Index

 

P.C.M. (Germany)

Rhythm And Bytes (1995)

A duo of Peter Mergener and Ralf Hess.

See also: Mergener, Peter

 


P. Noir (Switzerland)

f 109 (2016)

A duo of Roman Vögelin (drums) and Jonathan Ruf (electronics) whose music sounds like a warped version of early krautrock / kosmische musik.

 


P.R.Computer (Hungary)

P.R.Computer (1983)
Panta Rhei - Epilogus (1997) (recorded in 1976 - 1987)

P.R.Computer consisted of members of progressive group Panta Rhei (Kalman Matolcsy, Andras Szalay and Alex Szalay) doing instrumental EM. The second album is released under the name of Panta Rhei but contains parts of the P.R.Computer album as well as unreleased material from that era which is in similar style. There are rumors that the band's keyboard player Kalman Matolcsy died in 2005. In their early years Panta Rhei were notable for rock adaptations of classical pieces (ala ELP). They used self-built synthesizers.

 


P.S. Stamps Back (Greece)

Μουσική Για Διάσχιση Δασών (2014)
Half Life (2016)

Greek noise project. Apparently, some of their more ambient material could interest fans of experimental forms of EM. I will try to list these releases here.

 


Paa Annandalii (USA)

Yen Pox (2015) (S)
Altars (2015)
Cavernous Fruits (2016)

Mostly free-floating Ambient from New Jersey-based Robert Thomspon, sometimes with gentle arpeggios / sequences and slightly noisier bits.

 


Paap, Jochem (Netherlands)

VRS-MBNT-PCS 9598 I (1999)
VRS-MBNT-PCS 9598 II (1999)
PP.NMLK (2004) (with Pete Namlook)

Noise Ambient on FAX label. He also published some works under the name Speedy J (IDM / trance music).

 


Pacheco, Steve (USA)

Costellate (2017)
The 4th (2017)

Ambient music from member of punk rock band After the Fight.

 


Pacifici, Dino (Canada)

L'Organe (1988) (soundtrack)
Random Factors (1994)
Reflections (1994)
Urban Oasis (1996)
The Journey (1997)
Acquiescent Resonance (1998)
Hallowed Ground (1999)
The Blue Velvet Lounge (2002)
The Float Zone (2004)

Ambient soundscapes with tribal / dub elements. Dino Pacifici was born in 1958 in Montreal.

 


Pacione, Adam (USA)

With Wakened Eyes (2003)
Heat (2004) (EP)
Sisyphus (2005)
From Stills To Motion (2007)
Regalo di Tono (2009) (S)
Still Life No. 2: They Live By Night (2009) (S)
Still Life No. 3: Drzewo (2009) (S)
Still Life No. 4: Split At the Core (2009) (S)
Still Life No. 5: Evening Colors (2009) (S)
Still Life No. 6: Thinning Silver (2009) (S)
Still Life No. 7: Emulsions (2009) (S)
Still Life No. 8: Ferro Organ (2009) (S)
Still Life No. 9: Green Then Blue (2009) (S)
Still Life No. 10: Fairgrounds (2009) (S)
Still Life No. 11: A Delicate Giant (2009) (S)
Still Life No. 12: The Harmony of Reflected Light (2009) (S)
Still Life No. 13: Lumen Organ (2009) (S)
Still Life No. 14: Ending Titles (2009) (S)
Dobranoc (2009)
Summer Salts (2010) (S)
Candy Floss Evaporates (2010) (S)
Delayed Vol. 1 & 2 (2011) (recorded in 1996 - 2010)
Delayed Vol. 3 & 4 (2011) (recorded in 1996 - 2010)
Delayed Vol. 5 & 6 (2011) (recorded in 1996 - 2010)

Texas-based artist with a minimal, droning ambient sound, sometimes a bit on the cosmic side.

 


Paciorkowski, Piotr (Poland)

Koniec Jest Początkiem (1996)

Melodic, classically-influenced electronic compositions from this late musician.

 


Paco Sala (UK)

Radial Sundown (2011)
Ro-Me-Ro (2012)
The Fog (2013)
Put Your Hands On Me (2014)
Der Gast (2015)
The Silent Season (2017)

Paco Sala is in fact a moniker of London-based musician Anthony Harrison, who is known for his post-rock project Konntinent. On Radial Sundown, he presents a retro-futuristic sonic vision evoking the early years of prog EM and synth-pop - a time when synths sounded like synths and had a certain warmness to them that for some reason was perceived as coldness by some. Kraftwerk fans will enjoy this.

 


Padilla, Craig (USA)

Exploring the Unknown (1989)
Galactic Storm (1989)
The Heart of the Galaxy (1990)
Journeys Through Space (1990)
Journeys Through Space II (1991)
Universe (1992) (with Skip Murphy)
Beyond Vol. 1 (1992) (with Skip Murphy)
Journeys Through Space III (1992)
The Edge of Eternity (1992)
Mystical Fantasies (1992)
Spirits of Christmas (1992)
Journeys Through Space IV (1993)
Impulse Live! From Space (1993)
Order And Chaos (1993)
Beyond Vol. 2 (1995)
North of the Moon (1995) (with Skip Murphy)
The Eye of the Storm (1996)
Patterns of Thought (1998)
The Soul Within (1999)
Beyond Beta (1999) (with Skip Murphy)
Crystal Garden (1999)
Eccentric Spheres (2000)
Music For the Mind Vol. 1 (2000)
Music For the Mind Vol. 2 (2000)
Perspectives On the Dream World (2000)
Temporal Suspension (2000) (with Skip Murphy)
Reflections In Mercury (2001) (with Skip Murphy)
Folding Space Melting Galaxies (2002)
Vostok (2002)
Planetary Elements (2003) (with Skip Murphy)
Echo System (2004) (with Paul Ellis)
Genesis (2004)
Planetary Elements 2 (2005) (with Skip Murphy)
Path of Least Resistance (2005) (with Zero Ohms)
Phantasma (2006) (with Skip Murphy)
The Light In the Shadow (2006)
Analog Destination (2008) (with Skip Murphy)
Below the Mountain (2008)
Cycles (2008)
Beyond the Portal (2009) (with Zero Ohms and Skip Murphy)
The Heart of the Soul (2012)
When the Earth Is Far Away (2012) (with Zero Ohms)
Strange Fish One (2013) (with Sendelica)
Sonar (2014)
Life Flows Water (2015) (with Howard Givens)
Heaven Condensed (2016)
Being of Light (2017) (with Howard Givens)

Craig Padilla is an American synthesist residing in California who writes music in several basic styles. Some of his works are rhythmic and sequential in the Schulze / TD vein, or similar to Ron Boots, with great rhythm programming and with similar melodic sensibility. Some works are more experimental, like Exploring the Unknown, for instance. His Space Music works are often co-composed by Skip Murphy. Recommended. Craig Padilla is known for his spectacular live shows that are held regularly in Northern California. At these concerts, along with the latest in synthesizer technology, Craig uses a lot of classic analogue instruments for that special "warm" and cosmic sound.

 


Padilla, Michael (USA)

Atmospheres (2015)

Michael Padilla is a member of several pop / psych rock bands such as The Soft Bombs and Dora Food. On this album, subtitled "Ambient Works Vol. 1", he is seemingly inspired by Brian Eno's Discreet Music. The material is a series of soundscapes dominated by pads and mellotron sounds (mostly flutes). So, nice stuff for fans of those Epsilon In Malaysian Pale atmospheric moments, too.

 


Padoan, Moreno (Italy)

Until the Numbness (2015)

Unclassifiable cinematic mixture of classically-inspired (piano, some strings) and upbeat electronic numbers.

 


Pagaille, Antonin (Denmark)

Variations sur le bonheur (2011)
Ma voix est un écho (2013)
Je suis la chimère (2017)

Danish sound artist (real name - Mikkel Rørbo). Dark synth drones, modular twitters and general neurotic atmosphere. Maurizio Bianchi meets Conrad Schnitzler?

 


Pagán, José Manuel (Spain)

Kiu i els seus Amics (1985) (soundtrack)

Extremely rare soundtrack by this Swiss-born Spanish film composer for a Catalan TV series sci-fi production. The music is spacey and electronic and the LP was only distributed locally.

 


Page, Jimmy (UK)

Lucifer Rising And Other Sound Tracks (2012) (recorded in 1973 - 1976) (soundtrack)

This is Jimmy Page's rejected score to Kenneth Anger's film "Lucifer Rising". As we know, the soundtrack ended up being scored by Bobby Beausoleil, who composed his music in a spacey, electronic style. But hey, believe it or not, this is also electronic. In fact, the only instruments that Jimmy uses are his guitar, early ARP guitar synth (ARP Avatar?), some choirs and processed percussion. Mellotron also makes an appearance and when it does, the music takes on a darkish, Phaedra-like mood. This is brooding, abstract and droney stuff. The soundtrack was not released until 1987, when a limited edition bootleg vinyl record appeared. In 2012 the score was re-released (again on vinyl) with bonus material (the original score featured only 20+ minutes of music).

 


Pagliuca, Tony (Italy)

Io Chiedo (1990)

First solo album by keyboardist of Le Orme. It contains three songs (two with male "Italian progrock"-style vocals and one in more operatic vein with female singing) and aims at emulating classical music and the sound of a full orchestra most of the time. Needless to say that the use of typical late 1980's - early 1990's general MIDI sounds doesn't help. However, some tracks here sound less like musical wallpaper and have more of an atmosphere to them. For example, on "Antartide" you can hear that Tony listened to a lot of Vangelis circa Antarctica (surprise, surprise!). I mean, really a lot. So the whole ends up in the EM-related category after all.

 


Painted Caves (USA)

Not Here Not There (2012)
Surveillance (2013)

A project of Evan Caminiti which, just like releases under his own name, reflects a transition from electric guitar-driven drones to a completely electronic (on Surveillance) setup.

See also: Caminiti, Evan

 


Paisley, Lauri (USA)

Real-To-Reel (1983)
Memor Exodus (1984)
Skywords (1985)
Continuity's Changes (1985)
Channels (1985)
The Fire of Dreams (1987)
Truth Or Consequences (1989) (with Andrew Rath)

Inventive EM, often combining piano and synthesizers.

See also: Synarios

 


Pajjama (USA??)

Starch (2012)
Jane Papaya (2013) (S)
Karakasa (2014)

Interesting project that combines chiptune music with progressive electronic and progrock (!) Yes, guys, there are real drums here, as well as multiple tempo changes, all coupled with chirpy low-bit computer sounds and some effective synthy interludes. Reminding a bit on Giant Claw perhaps, but rather unique overall.

 


Paki & Visnadi (Italy)

Imaginary Choreograhy (2015) (recorded in 1984)

This is supposedly a recently discovered tape by these two Italian gentlemen recorded circa 1984 (the exact year is nowhere to be found). I don't know if I can trust the label on that (with so many "discoveries from the past" floating around turning out to be recently recorded fakes), but I'll leave it as it is for now. Anyway, the music is rhythmic and minimal, with drum machine rhythms, and is meant for dance performances.

 


Pakkan, Ulaş (Turkey)

Baskin (2016) (soundtrack)

Electronic soundtrack, between horror synth and orchestral style (mostly electronic, though). Rather dark and with a slight industrial edge.

 


Palace of Swords (UK)

Palace of Swords (2010) (S)
Palace of Swords II (2012) (S)
La Belle Époque 2010 - 2014 (2016) (S)

Diverse Aberdeen-based space rock / kraut / garage band. The above releases have lots of electronics and are fairly EM-oriented.

 


Paladin, Chris (UK)

Mytheme (2017)

Berlin School artist.

See also: Mild Peril

 


Paladino, Francesco (Italy)

Aeolyca (1989) (with Pier Luigi Andreoni)
Eroi A Rio (1991)
Musica Propiziatoria (1992)
Angel's Fly Souvenir (2004) (with Alio Die)
Musica Fiuto (2006) (with Sean Breadin)
Ghosts of Industrial Sunday (2014) (with Simon Fisher Turner)
Ariae (2017)

Italian experimental / ambient musician and ex-member of A.T.R.O.X.. Aeolyca features basic recordings from aeolian sculptures by Mario Ciccioli combined with minimal, ambient, electronic compositions by Paladino and Andreoni.

See also: A.T.R.O.X., Doubling Riders, The, Nosesoul.

 


Palancar (USA)

Casuality (2002)
Emerge (2002)
Elysium Planitia (2003)
Momerath (2003)
Diminishing Light (2005)
A Profound Asymmetry (2005)
Broadcasts (2005)
Precis (2006)
Ambient Train Wreck Series Volume One (2006)
Ambient Train Wreck Series Volume Two (2006)
Ambient Train Wreck Series Volume Three (2007)
Ambient Train Wreck Series Volume Four (2007)
Enlightenment (2009)

A project of one Darrell Wade Burgan. These are not all of his albums, but the older ones are generally in pure new age mould, and therefore, out of the EEM stylistic frames. The above works should be interesting for EM listeners, though. Most of them are drifting, atmospheric Ambient / Space Music synthesizer soundscapes.

See also: Copal River, Cluster Balm.

 


Palantir (Germany)

Images From Distant Lands (1991)
Refuge In Fantasy (1993)
Finis Terrae (1997) (with Lambert)
Empire of Illusions (2000)

Palantir aka Christian Schimmoller creates a mixture of rhythmic and ambient music, with a lot of sampling on Empire of Illusions..

 


Palantris (UK)

Ropes of Maui (2016) (with Adam)
Sails (2017) (S)
Glory And Lament (2017)

London-based ambient musician. Melodic compositions with large piano presence.

 


Paleowolf (Serbia)

Genesis (2016)

Prehistoric Ambient from member of Metatron Omega. Rather good stuff.

See also: Metatron Omega

 


Palermo, Damon Eliza (USA)

Clouds of David (2015)

Ambient music from this Los Angeles-based artist, producer and member of Jonas Reinhardt. Mostly synth atmospheres with slow rhythms on some tracks.

See also: Jonas Reinhardt

 


Palierne, Lionel (France)

Horizon (??)
Souvenir Rêvé d'une Promenade (2012) (with Bertrand Loreau)
Singularity (2015)
Moonless Night (2016)

Inspired by Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and the first wave of electronic musicians, especially Tangerine Dream, Lionel Palierne started building his studio with synthesizers and outboard equipment in the 1970's. The next decade was highlighted by his collaborations with fellow electronic artist Bertrand Loreau. Lately, Lionel has been affected by the works of Arnold Schoenberg, contemporary music and dodecaphony.

 


Palkovic, Tony (USA)

Deep Water (1980)
Every Moment (1982)
Born With A Desire (1985)

Fusion-y guitar player from Los-Angeles with really heavy use of synths. File under EM-related.

 


Palkowski, Daniel (USA)

Asterism (1985)
Electria (1994)

Little-known synthesist from New York. He composes varied music, from the melodic and romantic to the abstract and avant-garde.

 


Pallas, Steve (Germany)

Myth Or Truth (??)
Bion (??)
Some Days In the Desert (??)
The Visitor & The Guest - Roswell Floors (1999)

This artist is also known as Elektronalin. Melodic music.

See also: Elektronalin

 


Palm Highway Chase (Germany)

Escape From New York (2013)
ARPNET (2014)

Nu-disco / outrun / synthwave / vaporwave / whatever project. The slower tracks are very, very 1980's TD soundtrack-ish. This is not the project's full discography.

 


Palm, Jonas (Sweden)

Ze Wörmnest (1980)
De Compositions (2011) (recorded in 1981)

Jonas Palm discovered Electronic Music in the 1970's, after playing saxophone for a few years. In 1976 he got his first synthesizer and started experimenting with it. Inspired by Tangerine Dream, he released his first album privately in 1980, on his own Piglet label. The music is rather experimental, with a wonderful warm analogue sound to it. It does not sound very much like TD, but has a decidedly cosmic character, fusing prog EM with musique concrete / early sampling techniques and lots of weird beeps and bleeps. After that Johas played a few concerts in the Stockholm area and in 2011, a new album with archived recordings from 1981 was released.

 


Palmer, Jon (UK)

A Wheel of Stars (1987)
Cat Songs To An Ancient Moon (1989)
Afterlight (1990) (with Martin Dearmun)
The Source (1998) (recorded in 1987 - 1989)

Nocturnal, flowing Ambient sounds from this guitarist and electronic composer out of Devon, UK. Jon Palmer has been making music in various styles for most of his life, releasing a few cassettes in the 1980's. The Source gathers pieces from his previous albums and adds a rare track previously only available on a limited compilation release

See also: Drumbeg

 


Palmer, Poli (UK)

Human Error (1985)

Rather diverse music mainly based on the sounds of the Fairlight CMI. John "Poli" Palmer is mainly known in the rock circles (he was a member of the prog rock band Family). 

 


Palmer, Stephen (UK)

Gothic Ships (2005) (with Don Falcone)
Berlin via Istanbul (2008)
Berlin via Cairo (2008)
Shroomshire (2009)
I Dream of Urs Amman (2009)
Sevenfold (2011)
Hallucinating (2011) (with Russell Storey)

Berlin School music with ethnic flair from the leader of Mooch. The collaborative album with Don Falcone is ambient and dark. On the other hand, on Shroomshire he approximates the style of ambient techno artists like The Orb, almost going beyond the stylistic frames of EEM. I Dream of Urs Amman is a large-scale work consisting of no less that six CDs.

See also: Mooch, The Nonexistent, Blue Lily Commission, The Golden Cake Company.

 


Palomo, Julien (France)

Elation (A Tribute To the Masters) (2015) (with Nicolas Pouzet)
Scutigère (2016)

Julien Palomo is one half of improvising kraut / noise rock duo Other Matter. This is abstract electronics (with a Prog feel).

 


Paltrinieri, Vittorio (Italy)

Underwater & Space Themes (??)
Visions For Synthesizers (??)

Italian singer and composer born in 1924. These are rare electronic library LP's with nice analog sound. Very prog and a unique style.

 


Panabrite (USA)

Panabrite (2009)
Paramount Hexagon (2009)
Nordsee (2009)
Contemplating the Observatory (2010)
Neptune Visions (2010)
Split (2010) (with Hobo Cubes)
Wizard Chimes (2010)
Omni Center (2010)
Wind Rider (2011) (S)
Infinite Pulsation (2011)
Sub-Aquatic Meditation (2011)
Soft Terminal (2011)
Seychelles (2011)
Illumination (2011)
The Baroque Atrium (2012)
Blue Grotto (2012)
Xenon District (2013)
Cortex Meridian (2013)
Pavilion (2014)
Wasteland Cycle (2014) (S)
Tracer (2014) (S)
Disintegrating Landscape (2015)
Recovered Frames 03 (2016)
Transfer (2016)

Warm, ethereal Electronic Music that pairs soft acoustic guitar with analog pulsations, silky pads and various synthetic atmospheres.

See also: Spiral Index, Soft Mirage, Müller, Jürgen, Chambers, Norm, Water Bureau.

 


Panamint Manse (USA)

Call of the Cactus Wren (2016)

Hauntology-related project from California. Sort of a relaxed, rhythmic, electro-influenced sound, based on analog synths.

 


Pangea (Italy)

Invasori (1976)

Released as a promo LP in 1976, Pangea's Invasori is one of the rarer albums of Italian prog rock. They have something of a Pink Floyd vibe going for them, but they do venture into Electronic Music for the opener (also very Wish You Were Here in mood) and the closer. Pangea revolved around Mauro Paoluzzi and included also Luciana Paoluzzi, Gianfranco Pinto, Alessandro Zanelli and Claudio Pascoli. File under EM-related.

 


Panoptikon (USA)

Pavor Nacturnus (1989)

 


Panoram (???)

Background Story (2015)
A Doom With A View (2016)

Diverse downtempo / instrumental hip-hop project. I will list releases that contain some Prog EM material (in a unique, lush style).

 


Panta Rhei (Netherlands)

Mental Design (1986)
Birthday Music (1986)
Nature of Art (1987)
Weird Duck (1988)

A duo of Hero Wouters (synths) and Bianca Holst (piano). It has a new-agey concept but the actual style is not known.

See also: Wouters, Hero

 


Pantaleoni, Stefano (Italy)

Alle Muse (1989)
Simulacri (1990)
Desktop Micromusic (2011) (recorded in 1993 - 1996)
Isole di Pensiero (2011)
Isole di Pensiero II (2011)
Isole di Pensiero III (2011)

Droning, meditative and minimal Electronic Music in Italian style. Stefano Pantaleoni is also known as a collector of vintage Italian electronic instruments and member of progressive rock group Nerovinile.

 


Pantin (France)

Welcome To the Palace (1977)

Bass player Christian Padovan released this LP with a rather misleading cover (showing an electric guitar), featuring two side-long, slowly developing electronic pieces. The album is also known as just Pantin.

 


Paolacci, Paolo (Italy)

Ad Vitam Reditus (2012)

Varied music, mostly of ambient variety.

 


Papadimitriou, Dimitris (Greece)

Topia (1982)
Revanche (1984) (soundtrack)
Αρχάγγελος Του Πάθους (1987)

Born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1959, Dimitris Papadimitriou is a Greek multi-instrumentalist and soundtrack composer who released a string of LP's and CD's (most of them soundtracks), some of which are in lush, symphonic electronic vein, akin to his countryman Vangelis.

 


Papalescu, Moimir (Czech Republic)

Electric Soul (2012)
Šeptající Nebe Nad Lesem Plným Hvězd (2013) (with Petr Venkrbec)
Papalescu2 - Das Teleskop (2016)

Czech musician (real name - Miroslav Papež) who on Das Teleskop manages to create a nice Kraftwerk pastiche. His collaborative work with saxophonist Petr Venkrbec, though, is a more complex work that at times ends up sounding like Dusseldorf School meets jazz!

