Index

 

F.A.R.N. (Germany)

And Friends (1983)
Brötzinger Konzerte (1985) (with Syn-Code)
Teamwork (1986)
Synvoll (??)

A group put together by Peter Schaefer in the 1980's. They mainly worked in the duo format with Schaefer and Kai Uwe Höhn but other friends and colleagues also appeared from time to time on records or at concerts.

See also: Schaefer, Peter, Farn, Pete, Opera's Space.

 


F.D. Project (Germany)

Electronic Dreams (2003)
Blue Visions (2004)
Mountainway (2005)
Electric Visions (2006) (recorded in 2004)
Timeless (2006)
Heavensgate (2008)
Today & Yesterday (2009)
Derby! (2009) (with Ron Boots and Harold van der Heijden)
Electronic Circus (2009)
Time To Remember (2010)
Nocturna (2011)
Water And Earth (2011)
Quadea (2012)
Live E-Live 2013 (2013)
Timeless II (2016)

The man behind F.D. Project is Frank Dorittke. The first album contains vocals, but the music itself is pure EM, very melodic and spacey, resulting in a collection of electronic ballads.

See also: MorPheusz

 


F.G. Experimental Laboratory (Switzerland)

Journey Into A Dream (1975)
Synthetic Music For Church (1976) (S)
Hope (1980)
7693 (1993) (recorded in 1976 - 1993)

Abstract and cosmic music played on various synthesizers and keyboards by Fredy Guye who worked (and I guess still works) out of his studio in Chezard-Saint-Martin, Neuchatel canton. For fans of the trippiest Klaus Schulze and early Tangerine Dream.

 


F.ormal L.ogic D.ecay (Italy)

Origamystical (2016)

Classic power electronics / noise project (Luigi Maria Mennella) from the 1990's. On Origamystical, a strange krauty / EM attitude started to show itself and the music is rather unique, blending synths with darkish ambiences and a strange ethnic vibe.

 


Fab Mayday (Italy)

Fractal Rivers (2017)

Unique World Music with tribal, Gamelan and minimalist (lots of repetition) influences. A project of Fabio Calzolari who has been known previously for his nu-disco productions.

 


Fabbri, Franco (Italy)

Domestic Flights (1983)

Rare electronic album by former guitarist of prog band Stormy Six that makes use of guitar synthesizer, a drum machine and a computer. Cosmic sound.

 


Faber (Germany)

Spacefish (2009)
Spaceseed (2009)
Spaceglow (2010)
Different Worlds (2011)
Dreamchild (2011)
Universal Flow (2012)
Sounddiver (2012)
Pictures (2013)
Ways (2014)
Stories (2014)
Dark Sun (2015)
Earthbeats (2016)

More or less classic style Electronic Music from this synthesist.

 


Fabersan (UK)

The Invisible Landscape (2017)

Varied ambient and melodic / cinematic compositions with some voice samples. Some of it will appeal to fans of Vangelis. Some sounds more influenced by 1990's ambient techno / psychedelic electronics.

 


Fabi, Claudio (Italy)

Avventura (??)

Electronic library record.

 


Fabor, Fabio (Italy)

Synthetronics (1976) (with Giancarlo Barigozzi)
Baby Show (1976)
Melos e Psiche (1976)
Pape Satan (1980)
Aquarium (1980)
Space Craft's Men: Adventures (1983) (with Antonio Arena)
Elektro Barock (1983)
Superman (1984) (with Antonio Arena)

Fabio Fabor (1920 - 2011) was a library composer (real name - Fabio Borgazzi) who composed music in various styles, including some EM (the electronic-related releases are listed).

See also: Astral Dimension, the

 


Fabric (USA)

A Sort of Radiance (2011)
Curiosity Model (2016) (EP)

Floating, warm analog soundscapes from Matthew Mullane out of Ohio, USA.

 


Face (USA)

A Picture of End (1997)

Ambient soundscapes from Paris Sedonis and Justin Bennett.

 


Face Worker (USA)

Pre-Dawn White Lights (2009)
Ocean / Haze (2009) (S)
Lights & Towns (2009)
Deforestation (2009) (S)
The Building of A Dam (2009) (S)

Face Worker is Brett Naucke, the founder of Catholic Tapes cassette label (known for its experimental / noise releases). His own music is rather restrained, with chimey synth patterns and chirpy effects. Still a bit on the experimental side of things.

See also: Naucke, Brett, Exercise.

 


Fagelli, Leonardo (Canada)

Departure (2013)
Quantum (2013)
Knight of the Pyramid (2013)

Dynamic electronic themes that sound like Keith Emerson played by Klaus Schulze. Leonardo Fagelli is a keyboardist based in Quebec.

 


Fagerström, Daniel (Sweden)

Beyond Interstitial Space (2013)
En Levande Själ (2014) (soundtrack)
Binary Visions (2017) (S)

Swedish vocalist, keyboardist, synthesist and multi-instrumentalist. Daniel is a member of the punk / garage, as well as industrial scenes in his country and plays (or have played) in several bands. His solo work released under his real name is electronic and he makes use of classic analog instruments, along with driving drums. I guess some of the material released under the Optic Nest moniker can qualify for inclusion as well.

See also: Optic Nest

 


Fairlight (Switzerland)

Electronic duo of Peter Irock and Lionello Ferrazzini that gave a lot of concerts of cosmic Electronic Music during the 1980's.

See also: Irock, Peter

 


Faivre, Marcel Henri (France)

Prismes (??)

Marcel Henri Faivre is a classical composer but it looks like at least the first side of this obscure 1970's album contains electronic works.

 


Fajerman, Joël (France)

Racines Synthetiques (1978)
Prisme (1979)
Painted Desert (1980) (with Jan Yrssen)
Azimuts (1981)
L'Aventure des Plantes (1982)
Turbulences (1983)
Electric Ice (1985) (with Pierre Porte)
Regards (1989)
Inventions of Life (1991)
Nostalgic 1 (??) (with Pierre Porte)

French synthesist known for his TV programme and commercial scores. His most famous work is La Aventura de las Plantas (L'Aventure des Plantes), a documentary soundtrack with a flowing, melodic style.

See also: Mayordom.

 


Faktion (???)

Faktion (??)

Obscure tape. 4 tracks.

 


Falckenhaus, Franz (Netherlands)

Stories From My Cold War (2006)
Secret Microcassettes (2007)
The Europa Judgement (2008)
Lost Border (2008)

Dramatic, symphonic and ambient EM compositions from Danny Wolfers.

See also: Wolfers, Danny, Smackos, Weltman, Klaus, Phalangius, Knutson, Saab, Nomad Ninja, Occult Orientated Crime, Ufocus, Zandvoort & Uilenbal, Taniyama, Satomi.

 


Falken, Stephen (France)

Visions (2009) (S)
Phantom Tracks Vol. 1 (2011)
The Curious Case of Wiedenfalsen (2013) (S)

One of the italo-disco revivalists. He likes to toss in an ambient piece or two among his well-crafted instrumental italo tracks and the most interesting item is The Curious Case... which is mostly ambient, dark and progressive EM.

 


Fall Mountain (USA)

Early Fall (1979)

Avant-garde electronic improvisations by this New York trio of Bob Ostertag, Jim Katzin and Ned Rothenberg.

 


Fall of the Grey-Winged One (Belgium)

Aeons of Dreams (2002)
Death Time Emptiness (2003)
Inritus (2004)
Channelers (2009)

Mostly Drone Ambient (but with ocasional drums) from the man behind Until Death Overtakes Me and Dreams of Dying Stars.

See also: Until Death Overtakes Me, Dreams of Dying Stars, I Dream No More, In the Mist, Forbidden Fields.

 


Fallen (Italy)

Secrets of the Moon (2015)

Varied ambient material from Lorenzo Bracaloni, with strong influences from 1970's EM. Rhythmic soundscapes, sometimes with sequencers and an addition of oboe playing. The author is also known for his more folk-influenced project The Child of A Creek.

See also: Child of A Creek, The

 


False Mirror (Germany)

Chronostatic Scenes (2007)
North (2007)
Entropy Reversed (2009) (S) (with Phelios)
Derelict World (2010)

Droning and often dark Ambient with a strong presence of environmental samples and organic instruments (including overtone singing). False Mirror is the project of Tobias Hornberger.

 


Falsini, Franco (Italy)

Cold Nose (1975)

Soundtrack to a never-released documentary by member of Sensation's Fix. Cosmic electronic work, mixing frippoid guitar and synthesizer soundscapes.

See also: Sensation's Fix

 


Fanaras, Christos (UK)

Impermanence (2014)

Ambient and melodic music with an analogue feel. Sometimes sequencer-based.

See also: Elephant House

 


Fang, Forrest (USA)

Music From the Blackboard Jungle (1980)
Some Brighter Stars (1982)
Migration (1986)
The Wolf At the Ruins (1989)
World Diary (1992)
Folklore (1995)
The Blind Messenger (1997)
Gongland (2000)
Invisibility (2006) (with Carl Weingarten)
Phantoms (2009)
Unbound (2011)
Animism (2012)
Letters To the Farthest Star (2015)
The Sleepwalker's Ocean (2016)
Following the Ether Sun (2017)

American musician of Chinese descent who works on the stylistic border between World Music and Ambient. He uses a lot of acoustic instruments, along with samples and electronics.

See also: Sans Serif

 


Fanger & Kersten (Germany)

Script (1997)
Interkosmos (1999)
Splashdown (2000)
Elektrik Massage (2008)

The duo of Mind-Flux making no-nonsense modern Electronic Music, very synthetic and with a cool drive. Recommended.

See also: Fanger, Thomas, Mind-Flux

 


Fanger & Schönwälder (Germany)

Analog Overdose (2001)
Analog Overdose 2 (2003)
Analog Overdose 3 (2003)
Analog Overdose 4 (2004)
Analog Overdose 0.9 (2006)
Stromschlag (2007)
Elektrik Cowboys (2009) (with Rainbow Serpent) (recorded in 2007)
Analog Overdose In the Appelbaum Nebula (2012) (with Matt Howarth)
Earshot (2013) (S) (with Cosmic Hoffmann)
Analog Overdose 5 (2014)
Analog Overdose - The Pool Concert (2016)

Electronic duo of Thomas Fanger (Mind-Flux) and Mario Schönwälder with a rhythmic, sequencer-based sound, using a lot of classic analogue textures.

See also: Fanger, Thomas, Fanger & Kersten, Mind-Flux, Fanger & Siebert, Schönwälder, Mario, Keller & Schönwälder.

 


Fanger & Siebert (Germany)

Fanger & Siebert (1996)

Same style as Fanger & Kersten.

See also: Fanger, Thomas, Synoptic Music Plant, Fanger & Kersten, Mind-Flux, Fanger & Schönwälder.

 


Fanger, Thomas (Germany)

Parlez-Vous Electronique? (2005)
Entspannung Pur - Pure Relaxation (2013) (with Keller & Schönwälder)

Solo Electronic Music from Thomas Fanger.

See also: Fanger & Kersten, Fanger & Schönwälder, Fanger & Siebert, Mind-Flux, Synoptic Music Plant.

 


Fantastic Twins (France??)

Obakodomo (2017) (recorded in 2015)

A project of Julienne Dessagne. Although mainly known for techno / club-related music, Obakodomo contains music recorded as a soundtrack for a children's theater play and it's an interesting experimental work, sometimes with sort of a Cluster feel (as on "Cordee", for example).

 


Fanum (Russia)

Fanum (2008)
Fanum II (2009)
IR (2010) (S) (with Vazhes)
Zapredel (2011) (with Kromeshna)
Escort of Endless Summer (2012) (with Ierophania)
Coniunctio (2012) (with Parchim)
Broen (2012) (with Esche)
Dust Storm (2013) (with Exit In Grey)

Pure Drone Ambient from the guy who is also known for his noise project Pugna.

 


Far East Family Band (Japan)

Far Out (1973)
The Cave Down To the Earth (1974)
Nipponjin (1975)
Parallel World (1976)
Tenkujin (1977)

Japanese group. Musician who is currently known as Kitaro was a member of Far East Family Band during the recording of Nipponjin and Parallel World. These albums from 1975 are produced by Klaus Schulze, whose influence is very noticeable on these works. It's great cosmic progressive rock  with pure synth moments. Sometimes they sing (either in English or in Japanese), but the singing doesn't detract from the music which flows beautifully among sparkling clusters of synths. A classic! The band 'Far Out' was a predecessor to Far East Family Band but I included it here, although from their classic lineup only Fumio Miyashita was present and the music on Far Out is much more rock-oriented. Tenkujin is again, basically a Fumio solo endeavor, with new guest musicians helping out. The music is more rocky than on Parallel World, retaining the spaciness and synths.

See also: Kitaro, Itoh, Akira, Chronicle, Miyashita, Fumio.

 


Far From Stars (UK)

Proxima Centauri (1998)

See also: Nagle, Paul

 


Farbfelde (Austria)

Eins (2015)

Berlin School-influenced project from Vienna.

 


Farbror Resande Mac (Sweden)

Magma (2014) (S)
Yttre Rymden (2014)
EP (2015) (EP)
BTTB 005 EP (2016) (EP)
Atalanta (2016) (S)

A mixture of "balearic beat" and melodic EM. Nice sound.

