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Index

 

Björnemyr (Germany)

Deep Space Mysteries (2004)

German new age artist. I don't know how much of his output will be interesting for EM fans. The above work, although still quite new-agey in places, will certainly appeal to fans of melodic EM and Space Music.

 


Bjørnstad, Ketil (Norway)

Three Ballets (1987)

Unusual music from this jazz pianist. This is a 3-LP set that contains his electronic works for three ballet performances: "Ophelia's Arrival", "Pianology" and "Minotaurus". The music is melodic and rhythmic and is made with typical equipment of the era (digital synths and samplers).

 


Black Ceiling (USA)

A Candle Illuminates the Dungeon (2015)

A project of Spokane-based Daniel Guccia, mostly known for his witch house music. However, and quite surprisingly, on some of his releases he opts for an ambient, dungeon synth-influenced style.

 


Black Channels (UK)

Black Channels (2015) (S)
Two Knocks For Yes (2015)

A duo of Simon James and Becky Randall in a dark, analogue electronic mould, sometimes ambient and sometimes sequencer-based. I guess their sound could be considered horror synth-related but it's rather unique overall.

 


Black Deer (USA)

Black Deer (2013)
The Last Tortuga (2013)
Trail of Tears (2013) (S)
Pray For Us (2015) (S)
Nowhere Man (2016)

Black Deer is one of the projects of American deep house producer William Thomas Burnett aka Willie Burns. He states that Black Deer is influenced by Native Americans and their culture. Maybe there is some of that too, but mostly, Black Deer goes for a mixture of his techno / house influences and prog EM / kraut sound. A crossover project.

 


Black Fog (Russia)

Ìå÷òû è êîøìàðû (2017)

The project is known under its Russian name "׸ðíûé òóìàí". Hypnotic dark soundscapes.

 


Black Hat (USA)

Thought of Two (2014)

I have included only this one album from Seattle-based Nelson Bean aka Black Hat so far. If you like fusions of post-industrial and Ambient, this will be right up your valley. The album features three cold, monolithic and forbidding slabs of electronics with elements of glitch on the longer "Memory Triptych". The most impressive track for me is "Portrait In Fluorescent Light". There's even something of a Heldon quality to it (this is pure electronics, no drums or guitar).

 


Black Lung (Australia)

Full Spectrum Dominance (2009)
Muzak From the Hive Mind (2015)

Black Lung is a long-running industrial project of David Thrussell. He is also a soundtrack composer and would also venture into other electronic-based styles every now and then. Full Spectrum Dominance includes some moody melodic material. Muzak From the Hive Mind is him trying to compose "serious" electronic music. It is mostly quite ambient and full of beeps and bleeps. Surprisingly, some moments end up sounding like a strange, slow, abstract version of the Berlin School (track 13). Whether it's a direct influence or a convergent evolution so to speak, remains a mystery. Further investigation is needed

 


Black Merlin (UK)

Hipnotik Tradisi (2016)

Black Merlin is a project of London-based producer George Thompson. He is known for his techno productions but with Hipnotik Tradisi he started a series of unique World Music explorations, in this case combining Balinese traditional gamelan styles with atmospheric and gently rhythmic electronics.

 


Black, Mike (USA)

GO/NO-GO (2006)

Mike Black assisted Robert Fripp's guitar craft courses for 16 years. However, on his solo effort, recorded in just one month, he eschewed guitars (apart from some bass playing) to concentrate on keyboards and soft synths. What he came up with is EM of the style that is reminiscent of Synergy.

 


Black Mountain Transmitter (UK)

RedShift (2008) (S)
Black Goat of the Woods (2009)
The Unsettled Dust (2009) (S)
Stille Nacht (2010) (S)
Theory & Practice (2010)
Playing With Dead Things (2012)
Deathdream! Live In Edinburgh (2014) (S)

Dark Ambient / Drone artist J.R. Moore.

See also: Cloudland Ballroom

 


Black Sea, The (USA)

C:>Spacewalk (2002)

Cosmic music from this duo of Zero Scratch and David Weintraub bringing to mind some TD material.

 


Black Seas of Infinity (USA)

Within Daathian Chasms (2005)
Amrita - The Quintessence (2007)
The Wordless Aeon Has Awakened (2008)
Hieros Gamos (2008)
Invokation (2008) (S)

Black Ambient from Utah. Good stuff to play Quake 1 to.

 


Black Sun (USA)

Initiation (2012) (S)
Liber (2014)

Dark, ritual ambience from Randall Collier-Ford of Springfield, Oregon.

See also: Collier-Ford, Randall

 


Black Tape For A Blue Girl (USA)

The Rope (1986)
Mesmerized By the Sirens (1987)
Ashes In the Brittle Air (1989)
A Chaos of Desire (1991)
This Lush Garden Within (1993)
The First Pain To Linger (1996)
Remnants of A Deeper Purity (1996)
With My Sorrows (1997)
nameless maxi-CD (1998)
As One Aflame Laid Bare By Desire (1999)
The Scavenger Bride (2002)
Halo Star (2004)
10 Neurotics (2009)

Black Tape For A Blue Girl is Sam Rosenthal plus additional musicians and singers that tend to vary from album to album. Not at all ‘wallpaper’ music as one could expect, this is quality Gothic Ambient electronics. Ethereal, dark music. Very cool in a depressive and dark sort of way. Sometimes features ethereal female vocals. I guess it’s one of the most introspective dark bands out there, but I need to confirm this presumption by listening to their music.

See also: Rosenthal, Sam, As Lonely As Dave Bowman.

 


Black Tempest (UK)

Proxima (2010)
Ex Proxima (2010)
Secret Astronomies (2011)
The Sun Behind the Sun (2013) (with Dead Sea Apes)
Sticks And Bells And Ancient Spells (2013)
Arcana (2013)
Astral Voyages (2014)
Darkness Unfolding (2015)
Enfolding Light (2016)

Stephen Bradbury aka Black Tempest uses analogue synthesizers and acoustic / electric guitars to craft his long, cosmic compositions that strongly remind on the early solo work by Edgar Froese, with bubbling sequences, long-drawn pads, mellotron choirs and tons of effects.

 


Black To Comm (Germany)

Back To Comm (2003) (S)
Ruckwarts Backwards (2006)
Levitation / Astoria (2006) (S)
Shirley Temple Police Force (2006) (S)
Wir Konnen Leider Nicht Etwas Mehr Zu Tun... (2007)
Back To Comm (2007) (S)
Fractal Hair Geometry (2008)
Collaboration (2008) (with Datashock)
Charlemagne & Pippin (2009)
Alphabet 1968 (2009)
Wave UFO (2009) (S)
Incidents (2009) (S)
Coldplay, Elvis & John Cage (2011)
Stille Nacht (2012) (S)
Earth (2012)
Black To Comm (2014)
Providence (2014) (S)

Hamburg-based drone artist Marc Richter who uses electronic, acoustic instruments and lots of samples / concrete textures.

 


Black Unicorn (USA)

Squid And Whale (2011) (S)
Prosper Drift (2011)
Rediscovering Infinity (2012)
18047 (2012)
Tardigrade Teleport (2012) (S)
Traced Landscapes (2014)
Alien Jewelry (2014)
Insect Songs (2017)
Unmanifest Architecture (2017)

Sequences, arpeggios, drones and deep ambient synth soundscapes. Black Unicorn is Ohio-based artist Curt Brown.

 


Black Zone Myth Chant (France)

Mane Thecel Phares (2015)
Jimi W. (2016) (S)
Feng Shen (2017)

Strange. Started as a screw / collage electronics project and releasing an album called Straight Cassette in that style in 2011, Black Zone Myth Chant aka Maxime Primault started to move in the direction of Progressive Electronic Music. On Mane Thecel Phares he sounds like Heldon and Throbbing Gristle backing demented rants of Anubis in a pyramid (used for the first time on Straight Cassette, the voice somehow reminded me on "Stargate"). There are still influences of screw / cut-up collage, but the whole does sound very Prog and is rather unique, too. Jimi W. is influenced by screw / hip hop, but one track ("Jail Love") is very Prog EM.

See also: Annapurna Illusion

 


Blackhall, Steve (UK)

Transport (1985)

Scottish electronic musician. This cassette was released by members of Altres.

 


Blackwood Incident, The (Slovakia)

Curse of Tribe (2017)

A bit psychedelic synth soundscapes from Dominik Novák.

 


Blak Saagan (Italy)

A Personal Voyage (2017)

Electronic compositions (inspired, as you've guessed it, by Carl Sagan and his science / space popularization programs) recorded with just a Farfisa VIP 202 R organ, Roland TR-606 and a Siel Orchestra. The exact style is not known at the moment. Blak Saagan is Samuele Gottardello.

 


Blake, Tim (UK)

Sintesis Intemporal / Sintesis Intemporal II (1977) (S)
Crystal Machine (1977)
Generator Laserbeam / Woodland Voice (1978) (S)
Blake’s New Jerusalem (1978)
Magick (1991)
Tide of the Century (2000)
Caldea Music II (2002)

British synthesist, member of Gong and Hawkwind at some stages. He began experimenting with synthesizers very early and is one of the pioneers of Electronic Music. He was also one of the first to use laser shows during his concerts, because he collaborated with Patrice Warrener who was a great innovator in the field. His first two works are all-time classics and well worth seeking. I have Crystal Machine and it’s great. Blake's New Jerusalem is more song oriented, but still with excellent electronic arrangements. I also have Magick and it’s a complete failure, from my point of view. Although featuring some decent instrumental work, there are still vocal songs that leave much to be desired. I don’t actually think Blake should ever open his mouth for singing, because, to put it politely, I’ve heard far better voices in my life. And now imagine this man putting out romantic stuff of the ‘I love you baby’, ‘Tonight is our night’ kind and sounding as if he is serious about it. I cannot help but laugh. The 2000 album Tide of the Century also contains vocals, but this time not only his own voice is used. You can buy it, of course, that is if you don’t mind straight-forward vocal songs in your Electronic Music. Better grab his first two albums.

See also: Hawkwind, Gong, Nik Turner's Sphynx, Saratoga Space Messengers.

 


Blanchet, Daniel (Canada)

Le Chemin de l’Ermite (1987)
L’Harmonie des Mondes (1991)
Les Voilers de l’Espace (1992)

His music has been compared to Jarre and Kitaro. Also has choral elements reminding of Constance Demby. In USA, Les Voilers... was re-released as Starsailing (1998).

 


Blanco, Juan Marcos (Cuba)

Caballos (1984)

Juan Marcos Blanco is son of electroacoustic composer Juan Blanco. This album is subtitled "Musica Electroacustica" but in fact contains quirky Electronic Music a bit in the style of melodic Jarre and Kraftwerk, but rather unique overall.

 


Blank, Tomas (Sweden)

Art Video Music (1985)
Nice And Slow (1988)

Rare LP with Electronic Music composed for use in TV programs.

 


Blanka (France)

Hypnotic (2017) (S)

Diverse artist from Paris (Pascal Luvisi), whose style combines elements of instrumental hip-hop, electro, "bachelor pad music" and more. The above album has a little bit of everything and is pretty laid-back and relaxing overall. Interestingly, at least two of the tracks ("Abyss" and "Childhood") have a Prog EM feel, a bit Cluster & Eno-like perhaps.

 


Blanke, Toto (Germany)

Tales of Tomorrow (1978)

Ex-guitarist of Electric Circus who on this particular album (he released a few more since 1975) crafted a curious mixture of electronics ala Heldon and fusion / acoustic guitar material. His other albums are more oriented towards fusion / progrock or solo acoustic guitar.

See also: Electric Circus

 


Blankenship, Terry (USA)

Daemon (1985)
Entering the Silence (1987)

Terry Blankenship is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. He is one of Robert Fripp's "alumnis" and is a member of his "League of Crafty Guitarists". His output is stylistically diverse. Daemon features driving instrumental tracks, both guitar-based and electronic, channeling that Tangerine Dream's 1980's soundtrack vibe. Entering the Silence is an album of "frippertronics" music in the style of Fripp & Eno albums. He also recorded banjo-based acoustic folk, trance (with guitar), David Bowie-inspired pop / rock and Celtic music.

 


Blanks, Jeff (USA)

The Electric Minstrel (1987)

Jeff Blanks is an Atlanta-based musician who recorded this instrumental disc inspired by Olias of Sunhillow by Jon Anderson. The music features a similar mix of prog, Celtic music and EM, with a stronger emphasis on the latter.

 


Blauklang (Austria)

Events (1988)
1991 (1991)
Asia (1994)

Electronic Music band formed by Richard Gaisbauer circa 1986 after his two previous bands (that also played Electronic Music) The Silent Sun and Phaeicon split. Richard later became known as Agent Error and today he releases music in MP3 format as "Baumbach".

See also: Silent Sun, The, Phaeicon, Agent Error.

 


Blauw, Piet Jan (Netherlands)

Bluezone 1 (2002)
Pluma De Piedra (2002) (with Jorge Reyes)
Mosquitos On Ice (2008) (with Ron Rettich)

Piet Jan Blauw is a unique artist who crafts his own unique instruments and MIDI controllers.

 


Bleek (???)

Lay Your Skull Upon tha Groundz of tha Bleek Godz (2016)

Whacked out sax wails upon a bed of warped electronics. Alien Planetscapes jamming with Heldon and Gong in a basement?

 


Bleeker, Robert (Australia)

Southern Spirit (1987)

Electronic musician with an ambient sound and some tribal influences.

 


Blenner, Serge (France)

La Vogue (1980)
Magazin Frivole (1981)
Fracture Interne (1982)
Plaisir Ardent (1985)
La Dimension Prochaine (1986)
Les Architectes du Temps (1987)
Equateur (1988)
Cosmos (1990)
Babylone (1991)
Liberation (1992)
Symbolique (1993)
Vision et Poesie (1995)
Amour (1996)
Ars Oratoria (1999)
Virtualis (2001)
Miroir de Soi (2004)
Musique de Chambre (2008)

French musician who lives and works in Germany. He began experimenting with electronics in 1975 and in 1978 he gave his first concerts of Electronic Music. La Vogue and Magazine Frivole, his first published albums, are said to be Berlin School based, while in the latter ones he developed his own unique style. I know that Blenner is also a poet and sometimes puts his own verses on top of his music - a fact which doesn’t really sound very inspiring for me. Moreover, I have a slight suspicion that most of his music would sound too ‘sweet’ and ‘romantic’ for my ears. Well, we’ll just have to see about that.

 


Blessed Oblivion (USA)

Blessed Oblivion (2001)

A Mauve Sideshow offshoot with Dusty Lee, Amanda Christina and Dana Devereaux. In the same vein as MS.

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

 


Blezqi Zatsaz (Brazil)

The Rise And Fall of Passionate Sanity (1991)
The Tide Turns (2000)

Blezqi Zatsaz is the project name of Brazilian keyboardist Fabio Ribeiro. His instrumental music (on which he's joined by a few guest musicians) ranges from the more typical symphonic rock to accessible melodic Electronic Music in the style of Jean-Michel Jarre

 


Blijweert, Elko (Belgium)

I Bambino di Basilisco (2017)

Aka Elko B. Although known mainly as a jazz guitarist, the above album features a unique take on a Cluster / Jean-Jacques Perrey-like electronic musical vision, with cartoonish sounds, cute rhythms and lulling melodies. Nice and singular.

