Index

 

y0t0 (Australia)

Nijisousaku (2013)

Subtle beats, drones, sequences and ambient soundscapes inspired by Blade Runner and Logan's Run. Not bad. y0t0 is Charles Sage.

 


Yaary, Erez (Israel)

Projects I (1986 - 1988)
Projects II (1988 - 1990)
Projects III (1991 - 1992)
Projects IV (1992 - 1994)
Projects V (1988 - 1994)
Solar Voyages (2000)

Retrospective (2002)
Nibiru (2003)
Ambience (2004)
Blind Vision (2005)
Atmosphere (2006)
Synergos (2007)
Darklight (2010)
Moab (2011)
Signal (2013)

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.

 


Yabibo Hazurfa (Sweden)

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.

 


Yabrov, Aaron (Germany)

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.

 


Yabuki, Shiho (Japan)

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.

 


Yaffin (Netherlands)

Color (2000)
Garden (2001)
Nebula (2001)
UFO (2001)
Sphere (2001)
Liquid Planets (2001)
SF (2001)
Ego (2001)
Dataland (2002)

A project of Rob Knetsch of Novo Sibirsk that explores the more ambient side of his music.

See also: Novo Sibirsk, Beudeker/Knetsch, Electrance, Rok, Knetsch.

 


Yagya (Iceland)

Rhythm of Snow (2002)
Will I Dream During the Process? (2006)
Rigning (2009)
The Inescapable Decay of My Heart (2012)
Sleepygirls (2014)
Stars And Dust (2016)

Comparable to Biosphere, but also influenced by Brian Eno. Soft, delicate Ambient music with some techno-isms thrown in. Yagya is Aðalsteinn Guðmundsson.

See also: Plastik

 


Yahya, Sha'aban (Indonesia)

Return To Jogja (1992)

Gamelan-influenced music done on synthesizers. Obscure, romantic and new age-like concept album.

 


Yakushenko, Igor (Russia)

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.

 


Yama, Joakim (France)

Arkeo (1993)
Mirage (1994)
Opium (1995)
CyberSpace (1996)
Astralia (1997) (with Dan Sin Chan)
Yamantaka (2000)
Vortex (2002)
Elixir (2005)

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.

 


Yama, Johny (Belgium)

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.

 


Yamada, Taiho (USA)

Stages (1999) 

Synthesist with nods to Vangelis, Kitaro, Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno. Stages contains music that was originally written for a theatre play. The album was produced by Erik Norlander.

 


Yamaha Boss (USA)

The Global Cooldown (2012)

Varied ambient soundscapes from Matthew Wingate Tuozzo.

 


Yamaoka (Japan)

Time To Time (2013)
Short Films For Long Days (2016)

Interesting stuff, with Yamaoka (real name - Kenichi Oka) constructing heavily sequenced themes inspired by the Berlin School and Kraftwerk. Released on Databloem label.

 


Yamashita, Yosuke & Tsutsui, Yasutaka (Japan)

Ie (1976)

Avant-garde electronic prog album with comparisons to Mike Oldfield, Battiato, Igor Wakhevitch and more.

 


Yamashta, Stomu (Japan)

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)
Raindog (1975)
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)
Iroha-ten/chi (1981)
Iroha-sui (1982)
Tempest (1982) (soundtrack)
Iroha-ka (1983)
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. Yamashta 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.

 


Yamaya, Kiyoshi & Kubota, Haruo (Japan)

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.

 


Yamo (Germany)

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

 


Yankee Yankee (Canada)

The Best of the Early Recordings (2010)
Ecstatic Dreamer (2011)
Empty Room (2011)
Segments (2014)

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

 


Yanni (Greece)

Optimystique (1980)
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.

 


Yano, Hiroshi (Canada)

Vancouver-based synthesist who reportedly released a 20-minute cassette in the 1980's and possibly some other things.

 


Yared, Gabriel (Lebanon)

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.

 


Yargui, Fred (France)

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.

 


Yasei (Japan)

Iriomote (2013)

A duo of Hakobune and Hiroki Sasajima. As expected, this is Ambient.

See also: Hakobune

 


Yas-Kaz (Japan)

Jomon-Sho (1984)
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)

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.

 


Yasukochi, Shuta (Japan)

Short Stories (2017)

Japanese ambient artist with a shimmering, droning sound.

 


Yatha Sidhra (Germany)

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

 


Yav' (Russia)

Plach Lesov (2006)
Umirala Rechka (2007)
Dyhanie Navi (2009) (S)

Pagan Ambient from this Belgorod-based project.

 


Yehoshua (UK)

/prəˌnʌn​.​siˈeɪ​.​ʃən​-​s/ (2016) (S)

Ambient, a bit glitchy electronics with a strong Prog EM flair.

 


Yellow Magic Orchestra (Japan)

Yellow Magic Orchestra (1978)
Solid State Survivor (1979)
Public Pressure (1980)
Xoo Multiplies (1980)
BGM (1981)
Technodelic (1981)
Service (1983)
After Service (1983)
People With Nice Smiles (1983)
Naughty Boys (1983)
Faker Holic (1991) (recorded in 1979)
Technodon (1993)
Live At Budokan (1993) (recorded in 1980)
Live At the Greak Theater (1997) (recorded in 1979)
L-R Trax (2005) (recorded in 1978 - 1980)

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.

See also: Sakamoto, Ryuichi, Hosono, Haruomi, Takahashi, Yukihiro.

 


Yen Pox (USA)

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.

