Index

 

D.Å.R.F.D.H.S. (Sweden)

Dard Å Ranj Från Det Hebbershålska Samfundet (2013)
Mjöldryga (2014)
Förintelsen & Döden (2014)
Det Stora Oväsendet (2014)
In the Wake of the Dark Earth (2015)
Killing Is No Murder! (2015)
Mörkret, Kylan, Tystnaden & Ensamheten (2015)
Persuasion (2015) (S)
Leave of Absence (2015)
Förensligandet (2016)

Crossover project by Michel Isorinne and Varg. The basis of their sound is Dark Ambient. However, there's a touch of techno in some of the tracks, as well as that of noise. And, finally, there is a prog EM flavor running through their catalogue, culminating with In the Wake of the Dark Earth, apparently inspired by the founder of the Rurik dynasty and a work that will be enjoyed by fans of both Dark Ambient and the moodier and experimental forms of EM.

See also: Isorinne, Michel, Varg.

 


D Sound (Hungary)

Kisember (2002)
Balkan (2005)

Mixture of instrumental guitar and Electronic Music with some vocal progrock songs. Influences include Oldfield, Pink Floyd and others.

 


D. Towärds (Russia)

Spade (2016)
Homesick (2016) (with Nissan Groove)

Unlikely mix of murky techno numbers and darkish ambient synth floaters.

 


D.W.B. (Germany)

Andalusien Steps (2004)
Don't Stop Dreaming (2013)
Review One - The Last Ten Years (2013) (recorded in 2004)
Clouds (2014)

The project of Rocco Müller. I think the music is a mixture of Berlin influences and ethnic touches. D.W.B. stands for Dancing With Balthazar.

 


Daal (Italy)

Disorganiorigami (2009)
Destructive Actions Affect Livings (2011)
Echoes of Falling Stars (2011)
Echoes (2012) (EP)
The Call of the Witches (2012) (EP)
Dodecahedron (2012)
Dances of the Drastic Navels (2014)

Daal is hybrid progressive rock / electronic duo of Davide Guloni (drums) and Alfio Costa (keyboards) from Lombardia. Alternatively, they can be considered a progressive rock band with a strong electronic influence. Speaking of influences, they seem to be informed by Pink Floyd, Goblin and Tangerine Dream in varied proportions. As their electronic moments are scattered throughout their discography, I included all of their releases, as pretty much every one of them has something for EM fans.

 


DAC Crowell (USA)

Harmundum (2003)
Red-Shifted Harmonies (2003)
SPCTR (2003)
The Mechanism of Starlight (2003)
DAC Crowell / Kurt Doles (2004) (with Kurt Doles)
A Retrospective of Works By DAC Crowell (2004) (recorded in 1983 - 2004)
Mercury (2005) (with Kurt Doles)
The Sea And the Sky (2005)
Sferica (2006)
Within This Space (2007)

Ambient composer and founder of Suilven Recordings. A lot of his music is on a sampler CD-R released by that label. Read my review of that sampler here.

See also: Lvxus, Ozma.

 


Dada (Japan)

Jyo (1978)
Dada (1978)
Joheki (1979)
Castle Wall (1994) (recorded in 1979 - 1980)
Rapa Nui (2014)

Electronic duo of Mutsuhiko Izumi and Kenji Konishi who play synths and e-guitar, like the Japanese Fripp & Eno (the latter's got a credit in the liner notes to their first album). Also comparable to Heldon, Pinhas and such. After Dada, Mutsuhiko Izumi played in After Dinner and Kennedy.

 


Dada Centauri (Canada)

I (2012) (S)
II (2013)
III (2013)

Experimental synth duo composed of Whitney Ota and Andrew Hume. Sometimes noisy, sometimes cosmic and vaguely melodic, but almost always Prog EM-related sound.

See also: Yankee Yankee

 


Dada Lives (UK)

Footsteps Overhead (2002)

Atmospheric project of Darren Tate (Ora) & Colin Potter.

See also: Ora, Potter, Colin, Monos.

 


Dadacomputer, The (UK)

The Dadacomputer (1981)

A duo of Mark Phillips and Robert Lawrence that released this one album on cassette. In 2013, it was re-released on the Vinyl-On-Demand label as a 2-LP set, adding some previously unreleased material as well as solo tracks from Phillips and Lawrence. The music can be described as "Kraftwerk aesthetics circa Computer World taken to the extreme". Will be enjoyed by fans of minimal synth and, naturally, Kraftwerk.

See also: Lawrence, Robert

 


Daevine (USA)

Beyond the Cloudline (2003)

Ambient music by Michael Allison aka Darshan Ambient and Jourdan Laik (Paradisaic).

See also: Darshan Ambient, Paradisaic.

 


Daghraven (Belgium)

#1 (2016)

Dramatic, dark soundscapes.

 


Dahlia's Tear (Turkey)

Harmonious Euphonies For Supernatural Traumas Mesmerising Our Existence In Radient Corpuscle Galaxies (2005)
My Rotten Spirit of Black (2007)
Under Seven Skies (2007)
Dreamsphere (2011)

Mystic Ambient / Dark Space by Anil Emre Dedoglu.

 


Dallas Acid (USA)

Original Soundtrack (2016)

Rich, cosmic analog synth compositions with more than a hint of Klaus Schulze from this trio (Christian Havins, Linda Beecroft and Michael Gerner) out of Austin, Texas. Some wordless female vocalizations and even some signing.

 


Dallwitz, Burkhard (Australia)

Archon: Ambient Volume One (??)
Worlds Apart (1996)

German-born soundtrack composer based in Melbourne. He released a few original works on the defunct Archon label, some of them in ambient style.

 


d'Almeida, Jos (Portugal)

Awaken (2014)
Aether (2016)

Rich, melodic, orchestal electronics similar to Vangelis.

 


Damon, Lorq (USA)

Journey To the Land of Forgotten Dreams (1974)

Recorded in 1972 and released a couple of years later, Lorq Damon's Journey... is a concept work of sorts, a private release out of Milwaukee with long, dreamy / experimental electronic tracks created with just a minimoog and tapes. At times similar to very early Klaus Schulze and other pioneering electronic works.

 


Damselfly (UK)

Fructidor Fall (2016) (EP)

Damselfly is Darren James Holloway who makes rhythmic / melodic music influenced by krautrock and to a lesser extent post-rock, downtempo and IDM.

 


D'Ancey, Graham Philip (UK)

Alluma (1983)
Freedom / False Prophet (1983) (S)
The Sacred Project (2008) (recorded in 1980) (S)

London-born musician currently residing in France. He is considered a minimal synth artist. However, the bulk of his output is instrumental. Also, I think that the progressive EM influences are as strong (if not stronger) in his music as the minimal synth ones. Case in point is Alluma, his obscure instrumental LP from 1983. There is a re-recorded version available of this work. However, it features completely re-worked music with acoustic and ethnic instruments, as the master tapes of the original are sadly, and apparently, lost.

 


Danger In Dream (Austria)

Entrance (2001)

A Tangerine Dream clone, presumably one of the better ones. Danger In Dream are Robert Wittek and Alexander Guelfenburg who is also the man behind Hybrid Machine.

See also: Wittek, Robert, Hybrid Machine.

 


Dangers, Jack (UK)

Music For Planetarium (2008)

Atypical album from the Meat Beat Manifesto matermind, comissioned by the T.I.T. Planetarium of Budapest. While most of his solo endeavours followed a rhythmic, dub-influenced formula, here the agenda is cosmic drones and weird samples. Recommended to fans of Dark Space and other forms of ambient expression.

 


Daniel & Booth (UK)

Pollard/Daniel/Booth (2009) (with Brendan Pollard)
September 2009 Jams (2009) (with Brendan Pollard)
Live 26.09.2009 (2009) (with Brendan Pollard)
Pollard/Daniel/Booth Vol.2 (2010) (with Brendan Pollard)
Pollard/Daniel/Booth 3 (2010) (with Brendan Pollard)
Pollard/Daniel/Booth IV (2010) (with Brendan Pollard)
Mutiny (2010)
Live At Awakenings (2010) (with Brendan Pollard)

Michael Daniel and Phil Booth is a duo that stays firmly in the Berlin School camp.

See also: The Grey Encounter, Booth & Creek.

 


Danna, Mychael (Canada)

Elements (1979)
The Electronic Orchestra (1980)
Planets, Stars and Galaxies (1988)
Mars: the Journey Begins (1988)
Sirens (1991)
Skys (1992)
Exotica (1994) (soundtrack)
A Celtic Tale (1996) (with Jeff Danna)
The Sweet Hereafter (1998) (soundtrack)

One of the relatively well-known Ambient composers. Has collaborated with Tim Clement and those albums are usually easier to get than his solo works. The Electronic Orchestra contains classical pieces played by a synthesizer ensemble. It seems that Mychael has scored a ton of soundtracks since the early 1990's. I am not sure if they have anything to do with electronics, so most of them are out of the list.

See also: Danna & Clement

 


Danna & Clement (Canada)

Danna & Clement (1977)
A Gradual Awakening (1983)
Summerland (1985)
Another Sun (1986)
North of Niagara (1995)
Waterhaven (2001) (with Stephen Bacchus)
Wilderness Mysterium (2002) (with Stephen Bacchus)

Quite good Ambient compositions from well-known masters of the genre. The first album is also known as "The White Album".

See also: Danna, Mychael

 


Danniielle (Australia??)

Outside the Cube (??)
Glimpses of Id (2001)

Ex-Mother Venus. Outside the Cube is an analog synth work.

See also: Mother Venus

 


Dao Khan (Germany)

Dao Khan (2012)

Tribal Ambient / World Music duo of Jörg Holik and Marcus Wichmann. Tribal percussion, synths, didgeridoo and vocalizations.

 


Dapnom (France)

De Profundis (2004)
0 (2005)
Black Abstract Expressionism (2005) (S)
Dvoerskreb (2005) (S)
Ert Bvrueazv (2005) (S)
Regwoisvokwos Gwhenmi Welminti (2005) (S)
Actes Prealables (2006)
Melenoiserkwos (2006) (S)
Verklart Nacht (2006)
Baalberith, Master of the Alliances (2007) (S)
Makai (2007) (S)
Explosition II (2010)
Paralipomenes A La Divine Comedie (2011)

Black Ambient from someone who calls himself Meldhkwis and who is also known for his other projects Aymrev Erkroz Prevre and Etmenns Derokwis. A very lo-fi sound, with several layers of drones, various obscure sounds, treated loops and noisy bits. The project is defunct.

 


D'Aram, Philippe (France)

Les Héroïnes du Mal (1979) (S) (soundtrack) (with Olivier Dassault)
Fascination (2012) (recorded in 1979) (S) (soundtrack)

Both of these releases feature some electronic stuff, Les Héroïnes du Mal being rhythmic and melodic, while Fascination features a more mysterious blend of orchestral and electronic music (with some theremin-like leads).

 


Darcey, Glen T. (USA)

Ambiata (2008)

Californian synthesist and sound programmer with his own vision of ambient music.

 


Darcman (Belgium)

Cycle (1980) (S)

Darcman is in fact Marc Moulin, a jazz musician and future member of electro-pop band Telex. On this single, containing music written for a TV series, he is helped by his Telex colleague Dan Lacksman. The music on side A is easy-listening but with a nice synth sound. The flip I know nothing about at the moment.

 


Dari, Luciano (Italy)

Wajd (1989)

Luciano Dari is a composer and the founder of Musica Maxima Magnetica label, known in the industrial / experimental circles. Wajd will be of interest to fans of Ambient.

 


Darius (Canada)

Ergosphere (2011)
Framedrag (2016)

One of the countless projects (and a virtual character) of Renard Queenston from Ontario, a diverse electronic artist. Some of the material released under the Darius moniker will be of interest to EM fans. I will try to list these releases here.

 


Dark Ages (Ukraine)

Twilight of Europe (2005)
A Chronicle of the Plague (2006)
The Tractatus de Hereticis et Sortilegiis (2011)
Rabble, Whores, Usurers (2013)

Dark Ambient from member of Hate Forest.

 


Dark Enigma (UK)

Mindmaps (??)
Antithesis (1989)
Claustrophobia (1989)
Revelation (1991)
Surrealism (1991)
Visions of Heaven And Hell (1991)
Fields of Amber (??) (with Mental Anguish)

Dark Enigma is the moniker of Birmigham-based musician Mitch Rushton who uses a variety of synths to create his compositions that range in style from ambient floaters to rhythmic cosmic sequencer pieces.

See also: Rushton, Mitch

 


Dark Matter (Germany)

Scenes (2012)
How Cold Is the Sun (2013)

Dark soundscapes from Dortmund.

 


Dark Matter (USA)

Seeing Strange Lights (1996)
Dark Matter II (1998)

Ambient music released by Helios Creed (ex-Chrome) on Hypnotic label.

 


Dark Revolutionary Collective (Japan)

Ankokukakumei Kyodotai (1978)

Early project of Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple) with him on synthesizers & percussion and two other members Kawagishi Tetsushi and Yasuo Iwaki on percussion also. This project later gave birth to Baroque Bordello. The guys are just dabbling with electronics here but it's still of historic interest.

See also: Kawabata, Makoto, Baroque Bordello.

 


Dark Water Memories (Hungary)

Dark Mirrors From the Moon / Lamm (1998)
Black Coal Self (2000)
The Rejuvenation Ballet (2007)

Dark Ambient from Matolcsy Kalman. The project started as a folk-inspired ensemble and some of the early albums are not included in the discography.

 


Darkened Soul (USA)

Dreamscapes (2002)
Seasons of Dark And Light (2005)
Bathys (2008)

Dark Ambient from Michael Soucy.

 


Darkhalf (UK)

51st Room (2004)
Lore (2007)
Moon Through Dark Trees (2014)

Varied soundscapes from David Dilliway, mostly of the bleak and cosmic variety. Aka Dark Half.

See also: Cosmonauttransfer

 


Darklion (France)

Nano Chapter 4 (1999) (with Döktor Strange)
Optical Spheres (1999)
Planetarium (2002)
Concert de Lumieres (2004)
The Music Within (2005)

French synthesist.

 


Darkmood (USA)

When Time Ends (2016)

Varied, cinematic electronic project of Illinois-based Steve Montgomery.

 


Darkness And Silence (Poland)

The Traumatization And Torture of the Victim (2009)

Darkness And Silence is the project of Polish artist Mateusz Jedrzejczak who works within the domains of Dark Ambient, industrial, noise and experimental techno. This release is Dark Ambient. Previously there were lots of albums released in the digital format (mp3 files).

 


Darkness Enshroud (USA)

Winter of Sorrow (1993)
Ancient Kingdoms (1994)
Unveiled Ghostly Shadows (1996)
Totentanz (2001)
Antitrinity (2017)

Doom / Black Ambient from member of Black Funeral (Michael Ford).

See also: Valefor

 


DARKPYRAMID (UK)

Cytherea Somniare (2015)
New Humans (2016)

Vaporwave project that occasionally ventures into ambient territory. On this particular album (Cytherea Somniare) the ambient element is especially strong, as about half of the tracks (or more) are completely ambient.

See also: Subaeris

 


Darkside (UK)

Green Cathedral (1987)

Music in the style of Tangerine Dream from this Scottish duo of Joe Donnelly and Maurice Richardson (both members of Altres).

See also: Altres

 


Darks Pandemonium (USA)

The Black Noize Project (2001)
Detritus Experimentus (2001)

A project of Gunnar N. What I've heard so far sounded like quite good Black Ambient, a little reminscent of Endura at places.

 


D'Armagnac, Johanna (???)

The Art of Synergy (1983)

Obscure library record on the rare Dutch MML label. This album features atmospheric electronic pieces performed on the early digital Synergy synthesizer.

 


Darmin (Australia)

Osheannia - Legend of the Golden Dolphin (1987)

New agey, melodic and relaxing music with lots of flutes and nature sounds from a mysterious musician residing in New South Wales, Australia. This album was released in 1987 and re-released on IC label four years later.

 


Darre, Christian (France)

Daybreak (1981)

Ex-Wooden Ear keyboardist. He released at least one LP of Electronic Music.

 


Darshan Ambient (USA)

Safe (1997)
Skyful of Bliss (1998)
The End of Days (1999)
Selfless (1999)
Autumn Light (2000)
The Dream Pool (2001)
Providence (2001)
Darshan Ambient (2001)
Selected Works Vol.1 (2002)
Selected Works Vol.2 (2002)
Selected Works Vol.3 (2002)
Zen Master's Diary (2002)
Autumn's Apple (2004)
Re:Karma (2005)
From Pale Hands To Weary Skies (2008)
A Day Within Days (2010)
Dream In Blue (2011)
Falling Light (2012)
Little Things (2013)
Songs From the Deep Field (2014)
Fire Light (2016)
Lingering Day: Anatomy of A Daydream (2017)

Darshan Ambient is the alias of electronic musician Michael Allison who works mainly within the Ambient paradigm. I have Selected Works Vol.3 which is a must for Eno fans. Very good calming and relaxing music. Also comparable to Tim Story with its use of gentle piano notes.

See also: Daevine

 


Darsombra (USA)

Ecdysis (2006)
Deliriums & Death (2007) (S)
Eternal Jewel (2008)
Climax Community (2012)

Ambient project from Baltimore with a heavy Doom influence.

 


Darwinsbitch (USA)

Ore (2009)
Steel Hum (2009) (S)

Marielle Jakobsons under a pseudonym.

See also: Jakobsons, Marielle V, Date Palms.

 


DAS (UK)

Earthdeath (1980)

This is the early incarnation of Radio Massacre International (Steve Dinsdale, Duncan Goddard and Gary Houghton) under a different name. The Earthdeath cassette is also known as "Das 1".

See also: Radio Massacre International, Dinsdale, Steve, Goddard, Duncan.

 


Das Blaue Palais (Germany)

Welt am Draht (2016)

Dusseldorf School project of Jochen Oberlack, mostly along the lines of Neu! / La Dusseldorf / Michael Rother.

 


Das Mysterium In Grau (Switzerland)

Reise Durch den Inneren Raum (2000)
Zora's Träume (2003)

Ambient synthesizer proejct of a guy who would later go on to compose techno / electro music as Elektrobopacek.

 


Das Organisierte Chaos (Germany)

D.O.C. (1983)
Chaos Pop & Cosmic Boogie (1984)

Dierk Leitert's parallel project to his main band Circles. It is said to be more rock-oriented but I suppose (my guess, don't quote me on that) that there is also some interesting EM-related material here.

See also: Circles

 


Das Zeichen (Germany)

Aufgewacht (1999)
Church o.e.o. (1999)
The Apsara Tapes (2003)
Loss (2004)

Dirk Schlomer's band that is said to resemble a mixture of 70's German style and tribal / ethnic musics. With the participation of Mathias Grassow.

 


Dashow, James (USA)

Oedipus Orca (1977) (soundtrack)

Although US-born, James Dashow gained fame while working in Italy as one of the pioneers of computer music in the 1970's. The bulk of his output will be enjoyed by fans of academic electronics, but the above soundtrack is a different beast altogether. Here, he created a more accessible sound and, interspersed between some jazzy pieces (not related to EM) are some melodic electronic ballads in a very European style (some French EM composers come to mind) and one piece in the aforementioned academic electronic mould (the closer). The best stuff from the film, though, is "Titoli" a piece of cerebral, proggy electronics reminding on Heldon (could be an outtake from Electronic Guerilla). Sadly, and quite regrettably, it does not seem to be included in the original soundtrack album.

 


DASK (Denmark??)

Electron Utopia (2017)
Messages (2017)

A mixture of classic Berlin School and more atmospheric / ambient tracks.

 


Datapop (Sweden)

Pop (2017)

Swedish project heavily influenced by Kraftwerk. They cover all basic Kraftwerk styles, from 1974's Autobahn to Computerwelt.

