Index

 

Za Siódma Górą (Poland)

Muzyka Jakiej Świat Nie Widzi (1996)

Hybrid dark industrial / dark folk project. This particular album will interest fans of Dark Ambient, as it's mostly soundscapes, with only a few folky injections.

See also: Spear

 


Zabba Lindner And the Rhythm' Stix (Germany)

Extra Ordinaire (1982)

Obscure LP released on Sky records. The style is not known but considering that Zabba is a legendary "krautrock" drummer and the fact that apart from drums and guitars, synthesizers are featured, chances are high that there's something of interest to EM fans as well.

See also: Eschersheim, Christian von

 


Zaboitzeff, Thierry (France)

Promethee (1984)
Dr. Zab And His Robotic Strings Orchestra (1992)
Epreuves D'Acier - Fragments D'Une Forge (1995)
Heartbeat (1997)
India (1998)
Les Chants D'Alice Et Du Vieux Monde (1999)
Nebensonnen (2000)
Miniaturen: Zoydian Suite In 3 Movements (2000) (with others)
Dr. Zab II: The Fantomatick Bands (2001)
Missa Furiosa (2004)
Iva Lirma (2007)
Voyage au Centre de la Terre (2008)
Overdrive XL (2008)
Sequences (2013) (soundtrack)
Planet LUVOS (2013)
Sixteenth (2013)
Multiple Distortions - Archives 2005 - 2016 (2016)

Thierry Zaboitzeff  (born in 1953) used to be the bassist for legendary Art Zoyd. On his solo works he finds himself in the electronic mode.

See also: Art Zoyd

 


Zacepin, Alexander (Russia)

Mystery of the Third Planet (1981) (soundtrack)

Electronic soundtrack for an animated cartoon. Warm, floating, analogue, melodic. Never released officially, a bootleg version exists of this work.

 


Zachert, Louis (Belgium)

Vie! (1992)

Synthesizer soundscapes. The above album was re-released in 2002 in a limited edition of 200 copies, but the new version consists of reworked and remastered material plus one bonus track. 

 


Zadri & Mo (France)

Erebus (1982)

Electronic Music from Stéphane Zadri and Julien Mo.

 


Zajda, Edward M. (USA)

Independent Electronic Music Composer (1968)

Chicago-based "loner" who built his own electronic musical devices and released this little gem in 1968. Drones, chirping moogs, concrete textures, collage and astronaut's voices. What more could you ask for?

 


Zaksek, Edgar (Germany)

This Perfect Day (1983)

Cassette on Syntape with (supposedly) Electronic Music from drummer of obscure new wave group The Kaz Radge Band.

 


Zalys (France)

Summoning the Phoenix (2013)
Wandering Through Space (2013)
Sublime (2015)
Reminiscences (2015)

Dark Space.

 


Zanagoria (Italy)

Insight Modulation (1972)

Obscure ancient library electronics from organ player Giorgio Carnini. Just like you would imagine looking at the date of release, there's not much in terms of melody, but it does have an excellent dark, mechanical atmosphere to it.

 


Zander One (USA)

Emerald Awaking (2015)

Zander One is Joe Maas from Ohio. He has a very warm, smooth sound, mostly flowing and ambient, sometimes sequencer-based and gently pulsing. Sometimes dub elements are prominent and become dominant. All of that only applies to Emerald Awaking, though. Earlier albums may be much more dubby and techno-oriented. In fact, I don't know if they fit in stylistically.

 


Zandvoort & Uilenbal (Netherlands)

Gerius uit Somberdorp (2016)

Unique music played on harmonium, mixtur trautonium, synths and a few other obscure and not so obscure instruments. Cosmic, melodic, analog, experimental... Zandvoort & Uilenbal is a duo of Danny Wolfers and Jimi Hellinga.

See also: Wolfers, Danny, Falckenhaus, Franz, Smackos, Weltman, Klaus, Phalangius, Nomad Ninja, Occult Orientated Crime, Knutson, Saab, Ufocus, Taniyama, Satomi.

