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Galactic Travels™ Monthly Special Focus Log - 2023


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The Special Focus for January was
B. ASHRA
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B. Ashra has been producing electronic music for 30 years. Based in Berlin, B. Ashra's music ranges from meditative ambient music to sound experiments and acid techno. Since this sometimes led to confusion, B. Ashra releases only ambient, downbeat and experimental music since the beginning of the 2000s. As Robert Templa, he releases techno/electro and as Hackbert, he releases tech-house, glitches, very experimental, and harder sounds.

B. Ashra has made a name for himself in the international electronic music scene with numerous live concerts in many clubs and at open air festivals. He is active in other band projects such as Cosmic Octave Orchestra, 70db, Brain Entertainment Laboratory, Morphon, Tohil Mons and Psychotikum.

He has worked with many internationally renowned musicians on a wide variety of projects including Youth (Killing Joke, The Fireman, The Orb), Steve Schroyder (Star Sound Orchestra, Tangerine Dream), Dr. Walker (Air Liquid), Cem Oral aka Jammin Unit (Air Liquid), Matt Black (Coldcut), Peter Missing, Wolfram Spyra, Rainer Von Vielen, Oriom, Eru, Ricky Deadking, Mijk Van Dijk, Cosmic Baby, Sheldon Drake, Carsten Thorwald, Daniel Katzenstab, Ümit Han, Steve Baltes, Bob Humit, Der Dritte Raum, Thomas D, Sigyn M, A.R. Funkhauser, Jewel, MoTom, Rachel Sacks, and McMurphy.

He has also organized a number of ambient events in Berlin, including the legendary Ricochet Gathering 2010 in Schönberger Rathaus Berlin with the help of Steve Schroyder, Bernd Kistenmacher, and Ute Herriger.

In addition to being a musician, he is a sound designer and mastering engineer at his Berlin recording studio GL Audio and manages two record labels; Separated Beats and Klangwirkstoff Records.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
Date Album Label
01/05 Atomic World Separated Beats
01/12 Venus Meditation Klangwirkstoff
01/19 The Sound of DMT Klangwirkstoff
01/26 Fluffy Spirals Separated Beats
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The Special Focus for February is
FILTER-KAFFEE
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FILTER-KAFFEE are Frank Rothe and Mario Schönwälder from Berlin. Since 2007, they have been working together on analogue and hybrid synthesizers, sequencers and other sound devices. They have performed many concerts in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. They name their albums after the old size specifications for coffee filters of a well-known German company. The specifications changed in 1960. Filter-Kaffee have been included on a number of compilations.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
All releases are on Manikin Records.
Date Album
02/02 100
02/09 101
02/16 102
02/23 105

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