Saturday, March 15, 2008


"ZANOV is the name of an essential keyboards player of the French electronic musics stage"


Real Name:
Pierre Zalkazanov

GREEN RAY (1976)

Keyboards, Synthesizer, Written-By - Zanov /Photography - Claude Petit /Producer - Alain Gross


01 Green Ray (9:48)
02 Machine Desperation (10:22)
03 Running Beyond A Dream (19:46)

Link to download:

"Phantastic ! Pioneer work. Best analog synthesizer I've ever heard."

MOEBIUS 256 301 (1977)

Composed By - Zalkazanov* /Photography - F. Perrin /Producer - Alain Gross /Synthesizer [A.r.p. 2600, E.m.s., Vcs 3, R.m.i., Harmonic], Sequenced By [A.r.p. Sequencer] - Zanov

Keyboards and A.R.P. Synthesizers from Gaffarel Musique Paris.


01 Moebius 256 (2:56)
02 Moebius 301 (3:01)
03 Enygma (2:55)
04 Plénitude (12:16)
05 An Zéro (18:50)

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" only recently heard Zanov from the playlist on the mighty 'Cybernetic Broadcasting System'...I went out and purchased to learn more...what I got was experimental electronics from Zanov...sounding like a mixture of Jean Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream, Zanov combines tracks of ambient space, sequencers and synth pop melody. Check out ''Enygma'' for heavy, pulsating, bugged out synths or the Jarre sounding ''Moebius 301''.Lovers of progressive synth go forth and seek Zanov !"

"Excellent album by Zanov with A.R.P 2600, Sequencer A.R.P, E.M.S.: VCS 3and R.M.I.: Harmonic synthesizer."

"The most extensive use of an RMI Harmonic can be found on Jarre´s original "Oxygene" album from 1976.Other very nice examples of the Harmonic in use are the albums "Moebius 256 301" and "In Course of Time" by Zanov, from 1977 and 1979, respectively."

"In France especially, space themed dance music became a genre of it's own. RCA delivered "Flying High" by Salt and Pepper - not the 80s girl rap group - , Polydor label released a strange, especially cosmic effort from Zanov called "Moebius", while the London record label put out "Araxis Space Ship" by Araxis, another solid underground favourite. "


Artwork By - Zanov/ Photographs - Claude Petit /Producer - Zanov /Written-By - Zanov


01 Phantasm (10:58)
02 Lost Message (6:07)
03 Infinitude (2:24)
04 In Course Of Time (5:54)
05 Sky Energy (11:43)

Link to download:

"The edgar froese of france!if you like tangerine dream is very good Zanov is not Russian! - His full name is Pierre Zalkazanov. He's a French synthesizer musician who recorded three albums (Green Ray in 1976, Moebius in 1977 and In Course of Time in 1983). There is no CD release of Zanov albums until yet. Two tracks from Green Ray are on a compilation CD called L’Age d'Analogue."

"I have one LP by him "In Course Of Time" that was very much in the Berlin School / KS vein and I think that this was his swan song. I know that he had several other LP's prior to this one and they went for crazy-high prices on the collector's market. None of these have ever made it to CD to my knowledge (except for 1 track that ended up on a French progressive rock VA disc, IIRC). Anybody know more about this guy? "

There's no more info on the net about Zanov.
If somebody know his bio or has more info ,please let me know!

Green Ray (1976)
Moebius (1978)
In Course of Time (1983)
Nous Reprenous Notre Avenir (1984) (Unreleased)

More info:


Blogger Gianni said...

thank you!!!
highly recommended cool electronic sounds...

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Araglin said...

Great post! Never heard of Zanov, bit his music is worth checking out! Thanks a bunch for these three albums!

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great post. Thank you!
There's only a tiny bit of information I can add:
The compilation you mentioned is called 'L'Age analogue' and has 'running beyond a dream' and 'green ray', released 2000 on hobbydeluxe.
Still availabe at and highly recommended!

(sorry if this comment appears twice I had some trouble posting)

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, this is awesome stuff!, never heard of Zanov before. Any chances of "L’Age d'Analogue" appearing here?


