Page #24. The Cosmic Jokers – Sci Fi Party

The Cosmic Jokers is not really a band per se but a supergroup of several German musicians and personalities from the 70's psychedelic philosophies. Among the participants we can find names such as Manuel Göttsching and Klaus Schulze of Ash Ra Tempel, Jürgen Dollase and Harald Grosskopf of Wallenstein, and Dieter Dierks (the inventor and patent holder of the DVDplus).

Page #23. Scissors And Sellotape – For The Tired And Ill At Ease

Scissors And Sellotape is one of those projects which we would love to hear more from. Released in 2011 on Facture, 'For The Tired And Ill At Ease' works with the tristfullness of Stars Of The Lid and the dream-like minimalism of Nils Frahm and Olan Mill. The album reflects an atheist’s fascination with the continuing hold that theology has over people.

Page #22. Yasume – Where We’re From The Birds Sing A Pretty Song

Since the gum we like is going to come back in style, it's quite appropriate to celebrate with an album that refers to the cult series Twin Peaks when it comes both to its title and vivid cover. However, that is how far it goes when it comes to the Twin Peaks atmosphere of Yasume – the rest is all about multilayered glitch and playful beats.

Page #21. Deux Filles – Silence & Wisdom

The short, mysterious career of this French female duo is bookended by tragedy. Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule met as teenagers on a holiday pilgrimage to Lourdes, during which Coule's mother died of an incurable lung disease and Forque's mother was killed and her father paralyzed in a grisly auto accident. The two teens bonded over their shared grief and worked through their bereavement with music.

Page #20. Belong – October Language

The fragile yet heavy texture of these guitar sounds, distorted and heavily processed loops feels like it never ends. Ambient and noise music on their honeymoon. It's been three years since we last heard from Turk Dietrich and Michael Jones – we sincerely hope that we don't have to wait much longer.

Page #19. IKEBANA – When You Arrive There

Japanese female duo IKEBANA consists of two very gifted female artists, Maki and En. Technically speaking, there is not much going on on 'When You Arrive There', but at the same time this is what makes it so brilliant – what these women can achieve with the help of two guitars and their own voices is simply mesmerising. Genuinely effortless yet awe-inspiring, emphasizing form and balance.

Page #18. Ben Woods – Moments

Ben Woods' 'Moments' might (should!) be one of the most memorable ambient albums of the last decade. It's a collection of carefully selected moments, each piece is embodied in the strength of being able to accompany you during various activities like strolling in the meadows when the days begin to chill, reading on the sofa under your favourite blanket with a cup of piping hot chai, or making sweet love in the profound darkness of your eternal space.

Page #17. Zèbra – The Black And White Album

Zèbra is one of the numerous aliases that Frans de Waard and Roel Meelkop used to produce a the most surprising mixture of IDM, techno and... disco music! The Dutch duo called this refreshing shake 'meltpop'. After releasing such heavy sounds as Goem and Kapotte Muziek, 'The Black And White Album' reveals a heartwarmingly healthy sense of humour. While not exactly taking themselves seriously, Zèbra masterfully poises between dance, disco, funk and noise, techno, glitch – resulting in an organic whole, definitely colourful instead of black and white.

Page #16. DOS Tracks – :)

Uwe Schmidt (Atom™) has (at least) 70 different aliases. Even if you try really hard, most probably you won't be able to check them all out. DOS Tracks is one of these obscure aliases, and no matter how irrelevant it might seem in the sumptuous discography, this austere album title leads the way to a time machine, which is going to take you straight back to a tender age.

Page #15. nsi. – Non Standard Institute Plays Non Standards

This non standard project of Tobias Freund and Max Loderbauer – whose name you are already familiar with because of their other music projects –, nsi. might be one of the most underrated projects ever that was featured on the nowadays rather moribund Finnish Sähkö Recordings. Up until this record, both Freund and Loderbauer have been actively involved in the techno scene, so this release is not only a spruce endeavour into something more clean, more minimal, but also a revolutionary yet simple way to sonic catharsis.

Page #14. Steinbrüchel – Stage

Originally composed for a dance performance, Ralph Steinbrüchel's second album on LINE never got the attention that would have deserved – therefore it's time for reevaluation. Since Steinbrüchel works both as a musician and a graphic designer, not only his sonic structures and textures are carefully composed, but the cover also speaks for itself. Working with electronic compositions, yet going back to our organic nature is an extremely well executed dichotomy.

