Subtle beats, drones, sequences and ambient soundscapes inspired by Blade Runner and Logan's Run. Not bad. y0t0 is Charles Sage.
Projects I (1986 - 1988)
Projects II (1988 - 1990)
Projects III (1991 - 1992)
Projects IV (1992 - 1994)
Projects V (1988 - 1994)
Solar Voyages (2000)
Blind Vision (2005)
Delta Evolution (2020) (with Bernd Scholl)
Israeli synthesist. Lots of different styles but mostly in melodic Jarre / Vangelis and Berlin School mould. Erez Yaary got his first synthesizer in 1986 and started recording what is known today as Berlin School Electronic Music. His early works are documented on the "Projects" series CD's, spanning the years from 1986 until 1994. In 1991, Erez formed a new wave band called The Omega Project where he also played keyboards. After a hiatus of 6 years, Erez Yaary returned to music making with his new work Solar Voyages. Since then, he's been putting out CD albums with Electronic Music quite regularly.
Aux Extraits de Plantes (2019)
Varied synth duo from Brest.
Mörkrets Tron (2017)
Industrial / power electronics-related project. However, the above album opens with a very Prog EM-influenced "Tystnaden 1977". The same mood appears at various points as the album progresses ("Mardrömmar" and "Din Döende Barndom" in particular, are very interesting). Further investigation is needed.
Silent Transmission (2014)
Pacific Palisades (2014) (S)
From Above And Below (2015)
Millas / Tautaval (2015)
Experimental musician (electroacoustic, musique concrete, post-industrial, noise). A fraction of his works is synth-based and will be interesting for fans of droning varieties of Ambient. I will list these releases here.
The Body Is A Message of the Universe (1987)
Purple Sails (1989)
Japanese keyboard player. She is rather new-agey, so one should tread with caution here. I included only her first two albums as of now - her debut (not sure that it was her debut, but anyway) and Purple Sails, released on the Hearts of Space label. Both are quite new-agey, but contain also darker shades and moodier moments and overall might interest fans of Electronic New Age and the more unpretentious end of the Space Music spectrum.
Liquid Planets (2001)
A project of Rob Knetsch of Novo Sibirsk that explores the more ambient side of his music.
Rhythm of Snow (2002)
Will I Dream During the Process? (2006)
The Inescapable Decay of My Heart (2012)
Stars And Dust (2016)
Old Dreams And Memories (2020)
See also: Plastik
Return To Jogja (1992)
Gamelan-influenced music done on synthesizers. Obscure, romantic and new age-like concept album.
Follow Me (1990)
Although the instrumental songs on this album are credited to composer / songwriter Igor Yakushenko, everything was arragned and played on Korg synthesizers by Vitaly Baryshnikov, with a few guests on trombone, trumpet, sax and strings.
Astralia (1997) (with Dan Sin Chan)
Melodic music with hints of Jarre. Joakim Yama was born in Lyon in 1973. He was influenced by the first generation of electronic prog composers and by the French academic / musique concrete scene.
Cosmic Music Vol. 1 (??)
Cosmic Music Vol. 2 (2001)
Johny Yama (real name - Johny Verheyden) is an Electronic Music artist from Belgium who currently lives and works near London, UK.
The Global Cooldown (2012)
Varied ambient soundscapes from Matthew Wingate Tuozzo.
Future Echo (1990) (with Genzan Miyoshi)
Spa Commissions (2020) (recorded in 2017)
Grime / bass music project. This particular album is Ambient, though.
