About The Artist

January 2024

After almost 42 years of living in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, John moved to and now resides in Rio Rancho, New Mexico since May of 2017.

John Lyell has been a musician since 1984. As a guitar player for over 40 years...he has recorded and performed in numerous Rock and Hard Rock projects since the 1980's as well as Acoustic projects in the 2000's.

Starting in the early 1990's John's focus and interests shifted more to synthesizer based Ambient, Atmospheric and SpaceMusic. He then started to put together his own home/project studio in 1995 so that he could compose and produce instrumental synth-based music.

From his recording studio in New Mexico he currently writes, records, engineers and produces instrumental Ambient, Atmospheric and SpaceMusic.

Inspired by his first introduction to SpaceMusic back in 1994 from the "Hearts of Space" radio program...John immersed himself in Ambient-SpaceMusic and started dabbling in computer graphic arts with his first Macintosh computer in June of 1997.

With heavy interests in Astronomy, the concept of Time Travel, SpaceMusic and related cosmic subject matter, Lyell used these interests as inspiration to create "Cosmic" and "Surreal" digital art.  He also designed the CD cover art for all of his Ambient releases and co-designed the CD cover art with Brent A. Reiland for the WORMHOLES and SYNTHETIC UNIVERSE CD's. 

John continually created this cosmic art from 1997 until 2015.

From 2005 - 2015, John also displayed and sold his Space Art and Ambient Music at Science Fiction Conventions & Art Fairs in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

John also started performing live Ambient shows in June of 2023...usually combining traditional hardware synthesizers with Eurorack Modular format synths. His first live performance was in Santa Fe, NM on June 18th, 2023 at the Currents Media Art & Technology Festival. He then played his second live show once again in Santa Fe performing a 25-minute Ambient set at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in November 2023. 



•  ETERNITY II  (2024)



•  ETERNITY   (2012)

•  DIMENSIONS   (2006)

•  SYNTHETIC UNIVERSE   (2002)  -  with Brent A. Reiland

•  WORMHOLES   (1998)  -  with Brent A. Reiland


All of John's releases have received critical acclaim and radio airplay in the U.S., Europe, and Australia on syndicated Ambient and New Age radio shows such as "Hearts Of Space", "Stars End", "Echoes", "Musical Starstreams", "Ultima Thule" as well as numerous internet radio stations internationally.