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Juno Reactor

Ben Watkins
Background information

Juno Reactor is a musical and performing act known for the cinematic-psychedelic fusion of electronic and global music, the Matrix score and other film works. Central to the project are Ben Watkins, Mike McGuire and Stephane Holweck, and their collaborations with a constantly changing ensemble of musicians from across the world, including percussionist Mabi Thobejane from South Africa along with countrymen Amampondo, Eduardo Niebla, Steve Stevens, Greg Ellis, Taz Alexander and recently Ghetto Priest. Ben Watkins. ... The Matrix series consists primarily of three films, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ... Ben Watkins Ben Watkins is a British electronic music artist and producer, best known as being the principle member of the band Juno Reactor. ... Amampondo is a South African percussion ensemble which was started by Dizu Plaatjies in Langa Cape Town in 1978. ... Steve Stevens (born as Steve Schneider on May 5, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American guitarist and songwriter. ... Greg Ellis is an English actor. ... The subject of this article may not satisfy the notability guideline for Music. ... The Reverend Dr. James G. White was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1962. ...


Originally Juno Reactor was formed as an art project in 1990; Ben Watkins wanted to collaborate with other artists to produce and be involved in exciting projects that were not commercially driven. He wanted to create experimental music/non musical soundtracks that would work with installations, art pieces and film projects. Ben Watkins Ben Watkins is a British electronic music artist and producer, best known as being the principle member of the band Juno Reactor. ...

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History

1993 and beyond

In 1993, Juno Reactor released their first single, Laughing Gas, on the NovaMute label. This was soon followed by their debut album, Transmissions. This release is considered to be one of the first albums in the goa trance genre. Later, the band released Luciana on Alex Paterson's (The Orb) Inter-Modo label. Juno Reactor left NovaMute and Inter-Modo in 1995 and signed to UK's Blue Room Released label to release the Guardian Angel single. Their album Beyond the Infinite was released in 1996. NovaMute Records is an electronic music record label formed in 1991. ... Transmissions is the 1993 debut album by the multi-genre encompassing trance group Juno Reactor. ... Goa trance (often referred as Goa or by the number 604) is a form of electronic music and is a style of trance music which originated in the Indian state of Goa, as opposed to most other forms of trance music which appeared in Europe. ... Alex Paterson (Duncan Robert Alex Paterson also known and abbreviated as Dr Alex Paterson, born October 15, 1959 in London) near Battersea is an English musician and co-founder of the ambient group The Orb, in which he has worked since its inception. ... The Orb are an English electronic music group known for popularising chill out music in the 1990s and spawning the genre of ambient house. ... WAU/Mr. ... NovaMute Records is an electronic music record label formed in 1991. ... WAU/Mr. ... The Blue Room logo is a double bass clef. ... Beyond the Infinite is the third album released by the multi-genre encompassing trance group Juno Reactor. ...


The 1997 release on Wax Trax! Records/TVT Records, Bible of Dreams, was Juno Reactor's fourth album. It had a sound much different from the previous albums and moved away from the traditional dance beats by implementing tribal influences. Watkins collaborated with Amampondo, a traditional South African percussion act, on the single Conga Fury. Ben Watkins and Amampondo went on a five week tour of the U.S., doing the opening for Moby. In 1998 Juno Reactor played a stunning live set with Amampondo at Glastonbury Festival. Wax Trax! Records was a record label in the United States. ... TVT Records is an independent record label located in New York City in the United States. ... Bible of Dreams is the fourth album released by the multi-genre encompassing trance group Juno Reactor. ... Amampondo is a South African percussion ensemble which was started by Dizu Plaatjies in Langa Cape Town in 1978. ... Moby (born Richard Melville Hall, September 11, 1965), is an American songwriter, musician and singer. ... The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury or Glasto, is the largest[1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ...


