Please join me this evening for another edition of Blue Water Drift Dive on RadioSpiral.net!
Tonight we will enjoy some more recent music from Juta Takahashi as well as a wonderful live performance by Chuck van Zyl. Some good music to send us into another work week.
The show happens tonight around 10/9/8/7p (2a UTC), immediately following the end of Tony Gerber’s fantastic Ambient Sundays program, and will last at least 2 hours. As with all RadioSpiral.net programs, the emphasis is on community, so of course there is a live chat. If you tune in, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello …
What a treat! I usually tune in for at least the first hour or two of Star’s End every week. Really stoked to hear that Chuck himself will be doing a live on-air concert in the second hour of his program this evening! Check it out:
I’ll be there, for sure …
Another clip of Chuck playing his arsenal of analog synths live. Just … wow. He’s a master of lush interlocking sequences, that’s for sure. And look at that wall of knobs!
Check out this stunning live performance by none other than Chuck van Zyl at the 2018 E-Day festival:
I must say that these days Chuck is putting out some of the finest Berlin-inspired electronic space music one can find anywhere. He’s most widely known as the host of the weekly Star’s End radio broadcast, but you should be listening to him as an artist as well. Deep journeys indeed!
I knew that tonight’s program would have excellent music, but I will confess I didn’t fully realize how excellent until hearing it all end to end. Tonight we focused on the music of Ombient, the great Mike Hunter and his endless fascination with ambient space music.
What a great collection of pieces, including a jaw dropping live set put on by Ombient and Chuck van Zyl at The Gatherings back in May of this year, a recording that benefits The Gatherings Concert Series.
We had a good time discussing the instruments we were hearing, the virtues of various analog sequencers, the joy of pickled garlic, and some of the books we have enjoyed recently. As always, if you are listening but not chatting you are literally missing out on half the fun.
Anyway, here’s tonight’s playlist. Be sure to stop by and grab some of this music yourself, and be sure to purchase an album or two to show your love and support for what you heard.
Hope to see you next week …
Alien Autopsy – 2015 Star’s End Halloween Broadcast (2015)
Winterregnum – Star’s End Solstice 2015 (2015)
Live on Music With Space (2011)
Sectio Aurea – Self-Released (2016)
with Chuck van Zyl – The Gatherings May 20, 2017 – Self-Released (2017)
Ombient – Self-Released (2012)
So I and a couple of friends were up late last night listening to Star’s End, as we do every week. By the way, this is a program you should put on your calendar and listen to often. There is no better source to hear ambient space music, particularly Berlin School influenced. Plus, it’s hosted by a genuinely awesome human being: Chuck van Zyl.
Anyway, last night was an exceptional show, with an hour long live in-studio concert by none other than The Ministry of Inside Things, an electronic duo consisting of Chuck van Zyl and Art Cohen. My mind was blown.
What a show these guys put on. Sequences everywhere, layered with pads, mellotrons, sound fx, and of course Art’s perfectly-harmonious electric guitar. I was particularly astonished at how smoothly the music evolved over the course of an hour, never growing stale, always keeping our interest, always delighting the senses. It was simply a wonderful performance, Berlin School space music the way it ought to be.
If you don’t know about The Ministry of Inside Things, you should. You can learn more at:
Check them out!