W's Fascination (??)
Wacky, laid-back and often cheesy music by one Wolfgang Wegner and a small group of supporting musician. Rare press supposedly from early-to-mid eighties.
Planetary Source (2013)
The Past Is Over (2015)
Ambient / Berlin School duo of Michael Tyisik and Denis Mayboroda. Atmospheric guitar and electronics.
Lob der Grausamkeit (1984) (S)
Stahlruine (1986) (S)
Memoire Magnetische (1989)
Swiss photo designer and sound artist Roberto Raineri-Seith who's been involved in the creation of Electronic Music (mostly by analog means) since 1981. He used to give live concerts and composed a lot of soundtracks to installations and art exhibitions. His recorded output was released under the "W.U.R" moniker. Raineri-Seith usually gets lumped with the industrial scene, and, indeed, a lot of his music seems to be influenced by it, with some clangs, noises, etc. However, it is filtered through a krautrock / prog EM attitude, reminding more on artists like Conrad Schnitzler.
Waard, Frans de (Netherlands)
Hot August Night (2017)
This particular album features long-form Ambient from member of Beequeen.
See also: Beequeen
The End of All Dreams (2007)
Firedance On A Dead Mans Grave (2008)
Experimentum Solaris (2010)
Nordwand (2011) (S)
Ambient, supposedly of dark variety.
See also: Uruk-Hai, Hrefnesholt.
Wade, Ali (UK)
Beautiful, sparkling synth compositions inspired by growth and evolution processes, some flowing, some apreggio / sequencer-based.
Wadephul, Ralph (Germany)
When Aliens Meet A Drop of Water
Ich Bin Ein Berliner - Live At Ricochet Gathering (2012)
A short-term member of Tangerine Dream who was with the band in 1988. For some reason his name is spelled as W.A.dePHUL on his debut release. I think the music will appeal to fans of contemporary TD.
See also: Tangerine Dream
From Forgotten Paths (2016)
A Gathering In the Woods (2017)
The Cold Journey (2017)
Dungeon synth-like compositions. Melodic, melancholic...
Wagner, Adrian (UK)
Distances Between Us (1974)
The Electronic Light Orchestra (1975)
The Last Inca (1978)
Karming the Elements (1988)
Inca Gold (1990)
Ambient Collection Vol.1 (1992)
Holy Spirit And the Holy Grail (1993)
Sought And Found (1994)
Genesis of the Grail Kings (1999)
Realm of the Ring Lords (2001)
Ambient Collection Vol.2 (2002)
British synthesist. He is the grandson of Richard Wagner, if I'm not mistaken. The Electronic Light Orchestra is a library LP.
Wagner, Jan (Germany)
Piano-dominated Ambient with light electronics. Sort of Nils Frahm-ish.
Karin Asken and Petter Rønneberg.
See also: Rønneberg, Petter
Time Actor (1979)
Trance Appeal (1996)
Drums 'n' Balls (1997)
This is basically Klaus Schulze doing music with other musicians (a group of changing members). If you've read my article about Klaus Schulze, you already guess that all of the above albums are highly recommended. On (Richard) Wahnfried releases, Schulze doesn't tell other musicians what to play, it is true collaboration, where Schulze does his own thing and other musicians do their own thing. Because there are always new musicians for each Wahnfried album, stylistically these works are very diverse. Time Actor has Arthur Brown doing ehm.. vocals and Vincent Crane (of Atomic Rooster fame) playing keyboards. Tonwelle features Manuel Goettsching and another famous guitar player whose name is kept in secret for contractual reasons. Miditation is a very peaceful atmospheric work featuring Steve Jolliffe. Trancelation and Trance Appeal are both very upbeat, often venturing into techno territories. The first one is done with Georg Stettner and U.W. Uberschall and the second is a duo of Klaus and Jorg Schaaf.
See also: Schulze, Klaus, Brown, Arthur, Goettsching, Manuel, Ash Ra Tempel / Ashra, Shrieve, Michael, Jolliffe, Steve, Schaaf, Jorg.
Waisvisz, Michel (Netherlands)
Michel Waisvisz is a Dutch engineer and inventor who developed an unusual touch sensitive electronic instrument called the Crackle Box. While known mostly as a live performer and technician, Michel did release a solo LP in 1978 and a few CD's later. The music features the Crackle Box and is totally unique. Somewhat abrasive in execution, it may be deemed too experimental by an average EM listener. However, it is also surprisingly listenable and at times melodic and jazzy. Great disc for fans of Experimental EM. Later CD's are much more in the academic / electroacoustic style.
Wakeman, Rick (UK)
Piano Vibrations (1971)
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1973)
Journey To the Centre of the Earth (1974)
The Myths & Legends of King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table (1975)
No Earthly Connection (1976)
Criminal Record (1977)
White Rock (1977)
I'm So Straight I'm A Weirdo (1980)
The Burning (1981) (soundtrack)
Rock 'n Roll Prophet (1982)
Cost of Living (1983)
Crimes of Passion (1984)
Live At Hammersmith (1985)
Lytton's Diary (1985)
Silent Nights (1985)
Country Airs (1986)
The Family Album (1987)
The Gospels (1987)
20th Anniversary Limited Edition (1988)
A Suite of Gods (1988)
Custer's Last Stand (1988)
Time Machine (1988)
Black Knights At the Court of Ferdinand IV (1989)
Sea Airs (1989)
In the Beginning (1990)
Night Airs (1990)
Phantom Power (1990)
2000AD Into the Future (1991)
African Bach (1991)
Aspirant Sunrise (1991)
Aspirant Sunset (1991)
Aspirant Sunshadows (1991)
Don't Fly Away / After Prayers (1991)
Rock 'n Roll Prophet Plus (1991)
The Classical Connection (1991)
Classic Tracks (1993)
No Expense Spared (1993)
The Classical Connection II (1993)
Heritage Suite (1993)
Unleashing the Tethered One - The 1974 North American Tour (1993)
Wakeman With Wakeman (1993)
Light Up the Sky (1994)
Live On the Test (1994)
Lure of the Wild (1994)
Wakeman With Wakeman Live (1994)
Almost Live In Europe (1995)
Cirque Surreal (1995)
Rick Wakeman In Concert (1995)
Romance of the Victorian Age (1995)
The Piano Album (1995)
The Private Collection (1995)
The Seven Wonders of the World (1995)
Can You Hear Me (1996)
Fields of Green (1996)
The New Gospels (1996)
The Word And Music (1996)
Welcome A Star (1996)
Simply Acoustic (1997)
Return To the Centre of the Earth (1999)
Stella Bianca Alla Corte De Re Ferdinando (1999)
The Art In Music Trilogy (1999)
The Natural World Trilogy (1999)
White Rock II (1999)
Christmas Variations (2000)
Chronicles of Man (2000)
Morning Has Broken (2000)
Preludes To A Century (2000)
Rick Wakeman Live In Concert 2000 (2000)
The Caped Collection (2000)
Classical Variations (2001)
Frost In Space (2001)
Out of the Blue (2001)
Two Sides of Yes (2001)
The Yes Piano Variations (2002)
Treasure Chest (2002)
Two Sides of Yes Volume 2 (2002)
Hummingbird (2002) (with Cousins)
Oscar Concert (2003)
Out There (2003)
The Wizard And the Forest of All Dreams (2004)
Live At Lincoln Cathedral (2006)
Famous Yes keyboardist and a legend in its own right. One of the most virtuoso keyboard players of all times. Although he did some interesting electronic experiments in some of his works, there are still a lot of drawbacks to his music for an EM listener's ears. And here we have the biggest problem with this great musician: his older albums often sound dated and he tends to use quite a few half-decent vocals that usually spoil the picture. The obligatory pomp is there, but it's not a big problem if we're talking progressive rock. His newer stuff, on the contrary, tends to fall into sappy new age territory, sometimes terribly sweet and unengaging. Stick to his early works, like The Six Wives of Henry VIII.
Wakhevitch, Igor (France)
Docteur Faust (1971)
Les Fous D'Or (1975)
Let's Start (1979)
The music of Igor Wakhevitch is pretty hard to describe. On early albums he combined sound collages ala Pierre Henry with some orchestral chamber music elements and electronics, later he developed a more cosmic approach with synthesizers, concrete sounds, neo-classical touches and studio wizardry. He has been called the French Ralph Lundsten and, in fact, some of his work is quite close to what Ralph was doing at around the same time. There are even traces of Schulze's style. So, if a Pierre Henry / chamber / neo-classical / Lundsten / Schulze hybrid sounds ok to you, then you probably get the picture.
Take You To the Bottom (1995)
Tea For Two (1997)
Music For Lazy People (2001)
Life And Space (2003)
Music For Waki People (2004)
Special (2005) (recorded in 1995 - 2005)
Hurry Up And Relax (2011)
Russian Love (2016)
Wakisaka Akifumi aka Waki is an ambient producer from Tokyo who is also influenced by such genres as minimal techno and IDM. His music often has some kind of a hypnotic pulse to it, at other times it's floating and relaxing.
Walcott, Mitch (USA)
Nice cinematic mixture of Space and Ambient from this musician.
Electrical Bonding (2005)
Danish duo of two brothers Lars and Dennis Hansen formed in 1999. They mostly play various types of noise but this release is Dark Ambient.
Walker Christenson, Forest (USA)
UV Sea (2017)
Ambient artist. Nice, moody flowing synth sound with some piano.
See also: Seabat
Walking Through Walls (UK)
Deep sounds from Scotland.
Wall, Martin (Canada)
Metaphysical Facelift (1977)
Martin Wall is a professional piano player from Hamilton. Metaphysical Facelift is very much an album of two faces. One is some dreary vocal singer-songwriter stuff, where guests on guitars, bass and drums appear. And another are solo synthesizer / piano instrumentals from Wall, from short bridges to longer explorations like the excellent title track which is a lost classic of symphonic EM (with large piano presence).
Walla, Chris (USA)
Tape Loops (2015)
An unusual album of Eno-like Ambient from guitarist of indie rock band Death Cab For Cutie.
Wallace, Terry (UK)
Moog Superstar (1974)
Question: who is Terry Wallace? Answer: Terry Wallace is actually Eric Siday, a library music composer and an electronic pioneer. Question: what's this album about? Answer: it's basically a moog reworking of "Jesus Christ Superstar" but side B contains an original composition by Siday, performed on synthesizers. Eric Siday had at least a couple other albums, both of them library releases with extremely short electronic jingles / bridges.
Wallis, Glenn Michael (UK)
Industrial Surrealist (2001) (recorded in 1982 - 1999)
Archival release from this member of industrial pioneers Konstruktivists. It contains some fine analog synth material (naturally, with a dark twist) that I think will be enjoyed by fans of EM.
Walls (UK / Italy)
Sound Houses (2014) (with Daphne Oram)
Varied electronic duo of Sam Willis and Alessio Natalizia. Sound Houses is an experimental work with processed original "Oramics" tapes by Daphne Oram. Urals mixes nu-disco and kraut with some nice Prog EM and ambient arrangements.
See also: Primitive World
Walsh, Joe (USA)
So What (1974)
Pre-Eagles album of this US singer and guitar player. It's more or less your typical hard rock / AOR of the time. But before you start wondering what the heck is Joe Walsh doing here, let me tell you one thing: you may not like Joe Walsh... darn, you may not even like Eagles but I'll give it to him that he included an electronic track in this album - the short, 2-minute "Pavane", played by Walsh on synthesizers. It may well be the only electronic track that Joe ever did, but then, maybe not. But hey, it's still electronic, even if it's a rendition of a classical piece by Ravel. A very neat rendition it is, too, with a warm, analogue sound. But we're in 1974 here, so it coudn't possibly be the other way round.
Walt Thisney (Portugal)
Ambient music by this diverse project that is mostly known for its vaporwave stuff.
See also: Rasal.Asad
Walter, Justin (USA)
Dark Matter (2013) (EP)
Lullabies & Nightmares (2013)
Unseen Forces (2017)
The work of this Ann Arbor-based experimental and jazz musician focuses around the exploration of the possibilities of the EWI (electronic wind instrument).
Wander (2001) (S)
Wander (2004) (S)
Wander (2007) (S)
Wander (2009) (S)
Wander (2011) (S)
Static Drone Ambient from members of Beequeen. All of their releases are titled simply "Wander".
