Which of course brings in Robert Fripp and his so-called Frippertronics setup - two revox A77's on a long board that allowed them to be varied in distance. A tape was the run between the two machines, feed reel on A77-1, take-up reel on A77-2; or a tape loop was then fitted for that distance and recorded onto during performance.
A77-1 recorded his guitar. The bias erase head was disabled sometimes. Plus a split from the playback of A77-2. Massive delays and overlays.
A77-2 played back the sounds of the recording. The split was controlled via a foot volume pedal so that the split could be cut and a new layering created.
Eno's Ambient 1 was a favourite from this time.
Also Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
Rick Wakeman - Journey to the Center of the Earth; not so much experimental but very well crafted and amazing synth sounds for the time.
Klaus dinger and michael Rother were leading lights in the 70's forming NEU, They used mainly conventional instruments,but in an unconventional way.
After they split dinger went on to form La dusseldorf who imho produced one of the greatest albums o the 70's
I LOVE Laurie Spiegel. But how many of you know Terry Riley?
Some more names:
Luc Ferrari, Alvin Lucier, Raimond Scott (inventor of many weird electronical instruments, dates back to 30's, so not really 70's), russian composer Edward Artmejev who did the music for Solyaris, Zerkalo and Stalker, all of which are amazing, most of that perfomed on a wery rare one of a kind early electronical instrument whic red music from glass plates.
Kraftwerks earlier stuff is worth checking out. They were non-electronic band once, NEU, then they evolved into spacey krautrock and then the electronic age came:
But if someone is into Krautrock, here are some names:
Ash Ra Tempel
The Cosmic Jokers
Both projects of the beloved Klaus Schultze.
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I just got into Yellow Magic Orchestra, they've got some lovely early electro sounds and their Japanese background shines through so clearly in their melodies. It reminds me of king fu games on the NES.
I reckon the Dexter Wansel tune was from his first few LP's, but eventually he became extremely mainstream (which was fine, he never really lost his touch). Without these guys, our music would be way too. . .uh. . .How can I put this effectively. . .Anglo.
Major props to some of the videos down there, though!