Recorded March 29, 1981
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A possibly precocious, potentially prodigious, positively pretentious Zig, having assigned this suite an opus number presuming preeminent published precedence and musicological signifcance, at seventeen years of age, appears here on his earliest recording One Media® finally deemed worthy of digital preservation.
A number of influences are obvious here and one source perhaps less obvious but undoubtedly inspiring. One may readily recall, the time period in which this suite was recorded coincides with the premiere airing on the Public Broadcasting Service's television network of Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Thus, the primary contributor to that soundtrack, Vangelis, would appear an obvious inspiration. In addition, Zig had also been exposed to Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygène and Équinoxe by that time. As Zig would readily admit, at the time he also had listened with headphones quite a bit to 'Starship Trooper' from Yes' 'The Yes Album' as well as Jimi Hendrix's 'Electric Ladyland' and one may immediately recognize the influences of 'Würm' and 'Moon, Turn the Tides... Gently, Gently Away' present in the last movement of The Cosmos Suite. But perhaps of most constant and immediate influence though perhaps of least renown amongst these cohorts would be Chuck van Zyl, who had already begun hosting the radio show Star's End on University of Pennsylvania's WXPN FM heard throughout the Philadelphia area, then and still now on late Saturday evening through early Sunday mornings.