STAR'S END Update - 1 February 2015
Epsilon in Malaysian PaleEdgar Froese For Edgar Froese his 1975 LP Epsilon in Malaysian Pale (33'25") was a sensory record of world travels. For us this album initiated the awakening of a multitude of sensibilities that would have lain dormant without it - a reminder that aesthetic virtues live, often hidden, inside each one of us. Frose's music can be soft and assuring, and is often suffused with a stark comforting tenderness. His geometry is free of conventional angles, proving that the shortest path between two points is a spiraling curve. His darker passages are deep yet gentle. Using controlled dissonance to open up negative space, Froese taught us that it is the calm after the storm that chokes one with emotion. The album titled first piece has been referred to as "the Mellotron track", probably for its opening statements in which this instrument's flute and violins abide in a languid duet. The middle section is augmented by the emergence of a static midrange sequencer pattern, over which flights of string sections rush, hover and fade. Resolution comes in the way of the opening section. As strings and flute return the piece gradually fades into primeval silence. "Maroubra Bay" introduces a few more electronic elements amidst the profound Mellotron string opening. Solo synthesizer notes rise and fall in warm lines of slow melody against the mechanistic intrigue of pulsing and echoing electronic tone patterns. Here the sequencer output is the center of attention as string melodies lightly interact with the ruminating motor of sound. The minimalist cycling moves at the speed of thought, which draws us ever inward. The profundity of this piece comes from its innocence. While current trends embrace the music and atmosphere of the 1970s, we have yet to recapture the spare soundfield and elemental simplicity of this era. Advances in music technology have re-established the sound palette of this decade, but will never be able to replicate the magic of Froese's live-to-tape recording sessions. Analysis is optional, but the thrill is not. The sessions may have been Froese's, but the exhilaration is ours. Surely meaning lurks behind. The spiritual aspirations of Epsilon in Malaysian Pale call for the deepest seriousness. It has excited the imagination of listeners, as well as the music of later generations, for 40 years - yet this music still seems to be emanating from the remote future. Gone from this plane, Edgar Froese now inhabits the hereafter. If our lives are something lent to us, which must eventually be repaid, he has now done so - at an ample profit to The Universe.

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STAR'S END Revisits the 1970s - Spacemusic Classics
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While the few albums that founded the Spacemusic genre 40 years ago have been cited as a major influence by a number of electronic musicians, very few of the albums that followed have actually captured the mysterious minimalism of the era. By today's technological standards, these albums might be considered crude, but there is an elegance to them - an enduring quality difficult to quantify... (read more)

The 02.01.15 broadcast of STAR'S END will present an entire program dedicated to the Spacemusic of the 1970s. This special edition will feature a range of vintage classics of the genre as well as recordings that have recently come to light. Please tune in for more.

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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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