Index

 

S (Finland)

S (1998)

A project of Perttu Lipsanen, supposedly with an ambient sound. There are also guest musicians (electric guitar player and oboist).

 


S A D (Russia)

Super Sounds II (2017)

Collage-based project of Vasily Stepanov and Vlad Dobrovolski. Has elements of new age and a weird, a bit Cluster-like Prog EM touch.

 


S.A.M. (???)

Dream State of A Bellmaker (2016)

Techno / Ambient / EM / Balearic mixture.

 


S.E.N.S. (Japan)

Kaishin (1988)
Masara Tea Waltz (1988)
Kyara (1989)
City of Sadness (1990)

Japanese duo of Yukari Katsuki and Akihiko Fukaura (their name translates to Sound, Earth, Nature, Spirit). They made a lot of soundtracks and are basically a keyboard-based new instrumental / new age duo. This means that you won't find hard-core sound experiments in their works. However, if you like some aspects (including the ethnic and most bombastic ones) of Kitaro's music for example, this should float your boat. The music is melodic and uses nice synth leads from time to time. However, I think the bulk of their discography is too far removed from the EM aesthetic to be included in EEM, so the above discography is only a small fraction that includes their early albums. Further investigation would not harm, though.

 


S.E.T.I. (UK)

Corona (2009)
Baikal (2011)
Final Trajectory (2013)
The Data Logs of Astro Myrmex (2015)
The Guide Lockstars of Astro Myrmex (2016)
Interim Report From Worm Boundary Five (2017)

It was quite clear that, from the very beginning in the early 1990's, Andrew Lagowski's S.E.T.I. project has always been gradually moving in the ambient direction, until it was not the abstract techno / industrial mix typical of the early albums but yes, Dark Space and Noise Ambient project. The ambient albums I'll try to list here.

See also: Legion

 


S.O.C. 7 (USA)

Mission: Critical (1999)

Progressive / symphonic electronics from Chuck Pedersen out of Jacksonville, Florida. Comparable to Amin Bhatia.

 


S t d m (UK)

Ramayana (2002)
Ambient Space Monkeys (2003)
Solipsism (2004)
Binary Motion (2004)

Joint venture by Paul Nagle and Andy Pickford.

See also: Binar, Nagle, Paul, Pickford, Andy.

 


S U R V I V E (USA)

LLR002 (2010)
s000 (2011)
LT019 (2011)
W115 / Part Tiger (2012) (S)
HD009 (2012)
S U R V I V E (2012)
MF064 (2014) (S)
S U R V I V E 2 (2014) (S)
RR7349 (2016)

Four-piece analog synthesizer band (Adam Jones, Kyle Dixon, Mark Donica, Michael Stein). The sound is, as expected, quite spacey, with lots of Tangerine Dream stylisms on their eponymous album from 2012 (which is also known as HDXV).

 


S0003 (Slovakia)

Extinction (2001)

Dark melancholic Ambient mixed with a bit of industrial from M. Priscak.

 


Saåad (France)

It Was (2010)
Delayed Summer (2011) (S)
Confluences (2012)
Sustained Layers (2012) (with Eus and Postdrome)
Στερεά Σύννεφα (2012)
Orbs & Channels (2013)
Deep/Float (2014)
Different Streams (2015) (with Eus and Postdrome)
Verdaillon (2016)

Droning ambient works by Romain Barbot from Toulouse.

See also: Foudre!

 


Saaamaaa (Finland)

B'Kai (2005)
Massa Di Requiem Per Shuggay (2006)

Obscure Medieval Ambient with Black undertones.

 


SAB (Japan)

Crystallization (1978)

Fat cosmic electronics by this obscure project.

 


Saban, Haim & Levy, Shuki (USA / Israel)

Les Mystérieuses Cités d'Or (1983) (soundtrack)
Bomber X (1983) (soundtrack)

French animation series soundtrack by these two gents - a Egyptian born American Haim Saban and an Israeli Shuki Levy. The disc offers a nice selection of electronic tracks and some songs. The pair released more stuff, mostly soundtracks. Further investigation is needed.

 


Sabin, Joshua (UK)

Terminus Drift (2017)

Although recorded with just processed field recordings made inside Kyoto, Tokyo and Berlin subway systems (along with a few electromagnetic field recordings made by Joshua in his native Scotland), I don't think I have ever heard a musique concrete or electroacoustic album that sounded like Terminus Drift. First of all, oftentimes you'd swear you are hearing ambient music recorded with synths. The aesthetic of this work is also unique - a look into the essence of our digital age and maybe also a glance into the cyber future that may be awaiting us. In a way it is similar to that special form of cyber-ambient music ("Dystopian Ambient"? "Neon Ambient"?) that has been appearing during the last several years, mainly done by vaporwave-related artists, although this one creates its own subgenre perhaps, being more cerebral and less sci-fi-oriented. Fans of Noise Ambient in general might check it out as well.

 


Sabled Sun (Sweden)

2145 (2012)
2146 (2012)
Signals I - III (2014)
Signals IV (2014)
2147 (2015)
2148 (2016)

Dark, spacey and dystopian Ambient from the man behind Atrium Carceri.

See also: Atrium Carceri

 


Saboten, The (Japan)

Beyond the Blue Heaven (2003)

The Saboten was formed in the 1990's by Hoppy Kamiyama as an experimental indie rock collective. Beyond the Blue Heaven is their third album with two contrasting sides. The first side is occupied by a dark electronic piece that some reviewers have compared to Phaedra and the second side is more of a free jazz exploration.

 


Saccomani, Jean-Pierre (France)

The Four Seasons (1999)
Music For Time (2002)
Equilibre Thermique de l'Igloo (2003) (with Jean-Luc Berthelot)
Voyage Intersideral En Nimbus (2004)

French synthesist who mainly creates serene electronic soundscapes. Comparable to Tales at places.

 


Sad Prophet (Portugal)

Dark Over Dark (2016)

Deep Ambient.

 


SADU (Canada)

LiVE (2006)

A collaboration between Sylken, Anomalous Disturbances and URM. Ambient atmospheres with some hints of the Berlin School.

See also: Sylken, Anomalous Disturbances.

 


Saegusa, Shigeaki (Japan)

Trace of the Stars (1978)
21 Century Vivaldi (1978)
Radiation Missa (1981)
The Fantasia of Falls (1985)
Z Gundam (1985) (soundtrack)

The 1981 album is a weird electronic opera with vocoded vocals.

 


Safred, Gianni (Italy)

Electronic Designs (1977)
Futuribile - The Life To Come (1978)
Gianni Safred Alle Tastiere (1979) (S)

This electronic / jazz / disco record (Futuribile) was released on Italian "Music Scene" library label and later re-released by Folkways. Easy-listening, but with cool synth sounds and a warm "space age" atmosphere. Imagine a totally synthesized version of a jazz fusion record and you'd be pretty close.

 


Saga (France)

Orphée (??)

Not to be confused with the well-known Canadian progressive rock band (in fact, there are numerous projects and groups with this name), this is a rare electronic album, released somewhere in the early 1980's I think.

 


Sagan Youth (USA)

Annotated Universe (2013)
Heliosheath (2013)
Cela (2015)

Rhythmic, analog, sequene-full music from this North Carolina-based project. Cosmic.

 


Sagntid (Denmark)

Crows Awaiting Murder (2003)
The Slipstream World of Sagntid (2009)
Sagntid Rehearsals 2008/2009 (2009) (S)
Where the Dark Dogs Cease To Bark (2009) (S)

Gloomy, dark ambience.

 


Sahara (Germany)

Sunrise (1974)

Progressive rock band from Germany. The second side of this debut album is occupied by a long "Sunrise" suite, parts of which are dominated by synthesizer and are pure EM. However, these are short, so it's EM-related at best.

 


SAIEM (UK / Ireland)

Strange Places (2006)
To the Undying Lands (2006)
Hello, Mr Edison (2007)
SAIEM To the 4 (2007)
SAIEM To the 5 (2007)
Six o' the Best (2010)

SAIEM is the "Anglo-Irish School of Electronic Music". A loose-knit community of electronic musicians, founded by Richard Barton (Event Horizon) and Eugene Nugent (Clockwork Accordian). Also joined by Jeff Barton (Health Hazard) on the album "To the Undying Lands". The two albums so far produced were created by transmission of various files by Email, to and from the musicians involved, and were then mixed onto a master 8 track digital recorder, then mixed down into a 2 track stereo mix. None of the musicians performed together at any point. (text used with permission)

See also: Barton, Richard, Event Horizon.

 


Saif Mode (UK)

Troubled Heart (2015) (S)

Lo-fi analogue synth music from Ben Hunter. Some of the pieces sound classically-inspired.

 


Sailing Stones (Belgium)

Risen From Within (2016)

Berlin School project from Belgium.

 


Saint Bris, Gonzague (France)

Les Musiques du Nouvelle Romantisme (1979)

Only side B of this LP will be interesting for EM fans. It is somewhat cheesy but has a nice, fat, cosmic, analog synth sound. Side A is supposedly classical music.

 


Saint-Preux (France)

Expression (1978)
Atlantis (1979)
To Be Or Not (1980)
Le Piano d'Abigail (1983)
Phytandros (1991)

Atlantis contains fusion-y / funky prog compositions with enough electronic elements to keep fans of EM happy. It's one of the least accessible works by Saint-Preux. The 1980 album is electronic / rock interpretations of classical compositions. Saint-Preux plays synthesizers backed by a rock group, including Bernard Paganotti (Magma) on bass. I think it will appeal to fans of Space and Jean-Michel Jarre. The title track is a real sequencer feast. I'd just take those all-too prominent drums out of the mix to be able to enjoy the pulsations in their full glory. Phytandros is quite avant-garde symphonic / electronics. There are plenty of other albums by this artist that represent light airy piano works mixed with some electronics. I try to list his EM-related works here.

See also: Quartz

 


Saint-Samuel (Canada)

Carrousel (2015)

Crossover synthwave / prog EM project of Stéphane Richard. Good for those who like those 1980's TD soundtrack vibes.

 


Saito, Hidemi (Japan)

Marriage Songs In Praise (??)

Hidemi Saito is a Japanese "electone" artist or, in other words, electronic organist doing covers of well-known pop, folk or classical tunes. During the 1960's, 1970's and into the 1980's, there were tons of these artists from all corners of the world, with Japan in particular being a hotbed - maybe because many of novelty instruments of the time originated and were mass produced in that country by the likes of Yamaha and Korg. Anyway, I do not list "bachelor pad music" or "space age pop" releases, ditto for pop covers or classical interpretations (except when the latter include an obvious electronic / Prog component as is the case with Tomita for example). However, like in any other genre, an artist would sometimes venture into "our" EM land and, quite unexpectedly, some of the above album, supposed to contain music for weddings, is pure EM (cheesy but unique) or comes close. Further investigation is needed.

 


Saiz, Suso (Spain)

Prefiero El Naranja (1984)
Musica Esporadica (1985) (with Glen Velez and others)
En La Piel del Cruce (1986)
Confidencias (1987)
Cronica De Castas (1990) (with Jorge Reyes)
Simbolos (1991)
Al Filo de lo Imposible (1992)
Hypnotics (1992)
Mirror of Pollution (1993)
El Detective y la Muerte (1995) (soundtrack)
Un Hombre Oscuro (1995)
Africa (1996) (soundtrack)
Katuwira (1998) (soundtrack)
Al Filo de lo Imposible Vol. 2 (1998)
Quartet (1998)
El Milagro de P.Tinto (1998) (soundtrack)
Novios (1999) (soundtrack)
El Juego de Luna (2001) (soundtrack)
El Cuaderno de Petalos de Elefante (2002) (with Diego Vasallo)
The Box of the Insomniac Songs (2006) (recorded in 1992 - 2006)
Odisea (2016)
Rainworks (2017)

Electronic guitar with a very spacey sound.

See also: Suspended Memories, Orquesta de las Nubes.

 


Sakamoto, Masayuki (Japan)

Psyche (1987)

If you like melodic, anthemic Electronic Music or Electronic New Age by the likes of Kitaro, do check out Masayuki Sakamoto's Psyche, an album of accessible electronic themes and pop rhythms with ethnic and symphonic touches.

 


Sakamoto, Ryuichi (Japan)

Thousand Knives (1978)
Summer Nerves (1979)
B-2 Unit (1980)
Left Handed Dream (1981)
End of Asia (1982)
Tokyo Joe (1982) (with Kazumi Watanabe)
Coda (1983)
Furyo (1983) (soundtrack)
Favorite Visions (1983) (recorded in 1978 - 1979)
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) (soundtrack)
Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia (1984)
Esperanto (1985)
Piano One (1985)
Futurista (1986)
Future Boy (1986)
The Adventures of Chatran (1986) (soundtrack)
Media Bahn Live (1986)
The Last Emperor (1987) (soundtrack)
Aile de Honneamise (1987) (soundtrack)
Neo Geo (1987)
Asian Games (1988) (with Yosuke Yamashita and Bill Laswell)
Playing the Orchestra (1988)
Grouppo Musicale (1989)
A Handmaid's Tale (1989) (soundtrack)
Beauty (1990)
The Arrangement (1990) (with Robin Scott)
The Sheltering Sky (1990) (soundtrack)
The Fantasy of Light & Life (1990)
Heartbeat (1991)
High Heels (1991) (soundtrack)
Wuthering Heights (1992) (soundtrack)
Little Buddha (1993) (soundtrack)
Wild Palms (1993) (soundtrack)
Sweet Revenge (1994)
Sweet Revenge Tour (1994)
Love And Hate (1994)
Smoochy (1995)
1996 (1996)
Discord (1997)
Snake Eyes (1998) (soundtrack)
Love Is the Devil (1998) (soundtrack)
BTTB (1998)
Sampled Life (1999)
Cinemage (2000) (recorded in 1997)
Gohatto (2000) (soundtrack)
L.O.L. (2000)
Zero Landmine (2001)
CM/TV (2002) (recorded in 1977 - 1998)
Comica (2002)
Minha Vida Como Un Filme (2002) (soundtrack)
Elephantism (2002)
Femme Fatale (2002) (soundtrack)
Vrioon (2002) (with Alva Noto)
Sakura No Koro (2002)
Derrida (2003) (soundtrack)
A Day In New York (2003)
Mototronic (2003)
Chasm (2004)
04 (2004)
Insen (2005) (with Alva Noto)
Shining Boy & Little Randy (2005) (soundtrack)
05 (2005)
Bricolages (2006)
Cendre (2007) (with Fennesz)
Tony Takitani (2007)
Ocean Fire (2008) (with Willits)
Out of Noise (2009)
Flumina (2011) (with Fennesz)
Ancient Future (2012) (with Willits)
Disappearance (2013) (with Taylor Deupree)
Perpetual (2015) (with Illuha and Taylor Deupree)
Plankton (2017)
Async (2017)

One of the most important electronic musicians to come out of Japan (born in 1952) and certainly one of the most prolific film composers from that country. Ryuichi Sakamoto was a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra during the late Seventies and early Eighties, but he has also composed numerous solo works as well as participated in many collaborations. His works vary in style considerably, so try anything at your own risk. For YMO fan I can recommend his early stuff, while some of his soundtracks are obviously of the orchestral variety and do not relate to EM per se, although if you're a fan, surely you'd want all of them. For those interested in the Japanese electronic scene Ryuichi Sakamoto is a must. Hardcore synth fans will want to skip the following: Summer Nerves (an album of disco / tropical style music), End of Asia (made as a collaboration with an acoustic ensemble), Coda (this one contains piano versions of his soundtrack to "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence") and a few of his newer ones (one should be careful with RS' recent work as he often strays into styles that all have very little to do with EM). Of course, one should also be careful with his soundtracks (for the said reason). By the way, some of the soundtracks were not fully composed by RS but feature other artists as well. Note that there was also a Japanese (and a more complete) version of Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia which was called Ongakuzukan.

See also: Yellow Magic Orchestra

 


Sakan, Iku (Japan)

Live @ U-Man 10.04.11 (2011)
Iku Sakan (2012)
Human Wave Music (2017) (S)
Cepheidian (2017) (S)
Prism In Us All (2017)

Studies in repetition from this Osaka-based experimental electronic artist.

 


Sakuma, Masahide (Japan)

Lisa (1984)

Ex-Plastics synth player.

 


Sala, Oskar (Germany)

Anwendung Elektronischer Musik für den Film von Oskar Sala (1962) (S)
Trautonium (1963) (S)
Electronic Virtuosity (1969)
Electronique et Stereophonie (1969) (with Harald Genzmer)
Resonanzen (1970)
Elektronische Impressionen (1979)
Electronic Kaleidoscope (1983)
Trautonium Konzerte (1986) (with Harald Genzmer)
My Fascinating Instrument (1990)
Subharmonische Mixturen (1994)

Music played on Trautonium. Not only a historical curiosity, but also very interesting musically. Oskar Sala (1910 - 2002) was one of the EM pioneers who used this wonderful instrument invented in the 1930's for many theatre scores and film soundtracks, as well as for original compositions. He is also known as the man who created sound effects for Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (1963). Oskar Sala died in February, 2002, aged 91.

 


Salbert, Dieter (Germany)

Musica Phantastica (1976)
Klangszenen (1982)
Electronic Pictures (2004)

Dieter Salbert is a classical composer who has scored a host of works for chamber orchestra, as well as choir, sax, clarinet and other instruments. These are two Electronic Music albums released by this artist in 1976 and 1982, respectively. The lineup for the first one is: Dieter Salbert - composer, synthesizer; Alrun Zahoransky - voice. Klangszenen was recorded with the following people: Dieter Salbert - composer, synthesizer; Alrun Zahoransky - voice, vocoder, harmonizer; Mathias Sorof - guitars; Wolfgang Grotjan - drum-synthi, percussion; Hans-Peter Schier - keyboards, synthesizer; Hans Neumann - bass, engineer.

 


Salesas, Florenci (Spain)

Músiques Fredes (2002)
Tanoca (2013)
La Teoria dels Forats Blancs (2015)

Catalan musician with a quirky, varied experimental style.

 


Salminen, Karoliina (Finland)

True Dreams (2003)
Collection (2003) (recorded in 1993 - 2003)

Karoliina Salminen (born in 1974) composes music which is strongly influenced by early Jean-Michel Jarre (circa Oxygene / Equinoxe).

 


Salubrious Invertebrae (USA)

Salubrious Invertebrae (2004)

An all-analog synth project of Ralph Karsten, influenced by the electronic classics and (to a lesser extent) Native American music. Ralph played as supporting act for many well-known bands, including Porcupine Tree, Ulrich Schnauss and Therion.

 


Salvans, David (Spain)

Biologia Electronica (??)
Nebula (??)
Montseny (1994)

Born in 1957 in Arbucies, Girona, David Salvans is Catalan composer with a wide range of influences. He worked in a broad variety of styles including EM. I am not sure how much of his discography actually contains music which will be of interest to readers of EEM, but these three supposedly do. There may be others as well.

 


Sam KDC (UK)

Decayed Society (2012) (with ASC)
Late Night Innominate, Volume One (2015)
KVLTVR (2016)
Cycles of Perspective (2016)

Techno / drum'n'bass producer and DJ interested in ambient soundscaping. These releases are completely or almost completely ambient, with music mostly of the darker variety.

 


Samarkande (Canada)

4 Cadavres Exquis (2002)
Rude Awakening (2004)
Douglas Basement (2006)
3 Synapses (2008)
Ordo Ab Chao (2015)

Synth duo. Pretty dark, improvised EM. From the press-kit (used with permission): "The 4 cadavres exquis started with two musicians, Eric Fillion and Sylvain Lamirande, and their idea to merge their musical divergences, progressive-rock on one side and improvisation on the other to compose a musical dialog. Countless re-improvisations, collages and sound montages were superposed to an improvised musical canvas. They wanted this exchange to be without pre-established structural constraints, at levels such as harmonies, rhythms or melodies for example. Even though the sound of this project is influenced by contemporary electronic music and "space music" from the 1970s, the two musicians' styles, both quite different from each other, blend to create a whole that is coherent, has its own life, and defenitely belongs to this century." You can read reviews here and here.

 


Same, The (UK)

Sync Or Swim (1981)

Rather minimal electronics from Robert Cox (of Rimarimba fame), helped by his sister Roberta Cox and a few others.

See also: Cox, Robert

 


Samizdat, The (USA)

Complete Recordings Vol. 1 (??)

The Samizdat is an improvised acoustic guitar / synth duo of Jeff Loomis and Vincent Presley (who replaced Jeremy Hollister). They are influenced by Fripp & Eno, as well as the early krautrock / electronic bands. I suggest that you also check out Jeff Loomis' solo stuff which, although not EM, is some interesting textural stuff done on acoustic guitar.

 


Sammartano, Ray (USA)

Brainwave Cathedral (2013)
Dark Matter Sunshine (2014)
Through the Chronos Lens (2015)

Rich, cosmic music based on analog synthesizers. Mostly ambient, but sometimes with sequences / arpeggios and at times processed vocals and a "Vangelis in space" feel. Ray Sammartano is a Eugene, Oregon-based artist.

 


Sammohana (Ukraine)

Chakra of Black Hole (2010)

Nice Dark Space music from this Munruthel side-project.

See also: Munruthel, Silentium.

 


Samoilov, Sergei (Russia)

Antigravitation (1986)
Extraterrestrials (1989)

Antigravitation is mostly piano playing with a few synth injections, as well as vocal improvisations by Samoilov. Extraterrestrials starts as a piano solo and then transforms into pure synth weirdness. A totally unique style. Sadly, Samoilov died at the time of his second LP release.

 


Samora (Italy)

The Unspeakable (2012)
Lontano (2014)

Electronic soundscapes from Enrico Marani. Steve Kilbey appears on Lontano.

 


Samoylenko, Dmitriy (Russia)

The Elements of Knowledge (2010)
This Is Mine (2010)
Exciting Meetings With Mom Nature (2011)
Apple Juice In My Mixer (2011)
Explorer's Tales (2011)
The Miracle of Practice (2013)

Ambient musician with a peaceful, bit new-agey sound.

 


Sample Edit (Poland)

Contact (1996)

Sample Edit is Tomasz Rozek.

 


Samsa (USA)

The Laurentian Divide (2002)
Sounds Good On Paper (2003)
Mechanically Separated (2003)

Dark Ambient by Nathan Larson. Mechanically Separated is a sampler that contains various alternative versions, b-sides and rare tracks.

 


Samshuijzen, Sam (Netherlands)

Onder Ede (1980)
Samshuijzen & Davies (1981) (with R. Davies)
Eplee (1999)
Analogic 3 (1999)
Kaal (1999)
Buit (2000)
Bin (2000)
Zongs For the Platypus (2000)
Wavlov (2001)
Boven Water (2002)
Foresee (2002)
Vacuum Energy (2002)
Mental Models (2002)
Nano Jazz (2002)
De Gek Zei Ik (2002)
Regel Maat (2002)
Rimpel (2003)
Imps (2003)
Pollen (2003) (EP)
Mutated Reincarnations (2003)
Lake Shock (2004)
Stracks (2004)
Global Warning (2004)
Achterland (2004)
Self-MUXilation (2004)
Achterland (2004)
Reap (2007)

In 1978, this electronic musician played keys and electronics in progrock band "Kracq". The band had one LP issued named "Circumvision". The style was very diverse with strong zappaesque flair. After that, Sam Samshuijzen went solo within more experimental realms. Self-MUXilation is one his numerous collections of varied songs. It starts with an improvisation done on a Synthi A with sequencer. It's called "Simple" and boy does it live up to its title! Laid-back rhythmic bleeps and a rather basic lead line is all we hear throughout its 3-minute length. Not that I didn't enjoy it, though, just the contrary. I thought it was great - so raw and organic. "Walk True" was made using natural resonance. It's basically just abstract noise and textures. "AltShift" has an upbeat melodic theme supported by steady hi-hats and weird sequences. "Nova Nova Zembla" consists of metallic sounds and interesting vocal transformation experiments. Curious stuff. Towards the end, the track becomes more intense, chaotic and noisy. This one might appeal to fans of electroacoustic music. "Piano Winti" is absolutely crazy fast piece made with a computer tracker program. If piano played super-fast by a machine sounds like an attractive idea to you, chances are high that you will like this. "Record Nothing" - this is what silence sounds like, amplified with a computer. What a disgusting sound! Thank God our ears don't hear THIS! And I am happy that this track is soon over. "The Sleeping Fox" is a computer-based piece of an ambient nature, with lots of funny samples, voice cut-ups and a sustained background synth tone / pad. "nr485144" is pure joke - 11 seconds of silence. What! Only 11 seconds? John Cage wins, I'm afraid. :-) "Fear Facts 5" is next. Hmmm... Sam surprises once again. This one sounds like an overdriven heavy metal song (a sample of Fear Factory was used). Heck, I am starting to like this guy! "Nervous Wreck" is filled with super-cheesy but heavy sequences and other crazy and funky interjections. Sounds like a 80's cop theme played by a guy with a few cheesy samples and a computer at his disposal. "Klass" consists of manipulated orchestral samples only. Pretty bombastic stuff. Great for digital fetishists I guess. "Final NZ" is mostly atmospheric choir recordings with changing tape speed. The results are pretty eerie I must admit. "Number Televen" is sample-based fusion with odd orchestral / voice interjections. "Oude Tijd" is so strange, I'm still thinking how to describe it. A soundtrack to a clumsy walk of a 1-year old would probably be the best description of it. Honestly, it's nothing but very very funny and cheesy sounds and melodies. How to describe Self-MUXilation? Take Frank Zappa's sense of humour and apply it to computer / experimental music and you pretty much have what this collection of tracks is all about. I enjoyed it. If you like Experimental EM, get this.

 


Samuel's Band, The (Italy)

Meteors (197?)

Supposedly from the early 1970's (circa 1974), this LP is is a very rare instrumental progressive rock / electronics hybrid. Reportedly, has a spacey sound somewhat comparable to Sensation's Fix. The Samuel's Band was a actually a solo project of Riccardo Zara who would later get famous as a cartoon music writer, both solo and as part of I Cavalieri del Re.

