Synth / Electronic / Ambient

"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...

This very nice and contemporary electronic music is what the robots at Wayside Music play while they are picking and packing your orders! We thought you might like to hear it too!

"Prins Thomas calls this his ode to late-'90s ambient music, and while it does love the tones of folks like Pete Namlook, The Orb, Black Dog and Spacetime Continuum, it also hearkens back to Prins Thomas' beloved '70s prog, especially the Virgin Records back catalog and side-long tracks. It's a good fit, since...

“It all began with an image seen so long ago at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, the image of a long chart showing known wavelengths. It was clear that in addition to the wavelength from the earth to the sun, there were long waves stretching between other planets, solar systems and galaxies. Closer to us on this earth, there is the ocean that brings us closer to a more accessible contemplation. Beyond its own cycle, it also gathers the rivers, waterfalls, springs, fountains that nourish it....

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat packagi...

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat packaging.

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat packagi...

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs...

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat packagi...

Interestingly enough, this release is a soundtrack to a documentary. There are 4 long-ish tracks (short by their standards, but still) and a bunch of very short tracks. But it still sounds like them!

"Artistic director Chris Zelov was in the...

Is RMI the most prolific band in the world? They might be. And they shockingly keep releasing great work. In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases...

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat packaging.

"For our headline appearance at the E-Live festival in Eindhoven we planned material designed to reflect every aspect of the band, from more composed material to pure improvisation. This release contains the entire set, and ranges from a...

"Having demonstrated their space-rock tendencies with the `Rain Falls In Grey' album, and the incorporation of this into their live shows, RMI took a step in another direction by returning to the approach to music for which they have become known, but...

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat packagi...

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat...

Is RMI the most prolific band in the world? They might be. And they keep releasing great work. In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent...

Recorded at the Night & Day, Manchester March 14, 2004 (Tracks 1-4) and The Boardwalk, Sheffield November 17, 2006 (Tracks 5 & 6).
Special Guests:
Martin Archer : Reeds (Tracks 5 & 6)
Damo Suzuki : Vocals
Jay Taylor : Guitar (Tracks 1-4)
Jonny Williams : Guitar (Tracks 5 & 6)

Radio Massacre International is a unbelievably prolific British trio of Steve Dinsdale (keyboards, electronics, drums), Duncan Goddard (keyboards, electronics, bass) and Gary Houghton (guitar...

Mixed & edited from concerts recorded at the Y-Theater, Leicster, September 1, 2007 & at Orion Sound Studios, Baltimore, November 18, 2007
Special Guests:
Martin Archer : Reeds, Wind Synth (Leicester)
Cyndee Lee Rule : Electric Violin (Baltimore)
Premik Russell Tubbs : Reeds, Wind Synth (Baltimore)

Radio Massacre International is a unbelievably prolific British trio of Steve Dinsdale (keyboards, electronics, drums), Duncan Goddard (keyboards, electronics, bass) and Gary Houghton

Recorded at The Gatherings, St. Mary's Church, November 17, 2007 (part one)

Radio Massacre International is a unbelievably prolific British trio of Steve Dinsdale (keyboards, electronics, drums), Duncan Goddard (keyboards, electronics, bass) and Gary Houghton (guitar, synthesizers). These three musicians have worked together in various configurations since they were 16 year old students in the 70's and formed R.M.I. in 1993.

In addition to their many 'regular' albums, RMI have also....

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat packaging.

Recorded at The Cherubini Center, Burlington, NJ 16th April 2010 for the Gagliarchives Radioshow.

Is RMI the most prolific band in the world? They might be. And they keep releasing great work. In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat packaging.

Recorded at The Gatherings, St Mary's Church, Philadelphia, PA 18th April 2010.

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat packagi...

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat...

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat packaging.

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat packaging.

"If you're at all familiar with our output, you'll have noticed that we sometimes release companion sets shortly after a title is published. Well,here's another one. Sessions began in late 2005 for what became Rain Falls In Grey Far away, and....

Radio Massacre International is a British trio of Steve Dinsdale (keyboards, electronics, drums), Duncan Goddard (keyboards, electronics, bass) and Gary Houghton (guitar, synthesizers). These three musicians have worked together in various...

In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat packagi...

Recorded at The Greenhouse, Stockport, December, 2011.

Radio Massacre International is a unbelievably prolific British trio of Steve Dinsdale (keyboards, electronics, drums), Duncan Goddard (keyboards, electronics, bass) and Gary Houghton (guitar, synthesizers). These three musicians have worked together in various configurations since they were 16 year old students in the 70's and formed R.M.I. in 1993.

In addition to their many 'regular' albums, RMI have also released a number of very...

This is a great listen but it's also a bit of a sad release, as it was recorded at the home of the band's good friends, Cyndee Lee Rule & Jeff Nutkowitz in May, 2013, as Jeff was dying. This was the group's last time to be able to see Jeff and this private concert was their goodbye to him.
In addition to their many 'regular' albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do...

