Steven Wilson
English musician
Steven Wilson
Steven John Wilson is an English musician, best known as the founder, lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of progressive rock band Porcupine Tree. He is involved in many other bands and musical projects both as musician and producer and also maintains a solo career. In 2010, Wilson began writing music alongside Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt for their project, Storm Corrosion.
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'Concierge' docs offer 24/7 access, spa treatments and more - for a price
LATimes - about 1 month
Every Saturday morning, dozens of cyclists and walkers gather in Redlands outside a restored Victorian to exercise with Dr. Steven Wilson. With its huge bike rack and organic vegetable garden out back, it’s not what you’d expect from your primary care doctor’s office. But this isn’t your typical...
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Casting announced for Ike Holter's 'Sender'
Chicago Times - about 1 year
A Red Orchid Theatre has announced casting for the world premiere of Ike Holter's "Sender." The new play about a supposedly deceased young man who returns to Chicago to fix his former life will feature ensemble member Steve Haggard, McKenzie Chinn, Mary Williamson and Steven Wilson. As previously...
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Two grandparents die, four children injured in Florida storms
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Two grandparents were killed and four children injured in Florida early on Sunday when severe storms gusted in from the Gulf of Mexico, spinning off at least two tornadoes, local officials and the National Weather Service said. Steven Wilson, 58, died when a twister destroyed a mobile home with seven people inside in Duette, Florida, about an hour south of Tampa, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said. One of the children was severely injured, the National Weather Service's Tampa office reported, confirming that a strong tornado blasting winds up to 127 miles per hour (204 kph) had touched down in the area around 3:30 a.m. ET (0830 GMT) Another tornado was reported further south on Florida's west coast in Siesta Key, according to the weather service.
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An Adult's Reflection: Year 1
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I've reached my first full year as an "adult." I've graduated college, moved myself to a city, and attempted to find answers to life's most pressing challenges. I don't think I've come to any final answers, but a few blanks have been filled in. So as I look back on my first year in "the real world", a few noticeable themes come to mind. 1. Make New Friends Even When the Old Ones are Close By I left my four years of college having made the greatest group of friends that has ever existed. I created friendships where I connected with people viscerally, spiritually, and whole-heartedly. They were mostly dudes (which I swear was completely unplanned), and I relished in every second of it. When it came to my friendship quota, I assumed I had reached my maximum count, and there was no need for more. But when I left college, I found myself feeling a bit estranged. Friends moved all across the country, and I felt like it was my duty to keep them alive in whatever way possible. But while I s ...
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Review: Levin Minnemann Rudess
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Lost in all of the hubbub of the excellent new Dream Theater album is the new LMR project, a fascinating pastiche of sounds and styles. I received a media copy and have listened to it about ten times now. In a word, wow. "Marcopolis" might seem more like straight-ahead rock, but songs like "Twitch" are much more experimental. "Frumious Banderfunk" seems like it could have been a metal song with slightly different treatment. The diversity continues with songs like "Dancing Feet." I can't begin to count the number of instruments used on this collection of interesting songs. The comparisons to Liquid Tension Experiment are inevitable and not without merit. After all, Levin and Rudess are in both projects. If you like LTE, then you'll probably like LMR. It's simply astonishing what these three musicians can do. And, because LMR is a three-piece band, there's much more space here for each guy to show his considerable musical chops. You just don't see too much music with keyboards a ...
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Optimizing & Rethinking
Education Week - about 4 years
With sequestration looming, state leaders besieged by claimants eager to restore funds cut during the recession, and large new state outlays for Medicaid about to kick in under the Affordable Care Act, it's safe to say there won't be a lot of new dollars for K-12 any time soon. That makes it more vital than ever that schools and districts do everything they can to squeeze the most juice out of the resources they've got. I note in the about-to-be-released Cage-Busting Leadership, there are two strategies when it comes to using resources more effectively and "stretching the school dollar": optimizing and rethinking. Optimizing is about doing familiar things better, while rethinking is about devising better, cheaper, smarter, faster ways to use talent, tools, and resources. Optimizing the Familiar: One way to get more bang for the buck is to improve the operational efficiency of today's schools and systems. This includes straightforward steps like using buses more efficie ...