 


Papen, Rob (Netherlands)

First (1998) (recorded in 1981)
Daydreamer (2004)

Ex-Peru synthesist. Daydreamer is an album of melodic / rhythmic Electronic Music. "Marantha Song" starts with deep sounds / pads, before a melodic synthesizer theme is introduced. It's a nice, pleasant melodic track. There are some sounds typical of 80's Electronic Music (looks like he used some software emulations for that). These include FM bell tones and other typical digital sounds of that period. The sequences are present, but they are delivered in a subtle manner, serving as rhythm supporters, not as prominent / stand alone feature. "Evening Song" once again starts in a subtle way with long drawn-out pads, but soon a bass sequence emerges with some mysterious synth tones and a laid-back rhythm. Some tasty, gentle sequencing is the order of the day. This track is pure melancholy - very moody stuff. The flutey synth lead I found too cheesy but otherwise it's a fine track to listen to. The title track kicks in with chromatic percussion-like synth sounds and supporting bass note. A melodic theme is played on top. After that comes a minimoog solo that sent shivers down my spine. It's all too brief though. However, the moog does return after a few moments. In the end this track is (as is Daydreamer as a whole) all about melodies, mood and soloing. Some tasty sounds towards the end. "Sion" starts with melodic sequences and a very Jarre-like theme. It's driving, rhythmic and melodic stuff that puts to shame most recent endeavors of bands like Tangerine Dream. "Effata" continues the "chromatic percussion" formula, coupled with some of the cheesiest synth flute sounds I've heard. Not enjoyable at all! This must be the worst track on the album - totally sugary, new-agey concoction. There's simply nothing stands out - simple melodies, simple sounds, simple arrangements and, on top of it all, that dreary new age attitude. Sorry, Rob, I think I'll skip this one next time. "Isaiah" is the shortest track on the album (one and a half minutes). It consists of melancholic synth pads. Simple, but good and effective. "Time, Times And Half A Time" kicks in with a throbbing bass sequence and another, white-noise based one on a supporting role. Some echoing effects can be heard. The track builds gradually but after a while a mournful lead line emerges. The sequences are then joined by yet another one and some growling bass notes. Excellent moog solo cuts through giving the track a "classic EM" flair. Total winner and certainly the best cut. A straight 4/4 rhythm emerges out of nowhere and now we're pretty much in Laserdance territory - very danceable stuff. In fact, if I was told this is a lost Laserdance track from the 90's, I would've believed it. Everyone who loves the synthdance stuff, should find much to enjoy in this composition.

See also: Peru, Nova.

 


Paper Dollhouse (UK)

Aeonflower (2015)
Plutonic Rainbows (2015)
Empty Rave (2016)
Cellophane L: Selected Dreams 2010 - 2013 Volume 1 (2016)

Female duo of Astrud Steehouder and Nina Bosnic with a diverse style. They are basically a darkwave / dark folk duo, with echoes of Cocteau Twins perhaps and other representatives of the "ethereal wave" scene. However, they also experimented with other styles, such as Ambient and EM. First, the influence of Ambient was felt on Aeonflower. Then, Plutonic Rainbows is their most EM-oriented work to day, seemingly influenced by Emerald Web and other 1980's American artists (one track is rhythmic with a techno influence, the rest is pretty much  EM / Ambient). Empty Rave is split between danceable club tunes and melancholic, post-apocalyptic ambience influenced by "Blade Runner".

 


Paper Hats (Belgium)

PH02 (2016) (S)

Belgian krautrock / electronic band.

 


Papin, Jean-François (France)

Insane Dances (1982)

A member of Rock Critics with Luc Marianni (who also appears on Insane Dances), Jean-François Papin released this obscure album which is essentially a work of two sides - the electronic one and the more acoustic / folky one (still with background electronics).

 


Papiro (Switzerland)

Papiro (2002)
Avventure Lontane (2006)
Rev (2010)
Teopatia (2014)
Automare (2017)

Interesting and unique artist from Basel. Although part of noise trio MIR, Marco Papiro paints a different kind of sound when left alone with his analogue music machines. Absorbig influence from both 70's krautrock / EM acts like Cluster or Kraftwerk and 60's space age pop and bachelor pad music (the likes of Bruce Haack, Oskar Sala, The Electrosoniks "Electronic Music", early theremin experiments and so on) he crafts unusual and warm, floating, melodic soundscapes. Sometimes he is more droney and experimental but is highly listenable most of the time. There's an obvious bend towards the 60's in his sound (even down to cheesy transistor organ chords) but there's enough prog elements to keep an interest of dedicated EM fans and EEM readers.

 


Paquette, Didier (France)

Le Souffle Noir (1981)

Electronic Music inspired by "Lord of the Rings" by this little known synthesist.

See also: Centaure

 


Par Example (Netherlands)

Par Example (1987)
In White Sharp (1988)
Pharos (1989)
But Everything... Seems To Be Fading Away (1991)

A classic example of Dutch synthesizer music. Lots of legendary instruments are used by these synthesists (Ton Haring and Eric van Baaren) to create a strong brew of EM. The project doesn't exist officially since the 1990's.

 


Pär Lindh Project (Sweden)

Rondo (1995)

Par Lindh Project is of course the well-known "retro progrock" outfit but on this (mini) album you'll find a 10+ minute opus "Solaris" - an electronic piece inspired by Stanislaw Lem's novel. It features lots of warbling synth soundscapes with hardly a melody to be heard and could be compared to early Tangerine Dream.

 


Paracon (USA / Germany)

Watching For A Sign of Spirit (1993)

Rare tape from L.G. Mair Jr and Harald Gallinis. The music is electronic but the style is not known at the moment.

See also: L.G. Mair Jr

 


Paradigm / modeL (Spain)

Holocene Memories (2015)

Pretty cool stuff, immersive EM loaded with analog sequences and ambient atmospheres.

 


Paradigm9 (USA)

Live At the Lost Dog (2001)
The Halo Effect (2003) (S)
Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage (2004) (S)

Tranquil ambient stuff from this experimental trio of Curt Seiss, Dani Seiss and James Pilato. Performed on just keyboards, guitar and flute (lots of it).

 


Paradin (USA)

Flesh of Caverns (2005)
Nocturnes (2006) (with Oophoi)
Coma Digenean (2006)

Side project of Ben Fleury-Steiner in Dark Ambient mould.

See also: Fleury-Steiner, Ben

 


Paradisaic (USA)

Living Dreams (2000)
So Far Away (2002)
Floating & Dreaming (2003)
Progression (2005)

Ambient by Jourdan Laik.

See also: Daevine, Time Being.

 


Paradiso, Joseph (USA)

Joseph Paradiso is an engineer, scientist and electronic instrument builder. Since 1970's, he has been creating his own huge custom modular synthesizers. He has been composing Electronic Music in various styles since 1975.

 


Paradox One (UK)

Reality? (2015)

Varied electronic tracks - spacey, atmospheric, rhythmic, melodic, sequencer-based, with a definitive psychedelic twist. There are also a couple of guitar tunes. At least two other albums exist. One is a varied progressive / space rock effort and another supposedly electronic but I am not sure it was ever released on a physical carrier. Reality? is available on double CDR.

 


Parallax (USA)

Visit the Entropics! (2000)

A duo of Dave Lovelace and Randel Osborne, both from Connecticut, USA. Rhythmic, energetic music, with a touch of metal even.

See also: Osborne, Randel

 


Parallel Sun (UK)

Parallel Sun (2013)

British duo that blends soundscapes with melodic and emotional electronic compositions.

 


Parallel Worlds (Greece)

Existence (2003)
Insight (2004)
Far Away Light (2005)
Obsessive Surrealism (2007)
Shade (2009)
Circo Divino (2010) (with Alio Die)
Exit Strategy (2011) (with Ian Boddy)
Morphogenic (2012) (with Dave Bessell)
Elusive Metaphor (2014) (with Alio Die)
World Adapter (2015) (with Self-Oscillate)

Analogue music from Greece, composed by Bakis Siros. On Far Away Light he came up with some excellent sounds. A bubblebath of electronic textures gets "Lifecircles" underway. A mysterious theme makes its appearance, while bass lines and broken rhythms hover under. The track is very much in the IDM vein - a style I'm not too keen on as a whole, although Bakis' compositions do have certain bite to them that I found hugely appealing. Still, the mysterious aura is what I adored the most I think. Many changing themes that make up this track do not allow one to be bored. "Musique Electronique Part 1" starts with sharp rhythm, bass lines and once again mysterious motifs. This is some moody stuff. Excellent pads and soundcsapes on this one - music for your mind to travel to. "Part 2" has heavier rhythms and is more bizarre and in-yer-face. The textures are mutating in a strange kind of way, making this a very odd experience. The prevailing mood, as in previous tracks, is mystery, although this time with a threatening note in there as well. "Dreamstate" starts with abstract twittering and chirping sounds but several seconds into the track a mysterious theme starts that this time has an uplifting edge to it. Some clever bass lines are a highlight of this composition. All rhythms are strictly electronic and veer a bit towards intelligent techno territory. Other interesting things include some eerie theremin-like wails and an electric piano theme that appears as we are closing the 5 minute mark. "Borrowing Time From God" has a thumping bass rhythm and a deep bass line that make it a very techno-like number that still sports a high amount of tasty soundscapes and haunting melodic bits. This track I enjoyed the least so far. The title track heralds its coming with subtle humming but after a while a thumping laid-back bass rhythm starts, along with some strange textures. One thing to notice is the similarity of bass sounds on all tracks. In fact, bass lines sound more or less the same throughout. I guess this is something to work on for Bakis on future releases. I liked the darkish nature of this track and many of the sounds although overall it's a bit too repetitive and plodding. After the 4-minute mark it becomes more interesting with otherworldly soundscapes Bakis seems to be so good at. "Soulgates" starts with totally freaked out textures but the ubiquituous bass soon enters the stage along with some mysterious textures and... that's it. It's the shortest track on the album at just over 1 minute."Misty Journey" is uplifting with once again familiar bass arrangements and electronic rhythms. Some lovely sounds are on show here - I enjoyed this one. Some of the most melodic moments on the album are also to be found here. The track ends abruptly to give way to "Expectations" that is built around a heavy-handed rhythm and some strange processed voice samples. The closing number "Fading Memories" surprises with very deep atmospheres and even a mellotron string sample in there as well. However, in the end it turns out to be another rhythmic number (not one purely atmospheric piece on the entire album, btw). The sequences on this track are pretty well-crafted albeit served in doses all too small. Overall, Far Away Light is certainly not for casual EM listener and stylistically is somewhere on the line that separates classic Electronic Music from intelligent techno. Some of the tracks I found a tad too repetitive and lacking in variation. Moodwise it's pretty one-dimensional too, with mystery prevailing throughout that becomes a bit tiresome after a while. And, should I mention the all too samey bass and drum sounds? Oh well, you can't have it all I guess and Far Away Light still supplies you with a heavy dose of well-crafted analogue sounds and some tasty soundscapes that any EM fan will eat up anytime. I would recommend this album to fans of IDM-like electronica as well as those who like the output of FAX label.

See also: Memory Geist, Interconnected.

 


Paralogic (Poland)

Live At Off Gallery, Warsaw (2000)
Live At Nova Theatre (2003)

A duo of Daniel Bloom and Jacek Drzycimski. Experimental Electronic Music.

See also: Bloom, Daniel

 


Paralytic (USA)

Shining Captives Held From the Sun (2001)

Varied Ambient material, from dark soundscapes to bright Eno-like washes.

 


Paraphonique (Canada)

La Travesse du Continent (2014) (S)
Musique du Nuit (2015) (S)

Canadian artist with a melodic, sequencer-rich analog sound.

 


Parc en Ciel (UK)

Path Integral (2015)

Diverse melodic music from Scottish artist Mathieu Thomas (residing in France as it seems). Lots of influences here, from classic melodic analog electronics (with some sequences) to subtle funk, rock, Ambient and synthwave touches.

 


Parels, The (USA)

The Parels (2016)

Music with a weird Cluster feel from the duo of Eddie Ruscha and Jim Goodall.

See also: Secret Circuit

 


Parent, Nil (Canada)

Resoriff / Melodie pour Aude (??) (S)

Nil Parent is a student of Henri Pousseur and Iannis Xenakis, so you could say that he's coming from an academic background. However, this "7 record, released somewhere in the late 1970's (I think) by Composers and Authors Association of Canada (CAPAC) as part of their "Musical Portraits" series, shows an unusually accessible and melodic kind of Electronic Music. The first side is purely electronic, with neo-classical touches, while the flip combines synths with a horn section and voices.

 


Parenthese (France)

Synthesizer duo of Denis Gehanne and Christian Colin.

 


Parhelion (Canada)

Midnight Sun (2010)
Farthest North (2013) (with Zac Keiller)
Temples In Ice (2013) (S)

Cold, bleak ambience from Ihor Dawidiuk.

 


Parikrama (Germany)

The Silent Bōn (2012)
Manusyaloka (2013)

Music inspired by David Parsons from Seetyca and Artin Mucht.

See also: Seetyca, Mucht, Artin.

 


Paris France Transit (France)

Paris France Transit (1982)

French synth group with music written by Ecama (aka Didier Marouani from Space). Rhythmic electronic pop.

See also: Marouani, Didier, Space

 


Parisi, Alessandro (Italy)

Draconia (2013)
Hic Sunt Leones (2013)
La Ponta Ermetica (2014)
Plitvicka Jezera (2014)
Naonian City Nights (2016) (S)

Plitvicka Jezera is an unexpected ambient album from this Italian dance / electro producer, recorded under the influence of a trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park of Croatia. Limited cassette release.

 


Pärk, Patrick R. (USA)

Waves (2017)
The Dystopian States of Amerika (2017)
Library Sounds (2017)

Electronic Music by this synthesist known as Kösmonaut (also EM) and Life Education (kraut / space rock).

See also: Kösmonaut

 


Park, Simon (UK)

Parabola (1980)

A well-known arranger, producer and jazz musician. Simon Park has been active on the music scene since the late 1960's. In the late 1970's and early 1980's he did some library albums, some of which were electronic. Further investigation is needed.

 


Parker, Alan (UK)

Street Level (1981) (with Mike Moran and others)

Library music composer. Not all of his works are electronic. I'll try to list here the ones that are of interest.

 


Parker, Elizabeth (UK)

The Living Planet (1984) (soundtrack)

Electronic soundtrack to a BBC documentary from this charming British lady - a talented composer, sound designer and collaborator of BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

 


Parkin, Nick (UK)

Descent (1996)
Red Shift (1998) (with Tom Gillieron)
Terma (1998) (with TUU)
Island of Dust (1999)
Entropolis (2001)
Aquam Metallicam (2001) (with Alio Die)
Geomorphic Resonance (2002)
Refract (2005)
The Ascending Scale (2011) (with Z'EV)

Mostly Ritual Ambient, but also other Dark Ambient styles.

See also: TUU, Stillpoint.

 


Parks, Cale (USA)

Lagoon Fool (2015) (EP)

US producer, downtempo / indietronica musician, drummer, percussionist and vibraphonist of indie rock band Aloha. On Laoon Fool, a certain drift towards prog EM is felt.

 


Parmegiani, Bernard (France)

Chants Magnetiques (1974)

Bernard Parmegiani (1927 - 2013) was a French master of musique concrete. Here, he utilized synthesizers and tape editing techniques for a prog-influenced trip of throbbing synthetics. A surprisingly listenable EM album from this late academic composer.

 


Parnham, Brian (USA)

The Broken Silence (2000)
Between Here & There (2005)
Mantle (2007)
The Desert Inbetween (2010) (with Steve Roach)
See None, Hear None, Speak None (2012)

Presumably, quite excellent Ambient music.

 


Parolini, M.T. (Italy)

Cosmologia (??) (with A. Zerga)

Italian library record with spacey Electronic Music most probably issued somewhere in the 1970's on Manhattan label. Very obscure.

 


Parrenin, Emmanuelle (France)

Maison Rose (1977)
Vulturnus / Balaguère (2017) (with Etienne Jaumet and Eat Gas)

Unusual album by this Breton folk musician and singer. The disc was done in collaboration with electroacoustic composer Bruno Menny and it features a mix of folk and experimentation. Especially interesting is "Apres L'Ondee", a 3-minute drone piece that sounds amazingly close to current indie ambient droners and can also be compared to early krautrock / EM (circa Irrlicht / Atem).

 


Parry, David (UK)

Choice (2000)
Spaces (2004)

Diverse melodic music from this British keyboard player and ex-Indian Summer musician. David has been composing solo music with synthesizers and computers since 1995.

 


Parsick, Stephen (Germany)

Polarity (1991)
Trancesession (1995) (with Lambert Ringlage)
Traces of the Past (1998)
Hoellenengel (2005)
Tektonik (2006)
Grønland (2006)
It Always Rains In Wuppertal (2007) (with Phelios)
Schwartzschild (2007)
Deltaplan (2007)
Cryotainer (2007)
Fuzzstars (2008)
Living Legacy (2008) (S)
Blasters of the Universe (2008) (recorded in 1999 - 2001)
Rhizophora (2009)
Cambrium (2009)
Permafrost (2010)
Lament (2012) (with Markus Reuter)

Stephen Parsick was born in Moers in 1972. Inspired by Kraftwerk and Wendy Carlos, he started composing EM in the 1980's. His first production appeared in 1989 on a compact cassette (as Ganymed). At that time his music was very much influenced by the classics of the 1970's. In the 90's he got in contact with Spheric Music, where his first solo and collaborative works were issued on CD. Around that time he became part of Ramp - a project that started in dark Berlin School vein but got more ambient on later efforts. I've heard parts of Stephen's Traces of the Past where Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock aka Cosmic Hoffmann guests on electronic guitar. This is simply great Berlin School music which is charged with energy and cosmic drive. Exciting stuff and highly recommended. After this album Stephen delved into the realms of ambient EM.

See also: Ramp, Rounds Per Minute, Ganymed.

 


Parsons, Alan (UK)

The Instrumental Works (1987) (recorded in 1977 - 1986)

Every Alan Parsons or Alan Parsons Project album contains one or more instrumental electronic piece. They are all collected on this release.

 


Parsons, David (New Zealand)

Sounds of the Mothership (1980)
Tibetan Plateau (1982)
Himalaya (1989)
Yatra (1990)
Dorje Ling (1992)
Ngaio Gamelan (1997)
Shaman (1999)
Parikrama (2000)
Maitreya: The Future Buddha (2002)
Vajra (2004)
Inner Places (2005)
Surya (2008)
Earthlight (2008)
Jyoti (2009)
Akash (2010)
Stupa (2013)
Puja (2016)

If you like World Music, this should be your choice. David Parsons is arguably the most noticeable World Music synthesist who consistently creates strong, interesting music without sounding sweet or new age. I'm not a fan of ethnic elements in Electronic Music, but I really did like some of his stuff. David Parsons started as a jazz musician in his native New Zealand. Initially a drummer, Parsons attended one of those live performances of Ravi Shankar. This music influenced him deeply. Over the course of several years, he learned himself to play sitar. A trip to India followed, where he actually had to learn everything anew, because his playing, although considered good in his homeland, was not actually up to Indian standards. Also in India, David used to listen to Sonic Seasonings by Wendy Carlos (especially the "Winter" part, which let his mind cool off in the immense Indian heat). Hearing a synthesizer in action proved to be another major influence on David' own style. Upon returning to New Zealand, David bought a Roland synthesizer and started combinig electronic soundscapes with his sitar playing. From there on, his musical career began.

 


Parsons, Derryl (USA)

Future History (??)

Synthesist from Eugene, Oregon area.

 


Parsons, Kenneth John (UK)

A Spatial Odyssey (??)
Into the Bermuda Triangle (??)
Rennes-le-Chateau - Geometric Riddle (??)
Architectural Harmonics (??)
The Hyades Electro Suite (??)
Electroalchemy (??)
Dark Matter (??)
Strange Oscillations (2004)
Fluid (2005)
A Tribute To Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris (2010)

Kenneth John Parsons is a British composer of instrumental Electronic Music. His influences range from German EM to contemporary ambient trends. He released some CDs on his own Inexplicata label. A Tribute To Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris features beatless, mysterious soundscapes.

 


Parsons, Stephen (???)

Passion (1988)

 


Parsons, Steve (USA)

Dreams of Gold (1986)

Ex-drummer of pop rock band Hamlet.

 


Parsons, Tom (USA)

Aesthetics (1986)
Pink Sounds From the Purple Plain (1988)
Child of the Moon (1992)
Azure (2007)

Tom Parsons is an Illinois-based artist who got interested in synthesizers already in the 1970's. After aquiring an ARP Axxe and a tape recorder, he started experimenting in the field of Electronic Music. His first cassette appeared in 1986. Tom Parson's style is influenced by such trends as "cosmic music", Ambient, electroacoustic music and sometimes new age. 

 


Partikle (???)

Cringe (??)

Very accessible melodic electronics.

 


Pascal, Nik (USA)

Beyond the End...Eternity (1971)
The Sixth Ear (1972)
Magnetic Web (1973)
Zero Gravity (1975)

This is actually Nik Raicevic who appears under the name "Nik Pascal". Most of these albums feature quite abstract and out-there electronic compositions, with drones, bleeps, twitters and so on, sometimes recalling early krautrock and "kosmische musik". Very obscure and difficult to find, all of these albums were released on Nik's own Narco label, which he founded after being kicked out of Buddah (probably because his Head album proved to be too weird for them). Cool sci-fi covers with a legendary warning on shrinkwrap that reads: "Do not listen to this album if you are stoned". Classic!

See also: Raicevic, Nik

 


Paschburg, Niklas (Germany)

Tuur Mang Welten (2017) (S)

Pianist from Germany. His music is melodic and would make a perfect soundtrack for a light drama or biopic movie. The more upbeat tracks have hints of 1999-2005 Klaus Schulze in the way the sequences and rhythms are built, but add Niklas' streaming piano notes.

 


passEnger (Italy)

Chord Abuse (2013) (EP)
Last Transmission From Solaris (2015)
Hybrid Science E.P. (2015) (EP)

This musician (Andrea di Maggio) alternates between rhythmic tracks with downtempo or techno beats and pure Electronic Music, sometimes with sequences. I am not sure how much of his output contains EM-related material, but the above seem to be quite interesting.

 


Passport (Germany)

Infinity Machine (1976)
Ataraxia (1978)

Passport are one of Germany's premier jazz rock / fusion outfits, led by Klaus Doldinger (& also featuring Kristian Schultze on keyboards). In the mid to late seventies they arguably reached their creative peak, resulting in such albums as Cross-Colateral, Infinity Machine and Ataraxia (aka Sky Blue). It was also the time when they heavily incorporated electronics in their arrangements. Whether or not more albums by them should be included in EEM is a subject of debate, but at least the above two feature, apart from more typical fusion stuff, some proggy moments and compositions dominated by synths and other keyboards (mellotron, electric piano). The style is sometimes funky, sometimes relaxed or cosmic / Berlin School-like. 

See also: Doldinger, Klaus, Schultze, Kristian.

 


Pastlife (USA)

The Mourn of Angels (2002)

This is Black Ambient of the highest order. Pastlife is Los Angeles-based artist Michael Ries.

 


Patachich (Hungary)

Musical Electro-Alchemy (1982) (recorded in 1976 - 1979)

Synthesist and electroacoustic composer born in 1933. Ivan Patachich was the musical director of Budapest film studios. He died in 1993.

 


Pataphonie (France)

Pataphonie (1975)
Le Matin Blanc (1978)

French band somewhat similar to Heldon in style.

See also: Viaud-Leblanc, Andre

 


Patch (Australia)

Star Suite (1973)
Y (1983)

Patch was the brainchild of drummer Peter Dawkins. The music is progrock-based and very ethereal.

