Index

 

K.Bytes (Italy)

I Adore Commodore (??)

A 1980's project of Marcello Giombini and Dino Siani. Although a lot of it falls into the category of extremely cheesy computer-generated pop / italo-disco, there are some quite nice edgy textures and sequences too, enough to warrant an interest from EM listeners.

See also: Giombini, Marcello

 


Kaars, Peter B. (Netherlands)

Wegens Opening Gesloten (1983)
Wasps (1984)

This is experimental electronics. The exact style is not known but I suppose fans of Conrad Schnitzler may check it out.

 


Kable54 (Australia)

The Month Machine (2016)
Volca Galaxies (2017)

Melbourne-based artist who uses mostly microsynths, such as the Volca series to create varied compositions. The Month Machine is rather ambient but also experimental. Volca Galaxies channels the kraut / EM vibe in an even bolder fashion, mixing Kraftwerk, Neu! and Edgar Froese in a single album. Fine stuff.

 


Käfer, Wolfgang (Czech Republic)

Electronic (1984)
Electronic (1985)
Themes & Underscores (1987)

Library music.

 


Kaiser, Tim (USA)

Analog (2007)
At the Big Jar (2008) (S)
Insect Mantras (2011)
Numbers Station (2011)
Drone Not Drones (2014)
Giganto Destructo (2014) (EP)
Inferior Planets (2015) (S)
Elektrika (??)

Unique artist from Minnesota who builds himself all the instruments he uses in his music. These include both electro-acoustic devices and electronic machines. The music is experimental and often spacey.

 


Kalb, Gabriel (Brazil)

Collection of Works 2007 (2007)
Ambient I (2012) (S)

Ambient artist from Brazil.

 


Kalinski, Dariusz (Poland)

Ps. 150 (1996)
Experience Headland (2001) (with Tomasz Kubiak)

Polish artist with an individual, sometimes Berlin School-inspired style.

 


Kalma, Ariel (France)

Les Temps des Moissons (1975)
But Only One That Can Take You All Around (1977)
Noises (1977)
Osmose (1978)
Music For Dream And Love (1979)
Interfrequence (1979)
Open Like A Flute (1982)
Bindu (1984)
Rainbow (1984)
Tropical (1985)
Serenity (1988)
An Evolutionary Music (2014) (recorded in 1972 - 1979)
We Know Each Other Somehow (2015) (with Robert Lowe)

One of the unsung pioneers of Ambient, Ariel Kalma created his sound paintings using meditative textures, sounds of nature and lots of treated / looped instruments.

 


Kalmankantaja (Finland)

Metsäkalmisto (2016)

One-man black metal band of Aki Klemm. On Metsäkalmisto, a different kind of music is heard - completely based on electronics / synths and beatless / ambient. Reflective and melancholic, but not dark.

 


Kaltar (Mexico)

Emotional Backlash (2006)

Melodic, easy-on-the-ear music from this artist originally out of Mexico, now residing and working in Miami, Florida. Part 1 of Emotional Backlash starts with a bass throb and a solemn synth theme. Very nice percussion arrangement is a welcome extra to an otherwise very Jarre-like (in mood, not in sound) anthemic piece. Part 2, on the other hand, is much more atmospheric, with fat bass synth runs and reflective pads. The melodies are very tasty and overall it sounds like a classic piece of EM that Jarre never did. Part 3 brings in yet another great melodic theme, while the music stays profoundly synthetic, at the same time retaining its wider appeal. The marching drums give this track sort of a Vangelis flair (reminiscent of "To the Unknown Man"). The fourth part starts with a tour-de-force one-note bass sequence, over which a Vangelis-like melodic theme plays. One is reminded on the Chariots of Fire soundtrack. At the same time, there are some weirder sounds & bits here. Nice piano theme at the end! Part 5 is more dramatic with desert howls and fat, almost symphonic synths. After the drums kick in, it transforms into a stingy electronic ballad. The sixth part is heavy on the bass, but the melodic element is still there, although the theme itself is not as strong as on some other pieces. Personally, I found this track a bit bland and nondescript. On Part 7 the author tries to convey the atmosphere that was present on Jarre' first couple of albums. Whether he succeeds is for listeners to decide. The atmospheric section then gives way for an aggressive upbeat sequence that drives the rest of the track along. Nice composition that will be enjoyed by most EM fans! An unusual sequence greets us as we enter Part 8. The track once again has a distinctive Jarre flair in the melodic department. However, the rhythms are heavier and quite original. Part 9 starts with a dramatic and soundtracky piano theme. Another theme is introduced while the sound pallette expands to include more synthesizers. Several other melodic themes come and go, true to the suite-like character of this 16+ minute piece, sometimes venturing into almost classical realms. Emotional Backlash is a fine album that will be enjoyed by fans of melodic and tuneful Electronic Music.

 


Kalugin, Antony (Ukraine)

The Water (2008)

Mostly 'one-man band' instrumental progrock (sometimes with a new age vibe) based on keyboards from this Kharkiv-born musician. However, there is also a strong Ambient influence and some of the tracks are completely ambient. In others, there are long ambient parts.

 


Kamada, Tadashi (Japan)

Home Made Music (1981) (with A. Koshi and T. Nakamura)
After Music (1982)
Ice Music (1983)
Park Music (1984) (with Naoki Kasugai, Kiyomi Hirose and K. Hisamatsu)

Experimental musician and founder of DD. Records cassette label. He has an extensive discography and apparently, not all of it is EM-related. In the early days he seems to have been inspired by Brian Eno. After Music is reportedly pretty ambient, Ice Music is industrial-tinged drone reminiscent of Asmus Tietchens, while Park Music is a diverse live synth session recorded in the park that ranges from minimal synth to Ambient  and overall has a bit of a weird, pastoral Cluster vibe but with a Japanese flair. Home Made Music seems to contain, at least partly, genuinely krauty moments. Further investigation is needed.

 


Kaminski, Peter (Germany)

Synthesis (198?)

Melodic Electronic Music a bit influenced by Larry Fast's (Synergy) style.

 


Kamiya (Japan)

Mu (1980)
Tomb of Pharaoh (1982) (soundtrack)

Mu is an electronic album by former member of psych band "Love Live Life + One" Shigenori Kamiya who is responsible for all arrangements and synthesizer playing. A bit funky, with vocoder voices and typical Japanese sound, reminding at times on some vintage anime soundtracks.

 


Kammarheit (Sweden)

Shockwork (2000)
Among the Ruins (2001)
At the Heart of Destruction (2001)
Somewhere Concealed (2002)
The Downfall And the Arising (2002)
The Northern Hymn (2002)
Asleep And Well Hidden (2003)
The Starwheel (2005)
Onyx (2015) (with Apocryphos and Atrium Carceri)
The Nest (2015)
Echo (2017) (with Apocryphos and Atrium Carceri)

Dark Ambient from Pär Boström, mostly in the classic tradition ala Lustmord, with drones, rumbles etc. but somewhat melancholic.

See also: Cities Last Broadcast

 


Kampsindaja (Italy)

1987 - 2011 Forced Back (2011)
Chavia (2013)
Final (2017)

Italian Dark Ambient formation active from the 1980's.

 


Kanaan (Germany)

Kanaan Live 1975 (2000) (recorded in 1975)

Peter Frohmader's band from the 70's that mixed jazz-rock and Electronic Music.

See also: Frohmader, Peter, Ruediger, Uwe.

 


Kanaan, Faten (USA)

Faten Kanaan (2015) (S)
The Botanist & The Archaeologist (2016)
Pleiade Hex 6 (2017)

Brooklyn-based artist who uses vintage synthesizers. Her style is atmospheric, melodic and lush, sometimes bringing to mind some Vangelis, sometimes quite original. Sometimes she sings (in a nice voice), which doesn't spoil the music as is often the case with EM, but rather adds a personal touch.

 


Kanaan, Robert (Poland)

Panocean (??)
Primavera (1994)
Sonata Belzebuba (1996)
Sen Nocy Letniej (1998)
Karaibi (1999)
Pasja Gorecka (??)
Tsunami (2004)
Białe Gołębie (2004)
Daje Ci Nadzieje (??)
Polaczeni Kolorowa Tecza (??)
Nowa Nadzieja (??)
Gaja (2010)
Hołd (2014) (with Przemyslaw Rudz and Krzystof Duda)
Continuum (2014)
Winter Chillout (2014)
Love Legends (2014)
Dzewiąty Wiek (2015)
Le Monde est Grotesque (2016)
Summer Chillout (2016)
3C (2017)
(with Przemyslaw Rudz and Krzystof Duda)

Robert Kanaan is a Polish composer with an individual style. He started with Electronic Music already in the 1980's. Since then he has written many soundtracks, including many for theatre productions, and released some albums on cassette and later on CD.

 


Kandahar (Belgium)

Spel (1983)

Belgian jazz-rock / prog / fusion band. This tape contains minimal / electronic material recorded in 1982. Recently re-released by Taped Sounds.

See also: Sunstroke

 


Kanelbjørn (Denmark)

Udkants-Tripper (2015)

Varied short synth tracks, from experimental to melodic and sequencer-based.

 


Kangaroo Kourt (USA)

Interstellar Static (1987)
Sleeping Beauty (1988)
Kangaroo Kourt (1988)
Cheshire's Lost Radio Show (1989)
Messages In Ether (1989)
Atmospheric Distortions (1991)

Pre-Mauve Sideshow experimental project from Dusty Lee influenced by both Nurse With Wound and the Ambient scene. As a result, each album features one side of experimental collage and one side of ghostly atmospherics.

Mauve Sideshow, Blessed Oblivion, Minus Infinity, Mistress of Strands, Steeple of Fyre, Thistle, Angel Provocateur, Torn Curtain.

 


Kanitz, Jorn (Germany)

First Results (1989 - 1991)
Electronics Theme (1991) (maxi)
Theatre of Illusion (1993)

Synthesist from East Germany.

 


Kanter, Adrien (France)

Infinites Réflexions (2017)

Experimental, but also melodic synth soundscapes. Some drums and guitars.

See also: JUJU

 


Kantor, Bobo (Slovakia)

Nelajsia (1994)
Trpezlivosti Svetla 1 (1996)
Trpezlivosti Svetla 2 (1996)

Ex-member of pop rock band Team.

 


Kaphan, Bruce (USA)

Slider (2001)

Guitar-based Ambient. Like Jeff Pearce?

 


Karakal (Germany)

Karakal (2013)
II (2014)
Mirage (2016)

A duo (Volker Hampel and Patrick Brede) formed in Seigen, Germany, in 2011. One of the members takes care of electronics and the other one plays guitar and lots of processing devices. Although the duo's music expresses a bit of a post-rock aesthetic, there's also a strong krautrock / Berlin School influence, as well as that of Richard Pinhas and Heldon.

 


Karamika (UK/Germany)

Karamika (2015)

Collaboration between George Thompson and Gordon Pohl. Ranges from weird rhythmic excursions to atonal experimental stuff and some sequencer / arpeggio goodness.

 


Karashima, Yoshio (Japan)

Sacred Water (1982)
Ordos (1982)

Japanese synthesist.

 


Karg, Jurgen (Germany)

Elektronische Mythen (1977)

Electronic LP by former bass player for Wolfgang Dauner. Made with four EMS synthesizers and other electronics.

 


Karis, Simon J. (Australia)

Elegy (2016) (S)

Simon J. Karis is a noise musician from Melbourne. The bulk of his output will be of no interest to EM fans. However, this short cassette release features music inspired by the movie "Alien", and is mostly ambient and atmospheric.

 


Karjalainen, Hannu (Finland)

Worms In My Piano (2006)
Hintergarden (2009)
A Handful of Dust Is A Desert (2017)

Emotional and cinematic melodic ambient compositions from Finland. Pretty much influenced by modern classical.

 


Karma (UK)

Ionospheres (1985)

A project of new age musician Clifford White. He has released some albums under his own name that are probably typical new age. This album (released on cassette) also without a doubt has that vibe. However, there is also a strong influence of prog EM like Ambient, Space Music and even progressive rock felt in these tracks and overall it's much more dramatic, much deeper and more electronic-oriented than your standard new age fare. If it's new age, it's good new age. However, I would describe it as a synth-based NA / progressive EM hybrid. Could be a nice diversion for him. However, I am not an expert on Clifford's creative work so don't quote me on that.

See also: White, Clifford

 


Karmelloz (USA)

Inversion (2014)

Post-apocalyptic / post-information society ambience from this varied Portland, Oregon based project. Mostly notable for the two long closing tracks.

 


Karmiciel Wszy (Poland)

Isdalskvinnen (2015)
Ostia (2015) (S)
Taman Shud (2015) (S)
Teorema (2015) (S)
Ofiarowanie (2015)
Zona (2015)
Karmiciel Wszy (2015) (S)
Murder of Shanda Sharer (2016) (S)
Torre Bert (2016)

Bleak drones from Poland.

 


Karna (Russia)

Diabolic (2004)
The Haunted (2008)

Subtitled "Soundtrack For My Nightmares", this album by Russian black metal act takes you to ethereal and shadowy Dark Ambient territory, with long synthesized drones, bells and occasional female voice. The Haunted is more in the style of Martial Ambient.

 


Karpenkov, Stas (Russia)

Твоя тень / Что же насчет правды (2016) (S)

Subtle, analog-sounding compositions.

 


Karsin, Jeff (USA)

Pandataria (2000)

Droning Ambient. Quite dark. Mastered by Robert Rich.

 


Kartell, Franck (France)

Afterlife (2014)
La Jetée d'Orly (2015)
Damaged Spacecraft (2015) (S)
Coïncidences (2016)
Alaska (2017)

Franck's music alternates between dark electro and ambient soundscapes with a focus on rich analog sounds.

 


Kashmir (Switzerland)

Alarme! (1979)
Histoire Cruelle (1982)

Rare Electronic Music from Switzerland by Patrice Guenat and Henry Dubelly. Like Cybotron, Tangerine Dream and such. Some sources refer to it as a French band which is not true. Sometimes they sing (in French) and their style approximates that of the band Pulsar. Note that Alarme! was re-released in a repackaged form (with white cover) as Je Suis...

See also: Guenat, Patrice

 


Kashya (Australia)

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Tokyo (2016)

Warm, emotional ambient sounds. Good stuff.

 


Kaskatron (Germany)

Kaskatron (2013) (S)
Aufbruch Nach Kaskonia (2014)
Raindrops (2016)
Korus (2017)

Electronic artist with a varied sound. Mostly soundscapes, but sometimes melodic, with downtempo rhythms.

 


Kassner, Carola (Germany)

Planetary Voyage (1994)
The Space Experience (1999)

Space Music very much in the Michael Stearns vein.

 


Kassyanik, Yuri (Russia)

Red Canaries (1990)
Guinness Record (1990)
Music of the Tuesdays (1993)
Portraits (1993)
Portraits 2 (1993)
Improphonies (1994)
World Messages (2000)

Yuri Kassyanik is a composer, musician and multi-instrumentalist. He is known for his solo and ensemble improvisations using both electronic means (synthesizers, processed voice) and acoustic / electric instruments. Yuri Kassyanik was born in Leningrad (now Saint-Petersburg) and studied classical piano. He has a massive background in jazz and improvised music in general. He is also one of the founders of International Association of Independent Composers. His career includes a lot of achievements in both musical (concerts, performances, studio work) and organizational (promotion of artists, releasing albums, organizing sessions etc) fields.

 


Kastil (Spain)

Incessant Siege (2015) (EP)
T.W.L.F. (2016) (with I-Real)
These Symptoms Are Not Accounted (2016) (S)
No Spiritual Surrender (2017) (with Jose Cabrera)
No Spiritual Surrender Pt. II (2017) (with Jose Cabrera)

Kastil is Mario Castillo from the Basque Country. He is a techno producer who first started showing Ambient / EM influences on his Incessant Siege EP where the closing track is completely ambient. He then released T.W.L.F., with a good, but very short sequencer piece "Dead Coral" and, finally, settled for a mixture of Dark Ambient and Cluster-like playfulness on These Symptoms Are Not Accounted. Lets hope he moves further in the Prog EM direction.

 


Kat, Henriëtte (Netherlands)

Violet Fire (2006)
Orion Symphony (2007)
Home (2008)

Floating, symphonic Space Music.

 


Kate, Marc (USA)

File: #08 (2015)

Droning ambient soundscapes, sometimes dense and noisy, sometimes more atmospheric.

