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. 

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.