Long, droning ambient tracks.
Slow Down (2010)
Andreas Baaden has been involved in the creation of Electronic Music since the early 1980's. His style is melodic and rhythmic.
Snu Microkosmos Tegn (2003)
Medieval Darkness And Evil (2003)
En Skog Av Svarteguds (2004)
In the Autumnal Forest Realm (2004) (S)
Northern Nebular (2004)
A Dreaming Kingdom (2005) (S)
The Embrace of the Pale Moon (2006)
Russian Dark Ambient project from Kirov, apparently inspired by Nordic myths and legends. Dominated by keyboards and various samples. A few tracks have heavily effected vocals (naturally, dealing with burning crosses and similar bullshit). The first demo contains a Burzum cover.
See also: J.A.M.
Eye-Witness of the Digital Date (1985)
A pianist, jazz musician and keyboard player, Peter Baartmans released an electronic album called Digital Date which was apparently distributed by Yamaha at the time. The style is not known. The second album Select was done on a Kurzweil digital system. It seems than Peter currently resides in Germany.
Baba Yaga (1974)
Baba Yaga was essentially a project of keyboardist Ingo Werner (ex-My Solid Ground) who released these two completely different works, the second in collaboration with the percussionist Nemat Dauman. Whereas the first eponymous release is song-dominated (in the style of British progrock), there are a few instrumental tracks that demonstrate Werner's keyboard / electronics skills (including the mellotron) and serve as precursors of what was to be heard on the follow-up. Released in the same year, Collage featured two tracks of primordial World Music, where sitars and percussion are combined with hypnotic electronic workouts resulting in a sort of an early Popol Vuh (Affenstunde, In der Garten Pharaos) feel.
Babel is a diverse musical project of Toronto-based Jakob Rehlinger (aka Moonwood). He mostly uses electric guitar with processing, as well as acoustic instruments / concrete sounds to craft his experimental compositions. However, Apraxia is a synth oriented effort and is a blast of dramatic Schulzian chords and solos (the opener, "Apraxia III", "Antacid Haus"), John Carpenter pulsations and Tangerine Dream-y cosmic journeys ("Polar Vortex"), with some experimental moments as well (reminding on Conrad Schnitzler even). Further investigation is needed.
See also: Rehlinger, Jakob
Russian sound engineer and electronic musician. He has written some soundtracks for feature films and documentaries.
The Returning (1986)
Visions of Unity (??)
Ancient Mysteries (1993)
Ambient Origins (1998) (recorded in 1983 - 1987)
Waterhaven (2001) (with Danna & Clement)
Wilderness Mysterium (2002) (with Danna & Clement)
The Keep (2010) (recorded in 1979 - 2010)
SoundSeed Sessions Vol. 1 (??) (EP)
Canadian composer whose real name is Grant Mackay. He makes Ambient music which sometimes comes close to new age. Mix of acoustic & electronic sounds.
Waga Kokoro Imada Yasuraka Narazu
Sand Boat (1978)
Synthesizer Study (1978)
Kwaidan (1978) (with Teizan Ichiryusai)
Sound Wars (1978)
No Warning (1979)
Digital Bach (1980)
Synth trio of Kazutaka Tazaki, Motoaki Suzuka and Akiro Kamio (later reduced to a duo). At times pretty experimental (like a more out-there Tomita) but with a strong cosmic edge.
Anomaly On Meadow Lane (2017)
Accrording to the legend, Stefan Bachmeier is a German sci-fi writer and electronic musician who moved to the UK shortly after WWII. But that's the label's legend, you know. Anyway, the music is nice, analog and soundtracky.
A crossover project, Back To the Moon was formed by Jürgen Drogies (founder member of the krautrock band Thirsty Moon) to explore a more contemporary sound where Electronic Music, rock guitars and Jürgen's voice combine to form a unique melodic sound.
Planet Show (1979)
Picture Dreams (1992)
Art of Magic (1993)
Villa Lilla (1994)
Synthesist on Sky label with other musicians helping out.
Exits & Epiphanies (2016)
Backnee Horn (2009)
Backnee Horn III (2012)
Improvising psych rockers. They use synths, mellotrons, guitars, bass, drums and a few other instruments. As their music is so synth-heavy (the electronics seem to be the primary component of their music), I decided to include them here as an EM-related outfit. Influences of krautrock (Can, Faust, Amon Düül) are heard, as well as those of bands like Gong and early Tangerine Dream. There are also vocal rants (hardly can be called signing) on some of the tracks that I would certainly do without. They are best when they are creating synthesized atmospheres and are completely instrumental. Mostly long tracks. Backnee Horn consists of Rudy J., Yevgeny Kushnir, Alex Furman (replaced Shimon Afriat after the release of the debut album) and Zohar Cohen.
Bad Girl (2013) (EP)
Stark analog synths and slow rhythms with something of a Heldon feel in places.
Bad Pritt (2018)
No, it's not Brad Pitt, it's Bad Pritt, a project of Luca Marchetto. It mixes a post-punk / pop aesthetic with lush strings and some mellotron choirs.
Vacuum Pulse (1996)
Pressurized Music (1997)
Dolmen Factory (1998)
Jesus Blood (1998) (S)
Toroidal Body (2000) (S)
The Harrow (2001)
Survival Tools (2001)
Bad Box (2001)
Idio Blast (2005) (with Astro)
Raw Data (2011)
Live At Maschinenfest 2015 (2017)
Basically a project of Italian musician Massimo Magrini. Judging from what I've heard about it, it's mindblowing Noise Ambient / Dark Space, using analogue synths, theremins, various found sounds, self-built instruments, etc. Dark, sometimes sad, industrial soundscapes that have been even compared to John Carpenter, Goblin and various 70's sci-fi soundtracks.
See also: Olhon
Words of A Mountain (1989)
Wally Badarou was born in 1955 in Paris to a family of West-African (Dahomey, now Benin) parents. Although he initially planned a career of a pilot, his love for music (both popular and European classical) prevailed and he got involved in many productions as a session player and producer. As a keyboard player, he worked with M ("Pop Music"), Joe Cocker, Herbie Hancock, Black Uhuru, Grace Jones and Level 42. He has also composed several soundtracks. In 1980, his first solo album appeared, the song-oriented Back To Scales Tonight. However, it wasn't until his highly acclaimed 1984 effort, Echoes, that his instrumental mastery of the synthesizer began to shine. The album featured many different styles, from the rhythmic and dance-oriented to the atmospheric. Another all-instrumental album followed in 1989, called Words of A Mountain which features atmospheric compositions with a strong classical influence.
Another Mountain (1989)
John Bæk is a member of folk band Kætter Kvartet. He released Another Mountain inspired by Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and indeed, the music bears a striking resemblance to Oldfield's style, but relying more on electronic keyboards rather than acoustic instruments (although these are used as well).
Pink Dreams (2018)
Techno artist who opens each side of this LP with an ambient track. File under EM-related.
Red Fly (1980)
Slow Motion (1981)
Visions of the Night (1983)
Colours of the Caspian Sea (1984)
Quiet Desert (1985)
Silent Red Planet (1987)
Arcanum (1997) (with Mathias Grassow and Rudiger Gleisberg)
True North (1998) (with Matthias Grassow)
Upuaut (1999) (with Mathias Grassow and Oophoi)
Bluebox Collection (2000)
Private Archive (2002)
Entities (2003) (with Nimh)
Lucid Circles (2004) (with Brannan Lane)
Planet X (2006)
Orbital Repose (2007)
A Brief History of Light (2007) (with Wee Bandits)
Live Long And Prosper (2011)
The Serenity (2013)
Prayers For the Earth (2013)
Light Textures (2013)
Private Archive (2014) (recorded in 1983 - ??)
See also: Seamus
The Aviary (1991)
The Tulsa Project (1999)
The Magic Empire Strikes Back... (1999)
Happy Hour For A Pack of Screaming Monkeys (2000)
Keystone Lake And Palmer - Welcome Back My Friends To the Gun Show That Never Ends (2001)
David Bagsby Live In London (2002)
The Lamb Fries Down On Broadway (2002)
Scream In the Dark (2002)
Gang Green Country (2002)
Watch Out (2010)
Experimental artist. The Aviary is made using bird sounds analysed by a computer software which builds patterns for synthesizers to play sounds based on those bird songs. So, what we get here is basically music "composed" by birds. Hydrophony continues in that direction but the sound source is running water this time. He can also compose in numerous other styles, such as country / western, neo-classical, progressive rock (Jethro Tull and ELP styles), progressive and academic EM, etc. Hallucinographs contains crazy synthesized "outer space" music.
See also: Xen
The Baijkonour Ghost (2012)
See also: Navel
For the Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos (2005)
Your Ear Knows Future (2008)
Everybody Knows This Is Hardware (2018)
A project of French musician Jean-Emmanuel Krieger, who currently resides in the UK. The music is fairly adventurous, mixing kraut, progressive rock, EM and maybe also techno influences. Your Ear Knows Future seems to be more guitar-dominated and more pastoral. On the other hand, the somewhat rough and in-yer-face electronics of Everybody Knows... remind me on the Heldon school of the more aggressive and neurotic kind of EM, sprinkled with moments of chiptune cheesiness. Quite complex overall and at times genuinely enjoyable.
Canadian improviser and experimental musician. Dimensions is a 3-track LP with one synthesizer piece and two electronic guitar workouts. The pieces were recorded in 1978 - 1984. For fans of Frippoid experiments and soundscapes.
Outshining Memories (2013) (with Julien
How To Help A Star To Leave the Sky (2013)
Sonic Pool Hypnose Club (2014)
The Darkest Friend My Heart (2015)
Gaz Giant (2018) (with Pulse Emitter)
French artist residing in Brussels. His music is rather unclassifiable and includes lots of different elements and influences, but is rather psychedelic and trippy overall. This is not his full discography, as I don't know at the moment how much of his output could be classified as EM or EM-related.
Interstellar Chaos (1993)
Red Shift (1997)
Live 2000 (2000)
Harvey Bainbridge @ The Grog Shop (2005)
Dreams, Omens & Strange Encounters (2010)
Sort of a World Music / krautrock / fusion / EM hybrid. Herbert F. Bairy is a pseudonym of German musician and instrument builder Ferdinand Försch (b. 1951). File under EM-related
You're A Ghost In A Tipi (2011) (EP)
Sequenced Fog (2013)
Distant Drone (2015) (S)
Saturdays With No Memory (2015)
Remembered Waves (2017)
A project of French artist Adrien Gachet. Diverse, with influenced from synthwave, techno, electro and Prog EM. The latter shines in full glory on 12-incher Sequenced Fog, which is a slab of classic style Electronic Music with lots of sequences.
Baked Beans (1993)
Bean Me Up, Scotty (1995)
Two Beans Or Not Two Beans (1998)
Unique Ambient music from the trio of Helmut Zerlett, Gottfried Tollmann and Nicole Tollmann.
See also: #9 Dream
Pretending To Be Fearless (2002)
I Fall Into You (2002)
Eye of Day (2003)
At the Fountain of Thirst (2003)
Loop Studies One (2003)
Threnody I: Lamentation (2004)
Ice Against My Skin (2004)
The Taste of Summer On Your Skin (2004) (EP)
An Intricate Course of Deception (2004)
At the Base of the Mind Is Coiled A Serpent (2004)
Field of Drones (2004)
Blauserk (2004) (EP)
Still My Beating Heart Beats (2005)
Undercurrents (2005) (with Matt Borghi)
At Home With (2005) (with Ultra Milkmaids)
The Sea Swells A Bit (2006)
Dance of Lonely Molecules (2007)
Exoskeleton Heart (2007)
Noise of Silence (2007)
An Open Letter To Franz Kafka (2007) (with Beta Cloud)
Live At the Rotunda (2008)
A Bout de Souffle (2008) (with Jakob Thiesen)
I Will Always And Forever Hold You In My Heart And Mind (2008)
Suchness #1 (2008)
Fragile Movements In Slow Motion (2008) (EP)
Gathering Blue (2009)
A Picture of An Picture (2009) (with thisquietarmy)
Pure Drone (2011)
Glass Crocodile Medicine (2013) (with Plurals)
Live At Lab.30 (2013) (S)
The Confessional Tapes (2015)
In the Red Room (2015) (with Idklang)
Synth Studies II (2016)
Enomemi (2016) (with Dirk Serries)
Heteroticisms Volume 4 (2017) (with Lärmschutz)
Landlos (2017) (with Karen Willems)
Nonland (2017) (with Karen Willems)
Synth Studies (2018) (recorded in 2013)
Chrome Mouth (2018)
Deer Park (2018)
Drifting soundscapes with a dark edge made mostly with the use of various guitars and processing (ala Troum, although different in texture). For this particular artist the discography is not complete because some of his releases that are more pop or digital electronics-oriented, were excluded from the list.
