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Galactic Travels™ Monthly Special Focus Log - 2018


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The Special Focus for January was
BOUVETØYA
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Bouvetøya was formed in 2008 as the electronic music avatar of Michael Jones. After a lifetime listening to the pioneers of electronica, namely Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, and the sound creators of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Michael acquired his first real synthesizers during the 1990s. During the early 2000s, he migrated from tape to a software DAW and began constructing a small home studio.

Contemporary influences such as Boards of Canada, AIR, and FSOL also began shaping his music and the first ambient soundscape demos emerged and circulated among his fellow EM peers. With the encouragement of those around him, Michael began to look for an internet outlet for his music and the concept of Bouvetøya was conceived. The name is from the Norwegian spelling of Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic, the most isolated island on the planet. This is a reference to the Bob Moog quote that "electronic music is played by musicians who work alone and listened to by people who listen alone."

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01/04 Interstellarphonic
01/11 Timeslip
01/18 Super High Frequency
01/25 Machines for Collective Living
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for January.

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The Special Focus for February was
JEFF PEARCE
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Since 1993, Jeff Pearce has been well known to the ambient/new age music community for his unique approach to the electric guitar. He has been called "one of the top two electronic guitarists of all time" by AllMusic while reviewer John Diliberto wrote in Billboard magazine that Pearce is "one of the best" guitarists to follow the solo electric guitarist concept. Whether playing intimate acoustic-based music or crafting deep-space ambient guitar drifts, Jeff composes music with equal parts melody and mystery. His most recent project, "From the Darker Seasons," features his signature ambient guitar sounds on songs that capture the "darker seasons" of Autumn and Winter. In October 2017, "From the Darker Seasons" charted in the top ten of Billboard Magazine's New Age chart.

Jeff is an active live performer, having played venues ranging from historic churches and concert halls to planetariums and dance clubs. His live performances are memorable events, mixing songs from his CDs with humorous storytelling and surprising musical improvisations. He has shared the stage with such performers as Will Ackerman, Stephan Micus, Steve Roach, Jonn Serrie, and Liz Story.

With thirteen full length CDs to his name, Jeff's music has received many honors and much airplay since his first release in 1993. Jeff's music has been reviewed in Billboard, Downbeat, and Guitar Player magazines, and music from his CDs has appeared in projects for Mercedes-Benz and Muzak. Many of his albums have won "best of" awards. New Age Voice magazine named "To the Shores of Heaven" best ambient album of 2000, while his CD "Rainshadow Sky" won the ZMR "album of the year" award in 2008. In 2014, "With Evening Above" was the #1 airplay album of the year, and was voted "Best Ambient Album" at the Zone Music Reporter awards show in New Orleans, Louisiana, while his 2016 album, "Follow the River Home" was voted "Best Ambient Album of 2016" at that year's Zone Music Reporter awards show. Jeff's music can be heard worldwide on the Weather Channel as well as on the "Music from the Hearts of Space" and "Echoes" syndicated radio programs, and on the SiriusXM Spa Channel.

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02/01 Bleed Hypnos Records
02/08 In the Season of Fading Light Jeff Pearce Music
02/15 With Evening Above Jeff Pearce Music
02/22 Follow the River Home Jeff Pearce Music
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for February.

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The Special Focus for March was
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT
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Alpha Wave Movement is Gregory T. Kyryluk. His music offers ambient electronic excursions into deep space using seductive sound design.

As a child, Gregory was drawn to his family's cheap electric organ that allowed him to play chords using buttons with his left hand while his right hand played melodies on a keyboard. As an adult, Jazz Fusion and Progressive Rock opened his ears to structure. While mostly self taught, he took a few courses in college in including jazz performance where he played electric bass.

Music by John Williams, Jean Michel Jarre, Kitaro, and early new age music inspired Gregory to explore synthesizers and the concept of making music without the dependency of having a band. As an artist and adamant music listener, he focuses on the freedom and exploratory nature of music.

The first official Alpha Wave Movement music available on CD appeared in the early 1990s on the Silent Records "From Here to Tranquility" series. As Open Canvas and Anodize, Gregory released music on Groove Unlimited when it was called Cue Records. The remainder of his releases have been released on his own Harmonic Resonance Recordings label.

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03/01 The Edge of Infinity Cue Records
03/08 The Regions Between Harmonic Resonance
03/15 Terra Harmonic Resonance
03/22 Eolian Reflections Harmonic Resonance
03/29 Celestial Chronicles Harmonic Resonance
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for March.

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The Special Focus for April is
DAN POUND
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Dan was classically trained on piano, guitar and double bass at an early age and started writing songs soon after. He went on to be in the local honor orchestra and was soon writing pieces for the entire ensemble. Besides performing and composing, Dan has earned degrees in recording engineering and electronic music technology, and has received credits as 1st engineer and mixer for an indie jazz release, "Crusin' Some Grooves" by the Steve Wolfe Quartet.

Over several years, Dan has pieced together a home studio where he does most of his work, recording and producing his music independently. He specializes in music for film and multi-media, as well as recording and producing his own albums on his label, Pound Sounds.

Several of Dan's songs have received airplay on many ambient radio programs, including the widely syndicated NPR program, Hearts Of Space, as well as many others. In September of 2009, Dan was named Artist of the month on the on-line web radio site, Stillstream.com. Many of Dan's CD releases have been ranked in several on-air programs' monthly and yearly top release lists.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
All releases are on PoundSounds.
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04/05 Spherical
04/12 Eros Thanatos
04/19 Life Giving
04/26 Shadows of the Heart

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