Chuck van Zyl
Chuck van Zyl
Chuck van Zyl has been at his own unique style of electronic music since 1983. Seeing creativity as a component of his own personal spirituality, his musical sensibilities evoke a sense of discovery, with each endeavor marking a new frontier of sound.
Best known as producer and host of STAR'S END (the renowned radio program of spacemusic dreamscapes) and as the founder and executive behind The Gatherings (Philadelphia's premiere concert series of innovative music), Chuck van Zyl also makes profoundly inspired electronic spacemusic of the mid '70s, it was ultimately through the mentoring and encouragement of Nightcrawlers founder Peter Gulch that van Zyl put together a home studio and began producing his own music. This lead to the release of a series of audio cassettes and eventually to performing live concerts with Xisle, The Ministry of Inside Things and more recently as a solo artist.
On his unique position in the spacemusic community, van Zyl muses on how his role of communicator can intertwine with that of artist, "My music is an interesting facet in all of this - I'm in the rare position of being responsible for delivering the message and often responsible for the actual content of the message as well". 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 concert marking a new frontier of sound.
Presently, Chuck van Zyl continues to plot and execute the weekly broadcasts of the STAR'S END radio program, write music reviews, plan and produce events in The Gatherings Concert Series, investigate visual arts through his highly personal photographic style, collaborate live with fellow electronic musicians and as a solo artist!!