Dean Baker is keyboardist of neo-prog band Galahad (more or less along the lines of Marillion). After discovering a collection of EM CD's in his late friend's house, he composed Constellations, which is inspired by EM pioneers like Jarre, Vangelis, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream.
Themes From Dr. Himmelsleiter (1986)
Ex-Alquin. The music is on the avant-garde side of things. With Michel Mulders on synths.
We Must Be Woods (2017) (EP)
Word Color (2018)
Gacha Bakradze is a diverse artist, releasing music under various pseudonyms. He is mostly influenced by deep house, though, and his 2-LP production Restless will be a delight for aficionados of that smooth style of club-oriented electronic music. However, the truth is that he opens and closes this album with two genuine EM pieces - the excellent, smooth, sequencer chugger "Navel" and the ambient floater "For Silence". Both are rather short unfortunately, but as the Prog EM influence is there, I think it is fair to expect or at least hope for a more EM-oriented production next time. File under EM-related.
Noyer Neptune (1990)
We Ran Out To Uranus (1997)
A L'Ombre des Machines en Sueur (2007)
Ambient soundscapes with some techno elements and hints of artists like Jean-Michel Jarre from Francois Landry.
Rio Negro (2016)
Rome-based duo of Davide Ricci and Luciano Lamanna. Exploring the possibilities of Eurorack modular synths, they create dark, stark, often noisy soundworlds. I guess it will be enjoyed by fans of industrial and the darker, more aggressive forms of techno, but I imagine some of this stuff appealing to a part of the Prog EM audience (Heldon fans, anyone?). The first two cassettes are very rough, but on their third release (an LP), they've developed a more refined and captivating (also more Prog EM-related) sound.
Best of Bach (1985) (with Lippenyi and Herrer)
Szerelmi Almok (1990)
Antológia 1984 - 1990 (2012)
Keyboardist of Koral (Omega-styled band) who worked solo in the Electronic Music vein. Szerelmi Almok contains interpretations of classical works.
Detrimental Dialogue (2010) (with Andrea Marutti)
Spacey EM with electronic guitar licks. Think Schulze and TD meet King Crimson. Fausto Balbo mostly played guitar-based rock music during the 80's, but at the start of the next decade he developed an interest in Electronic Music. All of these influences were merged into a rock-flavoured EM style, displayed on Zero. Second album, called Falbo, followed in 2005. Having listened to it, I must say this is really an intriguing release. It contains lots of diverse influences but mainly sits somewhere between Experimental electronic music and electroacoustic music, with elements of glitch / noise in there as well. Lots of samples were used, as well as processed voices that make this album an odd experience. This is electronic music coming out of the kitchen of a large Italian family. It cracks, pops, wails and is laden with sounds of a kitchen sink, a hairdryer, TVset, vacuum cleaner and God knows what else. There's also a slight progressive rock influence in the form of guitar playing which is handled expertly and provides some reflective / spacey moments. By the end of the disc, the music becomes more chaotic and the noisy / glitchy elements become more prominent, while never actually going into overdrive. I haven't heard Zero but judging from the reviews, Falbo is quite a departure from that album's style and will appeal mostly to adventurous listeners and fans of electroacoustic music of all sorts. Not an easy listen I must admit, but not a terribly difficult one either. Fausto is a man with humor, so he'll entertain you big time, if you let him do so. Me, I found this work very enjoyable.
Vapor Frames 96/91 (1991) (with Steve James)
Soniasikri - A Day of Music (1991)
Earthbeat (1995) (with David Torn)
Schatten & Lichter (2011)
Nachtfalter (2012) (S)
Baldruin & Das Ensemble der Zittrigen Glieder (2013)
Im Delirium (2014)
Miniaturen (2015) (S)
Biotische Verwitterung (2017)
Vergessene Träume (2018)
Musician from Wiesbaden who on Vergessene Träume presents an absolutely unique music that often sounds like Forst-era Cluster gone evil.
Music For Planetarium In Yaroslavl
Planetarium II (2012)
The Seagull (2012)
Musician from Yaroslavl. Must be on the relaxing side of things.
Reflexions Futures (1999)
Existences Invisibles (2002)
Modified Reality (2006)
Unique Electronic Music artist whose albums were produced by Carbon 7 Records. Franck has a very diverse style that involves elements from such genres as RIO and avant-prog.
Photosynthesis (2016) (with Jon Savage)
Ex-member of Soft Cell. Photosynthesis is an experiment in ambient composition.
L'Orange Mechanik (1989)
Edward Ball is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist. He is a solo artist as well as a member (or has been a member) of several bands. This is his first solo work that is quite atypical. Inspired by the poems of the great E. A. Poe, this is dark, Gothic synth music. And then... then he released some pop albums...
Long Days (2006)
Ambient artist from Colorado, influenced by Steve Roach and sequencer music.
Tiu Vallis (2008)
A mixture of ambient and rhythmic styles from this Missouri-based artist.
Me And (2010)
Music For the Puddle (2011) (S)
Becoming Sound (2014) (S) (with Pietro Riparbelli)
Beautiful Ground (2015)
Wiwanana (2018) (S) (soundtrack)
Interesting ambient artist who mixes electronics with the sound of ancient Italian keyboard instruments.
Voo Noturno (1986)
Brazilian keyboardist (born in 1938 in Minas Gerais). He has been around since the early 1960's, releasing a few bossa / samba records. In the 1980's, though, his output was mainly in the vein of jazz fusion, of which the above LP is a nice example. The reason I include it here, though, is the nice closer ("Mística"), which seems to be a fine electronic track a bit in the style of 1980's Tangerine Dream or solo Edgar Froese. The rest is pretty much your standard jazz fusion with a Brazilian flair. An earlier album Imagens from 1983 may be interesting as well, although that one seems to be mostly a regular jazz fusion effort with nice, lush keyboards but not much in terms of electronics. Additional investigation may be needed.
Khazad Dum (2014)
Minas Morgul (2014) (S)
The Ringwraiths (2016) (recorded in 2014) (S)
Ancalagon the Black (2016) (recorded in 2014) (S)
Beowulf & Dragon (2016) (S)
The Shadow And the Flame (2018)
Tolkien-inspired ambience from France. Ranges from full-blown orchestral to dungeon synth-like and subtler ambient moods.
Dream Landscapes (2017)
Ambient soundscapes with lots of field recordings. A project of Anthony Asher-Yates.
Pattern Dialect (2015) (with Hermon Cone)
Duo improvisations performed on a Buchla Electric Music Box. Wacky, but quite listenable.
Pictures In Rhythm (1995)
Rhythm of Life (1998)
Vier Mal Drei (2001) (with Grosskopf and Heilhecker)
Bochum Sky (2014)
S-thetic² (2015) (with Stefan Erbe)
Electric Garden (2017) (with Stefan Erbe)
German musician and a member of Ashra. His music is very rhythmic and has some techno elements. The 2001 album with Grosskopf and Heilhecker is just like modern Ashra minus Manuel’s guitar playing. The guitar is played by Heilhecker instead. Baltes also makes music with Harald Grosskopf under ‘Holo Syndrome’ project name.
Baltic Fleet (2008)
The Dear One (2016)
Tuns (2018) (EP)
Solo project of ex-member of Echo And the Bunnymen Paul Fleming, operating on the intersection between new wave and kraut / EM.
Baltic Flour Mills (2004)
Dark Ambient from Darius Ciuta.
See Heat (2015)
A duo of Justin Walter (electronic valve instrument) and Brian Case (guitar, keyboards). They have something of a post-rock sound, with lots of distortion, but also very ambient in spirit and remind a bit on Robert Fripp's frippertronics stuff, but will added keys and EVI.
Des Traces Retrouvees (1984) (S)
Des Traces Retrouvees 2 (1985) (S)
Des Traces Retrouvees 3 (1987)
The Lost Drones Tape (1988) (S)
Spherics 2 (2003)
Macrocosms (2016) (with Machinefabriek)
Sound Years (2017)
Trespassing / Marilli (2017) (recorded in 1982 - 2017)
Entropia (2019) (with Machinefabriek)
Michel Banabila has been called "The Dutch Jon Hassell" and, indeed, he has been perfecting his own brand of pioneering World Music / cross-culture electronics for many years. He doesn't use "mutant trumpet", though. I am not sure how much of his output would qualify as prog EM, so the discography is incomplete at the moment.
See also: Chi
Film Music 1993 - 1995 (1998)
Electronic Music (2005)
Polish electroacoustic composer living and working in Germany. During the early 80's he developed an algorithmic composition software for Atari ST computers.
...di Terra (1978)
Released under the simple name of "Banco", di Terra was the group's second completely instrumental album. This time a real orchestra plays alongside the rock instrumentation. This is soundtracky, orchestral music with one track ("Nei Suoni e Nei Silenzi") marked by electronic sequences and synth solos ala Vangelis. It's a nice hybrid orchestral / electronic composition. However, although interesting, it's EM-related at best.
See also: Nocenzi, Gianni
Anish Music Caravan (2016)
A project of Ane Østergaard. She had at least two releases prior to Anish Music Caravan. At the moment I don't know how they sound, but the above certainly has something of a Roedelius feel to it, but with a feminine touch.
You're Miss Fortune (1996)
Sacred Flesh (2000) (soundtrack)
Singles And Outtakes (2001)
¿Que Amiga? (2003)
Through the Past Darkly (2006)
Abbey Rd (2017)
See also: Intravene
Galaxy My Dear (1978)
Ma Dolce Vita (1979)
Frontera (2015) (with Matteo Cantaluppi)
Italian synthesist and ex-Biglietto Per L'Inferno keyboard player who made a few albums of Berlin School Electronic Music (much brighter in mood than his German cohorts, though). He was one of the first few to sign for Klaus Schulze’s IC label in the late Seventies. The music should be very good.
Corrupted Waves / Silence (2017)
A Pill For Your Heartaches (2017)
Lithium Salt (2018) (with Camilla Pisani)
Ambient artist from Turin. Relaxing sound.
Imaginary Landscapes (2005)
Cosmic, melodic, dramatic, sometimes with soft and heavier rhythms.
Sitting on that elusive line that separates progressive EM from chiptune, Bansheebeat is an Arizona-based project that certainly veers more towards the latter. There are only slightest prog EM influences by way of melodic solos, tinkling sequences and a bit more complex structure than what you'd normally get with typical chiptune. There are also slight synthwave and maybe also IDM influences. File under EM related.
Les Confessions (2014)
Dates & Confessions (2014)
Empreintes (2014) (S)
Huh? (2015) (with Wether)
Les Dernières Confessions (2016)
De la Fragilite (2018)
La Révision (2018) (S)
Quebecois experimental musician who is into musique concrete, noise, sound collages, electro-acoustic music, sampling, glitch, warped electronics, spoken word, MIDI sequencing, etc. Some of his works lean in the direction of Prog EM, retaining the experimental edge. I will try to list these albums here.
Laplace: Transformation (1999)
Anorgonia In the Carcinomatous Shrinking Biopathy (2000) (EP)
Somnolence And Shivers (2001)
Non Omnis Moriar (2001)
Infrasonic Cathedral (2006)
Lange Vor Dalem (2007)
The Life On Mars (2004)
Martian Wonders (2004)
Space Music with elements of general rhytmic / melodic EM and new age.
Abstract, cosmic electronics that for some reason remind me on Zeit by Tangerine Dream, although with elements of glitch, noise and minimal techno.
Chiaro Scuro (1991)
Electronic soundscapes from this synthesist & Ambient composer.
