Michael Garrison (musician)

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Michael Garrison
Birth name Michael Earl Garrison
Born (1956-11-28)November 28, 1956
Roseburg, Oregon, USA
Died 24 March 2004(2004-03-24) (aged 47)
Bend, Oregon, USA
Genres Ambient music, electronic music
Occupation(s) musician
Instruments synthesizer
Years active 1979–1998

Michael Garrison (born November 28, 1956 in Roseburg, Oregon, died on March 24, 2004 in Bend, Oregon) was a synthesist from Oregon, United States.

Life and career[edit]

Michael Earl Garrison was born in Roseburg, Oregon, on November 28, 1956 to William Garrison and Sharon (Walker) Curry.[1] His father worked as a banker and his mother was a homemaker.[2] Michael Garrison died on March 24, 2004 in Bend, Oregon, of natural causes.[1]

Garrison graduated from Bend High School in 1975 and attended the University of Idaho where he served as the president of the Central Oregon chapter of the University of Oregon Duck Athletic Club.[1] While studying music at the University of Idaho, he started to form the basis for his first release on his own label, Windspell Records, later known as Garrisongs Music. The original work was titled In The Regions of Sunreturn and Beyond and was created under the impression of the Voyager missions. Later he signed with BMG in 1980, the title was changed to In The Regions of Sunreturn.

He was influenced by the European innovators of electronic music, like Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, and Jean Michel Jarre.



  • In the Regions of Sunreturn (1979)
  • Prisms (1981)
  • Eclipse (1982)
  • Point of Impact (1983)
  • Images (1986)
  • Aurora Dawn (1988)
  • An Earth-Star Trilogy (1989)
  • The Rhythm of Life (1991)
  • Live: Volume 1 (1995)
  • Live: Volume 2 (1995)
  • Brave New Worlds (1998)

Best of compilations[edit]

  • A Positive Reflecting Glow (1992)
  • Tranquility Cove (1992)

Compilation contributions[edit]

  • Wolkenreise: Zwischen Traum und Phantasie (1985)

Tribute album[edit]

  • To the Sky and Beyond the Stars: A Tribute to Michael Garrison (2005)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Orbituary". The Bulletin (Bend). 31 March 2004. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Adelbert von Deyen (9 September 2007). "Verstorbene Musiker". Music4Fun.com (in German). Retrieved 28 September 2013.