Synth / Electronic / Ambient

"In the mid-1970s, Parisian composer and multi-instrumentalist Thierry M�ller began operating primarily under the Ilitch moniker. Juxtaposing dark, electronic soundscapes and solo guitar improvisations, Ilitch created some of the most enduring music of the era. It comes as no surprise that Nurse With Wound included M�ller on their famed list of influential avant-garde artists.

Originally released on Oxygene Records in 1978, Ilitch's debut Periodikmindtrouble was a shot across the bow for the...

Suitably eerie music for synths, drones and electric guitars. I love this sort of modern day equivalent of Cluster II.

"JOHN 3:16 is Philippe Gerber, whose Heat From A DeadStar existed between 2004–09 and worked with Rick Harte/Ace Of Hearts Records in Boston.
As JOHN 3:16, Gerber has released numerous works via Alrealon Musique, Flood Records, 75orLess, White Label Music, Venus Aeon, Classwar Karaoke, and more. He has collaborated with artists such as Pas Musique, TheUse, Rasplyn, Anthony...

Disc 1
Sarasvati Planet Ariel

Disc 2
Planet Air

Disc 3
Ascend / Descend

Disc 4
Astral Cathedral

"The music is fully unreleased, with only a few tracks being different versions of previously released tracks.
Another indispensable compendium of the great French experimental artist's musical opera. With this four-LP box set of fully unreleased archival materials, Ariel Kalma ideally retraces the map of his own path and spiritual journey during the '7

"Born and raised in Paris, Ariel Kalma studied electronics, computer science, music and art in Paris, he performed with several bands, then toured the world and visited Europe, Japan, India, Eastern Canada, and parts of the USA. Apart from rhythm &...

"A new album from Kapital (duo of Rafal Iwanski and Jakub Ziolek) and Richard Pinhas (Heldon). Entitled "Flux", the record is the outcome of musicians' meeting at Unsound Festival in Kraków (Poland). "My first encounter with Richard Pinhas in a live setting took place in 2009 when he played CoCArt Music Festival in Toru ," recalls Rafa. "It was a great experience but more akin to psychedelic and rhythmic ambient music. It wasn't until 2013 when we met again, this time with Jakub, during If You Say So...

"This is the first-ever release of not ONE but TWO classic Basil Kirchin soundtracks, one from 1965, the other 1971. It's music for strippers, wife-swapping, death, birth, crime and chicken factories. Basil Kirchin is a legendary jazz drummer and...

This was the second volume (hence 3 & 4) of Kirchin's Worlds Within Worlds, which reached a large audience due to its release on Island to a 'rock based / progressive' audience for his tape based works.
It has never-before been reissued in any form legitimately; hugely recommended for fans of electronic / tape music!

"Basil Kirchin was a pioneering British composer who blurred the lines between musical genres. While his career began in the ‘40s as a professional jazz drummer, in the ‘60s he..

First CD reissue of legendary collaboration between Christina Kubisch and Fabrizio Plessi. "The performance started with a four-channel ambient sound that continued throughout the whole performance. Since I had no sampling possibilities at that time, a...

First CD reissue of legendary collaboration between Christina Kubisch and Fabrizio Plessi.

"The performance started with a four-channel ambient sound that continued throughout the whole performance. Since I had no sampling possibilities at...

"Labradford gradually developed their ambient rock excursions throughout the ’90s, growing from a duo to a trio and bringing more instrumentation to the mix. This is, to a certain extent, what all bands and artists must do to maintain relevance...

"Laraaji's glistening 1980 debut Ambient 3: Day of Radiance has from the beginning been considered an outlier. Though widely celebrated at that the time of its original release (as the third installment in Brian Eno's emerging ambient music series), the album also brought with it an aura of mystification. Where did it fit in? An uncharted synthesis of resonating zither textures, interlocking hammered rhythms, and 3-D sound treatments (courtesy of Eno), Day of Radiance seemed to push open many doors at...

"Laraaji's glistening 1980 debut Ambient 3: Day of Radiance has from the beginning been considered an outlier. Though widely celebrated at that the time of its original release (as the third installment in Brian Eno's emerging ambient music series), the album also brought with it an aura of mystification. Where did it fit in? An uncharted synthesis of resonating zither textures, interlocking hammered rhythms, and 3-D sound treatments (courtesy of Eno), Day of Radiance seemed to push open many doors at...

Laraaji is a zither/electronic artist who was discovered by Brian Eno and who released Ambient 3: Day of Radiance on EG in 1980, right as the whole new age/ambient kerfluffle was taking off. The music is very peaceful and functions really well as...