See also: Ambulatorio Segreto
Orion - Looking For the East Inside My Mind (2014)
Cinematic compositions with an Eastern flair.
Patterns of Consciousness (2017)
Born Again In the Voltage (2018)
Young analog synth artist (born in 1990 in Bologna) who achieves a rich, sequencer-full sound on her album Patterns of Cosciousness. Fantastic stuff.
See also: Punctum
Worlds In A Small Room (1985) (with
Stories Across Borders (1991) (with Steve Jansen)
Beginning To Melt (1993) (with Jansen and Karn)
Flame (1994) (with Tim Bowness)
Seed (1994) (with Jansen and Karn)
Stone To Flesh (1995) (with Steve Jansen)
Other Worlds In A Small Room (1996) (with Steve Jansen)
Changing Hands (1997) (with Steve Jansen and Takemura)
Live At the Milky Way (1997) (with Steve Jansen)
Ism (1999) (with Jansen and Karn)
Playing In A Room With People (2001) (with Jansen and Karn)
Cosmic Prophets (2004) (with Jan Linton)
Things Buried (2004)
Stranger Inside (2008)
Lumen (2016) (recorded in 1996) (with Steve Jansen)
Breakable Moons (2016) (S) (with Jansen and Karn)
Planets + Persona (2017)
Variants.1 (2017) (EP)
Variants.2 (2018) (EP)
Variants.3 (2018) (EP)
Variants.4 (2018) (EP)
Variants 5 (2018) (EP)
Richard Barbieri is of course the ex-keyboard player of Japan and present-day keyboard player of Porcupine Tree. On Other Worlds In A Small Room he and Steve Jansen (Japan) have crafted a unique type of Electronic Music using various synths and percussion.
Seen One Earth (1987)
Speed of Light (1988)
Whispering the Wind (1988)
White Magic (1990) (soundtrack)
Further Than You Know (1993)
Big Sky (1994)
The Art of Levitation (2002)
Pete Bardens was a member of famous group Camel. He has released a lot of albums starting from the early 70's. Look for his Cinema label stuff, i.e. Seen One Earth and Speed of Light. His other albums reportedly have not much to do with Electronic Music (early albums are just typical, slightly progressive psych / blues). Pete died of cancer in 2001.
El Origen del Pensamiento Mágico (2018) (with Devid Ciampalini)
Experimental musician. So far only one album by him is included here: a mishmash of field recordings and analog synth parts that get quite cosmic in places.
The Other Heaven (2003)
Live 19082000 (2003)
Bad Heaven (2006)
The Perpetuum Mobile Space Vehicle (2006) (with Igor V. Petrov)
Naegleria Fowlery (2007)
Exclusion Zone (2009) (with Miguel Angel Ruiz)
zig-ODA (2009) (S)
Lilac Honey (2011) (S) (with Kromeshna)
Game Over? (2013)
The Dark Mathematics (2014)
The Traditions of Changes (2014) (with Pacific 231)
DroBussy (2018) (S)
Saint-Petersburg based outfit in Dark / Ritual Ambient vein. The band members are Igor Potsukailo and Sergey Matveev. This is not their full discography as I'm not sure if all releases fit in stylistically.
Solo project of Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson. Technically a mixture of guitar and electronics, the album follows a hypnotic, neurotic, chilled and repetitive formula that reminds on Heldon in places, but with heavier and modern rhythms. The author also describes a hypnotic effect of listening to Richard Burmer's Mosaic, confirming an influence spanning several decades of EM.
Vasteland (2013) (S)
Rather simple ambient sound here, consisting mostly of drawn-out synth pads.
A New Sentiment (2017)
Electronic musician from Tallahassee who released a few tapes back in the 1980's. The music ranges from noisy collages to melodic synth.
The Eternal Optimist (1982)
The Shredders - Shredder Orpheus (1989) (soundtrack)
The Cauldron Journey For Rebirth (1991) (with Jeff Mahoney and Nicki Scully)
The Cauldron Journey For Healing (??) (with Jerry Garcia and Nicki Scully)
Solo Electronic Music from Young Scientist member.
Northwest Passage (2013) (with Andy Loebs)
Sun Showers (2014)
Now Age (2015)
Sound Meditations (2016)
Asheville-based artist whose main style seems to be either synthesized or semi-acoustic Ambient, sometimes with gentle sequences / pulses.
One Single Sound (2017)
Air Skin Digger (2018)
See also: Uggeri, Matteo
The Coral Casino (2016) (with John Dieterich)
Summer '16 (2016)
Winter '16 (2017)
Jeremy Barnes is a drummer and member of several bands. On the above album, he uses live drums and percussion along with a multitude of keyboards and synths, including some rare, legendary and collectable items like Davolisint, Hammond organ, mellotron and more. Varied, joyful and tuneful music.
Heavy Water (1997)
Section 1 (2010) (S)
Section 2 (2010) (S)
Section 3 (2010) (S)
Section 4 (2010) (S)
Push (2011) (S)
Retrieval (2013) (with Faith Coloccia)
Weld (2015) (with Faith Coloccia)
Chew From the Mind (2016)
Diverse American musician working mostly within the Ambient paradigm. Seems to have a preference for analog synthesizers.
See also: Runawei
If She Says She Is A Healer, She Is A Healer (2017)
Cologne-based artist Daniel Ansorge. Nice, melodic analog sounds on the A side of the above record and hard-hitting techno on flip. File under EM-related.
First Trip (1979)
One of the early projects of Makoto Kawabata, who would later form the freak-out psychedelic collective Acid Mothers Temple. The line-up was Kawabata, Tetsushi Kawagishi and Yasuo Iwaki. This recording contains one side of experimental acoustic ramblings and another side of electronic stuff, apparently intended as a soundtrack to aerobics. I am not sure if any of their subsequent works could qualify as EM.
Sixteen Systems (2016)
Varied modular synth pieces, ranging from techno-influenced to melodic, always retaining an experimental edge.
Escape From Earth (2011)
Le Réserviste (2012) (soundtrack)
The New Born Between Mountain And Sea (2014) (soundtrack)
French synthwave artist with an EM influence on some of the tracks.
In A Foreign Land (1977)
Raw Fish & Green Tea / Surrogate Religions (1979)
Music Works For Industry (1984)
The Sleeper Wakes (1986)
Big Dahoney Funeral (2005) (recorded in 1991 - 2005)
Flash Husted (??) (recorded in 1977 - 1978)
Premap (2014) (with Kerry Leimer)
Beneath the Mirrored Surface (2015)
Field Characteristics (2015) (with Kerry Leimer)
Dual Mono (2017) (with Kerry Leimer)
Aberrant Lens (2017)
Twilight contains Eno-like ambience, while Music Works For Industry can be regarded as an inspiration for "industrial" music.
See also: Young Scientist
La mer est la (1983)
Chanson artist but this album contains two melodic instrumentals ("Lumiere Bleue" and "Ballade en Synthrock") that are synth-dominated. File under EM-related.
Pandemonium Ville Ouverte (1975)
Non Jamais L'Esperance (1976)
Electronics similar to Tangerine Dream in style, but darker and with a more violent sound.
Mind Sweep (1999)
Pretty much classic formula synthesist, relying on sequencer pulsations, synth atmospheres and melodic leads.
This Physical World (2002)
Ambient by the man who created spooky sound effects for The Blair Witch Project.
Soundtrack To the Forbidden Planet (1956) (soundtrack)
An absolute classic.
Sketches From An Island I (2013) (S)
Sketches From An Island 2 (2014)
Sketches From An Island 3 (2015) (S)
Bush Society (2015) (S)
Sketches From An Island Winter Edition (2015) (S)
Cascades (2016) (S)
Sketches From An Island (2016) (S)
Music For Presence (2017) (S)
Nature Sounds of the Balearics (2018)
Producer of balearic beat with influences from new age and EM (by means of warm analog synths, some sequences etc). Some releases lean towards Ambient (the "Winter Edition").
Drokk: Music Inspired By Mega-City One
(2012) (soundtrack) (with Ben Salisbury)
Ex_Machina (2015) (soundtrack) (with Ben Salisbury)
Member of Portishead who released a couple of soundtracks in collaboration with film composer Ben Salisbury, which can be roughly placed within the prog EM paradigm.
Miles From Mars (1999)
Soundtracky music that reminds on Amin Bhatia's Interstellar Suite. Includes some spoken dialogues.
Natuur Moment (1995)
Amsterdam-based composer Bert Barten became known in the early 1980's thanks to his minimal wave / synth-pop work Buried Alive. The above album is a soundtrack to a nature documentary, supposedly in a relaxed style.
Caverns of Time (2007)
Secret Entries Into Darkness (2008)
Tidal Phases of the Moon I (2009)
See also: Bluetech
Region of Dreams (2006)
Zen Stories (2006)
Dragon Paths (2006)
Cosmic Anthems (2007)
Variations No. 7 (2007)
Teslaic Variations (2007)
Richard Barton is actually Event Horizon, but since late 2006 he has begun to issue albums under his own name. Pre Event Horizon, which began in 2002 Richard recorded and broadcast analogue Electronic Music and talks for several programmes on BBC Radio Leicester, none of which was ever published on record. Later, during the late 80s, he composed music for computer, writing it in software form, later returning to instrumental composition and creation. During this time he also played tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, performing modern jazz at various venues including the Bath Jazz Workshop. Richard also collects and plays medieval and ethnic wind instruments, occasionally using them on EM recordings. (text used with permission) Region of Dreams has some tracks compiled from earlier releases.
New Music Daily (1997)
Analog Horizonings (2006)
Music For Easels (2015) (with Bruce Bayard, Eden Mononym and Adam Scramstad)
Concaternations: Compositions For the Hordijk Analog Synthesizer (2017)
Todd Barton has been exploring analogue synthesis and computer applications in music since 1979. On Analog Horizonings he uses several classic instruments to create calm compositions that range from reflective ambient floaters to Subotnick-like clickety-clack.
15 Minutes of Fame (2000) (S)
Off the Record (2012)
Former member of Kraftwerk.
Pictures of Earth & Space (1987)
Build Your Own Planet (1999)
Evolver 2 (2002)
Synthesist with a fairly new-agey sound. Not only the name of his first album is similar to that of Pete Bardens' Seen One Earth, but also the music bears striking resemblance to that mid 80's work. Above all, the year of release is also the same.
Subterranean Currents (2018)
Interdisciplinary artist currently based in the Netherlands. Subterranean Currents is a warm synth album very evocative of its theme. Nice.
Između Neba i Zemlje (1982)
Slovenian-born multi-instrumentalist. The above is an album that alternates between cheesy disco tracks and nice melodic EM, a bit similar to the French style, but rather unique overall. Worth checking out for these slow tracks, as the disco numbers you can easily skip (unless you're a hardcore disco freak of course).
Spirit of the Native Land (2012)
A Breath of the Wide Valley (2012)
In the Stillness of the Codrii (2013)
Groping In A Misty Spread (2014)
Enveloped In the Velvet Cloak of Midnight (2017)
Attraction (2017) (S)
Eerie Light of Fireflies (2018)
Sort of a hybrid between synth-heavy music and black metal. Some of the tracks are completely ambient (i.e. no guitars, drums or processed hoarse / shrieking vocals). I am no expert on black metal but the project is often compared to Lustre. I must say that there are some similarities indeed but the stuff I've heard from Lustre relied less on synths while the guitars and drums were more upfront. The problem I have with Basarabian Hills is probably the same that can be said about a lot of that "black metal guys doing ambient" stuff - lack of variety and imagination. I mean it's same structure, same key changes, same synth patches thoughout. It does create a nice atmospheric feeling and can be entertaining... for a few minutes. The best track I've heard from the project is on the album Groping In A Misty Spread (2014) and the track is "Snowflakes" - a wonderful cosmic piece (and not long enough to become stale). Other completely ambient pieces are scattered throughout the discography (the title track from Spirit of the Native Land is one example).
I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me (2017)
Varied soundscapes. I need to investigate more the output of this artist (real name - Stephen Bishop) on the question of "EM compatibility".
Basic Principles (1985)
Rare tape release, music of an ambient nature by Wladimir Duijndam.
