Thaneco "Unearthly Delight" (2018)

Monday, December 25, 2017

Airsculpture - Sequential Circuits (2015)

AirSculpture are a UK based electronic music group. Its members - Adrian Beasley, John Christian and Peter Ruczynski - established it in the mid-1990s as a reaction to a music scene that no longer reflected their tastes. The energy and edge of '70s EM had become diluted into a monoculture of clinical digital sounds usually played over safe pre-recorded backing.
Most of AirSculpture's music is created live on stage, improvised with little or no pre-planning. Over time it has evolved to a unique sound melding driving Berlin School rhythms with engaging, flowing melodies; or sometimes moving into darker ambient realms; or shifting gear with danceable beats.
The band has released more than a dozen full length albums; the majority are live recordings reflecting the live nature of the music. There have also been numerous tracks released on compilation albums.
This album was recorded live at E-Day Oirschot festival in 18th April 2015. 


Friday, December 8, 2017

Etherfysh - On Your Way Home (2007)

Etherfysh is Greek composer of electronic music Chris Christou. His style is between berlin-school and new age music. 
"On Your Way Home" is an album of melodic, cosmic and rhythmic synth music that will appeal to all fans of synthesiser music.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Create - Improvisations (2010)

Berlin School / sequencer music by Stephen Humphries. Here is a large collection of rare recordings called "Improvisations" that fans of Berlin-school music will really love.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Arcanum - Das Labirynth (2000)

Arcanum is the project of German musician Bernd Braun (born 1959 in Cologne), who first played guitar and bass in rock bands in the mid-1970's, moving on to semi-professional work, before changing his attention to synthesizers, first as a multi-instrumentalist and then with solo work under the guise of Arcanum.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Ian Boddy - Liverdelphia (2013)

“Liverdelphia” is a powerful work. A work where the musical duality spreads its veil of magnetism and where the listener is swallowed to be teleported in a sound universe to the measure of the immoderation of an artist to the visions as infinite as the musical meanders of his synths cables. A work where the cosmos of the vintages years is skilfully rediscovered, a work where the atmospheres get revitalize in rhythms as hard than pure, “Liverdelphia” will nail you in your dreams with a surprising dominance on your fascination." (taken from "Synth&Sequences blog)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Ombient - Sectio Aurea (2015)

Ombient is the moniker under which Mike Hunter performs his ambient/drone/experimental music.
"The CD Sectio Aurea (78'01") can hardly be contained by the room it is playing in. Mike Hunter (a.k.a. Ombient) finds inspiration in an almost mythical past of 1970s Berlin, while pursuing the present day's desire for modernity. Sectio Aurea is in part Hunter's own interpretation of the classic Departure From the Northern Wasteland - a further cultivation of Michael Hoenig's imaginings by a musician who recognizes the value of this work. Working in a genre often thought of as too dependent on hardware, Hunter explores the ways this music may convey the truth of complex subject matter. With a whirlwind intelligence in its glowing prime, he connects to strategies central to Spacemusicians across the globe. We are swept away by an enveloping sense of magic, forgetting for an instant our critical spirit. Electricity is transformed into sound through an impressive collection of vintage and modern modular synthesizers and keyboards. " (Chuck Van Zyl)

ARC - Fleet (2017)

ARC is Ian Boddy & Mark Shreeve, composers of electronic Berlin-school music. Fleet (DiN53) is the seventh live concert album by the duo. It was recorded at the E-Scape Electronic Music Festival in Halesworth, Suffolk on 13th May 2017. Shreeve mixed and mastered the resulting multitracks to create an album of pure electronic music, in the tradition of the Berlin masters.

Ian Boddy: Eurorack modular, Moog Voyager, Dave Smith Poly Evolver & Ableton Live
Mark Shreeve: Moog & Moon modular sequencing, Roland System 100-M,
Roland Juno 60 & Logic Pro X.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cosmic Replicant ‎– The Nature Of Life (2013)

Cosmic Replicant is an electronic project of Pavel Shirshin from Kazan, Russia. The style is ambient/downtempo.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Michael Stearns - Planetary Unfolding (2016)

