Blade of the Sun (2002)
Hollow Earth (2006)
T-30 control is a synth duo of Vincent Rees and Peter Smith. On Blade of the Sun they offer a set of short electronic tracks plus one long epic called "Sunphazer Suite" that features Nik Turner doing "Blade Chant" (!) (spoken word actually). They state to be influenced by 70's German Electronic Music, Brian Eno and Hawkwind, among others. No wonder with a set of influences like this one that the music, for the most part, is of totally trippy, cosmic variety that sometimes reminds on spacey synthesizer work on Hawkwind albums, while at other times features some underlying (but not prominent) modern rhythms, really taking it all straight to Anubian Lights territory. The first couple of tracks are dominated by synthesized strings, creating some sort of dramatic effect. The beginning of the first track could be even mistaken for a 70's Klaus Schulze number. Starting from "Too Near the Sun" things become more rhythmic, technoish beats combined with strings, effects and various synth sounds, both lead and background ones. "Eternity Is Waiting" is pretty restrained, with no rhythms, but with some nice arpeggios, repeated spoken word samples and a tad melancholic mood. "Times Past" features piano playing combined with the same samples that were heard in the previous track. It's the most classically oriented piece. We are slowly climbing towards "Sunphazer Suite" and here, folks, is where we step with both feet into space! This is really the highlight of the entrire album. The whole track is rhythmless (except for some sequenced rhythms in the second part) and features otherwordly, dark, oozing synthesizers combined at some moment with Nik Turner's vocal performance. Really out-there and very much to my liking! T-30 Control is an interesting project and a must if you enjoy cosmic type of synth music. I just wish they'd step it up a notch in the sound quality department.
Telstar / Rhizosphere Suite (1978) (S)
A single, made by Richard Pinhas, perhaps in an attempt to attract a wider attention to his music.
Medusa (2008) (with Alien Nature)
Hydra (2010) (with Alien Nature)
RAL 5002 (2013)
4F Live (2013) (with friends)
Live-Solingen Artgallery (2015) (with friends)
T M A is Torsten M. Abel who was active during the 1990's. He then quit music for several years before returning in 2008. Escape contains very melodic, easy-listening music, very typical of the time.
We'll Meet You There (1997)
Live In Sint Niklaas (1998)
T.M.P. is the project of Marc Eyckerman (b. 1958) with two other guys. Marc started with guitar, playing in groups, doing experimental, noisy sets of music. The first synthesizer followed and by the early 1980's Marc had a small studio ready for recording. T.M.P. was active from 1995 to 2000 and stood for "The Moon Project".
Tape Recorder And Synthesizer Ensemble (2013) (recorded in 1981 - 1983)
Recorded in the early 1980's by 16-year old Andy Popplewell, T.R.A.S.E. was an extension of his woodwork and metalwork classes. He played a homemade synth and drum machine, while a friend provided some guitar. The music is a mixture of early 1980's synth-pop and some prog EM influences. Given the number of similar fakes that have sprung up during the last several years (how many times a supposed "archived material by an unknown synth guy" turned out to be a recent anonymous work by some musician sponsored by a synth-craze infected label?) I was a bit skeptical, but for now there's no evidence of it being fake.
Synth duo of Chris Crabtree and Jim Rogers. Berlin School electronics with a dark edge.
Recurrence & Intervention (1996)
Bipolar Explorer (2005)
Assault On M19 (2013)
Logics of Disintegration (2013)
Abyssophonics (2014) (EP) (with Esperik Glare)
Deep Immersion Electronics (2015)
Messenger From the Seventh Dimension (1979)
Weird rarity from Japan, this LP released on Philips seems to be a group effort and mixes electronics, weird voices and collages with some traditional Japanese instrumentation. A good find for those who are into Experimental EM / avant-prog.
Predator Score (1986)
The project of Dale Stevens. The music ranges from slow spacey tracks to more rhythmic numbers.
No One Came Out Last Night (2007)
Waist Deep Seas of Milk (2007)
Fundamentals of Orchid Biology (2008)
Wind Blown Guitar (2009)
I Am the Wolf (2011)
Hand of Clovers (2012)
Leaving This Planet (2013)
Experimental musician from New York. He mostly works with processed guitar sounds and the results are usually quite ambient. However, he has also done synthesizer-based music (also of ambient nature). Examples of his synth-based works are EEDCD-07 and Wr027. There may be some others as well. The discography for this artist is incomplete.
Flora Chor (2010)
Musikecassette II (2013)
The Coriolis Effect (2014)
Musikecassette III (2014)
The Freefone Tapes (2014)
Spacey soundscapes from Bryant Clifford Meyer who is also a member of several bands.
Ambient soundscapes. Cassette release.
Synthesized Sounds (1985)
Electronic library record.
Sea Meditation (2015)
Where To Be Vol. 2 (2015)
Body Trip (2016)
Lulling, minimal Ambient.
See also: Unknown Me
Across the Flow (2007)
The Door Into Winter (2007)
Moonlit Flowers (2008)
Quiet Rain (2009)
Ambient composer from Japan who primarily works with analogue instruments.
Y. Takahashi + M. Sato (1974) (with Masahiko
The Electric Art of the Fugue (1975)
Yuji Plays Yuji (1976)
Twilight (1977) (with Masahiko Togashi)
The Goldberg Variations (1977)
Boku Wa 12 Sai (1978) (with Shinatsu Nakayama)
Japanese academic pianist and jazz composer whose work will be of interest to fans of contemporary classical forms. However, he did experiment with electronics from time to time, starting with synthesizers (mostly EMS) already in the late 1960's. Still, his works will be enjoyed primarily by fans of Experimental EM and the avant-garde. I've included only those works that feature electronics. Many of these follow a similar pattern - an all-acoustic side A (mainly prepared piano) and the electronic (or electroacoustic) side B. This is the case with Takahashi + Sato, Yuji Plays Yuji and Twilight, the latter featuring one side of compositions by fellow jazz musician Masahiko Togashi. The Electric Art of the Fugue is supposedly a Switched-On Bach-styled classical rendition. An interesting fact is that Ryuichi Sakamoto guests on synthesizer on Twilight.
Murdered By the Music (1980)
What Me Worry (1982)
Tomorrow's Just Another Day (1983)
Time And Place (1984)
Wild & Moody (1984)
Once A Fool (1985)
Pouisson D'Avril (1985) (soundtrack)
Only When I Laugh (1986)
La Pensee (1987)
Broadcast From Heaven (1990)
A Day In the Next Life (1991)
A Night In the Next Life (1991)
The Adventure of Gaku (1991) (soundtrack)
Umi-Sore-Sango No Iitsutae (1992) (soundtrack)
Life Time, Happy Time (1992)
Heart of Hurt (1992)
Ahiru-No-Uta-Ga-Kikoetekuruyo (1993) (soundtrack)
Mr. Y.T. (1994)
Fate of Gold (1995)
Portrait With No Name (1996)
Pulse (1997) (with Steve Jansen)
Live 1998 (1998) (with Steve Jansen)
Colors - Best of YT Cover Tracks Vol.1 (1999)
Colors - Best of YT Cover Tracks Vol.2 (1999)
The Dearest Fool (1999)
Blue Moon Blue (2006)
Page By Page (2009)
Portrait With No Name (2009)
Life Anew (2013)
Techno Recital (2014) (with Metafive)
YMO member. Most of Takahashi's solo output is firmly in the synth-pop / electropop mould, so I guess hard-core EM fans can forgo it. However, early works will please all fans of YMO, as they have a nice synth sound and the other two members of YMO participate, along with members of Japan.
See also: Yellow Magic Orchestra
Y de Noir (1982)
Tenshikou - Y de Noir II (1983)
Yume No Kirigishi (1985)
Electronic excursions from Satoru Takazawa aka Pneuma with Takami providing "vocals".
Mundotigre Vol. 2 (2015)
Experimental musician from Guarulhos, São Paulo. Previous works are interesting but not Prog EM. The above release, though, features a set of nice sequencer / arpeggio sketches. Mauricio Takara is also a member of São Paulo Underground, together with Rob Mazurek.
Ambient composer with a bright, sunny and hypnotic sound.
Electric Live Jam (2017)
Although experimental and glitchy, the live electronic jams by Shohei Takata have a slight Prog EM feel in places and will be enjoyed by fans of both Noise Ambient and those into the spookier side of Cluster or Asmus Tietchens.
Movements In Space (2001)
Farewell To Mount Fuji (2005)
Electronic Music with a classic style from Tony Allgood who modifies his instruments and has also built some of his own.
Piece of Peace / 1 (2016) (EP)
Strange project mixing cartoonish synth style with a Prog EM attitude.
Mood Montage (1968)
Hemisphere Happenings: San Antonio Commemorative Suite (1968)
Immortal Dancer (1968)
Italian duo based in Berlin with an ambient sound and a strong classical influence. Released by Deutsche Grammofon.
Pictures of Asia (1996)
Stonehenge For Eternity (1997)
Interstellar Memories (1998)
Abstract Knowledge (1999)
Marco Polo (1999)
Echoes From the Last Fairyland (2000)
The Curved Light (2000)
The Seskian Wars (2001)
Quite busy Space Music. Tales is Jean-Luc Herve Berthelot.
Footsteps On Dead Leaves (2003)
A project of Raffaele Serra. Dark.
See also: Serra, Raffaele
Varied ambient project, mostly of darker variety, sometimes pure Dark Ambient, sometimes closer to dungeon synth.
Varied experimental project from Ohio. Pandemia is an electronic concept about a cacotopian society where computers control everything.
Many Worlds Interpretation (2014)
Talos (usually written in as Òàëîñ in Russian) is an Athens-based audiovisual studio and project founded by John Sotiropoulos. A couple of earlier IDM-styled releases were excluded from the above discography. Many Worlds Interpretation, however, takes a turn towards analog-based, 1980's-influenced electronics. Comes in a nice package designed by the studio.
Sky Face (2013)
Medium Strong (2014) (S)
All the Way (2015)
Squid Time Continuum (2015)
Natal Host (2016)
Lifter + Lighter (2016)
Love Sick (2017)
Floating, ambient, beautiful and ethereal analog synth soundworlds coupled with angelic vocalizations. TALsounds is the project of Chicago-based (although Canadian-born) Natalie Chami. Very good.
Sailing On the Sea of Milk (2015)
Lagoon of Monks (2016)
Under this funny moniker hides Hungarian musician Béla Balász. The music here is relaxed, melodic and atmospheric, with some soft downtempo rhythms. Not terribly progressive but nice to hear.
Time Paradox (1975)
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (1980)
Symphonic soundscapes with moog and violin.
Brain Machine (1990)
Fractal Dance (1992)
Lights From Ancient Dreams (1993)
Visions of Space & Time (1994)
Stimulation des Geistes (2003)
Electronics from Andrzej Slawinski, on IC label. A lot of it is based on the ideas of psychoacoustic music (i.e. "new age").
Emperor And Penguin (2015) (S)
Mike Tamburo is a Pittsburgh, PA-based multi-instrumentalist. He mostly works with ethnic instruments. However, this mini-album released on cassette in mono, is spacey and synth-based.
The Referee Has Vanished (1986) (S)
Meditative Massage (1992)
Cura Volume 1 (1997)
Dark, gloomy and disturbing Electronic Music. A unique sound and style, often predating contemporary Dark Ambient compositions.
See also: Spell
Just Playing With Myself, the Organ Makes
Funny Noises (1992)
Arctic Introspection (1994)
Synthesizer Philharmony (1978)
See also: Rosenzweig, Stuart
Tangent I (1981)
Tangent II (1981)
Live On Star's End (2008)
Live - the Gatherings (2008)
Yet another project with the Tangent name, a Space Music band formed by Jeff Coulter and Harrison McKay. They released a few cassettes in the early 1980's and then disappeared only to return a couple of decades later as The Tangent Project. These guys mix berlinesque sequences and ambient sections.
Electronic Meditation (1970)
Alpha Centauri (1971)
Green Desert (1973)
Force Majeure (1979)
White Eagle (1982)
Le Parc (1985)
Underwater Sunlight (1986)
Optical Race (1988)
Lily On the Beach (1989)
220 Volt Live (1993)
Turn of the Tides (1994)
Tyranny of Beauty (1995)
The Dream Mixes (1995)
Goblins Club (1996)
Timesquare - Dream Mixes Two (1997)
Ambient Monkeys (1998)
Dream Encores (1998)
The Hollywood Years Vol.1 (1998)
The Hollywood Years Vol.2 (1998)
Sohoman (1999) (recorded in 1982)
Valentine Wheels (1999)
Mars Polaris (1999)
Antique Dreams (2000)
The Seven Letters From Tibet (2000)
Soundmill Navigator (2000) (recorded in 1976)
Past Hundred Moons - Dream Mixes Three (2001)
Bootleg Box Vol.1 (2003)
Rockface (2003) (recorded in 1988)
Dream Mixes Four (2004)
Bootleg Box Vol.2 (2004)
East - Live In Berlin 1990 (2004) (recorded in 1990)
Arizona (2004) (recorded in 1992)
Jeanne d'Arc (2005)
Rocking Mars (2005) (recorded in 1999)
Blue Dawn (2006)
Tangerine Dream Plays Tangerine Dream (2006)
Madcap's Flaming Duty (2007)
Springtime In Nagasaki (2007)
Summer In Nagasaki (2007)
One Times One (2007)
The Anthology Decades - Space Years Vol. 1 (2008)
Purple Diluvian (2008)
Views From A Red Train (2008)
Vintage Years Anthology (2008) (recorded in 1967 - ??)