 


Blink Twice (USA)

Crowned For Sound (1992)
Clouded (1993)
Source (1994)
Subsistence (1995)
Torn Soul And Other Locations (1995)
Other Locations (1996)
Slow Escape From Sorrow (1996)
The Brighter the Moon, the Darker the Shadows (1996)
Newer Unknown Breeds (1998)
The Demon Haunted World (1999)
The Holistic Approach (2000)

Dark Ambient from Robert Salchak.

 


Bloch, Thomas (France)

Ondes Martenot (2004)

Thomas Bloch is a specialist and enthusiast of rare and unusual instruments such as the glass harmonica and the Ondes Martenot. The later, in particular, has been the object of Thomas' passion since 1985, when he had this instrument made especially for him - a replica of the last classic concert model of the Ondes. His output as a musician has been mostly that of a classical dude. The above album, however, showcases Ondes Martenot in different settings, from versions of pieces composed by people like Messiaen and Bernard Wisson to interesting original material by Bloch and the fantastic ambient piece "Mare Teno", composed by Michel Redolfi.

 


Block, Jonathan (USA)

Walking Between Raindrops (1985)
Beneath A Hidden Sky (1986)
Farther Than Tomorrow (1988)
IV (1990)
K (1993)
Organizing the Struggle (1994)
After (1995)
Either (1996)
A Science of Forget (1996)
The Anatomy of Waves (2008)

Solo Electronic Music by a synthesist who would later become known as Synthetic Block. Sequential, cosmic, Berlin School-like.

See also: Synthetic Block

 


Blokzijl, Gert (Netherlands)

From Marum To Clackmas (2008)

Dutch synthesist with a rhythmic, vibrant style. Gert first appeared on the scene with a track on Groove's "Analogy Vol. 3" sampler (reviewed here).

 


Blomeier, Stefan (USA??)

Popular Electronics / Radio Astronomy (2011) (S)
The Danish Straits (2011) (S)
Unexpected Journey (2013) (S)

This artist likes to weave complex sequencer patterns using classic analog sounds. This approach is evident on The Danish Straits. On Unexpected Journey, though, he uses a more techno-oriented approach. His name sounds rather German or maybe Danish to me, so I am not sure about his country of origin.

 


Blomquist, Daniel (USA)

Measureless Oceans of Space (2014)
Wandering Eye (2016) (with Aria Rostami)
Signal Artifact (2016) (with Aria Rostami)

San Francisco-based ambient artist.

 


Blonski, David (USA)

Shoreline (1986) (with Synchestra)
Saturn Rising (1992) (with Jon Allasia)

New age flutist and composer. On Saturn Rising you will find richly textured Space Music with a symphonic touch and a very 'Vangelis' feel.

 


Blood Box (USA)

Victim Selection (1994)
A World of Hurt (1997)
Sunday Sacrifice (2003) (S)
The Iron Dream (2004)
Funeral In An Empty Room (2011)

Dark Ambient from Michael J. V. Hensley.

See also: Yen Pox, Hollow Earth.

 


Bloom, Daniel (Poland)

Thorn (1995)
Coitus Interruptus (2000)
Completly (2001) (EP)
Krawedz Swiatow (2001)
Horyzont Zdarzen (2003)
Tulipany (2005) (soundtrack)
Schody do Nieba (2008) (with Josef Skrzek, Paul Lawler, Michael Ogorodov and Steve Schroyder)
S.O.S. Kosmos (2010)

Polish synthesist with a fairly traditional, Berlin-based style, spiced up by new elements.

See also: Paralogic, Krawedz Swiatow.

 


Bloss, Rainer (Germany)

Als Traum-Töters Knecht (1982)
Djenkuje Poland (1983) (with Klaus Schulze)
Drive Inn (1984) (with Klaus Schulze)
Drive Inn Vol.2 (1984)
Ampsy (1984)
Aphrica (1984) (with Klaus Schulze and Ernst Fuchs)
Drive Inn Vol.3 (1998)

German electronic musician (1946 - 2015) who worked with Klaus Schulze on some albums during the Eighties and also toured with him from time to time. He is very skilled at piano playing and therefore his music with Schulze is a mixture of Klaus’ melodic side and a good dose of electronic piano thrown in. Drive Inn Vol.2 is done without Schulze and seems to be more melodic. Not as convincing as the first ‘Drive Inn’ but still pleasant enough to listen to. Recommended for those who like melodic Electronic Music without too much ‘depth’ and ‘philosophizing’ and for those who like a bit of ‘easy-listening’ in their EM.

 


Blüchel, Harald (Germany)

Die Toteninsel (2006) (recorded in 1999 - 2001)
Caged (2007) (recorded in 2001 - 2002)
Electric Chamber Music (2008) (recorded in 1999 - 2004)

German techno / trance producer best known for his music released under the Cosmic Baby moniker. The above is a CD trilogy ("Zauberberg-Trilogie"), which showcases the more experimental (musique concrete, Ambient, classical) side of his work.

See also: Cosmic Baby

 


Blue Chip Orchestra (Austria)

Blue Chip Orchestra (1988)
Blue Danube (1991)
White River Red Spirit (1997)
Red Sky Beat (1998)

Bognermayr & Zuschrader’s musical project where they delve deeper into the ‘orchestral’ electronic sound realms. While it may be interesting from the technical point of view, musically it is not necessarily so. The latest works deal with native American culture and represent a fusion of electronic instruments and Indian musical traditions.

See also: Bognermayr & Zuschrader, Eela Craig.

 


Blue Communion: ISAM (USA)

Intercoastal Space (2015)
Cloud Forest (2015)

Aka Bill Doob. Same style.

See also: Doob, Bill

 


Blue Condition (USA)

Beyond the Sun (1976)

Scarce progrock private press from the Midwest, with one supposedly electronic track called "Synthesizer Prelude - Beyond the Sun".

 


Blue Lily Commission (UK)

Wine Songs (2000)
In the Heart of the Old City (2000)
Seshen And the White Jasmine Comission (2003)
Eastern Evening (2005)
Eve Songs (2008)
Undrugged (2015)
Four Journeys (2016)
Altaidubs (2017)

World Music project of Stephen Palmer that emphasizes the ethnic side of his oeuvre. Synths, combined with guitars ala Ash Ra Tempel, flutes, tablas, percussion and more. Sometimes a techno influence shows up but is not upfront.

See also: Palmer, Stephen, Mooch.

 


Blue, Lindsay (Australia)

Love All Life (1975)

German-born keyboardist named Lindsay Bourke released this album of psychedelic and religious electronics / voice / percussion / nature sounds.

 


Blue Sausage Infant (USA)

Flight of the Solstice Queens (2010)
Trance Warfare (2011) (recorded in 1986 - 1989)
Negative Space (2011)
Manitou (2012)
A Cooling-Board Bacchanal (2014)

Experimental formation by Washington, D.C. based Chester Hawkins, who's been around since 1986. Combines elements of noise, krautrock, EM and space rock.

See also: Hawkins, Chester

 


Blue Sky Machine (Finland)

Blue Sky Machine (1985)

Pre-Nemesis Electronic Music from Ami Hassinen.

See also: Nemesis, Ashen Simian, Moonwagon.

 


Blue Star (USA)

Blue Star (1982)

Space Music for guitar and synthesizer by Ed Van Fleet & friends.

See also: Van Fleet, Ed, Synchestra.

 


Blue Universe (Argentina)

Entre El Sueño y La Vigila (2003)

Blue Universe is a pseudonym of Argentinean musician and chapman stick player Sebastian Woscoboinik. This album represents a mixture of direct melodic progrock songs (with lyrics) and some atmospheric / melodic Electronic Music. One track is a dubious rendition of a Beatles song.

 


Blues Control (USA)

Local Flavor (2009)
FRKWYS Vol. 8 (2011) (with Laraaji)
Valley Tangents (2012)

This duo of Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse once opened for Cluster and the German duo's sound pretty much defines what we have on display here. Local Flavor features motorik rhythms and organ / synth-based melodies in Dusseldorf School (sort of Cluster / Neu! hybrid) vein. They have other albums but they may be more rock-oriented. Further investigation is needed.

 


Bluewater School (UK)

Physics (1995)

A duo of David Salvi and Martin Lee-Stephenson. Mystic Ambient, looped textures.

See also: Vulse, Sundew.

 


Blume, Ulrich (Germany)

Ground Your Ears! Vol. 5 (1984)
Ground Your Ears! (1985)
Alien Calling (1986)
Collage Abstracte (1988)

Little known synthesist from Bremen, Germany. The music is a bit on the experimental side and might appeal to fans of Conrad Schnitzler.

 


Blumenthal, Bob (???)

Fear And Rebirth (??)
Human Liberation (??)
Snow Falling Through Open (??)
Star Forest (??)

 


Blush Response (USA)

Rebirthed In the Sprawl (2016)

Blush Response is Joey Blush from New York City, currently residing in Berlin. He is known for his EBM / industrial style. With Rebirthed In the Sprawl he explores darker realms, such as ambient soundscapes and even slight Berlin School influences (sequences!).

 


Blutiger Fluss (USA)

Dawn of Mars (2008)

This Iowa-based electronic duo was formed in 2008 by two guys Jeff Hutchison and Jim Duede. The music is quite flowing and atmospheric, recalling early 1970's works by Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze.

 


Boastein (Norway)

Urgata Hurgata (1980)

Progressive rock band formed in 1970 by Are Storstein (died in Thailand during 2004 tsunami events) and Østein Boassen. The combination of their last names gave name to the band. Musically they are all over the place, with complex arrangements, rock songs and, yes, a couple of tracks that will certainly interest fans of EM - "Stepping Ødis", sounding like Ashra in hyperspace and the closer "Seismologisk Kollaps" that is similar to a more electronic Hawkwind, with its combination of spacey synths and some heavy riffing. Lots of tasty synthesizers are used elsewhere throughout this record. There is an earlier album by them, released in 1977, that I know nothing about at the moment. File under EM-related.

 


Bob Brooks Music Co. And Chorus (Canada)

To Keep This Land Alive (1976) (soundtrack)

Obscure soundtrack for a movie made by and about Canadian trucking company. Various styles, including an electronic track "The Winnipeg Connection".

 


Bock, Wolfgang (Germany)

Cycles (1980)
Biscaya Sunset (1995)
Mettle Water (1997)

The first album is a classic sequencer feast. Latter works contain very melodic romantic Electronic Music. 

 


Bocksholm (Sweden)

Excursions By the Bank of the Black River (2002)
The Sound of Black Cloggs (2003)
The Haunting Curse of Skogs-Sara (2006)
Rinna Leathercluster Liveaction 2008 (2009)

This one is curious. Both men that participate on this album are named Peter Andersson. One is the man behind well-known Dark Ambient project Raison d'Etre and the other leader of Deutsch Nepal. This, and the fact that they both grew up in the same town (Boxholm - hence the name) have led to a collaboration. Mainly Noise Ambient material here.

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

 


Bockstandt, Claus (Germany)

Voyages (1992)
Lumania (1994)

Melodic music.

 


Bocquet, Didier (France)

Eclipse (1977)
Voyage Cerebral (1978)
Sequences (1980)
Pictures of Life (1982)

Initially a drummer, Didier Bocquet released several albums of Electronic Music in Klaus Schulze vein during the 70's and 80's after which time he left music business for good.

 


Bocquet, Roland (France)

Paradia (1977)
Robot Rose (1982)
Robot Bleu (1983)

Solo Electronic Music by former leader and keyboard player of French progressive rock group Catharsis.

See also: Catharsis

 


Bodaiju (Japan)

To Zen Mind (1986)

Flowing, ethnic-spiced electronics, a bit new agey. If you like Japanese EM like Kitaro or Fumio Miyashita, this is more or less along those lines.

 


Boddy, Ian (UK)

Images (1980)
Elements of Chance (1981)
Options (1982)
The Climb (1983)
Spirits (1984)
Phoenix (1986)
Jade (1988)
Decade (1989) (recorded in 1980 - 1988)
Odyssey (1990)
Drive (1991)
The Uncertainty Principle (1993)
The Deep (1994)
Symbiont (1995) (with Andy Pickford)
Continuum (1996)
Rare Elements (1997)
Phase 3 (1997) (with Ron Boots)
Box of Secrets (1999)
Distant Rituals (1999) (with Markus Reuter)
Caged (2000) (with Chris Carter)
Triptych (2001) (with Reuter & Mullaney)
Shrouded (2001)
Outpost (2002) (with Robert Rich)
Aurora (2002)
Jodrell Bank Planetarium (2002) (with Markus Reuter)
Chiasmata (2004)
Pure (2004) (with Markus Reuter)
Moir (2005) (with Bernhard Wostheinrich)
Lithosphere (2005) (with Robert Rich)
Elemental (2006)
React (2008) (with Robert Rich)
Slide (2008)
Dervish (2009) (with Markus Reuter)
Shifting Sands (2009) (with David Wright)
Trinity (2010) (with Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock and David Wright)
Exit Strategy (2011) (with Parallel Worlds)
Frontiers (2012) (with Erik Wollo)
Liverdelphia (2013)
Spectroscopic 1979 - 1982 (2013)
Colour Division (2013) (with Markus Reuter)
Tone Science (2016)
As Above So Below (2016)
Memento (2017) (with Markus Reuter)

Library music:

Developing Technologies (1997)
Space, the Unknown & UFO’s (1998)
Waterworlds (2000)
Drones (2001)
Sci-Tech (2002)
Living Planet (2002)
The Unexplained (2004)
Ambient Atmospheres (2006)
Future Tech (2007)
The Elements (2008)
Dark Drones (2009)
Light Drones (2009)
Space (2011)
Waterscapes (2012)
Supernatural (2012)

One of the leading British electronic musicians, Ian Boddy appeared on the scene in the late 1970's, experimenting with analogue synthesizers and releasing several cassettes during the 1980 - 1982 period. These went largely unnoticed, but in 1983 Ian performed at the first UK Electronica festival and his performance was met with a lot of enthusiasm. That same year saw the release of Ian's first vinyl album - The Climb. It got positive reviews from specialized press and had considerable success among EM fans. Since then, Ian has released a lot of solo and collaborative works in a variety of styles. He is also the founder of DiN Records - one of the leading British EM labels. Ian's music is hard to pin down, as he's done everything, from Ambient to rhythmic classic EM. Very good and highly recommended.

See also: ARC, Dub Atomica.

 


Body Awareness (Sweden)

Body Awareness (2010)
The Awakening (2016)

Analog synth project of Andreas Malm. Echoes of 1970's EM and Ambient abound, with solos, warm atmospheres, chirpy vintage drum machines and some processed field recordings. Sometimes with an Adelbert Von Deyen feel even.

 


Body Cage (UK)

Night's Meddle (2017) (S)

Ambient compositions with a strong analog element and even some Timewind twitters on the title track.

 


Body of Intrigue (Canada??)

Decadence (2016) (S)
Exploration (2016) (S)

Ambient with lots of field recordings and sort of a doomy atmosphere.

 


Body Sculptures (Sweden / Denmark)

The Base of All Beauty Is the Body (2015) (S)
A Body Turns To Eden (2016)

A group featuring Erik Enocksson, Frederikke Hoffmeier, Jonas Rönnberg, Loke Rahbek and Vit Fana. Given the background of some of the members, you can expect stark, industrial-tinged stuff and indeed, it's all quite intense, repetitive, at times noisy, but also hymnal, melodic and atmospheric.

See also: Enocksson, Erik, Varg.

 


Body Wishes (USA)

White Chocolate (2011)

One of the projects of synth artist Peter Tran. This one here is more minimal, consisting of repeating organ phrases ala Terry Riley and droning synths in supporting roles.

See also: Curved Light, HD Sunrise.

