Stephen Philips

Stephen Philips

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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.
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Stephen Philips Out Of Phase 1 (Album) Dark Duck Records US 1992 Sell This Version
Stephen Philips Out Of Phase 2 (Album) Dark Duck Records US 1993 Sell This Version
Stephen Philips Mile High Chill 1 Dark Duck Records US 1997 Sell This Version
Stephen Philips Desert Landscapes (Album) Dark Duck Records US 1998 Sell This Version
Stephen Philips Cycles 1 (Album) Dark Duck Records US 1998 Sell This Version
DDR#064 Stephen Philips Unauthorized Experiments(CD) Dark Duck Records DDR#064 US 1998 Sell This Version
DDR#077 Stephen Philips Conquest Berlin(CD) Dark Duck Records DDR#077 US 1998 Sell This Version
Stephen Philips In The Moonlight (Album) Dark Duck Records US 1999 Sell This Version
DDR#086 Stephen Philips Mile High Chill 2(CD, Album) Dark Duck Records DDR#086 US 1999 Sell This Version
#170, DDR 170 Stephen Philips Confabulation(CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records, Dark Duck Records #170, DDR 170 US 1999 Sell This Version
Stephen Philips Live At BZ (Album) Dark Duck Records, Dark Duck Records US 2000 Sell This Version
Stephen Philips Cycles 3 (Album) Dark Duck Records, Dark Duck Records US 2000 Sell This Version
Stephen Philips Cycles 2 (Album) Dark Duck Records US 2000 Sell This Version
Stephen Philips / Isomorph Stephen Philips / Isomorph - Cave Of The Wind (Album) Dark Duck Records US 2001 Sell This Version
James Johnson And Stephen Philips James Johnson And Stephen Philips - Lost At Dunn's Lake (Album) Zero Music US 2001 Sell This Version
DDR#124 Stephen Philips Looking Out The Window(CD) Dark Duck Records DDR#124 US 2001 Sell This Version
DDR#101 Stephen Philips Otherworldly 1(CD) Dark Duck Records DDR#101 US 2001 Sell This Version
Numina / Stephen Philips Numina / Stephen Philips - From Within The Abyss (Album) Dark Duck Records, Dark Duck Records US 2002 Sell This Version
Stephen Philips Cycles 4 (Album) Dark Duck Records, Dark Duck Records US 2002 Sell This Version
Stephen Philips Live In Pittsburgh (Album) Dark Duck Records, Dark Duck Records US 2003 Sell This Version
Numina / Stephen Philips Numina / Stephen Philips - Outward Appearance (Album) Dark Duck Records, Dark Duck Records US 2003 Sell This Version
#149, DDR 149 Stephen Philips Cycles 6(CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records, Dark Duck Records #149, DDR 149 US 2003 Sell This Version
#145, DDR 145 Stephen Philips Cycles 5(CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records, Dark Duck Records #145, DDR 145 US 2003 Sell This Version
DDR#143 Stephen Philips Otherworldly 2(CDr, Ltd) Dark Duck Records DDR#143 US 2003 Sell This Version
#05, DIS 05 Stephen Philips / Ben Summers Stephen Philips / Ben Summers - Metannoyance(CDr, Album) Dissonance Records, Dissonance Records #05, DIS 05 US 2003 Sell This Version

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TIM

TIM

December 31, 2014
In the vein of Steve Roach, with an equally massive discography, Stephen Phillips has produced some similar meaningful, meandering and atmospheric releases. I feel Stephen has still yet to be appreciated and discovered by a lot of ambient fans. Hopefully as time goes on his music will grow in popularity to similar fans of this style of music. Please check the music he has done with others as well. Underrated American ambient artist.