Juno Reactor: Colliding Reactions

Juno Reactor is described as a â..goa trance musicâ. group (a style of electronic music defined by a recurring and repetitive beat), often known for their tribal influences. The group was initially formed in 1990 by musicians Ben Watkins and Stephen Holweck as an experimental ambient project to record soundtrack to accompany a sculptural art installation and performance project by sculpture artist (and Watkins’ girlfriend) Norma Fletcher. In 1993 the group decided to concentrate on music, and released their first single, called â..Laughing Gas.â. An album, Transmissions, soon followed, as did seven others to date. Juno Reactorâ..s first soundtrack gig occurred in 1995 when their instrumental remix of Traci Lordâ..s song â..Controlâ. was featured on the soundtrack for MORTAL KOMBAT; they returned for the sequel MORTAL KOMBAT ANNIHILATION with original tracks like â..Conga Furyâ. and several other movie appearances followed, including the anime series TEXHNOLYZE, which featured their single â..Guardian Angelâ. as its opening theme
But it was 1999 that Juno Reactorâ..s involvement with THE MATRIX (1999) and its sequels that allowed Watkins and his troupe to make a cinematic statement with their music. While the first MATRIX had gathered some tracks from various artists and fit them into the picture, the Wachowskyâ..s decided to have artists create tracks specifically for THE MATRIX RELOADED. In that film, Ben Watkins collaborated with the filmâ..s composer, Don Davis, to craft some pieces of music that enhanced and supplemented the filmâ..s musical score, notably the freeway chase scene, which featured Watkinsâ.. â..Mona Lisa Overdriveâ. (the title comes from a William Gibson novel). The process was repeated for the third film, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS.
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