 


Zane, Sandro (Italy)

Nobody Land (1985)

Subtitled "Possible Music for Film and Performance".

 


Zann (Germany)

Strange Ways / Inside Jungle (1990)
Zann And Moon (??)

World Music by future members of Vasudeva.

See also: Vasudeva

 


Zanov (France)

Green Ray (1976)
Moebius 256 301 (1977)
In Course of Time (1982)
Nous Reprenous Notre Avenir (1984)
Virtual Future (2014)
Open Worlds (2016)

Classic Electronic Music from Pierre Zalkazanov. There were rumours once that Zanov was a pseudonym of engineer Alain Gross but in fact the latter only produced his albums. Nous Reprenous... was never released officially.

 


Zantey, Harry (Australia??)

Sleep (1981)

Rare cassette from guitarist of the first incarnation (1977 - 1978) of Australian post-punk band Crime & The City Solution. The album seems to have been recorded in London and released on cassette privately. It is not clear, whether Zantey just lived in the UK back then, or whether he is British, so his country of origin is not exactly known at the moment. The music was recorded in one take with just an EMS synth and no overdubs. Will appeal to fans of Experimental EM.

 


Zapp / Becker (Germany)

Chrystall (1995)

Wilfried Michael Zapp & Sangeet T. Becker.

 


Zappa, Frank (USA)

Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger (1984)
Francesco Zappa (1984)
Jazz From Hell (1986)

There's no need to tell who was Frank Zappa, because everyone with even basic musical knowledge is aware of this great musician and experimentator. The above releases are partly or completely electronic and may be interesting to EM fans. I have Jazz From Hell which is absolutely crazy, Synclavier-based music that sounds like... well, jazz from hell! :-) Recommended! On the other hand, Francesco Zappa is totally crazy in its concept. The thing is that Zappa actually didn't write the music. From a dictionary he learned of an obscure composer named, you've guessed it, Francesco Zappa, who composed during the late 18th century. Thinking he might be an ancestor, Zappa re-arranged his works for the Synclavier digital system. Therefore, the music sounds like cheesy renditions of classical works typical of the era they were composed in (although the harpsichord gives it a Baroque feel). The Perfect Stranger is half contemporary orchestral pieces (ala Stravinsky) and half Synclavier works that range from neutral to scary.

 


Zara (Germany)

Patchwork One (1995)

A duo of Roland Benesch and Detlef Hommel.

 


Zardoz (Belgium)

Kronos (1983)
Travel (1986)
Adventure Games (1987)
Lost Temple (1993)

 


Zarzycki, Daniel (Poland)

Hallo California (1989)
Never Ending Dream (1990)
Atmosphere (1990)
Eden Coasts (1991)
Everlasting Youth Earth (1991)
Going After the Horizon (1992)
Valley of the Dreams (1992)
Solo Vae (1993)
Digi Dance (1993)
Lunar Evening (1994)
Computers Don't Cry (1996)
In the Silicon Forest (1999)
Digital Tales (1999)
Beside the Silence (2002)

Polish artist (and analog instrument builder) who makes classic, melody-oriented EM.

 


Zauchner, Carola (Germany)

Electronic Underground (2015)
Four Colours (??)
Chaos Total (??)

Member of Traumklang.

See also: Kern, Carola, Traumklang.

 


Zavalloni, Enri (Italy)

Italo Con Organo (2013)
Universi Paralleli (2016)

Enri Zavalloni is an artist working mainly within the domain of easy-listening / bachelor pad / lounge music, using only vintage organs (Hammond, Farfisa, etc.) and synths. He started showing some progressive tendencies on Italo Con Organo, with "Afro Tron" being sort of a "Pop Corn meets Kraftwerk" concoction and the exotic closing track being of interest, too. It was on Universi Paralleli, though, that he completely went the EM route and created a nice, melodic synth / Space Music work. Warm, nostalgic sound and pretty unique.