See also: Beequeen
Lost In A Sea of Dreams (2017)
Gathering of the Ancient Spirits (2018)
Amsterdam-based duo that mixes some dance / club rhythms with ambient synth / Prog EM. The second album has pretty nice and exotic sound.
Wang, Jo (Norway)
Fractals (1995) (recorded in 1990 - 1995)
Haunting Melodies (1998)
Jo Wang is a trained musician, organ player and electronic composer who studied electroacoustic music and classical guitar. He has worked on several soundtracks and TV productions. On his solo albums he uses mainly keyboards and samplers.
Messe en Re Mineur (1976)
Ludwig, un Roi pour l'Eternite (1979)
Le Lac d'Argent (1986)
Unclassifiable French progressive band from Strasbourg, Alsace. They are generally considered a chamber rock ensemble or RIO outfit and are compared to Mike Oldfield, Univers Zero or Art Zoyd. An interesting detail is that Wapassou had no drummer or bass guitar player on most of their classic albums. Instead, they relied on an interplay between keyboards (really lots of them, played by Freddy Brua), guitar (Karen Nickerl) and violin (Jacques Lichti). Their sound evolved from quite basic on their debut to complex instrumental arrangements on later works. They also went from organ-based to very electronic on Salammbô and Ludwig, which are definitely interesting from the EM standpoint. I really like their warm, analogue synth sound.
Gifts From the Storm (2016)
Solo synth project of Aaron Emmert, who is a drummer of psychedelic rockers Mammatus. Floating, relaxing sound, but also rhythmic and sequential.
See also: Mammatus
Stellar Shine (2009)
Cosmic Dance (2012)
Realm of Tishtaar (2014)
Cosmic / epic Ambient.
Ward, Paul (UK)
For A Knave (1991)
The Fear of Make-Believe (1994)
Synthesist with a 'traditional EM' style.
See also: Quiet Point
Rites of Passage (2015) (S)
Into Shadow Realms Unknown (2016) (S)
The Obsidian Realm (2016)
Creepy dark soundscapes with elements of dungeon synth. There's even a touch of early, pre-Phaedra Tangerine Dream.
Ware, Tom (USA)
The Fourth Circle (1983)
The Big Bang (1990) (with Lars Erickson)
Out of Bounds (1996)
Zulu Time (??)
Synthesist from Nebraska who released at least one album of Electronic Music in German style.
See also: Binary Race
Warm Digits (UK)
Keep Warm...With the Warm Digits (2011)
BBC Radio 3 Late Junction Session (2012) (S) (with Field Music)
Wireless World (2017)
Neo-krautrock duo of Andrew Hodson and Stephen Jefferis. Heavy La Dusseldorf vibes here, synths galore, guitars and motorik rhythms.
Warm Tape (USA)
Life At Dusk (2016)
Ambient drone artist Raymond Chalmé from Long Branch, New Jersey.
Warmth is Spanish musician Augustín Mena. He is mainly known for dub techno music with ambient elements. For Essay, he abandons rhythm to focus on warm, floating ambient sound. Home is a 2-CD set with ambient music on disc 1 and remixes on disc 2.
See also: SVLBRD
Warner, Maria (???)
Omicron In A Cannabis Veil (2018)
Time Lapse (2018)
According to the label, Maria Werner is a pseudonym of an artist who's been involved in the creation of Electronic Music for more than 30 years. Omicron... is her (his?) tribute to Edgar Froese's Epsilon In Malaysian Pale.
Electric Eyes (1983)
I just couldn't miss this one. Warning was an obscure duo formation of Edgar Schlepper and Hans Müller that played really innovative and progressive music in that they combined growling metal vocals and heavy riffs with doom laden synth atmospheres and new wave-ish keyboard lines. Must have been really innovative at the time, as in some sense it predated many ideas of modern industrial pop bands like Rammstein. On the other hand, their synthetic textures often remind on Tangerine Dream from around the same period. An interesting fact in that regard is that their song was featured in an episode of German TV series "Tatort", to which TD contributed a few tracks. If you fancy heavy riffs combined with drum machine rhythms and electronics, topped by Darth Vader's anguished rants, this is exactly the stuff you need to listen to. Of course, it could all be viewed as a mere joke but at least the coolness factor is there in a campy sort of way, so there you go.
See also: Bill Board, Jean
The Master Wave (2013)
A trio of Jean Houpert, Joe Houpert and Steve Perrucci. A mixture of free jazz and electronics.
Warning Light (USA)
Subterrain (2006) (EP)
Eternity Drones (2007)
Unknown Clearing (2009) (EP)
Further On (2010)
Early Birds (2010) (EP)
Wild Silver (2011)
Blacked Out (2012) (S)
Lost Patterns (2014)
A Vast Moment (2014) (S)
Burn Under Direct Heat (2014)
Heavens Above, Heavens Below (2015)
Quiet On the Homefront (2015) (EP)
Life / Death Suite (2016) (S)
Cosmic Meditation (2017) (EP)
At the End of the Road (2017)
Luxury Through Petition (2017)
Varied project of Georgia-based Drew Haddon. Ranges from sequencer-based etudes (mostly on later releases) to ambient drifters (of dark or brighter variety).
One Note (2016)
The Labyrinth (2017) (EP)
Ambient artist Tom Ståle Engebretsen.
See also: Castana
Warwick, Henry (USA)
Electronic Etudes (1987)
Something Borrowed (2014)
Quiet, minimalist and melodic ambient works from this artist who discovered synthesizers in the 1980's.
Washburn, Sean (USA)
Wave Mantra (2000)
Something like a cross of Ambient and ethnic music. Sean Wishburn is a California-based artist. John Vorus appears on this album as guest.
Nice Kraftwerk pastiche with an extra melodic edge.
Ambient project of Terrence O'Brien and Matthew Poulakakis.
See also: Anomalous Disturbances
Wasted Cathedral (Canada)
Wasted Cathedral (2012)
Pleasant Valley (2014)
Beat Nightmares Thru Dead Suburb (2015)
Solo electronic project of Chris Laramee, member of Saskatoon-based spacerockers Shooting Guns. This is ambient, kosmische, drone based stuff.
Wasylyk, Andrew (UK)
Themes For Buildings & Spaces (2017) (S)
Scottish artist who on Themes For Buildings & Spaces describes his hometown Dundee with sound. The music is melodic, easy-listening and classically-inspired, somewhat indebted to the hauntology scene I think. There are also some ambient, spookier or more reflective bits. It makes use of acoustic instruments (strings, drums, glockenspiel, etc.) and synth.
Watanabe, Hiroshi (Japan)
Fukuroda Falls From Formation To Present (2014)
Unusual ambient album from this techno / tech house producer. Floating pads, arpeggios and soft rhythms.
Phrenic Landscapes Dissolving (2013)
Tour 2014 (2014) (with Andrew Kirschner)
Blanket Reveries (2014)
Rose Cross (2014)
Fracturing (2016) (with Andrew Kirschner)
Nice analog synth compositions from Jeff Hatfield, one half of Fragments.
See also: Fragments
Water Bureau (USA)
Water Bureau (2015)
A duo of Norm Chambers and Daryl Groetsch. Expect lots of warm analog synths here.
See also: Chambers, Norm, Panabrite, Müller, Jurgen, Pulse Emitter.
Water Lily Jaguar (USA)
Up Atlantis (2010) (S)
Kipona Aloha For the Reef Spirits (2010)
Voyage of Hope / Voyage of Discovery (2011)
Pina Colada Vision Music (2011)
Formerly known as Dream Safari. Ambient.
See also: Nectar of the Moon
Watermann, John (Germany)
Calcutta Gas Chamber (1993)
Babel #1 (1993)
As you can guess from the title this is pure Isolationism, and a very busy and disturbing one. Not for the weak. John Watermann (born in 1935 in Berlin and passed away in 2002 in Brisbane, Australia) was a very prolific electroacoustic / experimental composer. He has quite a few albums but the above two will sure appeal to Dark Ambient freaks.
Waters, Robert (Germany)
I've Seen the Invisible (2012) (EP)
Time Ahead Time (2016) (EP)
Immortal Tourist (2018) (with Johannes Schmoelling)
Robert Waters (real name - Robert Wässer) is a Berlin-based producer and musician. He is a member of Loom, along with Jerome Froese and Johannes Schmoelling.
See also: Loom
Wathelet, Pascal (Belgium)
Rare electronic album. Melodic music played on analog synthesizers.
Watkins, Jason Christopher (USA)
Los Angeles-based keyboardist and member of heavy prog / psych / doom metal band Ancestors. His solo music is electronic and has a rich synth sound, reminding on many Prog EM greats, from Vangelis and Tangerine Dream to John Carpenter's scores.
Watkins, Kit (USA)
Frames of Mind (1982)
In Time (1985) (with Coco Roussel)
Thought Tones Vol. 1 (1990)
A Different View (1991)
Thought Tones Vol. 2 (1992)
Wet Dark And Low (1992)
Kinetic Vapors (1993)
Holographic Tapestries (1995)
Beauty Drifting (1996)
Rolling Curve (2000)
The Unseen (2000)
The Gathering Set 1 (2001)
The Gathering Set 2 (2001)
Music For the End (2001)
This Time And Space (2003)
Flying Petals (2004)
World Fiction (2005)
Ex-Happy the Man keyboardist (born in 1953 in Harrisonburg, VA) who also was in Camel for a short spell. His solo music is in different EM styles. The Thought Tones releases are Ambient, A Different View is adaptations of classical works, the first side of Frames of Mind features vocals, while side two is pure sequency Electronic Music.
See also: Tone Ghost Ether, Happy the Man.
Watson, Ken (USA)
The Twinkle Factor (1999)
A Little Chin Music (2000)
Basically a fusion artist, although his 1985 album, Assembly, features a completely electronic track and a lot of keys on others. Don't know about his later works, though.
Watson, Vincent I. (UK)
Scottish techno producer and DJ who released this beautiful, completely ambient album.
Wave Temples (USA)
In the Shade of the Island (2013)
Keys To the Inner Island (2013)
Floating Garden / Hidden Palace (2013)
Sleeping Tortugas (2014)
Nice Dreams (2014)
Isle Enchanted (2016)
Florida-based Ambient with island and underwater atmospheres. These are cassette releases.
Wave, Tom (Austria??)
Pacific Paradise (1991)
This album was produced by Gandalf who lends a hand on guitar for three tracks. A delicate type of music that, apart from synthesizer, features piano, bass and percussion. There are also two guest players who contribute flute and violin.
Wave World (Netherlands)
Another Strange Day On Gonxa (2002)
The Winds of Laax (2005)
Wave World is a trio of Gert van Santen, Harry Kessels and Rolf van Slooten. They got together in the 1990's to play some music set to computer-generated visuals by Rolf. Over the years, their live shows have developed into something quite worthy of seeing, with cosmic music, many light effects, costumes and so on. Their musical style is basically excellent Space Music / Berlin School / Ambient hybrid. Another Strange Day On Gonxa is more rhythmic and upbeat.
See also: Solipsist Paradise, The Real Virtuality Project, Sandarach.
Making Waves (1991)
Virtual World (1995)
A project of Steve Blenkisopp. Very melodic synth music that has been compared to Jarre, Oldfield and Vangelis.
Waveform Transmission (USA)
V. 1.0 - V. 1.9 (1996)
V 2.0 - 2.9 (2017)
Dark sounds from a duo that includes Roderick Julian Modell.
See also: Modell, Roderick Julian
A Pendulum (2014)
Oakland-based Jason Sole creates organic and at times noisy soundscapes using modular synths. For fans of Experimental EM.
Where Are We Captain (1976)
New Atlantis (1977)
British synth duo of John Lewis and Brian Hodgson.
See also: Electrophon
Waves, Max (Italy)
Music For Microworlds (2010)
Mostly cosmic Electronic and Space Music by this enigmatic musician. Max Waves was born in 1969 in Treviso (Italy). He took piano lessons and studied classical music but during the 1980's, he decided to dedicate himself to EM. He initially worked with computers only, starting with an old Amiga and moving to Macintosh during the 1990's. Gradually, he expanded his setup and recorded several of his works. Max Waves also made music as part of Ars Electronica (a Tangerine Dream style band) that hasn't released any music officially yet.
