Index

 

Baaden, Andreas (Germany)

Gamma (2005)
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.

 


Baalberith (Russia)

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.

 


Baartmans, Peter (Netherlands)

Eye-Witness of the Digital Date (1985)
Select (1988)

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.

 


Babushkin, Viktor (Russia)

Russian sound engineer and electronic musician. He has written some soundtracks for feature films and documentaries.

 


Bacchus, Stephen (Canada)

The Returning (1986)
Pangaea (1990)
Ancient Mysteries (1993)
Bardo (1996)
Ambient Origins (1998) (recorded in 1983 - 1987)
Waterhaven (2001) (with Danna & Clement)
Wilderness Mysterium (2002) (with Danna & Clement)
Etherium (2006)
The Keep (2010)

Canadian composer whose real name is Grant Mackay. He makes Ambient music which sometimes comes close to New Age. Mix of acoustic & electronic sounds.

 


Bach Revolution, The (Japan)

Waga Kokoro Imada Yasuraka Narazu (1976)
Sand Boat (1978)
No Warning (1979)

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.

 


Back To the Moon (Germany)

Dreamcatcher (2007)
Streetview (2010)

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.

 


Backhausen, Peter (Germany)

Planet Show (1979)
Picture Dreams (1992)
Art of Magic (1993)
Villa Lilla (1994)

Synthesist on Sky label with other musicians helping out.

 


Bad Sector (Italy)

Ze (1994)
Ampos (1995)
Vacuum Pulse (1996)
Pressurized Music (1997)
Polonoid (1998)
Plasma (1998)
Dolmen Factory (1998)
Jesus Blood (1998) (S)
Transponder (1999)
Toroidal Body (2000) (S)
The Harrow (2001)
Survival Tools (2001)
Retrovirus (2001)
Xela (2001)
Bad Box (2001)
Idio Blast (2005) (with Astro)
Kosmodrom (2005)
Reset (2005)
CMASA (2007)
Raw Data (2011)
Chronoland (2011)
Unification (2013)

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

 


Badarou, Wally (France)

Echoes (1984)
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.

 


Baghiri, Amir (Iran)

Red Fly (1980)
Slow Motion (1981)
Dakhmeh (1982)
Rubartan (1982)
Graphieh (1983)
Visions of the Night (1983)
Colours of the Caspian Sea (1984)
Ouruj (1984)
Quiet Desert (1985)
UFOgraphity (1985)
Silent Red Planet (1987)
Cages (1996)
Winterscape (1996)
Arcanum (1997) (with Mathias Grassow and Rudiger Gleisberg)
Time (1997)
Autumn (1998)
True North (1998) (with Matthias Grassow)
Upuaut (1999) (with Mathias Grassow and Oophoi)
Bluebox Collection (2000)
Rooms (2001)
Private Archive (2002)
Dreamresources (2002)
Yalda (2003)
Entities (2003) (with Nimh)
Lucid Circles (2004) (with Brannan Lane)
Ghazal (2004)
Exosphere (2005)
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)

Ambient composer. From airy and expansive Steve Roach-like soundscapes to darker atmospheric structures. Recommended for fans of Ambient music.

See also: Seamus

 


Bagsby, David (USA)

The Aviary (1991)
Hydrophony (1992)
Bizaria (1993)
Ephemeron (1993)
The Tulsa Project (1999)
The Magic Empire Strikes Back... (1999)
Transphoria (1999)
Happy Hour For A Pack of Screaming Monkeys (2000)
Translator (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)
Hallucinographs (2006)

Euphoricon (2006)

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.

 


Baier, Harry (Germany)

Kamikaze (1983)

Supposedly, TD-like electronics with Disco stylisms.

 


Baijkonour Ghost, The (Germany)

The Baijkonour Ghost (2012)

See also: Navel

 


Bailey, James (Canada)

Dimensions (1986)

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.

 


Bainbridge, Harvey (UK)

Interstellar Chaos (1993)
Red Shift (1997)
Live 2000 (2000)
Dreams, Omens & Strange Encounters (2010)

British synthesist who was Hawkwind's keyboard player from 1978 to 1991. Floating space music with traces of Tangerine Dream and Schulze. Should be very good.

See also: Hawkwind, Alman Mulo Band, The.

 


Baird, Ken (Canada)

August (1997)

This album is like a more electronic Mike Oldfield, with influences from Vangelis and other melodic EM artists. Ken Baird released more albums but I am not sure that these would fit in stylistically.