 


Zavijava Orchestra (USA)

Rivers of Light (1986)

Unique EM by Charles Townsend and Christopher Faris who use synthesizers and some acoustic instruments. At times new-agey, the music also goes into quite hypnotic realms (as on "Magnetic Dreamscape" for example, that sounds like it could have been recorded ten years earlier).

 


Zawadzinski, Tomasz (Poland)

Around (1999)
Kosmos, Pustka i Ja (2000)
Soundwich (2001)
Sounds Like Pictures (2002)
Ex Civitate Copernici Ad Astra (2004) (with Slawomir Jedraszek)
Follow Me (2004)
Gorlice 2005 (2005) (with Slawomir Jedraszek)
Saved As (2009)

Polish synthesist with an original style and references to classic EM (not only the Berlin School).

 


Zawinul, Joe (Austria)

Dialects (1986)

Legendary late jazz keyboardist, member of Weather Report and Miles Davis collaborator, Joe Zawinul released this curious album in 1986. His affinity for synthesizers shines through as he uses lots of keyboards and voices. In a way it reminded me on Jarre's Zoolook, albeit Zawinul's approach is more frenetic, approximating the synth-funk territory explored by Herbie Hancock in the 1980's. On the other hand, some programmed rhythms do sound a bit dated and the most interesting tracks are the slow / atmospheric ones - namely "The Great Empire" and "Peace". Otherwise, it could be viewed as an innovative World Music work in its own right.

 


Zazou, Hector (France)

Sahara Blue (1992)
Songs From the Cold Seas (1994)

French (of Algerian origin) Ambient and ethnic musician . He started in the 70's as the keyboard and violin player in the chamber jazz-rock group ZNR. After leaving the group, he started his solo career that was based around him combining elements of Ambient and ethnic musics. Zazou collaborated with a host of musicians, among them: Dead Can Dance, Bjork, Lightwave, Harold Budd, Bill Laswell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mark Isham and others. I am not really sure how much of his solo output could qualify as EM, but the ones listed above should be interesting. Hector Zazou died on September 8, 2008.

See also: ZNR

 


Zdzisław, Matwin (Poland)

Undertones (??)

 


Zebras (USA)

The Spirit Soars (1980)

Very obscure electronic ensemble with five synth players based in North Texas State University.

 


Zed (France)

Visions of Dune (1979)
Visions of Dune (2014) (S) (recorded in 1979)

Zed is Bernard Szajner. A classic of French electronic scene. Sometimes reminds on Heldon.

See also: Szajner, Bernard, Hypothetical Prophets, The.

 


Zeisig, Hans (Germany)

Tonfilmmelodien (1981)

Rare cassette. Hans Zeisig is a pseudonym of Aachen-based musician and synth geek Uwe Hüter who was a member of new wave band Der Verdacht.

 


Zeit (Italy)

Sunja (2003) (with Alio Die)
Raag Drone Theory (2007) (with Alio Die)
Waves From the Sky (2008)
Il Giardino Ermeneutico (2010) (with Alio Die)
Live At Dada Theater (2012) (with Alio Die)
Probing the Depths (2012) (recorded in 1998 - 1999)
A Circular Quest (2013) (recorded in 2009) (with Alio Die)

Tommaso Cimo, known as a collaborator of Alio Die, with his own vision of Ambient music. Probing the Depths seems to be influenced by classic German EM.

 


Zeitgeist (Canada)

Schmelzen (1988) (with The Art Effects)
Astronomer (1988)

Obscure self-issued tape of ambient synth bliss.

 


Zeitwind (Russia)

Hexenzeit (2012)

Zeitwind is Dmitriy Grigorov.

 


Zen Hanami (Germany)

Volume 1 (2007)
Volume 2 (2008)
Volume 3 (2008)

Zen Hanami is German musician Ingo Ito who, influenced by Brian Eno and Harold Budd, released a series of CD's with classic ambient compositions. This is Ambient the way we know it from the times of the pioneers, a bit new-agey in places, perhaps. There are also two compilation CD's titled Reflection 1 & 2 that gather shorter versions of tracks from the above albums.