Autumn In Horoshima (2008)
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry Part 1 (2009)
London Eye Concert (2009) (recorded in 2008)
Winter In Hiroshima (2009)
A Cage In Search of A Bird (2009)
Booster 3 (2009)
Dream Mixes Five (2010)
Izu - Live In Japan 2009 (2010)
Zeirgeist Concert (2010)
Epsilon Journey (2010)
Endless Season (2010)
Under Cover, Chapter One (2010)
Booster 4 (2011)
The Island of the Fay (2011)
The Angel of the West Window (2011)
The Gate of Saturn (2011)
Mona Da Vinci (2011)
Finnegans Wake (2011)
Knights of Asheville (2011)
Machu Picchu (2012)
Booster 5 (2012)
Live At Admiralspalast Berlin (2012)
Live In Budapest At Bela Bartok National (2012)
Cruise To Destiny (2013)
Starmus - Sonic Universe (2013) (with Brian May)
The Angel From the West Window (2013)
Booster 6 (2013)
Josephine the Mouse Singer (2014)
Chandra - The Phantom Ferry II (2014)
Phaedra Farewell Tour 2014 (2014)
Mala Kunia (2014)
GTA 5 (2014) (soundtrack)
Sorcerer 2014 (2014)
Booster 7 (2015)
Supernormal - The Australian Concerts 2014 (2015)
Zero Gravity (2015) (S) (with Jean-Michel Jarre)
The Official Bootleg Series - Volume One (2015) (recorded in 1974 and 1976)
Quantum Key (2015)
The Official Bootleg Series - Volume Two (2016) (recorded in 1978 and 1980)
Live At Philharmony Szczecin Poland (2016)
Light Flux (2017) (EP)
The Sessions 1 (2017) (EP)
Quantum Gate (2017)
Risky Business (1983)
The Keep (1983)
The Park Is Mine (1984)
Near Dark (1987)
Three O'Clock High (1987)
Shy People (1987)
Deadly Care (1987)
Destination Berlin (1989)
Miracle Mile (1989)
Dead Solid Perfect (1989)
Catch Me If You Can (1989)
The Man Inside (1990)
Canyon Dreams (1991)
Der Meteor (1997)
Luminous Visions (1998)
The Great Wall of China (1999)
What A Blast (1999)
Mota Atma (2003)
The Boot Moon series:
Live In Montreal (1977)
Live In Detroit (1977)
Live In Preston (1980)
Live In Aachen (1981)
Live In Paris (1981)
Live In Sydney (1982)
Live In Ottawa (1986)
The greatest electronic group in history was formed in Berlin, 1966. The group already included Edgar Froese at that time, but the music of that era had nothing to do with electronics. It was simply a Beatles-inspired rock group that played lyrical poppy stuff with psychedelic touches. Ok, Froese already showed his talent with the guitar, providing some excellent guitar solos, but that was the feature of the whole psych scene of the time, therefore the singles they released in 1966 (almost impossible to find now) are of no interest to EM fans musically, but nevertheless they are collectors' items and valuable historical documents. It wasn't until 1969 and Froese's encounter with Klaus Schulze, a young Berlin drummer, that the group's sound took a complete turn towards the experimental side. Before that the group has seen many member changes with Froese remaining at the core of the organism known as Tangerine Dream. The trio of Edgar Froese, Klaus Schulze and Conrad Schnitzler recorded Electronic Meditation in 1969. It was a very experimental work consisting of (pretty wild) improvisations and hardly having any structure per se. Very amorphous (even cacophonous) work which is a good representative of the early German experimental scene. After that Schulze and Schnitzler left the group. Froese was faced with the need of replacing the two with new people, so he recrouted a young jazz drummer Chris Franke (of Agitation Free) for his next album Alpha Centauri. The third member of the band at that time was Steve Schroyder. Alpha Centauri is considered to be the first electronic space album in history. A very nebulous blend of floating electronic textures and experimental sounds. Ok, it's almost useless to try to describe the music itself, so I'll concentrate on the history of the group and personnel changes in this particular article. In 1972, the group saw the addition of Peter Baumann to it's rows and the line-up of Froese, Franke and Baumann was to be one of the steadiest in the history of the group. It's the classic Tangerine Dream line-up which gave us masterpieces like Zeit, Phaedra, Rubycon, Ricochet and many more. 1972's Zeit (one of my favourite TD works which can be seen as the first Dark Ambient album in history) saw the brief returning of Steve Schroyder as guest musician. In 1973, Baumann left the group to travel to Tibet and the duo of Franke and Froese recorded the basic material for Green Desert which was reworked in 1984 and released only in 1986. Ok, I'm not going to tell a long story about the "Virgin" years, which would take enormous space anyway, so I'll just say that in 1973, after Froese quit the Kosmische Musik label, because he didn't want to be associated with Rolf Ulrich Kaiser's "cosmic circus", the group signed to Virgin records, then small and experimentally-biased record company and this gave the group the freedom to experiment without any restrictions and without any time pressing. Thus, one of the group's most fruitful periods began. Baumann left the group in 1977 after their lengthy American tour and Froese formed the new TD line-up adding British musician Steve Jolliffe and drummer Klaus Krueger. The 1978's Cyclone featured vocals of Jolliffe to a certain extent and the reaction from the crowd was far from being positive, although in my opinion the experiment has worked pretty well, but only if it stays as an experiment, it's not what I'd want to hear in all TD works. Later Froese would distance himself from the production of the album, although in an interview, Jolliffe says it was the idea of Froese to use vocals on Cyclone. In any case, the combination of TD's trademark electronic sound and the impressionistic nonsensical lyrics sounds pretty good, from my p.o.v., don't flame me for that :-) I generally *hate* vocals in EM but this is one of those numerous exceptions. By 1979, Jolliffe had left and Force Majeure was recorded by just Franke, Froese and Krueger. After that, Krueger left too. A young Berlin musician Johannes Schmoelling joined the band in 1980 and the second classic TD line-up took shape. In 1983, the group's contract with Virgin expired and subsequent TD albums would be released on Jive Electro and, later, on Private Music label, set up by former Tangerine Dreamer Peter Baumann. In 1986, Johannes Schmoelling left the group and was replaced by a young Austrian keyboardist Paul Haslinger. By 1988, the group already had a huge discography of both normal releases, live albums and film soundtracks. That year saw the departure of Chris Franke - to many fans, an irreparable lost. After more than 25 years of being the driving force behind TD's sound, "Mister Sequencer" left the band for good. Well, the music of Tangerine Dream has become more poppish (in fact this was the tendency which had begun already during Schmoelling's stay with TD, when Franke was still member of the group), but it was always very quality production that differentiated TD from the rest of the crowd. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that the albums made by the line-up of Froese and Haslinger (Optical Race, Lily On the Beach and Melrose) are actually not bad. For instance, Melrose has some interesting ideas. The track called "Electric Lion" is probably my favourite TD track of the 1988-1990 period. It starts slowly with cute little melodies, then develops and finally Froese unleashes one of his best guitar solos, comparable to "Coldwater Canyon" from Encore although the atmosphere is completely different here. I usually prefer Manuel Goettsching when it comes to electronic guitar soloing, but when Froese sounds so inspired I just cannot resist it. It's quite powerful stuff. In 1991 Haslinger left to pursue a solo career and Tangerine Dream became the duo of Edgar Froese and his son Jerome, who already was a member on Melrose. The subsequent albums are the least interesting from my p.o.v., the 1990-1997 period containing the most bland and new age-like music TD ever produced, with sax solos and all. In 1999, after the release of Mars Polaris my interest towards the group started to grow again, this is a really strong and interesting album. I think the collaboration with NASA is a very good idea, they should continue in this direction (because space-themed albums were always something which TD were particularly good at), but please, will they finally stop recycling (and marring) their old material? I wouldn't want to hear Dream Mixes 35 or 175. Unfortunately, their post-Mars Polaris material has been rather lackluster at best. With the passing of Edgar Froese on January 20, 2015, the future of the band and the "Tangerine Dream" project name remains somewhat unclear.
See also: Froese, Edgar, Franke, Christopher, Baumann, Peter, Schmoelling, Johannes, Schulze, Klaus, Schnitzler, Conrad, Schroyder, Steve, Augenstern, Star Sounds Orchestra, Jolliffe, Steve, Krueger, Klaus, Haslinger, Paul, Coma Virus, Picture Palace Music, Wadephul, Ralph, Froese, Jerome, Loom, Quaeschning, Thorsten.
Highway Ambience (2007)
Varied Electronic Music from Peter Fabok (Budapest, Hungary). He released a lot of internet albums that sold pretty well (for EM) but not much physical stuff.
Early 80's synth band.
Silver of Heavens (2014)
Deep ambient soundscapes from Jurij Sophijsky who is based in Bender (unrecognized republic of Transnistria, officially part of Moldova). Singing bowls, bells, didgeridoo and electronics.
Another pseudonym of the uber-prolific Danny Wolfers. Ambient and melodic compositions based on analog synthesizers.
66° Nord (1997)
Gunnar (1998) (EP)
Upwards At 66°N (1999)
Bedtime For Rio (2000)
Annexe #1 (2001) (S) (with Mils and Snark)
Pulsar Headlights Mass Dipped Eastwards (2001)
Rock To the Top, Rock Will Never Stop (2006)
Tank vs Monstre (2007)
Dream Castle (2011)
Ambient experiment by Ramona Andra Xavier, who is known for numerous projects in vapowave genre.
The Eventuality of Destiny (2016)
Strange mixture of Prog EM, synthwave, mutant chill-out and a unique dystopian vision from Alexander Tanson.
Liber Caeruleus (2016)
Although Tanuki House is Tim Gray's most techno-oriented project, EM infuences permeat this release. Further investigation is needed.
This band was formed by Otso Pakarinen and friends in the early 1980's. They had the reputation of a synth-punk / prog band but in fact the music on their self-released cassette (listed) was partly synth-pop pieces sung in Finnish and partly instrumental ambient synthesizer compositions.
A project of Tomas Žilinskas, who currently resides in the UK. Between Ambient, downtempo and melodic EM of the British "cinematic" school (AD Music label et al).
House of Memories (2007)
Black City Skyline (2009)
Access To A World of Pain (2010)
Escape From the Mundane Self (2013)
Gloomy ambient sounds from Trondheim. The name of the musician is Ketil Søraker.
Lionello Tarabella is an electroacoustic composer and researcher in the fields of mechanical instruments, sound controllers and computer music. This album will appeal to fans of Italian experimental / Electronic Music.
Mod & Mini & Space Age (1996)
Atmospheric synths with a jazzy touch. Real name of the musician is Evgeniy Taran.
Skarva (1998) (S)
Arctic Ocean (2001) (with Eternal Ice)
The Druser Pricid (2002) (with C. Reider)
Eschgl Hel (2005) (S)
Dark Ambient from Lutz Pruditsch.
358 Oblique (2017)
Music influenced by krautrock and early German EM by PJ Dorsey from Baltimore. Strong Popol Vuh vibes here.
Resonant Moments (2017)
Philadelphia-based ambient artist who combines field recordings with drones.
See also: Hotel Neon
Melodic Electronic Music.
Space Dreamin' (1984)
Music by Satoshi Sumitani.
Nonsense For the Cat (2003)
Nothing By Chance (2003)
Time Lag (2003)
Age And Transformation (2004)
By the Steam (2004)
Drone Works #4 (2004) (S)
Sometime Today (2004) (with Paul Bradley)
Strange Artifact (2004)
Close Timid Night (2005)
Trees Kissing Trees (2005) (with Daisuke Suzuki and Kathleen Vance)
Without Season (2005) (with Andrew Liles)
Clouds Upon Clouds (2006)
Ghost Guitars (2006)
In A Breeze (2006)
The Elves Are Coming (2006)
Moon Lit (2007)
Organ of Sight (2007)
Small Worlds (2007)
The Moon As A Hole (2007) (with Ian Holloway)
Old Pointed Hat (2008)
Reflections of A Ceiling (2008)
Summerland (2008) (with Banks Bailey and Ian Holloway)
Wet Rat Year (2009) (with Ian Holloway)
When An Insect Visits Your Window (2009)
Nature In the City (2010)
The Earth In Play (2010) (with Ian Holloway)
The Night (2010)
Nature In the City (2010)
Late Afternoon (2010)
Veil of Dawn (2011) (with Paul Bradley)
Untitled (2011) (S) (with Ruben Garcia)
Calm In A Teacup (2012)
No Longer Here (2012)
Two Improvisations (2013)
Secret Mantra (2014)
Schizm (2015) (S)
Without Season (2015) (with Andrew Liles)
Reflective - 'One' (2016) (S)
Art Becomes Life (2017) (S)
Droning Ambient, with guitars, keys and found sounds. Darren Tate is an experimental composer born in 1966.
(2000) (with Oophoi)
Subterranea (2003) (with Oophoi)
Four Short Pieces (2004)
Archaic Oceans (2004) (with Oophoi)
Frozen Planet (2004)
Mizar (2005) (S)
Pulsar (2005) (S)
The Windy Shores of Awua (2005) (S)
Deneb (2005) (S)
Le Torri Del Silenzio (2005) (S) (with Oophoi)
Lifting the Veil (2005) (S) (with Oophoi)
Algol (2006) (S) (with Oophoi)
Australis (2006) (S) (with Oophoi)
Borealis (2006) (S) (with Oophoi)
Dark soundscapes. Tau Ceti is a project of Enrico Cosimi with collaborators Alessandro Tedeschi, Gianluigi Gasparetti and others.
Herd the Shadows (2015) (EP)
A duo of Stuart McLean and Ben Hayes with Innes Smith helping out. Mostly droning Ambient, but also other styles, including some sequencer-based.
Tranquil Ambient with a strong neo-classical influence from this Tokyo-based artist.
Opus II: Impressions (2011)
Opus III: Research (2013)
Opus IV: Elevations (2014)
The Tarkus Sessions (2015)
A project of multi-instrumentalist Claudio Momberg from Santiago de Chile. Completely instrumental, the music mixes influences of symphonic rock and Electronic Music (mostly in lush Vangelis / Wakeman style, at other times comparable to The Enid).
See also: Quarks
Tav Exotic (2013)
For Venusians Only (2014)
French Girls / Ringworm (2014) (S)
Another krautrock-influenced electronic project of Ernesto Gonzalez, this time in collaboration with Mike Crabbé. Sort of a Conrad Schniztler vibe here.
Given Names (1983)
The Logic of Possible Worlds (1984)
Virtual Terrain (1987)
What the Thunder Wrote (1989)
Amalgam: Aluminium / Hydrogen (2007)
Madison, Wisconsin-based electronic musician and radio host. His music is diverse to say the least. It ranges from abstract soundscapes to sampling, looped textures and melodic compositions. Some acoustic instruments are used alongside electronics.
Electric Baroque Orchestra (2011)
James D. Taylor is an amateur astronomer and electronic / classical musician with decades of experience in the field. In the late 1960's, he began building his own vacuum-tube based synthesizers. Inspired by people like Walter / Wendy Carlos, he began experimenting with these instruments. He later acted as a classical / new age composer, releasing several works in the field. There are also some EM releases, but not all of them seem to be available on any physical carrier. These two CD's by him are definitely EM-related. Sathesis is real spacecraft sounds mixed with Space Music compositions, sometimes of the darker variety. Electric Baroque Orchestra is an album of Wendy Carlos-styled classical renditions, but wackier.
Parallels & Rhythms (2015) (EP)
Ambient music from this diverse Portland, Oregon based musician.
The Infection of Time
The Fabulous Neutrinos (2001)
T-Bass is David J. Hughes (synth), Jules C. (synth, tambourine) and Dave Wilson (guitar). What I've heard from them so far, sounded like 1987-1991-period Tangerine Dream, only better.
Symphonic EM, apparently in the style of Synergy.
Beneath Stars (1999)
The first Electronic Music group that was organized via the Internet, back in the late 80's. The musicians would discuss their ideas via e-mail and then meet in some place to play together. A session was recorded every two years from December 1990 to January 1999 and some of these recordings made it to an album.
The Clockface Frown (1992)
An Hourglass of Opals (1993)
The Black Fruit (1995)
Film Decay (1998)
Dark Ambient from Todd Gautreau. I haven't heard it.
See also: Sonogram
Proxemic Realms (2016)
Ambient based on the sounds of pan flute and modular synths from Angela Frances Wilson.
Shrill Out... (1996)
In the early 1990's Ralf Weber contributed to a couple of "Synthesizer von Gestern" series samplers. He then signed for IC label and released two albums as Tec Two. The music was trancey, with lots of sequencers, similar to Mind-Flux, Interface (Michael Gross of Interface produced the albums) and other IC acts of the time. There is a strong techno meets progressive EM feeling and fans of New Berlin School may find this enjoyable.
Upbeat EM from John L. Thornley.
Live In Essen (1989)
Miguel Angel Ruiz and Luis Mesa.
