ESO Music Ambassadors
- Max Pfetscher & Ali Raini: tonelabs
- Geir Johan Back Monell
- Steve Buick
- John Dyson
- Jennifer Athena Galatis
- Igor Kiselev
- Nigel Stanford
- Toomas Erm
- Konstantino Polizois
- Jon Kennedy
- Stan Dart
The tonelabs duo was founded in 2005 by Ali Reza Raini and Max Pfetscher to realise creative audiovisual projects. Every project is unique and has its own vision and focus — mostly realised using music, sound design, images or a performance. The different projects showcase the versatility and the scope of tonelabs. Themed under the motto: Music is not just a combination of sounds but a lifestyle "gathering open minds — one beat at a time".
Max is a sound designer and music composer and the owner of Noizefield.com. He is focused on new technology, electronic music, visual art and loves synthesisers.
Ali is also a sound designer and music composer. In his own projects like apoplexymusic, his emphasis belongs to soundtracks, world music and new ages styles.
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Johan started playing music at the age of seven and has been composing music since the age of ten. He has played in over a dozen bands, from pop bands to metal bands with concerts and touring nationally and internationally. He plays drums, guitar, bass, piano, synth and keyboard and have been doing so for more than 25 years and has several album and single releases from his former career as a touring musician.
Johan has worked freelance as a front of house sound-technician for seven years, scene-technician for ten years and has a long career as a professional arranger and song instructor for theatre and plays. He has also composed, recorded and produced songs in many different genres throughout the years.
Johan is educated in jazz-harmony, music-theory, music-history, sound-technique and sound-design. Living near the immense forest of the central-east Norway, he draws inspiration from that environment daily to fully express himself in all of his music. His niche is music for TV and film.
British composer Steve Buick uses electronics, twisted FX, massive beats, orchestral instruments and the gravity of the Sun to create his sound. His work has been licensed to theatrical campaigns for MGM, Paramount and Universal as well as to major TV shows and promos worldwide for CBS, Fox, BBC, ESPN, Discovery and many more.
He was front man and writer in underground band One Lady Owner, the last band signed to legendary UK record label Creation (Oasis, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine) with a critically-acclaimed album and 3 singles. This was followed by projects with world famous producers Flood and Alan Moulder (U2, Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters).
He also creates music as background to reading books via his company Evokescape.com. Besides producing long soundscapes for reading sic-fi, horror and thrillers, he works with such names as Peter F Hamilton and Neal Asher, bringing musical atmospheres to their best-selling novels.
John has been writing, playing and recording (melodic) electronic music (EM) since the early 1980s, but was always a fan of music in general prior to that, especially ‘The Shadows’ and melodic orchestral music. He is a self-taught musician and it never fails to amaze him how so many folks love what he does!
After various incarnations, the first of which was with David Ward-Hunt as ‘Wavestar’ who he met in 1982-3, and who made quite a name for themselves after their first ‘live’ concert in Sheffield in 1985, he has continued to be a popular composer and artist as an individual in the EM field, with the help of his many friends both in the UK, Europe and around the world.
Currently he is about to move home once more (2016) back to his hometown of Sheffield in the UK, so the ‘next’ album is now on hold as the studio is obviously all packed away!
From the beginning of her career, Jennifer Athena Galatis has charted new directions for composing, pushing the boundaries of classical orchestration with the use of electronic instrumentation. Over the last decade, she has been recognised for incorporating computer-generated electronic instruments in combination with a real orchestra for film scoring.
Born in Canada , and the daughter of Greek immigrants, Galatis moved to Athens, Greece in 1978 as a child, and it was there where she took her first music lessons. While still at school, her work was performed in many concerts around Athens. Over the course of her career, she has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards in recognition of her achievements as an artist.
Galatis works are included in numerous trailers, documentaries, TV shows, and films. Her classical music works have been featured on CBC radio and Radio Canada. Galatis presently is an Associate Professor at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
Galatis presently composes from Toronto Canada.
Born 1982, Igor graduated from the St. Petersburg University in 2004 with a degree in aerospace instrumentation, and then studied further at the St. Petersburg State University with the department of celestial mechanics until 2006.
