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Galactic Travels Monthly Special Focus Log - 2005



January's special focus was
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These CDs were featured:
     

The Spheric Music Festival will be held on March 5, 2005.

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Date Title
01/06 Syntonic Waves Volume 7
01/13 Electronic Highlights
01/20 Syntonic Waves Volume 8
01/27 Syntonic Waves Volume 9



February's special focus was
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Before Klaus Schulze started his solo career with the release of his first solo LP "Irrlicht" in 1972, he was instrumental in the development of Krautrock and the Berlin School of electronic music.   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 the Deluxe Edition reissues being released by InsideOut Music.   (And you thought InsideOut only dealt with Progressive Rock!)

Klause Schulze has previously been the Special Focus on Galactic Travels: Click on the banner above to go to the Klaus Schulze web site.

Date Title
02/03 Mirage
02/10 Le Moulin De Daudet
02/17 Dreams
02/24 X



March's special focus was

Steve Roach

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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.

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

Date Title Artists Label
03/03 Places Beyond Steve Roach Timeroom Editions
03/10 Live Archive Steve Roach and vidnaObmana Groove
03/17 Streams and Currents Steve Roach Projekt
03/24 Mantram Roach, Metcalf, Seelig Projekt
03/31 Holding the Space Steve Roach Timeroom Editions



April's special focus was
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Link to the Radio Massavre International web site
RMI at the Gathering, 2004     Photo ©2004 Bill Fox
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Radio Massacre International comprises Steve Dinsdale (Keyboards, Electronics, Drums), Duncan Goddard (Keyboards, Electronics, Bass), and Gary Houghton (Guitar, Keyboards).   Since 1993 they have been building a catalogue of epic electronic improvisations, distilled into permanent records by the wonders of digital editing.

After accumulating a library of 30 such pieces they finally released the double CD 'Frozen North' in late 1995, and appeared live for the first time at the Emma festival in Sheffield.   The band was also featured on the BBC's World Service, thus finding a truly international radio audience for the first time.   RMI had a website long before it was obligatory, and this has enabled the forging of relationships with listeners, promoters and radio stations across the world.

Incorporating a cosmic musical vocabulary, RMI's music contains influences from Krautrock, Progressive Rock, ambient, and Berlin School sequencer music.

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Date Title
04/07 Solid States
04/14 E-Live 2003
04/21 Walking on the Sea
04/28 People Would Really Like Space Rock
If They Would Only Give It a Try



May's special focus was
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Link to the TouchXtone web site
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TouchXtone is comprised of Michael Thomas Roe and Jim Combs.   Michael played drums from 12 years old and discovered synthesizers early in college when he began to piece together strange and personal compositions.   A recording and publishing contract with Atlanta label Rising Star Records, resulted in three New Age CDs: "Forest Cathedrals" (1993), "Seashore Solitude" (1993) and "Lake Infinity" (1996).   In 2002, Michael met Jim Combs and TouchXtone started as a synthesized improvised ambient space band.   Michael has recently completed a collaboration with Tangerine Dream/Kluster founding member Conrad Schnitzler entitled Mi.T.-CON 04.

Jim Combs is an Oklahoma-born and Texas-raised keyboardist/composer, recording producer/engineer and multimedia artist who began his musical forays in the early 70s both playing piano and manipulating tape machines while recording feedback.   Synthesizers entered his life in 1974 when he built a PAIA synthesizer kit and heard Rick Wakeman's "The Six Wives Of Henry VIII."   He has been making noise and music with synthesizers and recording gear ever since.   He started his career at CBS Records where he held positions of College Marketing Manager and Single Records Coordinator and got to hang out with just about every late 70s/early 80s music icon on the road at the time.   After a stint in NYC producing and composing, Jim ended up in Atlanta and met Michael.

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Date Title
05/05 One
05/12 Two
05/19 Java Monkey
05/26 Eyedrum and Beyond



June's special focus was

Mark Jenkins

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Mark Jenkins started out creating video graphics and electronic music during his days at university.   Since then, he has gone on to do almost everything a musician could do in the industry.

Mark has written and edited for magazines such as Electronics And Music Maker, Electronic Soundmaker, Melody Maker, International Musician, Music Technology, Studio Sound, Sound On Sound, Future Music, Music Week, and Music Business.

In 1983, Mark was an organiser for the first UK Electronica festival, which he eventually took over, taking it to its best attended event to date.   Mark also performed in some of those UK Electronica concerts as well as many other notable events such as Omame Ecological Festival in Brazil, International Star Wars Convention, and the Alfa Centauri Festival in Holland.

Mark has composed for computer games, film, theatre, and virtual reality systems including those from the award-winning Virtuality.   His solo CD "Space Dreams" was one of the UK's most popular synthesizer releases ever.   Outstanding reviews compared Mark's music favourably to that of Jean-Michel Jarre, Jan Hammer, Mike Oldfield and Tangerine Dream.   He has released many more solo CDs and appeared on quite a few compilations, too.

. Mark has appeared in concerts headlined by the best; Robert Schroeder, ex-Tangerine Dream members Chris Franke and Steve Jolliffe to name a few.

