Index

 

L.E.A.K. (Sweden)

The Old Tea House (2001)
Redemption (2005)

Side project of Heid members. The music was recorded in the legendary EMS studio in Stockholm.

See also: Heid

 


L.E.M. (Italy)

The Sacred Orbit (2005) (with Oophoi)
Strata (2005) (S)
Leteph (2005) (S) (with Oophoi)
Aludra (2006) (S) (with Oophoi)
Trifida (2006) (S) (with Oophoi)
The Gates of Aldebaran (2006) (S) (with Oophoi)
Spiralis (2006) (S) (with Oophoi)
Substrata (2006) (S) (with Oophoi)

Soundscapes. Strata is a mini-LP. L.E.M. = Lunar Excursion Module.

 


L.G. Mair Jr (USA)

In the Caverns of the Dead (1987)
The Inner Chamber (1990)
Totentanz (1991)
Isis & Morgan (1991)
Time Ghosts (1991)
The Shaman's Dream (1992)
Music For Winefride (1992)
Mediaevel Tales (1992)
The Final Procession (1992)
Sacrament (1994)
6J (1997) (with Hal McGee)
Sounds From Micro Lounge (1997) (with Keith Nicolay and Hal McGee)
Ghosts (??)
Electronic Dreamscapes (??)

L.G. Mair Jr was playing bass in Alien Planetscapes from 1987 to 1992. He has also released some solo cassettes with minimal, repetitive and experimental electronics.

See also: Alien Planetscapes, Paracon.

 


L.S. (Russia)

Androidy (2009)
Skrytoe Znanie (2011)
Mekhanizmy (2012)
Sny Letuchei Ryby (2012)
Gotika (2012)

L.S. was a project of Saint-Petersburg-based Sergey Evdokimov (sadly diseased in 2009). Some of his tapes were restored and released by the USC label.

 


L.U.C.A. (Italy)

Precipizio (2013) (S)
I Semi del Futuro (2016)
Vol. 10 (2017) (S)

L.U.C.A. is a project of Italian Francesco de Bellis. On Precipizio, "balearic" style predominates, while on Semi del Futuro he seems to be inspired by vintage library music. Not all of it is electronic and there's plenty of acoustic guitar on many tracks, but the interesting ones include the opener and the closer ("Plankton"), an ambient piece which could be a lost track from Vangelis' L'Apocalypse des Animaux.

 


La 1919 (Italy)

L'Enorme Tragedia (1985)
Ars Sra (1987)
Laiv Stori (1988)
Deficit (1990)
Joeur, Spielen, To Play (1994)
Giorni Felici (1997)
False Memory Syndrome (2014)

Electronic-rock improvisational music from Piero Chianura and Luciano Margorani, assisted by guests. La 1919 is also known as La 1919 Spontaneo.

See also: Margorani, Luciano

 


La Compagnia Digitale (Italy)

La Compagnia Digitale (1992) (recorded in 1979)

The last of Ciro Perrino's late 1970's "transitional" bands, this one sees them adding a strong space rock element to trademark synthesizers and live drum section.

See also: Perrino, Ciro, SNC, St. Tropez.

 


La Düsseldorf (Germany)

La Dusseldorf (1976)
Viva (1978)
Individuellos (1980)
Mon Amour (2006) (recorded in 1983)

The year was 1975 and the place was Germany. The legendary krautrock group Neu! called it a day. Guitarist Michael Rother left to pursue a solo career. What drummer Klaus Dinger did then was to form a new band with his brother Thomas Dinger and Hans Lampe. The music was still heavy on the guitar but with added Kraftwerkian touches and elements typical of the Dusseldorf School of Electronic Music (the "motorik" rhythm!). Also some new wave influences started to creep in towards the end of the 1970's which caused many new wave acts of the 1980's cite La Düsseldorf as one of their influences. Beware the (occasional) vocals.

See also: Dinger, Thomas

 


La Manna, Carlo (Italy)

Luding (1992)
Musica Per Uomini Di Pietra (1993)
Anima Negra (1995)
Amaranta (1996)

Classic Ambient for fans of Eno, with lots of piano, resonance, etc. Carlo La Manna has a solid background in jazz as both electric bass player and contrabassist. By the end of the 1980's he developed an interest in Ambient music and since then he has released at least four solo albums.

 


La Mort de l'Hippocampe (France)

Cheminement de l'Extase (2012)
Symphonie Neuronale (2012)

This is the experimental facet of Jérôme Fontan aka Porn.Darsteller. Analog synths galore, some stiff rhythms, experimental sounds and vocalizations.

See also: Porn.Darsteller

 


La Science des Reves (USA??)

Random Variations (2017)

Synth / organ soundscapes and a couple of guitar-based lo-fi tracks that sound somehow out of place.

 


La Stele des Pleurs (France)

Le Temps qui Passe (2015) (S)
La Mort de l'Oiseau (2016) (S)
Les Regrets / Gare du Nord (2016) (S)

Between minimal synth and Prog EM.

 


La Tredicesima Luna (Italy)

Il Sentiero degli Dei (2017)

Somber ambience from Matteo Brusa.

See also: Medhelan

 


Lab, The (Spain)

Homodigitalis (2003)

Lots of synthetic textures and vocoder voices here. The Lab have also created the audiovisual show also named "Homodigitalis" with graphic designer Bernardo Rivavelarde. 

 


Labat, Jean-Yves (France)

M. Frog (1973)
Underwater Electronic Orchestra (1976)
Transition #1 (1978)
Touche (1981)

Synthesist on the first Todd Rundgren's Utopia album. He released some solo electronic works. Please note that Touche was released under the "Labatomy" moniker and differs substantially in style from the preceding works as it's mostly a collection of post-punk / wave songs.

 


Der Laborant (Germany)

Kontakt (1998)

Gerd Wienekamp, the man behind Der Laborant is one half of Rainbow Serpent. Same style.

See also: Weinekamp, Gerd, Rainbow Serpent.

 


Laboratorija Zvuka (Serbia)

Dok Vam Je Jos Vreme / Sve Je To Bilo U Prolece (1978) (S)

Laboratorija Zvuka (Sound Laboratory) was a Serbian art-pop band with a Ska influence. Curiously, this first single by them features an interesting B-side - an all-electronic, experimental composition with a bit of processed voice.

 


Laboratorium (Poland)

Anatomy Lesson (1987)

Polish jazz-rock band. This album is heavily based on the keyboards and there's an electronic track titled "Make Up" - a rich, classically-influenced pastiche, melodic and with influences from jazz, of course. This reminded me on late 1980's Tangerine Dream and Artemiy Artemiev's 1980's soundtrack work ("The Fan" et al). File under EM-related.

 


Labradford (USA)

Prazision (1993)
Labradford (1994)
A Stable Reference (1995)
Labradford (1996)
Mi Media Naranja (1997)
E Luxo So (1999)
Fixed :: Content (2000)

Virginian group of Carter Brown, Mark Nelson and Robert Donne with a unique droning Ambient sound, based on guitars, synths and other instruments. This is clearly a post-rock-era product but will be interesting for EM fans. They have two different eponymous albums, as far as I know.

See also: Aix Em Klemm, Anjou.

 


Lafidki (Cambodia)

Absynthax (2012)
Chinabot (2017)

Lafidki is experimental musician Saphy Wong who was born in a refugee camp in Thailand to Cambodian parents. He has lived in Thailand, France and the UK. His music is related to vaporwave and chiptune genres, but it is also progressive. At least the hyperactive sequencer experiments of Chinabot will interest fans of the most out-there forms of EM.

 


Lagin, Ned (USA)

Seastones (1975)

Ned Lagin, a friend of Greatful Dead's bass player Phil Lesh composed this ambient electronic work in the early 1970's. The album features traditional instruments, synthesizers and computer processing. This music was later used as part of Greatful Dead's stage shows. It's quite abstract and experimental overall.

 


Lahiff, Andrew (Australia)

Drifting Into Darkened Canyons (2003)
The Distant Lights of Forgotten Places (2004)
Approaching Worlds (2004)
Following Circular Pathways (2006)
The Constant Horizon (2007)
Illusion Fields (2007)
Somewhere Under the Sky (2008)
Shapes In Clouds (2010)
Cosmic Archeology (2010)
A Perpetual Point In Time (2010)
Inner Worlds Returning (2012)

Ambient artist with influences such as Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Jon Serrie and Michael Stearns.

 


Lai, Francis (France)

Bilitis (1977) (soundtrack)
Astrolab 22 (1985)
Cosmos (1987) (with Roland Romanelli)

Quite prolific French soundtrack composer. I'll try to list his synthesizer-based scores here. On these works, he mostly finds himself in the romantic Vangelis mode. Astrolab and Cosmos are library albums in varied style.

 


Lainhart, Richard (USA)

These Last Days (1987) (recorded in 1983 - 1985)
Walking Slowly Backwards (1992) (recorded in 1985 - 1990)
Five Nocturnes (2000)
January 5, 2000 (2000) (with Jordan Rudess)
Ten Thousand Shades of Blue (2001) (recorded in 1975 - 1989)
Early Works (??) (recorded in 1971 - 1975)
ROM Works (??)
Session 041903 (2003) (with Jordan Rudess)
Staring At the Moon (2004)
Polaris (2004) (with Jordan Rudess)
Tarazed (2005) (with Jordan Rudess)
WDFH August 25, 2005 (2005)
ROM Works II (??)
KymaWorks (2006)
KymaWorks (2006) (different)
White Night (2007) (recorded in 1974)
Threshold (2008)
The Line On the Horizon (2010)
The Wave-Sounding Sea (2010) (recorded in 1973 - 1974)
Lux (2011)
Polychromatic Integers (2011) (recorded in 1986 - 1989)
The Course of the River (2012) (recorded in 1975)

The first album is a solo synth work of Richard Lainhart. On Walking Slowly... a Chapman stick was used along with keyboards and samplers. Five Nocturnes is improvised guitar-based Ambient and January 5, 2000 is a collaboration with Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, while Session... is a live performance organized by the two and played live via the Internet. Richard Lainhart (1953 - 2011) was a minimalist / ambient and electronic composer whose main style is characterized by extensive drones and processed acoustic instruments, alongside synths. However, his works are too diverse stylistically to really try to fully describe them in this article.

 


Laird, Christopher / Sherman, Jo (France)

Zig Zag Dance / Ping Pong Song (1972) (S)

The first side of this rare vinyl contains a cover of an early Jarre composition, while the flip is supposedly original music in similar style (electronic pop?). The record was done in collaboration with Mr. Jarre himself.

 


Laitres, Andrew (USA)

Singularity (2014)

Solo slow-paced Electronic Music from founder of Magus and The Winter Tree.

See also: Winter Tree, The

 


Laj, Ando (Canada)

Miriam Transmission (2014) (S)
Diagonal Rotation (2015)
Collector (2017)

Varied melodic / experimental synth compositions from this Toronto-based artist (real name - Andy Lajeunesse).

 


Lakomy, Reinhard (Germany)

Das Geheime Leben (1981)
Der Traum von Asgard (1983)
Zeiten (1985) (with Rainer Oleak)
Aer (1991)

East German musician who has a lot of rock releases. In 1979, he met Edgar Froese which led him to composing Electronic Music. His electronic works are listed above. The first album is rhythmic with good sequencing, the second is supposed to be less impressive and the third one is more abstract and Ambient-like. Reinhard Lakomy died on the 23th of March, 2013.

 


Lakveet, John (Spain)

Silent Mars (2000) (with Dom F. Scab)
Sequentiagite (2002)
Epikus (2002)
Building Sequential Stones Vol.1 (2003)
Building Sequential Stones Vol.2 (2004)
Force of Reason (2004)
Proportions (2005)
The Last Nine Convoys From Magoria Station (2008)
SequenDUAgite (2008)

Former member of electronic trio AT-Mooss. His solo work is a blast of classic sequential synthetics. A true ode to sequences. Recommended.

See also: AT-Mooss

 


Lamanna, Luciano (Italy)

In Vitro (2016)

Industrial-tinged, experimental electronics made on Eurorack modular synth.

 


Lamartine (Italy)

Cronache del Mondo (1975)
Reportage (2015) (recorded in 1974)

The name here is a pseudonym of one Odoardo Radicchi. Anyway, one of the stanger electronic library records to come out of Italy, this is filled to the brim with chirpy electronics and cheesy drum machine rhythms. Some vague parallels to Forst-era Cluster and solo Roedelius can be drawn but overall it's in a league of its own.

 


Lambert (Germany)

Magic Moments (1988)
Timeless Vision (1988) (with Jiannis)
Atmosdepth (1989)
Pearls (1990)
Dreaming (1990)
Inside Out (1991)
Mirror of Motions (1993)
Dimensions of Dreams (1995)
Trancesession (1995) (with Stephen Parsick)
Finis Terrae (1997) (with Palantir)
Drachenreise (2015)

Tangerine Dream-like Berlin School Electronic Music. Lambert Ringlage is the owner of Spheric Music label. He was born in 1966 and started composing in 1982. By 1988, he started releasing his works privately, gaining some attention from the EM crowd. Lambert is also known as part of EM ensembles Ramp and Hypnosphere.

See also: Ramp, Rounds Per Minute, Hypnosphere.

 


Lambwool (France)

Half Alive (2001)
Fading Landscapes (2005)
And the Angel Is Gone (2008)
Mono (2009)
A Sky Through the Wall (2012)
Post (2014) (with Nicolas Dick)
Vanish (2014)

Dark and bright esoteric soundscapes. Lambwool was started in 2000 by Cyril Laurent, who had previously played in a metal-based band Moon Revolution.

 


Lamia Vox (Russia)

...Introductio (2010)
Sigillum Diaboli (2013)
Inlumaeh (2014) (S)

Formulaic Dark Ambient.

 


Lammergeyer (Canada)

Birds of Pray (2003)
Blue Oasis (2003)
Borrowed Time (2004)
Borders & Barrens (2005)
Beneath the Sky (2006)
Backwater (2007) (EP)
Beginning To End (2009)
Between the Lines (2013)

Paul Kerby's (The Circular Ruins) side project in familiar vein, but more *orchestral*, sometimes reminding on Schulze's and Tangerine Dream's quieter moments, at other times hinting at Steve Roach.

See also: Kerby, Anthony Paul, Circular Ruins, The, Nunc Stans, Hive Project, The, Winterhouse, The.

 


Lamolère, Gérard (France)

Synthé-Ballade (1977) (S)

 


Lamontagne, Mathieu (Canada)

Calme Relatif (2012)
Récidives (2014)

Ambient soundscape artist with a droning sound. Also composes IDM under the Arbee moniker.

 


Lamp (UK)

The Three Towers (2012)
Scales of Fortune (2014)

Michael Shipway's project with Garth Jones in melodic EM vein with nice guitar.

See also: Shipway, Michael

 


Lance, Steven (USA)

Green Hole (2009)
4 Never And Ever (2009)
Boil the Sky (2010)
Wavicle (2010)
Spacetime (2011)
East Setting Sun (2012)
Apprehending Life Without Living (2013)
Home Planet (2014)
The Best Is Yet To Come (2014)

Steven Lance has been playing music since 9 years old. He was a member of several bands and nowadays composes instrumental music in a unique style. There are some spacey synth textures but the structure and mood of compositions often reminds me on synclavier experiments of Frank Zappa. He also uses programmed rhythms and percussion sounds quite a lot.

 


Land (France)

Sample (1992)
Anger (1995)
Idi i Smotri (2001)
Opuscule (2002)
Praha (2003) (S)
1988 - 1997 (2004)
Wien (2005) (S)
Land (2006)
Budapest (2007) (S)
Samples (2013)

Ambient atmospheres with neo-classical moves.

 


Land (USA)

Land (1994)
Archipelago (1997)
Road Movies (2001)

Jeff Greinke's project. I haven't heard it.

See also: Jeff Greinke

 


Land, Bernd-Michael (Germany)

Live In Radom (2014) (with Frank Tischer)
Das Lächeln der Bäume (2015)
Meeresgrund (2016)
Transmitter 594kHz (2017)

German synthesist also known as Aliens Project. Das Lächeln der Bäume is a 4-CD set.

See also: Aliens Project, Thau.

 


Land of Guilt & Blarney, The (USA)

The Land of Guilt And Blarney (1991)
Mugged By Life (1992)
Shillshocked! (??)
Cruel (1999)
Unusual (1999)

The Land of Guilt And Blarney are Carl Howard, Louis Boone and Reginald Taylor. Cosmic electronic journeys with elements from jazz (sax) and progrock (drums, guitars). Sometimes their music can be quite abrasive, raw or weird, but it still retains its strictly electronic / cosmic edge.

See also: Nomuzic, Boone, Louis, Alien Planetscapes.

 


Land of Light (UK)

Land of Light (2012)

A duo of Jonny Nash and Kyle Martin. If you know Jonny Nash's solo stuff, this is more of the same.

See also: Nash, Jonny

 


Land of Yrx (UK)

Environmental Studies Group Glee Club Wallow In Arrogant Self Gratification (1982)
Oh Look! There's A Red Door! (1983)
...And Damn the Consequences (1983)
Cerebration (1984)
Nadir & Eventual Decay (1984)
Miracles of Modern Surgery (1984)
Termination Point (1985)
Coming Forth In Light (1987) (recorded in 1983 - 1985)
A Place Under the Sun (1990)
Walking Into the Sky (1993)
The Rhetorical Answer 1981 - 1990 (1993)
Free Live Performance With Your Poster & Chocolate (1993) (recorded in 1984)
Long Night Falling (2002)
A Waiting Dawn (2004)

A rather obscure British experimental electronic band with Dave Gate and Rob Andrews. Mark Jenkins participates on several albums. The first cassette was privately released for Dave Gate in one copy only.

See also: Aerie, Gate, David, Andrews, Robert.

 


Landing (USA)

Brocade (2005)

Connecticut-based post-rock / dream pop / slowcore band. Brocade was released at the time when their songwriter Dick Baldwin left the band, so the album is focused on improvisation, and the krautrock influence if felt throughout. As for EM, there's a long meditative ambient piece called "Music For Three Synthesizers".

