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Journey to Sirius with Vic Hennegan Live on Echoes

February 18, 2014
Vic Hennegan Live on Echoes

Vic Hennegan Live on Echoes

Acclaimed Space Musician Vic Hennegan Play Live on Echoes

You can sort of blame me for Vic Hennegan.  He grew up in Philadephia in the 1970s listening to me spinning space music albums by Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre on WXPN back then.  That, and the fact that his mother took him to psychedelic ballrooms like the Electric Factory as a child permanently mutated Vic Hennegan’s musical DNA. Now he makes his own electronic music that emulates that sound and brings in something new.  He recently put out a download release called Journey to Sirius.   He comes into the Echoes Living Room to play music from it live.  You can also hear a long track from his set, an unreleased piece, on our album TRANSMISSIONS: THE ECHOES LIVING ROOM CONCERTS VOLUME 19 (See below)

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Last Spaceship Before Christmas: Vic Hennegan Live on Echoes

December 23, 2013
Vic Hennegan Live on Echoes

Vic Hennegan Live on Echoes

You can sort of blame me for Vic Hennegan.  He grew up in Philadephia in the 1970s listening to me spinning space music albums by Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre on WXPN back then.  That, and the fact that his mother took him to psychedelic ballrooms like the Electric Factory as a child permanently mutated Vic Hennegan’s musical DNA. Now he makes his own electronic music that emulates that sound and brings in something new.  He recently put out a download release called Journey to Sirius.   He comes into the Echoes Living Room to play music from it live.

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THE ECHOES LIVING ROOM CONCERTS VOLUME 19

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Celtic Returns, Prog on the Side, Experiment into Ambient

September 5, 2013

NadurWe’ve got a lot of new music from old friends today on EchoesClannad, the legendary Irish band and one of the groups that launched the Celtic renaissance in the 1980s, returns with their first album in 15 years.  It’s called Nádúr,  Gaelic for nature, and it brings the core members of Clannad back together, including singer Moya Brennan, for those lush harmonies that have made songs like “Theme from Harry’s Game” so enduring.

Scenes from a trainJeff Greinke’s career isn’t as storied as Clannad’s, but he’s been releasing ambient and experimental recordings since the mid-1980s.  He has returned with an album that is his most accessible and also most beautiful.  Scenes from a Train is a gorgeous and subtle album of ambient chamber music with Greinke using live, mostly acoustic musicians.  It’s the last song of the night so stay up for it.  But even if you don’t it’s in heavy rotation so you’ll be hearing it a lot.

EndlessTapesEPColin Edwin returns to the show.  He’s the bassist for Porcupine Tree and we heard him extensively earlier this year on the album he recorded with Jon Durant, Burnt Belief.  On a new EP he teams up with Italian drummer/multi-instrumentalist Alesandro Pedretti.  If you liked Burnt Belief, you’ll like the dark, throbbing but melodic moves of this self-titled EP, Endless Tapes.

Final CallFinally, Kitaro returns with a new album, Final Call.  It’s an ominous title and when I got that as the subject line in a promotional email, I thought I had missed out on something.  Kitaro has retired from his thus far four volume Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai trek to make an album that contemplates the state of the world.  You’ll hear all the Kitaro signatures here, but the cut we]’ll play tonight is a little different.  Kitaro has always been lumped in with space music, but he’s rarely used that iconic sequencer sound of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze.  But he does on a track called “Traveler.”

That’s just part of the trip tonight, on Echoes.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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Echoes Interviewed on Public Television.

January 7, 2013

Echoes on TV:

Chuck Van Zyl from Star's End & John Diliberto from Echoes.

Chuck Van Zyl from Star’s End & John Diliberto from Echoes.

Friday Arts, a program on Philadelphia PBS station WHYY,  did a piece on Philly space music and interviewed Echoes John Diliberto & Jeff Towne as well as Chuck Van Zyl from Star’s End and electronic musician Jason Sloan. The feature ran Friday, 1/4/2012, but you can see it online here: http://video.whyy.org/video/2323750666  The Echoes/Star’s End Segment is the first on in the show.

~© 2012 John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

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David Wright Live On Echoes.