 


Sana Obruent (USA)

Prince of the Air (2016)
Dyatlov (2017)

Darkish ambient project of Paul Lopez.

 


Sand (Germany)

Golem (1974)
Ultrasonic Seraphim (1996) (recorded in 1974)
Desert Navigation (2011) (recorded in 1973 - 1982)
Sylph Ballet (2013)
North Atlantic Raven (2014) (recorded in ??)
His First Steps (2015) (recorded in 1972 - 1973)

Golem was produced by Klaus Schulze and is a very strange electronic work with folky elements. Ultrasonic Seraphim was released by David Tibet (Current 93) and Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound) and contains the whole Golem album, plus some alternative versions of Sand tracks. Warning: some tracks on this release actually have nothing to do with Sand. Nevertheless, I recommend that you buy it, that is, if you can find it, of course.

 


Sand Circles (Sweden)

Sand Circles (2011) (S)
Midnite Crimes (2011) (S)
Daylight Arrival (2012) (S)
Motor City (2012)

Music by Martin Herterich with a nostalgic 1980's feeling and heavy Tangerine Dream soundtrack vibes.

See also: Cosmic Letters

 


Sandakov, Ivan (Russia)

Malopeschanka (2016)
Blossoming of A Dream (2016)
A Time To Remember (2016)
(2017)

Experimental / noise / drone musician from Kemerovo. The above works will be interesting for fans of Dark Ambient.

 


Sandarach (Netherlands)

Tibet Passage (1993)

Sandarach is none other than Gert van Santen (of Wave World fame) doing ethnically spiced relaxed EM (World Music) and Tribal Ambient. It's a nice mixture of throat singing and (predominantly) electronic music. The music was composed for a slide show about buddhism.

See also: Wave World

 


Sanderson, Philip (UK)

Reprint (1980)
0 North (1982) (with David Jackman)
Day-by Lullaby (2000) (S)
Sea Pool Sounds (2005)
Hollow Gravity (2012)

Electronic musician with something of a Conrad Schnitzler mindset. He is the founder of Snatch Tapes and is known under a few guises, such as "Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey" - a name that was used for his Reprint cassette. He is also part of the pioneering industrial outfit Storm Bugs. Hollow Gravity features varied compositions, from slightly noisy to playful, a bit Cluster-like.

See also: Ice Yacht

 


Sandpiper (UK)

Dust Magnet (2014) (S)

Ambient music based on analogue sounds from Ollie Tutty and Jimmy Billingham.

See also: Komodo Haunts, Mt. Tjhris, Tidal, Venn Rain, HOLOVR.

 


SandStars (USA)

Medicine (2014)

Varied Ambient from Honolulu, Hawaii.

 


Sanfilippo, Bruno (Argentina)

Sons of the Light (1991)
The New Kingdom (1995)
Solemnis (1997)
Suite Patagonia (2000)
Visualia (2003)
Indalo (2003) (with Max Corbacho)
Ad Libitum (2004)
Intro (2006)
Piano Textures (2007)
Ambessence Piano & Drones (2008) (with Mathias Grassow)
Auralspace (2009)
Piano Textures 2 (2009)
Cromo (2010) (with Mathias Grassow)
Subliminal Pulse (2011)
Bioma (2011) (with Max Corbacho)
Urbs (2012)
Piano Textures 3 (2012)
Claroscuro (2014)
Inside Life (2015)
Upon Contact Reworked (2015)
The Poet (2016)
Piano Textures 4 (2016)

Bruno Sanfilippo was born in Buenos Aires in 1965. He now resides in Barcelona, Spain. His style ranges from orchestral electronics, similar to Vangelis (although with ethnic touches) to ambient and piano-based works.

 


Sangam (UK)

Sour Face And Broken Nights (2013)
Bridges (2015) (with Spurv)
All Was Left... (2016)
Until (2016)
You Forget This (2016)
在上升 (2016)
Distance Amongst Us (2017)
Waiting At the Gates (2017) (with No Death)
Wanderers Lane (2017) (with VVV)
We Had Our Moments (2017)
Until (2017)
Lost Connection (2017) (with Lillith Twin)

Melancholic Ambient from Manchester.

 


Sanguiliano (Italy)

Take Off (1978)

Antonio Sanguiliano's music can be described as Tangerine Dream-like electronics, but also classically inspired.

 


Sani Abdullaye, Mamman (Niger)

Mamman Sani Abdullaye (1979)
Mamman Sani And the Workstation (2013) (recorded in 2003 - 2010)
Taaritt (2014) (recorded in 1985 - 1988)
Unreleased Tapes 1981 - 1984 (2015)

Obscure keyboard (organ / synth) player from Niger, Mamman Sani Abdullaye released his first music on cassette in the late 1970's. In 2013, the music was re-released on LP as La Musique Electronique du Niger. Yes, we're talking an electronic pioneer from Niger here, of all places. The music is rather minimal and simplistic and could be described as Terry Riley meets traditional West African melodies and sometimes sounds close to minimal synth that would emerge in the following decade. Unique.

 


Sanjiva (Canada)

The Journey (1995)
Origin (1996)
Essence (1996)
Initiation (1997)
Radiance (1998)
Tales From the Land of Osho (1998)
Transparent (2001)

Ambient and trance, psychedelic electronics. Sanjiva is Charles Roux.

 


Sankt Otten (Germany)

Gottes Synthesizer (2011)
Sequencer Liebe (2012)
Messias Maschine (2013)
Engtanz Depression (2015)
Männerfreundschaften und Metaphysik (2016) (with N)

Gottes Synthesizer is an atypical album from this post-rock / trip-hop outfit (Stephan Otten & Oliver Klemm). Especially of interest is the long title track with its Tangerine Dream-y sequencer pulse which could be an outtake from one of their soundtracks.

 


SanRenSei (USA)

Ceremony (2003)

Ambient trio (Sean Carroll, Brian Goodhue and Jeff Sampson) from Massachusetts. Drifting, sublime and dark.

See also: Kepheus

 


Sans Serif (USA)

Tones For LaMonte (2008)

Drone Ambient released by Forrest Fang under a pseudonym.

See also: Fang, Forrest

 


Sansaria (Australia)

Blue Dreaming (2015)

Floating, somewhat new-agey Ambient from Melbourne.

 


Sante (USA)

Into Light (1999)
Paramythos (2000)
Immaculate Conceptions (2001)
Inner Beauty (2001)
Coffee Culture (2005)

Space Music by Stephanie Sante. On Coffee Culture she started incorporating modern club / chill-out elements into her music. 

 


Santini, Daniele (Italy)

Nikola Tesla At the Wardenclyffe Tower (2011) (with Mademoiselle Bistouri)
Norge - Italia (2012) (with Mark O'Leary)
Looping the Loops (2012)
The Seven Astral Levels Vol. 1 (2013)
Drumbient Vol. 1 (2015) (with Dark Ambient Orchestra)
The Seven Astral Levels Vol. 2 (2015)
Crossroads (2016)
The Seven Astral Levels Vol. 3 (2017)

Diverse electronic artist whose output ranges from Dark / Deep Ambient to krautrock-influenced, to melodic and pulsing Ambient / EM.

 


Santo, Jon (Germany)

Synthesized Electrons (1976)

This album was recorded in Germany using ARP 2600, Roland SH-2000, Farfisa Syntorchestra, Armon piano and sequencer. It contains electronic interpretations of Bach's compositions. Jon Santo (real name - Andreas E. Beurmann, 1928 - 2016) was a physician and musicologist who studied at the universities of Cologne and Copenhagen.

 


Sapphire Slows (Japan)

True Breath (2011) (EP)
Melt (2011) (S)
Break Control (2012) (S)
Allegoria (2013)
The Role of Purity (2017) (S)

This project (Kinuko Hiramatsu) started in a unique style, mixing indie pop and house (sort of ambient pop, actually, with upbeat rhythms). Later works feature sequence-full electronics in a unique style.

 


Sapphirine Phlant (Russia)

Odds And Ends (2014)
Until the Light Takes Us (2016)

Sapphirine Phlant is Valentin Chernov from Novecherkassk, who debuted in 2014 with Odds And Ends, released by Psychonavigation Records. That work was very IDM-influenced but had some interesting ambient material as well. However, the album is only remotely related to EM. With Until the Light Takes Us, reportedly inspired by Norwegian black metal, its a complete turn towards the ambient side.

 


Saratoga Space Messengers (UK)

Surf (1976) (S)

A single released by Tim Blake under another moniker. The second track, titled "Saratoga Space Sound" consists of bird songs only. Blake's voice appears in the intro to the first side.

See also: Blake, Tim

 


Sardh (Germany)

Mysük (1991)
Stuur (1997)
Sa[e]nds (1997)
Sailend G.A.S.D. (1998)
Wueste Scheuer (1999)
Distend Rooms (2002)
Intar (2002)
Idyll (2004)
SARDHinFERNO (2008)
Aeon (2010)
Bruth (2012)
Urgan (2015)

Dark Ambient / Isolationism from this East German ensemble formed in Dresden in 1987.

 


Sarno, Mark (USA)

Passages Through And Beyond (1996)
Dark Matter (1999)

Melodic, easy-listening music from this California-based artist. Between 1987 - 1992 Tangerine Dream style, David Arkenstone, Yanni and maybe a bit of Synergy, with sporadic electric guitar solos.

 


SARS (Sweden)

(2014) (S)
For Those Who Strive (2015) (with Abdulla Rashim)

This artist likes to combine reflective analog synths with some voice samples.

See also: Född Död

 


Sasankah (Austria)

Insight (??)

Long, flowing ambient tracks from Andreas Kovar. Sometimes with a cinematic feel.

 


Satanath (Russia)

Satanath (2013)
Deep Universe Vacuum (2014)
Your Personal Copy (2017)

Solo electronic project of Alexey Korolyov from Saint-Petersburg, who is known as a member of a few black metal bands. Despite this, and the fact the guy runs a label that releases music in metal-related genres, this one here is hardly dark or depressive. At least if you listen to Your Personal Copy from 2017, you'll hear a collection of varied short tracks, that often come off as a mixture of Anatoly Pereslegin's neo-classical sequenced runs and vintage analog occult music of Ruth White or even Wendy Carlos. Some tracks are built on drum machine rhythms. Anyway, it can be rather entertaining as a whole but don't expect anything cohesive here. Previous releases may be darker, though, as I'm not familiar with these.

 


Satellite Clouds (Sweden)

Ascension of the Golden Torus (2008)
Degenerate Sons (2009)
SML Queen (2010)

Ambient synthesizers from Swedish artist Nicodemus Mattisson.

 


Sato, Hiroshi (Japan)

Orient (1979)

Jazz funk keyboardist (1947 - 2012) who collaborated with Haruomi Hosono (on Cochin Moon), among others. He had a sizable collection of analog keyboards, which he put to good use on Orient, a breezy funk / city pop album (one of the many he did). There is an EM flair in places, especially that special brand of typically Japanese, easy-listening, oriental-sounding, jazz-influenced sound (heard on some YMO, for example). Interesting tracks include the slow "Jo Do" with vocoded vocals and "Doncama", which sounds like a crazy electronic version of samba. File under EM-related.

 


Sato, Masahiko (Japan)

Switched On East (1971)
Y. Takahashi + M. Sato (1974) (with Yuji Takahashi)
Alexander Scriabin (1979)
Meteor (1979) (S)
Lunar Cruise (1990) (with Midori Takada)

Jazz pianist and keyboard player. Switched On East features Electronic Music (electronic versions of traditional Japanese music?). Variants of spelling: Masahiko Sato, Masahiko Satoh. Only the EM-related releases will be listed.

 


Sator Absentia (France / Sweden)

Mercurian Orgasms (2000)
Fluid Artefacts (2001)
The True Meaning of Golgotha (2003)
ExisTime (2006)

Cinematic Dark Ambient with electric violin from Cedric Codognet and Fredrik Bergstrom. The third album called The True Meaning of Golgotha is more diverse musically and incorporates industrial and folk influences plus vocals.

See also: Asmorod

 


Satori (Australia)

Beyond (1997)

Henry Kubik.

See also: Kubik, Henry

 


Satori (UK)

Contemptus Mundi (2008)
Kanashibari (2008)

Satori was formed in the early 1980's. The band consists of Neil Chaney of Pessary and Justin Mitchell - the owner of Cold Spring Records. At some point, Dave Kirby was also a member. Early works were noisy and industrial. It was on their later efforts (listed) that they developed a dark, opressive ambient style.

See also: Pessary, Kirby Dave.

 


Satori (USA)

Invisible Rhythm (1995)

A short-lived Tribal Ambient collective of Crystal Michelle Rayburn and Barry Stramp with Joel Young on percussion. Bill Laswell collaborates on one track.

 


Satoshi & Makoto (Japan)

CZ-5000 Sounds And Sequences (2017)

What the title says. Varied bunch of electronic tracks.

 


Satsuma Nightmare (UK)

Universal Fruit (1994)
Another Fine Mess (1994)
Lifesigns (1995) (S)
Non-Specular Reflections (2002)
Plugged (2003)

Satsuma Nightmare is a Leicester-based collective of musicians formed circa 1983 by Alan Stocker (synths) and Bill Henderson (guitar and synths). Right from the beginning they sought to recreate the classic sound of German analogue Electronic Music known today as the Berlin School. Their biggest inspiration was and remains to this day the music of Tangerine Dream, as is quite obvious from their name. They played some live gigs in the early 1980's, which were definitely recorded but supposedly not released in any form. Jon Humphries arrived with his guitar playing but left as soon as 1984. However, the duo continued until 1987 when they decided to call it quits and devote themselves to other commitments. In the 1990's, the group returned, having sold all of their analogue gear and, switching to the then modern digital equipment, released a few tapes. This time, however, the line up included only Stocker and a new guitarist Jon Angell. Satsuma Nightmare still exists as of 2010, recording music, some of which is available for downloading.

See also: Stocker, Alan

 


Saturn Form Essence (Ukraine)

Temple of Black Star (2009) (S)
Under A Sphere of Poisoned Uranium (2009)
Pure Saturn Emptiness (2009)
SFE000451208 (2009)
Plutonium Shadows (2009) (S)
Philosophy of Chaos Structure (2009) (S)
Cold (2009) (S)
Abyss (2009) (S)
Dead Cosmic Isolation (2009) (S)
Plutonium Path Throughout Endless Coldness (2009) (S)
Pure Crystalline Emptiness of Saturn (2009) (S)
Collaboration (2010) (with Mists of Poveglia)
Chaos Nebula (2010) (S)
Sirius (2010) (S)
...Far Away From Saturn (2010) (S)
Galactic Nebulae (2010) (S)
Deep Space Journey (2011)
Remembrances of Space (2011)
Radioactive Cosmic Rays (2011) (S)
NGC666: Galaxy In Triangulum (2011)
Infra-Red Space Meditations (2011)
Forgotten Space of Chaos (2011) (S)
Orbital Structure of Venus (2012)
Philosophy of Chaos Structure (2012) (S)
Aura 81 (2012) (S)
SPT-CL JO546-5345 (2013)
6EQUJ5 (2013) (S)
MS 0302+17 (2013)
EEMQ - 8041 (2013)
STTI - 300 - 028 (2014) (S)
Duophonic Space (2015)
Structure 1-178-24 (2015)
Signals-19-LPPT-992 (2015) (S)
Signals-20-LPPT-103 (2015) (S)
Alpha & Proxima (2015)
Planetary Mine 34825D-19 (2016)
Event Horizon (2017)
Beta Serpentis (2017)

Dark Space. Most of the time fairly simplistic, with interesting bits here and there. Apart from the listed solo releases, there's plenty of splits with other artists as well.

 


Saty (Russia)

Monument (2011)
Orbstatic (2011)
Simulacra (2011)
Introlence (2012)
Stist (2012)
Undercurrent (2012)
Melting Points (2013)

Sergey Saty is a Dark Ambient artist from Russia.

 


Sauer, Rainer (Germany)

Elektromusik I (1977)
Last Chance To Survive (1978)
Elektromusik II (1979)
Android (1980)
Solitaire (1985)
Music Inspired By... (1987)

Rainer Sauer was born in 1958 and has been working in EM continuously since the late 1970's.

See also: Velvet Universe, Gavand Art.

 


Saugy, Michel (Switzerland)

Echo Digital (1981)
Alize (1984)
Oceanique (1991)
Radio City / Star Voice (??) (S)

 


Sauvageau, Jean (Canada)

Laissez-Nous Vous Embrasser ou Vous Avez Mal (1972) (with Claude Peloquin)

Electronic Music pioneer from Quebec who invented an instrument called La Machine a Sauvageau, which got some interest from Robert Moog and Pink Floyd. Unfortunately, it seems that the only recorded output of Sauvageau was this avant-garde album done in collaboration with poet and lyricist Claude Peloquin. As a consequence, Peloquin's voice is everywhere. However, if you don't pay attention to the lyrics, there's some nice stuff going on, mostly avant-garde and experimental, but also very prog and kraut-like (as on the mesmerizing "Monseur l'Indien" with its Picture Music-like spacey synth soloing). Truly ahead of its time.

 


Sauvanet, Paul (France)

La Detente Par La Musique (1988)
Serenite (1989)
La Ceremonie De L'Oiseau (1989)
La Respiration Consciente (1990)
Migrations (1990)
Le Songe Du Temps (1991)
Eleusis (1992)
Tristesse (1995)
Nomad (1997)

Paul Sauvanet was born in 1950. He received formal music education at the conservatories of Bordeaux and Paris. During the 1970's, he became interested in the European Electronic Music of artists like Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream and later he was able to combine those influences with his classical / jazz roots. I suppose his main output can be classified as (more or less) Ambient music with sometimes an Eno / Roach feel.

 


Savant (USA)

Stationary Dance / Sensible Music (1981) (S)
The Neorealist (1982)

A group led by Kerry Leimer. Mostly Eno-like ambience with some weird touches like various sampled noises, looped rhythms and so on.

See also: Leimer, Kerry

 


Saverio (USA)

Music On the Moon (2007)
Sweet Dreamy Space (2008)

Dreamy, sci-fi-like Electronic Music, mostly beatless and flowing.

 


Savers, The (France)

Help Me / Space Police (1977) (S)

Music composed by P. Senneville and O. Touissant, arranged and performed by Roland Romanelli. In the style of Space.

See also: Romanellli, Roland, Space.

 


Savin, Igor (Croatia)

Childhood (1982)

Igor Savin is mostly known for his YU Disco Express album from 1979 that mixed funky disco sound with Balkan motifs, as well as from his work for television, radio and theatre plays. However, he also released this little-known obscure ambient work played on analogue synthesizers.

 


Savvaidis, Ioannis (Greece)

NSA Trusted Networks (2016) (S)

Rich analog sounds, some techno-influenced, some strictly cosmic.

 


Sawasaki, Yoshihiro (Japan)

Perfumed Garden (1994)
Ginjo Onsen (2010)

Yoshihiro Sawasaki is a former member of improvisational techno trio Transonic Jokers, together with Kazunao Nagata and Naka Tomizawa. He later worked as an ambient producer and musician. The first album has some techno influences. The 2010 cassette is supposed to be completely ambient.

 


Sayer (USA)

Synthetic Dreams (2001)
1st Encounter (2003)
Random Access Melodies (2013)
Sounds of Atoms (2014)
Time Travelers (2015)
Time Travelers Too (2015)
Cosmic Voyagers (2015)
Interplanetary (2017)

This artist mixes traditional Electronic Music with more modern trends.

 


Sblendorio, Andrew (USA)

Alive At the Macartovin (2015)
SF.04 April (2016) (S)

Diverse experimental artist. Only his ambient or EM-related works will be listed.

 


SBB (Poland)

Follow My Dream (1977)

Legendary Polish progressive rock band (also a backing band for Czeslaw Niemen during the 1970's). Josef Skrzek is responsible for some of their finest electronic moments that are scattered throughout their discography and are especially prominent on this album. Further investigation is needed.

See also: Skrzek, Josef, Niemen, Czeslaw.

 


Sbrizzi, FaBIO (Italy)

Naif Music (1998)
Comunicare (2006)
Evangelum Secundum (2011)

Quiet Electronic Music from BIOnighT member. Performed with almost no use of sequencers. The first album is currently available only for those who order directly from the author. Comunicare is much more sequencer-based, although not in typical Berlin School mode, but in a very personal way. This album is much more active and not so "quiet".

See also: BIOnighT

 


Scab, Dom F. (Spain)

Innerseed (1998)
Silent Mars (2000) (with John Lakveet)
Binary Secrets (2001)
Analogical Confessions (2002)
Facta (2002)
About A Tree (2003)
Twelve Stories (2004)
Crosswords (2005)
Necessary Fears (2006)

Spanish synthesist (born in 1965) and member of AT-Mooss. Berlin School sequential electronics. Very good, indeed. Scab doesn't simply copy the classic Tangerine Dream sound, but adds his own sounds and leaves enough space for experimentation.

See also: AT-Mooss, Cosmic Ni.

 


Scala, Stefano (Italy)

Bagliori dell'Anima (2001)
Unsui il Sentiero dei Bambu (2004)
Il Tempo del Sogno (2006)
Impermanence (2008)
Nel Cuore dell'Amazzonia (2009)

Stefano Scala is a Tribal Ambient artist from Milano. Some of his works are supposed to be completely or almost completely acoustic (utilizing instruments such as bells, percussion, field recordings, didgeridoo and so on), but he also uses electronics extensively.

 


Scalas, Christian (Italy)

Winter (2014)

His style includes elements of glitch, IDM and Ambient. Of special interest is "Antartika" from Winter, clearly inspired by Vangelis.

 


Scamall (Poland)

A World Behind the Silence (2009)

Scamall is Polish musician Jakub Kmiec (Polaris), doing more experimental, ambient stuff.

See also: Polaris

 


Scand, Randolf (Russia)

Willing To Awaken (2014)

Electronic project of Alexander Girin with an ambient, cosmic sound based on floating synthesizers, analog pulsations and even a bit of Floydian guitar.

 


Scanner (UK)

The Great Crater (2017)

Long-standing project of Robin Rimbaud. Works since early 1990's, mostly in IDM / ambient techno / electro-acoustic. The Great Crater is a nice entry into the Ambient genre. There are even the ever so subtle shades of Vangelis, Klaus Schulze and other Prog EM greats. Further investigation is needed.

 


Scarecrew (Germany)

Magical Mind (2006) (recorded in 1975)

Steve Schroyder's (ex-Tangerine Dream) project formed in 1973 and disbanded in 1975. Magical Mind features never-before-heard recordings from 1975. The line-up features Gene Gross (who would later form part of the duo Augenstern) and a few other, more obscure names. Trippy electronic krautrock.

See also: Schroyder, Steve, Augenstern

 


Scarterfield, Keith (USA)

Vista (1989)
Flesh Tones (1991)
The Jart Mentality (1993)
Sound of Mind (??)

Synthesist on Electronical Dreams.

 


Schaaf, Jorg (Germany)

Sonar Experience (1999)

Supposedly, the same style as his work with Schulze on Trance Appeal.

 


Schabtach, Adam (USA)

Elephant Island (2002)

Chilly, droning Ambient in Deep Chill Network / Stephen Philips vein by former Team Metlay contributor.

 


Schaefer, Janek (UK)

Unfolding Luxury Beyond the City of Dreams (2014)
Inner Space Memorial In Wonderland (2014)
Glitter In My Tears (2017)

UK-born artist of Polish-Canadian origin. He is sort of a disciple of Brian Eno, having worked with the ambient master in the 1990's. As a soloist, he is a multi-disciplinary artist working in such genres as turntablism, drone, field recordings, musique concrete, sound collage and more. There are also some ambient works that I will try to list here. His discography is huge, so further investigation is needed.

 


Schaefer, Peter (Germany)

Nunatak (1980)
Memberflight (??)
Desertifikation - Q (??)
Panta Rei (1982)
Schaf Im Wolfspelz (1982)
Zeitsuche (1982)
Frühlingsregen (1983)
Wavescapes (1983)
Elaboration (1983)
Peter Schaefer's Farn-Werke (1984)
Musik für Cello und Elektronik (1985) (with Sefhet Muhatcheem)
Hevron (1985)
Farn IV (1986)
Extension (1986)
The-Matik (1986)
We Are Black Noise (1987)
Sundaes (1988)
Foreign Worlds (1990)
The World Fol (1991)
Trans Lucency (1992)
In Splendour of the Truth (1993)
The Mynah (1996)
Liquid Spaces (1997)
Galactic Zoo (1999)
Painted Music (2001)
Isch! (2003)

German synthesist. Very diverse works in Experimental / dark / rhythmic Space fields.

See also: Farn, Pete, F.A.R.N., Opera's Space.

 


Schafer, Theodore (USA)

Tunnel Vision (2012)
So Young (2014) (S)
Writing Music (2015)
Presence (2016) (with John Daniel)
Delicate (2016) (S)
Portrait (2016) (S)

Ambient artist from Ann Arbor who is also part of the Cestine duo. Relaxing sound with just a touch of neo-classical.

 


Schaltkreis Wassermann (Switzerland)

Sex Is Out, Ich Bin Beklont (1981) (S)
Space Shuttle (1981) (S)
Psychotron (1982)
Why Don't We Live In Space (1983) (S)
Mobilhome Girls (1984) (S) (soundtrack)

A pioneering electronic duo of Stella and PJ Wassermann founded in 1979. The music was all analogue and made with an ARP 2600, an ARP Avatar guitar synth, a Roland 100M modular synth and a Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 polyphonic synth. For the sequencing they used a Roland MC-4 Micro Composer. Their album Psychotron had considerable success among synth fans. Nowadays both artists release solo albums (Stella went for the lounge / oriental / chill-out music, while PJ Wassermann combines goa trance with rock / guitar music), but for certain projects they still like to get together from time to time.

 


Schat, Arjen (Netherlands)

Sequentem (2014)
CrO2 (2015) (S)
Mens (2015)
Spectrum (2017)

Arjen Schat is a diverse Dutch composer who is especially fond of complex sequencer patterns (ala Berlin School) and ambient synth soundscapes.