In 1985 he launched AMP Records.   The label's first release, a compilation, was followed by solo titles and compilations featuring Michel Huygen, ex-Tangerine Dream member Steve Jolliffe, Keith Emerson (ELP), White Noise, Tangerine Dream, Paul Nagle, Daevid Allen (Gong), and Richard Pinhas (Heldon), Michael Stearns, Michael Rother (Neu!) with Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Paul Haslinger (Tangerine Dream), Hideki Matsutake (YMO), Dave Greenslade (Colosseum), Nash The Slash, Vince Clarke (Erasure) & Martyn Ware (Human League/Heaven 17), Geoff Downes (Asia), Damo Suzuki (Can), Harald Grosskopf (Ash Ra Tempel) and many others.   Mark has recorded with Steve Jolliffe, Richard Pinhas and ex-Van Der Graaf Generator member David Jackson, and produced and contributed to music for the BBC2 documentary series "Edge of Green Heaven."

Click on the name or photo above to go to Mark Jenkins' web site.

Date Title
06/02 Sequencer Loops
06/09 Live, In-studio Concert at WDIY
06/16 Thunder at Midnight
06/23 Space Dreams 2
06/30 If the World Were Turned On Its Head,
We Would Walk Among the Stars



July's special focus was

music-bar

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Ampfea plays host to a number of mailing lists, one of which is the music-bar.   The music-bar is an internet mailing list where emusicians from the world over gather to talk about all the facets involved with the creation of electronic music and to socialize.   Of course, the socialization process for musicians includes jam sessions.   On many occaisions, both in North America and in Europe, music-barians have gathered to meet, eat, drink, and to play music.

This month's Special Focus looks at the music-bar and its members through the music they have created together.   Some members have produced music heard on Galactic Travels before and some have not.   Through music-bar jam sessions, more music-bar members get their music heard and Galactic Travels begins its look at how the internet affects the electronic music scene.

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Date Title
07/07 Navisto - The Flute Sessions
07/14 The Malta Sessions
07/21 M@stock 2003 - Selection
07/28 M@stock 2003 - The Approach of Mars



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

Before Klaus Schulze started his solo career with the release of his first solo LP "Irrlicht" in 1972, he was instrumental in the development of Krautrock and the Berlin School of electronic music.   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 the Deluxe Edition reissues being released by InsideOut Music.   (And you thought InsideOut only dealt with Progressive Rock!)

Klause Schulze has previously been the Special Focus on Galactic Travels: Click on the banner above to go to the Klaus Schulze web site.

Date Title
08/04 Body Love
08/11 Miditerranean Pads
08/18 Dune
08/25 Audentity



September's special focus was

Ken Martin

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Ken Martin hails from the UK and is a master of the Berlin School genre.   He also brings in other genres, bending the music to his unique and beautiful vision.   Some have said that he comes closer than anyone to sounding like Klaus Schulze.   Yet, his voice is clearly his own.   This month, his releases on Space for Music Records are featured.

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Date Title
09/01 Crystal Voyage
09/08 Spheres
09/15 Transparent Shadows
09/22 Beyond Ultraviolet
09/29 Berlin Impressions Volume 3



October's special focus was
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Remote Spaces is a duo comsisting of Konrad Jakrzewski and Krzysztof Rzeznicki from Poland.   Their music is firmly based on the best electronic music traditions established by Tangerine Dream.   Since the Remote Spaces website is in Polish and doesn't have any pages in English, I have little information at hand.   I will update this page when more information becomes available.  

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Date Title
10/06 Silos
10/13 elektronicznie
10/20 ambientalnie
10/27 Project Ypsilon



November's special focus was

Lambert

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Lambert Ringlage has been making synthesizer music since 1982.   His musical origin is as a drummer and electric guitarist in Rock'n'Roll.   Lambert discovered his preference for electronic music when he heard Tangerine Dream's "Stratosfear."   Like many artists, some of Lambert's music has been influenced by the music of T.D.   His success in an April, 1991 concert encouraged him to prepare his first solo CD, "Inside Out" which was released fourteen years ago this month.   Lambert's collaborations with Alien Nature, Jiannis, Stephen Parsick, Frank Makowski, and Palantir resulted in CDs released on his Spheric Music label.

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Date Title
11/03 Inside Out
11/10 Mirror of Motions
11/17 Essential
11/24 Pearls



December's special focus was

Gert Emmens

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Gert Emmens has been releasing CDs since 1995, though originally in a pop style.   But by 1997, Gert had rediscovered electronic music and even won an Alfa Centauri composition contest.   That sealed the deal and Gert has been producing EM ever since.

In 1999 his first EM album, Elektra, was released on Quantum Records, though he was still looking for his prefered style.   By the time his second EM album, Asteroids, was released in 2001, Gert had found his prefered style; traditional Electronic Music, inspired by Berlin School but mixed with his romantic minor chords and modern rhythms.

Gert has played at E-Live and Alfa Centauri festivals and now also collaborats with Ruud Heij, well known for his contributions with Free System Projekt, Patchwork and Kubusschnitt.   Gert and Ruud have released two CDs together at the time of this writing.

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Date Title Label
12/01 Elektra Quantum
12/08 Asteroids Quantum
12/22 Wanderer of Time Groove
12/29 Obscure Movements in the Twilight Shades Groove

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