 


Date Palms (USA)

Of Psalms (2010)
Honey Devash (2011)
The Dusted Sessions (2013)

Experimental duo of Gregg Kowalski and Marielle Jakobsons from Oakland, California. They sit somewhere between psychedelic rock, drone, Ambient and World Music. A lot of it is guitar-based but then again, there's a lot of electronics, too and a raga rock / Popol Vuh feel. Especially Honey Devash will be interesting for EM fans.

See also: Jakobsons, Marielle V, Darwinsbitch.

 


Daum, Norbert (Austria)

New Opera Wave (1985)

This album contains electronic interpretations of classical works.

 


Dauner, Wolfgang (Germany)

Changes (1978)

Solo album by this avant-garde jazz musician. Curiously, apart from track list and credits, there is no online information whatsoever about this work, no reviews, no samples, nada. Considering that Wolfgang is not the most obscure name in German jazz / krautrock, I find this fact quite notable and hard to explain. However, as he had already flirted with electronics on his Output album (1970), and because of the fact that on Changes he plays, apart from piano, EMS Synthi 100 and Oberheim 4-Voice synthesizers, I decided to give it a go and include this work in EEM. More investigation is needed.

See also: Et Cetera

 


Dauwd (UK)

Theory of Colours (2017)

Described as a mixture of Ambient and deep house, the only track on Theory of Colours that sounds to me like it's directly related to any EM / Ambient is the closing title track with its Manuel Goettsching-like sequencer clatter and spacey synth sounds (some of which remind on Edgar Froese's "vocoder singing" patch he used a lot circa Pinnacles). A nice track overall and deserves an inclusion.

 


Davachi, Sarah (Canada)

The Untuning of the Sky (2013)
August Harp (2014)
Neustadt / Altstadt (2015) (S)
Barons Court (2015)
Qualities of Bodies Permanent (2015)
Σ = 4 (2015) (S)
Dominions (2016)

Vancouver-based synthesizer artist who mostly works with analog machines. On one hand, Sarah's music is clearly influenced by some hardcore experimental and academic stuff. On the other hand, there is a certain (fairly strong) prog EM influence felt in her droning comositions and the use of mellotron on The Untuning... reinforces that feeling. Some stuff is a bit comparable to Zeit or Atem perhaps.

 


Davey, Alan (UK)

Captured Rotation (1996)
Bedouin (1997)
The Final Call (1999)
Chaos Delight (2000)
Al Chemical's Lysergic Orchestra (2001)
Human On the Outside (2007)
Four-Track Mind, Volume 1 (2007)
Four-Track Mind, Volume 2 (2008)
Four-Track Mind, Volume 3 (2008)
Four-Track Mind, Volume 4 (2008)
Cyber Tooth (2012)
Al Chemical's Lysergic Orchestra Vol. 2 (2013)

Hawkwind member, starting from 1984. On his solo albums there are various tracks, some of them in pure space rock vein, some spacey and electronic.

See also: Hawkwind, Psychedelic Warriors.

 


David, Kelly (USA)

Broken Voyage (2002)
Angkor (2006)
The Long Night (2014) (with Steve Roach)

Tribal Ambient. Mixed by Steve Roach.

 


David, Thierry (France)

Sensitive (1987)
Positive (1987)
Utopia (1988)
Moonbeam (1988) (with Gary Peterson)
In the Hole (1988)
Ajanta (2000)
Stellar Connection (2012)

Library electronics in rhythmic / melodic and cosmic / ambient style.

 


Davidow, Joe (USA)

Continuity (1979)

Joe Davidow is an electracoustic composer who, although born in the USA, is more Finnish than American, beacuse of his studies in Helsinki and the fact that his career really took off after he relocated to Finland. His LP album Continuity was released on Finnish "Love records". It is a strange work that is very listenable for someone with an academic background. Sometimes it sounds like a whole jazz band (some session players lend a hand) but sometimes it becomes more minimal and electronic, with Joe taking care of piano and synthesizers.

 


Davidson, Howard J. (UK)

Discoveries Underwater (1988) (soundtrack)

Soundtrack music for BBC TV production "Discoveries Underwater". Tends towards the ambient and new-agey side of things.

 


Davidson, Marie (Canada)

Perte d'Identité (2014)
Un Autre Voyage (2015)

Singer-songwriter, poet and musician from Montreal, operating on the border between synthwave, dark techno / disco and maybe also the industrial sound. There's also a Prog EM influence in some of her material. The latter includes "Vie et Mort d'un Égo" from Perte d'Identité and many of the tracks from Un Autre Voyage (the Carpenter-like "Kidnap You In the Desert" and the slow sequencer melter "Insomnie" - quite fantastic stuff!), which is her most Prog EM-oriented work. In 2016, Marie released the much more tecnho / disco-influenced Adieu To the Dancefloor, on which the EM influences were virtually absent (hence, it is omitted from the discography). However, this extremely talented lady is certainly an artist to look out for.

 


Davidson, Peter (Sweden)

Even Darker Still (2010)
Green Moss Trail (2011)
Antenna (2016)

A mixture of ambient soundscapes (some in the style of Steve Roach) and sequencer-based electronic tracks.

 


Davies, Phil (France??)

Lagoon (??)

Electronic library record released on a French label. However, the guy's name does not sound French to me. Could be a pseudonym, though. The music is a mix of atmospheric / experimental electronics and melodic ala Jarre.

 


Davies, Robert (USA)

Sub Rosa (2006)
Garden of Twilight (2006)
Primordial (2007)
Shadow Dreams (2007)
Dawn (2008)
Geography of Memory (2008)
Gallery of Spirits (2009)
Terrestre (2009)
Pond (2010)
Whispering
Grove (2011)
The
Alchemy of Nature (2012)
Forgotten Harbors (2013)
Woodland Alcoves (2013)
What the Moon Reveals (2014)
Nightshade (2014)
Quiraing (2015) (with Blake Gibson)
Dwelling Place (2015)
River's Edge (2016)
Afterlight (2016)
Estuary (2017)

Droning, ambient soundscapes by this artist out of Pennsylvania, USA.

See also: Winterhouse, The

 


Davignon, Matt (USA)

Pink Earth (2016)

Oakland-based experimental musician who has been composing since 1993. The above album is an imaginary sonic journey that might interest fans of the more experimental forms of EM. A unique style.

 


Davis, Ken (Australia)

The Moog Symphony (1974) (S)
As the Dream Unfolds (1988)
Live! (1988)

Now, not many people know it, but this Australian new age composer was actually an Electronic Music pioneer back in the 1970's, recording his first single as early as 1974. He did more synthesizer tracks afterwards that were sadly never released but might see the light of day in the future. In the 1980's, after spending time in an innovative synth-pop duo I.Q. (not to be confused with the British prog rock collective) together with young Mars Lazar, Ken delved into the world of relaxation music. He has a huge discography that needs to be explored on the question of "EM-compatibility". Aparently, the live album has a lot of nice EM sounds.

See also: I.Q.

 


Davis, Richard (USA)

Methane Sea (1978) (S)

Pre-Cybotron solo electronics by Rick Davis. Nothing danceable here, just abstract synths and Rick's voice.

 


Davis, Ryan (Germany)

From Within (2016) (EP)

Yet another techno producer steps into the realms of Ambient with the spacey, shimmering closer "Beyar" off From Within EP.

 


Davison, Josh (USA)

Return To the Origin of the Cosmos (2014)

Modular synth enthusiast makes warm and abstract compositions that will appeal to fans of Experimental EM.

 


Davison, Peter (USA)

Music On the Way (1980)
Glide (1981)
Forest (1982)
Star Gazer (1982)
Mountain (1983)
Traces (1985)
Winds of Space (1986)

His newer stuff is just ordinary new age, but the old records (listed) have a nice fat synth sound and are probably Electronic New Age. Music On the Way was released in several editions, one of them titled Selamat Siang.

 


Davy, Roger (France)

Cosmic Sounds / China Moods (1972)
New Sound Illustration (1975)
Regeneration (1979)

One of the pseudonyms of Roger Roger. These are library LPs.

See also: Roger, Roger, Leuter, Cecil, Moon Birds.

 


Dawn Approach (USA)

Glimpse (2013) (EP)
Cosmic Interference (2013)

Dawn Approach is T. S. Hines from Virginia. He is influenced by classic EM and uses a lot of organ in both floating and repetitive (ala Terry Riley) style, coupled with synthesizers. Some of the tracks use hypnotic percussive rhythms. A very minimal sound, overall.

 


Dawn & Dusk Entwined (France)

Myth, Faith, Belief (1995)
A Leftover of Gaia (1998)
Forever War (1999)
Remergence (2003)
Untitled (2004) (recorded in 1995 - 2001)
Vanitas Vanitatum (2007)
Serpentrion (2007)
Sang Graal (2008) (with :Golgatha:)
Cathedrales de Brume (2009)
Fin de Siecle - Paris (2010) (S)
Fin de Siecle - London (2011) (S)
A l'Aube des Jours Anciennes (2011)
Fin de Siecle - Wien (2012) (S)
Archive I (2013)
Archive II (2013)

Martial Ambient by David Sabre. 

 


Dawn Projekt (Germany)

Grey September (2003)

Dark Ambient based on the events of September, 11th.

 


Dawn, The (Spain)

Dawn In the Sunset (1992)

Music by Fernando Arbex and Alfonso Fúster. The style is unknown at the moment.

See also: Arbex, Fernando

 


Dawson, Michael P. (USA)

The Brandnewbug Concertos (1994)
The Insect Garden (2015)

California-based Dawson is inspired by both Ambient / EM and progrock. His music is a strange and unique mixture of atmospheric / abstract electronic and upbeat rock-ish tracks with flashy synth solos etc.

 


Day, Aaron (Germany)

Interiors Vol. 1 (2017)

Quiet, reflective ambient compositions.

 


Day Before Us (France)

Under Mournful Horizons (2012) (with Nimh)
Autumnal Wandering (2013)
Misty Shroud of Regrets (2013)
Upon This World of Dreams (2013) (EP)
Crystal Sighs of A Broken Universe (2014)
Child of A New Light (2014) (EP)
Prélude à l'âme d'élégie (2015)
Enlightening Secrecy (2016) (EP)
Nihil Interit (2016)

Melancholic, neo-classical-tinged ambient project formed by Philippe Blache in 2011.

 


Daycan, Simon (Belgium)

Aka Simon Deken.

 


Daye, Ray Carl (Canada)

Spectral Navigator (2008)
Echoes From the Aether (2010)
Rapid Ear Movement (2012)

Ambient synthesist from Ottawa, with a sound close to that of early Brian Eno.

 


Dayflight (Germany)

In Between (2005)

Rhythmic and melodic music with some techno influences from Dieter Haerten. I hope more purely Berlin School releases will follow.

 


Daylight (Netherlands)

Man Machine (1992)
New Challenge (1992)
Revolution (1993)
Dance Zone 2002 (1993)
Dance (1997)
Cosmos (2000)
Lightyears Away (2003)

A project of Humphrey Robertson that should please all fans of Laserdance and Koto.

 


Dbkaos (UK)

Art of Sacrifice (2003)

Dbkaos is the project of Dave Hickman, combining analogue sounds with cutting-edge digital techniques. On DiN label.

 


dDamage (France)

Shinbô (Tu Seras Sumo) (2013) (soundtrack)

Indie rock / glitch hop duo of Frederik Hanak and Jean-Baptiste Hanak. The above is a diverse soundtrack with some genuine EM pieces, among other styles.

 


De Bakker, Rene (Netherlands)

Rene De Bakker (2012)
Revelation of Mystery (2013)
Returning Winds (2014)
Almost Human (2016)
Day Dream (2016)

Solo music from member of Beyond Berlin.

See also: Beyond Berlin

 


De Bruyne, Koen (Belgium)

In Kluis (1978) (soundtrack)

Jazz fusion keyboardist Koen De Bruyne released this soundtrack to a Flemmish experimental film in EM style.

 


De Deyster, Edmond (Belgium)

Selectie 01 (2006) (recorded in 1975)
Selectie 02 (2008) (recorded in 1975)

Uncovered home recordings by a Belgian recluse. In fact, Edmond De Deyster was so secretive about it that even his family was not aware that he was recording music. Nothing was released during his lifetime (De Deyster died in 1999) due to his extreme shyness. However, he left a lot of reel-to-reel tapes with no information (or track titles) other than the year of recording. Musically it's abstract solo analog synth, a bit in the vein of Conrad Schniztler, Yuri Morozov's solo synth experiments, Seesselberg and such. Only for fans of Experimental EM.

 


De Fabriek (Netherlands)

Labish Intermediaries (1989)

This album by a well-known Dutch post-industrial outfit is not typical of the band's oeuvre. Featuring Conrad Schnitzler and Mark Lane on synthesizers, it's much closer to prog EM of the "kosmische" variety, with undulating synths and lots of bleepiness.

See also: Narwal

 


De Felipe, Adrian (Spain)

Kraut Experience (??)

 


De Fries D'Albert, Beverly (USA)

Mental Sailing (1981)

Subtitled "Electronic Music Album Number 1", Mental Sailing is a rare LP issued with the help of Electronic Music Studio at the Art Institute of Chicago. It contains longs tracks made with ARP 2500 and E-MU modular synthesizers and Francois D'Albert's violin work.

 


De Gallo, Francesco (Canada)

Tones To Disappear In (2014) (S) (with Justin Wiggan)
A Certain Vastness (2014)
Dust / Outlines (2016)

See also: Hobo Cubes

 


De Jong Jr., Joost M (Netherlands)

Studies / Studies / Etudes (2017)

Synthesizer pieces influenced by the first wave of electronic musicians, including Wendy Carlos' baroque stylings.

 


De Koning, Andre (Netherlands)

Nightmares (1982)
Common Mode (1983)
Shade Pattern (??)

Minimal synthesizer music, very typical of its time.

 


De Larny, Sandy (Austria)

Sapphire (1989)

Melodic music released on Gandalf's own Seagull Music label. Guests on this album include: Robert Julian Horky - flute on one track and Gandalf - guitar on one track.

 


De Lucchi, Alessandro (Italy)

Alessandro De Lucchi (1978)

Typical Italian Electronic Music, rather minimal and repetitive. Private release.

 


De Maupeou, Godefroy (France)

La Haut les Murailles (1990)

Varied music from this keyboardist. Often new-agey or jazzy, there is also a strong ambient flair, but mostly it's grand, cinematic "orchestral" music a bit in the style of symphonic Vangelis. Mostly synths, with guests on sax, trumpet and percussion. One track recorded in 1980.

 


De Tuinen (Netherlands)

II (2010)
Minor Function (2014)
Ten Meditations (2016)

Varied electronics, mostly of experimental variety.

 


De Vreng, Rene (Netherlands)

Mure Sauvage (1990)
The Sorceress (2000)
Pandora (2002)

An admirer of Mike Oldfield, Rene De Vreng started in the early 1980's, combining guitar and synthesizers for a multilayered, symphonic sound, influenced by Oldfield's classic period (from Tubular Bells to Incantations), with maybe a touch of Vangelis. However, whereas Oldfield's music was largely acoustic / electric, De Vreng seems to use a combination of real guitar and electronic (MIDI) imitations of acoustic and folk instruments. EM-related, I think.

 


Dead Beat Project (France)

Breaking the Shell (2007)
R'Evolution (2011)
Samsara (2013)

Darkish ambient textures and slow echoing rhythms. For fans of post-2000 Klaus Schulze or stuff like Solar Moon System. Dead Beat Porject is Olivier Goyet who had previously played with UK doom metallers Esoteric and is part of the German dream pop band Dark Orange.

 


Dead Goldfish Ensemble, The (UK)

Structures & Strictures (1985)
Music For Bowls (1987)
20 000 Dead Goldfish Under the Sea (1987)
Fame And Misfortune (1987)
Reality - A Surreal Nightmare (1988)
Eye To Eye (1989)
Goldfish Fingers (1989)
Cast In Stone (1990)
Music For Pandas (1991)
Fish & Micro Chips (1991)
Listen 'Ear! (1992)
After the Goldfish (1992)

The Dead Goldfish Ensemble was a solo project of Cambridge-based Steve Hartwell who, starting from the mid-1980's and up until 1992 released several wacky tapes of electronic experimentation. In these, he would explore automatic processes in music creation by means of MIDI technology. As a result, his music is funny, minimal and repetitive.

 


Dead Melodies (UK)

Legends of the Wood (2017)

Darkish soundscapes and field recordings.

 


Deardorff, Glenn (USA)

Primordial Mariner (1998)

Space Music. Dont know how it sounds, but Steve Roach was involved in the production.

 


Dearmun, Martin (UK)

Afterlight (1990) (with Jon Palmer)
Annual Rings (??)

Jon Palmer's collaborator with his solo music. The style is not known.

See also: Drumbeg

 


Deart, Boris (Russia)

Galaxy "Pink Elephant" (1995)
665 (1996)

This artist (real name - Boris Monastyrev) mixed the melodic style of Jarre with some unique influences. On Galaxy... some tracks have a techno beat, while others have slight Laserdance vibes. There are also numbers that are awfully cheesy, so beware. Overall, it's nice music for traveling. Completely another matter is 665, though. This suite, apparently dedicated to a small plane, is nothing short of brilliant. It consists of several sections encompassing different styles, from the weird sampling / electroacoustic stuff to the spacey / melodic synth. In fact, it's hard to believe that these two albums were created by the same person - they are so different. The second album is very recommendable. Unfortunately, Boris Deart died somewhere in 2006.

 


Deathcount In Silicone Valley (UK)

Acheron (2015)
Consec (2016)

Inspired by several generations of electronic musicians, London-based Andrew Nixon uses analog synthesizers to craft darkish, monolithic and cosmic, sometimes sequencer-based electronic soundscapes that will be enjoyed by fans of early TD, Schulze, as well as those into Dark Space and even brighter forms of EM.

See also: Fragments of Space Hex

 


Deathprod (Norway)

Deep Throat Puke Orgasms (1991)
The Symbastic Structure For the Concrete / Challenge Trilogy Pt. 3: Latt Att Grinda (1994) (with Origami Arktika)
Treetop Drive 1-3, Towboat (1994)
Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha (1996)
Nordheim Transformed (1998) (with Biosphere)
Morals And Dogma (2004)
Stator (2015) (with Biosphere)

One of the better known names in Norwegian Dark Ambient, Helge Sten aka Deathprod has been crafting his own droning compositions since the early 1990's. He makes extensive use of processed samples.

See also: Supersilent

 


DeBruyn Jr., Bob (USA)

Echoes In Blue (2005)

Music played on synthesizers and electric bass by this painter / musician.

 


Deca (Italy)

Gatejox (1985)
Alkaid (1986)
Synthetic Lips (1987)
Dull Colors (1988) (S)
Oniric Warp (1988)
Claustrophobia (1989)
Estinzione (1989)
Evoluzione Notturna (1990)
Premonizione Humana (1992)
Coma Flowers (1992)
Mater Frequentia (1993)
Sodoma Vol.1 (1994)
Deceit of Time (1995)
Instinct (1995) (recorded in 1989)
Ectoplasm Transmitter (1995) (with Valmat)
Sodoma Vol.2 (1996)
Phantom (1998)
Electronauta (2000)
Simbionte (2002)
Aracnis Radiarum (2007)
Automa Ashes (2010)
Modulectron (2014) (recorded in 1984 - 1986)
Onirodrome Apocalypse (2014)
Mass (2017) (recorded in 1987 - 1988)

Deca is the musical "alchemist" (as he is known in Italy) Federico De Caroli. He has gradually moved from the spacey and melodic style reminiscent of Jarre and Tangerine Dream that dominated his early works to a more experimental sound, involving elements of industrial, noise, "musique concrete" and Dark Ambient.

See also: Argiope

 


Decamps, Francis (France)

Histoire de Fou (1979)
Folie Synthetique (1984) (S)
Vie En Positif (1990)
Epicier Marchand dRock (1993)
To You My Travellers (1995)
Hommage A Roger Comte (1997)

Mellotron-based symphonic music by ex-Ange keyboardist.

 


Decapolis (USA)

The River (1997)
2nd Flight (1999)

Decapolis is Riley Roden from Texas, USA, who makes very diverse EM, which is often quite new agey.