 


Landrow (USA)

Lay of the Land (2015)

One side of rhythmic, electro / techno-influenced tracks and another side filled with ambient soundscapes. Landrow is Stephen Millard.

See also: Millard, Stephen

 


Landru (Spain)

Neurotransmitters (2011)
Fimbria (2012)
Waterfront (2012) (with Ran Kirlian)
Scotoma (2013)
Boira (2016)

Ambient artist Patxi Hernandez.

 


Landstra, Kyle (USA)

Contemplation Through Meditation (2011)
Thought Conjurer (2012)
Mass Solitude (2012)
Sage (2012) (S)
New Light (2013)
Resonant Futures (2014)
Soul Reflector (2014)
Synchronicities (2014) (S)
Dream Array (2014)
Unshared Properties Vol. I-IV (2015)
Jeweled Moon Codex (2016)
Variables of Resolve (2016) (S)
Rest Assured (2016)

Immersive Ambient by this artist born in 1989 in Kalamazoo, MI. Some of the works have a more "classic EM" sound, with analog synths, sequences and all.

 


Lane, Brannan (USA)

Caribbean Dream (1998)
Blue Print (2000)
Lost Caverns of Thera (2000)
Troposphere (2000)
Sleep Cycle (2001)
Two Halves of the Same Side (2001) (with Lane Formschlag)
To Earth And Back (2002)
Caribbean Dream II: Dreaming Again (2002)
Deep Unknown (2002) (with Vidna Obmana)
Soundfall To the Infinite (2002) (with Zero Ohms)
Tribal Drums (2002) (with Tom Larson)
Relaxing Effects of Water (2002)
Moving Through (2002) (with Matt Borghi and Jason Sloan)
Climatic Infusion (2002) (with Robert Carty)
Hypnotic Drift (2003)
Immense Distance (2003) (with Zero Ohms)
Sextant (2003) (with Ashera)
Tribal Spirit (2003) (with Tom Larson)
Escape Velocity (2003)
Lucid Circles (2004) (with Amir Baghiri)
Piano Dreams & Nightscapes (2004)
Answer the Sky (2006)
Dream Swirl (2006) (with Robert Carty)
Submerge (2006)

Very versatile musician. Caribbean Dream is world fusion, Blue Print is basically a jazz work dedicated to his father, recorded with Stan Lane and Dino Pacifici. After that he ventured into Ambient realms. Sometimes his sound is rather dark (Lost Caverns...).

 


Laneri, Roberto (Italy)

Two Views of the Amazon (1985)
Anadyomene (1987)
Memories of the Rain Forest (1994)
Inside Notes (2001) (with Claudio Ricciardi)

Roberto Laneri is an Italian vocalist that specializes in overtone singing. He also plays clarinet and synthesizers. Roberto was a member of organic drone ensemble Materia Prima that released one album in 1977 (Tail of the Tiger) consisting of processed voices only. After leaving Materia Prima, he went on to record some solo albums in similar organic style but adding synthesizers and later computers to his arsenal. For fans of the experimental, minimal stuff or organic drone / World Music.

 


La!Neu? (Germany)

Düsseldorf (1996)
Zeeland (1997)
Cha Cha 2000: Live In Tokyo 1996 Vol. 1 (1998)
Rembrandt (1998)
Gold Regen (1998)
Year of the Tiger (1998)
Live In Tokyo 1996 Vol. 2 (1999)
Blue (1999) (recorded in 1985 - 1986)
Live At Kunsthalle Dusseldorf (2001)

Klaus Dinger's "krautrock" project with Andreas Reihse. Rembrandt is in fact a solo electronic album by La!Neu?'s keyboard player Rembrandt Lensink. It's a mixture of rhythmic tracks and more ambient material.

 


Lange, David (USA)

Return of the Comet (1985)

Space Music from this San-Francisco bay area musician. It was written as a celebration of Halley comet's return. In 1989, a CD version appeared that added one new track and a new version of the title track.

 


Langemann, Michael (Germany)

Upstairs To the Ground (201?)

Melodic electronics.

 


Langley, Nicholas (UK)

Music By Hassni Malik & Nicholas Langley (2013) (with Hassni Malik)
C90 & C60 (2014) (with Hassni Malik)
Cymru Cynhyrchiol (2016)
Thinky Space (2016)
Violin & Audio Generator (2016)

Synthesist who on Thinky Space shows a highly personal style - cerebral, geometric, in a way organic but also abstract, and repetitive. Not easy-listening but not quite "difficult music" either.

 


Langsomt Mot Nord (Norway)

Langsomt Mot Nord (1985)
Westrveg (1988)
Hildring (1991)

Norvegian synth duo of Jørn Christensen and Ola Snortheim with a sound comparable to Michael Garrison and Vangelis. A lot of it is also very much influenced by Norwegian folk music, with lots of horn sounds.

 


Languirand, Pascal (Canada)

Minos (1978)
De Harmonia Universalia (1980)
Vivre Ici et Maintenant (1981)
Soma (1989) (with Jacques Languirand)
Gregorian Waves (1991)
Ishtar (1993)
Renaissance (2002)

Synthesist with a diverse style. Although French-born, Pascal Languirand is considered one of the central figures of Canadian electronic prog. Early works are cosmic classics with great analogue sound, sometimes similar to Klaus Schulze, Michael Stearns and suchlike. During the 1990's his music got milder and more polished, incorporating lots of new age influences.

See also: Cybernium

 


Lantier, Robert Bertrand (Canada)

Full Moon (??)

 


Lanz, David (USA)

Desert Vision (1987) (with Paul Speer)

Electronic album by this new age piano musician. It's still quite new agey. Has guest appearances by Deuter and Jonn Serrie.

 


Laocoön (USA)

Immersion (1998)

Ambient.

See also: Broaddus, John

 


Laporte, Serge (Canada)

Sea of A Thousand Stories (1996)

Somewhat comparable to Patrick O'Hearn.

 


Laporte, Stéphane (France)

Fourrure Sounds (2014)
Fourrure Sounds Vol. 2 (2016)

Vintage synthiness from this Paris-based artist. Most of the time sounds influenced by stuff like Cluster (melodic / Forst and early experimental periods), combining experimental textures with the melodic and the cheesy. Then, there's that 1960's EM streak running through some of the tracks, you know, stuff made with ondioline and other electronic instruments of the time. Stéphane Laporte is also known as Domotic, although Domotic is more experimental and glitchy, with only a touch of that vintage EM sound that is characteristic of Fourrure Sounds.

See also: Egyptology

 


Lappländer (Finland)

Cinemascope (2013)

Varied, cinematic music without any dominant style from the duo of Janne Lappalainen and Antti Hermaja. Overall can be placed between Space Music and general melodic EM, with some slight classical, new age, folk and World Music influences.

 


Lapre (Germany)

Oeso (1984) (S)
Tedan (??)
Flokati (??)

Lapre was an obscure synth duo of Peter Preuß and Rudolf Langer (formerly of Tyndall). They opted for a floating, melodic style, a bit influenced by Tangerine Dream.

 


Laraaji (USA)

Celestial Vibration (1978)
Day of Radiance (1980) (with Brian Eno)
I Am Ocean (1981)
Rhythm And Bliss (1982)
Om Namah Shivaya (1984)
Sun Zither (1984)
Open Sky (1985) (with Brother Ah)
Live At WNYC (1985)
Celestial Realms (1986) (with Lygthe)
Essence / Universe (1987)
Zither Bliss (1987)
Flow Goes the Universe (1992)
The Way Out Is the Way In (1995) (with Audio Active)
Islands (1995) (with Roger Eno)
Cascade (1997)
Divination / Sacrifice (1998) (with Bill Laswell)
Celestial Reiki (2000) (with Jonathan Goldman)
Shiva Shakti Groove (2000)
My Orangeness (2001)
Celestial Zone (2002)
Celestial Reiki II (2002) (with Jonathan Goldman)
Water & Soft Zither (2004)
Enlighten (2005)
FRKWYS Vol. 8 (2011) (with Blues Control)
Laughter & Consciousness (2012) (with Arji Oceananda)
Celestial Music 1978 - 2011 (2013)
All In One Peace (2015) (recorded in 1978 - 1983)
Professional Sunflow (2016) (with Sun Araw)
Be Still And Glow (2016)
Sun Gong (2017)
Bring On the Sun (2017)

A very enigmatic Ambient composer who used to give spontaneous performances in various parks and squares of New York. A lot of his music is based on the sound of the electric zither. Laraaji was born in 1943 in Philadelphia as Edward Larry Gordon. He studied composition and piano, as well as pursued a career of a comedian and actor. His studies of Eastern philosophies led him to composing his own music that was very much influenced by those ideas. He bought a zither and transformed it into an electronic instrument. As his music was pretty relaxing and ambient in nature, Laraaji got noticed by Brian Eno, with whom he did a collaborative album in 1980 that can be considered a classic of Ambient genre. As a last note, I must warn that a lot of his material is not at all new age-unlike.

 


Lard Free (France)

Lard Free (1973)
I'm Around About Midnight (1975)
Spirale Malax (1977)
Unnamed (1997) (recorded in 1972)

Gilbert Artmann's band. Very similar to Heldon, with the same sort of abstract and aggressive drive. Heavy synthetics and electronic guitar soloing, together with rather wild sax outbursts. A classic example (and decidedly uncommercial) of French electronic scene. Richard Pinhas guests on the second album.

See also: Urban Sax, Wood, Robert.

 


Laroche, Michelle (France)

Quatre études sur Tangerine Dream (2017)

 


Larson, April (USA)

Void (2016)
Up Below (2017)

Ambient artist with a sort of a cosmic, Space Music-infused sound.

 


Larson, Claude (Germany)

Environment (1978)
Surroundings (1979)
Panorama (1980)
Scenic Sequences (1980)
Industrial Future (1981)
Rivers (1981)
Scenes And Images: Developing Underlays Vol. 1 (1981)
Scenes And Images: Developing Underlays Vol. 2 (1981)
High Tech (??)
Elements: Dynamic Meditations Vol.1 (1982)
Materials: Dynamic Meditations Vol.2 (1982)
Logo Cuts & Media Music Vol. VIII (1982)
Digital Patterns (1982)
Dramatic Impact (1983)
Digital Landscape (1983)
Far East Impressions (1983)
Middle East Impressions (1983)
Climax XXX (1983)
Plantlife (1983)
Synthesis (1984)
Magnetic Island (1985)
Jingles & Idents (1985)
Soundscapes (1985)
Soundscapes Vol.2 (1986)
Wings In the Sky (1986)
Musical Effects Unlimited (1986)
When the Cranes Migrate (1987)
Spot Shots (1987)
Synchrosonic Patterns (1987)
Euphonia (1988)
Music Pool (1989)
Texture (1991)
Arabian Affair (1991)
Spanish Affair (1992)
Indonesian Affair (1993)
Balkan Affair (1993)
African Affair (1993)
The Middle East (1994)

Synthesist. A lot of his albums are rare library records composed for Sonoton or Selected Sound.

See also: Netzle, Klaus, Elmulab, Futura, Carlos, Power-Pack, Special Touch, VC People, Logo 2000.

 


Larva (Italy)

Fear of God (1999)
Lilitu (2001)
Gli Ultimi Giorni (2003)
3 Settimane (2004)
Musica Per La Lumaca Piu Triste (2006)
1 - 0 - 1 (2007) (S)
La Druida (2011)

Drone Ambient from Italy. Cold, melancholic sounds.

 


Larva (UK)

The Mask - Soundtracks (2015) (with Myron Schaeffer)
The Larva Tapes (2016)

A loose collective of musicians based in Birmingham, led by Nick Sales and Scott Johannsson, composing "soundtracks" to mostly horror movies from past decades. Dark, experimental, hypnotic... They use synthesizers, stuff like theremins etc., and exotic / unusual acoustic instrumentation.

 


Las Animas (Mexico)

Atmosferas (I) (1990)
Inside Music (1993)

Las Animas is a project of Antonio Sanchez Uribe. It was started in the 1980's as a trio called Las Animas del Cuarto Oscuro, which was essentially an experimental new wave band. However, Uribe then went solo and some of his solo albums are supposed to be interesting for EM fans. Further investigation is needed.

 


Las Paccariscas (Ukraine)

Strange Dream (2015)
Melodias Perdidas del Invierno (2017) (with Coven)

Bleak soundscapes.

 


Laserdance (Netherlands)

Future Generation (1987)
Around the Planet (1988)
Discovery Trip (1989)
Changing Times (1990)
Ambiente (1991)
Technological Mind (1992)
Hypermagic (1993)
Fire On Earth (1994)
The Guardian of Forever (1995)
Orchestra Vol.1 (1995)
Orchestra Vol.2 (1995)
In Concert (1999) (with Trilithon)
Strikes Back (2000)

A studio formation that appeared on the scene in 1983 and released its first self-titled single that same year. However, the first full album didn't appear until 1987. Music on most albums is written by Michel van der Kuy and Erik van Vliet. Laserdance is the band that started what we know today as spacesynth music. It's highly dynamic rhythmic music which is also suitable for dancing (at least it was in the Eighties). Similar to italo-disco, albeit more spacey and completely instrumental. In other words, energetic stuff. By the way, their slow tracks are something to hear. Their latest album sounds a bit overdone to me. It seems like they wanted to put in as many different ingredients as possible, and, as a result while there are some good tracks in the old Laserdance style ("No Escape" is a good example, which quickly became my second favourite Laserdance track, after "Through the Dark" from Hypermagic), the album also features some techno-styled cuts which I could probably do without. In other words, it is a mixed bag. I recommend Laserdance for people who like energetic and danceable stuff and who don't mind a bit of repetition in their music. Just don't expect anything serious here. Schulze it ain't. Just your normal spacesynth affair.

See aslo: Rygar, Machinery of Life.

 


Lasik Surgery (Italy)

Cyclo (2010)
F (2011) (S)
As One Entity (2011)
The Mission Is Terminated (2012)

Defunct joint project of industrial veteran Pierpaolo Zoppo (from Mauthausen Orchestra, died 16.06.2012) and noise musician Gianluca Favaron (Under the Snow). They mixed their industrial influences with a more cosmic electronic sound.

 


Lason, Artur (Poland)

Znak Zasluchania - Woda (1992)
Znak Zasluchania - Probki (1992)
Hue Rage Music (1996)

Flowing meditative Ambient from this Saruman-like character.

 


Lasry, Teddy (France)

Action Printing (1975)
Love Valley (1975) (with L. Simoncini)
Tarzoon la Honte de la Jungle (1975) (S)
Tutti Fluti (1975)
E=MC2 (1976)
Escalade (1976)
La Femme Qui Venait d'Ailleurs (1977)
+ ou - 8000 (1978) (with Frederic Mercier and Claude Perraudin)
Seven Stones (1979)
Interpol (1979)
Modern Way (1979)
Rush (1981)
Racing (1981) (with Claude Perraudin)
Power (1982)
Two Faces of Teddy Lasry (1983)
Adventures (1985)
Back To Amazonia (1985)
Little Big Band (1986) (with Michel Derouin)

Teddy Lasry used to play sax in Magma but after abandoning the band he switched to synthesizers for some reason, releasing a lot of Electronic Music albums, many of which were library releases.

 


Lassig, Russell (Australia)

Winter's Child (1989)

Very rare privately pressed synth album from down under. Some tracks are rhythmic, some more relaxed and melodic.

 


Last Industrial Estate (Sweden)

Stonegates of Silence (2010) (with Wolfskin)
Last Industrial Estates (2012)

Bleak soundscapes.

See also: Objekt 4

 


Laswell, Bill (USA)

Asian Games (1988) (with Yosuke Yamashita and Ryuichi Sakamoto)
Outer Dark (1994)
Outland I (1994) (with Pete Namlook)
Cymatic Scan (1994) (with Tetsu Inoue)
Psychonavigation (1994) (with Pete Namlook)
Psychonavigation II (1995) (with Pete Namlook)
Somnific Flux (1995) (with Mick Harris)
Web (1995) (with Terre Thaemlitz)
Second Nature (1995) (with Atom Heart and Tetsu Inoue)
Silent Recoil (1995)
Outland II (1996) (with Pete Namlook)
Interspecies Organization (1996) (with Haruomi Hosono)
Psychonavigation III (1997) (with Pete Namlook)
Outland III (1998) (with Pete Namlook)
Psychonavigation IV (1999) (with Pete Namlook)
Invisible Design (1999)
Outland IV (2000) (with Pete Namlook)
Psychonavigation V (2002) (with Pete Namlook)
Outland V (2007) (with Pete Namlook)

Bill Laswell is a dub musician and bass player. He is a well-known figure among connoisseurs of improvisational music, avant-garde and jazz. He also dabbled in other styles, such as Ambient, which I will try to list here. Of special interest is his 1990's releases on FAX label, one example being Outer Dark - a completely ambient venture with a strong ethnic flair. Bill Laswell also collaborated with Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook on a few volumes of The Dark Side of the Moog series.

See also: Divination, Rasa.

 


Lauber, Arthur & Gabler, Georg (Austria)

Energie (1987) (soundtrack)

This album represents a soundtrack to a TV series. This music is supposedly electronic.

 


Laurel Halo (USA)

Hour Logic (2011) (EP)
Antenna (2011) (S)
Chance of Rain (2013)

Innovative female synth-pop artist (real name - Laurel Anne Chartow) whose 2011 EP length release, Hour Logic features an ambient synth composition "Strength In Free Space". There are more interesting sounds throughout this mini-album.

 


Laurent, Dominique (France)

Le Pays de Tout en Tout (1978)
Azur et Tenebres (1982) (with Pinok et Matho)
Fantasmusics (1983) (with Pinok et Matho)

Strange and quirky ambient electronic library music.