 


Bairy, Herbert F. (Germany)

Traumspiel (1980)

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

 


Baked Beans (Germany)

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

 


Baker, Aidan (Canada)

Element (2000)
Letters (2002)
Pretending To Be Fearless (2002)
I Fall Into You (2002)
Eye of Day (2003)
At the Fountain of Thirst (2003)
Loop Studies One (2003)
Dreammares (2003)
Concretion (2003)
Metamorphose (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)
Candescense (2005)
Still My Beating Heart Beats (2005)
Undercurrents (2005) (with Matt Borghi)
At Home With (2005) (with Ultra Milkmaids)
Pendulum (2006)
The Sea Swells A Bit (2006)
Oneiromancer (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)
Aneira (2013)

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.

 


Bakker, Ferdinand (Netherlands)

Themes From Dr. Himmelsleiter (1986)

Ex-Alquin. The music is on the avant-garde side of things. With Michel Mulders on synths.

 


Balaam Galang (Canada)

We Ran Out To Uranus (1997)
Noyer Neptune (??)
A L'Ombre des Machines en Sueur (??)

Ambient soundscapes with some Techno elements and hints of artists like Jean-Michel Jarre from Francois Landry.

 


Balazs, Ferenc (Hungary)

Register (1985)
Best of Bach (1985) (with Lippenyi and Herrer)
Szerelmi Almok (1990)

Keyboardist of Koral (Omega-styled band) who worked solo in the Electronic Music vein. Szerelmi Almok contains interpretations of classical works.

 


Balbo, Fausto (Italy)

Zero (2000)
Falbo (2005)
Detrimental Dialogue (2010) (with Andrea Marutti)
Login (2012)

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 Electro-Acoustic 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 Electro-Acoustic 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.

 


Baldych, Vitaliy (Russia)

Music For Planetarium In Yaroslavl (2012)
Planetarium II (2012)
The Seagull (2012)

 


Balestracci, Franck (France)

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.

 


Ball, Edward (UK)

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...

 


Ballard, Jim (USA)

Long Days (2006)

Ambient artist from Colorado, influenced by Steve Roach and sequencer music.

 


Ballard, Steve (USA)

Libration (2006)
Tiu Vallis (2008)

A mixture of ambient and rhythmic styles from this Missouri-based artist.

 


Baltes, Steve (Germany)

Pictures In Rhythm (1995)
Rhythm of Life (1998)
Vier Mal Drei (2001) (with Grosskopf and Heilhecker)

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.

See also: Ash Ra Tempel / Ashra, Holo Syndrome, N-Tribe, Sunya Beat.

 


Baltic Flour Mills (Latvia)

Baltic Flour Mills (2004)

Dark Ambient from Darius Ciuta.

 


Banabila, Michel (Netherlands)

Marilli (1983)
Des Traces Retrouvees (1984) (S)
Des Traces Retrouvees 2 (1985) (S)
Des Traces Retrouvees 3 (1987)
Spherics (2001)
Spherics 2 (2003)

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

 


Banasik, Christian (Poland)

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.

 


Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (Italy)

...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

 


Band of Pain (UK)

Argento (1994)
You're Miss Fortune (1996)
Reculver (1999)
Sacred Flesh (2000) (soundtrack)
Singles And Outtakes (2001)
¿Que Amiga? (2003)
Through the Past Darkly (2006)

One half of Intravene (Steve Pittis). Dark Ambient.

See also: Intravene

 


Banfi, Baffo (Italy)

Galaxy My Dear (1978)
Ma Dolce Vita (1979)
Hearth (1981)

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.

 


Banks, Robert (USA)

Ion (197?)

 


Baradelan (Germany)

Irminsul (1998)
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)

Dark Ambient with elements of musique concrete from Thomas Sauerbier. For fans of Inade, the darkest Asmus Tietchens and Bad Sector.

 


Barban, Stefano (Italy)

Bodymap (1982)
Zip (1987)
Visozone (1990)
Chiaro Scuro (1991)
Audiofonie (??)

Electronic soundscapes from this synthesist & Ambient composer.

See also: Ambulatorio Segreto

 


Barbieri, Richard (UK)

Worlds In A Small Room (1985) (with Steve Jansen)
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)
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)

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.

 


Bardens, Pete (UK)

Seen One Earth (1987)
Speed of Light (1988)
Whispering the Wind (1988)
White Magic (1990) (soundtrack)
Waterñolours (1991)
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.

