STAR'S END Update - 14 December 2014
Live at The gatherings Vic Hennegan Vic Hennegan is part of a brotherhood that spans continents and centuries. Influenced by innovative works and acts dating back to the pioneers of Electronic Music, Hennegan's endeavors trace a through line - from the birth of synthesizers and the first music made in a lab, to pulsing sequencer Spacemusic atmospheres, and the fusion of anthemic pop/rock laced global grooves. Hennegan's CD Live at The Gatherings (79'15") was recorded at his 19 October 2013 performance for the Philadelphia based concert series, and uses well this beloved shared space of human spirituality. Live at The Gatherings permits us to re-live a special night of music, one where Hennegan filled every corner of the venue's sanctuary with vivid sound - there reverberating right alongside his glowing spirit. Imaginative melodic flourishes act as the narrator of Hennegan's cosmic chronicles. Creamy synth leads buzz, hum and unfurl in a meandering ribbon of notes as a mechanistic motor of patterns throbs away in the lower reaches. While body swaying sensuous beats magically morph into a staccato arpeggio of echoing electro-blips, breathy harmonies and glittering effects advance and recede through the reverent soundspace. Live at The Gatherings also features some music realized and recorded live on the 10.20.13 broadcast of STAR'S END - these two album closing tracks render perfectly the subtle aesthetic of the venerable radio program. Vic Hennegan is an artist, not someone just making entertainment. His music aims to heighten our sensitivities and common yearnings for a better world. His concerts remind us that the audience must first be primed to experience this live music, but also that this music primes us to better experience the world in which we live... a realm where society's problems seem to be beyond our power to solve. Hennegan's music should be celebrated. It reassures us that the forces of order and reason will eventually prevail, even in the most tumultuous of lands.

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Aqua Vista (2008) by Vic Hennegan
Field of Worlds and Mirrors (2011) by Vic Hennegan
Journey to Sirius (2013) by Vic Hennegan
Nebula Waves (2012) by Vic Hennegan

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Chuck van Zyl + Mike Hunter - live on STAR'S END 21 December 2014
Chuck van Zyl Best known as host of STAR'S END and as coordinator of The Gatherings Concert Series, Chuck van Zyl has also been making his own unique style of electronic Spacemusic since 1983.

Throughout the course of his musical existence Chuck van Zyl has developed a signature exploratory style. By blending the primitive machine beauty of classics like Ricochet with the highly formed values of more recent groups such as Redshift and Arc, his solo works are the result of a persistent creativity. He has melded the intimate with the epic and fans will find the results riveting. The tone of his music veers from synthesized and atmospheric, to the reckless energized pulse of tumbling sequencer patterns, on down to a somber interiority - moving between the three in an impressive aural narrative. With plenty of cool modulated effects, ethereal Mellotron begot harmonies and melodies, and interlinked shifting arpeggios the music of Chuck van Zyl seems timeless in its purity.

Along with an arsenal of electronic instruments, key in producing the hallmark sounds of classic cosmic music, is van Zyl's sense of pacing, arrangement and contour. His lead lines hover wistfully above the throbbing pulse of interlocking, multi-layered sequencer patterns which race ahead then diminish into swirling ether. The compositions are restrained, rendered without any sharp edges, and posses a Berlin School authenticity of both tone and spirit - right down to the yearning of a generation seeking to find its place in the cosmos.

Chuck van Zyl and Mike Hunter will perform a live to air radio concert on the 12.21.14 broadcast of STAR'S END. Please tune in for details.

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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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The Listening List - Recent Album Reviews From STAR'S END
Sea Island Dreaming of the Future The Origin Reversal Rituals Dark Matters

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November 2014 Top 35 STAR'S END Releases - Alphabetical
Artist - Album (Label)
Selected Ezines - Online
Sonic Immersion Amazing Sounds Ambient Visions Ambience for the Masses Electro Ambient Space Hypnagogue
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Sequences #31 e/i Expose E-dition Audion
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Images From Selected Live On-Air Concerts - Click on an Image for Details
Erik Wollo Saul Stokes RMI Orbital Decay Chuck van Zyl Ian Boddy

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~ Live on STAR'S END ~

George Wallace : 13 April 2014
AirSculpture : 18 May 2014
onewayness & Modulator ESP : 31 August 2014
Jeff Pearce : 12 October 2014
Matt Borghi & Michael Teager : 12 October 2014
Twyndyllyngs : 16 November 2014
Chuck van Zyl + Mike Hunter : 21 December 2014

Robert Rich : 12 April 2015
Erik Wollo + Bernhard Wostheinrich : 11 October 2015

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