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Title:Galbatron
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Date of birth:1-1-1900 (118 years old)
Favourite Galbatron tracks:Dragon Dance II, Synthetika (The Infiltration)
Favourite artists:Too many to mention!
Favourite instruments:Synthesizer
Favourite movies:Lord of the Rings, The Matrix
Favourite books:Sword of Truth series
Favourite games:Dragon Age I, Mass Effect 3
Favourite food:Japanese and Italian!
Favourite locations:Japan
About me:See the biography on this site!
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Last topics:25-05-2018, 08:33 CET Galbatron is back with a vengeance!

Welcome to our website!

If you're into soaring leads, analogue patches, bombastic symphonies, classical remakes, progressive rock and epic synthesizer music, you've arrived at just the right place! Galbatron is an electronic music group based in Holland. The band, consisting of Eppo Schaap (a magazine editor, music teacher and translator) and Loek van Kooten (me, a translator), started making music in 1992, when we launched our first album called Sophistication. The original album was launched on cassette tape only, for distribution with an MSX video game called D.A.S.S. (released by Engine Software). In the year 2000, Galbatron was revived when we had found a new outlet for our music on MP3.com. We re-released a cd version of Sophistication and put out a second album called Robotica, only to disappear again because mp3.com had stopped paying their artists for downloads. Though we never had the intention to become rich and famous with our music, we did regard MP3.com's payments for downloads as a symbolic reward and a necessary incentive to continue making music. We also felt that to really get our music off the ground, we had to invest far more time in it than our day jobs and families permitted. Galbatron's music features prominent use of the synthesizer, and has a majestic, sweeping style with dense, layered arrangements. A standard 4/4 trance beat appears in several songs, but the material is quite varied. For example, we do covers of Widor's Toccata and Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, both originally written for organ. The latter song was our biggest hit ever. We did make several songs for a third album, Synthetika, in the meantime available for download, but the actual album was never released back then. Our music is often mixed up with Jean Michel Jarre's, especially in peer-to-peer environments. Recently, our music has become available for download again. On September 26th 2010 the band was once more revived for a comeback; a new website has been launched and our music has become available on digital outlets like iTunes, Amazon and Spotify, just to name a few. We already launched our first new 2010 track: Nimrod. And several more tracks are in the pipeline. This time we intend to be back for good, but we will need all the help we can get. For that, you guys are absolutely indispensable. So support us, spread the word (review/like/friend us on all major sites like YouTube, Amazon and iTunes) and above all, enjoy the music!

15-05-2018, 09:25 CET Synthetika III (The Core) released
We kept you waiting for far too long, but here it is... The last installment of our trilogy: Synthetika III (The Core). The entire song can be listened to for free at LINK High-res mp3 and wav versions should be available within several days or weeks on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play and other venues. We hope you like our newest baby, and if not, you'll have to wait for another few years (/dives and runs away)

05-05-2016, 00:38 CET Nimrod released

After 7 years of total silence, Galbatron is back with more music. Our first project is something we've always been dreaming of during our 7-year break from the music industry... a synthesizer remix of a track that until now had been code-named Rebellion. “Rebellion is English for the Hebrew word Nimrod, the 9th variation in the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar. We bumped into this track right after we called Galbatron quits, and we always wondered why no one had came up with an electronic remix of it yet. We guessed that if the mountain didn't come to us, we had to go to the mountain ourselves. Our comeback seemed to be the perfect timing for this”, says Loek. “The basic idea was good, but we had to add quite some bells and whistles to give it that good old-fashioned Galbatron feeling. We still work in separate studios, and as it took us some time to agree about the right sounds, the mix had to go to and fro several times. Lots of technological advances have been made the past 7 years, and generally we found that it has become a lot easier to reproduce exactly the same sound in different studio environments. We use Reason these days, which is basically one kit that does it all, so there’s no need to manually reproduce exactly the same settings on the multiple gadgets we used to work with 7 years ago. Can you imagine we sometimes forwarded those settings button by button on the phone?”, Eppo adds. “I remember that 7 years ago, we could only use effects on few channels at most, because our computation power was limited. Now, we tried everything to get our i7 processor’s load above 10% with Reason, but no matter how many channels we added, the processor just wouldn’t budge. This should surely speed up our production time in the future”, Loek concludes. As soon as the first (very rough) mix was ready, a sample was sent to Aaron Bieber to provide him with inspiration for the single’s cover. Amongst other things, it features a portrait of Edward Elgar, the original composer of the Enigma Variations. When asked whether the great-looking portrait was copyrighted, Aaron replied: "Unfortunately it is." Just when Galbatron was about to ask Aaron to replace the image, he grinningly added: “I drew it completely by hand, so the copyrights are all mine.” Nimrod should be available in 1-3 days on CD Baby (LINK); the track should be on iTunes 2-3 after that. Amazon, Spotify and other sites will follow suit several days-weeks later.

