Index

 

Q2 (Germany)

Asteroid (2013)
Tiere (2014)

Berlin School music by Frank Husemann and Sunny Vollherbst from Hamburg.

 


Qluster (Germany)

Fragen (2011)
Rufen (2011)
Antworten (2011)
Lauschen (2013)
Tasten (2015)
Echtzeit (2016)

A duo of Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Onnen Bock (of Aquarello fame).

See also: Roedelius, Hans-Joachim, Kluster, Cluster.

 


Qnete (Germany)

If Everything Suddenly Changed (2016) (EP)

Qnete is Bremen-based deep house producer Marvin Uhde. On the above vinyl EP, there are two versions of a track named "The Tanning" which is a pure sequencer fest. The first version includes some rhythm, while the second one (the EP's closer) is pure spacey sequencing. File under EM-related.

 


QST (Netherlands)

Questionmark? (1994)
Recovered Files (1999)
The Silent Cookbook (2017)

Frans de Waard's project in rhythmic / analog vein, influenced by Pete Namlook and the output of the FAX label on The Silent Cookbook.

See also: Quest

 


Quadra (UK)

First Contact (2006)

Quadra started with four friends jamming together at the Rogue Element studio. These people were Brendan Pollard (Rogue Element), Jez Creek (Modulator ESP), John Sherwood (4m33s, Yorky, etc) and Steve Humphries (Create). Their music is strongly influenced by the Berlin School of EM.

See also: Pollard, Brendan, Modulator ESP, Sherwood, John, 4m33s, Yorky, Noise Kommandoh, Create, Astrogator.

 


Quadraphase (UK)

Disturbances (1989)
Alien Landscapes (1989)
Ethnotronik (1989)
X-Zotica (1989)

Electronic / experimental project of Mitch Rushton in which he usually participates with three other artists, resulting in a quartet (hence the name). Some collaborators include Penga, Maz Mitrenke, Sidebrain, Brett Valiant, Mark Lyden and Andy Elfin.

See also: Rushton, Mitch, Penga, Mitrenke, Maz.

 


Quadraphonic (Italy)

Tecnicolor2100 (1999) (S)
Third Ear Band Demixed (2000)
Sei Paesaggi Nella Pioggia (2001) (S)
Il Giorno Sottile (2001)
Le Fabbriche Felici (2003) (S)
Gennaio Senza Luce (2005)
Ir (2008)

Quadraphonic is Fabio Zuffanti who is also known for his projects Finisterre, Hostsonaten, La Maschera di Cera and a few others. Electronic / Ambient.

 


Quadro (Russia)

Night Dreams (1989)

This group (группа " вадро") was formed in the early 1980's by multi-instrumentalist Vyacheslav Gorsky. They first won a reputation in jazz circles, playing their own brand of fusion. However, for their second album (listed) they adopted a more electronic sound, resulting in what is perhaps comparable to Tangerine Dream from around the same time, albeit more cheesy perhaps but at the same time more punchy, vigorous and with stronger melodies sometimes. They also retained that special jazzy touch. This album is for those who like shorter, rhythmic and melodic tracks with synth and guitar solos.

 


Quaeschning, Thorsten (Germany)

Among Mannatees / Off-Theater Final (2017) (S) (with Ulrich Schnauss)
Synthwaves (2017) (with Ulrich Schnauss)

Synthesist of Picture Palace Music and Tangerine Dream fame.

See also: Picture Palace Music, Tangerine Dream.

 


Quak, Nils (Germany)

This Once Silver Sky (2010)
Elegy For Seaweed (2011)
On Sinking (2011) (EP)
Aether (2012)
Long Forgotten Days Under A Dust Covered Sky (2012)
Und Unsere Häuser Sind Särge (2013)
Infinite Folds (2013)
Tage Später Sind Es Jahre (2014)
Fragmente der Verschwinders (2015)
Titoli di Coda (2015)
Moire / Braille (2015)
Ad Interim (2016)
Einge Sehr Populäre Songs (2016)
Ein Abend am Modularen Synthesizer (2016) (with Kai Niggemann)
Sur l'Eau (2017) (S)

Varied ambient artist whose early releases are not included in the above discography, as apparently they are much more glitch / IDM-oriented. He has been increasingly relying on modular synths to sculpt his soundscapes that range from dark to brighter and slightly noisy / glitchy.