See also: Talbot Fade
Time To Time (2013)
Short Films For Long Days (2016)
December Sky (2017) (S)
Simple Songs (2018) (with Purl)
Selected Works: Fragmentary Memories (2018)
A Frozen Stream (2018)
Sculpture (2019) (with Purl)
Timeless Story (2019)
Red Buddha (1971)
Henze / Takemitsu / Maxwell Davies (1972)
Contemporary Works (1972)
Floating Music (1972)
The Man From the East (1973) (soundtrack)
Freedom Is Frightening (1973)
Takemitsu Ishi (1973)
One By One (1974) (soundtrack)
Go (1976) (with Klaus Schulze, Al Di Meola, Steve Winwood and others)
Go Live From Paris (1976) (with Klaus Schulze, Al Di Meola, Steve Winwood and others)
Go Too (1977) (with Klaus Schulze, Al Di Meola, Steve Winwood and others)
Art of Killing (1979) (S) (soundtrack)
Tempest (1982) (soundtrack)
Sea And Sky (1983)
Kukai (1984) (soundtrack)
Solar Dream Vol.1 - Fantasy of Sanukit (1990)
Solar Dream Vol.2 - The Eternal Present (1993)
Solar Dream Vol.3 - Peace And Love (1997)
A Desire of Beauty & Wonder Stone Part 1 (1999) (S)
Listen To the Future Vol. 1 (2001)
Japanese avant-garde musician and synthesist. His early albums are either very experimental (like Red Budda that's done with percussion sounds only) or have a jazzy / fusion-y flair. Yamash'ta collaborated with Klaus Schulze and Michael Shrieve, among others. These sessions are documented on three Go albums. They are mixed bags, although essential for Klaus Schulze completists. Still, if you absolutely don't like fusion, maybe it's better to avoid these... Starting from the early 80's, he ventured into the realms of melodic / spacey synthesizer music. Especially Sea And Sky will delight EM fans with its cosmic, oriental atmospheres.
Genroku Hanamiodori (1984)
Kiyoshi Yamaya is a Japanese shakuhachi player. He released several ethnic / orchestral LP's. However, this album, subtitled "Fantastic Synthesizer Series", seems to be electronic. It is not clear whether it contains electronic versions of Yamaya's old tunes or is all-new material.
Time Pie (1997)
Yamo is the solo project of former Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flur. Reportedly, it's much more interesting than Carl Bartos' work as Electric Music, because Flur doesn't try to copy the Kraftwerk sound and creates fairly original music.
See also: Kraftwerk
The Best of the Early Recordings (2010)
Ecstatic Dreamer (2011)
Empty Room (2011)
Yankee Yankee is Whitney Ota. I don't know about the other albums of this project but Segments is a pure synth overload - analog, raw and based on sequences and heavy effects. Interesting, sort of primal stuff, bringing to mind some 1970's EM. Further investigation is needed.
See also: Dada Centauri
Keys To Imagination (1986)
Out of Silence (1987)
Chameleon Days (1988)
Niki Nana (1989)
Dare To Dream (1992)
Mostly new-agey music and not really worth your time. I deleted his latest works from the above discography, as it's not really EM. Optimystique is an interesting, dynamic work, though.
Leaned Lizard (1983)
Vancouver-based synthesist who reportedly released a 20-minute cassette in the 1980's and possibly some other things.
Garden of Reality (2016)
The Birth of Acid (2018)
Synth drones, ethnic motives and slow rhythms. A project of Jerome Doudet.
Into the Depths of Negativity And Hate (2011)
Depressive ambient sounds from this black metal project.
Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie) (1980) (soundtrack)
Lebanese-born pianist and soundtrack composer. In his early days he did interesting electronic arrangements sometimes, the above soundtrack, where Georges Rodi also participates on synth, being a good example. Further investigation is needed.
Berlin Experiment (2010)
Time To Dream (2011) (recorded in 2008 - 2011)
French synthesizer artist heavily influenced by 1980's Tangerine Dream. Fred Yargui has been making Electronic Music since 1984.
See also: Hakobune
Mahoroba (1984) (with Himekami)
Kaido (1985) (with Himekami) (soundtrack)
Egg of Purana (1985)
Earth Suite (1985) (with Usagi-Gumi)
Virgo Indigo (1986)
Unetsu - The Egg Stands Out of Curiosity (1986) (with Yoichiro Yoshikawa)
Moon Rabbits (1987)
Shinran / Path To Purity (1987)
Spirit Warrior (1988)
Shinran / Shiroi Michi (1991)
Omote - The Grazed Surface (1991) (with Yoichiro Yoshikawa)
Shijima - The Darkness Calms Down In Space (??) (with Yoichiro Yoshikawa)
Yuragi - In A Space of Perpetual Motions (??) (with Yoichiro Yoshikawa)
Yasukazu Sato aka Yas-Kaz is former jazz drummer turned new age percussionist. Yeah, his music is new agey. By the way, his debut album is supposed to be completely acoustic. However, I have some reasons to believe that there is also some interesting electronic stuff in his discography. Further investigation is needed.
