Index

 

M.A.D. (Spain)

Conjunto Vacio (1987)
Working Under Limits (1988)

M.A.D. stands for Mutual Assured Destruction. This project was formed by Antonio Torres and Carlos Delgado in Barcelona with the aim to explore melodic, rhythmic, sequencer-based Electronic Music.

 


M.A.L. (Belgium)

Chemistry (1981)
Outlaw (1984)
The Song of the Stars (2002) (recorded in 1971 - 1974)
Uncertain Alchemy (??)
Two Faces (??)
Pour Mes Amis (??)
Eighties (2007) (recorded in ??)
Sounds And Images From Some Non-Existing Worlds (2010)
The M.A.L. Tapes (2011)

M.A.L. is Belgian guitarist and experimental composer Daniel Malempre. During the 1980's he released a few cassette tapes. Some of those tracks were later re-pressed on CD as the Eighties compilation, along with a couple of compilation-only tracks and one unreleased piece. The new millennium also saw the release of The Song of the Stars that contained archived pieces recorded in the early 1970's. Daniel Malempre is strongly in the Manuel Goettsching school of thought most of the time, pioneering echoing cosmic guitar style along with Goettsching / Ashra, Günter Schickert and Achim Reichel.

 


M.A.O. (UK)

Subtle Sabotage (1982)
Retro Picnic (1991)
Living With Tupicco (1998)

See also: Martin, Alan

 


M.E.M.E. (USA)

Live At the Logan Beach Cafe (1999)
Live At the Feast (2000)
Live At the Nervous Center (2001)
String Vibrations (2002)
Live From the Bunker (2002)
Survival Machine (2002)

M.E.M.E. stands for Midwest Electronic Music Ensemble and is dedicated to live performances of Electronic Music, using modular synthesizers, samplers and digital / analog keyboards & controllers. The core members include Michael Firman, Darwin Grosse, Jack McCarthy, John Papiewski and Nick Wilson. The group also saw participations from Grant Richter, Brian Wensing & Andre Stordeur.

 


M.Kourie (USA)

The Dreams of M.Kourie (2006)

Ambient project of Nathan Berlinguette.

 


M.Nomized (France)

In Search of Shade (1989)
Circular Music (1989) (S)
Ne Jamais Partir (1992)
La Notation (1993)
Voyage (1995)
Fun Smiler / Sad Smiler (1996)
Music For Public Places (1996)
Phasor Movement (1998)
Dimensions (1998) (S)
Different Ways (1999)

French DIY / experimental artist whose real name is Michel Madrange. I guess his output is too diverse, ranging from noise to cut-up collages, musique concrete, violent electronics, etc. Therefore, it is difficult to pick something out of his huge discography that would fit stylistically to EEM. However, he did compose more ambient / prog EM works that I'll do my best to list here.

 


M.O.B.S. (Germany)

Aus dem Nichts... (2014)

Anonymous Electronic Music project on Syngate label. M.O.B.S. stands for Man of Berlin School.

 


M87 (UK)

Noctilucent Threnody (1999)

Dark Space.

 


Ma Ja Le (USA)

Dreams In the Orchards of Saturn (1995)
Imaginarium (1998) (with Vir Unis)
Live Under A Harvest Moon (2000) (with James Johnson)
Seed (2001) (with James Johnson)
Silence Speaks In Shadow (2001)

Ambient soundscapes by Paul Vnuk Jr. and Christopher Short, sometimes with tribal rhythms.

See also: Short, Christopher

 


Maa'ingun (USA)

Four Directions (2014)

Long ambient drone tracks.

 


Maas, Dick (Netherlands)

L'Ascenseur (1984) (soundtrack)

Dick Maas is a Dutch filmmaker who usually composes music for his own films. This is his soundtrack to a successfull low-budget thriller from 1983 "The Lift". His style can be compared to that of John Carpenter, with less repetition perhaps.

 


Maath (Italy)

Zyklus (2002) (with Anofele)
No Survivors For the New World (2005)

Melodic and dark ambience from Marco Ramassotto.

 


Mac (Italy)

Bionica, Fisica, Elettronica (1981) (with RG)
Vita (1982) (with RG)
Human Electricity (1996)
Futurebound (1996)
Aphasia (1999)
Dining Room (2002)
The Road (2003)
Spaceship Deneb (2004)
The Electric Man (2004)
Life Is Strange (2004)
A Deceitful Hand (2005)
Black Light (2005)
Hides In the Fog (2005)
Space Station Happiness (2005)
Space Cargo Atlantis (2005)
A Deceitful Mind (2006)
The Comet Fish (2006)
Tales of Bodies And Souls (2006)
Tales of Bodies And Souls 2 (2006)
The Presence (2006)
The Metallic Planet (2006)
Space Diplomacy (2006)
Justice (2007)
Winters (2007)
The Last City (2007)
Grey Light (2007)
Years of A Lifetime (2007)
A Deceitful Smile (2007)
Silent Seas (2007)
A Fake Live Album (2007)
MegaRobot Moonblade (2008)
Life Is Strange (2008)
Space Cargo Atlantis - 300 Years Later (2008)
Solar Mission (2008) (with Stockman)
Another Season (2008)
Aelectroid (2009)
Genesis of Alpha Nebula (2010)
Sleep (2010)
A Different Sky: OSC Vol. 1 (2010)
A Different Ground: OSC Vol. 2 (2011)
From All Sides (2011)
Strange Lands Vol. 1 (2011)
Strange Lands Vol. 2 (2011)
In the Wind (2011)
Destroyer of Memories (2011)
From Outer Planets Vol. 1 (2012)
From Outer Planets Vol. 2 (2012)
Upstairs (2012)
Playing For Keeps (2012)
Fire On Mars (2013)
Secluded (2013)
Radiation (2013)
Parallel Dimensions (2013)
Future Rain (2013)
The Eleventh Planet (2013)
Fabric (2013)
Irreality (2013)
The River And the Railroad (2014)
Wasted (2014)
Not Unlike Ice (2015)
Volcanic Drift (2015) (with Syndromeda)
1690 (2016)
Attigua (2016)
Justice (2016)
Berget Vaknar (2017)
Blue 500 (2017)

Member of BIOnighT. Human Electricity is sequencer music recorded in 1995 - 1996. Futurebound is a collection of upbeat futuristic synth-rock pieces a bit in the style of Tangerine Dream's 80's soundtracks. Aphasia and Dining Room are very diverse musically, but definitely electronic. Please, NOTE that Human Electricity, Futurebound, The Road, The Electric Man and Life Is Strange are no longer available in their original form. However, in the near future, newer, re-recorded versions of these albums will be available.

See also: BIOnighT, Synthuary.

 


Macari, Eblen (Mexico)

Glaciares (1983)
Trayectos (1983) (with Juan Valdés)
Musica Para Planetarios (1987)
Cartas de Navegacion (1989) (with Jose Luis Almeida)
Viento Solar (1991)
Altiplano (1992)
Ambar (1997)

Mexican progressive guitarist who operates on the border of EM. Musica Para Planetarios features 5 long tracks of World Music rhythms and floating synths, with lots of acoustic instruments and a sort of a Jorge Reyes / Luis Perez vibe. Glaciares supposedly contains some interesting electronic material as well. Viento Solar is a sampler that, among parts of 1983 and 1987 LP's, includes a 8+ minute piece from 1991 called "Pangea", recorded live during total solar eclipse. Altiplano features music composed for a documentary.

 


MacFarlane, Ian (Australia)

Void Spirit (1979)
Back From Beyond (1980)
Planetarium (1987)

Ian MacFarlane is a classic Electronic Music artist from Australia who began his career already in the 1960's. In the following decade he started experimenting with electronics. His first album was released under the "Violet Lightning" project name, while one track on Back From Beyond featured Geoff Green of Cybotron. Ian then went on to play live with Cybotron during the 1978 - 1983 period. He also gave several solo concerts.

 


Machina Coeli (Italy)

Finitor Visus Nostri (1999) (S)
Gnosis (2017)

Dungeon synth-like medieval synth music. Bombastic. Machina Coeli is Michele Savoldi.

 


Machine Brothers (Poland)

1 (2010)

Melodic Electronic Music, with influences from Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk & more.

 


Machine Listener (USA)

Prototyper / Innard (2013) (S)
Molyneux4 (2013) (S)
Sentient System (2014)
Endless Coil (2016)
Nocturnal People (2017)

Machine Listener is Matthew Gallagher from Ohio. Endless Coil features two long tracks of what the author describes as "a collection of late-night, generative synth compositions", which is in fact quite experimental but very listenable EM in a unique style.

 


Machinery of Life (Netherlands)

Run 2 (2003)

Michel van der Kuy's project.

See also: Rygar, Laserdance, Area 51.

 


Machines At Last (UK)

Machines At Last (1982)

Varied music from the duo of Paul Shorthouse and Robert Lawrence. Falls into the Experimental genre overall, but ranges from noisy to sequencer / berlinesque.

See also: Lawrence, Robert

 


Macht, Robert (USA)

Suite For Javanese Gamelan & Synthesizer (1996)

This album is what the title promises. Good for fans of World Music.

 


Macia, Manoel (Spain)

Lizard Music (1998)
Caos Sensible (2001)
Cielo Profundo (2006)
Rozando Burbujas (2009)

Original Galadriel guitarist. His works mainly consist of guitar-based electronics of the Frippian variety but he employs other techniques as well.

 


Macías (Spain)

Regreso a Valencia (1988)

Jose Luis Macías had been a keyboard player of several local new wave / pop bands in Valencia starting from the late 1970's / early 1980's. He then released this solo disc with tranquil Electronic Music mixed with classical stylisms and environmental sounds.

 


Mackaper (Sweden)

Minnen av Framtiden (2016)

Psychedelic / prog / folk band from Sweden, now seems to have reduced to a duo format. Minnen av Framtiden is a curious diversion, featuring cosmic organ / electronic music. The exact style is unknown at the moment, but, as always, I for one hope they continue in the EM direction.

 


Mackaw (USA)

Celadon (2011)

A project of Wilson Kemp. Analog synths / drum machine / vocal improvisations.

See also: HD Sunrise

 


Mackay, Duncan (South Africa)

Chimera (1974)
Score (1976)
Visa (1980)
A Picture of Sound (1990)
Russell Grant's Zodiac (1990)
Songs To Fall In Love To (1997) (with Neil Lockwood)

Duncan Mackay was born in Leeds, England but during the 1960's he emigrated to South Africa and that's where most of the events related to his solo music career happened (that's why he is listed as a South African artist anyway). His music is a synthesis of several styles, most notable the symphonic rock of the 1970's (like Yes, ELP etc.) and Electronic Music. Chimera is very much influenced by the symphonic rock, while on later efforts he developed a more synthetic approach. Duncan Mackay played keyboards on albums of some well-known acts, including 10cc, Camel, Kate Bush and Alan Parsons Project.

 


MacMillan, Miles (Canada)

Alienated (2003)
Futureworld (2006)

Independent electronic composer / musician (and ex-bass player) based in Ontario, Canada. Melodic / rhythmic and sequential Electronic Music in the vein of Jarre and Tangerine Dream.

 


Macrocosm (Sweden / Germany)

First Mission (2002)
Second Voyage (2005)

A synthdance / spacesynth duo of Anders Lundqvist and Marco Rochowski.

See also: Lundqvist, Anders

 


Macromassa (Spain)

Darlia Microtonica (1976) (S)
El Concierto Para Ir en Globo (1978)
El Regreso a las Botellas de Papa Nodulus (1984)
Macromissa (1985)
Espejo Rapidisimo Qinqen (1986)
Gelateria: los Poderes del Chichoner (1987)
Tolosago Banda Munizipalak Interpretatzen Dio Macromassari (1989)
La Isla de la Tortuga (1989)
Banda Municipal de Tolosa Interpreta Macromassa (1991)
Los Hechos Perez (1992)
ZOG Live (1993)
Las Flores Amarillas Tambien dan Entradas Nuevos a los Perros (1995)
Umyu (1995)
Puerta Heliogabal (1997)
Armas Mosca (2010)
Presenta la Ligereza de las Montañas (2012)

Basically a duo formed in 1976 in Barcelona by Victor Nubla and Juan Crek. Nubla is a composer, videoartist and writer who started his musical adventures as a clarinetist. During the 70's, he became involved in the whole experimental scene and created Macromassa as an outfit that would allow him to explore the possibilities of electronic wind instruments. Juan Crek, on the other hand, came from a psychedelic rock background. Many a musician collaborated with Macromassa, including some luminaries of Spanish progressive / electronic scene, such as Albert Gimenez. The latter's interest in German Electronic Music of the time and his own unique methods and style contributed to some of early Macromassa material. Apart from releasing records and CD's, the band also released tons of videos and participated on numerous compilations.

See also: Naïf

 


Maculatum (France / USA)

The Nameless City (2012)

Dark Ambient.

See also: Collapsar, Rasalhague.

 


Madame O und Ihre Kopffilm Bande (Germany)

Wunderhübsche Mädchen Schmeißen LSD Trips im Kindergarten (2012)
Verlorene Welt (2014)

Although a "witch house" project, there are some EM influences felt in some of the works. Especially Verlorene Welt, which is supposedly a soundtrack, will be interesting for its long, cosmic tracks bringing to mind early Popol Vuh, Klaus Schulze and more. A bit more variety within the tracks would not harm, though. File under EM-related.

 


Madden, Mike (USA)

Millenium Mash (1998)
Metallic Limits (1999)

Mike Madden is the drummer of Joe Albarran's Matter. On these albums he uses drums, percussion, theremin and mellotron.

See also: Matter

 


Madhya (France)

Les Chants du Soir a la Villa Carlotta (1981)
Meditations Sur le Seuil (1987)

Madhya is a project of Thierry Guinot who wrote this music for Rosicrucian Order, a secret society he was member of and is now the president in charge of. The music is at times static, solemn, meditational and dark. It has that new-agey vibe to it and features, apart from synthesizers, lots of acoustic instruments, including lots of vibes.

 


Madonne, Jean-Claude (UK)

Beautiful World (1984)

Lush, symphonic electronic pastiche on this library record of Sonoton label. Jean-Claude Madonne is a pseudonym of John Fiddy.