 


Qualchan. (USA)

Zazen. (2016) (S)
Ninety Nine Flowers. (2016)
The Spectacle. (2017)
Vera's Dream (2017) (S)
Here, Tyrant Death. (2017)
Lizard Kings of North Vietnam. (2017) (S) (with Effed)

Seattle-based plunderphonics / screw artist. Zazen. is completely beatless and ambient, though.

 


Quantum (USA)

New World (1976)

Obscure band with connections to the EML synthesizer manufacturer. Naturally, they use a lot of synths of said brand, helped by percussion, guitar and electric piano.

 


Quantum Fantay (Belgium)

Agapanthusterra (2005)
Uqisiunsi (2007)
From Herzberg To Livingroom (2008)
Kaleidothrope (2009)
Bridges of Kukuriku (2010)
Bridges of the Old Fishingmine (2011)
Terragaia (2014)
Dancing In Limbo (2015)

Space rock band that is most often compared to Ozric Tentacles. And for a reason, as Quantum Fantay features a similar blend of spaced out synths, flutes, driving basslines and rhythms. But then, Quantum Fantay, if anything, is even more intense than the Ozrics. They also have their own individual sound, based on their obvious space rock influences of course. Some of their tracks are completely or almost completely electronic and have been compared to Jarre and Vangelis, among others. Quantum Fantay consists of Pieter Van den Broeck (synths), Wouter De Geest (bass), Gino Bartolini (drums) and Charles Sla (flutes, groovebox).

 


Quantum Mechanics (Russia)

Waves, Fields & Particles (2011)
Long Way To Nowhere (2013)

Alexey Markov's Berlin School project.

See also: Radio Silence, Vortex Mechanic.

 


Quaranta Maula (Spain)

Remors del Mar (1987)
El Ball dels Dofins (??)

Obscure group (Enric Murillo, Ángel Murillo, Nacho Mañó and José Soriano) from Valencia area playing folk-influenced and new-agey music with some nice moments that create a sort of an ambient feeling.

 


Quarks (Chile)

Elemental (2013)

Berlin School band from Chile. Quarks are Alamiro Arias, Claudio Momberg and Ricardo Riadi.

See also: Taurus

 


Quarkspace (USA)

Quarkspace (1996)
Spacefolds 1 (1996)
Spacefolds 2 (1997)
Spacefolds 3 (1997)
Spacefolds 4 (1998)
Live Orion (1998)
Spacefolds 5 (1999)
The Hidden Moon (1999)
Spacefolds 6 (2000)
The Drop (2001)
Spacefolds 7 (2001)
Node In Peril (2004)
Spacefolds 8 (2007)
Spacefolds 9 (2008)

Space rock band formed as "Quark!" in 1984 in Columbis, Ohio. Jay Swanson, Kevin Wherry and Darren Gough made up the initial lineup of the band. Later Chet Santia and Paul Williams joined and the band switched from cover tunes to more improvisational approach to music, doing lengthy jams mainly. Williams and Santia left in 1986 and the band adopted a new singer and drummer and became known as Quarkspace, releasing their first album a decade later. The music of Quarkspace is mostly improvised and flowing space rock, often with a strong Electronic Music influence and is at times similar to classic Tangerine Dream, Schulze, Tim Blake and such. Some of their works feature vocals. The 'Spacefolds' series consists of completely instrumental compositions.

See also: National Steam, Church of Hed.

 


Quartz (France)

Quartz (1978)
Camel In the City (1979)

Synth / disco music in the style of Space. The second album was produced by Saint-Preux who was also a member of the band.

See also: Saint-Preux

 


Quasar, Frank (Belgium)

Dusk (1988)
Force of Nature (1992)
Infinity (1994)
Atmos (1995)

Belgian synthesist from Oostende. After studying music and composition he developed an interest in synthesizers and Electronic Music. That was around 1975. In 1981 Frank bought his first synthesizer. After being a radio host for several years with his own EM show "Kosmofoon" (where, among other artists, some of his own works were featured), he issued his first LP in 1988. His music is in typical "Berlin School" style, albeit more melodic, with sequencer passages and lots of atmospheric sections.

