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Galactic Travels Monthly Special Focus Log - 2006



January's Special Focus was
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The music of Parallel Worlds (Bakis Sirros - Athens, Greece) is a combination of dreamy, atmospheric textures with rhythms and sequences.   The feel of 1970s electronic music is combined with modern electronica and ambient music.   Although melody is essential to Sirros, emotional context is paramount, reaching for the listener's heart and mind.

Sirros is also the moderator of the Doepfer A100 modular users group, helping the progress of the tools for experimental electronic music in the 21st century.

In the past four years, Parallel Worlds has played concerts, including the E-PHOS electronic music festival in summer of 2001, Mad club, Club22 and in some other Greek venues.

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Date Title
01/05 CDR from PW
01/12 Insight
01/19 Far Away Light
01/26 Existence



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's Revisited Records sub-label.   (And you thought InsideOut only dealt with Progressive Rock!)

Klause Schulze has previously been the Special Focus on Galactic Travels: Click on the name, photo, or logo above to go to the artist's website.

Date Title
02/02 Dig It
02/09 In Blue - CD 1
02/16 In Blue - CD 2
02/23 In Blue - CD 3



March's Special Focus is
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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.  

E-dition has previously been the Special Focus on Galactic Travels: Click on the name, photo, or logo above to go to the Special Focus's website.

Date Issue
03/02 5
03/09 6
03/16 7
03/23 8
03/30 9



April's Special Focus was
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Established in 1992 by EMMA (Electronic Music and Musicians Association), Sequences Magazine is published in the UK by electronic music fan Mick Garlick (Mick the Ed) about two times per year.   Sequences is devoted to many aspects of electronic sounds by fans whose love of electronic music that takes listeners into another world, one where the musicians take the boundaries of these special sounds to new heights.   Cosmic, experimental, synth rock, space rock, ambient and more are covered, genres that never get the airplay or media attention they deserve.

The Sequences editorial team has had a wealth of experience in the field of electronic music for the past 30 years, from the early years of Stockhausen's avant garde noises through to the pionerring days of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze.   Although today there are many clones who take their music from these artists, there are still are some creative musicians about who are not given the credit they deserve.   Sequences staff aim to give them more exposure in a music scene dominated by pretty faces and big bucks.   Sequences is an essential resource for keeping up with music heard on Galactic Travels.   Starting with Issue #31, each issue comes with a sampler CD and a color booklet in a DVD box instead of the A4 magazine and jewel cased CD of past issues.

Sequences has beed the Special Focus before: Click on the banner above to go to the Sequences magazine website.

Date Issue
04/06 28
04/13 29
04/20 30
04/27 31



May's Special Focus was
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Each album by Bruno Sanfilippo is influenced by the mental and emotional state experienced during compositional process.   Bruno always had the deepest desire of finding The Voice to channel his feelings, thoughts, dreams, and visions.   Originally from San Isidro (the outskirts of Buenos Aires), Argentina, Bruno now lives in Barcelona, Spain.   Bruno was a student of experimental composer Patricio Migliazzo at the Galvani Conservatory (Buenos Aires) where Bruno achieved the degree as a Music Superior Professor.   In 1991, Bruno composed his first album "Sons of the Light," later edited by EPSA Music and distributed in South America. Bruno formed ad21music in 1998 and was joined by Max Corbacho in 2003.

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Date Title Collaboration Label
05/04 Visualia solo Neuronium
05/11 Solemnis solo ad21
05/18 Indalo with Max Corbacho ad21
05/25 ad libitum solo ad21



June's Special Focus was
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P A L A N C A R

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On a whim, Darrell Wade Burgan (Palancar) went to a music store and picked up an expensive Kurzweil keyboard so he could plunk around on it for fun.   He bought some software and some cables and hooked that Kurzweil up to a computer.   Out came all those songs that he wrote as a teen and had been steadily working over and over in his head for the past twenty years.   So he bought more equipment.   And more songs came out, this time new ones.   And the Internet came along, which allowed him to finally publish this music he was producing.

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Date Title Label
06/01 Diminishing Light Blue Water
06/08 Causality none
06/15 Broadcasts none
06/22 Elysium Planitia Blue Water
06/29 Momerath - disc 1 of 2 Blue Water



July's Special Focus was
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Jesse Sola is Numina.   He plays lush, floating ambient music where themes mix with rich, synthetic orchestrations.   Jesse has very quickly established himself in the ambient firmament.   His deep pulsing tones swirl all around you, encompassing you in ambient soundworlds that embrace you with quiet, deep, and dark sound clouds that unfold ever so slowly.