 


Madore, Michel (Canada)

Le Komuso A Cordes (1976)
La Chambre Nuptiale (1978)

Canadian musician from Quebec area. The first album features a full-band sound. The music is instrumental and is somewhat influenced by Gong (you know, the jazzy sort of thing). The second one features different music altogether: it's spacey and ethereal and is in essence a solo electronic effort of Michel. The work on both albums started in 1975 but the second one took 3 years to complete. After these two releases Michel Madore mostly acted as a painter and sculptor.

 


Maenad (USA)

Flowers For Solomon (1999) (S)
A Thousand Petals (2001)

Flowers... contains apocalyptic Dark Ambient with mutating synths over a collage of late-night Christian Radio sounds. Maenad is a New-Jersey-based project from Christine M. Uberti.

 


Maeror Tri (Germany)

Dedicated To A New Dawn (1988)
Perception Kills (1988)
Peak Experience (1989)
Peak Experience (1990) (different)
Ambient Dreams (1990)
Sensuum Mendacia (1991)
Subliminal Forces (1991)
Hypnobasia (1991)
Ultimate Time (1991)
Venenum (1992)
Multiple Personality Discorder (1993)
Yearning For the Secrets of Nature (1993)
Mind Reversal (1993)
Archaic States (1993)
Ultimate Time (1994)
Myein (1995)
Ambiguitas (1995)
Mort Aux Vaches (1996)
The Beauty of Sadness (1996)
Language of Flames And Sound (1996)
Emotional Engramm (1997)
Hypnotikum I (1998)
Hypnotikum II (1999)

The ultimate in Drone Ambient. Maeror Tri were a German trio that used only electric guitars and tons of processing devices to create their floating and static droning soundscapes. The group is now disbanded.

See also: Troum

 


Maesso, Jerónimo (Spain)

Arraigo (1988)
Bestiario (1992)

Arraigo represents a soundtrack to a flamengo ballet that mixes that style with electronics, although the exact combination and sound is not clear at the moment. Bestiario I know nothing about.

 


Maestracci, Jacky (France)

Symphonia (1996)

Corsican electronic musician with a rock-based, melodic style.

 


Maffei, Daniele (Italy)

Tutto in Questi Colori (2016)

Neo-classical influenced Ambient, sometimes with slow rhythms. Melodic, atmospheric music that will appeal to those into the output of AD Music label, perhaps.

 


Magamura (Hungary)

Supernaturals (2017)

Unclassifiable experimental duo of Eril Fjord (real name - Krisztián Pető) and Laurine Frost. Some tracks have a genuine Prog EM feel and are done in a unique, individual style. These include "Aspen'92", "Youth", "Roon" and a few other, isolated moments.

 


Magec (Germany)

Ritual Reality (1996)
Bella Donna (1997)
Natural Spirit (1999)

Diverse music from Jens Buchert released on Innovative Communications label. Influences include World Music, Tribal Ambient, melodic EM, downtempo, new age and more.

 


Magenta Mirror (UK)

Keeper of the Id (1986)
Lemurian Timewarp (1987)
Ichogampa (1988)
Moods And Madness (1989)

Barry Christian and Michael Howe.

See also: Christian, Barry, Howe, Michael.

 


Magic Arrows (USA)

After Rain (2010)
Zeta Grey (2011)
Descend Like Dove (2013)
Music In the Garden (2014)
Music In the Garden Bonus CD-R (2014)
Pray (2014)
Voyager Meditations (2014)
Guitar Loops (2015)
Shortwave Now (2016)

Magic Arrows is Scott Beschta. Lo-fi ambience, drones and ethereal, melodic synths. Early works are not included because they are supposedly in a different, non-EM style. Further investigation is needed.

 


Magic Dimension (Germany)

Autobahn Musik (2002)
Space Exploration (2002)
Sounds From Outer Space (2002)
Dreams of Tomorrow (2002)
Earthview (2002)
Back To the Roots 1 (2003)
Back To the Roots 2 (2003)
Bewegung (2003)
Cosmic Events (2003)
Endless Floating (2004)
Dreamscape (2004)
Reflections (2005)
Astrophobia (2005)
Skywalker (2006)
Sternenflimmern (2011)

Quite a prolific German artist with a cosmic, Berlin School-inspired sound.

 


Magic Sound Fabric (USA)

Unfold (1998)
Uplift Drift (2002)
Freedom Star (2004)
Observer (2009)
Lucid (2015)

Ambient and chill-out music, sometimes with modern rhythms. Magic Sound Fabric is Cameron Akhunaton.

See also: Mind Transport Tools

 


Magical Power Mako (Japan)

Welcome To the Earth (1981)
Magical Computer Music (1985)
Next Millennium Vibrations (1993)
424 Gratia Sound Image Sketch (2016)

I am not sure how much of this Japanese psychedelic legend's music could be classified as EM, but at least the above mentioned albums are supposed to be electronic or electronic-related. Welcome To the Earth seems to be strongly influenced by Kraftwerk, with that exotic and at times wacky Japanese touch, Magical Computer Music is full of quirky melodic and abstract synth instrumentals, while Next Millennium Vibrations makes a step towards 90's Ambient, trance and IDM. Further investigation is needed.

 


Magical Ring (France)

Light Flight / More And More (1977)

A project of Jean-Pierre Decerf. This album is more or less a library release and therefore suffers from inconsistency. The music ranges from the cheesy and sub-standard Floydisms (on vocal / guitar / synth tracks) to nice spacey electronic numbers.

See also: Decerf, Jean-Pierre

 


Magina, Pedro (Portugal)

Nazca Lines (2010) (S)
Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five (2011)
Gecko (2013) (S)

Synthesist with a diverse melodic / atmospheric style.

 


Magma (France)

Magma (1970)
1001 Centigrade (1971)
Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh (1973)
Kohntarkosz (1974)
Hhai / Live (1975)
Udu Wudu (1976)
Inedits (1977)
Attahk (1978)
Retrospektiw Vol. 1 & 2 (1981)
Retrospektiw Vol. 3 (1981)
Merci (1984)
Mythes Et Legendes Vol. 1 (1985)
Mekanik Kommandoh (1990)
Le Voix - Concert 1992 - Douarnenez (1992)
Theatre Du Taur - Concert 1975 Toulous (1994)
Concert Bobino 1981 (1995)
Concert 1971 Bruxelles Theatre 140 (1996)
Floe Essi / Ektah (1998)
BBC 1974 Londres (1999)
Theusez Hamtaahk (2001)
Kohntarkosz Anteria (2004)
Uber Kommandoh BBC 1974 (2004)

A relic of French progressive scene. Magma were the creators of musical style known today as "zeuhl" music. The band's drummer, Christian Vander, invented his own language called the Kobaian, in which the band sang sci-fi stories about a peaceful race living on a distant planet Kobaia and their relationships with the people of the Earth. With it's shattering bass lines, super eccentric vocals, darkish keyboard sounds and heavily repetitive structure, Magma's music is nothing for the faint-hearted. The band has influenced a host of musicans, not only in rock music, but also in the electronic camp, the good example being Peter Frohmader. For their more electronic sound, check out Udu Wudu.

See also: Weidorje, Vander, Christian, Gauthier, Patrick, Widemann, Benoit.

 


Magne, Michel (France)

Elements - La Terre (1978)
Elements No.2 - L'eau (1980)
Classiques Synthetiseurs (1982)

Michael Magne (1930 - 1984) is mostly known as a soundtrack composer who also released several Electronic Music albums (they are listed above). The rest of his output ranges from symphonic music to vocal / chansons and a bit of early experimentation (as on Musique Tachiste).

 


Magneticring (Canada)

Debris Magnetiques (2004)
Live In A Room With All the Windows (2007) (with Workbench)
Magneticring (2009)
Untitled (2009) (S) (with Osama Shalabi)
City (2011)
All the Fluid Is Floating (2012)

Varied (sometimes noisy) soundscapes from Joshua Stevenson.

See also: Von Bingen

 


Magnetics, The (Iceland / USA)

A Historical Glimpse of the Future (1981)

A mixture of jazz fusion and electronic stuff from the duo of Jakob Magnússon and Alan Howarth (Pi Corp).

See also: Howarth, Alan

 


Magnetize (Ireland)

Biome (2004)
Live @ Lazybird 20.02.05 (2005)
Ear Blink (2007)
Frame Dragging (2008)
Sweex (2009)

On the stark, dense side of the soundscape spectrum, this, however, has enough kosmische influences to warrant an inclusion here.

 


Magnetizer (USA)

Post-Body (2016) (S)
Observer (2016) (S)

Oakland-based artist. This music alternates between danceable acid / techno tunes and sequencer-based or atmospheric EM pieces, mostly leaning towards the latter (of the four tracks on Post-Body, only one is acid / techno-related).

 


Magnetron (UK)

First Light (2012)
Future Lines (2013)
Quadrant (2013)
Spherics (2014)
Velocity (2014)
Photonic Waves (2015)
Impulse Response (2016)
Phase Space (2016)
Power Lines 1 (2016)
Power Lines 2 (2016)

British Berlin School duo of Steve Humphries and Ken (Xan) Alexander.

See also: Create, Alexander, Xan.

 


Magnum Opus (Brazil)

Divine Force (1997)
Imagens (??)

Apparently, this artist (Daniel Klimek) mixes melodic progressive rock with jazzy / symphonic tendencies and psychedelic / cosmic Electronic Music.

See also: Mello, Andre

 


Magritte (UK)

Sea Fever (1984)

 


Magwheels (USA)

Romance (1994)
Treaktor (2001)
Lanterns (2002)
Evebuildingbomb (2003)
Pane (2003) (with Stone Glass Steel)
Selected Songs 2001 - 2003 (2004)

Drone Ambient from David Sullivan (Portland, Oregon).

 


Mahavok (Estonia)

Galaktikad (2010)

This band exists since 1977 as Spiraal and since 1982 is known under its current name. In their early years they played a sort of pop / rock music with vocals. However, their 2010 effort is an instrumental affair, featuring a nice, spacey and extremely melodic mixture of guitars, drums and electronics. Some of the tracks remind on latter-day Tangerine Dream (Mars Polaris and onwards) but with much more analog warmth to it.

 


Mahoney, Mark (USA)

If Dreams Were Clouds (2004)
Imprint (2006) (with Michael Peck)
The Gallery of Subtle Smiles (2007) (with Michael Peck)
Beyond the Vaulting Sky (2009)
A Life Incandescent (2010) (with Michael Peck)

Ambient musician and a founding member of The Amaranth Signal.

See also: Amaranth Signal, The

 


Maidenberg, Reed (USA)

Poppies (1986)
Unexpected Beauty (1989)

Usually lumped with the new age genre, the music of Reed Maidenberg indeed has that vibe, as he likes to use major harmonies on his multiple keyboards. However, his music is much more elaborate than any typical new age and I would say that the faster tracks remind on Ray Lynch's music circa Deep Breakfast. The palette of sounds that Reed uses is also miles ahead of any artist usually associated with the genre. Then there are slow tracks like "In the Morning Mist" that are nice EM that hints in the direction of Space Music and melodic / spacey styles. Patrick Kosmos was one name in particular that sprang to mind. If you like Electronic New Age or general / melodic EM, do check out Poppies.

 


Maier, Christian (Germany)

Inspiration (1990)
In the Beginning (1991)
On the Way (1991)

German synthesist.

 


Maillet, Frederic (France)

Inlandsis (2005)
Strategie Lunaire (2007)

French synthesist with classic style.

 


Main (UK)

Firmament III (1996)

So far I have included here only one album by this well-known UK experimental band, consisting of Scott Dowson and Robert Hampson. I am not sure if it fits in stylistically, or if there are other albums out there begging of inclusion. On Firmament III processed guitar was used along with a lot of samples (Paul Schütze provides samples for two of the tracks). The music is supposedly Ambient of the darker variety. This project was put on hold in 2006.

 


Main Sequence, The (USA)

The Main Sequence (2014)

Music strongly inspired by the Berlin School of electronics (the earliest stuff, circa 1972 - 1975), space rock and stuff like Fripp & Eno, with guitar and synths. The Main Sequence are Joel David Palmer and Joshua Alan Weiner.

 


Maina, Pepe (Italy)

Il Canto dell'Arpa e dell'Flauto (1977)
Scerizza (1979)
Il Gioco dei Venti (1985)
Birds of Passage (2006)
Snow (2013)
Winter Sea (2017)

Unique prog / World Music / new age artist. The first one will be enjoyed by fans of Popol Vuh perhaps, with a dash of Mike Oldfield and Klaus Schulze. It's an acoustic / electronic hybrid. The 1985 album features Pepe Maina on an Ensoniq Mirage and flute only. Further investigation is needed.

 


Mainframe (UK)

Tenants of the Lattice Work (1983)

A concept album of Electronic Music (with some synth-pop traits) made with moogs, rolands, Apple II computer and more. Mainframe consisted of Murray Munro and John Molloy.

 


Maioli, Walter (Italy)

Amazonia 6891 (1986) (with Pit Piccinelli and Fred Gales)

Pioneering World Music from the mastermind behing Aktuala and Futuro Antico. Mainly processed field recordings and electronic sounds.

See also: Futuro Antico

 


Maiovvi, Antoni (UK)

Shadow of the Bloodstained Kiss (2009)
Zulawski (2010) (S)
The Thorns of Love (2010)
The Divine Invasion (2011) (EP)
Yellow (2013) (soundtrack)
The Hook & Pull Gang (2014) (with Umberto)
Monoceroticism (2014) (S)
Law Unit (2015) (with Umberto)
Avrokosm (2015)
Interior / Exterior (2017) (S)
Abdullah (2017) (soundtrack)

Bristol-based producer Anton Maiof revisits the "Giallo" genre, using lots of mellotron textures, sharp 1980's rhythms and varied synth textures. Goblin fans take note. Some of his other albums may be of interest too.

 


Maitreya (UK)

From the Mothership (1999)
Telluric Waves (2003)
.74 (2004)

Space Music by Simon Lomax who is the founder of British Council of Nine label.

See also: Lomax, Simon

 


Majestibo (Poland)

Majestibo is Polish composer Marcin Borkowski who participated in the creation of EL-PROJEKT sampler. He composes melodic and climatic spacey EM.

 


Majeure (USA)

Timespan (2010)
Synthesizer of the Gods (2011) (EP)
Ben Nevis / Jakoda (2011) (S)
Brainstorm (2012) (S) (with Steve Moore)
Solar Maximum (2012)
Trancer (2012) (S)
Romance Language (2013) (S)
Termination Shock (2014)
Transmittance (2014)
Union of Worlds (2015)
Apex (2017) (S)

Stark Electronic Music from Zombi drummer A.E. Paterra.

