System 7

UK-based techno and ambient outfit System 7 was formed by Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy in 1990. Both had previously been key members of the pioneering psychedelic space rock collective Gong in the seventies, and Hillage also released a string of solo LP's including the hugely influential ambient LP "Rainbow Dome Musick".
When the underground dance music movement exploded in the UK at the end of the 80's Hillage and Giraudy decided to fully embrace the new wave of electronic music, and that is where System 7 began. However,.rather than simply being a duo, System 7 has sought to maintain the project by choosing a very dynamic range of collaborators to work with. and the results of those collaborations have produced some of the very best electronic dance music releases over the last three decades. They have worked with such luminary artists as Derrick May, Alex Paterson (of The Orb), Carl Craig and Laurent Garnier. Plus many more.

Highly proficient programmers and mixers, System 7 are also one of the few ambient/techno acts to employ the guitar.
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DIXG102, 304 321 System 7 - System 7 album art System 7 System 7 (Album) 10 Records, 10 Records, 10 Records DIXG102, 304 321 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
none System 7 - 777 album art System 7 777 (Album) Big Life, Weird And Unconventional Records none UK & Ireland 1993 Sell This Version
BFLMB11 System 7 - Point 3 - Water Album album art System 7 Point 3 - Water Album (Album) Butterfly Recordings, Big Life Records BFLMB11 UK 1994 Sell This Version
BFLLA11 System 7 - Point 3 - Fire Album album art System 7 Point 3 - Fire Album (Album) Butterfly Records, Big Life BFLLA11 UK 1994 Sell This Version
RS 96092 CD System 7 - Power Of Seven⁷ album art System7* Power Of Seven⁷ (Album) R & S Records RS 96092 CD Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
BFLCD27 System 7 - Golden Section album art System7* Golden Section (Album) Butterfly Records BFLCD27 UK 1997 Sell This Version
AAWCD007 System 7 - Seventh Wave album art System 7 Seventh Wave (Album) A-Wave AAWCD007 UK 2001 Sell This Version
AAWCDP010 System 7 - Live Transmissions album art System 7 Live Transmissions (Album) A-Wave AAWCDP010 UK 2003 Sell This Version
BRC-107 System 7 - Encantado album art System 7 Encantado (Album) A-Wave BRC-107 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
WKYCD013 System 7 - Phoenix album art System 7 Phoenix (Album) A-Wave WKYCD013 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
WKYLDD001 System 7 - Live @ Shinjuku Face 11.4.2009 album art System 7 Live @ Shinjuku Face 11.4.2009 Wakyo Records WKYLDD001 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
AAWCD014 System 7 - Up album art System 7 Up (Album) A-Wave AAWCD014 UK 2011 Sell This Version
AAGWCD004 System 7 - Phoenix Rising album art Rovo And System 7 Rovo And System 7 - Phoenix Rising (Album) G-Wave AAGWCD004 UK 2013 Sell This Version
AAWCD017 System 7 - N + X album art System 7 / Mirror System System 7 / Mirror System - N + X (MiniAlbum) A-Wave AAWCD017 UK 2015 Sell This Version
AAWCD019 System 7 - X-Port album art System 7 X-Port (Album) A-Wave AAWCD019 UK 2015 Sell This Version
FBAC-046 System 7 - Café Seven album art System 7 / Mirror System System 7 / Mirror System - Café Seven (Album) A-Wave FBAC-046 Japan 2018 Sell This Version

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TENX 335 DJ System 7 - Sunburst (Flutter Mix) album art System 7 Sunburst (Flutter Mix) 10 Records TENX 335 DJ UK 1990 Sell This Version
TENX 357 DJ System 7 - Strange Quotations album art System 7 Strange Quotations(12", Promo) 10 Records TENX 357 DJ UK 1991 Sell This Version
TENDJ 381 System 7 - Miracle album art System 7 Miracle (Maxi) 10 Records TENDJ 381 UK 1991 Sell This Version
TENCD 385, TEN CD 385, 664 778 System 7 - Habibi album art System 7 Habibi (Single) 10 Records, 10 Records, 10 Records TENCD 385, TEN CD 385, 664 778 UK 1991 Sell This Version
SYSDJ 7 System 7 - Depth Disco album art System 7 Depth Disco(12") 10 Records SYSDJ 7 UK 1991 Sell This Version
TENG 403 System 7 - Altitude album art System 7 Featuring Ultra Naté System 7 Featuring Ultra Naté - Altitude (Single) 10 Records TENG 403 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TENXDJ 394 System 7 - Freedom Fighters album art System 7 Freedom Fighters (Single) 10 Records, 10 Records TENXDJ 394 UK 1991 Sell This Version
SYSTEM PROMO 1 System 7 - 7:7 Expansion album art System 7 7:7 Expansion (Single) Big Life SYSTEM PROMO 1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
BFLT 8 System 7 - Sinbad / Quest album art System 7 Sinbad / Quest (Single) Big Life, Weird And Unconventional Records BFLT 8 UK 1993 Sell This Version

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August 17, 2019
In 2019 I´ve seen Steve H. and M. Giraudy live at the carribean beach. The evening set with System 7 was outstanding, the morning set with mirror system was extraordinary. I´ve always been glad to listen their Steve H. , Gong or Orb stuff from time to time, but the system 7 stuff is unbelievable good.


August 7, 2010
System 7 remains a favorite act of mine despite current trends and changes in electronic music. They have consistently produced outstanding techno, trance, ambient and downtempo, jumping genres at their convenience, almost always with the trademark glissando guitar from Steve Hillage. Their collaborators could fill a book, and their live shows are legendary. They personify live techno/trance. Also a kind word about Steve - I emailed A-Wave Records after purchasing a new copy of Phoenix that had some weird audio glitches in a couple tracks, and Steve himself sends me a package in the mail with a new copy of Phoenix, Live Transmissions, and Encantado. What a surprise and what a class act. Thank you for all the music and memories, and we all hope you do another US tour because you are sorely missed out here!


November 30, 2009
edited over 12 years ago
I had the pleasure of meeting a very sleep-deprived System 7 in 1995, when they provided a 30-minute live mini-performance at a rave my friends & I organized at a fairgrounds in the midwestern United States. I spent some time chatting with Hillage, who was a kind, genuine and gracious man, and also a bit of nerd's nerd when it came to music and technology - qualities I'm sure many Discogs users can appreciate. Despite being perhaps a bit taken aback by how primitive, small and unpolished the party was, Steve expressed nothing but pleasure and contentment with the vibe and the opportunity to perform for a receptive audience, and he was thankful for the efforts of the exhausted promoters as we scrambled to accommodate our guests. His sentimental humanity and personable manner remain fixed in my memory as part of the essence of System 7, and changed the way I interpret their music.


February 15, 2007
edited over 15 years ago
Steve Hillage's career stretches back beyond the memory of the oldest members of the tribe and into the age of legend.
Rock Books mistakenly list his date of birth as
August 2,1951,but it is thought that Stonehenge was originally constructed as a stage set for an early Hillage gig and that the Long Barrows in Wiltshire were where he stored his cumbersome,pre digital gear.


July 25, 2002
Steve & Miquette have evolved the System 7 (or 777 as they
are called in the US) during various eras / phases of music
technology and styles. If you see them play-out in 2002,
your experiencing a briliant energy which has persisted and graced their musical journeys since the early seventies.

The best techno/trance/ambient outfit on the planet.
Always fresh DJs onboard whenever they gig..//ib

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