Juno Reactor has been around since the early 1990s. It’s key player is Ben Watkins, sometime collaborator with Dr Alex Paterson and The Orb. Their music has ranged from ambient to techno, but mostly settles at cyber-trance.

Juno Reactor includes Ben Watkins, Stephane Holweck, Johann Bley, Mike Maguire, Jens Waldebäck. The rather peculiar bio on the Reactorleak website says:


You hear it in the distance; the throbbing rhythms of the universe align as planets spin into uncharted musical territories from beyond the trance. In the early nineties Ben Watkins set out to bring the world a culture clash of sonic textures that defies the word fusion. Although Juno Reactor has no band members and never will, Watkins set out to mold it’s destiny with various collaborators an intense ambient soundtrack emerged to accompany ‘The Missile Project.’ It could have been the inspiration from the obelisk in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey or the famous plaster caster of the sixties, but Juno’s name evolved from a seventy foot long concrete structure that Ben’s girlfriend dreamed up and named Juno Reactor. The music transcends the name bridging multiple cultures and ancient religions alike. Today the teardrop evolves, forever changing; while the eternal cries of the live Reactor can be heard worldwide. Welcome to ‘the ceremony,’ ethnic chaos in harmony, where the ancients meet the geniuses of Silicon Valley to celebrate the fusion of past and future to create the now. A circus from the netherworld featuring incantations, chants, vocals, lighting, mesmerizing visualizations, and raw live action.

While you contemplate the teardrop evolving, listen to these from 1993 and 1996:
Juno Reactor – Laughing Gas
Juno Reactor – Conga Fury
Juno Reactor – Magnetic (Robert Leiner Remix)
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~ by acidted on August 26, 2009.

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