See also: Zombi

 


Major Minor (Belgium)

Life - 4 Billion Years of Music (1990)
Strange New Worlds (1991)

 


Makačinas, Teisutis (Lithuania)

Disko Muzika (1982)

If you enjoy Space or Zodiac, this could be more of the same. In fact, one track is a complete "Magic Fly" rip-off, although it's pleasant and is done well. However, aparently most tracks on the album feature cheesy vocals. What a waste. Well, at least the synth sounds are fat and cool in that cartooney, cheesy way... There are other albums by this composer that supposedly have nothing to do with EM.

 


Makeup And Vanity Set (USA)

Never Let Go (2011) (S)
88:88 (2012) (soundtrack)
Manifold (2013) (S)
7.5.2148 (2013) (S)
Wilderness (2015)
Wavehymnal (2016) (S)

Synthwave project with forays into horror synth and progressive electronics. Starting in the 1990's as part of the then booming MOD scene, Matthew Pusti developed an interest in chiptune music. He then had a few releases in that style before moving to current synthwave-dominated sound. Note: the above discography is incomplete and only includes releases with EM or EM-related material.

 


Maklakov, Vitaly (Russia)

Denuding To Nights (2003) (S)
Fleur Light (2008) (with Federico Barabino)
Untitled (2013) (with GX Jupitter-Larsen)
Abstract Expressionism - Part 1 (2014)
Simple Beauty (2014) (with Chris Silver T)
The Last Day of Spring (2015)
Njera (2015)
Abstract Expressionism - Part 2 (2015)
Abstract Expressionism - Part 3 (2015)
Zontag (2015) (with Freiband)
Копирование по памяти (2016)
Solar Mycelium (2016) (with Lefterna)
Сон в полуденный зной (2016) (with Arseniy Litvin)
56°29′20″N (56​.​488839) 63°26′10″E (63​.​435983) (2016)
Изложение (2016) (with Astma)
Zheleznye Skazki (2016)
Библиотечный сон (2016)
Зазеркальное молочко (2016) (with Arseniy Litvin)
Cold July Water (2016) (with Arsenne Arthur)
Loops Pulsation And Drone (2016) (S)
Харизматичный отлов невесомости (2017)
Архитектоника (2017)
Brain Oscillation (2017) (with Alexei Borisov)
Объекты перцепции (2017)
Эклектика и симультанность (2017) (with Arseniy Litvin)
Zheleznye Skazki Pt. 2 (2017)
Энрик (2017)
Звуковая инсталляция для тайного схрона (2017)
For A Distant Lands (2017)
Этажи (2017)
Ночники (2017)

Extremely prolific ambient artist from Saint-Petersburg, also known as Kromeshna. The above discography is incomplete, as some of his releases apparently consist of field recordings only. Some others lean towards noise, so these were excluded as well. A good example of his long-form Ambient is For A Distant Lands (2017).

See also: Kromeshna

 


Mako (Austria)

Meeting With the Sea (1984)
In Other Regions (1986)
Forms of Life (1990)

Electronic Music, produced by Gandalf.

 


Makoto Highland Band (Japan)

Injection (1979)

Makoto Highland Band was a disco project led by Makoto Yano and most of the songs of the above LP are just your normal disco songs of the time. However, the synth parts were produced by Shigenori Kamiya (and his friend Atsuko Hayashi) and at least one track ("Anesthesia") seems to be a nice electronic number with a warm sound. Pity it's so short, making this album EM-related at the very best.

 


Maksa, Zoltan (Hungary)

CO2 (2002)
Vulkan (2004)

Zoltan Maksa is a Hungarian humorist (!) who released a couple of albums with melodic, Jarre-influenced music.

 


Mäläskä (Netherlands)

Uncle Jim's Cidney Factory (2016)

A duo of Remy Stroomer (synths / sequencing) and Petter Janse (guitar / sequencing). Relaxed, rhythmic, sequencer-based electronic journeys with sometimes a 1999-2010 period Klaus Schulze or Ashra feel.

See also: Remy

 


Malek, Ahmed (Algeria)

The Electronic Tapes (2017) (recorded in ??)

Algerian film composer (1931 - 2008). In the early 1980's he discovered synthesizers and Electronic Music. The above release compiles some of his tapes containing experiments in the EM field. The style is, as can be expected, quite cinematic.

 


Malfatti, Johannes (Germany)

Surge (2017)

Long-form Ambient, mostly of deep nature, by this Berlin-based musician.

 


Malleus (Italy)

Paranorm (1988)
Opera Totale (1993)

Music in symphonic and at times bombastic Vangelis style, with voices and all.

 


Mallia, Sauveur (France)

Spatial & Co (1979)
Spatial & Co Vol. 2 (1979)
Automation (1980)
Cosmosynthetic Vol. 1 (1981)
Cosmosynthetic Vol. 2 (1981)
Automation Vol. 2 (1983)

As embarassing as it could be, these library records by Arpadys member (only his early works are included) run a whole gamut of influences, from the dreary disco sounds of his parent band to nice atmospheric, if somewhat simplistic electronic melodies in French style and even decent Berlin School sketches. I suppose one should get used to inconsistency as a key to the absolute majority of library albums but hey. You get cheese and you get class, all in the same album. Tread with caution. (funny part: the sequence on "Robot Avenue" from Automation seems to be stolen note-by-note from Kraftwerk's "Metropolis", at other times you can clearly hear him quoting (or simply trying to sound like) Jarre and Tangerine Dream).

 


Malmberg, Eric (Sweden)

En Skattkista Längst Nere På Botten Av Ett Stort Hav (2002)
Den Gåtfulla Människan (2005)
Verklighet & Beat (2007)
Sju Små Sagomelodier Och En Låt Som Mest Är Som Ett Ljud (2014) (S) (recorded in 1996)

Young artist strongly influenced by the Dusseldorf School (Cluster, Kraftwerk...) and minimalism. Bo Hansson appears on synthesizer on Verklighet.

 


Malone, Yves (USA)

Three Movies (2014)
Ebony Sunrise (2014)
Adderall Canyonly / Yves Malone (2015) (with Adderall Canyonly)
Golden Twilight of the Black Sun (2015)
The Unfortunate Occurence of Memories Not Our Own Bleeding Through And the Hole That Fills Them (2015)
Death House 4 (2016)
Moonday Tides (2017)
Boneblack (2017)

One of the artists that mix progressive electronic with current synthwave trends and that "horror revival" sound in there as well. Three Movies is a 3-cassette set.

 


Maltz, Eric (USA)

LP (2017)

Originally from New York, Maltz is a well-traveled artist who makes varied music, mostly within deep house / dub / dub techno idiom. However, the fantastic EM piece "Symphony At Dawn" shows his real talent and gives hope for future EM candy from Eric.

 


Mammatus (USA)

Sparkling Waters (2015)

Stoner / psychedelic rock band from California. Surprisingly, EM influences are all over their 2015 effort, Sparkling Waters, with both parts of the epic title track showing a lot of those influences. The first 12 minutes of the second part are completely electronic and it's an extremely nice atmospheric EM style I must add. More of that please.

 


Man From M.A.R.S., The (USA)

Tales of A Reluctant Astronaut (2007)

A concept album about an astronaut lost in deep space, with music played single-handedly by one Jeffrey Hopp from Arizona. He cites mainly space rock bands as an inspiration. However, the music on this album is as much electronic as it is rock. In fact, I would say that it is primarily electronic, apart from the (rather weak and at times pretty annoying if you ask me) vocals and some electric guitar plinking. Some of the Floyd comparisons are inevitable, but this one has programmed drums, so there you go. Whatever the case, the album's main attraction are certainly the spacey synth sounds. Nice colorful cover also, drawn by the author.

 


Man From Uranus (UK)

Wild Moogimals (2005) (S)
Amazing Science Friction Vol. 1 (2008) (recorded in 2003 - 2008)
Alien Flowers (2017)
Duck Wars (2017) (with Jellica)

London-based synthesizer player and member of psychedelic pop band Vanishing Twin. Duck Wars is a funny electronic record with synths imitating ducks, influenced by the music of Jean-Jacques Perrey and Roger Roger.

 


Man With the Machines (???)

Trancetronics (1998)

Supposedly, rhythmic, mechanical music in Kraftwerk vein.

 


Manapsara (USA)

Queer (1988)

This is a soundtrack to the novel of William S. Burroughs composed by Bradley Koehler and Christopher Hartman. Sort of a dark, industrial-tinged sound.

 


Manco, Baris (Turkey)

2023 (1975)
A New Day (1979)
Sozum Meclisten Disari (1981) 

Baris Manco is one of the earliest Turkish rock'n'roll musicians. He studied in Belgium and during the 50's and 60's formed several groups in both popular and experimental fields. During the 70's, he released some EM works. After that he dissapeared from the experimental scene and acted more as a popular artist. Manco died in 1999. Note that A New Day was released in Turkey as "Baris Manco Kurtalan Express Yeni Bir Gun".

 


Mandel, Mike (USA)

RMI Harmonic Synthesizer And Keyboard Computer (1974)
Sky Music (1978)
Utopia Parkway (1980)

Synthesizer / fusion. Apparently, Mike Mandel was a Rocky Mount Instruments employee in the early 1970's.

 


Mandelbrot (Germany)

Ignition (1995)
1000 Ships At the Bottom of the Sea (2000)
Latvian Suite (2002) (S)
Seasons (2002)
Auf Tauchfahrt (2005)
Thorns (2008)
Evolution (2009)
Distant Travellers (2011)
Kaleidoskop (2014)

Dark Ambient from Philipp Münch.

 


Mandible Chatter (USA)

Serenade For Anton (1992)
Drinking Out the Hourglass (1993)
The Death of Sweetness (1993)
Hair, Lock And Lore (1994)
Grace (1995)
Food For the Moon (1997)
The Drone (1999) (EP)
Of Foreign Lands And People (2003)

Exploratory ambient soundscapes from Grant Miller and Neville Harson (who use mostly processed guitars). One album of folk / pop songs was omitted from the above discography.

 


Mandić, Oliver (Serbia)

Ljuljai Me Nežno (1978) (S)

Serbian pop / rock singer, keyboard player and member of several groups with his debut single. An experimental electronic piece occupies side B, titled "Šuma". Way too short, but a relic nonetheless. I wonder if there are more solo electronic pieces in his archives... somewhere... waiting to be uncovered and finally released.

 


Mandozzi, Graziano (Italy)

Bilder des Ruhmes (1976)
Jesus GMBH (1977)
Bach Handel 300 (1985)

The 1985 album is dedicated to Wendy Carlos and Tomita and consequently, you can expect classical music performed on synthesizer. This is what Mandozzi delivers here - a note-by-note rendition of Bach and Handel played on PPG Wave and Waveterm synths. Earlier albums are electronic theater scores.

 


Mandragora (UK)

Earthdance (1992)

Mandragora was formed in 1984 by Simon Williams. The nucleus of the group is Williams and keyboardist Phil Thornton (known for his solo new age records) plus a host of guest musicians. The music of Mandragora can be placed alongside bands like Hawkwind, Ozric Tentacles and Gong. You know, sort of space rock / psychedelic kind of thing. The reason I include them is their 1992 album Earthdance where, among other interesting bits, you will find "Xylem" - an instrumental song that sounds surprisingly close to Klaus Schulze's Miditerranean Pads. There are other albums by them, including Over the Moon (1990) and Head First (1991). I don't know anything about these works.

See also: Thornton, Phil

 


Manecke, Chris (USA)

Mullholland Daydream (2013)

Mysterious and at times cosmic Ambient.

 


Manek, Tarquin (Germany??)

Tarquin Magnet (2015)
Do You Know the Mind of A Bullet? (2015)
Lock On Our Doors Not On Our Hearts (2017) (S) (with Martina Quake)

Experimental artist mostly focusing on drones and noises, but does not shun from an occasional sequence / arpeggio either (like on the opener from Tarquin Magnet for example).

 


Maneki Neko (USA)

Auracle (2005)
Muichi Motsu (2014)

Varied Space Music / Ambient material. Maneki Neko is Al Mikula from Austin, Texas.

 


Månens Vågor (Russia)

The Gray Luminescence (2011)

Gloomy Ambient consisting mostly of just pads or heavy orchestral textures.

 


Mangler, Holle (Germany)

Eternal Dimension (1993)
Annihilation On Earth (1995)
3=4 (2000)
Escape Over Needles (2010)

Very energetic music, sometimes a mixture of progrock and electronics.

 


Mangoni, Jerry (Italy)

Jerry Mangoni (2002)

Privately pressed CD with a mixture of symphonic rock and more atmospheric material from this keyboard player.

 


Manhattan Hotel (???)

Manhattan Hotel (2016)

Male / female duo using modular synths for a stark, melodic and ambient sound.

 


Manifesto (Sweden)

Manifesto (2000)
Nailed To the Floor (2001)
Core (2008)
Insomnia (2008)
Absolution (2009) (S)
Barren (2009) (S)
Black Swan (2009) (S)
Rust (2012)
Live In Basel, Switzerland (2013)
Live In Heerlen, The Netherlands (2013)
Live In Wommelgem, Belgium (2013)

Dark / Martial Ambient from the guy formerly of the noise act Supremacy (M. Zetterberg).

 


Manipura (Germany)

Manipura (1999)

Ambient soundscapes.

 


Manitou (USA)

All Points North (2007)

The music of this Detroit-based artist can be described as industrial-tinged, mysterious urban soundscapes.

 


Mank (UK)

Cephalization (2006)
Isbjorn (2008)
Ambergris (2009) (S)
Awen (2010)
Esoteria (2011)

North Wales-based musician Benjamin Powell creates ambient atmospheres punctuated by sparse digital rhythms.

See also: Llyn Y Cwn

 


Manley, Phil (USA)

Life Coach (2011)
Norcal Values (2011) (with Isaiah Mitchell)

On his solo works, member of Trans Am Phil Manley channels his direct influences more than anything else. These include spacey krautrock guitar explorations (ala Goettsching) and the "Dusseldorf School" of Electronic Music.