 


Laurent, Philippe (France)

Hot Bip (1983) (S)
Système Clair (1984) (S)
Kunstausstellung (1985)
Faste Occidental (1993)
Hot Bip (2011) (recorded in ??)
Réalisme Décoratif (??) (recorded in 1979 - 1982)
Considerátions Inactuelles (2016) (with Airworld)

Producer and musician from France also known as Hot Blip (this name was used for his Realisme Decoratif cassette). If you like Kraftwerk (their electropop phase), then Philippe Laurent could be a must. The majority of the material is instrumental and a lot of the sounds are pretty inventive. It could be lumped together with the whole minimal wave scene, but the really strong Kraftwerk influence and the general inventiveness of some of the tracks made me include him in EEM.

 


Lauten, Elodie (France)

Piano Works (1983)
Concerto For Piano And Orchestral Memory (1984)
Tronik Involutions (1996)
Inscapes From Exile (1998)
S.O.S.W.T.C. (2001)
The Mystery of the Elements (2002)
Transform (2014) (EP)

Ambient by this female musician originally from France, now living and working in the USA. Comparable to Steve Roach and Harlod Budd. She has released lots of other CD's with piano or orchestral music.

 


Lavatone (USA)

Ground (2016)
Two Moons Over the Scorpion (2016)
3 (2016)
4 (2017)

Dark soundscape project.

 


Lavelle, Brian (UK)

One Day In Golden Week (1997) (with Emil Hagstrom)
Merge, Mesh And Render (1997)
Agitur (1997)
Towers Cooling (1997)
The Sound of A Passing Car Is Not A Word (1998)
How To Construct A Time Machine (2000)
Fault/r (2000)
A Stuffed Crocodile (2001) (S)
Untitled (2001) (S)
I Can Glimpse Already (2001) (S)
Just A Song At Twilight (2006)
Disused (2007) (with Alistair Crosbie)
Fallen Are the Domes of Green Amber (2007)
The Extraordinary Silence of Winter (2007) (S)
Ustrina (2008)
Supernaturalist (2008)
Torrente Resco (2008)
Alessandri's Dream (2008) (S)
The Petrified Forest (2008) (S)
Avalonian (2009)
Two Ostensions (2010)
Lambent (2010)
Magdalena (2010)
Empty Transmissions (2011)
Hyperboreans (2011) (S)
Amulets (2012)
My Hands Are Ten Knives (2013)
Language of Objects (2017) (S)

Scottish sound artist born in Glasgow in 1972 and currently residing in Edinburgh. He uses everything, from concrete textures (lots of them, some of his tracks are made entirely from field recordings), to synths and processed guitar. He generally stays in the droning ambient realms with a few variations and several harsher / more experimental works to his credit.

 


Lavender (USA)

Mystique Youth (2015)
Horizons Beneath the Surface (2016)

San Francisco-based musician. He has an experimental style, sometimes playful ala Cluster, but with some techno influences.

 


Law, Michael (UK)

White Image (1980)
Attunement (1981)
Meteorise (1981)
Attunement Vol. 2 (1981)
Whose Dwelling Is the Light of Setting Suns (1981)
Rumors of War (1982) (S)
Live At the Madhatter's Ball (1982)
Live At Glastonbury (1983)
Domes (1983)
Dance of Time (1983) (S)
Future Hopes (1983)
X (1984)
The Glass Isle (1984)
Sacred Space (1985)
Granite & Maquis (1985)
Theme For Planet Earth (1986)
The Sacred Thread of Life (1988)
Imaginary Voyages (1991)
Kaleidoscopic World (1992)
Sphinx (1993) (S)
Out of the Ether (1996)
Resonance (2002)

Michael Law is one of the veterans of Electronic Music in Britain. He was born in 1950 in Walton-On-Thames, Surrey. Michael studied piano and cello and also teached himself to play guitar but during the 1970's he was introduced to EM (his first keyboard - a Farfisa organ - was purchased a bit earlier - in 1967 - but first synthesizer appeared in 1975). By the end of that decade he had assembled a small studio (the first album was recorded on a borrowed tape recorder) and started releasing his works on his own Synfinity cassette label. Michael always combined music-making with other activities like working in an instrument / hi-fi shop or managing his company / label.

 


Law, Steve (Australia)

The Fragile Soul (1995)
News From the Sun (1996)
Architecture of Loneliness (2000)
Dissolution (2010)

Experienced Australian electronic artist who's been a member of many groups since the 1980's and launched a successful solo career during the next decade. He's tried his hand at a great number of styles, from ambient, Berlin School-like to IDM, glitch, experimental and various forms of techno.

See also: Starseed Transmission, Guild of Fire, Memory Geist.

 


Lawalrée, Dominique (Belgium)

Traces (1978)
Clandestin (1982)
De Temps en Temps (1986)
L'Espace d'un Instant (1989)
Jardins Secrets (1992)
Tintinnabule (1995)
Nocturnes (1996)
Interludes (1997)
Preludes a Priere (1997)
Vers Une Vie Nouvelle (2002)
Préludes au Silence (2003)

Classical and minimalist composer. Only his synthesizer-based and EM-related works are included.

 


Lawler, Paul (UK)

Bronx Age (1997)
Bronx Shadows (1997)
Year Zero (1997)
Lucid Dreamer (2004)
Trilogy (2008) (with Jozef Skrzek and Steve Schroyder)
Schody do Nieba (2008) (with Daniel Bloom, Josef Skrzek, Michail Ogorodov and Steve Schroyder)
Wonders (2010) (with Paul Speer)
Tibetan Journey (2011)
Opus (2013)
Zen In the City (2016)

Ex-Arcane synthesist.

See also: Arcane, Richter, Max van.

 


Lawlor, Scott (USA)

Age of Anxiety (2016)
Divinna Comedia III: Nine Spheres (2016) (with Jack Hertz)
Time Spinner: The Great Attractor (2017) (Christian Fiesel and Jack Hertz)
Love Is A Machine (2017) (with Mystified)
The Zodiac Killer (2017) (with Harsh Noise Movement)

Varied electronic musician. Mostly dark and brighter ambient soundscapes. Most of his releases to date have been download only.

 


Law-Rah Collective, The (Netherlands)

Droning In C (2000) (with Ovum and Jonas Lindgren)
Incarnation (2001)
Isolation (2003)
Vesuvius (2003)
1953 (2004)
Drones For Drella (2005)
Heaven And Hell (2006)
...As It Is... (2007)
Touch Me I'm Sick (2007) (S)
Inspiration (2008)
Live In Muenster (2009)
Solitaire (2009)
Field of View (2012)
Kaviaar & Korenwolven (2013) (S)
Blue Ruins Under Yellow Skies (2014) (with Woodbender and Cinema Perdu)
Live (2016)

Drone / Isolationism. The Law-Rah Collective, also known as The [Law-Rah] Collective is led by Dutch musician Bauke Van Der Wal.

 


Lawrence Quimby Jr., Joseph (UK)

Riga (2013) (S)
Wren / Le Chat Est Parti (2015)
Court (2016)

Ethereal, semi-acoustic, classically-inspired Ambient with a huge piano presence.

 


Lawrence, Robert (UK)

Imagination Dead Imagine (1981)
Soundstorms (1982)
Robot Lawrenced (1982)

Solo music from member of The Dadacomputer. The style is not known at the moment.

See also: Dadacomputer, The, Machines At Last.

 


Lawrence, T.J. (USA)

Illuminations (1985)

Electronic record with an ambient style released on a small Californian label.

 


Lazaar, David (UK??)

Octagon (2002)

A young Berlin School musician.

 


Lazarov, Simo (Bulgaria)

The City (1979)
The Day / Impression (1982) (S)
Elektronna Muzika (1983) (S)
Nature (1985)
Celestial Spheres (1986)
The Things of Life (1986)
Between Man And the Stars (1989)
Celebration (1994)
Folk & Computer (1995)
Holocaust (1996)
Studio & Live (1997)
Good Night Music (1998)
The Muse 1 (2002)
The Muse 2 (2003)
Nigredo (2004)
Blendings (2007)
Divine Beginning (2008)

Bulgarian synthesist and Electronic Music pioneer. Simo Lazarov (aka Simon Lazar) served as a director of Bulgaria's first Electronic Music studios from 1973 to 1977. He gave more than 100 concerts in various venues, often combining music with visual shows. He also wrote music for many movies and TV productions.

 


Lazer Kontinent (Russia)

Future Ocean Acoustic (1994)
Future Ocean Acoustic V2 (1995)
Psychotropic Orange (1997)
Tundra (1997)
Aelita (1998)
Parsec (1998)
Moondawn (1999)
Radius (2005)
Classica Illectrica (2006)

This Saint-Petersburg-based project of Igor Stepovy (who left in 2004) and Kirill Junolainen was started in 1991 with the aim to experiment with sound. In their early years they relied on "Samizdat" (reel-to-reel tapes) to distribute their music. Their output is huge and rather confusing. The bulk of their discography will be of no interest to fans of EM, but might interest fans of experimental, noise, post-industrial, IDM and related genres. I tried to list those albums that may appeal to fans of prog EM and related stuff here. Most of these contain varied forms of Ambient, mostly of the darker variety, with Drone Ambient, Noise Ambient and Deep Ambient dominating. The odd duck is Classica Illectrica, which, surprisignly, is sort of a Switched On Bach-type album, with classical renditions, done mostly on analog synthesizers in vintage style. Nice stuff and the most dramatic diversion for this project.

 


Le Borg (Italy)

Ohm City (2010)

Tasty Kraftwerk pastiche from Paolo di Cioccio and friends.

See also: Cioccio, Paolo di

 


Le Comte (France)

Chaleur & Mouvement (2017)

French synth artist with a repetitive and minimal, but also rich and melodic sound. Everything from Klaus Schulze to Vangelis comes to mind, although the guy has an individual style and is hardly a copyist. Real name - Christophe Sauvaget.

 


Le Fonte Son (Greece)

Study N1 (2016)
Vachellia Rigidula (2017)
Akinete (2017) (S)

A project of Thessaloniki-based musician Photis Houliaras, who under his real name collaborated with Thaneco on a couple of releases. His own stuff is rather unique and somewhat informed by classical forms and repetitive sequences. I guess if you like Klaus Schulze's 1986 - 1991 phase, you will find something of interest here, although Photis stands pretty much on his own.

 


Le Groupe "X" (Italy)

Frrrrrigidaire (1973)
Out, Off (1978) (soundtrack)

One of the more obscure representatives of the Italian progressive scene, Le Groupe "X" was a solo vehicle for multi-instrumentalist Gianluigi Pezzera. The first album is very much a classically-inspired progressive rock affair, completely instrumental and focusing on keyboards. Some insteresting early electronic experiments are found within, too. The second album is a soundtrack to some obscure film with shorter, darker electronic tracks.

 


Le Moors (UK)

Multi-Filament (2014) (S)
Tendrils (2016)

Ambient duo of Wil Bolton and Jeff Stonehouse. As is the case with solo music of both members, here it's a mixture of acoustic / electric (guitar) sounds and electronics.

See also: Bolton, Wil, Stonehouse, Jeff.

 


Le Révélateur (Canada)

Motion Flares (2010)
Fictions (2011)
Horizon Fears (2012)
Extreme Events (2014)
Hyper (2016) (S)
No Sound Without A Misunderstanding (2016) (with Karl Fousek and Devon Hansen)

Ambient synth drift from Roger Tellier-Craig - former member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Fly Pan Am.

 


Le Rhinoceros (France)

Zoïng (2010) (S)
La Nuit du Rhinoceros (2011)

French artist and analogue synthesizer collector Jean-Marc Montarou who sometimes performs live but hides his face behind a huge, strange and ugly rhinoceros mask. His music is mostly dark, noisy and ambient, with rhythms.

 


Leaaves (USA)

Forest Words (2015)
Novella (2016)
Sunwheel / Submersible Sailboat (2016)
Be Mindful (2016)
We Will Forget Our Sadder Days In Summers That Never End (2017)
Silmukka (2017) (with Curacy)
Wow This Beard Is Really Great (I'm Glad I Grew It) (2017) (S)

Gloomy synth soundscapes and some voices. Earlier releases are more guitar and field recordings oriented or in plunderphonics style. Leaaves is Nate Wagner.

 


Leaf (USA)

Leaf (2017)

Ambient project from Dominic Montalbano.

 


Leaf Library, The (UK)

On An Ocean of Greatness (2017)

Reading-based indie pop / rock band formed in 2004 by Kate Gibson, Matthew Ashton, Ben Smith, Gareth Jones, Claire Boutsiavaras, Rob Smoughton, Dave Barrow and Lewis Young. On An Ocean of Greatness is an instrumental work with a repetitive, ethereal sound and minimal / ambient influences.

 


Leaving (Australia)

Leaving (2011) (S)
New Needs (2012) (S)
Clean Waters (2015) (S)

Pulsing analog synth goodness in pure 1970's style from Perth. In a country that gave us Cybotron there should be more music like this. Leaving is Rupert Thomas.

 


Lebensessenz (Brazil)

Einsamkeit, Haß Und Dunkelheit Sind Mein Lebensessenz (2003) (S)
Terra Nullis - A Tribute To Antarctica (2004)

Terra Nullis contains piano music and one ambient electronic track. Lebensessenz is Newton Schner Jr. from Ponta Grossa who is mostly a pianist and has other releases based exclusively on the piano.

 


Lecanoscope (USA)

Lecanoscope (1994)
Vortex of Pinnacles (1996)
Comparing Notes (2002) (EP)
Hinged / Geosync (2004) (S)

California-based ambient project.

 


Lech, Iury (Spain)

Otra Rumorosa Superficie (1989)
Musica Para El Fin De Los Cantos (1990)
A Bite In the Common Sense (1992)
Serial Castrati (1995)
Aspersions By Instinct (1998)
Victima of Dunceing (2001)
Igneorama (2001)
Instorments (2005)

Spanish synthesist of Ukrainian origin. Quite unique electronics with minimalist and neo-classical influences. Instorments features seven tracks that walk the edge between progressive EM, avant-garde and industrial music. Stark, foreboding and sometimes harsh atmospheres prevail, with some distorted rhythms and totally indescribable experimental sounds. Instorments is a cold, inhuman void, populated by sonic beasts that will test your speakers and split your ears. Mysterious sequenced notes get "Estormaiat" underway. An odd rhythm appears out of nowhere, along with insistent atmospheres and experimental sounds. Then a new, strange-sounding rhythm appears that forms the basis for the bulk of the track. Sounds like dub music from hell. Intriguing! "More Towers Will Fall Down" is an abstract, noisy number. "Fizziparism" is totally directionless and chaotic, with some repeating motifs and rhythmic chunks that represent the only structured elements of this track. "Chrestomathy of Another Echelon To Deception And Miseries From Perpetual Annihilations" is a monumental, epic work that gets rather intense and very scary towards the end. It gave me the goosebumps. I don't know how Iury achieves that but some sections of the track literally make the hair on the back of the neck stand. Note: everything's done by working with just the sound, without any distinguishable melody at all! There are, however, some rhythms used in the second part of the track. "Zero Harmony: To Play Without Hands" features random piano playing with background noises. "Destroying-yang Or Do They Delight In Destruction" is the hightlight of the album, being an agressive, rhythmic track, influenced by the industrial genre, at least so it sounds to me. "From Nakba To Inqilaab" is a relatively subtle piece, atmopheric and amorphous. "Instorments" is an album for the adventurous listener. Perhaps, fans of Experimental EM will enjoy it, as well as those into avant-garde electronics and some industrial music.  

 


Leda (Germany)

Welcome To Joyland (1978)

This is a vocal pop album (sort of). Some sources refer to it as a Peter Baumann recording, and indeed, Peter plays synth on this one. Recommended for Tangerine Dream completists and Peter Baumann fans.

See also: Baumann, Peter

 


Ledbury, Nick (UK)

The Journey (1987)
Spiral Plains (1987)

Ambient synth music by Nick Ledbury (one half of Xaxxa) who is mainly known as a percussionist today.

See also: Xaxxa

 


Lederman, Jean-Marc (Belgium)

The Space Between Worlds (2017)

Varied electronic compositions, often ambient and repetitive.

 


Ledeuil, Norman (France)

A Journey (2017)

French bass player and experimental composer. Abstract, a bit noisy compositions with an ambient flair and lots of processed field recordings.

 


Lediņš, Hardijs (Latvia)

Tiny Crabs of the Deep Waters (2000)
Lambs In City Landscape (2001)
Dziesmas Neuzrakstītai Lugai (2006)

Late experimental composer (1955 - 2004), part of post-modern / avant-garde duo Seque and varied minimal synth / experimental formation and performance / video art group NSRD (both with Juris Boiko). These are his solo works where he finds himself in the ambient mode (not always pure Ambient, though).

See also: NSRD

 


Ledovaya Pustosh (Russia)

Ledovaya Pustosh (1998)

Ritual Ambient, frozen soundscapes and folk structures.

 


Lee, Jay (USA)

One Step More (1982)

Jay Ellington Lee was born in 1945 in Los Angeles. He is an electronic musician and one of the pioneers of the EM genre. Since 1970, Jay Lee had been working in London, where he collaborated with BBC Radiophonic Workshop, including people like David Vorhaus and Delia Derbyshire. He then returned to the States where he dedicated himself to various activities connected to Electronic Music making and instrument building. He collaborated with Bob Moog, Harold Bode and Tom Oberheim, among others. He also worked as a consultant for E-Mu Systems and helped with the design of several of their modules. He also helped in the development of Lyricon 2 by Computone. The above is a rare electronic album released on an Italian label in 1982. Lots of modular gear (mostly by E-Mu) was used.

 


Leeder, Larry (USA)

Uplift (1984)
Views From the Summit (1985)

Electronic New Age (?) Music created on the Kurzweil 250 synthesizer.

