Synth / Electronic / Ambient

"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...

"...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."

"Aphex Twin�s 1994 masterpiece Selected Ambient Works Volume II includes barely anything resembling a beat or any sign of typical song structure, yet the album continues to garner adulation generally reserved for holy music. Fans have been testifying on its behalf for nearly two decades, as if it were capable of curing ills or healing the soul. Its synthetic construction belies the intuitive, human, melancholic and uplifting nature of the music. Some have speculated the album was intended by Aphex...

"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...

"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.

"...there was a time when i would have had to have had this but to all intents and purposes it is an unpleasant listen of bizarre ambient noises and early synth sounds. for completists only I feel."-J.M. Edwards

"The term 'cybernetic music' had been coined shortly after World War 2 by Louis Barron, a pioneer in the early field of electronic sound generation and "musique-concrete", whose special focus was the parallel between natural and electronic behaviours ~ cybernetics! Together with his wife.

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....

"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...

"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...

"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...

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...

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.

This is a great, lost classic of minimalism and analog keyboard synthesis. David Borden was/is the leader of Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company, which was the world's first all-synthesizer ensemble. After releasing two excellent...

This is a great, lost classic of minimalism and analog keyboard synthesis. David Borden was/is the leader of Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company, which was the world's first all-synthesizer ensemble. After releasing two excellent...

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...

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..

A legendary French group that never released an lp in their lifetime, although they recorded a not released album for Tapioca, and whose leader, Dominique Grimaud, later collaborated with Guigou Chenevier of Etron Fou and then founded Video-Aventures!
This recently found tape was recorded live during summer 1975. The formation of the band is different on this tape than their usual 'rock band' lineup, as during this period Camizole were a duo who played only electronic music in the same vein as Klaus...

This record consists of live recordings of electronic music (on the Buchla easel), recorded live in the jungle of Hawaii. It is reminiscent in a lot of ways of Ariel Kalma’s classic “Osmose” release except that the music and the ambient / natural sounds occurred together and spontaneously! Highly recommended for fans of deep space/trance electronic sounds!

“Anthony Child, AKA Surgeon, presents the second volume of recordings of Buchla Music Easel recorded in the jungle of Maui. Again, Childs is...

This record consists of live recordings of electronic music (on the Buchla easel), recorded live in the jungle of Hawaii. It is reminiscent in a lot of ways of Ariel Kalma�s classic �Osmose� release except that the music and the ambient / natural sounds occurred together and spontaneously! Highly recommended for fans of deep space/trance electronic sounds!

�Anthony Child, AKA Surgeon, presents the second volume of recordings of Buchla Music Easel recorded in the jungle of Maui. Again, Childs is...

A1. Concert At WBAI Free Music Store
B1. Concert At Phill Niblock's Loft

"The lost synth manifesto that could have changed the course of electronic music history by the first lady of modular synth history, Suzanne Ciani. Buchla Concerts 1975 is an archival project that not only redefines musical history but boasts genuine claim to such overused buzzwords as pioneering, maverick, experimental, groundbreaking, and esoteric, while questioning social politics and the evolution of music technology.

"Anla Courtis continues to produce music and was even quite prolific during his time in Reynols. It goes without saying that Courtis learned a thing or two from his experience in Reynols; and there's a fundamental constant to all of his work...

Born in Paris in 1926, and originally a classical composer, Francis Dhomont is one of the earlier practitioners of musique concrète, giving up all other forms of musical work for electronic music in the early 50s.

"A hybrid thing in four...

''Reissue of the classic new generation Musique Concrete LP, this is an historic document - with extra contemporary material pursuing the rich drone techniques for which Tom D. has more recently become known. Headlock has been extensively remastered fo...

Experimental electronic musician Thomas Dimuzio has produced animpressive body of solo and collaborative work over the course of his15-year career. From his renowned recordings for RRRecords, such asSonicism and Markoff Process, to the classic Headlock...

This is the first album by DJ Spooky, one of the main faces of the avant-garde side of dj/turntablism, merging influences and elements of musique concrete and the avant-garde with dj techniques. Along with Christian Marclay, he is one of the people who...

Reissue of a hard to find album from 1961 by one of the greats of tape music-based electronic musique construction.

"Originally self-released in 1961 and later issued by Folkways, Tod Dockstader's Eight Electronic Pieces is a foundational document of American electronic music and a stunning first work from this revolutionary composer. Refused access to the resources and funding of the academy and without any interest from the record industry, Dockstader assembled his debut album through three...

"Sharing social circles and spiritual ideologies with artists such as Iasos, Connie Demby and Deuter, whilst splitting label release schedules with Laraaji, Laurie Spiegel and Wendy Carlos, the unique Florida-raised soul mate duo known as Emerald Web...

"Originally released in 1978 on Editions EG. Engineered by Eno, Conny Plank, David Hutchins, and Rhett Davies. Featuring piano by Robert Wyatt."

