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Upcoming Electronic Music Events in the Area

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The Event Horizon series presents a mix of electronic, ambient, experimental and spacemusic.
Free Admission
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, October 29, 2016.
Featuring: Harrison McKay - The Great Quentini - Hotel Neon

The Ambient, Atmospheric and Progressive guitar player with the group The Tangent Project and the duo Hunter & Harrison will be making his first solo performance in Philadelpia in 30 years. Harrison first received airplay from Stars End in the early '80s with his self produced cassettes usually recorded live to tape using guitar, synthesizers and minimal effects. After many years of inactivity he returned to electronic music in 2006 by teaming up with Jeff Coulter from '80s electronic duo Tangent. His solo performances are improvisational and loop based using sequencing and extensive sound processing. The result will be a unique aural experience.

Playfulness, Respect, Honesty and Hope - My art is about instinct. Whatever disciplinary boundaries I cross are irrelevant to me. I know what I like and I go there trusting that what fascinates me is, in fact, fascinating.

My art springs from that same playful part of myself that compels me to build sand castles on a beach. Art world angst, which I've always found alienating, is neither my approach nor my goal. Ephemeral art made from readily available materials, improvised music on homemade instruments, and spectacles of buffoonery in the service of magical transformation are my goals.

I am constructing an alternate reality the way a small boy builds a model train layout. I reuse cast-off wood, plastic, metal and rubber junk and glue it all together using instructions from inner sources, a reflection of natural form, and a homage to tribal art.

I don't seek to replicate reality but rather to create a real emotional sense through gesture.

I observe the human condition and report back my findings. These reports take the form of expressive vignettes and autobiographical stories from my life. For convenience I have come to call what I do, Performance Art. A ten year old boy viewing my performance put it this way, "Don't be afraid, he's just a sacred clown."

Clowning, theater, poetic writing, animal noises, techno-primitive costumes, and improvised music, are elements that I use -- but I blur the boundaries and exist across boundaries. My work is an opportunity to expand the possibility of what is possible rather than a continuation of a venerable tradition. I make good-natured art based on my varied interests: philosophy, science, religion, myth, culture, how the brain works, film, primitive art, evolution, drugs, sex, and technological change. The world is full to the brim with greed, fear, hatred and avarice - I don't want to add to that. My message is, "Do what you love to the fullest , trust yourself, honor life and Laugh, its good for you." -- Quentin Davisv- a.k.a. The Great Quentini

Nocturne Blue:
is the Philadelphia-based trio of Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer & Steven Kemner. Together they create immersive and soul-stirring soundscapes, focusing intently on a restrained, minimal aesthetic aided by film, images, and live projections.

Hotel Neon's debut self-titled album was crafted in 2013 with little more than a personal computer in a home studio, then self-released on limited cassette tape. The music eventually caught the ear of Ian Hawgood, founder of eclectic Tokyo-based label Home Normal (Christopher Bissonette, Celer, Library Tapes), and was subsequently remastered in January 2015 by Hawgood himself, lending even greater dynamic range to the music. The grainy textures, mechanized rhythms, and subterranean bass pulses that permeate the album were made clearer and more focused, leading to positive critical review and "Best Of 2015" status in outlets like Headphone Commute, Textura, and Arctic Drones.Hotel Neon then released its newest work, “Remnants,” through acclaimed U.K. experimental imprint Fluid Audio in March 2016, followed by extensive touring throughout the U.S.A. with fellow ambient artists Lowercase Noises (NM) and Slow Meadow (TX, Hammock Music).

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Link to the Gatherings Concert Series web site

Live concerts featuring musicians from the Ambient, Electronic and Spacemusic worlds. Concert at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm) St. Mary's Hamilton Village 3916 Locust Walk (just east of 40th & Locust) on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia.

Link to event CHUCK VAN ZYL and M. PECK
Saturday, November 12, 2016.

CHUCK VAN ZYL: Best known as host of STAR'S END (WXPN's renowned radio program of spacemusic dreamscapes) and as coordinator of The Gatherings (Philadelphia's premiere concert series of innovative music), Chuck van Zyl has also been making his own unique style of electronic music since 1983.

Using modular systems, a variety of modern analog synthesizers and sequencers and operating at an emotional and enthusiastic pitch, Chuck van Zyl realizes music that possesses as much the buzz and crackle of electricity as it does the frigid black of space.