See also: V.O.S., Hollow Earth, Gorehallreider, Blood Box, Mud.

 


Yeyazu-Kon (Mexico)

Guerrero de la Conciencia (??)
Return Through the Cosmic Gate (1991)

Mexican electronic musician.

 


Yilmaz, Brahim (Turkey)

The Oval Window, the Horses And the Wife (2015)
Languor of the Moon (2015)
Masks of Beasts (2016)

Lo-fi, sometimes melancholic Ambient.

 


YISX (USA)

Origins (2016)

Dramatic, cinematic Ambient. A project of Martin Shearman-Brettle.

 


Ynoji (Belgium)

Guldstun (2016)

Rich, emotional Ambient from Lucian Ditulescu.

 


Yog Sothoth (Germany)

Prehistoric Dawn (2012)
Dreams of Mystery (2012)

Melodic Electronic Music by Cologne-based musician Michael Wilkes.

See also: Mystical Light

 


Yokota, Susumu (Japan)

Sakura (2000)

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, this album 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

 


Yonaites, Heath (USA)

Uncertainty & Incompleteness (2000)
The Seed Project (2001) (with K.M. Krebs)
Rim of the Sun (2002)
Where (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.

 


Yonder, Katya (Russia)

Motherland Landscapes (2015)

Nice, airy ambient works.

 


Yorishiro (Japan??)

I (2016)

Psychedelic mixture of guitar and electronics, which at times brings Heldon to mind.

 


Yorky (UK)

Sundance 3 (1997) (S)
Yorky's Chillout (1998)
The Yorky Planets (1998)
Dreams (1999)
Live At Ekko, Utrecht (2000)
Daliesque Cloud Formation (2001) (S)
Lord of Light (2002)

Symphonic electronics with beats, long ambient passages and sequences.

See also: Sherwood, John, 4m33s, Noise Kommandoh, Ambient Ashand, Cult of Ashand, Entity, Quadra.

 


Yoshikawa, Yoichiro (Japan)

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)
Omote - The Grazed Surface (1991) (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.

 


Yoshimura, Hiroshi (Japan)

Wave Notation 1 - Music For Nine Post Cards (1982)
Pier & Loft (1983)
Mori No Yoake (1984)
Green (1986)
Soundscape 1: Surround (1986)
Flora 1986 (1987)
Static (1988)
Wetland (1990)
Quiet Forest (1998)
Four Post Cards (2004)
Soft Wave For Automatic Music Box (2011)

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.

 


You (Germany)

Electric Day (1979)
Scanner (1981) (S)
Timecode (1982)
Wonders From the Genetic Factory (1984)
Laserscape (1986)
Era (1996)
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).  

See also: Central Europe Performance, Robot City.

 


You + Your D. Metal Friend (Germany)

Sonnier (2016)

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.

 


You'll Melt More! (Japan)

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.

 


Young, Dennis (USA)

Reel To Real (2015) (recorded in 1982 - 1983)
Wave Electronic Music 1984-1988 (2016)
12/31/1982 (2017)

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

 


Young, John (UK)

Scientific Breakthrough (1999)
N.C.V. (2000)

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.

 


Young Hierophant (USA)

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.

 


Young Male (USA)

How To Disappear In America (2016)

Releasing some techno EP's, this artist settled on a more laid-back and varied melodic / rhythmic synth sound with influences of Ambient, synthwave and Tangerine Dream's soundtrack work.

 


Young, Matthew (USA)

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.

 


Young, Mikey (Australia)

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.

 


Young, Nate (USA)

Stay Asleep: Regression Vol. 2 (2011)
Binding Confusion (2013)
Regression (2016)

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

 


Young, Roland (USA)

Mystiphonic (2013)
Confluences (2015)
Hear/Here (2017)

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.

 


Young Scientist (USA)

Over Low Trees (1979)
Results, Not Answers (1979)
Live Sciences (1980)

Obscure Electronic Music band from Washington area that later gave birth to "Palace of Lights" label. The line-up included James Husted, Marc Barreca and Roland Barker.

See also: Barreca, Marc, Barker, Roland, Sequencer People.

 


Youngblood, Nathan (USA)

Asunder (2007)

Ambient musician based in Tuscon, Arizona. Asunder was mastered by Steve Roach who also plays on this album.

 


Younge, Adrian (USA)

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).

 


Your Silent Face (UK)

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".

 


Yoyu (Canada)

Ordinary Moon (2017)

Ambient project of Ali Khan. Electronic soundscapes, warm electric piano and synth melodies, field recordings... Sometimes with a "Vangelis meets Steve Roach" feel.

 


Yrena (Czech Republic)

Worlds of Music (1994)
Island (1998)

Czech electronic duo formed in 1992. A bit like Vangelis.

 


Yttrium (Germany)

Neodym (1987)

Rare tape by this synth trio of Uwe Stephany, Boris Nogalj and Dave Schmidt (aka Sula Bassana).

See also: Sula Bassana

 


Yuen, Kevin Gan (USA)

...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).

 


Yunomi (UK)

Amaryllis Dream (2014)
Floracopia (2015)
Ecalyculata (2017)

Deep psychedelic soundscapes with concrete and ethnic influences.

See also: Ishq, Elemental Journey, Elve, Experiments In Silence, Crystal Moon, Colourform, Ishvara, Futurology, Omni Vu Deity.

 


Yuri (Canada)

Off On A Tangent (1984)

Yuri Gorbachow, who made a lot of sound editing for various film productions, released this private electronic LP in 1984.

 


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