 


Bodyverse (Italy)

Whatever You Want On the Dry Way (2017)
Apollo (2017) (with Andrea Porcu)

Originally from Venice, Bodyverse is a Berlin-based ambient / experimental project.

 


e, Nils Olav (Norway)

Nils Olav Bøe (1987)

Rare album by this Norwegian synthesist with guest performances by Lars Pedersen (organ, synth) and Nils Petter Molvær (trumpet).

 


Boevye Cikady (Russia)

Shtrihi Trepeta (2004)
Pokamest (2009)
Golden Dissaciative Trip (2010)

Experimental ambient soundscapes from Evgeny Savenko aka Lunar Abyss.

See also: Lunar Abyss Deus Organum

 


Bogdanov, Yuri (Russia)

Beregite Khleb (1982) (soundtrack)
Vozvraschenie So Zviozd (1982) (soundtrack)
Teleglaz (1982) (soundtrack)

Unreleased electronic soundtracks for cartoons by member of "Boomerang" group.

 


Bognermayr & Zuschrader (Austria)

NP Computer Glocken-Stimmung (1981)
Sternenklang (1982)
Erdenklang Sinfonie (1982)
Bergpredigt (1983)
Schuh Bi Du 50 Jahre Eiler (??) (S)

Former members of Eela Graig, a symphonic rock band. Their music is one of the first examples of digital sampling technology. Therefore, it’s not necessarily interesting from the musical point of view, but technically, this is certainly of some interest. Historical stuff. Sternenklang contains Christmas songs performed on the Fairlight.

See also: Blue Chip Orchestra, Eela Craig, Control Company.

 


Bøhren, Geir & Åserud, Bent (Norway)

Orions Belte (1985) (soundtrack)
Etter Rubicon / Orions Belte (1987) (soundtrack)
Is-Slottet (1988) (soundtrack)
The Dive (1989) (soundtrack)

Both members of proressive rock band Junipher Greene during the 1970's, Geir Bøhren and Bent Åserud have since established themselves as some of the premier soundtrack composers, having scored a lot of feature films, documentaries, TV shorts and more. Sometimes they used a full orchestra for their scores but often resorted to synthesizers. I will try to list their soundtracks here that are supposed to contain some interesting electronic arrangements and will appeal to fans of the more visual / cinematic forms of EM.

 


Bojanek, Grzegorz (Poland)

Constraints (2013)
Warm Winter Music (2014)
Analogue (2014)
Stories of An Old Man (2017)

Warm ambient sounds from this electroacoustic composer born in 1975.

See also: Eta Carinae

 


Bojasch, Lutz (Germany)

Reflex (1978 - 1982)
Orbiter (1984 - 1993)
Handmade (1997)
Voices (2001)

Synthesist, one of Cyborg members.

See also: Cyborg

 


Bolander (USA)

Through the Tube (2005)
First Things Last (2010)
The Lone Drifter (2011)

Peter Bolander is an ambient artist whose album Through the Tube was preceded by a couple of download-only releases.

 


Boll, Hans (Germany)

Elektronische Klanggemälde (1989)
Transparente Träume (1990)

Hans Boll received music education in former GDR. He was a member of GDR state broadcasting committee and apparently had a vast collection of synthesizers. Elektronische Klanggemälde LP went pretty unnoticed and contained music composed for planetarium in Bochum.

 


Bolton, Wil (UK)

Time Lapse (2010)
Quarry Bank (2011)
Chimes For A Wall Drawing (2011)
Melt (2011) (EP)
Angel In the House (2012) (S) (with Tarl Broad-Ashman)
Silver (2012) (EP)
Under A Name That Hides Her (2012)
Amber Studies (2012)
Kollane (2012)
Whorl (2014)
Bokeh (2014)
Inscriptions (2015)
Green & Gold (2015)
Marram (2015)
February Dawn (2016)
Maemi (2016) (S)
Transparencies (2017) (with Ian Hawgood)
Night Paths (2017)
안국 (2017) (S)

Ambient artist who mixes acoustic and electronic sounds.

See also: Ashes of Piemonte, Le Moors, Orphic Signals.

 


Bonanno, Pietro (Italy)

Chiaccio (2007)
Music For Flying Planes (2008)

Ambient soundscape artist from Italy.

See also: Abandoned Communities

 


Bonarelli, Claudia (Sweden)

Starfield Simulation Series 08 (2002)
Ecocide (2017)

Actually a pseudonym of one Johan Fotmeijer. Abrasive soundscapes with some techno elements. One of his releases was omitted as it supposedly contains tech house  / dub music.

 


Bondarenko, Vadim (Russia)

Smoking Music (2008)
8 Atmospheres (2009) (with Faryus)
Quiet Songs From Misty Places (2011) (with Faryus)
Cloudscapes (2015) (with Yui Onodera)

Vadim Bondarenko is a sound artist from Saint-Petersburg. He works in various genres such as Ambient, new age and folk. On Smoking Music he presents his more ambient material that will be enjoyed by fans of Brian Eno and Harold Budd.

 


Bondarev, Nikita (Russia)

Siberian Loner (2014)
Siberian Ruins (2016)
Day of the Year (2017)

Semi-acoustic Ambient with a strong neo-classical flair from this Berdsk-based musician.

See also: Speck

 


Bone Idol (UK)

Bone Idol (2004)
The Triumph of Entropy (2006)

Upbeat rhythms / sequencers, melodies and mellotron plus some darker atmospheric pieces with spoken word passages.

 


Bone, Richard (USA)

Bone (1979) (S)
Quiz Party (1980)
Life In Video City (1980)
Digital Days (1981) (S)
The Beat Is Elite (1982) (S)
Emerging Melodies (1982)
Brave Tales (1983)
Joy of Radiation (1983) (S)
Alternate Music For the Hindenburg Lounge (1984)
Living In Partytown (1984) (S)
Exspectacle (1985)
Quickwork (1993)
X Considers Y (1994) (S)
Ambiento (1994)
Vox Orbita (1995)
The Eternal Now (1996)
Metaphysic Mambo (1996)
A Survey of Remembered Things (1997) (with John Orsi)
Electropica (1998)
The Spectral Ships (1998)
Coxa (1999)
Etherdome (1999)
Ascensionism (2000)
Disorient (2001)
Tales From the Incantina (2001)
Alternate Worlds Vol. 1 (2001)
Indium (2002)
Alternate Realities (2003)
Untold Tales (2004) (recorded in 1979 - 1985)
The Reality Temples (2004)
Saiyuji (2005)
Vesperia (2006)
Serene Lives of Microbes (2006)
Via Poetica (2007) (with Lisa Indish)
Songs From the Analog Attic (2007) (recorded in 1992 - 1998)
Infinite Plastic Creation (2007)
Connection Failed (2008)
Short Waves (2008)
Sudden Departure (2008)
The Ghosts of Hanton Village (2009)
Beleaguered Blossoms (2010) (recorded in 1993 - 2009)
Mind Environs (2010) (EP)
Xessex - The Palindrome Project (2011)
Images From A Parallel World (2013)
Cranium Fizz (2013) (EP)
Vertical Life (2014)
Vaulted Visions Filmworks, Synth Pop, Demos 1978-85 (2014)
Brave Sketches (2015)
Involution Vol. 1 (2015)
Aera (2016)

American musician who was introduced to EM during the 1970's. Some of his early releases contain pretty wild and experimental music, while others venture into weird new wave / synth-pop realms. In the late 1980's Richard disappeared from the scene, only to emerge several years later as an Ambient musician. Richard’s got a fame of the musical chameleon because of so many styles covered in his works. None of his albums is like the other. From classic Ambient in the Eno / Budd vein to weird rhythmic stuff with distorted voices and God knows what else. Recommended for those who are already bored with the ‘ordinary’ EM. The first single contains tracks "Pirate the Islands" and "The Headlines Have It" and is sometimes referred to by its track names.

 


Bonechurch (USA)

Blackstatic (2001)
Bonechurch (??)
Burning, Drifting (??)
Ghosts In Silt (2004)
Nebenstation (??)
The Soul Blight (??) (EP)
Within Empty Spaces (??)
World's End (2006)
Hell's Iron Gate / Echoing Dust (2007)
Mistworks (2009)
Hymns For An Ending (2016) (EP)
Utterly Apart (2017) (EP)
The Brotherhood of Sleep (2017)

A mixture of classic Dark Ambient and Ambient Noise. Bonechurch is Ben Hudgins.

 


Bones of Seabirds (USA)

Sink Thy Hands Deep Into Earth (2009) (S)
Hidden Places (2009)

A project of Ryan McGill, which focuses on the noisier side of his music, often using distorted guitars alongside noisy electronics. Two works stand out, Prog EM-wise, I think. On Sink Thy Hands... there are no guitars and the music is slightly more ambient (still pretty noisy, though). The same style is heard on Hidden Places, with the addition of some guitars, but also with moments of pure Prog EM bliss.

See also: Cliffsides

 


Boneschi, Giampiero (Italy)

Cybernetic Circus (1972)
Synthetics (1972)
Moog Mandolins & Moonlight (1973)
Sounds Electronic (1973)
A New Sensation In Sound: Fantastic, Futuristic Vol. 2 (1973)
A New Sensation In Sound: Relaxing Themes Vol. 2 (1974)
Electronic Sound (1974)
Flute & Electronics (1978) (with Bruno Martinotti)
Light Electronic Scene (??)

Rare Electronic Music by this pioneering Italian composer. A lot of his stuff was released as part of the CAM library series.

 


Bong Sample (Canada)

Midnight Oscillations (2015)

Solo music by member of Private Investigators Parker Thierssen. Similar style, but more rudimentary, less poslished (not that Private Investigators music is very polished to begin with) and sounds like sketches of a bigger thing to come.

See also: Private Investigators, Kaunsel, Soft Ions.

 


Bongolian, The (UK)

Moog Maximus (2016)

The Bongolian is a project of Nasser Bouzida in the style of Latin music / Lounge / Funk. On Moog Maximus he lets his love for analog synths shine through. It is still very much an easy-listening album, though, with nothing progressive about it for the most part and sounding a bit like some 1970's "Moog Pop" records or a verson of Latin / funk music with synthesizers. Some of the moments are more interesting than the others and then there's the nice title track composed in a melodic, very French, style (Joel Fajerman, Francis Lai, etc). File under EM-related.

 


Bonin, Didier (France)

L'Arbre Verre (1979)
L'Air Lumiere (1982)

Reflective, pastoral crossover guitar / electronic compositions from this French multi-instrumentalist.

 


Bonney, Alex (UK)

Below the Blue Whale (2013) (with Fred Thomas)
Excavations And Demolitions (2016)

Trumpeter and electronic musician born in 1978. His style is influenced by free jazz, improvisation, electro-acoustic music and Ambient / EM.

 


Bonzi, Christian (Italy)

Flights (2000)
The Space In Your Eyes (2000)
Eve Eve Eve (2001)

Melodic EM, I think.

 


Boocanan (Canada)

Hush (2016)

Berlin School worship from this vaporwave project.

 


Book of Shadows (USA)

IndigoM (2004)
Mantis (2005)
...And Then We All Woke Up (2007)
The Cosmic Doctrine (2008)
Isadora Shadow (2008)
The Morphail Effect (2009)
Twelve Degree Chandelier (2010)
Prayer Wheel (2010)
Festival of Shadows (2011)
Cayleper (2011)
Cosmos-Mother (2012)
The Second Attention (2016)

Book of Shadows is the spacier side of Carlton Crutcher, vocalist and keyboard player of Texan space rockers ST 37. The core of the band is him on various keyboards and electronics plus his wife Sharon on "vocals", with other guests providing guitars, bass and more electronics. This is not their full discography as I'm not sure at the moment that all of their releases fit in stylistically; the supposedly more ambient and electronic ones are listed. The list may expand in the future.

 


Book of Wisdom (Germany)

Book of Wisdom (1991)
Mors Nigra (1992)
Catacombs (1993)
Jaegers Kreutz (1995) (EP)
Mythos und Legende (1995) (S)
Ultra (2005)

Classic Dark Ambient formation from the 1990's. In 2005 they released a reunion album with more song-oriented material.

 


Booker, Andrew (UK)

Ahead (1996)

Mini-album from this drummer / keyboardist / singer in EM / progrock style. The only instruments used are keys, drums and voice. At times the sound is a bit similar to Patrick O'Hearn.

 


Bookovsky (Poland)

Uklad Sloneczny - Naszyjnik Boga (1996)
Sen Paranoika (2000)
Analogy (2002)
Book of Sky (2006)

Tangerine Dream style.

See also: Geiger Box

 


Bookworms (UK)

Mode of Transportation (2015)
Appropriation Loops (A Love Story) (2017)

Bookworms is Nik Dawson - an "outsider house" deejay and musician. Some of his ambient or experimental explorations (where he uses granular synthesis, among other techniques) might interest fans of the more out-there forms of EM. Mode of Transportation is more or less an ambient release, while Appropriation Loops is full of mutant, repetitive, dense electronics of which the 20-minute title track is especially impressive, sounding like a deranged, noisy and accelerated hybrid of Lard Free circa Spirale Malax, a touch of Pinhas' guitar and a mutated house beat. Very very different but progressive in its approach.

 


Boone, Louis (USA)

Church of the Insane (1987)
Purity of Essence (1987) (with Reginald Taylor)

The Key To the Other Half of the Answer (??)

Synthesist. Louis Boone joined Doug Walker's Alien Planetscapes in 1982.

See also: Land of Guilt & Blarney, The, Alien Planetscapes.

 


Boone, Tim (USA)

Worlds of Another Color Vol. 1 & 2 (1992)
Swimming In the Clouds of the Summit (1994)

Tim Boone's music seems to evoke images of Klaus Schulze. There are even the sounds of a cello if you know what I mean. Tim Boone appears on one track off Elemental's Thee Divine Imagination and it also says on the back cover that Tim left this world in 1998.

See also: Square Wave

 


Booshank (Australia)

Fjord Falcon (2017)

Techno artist Paul Graham who expresses a strong EM influence on Fjord Falcon, culminating with the hypnotic, a bit new-agey, 14-minute "Meditation In F".

 


Booth & Creek (UK)

Lightwaves (2012)
Afterimage (2016)
Persistence of Vision (2016) (recorded in 2012)

Berlin School / Ambient.

See also: Modulator ESP, Daniel & Booth.

