STAR'S END Update - 1 March 2015
Vague Traces Vague Traces (62'13") is a fitting title for the collaboration between Phillip Wilkerson & Chris Russell - because that is all that remains following its airing. Playing at the border of New Age, Avant-Garde and Spacemusic, Vague Traces concentrates on tone color, texture, dynamics, density and their transformations. We can only guess at the beautiful reality to which this duo refers. Their synthesized sounds form coherent groupings of sonic signs. Though quite mysterious to us, these clusters express meaning in the sum total of their parts. Delivered in a linear fashion, the message remains enigmatic. Tapping unexpected neural pathways, our interior world alternately tightens and relaxes. The glimmerings, shadows, caresses, murmurs and sudden gravity contained in these simultaneously sounding notes moves from a velvety luminous quality, to (however briefly) near dissonance. Wilkerson & Russell find that colliding chords can coexist in their music, as will timbres rough rather than lush. In arrangements of slow moving electronic forms and rightly crafted, luxurious modulations, harmonic movement freezes on static sonorities. Slowly played piano keys are superimposed over sustaining electric organ tones, as drones deepen amidst faint plucks. Reverberant rattles and breathing synthesizers reinforce an air of turbulence. This work seems to be dissolving and becoming, all at once. Sounds and ideas cross a huge interval, as the seven realizations on Vague Traces move through their liminal realms. This duo produces a fascinating succession of colors, atmosphere and mood.

Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from Vague Traces, the recent release by Phillip Wilkerson & Chris Russell

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Winter 2015 Fundraiser Thanks!
Donate Many Thanks to those who tuned in, and then phoned in with a donation to the STAR'S END Winter 2015 Fundraising broadcast of 02.08.15. Thank You to the 39 listeners calling in with $7484 in donations (a new show high)! On Public Radio we are doing things found no where else in broadcasting. With a contribution you are doing your part to keep this wonderful thing going - and in your listening space every week.

Thanks also goes to: Ken Anderson, Art Cohen, Walt & Cindy Crowder, Chuck Nixon, Rich Stankiewicz and Jeff Towne for their great volunteer efforts in handling phone room duties throughout the 02.08.15 fundraising edition of STAR'S END.

-Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END : 15 February 2015

Friday Arts WHYY TV12
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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January 2015 Top 20 STAR'S END Releases - Alphabetical
Artist - Album (Label)


  • John Luther Adams - Become Ocean - (Cantaloupe)
  • AirSculpture - Graveyard Shift - (self-released)
  • Arc - Umbra - (DiN)
  • Matt Borghi/Michael Teager - Shades of Bending Light - (Slobor Media)
  • Gert Emmens/Ruud Heij - Signs - (self-released)
  • Erren Fleissig Schottler Steffen - Night on Ouddorp - (self-released)
  • Vic Hennegan - Live at The Gatherings - (self-released)
  • loscil - Sea Island - (Kranky)
  • K Markov - The Mist - (self-released)
  • Node - Node 2 - (DiN)
  • Jonn Serrie - Day Star - (New World)
  • Dirk Serries - The Origin Reversal - (Projekt)
  • Skoulaman - Dreaming of the Future Reflecting the Past - (self-released)
  • Saul Stokes - LFOUFO - (self-released)
  • Story/Roedelius - Lazy Arc - (Seventh Chance)
  • Chuck van Zyl - Rituals - (Synkronos Music)
  • A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Atmos - (Kranky)
  • Erik Wollo - Timelines - (Projekt)
  • Erik Wollo - Tundra - (Projekt)
Selected Ezines - Online
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Selected Magazines - In Print
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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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