 


Patch (Netherlands)

Patch (1983)

Private release by Tyro and Herman, as the cover states (no last names given). Mostly instrumental and electronic, with a bit of vocal on the first track. That's all I know at the moment.

 


Patchwork (Netherlands)

Patchwork (1999)
Connect (2012) (recorded in 1994 - 1995)

Rene Jansen and Ruud Heij. Berlin School electronics. Very good and highly recommended. There is another band with the same name which has nothing to do with Electronic Music and is representative of the techno / dub scene, so beware.

See also: Kubusschnitt

 


Patient Belongings (USA)

Glowing Over Mars Hill (2011)

Long tracks broken into multiple sections that range from synth drone to nice sequencer / arpeggio assaults. Patient Belongings is one of the projects of Ben Brucato.

 


Patrucchi, Daniele (Italy)

Dimensione Violenza (1984) (soundtrack)

Italian soundtrack composer. He seems to have done a lot of scores and I don't know how much of his output is interesting, EM-wise. This soundtrack here is electronic, though. As for the music, there are repeating themes in different arrangements all over, as in a lot of sountracks, so, not much to hear here. And, with all due respect to the composer, for some reason he seems to think that ripping off Vangelis circa Bladerunner is a good idea (especially if you listen to "End Titles", not included on the disc). This is not even a criticism, as I love Bladerunner to the point of favoring every ripoff of it or any music inspired by it. Another observation: only the atmospheric pieces of this sountrack are really worth your time.

 


Pattern Forms, The (UK)

Peel Away the Ivy (2016)

Collaborative project between Ed Macfarlane, Edd Gibson (both from Friendly Fires) and Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle). Here it's a mixture of pop songs and instrumental electronic material, naturally with a warm analog sound.

See also: Advisory Circle, The, Brooks, Jon.

 


Patterns of Life (USA??)

4 Small Things (2005) (EP)

Patterns of Life is R. Wilson.

 


Patterns of the Sky (USA)

The Long Flight (2012)

Ambient artist from Texas.

 


Patzer, Peter (Germany)

Canyons (??)
Mild Maniac (??)
Patterns (??)

Obscure composer who released a few library LP's during the 1980's. I think some of them will be interesting for EM fans. I decided to be selective and so far included only three releases by him. Further investigation is needed.

 


Paul, Byrn (USA)

Melatoner (2016)

A mixture of guitar and synth-based soundscapes.

 


Paul Minesweeper (Russia)

Message (2015) (with SiJ)
Last Frontier (2017)

Droning, melancholic Ambient. Not bad.

 


Paulin, Flavio (Italy)

Paulin (1979)

A unique album for sure. From 1970 to 1977 Flavio Paulin was a falcetto singer and bass player of pop band I Cugini di Campagna. However, somewhere in the 1970's he got interested in Electronic Music and after leaving his former band he released this strange solo album (not 100% solo, as Amedeo Tommasi provided his synthesizer touch and there are also guests on drums and guitar), where he finds himself in the electronic mode. Aparently though, he wasn't ready to part with the singing, which prevented him from doing a "regular" EM album, resulting in what I would call a hybrid of Italian singer-songwriter music and light Kraftwerk stylings. If you can imagine that, and find the idea attractive, give this album a try.

 


Paulke, Wolfgang (Germany)

East German guitarist / synthesist.

 


Paulo Henrqiue (Brazil)

Nova Era (1988)

Obscure album of grand orchestral emulations and soundtracky music ala Vangelis, as well as more upbeat sympho / prog material.

 


Pausal (UK)

Pausal EP (2007) (EP)
Lapses (2010)
Autumnal (2011) (EP)
Forms (2012)
Sky Margin (2013)
Along the Mantic Spring (2014)
Avifaunal (2017)

Ambient duo of Alex Smalley and Simon Bainton.

See also: Smalley, Alex, Cask, Olan Mill.

 


Pavlicek, Michal (Czech Republic)

Black Light (1989) (with Michael Kocab)
Strange Pleasure of Living (1991)

Michal Pavlicek is a guitarist but Strange Please of Living and Black Light are electronic, although still with some guitar thrown in. Overall, the music is quite experimental and quirky. Black Light has a pretty mysterious atmosphere and is quite dark overall. 

 


Pavlovski, Mischa (Denmark)

Kapitel (2014)

Pulsing sounds influenced by both techno / acid and Prog EM (I hear shades of John Carpenter and maybe also Heldon). A nice, rich sound.

 


Paw Paw (USA)

Afterglow (2014)

Moody ambient soundscapes, a bit low-fi.

 


Pax Corda (Germany)

Circles of Eternity (2001)

Dark soundscapes for fans of Inade and Bad Sector.

See also: Deva-Loka

 


Pay the Rent (USA)

Soft On Glass (2016) (S)

Post-rock / pop duo of John Kasunic and Mike Kasunic. Soft On Glass is their ambient release, featuring synths and guitars in what seems to be influenced by classic Ambient works but also by their post-rock aesthetics. There are some theremin-like wails on one of the tracks, which, in combination with their ambient / post-rock style make for a rather unique listening experience. Note that only Soft On Glass will be interesting for EM fans, as their eponymous debut from 2014 is supposedly a pop / post-rock album.

 


Payne, Maggi (USA)

Crystal (1986)
Ahh-Ahh (Music For Ed Tannenbaum's Technological Feets 1984 - 1987) (2012)

Although Maggic Payne is considered an electroacoustic composer (and, in fact, a large part of her work could be easily piled along other academic / musique concrete sound researchers), she has also composed more accessible works. In fact, sometimes her music sounds like a mixture of electroacoustics and prog EM of the Ambient / Space Music axis. And very often the results are quite good. Crystal is exactly this type of "transitional" album, with some noisy / experimental bits and also some nice atmospheric / droning sound sculpting. Ahh-Ahh is another collection of pieces from the archives that tends even more towards the "prog" side of things, with Maggi providing some nice sequences even.

 


Paysage d'Hiver (Switzerland)

Steineiche (1998)
Die Festung (1999)
Einsamkeit (2007)

One-man black metal / Ambient project by Tobias Möckl. Die Festing is completely based on sounds / keyboards. Einsamkeit has two ambient tracks and one track that mixes the ambience with raw guitars and vocals.

 


Paysages Sonores (Canada)

Nanutak (2014)

Quebecois ambient project of Richard Breuil and Pascal Asselin. A cold and detatched, although quite listenable, sound.

 


Pazur Colidace (Poland)

Startup-Sequence (1999)

Pazur Colidace is Polish composer Piotr Gotowitcz who makes dynamic EM and synth-pop.

 


PBK (USA)

Mythology Live (1986)
Correct Music (1987) (with Minoy)
Heteroglossia (1987) (with Minoy)
Cloisters (1987) (with Minoy)
Poetry And Motion (1987)
Chansons Mystiques (1988) (with Minoy)
Descent (1988)
Asesino! (1988)
Die Brucke (1988)
Warfare State (1988)
Vivisection (1988)
Verfall (1988) (with Hands To)
Monument of Empty Colours (1988) (with Vidna Obmana)
Depression And Ideal (1989) (with Vidna Obmana)
Appeal (1989)
Compositions (1989) (with Vidna Obmana)
Melachoir (1989) (with Hands To)
Shamanistic (1989) (with Deaf Lions)
A Noise Supreme (1989) (recorded in 1986 - 1988)
The Music of Her Sleep (1990)
Thrill Pictures (1990)
Five Manifestoes (1990) (with Asmus Tietchens)
Domineer / Asesino / Retro (1990)
Narcosis (1990)
Fragment 3 (1991)
Profusion (1991)
Macrophage / Toil And the Reap (1992)
Shadows of Prophecy / In His Throes (1993)
Shifts In Strategy (1994) (with AMK)
System-Music-End (1994) (with AMK and Hands To)
Listening To the World Vibrate (1995)
Life-Sense Revoked (1995)
The Mescaline Tracks (1998)
Headmix (1999)
Dreams In Moving Space (2000) (with Artemiy Artemiev)
Transphere 1997 - 1999 (2000) (with Artificial Memory Trace)
A Moment of Infinity (2002) (with Artemiy Artemiev)
Shamanistic (2009) (with Deaf Lions)
The Deadened Stream of Eve (2009)
Short Days At the Margins of Night (2010) (with Clew of Theseus)
Cornwall Spectre / Holloway Reservoir Creeps (2011)
The Killer God (2015)
Inscrutable Secrets '91 - 96 (2017)

PBK is short for Phillip B. Klingler. Dark noisy soundscapes. Supposedly, excellent, at least his collaborative albums with Artemiy Artemiev are great.

 


P'Cock (Germany)

The Prophet (1980)
In'Cognito (1981)
3 (1983)

P'Cock is Peter Herrmann. Early works were produced by Klaus Schulze and released on the IC label. Electronic rhythmic tracks with vocals. Like the Wahnfried sessions with Arthur Brown, but not that impressive. There was also a compilation released in 1988, titled Burning Beach.

 


Peak (Australia)

Ebondazzar (1980)

Released in 1980 on Cement Records and re-released three years later on IC. Symphonic Electronic Music with vocoders and stuff.

 


Pearce, Jeff (USA)

Tenderness And Fatality (1993)
The Hidden Rift (1996)
Daylight Slowly (1998)
Vestiges (1998)
True Stories (1999) (with Vidna Obmana)
To the Shores of Heaven (2000)
The Light Beyond (2001)
Bleed (2002)
Lingering Light (2005)
Rainshadow Sky (2008)
In the Season of Fading Light (2012)
With Evening Above (2014)
Winter Calm (2015)
Follow the River Home (2016)
From the Darker Seasons (2017)

Indiana-based musician Jeff Pearce creates Ambient music relying largely on the guitar, taking the heritage of Manuel Goettsching's Inventions For Electric Guitar and expanding those ideas into new territories, creating unique soundworlds. Some of his works are rather dark, some more airy and atmospheric.

 


Peaslee, Richard (USA)

Passage (1979)

Classical / avant-garde composer who released at least one album that should be interesting for EM fans.

 


Peck, Dave (USA)

Endo-Spectra (2004)

Dave Peck is a synthesist and sound programmer who created several factory patches for Clavia G2 synthesizers. On Endo-Spectra he presents his own brand of World Music that starts quite intense and energetic but delves more and more into the realms of Ambient as the album progresses.

 


Peck, M. (USA)

Imprint (2006) (with Mark Mahoney)
Glacial (2007)
The Gallery of Subtle Smiles (2007) (with Mark Mahoney)
Dysmha (2009)
A Life Incandescent (2010) (with Mark Mahoney)

Ambient electronics from member of The Amaranth Signal Michael D. Peck.

See also: Redfadesbeforeblue, Amaranth Signal, The.

 


Peck, Nick (USA)

Islands In the Stream (1994)
Positive Signal Flow (1998)

San-Francisco Bay area musician who is a keyboard player for the band called Episode. He has released a couple of albums with absolutely unique, quite abstract electronics. Sometimes, more concrete ideas emerge out of the abstract flow of different snippets of sound and electronic noises. Nick has other works, as for instance Five Trucks I Have Known from 2007 which is hammond-based jazz / fusion or Under the Big Tree (1997) - a prog rock CD.

 


Pecora Pecora (Canada)

Moutons Droïdes Champs Positroniques (2010)
Le Satellite Perdu (2015)

Retro-futuristic soundscapes and ambient synths from this duo out of Montreal.

 


Pedersen, Gunner Møller (Denmark)

Stoned (1974)
Et Lydar (1982)
Pacific Music / Stoned (1982)

Et Lydar is a 6-LP box set and is subtitled 12 Months In Electronic Music. Pedersen is also known as an avant-garde composer. Of his non-electronic works, of note is his Glass Music (1994), composed for glass instruments.

 


Pedro Augusto (Portugal)

Worm Studies (2016)
Lamento / Suite Alentejana / Hysteresis (2016) (S)

Long experimental tracks recorded with ARP 2600 and VCS3 synths.

 


Peel, Hannah (Ireland)

Awake But Always Dreaming (2016)

Irish singer-songwriter who has been under the EEM radar for quite a while. She is also a multi-instrumentalist and currently resides in London. Always a great fan of electronics (especially analog synths), she utilized these tools in her productions from the very beginning of her career. However, it was not until 2016's Awake But Always Dreaming that her love for synthesizers started to shine in full glory. Still largely a singer-songwriter / rock / indie pop / folk / whatever release, it does have a Pink Floyd feel to it, not so much in sound, as in concept - the instrumental parts were given more room to breathe, part of the vocalizations are wordless, with voice utilized as an instrument and, yes, some essentially electronic sections, with one track in particular ("Octavia") being a pulsing electronic instrumental with that unmistakable "Welcome To the Machine" atmosphere. This is EM-related of course but is progressive enough and (partly) electronic enough to be here.

 


Peelen, Marcel (Netherlands)

Synthesist who has released several cassettes and later worked under the "Music From the Future" headline.

See also: Music From the Future

 


Pegasus (Germany)

Lights of the Universe (1991)
Individual Isolation (1993)
Emphasis (1995)
Electro-Physics (1997)
Empfang (2006)

Energetic electronics with dance influences. Comparable to Synthetik. Pegasus is a duo of Mark Hoffmann and Martin Limbach.

 


Pegasus (Netherlands)

Electronische Muziek (1983)

Rare cassette with floating EM released by this Dutch group consisting of Stephan van Stratum and Wiel Sielkes. Not to be confused with the German band of the same name.

 


Pekler, Andrew (Germany)

Tristes Tropiques (2016)

Unique tropical EM from this electro-acoustic / plunderphonics composer born in the Soviet Union, raised in California and currently residing in Germany.

 


Peloquin, Claude (Canada)

Laissez-Nous Vous Embrasser ou Vous Avez Mal (1972) (with Jean Sauvageau)
Les Chants de l'Éternité (1977)
L'Ouverture du Paradis (1979)

French-Canadian lyricist and singer. If you can't stomach the voice, these may be tough ones to digest. However, the music on his albums is predominantly electronic.

 


Pels Syndicate, The (Germany)

The Pels Syndicate (1991)
Cinematic Blue (2010)
Chemical Inconveniences (2012)
Transfer of My Affections (2014)

Cinematic music with slight Dance influences from Frank Pels.

 


Pemble, John (Canada)

Resonance (1999)

 


Pembroke, Percival (UK)

A Course In the Theory of Drones (2015)
Pembroke Autumn/Winter Catalogue (2015)
Darklands (2017)

Lo-fi drones and melodic soundscapes.

 


Penck, A. R. (Germany)

Kontra Bass Solo / Mini Synthesizer Harmonix (1980)

Fluxus-related abstract / primitivist painter (real name - Ralf Winkler) who also indulges in making music, mostly within the free jazz idiom. This double LP was released on his own private label and features two sides of solo contrabass playing and two sides of quite abstract and chaotic electronics. It will probably appeal to fans of Conrad Schnitzler, Seesselberg, early Cluster and such.

 


Penga (UK)

As (1989)
Music From the Beast (1989)
Sunchip (1989)
Surface Tension (1990) (with Kerr)
The Liquid Path (1990)
Installation Music (1992)

Music From the Beast consists of dark and throbbing synthetics made on a Digisound 80 modular synth at the Birmingham Electro Acoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST - hence the title). This album was licensed to Harsh Reality Music from Alternate Media Music. Penga is sound artist Mark Penzer.

See also: Antone, Quadraphase.

 


Penjaga Insaf (Germany)

To Whom It May Concern (2005)
Sama Sadja (2010)

Ethnic-tinged Dark Ambient with lots of samples from Henry Emich and Ingo Sauerbrey.

See also: Herbst9

 


Pentagram Home Video (UK)

Who's Out There? (2014)
Slumber (2015)
The Left Hand Path (2016) (S)
The Satanic Path (2017)

Alleged soundtrack sourced from a 1986 videotape, this is most certainly a modern hoax.

 


Pentros (USA)

A Night Residue (2012)

Varied soundscapes from this Chicago-based artist.

 


Penumbra (UK)

Anorak In Isolation / So Far... So Good (1996)
Anoraks (1999)
Skandinavien (2001)

Varied, mostly low-key ambience from Mike Warren. Mostly electronic, but also with some field recordings. Sometimes with slow / clicking rhythms.

See also: Zoviet France

 


People's Palms (USA)

Habitatual (2016)

Humid, nature-inspired ambient / melodic compositions from Seattle-based Austin Freese.

 


Pépe (???)

Trapdoors (2016)

Sort of  lo-fi, warm sound. A mixture of house tracks and 3-part ambient "Church Music". File under EM-related.

 


Pepelaz Analog Beat (Russia)

Underwater Current (2004)

Ambient music from this experimental formation out of  Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia. Bright, nature-inspired sound.

 


Peppos, Stephen (USA)

Leaving Terra Firma (2017)

Narrative ambient pieces with a cinematic flair.

 


Perceptual Defence (Italy)

Soundspheres Vol. 1 (2000) (recorded in 1993 - 1996)
Soundspheres Vol. 2 (2000) (recorded in 1994 - 1998)
Soundspheres Vol. 3 (2000) (recorded in 1999 - 2000)
Lost In the Dark Lake (2001)
Project Nature (2001)
A Lonely Tree (2001)
Freezing Drop (2001)
Dark Immersion (2002)
Fili - Breaths & Threads (2003)
Ambient Emotional Exploration (2004)
Sounds From Space (2004)
Wishstone (2005)
Where the Green Ants Dream (2005) (S) (with Oophoi)
A Musical Journey About Life Ambivalence (2006)
Reset To Zero, Part One (2006) (S)
Floating Around the Dark Moon (2007)
Free Sounds After 24h Silence (2007) (with Roberto Bucci)
Infinita Corpora (2010)
Fons Vitae (2010)
Circulus Inferni (2010)
Hieros Gamos (2011)
Divinae Delitiae (2011)
Vivo Instrumenta (2011)
Vaporis Corpora (2011)
Sacrum Facio (2011)
Spelunca Spiritus (2011)
Physis (2013)
Illumina Tenebras (2013)
Fear of the Emptiness Space (2014) (with Syndromeda)
Lights In the Shadow (2014)
The Spirit of the Ancient Lake (2014) (S)
Time Lines (2015)
Wormhole (2015) (with Syndromeda)
The End of the Universe (2016) (with Syndromeda)
Life Lights In the Shadow (2016)

Cosmic Ambient from Gabriele Quirici.

 


Perdition (USA)

Death Knell (2007)
Battle (2010)

Varied (or, should I say, loose) ambient from this black metal outfit. Nothing extremely progressive here.

 


Pereslegin, Anatoly (Russia)

Download the God (2000)
Mermaids (2000) (with Mikhail Mikhailuk)
Fastgod: e-psalms (2002)
Passion Models (2004)
Xenophobia (2010)

Anatoly Pereslegin is a Russian musician, sound engineer and architect. He worked with many rock groups and is the founder of Pink Floyd-influenced band Moebius Dogs. Download the God is a very interesting release on the Electroshock label. Anatoly Pereslegin creates highly rhythmic and energetic music, which is dominated by neo-classical or neo-chamber structures and sounds. It is music which doesn't hold your attention for too long, simply because the sounds used are rather static and do not change over the course of each track. Nevertheless, this music is impossible to use as a background for your daily activities. Just try it - and you will find your attention dragged again and again to the music, which makes it almost impossible to concentrate on anything else. In other words, the music is very disturbing, to say the least, which is of course a positive thing. This is really startling stuff and certainly worth a listen.

 


Perez, Luis (Mexico)

En el Ombligo de la Luna (1981)
Tales of Astral Travelers (1998)
Santuario de Mariposas (2013)
La Neza (2013)
In Situ (2013)
Suspended Spheres (2014)
Mare Nostrum (2014)

The music of this composer should appeal to fans of Jorge Reyes, as he also combines prehispanic instruments with synths. You know, sort of spacey, World Music stuff.

 


Perfumed Nightmare (USA)

Perfumed Nightmare (2017)

Ambient music with noisy outbursts and even a distant synth sequence on closer "The Taste of Iron & Moss". A Project of M. Komarov.

 


Perge (UK)

Dyad (2012)
Dyad Sessions (2012)
Attalus (2013)
Mythos Part One (2014)
Green Dessert (2014)
Scattered Thoughts (2015)
Aural Coefficients Within A Fractal Plane (2016)
Pleonaesms (2016)
Carthasis (2017)

Music in the style of early 80's Tangerine Dream (circa Pergamon) from the duo of Matthew Stringer and Graham Getty.

See also: Getty, Graham, Stringer, Matthew.

 


Pergola, Cesare (Italy)

Ai Piedi della Quercia (1983)
Le Affinita' Elettive (1985)

Visual / performance artist born in 1955. Apparently he also released a couple of electronic albums intended as soudtracks for his theatre works. Sometimes these albums are listed under the "Orient Express" header, as that was the name of the theatre company that Pergola worked with.

 


Perilstein, Michael (USA)

The Deadly Spawn (1983) (soundtrack)
Godzilla vs Your Mother (1985)
Elephants Gliding On Ice (1992)
God Dares You To Buy This! (??)
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers & Other Film Scores (1993)
Where Evil Lives (1996)

Michael Perilstein is a soundtrack composer who likes to use synths and electronics for his scores. The Deadly Spawn is a classic horror score from 1983. It was re-issued on CD with a lengthy bonus track that combines the best bits from other tracks. Michael has also released a couple of non-soundtrack concept albums.

 


Perimeter (Netherlands)

Beyond the Perimeter (2009)

Drone Ambient. Perimeter is Andre Buter.

 


Perkins, David (Germany??)

Arrival (1987)

Private release. Apparently recorded in Germany, or at least a German contact address is given in the credits, but the name of the musician does not sound German to me, so I am not sure. The music is diverse rhythmic / melodic, with sampling, solos and all the right stuff. Apart from synths, there are some guests on other instruments.

 


Perkins, Philip (USA)

Apartment Life (1980)
Tapeworks 1975-80 (1981)
Tool's Paint (1981) (S)
Neighborhood With A Sky (1982)
King of the World (1983)
Drive Time (1983)
Pacal (1983)
The Flame of Ambition (1986)
The Rosetta Stone (1986)
Hall of Flowers (1987)
Shapiro, Vermeer, Florida And San Francisco (1988)
The Remotes 1 (1990)
Virgo Ramayana (1992)
At the Other End of the Day - Improvisations 2005-2008 (2009)
It Gets the Corners (2016)

Synth music from ex-collaborator of The Residents. Philip Perkins is a very diverse musician and has done everything from electroacoustic sound collages to sound poetry and pure Ambient.

 


Permafrost (Italy)

A Day Without Sun (2008) (S)
Cold Vision I (2008)
Cold Vision II: Endless Vortex (2009)
Sub Zero Resistance (2009) (S)
Stellar Frost (2010)
Symmetry of the Wastelands (2012)
Space Ritual (2015)

Deep glacial drones. Another project of the prolific Marco Grosso.

