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Galactic Travels™ Monthly Special Focus Log - 2024


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The Special Focus for January was
MICHAEL BRÜCKNER
Michael Brückner

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Michael Brückner produces electronic music in a wide variety of styles, concentrating on Berlin School, ambient, and drone. A self-managing artist, he has created more than 120 albums since 1992, most of which can be ordered directly from him or via his Bandcamp page.

Since 2012, a number of his albums have been released by independent labels such as SynGate, Klangwirkstoff, Aural Films, BI-ZA Records, and Winter-Light. He has also performed in a number of European electronic music festivals.

Michael is also involved in collaborations with other artists like Detlev Everling, Alien Nature, Mathias Brüssel, Cousin Silas, Mathias Grassow, Rebekkah Hilgraves, Harald Bertram, and Lutz Thuns. His collaborations include several long term projects: B4 SUNRISE, La Mansarde Hérmetique, Betzler and Brückner, and Bridge To Imla.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
Date Album Label
01/04 Astronauts Volume 2 disk 1 Aural Films
01/11 Astronauts Volume 2 disk 2 Aural Films
01/18 Astronauts Volume 2 disk 3 Aural Films
01/25 Test of Time SynGate
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The Special Focus for February is
MATHIAS GRASSOW
Mathias Grassow

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Mathias Grassow is a prolific composer who specializes in ambient music. His deep minimalist style makes him a master of drones, creating music that is drifting and expansive. Mathias is fond of collaborations and has done projects with Jim Cole (Spectral Voices), Amir Baghiri, Klaus Wiese (ex-Popul Vuh), and Michael Brückner, to name a few.

Musically active since 1980, Mathias trained at Synthesizer Studio Jacob in Wiesbaden during the early '80s. In 1986, Mathias released his first cassette followed by his first CD in 1990.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
Date Album
02/01 Ambience
02/08 Namakar
02/15 Lanzarote Spirits
02/22 Psychic Dome
02/29 In Search of Sanity
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The Special Focus for March was
MARK JENKINS
Mark Jenkins

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Mark Jenkins has been described by Eurock Magazine as "the master synth musician in the UK." His music is influenced by that of Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre, Jan Hammer, Mike Oldfield, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Richard Pinhas & Heldon, Yanni, John Tesh, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Brian Eno, Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Rick Wakeman, Pink Floyd, Can, Neu!, Kraftwerk, Enigma, Deep Forest & Ash Ra Tempel. Many of his albums include themes of space travel, cosmology, science fiction, ecology and exploration. He recently became the first British musician to perform at the Greenwich Planetarium in London and has performed throughout Europe and in the USA, Brazil, China and Russia.

Mark is influenced by the authors Iain M. Banks, Larry Niven and Richard Dawkins, and by movies including the Babylon 5 cycle and 2001: A Space Odyssey. He is an internationally published author on the subjects of music and media technology and is the editor of the online media magazine EMIX.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
All releases are on AMP Records.
Date Album
03/07 Modular Sessions 11:
The Spirit of Heldon
03/14 Modular Sessions 12:
Live in the USA disk 1
03/21 Modular Sessions 19:
Live in the USA disk 2
03/28 Modular Sessions 20:
Superhero Landing
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The Special Focus for April was
ROBERT RICH
Robert Rich

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Robert released his first album Sunyata in 1982. Most of his subsequent recordings came out in Europe until 1989, when Robert began a string of critically acclaimed releases for Fathom/Hearts of Space, including Rainforest (1989), Gaudi (1991), Propagation (1994) and Seven Veils (1998). His two collaborations with Steve Roach, Strata (1990) and Soma (1992), both charted for several months in Billboard. Other respected collaborations include Stalker (1995 with B. Lustmord), Fissures (1997 with Alio Die) and Outpost (2002 with Ian Boddy). Robert's contributions to multi-artist compilations have been collected on his solo albums A Troubled Resting Place (1996) and Below Zero (1998). His group, Amoeba, explored atmospheric songcraft on their CDs Watchful (1997) and Pivot (2000). Live albums such as Calling Down the Sky (2004) and 3-CD Humidity (2000) document the unique improvised flow of his performances.