 


Decayes, The (USA)

Ich Bin Eine Spigelei (1978)
Not Yet (1979)
Accidental Musik (1979)
horNetZ (1981)
Ten Guitars (1983)
Aquarium (2014)

Obscure avant-garde electronic band (also known as The Decayes) that consisted of Ron Kane, Paul Sakrison, John Payne, Cameron Reid, Mike Van Winkle, Craig Smith, Rex Payne and Bill Jeffery. Quite a collective, as you can see. They use strange sounds, radio samples, voice samples, bizarre melodies in an experimental mould.

 


Decerf, Jean-Pierre (France)

Keys of Future (1978)
Action (1979) (with Gerard Zadj)
Reincarnation (1979)
Publipot (??) (with M. Baroty)
Mas alla del Terror (1980) (soundtrack)
Pulsations (1980)
Sound Space (??) (with Marc Saclays)

Library music artist who's done some cheesy stuff but also some nice sounding, easy and melodic Electronic Music in French style.

See also: Synthetic Music, Magical Ring.

 


Decibel (Mexico)

El Poeta Del Ruido (1978)
Sequencias Genéticas (2016)

Decibel are: Carlos Alvarado, Javier Baviera, Miguel Angel Nava, Carlos Robledo, Alejandro Sanchez and Walter Schmidt. They were basically a RIO band, but their first album El Poeta Del Ruido features varied instrumental tracks, some of them upbeat and quirky and some spacey and atmospheric synth-dominated workouts. The music has traces of everything from Eno and Moebius to Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd.

See also: Alvarado, Carlos

 


Decko (France)

Mythe Xero (1982)

Rather diverse album with Electronic Music. Some numbers are primarily synthetic, while others are semi-acoustic. Decko is a French visual artist and musician whose real name is Andre Baldeck.

 


Dedekind Cut (USA)

American Zen (2016)
$uccessor (2016)
The Expanding Domain (2017) (S)

American Zen is an unexpected ambient excursion from UK Bass / jungle / post-industrial producer Fred Warmsley.

 


Dedola, Gianni (Italy)

Ichnusa (1983)

 


Dee, Michael (Sweden)

Portraits (1986)

Michael Dee was a Swedish journalist who lived and worked in London. In 1983 he released his debut album, the synth-pop infused Snälltåg till himlen. His second LP, the more avant-garde and conceptual Portraits, went unnoticed by the public. However, I have some reasons to believe that it's the more interesting one, musically.

 


DeepDark (Russia)

Mystical Path (2016) (with Arctica)
Lost (2016)
Human Corrosion (2016)

Cinematic Dark Ambient project of Dmitry Vologdin.

 


Deep Chill Network (USA)

Experiments In Chill (1994)
Cyber Sleep 1 (1995)
Cyber Sleep 2 (1996)
Cyber Sleep 3 (1997)
Cyber Sleep 4 (1997)
Dreams 1 (1998)
Heart of the Tundra (1999)
Dreams 2 (1999)
Deep Freeze (2000)
Chilled-Out Funk (2000) (with SEND)
Dreams 3 (2000)
Yukon (2000)
Dreams 4 (2001)
Live At the Ambient Ping 2000 (2002)
Cyber Sleep 5 (2004)
Cyber Sleep 6 (2006)
Drones For Deep Sleep Vol. 1 (2007)
Cyber Sleep 7 (2010)
Antarctica (2010)
Drones For Deep Sleep Vol. 2 (2010)

Droning Dark Ambient with arctic atmospheres. Its either beautiful or boring, depending on what you listen to.

See also: Philips, Stephen

 


Deep Imagination (Germany)

Scapes (2005)
Gemstones (2008)
Awareness (2010)
Live At Electronic Circus Festival (2011) (S)
Carefully Kept Secrets (2017)

Deep Imagination is Thorsten Sudler-Mainz. Electronic soundscapes.

See also: Art of Infinity

 


Deep Ocean (Russia)

Gulfstream (1996)

Deep Ocean are Alexey Obraztsoff and Vadim Shagov. Traditional EM.

 


Deep Sky Divers (UK)

Natural Power (2000) (recorded in 1991 - 1994)
Momentum (2001)
Highlands And Skylands (2002)
The New Fast Lane (2003)
Incandescent (2004)

Ambient from Jon Short and David Jones.

 


Deeper Than Space (USA)

Earth Rise (1993)
Drift (1995) (with Arthur Dent)

Concept album released by Adam Douglas on Flask records (a division of Silent). Mostly drones and environmental sounds, with some subtle rhythms and arpeggios.

 


Deep-Pression (Poland)

Atlantis' Emerge (2011)
Northern Pomerania's Wasteland (2011) (EP)

Hybrid sludge / black metal / Ambient project. I will list their ambient works here. I mean, it's all pretty gloomy and ambient, but the above are not dominated by guitars and / or vocals.

 


Deepspace (Australia)

The Barometric Sea (2007)
Slow Moving Lifeforms Vol. 1 (2007)
The Barometric Sun (2007)
Subantarctic Sessions (2008)
Another Empty Galaxy (2008)
The Glittering Domain (2008)

Ambient music by Mirko Ruckels who was born in 1972 in Germany but now resides in Queensland, Australia.

 


Deepspace (Canada??)

The Alexia Beach Explorer (1995)

Not to be confused with Australian Mirko Ruckel's ambient project from the 00's, this is a more obscure formation that released one album on Hypnotic Records in 1995 with a mellow, ambient and laid-back music. Apparently it was preceded by Unearthed but I think this album was much more techno-oriented, although you never know...

 


Defever, Warren Michael (USA)

Sunship (2015)

Warm modular synth compositions akin to some Michael Stearns works (Planetary Unfolding comes to mind). Nice. Other albums of this artist supposedly are not EM-related.

 


Defled (Spain)

Hacking the Sun (2017)

A project of Mallorca-based musician whose style is rhythmic and full of sequences, between "New Berlin School" and the so-called "Balearic beat", with shades of Cluster in there as well.

 


Defraktor (Norway)

Themes For the Lunatic (2004)
Through the Archway of the Fallen (2005)
A Hole In the Void of Time Part 1 & Part 2 (2007) (S)

One of several dark atmospheric projects of Karsten Hamre.

See also: Hamre, Karsten, Veiled Allusion, Dense Vision Shrine, Museum of Transient Lights.

 


Defunct (USA??)

Aquatic Sketchbook (2016)

Aquatic Ambient.

 


Degorski, Jarosław (Poland)

Opowiesci z Krainy Fantazji (1990)
Slady Zwierzat (1992)
Ujarzmic Czas (1992)
Romantic Shcock (1993)
Hologram (1994)
Wykradajac Sny (1996)
Pulsacje (2000)
Global (2002)
Dreams (2003) (with Karol Tejchman)
Fale (2004)
Live Concert Jelenia Gora 2004 (2004)
Live Electronic Conecrt (2005)
Organix (2005)
Noc na Zamku (2008)
Tranceylvania (2009)
Other Life (2009)
Spirits of the Dust (2010) (with friends)
Last Train To Berlin (2013)
Berlin Ratusz (2014)
Chilli Zone (2016)

Polish synthesist whose music runs a gamut of styles from classic EM / Berlin School to more ambient material. Some stuff leans towards techno, so beware. Recently Jaroslaw Degorski has been known as simply "Yarek".

 


Deinse, Rob van (Netherlands)

Robland (??)

Synth music album from this late concert pianist. This one has a Roland JX8P on the cover.

 


Dejean, Daniel (Belgium)

La Belgique Vue du Ciel (1979) (soundtrack)

Soundtrack in melodic EM style typical of some French artists. This is from Belgium, though. Another comparison would be Vangelis, with an extra classical touch.

 


Dejection (USA)

Return To New York (2016)

Noise artist who released this 3-cassette series inspired by the TMNT series. Each tape features a noisy piece on side A and an ambient synth floater on side B.

 


DeJohnette, Jack (USA)

Zebra (1989)

So, you consider yourself a Klaus Schulze fan? No, not that classic 1970's Klaus Schulze, I am talking more his 1988 - 1990 period (circa En=Trance - Miditerranean Pads). Because if you like that (in general, not very popular) period of KS, you sure is a true fan. Well, maybe this period of Klaus' career is even your favorite or one of your favorites? Then, look no further. Just don't expect to hear the bombastic side of your En-Trance, Dresden Performance, Miditerranean Pads whatever. Just the subtle side. I was hesitant to include this work here, because Jack DeJohnette is of course a well-known jazz drummer. And you can hear that influence here. In fact a bit more than half of the tracks feature Lester Bowie on trumpet. Yeah, so there you have it, jazz drummer playing synthesizer (a Siel DK600 apparently) and programmed drums. At least they sound programmed to me. And that trumpet. Not to everyone's taste I guess. But I found it really good, somewhat subtle and ambient. And since there is a notorious lack of music in that style (music that reminds on Schulze circa 1987 - 1990, before the sampling completely took over), I gave it a go and I think it's fair. The music on Zebra was composed for a documentary by Japanese photographer Tadayuki Naito.

 


Dek (UK)

Earthmass (2002)

Dek is a project of Darren Elliot King. The music is a sort of a bombastic mixture of EM, choral and classical music.

 


Dekatron II (Spain)

Dekatron II (2014)
Dekatron III (2016)

A duo of Miguel A. Ruiz and Sentionaut (We Are the Hunters).

See also: We Are the Hunters, Ruiz, Miguel Angel, Sentionaut.

 


Dekker, Peter (Netherlands)

Chemistry (1990)
Time (1992)
Considerations (1993)
Close My Eyes (1995)
Sailing '94 + ONCS '97 (1997)
Loneliness (1997)
From Scratch..........To Nothing (1998)

Comatosis (2000)

One of the lesser-known Berlin School musicians.

 


Del Moro, Franco (Italy)

Incommerciabile (1981) (S)

Early italo-disco / synth-pop artist from Italy who released a few self-produced singles. This one is supposedly his more experimental and EM-related work.

 


Delay Tactics (USA)

Out-Pop Options (1982)
Any Questions? (1984)

A trio of Carl Weingarten, David Udell and Walter Whitney. Funky rhythmic electronics with guitar.

See also: Weingarten, Carl, Whitney, Walter.

 


Delayscape (Denmark)

More Disco (2010)
Dull Parties Vol. I (2014)
Dull Parties Vol. II (2014)

Although electro for the most part, Delayscape's sound includes influences of Kraftwerk and other Prog EM acts, as well as a lively feel with lots of analog synth playing. Besides, some of the tracks are rhythmless and ambient. File under EM-related. Delayscape is Flemming Kaspersen.

See also: Swimwear Catalogue

 


Delerium (Canada)

Faces, Forms And Illusions (1987)
Morpheus (1988)
Syrophenikan (1989)
Euphoric (1990) (S)
Stone Tower (1990)
Spiritual Archives (1991)
Spheres (1994)
Semantic Spaces (1994)
Spheres II (1994)
Karma (1995)
Poem (2000)
Chimera (2003)
Nuages du Monde (2006)
Music Box Opera (2012)

Delerium are mainly Bill Leeb & Rhys Fulber of Frontline Assembly. The music reminds very much of Enigma, maybe a bit more subtle. In fact, I dont understand all the fuss about Delerium at all. What Ive heard by them so far hasnt impressed me at all. It was simply boring new agey music. Cool Gothic themes are not enough to make my jaw drop in awe. And just because their albums lie in every CD store, it doesnt mean that the music is great. Nevertheless, the fact remains that many people like this music and listen to it. Maybe because of lack of other material, and the information is not there to let them know there are far better projects. Ok, tastes differ. If you really like it - go for it, but I can't recommend their latest works. The early ones are supposedly more interesting and lean more towards Dark Ambient / industrial atmospheres.

See also: Synaesthesia

 


Delerue, George (France)

Thebes Aux Cent Portes - Son et Lumiere - Temples de Karnak (1972)

I think this is some kind of a soundtrack to a documentary about (Ancient) Egypt, because Delerue (1925 - 1992) is known mainly as a soundtrack composer. Abstract, ambient sound.

 


Delfino, Franco (Italy)

Astrattismo (1979)
Araldica (1980)
Astrattismo 2 (1980)
Astrattismo 3 (1980)

Interesting and quite rare electronic library albums from this musician.

 


Delgado, José (Spain)

I - X (2016)

Bleak, minimal drones.

 


Delgado, Luis (Spain)

Planetario de Madrid - Volumen I (1994)
Planetario de Madrid - Volumen II (2001)

Liquid Space Music from this ex-member of industrial / minimal synth band Mecánica Popular. He released a lot of albums but is mostly known for his processed acoustic / ethnic music works.

 


Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society (UK)

Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society (2017)

A duo of Garry Hughes and Harvey Jones in a relaxed sequencer-based mould, with nice solos and mellotron choirs. Some tracks lean more towards Ambient.

See also: Hughes, Garry

 


Delible (USA)

Delible (2016)

Delible is a solo project of founding member (and bass player) of Jane's Addiction - Eric Avery. The style is not known at the moment but it's supposedly EM-related.

 


Delicate Features (Russia)

More Than Roses (2017)

Saint-Petersburg-based duo of Pavel Diakov and Radmila Nikogosian. They started out in sort of a ethereal wave / ambient pop mould, but soon developed a more ambient / electronic sound influenced by ethereal wave and world music / new age of artists like Enigma and Deep Forest.

 


Delicate Monster (USA)

Two Heads (2009)

Alternative name for the Art Cohen / Steve Bowman collaboration. Their first collaborative work (Available Space) was released in 1992, supposedly under their real names and then came New Listening (2007), which adopted the "Available Space" phrase as project name.

See also: Cohen, Art, Available Space.

 


Delired Cameleon Family (France)

Delired Chameleon Family (1974)

A supergroup featuring Cyrille Verdeaux, Christian Boule, Joel Dugrenot, Gilbert Artmann, Tim Blake and others. The music sounds very much like Clearlight.

See also: Clearlight, Blake, Tim, Lard Free.

 


Delirium (Mexico)

Delirium (1985)

Mexican instrumental symphonic progressive band with very heavy use of synths. Some purely electronic moments here, too, as on "Nocturno en Caminata", for example, which is driven by a sequencer / arpeggio pulse, a drum rhythm and synth / guitar soloing. Sounds like more electronic moments off Eloy's Silent Cries... or a more symphonic rock-oriented Tangerine Dream. There is also an earlier album called El Teatro del Delirio. I don't know anything about it at the moment.

 


Deliver (Poland)

Bracia Syriusza (1994)

Electronic Music from the duo of Agim Dzeljilji and Piotr Makiewicz. Produced by Tomasz Kubiak.

 


Delph (UK)

Delph (1998)

British duo. Not sure if their music can be considered EM.

 


Delrieu, Jean-Philippe (France)

Organigrammes (1981)

Melodic EM in French style, often easy-listening.

 


Delysid (Germany)

Holo Movement (1995)

Ambient duo of Paul Hostia and Thorn Hoedh. This album was released on IC label.

See also: Hostia, Hoedh.

 


Dematraz, Michel (France)

Synthé (1984)

Rare vinyl record from this obscure composer. Melodic and easy-listening music, nothing fancy here, but fairly nice overall.

 


Demby, Constance (USA)

Skies Above Skies (1978)
Sunborne (1980)
Sacred Space Music (1982)
Constance Demby At Alaron: Live Concert Recording (1984)
Novus Magnificat (1986)
Light of This World (1987)
Set Free (1989)
Live In Tokyo (1992)
Aeterna (1995)
Attunement (2000)
Sanctum Sanctuorum (2002)
Spirit Trance (2004)
Sonic Immersion (2006)
Ambrosial Waves (2011)

Constance Demby is an American musician with a classical backround. It is no wonder, therefore, that a lot of her works represent symphonic electronic style with a bit of new age thrown in. She is also considered one of the pioneers of Space Music. Sacred Space Music and Novus Magnificat are the most interesting ones in this regard, featuring a mix of floating synthesizers, acoustic touches and lots of choir. Sanctum Sanctuorum is simply new age-like symphonic music that even contains Gregorian chants (yuck!).

 


Demiurgo (Italy)

Digitalkemia (2001)
Cromelech (2002)

A project of Paolo di Pierdomenico and Luca "Bafometto" Galli.

 


Demo Art (Germany)

Who's In A China Shop? (1986 - 1988)
Hits And Evergreens (1986 - 1989)
Icewalk (1989)
Completion Works (1986 - 1992)
A True Nightmare (1992)
Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1994)
Schloss Burg (1995) (with Ron Boots and friends)
Die Gesichter der Stadt Wuppertal (1996)
Life (1997)
Atlantropa (1998)
ToSoFi August 11th 1999 (1999)
Albedo 2000 (2000)
Breakfast With Tiffany (2000)
Norbert Tischelmayer - Themen der ASS (2001)

Demo Art is basically Volker Rapp. I havent heard this project, so I cannot say anything to describe the music.

 


Demon & Wizard (France)

Evil Possessor (1982)

A mixture of acoustic guitar and synthesizers in a strange Heldon meets "horror synth" mould.

 


Demonstration Synthesis (Canada)

DS1 (2014) (S)
DS2 (2014)
DS3 (2014) (S)
DS4 (2014)
DS6 (2014) (S)
DS7 (2014) (S)
DS8 (2014) (S)
DS9 (2014)
DS10 (2014)
DS11 (2014)
DS12 (2014) (S)
DS13 (2014)
DS15 (2014)
DS16 (2015) (with M. Salaciak)
DS19 (2015)
DS20 (2015)
DS21 (2015) (S)
DS22 (2015)
DS23 (2015) (S)
DS24 (2015) (with James Benjamin)
DS25 (2015)
DS26 (2017)

Montreal-based sound artist Daniel James Leznoff who released a bunch of tapes with varied synth tracks, from experimental and collage-like, to ambient, floating and melodic.

 


Den Avgrund (Sweden)

Onwards... Towards the Abyss (2003)
Mardröm (2004)

The first album has one long Dark Ambient track, the second is more noisy and industrial, but still Dark Ambient.

 


Denev, Lubomir (Bulgaria)

The Father of the Egg (1991) (soundtrack)

Denev is primarily a jazz musician, but he did some experiments with electronics back in the days.

 


Denning, F. E. (Denmark)

Echoes of Sumeria (2011) (S)
Descent Into Darkness (2012) (S)
Rites of Passage (2012)
Light And Dust (2013)
Cities of Light (2014)
Under the Linden Tree (2016)

Ambient synth drone artist Frederik Denning who is a member of space rock band Mythic Sunship.

 


Dense Vision Shrine (Norway)

Magic & Mystery (2002)
Litanies of Desire (2003)
Die My Illusion (2005)
In the Abode of Gloom (2005)
A Voyage of Imagination (2006)
Unwinding the Inside (2007)
Time Lost In Oblivion (2009)

Dark / Medieval Ambient with lots of cathedral atmospheres from Karsten Hamre.

See also: Hamre, Karsten, Veiled Allusions, Defraktor, Museum of Transient Lights.

 


Densen, Allen (Canada)

Sentient Killer Metronomes From Outer Space (1990)

This album contains improvised Electronic Music by this Canadian artist. In some ways it is similar to Tangerine Dream and Cluster.

 


Dent, Loren (USA)

Empires And Milk (2007)
Anthropology Vol. 1 (2009)
Anthropology Vols. 2 & 3 (2014)

Loren Dent is a Texan artist who mixes ambient soundscapes with subtle acoustic textures and some processed guitar sounds.

 


Dentes, Claudio (Italy)

Pantarei (1978)

Born in 1955 in London, Claudio Dentes is an Italian guitar player and multi-instrumentalist. In 1978 he released a solo album that was largely instrumental with only a few sparse vocal parts. The music is rather sedate prog. Not completely electronic but the interesting part is that David Vorhaus (White Noise) seems to have had a hand in this one with his synthesizer playing.

 


Depressive Silence (Germany)

The Darkened Empires (1995)
Depressive Silence II (1996)
Depressive Silence (1997) (S)

Dungeon synth / fantasy music in the vein of early Mortiis.