 


Farfield (UK)

The Edges of Everything (2000)
Dust And Glass (2001)
Beginning To Freeze (2001)
Sonic Entities (2004)

Dark soundscapes from Nick Webb.

 


Farhoud, Alex (Canada)

Nosso Nosso (1985)
(A + M) 2 (1988)

Symphonic electronics with a Vangelis touch. Vincent Dionne participates on several tracks of Nosso Nosso.

 


Farkas, Robert (Serbia)

Lamamos (2015)
Yian (2016)

Varied compositions from this musician, from piano solos to atmospheric / ambient electronics and more rhythmic / busy compositions.

 


Farn, Pete (Germany)

Cycler (2003)
MC Square (2006)
Alkor (2007)
Mizar (2008)
Permutation (2009)
In der Ferne (2009)
Im Klangbad (2010)
Lichtdruck (2011)
Ringmodulator (2011)
Schwebewald (2012)
Cryptids (2013)
Metalsphere (2013)
Andere Saiten (2015)
Blow My Tears (2015)
Noodle+ (2017)

Actually a pseudonym of Peter Schaefer.

See also: Schaefer, Peter, F.A.R.N., Opera's Space.

 


Farrán, Ramón (Spain)

My Young Comet / Magic Moog (1973) (S)

Spanish jazz drummer, arranger, producer, composer and orchestra leader / conductor. Ramón Farrán is also one of the pioneers of synthesizers in his country, utilizing Moog synth on this single dedicated to Comet Kohoutek. Music a bit on the cheesy, poppy side, but with a nice analog warmth to it. If you're in a generous mood, you can sort of consider it a precursor to Kraftwerk, who also made a dedication with their (much darker) "Kometenmelodie".

 


Farrugia, Robert (Malta)

Half-Light (2015)
Tines (2016)
Slow Morning (2016)

Dreamy, reflective Ambient created with synths, guitars and piano. Earlier albums are supposedly more in the post-rock mould.

 


Faryus (Russia)

Forgotten Rituals (2007) (with Oophoi)
Lucid Dreams (2008)
Zerkalo (2008) (with Robert Rich)
Night Forest Reality (2008)
8 Atmospheres (2009) (with Vadim Bondarenko)
Silence Spells (2010)
Quiet Songs From Misty Places (2011) (with Vadim Bondarenko)

Ambient from Andrey Faryus out of Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

 


Fata Morgana (Norway)

Fata Morgana (1995)
Space Race / Robot City (1996) (S)

Dark and spacey ambients from Mortiis aka Hevard Ellefsen.

See also: Mortiis, Vond, Cintecele Diavolui.

 


Fatima Yamaha (Netherlands)

Imaginary Lines (2015)
What's A Girl To Do? (2015) (EP)

Fatima Yamaha is Dutch electro producer Bas Bron who has clear EM tendencies. Like many electro producers, he likes his analog synths and there are nice beatless tracks scattered throughout his releases that will interest Prog EM fans. I wonder, what a completely EM album by him would sound like.

 


Fauter (Finland??)

Dulce (2015) (S)
Towers In Lumen (2016)

Melodic, atmospheric, rhythmic. Rather unclassifiable overall.

 


Fayman & Fripp (USA/UK)

A Temple In the Clouds (2000)

Great dark work from Jeffrey Fayman and Robert Fripp. Layered Frippertronics and synths.

See also: Fripp, Robert

 


Feanch, Alan (France)

Piano Electriques (1975)
Times Incidence (1979) (with Cecil Wary)
T.V. Adventure (1980)
Feanch Times (1980)
Nostalgic Times (??)
Space Dream (??)
Light Breeze (??) (with Christian Chevallier)
Space Resonances (??) (with Christian Chevallier)
Times Resonance (??) (with Michel Gonet)
Kaleidoscope (??) (with Ted Atking)
World Explorers (??) (with Ted Atking)
Dreaming In the Sky (??)
Wild Flower (??) (with Cecil Wary)
T.V. Scoop (??)

Alan Feanch (aka Allan Feanch, real name - Alain Poinsot) is a library composer whose LP's (some solo's and some collaborations) represent a curious mixture of styles. Some might be interesting to EM fans.

 


Feichtner, Dieter (Austria)

Trance Formations 1 (1985) (with Robert Julian Horky, Gerald Koller, Gunther Friedrich and Dick Sells)
Euphorismen (1989)
Anthology Vol. 1: Direct Recordings 1982 - 1993 (2005)

Late Austrian synthesist (1943 - 1999) who used to pack his instruments into a truck and travel with this mobile rig (sometimes referred to as "caravan"), experimenting with synths or playing with some colleagues from the progressive / jazz scenes (Barre Phillips, Terje Rypdal, Robert Julian Horky etc.).

 


Feistritzer, Gerfried (Austria)

Silence Dance (1988)
The Raven Sky (1988)
Earth, Fire, Water, Air (1990)
Watermeditation (1990)
The Land of Emotions (??)

Ambient compositions from this Austrian musician.

 


Felicetti (USA)

Imagination (1994)
Bringing In the Sun (2001)
NGC 3314 (2003)

Similar to bombastic melodic Vangelis. Bringing In the Sun is piano music.

 


Feline Dream, The (UK)

Frozen Features, Frozen Dreams (2004) (recorded in 1997 - 1998)

Varied synth-pop band led by David Davis and Nick Carlisle. The above album gathers their live recordings in a more ambient and experimental mould. The music is dominated by analogue synthesizers and the sound quality varies from acceptable to good.

 


Felippi, Peter (Switzerland)

Blue Light (1982)

See also: Konx

 


Fellirium (Russia)

Mermaids (2015)

Soft, droning Ambient from Andrey Vasilyev. He has lots of other, download-only releases.

 


Femminielli, Bernardino (Canada)

Las Enamoradas (2009)
La Montaña del Capricornio (2010)
Souvenir Express (2011)
Telenovelas Mentales (2012) (S)
Roi des Pauvres (2016) (S)

Bernardino Femminielli is a Montreal-based artist who composes both Ambient and synth-pop. Only his ambient releases are listed.

 


Fencer, Bjorn (Hungary)

The Hungarian Fencing Federation (2014)

A collection of abstract / avant-garde electronic pieces plus two Prog EM tracks - "Rejected Theme for the BBC1 Television Show "Merlin"" and the closer "You'd Get A Lot More Out of This...".

 


Feral (Sweden)

Heruka (2016) (S)

Techno project with the closing track off Heruka being a hypnotic ambient / EM piece.

 


Feremans, Eric (Belgium)

The Antwerp Killer (1983) (soundtrack)

Melodic, pulsing Electronic Music made as a soundtrack for this crime / giallo movie. Eric Feremans used to run a non-profit organization in Antwerp called ELK-Muziek and dedicated to electronic music synthesis. For this soundtrack he used a unique, self-built E.E.F. modular synth and sequencer.

 


Feret, Philippe (France)

Alchimie Floue (1978)
Ballades Printanieres (1980)

Alchimie is a library album that couples berlinesque sequences with weird atonal atmospheres & adds bright Cluster / Roedelius touches along the way.

 


Ferguson, Douglas (USA)

The Carlton Recordings (1997)
The Nighties (2002)
No. 2 (2003)
Lexical Passages (2004)
Untitled (2005)
Beautiful Aberration (2007)
Lulling In London (2007)
Sacrum (2010) (with Robert Horton and Lisa Cameron)

Mostly Ambient, but also other styles, from Experimental, to blues rock, indie rock, lo-fi and psychedelic.

 


Ferrari, Philippe (France)

Reflets (1981)

 


Ferris, Shawn (Canada)

Encircling (1986)

Obscure Ambient from Vancouver making use of nature recordings, synths and guitar. The music was composed for an exhibition.

 


Fervant, Thierry (Switzerland)

Poeme Pour L'Environement 2 (1976) (S)
Univers (1980)
Seasons of Life (1981)
Blue Planet (1984)
Impressions (1984)
Legends of Avalon (1988)

Classic melodic Electronic Music.

 


Fescal (UK)

Moods And Views (2012)
Alchemical Wanderings (2012)
Two Winter Poems (2012) (EP)
Ideas of Noise (2013) (EP)
The Descending Light (2013) (EP)
A Popular Guide To the Starry Heavens With Notes For Small Telescopes (2014)

Varied ambient drone artist David Suyeong.

 


Feu Follet (Germany)

Toi Et Le Son (2006)
Fogbank (2008)
Paradis Paysan (2008)
Nuages Sur La Nuit (2009)

The first album contains two long tracks with gently moving drones from Tobias Fischer and Mirko Uhlig. Subsequent works are supposedly in similar style.

See also: Suneaters

 


Feverdreams (USA)

Name Like A Ghost (2000)
Essaouira (2002)

Rather experimental electronics comparable to Tangerine Dream circa Zeit. Dark and ominous. Feverdreams is California-based artist Jerry Lloyd.

 


Fevre, Bernard (France)

Suspense (1975)
The Strange World of Bernard Fevre (1975)
Cosmos 2043 (1977)
Orbit Ceremony 77 (2016) (recorded in 1977)

While most library albums of the 1970's and 1980's were at best hit and miss with the cheese factor, Bernard Fevre's short sketches sound surprisingly mature and competent. As a result, they have dated pretty well and sound fresh even by today's standards. Most of the tracks make use of analog synths, clavinets and vintage drum machines. Bernard Fevre is also known for his electronic disco project "Black Devil" (also surprisingly listenable and fresh-sounding). If you wish to check out some vintage library electronics, I suggest that you check out these albums in particular.

 


Fhloston Paradigm (USA)

Chasing Rainbows (2012) (S)
The Phoenix (2014)
Cosmosis Vol. 1 (2015) (S)
Cosmosis Vol. 2 (2016) (S)

Fhloston Paradigm is Philadelphia-based producer of broken beat / techno King Britt. He seems to be a big fan of analog synthesizers, using a lot of classic machines in his studio. Strangely, he tends to include some very EM-influenced material in his releases. Case in point is the reflective pulsing goodness of the 10-minute "Liloo's Seduction" from Chasing Rainbows that, for some reason, even reminded me on vintage Software. Then there's side B of Cosmosis Vol. 1 - also beatless and electronic and very EM in spirit.

 


Fia Fiell (Australia)

A Hair, A Heap (2016) (S)

Fia Fiell is Melbourne-based composer Carolyn Schonfield. A unique ambient sound here, based on warm synthesizers.

 


Fibilini, Giovanni (USA)

Fibilini (1999) (EP)
Holiday (2001) (S)

A pseudonym of Garrett Parks.

See also: CC:Dome, Crown Invisible.

 


Fibre (USA)

I Cried At the Fair (1992)
Sub-Aquatic Memories (1997)

Experimental music with ethnic influences and lots of processed samples. Generally stays in the Ambient mould, though. Fibre was formed in 1986 by Joe Mendelson.

 


Fidenco, Nico (Italy)

Zombies unter Kannibalen (1989) (recorded in 1980) (soundtrack)

Nico Fidenco (real name: Domenico Colarossi) is a prolific Italian singer-songwriter who also made a career as a soundtrack composer, scoring a great number of films and contributing to a lot of music library releases. The above soundtrack was released in 1989 on cassette only and exclusively for Swiss market. It was then re-released in 2014 on CD (which seems to be a remixed version of the soundtrack) and a year later on 2 LP's by another label and under the title Zombi Holocaust. The music is electronic and is party based on the horror synth style.

 


Field, The (Sweden)

Yesterday And Today (2009)
Looping State of Mind (2011)
Cupid's Head (2013)
The Follower (2016)

Although definitely a techno producer, Axel Willner aka The Field proudly wears his influences for all to see. His material is of a very high caliber and every now and then he throws in a TD sequence or a Harmonia motorik rhythm. On Yesterday... we have a 15+ minute "Sequenced" where the name really says it all, while Looping... has EM influeces scattered throughout. A crossover project that's definitely interesting and never boring.

See also: Loops For Your Heart

 


Fieldhead (UK)

Intriductions (2008) (EP)
They Shook Hands For Hours (2009)
Riser (2010) (S)
A Correction (2012)
We've All Been Swimming (2017)

Fieldhead was formed in 2008 by Leed-based Paul Elam. Initially very much influenced by downtempo music or stuff like Boards of Canada, he then explored ambient drone on A Correction and ventured into Prog EM-related sound (lots of violing solos over multiple sequences / arpeggios) with We've All Been Swimming.

 


Fields, Robert "Killer" (USA)

Robert "Killer" Fields (1986)

This piano player released a solo cassette privately with one side occupied by comedy rock songs and another side of varied instrumental compositions, inlcluding some electronic stuff in an individual style, one example being "Space Eyes". I guess you can file it as EM-related.

 


Fiero (Colombia)

Modus Operandi (2017) (EP)

Fiero is a nu-disco / giallo disco project of Daniel Olarte. The above record is mostly in that style but there are also two EM tracks - the Tangerine Dream-like "La Cathedral" and the pulsing, Carpenter-styled track "El Dorado Squadron" (sadly, too short).