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Music Review: Porcupine Tree - Octane Twisted (2CD/1 DVD)
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Music Review: Porcupine Tree - Octane Twisted (2CD/1 DVD) Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 2:43 a.m., Saturday, November 24, 2012 With the future of Porcupine Tree officially on hold (at least for now) while Steven Wilson pursues both his solo career and various other projects, Octane Twisted represents something of a holdover gift for fans still hoping the hiatus is only a temporary one. Recorded primarily during the Chicago stop of the tour behind their last studio album, 2009's The Incident, this limited "deluxe" 2 CD/1 DVD edition of live tracks is beautifully packaged in a hardbound foldout case loaded with new photographs. The second cherry picks selected tracks from throughout the band's career, including crowd favorites like the slightly shorter fifteen minute epic "Arriving Somewhere But ...
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Music Review: Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited II
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Music Review: Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited II Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 9:33 p.m., Thursday, November 22, 2012 [...] I see considerable merit when performers and composers like Keith Emerson, Jeff Lynne, or Steve Hackett take the time to devise fresh approaches for the classic releases they became known for. Yes, the foundations, building blocks, arrangements, melodies, spirit and flavor of the original recordings are alive and well in Hackett's revisions. [...] there are 35 vocalists and players in this production. Singers including John Wetton (Asia), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth), Simon Collins (son of Phil), Conrad Keely, Francis Dunnery, Neal Morse, Nad Sylvan, and Nik Kershaw provide a rich palate of voices that is sometimes very evocative of Gabriel's ...
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Appeals Court Backs School in Missouri Student-Speech Case
Education Week - over 4 years
A student web site containing racist and sexist content caused disruption at a Missouri high school and was likely not protected speech under the First Amendment, a federal appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, in St. Louis, on Wednesday unanimously overturned a federal district court's preliminary injunction that had allowed two brothers at Lee's Summit North High School who were suspended for creating the web site to return to the school. The case involves twin brothers Sean and Steven Wilson, who created a web site called NorthPress in December 2011 that contained a blog meant to discuss, satirize, and "vent" about events at Lee's Summit North High, court papers say. The 8th Circuit characterized the blog as containing several racist and sexist comments, including sexist remarks about female students at the high school. The blog posts were evidently created by the Wilson brothers, though a separate racist commen ...
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Not All Innovations Are Created Equal
Education Week - over 4 years
We throw around the phrase "innovation" a lot in education. When talking about new sector providers, new school models, or education technology, there's a tendency to use "innovation" as a lazy, all-purpose label. Of late, I feel like I've been pitched a wave of "innovations" by would-be reformers thrilled by their visions of new school models, community programs, professional development strategies, or ed tech applications. This has all served to remind me of something I noted a couple years ago in Education Unbound: not all innovations are created equal. Rather, their value depends on the degree to which they promote new efficiencies, address unmet needs, or perform consistently at high levels. It is not enough for an entrepreneurial venture to simply be good. To really be worthwhile, in addition to meeting one of the three criteria above, there's an imperative that it be able to replicate and to grow. This is where the ambition enters in. Even though it's immensely ...
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Lawsuit accusing LAPD in killing of football player dismissed
Santa Monica Dispatch - almost 5 years
A federal judge Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed against the LAPD by the family of former college football player Reginald Doucet Jr., who was shot to death last year during a confrontation with officers. In dismissing the suit, U.S. District Court Judge Steven Wilson ruled that the LAPD was entitled to "qualified immunity," the legal principle that shields police in certain circumstances from being held responsible in civil lawsuits for their official actions. Family attorney Brian T. Dunn, who argued that police used excessive force and violated Doucet's civil rights, said he planned to appeal the ruling. “We respect the judge's decision," Dunn said Tuesday evening. "We respectfully disagree with it and we will do everything to test the reasoning of it with an appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.” The LAPD argued that its officers acted appropriately and that the case should be thrown out before trial given Doucet's "violent actions." "Clearly our officers were act ...
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Fantastic four offer biz advice
Sunderland Echo - almost 5 years
FOUR North East business leaders will be offering an insight into the secret of their success in Sunderland tomorrow. Heidi Mottram, chief executive of Northumbrian Water, James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, Steven Willson, performance manager at SABIC UK Petrochemicals and Daniel Duggan, head of business improvement at Gentoo, will be speaking at a seminar. It has been organised by North of England Excellence to mark its fifth anniversary. It is suitable for chief executives, directors, senior managers and consultants, or anyone who wants to improve their leadership capability. The event will take place from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Gentoo’s headquarters at Doxford International Business Park. For further information see www.noee.co.uk/events or ring Suzanne House on 01925 715242.
