Index

 

An Elm (Germany)

A Nightmare, An Elm Street (2013) (S)
Coldness Remains (2015)

Synthesizer tracks inspired by vintage horror scores.

 


Anache, Damian (Argentina)

Capturas del Unico Camino (2014)

Electroacoustic composer. Capturas... is a sparse, abstract work, with shades of Brian Eno, Roedelius and Invisible Connections by Vangelis.

 


Analog Roland Orchestra, The (Germany)

1984 & 1997 (2011) (S)
Dinsync (2015)

Deep techno / house producer from Berlin (real name - Michal Matlak). Of interest: the first side of the 1984 & 1997 single and several tracks off Dinsync. The rest is not prog EM.

 


Analog Sweden (Sweden)

Moments Lost (2014)

Music inspired by "Blade Runner" movie from the duo of Fredrik Segerfalk and Per Ronge. Yamaha CS-80 is featured prominently here.

 


Analog Synthesizer Ensemble, The (USA)

Center of the Universe (2007)
Invisible In-Betweeners (2007)
Stoned Space Jams (2007)

The Analog Synthesizer Ensemble consists of Hal McGee, Brandon Abell, Jay Peele and Jen Abell, all playing analogue synths exclusively to create noisy, raw and spaced-out textures.

See also: McGee, Hal

 


Analogs of Morningside (USA??)

Analogs of Morningside (1989)

Alistair Mackenzie Macfarlane and Zackary Alecsandyr.

 


Analogue Kid (UK)

Live Science (2010)

Melodic and ambient Electronic Music.

 


Analysis (UK)

Surface Tension / Connections (1981) (S)

Two instrumental electronic tracks by this new wave / synth-pop outfit (David Rome and Martin Lloyd). Not sure it fits in stylistically, though, as it might as well be a mere dance crowd pleaser.

 


Anam Cara (Germany)

Celtic Wintersilence (1997)
Passion (1998)
Embracing Winds of Akash (2001)
Canhywallan Cyrth - The Everlasting Flame (2004)
Dunmore (2004) (S)

Ambient soundscapes from this German duo.

See also: Grassow, Mathias, Alien Nature.

 


Anapthergal (Finland)

Alghoulist Aproteasis Impair.Log .896 (1998) (S)
Complectus Misanthropologos (1998)
An Intracranial Disclosure (2000)
Luonnonjärjestyksen Muistolle (2001)
Aaria Kuolemasta (2006)

Mysterious Ambient with forest atmospheres.

 


Anar Band (Portugal)

Anar Band (1977)

Improvisational duo of pre-Telectu Jorge Lima Barreto and Rui Reininho. Nothing easy-listening here but fans of Experimental EM may check this out.

 


Anata (Thailand)

Soulless (??)

This seems to be a rare LP with Electronic Music issued in Thailand.

 


Ancestral Voices (UK)

Night of Visions (2015)

Manchester-based techno / dubstep producer Liam Blackburn opens a new chapter with Night Visions, released under the Ancestral Voices moniker. The music is slow, still with plently of bass sounds and broken beats. However, the real cream are the ambient tracks. Stuff like "Rebirth And Dissolution" or "Sleepless Night, First Light" will please all fans of the more dramatic Ambient (not the wallpaper type) or even darker forms of Space Music. Would be interesting to see him moving further into that direction. File under EM-related.

 


Ancient Mind (Switzerland)

Dreams From the Blue Planet (1996)

Ancient Mind is Stefan Wiesendanger who was born in 1977 and soon after discovering the music of Jean-Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream started composing his own tracks where melody and atmosphere were the two key elements.

 


Ancient Ocean (USA)

I (2010)
Nico (2011) (S)
Through the Fear of Aging (2014) (S)
Wien (2014)
Blood Moon (2015)

Ancient Ocean is John Bohannon. Music ranges from guitar drones to very nice cosmic synthiness. Apart from these albums there are also splits with Expo 70 and Andrew Weathers.

 


Ancient Oscillator (USA)

The Lillerne Tape (2016)

Liquid and sequential modular synth compositions. Ancient Oscillator is Kyle Garrison.

 


Ancient Technology Cult (UK)

Sacred Engines (2001)
Transfiguration (2001)
Decencus Ad Inferos (2003)
Architects of Heresy (2004)
One Amongst the Fallen (2005)
The Distant Light (2008)

One of Jim Kirkwood’s pseudonyms.

See also: Kirkwood, Jim, Lucifaere, Section 37, Violence In Eden, Emerald Eye.

 


Anders Jørgenson (Germany)

Greatest Hits (2015)

Not a name, but rather a project of Jörg Erren (Erren, Fleissig, Schöttler, Steffen, Von Hallgath) and Andreas Kleinwächter. Rhythmic, improvised, sequence-full music in New Berlin School style.

 


Andersen, Tony (Denmark)

Horizon (1989)
Offshore Destination (1995)
The Sky Lab Tracks (2001)

Analog music in Tangerine Dream / Vangelis style. Tony Andersen started playing organ in the 1970's. Around 1981 he heard Tangerine Dream's Exit and this changed his music preferences forever. After parents bought him his first synthesizer (a Multivox) he started to combine this instrument with his organ playing to produce flowing electronic tracks. In 1986, Tony managed to expand his setup and acquired more synthesizers. By that time, his style had fully developed into a rhythmic, sequencer-based type, strongly influenced by classic Tangerine Dream. The first MC came out in 1989. Offshore Destination followed in 1995 and then The Sky Lab Tracks (2001) which was a sampler of previously unreleased material.

See also: Navigator

 


Anderson, Jon (UK)

Olias of Sunhillow (1976)
Song of Seven (1980)

Famous Yes singer. Jon Anderson is probably best known to Electronic Music listeners for his collaborations with Vangelis. He also sings on Kitaro’s 1992 album Dream. Of his solo works, the 1976 album Olias of Sunhillow may be interesting for EM aficionados.

See also: Jon & Vangelis.

 


Andersson, Åke & Honkanen, Antero (Finland)

Reidarin sähköiset kuvat (1977)

Rare album on Love Records subtitled "Electronic music about paintings by Reidar Särestöniemi". Composed and created at the Finnish national broadcasting studio.

 


Andersson, Peter (Sweden)

Music For Film And Exhibition (2007) (recorded in 1999 - 2006)
A Moving Likeness of Eternity (2009) (with Lars Johnsson)
Sculpturing Time Fragments (2010)
Music For Film And Exhibition II (2010)
Music For Film And Exhibition I & Natura Fluxus (2011)
Music For Film And Exhibition 3 (2013) (recorded in 2007 - 2013)

See also: Raison d'Etre, Bocksholm, Necrophorus, Nymph Faithest, Atomine Elektrine.

 


André, Dominique (France)

Evasion (197?)

A rare library release, Dominique André's Evasion is supposedly from 1976. It features short and some longer tracks more or less in the style of Cluster's Sowiesoso - floating synths, guitars, odd noises, some ethnic touches...

 


Andreas, Ludger (Germany)

Harmonies II (1986)

 


Andreasson, Per (Sweden)

Mr. Gizmo (1982)

 


Andreolina (Italy)

An Island In the Moon (1990)

Synth duo of Pier Luigi Andreoni and Silvio Linardi. Somewhat Idustrial-like and a bit experimental music recorded with Riccardo Sinigaglia as guest.

 


Andrew, Dennis (USA)

Concepts (1985)
Reflections (1986)
Quest (1987)
Visions (1988)
Sojourn (1989)
Pulse (1991)
In Between the Comfort Zone (1996)
Archives (2002)

Dennis Andrew (Dennis Young) is a marimba player / drummer of NYC-based Liquid Liquid. He is also a solo synthesist with a 1970's-influenced analog style. His albums are private cassette releases.

See also: Young, Dennis

 


Andrews, Guy (UK)

Our Spaces (2016)
Needle Six (2016) (with Masayoshi Fujita)

Techno producer with some EM-related works to his credit. Our Spaces is a mixture of (sometimes hard-edged) techno and more elaborate, definitely progressive, although difficult to describe, sound. Needle Six is an ambient collaboration with chromatic percussion player Masayoshi Fujita).

 


Andrews, Jack (USA)

Electrokinesis (2007)
Consciousness Evolving (2008)

Diverse electronic compositions from this musician and graphic designer from Tucson, Arizona.

 


Andrews, Michael (USA)

Donnie Darko (2001) (soundtrack)

Ethereal soundtrack music, with piano, minimoog, mellotron, vocoder and a couple of other instruments. It features a Tears For Fears cover (in two versions) but the rest is original material. Michael Andrews is known mainly as a guitar player but the director did not want any guitars in the movie, hence we have this atmospheric music played on keyboards by someone who never played keyboards before. The score was fairly popular after its release, mainly due to the Tears For Fears cover song (performed by an old friend Gary Jules).

 


Andrews, Mike (Netherlands)

Project Zero (1999)
Synthopia (2000)
Neon Dreams (2001)
Science & Fiction (2002)
Tides of Time (2002)
E=Motion (2002)
2019 (2003)
Slaves To the Machines (2003)
Universe of Love (2005)
Hand On String (2006)
Serve Chilled (2009)

Vangelis / Jarre copyist. The music is very well done but very derivative.

 


Andrews, Robert (UK)

A Collection of Musical Curios (1982)
Schittinee (1983)
Man of Sinistra (1984)
Cumulo (1984)
The Tourniquet (1986)
Mute (1987)
Obligate Anaerobes (1988)
Harvesting the Winter Beat (1989)
Live (1989)
Music For Compilations (1991)
In Concert (1992)
On Stage (1993)
An Amnesty For Bonny Things On Sunny Days (2000)
The Host (2002)

Solo cassettes and CD's by member of The Land of Yrx. The first album features one side of guitar dominated music and another full of sequencer experiments. Dave Gate appears during these sessions, along with the other usual LOY collaborators. It should be noted that Rob's music was becoming more and more acoustic with the passage of time, with Mute being the first one where the experimental / electronic element did not play that much of a role. However, this brief diversion was stopped with Obligate Anaerobes - a very electronic-oriented effort. Surprisingly, Andrew Pinches appears on Harvesting the Winter Beat and Live (rhymes with "give"). This collaboration continued with Rob releasing a couple of cassettes (in 1991 and 1996 respectively) that featured solo tracks from Rob as well as those of Andy Pinches, Barry Christian, Steve Hillman and Kevin O'Neill. They are not included in the discographies of respective artists as they are basically just samplers and not albums. Rob's later CD releases on Cyclops label are either pastoral (An Amnesty...) or rocking (The Host) and are far less electronic.

 See also: Land of Yrx, Aerie.

 


Andrieş, Alexandru (Romania)

Ungra (1996) (with Georg Torz)

Romanian singer-songwriter. This album is supposedly in relaxing EM mould, though. Further investigation is needed.

 


Andriessen, Jurriaan (Netherlands)

The Awakening Dream (1977)
Hardware Software (1978)
A Knight At the Theatre (1981)
Portret van Hedwig (1983)

Juriaan Andriessen is a brother of academic / avant-garde composer Louis Andriessen. He didn't follow his brother's steps, instead releasing several unusual electronic prog albums.

 


Android (USA)

In Tune With Tomorrow (1982)

This album mixes rhythmic sequences with lots of vocoder voices, somewhat between Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream. Rare.

 


Andromeda Spiral (???)

Paranoya (??)

 


Anduin (USA)

Forever Waiting (2008)
The River's Path (2008) (S)
Abandoned In Sleep (2009)
Black River (2009) (S) (with Svarte Greiner)
The bending of Light (2009) (with Jasper TX)
XXVII (2011)
Stolen Years (2012)
Richmond Tape Club Volume Four (2013) (S)
Richmond Tape Club Volume 4B (2014) (S)
Last Days of Montrose House (2015) (S)

Dark Ambient from Jonathan Lee, sometimes with an analogue feel.

 


Andy & Zeus (USA)

Andy & Zeus (2010) (S)
Tales of Power (2012)

Cluster-inspired kraut / electronic duo of Andy Plovnick (of Astronaut fame) and Zachary Wilson aka Zeus.

 


Andymian (Poland)

Archipelag Wyobrazni (2002)
In the Garden of the Rainy King (2005)
Scarecrow Passion of Survival (2007)
Tysiące Wigilii - Kolędy Polskie (2008)
The Lords And the Paupers (2009)
Bezsennosc Aniola / Spirit - Escape From Civilization (2010)
Atlantis - Ladna dla Nieba (2013)
Anlantis - Journey To the Abyss of Time (2013)

Electronics by Andrzej Mierzynski. The style is halfway between Ambient and melodic Electronic Music.

 


Angel Dust (USA)

Enabler (2015)
Rush (2016)
Surrounding (2016) (S)

Ambient project of Kenny Rakentine.

 


Angel of Decay (USA)

Covered In Scars (2005)

Dark Ambient drone from Jonathan Canady made on analogue keyboards.

 


Angel Provocateur (USA)

Angel Provocateur (1998)
Stars Below (2000)
Cloud Street (2003)

Once again we are confronted with a Mauve Sideshow offshoot. Once again we find ethereal and at times ghostly female voice and once again we hear electronics and tons of mellotron from Dusty Lee.

See also: Mauve Sideshow, Blessed Oblivion, Steeple of Fyre, Thistle, Minus Infinity, Mistress of Strands, Torn Curtain, Kangaroo Kourt.

 


Angelo, Rob (UK)

Astronomie (2016)

Well, one thing you don't expect is an ambient / EM / Space Music album from ex-guitarist of Iron Maiden and Praying Mantis. However, Rob Angelo's Astronomie suite is exactly that.