 


Katod (Poland)

7Cats (2015)
Fusion64 (2017)

Katod is Mariusz Wasilewski who makes music using analog synthesizers, old 8-bit Commodore computers, bass guitar, electric guitar and drums. Because of the unusual instrumentation, the music has a unique sound, although overall falls squarely into the melodic EM box. And I didn't even mention a special participation by Mariusz's cat. :-)

 


Katsoulis, Vangelis (Greece)

Minimal Suite - Double Image (1986)
The Slipping Beauty (1988)
Celephais / Through the Door Into A Dream (1990) (with Michael Grigoriou)
Whispers of Immorality (1990)
Through the Dark (1997)
The Sleeping Beauties: A Collection of Early And Unreleased Works (2014) (recorded in 1987 - 2012)
If Not Now When (2016)

Diverse melodic / atmospheric music from this contemporary jazz / minimalist composer.

 


Katsura, Bunchin & Katsura, Sanshi (Japan)

Rakugo Gendaiha Sengen (1981)

This is a story telling record, so unless you understand Japanese, it is of no big interest. The reason I include it here is for the occasional background EM. I don't know who the moog player is but looks like it's Katsura Bunchin.

 


Katzer, Kim & Martin, Bill (USA)

Nutcracker - An Electronic Adaptation (1985)

What the title promises. Private press from Burbank, California.

 


Kaufman, Pablo (Argentina)

Ambiente (2015)

Nice stuff, Ambient, based on the sounds of analog synthesizers from this Buenos Aires-based musician.

 


Kaukasus (Sweden / Norway)

I (2014)

Interesting mixture of progressive rock and nice, warm, analogue progressive EM from the trio of Mattias Olsson (Änglagård), Ketil Vestrum Einarsen (Jaga Jazzist) and Rhys Marsh. Mathias plays keyboards, Ketil takes care of flute, horn, reeds and... more keyboards. Rhys does vocals, electric guitar, bass, mellotron, piano, etc. Not that there's anything wrong with their progressive rock sound but I wish they'd veer more towards the electronic side.

 


Kaunsel (Canada)

Prairie Minimal (2017)

Like dungeon synth with all typical digital presets replaced by purely EM, hazy analog synth textures.

See also: Bong Sample, Private Investigators, Soft Ions.

 


Kave (Netherlands)

Hidden Fields (2008) (S)
Dismal Radiance (2012)
Ominosium (2015)

More or less classic formula Dark Ambient.

 


Kawabata, Makoto (Japan)

Psychedelic Noise Freak (1978)
4 Tunes (1981)
Sunday Morning (1981)
Your Voice From the Moon (2005)
Spatial Roots (2016) (with Geoff Leigh)

The first album is solo synthesizer dabblings by the future member of Acid Mothers Temple. Rather abstract and naïve. 4 Tunes sees him using effects pedals only. Sunday Morning is (more or less) a return to synthesized structures.

See also: Dark Revolutionary Collective, Baroque Bordello.

 


Kawahara, Henry (Japan)

Shaman (1992)

 


Kawano, Kunihiro (Japan)

Utsunomiko III (1987)

Japanese composer and arranger born in 1941. Delicate, atmospheric electronics with some tribal beats and lots of ethnic touches. The above is a so-called "image album" - a strictly Japanese phenomenon which means albums recorded as imagined soundtracks to manga / comic series.

 


Kawasaki, Masahiro (Japan)

Gegege No Kitaro Vol. 1 (1985) (soundtrack)

A rare anime soundtrack released as a promo. Scattered among the cheesy Japanese pop songs are some nice instrumental electronic tracks (in a unique style). File under EM-related.

 


Kawasaki, Ryo (Japan)

Concierto de Aranjuez (1982)
Lucky Lady (1983)

Ryo Kawasaki is a Japanese guitar player who is known for his jazz-rock / fusion albums. This one, however, features electronic renditions of classical pieces and solo compositions by Kawasaki. An interesting part is that no keyboard synthesizers were used. Everything was played by Kawasaki on his guitar hooked to a guitar synth, with backing tracks provided by Roland drum machines and some sequencers. Lucky Lady applies similar instrumentation to an overall more dancey / bouncey Latin fusion-y approach. Still some interesting arrangements on this one.

 


Kawashima, Yuji (Japan)

Master of Portasound (1981)

Released as a showcase of said instrument, this LP has a nice synth sound. It contains some covers like "Smoke On the Water" and YMO's "Rydeen", and there is supposedly original material as well. Yuji Kawashima is a member of experimental rock band EP-4.

See also: Anzen Chitai

 


Kayanis (Poland)

Oczekiwanie (1994)
Machines And Dreams (1998)
Synesthesis (2001)
Where Abandoned Pelicans Die (2007)

This music sounds like a cross between Jarre and Oldfield. Kayanis first took guitar lessons in 1982 (aged 10). He then formed his first group in 1987. Three years later, however, he left the band (despite its relative success) and decided to concentrate on his solo career. Sending his demo record to Kawai in 1991, Kayanis got a grant and a possibility to get more gear. Later that year he gave his first solo performance in Slupsk which was quite successful. Since then he has been working out of his studio, releasing albums on CD and playing keyboards in several bands.

 


Kaylen, Yan (France)

City Stellar (2016)

Paris-based producer of techno-related musics with a surprisingly rich and cinematic sound. He also composes purely ambient tracks. File under EM-related.

 


Kaynatan, Gokcen (Turkey)

Beyoglu'nda Gezersin-Pencerenin Perdesini (1973) (S)
Magician-Universe (1973) (S)

Not being satisfied with constantly changing players in his Shadows-inspired 60's rock / pop band, Kaynatan made a decision to make music without human players at all. Thus, one of the first experimental electronic musicians was born. By the late 60's, he was giving live Electronic Music concerts at various locations in Istanbul. He recorded a great deal of his works but he first published them only in 1973. 

 


Kays, Tim (USA)

A Life In the Day (2015)
Analog Eyes In A Digital World - Two (2017)

Ohio-based synthesist with a varied set of influences, mostly classic German EM of the 1970's (Berlin School), Ambient and melodic electronics.

 


Kazune, Nogawa (Japan)

This Place (2013)
Koo She (2015)
The Exploration of Inner Space (2016)
Reflections (2016)

Although released by Chinei Hatakeyama's ambient label, Nogawa Kazune's music is more active than typical Japanese Ambient, also a bit noisier in places and definitely synthier. It does share the heavy emotional effect of a lot of Japanese ambient acts, though, reaching an almost ecstatic level on tracks like "Spiral" or "Shining" off Reflections. Very nice.

 


Kazz (Netherlands)

Trancedancer (1998)
Willingen (2000)
encores@ home.de (2001)
Metropole Disease (2002)
Monologue Interieure (2004)
Transformation: The Last Journey (2006)

Dutch artist whose first CD album (Trancedancer) is dedicated to Klaus Schulze, though nothing is known about the style of music presented on this release. Before that, Kazz had been playing and performing in various rock bands as a keyboardist and singer. In 2004, a 4-CD set was released that includes many musical styles including that typical 70's style Electronic Music that we all love. One track by Kazz was included on the album A Tribute To Klaus Schulze.

See also: Casse

 


Keane, David (Canada)

Aurora (1985)

One of the two known LP's by this Ohio-born Canadian composer, the other one being Lyra from 1979. While the latter focuses on electroacoustic compositions, Aurora features electronics, mostly of ambient and experimental variety. Keane comes from an academic background and it shows. However, it is one of those instances when a "serious", "high-browed" dude suddenly releases a more accessible album.

 


Keane, Leif (UK)

The Wide Vessel (1993)

Experimental electronics.

 


Kearns, Darren (USA)

Optimal Being (1983)
Crystallization (??)

Darren Kearns played guitar on a couple of Nightcrawlers tapes. His solo LP is filled with varied EM compositions with some guitar thrown into the mix.

 


Kearns, Martyn (USA)

Heart of Braille (1983)

 


Kebu (Finland)

To Jupiter And Back (2012)
Perplexagon (2016)

Finnish EM artist with a flashy, melodic style, sometimes ala Jarre or Vangelis.

 


Keeler (USA)

Planet of Lovers (1984)
Legerdemain (1986)
The Present Link (1987)
Outward Signs (1988)
Autofocus (1988)
The Age of the Inventor (1990)
Trapped In the Hi-Fi Zone (1991)
Playing Fields (1992)

Keeler was the pseudonym for synthesist Keith Walsh of Port Said. His music ranges from Cluster & Eno-like vignettes to full-blown epic Schulzian spaciness. Keith Walsh died of AIDS in 1992.

See also: Port Said

 


Kehrschliefe (???)

8trk (2016) (S)

According to the legend, the music on the above record is cleaned material originating from a Berlin flea market find (a bunch of cassettes). The legend further states that "Kehrschliefe" was a project of one Wolfgang Tilner-Barlow (1949 - 1984), a Hamburg-based musician who used to compose music for TV and radio. There is currently nothing that makes me believe this story to be true and not another one of those sad and unfortunate hoaxes. Even an IMDB search for "Wolfgang Tilner-Barlow" does not bring up any results.

 


Keijut (Finland)

Keijut (2016)

Experimental and new-agey synths from the trio of Roope Eronen, Tero Niskanen and Antti Tolvi.

See also: Nuslux

 


Kein Kaufzwang! (Germany)

Sleep Well (2001)
Journey To Nowhere (2002)
Dance of the Arpeggiators (2002)

Kein Kaufzwang! is in fact Oliver Ganz, who plays classic EM in early TD / Jarre tradition. The project is discontinued.

See also: Ganz, Oliver, The Ollies.

 


Keißner, Lutz (Germany)

Bitkarawane (1987)

Rare, privately pressed electronic LP from Germany.

 


Keith-Jones, John (UK)

Talking Pictures (1981)

 


Kelday, Paul (UK)

Spheres (1975)
Centuries (1982)
Eschatus (1982)
Worlds Apart (1982)
The Crack In the Universe (1982)
One Dimensional (2005) (recorded in 1985 - 1996)

Obscure, and sadly, largely forgotten musician and ex-contributor to improvisation ensemble New 7th Music. He has done early industrial, noise, collage music, musique concrete and unique dark synth music, seemingly influenced by the 1960's pioneers. This is not Paul's full discography. Since around 1974, he released numerous cassettes, many of them lasting for more than 80 minutes. Unfortunately, few of his music was ever released on CD or LP, one notable exception being One Dimensional - a limited LP release, sadly out of print now. In the 1970's, Paul utilized a system of custom-built feedback and echo devices, somewhat similar to what Robert Fripp came up with around that time, but with infinitely darker and more intense results. In fact, Paul's music is a great example of dark analogue goodness, unique and fairly listenable, despite being experimental. That is, when he's not doing noise or musique concrete, of course. And here's the problem: I am not sure which albums could be considered EM. I have his full discography but for now decided to include only a bunch of releases. I have a few CDR's with his music made by a friend. However, some of them have become unreadable after several years. I do remember the music from Spheres fairly well, though, and it struck me as a dark, depressive and nihilistic version of Rubycon. Further investigation is needed.

 


Keliehor, John (USA)

East Meets West (1984) (with Orlando Kimber)
The Beginning of Time (2016)

Seattle-born artist currently residing in Glasgow. John Keliehor is a percussionist and master of gamelan. The above works will be of interest to fans of Ambient.

 


Keller, Detlef (Germany)

Klanggedanken (1992)
The Story of the Clouds (1994)
Ways To the Rainbow (1996)
The Other Face (1997)
EM-Weihnacht (1998)
Masquerade (1998)
Behind the Tears (1999)
Different Faces (2002)
Harmonic Steps (2005)
The Breakfast Event (2016)

German synthesist who has released several albums on the Manikin label. While some of his stuff (The Other Face) is said to feature great Berlin School Electronic Music, what I've heard from his earlier stuff so far, hasn't impressed me at all. Melodic (almost sweet) electronics that were a bit on the boring side for me. However, I have to admit that I haven't heard much, so try anything at your own risk. Or stick to his collaborations with Schönwälder, a lot of which are very good.

See also: Keller & Schönwälder

 


Keller & Schönwälder (Germany)

Loops & Beats (1996)
Sakrale Tone (1997)
Concerts (1998)
More Loops (1998)
The Two Piece Box (1999)
The Annazaal Tapes (1999)
Project-Inter.com (1999) (with Braun and Broekhuis)
The Reason Why... (2000)
Vier-Drei-Zwei (2000) (with Braun & Broekhuis)
The Reason Why... Part Two (2001)
Wolfsburg (2002) (with Bas Broekhuis)
Noir (2003)
Live @ Dorfkirche Repelen (2006) (with Bas Broekhuis)
Space Cowboys @ Jelenia Gora (2007) (recorded in 2004) (with Broekhuis, Spyra and Fox)
Orange (2007) (with Bas Broekhuis)
Live @ Dorfkirche Repelen 2 (2008) (with friends)
Blue (2009) (with Bas Broekhuis)
In Repelen (2010) (with friends)
Musique des Machines (2011) (with Bas Broekhuis) (recorded in 2005)
Long Distances (2011)
The Hampshire Jam (2012) (with Bas Broekhuis) (recorded in 2005)
Red (2012) (with Bas Broekhuis)
Eglise de Betzdorf (2012) (EP)
Entspannung Pur - Pure Relaxation (2013) (with Thomas Fanger)
Repelen - The Last Tango (2014) (with Bas Broekhuis)
Direction Green (2014) (with Bas Broekhuis)
Green (2015) (with Bas Broekhuis)
The Repelen EP (2016) (with Bas Broekhuis)
USB Stick - Edition March 2016 (2016) (with Bas Broekhuis)
Red Live @ USA (2017) (recorded in 2012) (with Bas Broekhuis)
Yellow (2017) (with Bas Broekhuis)

Now this is much better than the solo stuff of both, I guess. The music is mostly great New Berlin School synthesis. Still, approach their mid-90's works with caution. Along with some nice mid-paced electronic tracks, there are fast chuggers to be found that sound dangerously close to primitive and boring techno drek. How can they combine these two in one album is beyond me. Just beware. At least it is known for sure that they can produce great music.

See also: Keller, Detlef, Schönwälder, Mario, Fanger & Schönwälder

 


Keller, Kevin (USA)

The Mask of Memory (1993)
Intermezzo (1995)
Pendulum (1999)
Across the Sky (2002)
Santiago's Dream (2006)

Ambient with chamber music influences and dark moments. Sort of like Tim Story maybe? The Mask of Memory has spoken word introduction lasting a couple of minutes and the rest of the CD is reportedly great. Kevin Keller started in the 1970's with free improvisations on a grand piano. At that time he was heavily influenced by the prog rock artists and German Electronic Music (mostly TD). A bit later he got some interest in Impressionism and classic ambient works of Brian Eno and Harold Budd. These influences pretty much shaped his sound that is characterized by a combination of electronic and some acoustic instruments.

 


Kellerkind Berlin (Germany)

Friday (2013)
Dreams (2013)
... No Name (2014)
... Little Things (2014)
Sit Down ... (2014)
Moods In the Dark (2014)
... Still Walking (2015)
Signs (2015)
Music With Electronic Support... (2015)
Walk With Me (2015)
Songs For Travelling... (2016)

Diverse Electronic Music, often with a Berlin School flair.

 


Kellough, Bethan (UK)

Aven (2016)

Ambient soundscapes with lots of field recordings.

 


Kemp, John (???)

9 (1993)

Experimental synth music released on cassette.

 


Kempston, David J (UK)

New Horizons (2017) (S)

Previously known for several techno productions under several pseudonyms (among them Cartel Productions, Clatterbox and Dark Mode), UK's David J. Kempston suddenly released this analog synth work in Prog EM style, somewhat minimal, but very warm and melodic, with lots of repeating sequences / arpeggios and one track harkening back to his techno days.

 


Kendle, Kevin (UK)

Light From Orion (2003)
Lagoon of Eternity (2004)
Light of the Pleiades (2008)
Light From Andromeda (2012)
Illumination (2014)

This new age artist has started "Deep Skies" - a series of CD's dedicated to the night sky (listed). These will be enjoyed by fans of Space Music, namely Jonn Serrie, Michael Stearns, Telomere and the like. The music consists of just atmospheric synths and glissando guitar. Imagine Steve Hillage playing with Jonn Serrie and you get the picture. Kevin's main output is of no interest to fans of Electronic Music.

 


Kennedy, Andrew (USA)

Distant Landscapes (1998)

Tribal Ambient with lots of drumming somewhat in the O'Hearn / Roach vein.

 


Kenotaph (Germany)

Japanese Go To War (1996)
Promise (1997)

Dark soundscapes from Eric Metz and Stefan Roigk.