 


Schedel, Gerhard (Germany)

Attenti al Treno! (1992) (with Peter Frohmader and Andreas Merz)

Munich-born artist (b. in 1955) who, starting from the early 1970's, began building his own custom devices for Electronic Music production. He played synthesizers with a rock group as early as 1971 and began recording solo electronic compositions around that time. At the end of the 1970's, he got interested in multimedia techniques, animation and computer graphics. He worked with Weltklang and Peter Frohmader's Nekropolis, among others, and was a member of many groups and projects, including Kurgmuller, France Douce, Ampzilla's Delight, The Ankles, Dissidents, Kwalitat 100% and Real Sharks.

See also: Ampzilla's Delight

 


Schedelvreter (Netherlands)

Hunker (1986) (S)

Side project of Danny Bosten, the mastermind behind minimal synth "band" Das Ding. This one here is more experimental and has a weird horror synth vibe to it. Still rather minimal, though. File under EM-related.

 


Scheich in China (Germany)

Scheich in China (2014)
Scheich in China (2015)
Schecih in China (2016)
014 (2016)
Scheich In China (2016) (S)
IV (2016)

Hamburg-based project in Experimental vein. Mostly rather minimal, noisy and dark sound here.

See also: Rau, Alsen, Esmark.

 


Scherani, Luca (Italy)

Everyday's Life (2007)
Everybody's Waiting (2012)

Luca Scherani is an Italian keyboardist who on Everyday's Life mixes Electronic Music with a bit of jazz fusion and progressive rock. A cast of guest musicians and a female vocalist support Luca in this quest.

 


Scherer, Paul (USA)

Nitemusik (1991)
Between the Lines (1992)

 


Scherer, Peter (Switzerland)

That Land (2009) (with Don Li)

Nice long-form Ambient from this experimental rock / no wave musician, made in collaboration with clarinetist Don Li. Sort of meditative, hypnotic sound with an ethnic touch.

 


Scherpenzeel, Ton (Netherlands)

Heart of the Universe (1984)
Virgin Grounds - Orion  (1988)
Synspiration (1991)

Kayak member. These albums contain Electronic Music and are of interest. The second one was released under the project name "Orion". There was an earlier album, released way back in 1978, called Le Carnaval des Animaux. It had only interpretations of classical compositions done in the style of prog masters like Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

 


Schiavi, Alex (Italy)

Musica Futurista (1982) (with Massimo Peloso)
Dietro le Quinte (1988)
Eclipse of Reason (1990)
The Budapest Concerts (1990)
Inferno (1991)
Guitar Solos (1999)

Italian guitar player and composer who started his career as a member of several jazz bands. Nowadays he runs two music schools in Milan. He has composed some purely electronic works, as EM is one of his main spheres of interest. Alex Schiavi also likes to combine his electric guitar playing with electronic sequences and rhythms.

 


Schicke, Fuhrs & Frohling (Germany)

Live In Papenburg (1975)
Symphonic Pictures (1976)
Sunburst (1977)
Ticket To Everywhere (1978)
The Collected Works of SFF (1976-1979) (1993)

Symphonic progressive electronics with occasional guitar licks. Here, synthesists and keyboard players Fuhrs and Frohling are aided by the great drumming from Schicke. Their albums were released on the German Brain label. The Collected Works of SFF combines all three albums into one 2-CD set, adding a couple of live bonus tracks. After the 1978 album, Schicke left, and the duo continued to release albums in similar vein.

See also: Fuhrs & Frohling

 


Schickert, Günter (Germany)

Samtvogel (1974)
Uberfallig (1979)
In den Zeichen Von Sabine Franek-Koch (1981) (S) (soundtrack)
Kinder In der Wildnis (1983)
Somnambul (1994) (recorded in 1980 - 1994)
Mauerharfe 1989 - 2009 (2009)
HaHeHiHo (2012) (recorded in 1996)
Echodrive 2000 (2000)
Schulze-Schickert Session (2013) (recorded in 1975) (with Klaus Schulze)
OXTLR (2014) (with Pharoah Chromium)
ASS (2016) (with Jochen Arbeit and Schneider TM)

His musical approach is similar to Inventions For Electric Guitar by Manuel Goettsching which means trippy, echoey guitarscapes with tons of electronic processing, sometimes creating sequencer-like looping structures. Samtvogel is a rare debut released privately as a limited edition, Uberfallig is his most commonly encountered work. Kinder... is an obscure cassette release, while Somnambul, released on the now defunct Musique Intemporelle label, gathered unreleased pieces from 1980 - 1994.

See also: GAM

 


Schiefnetter, Roland (Germany)

Seasonics (1986)

Flowing melodic EM with classical influences.

 


Schiller (Germany)

Live ErLeben - Die Einlassmusik (2004)
Live ErLeben - Die Einlassmusik 2 (2004)
Prologue (2005)
Tag und Nacht Tour - Die Einlassmusik 3 (2006)
Die Einlassmusik 4 (2008)
Die Einlassmusik 5 (2008)
Die Einlassmusik 6 (2010)
Die Einlassmusik 7 - Klangwelten (2011)
Die Einlassmusik 8 (2012)
Die Einlassmusik 9 (2012)
Die Einlassmusik 10 - Klangwelten (2013)
Die Einlassmusik 11 (2016)
Die Einlassmusik 12 (2016)
Die Einlassmusik 13 (2017)
Die Einlassmusik 14 (2017)

Schiller is Christopher Von Deylen - an "electronica" artist who made a name for himself playing live shows and doing deejay sets in his native Germany, becoming quite popular in chill-out / downtempo club circles. In the EM world, he is marked by his collaboration with Klaus Schulze at the beginning of the 21st Century. Die Einlassmusik is a series of ambient CD's sold during his tours. Nice, melodic, accessible sound with no beats to speak of for the most part.

 


Schirm, Olaf (Germany)

Symboter Music (1981)

Early cassette by Olaf Schirm aka Symboter.

See also: Symboter

 


Schirò, Riccardo (Italy)

Aqua (2016)
Mediterranea (2017)

Weird mixture of disco and Cluster-like Prog EM wackyness.

 


Schizo (France)

And the Little Girl / Paraphrenia Praecox (1970) (S)
Le Voyageur / Torcol (1972) (S)

Sort of an early incarnation of Heldon with Richard Pinhas as main man.

See also: Pinhas, Richard, Heldon.

 


Schl@g! (Germany)

Werk (2013)
Loch (2014)

Krautrock-influenced duo of Carsten Agthe and Dirk Schlömer. With the covers of their CD's following the pattern established by Neu!, you can easily imagine the route it is going to take and indeed, we are talking Dusseldorf School sound here, with guitars, motorik rhythms and synths galore.

 


Schlammpeitziger (Germany)

Erdrauchharnschleck (1993)
Freundlichbaracudamelodieliedgut (1996)
Spacerokkmountainrutschquartier (1997)
Augenwischwaldmoppgeflöte (2000)
Everything Without All Inclusive (2003)
Schwingstelle Für Rauschabzug (2008)
Vorausschauende Bebauung (2011)
What's Fruit? (2014)

Schlammpeitziger is a project of Jo Zimmermann, Cologne-based artist who uses casios, digital and analog electronics to craft his melodic compositions that sometimes sound like an updated version of Cluster (with a dose of IDM tossed in). For fans of the Dusseldorf School (Cluster / Moebius branch) and modern indietronica.

 


Schlappi, Eric (USA)

Moon's Spawn (2015) (S)
Poseidonis (2016)
Kurald Emerlahn (2017)

Eric Schlappi is an experimental synthesizer artist from Tucson. On Moon's Spawn he is very noisy and rough but for Poseidonis he chose a more structured, melodic / rhythmic approach. The music is still very sharp, mainly because of the sounds used, but is definitely moving in the progressive direction.

 


Schlienz, Guenter (Germany)

The Dalmatian Tapes (2010)
The Sardinian Tapes (2010)
Through Music To the Self (2012)
Tape Studies (2012)
Furniture Sounds (2012)
Urban Tapes (2012)
The Catalanian Tapes (2013) (S)
Organ Studies (2013)
The Norman Tapes (2013)
Treehut Visions (2014)
Contemplation (2014)
Blaue Stunde (2015) (with Paul Skomsvold)
Live Tape (2015)
Transitions (2015)
Ship / Horn (2016) (S)
Book of Dreams (2016)
Augenblicke (2016)
Evocations (2016)
Autumn (2016)
Sterne Über der Stadt (2017)
Peace (2017)

Ambient artist who prefers to work in analogue environment, with modular synths and transistor organs.

See also: Navel

 


Schloss Tegal (USA)

Oranur III - The Third Report (1995)
Black Static Transmission (1999)

Dark Ambient from Richard Schneider and Mark Burch. The other albums of this project are in industrial style.

 


Schmaidl (USA)

Hangouts (2017) (S)

Schmaidl is North Carolina's Harald S., whose music ranges from Ambient to rhythmic, downtempo-influenced stuff with melodic synth lines and all.

 


Schmidl, Burkard (Germany)

Klanggarten (1990)
Enter & Return (1991)
Zodiac Symphony (1992)
Klanggarten Vol.2 (1993)
Klangallee (1994)
Klangallee Vol. 2 (1998)
Klanggarten Vol. 3 (1999)
The Secret Element (2004) (S)

Burkard Schmidl was born in 1955 and received classical education in music. Like many other musicians, he started in a band (that was playing jazz and jazz-related music). His diverse influences (such as jazz, new age, ethnic music et al) and a profound experience (he played in many groups over the years) have distilled into a solo career that started with 1990's Klanggarten.

 


Schmidt, Irmin (Germany)

Filmmusik Vol. 1 (1980)
Filmmusik Vol. 2 (1981)
Toy Planet (1981) (with Bruno Spoerri)
Rote Erde (1983)
Filmmusik Vol. 3 (1984)
Filmmusik Vol. 4 (1984)
Herr Schmidt (1985)
Musk At Dawn (1987)
Filmmusik Vol. 5 (1989)
Impossible Holidays (1991)
Filmmusik Anthology Vol. 6 (2015)

Legendary keyboard player of the group Can. Irmin Schmidt was born in 1937.

 


Schmidt, Martin (USA)

Batu Mulablab (2015)

Solo music from member of Matmos that combines Balinese gamelan, field recordings, processed piano, voices, electro-acoustics and suble synthesizer injections.

See also: Matmos

 


Schmidtchen, Detlev (Germany)

The Last Planet (2007)
The Last Planet Chapter II (2008)
The Last Planet Chapter III: Reversion (2009)
Vanthasia (2013)
Another World (2014)

Keyboard player of Eloy with his own solo concept albums. The music is a mixture of styles, from progressive rock with rich keyboard passages to Electronic Music. Comparisons are, naturally, Eloy, Ego On the Rocks and Tangerine Dream.

See also: Eloy, Ego On the Rocks, Choco.

 


Schmitt, Doug (Canada)

Computer Music (2000)

 


Schmoelling, Johannes (Germany)

Wuivend Riet (1986)
The Zoo of Tranquility (1988)
White Out (1990)
Lieder Ohne Worte (1995)
Die Zaubergeiger Settembrini (1995) (with Martin Burckhardt)
Laufen (2002)
Recycle Or Die (2003)
Weltmaerchen - Weltmusik (2004)
Instant City (2006)
Early Beginnings - Anthology 1979 - 1985 (2008)
A Thousand Times (2009)
Time And Tide (2011)
A Thousand Times Part 2 (2016)
Diary of A Common Thread (2017)

German synthesist and member of Tangerine Dream from 1980 to 1985. During his years with the group, Tangerine Dream produced some of their best works. The music from this era is slightly more accessible than that of the Baumann-era TD, but still retaining the experimental edge, therefore it has stood the test of time perfectly and still sounds totally fresh today. After Schmoelling went solo, he produced several albums of great Electronic Music, which are real gems of the genre. Some of his music reminds us of the years spent with TD, but some of it is quite unique. The most noticeable feature of Schmoelling's music is the use of piano on some tracks. Overall, highly recommended for any serious EM fan.

See also: Tangerine Dream, Loom.

 


Schmutz, Barbara (France)

Recontre d'Espaces (1983)
Crystal (1986)

Crystal is a rare release with Electronic Music composed for a crystal show. Recontre shows a more classical side, with lots of harpsichord mixed with synths.

 


Schnee (Italy)

Chrism (2012)

Dark Ambient from Riccardo Z. who also plays black metal and experimental folk under the pseudonym Maðr Er Moldar Auki.

 


Schneider, Henry (USA)

Lux Aeterna (1988)
Coal Aberrations (1989)
The Bodley Codex (1991)

Very interesting synthesist with many trends covered in his work: cosmic, rhythmic, experimental etc. Fred Becker guests on the first album (together with Scott Gross).

 


Schneider Jr., Richard (Germany)

Dreamlike Land (1977)
Fata Morgana (1980)

This one puzzles me. Often filed under "electronic", there's nothing that will shake your ears here. In fact, this album is filled with cheesy keyboard funk, orchestral pop and even more cheesy vocal songs about beach girls and stuff. I would not even file this as progressive. He does use synths, but we're in 1977 here, and at that time a lot of groups and performers were using them. There are a couple of tracks that would qualify as "EM" if you're generous, such as the floating and Pink Floyd-like opener "High". Jacki Liebezeit from Can plays drums on this album. Tread with caution. Richard Schneider has one more release from 1980, called Fata Morgana. Apparently, it's more jazzy and funky. However, the long title track is certainly interesting, with tons of synths.

 


Schneider, Stefan (Germany)

Automne Six (2003) (with Philippe Poirier)
Pick Up Sticks (2004) (S) (with Bill Wells, Annie Whitehead and Barbara Morgenstern)
Paper of Pins (2009) (S) (with Bill Wells, Annie Whitehead and Barbara Morgenstern)
Pianotapes (2010) (with Bill Wells)
Stunden (2011) (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius)
NNNNeonLLLLights / Well Sustained / Schlummer (2013) (S) (with Lloyd Cole and Hans-Joachim Roedelius)
Tiden (2013) (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius)
Shadow Documents (2014) (with Sven Kacirek)
Deshalb, Stäubschen, Offen / Chambers, Tired Resistance, Element Objects (2015) (S) (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Sven Kacirek)
Westwerk 1 - 3 / Tse-Tse (2016) (S) (with
Sven Kacirek, Jochen Arbeit, Michael Schickert and Schneider TM)
Tiergarten (2017) (with Katharina Grosse)

Ex-member of Kreidler, member of To Rococo Rot and numerous other projects and bands. He usually collaborates with other artists, including such names and Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Sven Kacirek. The latter recorded an album with Schneider called Shadow Documents that marries quirky electronics of the Dusseldorf School (a bit similar to solo Moebius) with African percussive rhythms and was inspired by the duo's trip to Kenya.

See also: Kreidler

 


Schnell, Carsten (Germany)

Adjust! (1992)
Acoustic Delusion (1994)
U! (1995)
Moments In the Past (1997)

Melodic music that possibly comes close to new age. Carsten Schnell was born in 1964.

 


Schnitzler, Conrad (Germany)

Rot (1972)
Blau (1973)
Red Cassette (1973)
The Black Cassette (1974)
Con Aus Berlin (1976)
Con (1978)
Auf dem Schwarzen Kanal (1979) (EP)
Consequenz (1980) (with Wolfgang Seidel)
Con 3 (1980)
Grun (1981) (recorded in 1976 - 1980)
Conal (1981)
Contempora (1981)
Context (1981)
Control (1981)
Conrad & Sohn (1981) (with Gregor Schnitzler)
Conrad & Sequenza (1981) (with Wolfgang Seidel)
Container (1982)
Convex (1982)
Face On Radio (1982) (with Wolfgang Hertz)
Con 3.3.83 (1983)
Con'83 (1983)
Con'84 (1984)
Con 1.7.84 (1984)
Live 10.10.84 (1984)
Con'85 (1985)
Concert (1986)
Consequenz II (1986) (with Wolfgang Seidel)
Con'86 (1986)
Black Box 1987 (1987)
Conditions of the Gas Giant (1987)
Congratulacion (1987)
Contra-Terrene (1987)
Micon In Italia (1987) (with Michael Otto)
Contrasts (1987) (with Wolfgang Hertz)
ConGen: New Dramatic Electronic Music (1988) (with Gen Ken Montgomery)
Gencon Dramatic (1988) (with Gen Ken Montgomery)
Concho (1988) (with Michael Chocolak)
February (1988)
June (1988)
July (1988)
August (1988)
September (1988)
October (1988)
November (1988)
December (1988)
CS 89 (1989)
Constellations (1989)
Kynak (1990) (with Giancarlo Toniutti)
Tolling Toggle (1991) (with Jorg Thomasius)
Clock Face (1992) (with Jorg Thomasius)
Tonart Eins (1992) (with Lars Stroschen and Jorg Thomasius)
Tonart Zwei (1993) (with Lars Stroschen and Jorg Thomasius)
Con Brio (1993)
00/44 (1993)
Blue Glow (1994) (recorded in 1972 - 1980)
Con Repetizione (1994)
Charred Machinery (1995) (recorded in 1971 - 1980)
Electronegativity (1995) (recorded in 1977 - 1979)
00/106 (1997)
The Piano Works Vol.1 (1997)
Construction (1999)
Piano 00/071 (1999)
Piano 00/063 (1999)
Con/Solo/1 (1999)
Piano 00/121 (1999)
Concert 00/139 (1999)
Con/Solo/2 (1999)
Computer Jazz (1999)
Fordersturm (1999)
5.5.85 (2000) (recorded in 1985)
The 88 Game (2000)
Solo Sy.A+Eff.Live 17.10.2000 00/164 (2001)
F-Cont (2001)
Electric Solo Sy.A. Samp 00/166 (2001)
CC5.5.85 (2001)
Solo Electrics Perc. 00/147 (2001)
Solo Violin Slow Action 00/121 (2001)
Conal 2001 (2001)
Acon (2001) (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius)
Live Action 1977 (2002) (recorded in 1977)
00024 (2003) (recorded in 1991)
00117 (2003) (recorded in 1997)
00/153 (2003) (recorded in 2000)
00159 (2003) (recorded in 2000)
00/172 (2003) (recorded in 2001)
00/205 (2003) (recorded in 2002)
Con '72 (2003)
Contakt (2003) (recorded in 197?)
Gold (2003) (recorded in 1974 - 1978)
Con '72 Part 2 (2004) (recorded in 1972)
Mi. T . - Con 04 (2004) (with Michael Thomas Roe)
Moon Mummy (2005) (with Matt Howarth)
Skizzo (2005)
Conviction (2006)
Energie (2006)
Aquatic Vine Music (2006) (with Michael Thomas Roe)
Con 2 (2006) (recorded in 1980 - 1981)
Klavierhelm (2006)
Electrocon (2006) (recorded in 1980 - 1981)
00/378 Mix Solos For Jose Luis Lopez Miguel (2006)
Man 00/285 (2007)
Mic & Con (2007) (with Michael Thomas Roe)
Morses Schreibapparat Mix Solos 00/423 (2007)
Rektifikation (2008)
Windvogel (2008)
00/504 Solo Electrics Insideout (2008)
00/500 Mix Solos Lichtpunkte (2008)
Happen Again Wild Mix 00/485 (2008)
Sunset Wild Mix 00/486 (2008)
Rohre - Concert 00/274 (2008)
Rare Tracks 1979 - 1982 Re-Edited (2008) (with Dompteur Mooner)
Early Self-Product Series (2008) (recorded in 1983)
Silver (2009) (recorded in 1974 - 1975)
Horror Odyssee (2009) (with Big Robot)
The Russians Are Coming / Roofmusic (2009) (recorded in 1981) (with Gregor Schnitzler)
Slow Motion (2010) (recorded in 1972)
DictaCon (2010)
10 kW/h (2010) (recorded in 1973 - 1977) (with Wolfgang Seidel)
GENCON Duets (2010) (with Gen Ken Montgomery)
Minced Valves (2010) (recorded in 1977) (with Steve Schroyder and Patrick Gresbek)
Hirschgebruell (2010) (with Bjorn Hatterud)
Paragon Outtakes (2010) (recorded in 1979 - 1982)
24/06/11 (2011)
Con-Struct (2011) (with Borngraber & Struver)
Live '72 (2011)
Consequenz 010B (2011) (with Wolfgang Seidel)
00-767 (2011)
Mariental Tapes (2011) (with Norbert Eisbrenner and Sven-Åke Johansson)
Con-Struct (2012) (with Andreas Reihse)
00/830 Endtime (2012)
Zug - Reshaped And Remodelled (2012)
Container T1 - T12 (2012) (recorded in 1971 - 1982)
Con-Struct (2015) (with Pyrolator)
Kontraktion (2016) (recorded in 1986 - 1987) (with Pharmakustik)
Filmmusik 1 (2016) (recorded in 1975 and 1980)
Filmmusik 2 (2017) (recorded in 1975 and 1978)
Con-Struct (2017) (with Pole)

Conrad Schnitzler (1937 - 2011) was one of the most enigmatic figures on the EM scene. He was a member of Tangerine Dream in 1969 and helped to create their first official album release, Electronic Meditation. After that he left the group and formed Kluster together with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius. When he left to pursue a solo career, the name of the group was changed to Cluster, which is essentially an English spelling of the word. Schnitzler has a huge discography and overall he was one of the most prolific EM composers. Conrad was notable for giving some of the most unusual live performances: for instance, he would often wear several cassette recorders attached to his waist, a small Vox amplifier and a megaphone planted on his head. With this rig, he would play tracks from one recorder or mix the output of several cassettes. These "tape concerts" fluorished during the 1970's and beyond, as Con (as he liked to be called) walked down the streets of Berlin or performed in art galleries, museums, elevators and other unlikely places. His recorded work usually can be characterized by using one word: experimental. It's really uncompromising, rough music, often abstract and harsh, in other words, very interesting. Not your usual EM affair. As for new age fans, I think they might have a heart attack if they ever happen to hear some of his works. But the elite status he had in certain (rather narrow) circles is certainly justified. He was the kind of man that never looked at or followed any fashions or trends. Ok, he did flirt with new wave in the early 1980's, but does that matter? ;-) Conrad (the German spelling of his name is Konrad) Schnitzler passed away on the 4th of August, 2011, after losing a battle with stomach cancer. However, his legacy lives on in his recorded works, videos and memories of some of the most unusual live performances ever commited by any musician in any genre. Please note that there was an LP released in 1981 titled Gelb. However, it contains music from The Black Cassette from 1974. The Red Cassette from 1973 was re-released in 2010 as Zug. However, two years later a different version appeared (included in the discography) with re-worked versions of the pieces. Con was re-released as Ballet Statique.

See also: Tangerine Dream, Kluster, Berlin Express.

 


Schoener, Eberhard (Germany)

Destruction of Harmony (1971)
A Day's Lullaby (1971)
Meditation (1973)
Windows (1974)
Bali Agung (1975)
Musik Aus Bali (1976)
Trance-Formation (1977)
The Book (1977)
Flashback (1978)
Video Magic (1978)
Video Flashback (1979)
Events (1980)
Video Magic (1981) (different)
Time Square (1981)
Spurensicherung (1983)
Sky Music / Mountain Music (1984)
Eberhard Schoener System (1985)
Bon Voyage (1986)
Bali Symphony - Trance Mission (1991)
Harmonia Mundi (1993)
Time Cycle (1994)
Namaste-Puja (1999)

Schoener And Friends (2006) 

German synthesist and classical composer. Eberhard Schoener was the first to bring a Moog Modular synthesizer to Germany. His works often incorporate ethnic influences and he is sort of a pioneer of World Music. Schoener has an extensive discography (see above) and some of his works are purely or almost purely orchestral (for instance, Die Schachtel (1967), Bastien Und Bastienne (1976), Die Schauspieldirector (1976) ). Destruction of Harmony seems to contain Electronic Music based on Bach's pieces. Windows is a collaboration with a cast of rock musicians, including John Lord of Deep Purple. Video Magic sees Eberhard collaborating with Sting (of The Police fame).

See also: Marlboro Project

 


Scholl, Bernd (Germany)

Tales of Fantasy (1982)
Silent Nature (1986)
Echoes (1988)
Harmony (1989)
Heaven On Earth (1990)
Magic of the Water (1992)
Cosmic Symphony (1993)
Secret Garden (1995)
Light of the Moon (1997)
Mystic Voyage (2000)
Circle of Trees (2004)
Dreamspheres (2004) (with Nik Tyndall)
Road To the Stars (2008)
The Sacred Path (2009) (with Rudiger Gleisberg)
Dawn To Dusk (2012)
Island Peak (2013) (with Rudiger Gleisberg)
Early Tracks + The First Concert '86 (??)

Bernd Scholl was born on 28th of November, 1956. He played keyboards in different bands before going solo in 1980. His music is very relaxing. However, early releases contain more active and very Berlin School-like stuff.

 


Scholz, Thomas (Germany)

Art-Serie No.1 (1983)

Obscure solo release by member of industrial duo TASS II. The music is repetitive and has that "minimal synth" feel typical of a lot of independent releases of the time.

 


Schönauer, Manfred (Germany)

Sound Sculptures (1983)
Untitled - Demo (1984)
Sound Sculptures 3 (1985)

Rare tapes with Electronic Music by this Germany-born musician (moved to USA in 1972).

 


Schønning, Klaus (Denmark)

Lydglimt (1979)
Cyclus (1980)
Nasavu (1982)
Locrian Arabesque (1985)
Arctic Light (1987)
Symphodysse I (1989)
Symphodysse II (1990)
Scandinavia (1990) (with Kim Skovbye)
Heartland (1991) (with Kim Skovbye)
Symphodysse III (1991)
Symphodysse IV (1993)
Magic Cafe (1993)
Aftermath (1993) (with Kim Skovbye)
Endless Corridor (1995)
Copenhagen (1996)
Rune Quest (1997)
There And Back Again (1997) (with Kim Skovbye)
Mysteries of the Past (1998)
Stars In the Night (2000)
Invisible Worlds (2002)
The Ring Vol. 1 (2002) (with Kim Skovbye)
Fairytales (2005)
Flow (2010)
Fresh Global Tunes (2011)
City (2012)

Danish synthesist born in 1954 in Copenhagen. Starting with music as a child, Klaus quickly embraced the growing rock scene and began playing keyboards (mainly piano). However, it was synthesizer that captured his imagination and in 1979 Klaus released his first album Lydglimt that was enthusiastically received by the public. A bit later Klaus started adding traditional / acoustic instruments to his sound pallette and explored various styles, from the melodic to the ambient. For the most part, his music consists of quite symphonic electronics, sometimes close to new age, but most of the time it's just your "normal" EM.