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Anathema – Weather Systems Album Review
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - almost 5 years
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Website: www.anathema.ws Facebook: www.facebook.com/weareanathema Release date: 30th April One of the best albums to be released in 2010 was Anathema’s We’re Here Because We’re Here. Fact. What’s that? No, it wasn’t? You’ve obviously never listened to it then. Here we go. The album was on a many album of the year list and it was no surprise, really. The textured layers of musical arrangements; delicately glorious and invoking vocals which twisted, turned, touched and soared; the impending doom-esque, apocalyptic yet undeniably beautiful connotations of each track’s layout and content; and the complete musicianship of the album, which left it feeling as a gigantic, empowering, towering body of work resulted in the album hitting hard with anybody who took a listen; be it fellow musicians, critics, or even just music fans who took the time to appreciate what all the fuss was being made about. It could have even made an impression on the milkman – he ...
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Steven Wilson Exclusive Interview 2011
Metal Injection - about 5 years
Steven Wilson spoke to Frank while on tour supporting his solo album, Grace For Drowning. Frank also asks about his other project, The Porcupine Tree, the images and visuals that go with his music, collaborations with Mikael Akerfeldt and more Added by: metalinjection Tags: steven wilson porcupine tree Date: 2011-11-28
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Steven Wilson - "Remainder the Black Dog" - Rock Edition
Google News - over 5 years
Steven Wilson has debuted a music video for “Remainder the Black Dog.” The video was directed by Lasse Hoile, who also worked with Wilson on his recently released videos for “Track One” and “Index.” “Remainder the Black Dog,” which features a guest
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Final Thoughts (Not Mine, But Excellent Nonetheless) on "American Idol" - TheDay.com
Google News - over 5 years
I'll tell you, though, who gets to the heart of everything musical as represented by AI and its sibling shows: Steven Wilson. Yes, THAT Steven Wilson. (And here's a song you'll never hear on American Idol because, well, they're clodhoppers,
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Faculty Senate to vote on definition of faculty voters - University Star (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Steven Wilson, Faculty Senator and English professor, said he agrees with the new proposal to change the definition of voter eligibility so it is not based on faculty pay. “If you are a tenured or tenure-track faculty member, you should have the right
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Steven Wilson To Release Solo - Entertainment Focus
Google News - over 5 years
On September 26th, Kscope will release Grace For Drowning, the new solo album from Grammy nominated Steven Wilson. Well known as the founding member ofPorcupine Tree and his work in Blackfield and for working with the likes of Pendulum [on their number
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steven Wilson
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 47
    In 2015, he received three awards at the London Progressive Music Awards for his services to the world of progressive rock music and crowned "the king of prog rock".
    More Details Hide Details Born in Kingston upon Thames, London, Wilson was raised from age 6 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, where he discovered his affinity for music around the age of 8. According to Wilson, his life was changed one Christmas when his parents bought presents for each other in the form of LPs. His father and mother received Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and Donna Summer's Love to Love You Baby, respectively. It was Wilson's affinity for these albums that helped craft his guitar and songwriting abilities. Both LPs would influence his future song writing. He claims "in retrospect I can see how they are almost entirely responsible for the direction that my music has taken ever since". His interest in Pink Floyd led him towards experimental/psychedelic conceptual progressive rock (as exemplified by Porcupine Tree and Blackfield), and Donna Summer's trance-inflected grooves inspired the initial musical approach of No-Man (Wilson's long-running collaboration with fellow musician and vocalist Tim Bowness), although the band would later develop a more meditative and experimental Talk Talk-esque approach.
  • 2014
    Age 46
    Wilson departed from the band after a short European tour in February 2014 and a final date in New York City on 1 May 2014, due to his increasingly tight schedule with his solo career and upcoming projects.
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  • 2013
    Age 45
    Wilson's third solo studio album, recorded with most of the members of the touring band for Grace for Drowning was released on 25 February 2013.
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    He still contributed to the band's fourth album in 2013 as singer and producer, but Geffen was the primary driving force and will remain so in the future.
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  • 2012
    Age 44
    In October 2012, Wilson announced via his website the first leg of the supporting tour, consisting of 18 shows across Europe and 17 shows across North America between March–May 2013.