 


Kensington Gore (Canada)

Kensington Gore (2013)

Strange stuff from this Vancouver-based duo (Stephen Wood and Scott Gubbels). Harmonia / Neu! / La Dusseldorf type krautrock / EM mixed with horror synth overtones and sort of a 1960's influenced psychedelic rock sound. If this sounds schizophrenic to you, it is. And it works, in a strange kind of way. You almost get an Eroc feeling here in places.

 


Kenya Masala (USA)

Soul Journey Groove (2006)
Spacious Time (2008)

This project combines such elements as melodic EM, Ambient, downtempo grooves, World Music and new age.

 


Keope (USA)

The King And I (1986)
Fresh Heir (1988)

The King And I is an incredibly strange and obscure private record out of San Diego area. It has some Christian music connection and many titles seem to have some relation to biblical themes. However, the music is completely instrumental and electronic (except for lots of percussion, one piano-based track and an acoustic track titled "Selah") and sounds very 70's (in a cheesy way) in spite of the album being released in 1986. Apparently the guy behind this project later released more albums, including some cassettes, but I have no idea if they would qualify for inclusion here.

 


Keosz (Slovakia)

Be Left To Oneself (2016)
Ava (2017)

Dark soundscapes from Erik Osvald out of Slovakia.

 


Kepheus (USA)

Dark Matters (2008)

Dark soundscapes from Jeff Sampson and Byron Paladin.

See also: SanRenSei

 


Kerby, Anthony Paul (Canada)

Distant Shadows (2011) (with Tomas Weiss)
Appearances (2011) (with Tomas Weiss)
Revelation (2013) (with Tomas Weiss)
Falling Into Place (2016) (with Julio Di Benedetto)

Inventive ambient synthesist from Canada, aka The Circular Ruins.

See also: Circular Ruins, The, Lammergeyer, Nunc Stans, Hive Project, The, Winterhouse, The.

 


Kern, Carola (Germany)

A Planet's Symphony (1996)
Bon Voyage (1997)
The Beautiful Sadness (1999)
Metamorphosis (2001)

Carola (formerly Jurgen) Kern (now Carola Zauchner) is a German synthesist and member of Traumklang. Supposedly, very good Space Music.

See also: Traumklang, Zauchner, Carola.

 


Kerovnian (Croatia)

Far Beyond, Before the Time (1999)
From the Depths of Haron (2001)

Master of horror / Black ambience.

 


Kerr, John (UK)

Cathedral (1983)
Knights (1984)
Three By Three Plus Two (1986)
Reflections (1987)
Citadel (1988)
Offshore Islands (1990) (with Ron Boots)
Synphonic Voices (1991)
Norland (1992)
Castles In the Sky (1993)
Forbidden (1994)
Vintage (1995) (recorded in 1980 - 1981)
Imminent Shadows (1995)
Imminent Sunshine (1995)
Harbours of Life (1996)
Amid the Angels (1996)
Life On Earth (1997)
Wet Dreams (1997) (with Bas Broekhuis)
Moon (1998)
Gentle Angels (1999)
Out of the Blue (2000)
Juxtaposition (2015) (with Ron Boots)
Juxtaposition the Bochum Bonus (2015) (with Ron Boots)
Juxtaposition Live Highlights (2016) (with Ron Boots)
Embracing the Inevitable (2016)

Born in England in 1948, John Kerr is a synthesist who creates melodic symphonic music. He began studying music at the age of 7, first with a piano, organ and bass. At one point in his life, he almost quit music completely to concentrate on his graphic design talent. However, in 1980 he bought himself a synthesizer and, thanks to an advice from a friend, he started all over again with a privately pressed LP. At that time he was residing in the Netherlands (he moved there in 1978) and that's mostly where his debut album was promoted among connoisseurs of Electronic Music. At the same time, it got little exposure in John's homeland. More albums followed, with John switching to CD in the late 1980's.

 


Kertsman, Miguel (Brazil)

Música, Mito e Mistério (1982)
Gravity Tunnel (1991)
Time? What's Time? (2009)

Keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist and composer born in Recife. He has a diverse, lush, symphonic and bombastic style, influenced by both Vangelis (or so it seems to me) and progressive rock artists. Beware that Time? What's Time? is split between vocal songs and diverse instrumental material, often adorned by tasty, cosmic synth solos. The others I know nothing about at the moment, although apparently Música, Mito e Mistério is more progressive rock-oriented.

 


Kerygma (Poland)

Midi Przestrzeń (??)
Bałtyk (1997)

Melodic EM.

 


Keswick Reflections (UK)

Keswick Reflections (2013)

Synth pulses, sequencer, pastoral guitar... Music with a strong Manuel Goettsching feel, sometimes with nods in the direction of other Berlin School pioneers.

 


Kettering, Chad (USA)

Into the Infinite (2008)
Voice of the Ancients (2010)
Pathways (2015)

Both darker Ambient and brighter Space Music from this former trumpet player. Mostly quite accessible though. Assisted by Steve Roach.

 


Kettlewell, Ben (USA)

The Mirror Darkens (1984)
Orange (1985)
Agnes of God (1985)
Offering (1986)
In the Land Beyond Dreams (1986)
Shadowbox (1986)
In Concert 25 Feb. '87 (1987)
Kanji (1988)
Live With Lauri Paisley & David Prescott 5 Mar. '88 (1988)
Fantasies of Flight (1988)
Seascape (1989)
Rites of Passage (1992)
Notebook (1993)
Reflections (1994)
Journey (1996)
Music For Film And Theatre (1997)

Some of this synthesist's albums were mastered by Colin Potter and co-produced by Steve Roach. Music more or less in the classic EM style, I guess. Ben Kettlewell has a solid background in jazz and rock music but his main passion has always been Electronic Music. Apart from being a studio musician, Ben is also a critic, soundtrack composer, painter and a graphic designer.

 


KevOz (USA)

Lakefront (1998)
Canvas (1999)
Into Orbit (2001)
A Sampler (2003)
Return To Lakefront (2006)
Digital (2007)

KevOz is synthesist Kevin R. Osborn (hence the nom-de-plume) and with Into Orbit he created an album with lots of German influences. It features two tracks that are at odds with the rest of material: one outright techno piece and one poppish tune. Lakefront features easy-listening new-agey music.

 


Key (Germany)

Key (1988)

Light, rhythmic electronics from East Germany (former GDR) with horrible cheesy digital synth timbres of the time. This duo of Frank Fehse and Andreas Fregin was formed in 1984. The album contains covers of Jan Hammer's "Crockett's Theme" and "Solaris", as well as a cover of Harold Faltermeyer's "Axel F." and "Mikado" by Michel Cretu. The rest is original material.

 


Key Follow (Poland)

Plugged Minds (1993)

Electronic Music with a touch of Tangerine Dream from this duo.

 


Keyaniyan, Sohrab (Germany)

Komposition Über die Takte A, As, F, Fis (1974)

German-born musician of Armenian descent, I would guess. This is a privately released record with music that is supposedly an organ-heavy early krautrock / EM hybrid.

 


Keyboard Choir (UK)

Mizen Head To Gascanane Sound (2008)
Electrical Unity (2009) (EP)

A six-piece electronic collective with a weird "Cluster meets trip-hop" attitude.

 


KeyOrchestra (USA / Russia)

Born Again (2005)
24bit Memory (2007)
Cold Ambitions (2007)

A new project by Andrei Morgunov (ex-New Collection), mixing melodic and rhythmic styles.

See also: New Collection

 


Kha-Ym (France)

10 GMT (1979)

A duo, comprised of a multi-instrumentalist and a drummer. Varied, melodic electronic pieces influenced by Rick Wakeman's "sympho rock" style.

 


Khaki Blazer (USA)

Gelatinous Ground (2016) (S)
Didn't Have To Cut (2017)

Floating, warm analog synths.

 


Khand (Italy)

The Fires of Celestial Ardour & Interstellar Dominions (2014)

A lot of this Rome-based project's music could be classified as "dungeon synth". However, there are also strong cosmic and melancholic influences and the author does not shun from tossing in a sequence or two in there, either.

 


Khasho, Youssef (Palestine)

Jerash Jordan (1982)

Youssef Khasho was born in 1927 in Jerusalem and was a respected conductor and composer of the Arab world (he died in 1996). Youssef worked in Libya and Jordan and is mainly known for his orchestral arrangements. The above album, however, looks like a rare example of him doing EM. Well, sort of. The album was funded by Jordanian tourism authority and is subtitled "Jordanian Folkmusic arranged by Youssef Khasho". The interesting fact is that the music is done on piano, synthesizers and drum machines and it is not clear whether it features folk tunes only or is just a stylization by Khasho. Nor do I know how much "Prog EM" there is but the sheer exotic quality of this obscure recording may make up for the possible lack of artistic merit or EEM relevance. Further investigation is needed.

 


Khoven (USA)

A Nice Quiet Place (2014) (EP)
A Tribute To the Gloriously Horrific Downfall of EDM (2014)
Vdokhnovennyy (2015)
End (2015)
/ループ (2017)

Oregon-based bedroom artist (Darius Slavin) who states to be influenced by Klaus Schulze, among others. His music is not Klaus-like, though, and represents a mixture of piano passages, ambient pad-based music and some sequencer sketches. Sometimes nice, but sometimes way too simplistic, repetitive and unimaginative. Would be interesting to see how the project develops.

 


Khrapachev, Vadim (Ukraine)

Polety vo sne i nayavu (1981) 

Unreleased electronic soundtrack.

 


Kid606 (Venezuela)

Recollected Ambient Works Vol. 1 (2015)
Recollected Ambient Works Vol. 2 (2015)

Venezuelan-born musician Miguel Manuel de Pedro. He is pretty diverse and mostly experimental. These releases contain ambient music.

 


Kidd, Don (USA)

Mythological Tales (1996)

Kinda electronic-progressive-orchestral crossover.

 


Kidwell, Rjyan (USA)

Certainty/Identity (2017)

Minimal, melodic and ambient EM compositions, mostly composed for various sci-fi plays.

 


Kiegeland, Burkhardt (Austria)

Cariolatedè Tao Walk (1989)
Dyadische Variationen (1989)
Weisser Rabe (1989)

 


Kihlberg, Henrik (Sweden)

Mellotronmusik (2009)
Still Waving (2014) (S)

Music ranges from experimental Ambient (Mellotronmusik) to minimal pulsing sequencers (Still Waving).

 


Kikai (Germany)

No Moon (2007)
Labor (2011)

Varied melodic / rhythmic / cosmic Electronic Music from Marius C. Hammerich.

 


Kilbey, Steve (Australia)

Earthed (1987)

Steve Kilbey is a member of The Church. On this album he has crafted an unusual instrumental blend that will be interesting for fans of Eno or Bill Nelson.

 


Kilchhofer (Switzerland)

Dersu (2016)

Also known as Timoka, Benjamin Kilchhofer is a unique Swiss artist who experiments with sound and unlikely combinations of styles. Dersu features modular synthesis and processing, and the music is in a strange, rhythmic tribal / electronic style.

See also: Timoka

 


Kilian, Christoph (Germany)

Wirren der Zeit (1989)

Electronic artist, possibly with an ambient sound.

 


Killian, Frans (???)

Insects (1991)

 


Kim Soo Chul (South Korea)

黄天길 (1989)

Kim Soo Chul (Korean: 김수철) is a composer who has no formal training but has gained a reputation as one of the premier instrumentalists of the country, combining traditional Korean Court Music with electronic instrumentation. He also composed music for the Seoul Olympics and several feature films. Some of his music leans towards Ambient or World Music, although a lot of it sounds very new-agey as well. I will try to explore his oeuvre and include relevant works here. File under EM-related.

 


Kimber, Orlando (UK)

East Meets West (1984) (with John Keliehor)

Atypical 1980's library album on Bruton music, this one sees composer Orlando Kimber collaborating with percussionist John Keliehor, resulting in the music with a genuine ethnic (mostly gamelan and Japanese) flair. On the first side they go all minimal percussion, reminding on Steve Reich even, while on the second one they drift towards more ambient and relaxing realms, with floating synths, gongs, etc. An interesting find for fans of World Music and Ambient alike.

 


Kimmel, Victor J. (USA)

Suspended In Motion (1986)

 


Kinart, Jeffrey (USA)

Swimming the Amniotic (2002)

Despite the somewhat wishy-washy concept about it being destined for mothers to help them meditate and stimulate their unborn children, the music on this album is supposed to be in a decent, gently rhythmic synth style. Jeffrey Kinart is mostly known as a maker of music videos.

 


Kinetik (UK)

The Burning Issue (1995)
Refined (1997)
Re-Generations (1999)
Modem Times (2007)

Music in the style of Kraftwerk. Kinetik was formed in 1994 and nowadays consists of Colin Jordan, Shirleyann Davies and Andrew Slegt.

 


King Chubby (USA)

Qedeshim (1996)

Supposedly, darkish Ambient.

 


Kingdom Bliss (France)

Destination Sagitarius (1986)

Melodic music vaguely along the lines of Jarre.

 


Kingsley, Clive (???)

Time Garden (1985)

 


Kingsley, Gershon (USA)

Much Silence (1986)

Although born in Germany and raised in Palestine, Gershon Kingsley (real name - Götz Gustav Ksinski) is listed as a US artist because his musical career had only kickstarted after he moved to New York. In the late 1960's he became the pioneer of the Moog synthesizer, collaborating with Jean-Jacques Perrey and forming "The first Moog Quartet". He is the author of the well-known theme "Popcorn", which has been sampled, covered and used in different media as many times as probably no other composition. However, by the 1980's he developed an interest in new age and Space Music. Hence, this album was released, featuring quiet, spacey and meditative compositions with synths and piano. Selections from this album were featured on the "Hearts of Space" radio show. In 1990, Much Silence was re-released as Anima.

 


Kinnari (USA??)

Kinnari (2016) (S)

The first side of this 12-incher features two tracks of slow rhythms and ambient atmospheres. Side B is occupied by "Socratic", which eschews rhythm in favor of a floating, droning ambient soundscape.

 


Kiraly, Francois (Canada)

Music From the Sky (1987) (with Charles Crevier and Jean-Francois Crevier)
Calypso (1989) (with Charles Crevier)

Francois Kiraly has been experimenting with Ambient genre since 1984. At that time he was primarily influenced by Brian Eno, Vangelis and Mark Isham. His main output is comparable to Eno and Roach, with an extra cinematic touch.

 


Kirby, Dave (UK)

Contrails (2016)

Drone Ambient from this pioneer of Industrial (as part of the band Satori) during the 1980's.

See also: Satori

 


Kirby, Leyland (UK)

Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was Part One (2009)
Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was Part Two (2009)
Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was Part Three (2009)
Intrigue & Stuff Vol. 1 (2011) (EP)
Intrigue & Stuff Vol. 2 (2011) (EP)
Intrigue & Stuff Vol. 3 (2011) (EP)
Eager To Tear Apart the Stars (2011)
Breaks My Heart Each Time (2014) (S)
The Death of Rave (2014)

Melancholic Ambient.

 


Kirchenkampf (USA)

Kirchenkampf (1986)
The Gravity of Grace (1987)
Dancing Toward the Light of Heaven (1988)
Exodus (1988)
Jacob's Ladder (1989)
Lazarus Rising (1992)
The First Circle (1995)
Probe (1997) (S)
Nebula / Parasite (1997) (S)
Entropy (1998)
M 103: A Cosmic Peregrination In Four Parts (1999) (with The Implicit Order)
Erewhon (2000)
Transmissions (2006)
Island of the Dead (2006)
Babel (2007)
Sleep - Night - Death (2008) (with Caul)
Dark Planet (2008)
Well of Souls (2009)
Lowland (2010)
Nevermore And Nevertheless (2011) (with Pixyblink)
Sidereal Lament (2014)

Kirchenkapf is John Gore. Some of this project's music (Probe, Nebula) falls into the category of Dark Space, comparable to some atmospheric moments on Tangerine Dream's Phaedra. Some other albums (Lazarus Rising, The First Circle) are more religious-based works of dark electronics.

See also: Gorehallreider

 


Kirillov, Oleg (Russia)

This Is She (1991)

In the beginning of the 90's, the music of this artist was often used on Russian television and radio. Slightly comparable to New Collection in style.

 


Kiris, Yannis (Greece)

The Fifth Moon (1987)

Rare privately released LP from this Greek composer. Yannis (Giannis) Kiris played keyboards in a few garage bands during the 60's. The music is slightly comparable to Italian electronic prog of the 1970's, with a few acoustic instruments alongside synths. Two of the tracks contain vocals.

 


Kirk, Aron (UK)

Brick Circus (2006)
Seep (2007)
Seeping (2009)

Instrumental ambient music, with synths, piano, percussion, voice, woodwinds and samples. The artist states that he is influenced by Vangelis, as well as by Ambient artists Tim Story and Dwight Ashley.

