Ombient / Chuck van Zyl – Space Patrol


Release data: Ombient / Chuck van Zyl – Space Patrol CD-r, Synkronos Music, 2015 What I got here is a collaborative release between Mike Hunter (aka Ombient) and renowned synthesist & Stars End radio host Chuck van Zyl, both hailing from Philadelphia’s Em scene. The outcome of the three cosmic-angled long tracks –all performed live in concert in 2013- fits in old-school German electronics with…

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Chuck van Zyl – Votive


Release data: Chuck Van Zyl – Votive CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Synkronos Music, 2021 The love for sound creation in the analogue domain has been (and continues to be) the heart and soul of Chuck van Zyl’s music. “Votive” features three 20-minute tracks with an array of elements of old Berlin school cosmic music. In this aural world, varied, nicely-paced sequencer patterns merge meticulously with tender, warm…

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Chuck Van Zyl – The XYL File


Release data: Chuck Van Zyl – The XYL File CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Industry8, 2016 Let’s focus on some old School-based electronic music from the US created in the mid ’80s that now sees a re-release. Marking the 25th anniversary of its first release in 1991 on an audio cassette by Peter Gulch’s Synkronos Music label, this limited edition cd release contains some of the first compositions…

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Chuck van Zyl – The Relic


Release data: Chuck van Zyl – The Relic CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Centaur Discs/Industry8,  1995/2018 Despite not being a collector, while owning the original “Celestial Mechanics”, I’ve always regretted not having a hardcopy of Chuck van Zyl’s “The Relic”. Fortunately, Industry8 did a limited physical re-release of it in 2018 (for which the full recording was remastered), which is the one reviewed here. In 1995, accomplished US-synthesist…

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Chuck van Zyl – Spacetones


Release data: Chuck Van Zyl – Spacetones CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Groove Unlimited, 2019 Well, I guess the review of this one comes quite a bit later than I anticipated as I bought at the E-Live 2019 event where it was released. “Spacetones” presents Chuck’s full concert of minimalist Berlin-School inspired synth & sequencer improvisations performed at “E-Day 2018”. Its three lengthy cosmic parts reveal Van Zyl’s…

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Chuck Van Zyl – Recitals 2


Release data: Chuck Van Zyl – Recitals 2 CD, Synkronos Music, 2018 “Recitals 2”, following in the footsteps of the previous volume, features a selection of live pieces recorded at two late 2017 performances. As happened on the previous volume, Chuck again takes his own turn on the classic/teutonic Berlin School style of the ’70’s most notably the vintage works of Tangerine Dream. His emotive…

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