Short Stories (2017)
By the Sea (2019)
In Full Bloom - Themes For A Better Tomorrow Vol. 1 (2019)
Japanese ambient artist with a shimmering, droning sound.
A Meditation Mass (1974)
Yatha Sidhra are two brothers Rolf and Klaus Fichter. Their first band was Brontosaurus, which later changed the name to Yatha Sidhra, reflecting their oriental influences. Their only record was produced by Achim Reichel in 1974. The music is in a way similar to early Popol Vuh or Ash Ra Tempel, very spacey and mesmerizing, featuring moog, guitars, percussion and flute.
See also: Dreamworld
Plach Lesov (2006)
Umirala Rechka (2007)
Dyhanie Navi (2009) (S)
Pagan Ambient from this Belgorod-based project.
Our Last Days (2020)
Light, airy, melancholic ambience.
Yellow Magic Orchestra (1978)
Solid State Survivor (1979)
Public Pressure (1980)
Xoo Multiplies (1980)
After Service (1983)
Naughty Boys (1983)
Faker Holic (1991) (recorded in 1979)
Live At Budokan (1993) (recorded in 1980)
Live At the Greak Theater (1997) (recorded in 1979)
L-R Trax (2005) (recorded in 1978 - 1980)
No Nukes 2012 (2015)
Legendary Japanese trio of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi that mixed Kraftwerk-like musical aesthetics with very unique sense of humor. The band doesn't exist officially since around 1984, nevertheless once in a while the guys get together to record an album or to do a concert. One of such reunion works is Technodon. Bands like Kraftwerk and YMO were crucial for the development of such styles as techno, industrial etc., but also for the development of modern music in general. It goes without saying that they are recommendable, but beware the general 'pop' format for this 'anti-pop' music. All YMO members have also released numerous solo works.
Blood Music (1992)
Yen Pox (1993)
Deliver (1995) (S)
Hollow Earth (1996) (S)
New Dark Age (2000)
Mnemonic Induction (2002) (with Troum)
Universal Emptiness (2011) (S)
Between the Horizon And the Abyss (2015)
Dark Ambient from Michael J.V. Hensley and Steve Hall.
Rhythmic tracks and ambient tracks with World Music and ritual influences.
Guerrero de la Conciencia (??)
Return Through the Cosmic Gate (1991)
Mexican electronic musician.
Zjumk / Yililok (2018)
Flowing, meditative synth music from Diva Dompé who is based in Los Angeles. Some tracks ("Clay") make nice use of sequencing. Very nice stuff in an individual style.
0:00 (2019) (S)
Unabled Form (2020)
London-based artist whose style is a mixture of musique concrete / glitch / looping techniques and ambient electronics.
The Oval Window, the Horses And the Wife
Languor of the Moon (2015)
Masks of Beasts (2016)
The Tapestry of Their Marriage Was Woven With Violence (2018)
Lo-fi, sometimes melancholic Ambient.
Dramatic, cinematic Ambient. A project of Martin Shearman-Brettle.
虚菩提的致幻剂 Hallucinogen of Nihilism Bodhi (2011)
Diverse Chinese experimental / folk musician. The above album features long, dark electronic tracks.
Rich, emotional Ambient from Lucian Ditulescu.
Prehistoric Dawn (2012)
Dreams of Mystery (2012)
Melodic Electronic Music by Cologne-based musician Michael Wilkes.
See also: Mystical Light
Darkish, growling, but melodic synth compositions from Daniel Helmer and Daniel Meuzard. Sort of cinematic. Not bad.
Cloud Hidden (2019) (recorded in ??)
Techno / IDM / glitch artist Susumu Yokota was quite well-known in his native Japan among lovers of club-related non-danceable electronic music. It's a daunting task to try and process his rather extensive discography on the subject of EM-compatibility. However, Sakura in particular seems to mix his techno influences with a more ambient sound. At least some of the tracks sound very prog EM-related. At the end of his career he seems to have plunged into the world of neo-classical structures. Susumu Yokota died in March 2015 at the age of 54.