    More Details Hide Details For these shows, Chad Wackerman (best known for his work with Frank Zappa) replaced Marco Minnemann on drums due to conflicting schedules. The second leg of the tour from October–November 2013 covered Australia and Europe, and included a sold out show at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The song "The Raven That Refused to Sing" was featured in the trailer for the 2014 film Pompeii. The album finished top of several end of year polls, including UK Prog magazine (critics and readers polls), German magazine Eclipsed (critics and readers polls), and was voted album of the year at the 2013 Progressive Music Awards. On 13 July 2015 "The Prog Report" ranked "Raven" as #2 on their Top Prog Albums of the last 25 years (1990-2015). Hand. Cannot. Erase. was also included at #15. Wilson's fourth solo album Hand. Cannot. Erase. was released on 27 February 2015. It was inspired by a documental about Joyce Carol Vincent, a young British woman who lay dead in her bedsit for nearly three years before being discovered. Hand. Cannot. Erase. received critical acclaim from music critics. The Guardian rated the album five stars and called it "a smart, soulful and immersive work of art". Eclipsed magazine described the album as "one more shining jewel in the discography of Steven Wilson. Modern, disturbing, brilliant!” and Metal Hammer awarded Hand.
    He also won the "Guiding Light" title in "Progressive Music Awards" 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 43
    On 16 December 2011, Wilson announced on his Facebook page new European tourdates for the second leg of his Grace for Drowning tour, running in April and May 2012.
    More Details Hide Details South American dates were later added and announced on 21 February 2012, including Venezuela, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
    Wilson's second album, Grace For Drowning, was released in September 2011 in CD, vinyl and Blu-ray formats.
    More Details Hide Details It is a double album, with the individual parts named Deform to Form a Star and Like Dust I Have Cleared From My Eye. He also announced his first solo tour, in Europe and North America, to promote his solo albums. The tour took place in October and November 2011 and contained songs from both Insurgentes and Grace for Drowning. A live Album/DVD/Blu-ray recorded in Mexico titled Get All You Deserve was released on 25 September 2012.
  • 2010
    Age 42
    A box set of 4 CDs, consisting of everything Wilson recorded under the name - billed as "an homage and a final farewell to I.E.M." - was released in June 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998 Wilson launched Bass Communion, a project dedicated to recordings in an ambient, drone, and/or electronic vein. So far there have been several full length Bass Communion CDs, vinyl LPs, and singles, many of them issued in handmade or limited editions (which sell out very quickly) in elaborate packaging. Bass Communion has collaborated with many leading experimental musicians such as Muslimgauze, Robert Fripp, Vidna Obmana (on the ongoing Continuum project), Jonathan Coleclough, Colin Potter and Andrew Liles, amongst others. In 2001 Wilson met and began to collaborate with Israeli rock musician Aviv Geffen, with whom he created the band Blackfield. Since then the duo have released three acclaimed albums of what they refer to as "melodic and melancholic rock." The albums spawned several singles, notably "Blackfield," "Pain" and "Once." A live DVD from a show in New York was released in 2007. A third album titled "Welcome to my DNA" came in March 2011. Later that year Wilson decided to take a secondary role in the band, feeling that with so much of his time and attention devoted to his solo career, there wasn't enough left for him to properly fill the role of co-leader of Blackfield as well.
    In March 2010 Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt, the front man of Opeth, decided to work on a new project as a collaboration under the name of Storm Corrosion.
    More Details Hide Details The self-titled album was released in May 2012 on Roadrunner Records. It has been described as being "the final part in the odd trilogy of records completed by (Opeth's) Heritage and Steven Wilson's second solo album Grace for Drowning." Åkerfeldt and Wilson did no shows in support of the album, and while the two have expressed interest in working together again, they are not currently writing another album for Storm Corrosion. During 2003–10 Wilson released a series of six two-track CD singles under his own name, each one featuring a cover version and an original Steven Wilson song (or in one case a Wilson arrangement of a traditional song). The choice of covers is unpredictable, featuring songs by Canadian singer Alanis Morissette, Swedish pop group ABBA, UK rock band The Cure, Scottish songwriter Momus, Prince, and Scottish singer/songwriter Donovan. Separate from the Cover Versions series, Wilson has also contributed a cover version of the Cardiacs song "Stoneage Dinosaurs" to Leader of the Starry Skies: A Tribute to Tim Smith, Songbook 1 (a fundraising compilation album released in December 2010 to benefit the hospitalised Cardiacs leader Tim Smith, whom Wilson has cited as a major inspiration spiritually, if not necessarily in style).
