Micronaut, the style-spanning instrumental project of former Sister Machine Gun frontman Chris Randall, draws from the deep tradition of the Chicago electronic music scene, while keeping a definite rock feel with the judicious use of guitars and traditional song structures, instead of the "change every eight measures" formula of most electronic acts. From the arid analog syncopation of the self-titled first album (1998), through the IDM-influenced progressive house and drum 'n' bass rhythms of Io (2000) and Ganymede (2002), to the complex cinematic soundscapes of 2005's Europa, Micronaut releases have kept pace with the current state of electronic music, while carving out a niche that is distinct at the same time.
The Micronaut project was begun in 1997 by Randall as an vehicle for releasing music that wasn't necessarily appropriate to the "industrial music" fans of Sister Machine Gun; by 2005, with the release of Europa and the Noise To Signal tour with label-mates Amish Rake Fight, Micronaut had morphed in to a project that could stand on its own. Indeed, Micronaut has superseded Sister Machine Gun to be Randall's main creative outlet, while numerous appearances in the soundtracks of video games and television shows have led to wider recognition and acceptance to join with the critical acclaim each release garners.
Callisto, the next Micronaut release, will take the filmscapes and sophisticated rhythms of Europa a step further. "I've really started to pay attention to the music in movies, how it works with the images for sort of an emotional body-blow," says Randall. "My ultimate goal is to make an album that doesn't need a movie at all, but is a soundtrack that evokes imagery on its own."
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Callisto marks Chris Randall's fifth genre-spanning sojourn in to the back streets of electronic music under the Micronaut banner. Mostly up-tempo, partially eccentric, and definitely danceable, Callisto is a distilled history of Micronaut in one album.Europa
A brooding and introspective piece of melodic electronica, Micronaut's fourth album is dark and cinematic, with twisting synth lines and disjointed drum-beats vying for attention amid a thick bed of drones and found sound.Ganymede
Micronaut moves further afield with their third release, Ganymede, which explores drum & bass, jungle and tech-step.Io
Io finds the common ground between breakbeat and trance with a generous dose of NASA thrown in for good measure.Micronaut s/t
Building from a space-like ambience to a dance floor frenzy, Micronaut's debut album is most commonly refered to as music for sex and dancing!Pasiphae
Pasiphae features seven new IDM-influenced ass-shakers from Micronaut.Manufactura v Micronaut
A stomping collection of noise beats and drones from KarloZ.M (Manufactura) and Chris Randall (Micronaut).BASIC
BASIC features four new songs in the genre-spanning style that Micronaut is known for.
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komposi003 features tracks from Aizome, Amish Rake Fight, The Atomica Project, Bounte, Chris Randall, Graphic, Micronaut, Milkfish, s.sturgis, Scanalyzer and Sister Machine Gun.komposi002
komposi002 features tracks from Amish Rake Fight, Beautiful Assassins, Bizarbies, Broken Fabiola, Christ Analogue, Die Warzau, Impossible Recording Machine, Manufactura, Micronaut, Self Defense Force, Scanalyzer and Sister Machine Gun.komposi001
komposi001 features tracks from Amish Rake Fight, Beautiful Assassins, Bizarbies, Impossible Recording Machine, Micronaut, Sister Machine Gun, and Wedge, as well as the Eco-Hed version of the Die Warzau classic "Land Of The Free" featuring Jim Marcus on lead vocals.
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