Michael Stearns is an ambient music composer and performer, film composer, sound designer and soundtrack producer for theatrical films, documentaries, large format films, commercials and themed attractions. His award winning scores to Ron Fricke’s non-verbal global film masterpieces “Chronos”, “Baraka” and “Samsara” have played to audiences around the world.
Michael’s music has been used by Laserium, NASA, and choreographed by the Berkshire Ballet. Through his soundtrack production company, Michael Stearns Productions, he has created the soundtracks to Universal’s “Back To The Future, The Ride” and Paramount’s “Star Trek, The Experience”
Composed completely on the Serge synthesizer (built by Michael’s friend Kevin Braheny), the six tracks of "Planetary Unfolding" , are a feast of thick layered modular synthesizer chords which easily visualize the expansiveness and haunting beauty of space. Goosebumps and shivers are guaranteed as the intense, immerse and massive sound washes of this classic space music present themselves in all their shining beauty as we head further and further into infinite space.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

John Serrie - Dream Journeys (1998)

Jonn Serrie is a composer of space music, a genre of ambient electronic music, and New Age music. He has recorded at least 18 albums and worked on projects for Lucasfilm, IMAX Corporation, NASA, the United States Navy, Hayden Planetarium, Expo Seville, and CNN.
"Dream Journeys" is one of the hardest to find and essential albums to fans of ambient and new age music.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Harmonia - Documents (1975)

Harmonia is a Krautrock supergroup from Germany. They formed as a collaboration between Michael Rother of Neu! and Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius of Cluster and later included British ambient music artist Brian Eno.
"Documents" was released by Grönland Records in 2016.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Kevin Braheny Fortune - Lullaby For The Hearts Of Space (1980)

American ambient musician with a talent for creating his own instruments. Has worked together with, among others, Tim Clark, Michael Stearns, and Steve Roach and was a member of the early Moog band TONTO. Has changed his name since to Kevin Fortune.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Arjen Schat - Spectrum (2017)

Arjen Schat has been active in the field of electronic music under numerous monikers since the late 90s. Inspired by Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, Arjen has been tailoring the Berlin-school sound to his own unique sonic identity.
"Spectrum" is a contemporary continuation of the Berlin-school of electronic music. Though the essence of the style revolves around analogue synthesizers propagating melodic sequences, the sequences on this album are constantly evolving using an array of complex sequencing methods.
As the first release on the Trésor D'argent label, "Spectrum" is also the first full length LP by Arjen Schat released on vinyl.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bouvetoya - Chasing Chemtrails (2011)

Bouvetøya is an Irish based electronic artist producing old school melodic electronica and ambient soundscapes. "Chasing Chemtrails" is the second album from the studio of Bouvetøya ,conceptual in its format; Chasing Chemtrails is approx 60 mins of electronic geoengineering and other global warnings.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Korgator - Soundscapes (2009-2011)

Korgator is a German composer of electronic ambient/experimental music. He is influenced by Klaus Schulze, Jean Michel Jarre, and many other. His album "soundscapes" is exactly what the title suggests: soundscapes made of experimental electronic sounds creating calm space atmospheres and sometimes uneasy.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fringe Element - Rampant Biology (2003)

"Fringe Element" is Michael Victor , Jose Eduardo Murcia (Argentina), James Lacey, and  Edward Gregory Waltzer. The band is influenced by Tangerine Dream, Schulze, Brian Eno, Cluster and many other.
Fringe Element's debut CD, Rampant Biology, was completed in January 2003. Rampant Biology is a spontaneous organic concoction, full of bubbling fermentation vats and toxic chemical reactions.

Friday, September 15, 2017

David Parsons - Sounds Of The Mothership (1980)

David Parsons is a New Zealand new age/ambient composer who began composing music in the 1960s; often with a darker edge than that of his contemporaries. In 1989, Parsons began recording an extensive series of indigenous music sound documents in Egypt, Cambodia, Armenia, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Himalayas and other exotic locales. He continues to record and compose music in New Zealand (or Middle Earth, as he calls it).

Friday, September 8, 2017

Roedelius - Zu Fuss (1978)

This is the CDR transcription of a very rare musicassette, containing some early studio tracks by Roedelius, probably recorded in 1976.
The original tape had many problems with a very bad sound. All the music has been remastered, with a patient work on tracks and channels, and completely re-equalized with a digital 10-ch equalizer. By working on the separate channels, each channel was resampled in stereo where the signal was missing (almost all side B of the tape). Sound volume was optimized, and every track was properly mixed with fade in and fade out.

