STAR'S END Update - 18 March 2018
Scenes From a Ghost TrainForrest Fang If what you are witnessing in the waking world leaves something to be desired, then why not leave for a while to visit with innovative musician Forrest Fang? His album Scenes From a Ghost Train (69'16") moves our minds as well as it caresses our ears. Entering a higher sanctuary, an enchanting subtlety carries us into idyll. The vast designs found within Scenes From a Ghost Train imagine a realm where both forces of dark and light exist equally. In an awesome quiet of soothing sounds, trembling tones whisper in the dim hue of a minor key. Plunging into languorous chords, Fang carefully resolves their further course. As the late rush of rhythm breaks out we feel a strange power of motion. A primal force, tumbling in headlong descent, the sounds of percussion measure the expanse - and access the pulse living within us all. Becoming lost in the clouds, or bathed in moonlight, synthesized notes slowly progress - around and through those of acoustic origin. Then, with the onset of an ominous dirge, chilling shadows return. Wherever harmony seeks a lower foundation, a subtle, insinuating dissonance sets in. As a mystic air rises slowly in hollow intervals, within the theatre of the mind chronology becomes hazy. Again locating our place, piano notes resound through cavernous reverberation, only to be consumed by dense metallic clouds. A significant attribute of Fang's music may be found in its combination and resolution of integral themes. So constant is the derivation of ideas on Scenes From a Ghost Train that we must imagine them all to be related. This master should feel the full worth of what has been achieved. The ultimate goal of the endeavor is not the strikingly new, but rather the eternally true... a musician's journey that may help you to understand your own.

Please tune in to this week's broadcast of STAR'S END for music from Scenes From a Ghost Train the latest release by multi-instrumentalist Forrest Fang

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Animsim (2012) by Forrest Fang
Following the Ether Sun (2017) by Forrest Fang
Phantoms (2009) by Forrest Fang
The Sleepwalker's Ocean (2016) by Forrest Fang

Forrest Fang Sound Out Interview

Forrest Fang KQED Interview

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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 is taking part in WXPN's 2018 Online Fundraising Auction with the offer of a unique listener experience. The winning bidder of Auction Item #113 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. This fundrasier closes at 7:00PM on 11 April 2018, so please access the auction website soon for details and consider making a bid. Thanks very much for your support!

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

Chuck van Zyl - Live on STAR'S END 04.15.18
Chuck van Zyl Using modular systems, a variety of modern analog synthesizers and sequencers, and operating at an emotional and enthusiastic pitch, Chuck van Zyl realizes music that possesses as much the buzz and crackle of electricity as it does the frigid black of space. Throughout his live sets, van Zyl pushes and pulls, expands and contracts the music, and manages to establish an engaging contour through various scenarios and scenes... to attain a rare unity. Offering vivid synthesized sonorities his music's appeal lies in its minimalist values, and in this musician's ability to create an intimate and absorbing listening experience. Anyone in love with Berlin-School Spacemusic and its very specific poetry will want to hear this work in concert.

Chuck van Zyl will perform several concerts of Electronic Music to coincide with the release of his new double live album Recitals 2, including on 31 March 2018 at the E-Day 2018 Festival in The Netherlands, on 21 April 2018 at The Gatherings Concert Series in Philadelphia, and on the 04.15.18 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio.

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WXPN/STAR'S END Winter Fundraiser - Sincere Thanks!
40th Anniversary

STAR'S END is a refuge, a space for personal devotion. It's also a place that welcomes an ever-growing worldwide community of emerging musicians - heard right alongside the venerable standards and classics from the earliest days.

The most important person in this endeavor has always been the listener, and giving to public radio continues to be a meaningful gesture. During the broadcast of 11 February 2018 STAR'S END received $7820.00 from 78 callers. We truly appreciate you commiting to our complex endeavor. Thanks to everyone who tuned in, and then phoned in with a donation!

Thanks also to those from the STAR'S END community who stayed at WXPN through the night answering phones and recording information from donors: Chaka Benson, Neil Cippon, Dana Blechman, Maria Gremmel, Diane King, Dan Marsh, Herb Quick, Ian Staer, Jeff Towne and Syl Von Wright.

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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February 2018 Top 20 STAR'S END Releases - Alphabetical
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Sequences #31 e/i Expose E-dition Audion
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~ Coming Up ~ Live on STAR'S END ~

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Saul Stokes : 18 November 2018


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