George Wallace comes from a town near Philadelphia. Where the music on The Art of Imagining (69'23") comes from is hard to tell. Back to rescue our over stimulated brains this talented multi-instrumentalist has realized another album to take us places we cannot get to with anyone else. A veteran storyteller Wallace again aspires to get us thinking in new ways. The beckoning atmosphere is at once sensual and unsettled, and celebrates the private sphere - where originality, conscious and self-understanding thrive. From sombre abstractions to full-voiced declarations, The Art of Imagining is a varied, enticing and alluring listen. A lucid demonstration of composition, production and execution it reveals new layers on every spin. Pleasantly meandering, its swirling sounds and mellow melodies relate an endlessly engaging spacey saga of release. As instruments and harmonies come and go each piece inhales and exhales. While at one point a composition may lose its shape, or even collapse, further in the energy sparks and grants new life. Wonderfully diverse in its arrangement, this episodic work is full of enticing synth-borne melodies, arcane samples and dreamlike spheres.Each track offers its own keenly calibrated shift of perception. In a tricky combination of timing, vibration and light, subtle swings in contrast keep you attentive and charmed. Attaining a surreal poetry in the slow march through a minor keygrand piano notes resound through dense harmonic textures. Complimenting the high sonic style reverberant guitar strings provide focus, and point the way ahead. From cloud gentle, mental soundscapes to ethno-chill filled spaces, these seven tracks are an impressive collection of songs and views from a detailed interior realm. Listening to The Art of Imagining we should feel less alone in our private experience. Whether just the truth of a complex heart, or the solitary testimony of the soul, the unmistakable tone of healing and hope permeate these compositions - confirming that magic lurks around every corner, if you leave yourself open to hearing it.
Please tune in to the 08.01.21 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio for music from The Art of Imagining, the new studio release by George Wallace
Johnny Lancia realizes blissed-out ambient works and concerts under the name Huron. His music is filled with heady drones and idiosyncratic rhythms that reflect his love of the natural world - filtered through a variety of modular synthesizers,analog electronics and tape manipulation processes.
WXPN 2020 Online Auction - STAR'S END Fan Experience - Item #104
Electronic Musician, Concert Organizer and STAR'S END Host Chuck van Zyl has taken part in WXPN's 2020 Online Fundraising Auction with the offer of a unique listener experience. The winning bidder of Auction Item #104 will receive a one-on-one workshop with Chuck van Zyl covering synthesizer basics, followed by a private salon spacemusic concert for the winner and ten friends at WXPN's World Cafe Performance Studio.
WXPN's 2020 Fundraiser Auction ran from 8:00AM on 6 March 2020 to 6:00PM on 26 March 2020. Sincere Thanks to winning bidder Jim Causey for taking part! Your support is sincerely appreciated!
Produced by Public Radio Station WXPN, Chuck van Zyl:Live on Star's End 08.26.18 (63'36") is not a commercial release. It is available only as a "Thank-You" gift to those making a donation to WXPN/STAR'S END.
This album is a conventional silver CD featuring over 60 minutes of the Chuck van Zyl live electronic realizations made in the WXPN performance studio during a private Salon Concert (for Tony Masiello) and live-to-air broadcast of 25/26 August 2018. Its four parts each offer passages of improvised in-the-moment sequencer manipulations, amidst the ethereal yearning of synthesized harmonies and cresting lead lines. The listener is invited inside, to float away as the patterns and textures envelope them - tumbling in circles, spirals and pinwheels, beneath unfurling ribbons of creamy synth melodies and modulated, chirping effects.
Chuck van Zyl:Live on Star's End 08.26.18 may seem more like a spiritual expression than an exploration of a musical form. This work has mysterious power purely on a sonic level. But the miracle of this release is that every time we listen to it, our minds will hear something new - and will so find a different album. Absorbing the full tapestry of the Electronic/Berlin-School experience, and the ideals of live improvisation, we can easily imagine every concert outing serving as a mystic portal for this musician's own spiritual journey.
Whether channeled from the astral plane, or just the transformation of electricity into sound, Live on Star's End 08.26.18 is for those seeking a deeper examination of tone and mood. Anyone in love with Spacemusic and its very specific poetry will want to own this recording. While this musical form may have been established in the 1970s, Live on Star's End 08.26.18 feels made-today fresh. A ceaselessly inventive work, its history begins now.
This edition of The Signal includes notes on five 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 Wøllo
Spiral Revelation by Steve Roach
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