The Soundtrack From "The
The Improvised Sessions (1997)
The Improvised Sessions Vol.2 (1998)
The Excrement Sessions (1999)
Syndromeda In CHAOS (2000) (with Syndromeda)
Just In Tyne (2001)
C.H.A.O.S. stands for Creative Harmonics And Organic Soundscapes and consists of David Gurr (synths, samplers, sequencers & rhythm machines) and Ed Britten (guitar, bass & rhythm machines). The band was formed in 1993 and the music is very wild electronics with guitar, sort of like Megadeath meets Tangerine Dream!
Ambient duo of Alexander Kharchenko and Andrei Lobatsevich in Steve Roach realms. They have previously been known as "eXperiment".
In the Search... (2014)
C&R stands for Carles and Roxi, which is a duo of Carles Zapater and Patuka Flores. Diverse EM, from experimental and ambient to more rhythmic and sequencer-based.
Minecraft - Volume Alpha (2011)
Ambient soundtrack to a videogame. C418 is a project of Daniel Rosenfeld.
Weather Colours (1991)
Skies In the Mirror (1992)
Blue Form (2000)
A duo from Treviso, consisting of Andrea Desiderà and Luigi Morosin. Hardly comparable to other artists. Sort of a relaxing, moody ambient sound, with melodies, almost new-agey but not quite, more soundtrack-like really. The 2000 album released by Mellow Records is supposedly more Progrock-oriented.
Highland Cathedral / Cricket (1983) (S)
A rare forgotten gem of Italian Electronic Music.
The man behind Rat released this cassette under his own name. As expected, this is a mixture of weird, rhythmic, industrial excursions and manic repetition. One track is a live recording.
Sei Note In Logica (1978)
The Ann Steel Album (1979)
Acufene (1981) (S)
Generazioni Del Cielo (1982)
Tra Cielo E Terra (1996)
Sonanze & Other Works (2000)
Tempus Fugit (2003)
Incontri Con L'Anima (2005)
Sonanze is a mesmerizing and at times minimal work, pretty cosmic, experimental and unique. A true classic. After that, Roberto ventured into weirder realms which is not to say that he didn't produce worthwhile music of course.
Experiment 13 (2001)
One of Daniel Byerly's pseudonyms. Supposedly, Dark Ambient music.
Life In Cosmic Highway (2011) (with Gert Emmens)
Mystic Dawn (2012) (with Gert Emmens)
Female artist from Bangladesh (real name - Laila Quaraishi) who is very much into flowing melodic composition and relaxed rhythms. Gert Emmens participates on some tracks. The review of Cadenced Haven' debut album Peregrination is available here.
Big Smith Stays In Bed (1981)
Rare cosmic Electronic Music by this obscure artist.
Red (2018) (recorded in 2006)
Munich-based ambient artist whose real name is Felix Schmidt. Both flowing and sequencer-based sound here.
Seeds of Eternity (2015)
Istanbul-based improviser and experimental musician who on Seeds of Eternity serves up a mixture of ethnic music, analog electronics and improvisation. Nice World Music sound here.
Evasion (1991) (S)
Melodic EM from this obscure artist.
Child of Cold (1999)
Organic Ambient inspired by the string theory by a duo of Igor Sidorov-Moiseev and Grigoriy Abdulaev.
A Moog Mass (1970)
One of those vintage obscurities, A Moog Mass features music composed and played by Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil who would later become Tonto's Expanding Head Band. A vocoded speech is laid on top of their electronic score. There is another band with the name "Caldera" which is a Latin jazz ensemble and has nothing to do with EM.
El Devenir de las Piedras (1989)
Varied analog music, from "Oxygene" / Schulzian meditative drift to quirkier, more rhythmic realms.
Harmonic Brainwave Synergy (1992)
Inspiration Point (1998)
Creativity Generator Ultra (1999)
"Neurosonic" music composed for therapeutic purposes, inspired by the classics of the 70's. Harmonic Brainwave Synergy was rereleased in 1994 on CD as Harmonic Planet with different intro and outtro.
The First Four (2015) (recorded in 2013 -
Sigh Louder Scream Goodbye (2016)
Live In Richmond, VA (2017) (S) (with Zach Rowden)
Richmond-based ambient artist with a minimal, a tad gloomy sound.
Telegraph Canyon (2013)
The Ghosted Years (2014)
Synthesizer-based ambient soundscapes from Chicago. Peaceful, serene, but a bit repetitive.
Caligan Memorial (2018)
Darkish modular synth drones.
Signal To the Stars (2004)
By Your Side (2018)
A project of Fukagawa Kiyotaka who has been composing downtempo music since the 1990's, a bit later venturing into deep house. By Your Side features a mixture of those two styles with easy, melodic and ambient synths a bit in the style of Tangerine Dream. Further investigation would not harm.
Dayglo Port (2008)
The Sag (2010)
A Party Tide (2011)
Solo music from member of experimental jam band Caboladies.
Monstres Et Chimeres (2005)
Melodic / colourful EM by this classical music teacher and composer.
Brazilian jazz fusion keyboardist. This album expresses a strong EM influence in places. At least I am sure tracks like "Cidade Encantada", parts of the title track or "Nos Bailes da Vida" will be enjoyed by fans of the floating, melodic and romantic Vangelis. Further investigation is needed.
Naemia Vol. 3: Earth Is Mine (2011)
Michel Camboulives makes melodic, spacey Electronic Music with slight downtempo influences.
Life of Devotion (2010) (S)
Living Image (2011)
Solo synth compositions by Minneapolis-based Cole Weiland - a member of psych rock band Daughters of the Sun. Ambient, melodic, experimental...
Of Meisha (2007) (S) (with Mike Tamburo)
Lethargy & Repercussions (2010)
Space Mirror (2013)
Dream Memory (2015)
See also: Runawei
Actually a pseudonym of David Barker and David Leonard (Komputer) with an album released on Mute records. A device called the Rhythmicon is supposedly used - a machine invented in the 1930's by Russian engineer Leon Theremin. It was sort of an early sequencer / drum machine that allowed to play a set sequence of notes. It seems that the device was hooked up to a guitar. However, the music is completely electronic. There was a rumor once, that under the fake name "John Came" hides the duo of Erasure (Vince Clarke and Andy Bell). However, this myth has since been debunked.
See also: Komputer
Système Solaire (2013) (EP)
Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide (2014)
Phantom of Liberty (2016)
Camera / Richard Pinhas (2017) (S) (with Richard Pinhas)
Emotional Detox (2018)
Berlin-based krautrock trio whose inclusion in EEM has been pending for some time, as I was indecisive about their relevance for the encyclopedia because of the guitar-oriented nature of their music. However, the electronics on Phantom of Liberty are so prominent that the group I think warranted an inclusion here. Fans of Dusseldorf School take note.
See also: Brockmann / Bargmann
Camera Obscura (1984)
Suspensions / Galaxy (1980) (with Trevor
Odyssey (1985) (with Alan Hawkshaw)
Library electronics with varied style.
Music To Wash Dishes By (1982)
Privately pressed electronic album by this guy out of Chicago. The style is experimental and ambient, with lots of weird sounds.
Extinct (2017) (EP)
A project of Cami Gadea. She is from Uruguay, but currently resides in Sweden. Her music is ambient, mixing electronic sounds with piano and strings,
Night Dust (2012)
Dreamless Sleep (2012)
Toxic City Music (2017)
New-York-based Evan Caminiti is primarily an electric guitar player. He is a drone / shoegaze musician (and member of Barn Owl, as well as a few other projects) who, starting from 2012's Night Dust, began showing a shift to a different style, more influenced by krautrock pioneers. With Meridian, even his instrumentation changed to an electronic setup, with all sounds being sourced from a modular synth. The style is experimetal with elements of glitch music, but also progressive, especially during the spacier moments. Let's hope he continues in that direction. Note: the above discography is incomplete and only includes EM-related releases.
See also: Painted Caves
La Finestra Dentro (1974)
Roberto "Juri" Camisasca, although formally a singer-songwriter, released this progressive / avant-garde work, on which Franco Battiato plays VCS 3 synth. Mixture of voice / singing (often processed), folk and electronics.
See also: Telaio Magnetico
Camizole 1975 (2015)
Camizole + Lard Free (2018) (with Lard Free)
Electronic duo of Bernard Filipetti and Dominique Grimaud (Video-Aventures) with a floating sound. They approached Klaus Schulze who was supposed to release music by this project on his planned EM label. However, the idea of a label was not implemented until 1978 when IC was founded, and the electronic soundscapes of the French duo were left unreleased until the late 1970's when a Camizole album finally appeared, although it was made by a different, expanded line-up and the music had transformed into jazz-rock / RIO by then.
Flutter (2009) (with Aku Tardiff)
Long-standing sound experimentator and founder of Tapegerm. Too many styles are covered in his work, I'll try to list the EM-related ones.
All Hallows' (2016) (with Ogre)
Beyond the Infinite (2016) (with Ogre)
Analog, Berlin-School-influenced music from this synthesist.
Lightning On the Moon (1985)
Donald G. Campbell is a Boulder, Colorado-based new age musician. Yeah, that's right, new age. However, and quite amazingly, if you listen to the first side of the above cassette, you will hear minimal, repetitive Electronic Music, like a very basic and minimalist version of 1980's Schulze or Edgar Froese. Overall, quite hypnotic and charming, and not new age at all, even if a bit repetitive. I don't know if it's typical of this guy's oeuvre or if there is more interesting stuff from him, so for now file under EM-related and wait till I investigate more.
Varied, highly visual music ranging from noisier moments to reflective and melodically intense. Sounds like someone trying to find its own place in a grey, post-apocalyptic city.
Sol Powr (2002)
Lost Predelic Moonshine Music (2004)
Six Scores (2017) (with Richard Youngs)
Drone Ambient from this renowned experimental musician.
Plein Air (2018)
Ambient artist. Highly repetitive music, sometimes based on sequencing.
A blend of ambient synthesizers and live percussion.
Automne Éternel (1980)
Ridin' America (2017)
Obscure early cassette release on Valley of the Sun Publishing. The music is done by one Denis Tremblay, a hypnotist, theorist and painter. It is new-agey, but repetitive and with a strong Prog EM vibe, like the atmospheric moments of early Kitaro sometimes, without the oriental motifs. The music was re-released in 2016 as part of a split cassette with Recou Futur. Denis Tremblay started already in the 1970's but stopped doing music altogether in 1990 to concentrate on painting. File under Electronic New Age.
See also: Tremblay, Denis
Star Begotten (1977)
Not sure about this one. The music was done by a "studio group" that included no less than 7 musicians. The style is unknown too, but it seems to be a soundtrack to a radio play of sorts or something like that. Appears to be synth dominated.
Canadian Electronic Ensemble (1977)
Transcription (1978) (with James Campbell and John York)
Canadian Electronic Ensemble (1981)
Live electronic group formed in 1971. The list of players / performers includes Michael Dobinson, David Jaeger, Larry Lake, Jim Montgomery, Paul Stillwell and Laura Wilcox. The music they create is on the experimental side of the EM spectrum.
See also: Kameel Farah, John
Adaptation of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" mixed with original material. A classic by Teddy Bautista, one of the pioneers of Electronic Music in Spain. Ciclos is their only electronic / progressive work, though. Other three albums are just plain pop / rock music.
See also: Bautista, Teddy
Plux Quba (1988)
Mr. Wollogallu (1991) (with Carlos Maria Trindade)
Member of pop rock band Delfins and synth-pop outfit Street Kids, Nuno Canavarro released an interesting solo album in 1988, with music that combined ambient soundscapes with what sounded like a precursor to the glitch scene that would emerge during the following decade.
Big Warmup In the Mouth of Enternity (2011)
Temple Swords (2014)
A duo of Ohio-based synthesists composing varied electronic tracks, from experimental to floating and cosmic.
Humans Are An Ant Farm (1999)
Algomeysa Transit (2000)
Cosmic electronics with an "Ash Ra Tempel" feel from this New York-based group consisting of Thom Karcher and Joe Silver. Thom plays the Chapman Stick and Joe takes care of keyboards.
Anthem (2015) (S)
Immemorial (2016) (S)
Girls of Sorrow (2017) (with Pillars)
Family Movies Waves And Friends (2018)
Polish electronic artist and ex-member of several punk / hardcore bands. Here, he mixes glitchy / vaguely club-oriented electronics with some ambient material some of which ("Marzenia", "Machines In Rain") is very influenced by Blade Runner. Overall, an artist with a very individual style.
Ambient music "inspired by the coast and the stars", as the author puts it. A project of Christian Wheeldon with a warm synth sound. Waves is dedicated to Pete Namlook.
Light Echoes (2006)
Strange Visions (2007)
Red Metal (2007)
Nights of Brightness (2008)
In This Moment, In This Place (2009)
Behind the Shadows (2010)
Gravitational Waves (2011) (EP)
Psychedelic Voyage (2012)
Desert Dawn (2013)
Two Roads (2013) (with Brendan Pollard, Adrian Dolente and Michael Daniel)
Cracks In the Air (2013)
Hidden Path (2014)
Warm ambient sounds from Evgeny Vrublewski. Long tracks.
Basically a NY-based high-school no wave band that included young Ben Stiller on drums. They released this LP privately and the music is chaotic and experimental no wave for the most part. Amateurish, but not bad for a bunch of teenagers. There are also a couple of nice instrumental electronic tracks that might appeal to fans of the slightly more aggressive side of progressive EM (I am thinking Heldon here).
Romane (2017) (EP)
Although known as a techno artist / deejay, Jerome Caproni opens this 12-incher with the intimate title track - an ambient number with reflective synth leads. A one-track inclusion so far.
Tomorrows Never Known (2013)
The Ocean Inside (2016)
Varied atmospheric and rhythmic / melodic EM with an analogue flair and some downtempo beats from Jon Tye.
See also: Seahawks
Impinging Upon the Morontial (2002)
Very diverse electronic compositions from Aaron P Eppelstrom, from Ambient to melodic / uplifting and symphonic, progrock-influenced.
Themes Between Two Times (1991)
Melodic Dreams (1995)
Yesterday Is Tomorrow (1999)
Electronic musician from Venezuela who now resides in California. I haven’t heard his music, but it should be on the mellower melodic side. Yesterday Is Tomorrow contains synthesizer interpretations of Yes songs.
VLA (2016) (recorded in 2011)
Göteborg-based psybient / downtempo duo (Daniel Segerstad and Johannes Hedberg). They are pretty well-known, even outside the EM and "electronica" circles. VLA (from Very Large Array) is a massive, 1-hour droning ambient track.
A Journey To Planet Elektra (1998)
...And Dark Nights (2004) (recorded in 1999 - 2001)
...And Dark Nights II (2007) (recorded in 1999 - 2001)
Anthems To the Twilight Vol. 1 (2012) (EP)
A band led by Bjorn Jeppesen aka Nattefrost and Claus Holm Lynglund. They describe their music as "electronic future music with vintage synths and vocoders". The sound is sometimes a bit similar to Kraftwerk.
Look Over the Nile (1982)
Time And Tide (2012)
Sylvain Carel (not Carrel). The 1982 LP is an obscure album with floating and melodic Electronic Music. The "comeback" release from 2012 is a fusion of electronics and World Music.
No Human (1982)
Yellow Power (1982)
These are disco-like electronic albums with rock flair from ex Rainbow keyboard player Tony Carey (also known for his Planet P Project). I listed him under "USA" although these albums were produced, performed and engineered in Germany by Peter Hauke. The latter released these works in 1982 without Carey's consent.
Ocorrência em Aberto (2017)
Drone Ambient with some cosmic synth sections.
One Day At the Radio Telescope (1984)
Majick Mantra Muzik (1985)
The Rosetta Stone (1986)
See also: Invisible Band!, The
Subject To Drift (2016)
Carlo Maria Amadio is an electronic composer who studied at the "G.B. Martini" Conservatory in Bologna and recorded in the EMS studios of Stockholm. Subject To Drift is a study in repetition made with a Roland TB303, Roland TR606 and computer processing. It will be enjoyed by fans of the sequencer and minimalism.
Switched On Bach (1968)
The Well-Tempered Synthesizer (1969)
Switched On Bach II (1971)
A Clockwork Orange (1972) (soundtrack)
Sonic Seasonings (1972)
By Request (1972)
Switched On Brandenburgs Vol.1 (1979)
Switched On Brandenburgs Vol.2 (1979)
The Shining (1980) (soundtrack)
Tron (1982) (soundtrack)
Digital Moonscapes (1984)
Beauty In the Beast (1986)
Land of the Midnight Sun (1986)
Secrets of Synthesis (1987)
Switched On Bach 2000 (1992)
Tales of Heaven And Hell (1998)
Switched On Boxed Set (1999)
Rediscovering the Lost Scores (2005) (recorded in 1972 - 1998)
Walter Carlos (later Wendy) propelled the moog synthesizer to the public with her revolutionary Switched On Bach which became the best-selling classical record of all times. After that many moog records popped up, almost every label had to have one. In the mid Seventies, Carlos disappeared from the scene and after he reappeared it was clear why he had been away. He was now woman, due to the gender reassignment operation he took. After that she produced many notable works such as Digital Moonscapes and Beauty In the Beast. Carlos composed scores for movies like Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, among others.
Stereo Face (2009)
Particle Language (2011)
Gecko Dream Levels (2011)
Late But Serious (2011)
All Moments (2012)
The Phantom Words of Explicit Memory / I Can't Find My Body (2013) (with Jason E. Anderson)
A Conscious Decision / Death of a Solipsist (2015) (S)
Akash (2016) (with Michael Stirling and Doug Theriault)
The View From Nowhere (2016)
Portland-based synthesist who works in the analog domain, mostly with large modular synths. From experimental to mesmerizing / cosmic, with a bit of noise and sort of a Schnitzler aesthetic.
See also: Golden Retriever
Tuesday Wednesday (1987) (soundtrack)
Moody soundtrack to a New Brunswick feature film.
See also: Jones, Chris
El Silencio del Mar (2010) (S)
Experimental electronic duo of Analia Soledad Bazán and Leonardo Piaggio. The whole reminds me a bit on 1960's electronic music, with theremin-like wails, obscure soundscapes and "Forbidden Planet"-like effects. The two musicians seem to be also involved in the Aureola Electrika project, although that one is much noisier and more experimental.
Mantra Brasil (1985)
Multi-instrumentalist and acoustic guitar player born in 1953 in Belo Horizonte. If you know Egberto Gismonti's 1980's "Vangelis-in-a-box meets Zappa in synclavier mode on the sambadrome" sound and can't get enough of it, Carneiro's two albums (apart from his acoustic guitar playing which is pretty nice) has Gismonti's synths in spades. File under EM-related.
Imperfect Space Journeys (1988)
Live Electronic Music (1989)
Eepie Allum (1990)
See also: Gondwanaland
Now Wait For Last Year (1987)
Co-founder of Nocturnal Emissions (born in 1957, died in Italy, 2008). Interestingly, this solo album features an ambient side (one long track) and a more melodic side with music that for some reason reminds me on 1980's Mark Shreeve even, at least pieces like "Tracking with Close-Ups" do have that vibe to my ears. Not exactly Prog EM but definitely has that influence. File under EM-related.
A Cypher In Holes (1993)
Frog a la Peche (1994)
Preludes For Piano (1999)
Nocturne For Broadhill (2001)
A Cypher In Holes features highly energetic electronics with touches of progrock & a lot of percussion.
Dark Star (1974) (soundtrack)
Assault On Precinct 13 (1976) (soundtrack)
Halloween (1978) (soundtrack)
The Fog (1980) (soundtrack)
Escape From New York (1981) (soundtrack)
Die Klapperschlange (1981) (soundtrack)
Halloween II (1981) (soundtrack)
Halloween III (1982) (soundtrack)
Big Trouble In Little China (1986) (soundtrack)
Prince of Darkness (1987) (soundtrack)
They Live (1988) (soundtrack)
Christine (1989) (soundtrack)
Body Bags (1993) (soundtrack)
Lost Themes (2015)
Lost Themes II (2016)
Anthology (Movie Themes 1974 - 1998) (2018)
Halloween (2018) (soundtrack) (with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies)
John Carpenter was born in 1948 in New York, USA. When he was a child he saw movies like "It Came From Outer Space" (1953) and "Forbidden Planet" (1956) and decided that he wanted to be a film director. During the 70's he developed a unique style of electronic soundtrack music that incorporated repetitive minimalist analogue synthesizer phrases and mucho sequences. He wrote soundtracks for most of his films but on the bulk of the scores he collaborated with other synthesists. These were Dan Wyman (the 1970's) and Alan Howarth (the 1980's).
Well Tempered Ignorance (2012)
Seattle-based artist who uses his analog synths to create some beautiful and floating as well as experimental sounds.
The Taurus Incident (1970)
Based on the presentation given in the MacMillan Planetarium in Vancouver, this rare LP includes a spoken lecture about the Crab Nebula with background (electronic) music by Wayne Carr.
Carraig Aonair 2 (1983)
Welsh folk band. Their first LP from 1977 featured traditional Celtic tunes. The follow-up (listed) combines this sound with synthesizer arrangements and a Pink Floyd touch.
Fall Into Winter (2015)
This electronic musician based in Los Angeles mainly composes stuff in downtempo style. However, he also did some purely ambient music that I'll try to list here.
