The Special Focus for July, 2013.
The Special Focus for July is Jonn Serrie. Originally known for long-form space-music journeys, leading planetarium composer Jonn Serrie has been looking to the heavens for inspiration for decades. Using both analog and digital synthesizers, his rhythmic outings often have an understated heroic and sometimes romantic feel. He has had numerous works commissioned for planetariums around the world and has reshaped and redefined ambient space music. In addition to his many albums, his body of work includes diverse projects with Lucasfilm Ltd., NASA, the United States Navy, Hayden Planetarium, Expo Seville, and CNN. Jonn's interest in electronic music began early with piano and church organ studies, eventually leading to a position as resident synthesist at Connecticut-based Electronic Music Laboratories in the 1970s. A fascination with space and aviation became the theme for his unique musical style. He is an FAA licensed pilot and lives in Atlanta.