Index

 

Soar (Switzerland)

Soar (1995)
Botchibonsi (1997)
Lumumby (1997)
Klunker (1999)

Soar is Christian Aebi. He is influenced by krautrock and uses Minimoog, Farfisa organ, guitars, Wurlitzer piano, bass and other instruments.

 


Soberanes, José (Mexico)

Trazos (2015)
Shelter (2015) (with Darren McClure)
The Rising Tide (2016)
Our Gravity Ends (2017)
Future Habrour (2017) (with Darren McClure)

Ambient artist from Mexico with lots of field recordings in his music.

 


Sobocan, John (Canada)

A Soft Circle (2012)

Ambient artist from Toronto.

See also: Bubble

 


Soccer96 (UK)

Soccer96 (2012)
As Above So Below (2016)

Synth and drums duo from London who started with a somewhat synth-pop / chiptune vein. On As Above So Below, they are still influenced by mainstream genres such as funk and synth-pop, but also by stuff like synthwave and vaporwave. However, there's also that sight Prog EM streak in the form of lush, Vangelis-like synths of the opener, the Bladerunner-esque atmosphere (reminds on "Morning at the Bradbury" somehow) of the short sketch "Manga" and the somewhat epic final part of the closer "Brutal Deluxe". File under EM-related, slightly EM-related...

 


Soceco (USA)

Prelude To Heaven (2017)

Starting as a vaporwave project, it has now developed a minimal ambient drone sound.

 


SODA Lite (Australia)

Liquid Earth (2016)
In Eco (2017)

Ambient compositions. Relaxing, sort of new-agey sound with a slight vaporwave influence perhaps.

 


Söderqvist, Dan (Sweden)

Waterland (1984) (with Karl Gasleben)

Music by Twice A Man duo released under real names of the musicians. The music is supposedly a mixture of synth-pop and ambient stuff and one track was intended for an exhibition about dolphins and whales.

See also: Twice A Man, Cosmic Overdose.

 


Söderström, Andreas (Sweden)

Om Solen Väl Går Upp (2016)

Swedish multi-instrumentalist and folk musician who previously worked under an alias (ahem!) ASS. He is also a member of several bands. The above album features side-long tracks of reflective and pastoral quality. Oldfield meets Ambient?

 


Sofer, Daniel (USA)

The Sound of System (1982) (S) (with Todd McKinney)

Promo disc released by these two gentlemen who worked for Oberheim Electronics at the time. Needless to say, the music was all made on an Oberheim system (synth / drum machine / sequencer setup). This small record has two tracks of Sofer and two tracks of McKinney, so it's basically a split release. This music was never intended for sale.

 


Sofia Ozdravovna (Germany)

Eden In Transition (2016)
Housewife At the End of the World (2017)

Moody, monolithic ambient soundscapes mixing noises and industrial influences with reflective synths.

 


Soft Energy (France)

Sideral Space (1978)

One of several similar-sounding projects led by Philippe Renaux that all deal with cover versions of well-known synth (and not only synth) tunes and also include original compositions, two or three per album. In case of Sideral Space the original tracks include "Contact Day" and "First Meeting". A very mainstream and un-progressive sound here, but the synths are nice and warm and all.

See also: Renaux, Philippe, Research.

 


Soft Ions (Canada)

Soft Ions (2017)

A duo of Jenna Turner (violin, electronics) and Parker Thiessen (electronics). Ranges from noisy to melodic and ambient.

See also: Bong Sample, Private Investigators, Kaunsel.

 


Soft Machine (UK)

Third (1970)
Fifth (1972)
Seven (1973)
Alive And Well: Recorded In Paris (1978)

Legendary Canterbury / jazz / fusion band. Like many long-standing collectives, Soft Machine went through many lineup changes. The above albums contain some electronic or electronic-related material. The later incarnation of the band is led by oboe / sax / keyboard player Karl Jenkins. The live music is still jazz fusion at its core. However, it seems that the band had catched a "Tangerine Dream virus" to a certain degree as well, many sections being partly or predominantly electronic, such as the album closer for example. Seems fair, as none other than ex-Soft Machiner and synth enthusiast Mike Ratledge was recruited to help with his synthesizer expertise on some tracks. File under EM-related.

See also: Ratledge, Mike

 


Soft Mirage (USA / Canada)

Ionian Dream (2012)

Norm Chambers and Christian Richer. If you know Panabrite's way of combining soft acoustic guitar melodies with floating analog synths, this is more or less the same style.

See also: Panabrite, Element Kuuda, Chambers, Norm.

 


Soft Note (Russia)

Music Book Volume One (2010)
Celistic Music Book (2010)
Futurescapes (2011)
Singing Universe (2012)
Music Book Vol. II (2012)
Waterscapes (2013)

Soft Note is a project of young ambient artist Philipp Kalchuk.

 


Soft Riot (Canada)

Some More Terror (2014)

Moody synth soundscapes from Jack Duckworth (originally from Vancouver, now residing in London). This album is atypical, as his other releases reportedly contain song-based new wave / psychedelic electronic pop.

 


Softest (USA)

Music For Rain: Volume One (2014)
Six Wishes (2016)

Ambient duo from Utah with a somewhat new agey sound.

 


Software (Germany)

Chip-Meditation Part I (1985)
Chip-Meditation Part II (1985)
Electronic Universe Part I (1985)
Syn-Code (1986)
Past-Present-Future (1987)
Past-Present-Future Part II (1987)
Digital Dance (1988)
Electronic Universe Part II (1988)
Dea Alba (1988)
Live 3rd Dimension (1989)
Fragrance (1990)
Ocean (1990)
Modesty-Blaze (1991)
Visions (1991)
Cave (1992)
Modesty-Blaze Vol. II (1992)
Cool Blue (1993)
Space Design (1993)
Heaven To Hell (1995)
Software As Hardware (1995)
Sky-Dive (1997)
Fire-Works (1998)

German synth duo. Mostly Michael Weisser with either Peter Mergener (most of the early and newest albums), Georg Stettner (Fragrance), or Billy Byte (Modesty-Blaze series and Cave). Newer releases are aimed at the new age market. Vintage works are ok.

See also: Mergener / Weisser, Mergener, Peter, G.E.N.E..

 


Softwerk (Germany)

Journey To the Spot (1983)
Sound Before Time (1989)

This seems to be some kind of Berlin-based visual studio that released a series of computer-generated fractal images in the 1980's that were pretty cutting-edge at the time. Apparently, they also made their own Electronic Music to accompany their works.

 


Sogge, Glenn (USA)

Homecoming - 8 Meditations (2017)

Varied soundscapes.

 


Sohrab (Iran)

A Hidden Place (2010)
Between Strangers (2013) (S)

Ambient artist born in 1984 in Tehran and currently residing in Berlin. He uses a lot of field recordings and subtle electronics.

 


Søjus1 (Germany)

Søjus1 (2016)

Dresden-based duo of Simon Arnold and Ralph Müller. They have something of a hybrid post rock / krautrock aesthetic, using real drums together with electronics for a mixture of rhythmic and atmospheric numbers. Some of the tracks feature vocals, so beware.

 


Sokolovsky, Ivan (Russia)

Works of Various Years (1986)
Socialism And Love (1987)
Instant Victory of Black Painting (1988)
Living the Turkish Way (1989)
River, Lake, Sea (1990)
Pressure - Music For Rich (1991)
Yat-Kha (1993)
Conquest of Arctic (1995)
Khan's Afternoon Rest (1996)
Regredimur (2001)
Simulated Prison (2005) (with Serguei Letov)

Ivan Sokolovsky was born in 1962 in Leningrad (Saint-Petersburg) and started with music in the early 80's, building his own synthesizers and tape recorders. In 1983, he co-founded and started composing for the underground group Night Prospekt, in which he also played synthesizers and electronically processed the band's other instruments. In 1989, he left the band to pursue a solo career and delved deeper into the realms of atmospheric ambient Electronic Music and ethnic music. Unfortunately, Ivan Sokolovsky died on the 15th of May, 2005. Notes: River, Lake, Sea is a compilation of works for various projects Ivan had been involved with; Conquest of Arctic was released under the "Soft Animals" project name; finally, Yat-Kha is not only the title of the album but also the name of the project that combined traditional Tuvan throat singing with electronics. Subsequent albums of Yat-Kha had nothing to do with Ivan.

 


Sol Mortuus (Russia)

Extinction (2015)
Ur-Ala (2017)

Shamanistic ambience inspired by legends and traditions of the Uralic people.

 


Sol Serebris (Russia)

Valkyries Came Through the Shimmering Dreamgates (2008) (S)
Ассиметричными штрихами воспоминаний окутывая бесконечность (2008)

Mostly rather generic-sounding Space Music and melodic stuff based on the piano. Some sequences spice things up here and there. Those rhythmic tracks also happen to be the better ones overall.

 


Sol, Victor (Germany)

Gate / Sol (1994) (with Charles Gate)
Sky Love Dog (2010)

Gate / Sol is one of the more obscure early releases on Fax label. Both names (Charles Gate and Victor Sol) are pseudonyms of German artists. Victor Sol is actually Lars Müller, who a bit later released a solo techno album and then a nice and moody rhythmic / melodic EM disc Sky Love Dog. The music on Gate / Sol is not typical of the label's output as it's mostly quiet and relaxing, even new-agey, Ambient.

See also: Aerial Service Area

 


Sola Translatio (Italy)

Mother Sunrise (2000)
Ad Infinitum (2001)
Enigma (2006)

Sola Translatio are Alio Die and Opium (Matteo Zini). Ambient soundscapes.

See also: Alio Die, Opium.

 


Solar Dream Light Machine (UK)

Machine Visions (2009)

Paul Pinfold. Rhythmic, Kraftwerk-influenced tracks with some vocoder voices.

 


Solar Lodge (Italy)

Heartbeat of the Roses (1989)
Recicling Project 2 (1990)
Bluth und Bluthe (1990)
Topy TV, Tribute To Psychic TV (1990)
Eternity Into Stillness (1992)
Solar Lodge (1993)
According To the Rites of Beauty (1995)
Spells of Challenge (1999)
Wax And Wane (2002)

Floating electronics from Fulvio Biondo and Enrico Angarano. I think this will appeal to fans of both classic EM and Ambient forms.

 


Solar Moon System (Germany)

Logbook '94_'00 (2000)

Solar Moon System is a German collective of Tom Dams, Georg Boskamp and Uwe Lehr. Their album was produced by Klaus Schulze. Slow beats and atmospheres with some vocalizing here and there.

 


Solar Ocean (Russia)

Twilight October (2010)
Untitled (2010)
The Stars That Shine In the Depths (2010)
Untitled (2011) (S)
Enter Serenity (2012)
Melting Morning (2015)

Ambient soundscapes.

 


Solar Powered Buddha (UK)

Power of Four (2014)
Library Music (2017)

Steve Lyon.

 


Solaris (Germany)

Premiere (1978)

Same band as Cyborg.

See also: Cyborg

 


Solaris (Germany)

This band was formed in the late 1970's or early 1980's by Lutz Rahn (who left in the mid 1980's) and Toni Roberts. A bit later, Dave Schmidt aka Sula Bassana joined them. The group disbanded circa 1987 / 1988 but had given several live shows and recorded a couple of tapes.

See also: Rahn, Lutz, Sula Bassana.

 


Solaris (Germany)

Collaboration (2000)

A collaboration of Apoptose, Ambit and Polygon projects. Dark Ambient.

See also: Polygon

 


Solaris (Hungary)

Marsbeli Kronikaak (1983)

The first track starts surprisingly similar to the beginning of "Metropolis" by Kraftwerk. Later the music ventures into Tangerine Dream / Vangelis territory. Subsequent tracks are in similar vein, mixing TD-like sound (circa Tangram) with more rock elements. The third track even has some sounds that pleasantly recall Schulze from the mid-Eighties. The soloing is top-notch throughout and overall this album should appeal to fans of both Electronic Music and progressive / symphonic rock.

 


Solaris (Poland)

Solaris (1996)
Introitus (1998)
Mho (1999)
3K (1999)
MW 1602 (2004)

Polish Dark Ambient project (Rafal Detkos and Adam Kielsznia).

See also: Ucho

 


Solaris (Serbia / USA)

Aeon V (2017)

Post-apocalyptic / sci-fi ambience with a hypnotic, moody sound.

See also: Ascendant

 


Soleil Vert (Canada)

Du Déluge au Désert (2006)

Mostly classic style synthesist from Quebec.

 


Solid Waste (USA)

Long Slow Dream (2016) (S)
Sketches From An Artificial Mountain (2016)
Visions (2017)

Synth trio from St. Louis, consisting of Mario Martinez, Josh Kahl and Nate Bethel. Warm, floating sound, often somewhat new-agey.

 


Solipsism (UK)

Let's Watch the Sunrise (2011) (EP)
Soliloquy (2012)
Opiate Odyssey (2013) (with Nacht Plank)
The Cerenarian Sea (2014) (with Nacht Plank)
Sun Sign Symmetry (2014)
Thoth Machine (2015)

Craig Murphy from Glasgow creates varied soundscapes, mostly ambient, but also classically inspired and with glitchy elements.

 


Solipsist Paradise (Netherlands)

Aware (1996)

Same band as Wave World with Klaus Schulze on one track.

See also: Wave World

 


Solitaire (Germany)

Altered States (1990)
Ritual Ground (1991) (with Steve Roach)
Plains And Skies (1992)
Fearless (1995)
Nocturnes (1997)

Solitaire is basically German synthesist Elmar Schulte. Very good ambient electronics.

See also: Schulte, Elmar

 


Sollilja (USA)

In Looking, Disappears (2016)

Obscure electronics from Los Angeles. A mixture of tinkling analog synths / arpeggios and darker, industrial-tinged material.

 


Sollmann, Phillip (Germany)

Something Is Missing (2006)
Edition Rodeo 01 (2011) (S) (with Roman Flügel)
Gegen die Zeit (2016) (with John Guertler)

Experimental composer. Of interest are some parts of Gegen die Zeit, especially "Zeitgeist", with its lulling analog synths.

 


Solo Andata (Australia)

Fyris Swan (2006)
Solo Andata (2009)
Ritual (2010)
In the Lens (2015)

Ambient duo of Paul Fiocco and Kane Ikin. Like a substantially darker version of Brian Eno.

See also: Fiocco, Paul, Ikin, Kane.

 


Solo Archivist (Sweden)

Winter Spirals (2012)

Experimental musician with a considerable amount of releases to his credit. I don't know how much of it would actually qualify as Prog EM, but at least the above album apparently features atmospheric, melancholic synth compositions.

 


Soltau, Thorsten (Germany)

Catafalque (2016) (S)
Tektoplastie Art (2017) (with Pharmakustik)

Experimental musician who works with concrete textures a lot. On Catafalque, though, he goes for the ambient synth sound.

 


Solune (France??)

Journey of the Folktales (2016) (EP)
Alteration-Cycles (2016)
The Hierophant (2017) (EP)

Solune is a project of Etienne Dauta. He alternates between rhythmic techno / deep house tunes and floating synth / ambient compositions.

 


Solus (Hungary)

Night Oblivion (2010)

Simplistic and repetitive keyboard Ambient.

 


Solveil (Germany)

Con Sense (2013)

Effective cosmic Ambient with occasional tribal beats on Databloem label.

See also: Con_Sense

 


Solvognen (UK)

IKB (2014)
R.G. (2014)

R.G. offers rich, emotional, completely analogue-based soundscapes made with the help of modular synthesizers. IKB is more rhythmic but has the same feel overall.

 


Sølyst (Germany)

Sølyst (2011)
Lead (2013)
Polar / Pierbourg (2015) (with Tarwater)
The Steam Age (2016)

Metronomic electronics from Kreidler's drummer Thomas Klein.

See also: Kreidler

 


Soma, Tomoaki (Japan)

Fukushima (2011) (S)
Puffball (2011)
Kodama (2012)
Cirrostratus (2013)
Late February (2013)
Kuebiko (2013)

Snow In March (2013)
Evanescent (2013)
Come Out of Hibernation (2013)
A Nest of Swallow (2013)
Black Summer Season (2013) (S)
The Puddles (2014)
Bonfire (2014)
Potaraka (2014)
This Old Tale (2014)
Ashino (2014)
Splitting Wood (2015)

Droning Ambient artist from Japan.

 


Sombrous (USA)

Transcending the Umbra (2004)

Frosty dark / neo-classical ambience ala Vinterriket from M. Marino out of Minnesota, USA. Other influences include Robert Rich, Steve Roach and Brannan Lane.

 


Some Truths (UK)

Midnight Mornings Drenched In Dayglo (2011)
Damnation Poisoned With Rainbows (2011)
The First Gate of Dreaming (2011)
Low Point X (2013)
Some Friends I Lost To Bedlam, Others I Abandoned There (2014)
Bliss Abyss (2014)

The 2011 albums represent a cassette trilogy with music that sounds like Computerwelt-era Kraftwerk jamming with Conrad Schnitzler in a parallel universe. Some Truths is Ralph Cumbers.

 


Something Completely Different (Netherlands)

Megacatz (2001)
Marathon (2002)
The Book of Love (2003)
The Last Gate (2003)
Songs From 1981 - 1987 (2006)

Great rhythmic and melodic electronics by one Boele Gerkes. The collection Songs From 1981 - 1987 may not be for starters but it shows the musician developing his style. It begins with "Fender Volume Organ" - an experimental piece comprised of an organ drone and various spooky effects. "4th Jen Song" continues with a cheesy analogue sequence and an equally cheesy, positive melody. This is profoundly synthetic, even robotic music. Nice one. "Poly 800-7" contains a melodic sequence and a rather solemn melodic theme, reminding on historic scenes from the times of King Arthur. Everything was played on Korg Poly-800 synthesizer. "Philicorda 2" is a nice slab of hypnotic electric organ cheesyness. "Twin Peaks 2", on the other hand, is quite moody and atmospheric, with long-drawn pads and a distorted, screaming synth lead. "Jan Hammer" is a melodic, "commercial" tune with catchy hooks and very 1980's-sounding drums. I think fans of Jarre and, naturally, Jan Hammer's "Miami Vice" period will enjoy this. "Polysix 1" basically consists of phased analogue string sounds. Simple, but fine. A dramatic sequence appears towards the end. "The Whale Poly 800" is a thick-textured analogue piece, with layered string / pad sounds and an upbeat sequence. A new sequence emerges after a while, along with a good melodic theme. Fans of 1980's Tangerine Dream will enjoy this. "Poly 800-8" continues in a rather restrained mode, with pads, a very mundane sequence and a nice melody. "1e ESQ Nummer" starts in a Jarre-like manner, with an urgent sequence and a cascading synth tone. The drums start and it could easily be one of those "lost" tracks off Rendez-Vous sessions. "Filmscore" is a short, but intense sketch of heavy synth pads. "Poly 800-2" moves the cheese meter up a few notches. This is really as melodic and sweet as it gets. "Bayerisch" is extremely low-fi. Sounds like a folk tune blaring from the speaker of an old comuter game. "Poly 800-5 Distorted" starts with a spooky organ. Very soon an arpeggio comes in, together with a dramatic melodic theme. "Intro met ESQ-1" is basically just sequences and a few atmospheres. Very powerful, though. "Poly 800-4 Plus String" has rolling arpeggios and one of those typical melodies that fill this album. "Submarine" has a slow marching sequence and a few mysterious pads, together with more experimental textures. "Seagulls" begins with twittering synth effects and excellent analogue atmospheres. After a while you can hear a low, sober synth melody and a few guitar strums. The second section consists of upbeat sequences, melodies and effects. A few playing mistakes do not spoil the great impression this track leaves. "Brazen Sky Polysix" is dominated by rolling arpeggios and wooden, mundane melodic sonics. "Ryuteki", with it's reflective flutes, is a nice and cinematic way to finish this diverse collection.

 


Sommet (France)

Sommet (2012)

Varied EM from Sébastien Rosat out of Paris. Seems to be inspired by library music and film scores.

 


Somnam (Finland)

Melancholy's Masquerade (2007)

Varied emotional Ambient from this Finnish project out of Jyväskylä.

 


Somnium (Italy)

Arachnophobia (2011) (EP)
Gelida Vampa (2012)
Dissoluzioni / Ossessioni (2012)
Katadeo (2013)
Marinconia (2014)

Dark Ambient project from Italy formed in 2011. Also known as :§:omnium or simply :§:.

 


Somnium (Spain)

Paisajes Analogicos (1984)
Otros Mundos, Otros Soles (2001)

Somnium used to be a band (from Mieres, Asturias) that consisted of Manuel Jesus Rodriguez and Luis Fez. They made an album and then disappeared. The project was reanimated six years later and this time Rodriguez teamed up with Guzman Concejo. This line-up made Otros Mundos, Otros Soles with music that is very much in the classic EM tradition.

 


Somnivore (Finland)

1818 - 1991 (2005)
Maelstrom (2005) (with Kivelä)
Clergy of Oneiros (2007)
Sleepwalker's Sketchbook (2011)

Medieval Ambient with a horror edge.