The Horizontal Gates (2015)
Cosmic Irracionalism (2015)
Dark soundscapes mainly in Black Space vein.
The Space Between (1980)
Caged (2000) (with Ian Boddy)
Miscellany (2018) (recorded in 1973 - 1999)
A member of Throbbing Gristle and a pioneer of industrial music, Chris Carter initially worked as a designer of visual / light shows for bands like Hawkwind and Yes. By the start of the 1970's, however, he turned to music and began giving solo performances with self-built synthesizers and keyboards (accompanied by his light shows of course). In the mid 1970's, Throbbing Gristle was formed together with Genesis P-Orridge, John Lacey and Cosey Fanni Tutti (legendary female musician, philosopher, artist, stripper and God knows what else). The Space Between is Chris' first solo LP and it gathers pieces recorded during the 1977 - 1980 period. Suprisingly, the music is rather easy-listening, compared to the crude experiments of Throbbing Gristle of the time. It features a lot of bright synth sounds and some sequences. At times it almost sounds like Jean-Michel Jarre! This album also presages the birth of synth-pop. One track has vocals and there are tracks that sound somewhat darker than the rest.
The Proposal (2007)
The Secret Place (2016)
Intense, melodic Electronic Music.
Natural Wonder (1992)
Earth Ground (1995)
High Meditations (1996)
Sky Reaching (1996)
Horizon’s Call (1996)
Spanish Spaces (1997)
Silent Dreams (1997)
Deep Spirit (1997)
Life Rhythms (1997)
The Magical Life (1997)
Cleansing Fire (1997)
Earth Voice (1998)
Light Dreaming (1998)
The Living (1998)
Cloud Pull (1999)
Himalayan Dreams (1999)
Gaia Interludes (1999)
Moving Spaces (1999)
My Earth Touches Me (1999)
Plateaus of Ether (1999)
Breathing Peace (1999)
Serotonin Ashram (2000)
The Inexplicable (2000)
Midnight Rainbows (2001)
Deep Sky (2001)
Dreaming Earth Water Memories (2002)
Climatic Infusion (2002) (with Brannan Lane)
Sonic Magic (2002)
Ethereal Deserts (2003)
Mount Meru (2004) (with Gerard Geary)
Oceanic Space (2005)
Dream Swirl (2006) (with Brannan Lane)
The Endless Vista (2007) (with Sylken)
Starlight Volume 1 (2008)
Starlight Volume 2 (2009)
Starlight Volume 3 (2010)
Paradise Earth (2011)
In Neptune's Wake (2013)
Relaxing and melodic music. Pleasant to listen to, especially at night or after a hard working day, but not always interesting musically. Robert Carty debuted in 1990 with Soulscape that had some melodic and poppish rhythmic tracks. However, on later works he turned to a more contemplative style of music. Robert is a diverse artist so check out something by him.
Vestigial Digital (2001)
Tales of the Unattractive (2002) (recorded in 1980 - 1991)
Extinction Frequency (2002) (recorded in 1992 - 1996)
The Late Carya Amara (2011)
Carya Amara is a project of Kevin Busby who has been experimenting with Electronic Music for some years now, keeping a low profile, with only a few releases to his credit, some of them archival. He is not always related to progressive EM, although he seems to always push the boundaries. His music can be either abstract and experimental or rhythmic / melodic. Sensitivity was recorded at the legendary EMS studio in Stockholm with a Buchla modular synth.
Tense Nature (2016)
Spirit Design (2017)
Plays Paradise Artificial (2018)
Guitarist of The 90 Day Men and member of a few other groups. Abstract, repetitive electronics.
Gentle ambient drones from Chris Gowers, Alex Smalley, Simon Bainton and Katie English.
Dark Frequencies (2005)
Clinical Ambient / Death. Some listeners have compared this music to the works of Lustmord. Before Dark Frequencies, Casket had an album out in 2003, called The Autopsy Session. It was basically a noise album with a lengthy tutorial on the autopsy of humans, filled to the brim with various grating, metallic / processed sounds.
Orange Blossoms & Odd Paws (2012) (S)
Loops & Farewell Sketches (2013)
Hiding Place (2014)
Schleißen 4 (2015) (with Potter Natalizia Zen)
Magical Magical (2015)
The Sound of Glades (2016) (with Wolf Müller)
Postclub Prism (2018)
Organic, semi-acoustic, lulling Ambient from Niklas Rehme-Schlüter (b. 1991).
Too Far Away Places (1983)
New Phase / New Face (1984)
The Sapphire (1984)
The Lotus Eater (1984)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1985)
The Two Towers (1986)
The Return of the King (1987)
Lord of the Hawks (1993)
The Observations of Mr. Whatt (1996)
Casse is the same musician that would later become known as Kazz. These early cassette tapes are very rare and some of them were never officially released (the "Tolkien" trilogy of 1985 - 1987 albums was re-released on CD). They mostly consist of improvised Electronic Music, but there are some vocals here and there, and some other styles, too. For instance, Lord of the Hawks features space rock in the style of Hawkwind.
See also: Kazz
Listen / Move (1997)
Very diverse music by this Scottish project dedicated to live performance and composing scores for contemporary dance. Sometimes avant-garde, sometimes quite accessible. Cassiel is Nick Rothwell who, during the late Eighties, played with Glyn Lloyd-Jones for a short spell.
The Flying Fruit Fly Circus (1986)
Electronic Music composed to accompany the acrobatic performances of said circus. The musicians behind the score are Dal Barbaré and Nigel Westlake (a classical composer). Michael Askill plays percussions.
See also: Warpness
Autumn Sky Passage (2010)
Fifth Dimension (2005)
Pink Panther (2016)
Austin-based unclassifiable space rock / psychedelic band. Pink Panther is their second release, which shows a strong electronic element. Most tracks here are pure EM in a wacky and unusual style.
Sleep Quarters (2015) (S)
Hoop Earring (2016)
Nite Lite (2016)
Ambient. Other releases (not listed) lean towards house music.
Catafalco (2015) (S)
That Which Is In the Afterworld (2015) (S)
Ma Yakmennu Fe Al A'alam Al Akhar (2016)
Part of the tracks here have black metal-style vocals / incantations, part is strange instrumental, mixing Ancient Egyptian atmosphere and cosmic synths.
Catalan Coast (2016)
Minimal ambient synth compositions. Sometimes with a Brian Eno feel.
Pray For Time (1995)
First Breath (1999)
On AD label and if you know them, you already guess the style here. It's dangerously close to new age. Actually I've never heard the music, but I've heard enough from other people to completely lose my interest. I can recommend it, of course, that is, if you like this kind of sentimental Hollywood-styled stuff. But hardcore synthetic heads - better stay away from it.
Quadrimusicali 2 (2013)
Quadrimusicali 3 (2014)
Quadrimusicali 4 (2014)
Quadrimusicali 5 (2014)
Quadrimusicali 6 (2015)
Quadrimusicali 7 (2015)
Quadrimusicali 8 (2015)
Quadrimusicali 9 (2015)
Quadrimusicali 10 (2015)
Quadrimusicali 11 (2016)
Quadrimusicali 12 (2016)
Quadrimusicali 13 - 14 (2016)
Skyward - Quadrimusicali 15 (2017)
Quadrimusicali 16 (2017)
Quadrimusicali 17 (2017)
Quadrimusicali 18 (2017)
Quadrimusicali 19 (2018)
Quadrimusicali 20 (2018)
Quadrimusicali 21 (2018)
Paul Chain with a series of experiments in Electronic Music and krautrock-related sound released under his real name.
See also: Chain, Paul
Little-known LP of German Electronic Music played by H. Huppert (keys, vocoder, drum programming) and L. Viragh (keys, percussion synthesizer, drum programming, guitars).
Cachemire (1975) (S)
French psychedelic / progressive rock band. Led by keyboardist Roland Bocquet, their music was always heavy on the keyboards and instead of having lyrics, they only had wordless vocalizations in their tracks, so essentially it's all instrumental. However, this single here goes further than that. Released under Catharsis name, it features a short track by Charles Eddi and a longer piece by Bocquet. I don't know what they were thinking, because it's all oriental synths and percussion, resulting in a kind of pioneering World Music sound. Further investigation is needed.
See also: Bocquet, Roland
Valediction (1995) (S)
In Perpetuum (1995)
Until the End of the World (1996)
Actus Animi (1997)
Ipomoea Violacea (2013)
Ayawaska Sans Voice (2013) (EP)
Exempli Gratia (1997)
George Sarah and Dean De Benedictis. Apparently, the music is too techno for classic EM fan's taste.
Abrash (2009) (S)
#225 - For Argentina (2012) (S)
Could I Be A Bee? (2012) (wiith Nelly Vowel)
Badisad Obistroz (2014)
Neo-kraut / electronic band. Sometimes similar to solo Moebius.
My Family Goes On Without Me (2014)
The Places Where I Worship You (2015)
Under Blankets (2017)
Version & Delineation (2018) (S) (with Glacis)
Scottish ambient artist Fraser McGowan. Not sure about his other albums as they may be more in a post-rock mould.
Epiphany / Fortunate (1994)
The Golden Section (1994)
The Sound of Faith (1996)
Light From Many Lamps (1998)
A Golden Epiphany (2002)
Swan (2003) (recorded in 1996 - 2001)
Inside the Hollow Realm (2004) (with Numina)
Sleep - Night - Death (2008) (with Kirchenkampf)
Poustinia (2009) (EP)
Under A Thousand Miles of Stars (2010) (EP)
Heaven's In the Ground (2011) (EP)
Green Is the Night And Out of Madness Woven (2012) (EP)
Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night (2012)
The Long Dust (2013)
Dark Ambient by Brett Smith.
See also: Tertium Non Data
From the Carboniferous (2017)
Dark and noisy drones and brighter synthesizer soundscapes.
Stochastic Resonance (2008)
Dark Ambient / drones from Florida. Caustic Reverie is Bryn Schurman.
Catalan dub artist (real name - Pau Encinas) who on Sueño resorts to ambient sound most of the time, painting beautiful, dream-like electronic landscapes. Sometimes the sound gets darker or dominated by dubby moods.
Total Availability And the Private Future (2014) (S)
Interlude Music (2014)
Other Voices 06 (2015) (S)
Void Versions (2016) (S)
Void Beats / Invocation Trex (2016)
I'm the Unknown (2016) (S)
Hormone Lemonade (2018)
A band consisting of Holger Zapf, Joe Dilworth and Tim Gane (the latter two are ex-members of Stereolab). They seem to use a lot of analog synthesizers and love to weave complex and playful sequencer patterns.
Zodiac Music - Pisces (1984)
Zodiac Music - Aquarius (1987)
Spanish Impromptu (1994) (with Steven Halpern)
The Meadows of Englewood (1995) (with Anthony Phillips)
Tower (1997) (with friends)
Hrajeme S Hami (1997)
Contando Lejanos Tiempos (1998) (recorded in ??)
Vivo Vien (1999) (recorded in 1986 - 1996)
Liah's Saga (2000)
Demos Le (2000) (recorded in ??)
Un Espacio Mas (2001) (recorded in ??)
Dos Espacios Mas (2002)
Era Buena (2002)
Duplex (2004) (with friends)
The Meditation Project Two: Second System Syndrome (2006)
Guillermo Cazenave is a multi-intrumentalist who started composing "cosmic" music in the 1970's after moving to New York. His current output is somewhat comparable to Zinkl.
Cosmic Call (2018)
Unique in both instrumentation and approach, Cosmic Call is experimental synth music inspired by pioneering electronic works and sci-fi soundtracks of the 1960's and 1970's.
Dome (1999) (EP)
Dream Furious (2000) (EP)
Waves of melodic synths and rhythms from Garrett Parks. On Cursor Club label.
Born in London in 1937, Malcolm Cecil is one half of TONTO’s Expanding Head Band. Classic EM.
See also: TONTO’s Expanding Head Band.
Instrumental And Electronic Music (1975)
Late Boston-based avant-garde electroacoustic / electronic composer (passed away in January 2015). On this record Ceely is helped by Buell Neidlinger & Donald Palma (double bass) and Fred Sherry (cello). The album has two acoustic and three electronic tracks.
Fugitive Angle (2006)
Low-fi Drone Ambient.
The Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group (2013)
Electronic Music by Cameron Stallones (Sun Araw), M. Geddes Gengras, Butchy Fuego and Tony Lowe.
See also: Gengras, M. Geddes
Grey Dawn, Quaint Gardens (2017)
Murky, ambient, a bit experimental analog synth tracks from Ian Martin and Jeroen Holthuis.
See also: Martin, Ian
White Prism (2004)
Sampling Pond (2006)
Sunlir / Scols (2006)
Canopy (2007) (S)
Cantus Libres (2007)
Elias (2007) (S)
Red Seals (2007)
Untitled (Frozen Loop) (2007) (S)
Voodoo Crowds (2007) (EP)
Cursory Asperces (2008)
Discourses of the Withered (2008)
I Love You So Much I Can't Even Title This (2008)
Mesoscaphe (2008) (with Mathieu Ruhlmann)
Nacreous Clouds (2008)
The Everything And the Nothing (2008)
Breeze of Roses (2009)
Close Proximity And the Unhindered Care-All (2009)
Compositions For Cassette (2009)
Engaged Touches (2009)
Fountain Glider (2009)
Four Pieces / One (2009) (S)
Four Pieces / Two (2009) (S)
Four Pieces / Three (2009) (S)
Four Pieces / Four (2009) (S)
In Escaping Lakes (2009)
Levitation And Breaking Points (2009)
Mane Blooms (2009) (S)
All At Once Is What Eternity Is (2010) (S)
Dwell In Posibility (2010)
Dying Star (2010)
Generiñ City (2010) (with Yui Onodera)
Hell Detoured (2010) (S)
Panoramic Dreams Bathed In Seldomness (2010)
Pockets of Wheat (2010) (recorded in 2007)
Rags of Contentment (2010)
The Die That's Caste (2010) (EP)
Weavings of A Rapid Disenchantment (2010) (S)
Honey Moon (2010)
Salvaged Violets (2010)
Ever, Irreplaceable Beauty (2011)
Relief And Altruism (2011)
Dearest Ices (2012)
Perfectly Beneath Us (2012)
I, Anatomy (2012)
Hei / Sou (2012) (S) (with Machinefabriek)
In the Finger-Painted Fields of the Eyes (2012)
Evaporate And Wonder (2012)
Lightness And Irresponsibility (2012)
Epicentral Examples of the More Or Less (2012)
Redness And Perplexity (2012)
Vain Shapes And Intricate Parapets (2013) (with Hakobune)
Diving Into the Plasma Pools (2013)
Weak Ends (2013)
Climbing Formation (2013)
Sky Limits (2014)
How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life (2015)
Compendium (2015) (with Machinefabriek)
Live At Ftarri, 3. 29. 14 (2015)
Inside the Head of Gods (2016)
Two Days And One Night (2016)
Background Curtain (2016) (with Dirk Serries)
Another Blue Day (2017)
In the End You'll Just Disappear (2017)
Landmarks (2018) (with Forest Management)
Something Cathartic (2018)
Shima (2018) (recorded in 2016)
I Wish You Could (2018)
Celer was a duo of husband and wife Will Long and Danielle Baquet-Long, which released a lot of Deep Ambient works that often strayed into Drone Ambient, musique concrete and even neo-classical structures. Their production ended in July, 2009 after Danielle's untimely death from heart failure. Some posthumous releases followed and Will Long seems to have revived the project, now being the only author or the music. Beautiful stuff that I can't help but recommend to all fans of Ambient.
Daughters of Atlas (2009)
The Discovery of Life On Mars (2010)
Rather indescribable music - smooth, ethereal and cosmic but with underlying soft rhythms and a mixture of celestial synths and guitar that somehow brings to mind Ashra at times, but also some classic Space Music artists.
Long Nights (2015)
Cryptic Songs (2015)
Dungeon synth in the vein of early Mortiis, with some acoustic guitar, providing a bit of variety.
Triton Recon (2018)
Another EM-related project from James Penrose, this one sees him mixing the ambient techno sound with slight EM influences. This will not be for EM purists for sure.
Galactic Odyssey (1983)
See also: Upper Astral
Protector's Tea (2011)
Beyond Enemy (2016)
How To Cut A Thought (2018)
Drone Ambient and some sporadic brighter ambient material. A project of Gabriel Celestino Higgins from Portland.
This Must Be Space! (1996)
Becoming Aware of Planets (1998)
Nebula Time (1999)
Solar Axis (2001)
Electronic Music with lots of sequences from ex-members of space rock bands Krel and Spacehead.
Celluloid was an obscure one-man project of Charles (Chuck) Minuto with music made exclusively with a mellotron. Very interesting but sooo hard to find..
Reflecting On the First Watch We Uncover Treasure Buried For the Blind (1978)
Cyber Love (2013)
Synthesist and electronic composer from Salvador. He composes music in classic EM style with some new age influences.
Pianist from Krakow who, apart from piano, uses a lot of other instruments, including synths. Long, mult-part tracks that will be enjoyed by fans of Mike Oldfield, although Oskar's style is quite different (focusing more on the piano).
Anza-Borrego (2012) (S)
Palmetto Rose (2013) (S)
Musa Paradisiaca (2014)
Island of Enchantment (2016) (S)
Warm ambient sounds from Franklin Teagle (Afterlife).
See also: Afterlife
Obscure band with Serge Folie on keyboards and Didier Paquette on drums, plus bass and guitar. So, a standard prog rock fare, it seems. However, I have some reasons to believe the music to be EM-related. The first side is soundtrack music.
Breakfast In the Ruins (1989)
Tour 90 (??)
Tuned To A Dead Channel (2013)
Flaring Blue In A Timeless Space (2016)
Brooding, post-apocalyptic / cyberpunk / dystopian ambience with slow, echoing rhythms.
Księga Przemian (1997)
Centre Électronique Muusa (2016)
An Evening With Muusa (2017)
Centre Électronique Muusa ja Ganj Wald (2017) (with Ganj Wald)
Live At I-Fi Soundsystem Experimenteerib (2018) (recorded in 2016)
Electronic duo from Tallinn with a quirky, analog style. Allusions to 1960's and 1970's Electronic Music are abundant (from Jean-Jacques Perrey to Cluster) but overall it's rather unique and nice stuff.
Phase Rotator Retard (2002)
Foreign Tea (2009)
The Antikythera Method (2012)
Sun Lounge Debris (2001)
The Divine Beast (2001)
Centrophil (2002) (S)
The Cult of: Bibbiboo (2002)
The Scent of Crash And Burn (2003)
Never Trust the Way You Are (2005)
Angel Liquor (2006)
Never Trust the Things They Do (2007)
The Room of Plenty (2014) (recorded in 2011)
Ambient music by Markus Reuter and Bernhard Wöstheinrich. Blast was released on DiN label. I have The Cult of: Bibbiboo which is pretty interesting. Actually, I don't even know what to make of this music. I hear echoes of Fripp & Eno from time to time. But the whole reminds me more of an old project released on IC label back in early 90's: Art Forland. It has the same abstract Ambient feel, sometimes using similar sounds, but with Reuter's guitar layered on top. It's neither avant-garde, nor usual Ambient stuff, it's something in between, but closer to the latter. I should mention that a fair amount of experimentation is involved as well. The title-track is a true jaw-dropper as it sounds like a thorough gabber workout, with frenetic distorted beat hammering itself on top of background ambient atmospheres. If you want something different, and I mean really different, try this.
Gemini Dawn (1992)
If you like Jean-Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream, then this is for you. Rippling sequences, hypnotic atmospheres and "Dr. Who" ambiences - it's all there with a few extras. Diverse EM that clearly shows its influences. Century's End was a project of Greg Moffitt from Northern Ireland.
The Absence of A Canary (1981)
A minimal synth outfit of Brett Wickens (from Spoons) that for its first and only LP recruited Roger Humphreys to compose bridging short instrumentals between Brett's longer tracks that are half-vocal (John Foxx style) and half instrumental.
Other Worlds (1981)
Sticks And Stars (1983)
Back In 1984 (1984)
For fans of early Cluster and "Forbidden Planet" soundtrack.
Impulse (2016) (S)
Slow synthetic pulses and dark ambiences. Music influenced by 1980's horror scores from Madyson Boe Meskimen.
Ceremony of Innocence (2008)
Air Sculpture (1992)
Johannes Cernota is a composer, concert pianist and painter. Atmospheric, dark and repetitive music. He has a couple of other (non-electronic, I think) albums released.
Tears of the Weeping Willow (1994)
Lost Woods (1994)
Awaken the Empire of Dark Wood (1995)
Forest Anthology (2016)
This famous disco producer can hardly be considered EM, and just before you start wondering as to what the heck he is doing in EEM, I suggest that you re-listen to "In the Smoke" from Supernature. Ok, including an artist because of one track might seem like a dubious choice but some might think otherwise, so there you go, the Cerrone entry. :-)
Sparkle / Bosch (2013) (S)
Pleasure Principle (2016) (S)
Nasadiya Sukta (2018)
New York-based artist Oliver Chapoy who on Nasadiya Sukta crafted a moody electronic style basd on downtempo rhythms and synthesizers, a bit reminding on Klaus Schulze's work with Pete Namlook on The Dark Side of the Moon series.