 


Depther (Finland)

Altar State (2001)

Dark Ambient.

See also: Zoat Aon, I.corax

 


Der Blaue Reiter (Spain)

Le Paradis Funebre (2006)
Silencis (2008)
Nuclear Sun (2009)
Le Paradis Funebre II (2014)

Melancholic Neo-Classical Ambient with Martial overtones. Very beautiful music, mostly quite melodic. Behind this project is Sathorys Elenorth who is also known from his work in Narsilion, Ordo Funebris and Lugburz.

 


Der Elektrische Traum (Germany)

Continuum Flow (2017)

Kassel-based Electronic Music project influenced by embryonic sounds of early 1970's Berlin School and related artists. Sort of a cosmic, dark, minimal sound here, made on analog instruments.

 


Der Petunienmann Von Metaluna Vier (Germany)

Weisser Alarm (2012)
Magnetbandaufzeichnung (2014)

Jochen Oberlack's diverse krautrock / EM-inspired project. Has everything from early kosmische music (of Cosmic Jokers type) to Dusseldorf School motorik, heavy rock vibes and strange vocals.

See also: Helicon Wave

 


Der Waldläufer (Germany)

Completely Near & Faraway (2010)
Wanderlust (2013)
Nateace (2015)
Fluidum (2017)

Rich, melodic EM, Ambient and sporadic downtempo rhythms from this Kassel-based musician.

 


Der Zyklus (USA)

Der Tonimpulstest (1998) (S)
Der Zyklus II (2001) (S)
Biometry (2004)
Cherenkov Radiation (2008) (S)
Krypton 84 (2012) (S)
Axonometric (2015) (S)
Renormalon (2016)

Dopplereffekt duo in a more experimental mould. The early EP's contain analog electro with a strong Kraftwerk influence. Biometry features cold, detached, abstract sound, still with some kraftwerkian shades.

See also: Dopplereffekt

 


Derbyshire, Delia (UK)

Standard Music Library (1969)
EMS LP 1 (1971)
BBC Radiophonic Music (1971)
Electrosonic (1972)
Moogies Bloogies (2014) (S) (with Anthony Newley) (recorded in 1966)
The Delian Mode (2014) (S) (recorded in 1967 - 1968)
Circle of Light (2016) (recorded in 1972) (with Elsa Stansfield) (soundtrack)
Inventions For Radio: The Dreams (2016) (recorded in 196?) (with Barry Bermange)

This late pioneer of the use of electronics in music certainly deserves an entry, so here it is. Apart from working for BBC Radiophonic Workshop and her collaborations with White Noise on Electric Storm, Delia also composed for libraries and made promo music for EMS Synthi A synthesizers.

 


Derelict Thoughts (Netherlands)

Autumn Moon (2014)

Derelict Thoughts is the ambient side of Ron Boots.

See also: Boots, Ron

 


Dergar (Greece)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2011)
12.11.2012 (2012)

Melodic, repetitive, cinematic music from Christos Garbidakis.

 


Dermanis, Dimitris (Greece)

Crentarius (2011)

Theater sountrack in a lush, melodic, classically-influenced style from this synthesist.

 


Derniere Volonte (France)

Obeir et Mourir (1998)

Early release by this post-industrial formation which is famous for its martial / military pop music. Obeir et Mourir is dark and somber Martial Ambient.

 


Deru (USA)

1979 (2014)

Deru is Los Angeles-based IDM artist Benjamin Wynn who on 1979 switched to Ambient with a slightly 1970's tinged, vintage sound.

 


Dervish (USA)

Dervish (1985)

Electronic trio from Boston area, consisting of Jeff Block, Rob Davis and Jon Coe, the last two being also members of new wave / art pop band Someone And the Somebodies.

 


Des Airlines, Michel (Spain)

We Are the Hunters & Michel Des Airlines (2013) (with We Are the Hunters)
Le Voyage Cranien (2016)

Actually a pseudonym of Miguel A. Ruiz under which he composes pure analog Berlin School music.

See also: Ruiz, Miguel Angel, Orfeon Gagarin, Funeral Souvenir, Ventral Metaphor, Exhaustor, Ambulatorio Segreto, Tecnica Material, Dekatron II, Codachrom.

 


Désaccord Majeur (France)

La Théorie du Chaos (1989)
Le Point Immobile Vibrant (1992)
Thétys (1994)
Samana (1998)
La Coleur Odorante (1998)
La Neuvième Heure (2002) (S)
Salmo Salaar (2003) (with Rapoon)

A project of Jérôme Mauduit. Sort of industrial-tinged, heavily looped sound here, also influenced by Tribal Ambient and World Music (lots of percussion). Good if you're into Rapoon and maybe also Muslimgauze.

 


Desbouis, Jean-Michel (France)

Prince (1982)

Rare release of floating cosmic electronics. Stella Vander guests on vocals.

 


Descent Into the Void (Germany)

Descent Into the Void (2007)

Drone / Doom Ambient.

See also: No-Tone Project, The

 


D'Escrivan, Julio (Venezuela)

Inventos Barbaros (1999)

Electronic musician who uses guitars and samplers to search for unusual and experimental timbres. There were at least two more (collaborative) albums by Julio, both in more acoustic vein. One was made with a female vocalist and the other with an acoustic backing band.

 


Deseyn, Carl (Belgium)

Cornucopia (1998)
Torens (2002)

As guest musician, Carl Deseyn played on Patrick Kosmos' Virtual Reality and Symbian's No Man's Land. From these collaborations you may already guess the musical style he excels in. In fact, to say that Carl's music reminds on Vangelis is a huge understatement. I mean, it is VERY similar to Vangelis. And not in a bad sense. His grand, huge, catchy and memorable tunes are in fact superbly mixed and produced.

 


Desiderii Marginis (Sweden)

Cosecrare (1992)
Via Peregrinus (1992)
Hortus Conclusus / Triptych (1993)
Songs Over Ruins (1997)
Deadbeat (2001)
Strife (2004)
The Ever Green Tree (2005)
That Which Is Tragic And Timeless (2005)
Seven Sorrows (2007)
Procession (2012)
Hypnosis (2014)
Thaw (2014) (recorded in 1997 - 2012)

Soundtrack-like Dark Ambient in the style of Raison d'Etre from the man behind Archon Satani (Johan Levin).

See also: Archon Satani, Inanna, Lost in the Woods.

 


Destinazione (Italy)

La Citta di Utopia (2003)

Difficult to classify, this music is mostly influenced by the early 1970's German "kosmische musik" and White Noise.

See also: Miraggioluce

 


Detree, Roberto (Argentina)

Architectura Celestis (1982)

Not exactly, or not completely EM, this music by Between member Detree was played by him on guitar and some self-built instruments I think. However, the sound is so astonishingly close to current post-rockers / droners / shoegazers / whatever that I thought that it would be fair to include the guy here for presaging a whole generation of sound explorers (a lot of whom, meanwhile, have largely immersed themselves into infinite self-repetition and tedious guitar wankery). Regardless of that association, Arcitectura Celestis is a great ambient listening for those rainy days.

See also: Between

 


Detrusion (USA)

Yield One's Breath (2002)

Synth atmospheres from members of Ceremonial Castings.

 


Dettmar, Del (UK)

Synthesis (1980)

Del Dettmar, who was the synthesist of Hawkwind on their early albums released at least one tape of solo and collaborative (with Gerald Toon) electronic works. A classic.

See also: Hawkwind

 


Detto, Mariano (Italy)

Exterminators of the Year 3000 (2015) (recorded in 1983) (soundtrack)

Italian soundtrack composer. He is mostly known for his disco or classical scores. The above, though, will be of interest to fans of Goblin and other synth-based scores.

 


Deutsch Nepal (Sweden)

Comprendido! Time Stop! (1996) (recorded in 1992 - 1996)

Industrial outfit (Peter Andersson). This album is supposed to contain Dark Ambient. There may be some others as well.

See also: Bocksholm

 


Deuter (Germany)

D (1971)
Aum (1972)
Soundtrack (1973)
Ecstasy (1979)
Silence Is the Answer / Buddham Sharnam Gachchami (1981)
San (1985)

Although most of this musician's latter output stands firmly in the new age camp, there are at least two albums that will be interesting for Electronic Music fans. These early works by Georg Deuter are listed above and can only be described as "homemade electronic krautrock". Great for those who like their music a bit on the rough side. Soundtrack is overall more serene. This library release gathers some pieces from Aum, plus original material that ranges from quiet synth soundscapes to acoustic guitar / flute pieces. Releases containing EM or EM-related material will be listed.

 


Devadder, Serge (Belgium)

Maeuhay (1990) (with Patrick Goethals)
Periodes (1998)
The Shape of Solitude (1999) (with Vidna Obmana)
Cambrian (2000)
Lattice Fracture (2002)
Recursive Charm (2003)
Ganda (2016)

Belgian electronic musician. Periodes contains various archive materials mostly in sequencer / spacey vein a lot of which was inspired by Heldon and Richard Pinhas' solo work. Cambrian features guitar-based electronic soundscapes and Lattice Fracture is highly experimental. Recursive Charm is a live recording from a concert with Vidna Obmana.

See also: Amber

 


Deva-Loka (Germany)

Kampfstationen (2000) (S)
The Chants of Naas (2001) (S)
Aural Structures For Rituals (2001)

Bleak soundscapes. Kampfstationen is Martial Ambient.

See also: Pax Corda

 


Devas (Germany)

A Vision of Hydrogenium (2010)

Ambient / vocal duo from Northern Germany. The vocals are often used as an instrument, reminding on Klaus Schulze's collaborations with Lisa Gerrard. I am not a fan of the vocal delivery but the spacey synth textures are rather nice. The vocal-free number is good, too.

 


DeVincentis, Patrice (USA??)

Dichotomy (1986)

Released on Bill Rhodes' Jazzical Records label, Dichotomy is a rare electronic album with a diverse style, from horrible 1980's cheese, to nice atmospheric or sequencer-based material. Sometimes his name is spelled as Patrice De Vincentis.

 


Dewachtere, Didier (Belgium)

In 90 Minutes Around Klaus (1988)

Synthesist currently known as BySenses.

See also: BySenses, Tower Tree, The.

 


Dewanatron (USA)

Irregular Hours Vol. 1 (2006)
Semi Automatic (2008)

A project put together by Brian Dewan and Leon Dewan to showcase their Dewanatron family of experimental instruments. Irregular Hours is rather abstract and very minimal, without much going on, but Semi Automatic is a nice gem, filled with wacky, rhythmic, a bit Cluster-like excursions. Unique artists, unique instruments, unique sound.

 


Deyssenroth, Hans (Germany)

A member of Brainticket, synthesist Hans Deyssenroth appeared on the "Music From Utopia" sampler with a solo electronic track. There may be more.

See also: Brainticket

 


Dexter Ward (Spain)

Dexter Ward (2000)
Reward (2001)

Unique EM mixing soundscapes with more rhythmic material and an aggressive "industrial" edge. Dexter Ward is the project of Aitor Berraondo.

 


Dharana (Germany)

Mirador (1984)
Synthetic Dreams (1985)
Life-Tapes (1985)
Circles (1986)
Incuanoq (1987)
Chrome (1989)
Metro-Pole (1989)
Pnakotic Sounds (1993)
Inorganic Waves (1993)
Gallery of Flavours (1995)
Das Erbe (2000)
Magsie (2001) (S)

Dharana was founded in 1982 in Schweinfurt (Germany) by Klaus-Ulrich Merkle and Ulrich Woessner. In 1984, Merkle left the band, replaced by Andreas Hedler. After some time Jurgen Geiger joined Dharana. Andreas Hedler soon stopped making music to concentrate of the light shows and stage effects that accompanied Dharana's gigs. In 1985, after attending a Dharana concert (released as Life-Tapes) Frank Kober joined the band and Geiger/Woessner/Kober was to become the 'classic' line-up of the group. As of now, Dharana have ceased their musical activities, although several of their old titles are being re-released on CD-R now. On Inorganic Waves you will find very versatile music with great sequences and cool 'inorganic' drive.

 


Dhyanam (USA)

Deep Embrace (2008)

Melodic music in typical British style (David Wright, Code Indigo etc). Originally from the USA, Dhyanam nowadays lives and works in the Netherlands.

 


Di Benedetto, Julio (USA)

Living At A Higher Frequency (2008)
Original Light (2015)
A Tide Pool of Memories (2015) (recorded in 2012)
Falling Into Place (2016) (with Anthony Paul Kerby)

Varied ambient material from this Florida-based artist.

 


Di Grazia, Umberto (Italy)

Dimensione Sogno (1976)

Private LP release with spacey Electronic Music played on the Moog synthesizer. It appears that Umberto Di Grazia is also a psychologist and has written a book with the same name, among others.

 


Di Stefano, John (USA)

Cosmologue (1980)
Synchronisms (1981)

John Di Stefano is a trained percussionist from the Bay Area. He has been involved in the creation of experimental and electronic music since the early 1970's. He is known for his theater scores, as well as his collaboration with The Residents.

See also: Compos Mentis, Klang.

 


Di Vito, Christian (Italy)

Live By the Sea (2012)
Battimuro (2014)

Ambient soundscapes.

 


Dialect (USA)

Gowanus Drifts (2015)

Varied compositions, from sample-heavy atmospheric to sequenced, with a jazzy flavor by means of brass instruments (mostly sax). Dialect is Andrew Hunt.

 


Diamondstein (USA)

The Ridges (2016)
Dead City 1.1 (2017)

Dark soundscapes with a post-apocalyptic concept. Sometimes noisy, sometimes synthy and vaguely melodic.

 


Diana, Filippo (Italy)

Nemesi (2016)

Music based on analog synthesizers, from pulsing, Carpenter-inspired horror synth to Detroit techno / electro pastiche.

 


Diatonis (USA)

Landscape of A Dream (1984)
Solecism (1985)
Borderland (1986)
Between the Earth And the Sky (1987)
Edge of the Dreamworld (1989) (recorded in 1982 - 1989)
Imminent Dissipation (1991)
The Endless Knot (2000)
Dark Universe (2001)
Invisible Order (2001)
The Convolving Universe (2001)
Ambient Life Vol. 1 (2002)
Trajectories (2004)
Highway 1 (2005)
Perception (2006)
Dark Edges (2007)
Pond (2008)
An Abstract View (2008)

Diatonis is the pseudonym of Stuart White. The early stuff is pretty traditional Ambient, while latter works venture into Dark Ambient territories and even Medieval Ambient on Convolving Universe.

 


DiBane, Lee (USA)

Falling Upwards Into Sky (2001)

Actually one of Daniel Byerly's countless pseudonyms.

See also: Bertrom, Cabot Jr., Cacophony, Synthuser.

 


Dibblee, Lance (USA)

Shock (2014)

Stark modular synth mayhem comparable to early Cluster, Seesselberg, Schnitzler, etc. Lance Dibblee also composes music as Red Math. However, the Red Match material I've heard was too far removed from Prog EM aesthetics for me.

 


Dibello, Mike (???)

Space Scientifics (1988)

 


Dices (Russia)

/ (2015) (S) (with AEM Rhythm Cascade)
Thoughtstream (2016) (with AEM Rhythm Cascade)
Internal Ambience (2017) (EP)

Drawing from several decades of electronic music tradition, these works represent a mixture of wacky and atmospheric analog synth pieces and gentle house chuggers.

 


Dick, Calvin (Canada)

I Live With the Ghost of Claudine Melgrave (2016)

In 2010, Canadian musician Calvin Dick released an album under the Crown Land moniker. That work was a mishmash of styles, mostly within the downtempo / pop / exotica idiom. I Live With the Ghost... continues in that direction, but also shows a strong EM bias by means of extensive use of the Moog Satellite (I think) synthesizer. Tracks like "Lunar VXN" will be of certain interest, although taken as a whole, the album is EM-related at best. Hopefully he moves further in the EM direction for his future efforts.

 


Dickson, Mike (UK)

Six Consequences (2007)
Domus (2007)
Honfleur - The Music of Eric Satie (2008)
In Excelsis (2008)
Mellotronworks (2008)
Breviary (2009)

Solo music from member of Systems Theory that is strongly influenced by impressionist classical composers, minimalism and Ambient.

See also: Systems Theory

 


DiCola, Vince (USA)

In-Vince-ible (2000)

Solo album (with some guests) from the author of music for Transformers movie. Half of the disc is supposed to contain vocals, half is instrumental. The style is not known.

 


Dicotyledon (France)

Discoliose (1979) (S)
Ne Pas Croquer, Ne Pas Sucer! (??)

A duo of Jean Louis Le Breton and Jean Bonnefoy, both of whom had been quite active during the 1970's, releasing synth-pop / novelty singles as "Los Gonococcos" and being involved is several other projects in various fields such as writing science-fiction stories. The sound on their EP-length record Discoliose is quite spacey, warm and analogue. Dicotyledon was formed circa 1977 and from that time up until 1982 gave several live performances in France and Belgium.

See also: BeM

 


Didymos (Finland)

Road (1988) (S)
Connected (2004)
Grief Distance (2006)

Tommi Haavisto (Didymos) started making EM in 1986. His music is melodic in style.

 


Die Dominas (Germany)

Die Dominas (1981) (S)

Here's the story of this rare artifact. Claudia Skoda is a Berlin-based fashion designer. One day she teamed up with Manuel Goettsching's ex-girlfriend Rosi Müller. And they entered Manuel's studio to record some stuff. And they recorded the stuff they wanted to record. And they used Manuel's array of electronic instruments for this. The rest is history as they say. The results sound more or less like a mixture of minimal synth / NDW and krautrock / EM. This funny dominatrix-themed record would not probably even make it here, but the direct (although uncredited) involvement of Manuel Goettsching (programming, mixing, recording) and, as a result, that special EM flair make this one a worthy inclusion. The cover was designed by Ralf Hutter and Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk fame and one of the songs was apparently dedicated to them.

See also: Goettsching, Manuel

 


Die Dood (South Africa)

Sielenherder (2014)
Offerwaters (2015)
Kultus (2015)
Verdrag (2016) (S)
Dreunsang (2016) (S)
Bloed En Are Van Die Aarde (2016) (S)

Black Ambient with some flute and a lot of voices. Intense, but not very dark most of the time.

 


Die Klopferbande (Germany)

Die Fliegen - Ein Soundtrack (1981) (S)

Die Klopferbande was a post-punk / NDW project by Peter Ortmann. This cassette was re-released on CDR in 2004 and in contrast to Peter's main output, this piece (believed to be a soundtrack to a theater production) features dark and pulsing Electronic Music, akin to early Asmus Tietchens or perhaps Conrad Schnitzler.

 


Die Orangen (Australia)

Oodnadatta Rain (2016) (S)
Zest (2017)

Australian duo of Angelo Cruzman and Kris Baha with a sound that marries disco beats, tribal drums / percussion, samples and kraut / EM influence.

 


Die Sonne Satan (Italy)

Fac Totum (1993)
White Secrets / Metaphora (1993)
Omega (1995)
Archive Compendium (1995)
Sigillo (1996)

Runes Order offshoot (Paolo Beltrame) in a really deep and obscure Dark Ambient / Ritual / Blackness mould. Deep rumblings, drones, scary atmospheres and, yes, the occasional chant.

See also: Runes Order, Atom Infant Incubator, Order 1968.

 


Die Verboten (Belgium)

Live In Eivissa (2009) (S)
2007 (2015)

Krautrock-influenced band from Belgium, consisting of David Dewaele, Stephen Dewaele and Henry Smithson. They seem to be mostly influenced by Kraftwerk, as well as other bands of the Dusseldorf School, such as Neu! and La Düsseldorf. Nice synth sound with real drums and some guitars.

 


Diercx, Frank (Netherlands)

Dual Electronic Fantasy (??)