 


Boots, Ron (Netherlands)

Linear Waves (1987)
Dream Weaver (1987)
New Dream (1987)
Wind In the Trees (1988)
Moments (1988)
Bookworks (1989)
Hydrythmix (1989) (with Bas Broekhuis)
Dreamscape (1990)
Offshore Islands (1990) (with John Kerr)
Ghost of A Mist (1991)
Different Stories And Twisted Tales (1993)
By Popular Demand (1993) (with friends)
Detachment of Worldly Affairs (1994)
Backgrounds (1994)
Too Many Secrets (1994)
Cutting Branches (1995)
Schloss Burg (1995) (with Demo Art)
Screaming Whispers (1996)
Of Desolate Places & Urban Jungles (1997)
Current (1997)
Phase 3 (1997) (with Boddy & van der Heijden)
Tainted Bare Skin (1998)
BAH! Live In Sweden (1998) (with Aerts & van der Heijden)
E-Live 98 (1998) (with Aerts & van der Heijden)
Joie de Vivre (1999) (with friends)
Close, But Not Touching (2000)
The 80’s Box (2000)
Livelines (2002) (with Aerts & van der Heijden)
Liquid Structures In Solid Form (2002)
Across the Silver River (2003) (with Rudy Adrian)
Area Movement (2003)
Fanta Magic 2005 (2005)
Acoustic Shadows (2005)
See Beyond Times And Look Beyond Words (2008)
Mea Culpa (2008)
Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight (2009)
Boundary Tales (2009)
Derby! (2009) (with Frank Dorittke and Harold van der Heijden)
Refuge en Verre (2010) (with Synth.nl)
La Caida de Hormigon (2011)
Ante
Oculos (2011)
From the Forgotten Rooms of A Lonely House (2011)
Signs In the Sand (2012)
Awakening At Booth's Palace (2014) (with friends)
Standing In the Rain (2015)
Juxtaposition (2015) (with John Kerr)
Juxtaposition the Bochum Bonus (2015) (with John Kerr)
Juxtaposition Live Highlights (2016) (with John Kerr)
Seven Days (2017) (with Stephan Whitlan)

Dutch synthesist. Originator of the so called ‘Eindhoven School of Electronic Music’. A very talented musician who creates melodic dynamic music in the best traditions of the masters of the genre. He has also composed some Ambient works like, for instance, Of Desolate Places... released on Amplexus label. Boots himself is the man behind famous Groove Unlimited label that has released a lot of quality Electronic Music during the last several years. So, the music. It’s full of sequences and brilliant synth solos, that’s exactly what you would normally call ‘Electronic Music’ or ‘Synthesizer Music’. Some people may find it a bit too sweet for their tastes, but I don’t think that anyone with a taste for synthetic music should miss this artist. Even I cannot resist such music and I’m far from being a man who likes easy melodic EM. You should definitely check him out. Liquid Structures has many nods to classic era Schulze. By the way, Ron Boots along with Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana and Pete Namlook is a musician who probably has more collaborations with other synthesists than any other.

See also: MorPheusz, Derelict Thoughts.

 


Bop Singlayer (Italy)

Self-Portrait (2015)

Under this pseudonym hides one Luca Affatato from Italy. He seems to be a techno / IDM producer. However, on this album, a strong prog EM influence is heard, especially on sequencer-based tracks.

 


Borden, David (USA)

Music For Amplified Keyboard Instruments (1981)
Anatidae (1983)
Migration (1988)
The Continuing Story of Counterpoint 9-12 (1988)
The Continuing Story of Counterpoint 5-8 (1990)
The Continuing Story of Counterpoint 1-4 (1990) (recorded in 1987 - 1990)
Double Portrait / In Double Edge (1992) (recorded in 1987 - ??)
Cayuga Night Music (1993)
Places, Times & People (1994)
Night And Day (??)

David Borden is an American musician and synthesist with strong minimalist influences. He’s the man behind Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co.

See also: Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co.

 


Border One (Belgium)

Le Feu / Le Sacrifice (2017)

Stark electronic soundscapes with sparse rhythms.

 


Boreal Taiga (USA)

Boreal Taiga (2001)
Qoldai'yek (2005)
Polar Night (2008)
In Sentrum (2009)
Isopectic Isotac (2010)
Podkamennaya Tunguska (2010)
Northern Shamans (2010)
Arctic Remixes (2011)
Arctic Remixes 2 (2011)
Yg: drasil (2012)
at gutú (2013)
Return To the North (2015)
Polar Reflections (2016) (recorded in 2011 - 2016)

Arctic ambience project, initially with some downtempo influences, later becoming more purely Ambient.

 


Borga, Ascanio (Italy)

Inner Geometry (2001)
Liquid Symmetries (2002)
Bad Ground (2006)
Peripheral Vision (2007)
Xenomorphic (2008)
Altered States (2015)
Raw Science (2016)

Diverse Ambient / electronics from this Italian composer. The 2007 album Peripheral Vision was created with nothing but electric guitar and processing. The first track, titled "Emergence" follows the classic Ambient formula, with long, drawn-out tones and cloudy masses of guitar drones. This is minimal and soothing music, somewhat hypnotic and very relaxing. There's nothing dark or neurotic about it; it's just pure sonic balm. "Floating Sequence" continues in similar fashion. In fact, you'd have a hard time trying to separate the two by just listening to one-minute excerpts of both. The chill continues until the next track titled "Cloudlike" takes things to darker realms, while retaining the general feel of the previous compositions. The sound has more richness to it and the tones of Ascanio's guitar are much more diverse. There's also a metallic element to the textures that was largely absent on "Emergence" and "Floating Sequence". "Everything Inside" continues where previous track left off, adding a heavier bass element to the proceedings. The sound is still extremely monolithiñ and yet somehow liquid and constantly moving. "Discovery" is more icy, hypnotic and out-there. The track corresponds to its title in that it's much more active than the rest of the material and there's something of a nature-inspired atmosphere to it. Yet, instead of marine discoveries and tropical islands, one gets the impression of snowy, wind-swept landscapes, icebergs and vast glaciers. "Forgotten Medicine", however, is more meditative and emotionally neutral. It is basically pure guitar-based drone with a bit of a mystic aura about it. "The Big Sleep" is introduced with a few mysterious bass notes. This three-note motif is then repeated throughout this track, complimented by a few droning textures. The last several minutes introduce new sounds and the mood lightens up a bit. This music is cyclical, minimal and hypnotic. I think Peripheral Vision is an album for those who like their ambient music on the stark, minimal side. These long drones and ice-cold minimal atmospheres would serve well as a soundtrack to some mystery / exploration movie. Otherwise, they are well suited for active and passive listening alike.

 


Borghi, Matt (USA)

For Running Time (2000)
Huronic Minor (2000)
December Impressions (2001)
Intercepted Transmissions (2001) (with Cyber Zen Sound Engine)
Red Ambience / Kensington Hall (2002)
Moving Through (2002) (with Brannan Lane and Jason Sloan)
Elegy For Time (2002)
Ashes (2003)
Meditation Cycles Vol. 1 (2003)
Guilford (2004) (with Jason Sloan)
Images (2004)
Undercurrents (2005) (with Aidan Baker)
The Phantom Light (2005)
Johnson McCready's Morning Breaks In And Settles (2006) (S)
Kensington Hill / Fallen (2006)
Olagra (2006)
What the Night Leaves Behind (2007) (with Ben Fleury-Steiner)

Matt Borghi is an interesting character from East Lansing, Michigan, USA, who creates mostly droning Ambient using guitar, synthesizers and processed samples. A lot of his music was inspired by Michigan landscapes and the surroundings of the Great Lakes. Some of his works have a slight psych folk influence. Sometimes his music is very minimal but always with either dark or reflective / melancholic undertones.

 


Boris Divider (Spain)

The Source (2012)
Aeon (2013) (S)
Surface (2013) (S)
Parallel EP (2014) (EP)
Deflector | Atractor (2014)
Visiones Sequenciales (2016)

Spanish electro producer Boris Saez aka Boris Divider decided to deviate from his usual electro style for this Aeon, instead opting for a pure 1970's Electronic Music sound (mostly Berlin School), clearly showing his influences. Sequencers galore! Surface continues in the same direction and Parallel EP also includes a classic, sequencer EM track called "Tangential". In fact, the EM tendencies in this musician's started to show themselves already on The Source from 2012, with the opening title track being a purely sequencer-based melodic and dramatic EM track, "Survivor Sector" and "Escape From District 7" being in similar style. There are also nice EM touches throughout the rest of the album. Overall it can be described as a mixture of electro, synthwave and progressive EM. Deflector | Atractor is a cold, Kraftwerk-like electro pastische updated for the glitch generation.

 


Borkiet, Eckhard (Germany)

The Final Sign (1992)
On the Fields of Nowhere (1994)
Polaris (1996)
Conjurer (1997)
Nuclear (1998)
Project Journey (1999)
Beyond Dreams And Reality (2000)
Resurrected (2000)
Fear 2001 (2001)
Snowblind (2001)
Endless (2002)
Leaving Earth (2003)
Transformed (2007)

Synthesist. He makes melodic and rhythmic (often cosmic) Electronic Music since 1988. Eckhard has a warm, rich sound thanks to the use of analogue synthesizers.

 


Borngräber & Strüver (Germany)

Transcontinental (2005)
In G (2010)
Con-Struct (2011) (with Conrad Schnitzler)
Urlaub (2011)
Clouds (2012)

Experimental electronic duo. Mostly hypnotic and rhythmic.

 


Boron (USA)

Mirages (2017) (with Argon)

Varied project of experimental musician Dan Nelson from Portland, Oregon. He has a certain affinity towards modular analog synths, but his output has been pretty diverse, ranging from completely abstract and noisy electronics to electro-acoustics and so on. On the above album a certain Prog EM infuence is felt.

 


Borreani, Gaston (France)

Reve Abyssal (1979)
Oxygen (1982)

These are electronic library albums.

 


Botanica (USA)

Garden of Earthly Delights (1989)
Strange Attractor (1992)

Space Music by a group formed by Sanford Ponder.

See also: Ponder, Sanford

 


Bouda, Alojz (Slovakia)

Synthesizer Sound (1980)

Slovak keyboard player who released at least two LP's: Organ Fascination in 1976 and this monstrosity in 1980. It's basically a bunch of nasty pop tracks played on synthesizers but one of them stands out. It's called "Random" and it's the real deal. In the credits it is stated that on this track he just let his synthesizer play "by itself" and the results are quite nice. There's something genuinely Kraftwerkian about it, with a steady mechanical beat supporting sparkling clusters of synth arpeggios and wiggles. A pity it's too short, though.

 


Boulé, Christian (France)

Photo Musik (1978)
Non Fiction (1979)

Christian Boulé played guitar with Clearlight, Gong and Lard Free. His music is guitar-fronted space rock / synthesizer music. It offers a lot for an EM fan. Christian Boulé left this world in 2002.

 


Boundy, Justin (Australia)

Emospheres (1995)

Melodic, Jarre-like electronics with a few dance influences from this Queensland-based artist and studio engineer.

 


Bouquet, Jean-Pierre (France)

Classical & Modern Musical Worlds (??)

Electronic library music.

 


Bourdin, Lucette (France)

Soaring Above the Thunder (2005)
Oceanic Space (2006)
Raven's Dream (2006)
The Mystery of the Midnight Sun (2006)
Rising Fog (2007)
Stories From the City (2007)
Seeking Ganesha (2008)
Ancient Memories (2008)
Tiemeless Shore (2008)
Drums And Repercussions (2009)
Drum-Atic Atmospheres (2009)
Under Currents (2009)
A Thousand Voices (2010)
Nordic Waves Volume 1: Winter (2011)
Nordic Waves Volume 2: Spring (2011)
Nordic Waves Volume 3: Summer (2011)
Nordic Waves Volume 4: Autumn (2011)
A View From Afar (2012)
Breath of Grace (2012)

Lucette Bourdin was a French female painter and Ambient musician who lived and worked in the USA. Sadly, she died on February, 17, 2011.

 


Bourne, Matthew (UK)

Radioland: Radio-Activity Revisited (2015) (with Franck Vigroux)
Moogmemory (2016)

Moogmemory is a minimal analog synth exploration from this jazz pianist. Released on LP that comes with a CD containing additional tracks. As is clear from the title, the music was done on a Memorymoog synthesizer.

 


Bourrelier, Pascal (France)

Histoire d'une Vie / 111 Mega Hertz (??) (S)

 


Boutenko, Stephan (USA)

Breathing Room EP (2016)

Electronic artist from Oregon with an ambient style and subtle sequencing on the first track.

 


Boutrup, Lars (Denmark)

Lars Boutrup's Music For Keyboards (2005)
The Symphonic Dream (2011)
Small As A Ball (2015)

Keyboard player from Denmark who mixes instrumental symphonic rock in the style of keyboard greats with some EM influences.

 


Boutz, Georges (USA)

Amber 7 (1983)
Silver Eagle (1984)

Melodic Electronic Music influenced by Jarre and other pioneers.

 


Bouvetøya (Ireland)

Subtractivate (2013)
Interstellarphonic (2014)
Timeslip (2015)
Blue Planet Talisman (2016)
Super High Frequency (2016)
Machines For Collective Living (2017)

Curiously named after a remote Norwegian island in Southern Atlantic, Bouvetøya is a studio-based EM project from Ireland.

 


Bowden, William (Australia)

The Dream of the Currawong (1994)

Australian sound engineer and composer who worked with Kylie Minogue and The Living End, among others. This album is a relaxing affair, between Ambient and new age, with electric violin on some tracks.

 


Bowen, Eugene (USA)

Bourgeois Magnetic (1981) (S)

Eugene Bowen is a California-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. This small 45-rpm record was released in 1981 on Harold Budd's short-lived Cantil record label and is a forgotten gem of early Ambient and post-punk / art pop minimalism. It features vocal songs and instrumental tracks. Harold Budd plays processed piano and synthesizers on it. The record was re-released on CD in 2007 by Amorfon records of Japan.

 


Bowers, Graham (UK)

Of Mary's Blood (1995)
Transgression (1997)
Eternal Ghosts (1998)
Pilgrim (1999)
Rupture (2011) (with Nurse With Wound)
Parade (2013) (with Nurse With Wound)
Diploid (2013) (S) (with Nurse With Wound)
Excitotoxicity (2014) (with Nurse With Wound)
Mutation... The Lunatics Are Running the Asylum (2015) (with Nurse With Wound)

Cinematic Dark Ambient from this musician, painter and sculptor.

 


Bowie, David (UK)

Low (1977)
Heroes (1977)

For Low, David Bowie (1947 - 2016) teamed up with Brian Eno and, as a result, this album is split in two parts where the first one features experimental / cold electropop / rock songs with sparse vocals, while the second one is filled with Eno-like ambient EM. Same goes for Heroes although there's not as much instrumental stuff as on its predecessor.

 


Bowles, Meg (USA)

Solstice Dreams (1993)
Inner Space (1993)
Blue Cosmos (1996)
Night Sun Journey (1996)
Places Where Rivers Meet (1997)
From the Dark Earth (1999)
A Quiet Light (2011)
The Shimmering Land (2013)

Space Music. Jonn Serrie would be the closest comparison.

 


Bowman, Cooper (Australia)

Arid Fault (2017) (S)

Varied electronic musician, releasing stuff under various guises and as part of several groups. I don't know how much of his output will be EM-friendly but Arid Fault features waves of analog synths and melodies.

 


Bownik, Adam (Poland)

Niebieskie Przesrzenia (1997)
Sekwesencja (1997)
Olympus Mons (1997)
Across the Continents (1998)
The Presence (1999)
Sonabilis (1999)
Angels of the Seas (2000)
Dive Into Subconscious (2000)
Eter (2000)
Epicentre (2000)
Time Replicated (2001)
Artificial Life (2001)
Basis (2001)
Trajektoria X (2001)
Apogeum (2001)
The Presence (2001)
Perigeum (2001)
Vega (2002)
Phoebe (2002)
Silentium Universi (2002)
Hydrosfera (2002)
Aura (2002)
The Storm Is Here (2002)
Zlote Dzieci (2002)
Magma (2002)
Zmysly (2002)
S Andromedae (2002)
Antares (2002)
... a chmury pod nami (2003)
Smak Sztuki (2003)
Hyperion (2003)
Psalmy (2003)
Marzenia Twe (2003)
Rozowa Magia (2003)
Equilibrium (2003)
Ekliptyka (2003)
As the Moon Shines (2003)
Code of Life (2003)
Apokalipsa (2004)
Dimensional Scales (2004)
Earth (2004)
Sun (2004)
Vocalia (2004)
Signs (2005)
I Awoke In A Dream (2005)
Mars Global Inspiration (2006)
A New Life (2006)
Contemplation (2006)
Epicentre (2006)
Glassicism (2007)
Supernova (2007)
Olcztyn - Elblag 2008 (2008) (with Andrzej Mierzynski and Piotr Krupski)
Metanoia (2008)
Red Planet (2008)
...And Life Goes On (2008)
De Revolutionibus (2015) (S)

Adam Cetramen Bownik (sometimes referred to as simply "Certamen") is a Polish synthesist with a lot of albums to his credit. His music can be described as traditional electronics while some works are more in the mould of Ambient (Silentium Universi, Smak Sztuki). He also has a few works in the techno / trance vein, not included in the above discography. I have Zlote Dzieci which consists of three long classic Berlin School opuses. For the most part you won't find any surprises here, just all classic elements nicely put together. The exception is the second track, slow and atmospheric (for the most part). For fans of classic Schulze, Tangerine Dream, and especially Patrick Kosmos, this is a must!

