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. 

Gong - The 1989 Gas Tape (1989)

Wonderful tape of progressive/psychedelic rockers Gong from 1989.

Tracks A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, & B3 also on Invisible Opera Company Of Oz - Melbourne Studio Tapes BMO # 10.

- Magic Of The Circle: later released on the Daevid Allen (Voiceprint Radio Sessions) cd.
- Negotiate/Circle Around: on The Australian Years ("Peace Train") and Voiceprint Radio Sessions (shorter).
- Away Away : this version is unavailable elsewhere; different versions are on IOCT, Shapeshifter & 12 Selves.
- Garden Song: the Invisible Opera Company Of Oz - Melbourne Studio Tapes cd has a different edit.
- Bopera Gliss Pt II: later released on Daevid Allen (Voiceprint Radio Sessions).
- I Am A Tree: same version as on Fish In Sky Gas tape, different mix. Spring Studios, Melbourne, Australia '87.

This tape for GAS members was originally released on Ottersongs label (no catalogue number and no tracklist).

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mother Gong - Buddha's Birthday (1988)

A really rare and beautiful album by Mother Gong (Gilli Smyth) that was originally recorded and released in 1988 at "spring studio" , audio and video production studio in Melbourne, Australia that was founded and run by Harry Williamson (founding member of the Mother Gong band) since 1983.

Line-up / Musicians

- Harry Williamson / keyboards
- Gilli Smyth / vocals
- Rob Calvert / saxophone
- Rob George / drums, percussion
- Conrad Henderson / bass

Friday, May 26, 2017

Milan Pilar - Extensions (1986)

Czech bass player and composer, born November 20th, 1934 in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Emigrated in 1962 to West Germany. "Extensions" is a nice ambient/synth-pop album with many short tracks in the style of library music.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cosmic Smokers ‎– On Another Planet (2005)

On the 25th June 2004 Adrian Beasley, John Christian and Pete Ruczynski met Grant Middleton from Under The Dome and Paul Nagle from Binar (plus a host of other projects) to rehearse for two days before their evening concert at The National Space Centre in Leicester on the 26th June. It was decided that the collective name they would perform under would be the Cosmic Smokers as a bit of a tribute to a different gathering of musicians in Germany some thirty years earlier. These were rehearsals with a difference however. The purpose of them was to get the five musicians used to working together as an improvising unit, not to come up with music that they would actually perform on the night of the concert. That music would be completely different. What we have here is the first collection of music from these rehearsals cross-faded into one another to make one long track separated into ten parts.

Cosmic Smokers ‎– Live At The National Space Centre (2004)

The Cosmic Smokers are something of an Electronic Music super group made up of:
- Adrian Beasley, John Christian & Pete Ruczynski (all from AirSculpture)
- Grant Middleton (from Under the Dome)
- Paul Nagle (from Binar, Joint Intelligence Committee, Headshock and solo)
They play a sequencer led improvised brand of Berlin School music.
Here is a nice live album from the concert at the National Space Centre (in flac format).


Monday, May 1, 2017

The Ministry Of Inside Things - Gate To Moonbase Alpha (2005)

The Ministry of Inside Things, consisting of electronic musician Chuck van Zyl and electric guitarist Art Cohen, are considered among the most innovative of US spacemusicians today. Influenced by the early music of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Ash Ra Tempel, their spacemusic has been described as linear, leading the listener across many sonic terrains. Based on improvisation, The Ministry of Inside Things creates electronic realizations that flow from theme to theme, with the experience often lasting up to two hours. Through use of textures and atmospheres as well as harmony, rhythm and melody, the group transports the audience on an internal sonic excursion.

Van Zyl has been recording electronic music and performing live for more than 20 years but is best known for hosting one of the country's most successful radio shows of electronic music, STAR'S END, for the past 27 years. van Zyl has released two CDs of spacemusic on the Centaur label, Celestial Mechanics and The Relic as well as a collaborative effort with Peter Gulch, Regeneration Mode on Synkronos and The Sound Museum with Gulch and Rath on Groove Ltd. Art Cohen has been pushing the limits of the electric guitar in the studio and in live performance for well over 15 years.

