Index

 

Gaab, Larry (USA)

History All At Once (2000)
Morphosis (2000)
Resurrections (2000)
The Sacred And the Profane (2001)
Peripheral Visions (2001)
The Mask of Promise (2001)
Fugue States (2001)
War Riddles (2002)
Eternity Calling (2002)
Greating Paradox (2003)
Flower (2003)
Shade (2003)
Time In Motion (??)
The Purpose of Happiness (2003)
Windows To the World (??)
Icon (??)
Facade (??)
Looking For Your Own Face (??)

Neo-Classical Ambient.

 


Gäbhard (Germany)

Breath of Fading Moments (1997)
Jalan Jalan (2010)

Thomas Gäbhard of EBM act Arcana Obscura creating instrumental EM.

 


Gabin, Vivian (Germany??)

No Love, No Structure, No Hope For All (2005)

Totally wasted Dark Ambient sounds inspired by the films of George Romero.

 


Gaea (France)

Vol. 0 (1993)
Vol. 1 (1993)
Vol. 2 (1993)
Vol. 3 (1993)
Vol. 4 (1993)

Early incarnation of a band (Jerome Chassagnard and Regis Baillet) later known as Ab Ovo. However, while Ab Ovo is IDM, this music here is supposedly ambient. A compilation disc is available, titled Panorama 91-93.

 


Gaia (Netherlands)

De Afgeslagen Aanval (1987)

Dutch electronic group with Frank Roozdant and Marc van Veldhoven that got disbanded in 1989. Music in classic "Berlin School" style.

See also: Roozdant, Frank

 


Gainsbourg, Serge (France)

Le Physique et le Figure (1981) (S) (soundtrack)

Although known as a pop ("chanson") singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (1928 - 1991) also released this obscure electronic single with music for a short film.

 


Galactic Anthems (USA)

Galactic Anthems (2002)
Abstract Circuitry (2004)
Before the Drone (2004)
Subterranean Transit (2005)
Semper Fidelity (2007) (with Matt Howarth)
The Other Side (2010)

Cosmic soundscapes from Glenn Adams.

See also: Atlas

 


Galactic Explorers (Germany)

Epitaph For Venus (1972)

Spacey electronics somewhat similar to Cosmic Jokers. Galactic Explorers are (were) three synthesists Johannes Lutz, Holst Seisert and Reihard Karwatsky.

 


Galax (Japan)

Never Ending Space Trackin' (2007) (recorded in 2006)

A collaboration of Hiroshi Hasagawa (C.C.C.C., Astral Traveling Unity) on synth / ring modulator and Keichi Miyashita (Mandog) on guitar / tape echo. One track on Never Ending Space Trackin' features guest synth playing by Hiroshi Higashi (Acid Mothers Temple). Cosmic oozing synths and whooshes, sometimes psychedelic and intense, sometimes more laid-back and dreamy. The album contains 3 lengthy live performances.

 


Galaxy Dreams (Germany)

Soundtrax (1990)

 


Galaxy Toobin' (USA)

Galaxy Toobin' (2008)

Aka Galaxy Toobin' Gang. This duo (Eliot Lipp and William Thomas Burnett) churns out a tasty mixture of strictly analog melodic electro and prog EM (during their less rhythmic and more outright cosmic moments). The album was released on LP in 2008 and re-released four years later on cassette.

 


Galla, Roberto (Italy)

Aurea (1991)
Animacosmica (2004)

Roberto Galla, born in 1967, is an Italian synthesist and electronic composer. His first steps in the field date back to 1984, when he first started composing with a synthesizer. In 1985, he formed his first experimental group. Also in the late 1980's, Roberto Galla composed for TV and theatre productions. Lately he has been working as a producer and studio engineer.

 


Gallardo-Candia, Carlos (Chile)

Walking Thru My Imagination (2010) (S)

 


GAM (Germany)

GAM 1976 (1976)
Eiszeit (1978)

A wonderful document of krautrock history, GAM was a trio (guitars / guitars / drums) founded in 1973 by Gunther Schickert. They had a massive, rhythmic wall-of-noise sound with a strong cosmic vibe. Pretty dark and dirty. Amazingly, some of their stuff sounds exactly like sequencer-based Berlin School EM, only played with guitars and a system of delays / echoes. If you ever wondered how the Berlin School would sound like if played by guitarists, this is it. However, I would certainly do without the rather annoying vocals.

See also: Schickert, Gunther

 


Gandalf (Austria)

Journey To An Imaginary Land (1980)
Visions (1981)
To Another Horizon (1982)
Magic Theatre (1983)
More Than Just A Seagull (1983)
Tale From A Long Forgotten Kingdom (1984)
The Shining (1985) (with Galadriel)
Universal Play (1987)
From Source To Sea (1988)
On Wings (1989) (with friends)
Invisible Power (1989)
Labyrinth (1990) (soundtrack)
Symphonic Landscapes (1990)
Gallery of Dreams (1992) (with Steve Hackett)
The Stones of Wisdom (1993)
Val Gardenia (1994)
Colours of the Earth (1994)
To Our Children's Children (1994)
Echoes From Ancient Dreams (1995)
Gates To Secret Realities (1996)
Barakaya (1997)
Into the Light (1999)
Reiki - Healing Light (2000)
Visions 2001 (2001)
The Fountain of Secrets (2002)
Between Earth And Sky (2003)
Colors of A New Dawn (2004)
Into the Light (2005)
Samsara (2006)
Sacred River (2006)
Lotus Land (2007)
Sanctuary (2009)
Ergenklang & Sternentanz (2011)
The Stones of Wisdom (2011)
Magical Voyage (2012)

Multi-instrumentalist from Austria. Gandalf's real name is Heinz Strobl and his music is often compared to Kitaro, albeit more symphonic and without the Eastern influences, but with similar melodic sensibility. Gallery of Dreams is said to be a nice mix of keyboards and Hackett's guitar, but don't expect anything extraordinary. I've heard Magic Theatre and I can say that this music is better than most of Kitaro's output. It is more in the progrock mould and really done with heart, but there's not much in terms of electronics...for the most part...

 


Ganossellis, Kostas (Greece)

Synthesis (1980)
Chrononaftis (1983)

Aka Kostas Ganoselis. Greek synthesist who in the 1960's and early 1970's played keyboards in a psych rock / pop band Finikes (Phoenix).

 


Ganymed (Germany)

The Rotation of Galaxy (1989)

Early cassette release by Stephen Parsick under a pseudonym.

See also: Parsick, Stephen

 


Ganymed (Germany)

Sun of Dreams (2006)

Ganymed is Frank Schmidt.

 


Ganz, Oliver (Germany)

Take Off (2003)
Phases of Death (2003)
ThrEEEvolutions (2005)

Since 2003 this synthesist makes music under his real name only.

See also: Kein Kaufzwang!, The Ollies.

 


Ganza, Vadim (Kazakhstan)

Electroabsurd (1986)
Sov-OK (1986)
Marketing (1987)
QUazy Lirics (1988)
Captain Nemo (1993) (recorded in 1988 - 1991)
Ganzha Live On Radio (2008)
Summer Solstice 2011 (2011) (S)

Synthesist with a unique, a bit harsh style. His music was primarily made on self-built instruments. Vadim Ganza (Ganzha) started in 1977 in Alma-Ata (Alma-Aty), first as a deejay at a students disco. After a while he had an idea to try to make his own music. Unable to buy a synthesizer, he decided to make his own. After teaching himself schematics, he finally managed to build a basic (but bulky) synth in 1980. Assembling a small mixer and renting a few rhythm boxes he was finally able to record his own creations. After a while he added a self-built voice synthesizer to his arsenal of DIY behemoths. Having recorded a few demo tapes he built a new drum machine and one more synthesizer with sequencer. Mind you, he also assembled some 8-track tape recorders, all by himself! Little by little he added a few visual extras like stroboscopes and light controllers to his studio. Vadim has also contributed to some TV programmes and shows, and his music was broadcast in former USSR and GDR. You can find additional information and nice photos of Vadim's studio on his webpage.

 


Garcia, Dennis (Australia)

Jive To Stay Alive (1977)

Melbourne-based musician Dennis Garcia started playing keyboards (hammond organ) in the 1960's. The then toured with several groups, including a notable appearance as David Bowie's keyboard player during the "Low / Heroes" tour in Australia. In the 1970's, Dennis became a pioneer of bio-electronic techniques. During performances he would rarely touch the keys, instead using a device full of electrodes attached to his head. The electrodes would scan his brain activity and the device would then send the signals to synthesizers which would transform them into sounds. With a concept like that, you would expect something experimental, but unfortunately, Dennis' only LP from 1977 is reportedly loaded with cheesy disco / boogie grooves, similar to early Rockets. There are still some nice tracks, though. Nowadays, Dennis is retired from music. As one of Australia's pioneering EM musicians, he deserves a place in EEM, I think.

 


Garcia, Javier (Spain)

Las 250 Gotas De Cada Ano (1999)

Reportedly, Jean-Michel Jarre-inspired music by this Spanish composer.

 


Garcia, Ruben (USA)

Colors In Motion (1992)
The Gatekeeper (1994)
Room Full of Easels (1996)
I Can Feel the Heat Closing In (1998)
Lakeland (2000)
Early Sessions (2003) (recorded in 1991 - 1993) (with A Produce)
Maybe Forgotten Forever (2004)
Through the Looking Glass (2009)
Untitled (2011) (S) (with Paul Bradley)

Late Ambient musician from New Mexico. Maybe Forgotten Forever contains both airy piano-based music ala Budd / Eno and quasi-Berlin School  / atmospheric synthesizer soundscapes. Ruben Garcia was self-taught and inspired heavily by minimalism.

 


Gardens In Bloom (Russia)

Way To Repentance (1999)
All (2003)

Atmospheric project by Sergey Usyukevitch from Arkhangelsk, north of Russia. Mainly based on keyboards but also with some guitars. Both are limited cassettes.

 


Garrett, Tim (USA)

Sonic Odyssey (1986)

Rare, privately pressed electronic LP.

 


Garrido, David (Spain)

Campos de Agua (1990)
Espacio Interior (1992)
El Sonido del Tiempo (1994)

Spanish synthesist.

 


Garrison, Michael (USA)

In the Regions of Sunreturn And Beyond (1979)
Prisms (1981)
Eclipse (1982)
Point of Impact (1983)
Images (1986)
Aurora Dawn (1988)
An Earth-Star Trilogy (1989)
Rhythm of Life (1991)
A Positive Reflecting Glow (1992)
Tranquility Cove (1992)
Live Volume 1 (1994)
Live Volume 2 (1995)
Brave New Worlds (1998)

Michael Garrison (November 28, 1956 - March 24, 2004) was a Californian synthesist and electronic composer. He was strongly influenced by the European innovators of Electronic Music and recorded his first work while still studying at the university. This work became known as In the Regions of Sunreturn And Beyond. The inspiration came from the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 missions. Michael Garrison also had his own label Windspell Records, although for the first several albums he managed to get in contact with BMG. Michael's music is crisp and bright, with strong sequences with monstrous solos on top - a real wall-of-sound experience!  An Earth-Star Trilogy is said to differ from the rest of his output by having a much more calm atmosphere to it. There's a various artists compilation, titled To the Sky And Beyond the Stars, dedicated to the fond memory of Michael Garrison.