 


Angelo Taylor (Russia)

Other Worlds (1993)
Shambala (1993)
Zvyozdnyi Put' Shambaly (1994)
Doliny Shambaly (1996)
Planetary System (1998)
Chronos - Out of Time (1999)
Breath of Silence (2002)
Alone In the Universe (2006)

Born in Nalchik in 1973, Angelo Taylor (real name - Andrzej Kravtsov) started to take some interest in Electronic Music by the late 1980's. Inspired by the melodic sounds of Jean-Michel Jarre and Kitaro, he started creating his own synthesizer compositions, first as part of the duo Zov Kosmosa (later renamed to Aura) and then as a solo artist.

See also: Aura

 


Angipatch (France)

Star (1982) (S)

A single with Electronic Music by this French theatrical prog band. The B side is "Le Voyage".

 


Änglagård (Sweden)

Hybris (1992)
Epilog (1994)
Buried Alive (1996) (recorded in 1994)
Viljans öga (2012)

I know I'm stretching the definition of EM here. Yes, right. But even if its not your typical electronic stuff and sits more comfortably next to the "progrock" releases, these are still great albums of instrumental electronic rock. The music has some resemblances to Schicke, Fuhrs & Frohling, but also to many other classic symphonic rock bands, with a unique "Anglagard" touch, of course. Very pastoral, flowing, mellotron-drenched instrumentals that can get it overdone sometimes but are generally a low-key affair.

See also: Molesome

 


Angling Loser, The (UK)

Author of the Twilight (2013)
Arena of Apprehension (2016)

Ambient duo of Lee Norris and Sir Cliff. Gentle guitar strumming and electronics. The second CD of Author of the Twilight contains remixes by other ambient artists.

See also: Ashtoreth's Gate, Ashes of Piemonte, Autumn of Communion, Abandoned Communities, Moss Garden.

 


Anibaldi, Leo (Italy)

Muta (1993)
94 - 96 (2016)

Italian techno producer born in 1972. A collector of analog instruments, he would sometimes venture into deeper, beatless realms, one of his best ambient outings being the long second track from Muta. File under EM-related.

 


Animobo (Sweden)

Nocturnes (1999)
Solitudes (2001)

Melodic EM with a romantic flair by Michael Eriksson.

 


Anirálfs (Russia)

Failure (2016)

Moscow-based Drone Ambient project of Sergey Tikhonov.

 


Aniveuxlet (USA)

Aniveuxlet (2015)

Dark Ambient with more or less a classic sound from Mark Thomas Sorrentino II out of Dallas.

 


Anna Sjalv Tredje (Sweden)

Tussilago Fanfara (1977)

Swedish electronic duo. Anna Sjaelv Tredje were Mikael Bojen and Ingemar Ljungstrom. The music is very much in the Klaus Schulze vein. This album was re-released in 2014 on Mellotron Records.

See also: Cosmic Overdose

 


Annapurna Illusion (France)

Heat of the Fire, Heat of the Sun (2008)
Matins of the Twelve Passion (2009)
Annapurna Illusion (2010) (S)
Aristoteles (2010)
The Fifth Veda (2010)
Dance of the Mesozoic (2010)
Life Is An Illusion (2011)

A project obviously inspired by "kosmische musik" pioneers like Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus Schulze, Harmonia etc. A mixture of guitars and electronics from Maxime Primault.

See also: Black Zone Myth Chant

 


Anno Luz (Brazil)

Anno Luz (1987)

Electronic Music in the vein of Tangerine Dream or early Neuronium. Anno Luz are Paulo Loureiro and Guilherme Orcutt.

 


Anode (USA)

Early Tapeworm (1975)
Floyd Cramer's Hall of Gold (1975)
I Can't Even Remember Her Name (1976)
A Month of the Day (1976)
Patternale (1976)
Music For the Deaf (1977)
Collapse of A System of Details (1977)
Roll Back To Zero (1978)
Low Key (1978)
Precious Episodes (1978)
The Faces of Memory (1978)

Minimal Spirits (1978)
The Acerbic Iconoclast (1979)
Downtime (1979)
Anode (1979)
Going To Vertical (1980)
Kinetic Experiments (1981) (recorded in 1974 - 1979)
The Bovine Medusa (1981)
Electro-Acoustic Music (1999)
Nittitunes 5 (2000)
Nittitunes 6 (2001)
Jupiter Maps (2003)
Music of Absolute Stillness (2004)
Peter Tipsy (2005)
Slippery Music (2005)
Detail Figures (2006)
Muscle Memory (2009)

Robert Carlberg has been dabbling with experimental music under the Anode moniker since 1972. He used tapes, field recordings, processing, early electronics and so on. He then went on to found a newsletter for electronic musicians called "SYNEX". He also wrote a monthly column for Electronic Musician Magazine. I am not sure how much of his output could be qualified as Prog EM. Supposedly, in the latter stages of the initial phase of Anode, the project acquired a group format with Carlberg recruiting James Keller and Charles Bronson. There is supposed to exist some Tangerine Dream-styled material from that time. Robert Carlberg is a representative of cassette DIY culture in the USA and is also known for his huge "Urban Soundscape" series of albums that contain only field recordings (not included in the discography). Kerry Leimer plays synthesizer on a lot of the early Anode productions.

 


Anomalous Disturbances (Canada)

The Spirit Molecule (2002)
HovR (2003)
Archive One (2004)
Portent (2004) (S)
Sadu Live (2006) (with Sylken and URM)
Archive Two (2009) (recorded in 2001 - 2008)
Inside (2009)
Archive Three (2014) (recorded in 2007 and 2008)

AD is Terry O'Brien, electronic musician living in Vancouver, Canada. Both albums contain great Ambient compositions and if you love the genre - be sure to check out Anomalous Disturbances! Despite the fact that the name of the project suggests something quite dark and spooky, the music is by no means Dark Ambient. In fact, on each album you will find only one track that can be considered Dark Ambient ("Disneyland of the Gods" from The Spirit Molecule and "Ploughing the Clouds" from HovR. Ok, the initial part of "Strange Fruit" is also dark). The mentioned tracks are done in the classic tradition of musicians like Lustmord. The rest of the music is not dark at all, although very atmospheric, at times comparable to some Steve Roach, or even Brian Eno. Pretty original Ambient stuff and comes as recommended.

See also: SADU

 


Anonymous Query (USA)

Polski Acid (2014)
Pineal Transmissions Pt. 1 (2015)

Dark, resonant, electronic soundworlds.

 


Anosphere (Switzerland)

Field of Mutants (2007)
Timetraveller (2007)
Nation of Love (2009)
One And All (2011)
Flight To Planet 5 (2014)

Offering a different perspective on the classic space disco (sometimes also called spacesynth) sound, Field of Mutants features slower tracks than what this genre is known for. Anosphere is the project of Swiss musician Stefan Bieri, who had previously contributed material to several volumes of "Synthesizer Dance" sampler.

 


Another Green World (UK)

My Dreams In Your Hands (1984)
Boondocks (1988)
Adjusting the Mirror (1992)
Invisible Landscape (1996)

Psychedelic project formed by Paul Chousmer (keyboards, instruments) and Dan Carpenter (sax). They played in chillout zones of various clubs. Some nice ambient and / or cosmic stuff here.

 


Another Neglected Hobby (USA)

Remainders I (2016)

Missouri-based ambient artist Mark Cotton, whose releases to date have been mostly digital-only.

 


Anoxie (France)

Pastales (1997) (recorded in ??)

Anoxie was formed by synthesist Pascal Lachaize and he is helped by a cast of musicians on this release (Thierry Sportouche, Bernard Riboulet, Laurent Roche, Remy Soriano and Lionel Gibaudan). Pastales is more or less a collection of demos. The date of recording is not clear. Some sources say the music is from 1973 but I'm not positive. The information on the back sleeve also suggests otherwise (according to the source, Anoxie was formed in the 1980's). The production is not so great but is ok for a demo record. Take out the vocals and the rock instrumentation and you will have a CD-single-length album with several completely electronic pieces that sound like old Tangerine Dream sometimes.

 


Anschluss (USA)

Five Parts of 0 (1985)
The Mobile Plumb Bob (1986)
Flame du Tort (??)

Experimental synth / rock duo of Rick Vrable and Scott Foust from Pennsylvalia that released a few albums privately. Has been compared to White Noise (Electric Storm).

 


Antalio (Russia)

Cosmic Nostalgie (2011)
Precious Pressures (2012)
US/SU (2012)
Neo (2012)
Heritage (2013)
LaSerpentina (2013)

Anton Talnov.

 


Antanas (Serbia)

Egregore (1992)
Terra Orthodoxa (1993)
Tribal Art (1997)
Magellan (2006)

Antanas is Nenad Antanasijevic from Belgrade. His music combines elements of Ambient, melodic Electronic Music and environmental sounds.

 


Antendex (Hungary)

Ask the River (2012)
Altered November (2013)
Windchill (2015)

If you like Classic Ambient of artists like Brian Eno and Harold Budd (lots of piano), and especially the classical / Ambient hybrids of Tim Story, be sure to check the work of Tamás Olejnik aka Antendex (also known under various other psedonyms). Piano, cellos, electronics and field recordings.

 


Antenna 10 (USA)

The Ultra Soothing Sounds of the Alien Astronaut's Arpeggiator (2003)

Ambient, Space Music.

 


Anthares (Germany)

Carina Cygnus (1987)
Areas (1990)
Timewindows (1994)
Periods (1997)

Alfred Göbel.

 


Anthares (Poland)

Poczatki (1999)
Between Heart And Mind (2004) (recorded in 1998 - 2004)

Anthares is Polish synthesist Jacek Wisniewski, who makes rhythmic and melodic, Jarre-influenced music. Jacek started composing during the 1990's, first with a computer and then with hardware synths.

 


Anthéne (Canada)

Repose (2015)
Aurora (2016) (S)

Toronto-based ambient artist Brad Deschamps who uses guitar, synths and melodica.

 


Anthesteria (Russia)

Beyond Nimbostratus (2003)
I Killed (2004) (S)
Nebesnaya (2005)
Phobos 1953 (2010) (soundtrack)

Dark / Medieval Ambient.

 


Anthony, Paul (UK)

City of Wire (1999)

One of the lesser known British musicians. The music is very dynamic and melodic with strong themes. Hints of Jarre and, especially, Robert Schroeder. He has released only one album so far.

 


Antibreak (USA)

Eleven Shades of Night (2010)
Advent Star (2013)

Although known mainly for techno / IDM music, Zach Ronstadt aka Antibreak was also heavily influenced by film scores which gives a certain visuality and progressive quality to much of his work. It's still not something for EM purists for sure but the influence is there.

 


Antiklimax (France)

Plus Loin vers l'Est (2006)
Aurora Polaris (2008)
360 Degrees (2009)
Green Largo (2011)

French artist (real name: Vincent Benesy), strongly influenced by the Berlin School of Electronic Music. His music is released on Musea's sublabel "Dreaming".

 


AntiZycle (Germany)

No Light (2001)

Ambient soundscapes, a bit dark.

 


Antone (UK)

In the Underground (1989)

Experimental electronic band consisting of people who call themselves Anton, Zazas, Penga and Electronique.

See also: Penga

 


Antonin Pagaille (Denmark)

Variations sur le Bonheur (2011)

Diverse analogue synth music, from noisy to cosmic, experimental and ambient.

 


Antonini, Vincent Gabriel (USA)

Unforeseen (2002)

Ambient artist whose album sounds like a mixture of Tim Story and Robert Rich styles, with synth, some acoustic instruments and concrete sounds.

 


Antonius Rex (Italy)

Neque Semper Arcum Tendit Rex (1974)
Anno Demoni (1975)
Zora (1977)
Ralefun (1978)
Praeternatural (1980)
Magic Ritual (2004)
Switch On Dark (2006)
Per Viam (2009)
H.D. (2012)
Hystero Demonopathy (2013)

This is indeed a later incarnation of Jacula, with Doris Norton handling the synth chores. It's dark and doomy e-prog. Comparisons: think a mixture of Jacula, some Floyd, dark Tangerine Dream (circa Sorcerer) and Goblin. Not for the average synth fan, of course. Especially when there are also some vocals (mostly spoken or whispered voices sinked in reverb, but some singing, too).

See also: Jacula, Norton, Doris.

 


Antrilon (USA)

Mind Erase (2008)

Antrilon is Greg Kozlowski who is known for his spacey guitar contributions to the music of Architectural Metaphor and Secret Saucer. Here, he presents abstract electronic soundscapes, done in real time on analogue modular synthesizers. Some of the pieces are totally formless, others slightly melodic. It will appeal to fans of Experimental EM and 1960's sci-fi soundtracks.

 


Anubian Lights (UK)

The Eternal Sky (1995)
Let Not the Flame Die Out (1998)
Live With Nik Turner (1999)
Naz Bar (2001)
Brainsquid (2002)
Crippled Dick Hot Wax (2002)
Phantascope (2004)
Distant Beacons: Unreleased Tracks & Rarities 2002 - 2011 (2011)

Should this be here? I say yes. Even if it's not always and completely electronic, the music has been described numerous times as a mixture of Hawkwind and Tangerine Dream. Anubian Lights are Adele Bertei, Tommy Grenas and Len Del Rio.

See also: Nik Turner's Sphynx, House, Simon.

 


Anzai, Fumitaka (Japan)

Juma Densetsu (1982)
Fly To the Future (1985)
Itihasa (1988)
Best In the 80's (1995) (recorded in ??)
Kyrie Canto Cybernetico (1999)
God Mars (??) (soundtrack)
Exclusive Sequences (2001)
Silent Night (??)
Mission Asteroid (??)
Iti Harsa (??)

