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Steve Hillage

g, voc, *1951 GB, Chingford
Musician of Rock and Dance
A.k.a. Stephen Simpson Hillage Simeon Sasparella

UK-based guitarist born August 2, 1951, London, England. Formerly a member of prog-rock act Gong but best known as half of ambient/techno duo System 7 and as a frequent collaborator with The Orb. He started with the band Uriel then left for college and they continued on as Egg. They reunited to record under the pseudonym Arzachel, then Hillage ended up with Kevin Ayers, then into Gong where he picked up on Daevid Allen's glissando guitar techniques that Allen had evolved from watching Syd Barrett play with a butter knife bowing strings. Hillage became a virtuoso and the guitar sound evolved with echoes and reverb blending with synthesizers. He had a solo band after Gong and did some session work, and was a pioneer in new age ambient music and retired from recording for a while as he went on to be a prominent producer in the early 1980's, most known for his work on the Simple Minds albums of that era. Some years later he was in a club and heard the Orb sampling his music and hooked up with them, and resurfaced with his duo with his longtime partner to record as System 7, aka 777 due to concerns from Apple over their operating system 7. He reunited with Gong circa 2008 and toured with them in 2009 and 2010.

     
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • Vocals
  • Synthesizer
Genres
  • Rock
  • Dance
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
Popular Tracks   
Rocket Man (Alternate Mix) [Bonus Track] on Madison Square Garden 1977 by Steve Hillage
Activation Meditation - 2007 Digital Remaster on Green by Steve Hillage
Garden Of Paradise - 2006 Digital Remaster on Rainbow Dome Musick by Steve Hillage
Palm Trees (Love Guitar) on Light In The Sky - Introducing... Steve Hillage by Steve Hillage
Four Ever Rainbow - 2006 Digital Remaster on Rainbow Dome Musick by Steve Hillage
Fish - 2006 Digital Remaster on Fish Rising by Steve Hillage
Ether Ships on Light In The Sky - Introducing... Steve Hillage by Steve Hillage
The Court of the Crimson King on The Court Of The Crimson King by James Labrie, Carmine Appice & Steve Hillage
Sea Nature on Light In The Sky - Introducing... Steve Hillage by Steve Hillage
Meditation Of The Snake - 2006 Digital Remaster on Fish Rising by Steve Hillage

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
DüsseldorfSteve Hillage2017Album
Searching For The SparkSteve Hillage2016Album
Searching For The SparkSteve Hillage2016Compil.
Madison Square Garden 1977Steve Hillage2015Album
Rainbow 1977Steve Hillage2014Album
Legendary LiveNational Health Featuring Steve Hillage And Bill Bruford2013Album
Dust Of The MasterSteve Hillage2009Album
Dreamtime SubmersibleEvan Marc + Steve Hillage2008Album
Dreamtime ResubmergedEvan Marc Featuring Steve Hillage2008Album
Live In England 1979Steve Hillage2007Album
Germany-77Steve Hillage2007Album
Live At Deeply Vale Festival '78Steve Hillage2004Album
Light In The Sky - Introducing ... Steve HillageSteve Hillage2003Compil.
Demo Tracks 74-78Steve Hillage1999Album
Nuclear WasteSting, Steve Hillage, Nik Turner, Steve Broughton, Mike Howlett, Elizabeth Van Dort, Dombek, Javier Fredes, Harry Williamson1995Single
CyberwarSteve Hillage, Russ Dunham, Fergus McNeill1994Album
L'Enfant Lion (Bande Originale Du Film)Salif Keita Et Steve Hillage1993Album
BBC Radio 1 Live In ConcertSteve Hillage1992Album
Ggggong-Go_LongSteve Hillage1991Album
Kamikaze EyesSteve Hillage1983Single
AloneSteve Hillage1983Single
For To Next / And Not OrSteve Hillage1982Album
And Not OrSteve Hillage1982Album
For To NextSteve Hillage1982Album
AuraSteve Hillage1979Compil.
Live HeraldSteve Hillage1979Album
In Concert-197Steve Hillage1979Album
OpenSteve Hillage1979Album
Rainbow Dome MusickSteve Hillage1979Album
Don't Dither Do ItSteve Hillage1979Single
Getting BetterSteve Hillage1978Single
Getting Better / It's All Too MuchSteve Hillage1978Single
GreenSteve Hillage1978Album
Not Fade Away (Glid Forever)Steve Hillage1977Single
Leylines To Glassdom / LiesSteve Hillage / Glenn Phillips1977Single
Motivation RadioSteve Hillage1977Album
Six-Pack : Six-TrackSteve Hillage1977Single
In Concert-161Steve Hillage1977Album
Hurdy Gurdy Man / It's All Too MuchSteve Hillage1977Single
Hurdy Gurdy ManSteve Hillage1976Single
LSteve Hillage1976Album
It's All Too MuchSteve Hillage1976Single
Fish RisingSteve Hillage1975Album
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