Watkins released the fifth Juno Reactor album, Shango in 2000. It was the first of his albums on Metropolis Records. The first track from the album, Pistolero, was done in a collaboration with guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). The song opened up an entirely new direction for Juno Reactor. This same track was also featured during the trailer for the movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico, as well as the film itself. In the fall of 2002, Juno Reactor released a new single titled Hotaka. It was recorded in a Japanese studio overlooking Mt. Fuji. Hotaka once again featured Steve Stevens on guitar, and included traditional Taiko drummers, GOCOO. In 2003, the Odyssey 1992-2002 album was released as a compilation of the best Juno Reactor tracks of the past decade. Shango is the fifth album released by the multi-genre encompassing trance group Juno Reactor. ... Metropolis Records is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based record label, distributor, and mail-order store specializing in the industrial, EBM, synthpop, futurepop, darkwave, and gothic musical genres. ... Pistolero is a song realeased by electronica band Juno Reactor, and recorded on their fifth album Shango. ... Steve Stevens (born as Steve Schneider on May 5, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American guitarist and songwriter. ... Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad, 30 November 1955 in Middlesex) is an English rock musician. ... Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) is an action film by Robert Rodriguez and the final film in the Mariachi Trilogy, which includes El Mariachi and Desperado. ... Mount Fuji (富士山 Fuji-san, IPA: [ɸuʝisaɴ]) is the highest mountain on the island of Honshu and indeed in all of Japan. ... It has been suggested that Japanese_Taiko_Drumming be merged into this article or section. ... GOCOO are seven female and four male Taiko drummers from Tokyo (Japan) who capture their audience with original grooves woven with Japanese drums, Taikos. ...


The latest Juno Reactor album, Labyrinth, was released in October 2004, and featured Watkins' work from the Matrix films. The new album once again cemented the tribal influences present in their music through tracks like Conquistador II. Labyrinth is the fifth album released by the multi-genre emcompassing trance group Juno Reactor. ... The Matrix series consists primarily of three films, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ...


In 2006 Ben Watkins was hired to compose an orchestral score for Brave Story (A Japanese Feature anime). Sony Japan released the Soundtrack in July. Recorded in Slovakia with the Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra and choir, it shows a new versatile and unexpected side of Ben Watkins and Juno Reactor. Brave Story ) is a Japanese novel by Miyuki Miyabe. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) “Animé” redirects here. ...


2008 will see the collaboration of Koji Morimoto and Ben Watkins, an experimental anime project called Genius Party. Koji Morimoto (森本晃司 Morimoto Kōji, born December 26th, 1959) is an animator and one of Japans premier anime directors. ...


Current Works

In October 2006, Juno Reactor performed a taped concert in Tokyo including an extended lineup and some new work. This show will feature in the forthcoming tour DVD.


Lineup:

Play List: Ben Watkins Ben Watkins is a British electronic music artist and producer, best known as being the principle member of the band Juno Reactor. ... Amampondo is a South African percussion ensemble which was started by Dizu Plaatjies in Langa Cape Town in 1978. ... Amampondo is a South African percussion ensemble which was started by Dizu Plaatjies in Langa Cape Town in 1978. ... Amampondo is a South African percussion ensemble which was started by Dizu Plaatjies in Langa Cape Town in 1978. ... Greg Ellis is a California-born drummer and percussionist, who is currently a member of psytrance band Juno Reactor. ... Paul Jackson, Jr. ... Steve Stevens (born as Steve Schneider on May 5, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American guitarist and songwriter. ... Yasuhiro Sugihara was born on July 8, 1969 in Kanagawa, Japan. ... Asian Dub Foundation is a British alternative electronica band, that play a mix of breakbeat, dub, dancehall and ragga, also using rock instruments, acknowledging a punk influence. ...

