|Mathias Grassow is a prolific composer of many genres of music, including ambient. His deep minimalist style makes him a master of drones, creating music that is drifting and expansive in nature. Mathias is fond of collaborations and has done projects with Jim Cole (Spectral Voices), Amir Baghiri, and Klaus Wiese (ex-Popul Vuh), to name but a few. Look for Mathias at the next Alfa Centauri festival in The Netherlands this March. Mathias Grassow appears on the ARYA label. Click on the logo above to go to the Mathias Grassow home page.|
|01/17||The Hollow||Mathias Grassow & Jim Cole|
|01/24||Mercurius||Mathias Grassow & Klaus Wiese|
|01/31||The Fragrance of Eternal Roses||Mathias Grassow|
|In 1994, Detlef Keller met Mario Schönwälder at Klemdag. Within a short time, Detlef was performing with Mario (and Bas Broekhuis) in a planetarium. Now they are veterans of many concerts, including the major festivals such as E-Live and Alfa Centauri. And each performance is unique due to their habit of improvising more than half of their music. They have released numerous CDs on Mario's Manikin record label to critical acclaim. In April, they will help celebrate the tenth birthday of Manikin Records by participating in the Manikin Marathon, a 36 hour-long concert of the finest electronic music around. Click on the photo above to go to the Detlef Keller and Mario Schönwälder fan page.|
|02/07||The Annazaal Tapes||Broehkuis, Keller, Schönwälder, and Friends|
|02/14||The Reason Why||Keller and Schönwälder|
|02/21||Drei||Broekhuis, Keller, and Schönwälder|
|02/28||Project Inter.com||Braun, Broekhuis, Keller, and Schönwälder|
|Vir Unis (John Strate-Hootman) is a sound sculptor who uses synthesis and percussion to create electronic grooves and atmospheres. Based in a minimalist approach to creating music, he pushes his instruments to the furthest point and beyond, weaving misty psychedelic atmospheres into the perfect alchemy of sound. Starting with Imaginarium in 1998, Vir Unis has released quite a number of CDs of solo projects and collaborations with some of the most impressive artists in the field; Steve Roach, James Johnson, and Ma Ja Le. Although his discography is released on an equally impressive list of labels, Vir Unis also releases some of his CDs on his own In the Bubble Music label. Keeping the music and ideas fresh and evolving, Vir Unis is relentless in his search for new sounds, new grooves, and new worlds to create what he terms electro-psychedelic mind-body music. Click on the photo above to go to the Vir Unis web page.|
|03/07||Vir Unis & James Johnson||Perimeter|| In the Bubble Music
and Zero Music
|03/14||Steve Roach & Vir Unis||Blood Machine||GreenHouse|
|03/21||Vir Unis||Aeonian Glow||GreenHouse|
|03/28||Vir Unis|| Dreams at the Edge
of Decaying Light
|In the Bubble Music|
|Saul Stokes builds his own synthesizers and unique controllers. Then he multiplies their effectiveness using commercially available gear to achieve a more layered sound than otherwise would be possible. Floating spacemusic is the result, with influences that include modern ambient and industrial. This makes Stoke's music truely individual. He is a proponent of live performance and feels that this is the best medium for his music. Click on the photos above to go to the Saul Stokes web page.|
|04/11||A Collection of Live Recordings||(artist release)|
|04/18||Washed in Mercury||Hypnos|
|04/25||The Edge of the Forest||(artist release)|
|Steve Roach and vidnaObmana are leading innovators in contemporary music and are highly respected as solo artists. Yet both embrace collaborations. Together, they form a powerhouse team that embodies the adventurous nature of their music. Exploring sound worlds together turned out to be joyous and natural from the beginning as can be heard on The Spiritual Bonding. With their latest CD, InnerZone, being released on Projekt and their upcoming concerts together at Projektfest and the Gathering, it seemed like an ideal time to explore this fascinating pair of musicians. Click on the names or photos above to go to the artists' individual web pages.|
|05/02||Well of Souls (disc 1)||Projekt|
|05/09||Well of Souls (disc 2)||Projekt|
|05/30||Circles & Artifacts||The Contemporary Harmonic|
|Amir Baghiri is an ambient musician who lives in Germany. His music is tribal ambient that includes field recordings and sometimes some industrial elements. Click on the photo above to go to the artist's web page.|
|06/06||Bluebox Collection - City||Arya|
|06/13||Bluebox Collection - Live||Arya|
|06/20||Bluebox Collection - Night||Arya|
|06/27||Bluebox Collection - Sleep||Arya|
|Robert Carty is one of the few musicians who has been featured by a Special Focus before. (See the September 1999 Special Focus.) This is due to his prolific musical output and the consistent high quality of his music. Elements of spacemusic, tribal ambient, and floating ambient are but a few of the elements Robert uses in his creations. Click on the photo above to go to the artist's web site by radio host Eric Mystic.|
Hemisphere began with Ralf Knappe-Heinbockel as a solo act.