 


Zenamon (Bolivia)

Zenamon (1984)
Promenade (1988)
Park of Attractions (1991)
Natural Sensations (1993)

Born in Bolivia, Jaime Mirtenbaum Zenamon is a multi-instrumentalist, whose main instrument is the acoustic guitar. However, he usually combines his guitar playing with melodic electronic arrangements that at times end up sounding like a mixture of 1980's Tangerine Dream and Oldfield. He recorded his music in Europe (mostly Germany) and was a teacher at the Berlin Academy of Music from 1980 to 1992. He currently resides in Curitiba, Brazil.

 


Zenovonzan (France)

Hypnose (2012)

Cosmic, sequencer-based, driving analog synth / drums combination in Zombi / Goblin / Heldon / Tangerine Dream vein.

 


Zentura (Norway)

Aerodynamics (??)

Rhythmic music made with the Waldorf Wave synthesizer.

 


Zero Gravity (USA)

Space Does Not Care (1995)

Zero Gravity is a solo project of synthesist Len Del Rio (of Spiral Realms and Nik Turner fame).

See also: Spiral Realms

 


Zero Gravity Thinkers (USA)

Zero Gravity Thinkers (2016)

Collaborative project between Peter Principle, Dok Gregory and Aaron Taylor Kuffner. Psychedelic electronics of the ambient kind. The extact style is not known at the moment.

See also: Principle, Peter

 


Zero Ohms (USA)

Trans Spheres (1998)
The Glass Bead Game (1999)
Atma-Spheric Surfaces (2000)
Supreme Infinite Essence (2000)
Sweven (2001)
Ecstatis (2002) (with Gordon Rhyne)
Unafraid of the Impending Silence (2002)
Soundfall To the Infinite (2002) (with Brannan Lane)
Immense Distance (2003) (with Brannan Lane)
True Degrees of Freedom (2003)
Spacial Glacial Nebulous (2004)
Path of Least Resistance (2005) (with Craig Padilla)
Beyond the Portal (2009) (with Craig Padilla and Skip Murphy)
Worlds, Afterworlds (2011)
When the Earth Is Far Away (2012) (with Craig Padilla)
369 (2013)
Process of Being (2014)
Broken Stars Through Brilliant Clouds (2015) (with Numina)
From Worlds Unseen A Light Yet Streams A Sound Replete (2015) (with Markus Reuter)

Zero Ohms is Richard J. Roberts who started experimenting with sound already during the 1970's. By the late 1980's, he got involved in the whole new age scene, subsequently releasing several project in that style. However, they were not very successful, contrary to his ambient sets he played live in various coffeehouses. Little by little his style changed and became what we know today, i.e. Ambient music with a huge wind-synth presence.

 


ZerO One (USA)

Zero One (1998)
Prototype 2 (2000)
Psy-Fi (2005)
ozOne (2007)
RemiXed (2011)
sOnar (2013)
Signals (2015)

Ambient with slow rhythms by Northern California-based synth player Kevin Dooley. Kevin became interested in Electronic Music during the 80's, after hearing Autobahn by Kraftwerk.

See also: Gray Matter, Short-Term Memory.

 


Zielinska-Van, Barbara (Poland)

Wizje (1995)
Koledy (1999) (with Sabina Borner)
Muzyka Ilustracyjna (1999)
Secret Garden (2002)
City Songs (2002)
Polish Landscapes (2002)
Miracles (2003) (with Sabina Borner)

Melodic, even twee music. In my view, it's more like Electronic New Age rather than real EM. Receiving academic musical education (piano), Barbara gained some interest in electronic instrumentation and in 1993 she founded the "Diaton" studio (the name was changed to "B&T Records" in 1999). Inspired by Keith Jarret, Oscar Peterson, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre etc. she started recording electronic-based instrumental music, releasing her first cassette (Wizje) in 1995. After that, many more releases followed as well as appearances on several samplers.