Roedelius - Auf Leisen Sohlen (1978-1982)

A pioneer in in the field of electronic music, Hans-Joachim Roedelius is considered one of the founders of contemporary popular electronic music. Remarkably prolific, Roedelius has appeared on well over 100 releases between his own work and collaborations.
"Auf Leisen Sohlen" is an essential compilation of some of his compositions from 1978 until 1982. 

Benedict Roff-Marsh - Mountain & The Lowlands (2011)

Benedict Roff-Marsh is a Canadian composer of electronic music. His music is influenced by Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Gary Numan, Japan, Alan Parsons and many more. What sets him apart from the rest is the emotional and melodic style of writing music that I personally like!
"Mountain & The Lowlands" is instrumental with ambient pads, sequencer-driven melodies, and creative sound design.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Plank & Ishq - Crows En Wra vol.1 (2016)

Plank is Lee Norris and Ishq is Jacqueline Kersley & Matt Hillier. They are all british electronic musicians specialising in deep ambient and IDM electronic music.
Crows en wra is the 1st in a 3 album collection of free form psychedelic inspired soundscapes and ambient pieces written in an experimental live flow using various studio exotica .
Unique , colourfull with hidden layers and worlds of sound this music was written for deep immersive headphone listeners and people who like to float in mind space.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Nik Tyndall - Magical Sea (1993)

Awesome ambient album by Nik Tyndall, inspired by his summer vacations in Greece during the 90s. All tracks have peaceful and relaxing synthesizer music. Highly recommended for fans of ambient.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Raymond Scott - Manhattan Research Inc. (50s & 60s)

Manhattan Research Inc. is a two-CD compilation of electronic music created by the musician, composer and inventor, Raymond Scott and his company, "Manhattan Research Inc." Posthumously released in 2000 by Basta Music of Holland, the album contains selected samples of Scott's work from the 1950s and 1960s for film soundtracks, commercials, and for his own technical and musical experiments. The synthesizers, sequencers, and drum-machines used were designed and constructed by Raymond Scott.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani - Sunergy

Sunergy brings together synthesists Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Suzanne Ciani for the thirteenth installment of FRKWYS, RVNG Intl.’s intergenerational collaboration series.
For this edition, a panorama of the Pacific Coast provides the place and head space for exploratory Buchla synthesizer passages that meditate on a life-giving form vast and volatile with change.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Frederic Gerchambeau - Ars Sequentia (2009)

Frederic Gerchambeau, a specialist in synthesis techniques, a researcher in sound modulation and an explorer of impossible sequences, the musician of the Lille region, who in the mid-90s produced  excellent Berlin school influenced music, has been involved for several years in modular synthesizers. "Ars Sequentia" is written with a eurorack modular synthesizer system. Musically is very simple but very attractive at the same time. Little exists in the internet about him and most of his albums are hard to find.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Morton Subotnick - Silver Apples Of The Moon, The Wild Bull (1867, 1968)

Silver Apples of the Moon was Morton Subotnick's first full-length LP, the first piece of classical music commissioned by a record company, which was composed in 1967 specifically for release on Nonesuch/Elektra. Subotnick took the name from Yeats's poem The Song of Wandering Aengus."The silver apples of the moon, the golden apples of the sun." As Subotnick says, "It doesn't really mean anything. I just liked the sound of it."Morton Subotnick's Silver Apples of the Moon, was the first album of all-electronic music. Released in 1967, it found favor with electronics geeks, as well as legions of stoners who soaked in its mind-blowing sounds. It was made with a "Buchla" analogue synthesizer , made by Don Buchla. It remains untill today, one of the most influencial albums of electronic music.
Based on an ancient Sumerian poem, Morton Subotnick's "The Wild Bull" , is no less an adventurous sonic trip on the Buchla synthesizer.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Morton Subotnick - Touch (1969)

Morton Subotnick (born April 14, 1933, in Los Angeles, California) is an American composer of electronic music, best known for his Silver Apples of the Moon, the first electronic work commissioned by a record company, Nonesuch. He was one of the founding members of California Institute of the Arts, where he taught for many years. When he was at "The School of the Arts" he was provided with a studio and a Buchla Synthesizer (now at the Library of Congress) and with this synthesizer he developed his first compositions. During this period he helped develop and became artistic director of the Electric Circus and the Electric Ear. This was also the time of the creation of Silver Apples of the Moon, The Wild Bull, and Touch.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bebe & Louis Barron - Forbidden Planet, Bells Of Atlantis (1956, 1952)