See also: Mantaray
Uncertainty & Incompleteness
The Seed Project (2001) (with K.M. Krebs)
Rim of the Sun (2002)
Abyssal Plain (2003)
Ship of Theseus (2003)
Indra's Net (2006)
Clouds of Six Directions (2007)
Dark Space / experimental acoustic artist from New Mexico. Sometimes the music consists of soundscapes, sometimes it's rock-influenced.
MAD STALKER 2142 (1994)
Video game and film / animation composer. The short tracks on the above album remind on Tangerine Dream from around the same time.
Motherland Landscapes (2015)
OST Conditions (2016)
Winter Skins (2017)
Nice, airy ambient works.
Bury Me In the Forest/Layer 01 (2015)
A mixture of guitar and synth/keyboard-based ambient pieces.
Psychedelic mixture of guitar and electronics, which at times brings Heldon to mind.
Sundance 3 (1997) (S)
Yorky's Chillout (1998)
The Yorky Planets (1998)
Live At Ekko, Utrecht (2000)
Daliesque Cloud Formation (2001) (S)
Lord of Light (2002)
Symphonic electronics with beats, long ambient passages and sequences.
Unetsu - The Egg Stands Out of Curiosity (1986) (with Yas-Kaz)
The Miracle Planet (1987) (soundtrack)
Cyprus (1988) (soundtrack)
A Dream of Aku-Aku (1988) (soundtrack)
Aries (1989) (soundtrack)
Aqua Fantasy (1990)
Omote - The Grazed Surface (1991) (with Yas-Kaz)
Shijima - The Darkness Calms Down In Space (??) (with Yas-Kaz)
Yuragi - In A Space of Perpetual Motions (??) (with Yas-Kaz)
Japanese composer and member of new wave bands D-Day and Yapoos. On his solo soundtrack work, he shows an individual, often lush, melodic EM style.
SFX Symphony Abbey Road (1985)
A strange and unlikely album that combines electronic arrangements of classical pieces and Beatles songs (?)
Melancholy Mix (1982)
Spherical Voyage (1982)
Emerald Eclipse (1983)
Sepia Reminiscence (1983)
Aka Juma. The music released under his own name generally focuses on vocal songs and guitar, with synths in supporting roles. Most of it is badly recorded and sounds as if from the 1960's or early 1970's, mixed with 1980's new wave. Nothing fancy here and sometimes even annoying (for me). However, some of his EM material also found its way to these releases, albeit served in small doses. Of interest is track 1 from side B (I think) of Melancholy Mix, with its sequencers and guitars (sounds like Ashra circa Blackouts), some parts of Spherical Voyage (the whole album is instrumental and creates a nice pastoral feeling), track 1 from side B of Emerald Eclipse, which repeats the formula of the Melancholy Mix track, but in a cornier, poppier and, day I say it, JMJ manner (with guitar solos, though), and, finally, Sepia Reminiscence, some instrumental parts of which tend to focus more on synthesizers than on guitars or other instrumentation and are made in a unique pastoral and repetitive style. Interesting artist, and as much as I find his vocal delivery annoying, I find his instrumental EM work singular and strangely alluring. However, if it is EM you're after, I'd recommend that you go for the Juma albums first and then get the above for completeness (especially Sepia Reminiscence). There are a few releases by him that I haven't heard and that also can contain some relevant music, so further investigation would not harm.
See also: Juma
Wave Notation 1 - Music For Nine Post Cards
Pier & Loft (1983)
Mori No Yoake (1984)
Soundscape 1: Surround (1986)
Flora 1986 (1987)
Face Music (1994)
Quiet Forest (1998)
Four Post Cards (2004)
Soft Wave For Automatic Music Box (2005) (recorded in 1973 and 1976)
Although some people might lump this in the new age category, Hiroshi Yoshimura's music actually has more to do with minimal composers like Philip Glass or Terry Riley. On Green (a version of which appears on new age label Sona Gaia) he uses FM-synthesis together with gentle nature sounds for an ambient, repetitive and relaxing listening experience. Hiroshi Yoshimura died in 2003.