  • 2008
    Age 40
    At a European show in August 2008, Wilson said that Porcupine Tree was beginning work on material for their next album with an eye toward a release in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details This album was later revealed to be titled The Incident. The Incident is a double CD set containing "The Incident", a 55-minute "song cycle", on the first disc and 4 shorter songs on the second. It has received significant attention and media coverage and the band achieved their highest chart positions to date, reaching 5 in The Netherlands, 9 in Germany, 23 in the UK and 25 on the Billboard 200 in the USA. The subsequent tour of the US and Europe highlighted a large increase in the band's following, with many shows sold out. The single from The Incident, "Time Flies" was available as a free download from iTunes for one week in October 2009. No-Man is Wilson's long term collaboration with singer and songwriter Tim Bowness. Influenced by everything from ambient music to hip-hop, their early singles and albums were a mixture of dance beats and lush orchestrations. However, after a few years the duo started to create more textural and experimental music. Beginning with Flowermouth in 1994, they have worked with a very wide palette of sounds, and many guest musicians, blending balladry with both acoustic and electronic sounds. No-Man was the first Wilson project to achieve any degree of success, signing with UK independent label One Little Indian (the label of Björk, The Shamen and Skunk Anansie among others), and releasing a string of critically acclaimed singles. The band remains an ongoing, predominantly studio-based project and continues to produce material, although it has never achieved the same level of commercial success as Porcupine Tree.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    He made a guest appearance on Dream Theater's 2007 album, Systematic Chaos on the song "Repentance", as one of several musical guests recorded apologizing to important people in their lives for wrongdoings in the past.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson did an interview with German musician and composer Klaus Schulze. Schulze was an important figure of the Krautrock movement. This interview is featured as bonus material in Schulze's Live DVD, Rheingold. The Anathema album, We're Here Because We're Here, was mixed by Wilson in a period beginning January 2010 and he is thanked in the album liner notes, and two songs of Distant Satellites.
    Wilson has become known for his 5.1 surround sound mixes: the 2007 Porcupine Tree album Fear of a Blank Planet was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Mix For Surround Sound" category.
    More Details Hide Details It was also voted #3 album of the year by Sound And Vision. Wilson has worked on several other surround sound projects, including remixing the Jethro Tull and King Crimson back catalogues. Wilson has written reviews for the Mexican edition of the Rolling Stone magazine. They are all translated into Spanish. Two reviews have been published so far: one for Radiohead's In Rainbows and another for Murcof's 2007 work, Cosmos. He also contributes to UK magazine Classic Rock as an occasional reviewer. Wilson produced and contributed backing vocals, guitar and keyboards for Opeth on the albums Blackwater Park, Deliverance, and Damnation. In addition to this, he has collaborated on many projects with Belgian experimental musician Dirk Serries of Vidna Obmana and Fear Falls Burning, most notably on their collaboration project Continuum which has so far produced two albums. Wilson is also featured on a Fovea Hex EP Allure (Part 3 of the "Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent" trilogy of EP's) on bass guitar. This EP was released in April 2007 through Die-Stadt Musik.
  • 2006
    Age 38
    Wilson started writing Porcupine Tree's next album in early 2006 in Tel Aviv, Israel, alongside work on the second album for his side-project Blackfield.
    More Details Hide Details Writing sessions finished in London, UK, in June 2006. In August of the same year the band released their first live DVD, titled Arriving Somewhere, and started a tour between September and November to promote it; the first half of each show was made up of all-new material. When the tour concluded the band went into the studio and finished recording and mastering the album. In early January 2007, the band revealed the album title was going to be Fear of a Blank Planet (a deliberate reference to Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet) and the concept was influenced by the Bret Easton Ellis novel Lunar Park. The album hit the shops on 16 April 2007 in Europe and 24 April in USA. The lyrics revolve around common 21st Century issues such as technology alienation, teen violence, prescription drugs, attention deficit disorder and bipolar disorder.
  • 2005
    Age 37
    In 2005, Porcupine Tree released Deadwing, a record inspired by a film script written by Steven Wilson and his friend Mike Bennion.
    More Details Hide Details This became the first Porcupine Tree album to chart on the Billboard 200, entering at #132. The album won Classic Rock magazine's "album of the year" award and its surround version received the "Best Made-For-Surround Title" once again.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 25
    The second full-length album, Up the Downstair (though Wilson considers it the first 'proper' PT album since it was made as such and not simply compiled), was released in 1993 and had a very good reception, praised by Melody Maker as "a psychedelic masterpiece... one of the albums of the year".