Live 96/97 (1997)
Vestige - The Next Steps (1999)
Berlin School electronics. Waveshape was a duo of Michael Neihs and Volker Juengerich. In 1999, the project was discontinued.
See also: Radium
Mind Journey (1984)
Out of Time (1997) (recorded in 1986 - 1988)
Wavestar Live UKE 1985 (2018)
Legendary synth project of the 80's, a duo of John Dyson and Dave Ward-Hunt. Before trying his hand as an electronic musician, John played guitar ala The Shadows (one of his influences). The keyboard contributions were limited to auxiliary string parts for his rock compositions. However, after meeting with the late Dave Wart-Hunt, John made a complete turn towards the electronic side of things. Dave was an analogue / modular enthusiast, and hearing the sequencer playing, John immediately had lots of ideas about how the final result of their collaboration could sound. Thus, the Wavestar duo was born in the early 1980's. Their third official release Moonwind got rave reviews from the EM press back when it was released. The music sounds like a cross of 80's Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd and Kitaro. Although I must admit that it's a bit too saccharine for my tastes, if melody is your thing, you could do much worse than add some of their CD's to your collection.
See also: Dyson, John
Travellers (2016) (EP)
Symmetries (2017) (EP)
Swedish producer Sebastian Mullaert who on the B side of this 12" record presents a Classic Ambient track "We Float".
We All (Germany)
Not sure about this one. "We All" served as the backing band for Christian singer-songwriter Pater Gerhard Paul who also produced this LP, subtitled "Meditations in g minor". The music is either instrumental progrock or Electronic Music (or both). It has flute and lots of keyboards. The album is too obscure.
We Are the Hunters (Spain)
We Are the Hunters & Michel Des Airlines
(2013) (with Michel Des Airlines)
We Are the Hunters & Hölograma (2013) (with Hölograma)
Deprogramming Cathedrals (2013) (S)
Odyssey & We Are the Hunters (2013) (with Odyssey)
Outerspace Moments (2013)
We Are the Hunters & Synth Alien (2014) (with Synth Alien)
We Are the Hunters & Mynationshit (2014) (with Mynationshit)
Fat, analogue-based Berlin School compositions.
See also: Dekatron II, Sentionaut.
We Plants Are Happy Plants (Hungary)
Any Day Now (2012)
Rhythmic, cinematic, a bit trancey music from Peter Bergmann.
Weadling, Bernard (France)
Out of Time (2010)
Rhythmic / melodic music from this synthesist.
Weather Warlock (USA)
Sunset Waits For No Man (2015)
Occulting the Sun (2017)
(2017) صقر بلا رأس
Microburst Hail Storm: 6-27-2017 Las Vegas New Mexico (2017) (S)
A project of New Orleans-based musician who apparently invented an analog synth that reacts to weather conditions. The first side of Sunset Waits For No Man starts with a synth drone before erupting with a loud and noisy guitar / drums / sax workout. Side B is all cosmic, droning synths.
Weatherall, Andrew (UK)
Producer, remixer and deejay born in 1963 in Windsor. The above album, with its Walter Wegmüller's Tarot rip-off cover, gives away a krautrock influence and, indeed, it's a paradise for fans of the Dusseldorf School and motorik grooves.
Weathers, Andrew (USA)
A Great Southern City (2010)
Winter Pieces (2010)
Louella (2014) (with Seth Chrisman)
One Day We'll Find the Valley (2014)
Light In the Valley (2015)
I Am Happy When I Am Moving (2015)
Ever Steady (2016) (with Seth Chrisman)
Mojave Between Ludlow And Needles (2016)
Under the Tree (2017) (soundtrack)
Ogallala (2017) (with Seth Chrisman)
Mixture of reflective guitars, banjos, harmonicas and electronics, all in a somewhat new-agey, or, better, meditative setting from this Oakland-based musician. Some of the completely acoustic releases were omitted from the above discography.
Webb, Dominique (France)
La Psychosomnie, Methode Contre
Hypnose (1972) (S)
Hypnose features a collaboration of Jean-Michel Jarre with this infamous magician. The first album is more obscure, although it also features Electronic Music, on top of which Webb layers a spoken voice, trying to hypnotize you! Not much known about this work, overall.
Webb, Nick (UK)
Music For Severn Sirens (2017)
Rather intense Space Music sound here.
Weber, Serge (Germany)
Reich Mir die Hand Wir Wollen Tanzen (1985)
Ciclos is an extremely rare LP from member of Thirsty Moon. I believe it was released somewhere in the 1970's and consists of two side-long "electroacoustic" tracks composed for a ballet of Fernando Cortizo. I am not sure if it has a strong prog EM connection or is one of those "serious", academic avant-garde works but I included it here because of the Thirsty Moon (a prog band) connection.
Wedde, Conrad (New Zealand)
Space World (2014) (S)
Varied melodic electronic tracks. A guitar is used as well and overall there is a new-agey slant to a lot of the material.
At Summer's End (2015)
Dungeon synth-like ambient music.
Weeks, Chris (UK)
Contemplation Moon (2013)
Gwynt, Glaw, Myfyrio (2013) (S)
Formeg: (2013) (S)
The Ebb & Flow (2013) (S)
Flashback Blues (2014)
Black Hole (2015)
Isis & Norman (2016)
In the Light of Two Suns (2017)
The Grey Ghost of Morning (2017)
Varied music ranging from classic Space Music / Ambient to whimsical stuff that sounds like carnival music played on synthesizers. A lot of compositions have concrete and noisy digital glitchiness so common today but combined with vintage analog textures resulting in a somewhat schizophrenic concept.
Wegmuller, Walter (Germany)
On the Kosmische Musik label with many members of bands that were signed to that label, including Klaus Schulze.
Wehmeier, Rolf (Germany)
Electronic Symphony (1983)
Computer Roboter (1985)
Synposium (1986) (with Hans Ehrlinger)
Electronic Sound Waves (1987)
Diverse electronic tracks, from atmospheric to rhythmic, with live drums, bass and guitar. All of the above seem to be library albums.
Weiden, Ralf (Germany)
Fur den Anfang (1998)
See also: Nautilus, Aquarius.
Weindorf, Alfons & Briggs, Curtis (Germany / ???)
A library album from 1988? Don't let that scare you off, as it's certainly one of the best from that era. In fact, some of it sounds like Tangerine Dream from a few years earlier (circa 1985) with equally strong melodies and tasty, rich synth sounds. Alfons Weindorf is known as an ex-member of Zara-Thustra.
A group of ex-Magma musicians doing jazzy synth fusion. Hints of Heldon and, naturally, Magma. Some wordless vocals.
See also: Magma, Gauthier, Patrick.
Weil, Gerry (Venezuela)
Autana - Magic Mountain (1985) (S)
Austrian-born Venezuelan jazz pianist who, among other albums, released this supposedly electronic, atmospheric piano / keyboards-based disc.
Weineck, Joe (Germany)
Acoustic Landscapes (1995)
From Jungle To Galaxy (2004)
Despite the title of Acoustic Landscapes this is atmospheric Electronic Music. Prior to releasing his own albums, Joe Weineck worked mainly as a film producer and studio engineer.
Weinekamp, Gerd (Germany)
Studio Tapes (1997)
Solo music from member of Rainbow Serpent. A rare CDR release.
See also: Der Laborant, Rainbow Serpent.
Weingarten, Carl (USA)
Submergings (1981) (with Gale Ormiston and
Windfalls (1983) (with Gale Ormiston)
Living In the Distant Present (1985)
Dreaming In Colors (1986) (with Walter Whitney)
Laughing At Paradise (1988)
Primitive Earth (1989) (with Walter Whitney)
Critical Path (1991) (with Joe Venegoni)
Pandora's Garage (1992)
Slide of Hand (1992)
Court Musicians: At the Court of the Chera King (1993)
Redwood Melodies (1995)
The Acoustic Shadow (1995)
Silent Night (1998) (with Kavi Alexander)
Blue Faith (2000)
Local Journeys (2005)
Invisibility (2006) (with Forrest Fang)
Where There Is Light (2016) (with Catherine Marie Charlton)
An Endless Premonition (2016)
This Is Where I Found You (2018)
Somewhat frippoid electronic musician / guitarist.
See also: Delay Tactics
A Different Kind of Normal (1999)
WEirD were Andy Bloyce from the UK and Jens Peschke from Germany with Marcel Engels and Ruud Heij as guest musicians. The project is discontinued.
See also: Kubusschnitt
Weird Dust (Belgium)
Micro Zoology (2014)
Oceans of Mountains (2014)
The Chase (2017) (S)
Aqua Velva (2017) (S)
A project of Mike Crabbé who works in analog environment to create experimental, krauty synth compositions and also collaborated with Ernesto Gonzalez as Tav Exotic.
See also: Tav Exotic
Weird Ribs (UK)
Weird Ribs is synthesizer work of Joseph Cox. Spacey, analog soundscapes, pulsations, effects, melodies...
Weirdest Dream (Sweden)
White Worms (2018)
Rhythmic excursions on analog and vintage digital synthesizers from Daniel Fagerström and Luciano Leiva.
See also: Fagerström, Daniel
Weirding Module (USA)
Clone Therapy (2008)
Star Frontiers (2008)
Underwater In Space (2008)
Peaking Man (2008)
New Age Series Vol. 001 (2008)
New Age Series Vol. 002 (2008)
Black Galaxy (2009)
Slaughtered Sandworm & Weirding Module (2009) (with Slaughtered Sandworm)
New Age Series Vol. 003 (2010)
Release Me (2010)
Sewer System (2010)
Enter the Canyon Entrance Entranced (2010)
Sounds From the Hibrane (2011)
No Bells Here (2012)
Peace Offering (2012)
The Voyage In (2013)
Bubble With Me (2016)
A Newer Age (??)
Experimental, flowing, analog electronics. Often melodic and quite listenable. Weirding Module is Michael Troutman.
Weiss, Klaus (Germany)
Sound Music Album 27: Chemistry - Physics
(1980) (with Eugen Thomass)
Open Space Motion (1981)
Into the Wind (1985)
Late jazz-rock drummer who released a few library albums, some of them electronic. Open Space Motion features mostly short tracks of flowing or sequenced EM, a bit similar to early 1980's Tangerine Dream.
Weiss, Tomas (Germany)
Insights (2004) (with Mathias Grassow)
Conscience (2006) (with Mathias Grassow)
Original Mitschnitte (2006)
Die Getaktelen (2006) (EP)
Outland (2007) (with Oophoi)
Quiet Calling II (2009) (with Mathias Grassow)
Farewell - In Hommage To Klaus Wiese (2010) (with Mathias Grassow)
Electric Angels (2010) (with Mathias Grassow)
Distant Shadows (2011) (with Anthony Paul Kerby)
Appearances (2011) (with Anthony Paul Kerby)
Quiet Calling (2011) (with Mathias Grassow)
Quiet Calling III (2011) (with Mathias Grassow)
Aestrata (2012) (with Mathias Grassow)
Revelation (2013) (with Anthony Paul Kerby)
Quiet Calling IV (2014)
Polaris (2015) (with Nuur)
Aeon (2016) (with Klaus Wiese)
Submental Vol. 4 (2017)
Quiet Calling V (2017)
Submental Limited (2018)
Submental Vol. 5 (2018)
Aka Thomas Weiss. Ambient artist from Germany.
See also: Nautic Depths, Aestrata, Wintersilence.
I Tamsa... (1994)
Saulei Tekant (1994)
Without Sleep (1995)
Zemes Alsavimas (2004)
Hybryds Versus Wejdas (2013) (with Hybryds)
Ritual Ambient by Donatas Bielkauskas and Darius Gerulaitis.
See also: Donis
Wel, Frank van der (Netherlands)
Berlin School electronics. Frank van der Wel began writing Electronic Music in 1981, inspired by Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Michael Hoenig and Ashra. Together with musician Ton Haring (Par Example) he built his own synth and started to release his music on cassettes.
Welde, Christian (Norway)
Relaxing and dreamy Electronic Music from this synthesist.