 


Son of Ohm (Netherlands)

Syrinx (2017)
Astronaut (2017)

Music with a definite 1970's twist - sequences, organs and repetitive guitar patterns / solos really take you into early Tangerine Dream / Ashra territory.

See also: Leonardo

 


Sonda A Barnard (Venezuela)

Sonda A Barnard (2000)

Spacey electronics by Dario Sosa with progrock and jazz tendencies. Juan Carlos Ballesta plays percussion on this album.

 


Songs For Pneumonia (Germany)

Steno (2016)

Experimental electronics from this Halle / Berlin-based group. Rich synth sound here, with echoes of classic German EM.

 


Sonic Deception (Iceland)

Ghost Army (2016)

Grim ambient atmospheres and techno beats from Bjarki Jónsson.

 


Sonic Epiphany (USA)

Spheres of Music (2007)

Mostly Space Music influenced by Jonn Serrie.

 


Soniq Theater (Germany)

Force Majeure (2011)
Stardust Memories (2013)
Heroes of the Past (2014)
Guitarissimo (2015) (recorded in 1990)
Globaliced (2016)
The Journey (2017)

Soniq Theater is a solo project of German keyboard player Alfred Mueller, a member of progressive rock band Rachel's Birthday. He released a lot of self-produced albums as Soniq Theater since 2000 and they are largely instrumental one-man band affairs in retro-prog vein, with Mueller taking care of everything, from synth solos and hammond organ imitations to programmed drums, sampled guitars and so on. On Force Majeure a certain Tangerine Dream influence is felt, mainly of 1985 - 1990 period. I will try to list his discs that contain electronic or electronic-related material here.

 


Sonisk Blodbad (Norway)

Blue Room (2011) (S)
Dark Spring (2012)
Behind Doors of Water (2013) (S)
Drown (2014) (S)
Deux (2015)

Ambient group that involves members of Big Robot. Two of the tracks from Dark Spring were composed by Conrad Schniztler who also appears as performer. Hard to describe their sound that includes influences from experimental music, classical music and more. Started as a Norwegian band, Sonisk Blodbad has since become international.

See also: Big Robot, Iversen.

 


Sonmi451 (Belgium)

Vladivostok (2005)
A Phosphorous Spot (2006)
Probes & Prisms (2007)
Cloud Atlas (2007) (EP)
Spectrum (2010)
Ruis (2010)
Star Atlas (2011)
Four Peaks (2012)
Hummingbird (2013)
The Limbic System (2015)
Alice (2016)
Panta Rei (2017)

Ambient music from Bernard Zwijzen. Early works have a strong IDM influence, so prog EM heads, tread with caution.

 


Sonogram (USA)

Heartbeat Submarines (1999)
Arrival Lounge (2002)
Substrates (2004) (recorded in 1995 - 1999)
Vinyl Studies (2007)
Pixels (2009)
Cubists (2011)
How We Saw Tomorrow (2013)

Tear Ceremony's alter ego. Ambient.

See also: Tear Ceremony

 


Sonoprint (USA)

Ambient Space (2007)

Ambient trio of Mikoli Weaver, Tom Taylor and Greg Cutright.

 


Sonorhc (France)

Outrelande (1982)
Portes d'Orient (1984)
K'An (1992)
Amazonia (2015) (recorded in 1985)

Ethnic progressive band led by Jean-François Gaël and Pierre Buffenoir. They released their first album titled Purf in 1972. That one was rock-influenced. However, on their follow-up (released after a 10-year break), that included some new music as well as archive material recorded in the 1970's, they changed to a krautrock-y mixture of ethnic instruments and electronics. I guess fans of World Music will like this. The same style continues in their only library release, Portes d'Orient.

 


Soothsayer (USA)

Neptune's Daughter (2009) (S)
Inflow Illusion (2011) (S)
Offworld (2012) (S) (with Roy Orb D.MT.)
Keynes Utopia (2012)

Space Music with a bit of a low-fi feel from Steve Rosborough out of Minneapolis who has several cassette releases to his credit. He is also a member of free improvisation / noise duo Olives.

 


Sophist, The (USA)

Subliminal Control (1987)

"One-man band" from NYC with his own brand of minimal synth-infused, instrumental music.

 


Sordid Sound System (UK)

In A Year of 13 Moons (2015) (S)
Lux Exterior (2016)
Fear Eats the Soul (2017) (S)

Sordid Sound System is a project of Scottish musician Stuart Evans who curiously mixes dub with analogue synthesizers, resulting in a somewhat krauty sound, like an extension of ideas first tried on Rastakraut Pasta by Moebius and Plank, but also the early solo work of Moebius.

 


Sørensen, Jesper (Denmark)

Synthology (2014)
Skyrider (2017)
The World of ElecTron (2017)

Synthesist with a classic rhythmic / melodic style.

 


Sorensen, Jon (UK)

2012: The 11:11 (2008)
The Core of Dreams (2008)
Cool Beans: Gods And Gothics (2008)
Witch Symphony (2009)
The Visualist (2009)
The Death of Grass (2009)
The Ken Russell (2009)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (2010)
The Raft of the Medusa (2010)
Music Inspired By the Television Series Prison Break (2010)

A film-maker who started his career in the 1970's, working on visual effects for "Alien", "Dark Crystal", "Flash Gordon", "Moonraker", "Outland" and more. Jon Sorensen is also a musician who composes cinematic music with ambient leanings, from light to dark, from melodic to experimental. Some new agey material, too.

 


Sørensen, Nicklas (Denmark)

Solo (2016)

Hypnotic minimalism from guitarist of psychedelic / jam band / space rockers Papir. Repetitive guitar patterns that will be enjoyed by fans of Neu!, Michael Rother and Manuel Goettsching. Jonas Munk guests of synthesizers.

 


SOS (UK)

SOS (1975)

Avant-garde / free jazz trio of Alan Skidmore, Mike Osborne and John Surman. The closing track "Calypso" is, suprisingly, a sequencer assault by Surman, on top of which the other two members improvise on saxes. Really, this sounds like Edgar Froese backing a free jazz band! Amazing crossover  EM / jazz stuff and, yes, it's basically a one-track inclusion. File under EM-related.

See also: Surman, John

 


Sostrah Tinnitus (Italy)

Smell of Moisture After the Rain (2003) (S)
Les Debris de l'Ete (2003)
Favo di Fiele (2004)
Nebra (2004)
A Rain Water Stratum On the Sea (2005)
L'odore del ramo Spezzato (2005)
Caravanserraglio (2005)
Piccola Musica Per Staglieno (2005) (S)
Libellus Alchemicus Aegypticus (2007) (S)
Stain (2011) (with Opium)
Concredrones (2013) (with Maurizio Bianchi)

A project of Mario Costa which is essentially a contituation of his previous project Tumulus Seraphim. While the former project was based on dark / deep isolationist structures, Sostrah Tinnitus is more organic sounding, like Ritual Ambient of artists such as Alio Die.

See also: Tumulus Seraphim

 


Soul In Limbo (Australia)

Diffusing the Light (2007)
Driven By Thanatos (2008)

Dreamy, droning Ambient from Australia.

 


Soular System (France)

Birth of Paradise (1971)

Obscure release on Basf, this album features two long tracks of krautrock-ish atmospheres, with electronics and guitars. Soular System is a project of James Jacques Bolden.

 


Soulwax (Belgium)

Belgica (2016) (soundtrack)

Soulwax is a Belgian alternative rock / electroclash / indietronica band. For the above soundtrack, they composed music in different styles, inventing a fake artist name for each of the tracks. One of the "artists" is called Danyel Galaxy who appears in the video as a Klaus Schulze-like character, playing spacey synthesizer music with a rig that includes, among other gizmos, an ARP Odyssey, EMS Synthi 100 (!) and an RMI Harmonic Synthesizer. A one-track inclusion for now.

 


Sound 99 (Spain)

Reaktion (1993)
Radiospirits (1994)

See also: Vision Liquida

 


Sound Anomaly (Netherlands)

First Contact (1996)
World Vibes (1998)
Nano Creatures (2001)
Xmopolitan (2002)

Dutch group of musicians (Eric van Gasteren, Gert Voets and Christiaan van Lierop), whose style ranges from Vangelis / Kitaro to Tangerine Dream (on Nano Creatures), to something quite personal.

See also: Gasteren, Eric van

 


Sound Force (Germany)

Reality (1994)

Thomas Bücker.

 


Sound Gallery, The (USA)

Phos (2005)

California-based musician Herb Grimaud Jr. This album is a departure for his ethereal / wave / noise project whose previous outing was a group effort. This one, however, is pure Drone Ambient, as subdued and low as it gets.

 


Sound of Art (Netherlands)

Entrada (1995)
Synature (1997)

Melodic, easy-on-the-ear music.

 


Sound Out Light (USA)

Sound Out Light (2009)
Ornamental Skies (2011)
Bloom (2012) (S)
I'm Leaving This World (2014)
Pastfinder (2014)
Currents (2016)
Hanglyder (2017)

Music which , although rather experimental, is also deeply rooted in Berlin School tradition. Fat analog synth sounds, rich sequences and subtle melodies in a unique style. Good stuff from Dave Doyen out of Wilmington, Delaware. Earlier works are more in the style of droning Ambient.

 


Soundchaser Project, The (Brazil)

Intergalactic Radio Station (2001)

On Intergalactic Radio Station you will find very interesting synth music. It's very accessible and yet avoids sounding twee. Overall, a nostalgic feeling permeates all compositions, with lots of classic sounds. It has some spoken vocals but they do not detract from the music. (in fact, they are very clever - check out the Pink Floyd reference on "Neon Pink Glow") The style itself is almost impossible to define. It could be Berlin School, but the music is not sequencer-heavy. Instead, Renato Menezes and Soren Lemche (the musicians behind The Soundchaser Project) seem to have a knack for creating great melodies and wonderful solos that are featured on almost all tracks. These guys really know how to coax blistering solo sounds out of their synths. Just check out "Lunarscape" - I could listen to this stuff forever. It's maybe like some Vangelis with bits of TD, but not quite. Difficult to pin down but I encourage all synth music fans to check out The Soundchaser Project. Read the interview I did with The Soundchaser Project HERE.

 


Sounder (Poland)

Cryospace - Between the Lightyears (2008)

Sounder is synthesist Piotr Lewandowicz who makes classic Space Music, from light to dark. Sometimes with gentle rhythms and / or sequences.

See also: Ahblajam

 


Sounds From Underground (UK)

Sounds From Underground (1989)

A duo of Geoff and Pete Lucas with an ambient sound. The exact style is not known.

 


Sounds of New Soma (Germany)

Beyond the Acid Dream (2014)
Moebius Tunnel (2016)
La Grande Bellezza (2017)
Mahatma macht Mittag (2017) (S)

Krautrock-inspired duo of Alexander Djelassi and Dirk Raupach. These guys' music is mastered by Eroc and sounds clearly influenced by early 1970's "Kosmische Musik" scene.

 


Soundscape's Activity (Italy)

Soundscape's Activity (2014)
Elektromagnetik Sketches (2015)

Italian duo of Marcello Malatesta and Marco di Battista who combine piano playing with a background bed of electronics. This combination at times takes on interesting forms, as on "Elektrotrip", for example, which is probably the closest they get to "regular" EM.

 


Soundtrack (USA??)

II (2016)

 


Souns (Canada)

Ambient A (2015)

Varied Ambient from Vancouver-based artist Michael Red.

 


SourceCodeX (USA)

Codex Hypnox (2003)
Primordial Lands Arise (2007)
The Persistence of Ambience (2008)

Ambient soundscapes from North Carolina-based artist John W. Patterson.

 


Souster, Tim (UK)

Swit Drimz (1977)
The Future Is Now (1977) (S)
Nice And Nasty (1982)
Action, Not Talk (1983)

Tim Souster is a British academic composer. However, he's also done some prog-inspired music, like for example his Swit Drimz LP, where he uses a minimoog, Farfisa organ, electric piano, recorded sounds, processed viola and more. There's also a single released that same year with music from an exhibition. The others are library LP's with unknown style.

 


Souther, Richard (USA)

Heirborne (1985)
Innermission (1985)

Basically a new age / Christian music writer, Souther released these two electronic works while recovering from his illness in the mid 80's.

 


Southfacing (UK)

Make Way For the Young (2015)

Ambient of the droning variety.

 


Sova Stroj (Luxembourg)

Silent Earth (2015)
Cult Vaginal (2016)
Refugium (2017)

Dark, but with sort of a cosmic character, with sequences, drones, obscure sounds... Sova Stroj is Michel Flammant.

 


Sovetskaya Gone (USA)

Sovetskaya Gone (2008)
Live In the Darkness, Die In the Light (2009)
Guadalupe In the Promised Land (2009)
2182 kHz (2009) (S)
Graveyards of the Atlantic (2009) (S)
Sashweights & Bags of Birdshot (2010) (S)
Smiling Skies On the Back of Airplanes (2010) (S)
Kimberley Al Butnan (2011)

Synth project of Kevin Danchisko. Ranges from drone to sequencer-based (although, in my opinion, rather minimal and at times somewhat lacking in essence).

See also: Ossining

 


Soviet (USA)

Life Begins At Rewirement (2012) (soundtrack)

Synth-pop band of Keith Ruggiero released this soundtrack with a more ambient, EM-related instrumental sound.

 


Sōzu Project (Italy)

Terra Australis (2014)
Spleen (2016)
Dendrophonia (2016) (with Bartholomäus Traubeck)
Aura (2017)
Breath Slowly (2017)

Ambient soundscapes from Paolo Mascolini.

 


Space (France)

Magic Fly (1977)
Deliverance (1977)
Just Blue (1978)
Deeper Zone (1979)
Space Magic Concerts (1996)
Symphonic Space Dream (2003)
From Earth To Mars (2011)

Electronic pop, sometimes with female vocals. This group was led by Didier Marouani with arrangements by Roland Romanelli.

See also: Paris France Transit, Marouani, Didier, Romanelli, Roland, Savers, The, Mc Lane Explosion.

 


Space (UK)

Space (1990)

Space was a short-lived project of The KLF's Jimi Cauty and Alex Paterson of The Orb. Contrary to expectations there are no techno beats to be found on this LP. In fact, the whole sounds like a hypnotic and minimal ambient thing, with occasional rhythmic sequences and voice samples, but mostly just drones, pads and concrete textures.

 


Space Alliance (Italy)

Volume 2 (2007)

Electronic duo consisting of Flavio Rivabella and Marcello Fraioli. Melodic, rhythmic, experimental... Quite diverse.

 


Space Art (France)

Onyx (1976)
Trip In the Center Head (1978)
Nous Savons Tout / Melodie Moderne (1978) (S)
Play Back (1980)
Symphonix (1981) (S)
Revised (2012)
Space Art Tribute (2012)
To Be Or Not To Be / Seven Ages (2016) (S)

Space Art are Dominique Perrier and Roger Rizzitelli who were Jarre's assistants at several concerts. Classic Electronic Music.

 


Space Arte (Germany)

Close Your Eyes... Sometimes (??)
Themes From the Fantastic World (??)
Lutzschena (1998)
Lutzschena 2000 (??)

A Leipzig-based project (led by Christian Nóvé) related to progressive rock band Dice.

 


Space Bonzo (Spain)

Los Planetas (2011)
CCCP (2013) (with Duga-3)

Los Planetas is experimental electronics inspired by the planets of the Solar System. Rather minimal and for some reason reminds on Tomita in places, although the sound here is very different. CCCP is a Dark Ambient / post-industrial type work. There is also an odd album of songs called Women (no relation to EM and hence, not included). Space Bonzo is Gustavo Álvarez Rico.

 


Space Ghost (USA)

Patient Mind (2013) (S)

Space Ghost is Oakland, California-based artist Sudi Wachspress. Patient Mind is filled with slow hip-hop / downtempo rhythms coupled with electronics, so it's not really EM, although there is one ambient track called "Observer". Most of his EM-related works remain unreleased on any physical format as of 2016, though. These include Pop Music For the Heavens (2013) and Swim (2015), an ambient and gently sequenced work performed on a Korg Mono/Poly synthesizer.

 


Space Habitat (USA)

Rising Interiors (2013)

Fat, analog synth tones for all the cosmonauts out there. A real hello from the 1970's by the duo of Daryl Groetsch and Jason E. Anderson.

See also: Pulse Emitter, Brother Raven, 2 Hands On Knobs, Harpoon Pole Vault.

 


Space Machine (Japan)

Cosmos From Diode Ladder Filter (2001)
Space Machine 2 (2002)
Space Machine 3 (2002)
Dimension Degenerator (2004) (S)
Orbit Vector Generator (2004) (S)
Space-Time Echo (2005) (S)
Zone of Avoidance (2005) (S)

Yamazaki Maso (member of Masonna) with his space electronic project. Space Machine started in 2000 as a base for Yamazaki's experiments with analog synthesis. Comparable to Conrad Schnitzler

 


Space Megalithe (France)

Psyche Energy (2014)
Abstract Dimensions (2015)
Ancient Trances (2017)

Ambient / Space Music duo of Jean-Claude Gil and Christophe Barbier.

 


Space Project (Hungary)

Nexus (1994)
Titanium (1996)

Melodic Electronic Music by Szathmari Tamas on Spheric Music label.

 


Spacecraft (France)

Paradoxe (1978)

With Ivan Coaquette from Musica Elettronica Viva and John Livengood from Red Noise. Sounds a bit similar to electronic spacey excursions of Ash Ra Tempel / Ashra.

See also: Livengood, John, Red Noise, Fondation.

 


Spacecraft (USA)

Spacecraft (1997)
Hummel (1998)
Earthtime Tapestry (1999)
Kaleida Dreams (1999)
Summer Town (2000)
Musical Meditation For World Peace (2000)
Cybersphere (2001)
Inside the Inside (2002)
Parthenon (2002)

Spacecraft consists of synthesists Tony Gerber, John Rose and Diane Timmons (Hummel), plus Giles Reaves (the rest). Space Music with rhythmic elements. Inside the Inside is a great space album with lots of sequencing.

See also: Gerber, Tony, Rose, John, Reaves, Giles.

 


Spaced Goats, The (France)

The Spaced Goats (2010)
We Made Contact (2012) (S)

Spacey, melancholic Ambient from Patrick Compagnon based in Ile-de-France.

 


Spacekom (Canada)

Voyage Deux (2011)

A project that involves Jean-François Blanchette. The style is not known at the moment.

 


Spacelab (Poland)

The Orbit of Dreams (2005)

Sequencer-based music.

 


Spacelab (Sweden)

Space Is Big, Man Is Small (1990)
Spacelab (1993)

Spacelab is an electronic duo of Peter Folkesson and Stefan Ahnhem (two stepbrothers, actually). They have been around since the 1980's, releasing a few tracks on several LP and MC compilations. The eponymous album from 1993 actually gathers all tracks from their previous album and adds 7 new tracks.

 


Spacerocks (UK)

Spacerocks (2012)
More Modulations (2014)
Space Rocks (2016)

Varied EM, mostly analog, krautrock and sequencer-based.

 


Spaceship Eyes (USA)

Kamarupa (1997)
Of Cosmic Repercussions (2000)

Electronic project from Don Falcone (ex-Melting Euphoria and Thessalonians). Psychedelic EM, sometimes with slight techno-isms but generally quite ambient. There is one more album from this project, called Truth In the Eyes of A Spaceship (1998) that's far more techno-oriented.

See also: Spice Barons

 


Späher des Guten (Germany)

Herzblau (1995)

 


Spanoudakis, Stamatis (Greece)

Maran Atha (1978)
Something Is Happening Here (1984) (with Vassilis Saleas)
Stone Years (1985) (soundtrack)

Ping Pong (1989)
Thalassa (1992)

Solo instrumental albums from this Greek composer and movie score writer. Stamatis Spanoudakis' orchestral style is a bit similar to later-day Vangelis in that he uses lush orchestral arrangements with some ethnic / Greek touches. He has played many instruments over the years, including synthesizers. Only a fraction of his (supposedly, EM-related) works appear here. His full discography includes lots of releases, most of which are soundtracks, children's records and vocal works.

 


Spare Death Icon (USA)

Northwind (2009) (S)
Highlander Seahorse (2009)
Survival (2011) (S)

Spare Death Icon is an alias of Seattle-based musician Jason E. Anderson who runs the Gift Tapes cassette label. Atmospheric synths and rhythmic electronic excursions with sequences.