 


Bardoseneticcube (Russia)

Disease (1999)
Necklace (2001)
Technosphere (2001)
Geosphere (2001)
kachaREX (2001)
Biosphere (2002)
The Other Heaven (2003)
Teologic (2003)
Live 19082000 (2003)
Myzantrofy (2005)
Bad Heaven (2006)
Deadhead (2006)
XXX (2006)
The Perpetuum Mobile Space Vehicle (2006) (with Igor V. Petrov)
Naegleria Fowlery (2007)
Telloram (2007)
Monolith (2008)
Exclusion Zone (2009) (with Miguel Angel Ruiz)
zig-ODA (2009) (S)
Lilac Honey (2011) (S) (with Kromeshna)
Ambiwax (2013)

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.

 


Barker, Roland (USA)

Vortexes (1979)
The Eternal Optimist (1982)

Solo Electronic Music from Young Scientist member.

See also: Young Scientist, Sequencer People.

 


Barnes, Mitchell (USA)

Spanda (1993)
Oneiros (1995)
Heavy Water (1997)

 


Baroque Bordello (Japan)

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.

See also: Kawabata, Makoto, Dark Revolutionary Collective.

 


Barreca, Marc (USA)

Raw Fish & Green Tea / Surrogate Religions (1979)
Twilight (1980)
Music Works For Industry (1984)
The Sleeper Wakes (1986)
Big Dahoney Funeral (2005) (recorded in 1991 - 2005)
Subterrane (2010)
Flash Husted (??) (recorded in 1977 - 1978)

Twilight contains Eno-like ambience, while Music Works For Industry can be regarded as an inspiration for "industrial" music.

See also: Young Scientist

 


Barriere, Alain (France)

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.

 


Barriere, Jean Baptiste (France)

Pandemonium Ville Ouverte (1975)
Non Jamais L'Esperance (1976)

Electronics similar to Tangerine Dream in style, but darker and with a more violent sound.

 


Barringer, Martin (USA)

Mind Sweep (1999)

Pretty much classic formula synthesist, relying on sequencer pulsations, synth atmospheres and melodic leads.

 


Barrio, Dan (USA)

This Physical World (2002)

Ambient by the man who created spooky sound effects for The Blair Witch Project.

 


Barron, Louis & Bebe (USA)

Soundtrack To the Forbidden Planet (1956) (soundtrack)

An absolute classic.

 


Barry, Lee (USA)

Miles From Mars (1999)

Soundtracky music that reminds on Amin Bhatia's Interstellar Suite. Includes some spoken dialogues.

 


Barten, Bert (Netherlands)

Natuur Moment (1995)

Amsterdam-based composer Bert Barten became known in the early 1980's thanks to his Minimal Wave / Synthpop work Buried Alive. The above album is a soundtrack to a nature documentary, supposedly in a relaxed style.

 


Bartholomew, Evan (USA)

Borderlands (2007)
Caverns of Time (2007)
Secret Entries Into Darkness (2008)
Tidal Phases of the Moon I (2009)

Chilling and deep Ambient influenced by Brian Eno, Steve Roach and Robert Rich.

 


Barton, Richard (UK)

Region of Dreams (2006)
Zen Stories (2006)

Pleiades (2006)
Radiaesthesia (2006)
Dragon Paths (2006)
Cosmic Anthems (2007)
Opthe (2007)
Variations No. 7 (2007)
Phrenology (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.

See also: Event Horizon, SAIEM.

 


Barton, Todd (USA)

Pieces (1986)
Analog Horizonings (2006)
Analogie (2011)

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.

 


Bartos, Carl (Germany)

15 Minutes of Fame (2000) (S)
Communications (2003)
Off the Record (2012)

Former member of Kraftwerk.

See also: Electric Music, Kraftwerk.

 


Bartz, Jim (USA)

Pictures of Earth & Space (1987)
Build Your Own Planet (1999)
Evolver (2000)

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.

 


Bass Communion (UK)

Bass Communion (1998)
Bass Communion II (1999)
Atmospherics (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)
Dronework (2005)
Continuum (2005) (with Vidna Obmana)
Indicates Void (2005)
Loss (2006)
The Continuum Recyclings Vol. 1 (2006) (with Vidna Obmana)
Pacific Codex (2006)
Molotov And Haze (2008)
Chiaroscuro (2009)
Litany (2009) (S)
Cenotaph (2011)

Bass Communion is a side project of Steve Wilson from Porcupine Tree. Hypnotic Ambient and spacey electronics. Atmospherics is a library CD.

