Stephen Philips


Aliases: 1x, 2x, 7x, 9x, Excelsior

In Groups: 10x, 11x, 12x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 8x, Deep Chill Network, Experimental Psychology

Labels: Dark Duck Records, Zero Music, Gears Of Sand, TZP Drone Company, Webbed Hand Records, Hypnos Secret Sounds, Sound-O-Mat, Treetrunk Records, Blue Water Records, Hypnos, Earth Mantra, Endless Ascent, Dark Winter

Bio: Multi-instrumentalist Stephen Philips has been a musician for more than 30 years. He founded Dark Duck Records in the late 80's as a way to expose his musical endeavors to the general public. Music has always been a way of life for Stephen. He began his musical sojourns at the age of 8 with the Clarinet. At the age of 13 his interest moved to the guitar, bass, piano, and synthesizer which led him into several pop bands through his late teens. He recorded 3 albums for the alternative/college band Troubled Thought before exploring electronic music in the early 90's. His fascination with the vast space of ambient music and an interest in the godfathers of ambient (Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, John Cage, etc.) led him into full-on experimentation with ambient music and an indepth study of the history, roots, and methods of ambient music composition.

His music places a strong emphasis on time and place, desiring to take the listener to a virtual location and/or to create an aural postcard or an aural description of a feeling or a mood evoked by a location.

To obtain his trademark sound, Stephen Philips uses a variety of synthesizers, samplers, and effects as well as a vast array of electronic and acoustic percussion instruments.

In the past he has rarely recorded under his own name rather choosing to record along side other artists under the names of Experimental Psychology, Excelsior, and Deep Chill Network. Most of Stephen's solo releases are very ambient, deep chill, and/or experimental. Some of his recordings are live performances, experimental soundscapes, and other ambient noodling. Some of them even started out as practice sessions & jams that were so good we just had to release them.

His music has been played on many radio stations around the world and has been featured on such radio programs as Stars End and Inner Space, EMUSIC, and many others. His music has also been reviewed and well received by many respected ambient and electronic magazines, including Deep Listenings, E.E.R., and Wind and Wire.

Albums

Out Of Phase 1 (Cass, Album, Out + CD, Album, In-) Dark Duck Records 1992
Out Of Phase 2 (Cass, Album, Out + CD, Album, In-) Dark Duck Records 1993
Mile High Chill 1 ◄ (2 versions) Dark Duck Records 1997
Desert Landscapes ◄ (2 versions) Dark Duck Records 1998
Conquest Berlin (CD) Dark Duck Records 1998
Cycles 1 (CD) Dark Duck Records 1998
Unauthorized Experiments (CD) Dark Duck Records 1998
In The Moonlight (CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records 1999
Subtle Enviorments (CD) Dark Duck Records 1999
Mile High Chill 2 (CD) Dark Duck Records 1999
Stephen Philips & Ben Summers - Beyond The Glaze (CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records 2000
Cycles 2 (CD) Dark Duck Records 2000
Live At BZ (CDr) Dark Duck Records 2000
Cycles 3 (CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records 2000
Natural Environments (CD) Dark Duck Records 2000
James Johnson And Stephen Philips - Lost At Dunn's Lake (CDr, Album) Zero Music 2001
Otherworldly 1 (CD) Dark Duck Records 2001
Stephen Philips / Isomorph - Cave Of The Wind (CD) Dark Duck Records 2001
Looking Out The Window (CD) Dark Duck Records 2001
Cycles 4 (CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records 2002
NuminaStephen Philips - From Within The Abyss (CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records 2002
Reflections In Water (CDr) Dark Duck Records 2002
Live In Pittsburgh (CDr) Dark Duck Records 2003
Cycles 5 (CD, Album) Dark Duck Records 2003
Numina / Stephen Philips - Outward Appearance (CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records 2003
Otherworldly 2 (CDr, Ltd) Dark Duck Records 2003
Placid Repose (CDr) Gears Of Sand 2004
Constant 5 ◄ (2 versions) TZP Drone Company 2005
Constant 2 ◄ (2 versions) TZP Drone Company 2005
Mystified & Stephen Philips - Texture One (CDr) Webbed Hand Records 2005
Cycles 6 (CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records 2005
Installations 2 (File, MP3, 256) Dark Duck Records 2005
Installations 1 (File, MP3, 256) Dark Duck Records 2005
Inside And Outside 4 (CDr, Album, Lim) Dark Duck Records 2005
Stephen Philips w/ IXOHOXI - Simulated Universe (CD) Dark Duck Records 2005
Inside And Outside 3 (CDr, Album, Lim) Dark Duck Records 2005
Inside And Outside 2 (CDr, Album, Lim) Dark Duck Records 2005
Inside And Outside 1 (CDr) Dark Duck Records 2005
Mystified & Stephen Philips - Texture One (File, MP3) Webbed Hand Records 2005
Dagboken (CDr, Ltd) Hypnos Secret Sounds 2005
Austere vs. Stephen Philips - Faded (CDr, Album) Sound-O-Mat 2005
Rigel Orionis & Stephen Philips - Complexities (CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records 2006
Inside And Outside 5 (2xCDr, Album, Lim) Dark Duck Records 2006
Under The Red River (CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records 2007
Installations 4 (File, MP3, Album) Dark Duck Records 2007
Stephen Philips and Mystified - Texture 2 (File, MP3) Treetrunk Records 2007
Somber Waves Of Grain (CD, Album) Blue Water Records 2007
From The Vaults Volume 1 (CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records 2007
Into The Dark (CD, Album) Hypnos 2007
Soliton (File, MP3, 320) Earth Mantra 2007
Stephen PhilipsNumina - Descent Of The Falcon (CD, Album) Dark Duck Records 2008
From The Vaults Volume 2 (CD, Album) Dark Duck Records 2008
From The Vaults Volume 3 (CD, Album) Dark Duck Records 2008
31 O'Clock, 30 Won A Clock [Buddha 1 Mix 1] (File, MP3, 320) Earth Mantra 2008
Jupiter's Moons (File, MP3, 256) Earth Mantra 2008
Neptune Is A Gas Giant (File, MP3, Album, 320) Earth Mantra 2008
A Distinct Line On The Horizon (CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records 2009
The Massive Jupiter (File, MP3, 320) Earth Mantra 2009
Lightness Of Being (4xFile, MP3, 192) Endless Ascent 2009

Miscellaneous

Avalon Chill ◄ (2 versions) Dark Duck Records 1998
The Air Up There (6xFile, MP3, 192) Dark Winter 2008
Constant 13 (File, MP3) Treetrunk Records 2008
Constant 21 (File, MP3) Treetrunk Records 2009
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