Synth / Electronic / Ambient

"When No Pussyfooting was released in 1973 by two great pioneers like Eno and Fripp, that first whisper of their artistic association surprised many critics and fans. Yet, that kind of minimalist ambient sonority carried out by the two appeared in the ear like something absolutely new and innovative. Although nowadays we might be more accustomed to creative operations of this type, we are still fascinated, while listening, by the still possible achievement of relevant moments of musical epiphany, however...

"Hazel is the fifth record from Æthenor, the group of eclectic travelers that includes Stephen O'Malley (SunnO))), KTL), Daniel O'Sullivan (Guapo, Ulver, This is Not This Heat, Grumbling Fur, etc.), Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver), and Steve Noble (Brötzmann Trio, N.E.W.) Together they bring their considerable pedigrees into play with unexpected and original results. Contradicting expectations of a massive blow-out of sound, everyone plays with remarkable, effective restraint. Atmospheric and layered, this...

"Hazel is the fifth record from �thenor, the group of eclectic travelers that includes Stephen O'Malley (SunnO))), KTL), Daniel O'Sullivan (Guapo, Ulver, This is Not This Heat, Grumbling Fur, etc.), Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver), and Steve Noble (Br�tzmann Trio, N.E.W.) Together they bring their considerable pedigrees into play with unexpected and original results. Contradicting expectations of a massive blow-out of sound, everyone plays with remarkable, effective restraint. Atmospheric and layered, this...

Edition of 250.

“Aircraft was the name Steve Cohen used for the largely unknown and quite fantastic synthesizer music he was creating in NYC in the '80s. This was in the same period Steve was in the late-period No Wave band, China Shop, along with guitarist Naux (who would go on to play with the Voidoids) and percussionist Richard Edson (whose next band was Sonic Youth).
Steve had been active in the NYC sub-underground since the '70s, even playing at Giorgio Gomelsky's legendary 'Zu Music...

“Hence is the third collaborative release from Oren Ambarchi and Jim O'Rourke, following on from Behold. Building on the refined combination of electronics and acoustic instrumentation found on their previous releases, Hence presents two side-long pieces combining synthesizers, heavily effected guitar tones, and tabla rhythms played by special guest Uzhaan. On the first side, an explosive opening chord sends out ripples of sparse, irregularly pulsing guitar and synthesizer tones, aleatorically changing...

"...turning in a moody set that sounds a bit like either Tom Waits instrumentals, a gamelan ensemble going pop, or maybe just some bits from Syro played back at a fraction of their original speed."

"An utterly essential piece of electronic history, constantly referenced and revered two decades after its release. Following the glacial synths and deft percussion of Selected Ambient Works 85-92, Aphex Twin crafted Selected Ambient Works Volume II, a mammoth double-CD set of beatless vistas, textured compositions that are at turns beautiful, nightmarish, emotive and thrilling. From swooning beauty to careening dread, even in the first two tracks, it's a vibrant, stellar piece of work. Repeated listens...

"Appleton was an assistant professor of music at Dartmouth, and in 1967, became the Director of the Electronic Music Studio there. I first became aware of this artist via the single taken from this album, which contains both of my favorite cuts from it. The album can best be described as experimental electronic prog with strong psychedelic influences, and mostly strange and dischordant passages, featuring an array of wild electronic sound effects. This will appeal even more to fans of avant-garde prog...

“Initially released in 1982 as part of the Wave Notation series (which includes Hiroshi Yoshimura's Music For Nine Postcards), Still Way is, without a doubt, a seminal Japanese environmental/ambient/minimalism album, often mentioned alongside Midori Takada's Through The Looking Glass (1983) and Hiroshi Yoshimura's Green (1986) as one of the genre's most important pieces. "Like the moment of stillness, after the wind passes through the garden, when the rain stops for a brief second..." Notably inspired...

“Initially released in 1982 as part of the Wave Notation series (which includes Hiroshi Yoshimura's Music For Nine Postcards), Still Way is, without a doubt, a seminal Japanese environmental/ambient/minimalism album, often mentioned alongside Midori Takada's Through The Looking Glass (1983) and Hiroshi Yoshimura's Green (1986) as one of the genre's most important pieces. "Like the moment of stillness, after the wind passes through the garden, when the rain stops for a brief second..." Notably inspired...