 


Garside, George (UK)

Oasis (1984)
New Land (1986)
The Jester (1986)
Mind Over Matter (1987)
Network (1989)

Electronic Music composer who released a few tapes in the 1980's.

 


Garson, Mort (Canada)

Zodiac Cosmic Sounds (1967)
The Wozard of Iz (1968)
Electronic Hair Pieces (1969)
Signs of the Zodiac: Aries (1969)
Signs of the Zodiac: Taurus (1969)
Signs of the Zodiac: Gemini (1969)
Signs of the Zodiac: Cancer (1969)
Signs of the Zodiac: Leo (1969)
Signs of the Zodiac: Virgo (1969)
Signs of the Zodiac: Libra (1969)
Signs of the Zodiac: Scorpio (1969)
Signs of the Zodiac: Sagittarius (1969)
Signs of the Zodiac: Capricorn (1969)
Signs of the Zodiac: Aquarius (1969)
Signs of the Zodiac: Pisces (1969)
Didn't You Hear? (1970) (soundtrack)
Music For Sensuous Lovers (1971)
The Connection (??)
Ataraxia - The Unexplained (1975)
Plantasia (1976)

Mort Garson was one of the early pioneers of Moog synthesizers, using these instruments to create cover versions or original compositions as early as 1967. Zodiac Cosmic Sounds is a strange psychedelic moog record, the same can be said about The Wozard of Iz. Then we have Electronic Hair Pieces - not sure about this one, but possibly it's more in the "moog pop" mould. The Unexplained was released by RCA under the name "Ataraxia" which was Mort Garson's pseudonym. The music is occult electronics like his " Lucifer - Black Mass" LP. Plantasia is Electronic Music to grow plants by. Mort Garson passed away on January 4, 2008.

See also: Lucifer

 


Garvey, Frank (USA)

Labyrinth (1978)
Omnicircus (1979)
Offering (1982)

Frank Garvey is a multimedia artist from Chicago, Illinois. He is the creater of the world's first robotic theater ensemble called "Omnicircus". He doesn't have any music education but released some obscure albums of intense and at times ambient synth explorations.

 


Gasteren, Eric van (Netherlands)

Evolution (1989)

Synthesist and member of Sound Anomaly.

See also: Sound Anomaly

 


Gate, Charles & Sol, Victor (Germany)

Gate / Sol (1994)

One of the more obscure early releases on Fax label. Both names seem to be pseudonyms of some German artists (Victor Sol is actually Lars Müller, who a bit later released a solo techno album). The music on Gate / Sol is not typical of the label's output as it's mostly quiet and relaxing, even new-agey, Ambient.

 


Gate, David (UK)

Periods of Magnetic Induction (1984)

Member of The Land of Yrx with his solo cassette. The style is similar to early LOY material.

See also: Land of Yrx, Aerie.

 


Gauthier, Patrick (France)

Bebe Godzilla (1980)
Sur Les Flots Verticaux (1993)
Le Morse (1996)

Patrick Gauthier was the keyboardist of Heldon and Weidorje. Synth music with jazz influences. Participating musicians are Richard Pinhas, Bernard Paganotti, Benoit Widemann, Didier Batard and others.

See also: Heldon, Magma, Weidorje.

 


Gautier, Daniel (USA)

Elemental Invocations (??)
The Mystic Temple (??)

Flowing, supposedly new-agey music.

 


Gaylene (USA)

Journey To the Surface (1995)

Composed as a soundtrack to an exhibition at Norwalk Maritime Center (Connecticut), Journey To the Surface by female synthesist Gaylene was originally released on cassette in 1995 and re-released on CD-R six years later. Rather new-agey, but if you enjoy unpretentious Space Music on the verge of musical wallpaper, you'll like this.

 


Gazit, Raviv (Israel)

Ze (1988)
Cup Final (1991) (soundtrack)
Shape Shifter (1999)

Strong rhythmic, melodic and at the same time experimental music from this Israeli synthesist. Gazit Raviv has been composing since the 1980's. He is also known as a producer and electroacoustic composer.

 


Geczy, Joseph (Hungary)

Bananas (1979)

One-man show jazz fusion / synth record by this Hungarian-born keyboardist released in Canada. Has some cheesy parts, as well as some nice melodic tracks with warm analog sound. However, it's EM-related at best.

 


Gedafieth (Spain)

La Leyenda Del Sitio De Zamora (1998)

Rhythmic, sequencer-based EM by Galician musician Luis Gayoso.

 


Gedik, Arsen (France??)

Dreamland (1981)
Dreams & Nightmares (1982) (with Christian Bonneau)

Nice library music by this obscure composer whose masterpiece without a doubt is the floating, 7+ minute "Neptune" found on Dreamland LP. The latter was also released in Germany as Legends.

 


Geersing, Jan Pieter (Netherlands)

Analogue Age (2005)

Analogue instrument enthusiast and electronic composer who makes melodic, Jarre-influenced music.

 


Geesin, Ron (UK)

Electrosound (1972)
Electrosound Vol.2 (1975)
Patruns (1975)
Atmospheres (1977)
Magnificent Machines (1988)
Funny Frown (1991) (recorded in 1980 - 1990)

Ron Geesin is mainly known through his collaborations with Pink Floyd and Roger Waters. He also has a prolific solo career with no less than 11 wacky albums to his credit. The above works are EM-related. Electrosound is a library LP of electronic madness. Same about the second volume. There may be others as well, further investigation is needed.

 


Geige, Hans die (Germany)

Hans die Geige (1988)

Hans die Geige (real name - Hans Wintoch) is an electric violinist, akin to Jean-Luc Ponty. This album features his electric violin playing backed by an electronic band. If you take away the violin, you'll get driving and melodic EM in the style of late 1980's Tangerine Dream, or perhaps Eroc's efforts from the same era.

 


Geiger Box (Poland)

Humanity (2003)

A Kraftwerk-styled band.

See also: Bookovsky

 


Geigertek (UK)

The Garden (2008)
The Timeless Mind (2010)
Endless Night (2010) (EP)
Soundtrack For City Living (2011)

Melodic music from AD label, new agey on the debut album, but getting more sophisticated and electronic-oriented on the follow-up.

 


Geinoh Yamashirogumi (Japan)

Rinne Kokyogaku (1986)
Symphonic Suite Akira (1988)
Ecophony Gaia (1990)

Japanese choral music ensemble that, starting from the 1970's, released some albums that fused traditional ethnic and choral styles blended with some experimental / psychedelic influences. During the 1980's they started incorporating synthesizers and samplers to their music and the above albums will be the most interesting ones from EM standpoint. There is still plenty of vocal stuff (ethnic vocalizations and chanting, not direct songs) but the music itself is flowing, ambient, a bit new agey, often rhythmic and percussion / chromatic percussion-based. it can be considered a unique sort of World Music.

 


Gelbard, Fernando (Argentina)

Didi (1974)

A jazz musician, Fernando Gelbard choose to eschew acoustic instruments completely for this album (his only release I am aware of) in favour of a Fender Rhodes and a Moog synthesizer. There are also guest musicians, mostly playing sax, bass and percussion / drums. However, the real interest here is the short piece "Mojo Uno", recorded by Fernando at home with just his Moog synth. It's jazzy and sounds more like a sketch, but is unique nonetheless and completely electronic. One of those one-track inclusions, then. File under EM-related.

 


Generator, The (Australia)

Past Time (2008)

The Generator is the continuation of Rainbow Generator project (Rob Greaves and Mojo), known for their LP and cassette releases. The album starts with a short track titled "Timeless Reality". It consists of quite dramatic synthesizer sequences and a reflective melody. Great cosmic effects are a nice extra. Processed voice recites vaguely discernible text about time and space. "Tx/Rx/Dx" begins with random samples and piano plinkety-plonk. It's all rather experimental, and very intriguing. Soon, more typical EM elements enter in the form of a beepy sequence. A technoid rhythm starts, as new melodic sequences take over. There's also a cool robotic voice taking us to sci-fi heaven. The sound then breaks down and goes wild, with really intense sequences and beating drums. New sequences arrive as the atmosphere becomes pretty solemn and cosmic. Half-way into the track, a new section is introduced with lots of mysterious synth textures and voice samples. "Schrodinger's Dream" introduces a more somber tone, with a marimba-like sequence and a spooky voice. Pretty repetitive and hypnotic stuff. "Danse de K 'n' J" is next. Repetitive piano notes are combined with weird synth and a lead line that comes straight from the 1980's! This is some top-notch stuff! Very cosmic. The lead line does get profoundly distorted as the track progresses. The sci-fi voices make a brief comeback in total accordance with the album's general theme. "Quantum Gate" combines strange harsh sequences with background male choirs to hypnotizing effect. This is not something for general EM crowd but will be enjoyed by those with a taste for the unusual. Synthesized speech makes it even more sci-fi-like and weird. The next track is called "En Trance". It opens with steady rhythms. Soon, a more atmospheric section follows, while the rhythm does not depart completely, relegating to the background. However, it's the atmospherics that are of real importance here. The sound then changes completely, with a very funny pedestrian rhythm and some cheesy samples. Some nice guitar playing completes this schizophrenic piece of music. "Chardz of Time" introduces a weird sequence and some nice synth atmospheres. A guitar section comes next, with some nifty strumming and background synths / samples. A lumberjack rhythm comes in, supported by random percussion sounds and some voice samples. In comes another shuffled rhythm, alternating with the moments of total atmospheric madness. I am not even sure what to make of this music. It sure has some familiar elements but the way they are put together makes for some intriguing listening. "A-D Rift In Time" starts in a more familiar fashion, with deep, reverberating cosmic synthesizer atmospheres. This is probably the best section on the entire disc. However, I could probably do without the vocal samples. Here, they are disturbing and they interrupt the flow without adding anything, from the artistic point of view. And that "I am about to reveal the tales of your life" sample... Why insisting on it? Sounds silly and pathetic, IMO. To sum this track up: the music is excellent, the samples are not. The last track "Temporal Trap!" is an aural equivalent of an alien club mayhem. All the weird rhythms, totally twisted sounds and wicked melodies make for some entertaining listening. Overall, I think that "Past Time" will be enjoyed by those with a liking for the unconventional and the bizarre. I enjoyed it but the biggest problem for me was that I am not a fan of (mildly speaking) vocal samples in music. Some worked ok (like those robotic voices for instance) but some of them I could probably do without. Subsequently, I found the sample-heavy sections to be pretty hard-going. Other than that, a worthy effort that begs for repeated listening.

See also: Rainbow Generator, Krozier and the Generator, Mojo, Charz-010, Voodoo Chile, Digital Dreaming.

 


Genest, Michel (France)

Crystal Fantasy (1984)
Ascension (1985)
Riddle of the Sphinx (1989) (with Anton Mizerak)
Harmonic 33 (1990) (with Anton Mizerak)

Melodic and spacey electronics. Probably new age-like.

 


Genetic Transmission (Poland)

Untitled (2006)

Ambient music from this industrial / power electronics / experimental project by Tomasz Twardawa. Other albums are supposedly out of scope for EEM. This limited disc is wrapped in a beautiful cover made up of autumn leaves. The music lives up to its cover.