October 9, 2012

Tonight on Echoes we’ve got David Wright coming into the Echoes Living Room to play live.  This veteran English synthesist has been recording space music opuses since 1989 and has released 2 dozen solo albums plus recordings with Code Indigo and Callisto.  David’s music is initially inspired by artists like Vangelis and Klaus Schulze, but he’s embraced many other aesthetics over the years. He also runs the AD Music label which records albums by Geigertek and Divine Matrix among others.  On his third Echoes performance, he’ll be playing music from his latest CD, Connected plus some spontaneous performances.  Here’s a youtube video of an earlier work

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Klaus Schulze Turns 63

August 4, 2010

A Sultan of Synthesizers

63 isn’t a very significant birthday,  but any time we can celebrate the music of Klaus Schulze, we should do it.   Born August 4, 1947, Klaus Schulze remains the John Coltrane of electronic music.   It’s been nearly four decades since his solo debut, Irrlicht, and he continues creating CD length opuses.    His most recent recordings have been one studio and two live discs with Lisa Gerrard.  Coincidentally,  Lisa Gerrard is an Icon of Echoes and will be featured on  Echoes today Weds,  August 4.

Here’s a YouTube video with a vintage live performance from Klaus Schulze circa 1977.

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Echo Location: Vic Hennegan, Tangerine Dream’s Space Child

November 5, 2008

Artists like Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze  did have musical children and among them is a musician named Vic Hennegan. He makes a music born of technology and reveling in spacious rhythms and layered timbres.

(You can hear an audio version of this blog, with music.)

Vic Hennegan in Echoes LRC 2006

Vic Hennegan in Echoes LRC 2006

Vic Hennegan is an imposing figure, tall, athletically built with a dark brown complexion and a shaved head covered by a bandana.  He grew up in a black community in Philadelphia, but even as a child, his mother took him to psychedelic ballrooms like the Electric Factory and his very first concert was the Beatles in 1966 at JFK Stadium.

That might explain why Vic Hennegan had a problem connecting with black culture. He tried getting into the soul sounds that his sister and friends enjoyed.

Vic Hennegan at Echoes Living Room 2008

Vic Hennegan at Echoes Living Room 2008

Vic Hennegan: I decided, I guess I was about 12 years old, I was going to be into black music. Because you know I’m black, I should be into black music, you know, so I was watching Soul Train, I was learning how to do the Soul Train dances and I was listening to the O’Jays and everybody, because that’s where I should be right? And it just didn’t work for me.

He realized the Beatles turned him on more than the O’Jays and he started playing guitar. But his musical direction was launched when he heard the space music put out by Philadelphia radio station WXPN. He actually listened to me spinning records there in the 1970s and 80s.

Vic Hennegan: I’ve always loved electronic music, it’s, just been a part of me since I discovered in like the mid to late 70s, thanks to you. You and the shows you produced were my biggest influences. I listened to Star’s End and Diaspar and it changed my life.

You can hear that influence on his latest album, Aqua Vista. Although it’s composed on computer with virtual synthesizers, the sound is vintage space music, but updated. You can hear homages to his music roots on songs like “Seascapes.”

Vic Hennegan - Aqua Vista

Vic Hennegan - Aqua Vista

Vic Hennegan: You can definitely hear my Berlin influence coming in on that one and that was done on purpose, sort of my way of going back to my roots, you know, like Eric Clapton going back and doing a blues album, sort of like me going back to my roots and saying “Thank you guys.”

Vic Hennegan’s latest space music opus is called Aqua Vista. It’s named for the street he lives on in LA, but it takes a trip into oceanic space. This has been an Echo Location, Soundings for New Musicaudio version

John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

Ancient Echo: A Return to Galaxie Cygnus-A with Robert Schröder

October 21, 2008

Despite titles like “Alpha Centauri” and “Fly and Collision of Comas Sola,” in spite of covers that seemed blown out of distant nebulae and regardless of  music that, well, just listen to it, Edgar Froese always claimed that Tangerine Dream didn’t make space music.   Robert Schröder‘s Galaxie Cygnus-A, however, is a space music album in every sense. It takes its inspiration, and reputedly some of its sonic pallette, from radio wave transmissions from the title galaxy.  We tune it in tonight, October 21, on Echoes.

Robert Schröder's Galaxie Cygnus-A

Robert Schröder

Schröder put this album length epic together for the 1982 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria as a multimedia collaboration with visual artist Michael Weisser who went on to form the space music band, Software.