“Rasmus Rasmussen (Aerosol, Causa Sui) and Keith Canisius present another delightful set of Astral TV tracks with Travelling The Circuits.
Since their debut album, Chrystal Shores from 2017, the Copenhagen-based duo have refined and perfected their approach to making semi-improvised synthesizer music. Musically it doesn't get much more pure than this. From their vast assemblage of synthesizers -- that is, vintage, modern, digital, analog, and modular synthesizers -- the two producers are squeezing...

You know Matt Baber as the keyboardist of Sanguine Hum and Antique Seeking Nuns.
Here he shows his talents in a very different style that will appeal to fans of folks like Harold Budd, Steve Reich, Erik Satie, etc. Completely different from what you known him for doing and equally wonderful!
He describes it "as a minimalist modern classical solo piano album but set against backdrops of rhythmic/ambient electronica."...

This is something a bit different as Dean Baker is known as the main writer for the UK prog band Galahad, but this is purely a synthi album, very much in line with Jean-Michel Jarre and 80s T Dream.

“You could say that the resulting album is paying homage to some of the pioneering synthesizer artists of the 1970s but it is also still very much a Dean Baker vision incorporating modern production values and Dean’s very own musical slant on modern electronic music. “

"A reissue of Bebo Baldan's Vapor Frames 86/91, originally released in 1991. The alchemist Bebo Baldan, accompanied by Steve James on violin and sarod (as well as on instruments of various geographical extractions) mixes, in a personal way, sounds from a bevy of different cultures -- from Mediterranean and Indian, to South American -- with synths, samples, and loops. The result is a boundless music that carries you, riding soft waves and bobbing between Balearic ambient, jazz, and electronic, on islands...

The 1978 full-length by the keyboardist of Italian prog masters Biglietto Per l'Inferno sees a welcome vinyl reissue, featuring reproduced artwork and limited to 500 copies.
The entirely self-recorded 'Galaxy My Dear' is a wonderful electronic-kraut inspired work that reveals influences from Giuseppe Banfi's friend and master Klaus Schulze, who would produce his following two next releases.”

“With Shadow Aesthetics, Marc Barreca accomplishes something rare in electronic and ambient musics. The fluid, dynamic changes and movement within pieces; the complexities in time and pitch variation and evolution—typically absent from the mostly homogenous constructs of drone and ambient—all bring previously unavailable depth, shading and emotional charges to a form usually admired for its neutrality.
Shadow Aesthetics results from a virtual arsenal of digital and analog sources operating in a...

"As a part of the early independent music movement, PoL occupies a special niche in electronic, experimental and ambient genres. Following recent vinyl reissues of his 1983 Palace of Lights cassette, Music Works for Industry, and a compilation of early cassette tracks on VOD�s acclaimed American Cassette Culture, PoL has reissued Marc Barreca�s first album for the label, the 1980 release Twilight, as part of an ongoing program of documenting the roots of the Pacific Northwest independent impulse.This...

"The first collaborative work by Marc Barreca and K. Leimer since Savant. A hybridization of Barreca's "Tremble" and Leimer's "Permissions", Premap's 13 tracks coalesced from a huge number of individual sources, each produced as discrete, stand-alone...

"Marc Barreca's seventh solo album for Palace of Lights extends his work with a broader and deeper palette of synthesized and sampled sound, including sources as diverse as prepared guitars, pianos, Indonesian metallophones and glass harmonica. The music of Aberrant Lens employs long MIDI delays, synced MIDI processing via MAX for Live and extreme warping of disparate looped sound sources driven into entirely new states. The results are new, coherent aural structures: music that questions traditional...

“On Time Out of Time is a suite of works originally commissioned for the 2017 installations 'ER=EPR' and 'Orbihedron' by artists Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand (in collaboration with Jean-Marc Chomaz and LIGO) for the exhibition, 'Limits of Knowing' at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin by curator, Isabel de Sena. These works utilize, among other things, exclusive source recordings from the interferometers of LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) capturing the sounds of the merging of...