 


Gengras, M. Geddes (USA)

Live In L.A. (2009)
Improvisations For Modular Synthesizer Vol. 4 (2009)
Smoke Blower (2009)
Aural Mimesis (2009)
Triptych of the Divine & Blackened Arts (2009)
Pink Trails / Deep Moon Time (2010)
Enduring Doubt (2010) (S)
Neoderealization (2010)
The Y-
Δ Transform (2011)
The Empty Space (2011)
This Could Be the Last Time (2011)
Rebirth Los Angeles (2011)
Tetragammatron (2011)
Magical Writing (2011)
The Kiss of Life (2011)
Icon Give Thank (2012) (with Sun Araw and The Congos)
Re-Vision (2012)
Purity (2012)
Beyond the Curtain (2012)
Systems 1 (2012)
Test Leads (2012)
Choices (2012)
Santam Rasa (2012)
Untitled (2014)
Ishi (2014)

Serene and emotional atmospheres with some noisy bits and a touch of glitchiness.

See also: Voder Death Squad, Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group, The.

 


Genuine (Germany)

Nu Ambient Grooves (1996)
Nu Ambient Grooves 2 (1999)

Ambient and rhythmic music by Christopher Zippel. Produced by Klaus Schulze.

 


Geodesium (USA)

Geodesium (1977)
Double Eclipse (1981)
West of the Galaxy (1987)
Fourth Universe (1992) (recorded in 1986 - 1991)
Anasazi (1993)
Stellar Collections (2001) (recorded in 1985 - 2001)
A Gentle Rain of Starlight (2007)
'Tis the Season (2008)
Music From Space Park 360 (2010)
Arcturian Archives (2011) (recorded in ??)
Stella Novus (2011)

Classic Electronic Music and Space by Colorado-based artist Mark C. Petersen. Sometimes his music is more ambient. Mark is a pioneer of Planetarium show soundtracks and has been working in the field since the 1970's. His first electronic planetarium soundtracks date back to 1975. At that time he used only analog synthesizers (a modular moog and an EMS Synthi AKS) and a mellotron. During the 1980's he started incorporating some digital synths and his style started to drift towards "classic Space Music" sound, as highlighted in the legendary "Hearts of Space" radio show. The first two albums have several classical covers mixed with original material. Subsequent works are more or less original, except 'Tis the Season which contains traditional Christmas songs arranged for synthesizers.

 


Gérard, Bernard (France)

Libre Essor (1982)

Subtitled "Pour la Relaxation", this is French film / library composer's "relaxation disc". It is supposedly flowing and electronic.

 


Gerard, Christian (France)

 


Gerard, David (USA)

Compositions (2004)
Ambientism (2005)
Bremsstrahlung (2006)
Moog Opus No. 1 (2007)
Filigree And Shadow (2008)
Compositions, Too (2008)
Rubaiyat (2009)
The Realm of Knowing (2010)
The Guitar Album (2010)
Etheria (2011)
Music From the Pillars of the Saints (2011)

David Gerard is a Boston-based synthesist who has been composing since the 1980's. He started with a slightly Berlin-influenced experimental sound. However, David's more recent music expresses a wide variety of influences, from Klaus Schulze to ambient works of Brian Eno and Steve Roach, the minimalist compositions of Steve Reich and David Borden (Mother Mallard's) and experimental electronic rock of Eberhard Schoener, Bill Nelson and Robert Fripp. His music is pretty minimal, intricate and quite experimental but often relaxing and pleasant on the ear. Some of the compositions employ repeating sequences, others are completely rhythmless and flowing. What makes David's music stand out is the perfect programming of sounds (lots of nice analog textures here) and the special mood of the compositions that creates a sense of mystery and reflection. David Gerard has released numerous works during the last several years, both as a solo artist and with the group Elysium.

See also: Elysium

 


Gerber, Jerry (USA)

Ottava (1997)
Kairotic Offerings (1997)
The Golden Mean (1999)
Regeneration (2000)
Rebel Planet (2001)
Moon Festival (2002)
The Art of MIDI Sequencing (2003)
In Praise of Poets (2004)
Time Shadows (2007)
Waves (2008)
Number Eleven: The Path (2011)

Jerry Gerber is a master of MIDI sequencing and orchestration and his music does a great job at electronically emulating a real orchestra.

 


Gerber, Tony (USA)

Teleworks (1986)
Cosmic Flight (1986) (with William Linton and Mason Stevens)
Clearly Opaque (1987)
Native Spirit (1990)
Aural Overview (1992)
Travellers (1993) (with Jon Rose)
Airwaves (1994) (with John Rose)
Blue Western Sky (1994)
Magdalenian Cave  / Sloth (1997) (S) (with Blazen Y Sharp)
Guitarscapes (1999)
Altamira (1999)
Bonfire (2002)
A Hidden Space (2003) (with Aashid Himons and Giles Reaves)
Flutesongs For Water (2007)
Ethereality (2009)
City Skies 2011 (2012) (with Paul Vnuk Jr.)

American multi-instrumentalist, composer, synthesist, sound sculptor, producer, arranger and sound engineer. Gerber's first recordings of Electronic Music date back to as early as 1974. Over the years, Gerber has developed a unique and very characteristic style of cosmic EM that influenced a whole bunch of Space Music artists in the USA. If you consider yourself a fan of the genre, you owe it to yourself to check out at least some of his works.

See also: Spacecraft, Cypress Rosewood.

 


Gerchambeau, Frederic (France)

Digging the Path (2008)
Ars Sequentia (2009)
3 Suites (2010)
Mind Machine (2010)
Meta-Voyage de L'ouie (2011)

Diverse French synthesist with sequencer / Berlin School influences dominating.

 


Gerke, Martin (Germany)

Universal Thinking (1993)
Out of the Dark (1995)
Caveland On Cyberstage (1997)
Music For Virtual Spaces (1998)
Zodiac - Music For 12 Archetypes (2001)

Electronic Music with some Berlin influences.

 


Gerven, Ad van (Netherlands)

Hatching (1992)

Produced by Ron Boots. Melodic and rhythmic EM.

 


Gerwing, Tim (Canada)

The Butterfly Effect (2005)
Chikatetsu (2009)
Scorpius Rising (2013)

This musician mixes various influences ranging from Ambient to tribal, ethnic music and even more rhythmic styles like techno and electro.

 


Gesina, Gerard (France)

Planant (1982)

Nice library Electronic Music, very melodic and more 1970's in sound than 1980's.

 


Gesso, Alan (USA)

Identity (2011)
Music Television (2013)
Obliscence (2013)

Gentle, droning soundscapes with some synth arpeggios.

 


Getty, Graham (UK)

Virtual Horizons (1992)
The Lattice (2010)
Retrochet (2010) (with Michael Neil)
Retrochet II (2010) (with Michael Neil)
The Sound of the Cloud (2012)
Higher Green Session (2014) (with Stephan Whitlan)

Those who buy their music at Synth Music Direct know this guy. Sequential electronics.

See also: Perge

 


Gherardi, Luca (Italy)

Distant Earth (2012)
Cosmosis (2013)
Colder (2014) (S)

Ambient artist from Emilia Romagna region of Italy.

 


Ghini, Gianluca (Italy)

Ethereal Love (2009)

Melodic music from this synthesist who had previously worked as a keyboardist for various progressive rock bands.

 


Ghostrider (Germany)

Demons (2011) (S)
Light Pulse (2011) (S)
Voices (2012)

Ambient project by Jens Pauly from Cologne.

 


Ghostwriters (USA)

Music From No Man's Land (1980) (S)
Objects In Mirrors Are Closer Than They Appear (1981)
Remote Dreaming (1986)

Philadelphia based duo of Charles Cohen and Jeff Cain who released at least one LP on Red Music label. Spacey, at times experimetal Electronic Music recorded in the childhood home of Don Buchla.

 


Giallos Flame, The (UK)

The Giallos Flame (2005)
Live From Dunwich (2007) (S)
Violent Professionals (2007)
House At the Edge of the Dark (2008)
Euro Slash (2009) (EP)

The Giallos Flame is an electronic / progrock project of Dunwich-based musician Ron Graham. It is very much inspired by the 1970's and 1980's Italian horror movie sountracks, mostly by Goblin. Consequently, what you get here is a driving and energetic hybrid of Electronic Music and progressive rock, with menacing themes and analogue synths galore. Some tracks have a strong mellotron presence.

 


Giant Claw (USA)

Erasers Fantasy (2010)
Midnight Murder (2011)
Tunnel Mind (2011)
Mortal Earth / Morbid Earth (2011) (S)
Haunted Planet (2011) (EP)
Clash of Moons (2011)
Mutant Glamour (2012)
Music For Film (2013)
Impossible Chew (2013)
Dark Web (2014)

What happens if you combine chiptune with progressive EM? You'll get Giant Claw's (aka Keith Rankin) Tunnel Mind. This guy really lets those sequences roll, but wraps them in a blanket of chirpy video game beeps and bleeps. And the interesting part is that the combination actually works, big time! Instead of sounding primitive and jarring, this music is lo-fi, but smooth and warm and is constantly changing, keeping you on your toes. Someone said something about lack of innovation in EM? Well, Keith certainly proves this presumption wrong. He is an artist to look out for. Some of the earlier releases may contain pure chiptune music and are not included in the discography as of now.

 


Gielareck (Poland)

Symphony Bitumiczne No.1 (2000)
Asfalt (2003)

Dark Ambient. Intense, almost to the point of being Black Ambient.

 


Gieseler, Achim (Germany)

L'Air, La Terre (1990)

World Music from the musician who is also known as Jakino's 7th World. He also played in Tri Atma. Here, Achim combines ethnic elements with lots of samples and electronics.

See also: Jakino's 7th World, Tri Atma, Marlboro Project.

 


Gilbert, Michael William (USA)

Moving Pictures (1978)
The Call (1980)
In the Dreamtime (1982)
The Light In the Clouds (1987)
Point of Views (1988)
I Can See From Here (2010)

American synthesist. In the Dreamtime features Electronic Music (Cluster style) with jazz, World Music and avant-garde influences. Said to be quite interesting.

 


Gimenez, Albert (Spain)

Un Somni Petit (1981)
Imatge... (1981)
Escapada! (1983)
Dudum (1995)
Mosdum (1997)
Ziv (1998)
Mare Nostrum (2000)
Discours (??)
Raw Energy (2003)

Albert Gimenez is an innovative guitar player and former member of Neuronium and Macromassa. He creates profound electronic soundscapes, beyond Tangerine Dream's Phaedra, Jeff Pearce and Robert Fripp, with much use of guitar synth. The early LPs are works for acoustic guitar with some orchestrations.

See also: Neuronium, Cosmic Ni, Suck Electronic.

 


Gimu (Brazil)

A Season In Your Soul (2011)
Field & Fern; Mountain & Sea (2011) (S) (with Darren Harper)
Pain, Exposed (2011) (S)
A Prayer For Time (2011) (S)
Crestfallen (2011) (S)
All the Intricacies of An Imaginary Disease (2012)
A Silent Stroll On Sombre St. (2012) (S)
They All Left One By One, They All Left the Radio On (2012)

Intense ambient soundscapes from Gilmar Monte out of Vila Velha, Espirito Santo, Brazil. Dark, sometimes depressing and / or disturbing.