 


Sparkling Wide Pressure (USA)

Dreams By Water (2009) (S)
I Think I Feel Clear Now (2009)
Insider Gazing (2009) (S)
Reborn In Action (2009)
Meaning Plane (??)
Seven Inside And Out (2009)
What Day It Is (2009)
Facing the Nothing World (2010)
Minor Phase Patterns (2010) (S) (with Derek Rogers)
Red Riverbed Sequence (2010) (S)
Field And String (2010)
Cosmos Blues (2011) (S)
Sing What You Remind Me of (2011)
No Need For A Meaning (2012)
Little Shrine (2012)
Grandfather Harmonic (2012)
Slowed Down Footage of Farming (2012)
Covered In Blue Colors (2012)
Press the Reverse And Give Me the Tape (2013)
Dream of Windows (2014)
Clouds And Stairs (2015)
Answerer (2016)
Dream of James And Frank (2017)

Cosmic synths, drones and atmospheres from Tennessee-based artist Frank Baugh. This is not his full discography but I am not sure if other releases would fit stylistically.

 


Sparling, Kent (USA)

Route Canal Diary (1997)
Under New Manna (2000)
Camphor And Caraway (2000)
Leaf Spring (2003)
Evening Air, Freeway Birds, No Wind Birds (2006)
Indian King (2006)
Seventh Moon (2009) (soundtrack) (with Antonio Cora)

Ambient soundscapes from this artist based in the north of California, USA. His first experimental / musique concrete compositions date back to 1985. Prior to that, Kent acted as a keyboardist and singer-songwriter for his own pop band Eyeland.

 


Sparrows (Japan)

Announcement (2011) (EP)
Collected Visits (2013)
Landing On the North American Continent (2017) (EP)

What would you get if you invited Jean-Jacques Perrey and Cluster to score a children's TV show in Japan? You would get Sparrows' special brand of cartoonish, but Prog-influenced electronics. This is also the type of EM that birds could produce if they could make music. Sparrows is a project of Ryota Miyake, a member of synth-pop group Crystal.

 


Spatium Saevus Sonitus (Greece)

Homo Industrialis (1996)
The Ritual of the Black Sun (1996)
Abolition - The Ritual of the Black Sun Part II (2000)

Ritual Dark Ambient.

 


Spaventi, MarcoAntonio (Italy)

Viaggi (2015)
Isola Sommersa (2016)

Italian musician currently residing in Amsterdam. Mixture of rhythmic, italo-like tracks and ambient, prog EM melters, all based on analog synthesizers.

 


Spear (Poland)

Spear (1994)
Dark Waters of Light (1997)
In Search of Sparks (1997)
Of Silence (1999)
Not Two (1999) (S)
Sapphire Flower (2001)
Black Holes, Dead Stars And Melting Genes (2014) (recorded in 1999 - 2002)

Dark Ambient in Lustmord vein.

See also: Za Siódmą Górą

 


Specht, Frank (Germany)

Sebastian In Traum (1999)

Solo Electronic Music from Rainbow Serpent member.

See also: Rainbow Serpent

 


Special Touch (Germany)

Meditation In Pop (1989)

Claude Larson and Manuel Landy.

See also: VC People, Larson, Claude, Netzle, Klaus, Elmulab, Futura, Carlos, Power-Pack, Logo 2000.

 


Speck (Russia)

You Are Alone (2012)
Antiheart (2016)

Speck is Nikita Bondarev from Siberia. On You Are Alone, a classic, spacey and Berlin-influenced EM sound is heard. For Antiheart, there's a drastic shift towards neo-classical / Ambient structures.

See also: Bondarev, Nikita

 


Speckert, George A. (Germany)

Requiem For A World After (1981)

Concept LP "dedicated to those Men and Women who shall survive a nuclear annihilation, and who will have the task of creating a World After". George Speckert takes care of electronics and Massimo Grandi plays guitar. The sound is somewhat dark, cosmic and experimental. The album was produced and released in Germany but the artist is actually US-born. He studied in the UK and then relocated to Germany where his musical career started (that's why he is listed as a German artist). Sometimes this album is listed as "For A World After" by Requiem.

 


Spectator (???)

Morphology (??)
Rotations (??)

 


Specter, Errol G. (USA)

Fantasy In the Forest (1977)
Noctural Voyage (1978)
Celestial Wanderer (1978)
Electronce (1983)
Radiance (1985)
Astral Currents (1986)
Universe (1986)
Heaven World (1987)
Trystaline Skyway (1987)
Panacea (1988)
Other Realms (1990)
Portal (2007)

Uplifting and sometimes meditative music from this California-based visionary artist. Often quite new-agey but sometimes sequencer-based, too. Errol G. Specter has also released some albums with sounds of nature and acoustic music (like Harpsichord And Piano Meditations (1983), for instance).

 


Spectra Atmospheric (Russia)

Soma (2009)

Dark Ambient.

 


Spectra Ciera (USA)

Overwintering (2014)

Ambient project of Devin Underwood.

 


Spectrum (UK)

Forever Alien (1997)

Sonic Boom's space rock / neo-psychedelia band goes completely synth-nuts on this album, layering heavy textures of analogue machines and distorted effects. There are some (mostly processed) vocals but I'm sure fans of analogue electronics will enjoy this one.

See also: Experimental Audio Research

 


Speed, Glue & Shinki (Japan)

Speed, Glue & Shinki (1972)

Heavy psych trio of Masayoshi Kabe, Shinki Chen and Joey Smith. This is their second album, the first being Eve from 1971. This one was released as double LP and the music was standard heavy psych / rock with side D being of interest to EM fans. It features a long suite called "Sun/Planets/Life/Moon" which is basically a solo moog piece played by Joey Smith. Definitely comparable to early Tangerine Dream (circa Zeit) but more sparse and minimal. Some might think of it as merely a collection of noises and effects.

 


Speed of Dark, The (Germany)

The Dark Water Edition (2007)

Frank Makowski's project in Dark Ambient mould. The Dark Water Edition consists of three mini-CD-R's.

See also: Tranquillity, Ramp.

 


Speer, Paul (USA)

Collection 983: Spectral Voyages (1983)
Desert Vision (1987) (with David Lanz)
Collection 991: Music + Art (1991)
Quiet Thoughts (2000)
Wonders (2010) (with Paul Lawler)

Basically a new age musician. This is not his full discography but other works are presumably of no interest to an EM fan. The first album may be ok-ish Electronic New Age but nothing to get excited about. Music + Art is mostly notable for the participation of Michael Stearns. Quiet Thoughts is done on just keyboards and is in the style of Stearns / Roach.

 


Spektr (Denmark)

Excelsior (2017)

Danish alternative rock band formed in 2001 as S.P.E.C.T.R.E. The above album will be enjoyed by fans of krautrock and the Dusseldorf School.

 


Spell (USA)

Time Waves (1979)

Spell was a two-man band (Joe Deihl and Jack Tamul) from the 70's with just piano and synth. This LP was released privately in Florida and produced for the Alexander Brest Planetarium.

See also: Tamul, Jack

 


Spellbound (USA)

Spellbound (1992)

A project of Randy Rico in Progrock / EM vein.

 


Spence, Graham (UK)

Induced Sleep (1985)
Lone Island Bliss (1992)
Infinity (1996)
Zenith (2000)
Directions For Life (2004)

Apart from EM, Graham Spence also plays rock songs and Celtic music.

 


Spence, Sam (USA)

The Art of the Synthesizer (1972)

Library album with everything on it, from totally abstract twittering effects to quite listenable proto-Kraftwerk melodies. Today, Sam Spence continues to actively compose music, mainly for films and television.

 


Spence, Sean (UK)

Inwards (??)

This album was released on Electronical Dreams label. Melodic / sequential EM with piano passages.

 


Spettro Family (Italy)

Spettro Family (2009) (S)
Strigoi (2010) (S)
Candelora (2011)
La Famiglia Spettro (2012) (S)
Rio Lapis (2012) (S)
The Tunnel (2013) (S)
The Tenant From Hell (2014) (S)
Per Svegliare Un Sonnambulo (2015)

Imaginary soundtracks to horror movies from Stefano Iannone. Well in line with that current horror revival / hauntology trend. Something for fans of Goblin and contemporary horror revivalists.

 


Sphäre Sechs (Germany)

Tiefschlaf (2012)
Enceladus (2015)

Dark ambient drone from the duo of Martin Stürtzer (Phelios) and Christian Stritzel.

See also: Phelios

 


Spheeris, Chris (USA)

Primal-Tech Music (1982) (with Paul Voudouris)
Passage (1982) (with Paul Voudouris)
Desires of the Heart (1984)

Desires of the Heart is a classic album of Electronic New Age, comparable in some ways to Direct by Vangelis. He has lots of other albums, but I'm far from being an expert. I have his discography, but to my knowledge not all of his albums are electronic. The ones that are interesting to EM fans are listed above.

 


Sphere Rex (Russia)

For Electronics And Piano (2009)

Classic Ambient ala Eno / Budd.

See also: Cyclotimia, Archon Orchestra.

 


Spheric Corner (Germany)

Wave Scope (1986)
Spheric Corner (??)
Midwinter (1990)

Varied melodic Electronic Music from the duo of Frithjof Mittl and Matthias Moos. They were based in Nürnberg.

 


Sphinx (South Africa)

Transformations (1989)
Absolute Animal (1990)
The Secret of Sphinx (1990)
Absolute Animal II (1992)
Transformations (1993)
Mirrorball (1994)

Also known as Sphinx Holotronic, this project was founded during the 1980's by South African producer and musician Jay Scott. Sphinx was dedicated to experimental / ambient soundscapes. During the 1990's, the music started shifting towards psytrance and chill-out electronica.

See also: Sphinx

 


Spice Barons (USA)

Future Perfect State (1995)

Spice Barons is (was?) an ambient duo of Kim Cascone and Don Falcone with the participation of Paul Neyrinck. They had at least one album released on Silent Records with upbeat, techno-influenced ambient music.

See also: Spaceship Eyes, PGR.

 


Spiegel, Laurie (USA)

The Expanding Universe (1980)
Unseen Worlds (1991)

Female artist born in Chicago in 1945. She started as a self-taught musician, then teached herself music notation and studied classical guitar privately in London. After playing banjo, mandolin and guitar for several years, she quickly transformed into an Electronic Music pioneer, utilizing electronic devices in music as early as 1969. In 1973, Laurie wrote interactive compositional software for Bell Labs computers and founded the New York University's Computer Music Studio. The Expanding Universe features hypnotic, minimal and repetitive electronic tracks, composed over a period of three years (1974 - 1976).

 


Spielerei (Netherlands)

Once Upon A Time (2004)
Wichman And Other Pieces (2004) (with Mantacoup)
Publix (2005)
Cold War (2007) (with Mantacoup)

Varied ambient soundscapes from one of the founders of Databloem label Dennis Knopper.

 


Spierenburg, Rob (Netherlands)

K2 - An Instrumental Expedition (1995)

New agey music, a bit in the style of 90's Vangelis.

 


Spinfield (New Zealand)

Spinfield (1989)
The Message (1999)

Spinfield is Steve McDonald who has also released a number of albums under his own name that are more or less in new age style, as far as I know. The above music is more interesting, though. McDonald draws inspiration from artists like Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, as well as progressive rock and ethnic music.

 


Spiral Index (USA)

Gilded Dawn (2011)

Panabrite's alter ego.

See also: Panabrite, Chambers, Norm.

 


Spiral Realms (UK / USA)

Trip To G9 (1995)
Crystal Jungles of Eos (1995)
Solar Wind (1996)

Spiral Realms is made up of Simon House (of Hawkwind and Anubian Lights fame) and American synthesist Len Del Rio (Nik Turner / Pressurehead). The music is entirely instrumental and consists of just House's violin playing and synthesizers. Solar Wind is an album that was recorded during Hawkwind's 1995 tour and the quality is NOT top-notch, although for a live recording it's ok (but, hey guys, why not make a mixing board recording?). The music is for the most part very energetic although it lacks variety and overall sounds a bit bland. There are some nice tracks, as for instance "Lunar Sea" which is quite driving stuff that reminds on both the latter day Tangerine Dream and the upbeat Jean-Michel Jarre. Some of the synth sounds are rather cool, those of trippy and spacey twittering variety. No wonder, considering the gear in use. (Len Del Rio used, among other artifacts, the Korg MS10, while Del Dettmar, who also helps out on this album and on Crystal Jungles... makes use of the VCS3!) Still, I'd prefer to hear more variety within their sound. The album contains a live rendition of Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive" that first appeared on a PF tribute album.

See also: House, Simon, Hawkwind, Anubian Lights, Zero Gravity.

 


Spiral Vremeni (Russia)

Костры поднебесья (2013)

Aka Спираль времени, aka Spiral of Time. A project from Denis Vladimirov based in Tomsk, Siberia. Moody Ambient with cosmic stylings. Nice.

 


SpiralDreams (Hungary)

Modifying (S) DNA Vol. 1 (??)
Another World Vol. 1 (2016)
Anywhere (2016)
Awakening (2016)
Nostalgia (2016)
Another World Vol. 2 (2017)
Persecuted (2017)
Somewhere Vol. 1 (2017)
Mystic World (2017)
Awakening Vol. 2 (2017)
Somewhere Vol. 2 (2017)
Awakening Vol. 3 (2017)
Dreaming of Me Vol. 1 (2017)
Dreaming of Me Vol. 2 (2017)
Survive Vol. 1 (2017)
Survive Vol. 2 (2017)
Movements (2017)
Therefore (2017)
Illusions (2017)
Movements II (2017)
Unpublished Songs (2017) (recorded in 2011 - 2013)
Unpublished Songs 2 (2017) (recorded in 2009 - 2013)
Unpublished Songs 3 Vol. 1 (2017) (recorded in 2009 - 2015)
The First Contact (2017)
Dreams And Visions (2017)
Unpublished Songs 3 Vol. 2 (2017)
The Other Side of Life On Mars (2017)
Live Vol. 1 (2017)
Live Vol. 2 (2017)
Only More (2017)
The Spiral (2017)
Unpublished Songs Vol. 4 (2017) (recorded in 2009 - 2013)
Old Time (2017)
Live Vol. 3 (2017)

Berlin School duo formed in 2009.

 


Spiraleye (UK)

The Space Between (2008)
Still (2009)
Ramelion (2011)

A duo of Neale Haddon (guitars, processing, guitar synth) and Peter Challoner (synthesizers & drum programming).

See also: Challoner, Peter

 


Spiritual OCD Frequency Fellowship (Canada)

Cosmoramic Projections (2013)

 


Spiritual Switchboard, The (USA)

Post-Age Variations (2016) (recorded in 2012)
Forbidden Sector (2017) (S)
All Else Is Error / Oscilloclast (2017) (S)

Another name for the Slusher / DeRosa collaboration in Teutonic style.

See also: Night Travelers, Mind Machine, Shingles.

 


Spiritus Naevus (France)

Age (1992)
Vibra (1993)
Ou-A (1994)

Low-fi, experimental music between Ambient and industrial. The last album was released under the "Der Spirit" moniker.

 


Spiros (Greece)

Cosmic Lighthouse (1991)

Rare electronic LP released in Germany. The full name of the artist is Spiros Markulakis.

 


Spissitude (Brazil)

Spissitude (2016) (S)

Dark soundscapes from Rodrigo Dário, between classic Dark Ambient and experimental electronics. Some guitar as well.

 


Spiteri, Danny (USA)

Crea Island (2014) (S)

Starting as a plunderphonics artist, San Jose-based Danny Spiteri developed a unique style, mixing a lot of sampled sounds with synthesized atmospheres. On Crea Island a lot of progressive electronic influences started to show themselves.

 


Spivey, Brett (USA)

The Blue Heavens (2006)

An album of ambient soundscapes with space rock touches from this Florida-based artist whose previous outing Anamorphosis of Day (2003) was very IDM-influenced. However, on The Blue Heavens the techno elements are virtually absent in favour of a prog-influenced, hazy sound.

 


Splinter, Rene (Netherlands)

Transit Realities (2010)
Singularities (2011)
Modern Ruins (2013)
Frames (2014)

Solo Electronic Music from ex-member of Almery.

See also: Almery

 


Spoerri, Bruno (Switzerland)

Koncert Fur SIG-Pressluftwerkzeuge (1971) (S)
Konzert Fur Elektronischen Fahrschalter, Hubhydraulik, Elektrische Gitarre Und Synthesizer (1971) (S)
Oederlin Elektron (1972)
Bitte Mars Einfach, 1. Klasse (1972) (with Bruno Stanek)
Rollin' (1973) (S)
Die Musikmaschine (1973) (with the ensemble "Kaktus")
Switched-On Switzerland (1974)
Hepp Demo Spoerri (1976) (with Hardy Hepp)
Voice of Taurus (1978)
The Sound of the UFO's (1978) (with Reto Weber)
Baustellenmusik (1979) (S)
Toy Planet (1981) (with Irmin Schmidt)
ax+by+cz+d=0 (1981) (with Betha Sarasin)
Kunst Und Komputer (1983) (with Betha Sarasin)
Teddy Bär (1983) (soundtrack)
Double Brain (1985) (with Joel Vandroogenbroeck)
Controlled Risk (1988) (with Reto Weber)
Glückskugel (2006) (recorded in 1971 - 1980)
Extrakugel (2009)
Teddy Bär / Lilith (2013) (recorded in 1983)
Hommage au Frommage / Hollingsville (2013) (recorded in 1971 and 2013) (with Massonix)
Memories (2015)
Langstrasse Zwischen 12 und 12 (2016) (recorded in 1972) (soundtrack)

Swiss jazz-musician-turned-synthesist. I think his electronic works are more or less here. Not much known about them. Switched-On Switzerland is electronic interpretations of Swiss folk music. The early EP's are promotional records for various companies. I've heard only his collaborative LP with Can's Irmin Schmidt, Toy Planet. It features very diverse material: some forgettable and funky rhythmic tracks and atmospheric pieces, some of them true masterpices, for instance, the title track, as well as "Rapido De Noir" and "When the Waters Came To Life". A real oddity is "Yom Tov" that sounds like vintage, tequila-drenched Mexican festival music. The album makes use of Lyricon (a wind-controlled electronic instrument) and is well worth checking out, especially for tracks like "Toy Planet" and "When the Waters...".

See also: Control Company, Alphageneric#Taurus.

 


Sposito, Gianni (Italy)

Denebola (1980)
Cosmo Graffiti (1984)
Genere Pop Elettronico (1986)
Eudosso (1987)
The Sirens (1989)

Cosmo Graffiti is a library album with a nice cosmic analog synth sound.

 


Spring, Anselm (Germany)

Edition Visionova (1980) (with Zeus B. Held)
Macht der Schönheit (1987)
Music Art (1988) (with Zeus B. Held)

Anselm Spring is a German author, photographer and composer. On Macht der Schönheit, a duo of Ernst Ströer and Hans Peter Ströer (plus guests) lent a hand, and the music is in a sedate ambient mood, somewhat new agey. One track with vocals. This vinyl record is accompanied by a 80-page booklet.

 


SPS (Finland)

SPS (2015)

Varied Ambient from this Helsinki-based project.

 


Spurensicherung (Germany)

Pathologische Normalität (1985)

Live electronic project of Hans-Dieter Schmidt (who had been playing with Finnegan's Wake during the 70's) and Hartmut Bar. After releasing this cassette Schmidt went on to form a new duo Imaginary Landscape with Bernd Hruby.

See also: Imaginary Landscape

 


Sputnic (Iran)

Broadcast (2014)

Ambient artist Mehdi Saleh.

See also: Alphaxone

 


Spyra (Germany)

Excerpts 1 (1992) (recorded in 1986 - 1992)
Homelistening Is Killing Clubs (1995)
Future of the Past (1997)
My Little Garden of Sounds (1997)
Phonehead (1997)
Sferics (1998)
Virtual Vices (1998) (with Pete Namlook)
Etherlands (1999)
Virtual Vices II (2001) (with Pete Namlook)
Virtual Vices III (2002) (with Pete Namlook)
Elevator To Heaven (2002)
Virtual Vices IV (2002) (with Pete Namlook)
Invisible Fields (2003)
Achtundsechzig 31 (2003) (with Chris Lang)
Headphone Concert (2004)
Meditationen (2005)
Orphan Waves (2006)
Virtual Vices V (2006) (with Pete Namlook)
Space Cowboys @ Jelenia Gora (2007) (recorded in 2004) (with Keller, Schönwälder, Broekhuis and Fox)
High Phidelity (2007)
Gasoline 91 Octane (2008)
Virtual Vices VI (2008) (with Pete Namlook)
January In June (2009)
Sequest (2010) (with Chris Lang)
No Beats For 1 Hour (2010)
Staub (2014)
Requiem (2017) (with Roksana Vikaluk, Mani Neumeier and Konstantin Athanasiadis)

Wolfram der Spyra is, in my opinion, one of the most talented synthesists around. His music is New Berlin School, very energetic and with a cool modern feel. Some albums are more ambient than the others: for instance, My Little Garden of Sounds or some stuff from the Virtual Vices series. At the same time there's plenty of sequencer-based stuff even on the more ambient releases. The examples of his more rhythmic style can be found on Future of the Past, Elevator To Heaven and Meditationen, among others. Der Spyra's earlier material featured on Excerpts 1 is more experimental and apart from synths features some playing on an instrument called the "Steel Cello". Der Spyra is originally from Kassel, Germany. During the 80's, he became interested in Electronic Music applications and founded his own electronic studio where he made use of numerous custom-built instruments like the Triangle-pads, the Steel Cello or the Electrolyra. His soundsculptures were featured at some art exhibitions, including the well-known (at least in Germany) "Dokumenta IX". His ascent to EM fame began when he started collaborating with Pete Namlook, who in the 90's produced many young talented artists for his newly-formed FAX label. With Pete, Spyra started releasing a series of CD's dedicated to various forms of electromagnetic waves, of which Sferics was the first. The albums showed Spyra developing a fresh approach to EM that combined classic influences with contemporary / modern elements. Many more albums on different labels followed and nowadays Der Spyra is still at the forefront of current EM scene.