 


Leedy, Douglas (USA)

The Electric Zodiac (1969)
Entropical Paradise (1971)
A Very Merry Christmas To You! (1971)

Subtitled "Six Sonic Environments", Entropical Paradise is a 3-LP set with long tracks created by academic composer Douglas Harry Leedy (1938 - 2015). All sounds are made with Moog and Buchla synthesizers and the soundscapes are static and, once set, do not change much throughout the track. Given that the album lasts for 2 hours, I would guess that only the hardcore lovers of early electronics will listen to it in one go. However, it wasn't meant as music by the composer, but rather as a sonic wallpaper. Indeed, all the drones and subtle arpeggios are somewhat lulling and hypnotizing but do not hold your attention well. Anyway, as an avant-garde composer, Douglas Leedy has got little to do with prog EM, but I included it here because: 1) it's one of the first strictly ambient albums 2) it's somewhat related to other early EM pioneers such as Morton Subotnick who are included in EEM 3) It's a precursor to a lot of Droning Ambient and contemporary improvised synth works, from Emeralds to Pulse Emitter. So it's not prog EM per se but certainly related to that scene. Some sources indicate the year of release for Entropical Paradise as 1968, others point at 1971 or even 1972, so there's some uncertainty as to the real release or recording date. Douglas Leedy also released a couple more albums, one experimental and one of the "switched-on christmas" type. A relic. Sadly, Douglas Leedy died on March 28, 2015.

 


Leek, Clem (UK)

Through the Annular (2010) (S)
Pimlico (2010) (S) (with Jannick Schou)
Holly Lane (2010)
A Letter (2011) (S)
Home Outside (2011) (S)
Lifenotes (2011)
The Plan (2011) (S)
Snow Tales / Home Again (2011)

エリン (2013) (S)
Rest (2013) (S)

2Pianos 1 (2016) (S)
America (2017)

Ambient composer. Emotional sound, sometimes with a large piano presence.

 


Leenen, Jon (Belgium)

Digital Creations (1990)

 


Leer, Thomas (UK)

The Bridge (1979) (with Robert Rental)
1979 (2017) (recorded in 1979)

The first side of the LP is minimal synth comparable to Kraftwerk and the second is more experimental.

 


Legendary Pink Dots, The (UK)

Basilisk (1983)

Legendary (no pun intended) psychedelic / early industrial band whose early albums sometimes included interesting electronic material. Case in point is their cassette from 1983 titled Basilisk with its long, ambient, electronic, arpeggio-laden closing track. Further investigation is needed.

See also: Silverman, The

 


Legiac (Netherlands)

The Voynich Manuscript (2016)

IDM trio of Cor Bolten, Don Funcken and Roel Funcken. Early albums are in IDM vein but for the above work they developed a darkish, cinematic synth style with elements of glitch, Ambient, electro-acoustic music and more. A rather progressive sound overall.

 


Legion (UK)

False Dawn (1992)
Die Datenschleuter (1994)

Leviathan (1996)
Zodiac (2003)
Shapeshifting In Abalone (2004)

Dark Ambient project by Andrew Lagowski (S.E.T.I.), heavily influenced by Lustmord.

See also: S.E.T.I.

 


Lehanka, Ralf (Germany)

The Temptator (1994)
Temptator 2 (1995)

 


Lehnberg (Sweden)

Morgondröm (2017)

Ambient synth music from David Emanuel Lehnberg.

 


Lehnhoff, Becker (Germany)

Solo Observed (1988)
How Happy I Should Be (??)

Ambient electronics of the experimental variety.

 


Leifeld, Andreas (Germany)

Colours (1989)
Mysterious Messages (1990)
Discoveries (1991)
Dance of the Elements (1992)
Something Happens (1993)
34669 (1994)
Tranquility In Motion (2007)
One Man Orchestra (??)

I have mixed feelings about Mysterious Messages. First of all, this album is clearly the product of the MIDI age. Needless to say, 1990 was not the best period for Electronic Music, with lots of cheesy, thin-sounding electronic albums coming out, mainly from Europe. And texturally, this album is quite in line with most of the releases from that time. Standard MIDI sound sets, digital programming etc. are abundant here. Brass sounds, marimbas and other chromatic percussion, drums, strings, pads, nothing that really stands out from the crowd, although at times I could hear classical and ethnic influences. What I found interesting, though, was the structure of Andreas' music. It sounds as if built from large melodic chunks that sometimes sound totally out of control, I mean these are not focused melodies but more like melodic meandering. Often the previous melody breaks, only to be replaced by another one. Thus, the album, while not being extremely exciting sonically, was still unique structurally and you can't accuse Andreas of copying anyone else's music. Discoveries is similar in style, adding a couple of pleasant lead lines and a punchy analog bass on "Sunday Afternoon Space Ride" which is the best cut on the album. "On the Air" is also a very interesting track that really stands out. Another feature attracts my attention on this album - the abundance of samples in Andreas' music. Dance of the Elements makes a shift to the more ambient direction, utilising tribal rhythms, some ethnic instruments and soft textures, most of the time creating relaxing moods in Tribal Ambient and World Music vein. The tracks are generally longer than on previous albums. Something Happens returns to the melodic / rhythmic formula of the earlier albums but with the title track being a mild techno workout you already know the direction in which his music is heading. Andreas' subsequent albums are all in the techno vein. Of his classic releases (bar Colours that I haven't heard) I found Dance of the Elements to be the most interesting one. Unfortunately, Andreas passed away in February, 2006.  

 


Leimer, Kerry (USA)

Natural History / The Mind And Its Likeness (1977)
Translucent: / Memory (1979)
Fiction / Decade (1979) (S)
Closed System Potentials (1980)
Land of Look Behind (1981)
Imposed Order (1983)
Installation View (1983)
Music For Land And Water (1983)
Listening Room (2002)
Brittle Soft (2002) (with Tyler Boley)
Statistical Truth (2004)
The Useless Lesson (2007)
Lesser Epitomes (2007)
Degraded Certainties (2010)
Fits & Starts (??) (recorded in 1975 - 1976)
Unpublished Philosophies (??) (recorded in 1976 - 1979)
Permissions (2012)
A Period of Review - Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983 (2014)
Premap (2014) (with Marc Barreca)
The Grey Catalog (2015)
Field Characteristics (2015) (with Marc Barreca)
Re-enact (2016)

Ambient. Said to be in the Eno / Budd vein.

See also: Savant

 


Leiner, Robert (Sweden)

Visions of the Past (1994)
Duff 80 (2014) (S)
Melomania (2015)

Robert Leiner is a producer from Gothenburg who was one of the notable figures of early 1990's club scene. In 1994 he released an album of techno-influenced compositions that included some purely EM tracks as well. I mean any fan of EM should dig stuff like "Dream Or Reality", "Zenit" or "Northern Dark", it's just great. Melomania is a comeback release that seems to be even more diverse, taking in influences from krautrock, the Dusseldorf School of EM & more.

 


Leise, Len (Australia)

Music For Forests (2014)
Landscape Language (2015) (S)
M of M Tape (2015)
Lingua Franca (2015)
Ing (2016)

Australian musician with something of an ecological theme going. Rhythmic, tribal, sometimes reminding on stuff like Deep Forest, but also ambient and new-agey, with nice digital (and sometimes analog) synth timbres. Not exactly prog EM but related to that sound.

 


Leitko, Aaron (USA)

Wasatch Mecha (2016)

Experimental and vaguely melodic modular synth pieces.

 


Lel' Sabu (Ukraine)

Mak-ha! (1997)
Das I Other (1999)

Ambient. The first album is a rare one-sided cassette. This music was re-released two years later as the first side of Das I Other.

 


Lem (USA)

Machines (1977)

Early band with Alex Cima. In a way it's ahead of its time, featuring styles that would only become popular in the next decade. Overall, it's a bit of a mixed bag, with synth-pop, fusion, cosmic and ambient stylings predominating.

See also: Cima, Alex

 


Lemaire, Stephane (France)

L'Etang de Kukufah (2007)
Tentatives D'Envol (2013)

Keyboardist of the reformed Moving Gelatine Plates, Stephane Lemaire released this solo album where he combines orchestral music with influences such diverse as minimalist composers, Klaus Schulze and Fripp & Eno.

 


Lembo (Italy)

Sole Nero Su Mondo di Plastica (2004)
I-O-D-O-D-O (2005)

Italian duo with a cosmic analog sound but most of the time pretty experimental.

See also: Nembutal

 


Lemos, Paul (USA)

Music For Stolen Icons Part 2 (1993) (with Joe Papa)

Like the quieter moments of Controlled Bleeding, complete with Papa's deep operatic vocals.

See also: Controlled Bleeding

 


Len, Igor (Russia)

Here (1986)

Sort of ethnic-tinged ambient EM by this enigmatic Russian composer.

 


Lendt, Sven (Germany)

Hotel Orbital (2013)

Melodic and spacey EM with good solos.

 


Lenehan, Lance (Australia)

Soundscape (1996)
Ambient Spaces (2004)
Analogue Days (2004) (recorded in 1983 - 1988)

Diverse music from this Australian synthesist - ambient, rhythmic, melodic and symphonic. Lance first encountered Electronic Music in the early 1970's. Soon Lance got his first synthesizer and started experimenting with it. He then assembled a studio where he recorded a great deal of his works.

 


Lenfant de Dagobert, Philippe (France)

Suite Megalique Apocalyptico Foulfoutique (1995)

Philippe formerly played bass in French progressive rock band Delirium. On Suite... he explores cosmic Electronic Music with prog and classical influences.

 


Lentini, Federico (Italy)

 


Lentz, Daniel (USA)

After Images (1981) (S)
On the Leopard Altar (1984)
Missa Umbrarum (1985)
The Crack In the Bell (1987)

Classical / experimental composer, currently residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. On the Leopard Altar is a work for electronic keyboards and voices.

 


Leon, Craig (USA)

Nommos (1981)
The Complete Tapes of Atoya (1981) (with Arthur Brown)
Visiting (1982)
Bach To Moog (2015)

Producer for popular artists with his own solo albums. The first one, Nommos, is an experimental electronic work that incorporates complex drum machine rhythms (really lots of them). The second album from 1982 delves deeper into the realms of Electronic Music and has some hints of Tangerine Dream, Eno, etc etc...

 


Leonard, Ken (USA)

Archives '88 - '02 (2002)
Improvised Waves (2005) (with Jimmy Moore)

The first one is a collection of archived material, the second contains long-form improvised EM with synths & mellotron.

 


Leonard, Kevin (USA)

Escape (1985)
Crystal Influence (1987)
On the Edge (1990)
Auto Matrix (1992)

Kevin Leonard is the keyboardist of the band North Star. EM that is comparable to Fonya

 


Leonardo (Netherlands)

Origine (2003)
Spiritworld (2003)
Dharma (2004)
Singing Electronic Devices (2004)
Soundweaver (2005)
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out (2005)
Electronic Reality (2005)
Samsara (2005)

Collective Memory Generator (2006)
Temple (2007)

Leonardo is a young musician from Netherlands with a psychedelic style, heavy on the sequencers and sometimes electric guitar.

See also: Son of Ohm

 


Leonhardsberger, Heinz (Austria)

Earthrise (1982)
It Is (1988)
Electronic Classics (??) (with Ernst Chwatal)

Vienna-based electronic musician who's been experimenting out of his studio since 1971. He is also known as a soundtrack composer.

 


Leopards of White (UK)

Newly Murdered Flowers (1983)
Passenger East (1984)
Daquise (1985)

Synth duo of Christian Newton and Peter Anderson that has been active since the early 1980's, when they released a string of cassettes with music in a gently rhythmic, melodic style. A period of absence followed but the group has recently resurfaced and released a download only album with tracks recorded in the New Millennium.

 


L'eoscombu Couti (France)

Five Cambridge Utilities (2016)

Warm ambient drift.

 


Leprino, Franco (Italy)

Integrati...Disintegrati (1977)
1977 - 1987 Original Versions (2009)

Franco Leprino is one of those obscure and largely forgotten electronic artists from the 1970's. He released a nice vinyl album with tracks that mixed acoustic guitar with synthesizers and sound collage in typical Italian style. After that he vanished from the scene. However, in 2009 Italian label Giallo released a limited edition CD that gathered the whole Integratti...  album and added no less than eleven previously unreleased tracks.

 


Leproto, Stefano (???)

The Curator's Collection (2016)
Dance & Mood Music 1981-83 (2016)

Stefano Leproto is supposedly an obscure synth artist and soundtrack composer with a style that ranges from italo beats to horror synth and Berlin School sequences.

 


Leresche, Carlos (France)

Le Mutant (1977) (soundtrack)

Interesting obscure soundtrack. One disco track and the rest is more or less pure instrumental progressive EM.

 


Leroy, Cedric (France)

Eologie (2009)

Dakar-born French synthesist and keyboard player with a melodic style influenced by the works of Jean-Michel Jarre.

 


Les Amants Maudits (France)

La Vie Est Une Maladie... La Mort En Est Son Remede (1996)
Les Amants Maudits (1997)
Philosophical Incest (1997) (with Taliesin's Bards Order)
1793 (1998) (S)
Le Collier de la Reine (1998) (S)
Reine de France (1998) (S)

Dark Ambient from Nicolas D. Faure who would later become known as Asmorod.

See also: Asmorod, Kurotokage.

 


Lethal Dose 50 (Belgium)

Quiescent Shadows (1997)
Out of Dimension (1998)
21st Century Awakening (2006)

Dark Ambient by Bernard Hertsens, Stefan Scheers and Tom Adam with a strong bend towards 70's EM (fans of Tangerine Dream will also find this interesting).

 


Lethe (Ukraine)

Nowhere (2010)

Dark Ambient.

 


Letter Tree (Canada)

Planetary Village (1989)

 


Letters of Utrecht (Australia)

Slow Exit (2014) (S)
Letters of Utrecht (2015)
Presence (2016)

Varied soundscapes, from soft to experimental and slightly glitchy. Letters of Utrecht is P A Buchanan.

 


Letum (Sweden)

The Entrance To Salvation (2000)
Broken (2006)
The Fifth State of Grief (2014)

Medieval Ambient by Mattias Henriksson, with drones, nature sounds and lotsa chorals. Not so dark. A bit similar to Raison D'Etre.

 


Leuter, Cecil (France)

Cosmic Sounds / Electro Sounds (??) (with Georges Teperino)
Video-Tronics Vol.3 (??)
Les Sons Electroniques (1971)
Electronic Tricks (1975) (with Eddie Warner)
Altitude 3000 (1985)
Working World (1987)

Cecil Leuter is a pseudonym of French electronic composer Roger Roger. Most of the time rather cheesy library stuff here.

See also: Roger, Roger, Davy, Roger, Moon Birds.

 


Leveillee, Claude (Canada)

Black Sun (1978)

Quebecoise singer-songwriter who made a foray into the world of progressive music with his Black Sun album. Apparently, the music was written for a theatre play. It is more or less a progressive rock effort - instrumental and with strong electronic element.

 


Level Pi (Germany)

Entrance (2006)
Electronic Sheep (2009)
Dunkelstunde (2012)

Level Pi is Uwe Cremer from Cologne (b. 1965 in Dusseldorf) who plays guitar as well as electronics. This music is a mixture of Ashra / Tangerine Dream style Electronic Music and some unique guitar / instrumental touches. There are also some Pink Floyd echoes to be found.

See also: Cremer, Uwe

 


Levente (Hungary)

Soundscapes (1999)
Places (2000)
Tales From Time (2001)
Ex Libris (2002)
Explorers (2005)
Firmamentum (2015)
The Dowland Shores (2016)

Hungarian synthesist Levente Toth creates rather accessible floating Electronic Music. He states that he is influenced by such artists as Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and Kitaro. The music is very symphonic at places.

 


Leviathan (UK)

The Throne of Bones (2002)
Machinery of Hell (2003) (EP)
Shrouded By Fog (2003)
Sentinel Hill (2007) (S)
Black Lake - In Four Movements (2012)

Death / Dark Ambient by this Edinburgh-based sound sculptor.

See also: Sigillum Dei

 


Levithan (???)

Outer Orbit (??)

Obscure cassette release of synth music.

 


Lew, Benjamin (Belgium)

Douzieme Journee: Le Verbe, Le Paure, l'Amour (1982) (with Steven Brown)
Melkweg 8-11-83 Amsterdam (1983) (with Steven Brown)
A Propos d'Un Paysage (1985) (with Steven Brown)
Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Vol. 1 (1988) (with Controlled Bleeding)
Nebka (1988)
When God Was Famous (1989) (with Samy Birnbach)
Le Parfum Du Raki (1993)

Ambient synth soundscapes in the Eno vein, albeit with more ethnic and classical / chamber touches. Benjamin Lew's real name is Serge Benjamin Henri Leon Mathot.

 


Lewis, Randy (USA)

Dreams Within A Dream (1981) (S)

Portland, Oregon, seems to be a secret hotbed for obscure Electronic Music (is there someting in the air, on in the water?). Here is yet another artifact, an electronic single with a nice, floating analog style from ex-guitarist of Tongue & Groove.

 


Lewis, William Michael (USA)

Shogun Assassin (1980) (soundtrack) (with Mark Lindsey)
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) (soundtrack) (with Edward James Olson)

Soundtrack composer and part of the Rinder & Lewis duo. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez is possibly one of the rarest soundtracks out there. It was recorded for a western film starring Edward James Olmos who also co-composed most of the tracks. A lot of the music is electronic and reminds on Vangelis. The LP was never released officially but there was a test run of maybe a couple dozen copies.

See also: Rinder & Lewis

 


Leykam, Roman (Germany)

Ghost / Way of Thinking (1989) (with Frank Mark)
Sensitive (1994) (with Frank Mark)
Extreme Colours (1995) (with Frank Mark)
Instant Influx (1998) (with Frank Mark)
Seed of the Essential (2000) (with Frank Mark)
Veeled (2008)
The Mainspring (2011)
Corridors (2013)

Guitar / synthesizer soundscapes from the duo of Roman Leykam and Frank Mark.

 


LFZ (USA)

LFZ (2015)
Pointless Prism (2015)
Sketches of Jupiter Vol. 1 (2016)
Sketches of Jupiter Vol. 2 (2016)
Sketches of Jupiter Vol. 3 (2017)

A Fripp & Eno-like concept with touches of German EM, two long tracks, one has processed guitar / organ / synth and is rather floating and meditative, the other a rhythmic, Inventions For Electric Guitar-like piece. Fine stuff.

 


Liberatori, Fabio (Italy)

Empire Tracks (1998)
The Asimov Assembly (2003)

Analog music from Italy. Both albums are made with the participation of A. Stalteri.