This Level, Earth (1999)
Cerulean is Tim Darbyshire (Head Space Technology) and Dave Barker (Asana) working together, so if you know these artists, you already can guess the style represented here. Very energetic rhythmic Electronic Music in New Berlin School vein with lots of sequences and cool synthetic drive. Very good, actually.
Visions - A Homage To Andrei Tarkovski (2002)
Jarre / Vangelis inspired electronics. Very melodic, sometimes more atmospheric. What I’ve heard so far was good and nevertheless not very convincing for me, but then it’s probably just me, I’m sure many people will like this music. Visions, released on Electroshock label, is completely different in style to his previous albums and contains very subtle and beautiful ambient electronics.
The Hay Wain (1987)
Sergio Cervetti was born in 1940 in Uruguay and now lives & works in the USA. He is mainly a classical / orchestral composer but The Hay Wain features Electronic Music.
Ceiling Stories (2014)
Into the Light (2015) (S)
Tekla Mrozowicka from Gdynia is a versatile artist who mostly works in the domain of Ambient and its subgenres. Apart from the above listed works, there are also a lot of download-only releases. The cassette Ceiling Stories features moody and a bit melancholic, droning ambient compositions, while on Into the Light there is a shift towards piano-based sound which approximates the territory of Classic Ambient. She also works as "técieu" in a noisier mould.
The River (2010) (EP)
Cometrue (2011) (S)
Music For Objects (2013)
Radiance And Submission (2015)
Head Up (2015) (EP)
The Colours of Life (2015)
On Vacation (2016)
Cascades (2017) (with Jean-Michel Blais)
CFCF is Montreal-based Michael Silver who makes music mostly within the 1980's - early 1990's "balearic" idiom, which means chilly, relaxing, easy-listening rhythmic music. I was hesitant to include him in EEM. However, some of his material shows a strong EM influence. Of special interest is Exercises, which contains a lot of piano meets synth music that is very EM at its core. The rest seems to be hit-and-miss.
Musique Pour Un Monde Trop
Mad Music (2007)
Opera 4th (1987)
Violet Art of Improvisation (1989)
Opera Decima - The World of the End (1990)
Dies Irae (1994)
Cosmic Wind (1999)
Master of All Times (2001)
Relative Tapes (2002) (recorded in 1980 - 1994)
Electronic Music For Videoart (2009)
Italian guitarist, hard rock / metal musician and experimentator whose real name is Paolo Catena. Opera 4th is split between doomy ambient electronics and his more typical doom metal sound. Opera Decima drifts further in the direction of minimal gloomy atmospherics. The same can be said about Dies Irae which contains quite dark and doomy electronics. Cosmic Wind is intense EM / space rock influenced by Klaus Schulze and Hawkwind, while Master of All Times takes things to stranger realms, adding rocking drums on top of the hallucinogenic atmospheres. He has many more albums, most of which have nothing to do with EM and contain hard improvisational blues / metal music or doom metal.
See also: Catena, Paolo
Cinematic synth music from this Palermo-based project, inspired mostly by horror scores.
Tahta Tarla (1993) (recorded in 1987 - 1988) (with Giancarlo Toniutti)
East of the Sun (1994)
Sumac (1997) (with Jonathan Coleclough)
Yang-Tul (1999) (with Ralf Wehowshy and Eric Lanzilotta)
Over the Edges (1999)
Minya (2000) (with Jonathan Coleclough and Colin Potter)
The Days After (2003) (with Daisuke Suzuki)
This Growing Clearing (2004) (with Brendan Walls)
Fall In the Wake of A Flawless Landscape (2004)
Shadows From the Album Skies (2004)
Senshu (2005) (with Daisuke Suzuki)
The River That Flows Into the Sands (2005)
Blue Eyes of the March (2006)
The River That Flows Into the Sands II (2006)
The Days After (2007) (with Daisuke Suzuki)
Time of Hayfield (2007)
The Shadows Go Their Own Way (2009) (with Daisuke Suzuki)
In Faxfleet Clouds Uplifted Autumn Grave Passage To Kind Nature (2009) (S) (with Daisuke Suzuki)
The Cable House (2009)
Violin By Night (2011)
Forty-Nine Views In Rapsodies' Wave Serene (2012)
Flower of Six (2013) (S)
Wild Flowers (2013) (with Tom James Scott)
Painted Screens (2014)
A Paper Doll's Whisper of Spring (2014) (with Vikki Jackman and Jean-Nöel Rebilly)
Ghosts of Nakhodka (2014)
The Circle of Days (2014)
Bright Rivers Run / Shimmer In the Sun (2015) (S)
A Light At the Edge of the World (2015)
Calluna (2015) (with Tom James Scott)
The Shadows Go Their Own Way (2015) (with Daisuke Suzuki)
Higan / Kanashiki Haibun (2016)
Everyone Goes Home When the Sun Sets (2016)
Yama To Nashi (2018) (with Daisuke Suzuki)
The Painter's Family (2018) (with Francis Plagne)
The Circle of Days 2 (2018)
The Circle of Days 3 (2018)
Andrew Chalk has been active on the ambient scene since 1985. He has collaborated with a lot of likeminded musicians over the years. His own works lean towards Drone Ambient, pretty dark and hypnotic. Andrew Chalk is also known for his participation in Ora.
Music For Cloud Watching (2002)
Music In Ambient Motion (2003)
Music In Suspended Animation (2004)
The Other Side of Time (2004)
Abstract Ambient Form (2005)
Beneath the Ice Flow (2007)
Lunar Tide (2008)
Deconstructing Silence (2009)
Indefinate Duration (2010)
Ambient Archive (2010) (recorded in 2002 - 2010)
More Than Can Be Heard (2012)
Livescape_2 Alternating Frequencies (2014)
Live At Awakenings 26.04.14 (2014)
Livescapes_3 Sono Luminarium (2015)
Livescapes_4 Live At City Arts Nottingham (2015)
Sensory Margin (2014)
Idea Region (2018)
Graphic Means (2018) (soundtrack)
Norm Chambers is also known as Panabrite.
Campfires And Dreamtime (1992)
Female keyboadist (real name - Charlie Sook Kim Chan) whose music is on the World Music / ethnic side of things. She has many albums but I am not sure how much "EM" there is in her material. Charlie Chan composed a lot of music for TV and film soundtracks.
The Thrush (2008)
Unheard Intensities / Time Drive (2012) (S)
Founding Fathers (2012)
Lemur (2013) (S)
Law of Fives (2017)
Chicago-based band that mixes funk, disco, balearic and a dash of kraut, all done on synthesizers. They are only very marginally progressive, most of the time opting for a mainstream rhythmic pop sound, with Founding Fathers being the more interesting of the two, i.e. containing more atmospheric and purely EM moments. File under EM-related. There is a third album called Dirty Moves, supposedly containing short, rhythmic, collage-like tracks.
Completely different project to the previous one. This is one-man ambient venture from Deitroit. Deep sound.
Cosmic Electronic Music.
Firewalker (1986) (soundtrack)
Electronic soundtrack to a film starring Chuck Norris and Loun Gosset. There is also a very nice electronic track by this composer (born in 1953 in Minneapolis) on the 1987 "Soul of the Machine" sampler from Windham Hill label. This track seems to be unique to this release and is done in pure Tangerine Dream soundtrack style circa 1986 - 1987. After his early synth-based phase, Gary Chang seems to have moved completely to traditional (i.e. orchestral) scores.
Bal Macabre (1984)
Return of the Magician (1987)
The Castle (1991)
The Art of Dreaming (1997)
See also: Kornberger, Martin
Shadow Motion (2017)
A project of Yusuke Yamamoto. Gamelan sounds combined with ambient electronics.
They Are Cloaked In Stars And Rivers (2015)
Space Makes Clearing (2016)
Faces of Love (2017)
Slow Leaf Spell (2017)
Entrance To the Next (2018)
Floating ambient synths with acoustic touches from Sean Conrad.
Bluffs (2017) (S)
Andrew Osterhoudt's ambient drone project. Intense, melodic, at times a bit noisy.
Operation Hypnosis (1980) (with
Pierre Alain Dahan)
Synthesis 1 (1980) (with Pierre Alain Dahan)
Synthesis 2 (1980) (with Pierre Alain Dahan)
Electronic library music by these musicians of Arpadys and Voyage fame.
The Place Between Here And (2000)
Just Like Music (2001) (S)
Locked In Hands (2004)
Three Sides of Sadness (2006)
U (2008) (with Tujiko Noriko and Lawrence English)
The Luminous Ground (2011)
Automatic Music (2011)
Even Clean Hands Damage the Work (2014)
Autmatic Music, Volume II (2014)
Still Light, Outside (2015)
Which Way To Leave? (2016)
Electronic and electro-acoustic artist who lived and worked in Australia, Japan, Sweden and the UK. He is also an organ player. Later works are modular synth workouts (some recorded in Stockholm's EMS studio) that will appeal to fans of the experimental end of the EM spectrum.
Year In New Jerusalem (1999)
Devil's Brothers (2000)
In the Shelter of Chaos (2000)
Midnight Prayer / Illusion (2001)
In Absentia (2002)
Locust Wind (2002)
Dead Air Broadcasts (2003)
Ingathering of Exiles (2003) (with Tidal and Igor Krutogolov)
Live In New Jerusalem (2003)
The Geometry of Soul (2003)
Dawn Syndrome (2005)
Heavenly Letter (2005)
Dark Ambient from Vadim Gusis, often bordering on electroacoustic music.
Ozone Music (1978)
Jobs For America (1982) (with Arthur Harrison)
Know Control (1989) (with Arthur Harrison)
In the late 70's Chapelle used to give live synthesizer shows that unfortunately didn't have much success. He mainly played music not unlike stuff heard at the concerts of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze back then. Ozone Music is reportedly in Synergy / TD / KS vein. Chapelle uses ARP 2600, ARP Odyssey, ARP string synth, Octave Cat and custom made Arthur Harrison Sequencer.
Worlds Without End (1996)
Heaven And Earth (2000)
Melodic and emotional music by Charles Thaxton from the USA. A mix of space electronics and progressive / new age.
See also: Voyager
Synth Works, Vol. 1 (2018)
A duo of Montreal-based composers Mathieu Charbonneau and Pietro Amato. Dusseldorf School sound here. One of the tracks off Synth Works, Vol. 1 is titled "Forst". Nuff said.
Charcoal Ed (1999)
The Iconoclast (2000)
Charcoal Ed is the musical project of Reid Wilson, from Arizona. Diverse electronic compositions, but mostly in Berlin School vein.
Destinations (2009) (S)
Equinox (2009) (S)
Hamptons (2009) (S)
Exercises (2010) (S)
Automatics (2010) (S)
Holograms (2010) (S)
Charlatan Meets The North Sea (2012) (recorded in 2001) (with The North Sea)
Night Circus (2013)
Local Agent (2014)
Dead Drop (2014)
Ambient artist Brad Rose with a few cassette releases to his credit.
See also: Rose, Brad E.
Hide From the Night / Deadline (??) (S) (with The Boztones)
See also: Garrison, Michael
A Far Sunrise (1993) (recorded in 1986 - 1992)
On Electronical Dreams. The style is most likely a blend of melodic / rhythmic and ambient elements.
Red Blue Green (1978) (S)
I (2018) (S)
Dungeon synth-related sound here, focusing on slow dirges and sometimes pulsing / repetitive synths.
Silicone Islands (2011) (S)
Octahedrite (2011) (S)
The Science of Consciousness (2012)
Alien Big Cats (2012)
Synthesizer based Ambient. Droning sound with variations, melodic parts etc. A project of Cory Kirkendall.
Music For A Starlit Night (2017)
IDM artist from France. On Music For A Starlit Night, he decided to focus on his classical and ambient influences. As a result, the music on this atypical album is a mixture of floating electronic compositions and rhythmic stuff, reminding on Tangerine Dream's Dream Mixes series (an example of this style: "Thunder Bird").
Vapour Trails (1980)
Famous keyboardist who played with Yes, Flaming Youth, Snafu, John Miles & more. Vapour Trails and Streetside are library albums.
The Sleeper Awakes (2015)
Heat & Entropy (2016)
Staccato Signals (2018)
Drone Signals (2018)
Scottish artist who previously recorded guitar-based, semi-acoustic drone / post-rock / experimental / whatever music as Talvihorros. On Heat & Entropy there is an extensive use of electronics, mixed with acoustic instruments like marimbas, strings, etc. Slowly building, climatic tracks at the intersection of post-rock and Prog EM / Ambient.
The Canterbury Tales (2016)
The Book of Margery Kempe (2017)
A massive, 4-cassette set from this dungeon synth project. The cycle seems to be composed of tracks recorded over a period of time, with some of them featuring digital (or general MIDI) imitations of classical instruments (typical of the genre), while others seem to be performed on analog synthesizers, which makes the album different and briefly interesting, with its weird Wendy Carlos touch. However, given the length and the general lack of variety, this album makes me go yawn.
Waves For Daze (2015)
Glow Rider (2017)
Tucson-based ambient soundscape artist.
Through the Tree (2013) (S)
Tsuka No Ma (2018)
Melodic, feather-light Ambient.
East of the Sun & West of the Moon (2012)
Varied space rock / psychedelic rock band from New Orleans. There are many influences and sometimes they also seem to make forays into electronic sound. Case in point is the long "Ganymede" off this album above, with droning cosmic synths and layered frippertronics. File under EM-related. Further investigation is needed.
Cheiron is Dirk Radtke. Very versatile music, but often in the classical style. Sometimes with ethnic instruments, i.e. flutes, etc. Not really interesting as far as I'm concerned.
See also: Radtke, Dirk
Meditative Music For the Decomposed Electro Organ I (1982)
Meditative Music For the Decomposed Electro Organ II (1982)
Meditative Music For the Decomposed Electro Organ III (1983)
Vocalise In Rapide (1985)
Practical Music Making I (1985) (recorded in 1982 - 1985)
Between Spring And Autumn By Stealth (1986)
Practical Music Making II (1987) (recorded in 1984 - 1987)
Border States (1988)
Post Pop - Non Pop (1988) (recorded in 1984 - 1987)
Introduction Into Intuition (1989)
Concerto Grosso No.1 (1989)
Concerto Grosso No.2 (1989)
Russian Mystery (1989)
The Symphony Phonogram (1989) (recorded in 1981 - 1989)
Green Symphony / The Ritual of Night For Voices (1991) (recorded in 1988 and 1984)
Film Music I (1991)
Double Album With the Symphony In New Age Style I (1992)
Double Album With the Symphony In New Age Style II (1992)
Album With A Symphony (1992)
Night Pulsation (1993)
Porcelain God (1994)
Ad Marginum (1996) (recorded in 1990 - 1996)
Analog Magic (1997) (recorded in 1979 - 1989)
Avoid the Desire For Cutting And Piercing Objects (1998)
Romantic Vampires (1999)
Concerto Grosso No.1 / Dissonata / Pagan Vocalise (2000) (recorded in 1989, 1990 and 1992)
Concerto Grosso No.2 Bonus Tracks (2001)
Probability Symphony In the Style of Jazz In Five Parts For Four Players (2001)
Last Seasons / Black Square (2001) (recorded in 1998 and 1996)
Saturn. Izdelije #... (2002)
ßçû÷åñêàÿ ñþèòà (2004) (recorded in 1990 - 1991)
Poruganie Patsifika (2007)
Paradigm Transition (2007) (recorded in 1996)
The Return of the Inferno (2011) (with Ulli A. Rützel)
Living With the Inferno (2012) (with Ulli A. Rützel)
Incantation Songs (2012) (recorded in 1999)
Double Album Vol. 1: A New Age Symphony (2013) (recorded in 1987 - 1992)
Double Album Vol. 2: Identifications (2013) (recorded ?? - 1993)
PostAmbientSymphony (2014) (recorded in 1990 - 2014)
Symphony #13 (2014)
Requiem For Unofficial Moscow Artist / PostSymphony No. 12 (2014)
Piano No Concerto / Potest / Anthems of Idiots Moderns (2015) (with Alexander Eisenstadt)
Mahavox Symphony (2015)
Historic Edition Vol. 1: A Well Prepared Electric Organ (2016) (recorded in ??)
Historic Edition Vol. 2: Background-Underground (2016) (recorded in 1979 - 1982)
Historic Edition Vol. 3: Free Piano (2016) (recorded in 1979 - 1982)
Historic Edition Vol. 4: Just Bits And Pieces (2016) (recorded in 1976 - 1984)
Historic Edition Vol. 5: Open Piano / Psychedelic Nokturne (2016) (recorded in 1973 - ??)
Historic Edition Vol. 6: Tercium Organum / Disturbances... Ambience With Bells (2016) (recorded in 1976 - 1983)
Post-Realism Vol. 2 (2016) (recorded in 2008)
Are We Here, Are We Long Gone? (2016)
Ôorte Piano (2016) (recorded in 2002)
Reflections (2016) (recorded in 1990)
Post-Realism (2016) (recorded in 1989, 2008 and 2011)
The PostElectric Symphony (2016) (recorded in 2007)
In Concert I (2016) (recorded in 1993) (with Alexander Eisenstadt)
In Concert II (2016) (recorded in 1993) (with Alexander Eisenstadt)
Post-Realism Vol. II (2016) (recorded in 2008)
Dissonata (2016) (recorded in 1989)
Alive @ 50 (2016) (recorded in 2009)
Existentions (2016) (recorded in 1990)
Music For Film (2016) (recorded in 1989 - 1990)
Supremus Continue (2016) (recorded in 2011)
The Eurock Post-Symphony (2018)
Ýêçàëüòèðîâàííàÿ êîëûáåëüíàÿ 1979 - 1987 (2018)
Russian electronic composer. Chekalin (born in 1959) was very important in the development of Russian synthesizer music and his works span a wide range of styles. He appeared on the scene, or, rather, he appeared in Russian electronic underground in the 1970's. He was one of the first to realize the huge potential of synthesizers and other electronic keyboards. His early work mostly consisted of studio improvisations and live performances for small audiences, not counting playing keyboards with the hugely popular (at the time) band "Samotsvety". His setup often consisted of just the electric organ and some processing devices. He also embraced the first wave of analogue and digital synthesizers. Mikhail Chekalin never followed any fashions or trends and his early attempts in the EM field went largely unnoticed by the official music circles and the state. Despite this, the fact is that he was one of the few electronic musicians who were lucky enough to release their music on the state controlled Melodiya label and to be able to compose for the most prestigeous theatres, movie studios and planetariums. Some of his back catalogue was later re-released on CD. However, Mikhail Chekalin was, and to a certain degree, still is a "Moscow recluse", as he is called sometimes. On the other hand, the reputation of a loner gives him more freedom to do whatever he likes to. His works are very diverse stylistically. Mikhail is often compared with Klaus Schulze, but his music is slightly more avant-garde. His early organ experiments, however, will likely be enjoyed by fans of Irrlicht-era Klaus.
Zavtra Budet Vchera (1988)
Synthesist, who, starting from 1982, has been residing in Poland. The Polish spelling of his name is Igor Czerniawski. Atmospheric electronics with a slight industrial vibe. He is also member of Polish group Aya RL that nowadays is known for its Deep Forest-like ethno-pop music.
Weird stuff here. Privately pressed LP by this "cabaret" duo where the instrumentation is almost completely electronic. They are not progressive most of the time and do covers of well known film / radio tunes (from "Star Wars" and "Doctor Who") which are actually not bad (albeit expectedly cheesy) and are thankfully instrumental. Vocal covers of pop songs provide the most cringeworthy moments of the entire LP. There are also original tunes that range from the already mentioned horrible vocal pop style to a nice synth instrumental "Interstellar Rhapsody" which is the dog's bollocks. File under EM-related.
I Am Chesumasuta (2016)
Vaporwave / cyperpunk project which is mostly known under its Japanese name チェスマスター. Some tracks on the above album have strong EM flair, like the opener and "Turn Me On" for example. File under EM-related.
Angelic Black (2014)
The Subjugation Tape (2015) (S)
Daughter of Fortitude (2016)
Hypatia (2016) (S)
Diamond Head (2017) (S)
Spirit of Creature (2017)
Dark soundscape artist residing in London. Sometimes noisy.
Noels d'Hier et de Demain (1981)
Light Breeze (??) (with Alan Feanch)
Space Resonances (??) (with Alan Feanch)
Vous (??) (S)
Library synth music. Noels features Christmas carols mixed with synth sounds. Christian Chevallier died in 2008.
No Tunafish On Neptune (1989)
The Original Recordings (1996) (recorded in 1985)
The Bamboo Recordings (2016)
The Kallikatsou Recordings (2017)
Red Lantern At the Kallikatsou (2017)
Electronic Recordings From Maui Jungle Vol. 1
You Have Already Surrendered Your Total Will (2016)
Behind the Lids (2016) (with Gnod)
Electronic Recordings From Maui Jungle Vol. 2 (2016)
Techno producer also known as Surgeon recorded this unusual album on the island of Maui, Hawaii, using field recordings and modular synthesizer. The music ranges from droning to sequencer-based.
Hidden Tales And Other Lullabies (2014)
Instrumental album by Lorenzo Bracaloni who makes folk / psych / darkwave music. Nice atmospheric sound.
