Even in a field where there are so many different people to hear and works to consider, and so much competing for our attention, it is hard to miss Hélène Vogelsinger. Her second release Reminiscence (48'08") is a continuation of a broad commitment to free thought and expression - an effort which has been strengthened by an audience that supports the efforts of talented artists and thinkers. The six tracks on Reminiscence each deliver their own private sense of wonder. This music's sudden swerves and diverse electronic and acoustic palette will inspire enthralling psychological shifts, while still insisting that we are listening closely always. In obedient pulsing potency branching sequencer structures cycle subtly through light and dark designs. Pulling us into submerged levels of the mind, the blending of sounds and repeating patterns bestow a dream-like effect. With reality now so difficult to pinpoint, in its palpable sense of propulsion Vogelsinger's sonic energy extends our thoughts to a higher plane. From the buzzy and sublime, to the taut, soaring clockwork pattern precision of restless exploration, each work seems more urgent than the next. Relentlessly this artist moves to the rhythm of her imagination, at the pace of her human heart. Vogelsinger has ascended for the right reasons. The freedom to experiment, ample talent and ability, and an eager audience combine to nurture a true flowering. Throughout Reminiscence we find an intelligence extending beyond the cold logic of machines - as well as a strong contribution to a most intriguing field. Her work evokes the highest ideals of creativity, which should spur others to such heights.
Please tune in to the 05.09.21 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio for a track from Reminiscence, the latest release by Hélène Vogelsinger
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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