 


Gingeleit, Frank (Germany)

Nightmares & Escapades (2002)
Megalopolis (2003)
Toy Island (2003)
Lost In the Deep Blue (2003)

Nightmares & Escapades sounds like somewhat more experimental Ash Ra Tempel with a good dose of early Tangerine Dream thrown in. It is amazing that all sounds on this album were created using just guitar, guitar synthesizer and effects. The diversity of sounds is great. The album features atmospheric numbers (but always with an experimental edge) and grungy mechanic-like pieces ("Industrualization of Mars"). Frank doesn't try to sound like anyone else, creating his own unique music. Megalopolis explores the possibilities of synth technology, as each track is a rhythmic (except the last one) onslaught of experimental sounds and atmospheres. We get pretty repetitive structure here and (sometimes) a VERY intense sound. For instance, check out "Adjust Your Clock" - it will probably meltdown your speakers! Overall, a highly original EM. Toy Island combines the sound that was heard on Megalopolis with modern rhythms (not of the dance variety) and further experimentation. I'm especially crazy about my favourite - "Toy Island Part 2". Love those tempo changes and liquid solos! My favourite work from Frank so far... The latest album Lost In the Deep Blue features pieces that in a way harken back to the soundworlds explored on Nightmare & Escapades rather than those of Megalopolis and Toy Island. All compositions were performed on just the guitar and guitar synth  and some of them sound like band performed Bluesy tunes. Overall, a very satysfying outing with echoes of jazzy Ash Ra Tempel scattered throughout.

 


Giombini, Marcello (Italy)

Overground (1973)
Antropophagus (1980) (soundtrack)
Astromusic (1981)
Computer Disco (??)

Marcello Giombini (1928 - 2003) was an Italian film and library music composer who did a ton of soundtracks. Since the early 1970's he worked with synthesizers. His output was uneven to say the least and in some instances rather dubious, as he released a fair bit of cheese over the years, including some horrific religious albums in the 70's, with lots of singing and an electronic keyboard backing by Giombini. There's also an album of classical renditions and the "traditional synthesizer" series, with music of his native Italy, the Middle East and other regions performed electronically. With a diverse output like that, I can't even think where to place him. Astromusic may well be his only record with a strong prog EM influence. It's a nice album with (supposedly) original material that sounds classically-inspired for the most part. Sometimes very Baroque in feel, at other times it goes for the lush, symphonic "Vangelis" type of sound. Another fitting comparison would be Tomita, both in mood and the sound palette. Further investigation is needed.

See also: Trans Vita Express

 


Girard, David (Canada)

Hydrosphere (2003)
VertBeat (2004)

Young synthesist from Quebec, Canada. David Girard was born in 1979 and in 2002 he founded the Inorchestral label. His style is influenced a bit by the music of Jean-Michel Jarre and German artists of the 70's and 80's. Excellent music! Read my reviews for both David Girard albums here: Hysdrosphere, VertBeat.

 


Giraudy, Miquette (France)

The New Age Synthesis (1979)

Yes, this demo record does exist. I've seen scans with handwritten sleeve and liner notes. How many copies were made of this? 1? 10? 50? I don't know. The music was recorded live at the Festival for Mind-Body-Spirit.

See also: Gong

 


Gismonti, Egberto (Brazil)

Fantasia (1982)
Cidade Coração (1983)
Trem Caipira (1985)

Egberto Gismonti Amin is a prolific multi-instrumentalist from Brazil whose main instruments are guitar and keyboards (piano and synthesizers). Born in Carmo, Rio de Janeiro, Gismonti released a lot of albums, both solo and in collaboration with other artists, that show various facets of his musical oeuvre. One of his more electronic-oriented albums is Fantasia from 1982. The trend continued on Cidade Coração which may be the one that focuses the most on electronic keyboards. At times the music sounds like Vangelis or Patrick Moraz, with that special Brazilian flair. Trem Caipira features music by Heitor Villa-Lobos played on synthesizers by Gismonti and a supporting band. Further investigation is needed.

 


gkfoes vjgoaf (USA)

What Is A Dream Earth Bed (2008)
Magic Days (2009)
Tiger Elephant Panda (2009)
Field Mantras (2010)
Light Weaving (2010)
Healings (2011)
The Joy of Awakening (2011)
Spirit Dance (2011)
Nature Eternal Striving (2011)
Glacial Ways (2011) (EP)

California-based project, with some albums recorded in New Zealand. Musically it's all over the place, with guitar-based soundscapes (sometimes even ala Manuel Goettsching), new age, overtone singing, World Music and very good Ambient. On the spiritual end of the music spectrum.

 


Glasburg (France)

Opposition (1995)

Lovers of mid-80's Tangerine Dream take note. This disc contains pretty much sequenced music with great melodic sensibilities. Recommended for Berlin School enthusiasts. The group Glasburg exists since 1984.

 


Glass (USA)

No Stranger To the Skies (2000) (recorded in 1973 - 1977)
Illuminations (2005)
Live At Progman Cometh (2007)
Spectrum Principle (2009)

Glass was an American progressive rock band that existed in the mid to late Seventies but never made an album. Now Glass is back and their vintage recordings from that era are released on double disc No Stranger To the Skies. This release will please fans of both progrock and vintage Electronic Music. Synths and mellotrons galore!

See also: Sherman, Jeff

 


Glass, Philip (USA)

Music With Changing Parts (1971)
Solo Music (1972)
Music In Similar Motion / Music In Fifths (1973)
Music In Twelve Parts (1974)
North Star (1977)
Einstein On the Beach (1978)
Dance Nos. 1 And 2 (1979)
Satyagraha (1980)
Glassworks (1982)
Facades (1982) (S)
Koyaanisqatsi (1982) (soundtrack)
The Photographer (1983)
Mishima (1985) (soundtrack)
Satyagraha (1985)
Songs From the Liquid Days (1986)
Akhnaten (1987)
Dancepieces (1987)
In the Upper Room (1987)
The Light (1987)
Powaqqatsi (1988) (soundtrack)
1000 Airplanes On the Roof (1989)
Metamorphosis (1989)
The Thin Blue Line (1989)
Solo Piano (1989)
Passages (1990) (with Ravi Shankar)
Hydrogen Jukebox (1993)
Low Symphony (1993)
Heroes (1997)
Circles (1998) (with Arturo Stalteri)
Dracula (2000) (with Kronos Quartet)

American minimalist composer famous for his chamber and orchestral music. Opera elements are also distinguishable. His early work contains mostly studies for repetition and is very minimal. Has worked with Michael Hoenig (Koyaaniqatsi), among others.

 


Glaufx (Greece)

The Tomb of Time (1996)
Fantasy's Golden Feather (1997)
There Is No Love (1997)
Air / A HP (??)
Whispers For the Dead (2002)

Dark electronics somewhere between Yen Pox and V.O.S. This project is also known as Glafx and Glaufx Garland.

See also: Viridian Grin

 


Gleeson, Patrick (USA)

Beyond the Sun (1976)
Starwars (1977)
Rainbow Delta (1980)
The Four Seasons (1981)
The Plague Dogs (1982) (soundtrack)
The Bedroom Window (1986) (soundtrack) (with Michael Shrieve)

Patrick Gleeson is credited on Herbie Hancock's 1973 LP Sextant playing ARP synths. The music on this album is something like experimental space jazz. Later he released several solo electronic albums: Beyond the Sun is electronic reworkings of Holst's The Planets, something that was tried the same year by Tomita; The Four Seasons, naturally, consists of electronic reworkings of Vivaldi's pieces done basically on two Synclavier II digital synthesizers; Rainbow Delta contains original music; as for the Starwars album, not sure if it's connected to the actual film soundtrack. Apart from being involved in the production of the music for the already mentioned film series, Gleeson was also part of the production team for "Apocalypse Now".

 


Gleisberg, Rudiger (Germany)

InZeit - OutZeit (1988)
Samadhi (1989)
Arabesque (1991)
Baktun (1993)
Chronicle 1986 - 1993 (1994)
Damiana (1997)
Arcanum (1997) (with Mathias Grassow and Amir Baghiri)
Elysium (1999)
Fragile Fairytales (2001)
Nostalgia (2002) (with Mathias Grassow and Carsten Agthe)
Garden of Dreams (2005) (with Alquimia)
The House On the Borderland (2005) (with Mathias Grassow)
Beyond Horizon (2007) (with Matthias Grassow and Carsten Agthe)
The Sacred Path (2009) (with Bernd Scholl)
Arcana Publicata Vilescunt (2010) (with Mathias Grassow)
Echoes From the Borderland (2010) (with Mathias Grassow)
Symphonic Arts (2011)
Island Peak (2013) (with Bernd Scholl)
Ad Lucem (2014) (with Mathias Grassow)

German synthesist born in 1963. He started with keyboards playing music for theatre productions. However, it was soon clear that Rudiger had developed his own unique style that not only found its place in various movies but also on solo CD's with Electronic Music. Rudiger's style is melodic and rhythmic, often quite orchestral or symphonic sounding.

 


Glenn (Norway)

Electronic Secret (2008)
Message (2009)
Arctic Treasures (2010)
Chrismatronic (2011)
Ripples (2012)

Glenn Henriksen from Norway creates melodic, cinematic compositions influenced by Jarre, Vangelis and early 1980's Tangerine Dream.

 


Glenroy, Marc (Germany)

Flight To Sydney (1993)

Music in Jarre style from German musician whose real name is Holger Ackermann. Perhaps he wanted his name to sound Australian, that's why he changed into Marc Glenroy for Flight To Sydney.

 


Gliese 614 (UK)

Voyage To Neptune (2004) (S)
Saturn (2005)
Jupiter (2005)
Unrelenting Sorrow, Astral Teleportation Between the Earth And the Moon (2005)
Yeolithe (2006)
Qiivuuw (2007)
/\JJ|>4/\C (2007)
Untitled (2007) (EP)
Monolithusobscurum (2007)
Warlord (2007) (EP)
Wyth Orrowre, Thei Suffere Dredfule (2010) (S)
Serenity (2010)
Battle of Passchendaele (2010) (S)
Industrial Revolution (2010) (S)

Deep Space Music (presumably of the darker variety) and Ambient (the author describes it as "experimental kosmische music"). The first album is a two-track mini-CD.

See also: Llunstorcarnay

 


Glimmer Room, The (UK)

Tomorrow's Tuesday (2002)
Grey Mirrors (2004)
Stages Echoed 12-08-05 (2005) (with The Jupiter 8)
Now We Are Six (2007)
Home Without the Journey (2008)
I Remain (2010)
A Diary of Occurences (2010) (EP)
A Return To Cromley Hall (2013) (EP)

Music by Andy Condon which is said to be influenced by 80's EM, but the excerpts I heard sounded more like Chris Franke's solo works of the 90's, without being too derivative.

See also: Long Night, The

 


Global Communication (UK)

Pentamerous Metamorphosis (1993)
76:14 (1994)
Remotion (1995)
Theory of Evolution (1995)

Ambient from Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard. Sometimes similar to Biosphere.

 


Global Darkness (Belgium)

World of Terror (2005)

Dark Ambient.

 


Global Trancemission (UK)

Infinite Space (2006)
Astromegatron (2008)

Soundscapes of the deep / cosmic variety.

 


Glover, Roger (UK)

Elements (1978)

This is some sort of a concept album with bombastic progressive rock and Electronic Music from member of Deep Purple (he plays bass, guitar, keyboards and synths) and a large cast of supporting musicians, including symphonic orchestra, vocals and choir.

