Real Name:
Brian Grainger
Brian Grainger started making music somewhere after his parents' divorce in 1997. He played multiple instruments in a number of different bands and projects, teaching himself how to play guitar, drums, bass and keyboard without the aid of classical training. In 2001, Brian began dabbling in psychedelic and ambient music, and by 2002 he became interested in writing computer-produced (but still organic) songs. Doing simple recordings with a four-track, guitar, organ and a drum machine, he adopted the Parallax moniker and slowly progressed into a unique and expressive aesthetic for himself. By May of 2004, Brian had completed 6 albums under the Parallax name before retiring it and releasing music as Milieu. Brian currently lives with his wife Sophia and his pets in Columbia, South Carolina.

Milieu Discography

EXP025 Various Tangle Various - Experimedia 25(14xFile, MP3, Comp, VBR) Experimedia EXP025 US 2005
none Various Sway Blue Waters Various - Re:automation 2.0(File, MP3, Comp) Re:automation, Decisive Sound none US 2006
EXP036 Various Pileus (Infinite Edit) Various - The Rhythm Method(File, MP3, 192) Experimedia EXP036 US 2006
PIR01 Various Pavilion Nights Various - Persona-Isla 01(File, MP3, 192) Persona-Isla PIR01 Spain 2006
META050 Various Aeroline Various - 50th(File, MP3, Comp, 192) Metanoia Media META050 US 2007
BOLTBUND002 Various Schoolbells and 4 more… Various - The Tandem Series Box Set(6xCDr + Box, Comp) Boltfish Recordings BOLTBUND002 UK 2007 Sell This Version
Lav20 Various Appletree Theme Various - Nocturnal Emission 1st Flight(10xFile, MP3, Comp) Laverna Lav20 Italy 2007
CRN015 Various Airbus Various - Drifting Skywards 3(26xFile, MP3, Comp, 192) Cold Room Netlabel CRN015 France 2007
SSRP02 Various Glossy Ceramic Harmonies Various - Thirteen Weeks Of Summer(CDr, Comp, Promo) Second Sun Recordings SSRP02 US 2007 Sell This Version
MML035 Coppice Halifax Alvin Sparks (1983 Rebuild By Coppice Halifax) Coppice Halifax - Cmx(CDr, Comp, Album, Ltd) Milieu Music MML035 US 2008 Sell This Version
IA005 Various Autumn Fog Lifts (Yearbook Version) Various - Birth Certificate(CDr, Comp, Ltd) I, Absentee IA005 US 2008 Sell This Version
EEDVA'08 Various Sad Summer Various - EED's Summer Vacation '08(CDr, Comp, Ltd) Expanding Electronic Diversity EEDVA'08 US 2008 Sell This Version
Various Nicepollen Various - Friendly Strangers (Comp) Unnamed Label Records US 2009 Sell This Version
LostChildren065 Various Amb7 V2 Various - The Silent Ballet Volume XI(15xFile, MP3, Comp, 192) Lost Children Net Label LostChildren065 UK 2009
none Various Base Map Various - Metallic Connections V1.0(11xFile, MP3, Comp, 192) Decisive Sound none US 2009
IP004 Various Aboir (Excerpt) Various - The Install Sound​-​Brochure, 2010 Edition(15xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Install IP004 US 2010
none Electricwest Blue Rainbow (Electricwest Remix) Electricwest - Collected Remixes(15xFile, FLAC, Comp) Not On Label (Electricwest Self-released) none US 2010
MMLP09 Various Swaying Palms and 5 more… Various - Milieu Music 2011 Sampler(CDr, Comp, Smplr, Promo) Milieu Music MMLP09 US 2011 Sell This Version
none John-Paul Kramer Alvin Sparks (4th Of July Mix by Pisgah) John-Paul Kramer - Remixes (2001-2010)(13xFile, Comp, Los) Not On Label (John-Paul Kramer Self-released) none US 2012
Various Polyglide Various - Touched - Music For Macmillan Cancer Support (Comp) Touched - Music For Macmillan Cancer Support UK 2013
VUR 011 Various Acid Volunteers Various - Acid Tryoutz(2xCD, Comp) Virtual Urban Records VUR 011 US 2013 Sell This Version
Various Cherrycoke Various - Conference Call, 2014 (Comp) Recycled Plastics US 2014
Various Sofaphonk Various - Touched Two (Album, Comp) Touched - Music For Macmillan Cancer Support UK 2014
none Photophob Tiffany Lane (Photophob Remix) Photophob - Scattered Appearances 2004 - 2014 (20xFile, FLAC, Comp) Not On Label (Photophob Self-Released) none Austria 2014
ABX35 Coppice Halifax Alvin Sparks [1983 Rebuild By Coppice Halifax] Coppice Halifax - Cmx I-VII(8xCDr, Comp + Box) Milieu Music ABX35 US 2014 Sell This Version

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August 7, 2016
really underrated artist. but thats fine. one of those gold finds when you finally discover it. i happen to stumbleupon the works of milieu when playing a game - eufloria on steam. really nice ambient sounds. agree with another user's comment with the cross between aphex twin and BoC. mixed with some techno vibes from nathan fake. fantastic.


June 2, 2013
Why Milieu doesn't come up in every discussion of prominent atmospheric ambient IDM artists is beyond me. He will from now on if I have my way.
One of the best artists that I had never heard about.
I have been listening to his prolific body of work and I haven't found one piece that hasn't been absolutely fantastic.

How lucky you are that you have now come across Milieu's Discogs page. You have found some hidden treasure.


April 15, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
Quality, quality music. Milieu is like a cross between Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada. Most of his ambient releases are incredibly beautiful and very original, using unique voice samples to add an atmospheric effect to his music. Albums like "Songs we found in the sand" have more Boards Of Canada-ish elements, i.e. trip drums with twanging synths and soothing chords in the backround. Highly reccomended, you might as well jsut go to his website now and download everything you can because it is worth it.


October 3, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
Possibly one of the most underrated electronic producers out right now. A true master of melencholy moods and mellow beats, Brian Granger has not only put out some of the best downtempo music in the last 5 years, but also most of it is free for download. A good place to start is on the Excellent Experimedia label and work your way foward to the vast collection of newer releases. Top choices IMO: Night Currents, In the hills made of clouds, Beyond the sea lies the stars, Songs we found in the sand, and Sun White Sun.

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