The first sonic impression of Tramontane (50'27") arrives with a rumble of white noise. A deeply absorbing album, its listeners are completely taken over by a wondrous atmosphere. Wrapped in the skilled musical invention we have come to expect from our most innovative Electronic Musicians,Lisa Bella Donna breathes in a musical freedom that allows her to experiment without abandoning her strengths. The sounds found on Tramontane seethe and roil in a deep real cool - all in service to a skilled musical intent. Each of the two tracks, each a singular flowing thought, asks us to tune into our quieter frequencies. But being introspective does not mean that this work has to be vague. In its drift toward a soft-focus landscape many touching, quiet moments are indeed realized - but the ambient spell cast by this gemlike album is occasionally broken by an enlivening keyboard lead. These bewitching thought-zones arc through their magical moments in a beautifully transporting performance, both restful to the intellect and comforting to the spirit. By continually combining and recombining a vivid range of timbres into substantial sonic textures and cosmic aural colors, this artist leaves us dwelling in vivid states of wordless quietude and opalescent shine. Recordings of a natural wilderness environment mingle with synthesizer pads and detailed electronic modulations as the mood pushes into the far-flung reaches of thought. The deliberate pacing, the sense of consonance surrounded by space, the rush of warm rounded chords all make for a fascinating listening experience. Most competent musicians can easily produce heat. Lisa Bella Donna produces light. A work of sustained ambiance Tramontane conveys the enigmatic yet simple essence of her world apart.
Please tune into the 02.16.20 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio for music from Tramontane the recent album by Lisa Bella Donna
STAR'S END/WXPN Winter Fundraiser - 23 February 2020
This Winter 2020 listeners to Public Radio StationWXPN are again asked to please phone in and 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-airfund 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 always been the listener. Giving to public radio was and still continues to be a meaningful gesture. During the broadcast of 23 February 2020 STAR'S END will spend the entire night in this effort, and is counting on your help. Please stay up, tune in and (when you hear the number) call in.
Sincere Thanks to everyone who calls in with a donation (thanks also to our phone room volunteers who will stay up all night taking your calls)!
Please Note: The 02.23.20 broadcast of STAR'S END will offer Special Thank You Gifts available to those calling in with a donation made using a valid credit card. Many Thanks to all the artists and labels pitching in their resources to help STAR'S END with fundraising, and of course, Sincere Thanks to all the listeners who phone in with a donation (list forthcoming).
Vic Hennegan - Live on STAR'S END 03.22.20
Innovative works by Vic Hennegan trace a through line from the birth of synthesizers to today's rock/pop tinged global grooves. Performing with the confidence of the musically well-traveled Hennegan mixes his experiences into vivid sonic statements. Creamy synth leads buzz, hum and unfurl in a meandering ribbon of notes as a mechanistic patterns motor away in the reverent soundspace. While body swaying sensuous beats magically morph into a staccato arpeggio of echoing electro-blips, breathy harmonies and glittering effects advance and recede. In these cosmic chronicles we find Hennegan's exuberance is contagious - as his music aims to heighten our sensitivities and common yearnings for a better world.
Following his set at The Gatherings Concert SeriesVic Hennegan will perform a live-to-air concert during the 03.22.20 broadcast of STAR'S END. Please tune in for details.
For more on Vic Hennegan + Chuck van Zyl (admission free/donations accepted) at The Gatherings in Philadelphia on Saturday 21 March 2020, please access: www.thegatherings.org
City of Bliss & Love by John Morrison
Please make time to access, read and share John Morrison's insightful and comprehensive new feature City Of Bliss & Love: An Oral History of Ambient and Experimental Electronic Music in Philadelphia, which includes great insights into the background, history and current efforts of Philadelphia's Space Age - including quotes from STAR'S ENDco-founderJohn Diliberto and long-time host Chuck van Zyl. Obviously a major task for all the events, artists and personalities of the past 40 or 50 years to be distilled into this piece, this article shows a great effort! Please use the link below to access/share John Morrison's excellent article. Thanks!
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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