Bass Communion (1998)
Bass Communion II (1999)
Bass Communion Vs. Muslimgauze (1999) (with Muslimgauze)
Bass Communion III (2001) (recorded in 1995 - 1999)
Bass Communion Remixed (2003)
Jonathan Coleclough / Bass Communion / Colin Potter (2003) (with Jonathan Coleclough and Colin Potter)
Ghosts On Magnetic Tape (2004)
Ghosts On Magnetic Tape - A Liles Reconstruction (2004)
Continuum (2005) (with Vidna Obmana)
Indicates Void (2005)
The Continuum Recyclings Vol. 1 (2006) (with Vidna Obmana)
Pacific Codex (2006)
Molotov And Haze (2008)
Litany (2009) (S)
Sisters Oregon (2017) (S)
I Have Become Overcome With Thoughts of You
Ambient drone artist from Melbourne.
Parco dei Venti (1987)
Andrea Bassato is an Italian keyboardist. He is the founding member of Mysia and also played keys in Le Orme from 1997 to 2008. On Parco dei Venti, he is helped by Franco Pivato, also a future member of Mysia.
See also: Mysia
Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon (2012) (with
110 Livingston (2014) (with Samara Lubelski)
Live, NYC (2017) (with Samara Lubelski)
L'Eclisse del Mare (1995)
Scandinavia (2004) (soundtrack)
71º 10' 21 N (2006)
Mystery Experience (2007)
Synextesy Exultet (2008)
The Wind In the Willows And Other Stories (2009)
Interesting synthesist creating music with (mostly) analogue synthesizers, with melodic and ambient styles prevailing, but also with some guitar and / or ethnic elements (like percussion for example) popping up. Also a slight classical influence is discernible.
Lasagna Ictus (2001)
Organic drone mixed with spacey soundscapes from Chris Blazen.
Cogli il Giorno (1978)
Frammenti Tonali (1979)
Keyboardist from Venice who released a number of progressive records. These represent a driving and melodic mix of progrock ala keyboard maestros like Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the classical influences and electronics. Voci is his most rock-oriented effort. Later albums are reportedly much more classically-tinged. Nowadays, Luciano Basso mainly composes classical music and tours as a professional concert pianist.
At Ease (2014) (with Howard Stelzer)
Analog modular sound sculptures, warm and sometimes based on arpeggios / sequences.
The Video Age (1980) (with Trevor Bastow)
Tomorrow's World (1982)
The AV Conception Vol. 1 (1986)
The AV Conception Vol. 2 (1987)
The AV Conception Vol. 3 (1988)
The AV Conception Vol. 4 (1988)
Library electronic records with some nice and some cheesy short tracks. Not extremely progressive, as one would guess...
Baal Shamash et Son Char Celeste (2012)
Jap (2014) (S)
Dolby's ON (2015)
Enter (2015) (S)
Jap (2016) (S)
Amen Herb (2016) (S)
Varied EM (ambient, rhythmic, melodic, atmospheric...) from Montreal-based musician Asaël Robitaille.
Armi Chimiche (1985)
Musique de Milieu Part I (1986)
Musique de Milieu Part II (1987)
Musique de Milieu Part III (1987)
Schizoidie - Trilogie Part I (1988)
Schizoidie - Trilogie Part II (1989)
Schizoidie - Trilogie Part III (1989)
Live Nevers (1995)
Future Sounds (1997)
Explorations 85-95 (2007) (recorded in 1985 - 1995)
Swiss synthesizer ensemble stylistically somewhere between industrial / experimental soundscapes and ambient synth. Batchas was formed by Robert Masse in Zurich. The project released several albums before calling it quits in 1998. Several years later, Russian label Monochrome Vision released a retrospective album Explorations that gathered pieces recorded and mixed from 1985 to 1995. "Immersion" provides the album with a deep intro. Echoing clangs and subtle drones give the piece a dark, unsettling mood. This is great pioneering Dark Ambient with a slight industrial vibe. "Descent" delves even deeper into the shadowy world of spooky atmospherics and dark electronic abstractions. This time the soundscape is augmented by heavily processed whispering, the droned becoming heavier and more menacing. More quirky and odd is the following track called "Submersible" It consists of strange processed insect-like noises and drones and is very short. "Approach" has more of a classic Dark Ambient feel, with distant menacing voices, heavy drones, layered atmospheres and the feeling of general gloom'n'doom. "Turbulences" continues in similar fashion, although this time things are much more industrial-sounding. It's still dark and ambient, but this time it sounds like you're trapped inside some evil engine. Various clangs, beeping sounds and radio chatter support this purely technological concept. Even more industrial and noisy is "Flash Flood". There's still that feeling of menace lurking inside those textures and drones but the execution is bolder and more direct this time. The track lasts less than 2 minutes. "Coal Harbour" continues with pitch-black ambiences and industrial-tinged explorations. Ever wondered what an abandoned coal mine sounds like? Well, this might be it. Deep, deep and very echoey, that's what this track is. "Pipeline" is what the title promises - a very metallic, industrial sonic environment. The track has less of an ambient quality to it, approaching the territory of the less aggressive forms of noise. "Prospecting" is more reflective and paranoid, with sparse piano notes processed by effects such as echo, harmonizing and so on. There are also subtle whispers, found sounds and various concrete textures. It could be called "room ambient" or Isolationism, it really has that claustrophobic vibe to it. "Malachite Mines" returns to the pitch-black soundscapes of "Coal Harbour". Subtle creaking, drones, unidentifiable sounds - it's all here in spades. "Amphibians", on the other hand, is strangely glitchy and subtle. Sounds like noise music for the faint-hearted. "Revelations" brings in the noise. Not that it's some wall-shattering stuff but in its peak it's quite intense. The track is only two minutes long. The long "Landing" reaches a balance between to noisy bits and the purely ambient mood, the chirping, mechanical synths combined with a deep drone. If you are interested in Dark Ambient or experimental arts, grab this album while you can.
Electronic library records.
Deep Discharge (2010)
Sands of Deception (2011)
Raumzeit 2011 (2011)
Yield To Gravity (2016)
BatteryDead is Christian Ahler who creates rhythmic, easy-listening, melodic and relaxed brand of EM.
Sulle Corde di Aries (1973)
M elle Le Gladiator (1975)
Franco Battiato (1976)
Juke Box (1977)
L'egitto Prima Della Sadie (1978)
Joe Patti's Experimental Group (2014) (with Pinaxa)
Italian pop singer who in the Seventies released a string of progressive experimental / electronic albums. Different albums may appeal to different categories of listeners. Fetus has a bit of just about everything, including experimental synth sounds. Sulle Corde di Aries contains rather minimal electronics. On the other hand, fans of Klaus Schulze would be happy to sink their teeth into Clic which sounds like a more avant-garde version of one of Klaus' albums, although there are classical vocals here. Later albums venture into extremely minimalist experimental field. For instance, there are pieces where Battiato just repeats one single piano chord over and over again, without any changes. These works are only for the extreme.
See also: Telaio Magnetico
Weird French equivalent of German krautrock, this LP recorded in 1973 - 1974 and issued in a plain black sleeve is, if anything, even crazier than that scene. Featuring one guy with his guitars (both electric and acoustic) and tons of processing, he creates long tracks of totally freaked out textures. Sometimes you get a feeling that he is aiming at a "Forbidden Planet"-type sound with this stuff. It's not for purists as it's mostly guitars, but processing and electro-acoustic / electronic techniques are used so extensively, that it in essence becomes a pioneering hybrid EM / rock work that gives a nod to French cohorts Heldon on one side and to the nascent noise / industrial scene on the other.
Electric Garden (1995)
Century City (2002)
German synthesist. Melodic electronics with sequences.
Rêveries d'un Père Tranquille (1985)
Cosmic EM with some tribal drumming and processed vocals.
Made In England (1998)
German musician born in 1972. In 1982 he started playing the electric organ and a bit later he acquired his first synthesizer. Dedications was released on cassette in 1996. Made In England followed, which, apart from electronics, featured some additional musicians on acoustic instruments.
Transharmonic Nights (1979)
Repeat Repeat (1981)
Strangers In the Night (1983)
Machines of Desire (2016)
German synthesist. Member of Tangerine Dream from 1972 to 1977. During these years TD have produced some of their best works. Baumann is indeed one of the most influential figures in the Electronic Music history. His style perfectly blended with the rest of musicians, that’s why the line-up of Froese, Franke and Baumann turned out to be one of the steadiest in the history of the group. During his years with Tangerine Dream, and after that he has also released some solo albums. The first two LP's are classics and well worth good hunting. Unfortunately, with the 1981 album (after moving to USA) he took a turn towards simple and surprisingly bland synth-pop sound with vocals. Therefore, his last two albums should be avoided by an average EM fan and are for completists only. In 80’s he founded the Private Music label on which several Tangerine Dream albums were released. He also made the legendary Blue Room project with Paul Haslinger but, unfortunately, it never got past the demo stage (although according to some sources, musically it was very good). After that, further financial losses followed. All this could contribute to Baumann's decision to leave music business for good. According to Chris Franke, he currently resides in Mexico.
Update 20.06.2016: In 2016, after years of virtual absence on the music scene, Peter Baumann returned with a new album on Bureau B. There are also rumors about him possibly joining the new Tangerine Dream (sans Froese). Let's see what the future brings.
Two German musicians who have released at least one album in 1978. The Baumann mentioned here has actually nothing to to with Peter Baumann of Tangerine Dream fame, it is another musician (full name - Wolfgang Baumann and he is helped by Eta Koek), but the music is reportedly very good.
Koncerts Sintezatoram Ar Pedali
Majas Dzive (1988)
Klusais Okeans (1990)
Burvju Pusdienas (1995)
Digitala Ziema (1998)
Nezinamais Sedevrs (2004)
Spoki (2018) (recorded in 1988 - 2011)
Latvian synthesist with a fairly cosmic style. Ingus Baušķenieks is also known as the bass player of the group Dzeltenie Pastnieki (The Yellow Postmen). Both the group and Ingus as a solo artist relied largely on magnitizdat (copying tapes) to distribute their music.
En Los Bosques De Mi Mente (1971) (S)
Ensayos Para Un Vacio (1978)
La Memoria Del Agua (1993)
Teddy Bautista is one of the pioneers of synthesizer music in Spain, playing moog both as a soloist and with Los Canarios on their monumental Ciclos album. After Los Canarios disbanded, Teddy went solo in the Electronic Music vein and also did a pop record (Radioactivo from 1981) with ex-Modulos member Pepe Robles. He then became the president of the Spanish Authors Society and his music activities gradually went downhill.
See also: Canarios, Los
Mental Distortion (??)
A Space of Time (??)
The Lake (??)
Also known as Bay.
Full Moon (2016)
Sun Dog Trail (2017)
Experimental composer and member of Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM). You would expect something very dry and academic but no - Full Moon is a surprisingly accessible and listenable effort, featuring melodic analog synth compositions (playful, a bit Cluster-like) and even one piano interlude ("The Glass Key").
See also: Two Colors
2 Rue de Paris (1988)
A Réau... Gare (1988)
Improvising electronic ensemble consisting of M.Nomized, Pol Silentblock and Guy Stuckens. Mostly rhythmic, ranging from Dusseldorf motorik to more free-form explorations with soloing synths, but always retaining the electronic rhythms.
Ambient soundtrack to an exposition about bees and their role in nature and human life. Neo-classically-influenced, with some mellotron and lots of field recordings from nature. Be is a duo of Kev Bales and Tony Foster.
Archaic Modulation (1994)
Ambient from Steffen Britzke on Recycle Or Die label.
Sonic Pathways To Psychic Healing (2018)
Low-fi synths, strange rhythmic and noisy compositions.
I Wanna Be Your Wall (2016)
Side project of Daryl Worthington aka Kostoglotov. This is totally different - extremely quite, ambient and minimal, sometimes like a soundtrack to a suspense movie but with added deep, throbbing rhythms in places.
See also: Kostoglotov
Music For Micros (1983)
The Living Planet (1985)
Electronic library records with some nice melodic tracks.
Point of Departure (1988)
Joe Robertson and John Wilson. Private press from Phoenix, Arizona. Jazzy music with orchestral elements.
