STAR'S END Update - 26 April 2015
Echoes From Future MemoriesGert Emmens & Ruud Heij The Berlin-School of Spacemusic was born out of several LPs by just a few innovative 1970s German groups. For decades this genre has existed in a separate world outside the mainstream. Yet, there are always some that, once they come in contact with this music, find that they can never leave it. With musicians such as Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij, we can almost hear the electronics buzzing within their souls. On Echoes From Future Memories (75'24"), Emmens & Heij concentrate on the emblematic feature of the Spacemusic style; the seemingly self-propelled force of motoric ostinato electronic tone patterns. If we focus on the continuous variations on the possibilities of this machine-music precision, the four tracks on Echoes From Future Memories seem to have been realized as an unconscious exercise in arithmetical timing. Emmens & Heij do dole out dense servings of corrosive drones and unique modulations, but it is the contrast between the fixed framework of syncopated, repeating riffs and the free display of melodic imagination in the upper parts that constitutes the particular charm of this work. In long held notes above the sequencer's rhythmic purr, this duo builds their own sonic glossary - experiencing a personal revelation beyond the measures, notes and beats of their work. Retaining the ethereal affiliations of the past, this kind of music hopes to be an aural manifestation of the cosmic order. Through creativity and then re-creativity, music builds on the past - as only from the entirely old can the entirely new be born. From electricity, to sound, to musical representation, to listener resonance, this musical project is not about finding meaning - it is about creating conditions in which a wealth of diverse meaning is possible.

Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from Echoes From Future Memories, the new album by Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij

For more about Echoes From Future Memories please access: www.gertemmens.nl

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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.

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.

For more about Ombient, please access: www.ombient.com

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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: www.thegatherings.org

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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.

To view Friday Arts online please access: whyy.org/cms/fridayarts/art-stars-end-and-space-music

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