Ed Wynne

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Ed Wynne
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Ed Wynne with Ozric Tentacles at the State Theater in 2006
Background information
Birth nameEdward Wynne
Born (1961-06-03) 3 June 1961 (age 58)
Wandsworth, London, England
OriginSomerset, England
GenresPsychedelic rock, progressive rock, space rock, jazz fusion, instrumental rock, electronic music, dub, world music, ambient music
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, synthesizer, koto
Years active1983 – present
Associated actsOzric Tentacles, Nodens Ictus, Amon Düül UK, Eat Static, Jordan Rudess, Invisible System

Edward Wynne (born 3 June 1961 in Wandsworth, London) is an English guitarist and keyboardist best known as a founding member, principal composer and the only constant member of psychedelic rock band Ozric Tentacles.[1]


Ed Wynne was born in Wandsworth, London on 3 June 1961, and is the son of English sculptor David Wynne,[2] and the grandson of English author Joan Grant. Family friend and late Beatles guitarist, George Harrison, encouraged a seven year old Wynne to pick up the guitar.[2] Wynne's father regularly had big names in music, such as Jimi Hendrix and Donovan, stay over at the house.[3] The family's emphasis on art and music allowed Wynne to achieve a wide range of musical appreciation, including Gong/Steve Hillage, Hawkwind, Kraan, Shpongle, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Squarepusher, and Todd Rundgren, among others.[4][5][6]

His lack of interest in school caused him to leave school at age 16.[7] His parents encouraged him to follow his musical passion, and would instruct him to play sounds of nature on the piano. He was involved with several bands whilst in school, including Bolshem People, which recorded in Wynne's studio attic in Rushmere. A track of theirs, Erp Riff 83, can be heard on the compilation album A Psychedelic Psauna.

He formed Ozric Tentacles in 1983 along with his brother Roly Wynne and other members at the Stonehenge Free Festival. After several line-up changes, Ozric Tentacles started to be guided more and more by Wynne, who aside from guitar and keyboards was also becoming responsible for beat programming and other studio efforts.[8] He has remained the only original member of the band. The current line-up includes Ed Wynne's separated wife Brandi Wynne on bass guitar, and son Silas Neptune on keyboards.

Wynne collaborated with Joie Hinton in Nodens Ictus, after being asked by the promoters of the Crypt club in Deptford, South London, to produce an ambient set for the club's "chillout" room. Wynne has also appeared as a guest musician in works by artists such as Jordan Rudess,[9] Amon Düül UK, Eat Static,[10][6] and Invisible System,[11] among others.

He (along with ex-bandmate Merv Pepler) composed and programmed a track named "Sphere Wave's" for the Cognition Factor soundtrack.[12]

His gear includes synthesizers such as Novation Supernova II, Korg M50, Roland S760, Roland Fantom XR, Roland D-50, Korg Wavestation EX, Korg Prophecy, Sequential Pro-1, guitars Ibanez JEM, Ibanez Artist, Ibanez EGEN18,[13] Yamaha Acoustic, pedals Boss GT-3 and Boss GT-10, and Marshall Amplification.[4]


Solo albums[edit]

  • Shimmer into Nature (2019)

Ozric Tentacles[edit]

Nodens Ictus[edit]

  • The Grove of Selves (1987)
  • Spacelines (2000)
  • The Cozmic Key (2017)

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Cleveland, Barry (1 February 2010). "Ed Wynne Raves On". Guitar Player. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Wynne, David. My bizarre life with the Beatles, by sculptor who immortalised good, great and even gorillas. Daily Mail.
  3. ^ Vitamin Enhanced CD Booklet. CD. 2014.
  4. ^ a b Ed's corner at Orics website
  5. ^ Ozric Tentacles at ProgArchives
  6. ^ a b Get Ready to Rock interview with Ed Wynne (2002)
  7. ^ A38 Hajó (21 November 2013), Koncertek az A38 Hajón: Ozric Tentacles, retrieved 8 January 2018
  8. ^ Ozric Tentacles at allmusic
  9. ^ "The Road Home credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  10. ^ Couture, François. "Back to Earth review". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Street Clan credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Cognition Factor – Music". Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Technicians Of The Sacred: An In-Depth Conversation With Ozric Tentacles". L4LM. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2018.

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