Ed Wynne

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Ed Wynne
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Ed Wynne with Ozric Tentacles at the State Theater, 2006
Background information
Birth name Edward Wynne
Born (1961-06-03) 3 June 1961 (age 55)
Wandsworth, London, England
Origin Somerset, England
Genres Psychedelic rock, progressive rock, space rock, jazz fusion, instrumental rock, electronic music, dub, world music, ambient music
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, record producer
Instruments Guitar, synthesizer, koto
Years active 1983 - present
Associated acts Ozric Tentacles, Nodens Ictus, Amon Düül UK, Eat Static, Jordan Rudess, Invisible System

Edward "Ed" 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. Ed Wynne formed Ozric Tentacles in 1983 along with his brother Roly Wynne and other members at the Stonehenge Free Festival. After several lineup 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.[3] He has remained the only original member of the band. The current lineup 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,[4] Amon Düül UK, Eat Static,[5][6] and Invisible System,[7] among others.

He (along with ex-bandmate Merv Pepler) composed and programmed a track named "Sphere Wave's" for the Cognition Factor soundtrack.[8]

Wynne's early music influences include Gong/Steve Hillage, Hawkwind, Kraan, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Squarepusher, and Todd Rundgren, among others.[9][10] Now, he mostly prefers listening to Algerian, Moroccan, and eastern music in general.[6] In his youth, Wynne was personally encouraged by George Harrison in his guitar playing.[2]

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, Yamaha Acoustic, pedals Boss GT-3 and Boss GT-10, and Marshall Amplification.[9]


Ozric Tentacles[edit]

Nodens Ictus[edit]

  • The Grove of Selves (1987)
  • Spacelines (2000)

Guest appearances[edit]


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