Japanese cartoon music writer and owner of Anz's synth museum. Analogue electronics with some progrock tendencies (made with piano, synths, mellotron...). Interestingly enough, Kyrie Canto Cybernetico combines Electronic Music with female operatic vocals. You think it won't work? Well, it does in this case!

 


Anzelm Zukrowsky, Marek (Sweden)

Tät A Tät (1986)

The name of the artist sounds Polish to me. However, his cassette was released on a Swedish label, the titles are in Swedish too and apart from his name, there's no evidence whatsoever that the artist is actually from Poland. Melodic, tuneful music, a bit influenced by minimal synth, but also by prog EM. Alternatively melodic, rhythmic (with drum machines) and ambient or experimental.

 


Aoyama, Michiru (Japan)

About Alice (2012)
The Sound Is Shining (2013)
Warm Season (2014)
In A Dream (2015)

Ambient musician from Japan with a shimmering sound.

 


Apeiron (Germany)

Circuit (1989)
Twilight People (1991)
Imagic (1993)
Originell (1994)
Mirror Images (2001) (with Vasudeva)

Apeiron is Andreas (formerly Konrad) Prinz. Melodic and rhythmic EM. Hints of the great masters are here, and the blend of these influences is very pleasant. Mirror Images is more ethnic sounding. Unfortunately, Andreas Prinz has abandoned music making completely after Mirror Images was released (or maybe even before that?).

 


Aperus (USA)

Tumbleweed Obfuscated By Camera Failure (2003)
Hinterland (2004) (EP)
Ecotone (2013) (with James Johnson)

Ambient / soundscapes by one Brian McWilliams.

See also: Remanence

 


Aphrodite’s Child (Greece)

666 (1972)

Aphrodite’s Child is a ‘progressive rock’ band formed in the 60’s. It included Vangelis and his long-time friend Demis Roussos. The early albums actually have nothing to do with Electronic Music, as it is simple pop-rock music with maybe occasional progressive touches and romantic (usually) lyrics. The most experimental album is 1972’s ‘666’. It was also their last one. On this record Vangelis is already showing his talent as a keyboardist and a few electronic manipulations are also involved. Hints of the famous sound that eventually would be born out of Vangelis’ studio/laboratory can already be noticed. Recommended for Vangelis completists and for those who are curious as to how he has arrived to his famous electronic sound.

See also: Vangelis

 


Apiary, The (USA)

Descent (1997)
Sketches (??)

Ambient comparable to Robert Rich by Michael Bentley (aka eM, aka Mollusk).

See also: eM, Mollusk, Rhomb.

 


Apócrýphos (USA)

The Prisoners Cinema (2015)
Onyx (2015) (with Kammarheit and Atrium Carceri)

Dark Ambient from Robert C. Kozletsky.

See also: Psychomanteum

 


ApollyoN (UK)

Iscariot (??)
Strychnine (??)
Embracing the Shadows of Self-Doubt (2001)
Veror Aesik (2004)

ApollyoN is UK Ambient musician Roy Nash.

 


Apoptose (Germany)

Nordland (2000)
Bluetopfer (2002)
Schattenmadchen (2007)
Warrior Creed (2008) (with Joy of Life)
Bannwald (2010)
Ana Liil (2014)

One-man project by a guy that goes by the name Rüdiger. The music ranges from pure Dark Ambient, to Martial Ambient (Bluetopfer), ambience with spoken words (Schattenmadchen) and something quite intense, melodic and symphonic.

 


Apprentice Destroyer (USA)

Glass Ceiling Universe (2015)

San Francisco-based multi-instrumentalist with his own vision of kraut-influenced composition. Ranges from guitar-heavy motorik excursions to glitchy experimental stuff, to nice and warm analog electronics with hyperactive sequencer runs.

 


AQi Fzono (Japan)

Phosphorescence (1988)
Echoes (1990)
Ruins (1993)
Cathedral (1995)
Cosmology (1998)
Chronicle (2003)

This Japanese artist fuses several styles together and mostly creates rather pompous and over-the-top compositions where one can hear influences of symphonic music, progressive rock, melodic Electronic Music of artists like Jean-Michel Jarre and trance / dance music. I am sure at least some of it will appeal to fans of Jarre and Oldfield. He calls his music "symphonic techno" but it's not like he is part of the techno scene or culture, except maybe for Aurora Heads - a band AQi Fzono was involved in prior to starting his solo career. The first solo album was released under the pseudonym "Siamese Twin".

 


Aqmoolator (Poland)

Jutro Bedzie Lepiej (2007)

Melodic music in the tradition of Jean-Michel Jarre and Marek Bilinski.

 


Aqua Dorsa (Italy)

Cloudlands (2009)
The November Earth (2013)

Ambient duo of Gianluigi Gasparetti and experimental guitar player Enrico Coniglio.

See also: Oophoi, Coniglio, Enrico.

 


Aquachill (France)

<> (2014)

Someone who calls himself Théo B. (from Rennes) creates shimmering, cosmic, relaxing dreamscapes.

 


Aquarius (Germany)

Recalls & Illusions (1994)

Soft, melodic, almost melanchonic electronics from member of Nautilus.

See also: Weiden, Ralph, Nautilus.

 


Aquavoice (Poland)

Water Music (2001)
Sound Chaser (2002)
Virus (2003)
Dream Designer (2003)
Electronic Music (2004)
I Remember Berlin (2006)
Cold (2008)
Memories (2009)
Grey (2013)
Nocturne (2014)

Music In Berlin / melodic Jarre style by Tadeusz Łuczejko. The project was formed in 1996 as a duo with Piotr Woltynski. After a while, Tadeusz went solo under the same name.

 


Aqueous (UK)

Tall Cloudtrees Falling (1995)
Meeting the Magus (1997) (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius)
Entertaining Angels (1998)
Arcadia (2009)

Ambient duo of Andy Heath and Felix Jay heavily influenced by Cluster and, especially, Hans-Joachim Roedelius' solo work.

See also: Heath, Andy

 


Arabi, Osman (Lebanon)

Burning Sigils (2008)

Dark soundscapes.

See also: Seeker

 


Aragües, Tomas (Spain)

Elektronikan (1975)

More a curiosity than anything else, this album features Basque folk songs arranged for synthesizer.

 


Aran Elda (France)

Isilme Ilrealasse (2004)

Relaxing Ambient and keyboard music in sedate Burzum vein. A limited edition tape that clocks at 38 minutes.

 


Arandel (France)

Solarispellis (2014)
Umbrapellis (2015)

Hard to describe the sound of Arandel. He is a techno / "electronica" producer first and foremost, but he loves his analog synths and draws inspiration from generations of electronic artists, starting from the 1960's and well into the new century. File under EM-related.

 


Arbex, Fernando (Spain)

El Caballero del Arco Iris (1981)

Solo album by this late artist (who used to live in Madrid) and ex-member of Los Brincos, Alacran and Barrabas. This album contains music for ballet and marries symphonic and electronic music. It starts in the electronic mode then goes to full-on symphonic, only to return to electronic sequences near the end.

See also: Dawn, The

 


Arbre du Ténéré (Italy)

La Pelle del Fantasma (2015)
Quando Gli Uomini Adoravano la Luna (2016)

Interesting Italian duo between free improvisation, psychedelia and Ambient, with strong kraut influences.

 


Arbre Noir (Germany)

Moments (1998)
Beyond (2000)
Live (2000)
Traveller (2001) (with Polygon)
Serpent (2002)
Roam (2004)
Madurai (2006)

This is Tribal Ambient music in early 90's Roach realms. Fans of the American synthesist are recommended to check it out.

 


ARC (UK)

Octane (1998)
Radio Sputnik (2000)
Blaze (2003)
Arcturus (2005)
Fracture (2007)
Church (2010)
Umbra (2014)

Two well-known British synthesists Ian Boddy and Mark Shreeve collaborate under the name of ARC. Music of the duo is classic teutonic analog electronics. The emphasis is on sequences. Real fasten-your-seat-belts experience. Very good, indeed.

See also: Boddy, Ian, Shreeve, Mark.

 


Arcane (UK)

Gather Darkness (1999)
Future Wreck (2000)
Alterstill (2001)
33 1/3 RPM (2004)
Pulse (2007)
Tomorrow's Wasteland (2009)

Classic analog Berlin School EM by Paul Lawler (aka Max van Richter). Tangerine Dream from early eighties comes to mind immediately. It is said to be quite good, but to my mind it lacks originality.

See also: Lawler, Paul, Richter, Max van.

 


Arcane Device (USA)

Engines of Myth (1988)
100 Tapes Project (1988)
Improvisations (1988)
Feedback Music (1988)
Feedback Music II (1988)
Feedback In Turmoil (1989)
Half Live (1989)
Four (1989)
Fetish (1990) (with PGR)
Six (1990)
Also Sprach Zarathustra (1991)
Interstices (1992)
Diabolis Ex Machina (1992)
Arcane Device 6 + 4 (1993)
Trout (1993)
Envoi In Cumin (1993)
Dbl.Fdbk (1993) (with Asmus Tietchens)
Speiseleitung (1996) (with Asmus Tietchens)

Experimental, at times dark soundscapes by David Lee Myers from New York, USA. I've seen comparisons to subtle Vangelis circa Bladerunner. Not sure he should be in this encyclopedia, because he uses mainly feedback devices, not synths. Besides, he is known more as an industrial composer. Nevertheless, this Vangelis comparison made me leave him in. For now. But I'm still not certain. After 1996 or so, David proceeded to release albums under his own name.

 


Arcanum (Germany)

Alaska - Behind the White Sea (1996)
Klang-Raum-Wort (1996)
Man In the Mirror (1997)
The Ancient Saga (1999)
Das Labyrinth (2000)
Klang-Raum-Wort X (2004) (with friends)

Arcanum is German musician Bernd Franz Moritz Braun. Rhythmic Berlin style Electronic Music, but mostly rather laid-back. Actually, very convincing. Recommended for any EM fan, but those who hate electronics better look elsewhere. And stop reading this encyclopedia! :-)

 


Archaia (France)

Archaia (1977)

Heldon fans take note. Hard boiled mixture of Heldon / Magma influences resulting in an extremely intense and powerful brew.

 


Arche (Germany)

First Cause (2014)

Darkish ambient sounds from Berlin.

 


Architectural Metaphor (USA)

Odysseum Galacti (1994)
Creature of the Velvet Void (1997)

Space rock band from the USA consisting of Paul Eggleston, Bill Buitenhuys, Deb Young, Dave Gorrill, Pat Murphy and Andrea Aguayo. Apparently they mix space rock with some electronic stuff. Some examples of (primarily) electronic pieces by them are "Kairos" from Creature..., as well as the title track, "Cascading Foliage" and "Anu" from Osysseum Galacti. Further invenstigation is needed.

See also: Bionaut

 


Architectures (USA)

Textures 1 (2014)

Varied electronic compositions, mostly atmospheric but also with some pulses and rhythms.

See also: Hexagram, Cathedrals of Sound, Vapor State, A.V.P., Return To Titan, Sky People, The.

 


Architexture (UK)

Architexture (2003)

Architexture was formed in 2003 and consists of David Gurr (C.H.A.O.S., The Omega Syndicate - synths, samplers & sequencers) and Stuart Jackson (synths & rhythm machines). The music consists of mostly short melodic instrumentals influenced by Mind-Flux, Jarre, John Foxx and some others.

See also: C.H.A.O.S., The Omega Syndicate, Gurr, David.

 


Archon Orchestra (Russia)

Pong (2010)
Cenotaph (2013)

Minimalist and classically-inspired organ compositions bringing to mind some Terry Riley.

See also: Sphere Rex, Cyclotimia.

 


Archon Satani (Sweden)

Memento Mori (1991)
Virgin Birth (1991)
Beyond All Thee Sickness (1992)
Mind of Flesh And Bones (1993)
In Shelter (1993)
The Righteous Way To Completion (1997)
Of Gospels Lost And Forsaken (2002)

Quite legendary (in its own circles) Dark Ambient project from Sweden that was founded in 1990 by Tomas Pettersson and Mikael Stavostrand. Most of the time in the classic Dark Ambient mould ala Lustmord which means slowly morphing resonant structures, murky effects and low rumbles. At times approaches the territories of Black Ambient (in the more active moments) and Ritual Ambient (percussion!). Of Gospels Lost... is a compilation of their earlier material from the beginning of the 90's plus songs from the first LP.

See also: Desiderii Marginis, Inanna.

 


Ardley, Neil (UK)

Kaleidoscope of Rainbows (1976)
Belief 1 (1977)
Harmony of the Spheres (1978)
Leap In the Dark / Summer Ice (1979) (S)
Evocations of the Peak (1979)

Now let's see if we can find something of interest in the archives of this British jazz musician. Kaleidoscope of Rainbows is mostly normal jazz fusion, but the 1996 reissue of this work features a bonus in the form of "Intimate Vistas" - a 13-nimute electronic composition written by Ardley in 1980 together with Richard Burgess and "Refracted Rainbow" - a Zyklus' 1991 reworking of one of the album's original themes. Belief 1 is a 10-minute narration of poem by Patrick Huddie and Electronic Music. It's not officially released yet. Harmony of the Spheres is quite interesting fusion / synthesizer work and Evocations of the Peak is a 20-minute unreleased work for string quartet and synthesizers.

See also: Zyklus

 


Area 51 (Netherlands)

Jupiter Beyond (2004)
Message From Another Time (2005)

Michel van der Kuy and Rob van Eijk. Music in the style of Rygar and Laserdance.

See also: Rygar, Machinery of Life.

 


Arecibo (UK)

Trans Plutonian Transmissions (1994)

This is actually Lustmord's alter ego. Perhaps, the music was too active to be released under his own name.