But in 1996, Thorsten Reinhardt joined to make Hemisphere a band.
They live in Cuxhaven, Germany.
Their music consists of dark, ambient sound structures with some percussion loops and rhythm patterns.
Hemisphere have just finished a new CD named "Music for Particle Systems." Particle Systems is the name of a fantastic visual 3D-animation programm developped by the Swiss software-developper Andreas Kardin. A test-version is available and is said to be an ideal visual background for Hemisphere's music. (WDIY, Bill Fox, and Lehigh Valley Community Broadcasters Association make no claims about this software and will not be held responsible for any ill effects this software may cause.) Combining the software with the music can have a trance-inducing effect. Thorsten also uses this music in his profession as a neuro-therapist.
This is the second time Hemisphere were featured on Galactic Travels. Their previous Special Focus was in April 1998.
New Zealander Rudy Adrian's atmospheric music is affected by the abundance of unspoiled rivers,
mountains and beaches within easy reach of his home in the center of Dunedin City.
This includes coastal beaches and forests.
Rudy first started making electronic music at the Canterbury University School of Music studios and eventually taught electronic music at the University of Otago. He does freelance music and sound design for television programs, advertisements, and short films, fulltime sound design work for a television production company, and freelance music composition. The common thread to his music is the exploration of the sonic landscape, where melody and rhythm play a lesser role to the tones and textures created by synthesizers, wood flutes and the human voice. Always experimental and original, Rudy's music is peaceful and listenable - similar to the idea of a film soundtrack without pictures.
Click on Rudy's photo to visit his web site.
|09/05||Concerts in New Zealand||Quantum|
Jeff Pearce is well known for his unique approach to the guitar, producing tones that rarely
betray their origin, forming complex harmonies and timbres.
Spanning the Space, Ambient, Experimental and New Age genres, his music is deeply compelling.
With six full length CDs and tracks on several prestigious anthologies, Pearce has become the premier
guitarist in the field.
An active live performer, Pearce is a two-time veteran
of The Gatherings Concert Series and
returns as a headliner this month.
He has also given several Living Room Concerts for the well respected nationally syndicated
radio show Echoes.
Pearce's latest album, Bleed will be released by Hypnos records at the next Gathering in Philadelphia.
Click on Jeff's photo to visit his web site.
|10/03||The Light Beyond||Hypnos|
|10/10||Vestiges||Jeff Pearce Music|
|10/17||To the Shores of Heaven||Hypnos|
|10/31||The Hidden Rift||Ancient Sun Music|
In October, 2001, two bands from the Netherlands visited America and were
featured on the program.
This month, the spotlight fell on these two wonderful Dutch bands so you can hear their
live concert work.
Free System Projekt has been to the USA twice in solo mode when Marcel Engels attended and performed at the Ricochet Dreams Gathering at Okefenokee. Two wonderful CDs of the 2000 and 2001 events will soon to be followed up by a CD of the 2002 event. Both CDs released feature Marcel. In his late 2001 and 2002 concerts, Marcel was joined by Ruud Heij (of Kubusschnitt and Patchwork) and fellow Quantum label artist Frank van der Wel. More information about FSP is in the Artist Profiles setion of the web site.
Wave World brought their multimedia show to America and stunned the audience with music and video that depict the fictitious wave world, Gonxa. Members Gert van Santen and Harry Kessels perform the music wearing hooded robes and eerie make-up while Rolf van Slooten's video wizardry is projected for extra visual impact.
Click on the band photos to visit their respective web sites.
|11/07||Free System Projekt||Atmospheric Conditions - disc 1||Quantum|
|11/14||Wave World||Cloudseeder - disc 1||VFR|
|11/21||Free System Projekt||Atmospheric Conditions - disc 2||Quantum|
|11/28||Wave World||Cloudseeder - disc 2||VFR|
Jonn Serrie's name is synonymous with spacemusic.
Known for his numerous works commissioned for planetariums around the world, he has reshaped and
redefined ambient space music.
In addition to his eleven albums, his body of work includes diverse projects with Lucasfilm Ltd.,
NASA, the United States Navy, Hayden Planetarium, Expo Seville, and CNN.
Jonn's interest in electronic music began early with piano and church organ studies, eventually
leading to a position as resident synthesist at Connecticut-based Electronic Music Laboratories
in the 1970's.
A fascination with space and aviation became the theme for his unique musical style.
He is an FAA licensed pilot and lives in Atlanta.
Click on the photo to visit Jonn's web site.
|12/05||And the Stars Go With You||New World Music|
|12/12||Planetary Chronicles Vol. 1||Miramar|
|12/19||Planetary Chronicles Vol. 2||Miramar|
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