See also: Moon And Melody

 


Square Sun (UK)

Dennis (1989) (with Mark Deas)
Square Sun (1990)
Tierversuche, das Perfekte Konzept der Selbstvernichtung (1990)

Square Sun is Edinburgh-based musician Dion Trevarthen, a member (guitarist) of space rockers Sponge. These are all rare tapes supposedly in experimental style.

 


Square Wave (USA)

Texan synth duo.

See also: Boone, Tim

 


square_wave (USA)

Aerodrome (2007)
23 Sec Coma (2008)
Mach Ångström (2009)
The Mesmer Eye (2010)

Static and intense analog soundscapes with some sequencer-based pieces ala Virgin-era Tangerine Dream. The project of Ty Hodson from Pacific Northwest region.

 


SquareWaves (UK)

Volume 1 (2016)

A loose electronic collective oriented toward live performances. Ranges in sound from rhythmic journeys bringing to mind Tangerine Dream's Logos - Poland era, to more ambient and experimental excursions, always with a lively, analog feel.

 


Sraunus (Lithuania)

Asperatus Clouds (2013)
Vibrant Dead Rock (2015)
Season 1 (2015)
Atmospheric Insomnia (2017)

Dub techno / ambient dub artist whose real name is Paulius Markitis. Vibrant Dead Rock, released on cassette, is a strange departure for him, as most of it is based on sequencing, with large space echoes and filtering applied, ending up sounding like Berlin School heard from a distance through a large canyon. Strange but interesting. Asperatus Clouds is another curious work which, although ambient dub for the most part, contains some purely ambient moments as well, such as the closing track for example.

 


Sri Dinesh (France)

Para Symphonie (1978)

Extremely rare privately pressed LP by this yoga master (real name is unknown). The music is supposed to help you in your meditation and relaxation practice. It's a mixture of Electronic Music and a bit of new age.

 


Ssaliva (Belgium)

Thought Has Wings (2011) (S)
Sync Thrills (2012) (S)
RZA (2012) (S)
Pantani (2014)
Sextape Hiss (2015)
BE ME (2015)
4s4 (2016) (S)
keys2diversion (2016) (S)
We Never Happened (2017)

Tread with caution. This project of François Boulanger alternates between lo-fi, "hypnagogic" pop / vaporwave, with distorted tape sound and hiss and prog EM. He does seem to like weaving some tasty sequencer / arpeggio textures, but seems to have somehow drifted more towards hypnagogic pop on later releases.

 


St James Infirmary (UK)

An Antic Pause (2015)
A Heap of Broken Images (2017)

Monolithic synth drones with some noisier moments. A project of C.W. Lang.

 


St. James, Jon (USA)

Fast Impressions (1986)

Jon St. James' 1984 album Trans-Atlantic featured a collection of pop songs. This one, however, leans towards the jazzy synth / fusion / EM instrumental style and features Jon's synths with some tasty and relaxed guitar solos from Allan Holdsworth.

See also: Starforce 1

 


St. Tropez (Italy)

Icarus (1992) (recorded in 1977-1978)

Another one of those short-lived bands formed by Ciro Perrino in the late 1970's that sees him moving from progressive rock towards his later electronic style.

See also: Perrino, Ciro, SNC, La Compagnia Digitale.

 


Stabil Elite (Germany)

Gold (2011) (S)
Douze Pouze (2012)
Spumante (2016)

Krautrock / electronic trio of Lucan Croon, Nikolai Szymanski and Martin Sonnensberger, mostly influenced by the Dusseldorf School. A mixture of vocal and instrumental tracks.

 


Stahlwerk 9 (Germany)

Alles Für Die Front Alles Für Den Krieg! (1995)
Heldenstadt Stalingrad (1995)
Blutmühle (1997)
Die Schwarze Fabrik (1998)
Oradour (1998)
Vaterland (2001)
Finis Germaniae (2002) (S)
Babi Yar (2003) (S)
212 (2004)
The Final Resistance (2005) (with Rasthof Dachau)
1905. The Price of Blood (2005)
Der Tod Nagelt Die Augen Zu... (2006)
Wings of Confusion (2006) (with Atrox)
Sebastian im Traum (2006) (S)
Revolution of the Antichrist (2007)
RetroMekanik (2009)
The Grey Ghost (2012)

Martial Ambient from Reinhard Hopfe, sometimes with (annoying) vocals.

 


Stainsby, Trevor (UK)

The Rhythm of Return (1989)

Supposedly, Tribal Ambient from this musician and engineer based in South Wales.

 


Stairway Maze (Russia)

Hollow Spaces (2017)

Highly cinematic music with slow rhythms. Intense, melodic... A project of Denis Tverdokhleb based in Petrozavodsk.

 


Stalteri, Arturo (Italy)

Andre Sulla Luna (1979)
E Il Pavone Parlo' Alla Luna (1987) (recorded in 1980 - 1981)
Syriarise (1992)
Flowers (1995)
Circles (1998) (with Philip Glass)
CoolAugustMoon (2000)
Rings (2003)
Early Rings (2005) (recorded in 1974 - 1975)
Child of the Moon (2006)

Ex-Pierrot Lunaire cian who has released a string of solo works that range from organ and piano-based serialist music and minimal works to progrock-influenced stuff and Electronic Music. After his 1987 effort, E Il Pavone Parlo' Alla Luna, Arturo started concentrating more and more on the piano, while electronics and other instruments took a back seat. Of note are his collaboration with Philip Glass on Circles and his adaptations of Brian Eno works.

See also: Pierrot Lunaire

 


Stamer, Hans-Hasso (Germany)

Digital Life (1989)

East German synthesist.

 


Stan Dart (Austria)

Accelerator (2015) (with Alien Nature)
Midnight (2016) (with Mark Dorricott)
Events (2016) (with Mark Dorricott)

Hometown Memories (2016)
Ecclesia (2017)

Diverse Electronic Music, mostly rhythmic / melodic, with classical and ambient influences.

 


Stan et Adam (Belgium)

Glockenspiel (1979)

Now we're talking real weirdness. Stan et Adam, a duo of brothers, apparently recorded this obscurity in their sister's bedroom, using multiple instruments and vocals. Most of the tracks here have a weird cabaret vibe, although with added synthesizer mayhem. Beware the vocals.

 


Stanbrook, Cliff (UK)

Star Signs (1995)

Melodic music based on signs of the zodiac by this British musician. Comparable to contemporary TD.

 


Stanciu, Aurel (Romania)

Introspecţii (1997)

Bombastic, symphonic and rock-based electronics somewhat in the spirit of Rick Wakeman, although not that virtuosic and with some more instrospective, ambient sections.

 


Standard Grey (Canada)

A Series of Decisions (2016)

Analog synth music drawing influences from classic kosmische, Ambient / drone and industrial / noise. Canadian artist residing in Japan.

 


Stanford, John (New Zealand)

Deep Space (1999)
TimeScapes (2012)
Solar Echoes (2015)

Very cosmic, with lots of rhythm.

 


Stankiewicz, Thomas Davið (Iceland)

Resonance (2016)

 


Stapfer (Germany)

Dim Aesthetics (2015) (S)
Autumnal Tension (2015)
Northmantra (2015) (S)
Idolon (2017)

Subtle dark ambient sounds, sometimes on the verge of hearing, sometimes more intense and classically-influenced.

 


Stapleton, Steven (UK)

The Sadness of Things (1991) (with David Tibet)
Revenge of the Selfish Shellfish (1992) (with Tony Wakeford)
Musical Pumpkin Cottage (1996) (with David Tibet)
Octopus (1998) (with David Tibet)
Painting With Priests (2015) (with Christoph Heemann)

Steve Stapleton is the man behind Nurse With Wound.

See also: Nurse With Wound

 


Star Sounds Orchestra (Germany)

Planets (1991)
Phantastische Phaenomene (1992)
Kosmophonon (1992)
Inter Planetary Ambience (1995)
Psy-Force (1997)
...ooz (1999)
Music For Qigong Dancing (2004)
Okefenokee 2002 (2007) (with Airsculpture) (recorded in 2002)
Venus Transit (2014)

Steve Schroyder's project with Jens Zygar. I've heard that early albums are pretty good, but I have only ...ooz, which is very rhythmic psychedelic trance / techno kind of thing, therefore, not interesting musically, although the moog pyrotechnics are quite impressive on some tracks.

See also: Schroyder, Steve, Augenstern, Tangerine Dream, Dream Control.

 


Star Zeit (USA)

Islands Beyond Earth (1986)
Light Space (1987)
Rainbows Rising (1987)

Electronic Music from Michael Clay, who is one half of the Arizona-based duo Crystal.

See also: Crystal

 


Starasvet (Belarus)

Pershy Dozhdzh (2004) (S)
Sontsa - Shlyakham Zhyccia i Smerci (2005)

Keyboard-based Pagan Ambient. The title of the first mini-album translates to "First Rain".

 


Starbuster, Ricky (USA)

Starburst (1983)
Protosyn (1983)
ESP (1983)
Starbuster '84 (1984)
Live the Dream (1985)
Ocean Sand (1988)

Dynamic, new-wavey, electronic. With some vocals on some cassettes. Ricky Starbuster is a pseudonym of Richard J. Hauser from Madison, Wisconsin.

 


Stardrive (USA)

Intergalactic Trot (1973)
Stardrive (1974)

Robert Mason on synth backed by a jazz group. Intergalactic Trot contains a couple of cover versions (among them a Beatles song!) Sort of like a funky electronic Gong in space.

 


Stares To Nowhere (USA)

Stares To Nowhere (2000)
Entities (2000)
Inside the Dream Replicater (2000)
Before the Wheel (2000)
The Red Staircase (2003)
Stares To Nowhere JX (2003)
The Infinity Game (2004)
Bridge To Nowhere (2004)
The Perfect Planet (2005)
In Search For Water (2005)

Ambient project of Bill Fieger and Heather Lind, supposedly in Steve Roach vein.

See also: Oblivious Solitude

 


Starfire (USA)

Starfire (1996)

Mostly power space rock from Doug Buckley (he wrote the lyrics for Hawkwind's "Out of the Shadow"), except for the last track (20+ minutes) which is classic Berlin School electronic sequencer blast that all Tangerine Dream fans will drool over.

 


Starforce 1 (USA)

Starforce 1 (1981)

Jon St. James and Albin Konopka. Somewhat comparable to Tangerine Dream. Apart from Starforce 1, Jon St. James also collaborated with Allan Holdsworth on two subsequent solo albums.

See also: St. James, Jon

 


Stargarden (USA)

Ambient Excursions (1999)
The Art of Analog Diversion (2000)
Step Off (2002)
Ambient Excursions (2004)
Music For Modern Listening (2005)

Diverse electronic compositions from Bobby DeVito, from ambient floaters (the first two) to sequencer-based (Step Off).

 


Stargazer's Assistant, The (UK)

The Other Side of the Island (2007)
Shivers & Voids (2008) (S)
Mirrors & Tides, Shivers & Voids (2013)
Remoteness of Light (2016)

Unclassifiable band led by drummer and percussionist Dave Smith. The music comes off as a cross between neo-classical progressive rock (Univers Zero, Art Zoyd...), Dark Ambient and perhaps a touch of noise and electro-acoustic improvisation. Not very electronic most of the time but stylistically EM-related.

 


Starink, Ed (Netherlands)

Cristallin (1981)
Inner Spirits (1985)
Moving Rhythm (1986)
Retrospection (1991)
Moods - Synthesizer Seasons (1993)
The Synthfony Album (1993)
Digi-Lite (1996)

Dutch synthesist born in 1952. Many of his albums are covers of well-known tunes. The above listed works are supposed to contain original music.

 


Starkey (Netherlands)

Space In Art (1996)

Space Music. Starkey was a duo of Nico van de Poel and Sjaak Sterk. The former was a painter very much into "Space Art". While opening an exhibition of his paintings in 1995, Sterk gave a performance of "cosmic music" with his colleague and friend Nico van de Poel. The music on Space In Art is based on that performance.

 


Starla Dust (USA)

Aquila Monastery (2009)

 


Starlite Coffins (USA)

Medicine Eagle (2013) (S)
Starlite Meditation Cult (2013)
Eruptionem (2014)
Rick Brown Hypnotherapist (2016)

Starlite Coffins is Ryan Brundage who makes music under several pseudonyms. He seems to be influenced by the industrial scene. I wouldn't put his Starlite Coffins project into industrial genre but I'm having a hard time trying to pinpoint it either. There's certainly an influence of industrial. However, the whole sounds more like a mixture of dark prog (circa Art Zoyd's "silent movie soundtracks"), EM, noise and an unclassifiable type of ritual, hypnotic sound. Or, you can simply file it under Experimental.

 


Starr, Daniel Victor (???)

Barriers (1976)

Private cassette release.

 


Stars of the Lid (USA)

Music For Nitrous Oxide (1995)
Gravitational Pull vs. The Desire For An Aquatic Life (1996)
The Ballasted Orchestra (1996)
Per Aspera Ad Astra (1998) (with Jon McCafferty)
Avec Laudenum (1999)
The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid (2001)
Stars of the Lid And Their Refinement of the Decline (2007)
Carte-De-Visite (2007)

Ambient music ala Brian Eno. If you like Discreet Music, check this out. Star's of the Lid is the duo of Adam Wiltzie and Brian McBride.

See also: Aix Em Klemm

 


Stars Over Foy (Netherlands)

Planet Ambi Presents World of Ambient (2015)
Planet Ambi Presents World of Ambient Part II (2016)
The Dreamship (2016)
Mirror of Emotions (2016)
Outrunning the Darkness (2016) (with Art of Drone)
Planet Ambi Presents World of Ambient Part II (2017)

Ambient artist from Rotterdam.

 


Starseed Transmission (Australia)

Metamorphic Illumination (1993)

This album contains spacey, a bit Tangerine Dream-like journeys from Steve Law and Andrew "Orion" Park. There are four massive tracks that take you to the edge of your dreams. Every bit is filled to the top with sparkling clusters of synths, crystalline sequences and warm atmospheres. Sometimes one can hear echoes of TD's Zeit (as on "Etherea"), but most of the time the music is fairly original and the sound is VERY rich. A lot of analogue synthesizers were used to create an invigorating synthetic melange that portraits cosmos not as a cold, black abyss, but rather as a place full of wonders and excitement. Steve and Andrew's cosmos is cosmos filled with picturesque nebulae and bright stars that shine like beacons in the vastness of space: red, blue, yellow, white, orange, green - all kinds of stars. It's also the place where long space convoys roam cosmic highways and dwellers of solitary outposts enjoy the beauty of our Universe looking through the windows of their suites. Metamorphic Illumination has all "otherwordly" qualities you'd expect from EM but at the same time it's very warm and inviting, despite the mysterious bits. This is quite simply one of the best Electronic Music albums I've heard! 

See also: Guild of Fire, Law, Steve.

 


Starship Synthesizer Orchestra (Japan)

Space Roman (1978)

This is some kind of spacey disco album with covers of well-known film themes and supposedly also some original material recorded with the participation of Masanori Takahashi (aka Kitaro). Some tracks are supposedly more ambient or Prog EM.

See also: Kitaro

 


Startled Insects (UK)

Startled Insects (1984) (S)
Underworld / Black Spring (1985) (S)
Curse of the Pheromones (1987)
Life Pulse (1991)
Skin (1994) (with Biggie Tembo)

Unusual upbeat and ambient EM from the duo of Tim Norfolk and Bob Locke. The debut eponymous EP is also known as Overzoom.

 


Staruha Mha (Russia)

Rusali (2003)
Fires (2004)

Ritual Ambient from Roman Sidorov. Unfortunately, the author commited suicide in 2003, leaving no hope for the continuation of the project.

 


Statics (Denmark)

Statics (1989)

A collection of music by three members of progressive rock band Atlantis - Flemming K. Pedersen, Eirik Moland and Kent Eskildsen. Rare private cassette release.

See also: Timescape

 


Stearns, Michael (USA)

Desert Moon Walk (1977)
Ancient Leaves (1977)
Sustaining Cylinders (1978)
Morning Jewel (1979)
Planetary Unfolding (1980)
Sonic Texture (1983)
Lyra (1983)
Light Play (1983)
Chronos (1984) (soundtrack)
Plunge (1986)
Floating Whispers (1987)
Encounter (1988)
Sacred Pool (1988) (with Carolyn Conger)
Desert Solitaire (1989) (with Kevin Braheny and Steve Roach)
Baraka (1992) (soundtrack)
Sacred Site - Soundtracks And Compositions (1993) (recorded in 1983 - 1993)
Singing Stones (1994) (with Ron Sunsinger)
Kiva (1995) (with Steve Roach and Ron Sunsinger)
The Lost World (1995)
The Light In the Trees (1996)
Within (1998)
The Ninth Dimension (1998)
The Middle of Time (2000) (soundtrack)
Spirits of the Voyage (2000) (soundtrack)
Sorcerer (2000) (with Ron Sunsinger)
The Storm (2001)
The Soft Touch of Morning Light (2015)
Music For the Dome (2016)

A pioneer of the Space Music genre, Michael Stearns started to craft his own unique version of cosmic electronics since the early 1970's. By 1977, he managed to put together a studio and a specialized music label that issued his first works. By the start of the 1980's, Michael's name became associated with the then new new age movement, although it's quite clear that Michael's music has different roots (although he *might* share some ideas) and has not more to do with new age, than, say, Roedelius' music. The reason for this was the relaxing nature of Michael's compositions (I think someone out there could have assumed he could meditate to it), but it was also partly because at that time Michael worked with some acknowledged forerunners of the genre, namely Steven Halpern. Anyway, the new age misunderstanding aside, what does the music sound like? It's floating, slowly unfolding stuff based on textures and drones, not on direct melodies or rhythms. Michael Stearns is one of the earliest users of the Serge modular synthesizer - a behemoth with monster possibilities. Planetary Unfolding is an example of work realized almost entirely using Serge modules. Stearns collaborated with Steve Roach and Ron Sunsinger, among others. The album Light Play from 1983 was re-released on CD a year later as M'Ocean.

 


Stebbing, Tim (UK)

Orbiter (1985)
Twelve Dimensional World (1985)
Princess of Mars (1986)
Square One (1986)
Memoire Vive (1986)
Silverlake (1987)
Skylines (1990)
Into the Exponential (1991)

Floating and rhythmic electronics from this UK synthesist.

 


Steed, Ben (UK)

From Atop A Frozen Summit (2012)
From Here You Can See Everything (2013)

Ambient artist from Lincoln.

 


Steele, Jim (USA)

Deerheaded Facts (1991)
Neptune Rising (2006)

Concert pianist and keyboard player. Not sure about the first album (apparently it's a rare cassette release) but Neptune Rising features jazz-rock / fusion with a very strong electronic component. In fact it sounds like a 50/50 mix of fusion and EM (i.e. the rhythmic base is jazz-rock but the solos and the ubiquitous atmospheric sounds are straight from the EM school). In fact, I am not even sure that both albums were made by the same Jim Steele. For now they're under one entry, though.

 


Steeple of Fyre (USA)

Steeple of Fyre (1997)

One of the many Mauve Sideshow offshoots.

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

 


Steer, Paddy (UK)

Dragon's Breath (2009)
The Fortified Herd (2013)
Cult of Saint Margaret (2015) (with Cinema Soloriens)
Bifurcation Arrows Misleading Visuals (2016)

Originally a bass player who worked with Sun Ra Arkestra, among others, Paddy (Patrick) Steer is a visionary musician who uses drums, lap steel guitar, chromatic percussion, brass instruments and homemade electronics to create a hybrid of weird analog synth, zappaesque sense of humor, funk, brass rock, fusion and maybe a touch of jazz. His unique instruments like homemade voice transformer / vocoder, theremin, analog synths and more, as well as his unusual stage image (he likes to perform in a strange mask which illuminates from the inside when he speaks or sings) make him a unique voice in modern music.

 


Steiner, Frank Jr. (Germany)

I Ging Symphony (1996)
Human Symphony (2002)
Touching Silk (2004)

The first album is similar in style to The China by Vangelis. Frank Steiner (b. in 1966) is mostly known as composer of ethnic music and producer of other artists.