See also: Altamont

 


Bassi, Enrico (Italy)

Qprika (1993)
L'Eclisse del Mare (1995)
Ascending-Descending (1999)
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.

 


Bassifondi Orchestra (USA)

Lasagna Ictus (2001)

Organic drone mixed with spacey soundscapes from Chris Blazen.

 


Basso, Luciano (Italy)

Voci (1976)
Cogli il Giorno (1978)
Frammenti Tonali (1979)
Arc-En-Ciel (1980)

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.

 


Bastow, Geoff (UK)

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...

 


Bataille Solaire (Canada)

Baal Shamash et Son Char Celeste (2012)
Documentaries (2013)

Varied EM (ambient, rhythmic, melodic, atmospheric...) from Montreal-based musician Asaël Robitaille.

 


Batchas (Switzerland)

Tahafut-Ul-Tahafut (1993)
Live Nevers (1995)
Mydese (1996)
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.

 


Bates, Nigel (UK)

Electronic (1983)
Space (1986)

Electronic library records.

 


BatteryDead (Germany)

Deep Discharge (2010)
Sands of Deception (2011)

BatteryDead is Christian Ahler who creates rhythmic, easy-listening, melodic and relaxed brand of EM.

 


Battiato, Franco (Italy)

Fetus (1972)
Pollution (1972)
Sulle Corde di Aries (1973)
Clic (1974)
M elle Le Gladiator (1975)
Franco Battiato (1976)
Juke Box (1977)
L'egitto Prima Della Sadie (1978)

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

 


Bauch, Uwe (Germany)

Electric Garden (1995)
Eclipse (1998)
Century City (2002)

German synthesist. Melodic electronics with sequences.

 


Baudot, Pascal (France)

Empreintes (1997)

Said to resemble the music of Changing Images or Mind Over Matter. With guitar.

 


Baum, Christian (Germany)

Dedications (1996)
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.

 


Baumann, Peter (Germany)

Romance’76 (1976)
Transharmonic Nights (1979)
Repeat Repeat (1981)
Strangers In the Night (1983)

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.

See also: Tangerine Dream, Leda.

 


Baumann/Koek (Germany)

Baumann/Koek (1978)

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.

 


Bauskenieks, Ingus (Latvia)

Koncerts Sintezatoram Ar Pedali (1986)
Majas Dzive (1988)
Klusais Okeans (1990)
Burvju Pusdienas (1995)
Digitala Ziema (1998)
Viduslaiki (2003)
Nezinamais Sedevrs (2004)

Latvian synthesist with a fairly cosmic style. Ingus Bauskenieks 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.

 


Bautista, Teddy (Spain)

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

 


Beale, Monica (UK)

Music For Micros (1983)
Synthymusic (1983)
The Living Planet (1985)

Electronic library records with some nice melodic tracks.

 


Beamer Project, The (USA)

Sidetracked (1987)

Joe Robertson and John Wilson. Private press from Phoenix, Arizona. Jazzy music with orchestral elements.

 


Bear Bones, Lay Low (Venezuela)

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)
Vagaciones (2012)
El Telonero (2012)

Diverse psychedelic soundscapes created on analogue synthesizers. Music by Ernesto Gonzalez.

See also: Tav Exotic

 


Bearns & Dexter (Canada)

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.

 


Beasley, Adrian (UK)

The Early Years (2002) (recorded in 1980 - 2000)
Powerhouse (2007)

Solo Electronic Music from member of Airsculpture.

See also: Airsculpture, Cosmic Smokers.

 


Beasley, Peter (UK)

Coruscation (1987)
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.

 


Beatboys 2000 (Germany)

Citylife1 (2002)
Citylife2 (2002)
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

 


Beaunoise (USA)

Ambient One (2011)
Ambient Two (2012)

Soundscapes from member of Chillwave / Lounge project Clive Tanaka y su Orquesta.

 


Beausoleil, Bobby (USA)

Lucifer Rising (1980) (soundtrack)
Dreamways of the Mystic (2005)

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.

 


Beautiful Schizophonic, The (Portugal)

Product 06 (2005) (with others)
Hyperblue.Hydrophonics (2005)
Musicamorosa (2006)
Radiance (2009) (with Yui Onodera)
Erotikon (2009)
Night Blossom (2011) (with Yui Onodera)

A project of Jorge Mantas in emotional Ambient vein. For fans of Celer and the like, with even a hint of Aeoliah's New Age drift.