Cosmic Waves (2004)
Trip To Illusion (2006)
Phase V (2010)
The Big Bang (2011)
Climb Up Set 2 (2011)
Endless Summer (2012)
Live Münster 2015 (2015) (with Moonbooter)
A duo of Detlef Dominiczak and Andreas Braun doing pure cosmic / rhythmic Berlin School music. Analogue pulsations, atmospheres, effects and leads.
Toene des Nebels (2014)
Petrified Forest (2016)
Varied EM, from rich symphonic themes to rhythmic, sequencer-based. WellenVorm is Uwe Rottluff from Chemnitz.
Wellins, Matt (USA)
Music For the Memphis Group (2017)
Mix equal doses of Zappa's synclavier experiments, Wendy Carlos' baroque stylings, add a touch of Tomita and splashes of vaporwave and this is what you would get. If you're into the wackier, light-hearted end of the EM spectrum, give it a try.
Wells, David (UK)
Op.3 (2004) (S)
Drone Works #9 (2005) (S)
Efegin (2007) (S)
Horn Dilemma (2010) (S)
Resolutions (2010) (recorded in 1997 - 1998)
Drone Ambient in the realms of Oophoi from this Scottish musician.
Wells, Orson (Germany)
Actually a pseudonym of Frankfurt-based deep house artist and deejay Lenard Poschmann. On Jupiter, there is a mixture of smooth, club-oriented numbers and totally spaced out synth tracks in Prog style. Overall it's much more Prog EM than any house / techno. Pneumatics is much more beat-oriented, though.
Wells, Philip J. (UK)
The Last Survivors (1978)
Whispering Emptiness (2014)
Dreams Forgotten (2014)
Melancholic keyboard Ambient based on pads. The author is involved in several other projects, mainly in black metal genre.
Weg von Europa (1981)
ZX81 In Concert (1982)
Gasteig Munich Opening Live (1986)
Palmenhaus Blackbox (1988)
Electronic duo of Richard Aicher and Andreas Merz (initially supposed to be called "Rubicon"), formed in Munich in 1978. From the very beginning it was intended as a live show and the band immediately started giving open air concerts around Munich. Several live tours and subsequent releases followed. They also participated in a lot of computer fairs, supporting Commodore. In 1984, Tom Hackl joined Weltklang. Noted performances from this period include the concerts at the Munich Botanic Garden (Palmenhaus) and performing as the main act at the Perry Rhodan Festival (Frankfurt). In 1986, Hackl leaves Weltklang. The 1995 album (Zeitreif), apart from new material, features some tracks from Klangwelt, Weg von Europa and Palmenhaus Blackbox. Starting from 1994, Aicher released several solo works.
See also: Aicher, Richard, Merz, Andreas, Hackl, Tom.
Weltman, Klaus (Netherlands)
Cultus Island (2004)
Organic, analogue soundscapes from Danny Wolfers.
See also: Wolfers, Danny, Smackos, Falckenhaus, Franz, Phalangius, Knutson, Saab, Nomad Ninja, Occult Orientated Crime, Ufocus, Zandvoort & Uilenbal, Taniyama, Satomi, Rising Sun Systems, Osmo, Sammy, Star Sheperd.
With the Earth In Its Coils (2006)
A Dream Half Remembered (2007)
The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made of (2007)
Thirtyfour Years of Decay (2007)
Through the Depths of Unknowing (2007)
A Demon-Haunted World (2008)
Between Nowhere And Goodbye (2008)
Edging Towards Oblivion (2008)
Lost And Far From Home (2008)
The End of Everything (2008)
The Gyres (2008)
Dream / Death (2008)
The Abyss (2008)
The Way of the Cross (2008)
The Light of Life Undone (2008)
A Strange Dark Place (2008)
Under the Receding Wave (2008)
When the Heart Shows Through (2008)
Outside In (2009)
Six Feet Away From the World (2009) (S)
Singularity (2009) (with Nils Helstrom)
Fairytale Ending (2009)
An Anniversary of Sorts (2010)
The Heaven's Open (2010) (with Simulacra)
We Dream What Might Have Been (2010)
Who And What We Are (2010)
The Fear of God (2010)
Instant Flight (2010) (S)
Dark Ambient from Cathal Rodgers.
Werewolves In Siberia (USA)
The Rising (2013)
Beyond the City of the Dead (2014)
Werewolves In Siberia is Chris Cavoretto from Idaho who is one of the John Carpenter / 1970's - 80's horror revivalists.
Weris, Hugo (France)
Nouvelle Recette (198?)
Electronic artist that is quite experimental but also with prominent melodic sensibility.
Aquis Submersus (1989)
Weit Draussen (2006)
Neue Rungholter Tanze (2010)
Industrial soundscapes / Martial Ambient.
Wermke, Michael (Germany)
Klassik Und Klassisches (1998)
Filmmusik - Der Soundtrack (1999)
Michael Wermke was born in 1952 in Rostock. During the 1960's he studied music, playing keyboards mainly. In the next decade he became a musician, playing in various bands. By the start of the next decade Michael became interested in Electronic Music and started experimenting in this field.
Wermut is a varied dark cabaret / new wave / darkwave / minimal synth duo from Hamburg formed in 2001. Some of their music leans towards Ambient and other forms of Prog EM. While that sound was quite embryonic on Anna, with Ether it's a complete turn towards the Prog EM / kraut-influenced sound. Beware the sparingly used vocals (most of the music is instrumental).
Werren, Phillip (Canada)
Phases And Other Pieces (1971)
Not exactly a proghead, Phillip Werren is a Canadian (USA-born) avant-garde composer who experimented with early Buchla and Moog synthesizers back in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Although the bulk of Werren's output will appeal to fans of academic EM and electroacoustic music, found here are some neat drones, sequenced patterns and synthesizer sketches that are a bit reminiscent of early prog EM like Conrad Schnitzler, for instance. The initial edition of Phases was on a 4-LP set released in just 100 copies. However, this album has been re-released as a double CD. It contains pieces composed between 1967 and 1971.
Wescott, David (France)
A Musical Evocation of the Old Testament (1980)
Obscure analogue synth record released on French library label MTS. As often happens with library composers, David Wescott is a pseudonym.
See also: Tregger, Yan
Sehr Kosmisch · Ganz Progisch (2017)
Krautrock-influenced project of Ketil Vestrum Einarsen (ex Jaga Jazzist). There is also a cast of supporting musicians, including Mattias Olsson. Fans of motorik will dig this one.
West Acorn (Spain)
Labyrinth (2016) (S)
Pure classic, analog, sequencer-based EM from Jorge Marredo.
See also: Marredo, Jorge
Westbrook, Byron (USA)
Body Consonance (2017)
Confluence Patterns (2018)
Ambient drone artist from Brooklyn.
Wester, Martin & Hering, Bernhard (Germany)
Restrained album rich in silky and melancholic synth pads, at times reminding on Vangelis. Apparently, the duo released more albums but nothing is known about them at the moment.
Westerbur & Rowe (USA)
Westerbur & Rowe (2011)
Westerbur & Rowe (2012) (S)
Westerbur & Rowe (2013)
Westerbur & Rowe (2015)
From Michigan, a duo of keyboardist (organ, synths...) and drummer. Along the lines of early, floating German EM. Nice, warm analog sound.
Western, Phil (Canada)
Varied, techno / electro / IDM artist from British Columbia. He makes use of vintage analog machines and on Longform finds himself in the Moroder mode most of the time. However, there are also influences from Prog EM artists like Kraftwerk and the Berlin School. Interesting tracks in this regard include "5 6 7 8", "Birth Decade" and "18 Years". File under EM-related.
Western Standards (USA)
Energy Centre (2010)
Space Is A Place (2011)
The Siren (2012)
Unraveling Designs (2012)
Il Solito (2013)
Interesting project from Houston-based Major E. Miller. It bears many similarities to a post-rock band, with languished, echoey guitar, some guitar drones and that shoegazey aesthetic. However, it sounds more like Ambient really, using equal doses of synthesizers, and the author isn't shunned by some downtempo rhythms at times, as well as a Berlin School sequence or two. A product of the post-modern era for sure in the sense of melting the various influences, but not in the sense of flirting with them on the way, as the guy does seem to take his music seriously. And it works.
Westheimer, Peter (Australia)
Cool Change (2017) (recorded in 1981 -1993)
Peter Westheimer is a minimal synth / synth-pop artist who appeared on the scene in the 1980's. The above release is a collection of archive material, some of which is instrumental and electronic (a bit in the style of 1985 - 1992 Tangerine Dream, but more low-key and minimal, and also with ethnic elements).
Harvests of Steel (1999)
Der Angriff (2000)
The Bunker (2002)
La Vent Divin (2004)
Tourmente I (2004)
Tourmente II (2004)
Eliminate! Exterminate! Eradicate! (2010)
Who Cares About the War... (2010)
Martial Ambient that features dark military atmospheres. Westwind is Christophe Gales from Brest, Bretagne. I am not really sure if this project belongs here.
Wet Eyes (USA)
Clepto Journals (2011)
Air Is Movement (2012)
Toroid (2016) (S)
Map Not Territory (2017) (S)
A project of Ross Auger from Minneapolis. Map Not Territory sounds like laid-back Ashra, sometimes backed with downtempo or hip-hop rhythms.
Wevers, Robert (Germany)
Hypnotic Circles (??)
Headphone Listening Music Vol. 1 (1999)
Headphone Listening Music Vol. 2 (1999)
Headphone Listening Music Vol. 3 (1999)
Headphone Listening Music Vol. 4 (1999)
Weyhing, Gerd (Germany)
The Inside World: Soundscapes III (2000)
The Hidden Symmetry (2012)
Journeys To Impossible Places (2014)
If you know Günter Schickert, this might be an expansion of those ideas. Although primarily a guitarist, Gerd Weyhing uses electronics extensively and arranges his guitar into rhythmic pulses or atmospheric ambient compositions that are very "EM" in sound and spirit.
Whalen, Michael (USA)
Like Rain Through My Hands (2004)
Dream Cycle (2017)
Kiss the Quiet: Meditations On Life & Love (2018)
Michael Whalen is a New York-based soundtrack composer and electronic musician who produces Space Music and Ambient, influenced by Brian Eno, Harold Budd and Mark Isham. Some of his albums contain solo piano music.
Wheeler, Mark (UK)
The Chopstick Works (1990)
Music influenced by Tangerine Dream from the 1980's, although with an individual touch. Melodic and rather easy-listening stuff very typical of its era. Although The Chopstick Works was initially released on cassette, it was re-released in 1998 on CD that added three remixed versions as bonus tracks.
Wheeler, Romayne (USA)
Plays Original Themes of the Tarahumara And
His Own Compositions On the Synthesizer (1986)
Spielt Seine Peregrini Suite (??)
Concert Highlights (1987)
Californian concert pianist who released this curiosity (Plays Original Themes...). Here, he plays music of the Tarahumara Indian tribe of Northern Mexico and adds his own original material. Runs a gamut of styles, from true ethnic renditions to flowing atmospheric numbers and more radical, avant-garde pieces.
When Joy Becomes Saddness (USA)
End of Primitive Thought (2001)
If the Dead Could Breathe (2001)
The Time Between Reason And Reality (2002)
Providence=Hollow (2003) (S)
Dark Ambient from Clint Listing (ex-As All Die)
The Creatures of the Wind (1999)
Deep Ambient. If you like Amon, then this dark work is for you.
See also: Olhon
Memories From Tragedies From Factories (2004)
Sailing Through Unknown Waters (2005)
Diverse EM from ambient floaters and new-agey stuff to orchestral and rhythmic / berlinesque. White consisted of Rene Montfoort (Romerium) and Michel Bekkering. The group has now transformed into ModularWhite, adding a couple of musicians to its lineup.
See also: ModularWhite, Romerium, Bekkering, Michel.
White, Clifford (UK)
Spring Fantasy (1987)
The Gods of Olympus (2009)
Clifford White is a new age / new instrumental composer. I included here his most electronic-oriented works that could be enjoyed by fans of Vangelis' melodic, symphonic style.
See also: Karma
White, Daniel (France)
Prelude Relax (1979)
Two long, relaxing tracks with flutes, synths, etc. from this composer. The exact style is not known.
White, John (UK)
The Merry Samurai's Return From Work (1988)
Classical musician who has collaborated with Morgan Fisher and Gavin Bryars, among others. On this rare solo cassette he is supposedly still classically-influenced. However, the instrumentation here is all-electronic.
