|STAR'S END Update - 16 June 2013|
Using synthesizers and electronic percussion Jim Combs, recording under the name Sensitive Chaos, presents his wonderful musical vision on Amerisynthecana (59'53"). Amerisynthecana features nine tracks, and very nearly nine different approaches to making instrumental music. Much to Combs' credit this album travels through a number of styles, moods and energy levels - to such an extent that listeners may have trouble keeping up. Where Combs chooses to explore timbre and texture he leaves us suspended within iridescent, quiet sonorities. His minimalistic sequencer patterns run in fascinating mechanical repetitions as the music moves fast and slow simultaneously - resolving, then dissolving into the motion of chilly synth chords. The hotter tracks on Amerisynthecana are delightfully Prog-Influenced. Combs executes this mode with precision as these tightly arranged, fully-formed works seem quite exotic next to the more sedate mind-slowing sections. Perhaps what helps connect all this music is the agile leads produced by Brian Good on soprano saxophone. On the more upbeat compositions his wonderful playing lends weight to this otherwise ethereal affair, while on the spacey/ambient realizations Good's processed echoing reed solos contrast Combs' electro-soundscapes with an arresting acoustic element. All through the Amerisynthecana landscape Combs and Good interact with each other melodically, as well as with Tony Gerber on EWI and Christian Birk on synthesizer. The result is a diversity of very well executed music. Let us hope that fans of EM welcome this idea into their listening space - with its tight grooves, long tones and everything in between. And also hope that Combs and his outfit continue to find new wonders in their instruments, and in each other.
Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from Amerisynthecana the latest album by Sesitive Chaos
For more on Amerisynthecana, please access: www.sensitivechaos.com
View the video: Seeker After Patterns (2011), featuring music by Sensitive Chaos
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|Sine Wave Magazine - Interview With Chuck van Zyl (February 2013)|
Sine Wave Magazine is a website covering a variety of topics within the realm of Electronic Music. From instrument news, reviews and evaluations to interviews with musicians and figures from the EM community Sine Wave Magazine will interest anyone with a desire for more insight into this active and ever-widening synthesizer fellowship.
David Marino of Sine Wave Magazine recently conducted an in-depth interview with STAR'S END host Chuck van Zyl. Marino's several questions prompted thoughtful and informative remarks from van Zyl. Responses include some basic insight into the concept of "Space Music", background on the STAR'S END radio program, activities surrounding The Gatherings Concert Series as well as some fond recollections and significanct milestones in van Zyl's decades long presence on the Spacemusic scene.
Read the Sine Wave Magazine interview with Chuck van Zyl by accessing: www.sinewavemagazine.com/starsend.html
|Friday Arts WHYY TV12 - Friday 4 January 2013 at 8:30PM|
Friday Arts is a weekly 30-minute arts, cultural and entertainment magazine that airs on WHYY TV12 Fridays at 8:30PM. Each broadcast features three segments: "Art", "Art of Life" and "Art of Food". Friday Arts casts a light on some of Philadelphia's most fascinating yet well-kept secrets in the arts.
John Diliberto, Jason Sloan, Jeff Towne and Chuck van Zyl were featured in a segment produced by Michael O'Reilly for the Friday 4 January 2013 episode of Friday Arts. This portion of the program included coverage of activities related to the ECHOES and STAR'S END radio programs and The Gatherings Concert Series - as well as background on Philadelphia's unique Spacemusic scene and the ideals and concepts which drive this genre's creative force.
To view Friday Arts online please access: whyy.org/cms/fridayarts/art-stars-end-and-space-music
|Sepulchre by Ian Boddy - Recorded Live on STAR'S END|
In October 2012, Ian Boddy made his sixth pilgrimage across the North Atlantic to Philadelphia to play at The Gatherings Concert Series. As with his previous solo shows (as well as his last visit performing with Mark Shreeve as ARC), Boddy also played a show on air for STAR'S END Ambient Radio. This legendary radio show is hosted by Chuck van Zyl, who is also the organiser of The Gatherings. Performed in the early hours of Sunday morning in the WXPN studio, in front of a small group of friends and volunteers, this intimate setting is the perfect opportunity to play a more reflective and introspective set than the previous evening's show at The Gatherings.
Boddy's music often has a narrative and for this performance he wanted to create a journey in sound from the dark, foreboding opening track "Forbidden" through to the peaceful bliss of the closing piece "Rest". Between these sonic bookends, the music rises and climbs to the astonishing virtuoso sequencer driven "Monument" that stands in the middle of the set. Impossible to recreate completely live, Boddy sculpted the sequencer core of the track on his modular instruments in his studio before flying out to The States. Over this epic setting he weaves a tapestry of mellotron, Moog solos and FX that will thrill fans of Berlin School electronic music. Elsewhere the music displays a range of emotions from the tense, dramatic string chords of "Vault" to the melancholic innocence of "Forgotten".
As with his previous STAR'S END performances, Sepulchre is being released on the digital download sub-label DiN/DDL. Its rapidly expanding catalogue of releases are joining the pantheon of DiN albums and share the same sense of high production values. The beautiful and haunting images used on the cover are by Chuck van Zyl and are taken in infrared which lends them a dreamlike quality, which is in perfect harmony with the music on Sepulchre.
(Taken From the Press Material)
For more on Sepulchre, please access: www.din.org.uk
|STAR'S END on MySpace & Facebook|
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|The Listening List - Recent Album Reviews From STAR'S END|
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May 2013 Top 20 STAR'S END Releases - Alphabetical
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