See also: Grosso, Marco, Ouroboros, Snowfade.

 


Pern Project, The (USA)

Halo of Flux (??)

 


Pero (Germany)

Pero's Plastikmusik (1982)
Pero's Plastikmusik 2 (1983)
Alles Wurscht (1984)

Obscure musician (also filmmaker and caricaturist) Peter Rodemann (b. 1942). Influenced by the Berlin School artists (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze...), he released a few cassettes with his analogue synthesizer pieces. Apparently, Pero died somewhere in the 2000's.

 


Perpetual Ocean (Australia)

Houdini (1998)
Strangeness + Charm (2007)

Peter Miller under a pseudonym. The first album has some singing, mixed with varied atmospheric instrumental tracks. Strangeness + Charm is a 6-CD set with nice long-form ambient music.

See also: Miller, Peter

 


Perraudin, Claude (France)

Mutation 24 (1977)
Energie (1977)
+ ou - 8000 (1978) (with Teddy Lasry and Frederic Mercier)
Land of Tranquillity (1981)
Racing (1981) (with Teddy Lasry)
New Speed (1982)
Rumeurs (1985)

French musician (1948 - 2001). First album is a rare LP of impressionistic synth music. Most of others are library records. 

See also: Doctor Electro

 


Perrey, Jean-Jacques (France)

Prelude au Sommeil (1958)
Cadmus le Robot de l'Espace (1960) (with Henri Gruel)
Musique Electronique du Cosmos (1962)

Before Jean-Jacques Perrey, a legend of electronics in his own right, became the king of goofy (I don't mean that in a bad sense) "moog pop", he did some experimental things worthy of attention. Cadmus... and Musique Electronique du Cosmos alternate between cartooney cheese and some fine wailing theremin / ondioline spaced out sections. Prelude au Soleil is a weirder beast still. Completely ignored by the general public at the time of its release, the work was actually commisioned for use in hospitals to calm down patients and put them to sleep. So, what we get here is pioneering (in the same way as Raymond Scott's Soothing Sounds For Baby, only this is earlier) ambient EM consisting of soothing waves of Ondioline (early electronic instrument). Jean-Jacques Perrey died in November, 2016.

 


Perrino, Ciro (Italy)

Solare (1980)
The New Electronics Company (1986) (with Graal)
Kosmos (1987) (with  A. Serino)
Far East (1990)
The Inner Garden (1992)
Moon On the Water (1995)
De Rerum Natura (1997)
L'Isola (2004)

Former Celeste member. Solare is an album of melodic Electronic Music vaguely along the lines of Jarre. Later he developed a milder, new age-influenced style.

See also: SNC, St. Tropez, La Compagnia Digitale.

 


Perrone, Niro (Italy)

Pieces of You (2016) (EP)

Deep house musician who included an EM track on the above EP - the shimmering closer "The Spectrometer Dance". A whole album in that style would be great.

 


Perseus Arm (USA)

Space Ambient Project: 10 Worlds (2005)
Probe Volume 1 (2009)
Probe: Volume Two (2009)

A trio of David Ellis Sprague, Steven Wayne Held and Carl Vincent Simpson. These albums contain Dark Space music. There was also one more album from them, released way back in 2000 that contained cross-cultural ethnic fusion.

 


Persimfans (Italy)

Quinta Dimensione (1978)

A group of music students from Genova doing instrumental progressive rock with electronic elements (lots of mellotron and synths here). The original LP included tarot cards and featured the spoken voice of Tony Binarelli on top of Persimfans' instrumental score. The CD re-issue dropped the voice. There are also some female vocalizations in the music. File under EM-related.

 


Persson, Mats (Sweden)

Strange Skies (2008)

Swedish musician who'd been playing guitar previously but discovered ambient music of James Johnson in 2005. This changed his musical vision and he began making his own sound sculptures.

 


Pert, Morris (UK)

Elektron Musik (2001)
The Music of Stars (2001)
Desert Dances (2006)
Chromosphere (2010)

Former Brand X drummer. These albums are supposed to contain EM or EM-related material.

 


Perturbator (UK)

Terror 404 (2012)
I Am the Night (2012)
Dangerous Days (2014)
The Uncanny Valley (2016)

Synthwave / horror synth / italo project. The music is mostly beat-driven and melodic. However, there are also some atmospheric moments and completely ambient tracks that might interest EM fans. Perturbator is British producer James Kent who currently resides in Paris.

 


Peru (Netherlands)

Macchu Picchu (1981)
Constellations (1981)
Continents (1983)
Points of the Compass (1986)
Forlian (1988)
Live Klemdag 1991 (1991)
Moon (1991)
The Prophecies (1993)
Best of Peru 1979-1999 (1999)

Dutch group (Jos van der Dungen, Ruud van Es, Peter Kommers and Rob Papen) with a style reminiscent of Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream of the 80's and the last, but not least, Johannes Schmoelling's solo works. Melodic and rhythmic stuff with all necessary ingredients. Peru was formed in 1979.

See also: Nova, Papen, Rob.

 


Pessary (UK)

Inward Collapse (1990)
The Last Rites (1990)
Unnatural Causes (1991)
Laid To Rest (1991)
Nightfall (1991)

Cinematic Dark Ambient like Endura from Neil Chaney.

See also: Satori

 


Peter The Great (Netherlands)

Go Figure (2004)

Under the moniker Peter The Great hides one Peter van Breukelen, a Dutch artist who moved to Australia during the 1980's. On Go Figure you will find melodic electronic compositions vaguely between Synergy, Wendy Carlos and Jean-Michel Jarre in style.

 


Peters, Eric (UK)

Electromusic (1972)
Music For Synthesizers (1978)

Electronic library records from this musician whose real name is Brian Hibbert. Ranges from cheesy to atmospheric.

 


Peters, Martin (Netherlands)

Attorks (2002)
Angels of Nowhere (2016)

Melodic electronics. Complex themes, but simplistic sound design.

See also: Beyond Berlin

 


Peters, Michael (Germany)

Escape Veloopity (1998)
My2k (2000)
Stretched Landscape #1 (2002)
Field Recordings From Barbados (2009)
Impossible Music (2009)

Electronic guitar loop improvisations. Much more active than, say, Jeff Pearce. During the 1980's, Michael worked with a Fripp & Eno-styled formation Camera Obscura.

See also: Camera Obscura

 


Peters, Park (USA)

Anonymously Yours (1982)
Positively Yours (1984)

Blind musician with a solid experience in the jazz field who worked as synthesizer programmer in the late 1970's. These albums were produced in his basement studio using two 4-track recorders.

 


Peters, Regis (France)

Aleph Zero (1982)

Subtitled "Suite Synthétique pour Piano et Grandes Orgues". There is amazingly little info on this. Anyway, the few available extracts sound either like Vangelis' electric piano improvisations with melodic synth leads or richly layered symphonic rock, with real drums and church organs.

 


Peterson, Noah (USA)

Ambient Space Sounds (2015)

Unexpected electronic album from this saxophonist. Mostly shorter, abstract tracks, but also with some melodic or spacey moments.

 


Petit, Jean-Claude (France)

Fade Out / Quiet (1973) (S)
The Best of All Possible Worlds (1978)

Jean-Claude Petit is a jazz / classical composer. The Best of All Possible Worlds is more or less a synth fusion album, nothing fancy here. Some oriental influences and a cast of guest musicians.

 


Petit, Philippe (France)

You Only Live Ice (2016)

Diverse experimental musician interested in turntablism and sampling. The above is a long-form ambient work.

 


Petrov, Boris (Russia)

Memory (1984)

Subtitled "A Rock Opera", this LP, issued in 1986, contains music for ballet performed by a symphonic orchestra and Yuri Bogdanov (also known for his work with Edward Artemiev) on Synthi-100 synthesizer. The mixture of symphonic music and electronics make this sound vaguely like Amin Bhatia. Boris Petrov is an academic composer and concert pianist. Memory is his only album with synthesizer.

 


Petrović, Boban (Serbia)

Zora (1984)

Disco artist from ex-Yugoslavia. This is his last album, on which he expands his sound palette and adds a couple of instrumental tracks, one of them in a nice, melodic, dare I say it, very French, style ("Perlica"). A one-track inclusion.

 


Petsetakis, Dimitris (Greece)

Missing Links (1991)
Endless (2015)

Greek electronic and ambient musician from Pireus. He uses synthesizers, along with some traditional Greek instruments for a melodic, atmospheric, sometimes ambient and World Music sound.

 


Petzold (Germany)

Sequencia (1988)

Dieter Petzold. Electronic / new age (?)

 


Peyrac, Nicolas (France)

Les 7 Jours de Janvier (1979) (soundtrack)

Nicolas Peyrac is a singer-songwriter from France. This is a soundtrack for the film of Juan Antonio Bardem. There is one vocal song and the rest are electronic instrumentals arranged by Roland Romanelli.

 


Peyret, Gilles (France)

Blocs Metalliques (??)

See also: Haïku

 


Pfeiffer, John (USA)

Electronomusic - 9 Images (1968)

Born in Tucson, John F. Preiffer (b.1920) was a staff engineer at RCA. He produced many classical albums released on that label and helped in development of stereo and quadraphonic recording techniques. He also played a role a bit later, helping RCA to incorporate the nascent digital recording technology. In the sixties he recorded some experimental electronic pieces in his home and released them on a separate LP that saw the light of day in 1968. In contrast to the majority of "electronic" albums of the day, he didn't adopt the strictly academic, "serious" approach, instead opting for a combination of his academic influences and rhythmic, melodic elements comparable to what Kid Baltan and Tom Dissevelt were doing at that time. He supposedly built the majority of his instruments himself. There is also one concrete piece on the album. A true relic of 1960's electronics. John Pfeiffer died in New York at the age of 75.

 


Pfeiffer, Thore (Germany)

Im Blickfeld (2015)

This sounds like an updated version of Manuel Goettsching's Inventions For Electric Guitar. It's just that: processed guitar, ambient guitar, sequenced guitar, cosmic guitar etc. It's EM played on guitar (mostly acoustic) or using guitar sound as a basis for compositions. Minimalistic and repetitive, hypnotic and warm.

 


Pflum, Karsten (Denmark)

Sleepwald (2013)

Diverse Danish artist, mostly within techno / IDM paradigm. The above album shows the ambient side of his oeuvre.

 


PG-66 (Finland)

Occasional Tunes Volumes 1 & 2 (2017)

Pertti Grönholm's project dedicated to music created with vintage Casiotone keyboards. Nice, lush, melodic sound here, somewhat Cluster-like, and overall the spirit of the Dusseldorf School soars high here.

See also: Grönholm, Pertti

 


PGR (USA)

Silence (1985)
The Flickering of Sowing Time (1986)
Cyclone Par L'Immobile Habite (1988)
The Black Field (1989) (with Thessalonians)
A Hole of Unknown Depth (1990)
Fetish (1990) (with Arcane Device)
Grav (1991) (with Merzbow and Asmus Tietchens)
The Chemical Bride (1992)
The Morning Book of Serpents (1995) (recorded in 1983 - 1991)

PGR is Kim Cascone. The Chemical Bride is rather industrial-like, The Morning Book of Serpents is slightly Gothic-sounding Ambient (Medieval Ambient??), while A Hole of Unknown Depth contains subtle Ambient Noise compositions.

See also: Spice Barons, Heavenly Music Corporation.

 


Phaeicon (Austria)

Classic Electronic Music outfit led by Richard Gaisbauer. No releases?

See also: Silent Sun, The, Blauklang, Agent Error.

 


Phaeleh (UK)

Illusion of the Tale (2016)

Bristol-based musician Matt Preston. He is known for dubstep music and related styles. Illusion of the Tale is warm Ambient, though, with no rhythms for the most part.

 


Phaenon (Poland)

Submerged (2007)
His Master's Voice (2010)

Pure Dark Ambient from Szymon Tankiewicz.

 


Phalangius (Netherlands)

The Cambridge Library Murders (2007)

Rhythmic / atmospheric work made entirely with a Roland Juno-6 synthesizer. Phalangius is Danny Wolfers aka Franz Falckenhaus.

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

 


Phantom, The (Poland)

MC 1 (2012)
EP 2 (2012) (EP)
EP 3 (2013) (EP)
Rhythms & Moods (2014) (EP)
LP 1 (2014)
Schließen 2 (2015) (with Sad City)
Ocean (2015) (EP)

Quite diverse musician. The cassette contains melodic music with some piano, influenced by the soundtracks of Tangerine Dream. On the LP he quite unexpectedly mixes this sound with house music. The Phantom is Bartosz Kruczyński.

See also: Kruczyński, Bartosz

 


Phantom Horse (Germany)

Phantom Horse (2012)
Different Forces (2015)

EM belonging to the experimental axis influenced by Schnitzler, Cluster and minimalism from this duo of Ulf Schütte (a part-time member of Back To Comm) and Niklas Dommaschk.

See also: Shapes

 


Phantom Love (Italy)

Phantom Love (2013) (S)
Crave For Lust (2014) (S)

Phantom Love is Valentina Fanigliulo, also known as Mushy, and, apart from being a beautiful girl, she is also a great musician, presenting as Phantom Love the more driving and rhythmic side of her music, with the opening track of the eponymous vinyl EP channeling a sort of a Moroder meets Tangerine Dream sound even.

See also: Mushy

 


Phantom Ship (Italy)

Phantom Ship (2011)
I G N O T O (2012)
Live At the Torre dei Lambardi April 28, 2013 (2013)
Spheres (2014)
Coastal (2016)
Infinite Horizon (2017)

Phantom Ship is Italian Dark Ambient artist Roberto Faloci.

 


Pharagonesia (UK)

Icons of Sci-Fi (??)

Electronic duo from Canterbury. This album is a rare cassette release.

 


Pharamond (France)

Orbis Tertius (2014)

Melodic / rhythmic music in classic, TD-inspired style.

 


Pharaoh (Poland)

Egypt (2002)
Angelus (2003)
Jing & Yang (2003)
New Babylon (2004)

Pharaoh is Polish musician Emil Zieba who makes music with diverse influences such as the Berlin School, symphonic Vangelis and more.

 


Pharaoh Overlord (Finland)

Circle (2015)

Side project of Finnish indie rock / metal / kraut / industrial / whatever band Circle. They started in a non EM-related style, releasing some albums. On the amusingly titled Circle, though, they bring their krautrock / EM influences to the fore. Motorik rhythms galore, guitars and lush synths grace this disc.

See also: Circle

 


Pharista (France)

The Silent Waves (1985)
Inner Citadel (1988)

French new age project of Franck Graignic. These early albums, composed using multiple synthesizers, avoid going the route of cheese or saccharine for the most part and can be seen as nice ambient works in their own right, sometimes hinting at early (pre-tribal period) Steve Roach (circa Structures From Silence / Quiet Music). Later releases are supposedly just ordinary new age, with pianos and all.

 


Pharoah Chromium (Germany)

Electric Cremation (2011)
Azurazia - Lowering the Mediterranean / Irrgating the Sahara (2012) (with Epplay & Maguet)
Vodou Rallizes (2013) (S)
OXTLR (2014) (with Günter Schickert)
Chromosphere (2015)
Gaza (2015)
Tokyo Sex Destruction (2017)

Pharoah Chromium is Ghazi Barakat and Ghazi Barakat is Pharoah Chromium. He is a Berlin-based artist of Palensitian descent who makes experimental EM. During his live shows he usually hides his face behind a strange golden mask and likes to combine traditional wind instruments with electronics. His music is not for the faint-hearted, it can be quite chaotic but has its strange charm as well. I suggest that fans of stuff like Conrad Schnitzler or Kluster check this guy out.

See also: Creme de Hassan

 


Phelios (Germany)

Images And Spheres (2006)
Passage (2006)
It Always Rains In Wuppertal (2007) (with Stephen Parsick)
Klang Ist Ewig (2007) (with C. Stritzel)
Dimension Zero (2008)
Entropy Reversed (2009) (S) (with False Mirror)
Astral Unity (2010)
Gates of Atlantis (2013)
Human Stasis Habitat (2016)

Dark ambience with cosmic and ritualistic vibes from Martin Stürtzer.

See also: Sphäre Sechs

 


Phexioenesystems (UK)

Camas (2004)
Magenta Hypercue (2017) (S)

London-based synthesizer artist Dominic Thurgood. His music is hypnotic, ambient and spacey.

 


Philips, Stephen (USA)

Out of Phase 1 (1992)
Out of Phase 2 (1993)
Eastern Morning (1994)
Mile High Chill (1997)
Unauthorized Experiments (1998)
Avalon Chill (1998)
Cycles 1 (1998)
Desert Landscapes (1998)
Conquest Berlin (1998)
Subtle Environments (1999)
Mile High Chill 2 (1999)
Synthetic Environments (1999)
Cycles 2 (1999)
In the Moonlight (1999)
Otherworldly 1 (2000)
Beyond the Glaze (2000) (with Ben Summers)
Natural Environments (2000)
Cycles 3 (2000)
Behind the Mirror (2000) (with Ben Summers)
Live At BZ (2000)
Dreams 3 (2000)
Lost At Dunn's Lake (2001) (with James Johnson)
Looking Out the Window (2001)
Cave of the Wind (2001) (with Isomorph)
Dreams 4 (2001) (with Isomorph)
Cycles 4 (2002)
From Within the Abyss (2002) (with Numina)
Reflections In Water (2002)
Cycles 5 (2003)
Outward Appearance (2003) (with Numina)
One Point of View (2003)
Live In Pittsburgh (2003)
Cycles 6 (2003)
Metannoyance (2003) (with Ben Summers)
Installations 1 (2004)
Placid Repose (2004)
Another View (2005)
Dagboken (2005)
Installations 2 (2005)
Inside And Outside 1 (2005)
Installations 3 (2005)
Constant 2 (2005)
Simulated Universe (2005) (with Ixohoxi)
Inside And Outside 2 (2005)
Constant 5 (2005)
Inside And Outside 3 (2005)
Otherworldly 3 (2005)
Faded (2005) (with Austere)
Inside And Outside 4 (2006)
Day Three (2006)
Inside And Outside 5 (2006)
Fractures (2006) (with Ben Fleury-Steiner)
Complexities (2006) (with Rigel Orionis)
Into the Dark (2007)
Under the Red River (2007)
Stygian (2007)
Creampuff Casper Milk-Toast (2007)
Sobbing Stone (2007) (soundtrack)
Geoflexures (2007) (with Ben Fleury-Steiner)
Descent of the Falcom (2008) (with Numina)
From the Vaults Vol. 1 (2008)
From the Vaults Vol. 2 (2008)
From the Vaults Vol. 3 (2008)
The Air Up There (2008)
Blurring the Edges (2009) (with Drone Forest)
A Distinct Line On the Horizon (2009)
Fugue States Vol. 1 (2010)
Eternal Recurrence (2010)
Fugue States Vol. 2 (2010)
Bubbling Necrosis (2010)
Wall of Drones (2011)
Cycles 8 (2012)
Fugue States Vol. 3 (2012)
Inside And Outside 6 (2012)
Inside And Outside 7 (2012)
Opportunistic Lethargy (2013) (with Nephets Blip)

Stephen Philips started playing music in the 1970's and by the start of the 1990's he got some interest in the Ambient scene. He then founded Dark Duck Records as an outlet for his own music as well as that of other aspiring Ambient musicians. His works are minimal and chilling, inspired by Brian Eno and other pioneers of the genre. Another project in similar style where Stephen also participates is Deep Chill Network.

See also: Deep Chill Network

 


Phillips, Anthony (UK)

Private Parts And Pieces Vol.2/ Back To the Pavillion (1980)
1984 (1981)
Deeper Mysteries (1985) (with Geoff Leach)
Private Parts And Pieces Vol.7/ Slow Waves Soft Stars (1987)
Missing Links Vol.1/ Finger Painting (1989) (recorded in 1979 - 1989)
Slow Dance (1990)
Private Parts And Pieces Vol.8/ New England (1992)
Missing Links Vol.2/ The Sky Road (1994)
Meadows of Englewood (1995) (with Guillermo Cazenave)
Private Parts And Pieces Vol.9/ Dragonfly Dreams (1996)
Wildlife (2007) (with Joji Hirota)
Ahead of the Field (2010)

Phillips was the guitarist of the original Genesis lineup. His solo stuff is extremely diverse stylistically. From British pop to orchestral tracks, guitar solos, singing etc. For EM fan I can recommend the following: 1984, his entirely electronic work, Private Parts And Pieces Vol.7/ Slow Waves Soft Stars, Missing Links Vol.1/ Finger Painting, Private Parts And Pieces: New England. On Private Parts Vol.2 there's a long electronic track called "K2". There are probably others as well, but at least for the above mentioned works it is known for sure that they contain electronic pieces.

See also: Intergalactic Touring Band, The

 


Phillips, Barre (USA)

Mountainscapes (1976)
Three Day Moon (1978)

Mixture of jazz fusion and electronics from ECM label. These are the two albums by jazz bassist Barre Phillips that would be interesting to EM fans. The first was done with John Surman, Stu Martin, John Ambercombie and Dieter Feichtner. Three Day Moon is Barre Phillips (bass), Terje Rypdal (guitar, guitar synth, organ), Dieter Feichtner (synth) and Trilok Gurtu (percussion). The music is a mixture of spacey electronics from Rypdal and Flechtner with acoustic bass and percussion from Phillips and Gurtu.

 


Phillips & Jensen (USA)

Patra (2015)

Los Angeles duo (Tim Phillips and George Jensen) with an ambient electronic sound. Sort of new-agey, reminding on classic American and Canadian releases of the 1980's, from Steve Roach to Rick Miller.

 


Phillips, Ward (UK)

Cyclades (1985)

 


Phobos (UK)

Darkness Within (2009)
Monolith (2010)
This Desolate Place (2011)
Live On Earth (2012)
Darker (2012)
Sector Four (2014)
An October Evening (2015)

First album contains one long track of immersive Ambient. Phobos is David Thompson.

