Jeff Pearce has a way of making unique experiences transferable. Skies and Stars (59'57") is his dramatic reflection on the night sky, and possibly even the forces that have placed him there beneath it. Celebrating the first lights of evening onward his music widens the aperture on the heavens as it tightens its hold over our attention. With its three tracks of lush layered guitar orchestrations this album seems of an endless energy. Under a cavernous reverberation metal wires vibrate and bend, then breath and bloom into atmospheres, textures, and passages of interiority. Each silvery string on Pearce's guitar has a story to tell... a different episode of time in which the listener and the music become the same through the seemingly endless decay and regeneration of all things in the Cosmos. This music gives few answers, preferring to dwell on the enigmatic. With its daunting intervals and shiny core, Skies and Stars is shrouded in a misty mystical digital signal processing. Through the clever use of loop pedals, long echoes and the splitting and shifting of sonics a dreamy cloud of harmony is realized - yet with always a few tones still lurking in a vast darkness. Trembling with emotion, the music conveys a timeless yearning. This musician seeks permanence, not transience - but the magic of each of his work's many musical moments vanishes as soon as we pay them any notice. Fans of this style of Spacemusic will know that from there to here is never a straight line. In an era of fidgeting, Skies and Stars offers an arc of unbroken concentration. As the world seems about to slip and tip off its axis, Jeff Pearce is making music for whatever is beyond the horizon of this failing realm. Listening past its ample exploratory marvels, this album offers a kindness, a gentle warm familiarity, rendered into a beautiful keepsake.
Please tune into the 09.15.19 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio for music from Skies and Stars the new album by Jeff Pearce
The Last Bright Lights by Jeff Pearce (from Skies and Stars)
Chuck van Zyl - Live on STAR'S END 10.06.19
Spontaneously composed in the moment, performances by Chuck van Zyl evoke the sense of discovery first heard in works by Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk, Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. Through deep space gateways and brilliant sequencer breakdowns, from the heights of improvisation, on down to its quietly consuming dark fields, Chuck's synthesizer tradition invites wonder. A musician of the imagination, Chuck van Zyl manipulates timbre (the very character of sound) into musical expressions, culminating in an epic intimacy with the audience. Offering a quiet sense of mystery, his performance will be uniquely designed for the late-night radio audience.
Please tune into the 10.06.19 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio for a live-to-air radio concert with Chuck van Zyl
WXPN Online Auction 2019 - STAR'S END Fan Experience
Electronic Musician, Concert Organizer and STAR'S END Radio Host Chuck van Zyl took part in WXPN's 2019 Online Fundraising Auction with the offer of a unique listener experience. Auction Item #211 was the 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 (the new CD Chuck van Zyl: Live on Star's End 08.26.18 was a direct result of last year's Fan Experience).
This unique concert/workshop received a top bid of $780. Thanks very much to winning bidder Ernest Allen! Your support of public radio 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.
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