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Galactic Travels™ Monthly Special Focus Log - 2018


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The Special Focus for January was
BOUVETØYA
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Bouvetøya was formed in 2008 as the electronic music avatar of Michael Jones. After a lifetime listening to the pioneers of electronica, namely Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, and the sound creators of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Michael acquired his first real synthesizers during the 1990s. During the early 2000s, he migrated from tape to a software DAW and began constructing a small home studio.

Contemporary influences such as Boards of Canada, AIR, and FSOL also began shaping his music and the first ambient soundscape demos emerged and circulated among his fellow EM peers. With the encouragement of those around him, Michael began to look for an internet outlet for his music and the concept of Bouvetøya was conceived. The name is from the Norwegian spelling of Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic, the most isolated island on the planet. This is a reference to the Bob Moog quote that "electronic music is played by musicians who work alone and listened to by people who listen alone."

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All releases are on SynGate Records.
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01/04 Interstellarphonic
01/11 Timeslip
01/18 Super High Frequency
01/25 Machines for Collective Living
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for January.

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The Special Focus for February was
JEFF PEARCE
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Since 1993, Jeff Pearce has been well known to the ambient/new age music community for his unique approach to the electric guitar. He has been called "one of the top two electronic guitarists of all time" by AllMusic while reviewer John Diliberto wrote in Billboard magazine that Pearce is "one of the best" guitarists to follow the solo electric guitarist concept. Whether playing intimate acoustic-based music or crafting deep-space ambient guitar drifts, Jeff composes music with equal parts melody and mystery. His most recent project, "From the Darker Seasons," features his signature ambient guitar sounds on songs that capture the "darker seasons" of Autumn and Winter. In October 2017, "From the Darker Seasons" charted in the top ten of Billboard Magazine's New Age chart.

Jeff is an active live performer, having played venues ranging from historic churches and concert halls to planetariums and dance clubs. His live performances are memorable events, mixing songs from his CDs with humorous storytelling and surprising musical improvisations. He has shared the stage with such performers as Will Ackerman, Stephan Micus, Steve Roach, Jonn Serrie, and Liz Story.

With thirteen full length CDs to his name, Jeff's music has received many honors and much airplay since his first release in 1993. Jeff's music has been reviewed in Billboard, Downbeat, and Guitar Player magazines, and music from his CDs has appeared in projects for Mercedes-Benz and Muzak. Many of his albums have won "best of" awards. New Age Voice magazine named "To the Shores of Heaven" best ambient album of 2000, while his CD "Rainshadow Sky" won the ZMR "album of the year" award in 2008. In 2014, "With Evening Above" was the #1 airplay album of the year, and was voted "Best Ambient Album" at the Zone Music Reporter awards show in New Orleans, Louisiana, while his 2016 album, "Follow the River Home" was voted "Best Ambient Album of 2016" at that year's Zone Music Reporter awards show. Jeff's music can be heard worldwide on the Weather Channel as well as on the "Music from the Hearts of Space" and "Echoes" syndicated radio programs, and on the SiriusXM Spa Channel.

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02/01 Bleed Hypnos Records
02/08 In the Season of Fading Light Jeff Pearce Music
02/15 With Evening Above Jeff Pearce Music
02/22 Follow the River Home Jeff Pearce Music
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for February.

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The Special Focus for March was
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT
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Alpha Wave Movement is Gregory T. Kyryluk. His music offers ambient electronic excursions into deep space using seductive sound design.

As a child, Gregory was drawn to his family's cheap electric organ that allowed him to play chords using buttons with his left hand while his right hand played melodies on a keyboard. As an adult, Jazz Fusion and Progressive Rock opened his ears to structure. While mostly self taught, he took a few courses in college in including jazz performance where he played electric bass.

Music by John Williams, Jean Michel Jarre, Kitaro, and early new age music inspired Gregory to explore synthesizers and the concept of making music without the dependency of having a band. As an artist and adamant music listener, he focuses on the freedom and exploratory nature of music.

The first official Alpha Wave Movement music available on CD appeared in the early 1990s on the Silent Records "From Here to Tranquility" series. As Open Canvas and Anodize, Gregory released music on Groove Unlimited when it was called Cue Records. The remainder of his releases have been released on his own Harmonic Resonance Recordings label.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
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03/01 The Edge of Infinity Cue Records
03/08 The Regions Between Harmonic Resonance
03/15 Terra Harmonic Resonance
03/22 Eolian Reflections Harmonic Resonance
03/29 Celestial Chronicles Harmonic Resonance
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for March.

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The Special Focus for April is
DAN POUND
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Dan was classically trained on piano, guitar and double bass at an early age and started writing songs soon after. He went on to be in the local honor orchestra and was soon writing pieces for the entire ensemble. Besides performing and composing, Dan has earned degrees in recording engineering and electronic music technology, and has received credits as 1st engineer and mixer for an indie jazz release, "Crusin' Some Grooves" by the Steve Wolfe Quartet.

Over several years, Dan has pieced together a home studio where he does most of his work, recording and producing his music independently. He specializes in music for film and multi-media, as well as recording and producing his own albums on his label, Pound Sounds.

Several of Dan's songs have received airplay on many ambient radio programs, including the widely syndicated NPR program, Hearts Of Space, as well as many others. In September of 2009, Dan was named Artist of the month on the on-line web radio site, Stillstream.com. Many of Dan's CD releases have been ranked in several on-air programs' monthly and yearly top release lists.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
All releases are on PoundSounds.
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04/05 Spherical
04/12 Eros Thanatos
04/19 Life Giving
04/26 Shadows of the Heart
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for April.