    More Details Hide Details This was the first album to include ex-Japan member, keyboardist Richard Barbieri and Australian-born bassist Colin Edwin. About the end of the year, Porcupine Tree became a full band for the first time with the inclusion of Chris Maitland on drums. Wilson continued exploring the ambient and trance grounds and issued The Sky Moves Sideways. It also entered the NME, Melody Maker, and Music Week charts and many fans started hailing them as the Pink Floyd of the nineties, something Wilson would reject: "I can't help that. It's true that during the period of 'The Sky Moves Sideways', I had done a little too much of it in the sense of satisfying, in a way, the fans of Pink Floyd who were listening to us because that group doesn't make albums anymore. Moreover, I regret it." The band's fourth work, Signify, included the first full-band compositions and performance, which resulted in less use of drum machines and a more full-band sound. It can be considered a departure from its predecessors for a more song-oriented style. After the release of the live album Coma Divine concluded their deal with Delerium in 1997, the band moved to Snapper and issued two poppier albums, Stupid Dream in 1999 and Lightbulb Sun in 2000. Both were critical successes and only increased their popularity in the underground music scene.
  • 1992
    Age 24
    Steve Wilson is responsible for the 5.1 and new stereo mixes, remixing of the XTC 1992 album, Nonsuch in 2013 and the Gentle Giant 1974 album, The Power and the Glory in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Porcupine Tree started out as a duo of Wilson and his schoolfriend Malcolm Stocks (with Wilson providing the majority of the instrumentation and Stocks contributing mostly ideas, additional vocals and experimental guitar sounds). Wilson began experimenting by recording music in his home until he had the hunch it could become someway marketable. The material was subsequently compiled into three demo tapes (Tarquin's Seaweed Farm, Love, Death & Mussolini and The Nostalgia Factory). For the first tape, he even wrote an inlay introduction to an obscure (imaginary) band called "The Porcupine Tree", suggesting the band met in the early '70s at a rock festival, and they had been in and out of prison many times. The booklet also contained information about band's obscure members like Sir Tarquin Underspoon and Timothy Tadpole-Jones, and crew members like Linton Samuel Dawson (if put into initials forming LSD). Wilson: "It was a bit of fun. But of course like anything that starts as a joke, people started to take it all seriously!". When Wilson signed to Delerium label, he selected what he considered the best tracks from these early tapes. All those songs were mastered and made up Porcupine Tree's first official studio album, On the Sunday of Life.
    No-Man's debut full-length release – a compilation of EP tracks called Lovesighs – An Entertainment – followed in 1992, as did Porcupine Tree's infamous LSD-themed maxi-single "Voyage 34" which made the NME indie chart for six weeks.
    More Details Hide Details No-Man also toured England with a six-piece band including three ex-members of the glam-pop band Japan – Mick Karn, Steve Jansen and (most significantly) keyboardist Richard Barbieri. 1993 saw Wilson consolidating his initial success with albums from both Porcupine Tree (Up the Downstair) and No-Man (Loveblows And Lovecries – A Confession). At the end of 1993, Porcupine Tree was launched as a four-piece live band featuring Wilson, Barbieri, bass player Colin Edwin and former No-Man live drummer Chris Maitland. From this point onwards, Wilson began to alternate between Porcupine Tree and No-Man releases. Although No-Man retired from live performance in 1994 (and would not return to the stage until 2006), the band continued to release a steady stream of albums featuring guests such as Barbieri, Steve Jansen, Robert Fripp, Theo Travis and Pat Mastelotto, and has maintained a healthy cult following as well as continued critical acclaim. Porcupine Tree, meanwhile, toured frequently and passed through various overt phases of different musical stylings (including psychedelia, progressive rock, modern guitar rock and heavy metal) while retaining the core of Wilson's sonic imagination and songwriting. By the mid-2000s Porcupine Tree had become a well known rock band with albums on major labels such as Atlantic and Roadrunner, with Wilson's singing, songwriting and frontman skills increasing by the year. Also by this time, Wilson had become in-demand as a producer and was being cited as an influence by various up-and-coming musicians.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Age 1
    A current ongoing project for Wilson is remixing the back catalogue of King Crimson from 1969–84 into MLP (Meridian Lossless Packaging) 5.1 and new stereo mixes, as well as remixing the back catalogue of Jethro Tull, he also did the remix for In the Land of Grey and Pink by Canterbury scene band Caravan.
    More Details Hide Details The first three new editions were issued in October 2009, with more emerging in batches over the coming years.
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on November 3, 1967.
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