From his instrument's storm force of sound comes delightful throbbing bass lines, echo-warping chimes and a mystery machine pulse, against which van Zyl sways and plays Rhodes piano, synth strings, Mellotron choir and full-blooded melodies. Staccato synthesizer blips interlock and pound out mighty sequencer patterns, yet this mechanical rigidity is somehow softened - as lines of dancing arpeggios pump up against tuneful leads and ethereal harmonic progressions. Disarmingly quiet passages reduce the level of density and energy with insinuating modulations and vaporous aural forces.

Throughout his live sets, van Zyl pushes and pulls the music, expands and contracts, and manages to establish an interesting contour through various scenarios and scenes... to attain a rare unity. Offering vivid synthesized sonorities the appeal lies in its minimalist values and in this musician's ability to create an intimate and absorbing listening experience. Anyone in love with Spacemusic and its very specific poetry will want to hear this work.

Sometimes referred to as "the children of space", Chuck van Zyl's generation of musicians are more than just carrying on an earlier tradition. Seeing creativity as a component of his own personal spirituality, van Zyl's musical realizations are fueled by everything from music technology to a greater cosmic awareness. His musical sensibilities evoke a sense of discovery, with each concert marking a new frontier of sound.

MICHAEL PECK: The raw material out of which music by Michael Peck is realized is not old cosmic music LPs, but rather the ebb and flow of life. In his concerts Peck does his best to light up a dark genre that too often suffers from vapid exploration. There is more to this music than spacing-out. Treating the soundfield like a canvas his music demands imaginative interaction and asks the listener to re-align their sensitivity to sound. Through subtle gradations of tone and timbre M Peck attains a surreal dreamlike soundscape. From molecular whispers in the blood, to an acceleration of energy, the music moves the mechanisms of the mind to embrace the immensity of which we all are a part. Drones, resonant sweeps, slow evocative solos and swirling digital chaos over thick analogue foundations all characterize the sonic components of his work. The rhythmic parts are equally original - with clear arpeggios skipping skyward, or grainy percussion loops stretched and tweaked. The freedom expressed is compelling - and M Peck uses his improvisational skills to move easily between a number of moods and atmospheres. From an inward stillness, to euphoric revelations, and all in between, this audio experience is not so much about his life - as it is about the labyrinthine journey of all creative lives.

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Link to event Cosmic Crossings electronic, ambient, and experimental music concert series.

The Cosmic Crossings concert series has a Facebook Page for more information.

Concerts are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing.
268 Washington Crossing Pennington Road
Titusville, NJ 08560

Sunday, November 13, 8:00 pm.

CHUCK VAN ZYL: Philadelphia area Space musician Chuck van Zyl, best known as host of STAR'S END (WXPN's renowned radio program of spacemusic dreamscapes) and as coordinator of The Gatherings (Philadelphia's premiere concert series of innovative music), Chuck van Zyl has also been making his own unique style of electronic music since 1983.

Over 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" (1975) by Tangerine Dream with the highly formed values of more recent groups such as Redshift and Arc, his solo studio works are the result of a persistent creativity.

With a solid melodic invention, atmospheric modulations and heroic shifts in tonality, van Zyl masterfully realizes the fascinating patterns, riffs and pulses that dominate his live concerts. As the music forms, climbs and sustains, listeners are pulled into a highly distinctive mindscape. Tone patterns weave and collide as go-for-broke keyboard lead lines dance high above - all the while blissed-out synthetic strings and Mellotron choirs draw long lines across a cool digital plane.

Chuck van Zyl is completely at home in this endlessly inventive genre, offering ample muscle for the adventurous, archaic modulations for the experimentalist and dreamy floating space for the cloudwalker.

PYXL8R is the ongoing solo project of Brainstatik keyboardist Ken Palmer. Atmospheric, otherworldly, and always dense with unusual sonic textures, PYXL8R's long-form synthesizer compositions are always performed completely live, with no backing tracks. To help achieve all of this on stage, Ken has enlisted the help of his son Kyle on synths and iPad, and his daughter Sage on synths, theremin and violin. His wife Ruth controls the lighting and video projections that accompany each piece of music, so this truly has become a family venture. They even joke about billing themselves as an ambient electronic Partridge Family for the 21st century!

Along with some older favorites, PYXL8R will debut a few brand-new compositions during their Cosmic Crossings performance. A collection of more than fifty PYXL8R songs can be listened to and downloaded for free on Soundcloud.

See the Facebook Event Listing for more details.

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