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Tom Middleton at Glastonbury Festival 2009
|Genres||Electronica, ambient, functional music, wellness music, well-being music, sleep music, neoclassical, Soundtrack, house, Techno, electro, Drum and Bass, Experimental music, breakbeat, big beat, trip hop,|
|Occupation(s)||Sound designer, musician, composer, music producer, sleep coach, disc jockey remixer, graphic designer|
|Years active||Early 1990s–present|
|Associated acts||Global Communication|
Tom Middleton is an English electronic recording artist, sound designer, composer, music producer, remixer and DJ.
A classically trained pianist and cellist, Middleton worked in the early 1990s with Richard D. James (with whom he shares the same birthdate), co-producing "En-Trance to Exit" on the Analogue Bubblebath EP for Exeter's influential Mighty Force Records. This was followed by his first solo outing, "My Splendid Idea", under the name Schizophrenia for the same label.
Soon after, he teamed up with Mark Pritchard. The pair recorded under a host of pseudonyms, including the popular Reload (featuring experimental techno and ambient music), Global Communication (primarily ambient), and Jedi Knights (electro funk and house music), plus lesser-known aliases Chameleon, Secret Ingredients, and Link & E621. Global Communication's 1994 ambient album 76:14 is widely considered to be a landmark of the genre.
The pair also founded their own record label, Evolution, which is sometimes informally referenced as Evolution (Crewekerne) to differentiate it from other record labels with the same name. A compilation of early Evolution material was released jointly by Evolution and Warp Records in 1995 as The Theory of Evolution. The label name later changed to Universal Language Productions and launched a sublabel, Heard, then became E3 before finally winding down operations. The labels launched early releases from artists such as Matthew Herbert, as well as Middleton & Pritchard under their various guises.
Aside from Schizophrenia, Tom's solo projects include The Modwheel (experimental house music), Cosmos (progressive house music) and AMBA (ambient/classical). As of 2006[update], Cosmos's "Take Me With You" was his most successful track. In 2007, Middleton abandoned the AMBA moniker, while still focusing on the ambient genre fusing classical traditions with electronica, featuring orchestral, choral and electro acoustic arrangements. A new EP, Excursions 1 was released on 10 September 2007 while the album Lifetracks was released on Big Chill Recordings on 1 October 2007 under the name Tom Middleton.
As a producer, remixer and DJ he is both eclectic and prolific often extending far beyond the confines of house music and electronica to bring seemingly-disparate musical styles together. This approach was best evidenced in his 2004 mix The Trip, which the BBC described as "a voyage of discovery full of originality and eclecticism."
A follow-up, The Trip II was released in 2008 follow up. Both releases consisted of two separate mixes
Between 2014 and 2016 Tom Middleton compiled a number of 'Purple Playlists' for YOTEL, a micro hotel chain.
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- Bonacich, Drago "Tom Middleton Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-01-22
- "The Theory of Evolution". Warp Recordings.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 122. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "The Trip by Tom Middleton". Discogs.com.
- "The Trip II by Tom Middleton". Discogs.com.
- Purple Playlists, YOTEL