The Ministry Of Inside Things has performed live at "Art & Technology" at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, "First Night Wilmington", the "Wild Talents" opening reception at the ICA, The Sellersville Theater, The Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, PA and as part of Voices Beyond the Dome, Gate To Moon Base Alpha, The Ambient Ping and The Gatherings concert series'. MoIT has also realized multiple live radio sets for STAR'S END, GALACTIC TRAVELS and NOCTURNAL TRANSMISSIONS. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jorge Reyes - Ek-Tunkul (1983)

Jorge Reyes Valencia is an ambient-electronic music composer from Mexico. He uses electronic sounds together with acoustic folk Mexican to create a psychedelic/tribal atmosphere. In his debut album "Ek-Tunkul" he is also playing an electric guitar (influenced by progressive rock). Very enjoyable album!

Here (M4a) 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cluster - Konzerte (1972-1977)

The two authorized recordings presented here vividly conjure up the atmosphere, perhaps even the magic, of a Cluster performance back in the day. One took place in 1977 during a science fiction festival in Metz (France). The other dates back to an earlier show in Hamburg's Fabrik venue. Cluster played three gigs in the city in 1971/1972, including the one partially included on "Cluster II".

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Redshift - Redshift (1996)

British space-rock group which has become famous for its sound which pays homage to the classic "Berlin school" space music of the 1970's. This is their first album from 1996.

Here (flac)

Modulator ESP - Time Zero (2007)

Modulator ESP is Jez Creek, a composer of electronic ambient/Berlin-school music from U.K. He produces improvised experimental soundscapes using synthesizers, sampling, sequencing, looping and processing to create strange worlds of sound somewhere between '70s space music, noise and dark ambient drone. He produces a fortnightly show at called Adventures In Sound


B. Petrov ‎– Memory, Rock Ballet (1988)

Composed by Boris Petrov who also plays synthesiser together with sound engineer Yuri Bogdanov (of which at least one of the instruments of choice was a SYNTHI-100), this work for the most part is a wondrous example of vintage 1980s Soviet electronica combining glassy space-age ambient, modern classical pop cheese and experimental electro-disco pop in roughly unequal measures. As the titles of the mostly short tracks suggest, this album should be heard in its entirety as a soundtrack to an imagined ballet or similar opus. Preferably one combining various media including film, maybe some live acting and dancing, and one where stage performers and audiences alike can act, dance and sing together.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sven Hansen - Astray (2003)

Sven Hansen is a musician who started composing Electronic Music around 1989. His first project was called Electronic Universe which had two cassette releases, before Ivo switched to his own name and released the well-known album Concerto In Epsilon in 1996. Around 2000 he took the pseudonym Sven Hansen and all subsequent works are released under that name.
"Astray" reminds me of the brilliant moments of Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. It was recorded from a cassette in 1992 (except the last three tracks that were recorded in 2003). Hansen used the yamaha SY22, CS6x, Korg Polysix and other wonderful machines.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Thought Guild - Third Voyage (2012)

A collaborative of a two musicians in an improvised setting. Thought Guild came about when Christopher Cameron and Gregory Kyryluk(aka Alpha Wave Movement) started discussing their interest in 1970s and 80s electronic and new age music(Kitaro/Ashra/Popul Vuh +).
Most of the projects output was stem celled from a core of late night jam sessions where the setting involved dusting off some of Cameron's prized analog synth gear, channeling the creative muses and improvising direct to disc. Thought Guild was nothing more than two guys getting together and making music off the cuff so the end result was slightly less polished raw with energy and "eclectic" artistic embellishments. The project was never meant to be a steady gig and music was recorded at the proverbial the spur of the moment riding the wave of synthetic inspiration.
Three full length releases and one collection of live and rare studio demos compromises the entire catalog of Thought Guild's improvised musical opuses. Thought Guild is now a defunct project as of the 2011 passing of Christopher Cameron

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Various - Starflight 1, Hearts Of Space (1986)

1 –Michael Amerlan Carillon
2 –Tim Clark Invisible Universe 1
3 –Tim Clark Invisible Universe 2
4 –Tim Clark Rings 3
5 –Tim Clark Halley's 2
6 –Tim Clark Milky Way 1
7 –Tim Clark Milky Way 2
8 –Michael Amerlan Contemplative Ascent
9 –Steve Roach & Kevin Braheny The Other Side
10 –Steve Roach Quiet Friend

Very nice compilation of Ambient electronic music from the 80s.