 


Fiesel, Christian (Germany)

Open Windows (1997)
Darkness (1998)
Low (2004)
Address Unknown (2005)
Days On A String (2006)
Smile With An Ambience (2007)
Bionic Shading (2009)
Falling Beyond Pluto (2010)
Elemental Fragments (2010)
Analogy (2011)
Uncertain Curtain (2012)
Close To the Distance (2012)
After the Flood (2012)
A Passage Through Time (2012)
Ice Void (2012)
Fast Rails (2016) (with Jack Hertz)
End of the Steam Age (2016) (with Jack Hertz)
Geistertanz (2016) (with Alien Nature)
Hagen's Delight (2017)
Unter Null (2017) (with
Alien Nature)
Time Spinner: The Great Attractor (2017) (Jack Hertz and Scott Lawlor)

Diverse synthesist with output ranging from deep ambient soundscapes to analog, Berlin School-influenced music.

 


Fife, Timothy (USA)

Black Carbon (2017)
Simulacra / All Tomorrows Remembered (2017) (S)

Rich, sequencer-full sound from this synthesist. Berlin School with a dark twist.

See also: Victims

 


Fifth Season (Japan)

Fifth Season (2002)

Melodic Electronic Music by Michio Kumoi similar to Vangelis or Kitaro.

 


Fifty/Fifty (Denmark)

50/50 (1983)

Electronic duo in the ambient mould, seemingly influenced by Brian Eno. The two members Flemming Muus and Robert Stang were both members of power-pop group Voxpop.

 


Fifty Foot Hose (USA)

Cauldron (1967)
Ingredients (1967)
Live & Unreleased (1995)
Sing Like Scaffold (1996)

San-Francisco Bay area hippie band (Cork Marcheschi and Dave Blossom) that dabbled with proto-electronics, creating unique psychedelic electronic weirdness with vocals. Perhaps, can be compared with Silver Apples. Mainly of historical interest. During the 1990's the band re-formed for a while, releasing a couple of albums.

 


Figūras (Latvia)

Figūras (2014)
Glitsh 1 (2017)

Minimal, repeating analog phrases from Kaspars Groševs.

 


Fijak, Jakub (Poland)

Around the Horizon (2010) (EP)
Soldiers of Heaven (2010) (S)
The Arthurian Legends (2012)

Melodic, rhythmic, propulsive music from this artist, sometimes with a Mike Oldfield flair.

 


Fil, Ekin (Turkey)

Inflame (2017) (soundtrack)

Folk / lo-fi drone artist who on Inflame soundtrack created a synth-based soundscape, both pulsing ala Carpenter and formless, dark & noisy. Hopefully she continues in that direction.

 


Filitosa Project, The (Germany)

Without Going Out (2000)
Places Re-Invented (??)

Friedrich Schmidt.

 


Filius Macrocosmi (Ukraine)

Microcosm I - IX (2002)
Innerself...Isolationism (2002)
Versatility of Perception (2004)
Oxymoron Structures (2005)
Stalker (2006)

Dark Ambient from Sergey Svistelnik.

See also: In Meditarium

 


Fimbria (USA)

Eternal Return (2017)

A project of US-born Brian Castriota, currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. The above album was, according to the author, inspired by Suzanne Ciani, Harold Budd, John Kerr and Enya. It reprsents a mixture of vocal songs and nice atmospheric instrumental electronic material.

 


Fin (UK)

GreenBlue (1998)
Glorious Machines (2000) (S)
Narcissus (2000) (EP)
Collection (2000)
Songs At Altitude (2001) (S)
Offset (2001)
Digital Age (2003)

Fin is Chris Worton and he creates music which is VERY similar to Jean-Michel Jarre.

 


Final (UK)

One (1993)
2 (1996)
Solaris (1996)
The First Millionth of A Second (1997)
3 (2006)
Infinite Guitar 1 (2007)
Infinite Guitar 2 (2007)
Afar (2008)
Dead Air (2008)
Reading All the Right Signals Wrong (2009)
My Body Is A Dying Machine (2010) (S)
The Apple Never Falls Far From the Tree (2010)
Black Dollars (2015)

Dark Ambient from Justin Broadrick. Some of the material approaches the territory of Classic Ambient, like Brian Eno or Harold Budd.

See also: Council State Electronics

 


Find Hope In Darkness (Belgium)

Locked So Tightly In Our Dreams (2014)

Dark Ambient from Glenn Dick.

 


Finger, Benjamin (Norway)

Motion Reverse (2015)

Oslo-based electronic composer, producer and DJ. He is rather unclassifiable, as his output ranges from techno-inspired / downtempo beats to neo-classical, glitchy electroacoustic meanderings. This album is full of pulsing synthetic textures and subtle sequences and shows a prog EM influence.

 


Finis Africae (Spain)

Finis Africae (1984)
Un Día en el Parque (1985)
Amazonia (1990)
Campos de Sol y Luna (1994)

World Music ensemble that revolved around Juan Alberto Arteche, with other colleagues and musicians helping out, including Luis Delgado. This is not something for hardcore EM fans, as most of it sounds pretty organic, with lots of acoustic instruments. However, some tracks will be enjoyed by fans of Ambient.

 


Finite Element (USA)

House of Cards (2014)

Finite Element is classic-style (Berlin School) synthesist Richard Kennicutt from New York.

 


Finval (Russia)

Voyager (2013)

Deep and warm ambient sounds. Good stuff. Finval is Roman Ermolaev.

 


Fiocco, Paul (Australia)

Torsions And Drifts (2009)

Ambient soundscapes.

See also: Solo Andata

 


Firebird (UK)

1980's band with Dave Gurr of The Omega Syndicate.

See also: Gurr, David, Omega Syndicate, The.

 


Firechild (Sweden)

Beyond the Sun (2012)
Beyond the Stars (2013)
The Holy Grail (2014)
Fireheart (2015)
Blue Stardust (2016)
Parsifal (2017)

Although clearly influenced by Jarre and Vangelis, this music also uses dreary, dated 1990's eurodance-type bass drum rhythms and some plastic polysynth textures you are likely to hear at a rave (steering very far away from any Prog EM, as you can guess). Could be a minor criticism for some, I just thought I'd warn. I think this author is best when he goes for a rich, Vangelis-type sound sans rhythm or at least uses a different type of rhythm altogether.

 


Fireclan (USA)

Sunrise To Sunset (2004)

Fireclan is a project of ex-Melting Euphoria space rockers Mychael Merrill and Luis Davila. Here, they present a fluid mixture of space rock grooves and cosmic Electronic Music. Don Falcone guests on synth while Daevid Allen appears on glissando guitar.

 


Fireman, The (UK)

Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest (1993)
Rushes (1998)
Electric Arguments (2009)

Fireman is Paul McCartney's alter ego. Supposedly, very good ambient EM.

 


Firmament (USA)

Open-Eyed Ascension (1998)
Live Ascension (2000)

Firmament is Matthew Chinn. Drifting sounds and celestial atmospheres. I suppose, you could call that 'Space Music'.

 


First Human Ferro (Ukraine)

The Halo Over Pontiff's Herase (1999)
Metaballistik: Viewed Under Infra-Red (2000)
Metaballistik: The Voyeur And His Infra-Red Insekts (2000)
Motherwards (2000)
Greater Than Temple (2003)
Guernica Macrocosmica (2003)
Ferrari (2003)
Corona Australis (2005)
Adamnation (2007)
Homo Shargey (2010)
Stardust (2011)
Alchemicals (2011) (with Cisfinitum)
Ego Vox (2015)

Dark / Ritual Ambient from Oleg Kolyada.

 


First Law (Germany)

Violent Sedated (1999)
Velochrome (2001)
Refusal As Attitude (2002)
Beyond IO (2004)
Chaos Structure (2006)
Terrorforming (2008)
A Future So Bright (2012)

Echoing Dark Ambient and cosmic soundscapes from Andreas Wahnmann. Similar to Bad Sector.

 


Fischer, Günther (Germany)

Traumvisionen (1988)

Ambient / spacey collection of pieces from this East German musician who composed funky music to a lot of films.

 


Fischer, Jens (Germany)

Mad Material (1989)
Aumakau (1991)
Stone People (1993)
Urban Spaceman (1995)

Sort of instrumental fusion with new age, rock and electronic elements. Jens Fischer worked as a guitarist with Tri Atma, Eberhard Schoener and a few others.

See also: Tri Atma, Marlboro Project.

 


Fischer, Marcus (USA)

Monocoastal (2010)
In A Place of Such Graceful Shapes (2011) (with Taylor Deupree)
Rivers Home (2011) (S)
Correspond (2011) (with Devin Underwood)
Collected Dust (2012)
Tessellations (2012) (with The OO-Ray)
On Shore (2013) (EP)
The Crow (2013) (S)
Twine (2015) (with Taylor Deupree)
Public Works (2015)
Lowlands (2017) (with Taylor Deupree)
Loss (2017)

Electroacoustic / glitch artist with ambient leanings out of Portland, Oregon. Loss is a nice ambient release with a large piano presence.

 


Fischer, William S. (USA)

Omen (1972)

US-based jazz fusion artist and producer. This is a rare record realized on the Moog synthesizer. The style is not known, but two years earlier William released Circles - an album of jazz / funk songs that included two abstract and experimental electronic pieces.

 


Fish, Ross (USA)

The Pelican Curse (2015)

Modular synth lullabies from this Savannah, Georgia-based artist. Sometimes a bit reminescent of stuff performed by Michael Stearns on Serge synthesizer (Planetary Unfolding).

 


Fisher, Morgan (UK)

Ivories (1972)
Century Maya Nexus (1973) (S)
Slow Music (1980) (with Lol Coxhill)

Look At Life (1984)
Happy Again (1984) (S)
Water Music (1985)
Flow Overflow (1987)
Peace In the Heart of the City (1988)
Outer Beauty, Inner Mystery (1989)
Inside Satie (1989)
Flower Music (1998)
Three Faces (2003) (S)
Neverless (2005) (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius)

Very diverse British musician, who's been into rock, Ambient, Electronic Music and what-not over the years. Some of his works contain pioneering EM / Ambient. Morgan Fisher worked briefly with Third Ear Band.

 


Fishmoon (Germany)

Music By Axel Manrico Heilhecker (2001)
Two Moon Music (2006)

Axel Manrico Heilhecker's tribal neo-kraut ensemble that highlights his psychedelic and often bluesy guitar playing, ethnic drums and electronics. Steve Baltes guests on some tracks.

See also: Sunya Beat

 


Fisk, Steve (USA)

448 Deathless Days (1987)

This prolific music engineer has released some solo albums. His early 80's works are based on tape loops and will be of interest to musique concrete or industrial / noise fans. He has released a curiosity, though. It's 448 Deathless Days, an album from 1987 that distinguishes itself in that it is one of the really few albums that feature extensive use of the Optigan.

 


Fitoussi, Jonathan (France)

Electronic Dream (2008) (EP)
Pluralis (2011)
Immersion (2013)
Polaris (2014) (S)
Five Steps (2015) (with Clemens Hourriere)
Origins (2015)
Imaginary Lines (2016)

Born in 1978, Jonathan Fitoussi is a sound artist residing in Paris. He uses a lot of analog instruments for a bit avant-garde but very listenable and ambient sound.

See also: Model Alpha, Two Colors.

 


Five Thousand Spirits (Italy)

A Tapestry For Sorcerers (1995)
Mesmeric Revelation (1999)
Quantum Consciousness (2006)
Schwarzschild Radius (2006)
Synapse - Shaihulud (2007)
Towards Edentea (2011)
Melchiazek (2014)

Fivethousand Spirits are Alio Die and Raffaele Serra. Dark Ambient and probably very good.

See also: Alio Die, Serra, Raffaele.

 


Fjäder (Sweden)

Stardust / Bifrost / Vegvísir (2016) (S)
Shades of Light (2016)

Swedish techno producer with a very atmospheric sound and one completely ambient track ("Bifrost"). Shades of Light further develops the hybrid techno / Ambient formula.

 


Fjellelv (USA)

Daggryet Flammer (2007)

Minimalist dungeon synth / Ambient.

 


Fjellström, Marcus (Sweden)

Exercises In Estrangement (2005)
Gebrauschmusik (2006)
Schattenspieler (2010)
Library Music 1 (2011)
Epilogue -M- (2013)
Lichtspiel Mutation 2: Alechsis (2014) (S)
Skelektikon (2017)

Swedish artist influenced by neo-classical, library and early electronic music. He likes a weird "horror" approach to his compositions, somewhat bringing to mind Nurse With Wound's spookier moments or some of Art Zoyd's electronic material.

 


Flak (USA)

Upheaval (2016)

Somewhat somber and minimal ambient sound here.

 


Flamen Dialis (France)

Symptome-Dei (1979)

A unique band from Bretagne, led by keyboardist Didier Le Gallic. The music is some sort of a mixture between early Tangerine Dream (Zeit era), Magma and RIO / neo-classical influences. Features lots of mellotron and theatrical moves that punctuate their hazy, somewhat darkish electronic / acoustic soundscapes.

 


Flamingo Creatures (Germany)

Kein Stress (2011) (with Hering Und Seine Sieben Sachen)
Nacht Fressen (2013)
Der Wind der Wind der Winter Kimmt (2013) (with Limpe Fuchs)
Hybrids Unlimited (2014)
Rock Classics Vol. 1 (2015)
Fisch Versucht das Sprechenlernen (2017)

Electroacoustic meanderings and warm, krauty synths from this duo of Ronnie Oliveras and Ruth-Maria Adam.

See also: Autistic Argonauts

 


Flat Family Story (Japan??)