See also: Lustmord

 


Arfeux, Marc-Henri (France)

Quintette Lumiere (2009)
Blossom (2010)
L'Atelier du Songe (2015)
Loire Abstraction (2015)

French painter who in his spare time paints with sound. He uses sampling and analogue instruments and the music is of an ambient nature, often with an experimental flair. Marc-Henri Arfeux is a member of Patchworkmusic - a loose collective of French musicians fascinated by the possibilities of electronic instruments.

 


Arfib, Daniel (France)

Musique Numerique (1981)

Although belonging to the academic world, computer music pioneer Daniel Arfib released this private LP with music that should be of some interest to EM fans. You can say where he is coming from, listening to all the beeps and bleeps but there are also some neat drones and unexpected surprises here that warrant a curious listening. Overall, it's one of the most listenable academic electronic albums and the one where the "prog" influence is clearly heard in the music (it could be a coincidence, though).

 


Argiope (Italy)

Death Ovary Traces (1994)
Noise Daylife (1994)
Sepulchre Womb (1995)
Original Waters (1995)

Alter ego of Italian synthesist who is known as 'Deca'. Music released under the "Argiope" moniker is pretty experimental.

See also: Deca

 


Argo (Lithuania)

Discophonia (1980)
Suiesa (1981)
Milzinkapis (1984)
Zeme L (1985)

This was marketed as "Electronic Music" during the Soviet era, but in fact it features a full-band line-up: guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, etc.. The usual stuff, you know. Some tracks on their first album sound pretty good and inventive. It is maybe somewhat similar to Zodiac, albeit more complex and progressive (i.e. closer to "true" EM). Surprisingly, the tracks become more interesting as the album progresses. Led by Giedrius Kuprevičius and Julius Vilnonis, Argo was born out of Kaunas Musical Theatre in Lithuania in 1979 and released three albums. Kuprevicius also released double solo LP in 1976 called Ugnies Medziokle. It's a musical that has nothing to do with EM.

See also: Kuprevičius, Giedrius

 


Argon (Finland)

Kone Kertoo (1981)

Ok, this is electropop. But even then, this duo of Pekka Tolonen and Seppo Parkkinen sounds so much like Kraftwerk, that their presense here is, I think, completely justified.

 


Ariel (Russia)

The Planet's Morning (1983)

Russian band and this album is supposedly a mixture of electronics and prog.

 


Ariisk (USA)

Mode Bionics (2016) (S)
Fatal Errors (2016)

Repetitive industrial rhythms, stark electronics, hypnotic, cold sequences. Semi-progressive sound from this artist out of California.

 


Aristeo (Mexico)

Iluminador (1979)
Monumento A La Razon (1985)
Sonidista (??)
El Botas (??)
Caballero Aguila (??)

Obscure Mexican electronic artist (real name - Heriberto Montes de Oca). Floating music that makes use of flute and synthesizers.

 


Arkha Nous (Mexico)

Tria (2009)

Arkha Nous is Rodolfo Garza from Monterrey who has collaborated with Jorge Reyes. His own compositions are melodic and accessible, somewhere between World Music and Ambient, with a touch of new age. Some tracks are rhythmic, others flowing and atmospheric.

 


Arkitekchur (USA)

Should (2003)

Brooklyn-based soundscape artist Joseph Lisciandro.

 


Arkkon (UK)

Arkkon (1995)
Rotunda (2000)
Live.Torino.Italia. 27.02.02 (2002)

Mostly Dark Ambient from David Knight.

See also: UnicaZürn

 


Arkle, Nick (UK)

Cloudhenge (1983)
Noon And Night (1985)

The first album is a cassette release.

 


Arktau Eos (Finland)

Mirrorion (2006)
Scorpion Milk (2006)
Ai Ma Ra (2009)
AE IV (2011) (S)
Ekwort (2012) (EP)
Unworeldes (2012)
Ioh-Maera (2012)

Ritual Ambient from Finland. Arktau Eos are Anti Ittna (Halo Manash, Aeoga, I.corax) and Antti Litmanen.

See also: Halo Manash, Aeoga, I'corax, Aural Holograms.

 


Armitage, Howard (UK)

Tranquil Water (2000)

Somewhat new agey, melodic electronics with lots of strings, pads and some piano. Fans of the gentle Vangelis may enjoy this. Howard Armitage seems to have released only this one album on EMMA label.

 


Arms Full of Sound (Canada)

Minework In G (2003)
Pieces of A Larger Experiment (2003)
Air Is the Means (2004)

Varied ambient electronic material.

 


Armstrong, Craig (UK)

Space Between Us (1997)
Kiss of the Dragon (2001) (soundtrack)

British composer born in 1959 in Glasgow, Scotland. It seems that he mainly composes music for films. Fittingly, Kiss of the Dragon is a soundtrack with a diverse style (there's some rhythmic and ethnic-spiced material, as well as ambient floaters), while Space Between Us is very symphonic.

 


Armstrong, John Allan (USA)

The Pinnacles of Trona (1978) (S)

Obscure single with one side of abstract electronics and another of Surf music ala The Beach Boys.

 


Arnaud, Jean-Philippe (France)

Selenium (1998)

Melodic, Vangelis-like.

 


Arnljótur (Iceland)

Línur (2014) (S)
Til Einskis (2015)

Arnljótur Sigurðsson plays bass in a reggae band Ojba Rasta. Curiously, as a solo artist he explores electronic territory with pulsing, experimental analogue sound, somewhat influenced by the German EM pioneers. This is especially true about Til Einskis. Línur is much more beepy and experimental.

 


Arno (Germany)

World of Dreams (1994)
Aquaphonia (1995)
Odes To the Wind (1996)
Every Moment Counts (1998)
Obsidian (2000)
Water Symphonies (2002)

This artist became known thanks to IC label promotion. His real name is Arno Höddinghaus. Rhythmic and melodic music. Water Symphonies is relaxing Ambient.

 


Aroeste, Enrique (Mexico)

Suite Espacial (1993)

Rare CD from this Mexican synthesist. Spacey.

 


Arp (USA)

4 Play (2005) (S)
In Light (2007)
The Soft Wave (2010)
Arp & Antony Moore (2010) (with Antony Moore)
Pastoral Symphony (2011) (S)
More (2013)
Pulsars e Quasars (2014) (S)

With a name like that and a very Harmonia-like cover of In Light you somehow know which road it's going to take and indeed, Alexis Georgopoulos (ex-The Alps), the man behind Arp who resides in San-Francisco, doesn't hide his influences, which include Cluster, Harmonia, Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, among others. Warm sound.

 


Arrocata (USA)

In the Distance (2006)
Not Far From Here (2006)
Desert Electric (2009)

Arrocata is the project of Robert Straub from Arizona, USA. He composes calm Ambient music with environmental sounds.

 


Arroniz (Mexico)

Contacto (2007)
Starchild (2008)

Arroniz is a Mexican synthesist (full name - Miguel Arroniz Castrillon). The album Contacto starts with a loop-based piece called "Los Elegidos". Quite a neurotic track, with upbeat rhythm and repeating melody, like a sonic illustration for a documentary about rush hours. The title track is next. It starts with deep growling synths and myesterious notes over a choir backdrop. Soon a dramatic theme is introduced. This is quite bombastic stuff. After a while the track gets more subtle, with various small splashes of melody and still quite manic sequencing. Reminds me on late 1980's Klaus Schulze style, but not quite. More sequences are added and it turns into a monster of a track, it's so rhythmically complex. Various sequences tend to some and go while the track maintains its aggressive, propulsive beat. Throughout the length of the composition, some short solos are used to great effect. The track ends with a growling synth pattern. "Shout Your Freedom" starts with a bass sequence to which a fast-paced rhythm is added. After a while a solo appears and dominates, without sounding upfront. Arabic scale is chosen, reminding on Schulze's playing on Body Love. "Raceway" is basically a techno number, with fast-paced rhythms and various sampled sounds arranged into sequenced structures. "Carminata Espacial" re-introduces Berlin School sequences, together with mysterious solos and various atmospheric / opressive sounds. After 5 minutes, a nice electric piano theme appears and serves as the conclusion for this busy number. "5000" is like being in a bazaar full of exotic spices. What we get basically is ethnic percussion and Arabic melodies. I suppose that's how Electronic Music for the Middle East should sound. Later in the track, a steady beat serves as the basis for the music. "Grita tu Libertad" has an almost dance quality to it, with a hot rhythm and sampled guitar. Doesn't sound like EM to me, but still a nice track. "Tierra de Dioses" starts with deep gong sounds, a tinkling bell sequence and dramatic string chords. A slow bass drum rhythm appears making the track sound like some music for a funeral procession. Soon a vocoded voice appears, while Arroniz improvises using bell-like timbre. The rhythm becomes more complex and the track more intense. More sequences are added, as well as a sampled electric guitar solo. The track ends in an over-the-top manner, like an overblown classical symphony would. Contacto is a diverse CD with a nice range of sounds and styles. There's also a hidden track here that I won't say anything about, except that it's great!

 


Ars Mundi (Spain)

Ars Mundi (1986)

Rhythmic, easy-listening, melodic music comparable to Tangerine Dream from around that time. A project of Julian Ruiz from Murcia.

 


Arsenal (Russia)

Second Wind (1985)
Pulse 3 (1986)

Melodic electronic instrumentals by this jazz-rock band led by sax player Alexey Kozlov. Pulse 3 was part of a series dedicated to sports.

See also: Kozlov, Alexey

 


Arszyla, Ed (USA??)

Imagery (1994)

Unique Ambient.

 


Art Forland (Germany)

Inner Circles (1992)
Hyper Spirit (1994)
Eiskalte Leidenschaften (1995)
Wege (1996) (with Fritz Schumacher)
Syrah Meets Ubar (1997)
Stations (??)

Experimental Ambient from German musician Hans Kraus-Hübner. Sometimes a bit similar to the more mysterious / dissonant Centrozoon works, sometimes more unique and / or melodic.

 


Art of Infinity (Germany)

New Horizon (2000)
Dimension Universe (2003)
Endless Future (2008)
Raumwerk (2012)

Cosmic Ambient / Space Music by Thorsten Sudler-Manz and Thorsten Rentsch. Beware the occasional vocals and Gregorian chant on their second album.

See also: Deep Imagination

 


Art & Technique (France)

Clima-X (1981)
Diabolus In Mecanica (1982)

Obscure French electronics by Bernard Filipetti. Murky analog synth tracks.

 


Art Zoyd (France)

Les Espaces Inquiets (1983)
Le Mariage Du Ciel Et De L'Enfer (1984)
Berlin (1987)
Nosferatu (1989)
Marathonnerre I (1993)
Marathonnerre II (1993)
Faust (1995)
Haxan (1997)
u.B.I.Q.U.e. (2001)
La Chute de la Maison Usher (2008)
Armageddon (2013)

Modern classical rock ensemble whose music has been gradually becoming more and more electronic with the passage of time. Earliest albums (the 70's and early 80's) are totally acoustic (viola, cello, trumpet, guitar etc.), with hints of 20th century classical composers like Bartok, Stravinsky and so on. The later albums (listed) are mostly synthesized and also make use of sequencers and samplers. The music is characterized by a spooky, dark and claustrophobic atmosphere. Especially of interest are their soundtracks to 20's silent horror movies (Nosferatu, Faust, Haxan) that consist of very nightmarish electronic compositions. Great stuff, actually, although not easy to get into for the uniniciated.

See also: Zaboitzeff, Thierry

 


Artamokhin, Dmitry (Russia)

Electronic World (1996)
XXI Century (1999)
Harmony of the Soul (1999)
The Magic of Egypt (2000)
Music For McDonald's (2001)
Atmosphere (2002)

Russian synthesist with a style of music strongly influenced by Jean-Michel Jarre's works. Harmony of the Soul is ambient and meditative, akin to the title track on Waiting For Cousteau. Atmosphere is influenced by the Oxygene-era Jarre.

 


Artcane (France)

Odyssée (1977)

Short-lived, largely instrumental progressive rock band from France that released one album in 1977 on Philips (those were the times) and then sinked into oblivion. Like many French (and not only French) bands from that era, they combined their rock influences with a lush synthesizer sound. However, their rock side owned more to King Crimson (especially Fripp's guitar work) than to any of the "bombastic" symphonic greats. Anyway, it's EM we're talking about here, and thankfully the band does deliver some tasty electronic moments like the first part of the 16-minute epic "Artcane 1" for example. File under EM-related.

See also: Human

 


Artefactum (Poland)

Chaos Elements (2005)
Sangreal (2005) (S) (with Horologium)
Rosarium Hermeticum (2006)
Sub Rosa (2008) (S)
Foxgloves & Bluebells (2011)

Dark Ambient from this female musician.

 


Artemiev, Artemiy (Russia)

The Warning (1993)
Cold (1995)
Point of Intersection (1997)
Five Mystery Tales of Asia (1998)
Mysticism of Sound (1999)
Forgotten Themes (2000)
Dreams In Moving Space (2000) (with Phillip B. Klingler)
Space Icon (2000) (with Peter Frohmader)
Transfiguration (2002) (with Peter Frohmader)
A Moment of Infinity (2002) (with Phillip B. Klingler)
57 Minutes To Silence (2002) (with Christopher De Laurenti)
Equilibrium (2002) (with Karda Estra)
Time, Desert & A Sound (2004)

Russian electronic musician. Son of Edward Artemiev, who is a pioneer of Electronic Music in former USSR. The music of Artemiy Artemiev possesses a special charm which cannot be described by using words. One has to listen to his works to find out what it means. From his more rhythmic tracks on albums like 1993’s The Warning to his recent more abstract and ambient works (Dark Ambient style) there is a signature of Artemiy’s talent both in composition and sound synthesis. 