 


Zimbo (Netherlands)

Cat (1984)
Poets Due To (1985) (with Wedge)

Minimal melodies and rhythms played on synths and Casio keyboards. Rather charming and unique. A project of John de Pagter.

 


Zimiamvian Night (USA)

Zimiamvian Night (2004)
Zimiamvian Night 2 (2007)

Gloomy, darkish ambient soundscapes. Zimiamvian Night is a project of Mike Bennett.

 


Zimmer, Hans (Germany)

Paperhouse (1988) (soundtrack)
Backdraft (1991) (soundtrack)
Interstellar (2014) (soundtrack)

Famous film music composer born in Frankfurt in 1957. By the beginning of the 1980's, he had already started his career of a composer of jingles and soundtracks. In 1980, he collaborated with The Buggles on their Age of Plastic LP, establishing himself as a force in the world of analogue synthesizers. Since then, he has assembled a giant collection of various synthesizers (both modular and compact) and worked with several bands, including Ultravox. Apart from Parerhouse (done exclusively with synthesizers), he has some other purely electronic works, as far as I know. There are also soundtracks where he combines electronics with orchestral scores. Further investigation is needed.

 


Zinkl (Germany)

No Snaildance, Please (1994)
Lovely Night Creatures (1995)
Plexus Andromeda (1997)
Circus Maximus (1999)
Underwater (2001) (with Alquimia)
Dance Music For Insects (2002)
The Temptations of St. Anthony (2004)
91-99 (2014)
Cockaigne (2014)
Kinder der Nacht (2015) (with Nero)

Anton Zinkl is German synthesist born in 1960 who is often refered to as techno-influenced EM musician. Well, I've heard parts of Dance Music For Insects and it's simply great stuff. Very original and interesting music that is highly recommended. I cannot see the techno connection whatsoever. I admit that maybe some of his other works (that I haven't heard) are more techno-ish. In any case, it is quite clear that we are dealing with real talent, not just another amateur or Schulze wannabe. Anton Zinkl started experimenting with electronics in the 1970's, using a Farfisa organ and processing devices. The 1980's were devoted to playing with a band before he resurfaced a decade later as a solo musician and started releasing his music on CD.

 


Zinn, Hartmut (Germany)

Heiles Land (1982)
Gipfelstürmer (1984)

The first album of Hartmut Zinn was called Heiles Land and it featured music strongly inspired by Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. All music was played on electric and acoustic instruments. However, on Gipfelstürmer he turned to a more easy-listening / synth-based sound, incorporating lots of Jean-Michel Jarre (in his more accessible mode) influences.

 


Zlatanos, Thanasis (Greece)

Nekropolis (1982)
ARTificial (1987)
Datura (1993)
Om/At/Røynd (2009)

Greek electronic musician who started his career while he was living in Norway. His first album, the strange and darkish Nekropolis was a group effort (he was helped by Norwegian musicians) recorded in Oslo. He has since relocated back to Greece.

 


ZNR (France)

Barricade 3 (1976)

Avant-prog / chamber music ensemble formed in 1975 by Hector Zazou and Joseph Racaille. They play short tracks full of darkish moods and chamber atmospheres. On this debut album they use violin, brass, clarinet and other typical chamber instruments, along with piano and analogue synthesizers. As a result the music sounds like a mixture of chamber prog and Electronic Music. There was another album titled Traite de Mecanique Populaire released in 1979, but for that one they seem to have abandoned electronic instruments completely.

See also: Zazou, Hector

 


Zoat Aon (Finland)

Star Autopsy (2005)
The Triplex Bestial (2006)

Soundscapes / Dark Space from Jaakko Vanhala.

See also: Depther, I.corax.

 


Zobel, Dieter (Germany)

Freizeit (1987) (with Jorg Thomasius)
Oszip Tugari (1988) (with Carsten Spindler)
Musik Aus Dem Regen (1988) (with Jorg Thomasius)

Falscher Hase (1989) (with Jorg Thomasius)
MEZ 31,00 (1989)
Moschus (1990)

St. Vitus's Dance (1992)
Teilbotzer (1992) (with Lord Litter)

East German musician and experimentator who is very much into unique electronic compositions and processed guitar sound.

