STAR'S END Update - 20 July 2014
LFOUFOSaul Stokes Saul Stokes and his music just keep getting better. With each new album Stokes becomes more confident, more himself, yet retains an incomparable penchant for discovering new frontiers of sound, atmosphere and texture. His mega-download LFOUFO (83'55") has something for everyone: bright timbres, negative space, sleeping drones, jubilant beats and scribble leads - which all amounts to another wildly imaginative sonic stunner. At the outset of each project Stokes first asks himself some questions about audio display, not about what key to play in but what new sound to invent. He imagines something then designs and builds an instrument which will bring his idea into the world - only to discover through the process things even further out. Utilizing his custom built synths, iPad apps, samplers and hardware synthesizers on LFOUFO Stokes realizes eight tracks of buzzing, bubbling bytes of colorific tone and expeditionary zeal. From electro-idyll to tempestuous brainstorms of sound these tracks ripple with muscle beneath a unique thermonuclear fragility, then wind down to a distant night march of cool moonshadows. And the dark may be the best place to listen to LFOUFO as this electric music glows and flows so well against the velvet black of night. Stokes does indeed manage to push some dark electrons into less vibrant spaces - and the introspective moods they bring, but the majority of LFOUFO is built on the cumulative power of simple, minimalist riffs which allows for a gradual unfolding of beautiful details. Saul Stokes is attached to the future and with each new musical effort he undertakes brings us closer to it. We may not know what this man does for a living, but we do know what he does to live... he remains Saul Stokes, harnessing the power of electricity in service to music.

Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from LFOUFO the album by American synthesist Saul Stokes

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WXPN/STAR'S END Fundraiser - 1 June 2014
Microphone The first weekend in June it was fundraising time again at Public Radio Station WXPN. This Spring 2014 listeners were asked to please phone in and pledge their financial support to STAR'S END. Surely we all know why this is asked; Public Radio exists through the support of its listeners and periodic on-air fundraisers are the most sensible method for stations to meet their fiscal goals. On-air fundraisers are also a good opportunity for listeners to make themselves known to the programs they frequent.

Sincere Thanks to the 38 listeners who called in with $4404 in donations on the 06.01.14 broadcast of STAR'S END. You're the difference between having STAR'S END merely survive and making it thrive. Thank You!

Special Thanks to phone room volunteers: Cindy Crowder, Walt Crowder, Joseph Martin, Chuck Nixon, Denise Palermo, Melissa Zonies and co-host Jeff Towne!

-Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END - 5 June 2014

Friday Arts WHYY TV12 - Friday 4 January 2013 at 8:30PM
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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STAR'S END on MySpace & Facebook
MySpace Facebook STAR'S END Ambient Radio has a MySpace Webpage and a page on Facebook which you are invited to visit. Here you will find some background on the radio show as well as news about the weekly broadcasts, including album reviews and notes on upcoming live in-studio on-air radio concerts. Visitors to the MySpace Webpage may listen to music from the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD while viewers of the Facebook page may interact with other fans. Maintained by STAR'S END listener and supporter Chuck Nixon the STAR'S END MySpace Webpage and Facebook page has a growing list of friends and fans from the worldwide listening community.

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The Listening List - Recent Album Reviews From STAR'S END
Umbra Hydrosphere Cycles Within Cycles Within Pangaea Ultima Cosmic Ground

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June 2014 Top 20 STAR'S END Releases - Alphabetical
Artist - Album (Label)
Selected Ezines - Online
Sonic Immersion Amazing Sounds Ambient Visions Ambience for the Masses Electro Ambient Space Hypnagogue
Selected Magazines - In Print
Sequences #31 e/i Expose E-dition Audion
STAR'S END - Site Search
Google Have you ever been looking for something on this website only to become bogged down by the massive size and enormous content? Now you can find what you are seeking somewhat easier. Searching the STAR'S END Website has become much easier. Look for info on artists, albums, track names, labels, etc. via a Google "site search" - now part of the STAR'S END Website.

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Images From Selected Live On-Air Concerts - Click on an Image for Details
Erik Wollo Saul Stokes RMI Orbital Decay MoIT Ian Boddy

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~ Live on STAR'S END ~

George Wallace : 13 April 2014
AirSculpture : 18 May 2014
onewayness & Modulator ESP : 31 August 2014
Jeff Pearce : 12 October 2014
Matt Borghi & Michael Teager : 12 October 2014
Chuck van Zyl : December 2014

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