"If you're like me, you probably listen to any number of musical genres ranging from funk to classical, jazz to folk, rock to techno, and everything and anything in between. Listening to music, along with brushing my teeth or bathing or eating, is one...

Classic 1975 ambient work; Eno's first 'purely' ambient work and certainly one of his best, and possibly also one of his most influencial. [EG]

Classic 1975 ambient work; Eno's first 'purely' ambient work and certainly one of his best, and possibly also one of his most influencial. This very quiet piece of music has benefited from the remaster. [EG]

"Originally released in 1985 on the Polydor & E'G Records label. In many respects, the sixty-one minute Thursday Afternoon rolled the entire Ambient Series into one...[Eno] returned to the tape-loop process music that spawned Discreet Music and Music...

A nice ambient soundtrack to footage of the Apollo missions; Eno's ambient music is extremely well suited to the otherworldly images. [EG]

"Phantoms is Forrest Fang s 9th solo album and the follow-up to his Projekt release, Gongland. Nearly eight years in the making, Phantoms builds on the gamelan-influenced soundscapes of its predecessor by weaving organic sounds of non-Western stringed...

Forrest's exquisite 3rd and 4th albums! Limited edition of 300 copies!

“Fang’s compositional stylings applied to the genre of space music with exceptional results.” – Billboard

Projekt opens the archives to bring back two formative ambient works. Originally released in 1989 and 1986 respectively, The Wolf At The Ruins and Migration have been out of print for over 20 years. They’re from the period when Fang began his own fusion of electronics and traditional non-Western instruments into a..

"Flumina is the third collaboration between legendary composers Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christian Fennesz. The 24 pieces of Flumina are based on piano compositions/improvisations which Ryuichi Sakamoto had recorded whilst touring in Japan. On that tour...

It's a pretty great thing to see this French musique concrete composer get his first US release at the age of 69! This includes two lengthy works; Cellule 75 ''an explosive, dynamic work for piano, percussion & tape'' & the excellent tape piece Place D...

"Former Planet Mu affiliate Christopher Reeves continues his electronic journey as The Gasman, delivering his umpteenth album in 13 years. Aeriform isn't far removed from work by other Mu luminaries such as founder Mike Paradinas' strangely engaging bob-and-weave synth-antipop or a certain Richard James, truth be told.
Essentially though, Reeves mines a far more retro seam than his counterparts - titles like Syntax, Trip and Zports suggest there's an element of geek and a love of the ZX Spectrum, BBC..

"Former Planet Mu affiliate Christopher Reeves continues his electronic journey as The Gasman, delivering his umpteenth album in 13 years. Aeriform isn't far removed from work by other Mu luminaries such as founder Mike Paradinas' strangely engaging bob-and-weave synth-antipop or a certain Richard James, truth be told.
Essentially though, Reeves mines a far more retro seam than his counterparts - titles like Syntax, Trip and Zports suggest there's an element of geek and a love of the ZX Spectrum, BBC..

Long-time Waysiders will remember us having this on vinyl on the Soviet Melodiya label (the only label allowed within the USSR). Now you can get it on CD, only 35 years later!

"Bureau B presents a reissue of Sven Grünberg's Hingus, originally released in 1981. Sven Grünberg is a famous musician for film and theatre in Estonia - an old hand in the field of electronic ambient music. In 1974, whilst still a music student, he and Härmo Härm founded Mess, a progressive rock band. Grünberg was the...

Long-time Waysiders will remember us having this on vinyl on the Soviet Melodiya label (the only label allowed within the USSR). Now you can get it in a much, much better pressing!

"Bureau B presents a reissue of Sven Gr�nberg's Hingus, originally released in 1981. Sven Gr�nberg is a famous musician for film and theatre in Estonia - an old hand in the field of electronic ambient music. In 1974, whilst still a music student, he and H�rmo H�rm founded Mess, a progressive rock band. Gr�nberg was the..

Georges Grunblatt was an early member of Heldon, appearing on Allez Teia.
This rarity, which came out on French Polydor in 1980 and which has never-before been reissued in any format, is his only solo work, and is very much in the Heldon vein musically (in a kind of post-Allez Teia trippy vein) with lots of Heldon tie-ins. This appears to be a legit reissue as best as I can tell. Recorded at Ramses Studio in 1977, the engineers were Jean-Louis Rizet and Richard Pinhas.
And look at the credits.

"1976-1979: four years of intensive creativity for Heldon, following on from them leaving the home-studio on the Île Saint-Louis for Davout also in Paris, where a Moog 3, purchased from the Beatles, was ready in a space reserved for the leader of the group, Richard Pinhas. From here on, a trilogy was created which compares favorably with King Crimson of the period from Larks' Tongues In Aspic (1973) to Red (1974), the French band breaking new ground with the electronics used in their music, and the...

Allez Teia, originally released in 1975, was Heldon's second album. It is rightly considered an early, trance-inducing, electronic masterpiece. It is the only album in the Heldon cannon to feature acoustic guitar. Overall, I'd say that...