See also: Fallen
Heart Zones (1990) (S)
Mini-cassette release (the program repeats on both sides) by this author and therapist. Two spacey melodic (sort of new-agey) tracks and two upbeat numbers a bit in the style of Tangerine Dream from around the same time.
Tales From the Igloo (2009)
Night Works (2011)
Pixels II (2015)
Pixels III (2015)
Infinite Perspectives (2015)
Night Works (2016)
Zen Diagrams (2016)
Deviazioni Cosmiche (2016) (with Lorenzo Montanà)
Harmonic Connections (2018)
Between the Endless Silence (2018)
Diverse artist from Dublin whose real name is Michael Gainford. His music ranges from minimal techno to IDM, chill-out / downtempo and deep ambient soundscapes. This is not his full discography.
Ambient soundscapes by Udo Berger.
The Man Who Assassinated Ryoma (1987) (soundtrack)
Rare soundtrack from this jazz / fusion musician who also worked with Wha-Ha-Ha and Mkwaju Ensemble. This is new-wavey electronics, with some atmospheric tracks as well.
There Is A Place Called Home (2016)
Interstellaria (2017) (recorded in 2015) (soundtrack)
Chipzel is an alias of Niamh Houston - a chiptune artist from Northern Ireland (she is currently based in Liverpool). Interstellaria is a spacey and ethereal soundtrack with a strong Prog EM vibe and hints of everything, from Space Music to Ambient and rhythmic / melodic EM (I am reminded on Serrie, Software, Patrick Kosmos and more). Good stuff from a talented artist. Ok, some of the upbeat numbers are expectedly cheesy (sounding like 1990's trance music) but the slow / atmospheric stuff is the real cream. More in that style, please.
Burgeoning Verse (2018) (with Felix Skinner)
Dramatic, semi-acoustic pieces with an ambient flair.
Das Devonian Tag (1986)
Owl Man Dreams (1986)
Subterranean Rage (1988)
Concho (1988) (with Conrad Schnitzler)
Date With Kali (1989)
The Hadron Suite (2010) (with Ooy)
Segments (2012) (with Ooy)
Behind Doors of Water (2013) (S) (with Jan M. Iversen, Ole Christensen and Steven Cerio)
All Fires the Fire (??)
Oregon-based artist who's been making Electronic Music at least since the early 1980's. Originally a guitarist, nowadays he uses synthesizers, samples, field recordings, computers and other sound sources. He has a generally moody sound, sometimes in the vein of Dark Ambient, sometimes more melodic or rhythmic. Michael Chocholak collaborated with other experimental and electronic musicians, including Conrad Schnitzler.
For Easy Listening (1985)
Bubbles In Your Brain? (1986)
Choco was one of several really obscure projects formed in the 1980's by Eloy members Detlev Schmidtchen and Manfred Wieczorke. The music is electronic. There are CDr versions of these but I've never seen any original vinyls... if they ever existed...
Heat Haze (2018)
Dusseldorf-based duo of Ralf Stritt and Gregor Kerkmann. They play synthesizers and double bass and are accompanied by Martell Beigang on drums. Interesting mixture of rock stylings, electronics and some classical touches.
Invisible Presence (1992)
Silent Night (2000)
Sky Dancing (2000)
High Spaces (2002)
Cosmic Heart (2012)
Electronic New Age with a few darker shades and strong Space Music / Ambient influences by this musician, filmmaker, painter, researcher and therapist. In the 1970's, Jacotte Chollet concentrated on making documentaries but she has been also experimenting with sound, since 1984.
Distant Voices (1998)
Desert of Clouds (2000)
Debut album by this legendary industrial duo was still very much informed by their krautrock peers Kraftwerk, and even had a bit of Tangerine Dream there, too ("Useless Information", among others, features great sequencing).
Your Other Hope (2015)
Guitar drone artist from Chicago. This album mixes in some electronics for a relaxed ambient journey with a slight Ashra flair.
Biosonic Domains (1989)
Synthesist with a fairly ambient sound on Direction Music.
See also: Magenta Mirror
Bohunt Sabotage (2006)
Sol Invictus (2015)
Fate And Coincidence (2008)
Ambient and gently rhythmic music from this synthesist. Alan Christiansen (born Krystian Firlik, 1977) is a Polish artist residing in Switzerland.
Dead Air For Radios (1998)
You Go Now (2000)
Graveyard Mountain Home (2004)
The original Dream Theater keyboardist Kevin Moore with his own solo project. Mid-paced and calm electronics with sparse vocals.
Elemental Themes (2012)
Big, grand orchestral synth themes by one Morgan Z, with flashy solos and fat rhythms. The influences are obvious: Vangelis and other 1980's film composers.
Chrome Sparks (2018)
Unlikely mixture of vocal pop songs sung by a female vocalist, some hip-hop beats, vocoder voices, bright, kraftwerkian synths and ethereal, melodic analog synth ballads. Chrome Sparks is Jeremy Malvin from New York.
Spectral Omissions (2011)
Unknown Space (2016)
Music from the darker realms of Space from Toronto-based Kris Helstrom.
Live At the Whiskey Au Go Go (1975)
Ima Wa Toki No Subete (1975)
Like A Message From the Stars (1977)
Offshoot from Far East Family Band and similar in style.
See also: Far East Family Band
I'm A Tree (2010)
Unspoken Words (2011)
In-Between (2015) (with Arovane)
Taking the Veil (2015)
The First Ray (2015) (with Mikael Delta)
Into My Own (2017) (with Arovane)
Out of the Dust (2017)
Ambient artist heavily influenced by neo-classical music and often with a huge piano presence.
Steps To the Great Knowledge (2007)
Inspirational Power (2011)
When Mars Meets Venus (2012)
We Are One (2014)
Solar Winds (2012)
Event Horizon (2013)
Dharma Rain (2014)
Dawn Treader (2015)
Lotus Rising (2018)
The Legend (2000)
Mixture of ambient washes and more rhythmic material which is very melodic.
Meandering Pupa (2009) (S)
Maudlin + Elusive (2011)
The Darker Sex (2011) (S)
Turkey Decoy (2011)
Los Que No Son Gentos (2011)
The Lows; The Sows (2013)
Ambient drift from Danielle Baquet-Long (1982 - 2009) of Celer fame.
See also: Celer
Dentro do Círculo Mágico (2007)
André Luis Chufuli Amoroso from São Paulo has been composing solo music with various keyboards since the 1980's. Melodic, spacey, new-agey, bombastic...
Just Passing Through (1983)
Tranquil and at times disturbing EM.
Church of Hed (2002)
Rivers of Asphalt (2010)
Electric Sepulcher (2015)
Solo project of ex-Quarkspace leader (and synthesist) Paul Williams, with some guests. The comparisons are, as expected, to Quarkspace, with also traces of Heldon in terms of the fatness of sound. I've also seen comparisons to early Tangerine Dream and even Vangelis at his most spacey.
See also: Quarkspace
Strain Studies (2016)
Cian is New York-based artist and mathematician Kevin Altamirano, who uses mostly analog synthesis to create varied sonic sketches (both sequencer-based and abstract). His sound design is sometimes breathtakingly beautiful, although he seems to suffer from the same disease that a lot of newcomers to EM do - it's more form than substance. However, as the guy obviously has talent, chances are high that his soundscapes will develop into something more narrative or dramatic... if he chooses to take things in that direction. Anyway, fans of analog synthesis, take note.
Voices of Packaged Souls (1970)
Seven Waves (1982)
Velocity of Love (1985)
History of My Heart (1989)
Hotel Luna (1991)
Dream Suite (1994)
Pianissimo II (1996)
A Very Green Christmas (1997)
Live! (1997) (with the Wave)
Pianissimo III (2002)
Silver Ship (2005)
Lixiviation (2012) (recorded in 1968 - 1985)
Logo Presentation Reels 1985 (2012)
Neotantrik (2014) (with Andy Votel, Sean Canty and Doug Shipton)
Liberator (2014) (S) (recorded in ??)
Neotantrik Globes (2015) (S) (with Jane Weaver, Andy Votel and Sean Canty)
Buchla Concerts 1975 (2016)
Sunergy (2016) (with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith)
Fish Music (2017) (S)
Help, Help, the Globolinks! (2017) (recorded in 1980) (soundtrack)
Live Buchla At Machines In Music (2018)
LIVE Quadraphonic (2018) (recorded in 2016)
American female musician and electronic pioneer. She started her career as a studio experimentator, working with Buchla modular systems mostly, providing jingles and soundtracks for American TV industry. Later she developed a style that was much closer to new age, sometimes dominated by piano or orchestra. Recommended for those who like romantic new age-like music. Velocity of Love is also a must for Vangelis completists, as he is featured on the album. Seven Waves is the most interesting work.
The Return of the Ciber People (1993)
Mistica Maxima (2016) (S)
This artist uses exotic and not so exotic analog gear by Buchla, Eurorack and more to create hypnotic, droning compositions.
Drummer extraordinaire from Vienna (real name - Clemens Bacher), whose music is an unlikely mixture of bop rhythms, "electronica" and Prog EM.
Sonido Para Acciones 1 (1989)
Sonido Para Acciones 2 (1991)
Sonido Para Acciones 3 (1993)
Tau (1997) (recorded in 1985 - 1997)
De La Sombra Y De La Espuma (2009)
Gnostic Laberyntus (2012)
Equilibrios en el Aire (2013)
Cariño (2015) (with Mynationshit)
Tras la Lluvia (2018)
This synthesist started in the 80's and has released several albums of Electronic Music since then. His music is a mix between his personal style, minimalism and Berlinesque influences.
Ciencia Celeste (2015) (recorded in 2004 - 2014)
A mixture of danceable and repetitive sequencer tunes.
Journey Into the Unknown (2016)
Rich, melodic EM with a symphonic / cinematic touch and some sequences.
O Peso da Sombra (1980)
A Regra do Fogo (1988)
Portuguese composer and singer-songwriter born in Angola in 1943. Starting from the late 1970's he incorporates keyboards and synthesizers into his music and experiments with electronics from time to time, also writing a lot of theater and TV scores during that time. O Peso da Sombra is an album dedicaed to the poetry of Eugenio de Andráre. It's a compilation of sorts, gathering songs with lyrics by Andráre. However, it closes with the long title track, which mostly an instrumental workout with synths handled by Cilia and Pedro Osório. There are also spoken word sections that do not distract from the dark synthesizer goodness. A Regra do Fogo collects some theater pieces from what I gather. These are predominantly electronic and done in a mostly relaxed, minimal style, with orchestral emulations (lots of typical 1980's "orchestral hit" samples). There's also acoustic guitar and sax and if you don't like the sax, then maybe it's not for you, as there's plenty of that here (2 of the 4 tracks have sax in spades). Bailados is another disc full of theater music, which is, if anything, even more clasically-oriented.
Cosmic Connection (1979)
Final Alley (1980)
Solid State (1986)
A pioneer of synthesizers, Alex Cima started in the 1970's, creating classic Electronic Music like Klaus Schulze. However, over the years his style has transformed a lot. I think his last instrumental album was Heartrise, and even that one sounds more like background muzak than real EM. You've been warned!
See also: Lem
Research Vol. 1 (2014)
Varied new-agey, droney compositions from Paul "Cimiotti" Collins. Limited edition mono cassette. Farfisa, Moog Rogue, piano, guitar, etc.
Trilogia di Gracie (2017)
Ambient project of Vince Wald inspired by and based on Spaghetti Western images and sounds. Trilogia di Gracie gathers previously released digital / download releases in a single CDR bundle.
The Wind Is Strong (1990)
Hold Everything Dear (2011)
A Life Is Everywhere (2013)
The Labyrinth of the Straight Line (2016)
Ambient electronics combined with the sounds of nature. Cindytalk is a group consisting of Gordon Sharp, Matthew Kinnison and Paul Middleton. They have been around since the early 1980's, but I am not sure how much of their music could actually qualify for an inclusion in EEM.
Once Upon A Time (??) (S)
The Magic Box (2013)
The Discovering of Time (2017)
This project was formed in the 1980's by Jürgen Krutzsch who had previously played in progressive rock band Tibet. Here we get very accessible stuff with lots of cheese really - typical italo songs of the day. However, it's all mixed with instrumental material that is still very poppy and accessible but has a nice synth sound to it. The whole reminded me on Christian von Eschersheim's Sommernachtstraum, with a similar combination of melodic synths and real drums. File under EM-related. There seem to exist a couple of newer albums, too, released by Sireena Records. On these, he started incorporating melodic trance / downtempo sounds to his music. They are only very remotely (and only sporadically) progressive.
Weggaan (2012) (S)
Blue Ruins Under Yellow Skies (2014) (with Woodbender and The [Law-Rah] Collective)
Invocation (2016) (with The [Law-Rah] Collective)
Interventions In A Landscape (2016)
A Prefect Negative (2016)
Amsterdam CS (2018)
2 Compositions With Found Sounds (2018) (S)
Fragments of Echoes (2018)
Cinema Perdu is Drone Ambient artist Martijn Pieck who is very much into reworked field recordings. His music is often industrial-like, noisy and foreboding, but often strangely melodic, creating a sense of isolation and alienation.
See also: [Law-Rah] Collective, The
Realtime Inverted (2016) (recorded in 2003 - 2015)
Nice ambient, atmospheric compositions from Brooks Mosher who normally produces various forms of techno music. The album even ends with a nice sequencer trip that is "Transition Point".
Le Roi et la Colombe (2000)
The Tarot of Tomorrow (2006)
The Planets (2007)
Evening Star (??)
Modern cosmic electronics by this oboe player and electronic composer. Paolo di Cioccio is mostly known in the classical circles. Some of his works contain electronic interpretations of classical pieces (The Planets). Paolo predominantly uses analogue synthesizers and, naturally, oboe.
Tower (2007) (with Verde)
Rakkaus Tulessa (2011) (with Erkki Kurenniemi)
Giardino (2011) (recorded in 2007) (with Verde)
Enharmonic Intervals (2013) (with Mamiffer)
Pharaoh Overlord (2015)
One of the most diverse bands in the world, Circle (formed in 1991 in Pori) are often classified as space rock / psychedelic. However, that would be a huge understatement as in fact they combine everything from country rock to black metal, krautrock, heavy metal, hardcore punk, space rock, stoner rock and, yes, even progressive electronic, often in one single album! It is, therefore, a daunting task to decide once and for all, which of their albums (and there are quite a few of them) should be in EEM. At least I'll try to list those with a strong EM element here. Most of their works are a mixture of styles, though, such as Panic, which is half electronic soundscapes and half hardcore punk music (can you imagine such a combination?)
The Fibonacci Sequence (2002)
The Fall On Earth (2003)
Three Stigmata (2003)
More Circles (1984)
The Third Cycle (1986)
Structures (2016) (recorded in 1985 - 1989)
A duo of Dierk Leitert and Michael Bohrmann. Floating, atmospheric, krautrock-like mixture of guitar and electronics. Their albums were released on Dierk's own label Einhorn Music.
Shaping the Unknown (2007)
Deep Space Illumination (2007) (with Inade)
Cycles of Remembrance (2010)
Radiating Perpetual Light (2013)
Pulsating analogue sounds and ambient atmospheres with dark shades from Johannes Riedel.
Glass Darkly (2004)
Moon Pool (2014)
See also: Neural Network
North of the Sun (2015) (S)
The Thorned Maze (2017)
Not to be confused with the Canadian project of the same name (see below), this is Berlin-based Marijn Degenaar (his name sounds Dutch to me, so I am not sure where to put him). Kosmische analog synths galore. Some tracks are more ambient and minimal.
A Rope of Sand (2000)
Winter Foliage (2001)
Realm of Possibility (2002)
Empathy Test (2003)
Land of the Blind (2004)
Alchemy Concert (2004)
Degrees of Separation (2005)
Their Subtle Purpose (2006)
We All Fall Down (2006) (with Off the Sky)
Shadows On Water (2007) (with Synthetic Block)
Falling Into the Sky (2007)
Before the Colors Deepened (2008)
Invisible Cities (2010)
We Leave Everything Behind (2011)
Fantastic Journey (2013) (with Mystified)
The Birth of Tragedy (2013)
Middle Distance (2014) (with Specta Ciera)
Full Circle (2014)
Mnemosyne (2016) (with Specta Ciera)
Unique rhythmic / atmospheric electronics. The Circular Ruins is Canadian synthesist Anthony Paul Kerby.
Varied ambient soundscapes, sometimes experimental, sometimes atmospheric.
Circus Underwater (1984)
Hailing from Maryland, Circus Underwater was a duo of Jay Yarnall and Richard Sales and they released their only (eponymous) album in 1984. At 28 minutes, the album is very short and today would be considered an EP. The music is spacey and electronic, somewhat dreamy, and features programmed drums, frippoid guitars and at times strange vocals.
Mobilis In Mobili (2007)
Chopping Mall (2014) (recorded in 1986) (soundtrack)
Fables of A Faraway Land (2014)
Varied album by a very talented girl from Mälmö. Just about half of the tracks have vocals. These are nice but it is the intrumental material that really shines here. Floating, pastoral and melodic, it hints at Cluster, Oldfield and more. "Belle Fleur" is a fantastic, relaxing, melodic EM track.
See also: Ring, Liis
Music of the Electron (2007)
This one's interesting. Phil Cirocco is an engineer and synthesizer builder from Pennsylvania (he is known for his CMS modular synthesizers). On Music of the Electron, he plays all tracks alone without overdubs on an instrument called the Novachord. It was produced by Hammond company from 1938 to 1942 and was essentially the first polyphonic synthesizer. Phil spent a lot of time and effort restoring his instrument but the results are certainly worth it. The sound is fat, warm and surprisingly clear. The pieces are ambient, melodic and atmopsheric.
A mega rare electronic record from ex-member of folk-psych outfit Jeremy Dormhouse.
Music of Light (2005)
Mental Travellers (2006) (with Rapoon)
COCK: Cisfinitum's Only Culpable Killtime (2007)
Drone (2008) (with Maaaa)
Alchemicals (2011) (with First Human Ferro)
Industriewerke 2002 - 2012 (2013)
The Bog (2013)
0 vs 0 (2014)
Live In Sevilla (2015)
Symphony of Horror (2017) (with S. Letov)
Drone Ambient by Evgeny Voronovsky.
See also: Codachrom
Le Songe de Kepler (2017) (S)
Calcul Olympic / Bataille de Boules Lazer (2018) (S)
Paris-based synth duo of Alexis Molenat and Florian Chambonnière. Like a stripped-down version of Kraftwerk with a typically French touch.
The Cancelled Earth (2009)
The Humming Tapes (2016)
Black Corner Den (2017) (with Atrium Carceri)
Miles To Midnight (2018) (with Atrium Carceri and God Body Disconnect)
Post-apocalyptic ambience from Pär Boström.
An album with a diverse set of influences, filled with warm analogue synths and motorik rhythms. Will appeal to fans of both Berlin and Dusseldorf "schools" as well as those into krautrock. Citofono are Nicolas Dion, Jean-Michel Gadoua and Pascal Gauthier.
This Is the Eleventh Day of Bright Sunshine Without Rain (2018)
Moody droning synths, sometimes a bit harsh, but somewhat lacking in variety overall.
Nobody / Nowhere (2015)
Recovery II (2017)
City of Dawn is Texan artist Damien Duque who creates ethereal, featherlight, hazy, emotional, droning Ambient. He has also released a lot of splits with other artists.
Oxidized Sounds (1982)
Domestic Exile (1983) (S)
Domestic Exile Collected Works 82-86 (2015)
Italian artist from Florence. He was part of the DIY / mail music network and a member of industrial group The Cop Killers. His music is minimal and experimental. Some of it is rhythmic and some atmospheric. It seems to be influenced by minimal synth, Prog EM and industrial.
The Last Panthers (2016) (soundtrack)
Christopher Stephen Clark is a techno musician who has been a stalwart of Warp Records for many years. The above soundtrack, though, features no beats and is completely ambient, with even a touch of classical.
Terra Inhabitata (1995)
Australia: Beyond the Dreamtime (1995)
Before Africa (1996)
The Man Who Painted Caves (1999)
Sacred Sites (2004)
Psyco Surgery For Early Morning Risers (1983)
Dubliner Concert (1988)
The Last Question (1973)
Tales of the Sun People (1989)
Rain (1995) (with Kevin Braheny)
The Spell (1996) (with Kevin Braheny)
American Ambient composer and Electronic Music longstay. Tim Clark did some planetarium soundtracks back in the day, performing on the moog synthesizer. One of these shows is documented on a privately pressed LP, The Last Question. During the 1980's he was part of the experimental synth-pop / disco duo the Android Sisters with Tom Lopez. Lately he's plunged into the world of ambient synthesis, collaborating with like-minded musician Kevin Braheny.
A Wall of Stars (2018)
Melodic, sequencer Electronic Music.
Spectrum Pirsuit Vehicle (2001)
House of Illustrious (2012)
Two legends of synth-pop join forces for some ambient fumblings.