While everyone seems to be reissuing every electronic fart and burp they ever recorded, Galaxie Cygnus-A, released in a limited edition on Klaus Schulze’s Innovative Communications label, has never been issued on CD. That makes it a true lost star in the constellation of classic ’70s Berlin school electronics, even if it was recorded in 1982.

Schröder created an electronic symphony that traverses beatless spacescapes swept by sustained chords and electronic bursts, dotted by sample and hold patterns and squiggly sounds that dart through the spectrum like cyber-gnats. But it also has moments of propulsive, hypnotic rhythms . This was recorded a fraction of a second before samplers and digital synthesis were omnipresent, so the sounds are analog and many of them come from instruments that Schröder designed himself. An ominous pizzicato riff stalks through a dark twilight landscape in the second movement, sounding like a string pluck with a percussive attack and dampened decay, but it’s purely electronic. Schröder swirls electronic sounds around it, while improvising a reedy synth lead line.

Side two is centered by a waltz-like sequencer pattern counterpointed by a harpsichord arpeggio line and a sound like a sword whipping past your ears. Schroder patiently creates a slowly evolving balancing act floating in space. The original album had a locked groove at the end of each side that ran out into the hiss and gurgle of white noise or radio transmissions.

There’s a question whether the sounds are actually signals from the galaxy picked up by a radio telescope or if it’s simply white noise. That’s the claim of Klaus D. Mueller, the publisher and de facto manager of Klaus Schulze, who started Innovative Communications.

Klaus D. Mueller: This “Galaxy” hook (sending and receiving sounds from the Galaxy so-and-so) was a fake (Weisser’s speciality) made especially for a live show at the “Ars Electronica” in Linz, Austria, in the early eighties. These “live” sounds, allegedly coming from this Galaxy, was simply a prerecorded tape with “white noise.” (Later, someone showed me a letter from Weisser where he mentions this technical detail….,)

However, in an email Robert Schröder sent to me, he disputes this assertion.

Robert Schröder: The noise at the beginning and between a few tracks of Galaxie-Cygnus-A is
original space noise from these radio galaxie. The noise was received and
recorded by the big radio telescope in Effelsberg (Eifel /Germany).
It is not true what K.D.M. says. 

You can’t get Galaxy Cygnus-A at this time, but someone on YouTube put pictures to the best movement from that work.

Robert Schröder was from the second generation of German space musicians, a decade or more younger than Klaus Schulze and most members of Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk. He started out building his own electronic gear which looked and sounded a lot like the Moog and Arp synthesizers out at the time. He came under the wing of electronic pioneer Klaus Schulze when Schroder asked the synthesist to be the godfather of his son, Klaus. Schulze signed him to his Innovative Communications label and he went on to record several albums, including his debut, the acoustically tinged Harmonic Ascendant which mixed cello and acoustic guitar with his electronics and the chromium sequencer timbres of Floating Music. He’s put out several more albums and also recorded with the more pop oriented electronics of Double Fantasy, which turned into Dancing Fantasy, and now its called, Food for Fantasy, a project of diminishing returns and increasing corniness.

We’ll feature music from Robert Schröder’s Galaxy Cygnus-A in an Ancient Echo this Tuesday, October 21

John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

Echoes Top 25 For August: Ottmar Liebert Leads and Electronica Returns

August 28, 2008

Ottmar Liebert’s The Scent of Light, our August CD of the Month tops the Echoes Top 25 for August, but electronica and ambient music make a comeback after a few months off. They include Marconi Union who repeats their Top 5 performance with A Lost Connection, a download only release.  Joining them are Klaus Schulze and Lisa Gerrard’s Farscape, Darshan Ambient’s obviously ambient From Pale Hands to Weary Eyes and Sumner McKane’s What A Great Place to Be, are all electric/electronically based albums that debut in the Top Ten this month.   There are nine new entries this month in the Top 25.  Go to the Echoes Blog to read reviews and hear audio reviews of many of these recordings, including Marconi Union, Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard, Biomusique, California Guitar Trio, Sacred Earth and David Pritchard.