 


Liberty, Ryan (USA)

Without (2017)

Modular synth compositions, mostly of ambient / droning nature.

 


Libra (Italy)

Musica e Parole (1975)
Schock (1976) (soundtrack)
Winter Day's Nightmare (1976)

Schock is the soundtrack to horror classic of Mario Bava (aka "Beyond the Door 2"). The project is Goblin-related (Walter Martino) and is similar to Goblin in style. Lots of drive, electronics and mellotron. Dark and haunting prog / EM hybrid. Looks like Walter Martino didn't appear on their first album Musica e Parole that was re-released in USA under the title "Libra" with English lyrics instead of Italian ones. The line-up for the first album is: Sandro Centofanti, Nicola Di Staso, Federico D'Andrea, David Walter and Dino Cappa.

See also: Goblin

 


Lie, Eirik (Norway)

12 Bilder (1996) (recorded in 1983 - 1996)

This album gathers various pieces by Eirik Lie that were composed between 1983 and 1996 for various installations, theatre performances, etc. Eirik Lie mainly uses synths, samplers and guitar to create spacious soundscapes that would probably appeal to fans of Vidna Obmana or Erik Wollo.

 


Lieb, Oliver (Germany)

Constellation (1993)
Music To Films (1994)
Inside Voices (2014)

Frankfurt-based Ambient project from the man who is known for his work in Spicelab (a house / trance outfit). These are supposed to be good, though.

 


Liemans, HPL (Germany)

Sternstunde-Elektrolyrik (1981)

 


Lien, Ketil (Norway)

Exosphere (2016)

The artist known as Wim continues his musical journey under his real name. Lush, symphonic, melodic, rhythmic.

See also: Wim

 


Liepiņš, Zigmārs (Latvia)

Pulse 2 (1985)

Latvian composer whose only electronic work is probably this LP from a series of sports-related state-funded albums. However, even this one sounds more like instrumental synth-pop or synth-funk than any EM. There are nice 1980's Tangerine Dream touches, though, in tracks like "Dance 85", with all those tinkling arpeggios, catchy hooks and melodic synth solos. File under EM-related.

 


Lievaux, Pierre-Jean (France)

Perseption Analogique (2009)
Perseption Animiste (2009)
Perseption Naturaliste (2010)
Perseption Totémiste (2010)

French painter who is also involved in music creation at least since the early 1980's. His style is unique and ambient, using lots of digital processing, samples, etc., but also heavily relying on synthesizers.

 


Life (Argentina)

Due Disobedience (2010) (soundtrack)

Dark Ambient soundtrack to a documentary from this duo of Fer Suárez and Manuel Platino.

 


Life Garden (USA)

Caught Between the Tapestry of Silence & Beauty (1990)
The Nature of Sand (1995) (with the Illusion of Safety and Voice of Eye)
The Hungry Void Vol. 1 (1995) (with Voice of Eye)
The Hungry Void Vol. 2 (1995) (with Voice of Eye)
The Living Room Tapes (2017)

Tribal Ambient ensemble formed in 1989. A lot of their later works were completely acoustic, so they were omitted from the above discography.

 


Lifewater Oasis (Australia)

June (2017)

Blissful synth drift with influences from new age and post-rock. A project of Faith Bolton and Simon Gardam.

 


Light Dreams, The (UK)

The Light Dreams (1997)
The Light Dreams II (2006)
Aura (2006)
Industrial Sky (2006)
Discovery (2006)
Tranquility (2006)
Synthesis (2006)
The Light Dreams III (2007)
Tomorrow (2007)
Into the Light (2007)
Missing Pieces (2007)

A one-man computer project of Alex Storer that started with an old Amiga but was revived several years later using the latest Mac technology. Improvised, ambient synthetic music inspired by Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Jarre, Kraftwerk and some synth-pop acts.

 


Light Sleeper (Australia)

The Goodbye That Keeps On Giving (2015)
Ivanhoe Relics / Try Harder (2015)

Subtle ambient sounds from Melbourne.

 


Lights In A Fat City (USA)

Somewhere (1988)
Sound Column (1993)
Memory Ground (1999)

Ritual / Tribal Ambient from Stephen Kent, Eddy Sayer and Kenneth Newby (the first and the last are Steve Roach collaborators) with flutes, tablas, didgeridoo and keys.

See also: Stillpoint

 


Lightwave (France)

Modular Experiment (1986)
Cites Analogues (1988)
Ici & Maintenant (1988)
Live In Seynod 1988 (1988)
Musique Provisoire (1989)
Nachtmusik (1990)
Tycho Brahe (1993)
Mundus Subterraneus (1995)
Uranography (1996)
In Der Unterwelt (1996) (S)
Cantus Umbrarum (2000)
Caryotype (2001)
Bleue Comme Une Orange (2004)

French electronic group. Lightwave are Christian Wittman and Christoph Harbonnier. They create great Dark Ambient music. Several of their albums are made in collaboration with Paul Haslinger of Tangerine Dream. Their early (cassette only) releases are experimental analog music. At that time the lineup was Christian Wittman, Serge Leroy and Christoph Harbonnier. Leroy left the group in 1990.

 


Ligovskoï (France)

Samothrace (2013)

Ambient duo from Paris, consisting of Nikolaï Azonov and Valerio Selig. Sort of a droning sound, but not dark, more airy, warm and bright.

 


Liholesie (Russia)

The Eternal Call (2002)
Primeval Rotation (2002)
Vast Homeland (2005)
Visions (2007)
Boundless Thirst For the Outside (2008)
The Fog of Transition (2016)

This project was started in 1997 by some guy from Novosibirsk who calls himself Sever. Folky Ritual / Dark ambience.

 


Likides, John (USA)

Roundtrip To the Pleiades (2001)
Astral Bodies (2001)
Paths To Eternity (2002)
Out of the Labyrinth (2003)

Electronic Music from this writer, synthesist and frequent Alien Planetscapes collaborator during the 80's.

See also: Alien Planetscapes

 


Lila (Germany)

Illuminatus / Zeitfenster (1984) (S)
Amethyst (1986)

Synthesizer duo from Dusseldorf comprised of Rike Casper and Hermann Lipinski.

See also: RikeErik

 


Liliental (Germany)

Liliental (1978)

One cannot ignore this little gem of krautrock and German EM. Liliental was a "supergroup" consisting of Dieter Moebius, Asmus Tietchens, Okko Bekker, Conny Plank, Johannes Pappert and Helmut Hattler. The music is a mixture between Dusseldorf School (Cluster, Harmonia style) and jazzy krautrock with that special Conny's touch in the production.

See also: Moebius, Tietchens, Asmus, Okko.

 


Lilith (USA)

Nipple Runs (1987)
Some Modes of Probability (1991)
Mantle (1991)
Stone (1992)
The Taboos of the Lashing Creeper (1994)
Orgazio (1994)
Redwing (1995)
Field Notes (1999)
Tributorium (1999)
Imagined Compositions For Water (2002)

Experimental avant-garde electronics. Some works utilize techniques from 'musique concrete' and some feature synthesized strucutures. A project with Scott Gibbons, who was keyboard player of Elemental in the 80's and is also known for such projects as Strawberry and Orbitronik.

See also: Orbitronik

 


Liljedahl, Jogeir (Norway)

Face Another Day (1991) (S)
The Wanderer (1999)
Out of Silence (2008)

Melodic electronics from this Norwegian artist. Will appeal to fans of Jarre and Vangelis perhaps. Has a touch of Mike Oldfield as well.

 


Lilt (USA)

Minor Mistakes (2010)

Dark Ambient from Paul Casper.

See also: Frore

 


Liminal (Portugal)

Smoke Screen (2014)

Droning and sometimes noisy Ambient based on analog sounds. Nice and different.

 


Limor, Gilead (Israel)

I Am the Universe (1988)
I Am the Sea (1989)

These look like new age albums and seem to be part of a series. However, the music on I Am the Universe is surprisingly deep and moody for new age. Fans of Vangelis, the moodier Kitaro, Jonn Serrie and Space Music in general are recommended to check it out. I Am the Sea is more new agey but features some unexpected subtle Jarre-isms on some tracks (the way the solo melodies are played perhaps). There are at least two more albums in the series, one of which (I Am the Stars) is very new agey, sliding into the genre cliche territory and the other one I don't know anything about at the moment.

 


LIN (South Korea??)

The Tibetan Book of the Dead (1981)

LIN is a Korean (?) synthesist who recorded this double cassette album (an LP version reportedly exists, too) in 1979 in Los Angeles. Other well-known resourse puts the author's real name as Thomas Martin, so I am not sure about the country of origin anymore. This deep Space Music with a mysterious new age flair was featured on the legendary Hearts of Space radio show but has since become one of the most obscure records played by Stephen Hill.

 


Lind (Germany)

Aeronaut (2010)

Varied, analog-sounding tracks from this musician, apparently inspired by classic EM from the 1970's.

 


Linden, Rick van der (Netherlands)

GX-1 (1977)
Night of Doom (1978) (soundtrack)
Variations (1979)
Wild Connections (1979) (with Jack Lancaster)
Solo (1981)

Former Ekseption keyboardist who has at least two electronic works released. GX-1 is van der Linden solo and the line-up for Wild Connections is basically: Rick van der Linden: synth; Jack Lancaster: lyricon, plus drums and choir. There's a lot of confusion as to which albums by Rick are electronic, so I just left in most of what's been released after he got himself a Yamaha GX-1 synthesizer. There were, however, at least two solo releases by Rick prior to that. They are: a soundtrack Dynastie der Kleine Luyden from 1974 and Plays Albinoni, Bach And Handel from 1976. The style of the former is unknown, while the latter features prog rock adaptations of classical works, supposedly done in typical ELP / sympho keyboard style. Rick van der Linden died in January, 2006.

 


Lindgren, Erik (USA)

Reconsider Me (1984) (S)

Avant-garde / rock musician, member of Birdsongs of the Mezozoic and the mastermind behind The Space Negros. I don't know about side A of the above single, but side B, the 5+ minute "Anti-Gravity", is a quirky, upbeat electronic piece. It was also included in the Dig Archaeology II (1992) compilation release under The Space Negros moniker. Further investigation is needed but for now it's a one-track inclusion.

 


Lindh, Björn J:son (Sweden)

Atlantis (1983)

Atypical ambient / electronic album from this flute player, jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist.

 


Lindh, Karl (Sweden)

Bortom E4's Horrisont (2005)

Deep / rhythmic ambient soundscapes from Gotenborg, Sweden. The real name of the musician is Lucas Pettersson.

 


Lindsey, Mark (USA)

Shogun Assassin (1980) (soundtrack) (with William Michael Lewis)

Electronic soundtrack that sometimes reminds on 1980's Tangerine Dream scores, with a fitting Japanese touch.

 


Lindstrøm (Norway)

Where You Go I Go Too (2008)
Smalhans (2012)
Six Cups of Rebel (2012)
Runddans (2015) (with Todd Rundgren and Emil Nikolaisen)

Nu-disco influenced by 70's Electronic Music and 80's soundtracks perhaps. A crossover album.

 


Linear Bells (France)

Esther (2012)
Summer Haze (2012)
An Island (2012) (S)
/// (2012)
Over And Over (2013)
Winter Haze (2013)
Lost (2013)
I Can Dream (2013)
For Your Eyes Only (2013)
This Train Is Going Nowhere (2013)
The Stars Will Shine (2014)
Insides (2015)
Or (2015)
Belonging To the Infinity (2015) (with Sound Awakener)
Silence (2017)

Long tracks of droning Ambient from David Teboul.

See also: Suzuki, Kissy

 


Linell, Anthony (Sweden)

Consolidate (2017)

Gloomy compositions between Ambient and dungeon synth.

See also: Ulwhednar

 


Linga Sarira (Australia)

Concrescence (2008)
Sommeil (2008)
Nuum (2008)

Ambient / drone trilogy from Tim Jackiw under a pseudonym.

See also: Jackiw, Tim

 


Lingua Lustra (Netherlands)

Horizon (2005)
Presence (2005)
Desert Island (2009)
Extramunda (2009)
Triquetra (2011)
Arc (2014)
Uhadi (2015)
Essence (2016)
Evigt (2016)
Spaces (2016)
Listen (2017)
Myst (2017)
Where Am I (2017)

A project of Albert Borkent. Ambient in the style of Matthias Grassow, Robert Rich and Steve Roach.

 


Linscott, Jeff (USA)

Within (2004)

Melodic, cinematic and somewhat new-agey music from this Florida-based artist.

 


Linton, William (USA)

Traveler's Tales (1986)
Cosmic Flight (1986) (with Tony Gerber and Mason Stevens)
Wayfarer (2000)

Synthesist working in the Space Music genre.

 


Linus Project (Germany)

Train Over Thoughts (1994)
Storys of Linus Project (1996)
The Earth (1997)
Remakes And Another Tale of History (2005)

A project by Mike Shean. Melodic EM with a strong prog rock influence.

See also: Shean, Mike

 


Lion's Dreams (Germany)

The Dream of the Lion (1998)

Andreas Zink.

 


Lippert, Daniel (Germany)

City In the Clouds (2013)

German keyboardist, composer and producer. He states to be influenced by game soundtracks. The music on the above album is very new-agey, with some tracks being just sappy orchestral emulations with simple melodic content. However, in his more inspired moments he does sound like 1986 - 1990 era Tangerine Dream (complete with sax lines), or at least seems to be influenced by that style. Another comparison would be a less electronic (i.e. orchestral) Vangelis. There's certainly an EM potential and fans of, for example, AD Music label artists, could check him out. My opinion is that his music works best during the more upbeat / melodic / rocking moments, with glimpses of ambient synth spaciness being quite tasty, too.

 


Liquid Bridge (UK)

Cornucopia (2005)

This project was formed in 1985 by two people - Tony Sharp and Brian Cosgrove. Both had big interest in Electronic Music and fairly noticeable experience in the field. Cornucopia is their first officially released work that will please all fans of classic EM sounds and analogue electronics.

 


Liquid Ghosts (Italy)

La Camera Obscura (2004)
Suddenly the Birds Fell To Silence (2005) (S)

Pretty dark Ambient collaborative project between Oophoi, Tau Ceti and Netherworld.

See also: Oophoi, Tau Ceti, Cosimi, Enrico, Netherworld.

 


Liquid Mind (USA)

Ambience Minimus (1994)
Slow World (1996)
Balance (1999)
Unity (2000)
Spirit (2003)
Reflection (2004)
Sleep (2006)
Lullaby (2009)
Dream (2011)
Meditation (2012)
Deep Sleep (2016)

Ambient from Chuck Wild. Supposedly, not very interesting.

 


Liquid Sound (Germany)

Corinna's Dream (1992)
The Music of Neverland (1992)

Aka Liquid Sound System. Pre-Flow and post-The Kitchen electronics from Christoph Hammer, Frank Wiehe and Michael Rippl.

See also: Kitchen, The, Flow.

 


Liquidated Error (Germany)

We Want To Believe (2003)

Black Space influenced by UFO theories.

 


Liquidsphere (France)

Skull & Bones (2000)
Gizya (2002)
Hypocracy (2002) (EP)
Blissful World (2004)
Dots & Waves (2004)
Hypocracy 2&3 (2004)
Hammer of Wisdom (2004)

Aka Liquid Sphere. Dark Ambient with noisy elements from Laurent Guerrier.

 


Liquid'Z (Italy)

Amphibia (1995)
Apnoea / Amphibia (1997)

This trio of Rodrigo Passannati, Guiseppe De Bellis and Giovanni Campagna improvises in the studio with analogue synthesizers, mostly within Ambient realms.

 


Lisa Bella Donna (USA)

Skylines (2016)
Looking Out, Looking On (2016)

Columbus, Ohio-based synthesist and multi-istrumentalist. The music is a mixture of improvisation on acoustic instruments, electronics and lots of mellotron. The upbeat tracks have a rocky Rick Wakeman / Synergy quality to them.

 


Lisa & Kroffe (Sweden)

Origo (2012) (EP)
Gärdet Session (2013) (S)
Norrfjället (2015)

Analogue synth / clarinet duo from Sweden with a cosmic, 70's-influenced sound.

See also: Ulfves, Lisa

 


Listening Center (USA)

Example One (2012)
Projections (2013) (S) (with Pye Corner Audio)
Cycles / Other Phenomena (2014)
Other Voices 02 (2014) (S)
Then It Was Now (2016) (S)
Aural Assignments (2016)

Melodic EM with an analog feel from David Mason.

 


Listening Mirror (UK)

RIN (2010)
...After the Briefest of Pauses... (2010) (S)
Falling Under (2010) (S)
The Heart of the Sky (2011) (S)
Even In the Quietest Moments (2011) (S)
Outside Heaven (2011) (S)
From Dreams (2011) (S)
Spires, Spirals And Stones (2011) (S)
The Clearing / My Hiding Place (2012) (S)
Sunday Morning (2012) (S)
On the Passing of Chavela (2012)
What's Wrong With Miracles? (2012)
Darkness of Nature (2012) (S) (with Sarah Maria Raun)

Ambient project by Jeff Stonehouse, active from 2009 to 2013.

See also: Stonehouse, Jeff

 


Lith, Deimy (Lithuania)

New Oxygen (2013)
Moonstone (2014)
Landscape (2015)

A pseudonym of Lithuanian composer Deimintas Zakauskas. Ambient atmospheres with a nice sense of space. Based on synthesizers and sometimes with rhythms.

 


Lithium Dreams (USA)

Omega Prism (2009)

Cassette release with droning ambient music.

 


Little Tragedies (Russia)

Passions On Titanic (1999)
The Sun of Spirit (1999)
Porcelain Pavilion (2000)

This group was originally formed in 1988 as "Paradox", but later changed their name to "Little Tragedies" ("Malenkiye Tragedii"). The band consists of Gennady Ilyin and Igor Mikhel. The style is a mixture of progrock and electronic elements, mostly instrumental on Passions... and reportedly a bit more vocal-oriented on The Sun... and Porcelain Pavilion. They relased some more albums after that but these seem to be much more vocal-oriented prog than EM-influenced. They use a large number of vintage analogue gear and therefore their material doesn't lack the pleasant "warmness" so common to 70's music.