 


Boysen, Per (Sweden)

Civitas Urbanus (2007)
Sub City 2064 (2010) (with Erdem Helvacioğlu)

Per Boysen is experimental electronic artist who is very much into wind instruments. Apart from staples like soprano sax and flute, he uses EWI (electronic wind instrument), electric guitar and processing. His style is quite unique and very diverse, mixing reflective / atmospheric numbers with more frenetic ones and a strong electro-acoustic influence.

 


bphax (USA)

Stranger Things Volume Three (2017)

Imaginary synth soundtrack from this Iowa-based project.

 


BpOlar (Belgium)

The White Heads (2007)
Pheromones (2009)

Ambient soundscapes from Antwerp, Belgium.

 


Bracale, Ron (USA)

Shamanic Extra-Terestrial Initiation (2009)

Electronic album from this flute player.

 


Bracchi, Giancarlo (USA)

Silicone Immortality (2010)

Analog sound sculptor and experimental musician from NY. This is a cassette release.

 


Brachial Palsy (Germany)

Control And Paralysis (2006)
The Central Point of the Nine Planets (2009)

I must admit I was a bit hesitant about including this project in EEM, as some tracks off Control And Paralysis are basically rhythmic experimental industrial based on loops. However, other tracks are pure Ambient, not very dark really, and remind me on Dwight Ashley's solo stuff. Brachial Palsy is a project of John Birch and rose out of the ashes of his previous group LA Comunidad that played rhythmic electro.

 


Braciszewski, Maciej (Poland)

A.D. 966 (2008)
A.D. 1000 (2011)
Beatyficare (2011)
Deep Blue (2013)

 


Bradacs, Serge (Switzerland)

Space Time (2010)
Oscillateur (2012)

Synth artist from Switzerland with a classic, analogue sound.

 


Bradley, Mark (USA)

Shimmer (2008)
Wrecked (2008) (S)
Drifting (2008)
A Forever Heaven (2009) (S)
All of My Ghosts (2009)
Eternal (2009)
Absolution (2009)
Dream State (2009)
Smoke And Mirrors (2009) (S)
Bible Black (2009)
Luminous (2009) (S)
For the Monks (2009) (S)
The Gloaming (2010) (S)
Trembling Branches (2010)
Exile (2010)
Mark Bradley / Wereju (2010) (with Wereju)
Absolute Infinite (2010) (with Jacob Price)
Beyond Smoke And Mirrors (2010)
When Art Imitates Life (2010)
Memnto Mori (2010) (S)
Godspeed (2010)
Sanctity (2010)
His Masters Voice (2010)
Cathedral Sound Ritual (2011)
The Future Has Passed (2011) (S)
Deliver Me (2011)
Blind Faith (2011) (S)
Sustain / Release (2011)
Temple Music (2011)
Spectral Electricity (2011)
Mantra (2011)
Mystic (2011) (S)
Offerings (2012)
Radiant (2012)
A Collection - The First And the Last Five Years (2013)
A History of Silence (2016)

Extremely prolific electronic artist who does ambient drone, rhythmic, noisy, experimental and many more styles of music, sometimes within a single album.

 


Bradley, Paul (UK)

Paul Bradley (??)
All That Was (2003)
Behind Your Very Eyes (2003) (with Colin Potter)
Twenty Hertz (2003)
Confluence (2004) (with Colin Potter)
Sepulchral (2004)
Sometime Today (2004) (with Darren Tate)
Immure (2004)
Anamnesis (2005)
Anoxia (2005) (with Adam Sonderberg)
Liquid Sunset (2005)
Live (2005) (with Colin Potter)
Sophia Drifts (2005)
Moraines (2006) (with Cria Cuervos)
Memorias Extranjeras (2006)
Notes From Past (2006)
Sketches From Dust (2006)
Chroma (2007)
Somatic (2007)
Moraines II (2007) (with Cria Cuervos)
Searching For the Way (2007) (S)
Mas Memorias Extranjeras (2008)
Sirens (2008)
Special Edition (2008)
Live (2010)
The Simple Plan (2010) (with Colin Potter)
Veil of Dawn (2011) (with Darren Tate)
Water Mountain (2013) (with Jonathan Coleclough, Hitoshi Kojo and Colin Potter)

Paul Bradley is an English drone / ambient musician who's been quite prolific since around 2000. He mostly uses processed sounds and subtle instrumentation (guitar and keyboards) to create subterranean rumbles and drones. Paul's music is often quite dark.

 


Bradock, Pépé (France)

Baby Craddock (2016) (EP)

Parisian deejay, producer and musician who comes from the techno / club / rave background and has been around since the 1990's. I don't know how and when he got influenced by EM, but if you listen to Baby Craddock, you will be surprised by a few moments of genuine EM bliss. Among the experimental techno / house tracks you get "Sainte-Maure" - a mesmerizing electronic soundscape and "1755" - a more experimental pastiche with a few hesitant sequences and various beeps and bleeps. These two tracks show us a unique EM style from an artist who is not afraid to step out of his comfort zone, if there is one. If and what other releases contain EM material or are EM-related is unknown at the moment.

 


Bradshaw-Leather, Don (UK)

Distance Between Us (1972)

So you call yourself a mellotron fanatic? Then you might be interested in this 2-LP set, as the music herein is a real mellotron overkill. Don Bradshaw-Leather (aka Donald Bradshaw and Don Bradsham-Leather) is an obscure artist who recorded the whole thing using just piano, mellotron (mostly using strings), organ, percussion and voice (his own and that of a guest female vocalist). These four extended "jams" sound like lost and deranged orchestral memories covered by time and dust. I don't know if he is a genius or a madman to put out something like this in 1972 (there are some parallels with early German krautrock / EM experimentalists) but those longing for a mellotron overdose can look no further. It is also interesting to compare this with later-day Neo-Classical Ambient acts like Mauve Sideshow.

 


Braheny, Kevin (USA)

Way Home (1978)
Lullaby (1980)
Western Spaces (1987) (with Steve Roach & Richard Burmer)
Galaxies (1988)
Desert Solitaire (1989) (with Steve Roach & Michael Stearns)
Secret Rooms (1990)
Rain (1995) (with Tim Clark)
The Spell (1996) (with Tim Clark)

American musician. Quiet Ambient music, sometimes melodic and always pleasant. Kevin Braheny uses the EVI (electronic valve instrument) in his music and has mastered this device to a great degree, hence the abundance of electronic ‘wind’ sounds (flutes etc) in his work. Has collaborated with Steve Roach and Tim Clark, among others.

 


Brahmen Raag (Belgium)

Brahmen Raag (2016)

A duo of Glen Steenkiste and David Edren who play harmonium, shruti box and synthesizers. Sort of an Ambient / drone / World Music sound here.

See also: Erden, David

 


Brahms (USA)

Pressure (2011) (S)
Shimmer//Suffocate (2013)

Minimal synth compositions from Jovan Moran. Sounds like toy melodies supported by melodic pads.

 


Brain, The (USA)

Access & Amplify (1996)

This CD was released on the Hypnotic label and represents a mixture of rhythmic (including some modern beats) and floating analog electronic styles.

 


Brain Ballet (Japan)

Aquarium of the Deep Sea (2004)

Aquatic electronics from one Hidemasa Kondo.

 


Brain Fruit (USA)

1.1 (2011)

Seattle-based duo with a Dusseldorf-influenced sound. Vintage synths galore and drum machine rhythms straight from Kraftwerk's Autobahn.

 


Brain Laughter (USA)

In the Land of Power (1989)
Not Far From A Distant Sun (1995)
Life Flows Water (2015) (with Craig Padilla)
Source of Compassion (2016) (with Madhavi Devi)
Being of Light (2017) (with Craig Padilla)

Brain Laughter is Howard Givens. Pulsating sequential electronics ala Schulze and TD. The second album is more dreamy and ambient and features contributions by Steve Roach and Deborah Martin, among others.

 


Brain Machine (Italy / UK)

Brain Machine (2008)
Alpha Beta Gamma (2011) (EP)
The Lost Machine (2014) (S)
Peaks (2016)

A duo of Italian producer Guido Zen and Jon Tye (Seahawks). Cosmic and sequence-full music between Berlin School and Moroder.

 


Brain Syndrome (USA)

Disconnect (2011) (S)

Presented by the label as a "mysterious 80's thrift store find", I strongly suspect a fake here. Anyway, the music on this limited cassette (program repeats on both sides)  is somewhat raw and unpolished (sometimes sounding more like sketches rather than full-blown compositions), but the sounds are warm and nice and all... Oh, well.

 


Braino (USA)

Early electronic band from Cleveland, Ohio, featuring Alan Howarth.

See also: Pi Corp

 


Brainstorm (Australia)

The Spiral Stair (2013)

Unclassifiable space rock / hard rock band from Melbourne, led by Paul Foley. This album has nice spacey background electronics throughout, but there is also a completely electronic (bar drums and glissando guitar) track, called "Das Elektronisches". It has a motorik rhythm and reminds on Dusseldorf School with some Berlin influences. One of those one-track (so far) inclusions.

 


Brainstorm Trust, The (USA)

Harmonic Motion (2014)

Miscellaneous bunch of tracks, mostly of rhythmic, melodic and symphonic kind. Sometimes with a weird cartoony vibe.

 


Brainticket (international)

Celestial Ocean (1973)
Adventure (1979)
Voyage (1980)
New Age Concert (1985) (with Stephanie Wolff)
Alchemic Universe (2001)
Past, Present & Future (2015)

An international formation that has seen many members coming and going during the years, but always revolved around Belgian born Joel Vandroogenbroeck. It has seen Swiss, Italian and American musicians boiling within its pot. The band was formed somewhere around 1968 and consisted at that time of Vandroodenbroeck, Ron Bryer and Wolfgang Paap. The music of that era had nothing much to do with electronics. After that they got caught by a ‘krautrock fever’ and their first two albums Cottonwoodhill (1971) and Psychonaut (1972) are typical examples of psychedelic jams, sometimes hinting at early Hawkwind. After the 'pure psych' phase was over, they became more electronic and their subsequent albums are the ones to grab. Completists, of course, would want to have all of them. EM fans, beware the female vocals on Psychonaut.

Notes 18.05.2003. A few words about Alchemic Universe. This is a very good album (composed entirely by Joel Vandroogenbroeck) with unique style, lots of changes and unusual techniques etc. The rhythms are modern, although the techno elements never become prominent enough to be irritating. Some tracks feature female voice reciting (mainly) random phrases and words. In contrast to some of Software's works (Syn-Code) where such voice just got on my nerves and made me reach for the "skip" button, here it seems to work somehow, maybe because it fits better to the music, or maybe for some other reason (doesn't sound like new age bullshit, you know)... Who knows! Anyway, a very pleasant modern EM album.

See also: Vandroogenbroeck, Joel, Deyssenroth, Hans.

 


Brainwork (Germany)

Sunrise (1991)
Brainotronic (1992)
Back To the Roots (1993)
Rhythm Base (1994)
V Melodie & Ambience (1995)
Live & Unreleased (1996)
Sensual Reflections (1997)
Stollwerck '96 (1997) (with Strange Inside)
Back To Future (2003)
Soundclouds (2006)
Ten (2008)
Dreamland (2009)
Earcatcher (2010)
City Lights (2011)
The Other Works (2013)
Cosmic Places (2014)
Above the Keys (2016)
Back To Future 2 (2017)

Electronic project of Uwe Saher from Cologne, Germany. Very energetic music with some beats in New Berlin School style.

See also: Element 4

 


Brainworlds (USA)

. (2008)
.. (2009)
... (2010)
.... (2010)
..... (2011)

Atlanta-based guitarist and electronic composer Mason Brown who is very much into mesmerizing and melodic ambient hazy dronescapes.

 


Brajković, Massimo (Croatia)

Mosaico Istriano (1999)

 


Bramble (USA)

Dynamism (2007)
Emergence (2008)

Bramble is Scott Wehman from Toledo, Ohio, who also makes Breakcore musiñ under an alias BLÆRG. Bramble, however, is ambient and dark.

 


Bramlaan (Netherlands)

Aloft In A Balloon (1981)

Obscure double LP of experimental EM and psychedelic music that is somewhat spacey and minimal. There are vocals and the whole thing has something of a Peter Gabriel air to it or maybe also early Battiato.

 


Bran(...)pos (USA)

Den of Ordure And Iridescence (2013)

Jake Rodriguez is an experimental / noise artist who makes his own instruments (including softsynths) and invents unusual performance techniques. Den of Ordure And Iridescence is a nice album inspired by 1970's German Electronic Music, krautrock and some academic electronic artists. I don't know if there is anything else in that style or similar in his oeuvre, so, further investigation is needed.

 


Branches (Portugal)

Sonho Maritimo (2011) (S)
Ninguém é Como Tu (2012)
Para Ver O Sol (2015) (recorded in 2006 - 2014)

Aquatic, floating Ambient.

 


Branchi, Walter (Italy)

Paesaggi Intravisti (1987) (with Mauro Bortolotti)

See also: Musica Elettronica Viva

 


Brand, Steve (USA)

The Quiver of Dreams (2004)
One Hour As the One Who Watches (2005) (with Jonathan Benham)
Awakensong (2006)
Looking Into the Other (2007)
Twilightmind (2007)
Cahokia (2007)
Bridge To Nowhere (2008)
SoulSpiral (2008)
Broken Gold (2008) (with Disturbed Earth)
Because We Were Once Covered In Gold (2008)
Children of Alcyone (2009)
Spiritual Silence / The Voice From Home (2009) (with Ishq)
Coniunctio (2010)
Circular Scriptures (2010)
Sunprints (2010)
What Is Memory (2011) (with Disturbed Earth)
Avatara (2011)
Upwelling (2011)
Catalyst (2012)
Our True Nature (2012)
The Great Hoop (2013)
The Track of the Full Moon On Water (2013)
Over-Soul (2013)
The Fruit of the Spring (2014)
Meltstream (2014) (with Roy Mattson)
The Space Between (2014)
Into the Current (2015)
Second Spring (2015)
Sanctuary (2015)
Songs From Unknown Territory (2015)
The Path of the Heart (2016)
Leaving the Hive (2016)
Near Series: Silence (2017)
Near Series: Otherness (2017)
Near Series: Threshold (2017)
Spiritual Science (2017) (with Ishq)
Upwelling: Emergence (2017) (recorded in 2009 - 2017)

Formerly known as Augur, Steve Brand has been doing experimental electronic / electroacoustic compositions since the mid-1980's. At the start of the New Millennium, he began releasing works under his real name, delving deeper into the ambient realms. His works combine elements of Classic Ambient with desert ambience of artists like Steve Roach and Robert Rich and often Tribal / Ritual elements, with percussion, flutes, tropical forest ambiences, etc.