 


Glück, Max (Germany)

Space Disturbance (1988)
Molekulardrift (2001)
Traumsand (2002)
Reizstrom (2004)

Ambient electronic musician (real name - Markus Huber) who works out of Elmulab studio in Wasserburg. He was also one half of the live Spheric Lounge duo with Enzo Cage that existed from 2004 to 2008 and released a lot of their jams in mp3 format.

 


Goblin (Italy)

Profondo Rosso (1975) (soundtrack)
Roller (1976)
Suspiria (1977) (soundtrack)
La Via Della Droga (1977) (soundtrack)
Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo Mark (1978)
Zombi (1978) (soundtrack)
Squadra Antimafia (1978) (soundtrack)
Amo Non Amo (1979) (soundtrack)
Patrick (1979) (soundtrack)
Wampir (1979)
Contamination (1980) (soundtrack)
Volo (1982)
Tenebre (1982) (soundtrack)
St. Helene (1982) (soundtrack)
Notturno (1983) (soundtrack)
Phenomena (1984) (soundtrack)
Buio Omega (1997) (soundtrack) (recorded in 1979)
Nonhosonno (2001) (soundtrack)
BackToTheGoblin 2005 (2006)

Italian progressive / electronic outfit (the "classic" lineup is Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli and Agostino Marangolo) that was born in the mid 1970's out of the ashes of a group called Cherry Five. They were mostly notable for combining progressive rock with a spceial, "creepy" atmosphere and experimentation with analogue keyboards and synthesizers. They also made use of extended processing techniques and acoustic instrumentation. Many of their albums are soundtracks for B-grade horror movies. (Dario Argento anyone?) Some of their 80's material reminds on early Eighties' Tangerine Dream.

See also: Simonetti, Claudio, Libra, Guarini, Maurizio.

 


Goddard, Duncan (UK)

Electrical Tape (2013)

Solo album by member of Radio Massacre International with music based exclusively on the sounds of the mellotron.

See also: Radio Massacre International, DAS.

 


Godfrey, Patrick (Canada)

Blue Night (1995)
Strange Rain (1996)

Patrick Godfrey was born in 1948 in Toronto. Blue Night and Strange Rain are his fourth and fifth albums, respectively. However, his first released works Ancient Ships (1979), Bells of Earth (1984) and Small Circus (1985) were classical / instrumental workouts with Patrick playing piano and harpsichord. Interesting, but not EM, and as a consequence, they are not included in the above discography. The listed works are electronic, but Blue Night features mainly digital imitations of acoustic timbres and therefore it sits more comfortably within new instrumental or new age music domains than EM. Strange Rain is overall more synthetic.

 


Godfrey, Robert John (UK)

Reverberations (1986)

Visionary musician, virtuoso keyboard player and founder of The Enid. Robert John Godfrey started in 1974 with Fall of Hyperion - a progressive rock concept that presaged his trademark sound explored on albums by The Enid. Throughout the years he released some more solo albums, like this cassette album for example, with soft, new-agey electronics with a classical flair that will appeal to fans of such works as Vangelis' El Greco (the sound and mood are quite similar in places). Further investigation is needed.

See also: Enid, the

 


Goethals, Patrick (Belgium)

Liquid Visions (1987)
Impressions (1989)
Maeuhay (1990) (with Serge Devadder)

See also: Amber

 


Goettsching, Manuel (Germany)

Inventions For Electric Guitar (1975)
Early Water (1976) (with Michael Hoenig)
Dream & Desire (1977)
E2-E4 (1981)
Die Mulde (1997)
Concert For Murnau (2005)
Live At Mt. Fuji (2007)

Born in Berlin on September 9, 1952, Manuel Goettsching is a synthesist and Ashra frontman. He studied classical guitar and was initially influenced by British and American mainstream rock. Manuel's first serious experience in music was playing and singing in various bands during the late 1960's. One of these bands included a young bass player Hartmut Enke. In the early 1970's together with drummer Klaus Schulze they formed Ash Ra Tempel. Their sound featured a driving and sometimes atmospheric mix of psychedelic guitar, fast drums and whirling electronics. When the band split, Manuel continued on his own, creating electronic and guitar-based works, and forming a new Ash Ra Tempel (the name was now shortened to Ashra) lineup with Lutz Ulbrich and Harald Grosskopf. Manuel Goettsching is probably my favourite guitar player. Well, I'm sure I don't know a thing about guitar players, but I'm sure as well that I do like his particular style. When it comes to electronic guitar soloing there's no one like Manuel. Ok, sometimes Edgar Froese comes close (in his most inspired moments), but it's totally different. Not worse, or better, simply that: different. Manuel's solo albums are classics of Electronic Music and are a must in every serious collection. Inventions For Electric Guitar has both the Ash Ra Tempel and Manuel Goettsching's name on the cover. By the way some of the Ashra albums are essentially solo work of Manuel (New Age of Earth and Blackouts).

See also: Ash Ra Tempel / Ashra, Die Dominas.

 


Goldberg, Sam (USA)

Dark Corners (2007) (S)
Halcyon (2007)
Cycles (2008) (S)
Echoing Department (2008)
Out of Body Experiences (2008) (S)
Winter Hallucinations: I (2008) (S)
Current (2009)
Live (2009) (S)
The Trip (2009)
Tour Split (2009) (with Uneven Universe)
Winter Hallucinations: II (2009) (S)
Winter Hallucinations: III (2009) (S)
Having Had Forgot (2011)

Cleveland-based musician and owner of Pizza Night cassette label. His music is on the droney ambient side of things.

See also: Radio People, Mist.

 


Golden Cake Company, The (UK)

Would You Like Some Cake? (2011)

Improvising electronic group consisting of Steve Palmer, Simon Lewis and Geoff Puplett. They mainly use analogue synthesizers and processed guitar.

See also: Palmer, Stephen

 


Golden Donna (USA)

All Alone (2012) (S)
Pour Resnais (2012) (S)
Golden Donna (2012)
Gloaming Thirst (2013) (S)

Golden Donna is Joel Shanahan from Madison, WI. The guy really loves his analog synths and channels that 1980's soundtrack vibe with the help of mucho sequences and fat rhythms, mixing prog EM with italo sounds.

 


Goldscheider, Alexander (Czech Republic)

Themes For A One Man Band Vol. 1 (1983)
Themes For A One Man Band Vol. 2 (1984)

Synthesizer pioneer from Czechoslovakia. This is his solo electronic library releases written in a melodic, propulsive style.

 


Goldsmith, Jerry (USA)

Logan's Run (1976) (soundtrack)
Outland (1981) (soundtrack)
Runaway (1984) (soundtrack)

Electronic (or partly electronic) scores from this famous film composer.

 


Goldstein, William (USA)

Oceanscape (1986) (soundtrack)
Liberty (1986) (soundtrack)

Synth music with some sequencing vaguely in the style of Tangerine Dream. William Goldstein is a film composer and one of the pioneers of digital recording and computer music systems.

 


Golowin, Sergius (Switzerland)

Lord Krishna von Goloka (1973)

Mostly notable due to the participation of Klaus Schulze and other musicians from the Kosmische Musik label.

 


Goltz, Lev (Russia)

Rhythmical Elegy (??)

Rare, privately pressed double LP.

 


Gombert, Ludovic (France)

Eclipse (1991)
Saphir (1996)
Dunes (1998)
Atoll (1998)

 


Gömöry, Zsolt (Hungary)

X-változat (1997)

 


Gondwanaland (Australia)

Didgeridoo-Synth (1981)
Terra Incognita (1983)
Let the Dog Out (1985)
Gondwanaland (1987)
Wild Life (1989)
Wide Skies (1991)

Gondwanaland was a pioneering World Music ensemble formed by didgeridoo player Charlie McMahon and synthesist Pete Carolan, with Ed Duquemin joining on drums in 1985. They released several albums that combined didgeridoo riffs with synth atmospheres. They might have been an influence on Steve Roach's Tribal Ambient period works and some other Ambient and World Music artists. In the 1990's Gondwanaland was disbanded with Charlie McMahon forming a new project Gondwana that focused on more rhythmic, techno-influenced sound.

 


Gonet, Michel (France)

Futura (1980)
Times Resonance (??) (with Alan Feanch)

Electronic library music.

 


Gong (international)

You (1974)
Live At Sheffield 1974 (1990) (recorded in 1974)

Well, if Hawkwind is here, then why not Gong? Especially when this band is one of my absolute favourites. Here's a couple of EM-influenced albums and there could be more. I can assure you that what Tim Blake does with his synths is absolutely fantastic! He does the completely out-there cosmic stuff, the stuff that sounds like sequencer music and everything in between. As you may know, Daevid Allen's Gong split shortly after releasing You and its successor, the Peter Moerlen's Gong was a completely different band, both musically and in line-up. It was now a jazz fusion ensemble, not progressive space fusion like its predecessor. Mind you, on Live At Sheffield and especially on You some parts are pure Electronic Music, very trippy and cool. And even when the full band is playing, Tim's synths always provide a stellar backdrop. A true classic!

See also: Allen, Daevid, Blake, Tim, Hillage, Steve, Giraudy, Miquette.

 


Gonzalez, Delia & Russom, Gavin (USA)

Days of Mars (2005)
Track 5 (2010) (S)

Floating analog goodness from this couple who utilize custom modular monstersynths. Roll on those sequencers!

 


Gora Sou (Germany)

Music For Girls (2013) (S)
Troposphere Themes (2013)
Living XXL (2014)

Serene synth soundscapes from Marc Übel out of Heidelberg.

 


Gordon, Andrew (USA)

Silhouette (1985)

Private electronic release by this loner from Southern California.

 


Gordon, David & Steve (USA)

At the River's Edge (1982)
Celestial Suite (1982)
Astral Journey (1984)
Music of the Tarot (1993)

California-based duo of brothers David and Steve Gordon who pioneered new age music, especially the "environmental music" concept where they would combine sounds of nature (mostly recorded at the Sequoia National Park) with gentle instrumentation of piano, synthesizers, guitars, bells, flutes etc... They did venture into more electronic territory, though, as the albums listed above prove. Their music of the 1980's was released on Narada, and, as a result, it bears that unmistakeable new agey mark, but fans of Space Music might find this interesting, as these records (especially Celestial Suite) have some darker moments that would never find their way onto any of their "purely new age" releases. Further investigation is needed.

 


Gordon, Jim (USA)

Luminance (1996)
Escape Velocity Now (2007)
Water & Oil (2009)
EWI Music (2010)

Electronic Music with lots of influences by this jazz musician. Jim was one of the pioneers of synthesizers in music, playing moog in the early 1970's and building his own electronic / electromechanic devices for music, such as the electroacoustic drums, for instance, used on the experimental pop album from 1967, titled Jim Gordon Plays Heavy

 


Gore Orphanage (USA)

Two Day Songs (2008)
Point Omega (2011) (S)

Cosmic and reflective Ambient from Brooklyn-based Kris D'Agostino, member of space rock band Titan.

 


Gorehallreider (USA)

A Blow To the Head (2005)

Dark Ambient from John Gore (Kirchenkampf), Steve Hall (Yen Pox) and C. Reider.

See also: Kirchenkampf, Yen Pox, Mud.