 


Dierick, Jean-Paul (France)

Deltapane (1985)
2 Fa 7 (1989)
Constellations (1996)

Jean-Paul Dierick started playing synthesizers in the 1970's, first for other artists and then started a solo career. He is one of the representatives of French melodic school of Electronic Music (Jean-Michel Jarre, Didier Marouani, Joel Fajerman, etc.). In the 1980's he mixed in some popular influences such as disco, pop, etc, so his albums from that time contain some cheese but also some nice melodic and atmospheric tracks. Deltaplane is completely instrumental, the following album mixed instrumental tracks with songs, while Constellations is a return to instrumental compositions, this time in a more cosmic setting. There are also some albums that I omitted from the discography, as they are stylistically too far removed from EM.

 


Difference Clouds (USA)

Shiro (2012)
Difference Clouds (2012)

A project of Asheville-based synth artist Zach Smith. Experimental, analog, melodic and quite listenable.

 


Diffuse Arc (Spain)

Messiah (2014) (EP)
Teoria de las Ideas (2015) (EP)
Olivia (2015) (EP)

Spanish hybrid of electro and progressive EM.

 


Dig It Al(l) (Germany)

Volt Age (1981)

The project of Christian-Ch. Kneisel from West Berlin. Rhythmic, sequence-full music with vocoder voices. A bit like Kraftwerk on steroids.

 


Digan (???)

Synthesizer Music (1991)

 


Digit (Netherlands)

Digit 1: Storing Program. Ready (1982) (S)
Digit 2: New Acoustic Order (1982) (S)
Digit 3: Dig It (1982) (S)
Digit 4: Kontakt ! (1982) (S)

This is a series of 15 and 20-minute cassettes released by musicians from the Kubus Kassettes label roster (Rob Smit, Ron Konings and friends). I am not sure how they would fare next to other EM releases. Apparently the music is experimental. But Kubus Kassettes have already released some pure EM material (Enno Velthuys comes to mind), so I decided to give it a go and include this project in EEM. The music from all of the above cassettes was re-released on a single 60-minute cassette in 1984 as simply Digit, adding an unreleased solo track by Rob Smit as bonus.

See also: Transcendent 2000

 


digital ART (Germany)

Synthetic Sound of Life (1994)
Bridges (1995)
Inspired (1999)

Digital Art is Martin Rothhaar. His music represents a combination of classic and modern elements. The first two albums were never officially released.

 


Digital Art (Romania)

Translatie Temporala (1994)
RoAd-Ventura (2001)

Melodic, rhythmic, sequence-full EM from the duo of Christian Nanu and Florian Nanu. Nice stuff.

 


Digital Dream (Germany)

Space (1988)
The Second (1988)
Digital Mind (1989)
Fractals (1990)
Sternenmusik (1990)
Explorer (1991)
Eclipse (1992)
Himalaya (1993)

Early incarnation of the band currently known as Pyramid Peak (Axel Stupplich and Andreas Morsch). They released several cassettes before Andreas left the band in 1991. Subsequent works Eclipse and Himalaya are solo efforts by Axel Stupplich, released under the same moniker. In 1995, Axel met Uwe Denzer with whom he formed a duo called Pyramid Peak. Andreas Morsch returned to the (now renamed) band in 1998.

See also: Pyramid Peak, Axess.

 


Digital Dreaming (Australia)

Digital Dreaming (1995)

Mojo, John Matthews, Ras and David Ride.

See also: Rainbow Generator, Mojo, Generator, The.

 


DigitalSimplyWorld (Poland)

Essence of the Sequences (2014)

Polish synthesist. The above album is based almost exclusively on sequencing.

 


Dijcks, Armand (???)

PSI (1988)
XI (1988)

 


Diklić, Aleksandar (Serbia)

Moja Aleksandrija (1997)

Will be enjoyed by fans of bombastic orchestral Vangelis perhaps.

 


Diko, Aaron (USA)

DDCT (2017)

San Francisco-based synthesist who previously played with garage rock / synth punk band POW! Shorter tracks built of analog sounds, some melodic, some more intense and noisier.

 


Dilate (Canada)

Cyclos (1996)
Octagon (1997)

Ambient. Dilate is former Vampire Rodents keyboard player Victor Wulf. 

 


Dilulio, Ron (USA)

The Death of the World of Now (1978) (with James E. Kerr)
Comet Tracks (1985)

The collaborative release with James E. Kerr is an occult electronic LP with spoken narrative layered on top of Dilulio's score. Comet Tracks LP is subtitled "Music to Remember Halley's Comet". So, a cool concept for this cosmic synth album. Dilulio is also known thanks to producing special effects and music for various TV shows and planetariums.

 


Dimitrov, Toni (Macedonia)

Dimitrov - Ristevski - Georgievski (2017) (with Boban Ristevski and Martin Georgievski)

Skopje-based ambient composer. Field recordings, drones, obscure sounds...

See also: Post Global Trio, Hunter/Gatherer.

 


Dimuševski, Nikola (Macedonia)

Music For... (1993)
Live (1995)

Keyboard player born in 1958 in Skopje and a founding member of progressive rock / fusion band Leb i Sol. Not everything he's done is electronic but when in the EM mode he mostly sounds like organic Vangelis mixed with Edward Artemiev, with a very unique touch.

 


Din A Testbild (Germany)

Programm 1 (1980)
Programm 2 (1981)
Triptychon (1982)
Programm 3 (1983)
Leipzig & Coca-Cola (1991)
Sex 'n Chaos (1993)
Sample Shit (2006)
Programm 5 (2007)
Programm 6 (2010)
Programm 4 (2017) (recorded in 1983)

Din A Testbild is a project of Mark Eins, initially with fellow musicians Nutty Norman and Genee Romee. The early music was released on IC label. The style is apparently fairly rhythmic and rock-influenced, with punk / NDW moves. Therefore, it will be a hard one for most EM fans, I guess.

 


Dinger, Thomas (Germany)

Für Mich (1982)
2000 (2015) (recorded in 2000)

Late krautrock musician, member of legendary Neu! and La Düsseldorf (together with his older brother Klaus Dinger, also sadly diseased now). If you love Dusseldorf School, this rarely mentioned album (Für Mich) is indispensable. It features true motorik rhythms and lots of lush synthesizers. At times it even sounds like "krautrock meets Jarre's catchy melodic hooks". Excellent music with a certain new wave flair.

See also: La Düsseldorf, 1-A Düsseldorf.

 


Diniz, Marcelo (Brazil)

Elemental (2008) (with Amyr Cantusio Jr.)
Analog Dream (2008)

Hailing from Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Marcelo Diniz is a keyboardist who was born in 1979. Up until the late 1990's he acted as a keyboard player for various rock and pop bands. By the New Millennium he started concentrating more and more on his solo career, collaborating with Amyr Cantusio Jr. aka Alpha III and doing own compositions. His style is characterized by his love for vintage timbres and warm, analogue atmospheres. The album Analog Dream begins with a countdown, before warm melodies and a relaxed electronic rhythm appear. Sounds a bit like modern Kraftwerk jamming with vintage Tangerine Dream. The sound is lush and nice. This is all fairly easy-listening. On the other hand, the second track titled "Voices o the Night" is greeted with a darker soundscape, before sparkling arpeggios begin circling around. The track is rather static. Heavy breathing and a siren herald the coming of "Escape". A fast rhythm is then introduced and a melody plays in a very soundtrack-like manner. This would work very well as background music to some criminal thriller. Some of the sounds and solos are cheesier than the others but overall Marcelo manages to escape the pits of overt corniness on this one. The next track is all but drowned in the sea of analog arpeggios, bass notes and warm pads. It has a marching rhythm to it that reflects its title ("Way of A Lonely Man"). The mood is that of mystery and anticipation. "Black Hole" opens with darkish arpeggios and rich symphonic synths. This is some wonderful stuff that could come straight from one of those "Tangram"-era concerts by Tangerine Dream. This is the best track so far, and also the most experimental one. "Aquarius" starts with aquatic synths (surprise, surprise!) before mysterious pads envelop the drop-like pulsations. A bit tribal drums appear in the second part, accompanied by anthemic and moody symphonic textures. Quite cosmic and epic-sounding stuff here. Absolutely wonderful cosmic atmospheres follow. This is Space Music of the darker, mysterious variety. In a surprise move, a laid-back, almost danceable rhythm starts and a distorted synth solo completes the picture. I am not sure that this transition was needed or that it worked at all, but at least this track shows a great deal of variety which is a good thing. "Icarus III", with its bubbling synths, a chirpy rhythm and a moody pad melody is unashamedly Jarre-like. Not that Marcelo is trying to copy here, but the style and inspiration is unmistakable. The second part is more modern sounding, though, once the drum rhythm kicks in. "Pale Blue" is extremely positive, with its major key harmonies, and approaches the territory of new age. Too saccharine for my taste, sorry. "Coming Back" is laced with heavy rhythms and very 1980's synthesizer sounds. It's a very nice track, melodic and synth-heavy. Fans of Tangerine Dream's soundtracks from that era should check it out. The closing title track starts with rather heavy upbeat sequencing. So it goes for the rest of the track - various pulsations come and go. Some are of the experimental bleepy or clanky, industrial variety, others more classic bell-like textures. A nice track to load your brain with a healthy dose of sequencer goodness. However, there's also *that* melody which gives the track a flowing property and works really well with the pulsations. Again, one for fans of 1979 - 1985 Tangerine Dream perhaps. Overall, Analog Dream is a bit of a mixed bag stylistically. Some tracks work better than the others, but most of them are certainly well worth your time. Not bad for a debut. Marcelo is an artist to look out for.

 


Dinsdale, Steve (UK)

New Church (2009)
On the Other Side (2010)
The Vast Key (2012)
Tomorrow (2014)

Mellotron-drenched works from member of Radio Massacre International. Very TD / Froese.

See also: Radio Massacre International

 


Dionne & Bregent (Canada)

Et Le Troisieme Jour (1976)
Deux (1977)

Canadian duo of Vincent Dionne and Michel-Georges Bregent. Instrumental synth with percussion.

See also: Dionne, Vincent.

 


Dionne, Vincent (Canada)

Destinations (1988)
Parade (1991)
Nil Bleu Nil Blanc (2007)

Solo releases by ex-member of Dionne & Bregent. Jazzy EM, sometimes comparable to 1980's Tangerine Dream.

See also: Dionne & Bregent

 


Dioxide (Italy)

Dioxide (1995)

One of the artists from the Cybertracks Records roster. Melodic music by Aldo Polverari.

 


Direct 2 Brain (Italy)

Spaces (??)
Images (??)

Direct 2 Brain aka Riccardo Ricci signed for Cybertracks Records of Italy to record a couple of albums as well as participate in the Virtual Audio Project samplers.

See also: Explora

 


Direct To Dreams (France)

Le Miroir Bleu (1996)
Le Monde Parallele (1999)
Millenium's Dreams (2000)
Behind the Mirror (2002)
Alone (2007)

Varied Electronic Music, from prog to new age like to symphonic and ambient forms. Direct To Dreams is Bruno Meunier.

 


Disasterpeace (USA)

Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar (2011)
Deorbit (2011) (EP)
It Follows (2015) (soundtrack)
Hyper Light Drifter (2016)

Rich Vreeland is Disasterpeace. He is a chiptune artist. Yeah, right. Before you start wondering, I'll tell you that Rise of the Obsidian... is the most complex and sonically rich music I've heard in the genre (not that I've heard much of course). In fact, a lot of this concept work approaches the EM territory, especially reminding on early 1980's Tangerine Dream (circa White Eagle) or their soundtracks from this period. A perfect marriage between EM and chiptune, then? Exactly. If you fancy such combination, give this one a listen. You might be surprised how good it is. It Follows is a soundtracks with a nice synth sound.

 


Discoverer (USA)

Build A Base (2010)
Tunnels (2012)
Mind Deco (2013)
In Collection (2015)

Interesting. Although there are some downtempo beats, the musical language (textures, melodies, moods) are 100% EM. Nice crossover project.

 


Disfigure Mare (USA)

Delta Maidenhair (2008)

Warm, droning, analogue Ambient. Some nice Planetary Unfolding-like moments here. Disfigure Mare is Jeff Witscher.

See also: Hell, Rene, Marble Sky.

 


Diskrepant (Sweden)

33-12 (2004)
Into Sleep (2007)
Ex Machina Libertas (2009)
Through the Odious Framework (2012) (S)
A Captive of Oxygen (2013) (S)
Palinopsia (2015)

Dark soundscapes from Per Åhlund. Lots of processed sounds. Often in the vein of Noise Ambient.

 


Disrute (Australia)

Reflexivity (2016) (EP)

Techno project. Surprisingly, the title track on the above EP sounds like an outtake from a 1985 soundtrack by Tangerine Dream.

 


Dissevelt, Tom (Netherlands)

Song of the Second Moon (1957) (with Kid Baltan)
Electronic Movements (1962) (S)
Fantasy In Orbit (1963)

A relic of melodic and spacey music. The first LP was also released as "The Electrosoniks - Electronic Music". Kid Baltan who collaborates with Tom Dissevelt on Song of the Second Moon is actually experimental composer Dick Raaijmakers. 

 


Distance, The (USA)

The Mirror Shattered (1996)

Synth music by Mark Ashby with a spoken narrative layered on top. Joel Burly and Christie Hotchkiss lend a hand on this one.

See also: Ashby, Mark, Double Vision.

 


Dithmar (Denmark)

Zodiac Zeit (2009)
Eternity (2011)

Danish artist who on his first album developed an analogue, Berlin School-influenced sound. One track was co-composed by Harald Grosskopf.

 


Ditmas, Bruce (USA)

Yellow (1977)
Aeray Dust (1977)
Visioni Sconvolgenti (2017) (S)

Free jazz drummer goes electronic. These albums are still heavy on the rhythm though.

 


Ditto, Charles (USA)

In Human Terms (1987)
Texas Electric (1989)
The Way of All Peach (1992)
The Fantoccini Chronicles (1994)
Public Triangle (2002)

Texan synthesist a bit on the Experimental side of things. Dramatic and pulsing electronics that can be compared to Cluster. Charles Ditto has also released a couple of solo piano works.

 


Divination (USA)

Ambient Dub Vol. 2 - Dead Slow (1993)
Akasha (1995)
Sacrifice (1998)

A project formed in 1990's by Bill Laswell as a vehicle of collaboration with other artists. The style is diverse and may depend on the collaborators, with the first volume of Ambient Dub being just that - a dub album with an ambient flair. The second volume is much more ambient with some floating material. Akasha has two sides - an ambient first part and a rhythmic, dubby second part. Then there's Distill (1996), which is basically a sampler (naturally, not included above) and, finally, we have Sacrifice - the most ambient work. Free of any beats or rhythms, it features Laswell's collaboration with Laraaji (electric zither) on two of the four tracks.

See also: Laswell, Bill, Rasa.

 


Divine Matrix (UK)

Invisible Landscapes (2011)
Atmospheric Variations (2012)
Hydrosphere (2013)
Cloudsurfing (2015)

Melodic music from Steve Barnes.

 


Divinorum (Norway)

Isms (1999)
Talisman (2000)
Power Liquids (2003) (with Aural Planet)

Divinorum is a project of Bjorn Lynne. The music differs from his usual works, as it's very rhythmic trance stuff with ethnic touches. Good for those who like this particular style.

See also: Lynne

 


Divus (Italy)

Divus (2017)

Noctural electronic duo of Luciano Lamanna (synths) and Luca Tommaso Mai (sax).

 


DJ Metatron (Germany)

U'll Be the King of the Stars (2014) (EP)

Including someone whose artistic name starts with "DJ" in the encyclopedia of prog EM is something unheard of. However, this guy (also known under several other pseudonyms) really has that EM thing going throughout his oeuvre, putting an EM track every now and then on his deep house / techno releases. U'll Be the King of the Stars is no exception to the rule, as you will find here "Spiral Worlds" - a nice, cosmic EM number, which is at odds with the rest of the material. A one-track inclusion.

See also: Traumprinz, Prince of Denmark.

 


Djambazov, Vladimir (Bulgaria)

The Creation of the World (2000) (with Gonimira Popova)

Aka Vladimir Djambasov. Electronic and electroacoustic composer from Bulgaria (b. 1954).

 


Djam Karet (USA)

McMusic For the McMasses (1982)
Kafka's Breakfast (1982)
No Commercial Potential (1985)
The Ritual Continues (1987)
Reflections From the Firepool (1989)
Suspension And Displacement (1991)
Burning the Hard City (1991)
Collaborator (1994)
The Devouring (1997)
Still No Commercial Potential (1998)
Live At Orion (1999)
New Dark Age (2001)
Ascension (2001)
#1 (2001)
#2 (2001)
Afghan: Live At the Knitting Factory (2001)
A Night For Baku (2003)

Recollection Harvest (2005)
The Trip (2013)
Regenerator 3017 (2014)

American progressive / electronic outfit. Djam Karet (pronounced 'zhahm ka-rette') are: Chuck Oken, Henry J. Osborne, Mike Henderson and Gayle Ellett. There are a lot of albums that all sound quite different from each other. The ones to recommend are Suspension And Displacement, an album of Ambient EM and Collaborator which is essentially a collaborative effort of Djam Karet with other electronic musicians who send their tapes to the group for finishing off the ideas into complete musical pieces. Participating musicians are Kit Watkins, Walter Holland, Marc Anderson, Carl Weingarten, Loren Nerell, Jeff Greinke and Steve Roach. The line-up of Djam Karet for this album includes only Gayle Ellett and Henry J. Osborne. The music is supposed to be very good. There are other works, that you may like as well. Beware that some of their works are quite guitar-heavy, as for instance, Burning the Hard City.

See also: Maskit Chamber, The, Ukab Maerd, Henderson / Oken.

 


Djenjer (Morocco)

Vortex (2006)

Dark Ambient / Dark Space / soundscapes from Morocco (the artists' name is Yassine Maaroufi).

 


Djokanov, Sergey (Bulgaria)

The Green Desert (1985)
Bulgarian Icons (1990)
Ecology (??)
Stories... (??)

Electronic musician from Bulgaria.

 


D'Lear, Shaun (UK)

D'Lear (1989)

Not mainstream EM by any stretch, Shaun D'Lear's eponymous album can be easily ignored by the general audience. However, it's certainly a must for fans of John Dyson, as all music on this CD (except Shaun's singing) is by John, done in his typical melodic style.

See also: Dyson, John

 


DMX Krew (UK)

The March To the Stars (2010)
Standing Stones (2014)
There Is No Enduring Self (2015)
The New Age Travellers (2016)
Synthe Sound (2017) (recorded in 1993 - 1994) (EP)

Scottish electro project (Edward Upton) that has been around since the 1990's. The large portion of his work is pure electro. However, he has released some (slightly) EM-related works over the years that tend either towards the Kraftwerk side, the cosmic synth side or, rarely, Ambient. I will try to list his EM-related releases or those containing EM-related or EM material to make surfing through his extensive discography easier for EM fans.

 


D/O (Italy)

Oneiric Traces (2001)

Electronic / ethnic soundscapes and Tribal Ambient by Giorgio Degli Esposti and Andrea Ottolenghi. Alio Die participates on one track.

 


Do It Yourself Orchestra (France)

Jogging (1980)

Claude Perraudin under a pseudonym.

See also: Perraudin, Claude

 


Dobos, Julius (Hungary)

Connecting Images (1998)
Mountain Flying (1999)
Applied Moods (2000) 

A mixture of sorts between classical Music and EM. The electronic parts sound very much like Vangelis which means grand, sweeping and orchestral atmospheres. There are also influences of Oldfield and folk music. Mountain Flying features (apart from electronics) members of Solaris and After Crying, with the addition of real choir and orchestra. Applied Moods is a collection of pieces from both albums plus some unique material.

 


Dobra, Marco (Germany)

The Early Tapes (1986 - 1989)
Back & Now (1987 - 1989)
Crossings (1987 - 1991)
Pathfinder (1989 - 1991)
The Arts Collection (1988 - 1992)
Silent Memories (1989 - 1992)
Live Fragments (1989 - 1993)
After (2002)
Rooms (2005)
Someone Tells Us Something (2014)

Marco Dobra is primarily a percussionist, but during the 80's he assembled an electronic studio, where apart from drums and percussion he made use of various synths, samplers, sequencers, etc. Some of these works are documented on the above albums. There are melodic, delicate, flowing pieces, some rhythmic workouts and pure ambient floaters. Several guests appear on some tracks.