 


Artemiev, Edward (Russia)

Siberiade (1979) (soundtrack)
Metamorphoses (1980)
Mood Pictures (1984)
Warmth of Earth (1985)
Ode To the Bearer of Good News (1984) (recorded in 1980)
Solaris/The Mirror/Stalker (1989)
Urga (1991) (soundtrack)
The Inner Circle (1992) (soundtrack)
Soleil Trompeur (1994) (soundtrack)
The Odyssey (1998) (soundtrack)
The Barber of Siberia (1999) (soundtrack)
A Book of Impressions (2000) (recorded in 1975 - 1996)
Three Odes (2002) (recorded in 1980 - 1998)
Invitation To Reminiscences (2010)

A pioneer of Russian Electronic Music. He started getting involved in the making of this kind of music already in the 60’s. At that time he did a lot of experimental works using the legendary ANS synthesizer. He was among the first few who realized the huge potential that a synthesizer offered to a musician and that one doesn’t necessarily have to deal with notes and melody when it comes to composing, because the tonal characteristics of sound are more important in Electronic Music. Sadly, this is a fact that is largely ignored by some of the modern electronic musicians. Edward Artemiev’s experiments with sound prove that the music that virtually has very little or no melody is able to touch the soul and heart and affects the human spirit even more than classical music does. His early works have a special atmosphere to them and reflect the spirit of changes that would come real soon when synthesizers are finally abundant in music. Also his music of the period instantly evokes science-fiction themes in one’s mind, something not from this world and really out-there. The film director Andrei Tarkovsky was one of the first to notice this and Edward wrote soundtrack music for some of his now legendary sci-fi movies, like ‘Solaris’ and ‘Stalker’. Edward Artemiev has also written soundtracks for other films, among them ‘The Barber of Siberia’ and ‘Odyssey’, a TV production of Andrei Konchalovsky. His recent soundtrack productions seem to be more leaned towards orchestral music, rather than electronic. Some of his music is released on CD, including some soundtracks. If you still haven’t heard his music, you’re simply missing a bit of history. It’s amazing to hear how far ahead of his time this man was. His ideas from the 60’s and 70’s still sound totally fresh and the music is futuristic and magical. The styles that he worked in are numerous, from very abstract electronic to rhythmical sequencer numbers. It is useless to try and describe this music. It’s absolutely majestic! Highly recommended!

Note: The album Three Odes is a reissue of Ode To the Bearer of Good News that adds two previously unreleased extra tracks.

 


Arterial Red (???)

Lockstep (2004)
Meridian (2005)
Lockstep II (2006)
1187 (2007)
Sea's Last Resort (2007) (EP)
Sketches (2008)

Droning Ambient.

 


Artificial Blood (USA)

Anthems For Dopey (2007)

Strange chiptune-ish stuff with complex rhythms and chirpy synthesizers. Comes close to being totally un-progressive, but there's that "Kraftwerk in a Mario Bros. universe" feel to it and it's a bit more complex than your typical chiptune / electropop / minimal synth whatever.

 


Artificiero (Spain)

Artificiero (2015) (S)

Unclassifiable, but definitely progressive music from one Alfonso Alfonso. Contains elements of industrial, techno, analog electronics, Ambient and more, everything in unlikely combinations but rather catchy and rich overall.

 


Arto, Claude (France)

Kwai Systeme / Betty Boop (1980) (S)

Minimal synth single by member of Mathematiques Modernes. Like a whimsical version of Kraftwerk.

 


As Lonely As Dave Bowman (USA)

POD (2007)
Monolith (2015)

Drone Ambient inspired by science-fiction classic "2001, A Space Odyssey" from Sam Rosenthal (the mastermind behind Black Tape For A Blue Girl)

See also: Rosenthal, Sam, Black Tape For A Blue Girl.

 


As the Raven Calls (USA)

Truth In Aural Existence (2004)
Perspicacious Existence (2005)

Dark ritualistic ambience from Philadelphia-based artist James Raven.

 


Asana (UK)

Shrine (1994)
Chakra (1995)
Trikuti (1996)
Live At Jodrell Bank (1997)
Enshrined (1998)
Rise (2000)
Archive (2000)

Electronic musician from the UK (real name - Dave Barker). Highly energetic music with sequences and some beats. Sometimes comes close to dance music but not at all commercial. Supposed to be quite good.

See also: Cerulean

 


Asbaar (Spain)

Vita Mutatur Non Tollitur (2010)
Corona Veli Aurei (2010)
Ex Umbra In Solem (2012)
Aurora Folia (2013)

Dark Ambient from Marc Merinee.

 


ASC (UK)

The Light That Burns Twice As Bright (2011)
Decayed Society (2012) (with Sam KDC)
Time Heals All (2013)
Truth Be Told (2014)
Fervent Dream (2015)
The Farthest Reaches (2016)

ASC is UK-born James Clements, currently residing in the USA. He composes in different styles, mostly dub / drum'n'bass and techno. He also released some purely ambient works. They are all more or less here.

 


Ascendant (USA)

Source Transmission (2014)
Æthereal Code (2015)

Los Angeles-based duo with an ambient, downtempo-influenced sound.

 


Ascension (Germany)

Dimensional Fragments (1999)

Ascension is Carsten Ulka and this album was released on the Ardema label (the label that released Rainbow Serpent's works, among others). The style is a bit similar to Laserdance, only lighter.

 


Asciara (Italy)

Asciara (1985)

A duo of Saro Cosentino and Vincenzo Zitello that combined traditional Celtic music with Electronic Music.

See also: Cosentino, Saro

 


Ascion (Italy)

Channel #9 (2016) (EP)

It has become something of a trend for techno artists to experiment with the ambient genre. Another one to jump on that bandwagon is Ascion aka Pasquale Ascione. It is another one of those one-track inclusions for now, but the ambient sheen of the closer "Anhatolia" from Channel #9 gives hope for Pasquale's future developments in the genre.

 


Ascoil Sun (Finland)

Emergence (2012)

Psychedelic electronics along the lines of Nodens Ictus or Ozric Tentacles' more electronic material. Ascoil Sun are Matti Mikkola and Pasi Salo.

 


Ash Ra Tempel / Ashra (Germany)

Ash Ra Tempel (1971)
Schwingungen (1972)
Seven Up (1973)
Join Inn (1973)
Starring Rosi (1974)
Inventions For Electric Guitar (1975)
New Age of Earth (1976)
Blackouts (1977)
Correlations (1979)
Belle Alliance (1980)
Tropical Heat (1985)
Walkin’ the Desert (1989)
Le Berceau de Cristal (1993) (recorded in 1975)
The Private Tapes (1996)
Sauce Hollandaise (1998)
@shra (1998)
Friendship (2000)
Gin Rose At the Royal Festival Hall (2000)
The Making of (2001) (recorded in 1978 - 1979)
@shra vol.2 (2001)

Ash Ra Tempel was founded in 1971 and originally there were 3 members: Klaus Schulze (drums), Manuel Goettsching (guitar) and Hartmut Enke (bass). The self-titled first album came out the same year. It was quite psychedelic and spacey in nature. After that Schulze left the group to pursue a solo career. The second album Schwingungen appeared a year later. Also in 1972 the band travelled to Switzerland to visit the late LSD guru Timothy Leary. Their collaboration resulted in the album Seven Up released in 1973. It also featured various other musicians, among them Steve Schroyder and Dieter Dierks. Joinn Inn was a result of a late night studio session with an old friend Klaus Schulze temporarily rejoining the band for a few performances. In 1973 Hartmut Enke left the group (and gave up music completely) and Manuel Goettsching was largely on his own. The next album featured guest appearances of Goettsching’s girlfriend Rosi and Harald Grosskopf who was drumming in Agitation Free. The fascinating Inventions For Electric Guitar was essentially a solo effort of Goettsching. He had just set up his own studio ‘Roma’ and recorded this classic work using only various guitars and effect processors (such as the tape echo). After that he shortened the name from Ash Ra Tempel to Ashra (probably due to legal issues with Virgin, although in interviews he states otherwise) and recorded his classic New Age of Earth and then Blackouts. These two works were also Goettsching’s solo recordings. The present Ashra line-up took shape in 1978 when Goettsching was joined by Lutz Ulbrich of Agitation Free (who had already played with Goettsching before) and drummer Harald Grosskopf. This line-up continues to this day plus they have a young musician named Steve Baltes with them. In 1998-2000 Goettsching and Schulze recorded a special reunion album together to celebrate the band’s anniversary and also in 2000 the two performed live in Royal Festival Hall.

Essential listening for any Electronic Music fan. The group, together with Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream pioneered the style that is known today as the Berlin School of Electronic Music.

See also: Goettsching, Manuel, Schulze, Klaus, Ulbrich, Lutz, Grosskopf, Harald, Baltes, Steve.

 


Ashby, Mark (USA)

Eos (1990)
Lexicon (1992)
Xenophobia (1993)
Independent Thoughts (1994)
The Mirror Shattered (1996)
Dance of Shadows (1998) (soundtrack)

Maryland-based synthesist who makes fairly Tangerine Dream-ish music. Mark has been composing his own instrumental compositions since 17 years old. His range of influence includes everything from progressive rock to krautrock and industrial music.

See also: ESP, Distance, The, Double Vision.

 


Ashen Light (Russia)

Stary Byliny (2000)

Ambient music from Ashen Light's (Russian symphonic black metal outfit) mastermind and guitar player released under the group's name. There's guitar on a couple of tracks as well as lots of up-front percussion. The rest consists of nature sounds and synths.

 


Ashen Simian (Finland)

Omicron In Ostrobothnian Finsternis (2009)
Spinal Staircase (2013)
New Horizons (2016)

Solo Electronic Music from Ami Hassinen - a member of Finnish EM group Nemesis. Atmospheres and sequences combined with solos and a few beats.

See also: Nemesis, Blue Sky Machine, Moonwagon.

 


Asher, James (UK)

Peppermint Lump (1979) (S)
Aquarian Symphony (1980)
Abstracts (1980)
Impetus (1980)
Nature's World (1981) (with James Harpham)
Electrofx Vol. 1 (1982)
Flash Music (1984)
Time Cycle (1984)
Inter Vision (1986)
The Great Wheel (1988)
Globalarium (1993)
Dance of the Light (1995)
Feet In the Soil (1996)

Rhythmic and melodic electronics. Later albums are more World Music-oriented. James Asher is a composer who used to write scores for BBC documentaries. In 1976 he built his own electronic studio. In 1979, a single was released in collaboration with Pete Townshed (The Who's guitarist). The first proper album followed a year later.

 


Ashera (Australia)

Ambient Selections (1997)
Cobalt 144 (1999)
Colour Glow (2000)
We Gaia (2002)
Enviro (2003)
Sextant (2003) (with Brannan Lane)

Ambient music with a touch of Steve Roach, but more comparable to Eno and Budd. Sometimes with ethereal female voices, but that's all about it. It's just your normal ambient stuff. Ashera is Anthony Wright.

 


Ashes of Piemonte (UK)

Winter's Fire (2013)
Datura Notes (2013)

Ambient duo of Lee Norris and Wil Bolton.

See also: Bolton, Wil, Nacht Plank, Ashtoreth's Gate.

 


Ashes To Ashes (France)

Museum of Dust (1994)
Figement Profile (1995)

Dark soundscapes from Cyril Herry, probably in Death Ambient mould.

See also: Exotoendo

 


Ashley, Dwight (USA)

A Desparate Serenity (1991) (with Tim Story)
Drop (1997) (with Tim Story)
Discrete Carbon (2004)
Four (2004)
Standing & Falling (2005) (with Tim Story)
Ataxia (2006)
Watermelon Sugar (2007) (recorded in 1990 - 1992)
Errata (2008) (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Tim Story)

Ambient composer from Toledo, Ohio. Dwight Ashley started practicing music already in his childhood. Starting with a cello, in 1976 Dwight was inspired by a recording of Fripp & Eno titled Evening Star. Within a month he bought himself a Freeman string machine, a Rhodes electric piano, a Minimoog and an ARP Odyssey. Supplying this setup with a couple of reel to reel tape recorders, he started his own adventure within the realms of Ambient and Electronic Music. Unfortunately, in 1981 a major fire caused by a lightning stroke destroyed a good part of his studio, and he had to start everything anew. A bit later he became known for his collaborations with Tim Story, A Desparate Serenity (1991) and Drop (1997). Discrete Carbon is his first solo album that features a set of varied soundscapes (recorded in 1999 and 2003), from the very deep and mysterious ones to the more machanical-sounding noisy cuts. "Eightfold Way" starts the set in a classic Ambient mold, with sparse mysterious piano notes and liquid electronic backgrounds. The track is rather short. "It Happened In November" puts you in a more uneasy setting with its mysterious, even dark flowing synth lines and strange noises. Soon the atmosphere changes from the mysterious to almost tragical. "Katalepsis" is once again very very deep and is one of the most effective Ambient pieces I've heard in a while that combines radio static sounds with deep, sad atmospheres. You can almost feel the coldness, it's like being absolutely alone in a vast, desolate land. "I Thought It Was There" emphasizes the hauting side of Dwight's music, featuring mostly atonal drifts of sound drenched in effects. "Three Insects" is a short abstract piece composed of various subtle noises. "Denial" takes a more aggressive direction with some jarring textures and a very cold atmosphere. The next two cuts, "A Colossus Succumbs" and "Eat Me, Drink Me" continue in the abstract direction, although the first of the two tracks posesses a rather bright atmosphere compared to what has come before. The track just flows effortlessly, working in slow waves of airy synths and whooshing effects. "Examined By Tweezers" is the longest cut, featuring monotonous industrial atmospheres and wheezing sounds. "Carbon" is the last track and the most interesting one, making use of various voices in a strange but effective way. Discrete Carbon is a nice set of soundscapes that gradually get more abstract towards the end of the album. There is a cold, detached, even alien atmosphere to Dwight Ashley's music that makes it all the more enjoyable nevertheless. The album comes with a nice surprise in the form of a short hidden track that consists of piano playing. Also read my review of "Four" in the reviews section. Finally, here is my review of Dwight's latest collaboration with Tim Story, Standing + Falling.

