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Galactic Travels™ Monthly Special Focus Log - 2020


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The Special Focus for January is
MODULATOR ESP
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Modulator Experimental Synthesis Project (Modulator ESP) is Jez Creek from Nottingham in the UK. He performs improvised music that explores the boundaries of dark ambient, drone, Berlin School sequencing, and noise using modular synthesis, real-time sampling, sound manipulation, and live looping.

Modulator ESP has been described variously as "vintage synth overload to propel you into the outer reaches of the cosmos" and "one man will descend to (this) earth in a hail of analogue synth tones; called upon from the singular consciousness of John Carpenter and Vangelis - like a 2046 dystopian dream with the optimism of Jean Michael Jarre, and his penguins."

When Modulator ESP discovered that there was more to EM than TD, Jarre, Pickford and Shreeve by finding bands like Arc, RMI, Redshift, Airsculpture, and Arcane, bands that were doing a more retro-styled improvisational take on EM, it came as a revelation to him. One of the reasons he'd left the band he was in was because he wanted to do something a bit more freeform. He knew he still wanted to play live but without playing along to pre-programmed, structured backing tracks.

Things started to snowball when he discovered certain synthesizers, both hardware and software, step sequencing, and delay processors.

Modulator ESP loves playing synths because he loves the electronic, synthetic, other worldly nature of the sounds. This makes Ambient, Berlin School EM the best style for his interests.

The Special Focus listing on WDIY's website is HERE.

Modulator ESP has been a Special Focus on Galactic Travels™ before:
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01/02 Ostara Drone
01/09 Timeflights
01/16 The Infinite Dance of the Darkest Stars
01/23 Invocation: From Beyond
01/30 Asymmetric Forms
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for January.

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The Special Focus for February was
UNDER THE DOME
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Grant Middleton and Colin Anderson comprise the band. On occasion, guests Steve Jenkins, Andy Bloyce, and Paul Nagle have helped out when needed. This UK band play retro EM, firmly rooted in the Berlin School style.

Here's a bit of fun for the technically minded. The Under the Dome Tape Archive Project pages contain digitised copies of the four-track cassette master tapes that Grant recorded in the early 1990s. If you want to try your hand at remixing these tracks, simply download WAV files 01 to 04 from each page. These constitute the individual cassette tape tracks as recorded on Grant's cassette multitracker.

The Special Focus listing on WDIY's website is HERE.

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Date Title Label
02/06 The Demon Haunted World Neu Harmony Records
02/13 Wot no Colin? Neu Harmony Records
02/20 Over the Pond Cochlear Vision Records
02/27 Dome Roots Collection Cochlear Vision Records
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for February.

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The Special Focus for March was
POLARIS
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Polaris is the EM project of Jakub Kmieć of Poland. Influenced by electronic classics of the '70s and '80s, Jakub began making his own music in the '90s. Since then, he has absorbed many influences which he incorporates into his creations, including ambient, downtempo, IDM, and more.

The debut release by Polaris garnered second place in the Polish Radio Program 3 annual competition for electronic music in 2001. In 2005, Polaris made his first concert apperence at the Ambient Festival in Poland. This is documented on "Re:Transmission." Jakub then joined musicians from the Ricochet Gathering community and played improvised live sets with them in various locations in Europe; Canary Islands (2005), Italy (2006), Croatia (2009), and Germany (2010). (I seem to recall seeing him in the audience in 2004 in Jelenia Góra, Poland.)

The power of very positive energy from the Ricochet Gatherings was a driving force for studio recordings and for open-air events like "WEF Molo Electro" electronic music festival in Sopot and "Pyromagic Music Wave" fireworks festival in Szczecin.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
Date Title Artist Label
03/05 Moo'n'sequences Polaris Self Released
03/12 Re:Transmission Polaris Self Released
03/19 Way Out Polaris Ricochet Dream
03/26 Collision Polaris and Krzysztof Horn Ricochet Dream
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for March.

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The Special Focus for April was
VIC HENNEGAN
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Vic Hennegan has been writing, recording, producing, and performing electronic music for many years. He has performed at The Gathering Concert Series in Philadelphia, Cyberstock of Los Angeles, Ecstatic Dance, 5 Rhythms Dance, Soul Motion, Northern California Dance Collective and many other venues around the world. Hennegan’s instinctive hand creates techno-trance and ambient music in a wildly fun, uplifting spiritual experience that will take your soul on a journey to the center of ecstasy.