“On Time Out of Time is a suite of works originally commissioned for the 2017 installations 'ER=EPR' and 'Orbihedron' by artists Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand (in collaboration with Jean-Marc Chomaz and LIGO) for the exhibition, 'Limits of Knowing' at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin by curator, Isabel de Sena. These works utilize, among other things, exclusive source recordings from the interferometers of LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) capturing the sounds of the merging of...

"Sulle Corde Di Aries was Battiato's third release and showed his fascination for electronic, minimalist and systemic musics. As such, it is quite similar to Pollution except much more electronic based and with a more definitive style. There are also a lot of modern classical strains coming through here and a great spacey feel again reminding me of Sensations Fix or Gong at times. A simply fascinating album."-Expose/Mike McLatchey.

"Heavy period-synth float with bare accompaniment, thankfully just-pre DX-7."

"A series of three pieces/suites; "Leapday Night", "A Traveler's Dream Journal", and "Interspecies Smalltalk" involving Rhys Chatham/Ben Neill (on trumpet/mutantrumpet), Fluxus mainstay Takehisa Kosugi (violin), and David Behrman himself on electronics. Behrman creates thickly layered liquid sounds utilizing this complex computer music system which absorbs, actually hears, the sounds of instrumentalists, and then plays..

“Following the release of lo-fi electronic masterpiece I Don’t Remember Now / I Don’t Want To Talk About It and his brilliant follow-up Plaster Falling, Cincinnati-based artist John Bender began assembling his third and last album, Pop Surgery, in late 1982.
While all of Bender’s work draws from intimate home recordings—featuring the artist alone with various keyboards, analogue sequencers and tape delays—Pop Surgery remains the one that perhaps best distills his arrant deconstruction of the “pop”...

This is a great set of ambient, sculptural music with a fascinating story. In brief, Harry Bertoia was a jeweler, sculptor and furniture designer (among other things) who, starting in the 50s, began to sculpt sculptures which produced sound, made of tall vertical rods.
In the late 70s, there were 11 privately released recordings made and released by Bertoia. Now for the first time in over 40 years, new releases of previously unheard and unreleased works are being released on his reactivated...

This is a great set of ambient, sculptural music with a fascinating story. In brief, Harry Bertoia was a jeweler, sculptor and furniture designer (among other things) who, starting in the 50s, began to sculpt sculptures which produced sound, made of tall vertical rods.
In the late 70s, there were 11 privately released recordings made and released by Bertoia. Now for the first time in over 40 years, new releases of previously unheard and unreleased works are being released on his reactivated...

This is a great set of music with a fascinating story. In brief, Harry Bertoia was a jeweler, sculptor and furniture designer (among other things) who, staring in the 50s, began to sculpt sculptures which produced sound, made of tall vertical rods.

In the late 70s, there were 11 privately released recordings made and released by Bertoia. Now for the first time anywhere, all 11 of them are reissued taken from their original master tapes.

This is a must for fans of experimental sounds....

“When Harry Bertoia's Sonambient label was resurrected, Important Records' intention was to tell the story of Bertoia's groundbreaking Sonambient work as revealed through his extensive collection of notes and recordings.
When the first new LP was released in 2016, Important were only in possession of 1/20th of the archive. Now, in 2019, the label is excited to release the first LP of new material from the full archive and they present it to increase understanding of what Bertoia was doing in his...

“When Harry Bertoia's Sonambient label was resurrected, Important Records' intention was to tell the story of Bertoia's groundbreaking Sonambient work as revealed through his extensive collection of notes and recordings.
When the first new LP was released in 2016, Important were only in possession of 1/20th of the archive. Now, in 2019, the label is excited to release the first LP of new material from the full archive and they present it to increase understanding of what Bertoia was doing in his...

"This is a deluxe CD/DVD package containing historic recordings made in Harry Bertoia's Sonambient barn. The DVD, a film titled Sonambients: The Sound Sculpture of Harry Bertoia, by Jeffrey and Miriam Eger, was shot in 1971 and follows Harry Bertoia in performance and interview throughout his Sonambient barn deep in the Pennsylvania woods.
This film offers a rare opportunity to follow the artist in practice, listening carefully as he moves contemplatively through his sculptures and gongs. Interview...

