STAR'S END Update 28 February 2021
Strange GravityMarvin Allen & Craig Padilla Strange Gravity (64'35") is most remarkable for how it fills space. With both exceptional scope and nuance it is a release of genuine force and shear dramatic intensity. This second collaboration between Craig Padilla and Marvin Allen may have begun as an expression of their friendship, but in the act of making this music the duo takes on a larger creative significance. The album spins in a fine showcase of ingenuity and natural chemistry, and highlights each's gift for melody, texture and careful emotional balancing. Memorable, confident and deeply considered Strange Gravity is delicate, but steady - progressing like a breeze that builds to a gale when the mood takes it. Down its five tracks Allen's silvery guitar licks gleam like metal through Padilla's gauzy shimmer of synthesizers. Where electric steel strings rise in floaty psychedelic grace, the weight and warmth of rounded synthetic tones recasts the sound in a jolt of buzzing energy. In its slowly unfolding ambient elsewhere each guitar riff falls cleanly into place. These extended wanderings maintain a pristine musical surface, as in more energetic zones the pure rush of showy lead lines and synthed-up indulgences motor on toward starlit reaches - discovering new, more vivid corners of the cosmos. Spare, but expressively pointed, an atmosphere of unity hovers above Strange Gravity in a hypnotically lush timbre. Reveling in what they have made Padilla & Allen remain sensitive to the promises of the Spacemusic genre - and shine brightly within their work.


Please tune in to the 02.28.21 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio for music from Strange Gravity, the recent studio collaboration from Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen


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Additional Content:

The Bodhi Mantra (2020) by Howard Givens & Craig Padilla
Heaven Condensed (2016) by Craig Padilla
Toward the Horizon (2019) by Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen

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WXPN/STAR'S END Fundraiser 21 February 2021
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Some music impresses us so deeply on first encounter that it becomes an event in our lives. Such is the STAR'S END experience. For many of us the music presented gains a magical release for our thoughts, and the mix of artists and aesthetics provides a more stimulating way to spend our Saturday nights. In the morning, while we may try to recall our overnight passage, we are left only with the sense of having smuggled out some secret essence of the journey.

Sonic encounters such as these encourage a deeper understanding of ourselves and of others. Bringing you to this place, a musical world beyond ordinary existence and experience, is the purpose of STAR'S END - an undertaking that deserves your support.

In Winter 2021 listeners to Public Radio Station WXPN were again asked to please pledge their financial support to STAR'S END. Public Radio exists through the support of its listeners, and periodic on-air fundraisers are the most sensible method for WXPN to meet its fiscal goals. On-air fund drives are also a good opportunity for listeners to make themselves known to the programs they frequent.

Throughout its many years of broadcast the most important person in the STAR'S END endeavor has been the listener. Giving to Public Radio was and still continues to be a meaningful gesture. During the broadcast of 21 February 2021 STAR'S END spent the entire night in a fundraising effort, and was counting on your help. Thanks for staying up, tuning in and either calling in at 1-800-565-WXPN or going online at to do your part.

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WXPN 2020 Online Auction - STAR'S END Fan Experience - Item #104
STAR'S END Fan Experience

Electronic Musician, Concert Organizer and STAR'S END Host Chuck van Zyl has taken part in WXPN's 2020 Online Fundraising Auction with the offer of a unique listener experience. The winning bidder of Auction Item #104 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.

WXPN's 2020 Fundraiser Auction ran from 8:00AM on 6 March 2020 to 6:00PM on 26 March 2020. Sincere Thanks to winning bidder Jim Causey for taking part! Your support is sincerely appreciated!

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Photos/Videos/Notes on 2019 STAR'S END Synth Workshop/Salon Concert
Photos/Videos/Notes on 2018 STAR'S END Synth Workshop/Salon Concert

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

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