"Professional Sunflow is the first-time collaboration between Laraaji & Sun Araw, two colossal forces in contemporary electronic music. Laraaji's musical radiance has continued to shine brightly over four decades since being discovered by Brian Eno in New York's Washington Square Park in 1979. Sun Araw emerged out of Los Angeles' experimental scene in 2008 with transformative releases on a variety of trend-setting labels (Not Not Fun, Drag City and more).

The live performances on this double...

"Threnody by K. Leimer is a music of disorientation, error and loss. Free of any particular sense of continuity or structure, Threnody dwells in an absent-minded and forgetful state, inhabiting an aftermath of events too disorienting to be completely comprehended. Highly atmospheric, the music draws from influences as diverse as Arve Henriksen, David Sylvian, Taylor Deupree and Biosphere. Shattered phrases emerge among shrouded details in a state of sustained incompleteness. In a departure for Leimer...

"Extensively manipulated audio files, layered elements combined from multiple versions of shared sources, edited, reshaped envelopes and extended periods of dust collecting resulted in six pieces of minimalist / process music. Layered by arbitrarily...

"The first phase of K. Leimer’s recorded work began in 1972 with the production of the Grey Cows cassette and culminated in 1983 with the release of Imposed Order. Though work seemingly stopped following the release of I/O, Leimer continued to record and experiment with sound during what proved to be a 15-year interegnum for his Palace of Lights label. That work, never before issued, is included in this expanded remaster. Imposed Absence features ten tracks recorded in the years between Imposed Order and...

"...K. Leimer creates similar sound mosaics, albeit with a greater dynamic range and rhythmic drive. He’s been putting out records since 1979 on his Palace of Lights label, sort of a Windham Hill of electronic music. As a Brian Eno disciple, Leimer is ...

Another handsomely packaged album of ambient music by this U.S. pioneer of the style.

"Lesser Epitomes is process music for active or passive listening. The pieces are derived from the aleatoric reordering of discreet, compatible musical...

"Following a few years of back-catalog recovery, K. Leimer has completed work on his first new solo album since The Grey Catalog. These ten new tracks follow an emergent arc, a refinement of the techniques he has used since Permissions. Highly tactile, with an emphasis on subharmonics, Re-enact sketches an antediluvian soundstage of deteriorating fragments scattered among still-recognizable artifacts. This multitude of points-of-collapse in textural, timbre, harmonic and rhythmic relationships...

"K. Leimer, that neglected minimalist soundscaper is back with another smartly-packaged record, and it's a dandy, the sort of disc that begs the question as to why he isn't one of the Nobel Laureates of ambient already. Self-released on Leimer's own Pa...

Sixth album, in beautiful low-key packaging, by this ambient electronic pioneer...

Some of you with long memories and/or big record collections from the days of imports with JEM stickers on them, will recognize this name from his two releases on the Egg label ("The Most Progressive European Music Experience") from 1978 and 1980.
This is his 1st release from 1959, and is obviously, quite different, but is still interesting and avant music.

"Originally released in 1959, Musique Tachiste is the first in a series of rare records by French experimentalist Michel Magne. One of...

"Since he began moonlighting from his main gig as one-half of sci-fi prog powerhouse Zombi, multi-instrumentalist A.E. Paterra has become increasingly renowned as the mastermind behind Majeure. Following the assured debut epic, Timespan, his second...

"A decade ago, Zombi cofounder A.E. Paterra conceived his solo endeavor, Majeure. Released in 2009, the debut album, Timespan, took the term "full-length" quite literally - its 40-minute runtime filled by three epic, side-long journeys through time and space. It merged the sinister soundtracks of Vangelis and John Carpenter, the stately minimalism of Cluster and Ashra, and the relentless drive of Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre, delivering inspired sci-fi disco-prog of the highest caliber...

"The official reissue of legendary album KI-Motion by Japanese percussionist Midori Takada's MKWAJU Ensemble, originally released in 1981.
A highly creative and transcendental fusion of marimba, vibraphone, bamboo percussion, and synthesizers, KI-Motion was recorded in 1981 and captures the birth of Midori Takada's exploration of minimalism, African rhythmic tradition, and ambient music. The album takes its conceptual inspiration from the tamarind ("mkwaju" in Swahili), a drought resistant tree....

