STAR'S END Update - 21 April 2019
Beyond the Purple SunJim Ottaway Because Jim Ottaway has spent so much time in an imaginary realm, we wonder how he is able to navigate through the real one? He operates in the large format of Spacemusic, so as to evoke expansive, epic ideas and subjects - time, history, the body, and existential concerns of the self. The CD Beyond the Purple Sun (57'14") features seven tracks of beautifully drifting and transporting music - both restful to the intellect and comforting to the spirit. Harmonious and soft, each work is a singular flowing thought asking us to tune into the quieter frequencies. But being meditative does not mean Beyond the Purple Sun has to be vague. Its permeating atmosphere of stillness also conveys a unique ambiance of limitless emptiness. Yet it also conjures a few realizations from negative space and the idea of nothingness - as a reminder of the beginning of everything. These unpeopled spaces push the listener further toward the center of this aural universe. Twilight swaths of color hover just beneath a misty aura surrounding long electronic notes. Tones vibrate, arise and recede, but do not travel along a linear plane. As synth voices blur one into the other, forming sonic colors of striking beauty, Beyond the Purple Sun leads your thoughts to stillness and reverie. In overcoming the limitations of contemporary music, Ottaway tries his dreamy ideas. He has found that talking to dreams, and in this field one's dreams may become real, is better than chasing them - and so we find that the force of his realizations comes from the truths we already know.

Please tune in to the 04.21.19 broadcast of STAR'S END for music from Beyond the Purple Sun, the recent album by Australian Electronic Musician Jim Ottaway

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Access the ECHOES Interview with Jim Ottaway (2017)

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Southern Cross (2016) by Jim Ottaway

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Staer - Live on STAR'S END 05.12.19
StaerStaer is the solo project of Philadelphia-based Electronic Musician Ian R Staer. Drawing inspiration equally from the likes of Phillip Glass, Moby, Alessandro Cortini, and John Murphy, Staer juxtaposes spare acoustic piano melodies with analog synthesizer textures - to conjure beautiful, stark aural landscapes from a concise tonal vocabulary. Fully and effectively imagined, this music opens up a warm and beautiful space, then moves slowly through it - providing a rich, fully formed musical environment we will want to visit over and again.

Staer will play a live-to-air radio concert on the 05.12.19 broadcast of STAR'S END. Please tune in for details

The Staer on-air session for STAR'S END coincides with his performance at The Gatherings Concert Series in Philadelphia on Saturday 18 May 2019. Please access details at:

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Skoulaman - Live on STAR'S END 05.19.19
Hans van Kroonenburg Skoulaman realizes his music live in real time, and exhibits a talent for working in the heat of a fleeting moment. By concentrating on live concerts Hans van Kroonenburg has perfected his skills in performance techniques and the musical journey. Using a range of vintage and modern analog style synthesizers, he commands immediate control over all aspects of the music as it is happening. With its arching melodies and well developed narrative his concerts provide a pleasant, low-wattage drift through a vivid electronic consonance.

Skoulaman will play a live-to-air radio concert on the 05.19.19 broadcast of STAR'S END. Please tune in for details

Prior to his on-air set, Skoulaman will make his USA concert debut at The Gatherings Concert Series in Philadelphia on Saturday 18 May 2019. Please access details at:

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WXPN Online Auction 2019 - STAR'S END Fan Experience
Chuck van ZylSTAR'S END/WXPN Cookies Electronic Musician, Concert Organizer and STAR'S END Radio Host Chuck van Zyl took part in WXPN's 2019 Online Fundraising Auction with the offer of a unique listener experience. Auction Item #211 was the 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 (the new CD Chuck van Zyl: Live on Star's End 08.26.18 was a direct result of last year's Fan Experience).

This unique concert/workshop received a top bid of $780. Thanks very much to winning bidder Ernest Allen! Your support of public radio 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.

Please tune into STAR'S END this weekend for music from Live on Star's End 08.26.18 by Chuck van Zyl - the special Thank You Gift for contributors to WXPN's Winter 2019 Fundraiser

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STAR'S END - WXPN's Archived Stream
Chuck van Zyl

Beginning with the 10.07.18 edition, an archived stream of each broadcast of STAR'S END will be available through the WXPN website. To listen anytime, please access:

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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