ECHOES TOP 25 FOR AUGUST 2008

1. Ottmar Liebert The Scent of Light Spiral Subwave Records Int’l Read the Review!
2. Jami Sieber Unspoken: The Music of Only Breath Out Front Music CDBaby
3. Marconi Union A Lost Connection MU Transmissions
4. Don Peyote Peyote Dreaming Don Peyote Recordings/Interchill
5. Gerry O’Beirne The Bog Bodies and Other Stories Self Released
6. Joe Euro Souvenir Joe Euro Music Buy From CDBaby
7. Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard Farscape SPV Recordings
8. Darshan Ambient From Pale Hands to Weary Eyes Lotuspike

9. Biomusique The 10,000 Steps Kosmic Music

10. Sumner McKane What A Great Place to Be Don’t Hit Your Sister Records
11. California Guitar Trio Echoes Inner Knot
12 Kevin Bartlett Glow in the Dark Aural Gratification
13. Sacred Earth Wind of the East Red Feather Music

14. Rodrigo Rodriguez Beyond the Times KZN Records
15. V/A Perceived Distances Dataobscura
16. Steve Roach Empetus Projekt
17. Ronn McFarlane Indigo Road Dorian
18. Hans-Jaochim Roedelius & Tim Story Inlandish High Wire Records

19. David Cullen Guitar Travels Solid Air
20. David Arkenstone Echoes of Light and Shadow Gemini Sun Records
21. David Pritchard Vertical Eden Morphic Resonance Music
22. Niyaz Nine Heavens Six Degrees
23. Joan Jeanrenaud Strange Toys Talking House Records
24. Forastiere Why Not? Candyrat Records
25. Fernwood Almeria Self Released
Ottmar Liebert’sThe Scent of Light

was the Echoes CD of the Month
for August 2008

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

The Best Echoes Songs Ever? O Superman? Music for 18 Musicians?

August 25, 2008

Even though we play individual songs on Echoes, I don’t usually think of the music that way. Being from the pre-digital generation, I still organize music in terms of artists and albums. I thought of this recently as our local Echoes affiliate, WXPN in Philadelphia, has been pumping their latest poll,  The Top 885 Essential XPN Songs. (885 because their frequency is 88.5 FM) Listeners are being requested to submit their top ten lists on-line. 

My Top Ten Artists list has been stable for years, and my Top Ten Albums only changes occasionally. But Top Ten Songs?  I think that could change every 10 minutes. When you think about songs across genres, and open it up completely, how do you narrow it down to ten. Even limiting it to the current core XPN sound of singer-songwriter and alternative rock is pretty broad.  Hell, I don’t even think of Echoes music in terms of songs.  It’s more like sounds, moods, and at most compositions.  I tried to keep that in mind when I submitted my poll.   This is the Top Ten Essential XPN Songs list I submitted that tried to split the difference, but in the end didn’t succeed. There is no ranking to the list.
Miles Davis “In A Silent Way” In A Silent Way
Jimi Hendrix “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” Electric Ladyland
Klaus Schulze “Frank Herbert” X
Dead Can Dance “Cantara” Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
Kate Bush “The Dreaming” The Dreaming
Steve Tibbetts “10 Years” YR
Brian Eno “Sky Saw” Another Green World
Beth Orton “She Cries Your Name” Trailer Park
Laurie Anderson “O Superman” Big Science
Steve Reich “Music for 18 Musicians” Music for 18 Musicians

As I peruse this quickly tossed together list, I realize I kind of blew it.  Most of these are indeed, compositions, not songs and in the context of XPN, it’s a little like voting for the Green Party (no offense).    So here’s my amended Top Ten List:                                                                                               
Jimi Hendrix “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” Electric Ladyland
Dead Can Dance “Cantara” Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
Kate Bush “The Dreaming” The Dreaming
David Sylvian “Let the Happiness In” Secrets of the Beehive
Beth Orton “She Cries Your Name” Trailer Park
Laurie Anderson “O Superman” Big Science
The Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows” Revolver
The Rolling Stones “Satisfaction” Out of Our Heads
Moby “Porcelian” Play
Jane Siberry “Calling All Angels” When I Was A Boy

It’s still a bit off base I suspect. 

If you’re a listener to WXPN, you can cast your vote on their website ballot. The deadline is September 7. Who knows what might show up on there amidst the inevitable selections of My Morning Jacket, R.E.M, the Cure, Tori Amos, Coldplay, U2, and Bob Dylan tunes. In fact, I should have put some of them on my Top Ten. Yep, that list took about 10 minutes to change, twice. 

John Diliberto ((( echoes )))


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