See also: Ruiz, Miguel Angel
Eve of Dawn (1983)
Visions of the Forest (1983)
Adventures In Algiers (1989)
Ten To Strange (1990)
Dream States (2001)
Time & Motion (2008)
This synthesist's early albums contain lengthy melodic instrumental tracks. On Amber he experimented with shorter, more commercial compositions. One track features singing by Maria Ganderton. Interact returned to the melodic style of early works but with wordless vocals by Maria Ganderton. With View! a more experimental period started, where Peter, apart from synths, used a lot of samples and voices with a slight Eastern flavour. This period reached it peak with the very Eastern-flavoured Adventures In Algiers and the atonal Ten To Strange. Zwolf returned to the melodic style, while later albums ventured into pure Berlin School. The odd one is Dream States that bears many techno influences.
See also: Xaxxa
Completely ambient music from this dub / techno project from Tampere.
Orphaned By the Ocean (2009)
Your Mercury (2010)
Hypnoticon (2010) (EP)
A Field In England: Re-Imagined (2014) (S)
Highly Deadly Black Tarantula (2015)
Hybrid psychedelic / post-rock / electronic band. They use a lot of synthesizers in a manner obviously influenced by the 1970's pioneers, including the Berlin School. This sound is combined with heavy guitars and drums. File under EM-related.
Through the Winter Woods (2015) (S)
(with Kamyar Tavakoli)
Tegh is Iranian sound artist Shahin Entezami who combines Ambient with a touch of noise for a dramatic, melodic sound.
Despiritualization of Nature
Theriomorphic Spirits (1997)
Lacrimae Mundi (2014)
Live Assault (2017)
Time Zones (1977)
Blends & the Digital Pianos (1982)
Double Clutch (1997) (recorded in 1981) (with Andrew Cyrille)
Asparagus (2016) (recorded in 1978) (soundtrack)
Time Zones is an Electronic album from ex-Musica Elettronica Viva moog player who was born in 1939 in New York. The line-up is: Richard Teitelbaum - synth, Anthony Braxton - saxes, clarinet & various instruments. Avant-gardish. Blends & the Digital Pianos has one side of solo synth from Teitelbaum (helped by Katsuya Yokoyama on shakuhachi and Trilok Gurtu on tabla and percussion) and one side of processed electric piano improvisations.
See also: Musica Elettronica Viva
Telaio Magnetico (Italy)
Live 1975 (1975)
This Texas-based group (Meikle Gardner, David Trammell, George Reagan) mixes acoustic psych-folk with Electronic Music.
Difficult to rate this legendary Portuguese experimental band of Jorge Lima Barreto and Vitor Rua. They are influenced by avant-rock (their first album Ctu-Telectu is a prime example), minimalism and industrial / experimental electronics scene. It is no less difficult to find prog-related tracks or whole albums in their vast oeuvre. However, Off-Off, seems to be a good pick - a double LP release filled with side-long compositions of cosmic, psychedelic, unfurling electronics, clearly influenced by krautrock and German EM (names like Manuel Goettsching and Klaus Schulze come to mind). They might have been ten years late with this sound but it's still an interesting document and a pleasant listen. Further investigation is needed.
Death Poems (2014)
Synth-based music, a bit noisy and industrial-like.
Frequency Is the New Ecstasy (2017)
Experimental duo (Michael J. York and Mark Pilkington) utilizing modular synths and processed acoustic instruments.
Synth duo of Ilari Larjosto and Jussi Lehtisalo with a concept that sounds like an extension of Kraftwerk's ideas, although the music here is softer, wackier a somewhat humane.
Astral Currents (1998)
The Stellar Sea (2007)
Lux Primordia (2013)
Telomere is Chris MacDonald. He creates great Space Music which is highly recommended. Chris uses Serge modular synthesizer and a couple of other classic analogue machines to craft his compositions. The Stellar Sea starts with "Radiance": warm analogue textures float through the air, creating an atmosphere of serenity and grandeur. You can almost feel the vastness of space as you listen to this. Towards the end, things become a bit more chaotic, without losing the beauty of sounds. The track then segues into "The Shimmering Sea", which opens with bright synth flourishes, until rich analogue pads take over, complimented by spacey effects. This is some evocative, beautiful and relaxing music. Halfway into the track, the sound gets more deep and mysterious, with choir-like sounds in the background. "Bathyal Depths" is more mystical and profound, but overall it continues in the same vein. All you hear by now is phased string / pad sounds and background bubbling effects. Pretty hypnotic material. "Orion's Field" is initially outright dark, with a few low, droning synth textures, depicting the darker regions of space, perhaps. Soon, brighter synth sounds enter and take us to already familiar territory of classic Space Music. However, the dark shades do come back from time to time in the form of windy effects and low drones. "Ascension" begins with mysterious pads, which are soon joined by a gentle synth lead sound. One of the more active tracks on this album (although the term "active" must not be taken literally in the context of Space Music), this composition is a really rewarding listen. "Through the Gate" opens with spacey synthesizer sounds and a subtle bass throb that propels this floating, 100% analogue piece forward. A growling, mechanical buzz leads us to a calm section populated by sparse sounds and effects only. A gentle sequence then appears, never really coming to the fore. The track then builds again to a new climax before calming down near the end. "Drifting" is a short (3+ minutes) track, filled with majestic pads, slow melodies, echoing sounds and a few high-pitched synth textures. "The Far Shore" opens with low, mysterious drones, wind effects and a few complimenting sounds of the drifting variety. Gradually it becomes more intense and loud, with more synth voices layered on top of the initial soundscape. If you like the music of artists like Michael Stearns, Rick Miller or even Jonn Serrie, be sure to check out Telomere. However, I should warn that this music is very "positive" and uplifting. The author uses a lot of major chords and seems to avoid minor ones, which I really missed sometimes (but then again, I like a bit of "bite" and "drama" in my music). In other words, if you want to know my personal opinion, I would say that the sounds are excellent, while the mood was not exactly my thing all the time.
Anthems of Desolation (2003)
The Calling of the Battlehorn (2004)
Discordant Harmony (2005)
Dark soundscapes by Valentin Zechiu. Telurica was started in 2003.
Portrait of A Moon (2002)
End of Fall (2004)
Through Fire (2007) (with Love Power Experiment)
Confession of Faith (2011)
The Sea Inside (2012) (EP)
Astronaut's Dream (2012)
U-Bahn (2013) (EP)
Darkish analogue synth music.
Against Human Race (2011)
The Lost Art of Twilight (2013)
Beograd-based space rock band who mix heavy guitar riffing with Berlin School sequencers and other spacey EM flavors. And they do it very well.
Subtractive Existence (2010)
Temporal Marauder Makes You Feel (2011)
Alleged archive recordings of synth artist Jean Logarin who was supposedly active in the 1970's and 1980's but remained unknown to the public. Strange stuff with rich, noisy structures and melodies. Most probably, a hoax, though.
Terra Incognita (1995)
The Day the Earth Melted (1996) (S)
Earth Story (2000)
Ritual Ambient from Dirk Grützmann and Catherine Ledit. Dark.
See also: Psygram
Le Voyage du Temps (2005)
Melodic and propulsive Electronic Music with quite virtuoso passages by Maryland-based synthesist Allen Brunelle. Excellent choice for Jarre fans.
East of the Elm (2012) (EP)
Triangle of Hope (2013) (EP)
Hitherto (2015) (S)
Varied ambient soundscapes, mostly not dark, sometimes melodic and classically-influenced. Ten is UK composer Dominic Deane.
In Cold Shivering Silence (2006)
The Land (1993)
The Sea (1993)
The Sky (1994)
Ethereal Steps (2003)
Physical Modeling Solo I (2003)
Physical Modeling Solo II (2003)
Electronic Liquids (2004)
Electronic Liquids II (2004)
Said to be similar to the music of Tyndall from the 90's.
Notes 18.11.2003 - No wonder! It's a project of Tyndall.
See also: Tyndall, Nik
Icelandic (2015) (S)
Psychedelic electronics duo of voice / synths. Analog sound, approximating classic / Teutonic styles on their eponymous effort from 2016.
Ten Stars - Ten Horns (2004)
Woe To You Oh Earth And Sea (2005)
The Sacred Truth (2007)
Titan Death (2008) (S)
My Horns Are A Flame To Draw Down the Truth (2009)
Hunts & Wars (2010)
Ten Horned Moses Descended the Mountain (2011)
Ten Graves (2012) (with Husere Grav)
Inverted Starless Albion (2013) (S)
The High Places (2014) (S)
Tole Deol (2014)
Death Has No Companion (2017)
Solo project by Christopher Walton from Endura.
See also: Endura
CD single with somewhat ambient EM.
Music From the Galaxies (1991)
Musica Stellare (1998)
A real curiosity, this one. The core of this work is the basic data received by a radio telescope from radio galaxy UGC 6697 that was later translated to frequences audible by human beings and then played back on a synthesizer by Fiorella. A truly scientific concept, isn't it? This *real* space music has no structure per se and consists of just buzzing, oscillating noises and deep electronic drones, except for the last track. Recommended, but if you absolutely MUST have melodic structure in your EM, you can forgo it.
Telepathia (2014) (S)
Lo-fi Dark Ambient.
A project of Sam Frigard who, using modular synthesizers, coaxes emotional, warm and melodic compositions with an ambient flair that sound like a dream.
From Fire To Life (1992)
The Silent Songs (??)
Atlantik Symphonie (??)
Supposedly, rhythmic / melodic EM from a group that includes Martin and Klaus Buntrock.
The Darker Space (2002)
The Gate (2004)
Daar I Laan (??)
La Fontana (??)
Terra della Sera was started in 1980 by two musicians Carlo Luzi and Paolo de Gregori with the aim to recreate the atmosphere of Wagner's works as well as works of other classical composers. The initial idea was to create music set to a written libretto. However, they ended up with a much more cosmic sound, influenced by German electronic pioneers. The group had a few notable appearances on samplers during the 1980's.
Anno Domini (2000) (S)
This project by Greg Good was started in 1996 and right from the beginning set out to explore soundscapes that were influenced by the Cold Meat Industry bands and Lustmord. Gradually, Terra Sancta has found its own musical language within the realm of Dark Ambient electronics. Anno Domini is a demo album that was re-mixed and re-released in 2002 as a mini-CD. Aeon is the first full-length album.
The Third Is Not Given (1999)
Hers Is Blood (2001)
See also: Caul
A Traveler's Guide To Mars (2008)
Sometimes a recording shows up that just grabs you and doesn't let go. Ian Tescee's Io is exactly this kind of album. Here Tom Gregor aka Ian Tescee presents us with a symphonic and cosmic concoction done with real attitude and feeling. It's amazing what a man can do with a couple of synths and a lot of talent & creativity. There are four tracks (each having several sub-titles) of cosmic sympho synths, in the best traditions of Vangelis, although totally unique. The first track is solemn and melodic, rich symphonic synths all over. It ends with a calm gentle section. Aaahhhh... Great! The second part sounds a bit like Jonn Serrie, with its gentle electric piano-like sequenced patterns. Very beautiful and extremely cosmic. It's like flying through space, unhurriedly taking in the beautiful vistas. It then morphs into a more upbeat sequenced (but still very melodic) section with a BIG bass sound, then drums come in and a powerful solo sound (ala Vangelis). The track ends with yet another gentle section (subtitled "Jupiter"). What can be said about Part Three? Well, no mistakes here, this album just keeps bringing in the goods. It's rocking, upbeat and extremely powerful. Part Four concludes this great album on a mysterious and a bit sad note which then evolves into a solemn major-key part and ends with a sparse, a bit minimalistic workout with very CS-80-like symphonic synth sounds. Very evocative! I should mention that all sounds used on this album are very tasty. Ian is a great synthesist, indeed! His melodies are strong and convincing and his talent is pretty obvious. In conclusion, I'd like to recommend this classic to all lovers of EM, especially to fans of Vangelis. Nah, to the hell with recommendations, it's simply a must! You can read my reviews of Ian's other two albums in the reviews section.
Auf Ein Wort (1991)
Aus Age Und Ohr (1991)
Buch Und Zeit (1992)
Musik From 5 (1992)
Suite De Sons (1992)
Berichte (1993) (with Telepherique)
Early Morning Music (1993)
Natur Nacht (1995)
Phire (1996) (with Doc Wör Mirran)
Formlos 1, 2, 3 (1998)
Formlos 12 (1999)
Formlos 4 & 5 (1999)
Formlos 6 / 7 / 8 (1999)
Formlos 9 / 10 / 11 (1999)
No Recorded Remixed (1999) (with Doc Wör Mirran)
5th Anniversary (2001)
Momentum 2 (2009) (with Doñ Wör Mirran)
Themes For Walden (2014) (with Doñ Wör Mirran)
Long, droning tracks of analogue electronics. Tesendalo is Peter Schuster (Nürnberg, Germany).
Experimental ambient synths from Edis Ludwig.
Hidden Secret Space (2008)
The Spark of Prometheus (2009)
Electrical Oscillator Activity (2016)
Italian electro duo with more than a hint of Kraftwerk and other EM pioneers.
Senza Tempo Nel Tempo (1994)
Sound Map of Marcarolo Park (1998)
Healing Herb's Spirit (1999) (with Alio Die)
Sacbe Cammino Luminoso (2000)
Prayer For the Forest (2002) (with Alio Die)
Continuum (2005) (with Gaudi)
Ecosphere (2008) (with Susana Beatriz Alvear)
Reverie (2012) (with Alio Die)
Forget the Past (2013) (with Michel Moglia)
If you love YMO, this synth-pop duo produced by Haruomi Hosono will be right up your valley. Perhaps a bit simpler than YMO, it features the same combination of somewhat detached vocals (a large percentage of tracks are instrumental) and warm, robotic synths / drum machine rhythms. The band also had a few sampler appearances in the 1980's.
How I Won the War / Wie
Ich den Krieg Gewann (2008)
Daemonium (2009) (with Iri Li)
Burn, Giant, Burn! (2009)
The Final Hours (2013)
Dark Ambient with elements of industrial, neo-classical, martial and post-rock.
Heart of Glass (2002)
Substance-Ascension (2007) (recorded in 1998 - 1999)
Member of Endgame and Eruption. Experimental electronic / electroacoustic works. The first album is electronic, while Oneiromancer and Heart of Glass feature some unlikely objects as instruments. Only for the adventurous.
Vorelon Sellas (2006)
In the Air (1987)
Heaven's Light (1989)
The History of Secret Life (1992)
From Outer Space (1997)
Light of Angels (2012)
German synthesist. He was born in 1951 and has been living in Hanover since 1977. In 1980, he started experimenting in the field of Electronic Music. He chose some pieces from his archive and published them on his first cassette, called Foresee, in 1986. That was the official start of his solo career. Apart from his own works, he was a member of the rock band In Medias Res, but that was before 1980. These days Helmut composes rarely. At the the beginning of the New Millennium, however, he had a series of CD's out, mostly with music for aerobics (the first one was Music For Aerobic, released as early as 1991). Helmut's main recorded output is similar to Mark Shreeve in style, with strong themes, powerful rhythm patterns, sequencing and soloing.
Gather And Disperse (2017)
Moody, a bit lo-fi ambience.
The Sun-Cage & Oz-Beams (??)
Classic cosmic Electronic Music from this late musician from Leicester, mixed with weird and often atmospheric sound collages and concrete noises.
Web (1995) (with Bill Laswell)
Ambient techno and experimental artist who also released some completely ambient, beatless works.
Psychic Images (2001)
November Suite (2011)
The Myths of Panas (2011)
The Twelve Planets (2012)
At the Oracle of Delphi (2012)
Cityscapes 2 (2014)
Brain Activity (2015) (with Photis Houliaras)
Migration (2015) (with Photis Houliaras)
Empyreal (2017) (with Steve Hillman)
Silver Voyager (2017)
Varied rhythmic / melodic EM from Thanos Oikonomopoulos.