 


Ashmadai (Portugal)

Symphonies For the Kings (1998)

 


Ashra, B. (Germany)

Spacetime (1995)
Live At U-Site Fusion (2000) (with Ricky Dreadking)
Imagination (2000) (with Ricky Dreadking)
Live Für den Alchemistischen Kongress '98 In Berlin (2001) (with Ricky Dreadking)
Atomic World (2002)
Om Meditation (2009)
Monks (2012)
Music For Growing (2014)

Bert Olke aka B.Ashra is a versatile artist. There is a strong downtempo / techno element to his work and some of the albums may be a bit too rhythm-based for an average EM fan. However, some of his works are completely beat-free and ambient.

See also: Cosmic Octave Orchestra, Morphon.

 


Ashtoreth's Gate (UK)

Ashtoreth's Gate (2013)
Shadow of the Bowman (2013)

Transcendental Ambient from Lee Norris and Craig Murphy.

See also: Nacht Plank

 


Asianova (USA)

Falling... Into the Sky (1995)
Love Like A Veiled Threat (1995)
One (1995)
The Sun Is Burning (1995)
The Wonderful World of Silence (1995)
Among Grey Ghosts (1996)
Burning the Blue Sky Back (1999)
Deja-Vodoo (2003)
Nether-Nether Land (2004)
Suite Dreams (2004)
Terminal Ferocity (2004)
Tripped Itch (2004)
At the Last Gate (2006)
Suite Dreams (2006)
Burns Alive! (2009)

A four piece Ambient / ethnic band that includes some ex-members of Voice of Eye under pseudonyms.

See also: Voice of Eye, Thrall, Ure, Esoterica Landscapes 7.

 


Aska Temple (Japan)

Piano Quartet (1996)
Guitar Solo (1999)
Traums (??)
Death Book (??)
Geist Rock (??)
Jöhn Übel (??)
Zero Tolerance For Guitar Wind (??)
Cross (??)
Suddenly Fallin' Love (??)
Black Winter (??)
Time & Space (??)
Moon Voyage (??)
Flying Teapot & The Blue Flower (??)
Piano Solo - Live At Yama (??)
Red Across the Border (??)
Hosanna (2001)
The Door Into Summer (2002)
Zeitwelle (2002)
Omega Point Live (2002)
St. Maria, She Extends Her Hands (2003)
One More Red Nightmare (2003)
A Night By the Pavane (2004)
Over the Equinox (2006)
Moon Flower (2007) (S)

The man hiding behind the Aska Temple moniker calls himself Jöhn Übel (real name - Muneharu Yuba). His influences are mainly German "krautrock" and Electronic Music of the 70's, especially, as his nom-de-plume would suggest, Ash Ra Tempel. The music is diverse to say the least. Hosanna is a bit new-agey, but not new age really. Sounds more like early 70's Popol Vuh explorations. You know, sort of spacey, "sacred" stuff with synths and piano. Zeitwelle is more active - side one is a Klaus Schulze / Manuel Goettsching style journey and side two is similar to Hosanna. Omega Point Live is an excellent cosmic live album. St. Maria... is again in 70's KS / Goettsching vein but with more classically and jazz-oriented pieces.

 


Aske (Norway)

Subsoil (2002)
Spent Legeme (2003)
Tidlws (2004)

Dark Ambient music by Celebratums frontman Anthoni Romul.

 


Asmorod (France)

Dance In the Winter Fog (1994)
Involution Towards Chtonian Depths (1997)
A Faint Light Below (1998)
Derelict (1999)
Hysope (2006)

Pre-Sator Absentia Black / Dark Ambient.

See also: Sator Absentia, Kurotokage, Les Amants Maudits.

 


Asnazzy (USA)

Solar Winds of Mars (2008)
Voyage To Andromeda (2009)

Pretty much standard Space Music but with some beats added for flavour. Asnazzy is a Seattle-based artist working in multiple (mostly electronic-based) styles.

 


Asphodel (Turkey)

Aokigahara, The Black Sea of Trees (2015)

Not to be confused with Greek doom metal band of the same name, this is audiovisual project consisting of Atay İlgün and Alper Yıldırım. Dark and ethereal soundscapes.

 


Aspro, Brian (UK)

Music For BBC2 Documentaries (1982)

Privately pressed cassette with Electronic Music from this Southampton musician.

 


Astarium (Russia)

Winter Growths Part II  (2014)
Reverie (2015)
In the Nebulous Sky (2016)

Astarium is a Novosibirsk-based one-man black metal project, although it looks like some of his works are completely ambient. I will try to list this stuff here.

 


Astral (USA)

Eolith City (1993)

Optimistic music with good arrangements and generally very uplifting. I suppose, you could call that Berlin School, but generally the music is very delicate, not driving stuff like, say, Radio Massacre International. In fact, it should be called 'Space Music', because this term is much more suitable here.

 


Astral Dance (Sweden)

Mindgate (1986)
Beyond (1988)
Dreamscape (1992)
David 256 (1993) (EP)

Astral Dance is Pelle Handen who in the early 1980's was part of the band Finnegan's Wake. He states that he is influenced by Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Oldfield. I don’t know if it’s true bacause I’ve never really heard his music.

 


Astral Dimension, The (Italy)

Galassia M81 (1981)
Eros Stars (1982)
Apocalypse (1987)

Obscure library electronic albums with music by Fabio Fabor. Nice, cosmic and flowing.

See also: Fabor, Fabio

 


Astral Rune Bastards (UK)

Transmissions of Runic Truth From the Event Horizons (2009)

Diverse compositions, from ambient and atmospheric to psychedelic, with slight downtempo influences and tribal rhythms.

 


Astral & Shit (Russia)

Anima et Spuma (2012)
Fragment of God (2012)
Anamnesis (2014) (with Creation IV)
Air Plima (2014) (with Kromeshna)
Kömapàrabola (2015) (with SiJ)

Dark Ambient soundworlds from Ivan Gomzikov.

See also: Aveparthe

 


Astral Sounds (UK)

Kites (1977)
Kaleidoscope (1978)
Slipstream (1978)
Pulses (1979)
Groove Tube (1979)
Silver Air (1980)
Space Drive (1980)
Sound Waves Part 1 (1981)
Sound Waves Part 2 (1981)
Hercules (1982)
Melodious Thunk (1982)
Scorpio (1982)
Teletext (1982)
Red Kite (1982)
Mixed Sells (1983)
Conundrum (1984)
Front Runner (1984)
Synthetics (1984)
Tomorrow, Today (1984)
Audiotronics (1986)

These are all electronic library LPs. A lot of it is awfully cheesy, but there is some good mysterious / atmospheric stuff as well.

 


Astral Temple (Japan)

Shadow Illusion (1981)
Vista Under Arc Light (1982)
100% Odd Lots Session (1982)
Steppin' Roll (??)

See also: Heretic, Osiris, Dr.Jekyll And Mr.Hyde.

 


Astral Winds (Norway)

First Journeys (2011)

If you know Neptune Towers, this is more or less the same brand of cosmic, Tangerine Dream / Schulze-influenced synth music from member of black metal band Vemod.

 


Astralasia (UK)

Wind On Water (2014)

Unusual album from this progressive trance / ambient dub / techno outfit. This music is built around loose improvisations and is their most prog EM work. It contains spacey synth solos, subtle sequences and even moments of genuine Dusseldorf motorik.

 


Astroboter (Germany)

Ambient Collection One (2013)

Ambient music from this diverse / unclassifiable project.

 


Astroboy, The (Portugal)

A Derrota da Engrenagem (2007)
The Chromium Fence (2011) (S)
Flow My Tears (2013)

The Astroboy is Luis Ferdandes from Braga, Portugal. He is also the guitarist of alternative rock group Peixe:Avião but as a solo EM artist he uses vintage analogue and digital synthesizers together with guitar which results in a sound somewhat related to that of Ashra / Manuel Goettsching. Hans-Joachim Roedelius participates on Flow My Tears.

 


Astrogator (UK)

The Darkness Between (2005)
Dreamlight (2006)

Astrogator is a duo of Jez Creek (aka Modulator ESP) and Steve Humphries (aka Create). The Darkness Between is their first album together that contains three long tracks simply named "Part 1", "Part 2" and "Part 3". So, reviving the old tradition of naming EM tracks, what do we get, musically? Abstract sounds get "Part 1" underway. The mood is appropriately dark and mysterious. Some choir sounds can be heard and then a chilly synth pad line. It's all dark, frosty and full of feeling - just the way I like it. Slight lead synth and piano touches are added. After the six-minute mark, a synthesized rhythm starts joined by a sequence a few moments later. However, things remain rather brooding and laid-back. Another bass sequence joins the flow after the ten-minute mark. The track creates a nice flow and could be used to accompany interstellar travels, having a fitting title too. A mournful lead line floats on top but departs all too briefly, only to return a couple of seconds later. My only gripe concerns the sequences that seem to be overtly static. There is an atmospheric section that comes after fifteen minutes into the track. Another sequence makes its way into the sonic landscape, accompanied by another quirky one and little by little we start propelling forward on top of the most active section of this song, lead synth lines all over the place. The track ends on this upbeat note, with bass sequences coming into prominence and then subsiding to leave us with spacey melancholic notes. A great conclusion! "Part 2" heralds its coming with sharp notes and ghostly effects. Excellent, moody stuff. A mournful melody can be heard that fits perfectly with the picture created by a mélange of electronic sounds. A sawy bass melody provides an extra oomph. This is dramatic and emotional music that I enjoyed immensely. Although I was somehow puzzled when it ended all too abruptly. Effects are once again what introduces us to "Part Three". This time it's a bit more aggressive and menacing, with some razor-sharp textures and synth drones. Dramatic string stabs add to the picture. A frenetic sequencer rhythm starts that clearly supports this "menacing" mood. At one point the sequencer is tweaked in real time - nice! What develops further I can only describe as sequencer mayhem - with several overlapping patterns making things truly intense. A reflective melody is played on top with brief lead line flashes. After a while it all calms down to return to the initial atmospherics. Jez Creek and Steve Humphries have created a fine cosmic Electronic Music album. Knowing the solo work of both I was expecting some sequencer-based stuff in the Berlin School style and two of the tracks ("Part 1" and "Part 3"), indeed, deliver sequences in high doses, with the awesome atmospheric track in between (that's a bit marred by the abrupt ending, I must admit). My favourite track is probably "Part 2", followed closely by "Part Three". 

See also: Modulator ESP, Create, Quadra.

 


Astrometry (Malta)

Somnium, Visio, Oraculum, Insomnium, Phantasma (1998)

UFO-based concept album by Maltese composer Jean-Pierre Sammut. The style is diverse rhythmic / melodic EM with Space Music elements and the album is topped by an intereview with an ufologist.

 


Astronaut (USA)

Temple of 3 Sides (2007)
Darkest Breads (2007) (S)
Prayer For Mitnick (2007) (S)
Sans Noise Suitcase (2008) (S)

Experimental synth trio of Andy Plovnick, Daniel Lopatin and Lee Tindall. Apart from listed items, there are also several split releases and a compilation album called Early Peril.

See also: Oneohtrix Point Never

 


AstroPilot (Russia)

Solar Walk (2010)
Solar Walk 2 (2012)
Solar Walk III - Event Horizon (2014)

Hybrid downtempo / psy-trance / ambient project of Dmitriy Redko out of Siberia. This trilogy of albums is predominantly ambient, with very sparse beats from time to time. Nice cosmic sound.

 


Astrovoyager (France)

Temporal Gravitation (2003)
Symphotronic Lunation (2010)
Lunation Tour (2011)
ElectrOpera - Act 1: Pulsations (2012)
ElectrOpera - Act 2: Modulations (2013)
ElectrOpera - Act 3: Convolutions (2014)

A project by Philippe Fagnoni who combines the style of Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre with soundtrack-like structures. Cosmic, symphonic and melodic music.

 


Asuar, José Vicente (Chile)

El Computador Virtuoso (1973)
Musica Electronica (1975)

Chilean pioneer of electronic music, mostly within the academic domain. José Vicente Asuar has been honing his skills as an electroacoustic / electronic artist since the 1950's. He studied in Europe and founded an electronic studio in Caracas in 1965. As a composer he seems to have two sides - one of a high-browed academic dude, with sonic studies comparable to European studio experiments of the time (Stockhausen et al), and another, which is a sort of a wacky Tomita / Bruce Haack hybrid. I'll let the academic electronics connoisseurs judge about the former. Here, I'll concentrate on his playful side. Since the early 1970's, or maybe earlier, Asuar utilized his unique electronic instruments installed in his studio (among which a modular-type monstersynth) to create adaptations of classical compositions or South American folk tunes. This style is wacky and cheesy, but perfectly in line with the then popular "Moog pop" or "Moog classical" wave. El Computador Virtuoso has one side of computer / electronic music tutorial by Asuar with sound examples, and another side of said wacky adaptations (interesting, but hardly progressive, though). Musica Electronica is another album of two distinct faces - side A occupied by "serious", academic, Stockhausen-like avant-garde pieces and side B of playful renditions of South American dances and tunes. The real cream is the closer, "Coral con variaciones" which is probably the most Prog EM piece I heard from him - a real brain melter (and a completely unique style, hardly compared to other artists or anything else released at the time).