See also: Ilyin, Gennady

 


Lifeform (Netherlands)

In Harmony (1997)

Melodic and rhythmic EM. Remotion guys plus one Menno Zielhorst.

See also: Remotion

 


Livengood, John (France)

John Livengood (1980)
Baladjin (??)
Cyborg Sally (1994) (with Richard Pinhas)

John Livengood appeared on the experimental scene in the late 1960's as an organist and tape manipulator. During the 1970's he mastered the techniques of making music with synthesizers which resulted in his collaborative project with Ivan Coaquette (Spacecraft) as well as several solo releases. During the 1980's John Livengood studied computer music at IRCAM as well as continued experimenting in his own "Livengood Laboratory". John's eponymous album from 1980 features Electronic Music / guitar instrumentals.

See also: Spacecraft, Red Noise.

 


Livgren, Kerry (USA)

One of Several Possible Musics (1989)

Kerry Livgren is of course the lead guitarist, keyboard player and songwriter for prog rock band Kansas. Kerry was born in Kansas (where else?!) and his primary influences at a young age were jazz, classical music and rock'n roll. After he built himself a guitar he tried to write his own songs and soon he formed his first group called the Gimlets. His next band was Saratoga which became the nucleus for Kansas that was eventually formed in 1970. The rest is history as they say. Kerry's first solo album, Seeds of Change (1980) was released during Kerry's stay with Kansas. It was a religious work for a rock group (Steve Walsh of Kansas participated) that feeatured Kerry's talents as a songwriter. Kerry left Kansas in 1983 and during this same year his second solo outing (Timeline) appeared. He then formed the band AD and after a while released his third solo album Prime Mover (1988). However, it wasn't until 1989's One of Several Possible Musics that his talent as a composer of instrumental music was demonstrated to the audiences all over the world. Kerry's subsequent albums all featured vocals to a certain extent and were more or less a return to his previous style.  

 


Living Dreamtime (Norway)

Exploring the Water Element (2002)

Living Dreamtine is Tor Linlokken from Norway. Very calm and relaxing Ambient material.

 


Llopis, Pep (Spain)

La Comedia de les Equivocacions (1987)
Poiemusia. La Nau dels Argonautes (1987)
Cronica Civil (1987) (with Vicent Alonso)
Homenaje a K (1988)
Destiada (1989) (recorded in 1983 - 1984) (with Vicent Alonso)
Las Noches y los Dias (1992)
Peter Pan (2002)
Alma (2007)

Ex-keyboard player of progressive rock band Coto en Pel. Most of these are soundtracks to various theatre performances. Mostly experimental and ethnic influenced but with some melodic / rhythmic moments, too.

 


Lloyd Anderson, Robert (USA)

Wet (2002)

The music on this album can be described as Dark Ambient, although it's perhaps more active than the usual DA stuff. Other albums by this artist are more in contemporary classical vein.

 


Lloyd-Jones, Glyn (UK)

Timelines (1987)
Ri (1988)
Icesteps (1989)
Ocean of Serenity (1994)
From Time To Time (2008)

Glyn Lloyd-Jones came into prominence during the late 1980's, taking the EM world by surprise with his Ri cassette. It was Glyn's knack for great melodies and atmospheric sounds that earned him a reputation of one of the most important (and enigmatic) figures on the UK EM scene. His early works are not yet released on CD, but they can be downloaded from the web.

 


Llunstorcarnay (UK)

Lament For A Forgotten God (2010)

Ambient collaboration between Seren Ffordd and Gliese 614.

See also: Seren Ffordd, Gliese 614.

 


Llyn Y Cwn (UK)

Llyn Y Cwn (2009) (EP)
Llyn Y Cwn II (2009) (EP)

Frozen, Arctic ambience from Benjamin Powell.

See also: Mank

 


Lo Five (UK)

When It's Time To Let Go (2017)

Hauntology-related project of Neil Grant that expresses an unmistakably Prog EM attitude on tracks like "A Pivotal Moment".

 


Lobel, Michael (USA)

Trip-Tych / The Sound Paintings of Michael Lobel (1977)

A rather schizophrenic LP (there was a limited CDR run by bootleg label Creel Pone) with short tracks that range from nice spacey melodic numbers (sometimes with a library music vibe even) to experimental / abstract musique concrete.

 


Locat, Serge (Canada)

Transfert (1978)
Second (??)
Omni-Science - The Science Show (1990)

Serge Locat played keyboards in Quebecois progressive rock group Harmonium. As a solo artist, he went the electronic route, retaining some of his progrock influences.

 


Location Services (USA)

Music For Quiet Rooms (2016)
In Passing (2016)

Mixture of acoustic guitar playing and atmospheric electronics. Shorter tracks and one long epic in the Goettsching / Hoenig style.

 


Lockefeer, Patrick (Netherlands)

Galapagos (1984)
Four Time Phrases (1986)
Zero Return (1988)
Ostrea (1989)
Melt (1991)
Single Ended Road (1992)
Artificial Thoughts I (1992 - 1993)
Artificial Thoughts II (1994 - 1995)

Patrick Lockefeer was born in 1954. He studied flute at the Conservatorium in Gent (Belgium). Zero Return is a "classical" electronic album with compositions by Bach, Handel, Grieg, Rimsky-Korsakoff etc. He has made some more electronic albums with original music but these were never officially released. Patrick also writes music for audiovisual productions.

 


Locklin, Brian & French, John (USA)

Runaway Mind Train (1998)

This Texan duo is also known as Hallicrafters.

See also: Hallicrafters

 


Locrasto, Frank (USA)

El Dorado (2011)

American pianist and synthesizer player. He is very influenced by jazz but overall his music falls squarely into the whole hauntology / vaporwave trend, although he mainly takes inspiration from the 1960's and 1970's. El Dorado features a varied set of tracks, most of them rhythmic and easy-listening, taking cues from jazz, bossa nova and the "space age pop". There is also a strain of Ambient, as Brian Eno seems to be one of Frank's influences. It is only very marginally progressive. In 2015, Locrasto released an eponymous release that has a bit more EM-related material, but at the moment it is only available as a digital download. So, what we have here is an artist who's not really EM most of the time but who certainly has strong EM potential.

 


Locust (UK)

In Rememberance of Times Past (1994) (recorded in 1982 - 1987)

Locust is a project of London-born Mark Van Hoen. He started composing in the early 1980's and gave his first performance of Electronic Music in 1982, influenced by Eno, Kraftwerk, TD, Klaus Schulze and other electronic pioneers. However, these influences were soon forgotten in favor of jazz artists, IDM and some high-browed academic composers. This album is a collection of early demos and unreleased archive material and could be interesting for some EM fans.

See also: Van Hoen, Mark

 


Loderbauer, Max (Germany)

Re: ECM (2011) (with Ricardo Villalobos)
Transparenz (2013)
Collodium (2013) (S)
Ambiq (2014) (with Claudio Puntin and Samuel Rohrer)
Ambiq 2 (2015) (with Claudio Puntin and Samuel Rohrer)
Ridges (2015) (S) (with Jacek Sienkiewicz)
Selekt 01 (2015) (S) (with Automat)
End (2017) (with Jacek Sienkiewicz)

Electronic musician who seems to come from the techno background, with also jazz as another strong influence. On Transparenz, though, a different sound is heard - part of the tracks are completely ambient, and part based on analog sequencing. There is a slight techno influence on some of the tracks which is never overbearing. So, this is much more an album for prog EM listeners rather than the techno crowd. Some of his other works (most of them collaborations) may include interesting electronic arrangements as well.

 


Loebs, Andy (USA)

Northwest Passage (2013) (with Matthew Barlow)
Hibernation Sickness (2013)
The Shell & Spectacle'd (2014)
Siphoning My Mystical Futures (2014) (S)
Health Code Violation (2014)
EBT Fractal (2015)

Synth artist from Asheville, NC, who released a few tapes.

 


LoganVostok (???)

Circuit Bent Analogue (2008)

LoganVostok is the brainchild of Paul Oppenheim who uses circuit bending technology to create highly abstract and atmospheric electronic pieces.

 


Logarides, Stavros (Greece)

Stavros Logarides (1978)
Alchemy (1987)

Stavros Logarides (Stavros Logaridis) is the keyboardist of the band Akritas. Several styles, including EM. Alchemy is a library LP.

 


Logic Gate (USA)

From the Silence (2003)
Voyages (2008)
Distant Echoes (2014)

Berlin School music from Californian artist Steve Grace.

See also: Grace, Steven

 


Logic Moon (Germany)

Polygon Garden (2012) (EP)
Debut (2016) (with Fiction Surprise)
Oblivion (2017)

A pseudonym of Tobias Lorsbach who releases music in different styles under different monikers. This is his ambient project, where he utilizes guitar, piano, field recordings and electronics.

 


Logic System (Japan)

Logic (1981)
Venus (1981)
Orient Express (1982)
To-Gen-Kyo (1991)
Space Polyphony (1992)
Kandoh Express Vol.1 (1993) (soundtrack)
Mystery of Life - Kandoh Express Vol.2 (1993) (soundtrack)
Patch Works (2003) (recorded in 1983 - 1990)
Everything Is In the Nature (2005)
Tansu Matrix (2008)
Electric Carnaval 1982 (2010)

A project of Hideki Matsutake who was the assistant of Isao Tomita in the 70's and have also worked with Yellow Magic Orchestra. Not surprisingly, the music is very reminiscent of YMO.

See also: Matsutake, Hideki

 


Logo 2000 (Germany)

Mediterranee (1980)

Electronic Music by Klaus Netzle aka Claude Larson and Christian Bruhn.

See also: Netzle, Klaus, Larson, Claude, Elmulab, Futura, Carlos, Power-Pack, Special Touch, VC People.

 


Logos (France)

Les Couleurs Sonores (1987)
La Lune des Sages (1988)
Quintessence - Les Couleurs Sonores 2 (1990)
Heliopolis (1990)

Sitting on the border of new age and Space Music, Stephen Sicard's Logos has been on the scene since the 1980's. He often uses preset synth sounds of the epoc, which diminishes the artistic quality of his work in my view. However, some of the atmospheres and sounds that he explores on his early albums pleasantly call to mind Klaus Schulze from around the same time as well as Jarre's melodic sensibility. This is not his full discography, as he seems to have drifted completely towards the new age side since.

 


Loibant, Joseph (Spain)

Regression Alpha (2000)
Nucleus (2001)
Fire Comet (2001)
Random (2001)
Sine (2001)
Pulse (2001)
Rotor (2002)
Quatre Columnes (2003) (soundtrack)
Empathy (2005)
Imagery (2005)
Mystery (2005)
Shadowy (2005)
By Convolution (2007)
Code 01 07 (2007)
Cyclo's (2007)
Mach 1 (2007)
Reiter / Action (2007)
3He (2008)
IO (2008)
Modulator (2008)
Radar Lines (2008)
Devonic 123 (2009)
Dual Phase (2009)
IO2 (2009)
IO3 (2009)
In Gravitation (2009)
In Other Dimensions (2009)
Sub Gravitation (2009)
The Grand Space (2009)
Devonic 456 (2010)
Alchemy (2011) (with Carlos Guirao)

The guy from Barcelona who was a member of AT-Mooss and Programa.

See also: AT-Mooss, MC2, Programa, Visionary.

 


Lois, Louis J. (USA??)

Shadows of Light (2001)

Relaxing synth compositions, sort of ambient / new-agey, floating kind of music with author saying thanks to Harold Budd in the credits.

 


Løksa (Denmark)

Green Adaptor (1996)

Jesper Løksa. Ambient.

 


Lomax, Simon (UK)

A Glimmer of Memory (2004)
Zone of Cold (2013)
5 Textures (2015)

Previously known as Maitreya. Floating Ambient / Space.

See also: Maitreya

 


L'Ombre (Canada)

Medicine For the Meaningless (2002)
Simulations 1.0 (2003)
Simulations 2.0 (2004)
Letting Go At the Steering Wheel (2009)

Cold, bleak ambience from Stephen Sawyer.

 


London, Barry (USA)

Barry London (2017)

New York-based musician who is a member of several indie rock bands, such as Jäh Division, Oneida and Soldiers of Fortune. As a solo artist he indulges in sequencer-based and more atmospheric Electronic Music based on the sound of analog synthesizers.

 


Lone (UK)

Levitate (2016)

Manchester-based (born in Nottingham) house / IDM / breaks / drum'n'bass producer Matt Cutler. Levitate includes two ambient pieces - "Breeze Out" and "Hiraeth", hence the inclusion to EEM.

 


Lone Cosmonaut (UK)

Fear of Heights (2014)
Pipe Dreams And Broken Promises (2015)
Unintended Consequences (2017)

This project combines rhythmic danceable tracks with melodic and ambient synth soundscapes of the progressive variety.

 


Loneliness of the Universe Eternal (UK)

The Inmost Fragility (2007)
Majestic Collapse (2008)

Space-themed drones and Ambient (Dark Space).

See also: Videl

 


Loneliness-Aloneness (Romania??)

Personized (2016) (S)

Ambient soundscapes with a melancholic vibe. The above album was released as a floppy disk bundle.

 


Long Distance Poison (USA)

Long Distance Poison (2010)
Calendric Circuits (2011)
Voltage Voids (2011)
Gamma Graves (2011)
Immanent Charges (2011)
Ancient Analogues (2012)
Ideological State Apparatus (2012)
Signals To A Habitable Zone (2012)
The Bog Nebula (2012) (S)
Gliese Translations (2013)
Rare Human (2013)
Mirror Totality (2014)
Feorh (2014)
Twin Lights Twin Lights (2015)
Lama Nada (2015)
Perfect Weather (2015)
Human Program (2015)
Rheomodes (2017)

Brooklyn-based analog synth trio of Casey Block, Erica Bradbury and Nathan Cearley. They have a warm and spacey sound, influenced by 70's EM (including Berlin School artists) and John Carpenter's soundtracks.

 


Long Night, The (UK)

Our Waking Hours (2014)

Ambient alter ego of Andy Condon. Music in the style of Brian Eno.

See also: Glimmer Room, The

 


Long Pond (USA)

A Fog of Unrest (2011)
Pageants (2011)
Rose Worn (2012)

Ambient artist from Tampa, who mixes current sludge / post-rock trends with a sort of a kosmische aesthetic.

 


Longo, Nick (USA)

Actuality (1994)

Electronic Music made with the help of software created by Nick Longo himself. 

 


Longs Couteaux (Canada)

Clyde Wells : Entretien (2010)
Comme Un Retour d'une Equipe de Hockey Professionel a Quebec (2011)

Mysterious, abstract Ambient from Quebec City.

 


Lonsberry, Chris (USA)

Diode Melody (1999)

Synthesizer music by this member (guitarist) of New Hampshire-based guitar / piano duo Reverie.

 


Look To the North (USA)

You're A Séance, Old North (2016)
5,000 Blackbirds Fall Out of the Sky (2016)

Music like a significantly darker version of Brian Eno or Harold Budd, with a huge piano presence and some sampled mellotron. Look To the North is a duo of David Colohan and Zachary Corsa.

 


Looks Realistic (USA)

Sans (2010)
Looks Realistic (2010)
Opticoral (2011) (S)
Designs For Coloring (2012)
Where Does It Come From? (2013) (S)
VA/A (2014)

Synth soundscapes. Very nice and atmospheric although at times sounding like sound collage with no focus or sense of composition.

See also: Bastardo, Joseph, Void, Bastian, Homeowner.

 


Loom (Germany)

100 001 (2011) (EP)
Scored (2012)
200 002 (2013) (EP)
The Tree Hates the Forest (2013)
300 003 (2016) (EP)
Years In Music (2016)

Loom is an electronic trio of former Tangerine Dream members Jerome Froese and Johannes Schmoelling with Berlin-based producer Robert Waters. They gave their first live performance in the Netherlands at the E-Live festival in 2011, presenting a mix of classic Tangerine Dream tracks and original material.

See also: Froese, Jerome, Schmoelling, Johannes, Waters, Robert, Tangerine Dream.

 


Loon, Paul van (Netherlands)

Tides (1997)
Scent of the Past (1998)
Tales of Transformations (??)

Melodic music by this musician. Too much "general MIDI" for me.

 


Loop, Dwight (USA)

Compositions 1998 - 2003 (2003)
Mystery's River (2004)

California-based artist whose experience in promoting and creating Electronic Music spans several decades. He is known as a radio programme director, radio host, promoter of EM and a musician with a unique style that, nevertheless, can be roughly placed alongside Tribal Ambient / atmospheric excursions of Steve Roach, Robert Rich and Vidna Obmana.

See also: Hunab Ku, Tone Pharaoh, Wunndermann, U.B.O.

 


Loops of Your Heart (Sweden)

And Never Ending Nights (2012)

Absolutely krautrock and progressive EM-influenced material from Swedish minimal techno producer Axel Willner. Great for fans of the Dusseldorf School.

See also: Field, The

 


Lopez Duran (Spain)

Blue Moon (2008)

Diverse album with piano-based tracks, ambient floaters and more rhythmic / melodic stuff from Jose Luis Lopez Duran.

 


Loptus (Spain)

Sounds of Tibet (??)
Sons of Saturn (2013)

Barcelona-based project influenced by Ambient and the Berlin School.

 


Lord Lovidicus (USA)

Windbuchen (2009)
Trolldom (2010)
Autumnal Winds And Times of Yore (2013)

Dungeon synth / fantasy music project from Connecticut. Apart from the above mentioned works, there are also a few download-only releases.

 


Lord Manuel (USA)

Astral Warrior (1977) (S)

A 7-inch record with Electronic Music / space rock synth tunes by this enigmatic one-man band project from New England.

 


Lord of the Ants (UK)

Quantum Voodoo (2009)
Firebird (2015)
First King (2017)

Cinematic music with slight dance influences from Christopher Westcott. Released on AD Music label.