Lux Terrea (1983)
Dreamy, spatial Electronic Music from this French synthesist.
Receiving Calls (2011)
Ambient music from the guy who composes minimal synth / electro music as Mr. Maxted.
Atypical, completely ambient album from this downtempo project of Vladislav Kreymer. "Aquatic music" that uses the language and techniques of Space Music. A bit new-agey.
Rise of the Pattern (2015)
Mécanique Néologisme (2016)
Cologne-based project. Magnitsidat represents a mixture of ambient numbers and slow downtempo / hip hop rhythms. Has something of a lo-fi feel to it and a dystopian / futuristic atmosphere.
Der Wechsel (2015)
Thomas Python Tribute Band (2016)
Experimental musician with a strong Prog EM influence.
Astro Camping (2017)
Unique trio from Cologne who make use of battery-powered electronics and small instruments. I guess if Cluster were to make a picnic in the nature with a truckload of stylophones, OP-1's and Casio SK-1's, they would come up with something vaguely along these lines. Repeating marimba patterns, drum machine rhythms, wacky blips etc.
Verso La Luce (1994)
De Rebus Incognitis (2004)
Follow Me! (1997)
Northern Lights (1998)
California Orange (1998)
Weed Jam (1999)
Ganja Grooves (1999)
Silent Tunes (2001)
Ex-member of Interface.
See also: Interface
Crumble Melt (2011)
Walking Among Us (2011)
The Wonderful Wizard of Loss (2012)
Rachel Don't Dance / The Van Cleef (2014) (S)
In the Lab (2016) (S)
Cornwall-based artist who combines influences of minimal synth and Berlin School into a unique, analog-based sound.
The Holy Mountain (2002) (S)
Der Gewundene Erkenntnisweg (2003)
Information Symphony (2003)
Eldur Og Is (2006)
Beyond the Truth (2015) (S)
Thelema is a vehicle for solo experiments of Hajot Gmeilbauer - a member of several metal and folk-related projects. Thelema exists since the early 1990's and overall is one of the more difficult projects to classify. It is mostly either ambient, or more melodic stuff influenced by various events, places and, especially, movies. As the author seems to be inspired by so many different things, some of the stuff he did is far removed from the EM aesthetics. However, I will try to list his EM-related works here. Further investigation is needed.
Workspace (2013) (S)
Ambient duo of Jon Bernson and Michael Falsetto-Mapp.
Without Vestments (1999)
Happy Easter! (2001)
Stathis Theocharakis is a Greek pianist and composer who continues that country's tradition of melodic and romantic Electronic Music. His albums may be tough to find as they were only released in Greece and have Greek titles.
Nikotini ap. 5, 6 & 9 (1981)
Nothing In Mind (1998)
The Rules of the Game: Original Studio Recordings 1978 - 1996 (2014)
Electronic Music by the son of Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.
In Between Here And There (2007)
It looks like this artist (Jeff Stork) has been inspired by both rock music and EM, as he likes to combine heavy guitar riffs with screaming synth solos. There are some purely electronic moments as well. The author is actually a drummer, and some of the drumming, indeed, sounds "real", not programmed.
Poema Seis (2010)
Dark Ambient from this Portuguese act. 1929 contains a CD and a DVD.
Den Mørke Munnens Språk (2012)
Ɵ Prism (2017)
The first album is a dark and moody mix of guitars and modular synths. Catalina is more droning and minimal.
Terres de Musiques (??)
Member of San Francisco post-rockers Tarentel and other bands, Kenseth Thibideau demonstrates an obvious obsession with krautrock and the Dusseldorf School of Electronic Music on the above solo release. Everything was played by Thibideau, including drums, guitars and synths.
The Thicket (2003)
The Thicket is a duo of Andrei and Ivan Poukhovski, father and son from Canada. The first and the last tracks of their eponymously titled album are in the traditional EM style. The rest is synthi progrock with three tracks of ten delivering vocals. The music is actually pretty unique and quite good, too. Andrei and Ivan are good players and great electronic musicians too, judging from their two electronic tracks. Comparisons? Well, tracks with vocals are somewhat like a more active Solar Moon System (i.e. slow beats with various atmospheres plus appropriate voice). That's the closest I can get with comparing their work to others. Bear in mind that the music displayed here is truly progressive in the sense that there are usually multiple themes, lots of changes & variation etc. I wonder, how their purely instrumental electronic album would sound like. I'm pretty sure it will be a real corker, because both "Free Fall" (1st track) and "Catharsis" (last one) are quite good (the music reminds a bit on Jean-Michel Jarre with also echoes of vintage music from the Soviet era, i.e. Zodiac or something like that). I hope they deliver one someday.
I, Thighpaulsandra (2001)
The Michel Publicity Window (2001) (EP)
Experimental musician and keyboard player who worked with Coil, Julian Cope and Spiritualized, among others. On his solo album from 2001 (this is not his only release but I am not sure the others will be interesting to EM fans) Julian Cope lends a hand, along with some other guest musicians. The music runs a gamut of styles, from the complete weirdness to jazzy stuff and cosmic Electronic ala early Schulze / Tangerine Dream. Thighpaulsandra's real name is Tim Lewis and he is a big fan of early German "krautrock", just like his cohort Julian Cope.
Demotape 1 (1993)
Flamed Amazement (2012)
Varied synthetic compositions from Steve Bowman, one of the mainstays of Philadelphia EM scene.
Music From Macbeth (1972) (soundtrack)
The Magus (1972)
Third Ear Band operates more or less within the realm of bands like Univers Zero and Art Zoyd, which means dark, acoustic chamber rock pieces. The soundtrack to a Polanski movie Macbeth appeared on LP in 1972 and was issued by Harvest. It's one of those rare examples where extensive electronic experimentation is involved and their acoustic and folk instruments mix with EMS synthesizers to create highly vivid, opressive and dark atmospheres. The Magus is a hybrid of spacey oboe / violin playing and synthesizers.
Sabbath Mist (2013)
Darkish Ambient by Steve Munslow.
Mellotron Quartet: Ends No Ends (2014)
A project of experimental musician Justin Scott Gray. The above is an attempt to record a classical style symphony using mellotrons only.
Synthesizer Specialist (1980)
Synth Bites Man (1980)
Incident In Moderan (1980)
Recordings 1980 - 1981 (2016)
These two projects were put together at the end of the 1970's / beginning of 1980's by Gordon A. Hope and were just him solo (This Little Alien) or in duo format together with Ian Dobson (Those Little Aliens). Minimal, experimental tracks, many of which have more in common with minimal synth or industrial scenes of the time. However, some tracks sound like a very stripped down and embryonic version of Berlin School. Some of the above music (released originally on cassette) became available in 2016 on LP as Recordings 1980 - 1981 from Vinyl-on-Demand label, adding a few compilation-only pieces.
See also: Alien, Gordon
Tired Anchor (2003)
One of the many Mauve Sideshow offshoots (Kelly Thistle).
Epoch Pt. 1 (1996)
Index 1.0. Coma (1998)
Dying Reveal (2005) (S)
Spoiler (2007) (S)
Sleeping Explorer (2014)
LPZG / BLGM Live (2014) (recorded in 2003 and 2008)
Dark Ambient from Lutz Rach.
German artist who calls himself Eisen. Sternklang is a massive soundscape in Dark Space vein.
Watch Devil Go (1975)
A free jazz drummer, Jacques Thollot released several progressive / jazz-rock albums during the 1970's. This album mixes several styles, including free jazz, rock and Electronic Music of the Heldon school of thought.
Slants (2003) (with Birgit Ulher)
Time Layer (2004)
Swiss EM pioneer and experimental musician. Since 1969, Ernst Thoma has been building his own synthesizers for music production under the TMS mark, filling his studio with sophisticated equipment, a lot of which was one-of-a-kind. The exact style of the above works is not known at the moment, but I guess it will be experimental. If you don't like free jazz, it is perhaps better to avoid his collaboration with trumpet player Birgit Ulher.
See also: TV-Totem
Archive electronic recordings by this obscure composer (pieces from 1972 - 1977) and remixed in 1985. The music is supposedly experimental.
Beat the Light (1980)
Ken Thomas is mostly known as a producer, having worked with Queen, David Bowie, Psychic TV, Coil, Sigur Ros and others. This is his solo album with music recorded from 1973 to 1979. It supposedly contains Electronic Music.
Fresh Out of Nowhere (1989)
Voyager - Grand Tour Suite (1990)
Project 7: Area 51 (1997)
Michael Lee Thomas is ex-keyboardist of AOR group Blackstone. On these CD's he finds himself in the electronic mode. The first two or three albums have hints of Tangerine Dream's sound from roughly the same period (the "Melrose years"). Unfortunately, the production is plagued by the dreary thin digital factory presets that spoiled many potentially good albums of that period. And although Michael shows some talent at creating atmosphere or playing keys, let's be honest here, folks - it's all not new age-unlike. You've been warned. Michael Lee Thomas continues to release music, mostly as downloads, having drifted completely away from any EM connection and well into the world of new instrumental / smooth jazz muzak.
The Hours Away (??)
Synthesist from Eugene, Oregon area who has been composing EM at least since the early 1980's. He is also a classical guitar player.
More People Have Been To the Moon (1997)
Electronic Music album from this cave diver and synthesist. Atmospheric, sequential and Tangerine Dream-like, including real underwater ambiences.
Freizeit (1987) (with Dieter Zobel)
Musik Aus Dem Regen (1988) (with Dieter Zobel)
Schwarze Hände (1988) (recorded in 1985)
Falsche Hase (1989) (with Dieter Zobel)
Die Gesange Der Komparsen (1989)
After Eight (1990)
Tolling Toggle (1991) (with Conrad Schnitzler)
Clock Face (1992) (with Conrad Schnitzler)
Minimization (1994) (with Guido Hübner)
Wie Eine Companie Indianer Caffee Trinken (1997) (with Gust)
The Sound of Silver (1998) (with Doc Wör Mirran)
East German electronic experimentalist.
See also: Tonart
Sound Music Album 10 (1976)
Sound Music Album 12: Modern Music For Synthesizer (1977)
Sound Music Album 23: Unterwasser (1979)
Sound Music Album 27: Chemistry - Physics (1980) (with Klaus Weiss)
Sound Music Album 29: The Seasons - Spring / Summer (1981)
Sound Music Album 30: The Seasons - Autumn / Winter (1981)
These are all electronic library albums. As usual with records of this type, there's some dated cheese but there are also some good ambient floaters to be found.
Unknown Territory (1991)
Approaching the Light (1991)
Rainbow's End (1992)
Beyond the Unknown Territory (2000)
Light, melodic electronics. Sometimes quite atmospheric or Berlin-styled.
See also: Phobos
Deeper In the Dreamtime (1991)
The Strong Eye (1992)
Shadow Gazing (1994) (recorded in 1986 - 1994)
Air Friction (1995)
The Silent Shore (1996)
Music For A Summer Evening (1997)
Another Sky (1998) (with Nikitas Demos)
Elemental Folklore (1998) (recorded in 1994 - 1997)
As In the Dark, All Cats Are Grey (1999) (recorded in 1986)
Blue Day (2000)
Forgotten Places (2000) (with James Johnson)
Cytizen (2000) (recorded in 1981 - 1986)
The Vivid Air (2000)
In Ruins (2000) (recorded in 1981 - 1982)
Acousma (2001) (recorded in 1996 - 2001)
The Still Center of A Turning World (2004)
Ghost Words (2008)
Frozen Light (2008)
Tre Passagio - Homage To Ingmar Bergman (2008) (S)
Poesis Athesis (2008)
Gold Flowers Bloom Mercury Petals (2009)
Upon the Edge of Night (2012)
Parasympathetic Music (2013)
Centering - Enfolding - Empowering (2013)
Pale Blue Dot (2015)
Robert Scott Thompson was born in 1959 in California. He creates Ambient music which is sometimes dark and sometimes has a bend toward the electroacoustic side of the fence.
See also: Fountainhead.
The Noumenal Void (2016)
Cloud Sculpting (1986)
Alien Encounter (1996)
Basically a new age musician, Phil Thornton released several works that will be interesting for Electronic Music fans. Alien Encounter is one of these, a mesmerizing and a bit mysterious electronic landscape with lots of effects and sounds that create special night-time atmosphere. Further investigation is needed.
Third Voyage (2012)
Electric Curios (2013)
Time Brothers (2012)
Lost In Those Dunes (2012) (S)
Dope Moons Volume One (2013)
Cosmic Winds (2016)
Described as "krautrock drone minimalism", this Texas-based group really takes that Ash Ra Tempel / Klaus Schulze formula and infuses it with Dark Ambient dementia and trippy psychedelia. Dark and cosmic.
Thrall, Ure (USA)
Forbidden Fruit (1996)
Arabian Knightmares (2004)
The Bone Tree Soundtracks (2004)
The Bone Tree Soundtracks Vol. 2 (2004)
The Zound And the Ure (2004)
Smooth Quality Replicant (2007) (with P.H. Locasta)
The Bone Tree Soundtracks Vol. 3 (2007)
A Saucerful of Sucrets (2008) (recorded in 1995)
The Great Zoviet-French Kiss-Off (2008)
Ure Thrall Comes Apart! (2008)
Drone Ambient. Pretty dark stuff. Ure Thrall (real name - Greg Logsdon) started as a random noise artist mostly doing amateur collages (early works are not included in the above discography). However, over the years he has managed to refine his sound into a cohesive whole. Ure Thrall was once a member of the ensemble Voice of Eye.
See also: Asianova
Raining Order (2011) (S)
As Ed Sunspot (2011) (S)
Persuasive Barrier (2012)
Noise artist Robert Beatty (aka Ed Sunspot) gone electronic. His early works (circa 2002 - 2010) were noisy but he then started to drift towards a more ambient, EM and kraut-influenced sound.
The Atrocities (2013) (EP)
Horror synth / italo / progressive electronic project from Oslo. Three Winters consists of Anders B., Kim Sølve and Lars Fredrik.
In the Shadow of the Sun (1984) (recorded in 1980) (soundtrack)
Throbbing Gristle go ambient? This soundtrack for a Derek Jarman film was improvised in real time in 1980 and features two long compositions of floating and abstract textures.
How Do I Celebrate Without You? (2015)
Ho, ho, hooo! It's that time of the year again and this Kentucky-based artist serves you warm, synth-based compositions with a Christmas flair.
Throw Down Bones (2015)
Heavy krautrock vibes by means of motorik rhythms, guitars, bass and electronics. This is firmly in the Dusseldorf School camp. I guess if you mix equal doses of early (pre-Autobahn) Kraftwerk, Neu!, La Dusseldorf and Hawkwind, you might get something like this.
Sound Painted Pictures of Cosmic Love (1977)
Rare album of this Danish musician released in Holland. Floating music with live drumming, vaguely along the lines of Klaus Schulze.
Modern Dance Limon-Technik (1984)
Former Eulenspygel member, Matthias Thurow was born in 1949 in Tubingen. These solo albums contain symphonic EM. Matthias currently resides in Italy.
See also: Et Cetera
Obscure duo that released an album of Tolkien-inspired atmospheric music.
Steve Tibbetts (1977)
Steve Tibbetts is a guitarist born in 1954. The above mentioned first album is the only one which is of interest to EM fans. The music is drenched in guitar but there are some synth numbers, too.
