Although it may at first seem risky to buy a CD featuring weird music by nine obscure musicians, consumers may rest assured that the DiN RecordsTone Sciencesub-label series in question is expertly curated with your listening interests in mind. Across five volumes(thus far) it has forged a distinct identity. Integers and Quotients (62'11") presents examples of Electronic Music made using instruments with an open-ended programability. Brimming with mischief and menace,tenderness and abstraction,drama and dreams, the listener comes close enough to this music to feel its electric charge.
Presenting another nine musicians who display capabilities just beyond that of the mainstream, Integers and Quotients opens with Incantation by Hélène Vogelsinger. As her branching sequencer structures cycle in clockwork precision, our thoughts extend to a higher plane... Next, Raffael Seyfried'sIterations is marked by a sense of longing - with recurring reverberant piano notes resolving mysteriously among arpeggio stepped synth tones...Stephan Whitlan builds his Waving and Drowning from an intricately imagined starkness, which expends its strength and intensity in fascinating cosmic turbulence...Johnny Woods navigates the dexterous rhythms and lush backdrops of his Cuckoo with an unhurried ease.Tumbling together, the patterns convey a live-wire unity... The Polypores piece Clocks, Unravelling cascades through broken chords in skipping pulse time and oscillating machine timbre. The result is as psychologically probing as it is aesthetically pleasing... Lisa Bella Donna'sde-centeringElectronic Study #26 questions the listener. An atonal collage of electronic textures, we must find our own meaning - while negotiating an abstract aural plane...Integers and Quotients climaxes in the sonic heft of Delusion by Matths. Pushing the beat into new terrain, this work rises into frenzied fantasy, before collapsing into an abyss of its own making... and even the author of this review (Chuck van Zyl) has a fervid tale to tell; in The Zanti Misfits strobing power electronics crescendo, then settle into a subtle Berlin-Schoolsequencer dance - resounding in a dreamy and reflective glow... To conclude the experience, Philippe Petit reveals a cold charisma with Delicate Elementum, his endeavor into the materiality of sound. A startling balance between freedom and structure,gorgeous torrents of charged emanationsbuild and recede, revealing a quietly radicalpassion and purpose of expression... which reminds us that all of this music belongs as much to the musician as it does to their instrument.
The ambition of the Tone Science series remains exciting - its initial spark still felt deeply throughout the fifth volumeIntegers and Quotients. This music asks us to imagine beyond the limitations of conventional thinking, and our current dark day, to catch a glimpse of an enchanted cosmos and all that it has to offer - because we need not feel trapped in the present, when we can hear such clear, wonderful sounds coming from the future.
Please tune in to the 05.16.21 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio for a track from Integers and Quotients, volume five in the Tone Sciencesub-label series
WXPN 2020 Online Auction - STAR'S END Fan Experience - Item #104
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!
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.
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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