 


Schönwälder, Mario (Germany)

From the Pyramids (1985)
Zeit (1985)
Grossstadtgedanken (1986)
Human Nature (1986)
Aus Einer Anderen Zeit (1988)
Eye of the Chameleon (1989)
Hypnotic Beats (1990)
Close By My Distance (1992)
Memories In Space (1994)
Spherical Bodies (1994)
Solotrip (1996) (recorded in 1987 - 1996)
Filter-Kaffee 101 (2011) (with Rothe) (recorded in 2007)
Filter-Kaffee 102 (2015) (with Rothe)
Traum & Trauma (2015)
Filter-Kaffee 100 (2016) (with Rothe)
Filter-Kaffee 103 (2017) (with Rothe)

German synthesist (born in 1960 in Berlin), the president of the Manikin label. His music is melodic and rhythmic with good arrangements. But his collaborative efforts with Detlef Keller somehow impressed me more.

See also: Keller & Schönwälder, Fanger & Schönwälder, Nightworkers.

 


Schoof, Manfred (Germany)

Power Station (1984)
Meditation (1987)
Timebreaker (1990)
Crossroad (1992)

Library albums by this composer born in 1936. Manfred Schoof is mostly known as a jazz musician but during the 1980's he expanded his musical style into areas that would interest most EM fans.

 


Schouten, Patrick (Netherlands)

Collection (1999)
Dreams (2002)
Rain (2004)
Above the Sky (2005)
The Road Home (2006)
Cosmos 1 (2006)
Soul of the Mountain (2007)

Melodic music by this keyboardist (born in 1968 in the Hague), influenced by Vangelis.

 


Schrader, Stefan (Germany)

Trancemission (1983)
Synbild (1984) (S)

Electronic Music by the guy who played synthesizers in a minimal / darkwave band Projekt 3. Trancemission is a cassette that has one side of live material and another side of studio material.

 


Schreiber, Max (Israel)

Variations On Memory (2017) (S)

Weird electronic versions of Memorial Day songs.

 


Schrock, Jack (USA)

Frame of Mind (2017) (recorded in 2015)

This artist tries to mix easy-listening and Prog EM trends in a unique way - using vintage synths and drum machines only, he composes playful, cheerful, melodic compositions. I mean, this is what Cluster would sound like if they would be invited to play as background band in a seaside bar on a tropical island.

 


Schroeder, Robert (Germany)

Harmonic Ascendant (1979)
Floating Music (1980)
Mosaique (1981)
Galaxie Cygnus A (1982)
Paradise (1983)
Computer Voice (1984)
Die Story der Final Legacy (1984)
Brain Voyager (1985)
Time Waves (1987)
Driftin' (1988)
Pegasus (1990) (recorded in 1982-83)
Hamaja (1991)
Mindwalk (1993)
Everdreams (1994)
D.MO Vol.1 (1998) (recorded in 1978)
Brainchips (2005)
Sphereware (2007)
D.MO Vol.2 (2008) (recorded in 1980 - 1983)
Taste It (2009)
30 Years After (2009)
New Frequencies Vol.1 (2010)
Cream (2010)
Club Chill Vol. 1 (2011)
Bochum Live 2011 (2011)
Esthetique (2011)
D.MO Vol.3 (2012) (recorded in 1981 - 1991)
New Frequences Vol.2 (2012)
Ferro Oxid (2012)
Slow Motion (2013)
Club Chill Vol. 2 (2014)
Backspace (2014)
Flavour of the Past (2015) (recorded in 1984 - 1986)
Dream Access (2015)
Ambient Occlusion (2016)
Velocity (2017)
D.MO Vol.4 (2017) (recorded in 1978)

German synthesist (b. 1955), one of Klaus Schulze alumnis. Robert started with guitar at the age of 13. After getting what he could get from it, he gave up his music studies and immersed himself in the world of electronics and soldering. His talent at assembling electronic circuits led him to building his own electronic instruments. These were bulky modular synthesizers with significant capabilities. He had been playing his own brand of EM for several years without getting any publicity until in 1978 he was noticed by Schulze and offered a contract with Klaus' newly established IC label. This spurred a stellar recording career with Robert being recognized as one of the premier synthesists in Germany. The style of Robert Schroeder could be described as Berlin School music, generally rather soft and beautiful. Some albums (like Brain Voyager) are actually too sweet for my tastes (there is a track which features sweet female vocals and sounds like a child's lullaby - yuck! If it ain't new age, then what the heck is?), although even these contain some excellent tracks. The least impressive one I heard is Driftin', a rather average melodic work that you can easily do without. The early stuff is very good. Time Waves is 50% rather boring slow melodic songs, and 50% quite exciting upbeat stuff with smooth sequencing. 'Skywalker', released in 1983 as a single and also included on the Paradise album sounds like an early version of Laserdance. Any fan of this group should like this track.

See also: Double Fantasy

 


Schroth, Günter (Germany)

Schroth (1988)
Barcode Music (2000)

Munich-born Schroth has been composing Electronic Music at least since the early 1980's. He is an acknowledged experimentator in the field and member of several bands / projects.

See also: Neglige - Electronic Underwear

 


Schroyder, Steve (Germany)

Klänge Bilder Welten (1990)
Sun - Spirit of Cheops (1992)
Klänge des Lebens (2007)
Trilogy (2008) (with Paul Lawler and Jozef Skrzek)
Schody do Nieba (2008) (with Daniel Bloom, Josef Skrzek, paul Lawler and Michael Ogorodov)
S5 (2009)
Minced Valves (2010) (recorded in 1977) (with Conrad Schnitzler and Patrick Gresbek)
Qigong Dancing (2012) (with Alienvoices)
Halny (2014) (with Józef Skrzek, Mirosław Muzykant and Steve Kindler)
Carpathian Wind (2016) (with Józef Skrzek, Mirosław Muzykant and Steve Kindler)

Former member of Tangerine Dream, Steve Schroyder is one of the pioneers of Electronic Music and is known for his projects Augenstern and Star Sounds Orchestra. On these solo albums he finds himself in the Ambient mode, with Sun... featuring several fellow musicians, including Jens Zygar (Star Sounds Orchestra) on tuned gongs. The others are Schroyder alone.

See also: Tangerine Dream, Augenstern, Star Sounds Orchestra, Scarecrew, Cosmic Octave Orchestra, Acid Test, Dream Control.

 


Schulte, Dan J (USA)

TransFuture (2002)
The Iron Realm (2002)
Halloween Returns To Haddonfield (2003)
War of the Dead (2003)
Slavedriver (2007)
Nominal Gain (2009)
Ground Rising (2009)

This California-based synthesist is inspired by the Berlin School and especially by John Carpenter's horror film scores.

 


Schulte, Elmar (Germany)

Beyond (1989)

Emar Schulte has been recording and performing EM since the 1980's, inspired by the ambient works of Steve Roach and other EM pioneers. Most of his music is released under the Solitaire pseudonym.

See also: Solitaire

 


Schultze, Kristian (Germany)

Expedition Extra (1983)
Metronomics (1987)
Born To Breathe (1993)
Colours of Inner Peace (1996)

Ex-Passport keyboard player, Kristian Schultze was also known as a member of new age duo Cusco (with Michael Holm). He was born in 1945 in Frankfurt and received his musical education in Stern' sches Konservatorium in Berlin. After that he studied in Austria and upon returning to Germany started composing for movies and theatre productions (that was in the late 1960's). He formed his first jazz-rock group in 1970. His first experiments with electronic instruments date to 1975. In the early 1980's he used a lot of the then new sampling technology on a Fairlight sampler / synthesizer. Kristian Schultze died in November, 2011.

See also: Passport

 


Schulz, Rolf (Germany)

Saxamania (1984)
Tambora (1984)
Largo (1986)

Hardcore experimental improvised EM by Rolf Schulz and his ensemble. The first album is heavily based on drones while the second features neurotic, aggressive and sometimes rhythmic music with electronics, collage and wailing distorted guitar (ala Heldon).

 


Schulze, Klaus (Germany)

Irrlicht (1972)
Cyborg (1973)
Picture Music (1973)
Blackdance (1974)
Timewind (1975)
Moondawn (1976)
Body Love (1977)
Mirage (1977)
Body Love Vol.2 (1977)
X (1978)
Dune (1979)
...Live... (1980)
Dig It (1980)
Trancefer (1981)
Audentity (1983)
Dziekuje Poland (1983) (with Rainer Bloss)
Transfer Station Blue (1984) (with Michael and Kevin Shrieve)
Drive Inn (1984) (with Rainer Bloss)
Angst (1984) (soundtrack)
Aphrica (1984) (with Rainer Bloss and Ernst Fuchs)
Inter*Face (1985)
Dreams (1986)
Babel (1987) (with Andreas Grosser)
En=Trance (1988)
The Dresden Performance (1989)
Miditerranean Pads (1990)
Beyond Recall (1991)
Royal Festival Hall Vol.1 (1992)
Royal Festival Hall Vol.2 (1992)
The Dome Event (1993)
Goes Classic (1994)
Totentag (1994)
Le Moulin de Daudet (1994) (soundtrack)
Das Wagner Desaster (1994)
Conquest of Paradise (1994) (S)
In Blue (1995)
Are You Sequenced? (1996)
Dosburg Online (1997)
Live KlangArt Vol.1 (2001)
Live KlangArt Vol.2 (2001)
Andromeda (2003) (S)
Ion (2004) (S)
Moonlake (2005)
Kontinuum (2007)
Farscape (2008) (with Lisa Gerrard)
Rheingold (2008) (with Lisa Gerrard)
Dziekuje Bardzo (2009) (with Lisa Gerrard)
Come Quietly (2009) (with Lisa Gerrard)
Big In Japan (2010)
Shadowlands (2013)
Schulze-Schickert Session (2013) (recorded in 1975) (with Günter Schickert)
Big In Europe Vol. 1 (2013) (with Lisa Gerrard)
Big In Europe Vol. 2 (2014) (with Lisa Gerrard)
The Stars Are Burning (2014) (recorded in 1977 - 1979)
Eternal - The 70th Birthday Edition (2017)

Also participates in:

Go (1976) (with Stomu Yamash'ta, Steve Winwood, Al Di Meola and others)
Go Live From Paris (1976) (with Stomu Yamash'ta, Steve Winwood, Al Di Meola and others)
Go Too (1977) (with Stomu Yamash'ta, Steve Winwood, Al Di Meola and others)

The Dark Side of the Moog series:

The Dark Side of the Moog (1994) (with Pete Namlook)
The Dark Side of the Moog II (1995) (with Pete Namlook)
The Dark Side of the Moog III (1996) (with Pete Namlook)
The Dark Side of the Moog IV (1996) (with Pete Namlook)
The Dark Side of the Moog V (1997) (with Pete Namlook)
The Dark Side of the Moog VI (1997) (with Pete Namlook)
The Dark Side of the Moog VII (1998) (with Pete Namlook)
The Dark Side of the Moog VIII (1999) (with Pete Namlook)
The Dark Side of the Moog IX (2002) (with Pete Namlook)
The Dark Side of the Moog X (2005) (with Pete Namlook)
The Dark Side of the Moog XI (2008) (with Pete Namlook)

Boxed sets:

Silver Edition (1993) (recorded in 1972 - 1993)
Historic Edition (1995) (recorded in 1975 - 1985)
Jubilee Edition (1997) (recorded in 1967 - 1997)
The Ultimate Edition (2000) (recorded in 1967 - 1999)
Contemporary Works (2000)
Contemporary Works 2 (2002)

It is very difficult to speak of someone who literally started it all, especially when I know that whatever good thing I say about this genius of Electronic Music just won't do justice, and won't be enough for a person who has had such an immense influence on the musical scene as a whole, not only so-called 'EM' scene. This man was always way ahead of his time, both musically and technically and to say that Klaus Schulze is a pioneer of Electronic Music is to say nothing. And if I tell you that I'm a biggest fan of Klaus I can already hear you saying: "Now, he can't be objective about that one". And yes you're right, I'm probably biased here because I'm really one of those people who think that everything Klaus has ever created is absolute genius. You see, I always try to be as non-chalant as possible but when it comes to someone whom you rank as highly as I rank Klaus, this is just beyond me, I probably won't be able to say anything bad about him even if I wanted to. Especially when there is absolutely nothing bad to say, from my p.o.v. Well, I too have personal taste in music, and a very good one, methinks. :-) So all that said, I'll start praising the greatest electronic musician in history. Have you ever heard the music of Klaus Schulze? No? Ok, then you haven't heard Electronic Music, that's for sure. And you probably don't know what REAL music is, either. You should rethink all your preconceptions about music and try some of his works as soon as possible. Klaus Schulze is one of those people who always search for something new: new sounds, new forms of musical expression. The results of this quest are known today as Electronic Music. Or, better, modern music. I doubt that we'd have all these countless bands (even outside the EM camp) that use electronic instrumentation now, if there was no Klaus Schulze. But, to my greatest delight, there IS Klaus Schulze and I'm sure that he is still walking the new, never-heard-before and unfound musical streets as I write this. I won't say anything detailed about his music simply because it's very personal and impossible to describe by using mere words. Try anything by him. For instance, you can start with classics like Timewind, an absolutely mesmerizing floating electronic work, a real masterpiece that still sounds totally fresh today, and probably it will always sound fresh, or Mirage, also a masterpiece with an atmosphere that I cannot describe here, I'm starting to run out of words. It's simply a masterful work. I don't want to repeat myself but ALL of his works are top-notch! In spite of the countless copycats who generally don't even remotely sound like Klaus, the Maestro is still making great, totally uncompromising music, with his eternal classics becoming real archetypes with the passage of time. My only advice is: don't judge his music after the first superficial listening. Listen at least a couple of times and listen closely! You won't regret it, trust me. I know that Tokyo wax museum holds a figure of Klaus. Well, maybe it's time for a real monument, for instance, in his native city of Berlin? Because Klaus is one of those few who deserve seeing their own monument while still being well & alive and active in music making. Now that my rant is over, here's some brief biographical data: Klaus Schulze was born in 1947 in Berlin. His first serious encounter with music was drumming for a free rock band Psy Free in the 1960's. A bit later he became the drummer of Tangerine Dream, recording the seminal Electronic Meditation in 1969. Later still, he founded Ash Ra Tempel with Manuel Goettsching and Hartmut Enke. The guys then released their highly-acclaimed debut in 1971. Klaus' first experiments with electronics date back to the 1960's. In the early 1970's he launched a successful solo career with nothing more than an old Teisco organ, a guitar, tapes, and a broken amplifier. With this crude setup he managed to create some amazing sounds. A bit later first synthesizer followed (an EMS VCS3, preceded by a Solina string ensemble). By 1973, murky processed organ and tape effects gave way for a flashier, synthesizer based sound. The 1973 - 1979 period is considered by many to be the golden age of Klaus' music, with every album being a masterpiece. Throughout his career, Klaus Schulze has collaborated with many noted EM and non-EM musicians, including, but not limited to Harald Grosskopf, Andreas Grosser, Rainer Bloss, Michael Shrieve, Pete Namlook, Jorg Schaaf.

P.S. The above is an old rant written in 2002-2003.

See also: Wahnfried, Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, Cosmic Jokers.

 


Schutz, Dieter (Germany)

Trans Vision (1981)
Inventions (1983) (with Adelbert Von Deyen)
Voyage (1985)
The Comet (1986)
Dawn (1987)
Secret Waves (1988)
Other Worlds (1990)
Inner Light (1991)
Old Fashioned (2009) (with Adelbert Von Deyen)

Synthesist (1955 - 1991) from Flensburg who worked within the melodic EM idiom.

 


Schütze, Carl (Germany)

Computermusik Für Leute Die Computer Hassen (1985)

Cheesy perhaps, but charming electronic ditties with robotic voices on top. Not terribly progressive but certainly influenced by the first wave of prog EM musicians (especially Kraftwerk). In fact this album is pure bitpop / chiptune music before it even existed. Privately-pressed LP.

 


Schütze, Paul (Australia)

Deus Ex Machina (1989)
The Annihilating Angel (1990)
Regard: Music By Film (1991)
New Maps of Hell (1992)
The Rapture of Metals (1993)
More Beautiful Human Life! (1993)
Isabelle Eberhardt (1994)
The Surgery of Touch (1994)
Apart (1995)
Site Anubis (1996) (with Phantom City)
Fell (1996) (with Andrew Hulme)
Abysmal Evenings (1996)
Shiva Recoil (1997)
The Ulm Concert (1997) (with Simon Hopkins)
The Nine Songs From the Garden of Welcome Lies (1997)
Second Site (1997)
Green Evil (1998) (recorded in 1982 - 1996)
Third Site (1999)
The Gazing Engine (1999)
Writing On Water (2002) 

Ex-Laughing Hands musician and Ambient composer born in 1958 in Melbourne. His style can be compared to that of Robert Rich or Steve Roach, but Paul Schutze stands pretty much on his own. By the way, some of his works heavily feature mutant trumpet and other jazz structures, approximating his style to certain works by Jon Hassell. Generally, his music is quite minimal and often dark and depressing. Don't know if his music can be considered Dark Ambient, though. I am still to discover his works someday.

See also: Seed

 


Schwalm, J. Peter (Germany)

Drawn From Life (2001) (with Brian Eno)
Wagner Transformed (2013)
The Beauty of Disaster (2016)

Frankfurt-based experimental composer and former collaborator of Brian Eno. The music on The Beauty of Disaster can be described as orchestral Ambient.

 


Schwarz, Jean (France)

Maison Rouge (1980)
Gamma Plus / Suite N (1983) (recorded in 1978 and 1981 - 82)

French academic composer, musicologist and member of GRM from 1969 to 1999. Some of the stuff he did is slightly more accessible than the usual academic electronic fair, approaching Prog EM in places. Of interest are triple synthesizer works occupying the first side of Gamma Plus. Some of it is amazingly close to a lot of current indie synth droners, some is more noisy and closer to typical academic electronics. Maison Rouge is a theater score that has some curious moments as well. File under EM-related.

 


Scibetta, Benny (Italy)

Waiting For the Comet (1996) (with Giorgia Barosso)

This music is almost identical in style to 1989 - 1996 period Tangerine Dream (the Melrose and especially the Seattle Years), complete with sax solos, guitar solos and yes, even the occasional harpsichord. Not that this sound is very difficult to achieve using typical presets on that era's synths, but here the similarity is really striking in places. It's a good album if you like that style.

 


Science Friction (USA)

Freudian Slips (1998)

A band with George Martindell (electronic drums and percussion), Steve Siers aka Quad (synthesizers and bass guitar) and Frank Sonsini (guitars and guitar synth) who create a 'progressive space rock' sound. George, Quad and Frank are together again creating another progressive space rock project called Aliens, Ghosts and Demons (2008). Frank and George as a duo have a side project creating 'dark electronica' called Exploding Monsters (2004). Frank Sonsini and George Martindell as a duo have also been composing unique film soundtracks for eight years under the name Science Friction Scoring / Sound Design.

See also: Cosmic Testicles, Fluorescent Eclipse, Exploding Monsters.

 


Science O.C.N. (Germany)

Linear (2000)
Artifacts (2005)

Science O.C.N. is a melodic / rhythmic EM project of a guy who is known as Conscience (synth-pop / EBM) and Chaos Network (dance / techno). Between classic sounds and some 1990's (ala early FAX) tendencies. Most of the releases to date have been download-only, but there are at least the above two CD's.

 


Scintillation! (USA)

Abstraction (2013)

Warm soundscapes from Ohio, some beatless, some with downtempo beats.

 


Scopece, Alessandro (Italy)

Any Time (1991)
Fox Hunting (1993)
While It's Raining (1994)
Breath of the Universe (1998)
Into Your Dreams (2007)

This musician started out in early Jarre vein, veering towards new age on later works.

 


Scorpio (UK)

Conduct Unbecoming (1983)
Cataclysm (1984)

Alias of Steve Freeman of Auricle fame. His music is mostly based on loops, turntables and processed concrete sounds. However, these two cassettes seem to be dominated by synthesized structures. One should tread with caution because of all artists of the Ultima Thule / Auricle roster, Steve Freeman seems to be one of the farthest removed from the prog EM aesthetic and more indebted to the industrial scene for example. Cataclysm is still fairly rough, stark and dark. And, apart from Throbbing Gristle, it sometimes reminds on darker EM styles like those of Peter Frohmader or early Conrad Schnitzler for example. Further investigation is needed.

See also: Alto Stratus, Vrije, Biomechanoid, Endgame, Adhara, Electric Junk.

 


Scott, Derek (UK)

Sounds Unusual (1975)

A very mature electronic library release (for 1975, that is). There's some usual library cheese but some moments are very proggy.

 


Scott, John (UK)

Inseminoid (1981) (soundtrack)

Electronic soundtrack for this British science-fiction / horror film.

 


Scott, Raymond (USA)

Soothing Sounds For Baby Vol.1 (1963)
Soothing Sounds For Baby Vol.2 (1963)
Soothing Sounds For Baby Vol.3 (1963)
Manhattan Research Inc. (2000) (recorded in 1953 - 1969)
Three Willow Park: Electronic Music From Inner Space, 1961 - 1971 (2017)

Raymond Scott (born as Harry Warnow) was an inventor, Electronic Music pioneer and jazz musician. He wrote numerous works in both jazz and electronic fields and some of his tunes were used in cartoon series about Bugs Bunny. Soothing Sounds For Baby is a trilogy of albums written specifically for calming down infants, but it will be also interesting for adult infants who are usually called 'EM fans'. :-) These are truly groundbreaking works made with instruments designed by Scott himself. This rather underrated genius passed away in 1994. Let us hope that he has finally found the 'perfect' performance he demanded from his musicians during his life.

 


Scott, Tom James (UK)

Crystal (2012)
Wild Flowers (2013) (with Andrew Chalk)
Teal (2014)
The Landing (2014) (S)
Calluna (2015) (with Andrew Chalk)
 

Classically trained guitarist and minimalist composer who also ventures into electronic Ambient in a sort of droney, reflective and minimal style. I will try to list his electronic or electronic-related works here.

 


Scott, Tony (USA)

Astral Meditation - Voyage Into A Black Hole Part 1 (1988)
Astral Meditation - Voyage Into A Black Hole Part 2 (1988)
Astral Meditation - Voyage Into A Black Hole Part 3 (1988)

Tony Scott (1921 - 2007) was a jazz musician and clarinetist. He was a pioneer of meditative / new age branch of jazz with his 1965 album Music For Zen Meditation. This unusual trilogy of albums (two of the volumes were later re-released as double CD) features solo music by Scott with him playing synthesizers and clarinet. I think it may generate a certain interest from fans of Space Music and Ambient.

 


Scrilla, Danny (Germany)

Ancient Musical Box (2017)

Although known in techno / club circles, Munich-based Danny Scrilla (real name - Daniel Pirkl) admits to have always been influenced by ambient electronic music and EM classics, and on this album he dispenses with beats and focuses on creating varied ambient / experimental tracks mostly based on analog sounds and going for shorter, sketch-like compositions instead on longer epics.

 


Script (France)

Electronic Music (??)

Released in the early 1980's, Script's Electronic Music is a weird LP of synth cover versions ("Oxygene", "Temps X" etc). Apparently, three of the tracks are originals. Not sure that it belongs here.

 


Scrivin, Neil (UK)

Twenty Years On Ben Nevis (2017) (recorded in 2008)

Sort of chiptune / EM mixture. Short melodic tracks. Pretty one-dimensional, overall.

 


Scuba Death (Brazil)

Demon Seed (2010) (S)
Nitrogen Narcosis (2014)
The Worm At the Core (2016)

Ricardo Donoso's alter ego. Pulsing electronic sounds and sequences.

See alsp: Donoso, Ricardo

 


Sea of Wires (UK)

Seasickness (1980)
Beyond the Edge of Tomorrow (1982)

Obscure duo (Chris Jones and Tony Murphy) from Coventry that played ambient synth music during the 1980's. They have released several cassettes, some of them were essentially a solo work of Chris. A bit experimental, with influences from "cosmic" music and electropop. Seasickness is also known as Individually Screened.

See also: Jones, Chris

 


Sea Vine (Poland)

Sea Vine (2013)
Król i Królowa (2015)

Sea Vine continues traditions of artists like SBB or Czeslaw Niemen, at least, that's how I tend to see it, although Sea Vine do have a sound of their own. Often instrumental, always heavy on the keyboards (piano, electric piano, lots of synths), jazzy touches, electronic moments, improvisation etc. The second album has no guitars and is based completely on the sounds of keyboards and drums. File under EM-related.

 


Sebastopol (Belgium)

Sebastopolis - The Journey (2016)

Melodic, easy-listening EM with a synth-pop sensibility and a few unique / ambient touches.

 


Seabat (USA)

Understanding Holography (2010)
No Wake (2011)
Rift Store (2011)
Mountains of Palawan (2012)
Crescent ParC (2012)
Scattered Disc (2013)
Synthus (2015)

Diverse Electronic Music with that pleasant warm, analog vibe from this Brooklyn-based duo of John Also Bennett and Forest Christenson.

 


Seabrook, Michael (UK)

The River Journey (1993)
The Language of Flowers (1997)

 


Seahawks (UK)

Ocean Trippin' (2010)
Invisible Sunrise (2011)
Another Summer With Seahawks (2011)
Vision Quest One: Spaceships Over Topanga Canyon (2011)
Aquadisco (2012)
Desert High Sunset Mind (2012)
Tender Abyss (2012)
Paradise Freaks (2014)
Escape Hatch (2016)
Starways (2017)

Unclassifiable / crossover project by two British producers Jon Tye and Pete Fowler. Jumping on the bandwagon of the current revival of all things cosmic, new agey and ambient, they released several albums (most of them on vinyl) with music that is a mixture of smooth downtempo beats, new age, Ambient, neo-psychedelia, chillwave (whatever that is) and, yes, that special spark of warm Cluster-like German style EM-ness.