 


Kirkegaard, Jacob (Denmark)

Soaked (2002) (with Philip Jeck)
01.02 (2003)
Eldfjall (2005)
4 Rooms (2006)
Labyrinthitis (2008)
Imperia (2011) (with Tobias Kirstein)
Conversion (2013)
Svæninger (2013) (with Else Marie Pade)
Live In Tilburg (2014)
40 Days of Silence (2014)
Arc (2015)
5 Pieces (2015)
Munk (2016)

Electroacoustic / drone composer in the deepest Thomas Köner realms. Some works are based on field recordings.

 


Kirkwood, Jim (UK)

Where Shadows Lie (1990)
King of the Golden Hall (1990)
Middle Earth (1990)
Tales From A Melnibone Tavern (1991)
Souls That Dance On the Edge of A Sword (1991)
Nightshade In Eden (1991)
Master of Dragons (1991)
Uruk Hai (1992)
Ancient Fields (1992)
Castles of Sand (1993)
Through A Dark Glass (1993)
Lord of the Dreaming (1993)
Tower of Darkness (1993)
Celtoi (1994)
Pilgrim On A Crooked Path (1994)
The Serpents Kiss (1994)
Beyond the Fields We Know (1995)
Dancing the Dark Power (1995)
Sisters of the Web (1995)
Weaving the Red Thread (1995)
Haminja (1995)
The Age of the Wolf (1996)
Heljaruna (1996)
Bones of the Earth (1999)
Twilight of the Celts (2000)
Blood And Feathers (2002)
Shroud of Many Colours (2002)
Liber Obscularium Praedictionum (2003)
The Blessing of Shadows (2003)
Communion of the Damned (2003)
Hawksmoor (2003)
The Darkening Hour (2004)
Voices From the Edge of Night (2004)
House of the Crowman (2004)
In the Deep Places of the World (2005)
Corvis Christi (2005)
Foxhalt Edge (2005)
Ine Amongst the Fallen (2005) (different)
Hecate Vol. 1 (2006)
Hecate Vol. 2 (2006)
Rituals of Intelligent Design (2006)
Queen of the Golden Wood (2006)
After the Fire (2006)
Canterbury Black (2007)
Nightshade In Eden (2007) (different)
Where Shadows Lie (2007) (different)
We Are Nightingales (2007)
Widdershins To the Way of the World (2007) (EP)
Foxhalt Marsh (2008) (EP)
The Distant Light (2008) (EP)
The Legend of Sam Gangee (2008) (EP)
King of the Golden Hall (2009)
Morningstar Part 1 - Revelations of the Fallen (2009)
Morningstar Part 2 - The World Behind the Mirror (2009)
Morningstar Part 3 - Helmsman On A Ship of Dreams (2009)
Morningstar Part 4 - A Once And Future Heretic (2010)
Morningstar Part 5 - Kings Beneath A Pale Sky (2010)
They Walk Amongst the Stars Like Giants (2010)
Castles of Sand (2010)
Bones of the Earth (2010)
The Bears Withdrew Their Claws In Her Presence (2010) (EP)

Jim Kirkwood is a very interesting character who creates Berlin School Electronic Music with a dark twist. And on dark themes too. Sort of Gothic synthetic drive if you like. Maybe it's not very original musically, but thematically it is, as well as in execution. I highly recommend it, but then again, I love dark music. It's not as scary as some of the Dark Ambient stuff, but still not for the faint-hearted. Lots of raw energy here, sort of like Phaedra but usually more energetic. Some of his music is released under "Lucifaere" pseudonym. Some of Kirkwood's early cassette tracks were released on the following CD's (being samplers of previously released material, they are not listed in the discography): The Gates of Horn And Ivory (released in 2000), Yggdrasil Vol. 1 and Hammer of the North.

See also: Lucifaere, Ancient Technology Cult, Section 37, Violence In Eden, Emerald Eye.

 


Kirlian, Ran (Spain)

Stigma (1998)
Dogma (1999)
Karma (1999)
Flux (1999)
In Aeternum (1999)
Rituals (2000)
Bo ai (2000)
Shore of Darkness (2000)
Obscurity (2000)
Melting Point (2001)
Initial Flow (2002)
Fade Out (2003)
Elements In Motion (2003)
Isolated Landscapes (2004)
Limbo (2004)
Sleeper (2004)
Dissolution (2009)
Formations (2012)
Waterfront (2012) (with Landru)
Continuum (2012)
The Physics of Heaven (2013) (with Oophoi)
Cosmos Vol. 1 (2013) (with Jaja)

Ambient / Tribal.

 


Kirst (Estonia)

Friday Evening Burial (2008)
The Past Nausea (2011) (recorded in 2001 - 2003)

Dark Ambient.

 


Kistenmacher, Bernd (Germany)

Dancing Sequences (1984)
Music From Outer Space (1985)
Romantic Times (1986)
Head-Visions (1986)
Wake Up In the Sun (1987)
Kaleidoscope (1989)
Outlines (1990)
Live And Studio Tapes (1992)
Starting Again (1994)
Thoughts (1996)
Compiled Dreams (1997) (recorded in 1988 - 1997)
Contrasts Vol.1 (1998)
My Little Universe (1999) (recorded in 1985 - 1999)
Contrasts Vol.2 (2000)
Un Viaggio Attraverso L'Italia (2001)
Celestial Movements (2009)
Beyond the Deep (2010)
Antimatter (2011)
Let It Out! + Compressed Fluid (2012)
Utopia (2013)
Paradise (2014)
Welcome To the Circus (2016) (recorded in 2014)
Disintegration (2017)

German synthesist born in 1960. Bernd Kistenmacher has been involved in the production of Electronic Music since the early 1980's, when he got his first synthesizer. He has been at the forefront of EM scene for almost two decades, releasing several albums of Berlin School electronics with a Schulzian flair. He deliberately eschewed the short-song format and digital synthesizers that were the order of the day in the 1980's, to create epic, flowing and long compositions, full of analogue solos, sequences and cosmic atmospheres. Bernd Kistenmacher has collaborated with Harald Grosskopf, resulting in two album releases. In the early 1990's, Bernd created "Musique Intemporelle" - a label, which, although didn't last long, managed to gain a cult status among EM connoisseurs. My Little Universe is a 8-CD box set that gathers music from a couple of cassettes and adds some previously unreleased archive material.

See also: Kistenmacher & Grosskopf, Nightworkers.

 


Kistenmacher & Grosskopf (Germany)

Characters (1991)
Stadtgarten Live (1994)

Collaborative albums between German synthesist Bernd Kistenmacher and Harald Grosskopf. The results are not unlike Grosskopf's sessions with Schulze, or, say, Ashra from the late Seventies. If you like Berlin School Electronic Music, you may want to check these albums out.

See also: Kistenmacher, Bernd, Grosskopf, Harald.

 


Kitajima, Osamu (Japan)

Benzaiten (1974)
Osamu (1976)
Masterless Samurai (1978)
Dragon King (1979)
Face To Face (1981)
The Source (1984)
FM Shrine (1986)
In Mind's Way (1986)
California Roll (1988)
Sweet Chaos (1989)
Behind the Light (1991)
Mandala (1991) (soundtrack)
Beyond the Circle (1996)
Breath of Jade (2006)

This guy is somewhat new agey and uses a lot of traditional instruments, along with electronics.

 


Kitamura, Masashi (Japan)

Prologue For Post Modern Music (1984) (with Phonogenix)

This album by late Japanese musician Masashi Kitamura (1956 - 2006) and supporting band Phonogenix has a strong ethnic flavor and consists of sequenced electronics and samples of traditional instruments. A version of World Music, then, with a slight avant-garde / new wave vibe.

 


Kitaro (Japan)

Astral Voyage (1978)
From the Full Moon Story (1979)
Oasis (1979)
Silk Road (1980)
Silk Road II (1980)
In Person (1980)
Silk Road Suite (1980) (with London Symphony Orchestra)
Ki (1981)
Silk Road III (1981)
Spring of Youth - Earth And Man (1981)
Millennia (1982) (soundtrack)
India (1983)
Silver Cloud (1983)
Noah's Ark (1983) (S)
Asia (1984)
Toward the West (1985)
Tenku (1986)
Light of the Spirit (1987)
Ten Years (1988)
Kojiki (1990)
Live In America (1991)
Dream (1992)
Heaven & Earth (1993) (soundtrack)
Mandala (1994)
An Enchanted Evening (1995)
Peace On Earth (1996)
Cirque Ingenieux (1997)
Gaia-Onbashira (1998)
Thinking of You (1999)
Ancient (2000) (soundtrack)
Ancient Journey (2002) (soundtrack)
The Soong Sisters (2002) (soundtrack)
Asian Cafe (2002)
Daylight, Moonlight Live In Yakushiji (2002)
Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai (2003)
Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Vol. 2 (2005)
Spiritual Garden (2006)
Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Vol. 3 (2007)
Journey To the Heart 4 (2008)
Toyo's Camera (2009) (soundtrack)
Impressions of the West Lake (2009)
442: Live With Honor, Die With Dignity (2010) (soundtrack)
Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Vol. 4 (2010)
Let Mother Earth Speak (2012) (with Dennis Banks)
Final Call (2013)
Symphony Live In Istanbul (2014)
Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Vol. 5 (2017)

Famous new age musician (real name - Masanori Takahashi). During the Seventies, Kitaro was a member of Far East Family Band and during the production of several albums, he learned a lot from Klaus Schulze (who was the producer) about utilising synthesizers in music. After he left the group, he started writing melodic music using various synths. Some people call his early solo music "Electronic New Age". This description is not far from the truth. Kitaro found some sounds on his synths which he liked and played with these sounds over and over, thus, his early albums all sound the same. Still, it's nice music to hear and I would recommend the following: Astral Voyage, From the Full Moon Story, Oasis, Silk Road and Silver Cloud, the latter being a bit different from the rest. If you like these albums, you may check out some other albums by him as well. His more recent new age works are nice, as far as new age music goes, but unfortunately, it's just that: new age. As for me, I haven't heard his latest works, because after hearing Gaia-Onbashira I lost my interest completely.

See also: Far East Family Band, Starship Synthesizer Orchestra.

 


Kitayama, Makoto (Japan)

Doubutsukai No Chinou (1981)
Practical Encyclopedia of Kingdom Plantae (2008)

Makoto Kitayama is known as the leader, vocalist and songwriter of Japanese prog band Shingetsu. After the band called it a day (they had only one official release in 1979), Makoto continued to write solo compositions, some of them in pure progressive rock tradition, others instrumental and keyboard-based.

See also: Shingetsu

 


Kitchen, The (Germany)

Tape Music (1990)
Tape Jazz Planet 3 (1991)

Aka The Kitchen - Musique Associative. Obscure early band with future members of Flow. The music is loaded with samples, in a way presaging the nascent "ambient techno" scene, but still indebted to old electronic pioneers.

See also: Flow, Liquid Sound.

 


Kito Jempere (Russia)

Sea Monster (2017)

Diverse music from Saint-Petersburg-based Kirill Sergeev, fusing live drums, downtempo rhythms and analog electronics. Not completely Prog, but often has that vibe.

 


Kittikornkowit, Wichayut (Thailand)

Sounds From My Pads (2014)

Young ambient musician from Thailand. Most of his music is only available as downloads, including the Space Music series of EP's, containing, you've guessed it, Space Music.

 


Kivioja, Vesa-Matti (Finland)

Lopun Ajat (2013)
Muistot (2015)
Universo (2016) (S)

Varied soundscapes from this synth musician, from gloomy and mysterious to bright and sometimes noisy. He is also known as a techno artist.

 


Kj Rothweiler (USA)

Wake (2016)
Spells (2017)

Ambient from this filmmaker and composer based in New York.

 


KK Null (Japan)

Galactic Tornado (2008)
Star Breaker (2016)

An oddity in the discography of this Japanese noise legend and leader of Zeni Geva. Galactic Tornado still has some aggresive beats and noisy sections but mostly relies on different atmospheres, some rough, some spaced out and clearly inspired by classic and experimental Electronic Music from the 1970's.

 


K-Kvadrat (Russia)

Unwritten Script (2009)
New Horizons (2009)
Möbius Strip (2009)
Micromania (2009)
Flagship of the Universe (2013)
Ten Steps To Aether (2013)
Analogia (2013)
Distant Shore (2013)
Theos (2015)

This project started as a testing ground for various synths and workstations by Andrei Klimkovskiy and Igor Kolesnikov. The music has some characteristics of the Berlin School and is a bit more experimental than Andrei's usual fare.

See also: Klimkovskiy, Andrei

 


Kl(aüs) (Australia)

Kl(aüs) (2016)

As you can guess, this is analog music influenced by classic Klaus Schulze.

 


Klamt, Greg (USA)

Fulcrum (1993)
Fluxus Quo (1996)
Convergence (2002) (with Deborah Martin and Mark Rownd)

Symphonic electronics on Spotted Peccary label.

 


Klang (USA)

Drift (1985)

Subtitled "Elektronische Musik by Klang". John Di Stefano under a pseudonym.

See also: Di Stefano, John, Compos Mentis.

 


Klangfärg (Sweden)

Tysta Flykten (2016)

Drifting synths with some distant mellotron textures. Sounds like an extension of some ideas first tried in the 1970's by EM pioneers. Nice and different from your usual Ambient fare.

 


Klangwart (Germany)

Immerland (1997)
Inkiek (1997) (S)
Koln-Olpe (1998)
Zwei (1999)
Stadtlandfluss (2008)
Sommer (2010)
Transit (2014)
Monserrate (2017) (S)

Ambient electronic soundscapes by Timo Reuber and Markus Detmer. Often dark, brooding and machine-like.

See also: Reuber

 


Klangwelt (Germany)

Weltweit (2002)
The Age of Numbers (2003)
XOIO (2006)

Klangwelt is Gerald Arend who creates very good melodic music. I haven't heard a whole album yet, but what I've heard so far was very exciting and quite interesting EM. Recommended.

 


Klare, Frank (Germany)

Timesharing (1983) (with Thomas Girke)
Solodreams (1986)
Transcental Medication (1995)
Electronic Impressions (1995)
Improvised Eternity (1996)
Red And Black (1997) (with Artemiy Artemiev and Bernd Kistenmacher)
First Works (solo 81-85) (1997)
Soundtrack For Dreams (1998)
Analogic (1998)
Green Dream (1998)
Klal! (1999)
Klare Extreme (1999)
The Remix Compilation (1999)
Area 2000 (1999)
Modular Music (2000)
Berlin Sequences (2002)
Memorial Dreams (2003)
Berlin Parks (2003)
Berlin Clubs (2004)
Berlin Nightlife (2004)
Monumental Dreams (2004)
Berlin Moods (2005)
Moods (2006)
Digitalic (2007)
Solomode (2013) (recorded in 1986)
Monomode (2013) (recorded in 1986)

German synthesist and former leader of Synco. Mainly classic improvised Berlin School Electronic Music.

See also: Synco, Traumklang.

 


Klare, Sabine (Germany)

Sabine Klare has been making Electronic Music since the early 1980's. One of the few women in EM, she appeared on the Klal! album by her husband Frank Klare as well as on a "Syntonic Waves" compilation.

 


Klauss (Argentina)

Cielos Moviles (1997)
Metales Perfectos (2000)
Antologia 1994 - 2004 (2006)
E (2009)

This duo of Ernesto Romeo and Alejandro Vazquez was formed in 1988 in Buenos Aires. The name was inspired by the actor Klaus Kinski in the film "Nosferatu". Taking their roots from the classic Berlin School of Electronic Music, they create floating and rhythmical cosmic compositions with long, unfurling ambient passages. They make use of a wide variety of (mostly) analogue synths and are sometimes considered "the Argentinean Tangerine Dream". Their music is largely based on improvisation and is chock full of symphonic textures and otherwordly "cosmic" analogue sounds and sequences.

 


Kleinstein, Rami (Israel)

Rage And Glory (1985) (soundtrack)

Supposedly electronic soundtrack to this Israeli drama movie.

 


Kleis, Mihkel (Estonia)

Lylian Meister - 1001 (2008)
Teekond Varjuderiiki / Memory Palette (2015) (with Luarvik Luarvik)
Tkun Orha Pnul (2015) (S) (with Roomet Jakapi)
Sotto Forte (2016)

Estonian experimental electronic artist and a member of several bands in different genres. He is rather unique and a bit dadaistic I would say, mixing analog synth sounds with strange collages and rhythms. He also makes music as Ratkiller and I have heard some Ratkiller material that was vaguely Prog (or a bit influenced by that sound). However, I need to investigate more of his output to decide if and which of his releases should be in EEM, which in our post-modern age becomes a progressively difficult task. The above recordings, released under his real name, should be of some interest, though.

