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Galactic Travels Monthly Special Focus Log for 2004



January's special focus was
Ian Boddy
Link to Ian Boddy's web site
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Ian Boddy is a veteran of the European electronic music scene since the late 70s.   This UK based sonic explorer has produced 13 CDs on his Something Else Records label.   Then he started a new label, DiN, where he has released two more solo CDs, six collaborations, and CDs by other artists.

Emerging from the post Tangerine Dream generation, Boddy has carved out a distinctive position as an independent composer and performer releasing music around the world.   With each successive title, Boddy has won acclaim and plaudits from fans and critics alike, for the cinematic vision and architectural scale of his music.   His reputation has grown as a producer and composer and is now running DiN, his new record label.

Ian was the Special Focus once before in December, 1998.

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Date Artists Title Label
01/01 Ian Boddy and Markus Reuter Jodrell Bank Concert Space for Music
01/08 Ian Boddy Aurora DiN
01/15 Ian Boddy The Deep Something Else
01/22 Ian Boddy, Markus Reuter, Nigel Mullaney Triptych DiN
01/29 Ian Boddy and Chris Carter Caged DiN



February's special focus was on the musician members of the
Ambient@hyperreal Mailing List
which is part of
Link to Hyperreal Mailing Lists
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Click on the name above to go directly to the Ambient@hyperreal page.


Hyperreal is a resource and a home on the Internet for information and activies surrounding the memes of music, dance, art, altered states of consciousness, and experimental ways of expressing those memes over the wires.   This is a home for projects involving topics and ideas that don't have an appropriate home on an educational server or tied in with any company.

The AMBIENT MUSIC Mailing List, part of the Hyperreal music resources, is intended for information sharing and having discussions pertaining to all forms of ambient music; from Brian Eno's Ambient series to environmental sound effects recordings; from The Orb's ambient dub to Jim O'Rourke's ambient industrial drones.   Originally conceptualized by Eno as "sonic wallpaper," the word ambient as a musical term has come in recent years to embrace a very diverse range of artists and influences.   Consequently, the ambient scene seems polarized, with fans of one style of ambient music rejecting or remaining ignorant of other styles.   It is hoped that the Ambient Music mailing list will foster among its subscribers appreciation, respect, or at the very least increased exposure to the huge ever growing musical genre that is controversially tagged, "Ambient."

Many of the list's members are musicians.   Twice, they have organized compilations of their music.   Each times resulted in a two-CD set.   This month, Galactic Travels focuses on these two double-CD compilations.

Click on the name above to go to the mailing list's information page.


Date Title
02/05 ambient.01@hyperreal disc 1
02/12 ambient.01@hyperreal disc 2
02/19 ambient.02@hyperreal disc 1
02/26 ambient.02@hyperreal disc 2



March's special focus was
Link to Zero Ohms' web site
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The Tao of Zero Ohms (literally: way of no resistance) is to listen while letting go.   Music possesses the capacity for awakening a deeper part of ourselves which lies within.   Zero Ohms (Richard J. Roberts) is driven to find this bountiful experience with open eyes, ears, and heart, seeking to find himself and the golden thread of truth within.   From this, he is compelled into expression.   A writer, painter, musician, teacher and producer, Roberts uses a range of instrumentation; woodwinds from around the world and electronics in a versatile palette of sonic colors.   His sound is at once ancient and contemporary.

For the listener, the golden thread can be more easily discovered via the clarion music of Richard J. Roberts.   To him, the way is clear; to listen while letting go.   This is The Tao of Zero Ohms.

Click on the logo above to go to the artist's web site.


Date Artists Title Label
03/04 Zero Ohms True Degrees of Freedom Space for Music
03/11 Zero Ohms and Gordon Rhyne Ecstasis Space for Music
03/18 Zero Ohms The Glass Bead Game Zop Opus
03/25 Zero Ohms Trans Spheres Zop Opus



April's special focus was
Link to Alpha Wave Movement's web site
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Alpha Wave Movement is Gregory T. Kyryluk.   His music offers ambient electronic excursions into deep space using seductive sound design.

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Date Title Label
04/01 A Distant Signal Harmonic Resonance Records
04/08 Drifted Into Deeper Lands Groove
04/15 Concept of Motion Groove
04/22 Transcendence Harmonic Resonance Records
04/29 Cosmology Groove



May's special focus is
Link to the Ricochet Dream web site
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The Ricochet Gathering is a unique, yearly event held in exotic places for the purpose of having electronic music fans and musicians live in a communal setting for a few days to inspire, create, and enjoy electronic music!   All music created at this event is live, unrehearsed, and improvised.   The event is tied to EM pioneers Tangerine Dream and organized by Vic Rek.

The Mojave 2003 Demo is a four CDR box set from Ricochet Dream Records that documents the raw recordings made during the Ricochet Gathering held at Nipton, California, USA, in April of 2003.   Sadly, this limited edition of 50 copies is sold out.   But you will be able to hear the magic of the Ricochet Gathering event each week this month as each disc from the box set in turn will be the Featured CD at Midnight.

The musicians who performed at the 2003 gathering were:
  • AirSculpture from the UK (Pete Ruczynski, John Christian, Adrian Beasley)
  • Star Sounds Orchestra from Germany (Steve Schroyder, Jens Zygar)
  • Free System Projekt from the Netherlands (Marcel Engels)
  • Der Sypra from Germany (Wolfram der Spyra)
  • Arcane from the UK (Paul Lawler)
  • Volker König from Germany
  • Dave Brewer from the USA
  • Bill Fox from the USA
Click on the image above to go to the Ricochet Dream web site.


Date Disc
05/06 disc 1
05/13 disc 2
05/20 disc 3
05/27 disc 4



June's special focus was
Link to the Sequences magazine web site
Click on the banner above to visit the Sequences magazine web site.