Backward Arrow (2005) (S)
Mud Tones (2006) (S)
Djid Hums (2007)
Maldad Humana 1 (2007)
Vallee de Dith (2009)
Smoked the Whole Thing (2011)
Basement Surge (2011)
El Telonero (2012)
Improvisaciones Caseras (2013)
Vagaciones II (2014)
Winged Simians (2015)
Visions From Limbus (2016)
Hacia la Luz (2016)
Alien Encrypted Message (2017)
Diverse psychedelic soundscapes created on analogue synthesizers. Music by Ernesto Gonzalez.
See also: Tav Exotic
The Bearburger (1983)
Solo cassette released on Uniton label. Music by Bjørn Sorknes, ex member of Fra Lippo Lippi. Mostly rather sparse and gloomy Ambient sound, with a touch of minimal synth, especially on the closing rhythmic track.
Golden Voyage Vol. 1 (1977)
Golden Voyage Vol. 2 (1978)
Golden Voyage Vol. 3 (1979)
Golden Voyage Vol. 4 (1982)
Golden Voyage Vol. 5: The Heralding (1984)
Golden Voyage Vol. 6 (1987)
A duo of Robert Bearns and Ron Dexter. Instrumental synth in floating, meditative style.
The Early Years (2002) (recorded in
1980 - 2000)
Solo Electronic Music from member of Airsculpture.
UK Tour 1986 (2010)
Peter Beasley is a former rock drummer who got some interest in composing Electronic Music during the 1980's. That decade saw the birth of British AMP Records, of which Peter was one of the founders, together with Mark Jenkins. In 1987, he also released an album of upbeat, energetic EM tracks in Tangerine Dream / Ashra mould. All music was recorded in 1986 and the album was re-released with a bonus track in 2007.
Beast Vol. 1 (2017)
Beast Vol. 2 (2017)
A project of Koen Holtkamp dedicated to repetitive electronic patterns inspired by minimalism.
See also: Holtkamp, Koen
Little Place (2002)
A duo of Hardy Kukuk and Matthias Culmey. They have a lot of classic EM influences but if you absolutely don't like techno beats, maybe it's better to forgo these.
See also: Kukuk, Hardy
Supposedly, electronic album from this Progrock band / project led by Marcel Aegerter.
Treatment Works (2016)
London-based duo that sounds slightly progressive but is also slightly IDM, slightly plunderphonics, slightly noise, slightly everything. Almost non-progressive, but the nice proggy analog synths made me decide in favor.
White Coffee (2005)
Ambient project of Alexander Ananyev. A warm sound, bringing to mind snowy dreamscapes and half-forgotten dreams.
See also: Sleepy Town Manufacture
Ambient One (2011)
Ambient Two (2012)
Equipment And Personnel (2015)
Buchlaworks: Module I (2016)
Soundscapes from member of chillwave / lounge project Clive Tanaka y su Orquesta.
See also: Exurbs
Lucifer Rising (1980) (soundtrack)
Dreamways of the Mystic (2005)
Dancing Hearts Afire (2013)
Voodoo Shivaya (2018) (recorded in 2001 - 2015)
An obscurity, this one. This is the soundtrack to Kenneth Anger's film (completed in 1980). The original idea to have Jimmy Page write the score was thrown away and the duties of handling the music were given to Bobby Beausoleil and he completed the task while being imprisoned for murder (he was sentenced to a death row and although the decision was cancelled he must have spent some 30 years or more in prison as of now). Despite his incarceration Bobby continued to be active in music making and thus we have this little masterpiece where Bobby plays various electric pianos, synths etc, accompanied by other musicians (The "Freedom Orchestra" - most likely his fellow prisoners). It's a strange soundscape. Pretty cosmic and sometimes menacing. Well, I hope early Tangerine Dream fans will like this, but beware the psych guitar.
Product 06 (2005) (with others)
Radiance (2009) (with Yui Onodera)
Night Blossom (2011) (with Yui Onodera)
L'atlier des Filles (2016)
The Nonesuch Guide To Electronic Music (1968)
Ragnarok Electronic Funk (1969)
In A Wild Sanctuary (1970)
All Good Men (1972)
Legendary American duo of Paul Beaver and Bernie Krause. Hardly famous, but still quite well-known in the EM circles.
See also: Krause, Bernie
Savannah Georgia (1975)
La Condition Masculine (1976)
Un Petit Ivorien (1979)
New Track (1982)
Francis Bebey (1929 - 2001) was a Cameroon-born singer, guitarist, flutist, journalist, sculptor and writer. He is mainly known for his guitar-based songs and traditional / popular African (Afrobeat) music. However, he has also released some purely instrumental works where he plays synthesizers in an electronic style, making him a pioneer of EM in Cameroon (or Africa, for that matter). How does it sound? Well, imagine if Cluster would migrate to African savanna with all their synths, organs, drumboxes and affinity for a quirky melody and you'll get a vague idea. In fact, any comparison is useless as Bebey stands pretty much on his own but is invariably fun. Sometimes he sings a bit over instrumental backing or tells a story. I'll try to list his EM-related albums here (or albums that contain some electronic tracks).
Of Vistula (2010)
Zephyria (2010) (EP)
Blurreal (2013) (S)
Young ambient artist (Bo Becker was born in 1989). Melodic sound with gentle electronics and some guitars.
The Four Seasons (1978)
The Eternal Seasons (1978)
Synthesizer / Incantations (1979) (with Michiko Akao)
German electronic composer who, for some reason, preferred to release his works in Japan (mainly on Toshiba). There is at least one more album by Frank Becker titled Synthesizer - The Beatles 2 (1978) that contains synth versions of Beatles songs.
Inner, Stellar (1989)
See also: Enterphase
Traditional Music of Notional Spieces Vol. I
Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. II (2016)
Formless, abstract mass of sound and vaguely rhythmic constructions from this Syrian-born artist currently residing in Germany. Way beyond Kluster / Schnitzler. Unique stuff that sounds like living sonic organisms.
Bells On Ice (1980) (S)
Minimal synthesizer sequences.
Music For Albion Moonlight (1970)
Nurse’s Song With Elephants (1972)
Tentacles of the Dark Nebula (1974)
Star’s End (1974)
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1975)
The Odyssey (1976)
Instructions For Angels (1977)
Star Clusters, Nebulae & Places In Devon (1981)
Song of the White Horse (1981)
Rigel 9 (1985)
Great Equatorial (1994)
My Mother, My Sister & I (1999)
The Odyssey Live (2011) (recorded in 1977)
David Bedford (1937 - 2011) was an accociate of Mike Oldfield and Mike himself played on some of David's albums. Bedford was more of a modern classical musician than electronic. On most of his albums he finds himself in the Stravinsky mode. The two releases that are of interest to an Electronic Music fan is the 1976’s album ‘The Odyssey’, composed for electronic keyboards, that also features vocals to a certain extent, and ‘Instructions For Angels’ where synths are complimented by orchestral elements. Both albums feature the guitar work of Oldfield. Ok, some other albums may be interesting, too. For example, you can try ‘Rigel 9’, which is a spoken story put on top of music, which is half synthesizer and half conventional instruments. It also includes two ‘normal’ short songs. Another electronic work is Great Equatorial from 1994.
Repetitive EM by Thierry Vanderstraeten (keyboardist of Malataverne).
Summer Feelings (2006)
Let's Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow (2009)
Painting Sky Together (2009)
Music For Balance And Relaxation Vol. 1 (2018)
Illustrations For Those Who (2018)
Tranquil and pastoral ambience.
See also: New Rome
The Border (2018)
Ethnic-spiced ambient drones.
Diavolo Dance Theater 1992 - 1996 (1998)
Theater work from this artist, originally from Toulouse, representing a series of electronic soundscapes and percussive rhythms.
Shade & System (2014)
Varied soundscapes with a strong kosmische / Berlin School bend from Michael Chau based in Brooklyn, NY.
Meth Colony (2006)
Living's Just Defying the Ocean (2006)
Plate Breaker (2007)
Neurasthenia (2007) (S)
Honey And Salt (2007) (S)
Dark Address (2007) (S)
Docked Orbs (2007) (S)
I Will Hold the Bag (2007) (S)
Live Mask (2007) (S)
Three Weeks In the Outer Burrows (2007) (S)
Versailles Is Not Too Large...Or Infinity Too Long (2008)
How Softly Sings the Kettle, How Sweetly Chimes the Clock (2008) (S)
Elusive Lunar Bow (2008) (S)
Solo Renegades (2008) (S)
Frozen Versioning (2009)
Hyperborean Trenchtown (2009)
Shimmering Braid (2009) (S)
Folie a Plusieurs (2009) (S)
Prelude And First Enormous Peacock (2009) (S)
No Mutant Enemy (2009) (S)
Colony Collapse 2 (2009) (S)
Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico (2010)
From A Will-Less Gigolo of A Divinity To the Gore-Spattered Lion On His Own Health, Osysseus Becomes "Odysseus" (2010) (S)
In the Balm Yard: The Nth Dream of the Thermo-Hygrometer (2010) (S)
Vaporwave / Scanops (2012)
When We Were Eating Unripe Pears (2012)
Drone Ambient artist Chris Madak. Sometimes reminds on vintage Italian EM (as on Canzoni...).
Mappa Mundi (1989)
Scala Destillans (1990)
Der Holzweg (1993)
Time Waits For No One (1994)
Music For the Head Ballet (1996)
The Surrough Gate (1997)
Long Stones And Circles (1997) (S)
Do Be Do (1999)
A Touch of Brimstone (2002)
Aughton - The Patient Books (2004)
The Bodyshop (2004)
Seltenturm Beesides (2007) (recorded in 1989 - 2000)
Sandancing Demos (2008) (S)
Atem (2009) (S)
Port Out Starboard Home (2011)
Analogue synth soundscapes by Freek Kinkelaar and Frans de Waard. Very ambient. Frans de Waard and Freek Kinkelaar formed Beequeen in the winter of 1988. Joseph Beuys, a German conceptual artist who often used the image of the 'queen bee', originally inspired the name. The music of Beequeen, like most music, is hard to describe. Music-wise Beequeen has grown out of the ambient-industrial scene to a sound of their own, combining rhythms, environmental recordings, post-rock and electronics using melancholical keyboards and guitars, sounds and samples, all mixed into dense layered organic music. However, best remains to listen to their music as a single tone says more than a thousand words. The music of Beequeen is available worldwide from various labels and distributors. Seek and ye shall find. In 2000 Frans and Freek formed their private label Plinkity Plonk. In 2001 the Beequeen side-project Wander was formed. Wander concentrates on drone recordings often using treaded organ sounds as sound source. In 2003 Beequeen toured the United States and performed the last set of the tour in Reykjavik, Iceland. Frans and Freek are friendly people, ready to communicate and share their thoughts with others. They also have a nice sense of humour. Most of the time.(biography used with permission)
See also: Waard, Frans de
Fragile Pitches (2010) (with Colin Potter)
Dirt On Earth: A Pocket of Resistance (2012) (with Human Greed)
OMEGA: ost (2013) (with Human Greed)
Hivernant (2015) (with Human Greed)
A Moon That Lights Itself (2016)
Let the Cold Stove Sing (2016) (with Human Greed)
New Town Nocturnes (2016) (with Chris Connelly)
Titan: A Crane Is A Bridge (2017)
Experimental musician who likes to use sound sculptures in his works. On Titan, a giant industrial installation in the form of an old crane was used to produce haunting sounds that were then processed with strings and electronics to produce a gloomy, hypnotic ambient sound.
A stalwart of techno / club music (real name - Simon Begg). Blueprints is a change of style for him, with most tracks being beat-free and atmospheric, based on the sound of analog synthesizers and multiple sequences (very Prog EM-friendly sound here and at times really impressive, especially when he throws in several sequences at the same time, creating a real electronic wall-of-sound). The music was inspired by a recently discovered notebook that belonged to Begg's grandfather and contains detailed diagrams of compressors and air ducts.