Ambient by Tarl Broad-Ashman.
Spore Cluster (2010)
Fractal Empire (2010)
Hyperlight (2010) (S)
Echo Dawn (2011) (S)
The Future of An Illusion (2011)
Butterfly Coil (2011)
Being Still Being (2013) (EP)
Ambient music by Jimmy Billingham.
The Four Rivers (2001)
Golem & Man (2002)
Ingathering of Exiles (2003) (with Chaos As Shelter and Igor Krutogolov)
Silent Knife Speaks (2005) (S)
Ablution (2006) (S) (with Peter Duimelinks)
Dark soundscapes by David Brownstead.
Polyrik 12.12.85 / Ursprung Ins
Kalte Wasser (1985)
Polyrische Variationen (1989)
Stefan Tiedje worked with Christopher Franke back in the 80's and released an album of Experimental EM. He is now working in the CCMIX studio in Paris (fresh after his stay in Experimental Studio, Freiburg). He is still active in music making, mostly doing free improvisations with his self-written programs.
These Things Happen (1984)
Safety In Numbers (1987)
Strange Cargo (1989)
Thrown For A Loop (2009)
Fits & Starts (2013)
Avant-garde electronic percussionist. The first album is done in collaboration with other musicians and incorporates various computer collages and synth phrases embellished by diverse percussion and chromatic percussion-like sounds (marimba, vibraphone, etc). Safety In Numbers is more spacey and ambient, while Strange Cargo is largely influenced by Ryuichi Sakamoto's style. David van Tieghem worked with such luminaries of progressive / experimental scene as Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Jon Gibson, Robert Fripp, Ryuichi Sakamoto, John Zorn, Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield, John Cale, Richard Peaslee and Bill Laswell, to name but a few.
Polish duo of Łukasz Jędrzejczak and Kuba Ziołek. They are rather unclassifiable. They state to be influenced by German 1970's music and Jewish mystical thought. Anyway, on their debut they don't have a unique cohesive style, but rather it's quite a chaotic and noisy offering. On RHTHM, however, a slightly stronger focus is felt, with the duo mixing their electroacosutic debris so prominent on their debut with repetitive synth / organ patterns in a vaguely Prog EM setting.
210 (1997) (S)
777 - ra.ar.a (1999)
Dark soundscapes by Saaren Levy aka Jussi Saivo and Jarkko Toivonen. Ritual, organic...
Musik Aus der Grauzone (1981)
Spat Europa (1982)
In Die Nacht (1982)
Musik Im Schatten (1982)
Musik An der Grenze (1982)
Musik Unter Tage (1983)
Formen Letzer Hausmusik (1984)
Geboren Um Zu Dienen (1986)
Watching the Burning Bride (1986) (with Terry Burrows)
Zwingburgen des Hedonismus (1987) (S)
Aus Freude Am Elend (1987)
Face To Face Vol.1 (1988)
E (1988) (with Okko Bekker)
Abfleischung (1989) (recorded in 1977)
Marches Funebres (1989)
Stupor Mundi (1990)
Five Manifestoes (1990) (with Phillip B. Klingler)
Raum 318 (1991)
Monoposto (1991) (with C.V. Liquidsky)
Sinkende Schwimmer (1991)
Grav (1991) (with Phillip B. Klingler and Merzbow)
Seuchengebiete 2 (1991)
Das Einsverfehlung (1992)
Syrenia 2 (1992) (with Vidna Obmana)
Dbl.Fdbk (1993) (with Arcane Device)
Das Fest Ist Zu Ende. Aus. (1993)
Die Nacht Aus Blei (1994)
Das Vieh Und Sein Vater (1995) (recorded in 1981 - 1995)
Asmus Tietchens / Vidna Obmana (1995) (with Vidna Obmana)
Speiseleitung (1996) (with Arcane Device)
Seuchengebiete 3 (1997)
Das Digitale Vertrauen (1997) (with Edward Ka-Spel, Jetzmann and L. Ski)
Burning the Watching Bride (1998) (with Terry Burrows)
Repetitive Movements (1998) (with Achim Wollscheid)
Motives For Recycling (1999) (with Vidna Obmana)
Stockholmer Totentanz (1999) (with Okko Bekker)
Alpha Menge (2000)
Beta Menge (2001)
Flussdichte (2001) (with David Lee Myers)
Gamma Menge (2002)
The Shifts Recyclings (2002) (with Vidna Obmana)
7 Stucke (2003) (with Jon Mueller)
Delta Menge (2003)
Adventures In Sound (2003) (recorded in 1965 - 1969)
60:00 (2004) (with David Lee Myers)
Epsilon Menge (2005)
Verstreutes 2 (2006) (recorded in 1984 - 1995)
Zeta Menge (2006)
Fabrication (2007) (with Richard Chartier)
Aus Freude Am Elend (2008)
Eta Menge (2008)
Tels Teils (2008)
Eine Menge Papier (2009) (S)
Flachen Mit Figuren (2009)
Fabrication 2 (2010) (with Richard Chartier)
Moebius + Tietchens (2012) (with Moebius)
Fast Ohne Titel, Korrosion (2013)
Humoresken und Vektoren (2014)
Der Fünfte Himmel (2014) (recorded in 1980 - 1983)
4K7+ (2015) (recorded in 1974 - 1983)
Harvestehude (2015) (with M. Peinemann)
Soirée Fantastique (2016) (S)
Deflections (2017) (with Fabio Perletta)
Asmus Tietchens is a German experimental and electronic composer born in 1947 in Hamburg. He has strong connections to the early work of his German cohort Karlheinz Stockhausen but can hardly be considered an academic composer. He is actually one of the krautrock pioneers, having been experimenting in the field since the late 1960's. He has collaborated with Cluster and participated on the legendary Liliental record. He then went solo, singning for the Sky label. A few quirky and vaguely "commercial" electronic albums followed, before Asmus plunged into the world of repetitive minimal Ambient and Experimental music.
Imaginary Number (2011)
Flightz (2012) (S)
Prisma Colour (2012)
Although there's a strong post-rock / shoegaze element to the music of this Los-Angeles-based project (in the form on drawn out guitar drones), he also uses synths deliberately and is not afraid to toss in a tasty sequence or two, resulting in a nice EM / post-rock / drone hybrid that at times gives the "Ashra jamming in space with Ulrich Schnauss" feeling. Nice, and sadly unknown.
Tiger Village (2013)
Tiger Village II (2013) (S)
Tiger Village III (2013)
Tiger Village IV: Six North (2013)
Tiger Village V (2014)
Pyrrha (2014) (S)
Companion (2015) (S)
Low Focus (2016) (S)
A project of Tim Thornton, mixing vaporwave, experimental electronics, cut-up collage and God knows what else. In other words, unclassifiable stuff which has become somewhat of a norm in our post-industrial / information age (and a plague for reviewers like me who want to classify everything). Some tracks here have a strong Prog EM flair but they are scattered throughout Tim's discography. An example of this is "Night Some Live Synth" from Six North. File under EM-related.
Renhet (2011) (S)
Renhet II (2011) (S)
Vandringen I (2011) (S)
Til Det Bergens Skyggene (2011)
Vandringen II (2013)
Dungeon synth / fantasy music peoject from Germany that expresses a strong cosmic / classic EM influence, especially on later works.
See also: Astral Order of Impurity
Aquana Vol. 1 - Stillness (2008)
Between the Silence (2011)
Gus Till is a downtempo artist from Melbourne. Between the Silence is based on his experiences of living on Bali island. It couples subtle gamelan sounds (real or sampled) with electronic atmospheres.
Japan (2017) (with Elin Franzén)
Electronic artist whose sphere of interest ranges from dubby minimal techno / glitch through dark electronics of the Node / Parallel Worlds type to ambient soundscapes and drone. I will try to list his ambient or EM-related works. Japan is loaded with field recordings, electronic drones and slight dub influences.
Electric Sinfonia No. 2 (2014)
Andy Tillison is a keyboard player of The Tangent fame. Here, he presents us some solo music played on synthesizers in Berlin School vein. For some reason, on the cover of Fog his name is spelled "Andy Tillison Diskdrive".
Cloud Vortex (2009)
Flames On Venus (2010)
Live At Solar Culture Gallery 2011 (2012)
Phoenix, Arizona-based synthesist whose real name is Timmy A. Stamper. He uses analog synthesizers to sculpt cosmic, abstract, sometimes arpeggio or sequencer-based compositions.
Lure of the Heavens (2014) (S)
Melodic electronics done on analog synthesizers from this New Orleans-based project.
Treacherous Orb (2014)
Time Attendant is London-based painter and musician Paul Snowdon. Just like his abstract paintings, this music is wild and colorful and with all those crazy sounds and rhythms will appeal to fans of Experimental EM.
A Dimension Reflected (2011)
A Place To Belong (2015)
Ambient soundscapes from Phillip Wilkerson and Jourdan Laik.
Another's Solitude (2013)
Objects of Mind (2014)
The Fragile Present (2015)
Natural Lines of Drift (2015)
One Small Step And A Giant Leap
Two Worlds (1998)
Daughters of Jupiter (2005)
Travelling Light (2007)
Jarrelogic Live (2010)
Passage of Time (2010)
Global Gathering (2010)
Live At Fermaten 2009 (2010)
Great Barrier Reef (2013)
Lost In A Moment (2016)
Timescape is Kent Borrefjaell Eskildsen from Navigator (sometimes joined by Tony Andersen from the same band). Rhythmic Space Music in Schmoelling / Tangerine Dream vein. The story of Kent Eskildsen begins in the 1970's, when he heard Tangerine Dream's Stratosfear. This music captured his attention and made him a long-time fan. Apart from Electronic Music, Kent always had a passion for progressive rock, playing guitar in a band called Atlantis. Kent got his first synth in 1979 and since then he's been experimenting with it both as solo artist (Timescape) and with several groups, including Navigator. Together with fellow musician Tony Andersen, Kent forms a duo called Kenton Files.
Who Pilots the Flying Saucers? (1991)
Hyperborean Dome Temples of Apollo (1992)
Crystal Oscillations (1994)
Timeshard were a pioneering ambient techno trio consisting of Mark Graham, Simon Kember and Steven Grant. They can be seen as occupying the same territory as acts like The Orb or The Future Sound of London. However, contrary to a lot of techno-related acts, they used to play live a lot, with actual performances (no DJing) on synthesizers. Every now and then they would also venture into ambient / EM territory. Relevant tracks include "Dolphins" from Who Pilots the Flying Saucers?, "Quetzalcoatl" from Hyperborean Dome Temples of Apollo, "Human Error", "Secret Song of the Sea" and "The Others" from Crystal Oscillations, maybe some other stuff (haven't delved deeper into their oeuvre). The above mentioned tracks are nice from EM standpoint, but the rest will be enjoyed only by those into ambient techno. File under EM-related.
Ambient Christmas (2002)
Universal Excursion (2003)
Melodic EM with varied influences.
The Luenen-Rehearsals (1993) (with Tranquillity)
Time-Wave is synthesist Norbert Gunkel.
Nightflyers (1987) (soundtrack)
Synth soundtrack by this composer in a melodic style, resembling Vangelis in places. Prior to Nightflyers, Doug Timm had been working on some television soundtracks. His career was tragically cut short in 1989, when he was killed during a robbery by two strangers he had invited to his home.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Trip Into the Body (1981)
Classic EM with lots of vocoder voices.
Waters (2013) (EP)
Album / Rework (2014) (with Webermichelson)
Timoka is an alias of Swiss artist Benjamin Kilchhofer. He has a really unique style, combining a bit of house / techno, a bit of Cluster-like weirdness, a bit of analog warmth and a lot of individual touch, everything in different proportions, with the whole not sounding quite like anything else I've heard. Definitely related to Prog EM, even if not 100% Prog.
See also: Kilchhofer
Approaching Sirius (2006)
Prolific composer who, starting from the early 1990's, has been releasing some 10+ albums a year, so needless to say, I don't even hope to sink my teeth into the whole of it. Apparently, some of his music is either new instrumental or folk music. Approaching Sirius is nice melodic EM of the Jarre school of thought, sometimes bombastic, sometimes rocky. Looks like the guy only uses factory presets and he accompanies his music (and live shows) by some wishy-washy new age healing theories, so beware. It is debatable, how much of his output should be in EEM.
Ecclesiastes: The Thorns of Time
Ambient duo of Ben Fleury-Steiner and Jim Brenholts.
Ritual Structures (1994)
Ritual Ambient with something of a Tibetan vibe. The music makes use of processed bass guitar, samples, electronics and some voices / chants.
Sound Fascination, Volume 1 (2011)
Canadian-born atist currently residing in Berlin. He is quite diverese and has also ventured into Electronic Music, as the above disc attests. It features mostly shorter tracks of varying moods, mostly atmospheric and with a nice synth sound.
A project of Jesy Fortino who is mostly known as singer-songwriter. However, the above album features some interesting ambient experimentation. Notable tracks include "Crossing the River of Yourself" with its mellotron flutes, the meditative, arpeggio-laden "Living On A Curve" and the long closer, which sounds like a minimal and lo-fi version of Ash Ra Tempel circa Inventions...
Kosmisches Konzert (2010)
Raum & Zeit (2012)
Live In Radom (2014) (with Bernd-Michael Land)
Frank Tischer is a German pianist and electronic musician. He is known as a versatile composer and has also ventured into Electronic Music with his unique, Berlin School-influenced, sequencer-based, cosmic style.
See also: Thau
Searchlight & Torch (1984) (with
Sultan In Oman (1984) (with Joe Zeytoonian)
In Florette's Room (1985)
Invisible Cities (1986)
Gorgons & Gargoyles (1986) (with Blair Petrie)
The Blue Pill (1988)
City of Dark (1988)
Excess of Free Speech (1992)
Project For A Revolution In New York (1998)
Cinematic Visions (2004)
The Black Book (2004)
See also: Port Said
Sweet Dreams (2010)
American psychedelic rock / heavy metal / space rock group that includes Steve Moore of Zombi. They have a diverse set of influences and with the 3+ minute "Synthasaurs" off Sweet Dreams, the influence of a certain German trio from the 1970's just cannot be denied. It's a good track but... why so short?
See also: Moore, Steve
Analogue Dreams (??)
Comet Star (??)
Titania Moon are Andy Var and Mick Skinner. Cosmic sequencer music but rather repetitive.
Mixture of electronics and pre-Colombian traditions in a unique World Music style that Mexico is known for.
Rich analog synth pastiche (often sequencer-based) from member of Californian space / psychedelic rockers Verma.
Lightning Girl (1988)
Breezeing Sequence (1989)
First Excursion (1991)
Smoove City (1993)
Also known as Teekay. This project was initially the brainchild of Thomas Kudling and was one of the projects released on the IC label. But Reflections and Smoove City were reportedly done by some Peter LaSalle and are more in the smooth jazz vein, so it's debatable whether they should be listed here. Meanwhile, Kudling shortened the name of the project to TK and released First Excursion and Vertigo, both issued by CUE-Records. Kudling's music is mostly light, rhythmic and melodic.
Year of Astronomy (2009)
Line On Glass (2012)
TM Solver is actually German musician and synthesist Thomas Meier (from Berlin). Melodic music with an analogue feel.
See also: MTA Lab
Keep Sleeping (2017)
A project of ambient musician Kee Yawne. Meditative sound with lots of natural sounds / electro-acoustic elements. Sometimes quite intense.