 


Beaver & Krause (USA)

The Nonesuch Guide To Electronic Music (1968)
Ragnarok Electronic Funk (1969)
In A Wild Sanctuary (1970)
Gandharva (1971)
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

 


Bebey, Francis (Cameroon)

Savannah Georgia (1975)
La Condition Masculine (1976)
Un Petit Ivorien (1979)
New Track (1982)
Baobab (1988)

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).

 


Becker, Bo (USA)

Of Vistula (2010)
Octodurum (2010)
Transpiritus (2011)
Brecilian (2011)
Icedria (2012)

Young ambient artist (Bo Becker was born in 1989). Melodic sound with gentle electronics and some guitars.

 


Becker, Frank W. (Germany)

Synthesizer (1978)
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.

 


Becker, Fred (UK)

Inner, Stellar (1989)

Dreamy synths with a 'Vangelis' feel. Faster tracks have more of a classic-period TD influence.

See also: Enterphase

 


Bedel, Phil (USA)

Bells On Ice (1980) (S)

Minimal synthesizer sequences.

 


Bedford, David (UK)

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)

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.

 


Bedlam (France)

Mayday (2000)
Microtome (2001)

Repetitive EM by Thierry Vanderstraeten (keyboardist of Malataverne).

 


Bedoyan, Jean-Pierre (France)

Diavolo Dance Theater 1992 - 1996 (1998)

Theater work from this artist, originally from Toulouse, representing a series of electronic soundscapes and percussive rhythms.

 


Bedroom (USA)

Solipsist (2012)
Trans (2013)

Varied soundscapes with a strong Kosmische / Berlin School bend from Michael Chau based in Brooklyn, NY.

 


Bee Mask (USA)

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...).

 


Beequeen (Netherlands)

Mappa Mundi (1989)
Scala Destillans (1990)
Fond (1991)
Der Holzweg (1993)
Time Waits For No One (1994)
Sugarbush (1995)
Music For the Head Ballet (1996)
Split (1996)
Steson (1997)
The Surrough Gate (1997)
Long Stones And Circles (1997) (S)
Do Be Do (1999)
Treatise (2000)
Natursymfonie (2002)
Ownliness (2002)
A Touch of Brimstone (2002)
Gund (2003)
Aughton - The Patient Books (2004)
The Bodyshop (2004)
Seltenturm Beesides (2007) (recorded in 1989 - 2000)
Sandancing (2008)
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)

 


Behrens, Tom (USA)

Artificial Horizons (1974)

Obscure electronics. It has atmospheric sections, Tangerine Dream-like sequences, funny beeps and bleeps etc.

 


Beingthere (UK)

Postcards (1993)

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.

 


Beiruth (Spain)

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).

 


Bekkering, Michel (Netherlands)

DemoTEC (2005)
Minstrel Electronique (2008)
Cosmopolitan Dances (2010)

Member of ModularWhite. The second album is very Berlin School. The first one is more diverse with even a Techno influence.

See also: White, ModularWhite.

 


Belarisk (USA)

Belarisk (2011)
Belarisk (2011)
On Amorphous Dawn (2013)

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.

 


Belbury Poly (UK)

From An Ancient Star (2009)
The Belbury Tales (2012)

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.

 


Bell, Jake (USA)

Synjase (1998)

Mix of electronic guitar and ambient electronics from ex-member of Silver Apples.

See also: Silver Apples

 


Bello, Joakin (Chile)

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.

 


Belote, William (USA)

Mind Sailing (1989)

 


Beltran, Carlos (Mexico)

Jericho (1987)

Sequential electronics ala 80's Tangerine Dream mixed with Classical piano playing and ambient atmospheres.

 


BeM (France / Brazil)

Electronic duo from France that included Jean Bonnefoy (of Los Gonococcos fame) and young Brazilian designer / keyboardist Sergio Macedo.

See also: Dicotyledon

 


Bemus Point, The (USA)

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.

 


Bender, Peter Dominik (Germany)

Caladan (1991)
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.

 


Bene, An & Lambow, Pierre (USA)

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.

 


Beneath the Lake (USA)

Inside Passage (2002)
Silent Uprising (2005)

Dark Ambient by Wisconsin duo of Nicolas Lampert and Dave Canterbury.

 


Benedictis, Dean De (USA)

A Lone Reply (2000)
Salvaging the Past (2005)

Californian synthesist. Ambient music reminiscent of Steve Roach and Robert Rich.

See also: Surface 10, Cathexis.