See also: Captain Sunshine, Pink Fluid.

 


Sealed In Blood (Poland)

Streams of the Boundless Elements (2007)
Jestes na Zawsze Pomnikiem dla Wszystkich Dusz Wykletych przez Zycie (2009)
Coemeterium (2013)
Death Is the Part of Life (2014)
Accused Sphere (2015)

Classic Dark Ambient from Lower Silesia.

 


Seaman, Bill (USA)

f (noir) (Eilean 33) (2015)
Erasures And Displacements (Eilean 78) (2017)

If you like piano-based Ambient, do treat yourself to Bill Seaman's f (noir), featuring reflective piano abstractions, classical instrumentation and subtle electronics for a hazy, dreamy sound.

 


Seamus (Iran)

Forever (2005)

A pseudonym of Amir Baghiri.

See also: Baghiri, Amir

 


Seaweed (UK)

Patchworks (2003)

Rare privately released CDR with solo compositions from the Ozrics synth man.

See also: Moksha, Ozric Tentacles, Nodens Ictus.

 


Sebastian El Toro (Cuba)

Heldon-styled band from Cuba.

 


Seche, Tom (Germany)

Step By Step (2001)

Intended as a 'mental rehabilitation' music for hospital use, this actually sounds inspired by Vangelis' more symphonic and romantic works.

 


Seond Culture (USA)

Flying Potion (2013)
Thunder Conjuring Mind (2015)

Mixture of fat downtempo beats, some spoken word passages, post-rock and progressive electronic.

 


Second Hand (UK)

Death May Be Your Santa Claus (1971)

Second Hand was a British psychedelic rock / progressive band led by Ken Elliott that later gave birth to the moog exploito prog ensemble Seventh Wave. Their first album was Reality from 1968 and featured pretty standard psych of the time. However, it's amazing what they achieve on the follow-up. While the first side is still pretty typical psych / early prog songs, the second side features only experimental instrumental compositions. And here's the deal: the album being released in the pre-synthesizer era (at least for the band, as no synth is listed in the credits), the guys manage to come up with some amazing sounds, using just mellotron and organ! There's even a proto-Berlin School track (Revelations...), with repeating pulses, weird effects, etc, all done on just electromechanical keyboards! You can easily compare it to Pink Floyd's "On the Run" but this is at least two years earlier. Some parallels with the early mellotron experiments of King Crimson can also be drawn. Recommended to those who are interested in the early, embryonic manifestations of EM in popular music.

See also: Seventh Wave, Fungus.

 


Seondface (Denmark)

Vega Colony (2013)
Transitions (2017)

Vega Colony is Space Music from Danish musician Frank Vilbæk Jensen dedicated to late British sci-fi writer and illustrator Peter Elson.

 


Secoya (UK)

Ghosts (2015)
The World Is Yours (2016)

Emotional Ambient between classic Eno / Budd, post-rock and a touch of neo-classical.

 


Secret Circuit (USA)

Tropical Psychedelics (2012)
Nebula Sphynx (2012) (S)
Afterlife (2013) (S)
Tactile Galactics (2013)
Dublab Proton Drive Theme (2014) (S)
Cosmic Vibrations (2014)
High Planes Drifter (2016) (S)
Moon Steppin' (2016) (S)

A project of Eddie Ruscha that sounds like Cluster meets space disco in the tropics.

See also: Parels, The

 


Secret Colors (USA)

Lunar (2009)
Days Off (2013)
Space Man (2016)
Passing Through Again (2017)

Diverse project of San Antonio-based Matt Lawson. In fact, it is so diverse that I don't even know where to put him, although he generally stays in the repetitive lo-fi / psych rock territory. Some works (listed) will be interesting for EM fans, such as the repetitive, a but Cluster-like, electronic Days Off or the more diverse and rather lo-fi Space Man.

 


Secret Druid Society (Australia)

Building the Hell (2009) (EP)
Premonition (2009) (S)
Restless (2010)
Deep White Silence (2017)

Dark Ambient project from Australia.

 


Secret Pyramid (Canada)

Distant Works I (2013) (S)
Into the Black (2014)
Distant Works II (2016) (S)
A Pulse In Your Shadow (2017) (S)
Two Shadows Collide (2017)

Secret Pyramid is a Vancouver-based drone / shoegaze project. I will try to list his synth-based ambient works and omit his guitar works here.

 


Secret Saucer (USA)

Element 115 (2005)
2nd Sighting (2007)
Tri-Angle Waves (2009)
Four On the Floor (2011)
Phase Five (2015)

Jamming space rock band from Ohio. 2nd Sighting has at least one electronic track and on Tri-Angle Waves there are six tracks, two of which are completely electronic. Overall they seem to maintain the "at least 1 electronic track per album" ratio throughout their discography so the band is not EM but is definitely EM-related.

 


Secret Stairways (USA)

Enchantment of the Ring (1997)
Turning Point (1999)

Ambient project of Matthew Davis who was born in 1973 and commited suicide in January, 2011. Apart from Secret Stairways, Matthew also played in a couple of metal bands.

 


Secret Universe (Germany)

The Cosmic Lens (2016)

Sort of a mixture of Ambient and dubby / balearic / downtempo music.

 


Section 37 (UK)

Critical Mass (1999)
Critical Mass Vol.2 (2001)

A very strange hellish electronic project by Stuart J. Harris and Jim Kirkwood. The second album is a solo work of Harris. Very experimental in a way with strange rhythms and otherwordly sounds. This is indeed music from hell, but it could easily be the music of some alien club as well.

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

 


Seeami (New Zealand)

Incase (2012)
The Age of Empire (2014) (S)
Health & Safety (2014) (S)
Seeami X Albino Deers (2015) (S) (with Albino Deers)

Seeami is Henry Thompson from Wellington. Incase is rhythmic music with melodic soloing and some sequences. The Age of Empire is more ambient but also more lo-fi.

 


Seed (Australia)

Vertical Memory (1995)

A project of Paul Schutze. Ambient.

See also: Schutze, Paul

 


Seeing the Sights (USA)

Lament Configuration Part One (2016) (S)
Between Avalon & Harbour (2016)
Dreaming Left Free (2016)
Mojave Sunsets (2017)

Georgia-based group who define themselves as "deconstructionist space synthesizer collective". Ranges from tribal ambience to spacey drones and more.

 


Seeker (Lebanon)

Rise of the Seekers (2005) (S)
Presence of the Seekers (2006) (S)
Invocation of the Sleeper (2007) (S)

Dark Ambient from Osman Arabi.

See also: Arabi, Osman

 


Seelenblut (Greece)

Angel's Suicide (2000)
Phosphorus (2001)
Chastity & Dementia (2010)

Dark Ambient by Andreas Barekas.

 


Seeno, Ken (USA)

Open Window (2011)
Invisible Surfer On An Invisible Wave (2011)

Warm synth music from member of psychedelic / math rock group Ponytail.

 


Seesranta, Sami (Finland)

Kevätyön Kaari (2006)
Kaikkeuden Kaiut (2010)

Space Music from this Finnish synthesist and keyboard player.

 


Seesselberg (Germany)

Synthetik 1 (1973)

Abstract Electronic Music from Eckhart Seesselberg and Wolf-J. Seesselberg, comparable to Conrad Schnitzler circa the same period.

 


Seetyca (Germany)

Seetyca_1 (2002)
Seetyca_2 (2002)
Seetyca_3 (2002)
Seetyca_4 (2002)
Stone (2002) (with Johann E. Mildenberg)
Expander (2002)
Remnants of Silurian Beauty (2002)
Sulphur (2002) (with Etheocles Stevens)
The Dark Design (2003) (with Nerthus)
Arctic Isolationism (2004) (with Mystified)
Der Weisse Raum (2004)
Seetyca_5_6_7 (2004)
Sulphur II (2004) (with Etheocles Stevens)
Seetyca_9 (2004)
Remnants of Carbon Beauty (2005)
Dühringa Aorta (2005)
Dühringa Aorta 2 (2007)
Klangschafft 1: Weite (2007)
Klangschafft 2: The Quiet Observer (2007)
Þrymr (2007)
Die Zween Thüren (2007) (with Christian Berhalter)
Seetyca_x - Neumark (2009)
The Advent of Hypnos - Sleep States I (2010)
Tingent Orbs - Sleep States II (2010)
The Forest People (2011)
Bleakscapes (2011)
Pavor Nocturnus - Sleep States III (2011)
Suns (2012) (with Mystified)
The Luminous Deep (2012)
Demiourgos (2012)
Dühringa Aorta 3 (2012)
Parasomnia - Sleep States IV (2013)
Lieder zum Summen (2014)
Mbira (2015)
Deus Ex Machina (2015)
Nemeton (2015)
Eis (2015)
Nebelwald (2016)
Zwischenwelten (2016)
Die Stille Platte (2017) (with Mandeen)
Sulphur IX (2017) (with Etheocles Stevens)
Winterlicht (2017)

German ambient soundscape artist.

See also: Parikrama

 


Seeuws, Patrick (Netherlands)

Impressions (1984)
Criminals... And Strange Places (1985)

Electronic Music in melodic / rhythmic / sequencer style.

 


Sega, Andrew (USA)

Freelancer (2003) (soundtrack)

Andrew Sega appeared on the demo scene in the 1990's, thanks to his tracker modules. Since then, he has mainly composed music for video games. This soundtrack to a space simulation game from 2003 is no exception. It features Space Music and Dark Space compositions from Sega (the "space suites") and a few orchestral interludes from James Hannigan. I've played the game and apart from the great visuals it was this wonderful, cosmic Electronic Music that captured my attention. Great stuff.

 


Segura, Javier (Spain)

Nostalgia de lo Humano (1986)
Lamento Bereber (1989)

Javier Segura started his career already in the 1970's. At the beginning of the next decade he formed a minimal synth / new wave duo Arte Moderno with Juan Belda. A solo minimal synth record followed in 1983 and then a highly experimental album in 1986. Lamento Bereber takes a turn towards the ambient side, at times sounding like a darker, industrial (and non-melodic) version of Jarre's Revolutions, if you can imagine such a thing. I am not sure how much of his overall output could be considered EM or EM-related, so further investigation is needed.

 


Seibt, Christian (Germany)

Gesichter der Depression (1986) (S) (soundtrack)

Soundtrack to a Swiss documentary about depressions. Melodic style a bit reminiscent of Tangerine Dream.

 


Seifert, Erik (Germany)

Thrust Avis (2004)
A Trip To Nebula Cluster (2004) (recorded in 1992 - 2003)
Aotearoa (2006)
Astronomical Unit (2008)
Core (2009)
Softlock (2014) (with Josef Steinbüchel)
Reverse Engineering (2017) (with Josef Steinbüchel)

This artist makes cosmic, melodic and rhythmic music with influences from Vangelis, Jarre, Tangerine Dream & more.

See also: Triple S

 


Seiler, Peter (Germany)

Keyboards And Friends (1973)
Klangbilder (1984) (with Klaus Nagel)
Flying Frames (1986)
Sensitive Touch (1987)
The Passage (1990) (with Michael Lorenz)
Open Borders (1991)
Christmas Songs & Traditionals (1993)
Cosmic Strings Vol.1 (1994)
Cosmic Strings Vol.2 (1995)
Sound Oasis 1 (1996)
Sound Oasis 2 (1998)
Sound Oasis 3 (2001)
Sternenmusik (2001)
Peaceful (2002) (with Lisa Franco)
Dreamdancer (2016) (recorded in 1976) (soundtrack) (with Michael Bundt)
Ride To Matlacha (2017)

Peter Seiler was born in 1953 in Mannheim. In the Seventies, he was part of the progressive rock trio called "Tritonus". The band's music was similar to Emerson, Lake and Palmer with some Pink Floyd stylings as well. They released two LP's: Tritonus (1975) and Between the Universes (1976). In the 80's, Peter resurfaced again as a solo electronic musician.

See also: Sirius, Tritonus.

 


Seismic Wave Factory (Czech Republic)

Morbid Symphony Pt. 1 (1998)
Morbid Symphony Pt. 2 (1998)
Soptones (1999)
Thanasis (2000)
Finis Gloriae Mundi (2000)
Excommunicated (2002)
Insight (2003)
Secondary Reaction (2003)
D/H/C (2004)
Postcollapse (2004)
Dysphoria (2005)

Noise Ambient / Dark.

 


Sekimori, Rei (Japan)

Pyramid Power (1978)

Rare electronic album. Hideki Matsutake lends a hand as synthesizer programmer.

 


Selaroda (USA)

New Eternity (2010)
Synaptic Portals (2011)
Polytexturalism (2014)
Viaje a Través de Sonidos Transportative (2015)
Ashes From Another Lifetime (2015) (S)

Selaroda is sound artist Michael Henning from Oakland, California. He is a founding member of experimental improv ensemble The Why Because and as Selaroda he creates rich psychedelic soundscapes, often based on the sound of analog synthesizers.

 


Selman, William (USA)

Urbanism And Ecology (2014)
Equatorial Night (2014) (S)
Chaîne Opératoire (2014)
Picture of the Climates (2015)

Portland, Oregon-based sound artist whose style will be enjoyed by fans of Experimental EM and modular synth enthusiasts.

 


Sempervirens (Estonia)

An Ordinary Day (2007) (with Kenji Siratori)
Dirge of the Dying Year (2008)

Ambient soundscapes by Estonian sound artist Margus Mets.

 


Senchur, Becket G. (USA)

Music For Electronic Synthesizers (??)

Quite an unusual item. This tape was released somewhere in the 1980's by Becket G. Senchur, a member of the Order of Saint Benedict, i.e. a monk. Quite an unusual monk, too, as this tape perfectly proves by mixing standard Christian themes with original material that gets quite intense in places. The music was recorded live at the Basilica of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Pennsylvania.

 


Sendecky, Vladislav (Poland)

Jamin' (1988)

Vladislave Sendecki is also known as Wladyslaw Sendecki. Although he is a jazz pianist, this album is electronic.

 


Senger, Steven (USA)

Quote Questions (2017)

Synthwave-related music that's a bit too beat-oriented for my taste, but has some neat experimental touches and some tasty melodic synth sounds. Steven Senger is an artist from Springfield, Missouri.

 


Senni, Lorenzo (Italy)

Quantum Jelly (2012)
Superimpositions (2014)

Milan-based experimental musician. Of interest are his minimal, beat-less deconstructions of 1990's trance music. Progressive in concept, but not so much in sound.

 


Señor Tonto (Italy)

Switched On T.A.R.M. (2003)

A project of Erik Ursich dedicated to instrumental analog synth versions of songs by Italian rock band Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti. Mostly electronic cheese really, but there are some interesting more experimental / progressive bits too and the warm synth sound is nice throughout.

See also: Ursich, Erik

 


Senotaphium (Russia)

Anima (2009)

Melancholic Ambient. Includes a Burzum cover.

 


Sensation's Fix (Italy)

Fragments of Light (1974)
Sensation's Fix (1974)
Portable Madness (1974)
Finest Finger (1976)
Boxes Paradise (1977)
Vision's Fugitives (1977)
Flying Tapes (1978)
Antidote (1989) (recorded in 1978 - 1980)

Florence-based band with Franco Falsini, Richard Ursillo and Keith Edwards (the original line-up). Electronics with some vocals and more upfront guitar on later albums.

See also: Falsini, Franco

 


Sense (Australia)

Selected Moments Volume 1 (2011)
The Dream (2013)
Still Life (2014)

Beautiful analog soundscapes from Adam Raisbeck. His earlier albums are supposedly more in IDM vein.

 


Sense Project (UK)

The Sublime (2008)

Varied soundscapes from Robert Logan. Released by Hypnos Secret Sounds.

 


Sensible Soccers (Portugal)

Sensible Soccers (2011) (S)
8 (2014)
Villa Soledade (2016)

EM / post-rock trio from Portugal with their version of improvised electronics, performed primarily on analog synthesizers, guitars and drums. The moods range from cosmic / reflective to sequencer-based and rhythmic / wacky, with occasional forays into loungy Ashra-like kraut goodness.

 


Sensitive Chaos (USA)

Leak (2006)
Emerging Transparency (2009)
Seeker After Patterns (2011)
Amerisynthecana (2013)
March of the Timeshifters (2015)

Atlanta-based artist Jim Combs is influenced by both modern club music such as IDM / Drum'n'Bass and the classic electronic sound. The 2009 album is more traditional EM with spacey parts and more rhythmic, a bit Kraftwerk-like excursions.

 


Sensory++ (Belgium)

Planet (2014)

Very nice Electronic Music, mostly of floating variety, by Belgian synthesist Joost Egelie who also releases music under his real name.

See also: Egelie, Joost

 


Sensum & Clunch (USA)

Sensum & Clunch (2014)

Experimental and minimal, but very listenable modular synth constructions. Sounds like decomposed Berlin School music.

 


Sentionaut (Spain)

Split Cassette (2015) (with Polígono Híndu Astral)
Enciclopedia Series 3 (2015)
Planet Noa (2015)

Analog synth artist from Spain.

See also: Dekatron II, We Are the Hunters, Muerte Solar.

 


Sephiroth (Sweden)

Nattljus (1995)
Tidvatten (1997)
Cathedron (1999)
Windarnas Hus (2003)
Draconian Poetry (2005)

Sephoroth is Ulf Söderberg. Note that some of the above works were released under his own name. The music is Dark / Ritual Ambient with cold northern atmosphere, like music from some ancient temple. There's percussion that makes it comparable to a more tribal version of Raison D'Etre.

 


Sequencer People (USA)

1 (1982)

A duo of James Husted and Roland Barker (also known as "Young Scientist"). Apparently they mixed analog experiments with vocal stuff.

See also: Young Scientist, Barker, Roland.

 


Sequences (Belgium)

Vespertine: A Tragedy In Several Tones of Grey (2009)
Transient Form (2013)
Magnesium / Sulfur (2015) (S)
Liquids of Essence / Prisms of Dissolution (2015)
As the Dust Reveals All (2015)
An Event For Oceans (2016) (S)
Carapace (2016) (S)
Shelter (2017)

Contrary to what one might expect just looking at the name of the project, this is Dark Ambient. Sequences is Niels Geybels.

 


Sequentia Legenda (France)

Blue Dream (2015)
Amira (2015) (S)
Extended (2016)
Ethereal (2017)

Laurent Schieber is a Berlin School artist from France.

 


Sequential Dreams (Canada)

The Exodus Wave (2017)
The Infinite Divide (2017)
High Voltage (2017) (with Bernhard Beibl)
Metamorphic Waves (2017)

Berlin School-influenced artist from Quebec, also known as Kuutana as well as under several other pseudonyms.

 


Sequenza, Wolf (Germany)

Consequenz (1980) (with Conrad Schnitzler)
Sequenza (1980)
Conrad & Sequenza (1981) (with Conrad Schnitzler)
Consequenz II (1986) (with Conrad Schnitzler)
10kW/h (2010) (recorded in 1973 - 1977) (with Conrad Schnitzler)
Consequenz 010B (2011) (with Conrad Schnitzler)
Five Eyes (2014) (with Alfred Harth)
ExRotaprint (2015) (with Ken Gen Montgomery)
Malcha (2016) (with Alfred Harth, Fabrizio Spera and Nicole van den Plas)

Wolf Sequenza is a pseudonym used by German drummer / percussionist and electronic musician Wolfgang Seidel. He has a quirky, experimental style, mixing drums, electronic processing and synthesizers, and has been around since the early embryonic days of EM and krautrock. He collaborated with Conrad Schnitzler, among others. The above discography includes both the "Wolf Sequenza" releases and those released under his real name.

 


SeraSidereA (Italy)

Aestetica Tenebrarum (2008)

A duo of Carlo Luzi and Paolo de Gregori. Aestetica... is a sort of a cosmic opera.

See also: Terra della Sera, Acheloo.

 


Sereba, Kouame Gerard (Ivory Coast)

Kilimandjaro (1993)
Bako (2010)

With the participation of Erik Wollo. This album represents a mixture of melodic Electronic Music and African rhythms. Bako is a continuation of what was started on Kilimandjaro. Gerard Kouame Sereba has been living in Norway since 1983.

 


Serediak, Jim (Canada)

Image And Reflection (1984)

Jim Serediak is a Canadian classical guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from Edmonton. He also experimeted with electronic and electro-acoustic music, as the above album shows. There's not much in terms of melody but the collection is rather ambient and does create a kind of relaxed, pastoral atmosphere, with some droning pieces, some pieces based on field recordings and some rhythmic / experimental excursions.

 


Seren Ffordd (UK)

Stellar Nurseries (2005)
Arhythmia (2005)
A Melancholy Light (2005) (S)
Aurora (2005) (S)
Floating (2006)
Ydd Hwnt Y Seren A Llygedin (2006)
The Portal's Dreaming (2006)
Veils, Shadows (2007)
The Quiet Labyrinth (2007)
Visiting Berlin (2010)
The Martian Chronicles (2011) (with Oophoi)
Strands (2011)
Fractured (2015)

Seren Ffordd (the name of the project translates to "star road") is a soundscape artist Andy Benford based in Wales. A Melancholy Light and Aurora are mini-CD's.

See also: Llunstorcarnay

 


Sergeant, Will (UK)

Themes For Grind (1982)
Weird As Fish / La Via Luonge (2003) (recorded in ?? - 1982)

An unusual diversion for member of post-punk / indie / new wave outfit Echo And the Bunnymen, Themes For Grind is a collection of instrumental pieces that utilize guitar and keyboards to sculpt moody ambient and melodic pieces. Unique music with a cold and desolate atmosphere and a slight post-rock vibe. Weird As Fish / La Via Lounge gathers archived pieces recorded somewhere in the late 1970's, which are much more guitar-oriented and quite rudimentary, but adds a 1982 soundtrack to a short film, which is vaguely along the lines of Themes For Grind.

 


Serifenlose (Germany)

Alienata (2017)

Supposedly, ambient soundscapes.

 


Seroka, Henri (Belgium)

Son Premier Ete (1976) (soundtrack)
Electronic And Symphonic Dreams (1984)
Pink Dream (1995) (with Benatar)

Belgian singer and composer of Polish descent who started in the 1960's, releasing some pop singles and LP's. After that a period of instrumental research followed, resulting in several electronic works, including the soundtrack to a soft porn movie "Son Premier Ete". Lately, Henri Seroka plunged with both feet into the world of relaxing new age / background music and classical composition.

 


Serotti, Enrico (Italy)

Homemade Music Vol. II (1983 - 1999) (2017)

Italian guitarist and experimental musician. Member of Confusional Quartet, Stupid Set and a few other projects in new wave, italo disco and experimental genres. Homemade Music features a collection of electronic tracks he recorded just for fun in his studio over a period of time.

 


Serra, Raffaele (Italy)

Window Water Baby Moving (1982)
Twilight Zones (1982)
Goodbye In the Mirror (1985)
Sintonie Telepatiche (1986)
Il Giardino del Tempo (1987)
Kodak Ghost Poems (1988)
Image After Image (1988)
Ritual In Transfigured Time (1989)
Music For the Heart And the Memory (1991)
Heaven & Earth Magic Feature (1992)
Iron Dream (1992)
Ishtar (1993)
Mood Mondrian (1993)
Our Lady of the Sphere (1998)
Memories of An Unborn Baby (1999)
Disappearing Music (1999)
Theta Experience (2000)
Journey Around A Zero (2000)
Holographic Soundscapes (2000)
Molecular Memory (2001)
Frontiere (2001) (with Andrea Marutti and Atto)
Hypnagogic Algorithms (2001)
Digital Avatar (2002)
Europe Endless (2002)
Radio Days (2002)
Footsteps On Dead Leaves (2003)
Le Spectre De La Rose (2004)
The Third Mind (2004)
Light Blast (2006) (S)
Unglassed Windows Cast A Terrible Reflection (??)
Etudes sur Paris (2012) (soundtrack)
Happy Days Soundtrack (2012) (S)
Alphamantra (2015) (recorded in 2005)
Magnetic Mirror (2015)
Das Kabinet des Dr. Caligari (2016)
Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie des Grauens (2016)
Radio Phase One (2016) (recorded in 2004)
Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie des Grauens - Live Soundtrack (2016)
Metropolis Soundtrack (2016)
Man With A Movie Camera - Soundtrack (2016)
Stabat Mater (2016) (S)
Daedalus Mission (2017)

Raffaele Serra (b. 1948), originally from Venice, moved to Milan at the end of the 1960's where his experiments with Electronic Music started. He then worked in Italy and Amsterdam for theater companies and in sound research. He also composed music for exhibitions and released his own works on cassette, LP and CD. He also collaborated with Alio Die as Five Thousand Spirits. Raffaele's own music has a dark edge and is often based on the sound of analogue synthesizers. 

See also: Five Thousand Spirits, Talharion.

 


Serrie, Jonn (USA)

Starmoods (1984)
And the Stars Go With You (1986)
Flightpath (1987)
Tingri (1989)
Planetary Chronicles Vol.1 (1992) (recorded in 1983 - 1984)
Midsummer Century (1993)
Planetary Chronicles Vol.2 (1994) (recorded in 1977 - 1990)
Ixlandia (1995)
Upon A Midnight Clear (1997)
Spirit Keepers (1998)
Dream Jouneys (1998)
Hidden World (2000) (with Gary Stroutsos)
Century Seasons (2000)
Lumia Nights (2002)
Yuletides (2003)
The Stargazer's Journey (2003)
Epiphany (2005)
Sunday Morning (2006)
Thousand Star (2009)
Hidden World Beyond (2009) (with Gary Stroutsos)
Day Star (2014)
Celestial Rhythms: NYC Live '85 (2015) (with Geodesium and Barry Hayes)
The Sentinel (2017)

Jonn Serrie is one of the premier Space Music composers who's been around since the 1970's, playing music in various planetariums and designing live shows. I have And the Stars Go With You, which is pretty decent relaxing stuff, perhaps a bit too new agey for my tastes, but still nice.