 


Steiner, Gerhard (Germany)

Unexplored Dimensions (1988)

 


Stelladrine (France)

Not From This Earth (2001)
Le Rire des Etoiles (2002)
You'll Never See Your World Again (2005)

This project (the guy calls himself Tirdad CK) out of Ile-de-France was very much inspired by the old Sci-fi films of the 1950's and 1960's. The music ranges from pure Dark Space, to Noise Ambient, spacey guitar ballads and more rhythmic and experimental stuff.

See also: Necromondo

 


Stellar OM Source (France)

The Far Skies Fellowship (2005)
Ao Vivo Avenida (2006)
Crusader (2008)
Ode To Time / Love Cometh (2008) (with Warmer Milks)
Alliance (2009)
Heartlands Suite (2009)
How Do Siamese Twins Arrange Their Love Lives? (2009) (with Ashtray Navigations and Family Battle Snake)
Ocean Woman (2009)
Rise In Planes (2009)
Exises (2010)
Clarity (2011) (S)
Image Over Image (2012) (S)
Joy One Mile (2013)

Stellar OM Source is French artist Christelle Gualdi, who currently resides in the Netherlands. Her music is characterized by an ethereal quality and sits somewhere between Ambient and Space Music.

 


Stellar, Victor (Russia)

Virtual Wars (2005)
Gladiator (2006)
Day And Night (2006)
Romantic (2007)
Abstraction (2008)
Charm of Your Eyes (2009)

To be honest, the Moscow-based artist and sound engineer Victor Stellar puzzles me. He tends to use shorter tracks, and some of his music sounds like the cheapest version of electronica / trance music, with cheesy samples, primitive 4/4 rhythms and quite uninspired synth sounds. On the other hand, he also does some sequencing and melodic solos in pure neo-prog EM vein. So where to place him? I don't know. I hope he forsakes the "electronica" ambitions for his next release and goes for the full-blown EM sound.

 


Stenzel, Kurt (USA)

Jodorowsky's Dune Original Motion Pucture Soundtrack (2015) (soundtrack)

Electronic soundtrack to a documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to adapt the "Dune" novel to the large screen (interesting note: for the soundtrack to his movie, Jodorowsky intended to invite none other than Pink Floyd). The music with more than a passing resemblance to Tangerine Dream's classic works was created by Stelzel using an arsenal of analog synthesizers. Kurt Stenzel is a one-time member of a short-lived improvised jazz-rock ensemble Cookin' With Kurt.

 


Sterk, Marco M. (Netherlands)

Floating Inside A Cone (2015) (S)

Analog synth music to an audiovisual installation.

See also: Gaussian Curve

 


Stern-Combo Meißen (Germany)

Der Weite Weg (1979)

Aka Stern Meissen. Progressive rock band from East Germany. This is their third album and it's very very hated from what I've seen. Understandable, as it's pretty cheesy in places and is dominated by synthesizers. Needless to say that a lot of rock fans hate synthesizers. Ok, we are in the opposite camp here. I thought the shorter tracks were ok, not horrible but not great either, and of course I would certainly do without the singning. "The Sage" (has some interesting electronic moments) and the title track seem to be the highlights. What puzzles and in a way (positively) amazes is the inclusion of a long track that is a Tomita-styled electronic rendition of a Vivaldi composition. It's not something completely unheard of for them, as their debut already included an adaptation of a Mussorgsky piece, although that was more in a rock (ELP) style. File under EM-related.

 


Stettner, Georg (Germany)

Preview (1993)
Preview Zwo (1993)

The guy who appeared on the album Wanhfried - Trancelation. Rhythmic, sometimes techno-tinged EM.

 


Stevens, Mason (USA)

Cosmic Flight (1986) (with Tony Gerber and William Linton)
Luna Waves (2000)
One Step Into the Unknown (2003)

Space Music.

 


Stevens, Sean C. (USA)

March of the Whales (2015)
Cameron (2016) (with Dashiell Demeter)
Design / Fragmentation (2016)

Versatile electronic artist from San Francisco, working mainly within the experimental domain. He seems to be equally influenced by Morton Subotnick's clickety clack, early German EM's cosmic visions and current computer / glitch trends. The long track "Candesco Somnium" from March of the Whales, with its vocoded vocals and a strange, warped version of sequencer pulse, is where his Berlin School influences come to the fore.

 


Stevens, Sufjan (USA)

Enjoy Your Rabbit (2001)

Unusual and unexpected foray into electronics from this singer-songwriter. This instrumental album sounds like Cluster, Oldfield and Zappa playing together in a parallel universe. Fans of glitch music may also check this out.

 


Steward, Alan (Netherlands??)

Just Listen (1976)

Very strange private press here, basically a one-man synth show with seemingly a pop concept but with a lot of fat and unique synthesizer sounds. Alan Steward is an alias of John Paul Gettisbourgh-Oxland.

 


Stewart, Graham & McGeever, Brendan (UK)

Larsson Sessions (2011)

Ambient synth vignettes (plus one longer track) from Scotland. Minimal, analog sound.

 


Stewart, John (USA)

Planetary Revelations (??)
Beyond the Gate (1995)

Berlin School music ala Ashra / Klaus Schulze.

 


Stewart, Keith (USA)

Self-Realization (1992)
Meditative Motivative (1994)

Keith Stewart has been playing piano since age nine. During college years he started performing in rock bands. At the age of fifteen he built himself a minimoog-like kit synthesizer and that's when his interest in Electronic Music started to grow. Another major influence has been jazz music, especially bebop.

See also: I.E.

 


Stewart, Matthew (USA)

A World Bathed In Sunlight (2016)

Melodic music released on Spotted Peccary label. Continuing the label's tradition of accessible melodic electronics (e.g. Jon Jenkins, Erik Wøllo et al), the album mixes numerous piano melodies with a bed of atmospheric electronics and subtle acoustic touches.

 


Stichting Electronische Muziek (Netherlands??)

Stem Band Vol. 1 (1985)

Obscure trio of musicians with a private cassette release.

 


Stillborn (USA)

Seeking Release (1991)

 


Stillpoint (UK / USA)

Maps Without Edges (1996)

Nick Parkin, Martin Franklin (TUU) and Eddy Sayer (Lights In A Fat City). Ethnic/ Tribal Ambient.

See also: Parkin, Nick, Lights In A Fat City, TUU.

 


StillStand (Germany)

StillStand (1998)
Nebel (1999)
Ordnung (2000)
Symbiosen (2001)
Peace (2001)
Schein (2004)
Kreuzung (2004)
Starre (2004)
Schauer (2006)
Rites ov Lamashtu (2008) (S) (with Conscientia Peccati)
Bionik (2009)

Ambient soundscapes from Martin Steinebach.

See also: Conscientia Peccati, Compest.

 


Stilz (Canada)

Judicator (2015)
Hyperspace Drifter 2 (2016)

Stilz is synthwave artist Chris Pavez with a strong EM element in his music.

 


Stimulus (UK)

Demo of the Demo (1995)
Stimulus (1998)
A Motion Signal (1999)
Live (2000)
101 Meditations On A Mutual Agreement (??)
Unprepared Piano (??)
White Light Connection For Our Friends (??)
The Secret Tapes (2000) (recorded in 1995 - 1998)
Programme Music (2001) (S)
Who Makes the Machines That Make the Machines (2001)
Untitled (2006)
Untitled Landscapes One (2006)
The Mind Defies (2006)
Moments 3 (2008) (EP)
Document For the Future (2012)

Dark Ambient and otherwordly sci-fi-ish stuff from Richard Lee, Benjamin Topley and Jonathan Riley.

 


Stinissen, Peter (Belgium)

Magic Melodies (1989)

Belgian musician born in 1966 in Genk. At the age of 6 years he started getting involved in music and by the mid-1980's he assembled a private synthesizer studio. Peter Stinissen is known as the man who staged and scored planetarium shows in his native town of Genk and composed several soundtracks.

 


Stinking Badger, The (UK)

Stabile Estimates (??)
Under the Mattress 1 & 2 (??)
Chunx Volume 1 (2010) (recorded in 1990 - 1997)
Soiling Charge (2011)

Stabile Estimates is an obscure underground cassette release of Electronic Music with traces of everything, from classic 70's cosmic stuff to 80's synth-pop. The Stinking Badger is a project of David Teledu from Halifax.

 


Stirlitz (Russia)

Recharged (1999)
Sandscapes (2000)

Stirlitz is the pseudonym of Russian synthesist Andrei Kolomitsev from Kaliningrad. He composed a lot of music for TV commercials that were shown on local TV channel. His style has some German influences.

 


Stitched Vision (Australia)

Ocean Glow (2010) (S)
Open Palms (2010) (S)
Fold (2011)
Headland (2013)

Jason Campbell who also runs the Eternal Solitude cassette label uses analog synthesizers to craft flowing tracks of electronic drones, melodies and noises.

See also: Collector

 


Stocker, Alan (UK)

Dreams of Home (1998)
A Set of Interludes (2008)

Solo music from Satsuma Nightmare frontman.

See also: Satsuma Nightmare

 


Stockman (Belgium)

The World of Azquan (2002)
Mining (2005)
Mine Works (2006) (with Remo Perrotti)
Future Science (2007)
Solar Mission (2008) (with Mac of BIOnighT)
Sequences On Request (2010)
Experiment 545 (2012)
Part of the Industry (2014)

A project of Belgian musician Godfried Stockmans. The music is in a very emotional and heartfelt style that is extremely hard to classify. I suppose it could be called rhythmic Ambient, but the term 'Space Music' is more appropriate here, imho. Strong compositions and very cosmic. Great stuff!

 


Stokes, Saul (USA)

Burning Igloo (1995)
Washed In Mercury (1997)
Zo Pilots (1998)
A Collection of Live Recordings (2000)
Edge of the Forest (2000)
Outfolding (2000)
Abstraction (2001)
Thermal Transfer (2002) (with Vir Unis)
Fields (2003)
Radiate (2004)
Vast (2006)
Villa Galaxia (2008)
Metacollage (2009)
Sleek Nucleus (2012)

Saul Stokes is an Ambient artist born in Seattle and currently residing in Oakland. I've heard Abstraction and I can say that I was hooked right from the beginning. Great ambient Space Music, created almost exclusively on self-built (mostly analogue) equipment. Very warm analogue sound. Actually, the music of Stokes reminded me more on the Space Music genre, especially artists like Telomere, than on some Ambient stuff. I haven't heard such warmth in music for a long time now. Despite being mostly arrhythmic and ambient in nature, the music holds the attention well, because the sounds are not static and there's plenty of experimentation involved. This guy knows how to do it. My highest recommendation.

 


Stokes, Steven D. (USA)

Seasoned Reasonings (??)

Early solo cassette by Texan synth artist who would later become known as Elemental.

See also: Elemental

 


Stokkink, Gerard (Netherlands)

Music From Shusaku & Dormu Dance Theater (1984)

See also: Oblique

 


Stoll, Steve (USA)

Locate (2008)
Tangled (2009) (with Jeff Green)
Praxis (2014)
Resurrecting the Bull (2015)
Solo In Place (2015)
Children of Gary (2017)

Steve Stoll is a NYC-based techno producer and DJ who has been on the scene since the 1990's. Every now and then he would release a more experimental or ambient album. I will try to list these EM-related works by him here.

 


Stolyar, Roman (Russia)

Credo (2003)

Academic musician from Novosibirsk. The above album was released by Electroshock Records and what a masterpiece it is. As Roman is primarily a jazz composer (pianist), so the first part of the disc features his jazz cycle "Credo RS". It's ok, but leaves me somewhat unimpressed. However, the following cycle "Songs of the Seasons" is a true masterpiece and five-star material for sure. If you like lush, very classically-influenced symphonic rock of The Enid (I do), this is along those lines, and at the same level at least. In fact, it's some of the best music I've heard in Prog for a long time. The singing of Yelena Silantieva is wonderful and it's a pity that she doesn't seem to have released anything. The disc closes with a flute-led electronic piece called "Meditation". This album is slept on by progressive rock fans and music fans in general. And very undeservedly so.

 


Stone Idols (UK)

Reversion (1996)

Rob Jenkins from Redshift creates tribal dreamscapes using synth and electronic guitar. Some friends give a hand: Martin Smith, Neil Cowley.

See also: Redshift

 


Stonehouse, Jeff (UK)

Broken (2013) (S)
Ghosts (2015) (S)
Mariner's Willow (2015)
On Returning (2015)
Become Becoming (2015)

A master of sound manipulation, Jeff Stonehouse has no formal music training but manages to create captivating ambient soundscapes with guitars, processing and electronics.

See also: Listening Mirror, Le Moors, Snoqualmie Falls.

 


Stordeur, Andre C. (Belgium)

18 Days (1979)
Complete Analog And Digital Electronic Works 1978 - 2000 (2015)

Electronic Music influenced by Morton Subotnick's works and minimalism. The sound is dominated by textures generated on Serge modular synthesizer.

 


Storer, Jovica (Belgium)

There Is Only One (2002)
Element (2004) (with Geert Verbeke)
Electronic Innerscapes (2007) (with Geert Verbeke)
Caramel (2007)

If you want to hear an "ambient" album without getting bored, then Element is for you. What we have here is more or less a demo disc and Geert Verbeke (who also plays singing bowls on the album) provides some nice Haiku verses for the booklet. Ok, it's a music encyclopedia, so I'll concentrate on the musical aspect here. Each track on this CD corresponds to a certain element, like water, wood, metal, earth etc. The style is pretty hard to describe. It's pretty exciting and represents a set of rhythmic, ambient and melodic pieces. There are a lot of tribal rhythms, so it's almost Tribal Ambient, although it sounds nothing like Steve Roach. The sounds he uses are generally very original and unlike anything I've heard. Overall, it's some kind of an ambient fusion that incorporates deep reverberated metallic / bowl sounds, lots of percussion, traditional EM, contemporary synth and what I can only describe as Jovica Storer style. The dynamics are great and the mysterious, at times a bit dark atmosphere prevails. The rhythms are very well constructed and overall I have to wonder how talented this guy is. I really hope to hear more from Jovica Storer in the near future. I for one recommend this disc to all lovers of ambient and melodious / rhythmic synth styles!

See also: Lounasan

 


Storey, Russell (New Zealand)

A Light Year's Journey (1992)
Eclipse (1994)
Dreams And Visions (1995)
Mariner (1995)
Aquamorphesis (2000)
Earthstar (2000)
Transglobal Friendship (2006)
Dragon Flight (2009)
Cosmic Kiwi (2010)
Berlin Via Betelgeuse (2010)
Hallucinating (2011) (with Stephen Palmer)
A Light Year's Journey Two (2012)
A World Through New Windows (2012)
Chronospace (2014)

Deep Space / Ambient musician from New Zealand.

See also: Aural Scenarios

 


Stormhammer (USA)

Desolation (2011)
Solace (2011)
Toterhaufen (2012)
Änderung I (2012) (S)
Änderung II (2012) (S)
Änderung III (2013) (S)
Beschützer (2013)
Änderung IV (2015) (S)

Gloomy, droney ambient project from Nevada (Christopher Redfern).

 


Stormloop (UK)

Waveforms (2004)
Snowbound (2011)
Nocturnal Winter (2012)
Back To Dust (2013)
Arctic Conditions (2013)
Cluster (2014)
Into the Void (2016)

Stormloop is an ambient project of Leeds-based musician and sound sculptor Kev Spence. Snowbound is his first CD release. A lot of mp3-only albums preceded it.

 


Storrs, David (USA)

Invaders From Mars (1986) (soundtrack)

Electronic soundtrack. It is an alternative version to the Christopher Young score.

See also: Upper Astral

 


Story, Tim (USA)

Threads (1980)
In Another Country (1982)
Untitled (1984)
Three Feet From the Moon (1985)
Wheat And Rust (1986)
Glass Green (1987)
Beguiled (1991)
A Desparate Serenity (1991) (with Dwight Ashley)
The Perfect Flaw (1994)
In Search of Angels (1994)
Drop (1997) (with Dwight Ashley)
The Persistence of Memory (1999) (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius)
Shadowplay (2000)
Lunz (2002) (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius)
Caravan (2005) (soundtrack)
Standing & Falling (2005) (with Dwight Ashley)
Buzzle (2006)
Inlandish (2008) (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius)
Errata (2008) (with Dwight Ashley and Hans-Joachim Roedelius)
A Desparate Serenity (2010) (with Dwight Ashley)
Collected (2010) (recorded in 1988 - 2003)
Snowghost Pieces (2014) (with Dieter Moebius and Jon Leidecker)
Lazy Arc (2014) (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius)
Squib, Last Image / Sometimes Less (2015) (S) (with Moebius, Jon Leidecker, Gudrun Gut and Hans-Joachim Irmler)
Familiar (2017) (recorded in ??) (with Dieter Moebius and Jon Leidecker)

American Ambient composer born in 1957 in Philadelphia and currently residing in Ohio. Tim Story teached himself to play piano in a very individual style and also embraced the first wave of analog synthesizers in the 1970's. In the next decade his recording career started, with some albums getting critical acclaim from specialized EM / ambient press. His music is very often light and piano-based, like Harold Budd. On later albums he developed a highly melodic electronic chamber style, using piano, electronics and chamber music structures. Quite unique and very good, even if not totally my kind of thing. His 2005 collaborative effort with Dwight Ashley is an outstanding ambient release the veers a bit towards darker territories. Read my review of this album here.

 


Stover, Ken (USA)

Closer Than Home (1985)

The above album was re-released in 1988 on Hearts of Space as Sir Lancelot's Dream. Melodic, new-agey music with prominent piano.

 


Stoykov, Youri (Bulgaria)

Window To the Soul (1988)
Things (1990)
Transfiguration (1992)
The Legends (1996)
WIP (2011)

Bulgarian composer of Electronic Music who has been around for quite a while and peformed live since the 1980's, both solo and in collaboration with other Bulgarian EM pioneers, including Simo Lazarov.

 


Strange Inside (Germany)

Different Colours (1994)
The Lost Tapes (1996)
Moments In Passion (1997)
Stollwerck '96 (1997) (with Brainwork)

Prog-influenced EM by Gerd Lubos from Germany. 

 


Strange Mountain (Indonesia)

Strange Mountain (2012)
Shadow of the Metropolis (2013)
Ghost Rails (2013)
Childhood (2013)
Slow Midnight (2013)
Ancient Eyes (2014)
Forgiveness (2014)
Levitation Mist (2014)
Inhibitions (2014)
Faith Mirrors (2014)
Grunge Babylon (2014)
Recollection Fuckup (2014)
Golden Dust (2014)
A Quiet Dynasty (2014)
Rebel Without A Drone (??) (S)
Glass Clouds II (2015)
Language Sea (2016)
Mirroring (2016)

Ambient project of Jakarta-based Marcel Thee. Sometimes loop-based, sometimes synthesizer and new age-like.

 


Stranieri, Luca (Italy)

Krötenschwanz (2002)
Plitschplatsch (2005)
In Tre Atti (2009)

Krautrock-influenced EM musician born in Sardegna in 1978 and currently residing in Germany. Experimental sound.

 


Strater, Gary (USA)

Eleven To the Fourth Twice (2002)

Ambient EM by Starcastle bass player. I know it involves fractals in some way but no details about the musical style as of yet.

 


Stratis (Germany)

Exotic (1982)
New Face (1983)
Film Music (1984)
Musica da Ballo (1984)
Herzlos (2004)
As Life Goes By (2006)
Mokoyaro 1982 - 1985 (2012)

Synth duo formed in the early 1980's by Antonios Stratis (a Greek expat I would guess) and Albert Klein. Well sometimes they're minimal synth for sure, but they are also progressive and their instrumental tracks (and there are plenty of them) will be of certain interest for fans of EM, especially of that period in EM history. In fact, a large portion of their music has that pleasant Berlin School-ness so many EM fans will adore. Mokoyaro is a 5-LP set with their complete released works from the 1980's and some bonus tracks.

See also: 96 Eyes

 


Stratosphere (Belgium)

Lost In Unity (1992)
Introspective Spaces (1996) (S)

Life Reviewed (1999)
Reassembly (1999)
Dreamscape (2012)
In A Place of Mutual Understanding (2013) (with Dirk Serries)
Aftermath (2015)
Rise (2016)

Ambient / dark. Stratosphere is Ronald Mariën.

 


Stratychuk, Perry Mark (Canada)

A Soft Look (1983) (S) (soundtrack)
EMS (1984)
Abbatoit Clown (??)

Winnipeg-based filmmaker, poet, actor and musician. He composed sooundtracks for most of his films and has been involved in the creation of Electronic Music since the early 1980's.

 


Strawe, Jorg (Germany)

Events In Motion (1990)
Electronic Passion (1991)
Legend of the Wolves (1991)
Jewels (1993)
Sequenzen Ohne Grenzen (1994)
Dialogue With the Universe (1995)

Joerg Strawe is the owner of CUE-Records and during the 1990's, he made Berlin School Electronic Music. I have Legend of the Wolves which is sort of a lengthy concept album. It gets dull at places but generally is quite good, especially the atmosphere. Most of the music is very laid-back and relaxed, with wide atmospherics and slow electronic rhythms.