Duncan Goddard - Electrical Tape (2013)

Madrid based Duncan Goddard plays keyboards and bass guitar in the British group Radio Massacre International (with Steve Dinsdale and Gary Houghton) with whom he has recorded a number of albums variously categorised as "space rock", "krautrock" and "Berlin School". He and Steve started playing electronic music together in Teesside in the late 1970s, and the band have played various festivals around the world

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Jiannis - Nightsessions (1998)

Jiannis is Jiannis Zedamanis, a Greek producer of electronic music since 1986. His own music is influenced by the "Berlin School" of Electronic Music: stylistically similar to the early works of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ron Berry - Where Dark Forces Meet (1982)

Ron Berry is a composer of electronic music and maker of modular synthesizers.
This was Ron Berry's first synthesiser electronic music album. it was released on the “Flowmotion” label in 1982. 
"It’s a collection of tracks inspired by memories of experiences of living in cheap rented one roomed accommodation often in run-down areas of town or crashing out on peoples floors. I recalled simple things like drifting off into imaginary worlds while watching an astronomy programme on TV, gazing into the fireplace and seeing strange things, staring out of the window on a rainy day or just visiting friends and playing music together, looking round second hand record shops. I just wanted to capture that feeling.
By 1980 I had settled into my first bought house and while very hard up but enjoying the luxury of central heating I started to build my first mainly analogue synthesiser studio in a tiny back bedroom. After the period with the duo “Out of Control”, which was born there, and many many hours of subsequent hard work this, my first solo album, was completed." (Ron Berry)
For the making of this album, Ron Berry used two home-made modular synthesizers with sequencer and a home-made electronic percussion unit.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Peter Tedstone - Zwolf (2002)

Now there's a name from the distant past that I never thought I would hear from again! Wrong - about 15 years after we first promoted his music, and had him play ‘live’ at one of the UK Electronica festivals, here he is, back again with what is his first CD! Way back, this was the proud musician/composer of an excellent cassette called ‘Prismatic’, and he followed that up with several other cassette releases that never quite seemed to fulfil the promise of that debut tape. Now, after all these years, you can just imagine my surprise when this CD arrived on my desk, and not only that, I also find that it is by far and away the best thing I've ever heard him do, and it’s actually a lot better than much of what many of his younger contemporaries are getting up to in Europe right now. This is an album that I've enjoyed immensely, so much so much that I've actually made time to give it several plays just for pleasure! It has 5 tracks of melodic, rhythmic multi-textured, multi-layered synth music that span fifty-three minutes, and it’s a thoroughly enjoyable album with an undoubted 80’s influence, and yet it still sounds fresh and vital. (review by Andy G.)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dean De Benedictis - Salvaging The Present (2016)

Bending the walls of experimental electronic-ambient music, Dean De Benedictis creates a bold tapestry of sonic vibrancy on Salvaging The Present. Through the creative use of musical instruments and sound design tools, De Benedictis scores an emotionally deep, aesthetically appealing and technologically sophisticated triumph, blending organic and electronic expressions into a compelling panorama of music and sound.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Von Haulshoven - Ice Age Sequencing (2010)

Von Haulshoven is Eppie E (Egbert) Hulshof a composer of electronic music from Netherlands highly influenced by Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cosmic Hoffmann - Space Gems (2007)

Cosmic Hoffmann is Klaus Hoffmann Hoock, a German musician, born 30 January 1951 in Duisburg, Germany.
His music combines krautrock, ambient psychedelic electronica with mellotron sounds and drum machine driven improvisations.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Craig Padilla, Zero Ohms & Skip Murphy ‎– Beyond The Portal (2009)

Craig Padilla (ambient musician from California), Zero Ohms (Grammy nominated Rich Roberts), and Skip Murphy (keyboardist/composer from California) unite to create this beautiful ambient album, ideal for relaxing at your sofa on a Sunday afternoon!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Ian Boddy & Marcus Reuter - Distant Rituals (1999)

Excellent ambient album from Ian Boddy (founder of DIN label) and Marcus Reuter (German guitarist and composer of ambient).

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Coral Cave - Electronic Variety (2015)

Coral Cave is Düsseldorf synthesizer duo of Erik Matheisen and Tilo Voigthaus. This album is their latest and is full of nice melodic synthesiser music.


Pollard/Daniel/Booth - Volume 1 (2009)

These three incredible british composers of Berlin-School Electronic music create a very enjoyable album.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Glyn Lloyd Jones - Mindmusic (2013)

UK synthesist Glyn Lloyd-Jones enthused EM fans in the late 80s with his cassette releases Ri and Icesteps. Rarely have melody and sequence been harmonised in such an infectious brew. Glyn now lives in Italy and continues to make music.