"A unique warmth emanates from Hennegan's music moving the listener to a state of euphoria. Through complex and insistent rhythms and vocals, Hennegan accomplishes a lush dynamic that relentlessly strives to entertain." (Matt Howarth; Sonic Curiousity)

Hennegan’s music is complimented by collaborations with Surface Ten’s synthesist extraordinaire, Dean De Benedictis and Becca Fuchs, whose incredible vocal range spans from operatic to soulful and sexy. Hennegan's music may be heard on many radio and internet outlet.

Hennegan is a practicing Buddhist. This faith aims to manifest enlightenment in the lives of its practitioners. By tapping into an individual's creative potential, one can create a thriving and peaceful community. Through his faith and his music, Hennegan invokes the timeless tradition of music’s healing powers. "We are the creators of our own universe. I seek to help people understand this very fact through my music."

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Date Title Label
04/02 Desert God Space for Music
04/09 Field of Worlds and Mirrors Alien Tribes Music
04/16 Nebula Waves Alien Tribes Music
04/23 Journey to Sirius Alien Tribes Music
04/30 Live at The Gatherings Alien Tribes Music
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for April.

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The Special Focus for May was
PERCEPTUAL DEFENCE AND SYNDROMEDA
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Perceptual Defence and Syndromeda are two like minded musicians who have come together to collaborate. Syndromeda is Danny Budts of Ekeren, Belgium. Perceptual Defence is Gabriele Quirici of Rome, Italy. They both like Berlin School music and peppering it with other influences. Their collaborations have expanded beyond the four albums featured this month. They also collaborate under the name Divided by Two for exploring dark ambient music. Perceptual Defence and Syndromeda is for exploring the spacey side of electronic music.

The Special Focus listing on WDIY's website is HERE.

Syndromeda has been a Special Focus on Galactic Travels™ before:
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All albums are on SynGate Records.
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05/07 Fear of the Emptiness Space
05/14 Wormhole
05/21 The End of the Universe
05/28 Live at Cosmic Nights 2017
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for May.

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The Special Focus for June is
AATMA RECORDS
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Aatma is a record label dedicated to providing some of the best ambient, electronic and experimental music available today. Geoff Stewart is the Founder and Steve Brand is the Art Director.

Geoff Stewart also owns the earthMANTRA (eM) net label and records under the name åpne sinn.

Steve Brand has had releases on a number of independent labels and his music has been heard on many prestigeous radio shows. He began releasing music in the early '90s but it wasn't until 2003 when he began creating in the field of ambient under his own name. Brand describes this change in moniker and musical genre as part of the process of moving out of his head and more into his heart.

The Special Focus listing on WDIY's website is HERE.

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Date Artist Title
06/04 Peter James Senessence
06/11 Threadbare Home is a Memory
06/18 EE7A Tension
06/25 Chris Russell and Dawn Tuesday Memories of Akhenaten
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for June.

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The Special Focus for July was
MODULATOR ESP
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Modulator Experimental Synthesis Project (Modulator ESP) is Jez Creek from Nottingham in the UK. He performs improvised music that explores the boundaries of dark ambient, drone, Berlin School sequencing, and noise using modular synthesis, real-time sampling, sound manipulation, and live looping.

Modulator ESP has been described variously as "vintage synth overload to propel you into the outer reaches of the cosmos" and "one man will descend to (this) earth in a hail of analogue synth tones; called upon from the singular consciousness of John Carpenter and Vangelis - like a 2046 dystopian dream with the optimism of Jean Michael Jarre, and his penguins."

When Modulator ESP discovered that there was more to EM than TD, Jarre, Pickford and Shreeve by finding bands like Arc, RMI, Redshift, Airsculpture, and Arcane, bands that were doing a more retro-styled improvisational take on EM, it came as a revelation to him. One of the reasons he'd left the band he was in was because he wanted to do something a bit more freeform. He knew he still wanted to play live but without playing along to pre-programmed, structured backing tracks.

