Star's End Host and Electronic Musician Chuck Van Zyl in Echoes Podcast
Space music is at the root of Echoes. It’s where John Diliberto began in radio at WXPN in Philadelphia, spinning the sounds of Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, Klaus Schulze and others who had plugged in to the new synthesizer technology. A musician who is keeping that sound alive is Chuck van Zyl. He produces a weekly radio show called Star’s End, which John created back in those early days. He also produces a concert series called The Gatherings, which brings in artists like Ashra, Steve Roach, and Cluster, and he’s also a musician himself. He turned from fan to artist many years ago. He’s recorded as Xisle; in the duo, The Ministry of Inside Things; and as a solo artist. He’s recently released two double CDs of live performances, Recitals and Recitals Volume 2 as well as a re-issue of some early works titled The Relic. Unlike a lot of space and ambient musicians who use computers, Chuck van Zyl plays live, using a lot of analog technology. Hear him talk about it in the Echoes Podcast.