Unknown Rockstar

Unknown Rockstar

The current alias Sam Stephens, a musician currently based in Seattle, USA, uses for most of his solo work. He is an instrumental performing and recording artist.... working with known, unknown, and experimental elements to create recordings of interest to those who are curious about the manifestations of sound. The Unknown Rockstar is at heart an improvisor, and the albums he releases are single or multi track improvisations, or assembled from improvisations.

Live At Audio Foundation and Aotea Gallery 2017

Live At Audio Foundation and Aotea Gallery 2017

Two live Unknown Rockstar sets, one noise and one ambient.

Ethereal Leap Overlord

Ethereal Leap Overlord

The sounds of circuits and strings layer, combine and mutate to calming and transcendent effect.

Another Year Older And Deeper In

Another Year Older And Deeper In

Deeper in what exactly? Deeper enmeshed, deeper commitment to the consequence of decisions, deeper related to the world?

Found pianos of Capitol Hill

Found pianos of Capitol Hill

"I was walking through Capitol Hill, Seattle one weekend, and encountered an abandoned piano at the side of the road..."

Let the Good Times Roll

Let the Good Times Roll

Some guitar playing, some drone. All very cheerful, of course.

Ambivalence

Ambivalence

A pair of raw guitar improvisations.

Untouched Mind

Untouched Mind

Hypnotic, dreamy, confrontational, complex - the album travels through many moods and styles. An assemblage.

Pictures of Poodles

Pictures of Poodles

The Unknown Rockstar continues his exploration of the drone and the echo, using guitar, keyboard and electronics to build rippled and whorled sound tapestries that distort and fragment around the listener.

Pickel

Pickel

Two contrasting tracks of live echo guitar recorded on the 28th of April, 2007. Potato Pickel is bluesy, and Rice Pickel builds shimmering overtones layers from echo blurring.

Deep Earplug Music

Deep Earplug Music

Recorded live at the first Deep Earplug Music at Happy on the 18th of June, 2006. This was a feedback piece for two amps, two guitars, a bass, a drum, some cymbals, and various effects.

Fake Ivory

Fake Ivory

A double CD of improvised piano, influenced by classical music, jazz, and the avantgarde. Recorded on the sly in Massey Conservatorium of Music practice rooms on a day of September 2004.

Sound Board

Sound Board

an album of beautiful, relatively sparse instrumental playing, on acoustic and electric guitar and on clarinet. The instrumental methods and modes developed through the Tangent Precipitate era are bought to a more focused conception of improvisation and sound under the guise of this new persona.