Flat Family Story (??)

 


Flat Static (Australia)

Flat Static (1985)

Sounds like Cluster adapted for the 1980's, with new wave and minimal synth influences.

 


Fléau (France)

Fléau (2015)

Analog music with nods to John Carpenter from Mathieu Mégemont of Bordeaux.

 


Flemming (Germany)

Power & Free (1992)
Magic Image (1994)

Synthesist Uwe Flemming.

 


Flesh & Bone (Monaco / USA)

Skeleton Woman (1993)
Pagan Saints (1999)

Mixture of soft Electronic Music and classical prog. Flesh & Bone is the collaboration of Peter Kater and Chris White.

 


Fletcher, Todd (USA)

Entrance (1989)
Unison Discordia (1990)
Atavism (1993)
Byzantium (1993) (recorded in 1989 - 1993)
Songs From 3 Phases (??)
A Whispering Voice (??)
Star (1996)
Arcane Energies (2001)
The Wasteland (2004)
Wake Up Vanishing (2013)

Todd Fletcher started making music in 1983. Some of his works are Ambient (Rich / Roach vein), some more rhythmic, approaching the Berlin School territory, but with hand percussion added plus some other characteristic features (such as some jazzy / dance elements, etc).

See also: Psychetropic

 


Fletcher Tweedy, Kevin (USA)

A Distant Vision (2005)

Symphonic Ambient and melodic music from this classical composer.

 


Fleury-Steiner, Ben (USA)

To Reach the Other Shore (2004)
Chroma (2004)
Ghosts of Modernity (2005)
Drifts (2005)
Fractures (2006) (with Stephen Philips)
What the Night Leaves Behind (2007) (with Matt Borghi)
He Dreams In Rivers (2007) (EP)
Geoflexures (2007) (with Stephen Philips)
Black Alleys, Open Vistas & Other Disintegrations (??)
Keep A Weather Eye Open / Vessel of Sleep (2010)
The Places That Find You (2011)
Clearings (2013)
While the Red Fish Sleeps (2015)
Polygon Universe (2016)

Ambient.

See also: Paradin, Tin Moth's Breath, From the White Chimneys.

 


Floating Gardens (USA)

Generalife (2013)

Nice analog synth compositions, melodic and atmospheric.

 


Floating Mind (Switzerland)

Deep Visions (2005)
Circular Music (2007)

Floating Mind is the project of Swiss artist Roberto Vitali. Deep Visions consists of ambient floaters plus a couple of puzzling computer-voice tracks. Circular Music, however, more than lives up to its title. What we get here is basically a set of extremely repetitive tracks that all share a manic affection for the endless circulation of sounds and melodies. Most of the tracks are also quite minimal, sparse and have some sort of electronic rhythm. Many pieces are drenched in glitchy effects, like clicks, pops and so on. I can easily detect the influence of the IDM genre here. In fact, I am not sure this album will appeal to most fans of progressive EM, while some adventurous IDM listeners might find it interesting. The mood is generally rather depressive or neutral, robotic and cold. Some compositions exhibit an infectious and hypnotizing nature, like "Cobra", for instance. Others portray no emotions at all and are just a bunch of electronic drum sounds thrown together ("Psydela"). Still others have no melody and only consist of rhythms, subtle bass lines and strange effects ("Nightmare City", "Searching Roots"). This is an album only for the adventurous listener and for those who want to hear something non-standard.

 


Floating Point (UK)

Between Worlds (1995)

Rhythmic. Floating Point are Alan Gubby, Rod Mansell and Nick Westwood.

 


Floating Points (UK)

Elaenia (2015)

Floating Points is Sam T Shepherd. He is very influenced by jazz and Elaenia features a mixture of jazzy tracks and a unique EM style, based on improvisation and the use of analog synthesizers.

 


Floating Void (Belgium)

Floating Void (2016)

Mixture of flute playing and (mostly) ambient electronics from Delphine Delahaye-Bernard.

 


Flomer, John (USA)

One (1991)
Mysterious Motions of Memory (1996)
Night In the Vapor Jungle (1999)
Of A Stranger Light (2002)

Space Music with orchestral elements.

 


Florianz, Matthew (Netherlands)

Sprook (1999)
GrijsGebied (2000)
The Tone T(h)ree (2000)
Molenstraat (2001) (with Erik T' Sas)
Self (2001)
Electronic Forest (2002) (with Joris de Man and Erik T' Sas)
Three (2003)
Niemandsland (2006)
Jaren (2006)
Drie (2008)
Maalbeek (2008)
Koude Handen (2010)

Ambient composer formerly known as Liquid Morphine.

 


Flotel (UK)

Bosso Fataka (2004) (EP)
Kelp (2004) (S)
Wooden Beard (2005)
Valence (2011)

Varied ambience, often with elements of glitch, electroacoustic music and IDM.

See also: Toro, Leigh

 


Flow (Germany)

Grit-Walk (1995)

Ambient music from this quartet of Mathias Brüssel, Christoph Hammer, Michael Rippl and Frank Wiehe. This album was released on IC sublabel J.U.IC.E.

See also: Idle State, Kitchen, The, Liquid Sound.

 


Flower Kings, The (Sweden)

Stardust We Are (1997)

Double album from Swedish progrockers. There's some electronic experimentation scattered throughout, especially noticeable on the 8-minute "Compassion" which is divided in two parts - the vocal one and the abstract one that is completely electronic and spaced out. This is one of those one-track inclusions in EEM.

 


Flower Man (USA)

?? ???? ??? ??? ???? (2008) (S)
Another Ozone Hex (2009)
Peppermint Steamroom (2009)
Viewers Like You (2009) (S)
Exotic Cameo (2009)
Puctuated Continuum Amusement Symposium (2009) (S)
Slowmo Matterade (2009)
House of Cards (2010) (S)
The Breslin Wayside Rotary (2010)
Inversion Fortuite (2011) (S)

Ambient music by Chris Bush with a healthy dose of experimentation. Another Ozone Hex is a 30-minute cassette released on the Catholic Tapes label.

 


Flowers For Bodysnatchers (Australia)

Aokigahara (2015)
Love Like Blood (2016)
Asylum Beyond (2017)

Reflective and darkish Ambient with a noticeable neo-classical slant. Lots of resonant and emotional piano gives it a vague Eno / Budd or Tim Story feel. A project of Duncan Ritchie.

 


Fluence (France)

Fluence (1976)

With Richard Pinhas. Music by Pascal Comelade, similar to Heldon.

See also: Comelade, Pascal

  


Flug 8 (Germany)

Smaul 04 (2008) (EP)
Lösch dein Profil (2009)
Liebeslied (2011) (EP)
Trans Atlantik (2014)
Leuchtkraft (2017)

Flug 8 is a project of Offenbach-based Daniel Herrmann. He mixes dance / club-related musics and Progressive EM. Leuchtkraft is especially interesting from EM standpoint.

 


Flught (Mexico)

Flught (1981)
Saraba (1989)

Sergio De Labra and Victor Ruiz. Comparable to classic period Schulze or Tangerine Dream (circa Stratosfear) with extra ELP touches.

 


Fluorescent Eclipse (USA)

Fluorescent Eclipse (2008)

A duo of George Martindell (synthesizers) and Steve Siers aka Quad (synthesizers) who create an 'ambient space electronica' sound. They are both also the Cosmic Testicles.

See also: Cosmic Testicles

 


Fluorescent Heights (Sweden)

Tourism (2011)
Eternal Rhythms I & II (2011) (S)
Highway Death (2011) (S)
Tidal Motions (2013) (S)
Vendetta In Paradise (2013)
Relaxing In the New World (2014) (S)
Strange Lagoon Found At Nightfall (2015) (S)
Left For Blue Island To Do Research (2016)

Lo-fi synth drone artist Henrik Stelzer, sometimes a bit new-agey.

 


Fly (UK)

Motorway (1998) (EP)
Put the Needle Down And Fly (2002)

Modern ensemble inspired by krautrock and EM classics, especially Neu! / Michael Rother. Fly consists of Gary Ainge, Marco Thomas and Martin Duffy.

 


FlyByNo (France)

Endless Space 2 - Memories of the Lost (2016) (soundtrack)

Video game soundtrack composer with a melodic, Space Music-influenced style.

 


Flys Group (Italy)

Oltre L'Infinito (??)

Very obscure album on equally obscure Roma-based Dardo Records that seems like a library label. Anyway, the albums seems like a library release too, but is supposed to contain ambient Electronic Music. There are other albums by the same mysterious "Flys Group" on the same mysterious Dardo Records, but these supposedly are in different style.

 


FM (Canada)

Black Noise (1977)
Head Room (1978)

Late 1970's - early 1980's Canadian outfit that started as a progressive rock collective but later turned into a generic AOR / new wave band. The above albums should be of interest to EM fans. They feature a mix of instrumental tracks / sections (some electronic stuff too) and nice vocals. Later albums (post-1979) are in pop / new wave vein. FM consisted of Cameron Hawkins (vocals, synthesizer, bass, piano), Martin Deller (drums, percussion, synthesizer), Nash the Slash (electric mandolin, violin, glockenspiel, vocals, effects) and Ben Mink (replacing Nash the Slash in 1978). So, as you see, no guitar here. The second album is also known as "Direct To Disc".

See also: Nash the Slash

 


Fm-Ra (Portugal)

Timeless (2010) (EP)

Fm-Ra is an alias of Portuguese musician Nuno Maltez who's been composing Electronic Music since 2000. He released Contact and Impossible Worlds (a split with an artist named jjoth) as downloads only and then Timeless - an EP-length release of ambient electronics on 4 floppy discs.

 


FMS (Germany)

Transformed (2001)
Spectral Lights / Monolith (2003)
Contrast (2004)

FMS stands for Fundamental Minimalistische Sensibilisierung. Ambient soundscapes.

 


Foag, Wolfgang (Germany)

Symphonie Nr.1 / Orient Suite (1989)
Underscore (1990)

Experimental EM.

See also: Neglige - Electronic Underwear

 


Född Död (Sweden)

Studie i Närhet, Längtan Och Besvikelse (2015)

Live Electronic Music recorded on analog gear by members of SARS and Varg. Mostly ambient but with that slight minimal synth edge. Some echoed vocals but not much.

See also: Varg, SARS.

 


Fogar, Alessandro (Italy)

Isole (1988)
Songlines (1998)
The Stars Circle (1999)
Transmutations (2002)
Live #1 (2002)
Prakriti (2003)
Surface Studies # 1 - # 2 (2005)

Italian soundscape artist born in 1962. He composes music for various installations (some of it released as Isole and Songlines) as well as works in the studio by combining synthetic sounds with natural samples. His output ranges in sound from droning, electroacoustic soundscaping, to lighter ambient sounds and Dark Space (The Stars Circle).

 


Foglord (USA)

In the Essence of Astral Solitude (2013) (S)
New Realms And Forgotten Lands (2013)
Journey of the Spirits (2014)
Healing Gardens (2017)
Celestial (2017) (recorded in 2015)

Dungeon synth.

 


Foggy Joe (France)

Zig Zag Dance (1973) (S)

Foggy Joe is actually a duo of Samuel Hobo and Jean-Michel Jarre. The first side is the version sung by Hobo, flip is instrumental.

See also: Hobo, Samuel, Jarre, Jean-Michel.

 


Foldalatti Alakulat (Hungary)

Fobia (2002)

Black Ambient.

See also: Hunok

 


Folie, Serge (France)

Yanko (1992)

See also: Centaure

 


Folmer, Max (Netherlands)

Foreign Windows (1987)
The Heelstone (1990)
Magic Wind (1992)
Ulysses (1992)

New age artist, although generally deeper than any "regular" new age would go, with meditative and melancholic moods predominating. This is not his full discography but the above listed works could be considered EM-related. Anyway, his debut (not listed) combines piano playing with synths for a very new-agey and unpretentious sound. Foreign Windows is reportedly more EM, although I haven't heard it. The Heelstone is mostly interesting for its symphonic, Pink Floyd-influenced slow-paced title track. Magic Wind has some moments that remind on a bit more new-agey version of Steve Roach in his tribal period (mostly tablas and synths). Ulysses is very ambient but also melodic and could be enjoyed by fans of improvising Vangelis circa 1992 - 1996. Further investigation would not harm.

 


Fomin, Anatoliy (Russia)

Vitrazhi (1981) (S)
Mayatnik Chuvstv (1983) (S)

This artist released at least two "7 records on Soviet state-owned Melodia label. He plays organ and synthesizer. The music is easy-listening, exotica type. Not terribly progressive to say the least but with nice warm analogue sound.

 


Fondation (France)

Sans Etiquette (1980) (recorded in 1978)
Metamorphoses (1980)
La Vaisseau Blanc (1983)

Minimal / experimental / ambient band of Ivan Coaquette (Musica Elettronica Viva, Spacecraft) and Anannka Raghel.

See also: Musica Elettronica Viva, Spacecraft.

 


Fontän (Sweden)

Babylon (2016) (EP)

Swedish duo of Jesper Jarold and Johan Melin that is usually classified as a "balearic beat" formation, although in reality they seem to have a background in Prog music. You can hear those influences on Babylon that combines relaxed rhythms with synth arpeggios bringing to mind classic Berlin School and hypnotic, Manuel Goettsching-like guitar melodies. This is nice stuff. At the moment I don't know anything about their previous releases.