Music For Lighthouses (2014)
Experimental musician who has been recording music since the 1980's under pseudonyms Central Processing Unit and Illuminati. He was also member of several groups. This album contains fittingly atmospheric, a bit spooky compositions based on a lot of field recordings / concrete textures and subtle electronics, creating a feeling of desolation and haunting typical of lighthouse environment. A bit similar to other likeminded UK artists who operate on the border of field recordings / musique concrete and Ambient, like Darren Tate, Colin Potter, Paul Bradley, etc.
Forward Looking (1987)
Formerly a pop singer and keyboard player, Jeff Clarkson devoted himself to "relaxing music", becoming of the few New Zealand's artists in that genre. It is hard to tell if and what of his massive oeuvre could be interesting to EM fans. Most of it seems to be just ordinary new age, not bad, but full of that genre's cliches. I decided to choose this cassette which is one of his earliest (seems to be his second "new age" release after 1986's Butterfly). The piece occupying the first side of this cassette is pretty typical of the rest of his output (so you may get a taste of it), while side B is more interesting. Consisting of 3 shorter tracks, it approximates the territory of relaxing EM and sometimes sounds like the most flowing and ambient Kitaro without any of the oriental influences. If you like Electronic New Age, give this a try.
The Coexistence Patterns (2016) (S) (with Dubit)
Dark soundscapes from this Italian artist (Claudio Porceddu) who is mostly known for his techno productions.
Zero Zero One (2017)
Quiet, spacey modular synth compositions.
Sicariidae (2015) (S)
Canis Major (2016) (S)
Music of the Spheres (2018) (S)
Diverse musical project, ranging from industrial to ambient forms. Relevant works will be listed.
Tape Drag (2011)
No Titles (2012)
Threat (2013) (S)
Be There (2014)
Lights (2016) (S)
Warm ambient sounds from Joseph Volmer.
Forever Blowing Bubbles (1975)
Les Contes du Singe Fou (1976)
Symphony II (1990)
Mosaique (In Your Hands) (1996)
Rainbow Music - Best of 1975 - 2000 (2000)
Infinite Symphony (2003)
The Inner Peace Concerto (2003)
Christmas Time In the World (2005)
Impressionist Symphony (2014)
The Roadmap In Your Head (2016) (with Spirits Burning)
See also: Verdeaux, Cyrille
As Above, So Below (1982)
Circuits Maximus (1984)
Obscure band from Texas who released a couple of privately pressed LP's, one of them a double album. The style is diverse - at times jazzy, at times dreamy and hypnotic. The line-up was: Ron Snider (drums), Pete Brewer (woodwinds, moog, electronics), Larry White (pedal steel guitar), Jerry Hunt (keyboards) plus guests on minimoogs & electronics. Long tracks.
Meteorythm File 001 (2015) (EP) (with Caslau)
Geometry of the Mind (2016) (EP)
This project is dedicated to both techno and ambient. The opening tracks on both of the above releases are spacey ambient / EM floaters.
Movement + Rest (2005)
The Narrows (2011)
The Party (2013) (with Jeffrey Allport and Chandan Narayan)
A Concert For Charles Cros (2014) (with Daniel Jones, Lance Austin Olsen and Mathieu Ruhlmann)
I Hope You Like the Universe (2015)
Sea Songs (2016)
Time + Place (2017)
Kindred (2017) (with Mathieu Ruhlmann)
Joda Clément is an electro-acoustic explorer and electronic composer. He is a son of ambient composer Tim Clement (of Danna & Clement fame). His style is characterized by lots of processed field recordings and lots of drones.
Electronic Hymns (??)
This is a tricky one. Released somewhere during the 1970's or early 1980's, this album (available on LP and cassette at the time and never reissued on CD) features christian songs performed exclusively on synthesizers. So, not an awfully progressive concept but I include it here for its supposed nice and warm analogue sound.
Windows In the Sky (2018)
Electronic rock music with guitar and synths, akin to Pyramaxx, Frank Dorittke and MorPheusz. James J Clent first came into prominence as one of the early contributors to the Analogy series of samplers. Read my reviews of the two volumes that feature tracks by James here and here.
Stones of Precious
First Frost (1986) (Michael Masley)
Volcano (1987) (S)
Voluntary Dreaming (1990)
Mu (2016) (with Richard Pinhas)
Ex-Thin Ice musician. Stones of Precious Water, recorded in 1981 and issued in a tiny edition, as well as Mythos, released on Larry Fast's Audion label, are works of flowing electronics and processed guitar (his main instrument) loops. Members of Emerald Web participate on both albums as guests.
Keyboardist from Wales. This album is more or less an ordinary new instrumental / new age release. However, there's the long "Starscape" that I suspect might interest fans of Space Music.
Singularity (2009) (S)
Lucid Dreams (2009) (S)
Liquid Mirrors (2011)
Spirit In the Mountain Temple (2013)
Brooklyn-based synthesizer artist Ryan McGill.
K. C. Ambient Series Vol. I: Oleh &
K. C. Ambient Series Vol. II: Starlight Flow (1990)
Veteran US hometaper and artist.
Synthetizer Waves (1993)
Tome Is Melting (2015) (S)
Noises, minimal synth and repetitive melodies. A bit more variety and a richer sound would not harm.
Digital Soundtracks (1992)
Sheffield-based outfit formed in 1977 and led by Adi Newton. Rhythmic music. I've included only one album so far, mainly because of its Kraftwerkian qualities. Maybe there are some other interesting items but most of their output is EBM / electropop.
See also: Psychophysicist
Ambient synth compositions, mostly of analog nature. Some nice sounds here.
CD 1 (1997)
Dark, droning soundscapes by Mads Staff Jensen from Trondheim, Norway.
Closing the Eternity (2001)
Superstring Paradigma (2004)
Nearby Being (2006) (with Ad Lux Tenebrae)
Northern Lights Ambience (2006) (S)
Arctica (2006) (S)
Ishopanishad (2008) (with Vishudha Kali and Velehentor)
Skywards the Eternity (2010) (with Ad Lux Tenebrae)
Northern Nights Ambience (2012)
No Title (2013) (with Mathias Grassow)
Untitled (2016) (with Mathias Grassow)
Forever And A Day (2016)
Drone Ambient from Russia.
See also: Velehentor
A Mirror With Polished Metal (2016)
Cloth is ambient musician Boris Bobrishev. A Mirror With Polished Metal features droning and concrete-flavored tracks and the tape closes with a gentle, repetitive and still very ambient sequencer chugger.
Experimental duo of Leeds-based musicians Michael Clough and Richard Errington (both members of avant-rock band Rancid Poultry). They are inspired by such electronic acts as Cluster, Peter Frohmader, Alto Stratus, Heldon and more. I am not sure that everything they did fits stylistically to EEM but at least some of it supposedly does.
Big Clock (2013) (EP)
Flight (2016) (EP)
Brighton-based space rock group with an extremely heavy krautrock and Dusseldorf School influence. At the core of the band's sound are Mike Rawlings (bass), Scott Power (bass, guitar), Alex White (guitar, synthesizer), Peter Mason (synthesizer), Mat Benzie (synthesizer, violin). There are also a couple of vocalists.
Bird and nature sounds, relaxed drum machine rhythm and nebulous synth melodies.
Wyre Drive (2012) (S)
Super You (2017) (S)
The second cassette (Variations) features minimal repeating patterns all recorded with a Korg Mono/Poly synthesizer. Earlier output ranges from techno / acid to noisier stuff, all with a slight Prog EM influence. Cloudface is a project of David Reynolds from British Columbia.
Blues From the Sun (2010) (S)
Illusion Circles (2011)
Infinite Mind (2011)
Bright and darker Space Music with occasional sequences from this Belfast-based project.
See also: Black Mountain Transmitter
Requiems Der Natur 2002-2004 (2006)
Exterminating Angel (2007) (with Lichens)
Silver Tongued Sisyphus (2007) (S)
The Mind Electric (2007)
Lie In Light (2008)
Fin Eaves (2010)
Mothlight Part 2 / In the Cold (2010) (S)
Born Blonde (2012) (S)
Aureliua (2012) (EP)
An Arabesque (2016)
Soapy Mystics (2014)
Spirit of Love As Infinite Life (2015)
Static Sense & Wonder Stasis (2016)
Indigo Appalachia (2017)
Axiom of Maria (2018)
If you like Manuel Goettsching's Inventions For Electric Guitar or the output of people like Mark McGuire for example, this is along those lines. Cloudsound is Lee Boyd who uses guitar and extensive processing to create his droning, ethereal and at times gently pulsing compositions. He is an artist who appears in EEM because of his sound, not instrumentation.
Abar Olam V'ad Olam (2007)
Deep Drone Ambient and very low textures from California-based artist Steve Roffeld, who is one half on the experimental formation Receptor Sight.
Forgotten World (2017)
Große Statik (1985)
Asmus Tietchens under a pseudonym. Now, this will not be for everyone for sure. This cassette, released on ADN label, features, apart from a short spoken word "poem", one side of noisy and experimental synths and one side of sick, spooky string orchestra that reminds a lot on "The Thing" soundtrack.
See also: Tietchens, Asmus
Cluster 71 (1971)
Cluster II (1972)
Cluster & Eno (1977) (with Brian Eno)
Grosses Wasser (1979)
Live In Vienna (1980) (with Farnbauer)
One Hour (1995)
Live Japan 1996 (1997)
First Encounter Tour 1996 (1997)
Berlin 07 (2008)
1971 - 1981 (2016)
Konzerte 1972 / 1977 (2017)
Legendary German experimental electronic band consisting of Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius. Cluster started in 1970 as ‘Kluster’ and at that time consisted of Roedelius, Moebius and Conrad Schnitzler. They played wild, noisy improvised sets in Berlin underground clubs and other locations. Later Schnitzler left to pursue a solo career and the name was changed to ‘Cluster’, which essentially was an English spelling of the word. Their albums are classics of Electronic Music, but should appeal only to the adventurous listener, because the music is very experimental in nature. Their early stuff is rough noisy electronic experiments. In their later efforts Moebius and Roedelius venture into more melodic realms, still retaining the experimental edge. Their music being sometimes noisy, sometimes minimalistic, sounding like the electronic melodies coming out of a child’s music box, sometimes classic Ambient, they can be considered one of the stylistically most diverse bands out there. Pieces like ‘In Ewigkeit’ from Sowiesoso are a good reason to buy the whole album, this is simply charming stuff, everyone should hear this. Cluster have collaborated with Brian Eno (and were influenced a bit by his style) and with Michael Rother of Neu! under the name of Harmonia. Grosses Wasser was recorded in Peter Baumann’s Paragon Studios.
Cults of the Valley (2018)
Vaporous digital soundworlds and gentle sequencer rides.
Kagami Tears (2018)
Synthpunk / cyberpunk ambience.
På Liv Och Död (1986) (S)
Apartment Zero (1989) (soundtrack)
Ultima Thule Suite (1993)
Elia David Cmiral is a well-known film composer, living and working in the USA. These albums contain original compositions that are supposedly electronic.
The Mountain (2011) (S)
The Expedition Beyond (2011)
Ra (2012) (S)
Voyages (2013) (S)
The Derelict (2015)
Obscure Fragments (2016) (S)
CN is Stian Gjevik from Norway. He is an electro / techno musician but about 10 to 20% of his tracks are ambient and flowing. File under EM-related.
Metabolism (2011) (S)
Lambda Calculus (2018)
Dark, often intense soundscapes.
All Small Bodies (2017) (S) (soundtrack)
Synth soundtrack to a short movie. Varied tracks of cinematic moods.
Biosphere (2016) (with Staqq Overflo)
Vaporwave / trap project from Florida with a strong EM / Ambient influence.
Thru the Door (1998)
Solo Concert (2000)
Haut-Fourneau Site Senelle Live (2001)
Music in the style of Tangerine Dream (Phaedra era).
Inner Conflicts (1978)
How could this pass unnoticed? Billy Cobham is of course a well-known, dare I say it, famous jazz musician (drummer) and a legend of fusion and related styles. He was born in Panama and is currently residing in Switzerland. Spectrum is his debut release done in collaboration with Jan Hammer. It is mostly wild jazz workouts with a few brief electronic moments provided by Hammer. Only very marginally related to EM, this one. However, on to Inner Conflicts, whose eponymous opener is a 10-minute synth / drum tour-de-force, full of sparkling synth / arpeggios and other nice sounds. Great EM. I don't know if it's very unique among his released works but I am sure willing to discover more.
Now Or Never (2015)
Supernova Skyline (2017)
Energetic melodic electronics in synth-rock style, comparable to late 1980's - early 1990's Mark Shreeve perhaps, with even touches of synthwave and spacesynth. Cobra Zero is a duo of guys who go by the names Johnny and Danny. Read my review of Now Or Never here.
R. Acquarii (??)
Strumentali: Ursa Major (1986)
Proxima Centauri (1989)
Descrittivi - Serengeti (1991)
Melodic Electronic Music from this little-known synthesist.
Dream One (2004)
Digital Dream (2006)
Cocomusic is a project of Mollináry László. Upbeat melodic music, influenced by classic EM like Jarre but also by modern club / dance scenes. Fast pieces are forgettable, slower ones are ok.
Spaceship Cocoon (2013)
Ritual Ambient released on Chinese label Dying Art. The second album was also released under the IHVHLXXII moniker (the music is identical).
Plastinka (2013) (S)
Codachrom is a duo of Evgeny Voronovsky (Cisfinitum) and Miguel A. Ruiz. You would expect something darker, more ambient and experimental, but no. Vintage synths galore, vocoders, cosmic sounds, catchy melodies and stiff synthetic rhythms make this one a perfect choice for fans of Jean-Michel Jarre and other melodic / cosmic EM masters.
53 Minutes (2012)
Torino (2014) (S)
La Bellezza del Cemento (2016) (S)
Code 0066 is Alessandro Lerario. Starting with a very dub / techno influenced 53 Minutes, he was already showing strong Ambient influences, including several nice, completely beatless, atmopheric tracks. The trend of mixing techno, Prog EM and maybe a bit of industrial / noise continued on Torino, whose opener is a slowly building, melancholic sequencer floater. La Bellezza del Cemento follows in similar vein. File under EM-related.
Planet of Man (1974)
A very obscure German band from the Seventies. Produced by Klaus Schulze.
For Whom the Bell (1996)
Live In Duisburg (1997)
E-Live Special Edition (2006)
In Concert (2007) (recorded in 2004 - 2006)
Take the Money & Run (2014)
For those who like melodic and not very "electronic-sounding" music. For me it's all too poppish, although the music is very well done.
Process of Improvisation (??)
Half is very rhythmic electronic sequencer pieces, the other half is psychedelic violin and acoustic guitar playing.
Alba y Ocaso (1999)
A massive, two-disc set from this neo-prog band led by Marco Corona with a wide range of influences, from King Crimson to ELP and Tangerine Dream (some sections are pure Electronic Music). The keyboardists (there are two of them here) use both digital and analogue synths.
My Habit (1992)
Castles In the Air (1994)
Fading Light (2001)
French Kiss (2004)
Symphonic electronic compositions. The Coenobite is also known as "Dr. Coenobit".
Music For Robots (1961) (with Forrest J. Ackerman)
Historic item here. Side one features narrated story by Forrest Ackerman with background effects by Hollywood experimentator Frank Coe. Side two, however, consists of just the electronic score by Coe. Put this alongside your "Forbidden Planet", Raymond Scott and Bruce Haack LP's.
Ascents Meteora (1996)
This is an offshoot from the band Death In June in a gloomy Dark Ambient mould.
Real Time (1989)
Available Space (1992) (with Steve Bowman)
Index of Fractals (2006)
Classic Electronic Music ala Inventions For Electric Guitar on Synkronos label.
Music For Dance And Theater (1988) (recorded
in 1976 - 1988)
The Learning Curve: Generator Live (1989)
Those Are Pearls That Were His Eyes (2007) (with Ed Wilcox)
Group Motion (2013) (recorded in 1989)
The Middle Distance (2013) (recorded in 1979 - 1988)
Brother I Prove You Wrong (2015)
Master of Buchla synthesizer with his solo works. Experimental, but also quite listenable.
Musick To Play In the Dark (1999)
Legendary industrial band from the first wave of extreme sonic explorers. Musick To Play In the Dark (recorded by Thighpaulsandra, John Balance, Peter Christopherson and Drew McDowall) is rather ambient in nature as a general rule but the real reason I include them here is the second (12-minute) track "Red Birds Will Fly Out of the East And Destroy Paris In A Night" (how's that for a title?) It is stated by band members to be inspired by Tangerine Dream's Rubycon. Well, it doesn't sound like Rubycon to me but it does sound like a classic sequencer-based EM track.
See also: Thighpaulsandra
Cold Electric Fire (2002)
In Nights Dream We Are Ghosts (2002)
A Journey Through Cosmic
Misantropica Jornada Obscura (2013)
Transcendental (2013) (EP)
The Silence Under the Sea (2014)
My Dark Kingdom (2014)
Ambient project from São Paulo. Reflective, melancholic, but rarely dark.
Cold Void (2013)
A duo of Luuk Bouwman and Rafael Rozendaal, currently residing in New York. Their music is a study in repetition and creates a special atmosphere of desolation or sounds like taking a stroll in a haunted Victorian mansion at midnight. This minimal sound seems to be somehow related to the "dungeon synth" genre but is quite unique overall.
Descendants of Tethys (2016)
Very nice cinematic EM / Space Music with elements of ambient techno and downtempo.
ColdWorld is a Leipzig-based depressive black metal project who on Interludium created an ambient work and it's a pretty good one, in my opinion.
Selected Studies Vol. 1 (2013) (with
1D Electronic 2012 - 2014 (2015)
Lloyd Cole is a British singer-songwriter, as well as acoustic guitar player. Surprisingly, he is also an electronic musician with a unique, minimal style based on repeating patterns created on modular gear.
Sumac (1997) (with Andrew Chalk)
Minya (2000) (with Andrew Chalk and Colin Potter)
Low Ground (2000) (with Colin Potter)
Murray One / Tunnel (2001)
Halant / Heat / Beech (2002)
Beech For John And Miho (2002) (with Tim Hill)
Jonathan Coleclough / Bass Communion / Colin Potter (2003) (with Bass Communion and Colin Potter)
Makruna - Minya (2004)
Long Heat (2005) (with Lethe)
Husk (2006) (with Murmer)
Torch Songs (2007) (with Andrew Liles)
Burn (2008) (with Andrew Liles)
Bad Light (2009) (with Colin Potter)
Slowly Sinking (2009) (with Monos)
Water Mountain (2013) (with Paul Bradley, Hitoshi Kojo and Colin Potter)
Köln Path (2014)
Live At Oto (2016) (with Colin Potter)
Ex-Ora member with his own atmospheric compositions of Ritual Ambient and Drone. A lot of his compositions were made on self-built machines, others approximate musique concrete with their subtle mix of recorded sounds and electronic processing.
See also: Ora
See also: Perceptual Defence
Beyond the Event Horizon (2009)
Deus Irae (2015) (with Flint Glass)
See also: Maculatum
The Blooms (2014) (S)
Triple Crown (2016)
A project of Jason Campbell. Compared to the stuff he releases as Stitched Vision, this is much more rhythm-oriented, more informed by industrial and EBM perhaps, but still with some Prog EM influences.
See also: Stitched Vision
Secret Diary (2008)
A Real Hero (2009) (S)
Northern Council (2011)
Another italo (synthwave, outrun electro, French touch etc.) revival producer (real name - David Grellier) that straddles the line between dance and prog EM. Pretty much every album is a mix of rhythm-based an atmospheric tracks.
The Architects (2015)
Oregon-based Dark Ambient artist. Atmospheric, melancholic, sometimes with an electro-acoustic element and sometimes quite cosmic.
See also: Black Sun
Suzy Went Missing (2018)
A mixture of synthwave and darker, more atmospheric tracks. A project of Gary Collins.
Under Stars (2015) (EP)
Atacama - Returning On A Journey (2016)
Live 2018 (2018)
Chase the Sun (2019)
Electronic musician who released a ton of his music via downloads. Most of it sounds very samey to me, with a style based more on rhythmic "electronica" than on Progressive Electronic. There are some exceptions, though. Sonnenlicht contains pre-concert music in ambient style arranged in two long tracks. Other listed items also contain some EM or EM-related material.
A loose collective of musicians, partly with changing members, playing instrumental krautrock / EM hybrid with some influences from house / techno.
Hill of the Moon (2016)
A Melbourne Nocturne (2016)
Hope Can Be A Barrier To Action (2017)
Usually found playing harmonium or other traditional instruments, David Colohan is a folk / drone musician. On Hill of the Moon, electronics are used extensively for a sound that marries droning Popol Vuh with classic Ambient and a bit of folk.
See also: Raising Holy Sparks
Colored Mushroom And the Medicine
The Sundial Metaphysical Center (2010)
At Red Frosting (2010) (S)
Arcades of the Morning (2010) (S)
Sea Channels (2010) (S)
Sunshine Units (2012)
The Gold Manor Eclipse (2014) (S)
One of those numerous Emeralds-related projects, this one featuring John Elliott in collaboration with Charles Szerzen and Sandra Serio. Long tracks with gently bubbling synths, sequencers and drum machines. Warm, analogue sound.
See also: Outer Space
Full Circle (2018)
Interesting EM / jazz hybrid from this improvising ensemble. I need to investigate their other releases.