Thoughts In Time (1982)
An interesting item. Apparrently, Harley Toberman had been recording music since the 1970's or even earlier. However, he didn't think of marketing it, as it was not really commercial. Then, according to the liner notes of this LP, someone told him that his music was very visual. Harley then penned his own "library" label where this LP was released, featuring melodic synthesizer compositions as well as some older material. The album was accompanied by more LP's, all released on the same faux library label "Production EFX Library". All these albums contain sound effects that the author encourages everyone to use in movies, television and so on.
Kunst Aus Nacht (1999)
Winter Begins Lately
The Hydro-Triad (1997)
Synth soundscape project by Greg Gasiorowski.
Juchee, Wir Fliegen! (1981) (S)
Silent Departure (1986)
On Sky label.
Hollow Earth Hippies (2011)
Other Voices 07 (2015) (S)
Im Hag (2017)
The music of this Berlin-based project (Sebastian Counts) sounds like Cluster and Jean-Jacques Perrey gathering in a German village and firing up their synths and organs to make a wacky folk album. Mostly shorter, playful tracks here.
Music For Sauna (2016)
Nice steamy, moisty, melodic ambient EM with something of a Cluster feel in places. Other points of reference are Eno and sometimes Oldfield (during the more acoustic moments). The author previously did some arangements for game soundtracks.
Electronic band from the Basque country, consisting of Alberto Iriondo and Jesus M. Sarasua, with guests of drums, guitar and sax.
What Are You Thinking About, Little Duck?
Walk Along the Bottom (2015) (S)
Techno producer and musician from Dnepropetrovsk. What Are You Thinking About, Little Duck? is a 10" record presenting a different facet of his creative work in the form of the 7+ minute "Optical Illusions", occupying side A of the vinyl. The music is hyperactive synth-sequencer in Prog EM style. I've heard some other tracks by him that were hinting in that direction but perhaps not enough to consider the inclusion of this artist in EEM. More, please.
New Eyes On the Universe (1998)
Near And Far (1999)
Music like the darker Robert Fripp's soundscape stuff. Pretty mysterious and sometimes quite cosmic.
See also: Viridian Sun
Cutheart (1980) (with Dure Dara)
You Know You Know (1981) (with Dure Dara)
David Tolley was a jazz musician in the early 1970's. It is not known when exactly he got interested in Electronic Music but must be somewhere in the middle of that decade, as he had already been giving solo electronic concerts for some time prior to releasing his first tape. He can be rather experimental and dark, including unlikely elements in his music (strange voices, noises, etc.) but always retaining that proggy, cosmic edge.
See also: EX-
AAMU / ILTA (2015)
Varied experimental musician from Finland who studied Indian classical music. Urkupilvi is ambient organ blissout. Ultrakosmos delves into spacey synth realms. Further investigation is needed.
Sleepy Jazz For Tired Cats (2013) (S)
Futura Grotesk (2014)
Familiar Obstacles (2015)
London-based experimental project (Valentina Magaletti and Tom Relleen) mixing free jazz, musique concrete, lots of drumming / percussion, electro-acoustic improvisation, library music vibes and modular synth constructions. File under EM-related.
Tensione Dinamica (1974)
April Orchestra Vol. 5 (1976)
Technologia Elettronica (1986) (with Stefano Torossi)
Microtecnologia (1988) (with Stefano Torossi)
Technologia e Computer (1992)
Italian pianist and composer who contributed to quite a few library releases, some of which (listed) will be of interest to EM fans. As with most library albums, caution is advised, though.
Snowflakes Are Dancing (1974)
Catastrophe 1999 (1974) (soundtrack)
Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974) (S)
Pictures At An Exhibition (1975)
The Firebird (1975)
The Planets (1976)
Sound Creature (1977)
The Bermuda Triangle (1978)
Daphnis et Chloe (1979)
Portopia '81 (1981) (S)
Grand Canyon Suite (1982)
Dawn Chorus (1983)
Mind of the Universe (1984)
Back To the Earth (1987)
Misty Kid of Wind (1989) (soundtrack)
Storm From the East (1992) (soundtrack)
The First Emperor (1994) (with others) (soundtrack)
Shin-Nihon Kiko (1994) (soundtrack)
NASCA Fantasy (1994) (with Kodo Drummers)
Bach Fantasy (1996)
Captain Ultra (1996) (soundtrack) (recorded in 1967)
Jungle Emperor Leo (1997) (soundtrack)
Gakko I - III (1998) (soundtrack)
The Tale of Genji (1999)
Sennen No Koi (2001) (soundtrack)
Tokyo Disney Sea (2002) (soundtrack)
Twilight Samurai (2003) (S) (soundtrack)
Welcome Home Hayabusa (2012) (soundtrack)
Okhotsk Fantasy (2016)
Born in 1932 and died on May 5, 2016, Isao Tomita was one of the most important Japanese electronic musicians. Isao spent his childhood in China but upon returning to Japan entered the Keio University. After graduating in 1955, he became a full-time composer, scoring works for movies, TV and theatre productions. Tomita's first experiments with electronics date back to the 1960's when he bought himself a modular moog. At that time he was deeply influenced by Walter Carlos' groundbreaking work with synthesizer on the legendary Switched-On Bach. It is no wonder, therefore, that Tomita became famous mostly thanks to his interpretations of music by classical composers. However, unlike Walter/Wendy Carlos, Tomita mainly played music by more modern composers, like Debussy and Mussorgsky, for instance. Besides, around 1976 or so he started adding more and more self-composed pieces which he blended smoothly with his classical interpretations. Yet another difference between the two is that Tomita preferred his synths sounding like synths unlike Carlos, who tried to imitate the sounds of real instruments. As for me, I prefer Tomita's approach over Carlos'. Recommended.. No, a must!
Tommy Awards (2012) (EP)
EP2 (2013) (EP)
Sessions (2014) (EP)
Sessions II (2016)
Stockholm-based "balearic beat" project, moving towards EM-influenced (still very much based on the balearic / disco aesthetic) sound on Sessions II.
Futurist / Sea of Tranquility
Stereoscopic Soundwaves (1997)
Sequence of the Negative Space Changes (1998)
I Wish I Was An Angel So I Could Sleep On the Moon (1999) (S)
People Mover (1999) (S)
Ambient duo of Stephan Baker and Nick Brackney. They were influenced by both krautrock and the techno / post-rock scene.
Experimental musician from Finland (real name - Jan Andrezen). I don't know how much of his stuff will be of interest to EM fans, but Tratat is definitely interesting and will appeal to fans of Cluster and other experimental EM artists.
Tonart Eins (1992)
Tonart Zwei (1993)
Tonart Drei (1993)
Tonart Vier (1994)
Tonart Fünf (1997)
A project of German synth artist Jakob Paulussen, who is influenced by early 1980's synth-pop and (to a lesser extent) 1970's Berlin School music.
ConSail Curve (2002)
Hydrogen 2 Oxygen (2002)
The White Space (2002)
Guard Lock Skin (2004)
See also: Watkins, Kit
Tone Pharaoh (2000)
Tone Pharaoh is a trio of Dwight Loop (synths, processing), Ray Regan (synths, e-guitar, percussion) and Lee Howard (bass, fx, vocals, percussion), with vocal contributions from some mysterious "Noor".
See also: Loop, Dwight
Kosmischen Benommenheit (2014)
Kleine (2014) (EP)
Neo-krautrock band from Oregon consisting of Miles Sprietsma, Dave DiBella and Jordon Barron. They channel that early Dusseldorf School vibe through minimal motorik pulses, hypnotic guitars and jolly synths. Especially early (pre-Autobahn) Kraftwerk springs to mind. Another comparison would be Cluster at their most static.
Quarta Specie (1978) (S)
Considered an obscure space disco classic, Luigi Tonet's Why? is a dancey, bouncey electronic affair in the same vein as Automat, Space, Droids, with slight Jarre influences. There are some vocals but many of the voices were put through a vocoder resulting in a very electronic, albeit dancey and melodic, style. One of those "fringe" or "EM-related" projects in EEM, G.G. Tonet shows only slightest prog influences but will be of some interest to fans of EM or followers of the mentioned artists.
Spiral Craft (1997)
Peaceful electronics with flute, I think.
Das Todesantlitz (1983)
La Mutazione (1985)
Kynak (1990) (with Conrad Schnitzler)
Tahta Tarla (1993) (recorded in 1987 - 1988) (with Andrew Chalk)
*KO/USK- (1997) (with Siegmar Fricke)
Counterchronology (2015) (recorded in 1979) (with Tiziano Dominighini)
Starting in the early 1980's with nothing but analogue synthesizers, Italian musician Giancarlo Toniutti engaged in cosmic EM before moving on to hard-core experimental stuff on later releases.
Zero Time (1971)
It's About Time (1974)
Really FAT analog sound. A classic. Tonto's Expanding Head Band was a duo of Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff. They used a huge custom modular synth called "The Original and New Timbral Orchestra". The name of this instrument was abbreviated and gave birth to the project's name.
Tony Rayola (1987)
Obscure duo of Carlos Alvarado and Jesus Gonzalez. A bit more than half of the tracks have vocals and are 1980's minimal synth / electropop. The rest is instrumental.
See also: Alvarado, Carlos
Luminescent Flow (2006)
Stellar Reach (2007)
Screen Ceremonies (1995)
Museum of Fruit (1999)
Mondo Black Chamber (2014)
Life On the Inside (2016)
Entities Inertias Faint Beings (2016)
Skin Tones (2017) (with Ken Ikeda)
David Toop is a musician and writer who published several books. He is also known as a friend and collaborator of Brian Eno. David released his first album in 1975 on Brian's "Obscure" label. It was New And Rediscovered Musical Instruments - a sonic treatise on unknown instruments done in collaboration with Max Eastley. Since then he has released many collaborative works in the field of experimenal jazz, as well as several solo albums with varying styles and moods. I don't know how much of his output would qualify as prog EM, but the above mentioned ones could be interesting for fans of Ambient and soundscape music. The mood is slightly darker than what Eno is mostly known for.
Although mostly a normal jazz-rock album, this work by Turkish keyboard player Mert Topel features an electronic closing track done in a unique style (reminding me a bit on Czeslaw Niemen circa Katharsis) and featuring electro-acoustic composer and synth player Alper Maral. File under EM-related.
French duo mixing ambient soundscapes, choirs, classical influences, melodic EM... You can hear everything from Klaus Schulze's melancholic drift to Jarre's tuneful electronics and Kraftwerk's vocoders.
Souvenirs des Cites Crepusculaires
Compartiment Fuchsia (1979)
Souvenirs des Cites Crepusculaires (1979)
Le Prince Apatride (1980)
Ulysse (1981) (with Serge Houppin)
Musique Pour Jean-Claude Gallotta (1984) (with Serge Houppin)
Memoire des Ecumes (1985)
Volume III (1986) (with Serge Houppin)
Mammame - Les Louves et Pandora (1986) (with Serge Houppin)
Docteur Labus (1988) (with Serge Houppin)
Les Mysteres de Subal (1990) (with Serge Houppin)
Amour-Legende (1992) (with Serge Houppin)
Voyageur Immobile (1999) (with Serge Houppin)
Vertiges (2001) (with Serge Houppin)
Henry-Skoff Torgue is a French synthesist. In cooperation with Serge Houppin he created many theater dance scores. Nowadays he composes in mostly non-electronic chamber / acoustic style. There are two Souvenirs... albums with completely different versions of the same pieces.
Test (2014) (soundtrack)
Moody electronic soundtrack by this Welsh-born composer.
Torn Curtain (1996)
One more side-project of Dusty Lee from Mauve Sideshow. Again it's ethereal mellotron-laden ambience plus hypnotic echoey voice, this time with some Medieval Ambient thrown in by way of cathedral-like organ. If you like Froese's Epsilon In Malaysian Pale, try this.
Let's Cry And Do Pushups
At the Same Time (2014)
Union & Return (2016)
Torn Hawk is a hypnagogic pop project of Luke Wyatt. On these albums, he uses a lot of guitar for a sound that comes as a cross between Mike Oldfield (Songs of Distant Earth phase) and Replica-era Oneohtrix Point Never (the "vaporwave" sound). The combination doesn't work all the time but is rather interesting overall and I would say it's Prog-related in a way.
Lonely Planet (2017)
Melodic EM / downtempo / balearic album from this musician who is mostly known for his deep house productions.
Enciclopedia Series 1 (2015) (S)
Una Nueva Perspectiva (2016)
Retórica Beligerante de la Sinrazón (2016)
This Spanish synthesist seems to be inspired by the tradition of German artists like Asmus Tietchens, Moebius and Conrad Schnitzler to create shorter, experimental pieces, although adding some beats from time to time and a slight Kraftwerk flair in places.
See also: Polígono Hindú Astral
L'Esprit de l'escalier (2014)
A Long Range Forecast (2015)
Layers of Ash (2017)
Varied ambience, mostly folky, droney and electroacoustic.
See also: Flotel
Musik Til Skiftende Lejligheder (1987)
Sky Odyssey (1984)
Towards Tomorrow (1987)
Circles of Time (2017)
German musician, supposedly of Serbian descent (his name sounds Serbian to me, please correct me if I'm wrong). He represents the melodic school of Electronic Music with lots of classical influences in his music and some floating guitar (or sampled guitar) lines. If you like the music of Stefan Erbe or even 1990 - 1994 Tangerine Dream, you will enjoy this, although Sasa's music is much more classically-oriented.
Live At Radio Weimar (2010)
Experimental electronic project formed in Saint-Petersburg by Vladimir Kabanov, Mikhail Ogorodov and Ivan Rozmainsky. Soundscapes of the adventurous variety, sometimes close to Conrad Schnitzler perhaps.
See also: Ogorodov, Michael
Traumwerk 1 (1980)
Electronic Music by Tom Hackl (who was still a resident of Germany I guess) and Charly Geisler. The former takes care of electronics and flute, while the later plays drums / percussion and provides some vocalizations. This is EM mostly in typical German vein (berlinesque).
See also: Hackl, Tom
See also: Roe, Michael Thomas
Provisional Artwork (2014)
System Imprefect (2016)
A mixture of floating synth soundscapes, industrial or synthwave-sounding rhythmic tracks and noisier pieces.
Paisajes (1993) (with Antonio Zepeda)
Días de los Muertos (2005)
Mexican keyboard player and classical composer. Paisajes contains that special brand of "Prehispanic" World Music that his country is known for (pioneered by artists like Jorge Reyes and Luis Perez). The lineup is: Zepeda (prehispanic instruments) and Toussaint (keyboards and synthesizers).
Full Circle (1978) (soundtrack)
Making Faces (1982)
The soundtrack to the film "Full Circle" contains melodic and melancholic music played on piano and synthesizers. Colin Towns is former keyboard player for Ian Gillan Band.
Ambient music from this speed metal guitar player and multi-instrumentalist.
Electrical Lights (1998)
A Passage In Time (2000)
See also: Now And Then
The Comet (1980)
Big Bang (1985)
Electronic Music from ex-Taj Majal Travellers musician who plays synthesizers and violin.
Deep Blue: Volume 2 (2016)
Binary Sunset (2017) (S)
Italian minimal / deep techno producer who on Deep Blue: Volume 2 leans towards Ambient somewhat. At least you can say he is moving in our (Prog EM) direction, with three tracks being beatless and synthy / ambient, with subtle sequences / arpeggios. File under EM-related, and lets see how his style develops. Notes 03.07.2017: the first track from Binary Sunset is completely ambient and is good stuff.
