STAR'S END Update - 21 December 2014
Farthest NorthZac KeillerIhor Dawidiuk The alliance of Parhelion + Zac Keiller pulls you inexorably into dark swishes of sound. Their CD Farthest North (43'13") delivers seven tracks that slowly chill with down dark pleasures of poetic indirection. Inspiring a deep shiver Farthest North feels like a closed independent environment. Lacerating winds sweep across gently rising metallic textures, while reverberant crystalline tones resound over a crushing, rumbling sonic architecture. Occasionally within this gray sound storm we are reprieved by coruscant chords of arctic brightness - to prove that this drone-zone is not entirely without consonance. There is no easy way out of this music, as the journey into this collaboration offers adventure. The shifts and shocks prod the mind, surprise the ear, and alarm the subconscious - where darkness is always waiting. Whisking listeners to a little understood land the disquieting strangeness of Farthest North conquers a broad sonic territory with precision and power. Ancient philosophers hid their true arguments beneath surface language. Some coded their message simply to encourage curiosity. At the core of this frozen ambient work is a message. From out of the howling plains of nowhere this duo knows the exact direction their exploration will take - and hope to intrigue, not baffle the listener.

Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from Farthest North the international collaboration of Parhelion + Zac Keiller

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Winter Solstice Broadcast - STAR'S END 21 December 2014
Terry Furber's Moog 1P

To welcome the Winter holidays STAR'S END this weekend will offer its Annual Ambient Chill Fest. Please tune in for a range of sonic holiday pleasures from a diverse selection of STAR'S END artists from around the world.

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Chuck van Zyl + Mike Hunter - live on STAR'S END 21 December 2014

Throughout the course of his musical existence Chuck van Zyl has developed a signature exploratory style. By blending the primitive machine beauty of classics like Ricochet with the highly formed values of more recent groups such as Redshift and Arc, his solo works are the result of a persistent creativity. He has melded the intimate with the epic and fans will find the results riveting. The tone of his music veers from synthesized and atmospheric, to the reckless energized pulse of tumbling sequencer patterns, on down to a somber interiority - moving between the three in an impressive aural narrative. With plenty of cool modulated effects, ethereal Mellotron begot harmonies and melodies, and interlinked shifting arpeggios the music of Chuck van Zyl seems timeless in its purity.

Along with an arsenal of electronic instruments, key in producing the hallmark sounds of classic cosmic music, is van Zyl's sense of pacing, arrangement and contour. His lead lines hover wistfully above the throbbing pulse of interlocking, multi-layered sequencer patterns which race ahead then diminish into swirling ether. The compositions are restrained, rendered without any sharp edges, and posses a Berlin School authenticity of both tone and spirit - right down to the yearning of a generation seeking to find its place in the cosmos.

Chuck van Zyl and Mike Hunter will perform a live to air radio concert on the 12.21.14 broadcast of STAR'S END. Please tune in for details.

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Friday Arts WHYY TV12
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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The Listening List - Recent Album Reviews From STAR'S END
Live at The Gatherings Sea Island Dreaming of the Future The Origin Reversal Rituals

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November 2014 Top 35 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
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Images From Selected Live On-Air Concerts - Click on an Image for Details
Erik Wollo Saul Stokes RMI Orbital Decay Chuck van Zyl 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
Twyndyllyngs : 16 November 2014
Chuck van Zyl + Mike Hunter : 21 December 2014

Robert Rich : 12 April 2015
Erik Wollo + Bernhard Wostheinrich : 11 October 2015

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