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The Special Focus for May is
CRAIG PADILLA, SKIP MURPHY, ZERO OHMS
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This month's Special Focus is on Craig Padilla and his collaborators.

Craig Padilla is an internationally celebrated and award-winning electronic music artist and video producer. After more than two decades of performing live and recording his own music using many vintage analog and newer digital synthesizers, his style reflects the classic electronic musicians of the past, while finding new sound and music styles that are unique to the true ambient electronic music genre (often found in categories from New Age to Trance to Electronica).

His music and creative environment is inspired and influenced by the lands surrounding Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where he once resided, and by his earliest influences of being raised in far-northern California where he resides again, where he first explored the works of Wendy Carlos, Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Steve Roach, and many other pioneers of the electronic form.

Never letting technology overcome the humanity in his compositions, he creates electronic music that is rooted in tradition while still sounding new, interesting, and fresh.

Craig has always endeavored to paint musical landscapes with a rich palette of infinite timbral complexity, guaranteeing to take the audience to a different place on each listen, making every disc a recording that is a highly sculpted, crafted musical experience to be treasured and played indefinitely.

He has composed soundtracks for various television, theatrical, and film productions. His music is heard on XM Satellite Radio and radio stations throughout the US, and on celebrated radio programs “Echoes” and “Hearts of Space” repeatedly. He is a top-selling established artist on the Spotted Peccary Music label and has appeared on releases on the Lotuspike, Fruits de Mer Records, Groove Records, Space for Music, Monroe Institute Hemi-Sync, and Ultimae labels.

Zero Ohms: 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, a.k.a. Grammy nominated 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.

Skip Murphy has collaborated on may albums with Craig. Skip began studying music synthesis in the early 1970s at Pasadena City College on a Moog Model 3. That led to an obsession with building and designing analog synthesizers. He met Craig after seeing him in concert by at Shasta College in Redding. The two hit it off. With Skip's technical EM skills supplementing Craig's amazing innate musical talent, they started perfoming together as a Space Music/Berlin School art music duo carving out new soundscapes at planetarium shows, in videos, and on recordings over the course of about 20 years. Skip currently lives in Redding, California, with most of his time spent enjoying his three grandchildren.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
Date Title Artists Label
05/03 Planetary Elements CP SM Space for Music
05/10 Path of Least Resistance CP ZO Lotuspike
05/17 Phantasma CP SM Groove
05/24 Analog Destination CP SM Groove
05/31 Beyond the Portal CP ZO SM Lotuspike
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for May.

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The Special Focus for June is
BK&S
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Broekhuis, Keller, and Schönwälder consists of Dutch drummer/percussionist and sound technician Bas Broekhuis, German keyboard player and sequencing specialist Detlef Keller, and German sound designer Mario Schönwälder.

Since September 1994, these three can be found on stage on a regular basis having performed in France, the UK, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and the US. They have an extensive discography.

These three friends always have a lot of fun with their musical adventures. Broekhuis and Keller have a technical background, developing, altering, and repairing instruments and other electronic devices. They do the bulk of the programming in the band. Schönwälder is the organizational mind, taking care of album releases, concert planning, and the oh so beloved bookkeeping.

BK&S played played live on Galactic Travels on May 10, 2012. Two days later, they played locally at the Soundscapes Concert Series.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
All releases are on Manikin Records.
Date Title
06/07 Repelen
06/14 Repelen: The Last Tango
06/21 Repelen Revisited
06/28 The Repelen EP
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for June.

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The Special Focus for July is
KLANGWELT
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Klangwelt is German for "world of sound" and is the musical project of Gerald Arend. Gerald is a German audio-designer who works in the multimedia and computer games industry. His music is based on the tradition of European electronic music, combining influences of Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Yello, and others with a unique blend of rich tone colors and occasional unpredictable harmonic ideas. Further traits are his catchy, minimalistic melodies, grooving rhythms and playful sample gimmicks.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
All releases are on Spheric Music.
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07/05 Weltweit
07/12 The Age of Numbers
07/19 XOIO
07/26 The Incident

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The Special Focus for August is
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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All releases are on Steve's Timeroom Editions label.
Date Title
08/02 Groove Immersion
08/09 Alive in the Vortex disc 1
08/16 Alive in the Vortex disc 2
08/23 Vortex Immersion Zone
08/30 This Place To Be

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The Special Focus for September is
SYNDROMEDA
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Syndromeda is Danny Budts from Belgium. He discovered EM in the mid '70s and built a modular synth in 1979. From "Sin-Syn Studio" in his house overlooking his garden, he is inspired from the outer world with his feet on the ground. Syndromeda's music is a reflection of his mood, what is in his heart and mind. He shares the positive moments so his listeners may retain positive feelings. Firmly rooted in the Teutonic Berlin School, he also incorporates deep, dark atmospheric soundscapes. Danny believes that music can heal many things and keeps this in mind throughout the creative process.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
Date Title Label
09/06 Creatures from the Inner disc 1 Neu Harmony
09/13 Creatures from the Inner disc 2 Neu Harmony
09/20 Mythical Pursuit * Horizon Music
09/27 The Twilight Conjunction Ricochet Dream
* Mythical Pursuit is an Enhanced CD that includes a Matt Howarth comic.

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