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Macrocosm

First formed back in the 1990s, UK based artist "Macrocosm" (Mike Letchford) started life producing ambient music, but moved into experimental "intelligent" dance music and a period of drum and bass. Featured as "demo of the month" in April 1996 edition of Future Music magazine (with the song "Choral Reefer", he joined the label Protean Vision Quest in 1997 (along with artists like Gnomadic) supplying music for the "Ancient Alien" video, and regularly performing in Brighton and as part of a UK "Ambisonix 3D Sound" tour (along with the band Quanta).

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Alba

There are multiple artists with this name: 1) Alba Parietti, born in Turin, Italy, 2 July 1961. Italian film actress, television presenter and entertainer. The former representative of the Italian Miss Universe contest became known in the 1980s with the Italo-Disco Song "Only Music Survives" and the less successful "Jump and Do It" and "Dangerous". 2) Alba was a short-lived traditional Scottish band formed in 1975 by Sean O' Rourke. They released one self-titled album in 1977. Alan Macleod (Highland bagpipes, bodhran)

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Morgan Geist

This New Jersey native was initially inspired by England's take on the sound of Detroit, but eventually tracked techno back to its Motor City innovators. When he began listening to music, however, it was the sound of early-'80s synth heroes like Devo, Severed Heads and New Order alongside early hiphop, jazz and 60's Hindi film soundtracks. Geist released his first 12" (via Dan Curtin's innovative Metamorphic label) while studying at Oberlin College in 1994.

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Mirage

There are at least 14 bands named Mirage. 1) Mirage released numerous cover version megamixes of current pop hits during the eighties. Many of them were produced by Nigel Wright, sometimes together with Nigel Stock, John Davies & Robin Sellars. Mirage also had three vocalists that posed on the record-covers: Kiki Billy, Nicos Griffiths & Carlos Griffiths. 2) A cult hungarian new/darkwave band from the '80s.

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Ajello

Ajello was born from the meeting between Luca DJ Rocca Roccatagliati and Fabrizio Taver Tavernelli. The habitat where this collaboration develops itself is the Maffia Club of Reggio Emilia, historic club for the electronic music development in Italy and place where the two are actually residents. Coming from different environments has not prevented to find a common denominator in the sound fascination and the aesthetic imaginary of the eighties.

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Fockewulf 190

Fockewulf 190 are an italian band which can be tagged as italo-disco, electro, synth-pop, formed in Milan in 1980. The band is named after a well-known aircraft model of the II World War. The original members were Victor Life on keyboards/synths, Dario Dell'Aere on vocals (who later hiked solo the italo-disco charts with the single Eagles in the Night. The band belonged to the italian underground new-wave / synth-punk stream that was taking place in those years. The influences of the beginnings were in particular John Foxx's Metamatic, Human League's Reproduction, and Gary Numan's Replicas.

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