White, Lenny (USA)
Venusian Summer (1975)
Jazz fusion album from Lenny White that features, apart from the beautiful cover art, a floating, mesmerizing electronic track in orchestral style ("Sirenes"). File under EM-related.
White Noise (UK)
An Electric Storm (1969)
IV - Inferno (1988)
V - Sound Mind (2000)
White Label (2002)
Eindhoven Set 2006 (2006)
Bochum 2008 Live Set (2008)
An Electric Storm Over Paris (2008)
One of the classics of British electronic scene. White Noise is David Vorhaus, a synthesist and sound innovator. The group was formed in 1968 in London and involved some people from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (including Brian Hodgson and Delia Derbyshire) but since 1974 it's a solo project of David. Lately, he's been collaborating with Mark Jenkins on several projects.
See also: Vorhaus, Dave, Ceremony of Innocence
White Prism (USA)
Balance (2009) (S)
A Series of Screens (2009) (S)
Vertical Trace (2010) (S)
Silicium 64 (2011) (S)
Ambient synth compositions from Ben Billington and Josh Burke.
See also: Burke, Josh, Quicksails.
White, Shayne (USA)
The Opposite Way (2003)
Melodic compositions from this synthesist.
White Triangles (Canada)
The Night Is Ours (2012)
Melodic and emotional synth compositions.
Whitlan, Stephan (Ireland)
Map Reference (1994)
Inertial Moments (1996)
Travelling Light (2010)
Higher Green Session (2014) (with Graham Getty)
Even Higher Green (2016) (with Graham Getty)
Seven Days (2017) (with Ron Boots)
Second Site (2018) (recorded in 1993)
Substitutes (2018) (with Ron Boots)
Stephan Whitlan appeared on the EM scene in the 1980's, heavily influenced by the electronic composers of the previous decade and progressive rock movement. Eventually he got in touch with the "Sheffield circle" of electronic musicians where John Dyson was probably the dominant figure. With John's encouragement, Stephan released his first CD called Map Reference. By the end of the decade he moved to Ireland where he collaborated on K2Project with Keith Corbett. After that a period of relative silence followed, with Stephan eventually returning to the scene in the New Millennium, playing live together with John Dyson and as a solo artist. His style is characterized by driving sequences, good melodies and excellent solos. I suppose he can be labeled more or less a Berlin School artist.
See also: Narcosis
Whitney, Walter (USA)
Composer X (1983)
Dreaming In Colors (1986) (with Carl Weingarten)
Primitive Earth (1989) (with Carl Weingarten)
Synthesist who participated in Delay Tactics and worked with Carl Weingarten on his solo albums. He is a respected synthesizer programmer whose sounds were used by many artists.
See also: Delay Tactics
Primaria Industria (2016) (S)
Mixture of rhythmic techno / disco tracks and experimental EM from Raffaele Arcella.
Whyman, Phil (UK)
Within the Matrix (1999)
Energetic and melodic, sometimes like Mark Shreeve. Apart from his solo work, Phil also plays keyboards in a band called Pesky.
A Shine of Widder (2016)
Varied Electronic Music from Catalan musician Jordi J.P.. Ranges from Berlin School to Dusseldorf, Kraftwerk-style, Vangelis' symphonic grandeur and synthwave.
Widemann, Benoit (France)
Former member of Heldon and Magma. Not surprisingly, his music sounds like a mix of the said groups, based on synthesizers.
See also: Heldon, Magma.
Wieczorke, Manfred (Germany)
Electronic Music in the style of Johannes Schmoelling from former keyboard player of Eloy, Jane and Firehorse.
See also: Eloy, Choco.
Wierda, Harm (Netherlands)
This one is curious. Harm Wierda is an organist in Groningen Mormon community. On this album he uses electronic organs only to create droning and whimsical tracks that will be enjoyed by fans of eary Klaus Schulze (Irrlicht, Cyborg).
Plague... Life, Command... Destroy (1996)
Earth Termination (1999)
Black Space from Przemyslaw Sowinski.
Wiese, Jonas (Germany)
320° Klang (2014)
Ambient music composed as a soundtrack for an installation at Oberhausen Gasometer.
Wiese, Klaus (Germany)
Sabiha Sabiya (1982)
Qumra I (1983)
Qumra II (1983)
Mahakala Puja (1984)
Secret Doctrine (1985)
Cosmic Glue (1986)
The Healing Touch of Tamboura (1989)
Tibetische Klangschalen I (1990)
El-Hadra (1990) (with Mathias Grassow and Ted de Jong)
Mystic Landscapes (1991)
Tibetische Klangschalen II (1992)
Tibetische Klangschalen III Moksha (1992)
Klangschalen Meditation (1992)
Breaking Through the Eggshell (1997)
Live In Italy 1998 (1998)
Wouivre (1998) (with Oophoi)
Qalandaar (1999) (with Saam Schlamminger)
Black Rose (1999)
Mercurius (2000) (with Mathias Grassow)
Ming Noir (2001)
Holy Domain (2003) (with Mathias Grassow)
Al Lahut (2004)
Cosmic Glue II (2004)
Creation II (2004)
Death of A Samurai (2004)
Ghost Works (2004)
Live At Due Acque 1998 (2004) (recorded in 1998)
Musica Invisibile (2004)
The Rosenberg Tapes (2004)
White Coulds (2004)
As We Sleep Away To Dream (2005) (S) (with Oophoi) (recorded in 1998)
The Light Sweeps All the Mist Away (2005) (S) (with Oophoi)
Touch of Silence (2005)
A Call, An Echo (2005) (S) (with Oophoi)
Deva Mela (2006) (S) (with Oophoi)
Cherua (2006) (with Oophoi)
Plejades (2006) (recorded in 1990 - 2004) (with Jim Cole)
The Alchemy of Happiness (2006)
Divine Orbit (2006) (recorded in 1987)
Trance Wave I (2008)
Allah Infinity (2010)
Zen Room / Positive Zero (2011)
Aeon (2016) (with Tomas Weiss)
Shapes I (2016)
Space II (2017)
Klaus Wiese was born in 1942. In his early years, he played tamboura in an ensemble called Popol Vuh (he is credited on Hosianna Mantra). After that, he made a name composing meditative World Music and Drone Ambient. Some of his works are supposed to be entirely acoustic (done with Tibetian singing bowls). Klaus Wiese died on the night of January 26th, 2009.
See also: Nebula, Nono Orchestra, Popol Vuh.
Varied music from Jens-Hinrich Kruhl. Neverending uses as a basis of its concept the works of German painter Fred Fahrenberg.
See also: Kruhl, Jens-Hinrich
Wiggins, Paul (South Africa)
Extremely varied tape with no focus at all. Ranges from political vocal songs, to ambient pieces, some electro-acoustic stuff with voice samples and so on, guitar solos on top of drum machine rhythms, some atmospheric synths and even sequencer-based, berlinesque music (as on "Ionosphere"). As a result, the whole sounds like a collection of demos, rather than an album.
Wiklacz, Patrick (France)
Musique Pour Un Musee (2005)
Ambient artist somewhat influenced by both musique concrete and "cosmic" music. He is also known as "Ambient Field" and has released some download albums under that pseudonym.
Wilbrandt, Thomas (Germany)
The Electric V (1984)
This is a strange double-LP set that includes electronic interpretations of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" (hence the "V" - for Vivaldi). Apparently an album had been issued some time earlier that had the same tracks but done in a conventional (i.e. non-electronic) way. The Electric V can be considered a continuation of that album. There are some string parts mixed smoothly with (at times really weird) electronic creations.
Wilcor, Patrick (France)
Wilcox, Brent (USA)
Leisure With Dignity (1981) (S)
Executive Lullabies (1988)
Industrial and sound collage pioneer Brent Wilcox released this LP with short melodic pieces that at times sound like lost Cluster pieces updated for the 1980's.
Wild Havana (Netherlands)
Wild Havana (1977)
Private pressing from the Netherlands, Wild Havana was a project of brothers Cor and Johan Smit with Kees Engelhart on keyboards and a percussionist on one track. Most of the rhythms are provided by drum machine, though, and the music is a crazy mixture of fusion, funk and general psychedelia. I wouldn't call most of it EM, but there are moments when they sound like Cluster jamming in Latin America. File under EM-related.
Wildermuth, Christian (Germany)
Sensorium Part 2 (1998)
Wilk, Dariusz (Poland)
Elektroniczne Grawitacje (2010)
Polish synthesist with a cosmic, Berlin School-influenced sound. Dariusz Wilk (aka DaWi) has been composing EM since 1990.
Wilkerson, Phillip (USA)
Amorphous Worlds (2007)
Early Works (2009) (recorded in 2005 - 2007)
Ten To Eleven (2011)
The Stars And Afterward (2012)
Complex Silence 23 (2012)
Highlands Outtakes (2014)
Wondrous Encounters (2014)
Vague Traces (2014) (with Chris Russell)
Swiftly the Sun (2015)
Walking Across the River (2016)
Phillip calls his style "amorphous ambience". I think it will appeal to fans of Brian Eno, Steve Roach and other Ambient masters. Most of his releases are download-only (mostly MP3 but with some FLACs available too).
See also: Time Being
Will, Alan (Belgium)
Standing On the Keys
Cosmic Investigations (1988) (with Jean-Claude Pecher)
Willamette (Canada / USA)
Echo Park (2011)
Always In Postscript (2012) (S)
Diminished Composition (2016)
Ambient drone trio of Davin Chong, Kevin Chong and Joseph Edward.
Willetts, Adam (New Zealand)
Orbits And Collisions (2005)
In Wondrous Dimensions (2010)
Described as "one-man Kraftwerk", Adam Willett's music sounds raw and archaic, with modulated sequences, organ-esque melodies and simplistic effects.
Williams, Bekki (UK)
Elysian Fields (1996)
Shadow of the Wind (1997)
Edge of Human (2001)
Everybody says that the music of this artist is similar to John Kerr, albeit more rhythmic. Bekki Williams was born in 1972 in Nottingham. She is a classically trained saxophonist and pianist.
Williams, Glenn (USA)
Who Says Birds Don't Do Things Just For Fun? (1986)
Ultra-rare private press from Buffalo, NY. Glenn Williams is a late musician (1922 - 1987) and the music here consists of short electronic vignettes and side-long title track.
Williams, Kenneth J. (USA)
Kenneth J. Williams (2006)
Krystal Stars (2006)
Over Your Head (2006)
Star Wave X (2006)
A Cosmic Starlight (2007)
Oblivion Dimension (2008)
Diverse Ambient and Space Music, from light to dark.
Williams, Reese (USA)
Great Horizontal (2015)
Moon's Bright Path (2018)
Plains of San Agustin (2018) (S)
Arecibo (2018) (S)
This Rhinebeck, New York-based artist has been on the music scene since the 1970's. The above works feature diverse ambient synth compositions, mostly of warm and analog nature.
Willikens, Lena (Germany)
Phantom Delia (2015) (EP)
Phantom Kino Ballett (2018) (with Sarah Szczesny)
Unlikely mixture of darkish techno moods and Prog EM. The title track from Phantom Delia is especially good. Lena Willikens is a radio broadcaster, deejay, producer and theremin player from Cologne.
Willits, Christopher (USA)
Ocean Fire (2007) (with Ryuichi Sakamoto)
Ancient Future (2012) (with Ryuichi Sakamoto)
Although known primarily as an electroacoustic / glitch / dream pop musician, San-Francisco-based Christopher Willits released this ambient album in 2014 that will appeal to fans of prog EM and downtempo beats. This is not his full discography.
Willow, Joy (USA)
Exploring the Cave (1992)
Moody ambient soundscapes, sometimes new-agey, but often darker and more experimental. Some sections feature ethereal female vocals.
Willsher, Pete (UK)
National Traditional Solo Instruments /
Themes For A 3rd Dimension (1979) (with A. Jacquemin and Trevor Jones)
The Human Element (1983) (soundtrack) (with Keith Miller)
The first album is a library disc that's half solo acoustic instruments show off by Trevor Jones and half spacey electronic instrumentals by Pete Willsher and A. Jacquemin. The Human Element is a rare electronic soundtrack released by an aluminium company.