 


Mannheim Steamroller (USA)

Fresh Aire 4 (1980)
Fresh Aire V (1983)

Finally, Chip Davis' pioneering new age / instrumental rock ensemble gets a mention in EEM. Yeah, right. Unfortunately, the only tracks that I found could really be called EM are the pulsing "The Dream" and the atmospheric "Crystal" from Fresh Aire 4, the Synergy-like "Z-Row Gravity" and maybe also the symphonic / electronic "Creatures of Levania" (both from Fresh Aire V) if you're in a generous mood. The rest ranges from classically-influenced (lots of harpsichord, flute, violins etc), to new age and light rock. It's not that I've heard all of their tracks, of course... Later stuff (post 1983) is a bit similar in sound to Tangerine Dream from the late 1980's but, whereas TD were still fairly progressive at that time, MS opt for a more direct and new-agey sound, with straight, simple rhythms and thin keyboard presets. File under EM-related.

 


Manning, Anthony (UK)

Islets In Pink Polypropylene (1994)
Chromium Nebulae (1995)
Concision (1997)

Anthony Manning was influenced by the first wave of electronic musicians to create his own compositions. For this, he used standard instruments that everybody else was using at the time to make dance music. However, the results of his work were far more ambient and experimental. In 1997 all his gear was stolen so he had to stop. After a while he bought more gear and started composing again, this time opting for an IDM-influenced sound.

 


Manowski, Marek (Poland)

Kamenna Droga (1994)
Infomania (1995) (with Komendarek and Tomasz Kubiak)

Mainly melodic EM.

 


Mantacoup (Netherlands)

Equinox (2003)
Wichman And Other Pieces (2004) (with Spielerei)
Cold War (2007) (with Spielerei)

A project of Dutchman Jeroen Vermeent on Databloem's sub-label Dataobscura. Somewhat in Pete Namlook / Biosphere mould, but not quite.

 


Mantaray (New Zealand / Japan)

Numinous Island (1995)

Tribal Ambient from Ray Castle and Susumu Yokota, who is a successful "electronica" / techno artist in his own right.

See also: Yokota, Susumu

 


Mantra, Michael (USA)

RNA - Ribonucleic Ambience (1994)
Sonic Alter (1994)
Sonic Continuum (1998) (with Roderick Julian Modell)
Radio Fore (2003) (with Roderick Julian Modell)
Boolean Languages (2005)
A/B (2005)
Cerulean Transmission (2007) (with Charlz de la Casa)
Band Smore (2007)
D#m / Gm (2008)
Mobius Logic (2008)
A.L.B.E. (2009)
Amanita Lake (2010)
D/A (2013)
F/C (2013)

Long-drawn drones in a Dark Ambient setting from this Oakland-based (California, USA) artist.

 


Mantripp, Ian (UK)

The Beginning of Infinity (2015)

Berlin School artist.

 


Maps & Diagrams (UK)

Red Moon Rising (2011)
Being Empty (2013)
Timbre (2013)
Første (2013) (S)
Alluvium (2014)
Celsius (2015) (S)
Ariel (2015) (S)
Voodoo Tales (2015) (S)
Delta (2016)
Tango (2016) (S)
The Three Pyramids (2017)
Mosaic (2017)
Differential Equations (2017)

Warm, thick analogue textures and sequences from this experimental / IDM project of Tim Martin. There may be other interesting prog-related works in his vast discography. Further investigation is needed. He is supposed to have drifted from his initial IDM roots (albums circa 2000 - 2005) to a more ambient sound.

 


Maps of Hyperspace (Canada??)

Superspace (2016)

Chillout / downtempo project. Superspace opens with an ambient track and ends with 2 more. File under EM-related.

 


Máquina del Amor (Portugal)

Máquina del Amor (2015)
Disco (2017)

Krautrock-influenced music from this group. Lots of electronics, some guitars and real drums.

 


Mara's Torment (Canada)

Dreams Like Mine (1998)
The Barrier of Skin (1999)
Across For Show (1999)
Live At the Ambient Ping 03.02.05 (2005)
The Last Night Is the Hardest (2005)
mt96061 (2007)

Varied melancholic / Ambient music by Rick MacLean.

 


Maralewo (Germany)

Zwischenzone (2017)

Solo Electronic Music from member of Martha Rabbit.

See also: Martha Rabbit

 


Maramotti, Luigi (Italy)

Knot Music (1986)

Subtitled "Musica per ascolto distratto". Ambient EM in a unique style.

 


Maraslis, Alexandre (Brazil)

Spiritual Awakening (2000)

Keyboardist of progressive rock band Chronos Mundi delivers a solo CD of which the first half is bombastic and symphonic while the second half is flowing, melodic and electronic.

 


Marathon Life (France)

Marathon Life (1983)

Electronic Music by Alan Shearer, Robert Lueben and Serge Bulot. Francois Jeannin plays drums.

See also: Shearer, Alan, Bulot, Serge.

 


Marbehant, Claude (France)

Atmospheres (1980)

Here's the story: between 1977 and 1988 French composer Claude Marbehant released several LP's on Unidisc label in collaboration with educational project specialist Brigitte Jardin. All of these were educational records, mostly aimed at children. The music served as a guideline for education process or games and ranged from piano-based to funny synth vignettes. This is also true about the above album, albeit this time, Claude went for a spacey, electronic sound that has echoes of German EM even. The album tells a story (told by Jardin in the notes) but the music is instrumental. Kids' first EM? A unique item, at least.

 


Mårble (Russia)

Two Women & Tiger (2014)
Looking For Marine Iguana (2016)

Anton Glebov's World Music project with tribal, new age, percussive elements and more. Quite exotic sound here.

 


Marble Sky (USA)

The Sad Return (2007)
Lady (2008) (S)
Low God / Lady (2008)
The Sad Return (2009)
Some Laughing Afterwards (2009) (S)
No Matter How Close (2009) (S)
Sway (2009) (S)

Introspective droning Ambient from Jeffrey Witscher aka Rene Hell.

See also: Hell, Rene, Disfigure Mare.

 


Marblebog (Hungary)

Wind of Moors (2005)

Ambient music from this black metal project.

 


Marboss (France)

Electrotherapies (2008)
Fukushima-Daiichi (2011)

Dubbed "one-man French Kraftwerk", Marboss aka Stephane Marchal from Metz started creating his own synthesizer compositions during the late 1980's. In the 1990's, he became involved in the whole club scene and released two albums in techno style - Musica Electronica (1999) and e-music (2002). However, in 2008 he returned with an album released on Musea's Dreaming sublabel, which had his Kraftwerk influences to the fore and the techno elements taking a back seat or disappearing completely. This rhythmic, driving, vocoder-laden music will certainly be enjoyed by fans of the Dusseldorf School.

 


Marcano, Paul (Canada)

A Time And Space For Everyone (1972)
The Politics of God (1973)
Valley Flutes (1973)
Dreams & Reflections (1974) (with Sam Sellars)
For Those Peak Moments (1975)
The Gentle Art of Seeing Reality (1976)
Psychedelic Side Effects (1978)
Music For Space Colonies (1980)
Optimystical Heights (1980)
Paradoxical Dreams (1980)
Silent Circuits (1980)
Islands In Space (1981)
10,001 Dreams (1982)
A Sound Vacation (1982)
Airbrushing Galaxies (1983) (with Andre Martin)
Mystical Myxtures (1984) (with Trevor Inkpen)
Ether (1984) (with Miles Lowrey and KC Tebbutt)
The Mirage You Hear (1984)
Metal And Ice Sdreams (1985)
Data Sdreams (1985)
Sdreams of Sdreams (1985)
Return of the Comet (1986)
Vectors For Violins (1987)
Crosswinds Through the Forest (1987)
Ancient Animal Memory (1988)  (with Craig Harris) (soundtrack)
Turn On the Viewscreen (1988)
Fractallucinations (1989) (soundtrack)
Songs From the Gene Pool (1990)
Thesuvius D-Zone (1991) (soundtrack)
Universe In A Box (1992)
First Time Back (1993) (with Andre Martin)
Isle of Views (1995)
Climax (1997)
Coastal Curios (2002)
Tofino Royale (2003) (with Josh Clarke)
Synthasia (2003)
Synthasia II (2005)
Beyond One (2007) (with Marcia Meyer)

I believe the only work of this artist that was officially released is 1981's Islands In Space (under the artist name "Lightdreams"). I have no idea about the musical style of this or any of his other works, but it seems like he works within the realm of cosmic synthesizer music and space rock. 

 


Marcator, Adrian (Germany)

Imagination (1985)
Contemplation (1985)
Inspiration (1985)
Transformation Suite (1985)
Trans-Sphere (1985)
Visual Energy (1986) (with Jurgen Volbeding)
Intuition (1986)
Der Schimmelreiter (1987)
Mundus Pictus (1989)
Verloren Im Paradies (1991)
Eiderland Suite (1993)
Marktfrieden (1994)
The Dreamtime Cycle (1994)
Beyond the Mirrors (1996)
NecroMantra (1998)
Song of the Dodo (2011)
Filmmusik 6 (??)
Real Life Never Stops (2015)

Ex-Trance synthesist (real name=Jürgen Petersen), whose solo music has been getting more and more symphonic and new-agey with the passage of time. His newest albums are (probably) the least interesting and the least electronic ones.

See also: Trance, Entrance.

 


Marcel, Patrick (France)

Ostinato (1985)

Electronic Music with sometimes a jazzy flair. Patrick Marcel plays synthesizers and guitar with Roger Lasalle helping out on synths, drums and percussion.

See also: Synopsis

 


Marchetti, Lionel (France)

Portrait d'Un Glacier (2001)

Lionel Marchetti is a French composer of musique concrete. This release contains Ambient music that blends field recordings with electronic drones and other sounds.

 


Marcin, Fred (USA)

When the Quiet Comes (1987)

Ambient. Private cassette release.

 


Marconi Union (UK)

Beautifully Falling Apart - Ambient Transmissions Vol. 1 (2011)
Weightless - Ambient Transmissions Vol. 2 (2012)
Tokyo+ (2017)

Varied post-rock / IDM / Ambient trio from Manchester. I will list their ambient works here.

 


Mare Crisium (Venezuela)

By My Own (2002)
Mystical DNA (2003)
ILION (2004)
Per Aspera Ad Astra (2006)

Mare Crisium is Venezuelan synth composer Errol Arias. He is pretty diverse musically, but generally goes for the lush, rhythmic, bombastic and symphonic style.

 


Marehelm (Denmark)

Kvarter Og År (2014)
MOLB (2014)
hTopl / kll (2015)
Marehelm (2016)

Ambient synth, mostly reflective and quiet, but also experimental.

 


Margorani, Luciano (Italy)

Home Recording Is Killing Studios (1988)

Experimental guitarist. This album, so aptly titled, as it was recorded in Luciano's bedroom with only guitar, processing devices and synthesizers and "edited and mixed in the kitchen", features varied compositions that at times even hint at Richard Pinhas / Heldon (in their combination of wailing guitar and electronics). Luciano Margorani collaborated with many luminaries of experimental scene and released also other albums that I know nothing about at the moment.

See also: La 1919

 


Marianni, Luc (France)

Souvenirs du Futur (1979)
D. G. Portrait (1982)
Voyage vers l'Harmonie (1983)
Video Screens Control (1984)
Six Synthetic Suites (1986)
Seltae Beat - Up And Down (1996)
Unity In Diversity (2009) (recorded in 1970 - 1980)
News From the Past Vol. 1 (2010) (recorded in 1975 - 2005)
Numeralogique (2013) (with Jacques Jeangerard)
News From the Past Vol. 2 (2014) (recorded in 1975 - 1976)

Prolific member of French progressive movement, a member of Sylphe, Rock Critics and other projects. Early works are great for fans of Brian Eno, Richard Pinhas and maybe also the industrial scene. The 1996 album contains different type of music and will probably appeal to those into Pink Floyd circa Dark Side of the Moon. Unity In Diversity is a 8-disc box with unreleased material.

See also: Sylphe

 


Marigene (Poland)

Wyspa (1996)

Electronic duo of Eugeniusz Czerwiński and Ireneusz Poznański. Rare cassette release.

 


Marin, Marko (Finland)

Frisbee (2002)
Heijastu, Katoa Ja Ole Valmiina (2005)

Melodic, soundtrack-like EM.

 


Marino, Vittorio (Italy)

Fugue of Light (1979)

Repetitive, spatial and abstract electronic compositions on this library record on CAM label.

 


Mariposa (Italy)

Nuotando in un Pesce Bowl (2004)

Unusual instrumental album from this progrock band, marrying electroacoustic improvisation with Ambient.

 


Mark, John (Germany)

Austria (1994)
Seasons of Mind (1995)

John Mark is a pseudonym. Real name of the musician is Johannes Meier. Austria contains melodic synth compositions, probably made by order from an Austrian traveling company.

 


Mark, Jon (New Zealand)

The Standing Stones of Callanish (1988)
Meditations of Winter (2004)

World Music from member of Mark-Almond duo. Reportedly, after this album his music softened considerably. The dark shades present on Standing Stones... gave way to a more direct, bright, sweet and new-agey approach. Although originally from the UK, Jon Mark is always refered to as a composer from New Zealand, but as a matter of fact he only relocated there in the 1980's. The rules tell me I should list him as an UK artist, but no. Let me leave it as it is. For now...

 


Markiewicz, Krzysztof Markus (Poland)

Planetarium (1990)
New Age (1995)
Psyche (1998)

Polish synthesist, initially influenced by Jean-Michel Jarre. These early releases are diverse, from melodic to cosmic and experimental. Later on he got involved in the whole techno scene and released some albums in that style.

 


Markus Floats (Canada)

Untitled (2010) (EP)
First Album (2017)

A project of bassist and electro-acoustic / electronic composer Markus Lake from Montreal. Beepy ambient, a bit Cluster-like and sometimes quite reflective or meditative.

 


Markusfeld, Alain (France)

Le Desert Noir (1977)
Platock (1978)
Contemporus (1979)
Live (1981)

Le Desert Noir is in the space rock mould, while Contemporus is repetitive instrumental music based on acoustic and electric guitars with some voice and synth injections. I don't know anything about Platock and there were also at least two more albums released prior to Le Desert Noir. Both contain pop-oriented music and supposed to be of no interest to serious prog / EM collector.

 


Marlboro Project (Germany)

Horizonte (1991)

A strange album recorded by Eberhard Schoener, Jens Fischer and Achim Gieseler for Marlboro Music label and released on cassette. Nothing is known about the style at the moment.

See also: Schoener, Eberhard, Fischer, Jens, Gieseler, Achim.