 


Zodiac (Latvia)

Disco Alliance (1980)
Music In the Universe (1981)
Music From the Films (1982)
3: In Memoriam (1988)
Makoni / Clouds (1991)
Dedication (1996) (recorded in 1989)

Danceable electronic pop, sort of like Space but without the vocals. Ironically, it was the first 'electronic' group that I listened to, back when I was a kid. Ok, there are of course some nice tracks, like the first track from Disco Alliance, for instance. The line-up for the first album was: Janis Lusens - ARP Omni, ARP Odyssey, celesta; Zane Griva - piano, ARP Omni, vocal; Andris Silis - guitar; Ainars Asmanis - bass guitar; Andris Reinis - percussion. Later Zodiac's music aqcuired a more focused sound. If you like general melodic EM, you may like In Memoriam, which is a nice LP, somewhat comparable to Tangerine Dream from around the same period, but also with Baroque / Classical influences. It's still nothing to write home about, of course, e.g. lots of obligatory and dreary thin digital synths of the time. The above albums were re-issued on CD by Russian 'Boheme' label.

 


Zodiac (Netherlands)

Zodiac I (1991)
Zodiac II (1991)
Spherics (1991)
Spirits (1993)
I.C. (1994)

Melodic music by Frans Ramakers and Ruud Grothauzen. Sort of average.

  


Zodiac Free Arts Club (Greece)

Floating World (2011)

Named after the legendary gathering place for late 1960's Berlin experimental musicians, Zodiac Free Arts Club is an unusual diversion for Greek deep techno producer Argyris Theofilis. It is beatless and focuses on atmospheres and rhythms inspired by Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, Popol Vuh, Neu! and other German EM and krautrock pioneers.

 


Zohastre (France)

Quark Star /\ Étoile Étrange (2016)

A duo of characters who call themselves Héloïse and Olmo Uiutna. Both acting as solo noisicians, this is different from solo work of both I guess. What we get here is basically a spooky, lo-fi version of early solo Moebius if you can imagine that, with a touch of raw, archaic, 1960's electronic music. Marginally progressive, the music manages to create a unique atmosphere and is rather neat for what it is.

 


Zoltan (UK)

First Stage Zoltan (2012)
Psychomania (2013) (S)
Sixty Minute Zoom (2014)
Tombs of the Blind Dead (2014) (S)
Phantasm / Tanz der Vampire (2015) (S)

Another one of those "John Carpenter revival" projects, this time from the UK. This trio of Andrew Prestidge, Andy Thompson and Matt Thompson plays an analogue synth-based music that, apart from Carpenter, seems to be influenced by Goblin, Zombi and classic German EM.

See also: Cremator

 


Zombi (USA)

Zombi (2002)
Twilight Sentinel (2003) (S)
Cosmos (2004)
The Zombi Anthology (2005)
Surface To Air (2006)
Digitalis (2006) (S)
Spirit Animal (2009)
Sapphire (2009) (S)
Escape Velocity (2011)
Shape Shift (2015)

Analog horror synth soundscapes with bass and drums, inspired by Goblin's soundtracks, John Carpenter's style and 70's EM artists like Tangerine Dream, Synergy and Jarre. Goblin was formed in Pittsburgh by Steve Moore and A. E. Pattera.

See also: Moore, Steve, Majeure.

 


Zombie Zombie (France)

Zombie-Zombie (2006) (EP)
A Land For Renegades (2008)
Dog Walker (2008) (S)
Rituels d'un Nouveau Monde (2012)
Loubia Hamra (2014)
Slow Futur (2016)

French band heavily influenced by krautrock and Italian horror soundtracks (Goblin et al). They use vintage analogue instruments mostly. Zombie Zombie consists of Etienne Jaumet and "Cosmic Neman".