Wilson, Andrew (Australia)
Gently rhythmic and flowing electronic themes with a touch of new age. The music was composed for a contemporary dance performance. Andrew Wilson is also known as A.R.T. Wilson and Andras Fox.
See also: Wilson Tanner
Wilson, Andrew Thomas (Australia)
The Chain Reaction (1980)
Expo '85 (1985)
Sunhunters (1987) (with Blair Greenberg)
Tales From the Blue Ship (1992)
Classic style synthesist.
Wilson, Marvin (UK)
People And Places (1987)
So Far (1987)
Out of Bounds 2 (1988)
In Person (??)
Across the Lake (??)
Being Here (2008)
Our Time Will Come (2009)
Planetary Circuit (2011)
Leeds-based synthesist who appeared on the scene during the 1980's, releasing his music on cassette. He then resurfaced in the new millennium after a brief absence, issuing some albums on CD and as digital downloads. These later works make use of techno rhythms and should be treated with caution, which is not to say that they don't include some interesing arrangements and melodies and can't be enjoyed by fans of the New Berlin School for example.
Wilson, Steven (UK)
Unreleased Electronic Music Vol. 1 (2004)
Tape Experiments 1985 - 86 (2010)
Continuum I (2016) (with Dirk Serries)
Continuum II (2016) (with Dirk Serries)
The first album is mostly interesting for the two ambient tracks.
See also: Bass Communion, Altamont.
Wilson Tanner (Australia)
Nice Ambient with a strong acoustic touch.
See also: Wilson, Andrew
Entropy & Free Associations (1999)
Obscure Geometries (2000)
The Back Box Aesthetic: Zeitgeist 1 (2000)
Amidst A Spacious Fabric (2001)
Radio 1940 (2002)
White Chrysalis In Blue (2002)
As Giants Watch Over Us (2004)
Human As Disease (2004)
Graveflowers (2004) (with Monstrare)
When Spiders Learn To Fly (2005)
Recycled Music (2005)
Esoteric Studies (2006)
Cemetery Road / Dead Electroniks (2009)
Cemetery Road Vol. 2 (2009)
Southern Cross (2009)
Buried Amplification (2010)
Dark Matter Frequencies (2010)
She Walks the Night (2010)
Geomancy (2011) (with Horchata)
Noise Ambient from James P. Keeler. The above discography is a selected one and doesn't include his more harsh / noise recordings.
Wiltshire, Jacob (UK)
SH003 (2017) (EP)
Laghan Pux (2018) (EP)
Winchester-based musician dedicated to electro and Ambient. SH003 includes a nice ambient track "No More Knives". Laghan Pux continues with some techno tracks and an ambient number "Summon Them" - short but nice.
Wiltzie, Adam (USA)
Salero (2016) (soundtrack)
Soundtrack mixing neo-classical and ambient styles from this member of Stars of the Lid.
See also: Stars of the Lid, Aix Em Klemm.
The White Peak (2008)
Port Meadow (2010)
Enchanted Journey (2015)
Rather mainstream Electronic Music with sequences, melodies and atmospheres.
See also: Lien, Ketil
Wind, Chris (Canada)
Pacer 3 (1987)
Pacer 5 (1987)
Rocks And Trees (1988)
Synthetic Chamber (1988)
Chris Wind is a diverse artist to say the least. She has done neo-classical, electroacoustic, sound-poetry, social commentary, collage pieces and more. On the above mentioned albums she finds herself in the electronic mode, providing a series of soundscapes or rhythmic / melodic synthesizer tracks.
Wind In Willows (Russia)
Elephant Dreams (2011)
Overall Aura (2011)
Deepness In the Sky (2012)
Emotional droning ambient soundscapes by Anton Filatov from Karelia, Russia.
Winde, Niklas (Sweden)
Experimental analog music, ranging from noisy to vaguely melodic.
Window Blinds (Finland / Switzerland)
Harm (2014) (EP)
Unclassifiable mixture of minimal synth, Experimental EM and horror scores.
Wingéd Ma'at (UK)
The 42 Negative Confessions of Wingéd Ma'at (2016)
Varied compositions based on guitar and synthesizers, from experimental to melodic and ambient.
Wings of An Angel (Israel)
Apocalyptic Love Poems For the End of the World (2014)
More or less classic Dark Ambient sound.
Winkler, Harry (Austria)
Deep Water (1986)
Harry Winkler is an Austrian composer and guitar player. This album, however, is electronic and is supposedly in a relaxed (a tad new-agey) style that might interest fans of Michael Stearns and Jon Serrie.
Winnerholt, Michael (Sweden)
Glimpses (1985) (with B. Wahlen)
Experimental analog music.
Winter Orbit (UK)
Fragments of Hologram Snow (2015) (S)
Winter Orbit (2015)
Ambient project of Zen Zsigo aka Cremation Lily.
Winter, Teresa (UK)
What the Night Is For (2018)
Ambient pop artist who on What the Night Is For has strayed to far from any pop sensibilities into the realm of experimental electronics and strange vocalizations.
Winter Tree, The (USA)
Twilight of the Magicians (2013)
Started as a Pink Floyd-influenced neo-prog band, Andrew Laitres' The Winter Tree released two albums before putting out this disc, where the role of the multi-instrumentalist Laitres expanded while the roles of other supporting musicians have shrunk somehow. It's a very electronic affair compared to the previous two (that already were showing these tendencies). If you like latter-day Tangerine Dream, symphonic Vangelis et all, give this a try. There is only one vocal track on the entire album.
See also: Laitres, Andrew
La Fredde Ali Dell'Inverno (2008)
La Vie di Neve (2016)
Culti Segreti (2016)
Passaggio Soprannaturale (2016) (S)
Antiche Magie / Versi Enigmatici (2017)
I Signori Oscuri (2017)
Foresta Incantata (2018)
Cold, melancholic soundscapes.
Fy Fan For Livet (2008)
Melancholic atmospheres from Sweden.
Winterhouse, The (Canada / USA)
Slow Promises (2007)
Winter Gardens (2012)
Gathering Autumn (2014)
Slow Awakening (2015)
Until Voices Wake Us (2017)
Droning soundscapes from Anthony Paul Kerby and Robert Davies.
See also: Kerby, Anthony Paul, Circular Ruins, The, Lammergeyer, Davies, Robert.
Submental Vol. 2 (2014)
Slow Focus (2016)
Ambient duo of Tomas Weiss and Brian Ivers.
See also: Weiss, Tomas
Winther, Terje (Norway)
Electronic Regions (2009)
Awaken In England - Live At Awakenings 2009 (2010)
Fantastic Music - Live At the Fantasy Festival (2010)
Spoon Forest (2018) (with Free System Projekt)
Berlin School-influenced artist from Norway. Trespasser features six improvised tracks, done predominantly on analogue synthesizers. Subsequently, the sound is very rich and warm. "The City of Cruithne" starts with an abstract intro with various noises and hums. This long track then settles into a sequencer-based groove - very exciting. Got my head nodding to this one. It's a bit Tangerine Dream-y, but only slightly so. Some melodic motifs in the second part also reminded me on Jean-Michel Jarre. The solos are top-notch throughout. "Wishful Drone Around Midnight" is very dramatic and strong. Totally atmospheric and the way Terje uses pitch bend and LFO modulation makes the lead line sound very Middle Eastern, something like electronic duduk even! I think Djivan Gasparyan would enjoy it. Excellent track. How about a track based exclusively on one sequence? If the idea appeals to you I think you will enjoy the next track, called "Waiting For the Next Wave". I was stunned by the richness of its sound. I mean it's only one sequence, but it's so fat, and always changing, mutating, keeping you on your toes. By the end of the track it turns into a real mayhem. There are only several examples of EM tracks consisting of one sequence and this one makes you wish there were more. "Running Through the Edge" is Terje's own interpretation of a long schulzean epic. Do I like it? I sure do! Although it could be just a bit too derivative for my taste, Terje's own signature becomes more prominent in the second part and overall it's a very very enjoyable trip and delivers the goods throughout its 23-minute length. If you like Moondawn / Body Love / Mirage era Schulze and don't really mind another cosmic trip in that style, you will like this, I predict. "Essinc" is upbeat and sequencer-based, with tasty analogue solos. Finally, the album ends with "Jumpgate Shores" (great title!) which is very evocative and cosmic - my favourite track. Trespasser is an excellent album of very 70's sounding neo-prog EM, often cosmic and in most cases sequencer-heavy. The fact that all music is improvised is a plus in my view as well. Give me a CD player with this album and send me to the desert island - you will find me lying on the beach every night, watching the stars & the sea, waiting for the next wave...
See also: Wintherstormer
Live 2007 (2007) (recorded in 2006)
Electric Fairytales (2008)
Ground Connection (2011)
Four-piece band at the core of which is a duo of synthesists Terje Winther and Erik Stormer. Other members include Atle Pakusch Gundersen (electronic guitar, electronics and various instruments) and Geir Marthin Helland (drums and percussion). Woodwork contains four long tracks of the darker variety. "Pure Analogue Forever" starts with massive bass and wind effects. This is some dark and abstract EM with acoustic cymbals and other subtle percussion sounds. A bass sequence can be heard underneath, while the sounds constantly morph and change. It is useless to describe every change in sound really, as it would take too much space, and even then it would not make the music justice. As is the case with any good EM, only a listen with own ears is advisable. The sequences get bolder, while warm analogue pads add that extra "classic EM" feeling. This is terrific stuff and should go down in history as one of the staples of neo-prog EM. Later we hear mournful solos, distorted guitar and crazy synth effects. The sound then breaks up and goes totally berserk, with lots of harsh sounds, noise and distorted sequences. This is the end of it. "Musical Equitation Extracted From Firelogs" continues with subtle chimes and siren-like sounds. A broken vocoded speech can be heard. Fascinating stuff. So EM and so experimental! Just the way I like it! Throughout the track various spooky effects and siren-like sounds (and, yes, a mellotron choir!) come and go. This is utterly atmospheric and totally out-there stuff. A bleeping sequence-like structure accompanies the flow of what seems to be a very experimental and unusual track. It finishes with growling bass synth, for the last minute replaced by the same bleeping "pseudo-sequence". "Engraved", the shortest track of the album (even this one lasts for 8+ minutes), starts with an upbeat sequence, before going for the massed rock guitars and heavy drums. The transition was so abrupt, it made me startle. The rock elements then depart to give us one more glimpse of the sequencer beauty. However, the rock guitars do return after a few seconds, this time accompanied by an aggressive synth solo. Tangerine Dream doing the heavy metal thing anyone? We are then treated to several more contrasting sections of subtle sequencers and full-on electronic rock. "Monochrome", the last (and longest) track begins with low mellotron flute, before a calimba-like sequence is introduced. More sequences are added, now galloping at quite a pace, although remaining rather sparse. It's built basically on multiple sequences and acoustic cymbal backing. But where would we be without Terje's wonderful solos? Right, he serves one right in the middle of the track. Guitar is also quite prominent, mostly providing low, growling basslines. That's how a progrock act would sound like, if they decided to go electronic, hired an additional synthesist (named Klaus Schulze of course!), but kept their rock instrumentation intact. I especially liked the final part where the drums become more prominent and a synth solo cries on top. After a while guitar comes into prominence, as the track gradually comes to a close, ending with beautiful synthesizer strings. "Woodwork" is a strong work that represents a fusion of Electronic Music and some aspects of rock.
See also: Winther, Terje
Witch Root (UK)
Demo 1 (2018) (S)
Dungeon synth-related project from Manchester. Sounds like a mixture of dungeon synth and EM, with analog synths dominating, instead of the usual digital emulations.
As I Hide (1996)
Scattered Areas of Invisibility (1999)
Somewhat Gothic-sounding laid-back electronics, melodic, ambient, with some guitars and vocoder voices. Witchcraft was a duo of John Buehler (vocals, keys, drum machines, percussion, vocoder & design) and Andrew Arbetter (guitar). The project is discontinued.
With Zero (UK)
Synthesizer drift from Oliver Thurley who is a member of unclassifiable improvisation ensemble Ithaca Trio.
Within Reason (USA)
Subtle Shift (2012)
Transient Broadcasts (2013)
Substrate: Collected Elements (2013)
Another project of Gregory Kyryluk, where he merges his classic EM influences with a contemporary dub / techno sound.