 


Fontanelli, Claudio (Italy)

Vibrazioni Vitali di Ritmo Cosmico (1985)

Claudio Fontanelli seems to be a drummer. However, on this album he is accompanied by engineer Alfonso Belfiore who supposedly takes care of electronics, or maybe Fontanelli himself is responsible for the synth accompaniment, it is not completely clear at the moment. Mixture of drums and cosmic electronic drones and atmospheres.

 


Fonya (USA)

Wanderers of the Neverending Night (1992)
Soul Travels (1993)
In Flux (1994)
Earth Shaper (1996)
Perfect Cosmological Principle (1997)
Upper Level Open Space (1998)
Sunset Cliffs (2000)

The project of Chris Fournier. Very spacey melodic progressive Electronic Music with influences from Tangerine Dream, Eloy and Camel. Some tracks feature highly reverberated vocals. I've heard that his albums sound very similar to each other. Beware the guitar.

See also: Centric Jones, Project Moonbeam.

 


Food Pyramid (USA)

I (2010)
II (2010)
III (2011)
New Omni-Directional Healing Techniques (2011)
Mango Sunrise (2012)
Arp Navigators (2012) (with Roy Orb D.MT.)
Live / Dead (2012)
Ecstasy & Refreshment (2013)

Warm, analogue soundscape / sequencer music inspired by krautrock and EM classics (Kraftwerk, Cluster, Harmonia, Schulze et al). Food Pyramid consists of C. Farstad, C. Hontona and M. Weather.

See also: 555

 


FootFall (USA)

Empyrean (2004)

Abstract soundscapes and cosmic music from one John Lewis.

 


Foothills (Australia??)

The Sun Is Fueled By the Fossil of Creation (2008) (S)
New World (2013)

Ambient with noisy, glitchy and Berlin School-ish elements.

 


For Greater Good (Belgium)

Lethargy (2004)
For Greater Good (2008)

Dark Ambient.

 


Forbidden Fields (Belgium)

Field I: Night (2003)
Field II: Of Trees... (2005)

Drifting dark sounds by Stijn Van Cauter.

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

 


Force Majeure (Hungary)

Total Eclipse (1999)
Galaxy (2002)

A band, consisting of Laszlo Kovacs and Zsolt Vidovenyecz who met circa 1996 at an information technology fair. The roots of the band go back to the early 80's when Laszlo Kovacs, after attending a Tangerine Dream concert, decided to form his own band called Imaginary Zenith. As part of this duo he performed Electronic Music throughout Hungary, making use of self-built instruments. Force Majeure's 1999 album, Total Eclipse, contains very Tangerine Dream-like music.

See also: Imaginary Zenith

 


Foreign Spaces (Germany)

The Chieming Concert (1984)
It's In My Head (1994) (recorded in 1983 - 1989)
Imagination - Pictures - Music (1994) (recorded in 1985 - 1989)
UFO Breakfast (1995)
Being Creature (1996)
Dark Star (1997)
Phaeton (2000)
Spheres (2003) (recorded in 1984 - 1989)

German synth band formed in Munich in 1979 and the original line-up was Thomas Geldhauser (organ, synth), Werner Kolb (synth) and Georg Reiter (synth). I think somewhere in the early 80's Serge Douw was also a fourth member for a little while. After that the group reformed several times and always with new members coming and going. It is now comprised of Georg Reiter (the original member), Christian Feher and Lothar Lubitz. If you are looking for quality Electronic Music in the best traditions of the genre - this is it. In spite of being melodic, the music doesn't get schmaltzy or saccharine. And their melodies are simply charming and hypnotic, once you've heard the music, you will want to hear it again and again. In my opinion, one of the best Berlin School bands around, Foreign Spaces easily gets my thumbs up! I can see why Eroc put a lot of effort into these guys. Ok, some of their themes are said to be a bit underdeveloped, but what I've heard so far just kicked ass. A space traveller's delight! Highly recommended. Imagination - Pictures - Music was remastered by Eroc in 2001 and contains music recorded in 1989. Spheres contains even older material mainly from early-to-mid 80's.

 


Forest Management (USA)

Music For Stargazing (2011)
Transparent (2012)
Sky Image (2014) (S)
The Contemplative Life (2014)
Reservation (2014)
Sharper Focus (2014) (S)
Routines (2015) (S)
Encounter (2015)
Dusk Memory (2015)
Landforms (2015) (with Easychord)
Essentials (2015)
Departure (2015) (S)
Snapshot (2015)
Acclimation (2016)
Shifting (2016)
Porter Creek (2017)
The Elevated Quiet (2017)
Reset (2017)
Heat Waves (2017) (S)
Flashpoint (2017) (S)
Limited Confession (2017) (S)

Forest Management is ambient artist John Daniel based in Cleveland, Ohio.

 


Forest Silence (Hungary)

The 3rd Winter (1997)

This band started as an Ambient outfit, releasing this demo with two long, repetitive keyboard tracks (with a few whispers and deeply buried growls). Their second demo, called Winter Circle, was in the same style but had more prominent vocals added. Still, if you like The 3rd Winter and don't mind some typical black metal hoarse vocals, give Winter Circle s try. After that they went for the atmospheric black metal sound. The guy behind Forest Silence has also released a short cassette in 1999 under "Arud" moniker (called The Saturnus Mission). The music is in a similar style.

See also: Arud

 


Forgas, Patrick (France)

Synchronicite (2002)

This album contains very melancholic synth compositions, sometimes with a Patrick O'Hearn feel. However, it is pretty atypical of his usual output, as Patrick Forgas is mostly known as a multi-instrumentalist / jazz musician with a Canterbury-tinged sound. His previous works include Cocktail (1977), L'Oleil (1990) and Art d'Echo (1992).

 


Forgotten Future (Hungary)

W1 (2015)

Forgotten Future is for Hungarian-born (now residing in the US) cinematic / symphonic EM musician Julius Dobos is what Divinorum is for Bjorn Lynne for example. Here, he explores more rhythmic themes influenced by the psybient / goa scene. Some tracks are completely ambient, though. A crossover project.

See also: Dobos, Julius

 


Forgotten Land (USA)

A Forest Is Myne Home (2007)
Ancient Runic Sorcery (2007) (S)
Samhain - Autumn (2007)
Imbolc - Winter (2008)
Beltane - Spring (2008) (S)

Ohio-based ambient project with a melancholic, atmospheric sound, somewhat related to the dungeon synth genre.

 


Forkes, Timothy Andrew (USA)

Puzzles (1986)

 


Forma (USA)

Forma (2011)
OFF / ON (2012)
Cool Haptics (2014) (EP)
Physicalist (2016)

Brooklyn-based Electronic trio of Mark Dwinell, George Bennett and Sophie Lam. Mark also plays guitars in a band called Bright, but here it's all kosmische floating synth bliss with some motorik rhythms thrown in.

See also: Dwinell, Mark

 


Former Selves (USA)

Hope (2011)
Telos (2012)
Build (2012) (S)
Limits (2012) (S)
Many Moons (2012)
Calico Sunset (2013)
In Passing (2013)
On Forgetting And Letting Go (2013)
Sunyata (2013)
Yūgen (2014) (S)
In Waves (2014)
Three Wells (2015)
Selige Sehnsucht (2015)
Morriña (2016)
In Mirrors (2016)
The Heart Wants (2017)

Ambient artist Paul Skomsvold from Oakland. Sometimes with a new-agey slant. Some of the earlier releases (not listed) are supposedly more in lo-fi rock / indie style.

 


Fornequiem (Canada)

Anarchy (2005)
Gondwana (2006)

If you like 1980's Tangerine Dream, you'll find lots to enjoy in the music of Vancouver-based artist Steve Jones aka Fornequiem, although it's much darker and less commercial.

 


Forrest, Andrew (UK)

Octaves of Infinity (1992)
Starseed (1997)
Alpha~Omega (1998)
Alchemy (2002)
Infinite Octaves (2009)
Essence (2010)
Resonance (2010)
Boundless (2012)
Presence (2013)
One (2015)
Stillness Moving: Source Quartet Vol. 2 (2016)

Space Music from this UK-born musician and visionary painter who currently resides and works in New Zealand.

 


Forro, Daniel (Czech Republic)

Nachový Prostor (1984)
1985 Live (1985)
Forrotronics - 15 Years (1998)

Daniel Forro (real name - Karel Horky) was born in 1958 in Jihlava. Nowadays he is living with his wife and children in Japan. In 1980 he was playing with progressive rock band Progres 2 and he has also been composing solo Electronic Music since 1983, sometimes using the "Forrotronics" moniker. Forro is also one of the pioneers of MIDI and computers in former Czechoslovakia. Daniel Forro also played live a lot since the early 1980's.

 


Fortune, Ione (UK)

Tao of I (2017)

Interesting World Music mixture from this Glasgow-based musician, featuring ethnic instruments like Guzheng and Gamelan, as well as Synthi AKS.

 


Fotou, Vasilis (Greece)

Minotaurus (1983)
E.S.P. (1984) (S)

Rare electronic album from Greece. Apparently, Vasilis Fotou, who uses a fair array of analog keys, took Greek traditional songs as the basis of his compositions.

 


Foudre! (France)

Magnum Chaos (2015)
Amor Mundi (2016)
Earth Original Soundtrack Live At the Church of Saint-Merri, Paris (2017)

An ambient drone ensemble.

See also: Oberland, Frédéric D., Saåad, Mondkopf.

 


Fountainhead (USA)

Cloud Cover (1998)

Robert Scott Thompson's alter ego. Ambient.

See also: Thompson, Robert Scott

 


Fourth Dimension Project, The (Hungary)

Sound Dimensions (2017)
Secret Places (2017)
Arrival (2017)

Berlin School music from Budapest.

 


Fousek, Karl (Canada)

Relative Position of Figures (2014)
Codicil (2014) (S)
Klang (2015) (with Danny Clay)
Pattern Variation (2015) (S)
One Another (2016) (S)
No Sound Without A Misunderstanding (2016) (with Devon Hansen and Roger Tellier-Craig)

Modular synth artist. Mostly beeps and bleeps here, with moments of minimal repeating structures / patterns and ambient drones.

 


Fox, Robert (UK)

Asfafa (1991)
The Fire And the Rose (1992)
Blue Mountains Suite (1993)
A Gathering of Spirits (1995)
Blue (1996) (with David Wright)
Into the Light (1997)
Talking Heads (2000)
The Missing Albums 1989 - 1990 (2002)
Underworld (2002)
Maya (2005)
Touching the Serpents Tail (2007)
Adonai (2008)
Evergreen (2008)
Short Stories (2011)
Still Waters (2013)
Asfafa 2 (2014)
Cathedral (2017)

British synthesist Robert Fox (born in 1950 in Newcastle under Lyme) is quite well-known in the EM circles. He started his career doing theatre soundtracks, using the latest synthesizer technology (that was in the 1980's). Robert then went on to record solo works, many of them released on CD. He creates very melodic music, sometimes rhythmic, sometimes a bit more 'out-there' (A Gathering of Spirits). Recommended if melody is your thing.

See also: Code:Indigo

 


Foxx, John (UK)

Cathedral Oceans (1995) (recorded in 1983 - 1995)
Shifting City (1995) (with Louis Gordon)
The Pleasures of Electricity (2002)
Translucence / Drift Music (2003) (with Harold Budd)
Cathedral Oceans I & II (2004)
Cathedral Oceans III (2005)
Tiny Colour Movies (2006)
Mirrorball (2009) (with Robin Guthrie)
A Secret Life (2009) (with Steve D'Agostino and Steve Jansen)
My Lost City (2009)
D.N.A. (2010)
B-Movie (2014)
London Overgrown (2015)
Nighthawks (2015) (with Harold Budd and Ruben Garcia)
The Machine (2017)

John Foxx (real name - Dennis Leigh) is an ex-member of electropop pioneers Ultravox. He's released a lot of solo material ranging from typical early vocal electropop (not listed) to Ambient (listed).

See also: Ghost Harmonic

 


Fractal Fissures (UK??)

Fractal Fissures (1989)

Private LP with music by one Gavid (is it actually David?) Davies who uses midi guitar, flute, electronics & sampling. The style is not known.

 


Fractal Heads (Russia)

Dreampainting (2003)
Light On the Stepped Plates (2006)

Fractal Heads is a duo of Sergey Malkin and Dmitry Kravchuk. The music was recorded in the 90s with ancient Soviet analogue machines. Avant soundscapes.

 


Fractal Mob (Italy)

Presenting the World of Fractal Mob (2006)

A duo of Fabrizio Cecchi and Piero Papini. Influenced by classic Electronic Music and space rock.

 


Fractaled (Romania)

Moments of Order (2007)

Dark Ambient.

See also: Abbildung

 


Fragile Fate, The (UK)

Lilliam Ocean (2015)

Varied ambient soundscapes from this trio of Jerry Marotta, Rupert Greenall and Eric Taylor.

 


Fragile X (UK)

Moana (2015)
Haptics (2015)

Bedroom electronic project of J. Gorecki out of Glasgow. Varied tracks, from floating to experimental and arpeggio / sequencer-based.

 


Fragmented (USA)

The Solemn Drain (1994)
Set. (1994)
Knowledge of War (1995)
The Structure of Clear Wine (1997)
The Emotion Finally (1999)

Ambient soundscapes.