Slowly We Lost (2018)
A project of ambient musician Andrea Bracali. Flowing, hypnotic, synthy, sometimes with slow and soft rhythms. Pretty inventive sound design overall, venturing into weirder, Cluster-like realms even.
The ambient side of the guy known as Vertical67.
See also: Vertical67
Visions of Surya (2008)
Same band as Crystal Moon, and similar in style.
Inspired by Tangerine Dream but quite modern-sounding, I suppose. Colourful Xsample is Gereon Hillebrand.
Colours of Infinity (2017)
A project of Melbourne-based Andy Donnelly with a heavy focus on classic analog sounds of the 1970's with a modern twist.
# 10110 (2003) (S)
A small, 20+ minute album from this Dark Ambient act.
See also: Subinterior
See also: Haslinger, Paul
The Ritez of Higher Communication (2003)
Untitled (2003) (S)
And Outside Glows the Red Dawn (2005)
Hidden Sleep (2005) (S)
Everlasting Sun (2006)
A Broken Union (2007)
Dark drones, ritualistic percussion... Combative Alignment are Arnolt Heise and Ulrike Baum.
Sequences Paiennes (1979) (S)
Ready-Made (1980) (S)
Suprematism (1980) (S) (with Armand Mirales)
Slow Music (1981)
Logique du Sens (1983)
Oblique Sessions II (2000) (with Richard Pinhas)
Flip Side (of Sophism) (2012) (with Richard Pinhas)
French-catalan musician, a legend of avant-garde / minimalism and the father of contemporary primitivism, Pascal Comelade has been around since the 1970's. In 1976 he had an interesting electronic release called "Fluence". After that he embarked on a solo career under his own name, releasing both electronic works and traditional songs / unique minimal compositions with extensive use of toys as instruments. His earliest works are the most interesting ones, EM-wise, with a heavy focus on either drones or sequences, all done in a unique and minimal Comelade style. Sentimentos is a transitional album from his electronic roots towards strange processed songs (it even includes an Eno cover).
See also: Fluence
Radio Oblivion (2016)
Pretty diverse experimental musician, mostly operating within the digital noise / electroacoustic realms. Radio Oblivion will interest fans of (slightly noisy) Ambient.
Astral Voyager (2007)
Obscure duo from Siracusa, Italy. These guys (Delfo Catania and Carlo Matanza) produce long tracks with droning synths, cosmic atmospheres and light acoustic touches.
I Love Watching the Sound Lost Beyond the
Horizon (2011) (S)
Multifrequency Behaviour of High Energy Cosmic Sources (2014) (EP)
Requiem For A Living Planet (2015)
Trapped In A Sea Cave (2017) (EP)
Vague Borders (2012) (S)
Common Future is a project of Brooklyn-based Daniel Bellury. His sound takes in influences of classic EM, experimental and early 1990's ambient techno perhaps.
Common Ground (2015)
Benu (2005) (S)
Auferstehung (2006) (S)
Zeugen (Der Leere) (2018)
Varied dark ambience from Martin Steinebach.
Elektronische Musik (1981)
Experimental EM. A rare tape release.
Eternal Estate (2017) (S)
A project of Melbourne-based Per Bystrom. Minimal synthetic music, often based on pulses / sequencess.
Icon One (2007)
Aqual Measure (2009)
Music For Earthquakes (2011)
Signatures I + II (2013)
Computerchemist is the solo project of Dave Pearson. His primary influence is classic Berlin School music of Klaus Schulze and especially Tangerine Dream. Atmospheric starts with a track titled "Marshfire". Heavy synth drones and spacey effects can be heard. Complex distorted guitar passages form the background. Soon, a steady rhythm starts, as various echoing sequences pulsate. However, the track ends just too soon. The title track starts with subtle noises and an excellent melodic theme ala early 1980's Tangerine Dream. Now, that's what I call quality EM. If you like melodic, Tangerine Dream-influenced sound, be sure to check this one out. After a brief atmospheric interlude, the melodic theme returns, this time sounding almost classical. Soon, quite heavy drums appear for what seems like a very energetic conclusion. "Domino's Lament" starts with upbeat sequences and a synth pad. Soon, a slow drum rhythm appears, making this a very melodic and positive track. Major harmonies prevail and I must admit that it was all too lightweight for my tastes. Fans of Jarre might enjoy it, though. Some nice synth and guitar solos on this one. I also liked the conclusion (when the choir came in). "Flight of 'f'" starts with flute refrains. After a few seconds, a nice deep sequence appears, accompanied by spacey synth pads. Heavy drums are an enjoyable extra. Overall, it's one of the better tracks on show here, pure New Berlin School. "Tribalibal" has quite dramatic sequences and a simple bass synth theme for an introduction. Soon, twittering effects, a piano melody and heavy rolling drums take over. It's all rather pompous and loud stuff but somehow lacks purpose. Thankfully, once the bombastic elements give way for more atmospheric sounds, it all becomes much more palatable. I loved the synth solo over a bed of atmospheric synths - very tasty! The rhythm then returns and once the guitar comes in, it all becomes rather chaotic. As a whole, I liked this piece, although I could probably do without the sax solo at the end. "French Game Idea" starts with a funky rhythm that is joined by a very Jarre-like melodic theme. It is then replaced by a quiet section with a sequence and a growling guitar sound. Good effects give way for melodic synth pads. The Jarre-like melodies return for a while before the track is over. "Sharazad" begins with a somewhat clumsy sequence and disjointed organ chords. After a while we hear a melodic theme with a vaguely Arabic flair. A flute plays on top of rhythms / sequences in an interesting manner. The track ends with a classical-sounding section, where synth strings and dramatic chords play an important role. Atmospheric is a nice EM album that's well worth checking out.
Univers de Lumiere (1994)
Aquatic Ambient from this Munich-based project.
Town Planning (2014)
Beneath the City Streets (2016) (S)
For Concrete And Country (2018)
Concretism is a project of Chris Sharp from Essex. The music falls into general melodic / rhythmic analogue synth niche. It's hard to pin down but has a certain minimal synth / library music flair, perhaps related to stuff released by the likes of The Advisory Circle and Pye Corner Audio.
Varied ambient soundscapes.
It is not known at the moment who is behind this project, nor do I know the country of origin. The author states that he is based on the Arctic Circle. Curiously enough, though, he makes tracks that he names after Sub Antarctic islands. How weird is that? Anyway, the music... It's seemingly based on alanog synthesis and is rather dark overall, mixing purely atmospheric numbers with sparse slow beats and dubby elements.
This Will Heal Us (2016)
Hypnotic, lo-fi ambience.
Areavirus: Topofonie Vol. 1 (2007)
Sea Cathedrals (2010)
Salicornie: Topofonie Vol. 2 (2010)
Inner Forest (2013) (S) (with Øe)
Plundering the Ancient World (2015) (S)
Astrùra (2016) (S)
Solèra (2016) (S)
Open To the Sea (2017) (with Matteo Uggeri)
Deep ambient soundscapes from this Italian artist born in 1975 in Venice.
Left Hand Path of the Conjuror (2013)
Black Velvet, Dead Flowers (2015)
Droning synthesizer meditations a bit in the spirit of early Klaus Schulze circa Irrlicht. Conjuror is Ian Adcock.
Ambient soundscapes with sections of downtempo rhythms. Collaborative project between Alexandre Scheffer and Hidetoshi Koizumi.
See also: Hybrid Leisureland
Morbus Temporis (1997)
Pantheon Desertum (1998)
Quinque Viae (1999)
Chaos / Magick (2001)
Culpa Somniorum (2003)
Draco Rex (2004)
Rites ov Lamashtu (2008) (S) (with StillStand)
Confusio Solis (2015)
Code Sent (2009)
See also: Solveil
MicroComposed 1980 - 86 (2018)
Largely instrumental synth-pop / italo disco duo composed of Joran Jetvić (Data, Digitron etc.) and Nikolaj Bežek, active between 1980 and 1986. They are only very marginally related to EM and most of the time do not have anything to do with any prog. However, some tracks sound very influenced by Kraftwerk, with sharp electro rhythms and vocoded vocals.
Terrorama (2018) (soundtrack)
Varied electronic soundtrack from this duo of Ferenc E. van der Sluijs and John Scheffer. Dark, pulsing, experimental...
Grand Rewinding Time (2012)
Music heavily influenced by the Berlin School from this Perm-based project.
Hypnotic, deep Drone Ambient soundworlds from Constantine Skourlis.
First Contact (2014)
Zero Moment (2016)
Some Places Aren't Around Here (2016)
Music halfway between regular Ambient and IDM / post-rock.
Antarabhãva - The Six Realms
His Master's Voice (2016) (with Shentz)
Muzak For An Exhibition - Product 1
The Return of Structures - Product 34 (??)
Product 24 - Structures (1987)
Product 60 - Muzak For Seafood (??)
Necrophonie - Product 3 (1987)
Schnitte - Product 22 (1987)
Neuralgia - Product 29 (1988)
Changed Music 2 (1989)
Changed Music - Product 38 (1989)
More Structures (1989)
Verbindungen (1989) (with Kapotte Muziek)
Verbindungen 2 (1994) (with others)
Again Structures - Product 48 (??)
Changed Music 2 is a Drone Ambient masterwork. The other albums are most likely in the same style. The man behind Context is Stefan Schwab.
Seven Hands Seek Nine Fingers (1989)
A Thousand Badgers In Labour (1990)
A Live Coal Under the Ashes (1992)
Throwing Out the Baby With the Bathwater (1995)
Mort Aux Vaches (1996)
False Fangs For Old Werewolves (2005)
Handbags & DADA (2006) (recorded in 1989 - 2000)
A Breeding Ground For Flies (2012)
No Eden Without Annihilation (2016)
Varied soundscapes, from bright and clear, to dark and disturbing, with lots of chants at times. Some stuff sounds very Gothic in a mysterious kind of way.
See also: Intravene
Baroque Synthetiseur (1982)
Library music by Jacques Erdos.
Four Years Before 1984 (1980)
A short-lived band put together by Hubert Bognermayr with drummer Curt Cress, jazz / electronics mastermind Bruno Spoerri and Klaus-Robert Kruse. The music is mostly commercial progrock dominated by Hubert's flowing keyboards. There are also nice instrumentals (such as "Locked In Loneliness"). File under EM-related.
Body Samples (1984)
Knees And Bones (1985)
Between Tides (1986),
Songs From the Drain (1987)
Music From the Scourging Ground (1987)
Songs From the Ashes (1989)
Hog Floor (1990)
Phlegm Bag Spattered (1990) (recorded in 1983)
Bladder Bags And Interludes (1992)
The Drowning (1992)
Buried Blessings (1993) (recorded in 1988 - 1990)
Songs From the Vault (1994)
Dub Songs From A Shallow Grave (1995)
Gilded Shadows (1997)
The Poisoner (1997)
Rest In Peace: The Best of Controlled Bleeding (1999)
Our Journey's End (2000)
Can You Smell the Rain Between (2002)
Paul Lemos’ and Joe Papa’s musical project that split in 2000. Sometimes they are aided by other musicians. I tend to see this formation in line with bands like Einsturzende Neubauten and Nurse With Wound, although I may be wrong here. Their early work is harsh noise experiments, very disturbing, even irritating, which is a good thing, of course. Still, this music is hardly listenable. Their mid period is characterised by the use of driving dance rhythms and generally heavy sound, now you would probably call it ‘industrial’. Also some of their stuff from that period sounds very neo-classical, with a definite Gothic atmosphere. The 90’s stuff is dominated by Joe Papa’s operatic sounding voice and ambient textures with dub rhythms. Warning: the discography is NOT complete. CB is definitely one of those "fringe" bands, and I am not sure how much of their output actually fits in stylistically.
See also: Lemos, Paul
Before Sunrise (2005)
Dark soundscapes from John Marshall. Will be enjoyed by fans of Caul.
First Flip (1984)
Victims of Convenience (1985)
Instrumental synthesizer / progrock by Dave Smith and John Maz.
Acido 22 (2016) (S)
Convextion is Dallas, Texas-born Gerard Hanson. He is known as a dub techno / minimal techno producer. Amazingly, Acido 22 is a small record filled with great Prog EM played on analog synthesizers (nothing techno here).
Scanning Planet 3 (2003)
Contact Light (2004)
Live And Scanning (2004)
In Orbit (2006)
The Third Expedition (2007)
Electronic Flights (2009)
Adagios Electric (2011)
Through Mirrors We Met (2014)
Cosmic electronic albums from this prolific British composer and member of The Rain Garden (ethnic music duo). A lot of this music is released under "The Planet Scanners" moniker and here Chris teams up with Alan Freeman and some other luminaries of British underground electronic scene. Chris has also released a lot of music that falls into such categories as new age, meditation, healing, relaxing, world, songs etc. These albums are (naturally) not included in the above discography.
Some Sort of Wave Portal (2016)
Sharing Waves (2018)
Floating synthesizers from Sean Hellfritsch.
One Hundred Billion Sparks (2018)
Techno musician based in London. On One Hundred Billion Sparks he focuses on analog synthesizers and the shorter tracks really do move in the ambient / EM direction, so it can be considered an EM-related disc.
Collected Works (2014) (recorded in 1972 - 2001)
American outsider artist who has been recording his stuff at his home studio equipped with a few synths (mostly minimoog during earlier stages and adding a few more toys later on) at least since the early 1970's. The above is a collection of pieces and spoken interludes where he explains some aspects of his work and how he started in music.
Copal River (2006)
Ambient from Scott Turner and Darrell Burgan.
Queen Elizabeth (1994)
Rite 2 (1997)
Queen Elizabeth 2 (1997)
The Modern Antiquarian (1998) (S)
Discover Odin (2001)
Rite On (2002)
Rite Bastard (2006)
Famous musician / singer from the UK. His experimental / electronic works are more or less here. Rite 2 will appeal to fans of the early 70's German "krautrock" scene. The style ranges from Can / Faust type stuff to early Tangerine Dream. (tracks three and four will be especially interesting for EM fans). No thin digital synths here, just guitar, percussion, hammond organ, mellotron, ARP 2600 and other (more obscure) items.
See also: Queen Elizabeth
The Three Faces (1986)
Supposedly, experimental EM from this electroacoustic composer.
That Which Remains (2000)
Shape Shifter (2003)
Noise Shaper (2004)
Erotomechaniks (2005) (with Mindspawn)
The Tree of Life And Death (2008)
Erotomechaniks II (2016) (with Mindspawn)
Dark Ambient with Goth elements from Mikael Alden.
Aeriformic Forests (2013)
Ice Forest (2014)
Chloroformic Forests (2014)
Ocean Lion III, Part One (2016)
Ocean Lion III, Part Two (2016)
Lioness II (2016) (S)
Ocean Lion III, Part Three (2016)
A project of Brian Grainger dedicated to hybrids of dub techno and Ambient. Some releases are completely devoid of beats or techno influences, though. I will try to list these, although it will not be easy, as the guy obviously aims at a Guinness book record as the most prolific artist ever.
See also: Milieu
Vogue Meditations (2005) (S)
Ladylike (2016) (S)
Swoon Season (2016) (S)
Cordial (2017) (with Angelo Harmsworth)
Golden Blonde Air (2017) (S)
Honeymoon Phase (2018)
Eros At Temple Stream (2018)
Serenity Channel (2018) (S)
The Lilac Chase (2018)
Patterns of Lust (2018) (S)
Enough Time Has Passed (2019) (with Fred Thomas)
Monolithic, lo-fi ambient drones.
Forced Entry (2016)
Somewhat synthwave-related project but rather minimal and rudimentary synth sound here.
Initial Steps (1991)
Mysterious Attractions of Contrasts (1993)
Impressions of Science (1994)
Blue Sunlight (1994)
The 4th (2013)
Electronic Variety (2015)
Coral Cave was a duo of Tilo Voigthaus and Erik Matheisen that made melodic Electronic Music comparable to late 80’s Tangerine Dream. The project ceased its activities in 1996 but returned in the new century.
Voice From A Distance (1999)
Synthesizer / progressive music by one Toshiyuki Fujita.
ANGST (2017) (S) (with Davide Grisoni)
Strange composition mixing spooky field recordings, some voice narration and soundtracky synths in vintage horror style. Has its cheesy moment as well.
Far Beyond the Immobile Point (2000)
The Resonant Memory of Earth (2002)
Nocturnal Emanations (2003)
Indalo (2003) (with Bruno Sanfilippo)
The Talisman (2006)
Ars Lucis (2009)
Lost Links (2011)
Bioma (2011) (with Bruno Sanfilippo)
The Ocean Inside (2012)
Cosmic Traveler (2013)
Splendid Labyrinths (2015)
Future Terrain (2017)
Source of Present (2017)
Nocturnes II (2018)
Horizon Matrix (2018)
Within the Crowd (1994)
Jazz musician and saxophone player but these albums are supposedly electronic.
Imaginary Journeys To
Obscure electronic duo of David Bennett and Andy H. I don't know if David Bennett is a pseudonym. Anyway, the first tape is composed and performed by Dave Greenway who is probably the same guy.
45°12′N 72°54′E (2018)
This artist effectively mixes electro-acoustics, field recordings and electronics. The closing long track is pretty fantastic stuff.
Emma (2012) (with Carles Guajardo)
Brumaria (2013) (S) (with Dot Tape Dot)
Nanas (2016) (S) (with Niño de Elche)
El Rumor del Oleaje (2016)
Ambient soundscapes with a strong neo-classical flair.
Chants of Race & Emptiness
My Core (1991) (S)
An Area's Era Area (1991) (recorded in 1987- 1989)
See also: Cranioclast
Accumulated Spaces (2015) (S) (with ju ca)
Wave Systems (2015)
Virtuality (2016) (S)
Aka Corin Ileto. Indescribable, melodic, rhythmic, seemingly influenced by techno-pop (Sakamoto) and melodic electronics. Complex themes inspired by water.
Benedictio Tenebrarvm (2017)
Nox Mali (2018)
Diabolical Path (2018)
Black Ambient project from Russia. Intense sound here, with lots of incantations, pounding drums and some sparse synthetic pulses. I found the voices to be quite irritating, but the sound design itself is quite effective in places and overall it works fine as an imaginary horror soundtrack.
Mixed Feelings (2004)
Coffee Moment (2007)
Melodic and a bit ambient music from this synthesist born in 1971. He was influenced by many artists, from TD and Jarre to Queen. Rody started fiddling around with synthesizers and organs pretty early in his life but his recoding career only began at the turn of the century.
Dark Destiny (1991)
Melodic, rhythmic EM in the style of Mark Shreeve and Ian Boddy, with a touch of Jean-Michel Jarre. Corporation is a trio of Adam Britton, Iain Lowe and Peter Tunney (on Dark Destiny and Subculture only). Breed was produced by Kevin Bate also known as Synthetik.
See also: Britton, Adam
Argentinean drummer who as a solo artist mixes post-rock sound with EM's sequences.
Eurydice (1987) (S)
The first side of this "7 record features electronic pop ala Space. Nothing is known about the other. Gérard Corre seems to have given some live performaces accompanied by laser shows, as the cover of this record asserts.
Before the Heat (2016)
Night Acquisitions (2017)
A duo of Neil Hale and Stuart Cullen. Their name seems to be inspired by Ashra and the title of their debut album - by Cluster & Eno, and indeed, their music seems to be inspired by both the krautrock side of Ashra / Goettsching and the ambient side of Cluster. There are also touches of psych / folk by means of acoustic guitars and nice use of vocoder. Aftermath sees them moving in the synthwave direction, while still retaining the Prog EM feel.
Symphony of A Radical (2017)
Slightly experimental, but also highly atmospheric ambient compositions from this Texan artist (Jason T. Lamoreaux).
Fluid Electric (2017)
Rich synthesizer pads and sequences.
See also: Eigenface
Tree of Life (2002)
The first thing you notice about Tree of Life is the bass! Powerful, fat analog bass sounds are abundant here. The first two tracks are somewhat similar to each other. Each features melodic sequencers and various other melodies, effects and bass sounds layered on top / beneath it. Although the second track, "Locust" features some pretty harsh textures that sort of reminded me on the noisy Hal McGee stuff or even some Merzbow. "On the White Horse" is more laid-back and has a somewhat simplistic beepy sequence running throughout its length. The track is rather repetitive. "Serpents On the Desert" is easily the best cut on the album. Great, screaming synth sounds! And when I say screaming I mean it! Although, at 1:30 it's criminally short, should've been longer. "Not Even the Angels" is a bit oriental sounding probably due to its strange rhythms. "Burning Bush" is the longest cut on the album. It's an upbeat sequencer track. "Seven Rounds" has a lot of those fat bass sounds and is one of those tracks that grow on you with each listen. "Swallowed By A Fish" is more experimental and is devoid of any direct rhythms or melodies. The last two tracks finish off the album on a more usual rhythmic / melodic note. Love the symphonic leads on "A Whisper In the Wind". Overall, Tree of Life is a very nice collection of sequencer / melodic EM pieces, more or less in the 70's style. Although it has a strong experimental edge to it as well.