The Frostbitten Path (2013)
Villissä Pohjolassa (2014)
Abendstimmung über einer Dorfstraße (2015)
Sommerabend (2015) (S)
The Voyage of Life (2016)
Beheat Gorum de Mentheurd (2017)
Imagine if Tangerine Dream decided to play back metal... Nah, they still wouldn't sound like that. This project (Riccardo Zanella) takes black metal as the basis. However, the sound is so drenched in electronics that it actually becomes another type of music completely. The overdriven guitars are nowhere to be heard, or are buried deep in the mix, the folky elements are in, the mellotrons and flutes are in and the synths galore are in as well. Even the typical black metal hoarse vocals are processed to the point where they become just another (electronic) instrument. I would describe the sound as a hybrid of black metal, progressive rock and EM which is probably the best I can do. Sometimes it ventures into pure EM / Ambient as well. Unique stuff and one to look out for.
Artificial Horizons (1974)
Obscure electronics. It has atmospheric sections, Tangerine Dream-like sequences, funny beeps and bleeps etc.
Beingthere is the pseudonym of British musician and artist M.A Livsey. The cassette collection of tracks called Postcards was re-released on CD as A Sense of Beingthere.
Horizonte de Sucesos (2009)
Spanish band that plays improvised space rock jams that are heavy on the electronics. Reminds on Agitation Free, Ashra, Can, Tangerine Dream and more, with a unique touch. Beiruth consists of Juan Angel Gomez (guitar, synths), Jesus Arnaiz (bass, synths) and Charlie Segura (drums).
Minstrel Electronique (2008)
Cosmopolitan Dances (2010)
On Amorphous Dawn (2013)
Moments in Shapeshifting (2016)
Greys, Escaped (2016)
Providence, Rhode Island-based project of Edward Tindall. Sort of accessible and melodic but with traits of Experimental EM. The two untitled albums from 2011 contain different music.
An Ancient Star (2009)
The Belbury Tales (2012)
Other Voices 09 (2017) (S) (with Moon Wiring Club)
Other Voices 10 (2018) (S) (with Sharron Kraus)
Belbury Poly is Jim Jupp aka Eric Zann. He is influenced by vintage library music and 60's electronic avant-garde. At least the above albums should be of interest to EM fans.
Juan Belda (1986)
Keyboardist and composer of theater and TV scores from Tenerife, Spain. This is his debut solo album that is split between sample-heavy and rhythmic industrial-influenced songs and some softer, more melodic and cosmic material that might be interesting for EM fans. He then went on to release La Pasión which took a different direction altogether and was split between vocal songs and neo-classical tracks. There is also a third solo album and a collaboration with Hugo Westerdahl. I don't know much about these at the moment.
Alveare (2017) (recorded in 2007 - 2016)
Italian drummer who combines his drum / percussion playing with electronics. The above works may interest fans of the more experimental forms of EM. Further investigation is needed.
Awake In My Flying Dream (2014)
Mix of electronic guitar and ambient electronics from ex-member of Silver Apples.
See also: Silver Apples
Tertiary Colors (2018) (S)
Sort of ethereal, melodic synth compositions, imbued in echo and a bit lo-fi. Bell Mountain is a New Orleans-based duo of Geoff Dumont and Scott Campbell.
Aurachrome (2014) (EP)
Anime Solitaire Cassette 001 (2016) (S)
Anime Solitaire Cassette 002 (2018) (S)
Synthesizer project from Verona. Between ambient sound and minimal synth. Sometimes based on dramatic chords.
10 Songs For Polaroids And Playmobils (2006)
Sonic Sculptures (2010)
Do You Feel Lucky? (2015)
Illusion of Safety (2015)
Straw Dog (2016)
Bellerophone is Dimitris Santziliotis from Athens who uses primarily analog instruments. Do You Feel Lucky? contains music inspired by Cluster.
Star Gods of the Ancient Americas (1983)
This is Thomas J. Bellino's soundtrack piece to an exhibition at the Museum of the American Indian. It is a combination of soft, flowing EM and traditional Indian flute music. Sort of new-agey, World Music sound. For fans of Emerald Web perhaps.
Detras del Alcoiris (1987)
A sedate work, blending synths, nature samples and acoustic instruments. This album was released privately in Chile in 1987 and re-released a year later in the USA as Beyond the Rainbow.
Mind Sailing (1989)
Sequential electronics ala 80's Tangerine Dream mixed with classical piano playing and ambient atmospheres. Carlos Beltrán (1956 - 2017) was a musician and multi-instrumentalist based in Mexico City.
Everything At Once (2016)
Varied electronic artist, mostly within IDM and various forms of techno. Espais is an ambient work, though, with a hazy, somewhat classically-inspired sound but also lo-fi / industrial touches. Interestingly enough, the album ends with a Vangelis-like, symphonic, cinematic synth drift ("The Warning Storm"). Both Everything At Once and Moth are mostly varied forms of IDM / techno, but include some ambient tracks as well. John Beltran has been releasing music at least since the 1990's.
Electronic duo from France that included Jean Bonnefoy (of Los Gonococcos fame) and young Brazilian designer / keyboardist Sergio Macedo.
See also: Dicotyledon
Infra Dig (2006)
Diverse electronic compositions from this duo, from the melodic to the experimental. Overall sounds like a mixture of prog EM and contemporary glitch / laptop techno.
Arrakis - Der Wustenplanet (1993)
This synthesist's works are inspired by the "Dune" universe. All titles of his releases took their names from Frank Herbert's novel.
Sustained Space (1983)
An Bene was A Produce's girlfriend at the beginning of the 1980's. And Pierre Lambow was his collaborator (both A Produce and Pierre Lambow played in the rock group "The Blank Ensemble" in the 1970's). By this connection you can guess that the style of this release is pretty ambient. Pierre Lambow left this world in 1992.
Inside Passage (2002)
Silent Uprising (2005)
Dark Ambient by Wisconsin duo of Nicolas Lampert and Dave Canterbury.
A Lone Reply (2000)
Salvaging the Past (2005)
A Cambient Variations (2008)
Salvaging the Present (2016)
Feldspar (2010) (S)
Toth (2011) (S)
Lowe (2011) (S)
Edgemere (2011) (S)
Sprague (2011) (S)
Prolific ambient soundscape duo of Lou DiBenedetto and Joe LiTrenta. Most of their releases to date have been download-only.
Beautiful Electronic Music (1996)
Silicon Valleys (2000)
Twenty Systems (2008)
Loop Series (2012)
Ben Edwards uses vintage synthesizers to experiment with sounds.
See also: Ghost Harmonic
Waiting For Snow (1999)
Phases (2000) (S) (with Adam Beyer)
Soundtrack Saga (2001)
The Revelation According To Frank Benkho
A Trip To the Space [Between] (2016)
Chilean musician and experimentator also known as Mika Martini. He is into live improvisations with analog instruments.
Lexicon 2 (1984)
Masik Vilag (2012)
Omega keyboardist. Electronics.
Nature Watch (1982)
Themes (??) (with Alan Hawkshaw)
Drummer from The Shadows with his solo electronic works. The first one is a rare electronic album with prominent rhythm while Nature Watch is a library LP with ambient, floating EM. Fantasia is a library album as well. He has other albums that are of no interest to EM fans.
Mezuzah (2009) (S)
Obstructing Self-Reflection (2017)
Although known mainly as a noise artist, Marc Benner released some droning works under his real name that could be enjoyed by fans of Ambient.
Benoît And the Mandelbrots (2016)
Unusual trio from Cologne. They use live computer coding on laptops to create improvised compositions that range from rhythmic to abstract and noisy. Different, but definitely Prog-influenced stuff.
Atmospheric and rhythmic electronics influenced by 1980's Japanese EM.
Arizona-based Space Music artist.
Sirius Lullabye (1983)
Little-known synthesist from San-Francisco area. This is his rare cassette release.
Wet Weather Creek (2011)
Stormy, Wetter (2015)
Ambient artist, with a wet, nature-inspired sound, enriched by some field recordings and classical / acoustic instrumentation from time to time. Music for rainy weather, fog, humid mornings and creeks.
Wanton But Windblown (1988)
Supposedly, melodic Ambient by one Melvyn Z. Pad from Ipswich.
A Classical Collection: 2006 - 2011 (2012)
Minimal synth / industrial artist from Hungary. The above is a Wendy Carlos-styled collection of classical pieces arranged for analog synthesizers.
Randalin (1986) (with Roland Håkansson)
Private LP that combines medieval instruments with synthesizers.
Ei Allemol (2014)
Diverse synthesist from Germany, ranges from darkish Ambient to experimental and rhythmic / melodic.
Long-form Ambient combining water sounds and electronics.
Synth duo with an ambient, droney sound.
For Astronauts N.1 (??)
See also: Plin
The Forgotten Horizon (1980)
A theater piece by this Finnish composer (1938 - 1994). For fans of the more avant / experimental end of the EM spectrum.
Traversing Celestial Realms (2018)
Lunar Mysteries (2018) (S)
Colorado-based artist. Although clearly influenced by the dungeon synth genre, this is much closer to Ambient and related sounds.
See also: Black Cavern
Falling Back To Where I Began (2005)
Instrumental progrock with a strong electronic element (the music is synth-dominated most of the time) by keyboardist of Qwaarn. He would go on to release another album that has vocals and is a full-blown progrock effort. File under EM-related.
Ernest Berk (??)
British electronic pioneer.
The first side of HIM005 is strinctly analog, warm EM with just a touch of dance. Side two is dedicated to techno / house, though.
Dramatic World Ambient Music (1996)
Images From Earth (1998)
University rock / jazz / psych / folk / whatever band formed by Peter Berkow that released a few albums during the 1970's. This is their debut that, apart from the varied rock or acoustic-based material, reportedly features a long experimental electronic track. Further investigation is needed.
EC (s) TASIS (1991)
Dis / Recon (1992)
The Russians Are Coming (1982) (S)
An EP-length record by Conrad Schnitzler and his son Gregor. Motorik-like krautrock rhythms mixed with some prog influences and even a bit of "vocal". Peter Baumann helps with the production and some sources state that he also plays on this release.
See also: Schnitzler, Conrad
Land of the Rising Sun (2012)
Berlin School project by Hannover-based musician Robert Sigmuntowski.
Privately released cassette with varied EM, from ambient to TD-like pulsations.
Depth Quench (2009)
Wet Ruby Channels (2009)
Present Clearance (2009)
Sapphire Coast (2009) (S)
Trapped In Fantasy (2009) (S)
Night Pearls (2009)
Scarlet Hitch (2009)
Mind Swipe (2009) (S)
Chase (2009) (S)
Droning ambient soundscapes by Jeffry Astin and Josh Burke. Did I already mention that the latter was kind of prolific?
See also: Burke, Josh
Sketches From Space (2018)
Alternative project of the group known as The True Underground Sounds of Rome. While that latter one made a name as one of Italy's pioneering techno collectives in the early 1990's underground, on Sketches From Space, a more atmospheric, ambient and EM-oriented approach is heard. Some tracks still have that techno influence via rhythms / beats etc., but overall this is moving in the ambient / EM direction for sure.
Known in the techno circles, James Bernard released this unique atmospheric electronic album in 1994. The music has even some similarities to 1970's Tangerine Dream.
Ondes À L'âme (2012)
Marie Bernard Pagé is a composer, writer and actress. She is also a keyboardist and former member of synth-pop trio Soupir. The above album is an ambient affair, focusing on the haunting and romantic sounds of the Ondes Martenot.
Music For 'Fragments From
the Inside' (2005) (with Harold Budd)
Winter Garden (2012) (with Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd)
Blackwood - As the World Rots Away (2016)
In Praise of Shadows (2016) (with Shinkiro)
Invisible Strings (2016) (with Prakash Sontakke)
Himuro (2017) (with Netherworld)
Solitary Universe (2018) (with Chihei Hatakeyama)
Along the Corridors (2018) (with Blackfilm)
Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It (2018)
Italian ambient soundscape artist. I omitted his early works that are supposed to be much more IDM / drum and bass influenced.
Dance Scapes (1990)
Well-known film music composer.
A Poem (2018)
Diverse experimental artist from Ann Arbor. She uses both her voice and electronics. A Poem will be enjoyed by fans of moody ambient soundscapes.