 


Fragments (USA)

Underground Ocean (2008) (S)
Fragments (2008)
-Orts of Glass- (2009)
Ambrosial Filiments (2009) (S)
Kinetic Sphere (2009) (S)
Cyanid Tendons (2009) (S)
Inoculum (2009) (S)
Retching Sunshine (2009)
Fragments For the Now (2010) (S)
Alternate Relativity (2010)
Adrift (2014) (S)
Fragments + Andrew Kirschner (2015) (with Andrew Kirschner)

Interesting band from Ohio, consisting of Jeff Hatfield (synthesizer) and Zach Troxell (synthesizer). Although they often get lumped together with noise acts, their music is nothing like noise. Instead, it's flowing and meditative and consists of drawn-out organ tones and twittering effects. Will be enjoyed by fans of Drone Ambient and early Klaus Schulze.

See also: Docile Dawn, Watchword.

 


Fragments of Space Hex (UK)

Fragments of Space Hex (2015)

Analog synth duo of Andrew Nixon and Ciaran Mackle.

See also: Deathcount In Silicone Valley

 


Fragoso, Guillermo (Mexico)

Mexxico (1996) (recorded in 1993 - 1996)

Imagine a mixture of Peter Frohmader, Jeff Greinke and Jorge Reyes and you pretty much have what Fragoso is all about. Basically quite dark and mystical Ambient / World Music stuff. Has some industrial edges as well.

 


Frahm, Nils (Germany)

Juno (2011) (S)
Spaces (2013)
Ellis (2016) (S) (with Woodkid) (soundtrack)

Classical pianist who sometimes uses synthesizers. I'll try to list his EM-related works here. In these, he often combines warm, analog sequences or pads with his piano playing.

 


Frak (Sweden)

Muzika Electronic (2012)

Minimal synth / industrial / electro / techno trio that exists since 1987. The above album has a slight influence and might appeal to fans of Kraftwerk and the more outlandish / abstract forms of EM.

 


Francès, Richard (France)

"01112012" (2017)

Lysergic analog synth compositions from this Spanish-born artist also known as Acid Fountain.

See also: JUJU

 


Francino, J.M. (Spain)

Música per a Pel.lícules (1986) (recorded in 1980 - 1983)

Released on vinyl, this album is a Catalan obscurity. Josep Maria Francino is a filmmaker and apparently composed soundtracks to his films (all rather obscure as well). The interesting part is that he seems to have built his own synth (or several synths) and uses it on this album which is essentially a compilation of various sountrack pieces. Granted, not everything here is electronic. A lot of the pieces are just short sketches, and it suffers from inconsistency, as a lot of sountracks do.

 


Francis Inferno Orchestra (Australia)

Presents Veranda Culture (2017)

A more peaceful, ambient album recorded by Melbourne-based nu-disco / house artist Griffin James after he discovered the music of Iasos.

 


Francis, Lewis (USA)

Information Gift (??)

Varied music, from floating to rhythmic.

 


Frank, Perry (Italy)

Soundscape Box I (2014)

Ambient compositions mixing guitar and electronics.

 


Franke, Christopher (Germany)

New Music For Films Vol.1 (1990)
Pacific Coast Highway (1991)
McBain (1991) (soundtrack)
The London Concert (1991)
Universal Soldier (1992) (soundtrack)
Klemania (1993)
Raven (1993) (soundtrack)
Enchanting Nature (1994)
Babylon 5 (1995) (soundtrack)
Night of the Running Man (1995) (soundtrack)
Tenchi the Movie (1996) (soundtrack)
The Celestine Prophecy (1996)
Perry Rhodan, Pax Terra (1996)
Babylon 5 - Messages From Earth (1997) (soundtrack)
Pacific Blue (1997)
Transformation of Mind (1997)
The Outer Limits (1997) (soundtrack??)
Babylon 5 - Late Delivery From Avalon (1997) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Severed Dreams (1997) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Shadow Dancing (1997) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Walkabout (1997) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Z'ha'dum (1997) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - The Fall of Night (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Interludes & Examinations (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Into the Fire (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - No Surrender, No Retreat (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - The Face of the Enemy (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - The Ragged Edge (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - In the Beginning (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Chrysalis (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - The Coming of Shadows (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - War Without End part 1 (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - War Without End part 2 (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Whatever Happened To Mr. Garibaldi? (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - The Long Night (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Lines of Communication (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Endgame (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Thirdspace (1998) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Falling Towards Apotheosis (1999) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Darkness Ascending (1999) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Objects At Rest (1999) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - Sleeping In Light (1999) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - And the Rock Cried Out (1999) (soundtrack)
Babylon 5 - River of Souls (1999) (soundtrack)
Epic (1999)
New Music For Films Vol.2 (2000)
The Calling (2000)

Member of Tangerine Dream from 1971 to 1988 and the driving force behind the group's sound during all these years, Franke is one of the most influential figures in the history of Electronic Music. He was drumming for Agitation Free when Edgar Froese suggested that he should join his band. Schulze and Schnitzler had both left the group and Franke took the vacant place in the organism known as Tangerine Dream. Froese and Franke were joined by Steve Schroyder and recorded Alpha Centauri, the first Electronic Space album in history. After that the group saw many changes in its line-up, but the duo of Froese and Franke always propelled the Tangerine Dream sound to the future. Franke contributed a lot to the group's music and that was crucial for the famous Tangerine Dream sound on all classic records done by the group. That's why his departure in 1988 is seen as an irreparable loss by many a fan. Thanks to Franke, or 'Mister Sequencer', as he was called, the Berlin School sound took shape and developed. Unfortunately, after he left the group, the music of Tangerine Dream was never the same again. It is enough to listen to 'Vermillion Sands' from The London Concert to see what exactly TD lost with the departure of Chris. Now Franke lives in the USA and has written lots of Hollywood movie soundtracks, that just don't make full use of this man's talent. They are simply orchestral music with maybe occasional echoes of his electronic sound. Moreover, many of Franke's recent music is simply boring new age for a wider market. And that is just regrettable. I wish he could wipe the dust off his sequencers and moogs and show some young amateurs, who try to emulate his classic sound now, how it's really done. Chris, I hope you are reading this (wink!). Pacific Coast Highway, The London Concert and Klemania are recommended. If you're a fan, though, you would want all of them, that's for sure, even the endless 'Babylon 5' series.

See also: Tangerine Dream, Agitation Free.

 


Frankie Teardrop (USA)

Frankie Teardrop (1997) (S)

Two Cluster / Harmonia type tracks from this Vas Deferens Organization offshoot.

See also: Vas Deferens Organization, Ohm.

 


Franklin, Serge (France)

Tipsy - the Plank's - Recreation Road - the Boss Music (??) (with others)

Library LP by various artists providing music in various styles. Serge Franklin's material consists of floating or mechanical-sounding EM.

 


Franks, Nick (UK)

Malabar Coast (1991)
Babel (1993) (with Tim Wheater)
Dark Andromeda (1996)

Energetic electronics with driving rhythms and some guitar pyrotechnics from time to time.

  


Franzeninkatu 177 (Finland)

Franzeninkatu 177 (2016)

Nice, darkish and spacey synth compositions from this Helsinki-based trio.

 


Franzoni & Dell'Agnese (Italy)

Secrets And Secretaries (1984)

 


Fratoroler (Germany)

Reflections (2010)
Looking Forward (2012)
Chez Ricco (2013)
Nano (2014)
What! (2016)
Augen-Blicke (2017)

Music from Thomas Köhler and Frank Rothe, influenced by Mario Schönwälder and friends, with sequencers, mellotrons, etc.

 


Fraser, Scott (USA)

Architecture (1988)

Released on Philip Perkins' imprint Fun Music, Architecture features a curious mix of Ambient and World Music, with processed voice samples and stuff. I am aware of at least two other solo releases by Scott Fraser: The Water Album, which is composed of water sounds only and Natural Histories that I know nothing about at the moment. There is also a collaborative work with Bruce Friedman.

 


Frau, Manuele (Italy)

Iter Subterraneum (2017)

Hard-edged electronics with sequences and some guitar. For fans of Heldon, the darker Tangerine Dream et al.

 


Frederiksen, Jonas (Denmark)

Osmosis (2009)
360' (2009)
Marble Halls (2009) (S)
PUR 1 (2009)
Encounter: Codename Eve (2010)
Steel Advance Pt. 1 (2010)
Steel Advance Pt. 2 (2010)
Angel Takeaway (2010)
Encarta (2010)
Keeper of Encarta (2010)
Liquid Cool Boarders (2011)
Confessions of A Flâneur (2013)
Toekomstje (2013)

Hazy, dreamy ambience from member of lo-fi synth-pop band Girlseeker.

See also: Dreamers Cloth

 


Fredrickson, Bjorn (USA)

Celestial (2009)

Varied ambient material from this Oregon-based musician.

 


Fredziak (France)

Altitudes (2012)

Melodic and anthemic Electronic Music, taking in influeces of Jean-Michel Jarre and other French pioneers. The real name of the artist is Frederic Esnault.

 


Free System Projekt (Netherlands)

F. S. P. (1994)
Impulse (1996)
Substance (1997) (S)
Pointless Reminder (1999)
Okefenokee Dreams (1999) (with Dave Brewer)
Okefenokee Dreams 2001 (2002) (with Airsculpture & Bill Fox)
Atmospheric Conditions (2002)
Passenger 4 (2004) (with Dweller At the Threshold)
Protoavis (2004)
Moyland (2005)
Gent (2007) (recorded in 2005)
British Aisles (2008)
Narrow Lane (2008)
Procyon (2009)
Time Out of Mind (2009) (with Brendan Pollard and Hashtronaut)
Mind Out of Time (2010) (with Brendan Pollard and Hashtronaut)
Legacy (2011) (with Gert Emmens)
Five Suns (2017)

The man behind Free System Projekt is Marcel Engels plus guests and fellow musicians. Nowadays, FSP is basically a duo of Engels and Ruud Heij. Frank van de Wel was also a member during various stages. Any Berlin School fan should dig FSP. Quite recommended. Atmospheric Conditions contains improvised live and studio recordings by Engels, Frank van de Wel and Ruud Heij.

 


Free/Slope (Sweden)

Daydream Melodies (2017)

Neo-psychedelia / kraut / EM project of Daniel Fridlund Brandt.

 


Freeman, Alan (UK)

Mezzosphere (1988)
Melting Phase (2001)
Captured Flux (2001)
Sketchbook (2002)
Elemental Meditation (2009)
Topology of A Phantom City (2014)
Electroacoustic Works (2016)

Audion fame synthesist. Many different styles, from electroacoustic experiments to Ambient synthesizer music. Captured Flux is the expression of his own ideas about a guitar-based electronic album.

See also: Xylem, Biomechanoid, Alto Stratus, Endgame, Eruption, A.C.F., Vrije, Adhara, Electric Junk.

 


Freeman, Ken (UK)

Infinity+One (1973) (S)
Electronic Philharmonic (1973)
Handplayed By Robots (1980) (with George Fenton)
The Tripods (1995) (soundtrack) (recorded in 1984)

Ken Freeman is an electronic engineer and musician, mostly known for his "Symphonizer" string synth of which at least four prototypes were built. In 1971 he released an obscure LP, called "The Electronic Philharmonic" with a mixture of original compositions and covers of popular tunes.

 


Freeman Leverett, W. (USA)

Symphonia Galaxiae (2015)

Abstract, but rather listenable analog synthesizer compositions.

 


Freeze, Thomas U. (Germany)

The Secrets of Intergalactic Music (1992)

His name sounds like a pseudonym to me. The music is cosmic, with more than a hint of 1970's German EM.

 


French, Blair (USA)

Through the Blinds (2016)

Varied Ambient from the Detroit area.

 


Fresnes, Robert de (UK)

Atlantis...? (1998)
Mythology (2000)

Melodic and atmospheric. Great for those who like this particular style.

 


Frick, Brian (USA)

Visitation (1997)

Synthesist, whose style is not known at the moment. However, one track off Visitation appears on a Vangelis tribute sampler.

 


Friedenberger, Norman (Germany)

Talisman (1996)
Mind Odyssey (1996)

Very melodic music.

See also: N:Force

 


Friedman, David (USA)

Moonrise (1996)

Melodic music beyween new age and EM, with sequences and some floating electric guitar, a bit in the style of David Wright. Often classically-influenced, with a huge piano presence and a "virtual orchestra" type of sound. David Friedman is a Texas-based artist.

 


Friends of Earth (Japan)

Sex, Energy And Star (1986)
Decline of O.T.T. (1986) (S)
Body Snatchers / Strange Love (1988) (S)

Haruomi Hosono's project that showcases sampling possibilities of the time (lots of Fairlight CMI here). Not extremely progressive, though, more like experimental pop.

See also: Hosono, Haruomi

 


Frihet (Sweden)

Frihet I & II (2017)

Synth drones from this Swedish trio.

 


Fringe Element (USA)

Rampant Biology (2003)
Organic Chemistry (2006)

Fringe Element was formed in 2003 by Michel Victor, Jose Murcia, James Lacey (Mutation Vector) and Greg Waltzer (Mutation Vector, Xeroid Entity). Experimental, dark, ambient electronics.

See also: Mutation Vector, Xeroid Entity, Cranial Mythos.