Forse 1 (2013)
Forse 2 (2013)
ACMN 1 & 2 (2013) (S)
Forse 3 (2015)
Live At Nuit Noire XI (2015)
Sun Draw Water (2017) (S) (with Daniel Avery)
Alessandro Cortini And Merzbow (2017) (with Merzbow)
Immediate Horizon (2018) (with Lawrence English)
Italian-born and currently residing in California, Alessandro Cortini just loves his analog synths. He creates various sequencer patterns and atmospheres with them, often processing the sound in strange ways, resulting in either hazy, overdriven or misty, distant feel. Falls into the Experimental genre for sure but has a very strong "classic EM" vibe to it.
Never Use the Same Door Twice (2012)
Beguiling Isles: Born of Earth's Torments (2012)
Experimental India Radio: Swara Exchanges (2013) (S)
Beguiling Isles: Westward Star (2013)
Black Or White Orpheus: Votive Transmutation Shrine (2014) (S) (with Jefferson Zurna)
Effigy Mounds: Ceremonial Music For Spore Alter (2014)
Experimental India Radio: Puja Samagri Pipers / Mummy Dust Trippers (2015) (S)
Magic Mirror (2016)
Coastal Vudutronic Voyage (2016)
Panics In Mayfair (2017)
Unclassifiable music from member of Million Brazilians Grant Corum. Is it Tribal Ambient? World Music? Psychedelia? A little bit of everything I guess. Mostly based on samples and loops but also synthesizers and lots of tribal percussion.
See also: Orchardist, The
Chapter I: Strahd's Possession
Chapter II: Strahd's Possession (2001) (S)
Cassette releases with soundtrack-like symphonic ambient in the vein of early Mortiis.
Invisible Landscapes (2012)
Ñâîáîäà (2015) (with Torssion)
Dark Ambient from Orel, Russia. The music on Ñâîáîäà is based on the sounds of analog synthesizers, including a lot of rare Soviet models.
Beach Glass (2016)
Ambient artist with new age and experimental trends.
Saro Cosentino (1988) (S)
TV Dinner (1995) (with Mino di Martino)
Ones And Zeros (1997)
Saro Cosentino is an Italian musician who started out in Blues and acoustic / traditional music but during the 1970's got interested in Electronic Music. He worked in experimental arts with Franco Battiato and several other Italian musicians, both famous and unknown.
Time To Tell (1983)
This privately released cassette (later re-released on CD) by Throbbing Gristle member and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti (real name: Christine Newby) has been somewhat under the radar of the general public and EM fans in particular. However, it is great pioneering Ambient / EM. The album consists of just two sidelong tracks and especially the first one, "The Secret Touch" is amazing. Deep synths, noises, effects, screaming solos, a tinkling sequence and a hypnotic and seducing voice of Christine. Yes, she has a really nice voice and the material here is spoken, not sung.
Infinite Works (2005)
Stunde Null (1995)
Industrie und Melodie (2006) (recorded in 1997 - 1999)
Cosmic Baby is an alias of German techno / trance producer Harald Blüchel from Nuremberg. Born in 1963, Blüchel discovered the Electronic Music of artists like Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk circa 1976 and has been experimenting with synthesizers since the early 1980's. In 1989, he got involved in the whole techno / club scene and his career as a recording artist under the Cosmic Baby moniker (as well as a few others) started. The bulk of his output will be of no interest to Prog EM fans. There are some exceptions, though. Futura (actually released under the "Cosmic Inc." name), although has enough techno influences, also seems to be very inspired by melodic Tangerine Dream of the 1980's, down to synthetic harpsichord sounds. There are also weird moments with lots of vocalizations. Stunde Null is mostly abstract and ambient / melodic synths, with moments of sparse rhythms. Pretty good stuff if you like the early output of FAX label. Industrie und Melodie is a nice "Kraftwerk masturbation"-type record. There is also a nice album available for download called Music For An Oceanic Radioplay, which I hope sees the light of day on a physical carrier one day.
See also: Blüchel, Harald
Traces of Cosmic Existence (2017)
Landing On Moondust (2017) (S)
Dungeness the Soundtrack (2017)
Cosmic Bird I (2017)
Cosmic Bird II (2018)
While You're Asleep (1981)
On the Shores of A Different Time (1986)
This group started in 1976 as a live act. The two guys, Richard Bugg and Cal Grant got together to rehearse for a jazz festival at the Oklakhoma University campus. They were the only band that performed Electronic Music and they played one 20-minute piece, simply called "Piece One". Richard used an ARP 2600 with an echo machine and a few extra modules with a complementary sequencer, while Cal played a self-built synthesizer based on Moog's design. Initially the group was called "The Contemporary Synthesizer Ensemble" but after the concert a friend of Richard proposed the name "Cosmic Debris" and it stuck. A few years later, the groups' line-up was expanded with Cal Grant replaced by no less than five musicians. They were Steve McLinn (he left in 1978), Dennis Borycki (synthesizers), Dave Copenhaver (bass), Jim Hochanadel (saxes) and Joel Young (percussion, drums). Just like that, the group's sound started to drift towards space rock. In 1980, Shawn Phillips (guitar, guitar synth) was added to what was now essentially a duo of Richard Bugg and Joel Young. Borycki returned for While You're Asleep, but this time John Powell (percussion) and Bil Richards (guitar) were recruited. On the Shores is a duo concert performance of Bugg and Barry Stramp.
See also: Bugg, Richard
Sun Secrets (2012)
Melodic, cosmic and psychedelic Electronic Music from Tibor Fredmann and Siegbert "Ziggi" Hümmer.
Cosmic Ground (2014)
Cosmic Ground 2 (2015)
Cosmic Ground 3 (2016)
Cosmic Ground 4 (2018)
Dirk Jan Müller's return to Electronic Music under a new project name.
Weltraumboogie (1982) (S)
Beyond the Galaxy (1999)
Shiva Connection (2000)
Heartbeat (2001) (with Hans-Werner Fassbender)
Psychedelic Breakfast (2003) (with friends)
Electric Trick (2005) (recorded in 1978 - 2003)
Conundrum (2007) (with Bernhard Wostheinrich)
Space Gems (2007) (recorded in 1975 - 1979)
Outerspace Gems (2008) (recorded in 1978 - 1985)
Hypernova (2009) (recorded in 1977 - 1983)
Trinity (2010) (with Ian Boddy and David Wright)
Astral Journey (2010) (recorded in ??)
Earshot (2013) (S) (with Fanger & Schönwälder)
Cosmic Hoffmann was the pseudonym of Klaus Hoffmann-Hook (1951 - 2017) from Mind Over Matter. Klaus started with music in the early 1970's, mostly in rock. He was deeply influenced by Genesis' live mellotron use and by the sounds this legendary instrument could produce. He later bought himself a mellotron and a minimoog, gradually expanding his setup and adding more 'trons and synths. He also played keyboards in a rock band called Alma Ata but parallel to that he recorded solo spacey Electronic Music with his synths and mellotron. His first vinyl single, released in 1982, is similar to the last two albums by Peter Baumann or Telex, while the flip is in the style of Space. The full-length albums are classic cosmic Teutonic electronics, very similar to Tangerine Dream from circa 1974-1977. If you can’t get enough of those driving sequences and mellotron voices with a great bit of space guitar, this is for you. The above discography contains both the Cosmic Hoffmann albums and those released as "Klaus Hoffmann-Hook".
See also: Mind Over Matter
Celestine (1978) (S)
A small and weird 7-inch record by one Frank Knapp. One side is a weird electronic rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen". Flip is supposedly original material.
Cosmic Jokers (1974)
Galactic Supermarket (1974)
Planeten Sit In (1974)
Sci-Fi Party (1974)
Gilles Zeitschiff (1974)
Cosmic Jokers albums were the result of Rolf Ulrich Kaiser’s acid parties that he arranged in Dierk’s studio for the musicians signed to the Ohr label. It was one of the most scandalous moments in the history of EM, bacause Rolf Ulrich Kaiser pissed off many of the musicians involved after these albums started to show up in stores. The thing is that Rolf Ulrich never asked the musicians about the permission to release this material. This led to serious lawsiuts and Rolf Ulrich Kaiser lost the process. After that he left the music business for good (and Germany to sum it up). But enough history, what does the music sound like? In spite of being basically just a jam session by the musicians who maybe sometimes didn’t even realise what they were doing, the music is nothing short of brilliant. Especially the first two albums are great! Pure cosmic jams in the vein of early TD or Ash Ra Tempel. The rest of the albums contains just short ottakes of the above mentioned sessions. The musicians involved were Manuel Goettsching, Harald Grosskopf, Klaus Schulze, Gille Lettman (Rolf Ulrich Kaiser’s girlfriend at the time), Rosi Muller and Jurgen Dollase, among others. A supergroup then? Well, probably. But definitely a classic!
Cosmic Letters (2012)
See also: Sand Circles
Live In Barcelona 1999 (1999)
Dada Koko (1980)
Final Koko (1980)
The Cosmic Industrial Complex (2003)
Soundscapes by Todd Merrill.
On Another Planet Vol. 1 (2004)
On Another Planet Vol. 2 (2004)
Live At the NSC (2004)
On Another Planet Vol. 3 (2007)
Live At the Y (2007)
A "supergroup" featuring all three members of AirSculpture, Grant Middleton (Under the Dome) and Paul Nagle. Their music is energetic, cosmic and sequencer-based. Their releases basically represent recorded live jams.
Science Friction (1997)
A duo of George Martindell (acoustic drums and percussion) and Steve Siers aka Quad (synthesizers and bass) who create 'avant -garde space music.'
See also: Fluorescent Eclipse.
Polar Regions (1993)
This is a rare album from Silent label, recorded in Goteborg and Turku. Cosmic Trigger was a duo of Piitu Lintunen and Tor Af Storvatten. The music is of a deep ambient variety, comparable to Biosphere, but with a lighter, almost new age-like edge.
This Western Australia-based artist has been recording Electronic Music since 1981.
La Galaxie Oubliée (2016)
1960's EM pastiche. Not bad, but I think I'd prefer longer suites instead of lots of short tracks / vignettes.
See also: Esteban, Luis Carlos
Dark Skies of Yuggoth (2010)
See also: Darkhalf
A Journey With the Cosmos Factory (1975)
As some of you know, Japanese EM does not start and end with Kitaro, Tomita and YMO. For instance, there's Far East Family Band's mesmerizing Parallel World LP. Then, we have this hard rock / progressive group, Cosmos Factory, with their first LP appearing in 1973. They are not EM mostly, and their debut featured mostly hammond-heavy progressive hard rock with vocals in Japanese. However, on the follow-up (listed) they changed their style towards a more experimental and sedate pastiche. There are tons of great synths scattered throughout and even some purely electronic moments. Case in point is "A Hidden Trap" - a 2+ minute piece of pure Electronic Music. On subsequent releases they again changed their style to a more direct and in-yer-face heavy rock. File under EM-related.
Inner Space Outer Space (2010)
It Simply Is (2008) (S)
Love From Dust (2015)
Stay Perfectly Still (2016)
Experimental techno musician from Dublin. Not sure about his other works, but Love From Dust features analog synth overload by means of multiple sequences generated on a Buchla synthesizer. Nice. Stay Perfectly Still is supposedly in the same style.
Autotron (2013) (S)
John Costello has been creating Electronic Music on and off since the 1980's, releasing at least two cassettes privately and getting attention from the specialized EM press as one of the main performers at the EM festival in Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, organized by Kevin O'Neill.
Untitled 23.02 (2004) (with Mark Sadgrove)
Mornings (2005) (S)
Untitled (2005) (S)
Untitled 35.20 (2006) (with Mark Sadgrove)
Star Mill (2007)
Untitled (2007) (S) (with Nigel Wright)
Holding Plants (2007) (S)
Gest 02 (2007) (S) (with Nest)
Sleeping Trees (2008) (S)
Untitled 32.38 (2008) (with Mark Sadgrove)
Cathedrals (2008) (with Nigel Wright)
A Place In the Sun (2011)
Mediterranean Years (2012)
Ocean Liner (2012)
Waterfront Cities (2013)
Where To Be Vol. 1 (2015)
Research And Motion (2016)
Experimental composer from Auckland who currently resides in Melbourne (Australia). On early releases he seems to use a lot of field recordings. Later works are synthetic and have a minimal, analog feel, often warm and lulling.
Marches And Meditations (2002)
New Mythologies (2012)
Also known as C.O.T.A. Ambient drones & repetitive rhythms with a touch of Martial from Jon Auchterlonie and Michelle Farokhnia.
Exit Earth (2018)
Dark Ambient project from California.
A duo of Justin K Broadrick and Dermot Dalton paying hommage to classic analog EM from the 1970's.
See also: Final
Counter Music (??)
Obscure DIY cassette released somewhere in the 1980's, I think.
America In the Coming Age of Electronics
Blue Room Sessions (2016)
Coupler is a project of Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist Ryan Norris. He mostly plays synths, but adds some guitar from time to time, as well as some drums. The music could be descibed as krautrock-influenced (Neu!, La Düsseldorf, Can, etc.), with clear allusions to 1970's EM in its use of analog synths, but fairly unique overall.
1 (2016) (S)
2 (2016) (S)
L'Incident Casteljau (2018)
Strictly analogue project of Lluis Gosnegre with all the right influences. I mean if you like those rides down the autobahn, carried away by timewinds, give this a try.
See also: MKM
Pieter Courtens was an analog instrument builder and EM enthusiast who created his own modules and sequencers for music production. Pieter Courtens used to tour with Pythagoras in the early 1980's.
Dusck (2016) (S)
Strange rhythmic, minimal electronic compositions in a unique style. I can hear influences of vaporwave, synthwave and minimalism here.
Obscure US synthesist supposedly in classic EM vein.
Portraits & Peelings (2003)
Necropolis Line (2006)
The Melting Static (2009) (S)
Adrift Off the Islets of Langerhans (2010)
The Sound of Silas (2014)
Ballard Landscapes 6 (2016)
Berlin Evenings (2016)
In the Skies (2016) (with Wolfgang Gsell)
Spirits of Afrodubism (2018) (with The Glove of Bones)
Cousin Sillas is a project of UK musician & publicist Dave Hughes. Lots of experimental influences in his music but it's pretty cosmic & dark overall.
See also: Abominations of Yondo
Too Haut To Handle (1988)
Jerome Couture is a classical / jazz violin player, a bit similar to Jean-Luc Ponty. This is his debut album (others are supposedly of no interest to EM fans) that features a fusion of his violin playing and synthesizers (much like Ponty's own Individual Choice). "Space Couture" is a melodic EM track with added violin (not dominating). File under EM-related.
A 480 (2014)
Sirens (2015) (with LXV)
Absolutely unique music, based on digital VST sounds, arranged in sort of abstract and repetitive, always vaguely melodic compositions.
Music For Synthesizer And Drums (2019)
What the title says. No specific style here, it's pretty diverse but always focusing on nice, fat, warm analog timbres.
Mind Warp (1982)
School Daze (2013) (recorded in 1973 - 1981)
Muscle Up (2015) (recorded in 1980)
Candida Cosmica (2016) (recorded in 1973 - 1975) (with Candida Royalle)
Afternooners (2017) (recorded in 1982)
Some might say that including Patrick Cowley in EEM is stretching the definition of EM and I think this is mostly correct. Here's the story: Patrick Cowley had been a disco producer and musician since the 1970's, pioneering the use of synthesizers within dance / club format. He produced music and played for popular artists like Sylvester, for instance, and released a few solo albums on his own San-Francisco based label. Sure, his music had much in common with other disco productions of the time, but it was all-electronic and fairly innovative too. But the real reason for inclusion: check out the slow, spacey number "Mutant Man" with its wonderful vocoder voices and fat, wonderfully programmed synths. If it's not EM then I don't know what the heck is. It's not experimental or difficult to listen to but fans of more direct, easy and melodic forms of EM could find this to their liking. Another nice track is the title track with solos to die for. Also interesting to note how Patrick's works in a way presaged the "spacesynth" sound (Laserdance, Koto, etc) that would emerge a couple of years later from Europe. Patrick Cowley died from AIDS-related complications shortly after the release of his second album. His first and second releases (Megatron Man and Menergy, both from 1981) are not included here as they were a purely disco affair with vocal tracks prevailing. School Daze contains soundtrack music to gay porn movies "Muscle Up" and "School Daze", respectively, released in 1981 by Fox Studio in Los Angeles. It contains some great pioneering EM pieces.
Drøm Rart, Lille Venn (Utdrag Fra Dagbok 2014 - 2017) (2018)
Varied artist (real name - Askild Hagen) working mostly in synth-pop and related genres. He is known under numerous aliases. The above album contains numerous short tracks, some of which will appeal to fans of ambient forms of EM.
On Water (2005)
Random Musics (1984)
A Short Delay (1984)
Music Without Edges (1984)
Solo music by member of The Same and Rimarimba. Supposedly, interesting.
See also: Same, The
Slow Music (1980) (with Morgan Fisher)
Fungus Baby (2015) (soundtrack)
Synth soundtrack with experimental and cosmic styles.
Cozmic Corridors (1973)
Journey To the Sea of Sparks (2003)
Crackletone is a Dark Ambient project of Jim Sutherland - a music producer and soundtrack composer.
Organ Notes (2001) (EP)
Eugene Carchesio & Leighton Craig (2003) (EP) (with Eugene Carchesio)
Community of Opposites (2003) (EP) (with Eugene Carchesio)
Leaves (2006) (with Eugene Carchesio)
11 Easy Pieces (2008)
Green Coronet (2016)
Wind Songs (2017) (S)
Experimental musician from Australia who likes to use casios and other home keyboards for a minimal, ambient, vaguely progressive sound.
A Long Week In Houston (1982)
Rick Crane is an electronic musician who released a private tape of floating space electronics before singning for Colin Potter's then newly formed ICR cassette label. His music mixes rhythmic styles (ala Kraftwerk) with ambient and cosmic synthesizer trips.
See also: Nachtricht
Structured Randomness (1999)
Asphalt Salad (2006)
Solo music by Greg Waltzer. Asphalt Salad was released under the name of Cranial Mythos but in fact features a trio of musicians (Waltzer with his brother Jeff and one Ken Pearce). The style is classic EM with modern elements.
Culture Bunker (1985)
Ration Skalk (1985)
Kolik San Art (1986)
A Con Cristal (1987)
Cris Con Tala (1987)
Somnii Palus (1987)
Lost In Karak (1988)
Iconaclastar, Icon I - VI (1992)
Iconaclastar, Icon VI - XI (1993) (recorded in 1990 - 1991)
Cract On Sail (2018)
See also: Core
Spacey mixture of rock and Electronic Music from this duo, obviously influenced by Pink Floyd and at times reminding on Alan Parsons Project because of the string arrangements. I wish it was a completely instrumental release, though.
Analysis (2015) (S)
Mixture of field recordings and ambient drones from Greek-born Aris Hatzidakis (currently residing in Sydney).
Netherfield Works (2017)
Springhead Works (2019)
Banks of analog synths creating heavily sequencer-based compositions.
Stop Listening (2000)
Ambient drones from this Californian noise artist (real name - Joe Colley).
A Stranger In the House (2018) (with Tim Call)
Mostly shorter electronic horror soundtrack-like pieces.
See also: Meridian Arc
Obscure private press from Newcastle or Sydney area, a guy with synths, organ, electric piano and a drum machine. He plays themes from movies and stuff and, unfortunately, sings, too. However, there are also a couple of original (instrumental) compositions, which are supposedly interesting.
Kinamets (2008) (EP)
Water Computing (2010)
Show Fades (2011)
Music For L.A.D. (2012)
Delta Whan (2013)
Digest 54 (2013)
Music For Solo Sympathizer (2014)
Cray is experimental analog synth artist Ross Healy whose music runs a gamut of styles from techno-related to Berlin School-like.
Reflections From the Inner Light
From Earth To Mars (2005)
Biospherical Imagery (2006)
Kindred Spirits (2007)
Space Time Continuum (2007)
Lost On An Island of Adventure (2008)
Twilight Shadows (2008)
In the Blink of An Eye (2009)
Words Just Get In the Way (2009)
We Live By the Machines (2010)
Berlin School / sequencer music by Stephen Humphries. Although Reflections From the Inner Light was realized via software means only, Stephen really stretches the limits of his instrumentation on this release, creating an album of well crafted Berlin School EM. "Narissa" starts with mysterious synth chords that, after a while are joined by nice lead lines. This is wondefully atmospheric and quite effective. Soon the sequences emerge that make this a classic formula Berlin School track. Very nice rhythms as well, and a haunting mellotron flute / synth combination at the end. "Dark Skies", not surprisingly, starts with dark synth drone and analogue-sounding lead line, soon joined by effects and synth pads. Slowly the rhythm / sequence elements take over, making this an edgy and stomping EM number. Got my toe tapping to this one. The track is finished off by threatening bass synth lines. The next cut is "Touching the Void". Again, we hear a dark introduction and a haunting mellotron flute refrain. Soon after the 3 minute mark, the sequences are introduced along with a rhythm, although everything stays very atmospheric and moody. The track has got an unusual solo timbre that I found very pleasant. "Medusa" is the shortest track of the lot and is dominated by EMS-like effects and mellotron choir / synth lead / atmosphere tandem. Nice! "Surface Cotrol" is initially a major-key, cheerful track, which then becomes very urgent and exciting. One of the best compositions on the album - I really enjoyed this one, including the superb soloing. "Downside Up" - a deep introduction, with whooshing synths and processed pad sounds. But the track's main asset are the sequences, that are rich in colour and yet subtle and very effective. There's also a mellotron flute to be heard. The rhythm is relaxed, resulting in a laid-back mysterious EM track with just the right amount of rhythmic propulsion. "Kaleid" is another one of those "floating mysterious introduction-long sequencer part-mysterious ending" tracks. It's a classic Berlin School formula that always works when done with attitude, as is the case with "Kaleid". "Chasing the One" is the last track and the best composition on the entire album. Sounds different to what has come before (mellotron choir, repetitive structure, very prominent bass sequence), but that's part of its charm, I guess. It's like chasing some ship in a space convoy. Very evocative. If you enjoy the Berlin School of Electronic Music, Reflections From the Inner Light will give you more than a hour of pure listening enjoyment.