Here And Now (1980)
Music For Experimental Film (1985)
Electronic Music project that revolved around Jurgen Petersen aka Adrian Marcator with sometimes other musicians helping out (mostly Armin Wischnewski). Trance was formed in 1975.
Humanity Can't Evolve (1986)
Island Sketches (1987)
Live Intelligence (1988)
Dancing / Static (1990) (with Alan Martin)
Storming Heaven (1990) (with Alan Martin)
This Far (1990)
Chung Kuo (1994)
Go To (1996)
Way Beyond (1997)
Altitude Silence (1999)
Cyberland X-Press (1992)
The Luenen-Rehearsals (1993) (with Time-Wave)
The Spectre Within (1994)
Deus Ex Machina (1996)
Tranquillity is Frank Makowski. Classic-style (sequencer) Electronic Music.
Plot Zero (1983)
Aquatic Realms (1988)
Japanese Impressions (1988)
Mach 3.04 (1988)
The Moorish Project (1988)
Pauline Anna Strom's project that released several albums where she basically continued with what she had started with her debut recording, relying even more on ambient soundscapes and symphonic compositions.
See also: Strom, Pauline Anna
Racconto Psicofonico Dell'aldila (1974)
Obscure band consisting of Marcello Giombini and Mario Molino. The closest comparison would be another Italian band, Jakula. Dark, occult electronic / prog music with some spoken vocals. A lot of found sounds make appearances, too.
See also: Giombini, Marcello
Transformation 88:98 (2006) (recorded in 1988 - 1998)
Exit To Nowhere (2016)
Energetic music similar to Mark Shreeve. Transceive is Steve Nelson.
Leven na de Bollen (1980)
Ambient music played on said synthesizer by Kubus Kassettes founder Rob Smit.
See also: Digit
Manifestations of Obscure Influence (2005)
Inherent Decay (2007)
The Hopelessness of Logic (2009)
See also: Marspiter
Cluster Zone (1994)
Ambient floaters with some rhythmic (downtempo) material as well. Transcendental Anarchists are a duo of Paul Bambury and Pam Thompson. The above album was released on Silent label.
Transmission 001 (1999)
Ambient side-project by members of electropop band Kontrast.
Cymaglyphs (2011) (S)
Dreamsphere Megamix (2012)
Iscandarian Sunset (2012) (with 400 Lonely Things)
Ambient synth soundscapes from New Orleans-based Jonathan Dean. Not dark, a bit new agey, sometimes with nature sounds.
Florida-based Space Music project.
Tranzit is Dutch musician Dirk H. J. Nusink who creates melodic music which is sometimes rhythmic, sometimes more ambient. Dirk's talent is evident on pieces like "E-Drive", "Travelin' Lite", "Hill Side" and "Alexander+" from Tranzversal. Just listen to the brilliant sparkling solo on the first track "E-Drive". This is simply superb stuff, very well done. "Hill Side" is very unique, featuring electric harp sounds coupled with synth textures, very unusual, I haven't heard anything like this. "Alexander+" is a very earthly ambient piece, I can clearly imagine some old square rounded by baroque buildings and lots of pigeons and sparrows chirping around. Very atmospheric stuff. Voyage has it's highlights too, the perfect example being "Rick's Theme" which is one of the best piano pieces I've heard. Very pleasant and emotional piano playing is augmented by appropriate synth tones. Overall, Voyage has a bit of a new agey feel to it, but in a good sense.
See also: EL-KA
Synthi Lag (2014)
Long tracks of Synthi A drones. Meditative.
German EBM / industrial band consisting of Axel Ermes, Hauke Harms and Volker Zacharias (now disbanded). They released this album in 1994 or 1995 with music strongly influenced by German synth pioneers (Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk and so on).
Hospital Machinery (2007)
After Visiting Hours (2007)
Cold Room II (2008)
An Intimate Connection (2009)
Host Infarction (2016)
Pure Clinical Ambient from this project out of UK. Hospital ambiences and clean, sterile atmospheres.
Die Legende Von Sammandaria (1989)
Terra Incognita (1990)
The Omen (1994)
Space Adventure (1994)
In Ourselves (1995)
Twilight Colours (1997)
Raumzeit 2 (1999)
Hubble Deep Field (2000)
Fern In Australian Dandenongs (2003)
Natural Phenomenons (2006)
Beyond the Surface (2009)
The Omen (2011)
Strange Worlds (2013)
Traumzeit (2011) (with Alien Nature)
Electronic project of Marc Iwaszkiewicz, with Wolfgang Barkowski (Alien Nature) helping out. Music in ambient style.
All the Things (2014) (S)
Techno producer from Germany who on All the Things, a 12" record, shows an EM influence in the form of a great, atmospheric closer "Let It Go", composed in an individual style. Mothercave is an earlier full-length release, which also includes an EM closer - a pulsing track named "Ambient 006". File under EM-related.
Travancore II (2016)
Travancore is a project of Melbourne-based musician Andy Donnelly. A mixture of rhythmic (often sequencer / Berlin School) and atmospheric tracks. Spacey.
Buio (1979) (S)
Italian soundtrack composer. At least the first side of this single features music in the style of Goblin, with dramatic synthesizer melodies and drums.
Untamed World (1974)
Points of Vision (1975)
Phasing Drums & Electronic Sounds (1976)
Electronic Fields (1977)
Magic Colors (1978)
Unbekannte Welt (1979)
Bilder Aus Der Wissenschaft (1985)
Triangulum - Mut Zum Leben (??)
Bilder... is a library LP with Electronic Music for scientific reports. Gerhard Trede had some other releases. Everything that's listed above is electronic.
Mostly warm, emotional, and darker ambience. One track has IDM beats and the closer is a repetitive electric guitar affair a bit in the style of Ashra.
To the Land of No Return (??)
Obscure and unique electronic library record by veteran library composer Yan (Yann) Tregger.
See also: Wescott, David
Severh Sehenh (2014)
The Sensation of Being One of Them (2015) (S) (with Muhd)
Tri Muerti (2015) (with BARST and RM74)
Themes Injun (1977)
Canadian electronic pioneer with a flowing, meditative style. He later adopted the Canada Effervescent moniker.
See also: Canada Effervescent
Bottom of Empty (1996)
Dark ethnic music ensemble set up by Satoru Takazawa aka Takami aka Pneuma in the 1990's. Most of their works are completely or almost completely acoustic. This one, however, displays a strong electronic influence, perhaps paying hommage to Pneuma's past. The other members of Trembling Strain are Akira, Shin Yamazaki (from Lacrymosa) and Yuko Suzuki.
Soulless Computer Boy And the Eternal Render (2016)
Florida-based synthwave musician. The first part of this album features a few vocal tracks and is of no interest. The second part, however, is ambient and instrumental & is rather nice and atmospheric.
Dolphin Celebration (1987)
Melodic music released on cassette. New-agey but also with nice purely EM sections.
Sehnsucht Und Einklang (1982)
Ja Kajee Music (1986)
The 1982 album by this pioneering World Music / ethnic fusion outfit has Gyan Nishabda on it who is actually electronic musician Claude Larson (aka Klaus Netzle). The group consisted of Jens Fischer, Asim Saha and Achim Gieseler and was formed in 1977.
In A Room (2014)
Ambient trio formed in 2011 by Augusto Tatone, Marco Seracini and Rossano Polidoro. They have a minimal droning sound, light and airy.
The Cessation of Spoil (1999)
See also: Gruntsplatter
Tanz auf dem Eis (1996)
Viens Avec Nous / La Confusion (1972) (S)
See also: Jarre, Jean-Michel
Leviathan Device (2011)
The Chronos Anomaly (2013)
Dark Ambient from Federico Agreda Alvarez.
Tribal Machine (1990)
Contra La Indiferencia (1979)
Correo del Tiempo (1980)
Musica Popular Mexicana Contemporanea (1984)
Cuauhtemoc Aguila Solar (1987)
Compartiendo el Universo (1989)
Maseual - El Hombre de Este Sol (1990)
In Mixkoakali (1996)
Mexican EM scene is one of the least explored for sure. A special variety of World Music was developed in this county that combined prehispanic instruments and influences with electronics. This kind of music occupies a special niche within the Mexican EM continuum and can take on various forms, from more Ambient-oriented (Jorge Reyes) to rock-influenced. Tribu aka Grupo La Tribu certainly belongs to the latter category. Their vocalizations are sparse and usually wordless (more like shoutings that one would hear during shamanistic dancing) and the music itself is part acoustic / prehispanic melodies and rhythms and part EM / rock music. Their electronic sound ranges from Heldon-like pulsing goodness to Jarre-inspired anthemic melodies. I have only heard Cuauhtemoc so I don't know for sure at the moment if the above applies to other works as well.
New Views (1984)
Breaking Barriers (1986)
Live: the Melody, the Beat, the Heart (1987)
Terra Incognita (1990)
Swedish band. Sometimes like Correlations-era Ashra, but more often the music is akin to Mike Oldfield, with neat Berlin School touches and passages that remind on TD and even early 1980's Klaus Schulze (circa Audentity / Drive Inn). Also a lot of tracks that remind on the symphonic aspects of Genesis. Mostly instrumental.
Trigger B (1984)
The Great Walk (1985)
Flux And Reflux (1987) (with S·Core)
A project of Duisburg-based Thomas Bosselmann. The basis of his sound is typical austere minimal synth of the time (early 1980's). However, he uses voice only sporadically, mostly in the form of unintelligible rants and wailings (why not drop a voice completely if you can't sing?). In spite of the irritating voice, I really found his atmospheric pieces to be nice stuff, based on cosmic analog synths and even classical influences. This material does approximate Prog EM and, therefore, deserves an inclusion here. File under EM-related.
An album of varied soundscapes and rhythmic compositions, some with strong World Music flair. A project of Frederick R Matzen.
Trance Dance 128 (1991)
In Concert (1999) (with Laserdance)
The first album is supposedly ambient / dance synth music with Laserdance influences. The second is more in the techno / trance vein. Trilithon is Huib Schippers, who formed this project in 1990.
See also: Syntech
Mare d'Equinoxe (2005)
Instrumental synth / EM with varied influences.
Unfortunate name, as there are tons of projects named "Trip", this was released on LP and features a modular wall on the cover. The music, quite expectedly, makes use of many great analog machines, from Oberheim Expander to Jupiter 8, ARP 2600, Solina and so on. Nice, fat analog textures here in rhythmic and classically inspired compositions, a bit similar to Synergy but with a different twist. Neither the country of origin, nor the year of release are known at the moment. Ditto for the musicians who are behind "Trip".
Children of the Secret (2002)
Silent Apocalypse (2003)
Varied ambient material.
See also: Seifert, Erik
Hin - Fort (2007)
Initiation (2008) (recorded in 2000 - 2003)
Dark Ambient from Benjamin Koenig - a member of black metal act Aurora. The first album has spoken word / vocal parts by Timo Koelling, while the Hin - Fort is a solo work by Koenig.
Between the Universes (1976)
This band was formed in the early 1970's by Peter Seiler with the intent to make symphonic rock ala Emerson, Lake & Palmer, with multiple themes, tempo changes, huge keyboard presence and so on. However, on their second album (listed) they started to drift away from the structured approach of their self-titled debut, released a year earlier, and towards more abstract realms. The music is still for the most part keyboard-led prog (with lyrics), but there's also an interesting pulsing electronic piece composed by Seiler, titled "Mars Detection".
See also: Seiler, Peter
Hymner Fra Trolltjern (1995)
Fantasy Ambient from Norway.
The Island (2008)
Far Away (2012)
Roots And Legends From the North (2013)
The Long Journey (2016)
Arthur Went Above the Clouds (2016)
Space Collection (2017)
Oceania (2017) (recorded in 2015)
Minimal tropical ambience and relaxed rhythms.
Two monolothic, droning / melodic compositions using organs, synths, etc.
Two Faces (1982)
Der Prophet (1982)
Narrow Gate To Life (1983)
Trinidadian-born composer, currently residing in the UK. He has a diverse and unique style, blending melodic EM, World Music and Vangelis-like symphonic bombast. A bit new-agey perhaps, but hardly comparable to other artists. He has other, download-only albums as well.
Troumings 1997 (1997)
Dreaming Muzak (1998)
Mort Aux Vaches (2000)
Tjukurrpa Pt. 1: Harmonies (2001)
Tjukurrpa Pt. 2: Drones (2001)
Mnemonic Induction (2002) (with Yen Pox)
Tjukurrpa Pt. 3: Rhythms And Pulsations (2003)
Autopoietic Transformations (2004)
Seeing-Ear Gods (2006)
To A Child Dancing In the Wind (2006) (with Martyn Bates)
Ignis Sacer (2007) (with NID)
Symballein - A Cellection of Rare & Early Tracks 1997 - 1999 (2007)
Sen (2008) (recorded in 1999)
Kreuzung Zwei (2008) (with Reutoff)
Ljubimaya / Daur (2009)
Autopoiesis / Nahtscato (2010) (recorded in 2004 - 2005)
Dominium Visurgis (2010) (with Nadja)
Mare Ideophonika (2010)
SAIWS (2011) (S)
Grote Mandrenke (2012)
Green (2013) (S)
Mare Morphosis (2013)
De Aeris In Sublunaria Influxu (2015) (with Raison d'Etre)
XIBIPIIO. In And Out of Experience (2017) (with Raison d'Etre)
A duo of Martin Gitschel and Stefan Knappe (ex-Maeror Tri) creating dark, psychedelic, droning madness.
See also: Maeror Tri
The Deserts of Utah (1984) (recorded in 1979
Beyond Eternity / Lavender Flesh (1986) (recorded in 1978 - 1985)
Strange Hippie Sex Carnival (1990) (recorded in 1984 - 1987)
World of Lying Pigs (1993) (recorded in 1976 - 1991)
This experimetal rock / prank call collective a bit in the spirit of Zappa formed in California by John Trubee was versatile enough to create also some electronic works that range from the ambient to the intense. Strange Hippie... includes only two electronic tracks. Worlds of Lying Pigs closes with an electronic number recorded in 1976 but doesn't seem to have much else in terms of electronics. The Deserts... is predominantly electronic, though. Further investigation is needed.
Borrowed Sculptures (1986)
Lucifer And the Bad Groove (1989)
Scottish synthesist with a fairly rhythmic and sequencer-heavy sound.
Awakened To Never Sleep Again
The Significance of Secrecy (2001)
The Cave of Knowledge (2008) (S)
All of the True Things I'm About To Tell You Are Lies (2008)
Dark Ambient based on guitar drones by Eric Kesner who lives in Washington, DC.
Animation And Interpretation (2011) (S)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (2016)
Record collector, label owner and musician from the UK. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is his musical interpretation of Jules Verne's novel. Earlier releases were collage-based works very much influenced by jazz.
One of the hardest projects to pin down, Trux combines IDM influences (samples, some glitches, digital rhythms) with warm, analog synthiness. Like a strange version of Cluster for the 21st century perhaps?
Just A Try (1980)
Luxicon II / Echospace (1980)
One of the unsung heroes of the "moog pop" explosion of the late 1960's / early 1970's, Gilbert "Gil" Trythall released two cheesy novelty records Country Moog and Nashville Gold before recording this private electronic obscurity with original material.
Whisper Collector (2015)
Tsone is Arizona-based ambient drone artist Anthony Obr.