Bebe Barron (June 16, 1925 – April 20, 2008) and Louis Barron (April 23, 1920 – November 1, 1989) were two American pioneers in the field of electronic music. They are credited with writing the first electronic music for magnetic tape, and the first entirely electronic film score for the MGM movie Forbidden Planet (1956). The soundtrack for Forbidden Planet (1956) is today recognized as the first entirely electronic score for a film. Eerie and sinister, the soundtrack was unlike anything that audiences had heard before. Music historians have often noted how groundbreaking the soundtrack was in the development of electronic music
Aside from the tape recorders, most of the equipment in the studio was completely built by Louis. One of the home made pieces was a monstrous speaker which could produce very heavy bass. Electronic oscillators that produced sawtooth, sine, and square waves were also home built prize possessions. They had a filter, a spring reverberator, and several tape recorders. The Stancil-Hoffmann reel to reel was custom built by the inventor for looping the samples, and changing their speed. The thriving business brought in enough income to purchase some commercial equipment.
"Bells Of Atlantis" is a film from 1952, much earlier than "Forbidden Planet". The Barrons scored three of Ian Hugo's short experimental films based on the writings of his wife Anaïs Nin. The most notable of these three films were Bells of Atlantis (1952) and Jazz of Lights (1954).
The soundtrack of "Forbidden Planet" was a major influence to composer and director John Carpenter.
This post is dedicated to the fans of  the lovely blog "A Closet Of Curiosities" . I will post some more albums of electronic music from this blog.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Celestial Odysseys - Galactic Odyssey (1983)

"Celestial Osysseys" or "Upper Astral" is an American electronic new age project made by David Naegele, David Storrs , and Robert Slap. Many of their albums were issued by "Valley Of The Sun" record company based in Malibu, USA.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Keller & Schönwälder - Collectors Items (1996-2007)

German electronic music musicians Detlef Keller & Mario Schönwälder team up in two or three formation as Keller & Schönwälder or Broekhuis( Dutch percussionist ), Keller & Schönwälder. They are well known for various live performances all over the world and represent The original Berlin School style.

Jacopo Roedelius - Way To Be Free (2016)

Jacopo Roedelius is a new composer of electronic music from Italy. "Way To Be Free" is influenced by electronic library music of the 70s & 80s, synth pop music with many elements of minimalism. A nice melodic synthesiser album.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Andreas Grosser - Venite Visum (1981)

Inspired by the West German cosmic scene, the East Berlin synthesist Andreas Grosser made literally hours of synth music, and duplicated cassette recordings for anyone that wanted them. A selection of which is featured on the anthology cassette "Venite Visum".

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rainbow Serpent - Pulse (2000)

German synth music duo from Oldenburg, strongly inspired by 1980's Tangerine Dream, and almost anyone else in the melodic/sequencer/rhythmic vein you could name.

"Pulse" has all the classic Berlin-School elements someone would expect.

Jeffrey Koepper - Radiate (2009)

American synthesizer artist. He previously played with the groups Pure Gamma and Immortal before going solo. He quotes on his web-site "Koepper's reputation as a skilled Berlin school composer is well known. His influences include the early electronic musicians Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze and Steve Roach.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Steve Jolliffe - Vision Earth (2008)

A native of Britain, Steve Jolliffe has been an active keyboardist, flutist and saxophonist for over 35 years. His career started in 1967, when he met Rick Davies and formed a group called The Joint, which, after Steve left, evolved into Supertramp. Jolliffe's interest in classical music led him to the "Berlin High School for Music" in 1969. He was the first student accepted there who didn't have the ability to read music. And while at the school, he met Edgar Froese, and together with Klaus Schulze toured Germany as one of the earliest incarnations of Tangerine Dream.
"Vision Earth" is the soundtrack of the BBC documentary "Vision Earth". Here we listen to Jolliffe from a different side, with Berlin School sequences and more dramatic melodies with excellent synthesizer sounds. The movie itself is a kind of Koyannisquatsi or Chronos, where you can see fantastic landscapes in slow motion or from an airplane view. The music fits perfectly.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Ole Hojer Hansen - Nudity (1988)

Ole Højer Hansen (b. 1956 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a keyboard player, multi-instrumentalist, composer and sound artist.
Ole is internationally known for 3 solo albums of experimental instrumental music. His debut: Transmission (1985) was a more typically Scandinavian instrumental prog outing with the accent on mood and "symphonic" like keyboard arrangements. Further albums: Nudity and The Dome developed his style as a synthesist, in a similar vein to late 1970's Klaus Schulze.
He has since largely concentrated on soundtracks and sound design for more than 120 theatre, film and ballet productions.

