STAR'S END Update 20 June 2021
North StarErik Wollo Fans of Erik Wøllo find his music so engaging that the act of listening leaves them little time for anything else. Leading us through the psyche of the artist his albums portray places not know until we reach them. A marvel in its structure, execution and heart North Star (51'09") reminds us of the power of music, the rigor of musicianship, the joy of creativity, and the realization of potential. Where the output of his contemporaries may unnerve, Wøllo reassures. Exciting to behold North Star's eight tracks each have the distinct sensation of encountering a miraculous mind. As we step from our familiar moment into an alternative realm of swimming sonics and cerebral energy, listeners are transported deep into a world that we are eager to grasp. Exploring the potential of sending his guitar through an endless array of digital processors Wøllo designs a rich and varied aural palette. The playing builds slowly, then proceeds in a measured surge of plucked steel strings, breathing chords and sustaining E-bow notes - all surrounded by a luxuriant atmosphere of harmony and texture. Submitting to this dreamy quality we find that each note seems to carry its own message. A new pleasure born every moment, themes linger just long enough to stir the memory. In profound moments of contemplation unnamable tones mingle with undulating drones. Elsewhere, forward motion is attained in North Star's pulsing synthetic percussion and snaking electric guitar leads. Ghostly assemblages of drifting electronics merge to form bright major chords or mysteriously minor ones. As the soundscape darkens, dulcet melodies glide gracefully above waiting fading forms - stilled in the long cold between stars. Some pieces are of a scale that asks listeners to become lost in their dimensions, yet further in an intimate ballad offers familiar moments of stillness and repose - akin to one of life's small redemptive mercies. As stargazers study The Universe, musicians ponder the mind, and what to fill it with. Listening to this work beneath the dark arch of the night sky we may imagine escaping the limitations of the Earthly plane. Throughout North Star Erik Wøllo's nuanced gestures are fully readable, and the music is exactly what it wants to be. Looking toward the stars, Wøllo's music heads straight for the heart - so that we may awaken to what is inside.

 

Please tune in to the 06.20.21 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio for a track from North Star, the new release by Erik Wøllo

 

For more on North Star, please access: www.projekt.com

For more on Erik Wøllo, please access: www.wollo.com

 

Additional Content:

Different Spaces (2017) by Erik Wøllo
Infinite Moments (2019) by Erik Wøllo
Recurrence (2021) by Erik Wøllo
Silent Currents (2011) by Erik Wøllo
Silent Currents 3 (2013) by Erik Wøllo
Silent Currents 4 (2016) by Erik Wøllo
Threshold Point (2018) by Erik Wøllo

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May 2021 Top 25 STAR'S END Releases - Alphabetical
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    Integers and Quotients

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    • Steve Brand - What is Real (Pioneer Light)
    • DASK - Electron Hell (Syngate)
    • Divine Matrix - Heart of the Shaman (AD Music)
    • Brian Eno - Film Music 1976-2020 (Opal)
    • Errant Space - Slow Wave (self released)
    • Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders/LSO - Promises (Luaka Bop)
    • Fratoroler - Berlin (Syngate)
    • Free System Projekt - The Lost Sessions 2013 - (FSP Records)
    • Fusion of Elements - Sessions in the Quantum Field (Syngate)
    • Robert Hakalski - On the First of March the Crows Begin to Search (Singularity)
    • Janne Hanhisuanto - Traveller in Time (self released)
    • Innesti - Filament and Place (Dronarivm)
    • jarguna - Anatexis (Projekt)
    • Chris Meyer - Sputnik's Ghosts (self released)
    • Moss Covered Technology - Seafields (Dronarivm)
    • Sensitive Chaos - Closer to Home (Subsequent Records)
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WXPN 2020 Online Auction - STAR'S END Fan Experience - Item #104
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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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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.
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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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