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Date Title Artist(s) Label
07/06 Evolving Visions Numina none
07/13 Trancension Volume 3 Numina none
07/20 Eye of the Nautilus Numina Hypnos
07/27 Starfarer's Tales Volume 1 Numina and IXOHOXI none



August'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's Revisited Records sub-label.   (And you thought InsideOut only dealt with Progressive Rock!)

Klause Schulze has previously been the Special Focus on Galactic Travels: Click on the name, photo, or logo above to go to the artist's website.

Date Title
08/03 Das Wagner Desaster disc 1
08/10 Das Wagner Desaster disc 2
08/17 Mirage
08/24 Body Love
08/31 Dreams



September's Special Focus was

ARC

ARC is comprised of Ian Boddy and Mark Shreeve. Since ARC has no website, there is little information to find. This page will be updated as soon as internet searches turn up something of interest.

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Date Title Label
09/07 Octane Something Else
09/14 Radio Sputnik DiN
09/21 Blaze DiN
09/28 Arcturus DiN



October's Special Focus was

Remy

Remy Stroomer is from The Netherlands.   Having studied sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands, Remy prefers to make music in a way that he finds comfortable, exposing his own dreams, feelings, thoughts and experiences to the listener.   Besides listening to music ranging from classical to hard-rock, is influenced most by the music of Klaus Schulze.   With Ewout Koek, Remy formed the AKH Records label which releases albums by Remy and other artists.

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Date Title Label
10/05 The Art of Imagination AKH and Groove
10/12 Connected AKH
10/19 DisConnected AKH
10/26 Sense AKH



November's Special Focus was
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Synergy ® is Larry Fast.   Known for synthesizer programming and playing keyboards for such notables as Nektar, Wendy Carlos, and Peter Gabriel, Larry's Synergy ® project shows his compositional skills in electronic, art rock, and film music genres.   All the Featured CDs at Midnight were remastered by Larry and reissued on Third Contact Records.   Synergy has previously been the Special Focus on Galactic Travels: Click on the name, photo, or logo above to go to the artist's website.

Date Title
11/02 Cords
11/09 The Jupiter Menace
11/16 Computer Experiments Vol. 1
11/23 Metropolitan Suite
11/30 Reconstructed Artifacts



December's Special Focus is
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Since the release of 1999's The End Of Days, Michael Allison has been at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene. He began as a singer and bassist in the 70's and 80's, playing in groups that included such diverse talents as former Labelle singer Nona Hendryx, Richard Hell and The Voidoids and China Shop, a New York City post-punk art rock band and ultimately his own group Empty House who disbanded in 1987.

In 1992 Allison made a major decision to quit touring and chasing the Rock an Roll dream of his childhood concentrating instead on setting up his own home studio in order to compose in a stress-free environment with no expectations of "making it big." During the years 1992-1999 his compositions were mostly inspired by his studies in yoga meditation and other spiritual disciplines. The name Darshan Ambient comes from those adventures in self realization: The word Darshan is a Sanskrit Hindu term meaning sight or a glimpse of the divine.

Michael's Pop & Rock roots have played an indelible role in shaping the music he would eventually compose as an ambient artist. A lot of so-called 'ambient' music leaves the listener cold but Allison's lush melodies and chordal sensibilities have a powerful emotional impact that stays with you long after the CD fades away.

Albums such as Providence and The Zen Master's Diary have garnered praise from many respected critics of the genre including Bill Binkleman who has called Allisons brand of ambient "Pastoral Ambient" inspired him to write "The music on The Zen Master's Diary is so suffused with calm and patience that it's like bathing in warm water under a starry sky. I have a difficult time describing the emotional reaction I have to Allison's music with any lucidity because, to me, this is intensely personal music, meant to be shared only with those whom one loves."

About his latest release Autumn's Apple, musician Ben Fleury-Steiner puts it best: "I can honestly say, no ambient artist out there today has better understood and internalized the most influential ambient record of all time (IMHO), Brian Eno's 1978 release Ambient I: Music for Airports then Michael Allison. This kind of discreet precise approach to note selection and soundscaping cannot be taught. And Allison demonstrates this once again with his simply virtuosic playing and composing on this release; not a single note on it is wasted or excessive."

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Date Title Label
12/07 Darshan Ambient none
12/14 Selected Works Vol. 3 MP3.com
12/21 Autumn's Apple Lotuspike
12/28 Re: Karma Lotuspike

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