 


Asunta (Poland)

Asunta (1996)
Astralis (1999)
Landscapes (2001)

Polish Dark Ambient project of Slawek Golaszewski and Wojciech Karwacki.

 


Asuntar (Poland)

We Are Sequenced (2016)

Polish artist with a rhythmic, melodic, Berlin School-influenced sound.

 


Asura (France)

Radio Universe (2014)

Although a psychedelic trance / psybient project, Asura aka Charles Faravel released this atypical album in 2014, where some downtempo beats are combined with influences from classic Electronic Music and Ambient / Space Music.

 


Asymmetric (UK)

From Nowhere Came (1999)

A duo of Peter Challoner (aka Dieter Ettlinger) and Paul Smith that makes highly melodic music with sequences. This may be regarded Berlin School, but the emphasis is on melodies.

See also: Challoner, Peter, Ettlinger, Dieter.

 


AT-Mooss (Spain)

Morphing Synthesizers 1 (1995)
Morphing Synthesizers 2 (1997)
Morphing Synthesizers 3 (1999)
Cyclotron (2002)
Arrow of Time (2004)

Spanish EM trio of Joseph Loibant, John Lakveet and Dom. F. Scab. They had a fourth member Anthony Seagarr in the beginning. J.M. Ciria, too, was a member. Very upbeat music with lots of sequences. Sometimes it approaches the techno territory but never sounding even remotely dance. Has hints of classic Berlin School sequencer music. The band is now reduced to a duo format of Jospeph Loibant and Air J. Mic.

See also: Scab, Dom F., Lakveet, John, Loibant, Joseph, Ciria, J.M.

 


Ataraxia (???)

Ataraxia (??)

Melodic Ambient.

 


Atchison, Bruce (Canada)

Fossils: Volume 1 (1986)
Fossils: Volume 2 (1987)
Fossils: Volume 3 (1987)
3 Pieces For the Tape Furnace Fan (1988) (S)
Hay River / Watson Lake (1989)
U2MIR (1989)
Seventeen Sites (1989)
Fossils: Volume 4 (1990)
Dominion Day (1990)
Space Explorer (1991)
Cosmic Rendez-Vous (1992)
Brain Laundry (1993)
An Ample Sample of Bruce Atchison (1993)
Mind Polish (1994)
MIRror (1996)
Fossils: Volume 5 (??)
Lagomorph (1998)
Lagomorph 2 (1999)
Space In My Head (1999)
OPUS 88 (1999)
Shutup&Talk2me (2002)
Darkness Path (2005)

Electronic musician from Canada who has released a lot of albums with highly varied material. From abstract and Experimental early pieces to his more recent melodic and Ambient-like output, where samples and unusual textures play an important role. I have Lagomorph 2 and Shutup&Talk2me. Each represents a series of electronic vignettes with frequent use of voices and even whole stories told while music does its thing. This is real fun and should be heard by everyone. The pieces all explore different territories but the Ambient, and even minimalistic approach is on show in that once the piece is settled into a groove, it doesn't change much. Most of the pieces are rather short, though, so you usually don't have enough time to get bored. By the way, Bruce's ability to weave different themes in one single album is outstanding. He does cartooney, Experimental, arabic and classic cosmic styles with equal ease. I haven't heard any other music that even remotely sounded like Atchison. Rather unique and therefore highly recommended.

 


atelierTheremin (Germany)

atelierTheremin (2001)
Psycho Acoustic Processor (2005)
Morgen im Garten des Neukrautrock (2009)
Empfange Neue Signale (2014)

Neo-krautrock band that mixes deranged vocals, guitar wankery and some experimental electronics. The band are Arne Paul Neumann, Manfred Miersch and Slyder C. Gässler, with other members coming and going. They use synths, theremins, drums, guitars, ring modulators and other, more unlikely objects.

See also: Miersch, Manfred

 


Atilla, Can (Turkey)

Bilincalty (1992)
Waves of Wheels (1994)
Efsaneler (1995)
Kuvayi Milliye Destany (1996)
Atatuerk (1998) (soundtrack)
Albatros (1999) (soundtrack)
Ave (1999)
Live (2003)
Omni (2003)
Concorde (2005)
Cariyeler Geceler (2005)
HI-Story (2011)

Electronic musician from Turkey. Sometimes he creates music deeply rooted in the Berlin School tradition. For instance, the album Ave was released as a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Tangerine Dream and therefore you can already guess the style represented here. However, most of the time Can is inspired by more melodic, 80's sounds of Private-era TD and sometimes Jean-Michel Jarre. At other times his sound is more ethnic and new age-like, as on his sountracks for example.

 


Atkey, Martin (UK)

Natural Elements (1993)
Journeys (??)

Obscure UK synthesist who used to release his music on Mark Jenkins' AMP label.

 


Atlas (USA)

Atlas (1990)

Pre-Galactic Anthems electronics (Glenn Adams and Jeri Conway). Cassette-only release and the music was made with the help of MidiPaint software (!)

See also: Galactic Anthems

 


Atman Project, The (Germany)

Love And Pain (1989)

Spacious, melodic and mysterious synth from Heiko Rüsse and Ronald Steckel.

 


Atom (Germany)

Liedgut (2009)
1i3835tra3m3 (2010)
Texturen I (2015)
Texturen II (2016)

Atom is a nickname of Uwe Schmidt. Some of the tracks on Liedergut are co-composed by Florian Schneider, the original Kraftwerk member. The music reminds on the earliest Kraftwerk albums.

 


Atom Cristal / Satellite (France)

Satellite & Atom Cristal (1983)
First Aid (1985)
Satellite (1985) (S)
1979 - 1985 (2014)

Two closely related projects (there's hardly any distinction) with a connection to pioneering French industrial band Art & Technique. The members were Jean-Pierre Chatte, Michel Goujon and Serge Lafosse (aka Serge Ramses), with a few guests & odd members. They used guitar, electronics, saxes and more. Musically they sit somewhere on the line that separates prog EM from the first bunch of synth-pop / new wave artists, close to Video-Aventures, perhaps.

See also: Ramses, Serge

 


Atom Infant Incubator (Italy)

Copula (1994)
Quantum Leaps Lost Soundtracks (1998)

Dark. Atom Infant Incubator is the brainchild of Runer Order and Die Sonne Satan.

See also: Runes Order, Die Sonne Satan, Order 1968.

 


Atom, Mikhail (Russia)

Astroepos (1995)

Cosmic music plus one long Ambient new-agey piece.

 


Atomic Symphony (USA)

Secret Chamber of Dreams (1986)

Rare album released on LP by this three-piece electronic band (plus a "sound designer"). Colorful, melodic, rhythmic.

 


Atomine Elektrine (Sweden)

Elemental Severance (1995)
Atom Xtension (1999)
Archimetrical Universe (1999)
Nebulous (2007)
The Deep Invisible (2008)
Space Is An Illusion (2011)
Elemental Severance (2015)
Laniakea (2015)

Peter Andersson's (Raison d'Etre) solo side-project. This has a cosmic, ambient sound, much closer to classic EM than his main project. Even a bit Tangerine Dream-y perhaps..

See also: Andersson, Peter, Raison d'Etre.

 


Atrium Carceri (Sweden)

Cellblock (2003)
Seishinbyouin (2004)
Kapnobatai (2005)
Ptahil (2007)
Souyuan (2008)
Phrenitis (2009)
Reliquiae (2012)
Void (2012)
The Untold (2013)
The Old City: Leviathan (2015) (soundtrack)
Onyx (2015) (with Apocryphhos and Kammarheit)
Metropolis (2015)
Archives I-II (2016) (recorded in 2005 - 2015)

Dark Ambient / Isolationism from Simon Heath.

See also: Sabled Sun

 


Atum (Poland)

Agorafobia (2006)
Hitwa (2008)
Legendy Miejskie (2009)

Dark soundscapes from Maciej Banasik.

 


Aube (Japan)

Hydrophobia (1991)
Spindrift (1992)
Drip (1992)
Luminous (1993)
Submerged Tension (1993)
Flood-Gate (1993)
Flash-Point (1993)
Density-100 (1993) (with Monde Bruits, Mortal Vision and Thirdorgan)
Luminescence (1994)
Frequency For Collapse (1994)
E-Power (1994)
Emotional Oscillation (1994)
G-Radiation (1995) (with Smell & Quim)
Can-Zone (1995) (with Sudden Infant)
Purification To Numbness (1995)
Huile Sur L'eau (1995)
Wired Trap (1995)
Liquid Passion (1995)
Pulse Resonator (1995)
Squash (1995)
Voltanic Valley (1995)
Magnetostriction (1995)
Reflux (1995)
Metalustration (1995)
Entangle Spirant (1996)
Floating Memory (1996) (with Napalmed)
The Four Shrines (1996)
Maschinenwerk (1996) (with Cock E.S.P.)
Stratodive (1996)
Somnambulism (1996)
Artifact (1996)
Infinitely Orbit (1996)
Metal de Metal (1996)
Quadrotation (1997)
Cardiac Strain (1997)
Feed the Fishes (1997)
Plangent Recoil (1997)
Moment In Fragrance (1997)
Dazzle Reflexion (1997)
Aqua Syndrome (1997)
Stared Gleam (1997)
Throb In Manic Red (1997)
Ruminant (1997)
Black Depth (1997)
Split (1997) (with Knurl)
Video Field Recordings (1997) (with Sshe Retina Stimulants)
New Forms of Free Entertainment (1997) (with Lasse Marhaug)
Healsonar (1997)
U.U.W. #1-#12 (1997)
Mort Aux Vaches (1998)
Substructural Penetration 91-95 (1998)
Evocation (1998)
Pages from the Book (1998)
Sigh In Depressive Blue (1998)
Vas In Euthymic Violet (1998)
Deglaze (1998)
Embers (1998)
Howling Obsession (1998)
3 Cadavres Exquis (1998) (with MSBR & Marutani)
Cerebral Disturbance (1998)
Triad Thread (1998)
108 (1999)
Suppression Disorder (1999)
Shade Away (1999)
Ricochentrance (1999)
Timemind (2000)
Set On (2000)
Solid Pressure (2000)
Ianuarius (2000)
Februarius (2000)
Martius (2000)
Aprilis (2000)
Maius (2001)
Iunius (2001)
Iulius (2001)
Augustus (2001)
September (2001)
October (2002)
November (2002)
December (2002)
Recontextual Abstraction (2002) (recorded in 1996)
Redintegration (2002)
RM4 (2002)
SDL97 (2002) (recorded in 1997)
SDL97' (2002) (recorded in 1997)
SDL98 (2002) (recorded in 1998)
Spatio Temporal Cluster (2002)
Timemind Live 2002 (2002)
Duplex Sphere (2004)
Materialization (2004)
Chain [Re] Action (2005)
Junkyo (2005) (with Maurizio Bianchi)
Mectpyo Saisei (2005) (with Maurizio Bianchi)
Metalive 1997+1998 (2005)
Reworks Maurizio Bianchi Vol. 1 (2005)
Reworks Stefano Gentile (2005)
Comet (2006) (recorded in 1997 - 1998)
Reworks Maurizio Bianchi Vol. 2 (2006)
Imagery Resonance (2007)
Ambera Planeta Wawar (2007)
Reworks Nimh Vol. 1 (2007)
Reworks Stefano Gentile II (2008)
Variable Ambit (2011)

Dark noisy Ambient by Akifumi Nakajima (1959 - 2013). Timemind is a tribute to Klaus Schulze and features sequenced EM. This discography is far from complete but then the bulk of his works are in pure noise vein and don't have anything to do with electronic prog.

See also: Sian

 


Aubert, Pascal (France)

La Forge Aux Miracles (2001)

Music similar to Tangerine Dream's 90's works.

 


Audela (Belgium)

39 Mysterions (2007)
Audela (2007) (recorded in 1992 - 2007)
Access To Eternity (2008)
Vagues (2008)
Now It's All Silent (2008)
Initiation (2008)
Page 69 (2009)
We Became What We Were (2009)
NBPN (2013)

Belgian formation (or an artist?) strictly in cosmic / deep space Ambient mould.

 


Audio Space Research (UK)

Signals Through the Static (2003) (recorded in 1995 and 1997)

Rough, noisy and experimental, improvised compositions performed on analog synthesizers by Kevin Busby and Eve (Yvonne) Thacker.

See also: Carya Amara, Thacker, Yvonne.

 


Audiometria (Spain)

Somewhere (2014)
Submúltiplo (2015)
Cave Session (2016)
Live In Keroxen (2016)

Berlin School duo of Javi Canovas and M. Justo.

See also: Canovas, Javi

 


Augen (USA)

Das Fieber Der Nacht (2006)

San-Francisco-based Ambient project. Pretty dark.

 


Augenstern (Germany)

Strahlen (1986)
Blutenklang (1987)
Skydancing (1987)
The Best of Augenstern (1991)

Steve Schroyder’s project with Gene Gross. It was started in 1980 as Oxo. However, in 1985 the name was changed to Augenstern.

See also: Schroyder, Steve, Star Sounds Orchestra, Tangerine Dream, Scarecrew.

 


Aun (Canada)

Irrlicht (2008) (with Allseits)
Motorsleep (2009)
VII (2010)
Black Pyramid (2010)
Phantom Ghost (2011)
Alpha Heaven (2013)
Turquoise (2013)
Fiat Lux (2015)

Moody, melancholic Ambient from Martin Dumais.

 


Aura (Russia)

Totalnoye Proniknovenie (1992)

Incredibly rare tape-only release by the duo of Andrzej Kravtsov (synths) and Oleg Timonov (guitar).

See also: Angelo Taylor

 


Aural Holograms (Finland)

Vol. I (2007)

Ambient from Anti Ittna (aka Antti Haapapuro) and Jussi Saivo.