 


Servi (Germany)

Vertrauen (1983)
Ruckkehr Aus Ithaka (1986)
Pas de Deux In H (1988)
Meditatio In Variatione (1995)

East German (former GDR) electronic duo of Jan Bilk and Tomas Nawka, vaguely along the lines of Tangerine Dream.

 


Ses, Murat (Turkey)

Man With Bean Teeth (1976) (S)
Automaton (1990)
Binfen (1995)
Culduz (2000)
Automaton2 (2005)
Binfen 2005 Remix (2005)
Electric Levantine (2006)
Umami (2007)
Beside the Sun (2010)

Murat Ses was born on the 17th of December, 1946 in Izmir. As a keyboardist, he is fairly well-known among connoisseurs of modern Turkish music. After performing in several groups he formed his own project called Mogollar that was fairly popular in Turkish clubs. I know that he released a solo electronic single with moog sounds in the 70's. His newer trilogy of albums Automaton (1990), Binfen (1995) and Culduz (2000) blends some electronics into a generally cross-cultural East-meets-West brew of music.

 


Setó, Conrad (Spain)

Magic (1983)
Joc de Dames (1986)
Sequencias para la Era de Acuario (1989)
L'Ebre: Somni, Música, Memòria (1995)

Conrad Setó is a Catalan jazz pianist and synthesizer player. He usually alternates between jazzy / piano pieces and electronic compositions, done in a unique, quirky style, informed by his jazz roots. This is especially true for Magic and Joc de Damas. On Sequencias... he took a more electronic route, with almost everything done on synths.

 


Seven (Germany)

Seven (1995)

Seven is German DJ and producer Thomas Franzmann. Music supposedly with an ambient style, released on Hypnotic label.

 


Sevendeaths (UK)

Remote Sympathy (2017)

A mix between ambient and melodic EM styles. Analog, arpeggio-laden goodness. A project of Steven Shade.

 


Sevenism (UK)

Saline Celestial (2016)

Cinematic drones, ambient synthesizers...

 


Seventh Beyond, The (UK)

Metamorphic Essence (2011)
The Creation of Light (2012)
East of the Sunrise (2013)
Dark Matter (2013)
Life Force (2014)
Symphonic Dreams (2015)
Sonic Universe (2015)
Ghost Stories (2016)

Brighter, new-agey and darkish Ambient from Paul Trent.

 


Seventh Wave (UK)

Things To Come (1974)
Psi-Fi (1975)

Poppish synth music by Ken Elliott and Kieran O'Connor (both ex-Second Hand) with vocals on some cuts. The instrumental cuts on the first album for the most part sound like some cheaply produced ad for a corporate jet. There are some interesting moments but the mixing is not very clean which spoils the experience. The vocal tracks... Well, if Bruce Springsteen in his over-the-top mode decided to make synth music in the 1970's, he would probably sound just like that. Totally hilarious! The second album continues where the debut ended, adding a couple of interesting spacey moments. The main attraction is, however, the long "Star Palace of A Sombre Warrior" - a mildly interesting, if expectedly pretentious prog track with nice spacey synthesizers. They fell into oblivion after Psi-Fi.

See also: Second Hand, Fungus.

 


Severed+Said (USA)

Crying In Dreams (2014) (S)
Occlusions (2015) (S)

Florida-based artist who composes imaginary synth soundtracks to 1980's movies.

 


Severence (Spain)

Hidden Ceilings (2013)
Mensch 003 (2016) (S)

Modular synth artist very much into spontaneous composition, improvised drones and self-generating patches. The results range from slightly noisy to beautiful, hypnotic and emotional. There is a mixture of ambient stuff and dub techno leanings on Hidden Ceilings, while Mensch 003 ventures into completely ambient realms.

 


Severin, Steven (UK)

Visions (1998)
Maldoror (1999)
Woman In the Dunes (2000)
Unisexdreamsalon (2001)
Beauty & The Beast (2005) (with Arban) (soundtrack)
Nature Morte (2006) (with Arban) (soundtrack)
London Voodoo (2006) (soundtrack)
Music For Silents (2009)
Eros Plus Massacre (2009)
Blood of A Poet (2010)
Codex Astra One (2010) (EP)
Sleepercell (2010) (EP)
Codex Astra Two (2010) (EP)
Codex Astra Three (2011) (EP)
Codex Astra Four (2011) (EP)
Vampyr (2012)

Ex-Siouxsie And the Banshee member (real name: Steven John Bailey) who made several albums of ambient, synth-based, somewhat Vangelis-ish music.

 


SF (Germany)

Ordal (1985)

The music on this private release was recorded in 1982 - 1985. Nothing is known about the musical style of this album, but the instrumentation is completely electronic. It could be a typical obscure 1980's "minimal synth" release, not having anything to do with prog EM, if it wasn't for Manuel Goettsching's involvement who plays Hawaiian guitar on this one and is resposible for recording and mix. This fact alone warrants a certain interest towards this release from the EM crowd.

 


Sferi (Macedonia)

Sound of the Spheres (2010)

Obscure project from The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia dedicated to planets of the Solar System. The music is fittingly spacey and ambient, but sometimes includes guitar, giving it a distinctive space rock edge.

 


Shabrin, Sam (USA)

Arizona-based artist who has been making Electronic Music since 1975. Recently, Sam has released several download albums and one long, 8-hour continuous ambient piece, called Somnience (released on a CD in MP3 format).

 


Shackleton (UK)

Drawbar Organ EP Pt. 1 (2012) (EP)
Drawbar Organ EP Pt. 2 (2012) (EP)
Drawbar Organ EP Pt. 3 (2012) (EP)
Deliverance Series No. 1 (2014) (EP)
Deliverance Series No. 2 (2014) (EP)
Freezing Opening Thawing (2014) (EP)
Deliverance Series No. 3 (2015) (EP)
Devotional Songs (2016) (with Ernesto Tomasini)
Sferic Ghost Transmits (2017) (with Vengeance Tenfold)
Behind the Glass (2017) (with Anika)

Sam Shackleton is a dubstep producer from Manchester. He is also a versatile musician, with so much more going for him, than just dubstep or any kind of club-related music. Seemingly interested in European avant-garde, he creates complex compositions with repeating structures, tempo changes and hints of his dubstep sound. The transformation began with Drawbar Organ series of EP's, I guess, and culminated (as of 2016) with Devotional Songs - a complex work done in collaboration with singer Ernesto Tomasini. If anything, the music partly reminded me on "Klaustrophony" from Klaus Schulze's Dreams, more in concept than in sound, though, because, let's be honest here folks, the singing on that 1986 work was an acquired taste to say the least. Here, it's all much more organic and there are sung parts, spoken parts, then there are long instrumental parts... The music, although not exactly in the style of KS, is certainly progressive and rather innovative. A unique work for those who prefer exploring things lying somewhat off the beaten path.

 


Shaded Explorer (Italy)

Between the Blue (2014)
Resonance From the Abyss (2015) (S)
Empatia (2016)

Shaded Explorer is Emanuele Pertoldi from Udine, Italy. He releases music in different styles under several guises. The music he composes as Shaded Explorer is ambient and gently rhythmic, with some influences from the techno scene, but always with a lively feeling, as well as melodic and atmospheric, sometimes even bringing to mind stuff released on the British AD Music label,

 


Shadow Farm (USA)

Argo Navis (2009)
Sargasso Sea (2009)
Pillar of Cloud (2009)

Virginia-based trio of Kathy McMenamin, Kevin Hassett and Matt McGarraghy. Improvised ambient atmospheres with guitar and synths.

 


Shadowcaster (USA)

My Love Affair With Death And Melancholy (1994)
To Gather My Thoughts Among The Sleeping Summer Spirits (1994)
Abandonment (1996)
Psychelectronic Experience (1999)
Temptation (1999)

Atmospheric project started in 1993 with ambient, surreal and sometimes 70's-influenced sound. Includes some spoken narrative pieces as well as instrumentals. The first two albums are demo records.

 


Shadowdream (Serbia)

Part of the Inifinity (2009)
De Sphaera Volvelle (2011)

Started as a black metal project with Dark Ambient elements, Novi Sad-based Shadowdream (the name of the musician is Rastko Perisic) has now transformed into a purely Ambient outfit, with a dark, cosmic, surreal and classically tinged sound.

 


Shaikh, Adham (Canada)

Realignment (1993)
Journey To the Sun (1995)
Drift (1996) (with Tim Floyd)
Resonance - Selected Ambient Works (2010)

Like a more melodic, ethnic-spiced Vidna Obmana with German influences. The later works (not listed) are more in dub / ambient techno vein.

 


Shain, James (USA)

Floating Suns (2012)
Waiting For Something (2015)
Windowless Journey (2017)

Ambient artist (born in 1989) from Lawrence, Kansas. He also makes music as DeepWarmth (dub-influenced stuff) and Lilmanjs (also ambient, but no physical releases to date).

 


Shalabi, Sam (Libya)

Stefan Christoff & Sam Shalabi (2017)

Libyan-born musician who currently resides in Montreal. He is mostly an improvising artist and uses everything from guitar to ethnic instruments (like oud) and electronics. The above is an album of lysergic organ / synth improvisations that will be enjoyed by fans of early Klaus Schulze circa Irrlicht / Cyborg. Further investigation is needed.

 


Shall Remain Nameless (USA)

Shall Remain Nameless (2017)

Mostly ambient soundscapes with lots of field recordings. A brief dubby rhythmic moment as well.

 


Shamall (Germany)

My Dream (1986) (maxi)
Feeling Like A Stranger (1987) (maxi)
Journey To A Nightmare (1989)
Moments of Illusion (1990)
Mirror To Eternity (1993)
Collector's Items 1986 - 1993 (1993)
In Search of Precision (1994)
This Island Earth (1997)
Influences (1998)
The Book of Genesis (2001)
Who Do They Think They Are (2004)
Ambiguous Points of View (2006)
Questions of Life (2008)
Is This Human Behavior (2009)
Feeling Like A Stranger - The Whole Trip (2010)
Turn Off (2013)
Continuation (2016) (recorded in ??)

Electronics with elements of symphonic rock. Shamall is Norbert Krueler.

 


Shambala Networks (Romania)

Deep Spiritual Network Connections (2007)
The Last Winter (2010)
Memories From the Uterus (2011)
The Last Winter (2015)

Ambient music, mostly of the darker variety. The first album has some downtempo and glitch influences. Shambala Networks is Transylvania-based artist Olivér Dombi.

See also: Csillagköd, Morogh.

 


Shaped Signs (Germany)

Nature's Odyssey (2004)
Exodus (2006)
The Inner Land (2009)
Test Transmission (2013)
The Fall (2015)

A duo of Volker Kaufmann and Ron Grahnert. Nature's Odyssey is an album of melodic music released on Invisible Shadows.

 


Shapes (Germany)

Shapes (2015)

Niklas Dommaschk with his solo synthesizer excursions. Varied in style, from ambient to more energetic stuff.

See also: Phantom Horse

 


Sharifi, Jamshied (USA)

A Prayer For the Soul of Layla (1997)
One (2007)

American composer of Iranian descent. He is also a member of ethnic fusion band Mo Boma. His own stuff is not very synthetic most of the time and alternates between Tribal Ambient (hello to Steve Roach!), World Music (some comparisons between this and Geographic by Frank Van Bogaert can be drawn) and melodic Vangelis of the 1990's (circa Conquest of Paradise, having the same hymnal quality in places). Lots of ethnic instruments, percussion and voices alongside synths and keyboards.

 


Sharknado (France)

Met de l'Eau (2015) (S)
Sharknado Family (2016)

A group consisting of Fabien Blacher, Guillaume Fournier, Pierre Messin and Jonas Bernath. They create a rich analog sound over a rhythmic structure that overall comes as a mixture of classic EM influences and more recent house / nu-disco trends.

 


Sharon (USA)

Chronicles (2015)

Somewhat emotional Ambient. A cassette release. Sharon is a duo of Adam Miller and John Elliott.

See also: Miller, Adam, Isle of Sodor, Outer Space.

 


Shasta Cults (Canada)

Shasta Cults (2009) (S)
Arguments For Trivialism (2017)

Analog synth project of Vancouver-based Richard Smith. Fat, droning, experimental sound, hypnotic and very listenable.

See also: Von Bingen

 


Shavit, Ami (Israel)

In Alpha Mood (1977)

A surprising diversion for this popular Israeli artist, this is an obscure electronic album made on analogue synthesizers only.

 


Shaw, Matthew (UK)

Shottsford Forum (2010) (with Dead Wood)
The Four Zoas (2010)
Matherell (2010)
Lanreath (2011)
In the Morning Sun (2011)
Goetheanum (2011)
Seatown (2012)
(Venus) Libra (The Bridge) (2012) (S)
There Was Never A Time When Your Life Was Not Now, Nor Will There Ever Be (2013)
Lamorna (2013)
Equinox (2013)
Sandbanks (2013)
Alchemical Figure; Summer (2013)
Moon Cycles \ Fowey (2013)
Gorsedd (2014)
Pole Star (Live At Cafe Oto) (2014)
Songs And the Silences of Night (2014) (S)
Valerian (2014) (S)

British ambient / drone musician using lots of field recordings, acoustic instruments (piano, guitar) and electronics.

 


Shaw, Nigel (UK)

Spirit of the Elements (1985)
Off-Cuts, Demo's & Jams 1985 - 86 (??)

British new age musician with an extensive catalogue of releases. I have some reasons to believe that he started in a much more EM-influenced mould, so I included his first cassette release here. Further investigation is needed.

 


Shayla (USA)

Vision Seeker (1987)

Shayla is a pseudonym of Sheila Roberts, a new age artist. This privately released album (vinyl only) contains piano-based new age music on side A. However, side B will be interesting for EM fans, especially the long, flowing, dramatic closer "Ancient Myth".

 


Shcaa (France)

Golconde (2017)

Unlikely mixture of bluesy guitar, a few jazz improvisations, singing and electronic compositions. A project of Sacha Khalifé, based in Paris.

 


Shean, Djen Ajakan (Belgium)

Lucubration (??)
Parallel Flaming (1993) (with Vidna Obmana)
Still Fragments Live (1994) (with Vidna Obmana)
Crows Heading For Point Blanc (1994) (S)

Dark Ambient on Amplexus label.

 


Shean, Mike (Germany)

Dreams of Film-Musik (1991)
Fantasies Unlimited (1994)

Symphonic, bombastic, rhythmic and melodic music with a strong classical influence.

See also: Linus Project

 


Shearer, Alan (France)

Dark Is the Color (1985)
Mines de Son (1986)
Ways (1986) (with Robert Viger)
Action & Mystery (1991) (with Robert Viger)
City of Extasy (??)

Library music in typical French melodic style. Some 1980's cheese here, but some interesting atmospheric moments as well.

See also: Marathon Life

 


Shearer, Cam (Canada)

Shearer Delight (1981)

 


Sheeky, Mark (UK)

The Spiral Staircase (2002)

Electronic Music heavily inspired by the Baroque period of European classical tradition. Mark Sheeky (born in 1972) is a software developer and game music composer.

 


Sheer Veil (USA)

Validity of Innocence (2017) (S)

A bit lo-fi synth ambience and more active rhythmic / melodic pieces.

 


Shelley, Pete (UK)

Sky Yen (1974)
Cinema Music & Wallpaper Art (2016) (recorded in 1976)

Electronic Music by a guy who later became member of Buzzcocks (a punk band!). He was somewhat influenced by the German EM of the time and released this LP on his own label.

 


Shelter (France)

Sad Beach (2016) (EP)
Zon Zon Zon (2017)

Shelter is Paris-based project of varied downtempo / world / balearic / tropical styles. The real name of the musician is Alan Briand. On Sad Beach, though, you get "Sailing On A Black Sea" - a track with a surprisingly strong EM flair. Other tracks have their moments, too. Zon Zon Zon continues with the balearic / EM mixture. File under EM-related.

 


Shenton, Adrian (UK)

The Measuring of Moments (2008)
Houseworks (2009)
Slowtime (2011)
Wrapped In Clover (2012) (with Banks Bailey)
Unseen Landscapes (2014) (with Banks Bailey)
Electric Breath (2014)

Varied artist whose output ranges from ambient soundscapes to drone and noisy experimental / musique concrete textures.

 


Sheriff, Noam (Israel)

Psalms of Jerusalem (1983)

Subtitled "Synthesized and Vocal Music". This is a rare LP by this Israeli composer. There seems to exists a later version that has nothing to do with electronics. On this obscure record, though, Sheriff plays synthesizers only and there is a Samaritan vocal choir. I don't know how it sounds and it could be just a curiosity, but judging by the instrumentation I decided to include it.

 


Sherman, Jeff (USA)

Above And Beyond (2002)
Home (2003)

Jeff Sherman was a member of the 70's band Glass and on this solo album from 2002 he explores various styles of Electronic Music. You will hear different approaches here from the intense to the relaxed ones. His brother, Greg Sherman (also a member of Glass) released an album as well. It's called Zutique and contains solo piano compositions.

See also: Glass

 


Sherman Space (Germany)

Count Down (1969) (S)

Uwe Reuss aka Johnny Tame under another pseudonym. The B side of this single is "Omicron 3", apparently a pioneering electronic track.

 


Sherwood, John (UK)

Darklight (2011)
Clouds (2011)
Mystical Time Machine (2011)
Steelphony (2011)
The Ritual (2011)
Time (2011)
Darklight Vol. 2 (2011)
Darklight Vol. 3 (2011)
Time Vol. 2 (2011)
Alien Fly-By (2011)
Darkness Is Falling (2011)
The Ritual Vol. 2 (2011)
Mystical Time Machine Vol. 2 (2012)
Report On Probability A (2012)
Mark Rothko (2012)
Steel Suite (2012)
Atmosphere (2012)
Lutton Skyline (2012)
The Saturn Suite (2012)
Beyond Andromeda (2012)
The Ritual Vol. 3 (2012)
Steel Suite Part 1 (2012)
Blade Runner (2012)
Beyond Andromeda Vol. 2 (2012)
Alan Turing (2012)
Aldebaran (2013)
The Ritual Vol. 4 (2013)
Aldebaran Vol. 2 (2013)
The Saturn Suite Vol. 3 (2013)
Music For Plants Volume 1 (2013)

Longform Ambient works by this British musician. For some reason, since around 2012 he has tended to use his real name for his solo releases instead of the 4m33s moniker.

See also: 4m33s, Yorky, Noise Kommandoh, Ambient Ashand, Cult of Ashand, Entity, Quadra, Ethereal Electric Elixir.

 


Shibalba (Greece)

Memphitic Invocations (2010) (S)
Psychostasis - Death of Khat (2017)

Ritual Ambient project from Greece. Intense, with lots of vocalizations (mostly choirs) and some pounding percussion / drums.

 


Shields, Rob (UK)

Green (2017)
Boketto (2017)

Glasgow-based house deejay and artist who started showing ambient tendencies on Green, whose title track is a nice flowing, relaxing piece. Boketto is supposedly an extension of those ideas.

 


Shima33 (UK)

Release (2016)

Ambient music from this vapowave project.

 


Shimamoto, Nariyuki (Japan)

Prelude To... (??)

 


Shimizu, Nobuyuki (Japan)

Anything Goes (1982)

Multi-instrumentalist who on the above album is joined by a few luminaries of Japanese progressive / electronic scene, like Ponta Murakami and Hideki Matsutake. The music often sounds like instrumental YMO. There is an earlier album from 1980, which is supposedly just normal jazz fussion / pop.

 


Shimizu, Yasuaki (Japan)

Berlin (1980)

Japanese saxophone player. He is basically a fusion / smooth jazz artist. However, he is rather diverse, as most of his albums are very different in style. The above album features, at least partly, floating, classically-influenced Electronic Music in a unique style.

 


Shingetsu (Japan)

Shingetsu (1979)

Japanese symphonic rock band. This is the only album that was released during the band's first incarnation (looks like they briefly reformed during the 1990's and perhaps later). Anyway, the music is classic Japanese Sympho but "Freeze" is a nice (albeit short) purely electronic track that reminds on both Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd's electronic pulses on "Welcome To the Machine".

See also: Kitayama, Makoto

 


Shingles (USA)

White Out (2011) (S)
Swarm of Pigs (2012) (S)
First God Planted A Garden (2014)
Guantanamo Patchbay Vol. 1: Growhouse Music (2015) (S)
Guantanamo Patchbay Vol. 2: Return To Warlock Pond (2015) (S)
Guantanamo Patchbay Vol. 3: Horn of Deafening (2015) (S)
Generosity of the Suns (2015)
In A Doom Mood (2015)
Guantanamo Patchbay Vol. 4: Drift Studies (2016) (S)
How To Housebreak Your Dog (2016) (S)
Untitled Jazz Tape (2016)
Guantanamo Patchbay Vol. 5: At Home With Machines (2017) (S)
Empty (2017) (S)

Experimental electronic project of Jesse DeRosa. Mostly based on analog synthesis exploration and ranges from rich, freeform cosmic textures to arpeggiated and sequencer-based. Swarm of Pigs was released on a wax cylinder.

See also: Night Travelers, Spiritual Switchboard, The.

 


Shinigami San (Tunisia)

Sustained Tension (2015) (EP)
(2016) (S) تسلسلات

Dubstep artist from Tunisia. There is some material that can be interesting for fans of EM. It includes the droning ambient title track from Sustained Tension and the sequencer / arpeggio overload of the 2016's 7-incher.

 


Shinkiro (Japan)

Deep Blue (2005)
Way of the Gods (2008)
Organic.Aural.Ornaments (2011) (with Empusae)
Cycle of Rebirth (2015)
In Praise of Shadows (2016) (with Eraldo Bernocchi)

Ritualistic Ambient from one Manaru Hiramoto. Mysterious, percussive, ethereal, not so dark. Soundscapes, voices and taiko drums.

 


Shinozaki, Masatsugu (Japan)

Nasa (1980)
蛍川 (1986)
Glass Violin (1988)

Japanese violin player. He likes to combine his violin with electronics and on the 1986 album, where Yas-Kaz also participates as guest, there are some interesting moments, as on "Udon-Ge", for example, which sounds like melodic Berlin School with synth solos replaced by violin ones. Further investigation is needed.

 


Shipway, Michael (UK)

Beneath Folly (1992)
Into Battle (1994)
Spirit of Adventure (1995)
Voyage To Venus (2011)

UK synthesist. Melodic but energetic music.

See also: Volt, Lamp.

 


Shire, David (USA)

2010 (1984) (soundtrack)

Mostly electronic soundtrack by this well-known soundtrack composer (who is mainly known for his orchestral soundtracks) created with the help of Craig Huxley. The electronic tracks were made with Synclavier II digital system, Yamaha DX7 and a Roland Jupiter 8.

 


Shoc Corridor (UK)

A Blind Sign (1982) (S)
Experiments In Incest (1983)

Although a minimal synth band, Shoc Corridor had enough prog EM influence to warrant an inclusion here. Possibly one of the best bands in the genre, they mixed typical Dave Gahan-style vocals (that every band seemed to strive for at the time) with experimental and at times dark rhythmic electronic compisitions. There is enough curious instrumental material on the above listed releases. There are also other albums and singles but these are supposedly more vocal-oriented.

 


Shoda (Belgium)

The Fifth Dimension (2011) (recorded in 1991 - 2011)

Belgian musician Peter Brutin who has been playing synthesizers since around 1990.

 


Shogun Kunitoki (Finland)

Tasankokaiku (2005)
Vinonaamakasio (2009)

Finnish quartet with real drums that will be enjoyed by fans of the Dusseldorf School. They have it all - the motorik drive, repetitive organ patterns, crazy synth effects and yes, even the occasional Neu!-like distorted guitar.

 


Shoji, Osamu (Japan)

Star Wars (1978)
Synthesizer Sounds '78 - Bee Gees Genso No Sekai (1978)
Welcome To the SF World (1978)
Jataka (1978)
Night Flight (1979)
Shambala (1980)
Adieu - Galaxy Express 999 (1981) (soundtrack)
Gundam (1982) (soundtrack)
Kaleidoscreen (1982)
S.D.F. Macross (1983) (soundtrack)
Orguss (1983)
Toriton (1983) (soundtrack)
Xabungle (1983) (soundtrack)
Cat's Eye (1983)
Lupin the 3rd (1984) (soundtrack)
Chimera's Cry (1984)
Vifam - Synthesizer Fantasy (1984) (soundtrack)
Vifan - Synthesizer Fantasy Vol. 2 (1985) (soundtrack)
New Cat's Eye (1985)
Touch (1985)
Luna Sea (1986)
Wicked City (1987)
God Mars (??)
Family (??)
Milk House (??)

Japanese soundtrack composer and synthesizer programmer who appeared on numerous electronic scores starting from the late 1970's.

 


Shorelights (USA)

Summer Cottage Soundscapes (2017)

Long-form Ambient.

 


Short, Christopher (USA)

Aqua Culture 1 (2001) (with James Johnson and Vir Unis)
The Yellow House (2002) (with Vir Unis)
Duende (2002)
The Unnamed Constellation (2003)

Atmospheric guitarscapes and electronics. Christopher Short is also known as Ma Ja Le.

See also: Ma Ja Le

 


Short-Term Memory (USA)

Lost In Gundam (1985) (S)

Minimal synth band consisting of Kevin Dooley, Jim Skeel and Jon Paul. The above release contains more experimental pieces that will perhaps appeal to fans of Cluster. The long closer "A Tone Poem" is quite unique and entertaining.

See also: ZerO One, cyberCHUMP.

 


Show of Exaggeration (Germany)

Show of Exaggeration (2002)

Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Philipp Münch. Dark!

See also: Wöstheinrich, Bernhard, Centrozoon, Subsonic Experience, The Redundant Rocker.