 


Bengalfuel (USA)

Feldspar (2010) (S)
Toth (2011) (S)
Lowe (2011) (S)
Edgemere (2011) (S)
Sprague (2011) (S)
Kokolias (2011)
Roeblin (2012)

Prolific ambient soundscape duo of Lou DiBenedetto and Joe LiTrenta. Most of their releases to date have been download-only.

 


Benge (UK)

Beautiful Electronic Music (1996)
Silicon Valleys (2000)
Twenty Systems (2008)
Loop Series (2012)
Abstraxa (2012)

Ben Edwards uses vintage synthesizers to experiment with sounds.

 


Benisch, Peter (Sweden)

Lindego (1998)
Waiting For Snow (1999)
Phases (2000) (S) (with Adam Beyer)
Soundtrack Saga (2001)

Modern Ambient music on Fax label. Somehow comparable to Pete Namlook.

 


Benko, Laszlo (Hungary)

Lexicon (1982)
Lexicon 2 (1984)
Ikarosz (1989)
Omegamix (1991)
Impressio (1994)
Masik Vilag (2012)

Omega keyboardist. Electronics.

 


Bennett, Brian (UK)

Voyage (1978)
Fantasia (1980)
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.

 


Berbel Nobodius (UK)

Wanton But Windblown (1988)

Supposedly, melodic Ambient by one Melvyn Z. Pad from Ipswich.

 


Bergelt, Styrbjorn (Sweden)

Randalin (1986) (with Roland Håkansson)

Private LP that combines medieval instruments with synthesizers.

 


Bergie Seltzer (Albania)

Marooned (2009)

Synth duo with an ambient, droney sound.

 


Beriau, Robert (Canada)

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.

 


Berkley, Michael Thomas (USA)

Dramatic World Ambient Music (1996)
Images From Earth (1998)
Arctic (2000)

Electronic Music in the style of Steve Roach’s Ambient works with a good dose of Tangerine Dream tossed in.

 


Berkow, Peter & Friends (USA)

Thesis (1975)

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.

 


Berkowitz, Steven (USA)

EC (s) TASIS (1991)
Dis / Recon (1992)

Space Music / Ambient.

 


Berlin Express (Germany)

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

 


Berlin Heritage (Germany)

Land of the Rising Sun (2012)

Berlin School project by Hannover-based musician Robert Sigmuntowski.

 


Berman, Nathan (Canada)

Loop (1984)

Privately released cassette with varied EM, from ambient to TD-like pulsations.

 


Bermuda Link (USA)

Observe (2009)
Exit (2009)
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

 


Bernard, James (USA)

Atmospherics (1994)

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.

 


Bernstein, Charles (USA)

Dance Scapes (??)

Well-known film music composer.

 


Berry, Keith (UK)

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)

Droning music from this sound creator / manipulator.

 


Berry, Ron (UK)

Where Dark Forces Meet (1980)
A Voice In the Wilderness (1981)
Osiris (1983)
Wastelands (1984)
The Reaper (1986)
Profile '82 - '92 (1992)
Heavens & Highlands (1992)
Nightscape (2001)
The Mists of Time (2002)
Temples (2006)
Sun Dance (2007)
Void (2007)
Entropy (2010)

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

 


Bertrom, Cabot Jr. (USA)

When Children Sleep (2000)

Daniel Byerly. Dark.

See also: Cacophony, Synthuser, DiBane, Lee.

 


Besombes, Philippe (France)

Libra (1973) (soundtrack)
Ceci est Cela (1979)
La Guerre des Animaux (1982)
City & Industry (1982) (with others)

Pôle member. 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: Pôle, Hydravion.

 


Bessell, Dave (UK)

Analogue (2010)
Morphogenic (2012) (with Parallel Worlds)

Solo music from member of Node Dave Bessell. Ethereal, dark, shadowy synthesizer soundscapes, some with Berlin School sequences.

See also: Node

 


Bessuand, Pierre-Yves (France)

Odyssee (1998)
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.

 


Best Before (UK)

The End of the World (1995)

Danceable energetic music. Can be described as a mixture of Asana and Orbital. Probably not very interesting.

 


Best, Ben & Jørgensen, Karl (???)

Ben Best & Karl Jorgensen (2012)
Ben Best & Karl Jorgensen 2 (2012)

This lo-fi improvisational duo states to be influenced by the Berlin School and Minimalism. However, they end up sounding like a hybrid of Neu! and Cluster most of the time.

