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Juno Reactor

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Juno Reactor is an electronic psytrance group, often known for its world fusion influences and consisting 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, “[it] 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.

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