Things started to snowball when he discovered certain synthesizers, both hardware and software, step sequencing, and delay processors.

Modulator ESP loves playing synths because he loves the electronic, synthetic, other worldly nature of the sounds. This makes Ambient, Berlin School EM the best style for his interests.

The Special Focus listing on WDIY's website is HERE.


Modulator ESP has been a Special Focus on Galactic Travels™ before:
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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
All albums are self released.
Date Title
07/02 Litha Flow
07/09 Drones in Eindhoven II
07/16 The Dome Drone
07/23 Ostara Phase
07/30 A Maze of Possibilities
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for July.

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The Special Focus for August was
BERTRAND LOREAU
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Professor Bertrand Loreau teaches at Ministère de l’Education nationale having studied Electronics at Université de Nantes.

Bertrand Loreau was born and raised in a family where classical music was very important. From the age of six, Bertrand studied classical piano. Watching TV in the late 1960s, he noticed the use of electronic sounds. While his motivation for playing the piano steadily declined, his attention shifted more and more to the new sounds that were used in jingles.

During the early '70s, the use of synthesizers in recordings peaked his interest. His curiosity and interest in synthesizers turned into a real passion as he discovered Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Genesis and finally Tangerine Dream. Bertrand became passionate about electronics and discovered Schulze's Moondawn album. On May 3, 1977, he went to concert by Klaus Schulze and left it convinced that the synthesizer would have a big role in his life. Bertrand stopped playing the piano. His interest in electronic instruments prompted him to relearn how to play the keyboard.

When Bertrand started a teaching career in the early '80s, he acquired his first instruments. Like many new synthesizers, he developed a passion for sound creation, spending hours working on sounds and playing with effects.

In 1981, he formed a group called Krill with Lionel Palierme. They improvised music inspired by Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. Bertrand began to record cassettes and developed his personal style which left more and more room for melody. Bertrand recorded numerous cassettes between 1982 and 1990. The acquisition of a professional tape recorder in 1988 enabled him to consider producing his first record. In 1993, MUSEA, a dynamic Progressive Rock label, released Bertrand's first record, "Prière."

Since then, Bertrand Loreau has recorded seven albums with the MUSEA label, five albums with Spheric Music, and self-produced a number of other works.

Bertrand Loreau's music continues to favor melody, but it can also venture into electroacoustic music and Berlin School, which made him want to play synthesizer in the first place.

The Special Focus listing on WDIY's website is HERE.

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All albums are on Spheric Music.
Date Title
08/06 Journey Through the Past
08/13 Spiral Lights
08/20 Interférences
with Olivier Briand
08/27 From Past to Past
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for July.

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The Special Focus for September is
EYES CAST DOWN
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Based in Evanston, Illinois, Greg Moorcroft is an ambient and atmospheric composer and musician who uses guitars, EBow, synths, drums and percussion, singing bowls, samples and loops, voices and more in pursuit of something infinite. But Eyes Cast Down is more than an artistic and creative reflex. It is an answer to the call to composition.

A watershed event was his discovery of Steve Roach's music. It didn’t take long for ambient sound to become the focus of Greg's compositional fury.

The Special Focus listing on WDIY's website is HERE.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
All albums are on Kalindi Music.
Date Title
09/03 The Separate Ones
09/10 Memory Palace
w/ Chris Russell
09/17 Souls Adrift, in Disrepair
09/24 The White Island

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The Special Focus for October is
ELECTRO-MUSIC.COM FESTIVAL
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The electro-music.com site was created by Howard Moscovitz to form an on-line artistic environment reminiscent of the Impressionism art scene in turn of the century Paris. This on-line community was intended for electronic and electro-acoustic musicians and is the kind of place where Howard desired to hang out. From this sprang a festival curated by Howard with Greg Waltzer that ended up spawning a number of other festivals; NEEMfest, Asheville electro-music now Mountain Skies, Midwest electro-music, and others.

Many of these festivals have been accompanied by a sampler of music by festival participants and members from the electro-music.com community. Each week this month, a sampler from a different year of the original electro-music festivals will be featured.

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All albums are released by electro-music media™.
Date Year
10/01 2005
10/08 2006
10/15 2007
10/22 2008 disc 1
10/29 2008 disc 2

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