 


Stray Ghost (UK)

Fabula Sjuzhet (2008) (S)
Losthilde (2009)
An Avalanche of Swollen Tongues (2009)
Nothing, But Death (2010)
Those Who Know Darkness See the Light (2012)
Mono No Aware (2012)

Stray Ghost is ambient artist Anthony Saggers from Canterbury.

 


Streamline (USA)

Echo Lake (2005)
Beyond the Horizon (2005)
The Earth Ambient (2006)

Varied Ambient material from Gary Mulford, sometimes a bit on the new age side of things.

 


Streetmark (Germany)

Eileen (1977)

Because of all the mess and uncertainty as to which Streetmark albums can be considered electronic, I just decided to leave the album made with Wolfgang Riechmann in. You know... Just to be sure. Eileen was re-released in 1979 as Wolfgang Riechmann & Streetmark.

See also: Riechmann, Wolfgang, Raukes, Dorothea.

 


Streymoyer (???)

Behind the Lights (2017)

Ambient and melodic cinematic compositions influenced somewhat by vaporwave and dreampunk.

 


Strickland, William (USA)

An Electronic Visit To the Zoo And Sound Hypnosis (1979)

William Strickland was an American conductor and organist. The above is suppodely his only electronic work.

 


Strigae (USA)

Drift (2017) (S)

Dark Space.

 


Striider (Netherlands)

Voorwaarts! (2012)
Heimweh (2012)
Bunkermuziek (2012)
Klanglieder (2012) (S)
Berlin (2012)
Runes And Ruins (2013)

Martial Ambient from Jornt Elzinga, leaning towards martial industrial during the more intense moments. Mostly rather ambient, though.

See also: Mesektet

 


Stringer, Matthew (UK)

The Second Sun (2015)

Solo EM from member of Perge.

See also: Perge

 


Strittmater, Rick (USA)

Summer Bones (2003)
Noah503 (2004)
Carbon Based (2004)
Zona Pacifica 2026 (2008)
Eta Draconis (2008)
Dogstardiaries (2009)
Oceans 2010 (2010)

Varied music from this Maryland-based composer. He seems to prefer shorter tracks and composes everything, from ambient floaters to rhythmic stuff.

 


Strohner, Jiri (Czech Republic)

 


Strom, Pauline Anna (USA)

Trans-Millenia Consort (1982)

Blind musician from San-Francisco area with a unique style. She could be new agey at times, but mostly went for a spacey, symphonic EM sound (a bit reminiscent of Vangelis) with rich analog synths, and even ventured into darker realms in her subsequent efforts.

See also: Trans-Millenia Consort

 


Struck, Rainer (Germany)

Die Sieben Innere Meere (1995)

Melodic synth music.

 


Strulgattu & Meierkord (Sweden)

Fritt Efter En Väg (2017)

Unusual ensemble that combines folk / classical and electronics.

 


Stuckens, Guy (Belgium)

Musique Pour Synthetiseurs, Guimbardes et Autres Instruments (1980) (with Marc Vanneste)
Solos (1981)
Magie Rouge (1983)
Duettiste (1985) (with M. Nomized)

Belgian musician who released a few cassettes in the early 1980's. His music is electronic, dominated by synths and drum machines, having that minimal slant typical of the period (similar to early Colin Potter).

See also: Zone Verte, BBR/NJR.

 


Stupid Cosmonaut (UK)

Astral Transmissions (2016)
Algol (2017)

Spaced out EM / rock from Manchester. The group consists of Sam Read, Steven McNamara, Andy Hunt and Mark Hawnt.

 


Stupor (Germany)

Introflexie (1995)
Tristitia (1996)
Bete Noire (2003)

Dark Ambient project from Munich that includes Artur Zab.

 


Sturmovik (Germany)

Feldweihe (2000)
Schwarzer Tau (2005) (S)

Martial Ambient / industrial.

 


Stuzha (Russia)

Through the Snowfield (2008) (S)
Siberian Sketches (2011)
Butugichag (2015)
Siberian Sketches pt.II (2017)

Frosty, melancholic soundscapes from Daniel Kazantsev, also known for his Space Music / Ambient project Algol. This is the darker side of his oeuvre.

See also: Algol

 


Stygian Stride (USA)

Stygian Stride (2013)

Stygian Stride is New York-based musician Jimy SeiTang. This music is based on analog synthesizers and is influenced by the EM classics of the 1970's but also by the modern scene.

 


Styles, Mark (USA)

Styles (1983)
Solestas (1987)

Mark Styles was Roger Powell's assistant during the recording of Air Pocket. He released at least one solo album with cosmic, minimalistic and floating music.

 


Styles, Matthew (UK)

Metro (2016) (EP)

Techno / deep house musician who on the above EP decided to let his EM influences shine, namely on "Wave 6".

 


Suaves Figures (Poland / France)

Nouveaux Gymnastes (2012) (S)

Nice ambient, atmospheric and experimental EM from Piotr Kurek and Sylvia Monnier aka Mika Perez.

See also: Sunny Dunes

 


Sub Loam (UK)

Ohr (2009)
2 (2010) (EP)
Eathern Circle (2010)
The Ley Hunter's Companion (2011)
A Concise Dictionary of Plants And Their Uses (2014) (S)
The Portable Archive (2016) (recorded in 2010)

Sub Loam is Thomas Shrubsole. It is not known how much of his output would qualify as EM. It seems that at least some of it is based on concrete textures and processed sounds. However, at least The Ley Hunter's Companion will be of interest to fans of the Berlin School.

See also: Jesus On Mars

 


Subaeris (UK)

Shinjuku Underground (2013)
Transcendent God (2016)

A project of David Russo, a vaporwave artist releasing music under countless pseudonyms. With Subaeris it's mostly vaporwave-related material, but also some cyberpunk-flavored ambient material as well, which I will try to list here. Shinjuku Underground is completely ambient (and rather good at that), while Transcendent God is mostly interesting for its 18-minute closer "Prelude To Transcendence".

See also: DARKPYRAMID, Kamokata.

 


Subinterior (Italy)

Outfall (2002)
Insomnie (2003)
Obstacles (2005)
The Chrysalis Secret (2005)
Spring Meeting (2006) (S) (with Selaxon Lutberg)
Summer Meeting (2006) (S) (with Selaxon Lutberg)
Winter Meeting (2006) (S) (with Selaxon Lutberg)
Mesmerize (2008)
Fall Meeting (2009) (S) (with Selaxon Lutberg)

Dark Ambient project of Andrea Freschi from Milan, Italy. Andrea is a drummer for Canaan and member of Konau, along with Gabriel Panci (New Risen Throne). He makes his soundscapes with processed field / concrete recordings and subtle electronics.

See also: Coma Divine, Konau.

 


Sublamp (USA)

Breathletters (2009)
Wickerships
(2010)
In
Our Hiding Voice (2011)
Orphan Horns (2012)
Lianas (2014)

Drone Ambient by Ryan Connor.

 


Subotnick, Morton (USA)

Silver Apples of the Moon (1967)
The Wild Bull (1968)
Touch (1969)
Jacob's Room (1970)
Sidewinder (1971)
Four Butterflies (1974)
Until Spring (1975)
A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur (1978)
The Wild Beasts (1981)
Return (1986)

Morton Subotnick (born in 1933) is one of the pioneers of synthesizer music mostly within academic format. However, some tend to see Silver Apples of the Moon and his other early all-synthesizer works as precursors to the so-called "sequencer music" that would emerge several years later, mainly from Germany. Works listed above may be of interest even to a "normal" EM fan.

 


Subradial (Poland)

Bioloophorm: I (2003)
Bioloophorm: II (2004)
Biorephorm (2005)
Ice Diving (2014)

Ambient music from Tomasz Szatewicz, somewhat similar to Biosphere in feel. Biorephorm is a compilation of remixes, adaptations and recyclings of Subradial's Bioloophorm 1 album created by Saul Stokes, Vir Unis, Off the Sky, The Circular Ruins, Vidna Obmana and Subradial himself.

 


Subsided (Croatia)

Music From Inconvenience (2017)

A bit low-fi ambience from Nemanja Vlahović.

 


Subsonic Experience (Germany)

Präposition (2003)

Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Thorsten Niestrath creating classic EM with some new elements.

See also: Centrozoon, Show of Exaggeration, The Redundant Rocker.

 


Subspace (USA)

A duo of Howard Moscovitz and Bill Fox.

See also: Xeroid Entity, Twyndyllyngs.

 


Substak (Greece)

View From the Orbital Module (2014)

Dark Space / Noise Ambient / Deep. A project of Kostas Staikos.

 


Subterranean Source (Italy)

Subterranean Source (2002)
Vivid Circles (2002)
Relic (2008)

Dark Ambient by Andrea Bellucci (of Red Sector A and Son-Dha). Mastered by Robert Rich.

 


SubtractiveLAD (Canada)

Kindred (2011)
The Language of Flowers (2013)
Wilderness (2014)

SubtractiveLAD is an alias of Vancouver-based musician Stephen Hummel. Known for his love for analog sounds, he likes to combine rich textures of synthesizers with varied club-based rhythms. The above albums may be interesting for those into modern EM hybrids (Moonbooter et al).

 


Subverter (UK)

Dark Matter Tuxedo (2016)

A project of Daniel Thomason. Ranges from floating Ambient and cosmic synths to gently rhythmic with a "balearic" feel. Released by Psychonavigation Records.

 


Suck Electrònic (Spain)

L'Home Reanimat (1982)
Asfíxia Al Carrer València (2014) (recorded in 1976 - 1977)

This electronic band was formed in the 70's by Albert Gimenez, Michel Huygen and Jordi Garcia. Initially, it was called Yeti, but after their first concert the name was changed to Suck Electrònic. Through Michel Huygen, Gimenez met the musicians from Macromassa and joined them after Suck Electrònic called it a day. He continued to work with Huygen on some Neuronium albums. Note that sometimes Suck Electrònic is also referred to as Suck Electrònic Encyclopedic. The 1982 album was released by a different line-up with only Jordi Garcia left of the original members. The other musicians are Angel Galcera, Pito Galcera, Josep Gimenez (Albert??), Jaime and Manolo Torres. The music is a mixture of EM and space rock ala Hawkwind / Gong.

See also: Gimenez, Albert, Huygen, Michel.

 


Suda, Nobuto (Japan)

Ecotone (2010)
Sensitive Fields (2010)
Bloom (2010)
Bottom of Pocket (2010) (S)
Modest Calm (2011)
Twilight Garden (2011) (S)
From the Crack of the Folded Shadow (2011) (S)
Untitled (2012)
Blurred (2012)
In Search of May Apples (2012) (S) (with Danny Clay)
Lonely Voice In the Bottom of the Head (2012)
Scenes of Oblivion And Quiet (2012)
Auprès de la Rivière les Petites (2012) (S) (with Samuel André)
Transitoriness (2013)
Terminus (2014)
Rivers And Poems (2015) (S) (with Bistro Boy)
The Beauty of the Sea (??) (S)

Japanese Ambient artist based in Kyoto.

 


Suda, Norihito (Japan)

Sleep, Shared (2016) (with Stijn Hüwels)
Sunshine (2017)
Light Snowfall (2017)

Japanese Ambient artist with a delicate sound.

 


Südekum, Frank (Germany)

Virtual Wave (2000)

Tangerine Dream style.

 


Sudnik, Tadeusz (Poland)

Tadeusz Sudnik & His Friends In Art (2017)

Polish audio engineer, synthesist and electronics specialist. The above album features ensemble pieces and duo performances that lean towards electronic jazz but showcase Sudnik's synths nicely.

 


Sugaya, Masahiro (Japan)

Music From Alejo (1987)
Pocket of Fever (1987)
The Long Living Things (1988)
Parade (1990)
The Bush of Ghosts (1994)

A lot of this composer's music represents dance theater scores. The style is not known at the moment.

 


Sugimoto, Ryuichi (Japan)

The Arctic (1989) (soundtrack)
The Arctic II (1989) (soundtrack)

Soundtracks for TV documentaries about the Arctic from this little-known synthesist. The music falls somewhere between melodic / atmospheric Vangelis (ala Antarctica) and Kitaro.

 


Sui Generis (Poland)

Trichiliocosm (??)

Electronic Music with Berlin School influences.

 


Suki, Chotto (France??)

Mother Nature's Silver Seed (2017)

Varied nocturnal ambience.

 


Sula Bassana (Germany)

Phasenvoid / Retronique (2003) (with Vibravoid)
Sulatronics (2003)
Dämmerung (2007) (with Modulfix)
Half Past Six (2007) (with Modiflux)
Sulatronics 2 (2009)
Pingpong (2009) (with Modulfix)
Brainwash (2010) (with Modulfix)
Kosmonauts (2015)
Shipwrecked (2015)
Organ Accumulator (2017)
The Ape Regards His Tail (2017)

Sula Bassana is a nom-de-plume of space rock / experimental musician Dave Schmidt. These albums are almost exclusively electronic-based.

See also: Solaris, Yttrium, Twilight Network, Verirrte Tiere.

 


Sulphur (Australia)

Der Fluch Des Lebens (2004)

More or less classic formula Dark Ambient from Adelaide-based artist Michael Szysz.

 


Summanen, Henrik (Sweden)

Between Heaven And Sea (2004) (soundtrack)
Ascension (2005)
Cave Songs (2006) (S)
The Great Attractor (2006)

Dark Ambient musician with a Ritual / musique concrete bend (Cave Songs) and Dark Space tendencies (The Great Attractor).

See also: Ahasverus

 


Summer Night Air (UK)

3 (2005)
4 (2014)

Ambient project with a bright, a bit new-agey sound. Some slight downtempo influences.

 


Summers, Harvey (UK)

Circle (1998)

Tribal Ambient somewhat in Steve Roach vein and with some Vangelis thrown in as well. Harvey Summers contributed a lot of music to a series of samplers with chill-out / ethnic music.

 


Sun Ra (USA)

Atlantis (1969)
My Brother the Wind (1970)
The Night of the Purple Moon (1970)
Live In Paris 1970 (1970)
My Brother the Wind Vol. 2 (1971)
The Solar Myth Approach Vol. 1 (1971)
The Solar Myth Approach Vol. 2 (1971)
Dark Myth Equation Visitation (1971)
Nidhamu (1971)
Nuits de la Fondation Maeght Vol. 1 (1971)
Nuits de la Fondation Maeght Vol. 2 (1971)
Soundtrack To the Film Space Is the Place (1972) (soundtrack)
Outer Space Employment Agency (1973)
Astro Black (1973)
Crystal Spears (1973)
Cymbals (1973)
Concert For the Comet Kohoutek (1973)
Space Probe (1974)
Media Dreams (1978)
Disco 3000 (1978)
Saturn SR 51879 Single (1979) (S)
Beyond the Purple Star Zone (1980)
Oblique Parallax (1982)
Cosmo Sun Connection (1985)
John Cage Meets Sun Ra (1987) (with John Cage)
United World In Outer Space (2009) (recorded in 1975)

Sun Ra is an absolute legend in the field of free jazz, besides being a great visionary. The albums listed above are probably the most interesting Ra records for an EM fan. Of course this legendary character has a huge discography both as a soloist and with his Astro-Solar Infinity Arkestra, Solar Myth Arkestra and such other "arkestras". The ones I thought were of interest are those dominated by Ra's electronic textures and moog playing. Other players on these records usually assume a secondary role. Any of the above albums are recommended if you wish to check out Sun Ra at his most spacey and electronic, and each album generally has at least one long or several short electronic tracks. Crystal Spears and Cymbals were both released on CD as The Great Lost Sun Ra Albums.

 


Sun, Tom (UK)

British synthesist who was in contact with Direction Music label in the 1990's.

 


Sunchariot (Russia)

Ritual Head / Right Sun (2005)
Exorcism (2005)
Fictio (2007)
Ruina Astrasiab (2007)
Komodia Delta (2007) (S)

Raw, unpolished Dark Ambient with strong Drone element from Rostov-On-Don-based artist Denis Shapovalov.

See also: Adriva, Enmerkar.

 


Sundayman (Greece)

Retronome (2012)
Scene Missing (2016)

Greek singer and composer (Kyriakos Moustakas) who is very much into synths. He falls into the indie pop genre but uses a lot of EM influences by means of analog synths and drum machines. Examples of instrumental EM tracks are "Paradise" from Retronome and "Smooth" from Scene Missing, which sounds vaguely "Memories of Green"-ish (Vangelis). File under EM-related.

 


Sundberg, Stefan (Sweden)

Reach For Tomorrow (2004) (S)

A mini-CD from this synthesist.

 


Sundew (USA)

Played In Heaven (1996)

Ambient music from Martin Lee-Stephenson (with a few guest vocalists and musicians, including Bob Derwood Andrews on slide guitar).

See also: Vulse

 


Sundrips (Canada)

Arrays (2010)
Sundrips (2010)
Diffuse Contours (2010) (S)
Through Obversion (2010) (S)
Slow Futures (2010) (S)
Hidden Dimensions (2010)
Basejumping At Cliff Calvin (2010) (S)
Satellites of the Elders (2010) (with Ophivchvs)
Star Masters Live (2010) (S)
Phased Out (2011)
One Hundred Hints (2011)
Just A Glimpse (2011)
Peripheries (2011) (S)
The Shape of the Corridors (2011) (S)
Tangled Paths Swept Away (2011)
Guide (2011) (S)
Misplaced (2011)
Dream Studies (2012)
Lakeside View (2013)

One of the countless ambient cassette artists that have sprung up during the last several years, mainly in North America. Sundrips is a duo of Ryan Connolly and Nick Maturo.

See also: Event Cloak

 


Sundrugs (Poland)

Hidden Scenes (2013)
Low (2014)

Melancholic droning soundscapes from Patryk T. Kawalarz.

 


Suneaters (Germany)

Cosmic Insight, Baby Part 1 (2007) (S)

Suneaters is a duo of Tobias Fischer and Mirko Uhlig (also known as Feu Follet). Their debut 10" record is in typical Teutonic (Berlin School) style. Steve Jolliffe guests on flute.

See also: Feu Follet

 


Sungod (USA)

First Matter (2010)
Laurentide & Cordilleran + Others (2011)
Cuts From the Ether (2012)
Crash Galactic (2012)
Contackt (2013)
Sungod (2014)
Cahokia / Red Atmosphere (2015) (S)

Crossover space rock / kraut / EM band led by Braden Balentine and Mike Sharp from Austin, Texas. One of the tracks off Cuts From the Ether is amusingly titled "Kraut Schulze".

 


Sunhiilow (France)

From There To Here (2012)
Invisible Totem (2015) (S)

Tinkling sequences, pads and synth atmospheres from Valerie Magisson. Mostly short tracks. Some split releases also.

 


Sunmoonstar (Australia)

Ibid. (2015) (S)
The Great Barrier Reef (2017)
Rainbow Springs (2017)

Silky smooth ambient and melodic soundscapes from Sydney.

 


Sunn Rhsi (USA)

Hyper-Objects & Charts (2015)

Lo-fi analog improvisations reportedly inspired by the early work of Morton Subotnick. Sometimes meandering, but sometimes quite fascinating stuff.

 


Sunny Dunes (France)

Village Global (2011)
Emma's Tapes (2012)
Wash, Then Dance / Never Soon (2013)
Superfluere (2013)
Anhydride Tapes (2013)
Blue Far (2014)
Emmastaete (2015)

Nice melodic and sequencer-based electronic compositions, as well as ambient soundscapes, all drenched in a sea of field recordings. A project of Mika Perez.

See also: Suaves Figures

 


SunPath (USA)

Yasamine And the Snowflake Dragon (1980)
SunPath 2 (1984)

Privately released ambient synthesizer drift with new-agey flair from Jeff Berry out of New Mexico. Both tapes were re-released in 2016 (also on tape) as Dream Music. File under Electronic New Age or EM-related.

 


Sunstroke (Belgium)

Nothing's Wrong In Paradise (1985)

The above album was recorded in 1984 by two members of Belgian jazz-rock band Kandahar with Etienne Delarue as guest musician. Instruments used were: Memorymoog, Prophet 5 and 10, Roland TR-808, Fender Rhodes 73, Korg lead synth, acoustic and electronic pianos and percussion.

See also: Kandahar

 


Sunya Beat (Germany)

Sunya Beat (1998)
Delhi Slide (1999)
The Jelenia Gora Sessions (2005)
Comin' Soon (2006)

A trio of Axel Manrico Heilhecker, Harald Grosskopf and Steve Baltes. The electronic guitar of Heilhecker sounds clearly influenced by Manuel Goettsching's style. Delhi Slide has a couple of songs with female vocals and the rest are rather intense instrumental workouts with cool rhythms, synths and wailing guitar. Ashra fans take note. 

See also: Grosskopf, Harald, Baltes, Steve, Ash Ra Tempel / Ashra, N-Tribe, Fishmoon.