See also: Jaumet, Etienne

 


Zone (UK)

Sword of the Sun (1988)
Born of Fire (1991)
The Divine Simplicty (1994)
Angel of Freedom (2000)
Alien Nature (2005)

Esoteric Ambient band (Andrew Cadmore and Chris Brandrick) with some Neofolk moves. They were influenced by a lot of musicians in their early days, including Throbbing Gristle and Tangerine Dream.

 


Zone 99 (Denmark)

A Journey To Planet Elektra (1998)

An early incarnation of a band that would become known as Carboneids.

See also: Carboneids, Nattefrost, Jeppesen, Bjørn.

 


Zone Verte (Belgium)

Zone Verte (1984)
A La Prison de Forest (??)

Electronic duo of Guy Stuckens and Marc Vanneste. Flowing, rhythmic, often sequencer-based music with some jew's harp playing and synths.

See also: Stuckens, Guy

 


Zonnewiel (Netherlands)

Wyrd (2002)
Bloed en Bodem (2003)
Channeling the Essence of Wuotan (2003) (S)

Epic Pagan Ambient.

 


Zorch (UK)

Ouroboros (1975)
Glastonbury Live (2001) (recorded in 1991)

UK synth band formed by former Gong member (Basil Brooks) somewhere around 1972 - 1974. The line-up consisted of Brooks and Gwyo Zepix. They gave several dazzling shows (with light projections by John Andrews) during the 70's and released the album Ouroboros that was recorded in Peter Zinovieff's EMS studio.. Their music was classic analog synthesizer stuff, very driving, cosmic, free and... well, synthetic. The band is now reformed and already gave several performances, one of them (an older one) documented on Glastonbury Live.

 


Zoreya (Brazil)

Quando o Mal Estava Ai (1996) (recorded in 1989 - 1995)

Cosmic electronics in complex blend with some traditional instruments like viola, sax, clarinet...

 


Zoviet France (UK)

Soviet France (1981)
Untitled (1982)
Garista (1982)
Norsch (1983) (S)
Mohnomische (1983)
Eostre (1984)
Gris (1985) (S)
Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music (1985)
Misfits, Looney Tunes And Squalid Criminals (1986)
Gesture, Signal, Threat (1986)
A Flock of Rotations (1987)
Assault And Mirage (1987)
Loh Land (1987)
Shouting At the Ground (1987)
Look Into Me (1990)
Just An Illusion (1990)
Vienna 1990 (1990)
Shadow, Thief of the Sun (1991)
Collusion (1992)
What Is Not True (1993)
Digilogue (1995)
In Version (1996)
Mort Aux Vaches: Feedback (1998)
The Decriminalisation of Country Music (2000)
Music For A Spaghetti Western (2005) (recorded in 1985 - 1986)
7.10.12 (2012)
The Tables Are Turning (2013)
Patina Pooling (2014) (with Fossil Aerosol Mining Project)

Someone described it as a mixture between Throbbing Gristle and Tangerine Dream. Others have compared Zoviet France to Current 93 and Nurse With Wound. Definitely worth checking out for lovers of experimental industrial music.

See also: Rapoon, Penumbra.

 


Zreen Toyz (France)

Aesthetically Nebulous (2007) (recorded in 1994 - 2002)
Ephemeral Moon (2007) (recorded in 1985 - 1993)
Polyglot Ripples (2007) (recorded in 1975 - 1983)
Hypnosis Rustle (2007) (recorded in 1972 - 1974)
Abyssal Zones (2008)
Pocket Recycling (2009)
The Timeless Topographer (2009)
Mineral Abstraction (2010)
Mental Fragments - Works For Compilations (2012)
Tout ces Petits Riens (2013) (with Charles Premier)

Aka Jihel (Jean-Luc Berthelot). Experimental ambient soundscapes.

See also: Tales, Jihel, Elemental Noise.