 


Bestia Centauri (USA)

Ubbo-Sathla (2002) (EP)
The Antediluvian Earth (2003)
The Self Immolation Rite (2004)
Teratogenesis (2007)

Intense Ambient / Dark Space with elements of Electroacoustic music.

 


Bestion, Philippe (France)

L’ete (1997)
La Foret Tropicale (1997)
Le Lever du Jour (1997)
Le Rivage (1997)
La Paix do Soir - Musique de Tendresse (2000)

French musician. The above mentioned works, except La Paix..., are all parts of the huge ‘La Collection Oxygene’ set which also included music by other musicians.

 


Beta Cloud (USA)

An Open Letter To Franz Kafka (2007) (with Aidan Baker)
Nephology (2007)
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.

 


Between (Germany)

Einsteig (1971)
And the Waters Opened (1973)
Dharana (1974)
Hesse Between Music (1975)
Contemplation (1977)
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.

See also: Hamel, Peter Michael, Detree, Roberto.

 


Between Interval (Sweden)

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.

 


Beudeker/Knetsch (Netherlands)

Dark (2001)
Journey (2001)
Homeland (2001)
Art (2001)
Pure (2001)
More Or Less (2001)
Retrophonic (2001)
Photo-Realistic Can of Juice (2001)
Such Trouble (2002)
X (2002)
Sculp (2002)
Colonial (2002)
Canvas (2003)
Move (2003)
Yonder (2004)
As Room (2004)

Jaco Beudeker and Rob Knetsch of Novo Sibirsk. Electronic Music with experimental and Jazzy touches.

See also: Novo Sibirsk, Electrance, Yaffin, Rok, Knetsch.

 


Beyond (Germany)

Shadeworld (2005)
Houkai (2005)

Dark Ambient.

 


Beyond Berlin (Netherlands)

Music For Cosmic Nights 2013 (2013)

Berlin School duo of Rene de Bakker and Martin Peters.

See also: Peters, Martin

 


Beyond Imagination (UK)

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!!!"

 


Beyond Infinity (Belgium)

Lost Between Dreams And Memories (2004)

Minimalistic Dark Ambient.

See also: Insomnia, Simulacra.

 


Beyond O Matic (USA)

The Flight of Luis Garcia (1994)
Sonic Reclaimator (1996)
Your Body (1998)
Time To Get Up (2004)

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.

 


Beyond Sensory Experience (Sweden)

Tortuna (2003)
Urmula (2003)
Ratan (2003)
Korrelations (2004)
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)
Faint (2013)

Dark Ambient from Nordvargr (aka MZ.412) and K. Meizter.

See also: Nordvargr, MZ.412.

 


Beys, Ian & Delaney, Philippe (France)

Introspection / The Lost Wave (1978) (S)

Very rare single with classic synthesizer music from France.

 


Be Zet, Stevie (Germany)

Archaic Modulation (1994)

Ambient from Steffen Britzke on Recycle Or Die label.

 


Bhaobhan Sidhe (Netherlands)

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.

 


Bhatia, Amin (Canada)

The Interstellar Suite (1987)
Virtuality (2008)

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.

 


Bianchi, Maurizio (Italy)

Technology / Technology 2 (1981)
The Plain Truth (1983)
Armaghedon (1984)
Colori (1998)
First Day Last Day (1999)
Dates (2001)
Frammenti (2002)
Antarctic Mosaic (2003)
Cycles (2004)
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)
M. Plus T. (2008) (with Atrax Morgue)
The Valley of Deep Shadow (2008)
Electrules (2009) (S) (with Emanuela De Angelis)
Inexistence (2009)
Neurotransmitters (2009) (with Maor Appelbaum)
Azazel (2009) (with Cria Cuervos)
Aeternum Aevum (2012)
Pharmelodies (2012)

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.

 


Biasthon (Italy)

Litam (2001)

Ritual / Tribal Ambient from Giuseppe Verticchio (Nimh), Marco Ramassotto and Adriano Scerna.

See also: Verticchio, Giuseppe, Nimh.

  


Biesenbach, Christoph (Germany)

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.

 


Big Mouse (USA)

Ambience One (1998)
The Seed Does Stir (??)

A collection of Ambient material, as the title suggests.

 


Big Robot (Norway)

Horror Odyssee (2009) (with Conrad Schnitzler)
Aquafit (2009)
Heute Schnee (2010) (S)
Electric Hymn To Pan (2011)

Norwegian band that collaborated with Conrad Schnitzler. Not surprisingly, their music is a bit similar to Con, albeit slightly more accessible. Fans of Experimental EM take note.