 


Brandal, Andreas (Norway)

The Delusive Light (2016)
Flames And Ether (2016)
The Land of Perfect Twilight (2016)
The Work of the Spider (2017)

Mix equal doses of Nurse With Would's "creakyness" / horror sound, classic "horror synth" and lush classical arrangements and you will get the idea of what the nocturnal world of The Delusive Light is all about. Andreas Brandal is a prolific drone / experimental musician with quite a few releases to his credit. I will try to list his progressive works here, of which The Delusive Light is a nice gem in a unique style.

 


Branģjolica, Ljubomir (Macedonia)

Koneski's Constellation (1988)

Classical composer. This album is a theater piece and is supposedly electronic.

 


Brant, Richard (???)

Synthi Storm (1986)

 


Brauer, Norbert (Germany)

The Return of the Marshmallow Man (1997)

Cyborg member.

See also: Cyborg

 


Braxton, Tyondai (USA)

Hive1 (2015)
Oranged Out (2016) (EP)

American composer and performer born in 1978. Tyondai Braxton is the son of avant-garde composer and jazz musician Anthony Braxton and, just like his father, he often relies on improvisation. He is known for several projects, both as a solo artist and with collectives such as the Wordless Music Orchestra for example. On Hive1, a totally unique brand of EM is presented. It is highly experimental, quirky, improvisational and yet melodic and accessible. The music is quite repetitive and loaded with strange chirpy sounds and warm analog interludes. Not comparable to other artists.

 


Breant, Francois (France)

Sons Optiques (1978)
Voyeur Extra-Lucide (1979)

Keyboard prog / Electronic Music. Excellent studio wizardry and some guest musicians. At times hints at zeuhl.

 


Breast Explosion (Belgium)

Necronomicon (2014)

Initially an experimental trio of musicians during the 1990's, it is now reduced to a solo project. This musical rendition of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Necronomicon", released on cassette, is a mixture of Dark Ambient, dark experimental and dark Berlin School (no soloing, just sequences). Will be enjoyned by fans of all things dark.

 


Breden, Greg (UK)

Undercurrents (1990)
Stones (1991)
The Border (1992)
Alternative 1 (1992)
Darkside (1993)
Summer Perfect (2010)

Synthesist who had several cassette-only releases in the early 90's. The 10-track CD-R demo I received reveals a highly versatile and talented musician who loves his guitar just as much as he loves his synths. "All Round the House" is a Dream Mixes-type piece. Really good if you like that late 90's Tangerine Dream sound, although the similarity is mostly in style, not in the textures themselves. It's an upbeat and melodic piece. "Undercurrents (1998 Mix)" is more atmospheric, with laid-back rhythm and strong melodic hooks. "Blue" sounds like a recent piece to my ears with a vaguely jazzy atmosphere and a relaxed, funky vibe to it. "Becoming the Alien" is a spooky (and really intense towards the end) number, that, despite having some rather cheesy voice samples, will give you the creeps.. "Earthrise" is a true cosmic trip, featuring a lot of spacey guitar work as well as some tasty synth solos. Think Ashra and Pink Floyd meet is space! My favorite track here - great stuff, indeed. "Pagan" is dominated by distorted guitar and is a very rocky number. Not really my cup of tea, this one. "Stones" is rhythmic / melodic and very synthy, with some guitar in there as well. A nice one! "Incantation" is, I'd venture, the newest track here. It's a "techno" track, although it's much more enjoyable than most of what I've heard in the genre. Once again, if you are a fan of the Dream Mixes series, I think you will find this to your liking. When I listen to "Waverider" I notice that Greg's guitar sound is a bit similar to that of Edgar Froese from the 80's / 90's, although Greg's performing style is different. The track has an Underwater Sunlight-era TD vibe to it. "Heading Home", the last track, is a very mundane piece - perfect music for an evening highway. Greg Breden is certainly an artist to look out for. In 2005, Greg released "Stones", a new album for which he took the title of one of his old cassettes. It contains some remixes and new material. Read my review of this album.

 


Bregger, Douglas (USA)

Crystal Arcade (1988)
Vampire Radio (1991) (EP)

US hometaper who generally gets lumped with the whole minimal wave / minimal synth scene. While the vocals and the aesthetics really confirm these roots, the music itself is very prog-like and TD seem to be one of his main influences.

 


Breidablik (Norway)

Songs From the Northern Wasteland (2016) (with Jordsjø)
Vinter (2017)
Penumbra (2017)

Although formally a split relase, Songs From the Northern Wasteland seems to be done by the same people. Wherease Jordsjø is dedicated mostly to symphonic rock / folk, Breidablik is classic, Berlin School-infused electronics. At least one of the Jordsjø tracks here is electronic too, though. The opening track from Vinter is dedicated to the memory of Edgar Froese.

 


Breitband (Germany)

Fadu und der Unterschied (1999)

Dark and spacey, tribal but with sequenced rhythms. Complex electronic work. A project of Gerald Paetsch and Thomas Brassel.

See also: Eko.

 


Brennan, Thom (USA)

Mountains (1987)
Mohave I (1989)
The Dragon's Dream (1993)
The Path Not Taken (1995) (S)
Beneath Clouds (1996)
Vibrant Water (2000)
Formation of Storms (2001)
Mist (2001)
Shimmer (2001)
Strange Paradise (2001)
Satori (2002)
The Secret Faith of Salamanders (2002)
Signals In Moonlight (2003)
Silver (2004)
Stories From the Forest (2008)

During the 70's, Thom Brennan developed an interest in Electronic Music. Inspired by the music of Edgar Froese, Klaus Schulze, Terry Riley and many others, he started playing keyboards, using his double-manual electric organ as a sound source. Soon the first synthesizer followed and from there on he started building his electronic studio piece by piece. In the early 80's, Thom met Steve Roach - another Electronic Music enthusiast and musician. He learned a lot from Roach about the studio wizardry. Soon Mountains was released to critical acclaim, featuring great sequencer patterns and captivating atmospherics. Steve Roach hepled with the production. His early work behind, Thom's style started to drift towards the ambient side of things. After a brief hiatus during the 1996 - 2000 period, Thom returned to music making and since then he has released several albums in the Ambient mould.

 


Brenner, Steve (Canada)

Signals (1985)
Stellar Tunel (1985) (S) (with Peter Gulch)
Nacht Musik (1986)
Metropolis (1989) (with Brett Maraldo)
Quantum (1989)
A Dark Hour For History (1990) (with Peter Gulch)
Cybernetic Dancing (1990)

Canadian synthesist and Peter Gulch collaborator. Classic Electronic Music.

See also: Vernal Equinox

 


Brenner, Vytas (Venezuela)

Ofrenda (1978)
I Belong (1981) (with Paulette Dogier)
Estoy Como Quiero (1982)
Vytas (1983)
El Vals del Mar (1986)
Amazonia (1989)
El Dorado (1998)

Venezuelan musician of German origin. He was the leader of Seventies' progressive band La Ofrenda. After the band called it a day, Vytas Brenner gave several solo performances of Electronic Music. I am not sure how much of his recorded output could actually qualify as EM, though. Sadly, Vytas Brenner died in 2004 in Salzburg, Austria.

See also: La Ofrenda

 


Brenot, Jean Philippe (France)

Resurgence (1989)

This album is in a melodic, new-agey style, combining neo-classical keyboards with programmed drums, some female vocalizations and a few sequences. Jean Philippe Brenot released more albums but I am not sure if the bulk of his oeuvre is within the EEM's genre scope.

 


Brewer, Dave (USA)

Okefenokee Dreams (1999) (with Free System Project)
Phase Shift (2000)
Harmonic Resonance (2004)
Piano Solo At the Edge of the Swamp of Okefenokee (2010) (EP)

Berlin School synthesist.

 


Brewer, Roger (UK)

Without Reason (1982 - 1988) (with Brian Smith)
Year By Year (1985) (with Brian Smith)
Standing On A Beach (1987) (with Brian Smith)
One Step Forward (1991) (S)
Five Weeks East (2006)

Unique artist who combines orchestral textures with Berlin School pulsations, resulting in an exciting EM brew.

 


Briand, Olivier (France)

Au-dela des Nuages... (1988)
Live ’96 (1996)
Flibustieres (1999)
Neuronal Trance Mission (2002)
Libourne Dreams 2005 (2005)
Crystal Tears (2010)
Transparences (2011)
Random Control (2013)
Interferences (2013) (with Bertrand Loreau)
Light Memories (2013)
The Tape (2014)
Ice & Fire (2015)

French synthesist.

 


Bridge To Imla (Germany)

The Radiant Sea (2017)

Electronic duo consisting of Michael Brückner and Hans-Dieter Schmidt (Imaginary Landscape). This music gravitates towards the Space Music / Ambient side of EM.

See also: Brückner, Michael, Imaginary Landscape.

 


Brimble, Allister (UK)

Sounds Digital (1993)
Bang! Tick... Tick... (1997)
The Amiga Works (2013)
The Spectrum Works (2015)
The Galway Works (2016)

Energetic, Mark Shreeve-like music. I haven’t heard it yet. Allister Brimble is mostly known as a video game music composer with quite an experience in the field.

 


Brinstaar (Russia)

Testarossa (2013)

Darkish synth / guitar soundscapes from Mikhail Myasoedov.

 


Briot, Gervay (France)

Himalaya (1991) (recorded in 1984)
Quintessences (1991)
TAO (1991)
Trans Mutant (1991)
Talysman (1991)
Exit To the Light (1991)

Synthesizers blended with acoustic and electric guitars.

 


Briseño, Guillermo (Mexico)

Ausencias e Irreverencias (1983)

Interesting artefact here. Guillermo Briseño is a singer-songwriter who plays piano in a jazzy style and sings. However, the whole side B of this LP is occupied by long electronic piece "Irreverencias". It is abstract, jazzy and is somewhat in Vangelis' Beaubourg vein, although with none of that work's spookiness and with different synth sounds used.

 


British Electric Foundation (UK)

Music For Stowaways (1981) (recorded in 1978)

Experiments in rough electronics from Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh (The Human League, Heaven 17). There's also a release titled Music For Listening To that curiously compiles tracks from Music For Stowaways cassette with only one slightly modified track.

See also: Human League, the, Clarke, Vince & Ware, Martyn.

 


British Space Group, The (UK)

Eyes Turned Skyward (2015)

Ian Holloway's project in a more cosmic, experimental synth mould.

See also: Holloway, Ian, Psychic Space Invasion.

 


Britton, Adam (UK)

Minions of Chaos (1988)
Dreamscape (1989)
Terminal (1989)
Xenomorph (1989)

Solo Electronic Music by Corporation member.

See also: Corporation

 


Brnčić, Gabriel (Chile)

Destierro y Cielo (1980)

Academic composer from Chile who has been living in exile in Barcelona since 1974. This particular album features synthesizer music (with added viola on side two) of an avant-garde, but prog-influenced nature.

 


Broaddus, John (USA)

4 At 18 (2003)

The artist formerly known as Laocoon. Ambient.

See also: Laocoon

 


Broberg, Jonas (Sweden)

Kling Klang Salad (1985)
Two Composers (1997) (with Erik Mikael Karlsson)
Synthesator (2016)

Swedish analog synth master. His compositions range from noisy to hypnotic and beautiful, from abstract to rhythmic. Overall it's great for fans of Experimental EM.

See also: En Halvkokt I Folie

 


Brock, Dave (UK)

Zones / Processed (1983) (S)
Earthed To the Ground (1984)
Agents of Chaos (1987)
Strange Trips & Pipe Dreams (1995)
Memos And Demos (2001)

Hawkwind founder and leader who would release an odd solo album once in a few years. They are basically a mixture of electronic tracks and some guitar in space rock style. Beware the vocals.

See also: Hawkwind, Psychedelic Warriors.

 


Brockmann / Bargmann (Germany)

Licht (2017)

Dusseldorf School from members of Camera.

See also: Camera

 


Broekhuis, Bas (Netherlands)

Face Behind the Mask (1988)
Hydrhythmix (1989) (with Ron Boots)
The Escher Drawings (1991)
The Synchronicity of Life (1996)
Wet Dreams (1997) (with John Kerr)
The Annazaal Tapes (1999) (with Keller, Schönwälder & friends)
Project-Inter.com (1999) (with Keller, Schönwälder and Braun)
Vier Drei Zwei (2000) (with Keller, Schönwälder and Braun)
Wolfsburg (2002) (with Keller & Schönwälder)
Live @ Dorfkirche Repelen (2006) (with Keller & Schönwälder)
Space Cowboys @ Jelenia Gora (2007) (recorded in 2004) (with Keller, Schönwälder, Spyra and Fox)
Orange (2007) (with Keller & Schönwälder)
Blue (2009) (with Keller & Schönwälder)
Musique des Machines (2011) (with Keller & Schönwälder) (recorded in 2005)
The
Hampshire Jam (2012) (with Keller & Schönwälder) (recorded in 2005)
Red (2012) (with Keller & Schönwälder)
Repelen - The Last Tango (2014) (with Keller & Schönwälder)
Direction Green (2014) (with Keller & Schönwälder)
Green (2015) (with Keller & Schönwälder)
The Repelen EP (2016) (with Keller & Schönwälder)
USB Stick - Edition March 2016 (2016) (with Keller & Schönwälder)
Red Live @ USA (2017) (recorded in 2012) (with
Keller & Schönwälder)
Yellow (2017) (with
Keller & Schönwälder)

Dutch synthesist and drummer. He usually collaborates with other artists. His own albums are delicate melodic electronics.

 


BROKEN_CANYON (USA)

BROKEN_CANYON 1 (2016)
Paradise 1116 (2017)

Futuristic / cyber / neon-lit ambience. Pretty nice if you ask me.

 


Broken Chip (Australia)

Powwow Seven (2009)
The Wonga Pigeon (2013) (EP)

Australian ambient / electronic artist. IMO, he is best when he eshews the glitchy rhythms and goes for the reflective, Eno / Budd piano sound or combines electronics with acosutic guitar. Otherwise, it's not exactly Prog EM.

 


Broken Harbour (Canada)

Broken Harbour (2009)
Gramophone Transmissions (2011)
The Geometry of Shadows (2012)

Minimal ambient soundscapes from Blake Gibson.

 


Broken Head (USA)

Tea In Nyack (2016)

A duo of Paul Collins and Tom Gluibizzi with a somewhat new-agey synth / guitar sound.

 


Broken, Oskar (Spain)

Simply (2016)
Crystal Maze (2016)

Barcelona-based artist combining EM, classical influences and techno / house.

 


Bromley Davenport, Harry (UK)

Xtro (1983) (soundtrack)

Synth soundtrack for low-budget sci-fi horror movie.

 


Bromwich, Mark Alexander (UK)

Route (2001)

Dark soundscapes with a strong electro-acoustic feel. In the late 1970's and early 1980's, Mark Bromwich aka Mark Bokowiec was a member of post-punk / minimal synth / industrial band Counterdance.

 


Brook, Michael (Canada)

Hybrid (1985)
Sleeps With the Fishes (1987) (with Peter Nooten)
Cobalt Blue (1987)
Live At the Aquarium (1993)
Dream (1995) (with Upalappu Srinivas)
Night Song (1996) (with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)
Star Rise (1997) (with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)
Albino Alligator (1997)
Black Rock (1998) (with Djivan Gasparyan)
Rock Paper Scissors (2006)
An Inconvenient Truth (2007) (soundtrack)
BellCurve (2007)
Into the Wild (2007) (soundtrack)

Canadian musician and innovative guitar player who makes Ambient and ethnic music. The first album was recorded with the help of Brian Eno and stylistically it is very similar to Brian's own Ambient works.