 


Marredo, Jorge (Spain)

Dikr (2014)

Multi-faceted experimental musician born in Badajos, Spain. The material on Dikr can be described as hyperactive mutating sequencer.

See also West Acorn

 


Marouani, Didier (France)

Temps X (1979) (S)
Space Opera (1987)

Ex-Space musician. Melodic music, but somewhat repetitive.

See also: Space

 


Marri, Paolo (Italy)

Sound Emotions (1986)

 


MarryAnn (Slovenia)

Intolerance (1997)
The Harmony of the Ecstasy (2005)

Melodic electronics inspired by Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, The Art of Noise and others.

 


Mars Everywhere (USA)

Visitor Parking (1976)
Industrial Sabotage (1980)
Live & Unrehearsed 1978-79-80 (1980)

US band whose early incarnation (around 1976 - 1978) had strong roots in the classic Berlin School sound. The band at that time consisted of Barney Jones, Ernie Falcone and Tom Fenwick. Later they expanded their line-up and acquired a more space rock-oriented sound.

See also: Jones, Barney

 


Mars, Vic (UK)

The Consumer Programme (2017)

Hauntology-related artist who is rather diverse, ranging from nostalgic folk pieces to synth etudes. Preferring shorter tracks, he seems to be as much influenced by 1970's library discs and BBC Radiophonic Workshop as by "cosmic music" (Prog EM). He relased his debut in 2008 on a Japanese label. It was supposedly electronic but I still need to investigate that one. The Land And the Garden from 2015 is very folky / classically inspired (no relation to EM). The Consumer Programme is a return to electronics. There were several download-only albums as well.

 


Marselje, Robert (Netherlands)

The Force of Music (1993)
Waves In the Sky (1995)
The Blue Team (1996)

Melodic electronics. Robert's career is similar to many other electronic musicians of his generation. Starting with an organ in the early 1980's, he acquired his first synthesizer in 1985. That's when he made his first steps in EM. After that, Robert worked in many different genres, both as a solo musician and in groups. He was involved in pop music, the dance scene and, more recently, symphonic rock. In the early 1990's his first solo CD with instrumental synth music appeared.  

 


Marsfield (UK)

Three Sunsets Over Marsfield (2010)
The Towering Sky (2010)

Droning Ambient by Andew Chalk, Brendan Walls, Robin Barnes and Vikki Jackman.

See also: Chalk, Andrew, Jackman, Vikki.

 


Marshall, Aaron (USA)

Noir Ambience (2007)
Magnificent Accident (2008)

Ambient music from this sound engineer and film soundtrack composer.

 


Marshall, Bill (UK)

Ankh (1998)

Marshall was the engineer of Vangelis on Direct and The City. He creates very energetic, melodic music.

 


Marshall, Brandon (USA)

Neon Crayon Foliage Volume 1 (2016)

A mixture of experimental and atmospheric / ambient EM tracks.

 


Marshall, Helen Ripley (Australia)

Green Chaos (1988)

Obscure electronic album with Marshall on synthesizers and effects, plus guests Albert Gestal, Luis Gestal, Michael Sherman, Paul Robinson and Greg Sheehan.

 


Marshall, Ingram (USA)

The Fragility Cycles (1979)
Fog Tropes / Gradual Requiem (1984)

Coming from an academic background, Ingram Marshall is a well-known minimalist composer who studied with Vladimir Ussachevsky and Morton Subotnick. Initially, his primary sphere of interest were electronics. However, he then passed on to create minimalist orchestral works (sometimes with processing), first heard on his classical / Ambient crossover album Fog Tropes. Ingram Marshall has collaborated with John Adams and Kronos Quartet, among others.

 


Marshall, Terry (Australia)

Ashra Rising (1990)
Well Done! (1992)
Night Lines (1993)
New World Nomad (1994)
Our Younger Days (1995)

Melodic guitar-based music on IC label with one album amusingly titled Ashra Rising. I am not sure that this artist should be in EEM, as I don't list "smooth jazz" or "contemporary instrumental" releases.

 


Marsico, Maurizio (Italy)

Il Sole Visto dal Cielo (1994)

Planetarium music from this Italian composer. Ambient and new-agey but also with some more upbeat moments.

 


Marsman (Netherlands)

New Kind of Purple (2016)

Although an IDM / skwee producer, Utrecht-based Rutger Marsman included in the above album two tracks that will appeal to the Electronic Prog crowd - the opener "Ego & Death" and the very enjoyable but also very short "Incarnation". I would like to see him moving further in Prog EM direction.

 


Marsmen (Germany)

3 Mars (1981)

 


Marspiter (USA)

Finis (2004)
Vigila (2004)
Habashira (2005) (with Hollowing)
Ultionis (2005)

Vigila is Martial Ambient. Finis is more in the style of Drone Ambient. Marspiter is the project of Michael Todd from Colorado, USA..

See also: Transcendent Device

 


Martel, Didier (France)

Concert de l'Imaginaire (1998) (S)

Melodic music from this pianist, synthesist and keyboard player. Concert... is a mini-CD.

 


Martha Rabbit (Germany)

Akaba (2004)
Pyrrhogaster (2008)
Zodiaklicht (2015)

German synth duo. The band consists of Michael J.J. Allert and Wolfgang Rohdenburg. Akaba starts with "Festival of Light" - a modern piece with drum machine rhythms, some sequences, melodic pads and a piano melody. I suppose if you like contemporary Tangerine Dream, you may enjoy this. Some tasty melodic solos are added to the mix, making this track a nice fast-paced piece suitable for traveling, although a bit generic for my taste. The second part of the track I found a tad boring, with unimaginative (dare I say so) use of the fanfares and other similar brass sounds and nylon string guitar samples. The title track is next and we are immediately treated to ethnic percussion and Arabic melodies. Sounds fine to me, although terribly naive, especially that male voice that I could probably do without. In spite of the mentioned drawbacks, the track does manage to convey a sense of mysterious, incense-drenched Arabic night. "Dante's View" heralds its coming with atmospheric pads and other soundscapes. Soon enough a great tinkling sequence enters and another bass sequence joins it a few seconds later. This is a fine atmospheric and rhythmic sequence-full track that will be enjoyed by all lovers of the Berlin School sound with a modern twist. The trumpet-like lead sound I didn't like at first hearing but after listening closer I realized it fits in very well. Again, there's a lot to recommend to a modern Tangerine Dream lover. Some textures do remind me on those "Dream Mixes" tracks. "Occupational Disease" starts with an aggressive drone and mysterious pads. Unidentifiable percussive sounds can be heard as well as the strange sequences. Unfortunately this track is ruined by the voice which isn't bad; it just doesn't fit well with the rest of the music. The lyrics are ok. Another gripe would be the way too simple 4/4 techno rhythm that just dominates and on this particular track doesn't sound very organic. Still, a nice try at a darker type of piece. "Flying Walls" comes next and it's all about rhythmic combination of floating pads and beepy lead sounds plus piano & harpsichord chords. The playing is somewhat sloppy but overall it's a good track, albeit it does drag on for too long with very little variation. "Always A Pleasure" has once again ethnic percussion rhythms and darkish pads. A nice and unique reflective World Music piece. The last track "The Dustscape Dance" suitably has dance rhythms and overall it's a nice, but not outstanding, track.

See also: Maralewo

 


Martin, Alan (UK)

Dancing / Static (1990) (with Tranceport)
Desert Spirits (1990)
Storming Heaven (1990) (with Tranceport)
Flux (1991)
Inside Curve (1999)

See also: Tranceport, M.A.O.

 


Martin, Christophe (France)

Carnet De Bord (1998)

Synthesist. Mixture of rhythmic and ambient sounds.

 


Martin, Deborah (USA)

Under the Moon (1995)
Ancient Power (1998) (with Steve Gordon)
Deep Roots, Hidden Water (1999)
Convergence (2002) (with Greg Klamt and Mark Rownd)
Tibet (2004) (with Cheryl Gallagher)
Anno Domini (2007) (with J. Arif Verner)
Between Worlds (2009) (with Erik Wøllo)
Eye of the Wizard (2015)

Ambient musician who uses a lot of ethnic instruments in combination with atmospheric electronics.

 


Martin, Ian (Netherlands)

Defused Nights (2009)
Shadow Walker (2009)
Intensions (2010)
Mechanical Rain (2012)
The Wanderer (2013)
Swamp Modulator (2013)
Alliance (2014)
False Room (2015)
Notations of the Form (2016)
Clairvoyant (2016)

DJ and musician from Rotterdam. I would say that there is a certain techno influence in a lot of his work but he never uses straight 4/4 beats and is pretty hard to pin down overall. What he seems to like most is create soundscapes of the darker variety and with an experimental flair. However, some of his material leans towards the melodic side, his melodies being pretty discreet overall and never overbearing. I can hear everything from Vangelis to Coil, Throbbing Gristle and the more outlandish forms of techno / IDM. So, there's certainly a prog EM influence (and strong enough to include him here), although this will not be for EM purists for sure. Shadow Walker was re-released on vinyl in 2013 as Sleepwalker. The music seems to be identical.

See also: Celephäis

 


Martin, Juan Carlos (Spain)

Sofa TV (2002)

Juan Carlos Martin, a member of the 1980's punk scene, is also a theater composer. He released this CD privately. The album contains Electronic Music in unknown style.

 


Martin, Ken (UK)

Psychedelic Chronicles Vol.3 (1974)
Solar Magnetude (1975)
Psychedelic Chronicles Vol.2 (1975 - 1976)
Psychedelic Chronicles Vol.1 (1971 - 1977)
Terrestrial Nightmares (1974 - 1978)
Meditational Sequences (1990)
Hypnosis (1992) (recorded in 1975 and 1989)
Music From the Kosmos (1992)
Spheres (1992)
Legends (1993)
Music For Film (1991 - 1994)
Tokyo Nights (??)
The Lost Years (1997) (recorded in 1977)
Berlin Impressions Vol. 1 (2000)
Berlin 73' Vol. 2 (2000)
Essential Experiment (2000) (recorded in 1975 - 1989)
Psychedelic Chronicles Vol.4 (??)
Ambient Delight (??)
Berlin 73' (??)
Star Turn (??)
Symphonic Dreams (2001)
Fires of Our Destiny (2001) (recorded in 1977)
Music For Deep Space Explorations (2001)
Over Lands of Dreams (??)
Berlin Impressions Vol.2 (2002)
Berlin Impressions Vol.3 (2002)
Crystal Voyage (2002)
Beyond Ultraviolet (2004)
Transparent Shadows (2004)
Psychic Beacons (2005)
Music For the Kosmos (2017)

Ken Martin is of course one of the veteran UK synthesists who was from the very beginning influenced by what was happening in Berlin at around the same time. As a result, his own solo works contain Schulze-like Berlin School electronics. See my review of Beyond Ultraviolet in the reviews section.

 


Martineau, Jean-Claude (Haiti)

KRIK? KRAK! Tales of A Nightmare (1985) (S) (soundtrack)

Rare soundtrack to a documentary about Haitian political life with one moody EM piece.

 


Martinelli, Kevin (USA)

The Surface of Collision (2010)
Che Guevara Practices Telekinesis By the Dodge (2011)

Most likely, ambient soundscapes.

 


Martinez, Cliff (USA)

The Knick (2014) (soundtrack)
The Knick Season 2 (2015) (soundtrack)
The Neon Demon (2016) (soundtrack)

I am not an expert on the output of Cliff Martinez, a well-known film composer born in 1954 in Bronx. However, he does seem to have a tendency to use a lot of electronics in his scores, drawing in influence from decades of synth-based artists, from John Carpenter to the Berlin School pioneers even. The Neon Demon has some nice synth tracks, from the rhythmic (even danceable, synthwave stuff) to the abstract and atmospheric, on to pure pulsing Prog EM. Further investigation is needed.

 


Martinez, Ricardo (Mexico)

Viaje A Las Pleyades (??)

Rare electronic album by this enigmatic composer. After releasing Viaje A Las Pleyades he devoted himself to music research and teaching.

 


Martinez, Salvador (Spain)

La Luna (1989)

Obscure Spanish artist. La Luna was intended as a soundtrack for an exhibition. Darker moods predominate, although there are also moments of soaring melodic bliss (some Floydian guitar as well).

 


Martinez, Severiano (USA)

Clocks And Psandas (2003)
Still Point (2006) (with Mario Diaz León)

Clocks And Psandas features two tracks of strange clockwork rhythms and melodic synths (something of a slight Cluster vibe here) and one long, repetitive, Terry Riley-like organ study. File under Experimental. The collaborative album is very guitar-based and, although featuring synths also, is only very remotely related to EM (the last track "Quarantal" is the closest the album gets to Prog EM style). Severiano Martinez is a musician from Oakland, California.

 


Martins, Vasco (Cape Verde)

Universo da Ilha (1986)
Oceano Imenso (1988)
Atlantic Memories (1991)
Quiet Moments (1992)
Ritual Perifrico (1993)
Eternal Cycle (1994)
Island of the Secret Sounds (1995)
Sublime Delight (1997)
Apeiron (1999)
Lunario Perpetuo (2001)
Benlibem (2003)

Vasco is known as a classical composer but he has released some electronic albums (listed) in the style of World Music / Space Music with island ambiences. Vasco Martins was born in 1956 in Portugal. When he was 9, he migrated to Cape Verde (his father's homeland). In 1979, Vasco Martins released his first solo LP, Vibrações (for solo piano). Among his major symphonic works are Dancas De Cancer (1998) and Sarva Mangalam (2004).

 


Martynov, Vladimir (Russia)

Mikhailo Lomonosov (1987) (soundtrack)

Vladimir Martynov, along with Edward Artemiev was at the forefront of Russian electronic avant-garde starting from the late Sixties. His music was always influenced by ethnic and ancient cultures and he tried to combine the ancient with the modern. He formed the rock band Outpost in the 70's. Martynov has a career too prolific to describe here. Let us just say that his musical oeuvre spans a territony much larger than just EM. He has composed numerous works in the Ancient, Baroque and ethnic music fields, but also classical music, avant-garde and rock.

 


Martz, Jasun (USA)

The Pillory (1978)
The Battle (2004)
Solo Exhibition (2016) (recorded in ??)