See also: Thompson, Dave

 


Phochos (Netherlands)

Eppure Si Muove (1989)
Antroposophy (1990)
EKS 2 (1990)
EKS 3 (1991)
EKS 4 (1991)
EKS 5 (1991)
Reductio Ad Absurdum (1992)
Cosmology (1993)
Polymorfic (1995)
Annee Republicain (1996)
Equivoque (1996) (S)
Re-Organised (1999)
Earthly Connections (1999)
Triton (1999)
Creation (2000)
Return To Reality (2000)
Journey Through Oxytetra (2000)
Journey Through Oxytetra 2 (2000)
Psycokinesis (2001)
Symphony (2001)
Asimov Rising At Heinlein Point (2001)
Observing the Moon (2002)
Micro Macro (2003)
Through the Looking Glass (2003)
A Tale of Two Cities (2004)
Synthforum Sounds (2005) (S)
Silence (2006)
Titan (2006)
Movements With Red, Yellow, Blue And Green (2007)
Ambient Phasing (2007)
Views From the Other Side of the Sky (2007)
The Equivalence Relations (2007)
Oskylaytor (2007)
Cosmos (2008)
Cosmos Vol. 2 (2008)
Spirits From the Frozen Worlds (2008)
Spirits From the Frozen Worlds Vol. 2 (2008)
Time-Sessions (2008)
The Equivalence Relations Vol. 2 (2008)
Cosmos Vol. 3 (2008)
Colours of Infinity (2008)
Spirits From the Frozen Worlds Vol. 3 (2008)
Micro Macro (2009)
Glaciers / Interphase Phrase 1 (2010) (S)

Phochos is Jos Lieffering who has released a lot of his music under various guises, namely Phochos, Mindsearch, Mindsearch's Revenge and Work of Honour. Jos Lieffering was born on December 5, 1964 in Hague, Netherlands. In 1975 he started playing electric organ and in 1976 he added a homemade synthesizer. After that he acquired more keyboards and synths and started releasing his music on cassette tapes.

See also: Mindsearch / Mindsearch's Revenge, Work of Honour, Haags Timmerbedrijf

 


Phoenix (Canada)

Flight Path (??)

Obscure 45 RPM record.

 


Phoenix (Romania)

Cantofabule (1975)

This double LP is progrock. However, these guys did so many great things with their synths and the use of electronics is so extensive that I coudn't resist including them in EEM. It's really amazing what they came up with in 1975. Sometimes they even get a pulsing, piercing, aggressive Heldon on steroids sound! File under EM-related.

 


Phoenix 1291 (Sweden)

Universe (1999)

Style: 70's Jarre.

 


Phoenix York (Canada)

Godspeed Phuong (2014)
Quiet Mutations - Remixes And Reworks (2016)

Textural Ambient not unlike that of Jeff Greinke. At least I do notice a few similarities which could be pure coincidence of course.

 


Phonothek (Georgia)

Lost In Fog (2016)
Red Moon (2017)

Dark Ambient from this duo of Nina Sublatti and George Shamanauri. Some cosmic and classically or jazz-inspired moments, too.

 


Phosphene (UK)

Long Meadow Felt Company (2001)

Phosphene is John Cavanaugh (of the Scottish space rock duo Electroscope). This is Electronic Music with some hints of early German pioneers and even one psychedelic *song*! After this album, John proceeded to release albums, drifting out of the stylistic borders of EEM, making Syd Barrett-influenced psychedelic rock / pop with a dash of electronics. 

 


Phragments (Slovakia)

Homo Homini Lvpvs (2005)
Awaken the Wolves (2006)
The Burning World (2007)
Earth Shall Not Cover Their Blood (2008)
Mysteries of the Greylands (2010) (with Korinth)
New Kings And New Queens (2013)
All Towers Must Fall (2016)

Started as a martial industrial duo. Later progressed to Martal Ambient and sometimes classic Dark Ambient. This is not their full discography.

 


Phrased (UK)

Untitled (2016) (S)
Positive Centre (2017) (EP)

Deep house / techno project. Some of the tracks lean towards EM. These include both sides of the untitled "7 and track 2 off Positive Centre. These sounds like a minimal version of Software updated for this century.

 


Phrozenlight (Netherlands)

Shimmering Lights (2007)
Starlight (2007)
Far Side of the Galaxy (2008)
Stone Age Visitor (2008)
Colorful Water (2009)
Gates of Darkness (2010)

Space Music by Dutch artist Bert Hulshoff who had previously released a wealth of albums as free downloads. Shimmering Lights became his first solo release on a physical (CD-R) carrier. Digital Images, on the other hand, is one of several albums available for purchase as download from MusicZeit (well worth visiting if you don't mind downloads, by the way). It consists of one eponymous track that clocks at almost 59 minutes. The composition begins with subtle drones that gradually gain in volume, as more mysterious sounds are added on top. No sequences are to be heard, just long-drawn drones, windy synths and metallic resonances. I am reminded on Oophoi even. After 5 minutes, the wind effects get louder and more intense. At the same time, the texture of sound becomes deeper, like an endless well sucking you in. This is music on the border of Dark Ambient and Space. So, is Dark Space an appropriate term to describe it? Perhaps. If you enjoyed your early Tangerine Dream (and I mean real early stuff here, circa Zeit / Atem), you might find this exactly to your taste. The music becomes quieter, and then louder again, like waves of the mysterious dark matter surrounding you. Towards the middle of the piece, the music becomes intense to the point of menacing, with drones completely overpowering your ears. After 30 minutes, hints of melody start to slowly creep in, but the music is still firmly in the abstract / droning territory, with mysterious resonances playing the lead role. As we are passing the 50 minutes mark, the windy sounds get louder and the music more focused, before dissipating into darkness towards the end. Digital Images is great late night listening for those who love the spookier, darker variety of Space Music.

See also: Dutch Space Mission

 


Pi Corp (USA)

Lost In the Cosmic Void (2001) (recorded in 1973 - 1976)

Unreleased at the time of recording, Lost In the Cosmic Void is a collection of jams recorded in Cleveland by future soundtrack composer Alan Howarth together with Guy Bickel on bass and Woody Leffel on vocals. Musically, they are all over the place, featuring hard rock tunes, psychedelia, wild space rock improv's and a good slice of early EM. Sadly, the recording quality is not of a very high standard.

See also: Braino

 


Piazza, Luciano (Italy)

New Age Sensations (1998)
Acqua (2003)
Simply Music (2007)

 


Piche, Jean (Canada)

Heliograms (1982)

This Canadian composer (b. 1951) was a pioneer of digital technologies in the 1970's. He then released this electronic LP with a fairly thick and ambient sound.

 


Pickford, Andy (UK)

Linear Functions (1983)
Replicant (1993)
Terraformer (1994)
Apocalypse of Love (1994)
Maelstrom (1995)
Dystopia (1995)
Symbiont (1995) (with Ian Boddy)
Works 1 (1995)
Xenomorph (1996)
Valhalla (1997)
Works 2 (1997)
Nemesis (1998)
Lughnasad (2002)
Jera (2012)
Vanguard 1 (2015)
Vanguard 2 (2016)
Vanguard 3 (2017)

British synthesist whose life line is in a way similar to that of many other second generation EM musicians. As a kid, Andy got some interest in organ music which he was able to fulfill once his parents bought him a toy electric organ. He then got in contact with the "real world" of EM, inspired by the songs of Van Der Graaf Generator, Hot Butter and so on. In 1977, he discovered Jarre's Oxygene which changed his life and musical vision forever. More EM discoveries followed and after getting his first synth (a Korg MS-20) Andy started fooling around with it, recording the results on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Another synth followed and Linear Functions was recorded. Andy then had a hiatus that lasted for some years (during this period he even tried his hand at writing vocal pop songs!), before returning big time in the early 1990's. Andy's style can be characterized as highly energetic and rhythmic. Note that Linear Functions was released on cassette only under the pseudonym Kris McKuen.

See also: S t d m, Binar.

 


Picture Palace Music (Germany)

Strange Things From the Past Vol. 1 (??)
Nostalgia (2006)
Music Inspired By Robert Wiene's Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (2007)
Next Year, We May All Be Miles Away (2007)
Somnambulistic Tunes (2007)
Symphony For Vampires (2008)
Three Easter Nights At the Babylon (2008)
Walpurgisnacht (2008)
Auerbach's Night Club (2008) (S)
Curicculum Vitae 1 (2009)
Natatorium (2009)
Fairy Marsh Districts (2010)
Midsummer (2010)
Metropolis Poetry (2011)
Electronic-Poetry-Tour (2011) (EP)
Indulge the Passion (2012)
Remnants (2013)
Letters From Libya (2014)
ReVision (2014)

Picture Palace Music is the project of Tangerine Dream keyboardist Thorsten Quaeschning. His first solo album (not counting the CDRs) Somnambulistic Tunes is an attempt to create soundtracks for classic silent movies.

See also: Tangerine Dream, Quaeschning, Thorsten.

 


Pidone, Mike (Germany)

Mystical Reaction (1985)

Varied atmospheric / rhythmic synth material.

 


Pielacinski, Darek (Poland)

Future Eye (2004)

Polish musician born in 1969 and living in Warsaw. He has a pretty straight-forward, classic melodic / rhythmic style, influenced by the likes of TD, Jarre, Vangelis and some progrock acts.

 


Pierre, Alain (Belgium)

Jan Zonder Vrees (2016) (recorded in 1985) (soundtrack)

Electronic soundtrack to animation series. Melodic, atmospheric, sometimes with a slight TD vibe.

 


Pierrot Lunaire (Italy)

Gudrun (1977)

The second album by this Italian avant-folk band took a complete turn towards the avant-garde side of things. Of interest to EM fans will be the title track with its syncopated repetitive rhythms. Imagine a music box and cheap transistor organ version of Virgin-era Tangerine Dream fronted by demented operatic female vocals and you get close.

See also: Stalteri, Arturo

 


Pierrot Premier (Germany)

Electric Kool - Aid Acid Test (1994)
Orange Clouds Over Battery Park (1996)

Music in Tangerine Dream style with some techno elements from Thomas Thorn and Ingmar Koch.

 


Pietkivitch, Jim (USA)

Twilight Dreams (1994)
Spiral Journey (1998)
Inner Worlds (2004)

Space Music with Tangerine Dream influences. Jim Pietkivitch was a drummer before getting some interest in ambient and cosmic forms of EM in the late 1980's. His first album was released in 1994 and re-released a year later. Jim then founded his own "Electrofine Music" label, on which Spiral Journey was released. It was followed by Inner Worlds that saw Jim adding vocalist / flute player Melanie Lunsford to his soundscapes.

 


Pietras, Eric (USA)

Beams (2015)

Melodic, laid-back instrumentals played mostly on analog synthesizers and vintage drum machines by this Californian artist.

 


Pietruszko, Adam (Poland)

The Anatomy of Nuclear War (2010)

Concept album about post-apocalyptic world by this Polish musician. A mixture of melodic and experimental EM styles.

 


Pillion (Belgium)

Enigmas (1980)
Mountains of Fear (1981)
Centillion (2014)

Pillion is a duo of Walter Christian Rothe and Guy Drieghe (founded in 1978) that released an LP of sequential Electronic Music during the classic period. The album (Enigmas) is a live recording from a concert in September 1980 in Brussels. The second one (Mountains of Fear) was not officially released at the time of its recording.

See also: Rothe, Walter Christian, Drieghe, Guy.

 


Pin Park (Poland)

Krautpark (2017)

A duo consisting of Maciek Bączyk and Maciek Polak. The two use EMS synthesizers (VCS3 and AKS) to create unpredictable, spontaneous compositions with a flair of classic EM. Nice, warm synthiness.

 


Pinchbeck, Shawn (Canada)

Wildcats!! (1987)
Tonepleromas (1989)
Penetration (1991)
Resonance (1995) (with Marion Garver)
Sonic Walking (2005) (with Ken Gregory and Steve Heimbecker)
Ortona (2013)

Canadian synthesist and electroacoustic composer. Starting in the early 1980's, doing musique concrete and noise / tape pieces, Shawn quickly developed an interest in sequencer music of the likes of Tangerine Dream and other German pioneers. His subsequent works were influenced by that style, as well as Ambient. Shawn's music is pretty dramatic and on Resonance he is joined by flute player Marion Garver.

 


Pinches, Andrew (UK)

Ark (1989)
Below Zero (1989)
Below Zero / The Black Zone (1990)
Wizard On Wizard (1991) (with James Whelan)
White Harpoon (1991)
Cubes (1991) (recorded in 1988 - 1991)
Outtakes 1 (1991)
Outtakes 2 (1991)
Atmos One (1993)
Atmos Two (1993)
Perihelion (1999) (S) (with Robert Andrews)

British synthesist. Music like the classic synth explorations of Klaus Schulze. Note that there are two releases titled Below Zero. One is a private cassette from 1989, the second was released on Direction Music a year later. The contents of these cassettes are totally different and the Direction Music release is a two-cassette set with "The Black Zone" suite on the second cassette. On Atmos Two there is a dedication in the credits to none other than Gianluigi Gasparetti (aka Oophoi), and that's quite remarkable, because GG's recording career would only officially start three years later, in 1996.

 


Pinhas, Richard (France)

Chronolyse (1976)
Rhizosphere (1977)
Iceland (1979)
East-West (1980)
L'Ethique (1982)
DWW (1992) (recorded in 1983 - 1992)
Cyborg Sally (1994) (with John Livengood)
De L'Un Et De Multiple (1997)
Fossil Culture (1999) (with Peter Frohmader)
Le Plan (1999) (with Maurice Dantec)
Schizotrope, the Life And Death of Marie Zorn (1999) (with Maurice Dantec)
Oblique Sessions II (2000) (with Pascal Comelade)
Schizotrope III (2001)
Events & Repetitions (2002)
Tranzition (2004)
Metatron (2006)
Single Collection 1972 - 1980 (2007)
Keio Line (2008) (with Merzbow)
Metal / Crystal (2010)
Wolf Eyes & Richard Pinhas (2010) (with Wolf Eyes)
Rhizome (2011) (with Merzbow)
Flip Side (of Sophism) (2012) (with Pascal Comelade)
Victoriaville Mai 2011 (2012) (with Merzbow and Wolf Eyes)
Desolation Row (2013)
Vents Solaires (2014) (S) (with Etienne Jaumet)
Tikkun (2014) (with Oren Ambarchi)
Welcome In the Void (2014) (with Yoshida Tatsuya)
Hakata Shibuya - Live In Japan 2014 (2015) (with Yoshida Tatsuya)
Process And Reality (2016) (with Yoshida Tatsuya and Masami Akita)
Mu (2016) (with Barry Cleveland)
Live At Tusk Festival (2016) (recorded in 2015) (with Yoshida Tatsuya and Ryoko Ono)
Reverse (2017)
Camera / Richard Pinhas (2017) (S) (with Camera)

French synthesist and experimentator, leader of Heldon. Pinhas is a very interesting character who participated in many French electronic, progressive and experimental projects. His albums are classics and well worth hunting. On some tracks the whole Heldon lineup is featured, some tracks are solo Pinhas work. His importance for the French electronic scene cannot be overestimated. His electronic guitar playing style is reminiscent of Robert Fripp, and there's no wonder - Pinhas is a big fan of Fripp and King Crimson. But don't expect anything too derivative of KC or Mr. Fripp, because Pinhas very well has the style of his own. His specific vision of music together with his political and philosophical influences create truly unique experience and atmosphere.

See also: Heldon, Fluence, Ose, T.H.X., Dunn, Richard, Schizo, Video Liszt.

 


Pink Floyd (UK)

Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Wish You Were Here (1975)

I've included Floyd here mainly because of two tracks: "On the Run" from Dark Side of the Moon and "Welcome To the Machine" from Wish You Were Here. The former is a classic example of Electronic Music recorded in 1973, while the latter may also appeal to EM fans, although it features acoustic guitar and vocals, apart from ubiquitous synthesizers built in rhythmic sequenced pulses. Great panning effects and, overall, a very dramatic composition. There are many more albums by Pink Floyd, containing music that ranges from psychedelic rock (early albums) to classic progressive and space rock. The two albums listed above are, arguably, the best and for me represent the peak of their career. Great progressive works with sad atmosphere and melancholic lyrics.

 


Pink Fluid (UK)

Pipe Dreams (2017)

Side project from members of Seahawks in a completely floating, analog synth-based vein.

See also: Seahawks

 


Pink Skull (USA)

Zeppelin 3 (2008)
Endless Bummer (2009)
Psychic Welfare (2011)
Clean Plate - Turkish Delight (2014)

Experimental band mixing techno, house, indie rock and EM / kraut influences. Some singing, too. Clean Plate is a nice and varied album, a bit Cluster-like.

See also: Grefe, Julian

 


Pinkcourtesyphone (USA)

Foley Folly Folio (2012)
Elegant & Detached (2012)
Please Pick Up (2013)
Description of Problem (2014)
A Ravishment of Mirror (2014)
Sentimental Something (2015)
Elison (2016) (S) (with Gwyneth Wentink)
Taking Into Account Only A Portion of Your Emotions (2016)
Talk the Pleasures Out of It (2017) (S)
Something You Are Or Something You Do (2017)

Ambient project of minimalist composer Richard Chartier. Hypnotic, glitchy, reductionist sound, sometimes with field recordings.

 


Pio, Giusto (Italy)

Alla Corte dei Nefertiti (1988)
Attraverso i Cieli (1990)
Utopie (1990)

A long-time collaborator of Franco Battiato, Giusto Pio is primarily a classical violin player. He began in 1979 with a very minimal Motore Immobile, dominated by organ and other acoustic / classical instruments. He then released several albums in collaboration with Battiato, that highlighted his violin playing in a new wave / pop setting. His solo efforts of that time (early 1980's) were similar in style. They contained some interesting arrangements but were primarily very easy-listening efforts. However, on Alla Corte dei Nefertiti he explored a dirrerent territory - a rich tapestry of sound, imbued in classical tradition and ambient aesthetics, done on synthesizers, resulting in unique and very beautiful symphonic / ambient EM brew.

 


Pioggia d'Ambra (Italy)

Sostanza M (2012) (S)
Exuviae (2013) (S)
Wormhole (2013)
Il Triste Inverno Animico (2013) (S)
Larve Astrali (2013) (S) (with Tommaso Busatto)

Dark soundscapes and drones.

See also: Grave Wax Orchestra, The

 


Piper, Sebastian (UK)

0923 31866 / 0491 573980 (1991) (with Dennis Wiehahn)
Spells (1992)

English musician and painter.

 


Pisarczyk, Zbignew (Poland)

A Machine To Imagination (1997)
The Radioactive Planet (1998)
The Dream of Master Jarre (1999)
No Gravitation (2000)
Moon Dream (2002)
Hydrogene (2002)

Polish artist who tries to imitate the style of Jean-Michel Jarre. He is also known under pseudonyms "Artenius" and "Zibbon".

 


Pisetzky (Italy)

Tears of A Rough Machine (2017)

A mixture of fine ambient numbers with a rich synth sound and rhythmic techno / house tunes. EM-related music from Fabiano Valli. It would be inetersting to hear how a completely ambient / EM album by him would sound.

 


Pitsounov, Vadim (Russia)

Anthropophonia (1995)
ODE (1995)
Virtual Ballet (1999)
Cosmograph (2005)

Vadim Pitsounov (b. 1957) is a Moscow-based synthesist. Varied rhythmic / melodic works, often classically-inspired.

 


Pizzin, Alessandro (Italy)

Spettri (1992)
Shin-On (1993)
Throw-Back (1995)
The Wind Collectors / As Witness Our Hands (2016) (recorded in 1989 - 1990) (with Gigi Masin and Alessandro Monti)

Alessandro Pizzin, a musician from Venice, has been making Electronic Music since the late 1970's. His sound is pretty minimal, repetitive and sometimes ambient or experimental. Apart from his solo work Pizzin is also known as a member of the group Ruins.

 


Placebo (Belgium)

1973 (1973)

Jazz-rock ensemble with Marc Moulin (1942 - 2008), who would later go on to form synth-pop act Telex. Mostly typical, albeit innovative fusion of the time, but one track ("Re-Union") is pure droning EM and sounds somewhat out of place. Marc Moulin's own solo album from 1974 contains a lot of electronics, too.

 


Plains Druid (USA)

Swag Demon (2013) (S)
Super Real Islands (2014)
Before Summer Let Us Down (2015)

The music of this Chicago-based project is mostly not very progressive, as it consists of minimal, noisy, dirty and sort of lo-fi synthesizer compositions, influenced more by indie electronics, minimal synth and post-rock than any EM. However, there are moments of pure EM sound on Before Summer Let Us Down, for example, where Mark McGuire also performs as guest. Other interesting tracks may be scattered throughout his oeuvre.

 


Planes (Germany)

Planes (1974)

German electronic duo of Gregor Curten and Anselm Rogmans more or less in sedate atmospheric Cluster vein. 

 


Planet Battagon (???)

Episode 01 (2016) (S)

Two tracks of experimental minimal techno and one track ("Turnip") sounding like a completely electronic version of an improvised bop piece. Lots of beeps and bleeps here and a progressive approach without a doubt. Let's hope the author continues to explore that sound.

 


Planet Earth (UK)

Planet Earth (1978)

Planet Earth consisted of Tristan Fry and Kevin Peek, two members of prog band Sky and included also Mike Ratledge and Karl Jenkins (synthesizers, both from Soft Machine). On this album you will find electronic synth-rock music with some cover versions and original compositions.

See also: Ratledge, Mike

 


Planet-Y (USA)

Space Station (2007) (S)

Clocking in at just under 30 minutes, Space Station is a cosmic, out-there improvisation of Philadelphia-based Yanni Papadopoulos (Casio DG-20 electronic guitar) and Charles Cohen (Buchla Music Easel synthesizer). Will be of interest to fans of early krautrock / kosmische musik, Morton Subotnick and Sun Ra.

See also: Cohen, Charles

 


Planetarium Music (USA)

Planetarium One (1998)
Planetarium Music (2000)
Traditional Psychedelic Electronic Music (2002)
Speachless (2002)

Alex Bundy's musical project inspired by early Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Popol Vuh and Cluster. Included in the above discography is music released under Alex's real name as well.

 


Planetary Peace (USA)

Synthesis (1980)

Music recorded in London by the husband and wife duo of Will Sawyer and Cath Sawyer. Using a uniquely tuned Serge synthesizer, they recorded a set of lullaby-type songs and instrumental compositions.

 


Planets, The (USA??)

The Planets (1977)

The plain red and white sleeve of this LP states: "A record: 1977. The Planets". It looks like a various artists release, or maybe it should have been included under the "unknown artist" tag, but anyway... The music is done by students of electronic music at a community college. And, no, it's not just your average academic, "serious" bleepy noisefest. These guys do deliver some tasty, cosmic, progressive EM that sounds pretty mature, considering the circumstances. A fascinating relic. Would be nice to actually know the names of the authors.

 


Plank! (UK)

Plank! (2010) (EP)
Animalism (2012)
Aphidelity (2014) (S)
Hivemind (2014)

Occupying that vaporous space between math rock / space rock and EM, this Manchester-based trio of Dave Rowe, Ed Troup and Johny Winbold-Lewis creates an intense brew of rippling sequences, analog synth solos, distorted guitars and drums. Sort of like an updated Djam Karet sound maybe, with more focus on electronics. File under EM-related.