Igor has enjoyed a very wide ranging career. He has worked as: the Director of External Relations of the Baltic Symphony Orchestra for 5 years; the official representative of the Latvian rock group "Zodiac" for 4 years; the deputy editor of "Exclusive" for 2 years. He has also been a music critic for 10 years, and his portfolio includes: http://www.zvuki.ru/A/P/63108/areview/; http://ekskluziv-smi.ru/zhurnalist-igor-kiselyov-sankt-peterburg/
He is also the creator and administrator of the personal site of the People's Artist R.F, Edward Artemiev; a blogger at http://ravnodenstvie.blogspot.ru/ for the past 10 years; and the promoter and the head of the online community for musicians inspired by space "New Horizons" for 12 years.
Nigel Stanford, also known as John Stanford, is a well-known Ambient and New Age electronic music composer from Wellington, New Zealand. His mild form of Synesthesia makes music appear to him as different colours has a huge influence over his science based music videos that he creates for his music.
His debut album, ‘Deep Space’ has been re-released as ‘Solar Echoes’ and is characterised by total fusion of Trance and Ambient music. Nigel went on to write the soundtrack to the stunning time lapse movie ‘Timescapes’. A new album and video ‘Automatica’ are due for release shortly.
Currently based in Sweden, Toomas brings us exciting music in, among others, the Dramatic, Classical, and Rock genres. He has studied arranging, orchestration and composition with masters like Joe Paparone, Guy Michelmore, and Scott Smalley, as well as Ben Newhouse, Suzanne Dean, and Jerry Gates of Berklee College of Music. From intense action-adventure cues, to whimsical Harry Potter-inspired pieces, the dynamic orchestral tracks of GaribaldiMusic easily fit a multitude of film, TV, and video game scenarios and have been used in various productions. This includes the TV show Mythbusters (Discovery Channel), radio commercials, web promotions/commercials, and podcasts for the European Southern Observatory and ESA/Hubble Space Telescope. Samples of Toomas's music can be found at GaribaldiMusic and licensing can be arranged through AudioSparx
Born in Athens in the mid 80’s, Konstantino Polizois got involved in music early in life. Self-taught and very passionate about sound and harmony, he works on a plethora of projects which pertain to recording music and sounds to accompany visual images. He has composed documentary scores and theme music for television programmes, has directed the sound design for various applications, and has written jingles for the largest private television networks in Greece. His love for astrophysics and the cosmos has inspired him to become an exceptional music composer for documentaries that deal with the sciences and humanity. Recently he has been honoured with the title of ESO Music Ambassador and composes music for the organisation’s discoveries and documentaries.
Having worked professionally in the music industry for 17 years, Jon has released 6 LP's on the UK's best underground labels, remixed over 60 artists and amassed more than 3 million recorded plays on LastFM. He has thousands of fans on Social Media and has featured on various Hollywood films. He runs his own record label "The Jon Kennedy Federation" which hosts 15 artists. All this is run from his studio and office located in a 14th century central European building. The "Jon Kennedy Federation" releases artist LP's, singles & remixes and brings to you the unique and pioneering discipline of audio branding!
- Music in ESO archive
- Offcial Webpage
- Facebook page
- Radio 1
Born in the year that NASA first landed on the moon, Stan got involved in music as a teenager through creating mixtapes of his favourite music. As a child of the 80s, the music of this decade (especially the 12 inch versions!) was formative for Stan. Songs by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Propaganda, Depeche Mode, ELO and Queen accompanied him throughout these years. During this time Stan also developed a love of soundtracks and electronic music. Listening to Vangelis and Kitaro, James Horner, Jan Hammer and, later on, Hans Zimmer, had a huge impact on his music.
Besides making his own tracks, since 2009 Stan has worked with artists from Germany, the UK, the US and Austria (to name just a few) to produce collaborations, jingles and remixes. Stan’s fascination for astronomy shines in his music. Many impressions flow through his chilled, ambient sounds: the depth of space, the unknown frontier which has yet to be explored, and nature itself as an unbeatable creator of beauty.
After visiting ESO during our Open House Day in 2017, it was agreed that Stan would produce the soundtrack for one of the planetarium shows of the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre. Working with ESO and providing us with music is a great honour for him. Every song is a story which wants to be told — and Stan Dart hopes you like his stories!