Stephen Philips

Ben summers

Lucette Bourdin

Deep Chill Network

Experimental Psychology




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.


Eastern Morning (timezones series #1 - eastern) 4/94  out of print

Mile High Chill (timezones series #2 - mountain) 5/97   out of print

Unauthorized Experiments 1/98   out of print

Avalon Chill (timezones series #3 - west) 2/98   out of print

Cycles 1 4/98

Desert Landscapes 9/98

Conquest Berlin 12/98   out of print

Subtle Environments (environments series #1) 4/99

Mile High Chill 2 5/99   out of print

Synthetic Environments (environments series #2) 7/99

Cycles 2 8/99

In The Moonlight 12/99

Otherworldly 1 2/00  out of print (available as a download)

Beyond The Glaze (with Ben Summers) 5/00

Natural Environments (environments series #3) 7/00

Cycles 3 10/00

Behind The Mirror (with Ben Summers) 11/00

Live at BZ 12/00

Lost at Dunn's Lake (with James Johnson) (on ZeroMusic) 3/01

Looking Out The Window 8/01   out of print

Cave of The Wind (with Isomorph) 10/01

Cycles 4 01/02

From Within The Abyss (with Numina) 05/02

Reflections In Water 06/02

Cycles 5 01/03

Outward Appearance (with Numina) 05/03

One Point of View (on Dissonance Records) 05/03

Live In Pittsburgh 7/03

Cycles 6 9/03

Metannoyance (with Ben Summers) (on Dissonance Records) 05/03

Installations 1 9/04 (available as a download)

Placid Repose 10/04 (on Gears of Sand) out of print

Another View (on Dissonance Records) 01/05

Faded (remix/collab with Austere, released by Austere) 6/05

Dagboken (on Hypnos Secret Sounds) 7/05

Installations 2 7/05 (available as a download)

Inside and Outside 1 8/05

Installations 3 8/05 (available as a download)

Constant 2 (on TZP Drone Company) 9/05 (available as a free download)

Simulated Universe (collaboration with Ixohoxi) 9/05

Inside and Outside 2 9/05

Constant 5(on TZP Drone Company) 9/05 (available as a free download)

iInside and Outside 3 11/05

Otherworldly 3 12/05

Inside and Outside 4 01/06

Day Three 03/06

Inside and Outside 5 7/06

The Atonal EP 8/06 (on Dissonance Records)

Complexities (collaboration with Rigel Orionis) 8/06

Creampuff Casper Milk Toast 9/06 (on Dissonance Records) CD

Soliton (on Earth Mantra) 8/07 (freely downloadable here)

Under The Red River 9/07 CD

Stygian 9/07 CD

The Sobbing Stone: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 9/07 CD

Into The Dark (on Hypnos) 9/07 CD

Installations 4 11/07 (downloadable)

Geoflexures (with Ben Fleury-Steiner) 11/07 CD

Otherworldly 4 TBD 12/07 CD

Cycles 7 [CD/5.1 Surround Sound DVD combo] 12/07

Mile High Chill 1 1/08 CD (Remastered & Re-issued 10th Anniversary Edition)

Avalon Chill 2/08 CD (Remastered & Re-issued 10th Anniversary Edition)

Neptune Is A Gas Giant (on Earth Mantra) 1/08 FREE DOWNLOADABLE HERE

Constant 13 (on Treetrunk) 5/08 FREE DOWNLOADABLE HERE

Jupiter's Moons (on Earth Mantra) 5/08 FREE DOWNLOADABLE HERE

Avalon Chill 10/08 CD (Remastered & Re-issued 10th Anniversary Edition)

Descent of The Falcon 10/08 CD (with Numina)

From The Vaults Volume 2 11/08 CD

From The Vaults Volume 3 11/08 CD

The Air Up There 11/08 (on Dark Winter)

Constant 21 (on Treetrunk) 1/09 FREE DOWNLOADABLE HERE

31 O'Clock, Thirty Won a Clock 2008 (on Earth Mantra) FREE DOWNLOADABLE HERE

Lightness of Being
(on Endless Ascent) 1/09 FREE DOWNLOADABLE HERE

Installations 5 2/09 downloadable

The Massive Jupiter 2008 (on Earth Mantra) FREE DOWNLOADABLE HERE

A Distinct Line on The Horizon 9/09 CD

Lost Nightmares (with Peter Bolander) 10/09 CD

Installations 6 2/10 downloadable

Re-issues Coming Soon

Placid Repose (re-issued coming 2010)
Mile High Chill 2 (re-mastered & re-issued coming soon)

Projects currently in the works or already slated for release

Organ Works TBD

Incantations Series TBD/Cancelled

Inside and Outside (compilation + surround sound mixes [box set]) TBD

Brokenness: Piano Miniatures TBD 2010

Live At The Ambient Ping 2002 (with Ben Summers) TBD 2010

Cycles 7 Reissue (TBD 2010)

Cycles 8 TBD 2010



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