STAR'S END Update - 17 November 2019
RelicHotel Neon Hotel Neon has always made subdued ambient music with a measured intensity. On Relic (36'27") they pull from emotional depths and faded memories to shape an album coated in nostalgia and withdrawn creeping textures. On tape the music is an exercise in idea building, on stage it is sheer bliss. The slow burning style of spacey sonics radiates outward, even as the effect works its way toward the glowing inner workings of the listening mind. In five twilit scenes Relic provides a quietly moving impact. The tones the trio produce are processed, delayed, distorted and looped - creating complex harmonies and timbres not usually associated with ordinary electric guitars and keyboard. The vibrations emanating from rubbed, plucked or excited steel strings swirl and morph and assume a new identity. In spare, rare piano notes Hotel Neon extend their poetic ambitions. Under a kindred midnight these fully charged pieces retain a solid formality. Gauzy but gleaming below layers of reverberation a delicate music shows off the ethereal power of sound. As night falls, the guitars call, low in the lowlands and high on the hills. From heights descending notes fall fast, while ascending sounds take more time to reach us. Tones too big for the ear enter through the chest, to touch the heart - then retreat into silence. Following the thread in our head, the emotional intensity of our Relic will open within.

Please tune into the 11.17.19 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio for music from Relic by Hotel Neon

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Additional Content:

Context (2017) by Hotel Neon
Hotel Neon (2015) by Hotel Neon
Means of Knowing (2018) by Hotel Neon
Remnants (2016) by Hotel Neon

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Guitar Pilots Live on STAR'S END 11.17.19
Guitar Pilots Guitar Pilots is the spacemusic duo featuring guitarists Art Cohen and Harrison McKay. Their music presents lengthy structured improvisational pieces which transport the listener to the depths of space, all the while focusing on each precious unfolding moment. Cohen's sequencer-like echoing guitar figures provide rhythmic propulsion, while McKay's breathing chords and sub-octave rumblings build a foundation for both musicians to rise in melodic flights. Singing glissando blends seamlessly with plucks, twangs and blasts of an interstellar beam. Following the trail blazed by Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, and the Berlin School, Guitar Pilots carve out their own unique sonic territory that is both organic as the ground underneath and as far-reaching as a distant pulsar.

Guitar Pilots will play a live-to-air radio concert on the 11.17.19 broadcast of STAR'S END - this following their concert at The Gatherings. Please tune in for details

Prior to their on-air set, Guitar Pilots (w/Hotel Neon) will perform at the annual Free Admission Event at The Gatherings Concert Series in Philadelphia on Saturday 16 November 2019 8PM. Please access details at:

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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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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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