See also: Luarvik Luarvik

 


Klimek (Germany)

Milk And Honey (2004)
Listen, the Snow Is Falling (2005) (EP)
Music To Fall Asleep (2006)
Dedications (2007)
Movies Is Magic (2009)
Songs of Love And Fear Vol. 1 (2015)
Songs of Love And Fear Vol. 2 (2015)
Pop Crimes Vol. 2 (2015)
Pop Crimes Vol. 3 (2015)
Excitement & War (2015)
Fleischwerk (2015)
Live In Ramallah (2015)
Live At Berghaim (2015)
American Darkness (2015)
Lapidarium (2015)

Klimek is German electronic artist Sebastian Meissner. He is very diverse musically but this particular moniker is used for his ambient productions mostly.

 


Klimkovskiy, Andrei (Russia)

Legende (1990)
Voyager's Journey (1990)
The Aegean Sea (1990)
Contrary Action (1992)
Live In the Red Gate (1996) (with Roman Kalinin)
Milky Way (1997)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1997)
Dedicated To the Challenger's Crew (1998)
Spheric Concert (1998)
We Continue the Search (1999)
In Curled Space (1999)
Moon Odyssey (1999)
Martian Concert (1999)
Andromeda (1999)
Lyra (1999)
On the Edge of the Galaxy (1999)
Under the Starry Night of Spain (1999)
Birth, Life And Death (1999)
Scarlet Sails (2000)
Inner Cosmos (2000)
Heart of the Universe (2000)
InterStarry Travel (2000) (maxi)
Star Triangle (2001)
On the Edge of Dream (2001)
Beyond the Edge of Dream (2001)
Journey To the East (2001)
Corona Borealis (2001)
All Oscillators On (2002)
Two Oceans (2002)
Music of the Stars III (2002)
Sad And Soli Music (2003)
Star Journey (2003)
Cassiopeia (2003)
Music of the Stars IV (2003)
Music of the Stars V (2003)
Mercury (2004)
Evolution (2004)
Mysteries of Mars (2004) (maxi)
Extremal Forsage (2005)
Planet Parade (2005)
Song of the Setting Sun (2005) (maxi)
Between the Sky And the Earth (2006) (with Julia Lomanova)
ElectroDinamica (2006) (with Julia Lomanova)
DreamOcean III - Dreamology (2006)
Life Or Love (2007)
Rodilsya Ya Ne Na Zemle (2008)
V Krayu Nadezhd i Ispytaniy (2009)
Milky Way (2009) (maxi)
Northern Wind (2010)
Music of Celestial Spheres (2010)
Ultramarine (2011) (with Igor Kolesnikov)
Helios (2011)
Hostory of A Fallen Star (2011)
Star Bridge (2012)
The Return (2013)
Illusion of A Dream (2015) (with Julia Lomanova)
Road of Hope (2015) (with Julia Lomanova)
Stargazer (2017)

Russian synthesist with a melodic style. Andrei has always been interested in all things related to space and astronomy, while music was not something he wanted to be teached as a teenager. However, things changed when he knew about the concept of "cosmic" music. It all started in 1984 when, while studying at astronomy courses in Moscow Planetarium, Andrei formed the band "Alrado" with a couple of freinds. The group mostly covered compositions of French group Space, but Andrei did write a few original tunes for the band. They gave several concerts in the Planetarium that were very well received by the public, especially the original material. At that time, Andrei still wanted to be an astronomer, but his love for cosmic music has won the battle, so to speak. Since 1989, Andrei acted as electronic musician only, without breaking his good partnership with people in Moscow Planetarium. Andrei has his own label NEANE records that has released quite a few of his own works as well as those by several other up and coming artists in the electronic / cosmic / ambient scene. Please, note that Legende, The Aegean Sea and Contrary Action were released under the project name "NEANE". The first one was initially intended as a soundtrack for planetarium shows. See my review of Andrei's album From Dusk Till Dawn in the reviews section.

See also: K-Kvadrat

 


Klingons, The (UK)

Beamed Down By Starship Enterprise (1980)
Analog - Digital (1981)

One of several projects run by Scottish minimal synth pioneer Alistair Robertson. The Klingons mix your standard minimal synth fare of the time (with vocals) and instrumental synth tracks that are clearly prog EM-influenced. A crossover project, then.

Robertson, Al

 


Kloke (Australia)

First Light (2014) (EP)
Sea Levels (2014)

Kloke is Andy Donnelly. Although this particular project is related to techno / IDM music, Andy seems to be a big fan of classic (Prog) EM, so it is inevitable that some tracks show that influence, be it in the form of sequencer overload or early FAX ambient drift.

See also: Travancore, Colours of Infinity.

 


Kloob (Spain)

Deep Emotional Phases (2015)
Solid Foundations (2016)

Ambient soundscapes and Space Music from Barcelona-based Daniel Ferreira.

 


Klood (Belgium)

Barnes Habot (1997)
Klood (1997)
X. Masse (1997)
Gag-Hamin (1999) (S)
P4.2 A Collection of Drones (2001)
Aversion (2003)
Retraction (2003)
Negation (2006) (S)

Ambient soundscapes by Emmanuel Haubry.

 


Kloot, Frank van der (Netherlands)

Fontessa (1976)

Guitarist Frank van der Kloot founded Fontessa in 1973 after his previous group called Drama disbanded. They recorded one album in 1974 and then called it a day. Frank van der Kloot then went on to record another album, this time a solo disc, but released under "Fontessa" name. The music is jazz-rock mostly but with fine electronic moments. Actually, who takes care of keyboards is not Frank but one Otto Cooymans. Since he doesn't seem to have released anything, I have to limit myself with mentioning his name here. File under EM-related. Frank van der Kloot released another solo record in 1978 (also under the name of Fontessa) but it is supposedly much more pop-oriented. Further inverstigation would not harm, though.

 


Kluivers, Ruud (Netherlands)

Artefact 2 (1981)
La Nuova Altea: Music For Modern Art Exhibitions (1982)

 


KLUST (France)

Analogik Works (2013) (recorded in 1982 - 1991)

KLUST is French musician Jean-Luc Lefranc (b.1960) who has been experimenting in the field of EM since 1978. He uses guitar synthesizer, keyboards and processing.

 


Kluster (Germany)

Klopfzeichen (1970)
Zwei-Osterei (1970)
Eruption (1971)
CMO (2008)
Admira (2008) (recorded in 1971)
Vulcano (2008) (recorded in 1971)
Klusterstrasse 69-72 (2012)

Representative of the early German krautrock scene, Kluster consisted of Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Dieter Moebius and Conrad Schnitzler. In comparison with mid and late-Seventies Cluster works, this one is very rough and experimental, as well as abstract and bizarre, industrial-like noise music. The "re-union" 3-CD set from 2008 does not have much to do with the original Kluster, as all music was recorded by Conrad Schnitzler, Michael Thomas Roe and Masato Ooyama. Same for Admira and Vulcano, both of which were recorded in 1971 by a trio of Schnitzler, Klaus Freudigmann and Wolfgagng Seidel. It is beyond me as to why Conrad has chosen the Kluster name for the release of these recordings.

See also: Cluster, Roedelius, Hans-Joachim, Moebius, Schnitzler, Conrad, Qluster.

 


Knetsch (Netherlands)

What About the Past I (2003)
What About the Past II (2003)
Endless Sea (2004)

Rob Knetsch's solo music. What About the Past albums contain unreleased archived material from 2002 - 2003, while Endless Sea is all new music. He has also released a series of CD's with experimental soundscapes that were created using various processed sounds (no synthesizers).

See also: Beudeker / Knetsch, Novo Sibirsk, Electrance, Rok, Yaffin.

 


Knivtid (Sweden)

Knivtid (2017) (S)

Ambient soundscapes. Floating, serene compositions with a bit of a lo-fi sound and some acoustic instruments.

 


Knox Om Pax (USA)

Laudanum (2007)

Dark Ambient.

 


Knudsen, Christian Hoy (Norway)

Hav (2000)

Dark Ambient from Norway. Supposedly, very good.

 


Knudsen, Kenneth (Denmark)

Anima (1979)
Music For the New Danish Dance Theatre (1985)
May Be (2011)

Kenneth Knudsen played keyboards with Secret Oyster, Entrance and a few other prog / fusion ensembles. These solo albums by him will be interesting for EM fans.

 


Knutsen, Roy-Arne (Norway)

Old Boat House (2005) (S)
Silence (2006) (S)

This Ambient artist so far has released only two mini-albums.

 


Knutson, Saab (Netherlands)

Electronic Music From the Faroe Islands 1993 (2015)

Actually a pseudonym of Dutch musician Danny Wolfers. Atmospheric and melodic electronic compositions. Now, where are the real Faroese EM musicians?

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

 


Koan (France)

Frontiers (2000)

Transcendental Dark Ambient.

 


Koan (Russia)

Two Moon Butterflies (2006)

Koan is a Moscow-based psybient project. This particular album seems to have many Prog EM elements.

 


Koasasa (USA)

Occulist of Heka (2011) (S)
Fun / Wave (2012) (S)
Total Bummer 3D (2012)
Drawing Down the Moon (2012) (S)
Return To the Palm Oasis (2014)

Ambient soundscapes from former noise musician Keaton Orsborn.

 


Kobalt Project, The (UK)

Total Existence Failure (2004)

The Kobalt Project is Dave Massey. The music was released on AD label. Traditional EM with a modern edge.

See also: Callisto

 


Kobus, Krzystof (Poland)

Art Trouve (1994)
Pluperfect (2016)

Polish electronic and film music composer.

 


Kobyla i Trupoglazye Zhaby (Russia)

Великое князьство Литовское, Руское, Жомойтское (2015)

Diverse Moscow-based avant-garde / experimental band whose music ranges from noise to punky and jazz-influenced. The complete name of the project in Russian is "Кобыла и трупоглазые жабы искали цезию, нашли поздно утром свистящего хна". The above album is a low-key dungeon synth effort with sparse vocalizations (mostly spoken), dedicated to and inspired by the history of the Duchy of Lithuania.

 


Kocab, Michael (Czech Republic)

Odysseus (1987)
Black Light (1989) (with Michal Pavlicek)

Michael Kocab is known as a multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer. He formed (and was member of) several groups (mostly in rock and jazz-rock fields) and collaborated with many musicians. He has also released some albums of instrumental EM. An interesting fact is that since 1990 Michael Kocab is mainly known as a politician rather than a musician. He even was a member of federal Parliament for two years. After that he organized several concerts (one of which saw guest performance of Michael's friend Frank Zappa) and released several works that are stylistically out of scope for EEM.

 


Kodachrome (USA)

Journey Into Imagination (2016)

Melodic, rhythmic, flashy music with synth and flute solos and fat analog sounds. Includes elements as diverse as the Berlin School, Jarre style, jazz, downtempo, and more. A project of Jonathan Spruance who also makes Bo Hansson-styled instrumental progrock under the Taigá pseudonym.

 


Kodiak Bachine (Brazil)

Maditation (1999) (recorded in 1988 - 1995)

Solo Electronic Music from member of new wave band Agentss. In 1982, the guy had a minor hit with his very Kraftwerk-like "Electricidade". He then recorded a lot of music, the bulk of which remains unreleased to this date. Apart from that, he is known for some band projects in progressive rock (first performances as a keyboardist of progressive rock band Abaddon date back to 1975-1976), pop, new wave and electronic genres, as well as producing music for other artists.

 


Koepper, Jeffrey (USA)

Etherea (2003)
Momentium (2006)
Sequentaria (2008)
Luminosity (2009)
Radiance (2009)
Quadranteon (2009)
Arctisonia (2011)
Konnektions (2015)
Terrelektra (2016)
MantraSequent (2017)
Transmitter (2017)

Etherea was produed by Steve Roach and the style represented here is based on analogue electronic pulsations and warm atmospheres. Koepper's  inspiration is classic Electronic Music of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Jean-Michel Jarre. Jeffrey Koepper is active on the EM scene since 1985. He was also member of groups Pure Gamma and Immortal.

See also: Pure Gamma

 


Kofler & Leitert (Germany)

Shapes And Spheres (1983)

See also: Circles

 


Kohier (Belgium)

I / "The Begotten" (2017)

Acoustic ruminations (on baritone guitar) and hyperactive synth-sequencer from Brecht Ameel and Jürgen De Blonde (see below).

See also: Köhn

 


Köhn (Belgium)

We Need More Space In the Cosmos (2009)
Random Patterns (2011)
Stay Away From the Towers (2011) (S)
All I See Is Light (2011)
Soulastalgia (2012)
A Forest of Drones And Pulses (2013)
Moon Rabbit (2014)
The Long & Unwinding Road (2015)
Sönyata (2016)
Kreis Plön (2017)

Diverse IDM / Ambient artist Jürgen De Blonde. I will list only his EM-related works here. We Need More Space... features a mixture of spacey krautrock-like guitar explorations and floating, often melodic synthesizer soundscapes.

See also: Inwolves, Kohier.

 


Koho, Jari (Finland)

Untitled (2011) (with Keijo)
Olkoot Kaikki Vapaita Kärsimyskestä Ja Kärsimysken Syistä (2012) (with Keijo)
Famous At Home (2013) (with Keijo)
Vuosi 2/12 (2014) (S)
Vuosi 6/12 (2015) (S)
Vuosi 10/12 (2015) (S)
Vuosi 100 (2016) (with Ilpo Numminen)
Summer Studies - Yamaha PS-6100 (2017)

Experimental musician and member of several bands / projects. On the surface, his own works seem to be removed from the EM aesthetics. On the other hand, sometimes he approaches EM style as close as any other typical EM artist, so there is a lot of controversy and he is perhaps one of the more ambiguous EEM inclusions. He started in 2008 with an album of field recordings (not included above). After that he drifted to more experimental realms, doing microsound and musique concrete works, often straying into synthesizer territory with material that ranges from random blip-blop to quite listenable and melodic, cosmic or repetitive compositions that will be enjoyed by fans of analog synthesis.

See also: Tulasi

 


Kojo, Hitoshi (Japan)

Agave (2016)
Eclosion (2016)
Quantum Lament (2016) (S)

Although a folk-influenced electro-acoustic artist, Hitoshi Kojo started to demonstrate Ambient / EM influences of the above releases. These are nice works in a unique style. Further investigation is needed.

 


Kokubo, Takashi (Japan)

Digital Bach (1980) (with Kazutaka Tazaki)
Volk von Bauhaus (1985)
L-Gaim (1985) (with Nobuyoshi Koshibe)
Mechadoc (1985) (soundtrack) (with Nobuyoshi Koshibe)
Wingman (1985) (soundtrack) (with Nobuyoshi Koshibe)
Macross II Mingmay's Songs (1986) (with Nobuyoshi Koshibe)
Get At the Wave (1987)
Giant Gord (??) (soundtrack) (with Nobuyoshi Koshibe)
Urashiman (??) (soundtrack) (with Nobuyoshi Koshibe)
BMW Cyber-Tech Sound (1992) (S)
Quiet Comfort (2007)

Experimental Ambient musician, computer programmer and synthesizer player. The concept of Volk von Bauhaus is similar to that of Computer Experiments by Synergy. Several electronic instruments are connected to a computer which sends them signals to generate different ambient tones. Takashi Kokubo also released several CD's with environmental sounds which he recorded in various parts of the world using cutting-edge digital technology.

 


Kolb, Bernd (Germany)

Concert Synthetique (1983) (S)

One-sided LP by member of NDW band Deutscher Kaiser. Produced by Conny Plank. Apparently it's ambient and electronic, but the exact style is unknown.

 


Koldvoid (Romania)

Ghost Staring At the World (2008) (S)
Touching the Void (2012) (S)
Roadside Ghosts (2012)

Cinematic Dark Ambient from Robert Sun.

 


Kolesnikov, Sergey (Russia)

Real Visibility (2005)
Diadema (2005)
Destination of Blackness (2006)
Cocoon (2007)
Vortex (2007)
Electronic Impressions (2009)
Beyond the Sky (2009)
The Wars of Gods (2009)
Imagination (2010)
Signature (2011)
Photo (2011)
Early Dreams (2012)
Time In Silence (2012)
Earthman (2013)
Acoustic Mirage (2014)
Pictures 2 (2016)

Saint-Petersburg-based musician with a sound supposedly influenced by the Berlin School.

