Exposé Online banner

Chuck van Zyl — MemorySpace
(Synkronos Music SYNK029, 2010, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2011-06-01

MemorySpace Cover art

Van Zyl is probably best known for his Philadelphia based Stars End radio program, which he has hosted for over 30 years now, and his long running concert series The Gathering, which has hosted numerous electronic musicians over the years. I get an invite to every one of these shows, and I always regret being too far away to attend. Van Zyl is also a superb photographer, specializing in black-and-white infrared images (several of which grace this three-panel digipak release, and many hundreds more on his website). Over the years, his own music has taken a back seat to all these other activities. He is one half of The Ministry of Inside Things along with guitarist Art Cohen (with several releases to their credit), and has been involved in some other collaborative releases (The Sound Museum from 2001 and his early cassettes with Xisle), but aside from some early tape-only releases, MemorySpace is truly his first solo release. The nine titles on the disc form a continuum that seem to be merely parts of one long, ever-evolving composition. The material is proudly and firmly rooted in the classic Berlin School style – think of TD’s Phaedra or Rubycon, or Klaus Schulze’s mid-70s work as points of reference, or RMI for a more contemporary comparison. These pieces mix beautiful and colorful floating ambient dreamscapes with delicately sequenced runs that combine, contrast, overflow and crystallize into a singular fountain of imagination. MemorySpace affirms the importance of this classic style in the evolution of electronic music.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Chuck van Zyl

Latest news

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Residents - Icky Flix DVD & Soundtrack – Since the mid 70s, the Residents have put out a succession of bizarre albums featuring their own take on popular culture and music. In addition to those musical releases, the band has from the...  (2001) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues