Index

 

O.A.S.I. (Italy)

Il Cavaliere Azzurro (1986)

Theater music by a group led by Paolo Modugno. Rather exotic sound here, with lots of percussion, both sampled and real.

See also: Modugno, Paolo

 


O Head (UK)

Silent Universe (1998)
Steps Across the Cortex (2005)
Space Daze (2006)
Decade In Space (2008)
Gaia's Garden (2008)
Dream State Circus (2010)
Visitor (2012)
Resurgent Resonance (2017)

O Head is Dave Hendry and his music is firmly in the Berlin School / TD territory.

 


O.R.D.U.C. (Netherlands)

New Cubism (1981)
Pink & Purple (1981)
D-Train (1988)

Minimal synth outfit led by Nicko Selen formed in 1971 as experimental music ensemble and later switching to pop structures. These albums might be interesting for EM fans. Further investigation is needed. O.R.D.U.C. stands for One-o-seventh Royal Dutch Underground Company.

 


O Yuki Conjugate (UK)

O Yuki Conjugate (1983)
Scene In Mirage (1984)
Into Dark Water (1986)
Peyote (1991)
Equator (1994)
The Euphoria of Disobedience (2006)
OYC25 (2009)
Ambiguism 1983 - 1987 (2010)
Tropic (2017) (recorded in 1994 and 1995)

Organic / Tribal Ambient from Tim Horberry, Roger Horberry and Andrew Hulme.

 


Oahu (USA)

Plant Life (2016) (S)
Mountain Rain / Garden Flood (2016) (S)

Experimental electronic project of Adrian Todd Webb. Repetitive, minimal, wacky.

 


O'Bergh, Jon (USA)

Millennial Landscapes (1998)
Specters of Twilight (1999)
Songs From Other Planets (2004)

Millennial Landscapes is Atmospheric Space electronics. Songs From Other Planets is an experimental work with rhythmic grooves and mutated "alien" voices. This guy has several other releases that are more or less in meditative / new age mould.

 


Oberland, Frédéric D. (France)

Derniére Adresse (2007) (with Elisa Point and Ed Rolll)
Ombrages (2008) (with Colin Johnco)
The Rustle of the Stars (2011) (with Richard Knox)
The Freemartin Calf (2013) (with Jayne Amara Ross and Gaspar Claus)
Peregrinus Ubique (2015)

Born in 1978, Frédéric D. Oberland is a French musician and improviser. Utilizing both acoustic and electronic instruments, he seems to have a preference for the exotic, using theremin, analog electronics, mellotron, guitars, field recordings, toy organs, pianos and so on. He is normally very influenced by classical music. However, it is hard to describe or even pin down material heard on Peregrinus Ubique. Let's say it's a mixture of musique concrete, some acoustic instruments, folk melodies and electronics that at times takes on a decidedly Prog EM form. A strange and unique mixture and a fascinating listen overall.

See also: Oiseaux-Tempête, Foudre!.

 


Obitania (Spain)

Pagan Crystal Sphere (2001)

Ritual Ambient.

 


Objekt 4 (Sweden)

Facility 77 (2004)
World of Ruin (2004)
No Light District (2005)
Extermination Processing Tower (2006)
Her Face Among the Shadows (2006)
Mindscars (2007) (recorded in 2005 - 2006)
Dead World Ambience Analysis (2007) (recorded in 2003 - 2004)
Shades of Night (2007)
Space Jungle Slums (2007)
Test VIII (2007) (S)
The End; The Beginning (2007)

The first album contains pure Death Ambient with sounds from an old mortuary house. Objekt 4 is the project of Swedish artist Anders Peterson.

See also: Last Industrial Estate

 


Oblique (Netherlands)

Oblique (1985)

Oblique were a duo of Gerard Stokkink (keys) and Tommy Bachmann (drums), On their self-titled LP from 1985 they are supported by a cast of guest musicians and the music is a mixture of electronic prog and instrumental / new age styles. It was released by CBS and was intended as a soundtrack for a dance performance.

See also: Stokkink, Gerard

 


Oblivious Solitude (USA)

No Final Resting Place (2003)

Ambient from Bill Fieger.

See also: Stares To Nowhere

 


Obraztsoff, Alexey (Russia)

Pictures (1997)
Beatoom (2006)

Russian synthesist with a fairly traditional sound.

 


Obscurer (USA)

Untitled (2010)
Mind Tombs (2010)
Shining Arbors (2012)

Theremins, synths, guitars and voices. The exact style is not known but it's supposedly quite ambient.

 


Observation Point (UK)

Sidewinds (2003)
Above And Beyond (2003)
Geometer (2004)
The Orangery Concerts (2004)
Multiplex (2006)

Ambient synth soundscapes.

 


Obsolete Synthesis (USA)

Korolev (2012)
The Rogue River Wars (2012)
Faux Lascaux (2013)
The Normal Year (2015)

Illinois-based artist who is into analog synthesis and seems to be especially fond of PAiA modular gear. He makes compositions that are sometimes noisy, but his albums are predominantly ambient, with a couple of noisy tracks thrown in for good measure. I don't know anything about Korolev, though, which was released on a reel-to-reel tape.

 


Obst, Michael (Germany)

Metal Drops (1983)

Spacious electronic sounds. Avant-garde synthesist.

 


Obukhovaudio (Russia)

Warning (1994)
Moonday (1995)
Ambiance (1995)
Air (1995)
Approximation (1995)
Farenheit (1995)
Voyage To Sunset (1995)
Purple Tone (1996)
Resonance (1996)
Night At Studio (1997)
Airstranger (1998)
At Trance (1998)
Recurrence (1998)
The Edge (1998)
Stardust (1999)
Friends (1999)
Main (1999)
Light Mountain (2000)
Nemo (2000)
Night Antenna (2001)
Darkbeat (2001)
Echo Analogue (2002) (S)
Coma (2003)
Atomsphere (2004)
Tame Time (2005)
Eastwind (After Goa) (2005)
Concerto For Synthesizer And Sequencer (2005)
Cityvolts (2005)
Utmost (2005)
Silent Sound of the Ground (2006)
Silent Sound of the Ground 2 (2006)
Concert For the Synthesizer With the Sequencer 1 (2006)
Concert For the Synthesizer With the Sequencer 2 (2006)
Concert For the Synthesizer With the Sequencer 3 (2006)
Concert For the Synthesizer With the Sequencer 4 (2006)

Born in Khakassia (Siberia), Alexander Obukhov (aka Alexander Obuhov) has been experimenting with EM since 1991, when he started to build his own sound-producing machines from found spare parts. He then added a few Soviet-made synthesizers and started recording his music. Alexander has an individual style, influenced by the Berlin School of Electronic Music.

 


O'Callaghan (Netherlands)

City of Light (2012)

 


Occult Orientated Crime (Netherlands)

Just A Clown On Crack (2016)

Ambient project by the prolific Danny Wolfers. This one sees heavy use of analog synthesizers but the overall style is hardly comparable to other artists, although it's definitely progressive and definitely EM, channeling everything from vintage library vibes, to Berlin School and general melodic / cosmic EM from the 1970's, on to that slight early 1990's FAX touch (perhaps by means of voice samples and some very sparse downtempo rhythms).

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

 


Ocean (Poland)

From the Rolling Ocean (1995)

Polish EM trio with various styles, both rhythmic and ambient.

 


Ocean Floor (UK)

Jupiter (2014)
7/9/14 (2016) (S)
Four Shadows (2017) (S)

Cosmic synths in analog style with a huge organ presence from this Bristol-based experimental project. Sounds like a mixture of church music and ambient EM.

 


Oceano (Chile)

Oceano was a Chilean band formed in the early or mid 1970's by keyboardist Hernan Pantoja together with guitar player Javier Echeverria and drummer Andres Salas. No official recordings exist as of now, but there are at least two bootlegs circulating among fans and over the Internet, En Vivo en la Sala Bulnes, Universidad Tecnica del Estado (1977) and Tiresias en Vivo 1980 - 1981. The group mixed progressive rock and Electronic Music.

 


O'Connor, Martin E. (USA)

New Music For Synthesizers (1985)

 


Octopus's Garden (Germany)

Octopus's Garden (1992)
...And God Listened (1992)
Chronicles of A Lost Land (1994)
Live At the Chapel On the Hill (2006) (recorded in 1992)
Live At Saint Germanus (2006) (recorded in 1992)

Sort of a precursor to Electric Orange consisting of Dirk Jan Müller and Frank Burkhardt.

See also: Müller, Dirk Jan, Electric Orange, Cosmic Ground.

 


Ocular Corporation (Russia)

Genesis (2013)
Stigmata (2014)

Supposedly, droning Ambient.

 


Oculo Rapido (USA??)

Analog Planetfall (2009)

Analog, flowing and experimental Ambient from an Eurock collaborator who calls himself Doktor Bob.

 


Oda, Kohnosuke (Japan)

Music-Effect (1980)
Der Trophen Am Horizont (1986)

These two albums supposedly contain music and effects created for various NHK specials from 1977 to 1984. Spacey synth sound.

 


Odland, Bruce (USA)

Leaving Eden (1991)

Bruce Odland was born in 1952 in Wisconsin. He is an author of numerous sound installations as well as dance theater and television scores. Leaving Eden is a CD that features ambient atmospheres of the darker variety.

 


Odlum, Brian (USA)

Interregnum Vigil (2000)

American cello player and electronic composer. Between Dark Ambient, classical arrangements and World Music.

 


O'Donnell, Roger (UK)

The Truth In Me (2006)
Songs From the Silver Box (2009)

Keyboardist of The Cure with this strange diversion of an album (The Truth In Me). The disc is a mixture of instrumental tracks and some songs (with female vocals) and it was all done on a Moog Voyager. Songs From the Silver Box supposedly continues with the same formula.

 


Odyssey (Greece)

Who (1974) (S)

Odyssey is none other than Vangelis (referring to his middle name, Evangelos Odyssey Papathanassiou). This extremely rare single was released after the album Earth and sounds partly like an outtake from the Earth recording sessions. The first side ("Who") is a pop number with vocals by R. Fitoussi. Vangelis arranged the piece and played keyboards. The second side ("Sad Face") contains a rare solo piece by Vangelis.

See also: Vangelis

 


Odyssey (Poland)

Syntharsis (2001)
Ypsilon Project (2003) (with Remote Spaces)
X - Space Odyssey (2009)
Music For Subway - Symphony For Analogues (2012)
Osyssey & We Are the Hunters (2013) (with We Are the Hunters)

Odyssey is Tomasz Pauszek who started playing keyboards in 1989 (he was 11 years old) and during the 90's he became interested in Electronic Music. He formed the project "Odyssey" and gave many concerts of Electronic Music as well as collaborated with another Polish EM project - Remote Spaces.

 


Of Unknown Origin (USA)

Seven Ovens of the Soul (1998)

Pre-A Murder of Angels dark soundscapes by Bryin Dall and Derek Rush.

See also: A Murder of Angels

 


Off Land (USA)

Heliopause (2007) (S)
Thickly Settled EP (2011) (EP)
Egressives (2011) (S)

Tidewater Pulse (2013)
Quinarian (2014)
Slow Waves (2016)
Out World (2017) (EP)
Afterglow (2017)
On Earth (2017)

Ambient somehow influenced by Pete Namlook's calmer works. Off Land is Tim Dwyer.

 


Off the Cuff (Russia)

Part of the Sky (1995)
Uronit' na tolpy mrak (2002)

Drone Ambient from Dmitry Chistov and Andrei Ivanov.

See also: Hum, Maw, Medve Na Meche.

 


Off World (Canada)

1 (2016)

Unique, dramatic Electronic Music, both ambient and disturbing. Some tracks have a weird Cluster touch. Off World is a studio project put together by Sandro Perri with some friends.

 


Offermose (Sweden)

Bag de Hvide Tinder (2016) (S)
Ofring i Sverige (2017)

Repetitive synth atmospheres and ritual ambiences.

 


Offthesky (USA)

Cold Distances (2003)
Gently Down the Stream (2005)
It Is Impossible To Say Just What I Mean (2005)
We All Fall Down (2006) (with The Circular Ruins)
The Geist Cycles (2007)
Subtle Trees (2008)
!Escape Kit! (2008) (with Juxta Phona)
Flyover Sound (2009) (with Billy Gomberg)
Creek Caught Fire (2009)
Suspended (2009) (with Darren McClure)
Fluorescence (2009) (S)
Hiding Nature (2010)
The Beautiful Nowhere (2011)
Endless Yonder (2011)
Boy With the Golden Cough (2011) (S)
The Curio Collection (2012) (with Kinder Scout)
The Door In the Wall (2012) (EP)
The Lowern Decay (2012) (EP)
Afar, Farewell (2012) (EP) (with Man Watching the Stars)
Through the Lines (2012)
Breathing (2013) (with Ryonkt)
Exit To Anywhere (2013) (S)
The Season of Lost Buttons (2014) (with Radere)
Light Loss (2015)
A Thousand Fields (2015) (with Pleq)
The Soft Parallel (2015)
The Serpent Phase (2015)

Modern Ambient / chill-out music from Jason Corder with some albums on Databloem label. More melodic and accessible than what this label is mostly known for. Jason also has a collaborative album (he appears under his own name) with Matthias Grassow

 


La Ofrenda (Venezuela)

La Ofrenda de Vytas Brenner (1973)
Hermanos (1974)
Jayeche (1975)
En Vivo! (1977)

The band put together in Venezuela by German-born Vytas Brenner. With the line-up of himself, Carlos Acosta, Pablo Manavello, Chu Quintero, Nene Quintero and Ivan Velazquez he developed a complex style that basically included the following elements: 1). Progressive rock 2). Venezuelan folk music 3). Electronic Music 4). Jazz-rock. The music was largely instrumental (with only a couple of vocal songs) and they made a lot of live shows throughout Venezuela and had considerable success. La Ofrenda was disbanded somewhere in the end of the 70's.

See also: Brenner, Vytas

 


Og-Min (USA)

First Bardo (2013) (S)

Monolithic ambient drone.

 


Ogni Videniy (Russia)

Skvoz' Temnotu (2009)
2137 (2011) (with Six Dead Bulgarians)
Interference (2011)
Tayuschie (2011)
Sounding Emptiness (2014)
S (2015) (with Lunar Abyss)
Mohalociya Eroja (2015) (with Lunar Abyss)
Synapse (2015) (with Svetlo111)

Ambient soundscapes.

 


Ogorodov, Michael (Russia)

Schody do Nieba (2008) (with Daniel Bloom, Josef Skrzek, Paul Lawler and Steve Schroyder)
Transparent Things (2010)

Mikhail "Michael" Ogorodov is a keyboard player from Saint-Petersburg who works mostly with analog synthesizers and church organs. He has collaborated with Josef Skrzek and Pierre Moerlen's Gong, among others.

See also: Total Station

 


Ogre (UK)

194 (2012)
Calico Brawn (2013)
Clusterfunk (2013) (S)
195 (2014)
Gradients Live (2015) (S)
Calico Noir (2016)
All Hallows (2016) (with Dallas Campbell)
Beyond the Infinite (2016) (with Dallas Campbell)

Orge is video game / film composer, chiptune / outrun / synthwave artist and electronic musician Robin Edwin Ogden. You can tell he listened to a lot of Tangerine Dream soundtracks, as he combines driving sequences and strong melodies ala 1980's TD with his synthwave influences.

 


Ohama (Canada)

Original Music From the Film PULL (2012) (soundtrack)

Tona Walter Ohama has been playing synthesizers since the 1970's. He is mainly a synth-pop artist. However, this album here supposedly contains some brooding bits and more progressive arrangements made as a soundtrack.

 


O'Hearn, Patrick (USA)

Ancient Dreams (1985)
Between Two Worlds (1987)
Rivers Gonna Rise (1988)
Eldorado (1989)
Mix-Up (1990)
Indigo (1991)
White Sands (1992) (soundtrack)
Trust (1995)
Simpatico (1995) (soundtrack)
Crying Freeman (1996) (soundtrack)
Apostles (1996) (with Peter Maunu)
Metaphor (1996)
So Flows the Current (2001)
Beautiful World (2003)
Slow Time (2005)
Glaciation (2007)
Transitions (2011)

Patrick O'Hearn was born in 1954 in Los Angeles, USA. He has a rich background in jazz music, having played bass with many well-known artists. In 1975, he met Frank Zappa which led him to jamming with Frank for a couple of years. Zappa introduced Patrick to synthesizers (he had a sizeable collection). From Frank, O'Hearn also learned a few things about avant-garde techniques like tape splicing and editing. After playing with a couple of bands during the early 1980's, Patrick went solo. He eventually became one of the first artists to sign for Baumann's Private label. Patrick's solo music is very atmospheric in style and not comparable to other artists.

See also: Group 87

 


OH/EX/OH (UK)

Extant (2012)
The House In the Woods (2013)

Ambient drones from Manchester.

 


Ohm (USA)

O2 (1997)
Voices (1999)
Raw Ohm (2001)

Experimental space rock band formed in 1995 by Doublas Ferguson together with S. Forest Ward and a couple of friends. The music consists of electronics, percussion, clarinet & sax and a couple of other instruments. No guitar here. The music is psychedelic and space rock-influenced but also with strong EM element.

See also: Frankie Teardrop, Vas Deferens Organization.

 


Ohmi, Goro (Japan)

My Youth In Arcadia (1982)
Battle of Sci-Fi Animation (1983)
Guin Saga - Henkyōhen (1983) (soundtrack)
Crusher Joe (1983) (soundtrack)
Niji Sinden (1984)
Moonlight Dream (1985) (S)
Guin Saga - Graffiti (1985) (soundtrack)
Guin Saga - Senran Hen (1985) (soundtrack)
Guin Saga - 7-nin No Madoushi (1986) (soundtrack)

Goro Ohmi is a soundtrack composer, specializing in science fiction animation mainly. He's done some interesting electronic arrangements.

 


Ohno, Yuji (Japan)

Love Saves the Earth (1978) (soundtrack)
Silent Dialogue (1979) (with Masa Matsuda)
Cosmos (1981)
Lifetide (1982)

Japanese soundtrack composer. He is basically a jazz pianist and a lot of his stuff is disco / funk based & is very easy-listening, with only a few hidden spacey gems, so tread carefully. I will try to list his albums containing EM or EM-related material here.

 


Ohrentäubende Stille (Germany)

Nº1 (2014)

Moody Ambient made with synths / keyboards and guitar by Harnes Kretzer and Christian Pensel from Bonn.

See also: Kretzer, Harnes

 


Oiseaux-Tempête (France)

Unworks & Rarities 2012 - 2015 (2016)
Al-'An! (2017)

French post-rock duo of Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul. The material I've heard on their regular releases was very guitar-oriented in pure post-rock vein, although both members are also credited with electronics. The above retrospective release, containing various unreleased and obscure material, though, includes some very electronic-oriented pieces, like the opener "Eclipse & Sirocco", among the usual post-rock fare. Christine Ott guests on Ondes Martenot. This album is still EM-related at best.

See also: Oberland, Frédéric D.

 


Ojas (USA)

Seven Levels of Man (1978)
Lotussongs Volume One (1979)
Lotussongs Volume Two (1980)
Rebirth (1982)
Live '82 (1983)
Trance Tape (1983)
Trance Tape #2 (1984)
Faces of Ever (1984)
Live Ojas (??)
From This Red Earth (??)

Ojas is the project of American musician Steve McLinn who has been playing various acoustic instruments (such as woodwinds) since the 1960's. In 1976, Oklakhoma-based McLinn became interested in Electronic Music and assembled his own electronic studio. He then founded his label Ojas Music and started releasing his albums there. Steve's period of activity coincided with the birth of new age movement and his music got lumped together with the rest of new age productions although in the early stages he had more in common with electronic artists. The praise that his releases gained from doctors, hospitals and therapeutic centers of all kinds, as well as the meditative nature of some of his works didn't help matters either. However, Steve's early synthesizer works (acoustic intruments are used, too) are definitely of some interest to fans of Electronic Music. Steve is still composing, having drifted towards ethnic music and outright new age. Therefore, the discography above is not complete.

 


øjeRum (Denmark)

Hvid Hvile, Sort Ro (2016)
The Blossoming of the Nothingness Trees (2016)
Væv (2016)
When Birds Fly, the Eyes of Heaven Can Rest (2017)
He Remembers There Were Gardens (??) (EP)
Træerne & Intetheden I-II (2017) (S)
Træerne & Intetheden III-IV (2017) (S)
Træerne & Intetheden V-VI (2017) (S)
Skygge (2017)
Træerne & Intetheden VII-VIII (2017) (S)
Træerne & Intetheden IX-X (2017) (S)
Træerne & Intetheden XI-XII (2017) (S)
Landscape With Silent Figure (2017) (S)
Needleshaped Silence (2017)
Skælver Fuglenes Vinger (2017)

Low-fi folk / acoustic drone project of Paw Grabowski. I don't know how much of his music would qualify as EM, but the above releases contain nice ambient music.

 


Ojima, Yoshio (Japan)

Kinematician (1982)
Club (1983)
Daylight Stars (1987)
Airy Walks (1987)
All Day Long (1987)
Score In Your Eyes (1987)
Une Collection des Chainons 1 (1988)
Une Collection des Chainons II (1988)
Hands Some (1993)
Caresse (1994) (with Satsuki Shibano)
Music For Element (1994) (with Satsuki Shibano)
Belle de Nuit (2012) (with Satsuki Shibano)

Ambient by the musician who assembled his own synthesizer studio by the early 1980's and whose later work is characterized by heavy use of computers.

 


Okano, Hiroki (Japan)

1987-1990 (1991)
Enn (1992)
Rainbow Over the Gypsy Hill (1994)
Music of Wind (1994)
Leela (1997)
Shoukou (2002)
Hearing There (2002)
.JP (2014)

Ambient artist who is rather new agey. He uses lots of acoustic / ethnic instruments and voices and reminds on some World Music artists and a deeper version of Kitaro. Early albums are on IC label.

 


Okko (Germany)

Sitar & Electronics (1971)
Solo (1977)
E (1988) (with Asmus Tietchens)
Stockholmer Totentanz (1999) (with Asmus Tietchens)

Dutch musician (born and raised in Germany) Okko Becker (aka Okko Bekker) is known playing sitar on the Cluster & Eno album. His first LP represents exactly what the title promises. The others I know nothing about at the moment.

See also: Liliental

 


Okumoto, Ryo (Japan)

Synthesizer (1980)

In 1997, keyboardist Ryo Okumoto joined progressive rock band Spock's Beard as a permanent member. However, a bit earlier, he had already had some solo albums released in his native Japan, including an album of driving, keyboard-based rock / fusion (Makin' Rock) and this electronic goodie here.

 


Olan Mill (UK)

Pine (2010)
Home (2012)
Paths (2012)
Hiraeth (2013)
Half Seas Over (2014) (S)
Seismology (2014) (with Keung Mandelbrot)
Land Cycle (2014) (S)
Cavade Morlem (2015)
Tramuntata (2016) (with Alex Lucas)
Orient (2017)

Olan Mill is a project of UK artist Alex Smalley whose style is unique in that he combines neo-classical arrangements with ethereal voices, strings, piano and other chamber instruments with a classic Ambient sound. This is airly, emotional and cinematic, like a cross between film soundtracks and Ambient / Vangelis style.

See also: Smalley, Alex, Pausal, Cask.

 


Oldfield, Mike (UK)

Tubular Bells (1973)
Hergest Ridge (1974)
Orchestral Tubular Bells (1974)
Ommadawn (1975)
Incantations (1978)
Exposed (1979)
Platinum (1979)
Q.E.2 (1980)
Airborn (1980)
Five Miles Out (1982)
Crises (1983)
Discovery (1984)
The Killing Fields (1984) (soundtrack)
Islands (1987)
Earth Moving (1989)
Amarok (1990)
Heaven's Open (1991)
Tubular Bells 2 (1992)
The Songs of Distant Earth (1995)
Voyager (1996)
Tubular Bells 3 (1998)
Guitars (1999)
The Millennium Bell (1999)
Tres Lunas (2002)
Tubular Bells 2003 (2003)
Light And Shade (2005)
Music of the Spheres (2008)
Return To Ommadawn (2017)

Mike Oldfield is a famous multi-instrumentalist who has released a lot of albums, but is mainly known for his Tubular Bells. It's an epic multi-instrumental work with many changes and different ideas. It has stood the test of time, even if it may be of no big interest to synth fans. In fact, although Mike is highly revered in the EM circles, most of his output has nothing or very little to do with Electronic Music. I would say that Mike belongs more to the progressive rock world. He was even the founder (and inspiration) of the so-called "Oldfield progressive" sub-genre of progrock. The guitar is his main instrument, but he has also released some synth-dominated albums (The Songs of Distant Earth comes to mind immediately). Unfortunately, after his rather interesting 70's period, he began moving more and more towards pop and new age structures (remember "Moonlight Shadow"?), and his 80's and 90's works just do not match the level of creativity displayed in his early albums. Many people say that his Tubular Bells 2, Tubular Bells 3 and The Millennium Bell are too weak to sustain any interest, and I'm inclined to agree with this, because I've heard parts of these works. Forget 'em. If you are willing to discover Mike's music, stick to his classics instead.

 


Old Monks' Saga (Ukraine)

Trilogy of Cognition And Absolute Reason of Ancient Depth (1998)
Epopee (2001)

Dark Ambient. One of the albums includes a Burzum cover version.

See also: In Meditarium

 


Old Sorcery (Finland)

Realms of Magickal Sorrow (2017)

Unusual project at the basis of which lies the classic dungeon synth sound. However, it adds something you don't hear often in that genre - Berlin School sequences and solos (an influence of Jim Kirkwood?) A very nice dungeon synth / EM hybrid overall.

 


Olden, Marc van (Netherlands)

Consensus Sequences (2006)
Fusionary (2006)
Look Into the Future (2007)

Solo Electronic Music from one of the members of ModularWhite.

See also: ModularWhite

 


Oleak, Rainer (Germany)

Zeiten (1985) (with Reinhard Lakomy)

East German synthesist and member of several groups who has collaborated with Reinhard Lakomy. Nowadays he mainly composes film music.

 


O'Leary, Mark (Ireland)

Skyshifter (2007) (with Günther Müller)
Fabrikraum (2008)
The Synth Show (2008) (with Kenny Wollesen and Jamie Saft)
4 Urban Landscapes (2010)
Project Apollo (2011) (with Jeff Herr and Søren Kjærgaard)
Astral Fishing (2011)
Norge - Italia (2012) (with Daniele Santini)
Instanbul (2012) (with Erdem Helvacioglu)
Antarctica (2012) (with Jeff Herr and Søren Kjærgaard)
Seascape Murals (2014)
The Keeper of the Northern Lights (2015)
Electronic Rhythms (2015)
Lighthouse (2017)
Nuova Musica Elettronica (2017)

Irish jazz guitarist and electronic musician. His electronic (or partly electronic) stuff is listed above. He utilizes a lot of field recordings, guitar drones and sampling. The Synth Show is a jazz / electronic album that has Klaus Schulze on the cover.

 


Olesch, Gunther (Germany)

Sternenmusik (1984)
Kosmorock (??)
Aramus (??)
Contact the Future (1993)

Gunther Olesch's Sternenmusik is a classic of German melodic / cosmic Electronic Music from the 1980's. Rather simplistic but with a nice sound.

 


Olesen, Claus Thorsager (Denmark)

Landscapes (2014)

 


Olhon (Italy)

Veiovis (2001)
Sinkhole (2006)
Underwater Passage (2008)
Lucifugus (2009) (S)

Echoing and aquatic Dark Ambient sounds based on processed field recordings from Massimo Magrini (Bad Sector) and Zairo (Where).

See also: Bad Sector, Where.

 


Oli Guzul (Germany)

Agents des Lichts (1999)
Blunas Revenge (1999)
Goldland (2002)

Jörg Hüttemann's (jayAge) alter ego.

See also: jayAge

 


Olio Tähtien Takana (Finland)

Morphogenesis (2017)

Sort of a downtempo / cosmic synth / dungeon synth hybrid sound here.

See also: VRTX Motion

 


Oliver, Dan (???)

Aromatherapy (2000)

New age both in concept and sound, this CD would not even make it here if it were not for the first two (of three) long tracks, "Seashore" and "In Essence", which both use relaxing pads and a slow, sequenced rhythm, the whole reminding on some stuff released on IC label in the late 1980's and early 1990's. For me it brings to mind some Patrick Kosmos in particular. I doubt it was intentional but the results are rather nice, if a bit repetitive. Still, it's EM-related at best.

 


Oliver, Steven (France)

Les Enfants du Silence (1987) (S)

 


Oliwa (Argentina)

Rituals (2012) (S)
Panamerica (2012) (S)
Naturalia (2013)
Futura (2013)
Time Immemorial (2014)
Selva Primaria (2014)
Eras (2015)
Patagon (2016)

Organic synth soundscapes from Sebastian Oliwa based in Buenos Aires.

 


Ollies, The (Germany)

First Steps (1992)
Want More? (1998)

A psedonym used by Oliver Ganz in the 90's. These are his early attempts in the EM camp.

See also: Ganz, Oliver, Kein Kaufzwang!

 


Olofsen, Niko (Netherlands)

Feeling Frequence (1991)

Melodic, energetic.

 


Olographic Landscapes (Italy)

Shui (1999)

A project of Fausto (member of Kryptasthesie). Several styles, including spacey EM.

See also: Kryptasthesie

 


Ololiuqui (international)

Other Side of Odra (2006) (recorded in 2004)

This album is a live performance from Ricochet Gathering in Poland by Volker Koenig, Józef Skrzek, Jens Zygar, Bill Fox and Conrad Gibbons.

See also: Skrzek, Józef

 


Olsanik, Otakar (Czech Republic)

Advanced Process (1986) (with Jan Martis)
Moonspell (1994)
Sufism (1998)
Mystic Prague (??)

Otakar Olsanik was a Czech guitarist and composer. The first is a library record in Klaus Schulze / Tangerine Dream vein. Rare. Later albums are in new agey spacey vein. Otakar Olsanik died in 2008.

 


Olsen, Ollie (Australia)

Emptiness (1999)

Haunting ambient soundscapes from ex-member of Melbourne-based pioneering synth-punk band Whirlywind.

 


Olsson, Bjorn (Sweden)

Instrumentalmusik (1997)

Cosmic and pastoral landscapes, with guitar, organ, drums etc, somewhat along the lines of Bo Hansson and early Popol Vuh.

 


Olsson, Dan (Sweden)

The Creature From Outer Space (2015)

Imaginary soundtrack to a sci-fi thriller performed mostly on a Yamaha DX7 with processing.

 


Olur (Russia)

Dark Avenue (2007)

Yuri Morozov under a pseudonym. Part of the tracks are (semi) acoustic, part electronic. Not comparable to other artists.

See also: Morozov, Yuri

 


Olyam (France)

Equus (1992)
Thanx 4 the Noodles (1993)
(All) the Cakes (Were Eaten) (1993) (S)
Everyday's Tales (1994) (with Sandrine Roussos)
Overnight Letters (1995)
Orpheus, the Iniciate (1997)
Human (1998)
Terres Sans Frontieres (1999)
Symphony No. 1 (1999)
Meditations (2001)
Attacama (2001) (with Hernan Saavedra)
Pleiades (2001)
Figurative Translations (2002)
Arsamian Symphony (2002)
Cristal Reveur (2002)
Lemuria (2003)
Full Moon Rise (2004)
Tales And Fairies (2004)
Orange Love (2005)
Natural Beauties (2014)

Olyam is a nom-de-plume of French synthesist Olivier Brigand who also plays guitar. He is very new age-like, at least on his 2001 album with pan pipe player Hernan Saavedra. Earlier albums may well bring to mind some Tangerine Dream, but I'm not certain of that.

 


Om (???)

Earth Awakening (1989)

This is Electronic Music but I doubt that it is the same act as the 1990's duo of Tetsu Inoue and Dennis Ferrer that released trancey techno.

 


OM (Chile)

Altona (2011)
Viaje Al Interior (2014)

OM is an ambient project of Hector Stuardo (born in Santiago de Chile in 1979) who makes psytrance music as Ovnimoon and is known for several other projects.

 


Omala (Sweden)

Vital Indication (1987)
Germ (1988)
Relics (1990)
Relicon (1991)
Moder Svea (1992) (recorded in 1990) (with White Stains)
Matching Crosses (1997)
Cataclysm (??)

Swedish ambient project (Mattias Tegner and Andreas Karperyd) with elements from industrial music. In a way, they can be considered pioneers of the Dark Ambient genre, although their music is not so dark most of the time.

 


O'Malley, Stephen (USA)

Éternelle Idole (2015)

Stephen O'Malley is a Seattle-based musician and member of many groups, including Sunn O))). Although primarily a guitarist, he also released the above album, which has a strong Prog EM vibe. A few friends lend a hand, mostly on synths, including Steve Moore.

See also: Æthenor

 


Ombient (USA)

Space Patrol (2015) (with Chuck van Zyl)
Sectio Aurea (2015)

Ombient is a project of Berlin School / Ambient musician Mike Hunter. Apart from the above listed works, there are also some download-only releases.

 


Omega Syndicate, The (UK)

Analogue Waves (2004)
Escape Velocity (2004)
Leicester Live Debut (2004)
Limited Access (2004)
Sequences, Chords And Leeds (2005)
Phonosphere (2005)
Apocalypse (2006)
Same Synths Different Day (2006)
Horsemen On the Horizon (2006)
Baptism of Wire (2007)
All the Way To Leeds (2007)
Riding the Revelations (2008)
The Eve of the Holocaust (2008)
Limited Access 2 (2008)
Here's Some Music (2009)
The Village Fate (2009)
Learning Curve (2009)

Berlin School music by David Gurr (of C.H.A.O.S. fame - synths, samplers, sequencers & rhythm machines) and Xan Alexander (synths, samplers & sequencers). The Omega Syndicate was formed in 2002. They also had an unreleased track on Sequences magazine CD #28, called "Stormbringer".

See also: C.H.A.O.S., Architexture, Alexander, Xan, Gurr, David, Firebird.

 


Omei (USA)

Black Eyed Angels (2001)
A Single Sickened Cell (2003)
Black Prayers I & II (2006)
When All Your Ghosts Are Tired (2006)

Dark Ambient / Isolationism from Chris Goudreau.

 


Omenya (USA)

The Esoteric Perversions (2001)
The Dark Meditations (2003)
Ancient Rites (2005)
Kali Mantras (2012)

Soft, droning, ethnic-tinged ambience by Mark Davis.

 


Omicron (Greece)

Acrocosm (1994)
The Generation And Motion of A Pulse (1995)

This project by Greek musician Savvas Ysatis was influenced by techno from the very beginning. In fact, its inclusion in the encyclopedia of prog EM might seem something of a dubious choice. It is also true that after these two albums Savvas plunged with both feet into the world of techno / club music. However, these two early works will still be of some interest to fans of Ambient. Especially the second one is flowing and chilled.

 


Omit (New Zealand)

Intromit (1989) (recorded in 1987 - 1989)
Alienation (1990)
Internal (1990)
Overcast (1990)
Signals (1990)
A Block of Face (1991)
Inception (1991)
Fluid (1992)
Ionospheres (1992)
Quad (1992)
Transmogrification (1993)
The Invision State (1994)
Rundowns (1995)
Deformed (1996) (with Dust)
Zero (1997)
Open Spaces (??)
Disfunctions (??)
Interior Desolation (1998)
Frequency Drop-Points (2000)
Transfusions (2000)
Storage (2001) (with K-Group)
Rejector (2002)
Tracer (2002)
Recycled Music (2003)
InterCeptor (2005)
Transistor Rhythms (2011)
Proportions of the Skull (2012)
Echo Dot (2014)
EndClosures (2015)
Differential Hemispheres (2016)
Negative Pulse Story (2017)

The music of Omit (aka Clinton Williams) is influenced by the early works of Klaus Schulze (circa Cyborg).

 


Omni (Italy)

Green Line (1980) (S)

Containing music for TV programme about agriculture, this single with music by Claudio Gizzi (Automat) and helped by Jean-Pierre Posit includes one side of space disco music in the style of Space and another side with an ambient electronic track.

See also: Automat

 


Omni (Poland)

Omni (1985)
Lamia (1986) (S)
Mermaids (2006)

The eponymous work is a rare but reportedly great electronic album out of Poland. There was also a single by this band, released a year later. Omni consists of two synthesists Rafal Blazejewski and Marceli Latoszek.

 


Omni Vu Deity (UK)

Nuiemiu Rift (2015)
Vuunayatu (2015)
Uvunayatu (2016)

Ishq under another pseudonym. Hypnotic Ambient with sequencing.

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

 


On A Clear Day (USA)

On A Clear Day (2014) (S)
Photo 51 (2015)
Clothed In Great Power (2016)

Synthesizer duo from New York with an experimental, but rather cinematic style. On A Clear Day are David Grant and Ryan Martin.

See also: Snake Union

 


Önd (USA)

Önd (2001)
For Influence Blooms of the Subtle Wing (2003)

Introspective Dark Ambient from Nicholas Szumowski.

 


Ondelette (USA)

Patient Afternoons (2012)
Yellow Jaguar / Black Jaguar (2014)

Ambient duo with a warm and sometimes darker sound.

 


O'Neill, Kevin (UK)

Icon (1984)
Metamorphosis (1985)
Intimations of Immortality (1986)
Islands (1987)
Omega (1988)
Live! (1989)
Katharsis (1990)
Compendium (1990)
Yggdrasil (1991)
A Hostage To Fortune (1992)
Live!+ (2017) (recorded in 1986 - 1989)
Departures - An Oddments Anthology 1985 - 1996 (2017)
The Secret Tapes (2017) (recorded in 1983 - 1996)

This Welsh synthesist creates mostly cosmic Electronic Music in the classic tradition, like Schulze, Tangerine Dream, etc, but also experiments quite a bit.

 


Oneirogen (USA)

Hypnos (2011)
Veni Nox Anima (2012) (S)
Kiasma (2013)
Plenitude (2015) (S)
Convivium (2016)

Fusions of power electronics with Prog EM are not very common for some reason, but New York-based Mario Diaz de León's Oneirogen is a good example. He mixes rough, aggressive synths, noisy rhythms, shouts and some distorted guitars (for a metal flavor) with some beautifully crafted bubbling sequences and arpeggios and does not shun an ambient track from time to time, either, as the closing track off Convivium attests.

 


Oneiros (USA)

Songs For Demon Funerals (1998)
Blood of Black Wolves (2001)
Des Morts (2004)

Dark Ambient meets dark neo-classical from this Texas-based project. The name of the artist is Brendan Brooks and he was heavily inspired by the classic 1970's horror soundtracks (Goblin, etc).

 


Oneohtrix Point Never (USA)

Betrayed In the Octagon (2007)
A Pact Between Strangers (2008)
Transmat Memories (2008)
Hollyr (2008) (S)
Ruined Lives (2008) (S)
Power In That Which Compels You (2008) (S) (with Total System Failure)
KGB Nights / Blue Drive (2009) (with KGB MAN)
Scenes With Curved Objects (2009) (S)
Zones Without People (2009)
Returnal (2010)
Replica (2011)
Drawn And Quartered (2013)
R Plus Seven (2013)
Comissions I (2014) (EP)
Comissions II (2015) (EP)
Garden of Delete (2015)
Sticky Drama (2015) (S)
Drawn And Quartered (2016)
The Fall Into Time (2016)
Good Time (2017) (soundtrack)

Oneohtrix Point Never is an alias of American synth drone artist Daniel Lopatin. He has also experimented with other genres, such as synth-pop and jazz.

See also: Infinity Window, Skyramps, Astronaut.

 


Onepointwo (Greece)

Cronos (2017)

Minimal, repeating music from Kostas Giazlas, sometimes like a stripped down version of 1988 Klaus Schulze mixed with elements of Ligeti's choirs and lots of samples.

 


Onewayness (USA)

Onewayness (2002) (S)
Blue Star Is Freezing (2011)
The Sound of Thunder (2012) (with dRachEmUsik)
Droneworks 1 (2012)
Droneworks 2 (2012)
Droneworks 3 (2013)
The Silence Is A Lie: Live Improvisations Vol. 1 (2014) (S) (with dRachEmUsik)
Immeasurable (2014) (with dRachEmUsik)
Astral Bridges (2015) (with Modulator ESP)
A Handful of Dust: Live Improvisations Vol. 2 (2015) (S) (with dRachEmUsik)

Varied atmospheric electronic project of Adam Holquist from Erie, Pennsylvania.

 


Onirot (Italy)

Augusta Taurinorum (2001)
Deus Ex Machina (2006)

Isolationist Dark Ambient. Reminds on Megaptera / Lustmord material.

 


Only Swallow (UK)

Stay Lost (2015)
Mood Obsidian (2017)

Varied Ambient with a slight electroacoustic vibe.

 


Ono, Matsuo (Japan)

Play On Animals (1970) (S)
Space And Maryjuane Trip Is Same (1972)
Roots of Electronic Sound (1975)
Yuragi #2 (2004) (S) (recorded in 1991)
Memory In the Beginning (2005)
I Saw the Outer Limits / War In Space (2005) (recorded in 1977 - 1978)
Yuragi #10 (2011)

Aka Matsuo Ohno. Japanese electronic pioneer who worked with Takehisa Kosugi, among others. He will mostly be enjoyed by fans of academic electronics, musique concrete and Experimental EM. There's a lot of confusion regarding  his Space And Maryjuane Trip Is Same LP. Some sources indicate original date of release as 1972. However, it seems that the very same music was re-released in 1978 as I Saw the Outer Limits and for this issue the date of recording also seems to be 1978! So, whether the actual music was actually recorded in the early 1970's and if the original 1972 pressing actually exists remains a mystery to me at the moment.

 


Onodera, Yui (Japan)

Entropy (2005)
Punkt (2006)
Porosity (2007)
Rhizome (2007)
Substrate (2007)
Suisei (2007)
Le Jardin (2007) (S)
Synergetics (2007) (S)
Radiance (2009) (with The Beautiful Schizophonic)
Generic City (2010) (with Celer)
Night Blossom (2011) (with The Beautiful Schizophonic)
Semi Lattice (2015)
Sinkai (2015)
Cloudscapes (2015) (with Vadim Bondarenko)

Droning Ambient from this Japanese artist, based on electronics, guitars, a few acoustic instruments and lots of field recordings.

 


Onsturicheit (Belgium)

Waan (2016)
Angstzweet (2017)

Experimental electronic project of Ghent-based Peter Moorkens. Ranges from loops and collages to nice Prog synthiness.

 


Ontario Blue (UK)

Mainline (1995)
Shine (1996)
Waiting For Rain (1999)

Ontario Blue is a solo project of Stephen Pennick from Endura. I haven't heard it, but it is said to be a bit less dark, but no less desparate and menacing. In other words, excellent stuff.

See also: Endura

 


Onukeio (France)

Onukeio (2002)

Ambient.

See also: No Empty Room

 


Onyx (USA)

Onyx I (2013)
Onyx II (2013)
Caverns (2013)
Diam Part I (2013) (S)
Diam Part II (2013) (S)
Chronicles I (2013) (S)
Chronicles II (2013)
Onyx III (2014)
Warcraft (2014) (S)

Onyx is the same type of repetitive, classically-infused, melancholy "dungeon ambient" (Medieval Ambient), practiced by people like Mortiis, Burzum, Noldor, Uruk-Hai, et al. It is a project from Maryland by someone who calls himself Ceyatatar.

 


Oophoi (Italy)

Three Lights At the End of the World (1996)
The Spirals of Time (1997)
Wouivre (1998) (with Klaus Wiese)
Night Currents (1998)
Behind the Wall of Sleep (1998)
Upuaut (1999) (with Mathias Grassow and Amir Baghiri)
Mare Vaporum (2000)
Mare Imbrium (2000)
Mare Tranquillitatis (2000)
Celestial Geometries (2000) (with Tau Ceti)
Time Fragments Vol.1 (2001) (recorded in 1995 - 1997)
Time Fragments Vol.2 (2001) (recorded in 1998 - 1999)
Time Fragments Vol.3 (2001) (recorded in 1999 - 2000)
The Archives Vol.1 (2001)
The Archives Vol.2 (2001)
The Archives Vol.3 (2001)
Athlit (2001)
Bardo (2002)
The Dreaming of Shells (2003)
Subterranea (2003) (with Tau Ceti)
The Rustling of Leaves (2003)
Dreams (2004)
Archaic Oceans (2004) (with Tau Ceti)
Time Fragments Vol.4 (2005)
Time Fragments Vol.5 (2005)
Time Fragments Vol.6 (2005)
I Hear the Water Dreaming (2005)
Signals From the Great Beyond (2005)
Hymns To A Silent Sky (2005)
The Sacred Orbit (2005) (with L.E.M.)
Postcards From the Void (2005) (S) (with Netherworld)
The Sun Is Falling In A Sea of Blood (2005) (S)
Vertigo (2005) (S)
Khumba Mela (2005) (S)
As We Sleep Away To Dream (2005) (S) (with Klaus Wiese) (recorded in 1998)
Leteph (2005) (S) (with L.E.M.)
Le Torri Del Silenzio (2005) (S) (with Tau Ceti)
Where the Green Ants Dream (2005) (S) (with Perceptual Defence)
Awakening the Nagas (2005) (S) (recorded in 2002)
The Light Sweeps All the Mist Away (2005) (S) (with Klaus Wiese)
A Call, An Echo (2005) (S) (with Klaus Wiese)
Lifting the Veil (2005) (S) (with Tau Ceti)
Aludra (2006) (S) (with L.E.M.)
Trifida (2006) (S) (with L.E.M.)
Algol (2006) (S) (with Tau Ceti)
Australis (2006) (S) (with Tau Ceti)
Borealis (2006) (S) (with Tau Ceti)
Deva Mela (2006) (S) (with Klaus Wiese)
Amnios (2006)
Aquos (2006)
Cherua (2006) (with Klaus Wiese)
Complete Drones (2006)
Complete Recordings (2006)
The Gates of Aldebaran (2006) (S) (with L.E.M.)
Nocturnes (2006) (with Paradin)
Distance To Zero (2006) (with Paul Vnuk Jr.)
Spiralis (2006) (S) (with L.E.M.)
Substrata (2006) (S) (with L.E.M.)
Dreams Part 2 (2007)
Dreams Part 3 (2007)
Forgotten Rituals (2007) (with Faryus)
Arpe di Sabbia (2007)
Outland (2007) (with Thomas Weiss)
Whispers From the Noisy Void (2007)
An Aerial View (2008)
Potala (2008) (S)
Il Silenzio di Dio (2011)
The Martian Chronicles (2011) (with Seren Ffordd)
Dreamfields
(2011) (with Paul Vnuk Jr.)
The Physics of Heaven (2013) (with Ran Kirlian)
I Hear the Wind Singing (2013)
I Hear the Woods Whispering (2013)

Droning Dark Ambient music, with several works featuring some rhythms. Oophoi was the moniker Gianluigi Gasparetti, born in 1958 in Rome, Lazio, died in April, 2013. He started in 1995 with very basic equipment to build his droning soundscapes that were as much inspired by the early 1970's German EM, as they were by the ambient scene. He had quite a following among collectors of drone-based Ambient.

See also: Nebula, Liquid Ghosts, Aqua Dorsa.

 


Oort (???)

Oort (2006)

Privately produced CD. Melodic Electronic Music with an analogue feel, similar to Jarre.

 


Oosterom, Hanyo van (Netherlands)

New Ambiance 2000 (1995)
Insight (1996)
Perspicate (1997)
Beyond the Surface (1997)

Ambient ala Brian Eno. Hanyo van Oosterom has been a producer of ambient forms of EM since the 1980's.

See also: Chi

 


Oosterveld, Ernst (Netherlands)

Square Dance (1983)

Self-defined as a "composer-hybrid musician" Ernst Oosterveld released Square Dance in 1983 as a soundtrack to a theater performance. The music was made with PPG Wave 2, ARP 2600 synthesizers and a Yamaha piano. It will be enjoyed by fans of both minimal synth and EM. The style is quirky and at times experimental but always listenable.

 


Opaline (USA)

Terraqueous (2012)
Reflections (2013)
Refractions (2013)
Flight Patterns (2013)
No Worlds (2013)
Night Sounds Vol. 1 (2014)
Quixotic (2014)
Shade Virtual (2014)
Projector Mapping (2014)
Memory Drain (2015)
Spatial Awareness (2015)
Sea Glass (2015)
Open Source (2015)

Varied ambient soundscapes from this New Orleans-based project. Dominated by analog synthesizers.

 


Open Canvas (USA)

Nomadic Impressions (1995)
Indumani (2000)
Travel By Sound (2009)
Relics of the Sun - Dune Tunes 1997 - 1999 (2014)

Open Canvas is basically Alpha Wave Movement, but with oriental motives and influences. I haven't heard it, but some of their stuff is supposed to be quite good.

See also: Alpha Wave Movement, Thought Guild, Within Reason.

 


Opera's Space (Germany)

Aus-Flug (2016)

Pete Farn (Peter Schaefer) under a pseudonym. Experimental EM (self-described and "Neo Psychedelic Avant-Garde Space Rock") with elements of downtempo and some e-guitar.

See also: Schaefer, Peter, Farn, Pete.

 


Opheles, Steph (France)

Screen News (??)

Rare electronic album released somewhere in the early 1980's.

 


Ophion (UK)

Pallor Absentis (2011)
Sacrosanct (2013)
Isolation And Liberty (2013)

Ambient duo from the UK.

 


Opitope (Japan)

Hau (2007)
Sunroom (2010) (with Asuna)
A Colony of Kuala Mute Geeks (2013)
Physis (2014)
The Crepuscular Grove (2016) (with Asuna)

Ambient duo of Chinei Hatakeyama and Tomoyoshi Date.

See also: Hatakeyama, Chinei

 


Opium (Italy)

The Reborn of the Rebel Angel (2000)
Floatdownstream (2003)
Sympathetic Flying Objects (2005)
Thepresentday (2007) (with Jason Corder)
Algorithms (2007)
Watercolors (2007)
Autumno (2007) (with Jason Corder)
Etere (2008) (S)
Pain(t) (2009)
Stain (2011) (with Sostrah Tinnitus)
A (2011) (S)
Chaos Theory Laboratories (2011)

Probably excellent Dark Ambient music. Opium is Matteo Zini.

See also: Sola Translatio, Nosesoul.

 


Optic Eye (UK)

Trance (1992)

One of the pioneering psytrance acts, UK's Optic Eye, composed of Brian Trower and Jake Stephenson, released their debut album on CD and LP in 1992. Curiously, while some of the music here is definitely trancey, part of the tracks sound more like late 1980's - early 1990's EM. Interesting tracks (from Prog EM standpoint) include "Crystal Moon", "Eye of India" (sounds like World Music) and "Flight". There may be some others as well. Overall, this embryonic album does not have the classic "techno / trance" sound to it (lots of digital sounds, general MIDI sounds...). Their follow-up from 1994 was already in pure psytrance vein.

See also: Colourform, Crystal Moon.

 


Optic Nest (Sweden)

Wheat (2007) (S)
...Och Djuren Dansade Vid Elden (2008) (with Senza Testa, Weasel Walter and Fred Longberg-Holm)
Tigers Run Wildly Blindly (2008) (S)
Plays the Buchla 200 (2008)
EAT (2009) (S)
Looojv (2009)
Entertainment (2010)
Korriderna (2010)
Ride On Silver (2013)

Solo electronic project of Daniel Fagerström. He sometimes uses vocals, but it's hard to tell on which albums. At least Entertainment and Ride On Silver do contain some of that. The music itself, however, is pure analog electronics. Some of the releases are supposed to be vocals-free, like Plays the Buchla, for example. Further investigation is needed.

See also: Fageström, Daniel

 


Optical Image (Netherlands)

Art of An Era (1992)
Treasure Point (1993)
Interference (1994)
Point of No Return (1995)
Back To Basics (1996)
Another Treasure Point (1997)
Moonchild (1998)

A project of Tom Habes in New Berlin School vein.

See also: Habes, Tom

 


Optical Music (Greece)

Τόμος 1 (1987)
Τόμος 2 (1994)
The First Words - Recordings 1984 - 1987 (2017)

Aka Οπτική Μουσική. Greek avant-garde ensemble put together by Costis Drygianakis. Ranges from electroacoustic music to ethnic / World Music hybrids and Ambient ala Eno or Jeff Greinke. Beware the vocals / vocalizations.

See also: Drygianakis, Costis

 


Oqbqbo (Russia)

Oqbqbo (2016)

Nice short electronic tracks in varied style, from the flowing, to playful, arpeggio / sequencer goodness (tracks 5 & 6, for example). Oqbqbo is a project of Kaliningrad based model and musician Naty.

 


Ora (UK)

DAAC (1991)
Amalgalm (1991)
A Fallen Leaf (1991)
Turais (1993)
Trawler (1993)
Approach To Zero (1993)
Arkose (1993)
Sadalsuud (1994)
Rosea (1994)
Radio Daze (1994)
Parting (1994)
Orange Tales (1994)
Isle (1994)
The Door of Possibilities (1994) (with Alio Die)
The Toper (1994)
New Movements In G (1996)
Hollym (1996)
Live (1998)
Ora And Lol Coxhill Live (1998) (with Lol Coxhill)
Amalgam (1999) (with M. Northam)
Distances (1999)
New Movements In G (1999)
Aureum (2000)
Final (2001)
After Rainfall (2003)
Morgendämmerung (2004) (S) (recorded in 1997)
Time Out of Mind (2017)

A duo of Andrew Chalk and Darren Tate with the participation of Jonathan Coleclough, Colin Potter and sometimes Lol Coxhill. Atmospheric.

See also: Potter, Colin, Tate, Darren, Coleclough, Jonathan, Chalk, Andrew, Dada Lives.

 


Orange Reverie (UK)

Kataran (1988)

As you can guess from their name, this collective from Belfast plays music heavily influenced by Tangerine Dream. Orange Reverie consists of Howard Ingram, Paul McLlwaine, David Ewing and Graham Rodwin.

 


Oranj Climax (USA)

Industry (1988)
E-Noise (??)
E-Noise Too (??)
Sahara (??)
Spiral (1999)
Spon Com Incident (??)
Lava (??)
Fall Out Sheltering's Muse (??)

Original improvised Berlin School works from this electronic trio out of New York. The members are Charles DeLozier, John Ortega and John Pichardo.

 


Orb (USA)

Such Power Exists? (??)

A group put together by Mark Dwane in the 70's. It was inspired by German Electronic Music and they tried to blend these influences with rock elements. They did some live shows before calling it a day in 1981. I believe the second album also exists but I'm not sure about the fact. Nor do I know its title.

See also: Dwane, Mark

 


Orbit Over Luna (Canada)

Transit (2013)

Ambient artist Shannon Penner. Warm drones.

 


Órbita Sideral (Spain)

Sueño Intergaláctico (2016)

Spanish duo (Pedro López and José Gálvez) very much influenced by Kraftwerk, sometimes down to actually copying their sound circa Computerwelt.

 


Orbital Decay (USA)

Orbital Decay (1998)
Re-Entry (1999)
Splashdown (2000) (recorded in 1979 - ??)
Drastic Park (2001)
Live On WXPN (2002)
Solar Maxima (2006)

Probably great Space Music band that has been around since the 70's, right from the beginning inspired by Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. In 1998 Scott Watkins (one of the original members) was replaced with Tim Richardson and Terry Furber.

 


Orbitronik (USA)

Orbitronik (1998)
My Computer My Stereo (1999)

Orbitronik is a duo of Brian Ladd and Scott Gibbons with more than a passing nod to Kraftwerk in their sound. Robotic voices, vintage synths and driving rhythms galore.

See also: Lilith

 


Orchard, Steve (UK)

Riverboat (2011)
Counting Stars (2011)
Undersail (2012)
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (2013)
Tidal (2014)
Pilgrimage (2014)
Retreat (2015)
Still the River Flows (2015)
Peripheral Vision (2016)
Zanzibar (2016)
Theory of Communion (2017)
With Winter Closing In (2017)

Melodic music from this multi-instrumentalist, between Oldfield and Vangelis, with a touch of new instrumental. Not very electronic most of the time.

 


Orchestra Sideral Impact (France)

Orchestra Sideral Impact (1980)

Electronic Music made by a trio of Pascal de Falco, Olivier Lliboutry and Mitia Lanzmann.

 


Orchestra Solitaire (USA)

Different Skies (2014)

New Mexico-based project that combines ambient electronics with some relaxing jazzy guitar playing. I guess if you mix Brian Eno with Terje Rypdal, you might get a similar sound.

 


Orchid (Russia)

Coldness And Hunger (2008)
Das Syndrom der Einsamkeit (2009)
Echo / North Not Found (2009)
Vest' Minuvshego (2010)

Melancholic Ambient from this obscure formation.

 


Orczy, Chris (New Zealand)

Serpent Beach Dream Promise (1992)
Edge of the Park (1993)
Lost (1998)
Enochia #2: The Watchtower of the East (1999)
Zimiamvian Night 2 (2007)

Christchurch-based musician.

See also: Prentice, Chris

 


Ordeal (Italy)

Ma|an (2002)

Dark and somber soundscapes at times augmented by minimal rhythms from Gabriele Santamaria. There is another album by this project, titled "Traumende" with a much more dynamic music and vocals on most cuts.

 


Order 1968 (Italy)

Misantropia (1988)
Verso La Fine (1989)
Guerrieri del Nord (1991)
Tears In the Snow (1991)
Misoginia e Decadenza (1991)
Il Giardino delle Rune (1992)
Unreleased (1992)
The Snow (??)

Early project of Claudio Dondo (Runes Order). Some of these albums were released as "Rune 1968".

See also: Runes Order, Atom Infant Incubator, Die Sonne Satan, Tunguska.

 


Order of the Black Dawn (???)

I (2016)

Ritual / Black Ambient.

 


Ordo Vermis (???)

Sanguis Drakonis (2015)

Dark / Black Ambient with a bit of a fantasy atmosphere.

 


Øresund Space Collective (international)

Oresund Space Collective (2005)
Picks From Space Vol. 1 (2006)
Picks From Space Vol. 2 (2006) (recorded in 2004)
Picks From Space Vol. 3 (2006) (recorded in 2004)
Picks From Space Vol. 4 (2006) (recorded in 2005)
Picks From Space Vol. 5 (2006) (recorded in 2005)
Picks From Space Vol. 6 (2006) (recorded in 2005)
Picks From Space Vol. 7 (2006) (recorded in 2005)
Picks From Space Vol. 8 (2006) (recorded in 2005)
Picks From Space Vol. 9 (2006) (recorded in 2005)
Picks From Space Vol. 10 (2006)
It's All About Delay (2006)
The Black Tomato (2007)
Picks In Space Vol. 11 (2007)
Picks In Space Vol. 12 (2007)
Dead Man In Space (2010)
Slip Into the Vortex (2010)
Live At Roadburn 2010 (2011)
Sleeping With the Sunworm (2011)
West Space And Love (2012)
Give Your Brain A Rest From the Matrix (2012)
Phase Your Ears (2012)
Organic Earthly Flotation (2013)
Live At Kildemose Festival 2008 - 2010 (2013)
Hamburg Concerts 2013 (2013)
Damo Suzuki Møder Oresund Space Collective (2014) (with Damo Suzuki)
Music For Pogonologists (2014)
Different Creatures (2015)
Out Into Space (2015)
West Space And Love Vol. II (2016)
Ode To A Black Hole (2016)

Members (and ex-members) of several groups from Sweden, Denmark  and elsewhere doing a mixture of cosmic Electronic Music and free space rock.

See also: Dr. Space's Alien Planet Trip

 


Orfeon Gagarin (Spain)

Orfeon Gagarin (1986)
KEDR (1987)
Neumotorax Siglo XX (1988)
Halibut / Vaporub (1990)
Gift of Fire (1992)
Contestacion Capilar (1994)

One of the pseudonyms of Miguel Angel Ruiz.

See also: Ruiz, Miguel Angel, Funeral Souvenir, Ventral Metaphor, Exhaustor, Ambulatorio Segreto, Tecnica Material, Des Airlines, Michel.

 


Orghanon (Italy)

Figures In Slow Motion (2015)
Retrospectre (2017)

Spooky ambient soundworlds with a strong neo-classical feel. A project of Sergio Calzoni.

 


Orichalcum (Denmark)

Cosmic Pillow (1998)

Long ambient track released as a promo by this goa trance project. A short version of it was later re-released on their Live CD.

 


Origami Galaktika (Norway)

Stjernevandring (1996)
Eesti Lilled Silmad Süda (1998)
Horisont (2001)
Live In Central Europe (2004)
Fashion Music For the 21st Century (2005) (with I: Wound)
Monolake (2005) (with I: Wound and Inderst Elia)
Laos Vegas (2008)
Songhellid Unmastred Album (2008)
021226 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland (2009)
One (2014)

One of several "Origami" projects (that also include Origami Arktika). The artists behind this music are Benny Braaten and Kjell Øyvind Braaten. The style is Dark Space, I think.

 


Orini, Eddy (Switzerland)

Divine Moustache (1985) (recorded in 1976)

This album is subtitled "A Musical Tribute To the Genius of Salvador Dali". Apparently recorded in 1976 but released in 1985 on a jazz label, this album is completely out of EM fans' radar. So, what is it exactly? A sort of a wacky rock opera, actually. There's nothing jazzy about it, it seems to be mostly inspired by progressive rock greats, with a few vocal songs and acoustic pieces scattered among piano and keyboard sketches by Swiss-born singer and musician Eddy Orini. Joel Vandroogenbroeck helps with the production and also plays a few parts on the album. There are fine electroni tracks as well in a wacky and warm symphonic style that reminds on Tomita. This is a tribute to the great painter by someone who had known Dali personally and even played some piano parts from this album to "the mad genius" while at his home.

 


Orion's Belt (USA)

The Truth Within (2005)
Ecumenicals: The Mysteries of Time (2010)

Space Music from the duo of Darren Rogers and Jim Brenholts.

See also: Rigel Orionis

 


Orior (UK)

Elevation (1979) (S)
Strange Beauty (2016) (recorded in 1979 - 1983)

Obscure British duo (Jeff Sharp and Tom Barwood) that released only this mini-album before sinking into oblivion. They opted for a hazy and thick Ambient / Space Music synth sound.

 


Orkiestra Osmego Dnia (Poland)

Muzyka na koniec (1982)
At the Last Gate (1984)
Czekajac na komete Halleya (1985)
California In Blue (1994)

Polish project (Orchestra of the 8th Day). The first two albums are ambiental works with acoustic sounds and electronic backgrounds. The title of the first album translates to "Music For the End". The third album (Waiting For Halley's Comet) from 1985 is a dark electronic work for synthesizers and soprano. Supposedly, great. The fourth album is for synthesizers, soprano and tenor & is rather cacophonous work, overall.

 


Orlando, Richard (USA)

Fenruary Sessions (2013) (with Hal McGee)
The Electric Brains (2014) (with Hal McGee)
Extensions Through Dimensions (2015)

Ex-member of Alien Planetscapes (previously known as Ethereal) with his own electronic compositions. Spacey, noisy, raw, experimental sound.

See also: Alien Planetscapes, Ethereal.

 


Orlin, Rob (Canada)

Divicept (2001)
Spirit Dreamer (2002)
The Human Connexxion (2002)

Synthesist with a rich, fat sound.

 


Orlov, Yuri (Russia)

Zapiski Snezhnogo Cheloveka (1987)

Solo record with ambient electronics by member of Nikolai Kopernik and Night Prospekt (with Ivan Sokolovsky). During the 90's, he became involved in the growing techno scene.

 


ORM (Czech Republic)

Tropic (1983)

ORM (stands for Organization Recording of Music) was formed in Prague in the late 1970's as a disco duo of producers and keyboardists Petr Dvořák and Pavel Růžička. This is their fourth album recorded together with a female vocal duo Kamelie (aka Hana & Dana). Among the pop songs contained herein, you will also find lots of electronic arrangements and quite a few instrumental tracks, including the "Nippon" suite that will be enjoyed by fans of symphonic, classically-inspired EM, such as Synergy and Vangelis. File under EM-related.

 


Ornament (Italy)

Strychninlovenectar (1999) (S)
Adorers (1999)
Unicorn Lullaby (2000)
Yzaniaaveis (2002)
Effortless (2003)
Unicorn Lullaby (2005)

Italian Dark Ambient project by Davide Del Col.

See also: Molnija Aura

 


Oro!Oro! (Lithuania)

Rubicons of Nostalgia (2006)
Prarastos Ziemos (2007)
Įskeltas Ritas (2010) (S)
Sąstingis (2011)

Drifting ambient sounds from Laurynas Jukonis.

 


Orodruin (Netherlands)

The Fire That Welled There (2001) (S)
Orodruin / Vinterriket (2002) (with Vinterriket)

Tolkien-inspired ambience with epic black metal touches.

 


Orphax (Netherlands)

Oniscus Acellus (2003)
In A Long Night (2004)
Sand In Boxes (2005)
Proof of Conspiracy (2007) (S)
Drowning In A  Pool of Trees (2008) (S)
Turn Loose the Goose (2009) (S)
Die Helden Sind Nicht Mehr (2011) (S)
A Room With A View (2011) (S)
Confused (2012)
Live At MFR HQ (2013) (S)
Live In Venlo (2013) (S)
De Tragedie Van Ein Liedjesschrijver Zonder Woorden (2013)
Un Cœur, Deux Cœurs, Un Cœur, Sans Cœur (2013)
Undone (2014) (S)
Under the Dutch Sky (2014)
Dream Sequence #1 (2015) (S)
over hoe De Regte Heide (2015)
Dream Sequence #2 (2016) (S)
Music For Thái Ngoc (2016)
Time Waves (2016)
As Yet Untitled (2016)
Dream Sequence #3 (2017) (S)
Dream Sequence #4 (2017) (S)
Studies In Dissonance (2017) (S)
2.20 (2017)
Warschauer Straße (2017)
Weerkaatsing (2017) (with Machinefabriek)
Somniātōrēs (2017)
Untitled (2017) (with Martijn Comes)

A project of ambient drone artist Sietse van Erve.

 


Orpheus (UK)

Crystal Dreamscapes (2003)

Uplifting Space Music with some Tomita stylisms in there as well.

 


Orpheus Choir, The (UK)

Three Recordings Made Between 2010 - 2015 (2016) (S)

From ambient soundscapes to dark exercises in sequencer-based composition. A project of Glasgow-based Aleksander Jurczyk.

 


Orphic Endeavors (USA)

Murals (2000)
Murals: The Beats (2001)
Lock And Key (2002)
Sinister Sight: Left-Handed Vision (2003)
Icon (2006)
Abandoned Hospital (2006)

Although Bonnie Phillip Gardiner aka Orphic Endeavors cites some new age pop arists like Enigma, Delerium and Amethystium as influences, his own stuff sounds nothing like them. What we get here is basically deep and moody soundscapes of the dark variety with cinematic qualities.

 


Orphic Signals (UK)

Sounds of the Neutron (2017)

A duo of Lee Norris and Wil Bolton. Contrary to solo work of both artists, as Orphic Signals they create more active forms of EM and often base their sound on the sequences, although the ambient element is certainly there.

See also: Nacht Plank, Bolton, Wil.

 


Orquesta de las Nubes (Spain)

Manual del Usuario (1987)

This experimental band was formed in the 1980's by Suso Saiz and his friends. I don't know how much of their music would actually qualify as EM. This, their third album, however, has been compared to Jorge Reyes, so I decided to give it a go and include it. Further investigation is needed.

See also: Saiz, Suso

 


Orsi, Fabio (Italy)

Winterreise (2010)
Wo Ist Behle? (2011)
The New Year Is Over (2012)
Qui Vicino (2014)
Leaves Under Trees (2014) (S)
Just For A Thrill (2015)
(2015)
Landed Again (2016) (S)
Il Ricordo Improvviso Dell'Assoluto Stupore (2017)

Italian experimental artist who is presumably quite diverse. He's done some noisy stuff but also some esoteric ambient stuff and kraut-influenced stuff. Apparently, Fabio uses a lot of processed electric guitar and he is quite prolific, but I'll try to list his EM-related releases here.

 


Ortalion (Poland)

Ortalion (2016)

This band mixes elements of space rock, funk, jazz and Electronic Music.

 


Osborne, Randel (USA)

Celestial Mechanics (1995)

Synthesist of Parallax fame.

See also: Parallax

 


Osilation Circuit (Japan)

Serie Reflexion 1 (1984)

Most likely, Ambient. A private release.

 


Oscillopeisia (UK)

Satellites of Mars (2015)
Cosmica (2015) (S)

A project of John Lee Richardson who has been quite prolific, releasing lots of music on his own label under various guises. This one has some EM influences.

See also: Hatcliffe, House Tapes, The

 


Oscillotron (Sweden)

Eclipse (2013)
Cataclysm (2016)

Swedish duo consisting of Christoffer Johansson and David Johansson. They create great energetic electronic compositions with real drums and sequencer overkill. Sounds like a rockier Tangerine Dream or Zombi.

 


Ose (France)

Adonia (1978)

Music by Hervé Picart with Richard Pinhas. Heldon style.

See also: Heldon, Pinhas, Richard, Fluence, Video Liszt.

 


Osiris (Japan)

Journey To New World (1979)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1979)
Osiris Mythology (1979)
Astral Temple (1980)
Rhapsody For You (1980)
The Restration of Soul (1980)
In And Out (1980)
In the Mist of Time (1980)
El Rayo de Luna I (1981)
El Rayo de Luna II (1981)
A Failed Play (1982)
Echo Troublant (1982)

One of Hiro Kawahara's projects in Heldon style.

See also: Heretic, Astral Temple, Dr.Jekyll And Mr.Hyde.

 


Osiris (???)

Look Into the Future (??)

Cassette release on Electronical Dreams. The style is not known.

 


Oskura Najera, J. (Spain)

Phil Spectrum (2016) (S)

Spanish composer and film director. Horror synth tracks based on the sound of analog synthesizers.

 


Osland, James (???)

Departures (2017)

Ambient soundscapes with lots of field recordings.

 


Ossa di Mare (Italy)

Heautoscopy (2016) (EP)

Hybrid techno / Ambient project. Of the four tracks (plus one remix), two are completely ambient.

 


Ossining (USA)

Ossining (2009) (S)
I Will Be Missed (2010)
Agitate the Gravel (2010) (S)
Jet Set (2011) (S)
Trike (2012)
Company Men (2013)

Floating, warm synthetic soundscapes, sometimes airy (with even a hint of Space Music), sometimes intense. Ossining are Brad Rose and Kevin Danchisko (also known as Sovetskaya Gone).

See also: Sovetskaya Gone

 


Ostrowski, Tomasz (Poland)

Krysztalowe Lzy (1995)
Virtualer (1997)
Electra'N'Dance (2000)
Vocoder Dreams (2004)
Romantic-On (2008)

Tomasz Ostrowski (born in 1975) became interested in music pretty early in his life. In the late 1980's he got himself his first keyboard. Influenced by Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis, he started creating his own intstrumental synthesizer compositions.

 


Ostwald, Helge (Germany)

Astounding Science - Amazing Fiction (1993)

Has been compared to Underwater Sunlight-era Tangerine Dream.

 


Otaku (UK)

Timeless Arrival (2005)

Melodic, energetic EM, like Mark Shreeve or T-Bass UK.

 


Otarion (Germany)

Es Werde Licht (1997)
Evolution (2000)
Creator (2002)
Faces of the Night (2004)
Out of Eden (2013)
Genius (2014)
Monument (2015)
Constellations And the Red Thread (2016)
Live Muenster 2016 (2016) (with Moonbooter)
Decide (2017)

Otarion is German synthesist Rainer Klein who makes great Berlin School inspired music with driving sequences and some electronic guitar soloing.

 


Otavan Veret (Finland)

Otavan Veret (2014)

Dark Space from this Finnish duo.

 


OTI (UK)

Recollection (2005)

Ambient from London-based artist Daimon Beail.

 


Other Places (Australia)

Other Places (2011)
Symbols (2013)
Lost In the Sea of Paradise (2017)

Drums and electronics project of Melbourne-based Mathew Watson. Rhythmic, driving sound.

 


Other Skies (USA)

Vistas (1988)

A duo of Keeler (Keith Walsh of Port Said) and Anton Tibbe.

 


Other Without, The (UK)

The Other Without (2016)

Warm, floating synths. Nice melodic / sequencer-based EM from Neil Mortimer (aka Urthona) and Michael J York.

 


Othila (France)

Mother (2001) (S)
Elements (2002)
Yula (2003) (S)
Continents (2006)
Titouan (2012) (S)
Brónagh (2014)
Mag Mor 2001-2015 (2017)

A hybrid of Dark Ambient styles, with ritual elements and even a touch of Biosphere.

 


Otryad Imeni Valeriya Chkalova (Russia)

BBC (1984)

Otryad Imeni Valeriya Chkalova was a duo formed in the early 80's by Alexander Sinitsin (lyrics, voice) and Mikhail Mikhailuk (electronics). It's a weird work that runs a gamut of styles from early proto-industrial / martial soundscapes to sound-collages, voice treatments, ethnic passages and cosmic electronics. BBC (should be VVS) means "Air Forces" and has no relation to legendary British radio station.

See also: Mikhailuk, Mikhail

 


Otso (Finland)

Tunti Sitten (1982)

Berlin School music from Otso Pakarinen aka Ozone Player. Early cassette release.