Frayilitu2 (2018) (S)
Electric Day (1979)
Scanner (1981) (S)
Wonders From the Genetic Factory (1984)
Benaki Cycles (2010)
A classic of German electronics, the formation known today as You (sometimes referred to as "Yourovision") was born in 1977, when Udo Hanten (synthesizers) and Uli Weber (guitar) decided to work together in the field of Electronic Music. Udo Hanten had considerable experience in the field, having worked with Harald Grosskopf on Synthesist. The collaboration went fairly smooth and in 1979, synthesist and graphic designer Albin Meskes jumped on the wagon, completing the trio. After the first album, Uli Weber left the group, and subsequent works were done in the duo format by Udo Hanten and Albin Meskes. Overall, the group had several LP albums released and a CD boxset in 1996 that gathered all of their previously released works and one CD with completely new music. The drums on the first LP are played by Harald Grosskopf (in the credits he appears under a pseudonym). Sadly, Udo Hanten passed away in August, 2018.
A duo of Cico Beck and Markus Acher in repetitive, experimental, semi-acoustic style, influenced by ethnic music (like Gamelan), Cluster (or so it seems to me) and minimalism. Keyboards, harmonium, mellotron, drums, percussion, guitars, etc.
New Escape Underground! (2013)
Wow. You'll Melt More! is a Japanese girl idol group, who entered the krautrock wave with the above album. I don't know what the producers were thinking, but looking at the stylized Neu!-like cover of this album you already expect something cool, and indeed, the track "Sweet Escape" sounds like a Japanese girl band backed by Neu! / La Dusseldorf in their prime, all the motorik craze, all the soft guitars, all the keyboards and synths, the highly repetitive structure... There are four songs in all and the flip contains instrumental versions of these. Seeing that they also had an album out in 2014, mocking Suicide's eponymous release, it becomes clear that whoever is behind this project, knows his shit for sure. Great fun! More, please.
Reel To Real (2015) (recorded in 1982 -
Wave Electronic Music 1984-1988 (2016)
Synthesis (2018) (recorded in 1984 - 1988)
Primitive Substance (2019)
Portastudio Ambient Tapes (2019) (S)
Bella (2020) (recorded in 2018)
Dennis Young (aka Dennis Andrew) is the marimba player / drummer of NYC-based Liquid Liquid. He is also a solo synthesist with a 1970's-influenced, minimal analog style. He first came in contact with EM listening to German EM pioneers Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and so on. Assembling his own studio, he started a parallel solo career to his activities in Liquid Liquid, paying homage to his main influences - the synthesizer greats. He released some of his solo music under the Dennis Andrew moniker. However, recently some albums (mostly in genres other than EM) were released under his real name also. Reel To Real is a collection of solo live performances from the Liquid Liquid days. Not much in terms of electronics here, although "Contortions" and "Forbidden Planet" will be of certain interest. In 2016, Bureau B released a selection of tracks from his cassettes as Wave Electronic Music. It is not clear at the moment, whether it includes any previously unreleased material. In any case, as his cassettes are hard to come by, it's a good starter.
See also: Andrew, Dennis
Collaborator of John Wetton in Quango and Asia. Also associated with groups like Fish and Greenslade. He has at least one more album that contains neo-progressive symphonic rock (it's called Life Underground). N.C.V. (= No Commercial Value) is relaxing Electronic Music in the style of Vangelis. Scientific Breakthrough is a library record.
The Night Office (2016)
Minimalist analog synth music with a cosmic flair, inspired by all-night sermon. Repetitive musical phrases, arpeggios and melodies that could well be a new EM genre. Catholic Ambient, anyone? Young Hierophant is Andrew Horton.
How To Disappear In America (2016)
Sorry For the Late Reply (2015)
A project of Marco Sterk. Tribal / tropical ambience / World Music.
Recurring Dreams (1981)
Nocturnal electronic album from this "homegrown" musician out of the USA. Matthew Young then went on to produce Traveler's Advisory (1986) which featured a different style altogether, relying on vocals, hammered dulcimers, drums and synths in supporting roles.
Your Move Vol. 1 (2017)
Member of several bands, mostly in post-punk / new wave / synth-pop genres. Solo music is often rhythmic and relaxed, influenced by "balearic beat" or synthwave, but also strongly informed by Prog EM, especially on slower, ambient tracks and the slightly offbeat sequencer closer "Enigmatic Cosmic Enforcer". Pretty entertaining stuff if you ask me.
