Mike Clay has been playing space music since the 1970’s when he bought his first synthesizer – an Octave Cat. His music is influenced by the early European electronic music pioneers Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze and by newer musicians such as Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Jim Ottaway and Craig Padilla.
Mike has released albums starting in 1983 when Rainbow Voyagers was released with Tom Moore under the name of Crystal. In the mid 80’s Mike released 3 cassette albums under the name Star Zeit.
For 30 years Mike taught as a chemistry and computer science professor at the College of San Mateo near San Francisco. During this time Mike did video projections for the underground parties in and around San Francisco especially during the height of the rave scene in the 90’s. On occasions he performed in chill rooms and at various underground venues in the San Francisco Bay area. Mike has also played live music for various yoga classes in both Phoenix and the Bay Area of San Francisco.
Currently retired from teaching and returning to his roots, Mike is releasing a new album with Tom Moore – 37 years after the first Crystal album. Mike is also preparing a new solo album in his Dreaming Sun recording studio on Maui.
Most of his current music is meditative in nature and is an exploration of various states of mind. Mike considers his music to be soundtracks for inner journeys – imaginary journeys into positive mind states and dreams.