"The official reissue of legendary album KI-Motion by Japanese percussionist Midori Takada's MKWAJU Ensemble, originally released in 1981.
A highly creative and transcendental fusion of marimba, vibraphone, bamboo percussion, and synthesizers, KI-Motion was recorded in 1981 and captures the birth of Midori Takada's exploration of minimalism, African rhythmic tradition, and ambient music. The album takes its conceptual inspiration from the tamarind ("mkwaju" in Swahili), a drought resistant tree....

Good to see this long unavailable work finally reissued on CD! "The Mnemonists were a legendary group of composers and artists from Fort Collins, Colorado, who went on to call themselves Biota. They created drifting hypnotic sound collages out of pre-i...

This is Anthony Moore of Slapp Happy in his guise as 20th century avant-garde composer. No CD release of this album of minimal music.

"a-musik is honoured to present a new album by one of our all-time favourites, anthony moore. we've been faszinated by his work, both with slapp happy and solo, since quite a long time now, and are happy to release this lp with wonderful live recordings he did with the missing present band in cologne in late 2015."

Synthesist Steve Moore is one half of the excellent, 70s-inspired, synth/prog duo Zombi. In addition to the six albums released by Zombi, he has a prolific and thriving solo career. This album, released simultaneously with Zombi's latest, Shape Shift, is the soundtrack to a horror film and is one of his great ones, mixing spacey sequencing and droning menace. Recommended!

"Except for a few brief moments of pounding tribal percussion, Moore’s score for Cub is primarily an exercise in epic 1970s...

Synthesist Steve Moore is one half of the excellent, 70s-inspired, synth/prog duo Zombi. In addition to the six albums released by Zombi, he has a prolific and thriving solo career. This album, released simultaneously with Zombi's latest, Shape Shift, is the soundtrack to a horror film and is one of his great ones, mixing spacey sequencing and droning menace. Recommended!

"Except for a few brief moments of pounding tribal percussion, Moore�s score for Cub is primarily an exercise in epic 1970s...

This Cuneiform title is LONG out of print, but we found a few and can offer them to you at the regular price, while they last! Don't blink and miss it! Last copies ever! This is synth music 101 and should be in any collection!

"A marvel of pioneering electronica." - The Wire

The first album (of two released in their lifetime) and previously unreleased recordings from the world's first all-synthesizer ensemble.
They were also one of the very first (possibly the first)...

This Cuneiform title is LONG out of print, but we found a few and can offer them to you at the regular price, while they last! Don't blink and miss it! Last copies ever! This is synth music 101 and should be in any collection!

MMPMC were the world's first all synthesizer ensemble. This was their 2nd & final release, and was originally released in 1976. The music is a unique and extremely enjoyable blend of space electronics (ala Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze), minimal music (Terry Riley...

"The first vinyl reissue of Roberto Musci's The Loa Of Music, originally released in 1984. The Loa Of Music is the debut recording project of Milanese composer and musician Roberto Musci, inspired by voodoo religion, Vever (the magical voodoo paintings), and Loas, the dark and magic spirits. The deep charm of non-western music led Musci to travel for many years across Africa, India, and Asia, studying rhythms, scales, performance, and interpretation of the most varied traditional and indigenous music...

"Seattle experimentalists Newaxeyes play with tension and contradictions. Merging dark electronics, crystalline guitar melodies, pummeling beats, and samples to refract the volatility, paranoia, and catharsis of the post-Information Age, the band spins carefully orchestrated and recklessly warped instrumentals into something entirely their own. Their debut album, Black Fax, recorded live to tape over the course of two days and produced by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Wolves In The Throne Room), is a...

This is wonderful to see; for 10 years (1980-1991), The Nightcrawlers, based out of Philadelphia, were one of the greatest electronic / cosmic / spacemusic ensembles of their time, giving a unique slant to their work, but obviously also inspired by the greats of the genre like Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze.
You night consider them the Radio Massacre International of their time in terms of a large number of recordings and also high quality output. In addition to the 3 vinyl albums they released...

"Still stands as one of the clear highlights of Stephen Stapleton's singularly daunting and mountainous discography. . . . Many of the varied interludes are noisy, fragmented, and somewhat abrasive, but there is always a playful sense of mischief lurking in the shadows, ready to blunder into the steadily darkening fever dream at any second. . . . a brilliantly skewed and excellent album that has not faded with age one bit."-Anthony D'Amico, Brainwashed...

