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Galactic Travels™ Monthly Special Focus Log - 2021


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The Special Focus for January/February is
JIM OTTAWAY
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Host Bill Fox contracted Covid-19 which interrupted the January Special Focus. Bill returns in February to complete the January Special Focus.

Jim Ottaway is an international award-winning composer, producer, and studio performer of original instrumental music covering many genres including space ambient, electronic, new age and music for film and television. The inspiration for Jim's music stems from his love of nature and his spiritual connection to the beautiful environment of the Gold Coast hinterland of Queensland, Australia.

Jim's major musical influences include Tangerine Dream, Edgar Froese, Vangelis, Pink Floyd, Enigma, Johannes Schmoelling, Christopher Franke, Lisa Gerrard and fellow Australian musicians Christopher Buckman and Tony O'Connor.

Jim has released over 30 albums since 2004.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
All albums are self released.
Date Album
01/07 Southern Cross
02/11 Timeless e-Motion
02/18 Deep Space Blue
02/25 When Eternity Touches Time
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for January/February.

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The Special Focus for March was
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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All releases are on Manikin Records.
Date Album
03/04 Project Inter.com
03/11 Blue
03/18 Red Live @ USA CD1
03/25 Red Live @ USA CD2
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for March.

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The Special Focus for April 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.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
All albums are self released.
Date Album
04/01 Beyond the Silver Aether
with Vince Cory
04/08 The Drone Out of Space
04/15 Invisible Forces
04/22 The Stillness
04/29 The Shadow of Poseidon
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for April.

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The Special Focus for May was
ARGYRE PLANITIA
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In Greek mythology, Argyre is an island of silver. Argyre Planitia is a plain located in the southern highlands of Mars. In electronic music, Argyre Planitia is Stefan Voß, a dark ambient producer from Hannover, Germany. He has released albums on various labels, including Petroglyph Music, as well as on his own.

When Stefan first listened to electronic music in the '70s, he was immediately fascinated by synthesizers and what could be done with them. He never played one until 2011.

The music of Argyre Planitia leans toward the darker edges of ambient and includes drones and experimental sounds. The main focus is on sounds. Melody and rhythm play only a minor role.

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Date Album Label
05/06 Soundscapes Petroglyph Music
05/13 Opening the Gates of the Crystal Cave Petroglyph Music
05/20 Beyond the Wall of Sleep self released
05/27 Echoes from the Past self released
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for May.

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The Special Focus for June was
COLIN RAYMENT
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Colin Rayment lives in the UK. His enthusiasm for electronic music started at an early age when his eldest brother experienced Tangerine Dream in concert performing Phaedra in the '70s. Exposure to this intriguing music continued throughout Colin's childhood.

In the '80s, Colin bought his first analogue synthesizers and started to explore this playground of sound exploration. Colin released his first album in 2002. After his third release, SynGate started to release his albums. Colin is planning a release which will include music from his virtual performance at Mountain Skies 2021 as well as album on SynGate in the year.

Colin is motivated by the limitless sonic playground of electronic music. Delving deep into these musical avenues is creativity without boundaries. Now that he has gone down the rabbit hole of modular synthesis, he is adding new sonic textures to his music and finding huge rewards in combining it with more traditional analogue sounds and sequences.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
Date Album Label
06/03 Morula none
06/10 Abstract Dimensions SynGate
06/17 Beyond the Aurora SynGate
06/24 Architects of Orion SynGate
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.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
All albums are self released.
Date Album
07/01 Inside Outside, Outside Inside
07/08 Living in the Sky
07/15 Vanishing Point
07/22 Astral Drift
07/29 The Room with No Doors
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for July.

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The Special Focus for August is
FINITE ELEMENT
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Finite Element is Rich Kennicutt of Binghamton, NY. His music is keyboard-based. His major influences are '70s era Berlin School electronic music artists Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, and Ashra. Elements of Ambient and Dark Ambient are included in the mix.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
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Date Album
08/05 Convergence
08/12 Parallax
08/19 End of Daze
08/26 Binary Approach / EVAC
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for August.

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The Special Focus for September is
FLUXUS
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Nigel Rushbrook's fluXus project consists of darker shades of ambience and classic electronic sounds with Berlin style sequencing and a lo-fi edge. He uses vintage analog and digital synths with old-school effects to achieve nostalgic space music in which cosmic space is seen in mirrors of emotional space. His electronic soundscapes are inhabited or haunted by humanity.

The name fluXus refers to the intended flow of the music and also to an awareness of the Fluxus art movement, using found sounds and randomised elements that are allowed to become co-creator, leaving room for the "divine" to enter.

The fluXus project began in the late '90s and has performed at arts centers and as support for Banco de Gaia and others. Influences include Froese, Baumann, Schulze, John Surman, Nico, 20th Century classical music, and the bits between the tunes on Jean Michel Jarre albums.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
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Date Album
09/02 Das Nichts mit Funkeln
09/09 Silent Seas
09/16 Shored Against My Ruins
09/23 fluXus Live 2002 and 2004
at Exeter Phoenix Art Centre
09/30 Circle Homeward

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