 


Plant Bach Ofnus (UK)

Plant Bach Ofnus (??)
Awst / Llwyd (1988) (S)
Weitharmonisch (1989) (S)
Symudiad Ymddangosol y Lleuad (1990)

Welsh band (Fiona Owen and Gorwel Owen) whose second full-length album contains four atmospheric, cosmic tracks dedicated to the phases of the Moon.

 


Plasman (Italy)

Futuro Anteriore (2010)
Endless Wave (2016)

If you like sequencing, then Endless Wave by Carlo Vergani aka Plasman should be exactly your cup of tea - two long slabs of multi-layered sequencer rhythms and nothing more. This is the hypnotic essence of EM. Futuro Anteriore is pumping, rhythmic, loud chiptune / dance music hybrid and is hardly progressive.

 


Plastik (Iceland)

Herna (1995)

Early project by Aðalsteinn Guðmundsson aka Yagya. Rare cassette release.

See also: Yagya

 


Platek, Jan-Dirk (Germany)

They Dream In Heaven (2016)
Three, Six And Nine (2017)

This musician is the mastermind of instrumental rock / post-rock project We Deserve This. With releases under his own name, he brings his classical and electronic influences to the fore. A mixture of slow rhythms, piano melodies, orchestral samples and lush synthesizers.

 


Platel, Charles-Edouard (France)

Imagimuse / 1 - Musiques Électroacoustiques Imaginaires (2008)
Imagimuse / 2 (2009)

Although working mostly within the domain of computer-aided electro-acoustic music / musique concrete, Charles-Edouard Platel also uses electronics, and some of his tracks tend towards rhythmic or more ambient forms of EM.

 


Pleiades (USA)

Pleiades (2015)

Varied synthesizer tracks, from spacey and ambient to rhythmic, experimental and sequencer-based. Pleiades is a project of Gabriel Fulvimar, former member of blues rock band The Black Keys.

 


Plenilunio (Peru)

The Moon Wake Up (2005) (EP)
El Milagro de la Muerte (2008)

Hailing from Lima, Peru, Plenilunio is a moody atmospheric project from Richard Nossar (of Don Juan Natus and Throne of the Fallen fame). Rather melancholic but not so dark.

 


Plin (Italy)

Trilling e Magia nella Fantascienza (??) (with S. Lazlo)
Blitz (??)

Plin was a duo of Luciano Simoncini and Luigi Bergonzi. These are some of the most obscure and rarest electronic library albums out there.

See also: Bergonzi, Luigi

 


Plotnick, Henry (USA)

Fields (2013)
Blue Fourteen (2014) (S)

Only 11 years old at the time of the release of his first album, Henry Plotnick is a musician from San-Francisco who seems to be heavily influenced by the repetitive patterns of minimalism (think Terry Riley and Roedelius).

 


Plugpoint Music (Germany)

Last Chance (1987)

Rare, privately pressed electronic album that suppodely never made it past the demo stage. A project of Reiner Ossmann.

 


Plum, Lorraine (USA)

Flights of Fantasy (1980)

This is a "guided imagery for developing imagination, relaxation and self-concept" record from Indiana. So there is spoken word unfortunately. The background music, however, is supposed to be electronic.

 


Pluralis (Spain)

Ensayo Sobre Un Sonido (2000)
Stones Out! (2001)
H. P. Lovecraft's the Case of Charles Dexter Ward (2003)
Pluralis 4 (2006)

Space Music by Julio Javier Iglesias.

 


Pluramon (Germany)

Render Bandits (1998)

Pluramon is Markus Schmickler and Render Bandits is his second album. It features ex-Can percussionist and the music is very much along the lines of Dusseldorf School. Certainly a must for fans of Cluster, Kreidler and such.

 


Pluta, Jurgen (Germany)

Blanche (1979)
Communication (1982)

Bass player of prog band Wallenstein. He released a couple of solo albums, both are electronic but very different. The first is EM in a melodic / rhythmic style, rather accessible and nothing fancy. The music is made on analogue equipment. The second album was released under the "Pluta Connexion" moniker and is a normal new wave album (with vocals) and three mildly interesting completely instrumental tracks.

 


Pluto (Norway)

Voyage Into A Dreamer's Mind (1980)
Ouverture (1982)
Soundtracks For Inner Movies (1999)

Late period Norwegian progressive rock band led by Petter Espen Guthe (guitar, vocals, keyboards) and also including Freddy Ruud (keyboards, vocals), Rune Mangen (bass, vocals), Gunnar Berg-Nielsen (drums, vocals) and Kjell Rønningen (keyboards). The sound is floating and melodic, easy on the ear. At times the music gets a bit cosmic and there are fine electronic moments, too. The whole reminds me a bit on the music of Gandalf, with most pieces being instrumental and vocals used sparingly. File under EM-related.

 


Pneuma (Japan)

Psychabuse (1995) (recorded in 1979 - 1985)
Autrement Qu'etre (1995) (with Tetsuo Furudate and Sumihisa Arima)
Autrement Qu'etre II (2000) (with Tetsuo Furudate and Sumihisa Arima)

This artist appeared on the scene in the mid 70's, going parallel route to German Klaus Schulze, playing floating sequenced Electronic Music, although the title (and the cover) of Psychabuse may suggest otherwise.

See also: Takami, Trembling Strain.

 


Podio, Gianluca (Italy)

Musica Composta e Diretta da Gianluca Podio (??)

Library electronics with varied styles.

 


Poegs (Germany)

Transmigration (1999)
Black Hole (2000)
Galaxy (2000)
Landscape (2001)
In Somnius (2001)

A project started in 1999 by German composer Christian Zumdick. From more or less traditional Electronic Music to symphonic new age / classical and space rock / bluesy stuff. The most spacey and electronic pieces of Poegs were released separately on a sampler CD called "Planet Frog: Space Ambient Flight" (2002).

 


Poemme (USA)

Arboretum (2017)
Soft Ice (2017)

Poemme is ambient composer Angela Klimek. Sensitive soundscapes, really beautiful at times - evocative, deep and emotional.

 


Poetry of Illusion, The (Australia)

Le Pick Clops (2015)

Varied soundscapes from Glenn Thomson who also makes progressive rock music under his real name.

 


Pohjola, Pekka (Finland)

Jokamies (1983)

A departure for this well-known bass player and jazz fusion / prog musician, Jokamies (also known as Everyman in English) sees him fusing choral music with synthesizer music. Beware the 1980's production qualities that might put off some listeners.

 


Point Pleasant (UK)

Mythology (2017)
Solemn (2017)

Ambient soundscapes.

 


Pointe du Lac (France)

A Progressive Approach To... (2015) (S)
EP2 (2015) (S)
Pointe du Lac (2016)
913161815A (2016)

Music heavily inspired by the Dusseldorf School and cosmic forms of EM, with motorik rhythms and analog synths. Pointe du Lac is Jullien Lheuillier.

 


Pointon, Malcolm (UK)

Electromuse (2016) (recorded in ??)

Electronic pioneer who started composing tape-based pieces in late 1960's, inspired by the works of Stockhausen. He then developed a stylus-controlled DIY synth. The above release contains mostly pieces recorded in the 1970's. These range from abstract electronics / musique concrete to melodic / arpeggiated synth music.

 


Poirier, Roméo (France)

Plage Arrière (2016)

Weird, pastoral electronic ditties with a vague Cluster flair from this French photographer and musician. Inspired by Greek beaches and islands.

 


Poisson, Christophe (France)

Music Sky (1985)

Inventive electronic fusion of Pierre Henry and Heldon styles from this late enigmatic musician.

 


Pol (Germany)

Transomuba (1994)
Baby, I Will Make You Sweat (1995) (soundtrack)

Experimental Ambient project of C-Schulz, Christoph Kahse and Marcus Schmickler.

 


Pol, Jolanda (???)

Synthy Synsation (1993)

 


Polack, Coen Oscar (Netherlands)

The Language of Mountains Is Rain (2006) (with Herman Wilken)
Psychic Investigations (2008)
The Skipping Monk (2009)
Geluiden uit de Blauwe Kamer (2009)
De Objectieve Lach (2010)
Spectral Churches (2011) (S)
Fathomless (2013) (with Herman Wilken)
Race To the Bottom (2017) (with Glice)

Dutch ambient drone artist who is very much into processed field recordings. Sometimes he ventures into fine electronic ambience, the two collaborative albums with Herman Wilken being a good example.

 


Polaris (Poland)

Stan Przejsciowy (2001)
Moo'n'sequences (2004)
Re:Transmission (2005)
Background Stories (2008)
Collision (2011) (with Krzysztof Horn)
Way Out (2014)

Polish synthesist Jakub Kmiec.

See also: Scamall

 


Polaroid Notes (Germany)

Sea Shores (2015)
The Rhodes Session (2016)
Unsung Memories (2017)

Classic Ambient with a huge piano presence.

 


Pôle (France)

Kotrill (1975)
Inside the Dream (1975)

French electronic band formed by the Pôle label owner Paul Putti together with his wife Evelyne Henri and helped by P. Besombes, J.L. Rizet and other guests. Rhythmic and at times experimental music, a little like Heldon perhaps.

 


Polígono Hindú Astral (Spain)

00110001 (2012) (S)
El Absurdo Se Multiplica (2013) (S)
00110010 (2015)
67P (2015) (S)
Split Cassette (2015) (with Sentionaut)
Sequencias de un Universo Modulado (2016) (S)

Synth duo from Valencia. They are pretty diverse, often relying on sequences and uncluttered analog sounds.

See also: Tornero, Julio

 


Pollard, Brendan (UK)

Expansion (2005)
Flux Echoes (2007)
Pollard/Daniel/Booth (2009) (with Michael Daniel and Phil Booth)
September 2009 Jams (2009) (with Michael Daniel and Phil Booth)
Live 26.09.2009 (2009) (with Michael Daniel and Phil Booth)
Time Out of Mind (2009) (with Free System Projekt and Hashtronaut)
Pollard/Daniel/Booth Vol.2 (2010) (with Michael Daniel and Phil Booth)
Mind Out of Time (2010) (with Free System Projekt and Hashtronaut)
Pollard/Daniel/Booth 3 (2010) (with Michael Daniel and Phil Booth)
Pollard/Daniel/Booth IV (2010) (with Michael Daniel and Phil Booth)
Live At Awakenings (2010) (with Michael Daniel and Phil Booth)
Live In Concert 2006 Part 1 (2012)
Live In Concert 2006 Part 2 (2012)
Two Roads (2013) (with Javi Canovas, Adrian Dolente and Michael Daniel)
Collection Volume One (2013)
Collection Volume Two (2013)
Collection Volume Three (2013)
Pollard/Daniel/Booth V (2013) (with Michael Daniel and Phil Booth)
Pollard/Daniel/Booth VI (2013) (with Michael Daniel and Phil Booth)
Pollard/Daniel/Booth VII (2016) (with Michael Daniel and Phil Booth)

Analogue, sequencer music from Rogue Element synthesist. Brendan uses lots of classic instruments to craft EM compositions of monumental proportions. Take the opening track ("Tegula") from Expansion as an example. Spacey effects give way to multi-tracked mellotron choirs. This is some subtle and at the same time epic stuff, like classic Tangerine Dream mixed with mellotron playing from Schulze's Dune. The choirs are then replaced by the weeping flute. Low bass throb is joined by upbeat sequencing and mellotron string textures. This could easily be an outtake from Ricochet concerts. The sound is rich and everything is carefully placed within the stereo range. Thankfully, Brendan uses healthy doses of reverb to make sure the sound is pleasantly "spacey". Those who like mid-1970's Tangerine Dream will drool over this track. The sequences mutate, yielding very interesting and sometimes weird results. I think that this is pretty much "the essence" of EM. I mean, Brendan really searches for new sounds here, while too many other contemporary EM composers often forget about this simple way of not becoming boring. One of the best sequencer EM pieces I've heard of late. "Toxic Blue" starts with mellotron flute, before an excellent phased analogue pad enters. This is some music to die for! mellotron choir plays a beautiful melody which is then replaced by echoing sounds and a Froesean mellotron flute / string combination. Deep cello lines serve as an introduction to a sequenced section that starts slowly, gradually gaining momentum and dominating the second part of this epic piece. If you like heavy-duty sequencing and mellotron - this is what you've been waiting for! "Nebulous" has that wonderful 1970's sci-fi feeling throughout, with analogue sounds, echoing whispers and theremin-like effects. Sounds a bit like Schulze's "Moogetique" transferred into active regions of the cosmos. "Valve", on the other hand, will delight fans of the sequencer as it basically adopts the formula of TD's "Movements of A Visionary" (i.e. short introduction leading into a lengthy sequencer section). "Aquarius" is a short closer filled with water sounds and mellotron flute / Fender piano. Some might argue that Expansion is one of the most unashamedly 1970-styled albums out there and although it's true in a sense, I also found it to be one of the strongest and most successful efforts in contemporary neo-prog EM. I am sure it will get a lot of spins around here.

See also: Rogue Element, Quadra.

 


Polnareff, Michel (France)

Lipstick (1976) (soundtrack)

Michel Polnareff is a French composer and singer / songwriter. This is his soundtrack to a rape / exploitation drama "Lipstick". Only side B will be of interest to fans of EM, as the first side features pretty standard over the top brass-drenched disco sound.

 


Polonio (Spain)

Acaricia la Mañana (1984) (recorded in 1976 - 1984)
Bload Stations Syntax Error (1986)
Cuenca (1988)
La Zona (1988)
Hoy Comemos Con Leonardo (1991)
Uno Es El Cubo (1999)

Spanish musician Eduardo Polonio (ex-It) with solo albums of repetitive synth music. Born in Madrid in 1941, Eduardo is an accomplished composer and author of multiple works in the electroacoustic, classical, rock and experimental fields.

See also: It

 


Poltergeist Machine (Germany)

From the Dolphin Hotel (2015)
Kocho-Mai (2015)

Experimental ambient project of Frankfurt-based Lothar Reitz.

 


Poly Chain (Ukraine)

Music For Candy Shops (2017)

Slightly experimental, but warm and melodic electronics by Sasha Zakrevska. This reminds a bit on Cluster's Zuckerzeit, but is rather unique overall.

 


Polygon (Germany)

Refuge (1995)
Omnon (1999)
Images (2001)
Traveller (2001) (with Arbre Noir)
Sein Lernen (2015)
Einzelheiten (2016)

Dark Ambient from Ingo Lindmeier.

See also: Solaris

 


Polymoog (Romania)

Gentry (1996)

Polymoog is an alias of Romanian keyboardist and composer Dan Stesco. Apart from this EM work released on cassette, he had a new age CD out in 2007.

 


Polyphonics, The (Switzerland)

In Memory of Ganymed (1986)

A duo of Steve Hug and Roland Leibundgut, here presenting melodic synthesizer instrumental compositions, a bit in the style of 80's Tangerine Dream. After that they went synth-pop and released an album of songs, called Undulating Ways (1987).

See also: Hug, Steve

 


Polypores (UK)

A Shunned Place (2015)
The Fialka Transmissions (2016)
Timeholes (2016)
Wastes (2016)
Blooms / Mire (2017)
Timeholes 2 (2017)

Haunted, mysterious analog synth compositions. Some of the more rhythmic tracks lead towards synthwave or minimal synth. Polypores is Stephen James Buckley.

 


Pond (Germany)

Planetenwind (1984)
Maschinenmensch (1985)
Auf der Seidenstrasse (1986)
Space Walks (1989)
Frohe Weihnacht (1993)
Transponder (2003)
Live In Berlin (2004)
Soundtracks (2005) (recorded in 1985 - 2005)
Bilder Einer Ausstellung (2008)
Gemalde Einer Vernissage (2009)
Die Pond Space-Night (2012)
Edelweiss (2016)

Electronic group from East Germany formed in 1979 by Wolfgang Fuchs and Harald Wittkowski. They played in planetariums quite a lot in a style influenced by the music of Tangerine Dream. After the release of 1989's Space Walks, Wittkowski left the group. Fuchs took his two sons Sascha and Frank on board and continued with Pond. Early albums are said to be quite interesting TD / Hammer style works. The 1985's Macshinenmensch was recorded in Chris Franke's studio.

 


Pond, Marden (USA)

Castle Valley Impressions (1980)

Unusual LP from this jazz musician that alternates between jazzy pieces and electronic ones.

 


Ponder, Sanford (USA)

Etosha (1985)
Tigers Are Brave (1986)

Synthesist from California, USA. His works were produced by Peter Baumann and represent rather serene and quiet synthesizer atmospheres, with some prominent African influences. Probably nice, but nothing to write home about.

See aslo: Botanica

 


Pontius, Jeffrey S. (USA)

Audio Imagery (2001)
Synth Imagery (2002)

Rhythmic Space Music with a warm sound made on analog equipment. Jeffrey S. Pontius is a Kansas-based artist.

 


Ponty, Jean-Luc (France)

Individual Choice (1983)
Open Mind (1984)

Jean-Luc Ponty is a famous electric violin player and fusion artist. In the 80's, he released some more electronically-oriented albums with still a fair bit of his fusion sound in. He has a decent discography but the above two albums may be the most interesting ones for EM fans.

 


Pool, The (USA)

Pool One (1980)
Pool Two (1981)
333 (1984)

The Pool was the solo vehicle for Patrick S. Keel - a former drummer from Texas who had been involved in music making since the1960's, playing with many bands and performers, including Chuck Berry. He bought a Minimoog synthesizer in 1972 after hearing Wendy Carlos' score to "A Clockwork Orange". Armed with this synth, guitar, dulcimer, sitar as well as lots of percussion and drums, Patrick began recording his experiments on a 4-track recorder. It was not until 1980 that his first (strictly limited) cassette appeared, featuring one side of rhythmic pieces with drums and one side of drumless, ambient songs. The second cassette followed in 1981, but by 1984, the year that his first vinyl record was released, his music had drifted significantly towards the synth-pop side.

 


Pop Corn Orchestra (France)

Pop Corn (1972) (S)

Jean-Michel Jarre under a pseudonym. Side one contains Jarre's version of Kingsley's hit, while side two has an alternate version of a track from Desterted Palace. "Jammie Jeferson" credited on the sleeve is actually Jean-Michel Jarre.

See also: Jarre, Jean-Michel

 


Poplar Bluff (Germany)

Small Vertigos (2015)
Beech Planet (2016)

Experimental electronic collective offering a somewhat Cluster-like musical vision with a unique touch.

See also: Snowfield, Lewis

 


Popol Vuh (Germany)

Affenstunde (1970)
In den Garten Pharaos (1971)
Hosianna Mantra (1972)
Aguirre (1972) (soundtrack)
Seligpreisung (1973)
Einsjager & Siebenjager (1974)
Das Hohelieds Salomons (1975)
Letze Tage Letze Nachte (1976)
Coeur de Verre (1976) (soundtrack)
Yoga (1976)
Bruder des Schattens (1978) (soundtrack)
Nosferatu (1978) (soundtrack)
Die Nacht der Seele (1979)
Sei Stille, Wisse Ich Bin (1980)
Agape Agape (1982)
Fitzcarraldo (1982) (soundtrack)
Music From Werner Herzog's Film Soundtracks (1982)
Future Sound Experience (1983)
Spirit of Peace (1985)
Cobra Verde (1987)
Gesang der Gesange (1988)
For You And Me (1991)
City Raga (1994)
On the Way To Himalaya (1996)
Shepherd's Symphony (1997)
Nicht Hoch Im Himmel (1998)
Messa di Orfeo (1998)

Legendary German band led by keyboardist Florian Fricke who left this world in 2001. A real legend of krautrock and World Music. The first couple of albums are electronic and said to be similar to Tangerine Dream from about the same period. After that, Fricke transformed his band into basically an acoustic ethnic outfit (legend says that Florian ditched his moog after receiving an electric shock from it). As a kind of exception I decided to leave the non-electronic albums in, as they're still very interesting, spacey and mesmerizing works.

See also: Wiese, Klaus 

 


Popoli, Tiziano (Italy)

Scorie (1985) (with Marco Dalpane)
Lezioni di Anatomia (1988) (with Marco Dalpane)
Soluzione Atemporale 1992 - 1994 (2015) (with Gianni Gebbia and Massimo Simonini)

A significant part of Italian EM seems to be influenced by minimalism, which sets Italy apart from other regional EM "scenes". Tiziano Popoli is no different. Both him and his frequent collaborator Marco Dalpane seem to be interested in both minimalism and electronics, which is especially apparent on Scorie, supposedly composed for a play. Lezioni di Anatomia adds classical instrumentation and is overall less EM-oriented as a result.

 


Porn.Darsteller (France)

Private (2001)
Romance (2002)
Le Pardon des Offences / Forgiveness of Sins (2003) (S)

If your consider yourself a Kraftwerk fan, be sure to check out Porn.Darsteller's wicked electro tunes. Thus dude (Jérôme Fontan) provides a nice dose of mechanical rhythms, catchy melodies and an overdose of vocoded vocals. Sadly, Jérôme passed away on June, 17, 2011.

See also: La Mort de l'Hippocampe

 


Porn Sword Tobacco (Sweden)

2017 (2017)

Atypical album from this Gothenburg-based musician (real name - Henrik Jonsson). Whereas his previous releases featured varied tracks of IDM-influenced electronica, this one features long, hypnotic and repetitive tracks of ambient synths and subtle rhythms.

 


Port Said (USA)

Port Said (1981) (EP)
Indian Ocean / Trail of the Sphinx (1981) (S)
Through Veils (1981)
Eve of Departure (1982)
Crossings (1983)
Traveler's Companion (1984)
Live In NYC 1982-1983 (2011)

Electronic duo of Stefan Tischler and Keith Walsh (Keeler).

See also: Tischler, Stefan, Keeler, Other Skies.

 


Portata Della Voce (Italy)

Portata Della Voce (1993)

Comparable to Nightmare Lodge.

 


Porter, Roly (UK)

Aftertime (2011)
Fall Back - Live At Aldeburgh (2012) (with Cynthia Millar)
Life Cycle of A Massive Star (2013)
Third Law (2016)

Aftertime features dark and intensive, cinematic and noisy "Dune" inspired synth pieces by member of Bristol-based techno outfit Vex'd. Not for the faint-hearted. Interesting fact is that this album makes use of an Ondes Martenot - an early monophonic electronic instrument popularized by Olivier Messiaen and other early 20th century composers.

 


Portland Vows (UK)

Living With Animals (2016)
Play Nicely (2017)

Repetitive, obsessive, introspective electronics with something of a Cluster / Harmonia feel. A project of Aberdeen-based Bob Plant.

 


Portopia '81 (Japan)

Cosmic City Serenade (2013) (S)
Electronic Communication (2013) (S)
Starlight Express (2014) (S)
Stardust Memory (2014)
Jet Stream (2015) (S)
Cosmic Rainbow (2015) (S)

Sequencer-based analog goodness.

