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Phil Western

Phillip Charles Western (August 12, 1971 – February 9, 2019) was a Canadian musician, based in Vancouver[1] and a founding member of the bands Download, PlatEAU, Frozen Rabbit, and Off And Gone.

Phil Western
Birth namePhillip Charles Western
Also known asPhilth, Cap'n Stargazer
Born(1971-08-12)August 12, 1971
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
DiedFebruary 9, 2019(2019-02-09) (aged 47)
GenresIndustrial music
Experimental music
Occupation(s)Programmer, musician
InstrumentsSynth, guitar, percussion
Years active1992–2019
LabelsThe Record Company
Subconscious Communications
Exist Dance
Nettwerk Records
Metropolis Records
Associated actsDownload
A Spectre Is Haunting Europe
Off & Gone
Frozen Rabbit



Having started his career as a drummer and eventually as a programmer, he became a remix engineer starting in the mid-1990s. His friendship with Dwayne Goettel led to him doing a small amount of keyboard work on the Skinny Puppy album The Process, as well as creating the Subconscious record label with Goettel in 1993.

After Goettel's death from a heroin overdose in 1995, he became partners with Cevin Key in several musical projects. As an engineer, or remix engineer, he had worked with Skinny Puppy, Mirror, Bryan Adams, and Nine Inch Nails. He also assisted in remixes of songs written by Monster Magnet and Rob Halford and Metallica among others.

Often maintaining a low visibility in his collaborative projects, it was his solo work which brought his abilities to light for fans of Download - a complex approach to rhythm and programming, and a sense of melody rooted in psychedelia, drones, and space rock.

In 2001, Western became the operator behind The Record Company, which had been the imprint for several releases under his own name, as well as a reissue of the Floatpoint CD "Beam Error". He died in February 2019 at the age of 47 of a suspected accidental drug overdose.[2][3]


Solo worksEdit

  • Power/Touched (12" split w/aDuck) (1993)
  • The Escapist (1998)
  • Dark Features (w/Tim Hill) (2001)
  • Therapy (10", w/Tim Hill) (2001)
  • Worlds End (2003)
  • 4am (2007)
  • 1221 (2008)
  • Dat Hell (2008)
  • Red Eyed Stalker EP (2009, internet release)
  • Treatment (2009, compilation)
  • Laborandum (2012)
  • Forbidden (2013)
  • Melodium" (2013)
  • LongForm (2014)

Beehatch (w/Mark Spybey)Edit

  • Beehatch (2008)
  • Brood (2008)



  • Cirrhotic Psychotic (2008)
  • On Daddy's Farm (2008)



  • Atlantic Under Clouds (1993)

Cap'm StargazerEdit

  • untitled EP (12" split w/Commander Mindfuck) (1994)


  • Beam Error (1994)
  • Beam Error (2CD re-issue) (2008)

Off and GoneEdit

  • untitled EP (1994)
  • Sigma Receptor (12") (1996)
  • Shasta (12") (1996)
  • Everest (1996)

Frozen RabbitEdit

  • 26,000 (2005)


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Phil Western - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
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