Tom Middleton’s Origins
Tom Middleton is a classically trained pianist and cellist and also a Graphic Design graduate. He worked in the early 1990s under the name Schizophrenia for the Exeter’s label Mighty Force Records.
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 (ambient), and Jedi Knights (electro funk house), plus lesser-known aliases Chameleon, Secret Ingredients, and Link & E621. The pair also founded their own record label, Evolution (Crewekerne).
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A sought after event DJ, has played to crowds as large as 120k and shared the stage with Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Duran Duran & Mark Ronson amongst a host of A list talent. Involved in many product launch initiatives, brand events and unique performances in roles as various as DJ, Remixer, Curator, Performer and Music Director for brands such as Diageo/Smirnoff Experience, Sony Ericsson, Orange Rockcorps, MTV, Red Bull Music Academy. Including Directing and Performing in a live Electronic-Orchestral interpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons delivered in one day.
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, 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.
Predominantly using the Cosmos and Modwheel monikers (and his own name) Middleton has remixed numerous artists including Kerri Chandler, Orbital, Kylie Minogue, Coldplay, Underworld, Fluke, Super Collider, Prince, Spiller, Model 500, The Beloved, Rob Dougan, Pulp, Leftfield, Saint Etienne, Ian Pooley, Dubtribe Sound System, All Saints, Goldfrapp, Lamb, Röyksopp, Gotan Project, Amp Fiddler, Mighty Dub Katz and Bebel Gilberto.
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Consultant, Product Design and Tech Expert in the areas of Computer Music, Hardware, Software, Apps and DJ Equipment who’s opinion is valued in the design and development of new products.
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.