See also: Ozone Player, Visual, Tapa Paha Tapa.

 


Otsuka, Nao (Japan)

Penguin Kids (2017)

Gentle ambient soundscapes with lots of field recordings.

 


Ottaway, Jim (Australia)

First Light (2004)
Enlightenment (2005)
Aurora (2006)
Lightwaves (2006)
Strings Attached (2007)
Eclipse (2007)
Orion (2008)
Firestorm (2008)
Secret Forest (2009)
Centauri (2009)
Rise (2009)
Reflections (2010)
Music For Film Vol. 1 (2011)
Music For Film Vol. 2 (2011)
Liquid Moon (2011)
Chill Factor (2011)
Returning (2012)
La Flute Enchantée (2012)
Invisible Vortex (2015)
Heaven's Dreaming (2016)
Southern Cross (2016)
Timeless e-Motion (2017)
Deep Space Blue (2017)

Diverse artist with influences such as new age and dance music, but mostly going for light and darker Space Music sound (these albums are also the more interesting ones, musically).

 


Otto, Paul J. (USA)

Biddle Street (1987)

Paul J. Otto was a promising guitarist before being heavily injured in a car accident that left him paralyzed. In the early 1980's his family got a Texas Instruments computer as a promo item and Paul realized that there are other ways to compose music and became interested in computers and electronic instruments. During the next several years he composed and released no less than five cassettes with computer-aided music. As he could not move, nor speak, he had to rely on his family members and nurses to notate the music for him. Unfortunately, his life ended abruptly circa 1991 due to a medical accident. The music of Paul J. Otto is instrumental progrock and melodic / thematic EM.

 


Ou Où (USA)

Baron Von Baron (2010)
Builded (2011) (S)
Rhythm & Blues Vol. 1 (2012) (S)
Geocities (2013)
Rhythm & Blues Vol. 1 (2013) (S)
Ou Ng (2014) (S)

St. Louis-based duo with a low-fi, loop / synth-based experimental style. Repetitive.

 


Oubys (Belgium)

Paths (2008)
Surrender (2009) (S)
Terra Incognita (2011)
Positronium EP (2012) (EP)
SQM lp Part I (2014)
SQM lp Part II (2014)
Kolf's Folk Floks I (2014)
Kolf's Folk Floks Digi P II (2016)
Second Planet (2017)

Ambient artist Wannes Kolf. Sometimes approcahes the techno / glitch territory.

 


Oudhoff, Frans (Netherlands)

Synthese Musicale (1976)

Classical compositions performed on Roland synthesizers.

 


Ouroboros (Italy)

Solve et Coagula (2004) (S)
Nigredo (2005) (EP)
Hiietont / Compendium (2007) (split with Hiietont)
Sigillum Solis (2007)
Lux Arcana (2007)
Lumen et Umbra (2008) (S)
Ars Regia (2008) (S)
Vanitas (2009)
Compendium II (2010)
Primae Materiae (2010)
Ouroboros (2010)
Opus Tartari (2011)
Somnium (2011)
Janua Inferi (2012) (EP)
Lunarya Fisica (??) (S)
Astral Lux (2013) (with Emme Ya)
Suspiria De Profundis (2015) (S)

Dark Ambient from Marco Grosso. Beware some vocals.

See also: Grosso, Marco, Permafrost, Snowfade.

 


Oustad, Kristoffer (Norway)

Filth Haven (2015)

Mostly Dark Ambient with a touch of industrial.

 


Out of Control (UK)

Synth music duo formed by Ron Berry in the 70's.

See also: Berry, Ron

 


Outer Space (USA)

Faucet Plains (2008)
Hydrogen (2008) (S)
Perfect Vacuum (2008)
Sea of Vapors (2008)
Weighted Ghost (2008)
0000278928993 (2009) (S)
Gemini Half (2009)
Ocean of Storms (2009)
Sea of Cold (2009)
Sea of Serenity (2009)
Stereo Constellations (2009)
Eastern Veil (2010)
Lightyear Demonstrations (2010)
Pyramids On Mars (2010)
Timespace Projection (2010)
Wrecked Math (2010) (S)
Outer Space (2010)
Last Vacuum Demos Vol. 1 (2011)
Outer Space "II" (2012)
Akashic Record (2012)
Phantom Center (2014) (S)
Gemini Suite (2016)

Solo drone music from John Elliott, a former member of Emeralds.

See also: Emeralds, Imaginary Softwoods, Colored Mushroom And The Medicine Rocks, Sharon.

 


Outer Space Alliance (Finland)

Outer Space Alliance (2009)
Two-Wheeler (2009) (EP)

Helsinki-based trio of Arto Koivisto, Jari Pitkänen and Tommi Björk. They create a flowing mixture of Ambient and Space Music, with occasional sequencer patterns and experimental touches. Their eponymous album is a reworked version of a demo the band released back in 1998.

 


Overflow (Netherlands)

Enjoy (1987)

Obscure duo, seemingly influenced by sequencer and melodic / rhythmic styles, with both members appearing under pseudonyms.

 


OverScan (Japan)

These Hands (2014) (EP)
Conscious (2015)
Time Erases Memory (2016)

Osaka-based ambient synthesizer artist.

 


Overshift (USA)

Of Light And Shade (2017)

Moody ambient soundscapes with a touch of minimal techno from this New Jersey-based artist.

 


Ovod (Russia)

Between the Days (2015)

Soundscapes made with synths and guitars. Ovod is Ivan Lavrov from Saint-Petersburg.

 


Ovum (Sweden)

Epepe (1999) (EP)
Droning In C (2000) (with The Law-Rah Collective and Jonas Lindgren)
Plastic Passion (2000)
Eld (2004)

Dark / Deep Ambient from Karl Midholm. Epepe, although a Mini-CD, does clock at around 45 minutes.

 


Owann (Belgium)

Particles (2015)
Eternal Return (2016)

Varied music from this Belgian synthesist (real name - Johan De Paepe), with ambient and Berlin School trends predominating.

See also: Tower Tree, The

 


Owen, Albert Alan (UK)

Following the Light (1982)

 


Owens, Paul Immanuel (USA)

Space Ripples (1988) (with Brian Haines)

New age musician from Oregon who is mostly a piano player. However, my experience tells me that you have to persist and dig deeper into these obscure artists in pretty much any genre and sometimes you uncover a gem or at least an interesting release from EM standpoint. Space Ripples, released together with Brian Haines is one such example - a more electronic outing (could be because of Haines' involvement, though, whose name doesn't ring a bell either), combining Paul's usual piano playing in a relaxed, new-agey style and nice electronics that sometimes sound like a minimal version of Software (those sequences / arpeggios going up and down the scale), at other times sounding more unique.

 


Oxford Ambient Collective, The (UK)

The Unrequited (2011)
VAX 11/750 (2016)
Berlin Vol. III (2016)

Actually a solo project of David Smith (from Oxford). But, yeah, this is Ambient, with subtle German EM influences on Berlin.

 


Oxherding (USA)

The Past Is Gone And the Future Is Not Here Yet (2016) (S)

Warm ambient drift from St. Louis, Missouri. Oxherding is Fitz Hartwig.

 


Oxykitten (USA)

Influential (2009) (S)
Toucht (2010)
The Streets Were Paved With Circuit Boards (2011)
Octagonal Wax (2012)
The Cutting Room (2012) (with Adderall Canyonly)
Escape From New Amsterdam (2013)
Parking Lot High (2014)
Pushing A Dead Horse Up Mt. Nowhere (2016)
Endless Summerchildren of the Corn (2016)

This pseudonym is used by Wayne Longer for the quirkier side of his work. Influenced by such trends as chiptune and minimal synth, here we have mostly shorter tracks of varying moods, sometimes with clear allusions to 1980's sound, sometimes influenced by Prog EM, with nice melodic solos.

See also: Adderall Canyonly

 


Oxymora (UK)

Alien Terrain (2008)

Berlin School duo of Dave Gurr and Stuart Judd.

See also: Gurr, David, Judd, Stuart.

 


Özdemiroğlu, Attila (Turkey)

Moog Gir-Gir (1975) (S)

Turkish composer (1943 - 2016) with an academic background, but who, starting from the early 70's was a member and leader of several pop / folk groups and ensembles (including Jupiter, Instanbul Gelisim, "Dun, Bugun, Yarn" Orchestra and a few others). In some of these ensembles Ozdemiroglu utilized Moog synth, along with more traditional tools. In 1975 he released an electronic single called Moog Gir-Gir which was used at the concerts of "Dun, Bugun, Yarn" Orchestra as an intro music and also could be heard in several Turkish feature films.

 


Ozier, Joe (USA)

Outer World (1994)

Californian synthesist whose album is that of rhythmic and ambient EM styles.

 


Ozis (Italy)

Ozis (1997) (recorded in 1988 - 1997)

Italian duo of Alessandro Vittorio and Antonio Severi. Space Music compositions recorded between 1988 and 1997.

 


Ozma (USA)

A Huge And Silent Place (2000)

Dark Space. A collaboration between DAC Crowell and Mike Metlay. Only one CD was released on Mike's "Atomic City" label before the duo split.

See also: Metlay, Team Metlay, DAC Crowell.

 


Ozone Player (Finland)

Insane Logic (2000)
Videozone (2001)
E (2002)
Frozen Paint On Boiling Canvas (2004)
Orange Apples (2008)
Long-Range Influence (2011) (with Matt Howarth)

Very diverse, like classic period Tangerine Dream mixed with nightmare overtones and alternate tunings. Ozone Player is Finnish synthesist Otso Pakarinen.

See also: Otso, Visual, Tapa Paha Tapa.

 


Ozric Tentacles (UK)

Erpsongs (1985)
Tantric Obstacles (1985)
Live Ethereal Cereal (1986)
There Is Nothing (1986)
Sliding Gliding Worlds (1988)
Pungent Effulgent (1989)
The Bits Between the Bits (1989)
Erpland (1990)
Strangeitude (1991)
Afterswish (1992)
Live Underslunky (1992)
Jurassic Shift (1993)
Arborescence (1994)
Become the Other (1995)
Curious Corn (1997)
Spice Doubt Streaming (1998)
Waterfall Cities (1999)
Swirly Termination (2000)
The Hidden Step (2000)
Live At the Pongmasters Ball (2002)
Spirals In Hyperspace (2004)
The Floor's Too Far Away (2006)
Sunrise Festival (2008)
The YumYum Tree (2009)
Paper Monkeys (2011)
Technicians of the Sacred (2015)

Crossover space rock / electronic outfit. Very psychedelic jams rich in atmosphere and generally with a very fat sound. Hillage-like guitar over electronic backdrops and sequences.Tec

See also: Nodens Ictus, Moksha, Seaweed.

 


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