  • Conquistador I & II
  • Biot Messiah
  • Giant
  • War Dogs
  • Komit
  • City of the Sinful (New)
  • God is God
  • Navras (from The Matrix Revolutions)
  • Mutant Message
  • Hotaka
  • Pistolero
  • Conga Fury
  • Nitrogen II
  • Insects
  • Rotablade
  • Zwara
  • Hulelam
  • Masters of the Universe
  • Angels & Men
  • Kaguya Hime (New)
  • Guardian Angel

Juno Reactor are also providing part of the soundtrack for Genius Party, a forthcoming Studio 4°C Animation Hinduism Navras, a Sanskrit word meaning the nine states of being, originates from the Upanishads, a collection of Hindu sacred texts. ... Pistolero is a song realeased by electronica band Juno Reactor, and recorded on their fifth album Shango. ... Genius Party is an anthology of fourteen short animated films from Studio 4°C to be released on July 7, 2007. ... Studio 4°C is a Japanese animation studio founded by Koji Morimoto, Eiko Tanaka, and Yoshiharu Sato in 1986. ...


Appearances in media

Their remix of Traci Lords' song Control as an instrumental was featured on the soundtrack for the Mortal Kombat movie. They returned for the sequel Mortal Kombat Annihilation with tracks like Conga Fury. Later, the group, in collaboration with Don Davis, had a number of tracks featured on the soundtracks for the Matrix series of films and video games (most notably the famous freeway chase scene in The Matrix Reloaded, which featured Mona Lisa Overdrive, as well as the Animatrix, which featured the tracks Masters Of The Universe on the short Kid's Story, and Conga Fury (Animatrix Remix) on Final Flight of the Osiris. Their single Guardian Angel was featured as the opening theme of the anime series Texhnolyze. Guardian Angel was also featured in the movie Drive starring Mark Dacascos and Kadeem Hardison. Other Juno Reactor tracks appear on movies such as Eraser, Virtuosity, Lost In Space, the Romeo + Juliet trailer, Beowulf and even Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Juno Reactor soundtracks have also been played during baseball, basketball, and gridiron football games, the Japanese Grand Prix, and appear on the PlayStation game Jet Moto 3 and also PlayStation 2's Frequency, as well as the Xbox game Mad Dash Racing. Juno Reactor also scored the entirety of the Mark of Kri game. They also did God is God for the 1999 version of Beowulf. Traci Lords (born Nora Louise Kuzma on May 7, 1968), also known as Traci Elizabeth Lords and Tracy Lords, is an American film actress and singer. ... Mortal Kombat is a 1995 movie, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. ... Donald Romain Davis (born February 4, 1957) is an American film score composer, conductor, and orchestrator. ... The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction action film written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano and Hugo Weaving. ... The Matrix Reloaded is the second installment of The Matrix series, written and directed by the Wachowski brothers. ... The Animatrix is a collection of nine CG and anime shorts set in the world of The Matrix, partly written by the Wachowski brothers. ... The Kid on the run from Agents. ... Final Flight of the Osiris is one of nine short films in The Animatrix series, which reveals more about the world of The Matrix. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) “Animé” redirects here. ... Texhnolyze ) (pronounced [téknolàiz]) is an anime series broadcast in 2003 by director Hirotsugu Hamazaki. ... Look up Drive in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Mark Dacascos promo photo Mark Dacascos (born February 26, 1964, Honolulu, Hawaii) is an actor and martial arts expert, winning numerous karate and kung fu championships between the age of 9 and 18 [1]. He has been featured in such films as Only The Strong and Cradle 2 the Grave. ... Kadeem Hardison (born July 24, 1965 in New York City) is an actor, best known for portraying Dwayne Wayne on the Cosby Show spin-off A Different World and playing Marlon Wayans brother in the basketball comedy, The Sixth Man. ... Eraser is a 1996 action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vanessa Williams. ... Virtuosity is a 1995 science fiction movie directed by Brett Leonard. ... In 1998, New Line Cinema produced a feature-length motion picture adaptation of the 1965-68 CBS televison series Lost In Space. ... William Shakespeares Romeo + Juliet is a 1996 film adaptation of William Shakespeares play Romeo and Juliet, directed by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. ... Beowulf DVD cover Beowulf is a 1999 action movie loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf. ... Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) is an action film by Robert Rodriguez and the final film in the Mariachi Trilogy, which includes El Mariachi and Desperado. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... Gridiron football is a term that refers to both American football and Canadian football. ... Grand Prix motor racing has its roots in organised automobile racing that began in France as far back as 1894. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... Jet Moto (Jet Rider in Europe) is a series of futuristic racing games for the PlayStation video game console. ... “PS2” redirects here. ... The PlayStation 2 game Frequency from Harmonix introduced a new style of rhythm video game. ...