 


Gosov, Marran (Germany)

Vocoding Life / Psycho-Akustik (1980)

Born in Bulgaria to a Bulgarian father and German mother, Tsvetan Marangosoff aka Marran Gosov is a singer-songwriter of sorts. I say of sorts because his expressionistic verses (in German) that are sometimes sung, sometimes whispered, are no standard ssw fare for sure. He has lived most of his life in Germany and during the 1970's he privately released two LP's with his voice and sparse instrumentation. This LP released on Kukuck, however, represents his apparent fascination with vocoder. It's dominated by his treated voice, and some nice synth backing appears from time to time. Still, it's a curiosity that will mostly be enjoyed by fans of the vocoder and Experimental EM. Or, if you understand German, who knows you will find some interest in the verses.

 


GOTA (Germany)

Zeitsprung (1996)
One End of A Day (1998)
Auslese (1999)

GOTA is Andreas Daniel Gotthilf.

 


Goude, Jean-Philippe (France)

Jeunes Annees (1976)
Jean-Philippe Goude & Olivier Cole (1976) (with Olivier Cole)
Sur Un Air de Gymnastique (1978)
Drones (1980)
Meli-Melodies (1981)

One of the legends of French prog, Jean Philippe Goude made music in many different styles, from minimalism to classic electronic to zeuhl-influenced stuff. He was a member of Weidorje, along with Patrick Gauthier. Starting with De Anima (1992) Goude started working in contemporary chamber music mould.

See also: Weidorje

 


Gougousis, Sotiris (Greece)

Omnitopia (2012)

Melodic music from this synthesist.

 


Gowan, Mike (USA??)

Luft (2005)

Music ala late 70's Cluster - rich and melodic. Recommended for fans of the band. Made on analogue equipment.

 


Grabesmond (Austria)

Mordenheim (1997)
Xenoglossie (1999)

Infernal Dark Ambient and medieval symphonic soundscapes from Lucia-M. Farountan.

 


Grace, Steven (USA)

Cobalt Blue (2010)
Flow (2011)

Californian synthesist with a spacey, melodic style (between Space Music and melodic / sequenced EM).

See also: Logic Gate

 


Gradsky, Alexander (Russia)

La Vie Immediate (1984)
Monte-Kristo (1987) (soundtrack)
Utopia A.G. (1987) (recorded in 1979)

Alexander Gradsky is a Russian singer / songwriter who pioneered Soviet progressive rock and rock opera. On La Vie Immediate (Sama Zhizn') there's a curious untitled melodic and cosmic electronic track (the 4th track on the album). The rest is cheesy SSW stuff with slight electronic elements. Monte-Kristo is a soundtrack album that blends elements of symphonic music, Electronic Music and rock. Unfortunately, only a couple of tracks in late 80's TD style can be considered as mildly interesting. The rest is loaded with vocals and pure symphonic arrangements. Utopia A.G. is a "rock opera" with a heavy vocal delivery. However, it also includes a couple of interesting instrumental electronic tracks.

 


Graffiti 61 (USA)

Graffiti 61 (2002)
Mind Blossom (2004)
Droning Velvet (2004)
Space Tourist (2005)
Time Warp (2006)
Alienation (2007)
Astropop (2008)

Graffiti 61 is the brainchild of Hollywood-based sound artist Dominic Massaro who sculpts diverse soundscapes from the spooky and experimental to the relaxing and ethereal. Dominic uses guitars and synthesizers.

 


Graham, John (USA)

Across A Frozen Sound (??)

 


Grall (France)

Improvisations Live 1995 (2013)

Olivier Grall has been making Electronic Music since the early 1980's. His sound is based on analogue synthesizers and is typically French in style (hints of Heldon / Pinhas, Berlin School, melodic, etc.)

 


Grancher, Philippe (France)

PG (1975)
3000 Miles Away (1977)

French synthesist Jean Philippe Grancher who started making Electronic Music around 1974. The second album was released on P. Besombes' and J.L. Rizet's (Pôle) label and also similar in style. Rizet plays synth on this one. These two records are supposed to be the only ones of interest to EM / prog fans, because after that Philippe made a career of blues guitar player.

 


Grano, Romolo (Italy)

Musica Elettronica (1973)

Library LP.

 


Grapefruit (USA)

Twin Reflections (2012)
Grapefruit (2012)
Stolen Highway (2013)
Escaper (2013) (S)

Varied organ and analog synth soundscapes from this Portland-based project.

 


Grassow, Mathias (Germany)

At the Gates of Dawn (1986)
Panta Rhei (1986)
Taoasis (1987)
Atman (1987)
Pipes of Peace (1988)
Behind the Evident Void (1988)
On Silent Wings of Healing (1989)
Temptations of Life (1989)
The Hidden Treasure (1990)
Carmina Hildegardis (1990)
El-Hadra (1990) (with Klaus Wiese and Ted de Jong)
Prophecy (1990)
Psychic Dome (1990)
Jupiter (Sarina) (1991)
On Silent Wings of Healing 2 (1991)
Calm (1992)
Space Voyager (Sarina) (1992)
Silent Lucidity (1993)
In Search of Sanity (1994)
Lifecycle (1994)
Ambience (1995)
Namakar (1995)
The Lanzarote Concert (1995)
The Concerts In Spain And Germany (1996)
Through Past In Future (1997)
Gates To Mystery (1997)
Lanzarote - Spirits (1997)
Spiritual Archives 1-6 (1997)
Through Past In Future (1997)
Arcanum (1997) (with Rudiger Gleisberg and Amir Baghiri)
Awaken the Empire of Dark Wood (1998)
Elixir (1998)
Mind Riders (1998)
Quiet Memories (1998)
Source Passions (1998)
The Clear Light of Death (1998)
The Darklight Quest (1998)
Electric Bowls (1998)
The Dreamquest-Sessions (1998)
The Fountain of Remembrance (1998)
True North (1998) (with Amir Baghiri)
Passion (1998)
The Nightquest-Sessions (1998)
The Soil of Awareness (1998)
The Voice of Mercurius (1998)
Towards the Sound (1998)
Tranceformation (1998)
Untitled Rooms (1998)
Dissolution (1999)
Distant Light (1999)
Eclipse (1999)
Emerald (1999)
Hidden Deep (1999)
Himavat (1999)
Himalaya (1999)
Passion II (1999)
Upuaut (1999) (with Amir Baghiri and Oophoi)
Sphere (1999)
Sylphidae (1999)
The Empty Sky (1999)
Thodol Parts I-III (1999)
Tiefweite Stille (1999)
Bliss (1999)
Ambient Signum (2000)
Apotheosis (2000)
Collaborations (2000)
Cosmic Chasm (2000)
Forgotten Memories - The Dat-Retros (2000)
Gothic Passage (2000)
Individual Thought Patterns (2000)
Morpheus (2000)
Sky (2000)
Space (2000)
The Fragrance of Eternal Roses (2000)
The Spheres of Lucid Dreaming (2000)
Mercurius (2001) (with Klaus Wiese)
Equilibrium (2001)
The Om-Drones (2001)
Phrases (2001)
The Hollow (2001) (with Jim Cole)
Expanding Horizon (2002) (with Alio Die)
Nostalgia (2002) (with Rudiger Gleisberg and Carsten Agthe)
Holy Domain (2003) (with Klaus Wiese)
Insights (2004) (with Thomas Weiss)
Winter Silence (2004)
Transmission Fileds (2004)
The Last Bright Light (2004) (with Jim Cole)
Opus Posthumum (2005) (with friends)
Dharma (2005)
The House On the Borderland (2005) (with Rudiger Gleisberg)
Fata Morgana (2006) (with guests)
Deep Breath Silence (2006) (with Jim Cole)
Conscience (2006) (with Thomas Weiss)
Aurora (2007) (with Siegmar Fricke)
Beyond Horizon (2007) (with Rudiger Gleisberg and Carsten Agthe)
Deeper Purity (2007)
Ambessence Piano & Drones (2008) (with Bruno Sanfilippo)
Inner Path (2008) (with Jiri Mazanek)
Calibration (2009)
Transpersonal (2009)
Music Infinity Meets Virtues (2009)
Quiet Calling II (2009) (with Thomas Weiss)
Farewell - In Hommage To Klaus Wiese (2010) (with Thomas Weiss)
Cromo (2010) (with Bruno Sanfilippo)
Arcana Publicata Vilescunt (2010) (with Rudiger Gleisberg)
Echoes From the Borderland (2010) (with Rudiger Gleisberg)
Electric Angels (2010) (with Thomas Weiss)
Praha Meditations (2010) (with Alio Die)
Tiefweite Stille 2 (2011)
Clear Light of Death (2011)
Ornaments / 3rd Dimension (2011) (with El-Hadra)
Quiet Calling III (2011) (with Thomas Weiss)
In Search of Sanity (2012)
Alchemystery (2012)
Wisdom of Fate (2012)
Uttarakuru (2012)
Dammerung (2012)
Mosaic (2012) (with John Haughm)
Bloodmoon (2012)
Beyond the Silence (2012) (with Carsten Agthe)
Second Gift of Life (2012)
Aestrata (2012) (with Thomas Weiss)
No Title (2013) (with Closing the Eternity)
Sonnenwende (2013)
Dagaz (2013)
Tamanoshima (2013)
Opus Posthumum (2014)
First Gift of Life (2014)
Ad Lucem (2014) (with Rudiger Gleisberg)

Now we're talking real chameleon. Mathias Grassow is German synthesist and sound sculptor, who has released a lot of cassettes and CD-R's (a look at his discography shows the level of creativity we're dealing with). There is a huge number of styles covered in his works: Ambient (for instance, Sphere, Apotheosis), Static (Bliss, Distant Light), Berlin School and Tangerine Dream style (Elixir), Dark Ambient (Dissolution, Namakar), chill-out music (Tranceformation), Ashra style (Passion I & II), Tribal (Through Past In Future), even new age-like (The Fragrance of Eternal Roses) and ethnic trance (El-Hadra). There's music for everyone, so... yes, you guessed it - recommended for any fan of Electronic Music.

See also: Nord, Dronament, Nautic Depths, Anam Cara.

 


Grave Wax Orchestra, The (Italy)

Adipocere (2012)
Gravewaves (2012) (S)

Death Ambient.

 


Gravity Hill (USA)

Monkeys On the Moon (2000)
Strange Bolero (2001)

This is pure classic spacey EM like Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel used to make in their early years. Various types of percussion are added to the mix. The band consists of Keith Yount, Joe O'Connell, Bunny Sheets, Kelly Sheets and Chris Holt. Two of the members play percussion. The music is totally improvised in real time.

See also: Interstellar Electric Gnome Band

 


Grayson, Richard (USA)

Live Electronic Music (1974) (with Tom Oberheim)

Richard Grayson is a pianist and electroacoustic pioneer. This LP sees probably the only participation on record of fabled synthesizer engineer Tom Oberheim. While most of this album contains classical renditions coupled with electroacoustic / tape music tehniques, there is also a long electronic piece called "Ostinato" performed on synthesizers by Grayson and Oberheim, recalling to mind Terry Riley's pieces. Of historical interest mostly.

 


Graziani, Jean-Pierre (France)

A Dumane (1979)

Subtitled "A mixture of texts and synthesizers", A Dumane was apparently made by a Corsican nationalist and two French musicians. I guess it helps if you understand the language, otherswise it may serve little puprose. However, as the music is typical French EM, I am obliged to include it here.

