Name Steve Roberts


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Amongst Myselves Biography

Amongst Myselves

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Genre:Electronica, Experimental

Amongst Myselves' inroads to electronic/atmospheric music began when he first heard the works of early electronic groups like Tangerine Dream eg. "Atem" and "Alpha Centauri".

During the 90's he became more aware of neu-Ambient with the likes of Future Sound of London, Steve Roach, Robert Rich and Aphex Twin, not to mention a new interest in the Eno's (Brian and Roger). So, with the help of advances in computer-based synths he took a great interest in the ambient.

Amongst Myselves released the new-age styled album "The Sun In The Bottle" in 1999. This was followed by the more ambient like "Still Life" in 2001 with "Ultima Thule" radio choosing to use the track “Ship of Dreams” as their theme music.

A journey influenced by fifteenth century religious persecution, astrophysics, the desolation of a sleeping city at 5am and the classic Martin Denny piece “Quiet Village” were the inspirations for Amongst Myselves' third album “Sacred Black”. 2007 saw Amongst Myselves living in England, the result was “Auburn Silhouette”. "To me this album is about light and the sky. I like the chaos that rules these natural elements and that humanity has no rule over them. The weather inspires me in all its forms as the weather controls people's moods. I like to think that all the tracks on the album are like different weather patterns." said Roberts.

His music has appeared on the AquaFM "ambient@hyperreal" compilations and Australian Radio program, Ultima Thule's "Chasing the Dawn: Ultima Thule Ambient - Volume 01" alongside Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Tim Story and Numina. Other appearances include EuCuE Concert Series XXVII of electro-accoustic concerts and Roger Mills' project “Idea of South”, a sound installation at the Loop Gallery in Newcastle.

In the southern summer of 2010 Amongst Myselves released “Fragments”. A very ambient remix of his previous three albums, “Still Life”, “Sacred Black” and “Auburn Silhouette”. As Chuck Van Zyl puts it “The results range from sustaining lines of sound and minimal electronic modulations to rich arrangements of considerable complexity." Fragments went on to be nominated for “Best Electronic” and “Best Ambient” album for 2010 in the annual Zone Music awards.

The following album, “Ambient, Landscape and Space”, was a culmination of 4 years of work in both visual and audio areas which resulted in an hour long musical and visual feast containing remixed and new performances of new and old tracks alongside time-lapse and 3d visuals created by Roberts and artist, musician and friend Bernard Haseloff.

Steve took these visual ideas live for the CD launch of local band Monkey Puzzle Tree with a 30 minute live set of visuals and music which contained several early version tracks off the 2014 release, The Past Is Another Country.

After spending the last two albums looking backwards into the past, "The Past Is Another Country", is an apt title for his next dark and inward looking release. A new direction in composition which leaves more melodic pieces behind and explores more experimental landscapes. To be released on the 14th of October 2014 this album will be his seventh release with Roberts looking forward to many more in the future.

August 2014