The Pillory is an electronic / orchestral work. Something like a cross between Art Zoyd and Tangerine Dream. Essential for mellotron fans. Interesting facts about Jasun Martz: 1) Jazun Martz is not only a musician but also a painter and sculptor. 2) He played synthesizers on Michael Jackson's Dangerous and History. 3) He toured and played synthesizers with Frank Zappa in 1977. 4) He played synthesizers with the Far East Family Band. 5) He once climbed up to the Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador (the tallest volcano in the world). 6) He co-arranged "We Built This Planet" by (Jefferson) Starship. 7) He graduated from or studied in no less than five (!) universities.

 


Marutti, Andrea (Italy)

Frontiere (2001) (with Raffaele Serra and Atto)
Traces 94-95 (2001) (S)
Seven To Go (2005) (S)
Lab12, 29.04.2005 (2006)
Scatole Sonore, 2 Marzo 2006 (2006) (S) (with Madame P and Roberto Bellatalla)
Untitled_12_2006 (2006)
The Brutality of Misbreathing (2007)
The Subliminal Relation Between Planets (2008)
Turra (2008) (S) (with Tommaso Cosco)
Detrimental Dialogue (2010) (with Fausto Balbo)

Abysmal soundworlds from the mastermind behind Amon and Never Known.

See also: Amon, Never Known, Hall of Mirrors, Sil Muir, Molnija Aura.

 


Marvin, Ron (Germany)

Fractals (1992)
Fractal Trance (1994)

Ron Marvin is a pseudonym of German musician Martin Buntrock. He had at least one album released in the early 1990's on IC label. The music is ambient, dreamy and psychedelic.

 


Mar-Vista (France)

Visions of Sodal Ye (1976)

Privately pressed vinyl album with music influenced by folk, minimalism and the German electronic /kraut scene (Klaus Schulze, Popol Vuh, Ash Ra Tempel). Reissued in 2014 by Strawberry Rain label with 2 bonus tracks.

 


Marzidovšek, Mario (Slovenia)

Reincarnation EM Sound (1985)
Reincarnation EM Sound 002 (1985) (S)

A pioneer of industrial music in Slovenia, Mario Marzidovšek released a few private tapes with his crude experiments back in the 1980's. These two releases are dedicated to Klaus Schulze, but I bet only the most adventurous of fans would find these stark, dark, noisy and lo-fi pieces attractive. Perhaps fans of the earliest (Irrlicht-era) Klaus? Anyway, to me it has more in common with 1960's electronic music or maybe some DIY experimentalists of the 1980's cassette culture (which Mario was essentially part of).

 


Masakowski, Steve (USA)

Mars (1983)

Electronic Music / fusion. I think Steve Masakowski is the creator of the Keytar (the instrument) which is heavily featured on Mars.

 


Masapollo, Tom (USA)

Live At the Painted Bride (1986)

 


Maserati (USA)

Maserati / Zombi (2009) (with Zombi)
Pyramid of the Sun (2010)
Maserati VII (2012)
Rehumanizer (2015)

Post-rock / kraut / space rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 2000. They went for guitar-heavy sound for their early releases but then met the guys from Zombi circa 2008 or 2009, with whom they did a split release. My guess is that this meeting was the reason of a shift in style, although I may be wrong about that (I am not an expert on their 2000 - 2009 output). Anyway, post-2009 releases adopted a heavily electronic approach, mixing analog synth sounds (sometimes heavy on the sequencers) with upbeat and driving rock guitars and drums. To me they sound a bit like a mixture of Hawkwind (at their most frenetic and fast), Ozric Tentacles and Tangerine Dream. There may be still some post-rock influences and aesthetics in their sound, but personally I don't hear that. Quite a unique band with an individual sound and definitely EM-related.

 


Másik, János (Hungary)

Trance Balance (1989)

Strange avant-electronic album that reminds on rhythmic experiments of artists like David van Tieghem perhaps, or even Sergey Kuryokhin, with tribal drums, chants, sampling and so on. János Másik was a member (keyboardist) of several rock and new wave groups.

 


Masin, Gigi (Italy)

Wind (1986)
The Wind Collector (1991) (with Alessandro Monti)
Lontano (2001)
Moltitudine In Labirinto (2003) (with Guiseppe Caprioli)
Talk To the Sea (2014)
Hoshi (2014) (with Tempelhof)
The Wind Collectors / As Witness Our Hands (2016) (recorded in 1989 - 1990) (with Alessandro Monti and Alessandro Pizzin)
Plays Hazkarà (2016)
Tsuki (2016) (with Tempelhof)
Live At 'Superbudda' (2016)
Venezia 2016 (2016) (S)

Ambient artist who started recording already in the 1980's. In 1986 he released an album called Wind, a pioneering work in the way it combined ethereal male vocals and ambient music.

See also: Gaussian Curve

 


Maskit Chamber, The (USA)

Heaven Machine (2001)
The 4th Wave (2001)

The Maskit Chamber is the project of Djam Karet synthesist Gayle Ellett. Mostly analog electronics with the focus on the moog. Ranges from symphonic electronic ala Dave Greenslade to Berlin School ala Tangerine Dream circa Phaedra, to Ambient.

See also: Djam Karet, Ukab Maerd.

 


Maslak, Keshavan (USA)

Get the Money (Whatever It Takes) (1988)

Atypical album from this jazz multi-instrumentalist and avant-garde performance artist. Here, he experiments with sampling and minimal music and uses woodwinds and electronics only.

 


Mason, Dare (UK)

Dive (1997)

British producer and engineer. This is his solo ambient album, with a touch of downtempo.

 


Mason, Timm (USA)

The Lost Levels (2014)
Time Release (2015) (S)
Escape Artist (2016) (S)

Member of Master Musicians of Bukkake with his own solo electronic explorations. There are also some splits with other artists.

See also: Master Musicians of Bukkake, Midday Veil.

 


Masos (Mexico)

Musica para Despues de la Batalla (1989)

Aka Vicente Rojo Masos, helped by the Interface duo. Rare electronic LP.

 


Massari, Thomas (USA)

The Pleiades (1985)

Easy-listening music close to new age, sometimes just pads, sometimes with drum machine rhythms, approximating sort of a "1980's Tangerine Dream lite" feel. Something for fans of Electronic New Age perhaps. Side B is pretty nice overall, even if it's nothing to write home about.

 


Masson, Colin (UK)

Isle of Eight (2001)

Colin Masson is the lead guitarist of folk-rock group The Morrigan. On Isle of Eight he finds himself in the Oldfield mode, with lush arrangements and floating guitar. The last track, the 12-minute "Return To the Northern Wasteland" is more electronic, though, and sounds rather Tangerine Dream-y.

 


Massonix (UK)

Subtracks (2006)
Hommage au Fromage / Hollingsville (2013) (with Bruno Spoerri)

Although a co-founder of well-known techno / IDM pioneers 808state, Graham Massey has been experimenting with sounds, creating his own vision of wacky electronic music for some time now, with varying results and evading any fame or exposure that 808state managed to attain. The music on Subtracks is assembled from various live performances and studio recordings done between 1996 and 2006 and represents a collection of strange, aquatic electronic music that, on the one hand is obviously indebted to Kraftwerk, Cluster and other pioneers, but on the other hand, displays a lot of contemporary influences such as IDM, future jazz and techno. It's EM-related perhaps, but the Kraftwerk comparisons and the general 1960's - early 1970's atmosphere of this music (lot of classic analog synths are used and a somewhat "bachelor pad music" mood predominates) warranted an inclusion of Massey's project to EEM.

 


Master Musicians of Bukkake (USA)

Further West Quad Cult (2015)

Psychedelic rock / space rock / unclassifiable group from Seattle. On this album, they present spacey and hypnotic electronic journeys with synths and a bit of guitar. Further investigation is needed.

See also: Mason, Timm

 


Master's Cosmic Music (Italy)

The Philosophy of Evolution (1992)
Cirrus (1998)

Experimental electronic project of Vinicio Brunori.

 


Mastro, Louie (USA)

Mermaid In the Mist (1996)

Two vocal tracks from this late progrock / electronic musician and the rest is instrumental with hints of Steve Hillman, Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. Very rocky stuff. Bombastic!

 


Matamore (Austria??)

The Flight of Nostromo (2005)

Rare album of bleak ambient soundscapes and some more intense noisy stuff (sometimes with distorted guitar) from this duo, inspired by the movie "Alien". Although they seem to be from Austria, the musicians' names (Stephane Gagne and Christian Huber) sound French to me, so I'm not sure.

 


Matauszek, Korneliusz (Poland)

Szósta Nad Ranem (1990)
Zycie (1993)

Melodic and meditative EM.

 


Matchess (USA)

Seraphastra (2013)
Somnaphoria (2015)
The Rafter (2016)

Electronics from Whitney Johnson, member of psychedelic rockers Verma. Strange stuff that falls into the Experimental subgenre. Pretty unique, with lots of vocalizations, analog sounds, ambient soundscapes and so on.

 


Material Object (Germany)

Elektronik (2011) (with Pete Namlook)
Elektronik II (2012) (with Pete Namlook)
Ambient Gardener - Autumn (2012) (with Pete Namlook)
Indiana Drones (2013)
Invisible Light (2015) (with Ishq)
Shimmers (2016) (S)
Artefacts Digiteaux II (2016)

A project of Pete Namlook's collaborator. Indiana Drones was supposed to be released on Fax label, but due to Pete's untimely passing the project was postponed and eventually released on a small label founded as a tribute to this late musician.

 


Matesan, Virgil (Canada)

Electro Rendez-Vous (2006)
Magnetic Moments (2006)
Boreal Light (2007)

Melodic Electronic Music by this synthesist, influenced mainly by Jarre and Vangelis.

 


Mateu de Villavicencio, Enrique (Spain)

Formas Millares (1987)

Electronic guitarist with computer processing, ambient soundscapes.

 


Mathes, Arnold (USA)

Infinite Room (1985)
Gleepsite (1985)
Target: Earth (1985)
Stranger From the Depths (1985)
Infinite Room (1986)
Taboo (1987)
The Human Experiment (1988)
Obsolete Man (??)
Galaxyagogo (1994)
Amtek (1995)
Avenue of the Gods (??)
Endless Flights (??)
Deviations (??)
Cataclipse (??)
Technical Ancestors (??)
Monitoresy (??)
Any Concept Will Do (??)
AM Bandstand (2002)
Amrak (2002)
Critical Mass (2002)
Cosmic Memory (2003)
Etidorhpa (2013)
The Celestial Department Store (2014)
40 Years (2015)

American synthesist of Alien Planetscapes fame who explores a hell of a number of styles on his album AM Bandstand. The influences include Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Synergy, among others. Check him out.

See also: Alien Planetscapes

 


Mathon (Switzerland)

Muntsulej (2007)
Via Mala (2009)
Terrestre (2011)

Swiss ambient duo of Pete Leuenberger and Roger Stucki. They record their music with a mobile studio high in Swiss Alps and the result is sometimes hypnotic, meditative and experimental, and sometimes quite cosmic.

 


Matmos (USA)

Supreme Balloon (2008)

An all-synthesizer album from this eccentric American band.

See also: Schmidt, Martin

 


Matsuda, Masa (Japan)

Pirsuit And Flight (1976)
Silent Dialogue (1979) (with Yuji Ohno)

Masa Matsuda is a Japanese keyboard player who is pretty obscure, but is mostly known for his Plays GX-1 LP from 1975 with covers of popular tunes played on said monstersynth. However, on Pirsuit And Flight (a loose translation into English, as this album is only known under its Japanese title) he is definitely moving in the progressive direction. It features smooth electronic arrangements in longer tracks with a unique sound (thanks to the use of the GX-1) and some improvisation. I don't know if the whole album is EM or EM-related but at least parts of it certainly are. Further investigation is needed.

 


Matsui, Shigehiko (Japan)

d-less-car, d-en (in between +&) (2001)

Electronic album for the adventurous listener, full of freaked-out bubbling video game stuff. A few *vocal* songs.

 


Matsutake, Hideki (Japan)

Edo (1977) (with Chojuro Kondoj & Masashi Komatsubara)
The Fantasia - The Invitation To the Stars (1978)
Space Fantasy (1978)
Live Space Fantasy (1978)
Space Sound (1978)
Pyramid Power (1978)
Digital Moon (1979)
Sleeping Night (1983) (S)
Synthesizer In Screen Theme (??)
Sequential Works (2003) (recorded in ??)

Hideki Matsutake is a Japanese synth programmer and musician who worked with a lot of artists, including YMO and Tomita. Edo features a mix of traditional Japanese music and electronics. A bit similar to 70's Tangerine Dream, but not that rhythmic.

See also: Logic System, IIIC Magical Space Band.

 


Matsuura, Yoshikazu (Japan)

日本の四季 (1983)

Obscure electronic album produced by Shigenori Kamiya. The title translates to "Four seasons in Japan".

 


Matsuzaki, Yuko (Japan)

Mother of Pearl Box (1985)

 


Matt (France)

L'Etranges Visiteurs (??)

This looks like a library release, with shorter tracks and music that is melodic and rhythmic, sometimes verging on space disco.

 


Matter (USA)

Matter (1993)
Lunar Chateau (1998)

Music in Heldon style by Joe Albarran.

See also: Albarran, Joe, Madden, Mike.

 


Mattern, Thomas (Germany)

Thief (2016) (soundtrack)

Thomas Mattern is also known as Parklake and Parklake Project. The above is a soundtrack to an independent film, combining acoustic and electronic sounds.

 


Mattheis (Netherlands)

Isms (2013) (EP)
LS/1001 (2015) (EP)
Luminous Frames (2015)
Kindred Phenomena (2015)

Rotterdam-based techno producer (real name - Matthijs Verschuure) who uses a lot of influences from EM, such as the abundant analog sequences and even synth solos on later works. Sort of like an EM / techno hybrid, this.

 


MatthewDavid (USA)

Livephreaxxx!!!! (2010) (with Sun Araw)
Super Harvest Moon (2010) (S) (with EMV)
DISK II (2012)
Culture Mystery (2012)
Destin (2012)
Mindflight (2013)
Ashram (2015)
Trust the Guide And Glide (2016)
A Meditation On Events In 2016 (2016)
Ophiucus (2017)

Producer and experimental musician from Los Angeles. Only his ambient releases will be listed. Since 2015, he uses the pseudonym "Matthewdavid's Mindflight". These releases are also listed here.