Stay Asleep: Regression Vol. 2 (2011)
Binding Confusion (2013)
A deviation for this noise musician, known mostly for his work in Wolf Eyes. Stay Asleep has an almost horror synth sound to it. Ok, but very repetitive. A similar vibe is felt on Binding Confusion. It's noisy and rough, but there's that unmistakable Prog EM streak heard on some parts of it.
See also: Moon Pool & Dead Band
Stringed Exploits (2016) (S)
January 2015 (2016) (EP) (with Warren Mattox)
Accosting Form, Pure Intent (2019)
Very nice, moody, repetitive electronics with a dark edge on Accosting... from this Brooklyn-based artist.
See also: Moral Extrication
Avant-garde jazz musician who uses quite a bit of electronics. He has been around at least since the 1970's. I will try to list his releases that include EM-compatible material.
Over Low Trees (1979)
Results, Not Answers (1979)
Live Sciences (1980)
Ambient musician based in Tuscon, Arizona. Asunder was mastered by Steve Roach who also plays on this album.
The Electronique Void (2016)
California-based artist. He makes music in different styles, mostly hip-hop, funk, soul etc. The above, however, is synth music in a cheesy style, influenced by 1960's and 1970's EM, all the crispy and warm synths, all the beeps and blips, all the chirpy drum machines, the occasional vocoder... It all sounds like a lost electronic library album from 1972 (in the case of the cheesier stuff) or 1979 (in the case of the more disco-ish numbers).
New World Memory (2019)
Ein Klein Nein (2020)
Long-standing Scottish experimental musician from Glasgow. He has been around at least since the late 1980's. New World Memory has something of a weird krautrock vibe going, so it might be of interest to fans of the more outlandish forms of EM (Moebius, Cluster, etc.). Ein Klein Nein sounds like a minimal mixture of Talk Talk and Grosses Wasser.
Nature Tape I (2019)
An ambient tapestry of sounds with a few touches of dub techno (in the sounds, not rhythms). A project of Denis Morin.
Gröna Stugans Väd (2018)
A New Smile (2018)
Gröna Stugans Väd is an atypical, lo-fi ambient synth album from this acid house-related project. A New Smile also has some interesting EM material (the first track being a good example).
Red Rain (2016) (EP)
Your Silent Face is Manchester-based electronic musician Mike Cooper. He is very diverse, but mostly techno-related. The Red Rain EP, though, ends with an ambient piece called "Scorched Earth".
Middle Class Riot (2014)
Pharaohs From Outer Space (2018) (with Nik Turner)
Interstellar Energy (2020) (with Nik Turner)
Occular (2020) (with Jaz Coleman)
Youth is a moniker of Martin Glover, a synthesist related to the dub, trance and space rock genres / scenes. On Occular, you will hear mostly rich, melodic, almost classically-inspired electronic pieces.
Ordinary Moon (2017)
Synthetic Dream (1989)
Melodic / rhythmic music from this duo, recorded live in Berlin.
Worlds of Music (1994)
Czech electronic duo formed in 1992. A bit like Vangelis.
Japanese indie pop / J-pop singer. On Vacant, she is moving in the ambient direction, with some tracks being completely instrumental and having a wacky Cluster-like quality to them.
Rare tape by this synth trio of Uwe Stephany, Boris Nogalj and Dave Schmidt (aka Sula Bassana).
See also: Sula Bassana
...In Antiquity (2009) (S) (with Scott
Miller and Demian Johnston)
Keep Your Hands (2011) (with Demian Johnston)
The Emerald (2014) (S) (with Fermentæ)
Uncloaked Infinite (2017) (S)
A bit noisy and sometimes intense ambient soundscapes from this Bay Area musician and graphic designer. Kevin Yuen is also a member of Circle of Eyes (ambient doom) and Sutekh Hexen (black metal / noise).
Above (2020) (recorded in 2016 and 2020)
A dramatic ambient synth piece recorded on a Jupiter 8 synth in 2016 and an upright piano re-interpretation from 2020.
Amaryllis Dream (2014)
Deep psychedelic soundscapes with concrete and ethnic influences.
Off On A Tangent (1984) (S)
Yuri Gorbachow, who made a lot of sound editing for various film productions, released this private electronic record in 1984.
El Tamaño de mi Silencio (2019)
Hypnotic Ambient with touches of industrial.