 


Sunyata (Germany)

First Album (1991)

Electronic duo formed in 1990 by Martin Höwner and Steffen Scholz. The first album starts with deep bass notes. After a while a relaxed melodic theme is introduced, along with a slow rhythm. A nice melodic theme serves as the basis for this track. A bubbling bass line is a nice extra touch to this moody piece. "Distance From Ravel" is a classically inspired piece with a marching rhythm. Nothing to write home about but not bad either. The second part of this track is sub-titled "Believe the Eternity" and it immediately sets a mysterious tone with a synth pad and low, growling synths. An upbeat rhythm starts, taking us to early 1990's Tangerine Dream territory. I am not a fan of that period but those who like their Melrose and Quinoa might find this hugely enjoyable. Overall, I found this piece to be somewhat lacking in the timbral territory but very enjoyable melodic-wise. "After the Clouds" is a slow moody piece. I liked this one - simple but effective. "Remember Me A." sets a spookier tone with heavy bass and resonating synths. After a while a dreamy cor anglais melody starts. A rhythm propels this track forward in a relaxed and undemanding manner. This track did nothing to me - it's all too simple and accessible. "Hypnotic" is way more interesting. We have a bubbling synth bass line for a start which then transforms into a good late-1980's TD type melodic theme. "Ultimatum" introduces a new element - a metallic, resonating synth intro that doesn't sound like an intro to an early 1990's EM piece at all. It's all pretty dark and menacing, until a reflective harp / choir theme is introduced and we are treated to a more typical 1990's MIDI sound. "In A Fairy-Tale" sounds almost danceable, with its rolling bass line, upbeat drum machine and a simple melodic theme. I found it too easy-listening. "Esperanza" has a nice atmospheric beginning with bird song samples and a reflective harp / flute theme. Overall, this album a nice debut, albeit very typical of its era (i.e. lots of general MIDI sounds). The tracks were made with digital synths only and it shows. If you absolutely must have that analogue warmth in your music, perhaps it's better to steer clear of this one. However, if you enjoy general melodic EM or if you like that particular period (late 1980's - early 1990's), Sunyata's first album could be right up your valley. In 2005, a retrospective album was released, containing music recorded separately by members of Sunyata in 1993 - 1998. It's a techno album that has nothing to do with EM. You can read my review of it here.

 


Super Fata (Norway)

Structural Tendency (2013)
Percipient (2015)

Drone Ambient from Jan Roos.

 


Super Minerals (USA)

Early Works (2005)
High Spear Trial (2006)
Ancient Signal (2007)
Live 5-13-08 (2008)
The Thaw (2008)
The Vooh (2008)
The Piss (2008)
The Pelagics (2008)
The Gooh (2009)
Multitudes (2009)
Live 3-20-08 (2009) (EP)
Clusters (2009)
Live (2011) (S)
Contacteer (2011)
The Hoax (2011)

Ambient duo of William Giacchi and Phil French.

 


Superalma Project (Portugal)

Bad Omen (2014)
Non-Genesis (2017)

Porto-based project between dark soundscapes and rhythmic stuff that alternates between industrial drums and sequencer based with touches of techno.

 


Superficial Depth (Germany)

Digital Superimposing (1997)

Long-form Ambient from Uwe Schmidt.

See also: Atom

 


Supersempfft (Germany)

Roboterwerke (1979)
Metaluna (1981)
Futurist (1981)
Ei Abend bei den Robotenwerken (1982) (S)
Wunderwerke Wundertüte (2017) (recorded in 1979 - 1983)

Supersempfft was basically the project of Dieter Kolb plus some friends. Initially inspired by Kraftwerk, the music goes far beyond those influences.

See also: Wunderwerke, Alpha Orion.

 


Supersilent (Norway)

9 (2009)

Atypical ambient album done with Hammond organs only. Supersilent is a free improvisation ensemble consisting of Arve Henriksen, Ståle Storløkken, Jarle Vespestad and Helge Sten (Deathprod).

See also: Deathprod

 


Supersilent Intelligence Construct (???)

Transmission Vision (2016) (S)
Unravel (2016)

Dark, moody ambient synth compositions, cinematic and with an underlying feel of menace. Some noisy bits as well.

 


Suplington (UK)

Tokyo Reflections (2014) (EP)
Repeating Flowers (2017)

Mostly ambient soundscapes with a huge amount of field recordings. Some background technoid or downtempo rhythms as well.

 


Surface 10 (USA)

Surface 10 (1996)
Microscapes (1996)
Vector Fable (1999)
In Vitro Tide (2000)
Borrowed Time (2000)
Surface Tensions (2006)

More or less Berlin School-inspired Ambient on DiN label. Surface 10 is Californian synthesist Dean De Benedictis.

See also: Benedictis, Dean De, Cathexis.

 


Surman, John (UK)

Upon Reflection (1979)
Cloud Line Blue (1979) (with Karin Krog)
The Amazing Adventures of Simon Simon (1981) (with Jack DeJohnette)
Such Winters of Memory (1983) (with Karin Krog)
Withholding Patterns (1985)

British saxopone player and improviser and one of the mainstays of the ECM label. Amazingly, The Amazing Adventures... features Surman improvising on his saxophone backed by what at times sounds like Tim Blake circa Crystal Machine ("In the Halls of Neptune") or Klaus Schulze circa Timewind ("Nestor's Saga"). Meanwhile, this trend had already started on Upon Reflection, whose opener combines a synth sequence that reminds on KS' Mirage as a basis for his sax improvisations, while the closer uses a flashier, a bit progrock-influenced style for synthesizer backing. The experiments in combining sax improvisations with electronics continue on Such Winters of Memory and Withholding Patterns. Further investigation is needed.

SOS

 


Surtt (Russia)

Fragment of Madness (2009)

Dark, atmospheric Ambient. Somewhat minimalist and very typical of the "Black metal guys doing ambient" scene.

 


Surya Kris Peters (Germany)

Status Flux (2015)
The Hermit (2016)
Holy Holy Holy (2017)

Varied Electronic Music from Christian Peters, guitarist and vocalist of Samsara Blues Experiment. As a solo artist, he is seemingly influenced by early krautrock pioneers like Popol Vuh, pre-Autobahn Kraftwerk, as well as EM grands Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. There's a nice, laid-back "World Music meets Berlin School" feel to this one.

 


Suryummy (USA)

Our Polychromatic Breath (2006)
Prismatic Escalator (2015)
Genesis Clarity (2016)

Warm ambient sounds from Emmett Feldman. Some more rhythmic tracks as well.

 


Suspended Memories (international)

Forgotten Gods (1992)
Earth Island (1993)

Suspended Memories are Suso Saiz, Steve Roach and Jorge Reyes. Tribal atmospheric Ambient.

See also: Saiz, Suso, Roach, Steve, Reyes, Jorge.

 


Suspirium (UK)

Shadows Breathing On Themselves (1991)
Orphée (1992)
Lygophillia (1992)
Tunnel Vision (1992)
Baked Beings (1992)
Malpertuis (1992)
Tenebrarum (1992)
Les Valseuses (1992)
Eschatus (1992)
Vestigia (1992)
Burning For Burning (1992)
Charnel Knowledge (1992)
Pleasure And Pain (1992)
Ars Moriendi (1992)
Victims (1993)
Modern Primitives (1993)
I Am Not I (1993)
1000 Cries Became A Scream (1993)
Metamorphosis (1994)
Faltzeit (1994)
The Enemy of My Enemy (1994)
Less Than Dust (1994)
The Human Condition (1995)
The Coming of Shadows (1995)
Dysphoria (1995)
Tempus Fugit (1996)
Awakening (1997)
Split Personality (1998)
The Philosopher's Stoned, Part One (2015)
The Philosopher's Stoned, Part Two (2015)
Keep Off the Grass (2015)
The View From Nowhere (2016)
The Wasteland (2016)
Other Methods of Suicide Are Available (2016)
The Melting Point of Light (2016)
The Point of Vanishing (2016)
Allotropy (2016)
Post Mortem (2017)
We Have Loved the Stars Too Fondly To Be Fearful of the Night (2017)

A guitar / synth duo from Ramsgate, Kent. Sometimes they were helped by a third member. The music is experimental and atmospheric, mostly influenced by the darker European EM like early Cluster, Peter Frohmader, Heldon, Klaus Schulze, Ash Ra Tempel, early TD and Fripp & Eno. However, they have a lot of variation in their sound and venture into almost pure krautrock, industrial-tinged stuff and more.

 


Suuri Shamaani (Finland)

Mysteerien Maailma (1999)

Experimental Ambient by Marko Laiho of black metal band Beherit.

 


Suzuki, Keiichi (Japan)

Science Fiction (1978)

Keiichi Suzuki is a Japanese musician, film and game soundtrack composer. During the 1970's, he was a lead singer of art-pop band Moonriders. Then, in the 1980's he formed a new wave duo The Beatniks with ex-YMO musician Yukihiro Takahashi. The above may be his most obscure album, a strange concept inspired by science-fiction classics, where also a few members of his band Moonriders participate. The result is a mish-mash of styles, but the participation of none other than Hideki Matsutake as synthesizer programmer makes it worthy of checking out. In fact, the first track, called "HAL9000", is a bombastic electronic number, with cool analog synths and choirs ala Vangelis or The Alan Parsons Project. There may be other interesting electronic tracks as well. Further investigation is needed, but for now, file under EM-related.

 


Suzuki, Kissy (France)

Exploring the Seas of Consciousness (2014) (S)
Proposte Monochrome (2014)

Actually a pseudonym of French ambient artist David Teboul.

See also: Linear Bells

 


Suzuki, Yoshio (Japan)

Morning Picture (1984)
Touch of Rain (1985)

On IC label. Pretty quiet instrumental synth tracks. Yoshio Suzuki has a background in jazz music and is a descendant of a famous violin-making dynasty.

 


Svart1 (Italy)

AdExtremas (2010) (S)
Non Tutto Ciò Che Tace È Morto (2010)
Praha (2012)
Apriti al Buio e Condividilo (2016)

Diverse industrial / post-industrial / noise / Dark Ambient project of Raimondo Gaviano from Cagliari, Sardegna. I will list his ambient stuff here. Most of it is pretty dark.

 


Svarte Fjell (Norway)

Horisont (2014)

Somewhat melancholic music from Norway. Between Ambient / Dark Ambient and dungeon synth.

 


Svarte Greiner (Norway)

Knive (2006)
Depardieu (2006) (S)
Raggsokk (2006) (S)
Til Seters (2008) (S)
Man Bird Dress (2008)
Live At WNUR (2008) (S)
Black River Live (2009) (S) (with Anduin)
There Has Been A Mistake (2009) (S)
Kappe (2009)
Penpals Forever (2010)
Untitled (2010)
Untitled Tour CDr (2010)
SGAR (2011) (with Alexander Rishaug)
Black Tie (2013)
Moss Garden (2016)

This artist (Erik K. Skodvin) started out in the "acoustic doom" mould, making creepy collages of field recordings and some classical (acoustic) instrumentation. However, this formula, very noticeable on his debut, was subsequently abandoned in favor of a more classic (and rather explorative) Dark Ambient sound, still with some elements of that initial acoustic style.

 


Svartsinn (Norway)

Devouring Consciousness (2001)
Of Darkness And Re-Creation (2003)
Traces of Nothingness (2005)
Elegies For the End (2009)
Collected Obscurities (2017) (recorded in 2002 - 2012)

Dark Ambient like a cross between Amon and Lustmord, with extra touches of melody and sadness. Svartsinn is Jan Roger Pettersen.

 


Svensson (Germany)

Silent Echoes (1990)
Forgotten Island (1995)
White Horses (1997)
Foreign Object (2003)

Svensson is actually Tobias Becker, a film music composer, studio musician and Klaus Schulze collaborator who appears on Contemporary Works. Mixture of oboe, various wind-controlled instruments and EM.

See also: Noiz, Nick

 


Svensson, Jan (Sweden)

Pogrom (2011) (recorded in 1990)

Experimental analogue music, like a more accessible Conrad Schnitzler sometimes.

 


Svevn (Slovenia)

Luna (2014)

Darkish soundworlds from Ljubljana-based Jure Žitnik.

 


Swann, Nick (UK)

Key (1983)
Pulse! Feel! Collapse! (1984)
Sound Paintings (1985)

Obscure cassettes, released privately by Nick Swann who is still active in music making. He makes rather atmospheric EM with influences from krautrock and Ambient (apart from synthesizers, he uses lots of guitars).

 


Swansen, Chris (USA)

Pulaski Skyway (1972)
Album II (1975)

Jazz musician who was one of the earliest users of the Moog synthesizer and was instrumental in bringing it to the the general attention, along with people like David Borden and Bernie Krause. These records feature the mighty moog and the first album was endorsed by Bob Moog himself. However, the musical style remains a mystery.

 


Sweet Air (USA)

From the Felicity Facility (1971)

Private release out of Berkeley, California. Apparently it's something for those who can't get enough of those Terry Riley organ meditations.

 


Sweet, David (USA)

Pioneer 7 (1989)
Musik Elektronen (1997)
Then...And Now (2008) (recorded in 1986 - 2007)

Dave Sweet has been creating melodic and rhythmic cosmic Electronic Music for many years now. In 1980, he lost four fingers on his right hand due to an industrial accident. Despite this, he continued to compose and perform not only as a solo artist but also as keyboardist for progrock / world music ensemble Anubis Spire.

 


Sweet Machines (Czech Republic)

Moon (1993)

Electronic duo of Roman Chovanec and Lumir Častka currently known as T-Sonic.

 


Sweitzer, Henry (USA)

Te Deum (1979)

Electronic Music made with an ARP Omni and a Synthi AKS. Presumably quite avant-guard-ish.

 


Swensen, Dave (USA)

Locked In (2015)
Direct Magic (2016)
Blue Mountain / The Turning Man (2017)
Garden Mirror (2017)
Pattern Keys (2017)

Ambient artist with a somewhat minimal sound.

 


Święcicki, Mateusz (Poland)

Halo Wenus (2017) (recorded in 1974)

Polish keyboardist (later with disco / pop ensemble Arp-Life) and a supporting band of an organist, a bass player and a drummer. Library vibes here, with spacey textures courtesy of Arp Odyssey synthesizer.

 


Swimwear Catalogue (Denmark)

Ntunxun (1995)
Fnoprx Boutique (1996)
This Is Elektronica (1999)

Danish trio of Niels Rønne, Steven Snedker and Flemming Kaspersen. Melodic Electronic Music with perhaps just a slight influence of the ambient techno scene of the time.

See also: Delayscape

 


Swirling Sunwheels (Canada)

The Strong Shall Prevail (2002)

Martial Ambient.

 


Switched On SNES (USA)

A Link To the Past (2017) (S)

This project is dedicated to analog synth arrangements of vintage game music.

 


Sycantrhope (Spain)

Babel of Incoherent Paralellism (2013)
Slavery of Death (2014) (EP)
Returning the Lights (2014)
Coldest Theme (2014)
Violent Waves of Restlessness (2015)
Conceived & Abandoned (2015)
Revenge (2016)
Septimo Movimiento (2016)
No Future... (2017)
Mysticism In Spiral Maze (2017)

Diverse project by Vadym Z. that started as a rhythmic electronic / classical hybrid influenced by Delerium but went progressively ambient on later releases. Coldest Theme and Volent Waves... are his most ambient ones.

See also: Enearth

 


Sygma (France)

Under the name Sygma was formed circa 1982 a solo electronic project of Pascal Lachaize who gave live performances of Electronic Music in the South West of France. There seems to be no released material from that era as of now, although some recordings are supposed to exist. A bit later, Lachaize would go on to form a group named Anoxie, with a more progressive rock-oriented sound.

See also: Anoxie

 


Sylken (Canada)

Illusions of Light (2000)
Ping (2002)
Sculptor (2003) (with Pholde)
Dreamlife (2004)
Terraform (2005)
Sadu Live (2006) (with Anomalous Disturbances and URM)
The Endless Vista (2007) (with Robert Carty)
Music For Spaceports (2013)

Ambient from Eric Hopper.

See also: SADU, Radio Silence.

 


Sylphe (France)

Le Vent Souffle ôu il Veut (2009) (recorded in 1979)

Luc Marianni's band from the 1970's. This album contains music recorded in 1975-1976 and mixed in 1977. It was released on CD in 2009 as part of a box set and re-released in 2013. The music combines progressive rock with Electronic Music.

See also: Marianni, Luc

 


Sylvian, David (UK)

Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities (1985)
Gone To Earth (1986)
Plight & Premonition (1988) (with Holger Czukay)
Flux + Mutability (1989) (with Holger Czukay)
Ember Glance: The Permanence of Memory (1991)
Approaching Silence (1999)
Camphor (2002)
When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima (2007)
Playing the Schoolhouse (2015) (EP)
There Is No Love (2017) (S) (with Rhodri Davies and Mark Wastell)

David Sylvian (real name - David Alan Batt) is of course the legendary leader and singer of new wave / synth-pop band Japan. He has a unique voice and on his solo works he often experiments with different styles. He has also done some ambient works, both solo and in collaboration with other renowned artists in the field, including, but not limited to Holger Czukay, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jon Hassell, Robert Fripp and others. I'll try to list his instrumental / ambient works here. Note that Ember Glance... consists of two tracks that were later re-released on Approaching Silence with one more track added.

 


Symbian (Belgium)

The Night (1991)
The Skywatcher (1993)
No Man's Land (1995)
Hypnotize (1995)
Inner Dates (1996)
Floating Silence (1996) (with Venja)
Navigator (1997)
Source of Secrets (2000)
A Voyage In Time (2003)

Relaxing music from Peter De Backer and Johan Van der Abeele. Navigator reminds on Vangelis. A Voyage In Time is a sampler with two new tracks.

 


Symbiosis (Italy)

Passages (2006)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2006)
Ricordo di Un'Estate (2007)
Abnormal Living Body Control (2007) (with Kenji Siratori)
Slavine (2008)
Spiriti di Neve e Foreste (??)
Crepuscoli Spirituali (2013)
Mikrokosmos (2016)

This Italian artist creates melancholic synth atmospheres with symphonic touches that will appeal to fans of Mortiis and Vinterriket. A Midsummer Night's Dream was re-released in 2007 with two additional tracks as Stabat Nvda Aestas.

 


Symbol (USA)

Online Architecture (2014)
Consequence Ornament (2016)

Low-fi, synth ambience from Chris King who also plays in rock band This Will Destroy You.

 


Symboter (Germany)

Live (1981)
Matrix (1982)
Synchrotron (1983)
Phon-Ethik (1983)

This project by Olaf Schirm began already during the 1970's, when he started building his electronic studio filled with modular synthesizers (some custom-built) and other classic keyboard instruments & electronic gadgetry. In the early 80's Olaf released several solo cassettes in classic EM style as "Symboter" and participated in some jams with a band called Japotage. Olaf is still making music; some of his recent works are available as free downloads.

See also: Schirm, Olaf, Japotage

 


Symmetry (USA)

Parallel Allegories (2006) (recorded in 1991)

A project by Jose Murcia founded in 1978. This release contains ambient Electronic Music.

See also: Holosphere

 


Syn (UK)

Soundwave Traveller (2002)
Thru the Syngate (2003)
Synphara (2003)
Sonus (2004)
Orange (2004)
Skyline (2005)
The Glass Bridge (2006)
61 Cygnus-Alpha (2007)
Aqueous (2015)
Valles Marineris (2015)
Remnants (2015)
Pareidolia (2016)
Fauni-Genus (2017)

Berlin School electronics by Scottish musician David T. Dewdney. Note that Orange contains different kind of music with lots of influences from the techno scene - rhythmic, danceable and uplifting. With Skyline it's a return to form with pure Berlin-based sequencer material and one long mellotron-drenched opus. David's music sounds more 70's Tangerine Dream than anything I've heard so far. Really, if you like long sequencer passages, solos, improvisation and tons of mellotron - Syn's ready to serve you heavy doses of electronic brilliance. In fact, some of the material sounds exactly like some kind of archive TD material from the mid to late 70's. Well, he does infuse these clasic sounds with his own touch, but the influences are quite obvious. From the long, mysterious, pulsing epicness of "Soundwave Traveller" to the mellotron-drenched tapestry of "Mellotropica", Syn will guide you through the realms of classic Berlin School sound. Other tracks of note include "Slipstream" - a track that sounds like an outtake from the "Thief" sessions (really, the sounds, rhythms, soloing - everything here reminds on this excellent soundtrack work by TD), "Freefall" - a classic formula Berlin School track with long rhythmic / sequenced section and an atmospheric conclusion, "Distant Vision" - a track that could easily have been recorded during Tangerine Dream's "Encore" tour (tons of mellotron), "Cydonia" and "Skyline" (both typical Berlin School tracks). My favourite tracks of the ones I heard are "Transcendant" (excellent sequencing!) and "Valles Marineris" - a totally unique, atmospheric trip with unusual rhythms and gorgeous pads / soundscapes. David's music is usually built around improvisations.  