 


Matthews, Carl (UK)

Aksu (1980)
Freewheel To Freedom (1980)
Intervention 87 (1980)
East / West (1982)
Iridescence (1983)
Call For World Saviours (1984)
The Bather (??) (soundtrack)
Quid Rides (1987)
The Zodiac Suite (1988)
Nuance (1988)
Old & New (1988) (recorded in 1980 - 1988)
Last Word From Mothership (1989)
Col (1992)
Ixion's Wheel (2001) (with Paul Nagle)
The Escher Experience (2003)
Life Force (2004)

Veteran UK synthesist with a spacey, rhythmic and melodic style of Electronic Music. Carl Matthews has collaborated with Paul Nagle on Ixion's Wheel as well as released some cassettes on Mirage, ICR and Electronical Dreams labels and CD's on Neu Harmony and Sandpiper Records. Beware that some of his 1980's cassettes were released under pseudonyms "Aspiration" and "CAM".

See also: Rheged

 


Matthews, Si (USA)

Tales of Ten Worlds (2015)
Aurora (2017)

Ambient music in the style of early FAX releases (Tales of Ten Worlds in its early version was sent to Pete Namlook but never got released). Simon Matthews is a Boulder, Colorado based musician.

 


Matthme (UK)

Matthme (2015)

Ambient drone artist from Edinburgh.

 


Mattiisen, Alo (Estonia)

Näärmed (1987)
Read (1995)
Ajaga Silmitsi (1997) (recorded in 1985 - 1991)
Facing the Time (1997)
Roheline Muna (1999)

Synthesist with a fairly unique sound. Alo Mattiisen was the keyboard player of great Estonian prog band In Spe. I should warn here that some of his works contain lots of vocals, choir and various other acoustic / classical instruments, so not all of his works will immediately appeal to fans of EM. Roheline Muna is one of his most classically-oriented ones, basically representing a normal rock opera with various parts sung by real singers. Sadly, Alo Mattiisen died in the summer of 1996 and therefore, the music for Roheline... was re-recorded for release without Alo's assistance.

See also: In Spe

 


Matucana (Germany)

Deliverance (1989)
Midnight Sun (1992)
To Beat the Feeling (1993)
Spatial Images (1994)
Songs of Sorrow And Love (1995)
Beyond Hope (1996)
Undertow of Darkness (1996)
Dark Rooms (1997)
Temple of the Ash of Ra (1998)

Quiet, meditative, melacholic, dark, floating, abstract and other electronic styles. Temple of the Ash of Ra was inspired by Manuel Goettsching's E2-E4.

 


Matuch, David Michael (USA)

Masquerade (1995)
Before Reality (1997)
Brainstorm (1999)

Ambient. (for want of a better term)

 


Matzumi (Germany)

Sometimes (2009)
Cryin' Soul (2010) (EP)
Ad Infinitum (2010) (EP)
In Mutatio Tempora (2011)
From Distant Times (2012) (with Nattefrost)
Symphony of Silence And Humility (2014)
Bravura Apasionada (2014) (with Emilsam)

This female artist (Kathrin Manz), apart from electronics, uses her own voice, sometimes as an instrument (to create timbres) and sometimes even in plain singing form. Because of this, it might not be up everyone's valley. Especially those who oppose vocals in EM might find it repelling. However, more adventurous listeners are encouraged to check out Matzumi.

 


Mauch, Benjamin (USA)

For My Friends (2015)
Golden Bay Garden (2016)
Finding the Good In Everything (2017)

Originally from Richmond, Bejamin Mauch is an ambient / drone / electronic artist. The music on Golden Bay Garden was recorded in his Shenzhen apartment during his stay in China and alternates between rich, melodic synthesizer compositions with an ambient flair and noisier assaults.

 


Mauk, David (USA)

Official Music Created For Tutankhamun And the Golden Age of the Pharaohs (2005)

Music for exhibition, supposedly in ambient style.

 


Maureau, Jean-Pierre (France)

G. I. Connection (??) (S)

Pop / chanson artist who apparently released this electronic single. The first side is upbeat melodic synth that will be enjoyed by the poppier Jean-Michel Jarre, Space, Droids & suchlike. The flip I know nothing about at the moment..

 


Maurer (France)

CS20M (2010)
Substrate (2010)
In It (2011)

Somber basement synth recordings done on said instrument.

 


Mauriat, Paul (France)

The Green Lake (1981) (S)

This well-known and extremely prolific orchestra leader (conductor), arranger and master of lounge / easy-listening ventured into Electronic Music with this single. The A side contains a theme from "Roma dalla Finestra" which is a melodic, sequencer based piece reminding on Tangerine Dream's soundtracks. There is a section with female vocals, though, so beware. The flip "Made in France" is much more in his usual orchestral style. This single is one of Mauriat's lesser known works.

 


Maurice Jarre Electronic Ensemble, The (France / USA)

Firefox (1984) (soundtrack)
Dreamscape (1984) (soundtrack)
Witness (1985) (soundtrack)
Enemy Mine (1985) (soundtrack)
Apology (1986) (soundtrack)
Fatal Attraction (1987) (soundtrack)
No Way Out (1987) (soundtrack)
Gorillas In the Mist (1988) (soundtrack)
Dead Poets Society / The Year of Living Dangerously (1990) (soundtrack)

Maurice Jarre, Hollywood film composer (born in Lyon, France, 1924) and father of Jean-Michel Jarre, created this ensemble in the 80's (probably following his son's example) to help him out in his soundtrack work. The above mentioned soundtracks (not sure that all of them were released, though) and probably some others, contain compositions by his electronic ensemble. After fooling around with synthesizers during the 80's, he returned to his usual orchestral (kitsch) style.

 


Mauve Sideshow (USA)

Dark Flowers (1990)
Stray Apparitions (1990)
Mauve Sideshow (1993)
Meet Me In the Wasteland (1993)
The Girl (1994)
Blood Will Tell (1997)

Superb duo from Seattle. Dusty Lee takes care of electronics and Treva sings (wordless vocals) and whispers ala Gong's 'space whisper'. Together they create Neo-Classical Ambient with spacey synths, effects, hypnotic voice and TONS of mellotron! Very spacey and hypnotic music, sometimes beautiful and sometimes dark (and even more beautiful at that).

See also: Blessed Oblivion, Minus Infinity, Mistress of Strands, Steeple of Fyre, Thistle, Angel Provocateur, Torn Curtain, Kangaroo Kourt.

 


Mavis, Mac (Finland)

Fresh Tracks (1998)
Gatefinder (2003)
Report From the Lake (2009)

Helsinki-based Ambient musician whose real name is Mac Hirvi.

 


Maw (Russia)

Maw (2001)
Pallid Light Nocturne (2002)
Autumn Sun (2002)
Melancholy Drop (2006) (recorded in 2001)

Side-project of Dmitry Chistov aka Hum. Ambient music.

See also: Hum, Off the Cuff.

 


Maxwell, Nick (USA)

Oubliette (2005)

Dark soundworlds.

 


Maxwell Von Braund, Steve (Australia)

Monster Planet (1975)
Polarize (2000)

Classic cosmic electronics from member of Cybotron.

See also: Cybotron.

 


Maxxess (Germany)

Landscapes (1995)
Electrixx (2001)
The Sequel (2003)
Contact (2004) (with Axess)
Authenticity (2005)
Offroad (2006)
Ultra (2010)
Impact (2010) (with Axess)
Green Fairy (2014)

This artist (real name - Max Schiefele) creates a mixture of Electronic Music and guitar-based styles. Max started recording his own compositions during the 1980's, going two parallel routes. One was rock music of the mainstream kind that bands like AC/DC played. The other was completely electronic instrumental music inspired by German EM of the 1970's. All of this was recorded in his home studio using a 2-cassette rack. His notable achievements of the period include winning an annual Roland synthesizer song contest and the "White Waves Award" of the first "Frankfurter Synthesizertage". He also won the "Homerecording contest" of German "Keyboards" magazine with a Jan Hammer-inspired composition. Later both of his influences merged into a single hybrid style of powerful guitar playing and synthesizer backgrounds.

See also: Pyramaxx

 


May, Brian (Australia)

Turkey Shoot (2015) (recorded in 1982) (soundtrack)

Not to be confused with famous guitar player and member of Queen, Brian May was an Australian soundtrack composer. The above soundtrack features mostly short tracks, the bulk of which are electronic.

 


May, John (USA)

Plateaus (1997)

Electronic Music in the style of Vangelis and Tangerine Dream with a touch of Native American traditions.

 


Mayak (Ukraine)

Reka (2013)

Chillwave / retrowave / synthwave project from Kharkiv (orginal name in Russian - Маяк). The album Reka (Река) is released on vinyl and was preceded by a download-only release. There are a few other digital releases as well. It is only very marginally EM, but should be enjoyed by those into that nostalgic, 1980's infused sound. File under EM-related.

 


Maydew, Peter (UK)

Distant Skies (1977)
Electricity & Magnetism (1981)
Shaking the Dreamland Tree (1988)

Very diverse musician. From ambient electronic sound of Distant Skies to more rhythmic stuff of Electricity & Magnetism, with guitar riffs, drum machine etc. Shaking... is more or less a return to the style of the first one. There was also an album of cover versions and another one, released around 1998, that's supposed to be guitar dominated.

 


Mayforest (Poland)

Mayforest (2017)

Ambient music from Szczecin.

 


Mayordom (France)

Mayordom (??)

Electronic Music by Pierre Porte and Joel Fajerman. A bit funky, a bit disco-like...

See also: Fajerman, Joel.

 


Mazmoneth (UK)

Music By Mirrors (2011)

A project of Nigel Mullaney (Dub Atomica) and Ray Sherwin. Contemporary rhythmic soundscapes.

 


Mazza, Roberto (Italy)

Scoprire Le Orme (1991)

Italian saxophonist and oboe player. The above album is a minimal, repetitive work for synths, oboe and harp.

See also: Telaio Magnetico

 


Mc Lane Explosion (France)

Space Music (1977)

A mixture of covers ("Pulstar", "Oxygene", "Accidental Lover", "Onyx", "Magic Fly"...) and some original tunes from Roland Romanelli. The covers are ok but expectedly inferior to the originals. For instance, check out "Oxygene". Whereas the original was subtle and had that exciting feeling of cosmic grandeur throughout, here it's just plodding, simplistic and very in-yer-face, not to mention overtly long, the only nice element in my ears being the pads. You can get this LP for the originals but as for the covers, once you've listened to them, there's no reason that you'd want to return to them and listen again. A forgettable album, then, and dangerously "un-progressive". You've been warned.

See also: Romanelli, Roland, Space.

 


MC2 (Spain)

Energy (1999)

Berlin School music with bright, crisp arrangements.

See also: Loibant, Joseph, AT-Mooss.

 


McAvoy, Gary (Canada)

The Observers (1993)
Martian Oasis (1993)

Relaxed, melodic music from this synthesist.

 


McBain, John (USA)

Accidental Soundtracks Vol. 1: The Alpha Particle (2017)

American guitarist and electronic composer. The above release (a limited VHS run) combines krautrock and EM tracks.

 


McCallum, Jon (USA)

Surf Nazis Must Die (2014) (recorded in 1987) (soundtrack)

Synth soundtrack for this low-budget movie. Not bad and at times a bit Tangerine Dream-like. However, it would be better if the tracks would have been released in their original form and not marred by sound effects and dialogues from the movie. The quality is also quite dubious, as the music sounds like a mono track from a 3rd generation VHS cassette.

 


McCann, Sean (USA)

Gall Flood (2007)
Dreem Ordeal (2008)
Background Sound One (2008)
Sway (2008)
Shore Net (2008) (S)
Mirage Warehouse (2008) (S)
Flutter Oasis (2008)
Phase Pools (2008)
Jasmine (2008)
Boomerangutan (2008)
How Deep Is the Ocean (2008)
Backround Sound Two (2008) (S)
Phylum Sigh (2009)
Background Sound Three (2009)
Background Sound Four (2009)
Haven (2009)
Fair Beginnings (2009) (with Greg Manata)
A Wind In Their Way (2009)
Rover Encyclopedia Vol. 1 - Fishing (2009) (with Dave McPeters)
Frame of Mind (2009)
The Truth Is Marching In (2009)
Midnight Orchard (2009)
Nocturne (2010)
Pages of Shadowlife (2010)
Background Sound Five (2010)
Lower Decks (2010) (S)
Continent (2010) (S)
Chances Are Staying (2010)
Fountains (2010)
Fable Shop (2010)
Open Resolve (2010)
Leave Today (2010)
Allay (2010)
Ornaments (2010) (with Greg Manata)
The Thin Red Line (2010) (EP)
Sean McCann (2011) (S)
The Sky Is Filled With Incredible Wishes (2011)
Sincere World (2011)
The Capital (2011)
Mammoth Mountain (2011)
Prelusion (2011)
Vanity Fair (2011) (with Matthew Sullivan)
Barb (2012) (with Matthew Sullivan and Jeff Witscher)
Jackpot (2012) (with Matthew Sullivan)
In Concert (2012) (with Matthew Sullivan)
Unreleased Stuff From 2007 (??)
Music For Private Ensemble (2013)
Positive Beat Recordings Lathe Series (2013) (S)
I (2014) (with Maxwell August Croy)
Ten Impressions For Piano & Strings (2015)
Live At the Roxy (2015) (with Matthew Sullivan)
Tub of Deep Green Ink (2015)
A Castle Popping (2015)
Music For Public Ensemble (2016)
Pacifics (2016)

Prolific droning Ambient artist with some really beautiful and emotional stuff to his credit.

 


McCaw, Craig (Canada)

Journey Through the Galaxy (1978)
Journey To the Center of the Galaxy (1995)

In the late 1960's / early 1970's Craig McCaw played guitar in a psychedelic pop band The Poppy Family. He then went to Delhi to study music composition and after returning to Canada he embarked on a solo career that included composing music for television and, above all, planetarium shows. This one here is a sountrack to an H.R. MacMillan Planetarium (Vancouver) show with the same name. It is fairly rare as it was originally sold only at the planetarium. Craig plays synthesizers and guitars in a spacey manner with guests Ken Morrison (bass), George Hamilton (drums), Ross Barrett (flute, sax, Fender Rhodes), Dom Cumming (percussion), Mike Koziniak (percussion), John Mitchell (Fender Rhodes) and Satwant Singh (tabla). Journey To the Center... is a remake of the original soundtrack with new material released on CD.