See also: I'corax, Halo Manash, Aeoga, Arktau Eos.

 


Aural Night (Finland)

Voyage (2006)

Aural Night is Miika Warsell from Helsinki, Finland. He creates music strongly influenced by Vangelis' symphonic style.

 


Aural Scenarios (New Zealand)

A Host of Planets Vol. 1 (2009)
A Host of Planets Vol. 2 (2009)

A duo of Russell Storey and Simon Ellis creating deep, spacey Electronic Music.

See also: Storey, Russell

 


AuReality (Netherlands)

Serenity (1998)
Sense (2003)
AuReality (2003)

AuReality is the project of Dutch synth player Paul Swennenhuis from Groningen. The first album was published in 1998. After a brief hiatus he returned with Sense. In the beginning he was influenced by Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream but his music included lots of other influences, such as ethnic music and Ambient.

 


Auroris (UK)

Recycled Space Debris (2005)
Cryogenic Dreams (2006)
Outpost (2008)

Auroris from Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, creates highly charged mixture of space rock (Hawkwind, Ozric Tentacles vein) and Electronic Music.

 


Ausgang Verboten (Sweden)

Entertainment (1984)

More Kraftwerk that Kraftwerk themselves. This duo of Patrik Book and Jesper Hanning apparently released this album on tape 1984 although I've never seen a cassette version of this. In 2004, it was re-released on CD by German "Genetic Music" label.

 


Aussenminister (Germany)

Live At the Musik Hall (1981)
Aussenminister / Model 81 (1981)

These two bands (Aussenminister and Model 81) were the brainchild of German synthesist and Conrad Schnitzler collaborator Wolfgang Hertz. Side one of this Auricle cassette (the second one in the discography) contains archive 1981 Aussenminister material, kinda like a mixture of You-era Gong and Cluster / Kluster. Very spacey sound. Side two gathers Model 81 material from 1980-81 and is more in the vein of Moebius & Plank or mid-eighties Schnitzler.

See also: Hertz, Wolfgang

 


Austere (USA)

Convergence (1998)
Monodia (1999)
Curio (2000)
Distance (2000) (EP)
Fade (2000)

Coruscate (2003) (S)
Remission (2003)
Evergone (2004) (EP) (with Abstract Sound Systems)
Eco (2005)
Faded (2005) (with Stephen Phillips)
Mirror (2007)
Pulse (2007)
Solyaris (2008)

Dark, droning Ambient music from this mysterious group (or person) out of Portland, Oregon.

 


Austin, Derek (UK)

Hi Tech (1979)
Synthasia (1980)
Power Surge (1981)
Power Plus (1982)
Audio Graffiti (1983)
Power Supply (1984)
Here At Last (1986) (with Ian Hughes)

Electronic library record composer.

 


Austin, Steve (UK)

Music From the Withered Orange Tree (1985)

Rare cassette release with melodic Electronic Music from this synthesist.

 


Australis (USA)

Terraustralis (2005)
Lifegiving (2005)
Gates of Reality (2008)
Sentient Genus (2010)
Adrift (2014)

Diverse melodic project influenced by such genres as Ambient, new age, downtempo, melodic EM, and by artists as diverse as Engima, Amethystium and Vangelis. Often comparable to latter-day Tangerine Dream as well. Symphonic, cinematic (sometimes to the point of sounding like a full-fledged soundtrack), rhythmic, easy-listening, accessible. Oscar Aguayo (the man behind Australis) is Peruvian-born. However, he currently resides in the USA and formed the project "Australis" there. I was hesitant as to whether I should include him as a Peruvian or an US artist, as I don't know how much time he actually spent in Peru and whether his career kickstarted while he still lived there, so for now he is listed as an US artist.

 


Autistic Argonauts (Germany)

Magic Maggi Moments (2010) (S)
Lichtterfeld (2012) (S)
Go-Go Rotte (2014)

Experimental textures and warm, vintage analogue synths from this Frankfurt-based duo.

See also: Flamingo Creatures

 


Autocreation (UK)

Mettle (1994)

Pulsing, throbbing and echoing electronics constructed on analogue modular synthesizers by the trio of Kevin Hector, Tara Patterson and Mark Van Hoen from London, UK. This album is pretty rare these days but is quite revered by fans of ambient techno and has something of a legendary status. However, the techno influences are obvious on just one track ("Tomato Dawn"). The rest is beatless but rhythmic, reminding on Biosphere at times, at others hinting on John Carpenter's soundtracks.

 


Automat (Italy)

Automat (1978)

Rare classic album of Electronic Music from Romano Musumarra and Claudio Gizzi using sounds programmed on MCS 70 synth by Mario Maggi. The first side of the LP is occupied by the lengthy "Automat" suite in three parts, which is sort of rhythmic Space / Droids type of thing. The second side has three tracks: "Droid" (same style with a theme that reminds on Vangelis' "Pulstar" - this track was very popular in Brazil thanks to it being used as the background theme for Globo TV in the early 80's), "Ultraviolet" - a real jewel (all spacey analog synths, outstanding cosmic excursion) and the strange rhythmic "Mecadence".

See also: Omni

 


Autre Monde (Belgium)

Seeking Pleasures (2015) (S)
Vigilant Dreams (2015)
Choreographed Words (2016)

Minimal, slightly noisy and distorted, analog soundscapes with slow sequences.

 


Autumn (Belgium)

Seven Days Autumn (1980)
I Invite (1980)
Hard Breakfast (1981)
Meditation of the Lost (1981)
Metropolis - The Soundtrack (1984)
Silicon Valley (1984)

This band started out as a 'cosmic music' outfit, but later degraded into a more pop-oriented concept, with various offshoots like Twilight Ritual or Linear Movement focusing of vocal songs. The above works are supposedly interesting, but please note that they contain vocals to a certain extent. Autumn consists of Peter Bonne and Geert Coppens.

See also: Twilight Ritual

 


Autumn Ambient Cassettes (Germany)

Autumn Ambient Cassettes No. 001 (2016)

What the title says. A project of Frank Baker.

 


Autumn of Communion (UK / Ireland)

Autumn of Communion (2012)
Autumn of Communion 2 (2013)
Autumn of Communion 3 (2013)
Autumn of Communion 3.5 (2013)
Solar Image (2014)
Autumn of Communion 3.9 (2014)
Autumn of Communion 4 (2014)
Autumn of Communion 5 (2015)
Autumn of Communion 6 (2015)
Polyeuces (2016)
Broken Apart By Sunlight (2016)

Ambient duo of Lee Anthony Norris and Mick Chillage. Comparable to Pete Namlook's classic 1990's output. The first album was released on FAX label.

See also: Nacht Plank, Chillage Mick.

 


Autumn of Pækward (Germany)

Iktsuarpok (2015)

Leipzig-based project that combines synth pads and drones with a bit of distorted guitar and a few more intense moments.

 


Autumn Tales (Russia)

In My Dead Garden (2007)
Legends of Rantha (2010) (EP)
Moonlight Epitaph (2010) (EP)
Other Side of the Mirror (2011)
Postworld (2012)
Souls of Autumn (2013)

Formulaic Dark Ambient from Kaliningrad, sometimes venturing into classically-inspired melodies or folk tunes. Often in the vein of Medieval Ambient or Black Ambient (in the most intense moments).

 


Aux Field (Georgia)

Imaginable Layers (2015)

Aux Field is Tbilisi-based electronic musician Rezo Glonti. On Imaginable Layers you will find music in a unique style, a mixture of ambient, atmospheric and more rhythmic / sequenced structures. Hardly comparable to other artists but definitely Prog and rather nice overall. Rezo Glonti also releases music under his own name in a slightly different style.

See also: Glonti, Rezo

 


Avant Garden (UK)

Living In the Here & There (1992)

Ethnic ensemble The Rain Garden (Chris Conway and Carl Peberdy) teaming up with electronics whiz Yvonne Thacker for an abstract, mesmerizing World Music session. Their particular brand of World Music is closer to semi-acoustic Popol Vuh pastiche than anything else, although much more free and less melodic. Nice stuff.

See also: Conway, Chris, Thacker, Yvonne.

 


Avarus (Finland)

Metsässä (2016)

Free folk / drone / experimental band from Finland. I am not sure how much of their output is based on electronics, but the above album, recorded live in Belgium in 2015, features two long tracks of experimental synths. Progressive sounding, but at the Experimental end of the EM spectrum.

See also: Nuslux

 


Avenue Vendome (???)

Saturn Chateaux (1995)

Electronic guitar soundscapes.

 


Aveparthe (Russia)

Landscapes Over the Sea (2014)

Frozen ambient soundworlds from members of Sádon and Astral & Shit.

See also: Astral & Shit

 


Avgerinos, Paul (USA)

Balancing Spheres (1988)
Maya: The Great Katun (1988)
Muse of the Round Sky (1992)
Sky of Grace (1998)

Ambient on Hearts of Space label. Should sound like a cross between Roach and Stearns.

 


Avsky (Norway)

Silent Decay (2008)

Dark Ambient.

 


Awen / Awenson (France)

Shadows (2005)
Saphonic (2008)
Beyond the Galaxies (2009)
Wizard (2010)

Awenson is Jöel Bernard. He is a Berlin School musician from France with strong Klaus Schulze influences.

 


Axess (Germany)

First Light (2002)
Chamaeleon (2003)
Contact (2004) (with Maxxess)
Time Traveller (2005)
Voices of Dawn (2008)
Fusion (2010)
Impact (2010) (with Maxxess)

Solo project of Pyramid Peak member Axel Stupplich. Berlin School electronics.

See also: Pyramid Peak, Digital Dream.

 


Axis (Japan)

Natural High (1983)

Warm, floating Electronic Music by Yasuo Ogata.

 


Axxess (UK / France)

Novels For the Moons (1983)

Electronic Music by Patrick Mimran and Howard Bedman.

See also: Mimran, Patrick

 


Axxis (???)

Soundwave Traveller (??)

 


Ayer, Guy Philippe (Switzerland)

Diaphane (1982)

Rare private LP recorded in Bern. Guy Philippe Ayer plays synths and keyboards and there is a drummer helping out. The music ranges from jazzy (sounds like normal jazz fusion played exclusively on synthesizers) to atmospheric and symphonic EM.

 


Ayers, Frank (France)

Different Skies (2014)
Heart of the Sun (2016)

Classic style synthesist. You can hear influences of Vangelis, Jarre, Schulze, TD and others in his music.

 


Ayers, Sara (USA)

Sylvatica (2000)
Interiors (2001)
Kyzyl To Samarkand (2004) (with Ryuta.k)
A Million Stories (2005)

In 1985 Sara Ayers released Fluorochrome - a cassette release with pop songs backed by synthesizers. A bit later she resurfaced as an ambient soundscape artist, still using her voice together with electronics, but more as an instrument, often in a processed form.

 


Ayres, Mark (UK)

Myths And Other Legends (1990)

Mark Ayres composed music for "Dr. Who" series, among other things. This disc is a selection of pieces from a few video productions.

 


Aythar (Hungary)

Astronautica (2016)

Music in the style of early FAX releases with 1970's influences from Tamás Károly Tamás.

 


Aywon, Ian (France)

Vision 125 / Vision 91 (1984) (S)
Universe 666 / XW 47 (1984) (S)
Psy Music - Reincarnation (1984) (S)
Psy Music - Apocalypse (1984) (S)
Psy Music - Preludes 52 & 53 (1985) (S)
Cosmic Power 1 (1986) (S)
Cosmic Power 2 (1988) (S)
Cosmic Power 3 (1989) (S)
Cosmic Power 4 (1989) (S)

French composer (his name sounds Breton to me) who preferred to release his music on 7" records. Floating electronics, with hints of Jarre.

 


Azahar (Spain)

Elixir (1977)

The first album (of the two released) by this Spanish keyboards / guitars / bass / mandolin quartet. Yes, you got it, no drums. Although there are guitars and vocals scattered throughout and the general "Andalusian rock" vibe prevailing, the whole is primarily instrumental and is dominated by keyboards (that include piano, Solina and various synthesizers). File under EM-related. Don't know about their second effort.

 


Azuma, Yoshitaka (Japan)

Moon Light of Asia (1981)
Asian Wind (1981)
Far From Asia (1982)
Mysterious Asian Roads (1983)
Azuma (1987)
The Wanderer (1988)
NHK (1989)
Panzer Dragoon (1995) (soundtrack)
Benevolence (1999)

Over the years, Yoshitaka Azuma (1948 - 2012) had been one of the premier electronic composers from Japan, combining Berlin School sequences and atmospheres with his own sonic visions, partly based on the music traditions of his native land. On later works, a new age influence creeped in. A couple of his abums were released on Peter Baumann's Private Music label. The music on these can be roughly described as Kitaro on steroids. In his later years, Yoshitaka's main sphere of activity was composing music for video games.

 


Azymuth (Brazil)

Light As A Feather (1979)

Brazilian jazz fusion band (Jose Roberto Bertrami, Alex Malheiros and Ivan Conti) with a large discography. This is synth-heavy fusion (in fact, there's no guitar, only keyboards, bass and drums / percussion) with warm sounds that somehow bring a jazzy and non-oriental Yellow Magic Orchestra to mind. However, it's still firmly in the fusion camp, so it's EM-related at best. There's a nice electronic piece, though ("Amazonia"), but unfortunately it's criminally short. Further investigation is needed.

 


Azzopardi, Jamie (UK)

Contemplation In Isolation (2014)
Four Sides of the Luddite (2015)

Don't know about other releases, but at least Contemplation In Isolation seems to contain some proggy EM material. The above discography is incomplete.

See also: Golden Gonk, The

 


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