“III: Chroma/Contour is the third album from Billow Observatory, the collaborative project of Danish producer Jonas Munk (Manual, Ulrich Schnauss collaborator, and more) and Michigan native Jason Kolb (Auburn Lull). The album's nine tracks eschew the pulse and rhythm that defined the duo's previous effort -- II: Plains/Patterns (2017) -- in favor of sparse melodic possibilities and a more abstract palette of sounds.
Chroma/Contour suggests looking both 20 years forward and twenty years back, while...

"Biosphere's Geir Jenssen hails from Tromsø, Norway, a city 500 miles above the Arctic Circle. A founding member of quasi-new age Norwegian trio Bel Canto, Jenssen recorded a pair of albums with that group for Belgium's Crammed label before departing to record solo, first as Bleep, then as Biosphere. He released a number of Bleep singles through the late '90s on Crammed subsidiary SSR, as well as the full-length The North Pole by Submarine, issued in 1990 and an acknowledged precursor of what became...

"A remastered edition of Biosphere's The Hilvarenbeek Recordings, originally released in 2016."

"'As The Sun Kissed The Horizon' is one of my favorite Biosphere tracks. It's a recording of (what to me sounds like) the empty fields after a bustling summer's day, as the sun slowly sets and people leave for home. It reminds me of my summer's youth, and every time I listen, I picture myself in that exact field, the same field I spent my summers playing football in, hanging with friends and generally...

“The Senja Recordings is a collection of various outdoor recordings and studio improvisations recorded on the island of Senja, Arctic Norway, between 2015 and 2018.
Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen, a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalog of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his works on ambient techno and arctic themed pieces, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources.
His 1997 album Substrata voted by the users of the...

"Six years in the making, this is the sixth CD released by ReR from the visual/sonic art group Biota. Unique in their history and method, Biota painstakingly construct complex, organic structures that mix extensive studio processing and musique concréte techniques, with a highly eclectic orchestra of acoustic and electronic resources - from kit drums, through mediaeval winds, strings and barrel organs, to early experimental electronic instruments. Their works are always performance driven and interleaved...

"Six years in the making, this is the sixth CD released by ReR from the visual/sonic art group Biota. Unique in their history and method, Biota painstakingly construct complex, organic structures that mix extensive studio processing and musique concréte techniques, with a highly eclectic orchestra of acoustic and electronic resources - from kit drums, through mediaeval winds, strings and barrel organs, to early experimental electronic instruments. Their works are always performance driven and interleaved...

Bitchin Bajas have released a bunch of great, vinyl or download or cassette-only, cosmic, deep space, electronic / krautrock albums.
Think Cluster + Terry Riley + Emeralds + 1975-era T Dream sequences and you get the idea. They cover a Sun Ra classic on this one (Angels & Demons At Play)!! This is one of their rare items available on CD, but from Japan. Another fantastic one.

"Bajas Fresh is on the beach here in 2017, existing and thriving in the same wrecked world as you and me....

This 1977 release by the synth man of Gong & Hawkwind features both studio and live festival recordings.
Tim had his own, very unique take on 'electronic space music' and this has always been a real favorite of mine from the period and this includes 3 bonus tracks from the same period, which I had never seen before!

"Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the classic 1977 ambient masterpiece “Crystal Machine” by Tim Blake. Tim first came to...

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the classic 1978 ambient masterpiece “Blake’s New Jerusalem” by Tim Blake. Tim first came to prominence as a member of Gong, where his synthesiser experimentation and mastery was demonstrated on albums such as Flying Teapot”, “Angel’s Egg” and “You”. He would also join Hawkwind from 1979 – 1980 and from November 2007.
After departing Gong in 1975 he teamed up with French lighting designer Patrice Warrener to...

"This is the first ever CD release of “Noggi Tar”, Tim Blake’s 2012 album, previously only available as a download from his official website.
Tim first came to prominence as a member of Gong, where his synthesiser experimentation and mastery was demonstrated on albums such as Flying Teapot”, “Angel’s Egg” and “You”. He would also join Hawkwind from 1979 – 1980 and from November 2007.
After departing Gong in 1975 he teamed up with French lighting designer Patrice Warrener to form Crystal...