Last responses:25-05-2018, 08:13 CET
I'm the rough diamond. I come up with the themes and melodies. After a while, I get stuck and can't continue due to lack of inspiration. That's where Eppo comes in. He polishes, changes, adds, polishes, changes and turns the ugly diamond into a beautiful stone! He sends the result to me, asks for my opinion, and the files go to and fro a few times, until both of us are satisfied.

15-05-2018, 09:25 CET
Thank you, Raphael! I'm glad you like it!

12-05-2018, 23:59 CET
No, I don't know it, but it seems to have its roots in the same era and be heavily inspired by game music, which is something we also took inspiration from. So the similarities are not a coincidence!

29-09-2010, 21:16

And that's Eppo.
02-10-2010, 21:04

Eppo pretending he can play.
25-10-2010, 12:08

1288001338_robo...
25-10-2010, 14:59

I still smoked in those days!
25-10-2010, 15:00

1288011651_loek...
25-10-2010, 15:02

Loek pretending this stuff is all his.
25-10-2010, 15:30

Loek playing the Flea Waltz.
01-11-2010, 10:56

Delain's setlist.
30-10-2010, 02:14

With my son and Martijn Westerholt of Delain (small version).
18-11-2012, 11:10

Our logo. Courtesy of Aaron Bieber.
15-02-2013, 13:18

Loek when he was still cute.
16-02-2013, 09:22

Sophistication cover.
16-02-2013, 09:22

Robotica cover.
16-02-2013, 09:22

Synthetika cover.
16-02-2013, 09:22

Nimrod cover.
16-02-2013, 09:22

Another World cover.
16-02-2013, 09:23

Baroque II cover.

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New in January 2018

Forum: Synthetika III (The Core) released (4)

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Forum: Galby is QUIET? How shalt thou to AWAKE? (3)

New in October 2016

Forum: How to get in touch about using Galbatron music? (1)

New in September 2014

Forum: You guys would appreciate this music... (1)

New in October 2013

Forum: Moonlight Sonata Cover (1)

New in February 2013

Forum: Galbatron revisits Baroque! (2)

New in November 2012

Forum: Galbatron; PLZ MORE ARR/RMX Bach (Yello and Rammstein) (2)
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Forum: Equipment (7)

New in June 2012

Forum: Mission Against Terror features Galbatron music in June promo video (be the first to respond!)

New in November 2011

Forum: Sheet Music? (4)

New in September 2011

Forum: Another World released (5)

New in July 2011

Forum: Music (1)

New in February 2011

Article: Sophistication available at Amazon! (be the first to respond!)
Forum: Hello from Mexico (2)

New in November 2010

Article: Nimrod released (11)
Forum: Physical wav-quality Robotica cd available at Amazon! (1)
Forum: I have long pondered... (1)
Article: Wilton Lights features Toccata et Fuga in D Minor (be the first to respond!)

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Forum: Synthetika album to be released on iTunes and other outlets (1)
Article: Discography (2)
Article: Biography (4)
Forum: Physical wav-quality Robotica cd (2)

New in September 2010

Forum: Bugs (4)
Forum: Our next project: code name Rebellion (7)
Article: Galbatron is back with a vengeance! (39)

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