 


McClellan, Randall (USA)

The Healing Music of Rana Vol. I (1979)
The Healing Music of Rana Vol. II (1983)
The Healing Music of Rana Vol. III (1983)
The Healing Music of Rana Vol. IV (1985) (recorded in 1981 and 1983)

Electronic Music pioneer with an academic background who, from 1979 to 1983 gave long-form performances of relaxing music in darkened rooms, in a way presaging, or going parallel route to his countryman Robert Rich. Some of these performances are gathered on the Healing Music of Rana series of (cassette) albums. Here, he uses Moog Prodigy and Micromoog synthesizers along with his voice, pioneering both new age and Ambient. Some of the sounds strangely harken back to the earliest Klaus Schulze (circa Irrlicht / Cyborg), which, I would guess, is a mere coincidence. Another comparison could be Terry Riley at his most electronic.

 


McClure, Darren (UK)

Softened Edges (2007)
Suspended (2009) (with offthesky)
Into Action (2012) (S)
The Black Kite (2012) (S)
Object Trio (2014) (S)
Water Garden (2014) (with Miguel Isaza)
Apperception (2015)
Shelter (2015) (with José Soberanes)
In-Between Spaces (2015) (with Porya Hatami)
Veerian (2016) (with Uwe Zahn and Porya Hatami)
The Edge of Now (2016)
Nature Mirror (2017)
Future Harbour (2017)
(with José Soberanes)

Ambient musician who uses a lot of field recordings alongside electronics. Originally from the UK, he currently resides in Japan.

 


McDowall, Drew (UK)

Haecceity Deluge (2015)
Collapse (2015)
Unnatural Channel (2017)

A member of punk rock group The Poems in the late 1970's and early 1980's in Glasgow, Drew McDowall is nowadays an electronic musician and modular synth enthusiast residing in New York. He collaborated with Coil and Psychic TV. As a solo artist, he creates stark, moody electronic compositions, sometimes noisy ala Throbbing Gristle, but sometimes with incessant electronic pulse reminding on John Carpenter, Heldon and the darker Tangerine Dream.

 


McGee, Hal (USA)

60 Minutes of Laughter (1982) (with Deborah Jaffe)
In A Foreign Film (1983) (with Deborah Jaffe)
Swamp Patrol 84 (1983) (with Deborah Jaffe and David Mattingly)
Occupant: No Specific Answer (1984)
A Whole Universe of Horror Movies (1984) (with Deborah Jaffe)
Who Is This One (1984) (with Deborah Jaffe)
Hot And Cold (1985) (with Deborah Jaffe)
An Organized Accident (1985) (with If Bwana)
Coffee Spleen & the Barking Dog (1985)
Black Body (1985)
Trompeur et Sournois (1985)
Brash Pussy (1985)
Get In the Action (1985) (with Deborah Jaffe)
Sweat (1986) (with Deborah Jaffe)
Five Feuilletons Outlined In Red (1986)
Places Without Air (1986)
Sheets of Cruelty (1986)
Conduit (1986)
Untranslatable (1986) (with If Bwana)
Pure Torture (1986)
Green (1986)
Corroboree (1986)
Dog Food (1986)
Club Sandwiches (1986)
Snot (1986) (with Deborah Jaffe)
Incidental Vibrations (1986) (with Jabon)
The Splendor (1987)
Live In Pittsburgh (1987)
Incidental Vibrations 2 (1987) (with Jabon)
Joint Venture (1987) (with If Bwana)
Sacrifice of Reason (1987) (with If Bwana)
Live In Toronto (1987) (with If Bwana)
Live In Memphis (1988)
Painting (1988) (with If Bwana)
A Fish Devoid of Memory (1988) (with David Prescott)
Devices And Mechanisms (1988)
Weed (1988)
Usufruct (1989) (with Chris Phinney)
Heads (1990) (with Chris Phinney)
Shell (1990) (with Chris Phinney)
Maneuvers (1990) (with Chris Phinney)
Skull (1990) (with Chris Phinney)
Ditch (1990) (with Chris Phinney and Michael Jackson)
Peat (1990) (with If Bwana)
Goonz (1990) (with Nomuzic)
Quake (1991) (with Chris Phinney)
Dimdogmentalasanguishmastershinething (1991) (with Chris Phinney and Dimthingshine)
Miami Noise (1991) (with Dimthingshine and friends)
Coincidence (1991) (with Chris Phinney)
Cobra (1991) (with Chris Phinney, Roger Moneymaker and Robert Henson)
B12 (1995)
Fester (1996) (with Chris Phinney)
Gnarl (1996) (with Chris Phinney)
Krispeee (1996) (with Phinney, Martin and Bramhall)
Knot (1996) (with Chris Phinney)
Preoccupations (1996) (with Brian Noring)
The Room (1996) (with Hagstrom, Hofferber and Noring)
Pig (1996) (with Chris Phinney)
Caesura (1996) (with Thomas Sutter)
Cry of the Banshee (1996) (with L.G. Mair)
VA10 (1996)
Florizona (1997) (with Jeph Jerman)
F5 (1997)
Sonic Holiday (1997) (with Brian Noring)
6J (1997) (with L.G. Mair)
Sounds From MicroLounge (1997) (with Keith Nicolay)
Goonz 2 (1997) (with Nomuzic and friends)
Liquid Kumquat Generator (1997) (with Dave Wright)
Receding Hairlines In Brooklyn (1997) (with If Bwana)
When We Wake Up... (1997) (with Big City Orchestra)
Straphanger's Ball (1997) (with Jon Burgos, Keith Nicolay, Ed Rollin, Bruce Waid and Doug Walker)
Tofu & Tobacco (1997) (with 360 Sound)
Summit (1997) (with Brian Noring, Shawn Kerby, Phil Klampe and Charles Rice Goff III)
Cryptomnesia (1997) (with Charles Rice Goff III and Brian Noring)
Solid State Life (1997) (with Brian Noring)
Homemade Alien Music Vol.1 (1997) (with EHI and Separation)
Homemade Alien Music Vol.2: Ancient Astronauts (1998) (with Chris Phinney)
Homemeade Alien Music Vol.3: Alien Progeny (1998) (with Phil Klampe)
Unholy Trinity (1998) (with Charles Rice Goff III and Phil Klampe)
Lobhia Aur Khumbi (1998) (with Charles Rice Goff III)
H8 (1998)
1909E (1998)
Pursuits (1998) (with Brian Noring)
Anvil And Stirrup (1998) (with Brian Noring)
I Am A Black Hole (1999)
Pollution And Decay (1999) (with Brian Noring)
Invisible In the Midwest (1999) (with Brian Noring)
Wrinkled Gray Blob (1999) (with Brian Noring)
Material Events (1999) (with Brian Noring)
Execution / Operation (2000) (with Brian Noring)
Wired For Sound (2000)
Maps of Nowhere (2000)
New Music For Shortwave Receiver And Tape Recorder (2000) (with Brian Noring)
Audio Trash Sculpture Exhibition Part One (2000) (with Brian Noring)
Audio Trash Sculpture Exhibition Part Two (2000) (with Brian Noring)
Abfall Man (2001)
Big Audio Scrap Heap (2001)
Sedimental Music (2001)
Fortuitous Happenstance (2001) (with Brian Noring)
Shill (2001) (with Phil Klampe and Brian Noring)
March 28, 2001 (2001) (with Klampe, Noring and Wren)
Music In the Key of Whatever (2001) (with Brian Noring)
Music For Schizo-Affective Schizophrenia (2001)
Guided Tours (2001) (with Day, Klampe, Noring and Wren)
Mistaken Identities (2001) (with Phil Klampe and Brian Noring)
Random Sound Generator (2001) (with Brian Noring)
Stranded On Earth (2002) (with Chris Phinney)
Deep Space Search Engine (2002)
Meshed Mixages (2002) (with Bret Hart and Charles Rice Goff III)
Blue Planet (2002) (with Brian Noring)
Surveying the Wreckage (2002) (with Brian Noring)
Antenna Club (2003) (with Chris Phinney)
Verve of the Void (2003) (with Charles Rice Goff III)
Hoax (2003) (with Don Campau)
My Brain (2003)
Synergistic Deconstruction (2003) (with Dave Fuglewicz)
Orion the Hunter (2005)
Factor IXX (2006)
Synergistic Reconstruction (2011) (with Dave Fuglewicz)
Monotrinity (2012)
Falling Into the Cosmic Cabinet (2012) (with Lumen K)
Dead Hand Decision (2012) (with Dave Fuglewicz)
Signal Load Patterns (2013) (with Crystal Awareness)
The Morning Crew (2013) (with Josh Tippery)
Taoist Demolition Crew (2013) (with Lumen K)
Fenruary Sessions (2013) (with Richard Orlando)
L'echappatoire (2013) (with Wehwalt)
Touch of Cold (2013) (with Ooy)
The Electric Brains (2014) (with Richard Orlando)

Remember "Space Odyssey"? Well, you can sort of consider Hal McGee to be the human incarnation of Hal 9000. He pierces your brain with harsh noise electronics, then lets you drift in space on top of floating synth textures with equal ease. He provides you with a healthy dose of experimental minimalist sounds and spoken word weirdness. His more space electronics oriented albums are the ones he made with Chris Phinney, while his collaborations with Brian Noring seem to be more avant-garde and harsh. Overall, I think his works will appeal to fans of early Cluster, Conrad Schnitzler and Tangerine Dream, The Residents, vintage sci-fi flicks and Pierre Henry (Wired For Sound and Maps of Nowhere, among others, seem to be abstract collages of concrete sound). Bear in mind, that Hal's solo works during the Eighties appeared under the name 'Dog As Master'. And his collaborative works with Deborah Jaffe were released as 'Viscera'. As for his collaborative efforts with If Bwana, there was a name for them as well: they were called 'Bwana Dog'! Some of his early stuff is very harsh, approaching the noise / power electronics territory. So, hardcore EM fans, be afraid. Be very afraid!

See also: Analog Synthesizer Ensemble, The

 


McGirr, Danny (Australia)

Sanguine Clock Obsolete (2012)
Twenty Five Flowers (2013)
Chemical Trigger (2013)
Remains (2013)
Pale At the Holy Mountain (2013)
White Light Horizons (2014)
Crossings (2015)
Grid Music (2015)
Diagrams For Dreams (2015)
Six Lines (2015)
Disintegrating Bohemia (2015)
Grandiose Emptiness + Dot Miniatures (2015)
Five Points (2015)
Bridges (2015)
Loom (2016)
Reduced (2016)
Pure (2016)
VO (2016)
The Palest Blue / The Darkest Blue (2016)
Australian Landscape 1 (2016)
Fata Morgana (2017)
Tangled Threads (2017)

Ambient artist who alternates between guitar tracks and synth tracks.

 


McGregor, Ross (Australia)

Princess (1980)

Electronic album by this Sydney-based engineer and owner of Axent Studio. Ambient sound combined with dolphin recordings and an Aboriginal touch.

 


McGuire, Mark (USA)

Glass Bowls (2007)
Northern Exposure (2007)
Tidings (2007) (S)
Untitled (2007) (S) (with Nate Scheible)
Amethyst Waves (2008) (S)
An Old Hag's Cackle Pt. II (2008) (S)
Dream Team (2008)
Guitar Meditations (2008)
Let Us Be the Way We Were (2008)
Light Movement (2008)
Off In the Distance (2008)
Open Chords (2008) (S)
Patterns of Development (2008)
The Garden of Eternal Life (2008) (S)
A Pocket Full of Rain (2009)
Language Barrier (2009)
Losing Sleep (2009)
Must Not Have Meant That Much (2009)
Stranger Than Paradise (2009) (S)
Tidings II (2009) (S)
Between Family (2010) (S)
Get Me Out of Here (2010) (S)
Guitar Meditations Vol. II (2010)
High Above the City (2010)
Living With Yourself (2010)
The Invisible World (2010) (S)
Things Fall Apart (2010)
Untitled (2010) (S)
Vacation Days (2010)
Get Lost (2011)
Trouble Books & Mark McGuire (2011) (with Trouble Books)
Nightshade (2012)
Certain Circumstances (2012) (with Nate Scheible)
Surrogate Channels (2012) (S)
The Instinct (2013) (S)
Along the Way (2013)
Noctilucence (2014)
Beyond Belief (2015)
Ideas of Beginnings (2017)
Vision Upon Purpose (2017)

A young and extremely prolific musician from Ohio. He played guitar with Emeralds and his solo stuff ranges from heavy guitar drones to sequenced repetitive structures ala Inventions For Electric Guitar from Goettsching. Sometimes he gets close to copying the Ashra sound but he sure has talent. This is one of those rare instances that an artist is included in EEM because of his / her sound and not instrumentation, as Mark mostly uses guitar and various processing devices, although he does experiment with tape loops and electronics from time to time. One completely acoustic release was omitted from the above discography.

See also: Emeralds, Skyramps, Amazing Births.

 


McLaughlin, Riley (USA)

DNA Music (1983)
DNA Suite (1983)

Obscure. This synthesizer music is based on the DNA structure. The actual musician is Riley McLaughlin but the works revolve around the theoretical research of Dr. David Deamer. May appeal to fans of Brian Eno.

 


McLean, George (USA)

George McLean's Greatest Hits (1977)

Idaho-based electronic musician. Extremely rare handmade cassette release.

 


McLion, Charly (Germany)

The Nature of the Universe (2001)

Former member of Double Fantasy. Supposedly, *boring* new age-like music.

See also: Double Fantasy

 


McMahon, Joe (USA)

Shatterday (1995)

Joe McMahon is an electronic musician residing near Washington, DC. His only (so far) album of soft melodic music supposedly comparable to Kitaro was released on Mike Metlay's "Atomic City" label. An interesting fact is that the album was recorded entirely with an Ensoniq VFXsd synthesizer.

 


McNabb, Michael (USA)

Computer Music (1983)

Michael McNabb is an academic composer and a pioneer of computer music. His LP, though, is at the very listenable end of the academic spectrum. You could even say that he adopted a lot of ideas from progressive EM. You can sort of compare his dreamy compositions to Klaus Schulze's Dune (in mood and structure, not in sound). This album was re-released by Wergo in 1993, with one track having a new (actually, the original) title and a longer duration.

 


McPhee, Tony (UK)

The Two Sides of Tony McPhee (1973)

A surprising diversion for Groundhogs guitarist, The Two Sides of Tony McPhee featured one side of traditional blues rock pieces and one side of Electronic Music.

 


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