STAR'S END Update - 20 May 2018
Node Live Node Before the audience ever even heard the music, they knew it was there. On 27 February 2015 the concert hall at the Royal College of Music in London was staged for a rare live show by Node - the celebrated collaboration between Dave Bessell, Ed Buller, Mark Ellis (aka Flood) and Mel Wesson. In front of those seated was a city of synthesizers, arranged and wired together in a menagerie of boxes, cases and modules... warmed up and standing ready to be played by these four men. Sparking ideas about music's ritualistic role, attendees surely felt that they were going to be part of something great - as when electricity is converted into music something wondrous is born into the world. Node Live (65'53") provides a record of this psychic income. Like the thunder, the heaviest of this album's five live tracks will awaken a primitive emotion within us. In parts where is present a bass so heavy that it can almost be stood upon, we feel an unrestrained directness of expression. As the inward spiral of echoing sequencer patterns are introduced, the brainwaves of the audience seem to align - as if in a combining of forces. Node Live captures the newness of this fleeting experience. Cross-modulated oscillators give the feel of being bombarded with cosmic rays, alongside classic Mellotron tones sounding out through cavernous reverberation. Electronic tones skip, dance and amble up and down chromatic scales in machine-like precision - supported by synth harmonies, glittering effects and the occasional electric guitar lead. Abstract thought zones provide a place to rest, without giving the impression of undoing or finality. It is hard not to celebrate the look of Node's machinery over its function. But seeing all this gear (which nearly slipped from the world's memory some years ago) assembled for a live performance may remind us that although we think we have control of it, electricity is working its will within this music and directing its every action. While Node's work may originate at an AC wall outlet, it comes to us through our ears, and truly reaches us only through our understanding. Existing in stark contrast to mainstream music, which reflects the current values and trends in society, music by Node (and their contemporaries) achieves so much more - as it reflects the current state of the human mind.

Please tune in to this week's broadcast of STAR'S END for a track from Node Live

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Additional Content:

Node 2 (2014) by Node

The Electricity Club: Concert Review 2 March 2015

Synthtopia: Dave Bessell Interview 11 May 2018

PSN Europe: Mel Wesson Interview 10 April 2015

Dave Luxton - Live on STAR'S END 06.03.18
Dave Luxton The vivid Spacemusic studies of Dave Luxton create a fascinating sonic realm suspended between the Earth, her moon and the Universe. Each of his subtly brilliant, spacey-to-the-core realizations touch the listener in a heartfelt way. An electronic slow dance of whooshing synthesizers and ethereal choirs, Luxton's sonic collage finds continuity in its cosmic theme. His music advances outward in cascading chords and rumbling drones - with Luxton's talent for pacing and sound design on full display. Yet his work can also morph suddenly into moments of emotional power. As mysterious voices are mixed amidst churning soundscapes, tones collide like charged particles in a slow reveal of Luxton's reverence of all things celestial. In the same league as albums by New Age legends Michael Stearns and Jonn Serrie, the music of Dave Luxton is bound to feel familiar - which allows the listener to savor its individual details all the more.

Dave Luxton will perform a live-to-air radio concert during the 06.03.18 broadcast of STAR'S END...

...this following his appearance in Philadelphia at Event Horizon on Saturday 2 June 2018

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WXPN 2018 Online Auction - STAR'S END Experience
Chuck van Zyl Electronic Musician, Concert Organizer and STAR'S END Host Chuck van Zyl took part in WXPN's 2018 Online Fundraising Auction with the offer of a unique listener experience. The winning bidder of Auction Item #113 receives 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. This fundraiser closed at 7:00PM on 11 April 2018 to great success. Thanks to Tony Masiello for his generous winning bid for the private lesson/salon concert! and Thanks very much to everyone who took part in the auction! Your support is sincerely appreciated!

For more about the 2018 WXPN Online Fundraising Auction, and the private workshop and concert with Chuck van Zyl, please access the STAR'S END Experience - auction item #113

The Signal: Podcast

This edition of The Signal includes notes on five 2017 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 Wollo
Spiral Revelation by Steve Roach

PhaseIX MantraSequent Following the Ether Sun Different Spaces Spiral Revelation

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~ Coming Up ~ Live on STAR'S END ~

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Hotel Neon : 1 July 2018
Lowercase Noises : 1 July 2018
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