Page #13. Bersarin Quartett – Bersarin Quartett

Apparently you do not need four people to make up a quartet but still sound like one, Thomas Bücker has already proven to us twice. Although promoted as "imaginary film scores for fans of Sigur Rós and The Cinematic Orchestra", we would modestly beg to remark that it's definitely better than both.

Page #12. Motion Sickness Of Time Travel / Nova Scotian Arms – Slow Architecture

Motion Sickness Of Time Travel is probably one of the most descriptive and awe-inspiring artist names in the world of ambient music. However, feels a bit discrepant to believe that Rachel and Grant Evans' music belongs to our world, since the best way to describe it is 'otherworldly'. So is the cover made by Grant himself, with a strong dystopian touch and full of tiny details to explore, reminding us of all the sci-fi books we should have read and all the films we should have watched.

Page #11. Greg Haines – Moments Eluding

You don't always have a cat posing on a piano as a contemporary classical album cover, but when you do it's Greg Haines. Gracefully captured by Peter Broderick, the black creature seems to be all set to embrace the absorbing tinkle of this beautiful instrument. Are you?

Page #10. Vladislav Delay – Tummaa

We cannot be exactly sure what is happening on the cover picture, but the Helsinki-based illustrator and costume designer, Kaisa Kemikoski could probably help us out with an explanation. What is for certain, however, is that Sasu Ripatti's abstract jazz infusion from five years ago is one of a kind in his discography.

Page #9. AOKI Takamasa – Private Party

AOKI Takamasa became extremely popular more or less a year ago, after his RV8 release on Raster-Noton. But there has been an era when the Japanese experimental artist used to have a less sophisticated soundscape, concentrating more on rhythms and grooves, producing playful, danceable music. Going back 6 years, we got this super relaxed snapshot with Takatoum – not your usual cover girl but so much cooler, making us crave even more for a hot summer day.

Page #8. Between – Between

A collaborative live recording from Kyoto involving Taylor Deupree (synth, bells, scrapes), Illuha (Tomoyoshi Date - cassettes, percussion, Corey Fuller - rhodes, guitar), Simon Scott of Slowdive (voice, thumb piano), and Marcus Fischer with his Fuji X-Pro1, lap harp and cassettes.

Page #7. Lawrence English – The Peregrine

“I have always longed to be part of the outward life, to be out there at the edge of things, to let the human taint wash away in emptiness and silence as the fox sloughs his smell into the cold unworldliness of water; to return to town a stranger. Wandering flushes a glory that fades with arrival.”

Page #6. Rameses III – I Could Not Love You More

It all happened quietly. After 10 years of enchanting bucolic ambient folk hymns, the Rameses III trio - consisting of Daniel Freeman, Spencer Grady and Stephen Lewis - are on hold for now. Let's remember them by revisiting their last album, 'I Could Not Love You More'.

Page #5. Koen Holtkamp – Gravity/Bees

Gravity/Bees is a vinyl-only release featuring two side-long tracks, packaged in an LP jacket with letter-pressed artwork hand-pasted to the front and back. "In The Absence Of Gravity…" is based on a live recording of a solo performance in Brighton, "Loosely Based On Bees" is (obviously loosely) based on recordings of bees made on a rooftop in downtown Philadelphia.

Page #4. Peter Broderick: Docile

"The piano is such an amazing instrument because you don't have to do much to make it sound beautiful. Some of my favourite piano music has been written by people who aren't pianists at all, but who just have a wonderful sense of melody and composition. While I realize that these songs add nothing new to the vast collection of piano music out there, I have a simple desire to add to that collection."

Page #3. Julien Neto: Le Fumeur De Ciel

If you have heard this album at least once, you will always keep wondering why the mysterious producer of this melancholic-acoustic sparkler never ever composed a follow-up to his one and only release. Poetic soundscapes with an immaculately matching cover.

Page #2. William Basinski: The Disintegration Loops

The Disintegration Loops is based on William Basinski's attempts to conserve earlier recordings made on magnetic tape. He intended to transfer them into digital format, but the tape had physically deteriorated to the point that, as it passed by the tape head, the magnet got detached from the plastic backing and fell off.

Page #1. Pausal: Along the Mantic Spring

A visual history of all types of electronic music released throughout the years, presented by the finest album cover artworks. On these pages, in this (hopefully neverending) series of covers the focus of attention shall be given to the visual forces instead of the verbal ones, since words are often meagre symbols of an attempt to describe something that is beyond expression anyway.