The whole electronica movement probably got its initial inspiration from the musique concrète works coming out of Europe in the late 1950s initiated by the French composers, Pierre Schafer and Pierre Henry. The ground breaking pioneering artists in cave-inspired electronica were probably Chuck Holden in 1956 with his The Cave and the New York City duo calling themselves, Silver Apples, who did up Velvet Cave in 1968.
It is very difficult to consider a few of these entries as music when some of them consist entirely of noise produced by computers, machinery, noise generators, samples, and the like. I would prefer to call many of these selections simply “mixed sounds.” The composer finds a gimmick or a synth riff that’s cute and he’ll hit you over the head with it, putting down the same chord on the same beat for 5 or 10 minutes.
A few outstanding works here should be mentioned: Cantus Umbrarum by Lightwave and Caveland by Pyramid Peak.
Some would consider techno, trance, and even house and hip-hop as electronica music, but all of these genres do not have the same ambient content and rhythmic feeling as electronica, so they have been included in this discography under Rock Music since they are closer to the rock genre.
The titles of some of these electronica pieces are quite imaginative and enticing, setting you up with high expectations for the music contained within, only to be sadly disappointed on first hearing. Ditto regarding the album cover designs, which are mostly confined to exercises in graphic arts somewhat lacking in artistic skills.
All entries have been listed alphabetically according to title, broken down into alphabetic sections with no more than 15 or 20 entries by section. And each entry for that section was given a code number – starting with “EL” meaning electronica music followed by the section number and the code number.
The list of abbreviations used for each entry will be found in the “Abbreviations” tab on the bottom left.