STAR'S END Update - 2 October 2016
ThreadsThe Tangent Project

The Tangent Project creates a coherence from forces of wide ranging origins. Synthesist Jeff Coulter and guitarist Harrison McKay find their musical truths in the vague idea of atmosphere, as they forego the conventions of music which prevent others from finding a truer expression. The album Threads (71'02") may at first seem like a vessel of primitive energy. With its rough grained coarse timbres, sustaining thought tones and potent exhilarating immediacy, Threads ably converts electrical current into sound. But the work of The Tangent Project is more than just the dream of a mechanical future. Out of an increasing density and dissonance emerge tonal elements - suggesting our higher emotional being. Expressionistic moans, a noise from beyond, driven by transformations of texture and rhythm, jump in from nowhere to snap in the air. The fluid sound of McKay's e-bow guitar evokes a wordless oratory, as Coulter's common chords move gradually between the sullen and dusky, and the serenely radiant. Sequencer sections move in circles, clearing away any abstract clutter, while areas of epic sustaining notes find the twilit listener, and move them gently into the stillness of night. Luxuriating in these ambiguous sonorities, we drift easily further into thought. But, in a quick rush of sound, remnants of a memory, shapes from a vision, coalesce into clear cycling patterns - echoing pleasantly along an intriguing compositional arc. Mellotron reeds play their subtle message through a vertical mass of deep reverb, and mark the brink of nothingness. As the lustrous arrangements build, Threads commands our attention. Its four tracks (one commissioned for STAR'S END) move us through liminal realms. In a vivid succession of sounds, rhythms, moods, and musical ideas we find ourselves traveling in place. As we traverse the great distances of our thoughts, we must regard the quiet roar upon which we are riding. This curious sensation goes with us, on the lonely road of exploration.

Threads received its official release in Philadelphia at The Tangent Project performance for The Gatherings Concert Series on 21 May 2016.

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AirSculpture Live on STAR'S END 10.08.16
Consisting of Adrian Beasley, John Christian and Peter Ruczynski, AirSculpture has been using concert spaces to facilitate electronic experimentation since their first live event in September of 1995. Over the years this UK trio have found that the atmosphere of the venue, the attention of the audience and several other immeasurable factors, have a significant affect on the interaction between players and acts as a fuel for their performances. The dynamics and energy of each realization is controlled by a blend of digital technology and analogue control; the music benefiting through the immediate and tactile interface with the gear and with each other. It is this relationship and experience which allows AirSculpture to create spontaneous and effective electronic realizations in the live environment.

UK Spacemusic outfit AirSculpture returns to Philadelphia and The Gatherings Concert Series on 8 October 2016. Please find more details on the website:

Following The Gatherings, AirSculpture will transfer themselves and their music making gear over to STAR'S END for their traditional live-to-air radio sets of new music. Please tune in for details.

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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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