Juno Reactor has also made a song in the game Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 4.


Trivia

  • One of the band's logos is actually a form of the symbol associated with the asteroid Juno.
  • The title of the album Beyond the Infinite could be a reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the sequence Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite. This may be related to the several occurrences of their sampling of this movie on the Transmissions album.

253 Mathilde, a C-type asteroid. ... Juno (IPA: ), designated 3 Juno in the Minor Planet Center catalogue system, was the third asteroid to be discovered and is one of the largest main belt asteroids, being the second heaviest of the stony S-type. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...

Discography

Full-length Albums

Transmissions is the 1993 debut album by the multi-genre encompassing trance group Juno Reactor. ... Novamute Records is a subsidiary of Mute Records. ... WAU/Mr. ... Beyond the Infinite is the third album released by the multi-genre encompassing trance group Juno Reactor. ... The Blue Room logo is a double bass clef. ... Bible of Dreams is the fourth album released by the multi-genre encompassing trance group Juno Reactor. ... The Blue Room logo is a double bass clef. ... Shango is the fifth album released by the multi-genre encompassing trance group Juno Reactor. ... Metropolis Records is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based record label, distributor, and mail-order store specializing in the industrial, EBM, synthpop, futurepop, darkwave, and gothic musical genres. ... Labyrinth is the fifth album released by the multi-genre emcompassing trance group Juno Reactor. ... Metropolis Records is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based record label, distributor, and mail-order store specializing in the industrial, EBM, synthpop, futurepop, darkwave, and gothic musical genres. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest major label in the record industry, with a 23% market share. ...

Singles & EPs

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Pistolero is a song realeased by electronica band Juno Reactor, and recorded on their fifth album Shango. ... The Blue Room logo is a double bass clef. ... Masters Of The Universe is a song by Juno Reactor. ...

Live Recordings & Compilation Albums

  • Odyssey 1992-2002
  • Shango Tour 2001 Tokyo (Live In Tokyo) (2002)

External links

  • ReactorLeak.com - Juno Reactor official website
  • Juno Reactor at the Open Directory Project
  • Interview with Ben Watkins by Special Radio
  • Extensive Juno Reactor discography at Discogs
  • Juno Reactor on Last.fm, a social music profiling service

  Results from FactBites:
 
Metropolis Records: Juno Reactor (0 words)
Featuring the best of the best Juno Reactor tracks from all of their albums, as well the newest track, "Hotaka", it highlights some of the most interesting collaborators that the band has ever worked with.
Those who have seen Juno Reactor live know that attending a Juno Reactor show isn't like going to a "concert," it's experiencing a whole new concept in performances with a concoction of music, lighting, and live action.
Their first and only DVD, Live in Tokyo features selections off Shango, as well as classic Juno Reactor tracks, such as "Conga Fury" and "God Is God." The DVD precisely captured the intensity of Juno Reactor's live performances: from the mind-expanding music, to the acrobatics of Amampondo, right down to the hypnotic lighting effects.
Science Fair Projects - Juno Reactor (812 words)
Juno Reactor are a trance music group, often known for their tribal influences, consisting of Ben Watkins and Mike Macguire.
Juno Reactor was formed initially in 1990 by Ben Watkins and Stephen Holweck as an experimental ambient project to record soundtrack to accompany a sculptural art installation and performance project by the sculpture artist (and Watkins' girlfriend) Norma Fletcher called "The Missile Project".
Juno Reactor soundtracks have also been played during baseball, basketball, and gridiron football games, the Japanese Grand Prix, and appear on the PlayStation 2 games Jet Moto 3 and Frequency.
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