 


Lord of the Isles (UK)

Pacific Affinity (2011) (EP)
Futures (2012) (S)
Year of the City (2012) (EP)
Searching  / Don't Reach (2012) (S)
SHEVC007 (2013) (S)
Galaxy Near You - Part One (2013) (S)
Greane / Gigha (2014) (S)
Clearness of Love (2015) (S)
Parabolas of Neon (2016) (S)

A project of Neil McDonald from Scotland. He mixes deep house tracks and EM tracks that range from ambient to sequencer-based, always relying on the sounds of analog synths. Not all of his releases are EM-related. I will try to list relevant stuff here.

 


Lord Tang (USA)

Hello (2012)
EP1 (2014) (EP)
EP2 (2014) (EP)
Butterflies (2016)

Lord Tang is a project of California-based Dominic Cramp. He is an experimental musician whose range of influences includes dub, musique concrete, classic analogue electronics, vintage sci-fi, soundtracks and library music. All of this can be heard on Butterflies - an explorative and very different EM work.

 


Loreau, Bertrand (France)

Priere (1992)
Le Pays Blanc (1994)
Sur Le Chemin (1996)
Jerycoacoara (1998)
Passe Compose (2002)
D'un Rive a l'Autre (2006)
Reminiscences (2009) (recorded in 1981 - 1985)
Sequences (2010)
Morceaux Choisis (2011)
Journey Through the Past (2012) (recorded in 1982 - 1988)
Souvenir Rêvé d'une Promenade (2012) (with Lionel Palierne)
Nostalgic Steps (2013)
Interferences (2013) (with Olivier Briand)
Amarres Rompues (2013)
Spiral Lights (2014)
Connexions (2014)
From Past To Past (2015)
Correspondances (2015)
In Search of Silence (2016)
Finally (2017)
Vimanafesto (2017) (with Fred Gerchambeau)

Electronic Music from this artist born in Nantes, comparable to Klaus Schulze, Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. Bertrand discovered Electronic Music in the 1970's, mainly through Klaus Schulze's records and live concerts. In the early 1980's he assembled a small studio and bought a few synthesizers (including a Korg MS20 from a friend and electronic composer Lionel Palierne). At that time both Bertrand and Lionel formed a group called "Krill" that had some tapes with experimental music recorded. Also of note from this period is his collaboration with the late Christophe Poisson, with whom he played a few concerts, including the one in a small town St. Etienne de Montluc. In the early 1990's, Bertrand got in contact with Musea label, which enabled him to release his music on CD. Bertrand Loreau is also known for origanizing one of the first festivals of Electronic Music in France. That was in 1984 and performing artists included Didier Bocquet and Jean-Philippe Rykiel. He was also a member of several local EM fan clubs and associations.

 


Lorentz, Yves & Alain (France)

Espaces (1980)

Unique progressive music by two brothers Yves and Alain Lorentz with just acoustic and electric guitar, organ and synths. A lot of it can be classified as EM. It looks like it is their only album. However, it is often referred to as Espaces 2 (as indicated on the back sleeve). The first volume in the series apparently belongs to Italian jazz musician Patrice Sciortino.

 


Lorenz, Ruediger (Germany)

Queen of Saba (1981)
Silver Steps (1981)
Earthrise (1982)
Wonderflower (1982)
Invisible Voices (1983)
Southland (1984)
The Last Secret of Poseidon (1985)
Angaria (1987)
Morning of the World (1988)
Fata Morgana (1990)
Pazifica (1991)
Atoll (1992)
Coral Sea (1993)
Sibiria (1994)
Taklamakan (1995)
Congo (1996)
Ozeania (1997)
Tropica (1998)

German synthesist who was a rock musician during the Seventies, but turned to synthesizers by the end of the decade. His works are very diverse. Some of them are just plain weird, some dark. Very often World influences are incorporated. Sometimes Lorenz's music approaches the Space Music genre. You may like different works by him, depending on your taste. Fata Morgana is highly experimental, Pazifica is melodic, Taklamakan contains Space structures, Congo is one of his most ethnic sounding ones and Atoll is Dark Ambient. Ruediger Lorenz died in 2000.

 


Los Pilotos (Spain)

Los Pilotos (2011)
El Regreso de Logan (2014)

Spanish electronic pop duo of Banin Fraile and Florent Muñoz. Sounds like a mixture of Moroder, Kraftwerk and current synthwave trends. Hardly progressive most of the time. "Robotnicks" is a nice Dusseldorf Shool track, though.

 


Loscil (Canada)

Coast / Range / Arc (2011)
Sketches of New Brighton (2012)
Intervalo (2013)
Erebus (2013) (with Bvdub)
Sea Island (2014)
Monument Builders (2016)
Suns (2016) (S)
Thesis 02 (2017) (S) (with Seabuckthorn)

Cold, frosty ambience and drones from this experimental / glitch / dub project. This is not his full discography but these albums are completely or almost completely ambient.

 


Losowski, Slawomir (Poland)

Nowe Narodziny (1994) (with Tomasz Losowski)

Keyboardist of synth-pop / rock band Kombi. This album, recorded with his son Tomasz (who plays drums), is in a melodic style and is completely instrumental. Slawomir also seems to have released a solo album in 2009 called Zaczarowane Miasto. Although the style is probably a bit similar, it also contains vocals, so I am not sure about it.

See also: Kombi

 


Lost In the Woods (Sweden)

The Meadowland Suite (2013)

Dark soundscapes by Johan Levin and Lars Tängmark.

See also: Desiderii Marginis

 


Lost Kadath (Italy)

Giving Up the Ghost (2011)
Monochromatic Regression (2013)
Oscillating Apparitions (2015) (EP)

Dark Ambient.

 


Lost Radiance (Russia)

Upon Us (2017) (recorded in 2014)
Marly (2017) (recorded in 2016)

Berlin School-based project of Alexander Asimov and Roman Rogov.

See also: Sirius Radiance

 


Lost-Radio (Russia)

Collected Memories (2013)

Ambient. Lost-Radio is Roman Zorin.

 


Lostsoul (Turkey)

Walking To the Dark Horizons (2004)

Dark Ambient inspired by Vinterriket.

 


Loucks, Allan (USA)

From This Vantage Point (??)

 


Lougheed, Lawrence (Canada)

Time Shadows (2002)
Elysium Solace (2009)

Melodic EM with elements of Space Music on Elysium Solace and new age / new instrumental on Time Shadows.

 


Lounasan (Belgium)

I Wish I Made This Music Every Day (2013)

Ambient by Joost Carpentier.

See also: Storer, Jovica

 


Lousberg (Germany)

Lurid Dreams of A Forgotten Self (2014)
The Fog Beneath My Feet (2015)
Wintergemälde (2017)

Music typical of that "black metal guy doing ambient" scene, with a few variations.

 


Love Like Deloreans (USA)

Love Like Deloreans (2009) (S)

Synth trio of Derek Muro, Lorna Krier and Peter Pearson. This sounds like a cross between chiptune and Prog EM, with a touch of synthwave perhaps.

See also: Dune, Lorna

 


Love Power Experiment (USA)

The Politics of Self Mutilation (2003)
Through Fire (2007) (with Temperature Within)

Dark Ambient from D. Sullivan out of Boston, Massachusets.

 


Lovett, Ben (USA)

Synchronicity (2016) (soundtrack)

Electronic sci-fi soundtrack, some of which sounds clearly inspired by Vangelis and Tangerine Dream.

 


Low Flung (Australia)

Low Flung (2015)
A House Unconscious (2015)

Subtle instrumental pieces with field recordings and modular synthesizers. Low Flung is a project of visual artist Danny Wild.

 


Lowe, Robert (USA)

Spegulo En Fazo (2008)
Gyromancy (2008) (S) (with Rose Lazar)
Fazo IV: La Kvalito De Speguloj (2009)
Eclipses (2010) (with Rose Lazar)
Terre Plate (2011)
Timon Irnok Manta (2012)
Heptagramic Approximation / Alpha Crucis (2013) (S)
We Know Each Other Somehow (2015) (with Ariel Kalma)
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (2016)
Thought Withdrawal (2016)
Kulthan (2017) (S)
Two Orb Reel (2017)
Levitation Praxis Pt. 4 (2017)
Marlek (2017) (S)

Aka Rob Lowe, aka Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, aka Lichens. Originally from Chicago, I believe, Robert Lowe played with math rock band The 90 Day Men, stoner rockers "Om", art-rock project Singer and others. He got influenced by dub music as well. His solo work is experimental, mostly analog electronics that ranges from minimal pulses to completely ambient stuff.

 


Löwenritter (Germany)

Ten Seconds Before Sunrise (2013)

Hailing from Germany, Löwenritter is a duo of Harald Löwy (Chandeen) and Dirk Ritter (Seasurfer, Dark Orange) and their music hangs in the air effortlessly, light as a feather, drenched in ethereal piano and synths and reminding on Harold Budd and Eno, but with more "soul" perhaps.

 


LowenStein (Spain)

Electronic Sounds Experience (2002)

Between spacesynth and the more accessible Jarre, with elements of dance / europop (although totally instrumental). Rather cheesy overall, with only a touch of Prog EM. LowenStein is David Ramos.

 


Lower Spectrum (Australia)

HHHH (2011) (EP)
Traces (2014) (EP)
Atlas Movements I & II (2016) (S)
New Haze (2016) (EP)

Perth-based artist who loves his analog synths and combines danceable beats (mostly ala electro) with upbeat sequences, solos and arpeggios. He is as much downtempo as he is Prog. Fans of the New Berlin School might check him out as well.

 


Lowman, Leon (USA)

Syntheseas (1980)
Sound Horizon (1982)
Waves of Perfect Timbre (1982)
Water Dreams (1985)
Passage To China Bay (1987)
Cruise Control (2005)
Liquid Diamonds (2013) (recorded in 1978 - 1981)
Recordings 1980-87 (2015)

Leon Lowman has been composing Electronic Music with synths and tape machines since the early 1970's. He cites mainly jazz / fusion musicians as his influences and, indeed, Cruise Control features jazzy / groovy loungy type of music. Early albums are supposedly more atmospheric, but still pretty funky.

 


Lowpaz (Germany)

Another Life (2013)

Lowpaz is a project of Thomas Jäger. Half-progressive, melodic music with downtempo rhythms, like a mixture of Space Music with Enigma or Schiller.

 


Loyde, Lobby (Australia)

Beyond Morgia: The Labyrinths of Klimster (2007) (recorded in 1976)

Archival release with music by this guitar hero from down under. Surprisingly, it's a space rock sci-fi concept album, with lots of keyboards & electronics and even one completely synth-based track.

 


Lozano, Luis (Spain)

Bandas Sonoras en Busca de Película (1988)

Spanish keyboard player. Sort of a soundtrack-ish and loungy / ambient feel to this music. Lots of electronic (sampled) imitations of acoustic instruments which was the fad of the time but sounds rather dated and obsolete today (especially in view of current revival of all things analog).

 


Lozano-P, Mariano (Spain)

A Field In the Sky / Rotterdam-88 (1987)

Electronic Music composed for artistic installation of Thomas Donnellan by this musician and keyboardist of several synth-pop bands.

 


LpLpo (France)

Tentaclemade (2016) (S)

Mysterious project with music sounding like a mutated alien form of Dusseldorf School Electronic Music (La Dusseldorf / Neu! subdivision), with maybe a touch of Rockets. Strange vocoders, distorted synths that sound like guitars, the motorik and wailing theremins - what's there not to like? The live image (the guy performs in an alien costume) completes the picture.

 


Lü (Colombia)

Retorno (2013) (S)
Murmullo (2014)

Ambient duo of Alejandro Henao and Miguel Isaza who use a lot of field recordings alongside electronics.

 


Lu Catalyst (Germany)

Retoxis (2011)
Seasoned Ships (2012)
Inburst (2015)
Kaidan (2016)

Lu Catalyst is Cologne-based artist Luka (Burkhard) Höfler's vehicle for experimental works done on Eurorack modular synthesizers and Haken Continuum. Abstract sound, sometimes in the vein of Noise Ambient perhaps, sometimes vaguely melodic.

See also: Elfish Echo

 


Luarvik Luarvik (Estonia)

Baltic Station Session (2000)
Tabamata Ime (2002)
Passioon & Fuuga (2004)
Live In Tartu (2007) (recorded in 2003)
Enigma Variatsioonid (2008)
Teekond Varjuderiiki / Memory Palette (2015) (with Mihkel Kleis)

Improvisational prog band with a sound dominated by Mihkel Kleis' keyboards. A lot of their early sessions were badly recorded but the compositions are rather nice, with hints of 1988 - 1990 (post-Franke) Tangerine Dream on the debut and venturing into different realms on later efforts. Teekond Varjuderiiki is another very EM-oriented effort. File under EM-related.

See also: Kleis, Mihkel

 


Lubbock, Jeremy (UK)

Spectrum: Keyboards Strings Synthesizers (1986)

Jeremy Lubbock used to be a conductor of London National Philharmonic Orchestra. With them, he released a Kitaro tribute album. It is no wonder then, that his own album includes delicate, melodic, even new-agey compositions performed on synths and other keyboards, that bring to mind works of said Japanese musician, without the oriental influences. File under Electronic New Age.

 


Lucid Sound Driver (USA)

CD023: Dilated Sessions: 001 (2017)

Vaporwave-related project. The above album features dreamlike ambient sounds and melodies.

 


Lucifaere (UK)

Dark Well of Urdr (1998)
Embracing the Dark (1999)
Bones of the Earth (1998)
One Amongst the Fallen (1999)
An Alchemy of Beliefs (2000)
The Midnight Tree (2000)
This Temple of Strange Lights (2000)
In the Shadow of Angels (2001)
The Dragon of Old Night (2001)
Bloduewedd (2002)
Dark Science 1 (2003)

Lucifaere is Jim Kirkwood and this is what Gothic EM should sound like. Kirkwood creates Berlin School Electronic Music on dark themes and the results are quite exciting and unique. I would definitely recommend it for those who like dark-themed stuff, but beware: this is no Dark Ambient. It's rhythmic synthetic stuff, but with unique Gothic atmosphere. Great stuff for the dark side of the Force (or the dark side of the Froese) alumnis.

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

 


Lucifer (Canada)

Black Mass (1971)

Rather cool electronic concept album. Dark themed instrumental work.

See also: Garson, Mort

 


Luciftias (USA)

Suspension of Disbelief (2000)
Darkness Absolute (2006)
The Great Gray Beast (2006)
Argedco Dosig g Manin (2007) (with Conqueror Worm)
Christeos Luciftias (2008)
1428 (2008)
Soundscapes For Headphones (2008)
CCCXXXIII (2009) (S)
Infernus (2010) (S)
Astralnaut (2011) (S)
Dronosphere III: Transcension (2013)
The Great Abstinence (2014)
...As A March Hare (2015) (S)

Dark / Deep Ambient from John Beers. Some of his works are more industrial / ritual influenced, some lean towards noise. Still others are more typical ambient stuff. 1428 and Soundscapes For Headphones will perhaps be the most interesting ones for an EM listener. Read my review of Soundscapes... here.

 


Lucy (Italy)

War Lullaby (2015) (S)
Eat, Drink, Shop, Relax (2016) (S)
Self-Mythology (2016)

Lucy is an alias of Luca Mortellaro. Ok, is he like a minimal / dub/ ambient techno producer or something? I dunno, maybe he is. However, there's hardly any *techno* on Self-Mythology. Instead, we are treated to a mixture of tribal beats and experimental electronics, resulting in a something of a World Music / Experimental / Ambient hybrid sound. Quite interesting. Earlier releases are supposedly more techno or dub-oriented.

 


LudoWic (Netherlands)

A Blinding Light Moment (2015)
Elka Village (2017)

LudoWic is a project of Dutch musician Thijs Lodewijk. Although he is influenced by pop music (indie pop, not the mainstream stuff) and the above album features vocals to a certain extent, he is also very Prog EM-influenced, using a lot of classic analog instruments.

 


Lugubre (Italy)

Lugubre (1996) (S)
My Prayer (1996)
Re-Pus (1997)

Nightmarish Experimental / Dark Ambient.

 


Luka Productions (Mali)

Fasokan (2017)

A project of Bamako-based rapper, multi-instrumentalist and producer Luka Guindo. In 2017, he suddenly released a nice and unique electronic album, combining lush synthscapes with traditional African instrumentation of the Sahel region. Let's see how the project develops.

 


Lull (UK)

Dreamt About Dreaming (1992)
Journey Through Underwolds (1993)
Cold Summer (1994)
Time Box (1995) (S)
Continue (1996)
Way Through Staring (1997)
Moments (1998)
Brook (2001) (with Origami Arktika)
Collected (2003)
They're Coming Out of the Walls (2003)
Circadian Rhythm Disturbance (2008) (S) (with Beta Cloud)
Like A Slow River (2008)
Circadian Rhythm Disturbance Reconfigured (2012) (with Beta Cloud and Andrew Liles)

Lull is Mick Harris (member of Scorn and ex-drummer of Napalm Death) who is one of Dark Ambient greats. Just like Lustmord's, his soundscapes are full of shades and opressive atmospheres.

 


Lullabies Under A Grey Sky (USA)

Sleepless (2012)
Beneath Us / If Ever (2014)

Warm ambient drones from Virginia. Most of the releases are download only.

 


Lumeet (Finland)

Isadora Mu (2011)
Lucitania (2014)

Finnish project of rhythmic electronic music that seems to be heavily influenced by the following genres (without ever sounding very much like any of them): space disco of the 1970's, progressive EM, spacesynth music and current synthwave trends, with just a slight bit of techno thrown in.

 


Lumiere (France / Germany)

The Planets Volume 1: Venus (2007)

Ambient Space Music from the duo of Jean-Pierre Devereaux and Hans Klemt.

 


Lumine (Belgium / Canada)

All the Unnamed (2017)

Nocturnal electronics from Timo Van Lujik and classical musician / cellist Graham Stewart. I don't know why but I get a J.J. Perrey "Prelude au Sommeil" feeling here in places...

See also: Ilta Hämärä

 


Lumsden, Nik (UK??)

Alarms And Excursions (1981)

 


Luna Monk (UK)

Sun Kiss (2017) (S)

Long ambient tracks with a warm sound.