 


Shreeve, Mark (UK)

Ursa Major (1980)
Embryo (1980)
Phantom (1980)
Firemusic (1981)
Thoughts of War (1981)
Care (1983)
Assassin (1983)
Legion (1985)
No Holes Barred (1986)
Crash Head (1988)
Collide (1994)
Nocturne (1995)

Library music:

Oracle (1984)
Energy Fountain (1986)
Riding the Edge (1989)
Powerhouse (1990)
Pulsar (1991)

Legendary British synthesist. Highly energetic music with sequencing, strong melodic hooks and powerful solos. Mark Shreeve formed Redshift in 1995. He explains: "I think one of the many reasons was as a reaction to the tedium I felt with all the normal E.M. that had started to show up around the late 80s/early 90s. There were bands and artists (particularly in the UK and Europe) who were creating shockingly bland musicyou know cheesy little ditties over badly programmed drum machines using horrid thin digital preset sounds. People were releasing 5rd rate soundtracks, to 4rd rate films, that already had 3rd rate soundtracks written for them. In short The Sci-Fi Anorak had hijacked European E.M. The frontiers style of E.M. had been suffocated by all this easy-listening-for-midi-nerds-elevator-music. I was yearning to hear some darker, more unstable synthesizer music again, but no one seemed to be doing it" - reprinted without permission.

I recommend Mark Shreeve for those who like energetic, powerful, no-nonsense electronics.

See also: Redshift, ARC.

 


Shrieve, Michael (USA)

Transfer Station Blue (1984) (with Kevin Shrieve and Klaus Schulze)
In Suspect Terrain (1984)
The Bedroom Window (1986) (soundtrack) (with Patrick Gleeson)
The Leaving Time (1988) (with Steve Roach)
The Big Picture (1988) (with David Beal)
Fascination (1995)
Two Doors (1995)

Michael Shrieve is the percussionist for Santana and Klaus Schulze collaborator, while also being a jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist. He was born in 1949 in San-Francisco, USA. Some of his acoustic / jazz albums are not included in the above discography.

 


Shrine (Bulgaria)

The Final Asylum (2006)
Distorted Legends Pt. 1 (2008) (S)
Somnia (2012)
Nihil (2014)
Ordeal 26.04.86 (2016)

Moody ethereal Ambient built from samples and synthesizer pads. Shrine is Bulgarian musician Hristo Gospodinov.

 


Shun (Japan)

Ooparts (1994)
Landscapes (1994)
Air On the Wiring (1994) (recorded in 1978)
Kun Mae (1996)

This one will appeal to fans of dark European synth music, i.e. Peter Frohmader, and the like, with experimental "Cluster" touches. Shun was an "ambient" side-project of Susumu Hirasawa, a well-known Japanese avant-garde / synth-pop musician (of P-Model fame). During the 1980's, Shun released a series of LP's with experimental music, where many of the tracks represented raw outtakes and alternative versions of P-Model tracks. Some of them were later collected on Ooparts. I am not sure if this music fits in stylistically, but Landscapes and Kun Mae do. Air On the Wiring contains adaptations of Bach pieces. There is also a long track dedicated to Tangerine Dream on Susumu's solo album Aurora from 1994. The track is called "Island Door". Although it contains vocals and is not very TD-like for the most part, there is also a nice sequencer outtro (layered with vocals again) and it can be considered as slightly EM-related.

 


Shunto Nie (Japan)

Shunto Nie (2006)

More or less classic-formula Dark Ambient stuff.

 


Shuttle Service (Germany)

Solar System (??)

Supposedly, melodic music. Shuttle Service is Klaus Baumgartner.

 


Sian (Japan)

Double Mind String (1994) (with Deisel Guitars)
Synapse / Atmos (1996)
Sink / Assign (1997)
Setting / Another (2016)

Dark Ambient from Akifumi Nakajima (Aube) and Shonei Iwasaki.

See also: Aube

 


Siddartha Barnhoorn (Netherlands)

Structures of Light (2017)

Influenced by both Ambient (Steve Roach) and melodic EM (especially Vangelis), this multi-instrumentalist / film composer creates flowing, cinematic compositions.

 


Sideri, Matteo (Italy)

Bare (2014)

Matteo Sideri aka Tegu is an ambient composer with a unique style, using lots of field recordings, acoustic instruments and synth atmospheres.

 


Siebensee, Oad (Austria)

Prophet / Heysel Massacre (1986) (S)
Sacred Sounds (1988)
Seelentanz (??)
Carrara (??)
Indigo (??)
Eletronica (??)

Classically influenced electronic musician (b. 1960 in Judenburg), with some albums representing just sampled organ and symphony work. Apart from music Oad is also into painting, visual arts and philosophy.

 


SiebZehN (Germany)

Time Equals Eternity (2012)
Starship Signals (2016)

SiebZehN is a psychill / psybient project of Christian Müller from Hanover. A strong Ambient / EM influence is heard in his works. An example of a completely ambient track by him is "Venus" from Time Equals Eternity. File under EM-related.

 


Siegel, Dan (USA)

Another Time Another Place (1984)
Short Stories (1986)

Jazz / fusion musician. The above albums are still jazzy, of course, but mostly electronic. Another Time... was done in collaboration with Patrick O'Hearn

 


Sieghetnar (Germany)

Astralwinter (2013)
Zen (2015)
Epica (2015)

This project is dedicated to both black metal and more ambient forms of musical expression. Zen is an ambient / EM album that will appeal to those who like melodic and relaxing EM. Some floating guitar solos add to the atmosphere of this one. Epica is very similar. Some other releases also contain elements of Ambient.

 


Sierra, Charlie Mike (France)

On the Moon (1977)

Rare synthesizer album released on the same label as Space. Written by Charlie Mike Sierra (real name - Raymond Jeannot) with assistance from Malcolm Albee and Frederic Mercier. Sierra plays Korg, ARP Odyssey and Minimoog synthesizers.

 


Siganakis, Thanos (Greece)

Isolated Isolation / Cursed Desires (1983) (S)

Music in the style of Jean-Michel Jarre from the duo of Thanos Siganakis and Petros Hadjijeorgiou. There is much confusion regarding this obscure single in that it is mostly referred to using a vague Greek title Ηλεκτρονική Disco (Electronic Disco) which might be an attempt to describe the musical style but the fact is that these words are nowhere to be seen on the sleeve or the disc itself which only states: produced by Thanos Siganakis for Music Kiosk productions.

 


Sigillum Dei (UK)

Dominus Maleficarum (2005)
I'll Keep You In An Oaken Box, With Velvet For Your Bed (2008) (S)
There Is A Father In the Sky, There Is A Mother In the Ground (2013)

Dark soundscapes.

See also: Leviathan

 


Sigma (Finland)

Music With Analog Improvised Soundscapes (2006) (recorded in 2002 - 2006)
Binaural Beats (2007)

A duo Mauno Tuominen and Petri Frestadius doing a bit experimental analogue soundscapes and rhythmic pieces.

 


Signal~Bruit (France)

Planisphère(s) (2016)

Analog synth music describing an imagined two-dimentional world. Influences of Kraftwerk, Berlin School and more.

 


Sigurbjörnsson, Þorkell (Iceland)

La Jolla Good Friday (1981) (recorded in 1975)

Þorkell (Thorkell) Sigurbjörnsson (1938 - 2013) was an Icelandic pianist and composer. This album contains music recorded at the Center for Musical Experiment of the University of California. You can tell the guy has an academic background and the music was recorded in a fitting environment. However, it is one of the most listenable academic electronic albums out there and the music is quite engaging, with lots of squiggles, pulses, beeps and bleeps. It has a strange sense of structure to it and you can sort of compare it to some works of Conrad Schnitzler and other German EM / kraut experimentalists. Although on the very brink of EM (and subsequently, EEM) relevance (it narrowly escaped a non-inclusion), it's nice stuff to hear you are a fan of experimental electronics.

 


Sigvegr (Brazil)

Songs of Nature And Heathen Resistance (2006)
Against the Modern World - In the Name of Old Traditions (2006)

Pagan Ambient with lots of samples.

 


Siinai (Finland)

Olympic Games (2011)
Heartbraking Bravery (2012) (with Moonface)
Supermarket (2014)

Krautrock-inspired band from Finland. Like Ashra jamming with Neu! and Tangerine Dream in a shopping mall.

 


SiJ (Ukraine)

Deep In Space (2011)
B.J.D IV (2011)
Influence of Darkness (2012)
Fragments of Memories (2013)
Nightwave (2013) (with WMRI)
Vale of Forgotten Sounds (2013)
The Water Shrine (2014)
The End (2014)
The Brink of Time (2014)
Way To Dream (2014)
The Krustallos Shrine (2014)
The Earth Shrine (2015)
Zhang Zhung (2015) (with Sergey Gabbasov)
Kapalika (2015) (with Ptarkh)
Kömapàrabola (2015) (with Astral & Shit)
Message (2015) (with Paul Minesweeper)
Reflections Under the Sky (2016) (with Textere Oris)
Perseides (2016) (with Sergey Gabbasov)
The Time Machine (2017)
Queer Reminescence (2017) (with Item Caligo)

Ambient from Vladislav Sikach.

 


Sikora, Slawomir (Poland)

Wracam (1994)

 


Sil Muir (Italy)

Horchata vs. Sil Muir (2008) (S) (with Horchata)
Sil Muir (2009)

Dark Ambient collaboration between Andrea Marutti and Andrea Ferraris.

See also: Marutti, Andrea, Amon, Never Known.

 


Silberman, Peter (USA)

Transcendless Summer (2016)

Ambient music from founder of New York-based indie rock band The Antlers.

 


Silence & Strength (Israel)

Le Divin Cagliostro (2005)
Opus Paracelsum (2006)
Das Haus Zur Letzten Latern (2009)
Saturn Return (2015)

Dark Ambient and esoteric experimental music from Stephan V. Friedman.

 


Silent Cabin (Finland)

Lonely Mountains (2016)
Gates of Autumn (2016) (S)

Self-described as dungeon synth, this project of Finland's O. Inkinen has a moody sound more in common with some Ambient / drone artists.

 


Silent Chaos (Italy)

Micro (2017)

Mostly dark and a bit noisy ambient compositions from this duo of Marta Noone and Ugo Vantini.

 


Silent Cosmic Travel (USA)

No End (2017)
Destination Unknown (2017)

Austere, noisy synthscapes done on analog hardware. Silent Cosmic Travel is a project inspired by vintage sci-fi scores and related paraphernalia.

 


Silent Invisible Radiation (New Zealand)

Plane Symmetry Groups (2017)

Krautrock / electronic duo from Auckland. Repetitive music with guitars, synths and drums galore.

 


Silent Sun, The (Austria)

Early 1980's Electronic Music band influenced by Brian Eno. Formed by the (then) students Richard Gaisbauer, Josef Bruckl and Christian Dobler. No releases?

See also: Phaeicon, Blauklang, Agent Error.

 


Silent Watcher of Dark Matter (Sweden)

Installation (2000)
Deep Space (2001)
Deep Space II (2001)
Haemotoxylon (??)

Dark Space from a guy who calls himself Myt (don't know if it's a name or not). The project was started in 1999 and the author cites some academic electronic composers as his influences.

 


Silentblock, Pol (Belgium)

Mix'Houp (1989)
El Pacha (1989)
Por L Sourire d'Alexia (??)
Soirees d'Hiver (??)
Aphrodites-Moi Tout (1991)
Les Airs y Sont de Nuit (??)

See also: BBR/NJR

 


Silentium (Ukraine)

The Ancient's Wisdom (1995) (recorded in 1988 - 1993)

Pre-Munruthel homemade ambient music.

See also: Munruthel, Sammohana.

 


Silentwave (Japan)

Lotus Flower (2015)
Night Life (2016) (with Rhucle)
Daiyuzan (2016)
Kilauea (2017)

Silentwave is Yoshinori Noguchi who seems to be influenced by 1980's new age and Ambient.

 


Silicon Dioxide (Germany)

Empty Stages (2006)

This album was recorded in the Electric Junk studio (owned by Albin Meskes of You) by Slem Beniak, Lens Kimbase, Nike E. M. Bass and Ibek Manless. These all sound like pseudonyms and the music is most likely a solo venture of Meskes.

See also: Robot City, You.

 


Silicon Scientist, The (Germany)

Inselwinter (2012)
Outside the Night (2015)

Nice melodic and relaxed Electronic Music from Stefan Bornhorst out of Hamburg. There are other albums that are supposedly more synth-pop.

 


Silkies, The (???)

Arctic Dreams (??)

Ambient soundscapes, between Steve Roach and Brian Eno, but heavier.

 


Sillaste, Heiki (Canada)

Paper+Sound (2009)
Sauna Porch Recordings Co. (2011)
The North Shore (2012) (with dreamSTATE)

Heiki Sillaste is a Toronto-based electronic composer who has been recording since the 1980's. He mixes dub and downtempo elements with some warm ambient soundscapes. A large chunk of his work is completely rhythmless and ambient (and also rather warm and nice). Only his EM-related releases will be listed. Of these, Sauna Porch Recordings and The North Shore contain enough ambient material. Paper+Sound is mostly rhythmic / techno-ish, so it's not a good one for EM fans.

 


Sills, Paul (UK)

Astral Doorways (2007)
Meridian (2013)
White Light (2013)
A Sketchbook of Summer (2013)
Eternal Now (2014)

Gentle Space Music from this UK-based musician.

 


Silva, José (Venezuela)

Modulated Tones No.1: Music For Framed Works (2017)

Ambient artist currently residing in Quito, Ecuador, with a droning, shimmering sound and a large piano presence which gives it a vague Eno / Budd feel.

 


Silva, Matteo (Italy)

Ad Infinitum (1991) (recorded in 1989 - 1991)

Vast sonic landscapes from this synthesist. Although Italian, Matteo was born in Ulm in 1960. He grew up in Italy and that's where his career started, so he is listed as an Italian artist. Matteo Silva is a music archeologist, has travelled to Asia and is part of the Synaulia music archeology project.

 


Silver Apples (USA)

Silver Apples (1968)
Contact (1969)
Beacon (1997)
A Lake of Teadrops (1998) (with Spectrum)
The Garden (1998)
Decatur (1998)
Clinging To A Dream (2016)

Experimental New York-based duo with vocals. One of the members (known as Simeon) played the "Simeon" - sort of a homemade synth that consisted of nine audio oscillators stacked together. The other member was Dan Taylor on drums. One of the the first 'synth-pop' groups, then? A reunion took place in the 1990's, but after a van crash accident that left Simeon with a broken neck and spine injuries the future of the project seems pretty hazy.

See also: Bell, Jake

 


Silvercord (USA)

Swan On A Black Sea (2000)
Chasing Broken Shadows (2004)

Michigan-based electronic trio formed in 1999 and consisting of Geoff Nostrant, Ken Ball and Joe Klowski, now seems to have been reduced to a solo project of Nostrant. They have a varied, spacey, atmospheric sound, often symphonic or ambient, but also sequencer-based in places. Some of their music is available in download-only format.

 


Silverman, The (UK)

Dream Cell (1995)
Silvermandalas (1998)
State of Union (2001)
Requiem Settings (2002)
Live In Basel 2005 (2005) (with Edward Ka-Spel)
Nature of Illusion (2005)
Woodland Calling (2005)
Spectral Artifact (2007) (S) (recorded in ??)
Sun With A Beating Heart (2007)
Blank For Your Own Message (2008)
The Whispering Wail (2009) (with Edward Ka-Spel)
The Thirty Year Itch (2010) (with Edward Ka-Spel)
Time On Thin Ice (2010)
Elemental (2010)
Finisterre (2013)
Terremoto (2015) (recorded in 2008) (with Edward Ka-Spel)
Echo Piece (2015)
Assembling Witness (2016)

This is solo music from The Legendary Pink Dots keyboard player Philip Knight. Electronic Music mostly consisting of Ambient soundscapes and cosmic analog sounds.

See also: Mimir, Legendary Pink Dots, The.

 


S-I-M (Netherlands)

Apotheosis (2016)

Flashy, melodic EM with rhythmic (dance) influences. S-I-M is Jacco In't Veld.

 


Simjanović, Zoran (Serbia)

Miris Poljskog Cveća (1978) (S) (soundtrack)
Jedna Tema - Jedan Film (1982)

Serbian composer who has been very prolific in terms of the number of scores he did. He also composed one of the best known TV jingles in former Yugoslavia and was a pioneer of Electronic Music in his country. These releases contain material that will be interesting for EM fans. During the 1980's he seems to have gradually abandoned electronic media in favor of regular orchestral sound.

 


Simmons, Mike (UK)

The View From Anelog (1992)
From Anelog To Bardsey (1994)
Green Lane To Ledbury (1994)
Portmeirion (1996)
Dreams of Avalon (1997)
Compositions of Stone (1998)

Ambient musician, whose music represents a mixture of Steve Roach and some unique mysterious synth style.

 


Simon, Fred (USA)

Short Story (1984)
Time And the River (1985) (with Liz Cifani)

Pianist working in new instrumental / jazz genre. These early works contain some interesting electronic arrangements that can be compared to mid-to-late 1980's Tangerine Dream. Some examples are the title track from Time And the River and "Meshes" from the same release. However, I haven't heard a single Fred Simon release in its entirety yet, so for now I'll just include (and recommend) him as an EM-related artist. All the stuff I've heard from him that was released after Time And the River sounded like regular new instrumental / smooth jazz.

 


Simonetti, Claudio (Italy)

Claudio Simonetti (1981)
Claudio Simonetti (1986) (recorded in 1983 - 1986)
1990: I Guerrieri del Bronx / I Nuovi Barbari (2000) (soundtrack) (with Walter Rizzati)
Il Cartaio (2004) (soundtrack)
Demoni (2015) (soundtrack)

Goblin keyboardist. The first album features original compitions and one reworked Goblin tune. The soundtrack album Il Cartaio was created with digital and analogue synths. The music will appeal to fans of Goblin and some of Tangerine Dream's 80's soundtrack work.

See also: Goblin

 


Simović, Tomislav (Croatia)

Visitors From the Galaxy (2017) (recorded in 1981) (soundtrack)

Rare electronic soundtrack from this jazz musician and film composer.

 


Simulacra (Belgium)

Eidolon (2007)
Somewhere... Inside A Void (2008) (S)
The Heaven's Open (2010) (with Wereju)
There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood (2010)
The Empty Vessel Makes the Loudest Sound (2011)
The Evil That Beckons Me (2012)
Birka (2016) (with N) (2016)

Dark Ambient from Miguel Boriau.

See also: Beyond Infinity, Insomnia.

 


Simulacrum (Slovakia)

Zeugma (1999)
Anti Matter Society (2002)
Upuaut (2004)

Dark Ambient by a guy who calls himself Patryc Cyber.

 


Sinclair, Valentine (???)

Balance (2015)
Vignettes of Intimate Reflection (2015)
Metamorphosis (2016)

Supposedly, ambient music from this noise musician.

 


Sincronia (Mexico)

Odisea del Tiempo Eterno (1993)

Melodic Electronic Music.

 


Sine Amplitude (Germany)

Hypnotized (2016)

German trio with a rocking melodic sound, somewhat in the vein of MorPheusz or Maxxess. A mixture of electronics, guitar and drums.

See also: Hagen Von Bergen

 


Sine Wave (USA)

Sine Wave 1 (2008)
Sine Wave 2 (2010)
Zeitmaschine (2012)

Sine Wave is Dave Eveson from West Midlands. On first album he plays acoustic and electric guitars, analogue synthesizers, theremin and mellotron.

 


SineRider (USA)

Moon Phase (2016)

IDM / downtempo musician who developed an ambient style for Moon Phase.

 


Singh Boncard (Germany)

EXP (2005)
Lines of Time (2014)

Sequences and atmospheres by Georg Abts.

 


Singh, Charanjit (India)

Synthesizing: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat (1982)

Considered a (still rather obscure) holy grail of Indian Electronic Music, this album sees Mumbai-based Singh (unfortunately, he died in 2015 at the age of 74) doing rhythmic electronic stuff (ten ragas actually, adapted for electronic instruments) with synthesizers and drum machines. It is amazing how this music sounds nothing like 1982, in part indistinguishable from acid techno of a decade later. Not terribly progressive in its concept, it is surely worthy of inclusion for its sheer innovation. Charanjit Singh was a Bollywood composer and wedding band musician. He got interested in electronics somewhere in the 1970's and his discography may hide other unknown gems. Further investigation is needed.

 


Sini (Spain)

1 (1990)
Tres (1996)

Melodic, straightforward EM from Madrid-based Jose Maria Garcia. His first (or at least I suppose it was his first) LP was re-released in 1991 with a Spanish title "Uno" and a different cover. Then there's Tres. Never seen any references to "2", but judging from the name of his 1996 album it ought to exist... somewhere...

 


Siniaalto (Finland)

Siniaalto (2002)
Hakala (2003) (S)
Tallentumia (2004)
Kuolema (2007)

Very Tangerine Dream-ish analogue stuff. Fender Rhodes, Juno 6, MS-20, Jupiter 6, theremin etc. Siniaalto consists of Ilai Rämä, Teemu Halmkrona and Tuomas Mettänen. The band was formed in 2002 in Helsinki.

 


Sinigaglia, Riccardo (Italy)

Watertube Ringspiel (1984)
Riflessi (1985)
Scorrevole 3 e Fluttuazioni (1987)
Correnti Magnetiche (1989)
Works 1976 - 1981: Scorrevole (2015)
Correnti Magnetiche - Live (2015) (recorded in 1989)
Dimensions (2016) (recorded in 1993)
Nature Spontanee (2017) (with Maurizio Marsico)
Trio Cavalazzi (2017)

Innovative Italian composer born in 1953 in Arona, Piemonte. Minimal electronics with surreal atmospheres in complex blend with ethnic structures and sometimes acoustic elements.

See also: Futuro Antico

 


Sinister Dexter (UK)

This Kills That (1985)

A weird record. It sounds like a minimal synth effort. However, there's also that strong prog EM vibe to it. It is basically a one-man affair and is instrumental. Lots of short tracks and one epic at the end. Recorded in 1983 in London.

 


Sinke Dûs (Sweden)

Akrasia (2007)

Nordic Dark Ambient from Marcus Lönebrink.

 


Sinoia Caves (Canada)

The Enchanter Persuaded (2002)
Beyond the Black Rainbow (2014) (soundtrack)

Sinoia Caves is a solo project of Jeremy Schmidt, keyboardist of psychedelic rock / stoner rock band Black Mountain, who happens to be an analog synth maniac. This music is influenced by 1970's synthesizer gods and combines long, unfurling synth / mellotron excursions and shorter, folksy ditties with vocoder.

 


Sinultimata (UK)

Origenes (2011)
Suite Española (2012)
Pinturas de las Fobias (2012)
Carnival of the Animals And Other Enigmas (2014)
Letters To Daddy (2014)
Dychwelyd y Ddraig Goch (2015)

Sinultimata is a project of Welsh musician Carl Bratcher. His output is diverse and ranges from cheesy, "wooden" analogue-based synthiness of Wendy Carlos / Synergy school, to full-on classical emulations, experimental sounds and even slight Berlin School influences.

 


Sirion (Poland)

Quenta Silmarillion (2001)

Dungeon synth-related project with a bright, ethereal sound.

 


Sirius (Germany)

Electronic duo formed in 1974 by Peter Seiler (ex-Tritonus) and Michael Bundt (ex-Medusa).

See also: Bundt, Michael, Seiler, Peter.

 


Sirius Radiance (Russia)

Keys To Infinity (2013)
Silent Spaces (2013)

Roman Rogov.

See also: Lost Radiance

 


Siroul, Jacques (Belgium)

My Lovely Planet (1978)

Aka, "My Lovely Planet by Computer JS26". Library album with extremely warm melodic electronic themes in French style. For those into Space, Droids and suchlike. Some tracks are extremely cheesy ("La Marche des Petits Robots") some are good electronic ballads ("Lettre a Electro-Lise"). So it's a mixed bag. But that's what you expect from a library release anyway.

 


Sitting With Plants (USA)

Spirit Burial Ground (2017)

Hypnotic, darkish Ambient.

 


Siver, Valery & Trepakov, Kiryll (Russia)

Midway (2003)
Music From the Russian Pages (2010)

Although not for EM purists, Midway is still a very pleasant album, very relaxing and emotive. Mixture of classical guitar and electronics.

See also: Expedition Zero

 


Siyanie (Russia)

Shining of Unity (2012)
Sonans (2012) (with Neznamo)
Homo Multidimensional (2013)
Mystery of Life (2016)

Ritual droning Ambient. Neznamo participates on Shining of Unity.

See also: Vresnit

 


Sjardin, Peter (Netherlands)

Changes (1982)

Dark, cosmic electronic tracks from member of Group 1850, recorded in 1978 with the help of his self-built "Organizer" instrument. Only 25 test pressings of this album were manufactured.

See also: Group 1850

 


Sjellos (Germany)

Gestalt der Nacht (2011)
Transmission Lost (2013)

Dark Ambient by Tibor Knopf.

 


Sjerp (Czech Republic)

Anarchia Funeralis (2003)

Dark.

 


SKAARJ (Russia)

The Human And the World: The Retrospective of the Modern (2012)

Anton Sharoff.

 


Skadi (Germany)

Vergangenheit und Gegenwart (2005)
Eliwagar (2006)

Dark Ambient with rhythms and Ritual elements from Alexander Lesswing.

 


Skare (Sweden)

Solstice City (2009)
Grader (2015)

Frosty ambience from Mathias Josefson (Moljebka Pvlse), Fredrik Olofsson and Per Åhlund.

See also: Moljebka Pulse

 


Skarpseian (Russia)

Skygge Slottet (2013)
Tan Gil (2014)
Fragmenter av Trolldom (2016)

Dungeon synth project from Moscow.

 


Skepp, A. (Sweden)

III IIIII IIII (2016)

Electronic Music from drummer of progressive rock band Gösta Berlings Saga, whose keyboard player David Lundberg is also in the encyclopedia as part of Necromonkey duo. Melodic Ambient / Berlin School sound.

 


Skeppet (Sweden)

Untitled (2009)
Fåglarnas Samtal / Passagen (2010) (S)
Phase 3 (2014)
Deluxe (2015)

Krautrock-influenced duo of Andreas Malm and Henrik Wallin. They sit somewhere between Popol Vuh's "raga rock" sound, Dusseldorf School and psychedelia. Deluxe is a sampler gathering tracks previously available on split releases.

