Spacecraft Performs Live


The Gathering

Saturday, April 24th, 1999


St. Mary's Church
3916 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA

telephone: (610) 734-1009

Performing on synthesizers, guitar and voice, Lektronic Soundscape recording artist Spacecraft creates free-form explorations through the Spacemusic cosmos.

Based in Nashville, Spacecraft consists of Tony Gerber (guitar and synthesizers), John Rose (synths) and Diane Timmons (voice and synths). With two albums to their credit and represented on several compilations, Spacecraft is already recognized as one of the leading voices in the Spacemusic community.

Pursuing the course laid down by the pioneering music of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Jean Michel Jarre, Spacecraft is making significant contributions to the Spacemusic genre. Recalling 1970's styles but adding their own contemporary inspiration, Spacecraft offers sounds and forms that "shift and morph through each other, gradually revealing broad chordal structures, gentle pulses, and the interlocking patterns that have long been the hallmark of space music." (BILLBOARD)

Spacecraft's Gathering performance will be their first ever in the USA's northeast and will produce "a very deep space that is welcoming and restful -- gently unfolding and embracing the listener". (SLUG)

Anyone interested in hearing how contemporary music can challange and reflect the shape of things to come will find the music at The Gathering Concert Series an ideal resource.

Spacecraft CD Reviews:

Spacecraft sets the controls for deep space with music recorded live in the Hummel Planetarium in Kentucky. This trio of synthesizers and guitar recalls early - '70s Tangerine Dream, when that group was still using live performances as free-form explorations rather than pre-programmed computations. Befitting the planetarium environment, this is music more of design than melody, and it has a pulse more than a rhythm. From the amorphous textures of 'Explorations In Space' to the tugging sequencer patterns of the title track, sounds and forms shift and morph through each other, gradually revealing broad chordal structures, gentle pulses, and the interlocking patterns that have long been the hallmark of space music. Spacecraft does it better than many contemporary practitioneers, and Tony Gerber's sinuous guitar leads add another dimension to this sound."

--John Diliberto, BILLBOARD

"This is space/trance music made like it used to be. No new-agey saccharine tweedleblips or techno rhythm-machine-clatter, just s-l-o-w, dreamy, otherworldly, mountain-of-sound synth stylings with a light sprinkling of vocals, found samples and science-fiction-movie sounds. Low-tech effects like varying tape speeds are used here, as are vintage electronic instruments like the Minimoog and Memorymoog. An electric sustaining koto (which I can't readily pick out of the mix) completes the sound. It brings to mind Tangerine Dream around their 'Zeit' or 'Phaedra' periods with some parts of it suggesting the earliest experimental electronic music of the 1950s and 60s. This is 63 minutes of excellent music for relaxing, meditating, sleeping or simply enjoying. Cool NASA close-up photo of Saturn on the front cover."

--Paul Goldschmidt, WIND AND WIRE

The Gathering with Spacecraft will take place from 8pm to 11pm on Saturday, April 24th, 1999 at St. Mary's Church, 3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA. Admission at the door is $15; $10 w/WXPN MemberCard and $5 w/proper student ID.

Concert Preview: In the weeks prior to the concert, the Star's End radio program will regularly feature the music of Spacecraft. This weekend (04.18.99) Star's End will feature rare live recordings by the group, tracks from their forthcoming CD "Earthtime Tapestry" and a live on-air telephone interview. Check the Weekly Update page of the Star's End website for more details.

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