Recorded at The Greenhouse, Stockport, December, 2011.

Is RMI the most prolific band in the world? They might be. And they shockingly keep releasing great work. In addition to their many albums, RMI have also released a number of very limited edition CDRs. The musical and sound quality of these releases is excellent; as good as their regular releases, but do remember that these are CDRs in simple, flat packaging.

Radio Massacre International is a British trio of Steve Dinsdale (keyboards, electronics, drums), Duncan Goddard (keyboards, electronics, bass) and Gary Houghton (guitar, synthesizers). These three musicians have worked together...

R.M.I. are an English trio of guitar and two keyboardists. They have been working together since the early 1980's and releasing CDs since at least 1994 and have at least 15 releases out! R.M.I. play space music hugely influenced by the German masters o...

"Eccentricity in music is tricky in that it's difficult to embrace it in moderation. There's risk of having it come off as either overly (and gratingly) deliberate, or teetering over the precipice into full-blown novelty. Pere Ubu co-founder Allen Ravenstine's Waiting For The Bomb is one of these rare exceptions where peculiarity, nuance and genuine warmth align in such a way that it's perched right on that edge and all the more evocative because of it. One of the album's most striking and disorienting...

An early (1986-87) and great one from this US synthesist, and probably his closest work to 'spacey electronics'. "As the title implies, this reissue - originally recorded in 1987-88...crosses the bridges between mathematics and music, applying these re...

"Limited edition of 500. Robert Rich's solo and collaborative recordings have proven extremely influential on a range of new school ambient and experimental artists. Although almost a decade younger than his cohorts, Rich's association with the West Coast scene of space-music pioneers such as Steve Roach, Kevin Braheny, and Michael Stearns also makes him one of the few of that generation to have interfaced creatively with the new wave of experimental electronic composers. A northern California native....

"React is the third collaboration between American ambient pioneer Robert Rich and Ian Boddy and is a record of their June 2007 performance at the Star’s End Radio Show 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Philadelphia. The album is released in a...

“The starting point for the recordings on Flurry Of Delusion was an improvised recording session with Giuseppe Ielasi, but as with all Ralf Wehowsky works nothing is quite what it seems to be. Cutting out the moments of "glory" and recombining them, Wehowsky, aka RLW, reassembles them into new more detailed compositions. Further improvised sounds were treated and added to the mix. It is neither industrial or musique concrete, nor computer music or improvisation - in fact it could be all of these...

"Since it's release in 1988, Dreamtime Return has earned it's reputation as a genuine classic. The two-CD magnum opus is one of the most important, widely known and highly respected release in Steve Roach's vast body of work. It serves as an essential benchmark within the Electronic-Ethno-Atmospheric genre. Roach's travels in the Australian outback, along with studies of the Aboriginal Dreamtime, and his desert walkabouts in California were the lifeblood for this recording which even today sounds like a...

"On his first studio album since his recent Grammy nomination, Roach calls upon an expansive 35-year legacy at the forefront of electronic music creation. Molecules of Motion is a masterful album with roots in the Berlin School and a foot in the transcendent unknown of the future flowing into now. The album is a sonic marvel: shimmering, pulsing, moving, emotional and engaging. A tapestry of sequencer-spun patterns floats upon an atmosphere of lush emotive textures alive with a vibrant, life-affirming...

Remastered from the original tapes, this is the first vinyl reissue of the album since its initial release in 1984.

'Full of purring drones and high notes that shimmer and fade. Like a desert mirage, these structures hover forever at the horizon, an oasis from the din surrounding it'-Pitchfork's 'Best Ambient Albums Of All Time

"Steve Roach is one of the defining American artists of new age music, perpetually on a quest for silence and the suspension of time in his music. Structures From..

This is a collection of pieces by synthesist Steve Roach from 1988-1992, which either appeared on compilations or never appeared at all. All of Steve's work is quite fine, but I really miss his early period, which was a uniquely Californian take on the...

Tom Rogerson's life as an improviser began when, as a toddler, he would clamber up onto his family piano stool and try to emulate his sister's playing. Now releasing his second solo album, a collaboration with Brian Eno, he feels that his musical life has come full circle: "I remember smashing out C Major chords again and again and really loving it. It's the same as what I do now, funnily enough, I've come back to it". After stints playing jazz in New York, a delipadated fenland hotel and in noise rock...

Of all the musicians in the 90's working in the ambient/space/ritual genre, Spanish guitarist/sound sculptor Suso Saiz was one of my favorites, and the several CDs I have by him still get some regular play. He was extremely active in the 90s and less so as time went on, but he is a real talent and this retrospective (his first time on vinyl & with some very rare stuff included) is well needed and well deserved.

"Odisea is a retrospective showcase of solo work from Spanish electronic music...