 


Fringo Chills (Germany)

...The First Time (2015)

Electronic Music with a Berlin flair from Frank Rothe who has previously collaborated with Mario Schönwälder as "Filter-Kaffee".

 


Fripp, Robert (UK)

No Pussyfooting (1973) (with Brian Eno)
Evening Star (1975) (with Brian Eno)
Exposure (1979)
God Save the Queen / Under Heavy Manners (1980)
Let the Power Fall (1981)
I Advance Masked (1982) (with Andy Summers)
Soundscapes Live In Argentina (1994)
Soundscapes Volume 2 Live In California (1995)
A Blessing of Tears (1995)
That Which Passes (1996)
The Gates of Paradise (1997)
Pie Jesu (1997) (EP)
The Equatorial Stars (2000) (with Brian Eno)
Beyond Even (2007) (recorded in 1992 - 2006) (with Brian Eno)
Live In Paris 28.05.1975 (2014) (with Brian Eno)
Starless Starlight (2015) (with David Cross)

Fripp is of course the legendary King Crimson guitarist, the man who invented the 'Frippertronics', a system of guitar processing devices that lets him coax totally freaked out sounds outta his guitar. Robert Fripp is one of the most important innovators in the field of guitar playing. For EM fans I'd recommend A Blessing of Tears and That Which Passes. These are very cosmic works where it is sometimes hard to believe that everything was achieved via guitar. File under Manuel Goettsching, Jeff Pearce, Richard Pinhas etc. Fripp has a ton of releases and the above discography is far from complete.

See also: Fayman & Fripp, Projekct Two.

 


Fritsch, Eloy (Brazil)

Dreams (1996)
Behind the Walls of Imagination (1997)
Space Music (1998)
Cyberspace (2000)
Mythology (2001)
Atmosphere (2002)
Landscapes (2005)
The Garden of Emotions (2009)
Exogenesis (2012)
Spiritual Energy (2014)
Sailing To the Edge (2017)

Eloy Fritsch is the keyboard player for the progressive rock group Apocalypse and as a solo artist he creates cosmic Electronic Music. Atmosphere can be easily considered a classic of contemporary EM. The music is sweeping, grand, and at times orchestral. It moves from clear melodic themes that are somewhat earthly (in the good sense, that is - and there's no wonder - in the first part of album Fritsch paints pictures of the lower layers of our atmosphere) to the more experimental out-there stuff in the middle of the album, only to return back to anthemic epicness by the end. This is, indeed, celestial music that moves slowly and at times seems to go completely out of control (during the more experimental moments) and at other times sounds totally composed (during the more melodic passages). The closest comparison would be probably Vangelis. Not recent stuff, but more vintage period when he used lots of analogue instruments. Nevertheless, Fritsch has found his own style within melodic Electronic Music framework. I think that every EM fan should listen to at least one of his albums. It's a pity that so many listeners want to hear just bland copies of their favourite musicians and somewhat ignore unique talent and music.

 


Frizzi, Fabio (Italy)

Zombi (1979) (soundtrack)

Soundtrack composer who is mostly known for his horror scores. He doesn't have a particular style that he would use in all of his scores, instead alternating between prog rock ala Goblin, tribal drumming, electronics and orchestral. I will try to list the releases that may interest EM fans due to some electronic material included.

 


Froese, Edgar (Germany)

Aqua (1974)
Epsilon In Malaysian Pale (1975)
Macula Transfer (1976)
Ages (1978)
Stuntman (1979)
Kamikaze 1989 (1982) (soundtrack)
Pinnacles (1983)
Beyond the Storm (1995)
Ambient Highway Vol. 1 (2003)
Ambient Highway Vol. 2 (2003)
Ambient Highway Vol. 3 (2003)
Ambient Highway Vol. 4 (2003)
Dalinetopia (2004)

Edgar Froese (1944 - 2015) was 1). Tangerine Dream frontman, 2). One of the most important names in the history of Electronic Music 3). Simply a great musician, whatever they may tell you. I won't analyse the music he's done with Tangerine Dream here, but I will concentrate on his solo stuff instead. I will start by saying that no Electronic Music collection should do without at least one of his albums (I'm talking the vintage stuff here, of course). These timeless classics are as good as the vintage TD stuff and if you've heard the music of this band (sure you have, haven't you?) you already know what to expect. Sometimes dark and brooding, sometimes sequential and energetic, sometimes quite haunting with tons of mellotron sounds, these works are classics of the Berlin School sound and a must for any fan of that genre (or any fan of Electronic Music to start with). Beyond the Storm is a collection of reworked older tracks plus a lot of new compositions. There are many facets to Froese's music and you should simply listen to it to appreciate the talent and imagination (a crucial feature for an electronic musician) of this man. I'm probably repeating myself here but this is simply a must! In 2005, Froese started to re-release his back catalogue, using the method of re-recording older classics (the process also known as "tangentizing"), adding new sounds and layers along the way. These releases should be avoided. Edgar Froese passed away in January, 2015.

 


Froese, Jerome (Germany)

Neptunes (2005)
Radio Pluto (2005) (S)
Shiver Me Timbers (2007)
The Speed of Snow (2009) (EP)
Nightshade Family (2011)
Einzelkind (2011) (S)
Far Side of the Face (2012)
Orange Sized Dreams: Works 1990 - 1995 (2014)

Born on Novermber 24, 1970, Jerome Froese is the son of Edgar Froese and is a musician of Tangerine Dream fame. Starting from the 1990's he began his solo career, releasing some singles under the TDJ Rome pseudonym. These were very much techno-influenced and demonstrated his rhythmic side. However, the albums released under is own name show us a more introspective Jerome. While still being influenced by the Dream Mixes sound, they offer more sedate and atmospheric, melodic tracks that fuse Electronic Music with elements of Shoegaze, IDM, Ambient and slight techno influences. Nightshade Family is a live album.

See also: Tangerine Dream, Loom.

 


Frohmader, Peter (Germany)

Musik Aus dem Schattenreich (1979)
Nekropolis '81 Vol. 1 (1981)
Nekropolis '81 Vol. 2 (1981)
Nekropolis '81 Vol. 3 (1981)
Nekropolis '81 Vol. 4 (1981)
Nekropolis 2 (1982)
Jules Verne Cycle (1982)
Two Compositions (1983) (S)
Nekropolis Live (1983)
Orakel / Tiefe (1983)
Wintermusic (1984)
The Forgotten Enemy (1985) (S)
Cultes des Goules (1985)
Ritual (1985)
Homunculus Vol.1 (1985)
Wintermusic / Bass Symphony No.3 (1987)
Homunculus Vol.2 (1987)
Through Time (1987)
Mystery-Ending (1987)
Spheres (1988)
Arcana Coelestia (1989)
Miniatures (1989)
Macrocosm (1990)
Third Millennium's Choice Vol.1 (1990) (recorded in 1982 - 1990)
Armorika (1991)
Third Millennium's Choice Vol.2 (1991) (recorded in 1984 - 1991)
Cycle of Eternity (1992)
Attenti al Treno! (1992) (with Gerhard Schedel and Andreas Merz)
Advanced Alchemy of Music (1994)
Stringed Works (1994)
Gate (1995) (recorded in 1989 - 1994)
Anubis (1996)
The Awakening - Nekropolis Live '79 (1996)
Fossil Culture (1999) (with Richard Pinhas)
Space Icon (2000) (with Artemiy Artemiev)
Das ist Alles (2000) (with Michael Fuchs-Gamboeck)
2001 (2001)
Transfiguration (2002) (with Artemiy Artemiev)
Eismeer (2002) (recorded in 1996 - 1997)
Anubis Dance (2003)
Nekropolis 23 Vol.1 (2003)
Nekropolis 23: Tidal Shift (2005)
The Empty House Suite (2010) (recorded in 1984 - 1985)
Nekropolis Storm Dept. Live (2010) (recorded in 1993)

Peter Frohmader is one of the legends of Electronic Music and krautrock. He creates mystical, sometimes dark music which is quite unique and not comparable to other artists. Some of his early material is characterized by a huge bass presence that likens his music to that of Magma and King Crimson, with a dark, aggressive electronic edge. During the 70's Frohmader was part of several groups, including Alpha Centauri, Electronic Delusion and Kanaan. In the late 70's he formed the project "Nekropolis" that became an outlet for his own experiments in the realms of radical rock and Electronic Music.

See also: Electronic Delusion, Kanaan, Gulaab.

 


From the White Chimneys (USA / Denmark)

Nautilus With Wings (2008)

Transatlantic ambient drone collaboration of Ben Fleury-Steiner (USA) and Danny Kreutzfeldt (Denmark, of Rumforskning fame).

See also: Fleury-Steiner, Ben

 


Frontalni Porucha (Czech Republic)

Věčne Světlo (1990)

Supposedly, pioneering Dark Ambient recorded in Brno, Czech Republic.

 


Froom, Mitchell (USA)

The Key of Cool (1984)

Strange electronic solo album by this musician and producer. His unique, jazzy style is hardly comparable to other artists. Perhaps Frank Zappa's Synclavier experiments are a bit similar in spirit and sound. There are three vocal tracks and the rest is instrumental. This music was later used in the adult movie "Cafe Flesh".

 


Frore (USA)

The Nameless Place (2009)
Shadowlands (2013)
Undercurrent (2013)
Cyclic Movement (2015)
Blood Moon (2015) (with Shane Morris)
Last Place of Wonder (2017)

Paul Casper, based in Virginia Beach, earned a name himself in genres such as EBM and industrial before switching to (dark) Ambient for The Nameless Place.

See also: Lilt

 


Frost, Ben (Australia)

Music From Fortitude (2017) (soundtrack)
Super Dark Times (2017) (soundtrack)

Ben Frost is a diverse musician from Australia, currently residing in Iceland. He is mostly associated with noise, post-industrial, drone and ambient scenes. Fortitude is a moody electronic soundtrack that will be enjoyed by fans of Dark Ambient and related styles.

 


Frost, Steve (UK)

Soundscapes (1981)
Aerial View (1983)
Mystical Illusions (1991)

British synthesist whose music combines German and some French influences to produce a rich, often sequencer-based sound.

 


Frozen Lonesome (Canada)

The Mystery of the Murky Menace (2017)

Frozen Lonesome is Winnipeg-based "apptronica" artist (he creates music with ipad and various apps). Varied set of tracks, from rhythmic sketches to vaguely melodic and sequencer-based. Sort of aims at being cinematic but doesn't quite get there.

 


Frozen Ocean (Russia)

Depths of Subconscious (2008) (EP)
Steamworks: Hibernation (2009)
Aokigahara (2011)
Oneiric In Geocentricism (2011)
Prills of Remembrance (2015)

Diverse Moscow-based project that has released works in various styles such as post-rock, black metal, space rock, industrial, drone and Ambient. His ambient works (most of them of the darker variety) are listed here.

 


Frozen Thoughts (Croatia)

Calm Before the Storm (2013)

Ambient music reminding on Biosphere by Croatian musician Petar Sakic.

 


Frydman, Armand (France)

Aurore (1978) (with M. Cannone)
Fusion (1981)
Solaris (1983)
Solaris Vol. 2 (1985)
Telecom (1986)
Minimal (1986) (with Eric Mallet)
Minimal Plus (1987) (with Gilles-Luc Laurent)
Eureka (1987)

Telecom is a library LP about telecommunications by this synthesist with a style close to that of Vangelis or Jarre.

 


FSB (Bulgaria)

II (1978)

FSB (Formation of Studio Balkanton) is a progressive rock group. Their first album consisted of cover versions only, but this, their second outing, has a couple of great flowing electronic compositions among the more usual vocal progrock songs.

 


Fugazza, Felice (Italy)

Megamoog (1975)

Early electronic library record from Gianfelice Fugazza who teamed up with Fabio Fabor for this release. Lots of beeps & blips on this one.

 


Fügenschuch, Christoph (Austria)

How To Make Stuff Out of Nothing (2014)

Multi-instrumentalist, electroacoustic and experimental composer. A lot of what's heard on How To Make Stuff... can be classified as electroacoustic music or experimental jazz. However, there are moments of quite atmospheric, hypnotic and intense, a bit noisy electronics, as on "Key Reactions of Stellar Nucleosynthesis", for example. File under EM-related.

 


Fuglewicz, Dave (USA)

Every Electric Part of You (1992)
Hard To Decipher (1993)
Drifting (1993)
Passage (1993)
A Gentle Sounding of Chaotic Extensions (1995)
Orange Mist Sunrise And Sunset (1996)
The Portal (1997)
Creeping Jenny (1997)
Aquarium Rave Up (1999)
Liquid Audion (2000)
Synergistic Deconstruction (2003) (with Hal McGee)
Synergistic Reconstruction (2011) (with Hal McGee)
Dead Hand Decision (2012) (with Hal McGee)
Neptune (2012)
Secondouble (2016) (with I.v.Martinez)

Experimental analogue musician from Georgia, USA, who's been around at least since the 1980's. He debuted in 1990 with Industrial Strength #1 (not listed here) which showed the raw and unpolished, noisy side of his music. Dave then went on to refine his style and to include influences as diverse as minimalism and the Berlin School, always retaining that raw, experimental edge. Dave Fuglewicz has collaborated with Hal McGee, among others. His music will mostly appeal to fans of Experimental EM.