 


Dobrovolski, Vlad (Russia)

Breathers EP (2013) (EP)
The Drums of the Fore And Aft (2017)

Unique ambient artist with a knack for analog sounds and a special atmosphere, seemingly influenced by classic 1970's EM.

See also: Kurvenschreiber

 


Doc Wör Mirran (USA)

Doc Wör Mirran (1984)
Jelly From Above (1985)
Plays the Music of Raisin Bran Trust (1986)
Cadillacs & Sunshine (1986)
Kamophlagged Dead (1987)
Slow (1990)
Slower (1996)
Phire (1996) (with Tesendalo)
The Sound of Silver (1998) (with Jorg Thomasius)
Lasher (1999)
No Recorded Remixed (1999) (with Tesendalo)
Momentum 2 (2009) (with Tesendalo)
Themes For Walden (2014) (with Tesendalo)
Rojo (2015)
Symphony In A (2015)

Ambient soundscapes with some early German EM influences from Bernard H. Worrick and Joseph B. Raimond (both originally from the United States, now residing in Germany). I am not sure which of their early works should be included here, as sometimes their music goes out of scope of EEM, so for now only a handful of their many releases are included in the above discography.

 


Docile Dawn (USA)

Pulsar Music (2009) (S)
Overgrown Forest II (2009) (S)
From Meadow To the Megaplex (2011) (S)

Cosmic, analog electronics from the trio of Jeff Host, Sam Goldberg and Zach Troxell (one half of Fragments).

See also: Host, Jeff, Goldberg, Sam, Radio People.

 


Dockstader, Tod (USA)

Recorded Music For Film, Radio & Television: Electronic Vol. 1 (1979)
Recorded Music For Film, Radio & Television: Electronic Vol. 2 (1981)

Although known as a pioneer in academic electronic music during the 1960's, Tod Dockstader (1932 - 2015) recorded these two library albums for UK-based company Boosey & Hawkes and the style here is surprisingly warm, melodic, playful and synth-based. Everything from Cluster to Conrad Schnitzler and Jean-Jacques Perrey comes to mind.

 


Doctor Electro (France)

Electromelody (1978) (S)

Melodic, easy-listening synth music with a disco flair. Doctor Electro is a pseudonym of Claude Perraudin.

See also: Perraudin, Claude

 


Doctor Wize (USA)

Towards the One (1995)

Dense electronics with sequences from Dennis Weisse (aka Denis Wize) - Oregon-based musician and synthesist.

See also: Wize, Denis

 


Död (Sweden)

Vacation 4-ever (2017)

Diverse duo from Sweden. The above album features a mix of subtle acid tracks and moody synth drones.

See also: Haltuu, Jurko

 


Dödens Dal (Sweden)

Gå Ensam Förbi Horisonten (2013)
Korsa, Jord, Luft Is (2014)
På Natten, Ovan Molnen (2015)

Swedish duo with a unique style, influenced by downtempo, post-rock and EM / krautrock.

 


Dodovski, Dimitar (Macedonia)

Rivers (2013)
Potential Worlds (2015)
Dérive (2016)

Varied, a bit glitchy Ambient released on Databloem label.

See also: Moss Garden, Post Global Trio.

 


Doe Eye (USA)

B-room (2017)

Ambient compositions from San Francisco-based artist Maryan Qudus. This is her first EM-related release after her indie pop LP Television from 2015. Nice, delicate, ethereal synth sound.

 


Doering, Bernhard (Germany)

This Way (1996)
Second Edition (2001)

Analogue synthesizer enthusiast and musician.

 


Dogon (Venezuela / USA)

Dogon (1989)
Notdunjusta (1996)
The Sirius Expeditions (1997)
Reddonjusta (1998)

Electronic duo of Miguel Noya and Paul Godwin.

See also: Noya, Miguel

 


Dogs In Reverse (USA)

1917 (2016)
Synthesizer Improv (2016)

Solo project of Dan Mattioli, a member of noise rock / post-rock / indie band Derridada. Ranges from noisy to atmospheric but always staying on the abstract side.

 


Doktor Gnomegang (Dominican Republic)

Gang of Gnomes (2003)
Plucking the Gnomegang (2005)
Barlynez, A Psychedelic Rooster (2006)
Anacaona: A Musical Fantasy (2006)
The Gathering of the Magical Roosters (2009)

Doktor Gnomegang (aka Ogam Gnomegang) is a one-man band of Santo-Domingo-based Ernest Scott-Rodriguez, or at least that's the name given on the back of his Gang of Gnomes CDR. All of his albums are homemade, where he plays everything by himself. The music is crazy psychedelic electronics, with fat rhythms and all kinds of effects, sometimes in a World Music vein with lots of ethnic motives.

 


Dokuro (USA)

The Black Room (2008) (EP)
Avalon (2015)

An electronics / processed cello duo from California. Abstract, ambient, a bit noisy sound.

 


Dolch (Germany)

Tiefes Firmament (1996)
Yggdrasil...Nature...Anthems (1997)

Dungeon synth from Germany. Contrary to most "fantasy music" releases, this incorporates (at least on the first demo) EM influences and often sounds like a marriage between Mortiis' crypt symphonies and Klaus Schulze's cosmic drift. Another comparison could be Neptune Towers.

 


Dold (Sweden)

46 (2016) (EP)
Gryning (2016)
Inner Voice (2017)

Techno producer. With one track off 46 being a moody ambient piece, though, you can expect more of that style in the future. Notes 04.12.2016: Indeed, Gryning is a completely ambient release and a rather nice one, too, with influences of more rhythmic EM styles in places.

 


Doldinger, Klaus (Germany)

Constellation (1983)

Famous German producer, arranger, composer, jazz musician and God knows what else. Although he may be known mostly to jazz enthusiasts, this man has recorded at least one Electronic Music work, namely Constellation. The style of this record can be compared to that of Peru or Nova. Recommended.

See also: Passport

 


Dolmen (USA)

Ritual Awakening (2002)
Terra Firma (2005)
Ritual Incantations Verse One (2009)
Ritual Incantations Verse Two (2009)

A duo of Steven Smith and Jason Sloan. Ambient.

See also: Sloan, Jason, Smith, Steven K.

 


Dolphins Into the Future (Netherlands)

Dolphins Into the Future (2007) (S)
Mountains Saturnus (2007)
Voyage Shopibo Coast, Pacific City (2008)
Plays Themes From Voyage (2008)
...On Sea-Faring Isolation (2009)
The Golden Flowers of Channel Islands (2009) (with Monopoly Child Star Searchers)
Swimming With the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins (2009) (EP)
Ke Mirnung Pu'uwai (2010)
The Music of Belief (2010)
Ke Ala Ke Kua (2010)
The Voice of the Silence (2011) (S)
Two Romantic Landcsapes (2011)
A Star Marker, Strange Dreams & Cairvoyance (2012)
Canto Arquipelago (2012)
Writings - Suspires (2013)
Pā'ua (2014) (S)

Beautiful new agey lo-fi ambience inspired by the sea. A project of Dutch musician Lieven Martens who is also known under countless other pseudonyms.

 


Dolulus (Switzerland)

Sécu Foyer Maison (1999)
Havre de Paix pour la Gent Lessive (1999)

A project of Jean-Marie Tschanz who works under limitations of one-instrument environment, in this particular example opting for a Roland JV-1080 synthesizer controlled by Cubase software. Abstract compositions that remind on a completely synthesized version of Art Zoyd.

 


Dome Valley (USA)

Dome Valley (2014)

It is not known who is behind Dome Valley, but the music here is pure analog synth influenced by the Berlin School.

 


Dominique, Nicolas (Poland)

Legends (2015)

Polish artist who composes mainly chill-out / downtempo / trance music. There are a couple of vocal songs on the above album and the expectable beat-filled numbers. However, the nice, slow tracks will definitely appeal to fans of melodic EM. File under EM-related.

 


Domo, Aki (Japan)

Vista (1984)
Twilight Walk Along A Creek (1985)
Sunrise Walk Along A Tahitian Seashore (1985)

Released on cassette on a new age label Invincible Records, Vista features synthesizer-based music done in collaboration with German musician Hans-Wolfgang Von Heldenleben and will be of interest to fans of relaxing forms of EM, especially Space Music.

 


Don Peyote (Australia)

Eternal Now (2011)
Blue Lotus (2015)

Eternal Now is a completely ambient album from this dub / trance / chillout producer (real name - Yvon Mounier).

 


Donis (Lithuania)

Iki Zvaigzdziu (1995)
Vacuum (1997)
Svilpiai (2002)
Baltos Juodos Klajos (2002)
Sotvaras (2003) (with Kūlgrinda)
Vacuum (2004)
Dunes (2005)
Mechanistic (2006)
Conspiracy of Silence (2006) (with GyS)
Alexandreia (2007)
Ein Saulelė Aplink Dangų (2011)
(2016)
Part II (2016)

Slowly moving Dark Ambient. Real name of the artist is Donatas Bielkauskas. Some of his works are more in the neo-folk vein.

See also: Wejdas

 


Donne, Marcel (Netherlands)

Sidologie (2003)

The cover of Sidologie is a humoristic rip-off from Jarre's Equinoxe. The music itself is based on old Commodore-64 game themes, but played with sounds typical of early Jarre and Vangelis.

 


Donnini, Roberto (Italy)

Tunedless (1980)
Tunedless 2 (1987)
Fluxmar (1992)

Roberto Donnini is a minimalist composer from Italy. He released several LP's that all untilized a similar concept - a group of musicians (including Stefano Fiuzzi, Jaqueline Darby, Roberto Buoni, Albert Mayr, Andrea Centazzo, Lino Capra Vaccina and others) would play a repeating sequence of strictly set notes, always returning to the ground 'A' at various intervals. The instrumentation included piano, some acoustic instruments and electronics. Something for fans of Terry Riley or Philip Glass maybe.

 


Donoso, Ricardo (Brazil)

Zerovinteum (2009) (S)
Linear Transformation Matrices (2010) (S)
Deterrence (2010)
Progress Chance (2011)
Assimilating the Shadow (2012)
As Iron Sharpens Iron (2013) (EP)
A Song For Echo (2014)
Saravá Exu (2015)
Machine To Machine (2015)
Quintesence (2016)

Jazz drummer from Brazil who moved to Boston to become part of the local thriving experimental cassette scene. Especially of interest will be his full-length release Progress Chance, full of thick analogue textures, quirky sequences and so on. Yes, even a fan of the Berlin School (especially Klaus Schulze) will find a lot to enjoy here.

See also: Scuba Death

 


Doob, Bill (USA)

Panaman Reps (2007) (S)
Ethnic Ghetto E.T. Wet Sex Source (2010)
World Bigfoot & Bees (2010)
Golden Dome (2010)
Meaning of Ground (2010)
Aqua Abduct (2011)
Virtually Underwater (2011)
Stalker Recall (2011)
Music For Sensory Isolation (2011)
Underworld Dwellers Series Vol. 1 (2011)
10:10 Opening the Digital Door (2012)
Another Way (2012)
Celestial Stairway (2013)

Aka Inspired School of Astral Music. Varied synth soundscapes, from emotional and ambient to experimental.

See also: Blue Communion: ISAM

 


Doppelate (UK)

Transatlantic Rocket Machine (2017)

Releasing a couple of techno EP's, this London-based artist came up with this pensive ambient journey, where drones and lulling synths combine to form a warm but poignant web of sound. There are also tracks that make use of sequences / arpeggios.

 


Doppler Shift (USA)

Live At the Guggenheim (1986)

A duo of two synthesists Sam Rosenthal and Walter Holland.

See also: Rosenthal, Sam, Holland, Walter

 


Dopplereffekt (USA)

Gesamtkunstwerk (1999)
Linear Accelerator (2003)
Calabi Yau Space (2007)

I wonder, why are Dopplereffekt considered a techno outfit? Perhaps it is the fact that they are from Detroit? I mean, there are no typical beats (Kraftwerk-like electronic white-noise rhythms do not count). The duo states to be influenced by Kraftwerk, BBC Radiophonic music, Tangerine Dream... Where does techno enter here? Oh, well... Anyway, good music, very analogue and different.

See also: Der Zyklus

 


d'Or, Laren (Hungary)

War of Angels (2000)
Real Nord (2000)

Laren d'Or is the moniker used by Attila Héger, a musician from Hungary. Symphonic electronics, like Vangelis meets Synergy. This album may also appeal to fans of symphonic rock, as it doesn't sound particularly synthetic most of the time.

 


Doray, Philippe (France)

Ramasse Miettes Nucleaire (1977)
Nouveaux Modes Industriels (1980)
Pile Ou Face (1984) (S) (with Thierry Muller)

Also known as "Philippe Doray Associaux Associes", this artist belongs to the stark and harsh end of French electronic spectrum. Lots of strange electronic rhythms, experimental collages, aggressive Heldon-like sequences and sometimes even anguished vocals.

 


Dormantgod (Argentina)

Animated Bas-Reliefs (2005)

Dormantgod is the solo project of Joseph C (founder of funeral doom band Fungoid Stream). With Dormantgod he explores a more cosmic and esoteric ambient sound.

 


Dorosoto (USA)

Hypnotic Gyre (2008) (EP)
Sounds Look Similar (2009) (S)
Rarefied Audio (2009) (S)
Odd Matters (2014)
Adernolneen (2015)

Dorosoto is one of several projects of experimental / electronic musician Warren Kroll. He also makes guitar-based drone music under the Forrest moniker and as part of the Vizion Centaur duo with Chris Dutrieux. Some of the Dorosoto material is supposedly EM / Ambient-related. These releases will be listed.

 


Dorricott, Mark (UK)

Midnight (2016) (with Stan Dart)
Events (2016) (with Stan Dart)

Melodic music with a sort of a "Blade Runner" atmosphere.

 


Double Fantasy (Germany)

Universal Ave (1986)
Food For Fantasy (1994)

Initially a duo of Robert Schroeder and Charly McLion. Very easy-listening music, with guitar, often bordering on new age. Ive heard Universal Ave and wasnt impressed, as its too sweet and melodic for my taste. Some nice vocoder voices on Lost Control, but thats all about it. However, I can see why it was popular back when it was released.

See also: Schroeder, Robert, McLion, Charly.

 


Double Vision (USA)

Thirty Miles From Home (1990)
Second Sighting (1991)

Double Vision was basically a duo of Mark Ashby and Joel Ainsworth. On the second album, the line-up was expanded to include guitar player Joel Burley and percussionist Christie Hotchkiss (both later collaborated with Mark as "The Distance"). After the second cassette release the group was disbanded.

See also: Ashby, Mark, Distance, The.

 


Doubling Riders, The (Italy)

Doublings & Silences Volume I (1985)
Doublings & Silences Vol. II (1988)
World! (1989)
Garama (1991)

Formed after the dissolution of A.T.R.O.X., The Doubling Riders was a project put together by Francesco Paladino, inviting lots of guests for each album, resulting in an extremely diverse and unclassifiable sound. Most of the guests were part of the Italian rock, experimental and new wave scenes, with a few musicians from other countries. There are elements of World Music, Tribal Ambient, ethnic music with voices, etc. Some of the guest musicians are Alberto Andreoni, Pier Luigi Andreoni (both ex. A.T.R.O.X.), Riccardo Sinigaglia, Alain Neffe, Vox Populi!, Pascal Comelade, Piero Milesi, Christina Kubisch, Tomasso Leddi, etc.

See also: Paladino, Francesco, A.T.R.O.X., Nosesoul.

 


Doucet, Suzanne (Germany)

Transformation (1982) (with Christian Buhner)
Transmission (1983)
Reflecting Light Vol. 1 (1983)
Brilliance (1984) (with William Wichman)
Reflecting Light II (1987)
Resonance (2002) (with Gary Miraz)

Ex-folk singer who moved to New York to become a well-known new age artist. Some of her music can be described as a mixture of Space Music and Electronic New Age.

See also: Zweistein

 


Douglas, Andrew (USA)

Peace Be Here (2012)
The Voyage of Cassini (2017)

Solo melodic Electronic Music by member of Dreamwind.

See also: Dreamwind

 


Douglas, Steve (USA)

Rainbow Suite (1981)

Jazz multi-instrumentalist (mostly sax and flute) with an unusual album. On Rainbow Suite he relies on synthesizer talents of Alan Pasqua (Yamaha CS80) and Dan Morehouse (EML-400) who lay down melodic and relaxing electronic backing for Steve to improvise on his sax and flute. If you absolutely don't like the sax, it is better to skip this one. Otherwise, this work can be considered EM-related due to the abundance of synthesizers.

 


Douw, Serge (Australia)

In Touch With Light (1987)
PeacePlanet (2005)

Serge Douw is an expert in laser technology and this album was written to accompany a laser light show depicting the formation of life on Earth. The cover of the CD re-issue of In Touch With Light gives it a rather shitty new age look. The music is rhythmic and melodic with more than a hint of Jarre.

 


Downes, Geoffrey (UK)

The Light Program (1987)
The World Service (2000)
Shadows And Reflections (2003)

Former keyboardist for The Buggles and Yes who now has his own group Asia. As a solo artist he has released some albums of Electronic Music in quasi-symphonic style. The albums are released as Geoffrey Downes / the New Dance Orchestra. Comparable to Vangelis, 80's Tangerine Dream and some Rick Wakeman. A good keyboard player he is, but his talents as a synthesist are highly debatable. Shadows And Reflections contains two long electronic tracks played 'live' in the studio.

 


Downscope (USA)

The Darkest Place (2015)
Sleeping Ions I (2015)
Sleeping Ions II (2015)
Sleeping Ions III (2015)
Sleeping Ions IV (2015)
Sleeping Ions V (2015)
Utopian Dreams (2016)
Visage (2016)
Moazagotl / Chergui (2016) (S)
Field Sonatas (2016)
Cannibalpak (2017)
Black Ice (2017)
大阪の音 (2017)
Shoreline (2017)

Downscope is Rimas Campe from Washington, D.C. He seems to be influenced by techno and dub music, but the listed releases (especially the Sleeping Ions series) show a dark and stark, gritty Electronic Music based on the sound of analog synthesizers and a repetitive, sometimes sequencer-based structure. It is perhaps a bit like Heldon completely stripped of any guitar and drums.

 


Doyle, Roger (Ireland)

Budawanny (1987) (soundtrack)

Roger Doyle (born in Dublin in 1949) is an Irish electroacoustic pioneer and experimental composer (very diverse really, he even made excursions into pop music). He is mostly known for his numerous theater scores. This is his soundtrack to a silent film that features light piano melodies and electronics. It has a very ambient feel overall and therefore will be enjoyed by fans of the genre. Also strongly recommended is his 2013 album The Thousand Year Old Boy, which, although electroacoustic, is very imaginative and beautiful music.

 


Doyle, William (UK)

Lightnesses (2017)

Long-form Ambient from this Brighton-based musician.

 


Dr. Atmo (Germany)

Silence I (1992) (with Pete Namlook)
Silence II (1993) (with Pete Namlook)
Music To Films (1994) (with Oliver Lieb)
Escape (1994) (with Pete Namlook)
A Day In the Park (1995) (with Pino & Wildjamin)
Man Made Motion (1999)
Hush! (2013) (with Miss Silencio)
Quiet Life (2014)

One of the early FAX label artists, Dr. Atmo aka Amir Abadi continued to make ambient music in the same style, albeit on a smaller scale, well into the new century. He is also known as a techno DJ.

 


Dr. C. Stein (Netherlands)

Plays For You (2000) (recorded in 1983 - 1985)
Echo Trip (2006) (recorded in 1983 - 1988)
Liege In the Spring (2007) (recorded in 1983 - 1988)

Dutch synth artist (Hanjo Erkamp) who was active during the 1980's but apparently didn't release anything at that time. Since then, a few CD-R and vinyl LP releases appeared with archived 80's recordings. Minimal, melodic music with crisp, bright arrangements.

