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, Galbatron does covers of Widor's Toccata and Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, both originally written for organ. The latter song was their biggest hit ever.
Galbatron has done one collaboration with another artist, Ric Bonnell, a jeweller from Boston. Ric Bonnell's voice is featured on the track Light One Candle (Robotica).
Galbatron did make several songs for a third album, Synthetika, available for download, but the actual album was never released. Their music is often mixed up with Jean Michel Jarre's, especially in peer-to-peer environments.
Why this name?
The name was taken directly from a Japanese Transformer robot called Galvatron, due to lack of inspiration. However, since the B and the V are written the same way in Japanese, Galbatron accidentally replaced the V with a B.
Do you play live?
No. Lots of tracks would need a total rewrite to be performed live. Some songs feature more than 120 tracks, resulting in regular MIDI 'hang-ups' (the last thing you want during a live performance).
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 (a translator), started making music in 1994, when they launched their 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 they had found a new outlet for their music on MP3.com. Galbatron re-released a cd version of Sophistication and put out a second album called Robotica.
Access Virus b (x2), Yamaha S30 (x2), Yamaha SY85 (x2), Yamaha CS1x, Roland SC-88, Yamaha DB-50XG, Roland R-70, Lexicon MPX100, EMagic Audiwerk 8, Terratec EWX24/96 (x2), Yamaha 01v, Korg Pandora, Line6 POD, EMagic Logic Audio 4, Yamaha XG Works, Native Instruments Reaktor, Native Instruments Battery, Native Instruments Pro-52, Native Instruments Hammond B4, EMagic EXS24 Extreme (soft) Sampler, EMagic ES1 softsynth, Opcode Fusion Vocoder, Epihone 'The Scroll'.