5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, anonymous 2
standby, i will post a link tomorrow
anonymous 1

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, here we go:
l'age analoge pt1 (of 4)

if linebreak trouble occurs:

pw for all archives: zanov

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Zanov fans!

Yes i have "L’Age d'Analogue" and i agree with you as it is a great tune! Unfortubnatelly i dont have time to post now (i was planning it later) ,but thanks to you other fans can download it from here:)
Thanks for your help!

1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

argh. name confusion. I will continue to post l'age d'analogue. In order not to be confused with the poster of the previous message, I'll hereby name myself eric.

Part 2:

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's it, friends

pw: zanov

bye, eric

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, thanks for posting L'age d'analogue!!!!,

Much appreciated

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool. thanks for the zanov. i've never heard of this before and it sounds nice.

also wanted to say thanks for all the great posts. i really like eclectic everything is. from china crisis to zanov to stan getz. and your posts are very thorough and complete! thanks for all the great effort!

btw - do you have any gangway? i was recently on youtube and saw their video for "me & my girl". i used to love that song but never heard the album.

thanks again!

6:31 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Thanks, Eric. I'm loving this ZANOV stuff and the comp you posted offers even more rare delights in the same vein.


6:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at last zanov......i was searching the web for years until now.....excellent

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its nice to see how many fans of Zanov are all around!Its really great!:)
Thanks again Eric for l'age analoge!

@anonymous who like Gangway,yes i have some to send you later!


3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks a million!

12:26 PM  
Anonymous DJ Jarren said...

Wow. Just downloaded some of the l'age d'analogue cd.

I can't believe I have never heard of Zanov, this music is amazing!

Many thanks for the uploads.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Leo said...


I only wonder what happened to this cool cat.

Thanks so much for the upload and digitalization of this masterwork.

2:28 PM  
Blogger the saucer people said...

I was originally looking for a high quality rip of the incredible 1979 American band Moebius' self-titled album (also released as Mirror Of Infinity in 1981) when I saw the track "Moebius 256" and four of my favourite words 'French' 'cosmic' 'synth' and '1977' so I checked out the Youtube video, nearly fell off my chair and I should have kinda known you would have the entire Zanov output, never mind the single Moebius 256 track I was looking for!
Thanks so much for always having the cosmic goods when I am in need a day of sonic exploration!

PS> If anyone does have a rip of the Moebius 1979/1981 album higher than 160 bitrate can they leave a comment, many thanks again.

3:36 AM  
Blogger the saucer people said...

The Zanov albums are just growing and growing on me and the fact he seems to have dropped off the radar makes him and his music all the more intriguing...its a crime none of his albums have been released on CD, some of his material was years ahead of the game.
After my post above asking if anyone has a better copy of the Moebius album I feel a little ashamed to be asking for another request so soon afterwards but here goes!
In the comments section "Eric" put up some rapidshare links for the "L'Age d'Analogue" unfortunately all except the first one now have the "This file has been removed from the server, because the file has not been accessed in a long time." Rapidshare notice. The first part already has two French artists I didn't know about before; Richard Vimal & Serge Ramses, both are amazing, producing the kind of ambient music that would only be heard 13 or 14 years later and still sounds contemporary so I would love to hear the rest of the album, no-one seems to have posted it on any blog so if anyone can post it, that would be great.
I will stop making requests now!

2:05 PM  
Anonymous xl pharmacy said...

I love this music and this artist, his music is so so good.

8:53 AM  
Blogger the saucer people said...

We have this blog, Mutant Sounds and a few other blogs to thank for the resurgence of interest in ZANOV - so much so that he is back in the studio and has released a killer new album called 'Virtual Future' and is planning to reissue his back catalogue on CD!

Must have been five years ago since I last messaged about ZANOV!

Anyway, he now has a website and you can sign up for news of the reissues here:

I feel all nostalgic coming to this blog - the source of so much great music for me! Hope you are well Saltyka and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the hard work and effort you put into this blog.

1:02 PM  

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