 


Fuhrs & Frohling (Germany)

Ammerland (1978)
Strings (1979)
Live '80 (1980)
Diary (1981)

German duo of Gerhard Fuhrs and Heinz Frohling. Same style as their work with Eduard Schicke. The first album features no rhythm at all and the overall feel is very ethereal.

See also: Schicke, Fuhrs & Frohling

 


Fujikake, Hiroyuki (Japan)

Galactic Symphony (1977)
Romance (1984)
Synthesizer Fantasy (1989)
Lotus Land In the Sky (1992)
Full Blooming (1998)
Wings To Eternity (2000)

Hiroyuki Fujikake (born in 1949 in Gifu, Japan)  is a very diverse composer who released a lot of works in different genres, from classical to jazz and rock music (mostly classical). Galactic Symphony is a classic album of Japanese Electronic Music. All instruments are played by Hiroyuki Fujikake. 

 


Fukamachi, Jun (Japan)

Now Sound Christmas (1972)
Rokuyu (1975)
Spiral Steps (1976)
The Tale of the Heike (1978)
Quark (1980)
Mishione (1980) (soundtrack)
Queen Emeraldus (??) (soundtrack)
Space Cruiser Yamato (1982)
Die Frau mit dem Roten Hut (1982) (soundtrack)
Final Yamato (1983)
Solo Vol. 1 (1983)
Urusei Yatsura (1984)
Gekka No Ichigun (1984)
Alien Majyu Kyo (1985)
Yume No Ishibumi (1985) (soundtrack) (with Hiroshi Ogasawara)
Nicole (1986)

Jun Fukamachi was one of the pioneering Japanese synth / EM musicians. His style ranges from jazzy / fusion-y rock hybrids to full-blown synth music. The above albums will be interesting for EM fans. Apart from releasing albums with solo music, Jun contributed a lot to Japanese TV programmes, film scores, commercials and so on. Space Cruiser Yamato and Final Yamato contain themes from the legendary anime series "Yamato", performed on synthesizers. Jun Fukamachi died in November, 2010.

 


Fukuda, Hiiragi (Japan)

Seacide (2013)

Unusual cassette release from this Tokyo-based psychedelic pop / rock guitarist. The first side of Seacide features an aggressive synth / drum machine jam that would make Heldon proud. The second side is a return to his more typical guitar pyrotechnics.

 


Fullerton Whitman, Keith (USA)

Taking Away (2009)
Generator (2010)
Generators (2012)
Halle (2016) (recorded in 2013)
Late Monoliths (2017)

Keith Fullerton Whitman is an experimental musician also known as Hrvatski. I am not sure how much of his output could qualify as "prog EM", but at least the above mentioned albums should be relevant. Taking Away consists of typical Ambient, most likely of the droning variety. Generator introduces a quirkier sound obtained by manipulating analog synthesizers (including modulars).

 


Fulton, David (USA)

Hard Particles (1999)
The Most Distant Point Known (2000) (with Mike Griffin)
Imprint (2002) (with Mike Griffin)
The Range (2007) (with Giles Reaves)
Of Those Things Left Unsaid (2014)

David Fulton is a member of Dweller At the Threshold. His music is more dark and brooding but with a prominent analog feel.

See also: Dweller At the Threshold

 


Funazawa, Mushio (Japan)

Fish of Moon (??)
Reiki (1990)
The End of Negation (1992)
Before Twin Dawn (1995)
Music For Semimaru (1997)
Tsukigesyo (2003)
Green (2004)
Sokono Houwa Sukoshi Katai (2004)
For Butoh Vol. 1 (2004)

This Japanese composer is mainly known thanks to his theatre dance scores. He is very diverse musically, from noisy and ambient bits to ethnic / World Music structures.

 


Funeral Mantra (Spain)

Nemini Parco (2013)

Rather formulaic Dark / Ritual Ambient but well-made and rather evocative.

 


Funeral Souvenir (Spain)

La Noche Del Anhidrido (1987)
Heringsmusik (1991)

Miguel Angel Ruiz.

See also: Ruiz, Miguel Angel, Orfeon Gagarin, Ventral Metaphor, Exhaustor, Ambulatorio Segreto, Tecnica Material.

 


Funerary Call (Canada)

A Comselh de Ors (1994)
Damnation's Journey (1995)
The Shining Victor / Omegapoint (1996) (S)
Pronounced Unholy (1997) (S)
Works of Fire (2003)
Unearthed (2003)
Beckoning At the Black (2004)
The Black Root (2004)
Sickness Falling (2005) (recorded in 1999 - 2001)
Dark Waters Stirred (2010)
Fragments From the Aethyr (2012)
Nightside Emanations (2012)
The Mirror Reversed (2013)
The Mirror Reversed II (2015)

Doom Ambient by Harlow MacFarlane.

See also: Grey Towers Stone Temples

 


Funerary Dirge (Canada)

Abyssus Abyssum Invocat (2003)
Prologue: Memoria In Aeterna (2004)

Doom Ambient from Matt Zuchowski.

See also: Alone In Silence, Absolute Misery.

 


Fungus (UK)

Premonitions (1973)

Post-Second Hand and pre-Seventh Wave duo of Ken Elliott and Kieran O'Connor. Two side-long tracks of symphonic-oriented progressive and electronics. Released as a promo in plain white sleeve. Apparently, a single from this album exists, too.

See also: Second Hand, Seventh Wave.

 


Funke, Sascha (Germany)

In Relationen (2016) (EP)

Berlin-based house / techno musician. The above EP expresses a strong krautrock / EM influence.

 


Furgas, Tom (USA)

Shoon B/W Psychogram (1983)
The Mayor of Rain (1984)
Blip Culture (1985)
Both Ends Against the Middle (1985) (with Richard Franecki)
Music For Keyboards (1987)
The Son of the Mayor of Rain (1988)
48 Inventions (1988) (recorded in 1983 - 1988)
Six Tunes (1989) (S)
Censorship Sucks (1990)
Listen To This (1990)
Above And Below (1992)
15 Jun 1998 / 16 Jun 1998 (1998)
Electronics3.wrk (2000)
Tom Furgas (2003)
re: Visions (2006) (with Eric Wallack)

DIY musician and early hometaper from Youngstown, Ohio. His discography is a mess, as he did a lot of very limited releases, even one-of-a-kind releases, where he would send the only copy to a friend, making a unique DIY cover for the cassette. He collaborated with a lot of other likeminded musicians and hometapers, including Don Campau. Stylistically, he is all over the place, as apparently he did both melodic works and hard-core experimental stuff. Further investigation is needed.

 


Furse, Tom (UK)

Interludes (2016)

Varied experimental and ambient tracks recorded with just a Teenage Engineering OP-1 synth / sampler.

 


Furthers (Russia)

Pineal Dreamer (2015)

Immersive, semi-acoustic Ambient from this project currently based in Finland.

 


Fusioon (Spain)

Minorisa (1975)

Spanish progressive rock band that released three albums during the 1970's. Their style is most often compared to that of Gentle Giant with also other influences. This is their last outing (not counting compilations) and it has a strong electronic flavor throughout, while the last track goes in full-on EM mode, especially at the end.

 


Futura (Spain)

Object (2016)
Your First Memory Is Already Gone (2016) (S)

Ambient synth compositions with an analog feel. Futura is a project of Víctor Hidalgo from Barcelona.

 


Futura, Carlos (Germany)

Sound Fantasy (1979)
Bach For Computer (1979)

Another pseudonym of the ubiquitous Claude Larson. Not sure about this one, as the first album appears to be some sort of synth-disco affair. The second consists of reworked Bach compositions.

See also: Larson, Claude, Netzle, Klaus, Elmulab, Power-Pack, VC People, Logo 2000.

 


Future II (Germany)

Music Is My Life (1995)

Upbeat music by this duo, possibly influenced by Kraftwerk. Future II is Bernd Rasche.

 


Future Museums (USA)

Tapestry of Time And Terrain / Pleasure Cruise (2015)
Visible Nest (2017)

The music of this group sounds like Ashra mixed with post-rock / shoegaze influences and a Dusseldorf School flair on some tracks. A mixture of guitars and electronics.

See also: Harris, Xander

 


Future Shuttle (USA)

West & Green (2010) (S)
Water's Edge (2011) (EP)
Etude Study (2012)
In To It (2013)

Started as a mixture of celestial synth melodies and dreamy vocalizations, this project of Jessa Farkas has acquired more of a classic Space Music sound.

 


Future World Orchestra (Netherlands)

Mission Completed (1982)
Turning Point (1983)
The Hidden Files (2000) (recorded in 1985 - 1999)
Regenerated (2009)

Dutch band (Robert Pot and Gerto Heupink) that has been around since the early Eighties. At that time their music contained vocals. The Hidden Files is the collection of new tracks from this project which now consists of just Robert Pot. It's melodic and easy-listening music. I cannot stay indifferent to this kind of stuff, but don't forget that I was brought up with the Eighties' music. If you don't like this style - better stay away from it. Otherwise - recommended. Regenerated  is a collection of re-recorded pieces from earlier albums.

 


FutureMusicCorp (Ireland)

Nebulea (??)
Ice Age (??)
Hybrid (??)
Haunted House (2002) (soundtrack)
Lost In the Stars (2003)
Etoile Nord (2006)

A one-man computer project of Michael Carter started in 1999. He uses soft synths exclusively to create floating electronic Space Music. Haunted House is the scarier type of stuff, sometimes approaching the Dark Ambient territory, with long pads and wind effects.

 


Futuro Antico (Italy)

Futuro Antico (1980)
Intonazione Archetipe (2005)
Futuro Antico (2014) (recorded in 1980)
Afghanistan (??)
Les Balafons de Haute-Volta (??)
Isole del Suono (2016) (recorded in 1980)

Futuro Antico was a collaborative project between Walter Maioli (from the band Aktuala) and Riccardo Sinigaglia. The contents of their LP can be described as a mixture of ethnic, acoustic passages and Electronic Music. In 2005 the group got together again to record a new album. The eponymous release from 2014 contains different music compared to the original 1980 LP, which was also re-released.

See also: Sinigaglia, Riccardo, Maioli, Walter.

 


Futurology (UK)

Martian Chronicles (2015)

Another project of the ever prolific Matt Hillier. This one is inspired by science fiction and focuses on generally shorter tracks than Matt's other projects.

See also: Ishq, Elemental Journey, Elve, Experiments In Silence, Crystal Moon, Colourform, Ishvara, Yunomi.

 


Füxa (USA)

Very Well Organized (1996)
Apollo Soyuz (2015) (with Neil Mackay)

Unusual band (now reduced to a solo project of Randall Nieman) that mixes space rock, psychedelic rock, loungy organ melodies and electronics. On this debut album they run a whole gamut of styles, with much of it clearly influenced by early 1970's EM (circa Atem / Phaedra).

See also: Unexplained Transmissions

 


Fuzzy (Denmark)

Electronic Music Produced In Aarhus (1974) (with Svend Christiansen)

Under this moniker hides one Jens Wilhelm Pedersen, a relatively obscure (to the world outside his country) but fascinating artist from Denmark. He has an academic background and is a pianist, apart from being an electronic / electroacoustic and computer music pioneer, classical composer, author of theater and film scores and arranger. Fuzzy does not seem to have an extended discography of releases (which is a pity), one exception being a split with Svend Christiansen from 1974. Svend's music is more typical academic electronics. The Fuzzy's side is more playful and unique, though. Apart from that, there were a couple of sampler appearances in the more unusual academic / electroacoustic style and some collaborations where he usually played piano or served as an arranger.

 


FWY! (USA)

CA 80's - 90's (2011)
Ventura EP (2011)
San Clemente (2012)
Hesperia (2012)
Any Exit (2013)
HWY Trust (2013)
San Gabriel (2016)

FWY! is Edmund Xavier, who takes La Dusseldorf / Neu! type motorik-driven krautrock / EM sound and wraps it with languid guitar melodies and a general feel of traveling along American highways. So, if a pop-infused, laid-back American version of Duseldorf School sounds good to you, FWY! delivers. A unique sound but rather un-progressive and hardly varied - that is, there's a certain sameness to his sound and basically if you've heard one album by FWY!, you've heard it all. Included here mostly for the krautrock references.

 


Fyans, David (UK)

A Silvered Axis (2015) (with Norman Shaw)
Trübhand (2017)

British knob twiddler whose output ranges from Drone Ambient to rhythmic, vaguely melodic and experimental compositions. He has a lot of digital-only releases.

 


Fylling, Egil (Norway)

Made In Heaven (1985)
Bound For Space (1987)
For Earth Below (1990)
Blomar i ei natt (1994)
Englene sang den (1997)
In the Trees Near By (1998)
Frozen Planet (2001)

Norwegian composer, synthesist and keyboard player, whose music is somewhat comparable to Vangelis. His first two albums feature a full band sound with vocals, guitar, bass and drums. They are Made In Heaven (1985) and Bound For Space (1987). For Earth Below is more synthetic. I don't know about the other albums, though. However, I know for sure that some of his works (not listed) are in pure new age / meditation or vocal mould. Be warned.

 


Fyrskeppet (Sweden)

Sydostbrotten (2015)

Varied moody, droning and gently rhythmic compositions from Daniel Westerlund who is also behind psych / folk / post-rock projects The Goner and E-Gone.

 


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