See also: Buchikamashi

 


Position High (Germany)

Final Universe (??)
Space Tunes (1997)

80's style music from Mark Koslowski.

 


Positron (Estonia)

 


Post Global Trio (Macedonia)

Fluids (2014)
Clouds (2015)
Minus Seven (2017)

Varied, mostly ambient trio of Dimitar Dodovski, Toni Dimitrov and Martin Georgievski. Some tribal influences, some frippoid guitar...

See also: Dodovski, Dimitar, Dimitrov, Toni.

 


Post Scriptum (USA)

Lethargic Revelation (2000)
Gauze (2002)
Chiaroscuro (2003)
Sea-Green Series Chapter V (2004)
Marginal Existence (2005)
Raspad (2006)
Grey Eminence (2010)
Benommenheit (2014)
Séance (2015)

Mostly Death Ambient music from Andrey Filimonov. Sea-Green Series Chapter V is a mini-CD that contains one 20-minute track, built of abstract looped sounds, voice samples, noisy bits and obscure atmospheres. This is the kind of stuff that works better when played on mid-to-low volumes. The track starts with a section consisting of looped sounds of the deep nature, conjuring up a doomy atmosphere. Something slightly resembling the sound of the church bell is also heard as well as the half-heard Russian spoken text. Creepy! After the 4 minute mark a more aggressive section starts that comes very close to noise stylistically - very intense. There are some radio noises, unidentifiable sounds, creakings, industrial clangs and a reversed childish voice. The noisy elements get more intense and aggressive, retaining the dark edge. Sounds like a soundtrack to a genocide. Don't play this to your kids! The final section is surprisingly light, featuring atmospheres based on major chords, a bit reminding on Brian Eno even. Tinkling notes finish the track off in a somewhat minimalistic mood. It's a fine little piece of Dark Ambient that gets pretty noisy at places.  

 


Postcard Helicopters (USA)

It Stands For Something Else (2008)

This artist states to be influenced by 1970's Electronic Music. While some of these influences are clearly discernible, the whole at times ends up sounding rather new agey.

 


Potin, Yves (France)

Waters (2016)

Yves Potin composes jazzy EM as Jazzcomputer.org since 2005. Lush melodic sound, with floating leads, fusion-y bits and progressive rock / EM hybrids.

 


Potions (USA)

One Buck (2009)
Roland Potions c32 (2011)
Stony Islands / Sexytime (2011) (with Katrina Stonehart)
Wildcats (2011) (with Famous Laughs)
Odd Notions (2011)
Gazebo Snacks (2012)
Rock Et (2012)
Exotic Submarine (2012)
Sea Legs (2012)
Moments of No Erase Vol. 1 (2012)
Potions / Ghostandthesong (2012) (with Ghostandthesong)
Alpha Brain Waves (2013)

Cosmic Fidelity (2013)
Midi Jazz Bass (2013)
Las Yamahas (2014)
Space Cadet (2014)
Phased (2015)
Light And Dark (2015)
Pushing the Cuboid (2016)

Reflective synthesizers and relaxed drum machine rhythms. Potions is Tom Owen from Chicago.

 


Potten, Detlef (Germany)

Atlas 1 (1980)

Christian musician and writer. This is his solo album that's supposedly electronic. He later released at least two more albums: Trencrom (1981) and Trencrom 3 (1983) as Brooks & Potten. Both are supposedly in a different, folky style with vocals. There is no indication of the existence of Trencrom 2 but it's supposed to exist... somewhere... Further investigation is needed.

 


Potter, Colin (UK)

The Ghost Office (1980)
The Scythe (1981)
Here (1981)
Two Nights (1981)
A Gain (1982)
Where House (1982)
Recent History Vol.1 (1989)
Recent History Vol.2 (1989)
See (1990)
And Then (2000)
Low Ground (2000) (with Jonathan Coleclough)
Minya (2000) (with Jonathan Coleclough and Andrew Chalk)
Behind Your Very Eyes (2003) (with Paul Bradley)
Jonathan Coleclough / Bass Communion / Colin Potter (2003) (with Jonathan Coleclough and Bass Communion)
Shellfish In Kettleblack (2004) (with Phil Mouldycliff)
Confluence (2004) (with Paul Bradley)
Live (2005) (with Paul Bradley)
3 Eggs (2006) (with The Hafler Trio and Andrew Liles)
A Pressed On Sandwich (2006) (with The Hafler Trio)
It Was Like This (2006) (recorded in 1999 - 2006)
The Sights of the Drowned Fable (2007)
Bad Light (2009) (with Jonathan Coleclough)
Trajectories (2009) (with Phil Mouldycliff)
Fragile Pitches (2010) (with Michael Begg)
Grey Skies On Asphalt (2010) (with Phil Mouldycliff)
The Simple Plan (2010) (with Paul Bradley)
The Fights of the Sound Cable (2013)
Water Mountain (2013) (with Paul Bradley, Jonathan Coleclough and Hitoshi Kojo)
Entering Again (2014)
Rank Sonata (2015)
Are We Nearly There Yet? (2015) (recorded in ??)
Hiss Story Vol. 1 (2015) (recorded in ??)
Hiss Story Vol. 2 (2015) (recorded in ??)
Frogs Porn (2015) (S)
Austral Soundscapes (2016) (with Phil Mouldycliff and David Carson)
Live At Oto (2016) (with Jonathan Coleclough)
Fecova (2016) (S)

Colin Potter (born in 1952 in York) is one of the veteran UK synthesists who's been playing and performing EM since the late 70's, releasing his works on cassettes. His style gradually shifted from more direct / classic Electronic Music to ambient soundscapes with a dark twist.

See also: Ora, Dada Lives, Monos.

 


Potter, James (USA)

My Sediments Exactly (1987)
13 Drones (1997)

This is stark Electronic Music, quite experimental, with sequences. In a way similar to Conrad Schnitzler. Made on Serge, ARP 2600 and other classic artifacts...

 


Potter, Nic (UK)

The Long Hello Vol. 2 (1980) (with Guy Evans)
Mountain Music (1983)
Sketches-In-Sound (1985)
Self Contained (1987)
The Blue Zone (1990)
New Europe - Rainbow Colours (1992)
Dreamworld (1996)

Nic Potter (1951 - 2013) was a bass player of Van Der Graaf Generator. The Long Hello, a collaborative album recorded with Guy Evans has some percussive / rhythmic pieces in Ashra / Kraftwerk mould. Mountain Music contains diverse Electronic Music / fusion material with nods to 80's Tangerine Dream. Nothing is known about the others, but I guess they continue where Mountain Music left off.

 


Pottinger, Chris (USA)

Moist Membrane (2010) (S)
Stagnant Secretion (2017)

Glurping, burping, noisy modular synth compositions from Michigan.

 


Poulet, Christian (France)

Le Voyage Imaginaire (1988)

So far this library LP on Koka Media will be the only one included in EEM by this prolific composer. Christian Poulet started playing hammond organ in late 1960's and early 1970's. He then worked in numerous styles, incorporating synthesizers and releasing records, besides composing for movies, TV, festivals and so on. He had other releases, among them Evasion from 1978 and Musicalement Votre from 1985. Both are very commercial, with a strong disco / funk flair.

 


Poulsen, Claus (Denmark)

Yellow Machine (2014)

Experimental / electroacoustic composer and one half of Small Things On Sundays. Some of his stuff might interest fans of the more ambient forms of synth music and Prog EM in general. I will try to list these releases here. Further investigation is needed.

See also: Small Things On Sundays

 


Pound, Dan (USA)

Other Worlds (2004)
Return (2005)
In A Hummingbird's Dream (2005)
Heart's Core (2005)
Horizon (2005)
Reflections (2005)
New Dawn (2006)
Door Beyond Time (2006)
Trance Meditation (2006)
Medicine Bag (2006)
Red Plains (2006)
Shaman's Dance (2006)
Impressions (2006)
Liquid Planet (2006)
Solar Nexus (2006)
Heat Waves (2006)
Everflow (2006)
Still of the Night (2006)
Fire Within (2007)
Touching the Space (2007)
Dream Spaces (2007)
In-Sense (2007)
Tantra Majik (2007)
Lunar Effect (2008)
Drift (2008)
Night Watch (2008)
Esoterica (2009)
Living Planet (2009)
Interlace (2010)
Wolf Moon (2010)
Aurora (2010)
Medusazoa (2011)
Cocoon (2011)
Return To Other Worlds (2012)
Spherical (2013)
Eros Thanatos (2014)
Life Giving (2014)
Change of Weather (2015)
Shadows of the Heart (2016)

Ambient artist from California who mixes electronics with acoustic / ethnic instruments like didgeridoo, flute, percussion etc. Music from the Steve Roach school of thought.

 


Pour, Kane (USA)

Cat On A Paisley Shawl (2009)
Wand In the Beak of A Yellow Bird (2009) (S)
Wasp In the Silver Orbit Stream (2010) (S)
Hyper Pollen Temple (2014)
Vision Crayon (2016)

It is as if Klaus Schulze and Terry Riley had entered a children's aqua park and recorded Hyper Pollen Temple as a soundtrack to its humid and jolly environment. Then, Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra entered the same children's aqua park and recorded Vision Crayon as their own soundtrack to its humid and jolly environment. Kane Pour is a Florida-based synthesist with a unique style. Earlier releases are supposedly more drone-oriented.

 


Powell, Roger (USA)

Cosmic Furnace (1973)
The Arp Family of Synthesizers (1973) (S) (with Dave Fredericks)
Air Pocket (1980)
Free Form Dance Fusion (??)
Fossil Poets (2006)
Blue Note Ridge (2009)

Solo cosmic Electronic Music from member of Todd Rungren's Utopia. The Arp Family of Synthesizers EP has spoken narration about ARP synths with background music on side A and four compositions on side B.

 


Power-Pack (Germany)

Future Projects (1984)
Iceland (1986)
Convoy (1989)

Another one of those countless pseudonyms of Claude Larson.

See also: Larson, Claude, Netzle, Klaus, Elmulab, Futura, Carlos, Special Touch, Logo 2000.

 


Praetzel, Conrad (USA)

Between Present And Past (1989)
Myths And Memories (1993)
En-Trance (1995)
Receive (1998)

Short impressionistic electronic pieces with some World Music influences from this California-based artist.

 


Pragma (Italy)

Fonografie Pragma I (2016) (S)
Fonografie Pragma II (2017) (S)
Dusk EP (2017) (EP)

A project of Italian indisciplinary artist Maurizio Martinucci who is currently a member of Clock DVA. Minimal, pusling synth sound.

 


Pragnavit (Belarus)

Viede (1998)
Šljach Dla Dnja Adnaŭleńnja Stomlienaj Maci (1998)
Svetacjam (2007)
Skarby Zmiainaha Karala (2016)

Mysterious Ritual Ambient influenced by Paganism, nature and myths of the Baltic region. A mixture of electronic soundscapes and folk instruments. A few voices, too.

 


Prandi, Adelmo (Italy)

The Land of Today's Sound (1985)

Obscure electronic LP that looks to me like a library release, with plenty of shorter tracks. The interesting part is that Baffo Banfi programs the synths and plays keyboards on this one (he even appears on the cover). There are other (library) releases by this artist but not much is known about them at the moment.

 


Pre Hikashu (Japan)

Pre Hikashu (1998) (recorded in 1977 - 1978)
Spring 1978: Live Part 2 (1998)

Early recordings by future core musicians of avant-pop band Hikashu - Makoto Inoue and Yasushi Yamashita, who would also go on to form an electronic duo Inoyama Land. Some of the tracks are performed in a larger group format and some are solo tracks of Inoue. All music is based on improvisations.

See also: Inoyama Land, Hikashu.

 


Predominance (Germany)

White Ashes (1995)
Obliteration (1997)
Hindenburg (1998)
Nocturnal Gates of Incidence (2000)
Dark Stars Unfolding (2005)

Dark Ambient from Gerd Zaunig. Hindenburg has some symphonic-oriented material with vocals.

 


Prekkas, Makis (Greece)

Recording Is An Art (1985)

Experimental synth / sample-based music from this obscure composer. You can sort of consider it a Greek version of Cluster, with strong World Music edges (lots of voices) that approximate it with stuff released by some Italian artists like Roberto Musci for example.

 


Prekop, Sam (USA)

Old Punch Card (2010)
The Republic (2015)

Sam Prekop started his career in proto-post rock band Shrimp Boat. He then became member of indie rockers The Sea And Cake, where he plays guitar and sings until today. However, he also happens to be a modular synth enthusiast and his electronic experiments found their way onto a few of his records. He has an experimental style but does not shun from a nice sequence or rhythm either.

 


Prema, Ashok (UK)

Foundation & Empire (1987)
Standstill (??)
Of Times And Places (1995)
Stranger In A Strange Land (1995)
Electric Eyes of Man (2001)
Matter (2005)

Rhythmic, sequencer-full music by this veteran British synthesist of Hindu origin. Ashok Prema has been a mainstay of British EM scene since the 1980's. His story begins a decade earlier when he started playing popular Indian music (including soundtrack themes) on a harmonium. However, in 1976 he heard Tangerine Dream's Phaedra which changed his musical life forever. He assembled an electronic studio and started releasing his music, first on cassettes and then switching to CD a few years later. He has collaborated with a few fellow musicians, including guitar player and synthesist Rob Jenkins.

 


Premonition Factory (Belgium)

59 Airplanes Waiting For New York (2010)
A Sense of Time (2011)
The Theory of Nothing (2012)
Live At Kink FM X-Rated (2012)

Belgian sound artist Sjaak Overgaauw making ambient electronics. Mastered by Dirk Serries (Vidna Obmana).

 


Prentice, Chris (New Zealand)

Trianon (1993)
Metamorphosis (1994)
Order (1995)
Enochia #1: The Watchtower of Earth (1996)

Chris Prentice was the pseudonym of Christchurch-based synthesist and electronic musician Chris Orczy. Some of his works are in the style of Tangerine Dream (for instance, Metamorphosis), some more ambient and experimental. A bit later he also released works (both electronic and acoustic) under his own name.

See also: Orczy, Chris

 


Prescott, David (USA)

X Factor (1982)
The Dreamer (1985)
Four Million Years (1985)
Neologisms (1985)
New Music For Cathedrals (1985)
Red Shift 2 (1985)
Electromagnetized (1986)
Active Resistors (1987)
Red Shift 3 (1987)
Red Shift 4 (1987)
Red Shift 5 (1987)
Thin Veils: Heaven In Hell (1987)
Walking In Slow Circles (1987)
Into the World (1987) (with Roger Moneymaker)
The Last Battle (1988)
Dialog And Disparity (1988)
A Fish Devoid of Memory (1988) (with Hal McGee)
Studies In Static & Stasis (1988)
The Depths of Proficiency (1988)
Prague Spring (1988)
Mix 5/19/89 (1989)
Without Direction (1989)
Whispering Wendy (??) (with A. Bohman)
Concentration / Combination (1989)
GMP (1989) (with Goldberg and Margolis)
Feedback (??) (with Montgomery, Chocolak and Thomasius)
Iancu Dumitrescu / David Prescott (1989) (with Iancu Dumitrescu)
From Chance To Probability (1989)
Feigning (1990)
Post Traumatic Stress (1990)
Untitled (1990) (recorded in 1988 - 1990)
Epicentres / Still Life With Boiling Water (??) (with Iancu Dumitrescu)
David Prescott / Bill Tankersley (??) (with Bill Tankersley)

Synthesist from Boston, USA. I know that Without Direction contains two long tracks of quite chaotic sounds (no wonder with a title like this!). Can be compared to some of Hal McGee stuff, maybe. Some of the other albums have classic synth excursions that remind on Klaus Schulze.

See also: Alien Planetscapes, Ambient Complot, Mid-Cult Matrix.

 


President Bongo (Iceland)

Serengeti (2015)

A project of Stephan Stephensen who came up with a unique World Music sound on Serengeti. Combining influences as diverse as traditional African music, techno, jazz, classical and Ambient, the album really defies categorization. Different, but definitely progressive.

 


Presser, Gabor (Hungary)

Electromantic (1982)
A Padlas (1987)
Stala Sa Nam Laska (1989) (with Burciak)
Csak Dalok (1994)
Kis Tortenetek (1996)
Kepzelt Riport Egy Amerikai Popfesztival (1998) (with Anna Adamis)
A Zeneszerzo (1998)
Angyalok Es Emberek (1999)
A Zeneszerzo 2 (2001)
A Zeneszerlo 3 - Szerelmes Dalok (2002)
Koncert (2003)
A Zeneszerlo 4 - Legszihazibb Dalai (2004)
T12enketto (2006)

Ex-member of progrock band Locomotiv GT. The first album contains slow flowing electronic tracks with not much variety.

 


Preston, Don (USA)

Alien (1985) (with Michael Mantler)
Vile Foamy Ectoplasm (1993) (recorded in 1967 - 1981)
Music From Blood Dinner & Other Films (2001)
Io Landscapes (2001)
Transformation (2001)
The Inner Realities of Evolution (2003) (with Akashic Ensemble)
Works (2007)
Filters, Oscillators & Envelopes (2012) (recorded in 1967 - 1975)

One of the pioneers of Electronic Music, Don Preston used synths onstage playing live with Frank Zappa and John Lennon. He played with many more famous and not-so-famous musicians and collaborated on the soundtrack for the film "Apocalypse Now". His own albums are supposedly in classic EM style but also quite experimental.

 


Preston, Raphael (UK)

Blue (1995)
The Ambient Field (??)
The Healing Circle (1996) (with Matthew Manning)
The Mechanics of Descent (1997)
The Intimate Sphere (1998)
The October Child (2000)
Angel (2000) (with Justin Chubb)

Raphael Preston was the engineer of Vangelis on Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner. His own music often leans towards new age aesthetics and, therefore, not interesting for serious EM fan. Blue, The Ambient Field, The Mechanics of Descent and The October Child are said to be quite good, though.

 


Preston, Rob (UK)

Insect Mechanics (1994)
Missing Time (??)

UK synthesist with a fairly sequencer-based style.

 


Price, Bill (USA)

Squeezing Light (1989)

Supposedly, ambient electronics. A rare cassette release.

 


Priest, Gail (Australia)

Presentiments From the Spider Garden (2010)
The Common Koel (2013) (S)

Experimental / ambient musician whose album Presentiments From the Spider Garden is a sonic walk through darklit corridors, cobweb-filled rooms, ancient libraries and strange forests.

 


Primitive Supremacy (USA)

Melody And Madness (2002)

Dark / Black Ambient.

 


Prince of Denmark (Germany)

Your Body (2013)
8 (2016)

Deep house / techno producer whose album Your Body closes with an ambient EM piece "Sublimation". One of those one-track inclusions.

See also: Traumprinz, DJ Metatron.

 


Principle, Peter (USA)

Sedimental Journey (1985)
Tone Poems (1988)
Conjunction (1990)
Idyllatry (2005)

Psychedelic soundscapes from ex-Tuxedomoon bass player whose real name was Peter Dachert (1954 - 2017).

See also: Zero Gravity Thinkers

 


Prins Thomas (Norway)

Prins Thomas (2010)
Prins Thomas II (2012)
Prins Thomas III (2014)
Principe del Norte (2016)

Prins Thomas is a producer and DJ from Norway. On his first full-length release he mixes a lot of different influences, including disco, house, funk, krautrock and German Electronic Music (Harmonia, Cluster, Klaus Schulze...). It's a nice, easy-listening disc that straddles the line between dancey / club stuff and progressive EM / rock.

 


Priora, Andrea (Italy)

Destiny (1998)
Beyond My Ice (1999)
Trance Flares (2001)
Neuromatic Visions (2002)
Fairy Dazzles (2002)

Melodic, easy-listening electronics with pop and techno / trance influences from this Milan-based artist. Not sure how much of this music would actually qualify as "electronic prog", but the influences from the great masters are present in his compositions.

 


Pritchard, David (Canada)

Nocturnal Earthworm Stew (1976)
Unexplored Ether (1977)

David Pritchard was the first Canadian artist to sign for the Island label and, amazingly, his debut featured interesting electronic compositions, playful and diverse. A radio deejay, Pritchard seemed to be influenced by the German EM pioneers but he distilled those influences into a unique experimental brew of analogue synthesizers, acoustic instruments, radio noises and concrete / field recordings. This album also saw the first recorded appearance of Nash the Slash who plays violin. Sadly, David Pritchard died in 2005. Note that there's also a California-based acoustic guitarist with the same name.

 


Private Elevators (USA)

First Feelings (2014)

Ambient duo of Adrian Knight and Matthew Evans.

 


Private Investigators (Canada)

Early Looters of the Apocalypse (2015)
The Rush (2015)
Disturbing the Void (2016)

Edmonton-based duo of Ian Rowley and Parker Thiessen, inspired by sci-fi and horror scores, obscure library music and what have you. Rough, sharp analog synths and noises, pulses, soundscapes, theremin wails, fat leads...

See also: Bong Sample

 


Procer Veneficus (USA)

Argo Navis (2005)
Deathwanderings (2005)
Residual Tides (2005)
Astral Birth (2006)
A Summerhaze Array For August Nights (2007)
Lunar Transit (2007)
The Cold Gloaming (2007)
Saltwater And Glassmoon (2008)
How the Heather Moonlit Shivers (2010)

Diverse project by this mysterious character who calls himself "Derek". Runs a gamut of styles from minimalistic black metal to acoustic compositions and concrete textures, to ambient soundscapes. Only his ambient recordings are included in the discography.

 


Procyon-X (Netherlands)

The Ghost of Orion (2008) (S)

Deep Space / Ambient sounds.

 


Profane Grace (USA)

The Divination of Souls (1992)
The Sorrowful Scent of Funeral Flowers (1993)
The Seal of Xastur (1994) (S)
In Death's Silent Embrace (1997) (S)
Epitaph of Shattered Dreams (1998)
The Serenity of Endless Graves (1998)
Ages In Dust (1999)
A Cast In the Mould of the Ancients (2003)
Nocturnal Omniscience (2010)

Dark American band in Doom Ambient / Death Ambient mould.

See also: Raven's Bane

 


Profound As A Thousand Nights (Belgium)

Profound As A Thousand Nights (2003)
Abysmal (2004)

Brooding.

See also: Nether, :36:.

 


Programa (Spain)

Sintesis Digital (1983)
Acropolis (1985) (S)
Ashes (1999)
Phoenix (2003)

This group was formed in 1983 in Barcelona by Carlos Guirao and Jose Antonio Lopez Ibanez aka Joseph Loibant. On the first album they are aided by Jose Maria Ciria. Ashes was done by just the duo of Loibant and Jose Ciria and contains Kraftwerk-like music, albeit more organic.

See also: Guirao, Carlos, Loibant, Joseph, Ciria, J.M.