“The extremely spacey 1979 full-length by this note-worthty French electronic artist, originally self-released and influenced by a.o. The Berlin School and other exponents of Germany's Kosmische scene, gets its deserved reissue on vinyl. 'Voyage Cerebral' was Didier Bocquet's second solo-album.”

“Broad, dark, kinetic electronic music explicitly in the Berlin School vein, though definitely bearing its own stamp at times. Bocquet brings a DIY quality to the album, the music squelching with...

Really nice set of ambient-ish electronic music with influences from minimalism, soundtracks, "Another Green World" and more. Richard has been doing this for a LONG time and it really shows.

"A founding member of N.Y.C.'s electronic music scene, Richard Bone started his career by writing music for off-Broadway theatre productions (using homemade processors), and has worked with neo-legendaries Lenny Kaye and Reeves Gabrels.
He has composed original music for award-winning cable and broadcast.

Very cool to see/hear the hipster world picking up on David Borden's work and giving him some well-deserved props for his pioneering work in electronic music. This has a great homage to the Folkway's catalog (Freakways!) and the Freakways series brings...

Very good quality, previously unheard live recordings for the time period from Zurich, Switzerland on 2/4/193 and Lausanne, Switzerland 10/20/84.
"...In 1980 Brainticket was revived with Joel Vandroogenbroeck, Willy Seefeldt and Hans Deyssenroth, and one year later Joel and I formed a duo. We tried to bridge the gap between jazz improvisation and electronic music with an array of acoustic instruments, synthesizers and drum machines. And there was Hans Deyssenroth, who had in the meanwhile created...

Theo Bleckmann -- voice & electronics
Joseph Branciforte -- modular synthesizer, fender rhodes, tape loops, processing

VERY limited edition pressing of only 150 copies made!

“The debut recording from Grammy-nominated vocalist Theo Bleckmann (ECM) and electronic musician & producer Joseph Branciforte [Cellar and Point). Vocal loops of hushed beauty framed by artificially-synthesized tones, deep subharmonic oscillations, and gently layered sheets of noise, with a shared musical...

New, fifth release and back on track after their disappointing last one. Really good!
BB&F are a unique German trio who combine certain aspects of progressive/postrock bands like Tortoise, Jaga Jazzist with the rhythmic aspects of Nik Bartsch's Ronin, a Steve Reich/Philip Glass/Michael Nyman maximum minimalist sweep and 'die mensch machine' esthetic of Kraftwerk and lots of techno influence as well.
Lots and lots of polyrhythms here, baby, both electronic and non-electronic varities and lots of.

New, fifth release and back on track after their disappointing last one. Really good!
BB&F are a unique German trio who combine certain aspects of progressive/postrock bands like Tortoise, Jaga Jazzist with the rhythmic aspects of Nik Bartsch's Ronin, a Steve Reich/Philip Glass/Michael Nyman maximum minimalist sweep and 'die mensch machine' esthetic of Kraftwerk and lots of techno influence as well.
Lots and lots of polyrhythms here, baby, both electronic and non-electronic varities and lots of.

A nice, unique slant on music inspired by soundtrack work and the Berlin electronic school.

"Breidablik is a Norwegian electronic music act headed by Morten Birkeland Nielsen. I became aware of this act via Jordsjø, a truly wonderful symphonic prog act that's bound to be a hit with progheads everywhere, once their stuff becomes more widely available. Jordsjø released a split cassette with Breidablik called Songs from the Northern Wasteland. Unsurprisingly Jordsjø's half is symphonic prog...

"This was the first simultaneous collaboration between renowned Italian musician and producer Eraldo Bernocchi, ambient pianist and musical icon Harold Budd and producer/guitarist Robin Guthrie, founder of Cocteau Twins and Violet Indiana.
We say simultaneous, for Eraldo Bernocchi had previously produced, arranged and played on Fragments from the Inside with Harold Budd, while the collaboration between Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie started in the '80s and became a quasi-partnership since 2005."

Sonanze was released by the Komische Kourriers imprint, but only in Italy, & is one of the most obscure Cosmiche music releases. An excellent quiet spacey work. Essential!

"An influential member of the Italian avant-garde, Roberto Cacciapaglia..