 


Ztiworoh, Drahcir (USA)

Eros In Arabia (1981)

If you read Drahcir Ztiworoh backwards, you'll get the name of US-born experimental musician and soundtrack composer Richard Horowitz, whose carreer spans more than three decades and who collaborated with Jon Hassell, Jean-Philippe Rykiel, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Bill Laswell, among others. Richard has always been influenced by both ethnic music (mostly of Moroccan / North African origin) and electronics. Not surprisingly, on Eros In Arabia you get the best of both worlds - some ethnic instruments (including ney) and tons of processing and synths. A pioneering World Music work, Eros In Arabia remains largely unknown and possibly quite underrated.

 


Žugić, Saniboj (Croatia)

Saniboj Žugić (??) (S)

Electronic musician from Zagreb who used mellotron and synthesizers (including homemade ones) to create flowing, cosmic electronic tracks. The above release is a reel-to-reel master copy and is supposedly from the late 1970's or early 1980's.

 


Zuvuya (UK)

Dream Matrix Telemetry (1993) (with Terence McKenna)

Psychedelic electronic trio in English style (roughly along the lines of Nodens Ictus and likeminded musicians). The music on Dream Matrix Telemetry is kinda nice in its own way but I'd prefer it unspoiled by McKennna's rants. The subsequent release, Shamania, introduced techno beats, as the music drifted out of EEM stylistic borders.

 


Zwaans, Aart (Netherlands)

Semi Hora (1982)

Cassette tape with varied EM, mostly of experimental and cosmic variety.

 


Zwei Kreise (France)

Mistmorning (2013) (with Coppice Halifax)
Panorama Island (2017)

Techno / IDM project of Alexandre Gouard. Surprisingly, some tracks On Panorama Island are fantastic EM of spacey / ambient or quirky, Cluster-like type. These include "Inexorable", "The Unveiler" and "Onett Horizon", as well as several other moments elsewhere throughout the album.

 


Zweistein (Germany)

Trip, Flip Out, Meditation (1970)

Weird, weird sounds here, way beyond early Ash Ra Tempel. It's a trippy 3-LP concept album released by Philips.

See also: Doucet, Suzanne

 


Zygoat (USA)

Zygoat (1974)

Excellent, complex EM in a unique style performed on ARP and RSE synthesizers by New York-based composer Burt Alcantara.

 


Zyklus (UK)

Virtual Realities (1991)

Electronic 'jazz' ensemble created by Neil Ardley and John L. Walters in 1988. The music is based on their unique 'Zyklus Midi Performance System' that enables each player to control up to four synths / samplers simultaneously.

See also: Ardley, Neil

 


Zyl, Chuck van (USA)

Callisto (1989)
Moment of Totality (1990)
Europa (1991)
Io (1991)
The Xyl File (1991)
Ganymede (1991)
The Sound Museum (1991) (with Peter Gulch and Andrew Rath)
The Relic (1991)
Celestial Mechanics (1993) (recorded in 1989 - 1990)
Regeneration Mode (1994) (with Peter Gulch)
MemorySpace (2010)
Cenotaph (2012)
Rituals (2014)
Space Patrol (2015) (with Ombient)
Recitals (2016)
Star's End (2016) (recorded in 1987)

Chuck van Zyl (born in 1958 in Philadelphia) is best known as the host of "Star's End" - a radio program dedicated to "spacemusic dreamscapes". He is also one of the coordinators and organizers of The Gatherings concerts. Since 1985, Chuck has been performing his own Electronic Music. He is also known from the Xisle project and The Sound Museum is basically a Xisle album.

See also: Xisle, Ministry of Inside Things, Xyl.

 


zZz (Netherlands)

Juggernaut (2015)

Indie rock / new wave / synth-punk duo of Daan Schinkel (keyboards) and Björn Ottenheim (vocals, drums). The long title track from Juggernaut is a surprising instrumental assault in Dusseldorf School style, sounding like Heldon jamming with La Düsseldorf in a dark cathedral. "Red Beat" is another interesting track. The rest is nice but contains vocals to a certain extent.

 


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