 


Programación Infantil (Spain)

PI (1988)
Noche / Mañana (1988)

Really strange band consisting of Antonio García and José M. Sanchez. By strange I don't mean any eccentricity per se, but rather the fact that they are difficult as hell to categorize, as not only their two albums are different to each other but they also have very contrasting sides. In other words, every side of their two cassettes effectively sounds as if made by a different band, with maybe a few exceptions that link the whole thing together. Ok, so here goes: Side A of PI: Art Zoyd forgetting about their chamber music roots and going crazy about creating wonky music full of cheesy 1980's digital drums & percussion, catching a synclavier virus from Zappa perhaps. Side B, on the other hand has (with a few exceptions that harken back to the style of side A) some nice experimental electronics, sometimes rather ambient but never generic. Side A of the second cassette ("Noche""): guitar / synth instrumentals, alternatively pastoral and neurotic. Some moments wouldn't sound out of place on a Heldon record ("Bajo La Tierra I""). Side B: Deeper, more ambient pieces.

 


Project Moonbeam (USA)

Project Moonbeam (2008)

Chris Fournier formerly known as Fonya. Electronic / progressive crossover.

See also: Fonya, Centric Jones.

 


Project the Three (Czech Republic)

Antimother (2003)

Ambient soundscapes from Michael Cihak, R. Senkyr and V. Jenicek. Somewhat dark.

 


Projekct Two (UK)

Space Groove (1998)

This is one of King Crimson side projects. The line-up is Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew and Trey Gunn. The music is basically Fripp's soundscapes but with added drums and guitar synth. Pretty experimental mixture of Fripp's solo works, Gong and Tangerine Dream. Some of the pieces are just plain percussion, some pure soundscapes.

See also: Fripp, Robert

 


Projekt Electronic Amerika (USA)

Diving Into Cool Waters (1984)
The Old Lake (1984)
Tanzmusic (1984)
The April Rain (1985)
Secret Flight (1985)
Islands (1985)

Solo Sam Rosenthal under a pseudonym.

See also: Rosenthal, Sam

 


Projekt Erde (Germany)

Mysterious Vibration (1991)
11:11 (1992)
Newtime (1992)
Tak Ze (1994) (S)
Project Erde 3 (1996) (with Erik Berglund)

Ambient. Projekt Erde are Christoph Hausmann and Martin Stark.

See also: Hausmann

 


Projekt Gamma (Germany)

Impressionen (1995)
Traveller of the Universe (1996)
The Other Side (1998)
Traume Am Meer (1998)
Elektric Voyage (1998)
The New Reality EP (2000) (EP)
Dreams of Meditation (2001)
Power of Life (2001)
Your World (2004) (with Erich Schauder)
Insel der Ruhe (2005) (EP)
Moments of Life (2005) (EP)
November Day (2009) (EP)
Wintertraum (2010) (with Erich Schauder)
Entspannung + Traumen (2010)
Dreamwalk (2011) (with Erich Schauder)
Time Machine (2012) (with Erich Schauder)
Tolleranz (2012) (with Erich Schauder)
One Day (2012) (recorded in 1991 - 1993)
Star Street (2013) (with Erich Schauder)
Science (2013) (with Erich Schauder)
Projekt Gamma & Saxophon (2014) (S)
Symbiont (2014) (with Erich Schauder)
Underwater (2014)
Black Moon (2015)
Universe (2015)
Eiswelten Vol. 2 (2015)
Liquidsound (2016)
Mystery Vol. 1 (2016)
Mystery Vol. 2 (2016)
Odyssey Through the Galaxy (2016)
Komm Mit Ich Zeig Dir Was (2016)
Mein Skandinavien Vol. 1 (2017)
Die Legende von Dunklen Kristall (2017)
Mystery Vol 3 (2017)

A duo of Uwe Brameier and Volker Flottmann. Some works are melodic and rhythmic, some slow, but always retaining the melodic edge.

 


Projekt Thule (USA)

Cosmic Law (1999)
First Kingdom (2000)
Blacksun Rising (2004)

Experimental and ritual-tinged ambient project of Oregon-based Evelyn E. Overholser.

 


Projektions (UK)

Solarism (2017)

Varied electronic project from Glasgow, ranges from the ambient to the sequencer-based and rhythmic. Projektions is Mark Knight.

 


Prolograes (???)

The Chasing of Events (??)
Early Works (??)
Teraenid (??)
Tetrae / Aeder (??)
Aerthae (??)

Ambient / Dark.

 


Prometheus (Poland)

Mysterience (2015)

Melodic, symphonic, rhythmic music from this synthesist.

 


Propeller Island (Germany)

Hermeneutic Music (1988)
The Secret Convention (1989)
The Garden (1995)
My Fantastic VCA (1995)
Freak Noise Two (1995) (recorded in 1991)
No Move No (1996) (recorded in 1992 - 1996)
Materia Prima (1996) (recorded in 1993 - 1996)
Capture of the Beast (1997) (recorded in 1986 - 1993)
My Beautiful LFO (1992)
ESTCA (1997) (recorded in 1984 - 1986)
Medi-Terra (2000) (recorded in 1979 - 1981)
Arygrondoma (2000) (recorded in 1981 - 1983)

Experimental, surreal, abstract music. Very often quite dark. Propeller Island is German synthesist and sound sculptor Lars Stroschen who has been collecting sounds and experimenting with synthesizers in his studio since the 1970's. Apart from music, Lars is also very much interested in visual arts and sculpture.

See also: Tonart

 


Prospero (El Salvador)

Fibonacci (2004)

Rhythmic, sequence-full music from J.C. Mendizabal, who currently resides in California.

See also: Radio Free Clear Light

 


Prosperoh (France)

Sessions (2016) (EP)

A one-track inclusion (for now). Prosperoh is a French techno producer. The whole side A of the above EP is occupied by an ambient track called "Dektri". Lets see if he explores more of that direction in the future.

 


Protector 101 (USA)

Protector 101 (2011)
L.A. Cop Duo (2012) (EP)
Black Friday 2: Blood Money (2013) (soundtrack)
Return of the Killer Train (2014) (soundtrack)
Wastelands (2014)
Collar (2014) (soundtrack)

Synthwave artist with heavy soundtrack vibes. Protector 101 is Jake Freeman who mixes equal doses of italo, John Carpenter, general 1980's synth scores and atmospheric moments.

 


Prothese (Belgium)

Music For Muted TV 3 (2016) (recorded in 2006 - 2010)
Music For Muted TV 4 (2017) (S) (with Nothing But Noise)

Dark, pulsing analogue music from Daniel Bressanutti, member of Front 242.

See also: Nothing But Noise

 


Protogonos (UK)

Noumena & Phenomena (1992)
Strange Geographie (1999)

Ambient on DiN label by a Halifax-based duo of Stefan Bojczuk (synths and arr.) and Matt Shaw (samplers and processing). Stefan got some interest in Electronic Music already in the 1970's. Meeting Ian Boddy (another synthesizer enthusiast), Stefan discovered they had common interests, so they locked themselves into a studio, doing plenty of experimenting with analogue synths. After that, Steve played in rock / new wave bands. However, his own experiments continued and in 1990 he met Matt (who was very much into sample-based music at that time). Their collaboration yielded some results that are documented on Protogonos albums.

 


Protonic Storm (Poland)

Epsilon (2001)
Inner Travelling (2002)

In the beginning of the 21st century, a certain number of projects that specialized in copying the Laserdance sound popped up. In other words, these bands created the so-called spacesynth music. This is probably one of the best ones I've heard. The difference between this and some other Laserdance copyists is that Protonic Storm doesn't add the annoying techno beat to the trademark space disco sound. In my opinion, this is a good thing, because spacesynth is spacesynth, and this should it be in the future, too. This form of easy-listening electronic music doesn't need no stupid house rhythms to sound cool. I encourage all Laserdance fans to check out Protonic Storm.

See also: Radomski, Krzysztof & Skrobowski, Krzysztof

 


ProtoU (Ukraine)

Earth Songs (2015) (with Dronny Darko)
Lost Here (2016)
Khmaoch (2016)
Stardust (2017) (with Alphaxone)
Alpine Respire (2017) (with Hilyard)

Dark Ambient project from Sasha Cats.

 


Proust et Tout l'Acousmatte (UK)

Sliding Sideways Through Sound And Scene (1991)
Shrink(w)rapped Tanghausen Jam 'Live' 1991 (1991)

A pseudonym of Yvonne Thacker.

See also: Thacker, Yvonne

 


Proxyon (Netherlands)

Proxyon (1989)
Interplanetary Mission (1992)
The Return of Tarah (1993)

Classic spacesynth project that will be enjoyed by Laserdance fans. The Return of Tarah has a different author and sounds pretty weak in comparison with the debut.

 


Prunty, Ben (USA)

FTL: Faster Than Light Original Soundtrack (2012)
FTL: Advanced Edition Soundtrack (2014)

Video game music composer from California whose style combines elements of chiptune, downtempo, Ambient and general melodic / atmospheric EM.

 


Przystalski, Dorian (Poland)

Antimatter (2003)
Industrial Love (2007)
Contaminated Area (2009)

Rather traditional-style Electronic Music with slight techno influences from this synthesist.

 


Psi-Clone (???)

The Cinematic Mind (1992)

 


Psicodreamics (Spain)

The Unknown Frontier (1993)
Mythomusic (1997)
The Garden (2000)
Eternal Angel (2003)
Azhdark Passion (2004)
Theatre des Vampires (2006)
Ambiethernum (2008)
Fantasynth (2009)

Melodic EM with symphonic and ethnic influences from Spanish musician Salva Moreno. Rather accessible stuff.

 


Psionic Asylum (Russia)

Coma (2017)

Dark Ambient project from Russia.

 


Psychatrone Rhonedakk (USA)

Soundtracks (1999) (recorded in 1987 - 1999)
Cellar Dweller Recordings (2007)
American Primitive Electronics (2008)
Early Free-Form Waveforms (2008) (recorded in 1995 - 1996)

This is more or less a solo vehicle for experimentations of one Barry P. Saranchuk. Since 1986, he has been crafting his own homemade electronic and psych tracks. He is mostly known to listeners of space rock / psychedelic / stoner rock genres. However, there's quite a bit of electronics in his output and I'll try to list his EM-related releases here.

 


Psyche (Canada)

Insomnia Theatre (2016) (recorded in 1985 - ??)

Synth pop / industrial duo of Darrin Huss (vocals) and Stephen Huss (keys). The above is a re-release of their debut album from 1985, with disc 2 of the vinyl set supposedly containing unreleased material. Some of it seems to be instrumental EM, like "Ice", for example - a very Berlin School-ish track. Further investigation is needed.

See also: Huss, Stephen

 


Psychedelic Warriors (UK)

White Zone (1995)

On offshoot from Hawkwind consisting of Dave Brock, Alan Davey and Richard Chadwick. Has a space rock vibe to it, although it's mostly based on electronics.

See also: Hawkwind, Brock, Dave, Davey, Alan.

 


Psychetropic (USA)

23 (2001)
Heat (2002)
China Radio Sunshine (2003)
Vox (2007)

Todd Fletcher's alter ego.

See also: Fletcher, Todd

 


Psychic Space Invasion (UK)

This Quiet World (2003)
Book of Dreams (2003)
Lullaby For Rhodri (2003) (EP)
In the Mean Time (2004)
And the Cows Go Mu (2004)
All God's Children Got Space (2005)
The Magpie Rhyme (2005)
Pendulum (2006)
Transitions (2008)

Ambient from Ian Holloway.

See also: Holloway, Ian, Itto, British Space Group, The.

 


Psychomanteum (USA)

Oneironaut (2011)

Dark Space from Robert Kozletski and Jakob Detelic.

See also: Apócrýphos

 


Psychomuzak (UK)

The Extasie (1994)
Send (1997)

Psychomuzak is Dean Carter. The approach is similar to Inventions For Electric Guitar by Manuel Goettsching but with an obvious modern twist. It can be also compared to other artists, for instance, Michael Garrison, although Psychomuzak is wilder.

 


Psychophysicist (UK)

Psychophysicist (1996)

Dark Ambient on Side Effects label. Psychophysicist is a collaboration between Adi Newton (Clock DVA) and Andrew MacKenzie (The Hafler Trio).

See also: Clock DVA

 


Psygram (Germany)

In Dreamshow (1991) (with Mengrad)
Visions of Shadow (1995)
Gehörgänge (2002)

A duo of Siegfried Fischer and Dirk Grützmann (from Temps Perdu?).

See also: Temps Perdu?

 


Psykopharmaka (Norway)

Epoche (1994) (S)
Strange First Different Later (1995)
Epoche XX (2014) (S)
Attract & Repell (2015)

Experimental rock duo from Norway. I don't know about their early stuff from the 1990's, but Attract & Repell features dark, hypnotic soundworlds and slow rhythmic and melodic analog dirges ala Cyborg (KS).

 


PsyNet F48.1 (Russia)

Odin Den' iz Zhizni MIRa (2016)
Have A Nice Trip! (2016)

Varied project following trends such as ambient techno, noise, Space Music and rough, cosmic analog electronics (with shades of the 1960's and 1970's). Odin Den'... is mostly relevant for EEM, while the bulk of Have a Nice Trip! has no relation to EM.

 


Ptarkh (Russia)

Alamah (2009)
Insulin (2009)
Power Plant Violence (2010) (with WMRI)
CTPAX (2010)
Ugasanie (2011)
Pomerenie (2011)
Dark Position (2012)
Dust (2012)
Some of Heroic Music (2013)
Black Space (2014)
Kapalika (2015) (with SiJ)

Dark Ambient from Moscow-based Valentin Ozerov.

 


Puerta del Sol (Argentina)

Puerta del Sol (2013)

Exotic World Music / Tribal Ambient soundscapes from Buenos Aires.

 


Pugliano, Luigi (Italy)

Glows (2017)

Ambient synth compositions from this Italian artist.

 


Pulga, Stefano (Italy)

Suspicion (1979)

Warning! Cheese overload. Although some of the slower tracks on Stefano Pulga's full-length debut could be considered as slightly progressive (in the same way that Space's ballads are), the album is also filled to the brim with cheesy disco beats and horrible vocals. His later albums are in italo-disco vein.

 


Pulsar (France)

Pollen (1975)
The Strands of the Future (1976)
Halloween (1977)
Bienvenue Au Conseil D'Administration (1980)
Gorlitz (1989)
Memory Ashes (2007)

Legendary French group that mixed spacey symphonic rock with Electronic Music ala Tangerine Dream. I have Halloween and it's a real classic. Bienvenue... was rereleased on CD by Musea in 2001 and as a bonus contains "Melodie Boreale" from 1986, a solo electronic work of Jacques Roman (Pulsar keyboardist), originally only available on cassette.

See also: Roman, Jacques

 


Pulse Emitter (USA)

Green Comet (2007)
Meditative Music (2007)
Meditative Music 2 (2008)
Mankind Behind (2008)
Meditative Music 3 (2009)
Grass (2009) (S)
Cosmic Images (2010)
Meditative Music 4 (2010)
The Palace of Love (2010) (S)
Over Clouds (2010)
Lava Lamp (2010)
Sunset Into Night (2010)
Spiritual Vistas (2011)
Forest, Mountain, Valley (2011)
Mars Meadows (2011) (S)
Aeons (2012)
Outdoor Session (2013)
Crater Lake (2013)
Equinox (2014)
Alien Vacation (2014)
Euphoria (2014)
Digital Rainforest (2015)
Through the Portal (2016)
Blasted Space (2016)

Noise project by Daryl Groetsch who occasionally ventures into the realms of Ambient and Space Music (these releases are listed).

See also: Space Habitat, Water Bureau.

 


Pulse Programming (USA)

Pulse Programming (1999)

Rhythmless Ambient sculptures from Joel Kriske and Marc Hellner.

 


Pulsefear (UK)

Perichoresis (2007)

Clinical Ambient / Isolationism from the duo of Mike Blenkarn and Brooke Johnson (both from the industrial black metal band The Axis of Perdition).

 


Pulselovers (UK)

Io Saturnalia! (2013) (S)
Detail / Autumn (2014) (S)
Pulselovers (2016)

Melodic tracks with acoustic instruments and analog synthesizers, like a mix between hauntology, krautrock and EM.

 


Pulsion Phantom (France)

Pulsion Phantom (2010)

A project of Patrick Bouvet and Fred Avril, strongly influenced by science fiction scores from the 1970's. A lot of guests appear on their first album, including some vocalists and legendary electronic musician Bernard Szajner.

 


Purcell, Stephen (Australia??)

Seeing Eye (1989)
Orbits (1990)

Ambient. Stephen Purcell was a member of Power Electronics / Experimental formation Psy.Phalanx.

 


Pure Gamma (USA)

Pure Gamma (1994) (EP)

Early band with Jeffrey Koepper and Kevin Russell. Also a live act, they mixed the ambient techno sound so popular in the early 1990's with Ambient and classic EM influences. Their eponymous EP seems to contain 2 techno-influenced and 2 ambient tracks. They also appeared on the "Defective Soundscapes" sampler with three atmospheric / ambient numbers.

See also: Koepper, Jeffrey

 


Purfoze (Belgium)

Nachtmuziek (1982)
Spheres of Pole (1983)
Songs of the Earth (1984)
Sterrenstukken (1985)
Pralayabyrinth (1985)

Belgian Electronic Music group formed in the late 1970's by Rudd Rondou and Marc Creemers. In 1977, Mark De Wit joined them. Sometimes they were assisted by Chris Carlier. In the 80's, they released several cassettes with ambiental Electronic Music and deep cosmic synths. They also gave several performances using analogue instruments only.

See also: Rhea

 


Purl (Sweden)

Ground (2008) (S)
Deep Ground (2011)
Stillpoint (2015)
Oceans of Sound (2016) (with Sinius)
Form Is Emptiness (2016)
A State of Becoming (2017) (with Lav)
Emptiness Is Form (2017)
Celestial Bodies (2017) (with Deflektion)
Foreign Winds (2017) (with Hivertribe)

Purl is ambient composer Ludvig Cimbrelius with a warm, emotional sound, who makes occasional forays into soft, dubby techno.

See also: Eternell

 


Purvey, Alan (USA)

Living In A Dream (1985)

A one-man band effort from multi-instrumentalist Alan Purvey out of Illinois. The style is not known at the moment but it's supposedly EM-related.

 


Putzolu, Giovanni (Italy)

The News (??)
Cosmos (1987)
Cosmos 2 (??)
Telephone Line (1990)

The News is a typical electronic library LP. Half ambient and half cheesy.

 


Puzzle (France)

Puzzle (1983)

French quartet of musicians (bass, guitar, keyboards, drum machine) that seems to alternate between guitar-driven jazz-rock and some Heldon-esque keyboard wizardry, without the spaciness of their electronic peers.

 


PVNV (France)

Mind (2017) (EP)
Save. Reset (2017) (EP)

Paris-based Adrien Garin aka PVNV released a techno 12-incher titled Consortium in 2014, but with Mind decided to abandon rhythm in favor of beautiful ambient melodies and pulsations. Save. Reset closes with an ambient track.

 


PXP (UK)

Calcium Waves (1998)

Andy Russell and Mark Keen.

 


Pye Corner Audio Transcription Services (UK)

Black Mill Tapes Volume 1: Avant Shards (2010)
Black Mill Tapes Volume 2: Do You Synthesize? (2011)
Autumnal Activities (2011) (S) (with The Advisory Circle)
Sleep Games (2012)
Black Mill Tapes Volume 3: All Pathways Open (2012)
Superstitious Century (2013) (S)
Conical Space / Dusk Veiled (2013) (S)
The Ever-Present Hum (2013)
Black Mill Tapes Volumes 3 & 4 (2014)
The Black Mist (2014) (EP)
Stars Shine Like Eyes (2015) (S)
Other Voices 05 (2015) (S)
Prowler (2015)
Stasis (2016)
The Darkest Wave (2017) (S) (with Faten Kanaan)
Half-Light - Prowler Remixed (2017)
The Spiral (2017) (S)

Aka Pye Corner Audio. Heavy library music vibes and synthetic sequences by Martin Jenkins.

 


Pyon, Jonathan (Denmark)

World Pool (2016)

A pseudonym of Danish artist Alexander Holm. Ambient sound and rhythmic tracks, between Prog EM and IDM.

 


Pyramaxx (Germany)

Distance (2015)
Move (2017)

Pyramid Peak and Maxxess doing music together.

See also: Pyramid Peak, Maxxess.

 


Pyramid (Germany)

Pyramid (1976)

Flowing, monolithic slab of Electronic Music from this obscure project. Somewhat similar to Tangerine Dream with Sympho elements and a "kraut / kosmische" vibe.

 


Pyramid Peak (Germany)

Atmosphere (1998)
Ocean Drive (1999)
Random Events (2000)
Fish'n Love (2001)
Caveland (2005)
Evolution (2007)
The Cave (2010)
5vor12 (2011)
Anatomy (2013)
Roots (2017)

Electronic trio of Axel Stupplich (Axess), Uwe Denzer and Andreas Morsch. Music in the style of Tangerine Dream, i.e. Berlin School electronics.

See also: Axess, Digital Dream, Rotten, Andrew, Pyramaxx.

 


Pyrolator (Germany)

Inland (1979)
Ausland (1981)
Wunderland (1984)
Traumland (1987)
Neuland (2011)
Con-Struct (2015) (with Conrad Schnitzler)

Pyrolator is Kurt Dahlke who has also worked with Der Plan. First album is repetitive synth with a slight new wave feel. Subsequent albums, such as Ausland (1981) and Wunderland (1984) delved deeper into the industrial / new wave weird sampling music in Der Plan / The Residents vein.

 


Pythagoras (Netherlands)

Journey To the Vast Unknown (1980)
After the Silence (1981)
So It Goes / She And Her Shadow (1983) (S)
The Correlated ABC (2011) (recorded in 1983 - 1985)

This electronic band was formed in the late 1970's by Rene de Haan (who had naturally got some interest in synthesizer music prior to forming Pythagoras) and Bob de Jong (a drummer who worked in a music shop in Hague). Their first album sold pretty well for an instrumental EM recording. Pythagoras' style is characterized by the use of rich symphonic passages, sequences and string synths and is quite cosmic overall. The second album incorporated some progrock influences. Apparently there exists a bootleg recording of a concert in Papendrecht in 1983.

 


Pythagoron™ (USA)

Pythagoron (1977)

More of a company than a real performer (the name of the performer(s) is unknown), Pythagoron™ was a unique concept of sonic research based near the New York City. Apparently they wanted you to get high with this or something. Anyway, it's one of those fringe inclusions, as it's not very progressive, representing two sides of continuous electronic organ drone with variations. A pioneering work in many regards but suitable only for the patient.

 


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