STAR'S END Update - 3 May 2015
5 TexturesSimon Lomax 5 Textures (41'09") demonstrates that the music making abilities of Simon Lomax are at a veteran's level. An album designed for playing late at night, 5 Textures explores an interior world of ideas and emotions. Exposing glimpses of his dark side, Lomax presents six works of uncharted solitude. The opening piece feels like a small infinity, traveling towards the unknown - yet there are five more well-executed tracks in wait. On this album harmony is represented as a figure undifferentiated from the sonic landscape. Abstracted and fragmented forms, and not subject, are the principle carriers of meaning. Lonely piano notes proceed above breathing atmospheres, as clean guitar plucks gain color through grains of distortion. Forlorn chords undulate, and hang in the air, while otherworldly voices permeate the soundspace. A sustaining violin note briefly offers something familiar, only to recede amidst the flow of lush electronic current. Beneath Lomax's vast chill designs is a burning ember. His realizations grow out of the free blending of process and intuition. Lomax has imagined himself quite deeply into the world he presents here. Elegant and haunting, serenely powerful, 5 Textures is ever in motion, ever in flux. To categorize it as an Ambient album would undercut Lomax's achievement. The spell created by slow motion tone clouds and iced over synthesizers opens up a zone where beauty exists as part of daily life, and not as an escape from it. His use of sound can be dramatic, but also infinitely subtle in its scale of values - as the music Lomax makes traces a seductive arc from darkness to light, from melancholy to hope. His work belongs to the elegiac and inventive world where but a few respected spirits dwell.

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Ombient Live on STAR'S END 10 May 2015
Ombient Music with Space radio show host and multi-instrumentalist Mike Hunter uses the name Ombient to make live music befitting of any situation. During his many concert outings he has realized a range of performances - from those of great portent down to the more ethereal and diffuse.

Possessed by a unique atmospheric sensitivity he is currently exploring the sonic territory of Spacemusic's 1970s Berlin-School - utilizing a number of classic electronic instruments, among them a substantial three cabinet "Synthesizers Dot Com" modular system. His new album is Space Patrol, and will be released at a performance for The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 16 May 2015.

During his Spring cycle of concerts, Ombient will be joined by fellow Electronic Musician Chuck van Zyl. Please tune in as this duo makes an live on air concert on the 05.10.15 broadcast.

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Ombient, along with Philadelphia based sonic innovator Charles Cohen, return to The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 16 May 2015 at 8:00PM, within the remarkable church sanctuary of St Mary's Hamilton Village. For complete details, please access:

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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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