Technology is at the service of K Leimer's unique imagination. Ideas and impulses are amplified into albums of ambient disposition, as his realizations reason their way through the air and to our ears. His Found Objects (63'51") feels as though we are entering a dream. With its 14 vividly realized reverberant reflections, these elaborate studio concoctions offer a range of thoughts and atmospheres of a character well beyond mere pretty piano music. Well inside, Leimer's hazy harmonic language sinks deeply into laid-back coolness, and connotes a slow-winding, spellbinding Ambient Music. From desolate, darkly, starkly beautiful tracks, to strange vibrational rituals,Found Objects evokes a sense of space - while suggesting a light just beyond the horizon. Moving restlessly between smooth, serene keyboard melodies and dark-inspired experiments in mood, the success of Leimer's many textural experiments does not preclude the occasional foray into the realm of the monumental. When the suspense of haunted memories gives way to something more regal, a mellow fanfare signals a noble stance, and the listener moves into sunlight. Defying the mess of drones rumbling beneath his glowing textures, Leimer shoves notes through grainy digital processing. At first chilly in their blankness, they resolve into vivid states of wordless quietude. Yet, a bit of instinctive brooding cannot hide the sparks within these inventions. Found Objects offers its blissful, uncertain intensity - in the belief that we may carry some of these conclusions into our everyday life.
Please tune in to the 04.11.21 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio for a track from Found Objects, the recent release by K Leimer
Some music impresses us so deeply on first encounter that it becomes an event in our lives. Such is the STAR'S END experience. For many of us the music presented gains a magical release for our thoughts, and the mix of artists and aesthetics provides a more stimulating way to spend our Saturday nights. In the morning, while we may try to recall our overnight passage, we are left only with the sense of having smuggled out some secret essence of the journey.
Sonic encounters such as these encourage a deeper understanding of ourselves and of others. Bringing you to this place, a musical world beyond ordinary existence and experience, is the purpose of STAR'S END - an undertaking that deserves your support.
In Winter 2021 listeners to Public Radio StationWXPN were again asked to please pledge their financial support to STAR'S END. Public Radio exists through the support of its listeners, and periodic on-air fundraisers are the most sensible method for WXPN to meet its fiscal goals. On-airfund drives are also a good opportunity for listeners to make themselves known to the programs they frequent.
Throughout its many years of broadcast the most important person in the STAR'S END endeavor has been the listener. Giving to Public Radio was and still continues to be a meaningful gesture. During the broadcast of 21 February 2021STAR'S END spent the entire night in a fundraising effort, and was counting on your help. Thanks to the 102 listeners who stayed up,tuned in and either called in at 1-800-565-WXPN or went online at www.xpn.org to do their part.
WXPN 2020 Online Auction - STAR'S END Fan Experience - Item #104
Electronic Musician, Concert Organizer and STAR'S END Host Chuck van Zyl has taken part in WXPN's 2020 Online Fundraising Auction with the offer of a unique listener experience. The winning bidder of Auction Item #104 will receive a one-on-one workshop with Chuck van Zyl covering synthesizer basics, followed by a private salon spacemusic concert for the winner and ten friends at WXPN's World Cafe Performance Studio.
WXPN's 2020 Fundraiser Auction ran from 8:00AM on 6 March 2020 to 6:00PM on 26 March 2020. Sincere Thanks to winning bidder Jim Causey for taking part! Your support is sincerely appreciated!
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.
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
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