - tumbling in circles, spirals and pinwheels, beneath unfurling ribbons of creamy synth melodies and modulated, chirping effects.

Chuck van Zyl: Live on Star's End 08.26.18 may seem more like a spiritual expression than an exploration of a musical form. This work has mysterious power purely on a sonic level. But the miracle of this release is that every time we listen to it, our minds will hear something new - and will so find a different album. Absorbing the full tapestry of the Electronic/Berlin-School experience, and the ideals of live improvisation, we can easily imagine every concert outing serving as a mystic portal for this musician's own spiritual journey.

Whether channeled from the astral plane, or just the transformation of electricity into sound, Live on Star's End 08.26.18 is for those seeking a deeper examination of tone and mood. Anyone in love with Spacemusic and its very specific poetry will want to own this recording. While this musical form may have been established in the 1970s, Live on Star's End 08.26.18 feels made-today fresh. A ceaselessly inventive work, its history begins now.

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STAR'S END - WXPN's Archived Stream
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The Signal: Podcast

This edition of The Signal includes notes on five releases from the Projekt Records label.
Please listen in as host Chuck van Zyl reviews:

Phase IX by Lorenzo Montana
MantraSequent by Jeffrey Koepper
Following the Ether Sun by Forrest Fang
Different Spaces by Erik Wøllo
Spiral Revelation by Steve Roach

PhaseIX MantraSequent Following the Ether Sun Different Spaces Spiral Revelation

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