 


Bilinski, Marek (Poland)

Ogrod Krola Switu (1982)
E=mc2 (1984)
Wolne Loty (1986)
Ucieczka Do Tropiku (1987)
Plays World Hits (1994)
Dziecko Slonca (1994)
Refleksje I-IV (1996) (with Barbara Duczmal)
Fire (2008)
Maly Ksiaze (2010)

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.

 


Bill Board, Jean (Germany)

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 who would later go on to form Warning.

See also: Warning

 


Binar (UK)

The Truth Sets Us Free (2004)
Project Poltergeist (2005)
Spindragons (2006)

Alternative name for a Pickford / Nagle collaboration.

See also: S t d m, Pickford, Andy, Nagle, Paul.

 


Binary Race (USA)

Fits And Starts (1991)

See also: Ware, Tom

 


BioLogICal-Events (Germany)

Life Morphing (1995)
Bio-Net (1996)
Mutabor (1997)
Noli Me Tangere (1998)

Unusual Ambient music from Ralf Pauli on IC label, which is no more. I haven’t heard this one.

 


Biomass (USA)

Energy (2012)

Mixture of Berlin School and darker Industrial influences from Californian synthesist James Walter Douglas.

 


Biomechanoid (UK)

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.

See also: Freeman, Alan, Alto Stratus, Endgame, Vrije, Adhara, Electric Junk.

 


Bionaut (USA)

Au Naturel (1996)
Big Causeway To Gone (1998)
Moog Barbeque (1999)
Lubricate Your Living-Room (2001)

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

 


BIOnighT (Italy)

Egoheart (1999)
Afterpost (2001)
Daybreak (2002)
Songswell (2002)
The Art of Friendship (2006)
The Rain Is Over (2006)
Back To Orion (2007)
Resonance of the Spirit (2009)

Density Waves (2010)

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.

See also: Mac, Sbrizzi, FaBIO.

 


Bios (Spain)

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.

 


Biosphere (Norway)

Microgravity (1991)
The Fires of Ork (1993) (with Pete Namlook)
Patashnik (1994)
Polar Sequences (1995) (with Higher Intelligence Agency)
Insomnia (1997) (soundtrack)
Substrata (1997)
Nordheim Transformed (1998) (with Deathprod)
Biosystems - The Biosphere Remixes (1999)
Birmingham Frequencies (2000) (with Higher Intelligence Agency)
Cirque (2000)
The Fires of Ork 2 (2000) (with Pete Namlook)
Substrata 2 (2001)
Shenzhou (2002)
Riding the Storm (??) (recorded in 1980 - 1989)
Autour De La Lune (2004)
Dropsonde (2005)
Wireless (2009)
N-Plants (2011)

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.

 


Bioxid (Spain)

Snuff Movie Soundtracks (??)

A project of Sergi Puertas. Said to resemble the music of Tangerine Dream.

 


Birds of Tin (USA)

Antoianca (1996)
The Haunted World (1997)
Birds of Tim / Augur (1998) (with Augur)
Quickening (1998)
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)
Rinpoche (2008)
Altarwise (2009)

Dark industrial music. Birds of Tin is a one-man project of Brooke Oates.

 


Birchall, Steve (USA)

Reality Gates (1973)

Rare electronic album released privately in 1973 and re-released in 1976 with a different cover.

 


Birdy (Germany)

On the Move (1980)
Second Flight (1982)
Free Fall (1983)
Tapes From the Heart (1984)
Focus (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.

 


Birge, Jean-Jacques (France)

Defense De (1975) (with Francis Gorge and Shiroc)

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).

 


Biry, Daniel (France)

The Feathered Snake (1989)
Ys (1994)
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.

 


Bishop, Julian (UK)

Alchemy (1995)

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.

 


Bishop, Sir Richard (USA)

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.

 


Bitchin Bajas (USA)

Tones / Zones (2010)
Water Wrackets (2011)
Faceplant (2011) (S)
Vibraquatic (2012)
Cuts (2012) (S)
Krausened (2013)

Deep analog synthesizer soundscapes and cosmic compositions from Cooper Crane out of Chicago, Illinois.

 


Bizarre Ko.Ko.Ko (Austria)

00 Time (1984)

Electronic Music by 2/3 of the band Cultural Noise (Karl Kronfeld and Walter Heinisch).

See also: Cultural Noise

 


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