 


Dr. Flanger (Spain)

Feria Internacional (1989)

Often descibed as synth-pop, this album actually features a varied set of highly rhythmic, mostly instrumental, tracks. Includes a cover of Kraftwerk's "The Model". Dr. Flanger is Eugenio Muñoz.

See also: Randomize

 


Dr Guilty (Italy)

Caged Panoramas (2013)

Beautiful and emotional ambient soundscapes from Gabriele Quartero.

 


Dr. Jekyll And Mr.Hyde (Japan)

Dr.Jekyll And Mr.Hyde 1 (1981)
Dr.Jekyll And Mr.Hyde 2 (1982)
Dr.Jekyll And Mr.Hyde 3 (1982)
Dr.Jekyll And Mr.Hyde 4 (1982)

The project of Hiro Kawahara (Heretic) and Yozox Yamamoto (Ain Soph).

See also: Heretic, Osiris, Astral Temple.

 


Dr. Philter Banx (Canada)

Insertion In Middle C (1975)

Obscure project / studio collective from London, Ontario, led by one Phillip Ross, a synthesist and modular Moog specialist. The cover is a mixture of "Deutsche Grammophon" ornamentation and strange Freudian imagery, but the music is electronic, from playful to aggressive and sequencer-based (with echoes of early TD, Klaus Schulze & more). A nice gem.

 


Dr. Space's Alien Planet Trip (USA)

Vol. 1 (2017)

Spacey synth / guitar compositions by this Øresund Space Collective offshoot (Dr. Space and invited guitar players, in this case Nicklas Sørensen and Richard Orlando).

See also: Øresund Space Collective

 


Dr. Strange (France)

Animorph (2001)
Animorph #2 (2002)
Animorph #3 (2014)

Ambient music by Erick Moncollin. The first tome of this dilogy is subtitled "Musique pour reptiles", the second - "Variations electroniques pour amphibiens" and the third - "Biomusique pour fleurs".

See also: ADN' Ckrystall

 


DR_1 (UK)

How Angels Fly On Burning Wings (2003)

Dark soundscapes and drones.

 


Dracos, Panos (Greece)

2-82 (1978)
2000 BC Or AD (1983)

Aka Panos Drakos. Greek keyboardist who has been compared with Rick Wakeman. Apart from a couple of short reviews, there's not much information, though, and the artist is quite obscure, like most artists from the so-called "EM periphery" (all countries apart from the likes of Germany, Netherlands, France, Great Britain and the USA). Anyway, the first abum seems to be a children's record or something like that, with some interesting electronic stuff, though. The second is a concept work inspired by Homer's "The Odyssey".

 


Draemgate (USA)

Twilight (2000)

Dark experiments in sound from two brothers Matthew Everet Kieren and Robert Shawn Kieren.

 


Draganov, Danail (Bulgaria)

 


Dragon's Realm (Poland??)

Windy Witches (2000)

Mysterious soundscapes.

 


Drama (Canada)

Loneliness (1979)

Obscure LP from ex-members of The 7th Temple Eric Simpson and Don Stagg. A mixture of progressive rock and Electronic Music. The album was recorded in Mississauga, Ontario.

 


Drame (France)

Drame (2015)

Drame consists of Rubin Steiner, Jérémie Morin, Fred Vidalot, Sandrine Guillot and Olivier Claveau. They use synths, real drums, bass and percussion. The music is very much influenced by the Dusseldorf School (analog synths galore and incessant motorik rhythms), the strongest influences being Harmonia, Neu! and La Dusseldorf, it appears.

 


Dravier (USA)

Limitations (2016) (S)
香港 trajectory (2016)
Tourist (2016)
Monarch (2016) (S)
St Kilda, Archipelago (2016)
Shelter From Environment (2016) (with V. Kristoff)
Prehistoria (2017) (S) (with V. Kristoff)
Saigon 1975 (2017)
Agile Reef Vol. I & II (2017)
Flooding of the Inner Chambers (2017)
Dreamworld Exotica (2017)
Ancient Fountains (2017)
Unmarked CDr (2017)

Warm ambient soundscapes and gentle sequencer rides.

 


Dream Carpets (Canada)

Interior Fountains (2013)

Mostly Ambient from this Vancouver-based project.

 


Dream Connection (Germany)

Websequenz (2004)
Triade (2006)
Streamfire (2006)

A duo of Harald Nies and Karl-Heinz Reiers.

See also: Nies, Harald

 


Dream Control (Germany)

Zeitgeber (2017)

Collaborative project between Zeus B. Held (Birth Control) and Steve Schroyder (Tangerine Dream, Star Sounds Orchestra, etc.). The vocoders on this album are nice throughout and they are probably the only interesting element, as the music itself is high in bpms, more along the lines of Star Sounds Orchestra's ...Ooz period (1997 - 1999), athough adopting a poppier approach, which, IMO, is pretty generic and even sounds somewhat dated as of 2017, with only "Go Forward" introducing a more ambient / EM sound and the laid-back closer "Doors of Perception" creating a nice hypnotic downtempo flow. For those into techno / trance, though, it might me a treat.

See also: Held, Zeus B., Schroyder, Steve, Star Sounds Orchestra.

 


Dream Machine (Germany)

Dream Machine (2016)
II (2017)

The first album is experimental synth, but rather noisy and grating, the second one introduces a softer vibe but closes with a noisier assault again. Not a very pleasant listen overall.

 


Dream Radiation (USA)

Dream Radiation (2003)

Ethereal Ambient from Kelly Thistle.

See also: Thistle, Konkrete Kantikle.

 


Dreamaiden (USA)

Blue Light (2007)

Dreamaiden is US-based synthesist Susan Baird who makes melodic Electronic Music inspired by 1980's  Tangerine Dream but in a very individual style. She uses sequences, rhythms, atmospheric pads and wonderful synthesizer solos. You can read my review of her debut album Blue Light here.

 


Dreamcraft (Serbia)

Dreamcraft (2014)

A project of Igor Dević in varied style, mostly flowing and a bit low-fi.

 


Dreamerproject (Norway)

Voyage (2012)
The Road To Your Heart (2012)

Melodic music influenced by Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and David Wright by Kjetil Ingebrigtsen.

 


Dreamers Cloth (Denmark)

Plays Ecstasy Waterfall (2008)
A Bamboo Dream (2008)
Total Descent To Mind Beach (2008)
The Coconut Pearl (2008)
Positive Theme Music (2008)
Pearl Divers (2008)
Marble Halls / Endlos Reichenberger Schorle Pool (2009)

More dreamy, hazy, sometimes tropical drones from this synth player.

See also: Frederiksen, Jonas

 


Dreaming the Seed (UK)

Liquid Vision (2004)

Ambient soundscpaes from Mick Deakin.

 


Dreaming Together (France)

4 Edens And A World of Shells (1988)

Ambient and experimental music by Olivier Abitbol who collaborated with Vox Populi! band under the name "Dreaming With Vox Populi". Lately he's gained a fame of psychedelic trance producer.

 


DreamLand (USA)

Underwater (2001)

This San-Antonio-based duo of Johnny A. Rodriguez and James Sidlo describes their music as "ambient-trance". Of course, there's no relation to trance music (techno sub-genre). But rather we get liquid and floating ambient soundscapes where synths, processed voices and guitars dominate.

 


Dreampeter (USA)

Snakes Eating Snakes (2015)

A duo of Peter Wiley and Matt Gilles doing a mixture of ambient tracks and some gently sequenced numbers.

 


Dreams of Dying Stars (Belgium)

Stardance (2003)
Interludium II: Aeon E (2004)
Funeral In the Void (2004)
Buried In the Void (2007)

Dark Space by the man behind Until Death Overtakes Me (Stijn Van Cauter).

See also: Until Death Overtakes Me, Fall of the Grey-Winged One, I Dream No More, In the Mist, Forbidden Fields.

 


dreamSTATE (Canada)

Between Realities (1998)
Om (2000)

Passage (2005)
A Decade Dreaming (2009)
The North Shore (2012) (with Heiki)
DRoNE DAY (2017)

Classic Ambient music from Scott McGregor and Jamie Todd.

See also: Urm, Radio Silence.

 


Dreamweaver (Austria)

Paradreams (1991)
Miles Away (1996)
Best of Dreamweaver (2013) (recorded in 1997 - 2013)
Lifepoints (2015)

Melodic, easy-listening music by Markus Pitzer. Elements of new age and mostly general MIDI sounds on earlier releases, getting more analog on later productions.

 


Dreamwind (USA)

Nightlight (2003)
Warp Date (2004)
Ambient Trails (2005)
Seventh Phase (2009)

Dreamwind is an electronic trio of Rick Bales, Andy Douglas and Ray Gantt. They are based in Alabama and their style is mostly sequencer-based and sometimes atmospheric EM.

See also: Douglas, Andrew

 


Dreamworld (Germany)

On Flight To the Light (1979)
Gates To Eternity (1983)

The band formerly known as Yatha Sidhra (Klaus and Rolf Fichter) in pure floating cosmic synth mould.

See also: Yatha Sidhra

 


Dreger (Poland)

Striving For the Whole (??)

 


Dresher, Paul (USA)

Liquid And Stellar Music / This Same Temple (1983)
Dark Blue Circumstance (1993) (recorded in 1982 - 1993)
This Same Temple (1996) (recorded in 1981 - 1985)

Although not for EM purists, I decided to include this minimalist / post-minimalist composer. Liquid And Stellar Music contains two tracks - the eponymous piece from 1981, which is based on repetitive, multi-layered electric guitar sounds, not unlike those of Manuel Goettsching; and "This Same Temple" which is the least interesting of the two and is based on piano improvisation. The album named after that second track, released in 1996, is basically a re-issue of the debut, as it contains both tracks from the LP in their entirety, but adding two unreleased tracks. "Destiny" from 1983 tries to repeat the formula of "Liquid And Stellar Music", although with drums and some typical 1980's sounds added, it lacks the hypnotic quality of the latter. But the real gem is 1985's "Water Dreams". Described as "electro-acoustic tape composition", it's a wonderful pioneering piece of Ambient, having much more to do with Brian Eno, Cluster and the current wave of ambient droners than with any of the high-browed "serious" academic sound researchers. Dark Blue Circumstance is interesting for its title track, recorded in 1982 - 1987, done in the style of "Liquid And Stellar Music" (multi-layered processed electric guitars).

 


Dressel, Heinrich (Italy)

Mons Testaceum (2007)
Escape From Hell (2008)
Completion of the Amphoras Table (2009)
Vicolo Cieco (2010)
Sighing Melodies Thru the Graves (2012)
The House of the Rising Synth (2014) (S)

Dynamic, analogue, sequence-full music with blistering solos from Valerio Lombardozzi.

 


Dreyt Nien (France)

Neurodrones Vol. 1 (2016)
Les Rivières de la Nuit (2016)
Fields of Uncertainty (2016)
Neuroleaks (Neurodrones Vol. 2) (2017)
Hyperspace Collapse (2017)
Yoru No Kawa (2017)

Experimental modular synth artist. Of special interest will be the dark sequencer ride occupying side B of the Fields of Uncertainty cassette. However, this piece is taken from the artist's bandcamp page, as each cassette is actually unique and contains different music.

 


Drieghe, Guy (Belgium)

Het is Theater zoals te Verwachten En Voorzien was... (1982)
Cochlea (1985)
Bismuth (2014)

Belgian synthesist and member of Pillion duo with Walter Christian Rothe. Guy's own solo music is somewhat on the experimental side of things. He was born in 1958. After being a photographer and pursuing a career in Fine Arts, he acquired his first synthesizer in 1975. Fooling around with it for a while as part of a short-lived group Exxess, he got himself more synths. Setting up a nice studio, Guy became involved in various film productions and theatre performances. Quickly becoming a modular synth fanatic, he got in touch with people like Morton Subotnick, John Cage and Andre Stordeur. He then quicky became a well-respected music producer and synthesizer demonstrator (he worked for Roland). The above albums were never officially released, as far as I know. The first one is a soundtrack to a theatre performance. Bismuth contains ambient compositions.

See also: Pillion

 


Drift (Italy)

A Path To Your Dreams (1995)
Earthquake (1995)
Exile (1995)
The Beyond (1995)
Black Line (1996)
Diazepam (1996)
Sector 9 (1996)
Scum of the Earth / Thrice Is the Divinity of Dark Gods (1998)
Surface Extra (2000)

A project of Gabriele Giuliani in Dark / Drone Ambient vein. The music bears a very sad atmosphere at times, with traces of Doom Ambient.

 


Driftin Thoughts (Germany)

Isolation (1987)
Secret Dimensions (1997)
Nightshifts (1998) (recorded in 1992 - 1996)
Birds Eye View 1987-2000 (2000)

A project of Marcus Hildebrandt in New Berlin School vein. A little like Spyra or Asana. Sometimes with prominent rhythms.

 


Drifting In Silence (USA)

Artificial (2016)

Drifting Silence is a hybrid Ambient / IDM / industrial project of Derrick Stembridge. Artificial is a purely ambient work.

 


Driftmachine (Germany)

Nocturnes (2014)
Eis Heauton (2015) (S)
Colliding Contours (2016)
Radiations (2017)

A duo of Andreas Gerth and Florian Zimmer, whose style combines elements of the deepest forms of dub techno, Progressive EM and a bit of avant-garde. Really deep and unique sound here.

 


Driphouse (USA)

1 (2008) (S)
2 (2008) (S)
Sewer Mist (2009)
3 (2009) (S)
Romati & Gains (2009) (S)
Axe (2009) (S)
Airlocks And Pallet Jacks (2010) (S)
Moog Workshop (2010) (S)
50/50 (2010) (S)
FM Radio '10 (2010) (S)
Root 91 (2011)

Iowa-based sound artist Daren Ho who prefers to release his music on cassettes and vinyl LP's. This is his ambient / experimental electronic project that runs a gamut of styles from pure floaters to warm analog synth bliss to strange rhythmic excursions and sequencer trips.

 


Driscoll, James (UK)

Journeys By Moonlight (1994)

British synthesist.

 


Droids (France)

Star Peace (1978)

Synth music from Yves Hayat. Most of the pieces on Star Piece are upbeat and rhythmic - sort of EM with a "disco" flair. I think if Laserdance made music in the 70's, this is how they'd sound, although Star Peace has none of the repetitiveness so typical of the Dutch project's music, and is more complex overall. Another point of reference would be the group Space, but Droids have more interesting arrangements and all songs are completely instrumental. There is also a short experimental interlude, called "Interspace" and a couple of floating cosmic pieces. These include "Tchoung Fou" and the epic "Renaissance De L'Amour", with it's long, dramatic spacey introduction, upbeat middle section and tabla rhythms near the end. The album has got a great analogue sound and should be considered a classic of French Electronic Music.

See also: Hayat, Yves

 


Droin (Poland)

Time To Reconsider (2007)
Source of Vectors (2013) (with Marchoff)

Martial Ambient from this Polish project by Tomasz Kretowski.

 


Drøn (Germany)

HD188753 (2013)

After several albums on the Electrolux label, German IDM / downtempo project Drøn (Christoph Abert, Frederik Dahlke and Ingo Zobel) released privately this completely beatless, totally ambient album. The music is nice and reminds both on IDM atmospheres sans rhythm and on EM pioneers (including the earlier experimental electronics from the 1960's). Extremely cosmic and spaced out.

 


Dronaement (Germany)

Elements (1999)
Allein... Unter Menschen (1999)
Wassermond (2000) (S)
Crop Circle (2000)
Deep-Dive-Drone (2001)
Between Two Yearthousands (2001) (with Rabbit's Sorrow)
Estoe (2002)
Yr (2002)
Ezoterick Soundzcapes (2003)
Fuer Mur (2004) (S)
Fields 1 (2004)
Ezoterick Muzick (2006)
A Collection of Songs About Norway (2008)
Fieldbox (2009)
Dead Organ Music - The Cosmic Tapes (2010)
Hermit Haven (2010) (with Aalfang Mit Pferdekopf)

Esoteric Drone Ambient from Marcus Obst.

 


Dronament (Germany)

Dronament (2006)

Mathias Grassow's alter ego. Ambient.

See also: Grassow, Mathias, Nord.

 


Dronny Darko (Ukraine)

Outer Tehom (2014)
Earth Songs (2015) (with ProtoU)
Neuroplasticity (2016)
Spira Igneus (2016)
Abduction (2017)
Forsaken (2017) (with Alphaxone)

Dark soundscape artist Oleg Puzan.

 


Drop In (Germany)

Induced Reactions (1993)

A project of Ingo Kunzi.

 


Drottning Omma (Sweden)

Iris av is (2016)
En värld av is (2016)
För alltid, is (2017)
Is (2017) (recorded in 2015 - 2016)

Sort of a low-fi, techno-influenced sound. Some tracks are Ambient, though.

 


Droune (USA)

(Album One) (2003)

Long-form droning ambient compositions. A project of Massachusetts-based D. Strong.

 


Drowning Breathing, The (USA)

The Moon (1990)

Cosmic Ambient and Dark Space by this enigmatic Californian project.

 


dru (USA)

In A Dark Time (1983)
E-Scape (1983)
Out of the Darkness (1984)
Tableau Philosophique #2 (1990)
Improvisations (1992)
24 Medications (1995)
Shiva-9 (1995) (recorded in 1986 and 1987)

 


Druhá Smrt (Czech Republic)

Ukhulth (2013)

Czech Dark Ambient duo of Lucie Spilková and Jindřich Spilka.

 


Druid Cloak (USA)

Bastion of the Sterling Thrones (2013) (EP)
Lore: Book One (2014)
Lore: Book Two (2015)
Lore: Book Three (2016)
O.R.C.S. (2017)

Druid Cloak is a project of Joseph Morris. The Lore trilogy of albums is inspired by fantasy worlds (mostly by Tolkien) and combines influences from UK bass, dungeon synth and Ambient. Strangely enough, there are also shades of Klaus Schulze's sampling phase, of all things, the track "Elderheart Pass" from Lore: Book Three being a good example of that. Interesting and individual style overall, not exactly "EM as we know it", but definitely progressive.

 


Drum 'N' Nibor (Germany)

Balance (2010)
Timeless (2015)
Mixed Emotions (2016)

German artist (and drummer) born in Cologne in 1955. His style is diverse, but the music generally falls into the rhythmic / melodic category. Mastered by Eroc.

 


Drumbeg (UK)

Circles In Stone (1990)
External Forces (1993)

A duo of Jon Palmer and Martin Dearmun. More or less along the lines of Palmer's ambient works, with extra experimental and ritual touches (lots of percussion).

See also: Palmer, Jon, Dearmun, Martin.

 


Drumcell (USA)

Sleep Complex (2013)
Hypoxia - A Constant Preparation For Loss (2015)
Ansence of Appropriate Effect (2016) (EP)
Hypoxia II - Unwilling Suspension of Disbelief (2016) (S)

Diverse (mostly techno-related) project of Los Angeles-based Moe Espinosa. I will try to list his EM-related releases here. These have a nice, fat synth sound and are influenced by electronic pioneers of the 1970's.

 


Drunk Dealers, The (Greece)

The DD Private Tapes Vol. 1 (2011)

Deep spacey music in the vein of early kosmische and Berlin School.

 


Dry Valleys (USA)

Illuminating Gaze (2010)
Vernal Equinox (2010) (S)
Movile Cave Sojourns (2011)
Aqua Aura (2011)
Mayall's Object (2013)

Fort Wayne, Indiana based project. Psychedelic synth, mostly of ambient kind.

 


Drygianakis, Costis (Greece)

Ώρες Και Εποχές (1993)

Electroacoustic composer. This early album released on cassette may be of interest to fans of drone / Ambient.

See also: Optical Music

 


DSA Working, The (USA)

Twilight Mind (2000)
Negation / Horned & Golden (2003)

Ambient atmospheres by the bass player of prog band Yeti.

