Somewhere sacred between the musician and the audience is the DJ. Deciphering the secrets of a unique treasury, these types often vanish within our listening experience. Anyone can simply string together a number of decent songs, but a higher meaning may come from the expert pacing and placing of each track in just the right spot (with those of this craft finding the rush of mixing their first time every time). The anthology Polarity includes 26 tracks by a considered range of various artists across two compact discs. Arnaud Galoppe (also known as Focal) has been commissioned with blending these works into two distinctive extended moods. While Polarity is an excellently produced album throughout, fans of STAR'S END may be attracted to the disc labeled "Ambient Side" (a bit more than the equally well produced "Techno Side" CD). Galoppe, our sonic celebrant, excellently intertwines the stories of each of the two discs' 13 artists and tracks. Spacing is the very groundwork of design, and this producer demonstrates his ability to build interesting environments - by bridging and binding opposing energies in the magical interplay between time, memory and imagination. A reduced narrative content simulates arrested motion, as a mystical dark light seems to hover over certain passages. In the surrounding zones where shadows become an essential part of the plan, Polarity further subverts dominant codes of music. Like underground explosions, distant rumbling foretells of a pulsing activity within. Hair-raising bass drops seem to harness the energy of electricity, as the mood changes just when we want it to. When synthesized modulations thicken the air, an easing harmony soon emerges out of the density. The methodical movement between light and dark, hot and cool terrain is impressive and effective. From the power of empty space, to energized riffs moving the body, Polarity provides an intriguing journey into electronic texture and sound - expanding and contracting continually under an atmosphere suggestive of all things cerebral. Even the recurring drum zones loop at the speed of dreams, and beckon thought. Anthologies are a good way to learn about new artists, but sometimes it is not necessarily the individual tracks the audience wants, but their mixture, and the more complex experience which may arise from a well-produced set. The DJ is that complexity. Making something bigger than the sum of its parts, Galoppe so enjoys the act of connecting two different songs through smooth transitions. Raising and lowering the energy level, from drifting gray calm to sparked beats and grooves (and many levels in between) the many musicians presented throughout Polarity play a significant role - one more that of source material than of author. But each are equally valuable, none better than the other, as taken together in this assemblage their individual meanings are amplified, and they each reach a place where none could go alone.
Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from the anthology Polarity
Year in Review: STAR'S END 2017 Significant Spacemusic Releases
As 2017 draws to a close, STAR'S END reflects on the many superb Spacemusic releases featured on the broadcasts throughout the year gone by. Please tune in for the annual Year in Review programs, and the comprehensive presentation of the significant works which entered our airwaves over the past 12 months.
Fhloston Paradigm: Live on STAR'S END - Release Party
To intrepid travelers along the deep dark spaceways, King Britt's innovative music project Fhloston Paradigm will put a hum in your ear drum. With a gentle precision his music generates reassuring atmospheres of electrical synthesizer tones and digital textures. From a pervasive sense of calm to a most potent magic, we journey through his sonic realm against the strong tug of some unseen charm - and wonder what strange, wonderful spell has been cast?
An avid concert performer, King Britt brought his Fhloston Paradigm project to the 07.30.17 broadcast of STAR'S END for a live to air radio concert. The new album Live on STAR'S END chronicles this event and will mark its release with a night of innovative music at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia.
For more about King Britt presents Fhloston Paradigm - Chuck van Zyl - Chaka Benson - John Morrison at Johnny Brenda's on Thursday 25 January 2018, please access: www.johnnybrendas.com
The Signal: Podcast
This edition of The Signal includes notes on five 2017 releases from the Projekt Records label.
Please listen in as host Chuck van Zyl reviews:
Phase IX by Lorenzo Montana
MantraSequent by Jeffrey Koepper
Following the Ether Sun by Forrest Fang
Different Spaces by Erik Wollo
Spiral Revelation by Steve Roach
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