Sequences Magazine is published in the UK by electronic music fan Mick Garlick (Mick the Ed) about two times per year.   Coverage includes cosmic, experimental, synth rock, space rock, and ambient electronic music. It is an essential resource for keeping up with music heard on Galactic Travels.

Sequences has previously been the Special Focus in December, 2000.

Click on the banner above to go to the Sequences magazine web site.

Date Issue
06/03 25
06/10 26
06/17 27 (disc 1 of 2)
06/24 27 (disc 2 of 2)



July's special focus is
Link to the Klaus Schulze web site
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Born in August, 1947 in post-war Berlin, Klaus Schulze was an electronic music and Krautrock pioneer in the late '60s and early '70s in such seminal bands as Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel.   Klaus started his solo career in 1971 and released his first LP "Irrlicht" in 1972.   Since then, he has continued his leading role in the field of electronic music as well as performing in collaborations.

This month's Special Focus on Klaus Schulze centers around his ten CD boxed set "Contemporary Works Volume 1" on the Rainhorse label, a part of the Manikin label.

Klause Schulze has previously been the Special Focus on Galactic Travels in November, 1997.

Click on the banner above to go to the Klaus Schulze web site.

Date Title
07/01 Vanity of Sounds
07/08 The Crime of Suspense
07/15 Trance 4 Motion
07/22 Galactic Travels Concert*
07/29 Privee
* Live, in-studio Galactic Travels Concert with the Ministry of Inside Things


August's special focus was
Dom F. Scab
Link to the Dom F. Scab web site

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Dom makes his home in Barcelona, Spain.   He is an active musician with several CDs to his credit.   He also collaborates with other musicians (like John Lakveet) and has tracks on some compilation CDs.

Click on the name or photo above to go to the Dom F. Scab web site.

Date Title Label
08/05 About a Tree Groove
08/12 Innerseed Free Records
08/19 Twelve Stories Margen
08/26 Facta Groove



September's special focus was
Steve Roach
Link to the Steve Roach web site

Click on the name or photo above to visit the Steve Roach web site.

As a pioneering cornerstone of electronic music, internationally renowned artist Steve Roach has dedicated over three decades to exploring uncharted soundworlds that connect with a timeless source of inspiration.   From the expansive, time-suspending spaces reflecting his spiritual home in Arizona to the fire breathing, rhythmic-shamanic expressions woven from all things electric and organic, Roach has earned his position in the international pantheon of major new music artists through a long list of groundbreaking recordings, fueled by his prolific nature and uncompromising approach.   The core of this innovative world of sound has been nourished by years of intense live concerts in many extraordinary settings worldwide, further enhancing the emotive, cinematic soul-stirring depth of his music.

Click on the name or photo above to go to the Steve Roach web site.

Steve Roach has been a Special Focus on Galactic Travels a few times before:

Date Title Label
09/02 Space and Time Projekt
09/09 Fever Dreams Projekt
09/16 Life Sequence Timeroom Editions
09/23 Holding the Space Timeroom Editions
09/30 Mantram Projekt



October's special focus was
Link to the E-dition magazine web site
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E-dition is an electronic music magazine published in both Dutch and English. Started to fill the void left when Klem magazine published its last issue, the good folks at Groove Unlimited (Ron Boots and Kees Aerts), enlisted the Klem editorial team of Bert Strolenburg and Paul Rijkens.   Each issue of E-dition has a news section, at least one interview, some geartalk, LOTS of reviews, concert announcements, offers and much, much more.   Every magazine has (at least) one FREE CD with unreleased tracks.

Click on the logo above to go to the E-dtion magazine web site.

Date Issue
10/07 E-dition #1
10/14 E-dition #2
10/21 E-dition #3
10/28 E-dition #4



November's special focus was
Link to Lektronic Soundscapes
Click on the logo above to visit the Lektronic Soundscapes web site.

Lektronic Soundscapes was started in Spain by Angel Romero.   When Angel relocated to North Carolina, he reestablished the label there.   Although the label is no longer active, it leaves a legacy of fine releases.   The web site is preserved at the Space for Music site.

All three of the CDs in the Soundscape Gallery series will be featured.   These CDs feature not only established artists but artists who were emerging at the time.   A fourth CD from the label's catalog will be featured because there were, sadly, only three volumes in the Soundscape Gallery series.

Click on the logo above to go to the Lektronic Soundscapes web site.

Date Title Artist
11/04 Soundscape Gallery Volume 1 Various
11/11 Soundscape Gallery Volume 2 Various
11/18 Soundscape Gallery Volume 3 Various
11/25 Spacecraft Spacecraft



December's special focus is
Link to the Klaus Schulze web site
Click on the banner above to visit the Klaus Schulze web site.

After having been in Tangerine Dream and a founding member of Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus started his solo career in 1971 and released his first solo LP "Irrlicht" in 1972.   Since then, he has continued his leading role in the field of electronic music as well as performing in collaborations with important artists such as Solar Moon, the Cosmic Jokers, and Pete Namlook, just to name a few.

This month's Special Focus on Klaus Schulze centers around more of his ten CD boxed set "Contemporary Works Volume 1" on the Rainhorse label, a part of the Manikin label.

Klause Schulze has previously been the Special Focus on Galactic Travels in November, 1997 and in July, 2004 when the Special Focus centered around the first part of the boxed set.

Click on the banner above to go to the Klaus Schulze web site.

Date Title Artist(s)
12/02 Docking Klaus Schulze and Solar Moon
12/09 Ballet 1 Klaus Schulze
12/16 Ballet 2 Klaus Schulze
12/23 Ballet 3 Klaus Schulze
12/30 Ballet 4 Klaus Schulze

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