STAR'S END Update - 23 October 2016
MirageKlaus Schulze We should find Mirage (57'44") by Klaus Schulze on the short list of albums that have most influenced the Spacemusic genre. Its mysterious electronic minimalism portrays the beginning of a new technological and compositional era, while its elegance and enduring timelessness make it a release full of intellectual power and aesthetic beauty - qualities that also make this album difficult to quantify... In the 1970s Schulze, and several other notable young Germans, became weary of making music with what had been given to them by the previous generation. Decades later, we may find their old LPs as records in the re-birth of Germany, and the founding of a new form of art. As with most of Schulze's work, Mirage assumes that the listener has the patience to find this music's benefits - which requires the capacity for long-term thinking, and assumes that we are literate enough to undertake this task. It should be easy to lose one's self in the sonic beauty, as Schulze combines message and medium into a monumental cerebral experience. The open, understated beginning of side one's Velvet Voyage has us wandering silent ruins. In icy stillness we gradually move among chilled synthesizer chords, ominous harmonies and whirling, bleating tones. There is a chill to the space it creates, as our thoughts slow to the speed that of an adagio or an elegy - and move contemplatively through a sustained current of synthesized sound. Schulze provides a musing bass line beneath ethereal choir, as sleeping tone patterns rise in echoing accents. A rounded Minimoog solo ascends, revealing a message directly from the composer. Once the compositional arc finds its climax, this work quickly dissipates in a scattered conclusion. We bid goodnight to the ghosts - and move on to the album's next dream. While the first few moments of the previous piece may have us contemplating that which is hidden, the repeating music box sequencer intro of Crystal Lake immediately turns our thoughts to the virtues of The Universe as a place of possibility and wonder. Sounds build out, as additional lines of rhythm are gradually introduced. Its magic machine pulse provides a distinctive energy, one more of the mind than of the air. Dramatic chord changes help this track ascend further still. Schulze's confirming synth lead lines once again surface - to reassure the lost, and arouse the adventurous. After a few variations in momentum, this composition slows, and expends its previously built mass in thoughtful repose - ultimately expiring in an exhilarating final movement. Musicians and fans may never agree on what criteria define Spacemusic. As there seems to be little in the way of borders, it does not possess a common geography, and no common culture. Its identity resides in the consciousness of the makers and consumers - a voluntary association of many people, organized under an idea. Mirage is among Schulze's richest, most refined works - music in its most beneficial form. As we listen to it, we can feel a part of his world still living on somewhere within our minds.

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centrozoon Live on STAR'S END 11.06.16
Centrozoon centrozoon works with free-improvisational, free-tonal, microtonal soundscapes. Within the rich and dense layers of their music there are subtle rhythmic and tonal shifts taking place, detuning and retuning with each other to produce a colourful spectrum of musical themes. Bernhard Wöstheinrich (electronics) and Markus Reuter (touch guitar) have been working together since 1995, exploring electro-acoustic music by melting their sonic palettes.

Their first release Blast stands as a work exposing just one of the many musical facets of centrozoon: a warm, passionate music suffused with a pulsating inner light.

centrozoon plays live in Philadelphia at Event Horizon on Tuesday 13 November 2016. Please find more details on the website:

Prior to this event, centrozoon returns to STAR'S END for a live-to-air radio set of new music on the 11.06.16 broadcast. Please tune in for details.

STAR'S END Autumn/Halloween Broadcast 10.30.16
Jack O LanternJack O Lantern The 2016 Halloween edition of STAR'S END will feature music commisioned especially for the 10.30.16 broadcast. Whether evoking the changing season, or eerie mischief-night happenings, this special presentation will be notable in its mood specific atmosphere, brought out by 14 unique musicians and their individual musical interpretations.

Please tune in for an evening/morning of previously unreleased spooky-seasonally themed works by such noted Spacemusic community members: Ascendant, Paul Ellis, Forrest Fang, Vic Hennegan, Jack Hertz, Hollan Holmes, Hotel Neon, Dave Luxton, Jason Mundok, Ombient, Craig Padilla, M Peck, Jason Sloan, and George Wallace.

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WXPN/STAR'S END - Binge on the 70s Weekend - 10.23.16
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The 10.23.16 broadcast of STAR'S END will present Spacemusic from out of the influential era of the 1970s. It was music from this decade that defined the premise upon which STAR'S END was founded, and these works have been a positive influence on nearly every artist working in the Ambient and Space Music genres (and beyond) ever since.

We can find many points in the history of music where the content of works has changed, but very few times when form has changed. Form will need to change when what is being expressed is so new or unique that it transcends all the known existing forms. The 1970s was such a time, and post-war Berlin was the place. At this nexus of music technology, spirituality and political incitement the youth of this era broke with the past in an epic new form of music - a music based on unfamiliar experimentation, instruments and ideals, and providing its practitioners with limitless expressive possibilities.

Epsilon in Malaysian PaleDeparture from the Northern WastelandRubycon MirageInventions For Electric GuitarBruder des Schattens - Soline des Lichts

We can still feel a charge every time we hear these classics. Listening today to music released some 40 to 45 years ago one can trace the influence of much of modern Electronic Music back to these essential albums. What connects the different generations, classes and nationalities found throughout this music is the enduring beauty and spirit present within all of it.

Today, when it seems that there is no room for consequential innovation in music, one need only look across the history of Electronic Music to find a fascinating wealth of artists, releases, concerts and technology. This 1970s edition of STAR'S END hopes to remind us of how real the past was, and how urgent it remains if remembered well.

Binge on the 70s WeekendChuck van Zyl 1976This special STAR'S END presentation of music from the decade of the 1970s is part of WXPN's Binge on the 70s Weekend, which begins airing at 4PM on Friday 22 October 2016 through Sunday evening 23 October 2016. Please tune in for WXPN's retrospective of the significant music realized during the decade of the 1970s, one of the most expansive periods in contemporary music.

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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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