STAR'S END Update - 31 July 2016
Ghost StationsMarconi Union

With Ghost Stations (46'28"), Marconi Union continues their independent streak. Soft but intense, with a real electricity running through it, this album presents four tracks from the liminal regions of abandoned places - a realm just beyond our reach. Soulful and restrained, their studio sessions inject emotion and expression into what would otherwise appear to be a formal experience. Along with subtle drumming, sweetly forlorn piano notes and the atmospheric washes of electric guitar tones, Ghost Stations combines an occasional reverberant trumpet and clarinet playing with its slow buzzing guitar leads, organ chords and throbbing basslines - producing fluctuating moods of vitality and contemplation. Warm synthesizer beds support strangely unidentified sounds as whirring digital textures crackle, hum and darken amidst pulsing beats and ably plucked steel strings. Beneath this falling twilight MU forms prominent relations with their audience. Moving at an easy pace from tension to repose, each piece resolves intelligently into the next. Their place in space is found, rather than arrived at. Hinting at Jazz, Ambient, Kraut-Rock and film soundtracks Marconi Union works in a genre that welcomes the listener's thinking. It is fortunate for us that they take us along with them into evermore sonic intrigue. For this outfit each new release is an unlocking of a larger space of capabilities and possibilities. The music they produce is a dependable pleasure.

Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from the forthcoming album Ghost Stations by the UK instrumental ensemble Marconi Union

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Hotel Neon - Live on STAR'S END 07.31.16
Hotel Neon Hotel Neon is a Philadelphia based Ambient drone trio. Consisting of Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer and Steven Kemner, the music of Hotel Neon is characterized by blissed-out, gently moving forms and slowly evolving atmospheres. Their understated works for processed electric guitars and deep synthesizer tones entice the audience into a dreamy, wordless state. Emphasizing texture and mood, Hotel Neon provides an open-ended sonic environment meant for optimal being. As textural contrasts in sound reach the mind's eye through the body's ears, the movement of mood from dark to light stirs the listener's soul.

Hotel Neon will play a live to air set on the 07.31.16 broadcast of STAR'S END. Please tune in this weekend for details.

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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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