Czech electronic duo formed in 1991. They seem to focus on melodic and rhythmic compositions influenced by both classic EM (mostly Jarre), spacesynth and techno. They have several albums available on the net but I am not sure how much of their stuff actually saw the light of day on a physical carrier. Early works are more melodic / rhythmic and spacesynth-influenced. Later they got very influenced by techno and released a lot of extremely cheesy material in that style which is surprising as some of their melodic / cosmic tracks are quite good. A confusing band, this one, so tread with caution.
TSRS Live (1980) (S)
This rare EP by the band TSRS (Tasty Shit Remove Sensation) from Hague was released in just 250 copies. The cover of this synth music obscurity was black and white and had a skull on it with headphones on. Reportedly, it's their only release. It was recorded from a live performance. The band includes Rene de Haan of Pythagoras.
Bright, somewhat shrill ambient soundscapes with tinkling arpeggios / sequences.
Self-taught musician from Minsk. Transliaciya is very much influenced by classical music, while Microscale features generative compositions based on random Wikipedia articles. The overall sound, though, is that of ambient synth with some random sequences / arpeggios or soft rhythms.
Ïîðîñøèå ìõîì (2016) (S)
Original name of the project - Öâåòû âíóòðè íàñ (Flowers Within Us). Floating soundscapes. Airy, mysterious sound. Nice.
Occult Transmission (2002)
Optimism Is For the Weak (2002)
Optimism Is For the Weak is Martial Ambient, Occult Transmission is more ritual. The guy behind Tugend goes by the name J. Brandenburg but his real name is Robert Cruzan.
Exotic Cocktail Party (2012)
Kaksy Lensi Yli (2013)
See also: Koho, Jari
Taavi Tulev (2016)
Varied electronic compositions, mostly of ambient nature. Other releases of this artist supposedly consist of field recordings or techno music.
Centenarians Divine Lunacy (2002)
Fortress Ermetica (2005)
Dark soundscapes in the vein of Lustmord.
See also: Sostrah Tinnitus
A side-project of Claudio Dondo (Runes Order) and Massimo De Maria. A mixture of Runes Order cosmic style and some modern influences. Also has some traits of early Berlin School stuff like Klaus Schulze or Tangerine Dream.
Sailing the Solar Wind (2003)
The Tunnel Singer is Lee Ellen Shoemaker who likes to sing in places with interesting natural reverberation such as halls, tunnels, corridors, etc. On this album Lee Ellen added synths, loops, sequencing, percussion and electronic processing to her magical voicescapes that were also treated electronically. The result is an enjoyable trip in Tribal Ambient vein. There are steady percussion rhythms over which various soundscapes, voice, synthesizers and samples create a delicate and at times unusual flowing tapestry. In contrast to her previous releases where the voice of Lee Ellen served as the main instrument, this one has far fewer singing (wordless of course) and focuses on instrumental soundscapes. The best track is IMO "Sea Caves" that somehow reminds me on Klaus Schulze's "Midas Touch" from Jubilee Edition, not because they are similar in sound but rather because they conjure up similar images in my mind. The odd track on the album is the upbeat "Red Red" with its almost dance rhythm. Overall, if you like Steve Roach (in his Tribal Ambient period) or, say, Amir Baghiri, this album is a must. And of course I recommend this release for all other Ambient-minded listeners and those who simply like interesting and unique music.
Turf Olymp (1998)
Melodic synth music from Erik Simon and Frank Bartholomai.
Beyond Painting (2010) (recorded in 1990)
Three Parts (2014) (recorded in 1991)
Stuck In My Head (2016)
Veiling Reflections (2017)
Selected discography of this industrial / noise pioneer (he collaborated with Boyd Rice's NON). These albums represent the most sedate and ambient facet of his oeuvre. Beyond Painting is misty soundscaping, while Three Parts features repeating electronic patterns influenced by minimalism. Robert's first album, the 1981's Flux, although primarily acoustic, also may be interesting.
Simon Turner (1990)
The Great White Silence (2011) (soundtrack)
The Epic of Everest (2013) (soundtrack)
Picture From Darkness (2017)
English songwriter, musician, composer, producer and actor. His musical output has two sides - the song-based side and the experimental one. Among the experimental works, some are influenced by electro-acoustic and glitch trends, others lean towards Ambient. As electro-acoustic music and related styles are not really covered by EEM, I will concentrate on his ambient works only. One of the earliest examples of these types of experiments is the new-agey "self-aid" record Simon Turner from 1990. It is only partly electronic (EM-related) and the music brings some Mike Oldfield to mind, although it is far more amorphous. Two of the tracks have spoken narration with background music. The remaining two entries in the above list are ambient soundtracks. Giraffe is another ambient / experimental work.
The name of this project by French musician and producer Romain Turzi shortens to T.E.E. and this should give you the idea about the project's sound. Whether you're speeding down the autobahn or enjoying a night ride on a Trans-European express, Education will supply you with a fine soundtrack filled with mechanical and emotional Dusseldorf sensibilities.
Fata Morgana (2017)
Berlin School-related artist.
Fatih Tuter is supposed to be a hybrid dub techno / ambient artist. I don't know about dub and techno, but listening to Opfermut you do hear a very Ambient / EM-oriented work. Warm sound.
Ruust Voor De Stilte (1994)
Atmospheric electronics with sequences.
Tła (2016) (S)
Chmury (2017) (S)
Thick oceans of pads and deeply buried sequencer runs. A project of Maks Wiśniewski. The first side of Tła is the actual music, side B features same material played backwards.
One Thousand Years (1992)
All Our Ancestors (1994)
Terma (1998) (with Nick Parkin)
The Frozen Lands (1999) (S)
Crystal Light Symphony (1988)
Swedish-born composer of Estonian origin. Toomas Tuulse acts mainly as a conductor. However, he also released at least one album on cassette (listed). The music mixes symphonic instrumentation with subtle melodic electronics. It has a new-agey flair and does not seem to be terribly progressive, accounting more to a nice musical wallpaper than anything else. Seems to be nice stuff to listen to, though. Fans of The Enid, the symphonic Vangelis and maybe also the lightest Synergy, take note.
Erkki Sven Tüür is the keyboard player of progressive rock group In Spe. He is an accomplished composer (even in the academic field) and has a lot of works in styles such as orchestral, vocal, chamber, rock and electronic - for instance, "Kaks Rituaali" (1983) for chamber orchestra and synthesizers, or "Vitrea Ludentia" (1985) for synthesizer and renaissance ensemble. Several of his orchestral pieces found their way onto a couple of official releases. However, I am not sure that any of his Electronic Music works ever made it to CD (not counting a couple of samplers). Further investigation is needed.
See also: In Spe
Nääskää Tää Muh Kyyneleet (2011)
Toiminnan Aattona (2017)
Experimental electronic duo of Jan Anderzen and Sami Sänpäkkilä with something of a Cluster vibe, but rather unique overall.
Shedim (2016) (S)
Techno duo from Tel Aviv. On Shedim there is a nice surprise in the form of "Love Song" - a gentle, hypnotic sequencer number which is very Prog EM in spirit and sound. A one-track inclusion so far.
Schwarzenraben - Einjähriges - Oktober 1998
Schwarzenraben - Zweijähriges - Oktober 1999 (1999)
Schwarzenraben - Dreijähriges - Oktober 2000 (2000)
The Ways of the Bodies (2002)
Ambient Visions Vol. 1 (2016)
TV Victor is Udo Heitfeld. Some of his releases (not listed) supposedly contain rhythmic, techno-influenced or trip-hop works. The above, though, is Deep / Dark Ambient, which is especially true for Ambient Visions Vol. 1.
Mountain of the Opposer (2015)
Black Ambient-related project from Gothenburg. They take normal Black Ambient sound - with some harsher noises, lots of incantations, drones etc, and add a weird Heldon / Tangerine Dream touch by means of bass sequences running through some of the tracks, making the project stand out both among Dark Ambient releases and EM in general. Thinking about the concept I remembered about a British synthesist named Jim Kirkwood. However, whereas Jim is basically a Berlin School artist with a darker / esoteric flair, this one here is a Dark / Black Ambient project with some Berlin School touches. Maybe also a more cosmic / analog synth-dominated Endura is a good comparison. They also use the term "seancetronica", which could be a good description. Interesting. Apart from Mountain..., there are other, download-only releases.
A duo of synthesist Ernst Thoma and drummer Knut Remond. Experimental, but also rhythmic, groovy and playful. A unique style.
See also: Thoma, Ernst
A project of Xavier Watkins, member of post-rock band Fuzzy Lights. Although he is a guitarist, this is based on electronics and ranges in sound from ambient floaters to sequencer chuggers.
A Midsummernight's Dream (1990)
Figaro - Thorsten - Emilia (1992)
Fungus & Sponge (1993)
Costume Area 49:47 (2012)
Swedish synth-pop / new romantic duo of Dan Söderqvist and Karl Gasleben (both of Cosmic Overdose fame, the latter also known as Ingemar Ljungström) that also did some ambient stuff. These albums are supposed to contain some ambient material and there may be some other interesting works. Further investigation is needed.
One (1988) (S)
The above release is an EP. I don't know about other releases from this artist. Repetitive, minimal, percussive...
Midnight In the Garden of Good And
Post Tenebras Nox (2009)
Outside Brain Inside My Room (1997)
Another Electronic Music band that Sula Bassana participated in during the 1980's. This was a duo of Schmidt and Peter Dembour. The latter formed Twilight Network in 1988 as his solo project. A bit later Dave Schmidt joined in. The group was disbanded somewhere in the early 1990's. Reportedly, they released 4 tapes, the first of which a solo tape by Dembour.
See also: Sula Bassana
Painted Wall (2003)
Ambient music by Peter Bonne and Geert Coppens (both from Autumn). The group started as an outlet for Peter and Geert to explore more vocal-oriented music than what was done under the "Autumn" moniker. Twilight Ritual's early (tape) releases followed this style. However, Painted Wall is a return to their early Ambient influences.
See also: Autumn
Dreaming Spires (1983)
Strange. Minimal synth duo whose LP (there are also some singles and EP's) is split into shorter tracks and a long opus "It Won't Work" that occupies the whole side B with its minimal, murky electronic pulses and atmospheres. Further investigation is needed.
Organic Prism (2011)
Curved Air (2013)
Between Space And Time (2010)
Electronic Music by Bill Fox and Howard Moscovitz. The above is a live radio recording.
Â ñàìîé òèõîé ÷àñòè ñàäà (2016)
Aka Òû23. Varied / synthwave project of Anton Klevtsov. Has some EM influences, especially notable on the opener of the above album. File under EM-related.
David Tyack With Richard Tomlison and Naomi
Rip Van Winkle (2002) (with Malcolm Mooney)
Luxury Apartments (2015) (recorded in 1997 - 2002)
German-born British musician who composed music deeply rooted in the experimental tradition, influenced by such trends as musique concrete and electro-acoustic music. However, there is also a strong underlying prog EM feel, as you notice influences from the likes of Cluster, Eno, Harmonia and more. These quirky and quite listenable compositions will be a good find for those into the more experimental end of the EM spectrum. David Tyack died in 2004 on the island of Corsica due to a supposed accident.
One Step Beyond the Horizon (1996)
Moon Album (1998)
Ogme's Dreams (2000)
The Shining (2002)
Last Sunny Day (2011)
Russian synthesist Alexey Ostrovskiy creates cosmic, melodic and atmospheric EM.
Compositions And Soundpictures (1998)
Eepra Nahf (1998)
Source And Tone (1999)
Drawings In the Room (1999)
The Hover (2006)
Ambient ala Brian Eno or Vangelis' Bladerunner soundtrack. Richard Tyler started making Electronic Music in 1987 after acquiring an Ensoniq Mirage sampler, a computer and a tape recorder. Some of Richard's compositions have a distinct IDM flair.
Durch Die Zeiten (1983)
Sounds of Silence (1988)
Landscape Pictures (1989)
Plejaden Suite (1990)
Four Seasons (1991)
Farwind Islands (1992)
Trance Dance (1993)
Magical Sea (1993)
Visionary Worlds (1993)
Dreamcircle Suite (1993)
Im Suden (1994)
Am Sternentor (1994)
Invisible Worlds (1994)
Sahara Night Winds (1994)
Voices of Asia (1995)
Am Sternentor Live (1995)
Trance In Space (1996)
Monuments In Time (1997)
Monuments In Time Part 2 (1997)
Monuments In Time Part 3 (1997)
Monuments In Time Part 4 (1997)
Monuments In Time Part 5 (1997)
Monuments In Time Part 6 (1997)
Monuments In Time Part 7 (1997)
Im Elektronisches Garten (1999)
Mogul Nights (2000)
Terra Nean (2002)
Metallurion Lands I - IV (2002)
Metallurion Lands V (2002)
Metallurion Lands VI (2002)
Subterranean Levels (2002)
Red Moon Over Prevely Monastery (2002)
Subterranean Nights (2002)
Healing Holy Water (2002)
Kraft der Kristalle (2002)
Chill Out Ocean - Farout (2002)
Chill Out Ocean - Atmospheric Phases (2002)
Chill Out Ocean - Atmospheric Scapes (2003)
Chill Out Ocean - Atmospheric Waves (2003)
Chill Out Ocean - Atmospheric Liquids (2003)
Analogika Sternika Moons I (2003)
Electro Beats I (2003)
Desert Walks (2003)
Alem Mar (2003)
Analogika Sternika Moons II (2003)
Electronic Club Lounge - Black Sea Spirits (2003)
Electronic Club Lounge - Grainlands (2003)
Electronic Club Lounge - Grainwaters (2003)
Voices of the Unknown (2003)
Voice of Spaces (2003)
Orangeria Naira (2003)
The Echos Voices (2003)
Wasser Des Lichts (2003)
Die Grosse Zeit (2004)
Signale Signale (2004)
Rehnender Raum (2004)
Listen To the Oberheims (2004)
Inspiration Schaulager I - Installationsklange (2004)
Installation Schaulager II - Installationsklange (2004)
Analogika Sternika Planets (2004)
Silent Electronic Dreams (2004)
Analogika Sternika Asteroides (2004)
Analogika Sternika Moons IV (2004)
In Dream of Time (2004)
Dreamspheres (2004) (with Bernd Scholl)
Musica Sacra Moderna (2011)
Sleeping Bodies - In Dream of Time (2013)
Sleeping Bodies - Space Cathedrals II (2013)
Sleeping Bodies - Voices of the Unknown (2013)
Sleeping Bodies - Orangeria Naira (2013)
Sleeping Bodies - The Echos Voices (2013)
German synthesist whose real name is Jurgen Krehan. Early albums are done in the duo format together with Rudolf Langer and released under the project name "Tyndall". There are a lot of Cluster influences, with clattering drum boxes and melodic synth patterns. However, they added some spaciness in there, too. After the duo split, Krehan continued to release albums, changing his name to Nik Tyndall and becoming more and more new agey with each subsequent release.
See also: Tenere, Akiro
H.R. Giger's Studiolo (2014)
Cenobytes Wunderkammer (2015)
The World of Shells (2016)
Horror synth project of US-born Spencer Clark (currently residing in Belgium and making music in various genres, from drone to noise and hypnagogic pop, and under various guises). This stuff is inspired by late 1980's films "Hellraiser" and "A Plastic Nightmare". Different from most horror synth / horror revival music, this one relies less on analog sounds, is more abstract and has more of a classical / renaissance influence.