Prior to spinning AS (44'29") by Arjen Schat, try to imagine that this music is not residing on your digital player, but rather that it is waiting for you in some safe celestial space. Everything sounds better under starlight, and so from out of the galaxy deep this music will seem exquisitely formed. A heroic explorer, Schat's reach is long. Representing either urges in the brain, or a sense of moving through an interstellar expanse, AS is loaded with pulsing synthesizers migrating in synchronized, echoing patterns. Along currents of dancing notes, each sequencer line reinforces the next - while full-throated lead lines rise like a strange hollow singing in our hearts. Designed to propel the listener endlessly through a trackless void, this album seems to confidently create its own space as it flies - however searching, tremulous and immeasurable this fascinating sonic realm may be. Carrying the light and line together we can almost feel the heat coming off of Scaht's instruments. Yet, in this wonderful journey of four tracks, he manages to take us where his machines alone cannot. Who is it that knows how to navigate through the storm? That would be the person who has caused the storm. Being on your own, one can go deeper - and in his music Schat takes full advantage of this freedom. The sheer artistry displayed throughout AS is so expertly accomplished that we listeners cannot help but be seduced. It is remarkable how many fresh reserves of musical energy Schat teases out of such a well-established genre. Energy sparked by creativity is full of potential, and AS confirms that Spacemusic thrives when it provides an alternative to the doldrums of that which is common. This music is free to witness its own history, but has it lived up to the ideals that framed its founding? Possibly. If Schat can do everything right, control the chaos of electricity, move sound in the proper direction and place, he just might make something perfect.
Please tune in to this week's broadcast of STAR'S END for music from AS the latest album from Arjen Schat
Emerging from the post Tangerine Dream/Cosmic Music generation, Ian Boddy has carved out a position as a distinctive independent composer and performer. Providing the listener with a rich atmosphere of original timbres and floating soundscapes Boddy is one of the few of his generation to have successfully integrated Electronic Music styles as diverse as seventies-style sequencer structures, melodic neo-classicism and the post-rave Modern Ambient style.
After many years of playing at live events Ian Boddy's idea behind performing concerts is now about bringing his meticulous studio sensibilities out before the public - where the energy of the performance space and the spontaneity of the moment may move his already advanced skills into a higher realm. His upcoming shows in Philadelphia are sure to possess all the magic and sense of adventure possible from a live concert.
Ian Boddy plays live on the 10.21.18 broadcast of STAR'S END - this following his performance at St Mary's Hamlton Village for The Gatherings Concert Series. Please tune in for details.
For more on the Ian Boddy return to Philadelphia and The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 20 October 2018 please access: www.thegatherings.org
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 Wøllo
Spiral Revelation by Steve Roach
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