"Daphne Oram is best-known for the design of her Oramics system, and also for co-founding the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1957, but until the release of this material, the only easily-available piece of music by her on CD was the 8-minute long "Four Aspects." There was also a 7" EP from 1962 on HMV, released as part of the Listen, Move and Dance series that was specifically designed to help children dance. Although the short pieces on this record are very basic, it could be argued that this is the...,

"Charlemagne Palestine first started using electronic instruments in his music in the late 1960s. Palestine on the release: "Electronic instruments were very rare and exotic in the 1960s. There were Moogs around New York but they were only in universities who preciously guarded them from us young composers. So after all this time visiting The Moog Sound Lab is like a dream come true for me... to have so many oscillators all singing together is a truly beautiful experience. I am so glad I am still around...

"Charlemagne Palestine first started using electronic instruments in his music in the late 1960s. Palestine on the release: "Electronic instruments were very rare and exotic in the 1960s. There were Moogs around New York but they were only in universities who preciously guarded them from us young composers. So after all this time visiting The Moog Sound Lab is like a dream come true for me... to have so many oscillators all singing together is a truly beautiful experience. I am so glad I am still around...

This was Richard's first album after the dissolution of Heldon and it's an mostly solo work (Francois Auger (drums) and Jean-Philippe Goude (mini-moog) join him on one track) that conjures up impressions of icy, pristine landscapes. Includes...

"We take it for granted today, but not too long ago, integrating electronics into a rock setting was something exotic and strange..... Heldon and Richard Pinhas are considered building blocks for whole schools of experimental rock music, and one of the few who rarely fail to deliver on the hype."-Pitchfork Media.

"Richard Pinhas demonstrates that he is capable of contstructing some of the most formidable but exhilharating sonic edifices ever heard by mortal ears."-Bill Tilland/All Music
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"Bureau B present a reissue of Richard Pinhas's Rhizosphere, originally released in 1977. Richard Pinhas is one of the most important French electronic space rock musicians. Following five albums with his band Heldon, he released his first solo record in 1977. Backed by Heldon's congenial drummer François Auger but no longer bound by the group dynamic, he explores his freshly purchased Moog modular system in search of new sounds. It marked a departure into new realms. "We don't need new technique...

"Bureau B present a reissue of Richard Pinhas's Rhizosphere, originally released in 1977. Richard Pinhas is one of the most important French electronic space rock musicians. Following five albums with his band Heldon, he released his first solo record in 1977. Backed by Heldon's congenial drummer François Auger but no longer bound by the group dynamic, he explores his freshly purchased Moog modular system in search of new sounds. It marked a departure into new realms. "We don't need new technique...

“Music that is in flux and stasis at the same time, with an almost sculptural presence, stuffed with overtones and rich textures.”-BBC

"Among collectors of electronic music, some names have become legendary and are present in every search list. These names include Richard Pnhas, the leader of the French cult group Heldon."-Audion


Composer, guitarist and electronics innovator Richard Pinhas is recognized as one of France’s major experimental musicians. A pivotal figure in the ...

Barry Cleveland – guitars, Moog guitar, EBow, M-Tron, Vocalizer 1000, kalimba, zither, percussion, programming, samples
Richard Pinhas – guitar synthesizer, Metatronics
Michael Manring – bass, EBow bass
Celso Alberti – drums, electronic drums, percussion

Mu is often translated as “nothingness,” but as the response in Zen’s most famous koan, the gesture speaks to a truth deeper than rational dualistic thinking can obtain—therefore also resonating with th

"In 1973, a rock guitarist and an electronic knob-twiddler released a revered and trail-blazing document in contemporary ambient music: Robert Fripp and Brian Eno's No Pussyfooting. Thirty-five years later, guitarist Richard Pinhas and noise artist Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) have formed the 21st century version of the concept." – Brandon Wu/Washington City Paper

It's interesting that Brandon Wu compares the work of Richard Pinhas and Merzbow to Fripp and Eno. At the...

Richard and Merzbow are both among the best-known figures in electronic rock music today. Merzbow is probably the single best-known artist in noise music today. While Richard's work wouldn't be considered to be in the 'noise' arena, many...

"...arguably one of the finest works in either artist�s canon; hypnotic like Harmonia and monumental like Mountains. ... 4 stars" � Spencer Grady, Record Collector

"Merzbow�s collaboration with French pioneer Richard Pinhas features some of his best music and gleefully amplifies the psychedelic tendencies of both composers." � Luke Schleicher, Laughter

"...an album of ambient soundscapes that prove noise can indeed be beautiful, and that it's possible to dispense with...

"The noisiest concert of FIMAV 2011!"

3 generations of musical trouble-makers meet for an all-improvised performance at this great festival. Even for those who follow Richard & Merzbow's previous meetings, the addition of Wolf Eyes throws some...