 


Brookes, Paul (UK)

Steps From Beyond (1978)

Nice Electronic Music by this obscure artist. The second side of the LP is excellent, bringing to mind Tangerine Dream, but very unique, with no sequences, relying on rock rhythms instead (a bit similar to what is heard on "Bent Cold Sidewalk"). Also reminds on the sountrack to "Mystery of the Third Planet" in places - you know, sort of a cosmic, nostalgic sound. Side A has some disco influences and is much weaker overall.

 


Brooks, Jon (UK)

Music For Thomas Carnacki (2011)
Shapwick (2012)
Other Voices (2014) (S) (with Sean O'Hagan)
52 (2014)
Walberswick (2015)
Autres Directions (2017)

Ambient / hauntology with library music vibes, classical and musique concrete influences.

See also: Advisory Circle, The, Woodbines & Spiders, Pattern Forms, The.

 


Brooks, Mike (UK)

Early Out Takes (1983 - 1984)
Bay of Solitude (1984)
Realms of Darkness (1984)
Shaolin (1985)

Fragile Shoreline (1985)
Sacred Voyage (1986)
At UK Electronica '86 / Outtakes (1986)
Dangerous Visions (1987)
Shadows of Humanity (1988)
The Lyme Experience (1990)
Time Walk (1991)
Mindshadow (1992)
Bringer of the Dawn (1995)

Floating, atmospheric synth music.

 


Brørby, Anders (Norway)

Nihil (2016)
Mulholland Drive, 1984 (2016)
Mannen Faller (2017) (with Rune Clausen)

Founding member of prog / psych band Radiant Frequency. As a solo artist he moved away from song-based structures of his earlier efforts to pure soundscapes of the darker variety. Relevant works will be listed.

 


Brother Raven (USA)

A Sound Like Wailing Winter Winds Is Heard (2009) (S)
Diving Into the Pineapple Portal (2009) (S)
Nellie (2009)
ITCZ (2010)
VSS-30 (2010)
Eagle Vision (2010)
Timewinder (2010) (S)

Brother Raven is basically a duo of Jamie Potter and Jason E. Anderson (a noise musician). Under this moniker they explore floating Ambient realms, with some experimental touches.

See also: Harpoon Pole Vault, 2 Hands On Knobs, Space Habitat.

 


BROtheRS (Italy)

Walkin' In the Desert of Dreams (1995) (maxi)
Atlante (1997)

A duo of Marco Rosano and Paolo Modugno with sort of a Tribal Ambient / World Music sound.

See also: Modugno, Paolo, Rosano, Marco.

 


Brown, Arthur (UK)

Galactic Zoo Dossier (1971) (with Kingdom Come)
Kingdom Come (1972)
Journey (1973) (with Kingdom Come)
Faster Than the Speed of Light (1980) (with Vincent Crane)
The Complete Tapes of Atoya (1981) (with Craig Leon)
Requiem (1982)
Jam (1995) (with Kingdom Come)

One of the best rock singers of all times (for me - probably the best). A very talented artist. He is known to the Electronic Music fans for his collaborations with Klaus Schulze. Also his 1980 album with Vincent Crane (of Atomic Rooster fame) is very interesting (although it's not EM). This man has an incredibly broad range of voice, from low roaring and growling to high-pitched screams. The energy that emanates from him is impossible to describe. Although I’m not very keen on singers in Electronic Music, I cannot resist this one. By the way, he uses his voice as a musical instrument, rather than as a medium to transmit thoughts, so text is not important, just the sound. And energy. Recommended: his work with Schulze and Faster Than the Speed of Light. EM fans should also check out Journey, which is a great work! For instance, listen to the first track. You can easily hear how bands like The Rockets tried to copy this sound some years later. As usual, the energy that radiates from Arthur is overwhelming and although he rarely sings on the album, the last track is a very good example of his characteristic schizophrenic vocal style where he goes from one mood to another in a particle of a second. Mindblowing stuff!

See also: Intergalactic Touring Band, The, Ceremony of Innocence.

 


Brown, Charles (USA)

Bull In A China Cabinet (1981)

Privately pressed LP from Ohio with Electronic Music played on a E-Mu controller keyboard with Prophet 5, Oberheim expander modules and ARP 2600 synthesizer. The author describes the inspiration for this music as a "very unpleasant stay in the hospital with a kidney stone".

 


Brown, Jeff (USA)

Cosmological Horizon (2014)
The Blinding Dawn (2016)

Mixture of guitar and synth soundscapes in a cosmic setting.

 


Brown, Tim (UK)

Pleasure Strike (2012)

Music in a flashy, melodic style from this UK-based synthesist and keyboard player. Hints of Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Synergy and more, all mixed with a dash of Schulzian spaciness.

 


Brr (Canada)

Brr (2013) (S)
A Pining (2016) (S)

A project of Moshe Fisher-Rozenberg. Floating, shimmering synths. Sometimes with sequencers and more along the lines of classic EM. Nice stuff.

 


Brückner, Michael (Germany)

Antiferromagnet (2006)
A Calm But Steady Flow (2007)
Endless Mind Portal (2011)
One Hundred Million Miles Under the Stars (2012)
"R" Is For Rocket And "S" Is For Space (2012)
Naura (2013)
Thirteen Rites of Passage (2014)
Sparrows (2014) (with Detlev Everling)
Ombra Revisited (2014)
Your Second Shadow (2014)
Ondes Intergalactiques (2015) (with Mathias Brüssel)
Zwei vor Eins (2015) (with Tommy Betzler)
Two (2016) (with Tommy Betzler)
Hikari (2016)
Muzikhala (2016)
The Giant Illusion (2016) (recorded in 2004 - 2015)
Trois Briques (2016)
Triplet (2016) (with Tommy Betzler)
The Dark Path (2017) (with Alien Nature)
Trees of Olivandá (2017)

Endless Mind Portal is a massive 3-tome set of recordings by German synthesist and composer Michael Brueckner. The music pays homage to the (mostly German) EM classics of the 1970's and is available as a download or on CDR discs directly from the artist. Michael Brueckner has released a lot of music over the last several years, most of which can be obtained as downloads. Michael is primarily an artist who is experimenting in the fields of ambient soundscapes, Space Music and classic, Berlin-tinged EM.

See also: La Mansarde Hermétique, Bridge To Imla.

 


Bruçó, João de (Brazil)

Caracol (1989) (with R.H. Jackson)

Sao-Paulo-born musician (now residing in Europe) who is mainly known as a percussionist. This privately-released album mixes traditional Brazilian rhythms with electronics and guitar improvisations. Rare.

 


Bruised Skies (UK)

Guide (2016)

Varied Ambient, mostly quiet and minimal.

 


Bruley, Vincent (France)

Action (1988)
Nazca (1994)
Le Vent (1997)
La Nature S’endort (1997)
Au Bord du Ruisseaux (1997)
L’orage et la Pluie (1997)
Le Voyage en Mer (1997)
La Tempete (1997)
Dauphins et Baleines (1997)
Sous la Mer (1997)
Les Chants de la Glace (1997)
Volubilis (2001)
Le Temps Suspendu (2003)

French musician who has contributed a lot of his music to the ‘La Collection Oxygene’ sampler. Ambient.

 


Brume (France)

Early / Unreleased Tracks (1992) (recorded in 1981 - 1988)
Transports (1997) (with Nomuzic)

Industrial / noise artist (real name - Christian Renou) who's been making music (mostly within the realm of musique concrete with industrial flair) since the 70's. In 1979 he got his first synth after many years of working with processed organs and tape recorders. Early / Unreleased Tracks has some archive material that comes close to what I normally cover in EEM, i.e. cosmic synthesizer music.

 


Bruner, Jeff (USA)

Foes (1977) (soundtrack)

Electronic (or partly electronic) sci-fi soundtrack.

 


Brüninghaus, Rainer (Germany)

Freigeweht (1981)

This album marriages ECM jazz with subtle Electronic Music. It is one of the most electronic-oriented releases on ECM but it's still about 70% jazz, so if you don't like that, steer clear. If you don't mind fusions of genres, though, give it a try. I've seen this album recommended to fans of Tim Story. File under EM-related.

 


Brunn, Benjamin (Germany)

Drop (2015)
Pieces From A Small Corner of Paradise (2017)
Midnight Fantasies of A Wantless Peacock (2017)

Minimal techno artist from Hamburg. Drop has a strong ambient influence. Pieces... is another beatless work built around repeating synth patterns all done on a Korg Poly-800 II synthesizer. Midnight Fantasies... is wackier, mixing minimal techno patterns and equally minimal sequencer patterns, plus several abstract pieces.

 


Brunnmeier, Andreas Maria (Germany)

Several Moments In A Different World (1987)
Silence (1991)
Cyberspace (1994)
Elements, Textures, Vision (1996)
Space, Underwater, Slow Motion (1999)
Animations & Inspirations (??)

Most of this artists's output consists of library releases. I don't know if his sound is ambient or rhythmic but I guess both are to be found.

 


Brüse, Claudius (Germany)

Arctic Circle (1993)

 


Brustad, Karsten (Norway)

Intarsia (1991)
Cape West (1994)

Dreamy, melodic music with environmental samples.

 


Bryan, Morgan J. (UK)

Asleep While the Rain Falls (1992)
Under Every Sky (1994)
Thorn (??)

Irish composer from Guildford. During the 80's he played in several bands and then went on to write solo instrumental music. The first CD album was released through Dox music in 1992 and then re-released on Disky in Holland. The second album was released a couple of years later, although it never got the distribution of the first work. The third album is on its way.

 


Bryant, Matthew (Australia)

Klaus' Dream (2014)

With an album title like that, it could only be Berlin School music. And, indeed, it is.

 


Bryning, Jeremy (UK)

Jerm Warfare (1986)

Member of Altres, Jeremy Bryning appeared on the experimental scene in the early 1980's. In Dundee, he played in many psychedelic and new wave bands of the time and started his own solo project Jerm Warfare, using early samplers for sculpting sounds. Unfortunately, somewhere at the start of the New Millennium, Jeremy disappeared without a trace and is still missing as I write this.

See also: Altres

 


Bryter Layter (USA)

Imprinted Season (2009)
Two Lenses (2011)

Uplifting EM from Joseph Raglani and Mike Pollard.

See also: Raglani

 


Bubble (Canada)

Features of Spheres (2011)
OI (2014)

Alternative name for John Sobocan's ambient work.

See also: Sobocan, John

 


Buccheri, Francesco (Italy)

Hand Made (1974)
Journey (1979)
Second Journey (1982)

La Via (1995)
The Call (1998) (S)
The Mirror (2001)
The View (2002)

Italian synthesist. Fans of Klaus Schulze will go nuts over this one. Classic synthesizer excursions with a schulzian flair.

 


Bucchi, Jean-Louis (France)

Hair (1979) (S)
Blue Prism (1983)
News (1985)
Reportages (1986)

These are supposedly electronic library records. Jean-Louis Bucchi also has a solo album from 1978 called Sunflower. It represents a mixture of jazz and RIO-type rock. Besides, Bucchi worked as an arranger and co-composer for the band Quartz.

 


Buchikamashi (Japan)

Daireikai (2010)
Dontoyare (2010) (S)
Message From Space (2010) (S)
1958 - 2009 (2010) (S)
Yutairidatsu (2010) (S)
Seireikai (2011) (S)
Happy New Age (2011)
New Astral Projection (2011) (S)
Super Mind (2012) (S)
Superbrain (2013) (S)

A difficult artist to describe. A lot of his music falls into the category of Ambient, especially the droning type. Then there's the experimental angle, with noisy bits and subtle collage. At other times, he goes for melodic, even new-agey sound, with uplifting synths supported by acoustic guitar and other instruments. All of the above are limited cassette releases.

See also: Portopia '81

 


Buchma, Yuri (Ukraine)

Autoportrait (1989)

Yuri Buchma released an album of material similar to the music of Tangerine Dream of the late 80's. In 1990, he moved to Belgium to write music for movies and theatre performances under the pseudonym G. Bossart.

 


Budd, Harold (USA)

The Oak of the Golden Dreams (1970) (with Richard Maxfield)
Harold Budd (1971)
Pavillion of Dreams (1978)
Plateaux of Mirrors (1980) (with Brian Eno)
Serpent / Children of the Hills (1981)
Abandoned Cities / Dark Star (1982)
Pearl (1984) (with Brian Eno)
The Moon And the Melodies (1986) (with Cocteau Twins)
Lovely Thunder (1986)
La Nouvelle Serenite (1987) (with Jon Hassell and Gavin Bryars)
The White Arcades (1988)
By the Dawn’s Early Light (1991)
Music For 3 Pianos (1993) (with Ruben Garcia & Daniel Lentz)
She Is A Phantom (1994) (with Zeitgeist)
Through the Hill (1994) (with Andy Partridge)
Glyph (1995) (with Hector Zazou)
Walk Into My Voice (1996) (with Daniel Lentz & Jessica Karraker)
Luxa (1996)
The Room (2000)
Agua (2002) (recorded in 1989)
Three White Roses & A Bud (2002) (with Bill Nelson and Fila Brazillia)
Translucence / Drift Music (2003) (with John Foxx)
La Bella Vista (2003)
Avalon Sutra (2004)
Mysterious Skin (2005) (with Robin Guthrie)
Music For 'Fragments From the Inside' (2005) (with Eraldo Bernocchi)
After the Night Falls (2007) (with Robin Guthrie)
Perhaps (2007)
A Song For Lost Blossoms (2008) (with Clive Wright)
Candylion (2009) (with Clive Wright)
Bordeaux (2011) (with Robin Guthrie)
Little Windows (2011) (with Clive Wright)
In the Mist (2011)
Winter
Garden (2012) (with Robin Guthrie and Eraldo Bernocchi)
Bandits of Stature (2012)
Jane 1-11 (2014)
Jane 12-21 (2014)
Nighthawks (2015) (with John Foxx and Ruben Garcia)

American composer and a pioneer of Ambient music, along with Brian Eno. And his music is similar too. But Budd’s works are focusing even more on piano. The piano is usually sinked in heavy reverb so the overall feel is very ethereal. Harold Budd was born in Los Angeles and raised in the Mohave Desert. This special environment served as an early inspiration for young Harold to start his research in sound. His career as a composer began in 1962. First he made a name for himself in the academic / avant-garde circles. Graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in music composition, Harold Budd started to drift more and more towards the minimal, ambient aspects of music. Among his earliest drone pieces was "The Oak of the Golden Dreams", composed in 1970 on a Buchla synthesizer. Taking a break from composing, Budd spent the bulk of the 1970's teaching music before he made a stellar comeback in 1978 with the seminal Pavilion of Dreams. From then on, Budd continued to release ambient works, some of which got spectacular reviews in specialized press. Besides that, Harold Budd has collaborated with a lot of artists, all of whom brought something new and personal to Budd's soundscapes. I can recommend Harold Budd's works for Ambient fans and for those who like this kind of meek, quiet stuff or piano-based music.

 


Buddah's Last T-Party (UK)

Emergence of Convergence (2007)
In the Land of the Prince Bishops (2012)

Music in an individual style, pulsing and melodic but rather minimal. Often reminding on Peter Baumann's solo albums because of that.