Robert has performed in caves, cathedrals, planetaria, art galleries and concert halls throughout Europe and North America. His all-night Sleep Concerts, first performed in 1982, became legendary in the San Francisco area. In 1996 he revived his all-night concert format, playing Sleep Concerts for live and radio audiences across the U.S. during a three month tour. One of those concerts was WDIY's first over night broadcast. In 2001 Robert released the 7 hour DVD Somnium, a studio distillation of the Sleep Concert experience, possibly the longest continuous piece of music ever released at the time. It's worldwide radio premier was on Galactic Travels.

Robert has designed sounds for television and film scores, including the films Pitch Black, Crazy Beautiful, Behind Enemy Lines and others. His musical scores grace films by Yahia Mehamdi (Thank you for your Patience, 2003) and Daniel Colvin (Atlas Dei, 2007, with 90 minutes of Robert's music in surround); and a video installation by Michael Somoroff (Illumination, 2007). Rich works closely with electronic instrument manufacturers, and his sound design has filled preset libraries of Emu's Proteus 3 and Morpheus, Seer Systems' Reality, sampling disks Things that Go Bump in the Night, ACID Loop Library Liquid Planet, WayOutWare's TimewARP2600, and synths by Camel Audio. Rich has written software for composers who work in just intonation, and he helped develop the MIDI microtuning specification. As mastering engineer and mixer, he has applied his ear to albums in all styles, and his studio was featured twice in Keyboard Magazine, and elsewhere worldwide.

Robert has been featured on this program since the very first episode. Since then, his music has graced the 1000th broadcast as well as the worldwide radio premier of his seven hour epic, Somnium, played in its entirety.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
Date Album Label
04/04 Rainforest Hearts of Space
04/11 Yearning with Lisa Moskow Fathom
04/18 Shamballa Space for Music
04/25 Strata with Steve Roach Hearts of Space
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The Special Focus for May is

Mutagénèse

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Ambient and electronic music / Musique ambiante et électronique

English:
Between ambient, atmospheric and electronic, the music of Mutagénèse explores sound textures. The musical roots of Mutagénèse comes mainly from the Berlin school, but also from artists like Jean-Michel Jarre, Steve Roach, Brian Eno, Future Sound of London and Autechre.

Français:
Variant entre l'ambiant, l'atmosphérique et l'électronique, la musique de Mutagénèse explore les textures sonores. Les racines musicales de Mutagénèse proviennent principalement de l'école de Berlin, mais aussi d'artistes comme Jean-Michel Jarre, Steve Roach, Brian Eno, Future Sound of London et Autechre.

Mutagénèse is François Vallières of Quebec, Canada.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
Date Album Label
05/02 Errance Planétaire none
05/09 Exploration Spatiale none
05/16 Ganymede none
05/23 Microcosm SynGate
05/30 Voices SynGate
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The Special Focus for June is
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Based in Toronto and tangled in patch cables, dreamSTATE's Scott McGregor Moore (Scott M2) and Jamie Todd submerge in the studio, creating their evolving sound environments with a collection of vintage and modern synthesizers. Their first public expression of their electronic explorations was an ambient soundscape installation in 1996. This ever-changing, multi-speaker creation played continuously for six months at The H5 Project, a holographic art gallery in Toronto.

dreamSTATE's first CD release was in 1998 and they have performed at the World Electronic Music Festival, Interference Orange, THE AMBiENT PiNG, and the Junction Arts Festival to name just a few. Still working in the deep end of the ambient pool, dreamSTATE remain active ambient and electronic music performers.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
Date Album Label
06/06 Passage e-Space Recordings
06/13 A Decade of Dreaming e-Space Recordings
06/20 Drone Day e-Space Recordings
06/27 Stone Shore with Heiki Sillaste paper+sound

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