STAR'S END Update - 26 October 2014
Night on OuddorpEFSS Spacemusic is largely an untamed art. Despite the logical and technical rigor this music may appear to display, it truly belongs to a sub-planetary religion. So consumed are the zealots within this temple of tech; were an inquisitive outsider to ask about changing chords, the reply would most certainly refer to one measuring either three, six or twelve feet in length. The album Night on Ouddorp (48'10") was made by four men of this realm. Specializing so in the technica of Electronic Music, when Jorg Erren, Bert Fleissig, Jochen Schöttler and Christian Steffen get a tingle from their music they immediately check for a faulty ground wire connection. Night on Ouddorp was realized out of the third of this quartet's annual week-long getaways - which combines under one roof a series of loose jam sessions and gear tweaking with serious arrangement and compositional collaborations. EFSS's intellect works under the forward-looking theme of sound innovation, but their retrograde hearts belong to the Berlin-School. Track after track assails us with bouncing electrified notes echoing in rows of repeating arpeggio patterns. So steeped in machinery is this work that while listening we can almost see the blinking lights, dials, buttons, switches and patch cords of this outfit's rig. Monsters are always hungry, and the sequencer patterns on Night on Ouddorp pump out a soundtrack fit for the chase. With burning foreheads EFSS produce heroic electronic pulsations borne on blood soaked dissonance. While some of the first six titles generate a stable mood and energy, others are given enough juice to dim the lights and have the late night listener looking over their shoulder. Thankfully, the tastefully administered glittering modulated effects and synthetic melodic leads manage to offer humanity and warmth to the otherwise overtly mechanistic output of this production. The last of these seven works quietly murmurs in a mysterious dark downward dirge, and brings us to the borders of sleep - that unfathomable deep where all must lose their way. True, we may lose our way somewhere in Night on Ouddorp, but never our selves. The ideas found within this genre have a life outside of it - if only known of by the initiated few. What a better world it would be were it populated with more individuals such as Erren, Fleissig, Schöttler and Steffen - people who carried with them in their hearts and minds the secret forces of this music.

Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from Night on Ouddorp the latest CD by the quartet of European Electro-Explorers EFSS

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Gate from Night on Ouddorp by EFSS


Friday Arts WHYY TV12 - Friday 4 January 2013 at 8:30PM
Chuck van Zyl

Friday Arts is a weekly 30-minute arts, cultural and entertainment magazine that airs on WHYY TV12 Fridays at 8:30PM. Each broadcast features three segments: "Art", "Art of Life" and "Art of Food". Friday Arts casts a light on some of Philadelphia's most fascinating yet well-kept secrets in the arts.

John Diliberto, Jason Sloan, Jeff Towne and Chuck van Zyl were featured in a segment produced by Michael O'Reilly for the Friday 4 January 2013 episode of Friday Arts. This portion of the program included coverage of activities related to the ECHOES and STAR'S END radio programs and The Gatherings Concert Series - as well as background on Philadelphia's unique Spacemusic scene and the ideals and concepts which drive this genre's creative force.

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