 


Kolhoosi 13 (Finland)

Monuments of Power (2016)

Finnish Dark Ambient duo of Niko Salakka and Juho Lepistö. A classic sound.

 


Kollar, Paul M. (USA)

Subtle Matter (1999) (recorded in 1980)

Solo album of frippertronics-style music from this member of King Crimson-influenced progressive rock band St. Elmo's Fire. The music was recorded live in 1980 and used as background music during various St. Elmo's Fire performances. Stylistically, one can draw parallels between Paul Kollar, Fripp & Eno and Tangerine Dream.

 


Kolvenbach, Floris (Netherlands)

Inspiration For Mas (1988)
Listen To the Future (1988)
Personal Music (1988)

Not much is known about this electronic composer, but apparently he started experimenting with synthesizers in 1977 and gave his first solo synthesizer concerts in 1979 and worked with IBM back in the 1980's, releasing a sort of a promotional album for them (Personal Music) made with the help of IBM computers.

 


Kom Ombo (USA)

Civilization Here (2004)

Ambient music by one Brad Hall. Very atmospheric.

 


Komakino (Germany)

Ynos - Chill Out Sector (1995)

This atypical CD by well-known techno producers Ralph Fritsch and Detlef Hastik is a must for Bladerunner fans. Strong, atmospheric synth tracks with some sequences and textures reminiscent of the great Vangelis.

 


Kombi (Poland)

Instrumental Hits (1985) (recorded in 1979 - 1985)

Synth-pop band from Poland. The above cassette release gathers their instrumental pieces, which range from disco-influenced, with nice synth solos ("Wspomnienia z Pleneru") to instrumental progrock ("Smak Wina") to Kraftwerk-influenced ("Komputerowe Serce", "Casablanca - Ramadan") and something of a Tangerine Dream-like 1980's vibe ("Cyfrowa Gra", in particular, reminds on "Midnight In Tula"). Nothing very progressive here for the most part, but the synths are nice and fat and all. However, a let down for me is the rather ubiquitous 1980's slap bass sound which I hate.

See also: Losowski, Slawomir

 


Komendarek (Poland)

Wladyslaw Komendarek (1985)
Dotyk Chmur (1985)
Antystres (1986)
Planeta Smiechu (1989)
Promenada (1989)
Hibernacja Nr. 1 (1990)
Fruwajaca Lalka (1991)
Tajemnice Horyzontu (1991) (recorded in 1984 - 1989)
Powrot z Materii Miedzygwiazdowej (1992) (recorded in 1985 - 1986)
Polawiacze Sumien (1993)
Parabola Muz (1994)
Kupcy Czasu (1995)
Infomania (1995) (with Tomasz Kubiak & Marek Manowski)
Szafirowa Chimera (1996)
Klasykotronika (1998)
Zeta Reticuli IV (2000)
Manipulator (2001)
Syndrom Cywilizacji (2002)
Rycerze Ciemnosci (2007)
Poisoners of Consciousness (2009)
Unexplored Secrets of REM Sleep (2011) (with Przemyslaw Rudz)
Fryderyk Chopin (2011)
Chronovizor (2013)
Człowiek z Wysokiego Zamku (??) (with Józef Skrzek, Jaroslaw Pijarowski and Jorgos Skolias)
Deformator (2014)
I Am An Alien (2015)

Wladyslaw Komendarek is a Polish synthesist. In the 70's he was a keyboardist of progrock band Exodus and around 1983 he started his solo career. He is very diverse stylistically, but generally quite original. Sometimes he makes some weird things like putting in samples of rap verses, some shouting voices or vocoded speech etc. Overall, a lively, energetic affair. Promenada  and Klasykotronika contain synth versions of classical compositions. Later stuff tends to incorporate lots of modern techno elements. 

 


Komodo Haunts (UK)

Dance On the Serpent's Neck (2012)
Low Winged, Silken Plumes (2012)
Ancient Sea (2014) (S)
Earth Dream (2014)
Sujin (2015)

Hazy, low-fi tropical drone.

See also: Mt. Tjhris, Sandpiper.

 


Komora A (Poland)

Mercury Time (2013)
Crystal Dwarf (2016)

Mostly dark drones and experimental industrial sounds from this Polish trio. Some brighter moments, too.

 


Komputer (UK)

Market Led (1996)
The World of Tomorrow (1997)
Synthetik (2007)

This Kraftwerk "copy" was formed in 1995 in London by Simon Leonard, David Baker and Jane Brereton. During the 80's, both Leonard and Baker were founders of proto-techno groups I Start Counting and Fortran 5, both released by Mute Records.

See also: Came, John

 


Kon Tiki Gemini (Russia)

Deep Discovery (2010) (with Cavernes)
Night Nights (2011)
Azure Maze (2011)

Ambient soundscapes.

 


Konau (Italy)

Speech From the Shadows (2006)

A collaborative project between Andrea Freschi (Subinterior) and Gabriele Panci (New Risen Throne). Dark Ambient.

See also: Subinterior, New Risen Throne.

 


Köner, Thomas (Germany)

Nunatak Gongamur (1990)
Teimo (1992)
Permafrost (1993)
Nuuk (1994)
Aubrite (1995)
Kaamos (1998)
Unerforschtes Gebiet (2001)
Daikan (2002)
Zyklop (2003)
La Barca (2009)
Neues Land (2010)
Tiento de las Nieves (2014)
Tiento de la Luz (2016)
Cloître (2017) (recorded in 2014) (with Jana Winderen)

Dark Ambient master.

See also: Kontakt Der Junglinge

 


Der König (Germany)

Memories of Trees (2004)

Ex-Hoelderlin musician Bernd Konig.

 


Konikiewicz, Wojciech (Poland)

Muzyka Nowej Przestrzeni 1 (1993)
Muzyka Nowej Przestrzeni 2 (1993)
Cyber Jazz (2000) (with Wojciech Lewandowski)

Diverse jazz / rock / electronic musician. Muzyka is ambient; Cyber Jazz mixes jazz with EM.

 


Konkrete Kantikle (USA)

Konkrete Kantikle (2001)

I suppose, it's top-notch Medieval Ambient, with lots of doomy church organ, various echoing sounds, choirs etc. Konkrete Kantikle is Kelly Thistle.

See also: Thistle, Dream Radiation.

 


Konrad, Mario (Germany)

Submerging (1992)
Spirit Cave (2007)

Mario Konrad was born in 1973 and began his first experiments with synthesizers in 1989. His first album appeared in 1992 on Musique Intemporelle. He then collaborated with several ambient artists, including Amir Baghiri, and released a new album in 2007, called Spirit Cave. Mario makes somewhat ambient EM with traces of Steve Roach's style and those of other ambient composers.

 


Kontakt Der Junglinge (Germany)

Kontakt Der Junglinge 1 (1999)
Kontakt Der Junglinge O (2001)
Kontakt Der Junglinge - 1 (2002)
Kontakt Der Junglinge n (2003)
Makrophonie 1 (2014)

Thomas Koner's project with Asmus Tietchens. Dark Ambient sounds.

See also: Koner, Thomas

 


Konx (Switzerland)

Demos (1983)
It's A Gun (1985)

A project by Peter Felippi.

See also: Felippi, Peter

 


Konx-On-Pax (UK)

Optimo Tracks (2010) (EP)
Light In Extension (2011)
Regional Surrealism (2012)
Caramel (2016)

Varied project from this Glasgow-based musician (Tom Scholefield). Ranges from darkish tracks and mellotron-laden numbers (on Regional Surrealism) to complex compositions with traces of 1990's dance music even (Caramel). Someone compared it to Boards of Canada, which I don't think is a fitting comparison.

 


KooKoon (Germany)

High Wire (1996)
Inner Earth (1999)
Magnetic Moon (2002)

KooKoon is an alias of German musician Wolfgang Loos. High Wire is rhythmic and melodic, relaxing music. Inner Earth is an electroacoustic project composed of processed seismological recordings and subtle electronics. Magnetic Moon is a return to keyboard-based rhythmic / melodic compositions.

 


Kopējā Izteiksme (Latvia)

Putni maina virzienu (2000)

Interestingly enough, some of the music of this duo of Jānis Brūveris and Ainārs Paukšēns brings to mind some of the upbeat material on Artemiy Artemiev's debut The Warming from 1993. Other tracks are much more centered around acoustic / classical instrumentation and as such, are hardly related to EM.

 


Kopper, Till (Germany)

Till Kopper (1987)
Till Kopper '90 (1990)

Synthesist.

See also: EL-KA

 


Kora et le Mechanix (Czech Republic)

Excursin (2006)
Metropolis (2009)
300 Měsíců (2012)
10 000 Žávorek (2015)

Experimental electronics from Filip Homola and Michal Kořán, mostly with an ambient sound. Sometimes in the vein of Dark Space / Deep Ambient (as on 300 Měsíců).

 


Korablove (Russia)

Singular Plankter (2016)

Although Moscow-based Roman Smirnov aka Korablove is mostly known for his deep house music, the above album will appeal to fans of ambient electronics for sure.

 


Korinth (Slovakia)

Sign of Eternal Return (2006)
Mysteries of the Greylands (2010) (with Phragments)

Neo-Classical Ambient of a rather intense nature.

 


Korjenic, Admir (Norway)

Taiga (2017) (S)

Diverse artist mixing krautrock / Dusseldorf vibes, house / disco and Ambient.

 


Kornberger, Martin (Germany)

King's Crime (1981)
Dinner (1982) (with Klaus Fischer)

Mixture of Electronic Music and progrock from member of Changing Images.

See also: Changing Images

 


Korridor (Sweden)

Dyson Sector NGC 224 (2014) (EP)
Acronym w Korridor (2015) (S)

Another techno producer (Fabian Kempe) goes EM on some of the above material. Listening to the track "Dyson Sphere" from the Dyson Sector EP, with its hyperactive sequencer runs that sound like Berlin School on steroids, really makes me wanna hear a full-length space-inspired EM release from this guy.

 


Kosmischer Läufer (UK)

The Secret Cosmic Music of the East German Olympic Program 1972-83 - Volume 1 (2013)
The Secret Cosmic Music of the East German Olympic Program 1972-83 - Volume 2 (2014)
The Secret Cosmic Music of the East German Olympic Program 1972-83 - Volume 3 (2015)

Alleged music culled from the East German state archives created as a soundtrack for training of East German athletes in the 1970's by one Martin Zeichnete, this is most certainly (and quite regrettably) a hoax invented by UK-based Unknown Capability Records. The music is influenced by Neu!, Cluster and Kraftwerk, and has that hypnotic motorik beat throughout. Fans of the Dusseldorf School will enjoy this.

 


Kösmonaut (USA)

Emanations (2011)
Kösmonaut
I (2011)
The Dilation of Mother Cosmos (2011)
Voyage of Time (2011)
Geist (2012)
Green (2012)
Orange (2013)
Paragon (2013)
Future Machines (2013)
Eagle Nebula (2016)
Master Generator (2016)
Songs For Healing (2016) (S)
Cobra Force (2016)
Deutsch Machines (2016)
Magnificent Desolation (2017)

Cosmic, rhythmic synth music inspired by 1970's classics by Patrick R. Pärk from San-Angelo, Texas. The Dilation.. is his debut released on cassette.

See also: Pärk, Patrick R.

 


Kosmos (Canada)

Kosmos (2007)

Kosmos is a "space rock" group formed by Michel Langevin - a drummer for the band Voivod. They cover a lot of ground here, including guitar / synthesizer jams heavily influenced by 1970's krautrock, motorik rhythms and a completely electronic track ("Septial").

 


Kosmos (Netherlands)

Orion (2016)
Omega (2017)

Ambient / Space Music. Three long tracks.

 


Kosmos, Patrick (Belgium)

The Soundtracks (1984)
Mindscapes (1987)
The Concert (1987)
Lophophora (1987)
Nachtschade (1987) (with Damien Troch)
Monument (1988)
The Laser Project (1988)
Morphic Resonance (1988)
The Visitor (1988)
Faith (1989)
The Return of the Stardancer (1989)
The Concert - Klemdag 89 (1989)
Planet News (1989)
Kingdom Come (1990)
Cosmic Resonance (1991)
A Comet's Tale (1991) (recorded in 1990)
Virtual Reality (1993)
Trance Neutral Zone (1999)
Lucid Dreams (2000)
The Healing Breath (2001)
Spiritual Dream (2002)

Patrick Wille "Kosmos" started his career in the 1970's, when he began combining traditional Eastern music (mainly Indian / raga / sitar works) with the latest in synthesizer technnology. Since then, he's given many concerts in unusual (but fairly traditional for EM) places such as cathedrals, planetariums, castles etc and released some cassette / CD albums, many of which contained music recorded live during various performances. I haven't heard much yet but his early stuff from the Eighties is excellent and highly recommended. In the late 1980's / early 1990's, IC / Digit label re-released on a series of CD's some of his tracks that were previously only available on cassette (these three CDs were Planet News, Cosmic Resonance and Comet's Tale). In 2000 a compilation CD of Patrick's music from 1984 - 1990 was released, called Monuments Vol. 1. The Chronicles box set followed in 2002, presumably containing music from all of Patrick's cassettes. His music from the New Millennium is supposedly much more new age-like and is of no big interest. Sadly, Patrick Kosmos passed away in early 2015.

 


Koss (Japan)

Silence (2015)

Ambient with a huge piano presence. A bit in the style of Brian Eno. Earlier works are more in ambient techno vein. Koss is Kuniyuki Takahashi.

 


Kostoglotov (UK)

The Worst Love Songs Ever Written (2012) (S)
Louis Althusser Knows Why My Heart Is Asunder (2013) (S)
Broken Eyes (2013) (S)
Love Song For Broken Buildings (2013)

Kostoglotov is Daryl Worthington. On Louis Althusser... he uses repetitive organ arpeggios and analog synths, like Terry Riley meets Klaus Schulze in a futuristic glass dome. His other music is similar in style, mixing classic analog sounds, sequences and pads in various proportions.

See also: Beachers

 


Kosugi, Takehisa (Japan)

Catch Wave (1975)

Member of Taj Mahal Travellers who's been experimenting with electronic and concrete textures since the early 1960's. Catch Wave will be interesting to fans of both hard-core academic EM and the early experiments of German electronic / kraut musicians. He has some other albums that range from jazz improvisations to processed violin sounds.

 


Kotev, Angel (Bulgaria)

Midnight Mood 1 (1982)
Midnight Mood 2 (1983)
Midnight Mood 3 (1990)

Bulgarian musician. Angel Kotev graduated from the State Academy of Music in 1977. He composed a lot of works in various genres, including some interesting electronic works during the 1980's.

 


Kotilainen, Esa (Finland)

Ajatuslapsi (1976)
Turquoise Planet (2009)
-51°C (2010)
Soiva Tehdas (2011)
Ulappa (2015)

Wigwam keyboardist who released a solo electronic LP in 1977, the legendary but somewhat underrated Ajatuslapsi. He uses synths and organs and plays a floating type of music that could be vaguely compared to Klaus Schulze and his ilk. He then released a couple of CD's in a folk style before returning to ambient / electronic structures for his 2009 opus, Turquoise Planet..

 


Koto (Italy / Netherlands)

Masterpieces (1990)
Plays Synthesizer Hits (1991)
Plays Science-Fiction Movie Themes (1992)
From the Dawn of Time (1993)

Space disco music. It was an Italian project from the early Eighties, but later Michel van der Kuy from Laserdance wrote music for Koto. It is also similar in style, albeit Koto is often a tad more laid-back and not as driving as Laserdance. But, generally, if you like Laserdance, you will also like this.

 


Kovac, Kornelije (Serbia)

Izmedju Svetlosti i Tame (1977)
Iz Drugog Filma (1982)
Sampled Moon (1986)

Kornelije Kovac is one of the pioneers of Yugoslavian Electronic Music. He made mysterious synth compositions with a dash of guitar, perhaps a bit similar to Edgar Froese. Kovac is pretty well-known in former Yugoslavia as a composer for TV / movies and member of several groups (including Korni - a prog rock band).

 


Kovac, Roland (Austria)

Computer (1980)

Austrian jazz pianist who has gone electronic for this library album on Selected Sound.

 


Koval, Sergio (Argentina)

Clon (1995)
Works '95 - '98 (1999)
Leonard (2005) (with Sam Vitoulis)

Synthesist from Argentina living and working in Barcelona, Spain. Electronics in symphonic Vangelis and more rhythmic styles with sequencing.

 


Kowalczyk, Kamil (Poland)

Aurora (2011)
Nova (2013)
Andromeda (2016)
Tranmisja (2017)

Darker Space Music (aka Dark Space) from this Polish-born musician who currently resides in Scotland.