 


Synaesthesia (Canada)

Embody (1994)
Desideratum (1995)
Ephemeral (1997)

The same people (Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber) as Delerium / Front Line Assembly. It is their most 'classic EM'-oriented project.

See also: Delerium

 


Synaptyx (UK)

Tunguska (2017)

Cold, cerebral synthwave / electro sound with elements of progressive electronic. A project of Aaron A. Fimister from Scotland.

 


Synarios (USA)

Uncontrolled Voltage (1982)

Electronic duo of Don Slepian and Lauri Paisley. Floating music released privately on cassette.

See also: Slepian, Don, Paisley, Lauri.

 


Synchestra (USA)

Mother Earth's Lullaby (1981)
Silver Ships (1982)
Electric Snowflake (1984)
Shoreline (1986) (with David Blonski)
Ideas Volume 1: Oasis (1987)

These albums by Ed Van Fleet's Synchestra's supposedly contain some interesting electronic orchestrations. File under Electronic New Age / Space Music.

See also: Van Fleet, Ed, Blue Star.

 


Synchronized (Netherlands)

Galaxy (2017)

A project of synthesist Francois ten Have, a nominant for best newcomer at Schallwende.

 


Synco (Germany)

Kaskade (1985)
Synthasia (1986)
Motodrom (1988)
85 - 89 (1989)
Evolution of Events (1991)
Reincarnation In A Superior System (1993)

A duo of Frank Klare and Mirko Luthge. Music similar to early Eighties' Tangerine Dream (the guys bought used equipment from TD and put it to great use). Recommended.

See also: Klare, Frank

 


Syndromeda (Belgium)

Magma (1994)
Keeper of the Universal Energy (1995)
Beyond the Unknown (1996)
The Mind Synphony (1996)
Mind Trips (1997)
Circles of Life (1997)
The Legacy of God (1998)
Birth of A Black Hole (1999)
Syndromeda In CHAOS (2000) (with C.H.A.O.S.)
The Alien Abduction Phenomenon (2001)
In Touch With the Stars (2001)
Creatures From the Inner (2003)
Metaphysical Experiences (2005)
A Day In the Fields (2005)
Attack! (2006)
Last Days On Earth (2006)
The Resurrection (2006)
Mythical Pursuit (2008)
Best of Tapes & Unreleased 1995 - 2002 (2008)
Von Haulshoven Meets Syndromeda (2008) (with Von Haulshoven)
Twilight Conjunction (2009)
Classified (2009)
Waiting For the Second Sun (2010)
The Second Intelligent Lifeform (2010) (with Von Haulshoven)
The Rise of the Darkness (2011)
Time Will Never Be the Same (2012)
No More Frontiers (2013)
Fear of the Emptiness Space (2014) (with Perceptual Defence)
Connected! (2014)
The Final Conspiracy (2014)
Wormhole (2015) (with Perceptual Defence)
TMI (2015)
Volcanic Drift (2015) (with Mac of BIOnighT)
The End of the Universe (2016) (with Perceptual Defence)
When IN-side Becomes OUT-side (2016)
XXX (2017)

Syndromeda is Danny Budts who was born in 1958 in Wilrijk. At the age of 14 he started playing acoustic guitar. Four years later he played electric guitar in a rock band. However, in the mid 1970's he discovered Electronic Music and was impressed and inspired by it. In 1979 Danny built a Formant modular synthesizer and started experimenting with it. A Roland SH-2000 followed and his musical adventure began. During the years that followed Danny has accumulated a formidable amount of synths and samplers and built himself a studio in the back of his house. That's where most of his cassette and CD productions were realized. Danny's music can be described as rather straightforward Berlin School electronics, where sequenecing and solos play the most important roles. 

See also: Budts, Danny, Amin.

 


Syndrone (Netherlands)

Outer Reaches (1992)
Being There (1993)
Blind Date (1996)

Dutch synth duo consisting of Andre Theelen and Harold Teunissen. A mixture of Ambient and rhythmic styles.

 


Synergy (USA)

Electronic Realizations For Rock Orchestra (1975)
Sequencer (1976)
Cords (1978)
Games (1979)
Audion (1980)
Computer Experiments Vol.1 (1981)
The Jupiter Menace (1982) (soundtrack)
Metropolitan Suite (1986)
Reconstructed Artifacts (2002)

Synergy is Larry Fast who is one of the pioneers of Electronic Music and one of the most important electronic musicians from America. His works are classics of the genre. There's no need to mention that they are recommended to any serious EM fan. The music is quite diverse, from classic rhythmic and atmospheric synthesizer excursions to almost neo-classical structures, to the most abstract and experimental forms of Ambient (on Computer Experiments).

See also: Intergalactic Touring Band, The

 


Synfonia (Germany)

Hyroglyphs (1991)

Obscure duo of Frank Loch and Lenna Reid, supposedly with a melodic style (a bit similar to Patrick O'Hearn).

 


Syngularity (Germany)

The 7th Dimension (2007)
A Musical Guide To Cosmic Wonders (2009)

Syngularity is German musician Pascal Gregory. On The 7th Dimension a lot of guest musicians participate and the music is a mixture of driving, melodic electronics ala Jarre and guitar playing in the style of post-1985 Tangerine Dream. "Anaximander" opens with moody effects, before a reflective organ / drums theme is introduced. This is spacey and Pink Floyd-like stuff, with floating guitar and rich keyboards. However, the sound becomes much more 80's like, as a steady drum rhythm is introduced. The wonderful guitar really adds to the atmosphere. "Hawking" opens with marimba-like sequences and a stiff electronic rhythm. Symphonic keyboards take over, as the track returns to its rhythmic formula. This one will be enjoyed by fans of the 1980's Tangerine Dream. "She's So Fine" is a rhythmic, dreamy piece in pure late 1980's, early 1990's TD tradition (think Melrose). This piece effectively combines fine keyboard arrangements and soaring, sometimes fast paced guitar solos. "Physics of Toys" is an uplifting electronic piece that reminds much more on Jarre's rhythmic style from the 1990's (circa Chronologie). "The Constant H" is another electronic piece with mucho sequenced elements and a few experimental touches (such as the heavily distorted / fuzzed guitar). "Appearance of Anything" takes thing to Jarre territory again. It doesn't remind on any particular work of the great frenchman, but the melodic sensibility is unmistakeably Jarre. "One Foot On the Floor" is the odd one of the lot, with it's pedestrian rhythm and a rather disjointed melodic content. A good track, though, with a nice guitar solo appearing in the second part. "Dream Vortex" surpsises with pure 1970's style sequencing and a trancey, totally out-there, cosmic atmosphere. "Tomorrow's Yesterday" is basically a "hard rock EM" track, with heavy riffs and organ chords combined with a drum rhythm, guitar solos and symphonic keyboards. "Ocean" is on the jazzy side of things, with saxes, pianos and all. Not the best track if you ask me. "M Theory" is a laid-back piece with fine guitar playing over a bed of electronic keyboards and a steady rhythm."Waking Life" relies too much on simple 4/4 techno beat. The textures and arrangements are fine, though. The title track is rather laid-back, with very pleasant guitar arrangements and a jazzy vibe (it works this time!). Also of note are quality synth sounds. "Her Oasis" is a romantic ballad that closes this album with reflective piano, flute melodies and a soaring guitar solo over a rock rhythm. Overall, if a driving hybrid of electronics and guitar is your idea of a good album, Syngularity's The 7th Dimension is something to check out. Style: TD circa 1988 - 1992, Jarre, Guido Meyer et al.

 


Synkro (UK)

Farewell (2015) (S)
Changes (2015)

Joe McBride makes dubstep, chillstep and drum and bass music as Synkro. However, there is an influence of Ambient on Changes, with several tracks being completely ambient and rather nice, the album closer even bringing some classic Steve Roach (circa Quiet Music) to mind. Farewell has two tracks with a flair of 1980's EM (a bit synthwave-like, but softer and more ambient).

 


Synoiz (UK)

Ambients (2009)
Frontiers (2014)
The Forbidden (2017)

Dark drones, horror ambiences, dungeon melodies, rhythms...

 


Synopsis (Estonia)

Synopsis (1986)

A prog band formed by Igor Garsnek and Nevil Blumberg. Most of the time just your normal keyboard-drenched symphonic rock with lots of solos and a jazzy edge. However, it does contain enough electronic elements to actually enter the sphere of interest of EM fans. Some tracks are completely or almost completely electronic.

 


Synopsis (France)

Gamme (1981)

Progressive rock band influenced by French "theatrical" symphonic prog like Ange, Mona Lisa, etc. They have lots of instrumental passages as well and often come as a mixture of symphonic prog and EM. Sometimes they even use drum machine. File under EM-related. There is an earlier album Minuit Ville that may also be interesting. Further investigation is needed.

See also: Marcel, Patrick

 


Synopsis (UK)

Surrillion Dreams (1998)
Tempus Fluxus (1999)
Gotterdammerung (2000)
Tales From the Holodeck (2002)
Earth Views (2005)

Music very much in the style of classic Tangerine Dream. What I've heard so far was quite good.

 


Synoptic Music Plant (Germany)

Floating Analogics (1995)

Actually a duo of Fanger & Siebert.

See also: Fanger, Thomas, Fanger & Siebert

 


Synrise (Germany)

Fade In (2000)

Miscellaneous bunch of melodic and rhythmic EM tracks from Stephan Dargel.

 


Synriser (???)

Carried By Wings (1986)

 


Synriser (Netherlands)

Electronic Music band formed in 1980 by Frank Roozdant. None of their music got released.

See also: Roozdant, Frank

 


Syn-Sing (Netherlands)

Voltage Controlled Tunes (1979)

Strange and obscure project of Leo Cornelissen (former guitar player of Fun of It) and Fred Janssen. Mostly short tracks of cheesy and funny electronics with some 1970's library music vibes.

 


Syntax (USA)

Transmissions (2016)

Californian synthwave artist with a slight Prog EM influence.

 


Syntech (Netherlands)

By Trial And Error (1989)
Atmospheres (1991)

If you like Laserdance, then this is for you. Also fans of Jean-Michel Jarre may want to check it out. Syntech is the duo of Edvin Van Der Laag (the guy who designed covers for Laserdance records) and Huib Schippers.

See also: Trilithon

 


Synth.nl (Netherlands)

AeroDynamics (2007)
Atmosphere (2008)
OceanoGraphy (2009)
Refuge en Verre (2010) (with Ron Boots)
Apollo (2011)

Rhythmic and melodic music from Dutch synthesist Michel van Osenbruggen. Michel became interested in synthesizers during the late 1980's / early 1990's. It was at that time that he started collecting electronic instruments. Since 2005 Michel composes music on a regular basis. Two years later he started to release and promote his material. His early influences included Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis

 


Synth Sisters (Japan)

Milky Way (2012)
Quiet Awakening (2014)
Aube (2014)

Synth duo from Osaka that at times approaches classic EM sound but is pretty experimental overall and sometimes a bit noisy so I guess it will not be for everyone. With Aube, they seem to have plunged with both feet into the world of prog EM.

 


Synth Space 2 (Canada)

Constellation Scorpius (2007)
Dark Journey (2008)

Space Music with strong Berlin School influences from Nova Scotia-based synthesist Norbert Vetter.

 


Synthesis (Poland)

Space Travels (2005)
Galaxy Fighters (2012)
Satellite (2017)

Space disco in Laserdance style by Robert Ludwinski.

 


Synthesis (USA)

Invasion (1997)

Synthesis is Phil Brownleader from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 


Synthesis Ltd. (USA)

Synthesis Ltd. (1983)

This is more or less a various artists album, done by the students of Saddleback Community College (members of the Electronic Music Club). It's a private release out of California with various styles, from minimal synth to Ambient.

 


Synthesis, Philip (France)

Philip Synthesis (??)

Privately pressed electronic LP. The style is a mixture of upbeat disco-ish and spacey tracks. The year of release is unknown but judging from the instrumentation must be from the late 1980's.

 


Synthetic Block (USA)

Synthetic Block (1998)
The Opposite of Staring Into Space (1999)
Live At the Gathering (2001)
Book of Formation (2001)
Driving Backward (2001)
Sonic Approach (2002)
Escape Velocity (2006)
Means of Ascent (2006)
Shadows On Water (2007) (with The Circular Ruins)

Electronic Music similar to Berlin School with new elements by one Jonathan Block. Book of Formation and Driving Backward contain (mostly) re-arranged pieces from Jonathan's early cassette releases (mostly culled from the 1995 - 1996 era).

See also: Block, Jonathan

 


Synthetic Music (international)

Synthetic Music (1978)

Music by Myriam Chadcar, Martin Lanibor, Jean-Pierre Decerf, William Gum-Boot and Lawrence Wiffin.

See also: Decerf, Jean-Pierre

 


Synthetic Orchestra (France)

E.T. Theme / Le Piano Spatial (1982) (S)

Electronic pop (Space, Paris France Transit, Zodiac vein) produced by G. Tempesti. Side one contains a John Williams cover, while flip is supposedly original composition.

 


Synthetik (UK)

The Mind's Eye (1990)
Love Is Digital (1992) (S)
Technology (1993)
Technology v2.0 (1995)
Abstract (1996)
Precision Movements (2005)

Music by Kevin Bate comparable to Kraftwerk and Laserdance. Energetic.

 


Synthex (Netherlands)

Pythagoras (2012)
Mirrorland (2013)

Only 13 years old at the time of the release of his debut album, Jeffrey Haster (aka Synthex) is a new and upcoming talent in the EM world.

 


Synthi A (UK)

Ignition of the Sun (2016)

Performed by the Future Sound of London guys, Ignition of the Sun is an analog work made on said synthesizer that harkens back to the 1970's Electronic Music.

 


Synthuary (Italy)

Shador (1982)
Luce D'Inverno (1984)
In the Sun (198
6)
Digital Mind (1987)
Le Stelle Nelle Mani (1990)

Robotica (1991)

Early music by Mac of BIOnighT under another moniker and released on cassette.

See also: Mac

 


Synthuser (USA)

Witchking (1997)
October Fool's Day (1999)
Eleven One (1999)
Island of Misfit Noise (1999)
Ascension (2000)

Actually a pseudonym of Daniel Byerly.

See also: Cacophony, Bertrom, Cabot Jr., DiBane, Lee.

 


SynthX (Sweden)

Universe (1999)
Noxia (2013)

Melodic EM with some ambient passages. Note: although Universe was mostly a download release, a limited, "bootleg" physical run of the album also existed.

 


Syntoma (Mexico)

Syntoma (1982) (S)
No Me Puedo Controlar (1983)
Lost In Space (1984) (S)

I would describe this band as Mexican Kraftwerk fronted by a female vocalist! Some of the tracks are instrumental and overall this is quirkier than Kraftwerk, often with fast-paced rhythms and sort of a "chiptune" sound. Not terribly progressive (more along the lines of other early 1980's minimal synth / synth-pop artists, with a unique touch) but as a "fringe inclusion" it will do.

 


Syrinx (Canada)

Syrinx (1970)
Long Lost Relatives (1971)
Tumblers From the Vault 1970- 1972 (2016)

A band led by John Mills-Cockell.

See also: Mills-Cockell, John

 


Syrinx (Germany)

Meteora (1980)

Not to be confused with the Canadian Syrinx, this was an electronic project of Maximillian Marzinkowski (piano, synth, sequencers, vocoder) from Essen, helped by Harald Hoffmann (drums), Valerie Kolmetz (percussion) and Ferdi Manig (violin). It's one of the rarer German electronic albums with music in a varied style.

 


Sysselmann (Norway)

Nonfigurativ Musikk 4 (2015) (with Andre Og Håkon Duo)
The Northern Chronicles (2016)

Immersive ambient compositions. Not very dark, more like mysterious / hypnotic, with lots of field recordings. Real name of the musician is Thomas Narverud.

 


System 55 (UK)

The Cosmos Unveiled (1989)

Obscure release from Electronical Dreams label. System 55 was a project of Cornwall-based Bob Williams in classic EM style. A note for synth-heads: talk about the ability to aptly name the project!

 


Systems Theory (USA)

Demos 1999 - 2000 (2000)
Demos 2001 - 2002 (2002)
Soundtracks For Imaginary Movies (2004)
Codetalkers (2007)

Electronic Music by Steven Davies-Morris, Greg Amov and Mike Dickson from California, USA. Very diverse but with Berlin School and modern / melodic elements dominating.

See also: Amov, Greg, Dickson, Mike.

 


Szafranski, Michal (Poland)

Sygnal z Odleglej Przestreni (2009)

Melodic music from this Polish synthesist.

 


Szajner, Bernard (France)

Some Deaths Take Forever (1980)
Superficial Music (1981)
Brute Reason (1983)
The Big Scare (1984) (S)
Indecent Delit (1986) (S)
Death And Other Small Illusions (2004)

Bernard Szajner is one of the pioneers of Electronic Music and laser light shows. During the 1970's, he became known thanks to his ability to stage spectacular visual shows that were used by many artists, including Jean-Michel Jarre, Magma, Gong and Klaus Schulze. He is also notable for inventing the Laser Harp - a synthesizer controller that used real light beams, made famous by Jean-Michel Jarre during the 1980's. His own works contain Electronic Music similar to Heldon in style, with much rock vigour and subtle zeuhl touches.

See also: Zed, Hypothetical Prophets, The.

 


Szczepanik, Nicholas (USA)

Dull In Color (2007)
Astilbe Rubra (2007)
Ecru Epithet (2008)
To the Moon & Back Again (2008) (S)
Mi Otra Mitad (2008) (S)
Iomcin (2008) (S)
Everyone Is Someone's (2008) (S)
A Stillness Rarely Seen (2008) (S)
The Chiasmus (2009)
Dead Dad (2010)
Lack Affix (2010) (with Juan José Callarco)
American Gothic (2011) (with Jenks Miller)
Blue (2011) (S)
Only A Speck of What It Attempts To Represent (2011) (S)
With Dusk Detained (2011) (S)
Era Una Mañana Gris (2011) (S)
Gyre (2011) (S)
Forgotten Dreams Part I (2011) (S)
Forgotten Dreams Part II (2011) (S)
The Embossed Map of Your Essence (2011) (S)
Amaranthine (2011) (S)
Candor of Night (2011) (S)
An Underside (2011) (S)
Plase Stop Loving Me (2011)
We Make Life Sad (2012)
The Truth of Transience (2012)
Not Knowing (2014)

Drone Ambient artist from Chicago. Alternatively brooding, meditative or rich and emotional.

 


Szczepanski, Bogdan (Poland)

Dies (1991)
Zle Sny (1994)

 


Szemzo, Tibor (Hungary)

Water Wonder No.1 (1983)
Snapshot From the Island (1987)
Private Exits (1989)
Meteo (1989) (with Janos Masik)
Ain't Nothing But A Little Music For Moving Pictures (1992) (recorded in 1988 - 1991)
Tractatus (1995)
Relative Things (1998) (recorded in 1994 - 1997)
Invisible Story (2001)

Veteran Hungarian synthesist (born in 1955) with jazzy and cosmic stylings. Some of his works are non-electronic and are composed for chamber orchestra. Some tracks were recorded in the studio of Laszlo Hortobagyi and engineered by him. Tibor Szemzo often works with multimedia projects and text-sound composition.

 


Szigeti, Istvan (Hungary)

Electroacoustic Compositions (1989)
Ianus (2001) (recorded in 1980 - 1999)

This synthesist (born in 1952) is often referred to as the Hungarian Klaus Schulze. He made a name for himself in the academic circles with significant achievements in the fields of electroacoustic, electronic and chamber / modern classical music.

 


Szirtes, Tom (UK)

Barely Breathing (2016)

Diverse downtempo / Prog EM music from this London-based artist. Ranges from gentle, relaxed, beat-driven tracks to pure evolving, sequencer goodness. Interesting tracks include "Entering Valhalla", "Journey Home" and "Construction Hill".

 


Szulen, Marek (Poland)

Ankaria (1999)
Creation - Universal Consciousness (2002)

Classic EM with lots of sequencing and soloing. Recommended for Berlin School enthusiasts.

See also: Krawedz Swiatow

 


Szun Waves (UK)

At Sacred Walls (2016)

A trio of Luke Abbott (synthesizers), Laurence Pike (drums, percussion) and Jack Wyllie (sax, effects). Organic, jazzy mixture of warm electronics, live drumming and some sax improvisations.

See also: Abbott, Luke

 


Szymalski, Andrzej (Poland)

Sudetony (??)

Andrzej Szymalski is a Polish poet, musician and visual artist. In 1990 he moved to the Sudetes mountains where he started composing a cycle of Electronic Music works inspired by the surrounding nature that he called "Sudetony". These basically consisted of ambient soundscapes. The music was released on cassette somewhere in the early 1990's.

 


Szymczuk, Maciek (Poland)

Music For Cassandra (2015)
Light of the Dreams (2017)

Dramatic music mixing ambient styles and a more intense sound with elements of 1970's psychedelia. This is not his full discography.

 


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