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Monday, May 1, 2017

The Ministry Of Inside Things - Gate To Moonbase Alpha (2005)


The Ministry of Inside Things, consisting of electronic musician Chuck van Zyl and electric guitarist Art Cohen, are considered among the most innovative of US spacemusicians today. Influenced by the early music of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Ash Ra Tempel, their spacemusic has been described as linear, leading the listener across many sonic terrains. Based on improvisation, The Ministry of Inside Things creates electronic realizations that flow from theme to theme, with the experience often lasting up to two hours. Through use of textures and atmospheres as well as harmony, rhythm and melody, the group transports the audience on an internal sonic excursion.

Van Zyl has been recording electronic music and performing live for more than 20 years but is best known for hosting one of the country's most successful radio shows of electronic music, STAR'S END, for the past 27 years. van Zyl has released two CDs of spacemusic on the Centaur label, Celestial Mechanics and The Relic as well as a collaborative effort with Peter Gulch, Regeneration Mode on Synkronos and The Sound Museum with Gulch and Rath on Groove Ltd. Art Cohen has been pushing the limits of the electric guitar in the studio and in live performance for well over 15 years.

The Ministry Of Inside Things has performed live at "Art & Technology" at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, "First Night Wilmington", the "Wild Talents" opening reception at the ICA, The Sellersville Theater, The Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, PA and as part of Voices Beyond the Dome, Gate To Moon Base Alpha, The Ambient Ping and The Gatherings concert series'. MoIT has also realized multiple live radio sets for STAR'S END, GALACTIC TRAVELS and NOCTURNAL TRANSMISSIONS. 

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