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Studio album by Squarepusher
Released 8 March 2004
Genre Drum and bass, musique concrète[1], nu jazz[2]
Length 79:49
Label Warp
Producer Tom Jenkinson
Squarepusher chronology
Do You Know Squarepusher
(2002)Do You Know Squarepusher2002
Venus No. 17
(2004)Venus No. 172004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]
The Daily Telegraph(favourable)[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
The Independent3/5 stars[6]
Music Emissions3/5 stars[7]
The Observer4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media(7.9/10)[9]
Tiny Mix Tapes5/5 stars[10]

Ultravisitor is an album by Squarepusher. It was released on 8 March 2004 by Warp Records (see 2004 in music).

Ultravisitor incorporates many of the various musical styles exhibited by Jenkinson on his previous albums, including drum and bass, acid techno, jazz fusion, and electronic noise. A few of the tracks feature layered, modulated, or filtered bass guitar. Several of the instrumental parts were recorded live and include applause, blurring the lines between live and studio performances.[11]

Tom Jenkinson has stated that "Ultravisitor is my spectacle of beauty and of terror. It is unknowable, and will never be understood by anybody, least of all its creator."[11]

Ultravisitor is the only album to show a clear portrait of Tom Jenkinson's face on its cover art.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Tom Jenkinson, all instruments played by Tom Jenkinson.

2."I Fulcrum"3:31
3."Iambic 9 Poetry"6:55
5."50 Cycles"8:33
7."C-Town Smash"1:29
9."An Arched Pathway"4:06
10."Telluric Piece"1:53
11."District Line II"8:33
14."Tommib Help Buss"2:10
15."Every Day I Love"2:39

The album was released in three formats. The first is a standard CD release, presented in a standard jewel case with Tom Jenkinson featured on the cover. Second, there is a limited edition of the CD, presented in a book-style case, with bonus artwork and notes by Jenkinson. Third, a double LP vinyl version of this album was released. Orders from the Warp's online store Warpmart included a 3" mini CD, entitled Square Window, with outtakes and B-sides from the album.

A promotional CD and record for Ultravisitor featured "Square Window", a new track entitled "Talk About You & Me", and the title track, "Ultravisitor" in a studio version, whereas the "album" version was a live recording.

"Venus No. 17" was also released as a vinyl-only single, featuring the title track, an Acid remix of it, and a reworking of the Feed Me Weird Things track "Tundra", entitled "Tundra 4".

The beginning of the track "Steinbolt" was sampled for an episode of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!.

Jenkinson has stated that the track "50 Cycles" took over a month to complete.[12]


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Squarepusher - Ultravisitor". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 July 2018. 
  2. ^ Smith, Jack. "Squarepusher Ultravisitor Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 4 July 2018. 
  3. ^ "Ultravisitor - Squarepusher - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  4. ^ various. "CD reviews: Squarepusher, Harry Connick Jr, Lionel Richie and more". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (4 March 2004). "Squarepusher, Ultravisitor". Retrieved 1 October 2016 – via The Guardian. 
  6. ^ "US". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Music Emissions review
  8. ^ The Observer review
  9. ^ "Squarepusher: Ultravisitor Album Review - Pitchfork". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Music Review: Squarepusher - Ultravisitor". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Squarepusher Interview from i-D Magazine, March 2004". Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Ask Squarepusher!". BBC. 20 October 2006. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 

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