 


Queen Elizabeth (UK)

Queen Elizabeth (1994)
Queen Elizabeth 2 (1997)

Ambient / experimental duo of Thighpaulsandra and Julian Cope. Music with contrasting moods that switches from ambient soundscapes to krautrock sections and back.

See also: Thighpaulsandra, Cope, Julian.

 


Quest (Netherlands)

Questionmark (1994)
Quest 1 + 2 (1995)
Electro-City (1996)
The First Hour (1996)
Hic Locust Quest (1997)
Oblique Soundscapes Vol.5 (1997)
Recovered Files (1999) (recorded in 1994)
Quay (2017)

Dark Ambient. Quest is the project of Frans De Waard (member of Kapotte Muziek and Beequeen) and Maurice van Dongen. Quest started as a solo project of Frans and was initially called QST.

See also: QST

 


Quicksails (USA)

Quicksails (2009) (S)
Madison Lakes (2010) (S)
Vermillion (2011) (S)
Silver Balloons In Clusters (2011)
A Fantasy In Seasons (2011)
Bywater Colours (2011)
Diamond Servants (2011) (S)
Weight of Worth (2013)
Mayville Dream (2013)
Love of Lollipops (2014) (S)
Spillage (2015)
Fleurs de la Lune (2015)
Mortal (2017)

Cicago-based Ben Billington is a free jazz drummer and percussionist who as Quicksails indulges in solo synth soundsculpting. His project is too diverse for a brief description and ranges from noisy collages to bright, tinkling synthesizers and sequences. He often uses acoustic percussion along with synths. Part of his oeuvre is certainly prog EM-related, part isn't, but it's all really hard to tell apart so I decided to include all of his stuff. Anyway, fans of Experimental EM should enjoy this.

See also: White Prism

 


Quiet Evenings (USA)

Burning Bridges (2009)
The Zodiac And the Salts of Salvation (2009)
The Soma Mandala (2009)
The Sun Scorched the Yellow Grass (2010) (S)
Follow the Water (2010) (S)
Pillars At Night (2010) (S)
Easy Listening Circles (2010) (S)
My Soul Will Be the Song of the Desert That Will Follow You (2010) (S)
Sensitive (2010)
Cascades (2010) (S)
Spirit Smoke (2011) (S)
Transcending Spheres (2011)
Patience Folding Waters (2011)
Circle of Vaporous Totem (2011) (S)
Impressions (2013)
Other Windows (2014)
Stork Bite (2016)
Oak & Lead (2016)

Husband and wife duo of Grant and Rachel Evans with an ambient sound.

See also: Motion Sickness of Time Travel, Nova Scotian Arms.

 


Quiet Force (Germany)

Flow (1988)
Smile (1989)
Two Worlds (1990)
Free From Meditation (1994)
The Major And Minor Things (2004)

On IC label. I haven't heard it, but supposedly it's just boring new age fluff.

See also: Rex, Thilo

 


Quiet Point (UK)

Beyond the Quiet Point (1987)

Quiet Point are Paul Ward and Neil Thompson. Supposedly, very melodic stuff.

See also: Ward, Paul

 


Quinn, Daniel Patrick (UK)

The Winter Hills (2003)
Jura (2003)
Severed From the Land (2004)
SUILVEN007 (2004) (with Beano Jameson)
Ridin' the Stang (2005)
West To the Irish Sea (2007)
Acting the Rubber Pig (2008)

Monolithic ambient droning soundscapes plus some more varied material, with folky undertones, avant-gardish compositions and more. Daniel Patrick Quinn was born in 1981 in Ipswich, Suffolk.

 


Quinn, Seán (Ireland)

Skylines (2005)
Cold Sky Blue (2016) (with David Cross)

Dublin-based ambient musician, producer and audio engineer. Cold Sky Blue is a collaboration with King Crimson's David Cross and represents a mixture of vocal songs and ambient electronic material that marries Seán's electronics with David's electric violin playing.

 


Quosp (UK)

Soundscapes I (2007)
Soundscapes II (2009)

Ambient ala Brian Eno from Colin Kay.

 


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