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Stephen Philips

A.k.a. 1x 2x 7x 9x Excelsior

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.

  • Electronic
  • Dance
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Gwex Fexty on The Incipient Intimations of Proximate Dawn by Stephen Philips
Toward The Cross on The Sobbing Stone: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Stephen Philips
Shut Your Eyes and See on Ineluctable Modality of the Audible by Stephen Philips
Across the Bridge on The Colorless Light of Slumber by Stephen Philips
Like Swimming on The Sun in a Golden Cup by Stephen Philips
Crescent Sun on Ineluctable Modality of the Audible by Stephen Philips
Like Raindrops on The Sun in a Golden Cup by Stephen Philips
Two Blocks North Of Freedom Tower on The Uncollected by Stephen Philips
Radical Calm on Brokenness by Stephen Philips
Fugue 62 Electric Problem Solver on Fugue States, Vol. 6 by Stephen Philips

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Opportunistic LethargyStephen Philips2013Album
Cycles 8Stephen Philips2012Album
Inside And Outside 7Stephen Philips2012Album
Inside And Outside 6Stephen Philips2012Album
Fugue States Volume 3Stephen Philips2012Album
Wall Of DronesStephen Philips2011Album
Fugue States Volume 2Stephen Philips2010Album
Eternal RecurrenceStephen Philips2010Album
Fugue States Volume 1Stephen Philips2010Album
Bubbling NecrosisStephen Philips2010Album
The Massive JupiterStephen Philips2009Single
A Distinct Line On The HorizonStephen Philips2009Album
Lightness Of BeingStephen Philips2009Album
Lost NightmaresStephen Philips and Peter Bolander2009Album
Blurring The EdgesDrone Forest / Stephen Philips2009Album
Constant 21Stephen Philips2009Single
From The Vaults Volume 3Stephen Philips2008Album
Neptune Is A Gas GiantStephen Philips2008Single
From The Vaults Volume 2Stephen Philips2008Album
Descent Of The FalconNumina / Stephen Philips2008Album
31 O'Clock, 30 Won A Clock [Buddha 1 Mix 1]Stephen Philips2008Single
Constant 13Stephen Philips2008Single
Jupiter's MoonsStephen Philips2008Single
The Air Up ThereStephen Philips2008Album
Installations 4Stephen Philips2007Single
StygianStephen Philips2007Album
Cycles 7Stephen Philips2007Album
Synthetic EnvironmentsStephen Philips2007Album
Natural EnvironmentsStephen Philips2007Album
Creampuff Casper Milk-toastStephen Philips2007Album
GeoflexuresStephen Philips / Ben Fleury-Steiner2007Album
Otherworldly 4Stephen Philips2007Album
The Sobbing Stone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Stephen Philips2007Album
Texture 2Stephen Philips And Mystified2007Single
Under The Red RiverStephen Philips2007Album
Into The DarkStephen Philips2007Album
SolitonStephen Philips2007Single
From The Vaults Volume 1Stephen Philips2007Album
Somber Waves Of GrainStephen Philips2007Album
Subtle EnvironmentsStephen Philips2007Album
Day ThreeStephen Philips2006Album
Otherworldly 3Stephen Philips2006Single
ComplexitiesRigel Orionis & Stephen Philips2006Album
Inside And Outside 5Stephen Philips2006Album
Constant 5Stephen Philips2005Single
Constant 2Stephen Philips2005Single
Installations 3Stephen Philips2005Single
Installations 2Stephen Philips2005Single
Inside And Outside 3Stephen Philips2005Album
Simulated UniverseIXOHOXI & Stephen Philips2005Album
Inside And Outside 4Stephen Philips2005Album
FadedAustere vs. Stephen Philips2005Album
Inside And Outside 2Stephen Philips2005Album
Reflections In WaterStephen Philips2005Album
Another ViewStephen Philips2005Album
Installations 1Stephen Philips2005Single
Texture OneMystified & Stephen Philips2005Single
Inside And Outside 1Stephen Philips2005Album
DagbokenStephen Philips2005Album
Placid ReposeStephen Philips2004Album
Cycles 5Stephen Philips2003Album
Where Two Points MeetStephen Philips / Matt Borghi2003Album
Cycles 6Stephen Philips2003Album
One Point of ViewStephen Philips2003Album
Outward AppearanceNumina / Stephen Philips2003Album
Otherworldly 2Stephen Philips2003Album
Live In PittsburghStephen Philips2003Album
MetannoyanceStephen Philips / Ben Summers2003Album
Cycles 4Stephen Philips2002Album
From Within The AbyssNumina / Stephen Philips2002Album
Lost At Dunn's LakeJames Johnson And Stephen Philips2001Album
Looking Out The WindowStephen Philips2001Album
Cave Of The WindStephen Philips / Isomorph2001Album
Otherworldly 1Stephen Philips2001Album
Live At BZStephen Philips2000Album
Cycles 2Stephen Philips2000Album
Beyond The GlazeStephen Philips & Ben Summers2000Album
Cycles 3Stephen Philips2000Album
In The MoonlightStephen Philips1999Album
Mile High Chill 2Stephen Philips1999Album
ConfabulationStephen Philips1999Album
Unauthorized ExperimentsStephen Philips1998Album
Desert LandscapesStephen Philips1998Album
Conquest BerlinStephen Philips1998Album
Avalon ChillStephen Philips1998Album
Cycles 1Stephen Philips1998Album
Mile High Chill 1Stephen Philips1997Album
Behind The MirrorStephen Philips & Ben SummersAlbum
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