 


Luna Set (Germany)

Comedie (1980)

Female singing with a prog touch and punky attitude. Aparently there's also an EM element involved. More investigation is needed.

 


Lunaar (Germany)

Messages From Space (1999)

Music which is somehow comparable to Jarre (also some Laserdance influences) by one Thomas Broich.

 


Lunar Abyss Deus Organum (Russia)

Cosmologamma - Ichthyonoider (2000)
Arktika (2002)
Sleeping In the Sleep (2002) (S)
Zeleznaya Voda (2002)
Hyperborean (2003) (S)
17-06-2002 (2003) (with Sergey Matveev)
Brusnika (2005) (S)
Snovidenie (2006)
8 (2007) (recorded in 1996 - 1998)
Listopad Vot On (2007) (with Kshatriy)
Lesnaya (2009) (with Hattifnatter)
Nidra (2009) (with Anamezon)
Ostrov (2009) (with Hattifnatter)
Bereg Teploj Vesny (2009)
Huonus (2009)
Snegopad (2009)
Tuntury (2009)
Bereg Holodnoj Vesny (2009)
Dendralepsya (2010) (with Neznamo)
Geologorazvedka (2010)
Golden Dissaciative Trip (2010)
Tsagan (2010)
Dremo-Ta (2010) (with Lesnaya Pogan')
Drema + Solntse (2011)
Tryakusta (2011)
Teni (2011)
Concerts Mixture 10-11 (2011)
Atanimonni Aitnatsbus (2012) (S)
Atimudra (2012)
Yolgva (2012)
Kujvo (2012)
Sledy (2012)
Kopalchen (2014) (with Kromeshna)
Live In Kiev (2015)
S (2015) (with Ogni Videnij)
Mohalociya Eroja (2015) (with Ogni Videnij)
Aikana Uni (2015)
Experiri Dive (2015)
Zemlyanka (2015)
Subsequent (2015)
O.D.A.L. (2015)
Tertius (2015)
Mitridat (2016)
Sklon (2016)
Nagadvipa (2017)
Ynyqay (2017)
Quarto (2017)

Evgeniy Savenko (from Saint-Peterburg, Russia) appeared on the experimental scene in the 1990's. He started with an industrial-influenced sound, gradually drifting towards ambient soundscapes. His music is ritual, semi-acoustic and nature-inspired. Some of his soundscapes are breathtakingly beautiful. The above discography contains Evgeniy's albums reeased as "Lunar Abyss Deus Organum", as well as under his former alias "Lunar Abyss Quartet" and one release under his real name (a collaborative live performance with Sergey Matveev).

See also: Boevye Cikady

 


Lunar Miasma (Greece)

Blackest Haze (2009) (S)
Monophonic Ritual (2009)
Mala Aria (2009)
Mirror Squares (2010)
Heavy Mist (2010)
Levitation (2010) (S)
Circle Ray (2010)
Three Legged Elephant (2010)
Crystal Covered (2010)
Existence (2011)
False Memories (2011) (S)
The Gateway (2011) (S)
Gone (2011) (S)
Arrival (2011) (S)
Managing the Dream (2012) (S)
Impermanent Nature (2012) (S)
Observing the Universe (2012) (S)
Passage To the Unknown (2012) (S)

Panos Alexiadis' project in Drone Ambient / synth soundscape mould.

See also: Red Needled Sea

 


Lunar Synth (Poland)

Future City (2014)

Melodic, symphonic Electronic Music in the style of Vangelis and Jarre.

 


Lunar Temple (UK)

Living Stones (2009)

Cornwall-based duo apparently influenced by German 1970's kosmische musik, Eno, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, but also stuff like Coil.

 


Lunar Testing Lab (USA)

The Winter Void (2012)
Nightmusik (2012)
Into the Dark Distance (2013)
The Alvord Expanse (2014)
Signalling the Stars (2016)

Hybrid downtempo / IDM / ambient project from Eric Watson. Only ambient works are included in the above discography.

 


Lunar Womb (Finland)

Planets (1996)
The Astral Grief (1997) (S)
The Sleeping Green (1999)

Dungeon synth with some cosmic influences.

 


Lunaria (USA??)

All Is Dream (2016)

Warm Ambient with a new-agey flair. Lunaria is Daniel Guillen.

 


Lunatik Sound System (Germany)

7 db (2003)
Settle Down (2005)
Sinewave (2006)
Dream Induction (2007)
Soul Control (2008)
There Is Something In the Room (2008)
[Maybe Never...] (2009)
Beyond the Event Horizon (2009)
Mindblower (2009)
Sounds Like Water (2009)
Bad Vibrations (2009)
The Faraway Mission (2009)
The Heavy Minded Orchestra (2010)
Die Oktober Session (2010)
Sounds Like Water 2 (2010)
Sounds Like Water 3 (2011)
Moonlite Stories (2011)
Artificial Gravity For Lost Minds (2012)
The Journey (2014)
Preconception / No Matter How (2014)

Deep ambient sounds from Stephan Laubner, some in Dark Space style. He also makes other types of music under different monikers.

 


Lundberg, Andreas (Sweden)

Space Wars Vol. 1 (2012)
Sequencermusik (2013)
Space Wars Vol. 3 & 2 (2014)
Propagandateknik (2014)

Aka AB Lundberg. This artist likes to combine Berlin School sequences with cosmic atmospheres.

See also: Global Chemicals

 


Lundh, Daniel (Sweden)

Epitaph of Cynicism (2005)

Minimalistic Dark Ambient.

 


Lundin, Hans (Sweden)

Tales (1984)
Visions of Circles of Sounds (1985)
Houses (1989)

Electronic Music by keyboardist of progrock band Kaipa.

 


Lundqvist, Anders (Sweden)

Desolation (2000)
Unknown Destination (2001)

For Laserdance fans.

See also: Macrocosm

 


Lundsten, Ralph (Sweden)

Fyra Kompositioner (1964) (S)
Elektron (1966)
Mums (1967)
Feel / It (1968) (S)
Elektronisk Musik (1968)
Tellus Fagel Bla (1968)
Silverskivan (1969)
Svit For Elektroniskt Dragspel (1969)
Erik XIV Och Ristningar (1969)
Musik For Cramerballeten (1970)
Olskog (1970)
Gustav III (1971)
Fadervar (1971)
Nattmara (1971)
Nordisk Natursymfoni #1: Stromkarlen (1973)
Midnattstimmen (1973)
Skrack Och Skratt, Resor i Okanda Varldar (1973)
Jazza Å Gympa (1974) (S)
Shangri-La (1975)
Nordisk Natursymfoni #2: Johannes Och Huldran (1975)
Cosmic Love (1976)
Universe (1977)
Discophrenia (1978)
Alpha Ralpha Boulevard (1979)
Paradissymfonin (1979)
Flygniva 450 (1980) (soundtrack)
Nordisk Natursymfoni #3: En Midvinter Saga (1981)
The New Age (1982)
Aspects of Nature (1982)
Nordisk Natursymfoni #4: En Sommarsaga (1983)
Nordisk Natursymfoni #5: Trolltagen (1984)
Dreamscape (1984)
Strangers In Paradise (1984)
Welcome (1985)
Message For the Soul (1985)
The Dream Master (1986)
Fantasia By Starlight (1986)
Airtechnology For Quality of Life (1987)
Ristningar (1988)
Hororscope (1988)
Legend of Joy And A Midwinter Saga (1990)
Alderstrappan (1990) (recorded in 1982 - 1985)
Atmosphere (1991)
Nordic Light (1991)
Mindscape Music (1992)
Ralphinated Symphonies (1992)
Topaz (1993)
The Joy of Being (1994)
In Time And Space (1995)
The Seasons (1996)
In Ralph Lundsten's Universe (1998)
Happy Earthday (2000)
Elektronisk Musik Fran 60-Och 70-Talen (2000) (recorded in 1964 - 1983)
A Vagabond of the Soul (2002)
Dreamlight (2003)
Hyper-Technical Touch (2003)
Prelude To the Future (2003)
Pa Dromda Stigar (2004)
The Naked Moon And the Virgin Sun (2008) (with Neurobash)
The Gate of Time (2011)
River of Time (2013)

Swedish composer (born in 1936 in Ersnäs) who is quite well-known in his homeland, mainly beacuse of the numerous scores for television, documentaries and commercials. He is considered a pioneer of Swedish Electronic Music. Ralph Lundsten started in the 1950's, using tape splicing and similar concrete techniques to achieve a sound different enough to what conventional instruments could give him. In 1959, the Andromeda studio was built in a 19th century wooden castle Frankenburg in Boo (that's where he resides until this very day). His recording career started a few years later, with music for documentaries, television, experimental works and, finally, album releases. Ralph is known for using many unique devices and custom built synthesizers for his music, including the ones designed by Finnish engineer and musician Erkki Kurenniemi.While some of Ralph's later work may sound too sweet and melodic, he could be very experimental or even weird in his early years. Check out some of his stuff, it's quite unique.

 


Lundvall, Tor (USA)

Passing Through Alone (1997)
Autumn Calls (1998) (with Tony Wakeford)
Ice (1999)
The Mist (2001)
Evening / Leaves (2002) (S)
Under the Shadows of Trees (2003)
Last Light (2004)
Empty City (2006)
Yule (2006)
Seasons Sketches (2008)
Mizuko Jizo (2008) (S)
Sleeping And Hiding (2009)
Insect Wings, Leaf Matter & Broken Twigs (2009) (recorded in 1991 - 1994)
The Seasons Unfold (2011)
Field Trip (2011)
The Shipyard (2012)
Structures And Solitude (2013)
Ibis / Quiet Seaside (2014) (S) (with Leila Abdul-Rauf)
The Park (2015)

Tor Lundvall is a unique artist from New York. He is a painter and musician who started with a pop-influenced sound on his debut but quickly drifted towards Ambient of the mysterious, melancholic, dark and nature-inspired variety. He mainly focuses on short compositions instead of long tracks and sometimes uses human voice along with electronics and acoustic instruments. The pop influence creeps in from time to time on some of the releases, so beware. It's difficult to differentiate his more pop-oriented works from non-pop ones, so I decided to leave all of them in.

 


Lunn, Tiffany (UK)

Escapism (2001)
A New Horizon (2004)
Our Existence (2010)

Emotional melodic soundscapes with rhythms, sequences and solos. Sometimes a bit on the new agey side of things.

 


Lunt, Dave (USA)

Now Silent (1982)
Silhouette (1982)
The Formation of Dreams (1990)

Solo music from member of Nightcrawlers, with at least one cassette release on Synkronos label.

See also: Nightcrawlers

 


Lussuria (USA)

Profumo della Signora Nero (2009) (S)
Garden of Seduction (2009)
Silk And Honey (2010) (S)
Mists of Our Silence (2010) (S)
Sunken Meadow (2011)
Ghost Entanglement (2011)
The Truth Begins In Lies (2012)
American Babylon (2012)
Industriale Illuminato (2014)
Immemorial (2014)
Scarlet Locust of These Columns (2015) (S)
Borgia (2016) (with Alberich)
Standstill (2017)

Lussuria is a project of Jim Mroz who blends elements of industrial, Dark Ambient and melodic / analog EM. This is especially true about Standstill. Earlier works may be more noisy / industrial.

 


Lustmord (UK)

Lustmørd (1981)
Untitled (1981)
Lustmordekay (1983)
Paradise Disowned (1984)
Heresy (1990)
The Monstrous Soul (1990)
A Document of Early Acoustic & Tactical Experimentation (1991) (recorded in 1982)
The Place Where the Black Stars Hang (1994)
Stalker (1995) (with Robert Rich)
Lustmord vs. Metal Beast (1997) (with Metal Beast)
Purifying Fire (2000)
Metavoid (2001)
Zoetrope (2002) (soundtrack)
Carbon / Core (2004)
Pigs of the Roman Empire (2004)
Rising (2006)
Juggernaut (2007)
Other (2008)
Beyond (2009)
Songs of Gods And Demons (2011) (recorded in 1994 - 2007)
Things That Were (2013) (recorded in 1980 - 1983)
Dark Matter (2016)

Brian Williams (Lustmord) is a pioneer of Dark Ambient genre. He started making music in the early 1980's, contributing to a few early SPK works. Since then he's gained a reputation of a sonic experimentator and researcher, always combining carefully recorded concrete textures (in places like caves, crypts and so on) with advanced processing techniques and his own sound creations. He is also the master of the stereo field, with his sounds fully enveloping you, if listened to with headphones. Early works were pretty rough but his sound got more polished as he gradually progressed towards a more individual style - one, which was less based on his industrial past and more on abysmal soundworlds and bleak ambient environments. Highly recommended. Just listen to his work with Robert Rich on Stalker and feel the magnificence.

See also: Arecibo

 


Lutnahimat (UK)

The Cat the Book And the Sea Monster (2006)
A Horrible Week In A Frame Without Perspective (2006)
Erosions (2010)

Dark Ambient artist from London.

 


Luttrell, John (USA)

Underwater Flying Lessons (2000)
A Sense of Impending Levitation (2004)
The Corridors of Time (2007)
The Dream Exchange (2014)

California-based guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. A mixture of prog rock and lush EM with a touch of Vangelis.

 


Lux, Kevin (USA)

Etoile (2005)
Talk About It (2008)

These albums are inspired by the 1980's electropop sound, especially Kraftwerk.

 


Luxton, Dave (USA)

Hidden Music (2008)
Futurus (2008) (with Aaron Gates)
The Divided Line (2009)
When the World Was Young (2010)
Portal (2010)
Dark Moon (2010)
Dreams Ghosts And Parallel Universes (2011)
Singularity In Sound (2012)
Fuzzy Music (2013)
Strange Environs (2015)

Ambient compositions from this acoustic guitar player and electronic composer.

 


Luz, Guilherme Da (Portugal)

Para Alem do Ser (2000)
Lugar Verde (2001)
Extase (2001)
O Momento (2001)
O Abismo (2002)
Espace, Morte e Eternidade (2002)
Neptuno em Escorpiao (2003)
Translucent Darkness (2003)
Organum (2004)

Electronic musician from Portugal. He creates classic cosmic Electronic Music. Recommended.

See also: Everness

 


Lvxus (UK / USA)

Cloudland (2005) (recorded in 1988)

Ambient by DAC Crowell and Jim Irwin. The duo "Lvxus" was formed in 1986 in Nashville. Unfortunately, in 1993 Jim died from AIDS-related disease, so the project had to be discontinued.

See also: DAC Crowell

 


Lyell, John (USA)

Wormholes (1998) (with Brent A. Reiland)
Synthetic Universe (2002) (with Brent A. Reiland)
Dimensions (2006)
Eternity (2012)
Reflection of Time (2014)
Planetary Artifacts (2017)

The first album is ambient electronics with progressive touches, sometimes venturing into rather dark territories. The second is more floating and can be described as classic Space Music. Dimensions ventures further into the realms of floating, melodic cosmic atmospheres. John Lyell has been active on the Ambient / Space Music scene since 1994.

 


Lyke Wake (Italy)

Mother II (2011)
The Black Light (2013)
Lyke Wake (2013) (recorded in 2010 - 2013)
The Dark After Dark (2014)
A Hate of A Thousand Years (2015)
Testament of Pain (2016)
Tavola Anatomica III (2017)

Lyke Wake is an experimental industrial / noise project of Stefano Di Serio that was active in the 1980's and 1990's. The early works are marked by lof-fi, minimal, noisy collages of sound, never overbearing or extremely aggressive, but also not EM or Ambient in the true sense. However, I haven't delved into that pase enough to be sure that there aren't any hidden gems for fans of EM. In 2010, Stefano returned to the scene, this time opting for a less austere, richer sound, marked by organ playing and dark atmosphere, all in the style of Medieval Ambient, or even a more cosmic, synth-based approach, as on A Hate... Relevant works will be listed.

 


Lynam, Kevin (USA)

Tone Cloud (2009)
Embrasser L'Obscurite (2010)

Minimal analog soundscapes.

 


Lynch, David (USA)

Polish Night Music (2007) (with Marek Zebrowski)
The Air Is On Fire (2007)

Well-known film director and ambient composer. His Polish Night Music, made in collaboration with keyboardist Marek Zebrowski is a nocturnal work for electronics and piano, reminiscent of Harold Budd.

 


Lynch, Ray (USA)

Deep Breakfast (1984)

I decided to bring back Ray Lynch's entry to EEM because this album is still a nice piece of Electronic New Age, not terribly progressive, but explorative enough to warrant an inclusion.

 


Lynn, Barry (UK)

Balancing Lakes (2008)
Taurus Tapes Vol. 1 (2017)
Taurus Tapes Vol.2 (2017)

Studies in repetition based on electric guitar loops and synths. For fans of Eno, Fripp, Goettsching et al.

See also: Host, The

 


Lynne (Norway)

Bjorn Lynne Demo Tape No. 1 (1991)
Hobbits And Spaceships (1992) (with Seppo Hurme)
Hibbits And Spaceships - The Extras (1992)
Brave New Virtual World (1993)
Montage (1994)
Dreamstate (1995)
Witchwood (1996)
The Void (1997)
Phoenix (1997)
Wizard of the Winds (1998)
Wolves of the Gods (1999)
Revive (2000)
The Gods Awaken (2001)
Accelerator (2001)
Colony (2002)
Nanoteknika (2002)
Return To Witchwood (2003)
Soothe (2004)
Beneath Another Sky (2006)
Undercover (2006) (with Adam Skorupa) (soundtrack) 
Quiet Places (2008)
Crystal Horizon (2010)
New Tech Haven (2013)

Bjorn Lynne creates music which is very reminiscent of the latter day Tangerine Dream but also has strong progressive rock influences. Energetic stuff with keyboards and guitar. Some albums (like Witchwood, for instance) are calmer and more serene.

See also: Divinorum

 


Lyon, Nic (Australia)

Unicorn (1983)

Symphonic electronics with progressive overtones. Apart from synths, Nic Lyon plays mandolin, harp, violin and viola. A fascinating, obscure release.

 


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