The Golden Boat (2003)
Buddha's Mile (2004)
A Strange Feather (2005)
Turn Left A Thousand Feet From Here (2005)
The Ear That Was Sold To A Fish (2005)
The Cartesian Plane (2010)
Towards the Blue Peninsula (2013)
Viable Systems 1 (2017)
Droning music from this sound creator / manipulator.
Music For Insomniacs
The Small Hours (2016)
Night Terrors (2017)
Unexpected electronic album from this actor and musician, this one sees Matt playing analogue synthesizers in a floating Ambient / Space Music style. The Small Hours is a return to song-based format but there's also a long instrumental "Night Terrors", which in a way harkens back to the style of Music For Insomniacs.
Where Dark Forces Meet (1980)
A Voice In the Wilderness (1981)
The Reaper (1986)
Profile '82 - '92 (1992)
Heavens & Highlands (1992)
The Mists of Time (2002)
Sun Dance (2007)
Ron Berry became interested in EM in 1972 and by 1974 he built his first synth. After playing with rock bands he switched to permorming synth music both in a two-man band format and as a soloist. His Electronic Music is very warm-sounding and is made with homebuilt analogue equipment. On latter albums he started adding a few digital instruments and the most interesting album in this regard is Nightscape, which was made using (mainly) digital sample-based sounds. This album is perfect for late night listening. As for Osiris, it's terrific stuff. At times melodic, at times moody and atmospheric. Several sections of this album will lead any fan of classic Electronic Music to an orgasm. With just the right amount of elements from all the greats, Ron Berry creates floating and atmospheric analogue music which is totally individual and unique. Ron is one of the few who realize the power of analogue synthesis and wisely explore its infinite possibilities. How on Earth did this music avoid the exposure it deserves, is beyond me, because it certainly ranks up there with the best EM masterpieces.
See also: Out of Control
Across the Red Line (1998)
Fantastic World (1985)
Italian drummer. Fantastic World is a fusion-y drum showcase type of record. However, on this particular release synths are also used extensively, and some sections are pure electronics, mixed with the drumming mayhem, of course. As a result, we are dealing an EM-related record here.
Dark Space. Long tracks. First there was Zeit. And now there's Space.
NGC 1999 (2018)
Music for bass clarinet and electronics. Between modern classical, minimalism and EM.
When Children Sleep (2000)
Daniel Byerly. Dark.
Libra (1973) (soundtrack)
Besombes-Rizet (1975) (with Jean-Louis Rizet)
Ceci est Cela (1979)
La Guerre des Animaux (1982)
City & Industry (1982) (with others)
Philippe Besombes appeared on the scene in the early 1970's doing concrete collages inspired by Stockhausen and Xeankis and synthesizer soundscapes. Some sources also say he jammed with Jean-Michel Jarre.
See also: Hydravion.
Morphogenic (2012) (with Parallel Worlds)
Black Horses of the Sun (2015)
See also: Node
Tu Vois ce qu'on Veut Dire? (1999)
Messe Nuptiale en Sol Majeur (2002)
French synthesist. The style is not known. Pierre Bessuand discovered synthesizers in 1979. He then studied at the conservatory and started releasing his works in the 1990's. He also composed music for several films. Tu Vois... seems to be some kind of musical comedy. Messe Nuptiale... contains live music.
The End of the World (1995)
Danceable energetic music. Can be described as a mixture of Asana and Orbital. Probably not very interesting.
Ben Best & Karl Jorgensen (2012)
Ben Best & Karl Jorgensen 2 (2012)
See also: Jørgensen, Karl
I Am the Best (1984)
This was released on Klaus Schulze's Inteam label but the style is not known.
Ubbo-Sathla (2002) (EP)
The Antediluvian Earth (2003)
The Self Immolation Rite (2004)
La Foret Tropicale (1997)
Le Lever du Jour (1997)
Le Rivage (1997)
Aurores Infinies - Musique de Lumière (2000)
La Paix do Soir - Musique de Tendresse (2000)
Ruisseaux de Cristal - Musique de Douceur (2000)
Aurore Boréale (2001)
French musician. Most of the above mentioned works are part of the huge ‘La Collection Oxygene’ set which also included music by other musicians.
An Open Letter To Franz Kafka
(2007) (with Aidan Baker)
Circadian Rhythm Disturbance (2008) (S)
Coptic Lament (??)
Lunar Monograph (2010)
Beta Cloud is Ambient artist Carl Pace from Buffalo, NY. He uses mostly analog electronic sources, guitars and processed acoustic instruments / sounds.
Rare electronic LP by this synthesist, subtitled "Quand l'Electronique Devient Musique".
Colossal Squid (2016)
British drummer who uses a lot of samples and electronics for a rich and unique sound.
And the Waters Opened (1973)
Hesse Between Music (1975)
Silence Beyond Time (1980)
Led by Peter Michael Hamel, this band can be cosidered the pioneers of World Music. There are cosmic, quiet and majestic atmospheres, plenty of ethnic influences etc. Somewhat in the Popol Vuh vein, maybe, but with an individual character.
Between Identity is Scott Rouse from Tusla, known for several other projects. Nocturnes is an album of ambient music recorded with a JX-3P synth.
Radio Silence (2004)
Secret Observatory (2005)
Autumn Continent (2006)
The Edge of A Fairytale (2009)
Deep spacey atmospheres, floating electronics and subtle tonalities from Swedish artist Stefan Jönsson.
More Or Less (2001)
Photo-Realistic Can of Juice (2001)
Such Trouble (2002)
As Room (2004)
Jaco Beudeker and Rob Knetsch of Novo Sibirsk. Electronic Music with experimental and jazzy touches.
The Emissary (2015)
Unusual ambient album with a warm sound from this techno musician.
Electronic Awakening (2000) (S)
Shadow Music (2002)
This group was formed in 1986 as an ambient electronic side-project by members of indie rock band Sudden Afternoon. The lineup included Rob Warner, Matt Russell and Nick Ralph.The group is now reduced down to a solo project of Warner.
Music For Cosmic Nights
Fine Tunes (2017)
Ride the Stars (??)
Beyond Imagination is Andrew Ford and the music featured on this album is supposedly boring stuff made with thin digital presets that will make you scream "bring on the moooog!!!"
Lost Between Dreams And Memories (2004)
Minimalistic Dark Ambient.
The Flight of Luis Garcia (1994)
Sonic Reclaimator (1996)
Your Body (1998)
Time To Get Up (2004)
Relations At the Borders Between (2013)
San-Francisco experimental electronic outfit. They use moogs, some unusual homemade instruments, found objects and ...ahem... casios. Supposed to be on the spacey echoey side.
Pursuit of Pleasure (2005)
The Dull Routine of Existence (2006)
No Light In Our Eyes (2008)
Zielona Gora (2009) (with Moljebka Pulse)
Modern Day Diabolists (2012)
The End of It All (2016)
Introspection / The Lost Wave (1978) (S)
Very rare single with classic synthesizer music from France.
Rhythmic / melodic music with a symphonic touch. Sometimes ala Jean-Michel Jarre.
Mina (2009) (S)
Paths (2012) (S)
Cosmologist (2016) (EP)
Primes (2017) (S)
Parler Musique (2018)
San Francisco-based Robert Yang creates unique music which, although mostly having a steady, even danceable rhythm, is also definitely progressive in its execution, combining influences as wide ranging as chiptune, techno, classic Kraftwerk, Prog EM in general and maybe also touches of italo and trance. The music is strictly analogue and seems to be influenced by science.
Remembering In the Cosmic Manifestation
Remembering In the Cosmic Manifestation Vol. II (2016)
A project of experimental musician Raymond Dijkstra. If you like Popol Vuh circa Affenstunde, you will most likely find this combination of percussion and demented electronics enjoyable. This is noisier, though.
Corpse Crater (1994)
Started as a black metal band, Bhaobhan Sidhe suddenly released this demo cassette of Ambient music in 1994. Two years later it was re-released on CD with some extra tracks.
The Interstellar Suite (1987)
Amin Bhatia developed a very individual style that incorporated multi-layered analog synths resulting in some sort of electronic symphony. In the early 1980's, he won a synthesizer competition organized by Roland where Bob Moog and Isao Tomita were part of the jury. In 1987 the long-defunct Cinema label released Amin's Interstellar Suite - a very good example of (mostly) analog synthesis of the orchestral / symphonic variety. Virtuality is dedicated to Bob Moog. It contains "Bolero Electronica" - a long suite, based on Ravel's "Bolero" that portrays the development of electronic instruments, from early experiments with theremins and Ondes Martenot to the latest in digital technology. He uses many rare and classic instruments along with the most up-to-date software. I just wonder, why nobody ever thought of this before.
The Total Spleen (1986)
The Seeping Mouth (1986)
Habitudis Eremos (2017) (recorded in 1989)
Exemplum Rhythmicus (2017) (recorded in 1989 - 1990)
UNO In Four Parts (2018) (recorded in 2004 - 2006)
A project of one Luca Rigato, who also released music under his own name, and as part of the duo Endless Nostalgia and a group called The Three Rings. The output of these needs to be investigated. As Bi Nostalgia he seems to compose both minimal synth music (sometimes with vocals) and ambient electronic stuff. The latter I will try to list here. There were also several appearances on a few compilations.
Technology / Technology 2 (1981)
The Plain Truth (1983)
First Day Last Day (1999)
Antarctic Mosaic (2003)
A.M.B. Lehn Tale (2005)
Secluded Truths (2005) (with Nimh)
Together's Symphony (2005) (with Nimh)
Junkyo (2005) (with Aube)
Mectpyo Saisei (2005) (with Aube)
The Testamentary Corridor (2006)
Das Platinzeitalter (2007)
Micromal Sonorities (2007) (with Saverio Evangelista)
M. Plus T. (2008) (with Atrax Morgue)
The Valley of Deep Shadow (2008)
Electrules (2009) (S) (with Emanuela De Angelis)
Neurotransmitters (2009) (with Maor Appelbaum)
Azazel (2009) (with Cria Cuervos)
Aeternum Aevum (2012)
Hic Omnia Ur-Aizib (2013)
Icnea Occasum Solis (2013) (with Icydawn)
Concredrones (2013) (with Sostrah Tinnitus)
Elektro Tones (2014) (with Dedali)
Metaplasie (2014) (with Pharmakustik)
Segmenti C1 + C2 (2015) (with Les Champs Magnetique)
Cryogenic Dispersal (2016) (with Paolino Canzoneri)
The Second Death (2017)
Difetti di Pianificazione (2017) (with Guido Cadreghin)
Submerged Sequencycles (2018) (with Christian di Vito)
Karbona Monooksido (2018)
B.O. Droni / Praisakustik (2018) (recorded in 1997 - 2001 and 2012)
Peripherycal Minimaltronics (2018) (with Sostrah Tinnitus)
Maurizio Bianchi is a legendary Italian noise / industrial artist. A veteran of the experimental scene, he started composing with sounds in the 1970's, doing concrete collages and noisy workouts that harkened back to the days of old academic electronics and musique concrete. Maurizio's early pseudonyms included Sacher-Pelz and Leibstandarte SS MB. Since about 1980 or so, Maurizio also released music on cassettes and vinyl under his own name. During the late 1980's a revaluation time came for Maurizio, after which he resurfaced in the late 1990's with a new style that still retained some traits of his early noise works. Albeit known mostly in industrial / post-industrial / noise circles, Maurizio also released some odd works that diverged substantially from his main style of noisy collage. I tried to include at least some of these works in the above list. Of note is The Plain Truth which is more synth-based than his usual fare and is almost German in style, with layered synths ala Conrad Schnitzler. The "revival"-period works from the above list can be described as Ambient.
Primitive Electronics Brain Dance (2018)
Primeval electronic project of Emma Souharce and Daniel Maszkowicz. They use only function generators and other basic analog devices and try to achieve unusual results with them. I would describe it as follows: side A is an attempt to make "ambient" on function generators; side B is an attempt to make "berlin school" on function generators, ending up sounding like (or rather, reminding on) early Klaus Schulze ("Voices of Syn"-type rhythms) and the first couple of Cluster albums, with an extra noisy / glitch touch.
The Twelveth Hour (1994)
Melodic / rhythmic compositions typical of the era (early 1990's). If you like Tangerine Dream from the same period, you might enjoy this. The second album is pretty new-agey. The first one has more of an edge to it overall, relatively speaking.
