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Galactic Travels™ Monthly Special Focus Log - 2022


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The Special Focus for January was
PALANCAR
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Palancar, a.k.a. Darrell Burgan, is an electronic ambient musician from Texas who has recorded under his own name as well as under the name Palancar.

Darrell has collaborated with Cluster Balm, Copal River, Labrathisattva, Flute of the Fallen Tiger, and Lucette Bourdin. He has played live quite a bit under the Palancar project as well as part of the mindSpiral and Different Skies projects.

Darrell is the founder of the Creative Commons based ambient net label Earth Mantra and of Spirit Canyon Audio, a vendor of exotic music soundware. Darrell founded the internet radio station StillStream which still operates today 24/7.

Most of Darrel's music is available as free downloads under Creative Commons. He also hosts Blue Water Drift Dive on RadioSpiral.

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All releases are on Emergent World Records.
Date Album
01/06 Shallow River Flowing
01/13 Final Theory Volume 1
01/20 Final Theory Volume 2
01/27 Yurushiiro
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The Special Focus for February was
JIM OTTAWAY
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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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Date Album
02/03 Yesterday Passing
02/10 Beyond the Purple Sun
02/17 Beautiful Desolation
02/24 Threshold of the Universe
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The Special Focus for March was
ZERO OHMS
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Zero Ohms is Richard Roberts from one of my favorite places, Western North Carolina, the mountains! Richard plays wind-controlled synthesizers and over 50 various flutes, saxes, and other woodwinds. A writer, painter, musician, teacher, producer, and Grammy-nominated recording artist, Richard follows what he has termed "the Tao of Zero Ohms" or literally the way of no resistance.

Zero Ohms is to listen while letting go. Music possesses the capacity for awakening a deeper part of ourselves which lies within. Zero Ohms 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. Richard 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.

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Date Album
03/03 Inside disk 1
03/10 Inside disk 2
03/17 Inside disk 3
03/24 Inside disk 4
03/31 Inside disk 5
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The Special Focus for April is
JUTA TAKAHASHI
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JUTA TAKAHASHI was born in Miyagi, Japan in 1959 and spent his childhood in Aomori. As a teen, he was strongly influenced by Progressive Rock and synthesizer music. He went to Tokyo for school and his career as a musician started afterward. Although he started as a guitarist and played music in the style of King Crimson that valued improvisation, he gradually devoted himself to electronic music. He now resides in Sendai, Miyagi and is independently producing music using synthesizers and computers. Influenced by electronic/ambient musicians such as Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Vangelis, and the late Pete Namlook, his music is basically beautiful, calm, emotional and melodious. Sometimes aggressive sounds reminiscent of his musical roots are used. Since Juta-san prefers analog instruments over digital ones, his works are characterized by the former. His music composition method is based upon improvisation. His first commercial album was released in August, 2007.

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All releases are on Lunisolar Records.
Date Album
04/07 Albion
04/14 Light and Shadows
04/21 Music for Urban Promenades
04/28 Music for Urban Promenades II
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The Special Focus for May is
JOHAN AGEBJÖRN
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Johan Agebjörn lives in Lund, Sweden, and studies psychology. He's a father who makes music from time to time.

His ambient music could be described as "ambient electro" or "arctic ambient" and is not too dissimilar from Krister Linder (Sweden) and early Biosphere (Norway) i.e. ambient with electro beats, giving the music a rich atmosphere as well as a distinct move forward in a sci-fi kind of way.

Influences include Biosphere, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Kraftwerk, The KLF, Future Sound of London, Krister Linder, Derrick May, Pete Namlook, Laurent Garnier, early Moby, Erik Satie, and Claude Debussy.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
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05/05 Mossebo Lotuspike
05/12 The Mountain Lake Lotuspike
05/19 Notes Paper Bag
05/26 We Never Came to the White Sea
with Mikael Ögren
Spotted Peccary

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