 


Great Schizm, The (UK)

The Sleeper's Night Journey (2014)

Varied ambient material, from darker soundworlds to light floaters.

 


Green, Tom (Ireland)

Erebus & Terror (2006) (with David Bickley)
Music For MRI Scanners (2009)

Erebus & Terror is an atypical album from part-time member of The Orb (well-known ambient techno outfit) and music producer David Bickley. They are helped by Hans-Joachim Roedelius who provides some samples / effects for a couple of tracks. The result of their collaboration is chilly minimal Ambient with drones, distorted radio chatter and general gloom 'n' doom. The music is inspired by two expeditions to Polar regions that were lost and as a result the crews eventually froze to death.

 


Green, Will (USA)

Of Things Dark And Distant (2008)

Ambient on Dark Duck Records.

 


Greenland, John (USA)

Soft Robot (1991)
Wire We Here (1993)

Synthesist and electronic instrument consultant.

 


Greenslade & Woodroffe (UK)

The Pentateuch of the Cosmogony (1979)

Electronic concept album by former leader of Greenslade. Dave is a great keyboard player and in this long album (originally a double LP) he covers a lot of ground. The work is a classic of Electronic Music but, instead of taking his inspiration from Klaus Schulze or TD, Dave Greenslade seems to be inspired by the likes of Rick Wakeman in creating EM with mostly symphonic edge. In this regard, some moments of this album also reminded me of Vangelis. Also Dave plays with some sounds similar to those used by Tomita which makes some sections sound rather dated (or, you could say, 'cheesy'). Nevertheless, the musicianship is top notch throughout and the work is a pleasure to listen to for fans of analogue electronics. The vocoder singing is ultra-cool and one track features a sparkling minimoog solo. This album is recommended for all EM fans because it features all basic EM styles of the 70's. So, where's the Berlin School, you ask? Did he ignore it? Ok, when I got to the final track "The Tiger And the Dove", my patience was rewarded because this is where the Berlin School influences come to the fore. The track features a light sequence over which various guitar-like melodies and spacey effects are added. The track sounds very much like Ashra. Essential classic.

 


Greenwall (Italy)

Elektropuzzles (2001)

A project of Italian musician Andrea Pavoni. This is his second album. His debut was called Il Potalo del Fiore e Altre Storie and consisted of vocal progrock tracks. This one is purely instrumental and ranges in sound from new age-like passages to Electronic Music with a flair of TD and Jarre, on to instrumental symphonic rock in the vein of Camel and David Gilmour.

 


Gregg, William (USA)

Voyage of the Heart (1990)
Epiphenomenon (2013)
Source of the Hardware (2013)

William Gregg is a New York-based artist who combines shimmering Space Music textures with some acoustic instruments like guitar and violin. I think it will be enjoyed by fans of Jonn Serrie or Meg Bowles.

 


Greif, Randy (USA)

It's In A Box (1983)
Lost Contact (1984)
Golden Joy Club (1986)
Live In Los Angeles 3.13.87 (1987)
Bacteria And Gravity (1987)
The Shadow Traders (1988)
Alice In Wonderland No. 1 (1991)
Alice In Wonderland No. 2 (1991)
Alice In Wonderland No. 3 (1991)
Alice In Wonderland No. 4 (1992)
Alice In Wonderland No. 5 (1993)
Fragment 56 (1994) (with Dan Burke)
The Barnacles Inside (1994)
In A Foreign Tongue (1994)
Verdi's Requiem (1997)
Build A Poison Fire (1999) (with Nigel Ayers)
Nail of Pious Bride (1999) (with Robin Storey)
Narcoleptic Cells (2007) (with Kenji Siratori)

Industrial artist from California, USA, who's been creating noisy constructions and avant-garde compositions since the early 1980's. The above albums may be of interest to Dark Ambient fans.

 


Greinke, Jeff (USA)

Night And Fog (1984) (with Rob Angus)
Before the Storm (1984)
Over Ruins (1984)
Cities In Fog (1985)
Moving Climates (1986)
Places of Motility (1986)
Timbral Planes (1988)
Fragment 1 (1989) (with Pierre Perret)
Changing Skies (1990)
Aerial #2 (1990)
Lost Terrain (1992)
Crossing Ngoli (1992) (with Rob Angus)
In Another Place (1993)
Big Weather (1994)
Cities In Fog I & II (1998)
Swimming (1998)
Ride (1999)
Dream the Red Clouds (2001) (with Faith & Desease)
Wide View (2002)
Weather From Another Planet (2003)
Soundtracks (2004)
Winter Light (2007)
Virga (2009)
Scenes From A Train (2013)

Ambient composer. He creates mostly dark soundscapes, but has also written some more rhythmic stuff. I have a couple of albums by him (Timbral Planes and Swimming). Both are very good, but quite different from each other. The first one contains Ambient music with a dark edge. The second one is rhythmic Ambient with lots of samples and curious textures. I have also heard parts of Cities In Fog and it's a great Dark Ambient album. Chilling, industrial music. Yes, that's what REAL industrial music sounds like (not the kind of cheap rhythmic crap they offer now under that moniker). This is really serious stuff. Any of his releases are recommended, and Cities In Fog is simply a Dark Ambient fan's paradise.

See also: Land, Hana.

 


Grey Encounter, The (UK)

Dark Matter (2012)

Berlin School duo of Phil Booth (frequent collborator of Brendan Pollard and Michael Daniel) and Xan Alexander.

See also: Alexander, Xan, Daniel & Booth.

 


Grey Frequency (UK)

Second Sight (2012) (S)
Cold Geometry (2013)
Immersion (2014)

Dark Ambient.

 


Grey, Norman (Germany)

Once Upon A Time (1992)

Norman Grey's real name is Norman Krusche.

 


Greyghost (USA)

Memoirs of Dementia (2013)

Quiet soundscapes by Brian Griffith out of Los Angeles.

 


Gridstation (USA)

Begin the Inversion (2003)

Rhythmic, cosmic and melodic themes.

 


Griffin, Mike (USA)

Sudden Dark (1997)
The Most Distant Point Known (2000) (with David Fulton)
Imprint (2002) (with David Fulton)
Sounds Are Hidden Inside Objects (2005)
I Am Breathing Dreams Out of the Air (2005)
The Pulse Meditations (2006)
Speaking From the Dream (2006) (S)
Fabrications (2007)

Ambient music from one half of Viridian Sun and owner of Hypnos EM / Ambient label. The Most Distant Point Known is a mixture of dark, droning textures and Berlin School sequences.

See also: Viridian Sun

 


Griffith, Nathan (USA)

Waiting For Toast (1984)

Solo EM tape from this Eugene-based musician who also contributed to a few samplers. Upbeat and rhythmic.

 


Griffiths, Mark (UK)

Paperworlds (1983)
Crystallography (1985)
Like the Passing of Summer Rain (1986)
K2 (1987)
From the Trees (1988)

British synthesist who's been making music since the 1970's. His sound is sometimes experimental but most of the time is quite straightforward and flowing. Mark started releasing his works in the 1980's and during the next decade he had a brief hiatus before returning to composing in the new millennium.

 


Grilli, Gianfranco (Italy)

Heaven's Corner (1997)
Il Tempio di Karnak (1998)
Druid's Hills (2001)
Come To the Light of Day (2006)
Sky Fragments (2012)
Memories of the Old Days (2012)
Ancient Roads (2013)

Dark Ambient in Ritual / pagan style. It's very good and recommended for fans of the genre. Gianfranco Grilli was born in 1956 in Mondavio, Italy. He studied composition and geology and was influenced by a broad range of styles, from rock to classical music. He first major experience in the field of Electronic Music was collaborating in 1988 on the soundtrack to "I Monti Azzurri".

 


Grimbergen (UK)

Shame And Regret (2003)
Something Is Wrong (2003)
A Lonely Place (2007)

Diverse atmospheric and melancholic electronic compositions (made mostly on a Yamaha SY77 synth) from one Nathan Clemence (from Edinburgh, Scotland).

 


Grímsson, Lárus Halldór (Iceland)

Hringurinn (1985)
Islensk Raftonlist (1985) (with Thorsteinn Hauksson)
Portrait (1991)

Icelandic electronic composer who began studying music at the Reykjavik college of music in 1971. After that he acted as a keyboardist for several bands, including progressive rock band Eik. he then went to study at the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht and released several works. Hringurinn is music meant as a soundtrack to a documentary, I think. It was done entirely with a Yamaha DX7 synthesizer and alternates between abstract and rhythmic parts.

 


Grindlestone (USA)

One (2008)
Tone (2011)

Grindlestone is Doug Erickson (Zesty Enterprise) on guitars and Don Falcone (Spirits Burning, Spaceship Eyes etc.) on keyboards. Together they mix equal does of Fripp & Eno, Tangerine Dream and some unique, industrial-like touches.

 


Grinholc, Piotr (Poland)

Pejzaże (??)

Rare cassette album with melodic music from this synthesist.

 


Grippe, Ragnar (Sweden)

Electronic Compositions (1974)
Sand (1977)
Lost Secrets (1981)
Ten Temperaments (1982)
Requiem (1996)

Ragnar Grippe was born in 1951 in Stockholm. He has an academic background with multiple achievements and studies in places such as the State Academy in Stockholm (1966-1969), University of Stockholm (1971-1972), Electronic Music Studio (Stockholm) and at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales de l'ORTF (GRM) in Paris. In the early 1970's, Ragnar studied music composition with the legendary Luc Ferrari as well as with Bengt Hambraeus. Ragnar Grippe's music represents an unclassifiable mixture of abstract and melodic synth styles with strong minimalist influences.

 


Grizz Volga (Spain)

Oberon (1988)
Microcosmos (1989)
Laberinto de la Noche (1989)
Mind the Gap (1994)
Singles And Jingles (1994)

Melodic music by Madrid-based Juan Montoya Jimenez. Influenced by 1980's Tangerine Dream and sonically very much a product of its era.

 


Groetzinger, Alain (France)

Climats Vol. 1 (2000)
Climats Vol. 2 (2000)
Climats Vol. 3 (2000)
Number 166 (2000)
Silence For Peace (2000)
ASO - Keops (2000) (recorded in 1991 - 1999) (with Raphael Labro) 
Music For M 100 (2002)
Putain d'Annee (2002)

Alain Groetzinger is the guy who played drums in synth-rock / disco band The Rockets. He has released some solo works. Some of them feature piano playing or techno / trip-hop / ethnic music. However, the ones listed are somewhere between Dark Ambient and experimental / atmospheric EM.

 


Grönholm, Pertti (Finland)

Winterplanet (2013)

Ambient and melodic Electronic Music, sometimes like Steve Roach's desert ambience adapted for cold, polar regions.

See also: E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr, Dystopia.

 


Gross, Chris (USA)

News (1980)
Poison Music / Rainy Day (??)
Brain Party (??)
Center of Gravity (??)
Telegraph (??)
Another Time (??)
Robot (??)
1930 (??)
Men In Black - The Fung (1990)

Hometaper and electronic musician from Pennsylvania who released a lot of tapes starting from 1980. He is known for his ambient style.

 


Gross, Lutwin (Germany)

Winterklang (1995)

Relaxing music (?).

