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Juno Reactor is an electronic group, often known for its influences and currently consists of Ben Watkins and Mike Macguire. At one time or another, Juno Reactor also included Johann Bley, stephen holweck and Jens Waldenback.

Juno Reactor was formed in 1990 by Ben Watkins and Stephen Holweck. The group came together as an experimental ambient project in order to record an accompanying soundtrack to sculpture artist (and Watkins’ girlfriend) Norma Fletcher’s art installation and performance piece called “The Missile Project”. The centerpiece of the project was a 70-foot decommissioned missile, nicknamed “Juno Reactor”, which the band rolled around London while playing its music to raise awareness about nuclear war. According to Watkins, ” was blue concrete. And it looked like a dinosaur tail. And a smoke came out of it.” [1] The project took over a month to complete; however, the exhibition lasted only several hours, as London police arrived, breaking up the display and arresting all members of the project. The music was eventually released as Juno Reactor’s second album, Luciana.

In 1993 Juno Reactor released its first single, “Laughing Gas”, on NovaMute. The single was soon followed by their debut album, Transmissions. The album, reckoned a huge success, is considered 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 for the Guardian Angel single. Their album Beyond the Infinite followed in 1996.


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  • BRS_Project

    Действительно уникальный коллектив в жанрах транса и гоа.

    7 Mar 1:03am Reply
  • drmagg

    On the end credits of the last Matrix film? That one was original (not remix), though. Read about it on wiki page of Labyrinth.

    7 Feb 6:44pm Reply
  • Szamot97

    Pretty sure it is not my first time hearing Navras. Was it in some movie or something? Any idea where could I hear it before?

    18 Jan 5:26pm Reply
  • brom1998

    I have listened to this artist since I was 11 years old. They have always been an inspiration. The Golden Sun of the Great East is beautiful. :)

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • demolla

    playback on boom festival in portugal. i'm disappointed. :(

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • mark4all

    Да, действительно прекрасная и уникальная группа ))

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • tranceStation

    Группа отличная и действительно уникальная - близко к их уровню Man With No Name, Astral Projection, Etnica, Total Eclipse - тоталы часто ремиксируют реакторов кстати

    7 Mar 2014 Reply
  • X-Squad

    Многих групп переслушал по направлению гоа (в том числе и тех, что здесь указаны как "похожие исполнители"), что аж стало надоедать и бесить, и в принципе разочаровывать в термине "гоа", потому что все-таки лучше, чем Juno Reactor, или хотя бы чтобы было похоже, никого так не встретил: у всех одна и та же шаблонность, скучная танцевальность в апатичных структурах, либо наоборот задорность, не менее скучная; короче говоря - ничего интересного. Нету у всех остальных того, что делали Juno Reactor: ни азиатского трайбала, ни шаманских хоров, ни каких-либо еще подобных фишек; и в принципе у Juno Reactor имеется своя пентатоника, отличная от других, что его делает вместе с остальными перечисленными особенностями лучшим среди остальной массы кучи серых групп. Может быть и к лучшему (ну или к худшему), что среди жанра достойным является только один исполнитель...

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    ningai, drugs are legal in portugal.

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Bubimann

    from ozora with love<3

    21 Jan 2014 Reply
  • rajmund69

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • al_shashkin

    One of the best musicians in existence :)

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • gruntovny

    New album is fantastic!!!

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Ningai

    They are only playing in Portugal? What the fuck? Get real and tour the US and Europe!

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • dercho-music

    Very original music! Bible Of Dreams and Shango are the best albums from JUNO REACTOR!

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • nemu_no_mune

    I'm glad someone still makes ACTUAL trance music and not the clubby 'trouse" garbage that gets passed off as trance nowadays.

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Atreidezz

    Guardian Angel not in top 15... [2]

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • xuxupop

    so wild, so rich, so good

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • marucru

    Guardian Angel not in top 15...

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • cadavreflex

    h o t a k a

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
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