Monday, February 13, 2017

['ramp] - Doombient One (2003)

Originally founded as RPM (5) by Stephen Parsick, Lambert Ringlage, and Frank Makowski in the spring of 1996. Ringlage left the project the same autumn, which also prompted the band's name change as the original name stemmed from their three initials. The new moniker refers to the Dutch word "de ramp" which means "disaster" or "catastrophe" -- in order to avoid the name being pronounced the English way, the band´s name was written in phonetic spelling.In 2009, Parsick continued ['ramp] as another solo enterprise which allowed him to focus on more traditional styles of electronic music (which originally were the inspiration to form ['ramp] at all) while using his name for releasing more experimental ambient music.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Syn - Skyline (2005)

Syn is David T. Dewdney, an electronic musician/Composer from Scotland. He produces early to mid 70's Berlin-School in the traditions of Tangerine Dream & Edgar Froese.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Steve Jolliffe - Cyclone Spheres (2016)

Keyboards, Vocals, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Flute, Lyricon – Steve Jolliffe
Producer, Cover, Design – Martyn Sharp
A great new album by Steve Jolliffe for the fans of ambient-downtempo electronic music.

Steve Jolliffe ‎– Magical: In Memory Of Edgar Froese 1944-2015

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.
After the Tangerine Dream album "Cyclone", Jolliffe left the band for a solo career. Since then he has made numerous albums in various styles new age, berlin-school electronic, ambient, experimental and psychedelic.
In 2015 he wrote the album "Magical" in memory of his friend Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream who died that year. The music in this album is ambient with short moments of Berlin-school electronic music. There lots of ethereal pads, choral melodies, and synthesiser fx. Fans of Tangerine Dream will enjoy this album.
Each album sleeve is unique and custom hand-painted by Steve with watercolors and is signed and dated. The date depends on when the cover was painted, not the issue date of the music.
The CDr is also usually signed and comes in a plastic sleeve.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Smackos - A Vampire Goes West (2017)

Smackos is Danny Wolfers, a Dutch electronic musician who describes his musical style as "a hybrid form of slam jack combined with deep Chicago house, romantic ghetto technofunk and EuroHorror Soundtrack." This is his latest album and has ambient-experimental electronic tracks.


Jean-Jacques Perrey & Pat Prilly - Moog Expressions (1972)

Jean-Jacques Perrey (born 20 January 1929, France - died 4 November, 2016, Switzerland) was a French electronic musician, composer and an early pioneer in the electronic music genre.

He was studying medicine in Paris when he met Georges Jenny, inventor of the Ondioline. Quitting medical school, Perrey travelled throughout Europe demonstrating this keyboard ancestor of the modern synth. At the age of 30, Perrey relocated to New York City, sponsored by Carroll Bratman, who built him an experimental laboratory and recording studio at 209 West 48th Street. Here he invented "a new process for generating rhythms with sequences and loops", utilising the environmental sounds of musique concrète. With scissors, splicing tape and tape recorders, he spent weeks piecing together a uniquely comic take on the future. Befriending Robert Moog, he became one of the first Moog musicians, creating "far out electronic entertainment". In 1965 Perrey met Gershon Kingsley, a former collaborator of John Cage. Together, using an Ondioline and Perrey's loops, they created two albums for Vanguard: Perrey - Kingsley* - The In Sound From Way Out! (1966) and Perrey & Kingsley - Kaleidoscopic Vibrations(1967). Perrey & Kingsley also collaborated on sound design for radio and television advertising.

Pat Prilly is his daughter Patricia Leroy. Like he said in an interview, she wouldn’t compose but give him ideas and play things on her organ so he gave her credit on those song. Also a legal background (like him signed to another label (Vanguard) that time) is possible for giving credits to her. Pat is a short of her first name and Prilly is the city in Switzerland where she was living.

"Moog Expressions" is experimental electronic music made on the Moog Modular Synthesiser.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Various - Syntonic Waves (1991)

"Syntonic Waves" is a compilation of various musicians of electronic berlin-school, ambient and experimental music. The first compilation was released in 1991 and includes musicians such as Rüdiger LorenzMathias GrassowSyncoTraumklang and many other! This first cd is hard to find but not if you are a reader of my "SweeterThanEchoes" blog! Do remember to support my blog and music by buying any of my cd albums or digital downloads from band camp

Get it here

Kubusschnitt - The Cube (2000)

Kubusschnitt is a music group of electronic music which publishes its first studio album in 1999. The band consists of Andy Bloyce Jens Peschke, Ruud Heij and Tom Coppens. They play a mix of electronic music from the Berlin School and ambient. "The Cube" was written in 2000.
Today, the members of the band are Heij, Coppens, John Dieterich and Gert Emmens.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Thaneco & Steve Hillman - Empyreal (2017)

The new and long awaited album "Empyreal", by Thaneco and Steve Hillman, is finally available for purchase.