 


Budts, Danny (Belgium)

Dreamsequence (1992)
Mental Illusion (1993)

First cassette releases by Danny Budts (Syndromeda) under his own name.

See also: Syndromeda, Amin.

 


Buffett, Peter (USA)

The Waiting (1986)
One By One (1989)
Lost Frontier (1991)
Yonnondio (1992)
500 Nations (1994) (soundtrack)
Star of Wonder (1996)
Spirit Dance (1997)
Wisconsin: An American Portrait (1999)
Spirit Live (1999)
Triathlon (2000)
Songs From An Eastside Attic (2001)
Ojibwe - We Look In All Directions (2002)
Spirit - the Seventh Fire (2004)
Inside Looking Out (2006)

Melodic synth music (that often crosses into ordinary new age) from this musician and son of Warren Buffett.

 


Bugaj, Adam (USA)

Telegraphed (2010)

Lo-fi electronic ditties that bring to mind Cluster. His debut album was supposedly more song-oriented.

 


Bugg, Richard (USA)

PAiA Synthesizers (1974) (S)

Member of Cosmic Debris who doesn't have an extensive solo discography but who seems to have been experimenting in the EM genre from early on, being essentially one of the pioneers. The above is a small demo record released by the PAiA company and features, apart from the narration about said synthesizers, segments of a piece called "Epsilon Boötis", which is very good and performed on PAiA 4700 series synth. I hope more of his solo stuff gets a proper release in the future.

See also: Cosmic Debris

 


Bugge, Magnus (Norway)

Iteration (2017) (recorded in 2015)

Ambient with a touch of Nordic "dungeon synth" sound and a cosmic flair.

 


Bügsküll (USA)

Collapsed View (2014)

A project of lo-fi, indie rock / psychedelic musician Sean Burn from Portland, Oregon. I am not sure how much of his music can be classified as EM or EM-related, and he is quite prolific too (like a lot of indie artists tend to be), releasing like 20+ albums, singles and compilations since the early 1990's. Collapsed View is a strange, synth-dominated, low-fi soundscape with melodic edges and sort of a wacky Cluster feel to it in places.

 


Buio Mondo (Spain)

Italia Violenta (2014)

John Carpenter / Goblin (more Goblin than JC) worship from this Spanish musician. A progrock / EM mixture based on the sounds of electric guitars, drums and lots of analog synths.

 


Bullard, Martin (UK)

Loch Ness Enigmas (1997)

Melodic and atmospheric compositions from this musician.

 


Bulot, Serge (France)

Sanctuaire d'Eole (1980)
Les Legendes de Broceliande (1981)

Spacey Electronic Music.

See also: Marathon Life

 


Bulpitt, Chris (UK)

The Cyber Factor (1991)

See also: Hycrania House

 


Bundrick, John Rabbit (USA)

Dream Jungle (1987)

This library album by Bob Marley and The Who collaborator (he played keyboards with them) was released in the mid 80's. All I know is that the music is electronic and features David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) on guitar. Looks like James Asher had a hand in this one as well.

 


Bundt, Michael (Germany)

Just Landed Cosmic Kid (1977)
Neon (1979)
Electricity (1980)
Dreamdancer (2016) (recorded in 1976) (soundtrack) (with Peter Seiler)

Michael Bundt was born in Mannheim in 1949. After spending some time with Peter Seiler in a duo called "Sirius", Michael Bundt (ex-Medusa) went on to record several solo electronic works that resembled both the space majesty of early Jean-Michel Jarre and the quirky krautrockish kinetics of Moebius & Plank. The first album is known to feature old friend Peter Seiler.

See also: Sirius

 


Bundy, Jason J. (USA)

Light In Extension (2006)
Returning (2007)

This Florida-based artist, influenced by Coil, Steve Roach, La Monte Young and a couple of others, creates drone-based works that can be classified as Ambient.

 


Bunzhukov, Oleg (Russia)

Îñåííèå þæíûå íî÷è - 2012 (2014)

Russian synthesist with an individual style who tends to use a lot of analog sounds in a cosmic setting.

 


Bür Hoff Bau (UK)

I'r (2014)

Welsh band influenced by krautrock and Electronic Music, including the Dusseldorf and the Berlin "schools".

 


Burago (Russia)

Buma (2013)
Kabardian (2014) (S)

Moscow-based project with a lo-fi electronic sound and something of a Cluster vibe in places.

 


Burchette, Wilburn (USA)

Music of the Godhead (1974)
Psychic Meditation Music (1974)
Transcendental Music For Meditation (1976)
Mind Storm (1977)

California-based visionary musician and proto-newager. He released Occult Concert (1971), Opens the Seven Gates of Transcendental Consciousness (1972) and Guitar Grimoire (1973), all based on slow (and rather dull if you ask me) guitar strumming, like a lysergic and grayscale version of early krautrock. Around 1974, he started incorporating organs and synths, which gave his music an extra dimension, although it still remained rather crude and basic. If you fancy very early organ pieces by Klaus Schulze or the second half of Join Inn by Ash Ra Tempel, this is similar in mood. No sequencers here, just flowing organs, guitars and sporadic synth noodling. Anyway, if you're in a generous mood, the above works can be seen as EM-related, yes. Of these, Mind Storm has perhaps a slight edge over the rest, but not much, as his music tends to be quite samey.

 


Burial Hex (USA)

Initiations (2008)
Angelic Gematria (2011)
Farward (2012)
The Hierophant (2014)
Assumption / Ascension (2016)
Throne (2016)
Guardians (2016)
Pentecost (2016)
The Spoils of Feral Love Vol. II (2017)

Wisconsin-based Burial Hex aka Clay Ruby is mostly known to fans of dark noise / power electronics, but on Initiations you'll find enough ambient material (mostly of the "evil", darker variety) to warrant a satisfying listening experience. Scattered across this album are even shades of Vangelis, of all things. I'll try to list his other EM-related works as well.

 


Burke, Josh (USA)

Fantasy Nights In Xanadu (2008)
One More Night In Xanadu (2008)
Absorbent Lens (2009)
Autumn Shift (2009)
Imagination Pt. II (2009) (S)
Imagination Pt. III (2009) (S)
Imagination Pt. IV (2009) (S)
Empty Channels (2009) (S)
Speaking With Each Dancer (2009) (S)
Upwards (2009) (S)
42 (2009) (S)
Crosstalk (2009) (S)
Network (2009) (S)
Breathe (2009) (S)
Passion (2009)
Centered Perception (2009) (S)
Quartz (2009) (S)
Recovery Orb (2009) (S)
Underwater Recovery (2009) (S)
Fours (2009) (S)
Exist (2009) (S)
As We Grow Older (2009) (S)
Imagination (2009) (S)
Quiet Light (2009) (S)
Metadata (2010) (S)
Adapt (2010) (S)
Vista (2010) (S)
Sense Palace (2010) (S)
Bhavik's (2010) (S)
I Both In (2010) (S)
Universal Water (2010) (S)
Wherever You Are (2010) (S)
Shared Lucidity (2010) (S)
Prana (2010)
Envision (2011) (S)
Mirror Secrets (2011)
Cloned I (??) (S)
Cloned II (??) (S)
Levels (??) (S)
Synchronous Memories (??)
Untitled (??)
Data Sphere (??)
Wings (??)

Prolific ambient synth artist from Chicago, with most releases on 20 to 30 minute cassettes but some CD / CDR's too.

See also: White Prism, Bermuda Link, 56K.

 


Burkett, Douglas (USA)

Alien Radio (2002)
Ambia (2007)

Mainly Space Music from this Florida-based artist.

 


Burma Project (Poland)

Synestezja (2007)

The project of Marcin Burminski in Dark Ambient / experimental mould.

 


Burmer, Richard (USA)

Mosaic (1984)
Bhakti Point (1987)
Inventions (1987)
Western Spaces (1987) (with Steve Roach and Kevin Braheny)
On the Third Extreme (1988)
Shining By the River (1995)
Treasures of the Saints (1996)

Early albums are fairly rhythmic, featuring complex electronic compositions. Later he started composing more Ambient-oriented material. Richard Burmer has collaborated with Steve Roach and Kevin Braheny. He died on the 9th of September, 2006.

 


BurningTapes (UK)

Blood Runs Dry (2016)

Horror synth-inspired project. Real drums are used here alongside synths. Energetic, pounding...

 


Burrows, Terry (UK)

Watching the Burning Bride (1986) (with Asmus Tietchens)
The Whispering Scale (1989)
Burning the Watching Bride (1998) (with Asmus Tietchens)

Terry Burrows is a singer / songwriter from London and a collaborator of Asmus Tietchens, with whom he experimented in Ambient music genre during the late Seventies.

 


Burt, Tony (New Zealand)

The Awakening Time (2000)

Aka Tony Burt Expression. Music influenced by Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Australian folk stuff.

 


Burwash, Kris (Canada)

Moonlanding (2017)

Nice, analog music made with modulars, etc. Moody, ambient, melodic, cosmic...

 


Burwell, Carter (USA)

Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows (2000) (soundtrack)

Dark Ambient soundtrack.

 


Burzum (Norway)

Filosofem (1995)
Daudi Baldr's (1997)
Hlidskjalf (1999)
Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan (2013)
The Ways of Yore (2014)

After being sent to prison for murder, Varg Vikernes (aka Count Grishnack) continued to make music. Straying away from the original black metal sound, he approached Ambient music. Using just synth, he made several albums with a shadowy Dark Ambient sound, heavily influenced by classical music but also with some Gothic influences. Filosofem was mixed and assembled without participation of Varg. It's only partly ambient. The next two are completely keyboard based. Hlidskjalf has been even compared to Vangelis! Note that some other, earlier albums also contain Ambient pieces, one or two per album. 

 


Buschkotter, Uwe (Germany)

Computer Energy (1983)

Library LP with a variety of styles, ranging from pure synth / EM to jazz rock / fusion. The music was performed with a cast of guest musicians.

 


Busso De La Lune (Poland)

Race Against Time (2002)
The Path At the Parting of the Ways (2002)
With Your Ear Down To the Ground (2002)
Around Borderline (2004)
Stream: In City (2005)
Stream Endlessly (2005)
A Walk To the Sea (2005)
Hidden (2007)
Stream Come In (2008)

Soundscapes by Piotr Jurczak.

 


Butler, Jim (USA)

Deep Energy 1 (2008)
Drone 1: The Darkside of the Drone (2009)
Droneland (2011)

Flowing soundscapes, deep drones and darkish Space Music from this New Hampshire-based folk musician.

 


Butler, Jonny (USA)

Memory (2015)

Pittsburgh-based ambient artist. Lots of organ and piano, as well as some guitars. Reminiscent of Eno.

 


Buttigieg, Ray (Malta)

Compucircuit 0.008ms (1981)
The Essential Transition: Symphonic Poem No.1 (1982)
Sounds of Transformation: Symphonic Poem No.2 (1982)
Etere (1983)
Nearing the Millenium: Symphonic Poem No.3 (1984)
Agriculture Architecture & Astronomy (1984)
Mechanism of Thought (1984)
Quantum Mechanics (1985)
Music For Computers (1985)
Music For Movies (1986)
Music For Video (1986) (recorded in 1980 - 1986)
Codes: Diary of An Earthling Vol. 1 (1987)
Perpetual Energies (1987)
Sequence: Symphonic Poem No.4 (1987)
Messages (1988)
Spirit of the Soul: Symphonic Poem No.5 (1988)
Selected Works Vol. 1: Excerpts & Movements (1988) (recorded in 1977 - 1988)
Etenoha: Earthnoise No.1 (1989)
In Dreams Passages (1990)
Almost Pure Vision: Symphonic Poem No.6 (1991)
The Musical Instincts of Nature (1993)
Deus Meus. What Are They Doing?: Symphonic Poem No.7 (1993)
Ir-Rahal: Earthnoise No.2 (1995)
Procyon: Symphonic Poem No.8 (1995)
The Methuselah Chamber (1996)
Spheric (1998)
Selected Works Vol. 2: Themes & Suites (1998) (recorded in 1988 - 1998)
Roswell 1947. Alien Debris: Symphonic Poem No.9 (1999)
In Rebellion (1999) (with Jason Barnes) (recorded in 1988 - 1989)

Born on Gozo, Malta, in 1955 as Raymond Francis Grazju, Ray Buttigieg became known after moving to New York thanks to his poetry and numerous solo electronic works. Initially a guitar player, Ray formed a rock group called Cykx somewhere in the mid 70's. The group released one single in 1976 that had considerable success. By the late 70's, Ray became interested in Electronic Music and built a large state-of-the-art studio "cykxsoundlab". It was the start of a long journey that continues to this day. Ray's music is likened to that of Klaus Schulze.

 


Buurman, Jeroen (Netherlands)

Ufo (2014)
Flying (2014)
Feel the Ego (2014)
Mother Earth - Take Care (2014)
Stranger (2015)
Live Life Live (2016)

Music with varied influences from this musician, sometimes with dance influences, sometimes beatless.

 


Bvdub (USA)

We Were the Sun (2009)
A Prayer To False Gods (2009)
A Silent Reign (2010)
The Art of Dying Alone (2010)
Tribes At the Temple of Silence (2011)
One Last Look At the Sea (2011)
Resistance Is Beautiful (2011)
The Truth Hurts (2011) (with Ian Hawgood)
Songs For A Friend I Left Behind (2011)
I Remember (2011)
Then (2011)
All Is Forgiven (2012)
At Night This City Becomes the Sea (2013)
A Careful Ecstasy (2013)
Born In Tokyo (2013)
Erebus (2013) (with Loscil)
I'll Only Break Your Heart (2014)
A History of Distance (2014)
Tanto (2014)
A Step In the Dark (2015)
Safety In A Number (2015)
Yours Are Stories of Sadness (2016) (recorded in 2012 - 2016)
Epilogues For the End of the Sky (2017)
A Thousand Words (2017)
Heartless (2017)

Despite the name, most of this project's output consists of beautiful ambient soundscapes and drifting drones / textures with only slight dub elements from time to time. However, the earliest works (circa 1999 - 2007) that are supposed to be more rhythmic and dub / techno-oriented were omitted from the discography. Bvdub is the project of US musician Brock Van Wey who currently resides in China.

 


Byggesett Orchestra (Germany)

Wild Birch (2014)
Voyages (2016)

A duo of Peter Körfer and Georg Sehrbrock. They are mostly pretty jazzy and post-rocky / dancey. However, there is also some ambient material, such as "Low Pulse" from Wild Birch, for example. Not very progressive overall, more like EM-related.

 


Byrd, Joe (USA)

The American Metaphysical Circus (1969) (with The Field Hippies)
A Christmas Yet To Come (1975)
Yankee Transcendoodle (1975)

Former leader of The United States of America, Joe Byrd formed another group that included up to 12 extra musicians and released an album in 1969 that was somewhat similar to the original USA work, complete with female vocals (three different vocalists this time). After that he continued on his own and released some solo albums full of progressive synth explorations.

See also: United States of America, The

 


Byrd, Rob (USA)

Easter Invocation (2007) (S) (with Kris Thompson and Wisteriax)
My Ghosts And Yours (2010)
Twilight Tipi (2011) (with Kris Thompson)

Rob Byrd and Kris Thompson is a processed guitar / theremin duo that gave many improvised concerts in unlikely places such as forests, living rooms, small festivals, lofts, as well as various clubs. Their music is ambient and shadowy, sometimes hypnotic and emotional.

 


BySenses (Belgium)

Frigments-Fragments (2014)

Didier Dewachtere creates Berlin School music.

See also: Dewachtere, Didier, Tower Tree, The.

 


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