 


DSIP (Germany)

Delta-Sleep-Inducing Peptide (1989)
Abduction of Mind (1990)
Heavy Barrage (1990)
The Current Status (1990)
Cataleptic Episodes (1991)
Out Now (1991)
Somnosections (1991)
Sound Research (1991)
The Grim Scenario (1991)
L-Tryptophan (1991)
A Echo From the Future (1992)
Apartment 8 (1992)
Comarousal (1992)
Evil (1992)
Dalstraat (1992)
Mindworld (1992)
Weissmuster (1992)
Incidence / Aftermath (1992)
The Campus Gig (1992)
Time Zone Eyes (1992)
Subliminal Sculptures (1992)
Stimulus-Related Influences (1992)
Falling Lighthouse (1993)
Rebound (1993)
Praxis Langendreer (1993)
Pre-Natal (1995)
Oscillopsia (2014)

Ambient by Siegmar Fricke (with Peter Mauson helping out). DSIP is short for "Delta Sleep Inducing Peptide".

 


DSRlines (Belgium)

DSRlines (1999) (S)
a-dsr EP (2001) (EP)
Live At S.Lohaus Gallery (2010) (S)
Kustvaart In die Ruimtezee (2013) (S)
Venndiagram (2013)
Spoel (2014)
III-II (2015)
Analogie van de Dageraad (2015)
Teller (2015)
Delta Wave / Broken Gong (2016) (S)
Kustvaart In De Ruimtezee (2016) (S)

DSRlines is David Edren from Antwerp who uses computers, analogue synthesizers and theremin. The music is experimental but also sequencer-based and quite listenable, with a strong prog EM vibe, especially on later works.

See also: Edren, David, Hare Akedod.

 


Du Mosch, Mark (Netherlands)

Midnight Run (2013)
Overview I (2014)

Mark Du Mosch is a deep house producer and DJ from the Netherlands. However, he also composes more atmospheric, EM-related material. Releases containing the latter I will try to list here.

 


Dual Frequency (Germany)

Neue Deutsche Welle (1983) (S)

A minimal synth / NDW duo of Udo Sandmann and Sahin Oktay. Their drums / synth setup produces pretty standard NDW with vocals on side A and melodic / rhythmic instrumental EM on flip. File under EM-related.

 


Duallein (Austria)

Noch kein Regen fur Alle (1982)

Repetitive music from the project of Peter A. Egger who participated in the first Ars Electronica festivals. A rare cassette release.

 


Dub Atomica (UK)

Autonomic (1999)

Dub Atomica are Ian Boddy and Nigel Mullaney. Rhythmic, thickly textured synthetic pulses.

See also: Boddy, Ian

 


Dub Tassles (Canada)

Dub Tassles #1 (2011)
Dub Tassles #2 (2011)

One of the pseudonyms used by Canadian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Chad VanGaalen. Under the Dub Tassles name he creates bubbling analog synth music.

 


Dubois, Claude (Canada)

Fable d'Espace (1978)

Atypical album from this Quebecois singer-songwriter, this one was recorded in Todd Rundgren's studio. It is still dominated by vocal songs but features also instrumental guitar / synth progressive jams ("Une Guitare des Ondes...") that could even interest fans of Heldon. File under EM-related.

 


Duchône Logic (Belgium)

Music For Abberance (1991)

Ambient drone from Filip Maes.

 


Duck Dive (Indonesia)

Inner Projections (2010)
Interpolarity (2012)

Varied synth soundscapes, from ambient to sequenced / rhythmic.

 


Duda, Krzysztof (Poland)

Ameno Domine (2012)
Altus (2013) (recorded in 1980 - 1985)
Four Incarnations (2013) (with Przemyslaw Rudz)
Hołd (2014) (with Robert Kanaan and Przemyslaw Rudz)
Deep Sea (2014)
3C (2017) (with Robert Kanaan and Przemyslaw Rudz)

Polish synthesist.

 


Dudek-Durer, Andrzej (Poland)

Protect Your Psych (1984)
Drop Outs (1986)
Fun... Run... (1989)
Your Destiny S.F. (1990)
More... More... (1990)
Your Destiny (1992)
Equivalent (1992)
Transmutation (1997)
Trans Trip (1998)
Infiltration of the Timespaces (1999)
Transmutation II (2003)

Andrzej Dudek-Durer is a musician, painter, photographer, sculptor, philosopher, metaphysicist, instrument creator and God knows what else. Andrzej had been living in total (or almost total) isolation up until 1978, when he started the project "The Travel Art". As a musician, he is known for a unique, spiritual style, sort of new agey, but not new age really. Andrzej is the mastermind behind countless projects, both studio and live. He worked within many diffirent idioms (as an example, one can name his sitar or piano playing) and the above discography includes his synthesizer works only.

 


Dudon, Jacques (France)

Lumieres Audibles (1995)
Erosion Distillée (2016)

Strictly speaking, Jacques Dudon's Lumieres Audibles is not electronic. It's light-tronic! Or, rather, it's light-controlled music obtained through a completely analog process. Jacques Dudon rotates semi-transparent discs that modify the light that passes through them. The resulting waveforms are picked up by solar cells that are connected to analog amplifiers. The results are ambient and fascinating. Ever wondered of what EM would sound like if light replaced electricity? This is it.

 


Due (Spain)

Due - 3 (1987)
Due - 3 (1987)
Impromptu En Cinco Partes (1987)
El Duo Dinamico (1988)
An Impromptu In Zig-Zag (1988)
Esplendor y Muerte del Apelmazado (1988)
Le Cinema et le Roi de Siam (1988)

Ironically, Due is not a duo as one might think, but an experimental synthesizer trio based in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, consisting of Angel Sánchez, Elio Quiroga and Miguel Hernández. They have something of a minimal synth vibe to them, which was pretty common for independent productions of the 1980's. However, their music seems to be mostly instrumental. On longer tracks, they develop a wild, abstract electronic style, seemingly influenced by all those sci-fi soundtracks of the 1960's and 1970's. And, in spite of the fact that we're talking 1987 here, all the instruments seem to be analog, or at least that's what is sounds like. Sometimes they cross into hard-core experimental / noise territory, so it's not 100% "our" EM, but the overall influence is there, so they are definitely EM-related. Note that there are two cassettes from 1987 called Due - 3, each with a different cover (one is black and the other white) and each containing different music. The band was disbanded circa 1992.

 


Duet For Theremin And Lap Steel (USA)

Duet For Theremin And Lap Steel (2007)
Live (2009)
Collaborations (2013)
10 (2016)

What the name says. A duo of Scott Burland and Frank Schultz with a rather ambient sound.

 


Dughpa (Sweden)

Tidsrymd (2016)
Dughpa (2016)

Minimal analog experimentalism. Repetitive, but rather listenable, sometimes like 1970's Klaus Schulze stripped of all the non-rhythmic / atmospheric elements.

 


Duguay, Raoul (Canada)

Douceur (1985)
Nova (1989) (with Michel Robidoux)

Former member of L'Infonie who released a few solo works ranging in style from prog-influenced to pop songs to new age and Space Music.

 


Duka (Italy)

Electropop (2016)
10 Minutes (2017)

Maurizio Duka Moroni is an ambient / soundscape artist with a varied style, both abstract and melodic, synthy and concrete / field recordings-dominated. Often ventures in the realms of Space Music. All of the above is true for 10 Minutes, which contains six 10-minute tracks. Electropop is a different beast altogether, though - all-instrumental, moody, Kraftwerk-influenced "pop" music. Very different but also nice.

 


Duke, George (USA)

The 1976 Solo Keyboard Album (1982) (recorded in 1976)

Jazz-funk keyboardist (1946 - 2013) who played with Frank Zappa, Billy Cobham, Jean-Luc Ponty and many others and had a stellar solo career as well. The above is an archival release from 1982 featuring what the title promises. The album is largely pased on the piano but features synths prominently. Among the tracks are "Excerpts from the Opera Tzina" - a fine, flowing electronic piece with a strong classical influence that will be enjoyed by fans of Synergy and similar artists. File under EM-related.

 


Dukkha (UK)

Culture Is Not Your Friend (2009)

Dukkha is a British sludge / doom project. Culture Is Not Your Friend consists of three long tracks of which the last one is completely stripped of guitars and concentrates on organ / synth drone and atmospheres that bring to mind early Klaus Schulze.

 


Dullaart, Frank (Netherlands)

Trans Harmonic Dream (1983)

Obscure cassette release with Eno-like ambient synth music. This album was re-released in 2013, also on cassette.

 


Dump (Italy)

Ossessionato Dagli Spettri di Quella Foresta (2005)
Iside (2006)
Catacombe Dimenticate (2006) (S)
150F (2007)

Doom Ambient from this atmospheric project out of Milano, mostly consisting of simple melancholic synth chords.

 


Duncan, Trevor (UK)

Other Worlds (1981)
Eklektikos (1981)

Nice, classically-influenced electronic library music from this British composer. Think a mixture of early (analogue) Vangelis and "Star Wars" soundtrack. Also comparable to Tomita.

 


Duncan Trio, The (USA??)

Baron Ochs (1985)

Musical play in classically-inspired avant-synth style.

 


Dundov, Petar (Croatia)

Ideas From the Pond (2012)
Sailing off the Grid (2013)

Sequencer-based music with a touch of techno. File under "New Berlin School".

 


Dune, Lorna (USA)

Sidereal (2012) (EP)

Warm synths and motorik rhythms between krautrock and synthwave. Some spacier moments as well. Good stuff. Lorna Dune is a pseudonym of Brooklyn-based artist Lorna Krier.

See also: Love Like Deloreans

 


Dungeon Grunge (USA)

The Beginning (2016)

Droning ambient soundscapes, somethimes with a kind of fantasy atmosphere. At times with subtle sequences or arpeggios and / or nice analog synth leads. A project from Reading, Pennsylvania.

 


Dunker, Amy (USA)

Certain Images (2005)

Electroacoustic music and electronic soundscapes from this acclaimed academic composer.

 


Dunn, Richard (France)

Sequences / Modulations (1978) (S)

Richard Pinhas under a pseudonym.

See also: Pinhas, Richard, Heldon.

 


Duplan (France)

Chlorophyllia (2016) (EP)

Modular synth compositions ranging from vaguely dancey to completely beatless / experimental.

 


Durand, Federico (Argentina)

La Siesta del Cipres (2010)
El Extasis de las Flores Pequeñas (2011)
Adormidera (2012)
El Libro de los Arboles Magicos (2012)
El Idioma de las Luciernagas (2013)
Música Para Manuel (2014) (S)
El Estanque Esmeralda (2014)
La Estrella Dormida (2014)
Música Para Manuel (2015)
Magical Imaginary Child (2015) (with Chinei Hatakeyama)
Circle (2015) (S) (with Chinei Hatakeyama)
A Través del Espejo (2016)
Jardín de Invierno (2016)
Sora (2017) (with Chinei Hatakeyama)
Pavel (2017)

Ambient artist with some electroacoustic and glitch / microsound tendencies.

 


Durbet, Thierry (France)

Moving (1985)
Albatros (1985)

Library records with some chilled and dynamic electronic cuts.

 


Duren, Wolfgang (Germany)

Eyeless Dreams (1980)

Wolfgang Duren is the man who helped to develop early PPG synthesizers. This album contains rhythmic, sequenced electronic pieces.

 


Durkee, Norman (USA)

Audio Illusions (??)

In 1978 Norman Durkee released a spoken word / radioplay record called Plastic Radio. It included also some music in different styles. This is his later record which is a mixture of Dark Side of the Moon-like vocalizations, new age, Ambient and Space Music.

 


Durst, Marc (France)

La Galaxie (1997)
La Maîtrise du Stress (1997)

French musician who contributed at least one album to the Collection Oxygene sampler. Ambient.

 


Dusk of Hope (France)

Catharsis (1996)
Fin de Millenaire (1997)
Flexible Response (2005)

Dark Ambient.

 


Dustcraft (USA)

Exoterra (2016)

A project of Michael Cottone, mixing dub techno and Ambient / EM tracks. File under EM-related

 


Dusty Baron (Ukraine??)

A Little Comedy A Little Drama (2017)

The album opens with "Turbine Fabric", which sounds like a hybrid of "End Credits" from Blade Runner and "On the Run" by Pink Floyd. The album proceeds through more styles and influences from the cartoonish to the relaxed, always based on the sounds of analog synthesizers and often having that "vintage Soviet EM" feeling.

 


Dutch Space Mission (Netherlands)

Masters of Space And Time (2007)
E-Live 2008 (2008)

A duo of Eppie Hulshof and Bert Hulshoff aka Phrozenlight. Spacey / Berlinesque music.

See also: Hulshof, Eppie, Phrozenlight.

 


Dutour, Pierre (France)

Top Fiction (1979)
Top Fiction Vol. 2 (1979)
Aquarius (1982)

Aka Ted Atking. Aquarius is nice electronic library music, gentle and melodic, sometimes new agey. Inspired by water and the seas. Often reminds on L'Apocalypse des Animaux by Vangelis, with the same pastoral, relaxed vibe to it.

 


Duval, John (USA)

Hell's Canyon (2003)

Solo work of Dweller At the Threshold member. Deep, resonating synthesizer soundscapes.

See also: Dweller At the Threshold, MindSpiral.

 


Duval, Manuel (France)

Manuel Duval & le Docteur Samary (2015) (S)

Like a waaay out there Art Zoyd mixed with evil circus music, a bit of Cluster and elements of stochastic music perhaps.

 


Duvet du Diable (Canada)

Cristallisation du Sanctuaire Glacial par le Linceul du Réel (2013)

Nice dungeon synth from this Quebeqois artist who calls himself Monseigneur Villancour.

 


Duviella, Serge (Haiti)

Synthese (1984)

Electronic project by one Serge Duviella released on a NY-based label. Duviella plays a variety of synthesizers on this release that includes a couple of instrumental covers of popular Haitian singers.

 


Duwe, Christoph (Germany)

Inselmusik (1996)

On Ardema label. Music is supposedly soft and meditative.

 


Dva Pustykh Skafandra (Russia)

Private Psychodelic Suit (2017)

Original name in Russian: . Monolithic, but rather inventive electronic soundscapes with a psychedelic twist.

 


Dvořák, Tomáš (Czech Republic)

Samorost2 (2006) (soundtrack)
Machinarium Soundtrack (2009)
Machinarium Bonus EP (2009) (EP)
Samorost3 Soundtrack (2016) (soundtrack)

Czech nu-jazz / trip-hop musician and video game soundtrack composer. From the Machinarium Soundtrack you can tell he listened to a lot of Cluster. At least the vibe of Roedelius & co. is there - all those strange, funky noises, cute melodies and rhythms that sound like they could come from a lost Forst session, updated with contemporary elements and augmented by influences from Ambient and jazz.

 


Dwane, Mark (USA)

The Myth (1984)
The Monuments of Mars (1988)
Angels, Aliens & Archetypes (1991)
The Atlantis Factor (1993)
Paradigm Shift (1995)
The Nefilim (1998)
Archives (2000) (recorded in 1984 - 1995)
Planetary Mysteries (2001)
The Sirius Link (2004)
2012 (2007)
Variants (2007)
Memory Alpha (2007)
Other Worlds (2009)
Archives 2 (2012)
The Manhattan Collection: Alpha Waves (2013)
Elegant Design (2013)
Rituals (2014)
Anomalies (2014)
Ufology (2016)

Mark Dwane got his first synth in the early 70's and in 1975 he founded the group Orb that published two albums before calling it a day in 1981. His solo music is very diverse musically, but mainly stays in the Space Music realm. The second album is more melodic and rhythmic. Mark is an acknowledged master of the MIDI guitar.

See also: Orb

 


Dwarfstar (Hungary)

Perplexing Reality (2016)

Strange mixture of ritual music, melodic synth and hints of metal.

 


Dweller At the Threshold (USA)

No Boundary Condition (1996)
Generation - Transmission - Illumination (1998)
Dweller In the Tape Vaults (2000)
Ouroboros (2001)
Passenger 4 (2004) (with Free System Projekt)
Full Boundary Condition (2004)

This band used to consist of David Fulton and Paul Ellis who created classic Electronic Music in the traditions of the Berlin School. Paul Ellis is now replaced with John Duval.

See also: Fulton, David, Ellis, Paul, Tribal Machine, Duval, John.

 


Dweomer (USA)

Sleeping Thorn (2015)

Strictly limited cassette release from this Portland, Oregon-based synth artist. Varied soundscapes, from melodic to experimental.

 


Dwinell, Mark (USA)

Golden Ratio (2014)

This particular album is a varied synth exploration from this guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Ranges from the abstract to lulling, arpeggio-laden analog goodness. For fans of Terry Riley, Cluster and more.

See also: Forma

 


Dwole (USA)

A Requiem of Euphoric Nihilism (1998)

Dark Ambient from Minneapolis-based artist Brian J. Huebner.

 


Dyad (USA)

Cyberia (2012)

Interestingly enough, this Denver-based trio of Daniel Moran, Jeremy Averitt and Charles Ballas makes music, which seems to be inspired by Kraftwerk circa The Mix (the 1990 - 1993 era). Not among the most popular of periods, I must add.

 


Dyaz, Antonio (Spain)

The Gallery (2000)

The man behind El Sueno De Hyparco.

See also: El Sueno De Hyparco

 


Dyb (Argentina)

August 19 (2017)

Ambient artist Diego Masarotti. A bit grating sound in places.

 


Dynamo Snackbar (UK)

The Paradox of Plankton (2017)

Mixture of rhythmic / melodic synth sequences and guitar. Music in the style of Ashra and other pioneers. Dynamo Snackbar is Joe Lythgoe (aka Anthony Joseph Lythgoe).

 


Dynatron (Denmark)

Escape Velocity (2012)
Aeternus (2015)
The Rigel Axiom (2016) (EP)

Dynatron is Copenhagen-based synthwave producer Jeppe Hasseriis. He likes to throw in ambient / EM tracks as well, some examples being "Vox Magnetismi" and "Andromeda Bleeding" from Escape Velocity.

 


Dyson, John (UK)

Evolution (1989)
Aquarelle (1991)
Different Values (1994)
Beyond the Gates (1995)
Silverbird (1998)
Darklight (2009)

One of the leading British synthesists, John Dyson is known for his Wavestar project that mixed Tangerine Dreams melodic side with Floydian spaciness. Their album Moonwind was very successful among EM fans. John's solo work is in similar style. It is very melodic but, in comparison with, say, Ron Boots music, is focusing even more on the melody. As a result, it sounds way too sweet and uninteresting for my ears, even more so, because often the timbral variety and experimentalism are sacrificed for the sake of good melodic arrangements. But I can still recommend his music for those who like melodic Electronic Music.

See also: Wavestar, D'Lear, Shaun.

 


Dystopia (Finland)

Second Dawn (1998)

Finnish duo of Pertti Grönholm and Ismo Virta from Turku. Dystopia was founded in 1995. Dark Ambient with new elements.

See also: Grönholm, Pertti

 


Dystopiska Visioner (Sweden)

Dystopiska Visioner (2014) (S)

Is it just me or when someone mentions dystopia in a project's or album's title, it immediately conjures up images from Blade Runner in one's mind? Anyway, the movie was indeed hugely influential and rightly so. So, no surprises here, folks, this music by Swedish synthesist Michel Isorinne sounds completely influenced by Blade Runner and its atmosphere.

See also: Isorinne, Michel

 


DZ Lectric (France)

Tentatives (1981) (S)

Minimal wave / experimental / industrial musician who is also known as D.Z. Lectric and under his real name Christian Dezert. On the above cassette, which only has four short pieces, there is a nice EM track called "Révolution Culturelle" which has an analog sequence running through it and background wordless falsetto signing. All of this reminds on the early, embryonic Klaus Schulze experiments (post Irrlicht / Cyborg but pre-Timewind). "China" is another track that seems to be interesting. However, for now this is largely a one-track inclusion, as I haven't heard anything similar from him yet. Further and deeper investigation would not harm, though.

 


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