 


Kozlov, Alexey (Russia)

Mountains of Cimmeria (1996)

Solo album by leader and saxophone player of jazz fusion band Arsenal. This one is completely electronic and is based on general MIDI sounds. Not something for hardcore EM fans, but very typical of a lot of melodic synth artists of the late 1980's and early 1990's.

See also: Arsenal

 


Kozłowski, Piotr (Poland)

Nemo (2015)

Flashy, melodic music from this synthesist.

 


Kozmonaut (Canada)

Flieg (1986)

Kozmonaut was a project of Michael Gutierrez who used a pseudonym Hans Schiller. Fascinated by Germany and Electronic Music, he released the above LP privately (there was a re-release in 2017). The music is a mixture of new wave songs / EBM, ambient electronics and wacky stuff seemingly influenced by Kraftwerk circa Radio-Activity (lots of noises, vocoded speech, etc.). Originally from Canada, he moved to San Francisco where his LP was released. Michael Gutierrez died of AIDS in 1994.

 


Kraft & Alexander (USA)

1812 - Nutcracker Suite (1977)

Not wanting to rest of Wendy Carlos' laurels, two sound engineers Jack Kraft and Larry Alexander got together in a studio to record an album of classical tunes performed on synthesizers. And who cares if they were 10 years late with that? Their composer of choice was Tchaikovsky and for this realization they used an ARP 2600, an ARP Odyssey and and ARP Pro-Soloist. So, strictly an ARP affair (apparently, they had friends at ARP who provided them with these tools), which set them apart from most "classical electronic" LP's of the time that were moog-dominated. As for the sound, I would say that they went the Tomita way, using lots of funny noises and strictly synthetic textures, some of which give the thing a cheesy flavour but on the other hand I find this approach more interesting and creative than Carlos' note-by-note renditions with imitations of classical instrumentation. There is a nice essay on the history of electronic music on the back cover and overall it's a good find for fans of warm, analogue synthesis.

 


Kraft, Konrad (Germany)

Arctica (1986)
Accident In Heaven (1987)
Acidshock (1988) (with Phase Pervers)
Sieben Tage Und Nächte (1990) (with Dino Oon)
Environmental Studies (1992) (with Dino Oon)
Alien Atmospheres (1996)
Temporary Audiosculptures And Artefacts (2011)
Quadrat (2016)

German electronic musician (real name - Detlef Funder) who has been dabbling with electronics since the early 1980's. He is difficult to pin down and sits somewhere between industrial, electro-acoustic music, ambient soundscapes and Prog EM of the Cluster school of thought.

 


Kraft, Suzanne (USA)

Missum (2010)
Talk From Home (2015)
What You Get For Being Young (2016)
Passive Aggressive (2017) (with Jonny Nash)
D.K./S.K. (2017) (with D.K.)

Actually a pseudonym of one Diego Herrera. A mixture of ambient / EM and balearic-influenced tracks.

 


Kraftwelt (Denmark)

Deranged In Space (1996)
Electric Dimension (1996)
Retroish (1998)

I think the name pretty much says it all and you are already guessing that it's a 'tribute' band. However, as some people have pointed out, in trying to recreate the Kraftwerk sound, they at times end up sounding more like Tangerine Dream instead, which means long, sequencer-based pieces.

 


Kraftwerk (Germany)

Kraftwerk (1970)
Kraftwerk 2 (1971)
Ralf And Florian (1973)
Autobahn (1974)
Radio-Activity (1975)
Trans-Europe Express (1977)
The Man-Machine (1978)
Computer World (1981)
Tour De France (1983) (S)
Electric Cafe (1986)
The Mix (1991)
Concert Classics (1998) (recorded in 1975)
Expo 2000 (1999) (S)
Tour De France Soundtracks (2003)
Minimum-Maximum (2005)
Live 1971 (2013)

Famous German band that is considered internationally to be the pioneers of techno music. Kraftwerk started as a duo of Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider. Before releasing their first Kraftwerk album they released a work of experimental music under "Organisation" name. The album was called Tone Float and is now very difficult to find. Musically it was a mixture of weird flute playing, guitar and electronic effects. Some have compared it to early Pink Floyd. The first two Kraftwerk albums continue in this direction, featuring (at times really weird) electronic excursions with some flute playing and cool motorik rhythms. The motorik aesthetics of these early albums were shared at that time and also later by some other German experimental bands, like Neu! and Cluster, for instance. After several personnel changes (Michael Rother of Neu! was briefly with Kraftwerk), the duo rejoined and recorded Ralf And Florian, which was a substantial leap forward towards their more recognizable style, featuring a nice mix of electronics and some acoustic touches. The same applies to Autobahn which was a big hit in Europe. (of course they had to cut the title track down to 3 or 4 minutes to be able to play that on radio) the last track on that album sounds as if it was created with acoustic instruments, nevertheless even these acoustic elements sound very unusual, as if they were processed in a way. The rest of the album is completely electronic. I have never actually heard something like this from other musicians. It is quite unique and, overall, the album is pretty good, in spite of its outright poppish nature in places. the next was Radio-Activity, which is probably my favourite Kraftwerk album of them all, although for an unexperienced listener it can be a bit of a pain to get into. By that time the classic Kraftwerk lineup of Hutter, Schneider, Bartos and Flur already took shape. Ok, to make the long story short: what I like about Kraftwerk is their ability to describe and transmit certain atmosphere, like, for instance, in Trans-Europe Express where they managed to capture the atmosphere of the night train ride perfectly and this work is pure genius with its simple and basic, but still strong and profound theme. In conclusion I'd like to mention that Kraftwerk are probably the most extravagant electronic band in history, with their robotic image, their famous "pseudo-concerts" and totally industrial and technological concept. There are many Kraftwerk clones out there, but none of them sound exactly like Kraftwerk.

See also: Electric Music, Bartos, Carl, Yamo.

 


Krakatau (Australia)

Water Near A Bridge (2014)
Tharsis Montes / Apogean Tide (2016) (S)

Hybrid psychedelic / EM band consisting of Charlie Sexton (bass), Dylan Lieberman (drums) and James Tom (organ, keyboards). As you can see, no guitar here. The sound is a nice mix of floating analog keyboards and some krautrock-inspired moments.

See also: Hyperborea

 


Krakatau (Switzerland)

As... (2006)

Melodic, symphonic music with slight Vangelis & ethnic edges from Alexandre Borcic.

 


Kraken (Belgium)

Aquanaut (1999)
For Lisa (2003)
Amore (2005)
Chagrin (2006)
Drift (2007)
Nachtschade (2008)
Strop (2010)
Kraken (2014)
Todo Lo Que Muere (2016) (S)

Beautiful and mysterious, aquatic ambient sounds from Ricardo Gomez and Joris Vermost.

 


Kralj, Miha (Slovenia)

Andromeda (1980)
Odyssey (1982)
Electric Dreams (1985)

The first album is in Space style, the second more complex but less melodic. Electric Dreams is an attempt to combine the styles of the first two.

 


Kramer, Gregory (USA)

This musician got some fame in the mid 1970's for his spontaneous live performances in New York's Central Park. These featured a set of modular synthesizers running from a generator and were called "the Electronic Music Mobile". Gregory Kramer studied at the California Institute of the Arts and briefly worked for a company that was selling Buchla synthesizers.

See also: Electronic Art Ensemble

 


Kranig, Christoph (Germany)

Places of Peace And Freedom (1994)
On the Wings of the Cranes (1996)
Emotions (2010)

Melodic music, I think.

 


Krantz, Elias (Sweden)

Island Rock (2006)
Night Ice (2011)
Lifelines (2016)

Swedish multi-instrumentalist. I don't know how Island Rock and Night Ice sound but Lifelines is a nice krautrock / prog / EM pastiche, a bit similar to Bo Hansson, but with a spacier feel and new elements.

 


Kratochvil, Martin (Czech Republic)

Elegie (1976)
Hodokvas (1979)
Asteroid (1981)
Hvezdon (1984)
Old Acquaintance (1986)
Ornament (1988)
Together (1990)
Moravian Concerts (1990)
Chiaroscuro (1993)
Temné Slunce (2014) (recorded in 1979 - 1980)
Himalayan Echoes II (2015) (soundtrack)

Czech musician and founder of the band "Jazz Q" that pioneered some sort of electronic jazz.

 


Kraus (New Zealand)

The Facts (2007) (S)
Faster Than the Speed of Time (2010)
Supreme Commander (2011)
Mountain of the Moon (2016) (S)
Red, Green & Blue (2016) (S)

Anarchic experimental project of Pat Kraus. He uses guitars, tapes, flutes and homemade synth. I will only list those releases, which I know for sure contain EM material. When he is in the synth mode, he is rough and unpolished, but sometimes melodic and quite accessible.

 


Krause, Bernie (USA)

Citadels of Mystery (1979)
The New Nonesuch Guide To Electronic Music (1981)
Equator (1986)
Nature (1987)

One half of the renowned duo Beaver & Krause, in 1979 he released an album of quiet, jazzy and a bit symphonic music (Citadels...). After that he had many other (supposedly, very good) albums released that dealt with his wildlife experiences and can be roughly labeled as "musique concrete", bar one LP - a sequel to Beaver & Krause's The Nonesuch Guide To Electronic Music in 1981. Equator is a combination of field recordings and synthesized compositions.

See also: Beaver & Krause

 


Kraut Sounds (Germany)

Nature (2014)
3 In 1 (2016)

Electronic project from Munich influenced by both early 1970's German EM and dub techno.

 


Krawedz Swiatow (Poland)

Live (2001)

A supergroup featuring Daniel Bloom, Dariusz Stawicki, Michal Dudek, Marek Szulen and Robert Blaszczyk (all on synthesizers). Mateusz Ozyra helps on bass, while Tomasz Bernarz and Tomasz Zur play guitars.

See also: Bloom, Daniel, Szulen, Marek.

 


Krebs, Julius (Germany)

East German synthesist.

 


Krebs, K.M. (USA)

The Seed Project (2001) (with Heath Yonaites)
Oneiromancy (2001)
The Light Will Fill the Darkness And Obliterate It (2003)
Alchymy (2007)

Kevin Krebs is an ambient soundscape artist.

 


Kredi Dubi (Norway)

Religion Is War (2003)

Vast sonicscape from noise artist who is also known as Iversen.

See also: Iversen

 


Kreidler (Germany)

Riva (1994)
Weekend (1996)
Fechterin (1997) (EP)
Mort Aux Vaches (1997) (EP)
Appearance And the Park (1998)
Kreidler (2000)
Circles (2000) (EP)
Eve Future (2002)
Eve Future Recall (2004)
Mosaik 2014 (2009)
Kreidler@NRW-Forum Das iPhone Konzert (2010) (S)
Tank (2010)
Mars Chronicles I-IV (2011)
Den (2012)
ABC (2014)
European Song (2017)

Recommended for fans of Cluster, Neu! and Harmonia. Hypnotic motorik rhythms with mucho experimental beeps and bleeps. Kreidler are Thomas Klein, Ansreas Reihse and Detlef Weinrich.

See also: Schneider, Stefan, Sølyst.

 


Kreitchi, Stanislav (Russia)

Ansiana (2000)
Voices And Movement (2002)

Kreitchi is one of the pioneers of Russian Electronic Music. He was experimenting with ANS already in the 60's, together with Edward Artemiev. The two recorded the soundtrack to the movie "Cosmos" which was a very unusual electronic work, melodic and abstract at the same time. Kreitchi's 2000 album Ansiana, released on Electroshock Records, was created on the ANS and ovaloid, an acoustic instrument, and this is one of the strangest albums I have heard in the last several years. Parts of it are just abstract noises mixed with found sounds ("Tryptich Ocean"), parts are crazy vocal transformation experiments ("Six Days of Creation"), that sound extremely hypnotic, parts are almost exclusively ovaloid playing, which can get pretty dull at places. This album is very difficult to classify, but I would certainly recommend it for an adventurous listener. It's a great album simply because it's very daring and experimental, and in a world full of clones and stagnation of ideas, this certainly brings some fresh air.

 


Kretzer, Harnes (Germany)

Petrichor (2014)

Ambient with a large piano presence.

See also: Ohrebetäubende Stille

 


Kristian, David (Canada)

Synaesthesia (1994)
Cricklewood (1997)
Beneath the Valley of the Modulars (1998)
Sawdust, Sinedust, Squaredust (1999)
Room Tone (2000)
Kristian, Shalabi, St-Onge (2001) (with Sam Shalabi and Alexandre St-Onge)
My Three Suns (2002)
Music From the Mermaid Room (2003)
Music From the Mermaid Room Vol. 2 (2004)
Music From the Mermaid Room Vol. 3 (2004)
The City Without Windows / La Derniere Voix OST (2004)
Rhythms For A Rainy Season (2005)
The Mariana Trench (2005)
Sweet Bits (2005)
Ghost Storeys (2006) (with Ryosuke Aoike)
Black Beach (2011)
Be In Sync (2015) (S) (with Andrea Noce)
Aurora Polaris (2017)

Canadian musician who initially worked within IDM and related genres of music. The first album had some prog EM elements, though. Later he drifted towards drone and experimental Ambient. The Mariana Trench was recorded with just a Casio VL-Tone and processing.

 


Krocker, Jon (Canada)

Monolog (1983)

Not sure about this one. It's an obscure private cassette release. The music has reportedly some new wave / minimal synth traits but the exact style is unknown.

 


Krog, Tim (USA)

The Boogey Man (1980) (soundtrack)

Electronic soundtrack played on analog synthesizers. Done in collaboration with Jan Bartlett and Ed Christiano.

 


Kromeshna (Russia)

Kromeshna & M.Nomized (2005) (S) (with M. Nomized)
Запертые в небо (2007) (S)
Antiworlds (2007) (S)

Simple Mysteries (2011)
Zapredel (2011) (with Fanum)
Lilac Honey (2011) (S) (with Bardoseneticcube)
Bagul'nik (2012)
... From Distant Box (2012)
Emyd Lub (2012) (S) (with Astral + Shit)
Kornilovo (2013)
Pentadrvg / Kromeshna (2013) (with Pentadrvg)
Atyazh (2013)
Grey Diptych (2014) (S)
Air Plima (2014) (with Astral + Shit)
Kopalchen (2014) (with Lunar Abyss)
Tropic of Capricorn (2016)
Summer (2016)
Mnogotochie (2016)
Умолка (2017)

Ambient artist from Saint-Petersburg (Vitaly Maklakov). Summer features a warm, flowing synth sound with some downtempo beats. Earlier works are based on field recordings and drones.

See also: Maklakov, Vitaly

 


Kron (USA)

Kron (2016) (EP)

Los Angeles-based duo of Michael Sherer and Seal Krell. The use analog (including modulars) and virtual analog instruments and deliver three danceable and poppish tracks on the above EP. Nice but very mainstream and hardly Prog. Quite surprisingly, though, they finish off with "Sky Temple" - a fantastic EM track in the style of Tangerine Dream's 1980's soundtracks, complete with urgent sequences and a great melodic refrain. It shows that there is a great EM potential in these guys.

 


Krone, Felix (Germany)

Die Kunst Zu Verschwinden (2017)

Techno artist who always had some ambient leanings and finally released a completely ambient album in the form of Die Kunst... Soundscapes, collages and, yes, analog pulses and sequences.

 


Krozier And the Generator (Australia)

The Quirkshop Tapes (1979)
Tranceformer (1980)
Krozier's Krusaders (1980)
Orbital Circus (1980)

Basically Jeffrey Crozier (voice) with members of Rainbow Generator plus some guests. Crozier, a magician, illusionist and poet, apparently died in 1981, accidentally hanging himself while preparing one of his new tricks.

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

 


Kruczyński, Bartosz (Poland)

Baltic Beat (2016)

Ambient music with some relaxed rhythms and a "balearic" feel. This mixture of keyboards and guitars is sometimes a bit reminiscent of Ashra.

See also: Phantom, The

 


Krueger, Klaus (Germany)

You Have To Pay (1980) (S)
One Is One (1981)
Zwischenmischung (1982)

German drummer and electronic musician. He participated on Tangerine Dream's Cyclone and Force Majeure albums. His solo stuff was released on the IC label and I have never heard this music, although it is said to be (not surprisingly) very rhythmic stuff.

See also: Tangerine Dream

 


Kruhl, Jens-Hinrich (Germany)

Out of Dreams (2001)

Synthesist who started his career in the 1980's, playing in a progressive rock band Lynx. During the next decade he became interested in Electronic Music via Winfried Trenkler's "Schwingungen" radioshow. He started composing solo tracks, first using internal sequencers of his synthesizers and then shifting to Cubase software. Jens-Hinrich states to be influenced by orchestral music, progrock and classic EM. Jens-Hinrich Kruhl alias WiesenBerg currently publishes his music via SoundCloud.

