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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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Date Album
01/06 Shallow River Flowing
01/13 Final Theory Volume 1
01/20 Final Theory Volume 2
01/27 Yurushiiro
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for January.
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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
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for February.
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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 was
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 was
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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Date Album Label
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
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for May.
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The Special Focus for June was
FORREST SMITHSON
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Forrest Smithson is an American composer from Northern California, most known for his acclaimed catalogue of Ambient Electronic compositions.

A lifelong musician, Smithson creates masterful excursions into new territories of lyrical, harmonically unique, modern musical textures and atmospheres. Forrest’s musical creations emerge from a natural affinity for embracing diverse elements and variables of sound, holding them in awareness as a unified event, creating sonic presentations of wholeness within form.

Forrest has long nurtured a deep musical connection. A student of many influences, from avant-garde, film music, modernist electro-acoustic music, to medieval and early music, his music is colored with elements necessary to bring diverse qualities into a unified expression.

In recent years, the musical expression of the inner growth occurring in his own life came into very clear focus, resulting in eight recent commercial releases.

Smithson’s work has been a Top 10 album on Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) and nominated for best ambient album both on ZMR and on One World Music. His music is regularly played on highly regarded shows such as Hearts of Space, Spotify, Echoes, Sirius XM's Spa, Star's End, Ultima Thule, and, of course, Galactic Travels™

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
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Date Album
06/02 Reversal of Thought
06/09 The Accomplished View
06/16 The Healer's Way
06/23 Lejeu
06/30 Dieux
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for June.
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The Special Focus for July was
WINTER-LIGHT
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Winter-Light is a record label based in Haarlem, The Netherlands, specializing in ambient, experimental, and drone soundscapes. The goal is to release new and interesting music without imposing limitations on the possibilities. Label head Mark O'Shea believes that exploring new areas, pushing at boundaries, or working within current structures can produce beautiful and interesting results.

The folks at Winter-Light design and produce their own releases. Via their webshop, they also stock a broad range of great music from other labels in the genre. They work closely alongside Midnight Sun Studio.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
Date Album Artist
07/07 Parallel States Kloob
07/14 Canidia Ajna and Onasander
07/21 The Antikythera Mechanism Atomine Elektrine
07/28 Ymuiden Hessel Veldman
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for July.
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The Special Focus for August was
ORIGO SOUND
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Origo Sound was a Norwegian label focusing on ambient, downtempo and electronica. Most of the artists are from Norway. Harald Lervik formed the label in 1990. The company merged with the Estonian retailer Planet Origo in 2007.

Lervik formed the label was taken after Tormod Opedal, an employee in Lervik's software company, had decided to close his own label. Closed in 1989, Cicada had released two albums by Erik Wøllo who had a new album ready to be released. As soon as Origo Sound was formed, it launched with two albums, one being the new Wøllo album.

Over the years, Origo Sound has released albums in a variety of styles, all founded in various electronic music subgenres. The first few years were dominated by a mix of styles ranging from new-age to ethnic and techno. The mid 1990s saw some techno influenced albums, while most recently, the label moved toward ambient and experimental music. The melodic approach is also covered in the catalogue.

In 2007, Origo Sound merged with Planet Origo, an Estonian company owned by Norwegian investors, including Harald Lervik. In October that year, the label released its first CD since 2004, the sampler Planet Origo, as a warm-up to future releases. In 2013, Origo Sound was re-established as an independent, Norwegian record label.

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Featured CD at Midnight by Week
Date Album Artist
08/04 Brain-state-in-a-box Neural Network
08/11 Dimension D Exile
08/18 Nanotopia Circular
08/25 Enter the Dream Current
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The Special Focus for September 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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Date Album
09/01 Live In Studio 2017-2019 Part 1
09/08 Live In Studio 2017-2019 Part 2
09/15 Live In Studio 2017-2019 Part 3
09/22 Live In Studio 2017-2019 Part 4
09/29 Live In Studio 2017-2019 Part 5
Here is the Top 20 Monthly Report for September
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The Special Focus for October is
TAPES AND TOPOGRAPHIES
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Tapes and Topographies is a project of Todd Gauthreaux of Frisco, Texas, north of Dallas. Todd has released music under various names. Some of the labels that have released his music include Past Inside the Present, Whitelabrecs, Dronarivm, and Shimmering Moods.

By the way, Todd sometimes spells his last name phonetically as Gautreau in order to help people with pronounciation.

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All releases are on Simulacra Records.
Date Album
10/06 Fathoms
10/13 Opiates
10/20 Insomnia Drones
10/27 Ubiquitous Clouds
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The Special Focus for November was
QUANTUM RECORDS
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Quantum Records was a small Dutch record label that specialized in synthesizer and electronic music. This label was founded by Eric Snelders in 1994 to release his first album on CD. This was followed by many albums by many artists who have been heard on Galactic Travels™ over the years. The label was based in Huizen, the Netherlands, and also hosted the Alfa Centauri concerts.

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Date Album Artist
11/03 Pharos Par Example
11/10 From the Shadow to the Sun Rogier
11/17 To the Sky and Beyond the Stars disk 1 Various Artists
11/24 To the Sky and Beyond the Stars disk 2 Various Artists

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The Special Focus for December is
GEORGE WALLACE
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George Wallace is an accomplished composer, performer, producer, sound designer, and artist. He is a master creator of visionary music which speaks of enlightenment and positivity to a planet which can really use it.

Fed by spontaneous inspiration and a keen feel for dramatic flow, George creates exotic soundworlds and emotionally rich songs with seasoned, intuitive skill. For over four decades he has worked across a wide arc of genres ranging from popular music to soaring, progressive rock and on into the world of uniquely crafted sonic vistas. Recent orchestral and choral works produced for film and television round out his already substantial body of work.

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All releases are on AirBorn Music.
Date Album
12/01 Communion
12/08 Light Music
12/15 Frontiers
12/22 The Goddess
12/29 Soul Ascending

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