See also: Kyryluk, Gregory, Alpha Wave Movement, Open Canvas, Thought Guild, Biome.
Witkoske, Dan (USA)
Munn Key (2004)
This music was released on a 8-track tape only.
Wittek, Robert (Austria)
Neue Welten (1991)
Deja Vu 1 (1998)
Deja Vu 2 (1998)
Emotions 1999 (1999)
Different 9 (2000)
Sphere Eleven (2008)
See also: Danger In Dream
Wizard Projects (Netherlands)
Tormenting Without Hatred (1988)
Ten Minute Warning (1990)
Beyond the Galaxy (1990)
Sorcery From the Marshlands (1993)
Wizard Projects is Eric Mostert who started with music already in the 1970's, playing keyboards in various rock bands. However, during the next decade he became a studio technician and engineer. It was at that time that he was able to start his solo career, concentrating on various synthesizers, keyboards, samplers, sequencers and processing devices. Working out of his studio in Oosthuizen, he released his first solo album in 1988. He then had at least three more albums out before disappearing from the scene. Eric's style is melodic and rhythmic, with a fair share of sequencing. On Sorcery... he incorporates some ethnic elements.
Wize, Denis (USA)
Consciousness Program (1980)
This synthesist later became known as Doctor Wize. Some of his works were released under the name "Dennis Weise", so there's a lot of confusion.
See also: Doctor Wize
Core (2008) (recorded in 2005)
Electric Circle (2008) (recorded in 2006)
From North Pole To Equator (2008) (recorded in 2005)
None (2008) (recorded in 2003)
The Source of Universal Energy (2010)
Power Plant Violence (2010) (with Ptarkh)
Music For Fields (2010) (with Sokpb Avanodha)
Luminutopia (2011) (with Wandering Wild)
New Axis of Turning (2012)
12.12.12: The End (2012) (S) (with Wandering Wild)
Scientific Mystery (2013)
Nightwave (2013) (with SiJ)
Mike Winchester creates diverse electronic compositions, from rhythmic, Berlin School-like, to ambient and dark.
Psykosomaattinen Ihmismekanismi (2011)
Exprimental project from Finland. Mostly darkish synths and drones, but also lots of processed vocals / strange vocalizations.
Wojciechowska, Olga (Poland)
Maps And Mazes (2015)
Polish violinist and composer. On Maps And Mazes she presents an ambient sound, combining classical instrumentation with electronics and processing.
Minimalistic Dark Ambient from this Italian one-man band. WOK stands for Wheel of Knowledge.
Wolf Larsen (Finland)
Wolf Larsen is an "ambient" trio (founded in 1996) from Helsinki, Finland. Their music shows strong influences from Finnish folk music (and Greek folk music on second release). Pekka Pohjola guests on Viapori.
Wolf Maps (UK)
Ambient drone artist.
See also: Midnight Tales
Wolf, Wölfi (Germany??)
Wolfers, Danny (Netherlands)
Swan Song of the Skunkape (2015)
Unfolding the Future With Amateur Space Jazz (2017)
Bontempi 666 - Berceuses pour Sara (2017)
Loch Ness Expanded Soundtrack (2018)
The Land Is Entranced With Peace (2018)
Varied synth soundtrack to a documentary.
See also: Weltman, Klaus, Falckenhaus, Franz, Phalangius, Knutson, Saab, Smackos, Nomad Ninja, Occult Orientated Crime, Ufocus, Zandvoort & Uilenbal, Taniyama, Satomi, Rising Sun Systems, Osmo, Sammy, Star Sheperd.
Wolfmen of Mars (USA)
The Witch, the Goat & the Malevolent Spirit (2016)
Unique band from Boston, roughly in horror synth genre, but with a strong space rock / heavy metal vibe. Imagine a completely instrumental version of Iron Maiden with all guitars replaced by synthesizers and you get close.
Wolgers, Tom (Sweden)
Rush Music (1986)
Musique du Nord (1986)
December (1986) (S)
Ljudkonstruktion No 3 (1987)
Retrospektivt Collage 82-86 (1987)
Swedish composer and member of several new wave / synth-pop bands during the 1980's. He also released some solo albums, mostly in the classical meets electronic vein, dominated by digital synthesizers of the epoch. Tranquil and ambient, melodic and somewhat new-agey but not sweet. A lot of his music was commisioned for theater plays, performances and so on.
Wøllo, Erik (Norway)
Where It All Begins (1983)
Dreams of Pyramids (1984)
Silver Beach (1986)
Images of Light (1990)
Guitar Nova (1998)
Wind Journey (2001)
Emotional Landscapes (2003)
The Polar Drones (2003)
Blue Sky Red Guitars (2004)
Between Worlds (2009) (with Deborah Martin)
Arcadia Borealis (2009) (with Bernhard Wöstheinrich)
Stream of Thought (2009) (with Steve Roach)
Bako (2010) (with Kouame Sereba)
Road Eternal (2011) (with Steve Roach)
Silent Currents: Live At Star's End (2011)
Frontiers (2011) (with Ian Boddy)
Tundra (2014) (EP)
Weltenuhr (2014) (with Bernhard Wöstheinrich)
Blue Radiance (2015)
Earth Luminous (2016) (with Byron Metcalf)
Star's End 2015: Silent Currents 4 (2016)
Different Spaces (2017)
Cinematic (2017) (recorded in 1998 - 2003)
Meridian (2018) (with Ian Boddy)
Threshold Point (2018)
Erik Wøllo was born in 1961. He composes and records music professionally since 1980 and is considered one of the pioneers of Norwegian Electronic / synth music. Over the years, he has developed a very unique and personal style that could be described as very melodic music with emotional guitar playing. He has also composed some purely Ambient material that has that "Biosphere" touch to it. Beware that some of his albums (Guitar Nova, Blue Sky Red Guitars) do not have much to do with electronics, offering pleasant and emotional (mostly) acoustic guitar compositions.
See also: Exile
Wollschlager, Olaf (Germany)
Garden of Sound (2003)
Supposedly, accessible, relaxing music.
Wolski, Andrzej (Poland)
Odmienne Stany (??)
Also known as "EQ". Andrzej Wolski participated in the Polish EM scene of the 1990's and gave several live performances.
Wolski, Michał (Poland)
La Mer (2017)
Although this artist mostly composes dub techno music, on La Mer, he avoids beats for most of the album's duration, favoring an abstract / ambient approach.
Wolves And Horses (Belgium)
Wolves And Horses EP
Every Moment of Light And Dark (2015)
A bit soundtracky Ambient from Christian Saint-Viteux. Good stuff.
Wolves In the Throne Room (USA)
Unexpected electronic album from this atmospheric black metal band. Serge modular synthesizer makes an appearance on this record.
Melodic, sometimes anthemic compositions mixing processed cello and electronics. A project of Martin Webb.
Wonder City Orchestra (Japan)
Hybrid new wave project of Joe Hisaishi that includes also some nice EM material, such as the closing track, "The Islander", for example.
See also: Hisaishi, Joe
Atmospheric, classically-tinged synths from member of Satyricon. For fans of Mortiis.
Whichever Way You Are Going, You Are Going
It's Cozy Inside (1989)
Into the Heart of Love (1990)
A La Luna (1991)
Forever Healing (1995)
When the Past Arrives (2014)
Awaawaa (2016) (recorded in 1975 - 1982)
Unique duo of Mark & Clive Ives, two brothers who have been recording their own unique music that defies categorization since the 1970's. It's semi-acoustic (lots of guitars, flutes, clarinet, etc.) but with some electronics to boost and can be described as lounge / easy-listening / Ambient crossover. They seem to prefer shorter tracks and you can draw parallels with stuff like Another Green World by Brian Eno, Cluster and early playful Kraftwerk (circa Ralf & Florian). Especially of interest are their archived recordings released as Awaawaa in 2016. File under EM-related.
Tokyo Run (2017)
新 プログラム (2018)
Ambient dub project of Paul Frankland active since the early 1990's. On Tokyo Run, he presents a mixture of rhythmic tracks (some rather gritty techno-ish, some leaning towards synthwave) and atmospheric EM / ambient inspired by visions of a dystopian future. Pretty nice EM-related stuff overall. Interestingly enough, on 新 プログラム, there is a continuation of the EM trend (with the same cyperpunk / dystopian feel), especially on longer tracks like "Yoku Yatta".
Wood, Robert (UK)
Tombac Vibe (1976)
Electronic vibraphone music. Although English, he was a member of French Lard Free and acted as session musician for other French artists as well.
See also: Lard Free
Woodall, Earnest (USA)
House of Stairs (1988)
Slumber (2013) (S)
Varied composer from New York. Most of the time he mixes jazz with minimalism and electronics. However, on 13 there is a long track "Crossed Fingers" that could be enjoyed by fans of EM. There are also some nice atmospheres throughout the album, although as a whole it's not for EM purists for sure. Slumber is "sleeping aid" music and could be enjoyed by fans of Ambient (Brian Eno / Harold Budd style). This is not his full discography.
Woodbines & Spiders (UK)
W & S (2014)
A duo of Jon Brooks and Ian Hodgson. A mixture of rhythmic, sequencer-based and atmospheric material.
See also: Brooks, Jon
World Music from Vasileios Angelis, brother of Apostolos Angelis who also makes Electronic Music as 2A.
Woodman / Earhart (USA)
Synth duo with a sound that ranges from noisier drones to more spaced out stuff. The closer "Years" somehow reminds me on Klaus Schulze's 1980's collaborations with Rainer Bloss. Maybe it's the combination of sequencers and improvised piano.
Woodroffe, Jezz (UK)
Opposite Directions (1980)
Wonders of the Underwater World (1980) (soundtrack)
Gerald "Jezz" Woodroffe sporadically played keyboards for Black Sabbath circa 1975 - 1977 (he appears on Technical Ecstasy). He then went on to produce an obscure vinyl album Opposite Directions where he played keyboards, accompanied by session musicians who play bass and drums. The music is said to be on the lousy, cheesy side of things. More interesting, however, is his even more obscure soundtrack release for underwater documentary released that same year. On that record, his synths are used to sculpt ambient, atmospheric soundworlds. Nowadays, Jezz is mainly producing music and playing guitar on the albums of Sally Hope.
Woods 786 (Italy)
Balance (2018) (EP)
A project of Roberto Bosco. Two deep house and two ambient tracks.
Woosey, Dominic (Germany)
Ambient, but Berlin School-ish music from the artist who had previously worked on trance projects. Released on Recycle Or Die label.
See also: Mysteries of Science, Neutron 9000.
Self Destruction Themes (2015)
Excellent melancholic soundscapes with neo-classical influences from Pedro Pimentel.
Work of Honour (Netherlands)
Weather Report (1984)
Back On 1986 (1986)
Convulsion of Nature (1987)
Het Grote Wonder (1987)
Opera EKS (1988)
Back On '86 - '87 (1988)
Honourable Working (1989)
See also: Mindsearch / Mindsearch's Revenge, Phochos, Haags Timmerbedrijf.
Worlds Collide (USA)
Worlds Collide is the musical project of USA, Texas-based artist John Eargle. There are many influences felt in his work, but mostly melodic Electronic Music, progressive rock and classical music. If you like a melodic combination of electronics and guitar (or sampled alternative thereof), give Worlds Collide a try.
Worms of the Earth (USA)
The Whores of Carcosa (2008) (EP)
The Angels of Prostitution (2008)
Celestial Malaise (2009) (with Roto Visage)
The Lesser Ophidian Gate (2010) (EP)
Sitra Achra (2015)
The Nightside of Creation (2016) (EP)
Intense, dark soundscapes from Washington DC. Often with tribal percussion, pounding drums and / or choirs.