Creation VI (2009)
Pantheophania (2012) (S)
Antigravity (2013) (with Exit To Exist)
Anamnesis (2014) (with Astral & Shit)
Night Over the Black Sea (2015)
Myth About Flat World (2016)
Omnipresence (2016) (EP)
Δ (2016) (with Uhushuhu)
Russian Tour 2016 (2016)
Deus Sive Natura (2017)
See also: Tim Six
L'Altro Mondo Studios (1983)
Sometimes, at the dawn of the italo-disco era, some projects appeared that expressed influences much farther-reaching than your run-of-the-mill discotheque sound. Case in point is this band here that used to sneak in a gem of a track onto their albums mostly filled with fashionable italo beats. Their italo-disco stuff was pretty quality production for the time as far as I'm concerned but the real icing on the cake are the atmopsheric numbers that would make any EM artist proud. I don't know if it was direct prog EM influence or if they developed their style and ideas independently but here it is, the small list of their sci-fi gems: Expansion: the title track; L'Altro Mondo Studios: "The Amazing Run In the Tube". They continued to release albums after that, apparently drifting away from their EM influences (if there were any) or any "experiments" at all, opting for a slicker, pop / italo production. File under EM-related.
Occult Electronic (2018)
What the title promises. Modular explorations for the dark-minded.
Alpha Ralpha Boulevard (2013)
Clear Air Turbulence (2014)
Phase Électronique (2015)
See also: Zoltan
Technique & Rite (2017)
Weird, mutant World Music from Ghazi Barakat and Paul LaBrecque.
See also: Pharaoh Chromium
Sirius Singularity (2012) (with Thomas Rydell)
See also: Level Pi
Deep Slow Majesty (2009)
Sideral Entropy (2010)
Dark Ambient from Cordoba, Argentina.
Closing Wounds (1996)
Music For Decay (1997)
Pure Death Ambient by En Lewellyn.
Italian trio mixing dark electronics and ethnic instruments.
Moraines (2006) (with Paul Bradley)
Moraines II (2007) (with Paul Bradley)
Azazel (2009) (with Maurizio Bianchi)
Vid Vags Ande (2011) (recorded in 2007) (with Moljebka Pulse)
Dark Ambient project of Eugenio Maggi. Haunted, desolate soundscapes.
Death And Adoration (2017)
Los Angeles-based synthwave project with a touch of Progressive EM.
Letters From the Voyage (2005)
Crisium is a progressive rock band that, using two keyboardists, one pianist, one guitarist and a vocalist, mixes Electronic Music with symphonic rock stylings. Mostly instrumental.
Experimental / vocal project by one Francesca Marongiu released on the super prolific Phantasma Disques label known for its witch house releases and other related experimental musics. This one has a strong prog EM vibe overall.
Idle Worship (2017)
Escape the Dark Castle (2018) (soundtrack)
Open Submission (2018)
Brother, Sister (2011) (S)
The Mars Quarter (2011) (S)
Vagina Sword (2012) (S)
Mermaids of Jadransko (2012) (S)
Mercure (2012) (S)
The World (2013)
Sister (2014) (S)
Caviar Glowing (2014) (S)
Genitalia Garden (2014)
The Wild Palms (2014)
Love Means Taking Action (2016)
Live At Lougheed House (2016)
Finding People (2017)
Body of Water (2018) (S) (with Varg)
Hybrid lo-fi industrial / noise / ambient project of Loke Rahbek. There are some spacier, synthier moments seemingly inspired or influenced by Electronic Prog, although that might be a mere coincidence. It's all EM-related at best.
One More Time For Stupid (2013)
The Least Likely Can Be the More Dangerous (2014)
Another EM-related project of Mark Williamson. This one is overall cheesier and more repetitive, relying on ipad apps for making music.
See also: Spaceship
Schlachthof Aufnahmen (2016) (EP)
Diverse krauty electronics from member of Stabil Elite. From melodic / wacky to the incessant motorik / disco groove of "Türkischer Tee".
See also: Stabil Elite
Soundtrack For FestivalBara (2005) (S)
Hymns For Frozen Dreams (2013)
Sountrack For An Unquiet Night (2015)
Varied ambient project of Cecco Testa.
Chaosthetic Cosmos (2015)
Interstitium + Alien Intrusion (2017)
Electronic project of Michael Sean O'Connor (his name does not sound French to me, but he is listed as a French artist in all available sources, so... I dunno). The music is close to New Berlin School, often with straight rhythms / beats and a strong psychedelic trance / goa / downtempo feel. There are also shades of synthwave. O'Connor is an official ambassador of the Korg Electribe.
Counrty Matters (1981)
Synth library records.
51.2763° N, 30.2219° E (2018)
Electronic ambience. Dramatic compositions inspired the Tchernobyl events and their aftermath in the city of Pripyat.
Crossroads Ego is Marco Bakker. Supposedly, Ambient.
The Bite of the Reptiles (2007)
Feed Meeeee!!! (2008) (EP)
The Bite of the Reptiles 2 (2010)
Varied duo of Robert Witschakowski and Nico Jagiella. The music is inspired by the world of reptiles and ranges from somber soundscapes to sharp electro rhythms and Berlin School pulsations.
Crown Invisible (1998) (EP)
Crown Invisible II (1998) (EP)
Crown Invisible - Remixes (1999)
CI 4: Cinema (2001)
Sweeping synthesizer sounds with rhythms.
Michigan-based back metal project with ambient elements. The above album consists exclusively of soundscapes.
Garden of Silence (1992)
Eternal Harvest (1995)
Romanian composer, supposedly with a new-agey style.
An Odyssey of the Spirit (1975)
Over-the-top Christian pomp-rock production from Massachusetts, and totally forgettable. However, Al Perez, the band's synth player, delivers two solo instrumental pieces for each side of the LP, that might be of interest.
Within Ruins (2013)
Inner Stasis (2014)
Nice Dark Ambient with a cinematic flair and a strong musique concrete / industrial influence. Cryobiosis is Cristian Voicu.
Polar Sleep (2018)
Arctic Ambient from Vitaly Lebukhorski and Oleg Puzan.
See also: Dronny Darko
Panic Night (2013) (S)
Erotik Maniac (2015) (S)
Tombe della Cittá (2015)
Source Code (2014) (EP)
Radiance (2015) (EP)
Havayah (2016) (EP)
Cryptik is German musician Johannes Heil. He is a techno artist but likes to include EM and / or ambient tracks on his releases. Closing tracks on both Source Code and Radiance are exactly such compositions. File under EM-related.
Crypto Tropic (2015)
Bantu Hologram (2016)
Highly experimental, warped analog electronics from François Dumeaux and Thomas Pujols. It is as if Kraftwerk decided to make music about biological processes instead of futuristic world of autobahns and robots.
Rainbow Voyagers (1983)
Beyond Form (2011)
Synthesizer duo of Michael Clay and Tom Moore that released at least one album of spacey Berlin School Electronic Music during the 1980's. The duo seems to be reformed, having released a new album in a relaxed style.
Wind Blows Through Me (2009)
Infinity Medicine (2010)
Weapons Cache (2010)
A project of Seattle-based Chris Majerus. Early works contain synthesizer drones of the darker variety. With Domain it's a shift toward rhythmic structures (most of the tracks have actual beats, although more in the style of Moroder or synthwave music than any techno).
Ambient cosmic synthesizers from this UK band consisting of Jake Stephenson (who died in 2005) and Matt Hillier.
Trago Acid Mills (2014) (S)
Becoming the Camracid (2015)
Belfast-based acid producer Robin Price. Heavily synthesized, this particular album represents a mixture of his acid / techno influences and some Prog EM elements. The slow, rhythmless and arpeggio-based tracks, like "Untitled", "Pastorale", "Mine Beneath the Sea", "Skunkworks" and "The Warmth" point in the direction of EM classics or Ambient, although they do contain a weird individual touch. Trago Acid Mills is mostly interesting for its warm EM closer, called "Hyfryd".
Silent World (2014)
All the Time (2016)
9 Easy Pieces And Other Songs (1992)
(with Martin Burlas)
Black And White Dreams (1993)
Double Flame (1997)
Slovak multi-instrumentalist, who in collaboration with fellow musician Martin Burlas has released some drifting meditative works for keyboards and guitars that have been compared to Brian Eno.
Elemental 7 (1984)
Metaphysical - The Library of Sound, Edition 1 (1993)
Chronomanic - The Library of Sound, Edition 2 (1994)
In Continuum - The Library of Sound, Edition 3 (1995)
Point Seven - The Library of Sound, Edition 4 (1998)
CTI is of course the duo of Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti. Both are former members of Throbbing Gristle and legends of industrial music. I chose to be selective and included only their purely (or predominantly) ambient works in the discography, because pop music is not really EEM's focus, even if it's a very adventurous type of pop music and, yes, even if it's done with electronic instruments.
Woodland Walk (2016)
A mixture of analog electronics and acoustic instruments in hauntology / children music / library vein. A project of Victoria Wilson.
Lon Cudy is known as a Dweller At the Threshold contributor. This is his solo release. The style is not known.
How & When It Feels Okay (2016)
A mixture of ambient floaters and relaxed sequencer numbers ("Panchestron" is especially good) from this Detroit-based musician.
Chapter One - The Beginning (2005)
Sequence of Events (2006)
Energetic / dark sequencers and guitars.
Cultural Fog (2019)
Cultural Fog II (2019) (S)
Synthesizer trio of Claire Cirocco, Emily Roll and Fred Thomas.
Aphorisms Insane (1980)
Electronic Music in the style of Tangerine Dream. The three members of the band were Gerhard Lisy, Karl Kronfeld and Walter Heinisch.
See also: Bizarre Ko.Ko.Ko
Dances - Music From Faust (1986)
Terminus (1987) (soundtrack)
Irish-born minimalist / avant-garde composer residing in London. Dances is a rare cassette release with music commissioned by a dance company and supposedly features some interesting electronic arrangements. Further investigation is needed.
La Deriva del Tutto (2016)
Definitely influenced by progressive rock, EM and kraut bands of the 1970's, Fabio Cuomo from Genoa sculpts long tracks with synth drones, doomy guitars and some percussion. There are also symphonic, piano-dominated moments.
Under the Fig Tree (2010) (recorded in 1970 - 1972)
Alvin Curran is an American composer working in such areas as minimalism, modern classical music, electroacoustic, free improvisation and more. Ex-member of Musica Elettronica Viva, he has a successful solo career as well. His material is generally pretty far removed from the prog EM aesthetic and as one of those artists who have quite an extensive discography, it is pretty hard to research everything and find relevant material within. An obvious candidate is this album of archive recordings, though. Especially the first track, with its bird recordings and gentle VCS3 arpeggios is interesting, reminding a bit on early German EM (not the darker stuff like Zeit, but rather the more pastoral and meditative landscapes painted by Cluster during their "Forst period"). Further investigation is needed.
See also: Musica Elettronica Viva
Enter the Dream (1997)
UnderCURRENTs (2005) (recorded in 1989 - 2003)
The Dream Cabinet (2006)
Current is Robert Solheim. Rhythmic music with subtle melodies. Not retro.
The Grey Area (1985)
This album by a well-known progressive rock band can be considered as slightly EM-related. The short "Ultra-Vivaldi" is an accelerating Wendy Carlos-styled rendition, created by keyboardist Francis Monkman on the giant EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer. "Whose Shoulder Are You Looking Over Anyway?" is another experimental track, focusing on the vocalist's voice processed by a vocoder.
See also: Monkman, Francis
Mineral Wash / Indigo
Prismatic / Loomstate (2016) (S)
Vast And Infinite (2017)
Austin, Texas-based artist (real name-Peter Tran) with an analog style based on the sounds of modular synths. Ranges from spacey ambient drift to Berlin School-ish sequencer overload (as on "Lost In Dying Format" and "Sine Qua Non", for example), to Terry Riley-like organ meditations.
January Tape (2016)
Instrumental ambient / electronic album from this indietronica band.
Intense, dark soundscapes.
Lumbar Fist (2016)
Cable Mounds (2017)
Ambient alias of Dutch experimental artist Richard van Kruijsdijk.
Cuidad de Tonos Lejanos (1983)
Cutaia Melero (2014) (with Daniel Melero)
Carlos Cutaia is an Argentinean keyboardist and former member of progressive rock band La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros. On his solo work he, naturally, shows his affinity for various keyboard instruments. Ciudad de Tonos Lejanos is an instrumental jazz fusion / progressive rock work. Not EM for the most part (although with nice keyboards, including lots of synthesizers), bar the (unfortunately) short electronic closer "Gymnopedies L". On Orquesta, though, he teamed up with Daniel Melero and took a complete turn towards the electronic side. It's not exactly prog EM (or at least, not entirely), and can be more precisely described as electropop. However, it seems to be very influenced by Kraftwerk (circa Computerwelt) and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Cutaia Melero is their more diverse electronic reunion album.
Gates of the Universe (2006)
Illinois-based artist who composes instrumental music as well as musicals and other vocal works. Gates of the Universe is an album of cinematic compositions, some of them rhythmic, others ambient and melodic.
Positive Movement Muzak / New Age Synthesis (1981)
Tropical Desire (1987)
Obscure Dutch synth project from the 1980's.
Moonscapes: How Stones Become Enlightened (2000)
Intercepted Transmissions (2001) (with Matt Borghi)
Unique ambient soundscapes.
Abstract Air (2003)
Scientists In the Trees (2004)
Our Wizards of Earth (2008)
Mostly Ambient. CyberCHUMP is the project of Mark G. E. and Jim Skeel. There are other albums from this project, most of them representing a mixture of ambient soundscapes and glitchy rhythms / ethnic structures. Abstract Air is beatless and atmospheric.
See also: Short-Term Memory
The Dark Plane (1988)
Cybernation was a project of one James Rewucki. The LP, released privately in Manitoba, alternates between vocal progrock songs (ala Pink Floyd) and instrumental electronic material with more than a hint of spacey, driving and sequencer-based Tangerine Dream style. Not bad and sadly unknown.
Music with an early Neuronium feel.
Remembering Tomorrow (2008)
Cybertron is a project of Richard Scott who's been around for some years now. He was actually one of the pioneers of synthesizer music and utilized modular moogs to craft his own compositions already in the early 1970's. In 1978, Richard was hired by the planetarium which is now known as Sharpe Planetarium. His instrumental electronic compositions attracted the attention of planetarium's director and, subsequently, Richard worked as planetarium composer, using an ARP 2500, an ARP 2600, two minimoogs and a Moog modular. The director thought that Richard's otherworldly music fit perfectly into his space shows and the latter was able to generate a tremendous number of sounds from his modulars and other analogue gear. After this successful period, Richard sold his gear and dropped out of music business for several years. Recently, he resurfaced again and released Remembering Tomorrow, an album of driving, pompous Electronic Music in the style of Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Synergy and ELP. He made use of two Dotcom modulars and several other digital synths and workstations.
Hits, Bits & Ooops (1978 - 1979)
Three Friends (1978 - 1986)
Young Blood... ...Old Farts (1979 - 1984) (with Helmut Jungblut)
Classic synthesizer excursions. Cyborg was formed in Berlin, 1976, and their influences include Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Robert Schroeder. The line-up for Improvisationen was Norbert Brauer, Lutz Bojasch, Klaus Eitzen, Henry Trapp and Klaus Schoenberg.
Observations II (2017)
Sunday Night At the Total
Parameters of Infinity (2015) (S) (recorded in 1978)
The Australian cosmonauts Steve Maxwell Von Braund and Geoff Green, sometimes helped by Gil Matthews and Mark Jones. The group was formed in 1975. Their music should appeal to fans of Tangerine Dream and Ashra. Sequential space electronics with real drums with wild sax solos on some tracks. Essential listening.
See also: Maxwell Von Braund, Steve
Live At Den Elder (2017)
A pseudonym of Jovica Storer.
New Death Order (2000)
Alpha Omega (2002)
Trivial Pleasures (2003)
Deja Vu (2008) (recorded in 2001)
Music For Stockmarkets (2008)
TimeBank (2009) (recorded in 2003 - 2007)
Sci-Fi Music (2010)
The Invisible Hand of Market (2014)
Cycle (2010) (S)
Ambient from Jannick Schou.
Phonema Sacrata (2006)
Post Mortem Investigations (2010) (with Vintage H)
Ambient soundscapes by Stanley Swinkels.
Elver Season (2018)
Ocean Seed (2018) (S)
Subtle, droning Ambient.
Nothing Lasts (1998)
Isle of Wyrms (2007)
Asleep Amongst the Trees (2008)
Cypress Rosewood is a pseudonym of Tony Gerber.
See also: Gerber, Tony
Atlantic Treasure (2016)
The above album contains re-recorded versions of cinematic and gently sequenced electronic tracks originally composed and recorded from 1994 to 2002. There are some spoken word parts.
Deep Sea Explorer (2004)
Rhythmic and floating Ambient compositions by Phil Riches (from Gillingham, England). A track from the second album also appeared on Databloem's sampler Collection 2: Moving (2003) (read review). Deep Sea Explorer is an amalgam of electronic sounds, aquatic atmospheres and subtle rhythmic grooves. "The Descent" features dark sounds, whooshes, subtle twittering and various other unidentifiable sounds. A rhythmic throb can be heard that never dominates. Mysterious pads take over and it all becomes very moody. "Crossing the Plains Part 1" starts with pads and effects before a slow rhythm is introduced. Very atmospheric stuff. I like the synth programming on this one - great sounds. The sound quality is superb as well. Part 2 of "Crossing the Plains" pretty much continues where the previous track left off, with faster and more prominent rhythms and some beepy sequences. "Frontiers" starts with high-pitched sounds and synth effects. Then a simple sequence enters the stage but it all remains very atmospheric and somewhat deep, albeit with a bright, optimistic bend. Wonderful, dreamy music. Some experimental textures give a certain edge to the track and help keeping things interesting throughout. The sequence fades away only to re-emerge a couple of seconds later. The initial high-pitched sounds return as we segue into "Pulsing Colours". A strange bass line and some effects is pretty much all we hear for a few seconds, before more effects and sounds are intruduced, together with an unusual fast-paced sequence and atmospheric textures. "Cool Breeze" is the best track on the album - I wish it was longer. Those atmospheres together with a simple but great sequencer line really work for me. The track sounds very berlinish. "Elumina" is a sparse affair, but pretty atmospheric. Lots of beepy sounds and subtle rhythms on this one. "Reflections" continues with its bright, simple and prominent sequence that is joined by the atmospheres and another, lower-register sequence. It's an excellent track and very evocative. "Wilderness" continues with same jaw-dropping atmospheric sounds that first appeared in the previous track - excellent! "At the Surface" is a long closing track, that features a recurrent rhythmic throb that becomes home for all manner of dolphin-like sounds, effects, beeping and bleeping synths & suchlike. The voyage is over. There is a number of underwater-themed EM albums out there, and Deep Sea Explorer ranks up with the very best. Phil managed to express a highly individual vision with his skillful synth programming and by avoiding the obvious and injecting a fair bit of experimentation and sense of discovery in his work. A highly recommended listen!
Quite experimental electronics with plenty of atmospheres and a bit of sequencing. Cytrus is Tatu J. Lund.
People the Sky (1969)
Made with Buchla modular system.
Mind In Transit (2014)
Black Point (2015) (S)
A mixture of darkish, noisy and droning synth compositions and dramatic melodic material. A project of Aaron Zernack.
Plight & Premonition (1988) (with
Flux + Mutability (1989) (with David Sylvian)
Moving Pictures (1993)
La Luna (2000)
Czukay (1938 - 2017) was bassist of the group Can. He released many solo albums, some of which have not much to do with Electronic Music. I have his latest collaborative effort with U-She and it struck me as weak effort by Czukay to make "intelligent" techno music, while U-She sings on top of Holger's rhythms that often work as the basis of compositions, with not so many elements apart from the rhythm itself. A poor sound, I must add, although I'm sorry to say so. Well, maybe it has something to do with my personal taste, so I recommend you to check it out if you are interested in unusual forms of techno (the album is called The New Millennium). There are other works, though, that may be of interest to lovers of classic forms of Electronic Music, or progressive electronic, to define it more specifically. Moving Pictures is mainly Eno-like ambience, while La Luna may appeal to those who like early 90's Schulze. I have yet to hear these works to write a more detailed overview. There are also two collaborative works with David Sylvian. Both feature relaxing Ambient.
Varied ambient compositions from Artyom Y. Alekseev.