See also: WiesenBerg

 


Krupski, Piotr (Poland)

Swiatlo Prawdy (2000)
Planeta RX (2003) (S)
Kombimus (2005)
Elbing 1904 (2008)
Olsztyn - Elblag 2008 (2008) (with Adam Bownik and Andrzej Mierzynski)
Electronic Worlds (2017) (with friends)

Polish synthesist with a melodic style along the lines of Jarre and Kraftwerk. Kombimus is a "best of" selection with re-arranged and re-recorded pieces.

 


Kryfels (France)

Parsec (2014)
Spacemind (2015)
Lifecycle (2016)
Dreamland (2017)

Analog music that reminds on early Klaus Schulze. Kryfels is Richard Rafaillac.

 


Kryptästhesie (Italy)

Leaves Laughter (1985)
Any Water Knows (1987)
Shaken At the Sun (1992)
Inner Whirl (1996)
No Age (1999)

Mainly psych / space rock, but more or less every album has a couple of electronic tracks.

See also: Olographic Landscapes

 


Krzyzanowski, Piotr (Poland)

Magnus Luctus In Ergastulo (1998)
Apsychastenia (1999)
Impresje Szeptow (2000)
Apsychastenia 2 (2002)
Live Gorlice 2004 (2004)
Last Poem (2008)

Polish musician based in Torun. Ambient electronics, sometimes dark. Aka Brunette Models.

 


Kruza, Richárd (Poland)

Oui (1988)

Polish keyboardist and vibraphone player. Oui was released in Hungary on a sublabel of state-owned Hungaroton. It is supposedly in an easy, melodic style typical of the day.

 


KSDS (UK)

Black Abba (2014)
Out of the Void (2015)

A series of soundscapes that range from sequencer-based to ambient, noisy, experimental and rhythmic / punky (with drums).

 


Kshatriy (Russia)

Kshatriy (2005)
Listopad Vot On (2007) (with Lunar Abyss Deus Organum)
Drones (2008)
Uak-Kib (2008)
Slepok Soznaniya (2009)
TaeT (2009) (with Vresnit)
Mushrooms And Kshatriy (??)
Live 190604 (??) (S)
Transforming Galaxy (2012)
From Heart To Heart (2013)
Sunyata Research (2014)
Time Is the Enemy (2016) (with Sonologyst)
Special Set (2016)
Samantabhadra (2016)

Drone Ambient.

 


Ku (Italy)

Tsunami (1997)

Whale sounds mixed with music from this trio that ranges from Cluster-like to new age and experimental.

 


Kubbi (Norway)

Ember (2015)

Chiptune artist from Norway who on Ember decided to experiment with chiptune / EM / prog crossover genre, like Disasterpeace and a few others did before him.

 


Kubiak, Tomasz (Poland)

Out of Environment Space (1994)
Live In Pisz 1995 (1995)
Infomania (1995) (with Komendarek & Marek Manowski)
Some of Random Realities (1998)
Experience Headland (2001) (with Dariusz Kalinski)

Rhythmic, Berlin School-like Electronic Music.

 


Kubik, Henry (Australia)

The Touch (1995)

Perth-based electronic musician who composes melodic, relaxing and spacey music.

See also: Satori

 


Kubikov, Anton (Russia)

Whatness (2017)

Ambient music from this Moscow-based musician and deejay, previously known for a few 12-inchers aimed at the dance / club crowd.

 


Kubin, Felix (Germany)

Antarktis Slow Rock (1998) (S)
Schnitzler / Groscher Lausangriff (2000) (S)
TXRF (2012)
Tauscher (2015) (S)

Experimental musician without a single dominating style, taking in influences of both the club / techno scene, minimal synth / synth-pop and electro-acoustic music. The above albums will appeal to fans of experimental electronics, with nods to Conrad Schnitzler in particular.

 


Kubizek, Wolfgang R. (Austria)

Deine Farben (1988)

Subtitled "Electric Violin Solo". Strange stuff here. There is a bed of atmospheric electronics and the synth solos are replaced by electric violin ones. On the other hand, there are moments of pulsing exstasy where the whole starts sounding like Inventions For Electric Guitar-era Goettsching gone Mozart-mad. Austria has a great tradition of classical music, so the release seems totally relevant in that regard. Still, from the EM perspective, it's somewhat weird, but at the same time fascinating stuff.

 


KubrixXx (USA)

Listless City (2017) (recorded in 2015)

Varied, mostly short tracks. Dystopian synths and elements of hip-hop / techno.

 


Kubusschnitt (Europe)

The Case (1999)
The Cube (2000)
The Singularity (2001)
Exeter (2004)
Nightshade (2006)
Kubient (2006)
Phoenix (2006)
Entropy's Evolution (2010)

Great Berlin School electronics. Kubusschnitt are Andy Bloyce (UK), Tom Coppens (Belgium), Ruud Heij (Netherlands) and Jens Peschke (Germany) who left the band after the release of The Singularity.

See also: Weird, Navigator, Patchwork.

 


Kucera, Petr (Czech Republic)

Eniel (1993) (with Jan Kunovsky)
Slunecna (1995)

Unique melodic electronics.

 


Kucharz, Larry (USA)

Unit 23 (1991)
Harmonic Luminosity (1993)
Metachoral Visions (1997)
Electrochoral Dreams (1998)
Unit 25: Dark Red (1998)
Digichoral Blue Portraits (1999)
Unit 28: Blue Motion (1999)
Computer Choral Green Prints (2000)
Techno Unit 30: Audiochrome (2000)
Techno Unit 32: Miscellaneous Tracks (2001)
Ambient Red Washes (2003)
Ambient Green Washes (2005)
Bridge Mix 37 (2005)
Electro Engravings (2006)
Blue Drawings And Text (2008)
Unit IA42 (2011)
SMPHNCS - Electronic Symphonics (2014)

Minimalist Ambient works, sometimes comparable to Music For Airports by Brian Eno. Larry Kucharz started composing in the 1970's. A bit later, he began transcribing and re-recording his old works using electronic technology (mostly Fairlight computers but also Roland D-50 and a few other instruments).

 


Kucz, Konrad (Poland)

Vita Contemplativa (1993)
Sny Polskie (1993)
Cosmo (1994)
Suita Tatrzanska (1996)
Echa Gor (1996)
Babie Lato (1997)
Live (1998)
Waltornium (1999)
Bezkresne Laki I i II (2000)
Wrzosowiska (2003)
Venta (2003)
Soporus (2003)
Lamentacje Adwentowe (2003)
Nagrania Bardzo Archivalne 1986 - 2004 (2004)
Tracks (2005)
Litania (2005)
Tubeharmonium (2007)
Tatra (2008)
Raw Material (2008)
Railroad Paths (2008)
Music From Distance (2009)
Music From Distance 2 (2009)
Prenty (2012) (with Mateusz Kwiatkowski and Robert Rasz)
Lutoslavia (2013) (with Mateusz Kwiatkowski and Robert Rasz)
The Four Seasons (2013)
Sleepy Music (2014)
Kucz & Klake (2015) (with Klake)
Air (2015)
Waltornium (2016)

Electronic Music in Berlin style. Some works are more ambient.

See also: Nemezis

 


Kuedo (UK)

Severant (2011)
Assertion of A Surrounding Presence (2015) (S)
Slow Knife (2016)

Strange, unexpected work from UK-born (and Berlin-based) producer Jamie Teasdale. He is known for his dubstep / footwork productions, but this album couples his trademark rhythms with cinematic synthesizer soundscapes and melodies that have echoes of "Bladerunner" and Tangerine Dream's 1980's soundtracks.

 


Kuhn, Peter (Germany)

Spinnentanz (1986)

Private release with (I think) EM and a guest performance by a violin quartet.

 


Kukuk, Hardy (Germany)

Atemnot (1981)
Timeless (2000)

Energetic, sequential electronics.

See also: A La Ping Pong, Beatboys 2000.

 


Kulikov, Vyacheslav (Russia)

Pallada (2000)
Songs of the Silver Forest (2003)

Vyacheslav Kulikov is also known as Moon Rainbow. Symphonic electronics on the verge of new age.

See also: Moon Rainbow

 


Kulk, Hans (Netherlands)

Beeldklank (2001)
Knowledge And Not Knowing (2001)
North-West (2002)
Aviatore (2003)
Time Average (2004)
Tingel-Tangel Ernste Musik (2005)
Perpetual Flux (2006)

Born in 1962 in Amsterdam, Hans Kulk is an analogue synthesis enthusiast and synth repair shop master. He uses huge modular systems and analogue computers.

 


Kunimoto, Yoshihiro (Japan)

Flight Planet (1987) (soundtrack)
Matendo Sonata (1988) (soundtrack) (with Nozomu Naka)

Japanese composer. The above are anime soundtracks with some interesting electronic arrangements. There are also vocal songs, though, so beware.

 


Kunze, Bernd (Germany)

First Recordings (1992) (recorded in 1977 - 1982)
First Recordings & More (1992) (recorded in 1982 - 1992)
The Return of the Morlock (1992) (recorded in 1982 - 1985)
The Return of the Morlock Part II (1996) (recorded in 1992 - 1996)
The Morlock Runs Again (1997)
The Electronic Millennium (2001)
Improvisation For Guitar & Synthesizer (2001) (with Jonas Kunze)
The Best of (2001) (recorded in 1981 - 2000)
St Martin (2006) (with Jonas Kunze)

Synthesist who was born in 1958 and has been making Electronic Music officially since 1981. He works almost exclusively with analogue synthesizers.

 


Kupka, Craig (USA)

Modern Dance Technique Environments (1979)
Clouds (1981)
Crystals (1982)
Modern Dance Technique Environments Vol. 2 (??)
Modern Dance Technique Environments Vol. 3 (1983)

Pioneering new age works that will also be of certain interest to fans of Brian Eno and Ambient in general. Not bad at all.

 


Kuprevičius, Giedrius (Lithuania)

Zodiako Švytėjimas (1987)
Paros Ženklai (1987)
Banginio Daina (1999)
Kristinos Pasaulis (2000)
Madlen Meilės Girioje (2000)
Metų Muzika (2010) (recorded in 1997 - 1999)

Lithuanian composer with multiple works in various genres, but mostly in classical vein. He is also a pioneer of Electronic Music, forming the Argo ensemble circa 1979 - 1980 with a few friends and colleagues. Before that, he had been experimenting with electronics as a solo artist. Some of the results can be heard on his Soundcloud page, such as "The Return of the Phonosaurus", recorded in the 1970's with Synthi 100 synthesizer (unfortunately, seems to be unreleased as of now). Very nice and quite dramatic / cinematic EM piece. Then there were a couple of electronic pieces recorded in 1984-1985 for a spa / massage center and many more electronic pieces.

See also: Argo

 


Kurek, Piotr (Poland)

Heat (2011)
Edena (2012)

It is not known for sure when exactly folk musician Piotr Kurek got interested in Electronic Music, but Edena is pure Prog EM in a unique style - repetitive and influenced by minimal composers like Terry Riley and Ariel Kalma.

 


Kurenniemi, Erkki (Finland)

DIMI 1 (1970) (S) (with Jukka Ruohomäki)
Recordings 1963 - 1973 (2002)
Rakkaus Kulessa (2011) (with Circle)
DRY '73-9-8 (2011)
Rules (2012) (recorded in 1963 - 1975)
50 Years On-Off (2013) (recorded in 1963 - 2013)

Finnish Electronic Music pioneer. His solo historic stuff may not be for everyone as it is mostly of very experimental nature. Kurenniemi was the founder of Helsinki University's Electronic Music Studio in the 60's. He worked with many famous and not-so-famous people in the avant-garde, academic and progressive rock fields. The collection mentioned above contains music that was mostly written during the 1968 - 1971 period. A curious fact: one of the compositions, called "Dance of the Antropoids" can also be heard (in a different version) on the Wigwam album Tombstone Valentine. Erkki Kurenniemi designed his own custom synthesizers, among them the DIMI series synthesizers that were (and still are) used by Swedish musician Ralph Lundsten.

 


Kurma (USA)

Subaquatic Resonance (2014)
Fractured (2015)
There's A One (2016)

Soundscapes from Jody Wall out of Asheville, mostly of the darker, hypnotic variety.

 


Kurotokage (France)

Call To the Deep (2001)

Ethnic Ambient with lots of dark moments by Nicolas d. Faure and Alex Demtez (ex-Asmorod).

See also: Asmorod, Les Amants Maudits.

 


Kurten, Lawrence (Japan)

Cult of Melancholia (2008)
Die Ruhe (2008)

I suppose, Lawrence Kurten is a pseudonym. The first album is classically influenced, with some mellotron textures. The second one is more atmospheric.

 


Kurtz Mindfields (France)

Journey Through the Analog Adventure (2015)
The Dreaming Void (2016)
Analogic Touch (2017) (with Tajmahal)

Kurtz Mindfields is French synthesist Jean-Luc Briancon. Journey... is a 2-CD album full of classic analog explorations. If you like Berlin School and related genres, this will give you more than 2 hours of listening pleasure.

 


Kurvenschreiber (Russia)

Klebeband Baudrate (2012) (EP)
32 (2012)
Tesla Record #12 (2013) (S)
Kopf / Rückenfläsche (2017) (S)

Experimental electronic trio consisting of Sergey Komarov, Vlad Dobrovolski and Ilya Sadovskiy. They prefer analog instrumentation and seem to be influenced by everything, from industrial / noise, to dub, cheesy space age electronics, vintage soundtracks and krautrock.

See also: Dobrovolski, Vlad

 


Kusafuka, Kimihide (Japan)

Re-Musik (1983)
Demise Symphonika (1984)

Japanese noise musician and a pioneer of industrial / experimental musics. He is known as a member of The Haters, Techno Menses and many other known and unknown acts. The above works, released (on cassette) under his own name, represent a more melodic, listenable and EM-influenced side of his oeuvre. Demise Symphonika is rather ambient but with noisy elements, while Re-Music is full of repetitive sequences and melodies with a bit of a minimal synth feel. There were other releases as well that I need to investigate to see if they fit in, EM-wise.

 


Kustod, Jacques (Slovakia)

I Am Deranged (2017)

Rich, cosmic sound palette by this artist who states to be influenced by classic EM, sci-fi scores, electro-acoustic music, techno and krautrock. Only the opening track "Bizarre Space Objects" is pure EM, though. The rest has varying grades of techno influence, so the whole ends up in the EM-related category.

 


KVLT (UK)

KLVLT (2013)

Interesting ambient project from Bristol, mixing subtle piano ala Eno / Budd with darkish, hypnotic soundworlds.

 


Kwiatkowski, Marek (Poland)

Sygnał z Kondora (2016)
W innym świetle (2017)
Wszystkie Kolory Snu (2017)

Narrative ambient pieces with an experimental flair and a slight 1960's influence, often bursting into a lush, 1970's TD pastiche. Nice and different.

 


Kwook (Australia)

Unidentified Feathered Object (2003)
Skywave (2008)

Pulsing ambient soundscapes from Simon Bennett out of Perth, Australia. This music brings to mind some early 90's releases on Pete Namlook's FAX label.

 


Kyo (Denmark)

Aktuel Musik (2016)
Potentiel Musik (2016)
I Musik (2017)

Diverse duo of Frederik (Frederic) Valentin and Hannes Norrvide. I Musik is a nice album marrying Progressive EM with elements of trap / vaporwave.

See also: Valentin, Frederic

 


Kyryluk, Gregory (USA)

Ephemeral Highways (2004)

Tranquil EM from the man behind Alpha Wave Movement. Good for traveling.

See also: Alpha Wave Movement, Thought Guild.

 


K-X-P (Finland)

K-X-P (2010)
Easy EP (2011) (EP)
II (2012)
History of Techno (2014) (EP)
III Part I (2015)
III Part II (2016)

Unclassifiable Finnish band consisting of Anssi Nykänen, Timo Kaukolampi, Tomi Leppänen and Tuomo Ilmari Puranen. They seem to have two drummers, a guitar player and a keyboardist / synth guy. The band seems to be mostly influenced by various forms of krautrock, especially the Dusseldorf School (lots of motorik aesthetics here). They do use Berlin School sequences as well, though, and I can even detect traces of Heldon in their music, although it may be just me. There is also that strange and typically Finnish ritual / black metal strain. Overall, a unique blend with the most varied set of influences. Mostly instrumental, with some vocalizations here and there.

 


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