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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.

During the mid-90's Centaur Discs of Scotland released "Celestial Mechanics" (1993) and "The Relic" (1995). These albums compiled many of van Zyl's early
cassette releases onto compact discs. In autumn of 1994 Synkronos Music released "Regeneration Mode" (1994), the famous collaboration between van Zyl and Peter Gulch.

In 1992 Chuck van Zyl founded the group The Ministry of Inside Things. Along with guitarist Art Cohen they performed dozens of live concerts in various
venues and unique spaces and released three live CDs on the Synkronos Music label: "Everlasting Moment" (2003), "Contact Point" (2006) and "Ambient
Elsewhere" (2008).

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 album or live performance marking a new frontier of sound.

Chuck Van Zyl's latest release is "MemorySpace" and features his trademark mastery of synthesized timbres and ethereal atmospheres. This studio album provides plenty of room to savor each gorgeously sculpted tone. Never thin, always uncluttered, sumptuous minor key drones and spare melodies ascend above pulsing sequencer patterns and provide a sonic compliment to the inner narrative of the audience.