Steve Angstrom is an electronic musician specialising in sound design, found sound, and modular synthesis. His work focuses on repurposing and re-contextualising our mediated experience to expose and explore our societal narratives. As a sonic social anthropologist his works have spanned theatre, film, ambient and dancefloor with recent retrospective releases in box set form on Cherry Red Records and Sleepers Record. Steve has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and is using it to inform his works.
Steve Angstrom is an electronic musician, producer and synthesist known for his unique retrofuturistic sound.
In 1988 Steve Angstrom co-founded experimental ambient electronic music group TimeShard, noted innovators in the UK electronic underground during the ‘second summer of love’ in 1989. They became known as one of the UK’s first live ‘acid house’ acts, though during this time they developed a sound which explored found sounds, recovered tapes, and media cut-up techniques reminiscent of artists Faust, Can and others.
Moving toward live performance Steve and the group slowly blended these experimental techniques with what we now call Psychedelic Trance and Ambient Dub. At the time they described their sound as “Shamanic Trance” a name derived from their interest in using the music and the cultural trance in a more directed way.
This music found success UK’s free-festival circuit, which was in a period of transition and fusion as “acid-house” fans found new places to dance without restriction, outside mainstream club culture.
Steve and TimeShard built a devoted following among the mixture of punks and Acid House followers which flocked to Britain’s free festivals fields during this period. Gradually, their live show expanded outwards and across Europe, while their sound gained elements of ethno-techno, trance and dub. Timeshard also gained attention for their self-released, cassette-only albums, Who Pilots the Flying Saucers in 1991 and Hyperborean Dome Temples of Apollo the following year. In 1994, Planet Dog signed the group and released Crystal Oscillations and the trio’s second full album, Hunab Ku, appeared in 1996. Touring and performing constantly from 1989 to 2001 Steve moved away from live performance and focused on theatrical and soundtrack works.
Returning to live performance in 2018 to promote a series of retrospective works led him to develop a new interest in performance and sound art.