 


Grosser, Andreas (Germany)

Venite Visum (1981) (recorded in 1976 - 1980)
Babel (1987) (with Klaus Schulze)

In the 1970's, East Berlin musician Andreas Grosser was inspired by West German cosmic synth scene to compose music in similar mould. He made a lot of recordings and gave them to friends on self-made cassettes. A bit later his career was marked by a notorious collaboration with Klaus Schulze.

 


Grosskopf, Harald (Germany)

Synthesist (1980)
Oceanheart (1985)
World of Quetzal (1992)
Vier Mal Drei (2001) (with Baltes and Heihecker)
Digital Nomad (2002)
Yeti Society (2004)
Synthesist 2010 (2010)
Ethernet / Telegraph (2014) (S) (with Standard Planets)

German drummer and - see the title of his first release :-) Grosskopf is member of Ashra and has some kind of a cult status and he has been around for quite a while too. He has played with Agitation Free, The Cosmic Jokers, Ash Ra Tempel, Ashra and Manuel Goettsching, Klaus Schulze, Bernd Kistenmacher, among others, released several solo albums and is still actively involved in the production and playing for many artists. His albums are a must for Berlin School completist and simply a great listen.

See also: Ash Ra Tempel / Ashra, Kistenmacher & Grosskopf, Cosmic Jokers, Holo Syndrome, Sunya Beat, N-Tribe.

 


Grosso, Marco (Italy)

A Come Andromeda - Tribute Soundtrack (2008)

Italian artist who mainly composes Dark Ambient music under various monikers. This one, however, is an imaginary soundtrack to a 70's Italian television series, with a fitting analogue style.

See also: Ouroboros, Permafrost, Snowfade.

 


Group 1850 (Netherlands)

Paradise Now (1969)
Live (1969)
Live On Tour (1973)
Polyandri (1975)
The Greatest Single Tracks (1993)

Dutch space rock outfit that included Dave Duba, Paul van Wageningen, Hessel de Vries, Neppy Noya, Peter Sjardin and others. Sjardin played the "Organizer" (some sort of a self-built synth). They can be compared to Hawkwind sometimes but the reason I include them here is beacuse they have some purely electronic tracks with just the synth. On Live it's "Verandering" and on Live On Tour - "Aperitive" (great track with super-fat synth sound). There may be others as well. Further investigation is needed.

See also: Sjardin, Peter

 


Group 87 (USA)

Group 87 (1980)
A Career In Data Processing (1984)

A pioneering band that combined jazz fusion with electronics. Both Mark Isham and Patrick O'Hearn were members of this band. On the second album the line-up was changed slightly and O'Hearn was missing (he was already into his solo career at the time).

See also: Isham, Mark, O'Hearn, Patrick.

 


Groupthink (USA)

Of Microcosmic Origins (2012)
Happy Gods (2012)

Space Music by Darren Bergstein (synthesizers) and Edward Yuhas (guitar and fx). Produced by Gregory Kyryluk.

 


Growing Concern (UK)

Endless Landscapes (1989)

A duo of Phil Webb and Simon Cooper (the later has meanwhile become a new age musician) that released at least one tape on Electronical Dreams label. The style is not known but apparently it's a mixture of ambient atmospheres and melodic material. They use a few acoustic instruments alongside synths.

 


Gruberski, Thomas (Poland)

Back To Metropolis (1991) (S)
Cinemascope (1994)
Omnipresence (1995)
Protuberance (1999)
Spacetime Adventures (2000)

Synthesist (born in 1974 in Warsaw, now living in Basel, Switzerland) who creates music very much in the Jarre vein. Everything here reminds of the glory days of the Master, from melodies to atmospherics. It's actually quite good and if you're a fan of Jarre you should definitely check him out. But you don't have to be a fan. If you simply enjoy good melodic, energetic electronics with strong themes that stick in your head - you will like this as well. Note that Protuberance is basically a Jarre tribute album.

 


Grünberg, Sven (Estonia)

Hukkunud Alpinisti Hotell (1979) (soundtrack)
Mess (1980) (S)
Hingus (1981)
Om (1987)
Milarepa (1993)
Prana Symphony (1994)

Classic cosmic Electronic Music in the vein of Tangerine Dream and Ashra with some 'Space Music' in there, too. Om contains some Eastern influences and Hukkunud Alpinisti Hotell is a mixed bag fusing symphonic, ambient and ethnic elements and, overall, it's quite dramatic electronics. It is built around his 1979 soundtrack for a movie based on a Strugatski Brothers' novel. Great music and a great movie! Prana Symphony is a sampler of previously released material, but the tracks are remixed, they sound more peaceful and smooth compared to the originals.

 


Grunblatt, Georges (France)

K-Priss (1977)

Very much in the style of Heldon. A French classic with Didier Batard, Richard Pinhas, Francois Auger and others. Although it was recorded in 1977, the LP was released only three years later.

 


Gruntsplatter (USA)

Pest Maiden (1999)
The Death Fires (2000)
Chronicling the Famine (2002)
The Organ Harvest: Rare & Unreleased 1994 - 1999 (2004)
The Eulogists Assembly (2005)
The Aberrant Laboratory (2006)

It is debatable whether this project belongs here, as it's mostly a mixture of Dark Ambient and the more harsh industrial / noise styles. Gruntsplatter is the project of Scott E. Candey started in 1994. There were several split releases prior to Scott's first solo MC album (that was actually an extra that came exclusively with a limited edition 7" disc). These split releases contained tracks of the following artists: Torture Chamber (Bisect, 1995), Ruhr Hunter (unnamed split release from 1998), Slowvent (unnamed split release from 1998) and Lefthandeddecision / Petit Mal (Entragen, 1999). 

See also: Triage, Umbra.

 


Gryffyn, Mark JT (UK)

E-Klek-Tik (2012)

Not sure but I think it's the same guy (Mark J.T. Griffin) who wrote a book about Vangelis ("The Unknown Man"). Melodic music with, quite expectedly, a Vangelis touch.

 


Guaccero, Domenico (Italy)

Voci intorno all'uomo (1975) (with Giuseppe Mazzuca)

Domenico Guaccero (1927 - 1984) was a composer and music theorist. He participated in the New Music movement in Italy in the 1960's and 1970's and made a name for himself in the areas of aleatoric and experimental music. This rare album contains electronic soundtrack to a theater production.

 


Guarini, Maurizio (Italy)

Creatures From A Drawer (2013)

Progressive rock / electronic album from member of Goblin. It represents all basic styles that his parent band is known for.

See also: Goblin

 


Gueble, Pierre Emmanuel (France)

Fire & Remembrance (1993)

Ambient.

 


Guenat, Patrice (Switzerland)

Les Reflets du Lac (1986) (with Laurent Beguelin)

Rare LP by member of Kashmir.

See also: Kashmir

 


Guenette, Pierre (Canada)

Urbania (1992)

Somewhat similar to Synergy.

 


Guerre, Philippe (France)

Cristal (1979)
Concerto Pour la Mort d'un Clown (1981)

Synthesist with a floating, cosmic style, somewhat comparable to Klaus Schulze.

 


Guild of Fire (Australia)

Primitive Prophecy (1987)
Dreamland (1988)

Melodic, and a bit spacey electronics.

See also: Starseed Transmission, Law, Steve.

 


Guiot, Dominique (France)

L'Univers de la Mer (1978)

Obscure album with dreamy music from this composer. He has some other (library) releases in various styles.

 


Guirao, Carlos (Spain)

Revelation (1982)
Symphony (2010)
Brumas (2011)
El Vuelo de las Almas Miticas (2011)

Original member of Neuronium, Carlos Guirao joined the band circa 1976 and stayed with them until some period in time when differences and tension grew between him and Michel Huygen and it was decided that each would go its own way, Huygen as Neuronium and Guirao under his own name. He released an album of melodic Electronic Music in 1982 and continued to work with a crossover synth-pop / EM outfit Programa. After that he resumed working as a solo artist. He was not very prolific in terms of the number of releases but kept a constant presence on the scene, being also a live performer. Carlos gave his last concert in December, 2011. On January, 17, 2012, Carlos Guirao passed away after a long battle with cancer. He is remembered for his role as a pioneer of Electronic Music in Spain, and his work with people like Vangelis (in Nemo studios) and Klaus Schulze (during Klaus' visit to Spain for the mixing of Neuronium's Digital Dream).

See also: Neuronium, Programa.

 


Guisynizer (Australia)

Selective Dreamer (1986)

EM / space rock duo of synthesist Peter Johnson and a guitar player.

See also: Johnson, Peter

 


Gulaab (Italy / Germany)

Veils of Mystery (1993)

Ethnic music with synthesizers played by Peter Frohmader.

See also: Frohmader, Peter

 


Gulan (Latvia)

Sphere (2005)
Electronic Symphony (2005)
Antigravitation (2006)
Cassiopeia (2006)
Spirit of the Sound (2007)
Prologue (2007)
Space Projections (2009)

Melodic EM, verging on new age from Andrey Gulaikin (born in 1974).

 


Gulch, Peter (USA)

Stellar Tunnel (1985) (with Steve Brenner)
Floating Premonition (1989)
A Dark Hour For History (1990) (with Steve Brenner)
The Sound Museum (1991) (with Chuck van Zyl and Andrew Rath)
Regeneration Mode (1994) (with Chuck van Zyl)

Nightcrawlers frontman. Classic Electronic Music.

See also: Nightcrawlers, Xisle, Ministry of Inside Things.

 


Gulch, Tom (USA)

Somnility (1985)

Peter Gulch's brother and member of Nightcrawlers. The style is supposedly the same as on Peter's solo release.

See also: Nightcrawlers

 


Gulliver, S. P. (Estonia)

Platsebo (1991) (recorded in 1987 - 1990)
Vsyo Kak Son (1994) (recorded in 1989 - 1991)
The Coasts of Endlessness (1998) (recorded in 1994 - 1995)

S. P. Gulliver is Vladislav Petchnikov who creates classically influenced symphonic EM. Supposed to be quite interesting. The first two releases contain a large cast of guest musicians, taking the music to progressive rock realms.

 


Gunning, Tony (UK)

Elemental Journeys (1984)
Impressions of A November Sky (1984)
Into the Future (1985)
Sonic Tapestries (1985)
Night Watch (1985)
Time And Places (1985)
Knight To Night (1985)
Nightstar (1985)
Quietness & Charm (1986)
Skywards (1986)
Revolution's (1987)
Oceanography (1987)
Agharta (??)
Love Magic (1990)
Magellan (1993)
Back In Time (1985 - 1993)
Journey To Another Galaxy (1994)
Recycled For the Future (1995) (recorded in 1991 - 1995)

British synthesist with a cosmic sound. Tony Gunning started with EM in the early 1980's.

 


Gurr, David (UK)

Kaossilations (2009)

Solo Electronic Music from The Omega Syndicate man.

See also: Omega Syndicate, The, Architexture, Firebird.

 


Gustavson, Jukka (Finland)

Valon Vuoksi (1979)

Wigwam keyboardist. This is not his only solo album, but it's supposedly Jukka at his most experimental and out-there. In fact, it's definitely on the very experimental fringes of prog, with only a hint of popular genres (such as fusion). This music is instrumental and is mostly keyboards (organs, piano and synths). Unique prog / EM mixture.

 


Guthrie, Kevin L. (UK)

Last Exit (??)

Cassette release with Electronic Music from member of Altres.

See also: Altres

 


Gwydi (Australia)

Lethologica (2005)

Dark Ambient.

 


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