 


Sketch (Norway)

Sketch (1990)
Reasons To Sway (1994)
Abeyance (1997)
Zincanode (2000)
5956'N 1044'Ø 21.09.00 (2000)
Unreleased (2002) (recorded in 1994 - 1998)
Live (2002)

Not particularly known, the ambient duo Sketch (Kai Mikalsen and Tor Jørgensen), however, seems to be the one that introduced none other than Geir Jenssen aka Biosphere to Electronic Music, back in the early 1980's. There's something for lovers of ambient techno in their oeuvre, but also for those who prefer the deeper stuff. Their first eponymous cassette contains tracks recorded on a 4-track recorder in 1986 - 1990. It was re-released on CDR in 2000.

 


Skilly & Bone (USA)

Comet Omelette (??)

Way obscure, strange, privately pressed electronic album. The only information is what's written on the back of the vinyl sleeve: "Realized in the electronic studio of the Philadelphia Musical Academy on instruments designed by R.A. Moog". It must be from the early 1970's and is one of the rarest electronic albums out there.

 


Skin Hologram (Sweden)

Sentō Dream (2017) (S)

Hypnotic webs of analog sounds and sequences.

 


Skin Lines (USA)

First Fires: Demos 2014-15 (2015)
Stimulus Regression (2016) (S)
Troubled For Life (2016)

Another Portland, Oregon-based synth project, this one mixes cosmic atmospheres with slight 1960's EM influences and a noisier edge in places. Skin Lines is Dustin Krcatovich.

 


Skin Mechanix (UK)

The Secret Life of Angels (2002)
Fallen Angel (2005)
Media Evil (2011)

Skin Mechanix are Dave Hughes of T-Bass UK and some 'Skin'. All lovers of the aforementioned group as well as Mark Shreeve fans should check it out. Powerful, energetic synthetics.

See also: T-Bass, Ion.

 


Skin To Skin (USA)

In the Shadow of Love (1999) (S)
Temenos (2002)

Soundtracky Ambient with lots of chant-like textures. Skin To Skin are Lena Måndotter and Ronnie Hall.

 


Skiold (Denmark)

Airways (1983)

 


Skodvin, Knut (Norway)

Kondens (1982)
Gynt (1989)

Knut Skodvin is a classical composer and electronic pioneer from Bergen. He released several albums on LP and CD, the most interesting one being Kondens from 1982, made on analogue synthesizers mostly (EMS, Aries, Crumar, EKO and the fabled Davolisint), with help from acoustic bass, guitar, piano and sax.

 


Skognatt (Germany)

Landscape of Ice (2017)

Diverse black metal / ambient project. The above cassette features BM songs on side A and a four-part synth suite recorded in 2016 on side B. Looks like we can expect more ambient / EM material in the future.

 


Skorneg (Canada)

Foehn (2014)

Collaboration of Frederic Arbour and Christian Corvellec. Dark Ambient.

See also: Visions, Instincts.

 


Skornik, Guy (France)

Ils Viennent du Futur! (1980)

French pop / chanson artist. The first side of this unusual album features a multi-part progressive suite, some of which is pure EM. Beware of vocals and file under EM-related.

 


Skøtt, Jakob (Denmark)

September (2007) (with Jonas Munk and Rasmus Rasmussen)
Doppler (2012)
Amor Fati (2014)
Taurus Rising (2014)
All the Colours of the Dust (2016)

Another cosmic synth endeavour by a member of Causa Sui. This time it's the group's drummer.

 


Skoulaman (Netherlands)

Live (2001)
Voyager (2006)
Synthesizer Mood (2012)
Dreaming of the Future Reflecting the Past (2014)
Andros Awakening (2015)

Analog synth artist (with a Berlinesque flair) who used a different artist name for each of his CD-R releases. He was "Skoula" on Live, then turned "Skoulariki" on Voyager and, finally, "Skoulaman" - a name I used as a catch-all for his works. The real name of the artist is Hans Van Kroonenburg. He is also part of the EM trio AKS.

 


Skripglow (UK)

Day One (2009)

Skripglow is one of side-projects by founder of EBM act Click Click. Originally Dark Ambient, the music became more rhythmic on subsequent (download-only) releases.

 


Skrzek, Józef (Poland)

Pamietnik Karoliny (1978)
Dominics Godfather (1979)
War of the Worlds (1982) (soundtrack)
Koncert Swietokrzyski (1983)
Ambitus Extended (1983) (with Tomasz Szukalski)
Podroz w Kraine Wyobrazny (1984)
Czas (1998) (with Michal Banasik)
U Stop Krzyza (2003)
Planetarium (2006) (with Colin Bass)
Maria z Magdali (2006)
La Tempete (2007)
Trilogy (2008) (with Paul Lawler and Steve Schroyder)
Schody do Nieba (2008) (with Daniel Bloom, Paul Lawler, Michael Ogorodov and Steve Schroyder)
Czas Dojrzewania (2009) (soundtrack)
Archives (2013)
Człowiek z Wysokiego Zamku (??) (with Jaroslaw Pijarowski, Władyslaw Komendarek and Jorgos Skolias)
The Dream off Penderecki (2013) (with Jaroslaw Pijarowski and Teatr Tworzenia)
Terrarium (2013) (with Jaroslaw Pijarowski and Teatr Tworzenia)
The Stratomusica Suite (2014) (with Przemyslaw Rudz)
Halny (2014) (with Steve Schroyder, Mirosław Muzykant and Steve Kindler)
Moja Muzyka (2014) (recorded in 1978 - 1981)
Requiem dla Chwil Minionych (2015) (with Jaroslaw Pijarowski)
Carpathian Wind (2016) (with Steve Kindler, Mirosław Muzykant and Steve Schroyder)
Katharsis (A Small Victory) (2017) (with Jaroslaw Pijarowski and Teatr Tworzenia)

Jozef Skrzek, the leader of Polish progressive rock band SBB and one of the legends of Polish progressive music, was born in 1948. Not all of his works are electronic. The ones that are of interest to EM fans are listed above. Jozef Skrzek creates rather sedate Electronic Music that sometimes recalls early Popol Vuh. Koncert was recorded in a cathedral using church organ and moog. Podroz is a live recording as well.

See also: Ololuiqui, SBB.

 


Sky (USA)

Dreams (1988)

Sky is a project of Germany-born US musician Ronny Roman Bunke. This album will be enjoyed by fans of new age and new instrumental music mostly. However, the closing ambient epic "Shores of the High Priestess" that was featured on "Musical Starstreams" ambient radio show will appeal to general EM fan base for sure.

 


Sky Burial (USA)

Of the First Light (2006)
Spectrehorse (2006)
Sky Burial (2006)
Skinwalker (2007) (S)
IV: Of Dharma And Drowning (2007) (S)
Kiehtan (2010)
Transmissions From the Void (2011)
Aegri Somnia (2011)
Threnody For Collapsing Suns (2011)
Dream Decimator (2011)
There I Saw the Grey Wolf Gaping (2012)
Pas the Sarvering Gallack Seas And Flaming Nebyul Eye (2013)
Canticle of the Three (2013) (with Caulbearer)
Demo(n)horse (2014)
A Revised History of Dreaming (2014)
Corranach (2016)

Dark Ambient from Michael Page.

 


Sky H1 (Belgium)

Motion (2016) (EP)

Revigorating mixture of UK bass / grime music and Progressive EM. Very different but also very nice. More, please!

 


Sky People, The (USA)

The Sky People (2011)
Ancient Astronauts (2012)
Homeworld Return (2013)

Another project of extremely prolific Chuck Daar. Music ranges from beatless and atmospheric to upbeat and rhythmic.

See also: Hexagram, Cathedrals of Sound, Vapor State, A.V.P., Return To Titan, Architectures.

 


Sky Stadium (USA)

Spring Escape To Oceania (2010)
Slanted Glass For Comfortable Future (2010) (S)
South Sea (2010) (S)
Plateau (2011) (S)
Ancient (2011) (S)
Cerulean (2011)
Continental (2011)
Tile (2011)
Carpet Ride (2011)
Palmae (2011) (S)
Mid-Air (2011)
Setting Vision (2011) (S)
The Lodge (2011) (S)
Freely Without (2012)
Sky Stadium / Potions (2012) (with Potions)

Ambient with a bright, almost new-agey slant.

 


Skyprojection (USA)

One Through Thirty Three (2009)
Skyprojection (2011)

A project of Paul Greiner, who uses lots of analog machines for a dark, brooding sound, between horror synth and Dark Ambient perhaps.

 


Skyramps (USA)

Days of Thunder (2009)

Ambient / floating synth / guitar duo of Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and Mark McGuire (Emeralds).

See also: Oneohtrix Point Never, McGuire, Mark.

 


Slabe, Ron (USA)

Zagadka (1984)
Better Music Through Electronics (1984) (with Bill Trivison)

Classic style synthesist from Euclid, Ohio.

 


Slagle, G.C. (USA)

Æarth (2017)

Low-fi, droning ambience with a melancholic flair.

 


Slagle, Matt (USA)

An Explanation of the Past (2002)
The Boundaries of Infinite Complexity (2006)
Clarity Through Madness (2008)
Ultraterrestrial Intervention (2011)

Varied soundscapes.

 


Slalom (Poland)

Slalom (2013)
Wunderkamera (2015)

Polish krautrock-inspired band, but pretty unique overall and with a nice sense of humor (the music is instrumental with lots of weird synth sounds).

 


Slama, Norbert (Algeria)

Pulsar (1980) (S)

Released in the USA, Pulsar features two sides of electronics by Algerian-born Norbert Slama together with Marcus Esposito and "a drummer from outer space". The music is based on signals received by a radio telescope from distant pulsars.

 


Slane, Keith (USA)

Star Captain (1978)

Rare LP with Electronic Music from this synthesist. He started composing in 1977 and after releasing Star Captain issued several cassettes and library records during the 80's. After that he acted as club musician until 1996 when he started recording again.

 


Slap (USA)

Slap (1984)
Pratique (1985)
Downtime (1985)
Songs From the Cross (1986)
Bed of Nails (1987)
Eden Now (2008) (S)

Slap is / was synthesist Stephen Nester. The music is rather complex and experimental.

See also: Happiness Boys

 


Slasher Dave (USA)

Spookhouse (2013)
Tomb of Horror (2014)
Lunatic (2015) (S)
Chubbies (2015) (soundtrack)
Exorcisms (2016)

One of the "horror synth" revivalists, Slasher Dave fills the aural space with analog synths, sequenced rhythms, fat drums, choirs, mellotrons and spooky themes. John Carpenter, Goblin, Tangerine Dream... it's all there.

 


Slasher Film Festival Strategy, The (USA)

An Introduction To Mayhem (2000) (S)
Dead Bodies (2003)
Crimson Throne (2013)
Wet Leather (2013)
Psychic Shield (2015)
Crimson Cavern (2017)
Lunar Temple (2017)

Started circa 1996, The Slasher Film Festival Strategy is a project of Christopher Banks Ashley, who was right from the start influenced by horror scores, noise, power electronics and drone. The above discography is incomplete, as it only includes releases with ambient or EM-related material. Lately (starting from Crimson Throne), his sound became very much influenced by current synthwave trends, mixing them with horror synth and some ambient moments. File under EM-related.

 


Slator, Simon (UK)

Cold Sun (1999)
Sunset Cove (2000)
The Mosaic Effect (2000)
Rain (2006)
Skylight (2006)
Ambientology (2006)
6am (2006)
Antarctica (2006)
Four Patterns (2006)

Cold Sun is Tangerine Dream-like, while Sunset Cove contains about forty minutes of Ambient music from this UK musician.

 


Sledge, Frank (USA)

20 Light Years Away (1992)

 


Sleep Clinic (USA)

Night City (2015)
Stray Light I (2016)
Stray Light II (2016)

Sleep Clinic is an electronic / IDM / noise / exerimental / musique concrete / ambient project of Los Angeles-based musician and visual artist Jeff Swearengin. Night City features melodic and subtle Noise Ambient compositions that sound like a walk through abandoned industrial facilities at night, where the city acquires a musical language and speaks for itself. Cold and mechanical but strangely warm and comforting at the same time. Nice and different. Not sure other releases by Sleep Clinic (most are digital only) would qualify for inclusion, though.

 


Sleep D (Australia)

Live At the Fairfield Amphitheatre (2016)
From 50 (2017) (S) (with Albrecht La'Brooy)

I don't know what's the reputation of Sleep D, but I suppose they are mostly known in club / chillout circles. The above, however, is a live recording of a surprisingly EM-styled, pulsing set. Some of it even brings parts of Hoenig & Goettsching's Early Water to mind (yes, there's guitar here, and a very good one at that). The beat-heavy sections, on the other hand, can be compared to some of the music Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook used to play together on "The Dark Side of the Moog" series of albums. A lot of "Ash Ra Tempel meets Namlook" feel on the ambient sections as well. The 2017 12-incher with Albrecht La'Brooy includes an ambient / EM track as well - the closer "Sleeping Patterns".

 


Sleep Deprived (USA)

Through Dreamscapes (2012)
Transcendence Through Bonding of Psychedelic Phenomenon (2014)
Through Dreamscapes Vol. II (2014)

Cinematic soundscapes, mostly of the darker variety.

 


Sleep Orchestra (UK)

Drowning In the Sky (2014) (with Pjusk)
Home (2015)

Sleep Orchestra is Christopher Pegg who combines field recordings and electronics in an ambient setting.

 


Sleep Research Facility (UK)

Nostromo (2001)
Dead Weather Machine (2004)
Dead Weather Machine - Re:Heat (2004)
Deep Frieze (2007)
Stealth (2012)

Deep Ambient from the Scottish project of Kevin Doherty. Nostromo is based on the first 8 minutes of Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic "Alien". This album takes you on a journey deep within the bowels of Nostromo via its ultra deep and dark atmospheres.

 


Sleepy Town Manufacture (Russia)

No Traces / Dalshe 8 02 02 (2009) (with Unit 21)
Ambient Forms (2017)

Diverse electronic project from Russia, initially composed of Alexander Ananyev, Anton Lukoyanychev and Roman Komarov, now essentially a solo project of Ananyev. Some works lean towards Ambient. These will be listed.

See also: Beatumn

 


Slepian, Don (USA)

Electronic Music From the Rainbow Isle (1978)
New Dawn (1980)
The Sea of Bliss (1980)
Open Spaces (1980)
Computer Don't Breakdown (1981)
Largos (1982)
Rhythm of Life (1982)
Reflections (1986)
Christmas Candlelight (1986)
Sonic Perfume (1987)
The Strawberry Candle (1989) (with Joan Fericy)
Introspection (2000) (recorded in 1980 - 1999)
Beginnings One (2005)
Beginnings Two (2005)

Unique and probably very interesting electronics. The first album was originally released only on cassette and contained pieces recorded between 1972 and 1978. A CD version is currently available that adds tracks from the 1979 - 1984 period. Introspection contains pieces recorded in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1999. Some of the compositions are simply piano solos. 

See also: Electric Diamond, Synarios.

 


Slim Vic (Sweden)

Habrovink (2013) (EP)
Brain Mash (2014)
Personliga Artiklar (2017)

Varied Ambient, mostly of the darker variety. Slim Vic is Viktor Zeidner.

 


Sloan, Gary (USA)

Harmonitalk (1980)
Nightraid (1983)
Clone Tapes (2012) (recorded in 1979)
Clone - Hallowe'en 1976 (2013) (S)
Son of Octabred (2014) (recorded in 1982) (S)

One of the more exotic and unique electronic artists, Gary Sloan is from Alaska and is part of the local EM scene (that includes Kurt Riemann and Paul Alexander; Gary collaborated with the two under the name of "Clone"). However, Gary must be the odd one of the lot as he likes to focus on electronic harmonica. His music is often a combination of harmonica leads, strange vocoded vocals and "regular" EM. There is also a synth-pop album that he released in 1987 in collaboration with Melissa Bledsoe, titled Techno-Blue.

 


Sloan, Jason (USA)

Soundtracks of Loss (2000)
A Quiet Return (2000)
An Unsaid (2000)
Silence Behind the Horizon (2000)
The Shoreline of An End (2001)
To Cross the River of Light (2001) (EP)
Whispered With Water (2001)
The Space Between Beginnings (2001)
Moving Through (2002) (with Matt Borghi and Brannan Lane)
Still (2003)
Winterwomb: A Collection of Selected Live Recordings (2003)
Guilford (2004) (with Matt Borghi)
A White Bleeding Silence (2004)
Live Webcast :: January 24, 2004 (2004)
Y:adnus: As I Lay Blinded By the Light of the Moon (2005) (with David Manchester)
Hymns For the Afterlife (2006)
Ending [Light] (2008)
Static (2008) (S)
[--] (2009)
CorruptedHorizon (2010)
Deluge (2014)
Haven (2016)

Ambient soundscape artist who worked with the likes of Brannan Lane and Matt Borghi and whose music was featured numerous times on Star's End radio show. A lot of his earlier material was released in very limited editions.

See also: Dolmen

 


Slocum, Brad (USA)

Sonic Synsations (1977)

A strange LP. Mostly cover versions of classical themes and an odd "birthday theme" interpretation. All music is performed on an ARP 2600 synthesizer.

 


Slomo (UK)

The Creep (2005)
The Bog (2008)
The Grain (2012)
Transits (2017)

Synth / guitar duo with a droning ambient sound. Often intense and noisy.

 


Slow Attack Ensemble (Canada)

Soundscapes For the Emotional-Type Listener (2016) (S)

Ambient ala Harold Budd / Eno / Tim Story with a melancholic, post-rock vibe.

 


Slows (UK)

13'56 / 13'05 (2015) (S)
Slows (2016)

Slows is a project of Wire guitarist Matthew Simms. His debut 10" was recorded with just a Farfisa Matador organ. The music reminds on Terry Riley. Would be interesting to see how it develops. Note 26.10.2016: The full-length LP from 2016 does not disappoint - it's a nice electronic soundscape, combining the Farfisa with modular synth explorations.

See also: UUUU

 


Slowspace (UK)

The Eternal Realm (2005)

Ambient. Slowspace is Michael Hogg.

 


Små Vågor (Sweden)

Små Vågor EP (2015)
Små Vågor 2 (2016)
Små Vågor 3 (2017)

Ambient synths, dark analog sounds and pulses ala John Carpenter.

 


Smackos (Netherlands)

The Age of Candy Candy (2004)
Waiting For the Red Bear (2006)
Computer Day (2007)
Pacific Northwest Sasquatch Research (2007)
UFO Onderzoek 1983 (2010)
A Vampire Goes West (2017)

Pacific Northwest Sasquatch Research is a mixture of ambient atmospheres, field recordings and sequencer pieces. Smackos' real name is Danny Wolfers.

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

 


Smagghe & Cross (UK)

MA (2017)
Talking To Katz (2017) (EP)
Jazz (2017) (S)
Timothy Dalton (2017)

Varied set of tracks from Ivan Smagghe and Rupert Cross, ranging from noisy, monolithic compositions to ambient and electroacoustic numbers to pure analog synth, sometimes with a weird Cluster feel.

 


Small Things On Sundays (Denmark)

Fare Forward (2017)

Electro-acoustic duo with something of a hybrid noise / ambient sound. Hard to decide if any of their stuff should be in EEM, so only one album so far.

See also: Poulsen, Claus

 


Smalley, Alex (UK)

JAN SBR 15 (2016)

Gentle ambient compositions.

See also: Olan Mill, Pausal, Cask.

 


Smiling Eye (USA)

Voice of the Planet (1981) (S)
Travels Within (2000)
Rhapsody In Green (2002) (recorded in 1990)
Metaphysics 101 (2008)

Ohio-based painter Larry Smiley creates aggressive synth / guitar compositions.

 


Smith, Adam (USA)

Snowy Dreamscapes (1995)
Tell Me What You Feel (1996)
Passageways (1999)
On the Threshold of Dawn (2000)
Wilderness (2001)

Electronic Music with many influences: jazz, Ambient, musique concrete, etc.

 


Smith, Al (USA)

Clock Works (1978)

Very rare record pressed on acetate (lacquer) disc. The music ranges from vocal psych to Electronic Music that has been compared to Kraftwerk and Eno. There is an earlier album by Al Smith, also on acetate, called Up All Night. I know nothing about it at the moment.

 


Smith, Dallas (USA)

1984: Newsound (1983) (with Steven Halpern)
Stellar Voyage (1985)

Nice solo album by this flautist, clarinetist and sax player. Don't get wrong with his reputation of a new age artist, as there are some nice electronics here.

 


Smith & Erickson (USA)

Blue Skies (1985)

Private cassette release from Berkeley, California, supposedly Space Music with one track amusingly titled "Roll Over, Vangelis".

 


Smith, Kaitlyn Aurelia (USA)

Euclid (2015)
EARS (2016)
Sunergy (2016) (with Suzanne Ciani)
The Kid (2017)

Unique abstract and rhythmic electronics, experimental but very listenable, done mostly on Buchla modular system.

 


Smith, Kelvin (UK)

Lapis Lazuli (1998)
Galaxy Gate (1999)
Reclining Music (2003)
Ambient Works (??)
Solarization (??)
Dreaming Mind (2005)
Persian (2006)

Ambient from this South Wales-based musician. Sometimes more rhythmic.

 


Smith, Mike (Canada)

Transcombobulation (2016) (with Jonathan Adjemian)
Famous Wildlife Movies (2016)

The collaborative album with Jonathan Adjemian is a playful, wonky, jazzy album of dual synthesizer workouts from this Toronto-based musician. Famous Wildlife Movies is a jazzy group effort (released as "The Mike Smith Company") that combines the sound of the former with typical jazz instrumentation.

 


Smith, Steve (UK)

Phoenix Arising (2011)
Pools of Diversity (2013)
Stealing Time (2017) (with Robin Banks)

Steve Smith is one half of VoLt and an experienced synthesist in his own right. This music was done in collaboration with a duo of musicians called "The Tylas Cyndrome" and the music is melodic, in typical British EM tradition and with an extra prog rock touch.

See also: Volt

 


Smith, Steven K. (USA)

Totality 6.10.94 (2005)
Requiem For Failed Suicides (2007)

Solo Ambient from member of Dolmen.

See also: Dolmen

 


Smith, Steven R. (USA)

Log the Man Dead (1995)
Gehenna Belvedere (1996)
Autumn Is the End (1998)
From Ashes Come (1999)
Slate Branches (2000)
Tableland (2001)
Kohl (2002)
Lineaments (2002)
Antimony (2004)
Crown of Marches (2005)
The Anchorite (2006)
Owl (2007)
Cities (2009)
Westering (2009) (with Gareth Davis)
The Line Across (2010) (with Gareth Davis)
Floor of the Sky (2011) (S)
Old Skete (2011)
Ending  / Returning (2013)
Hymnal (2016) (with Dirk Serries)

Dark and atmospheric electronics like a somewhat updated version of Fripp & Eno (although warmer) from former member of space rock band Mirza..

 


Smorenburg, Bert (Netherlands)

Running Status (1990)

Melodic music from this Dutch artist.

 


Smutskatt (Sweden)

Dit Men Inte Längre (2016)
Shaman (2017)

Atmospheric synthscapes and subtle beats, like a Swedish version of Cluster, updated with minimal techno influences.

 


Snake Union (USA)

Specimens (2015)
The Role of Revulsion (2017)

Modular synth duo of Dave Grant and Chuck Bettis. Experimental and partly noisy, but also heavily based on the sequences and pretty hypnotic.

See also: On A Clear Day

 


SNC (Italy)

Assalto Alle Nuvole (1994) (recorded in 1977)

One of the short-lived bands formed by Ciro Perrino (together with Alex Magazzino) after the dissolution of his progressive rock band Celeste. The music is a mixture of Electronic Music and space rock. Unfortunately, this is more or less a rehearsal tape with corresponding sound quality.

See also: Perrino, Ciro, St. Tropez, La Compagnia Digitale.

 


Sneaky Snake (USA)

Hey Brah! (2010)
The Sprawl (2011)

Gently sequenced EM and ambient floaters from this California-based duo of Ian James and George Jensen. Cassette releases.

 


Snelders, Eric (Netherlands)

9 Famous Synth Songs (1990)
Searching For the Arms of Venus (1991)
Looking Through the Eyes of the Overworld (1995)
The Source of Scarlet Dreams (1998)

Melodic and rhythmic EM.

 


Snidow, Chris (USA)

From the Foundation of the World (1995)
Number Our Days (1999)
Daughter of God (2004)

Symphonic electronics. Sometimes cosmic.

 


Snoqualmie Falls (UK)

Red Fire Dark (2013) (S)
Dream Sequence (2014)

Long-form Ambient from Jeff Stonehouse and Alicia Merz. Somewhat dark and mysterious.

See also: Stonehouse, Jeff

 


Snow, Todd (USA)

Beyond the End of Time (1995) (with k-rakos)
Cosmic Magic (2003)
Faraway Land (2004)
Pentagram (2005)

Todd Snow is an Illinois-based recluse who lives in a country house and produces spooky Dark Ambient soundworlds.

 


Snowfade (Italy)

Return To the Silent Planet (2009)
Choir of Coldness (2009)
Horizertical (2009) (S)
Evil Cathedral (2013)
Terror (2014)

Another ambient project of Marco Grosso.

See also: Grosso, Marco, Ouroboros, Permafrost.

 


Snowfield, Lewis (Germany)

Antarctic Studies 2012-2015 (2017)

A project of Leipzig-based Olivier Gobelet (his name sounds French to me). Frozen soundworlds.

See also: Poplar Bluff

 


Snowfields, The (USA)

The Snowfields (2008)
How To Get Good Sound From A Dead Ear (2015)

Nice, fat, analog EM, sometimes with real drums and a rock edge.

 


Snufmumriko (Sweden)

Tellurian (2015)
Chimera (2016)
At First Light (2017)

Gothenburg-based ambient artist Ingmar Wennerberg. A bit glitchy sound, with a strong electro-acoustic element by means of field recordings.

 


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