Thaneco (Thanos Oikonomopoulos or Ekonomopoulos) was born in Patras, Greece, in November 1975. Composer of electronic music with several different influences from the electronica of the 70s and 80s (berlin school, krautrock, downtempo).
During 1994-1998 Thaneco studied music composition and piano performance in Moravian College, Pennsylvania (U.S.A) and got the Bachelor of music.
In 2001 he released his first solo album "Psychic Images"
In 2003 he released the album "Incubation" with his band "the flow"
His later work can be described as vintage-psychedelic electronica with influences from Rudiger Lorenz, Cluster, Vangelis, John Carpenter and other.
He is also a passionate vintage synthesizer collector and a modular synthesizer enthusiast.

Empyreal has Berlin-school electronic music, ambient, and progressive rock music blended beautifully. Instruments used: Moog mimimoog model D, Moog Sub37, Mellotron, Prophet 5, Nord Lead 5, Eurorack modular synthesiser and many many more.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

AEM (Antike Elektronische Musik) - Report (2010)

AEM (Antike Elektronische Musik) is Frédéric Würtz, a french composer very influenced by the 80s German and American electronic music, especially Berlin-school. I like the way he uses the synths to create electronic distorted guitar tones. This one is of the rare albums by this artist. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Earthstar - Atomkraft, Nein, Danke! (1981)

Earthstar was an electronic music group originally from Utica, New York, in the United States. Earthstar was the brainchild of keyboardist/synthesist Craig Wuest. After the release of their first album, Salterbarty Tales (1978), by Nashville-based Moontower Records, Wuest was encouraged by electronic music artist, composer, and producer Klaus Schulze to relocate to Germany where Earthstar was signed by Sky Records. Schulze co-produced their second album, French Skyline.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Rüdiger Lorenz ‎– Coral Sea

Here is Rüdiger Lorenz experimenting with digital synthesisers such as the DX7, the Emu proteus, Korg Wavestation, Roland D550 and many other. 
Here (flac)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Rüdiger Lorenz ‎– Tropica

This is the last album from Rüdiger Lorenz discography and really nice one. Lots of interesting electronic sounds and ideas on this one.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Rüdiger Lorenz ‎– Morning Of The World (1988)

Morning of the World was released in 1988 and was the last of Rüdiger's records to be released on vinyl. The first on the lp, starts with cosmic keyboard sounds punctuated with industrial percussion and evolves into a tribal anthem. The tribal/ethnic elements are characteristic through out his later albums.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Rüdiger Lorenz - The Last Secret Of Poseidon (1985)

Great album by Rudiger Lorenz and really hard to find. Offered here for the readers of this blog.

Rüdiger Lorenz - Angaria (1987)

"Space ethnic/tribal" music blended with dramatic, ambient melodies. Rudiger Lorenz was a great inventor of new electronic sounds.


Monday, January 2, 2017

Rudiger Lorenz - Queen Of Saba (1981)

This is the extremely rare first album of Rudiger Lorenz that was produced in the cassette format in 1981. It was recorded live at his home studio.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Rüdiger Lorenz ‎– Southland (1984)

"Southland" is an album of electronic music by Rüdiger Lorenz and was written in 1984 at his home studio. Rüdiger Lorenz is using a large variety of vintage electronic synthesisers such as: Korg Polysix, Korg Vocoder VC 10, Roland Vocoder plus, Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, Casiotone 201, Crumar Brassman, and a home built modular synthesizer system (101 modules). He is also playing some Indian bells.

Rüdiger Lorenz - Invisible Voices (1983)

Hello to all the readers of my blog. I wish you a happy new year and after a long break I begin my exploration of electronic music once again with this wonderful album by Rüdiger Lorenz,  an electronic musician from Ingelheim (near Mainz), Germany. As a pharmacist and collector of synthesizers (modular systems) he made experimental music in his Lorenz-Park studio. He also made his own modular synthesisers and was the owner of a PPG modular system! "Invisible Voices" has that Lorenz style of primitive drum machine rhythms, shimmering pads, and beautiful vocoder melodies.