Welcome to the Horizon Music Network

Horizon Music is a record label that specializes in ambient electronic music. The musicians who have released albums on Horizon use electronics not as a gimmick, but as a legitimate means of making music. This results in music that is somewhat abstract, but can also have a lasting impact on the listener.

The goals of Horizon Music are to allow artists the freedom to record their music the way they want to, and to release and promote the results of their endeavors.

We welcome your comments at contact@hmnetwork.com.

VCSR releases LP consisting of tapes from 1979 and 1980

More of a loosely organized collective than a proper “band” or “group”, Voltage Controlled Silent Regions (VCSR) recorded over 60 reels of tape between 1978 and 1984. Ever since a plan to have an album produced by Al Jourgensen of Ministry proved abortive, Bil Vermette (the synthesist in the lower right in the photo) has wanted to compile those recordings into albums. He obtained the original raw tapes in 2010, listened to them and eventually sent several of them to a record store/label in Chicago called Permanent Records. They liked the 4th tape the best, and have released it as an LP under the title “Tape #4”.

The tracks on the record are:

Side A:

Untitled #41 (4:50 in length)
Untitled #26 (14:30 in length)

Side B:

Untitled #32 (21:20 in length)

The music on this LP was recorded live in the studio with minimal overdubs and without edits or re-dos. As one might expect from spacey electronic music that was recorded in 1979/1980, as this was, and from people who thought of themselves not as musicians but as people who played music, there is a certain lack of “technical skill”, but that is more than offset by a zeal for improvisation that is clearly evident in these recordings that have been unearthed from the past.

On account of our relationship with Bil Vermette, Horizon Music has been able to obtain copies of this limited-edition vinyl pressing and sell them to you for $15 each. You can hear a sample of Untitled #41 on our samples page.

Mark Ashby - Podcast

Mark Ashby, who released a couple of CD’s on the Horizon Music label in the late 1990’s, has started a podcast. This is an interview show that covers progressive music in all forms, including electronic. Interviewees include Jerome Froese, Larry Fast of Synergy, Markus Reuter, Steve Hackett, Spock’s Beard, and Pat Mastelotto.

You can access Mark’s podcast as www.progtopia.com.

During the summer of 2013, Steve Jolliffe did an exhibition of mixed media works and musical performance called Sound Art. It took place at The Jam Factory in Oxford, England. The aim was to present a collection of paintings, music and animation projects which provide a creative and constantly-evolving exploration of sound and color.

Videos can be seen at:

Steve Jolliffe exhibition concert

Steve Jolliffe Sound Art compilation

Steve Jolliffe eye 1 video

Steve Jolliffe Sound Art 4

Steve Jolliffe Sound Art 2

Summer in Dordogne


Infinite Horizons

Infinite Horizons

This double CD was released in 1998 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Horizon Music. The album contains rare and previously unreleased tracks by thirteen of today's most innovative contemporary instrumentalists. Artists such as Christopher Franke of Babylon 5 fame, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Johannes Schmoelling, Lightwave, Conrad Schnitzler, Klaus Krüger and Michael Hoenig contributed music to Infinite Horizons.

"An excellent compilation album of electronic music with hints of techno and ambient. The whole history of electronica and Krautrock is covered in this collection, in some sense. There are so many wonderful sound explorations on this set. Lightwave's 'Martian Cycles' is an excellent live performance, proving electronica does 'work' in a live context. Star Sounds Orchestra's 'Anakant' is much closer to what 31st century outer space dance music will be than 100 George Lucas bar scenes. This is highly recommended spacestuff."
-- Paul Williams, Progression, www.progressionmagazine.com