Unreleased Tracks (1995)
Inner Events (1997)
Flight Over Wide Land (1998)
German synthesist on Ardema label. Somehow similar to Rainbow Serpent (also on the same label), at other times sounding like Ron Boots. Mainly sequential electronics. Unreleased Tracks is a promo cassette containing 2 unique compositions and 2 compositions that would later appear on Flight Over Wide Land.
Ambience One (1998)
The Seed Does Stir (??)
A collection of Ambient material, as the title suggests.
Horror Odyssee (2009) (with Conrad
Heute Schnee (2010) (S)
Electric Hymn To Pan (2011)
See also: Sonisk Blodbad
Big Zen (2017)
Varied, mostly ambient compositions from this project. There are also a few noisier, intense moments, with samples and all.
Wake Country (2015)
Ambient soundscapes, mostly of the darker variety but also serene and a bit cosmic. A duo of Mark Trecka and Evan Hydzik.
Ogrod Krola Switu (1982)
Wolne Loty (1986)
Ucieczka Do Tropiku (1987)
Plays World Hits (1994)
Dziecko Slonca (1994)
Refleksje I-IV (1996) (with Barbara Duczmal)
Maly Ksiaze (2010)
Life Is Music (2017)
Marek Bilinski is a respected and well-established artist in Poland who has composed many scores for TV, radio and special events. He was one of the few artists from that country who took Jarre's flashy, melodic style of Electronic Music and provided it with his own unique twist and signature sound. Since the early 1980's, Marek Bilinski released a lot of LP's, cassettes and CD's. His style is like a cross between Jarre, Vangelis and 80’s TD. From what I've heard, his early works are the most interesting ones.
Galaxy Flash (1980)
Completely performed on a huge Yamaha Electone EX 1, Jean Bill Board's Galaxy Flash threatens to become one of those dreadfully cheesy loungy organ demonstration records. But, thankfully, and surprisingly, this is not the case. While parts of the album certainly cross into that "cheesy lounge" territory, the prog EM influence is also felt throughout this strange artifact filled to the brim with fat, cosmic tones of the EX 1. Amazingly, Jean Bill Board is actually Edgar Schlepper (1949 - 2015) who would later go on to form Warning.
See also: Warning
Billow Observatory (2012)
II: Plains/Patterns (2017)
A duo of Jason Kolb and Jonas Munk with something of a shoegaze / kosmische vibe. A mixture of processed guitar and electronics.
See also: Munk, Jonas
The Truth Sets Us Free (2004)
Project Poltergeist (2005)
Fits And Starts (1991)
See also: Ware, Tom
Twilight Sessions Volume 5 (2011)
Visions & Memories (2012)
Landscape And Drift (2012)
The Continuing Adventures of Peter Jelp (2012)
Live In Salford & Manchester (2013)
King Midas In Reverse (2013) (with Daniel Land)
Twilight Sessions Volume 12 (2014)
Twilight Sessions Volume 13 (2014)
Of the Seven Seas (2014)
Twilight Sessions Volume 14 (2015)
All the Right Notes Volume One (2015)
Twilight Sessions Volume 16 (2015)
Twilight Sessions Volume 17 (2015)
The Village (2015)
The Visitor (2016)
Twilight Sessions Volume 18 (2016)
Twilight Sessions Volume 19 (2016)
Live In Hull (2016) (S)
Perpetual Motion (2016)
Eight Hours (2016)
How To Make A Person Whole Again (2016)
Extensions of Reality (2016)
Twilight Sessions Volume 20 (2017)
Little House By the Ocean (2017)
Castles In the Sky (2017)
Snow Day (2017)
Music From Mission Control Or Something (2017)
Real Life And How To Avoid It (2017)
Ambient soundscapes with synths and guitar.
Electronic library music by Miriam Bordoni. Cheesy, melodic, spacey... Re-released in 2018 by Cabiria Records.
Halogen Continues (2017)
Life Morphing (1995)
Noli Me Tangere (1998)
Unusual Ambient music from Ralf Pauli on IC label, which is no more. I haven’t heard this one.
Mixture of Berlin School and darker industrial influences from Californian synthesist James Walter Douglas.
The Shores of Temenos (2018)
Atmospheres And Melodies Inspired By the Paintings of H.R. Giger (1986)
Biomechanoid are the Freeman brothers of the Audion magazine fame. Pretty scary music and should be very appealing, but not for the faint-hearted.
Au Naturel (1996)
Big Causeway To Gone (1998)
Moog Barbeque (1999)
Lubricate Your Living-Room (2001)
Unreleased Tracks (2003)
I would describe this as classic Electronic Music with some samples and maybe some beats from time to time. Some say it reminds on early Neuronium - well, I can’t really say if it’s true, but what I’ve heard so far was quite exciting. The people behind Bionaut are Chris Green and Paul Eggleston (ex-Architectural Metaphor).
See also: Architectural Metaphor
The Art of Friendship (2006)
The Rain Is Over (2006)
Back To Orion (2007)
Resonance of the Spirit (2009)
Density Waves (2010)
Crystal Constellation (2015) (S)
Italian electronic duo formed in the late 1990's. The first three albums are in Berlin School style, while Songswell is a collection of diverse pieces in different genres (Celtic, dance etc.). Egoheart is a very good album for fans of classic Electronic Music. There are sequences, great melodies and occasional rhythms. The highlights are "Thechnoflight", a relatively slow piece with catchy tune, "Timegod" with it's thundering bass line which is something to hear, and "Bionight", a long suite with many varied motifs. The musical structure is mostly Berlin School, but the sounds chosen remind me more of the music made by Virtual Audio Project.
Interior Sounds (1997)
Imagine a mixture of Berlin School of Electronic Music and classic 70's symphonic rock and you pretty much have what Bios is all about. Slow, sometimes symphonic electronics, with drums and sequencers. Pretty melodic. Bios are Maxo Novoa and Coche Villanueva.
The Fires of Ork (1993) (with Pete Namlook)
Polar Sequences (1995) (with Higher Intelligence Agency)
Insomnia (1997) (soundtrack)
Nordheim Transformed (1998) (with Deathprod)
Biosystems - The Biosphere Remixes (1999)
Birmingham Frequencies (2000) (with Higher Intelligence Agency)
The Fires of Ork 2 (2000) (with Pete Namlook)
Substrata 2 (2001)
Riding the Storm (??) (recorded in 1980 - 1989)
Autour De La Lune (2004)
Stator (2015) (with Deathprod)
Hilvarenbeek (2016) (S)
Departed Glories (2016)
The Petrified Forest (2017) (S)
The Hilvarenbeek Recorrdings (2018)
Biosphere is Geir Jenssen who lives in Norway beyond the polar circle. A member of Bel Canto during the Eighties, Geir Jenssen is considered to be the pioneer of ambient techno genre, and his first two works show this perfectly - it’s a blend of ambient and rhythmic tracks where the structure and sound are the key, not melody. His music has a freezing, flowing quality, like the slow moving of glaciers. I haven’t heard enough material from him yet. I probably need to hear some more to fully appreciate his music.
Snuff Movie Soundtracks (2000)
A project of Sergi Puertas. Said to resemble the music of Tangerine Dream.
The View From the Big Window (2018) (S)
The Haunted World (1997)
Birds of Tim / Augur (1998) (with Augur)
Strange Seeds Come From Odd Flowers (1998) (with Augur)
Endless Epiphany (1999)
Scapegrace (2000) (with Mechanism)
Votive (2000) (with Mechanism)
Key Ray (2001) (with Ene)
Wed If By Transitions (2003)
Monomyth (2004) (with Rapoon)
Dark industrial music. Birds of Tin is a one-man project of Brooke Oates.
Sketchy Commodity (2017) (S)
Unusual ambient sketches in which samples play an important role.
Reality Gates (1973)
Rare electronic album released privately in 1973 and re-released in 1976 with a different cover.
On the Move (1980)
Second Flight (1982)
Free Fall (1983)
Tapes From the Heart (1984)
Floating On High (1986)
Windows On the World (1987)
Symphony On the Rocks (1987) (with Winkler)
Smiles For Miles (1989)
A Great Many Secrets (1992)
A pseudonym of German musician Eddy F. Mueller who became known in the 1990's thanks to his new age project Gingko Garden. These are all library albums where electronics play an important role.
Défense De (1975) (with Francis Gorgé and
Avant-Toute (2016) (recorded in 1974 and 1975) (with Francis Gorgé)
A Nurse With Wound list item, this obscure avant-garde / experimental / electronic / free jazz album was recorded before Jean-Jacques Birge (ex-Lard Free) and Francis Gorge went on to form an avant / free jazz ensemble "Un Drame Musical Instantane". The music features a lot of instruments and ranges from stark electronics (Heldon, Lard Free, Ilitch school) to collages with distorted violins and chaotic percussion. For fans of the experimental end of EM spectrum. There exists a re-release of the LP as a CD+DVD set (with bonus tracks).
Bretagne (1984) (S)
Soundtrack to TV crime series, supposedly electronic. There is another single titled Held Me, which is supposedly much more pop / disco-oriented.
Tintinnabuli Mathematica Vol. I (2014)
Minimal experimental electronics. Ambient, lulling, repeating patterns of notes. At times sounds like a minimal version of the Berlin School.
Soho Square (1993)
The Comparative Anatomy of Angels (1996)
Elegant Enigmas (1999)
The Long Journey Home (2004) (with Rob Palmer)
A Still Thin Sound (2009) (with Gareth Davis)
120 Onetwenty (2017)
Diverse artist who was born in Johannesburg, has lived in Italy, France and the UK. He has worked professionally with synthesizer technology at least since the 1980's.
First Tapes, Vol. 1: Past Emergent Dawn (2016)
Arizona-based duo of Grant Beyschau and Nik Rayne. Supposedly, cosmic, krauty sound.
The Feathered Snake (1989)
Prayer Machine (2001)
Daniel Biry was a synthesist who worked in World Music domain. The Feathered Snake blends Electronic Music with Aztec culture. Ys is a Celtic-inspired album. Prayer Machine is more Indian / Arabic influenced. Daniel passed away in 2005.
His music is very melodic. Think Jean-Michel Jarre. There are some very banal flutey synth leads, so it didn't just make it for me. At least I wasn't impressed, because creativity is certainly not the order of the day. Nevertheless, I'm sure many people will like his music.
Elektronika Demonika (2006)
Sir Richard Bishop is the moniker of Rick Bishop - founding member of experimental rock band Sun City Girls. As a solo artist he is known for his guitar playing and as a multi-instrumentalist. This atypical album eschews guitars completely and represents Rick's attempt at creating dark electronic music. The results are close to your standard Dark Ambient fare.
In Between Words (2007)
The Banal And the Profound (2010) (EP)
The Meridians of Longitude And Parallels of Latitude (2011) (with David Wenngren)
Essays In Idleness (2014)
Pitch, Paper & Foil (2015)
Canadian artist who works at the intersection of electroacoustic music and Ambient. The early works present a more or less standard droning ambient sound. Later he started to add a weird analog synth touch that made this compositions more proggy but also more experimental.
Tones / Zones (2010)
Water Wrackets (2011)
Faceplant (2011) (S)
Cuts (2012) (S)
Live At the Hideout (2013)
Bitchin Bajas (2014)
Automaginary (2015) (with Natural Information Society)
Live 2014 - 2015 (2015)
Epic Jammers And Fortunate Little Ditties (2016) (with Bonnie "Prince" Billy)
Live - Cafe Oto Residency 22-24 (2016) (with Bonnie "Prince" Billy)
Sailing A Sinking Sea (2016) (with Olivia Wyatt)
Japan Tour 2016: 10.30 7th Floor Tokyo (2017) (with Bonnie "Prince" Billy)
Bajas Fresh (2017)
The Encyclopedia of Civilizations Vol.2: Atlantis (2018) (with DSRlines)
Deep analog synthesizer soundscapes and cosmic compositions from Cooper Crane out of Chicago, Illinois.
00 Time (1984)
Electronic Music by 2/3 of the band Cultural Noise (Karl Kronfeld and Walter Heinisch).
See also: Cultural Noise