Neuronium - Lysergic Dream (2017)

In 1979, Neuronium released an album titled DIGITAL DREAM. This album started the Worldwide recognition for its psychotronic music. Now, 38 years later, the dream has changed...and becomes a LYSERGIC DREAM !

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mark Shreeve - Embryo (1980)

UK solo synthesizer/keyboards/electronics musician. He was a pioneer of ambient/space-music featuring analogue synthesizers and sequencers, with a few cassettes and an LP in the early 1980s, before changing style to more lively/melodic/rhythm-based music. He also recorded a number of library releases and worked as a session musician. Later he returned to making space music with the projects Redshift and ARC.

Christian Buehner & Helge Schroeder ‎– Visions From Atlantis (1990)

Christian Bühner (German singer, composer) and Helge Schroeder (German composer) made this new age album which is essential for relaxing during the hot summer days. Also very hard to find.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Jurgen Kern - The Beautiful Sadness (1999)

Carola (formerly Jurgen) Kern (now Carola Zauchner) is a German synthesist and member of Traumklang. Made this wonderful Berlin-school electronic album in 1999 that is extremely rare to find.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Jorge Reyes & Antonio Zepeda - A La Izquierda Del Colibri (1992)

Jorge Reyes and Antonio Zepeda joined forces in 1992 and together they recorded the album Izquierda de Colibrí, which is in my opinion close to the masterpiece. Electronic music with various folk hispanic elements. Marvellous!!

Mythos - Concrete City (1979)

Very nice progressive / electronic album from Mythos. One of my favourites.

Mythos - Quasar (1980)

This a progressive/electronic music masterpiece from Mythos.
Mythos was a German band formed in Berlin by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Stephan Kaske, bassist Harold Weiße and drummer Thomas Hildebrand in 1969. Kaske left the band in 1980 in order to concentrate on setting up his own recording studio in Berlin and pursue solo projects, and released the two albums; Quasar and Grand Prix.
The synths, vocoder, and mellotron used in this album have an amazing sound. Some of the best synth sounds in this album!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tetsu Inoue - Organic Cloud (1995)

Excellent ambient album by Tetsu Inoue. It has the characteristic sound of FAX label , very interesting and mysterious with gorgeous sub bass frequencies.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Tetsu Inoue - Ambiant Otaku (2000)

Tetsu Inoue is a producer of electronic music. He writes ambient music with elements of minimalism. He has lived in Japan, San Francisco, and New York, and has collaborated with musicians such as Pete Namlook, Bill Laswell, Andrew Deutsch, Terre Thaemlitz, Jonah Sharp, Taylor Deupree, and Uwe Schmidt.
Today it seems he has disappear...There are fears that he died in the Japan tsunami. Many producers, music labels and friends around the world are still looking for him. Lets hope he is fine!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pete Namlook - Season Greetings, Summer (1995)

A nice ambient album by one of the masters of this genre, Pete Namlook. An ideal companion to your summer vacations or just a background music for relaxing! Enjoy and happy summer!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Alien Nature - Sacred Journey (2005)

Alien Nature is Wolfgang Barkowski, a German composer of electronic music. Sacred Journey was inspired by the movie "Montana Sacra" by Alejandro Jodorovsky. Equipment used: Ensoniq EPS 16 plus sampler, org wave station, Korg M1, Korg MS 10, Roland JD 800, and Kawai K1r.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Free System Projekt - "Narrow Lane" (2008)

Free System Projekt was founded in 1995 by Marcel Engels. Between 1995 and 2001 Marcel played with several guest members, like Dave Brewer, Bill Fox and AirSculpture. In 1999 Ruud Heij joined as a permanent member. In 2001 Frank van der Wel joined as long term member for 6 years, and left in the summer of 2007. Free System Projekt produces Electronic Music in the style of Tangerine Dream, Michael Hoenig and Klaus Schulze from the 1970's, trying to recreate the atmosphere from that era.
This album, as with 'Atmospheric Conditions', very much sees the guys in mid 70s inspired Tangerine Dream territory. The first part was recorded at the National Space Centre in 2006 while the second came from their 2007 Hampshire Jam performance.