Wöstheinrich, Bernhard (Germany)
Down On Earth (1998)
Live In Düsseldorf (2006)
Arcadia Borealis (2009) (with Erik Wøllo)
Weltenuhr (2014) (with Erik Wøllo)
Ambidextrous Sun (2014) (with Erik Emil Eskildsen)
Live At the Gatherings (2015)
The 2006 live album by one half of the Centrozoon duo contains two lengthy sets of music. The first part is breathtakingly beautiful, with rich synth chords and ethereal pads. Very unearthly and corresponds well with the image on the cover (a futuristic city floating in the air). Little by little, more experimental sounds appear and totally substitute the synth pads. However, it's not long before we return to the atmosphere of the first part, with an added rhythm and some complimentary textures. A solo can be heard and overall you get the feeling of walking in some futuristic garden under the dome of the floating city. This music is impossible to describe, it should be experienced. How to pinpoint it? Well, I'd say a mix of Ambient and Experimental would do, but the texture and feel are totally unique. The section is followed by a few closing minutes filled with relaxed sequences and subtle pads. Great pulsating Berlin School-like music that reminds me on some Software material. Part 2 starts with strange sequenced sounds and a deep synth pad. The track then progresses to include a lengthy melodic section that's very special - simple melodic content and at the same time very effective and emotional. Great stuff! Little by little the music becomes more gentle, with only synth pads, subtle bass pulses and a few complimentary sounds remaining. Jumping melodic line is introduced, completing the picture. We finish with etheral pad section similar to that which started this live set. Overall, it's a nice (and rather soft) EM track. Good album (sometimes even excellent).
See also: Redundant Rocker, The, Centrozoon, Show of Exaggeration, TaboTago.
Wostyn, Pierre (France)
Rare electronic LP, supposedly in melodic / rhythmic style.
Wouden, Rene van der (Netherlands)
Pro Sequentia (2005)
Recreation (2007) (recorded in 2004)
Kaleidoscopic Surrealism (2007) (recorded in 2000 - 2003)
Altostratus / Cirrostratus (2007) (recorded in 1999 - 2002)
Universal Quiet (2008)
Sequential Tourism (2008)
Numerus Fixus (2009)
Kaleidoscopic Surrealism And Other Colors (2009) (recorded in 2000 - 2009)
Fixus Naturalis (2010)
Soledad And Other Dreams (2011)
Zeppelins! There They Go (2011)
Earth Festivities (2013)
Sounds of Movement And Motion (2014)
Picture of An Indian Summer (2014) (EP)
Portals of Gaia (2014)
Frozen Spectacles (2015) (recorded in 1999)
Cloud Atlas: Altostratus Cirrostratus (2015)
Dutch synthesist. The album Pro Sequentia consists of five tracks named "Prosa 1", "Prosa 2" etc. The first part begins with serene symphonic synth pads and abstract noises. At around the 2 minute mark we get the first sequence and then another one. Shakuhachi flute can be heard that gives this track an oriental flair. A 4/4 beat then enters the stage, providing a modern age to what started like an out-and-out retro number. We then get lots of melodies so those who enjoy melodic EM should dig this. The track ends with subtle pads and soundscapes. For some reason it all reminds me on 90's Tangerine Dream, although with better arrangements and more interesting sounds. "Prosa 2" has an excellent start with subtle hummings and some out-there sounds. A wonderful soundscape that feels like being in a parallel world or in a faraway star system. This is in completely different style compared to the first track and I welcome these changes with both hands. A lone melody is playing on top of wind sounds. Mournful, even a bit tragic mood permeates this piece. A bell sound adds to the funeral-like atmosphere. A musical equivalent of a transition to another world is the only analogy I can think of at the moment. However, it suddenly erupts with a bass sequence and some melodic motifs with even a bit of mellotron flute in there. A rhythm then kicks in and takes things closer to dance territory, with insistent melodic theme and some tight soloing. The track closes with a dramatic pad section and effective piano sequences. "Prosa 3" is the longest track of the lot. We hear some pads and a melodic theme that just wanders along. Relaxing, but very emotional stuff. Substantial changes come after 8 minutes when an Enigma-like rhythm kicks in, along with some resonating fast-paced bass pattern, while melodic meandering solo continues to cast its spell. Different themes appear towards the 12 minute mark, along with more intense backgrounds and some additional effects. All then calms down for an atmospheric interlude. Closing this track is another upbeat sequencer-based section with multiple pulsations coupled with a rhythm and some solo synth. The fourth track is dominated by major chords, therefore being much more uplifting than most of what's come before. Sequences do come in after three minutes into the track, making this another urgent rhythmic number. My only gripe are the sounds that on this particular track sound somewhat unimaginative and way too thin. The sequences are ok, but the surrounding sounds / solos I'd prefer more punchy and bold (and more wooden if you know what I mean). On "Prosa 5" Rene serves us with some synth pads playing uplifting melodies. Then a sequenced section appears with some cheesy brass & flute leads. Another atmospheric part with synth pads and barely heard effects comes next. Then, noisy sequence echoes in the distance that is joined by yet another one and another one in the bass register. Thus, we motor along on top of the most energetic section of this track that eventually closes with sea sounds and various effects. The last section is rhythmic but laid-back, with nice melodies. Overall, Pro Sequentia is a fine album that perhaps relies a bit too much on digital synthesizers for my liking. However, own preferences put aside, I'd say this album will be enjoyed by those who like melodic / sequenced Electronic Music with varied moods and a classical influence in there as well.
Winter Ambient Works (2010)
Moody ambient compositions from Bartosz Szturgiewicz, with just a touch of glitch and guitar drone.
Wouters, Hero (Netherlands)
Laios / Een Zaak van Leven of Dood (1986)
Een Fictieve Muzikale Ruimte (1992)
Cosmic Frequency Music (2002)
Death of Komarov (2006)
Hero Wouters is a reseracher of vision-sound interactions and composer who used to give classes of electronic music in The Hague. He also composed music for film and theater out of his studio in Amsterdam. These two albums (one LP and one cassette) gather various pieces composed by Hero Wouters for several films. Music for Een Zaak... was re-released on LP in 2007.
See also: Panta Rhei
Woznicki, Paul (USA)
Melting Planet (1979)
A very interesting synthesist who makes sort of experimental and minimal Electronic Music. Paul Woznicki has been active on the scene since the 1970's, exposing audiences to new techniques, from unusual types of synthesis to home-built robots, galvanic skin response and computer interfaces. He is also noted for several unusual performances during the late 1970's / early 1980's, as well as his soundtrack work.
Wrath of the Weak (USA)
Atmospheric black metal from Buffalo. Alogon features a purely ambient track - the 20-minute "Epilogue".
Wray, Christopher (UK)
Dreamers Two (2004)
The Ambient Sphere Project (2005)
The Time Bell (2006)
Sound Commandos (2006) (with Colin Mansfield)
EM with melodic and cosmic stylings. Christopher J. Wray has been creating music since 1987.
Wright, David (UK)
Romancing the Moon (1990)
Waiting For the Soundtrack (1991)
Between Realities (1992)
Ocean Watch (1993)
Moments In Time (1994)
Albania - The Korçë Project (1994)
Dissimilar Views (1995)
Live At the London Planetarium (1996)
Blue (1996) (with Robert Fox)
Walking With Ghosts (2002)
Tenth Planet (2006)
Dreams And Distant Moonlight (2008)
Shifting Sands (2009) (with Ian Boddy)
Sines of Life (2009)
Trinity (2010) (with Ian Boddy and Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock)
In Search of Silence (2011)
Beyond the Airwaves Vol. 1 (2014)
Beyond the Airwaves Vol. 2 (2015)
Prophecy (2017) (with Carys)
Stranger Days (2018)
Very melodic music that reminds on the 1985-1990 period Tangerine Dream. It was David Wright who founded the AD Music label in 1989. Around the same time, he started releasing solo works, first on cassette and then switching to CD in the 1990's. David's early works were published by P.O.E.M. Musikverlag (Klaus Schulze's publisher).
See also: Code:Indigo, Callisto.
Wright, Justin (USA)
Light Poured Out of Our Bones (2011) (with
Sorcerer of Sound (2015)
The man behind Expo '70 with his solo compositions that focus on experiments with analog synthesizers (on Sorcerer of Sound).
See also: Expo '70
Wrinklemüzik (1981) (S)
Subtitled "Experimental music for electronic guitar and synthesizer". This small 7" record features music seemingly informed by the minimal synth style. Side A has minimal repetitive analog synths and drum machines with strange signing, while flip features two instrumentals - one more or less in the style of the first track and another more experimental. Behind this project is one Kenn Lowy.
Wrong Signals (UK)
However, the Joke Became Serious (2014)
Experimental synth soundscapes, sometimes sequencer-based.
Wrong Water (Russia)
Experimental synth music inspired by Bruce Haack, Mort Garson, Delia Derbyshire and other pioneers. Wrong Water is Eugenii Fadeev from Saint-Petersburg.
The Chroniclers of Ruuun (2015)
Wubworld is a computer-based project of Glen Wiffen who mixes atmospheric / cosmic soundscapes with some kraut-influenced, free-flowing improvised guitar rock.
Towards the Shadow (2018)
Wume is a Baltimore-based duo of Albert Schatz (synths) and April Camlin (drums). There's something of a quirky Kraftwerkian vibe to some of their music and overall it's nice material for lovers of warm analog electronics full of sequences and arpeggios, as well as those of cozy synth melodies. The real drums also give a different edge to the music. Very nice.
Cosmos Under Water (1995)
Music by the same team that did the Supersempfft and Roboterwerke albums (Dieter Kolb and Franz Aumüller). A mix of floaty ambient tracks and gently rhythmic in New Berlin School style.
See also: Supersempfft
Everybody's Ethnic (1986)
Electronic Music from the duo of Dwight Loop and Arnold Bodmer.
See also: Loop, Dwight
Würden, Max (Germany)
Mi Raccomando (2011)
Or Lost (2012)
Just A Wave Away (2017)
Cologne-based ambient musician with strong electro-acoustic influences. He uses lots of samples and unlikely objects together with synthesizers and other electronics for a moody, atmospheric, at times slightly dubby sound.
Wurman, Hans (Austria)
The Moog Strikes Bach
Chopin a la Moog (1970)
Comic Carmen (1976)
Electric Nutcracker (1976)
Austrian-born musician (1922 - 2001) who resided in the USA. He was part of the "moog pop" fever, releasing a few wacky albums with synth versions of classical compositions, following the footsteps of the pioneering work of Walter / Wendy Carlos. His approach was more akin to that of Japanese Isao Tomita, though, using a lot of strange, cheesy and cartooney noises and textures, instead of trying to achieve perfect replicas of classical instrumentation like Carlos did. Not exactly prog EM, but deserves a place here, just like Carlos' or Tomita's work does. Hans' son, Alex Wurman, is currently a soundtrack composer who scored a few films.
Würtz, Frédéric (France)
Journey of Time (1988)
Vision Set (1990)
Sequence Time (1990)
Worldwide of Sirius (1991) (EP)
Polygon Structure (1992)
This synthesist started to release his music on cassettes during the 1980's. He then reappeared in the New Millennium under the AEM moniker and started releasing download-only albums. His music is in classic melodic or Berlin School style. Only his physical (cassette) releases are listed. There might have been some limited CDR's as well but I'm not certain on that.
Meditations / Industry (2013)
From experimental stuff to more accessible / sequenced electronics.
Wyatt, Doug (USA)
Weapons And Hope (1987)
Higher Forces (1991)
Accidental Beauties (1998)
Notes To Future Selves (2004) (recorded in 1980 - 1996)
The Dream of "I" (2006)
Ambient soundscapes from this San-Francisco-based artist.
Wyatt, Robert (UK)
The Animals Film (1982) (S) (soundtrack)
Robert Wyatt is of course the British idiosyncratic singer and multi-instrumentalist (and once a member of Soft Machine, Matching Mole and other Canterbury scene bands). He is also the person who plays piano on "1/1" off Brian Eno's Music For Airports. This soundtrack from the film about animal rights is completely instrumental (bar Robert's sing-along wordless vocalizing) and consists of just keyboards, drums and guitars. It's one of his most experimental works and will disappoint fans of his voice but will be of certain interest to fans of experimental music, Robert's keyboard playing or just fans of analogue synths in general.
See also: Soft Machine
Wyk, Jason van (South Africa)
Days You Remember (2013)
Subtle ambient soundscapes with huge piano presence and a neo-classical flair from this Cape Town-based artist.
WYLD WYZRDZ (USA)
Free Magick (2011)
From A Stone (2011)
Positive Texture (2011)
Free-flowing psychedelic synth / new age project from Braden J McKenna from Utah.
Medicinal Circuits (2014)
Vancouver-based dub techno project (more dub / IDM than techno really). This album is completely ambient, though.
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